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CD review JAMES CHRISTIAN "Craving"

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2018 von Markus W. in James Christian, News, AOR, Rock, Hardrock, Frontiers Music, CD Review, House Of Lords, Craving

CD review JAMES CHRISTIAN "Craving"

(7/10) “Craving” is album number four of House Of Lords frontman James Christian. Eleven brand new songs direct the spotlight towards rocking AOR tracks; all build on big melodies and a solid portion of catchiness.

The epicenter of “Craving” is, what a surprise, Mr. Christian and his excellent vocals. The songwriter and singer is in fine voice, which benefits the songs, a lot.

Next to the vocals it’s keyboards that are omnipresent, providing the arcs of melody AOR needs. The good thing is, that these catchy moments never became too sweet and sticky. The songs have mostly some rocking guitar parts weaved in. “Heaven is a Place in Hell” brings this up to surface quite well and also the rocking “Sidewinder” shows enough rock’n’roll spirit to lift the album from standard to good.

For the rest it’s not that much new to report when it comes to “Craving”. If you’re a fan of House Of Lords, Survivor and Hardline, you will like this album too since it contains well-crafted rock music that never really leaves save ground. “Craving” is done by an mature singer and songwriter who continues walking on a chosen musical path. It’s still good music though, just a bit predictable.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Heaven Is a Place in Hell
  2. Wild Boys
  3. Craving
  4. Jesus Wept
  5. World Of Possibility
  6. Sidewinder
  7. I won’t Cry
  8. If There’s a God
  9. Love Is the Answer
  10. Black Wasn’t Black
  11. Amen

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 20th, 2018

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CD review HEARTWIND "Higher and Higher"

Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2018 von Markus W. in Heartwind, News, Higher and Higher, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, CD Review, AOR Heaven, Rock, AOR

CD review HEARTWIND "Higher and Higher"

(8/10) Fans of bands like The Poodles, Narnia, … look out. Something new is on its way. Members of the mentioned bands, plus some more melodic rock passionitas from Sweden, started Heartwind. The six-piece band releases their debut “Higher and Higher” end of April, featuring eleven excellent rock songs.

Heartwind is the brainchild of longtime friends Goran Engvall and Mikael Rosengren, both envisioning the first ideas of this rock outfit. One thing followed the other and in no time songs were written and a demo was produced. First reactions have been very positive, creating more appetite for recording an album.

Here it is. “Higher and Higher” comprises of eleven rock songs that impress with a great sense for melodies and hooks. The thing is that the sextet from Sweden finds the right balance between catchiness and hardness. The longplayer comes with melodies that stick to your mind from the first spin on the record player. And it has enough edges and rock power to not drift away into cheesy mainstream. “Higher and Higher” is a treat for rock fans and I wonder how high these guys will climb. The debut provides at least a more than solid base for reaching new heights in the coming months and years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Higher and higher
  2. Cry out into space
  3. Ready for the moonlight
  4. One night away from you
  5. Surrounding me
  6. Through the light,
  7. Too late for roses
  8. Creatures of the night
  9. Don’t be that girl
  10. Your eyes cannot lie
  11. Game of love

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

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CD review FM "Atomic Generation"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2018 von Markus W. in FM, Hardrock, News, Atomic Generation, Rock, AOR, Classic Rock, CD Review, Frontiers Music

CD review FM "Atomic Generation"

(7/10) British rockers FM have been really productive since the band reunited in 2007. After having brought their first era to an end, meaning a split in 1995, it was in 2007 that FM performed again on stage for the first time in13 years. It was the starting point of a next era of this melodic rock outfit from the UK.

FM released six longplayer between then and now, including the 2016 release of "Indiscreet 30", celebrating the 30th anniversary of FM's fabulous debut. On March 30th, the quintet will unveil their next longplayer, entitled "Atomic Generation". 

The 11th record features 11 new songs which are all well-crafted melodic rockers. What definitely works as a benefit for the album is the stable line-up the band maintains since 2008. The five guys know each other very well, which leads to a dense and balanced sound. 

"Atomic Generation" is built on melodies and great hooks, leading to melodic rockers like "Too Much Of a Good Thing" and "Do You Love Me Enough". These songs are well-done but I like the moments when FM leaves the standard path by varying their sound.

The opener "Black Magic" is such a moment, a song in which the band presents their more edgy side with a heavy rocking guitar and an excellent sing-a-long vocal line. What also works very well is the horns that are embedded in the cool swinging "Playing Tricks on Me" and also the Foreigner-like  "Follow Your Heart" satisfies with good hooks and catchy melodies.

