Tag Archives: AOR

Gig review: AIRRACE- London Borderline, 19 April 2019

Airrace’s stop-start career seems to have been characterised by support slots, whether with Queen back in 1984, or since they reformed a decade ago, a periodic set of shows consisting mainly of high profile support slots to the likes of … Continue reading

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Album review: FM – The Italian Job (CD/DVD)

Frontiers [Release Date 22.02.19] FM have delivered consistently excellent live performances since the second phase of the band effectively kicked off a decade ago with guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick’s arrival. However this era of their history has gone undocumented so far, … Continue reading

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Album review: FIND ME- Angels In Blue

Release Date 22.02.19 For those in the know, Find Me has been one of the best melodic rock projects in recent years. A partnership between producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Flores and Blanc Faces singer Robbie Le Blanc, a stunning performance … Continue reading

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Album review: CANNONBALLZ – 8Ballz2Many

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.05.19] Andrew McNeice and his MelodicRock Records label have released some top quality AOR releases in recent years including Don Barnes and the excellent comeback album from Boulevard, now you can add to this Cannonballz. Who … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2019 – June 2019

Compiled by Jason Ritchie April 5th ANIMAL DRIVE ‘Back To The Roots’ (covers EP) Frontiers BAD NEWS ’32nd Anniversary Box Set’ BRANT BJORK ‘Jacoozzi’ Heavy Psych Sounds Records DAVID BOWIE ‘Spying Through The Keyhole’ (box set) Datura4 ‘Blessed is the … Continue reading

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Album review: BATTLE BEAST – No More Hollywood Endings

Nuclear Blast [Release date 22.03.19] Battle Beast are back with their second album since founding member, guitarist and chief songwriter Anton Kabanen left in 2016 to form Beast In Black (who released their latest album earlier this year on the … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE RADIO SUN – Water Rats, London,19 March 2019

THE RADIO SUN - Water Rats, London,19 March 2019

Melbourne-based melodic rockers The Radio Sun have over the past four years become regulars at the HRH AOR Festival in North Wales, winning friends both for their music and their sociable nature, entering into the spirit of the occasion. Though … Continue reading

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Album review: JOURNEY – Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers

JOURNEY - Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers

Eagle Vision/Universal [Release date 29.03.19] In 2017 Journey played the Budokan arena in Japan for a special show where they played two of their classic albums – 1981′s ‘Escape’ and 1983′s ‘Frontiers’ – in their entirety and recorded the show, … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAVE BICKLER/Chrome Molly – Highbury Garage, London, 11 March 2019

DAVE BICKLER/Chrome Molly - Highbury Garage, London, 11 March 2019

Sadly Survivor never made it to UK shores, the sad death of Jimi Jamison scuppering a scheduled show in 2014. However original singer Dave Bickler, who by that stage was back and sharing vocal duties, did play Rockingham Festival 18 … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISHULA – Scared To Breathe

TRISHULA – Scared To Breathe

AOR Heaven [Release date 29.03.19] Neil Fraser (Ten, Rage Of Angels, Tony Mills) is the brains behind Trishula, where he handles guitars, bass and keyboards. He is joined by vocalist Jason Morgan and drummer Joao Colac, both of whom Neil … Continue reading

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Gig review: FM/DARE – Sub 89, Reading, 1 March 2019

FM – Sub 89, Reading, 1 March 2019

FM and Dare were back in the UK for a couple more co-headliner shows following an eventful trip to Spain where FM had their equipment and merchandise stolen and in the FM set vocalist Steve Overland made it clear how … Continue reading

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Album review: TOBY HITCHCOCK – Reckoning

TOBY HITCHCOCK - Reckoning

Frontiers [Release Date 25.01.19] Best known as the man who brings Jim Peterik’s songs to life in Pride of Lions, this is Toby Hitchcock’s second solo album. His first way back in 2013 was written by the prolific Erik Martensson … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER H. NILSSON – Little American Dream

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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