Tag Archives: melodic rock

News: Albums of the Month (July 2020 – September 2020)

DEEP PURPLE - Whoosh!

MAGENTA Masters Of Illusion (Tiger Moth) It turns back the years without ever being ‘retro’ and I would suggest is comfortably the best Magenta album since Home.  Masters Of Illusion – The Musical, anyone?   ***** (Pete Whalley) WALTER TROUT Ordinary … Continue reading

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Album review: PERFECT PLAN- Time For A Miracle

PERFECT PLAN-Time for a Miracle

Frontiers Records [Release Date 04.09.20] Perfect Plan’s self titled debut was one of the revelations of 2018, these seasoned Swedes emerging from nowhere with a high quality mix of hard rock and AOR. After keeping the pot boiling nicely with … Continue reading

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Single reviews: JESSICA LYNN, IVY GOLD, FUTURE RADIO, ZEA SY

JESSICA LYNN

JESSICA LYNN Love Me That Way Another new song from a rising star in the country scene Jessica Lynn. As Lynn hereself says – “Love Me That Way is one of my favorite songs from my new television concert special … Continue reading

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Album review: LANDFALL – The Turning Point

LANDFALL - The Turning Point

Frontiers [Release date 04.09.20] This is up and coming Brazilian band, Landfall’s first album with talented vocalist Gui Oliver. His high tenor has encouraged the label to compare him to Steve Perry, but his vocal timbre is often much closer … Continue reading

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Album review: OVERLAND – Scandalous

OVERLAND - Scandalous

Escape Music [Release date 18.09.20] FM vocalist Steve Overland returns with a new album, aided by Tommy Denander, along with Brian Anthony (bass, piano, Hammond) and drummer Brian Tichy (Foreigner, Whitesnake, Dead Daisies et al). The album’s contrasting styles can … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL SABU – Heartbreak & Only Child

ONLY CHILD

Rock Candy Records Remasters [Release date 07.08.20] From the moment he burst onto the disco music scene in the late seventies, the legend that is Paul Sabu has been inundated with accolades… “best this…”, “best that…”, but he never truly … Continue reading

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Album review: HUSTLER – Reloaded

HUSTLER - Reloaded

Black Cat Records [Release date 07.08.20] Many won’t know the name Hustler, however back in the 70’s they released two albums on A&M, supported Queen on that band’s first headline tour and toured with Status Quo in Europe. The band … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISHULA – Time Waits For No Man

TRISHULA – Time Waits For No One

AOR Heaven [Release date 25.09.20] British melodic rock band Trishula is the brainchild of guitarist Neil Fraser (Rage Of Angels, Ten), accompanied by vocalist Jason Morgan. This is album number two, hot on the heels of last year’s very enjoyable … Continue reading

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Album review: FORTUNE- The Gun’s Still Smoking Live (CD/DVD)

FORTUNE- The Gun's Still Smokin' Live

Frontiers Records (Release Date 07.08.20) One of the most heart-warming and unexpected comebacks of the last few years has been that of cult eighties AOR sters Fortune. It’s fair to say their comeback in 2016 at Rockingham Festival stole the … Continue reading

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Singles review: DREAMS OF AVALON – Under the Gun & Young Wild Hearts

DREAMS OF AVALON – Under the Gun

Two teaser tracks released over the last month by Joachim (Astral Doors) Nordlund’s Melodic Rock band, Dreams Of Avalon. The full album “Beyond The Dream” is due for release at the end of August, by the Metalville label. It’s unadulterated … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Third Stage Live In London

FLYING COLORS - Third Stage Live In London

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 07.08.20] Filmed during Flying Colors’ 2019 US and European tour on the 14 December at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the final night of that tour. They had only played nine shows on the tour, which … Continue reading

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Album review: DUKES OF THE ORIENT – Freakshow

DUKES OF THE ORIENT - Freakshow

Frontiers [Release date 07.08.20] Dukes Of The Orient – vocalist John Payne (ex-Asia, GPS) and keyboardist Erik Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists) – return with their second album. Dukes Of The Orient has more of a band … Continue reading

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Album review: ARCTIC RAIN – The One

ARCTIC RAIN - The One

Frontiers [Release date 07.08.20] Arctic Rain’s music is gloriously reminiscent of the melodic rock genre’s more hypnotic moments. On most tracks, you can tell that they have been thumbing through a dog eared copy of the Eighties’ AOR Blueprint. Doesn’t … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONHEART – The Reality Of Miracles

LIONHEART - The Reality Of Miracles

Metalville Records [Release date 31.07.20] Lionheart’s second album since returning in 2016 and big expectations from this reviewer as their 2017 release ‘Second Nature’ was a classy piece of melodic hard rock. Lionheart have done it again, quite possibly pipping … Continue reading

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Album review: LIONVILLE – Magic Is Alive

LIONVILLE - Magic Is Alive

Frontiers Records [Release date 07.08.20] Fourth album from Lionville, an emphatically Westcoast Rock band. Each new release confirms that guitarist/songwriter Stefano Leonetti couldn’t have found a more suitable front man than Lars (Work Of Art) Safsund. What this celebrated vocalist … Continue reading

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Feature: Gigs of the Millennium – ROCK FEST 2003, Wisconsin, USA

Gigs of the Millennium- ROCK FEST 2003, Wisconsin, USA

Andy Nathan has caused much teeth-gnashing and fist-clenching amongst the GRTR! team with his enviable sorties to the States sometimes taking in a couple of festivals in one visit.  These include Summerfest and Moondance Jam.  Here he recounts a particularly … Continue reading

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Album review: TOKYO MOTOR FIST – Lions

TOKYO MOTOR FIST - Lions

Frontiers Records (Release Date 10.07.20) Tokyo Motor Fist’s second album is one of the most hotly anticipated melodic rock releases of the year. The 2017 debut of this East Coast supergroup was among the best of the year, while the … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK SPIRO- 2+2=5: Best of + Rarities

MARK SPIRO - Best of and Rarities

Frontiers Records (Release Date 10.07.20) Mark Spiro is probably best known as one of those outside collaborators who in the late eighties and early nineties sprinkled their songwriting gold dust to give the added touches that turned potential singles into … Continue reading

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Album review: TONY MITCHELL – Church Of A Restless Soul

TONY MITCHELL – Church Of A Restless Soul

AOR Heaven [Release date 28.08.20] Vocalist Tony Mitchell fronted Kiss Of The Gypsy, who were signed to Atlantic back in early 90’s, since then he has performed with the likes of Rick Wakeman and Alice Cooper. In 2018 he released … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN GEORGE – BitterSweet HeartBeat

ROBIN GEORGE – BitterSweet HeartBeat

Pete Feenstra chatted with Robin George for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 12 July 2020.  The interview includes tracks from the album ‘BitterSweet HeartBeat’. Sing Song Music [Release date 27.03.20] Robin George has played with many of the … Continue reading

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