FM stays true to their principles of merging rock music with easy to grasp melodies. This album doesn't need many loops to show its beauty. Fans of melodic rock will love what they get served and FM will appreciate this album anyway.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Magic
  2. Too Much of a Good Thing
  3. Killed By Love
  4. In It For the Money
  5. Golden Days
  6. Playing Tricks on Me
  7. Make the Best of What You Got
  8. Follow Your Heart
  9. Do You Love Me Enough
  10. Stonger
  11. Love is the Law

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: AOR

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review W.E.T. "Earthrage"

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2018 von Markus W. in W.E.T., Soto, Eclipse, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Rock, AOR, Frontiers Music

CD review W.E.T. "Earthrage"

(8/10) W.E.T. doesn’t belong to the bands that flood the scene with releases. The debut, simply entitled “W.E.T.” was published in 2009 and it was “Rise Up” that marked the second delivery of this mainly Swedish rock outfit.

Five long years after having had the sophomore album in the record stores it’s “Earthrage” that brings some new W.E.T. songs up to surface. The fact that the waiting time was that long is mainly due to other obligations the band members do have in their list two. W.E.T. musicians are no newcomers. The band is built around Robert Saell, Erik Martensson and no less than Jeff Scott Soto. The line-up for this album is completed by guitarist Magnus Henriksson and drummer Robban Baeck and it’s these five guys that together created another vibrant rock record that features 11 melodic hymns.

Melodic (hard) rock includes the risk of becoming easily too sugar sweet and too much of a trivial concatenation of clichés. The beauty with W.E.T. is the musical savvy and experience of each of the musicians which makes W.E.T. avoiding all the mentioned risks.

Even though being very catchy and equipped with excellent melodies, each of the eleven songs has enough of a punch. OK, there are tunes like “Heart on the Line”, a ballad that has the potential to move you to tears. These kind of songs must be on an album like this, but I appreciate the effort of W.E.T. to also add some 'harder' songs to the tracklist. “Burn” is such a crispy rocking song, “Kings on Thunder Road” is another one and also moderately paced “The Burning Pain of Love” belongs to the down-to-earth moments on this well-done longplayer.

W.E.T. didn’t envision such a success when they started back in 2008. What was meant to be an outfit that reaches fans of Work Of Art, Eclipse and Soto developed into a constant player in the fields of melodic rock with “Earthrage” being the next chapter of this success story.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Watch the Fire
  2. Burn
  3. Kings of Thunder Road
  4. Elegantly Wasted
  5. Urgent
  6. Dangerous
  7. Calling Out Your Name
  8. Heart is on the Line
  9. I Don’t Wanna Play the Game
  10. The Burning Pain of Love
  11. The Never Ending Retraceable Dream

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review DUKES OF THE ORIENT "Dukes of the Orient"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Dukes Of The Orient, Asia, AOR, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Frontiers Music

CD review DUKES OF THE ORIENT "Dukes of the Orient"

(8/10) Very often it’s the pairing of singer and guitarist that leads to a new band or project. Here things are slightly different since Duke Of The Orient is the banner for a collaboration of singer and keyboarder.

Vocalist John Payne, known from his time with Asia and GPR, teamed-up with American keyboarder Eric Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane) to work on a debut album entitled “Dukes of the Orient”.

The starting point of Dukes Of The Orient is the year 2007 as “Asia Featuring John Payne”. The band continued even though keyboarder Geoff Downes left and transformed into Dukes Of The Orient over time.

With such a history in mind you can guess what kind of sound to expect from this debut. Indeed, it’s an excellent ‘Asia album’ that Asia never wrote. “Dukes of the Orient” is full of lush melodies and catchy harmonies, both based on dominant keyboards and excellent vocals by Payne.

This longplayer revitalises the ‘Asia-sound’ of the eighties with superb songs that will be a delight for AOR fans and rock fans that are fascinated by records such as “Asia” and “Aqua”.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Brothers in Arms
  2. Strange Days
  3. Amor Vincit Omnia
  4. Time Waits For No One
  5. A Sorrow’s Crown
  6. Fourth of July
  7. Seasons Will Change
  8. Give Another Reason

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: AOR

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review RAINTIMES "Raintimes"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Raintimes, AOR, Melodic Rock, News, Hardrock, Rock, Frontiers Music

CD review RAINTIMES "Raintimes"

(7/10) Writing a review about Raintimes on a grey November day with rain outside feels like a perfect match. It’s definitely ‘raintimes’ today in The Netherlands and therefore it’s not a too bad thing to get some musical sunrays out of the speakers.

