Tag Archives: AOR

Album review: CREYE- S/T

Release Date 12.10.18 It is a sign of the march of time that former new kids on the of Scandinavian melodic rock block are  now being succeeded by a third wave of impossibly young bands, and alongside the likes of … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2019 – March 2019

STEVE HACKETT - Under The Edge Of The Sun

Compiled by Jason Ritchie 2019 January 1st FATES WARNING ‘Awaken the Guardian Live’ 4th LEGION OF THE DAMNED ‘Slaves of the Shadow Realm’ Napalm Records 11th BRING ME THE HORIZON ‘Amo’ SOILWORK ‘The Arrival Of Verkligheten’ Nuclear Blast DAMIAN WILSON … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Blue Oyster Cult - HARD ROCK HELL, Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 11/12/18   2019 FESTIVALS THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL Fri 18 Jan-Mon 21 Jan 2019 Butlins Skegness … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Dream Theater - Manchester O2 Apollo, 13 February 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 04/12/2018   ACCEPT 2019-01-31 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL (70000 Tons of Metal) US 2019-04-20 Wuppertal (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-21 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE 2019-04-22 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Camden Underworld, London, 30 November 2018

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA - Camden Underworld, London, 30 November 2018

The Night Flight Orchestra are an intriguing proposition and proof that whatever their chosen musical field, musicians invariably draw on a love of other styles. In their case, singer Bjorn Strid and guitarist David Andersson of Swedish metallers Soilwork, discovered … Continue reading

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Gig review: TERRY BROCK – Hope and Anchor, Islington, London, 22 November 2018

TERRY BROCK - Hope and Anchor, Islington, London, 22 November 2018

One of melodic rock’s great voices, Terry Brock is best known for lifting Strangeways’ ‘Native Sons’ and ‘Walk In The Fire’ albums to classic status. There is however much more to the Georgia native’s career, whether as an in-demand backing … Continue reading

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Album review: 41POINT9 – Mr. Astute Trousers

41POINT9 - Mr. Astute Trousers

The Highlander Company Records (19.10.18) 41point9 is a fascinating mix of prog and pop from a couple of guys who evidently don’t feel constrained by genre.  Bassist Bob Madsen and vocalist Brian Cline first collaborated in 1995 but it was … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROCKINGHAM FESTIVAL – Nottingham Trent University Students Union, 19-21 October 2018

Tokyo Motor Fist - ROCKINGHAM FESTIVAL, October 2018

Now in its fourth year, anticipation had been steadily growing ever since the line up was announced in February for Rockingham, which accurately bills itself as ‘three days of the finest melodic hard rock from around the world’. Proof of … Continue reading

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Album review: GROUNDBREAKER

Groundbreaker

Frontiers [Release Date 14.09.18] While FM have come back better and more consistently diverse than ever, notably with this year’s ‘Atomic Generation’, many of the AOR purists among their fanbase still hanker for a repeat of their 1986 debut ‘Indiscreet’. … Continue reading

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Album review: HEARTS ON FIRE – Call Of Destiny

MelodicRock Records [Release date 19.10.18] Hearts On Fire formed in 2017 by Jean Funes, guitarist of Sound Of Eternity.  He said “This is the album I always wanted to make. Sound of Eternity had that modern rock touch all over it … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK ROWEN – Radiance

MARK ROWEN - Radiance

[Release date: 01.09.18] available at bandcamp.com Anyone remember Breathing Space, featuring ex-Mostly Autumn’s Iain Jennings and Olivia Sparnenn?  The band produced a clutch of excellent melodic semi ‘prog’ albums in the ‘noughties’, including Coming Up For Air (2007) and Under … Continue reading

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Album review: HANK ERIX – Nothing But Trouble

HANK ERIX - Nothing But Trouble

Cargo/Livewire [Release date 05.10.18] Hank Erix is probably best known as the frontman for Swedish melodic rock band Houston and now, after releasing five albums with said band, is about to unleash his debut solo album “Nothing But Trouble”. Very … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE PERRY – Traces

STEVE PERRY - Traces

Fantasy Record [Release date 05.10.18] After recording the ‘Trial By Fire’ album with Journey in 1996 (his last solo album was 1994′s ’For The Love Of Strange Medicine’) Steve Perry retired from making music and touring for “many reasons, but mainly my love … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TAMI, ATLAS, LUNA KISS

TAMI Velvet & Steel Man In The Moon [Release date 12.10.18] Tami (Tami Jones Andrews) is an American singer who debuted on the Nashville back in the 1990′s, however major life changing events came along, which Tami channels into her singing on this her … Continue reading

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Album review: AIRRACE- Untold Stories

AIRRACE- Untold Stories

Frontiers [Release date 10.08.18] A third Airrace album in their off-and-on 35 year existence looked unlikely when guitarist and band leader Laurie Mansworth put the band on ice a few years back to concentrate on managing The Treatment, and even … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2018 – December 2018

Bad Touch - Shake A Leg

Compiled by Jason Ritchie October 2nd LED ZEPPELIN by LED ZEPPELIN Reel Art Press (50th anniversary illustrated book) 5th ANTHRAX ‘State Of Euphoria’ (30th anniversary re-issue) Island Records BAD TOUCH ‘Shake A Leg’ Marshall Records BEHEMOTH ‘I Loved You At … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2018 – September 2018

Marillion - All One Tonight - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Compiled by Jason Ritchie July 6th BARENAKED LADIES ‘Stunt 20th Anniversary Edition’ (CD/DVD) Parlophone DEVILDRIVER ‘Outlaws Till The End’ (country covers album) Napalm Records JUDY DYBLE ‘Earth Is Sleeping’ Acid Jazz Records A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS ‘Ascension’ IMMORTAL ‘Northern Cross’ … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2018)

FOREIGNER – London Palladium, 7 June 2016

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 10/12/18 FESTIVALS THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL Fri 18 Jan-Mon 21 Jan 2019 Butlins Skegness Resort Focus … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2018)

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 04/12/2018 ACCEPT 2019-01-31 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL (70000 Tons of Metal) US 2019-04-20 Wuppertal (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-21 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE 2019-04-22 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) DE … Continue reading

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Album review: GIOELI CASTRONOVO- Set the World on Fire

Release Date 13.07.18 Frontiers latest all-star combination reunites two members of Hardline- singer Johnny Gioeli, the one constant in their line up to the present day,  and drummer Deen Castronovo who played on their debut, in between his service with … Continue reading

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