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Title: The official Frontiers Factory thread v. but.......we expected so much more?! :(
Post by: wolfking on November 10, 2011, 04:30:14 AM
As all of you know, I am a huge fan of metal, prog, death metal etc. but one of my weak spots is classic melodic rock and/or AOR.  I know there are a few guys on here that enjoy this sort of music so I wanted to make a thread out of it, as I think it deserves some more attention.  Mainly, I wanted to reccommend 2 outstanding releases that have come out this year that will make my top 5 albums of the year.


Toby Hitchcock - Mercury's Down

(http://www.freecodesource.com/album-cover/51AtH0F9EZL/Toby-Hitchcock-Mercury%27s-Down.jpg)

This is the debut solo album from Pride of Lions singer Toby Hitchcock.  Every song is written and performed by Erik Martensson from the amazing WET project as well as Eclipse.  Every song is melodic rock goodness with great guitar work, catchy chorus' and amazing production.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6yMQmSMmXk


Work of Art - In Progress

(http://www.webofmetal.com/images/products/in-progress-work-of-art/in-progress-work-of-art.jpg?1315013677)

Second album from these guys.  Features Robert Sall from the WET project also.  This is more classic, Toto inspired music but has brilliant vocals, stunning guitars and just great hooks and keyboards too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IVY-0AFU_U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC2Ien6OGiw

I urge anyone remotely interested in this style of music to check out both of these albums. 

Anyone that wants to discuss bands like; Danger Danger, House of Lords, Pride of Lions, Allen/Lande, Last Tribe, Hardline, Sunstorm, Pink Cream 69, Giant, Ten, Magnum etc, knock yourself out.

(I know this won't get many hits) :)

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 10, 2011, 04:46:41 AM
This thread will interest me. :tup
I've been trying to get into more AOR recently, although a lot of it sounds kind of same-y to me. I believe I've checked out stuff from both of those albums before, and they didn't interest me. Allen/Lande didn't live up to my expectations either.

I really enjoy Stan Bush's last two albums. Dream the Dream isn't as good as In This Life, but they've both got some great melodic rock tracks. Journey - Revelation is also another of my recent favourites.
Aside from that, it's just the odd album and track here and there.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 10, 2011, 05:37:55 AM
If you don't know about this website you may like it.  Try it out.


melodicrock.com
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 10, 2011, 05:40:33 AM
I don't really like the site, but I've used it often just to keep up with what's out there. but it's dreadfully laid out, and any album that's even half ok gets a glowing review.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Jirpo on November 10, 2011, 06:24:02 AM
I love your music tastes Wolf, so I'll check it out :)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 10, 2011, 06:48:13 AM
Following for sure.  I love Melodic/AOR rock.  Really, I'm not sure how it got it's own genre, but I guess it's like mini-prog... all the creativity, talent, tempo changes, harmonizations etc... but usually omitting the crazy instrumental sections that produce 10+ minute songs.

I just stumbled on to  melodicrock.com recently.  Fell exactly as Blob - good for news and ideas, but the layout is horrendous.

My recommendation ... check out Harem Scarem.  Mood Swings is my favorite, but Weight of the World and Higher are pretty good.  They had a couple of experimental albums (ie, diverging a little from a typical Melodic sound), so I'd start with these.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 10, 2011, 05:45:16 PM
I'm a big fan; you could spend hours on youtube just finding rare and obsure 80's AOR bands.  Harem Scarem "Mood Swings" is one of my favorite Canadian rock albums.  Other bands of this genre that stand out to be are House of Lords, Pretty Maids, Allen/Lande, Zebra.  There are discs from Y&T, TNT and Angel that can fall under this category too.   
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 10, 2011, 07:32:41 PM
I had a go with Work of Art today, and Wolf, you too are on my "curse you" list.  :evilmonkey:

It was awesome, and I knew it right from the very first chord of The Rain.  Now I have another band (and their discography) to check out.  Thankfully, it's only two discs.  But seriously, stop it.  I can't handle too many more new bands.   :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 10, 2011, 07:42:57 PM
Following for sure.  I love Melodic/AOR rock.  Really, I'm not sure how it got it's own genre, but I guess it's like mini-prog... all the creativity, talent, tempo changes, harmonizations etc... but usually omitting the crazy instrumental sections that produce 10+ minute songs.

I just stumbled on to  melodicrock.com recently.  Fell exactly as Blob - good for news and ideas, but the layout is horrendous.

My recommendation ... check out Harem Scarem.  Mood Swings is my favorite, but Weight of the World and Higher are pretty good.  They had a couple of experimental albums (ie, diverging a little from a typical Melodic sound), so I'd start with these.

Harem Scarem are pretty good, but I need to check out more of their albums.  Love Harry Hess' voice. Check out his latest frontiers project called First Signal, really great album.

I'm a big fan; you could spend hours on youtube just finding rare and obsure 80's AOR bands.  Harem Scarem "Mood Swings" is one of my favorite Canadian rock albums.  Other bands of this genre that stand out to be are House of Lords, Pretty Maids, Allen/Lande, Zebra.  There are discs from Y&T, TNT and Angel that can fall under this category too.   

I still need to check out Zebra and Angel.  TNT, Y&T, House of Lords, Allen/Lande and Pretty Maids are all amazing.

Pandemonium from Pretty Maids was an amazing album that came out last year.  Great heaviness but every song has a killer hook, I reccomend that one too.


I had a go with Work of Art today, and Wolf, you too are on my "curse you" list.  :evilmonkey:

It was awesome, and I knew it right from the very first chord of The Rain.  Now I have another band (and their discography) to check out.  Thankfully, it's only two discs.  But seriously, stop it.  I can't handle too many more new bands.   :lol

Great, I'm cool being on your curse list.  :lol  Both albums are just perfect for anyone slightly interested in the genre.  Rain is IMO, the perfect melodic rock song.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 10, 2011, 08:09:27 PM
Wolf, you are the king of metal/rock so you must check out Zebra and Angel.  How about Steelheart, Honeymoon Suite, Thunder or Alias, do you like any of those bands?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 10, 2011, 08:35:28 PM
Wolf, you are the king of metal/rock so you must check out Zebra and Angel.  How about Steelheart, Honeymoon Suite, Thunder or Alias, do you like any of those bands?

Steelheart and Thunder are pretty damn good, but I am unaware of the others too, I think you take the crown my friend.  Looks like I have a lot of work to do.  I might post a big list of my fav AOR bands later, I'm sure there's heaps I'm missing.  :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: T-ski on November 10, 2011, 08:52:09 PM
If you don't know about this website you may like it.  Try it out.


melodicrock.com

funny story....a local radio station was reporting on some Van Halen news months back and credited Melodicrock.com with the story.  Problem is, he pronounced it "Melodi Crock.com".  DJ fail.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 11, 2011, 10:51:02 AM
Wolf, if you ever have time to post a big list of your top AOR bands that would be great.  Would give me a chance to do more research and discover further bands.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 11, 2011, 02:56:57 PM
Ahh, somewhere I can feel at home on DTF (other than the DT discussion of course). I'll certainly second the recommendation for Harem Scarem but as I never got into them back in the day Mood Swings isn't the be all end all for me. eight Of The World, Higher and Overload are all great albums.

I'll highlight a couple of recent-ish (last couple of years) releases that deserve recognition.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-heZ6TXg69YE/TdFlFLUdqcI/AAAAAAAAFjE/HNKHefVCifE/s320/june17.JPG)

A real fan pleaser of an album. Queensryche please take note!

And

(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LE9PahX7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 11, 2011, 03:24:42 PM
Is that the same Sister Christian Night Ranger?

I think Mood Swings might have been the 'be-all-and-end-all' back in the day because Voice of Reason was such a drop off.  It wasn't until recently that I got re-connected with their discography.  My wife actually knew Pete and Harry, and toured around with them (guess you could call her a groupie  :lol)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 11, 2011, 04:19:08 PM
I've heard alot of good things about the new Night Ranger
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Jaq on November 11, 2011, 11:56:13 PM
I don't really like the site, but I've used it often just to keep up with what's out there. but it's dreadfully laid out, and any album that's even half ok gets a glowing review.

I remember when the guy who runs that site gave a negative review to a Def Leppard album and then got into a pissing contest with Joe Elliott about it. The ONLY time I've not seen the guy rate an album like it was the second coming.  :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: B_Hammock on November 12, 2011, 01:10:45 AM
I'm a big fan of Journey, apart from them there isn't that many melodic rock bands I'm that into, although Dare's "Out of the Silence" album is fantastic.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jsem on November 12, 2011, 04:50:54 AM
These album covers look epic, needa check them out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 13, 2011, 03:07:10 AM
Ahh, somewhere I can feel at home on DTF (other than the DT discussion of course). I'll certainly second the recommendation for Harem Scarem but as I never got into them back in the day Mood Swings isn't the be all end all for me. eight Of The World, Higher and Overload are all great albums.

I'll highlight a couple of recent-ish (last couple of years) releases that deserve recognition.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-heZ6TXg69YE/TdFlFLUdqcI/AAAAAAAAFjE/HNKHefVCifE/s320/june17.JPG)

A real fan pleaser of an album. Queensryche please take note!

And

(http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/51LE9PahX7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Got the new Nightranger a couple of weeks back, had a couple of spins only, but really, really solid record.  That Treat album is amazing, and one of the best albums that came out last year.  Killer records Lowdz.  Here's another one of my favs;

(http://www.rockrealms.com/assets/interrogationpics/jss3.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 13, 2011, 04:35:07 AM
WET is a quality album- can't go wrong with Jeff Scott Soto singing.

Going back in time, these are essential

(http://s49.radikal.ru/i126/1007/42/424c407af4a2.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b1/Kane_Roberts_-_Saints_and_Sinners.jpg/220px-Kane_Roberts_-_Saints_and_Sinners.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9f/Dokken_-_Back_for_the_Attack.jpg/220px-Dokken_-_Back_for_the_Attack.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 13, 2011, 07:30:16 AM
Ya know, it's weird... back in the 80s, what is now 'melodic rock' was called "glam", and then chastised in the 90s.  Blood on the Bricks is a great album.  Same with a lot of other albums from other supposed 'glam' bands like Damn Yankees, Mr. Big, Extreme etc... 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 13, 2011, 10:41:27 AM
I think the stretch of Breaking the Chains to Back for the Attack from Dokken is one of the best run of discs by any band.  Those discs pretty much symbolize the 80's hair metal genre.  I only have a best of for Aldo Nova, but enjoy all the songs.  Steel Panther covered Fantasy last year and it was great.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 13, 2011, 01:20:26 PM
Most of Aldo's 80s stuff sounds so dated (those drums! yuk.) but Blood On the Bricks was a great album. He plays some excellent guitar as well.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 13, 2011, 09:23:16 PM
Not familiar with Aldo Nova either, and I thought I knew a lot about AOR.  :lol  Will have to check that one out too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 14, 2011, 06:15:33 AM
The ultimate 80's melodic AOR album! I loved it..and still do!

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQLPvInSjDIFc8KQ__CeY2kxqkpu94GoGB13w0jG5MQF7uIKl-W)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 14, 2011, 01:04:43 PM
OK, time to bring out the big guns...

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/Europe-prisoners_in_paradise.jpg/220px-Europe-prisoners_in_paradise.jpg)

If all you know is The Final Countdown, this will convince you these guys are awesome. Needs a remaster now!

(http://www.musicobsession.com/Pictures/d/a/dangerdanger362920.jpg)

Some people prefer the first album which has a more 80s AOR sound but I prefer this more Melodic Rock approach. And Andy Timmons on guitar. Lyrics are a bit "Steel Panther" but some gold on here. Their last album, Revolve, is a killer too.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 14, 2011, 01:27:32 PM
It's a shame that Europe is only known for the final countdown and carrie
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 14, 2011, 01:41:56 PM
The ultimate 80's melodic AOR album! I loved it..and still do!

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQLPvInSjDIFc8KQ__CeY2kxqkpu94GoGB13w0jG5MQF7uIKl-W)

With the awesome cover of Cliff Richard's Devil Woman.
The guitarist passed away a couple of weeks ago, and they had just released a very good album too, without the original singer though.


Just remembered a couple of other albums that must be mentioned in this thread...
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Zp2qe8M0J04/TpLdo-lqrII/AAAAAAAANbA/pHCphktaBUE/s320/30550.jpg)


with th excellent Dan Huff on guitar and vocals, and

(http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/3a1e14a2250a25cd04c4687fab7bf613/20565.jpg)

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 14, 2011, 02:41:56 PM
How about Lynch Mob and Blue Murder.  Not sure if they completely fall in the aor genre, but great bands non the less.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 14, 2011, 02:52:05 PM
How about Lynch Mob and Blue Murder.  Not sure if they completely fall in the aor genre, but great bands non the less.

First two Lynch Mob albums and the 1st Blue Murder, certainly. MP's collaboration with John Sykes is probably his only project I have any interest in.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 14, 2011, 04:11:59 PM
OK, time to bring out the big guns...

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/Europe-prisoners_in_paradise.jpg/220px-Europe-prisoners_in_paradise.jpg)

If all you know is The Final Countdown, this will convince you these guys are awesome. Needs a remaster now!

(http://www.musicobsession.com/Pictures/d/a/dangerdanger362920.jpg)

Some people prefer the first album which has a more 80s AOR sound but I prefer this more Melodic Rock approach. And Andy Timmons on guitar. Lyrics are a bit "Steel Panther" but some gold on here. Their last album, Revolve, is a killer too.

I can't believe you posted both of these simultaneously.  I bought both at the same time, on a whim (I'd never heard of Danger Danger, and only knew The Final Countdown from Europe), while on a road-trip in Boston (bunch of guys just got in a car and drove 9 hours for shits and giggles), and they are both fantastic albums.  It's the only DD I have, so I guess I have to check out some more.

Just wierd that you posted them both.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 14, 2011, 05:15:42 PM
I am one of those guys that prefer the debut to Screw It.  Revolve though is one of the best melodic rock albums I've ever heard.  It's close to perfect.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 15, 2011, 03:44:35 PM
I am one of those guys that prefer the debut to Screw It.  Revolve though is one of the best melodic rock albums I've ever heard.  It's close to perfect.

Yeah, agree about Revolve. The only track that isn't awesome for me is the opener.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 15, 2011, 03:47:56 PM
I am one of those guys that prefer the debut to Screw It.  Revolve though is one of the best melodic rock albums I've ever heard.  It's close to perfect.

Yeah, agree about Revolve. The only track that isn't awesome for me is the opener.
What band are you guys talking about? :laugh:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 15, 2011, 03:48:20 PM
That sounds like a great road trip Jingle.Boy. Two great albums. The only time I remember buying two cds at once that blew me away were Dokken's Back For The Attack and Joe Satriani's Surfing With The Alien. That was a great day.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 15, 2011, 03:49:16 PM
I am one of those guys that prefer the debut to Screw It.  Revolve though is one of the best melodic rock albums I've ever heard.  It's close to perfect.

Yeah, agree about Revolve. The only track that isn't awesome for me is the opener.
What band are you guys talking about? :laugh:

Danger Danger.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 15, 2011, 04:12:41 PM
That sounds like a great road trip Jingle.Boy. Two great albums. The only time I remember buying two cds at once that blew me away were Dokken's Back For The Attack and Joe Satriani's Surfing With The Alien. That was a great day.
For some reason, I always bought tapes in pairs. Stil remember coming home with Iron Maiden's Piece Of Mind and Riot's Narita on one Spring day in 1983.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 15, 2011, 04:35:06 PM
I am one of those guys that prefer the debut to Screw It.  Revolve though is one of the best melodic rock albums I've ever heard.  It's close to perfect.

Yeah, agree about Revolve. The only track that isn't awesome for me is the opener.
What band are you guys talking about? :laugh:

Danger Danger  :dangerwillrobinson:   :lol

Edit ... whoops, forgot to follow thru to page 2 before replying.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 15, 2011, 04:46:41 PM
That sounds like a great road trip Jingle.Boy. Two great albums. The only time I remember buying two cds at once that blew me away were Dokken's Back For The Attack and Joe Satriani's Surfing With The Alien. That was a great day.

there was a lot more that I 'hauled' on that road trip.  Right Here, Right Now (VH), Unboxed (Sammy Hagar), Out of This World (Europe), I think I got that Aldo Nova CD then too, Rockhead, Magnet to Steel (Crissy Steele), Exposed (Vince Neil), In the Heart of the Young (Winger).  I have no idea why I remember what CD's I got that weekend.  I thought there was more that I didn't remember (ie, hammered and hungover)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on November 15, 2011, 10:58:59 PM
Anyone check out The Magnificent yet?

(http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/photos/the_magnificent_cover.jpg)

This album is amazing and my album of the year. Right now Russell Allen and Michael Eriksen are battling it out for my favorite vocalist.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 15, 2011, 11:09:03 PM
I am one of those guys that prefer the debut to Screw It.  Revolve though is one of the best melodic rock albums I've ever heard.  It's close to perfect.

Yeah, agree about Revolve. The only track that isn't awesome for me is the opener.
What band are you guys talking about? :laugh:

Danger Danger  :dangerwillrobinson:   :lol

Edit ... whoops, forgot to follow thru to page 2 before replying.

I'm pretty sure TAC was making a joke as the first song is titled, 'That's What I'm Talking About.'  :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 15, 2011, 11:11:09 PM
Anyone check out The Magnificent yet?

(http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/photos/the_magnificent_cover.jpg)

This album is amazing and my album of the year. Right now Russell Allen and Michael Eriksen are battling it out for my favorite vocalist.

Album of the year Zook??!!  I only made you aware of this a few days ago.  :tup  I better hurry up and order this.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: KevShmev on November 15, 2011, 11:19:39 PM
Damn Yankees were short-lived, but great.  The debut was good, and the second album, Don't Tread, is one helluva hard rock album.  Silence is Broken has one of my favorite solo sections of all-time. Ted Nugent's solo is terrific, and the acoustic lead Tommy Shaw plays underneath it is one of the coolest things ever. :coolio
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on November 15, 2011, 11:50:27 PM
Anyone check out The Magnificent yet?

This album is amazing and my album of the year. Right now Russell Allen and Michael Eriksen are battling it out for my favorite vocalist.

Album of the year Zook??!!  I only made you aware of this a few days ago.  :tup  I better hurry up and order this.

Hell yeah, it's that good. I traded a bunch of stuff in at Zia just to get this. I needed it. If you haven't heard any of it yet, the best I can describe it is Whitesnake meets Bon Jovi, but with minimal to no cheese. Just infection melodies, solid music, and an incredible performance by Michael Eriksen. My next CD purchase was supposed to be This Mortal Coil, but thanks to you, I now own this wonderful CD.

Also, if any one you like Annette's (new Nightwish singer) voice, check out her old band Alyson Avenue. They also capture that 80s sound extremely well. Think Pat Benatar meets 80s Heart.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 15, 2011, 11:58:30 PM
Great that's made such a good impression, I'm sure I'll love it.  Will order ASAP.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 16, 2011, 03:44:18 AM
Yeah Damn Yankees was a great band, too bad they didnt stick around longer.  Never heard of The Magnificent, but just checked out the samples on Amazon; sounds awesome.  This is a great thread.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 16, 2011, 06:41:30 AM
Both DY discs are fantastic (I don't think they did more than two???).  Let's, see, what else can I pull from the vault ... White Lion?  Too much glam?  Either way, Vito Bratta was one helluva guitar player.  They had some standout tracks, but they also had a few whiffs.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 16, 2011, 07:29:01 AM
Both DY discs are fantastic (I don't think they did more than two???).  Let's, see, what else can I pull from the vault ... White Lion?  Too much glam?  Either way, Vito Bratta was one helluva guitar player.  They had some standout tracks, but they also had a few whiffs.

There is a 3rd DY's album in the vault that they recorded a few years ago.  I hope they release it.

Also White Lion was great.  Loved Vito as a guitar player.  I've allways loved and TAC knows this, Stone Fury.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hynC3Fawhwo
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 16, 2011, 10:49:52 AM
Yeah Damn Yankees was a great band, too bad they didnt stick around longer.  Never heard of The Magnificent, but just checked out the samples on Amazon; sounds awesome.  This is a great thread.

The Magnificent is ok but it didn't hold my interest all the way through. Great performences but everything seemed a bit same-y. Will give it a few more plays.

Preferred the Steel Panther... :blush
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 16, 2011, 01:28:10 PM
Preferred the Steel Panther... :blush

Oh dear.


Speaking of White Lion, their latest album, Return of the Pride was an excellent piece of melodic rock, I really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 16, 2011, 01:38:52 PM
Both DY discs are fantastic (I don't think they did more than two???).  Let's, see, what else can I pull from the vault ... White Lion?  Too much glam?  Either way, Vito Bratta was one helluva guitar player.  They had some standout tracks, but they also had a few whiffs.

Only really liked Pride and Mane Attraction. They went too soft with the follow up to Pride, only 1-2 good tracks on Big Game.

Is it safe to mention Winger yet~? Much maligned but a great band. Pull is a great Rock album. In The Heart Of The Young is a great pop rock album (with a hint of prog/pomp- see Rainbow In The Rose, In The Heart Of The Young)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 16, 2011, 01:50:55 PM
Winger are one of my all time fav bands.  Every album IMO is quality, and such a technically amazing band, great musicians.  I'd rank the albums;

Pull
Winger
In the Heart of the Young
Karma
IV

But really every album is near the same level of quality.  Great, great band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 16, 2011, 01:56:17 PM
Daaaaamn Wolf, I love IV
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 16, 2011, 02:16:57 PM
Daaaaamn Wolf, I love IV

Man, so do I, I really do, great record, but as I said, all albums are absolute quality and really their rankings change from time to time.  They are all really equal in quality.  Man, just thinking about IV now, I absolutely love No Leaf Clover and The Great Escape, maybe it does deserve to be higher on the list.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 16, 2011, 05:24:03 PM
Winger is a fantastic band.  Kip Winger is a great songwriter and they are highly underated; maybe due to Bevis and Butthead.  I know wolf is a big fan of the Tony Martin era Sabbath, as I am a huge fan as well.  Just read on blabbermouth that Tony Martin and Dario Mollo will be releasing the "Third Cage" via Frontiers Records on January 24th.  They have a few samples posted.  It definetly has an AOR vibe along with Martin era Sabbath sound.  Sounds very very good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 17, 2011, 04:01:30 AM
You know, I'm ashamed to say that I haven't checked out any The Cage albums yet.  Should look into that.

Another one that I love with Tony Martin is his work with Guintini.  I only have the third album, but it's absolutely killer.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 17, 2011, 09:13:39 PM
Have you heard Rondenelli- "Our Cross, Our Sins" featuring Bobby Rondenelli, Neil Murray and Tony Martin.  If not, get it asap.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 17, 2011, 10:08:31 PM
Have you heard Rondenelli- "Our Cross, Our Sins" featuring Bobby Rondenelli, Neil Murray and Tony Martin.  If not, get it asap.

I saw that in store a couple of years ago and didn't pick it up.  When I went back it was gone.  Should get that one again.

I was watching Sabbath live in Moscow 1989 DVD last night.  Great stuff, Tony was singing quite well in his early Sabbath days.  He sounded pretty good on the Dio stuff too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 18, 2011, 08:36:06 AM
OK, must check out Rondinelli.
The Damn Yankees debut was disappointing IMO. Should've had more teeth. Didn't check out anything else after that.
Winger :facepalm: Easily the most disappointed I have EVER been in an album when I picked up their first album. Two guys from Alice Cooper's band, Rod Morganstein, and Reb Beech, and they put out the biggest piece of shit I've ever heard.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 18, 2011, 08:39:44 AM
Inb4 Cosmo post his TAC Winger picture. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 18, 2011, 12:46:24 PM
OK, must check out Rondinelli.
The Damn Yankees debut was disappointing IMO. Should've had more teeth. Didn't check out anything else after that.
Winger :facepalm: Easily the most disappointed I have EVER been in an album when I picked up their first album. Two guys from Alice Cooper's band, Rod Morganstein, and Reb Beech, and they put out the biggest piece of shit I've ever heard.

re Winger, Shame you started (and finished) with that one as it's easily their worst.