In contrary to the name of this AOR outfit the music reflects more a light-hearted vibe with a beautiful sunset at its end. Raintimes is the brainchild of two Italian musicians. Pierpaolo Monti and Davide Barbieri started the outfit together with singer Michael Shotton. Sven Larsson and Andres Gippini complete the line-up and it’s this quintet that signed responsible for this self-titled debut.

‘Raintimes” features ten songs an interlude halfway.  I can’t really say that the five-piece band from Northern Italy brings a lot of new to the table. They stick to the general framework of melodic rock and AOR – a good sense for melodies, catchy hooks and a souful ballad (“Swan”). Each of the tunes on the debut reflects good craftsmanship and a lot of dedication for their sound, songs and band.

Raintimes can add a few musical sunrays to your grey November days. You just need to press the ‘Start’-button, close your eyes and dream away.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Forever Gone
  2. Make My Day
  3. Don’t Ever Give Up
  4. Swan
  5. I Need Tonight
  6. Raintimes
  7. Just A Little Bit More
  8. Empty Days
  9. Together As Friends
  10. Missing Piece
  11. I See The Light

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: AOR

Release Date EU: December 1st, 2017

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CD review REVOLUTION SAINTS "Light in the Dark"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Revolution Saints, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Hardrock, AOR, Rock, News, Frontiers Music, CD Review

CD review REVOLUTION SAINTS "Light in the Dark"

(8/10) Just having a glimpse on Revolution Saints’ line-up shows that this outfit has experience and power, both being ingredients for an exciting metal record. Revolution Saints, that’s no less that Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English) and Dough Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake, The Dead Daisies). These three guys have been part of many terrific longplayers, some being milestones in rock and metal music. A collaboration of such a trio can’t go wrong. The guys have proven this with the debut, released in 2015, and also the sophomore “Light in the Dark” does live up to expectation.

Supported by a well done production with Alessandro Del Vecchio at the helm, “Light in the Dark” includes eleven songs, all somewhere in the fields of melodic metal, rock and AOR. It’s the title track that acts as the entry point to this journey in rock. Melodic, pushing and still heavy the song ensures that the longplayer gets out of the blocks in a good manner.

“Light in the Dark” delivers eleven pieces of ear candy that is always sweet but never sticky, if you will. Aldrich heavy guitar riffs provide enough firepower to each of the tunes, ensuring that all of them are true energizers. I like the moments most when things speed up. “Ride Away” is such a track, belonging to the faster ones on the album.

The balance the moments of wild rock’n’roll spirit such an album also needs to have the calmer tones, like in “I Wouldn’t Change a Thing”.  Maybe one ballad would have been enough but with “Can’t Run Away From Love” Revolution Saints added another heartbreaker, well crafted and something to for your romantic moments.

A great sense for melodies and hooks is what makes Revolution Saints to an outfit that stands out from the average. The dynamic “Running on the Edge” is another example for the band’s creativity. The tunes might not deliver a lot of fundamentally new moments, but that’s not what this record is about. These guys deliver awesome melodic rock music that finds the right balance between melody and heaviness. And since each of the involved band members seems to share the same vision for rock things couldn’t go anywhere else than to such an entertaining album that asks for some more spins.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Light in the Dark
  2. Freedom
  3. Ride On
  4. I Wouldn’t Change a Thing
  5. Don’t Surrender
  6. Take You Down
  7. The Storm Inside MIX2
  8. Can’t Run Away from Love
  9. Running on the Edge
  10. Another Chance
  11. Falling Apart

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: October 13th, 2017

 

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CD review AUTOGRAPH "Get Off Your Ass"

Veröffentlicht am 6. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Autograph, News, CD Review, AOR, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Rock

CD review AUTOGRAPH "Get Off Your Ass"

(7/10) Next to thrash metal, California was also a stronghold when it comes to melodic hardrock and metal. One of the pioneers from this period has been Autograph who started extremely successful. The debut went right into the charts, a longplayer that included with “Turn up the Radio” a real smash hit. The song went into Billboard Top 30 and drove a lot of attention to the band.

Unfortunately the band could capitalize on this success. The following records have been good but could not get close to the impact and quality level of the debut, leading to the band disbanding in 1989.

