Tag Archives: AOR

Album review: PETER H. NILSSON – Little American Dream

AOR Heaven [Release date 29.03.19] Swedish guitar player Peter H Nilsson has been in the music business for many years in different bands in and extensive touring in his native Sweden. He hooked-up with singer Chris Biano (a Nashville based … Continue reading

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Album review: STATE OF SALAZAR- Superhero

Release Date 07.12.18 Its four years since State of Salazar released their debut album, and also became the opening band at the very first Frontiers Rock Festival in Italy (to my frustration I was stuck en route waiting for non-existent … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN SHORROCK – Glenn Shorrock Sings The Little River Band

GLENN SHORROCK – Glenn Shorrock Sings the Little River Band

Social Family Records [Release date 08.03.19] Although Little River Band (LRB) still exists, there are no original members in the band and the owner of the business name refuses to allow the founding members to perform with any sign of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MIKAEL ERLANDSSON, SLUG COMPARISON

MIKAEL ERLANDSSON Capricorn Six

MIKAEL ERLANDSSON Capricorn Six AOR Heaven [Release date 22.02.19] This is the sixth solo album from vocalist/keyboards player Mikael Erlandsson, who may be more familiar to fans of melodic rock as the frontman of Last Autumn’s Dream, who have released … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVIL’S HAND featuring SLAMER/FREEMAN – s/t

Frontiers Music [Release date: 07.12.18] Mike Slamer has been a respected rock session musician, writer and producer for decades, although his profile is still relatively low. He is perhaps best known for forming bands with Kansas members, firstly Steve Walsh … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGIC DANCE – New Eyes

Frontiers Music [release date: 07.12.18] Prime driver for this melodic rock/AOR outfit is Jon Siejka who created Magic Dance as a solo project in 2012. ‘New Eyes’ follows an earlier album ‘Vanishings’ and is the first output since the band … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM MORSE – Tim Morse III

TIM MORSE III

Cymbalick Music [Release date 5.10.18] As you might guess from the title, this is the third solo album from Tim Morse, a keyboard /guitarist from California. My initial reaction on hearing the opening refrains of ‘Wake Up’, was ‘Yes’.  And … Continue reading

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Album review: PHENOMENA – reissues

PHENOMENA

Explore Rights Management Ltd [Release date 09.11.18] www.phenomenaproject.co.uk Phenomena was a concept developed by Tom Galley with brother Mel who had featured in Whitesnake and had previously worked with Glenn Hughes in Trapeze..  It brought together various rock alumni including … Continue reading

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Album review: CREYE – s/t

CREYE

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 TAKING BACK … 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 19/02/2019   2019 FESTIVALS HRH AOR Thursday 14th-Sunday 17th March Haven Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli UFO + … 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 20/02/2019   ACCEPT 2019-04-20 Wuppertal (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-21 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE 2019-04-22 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) DE 2019-04-23 Fürth (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-25 Kiev (Palace Ukraine) … 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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