I enjoyed most of the 1st Damn Yankees but album no 2 was better.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 18, 2011, 02:34:04 PM
First album is killer, bitches!!

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 18, 2011, 03:02:35 PM
First album is killer, bitches!!

Some of it is.

Anyway, today's selection of Melodic Rock is

(http://www.tradebit.com/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/379/379705/37970527.jpg)

and

(http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/5/9/2/4592.jpg)

Not everyone's cup of tea but two of my favourites. The Keel is certainly not unanimously loved but it is chez Lowdz. And yes, that cover is incredibly sad.

and this is a desert island disc for me.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/71/Thunderdome-pink-cream-69.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 18, 2011, 06:40:32 PM
I've always meant to check out more of Pink Cream 69; I only checked out some of their material after being blown away by Better then Raw and wanting to check out more Andi Deris material.  What is considered Pink Cream's best album overall?  I have Hurricane"Over the Edge" and Keel "Right to Rock" and play them on a regular basis.   "I'm On To You" is one of my favorite 80's hair metal tunes.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MasterShakezula on November 19, 2011, 12:06:15 AM
I dunno whether Saxon counts as AOR, but fuck, this song's too great not to share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNcaiIr_ZY8&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNcaiIr_ZY8&feature=related)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 19, 2011, 04:28:01 AM
I've always meant to check out more of Pink Cream 69; I only checked out some of their material after being blown away by Better then Raw and wanting to check out more Andi Deris material.  What is considered Pink Cream's best album overall?  I have Hurricane"Over the Edge" and Keel "Right to Rock" and play them on a regular basis.   "I'm On To You" is one of my favorite 80's hair metal tunes.

For me PC69's best are Thunderdome, Electrified and In10sity. I defy anyone to listen to Shame from Electrified and not be singing it all day!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 19, 2011, 12:35:59 PM
Whats the opinion of the Allen/Lande discs.  For me, they are the quintessential modern AOR discs.  Not sure which is my favorite; if I had to pick one, it would be the first.  But they are all great.  Gotta admit though, there are certain songs that are difficult to distinguish who is singing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 19, 2011, 01:38:19 PM
Whats the opinion of the Allen/Lande discs.  For me, they are the quintessential modern AOR discs.  Not sure which is my favorite; if I had to pick one, it would be the first.  But they are all great.  Gotta admit though, there are certain songs that are difficult to distinguish who is singing.

I wouldn't call them AOR, they are a bit more Metal than that. They are good though. It's nice to hear Russell Allen on something more melodic than his day job. Magnus Karlsson's other projects are good too, especially Starbreaker with TNT's Tony Harnell. Last Tribe were a good band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 19, 2011, 08:48:05 PM
Whats the opinion of the Allen/Lande discs.  For me, they are the quintessential modern AOR discs.  Not sure which is my favorite; if I had to pick one, it would be the first.  But they are all great.  Gotta admit though, there are certain songs that are difficult to distinguish who is singing.

That's one reason why I don't like those albums much. You've got two of the biggest voices in metal today, and it just blends together and uses neither vocalist to their potential. I found the music to be pretty weak too. Too soft and same-y.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 20, 2011, 07:35:53 AM
Whats the opinion of the Allen/Lande discs.  For me, they are the quintessential modern AOR discs.  Not sure which is my favorite; if I had to pick one, it would be the first.  But they are all great.  Gotta admit though, there are certain songs that are difficult to distinguish who is singing.

Just discovered them about a monh ago, and absolutely love them. I love the blend oftwo of my favor things ... Allen and melodic rock. Never knew Lande before this. Some songs are fluffy, but that's ok. So far, The Battle is he one I like the best.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2011, 02:27:46 PM
Whats the opinion of the Allen/Lande discs.  For me, they are the quintessential modern AOR discs.  Not sure which is my favorite; if I had to pick one, it would be the first.  But they are all great.  Gotta admit though, there are certain songs that are difficult to distinguish who is singing.

I wouldn't call them AOR, they are a bit more Metal than that. They are good though. It's nice to hear Russell Allen on something more melodic than his day job. Magnus Karlsson's other projects are good too, especially Starbreaker with TNT's Tony Harnell. Last Tribe were a good band.

I am such a Karlsson fanboy.  All three Allen/Lande discs are three of my fav albums of all time, they are just absolutely perfect, especially the first one.  Everything Karlsson produces turns to gold.  Last Tribe is probably his best work IMO.  Witch's Dance and Uncrowned are perfect melodic metal discs.  Karlsson is also one of the most underrated guitarists on the scene, his chops, melodies and phrising is unmatched.  I love everything from this guys, check out;

Starbreaker
Last Tribe
Allen/Lande
The Codex
Tony O'Hora
Kiske/Sommerville
Midnight Sun
Bob Catley (Immortal)
Planet Alliance
Primal Fear/Scheepers

He also does a few solos on the new Kimball/Jamison record.  Really good AOR with songs written by Robert Sall, Richard Page, John Waite, Erik Martensson and Jim Peterik plus others.  It has Mat Sinner and Alex from Primal Fear so is basically 3 Primal Fear members doing an AOR with these two.  :lol

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6eYLvvX5u8U/TpgMkh9tzGI/AAAAAAAAOQQ/Sig59n8BYvY/s320/KimballJamison2011.jpeg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 20, 2011, 09:28:30 PM
Nice to see apprieciation for Allen/Lande; especially Wolf listing them as some of his all time favorites.  Another one of my all time favorite bands, I guess they are a little heavier then typical AOR, is Fifth Angel.  Any opinions of them?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2011, 10:24:48 PM
Nice to see apprieciation for Allen/Lande; especially Wolf listing them as some of his all time favorites.  Another one of my all time favorite bands, I guess they are a little heavier then typical AOR, is Fifth Angel.  Any opinions of them?

Never heard of them.  Reccomend me a couple of songs.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wkiml on November 21, 2011, 06:45:58 AM
Nice to see apprieciation for Allen/Lande; especially Wolf listing them as some of his all time favorites.  Another one of my all time favorite bands, I guess they are a little heavier then typical AOR, is Fifth Angel.  Any opinions of them?

Never heard of them.  Reccomend me a couple of songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieLSQujmyhk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNHl9bswEeE
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 21, 2011, 09:57:41 AM
Fifth Angel only had two albums; a self titled and the follow-up "Time Will Tell".  Hopefully there will be new material in 2012
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wkiml on November 21, 2011, 10:40:01 AM
Fifth Angel only had two albums; a self titled and the follow-up "Time Will Tell".  Hopefully there will be new material in 2012

Been waiting on New Material for years but have just about given up hope....Without Ted Pilot  I can't see than bad doing much I believe Archer is the only original member left  ...where is Samsara ( the resident Fifth Angel expert) to back me on this

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wkiml on November 21, 2011, 02:20:28 PM
As for Zebra  everyone seems to be familiar with Take your Fingers  for obvious reasons


Try these Who's behind the Door
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe7iYcIwArw

Wait until the Summers Gone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lbipOFALOE

The La La song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOG1ceSl9f4
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 21, 2011, 04:12:12 PM
I can never get enough of Zebra's first album and I love the song from their 3rd album  HE'S MAKING YOU THE FOOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvbZkfYkbN0
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 21, 2011, 04:45:06 PM
I think Zebra should've been much bigger, as well as the band Angel.  Both bands had all the ingrediants for sucess.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on November 21, 2011, 07:19:48 PM
I listened to Whitesnake's self titled in its entirety for the first time, and it was decent. Still Of The Night is my favorite of theirs, but the album's main flaw is that a lot of its songs start the same way as SOTN. It was still an enjoyable listen.

7/10
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 21, 2011, 08:40:54 PM
I listened to Whitesnake's self titled in its entirety for the first time, and it was decent. Still Of The Night is my favorite of theirs, but the album's main flaw is that a lot of its songs start the same way as SOTN. It was still an enjoyable listen.

7/10

By start the same way, I assume you mean just that quick guitar slide they all do? That's a pretty minor flaw, I must say. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on November 21, 2011, 09:13:37 PM
Well it would be like if the majority of the songs on Awake began with the 6:00 drum fill. Or the majority of the songs on Snowfall on Judgment Day ended with a DUN DUN DUN. Oh wait...
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 21, 2011, 09:17:15 PM
The opening fill of 6:00 is a little bit more distinctive and unique than just a half second guitar slide though. I actually kind of like that half of the songs start that way. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2011, 03:06:15 AM
I listened to Whitesnake's self titled in its entirety for the first time, and it was decent. Still Of The Night is my favorite of theirs, but the album's main flaw is that a lot of its songs start the same way as SOTN. It was still an enjoyable listen.

7/10

By start the same way, I assume you mean just that quick guitar slide they all do? That's a pretty minor flaw, I must say. :lol

I remember when I bought Yngwie's Alchemy album and noted that every song started with the same glissando. Not sure that's what ruined the album for me as the crap songs did that but I remember being less than impressed with everything starting the same way. Never noticed with the Whitesnake though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 22, 2011, 03:10:20 AM
I listened to Whitesnake's self titled in its entirety for the first time, and it was decent. Still Of The Night is my favorite of theirs, but the album's main flaw is that a lot of its songs start the same way as SOTN. It was still an enjoyable listen.

7/10

By start the same way, I assume you mean just that quick guitar slide they all do? That's a pretty minor flaw, I must say. :lol

I remember when I bought Yngwie's Alchemy album and noted that every song started with the same glissando. Not sure that's what ruined the album for me as the crap songs did that but I remember being less than impressed with everything starting the same way. Never noticed with the Whitesnake though.

Alchemy is by far Malmsteen's best record IMHO, and is one of my fav records of all time.  Very strong songs IMO and Mark Boals best performance ever recorded.  Magic record.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on November 22, 2011, 04:28:09 AM
Blob, those slides are so similar that I thought my iPod goofed and played Still of The Night out of order. Then another song had it and then another and it was old. Anyway, have you heard The Magnificent yet?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 22, 2011, 05:32:22 AM
I listened to Whitesnake's self titled in its entirety for the first time, and it was decent. Still Of The Night is my favorite of theirs, but the album's main flaw is that a lot of its songs start the same way as SOTN. It was still an enjoyable listen.

7/10

By start the same way, I assume you mean just that quick guitar slide they all do? That's a pretty minor flaw, I must say. :lol

I remember when I bought Yngwie's Alchemy album and noted that every song started with the same glissando. Not sure that's what ruined the album for me as the crap songs did that but I remember being less than impressed with everything starting the same way. Never noticed with the Whitesnake though.

Alchemy is by far Malmsteen's best record IMHO, and is one of my fav records of all time.  Very strong songs IMO and Mark Boals best performance ever recorded.  Magic record.
Yeah, I agree. Alchemy is excellent!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2011, 05:52:23 AM
I listened to Whitesnake's self titled in its entirety for the first time, and it was decent. Still Of The Night is my favorite of theirs, but the album's main flaw is that a lot of its songs start the same way as SOTN. It was still an enjoyable listen.

7/10
By start the same way, I assume you mean just that quick guitar slide they all do? That's a pretty minor flaw, I must say. :lol

I remember when I bought Yngwie's Alchemy album and noted that every song started with the same glissando. Not sure that's what ruined the album for me as the crap songs did that but I remember being less than impressed with everything starting the same way. Never noticed with the Whitesnake though.

Alchemy is by far Malmsteen's best record IMHO, and is one of my fav records of all time.  Very strong songs IMO and Mark Boals best performance ever recorded.  Magic record.
Yeah, I agree. Alchemy is excellent!

Seems like it's just me then. I didn't like anything about it. It was the start of the end of my llove for Yngwie.  It was even worse coming after the excellent Facing The Animal.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2011, 05:57:17 AM
Were any of you disappointed with the next Whitesnake album that had Steve Vai?  I remember thinking that Steve Vai didn't sound like Vai at all.  No little Vai riffs it was as if they wanted him to be a Sykes clone.  No I love Sykes but I wanted to here what Vai had to offer to the band and maybe I was disappointed in that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 22, 2011, 06:01:17 AM
Were any of you disappointed with the next Whitesnake album that had Steve Vai?  I remember thinking that Steve Vai didn't sound like Vai at all.  No little Vai riffs it was as if they wanted him to be a Sykes clone.  No I love Sykes but I wanted to here what Vai had to offer to the band and maybe I was disappointed in that.

I find Slip of the Tongue very disappointing. Aside from a couple of songs, I don't listen to it at all. To me it sounds distinctly like Vai, maybe he just restrained himself because it was a band, and not a solo album.
Either way, Vai has never impressed me in a band situation, even when he's playing with artists I otherwise love, like Whitesnake and DLR.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2011, 06:06:15 AM
I always thought Vai had a few Vai-isms :lol in DLR's music.  Like Hot Dog & a Shake.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2011, 08:51:54 AM
Were any of you disappointed with the next Whitesnake album that had Steve Vai?  I remember thinking that Steve Vai didn't sound like Vai at all.  No little Vai riffs it was as if they wanted him to be a Sykes clone.  No I love Sykes but I wanted to here what Vai had to offer to the band and maybe I was disappointed in that.

I find Slip of the Tongue very disappointing. Aside from a couple of songs, I don't listen to it at all. To me it sounds distinctly like Vai, maybe he just restrained himself because it was a band, and not a solo album.
Either way, Vai has never impressed me in a band situation, even when he's playing with artists I otherwise love, like Whitesnake and DLR.


I like SOTT but it's a long way from classic Whitesnake. I was a big fan of the previous era from Come And Get It onwards. And I love Vai on Eat 'em And Smile. Skyscraper was poor though, bar a couple of songs.


Just listened to a couple of classic albums that fall in this thread.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kFTy7XP165c/THVD8D5ZO5I/AAAAAAAAAPI/wl6Jrnyvc3E/s1600/Kiss-Paul_Stanley-Frontal.jpg)

The best album under the KISS monicker by far.

and

(http://rockdelight.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/1231531243_survivor-vital-signs-front1.jpg)

The definitive AOR album for me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2011, 09:05:29 AM
Both fantasic records.  I listened to Paul and Ace's solo albums a few weeks ago and just yesterday to Vital Signs at work.

Does anybody listen to Gene's and Peter's at all?! :lol  I don't.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 22, 2011, 09:07:06 AM
Does anybody listen to Gene's and Peter's at all?! :lol  I don't.

I don't listen to any of them at all.   :yeahright
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2011, 09:35:22 AM
Does anybody listen to Gene's and Peter's at all?! :lol  I don't.

I don't listen to any of them at all.   :yeahright

Have you heard them? The Paul Stanley is a great rock album. Ace's is good but his voice is an acquired taste. Rip It Out is the first song I taught myself to play on guitar.
The ballaad I Can't Stop The Rain on Peter Criss' album is good but the rest is awful.
Gene's album was a real disappointment but then again I was never a big fan of his songs in KISS.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 22, 2011, 09:41:16 AM
Does anybody listen to Gene's and Peter's at all?! :lol  I don't.

I don't listen to any of them at all.   :yeahright

Have you heard them? The Paul Stanley is a great rock album. Ace's is good but his voice is an acquired taste. Rip It Out is the first song I taught myself to play on guitar.

Yeah, I've heard them. Paul and Ace's ones easily seemed to be the better of the bunch, but the songwriting didn't jump out at me, and I can't handle a whole album of Ace (as much as I like his voice in small doses), but at least they were the rockier of the 4 solo albums. Gene's was a cheap cash in attempt that wasn't any good, and Peter's one is too soft.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 22, 2011, 10:08:37 AM
Ace's solo album is a fantastic disc.  Paul's is very good, but behind Ace for sure.  I've never actually listened to Gene or Peters, but I've read countless negative reviews and all the samples I've listened to sound pretty poor.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 22, 2011, 11:49:47 AM
Were any of you disappointed with the next Whitesnake album that had Steve Vai?  I remember thinking that Steve Vai didn't sound like Vai at all.  No little Vai riffs it was as if they wanted him to be a Sykes clone.  No I love Sykes but I wanted to here what Vai had to offer to the band and maybe I was disappointed in that.

I find Slip of the Tongue very disappointing. Aside from a couple of songs, I don't listen to it at all. To me it sounds distinctly like Vai, maybe he just restrained himself because it was a band, and not a solo album.
Either way, Vai has never impressed me in a band situation, even when he's playing with artists I otherwise love, like Whitesnake and DLR.

I can totally see how any Vai-solo fan going back nowadays (or after the fact) would see it as him being constrained.  Myself, having gotten it on first release 20+ years ago, I loved SotT - as evidenced by my top 50 update on the weekend.  I didn't really know any VAI on his own, so him on SotT was (as an 18 year old accustomed to pure "glam") a step above anything else.  Still love it better than their S/T.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2011, 02:15:18 PM
Does anybody listen to Gene's and Peter's at all?! :lol  I don't.

I don't listen to any of them at all.   :yeahright

Have you heard them? The Paul Stanley is a great rock album. Ace's is good but his voice is an acquired taste. Rip It Out is the first song I taught myself to play on guitar.

Yeah, I've heard them. Paul and Ace's ones easily seemed to be the better of the bunch, but the songwriting didn't jump out at me, and I can't handle a whole album of Ace (as much as I like his voice in small doses), but at least they were the rockier of the 4 solo albums. Gene's was a cheap cash in attempt that wasn't any good, and Peter's one is too soft.

Apparently it was one of the most expensive albums ever made at that time. A waste of money for sure- though I do quite like a couple of the softer songs- Mr Makebelieve, See You Tonight, Always Near You/Nowhere To Hide.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on November 22, 2011, 07:11:05 PM
Blob, those slides are so similar that I thought my iPod goofed and played Still of The Night out of order. Then another song had it and then another and it was old. Anyway, have you heard The Magnificent yet?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 22, 2011, 08:00:22 PM
I still need to order THe Magnificant.  I am yet to hear anything from it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 22, 2011, 08:08:42 PM
I tried the samples from the Frontiers website, and loved it.  Thankfully, it's on Grooveshark now, so I can check out the whole thing.

http://grooveshark.com/#/album/The+Magnificent/7219380

and damn... right from the first chord/intro, I'm loving it.  Think I'll be ordering this now too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 22, 2011, 08:26:58 PM
Anyone have this year's Hardline?

(http://preview.gomusicnow.com/5723516/cover.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 23, 2011, 12:37:52 AM
Anyone have this year's Hardline?

(http://preview.gomusicnow.com/5723516/cover.jpg)

Is this Hardline with Johnny and Josh Ramos???  Leaving the End Open was amazing, I did not know about this one, holy shit!!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 23, 2011, 02:33:33 AM
No. It's a scandinavian band. Checked out a sampple when I first saw it but it's not the Gioellis.
Agree about Leaving The End Open. There was even some progginess to it. The 2nd album was woefull though. Johnny is a great singer, melodic and powerful. He lifts the Axel Rudi Pell stuff up a league.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 23, 2011, 03:10:41 AM
Damn, I really had my hopes up there.  Love AXP, he has had so many killer albums.  Masquerade Ball and Kings and Queens are probably my favs, but all of them are killer.  Tales of the Crown was amazing too.  The Crest was okay but average compared to Crown.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 23, 2011, 06:05:50 AM
Is this Hardline with Johnny and Josh Ramos???  Leaving the End Open was amazing, I did not know about this one, holy shit!!!

Dunno... it was apparently released in March.

Scrap the excitement.  This is another "Hardline" - Norwegian hardrockband founded in 1984. Now releasing their second album, 27 years after their debut - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Y0eZjV2Fg

Nothing to see here.  Move along.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 23, 2011, 10:27:47 AM
My favorite AXP album is Nasty Reputation; because the vocals are done by the great Rob Rock.  Rock might just have the best melodic metal voice of all time.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 23, 2011, 01:08:50 PM
My favorite AXP album is Nasty Reputation; because the vocals are done by the great Rob Rock.  Rock might just have the best melodic metal voice of all time.

I'm a fan of Rob Rock too.  The MARS CD he did with T-Mac was excellent, and I love his Garden of Chaos album, good disc.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 23, 2011, 04:15:59 PM
All of Rob Rocks material is kick ass, but I think MARS and DRIVER are the main standouts for me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 23, 2011, 05:38:16 PM
All of Rob Rocks material is kick ass, but I think MARS and DRIVER are the main standouts for me.

I loved seeing T-mac in that sort of band enviorment.  his amazing style really complimented the songs well.  His Eyes of the World cd was a great listen too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 23, 2011, 06:38:23 PM
A fantastic melodic hard rock band is Circle II Circle, one of my favs and very underated
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 23, 2011, 07:46:44 PM
I still need to order THe Magnificant.  I am yet to hear anything from it.

Just finished getting thru it.  It's appropriately named.  Now on to something else I stumbled upon - Amaran's Plight.  Gary Wehrkamp, DC Cooper and Nick D’Virgilio ... not sure how you can go wrong. 

(http://preview.gomusicnow.com/5638510/cover.jpg)

Anyone know it?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 23, 2011, 07:50:29 PM
A fantastic melodic hard rock band is Circle II Circle, one of my favs and very underated

Circle II Circle is also one of my favs.  Every album is amazing.  I actually listened to Burden of Truth and Delusions of Grandeur this morning.  The production is lacking on Delusions and Consequence, but they are still amazing.  Burden of Truth is by far my fav, what a record.  Andy Lee is such an underrated guitarist too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 23, 2011, 07:51:49 PM
I still need to order THe Magnificant.  I am yet to hear anything from it.

Just finished getting thru it.  It's appropriately named.  Now on to something else I stumbled upon - Amaran's Plight.  Gary Wehrkamp, DC Cooper and Nick D’Virgilio ... not sure how you can go wrong. 

(http://preview.gomusicnow.com/5638510/cover.jpg)

Anyone know it?

Yeah, I have it, but I've only spun it a couple of times.  I might get it out and have another spin.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 24, 2011, 12:32:42 AM
Burden of Truth is by far my favorite C2C disc too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 24, 2011, 03:04:42 AM
Burden of Truth is by far my favorite C2C disc too.

Yeah, it's in first place by a long shot. It's a near perfect album IMO.  Great songs, wonderful production, blazing guitar work and Zak sounds great.  My fav tracks are Sentenced, Messiah, Who Am I To Be? Burden of Truth and Revelations.  Such an underrated album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 25, 2011, 02:17:49 PM
Well if we're talking bands like Allen/Lande and Circle II Circle, is there any love for the awesome (but deceptively named!) Nocturnal Rites? I had these guys down as a Church burning, Death Metal band with one of those logos you can't read, wearing Gene Simmons/King Diamond inspired makeup, and was amazed to actually find a melodic metal band who are awesome.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 25, 2011, 03:04:49 PM
Well if we're talking bands like Allen/Lande and Circle II Circle, is there any love for the awesome (but deceptively named!) Nocturnal Rites? I had these guys down as a Church burning, Death Metal band with one of those logos you can't read, wearing Gene Simmons/King Diamond inspired makeup, and was amazed to actually find a melodic metal band who are awesome.

 :lol  Amazing band, also one of my favs.  I actually loved the last one, even though the review were poor.  Shame the guitarist left, he was the strongest link IMO.  Grand Illusion and New World Messiah are probably my favs though.  So many damn good hooks and melodies throughout their songs.  Afterlife was great for something different too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 25, 2011, 08:33:28 PM
After poking around Frontier's website, and finding that Amanda Somerville had done vocal coaching with Epica, After Forever and Avantasia projects, I just had a listen to Alloy from Trillium.  Boy, sure wish I had done that a few days ago - coulda used it for Nick's growlie round.  One track has Jorn kinda growling.