This year Autograph’s back with a new album. “Get Off Your Ass” is the title of a ten songs longplayer of which the last track is a live version of the smasher “Turn Up the Radio” . From the early Autograph it’s guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand that can be heard on this album and the two guys teamed-up with Simon Daniels (V/g) and drummer March Weiland,a four-piece that tried to ignite the old spirit in a new millennium.

If they succeeded or not is up to each and everybody to decide but I must say that I have seen worse comebacks compared to what you get with “Get Off Your Ass”. The new longplayer might not be able to compete with the thrilling debut but what’s put on the newest strike is more than solid hardrock. Tracks like the uptempo opener, the catchy “You Are Us We Are You” and the straight-on rocking “All Emtions” are well-crafted rock songs that make the sun shining on a gray autumn day. There’s one song though the puts a shade on the album. “All I Own” is a ballad that sounds like a being done in a cookie-cutter approach. Uniqueness is not present with this number but it’s the other eight tracks that can compensate for this little distortion.

“Get Off Your Ass” looks like a passionate re-start of a band that entertaining and fun to listen to. It’s good music to ‘turn up the radio’ … or the CD player or the mp3 player or …

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Get Off Your Ass
  2. Every Generation
  3. All I Own
  4. You Are Us We Are You
  5. Meet Me Half Way
  6. I Lost My Mind in America
  7. All Emotions
  8. Watch it Now
  9. Ready to Get Down
  10. Turn Up the Radio (Live)

 

Label: EMP Label Group

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

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CD review GUN "Favourite Pleasure"

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2017 von Markus W. in Gun, Rock, Melodic Rock, News, CD Review, Hardrock, AOR

CD review GUN "Favourite Pleasure"

(8/10) Scottish Gun shouldn't be reduced to their early albums only. Yes, “Gallus” was an excellent sophomore album and “Swagger” used the momentum, becoming a great melodic rock album too. Last but not least it included with the Cameo cover version  “Words Up” a song that was the sunshine in a time of melancholic grunge taking over the scene.

Time leap to 2017: Gun is still around. The quintet might not be able to connect to the earlier commercial scores but this doesn’t matter. What counts is the music. Gun developed over time. The guys stayed true to themselves by sticking to their rocking roots with their new songs showcasing a mature and easygoing sound.

“Favourite Pleasure” reflects the typical Gun-sound that is easily recognizable. The quintet still calls an excellent sense for melodies and hooks their own. This leads sometimes to Beatles-esque songs like “Silent Lovers” while other moments are joyful hardrock anthems (“She Knows”). It’s this width that makes “Favourite Pleasure” to a diverting record, featuring tunes that give you a good time without drowning in the sea of boredom. The title songs is a perfect example for such a vital song, containing a chorus that sticks to your mind from the first time listening to it.

"Favourite Pleasure" doesn’t include a downer. Each of the ten tracks has its own charming identity, kept together by the typical Gun-trademarks – melody, harmony, a steady beat and rocking guitars. Fans of the band will not be disappointed with this longplayer, an album that easily lives up to expectations

 

 (8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. She Knows
  2. Here’s where I am
  3. Favourite Place
  4. Take Me Down
  5. Silent Lovers
  6. Black Heart
  7. Without You
  8. Tragic Heroes
  9. Go to Hell
  10. Boy Who Fooled the World

 

Label: Caroline International

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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CD review H.E.A.T. "Into the Great Unknown"

Veröffentlicht am 18. September 2017 von Markus W. in H.E.A.T., Hardrock, News, Rock, Sleaze Rock, AOR, earMUSIC

CD review H.E.A.T. "Into the Great Unknown"

(8/10) I actually think that Swedish rock outfit H.E.A.T. knows exactly where they are going to with their band. In contrary to the album title „Into the Great Unknown“ the guys continue their journey on the road of rock and they know that it will lead them to success.

The five-piece debut in 2008 with their the self-titled album, followed by more melodic hardrock discs being released in a two years interval. For their 5th strike H.E.A.T. broke the pattern and used a bit more time. Three years after having published „Tearing Down the Walls“ the quintet is back with a new longplayer entitled „Into the Great Unknown“.