(http://www.frontiers.it/m/photologue/photos/cache/Trillium%20-%20Alloy%20cover_cover_album.jpg)

Pretty sweet.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 25, 2011, 09:21:03 PM
The only Nocturnal Rites disc that I am familiar with is Afterlife; bought it after being very impressed with the tune Wake Up Dead.  What is considered their best album?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 27, 2011, 03:54:12 AM
The only Nocturnal Rites disc that I am familiar with is Afterlife; bought it after being very impressed with the tune Wake Up Dead.  What is considered their best album?

Not sure what is considered the best.  My favs are Grand Illusion and New World Messiah.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 27, 2011, 04:22:20 AM
The only Nocturnal Rites disc that I am familiar with is Afterlife; bought it after being very impressed with the tune Wake Up Dead.  What is considered their best album?

Not sure what is considered the best.  My favs are Grand Illusion and New World Messiah.

Yeah. any of these and the 8th Sin are great.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 28, 2011, 04:53:10 PM
The only Nocturnal Rites disc that I am familiar with is Afterlife; bought it after being very impressed with the tune Wake Up Dead.  What is considered their best album?

Not sure what is considered the best.  My favs are Grand Illusion and New World Messiah.

Yeah. any of these and the 8th Sin are great.

Good to see some appreciation for that album.  I never understood all the negative reviews.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on November 28, 2011, 07:03:11 PM
The 8th Sin is VERY poppy, but from what I heard from it, it wasn't bad. I haven't made it through the whole album yet. Will have to give it another listen soon.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 28, 2011, 07:13:09 PM
The 8th Sin is VERY poppy, but from what I heard from it, it wasn't bad. I haven't made it through the whole album yet. Will have to give it another listen soon.

That's one of the reasons why I love it.  Very catchy and melodic.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 29, 2011, 03:55:06 PM
Just had a listen to this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nYwWk6uDL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Very nice.  Gonna try and check out Second Coming and Trinity before the week's out.

Edit... duh, now I know why I've heard the name before, JLB sang on one of their track's from Trinity, and they toured with DT.   :facepalm:  Europe gets this, and we get Trivium.  Unfair!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on November 29, 2011, 04:02:32 PM
I still need to order THe Magnificant.  I am yet to hear anything from it.

Just finished getting thru it.  It's appropriately named.  Now on to something else I stumbled upon - Amaran's Plight.  Gary Wehrkamp, DC Cooper and Nick D’Virgilio ... not sure how you can go wrong. 

(http://preview.gomusicnow.com/5638510/cover.jpg)

Anyone know it?

I know it well.  My copy is signed :)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 29, 2011, 04:20:48 PM
Just had a listen to this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nYwWk6uDL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Very nice.  Gonna try and check out Second Coming and Trinity before the week's out.

Edit... duh, now I know why I've heard the name before, JLB sang on one of their track's from Trinity, and they toured with DT.   :facepalm:  Europe gets this, and we get Trivium.  Unfair!

Second Coming and Trinity are both better than the debut IMO.  Both amazing album, pick them up right away.  A shame that Michael has left the band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 29, 2011, 09:08:05 PM
I know it well.  My copy is signed :)

Boastful prick!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wkiml on November 30, 2011, 08:45:14 AM
excuse me for showing my age but 70/80's AOR  ...stood for Album Oriented Rock  and to me brings to mind band's like STYX/Journey/Foreigner/Fleetwood Mac/Eagles  were as Radio stations focused on an album as a whole, not just the singles thus giving DJ's a looser rotation of songs to play   Alot of the bands being mentioned in this thread I don't see fitting that format 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on November 30, 2011, 09:32:29 AM
I got to agree with Bill/wkiml on this, a lot of the stuff here I wouldn't characterize as AOR.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 30, 2011, 09:56:13 AM
I guess Melodic and AOR are two different things.  AOR typically is Melodic in nature, but the Melodic genre isn't exclusively AOR.  IE, the two aren't synonymous.

I agree with what 70s/80s AOR was and how it started.  Nowadays, I just think of AOR as non-radio friendly bands with albums that don't have any 'filler'.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 30, 2011, 10:31:51 AM
Melodic rock I think is a looser term than AOR and I'd agree with your examples. I'm not a big AOR fan (too many keyboards and it all sounds a bit too polished for me) but more a MR fan. I felt that we were getting a bit off topic with the likes of Circle 2 Circle and Allen Lande but they are certainly melodic, but probably melodic Metal.

Anyway, today's playlist for me has been Stryper's To Hell With The Devil, In God We Trust and Against The Law. I'm not a Christian at all but there is some melodic rock perfection in there. Pretty VH in places.

Also been playing Magnum's Wings Of Heaven  :metal

and Leverage's Tides  :hefdaddy If you like The Magnificent album (and it's grown on me alot) this will blow you away.

In a more AOR vein is Prime Suspect's ST from 2010. Daniel Liverani is a talented guy.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 30, 2011, 05:00:21 PM
Agree, they are two different types of music.  But since there is little talk about either style of music, I sort of wanted to cover all of it in this thread, which seems to have worked.  :)

And yes, Wings of Heaven is amazing.  Don't Wake the Lion and Wild Swan are absolutely brilliant.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 02, 2011, 02:50:48 PM
Today I've been listening to these awesome albums

Y&T- Meanstreak, In Rock We Trust, 10. Truly great band. Awesome live too.
Coney Hatch- ST and Outta Hand. Don't Say make Me is one of my favourite songs ever. They were let down a bit by the songs they let the bass player sing. Carl Dixon has a great voice.
TNT-Tell No Tales, Intuition (a bit of a letdown this one after tell No Tales, though the title track slays)

It's been a good day.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 02, 2011, 02:57:16 PM
Tony Harnell is possibly the most underrated vocalist of all time.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 02, 2011, 03:17:04 PM
Tony Harnell is possibly the most underrated vocalist of all time.

True. I swear he sings notes only dogs can hear.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 02, 2011, 06:17:34 PM
Carl Dixon has a great great voice and I think Coney Hatch is one of the best pure Canadian rock bands to come out of the country.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 02, 2011, 08:31:08 PM
Carl Dixon has a great great voice and I think Coney Hatch is one of the best pure Canadian rock bands to come out of the country.

Rik Emmet, Gil Moore and Mike Levine disagree with you.  And so do I.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 02, 2011, 09:12:48 PM
lol well obviously Triumph and Rush rule over all other Canadian bands; thats a given.  But as for the second tier, Coney Hatch, Saga, Queen City Kids, Harlequin, and April Wine are standouts for me.  Especially Coney Hatch, they had the voice and talent to have crossover success in the US.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 02, 2011, 09:19:17 PM
Well, Rush is in a league of their own.  Triumph just a bit below that, and then those you mention.  Lots of other good Cdn bands, but not within the Melodic/AOR genre - except Harem Scarem.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 03, 2011, 03:41:34 AM
Well, Rush is in a league of their own.  Triumph just a bit below that, and then those you mention.  Lots of other good Cdn bands, but not within the Melodic/AOR genre - except Harem Scarem.

I never got into Triumph at all, was never exposed to them though I heard Hugo do a cover of Magic Power and I like that song. Will have to give them a go. Any recommendations to start with?
Harem Scarem were a great band. Guitarist Pete Lesperance's solo album Down In It is great also.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 03, 2011, 04:39:57 AM
Allied Forces is their Moving Pictures - ironically, also released in 1981.  I'm also a fan of Surveillance. 

"Must Listen" songs would be Magic Power, Hold On, Rock and Roll Machine, and Fight the Good Fight.  I personally also love Follow Your Heart, but I've heard some feel it's too cheesy lyrically.  I don't mind the lyrics, and the power from the guitar more than makes up for it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 03, 2011, 04:44:13 AM
I'd like to add Honeymoon Suite to the Canadian Bands I loved.

New Girl Love
Burning In Love
Feel It Again
What Does It Take
Love Changes Everything
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 03, 2011, 05:33:17 AM
I was wondering when someone would mention them.  They didn't get much recognition, but were a pretty solid band none-the-less.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 03, 2011, 05:38:23 AM
I was wondering when someone would mention them.  They didn't get much recognition, but were a pretty solid band none-the-less.

Saw them with Heart. Derry Grehan is an unreal guitarist.  They main band got back together in 2009.  I wished they toured the States.  I would have seen them.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 03, 2011, 10:13:07 AM
Talking of Canadian bands I remember quite liking the Brighton Rock debut but not heard it in years.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 13, 2011, 06:51:10 AM
Giving this a bump with a really good new album.

(http://hardrockhideout.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/beggars-thieves-watb-cover.jpg?w=300&h=297)

Very classy stuff and the video for the track We Come Undone is done well too.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIEnmIVDqno

Also been listening to this

(http://991.com/NewGallery/Electric-Boys-Funk-O-Metal-Carp-447327.jpg)

Some great funky songs with a sense of humour on here. The only otther album of theirs I've heard is Freewheelin' and I was disappointed after the excellence of Funk-o-Metal Carpet Ride.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 13, 2011, 01:17:51 PM
Never heard Electric Boys.  I was also impressed with that new B&T song when I checked it out the other day.

Here's a couple more I've been listening to lately too;

House of Lords - Big Money

New album from these guys and it's a real winner.  The production is weaker than their last few, but the songs are mature, catchy, well written and great performances, recommended.

(http://alllossless.net/uploads/posts/2011-10/1318431860_front1.jpg)


From the Inside - Visions

Here's one that came out a couple of years ago.  Great side project from Danny Vaughn, and this has the great Jimi Bell from House of Lords on lead guitar, great melodic rock.

(http://yourmusicblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/from-the-inside-visions.jpg)

Khymera - Greatest Wonder and A New Promise

Simply one of the best AOR bands in recent years.  Featuring the great Dennis Ward, both of these albums are full of music win.  Great catchy melodies, great performances and just classy melodic rock.

(http://www.cmdistro.com/images/xlarge/27358.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ou3Wazonqgs/RlDagJ3nTLI/AAAAAAAAAAM/6Fs0PYM1v94/s320/Khymera.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 13, 2011, 01:23:13 PM
House of Lords is already on my 'to check out' list (which is 78 albums and a dozen or so bands deep)

B&T... that video was painful.  I had to close my eyes so I could appreciate the music.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 13, 2011, 01:37:53 PM
House of Lords is already on my 'to check out' list (which is 78 albums and a dozen or so bands deep)

B&T... that video was painful.  I had to close my eyes so I could appreciate the music.

Yeha, definitely check it out, I'm sure you'll like it.  Here is the lead single.  This song is okay, but there are much more better songs on the album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va6gk6GYgfs

Also, the B&T video isn't that bad.  :lol Besides, it has Jake E Lee.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 13, 2011, 02:09:21 PM
House of Lords is already on my 'to check out' list (which is 78 albums and a dozen or so bands deep)

B&T... that video was painful.  I had to close my eyes so I could appreciate the music.

Yeha, definitely check it out, I'm sure you'll like it.  Here is the lead single.  This song is okay, but there are much more better songs on the album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va6gk6GYgfs

Also, the B&T video isn't that bad.  :lol Besides, it has Jake E Lee.

Not a fan of the house Of Lords, though I am a fan of House Of Lords. Enjoyed the last one (Cartesian dreams) alot. Seems every other is a good album.

I like the Khymera. Dennis Ward can do no wrong for me. The Visions album is good too.

Anyone know this little beauty?

(http://images.plixid.com/imager/w_500/h_/530a33f6598e0edaaabbb37793070f15.jpg)

Hard to find these days I think, and out of print. A great album though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 13, 2011, 03:32:28 PM
Speaking of Canadian bands, do any of the fogies remember Bronze? I had their first album.
(At work, can't link)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 13, 2011, 04:15:42 PM
I don't remember Bronze.  I will check them out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 13, 2011, 04:22:45 PM
Speaking of Canadian bands, do any of the fogies remember Bronze? I had their first album.
(At work, can't link)

Man, you must be digging deep into the vault.  I'm a Canadian fogey, and I don't recognize the name at all.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 13, 2011, 06:11:35 PM
I'm Canadian too and I've never heard of Bronze..........I'm familiar with Teaze though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 14, 2011, 05:42:25 AM
I'm Canadian too and I've never heard of Bronze..........I'm familiar with Teaze though.

Another more obscure- at least in the UK- Canadian band I liked was Big House. One album of sleazy hard rock then nothing. Grunge (or rather the suits at the record companies who decided hard rock had had it's time and signed anything grungy) had alot to answer for.

(http://www.heavyharmonies.com/cdcovers/B/BIGHOUSE1.JPG)

It has to be said that these days Scandinavia is the home of hard rock.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 14, 2011, 06:12:11 AM
I had that album on cassette.  Only songs I remember are Dollar in my pocket, and All Nite.  Couple of good tracks though.

And yes, Scandinavia is putting out some good melodic (or in my days, glam) rock albums.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Ghost on December 27, 2011, 01:40:53 PM
Anybody into the Swedish band H.E.A.T? Really good 80's cheesy melodic rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UORGqxoVCCA
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 27, 2011, 01:57:42 PM
I've heard a couple of HEAT songs, they are not too bad.

Also, new Sunstorm;

JOE LYNN TURNER new album pays tribute to his 80’s vocal sessions

JOE LYNN TURNER’s NEW SUNSTORM album pays tribute to his 80’s vocal sessions
“Emotional Fire” out on Frontiers on February 24th in Europe and February 28th in North America

Joe Lynn Turner’s popular AOR side project with German/American producer Dennis Ward, SUNSTORM, will release the third album entitled “Emotional Fire” on February 24th 2012 in Europe (February 28th in North America) on Frontiers Records.



Born after Turner met with Frontiers Records’ President Serafino Perugino, the SUNSTORM project was a way to dig up some old gems, written by the former Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen singer during the mid 80’s. The task was to create an ultimate Joe Lynn Turner Melodic Rock “dream collection.” This brought on the release of the first SUNSTORM album in 2006 –which met with much critic and fan approval - and the follow up “House of Dreams” three years later.

While the first two albums’ basic inspiration came from the Melodic Rock catalogue of songs that Turner penned for himself or other artists of the genre, for this third album, Frontiers and JLT decided to look at Turner’s numerous vocal sessions he did in the 80’s as a background vocalist for other artists. This brought on a resurrection of some of Michael Bolton’s Melodic Rock gems such as “Gina,” (originally included on “The Hunger” album, where Turner contributed with background vocals), “You Wouldn’t Know Love” and “Emotional Fire,” which Bolton penned for the “Heart of Stone” album by Cher (in which Turner also appeared as background vocalist). “I sang background on the original ‘Gina,’” says Joe, “Michael and I did all of the parts but I tried to rock it up a bit more than the original... not so pop! Good song though! It's funny...I heard ‘Emotional Fire’ from Desmond Child during a writing session and then he asked me to sing background vocals on it! Crazy! It's like one big circle!”



With production and mixing once again under the expert hands of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Place Vendome, Angra etc.) and a tracklisting rounded out by some amazing songs written by the likes of Soren Kronkvist (Crash the System, Issa), Tom and James Martin (Vega, Sunstorm, Khymera) and Daniel Palmqvist (Xorigin, The Murder of My Sweet), the third Sunstorm album, “Emotional Fire,” is destined to reignite the Melodic Rock passion in every fan. “I think this record has a good mix of songs,” concludes Joe, “Just what ‘Sunstorm’ is supposed to be! Dennis Ward is a great producer and the players are amazing. I have to say I am pleased with the work we did and hope that everyone else will be pleased as well...enjoy!”

SUNSTORM’s “Emotional Fire” will include the following songs: Never Give Up, Emotional Fire, Lay Down Your Arms, You Wouldn’t Know Love, Wish You Were Here, Torn In Half, Gina, The Higher You Rise, Emily, Follow Your Heart, All I Am.

The first single, “Never Give Up” can be exclusively streamed on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio

Weblinks: www.joelynnturner.com / www.frontiers.it


(http://www.thehighwaystar.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/sunstorm_emotional_fire.jpg)

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 27, 2011, 02:03:09 PM
Anybody into the Swedish band H.E.A.T? Really good 80's cheesy melodic rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UORGqxoVCCA

Found them very bland to be honest. Second album was better than the first and it sounds better on a sunny day but I live in the UK so I'd never get to play it.
Joe Lynn Turner has a great voice and Rainbow's I Surrender was the first single I ever bought (along with UFO's Lonely Heart at the same time). The other 2 Sunstorm albums were ok so I'll give that a listen.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 27, 2011, 02:33:27 PM
I wasn't too thrilled with the Sunstorm debut but House of Dreams IMO was incredible.  So many good songs, and a personal AOR fav of mine.  Hopefully this new one will live up to House of Dreams.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 27, 2011, 03:16:22 PM
Anybody into the Swedish band H.E.A.T? Really good 80's cheesy melodic rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UORGqxoVCCA

Much better than HEAT is Wig Wam. First two albums were excellent, the third didn't match up for me but was still pretty good. Awesome live, don't take themselves at all seriously but great songs and performances. Wig Wamania (album no 2) is the best.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 27, 2011, 03:18:19 PM
Holy Moly wolf... are you the down under sales rep for Frontiers?  Not complaining, because everything has been a home run.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 27, 2011, 03:20:15 PM
Holy Moly wolf... are you the down under sales rep for Frontiers?  Not complaining, because everything has been a home run.

 :lol No, the guy that runs melodicrock.com is, but I think I should be one too, I love so many of their artists and always look forward to new releases from them. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 27, 2011, 03:56:20 PM
Frontiers records are pretty much the saviors of rock.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 27, 2011, 04:50:07 PM
Frontiers records are pretty much the saviors of rock.

they've taken a load of my money over the years! they do it well though and nearly always put out quality.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 27, 2011, 06:51:22 PM
Frontiers records are pretty much the saviors of rock.

Pretty much this.  I love them since I found them a few years ago.  Bought so many of their records.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 28, 2011, 05:57:54 AM
Rainbow's I Surrender was the first single I ever bought (along with UFO's Lonely Heart at the same time).
Two GREAT songs!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 28, 2011, 06:58:12 AM
Rainbow's I Surrender was the first single I ever bought (along with UFO's Lonely Heart at the same time).
Two GREAT songs!

Not a bad start to my music buying addiction.  :)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 28, 2011, 07:11:28 AM
Well after reading this, I need to play some Rainbow. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 28, 2011, 07:40:37 AM
Rainbow's I Surrender was the first single I ever bought (along with UFO's Lonely Heart at the same time).
Two GREAT songs!

Not a bad start to my music buying addiction.  :)
The Wild The Willing And The Innocent is one of my Top 3 UFO albums!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 28, 2011, 12:32:39 PM
Rainbow's I Surrender was the first single I ever bought (along with UFO's Lonely Heart at the same time).
Two GREAT songs!

Not a bad start to my music buying addiction.  :)
The Wild The Willing And The Innocent is one of my Top 3 UFO albums!

A much-overlooked album. I love UFO but always found their albums patchy- like Thin Lizzy. They both sounded better live too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 28, 2011, 12:38:02 PM
UFO and Thin Lizzy are two of my favorite bands! There are some inconsistencies, but for the most part, it is all CLASSIC!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 28, 2011, 01:26:06 PM
I have really gotten into Lizzy over the last couple of years.  Such a great underrated band.  Love watching all their old live stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 30, 2011, 03:44:07 AM
Just picked up Europe's Final Countdown album.  Besides a greatest hits and their last 3 albums, I haven't got anything old from these guys.  Listening now and this is a really great album.  Great hooks and killer guitar playing from Mr. Norum.  Ninja just kicked my ass!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: gazinwales on December 30, 2011, 04:55:42 AM
While I haven't bought a Europe album in 20 years, I just checked out their new live DVD, from 2011 show.
Very highly recommended.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 30, 2011, 04:57:58 AM
While I haven't bought a Europe album in 20 years, I just checked out their new live DVD, from 2011 show.
Very highly recommended.

Yeah, I got that a couple of months ago, great quality and wonderful performance from the entire band, recommended also.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 30, 2011, 12:08:40 PM
Just listened to the best of Europe yesterday.  On this best of version, they have some dance re-mix version of TFC at the end of the disc; which is horrific.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 30, 2011, 12:35:54 PM
Just picked up Europe's Final Countdown album.  Besides a greatest hits and their last 3 albums, I haven't got anything old from these guys.  Listening now and this is a really great album.  Great hooks and killer guitar playing from Mr. Norum.  Ninja just kicked my ass!!

Shit, really?  That's a glam/melodic staple for fogey's.  I figured for sure you'd have that in your collection - I had that when it was released.  The Final Countdown was a huge radio hit in the late 80s.  That vinyl got a lot of spins on my player.  Not a bad track on it at all - glam at it's best.  Out of the World is pretty good to, and Prisoner's is just fantastic (as we already discussed).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 30, 2011, 03:02:46 PM
I love Europe but can't get into their modern stuff at all. Everything from Wings Of Tomorrow to the awesome Prisoners In Paradise was quality. There is just something about Joey Tempest's voice that's pleasing to my ears.
Re the dvd, is Ready Or Not on it? And does John Norum make a balls up of the solo like every version I've ever heard?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 30, 2011, 04:54:48 PM
Just picked up Europe's Final Countdown album.  Besides a greatest hits and their last 3 albums, I haven't got anything old from these guys.  Listening now and this is a really great album.  Great hooks and killer guitar playing from Mr. Norum.  Ninja just kicked my ass!!

Shit, really?  That's a glam/melodic staple for fogey's.  I figured for sure you'd have that in your collection - I had that when it was released.  The Final Countdown was a huge radio hit in the late 80s.  That vinyl got a lot of spins on my player.  Not a bad track on it at all - glam at it's best.  Out of the World is pretty good to, and Prisoner's is just fantastic (as we already discussed).

I'm only 27, so I guess that's why I'm up with more of the melodic rock of these days and are unfamiliar with some of the bands you have been talking about previously, since I was only very young when they came out.  Europe I always appreciated but was just drawn toward their later stuff due to the modern and harder edge of it.  But after listening to TFC, I should have checked out their older stuff a long time ago.

BTW, just placed a big rock order on CDWOW as they had 10% off everything.  Here's what I just ordered;

The Magnificent - The Magnificent
Mecca - Undeniable
Lionville - Lionville
Beggars and Thieves - We Are the Brokenhearted
Fifth Angel - Time Will Tell
Plus 4 Pendragon albums (a prog band I'm getting into)

Thanks guys for some of these recommendations and helping me find some more amazing AOR.  Gonna look for some more Europe today me thinks.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 30, 2011, 04:58:48 PM
I've been listening to Pendragon on Grooveshark.  Digging it very much.  For some reason I thought you were in the 'fogey' club.  Well, you've got a lot of good mid/late 80s glam rock to get exposed to I guess.  For Europe, I only have TFC, Out of This World, and PiP.  Lost touch with them after that.  I've got The Magnificent, and eager to know how Mecca is.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 30, 2011, 05:55:34 PM
It's all good mate, I really believe I'm a fogey at heart.

Anyway, lowdz recommends Mecca;

http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=30052.msg1170225#msg1170225
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 31, 2011, 01:04:52 AM
Wolf, great call in ordering Fifth Angel - Time will Tell...............just do yourself a favor and get their self titled asap as well.  Two of my favorite discs of all time and a great band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: senecadawg2 on December 31, 2011, 08:56:01 AM
Wow. This is a wonderful thread to find randomly on my saturday morning.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: KevShmev on December 31, 2011, 11:05:33 AM
I love Europe but can't get into their modern stuff at all. Everything from Wings Of Tomorrow to the awesome Prisoners In Paradise was quality. There is just something about Joey Tempest's voice that's pleasing to my ears.
Re the dvd, is Ready Or Not on it? And does John Norum make a balls up of the solo like every version I've ever heard?

Europe's Out of This World was one of the first albums (cassette for me, actually :lol) that I listened to frequently from start to finish (probably after The Police's Synchronicity, Thriller and INXS' Kick), back in 1988 when I was 15. :biggrin:

And it is worth mentioning again that Dream Theater reminded me a lot of Europe when I first heard them: dramatic rock with an operatic singer and a cool use of keys.  It didn't take long for me to realize the massive difference, but that was my first impression, and I suspect that is why I liked DT so much at first, because they reminded me of Europe.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 01, 2012, 03:30:04 AM
Wolf, great call in ordering Fifth Angel - Time will Tell...............just do yourself a favor and get their self titled asap as well.  Two of my favorite discs of all time and a great band.

Yeah man, after checking the title track out I was instantly sold.  The site I ordered from only had the second album so I'll go elsewhere for the debut.

Speaking of glam, this weekend I have gotten out my old Lizzy Borden cd's.  Not so much AOR or melodic rock, but a wonderful glam/metal band back in the day who are very underrated IMO.  My fav would actualyl be the 2000 release Deal With the Devil, killer tunes all the way through, although the only one I need to get is Visual Lies.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 01, 2012, 12:43:28 PM
Not heard any Lizzy Borden, will have to sample some on YT.

If we're talking Glam then this is a masterpiece of the genre. If you haven't heard it you need to.

(http://www.sleazeroxx.com/bands/vain/respect.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 01, 2012, 03:50:14 PM
lowdz, you're knowledge on old school glam and aor simply astound me.  Never heard of that album either.  Lizzy Borden is more metal than glam.  they only had one real album where they did more radio AOR style stuff.  Check out these beauty's;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vchm-RrXtU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY6KK07T0gI
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on January 01, 2012, 09:01:03 PM
Lizzy Borden rules!!!!  Visual Lies is their most melodic/glam disc I guess, but every single disc they have released is stellar.  Their latest, Appointment with Death is awesome.  But they are for sure more on the straight up metal side
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 02, 2012, 02:40:11 AM
Lizzy Borden rules!!!!  Visual Lies is their most melodic/glam disc I guess, but every single disc they have released is stellar.  Their latest, Appointment with Death is awesome.  But they are for sure more on the straight up metal side

Man, I need to get Visual Lies, especially if that's their most melodic one, cause as I said it's the only one I don't own.  And yeah, Appointment with Death was really really strong.

NP: Hell is for Heroes!!  :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on January 02, 2012, 05:57:35 AM
The Murderess Metal Road Show  :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 02, 2012, 03:11:29 PM
lowdz, you're knowledge on old school glam and aor simply astound me.  Never heard of that album either.  Lizzy Borden is more metal than glam.  they only had one real album where they did more radio AOR style stuff.  Check out these beauty's;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vchm-RrXtU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY6KK07T0gI

Well thanks Wolfie, but it's just a product of being there with a decent expendable income at the time! the mid-late 90s were the lost years for me. Hardly bought a thing and didn't get into many new bands.
Checked out the YT clips and quite enjoyed it. Will definately check out an album or two.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 02, 2012, 09:14:06 PM
lowdz, you're knowledge on old school glam and aor simply astound me.  Never heard of that album either.  Lizzy Borden is more metal than glam.  they only had one real album where they did more radio AOR style stuff.  Check out these beauty's;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vchm-RrXtU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY6KK07T0gI

Well thanks Wolfie, but it's just a product of being there with a decent expendable income at the time! the mid-late 90s were the lost years for me. Hardly bought a thing and didn't get into many new bands.
Checked out the YT clips and quite enjoyed it. Will definately check out an album or two.

Cool mate, definitely check them out!

The Murderess Metal Road Show  :metal :metal :metal

I was just watching that DVD last night.  Great show.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wkiml on January 03, 2012, 07:53:26 AM
The Murderess Metal Road Show  :metal :metal :metal

I own this on Vinyl and CD  Great album and really catches the essence of the band in the live format
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 09, 2012, 03:26:27 PM
Ok, so checked out Deal With The Devil and Visual lies. Pretty good I have to say. Prefer DWTD of the two as VL sounds a bit dated- not that that would be a bad thing if I'd heard it back in the day- but I find it hard to get into "new" stuff from back in the day now.


And here's today's recommendations for anyone who's interested.

(http://i49.tinypic.com/23h6ff6.jpg)


(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_yjxsQCLQxYo/TAfIpCV8dOI/AAAAAAAAA44/1d2xqiedRVk/s320/Steelhouse+Lane+-+Slaves+Of+The+New+World+-+Front.jpg)

Guitars by the excellent Mike Slamer (who played on everyone's albums in the 80s- he was Warrant, amongst others!). Many of these songs have been done by other bands like Hardline, house Of Lords etc.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 23, 2012, 02:58:27 AM
Today's blast from the past is this gem that went unnoticed in 1992. It has guitars from the always awesome Gary Hoey and Cats In Boots vocalist Joel Ellis. Lots of energy to it- no pink and fluffy keyboards here.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_A0dZx1QraSQ/SvYOWN6kspI/AAAAAAAABVI/aiadQuNgY6Q/s400/heavybones.jpg)

While your at it, the Cats In Boots album is worth checking out but it's a bit sleazier/punkier.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 23, 2012, 03:31:00 AM
Love Mike Slamer's guitar playing.  Really enjoyed his Seventh Key project with Billy Greer and Terry Brock.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on January 23, 2012, 06:19:56 AM
Never heard of Mike Slamer.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 23, 2012, 01:31:00 PM
Never heard of Mike Slamer.

He is originally from the band City Boy.  I still have to pick up those Steelhouse Lane albums.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 28, 2012, 03:34:08 AM
Ok, so checked out Deal With The Devil and Visual lies. Pretty good I have to say. Prefer DWTD of the two as VL sounds a bit dated- not that that would be a bad thing if I'd heard it back in the day- but I find it hard to get into "new" stuff from back in the day now.


And here's today's recommendations for anyone who's interested.

(http://i49.tinypic.com/23h6ff6.jpg)


(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_yjxsQCLQxYo/TAfIpCV8dOI/AAAAAAAAA44/1d2xqiedRVk/s320/Steelhouse+Lane+-+Slaves+Of+The+New+World+-+Front.jpg)

Guitars by the excellent Mike Slamer (who played on everyone's albums in the 80s- he was Warrant, amongst others!). Many of these songs have been done by other bands like Hardline, house Of Lords etc.

I ordered both of these albums last night!!  :metal

Glad you liked Deal With the Devil, it's a fantastic album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 28, 2012, 04:56:08 AM
Two fne albums there.
Enjoying the LB stuff and can't believe I missed them first time round. I was put off by the image and never gave the music a chance. Strange though because I am a huge KISS and Alice fan. Go figure. Voice reminds me of a young Geoff Tate.
Another band I've recently grown to love after ignoring them in the past is Running Wild.

Today's recommendation is this great album. They have a new one due soon which I'm looking forward to. I'd never heard them until they played Firefest a few years ago. They blew me away. They played this album in it's entirety.

(http://www.webofmetal.com/images/products/lint-house-of-shakira/lint-house-of-shakira.jpg?1237131626)


Have you heard the new Fate album? That is really good. Probably better than any of their previous allbums.
And the new Angeline album is very good too. Very Harem Scarem.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: gazinwales on January 28, 2012, 01:39:11 PM
I love Europe but can't get into their modern stuff at all. Everything from Wings Of Tomorrow to the awesome Prisoners In Paradise was quality. There is just something about Joey Tempest's voice that's pleasing to my ears.
Re the dvd, is Ready Or Not on it? And does John Norum make a balls up of the solo like every version I've ever heard?

No it's not on the DVD, on of my fave Europe songs.
Norum nails EVERYTHING down, including a beautiful rendition of Gary Moore's classic, 'The Loner'.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 28, 2012, 02:20:05 PM
Two fne albums there.
Enjoying the LB stuff and can't believe I missed them first time round. I was put off by the image and never gave the music a chance. Strange though because I am a huge KISS and Alice fan. Go figure. Voice reminds me of a young Geoff Tate.
Another band I've recently grown to love after ignoring them in the past is Running Wild.

Today's recommendation is this great album. They have a new one due soon which I'm looking forward to. I'd never heard them until they played Firefest a few years ago. They blew me away. They played this album in it's entirety.

(http://www.webofmetal.com/images/products/lint-house-of-shakira/lint-house-of-shakira.jpg?1237131626)


Have you heard the new Fate album? That is really good. Probably better than any of their previous allbums.
And the new Angeline album is very good too. Very Harem Scarem.

Glad your enjoying the LB.  O saw Fate had a new album but I haven't checked it out.  I need to get into more Fate, I only have their first album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 29, 2012, 03:45:50 PM
Man, I digging Time Will Tell from Fifth Angel, great melodic rock cd.  Cathedral, Midnight Love, Broken Dreams, Time Will Tell, Angel of Mercy, Feel The Heat, terrific songs.  I gotta get me the debut.  These guys should have been a lot more popular.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on January 29, 2012, 04:14:57 PM
Man, I digging Time Will Tell from Fifth Angel, great melodic rock cd.  Cathedral, Midnight Love, Broken Dreams, Time Will Tell, Angel of Mercy, Feel The Heat, terrific songs.  I gotta get me the debut.  These guys should have been a lot more popular.

The debut is a must!! Supposedly they are working on new material that should surface this year, but who knows.  They should have been much much bigger- they are basically unknowns, but still have a cult following.  Two outstanding releases.  Trust me, get the first one, the two go great hand in hand.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 29, 2012, 05:05:29 PM
Right, I'm gonna order it tonight.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 30, 2012, 02:24:07 AM
Man, I digging Time Will Tell from Fifth Angel, great melodic rock cd.  Cathedral, Midnight Love, Broken Dreams, Time Will Tell, Angel of Mercy, Feel The Heat, terrific songs.  I gotta get me the debut.  These guys should have been a lot more popular.

The debut is a must!! Supposedly they are working on new material that should surface this year, but who knows.  They should have been much much bigger- they are basically unknowns, but still have a cult following.  Two outstanding releases.  Trust me, get the first one, the two go great hand in hand.

Bought it on vinyl on release and loved it. Not heard it for an age as I don't have a deck but will have to track it down. Never heard the follow up. Will have to YT some tracks.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 30, 2012, 03:09:19 AM
Time Will Tell - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbVSZljEPa8

Midnight Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91i9XqVWNQ0

Angel of Mercy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zydm460b5eE

Great stuff!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 30, 2012, 05:33:18 AM
Time Will Tell - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbVSZljEPa8

Midnight Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91i9XqVWNQ0

Angel of Mercy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zydm460b5eE

Great stuff!!

I like those but it's alot more commercial sounding than the debut, which  :metal. Think I actually prefer these tracks to alot of the debut. Will have to source a copy of this asap.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on January 30, 2012, 05:42:01 AM
Yeah, very commercial.  nice, but didn't WOW me the way some of your other recommendations (ie, Frontiers releases) have.  Had a chance to listen to Mecca yet?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 30, 2012, 12:14:37 PM
Yeah, very commercial.  nice, but didn't WOW me the way some of your other recommendations (ie, Frontiers releases) have.  Had a chance to listen to Mecca yet?

It's a different kind of Hard Rock, certainly. A bit more Metal.

I quite like the Mecca, though I'm not often in the mood to listen to it. I do most of my listening in the car now and it's not really a driving album. My only gripe with it is the way Joe pronounces In A Perfec-ta World. Grates on me a bit and is a bit unnecesary.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 30, 2012, 04:23:08 PM
Well, I'm loving Fifth Angel, right up my alley.  I haven't listened to Mecca yet either, it's still in the shrink wrap.  :facepalm:

I have had a listen to the new Beggars and Theives though.  It's not bad, some filler, but some good fresh sounding tracks.  Probably wouldn't spin it over and over though.  We Come Undone is a melodic rock gem.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 31, 2012, 02:57:36 PM
Well, I'm loving Fifth Angel, right up my alley.  I haven't listened to Mecca yet either, it's still in the shrink wrap.  :facepalm:

I have had a listen to the new Beggars and Theives though.  It's not bad, some filler, but some good fresh sounding tracks.  Probably wouldn't spin it over and over though.  We Come Undone is a melodic rock gem.

I rebought the debut recently and I've been playing that alot. Great album and I'd overlooked it over recent years.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 31, 2012, 03:51:11 PM
Might have to look into that one too then.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 01, 2012, 01:30:50 PM
Might have to look into that one too then.

These might help your decision.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhidor9pZB4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87tmza-MPEI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haeqiMJTczw&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 01, 2012, 01:48:18 PM
Cool mate, I will check these out later.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on February 04, 2012, 09:21:30 AM
I know it was talked about earlier, but holy moly did I love re-discovering Winger!  Finally got thru Pull, IV, and Karma and hot damn all three were chubby inducing.

Time for something (kinda) new.  My last.fm recommended Pride of Lions.  Why you ask?  Fronted by Toby Hitchcock.  I know Kade either knows them or will check them out, but man does Hitchcock have a wonderfully smooth voice.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41rf4Jb7yML._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

They've got a few releases, and are out on Grooveshark for all to explore.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 04, 2012, 11:49:38 AM
Pride of Lions is pretty good. Jim Peterik can write a tune! He is responsible for one of my favourite albums ever- Survivor's Vital Signs. Great songs every one. The production ages it but it's still a great album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on February 04, 2012, 12:40:27 PM
Hitchcock's voice reminds me of a young Rik Emmett every now and then.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 05, 2012, 03:11:36 AM
I know it was talked about earlier, but holy moly did I love re-discovering Winger!  Finally got thru Pull, IV, and Karma and hot damn all three were chubby inducing.

Time for something (kinda) new.  My last.fm recommended Pride of Lions.  Why you ask?  Fronted by Toby Hitchcock.  I know Kade either knows them or will check them out, but man does Hitchcock have a wonderfully smooth voice.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41rf4Jb7yML._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

They've got a few releases, and are out on Grooveshark for all to explore.

Indeed I do know this amazing band Chad.  Toby's voice is amazing, and Jim writes some killer tunes.  This debut is easily POL's best album, it's melodic rock perfection all the way through.  Look out for a new POL album this year.  Toby's and Jim's harmonies are amazing too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 06, 2012, 03:58:27 AM
Listening to this for the first time;

(http://hardrockhaven.net/online/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Magnum-Evolution-2011-500x474.jpg)

I frickin' love Magnum.  Amazing, British AOR.  This new release is re-recorded and remixed tracks form their last ten years and five albums.  Brilliantly done, great collection of songs, and every song sounds a lot fresher and heavier. 

Everyone should check out Magnum.  I'd start with these;

(http://www.chartstats.com/images/artwork/31345.jpg)

(http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/2438/cover_24097112009.jpg)

Both of these are absolute melodic rock classics.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 06, 2012, 03:16:30 PM
Two complete beauties there. Not as enamoured with anything after WOH tbh. I saw these countless times in the late 80s early 90s. Great band live, and Uncle Bob is a great vocalist. They do a great song called Down To Earth that wasn't on album. Well worth checking out and its on the remaster of Chasing The Dragon. my favourite song by them.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 06, 2012, 05:23:12 PM
Down to Earth is one of my favs from Magnum aswell.  unbelievable that it wasn't included on an album.  One of their most catchiest and rocking tunes. 

Evolution is a good snapshot to see what they have done in the 2000's.  I must admit, they never ever topped WOH, or OASN either.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on February 06, 2012, 07:26:52 PM
I've always meant to check out Magnum; I've heard nothing but good things.  They seem to have a pretty good cult following.  I think they have a best of, might be the best place to start.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 06, 2012, 07:52:35 PM
Yeah they have a couple of good best of selections, check them out, I think you will like them.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 14, 2012, 01:45:51 PM
Dug this out today. Great band, Jeff Scott Soto is a great singer. RIP Marcel Jacob.
Got all their albums and most are worth getting for a Melodic Rock fan. This best of sums them up nicely.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bmYiuWibUmM/TXZHzIRv08I/AAAAAAAAK40/OAhxHwhQNDU/s320/ZZ.JPG)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 14, 2012, 01:49:16 PM
Such an amazing band.  Their Five Men Live DVD is one of the greatest live performances IMO, the band was just so damn tight.  The only album I'm missing is Cats and Dogs, but I have everything else.  I was floored when I heard of Jacob's suicide, such a tragedy.  Great band, JSS at his best right here in this band.  It's great to hear Fredrick in this sort of band too.  I prefer him in the melodic rock style as opposed to Opeth.  It's amazing how many people have no idea that he came from this sort of band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 15, 2012, 01:14:23 PM
Such an amazing band.  Their Five Men Live DVD is one of the greatest live performances IMO, the band was just so damn tight.  The only album I'm missing is Cats and Dogs, but I have everything else.  I was floored when I heard of Jacob's suicide, such a tragedy.  Great band, JSS at his best right here in this band.  It's great to hear Fredrick in this sort of band too.  I prefer him in the melodic rock style as opposed to Opeth.  It's amazing how many people have no idea that he came from this sort of band.

Not being an Opeth fan I hadn't even realised it was him.
Cats And Dogs is pretty good. Not their best, and not as good as 7, but better than alot out there.

To change the subject, there are clips of the new Crazy Lixx up on Melodicrock.com. Not listened yet and have heard it's a bit punky and a change in sound from the last (awesome) album.
And a new WigWam coming too  :metal

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 15, 2012, 02:47:53 PM
I never checked out Crazy Lixx.  I think their image actually put me off a little.  I should give them a try.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 15, 2012, 05:06:37 PM
I'm really digging The Magnificent album at the moment.  It's amazing, every song is killer and filled with great vocals, guitars and melodies, what an album!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 16, 2012, 01:22:08 AM
I never checked out Crazy Lixx.  I think their image actually put me off a little.  I should give them a try.

The last one was excellent. Not too fussed about their first, it was sleazier as opposed to a more Danger Danger/Def Leppard vibe on New Religion. Listened to the samples from the new one last night and it sounded ok. Didn't get a punky/sleazy vibe from it as I'd been lead to believe from MR.com's forum.
Still not played the Magnificent enough to give a verdict. Must put that right.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on February 16, 2012, 02:05:36 AM
I never checked out Crazy Lixx.  I think their image actually put me off a little.  I should give them a try.

The last one was excellent. Not too fussed about their first, it was sleazier as opposed to a more Danger Danger/Def Leppard vibe on New Religion. Listened to the samples from the new one last night and it sounded ok. Didn't get a punky/sleazy vibe from it as I'd been lead to believe from MR.com's forum.
Still not played the Magnificent enough to give a verdict. Must put that right.

I don't like the first Crazy Lixx album at all (too punky), but I love New Religion (man, where were you when I used it for the "guess the album cover" game?  :biggrin: ). I heard the new samples, and they sounded alright. Riot Avenue is easily the best of the samples, but the other two didn't grab me. But I'm notorious for hating samples when I end up loving the album.

They kept suggesting that the new album was going to be more raw rock, although it luckily doesn't sound like too much of a departure from the last album to me. There are already enough generic faux sleaze GNR wannabe bands going around right now.  :\
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 16, 2012, 09:58:00 AM
I never checked out Crazy Lixx.  I think their image actually put me off a little.  I should give them a try.

The last one was excellent. Not too fussed about their first, it was sleazier as opposed to a more Danger Danger/Def Leppard vibe on New Religion. Listened to the samples from the new one last night and it sounded ok. Didn't get a punky/sleazy vibe from it as I'd been lead to believe from MR.com's forum.
Still not played the Magnificent enough to give a verdict. Must put that right.

I don't like the first Crazy Lixx album at all (too punky), but I love New Religion (man, where were you when I used it for the "guess the album cover" game?  :biggrin: ). I heard the new samples, and they sounded alright. Riot Avenue is easily the best of the samples, but the other two didn't grab me. But I'm notorious for hating samples when I end up loving the album.

They kept suggesting that the new album was going to be more raw rock, although it luckily doesn't sound like too much of a departure from the last album to me. There are already enough generic faux sleaze GNR wannabe bands going around right now.  :\

Yeah, I did a  :facepalm: when I realised I hadn't got that cover. I just don't spend the time studying covers like back in the day!
The samples sounded ok, certainly not awful. Will reserve judgment until I hear the whole thing, at a decent volume.
Have you heard any Chris Laney? Similar vibe but his voice isn't as good. Worth hearing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on February 16, 2012, 10:26:50 AM
Have you heard any Chris Laney? Similar vibe but his voice isn't as good. Worth hearing.

Never heard of him, so I just checked out a couple of songs on Youtube, and definitely digging what I'm hearing. :tup I think I'll definitely be grabbing an album of his.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 16, 2012, 10:58:13 AM
Chris Laney produced the Crazy Lixx New Religion album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 16, 2012, 03:03:12 PM
Here's one I just gave a listen to;

(http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2011-06/1309438614_400.jpg)

Great melodic rock with Lars from Work of Art.  No frills, melodic, catchy AOR, definitely recommended.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on February 16, 2012, 04:55:07 PM
I'm really digging The Magnificent album at the moment.  It's amazing, every song is killer and filled with great vocals, guitars and melodies, what an album!!

:tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 16, 2012, 04:58:39 PM
Are you still spinning it Zook?  As I said, I am super impressed with this album.  Michael's vocals fit this type of music so damn well.  Hope to see more of him in this style.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on February 16, 2012, 05:08:17 PM
Are you still spinning it Zook?  As I said, I am super impressed with this album.  Michael's vocals fit this type of music so damn well.  Hope to see more of him in this style.

Since our ipod privileges have been taken away at work, my music listening has dropped considerably, but yeah, I still think the album is great. I hope they make a follow up!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 16, 2012, 05:13:05 PM
Totally.  Fav tracks;

Holding on to Your Love
Cheated By Love
Bullets
Tired of Dreaming
Lost

But all songs are killer.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on February 16, 2012, 07:02:05 PM
The only weak tracks for me (and they still aren't bad at all) are Bullets and Harvest Moon. My favorite song is Memories. Holding On To Your Love, Cheated By Love and Memories is one hell of a start to an album.

And I have one hell of a man crush on Michael Eriksen :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 16, 2012, 09:07:35 PM
Interesting that you think Bullets is the weakest.  I love the smooth groove and AOR feel of the chorus.  Memories is probably next on my list after those five I listed.  Good song, but I like the others more.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on February 17, 2012, 10:08:01 AM
Chris Laney produced the Crazy Lixx New Religion album.

I did not know that. The more you know!

I just grabbed both albums. On first listen, first album had a couple of great songs, although overall it didn't grab me. Gonna give it another listen tomorrow and see how that goes.
I've just started on Only Come Out at Night, and the first 2 tracks were great. That's as far as I've gotten so far.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 17, 2012, 02:54:00 PM
I'm gonna have to check out this band, I have not heard a single second of their music.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 03, 2012, 09:36:03 AM
I think these guys came up somewhere in the past 8 pages (too lazy to look, and 'search' didn't find anything), but I just had a marathon with House of Lords.  Very, VERY nice.  Particularly loved Sahara, Demon's Down, Cartesian Dreams and Big Money.  And some pretty decent artwork too.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51qZPgvgdyL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Yet another band I'll eventually need to pick up a big catalog (8 albums) from.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 03, 2012, 02:09:56 PM
I love that cover. Album's good too.
For me, every other album is a good one: loved the S/t, Sahara not as good. Loved Demon's Down, Power & The Myth is great but not a HoL album. World Upside Down was great, CTMK not. Cartesian Dreams was great, Big Money wasn't.
I could be the only person in the world who loves TP&TM. Ken Mary owns that album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 03, 2012, 02:31:04 PM
I never understood the hate for Power and The Myth, really enjoyable album IMO.  Cartesian Dreams is possibly HOL at their best though.  Big Money didn't click with me at the start, but now, I like it as much as Cartesian Dreams.  The production lets it down but the songs are absolutely stellar IMO. Great band, loves Jimi's guitar playing and James Christian is wonderful.