The new disc delivers what is expected from the Scandinavian quintet. The album features ten new melodic rock anthems that might not bring too much new to the table but are as catchy as we know it from H.E.A.T.. It’s a thin line between melodic hardrock and too sticky pop music. The Swedes though manage to never cross the line while still using elements from both genres. The ‚pop‘ part in this context is based on the fact that hooks and melodies will for sure attract a bigger amount of mainstream music fans. Songs like „Eye of the Storm“  and the calmer „We Rock“ are reflecting this very well. Also the bombastic title track, rounding off the album, is a tune you can’t escape from, even though airplay chances are pretty low since it is with seven minutes the by far longest track on „Into the Great Unknown“. The extra that comes with this hardrock masterpiece is the grooving middle part with a strong bass line, spicing up this extra long closer.

Next to these catchy moments there are the dirty rockers present as well. The opener „Bastard of Society“ is such a song. A pushing beat, blistering guitars and a perfectly done chorus brings you immediately into the right mood for a longplayer that includes with „Best of the Broken“ another heavy grooving winner.

H.E.A.T. delivers an album that entirely lives up to expectations. „Into the Great Unknown“ includes all the band stands for. The quintet keeps their melodic trademarks alive and evolved them towards a wider variety. Good time rock’n’roll.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bastard Of Society
  2. Redefined
  3. Shit City
  4. Time On Our Side
  5. Best Of The Broken
  6. Eye Of The Storm
  7. Blind Leads The Blind
  8. We Rule
  9. Do You Want It?
  10. Into The Great Unknown

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

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CD review STAN BUSH "Change the World"

Veröffentlicht am 2. September 2017 von Markus W. in Stan Bush, Rock, Hardrock, AOR, News, CD Review, L.A. Records

CD review STAN BUSH "Change the World"

(9/10) Florida-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Stan Bush has a long track record in rock. He wrote excellent songs for movie soundtracks, “Capture of Dreams” was featured in the 1996 Olympics and last but not least he won an Emmy for “Till I was loved By You”.  Next to all the mention Stan Bush has always worked on solo albums of which the magic number 13 will hit the shelves late September this year.

 

“Change the World” is the title of an release that comes with eleven excellent rock songs. These days, fans get many new rock/AOR albums on their plate with many  of them following a cookie-cutter approach. Stan Bush’s new longplayer doesn’t belong to this category. “Change the World” is album which puts a focus on melodic (hard)rock that appeals to a wider crowd of fans of rock music by utilizing everything AOR can offer.

 

The new album feels like a matter of the heart to Bush and it shows two things; he’s an excellent songwriter and he has a great sense for melodies without forgetting rocking guitars. Each of the eleven songs represents this very well, starting with the title track. “Change the World” belongs to the category of songs you can’t get out of your mind after having heart them once. It’s a melodic rock per excellence, followed by a steady pounding “Warrior” that reminded me of Survivor. The light-hearted “Born to Win” and the catchy “Never Surrender” continues this eleven tracks winning streak and the Foreigner-like ballad “The Story of Love” is a joy for ears and mind. Also the second half of this album comes with more than just one highlight. There’s no loss of quality and songs like “Break These Chains” belong to the highlights.

 

Stan Bush shows in a terrific fashion how exciting AOR can be. This album belongs to the best releases in this genre and should score in a good position in the 2017 polls. “Change the World” adds some light and hope to a world that seems to be out of balance more and more and it’s a must for fans of bands like Foreigner, Bad English and Boston.

 

 

(9/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Change The World
  2. Warrior
  3. Born To Win
  4. Never Surrender
  5. The Story of Love
  6. Live Your Dream
  7. Break These Chains
  8. The Other Side of Love
  9. Dare
  10. The Touch
  11. The Secret

 

 

Label: L.A. Records

 

Genre: AOR

 

Release Date EU: September 22th, 2017

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CD review THE NIGHTS "The Nights"

Veröffentlicht am 13. August 2017 von Markus W. in The Nights, AOR, Hardrock, News, Frontiers Music, Rock

CD review THE NIGHTS "The Nights"

(8/10) The Nights is a new player in the fields of melodic rock and they fit in a perfect way into Frontiers musical vision. The band was formed in 2015 when two Finnish guys combined their passion for rock. Sami Hyde and Ilkka Wirtanen started to work on a first album which became the self-titled longplayer that hit the shelves a few days ago.

The album is a surprise. The first tones give the idea of another melodic rock album. But this thought is swiped away after a heavy riff joins the show, something I haven't expected after the keyboard-based entry. This wasn't a one-time thing since also the following tunes are built around down-tuned guitars that are combined with melodic vocal lines. This combination makes the album a bit standing out from a standard setup. Of course, the obligatory ballad need to be in place. “I Will Never Stop Loving You” is stands for the romantic three minutes on this debut before a catchy rocker called “In A Blink of an Eye” takes over the scenery, reminding of Danish rocker of Skagarack.