You guys should check James Christian's solo album Meet the Man, great straight forward AOR, simple, amazing, I love it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 03, 2012, 04:46:46 PM
I never understood the hate for Power and The Myth, really enjoyable album IMO.  Cartesian Dreams is possibly HOL at their best though.  Big Money didn't click with me at the start, but now, I like it as much as Cartesian Dreams.  The production lets it down but the songs are absolutely stellar IMO. Great band, loves Jimi's guitar playing and James Christian is wonderful.

You guys should check James Christian's solo album Meet the Man, great straight forward AOR, simple, amazing, I love it.

Yeah, I've got that. Good album. Agree on Jimi's guitar playing too. Lanny Cordola was a really good player- saw that original line-up (minus Guiffria of course) at Firefest a few years ago on the P&TM tour. They were good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on March 03, 2012, 05:45:08 PM
Demons Down is my fav from HoL.  The lead off track is awesome.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 04, 2012, 03:12:48 AM
I haven't got Demons Down, but I've only heard good things about it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 04, 2012, 12:23:10 PM
I haven't got Demons Down, but I've only heard good things about it.

Time to put that right Wolfie! It's by far HoL's best.

Been listening to this today. Highly recommended.

(http://www.heavyharmonies.com/cdcovers/R/REDDAWN1.JPG)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7kFJaX5v90&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL7436BFB822B9DC8D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jnzPdmT0CI

And from the (almost) present day...

(http://hardrockheavymetal.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/ratt_infestation_7863_hr.jpg?w=614)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 04, 2012, 01:30:50 PM
Unfamiliar with Red Dawn, will check that out when I'm home.

That new Ratt one was really enjoyable.  I was just a very casual Ratt fan, but Infestation was a big surprise, really good album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 04, 2012, 02:41:09 PM
Unfamiliar with Red Dawn, will check that out when I'm home.

That new Ratt one was really enjoyable.  I was just a very casual Ratt fan, but Infestation was a big surprise, really good album.

I was a pretty big fan, though all their albums had filler, and Pearcy's voice isn't the best. Warren DeMartini is a favourite of mine for lead and rhythm, and he has a great tone. I really enjoyed the s/t album of a few years ago. I was pleasantly surprised by Infestation.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 04, 2012, 02:46:48 PM
Yeah, Warren has always been very underrated IMO, great guitarist.  I might give Infestation a spin tonight, good stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on March 04, 2012, 06:20:50 PM
I was really surprised and happy with the latest Ratt.  For me, that album along with, Accept "Blood of the Nations", and of course the new VH, is the kind of new albums that 70's/80's metal/rock bands should make.  Has a classic sound, yet not dated.  I wish Queensryche would analize their sound and realize what they should be releasing.  But Wolf, Demons Down might be a little difficult to find, but you will love it- guaranteed!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 04, 2012, 09:08:17 PM
I've checked my normal site I buy cd's from and they don't have it.  It's time to go to ebay, sounds promising from the recommendations from you guys.

Agree with Accept, what a record, can't wait for Starlingrad.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 05, 2012, 02:24:14 PM
I've checked my normal site I buy cd's from and they don't have it.  It's time to go to ebay, sounds promising from the recommendations from you guys.

Agree with Accept, what a record, can't wait for Starlingrad.

Have you checked out the Stalingrad track on Youtube? Absolutely brilliant song. Could never get into Accept because of Udo, and the new guy sounds like him, just better. Stronger voice I think.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 05, 2012, 03:04:09 PM
I've checked my normal site I buy cd's from and they don't have it.  It's time to go to ebay, sounds promising from the recommendations from you guys.

Agree with Accept, what a record, can't wait for Starlingrad.

Have you checked out the Stalingrad track on Youtube? Absolutely brilliant song. Could never get into Accept because of Udo, and the new guy sounds like him, just better. Stronger voice I think.

I'm a huge UDO fan, but never really got into Accept except Restless and Wild and Metal Heart.  I am more of a fan of UDO's solo band.  Mark Tornillo is the perfect vocalist for Accept, he breathed so much life into the band, and now the band is better than before.  The new track is absolutely amazing, can't wait.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 18, 2012, 06:41:13 AM
Just been listening to this that may have passed some of you by. It has Eric Martin on vocals, Jack Blades on bass and bv, Brian Tichy on drums. Excellent modern-sounding melodic hard rock with a hint of the oriental in it. Worth checking out.

(http://991.com/newGallery/Tak-Matsumoto-TMG-I-365192.jpg)

And bumping to catch the attention of those joining in the 80s MTV videos threads.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 18, 2012, 08:06:39 PM
That looks like an interesting combination, this is completely new to me, I don't even remember seeing this on melodicrock.com.  When was it released?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 19, 2012, 04:13:11 AM
That looks like an interesting combination, this is completely new to me, I don't even remember seeing this on melodicrock.com.  When was it released?

2004. IIRC Andrew gave it a glowing review (99 or 100) at the time.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 19, 2012, 04:29:29 AM
That looks like an interesting combination, this is completely new to me, I don't even remember seeing this on melodicrock.com.  When was it released?

2004. IIRC Andrew gave it a glowing review (99 or 100) at the time.

Ah, it's that old, no wonder I haven't heard of it. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 19, 2012, 06:04:08 AM
That looks like an interesting combination, this is completely new to me, I don't even remember seeing this on melodicrock.com.  When was it released?

2004. IIRC Andrew gave it a glowing review (99 or 100) at the time.

Ah, it's that old, no wonder I haven't heard of it.


Thanks for that. I don't need reminding how old I am! That's a "new" album for me! lol  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 19, 2012, 03:56:50 PM
That looks like an interesting combination, this is completely new to me, I don't even remember seeing this on melodicrock.com.  When was it released?

2004. IIRC Andrew gave it a glowing review (99 or 100) at the time.

Ah, it's that old, no wonder I haven't heard of it.


Thanks for that. I don't need reminding how old I am! That's a "new" album for me! lol  :biggrin:

 :lol No I meant that I've only really been heavily into melodic rock for the last 5 or 6 years so that explains why I'm unfamilar with this one.  :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 25, 2012, 09:01:14 AM
Mother of God, how did I ever miss this? ? ?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61CGVB1ZWCL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

*searching web frantically*.  Found the entire show (I think) on youtube.  I'm giddy with anticipation as I download it to watch later.

$10 on iTunes for the audio. *contemplates*
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 25, 2012, 11:58:11 AM
Mother of God, how did I ever miss this? ? ?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61CGVB1ZWCL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

*searching web frantically*.  Found the entire show (I think) on youtube.  I'm giddy with anticipation as I download it to watch later.

$10 on iTunes for the audio. *contemplates*

I was at this show and was so disappointed in Hardline, some sound or monitor problems I think. Those backing singers  weren't great I remember. not been tempted to buy the dvd or audio personally.
Saw them supporting someone (can't remember who- maybe Extreme?) back in the day with Schon still in the band and they were excellent. Johnny is a great singer and does great stuff with Axel Rudi Pell.
Their second album was awful and the third one strangely proggy but much better.

I've had a good melodic rock day cos it's been a beautiful day in the north of England- yes we very occaisionally get them. A day off too. Today is probably summer!
listened to both Damn Yankees albums, Giant's Time To Burn, John Norum's Total Control, the first Danger Danger, now listening to Europe's Out Of This World. And time with the kids. Good times.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 25, 2012, 02:44:11 PM
Too funny... I was listening to some Europe and Damn Yankee's earlier today.

Well, I'll check the YT video of the concert, and get back to you on my thoughts.  You're absolutely right, II sucked (although I listened to it earlier this week, and it wasn't AS bad as when I first heard it).  Double Eclipse is a Top 10 album for me, and Leaving the End Open is pretty righteous too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 25, 2012, 06:53:47 PM
I've seen some of the clips on youtube too and it wasn't a great performance.  Lowdz is right, the backup singers are shit.

I really like the first album but Leaving the End Open is amazing.  I haven't got II but I don't think it could beat LTEO for me.

Listened to Danger Danger Revolve yesterday.  Easily one of the finest melodic rock album of the last 10 years, perfect.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 25, 2012, 07:13:27 PM
II is a massive step below both DE and LTEO.  It would only disappoint you.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 25, 2012, 07:24:22 PM
II is a massive step below both DE and LTEO.  It would only disappoint you.

Alright, that's what I've heard before.  I won't worry about it, only if I can get it dirt cheap.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on March 26, 2012, 06:09:29 AM
I love that cover. Album's good too.
For me, every other album is a good one: loved the S/t, Sahara not as good. Loved Demon's Down, Power & The Myth is great but not a HoL album. World Upside Down was great, CTMK not. Cartesian Dreams was great, Big Money wasn't.
I could be the only person in the world who loves TP&TM. Ken Mary owns that album.
Not into House Of Lords but Ken Mary is awesome. Maybe I should check them out.
Anyway, I met Ken Mary backstage when he was with Alice Cooper in 1987 at the Boston Garden.
I'm covered in blood from being right up front!

(http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z246/TACPics/KM.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 26, 2012, 02:26:33 PM
Hardline have a new album due. I'm excited because Alessandro Del Vechio is a talented guy, and a really good singer. Will probably be a return to the more melodic sound of the debut rather than the proggier LTEO. Samples sound good.

As always, melodicrock.com is the place for news!

http://www.melodicrock.com/

Ken Mary is a great drummer. Cool pic!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 26, 2012, 02:48:52 PM
Oh hell yeah!!!

http://www.frontiers.it/news/10548/

Quote
HARDLINE’s lineup revolution welcomes you in the “Danger Zone”

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of HARDLINE’s new studio album entitled “Danger Zone” on May 18th in Europe and May 22nd in North America.

Following the release of “Leaving The End Open”, HARDLINE’s mastermind and singer Johnny Gioeli did not realistically feel that another HARDLINE album would have seen the light of day sometime soon. It was again thanks to the insistence of Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino that the concept came about once again “I love surprises and this was certainly one of them”, says Gioeli. “Each time I decide to close the door on Hardline, I get the itch to continue”.

Fate wanted that when Perugino sent Gioeli some song demos written by Alessandro Del Vecchio (an Italian musician and producer know for his work with Edge of Forever and Eden’s Curse but also with Axe, Mitch Malloy, Bobby Kimball and several other top musicians and bands), the singer became excited once again and wanted to give it another go.

“Ale is one talented brotha...” tells Johnny, “he plays, writes, sings, engineers, produces and mixes... He's like the golden goose handed to me. More than all the talent he has, he is an example of a great human in many many ways. I look forward to making more music with Ale. And it doesn't hurt that he's Italian too!” Alessandro Del Vecchio says: “I feel humbled but at the same time excited as never before. I grew up with Double Eclipse, which I bought when I was 13, so it's really a combination of feelings. The whole thing started so naturally that I feel like me and Johnny have been knowing each other for years. Our goal was to match the superb quality of that milestone of a debut and we worked hard to get to it, but we also wanted this record to be a shift and the truthful mirror of this "new" life for Hardline”. And, according to Gioeli “I think all of the Hardline records have a magic about them... this one certainly holds a more commercial pop sound to its heartbeat. I love it.”

So now Hardline have been completed with a European based lineup featuring Francesco Jovino (UDO), Thorsten Koehne (Code Of Perfection, Eden's Curse) and Anna Portalupi (Mitch Malloy).

“I would absolutely LOVE to tour with these guys. I think the fans would be quite surprised when they hear this band....like a good solid kick in the teeth” concludes Gioeli and certainly discussions are ongoing to have finally Hardline play some dates around Europe in support of this exciting new release.

“Danger Zone” tracklisting includes:
Fever Dreams; 10.000 Reasons; Danger Zone; What I'd Like; Stronger Than Me; Never Too Late For Love; Stay; I Don't Want To Breakaway; Look At You Now; Please Have Faith In Me; Show Me Your Love; The Only One.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on March 26, 2012, 03:19:02 PM
I'm not familiar with Hardline at all. Any track recomendations?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 26, 2012, 03:29:27 PM
From Double Eclipse - Bad Taste, Hot Cherie, I'll Be There, In the Hands of Time
From II - skip it (that's not a song ... literally, skip it)
From Leaving the End Open - Voices, She Sleeps in Madness, Before This, Leaving the End Open

As Lowdz said, DE is more melodic; LTEO is more prog.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 26, 2012, 04:09:19 PM
TAC, amazing pic.

And second, oh fuck yeah!!  Quite ironic we were discussing Hardline yesterday and now we get news on a new album the next day.  I really liked Jash Ramos' guitar playing, but Thorsten is an absolute amazing guitarists, one of the best around today and he will make this even more special.

The samples sound absolutely killer too, serioulsy can't wait for this.  This just climbed to the top of my most anticipated list.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 28, 2012, 06:18:02 AM
The new Tyketto and Trixter samples sound good too.

That first Tyketto album, Don't Come Easy, was a classic. forever Young is a Melodi Rock masterpiece.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 28, 2012, 06:22:27 AM
I've seen some of the clips on youtube too and it wasn't a great performance.  Lowdz is right, the backup singers are shit.

Watched the first 3 songs... you guys are right, they make my ears bleed.  Johnny even looks at them, the stage crew, and Ramos constantly like "What! The! Fuck!".  Even tells the crowd it sounds like shit on the stage.   :lol

Also, not sure why I didn't pay attention to the Axel Rudi Pell comment ... never knew Johnny had like 8 albums there too.   >:(  More albums I want!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on March 28, 2012, 06:29:26 AM
Never really checked out Tyketto. Was a huge fan of Waysted when Danny Vaughn did the Save Your Prayers album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 28, 2012, 03:25:46 PM
Never really checked out Tyketto. Was a huge fan of Waysted when Danny Vaughn did the Save Your Prayers album.

The first two albums were very good. Danny has a great voice.

And jingle.boy, you need Oceans Of Time by ARP, though all the albums are pretty similar. Knights Treasures dvd is worth getting too.

I got the first ARP album, long before Joey and Jeff Scott Soto, and that's my favourite. The compilation The Wizard's Chosen Few is a good starting place.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 28, 2012, 04:40:08 PM
Never really checked out Tyketto. Was a huge fan of Waysted when Danny Vaughn did the Save Your Prayers album.

The first two albums were very good. Danny has a great voice.

And jingle.boy, you need Oceans Of Time by ARP, though all the albums are pretty similar. Knights Treasures dvd is worth getting too.

I got the first ARP album, long before Joey and Jeff Scott Soto, and that's my favourite. The compilation The Wizard's Chosen Few is a good starting place.

Discog seems to be out on Grooveshark.  I'll be working my way thru it.  Had a listen to Oceans last night.  Liked what I heard.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 28, 2012, 04:48:16 PM
Another band.  Anyone heard this album?  I always loved it.  More on the heavier side of Melodic, that's for sure. 

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61GxgI47k2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Bob Rock (legendary producer), actually formed the band.  Unfortunately, it's the one and only album of their's, as it was kind of a commercial flop, so they disbanded.  Great album though. They've got a handful of tracks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKXfjGgxKBg&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CaYgSsbr_v9zpPzGXSivks) out on YT -  Bed of Roses being my favorite.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 28, 2012, 09:03:04 PM
Never really got into Tyketto.  I like Danny Vaghun though. From the Inside is a great project and his solo album is great too.

Chad, Axel Rudi Pell is where I first heard about Johnny.  Good, classic hard rock.  Check Oceans of Time, King and Queens, Masquerade Ball, Tales of the Crown, well fuck they are all really good albums, very melodic too.

Haven't heard of Rockead, will check it out later.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 29, 2012, 06:05:49 AM
Another band.  Anyone heard this album?  I always loved it.  More on the heavier side of Melodic, that's for sure. 

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61GxgI47k2L._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Bob Rock (legendary producer), actually formed the band.  Unfortunately, it's the one and only album of their's, as it was kind of a commercial flop, so they disbanded.  Great album though. They've got a handful of tracks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKXfjGgxKBg&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CaYgSsbr_v9zpPzGXSivks) out on YT -  Bed of Roses being my favorite.

Never heard of Rockhead, though I new Bob Rock was a musician. Those tracks sound interesting. Will now try to track down a copy...
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 30, 2012, 05:47:31 AM
Just got the new Sunstorm in the mail.  Haven't listened to it yet.  But I also just ordered this;

(http://www.woundedbird.com/fandango/449.jpg)

Always been meaning to order this one, and I got it for 11 bucks!  Fuckin' love JLT.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 31, 2012, 02:06:12 PM
Played this today after not playing it for years. Some great songs, a couple of fillers, a very good singer too.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QRsQBPv13X0/TjMJ24pHD2I/AAAAAAAAAms/ZZ44lmtg7N8/s1600/Richie+Sambora+-+Stranger+In+This+Town.jpg)

and this

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/617YKV3EBNL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Dann Huff is a great guitarist and singer. I prefer the first album but this is up there with the best of the genre too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 31, 2012, 05:35:43 PM
Giant are an excellent band.  I've listened to that Richie Sambora album a couple of times, and I really never cared for it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 02, 2012, 05:12:34 AM
Sunstorm - Emotional Fire

(http://www.melodic.net/img/cover/img8/emotionalfire.jpg)

I have only had this album for about 4 or 5 days, but it is scratching me right where I itch.  I only acquired the first Sunstorm album buy buying the album online, I haven't been able to find it at a reasonable price yet.  I liked it, but it didn't hit me like House of Dreams did.  House of Dreams is simply one of the finest melodic rock albums for some years IMO, every song had something to offer and the killer tracks were extra special.  Tracks like Divided, I Found Love, Gutters of Gold, The Spririt Inside, Don't Give Up and the title track are simply perfect.

When Emotional Fire was announced I was instantly counting down to the release date.  I eventually got it and I am so pleased I have this one.  Dennis Ward handles the production and right there you know you are gonna get an excellent sounding record.  Uwe Reitienauer returns and handles the leads this time.  Chris Schmidt is back too and a fellow called Justin Dukey handles the keyboards.

This album is made up of simple, short, even somewhat generic AOR/melodic rock style songs.  The longest song checks in at only 4:03, and the whole album is over by 43 minutes.  Joe sounds great for his age, and his tone and passion is still as strong as ever, he does a really great job and has some highs still in him.  I call the songs generic in the sense that there is nothing new here, but one shouldn't expect anything new.  If you enjoy catchy, hook laden melodic songs, this is an album for you.  It's one album that's instant and doesn't need 100 listens to grow on you, it's there and it makes no apologies.

Never Give Up is the first track and is the best track on the album.  Written by the amazing Robert Sall of Work of Art, this is one guy who is writing some amazing music lately with his own band and for others.  Similar to Divided, it's catchy, rocking, and Joe sounds like he is loving this one.  The pre chorus gives me goose bumps, and the lyrics are typical AOR, but it's just really well done.  A good start.

Emotional Fire is next and is a cover of a Cher song.  The album has 3 covers that featured Turner in the backing vox department back in the day, this song being one of them.  Written by Michael Bolton, Dionne Warren and Desmond Child, you know this song is perfect pop.  Killer chorus here and a great groove.  I prefer this over the original as I was never much of a Cher fan.

Lay Down our Arms is a smooth, somber, somewhat depressing piece with lyrics about a lost love.  The chorus here absolutely kicks you in the face, it's emotional and just so melodic.  The keys in the middle are a nice touch too.  I would have liked a ripping guitar solo, but for what it is, it does the job nicely.

You Wouldn't Know Love is another cover by Dianne Warren and Michael Bolton.  I believe both Cher and Michael Bolton have done this one.  It's simple, good but nothing really outstanding.  I'm listening to the Michael Bolton version right now and I like that better.  Bolton is king.

Wish You Were Here is pretty generic when it comes to AOR and grooves along nicely.  The main riffs and verses are pretty average, but the chorus makes up for it, fantastic, uplifting chorus.  I just wish the rest were as strong to carry this chorus.

Torn in Half written by Soren Kronqvist is again AOR by numbers, but like the others the chrous kicks ass and makes the song strong as hell.

Gina, the Michael Bolton hit is IMO a weaker one.  It's a little dated and the original is much better.  Joe tunes down on this one as it's clear he can't hit the same notes that Bolton did in the original, not that anyone really expects him too.  It's listenable, but nothing extrodinary.

The Higher You Rise again by Robert Sall is a nice change of pace and somwhat darker at times.  Robert Sall writes gold IMO and the tougher chorus here is perfect, and Joe delivers it really well.

Emily is next and I really like this one.  A bit faster and has some excellent keyboard patches.  Great chorus, nothing over the top but melodic and fitting.

Follow Your Heart is the most pop/AOR song on the album.  It's good, but filler, very generic.

All I Am is the last track and is the big ballad of the album.  For me, it lacks, and just doesn't do much for me at all.  Written by the amazing Tom and James Martin, I guess I just expected more.

This album, I really can just call solid.  Every song has something to offer, more than others, but it doesn't have as many highlights as House of Dreams, but is much more consistent, which I like.  If you like melodic catchy music, you should give this a go.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 02, 2012, 05:37:11 AM
Mecca - Undeniable

(http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2011-11/1320461890_500.jpg)

I've had this one for a while, but it's been a tough one for me to get into.  I knew nothing about Mecca and only really got the album because of Andrew's melodicrock.com 100% review.  Little did I know that him and the main man of this band are good friends.  Tommy Denander on guitars helped me purchase this too.

This is a very original sounding album.  The songs are unique and the overall feel and tone of the songs is not like any other AOR act out there.  I wouldn't even know what to compare it to.  I guess the closest thing I could compare it to would be Toto, Fredric Salma's AOR project or maybe even Mr Mister.  The sound this band is going for I'm not really familiar with, put it that way.

The production is top notch, great guitar tones, keyboard tones, and the album breathes so much.  Nothing over produced and everything is mixed, balanced and heard well.  Joe Vana's vocal style is very different and unique.  His vocals fit the music well, although sometimes I feel his vocals don't really show much variety.  That could be blamed on the songs though.  The songs didn't hit me at first, and I found myself putting the cd away thinking that it wasn't for me.  I got it out again with fresh ears and really enjoyed it.  I do feel the songs are all a bit samey, and Joe's melodies sometimes repeat themselves.  Not a big issue, as I don't mind that consistency in an album

Perfect World is a great rocker, and straight AOR.  Great guitar solo here too.  This song actually annoyed me at first as Joe's diction in the chours, it just sounds wrong and the words don't fit the melody that's written.  Apart from that, a killer melodic piece.

Closing Time has some modern keyboards which kick things off before a staggered guitar riff comes in and gives things a nice groove.  The chorus here is wonderul.  Uplifting, bright, melodic and some great harmonies.  Good song.

A slower piece is up next with Ten Lifetimes.  The song is pretty relaxed and the verses have a lot of room to breathe.  Good chorus again, but by this time you're getting that feeling that the songs are a little too samey.

Life's Too Short starts with more of a funk groove until Joe comes in with a rap which is laughable.  When the pre chorus comes in, it's beautiful.  The sounds and dynamics of this album really are fantastic.  The chorus is similar to Ten Lifetimes but is still great to listen to.

I Know really reminds me of Toto.  Great keyboards, here but again, the song structure and Joe's vocals don't offer much variety and the chorus while good is reminiscent of the songs before it.

Another Toto style song is next with Did It For Love.  I love the chorus here, it's pure pop, bright and beautiful.  Killer solo here too.

From the Start is filler material but the chorus again is decent and melodic.

Deceptive Cadence is a slower number and not really one of my favs.  As all the songs are at a similar laid back tempo, a slow one like this just seems to make things drag.  It's nice but not one of my favs

W2W is the one true rocker of the album.  I've been waiting for this one.  Vocal melodies strongly remind me of Perfect World and again Joe doesn't vary his vocals much depending on the song.  I'm not dissing his vocals, as I find his voice, soothing, strong, and really good to listen too, but a little variety in delievery would be good.

Undeniable has a killer chorus.  A ballad again, but my kind of ballad.  Simply killer chorus makes this a highlight.

As I Walk Alone is just Joe with a piano which doesn't do anything for me.

Overall, I think I'm pretty harsh on this album, but I still have come to really enjoy the album.  My point about the songs being samey is really something I don't mind, it's just an observation.  It doesn't detract from my listening pleasure, but to someone that wants variety in an album may be left a little disappointed. 

I really like Joe's voice as he is different, and would love to check out his other work.  The band is strong and the sound and production of this cd is the best I've heard for a long time.  I would recommend this album to someone who wants something smooth and laid back, just don't expect all out rock like Sunstorm or something of the kind, this is a different beast.  I would encourage people to listen to see if they like the sound, as it's exciting original and just a joy to listen too.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 02, 2012, 05:47:03 AM
Wow... thanks for the writeups Kade.  Sunstorm has a bunch of covers ... not usually a fan of that.  But, I'll keep it on the radar.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 02, 2012, 03:21:49 PM
I like both of those Wolfie. The Sunstorm probably a bit more. I was familiar with several of these songs previously but JLT has the pipes to make them sound great. Agree that House Of Dreams is a great album.
One thing annoys me with the Mecca- In A Perfect World, when Joe sings "in a perfect-ah world"- winds me up, like fiingernails down a blackboard. Pity as I like the song other than that.

Been getting into Autograph lately. Totally missed them first time round but for 80s American rock it's pretty good. They did a more recent album too (Buzz) which was very good.

Anyway, I drop the family off at the inlaws' at the other end of the country tomorrow which gives me nearly a whole week of peace. Some serious music listening will be done and the Ibanez and Marshall combo will get an airing too. Can't wait.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on April 02, 2012, 03:36:26 PM
So wait, JLT is the singer on Sunstorm?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on April 02, 2012, 03:53:21 PM
I loved JLT's solo album.

I found Sambora's solo album hit and miss.

Giant's second album is good but not as good as the first album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 02, 2012, 04:25:33 PM
Wow... thanks for the writeups Kade.  Sunstorm has a bunch of covers ... not usually a fan of that.  But, I'll keep it on the radar.

No worries mate.  Agree about the covers, but luckily they aren't well known songs, if they were covers of top 40 80's hits, that would annoy me.  Plus apparently, JLT sang backing on the 3 songs anyway so he wanted to his own versions.


So wait, JLT is the singer on Sunstorm?

Yes

One thing annoys me with the Mecca- In A Perfect World, when Joe sings "in a perfect-ah world"- winds me up, like fiingernails down a blackboard. Pity as I like the song other than that.

Yeah, that's exactly what I was talking about in my writeup of that song about his diction and the words not fitting the melody.  The first time I heard it, I was like "What the hell is he saying perfecta world for"  It pisses me off too mate, totally.  It's almost embarrasing listening to the chorus, but the song is so damn good, such a shame.  Glad someone else likes the Sunstorm too Lowdz, I'm really enjoying it. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on April 02, 2012, 05:34:14 PM
OK, well, I'll check out Sunstorm!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 03, 2012, 03:55:44 AM
OK, well, I'll check out Sunstorm!

Do it.  I'm in love with this cd.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on April 04, 2012, 04:06:52 PM
OK, well, I'll check out Sunstorm!

Do it.  I'm in love with this cd.
Wolfie, I am so sorry to say this, but I only made it through 4 songs on House Of Dreams before I had to turn it off. Not even Michael Kiske could save the second Place Vendome album, and I'm not sure he could save this one. It's like eating cotton candy. There's just nothing to it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 04, 2012, 05:03:17 PM
You don't need to apologize, if you don't like it, then you don't like it.  But what made you dislike it so much?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 05, 2012, 03:17:29 AM
Andrew at mr.com has a raft of new reviews up, one of which I'd never heard of but on investigating on YT has proved to be something a bit excellent. Andrew's review wasn't exceptional- I think he gave it a 80-ish score, but some of these choruses are brilliant. Apparently the band were once metal-core (whatever that is), and some harsher vocals shake things up a bit here, but there's plenty of 80s influence in this with more modern sounds too. Plenty of widdly-style soloing going on aswell.
This album is going down really well in the sunshine today. Not had chance to live with it to see if it sticks, but first impressions are really good.
Give it a shot and see what you think if you haven't heard of them before.

Blessed By A Broken Heart- Feel The Power

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0Ai-9itV4bE/TyqhszWgwSI/AAAAAAAAAYc/T8KPgebB3M0/s1600/Blessed%2BBy%2BA%2BBroken%2BHeart%2B-%2BFeel%2BThe%2BPower.gif)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GmQZzLFhCM

And the new H.E.A.T. album is so much better than the previous ones.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2012, 03:57:29 AM
Hmmm...that trailer isn't doing much for me Lowdz, but I'd like to hear some full songs, it could have potential.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2012, 05:53:01 AM
For some reason when I click the reviews link on melodic rock, it's the page without the new reviews, it says the page has been updated, but none of the new reviews are there, weird.

Edit: Just refreshed the page and they came up, weird.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 05, 2012, 08:21:18 AM
Hmmm...that trailer isn't doing much for me Lowdz, but I'd like to hear some full songs, it could have potential.

No worries. Try this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPGBGgGdx1U

I enjoyed it.

Have you heard the new JSS?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on April 05, 2012, 04:24:40 PM
You don't need to apologize, if you don't like it, then you don't like it.  But what made you dislike it so much?
Well, it's just so bland and generic. Reminded me of why I stopped listening to the radio. There's no substance, at least so far as I heard. The 4th track was the better of what I heard though.
And yikes has JLT lost his range!

(..puts on Difficult To Cure....)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2012, 04:27:39 PM
Hmmm...that trailer isn't doing much for me Lowdz, but I'd like to hear some full songs, it could have potential.

No worries. Try this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPGBGgGdx1U

I enjoyed it.

Have you heard the new JSS?


Solid song, not bad at all.  I might check this out afterall.

As for the JSS, I'm waiting for it in the mail, really looking forward to that one, you heard it?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2012, 04:31:25 PM
You don't need to apologize, if you don't like it, then you don't like it.  But what made you dislike it so much?
Well, it's just so bland and generic. Reminded me of why I stopped listening to the radio. There's no substance, at least so far as I heard. The 4th track was the better of what I heard though.
And yikes has JLT lost his range!

(..puts on Difficult To Cure....)

Yeah, he sounds weaker than the 80's but IMO, he still sounds great.  If you don't like the first 3 songs, then forget the rest, you won't like them at all.  If you think that's generic, don't try Emotional Fire.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on April 05, 2012, 04:59:39 PM
OK..advice heeded! :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2012, 07:42:16 PM
Just had a listen to the first Fifth Angel album.  I didn't expect it to be so much different from the second album.  A lot less commercial and more aggressive.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2012, 07:46:21 PM
Also, just listened to this album for the first time too;

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7s10lXbtPsE/TbRsbVkwM_I/AAAAAAAANeg/Es_Rbl_xpNQ/s1600/FrederiksenDenander2007.jpeg)

Absolutely amazing tunes all the way through.  Melodic songs Denander style with a hint of Toto, really really good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2012, 08:21:07 PM
Apologies for the triple post but damn I just listened to a couple of tracks from the HEAT album, that's amazing, I'm ordering that one.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 06, 2012, 01:39:06 PM
The JSS is pretty good, certainly better than the last solo album. Nothing earthshattering, but good, solid rock album.

The Heat is very good. I certainly didn't rate the first two but the new singer is excellent and the guitars are a bit more present.
The Denander Fredriksen isn't really my cup of tea.

I was doing some painting last night, trying out the Audiogalaxy app on the iphone and after the heat album came the new Dynasty album. This one blew me away. The opener sounded like they were channeling the first Dio album- I almost thought it was the great man himself. the rest was excellent too, and another band that I hadn't really connected with on their previous albums. My favourite of the year so far I think.

Couldn't find much from the new one on YT but try this sampler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV1nw4t_Woc


Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on April 06, 2012, 04:03:34 PM
Dynasty? Never heard of them, but the Dio reference definitely puts them on The List.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 06, 2012, 04:13:13 PM
That sampler sounds pretty damn good.

Good to hear that the new JSS is pretty good.  i didn't rate Beautiful Mess at all, not my thing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 10, 2012, 04:23:35 AM
Lowdz, I got Blessed By a Broken Heart a couple of days ago.  Not normally my style, but enjoyed the album quite a lot.

Also, ordered all 3 HEAT albums.  The first two were only $8, and I got Address the Nation for $13.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 10, 2012, 05:25:53 AM
Lowdz, I got Blessed By a Broken Heart a couple of days ago.  Not normally my style, but enjoyed the album quite a lot.

Also, ordered all 3 HEAT albums.  The first two were only $8, and I got Address the Nation for $13.

Yeah I don't go for the screamo stuff but it's used sparingly on this album. From YT their older stuff has more of it so I'm not so inclined to work backwards.

That's a bargain on the Heat albums. There is a special edition with both early albums together- was that the one you got? Didn't rate the 1st one at all. The second was better but nothing that makes me want to reach for it. ATN is playing at the moment. Very good.
Waiting for the new trixter to arrive- samples sound good. Their second (Hear) was a great album so hoping it's in that vein.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 11, 2012, 04:52:21 AM
The first two HEAT albums were $7.95 each, or they had the special edition with both for $19.95, so it was cheaper to get them separate. I wouldn't have got them if they were any dearer just based on your opinions.

I'm actually really digging the Blessed By A Broken Heart.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 11, 2012, 09:29:55 AM
The first two HEAT albums were $7.95 each, or they had the special edition with both for $19.95, so it was cheaper to get them separate. I wouldn't have got them if they were any dearer just based on your opinions.

I'm actually really digging the Blessed By A Broken Heart.

Yeah it surprised the hell out of me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 19, 2012, 05:08:27 AM
Not that Jorn fits this thread, but I figure not many around here would really care;

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of a brand new Jorn studio album: Bring Heavy Rock To The Land on June 1st in Europe and June 5 in North America.
Following a three year silence since the release of "Spirit Black", Jorn unleashes upon the world yet another original studio album "Bring Heavy Rock To The Land": another slab of classic Hard Rock with Metal elements! "I think this album follows a similar Jorn-tradition like those before, more Heavy Rock oriented than Metal" says Jorn "But as usual it's not one musical expression all the way through the album, but a variety of musical landscapes within the categories of Rock and Metal".
A winning formula should not change, so Jorn has again worked with Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark, who mixed the album, ensuring the right edge to the rich guitar and vocal sound that is now trademark to all Jorn releases. The lineup sees the return of Jimmy Iversen on guitar who also appeared on "Spirit Black". The pairing with Tore Moren works really well and gives Jorn's sound the usual depth and solidity.

As usual, in addition to the original material, Jorn offers some interesting covers. This time Masterplan's "Time to Be King" and Christopher Cross' "Ride Like The Wind" are the ones to get the Jorn treatment. "When we wrote "Time To Be King" I heard a different and more rock oriented arrangement in my mind" tells Jorn, "so after the Masterplan album was released I couldn't stop thinking about how it would sound if it was recorded with this other arrangement. I don't know which one's better, I have ended up liking both versions. As to Christopher Cross, I have always loved "West Coast" oriented music and bands like 10cc, Pages, Santana, Little River Band, Eagles and so on. So I thought "Ride Like The Wind" would be a good song to do Jorn style. Saxon also released a version of this song in the 80's, and the arrangement we made ended up being a mix between the original version and Saxon's. It's also a fun song to sing and play".
Jorn Lande's strong and diverse voice and solid songwriting skills have now become legendary in the Hard Rock world. In a career spanning over close to 40 album releases, as frontman for Ark and Masterplan, in addition to featuring on spectacular projects such as Nostradamus The Rock Opera, Beyond Twilight "The Devil's Hall of Fame", Tobias Sammet's "Avantasia" and Ayreon.
"If you buy a Jorn album today, you know what you will get" states Jorn Lande. You are guaranteed to get your adrenaline going with the riveting sound that has solid roots in classic hard rock/heavy metal music, such as Dio, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake.

Bring Heavy Rock To The Land will include the following songs: My Road; Bring Heavy Rock To The Land; A Thousand Cuts; Ride Like The Wind; Chains Around You; The World I See; Time To Be King; Ride To The Guns; Black Morning; I Came To Rock; Live And Let Fly (bonus track).

The title track Bring Heavy Rock To The Land will be released as a single worldwide on May 14 and can be exclusively listened to in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio - A videoclip for the song is in the works and will be directed by Thomas Tjäder (Pretty Maids, In Flames). According to Jorn: "The title track has really a strong Jorn trademark. It was a natural choice for a title track, I felt the same about "Lonely Are The Brave" back in 2008. Sometimes one song's got the magic and you just know it. "Bring Heavy Rock To The Land" is such a song and regardless of how the whole album is evaluated by critics, I feel that this song will live on and become an essential Jorn classic!"
Jorn will appear live in selected shows in Europe during the summer.
Jorn: Jorn Lande: vocals, Willy Bendiksen: drums, Nic Angileri: bass, Tore Moren: guitar, Jimmy Iversen: guitar.
WebLinks: www.jornlande.com.


(http://www.melodicrock.com/jorn-bringheavyrocktotheland.jpg) (http://www.melodicrock.com/jorn-2012.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 19, 2012, 08:05:01 AM
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Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: obscure on April 19, 2012, 08:21:25 AM
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Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 19, 2012, 02:22:59 PM
he's done some good stuff but I'm far from a fan. I don't buy in to the son of Dio thing either. He's a good metal singer with average metal songs on his own. With Ark he was great, Masterplan was ok, and I enjoy hearing him cover other artists but solo he doesn't do it for me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 19, 2012, 04:03:41 PM
Looking forward to this too.  Ride Like The Wind?  Oh yes!!!

Spirit Black was really impressive too.  I still miss Jorn Viggo's guitar though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 19, 2012, 09:28:38 PM
Love everything with Jorn's voice. Some of the solo stuff was just average, but by and large, I love pretty much everything.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 19, 2012, 09:33:19 PM
Yeah, I've followed his solo career for years.  I can see why some would think some of his solo work is average, but personally I like his style of hard rock, where most of his solo projects are either power metal or somewhat prog.

Saying that, Burn the Sun is by far the best think he's ever done, followed by Beyond Twilight and Masterplan.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on April 20, 2012, 02:16:47 AM
I only have the first Masterplan disc, all the Allen-Lande discs, and the Jorn/Dio tribute disc.  Love them all.  Haven't heard much else of his solo or Ark material.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 20, 2012, 01:55:42 PM
Just remembered his contributions to Avantasia- that was very good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 22, 2012, 03:45:22 PM
(http://www.mp3crank.com/cover-album/Blessed-By-A-Broken-Heart-Feel-The-Power-300x300.jpg)


This is absolutely kicking my ass, simply amazing album!!   :hefdaddy
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 22, 2012, 03:50:18 PM
 >:( >:(   :censored :censored

This abstaining from new music sucks. Yet another to put on the radar (which is getting very crowded)

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 22, 2012, 03:55:00 PM
You're going to get a barrage of new musuc my friend once your roulette starts!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 23, 2012, 01:27:19 AM
And plenty of new stuff on the horizon- trixter, Tyketto, Crazy Lixx, Hardline. Hoping for good things there.

The BBABH is very good, isn't it. Glad I sought them out after Andrew's average review on Mr.com.

Still playing the shit out of the Dynazty though.  :hefdaddy :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 23, 2012, 04:22:30 AM
It makes me wonder how many times he actually spun the cd before giving his review.  It's a fantastic cd.  Heard a bit of the new Tyketto, Crazy Lixx and Trixter but none of these really interests me that much.  I might get the Tyketto cause I enjoy Danny Vaughn.

Hardline on the other hand I cannot wait for.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 23, 2012, 04:43:55 AM
http://www.melodicrock.com/

Looks like melodic rock is in trouble again.

To be honest, I have never brought one of those compilations, because basically I don't see the point.  I might donate $20 or something though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 23, 2012, 04:49:25 AM
Feel for the guy, but I don't go there enough to compel me to donate.  I might try some of the compilation CDs though.  Good way to check out some bands that I don't know a lot about.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 23, 2012, 04:58:04 AM
Feel for the guy, but I don't go there enough to compel me to donate.  I might try some of the compilation CDs though.  Good way to check out some bands that I don't know a lot about.

Good point.  If I'm willing to donate I might as well pick up a cd or two and get my moneys worth, I just hate compilations though of any kind.

The melodic rock records site also is absolute shit.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 23, 2012, 09:15:08 AM
Yeah I go there enough that I usually donate, and I've bought some of the cds. It's a difficult time for everybody.

Gave the Crazy Lixx a listen today whilst driving and it seemed pretty good. The only thing I noticed missing was the Chris Laney production that lifted the last album into the great category. This one seemed a bit flat in that department. I do like the singer's voice though.
From what I've heard of the Tyketto it sounds good too. Danny Vaughn always sounds good.

Have you heard of Casablanca? Yet another rock band from Scandinavia. A bit sleazy but the most noticable comparison for me is 70s Thin Lizzy, though not with Phil singing. Ryan Roxie is in the band. Again, pretty good. It's turning into a good year already for Melodic Rock.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 23, 2012, 03:36:13 PM
Haven't heard of that band, yet another band for me to check out.

I think I will get the Tyketto, the samples sound alright.

Right now, Blessed For A Broken Heart is taking up all of my time.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 24, 2012, 02:52:25 AM
Haven't heard of that band, yet another band for me to check out.

I think I will get the Tyketto, the samples sound alright.

Right now, Blessed For A Broken Heart is taking up all of my time.

I know. too much new music, so little time to appreciate it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 25, 2012, 05:41:10 PM
(http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/photos/damage_control_cover.jpg)

This album is absolutely killer.  Anyone remotely interested in melodic rock/AOR or Jeff Scott Soto should pick this album up.  Takes a few listens to get your head around things since there is a lot of material but everything on this album is killer.  Deluxe version is the shit as the three bonus tracks are as good and better than some of the regular album tracks.  Great guitar solos through this also.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on April 26, 2012, 10:08:31 AM
Who is in JSS's band?

Wolf, I was listening to Yngwie's Marching Out last week and I forgot how awesome JSS is on it.
I don't know how "melodic" I want to get,but what would you recommend as the heaviest album that JSS has sung on?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on April 26, 2012, 11:59:58 AM
The first Yngwie and especially Marching Out rule!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 26, 2012, 02:08:49 PM
Who is in JSS's band?

Wolf, I was listening to Yngwie's Marching Out last week and I forgot how awesome JSS is on it.
I don't know how "melodic" I want to get,but what would you recommend as the heaviest album that JSS has sung on?

I would think an Axel Rudi Pell album would be his heaviest (Black Moon Pyramid would be my recommendation from the JSS years), though I think there is a Nu-Metal album by him out there, can't recall the name though as I'm not interested. I think he's stayed away from the Metal side in recent years.
The Humanimal (band) album is very good in his heavy vein though, I can recommend that, or even the Soul Sirkus album with Neil Schon.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 26, 2012, 03:28:17 PM
Yeah lowdz is probably right, something from ARP.  JSS has never really gotten that heavy,  Soul Sirkis was okay.  7 from Talisman had a few heavy moments too if I remember.

His band on the album is mostly more unknown people and guys in his touring band, but all perfromances are very impressive.  Dave Meniketti makes an appearance as does Mike from Y&T.  Casey Grillo makes an appearance too as does Joel Hoekstra from Night Ranger.  All performances are killer.

It's not overly heavy but the WET project is by far one of the best things he's ever done.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 26, 2012, 03:48:57 PM
Yeah lowdz is probably right, something from ARP.  JSS has never really gotten that heavy,  Soul Sirkis was okay.  7 from Talisman had a few heavy moments too if I remember.

His band on the album is mostly more unknown people and guys in his touring band, but all perfromances are very impressive.  Dave Meniketti makes an appearance as does Mike from Y&T.  Casey Grillo makes an appearance too as does Joel Hoekstra from Night Ranger.  All performances are killer.

It's not overly heavy but the WET project is by far one of the best things he's ever done.

Wolfie could be right. I like most of his Talisman albums tbh.

This could be his best album ever though... He out-Coverdale's Coverdale.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zf_PyXIKes
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 26, 2012, 08:35:03 PM
Meanwhile, over at Melodicrock.com:

Quote
The Best Of MelodicRock Records - Volume 1 FREE DOWNLOAD!

Tracks:

01) Jimi Jamison & Jim Peterik - Dream Higher
02) Degreed - A Little Bit
03) Chris Antblad - When Fools Rush In
04) Fenrik Lane - Going Nowhere
05) Taxxi - It Ain't Over
06) All I Know - Asphyxia
07) Gary Schutt - Carry Me Away
08) Andreas Novak - Highway To Anywhere
09) Jim Peterik - She's Nothing To Me (JP & Thom Griffin Vocal)
10) Riverdogs - World Gone Mad
11) Fenrik Lane - Hot Lips
12) All I Know - Turn Back
13) Degreed - My Fall
14) Violet Sun - Inside Out
15) Chris Antblad - A Fire Burning
16) Infinity - Christine
17) Andreas Novak - Part Of Your Plan
18) 7th Heaven - Affair Of The Heart
19) Taxxi - Writing On The Wall
20) Infinity - I'm On The Edge

Download ZIP File (http://www.melodicrockrecords.com/audio/MRR%20-%20Best%20Of%20Volume%201.zip)

I ordered the three compilations he still has, and then noticed this was on the front page.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 26, 2012, 10:15:36 PM
Thanks Chad, downloading now, didn't see that the other day.

I still may order a compilation or 2.


Yeah lowdz is probably right, something from ARP.  JSS has never really gotten that heavy,  Soul Sirkis was okay.  7 from Talisman had a few heavy moments too if I remember.

His band on the album is mostly more unknown people and guys in his touring band, but all perfromances are very impressive.  Dave Meniketti makes an appearance as does Mike from Y&T.  Casey Grillo makes an appearance too as does Joel Hoekstra from Night Ranger.  All performances are killer.

It's not overly heavy but the WET project is by far one of the best things he's ever done.

Wolfie could be right. I like most of his Talisman albums tbh.

This could be his best album ever though... He out-Coverdale's Coverdale.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zf_PyXIKes


Yeah. all Talisman is excellent, great band.  The Five Men Live DVD is absolutely amazing.  Still sad about Marcel.

That song is killer, I'll have to try and hunt that one down.  Very Coverdale indeed.  :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 06, 2012, 04:07:21 AM
Today's blast from the past is this little beauty.

(http://www.yesterrock-shop.com/WebRoot/Store17/Shops/61997914/49ED/CD46/DCB3/A329/F789/C0A8/28B9/0EA3/Hurricane_Slave.jpg)

The first full album was ok but this raised the bar after a change of personnel. Doug Aldritch is now David Coverdale's right hand man and the singer is in Foreigner, so a quality band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 07, 2012, 04:50:02 AM
Hmmm....Interesting cover lol.  Big fan of Doug's work in Dio and Whitesnake so this is one I might have to look into.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on May 07, 2012, 04:55:06 AM
Hell, I'll give it a listen just for the cover alone! And of course Doug Aldrich. I've loved his contributions to Whitesnake (and Transformers :mtmte: ), so he's earned a lot of cred with me. And also it's from 1990, which automatically means it has a pretty solid chance of being awesome. :lol

And since I saw it mentioned further up, I'll mention that the new Crazy Lixx album really disappointed me. New Religion was a great album and set itself apart from the other recent bands of the genre, but the new album feels like a step backwards and just blends in with the other generic GNR/ACDC knockoff bands. Very samey with the uptempo straightforward beats and riffs. I've only given it a couple of listens, but I really don't feel compelled at this stage to give it any further spins.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 07, 2012, 05:23:25 AM
Never really got into Crazy Lixx but listened to a couple of the new tracks.  Not impressive at all to me either I'm afraid.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 07, 2012, 10:10:29 AM
Finally got around to listening to Emotional Fire.  Very nice indeed.  Still a lot on the radar from you guys that I can't wait to get to ... and hopefully I will soon.   ;)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 07, 2012, 04:09:07 PM
Finally got around to listening to Emotional Fire.  Very nice indeed.  Still a lot on the radar from you guys that I can't wait to get to ... and hopefully I will soon.   ;)

Glad you liked it, I'm in fact still spinning that one regulary, terrific album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 08, 2012, 04:03:23 AM
Never really got into Crazy Lixx but listened to a couple of the new tracks.  Not impressive at all to me either I'm afraid.