The Nights isn’t re-inventing melodic hardrock. However, they’re doing a great job on the album by stepping away from too sweet melodies. The guys find the right balance between mainstream, hooks and straight-up rockers with crispy guitars. I guess we will hear more of The Nights during the coming months and years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Welcome to the Snow
  2. Nothing But Love
  3. Juliette
  4. I Will Never Stop Loving You
  5. In a Blink of an Eye
  6. Hold On
  7. Elegy (You Should be Here)
  8. Take Me to Heaven
  9. You Belong to Me Tonight
  10. I Wanna Be Your Superhero
  11. We Can Rule the World

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

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CD Review QUIET RIOT "Road Rage"

Veröffentlicht am 7. August 2017 von Markus W. in Quiet Riot, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Rock, Melodic Metal, AOR, Sleaze Rock, Frontiers Music, Frankie Banali

CD Review QUIET RIOT "Road Rage"

(7/10) If a band like Quiet Riot announces a new album, expectation are sky-high. In a time when heavy metal was still in the starting blocks it was Quiet Riot that acted as a trailblazer for hard rock music. These guys released with "Metal Health" a longplayer that went right to the top of the Billboard Charts. This album paved the way for many other rock bands that celebrated successes in the second half of the 80's. Unfortunately things didn't continue in such a perfect way for Quiet Riot and the band couldn't reach anymore the quality of the debut. Maybe success came too fast and the guys became a victim of their own achievement.

In 2017 Quiet Riot looks a bit different compared to the early days. Frankie Banali's willpower made the quartet returning, supported by bass dinosaur Chuck Wright, Alex Grossi on guitar and American Idol participant James Durbin on vocals. Actually the album should have been released already in spring 2017, but since the band had the chance to record with Durbin things have been moved to later summer.

"Road Rage" is the title of the anticipated new Quiet Riot album which is available in the stores since a few days. After having heard the album a couple of times I have to say that we're are talking about a solid hardrock album that should have been released with another bandname than Quiet Riot. The reason for this is the fact that "Road Rage" is too streamlined and comes with too little edges. The newest longplayer brings up to surface how important the rough vocals of Kevin DuBrow have been for the band. Don't get me wrong here, James Durbin does a good job on this release but he just can't deliver what you expect from Quiet Riot. One of the most important trademarks of the band is missing and therefor it would have been good to use a new and fresh name for this quartet.

If you are a fan of melodic hardrock that benefits of solid songs and a proper production, than you should check out this album. If you're heart frequency goes up while listening to "Metal Health" you should be prepared for that you might get something else than what you expected.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Can't Get Enough
  2. Getaway
  3. Roll This Joint
  4. Freak Flag
  5. Wasted
  6. Still Wild
  7. Make a Way
  8. Renegades
  9. The Road
  10. Shame
  11. Knock em Down

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

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New song from ROBIN BECK's online

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Robin Beck, News, Hardrock, Rock, AOR

New song from ROBIN BECK's online

Robin Beck is truly one of the most gifted vocalists under the broad umbrella of rock music and it was with great pleasure that Frontiers welcomed her back to the label for her new album, “Love Is Coming”! The album sees her partnering with Clif Magness (Steve Perry, Avril Lavigne, and many more) and James Christian (House of Lords), who produced and mixed the album, with Maor Appelbaum handling the mastering. Hit after hit after hit after hit is the best description of the tracklisting. An album encompassing melodic rock to gritty soul inspired rock is what you can expect from this gem. As Robin says, “it had to be better than anything I've ever done in the last 20 years and I believe I have accomplished that.”

Clif Magness says, "I've worked with some of the best and most inspirational female vocalists in the world and Robin Beck most definitely stands among them. Her talent combined with her tenacity and her effervescent personality all add up to an amazing human being."

Robin Beck says: "Songs like these don't come around often enough! I'm spellbound by the richness of the music and the lyrical force of every song. Sure to keep your heart pumping, unless you don't have one!!”

 

The album is entitled "Love is Coming" and will be released on October 13 via Frontiers Music.


Tracklist:
1. Island
2. On The Bright Side
3. In These Eyes
4. Love Is Coming
5. Me Just Being Me
6. On To Something
7. Lost
8. Crave The Touch
9. If You Only Knew
10. Here I Am
11. Girl Like Me
12. Warrior 

 

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