New Religion was a great album and the new one has some good songs. It's just missing the massive Chris Laney production. The songs just aren't given a chance to shine.

Re the Hurricane cover, the original was edited and the young lady removed- just the empty chair. Bloody pmrc.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 13, 2012, 02:04:26 PM
Been in an AOR mood today and dug the first two Hugo cds and the Valentine ST out of the attic. Three very good albums and Hugo is an excellent Steve Perry clone. The 2nd album has a great cover of the Triumph classic Magic Power- made me check out Triumph and I'm glad I did. The band on the Hugo albums was British band Ten (who can be brilliant at times). Enjoyable stuff.

(http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/les%20goupes/H/Hugo/Hugo/Hugo.jpg)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61WQFF9YDJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

(http://rapidsharemp3.com/_Cache/mp3-download/d/9/40933/front_cover/5.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: yorost on May 13, 2012, 02:06:58 PM
Yeah, I said it in the other thread, too, but I don't think he sounds as much like Perry as so many fans think.  He does look an awful lot like him, though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 17, 2012, 04:31:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfAaT5Me1Ik

Pretty standard Jorn affair.  Not bad though.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on May 17, 2012, 04:38:48 AM
It's so frustrating that Jorn is such a great vocalist, yet none of his original stuff has even slightly caught my attention, and his production is always awful, and this sounds the same. That guitar tone is just horrible.

Ever heard The Snakes - Once Bitten? The only original album I love with him on it. It is a blatant Whitesnake clone featuring ex members of Whitesnake, and Jorn sounds so much like Coverdale, you could probably convince Coverdale he actually sang on it. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 17, 2012, 05:13:23 AM
song was meh.  But, I'll still grab the album.  Not put off by the production... initial shit like this is usually crap.  Headlong Flight (on rolling stone's site) and Storytime both sounded awful on their first internetz release.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 17, 2012, 12:21:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfAaT5Me1Ik

Pretty standard Jorn affair.  Not bad though.

Wasn't expecting to but I really like that. Not the biggest Jorn fan but yeah, not bad. Don't mind the guitar sound either. Sounds better when you can't see him.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 17, 2012, 03:56:56 PM
It's so frustrating that Jorn is such a great vocalist, yet none of his original stuff has even slightly caught my attention, and his production is always awful, and this sounds the same. That guitar tone is just horrible.

Ever heard The Snakes - Once Bitten? The only original album I love with him on it. It is a blatant Whitesnake clone featuring ex members of Whitesnake, and Jorn sounds so much like Coverdale, you could probably convince Coverdale he actually sang on it. :lol

That's really the only Jorn material I haven't heard, I have to track it down.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfAaT5Me1Ik

Pretty standard Jorn affair.  Not bad though.

Wasn't expecting to but I really like that. Not the biggest Jorn fan but yeah, not bad. Don't mind the guitar sound either. Sounds better when you can't see him.

 :rollin
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 18, 2012, 04:19:11 AM
Hardline - Fever Dreams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmNpEOxoNVw

Amazing, my copy has already shipped and I should have it next week.  :hefdaddy
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 18, 2012, 05:09:58 AM
Yeah it's good. A little generic sounding but quality none the less. And Johnny shines as always. A very underrated singer.

Today I've been listening to XYZ's debut. Got it on vinyl on release but never really rated it- thought it was a poor man's dokken- but I really enjoyed listening to it. It's still a poor man's Dokken but certainly a decent album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on May 18, 2012, 04:44:08 PM
"take what you can" is a great tune from xyz debut
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 20, 2012, 10:13:50 AM
Today's recommendation is this beauty with Terry Brock (Strangeways, Giant, Voices Of Rock, Slamer) on vocals.

(http://d.yimg.com/ec/image/v1/release/192582466;encoding=jpg;size=300;fallback=defaultImage)

I love this album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 20, 2012, 03:38:22 PM
Don't know this album but Terry Brock is an amazing vocalist.  His solo album was great and I loved his work with the new Giant.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on May 21, 2012, 05:05:47 PM
wolf, what would your top 10 or 20 AOR albums of all time be?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on May 21, 2012, 11:00:25 PM
Don't know this album but Terry Brock is an amazing vocalist.  His solo album was great and I loved his work with the new Giant.

Which solo album? Doesn't he have a couple? I have Diamond Blue, which has a couple of amazing tracks on it, although the rest didn't much grab me. I like his vocals though. :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 22, 2012, 04:24:32 AM
Don't know this album but Terry Brock is an amazing vocalist.  His solo album was great and I loved his work with the new Giant.

Which solo album? Doesn't he have a couple? I have Diamond Blue, which has a couple of amazing tracks on it, although the rest didn't much grab me. I like his vocals though. :tup

Yeah, Diamond Blue, really enjoyed that one, I think he has one solo album before it, but I don't have that one.  I do agree the second half isn't as good as the first.


wolf, what would your top 10 or 20 AOR albums of all time be?

Shit man, I have no idea, there are so many good ones, I'd have to really take some time to properly rank them.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 28, 2012, 09:27:55 AM
Here we go. The weather is glorius in the UK and that means a melodic rock soundtrack is needed. Today's recommendation is this album from Keel's guitar player Marc Ferrari. It's Keel-like with a far better singer, Rory Cathey, a guy he found after original singer Oni Logan quit to join Lynch Mob, and he's in that caliber. There is a great cover of I Just Wanna Make Love To You here, but some excellent late 80s LA hard rock.

(http://img12.nnm.ru/7/4/1/b/e/aee2d7ba497bc22f21a777c9735.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_VYpzHiJCg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wRTqxFlQF4&feature=relmfu
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on May 28, 2012, 09:32:28 AM
 Don't remember them at all. Will check the link after work.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 28, 2012, 03:41:34 PM
lowdz, your knowledge on old school AOR bands is incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 28, 2012, 04:29:48 PM
lowdz, your knowledge on old school AOR bands is incredible.

I'll agree, but take exception to the fact 1990 = "old school"

:rollin

Kids these days (yes, at 28, I'm still allowed to call you a kid!)

Nice tracks... never knew these guys.  :tup Paul.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 29, 2012, 04:43:57 AM
lowdz, your knowledge on old school AOR bands is incredible.

I'll agree, but take exception to the fact 1990 = "old school"

:rollin

Kids these days (yes, at 28, I'm still allowed to call you a kid!)

Nice tracks... never knew these guys.  :tup Paul.

Yeah, I know it's not really old school  :lol  But I'd call me a kid too, I was born in 84 so anything late 80's early ninties I'd call old school.

Man I wish I was born about 10 years earlier, the 80's were just incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 29, 2012, 08:42:38 AM
I think most check out the rate my haul thread, but in case not, this just arrived today

Melodicrock.com Volume 4 - double disc with artists like Danger Danger, Eric Martin, Terry Brock, Mike Tramp, Eden's Curse, JLT, Toto, Allen/Lande (woah!  Reach a Little Longer - acoustic Japanese bonus!  woot!), House of Lords and bunch more.  34 tracks in total

Melodicrock.com Volume 7 - W.E.T, Andreas Novak and a bunch I don't recognize.  18 tracks in total

Melodicrock.com Volume 8 - another double disc, Violet Sun, Mecca, Spectra, Chris Antblad, Trillion, Line of Fire... 33 tracks total.

all in all, $34 for 85 songs.  Got me some listening to do.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 29, 2012, 08:50:16 AM
lowdz, your knowledge on old school AOR bands is incredible.

Ha, thanks. Just a matter of being around at the time with a record buying addiction.

Having to dig deep in the vaults to find more obscure stuff for you now though! This uncharacteristic good weather in the UK is making me dig out the Melrock/AOR though. Not much metal playing chez Lowdz at the moment.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 29, 2012, 09:17:14 AM
lowdz, your knowledge on old school AOR bands is incredible.

Ha, thanks. Just a matter of being around at the time with a record buying addiction.

Having to dig deep in the vaults to find more obscure stuff for you now though! This uncharacteristic good weather in the UK is making me dig out the Melrock/AOR though. Not much metal playing chez Lowdz at the moment.

Fast forward 12 years, and you'll be in his shoes Kade.  People will say the same about you.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 29, 2012, 02:40:06 PM
lowdz, your knowledge on old school AOR bands is incredible.

Ha, thanks. Just a matter of being around at the time with a record buying addiction.

Having to dig deep in the vaults to find more obscure stuff for you now though! This uncharacteristic good weather in the UK is making me dig out the Melrock/AOR though. Not much metal playing chez Lowdz at the moment.

Yeah, almost put that myself but it read back a bit patronising.
We're all music lovers here though and I've found new (and old) music after recommendations from others here.
Fast forward 12 years, and you'll be in his shoes Kade.  People will say the same about you.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 29, 2012, 03:35:00 PM
I guess you are right, I guess I am the lowdz of the new generation of melodic rock.  :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 30, 2012, 02:47:54 AM
I guess you are right, I guess I am the lowdz of the new generation of melodic rock.  :lol

God help you!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on May 30, 2012, 08:15:21 AM
Okay, I have to ask the people posting here: do any of you know Praying Mantis? Great melodic rock band, but I have never, in my whole life met someone who knew them without me introducing them first.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 30, 2012, 09:24:46 AM
I've heard of them I think.  Can't recall off the top of my head anything by them.

*goes and googles*

Nope, don't recognize them.  Holy crap though... they've had more members than Whitesnake!?!?!

Where do you suggest one starts?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on May 30, 2012, 09:44:01 AM
Nope, don't recognize them.  Holy crap though... they've had more members than Whitesnake!?!?!

I was not aware this was humanly possible. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on May 30, 2012, 09:49:39 AM
I've heard of them I think.  Can't recall off the top of my head anything by them.

*goes and googles*

Nope, don't recognize them.  Holy crap though... they've had more members than Whitesnake!?!?!

Where do you suggest one starts?

Difficult, all of their stuff is quite good (except for The Journey Goes On and To the Power of Ten, but maybe that's just me). A Cry for a New World, Forever in Time and Nowhere to Hide use keyboards far more than the other albums, whereas Time Tells No Lies, Predator in Disguise and Sanctuary focus more on the guitars. Personally, my first album was Forever in Time, and I love that, though I'd pick either Time Tells No Lies or Predator in Disguise as my favorite.

If you're looking for a song, try the following:
- Lovers to the Grave from Time Tells No Lies
- Playing God from Sanctuary
- Naked from Nowhere to Hide
- Can't See the Angels from Predator in Disguise
- Listen To What Your Heart Says from Predator in Disguise

Yeah, those are the tracks that I'd recommend.

EDIT: Oh yeah, and they've had a fucking lot of different members - I think that their line-up changed for every album. I just checked, and there were even some better known guys in the band, such as Paul Di'Anno, Clive Burr and Dennis Stratton, albeit none for very long.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 30, 2012, 11:44:56 AM
Okay, I have to ask the people posting here: do any of you know Praying Mantis? Great melodic rock band, but I have never, in my whole life met someone who knew them without me introducing them first.

Certainly aware of them from the NWOBHM, and they had a track on the Metal For Muthas compilation- got that on vinyl. Was someone in the band in Maiden at one time?
Not a big fan at all, but I know they exist!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on May 30, 2012, 01:56:11 PM
I've seen them on various NWOBHM compilations; sound pretty good but never went out of my way to check them out any further
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on May 30, 2012, 02:25:05 PM
I've seen them on various NWOBHM compilations; sound pretty good but never went out of my way to check them out any further

Do it. They're great.  :tup :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 30, 2012, 04:54:30 PM
Okay, I have to ask the people posting here: do any of you know Praying Mantis? Great melodic rock band, but I have never, in my whole life met someone who knew them without me introducing them first.

I;ve always been meaning to check them out.  Doesn't that band have Dennis Stratton?  I think Tony O'Hora was in the line up for a bit too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on May 31, 2012, 03:57:56 AM
Yeah, thay had Dennis Stratton and Tony O'Hora once. Both aren't in the band anymore, though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 31, 2012, 04:08:12 AM
Yeah, thay had Dennis Stratton and Tony O'Hora once. Both aren't in the band anymore, though.

Righto then.  What would be the best album to start out with?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on May 31, 2012, 04:18:41 AM
Time Tells No Lies, probably. That's their first one, and one of their best too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 31, 2012, 04:36:28 AM
I might look into that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 14, 2012, 04:45:30 AM
FORMER HAREM SCAREM SINGER BACK WITH A BRAND NEW SOLO ALBUM:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release Hess new solo album entitled Living in Yesterday on August 24 in Europe and August 28 in the US.
Best known for spending 17 years as frontman of Harem Scarem, one of the most well known and respected Melodic Hard Rock bands to come out from Canada, Harry Hess has been redesigning his career as music producer and songwriter.
After the band's decision to stop recording more albums, the next natural step for Harry was to start working on a solo album which he has been expertly crafting little by little in his Toronto studio. Still the songs included in “Living in Yesterday” are the result of Hess' travels around the globe over the last few years with stops in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels, Nashville and Germany.
With this CD Harry intends to go back to certain sounds and atmospheres leaning more towards melodic rock music. “This record is more a continuation of where I left off with Harem Scarem” says Harry. “I am a rock singer and it's really hard for me to open up my mouth and sound right doing any other style of music so I really embrace that now and build the production around my vocal style”.

The musicians featured on the album include his former bandmates Pete Lesperance, Creighton Doane and Darren Smith (his former bandmates in Harem Scarem), Tommy Denander, Marcie Free (Unruly Child), Howie Simon (Jeff Scott Soto) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) among others. “This whole record was built on the co-writes and on the collaborations I have been doing all around the world the past 3 years” continues Harry. “There were some great writers involved and it was fun to try new things but still make it work with what I do”.

Living In Yesterday includes the following songs: Living In Yesterday; Reach For You; It's Over; Don't Leave Me; What If; Nothing Lasts Forever; Falling Down; I Live For You; I Don't Wanna Want You; Where To Run.
The new album is a superb slice of Melodic Rock which features a monster vocal performance from Harry, fabulous songwriting and a crisp production. “I've never a big fan of my own work but there are few songs on this record that I feel are some of my best to date”, concludes Harry.
It is possible to stream in full the first song from the album Living In Yesterday on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio and on Harry Hess page on Facebook www.facebook.com/harry.hess3.

Hess: Harry Hess: Lead Vocals, keyboards, Backing Vocals, additional Guitars / Additional Musicians: Peter Lesperance: Guitars & Bass; Creighton Doane: Drums; Howie Simon: Guitars solos on “What If“ & “It's Over“; Magnus Karlsson: Guitar solo on “Living In Yesterday“; Chris Green: Guitar solo on “Where To Run“; Tommy Denander: Guitar & Keyboards on “I Don't Wanna Want You“; Strings on “What If & “It's Over“ arranged by Pete Whitfield, performed by Pete Whitfield, Sarah Brandwood-Spencer, Paulette Bayley (violins) Simon Turner, Nick Trygstad (cellos); Marcie Free: Backing vocals on songs 1,2 & 3; Darren Smith: Backing vocals on songs 4 – 10.

(http://www.melodicrock.com/hess-livinginyesterday.jpg)  (http://www.melodicrock.com/harryhess-2012.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 14, 2012, 05:13:46 AM
Thank you good sir. Will need to check out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 14, 2012, 12:29:08 PM
I'm a huge fan of HS and love Hess' voice.There's some talent involved and I'm looking forward to this. First Signal was good too, worth checking out.

Pete Lesperance's Down In It album from a few years ago is excellent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: crazyaga on June 14, 2012, 12:30:02 PM
Devin Townsend's album Accelerated Evolution is kind off melodic hard rock
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 14, 2012, 01:38:04 PM
I'm a huge fan of HS and love Hess' voice.There's some talent involved and I'm looking forward to this. First Signal was good too, worth checking out.

Pete Lesperance's Down In It album from a few years ago is excellent.

Just watched the First Signal  video.  Yummy!  And the chicks were pretty hawt too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on June 14, 2012, 02:01:41 PM
hot chicks? I have to take a look.





No seriously, I was planning on doing it anyway.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 14, 2012, 03:41:30 PM
Pretty funny video that one, as is most of Frontiers low budget vids.  Seriously though, First Signal was a cracking album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 14, 2012, 04:55:58 PM
Just spotify'd it this afternoon.  Very sweet!  Now gotta find that Lesperance album
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 16, 2012, 03:38:05 PM
Just spotify'd it this afternoon.  Very sweet!  Now gotta find that Lesperance album

He rerecorded them as a different project  (Fair Ground) in the last couple of years but they didn't sound as good as his original versions.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 18, 2012, 04:05:39 AM
FUCK YES!!!!!!

http://legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=175553

PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist Signs Solo Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS - June 17, 2012
Swedish heavy metal guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Magnus Karlsson has inked a solo deal with Frontiers Records.


 :hefdaddy :hefdaddy :metal :metal

No wonder he left the PF tour.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: obscure on June 18, 2012, 06:45:42 AM
 :omg:  Magnus Karlsson rocks.. big time  :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 18, 2012, 11:58:54 AM
Thought he'd been quiet. Saving his best songs for this then  ;D

You would think he was already signed to Frontiers with the amount of albums he does for them.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 18, 2012, 04:06:55 PM
Thought he'd been quiet. Saving his best songs for this then  ;D

You would think he was already signed to Frontiers with the amount of albums he does for them.

It will be interesting to see how this evolves as a solo album.  Multiple guest singers, some instrumentals.  I really don't see it being anything different, but I'm fine with that.

It's interesting if he didn't join PF on the tour because of this commitment.  Hopefully some more info on the situation arises soon.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on June 19, 2012, 05:47:53 AM
Okay, I have to ask the people posting here: do any of you know Praying Mantis? Great melodic rock band, but I have never, in my whole life met someone who knew them without me introducing them first.

I had this on cassette:
(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSN238lUGOCqNjPGBKKcFTcRv6RdPGK7Rfb6TBvXoMeogHySprj)

I also have this on vinyl:
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSNm23fWB48AtaqFt_y2afjZVdhOkGH-4vG5TWrogkiXDZ5SKMVIg)
back album pic
(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQxOvwdBOP8dToENGSKGwSjPnbGL3545nL0D3TyPFDUHiT5-F6K0w)

Chris and Tino Troy along with CLIVE BURR and Bernie Shaw (who is now Uriah Heep's vocalist).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on June 19, 2012, 05:55:04 AM
Sweet. I actually don't have that live album, is it any good?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on June 19, 2012, 05:58:58 AM
Honestly, I couldn't tell you. I'm not sure if I still actually have it. I prbably only listened to it like twice. I had just gotten it for the Maiden connection. And that was at least 20+ years ago.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on June 19, 2012, 06:00:28 AM
Oh, ok. Let me know if you find it, I can't really find any reviews to that album and I'm always a bit unsure concerning live albums.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 04, 2012, 03:54:54 AM
New Magnum;

MAGNUM READY TO DELIVER NEW MASTERPIECE:
Hugely influential British melodic hard rock group Magnum have confirmed the release of their upcoming eighteenth studio album, On The 13th Day on Steamhammer / SPV on September 19th in Scandinavia, September 21st in Germany, September 24th in Europe and September 25th in the US/Canada.
So Let It Rain, taken from the album, will be released as a single at the end of August.
On The 13th Day will be available as a limited digipak edition with a bonus CD featuring unreleased, acoustic and live tracks from the Magnum vaults, plus as a double coloured vinyl LP, standard jewel case CD and download. The cover is once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy).

Tracklisting: Limited Digipak Disc 1 1. All The Dreamers 7.09 2. Blood Red Laughter 4.40 3. Didn't Like You Anyway 4.33 4. On The 13th Day 5.35 5. So Let It Rain 4.50 6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo 5.16 7. Shadow Town 5.57 8. Putting Things In Place 4.41 9. Broken Promises 4.55 10. See How They Fall 4.56 11. From Within 4.42.
Bonus Disc 2: 1. Those Were The Days 4.12 (Demo From 1988-89) 2. Eyes Like Fire 5.23 (Full Version) 3. Blood Red Laughter 4.12 (Acoustic Version) 4. We All Need To Be Loved 4.12 (Live From Prague CZ) 5. Shadow Town 4.59 (Acoustic Version) 6. Moonking 6.29 (Live From Mannheim D).

Jewel Case - 11 tracks from CD1 of the Digipack.
Vinyl Version - LP 1 Side A 1. All The Dreamers 7.09 2. Blood Red Laughter 4.40 3. Didn't Like You Anyway 4.33 Side B 1. On The 13th Day 5.35 2. So Let It Rain 4.50 3. Dance Of The Black Tattoo 5.16
LP 2 Side A 1. Shadow Town 5.57 2. Putting Things In Place 4.41 3. Broken Promises 4.55 Side B 1.. See How They Fall 4.56 2.. From Within 4.42.

On The 13th Day follows the success of 'The Visitation', which charted at #19 in Germany, #46 in Sweden, #55 in the UK national album charts, #56 in Switzerland, and at #3 in the UK rock charts at the end of January 2011.
On The 13th Day also picks up where 'The Visitation' left off, boasting 11 soaring, brand new totally epic rock songs packed with hook filled choruses, glorious flowing melodies, luscious keyboards and flowing guitar licks. Right from the opening track 'All The Dreamers', (set to be the new 'Sacred Hour') you get an instant feeling that this album has something very special to offer. 'So Let It Rain', the first single to be taken from 'On The 13th Day', will without a doubt soon be officially classified as 'classic', while 'Dance Of The Black Tattoo', which, from the moment the first drum beats crash out of the speakers, mesmerizes from start to finish. 'On The 13th Day', which draws on the very best elements of Magnum's illustrious back catalogue and high end production, is a strong contender for the title of 'Magnum's best album to date.'
One month after the release of 'On The 13th Day' Magnum set off on a 31 date European tour from October-December 2012.

Line Up: Tony Clarkin - guitars, Bob Catley - vocals, Mark Stanway - keyboards, Al Barrow - bass, Harry James - drums.
WebLinks (and tour dates): www.magnumonline.co.uk / www.spv.de.

(http://www.melodicrock.com/magnum-onthe13thday-full.jpg)


and new Pete Lesperance;

PETE LESPERANCE LOOKS TOWARDS THE STARS:
Harem Scarem guitarist Pete Lesperance has announced his new solo album Fade Into Stars will be released July 31. Hard copy CDs will be available direct from Pete's website and iTunes and other such retailers will offer the Digital release of the album.
The 10 track moody singer/songwriter styled album has the track listing of: Say Hello, Save Me, Too High, Be The One, Hollywood, Satellites, 6 Ways, Love Someone, One Last Time, The Ride.
Samples can be heard now via: fadeintostarssamples.viinyl.com.

(http://www.melodicrock.com/petelesperance-fadeintostars.jpg)

Also, a new AOR Work of Art copy band I just discovered.  Pretty good, but blatant Work of Art rip off;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smVQ9vgQyF8
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 04, 2012, 04:15:18 AM
I've never tried any Magnum.  Suggestion where to start?

Also, I came across the band Shadow's Mignon.  It's a Henning Pauly project (Frameshift, Chain, solo).  He described this in an email as "an hommage to classic 80s metal". 

(http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/4/e93011255ed86526bf729ff3c87f3dc3/l.png)

The album is on Spotify, and there's a Myspace (http://www.myspace.com/shadowsmignon) page with a few tracks.  I give it  :tup :tup

Pauly also did the second Roswell Six/Terra Incognita album (lyrics written by novelist Kevin Anderson... the first album's music was written by Erik Norlander).  The Pauly written album (A Line in the Sand) features vocalists  Steve Walsh (Kansas), Michael Sadler (ex-Saga), Sass Jordan, Alex Froese and Nick Storr, with guest appearances by Charlie Dominici, Juan Roos and Arjen A. Lucassen.  There's a MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/roswellsix) page for that album too.

(http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/131/40c55e760e7f4e14bcec8b4527ec7510/l.jpg)

That, along with the first Roswell Six album (Beyond the Horizon... featuring JLB, and it is on Spotify) also gets  :tup :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 04, 2012, 05:01:32 AM
That Shadow's Mignon sounds interesting, will give some tracks a spin later.

As with Magnum, On A Storytellers Night is absolutely essential.  Wings of Heaven is classic also.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 04, 2012, 04:21:52 PM
Yeah, what Wolfie said. I love the run of Chase The Dragon- especially the remaster with Back To Earth on it- Magnum's best song, (miss Eleventh hour) Storyteller's Night, Vigilante, Wings Of Heaven. After that nothing has really impressed me that much. With Goodnight LA they seemed to go chasing the American $ and missed.

Some of Bob Catley's solo albums have been better than Magnum's later output for me. Great voice and a nice guy. Magnum have always been awesome live.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 04, 2012, 04:34:35 PM
Brand New Morning was alright, and Moonking was a pretty good one also, Alice was decent too.  Visitation didn't really do much for me, so I'm hoping for something more on this new one.

As far as Catley solo album, they are all terrific.  My favs are The Tower, When Empires Burn, Spirit of Man and Immortal, all terrific stuff, much better than what Magnum have been doing lately.

I still need to check out the Hard Rain album.

Oh and yes Lowdz, Back to Earth is top 5 Magnum for me too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on July 04, 2012, 05:40:01 PM
Beleive it or not, I've never tried Magnum either.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 04, 2012, 05:42:58 PM
Everyone AOR fan needs to check out On A Storyteller's Night, it's absolutely brilliant.  TAC and Jingle, add this to your lists.  Then add Wings of Heave, Chase the Dragon and Vigilante to those lists.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 25, 2012, 05:38:31 AM
New Eclipse;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPUzo1fkM38&feature=g-all-u

Easily one of the best songs of the year so far.  August 28 this comes out, can't wait.  :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 25, 2012, 05:52:56 AM
I'm gonna punch you in the throat if you don't stop this!!!!

Oh, and .... the fuck!  Pride of Lions teaser on the sidebar.  Have they got something coming out this year?

Thank god for Spotify and Grooveshark and the like.  Otherwise, I'd have a 2000+ CD collection with a lot of it gathering dust too!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 25, 2012, 05:59:18 AM
I'm gonna punch you in the throat if you don't stop this!!!!

Oh, and .... the fuck!  Pride of Lions teaser on the sidebar.  Have they got something coming out this year?

Thank god for Spotify and Grooveshark and the like.  Otherwise, I'd have a 2000+ CD collection with a lot of it gathering dust too!

Yes, Pride of Lions have a new album coming out sometime later this year, no details as yet.

I am so excited about this new Eclipse album, it's gonna be awesome.

Oh don't forget Harry Hess released the same day as Eclipse.  :tup

You may like this too;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smVQ9vgQyF8

The album is okay, pretty standard AOR.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 25, 2012, 06:01:55 AM
Thank god for Spotify and Grooveshark and the like.  Otherwise, I'd have a 2000+ CD collection with a lot of it gathering dust too!

Yeah, this week I have made the decision from now on I am only buying new release cd's.  :lol Not that makes much of a difference with the amount of stuff still to come that I want;

Eclipse
Harry Hess
Pride of Lions
Threshold
Testament
Beardfish
Steve Vai
Grave Digger
Tremonti
Black Majesty
Lord
Katatonia

God damn.

Oh, and I think there was suppose to be a new WET album this year, but I haven't read anything about it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 25, 2012, 06:05:22 AM
Yeah, I just saw the teaser clip from that at Frontier.  Is that your home page?   :lol

Thankfully, not all of those bands above wet my appetite.  The first four, and that's about it.  Still getting thru the Lord back catalog.  Same with WET (even though it's only one album!).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 17, 2012, 09:41:43 PM
Must of missed this somehow;

PRIDE OF LIONS WILL BE IMMORTAL:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the return of Pride Of Lions with the release of their anticipated fourth studio album entitled Immortal on September 21 in Europe and September 24 in North America.
The 11 tracks new album is everything Melodic Rock fans expect from these guys: powerful vocals from Toby Hitchcock and Jim Peterik, amazing music from the Pride Of Lions band and guest musicians, and of course epic songs from the pen of Grammy-winning songwriter and founding member of Survivor, Jim Peterik.

"After producing and writing the songs for Jimi Jamison's wonderful 2009 release, "Crossroads Moment", I needed a minute or two to get my juices back flowing in the direction of writing a great new Pride Of Lions record. When Toby decided to do his solo album, this was the perfect time for reflection. Once I started writing, the flood gates just opened up. I feel this is the cd to put POL on the map once and for all" says Peterik.
Indeed all the pieces are there that made Pride Of Lions the group to watch back in 2003 with their self-titled debut record on Frontiers. Timeless songs such as "It's Criminal", "Sound Of Home" and "Gone" are still on the i-pods and cd players of thousands of rock fans worldwide, but Toby Hitchcock's voice this time has gained a new maturity and depth while sacrificing none of his incredible 4 octave range.
"When I was approached by Serafino Perugino (Frontiers Records President and guiding light) to do the next POL record I knew he wouldn't settle for less than my very best as a songwriter and producer. I couldn't let him or the fans down - so I really got down to business," continues Jim.

The results speak for themselves. Joined again by Jim's long time musical partner Larry Millas the album is a sonic powerhouse. Back up vocals are supplied by Thom Griffin ex of Trillion and a new rock tenor on the scene Marc Scherer. The title track is sheer POL magic "Immortal" with its key line: "For the thousand times we fail, it's the one thing we did right, that leaves a mark forever on this world- and makes us Immortal."
"Delusional", another key cut (chosen to become the first single and music video) tackles the subject of the way we as a people overprescribe medication to young people that may be a bit different from the norm, to make them conform with the status quo- thus choking off their brilliant uniqueness.
Of course the power ballads are there as always: "Everything Money Can't Buy", the melancholy gem, "Are You The Same Girl" and "Sending My Love".

"For me," states Toby Hitchcock, "the pivotal song on this cd is "Sending My Love". I'm a sucker for a great ballad and this one spoke to my soul. Being a new father, it gets more and more heartbreaking to be away from my loved ones on the road. I love the road, don't get me wrong, but its tough being separated from them as well."
The rockers, of course, rock as hard as ever. The album's closer, "Ask Me Yesterday" explores the natural wisdom we seem to lose over time. "If It Doesn't Kill me" explores the Nietzschian quote: "What doesn't kill me- makes me stronger!"

"Another strong rocker, in my opinion, is "Vital Signs," says Peterik. "It's a song I started back in 1984 while making Vital Signs with Survivor. I often like to have a song be the title cut- ie When Seconds Count, Eye Of The Tiger, Too Hot To Sleep, Caught In The Game etc. But this time I couldn't quite finish this tune- until finally this year."
"Immortal" is a vital album (pun intended) for POL. "We hope to finally break big in our own country- the USA. It's great having the world wide profile that we do - when Toby and I walk the streets of Barcelona the people point and shout- Pride Of Lions! I'd like that to happen in Cincinnati!" concludes Jim Peterik.

Some big shows are currently being set up for Pride Of Lions including a show with Styx in the Chicago area around the time of this release.
So enjoy another epic album from a band that is more than a flash in the pan project. Pride of Lions is the real thing - and they are here to stay!

Immortal tracklisting includes: Immortal; Delusional; Tie Down The Wind; Shine On; Everything That Money Can't Buy; Coin Of The Realm; Sending My Love; Vital Signs; If It Doesn't Kill Me; Are You The Same Girl; Ask Me Yesterday.
The first single "Delusional" will be available for digital purchase only on September 5. A videoclip will be made available soon � an album trailer is available now: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CcRwjOmIOA&.
WebLinks: aprideoflions.com / www.frontiers.it.

(http://www.melodicrock.com/prideoflions-immortal.jpg)(http://www.melodicrock.com/prideoflions-2012.jpg)

 :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on August 17, 2012, 10:09:40 PM
sounds cool
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 17, 2012, 10:10:13 PM
Great band if you are into that sort of music.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on August 18, 2012, 07:39:10 AM
I am excite!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on August 18, 2012, 07:43:42 AM
I guess now is as good a time as any...

I had a Melodic Rock band called Line Of Fire..we released 2 albums on Tribunal Records...

http://www.reverbnation.com/lof

We were usually compared to bands like Journey, Firehouse, Boston & Def Leppard...but I'll let ya'll decide that.  :biggrin:

Also, if I'm overstepping my bounds my posting this here, feel free to kick my ass.  :blush
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on August 18, 2012, 09:40:32 AM
Not at all over-stepping.  Listening now.  Like the first 30 seconds so far.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on August 18, 2012, 09:55:26 AM
I guess now is as good a time as any...

I had a Melodic Rock band called Line Of Fire..we released 2 albums on Tribunal Records...

http://www.reverbnation.com/lof

We were usually compared to bands like Journey, Firehouse, Boston & Def Leppard...but I'll let ya'll decide that.  :biggrin:

Also, if I'm overstepping my bounds my posting this here, feel free to kick my ass.  :blush

Was going to mention Momentum here at some stage. Really good album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on August 18, 2012, 10:48:25 AM
I guess now is as good a time as any...

I had a Melodic Rock band called Line Of Fire..we released 2 albums on Tribunal Records...

http://www.reverbnation.com/lof

We were usually compared to bands like Journey, Firehouse, Boston & Def Leppard...but I'll let ya'll decide that.  :biggrin:

Also, if I'm overstepping my bounds my posting this here, feel free to kick my ass.  :blush

Was going to mention Momentum here at some stage. Really good album.

Hey, I have Momentum! I never really got into it because of the rough production unfortunately, but I liked the songwriting and performance.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on August 18, 2012, 02:17:07 PM
Cool! Thanks guys!  :tup

I usually just assume that nobody's ever heard of us, so it's cool to find out I'm wrong.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on August 18, 2012, 02:44:00 PM
If anyone's interested, we recorded a Queensryche cover for the label...they did a comp of their bands doing covers...we did "I Will Remember"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6CrFeDe8_0

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 19, 2012, 05:24:52 AM
I guess now is as good a time as any...

I had a Melodic Rock band called Line Of Fire..we released 2 albums on Tribunal Records...

http://www.reverbnation.com/lof

We were usually compared to bands like Journey, Firehouse, Boston & Def Leppard...but I'll let ya'll decide that.  :biggrin:

Also, if I'm overstepping my bounds my posting this here, feel free to kick my ass.  :blush

Never over stepping mate, we love all new music suggestions around here, right Chad?  ;)

Having a quick listen now but will listen a bit more tomorrow.  Good vocals and a nice classic sound overall, sounding great so far.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on August 19, 2012, 05:35:45 AM
Had a listen to both albums on Spotify.  Liked the s/t  better than Momentum.  Both pretty nice though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on August 19, 2012, 03:55:33 PM
I appreciate it guys...thank you!  :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 22, 2012, 09:01:48 PM
Big melodicrock update!

http://www.melodicrock.com/

COMING UP - MORE GREAT MELODIC MUSIC:
2012 has been another solid year for music, but by far it seems the last few months of the year are set to be the hottest of all. There are some truly amazing released lined up for melodic rock fans and I'm excited to be able to start talking about some of them. I've spent the last week with some really outstanding melodic rock music - the quality of which makes me very happy for this scene. I think there's going to be a lot of empty wallets out there.

Let's start with the great Jimi Jamison. Jimi's new album is Never Too Late and is written, produced, performed (with band) and mixed by the man of the moment Erik Martensson (Eclipse, WET, Toby Hitchcock). And what a result! High expectations as I have for everything Erik related, but this is another ridiculously great sounding album. I love Crossroads Moment, but this is a little different again is one of the best albums I have heard with Jimi's name on it since the 80s.
This is a little different for both Jimi and Erik. For Jimi it really sounds like an album written for him. It's a naturally 80s style melodic rock record, but with a great up to date production and the feel of a record that you've heard before...while being totally new and fresh. Jimi's vocals are simply amazing and it is a 100% straight ahead melodic record with a huge Survivor influence.
And Erik - he has written specifically for Jimi and the album is pure melodic rock - not as intense as the Toby Hitchcock album and more 80s than the WET record.
And the album is stacked with anthems - keep an ear out for the opening track Everybody's Got A Broken Heart plus other instant classics like Never Too Late, The Air I Breathe, Not Tonight and Heaven Call Your Name. This is one really special record.
The album is released in Europe November 2 and USA November 6 via Frontiers.

Are you ready for a preview of another wonderful melodic rock album? Pride Of Lions (Jim Peterik & Toby Hitchcock) have gone back to the solid melodic base of their acclaimed debut album for another amazing collection of songs featuring the Song Of The Year nominees-to-be Immortal, Tie Down The Wind, Shine On, If It Doesn't Kill Me and Vital Signs.
And there's one more song - the lead single Delusional, which was my instant pick as an album highlight. Pride Of Lions Immortal is released in Europe September 21 and USA on the 25th.
You can download a special extended sample of the song right now - Pride Of Lions - Delusional.
If you want to hear the whole song, it's streaming in full from the Paradise Artists page for POL - paradiseartists.com/artists/pride_of_lions/index.html.




I know I don't have to preface any talk of a new Rick Springfield release with how much I personally anticipate each one. The last two albums were very different (brilliant) beasts, and both made powerful statements, so I'm going completely mad waiting for a taste of the album - Songs For The End Of The World. Hopefully soon. I am told "it smokes" and Rick himself alluded to it being a little more "technical" and a mix of Shock Denial Anger Acceptance and Venus In Overdrive and management told me it was "a kickass album".
The US release is out October 9 and I can today confirm that Frontiers Records will release the album November 2 with one exclusive bonus track!

Night Ranger are back in action October 19 with a CD/DVD release of their 30th Anniversary celebratory performance in California - unplugged and live. The album - 24 Strings And A Drummer - is a greatest hits live package, but with a difference. This has to be the best acoustic album I have heard since Tesla's Five Man Acoustical Jam. It just oozes energy and atmosphere, with a small crowd of friends and fans gathered.
Here's the track list - This Boy Needs To Rock, When You Close Your Eyes, Sing Me Away, Growing Up In California, The Secret Of My Success, Sentimental Street, Four In The Morning, Let Him Run - Goodbye, Forever All Over Again, Don't Tell Me You Love Me, Sister Christian, (You Can Still) Rock In America and Boys Of Summer (bonus track)(Don Henley cover - CD only).
As you can see, it's the bands current set list more or less, but there's still a few surprises within the songs - different arrangements and some absolutely smoking acoustic solos. Astounding even! I think all Night Ranger fans are going to love this release.




The hype has been building surrounding the sophomore Vega release, following their acclaimed debut Kiss Of Life. Universal Music will be releasing the new album What The Hell in the next few months. But I've just had a chance to hear the whole thing and am completely blown away. It has exceeded all expectations I had and to be honest, it is such a momentous leap from the debut that I had to wonder if it was the same band I was listening to. Of course it was, but I'm so impressed by what the guys have done. It's a bold album - a little heavier, a lot more 'produced', with effects and beats and it is a lot more contemporary also. There are songs within that sound like the debut on steroids and others that sound like they could (and should) be on Top 40 radio right now. All wrapped up in a heavier and more intense package. It has a really slick groove and the production is simply amazing.

And speaking of bands that have stepped it up beyond expectations - stand by for the utterly brilliant new Degreed album! Again, massive expectations and again...exceeded in every aspect. The new Degreed album is bigger, heavier, better than their awesome debut. Like Vega, the guys have upped their game to major league and with this album will firmly place themselves amongst the best melodic rock bands in Europe right now. And also like Vega, the guys have updated their sound for an even more contemporary feel, while retaining all the melodic brilliance that was found on their debut.
A release is currently being planned. I'll be proud and honoured to be part of the guys plans in any way I can, after releasing their debut, but this is such an astoundingly good record...the guys really deserve a much bigger label than the small indie that is MelodicRock Records.
Just wait until you hear such songs as Access Denied, Black Cat, Blind Hearted and Just Another Heartache! World class and for those with the debut - you'll be equally amazed as I am.
Stay tuned!

Ten are back on October 19 with Heresy And Creed - an album that isn't perfect and could use a better track running order, but has some definite highlights that Ten fans are going to love. First of all, I think it's the best produced Ten album in recent years and best of all, I think the guitar work is the best since Vinny Burns was in the band - a lot of big riffs and some blinding solos. And I think this is perhaps the heaviest Ten album to date - it really packs a punch in places. And Gary sounds as good as ever. There's a lot to like. There is only a couple of ballads in there and the rest is pretty hard rocking.




As with all of the above albums - stay tuned right here for exclusive previews and more details to follow. Not to mention talk of a few more releases scheduled like Jorn's next release Symphony and Issa's anticipated obscure AOR covers album Can't Stop.


 :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on August 22, 2012, 09:56:03 PM
That is a shit-ton of updates.  Listening to the PoL song right now.  Not bad.

Funny how we were just talking 10 in the 'listening to now' thread.   :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 22, 2012, 11:46:15 PM
That's what jolted me posting this update.  I read the update yesterday and forgot to post then you and lowdz reminded me!  :lol

Also, there is a review for the new Eclipse in the reviews section.  Andrew raves about the album and gives it a perfect score.  Not too long to go until it's released.

Still gotta check that POL sample.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on August 23, 2012, 03:48:42 AM
I'm interested in hearing more from Jimi Jamison, although tbh modern melodic rock albums tend to sound more samey to me, so I don't have high expectations.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 23, 2012, 06:13:00 AM
I'm interested in hearing more from Jimi Jamison, although tbh modern melodic rock albums tend to sound more samey to me, so I don't have high expectations.

It's been driven by Erik Martensson, so it will be very high quality.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 23, 2012, 06:27:07 AM
Just listened to that new Pride of Lions song.  What a pile of shit. It might grow once I have the album, but Christ, how fucking corny is this.  POL were always very soft and pure AOR, but this song is like the theme to a bad 80's sitcom that no one ever remembers.  And why does Jim sing what feels like most of the song?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on August 23, 2012, 06:31:34 AM
Just listened to that new Pride of Lions song.  What a pile of shit. It might grow once I have the album, but Christ, how fucking corny is this.  POL were always very soft and pure AOR, but this song is like the theme to a bad 80's sitcom that no one ever remembers.  And why does Jim sing what feels like most of the song?

 :lol :lol  Well, my 'not bad' comment was trying to be a little kind.  In all honesty, I wasn't all that impressed on first listen, and glad you pointed out Jim as the lead vocals, cuz I was thinking 'this doesn't sound like Toby at all' for the first half of it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on August 23, 2012, 06:47:19 AM
Just listened to that new Pride of Lions song.  What a pile of shit. It might grow once I have the album, but Christ, how fucking corny is this.  POL were always very soft and pure AOR, but this song is like the theme to a bad 80's sitcom that no one ever remembers.  And why does Jim sing what feels like most of the song?

 :lol :lol  Well, my 'not bad' comment was trying to be a little kind.  In all honesty, I wasn't all that impressed on first listen, and glad you pointed out Jim as the lead vocals, cuz I was thinking 'this doesn't sound like Toby at all' for the first half of it.

I quite liked the first album but have to say it's all been corny and cliched and a bit too over-the-top for me. Too Broadway.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on August 23, 2012, 06:49:01 AM
I'm interested in hearing more from Jimi Jamison, although tbh modern melodic rock albums tend to sound more samey to me, so I don't have high expectations.

It's been driven by Erik Martensson, so it will be very high quality.

:blush I'm not familiar with the name, but I'll trust you on that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 23, 2012, 06:49:23 AM
Yeah, I know what you are saying, but their older stuff I thought was well written AOR, which wasn't too over the top.  This new song is absolute crap.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on August 23, 2012, 07:04:24 AM
Have you heard the new Eclipse? Oh my god what an album  :hefdaddy
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 23, 2012, 07:20:22 AM
Have you heard the new Eclipse? Oh my god what an album  :hefdaddy

just got despatched today.  Should get it next week.  Although, I'm having a sneak peak and listening to Wake Me Up.  Damn, this is gonna be fine!!  :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on August 23, 2012, 09:57:43 AM
I have not heard the new Eclipse. I was never too impressed with the debut, but the second album was an improvement. The W.E.T. album is blistering, so I am very interested to hear what Eclipse came up with this time out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 31, 2012, 06:57:17 AM
Damn, just listened to the new Eclipse for the first time.  Fucking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!  :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on August 31, 2012, 09:28:45 AM
Damn, just listened to the new Eclipse for the first time.  Fucking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!  :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal :metal

Thought you might like it!  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 02, 2012, 04:22:54 AM
Yeah mate, I've listened through this about 4 times now and it's just amazing.  Some of these songs are just simply incredible.  Definitely gonna be in the top 5 of the year.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 04, 2012, 05:53:58 AM
Really enjoying the new Harry Hess too.  it's light, poppy but very melodic with some great performances.  The songs are short and too the point, and it's just a great pop rock record overall. 

Since I've never really gotten into Harem Scarem that much I took out the only two albums I have from them and am giving them a listen with new ears.  I have Overload and Hope.  I also have Live at the Gods too.  I need to get some of their older stuff I know.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 04, 2012, 06:43:59 AM
Really enjoying the new Harry Hess too.  it's light, poppy but very melodic with some great performances.  The songs are short and too the point, and it's just a great pop rock record overall. 

Since I've never really gotten into Harem Scarem that much I took out the only two albums I have from them and am giving them a listen with new ears.  I have Overload and Hope.  I also have Live at the Gods too.  I need to get some of their older stuff I know.

Mood Swings is mandatory.  Absolutely MANDATORY. Their s/t is very good too, but on the lighter side.   I'd avoid Voice of Reason for the time being.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on September 04, 2012, 06:46:28 AM
What's all this about Eclipse? Never heard of them. What is the new album's title?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 04, 2012, 07:54:06 AM
Bleed and Scream
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 04, 2012, 05:00:22 PM
Really enjoying the new Harry Hess too.  it's light, poppy but very melodic with some great performances.  The songs are short and too the point, and it's just a great pop rock record overall. 

Since I've never really gotten into Harem Scarem that much I took out the only two albums I have from them and am giving them a listen with new ears.  I have Overload and Hope.  I also have Live at the Gods too.  I need to get some of their older stuff I know.

Mood Swings is mandatory.  Absolutely MANDATORY. Their s/t is very good too, but on the lighter side.   I'd avoid Voice of Reason for the time being.

Cool, gonna try those two next.  The two I have a damn solid rock, good stuff.


What's all this about Eclipse? Never heard of them. What is the new album's title?

Go and get it now!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 05, 2012, 02:13:58 PM
I missed out on Harem Scarem bck in the day (yeah- it happened... ;D).
First album I got was Weight Of The World and then Higher and Overload, all of which I prefer to Mood Swings, but only just. I know that's not the general consensus. Great band, though the "lost years" from 95-01 weren't so good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on September 05, 2012, 04:58:48 PM
I'm only familiar with Mood Swings(its amazing).  I heard they changed their sound after MS, Chad would probably know best.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 05, 2012, 05:36:50 PM
No, they still went by HS for Voice of Reason, and I think for Karma Cleansing.  Rubber and Ultra Feel were released under the name Rubber - but (i believe) still HS in Japan since they were so well known there.

 
Great band, though the "lost years" from 95-01 weren't so good.

Understatement of the day.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on September 08, 2012, 05:11:24 AM
I have Eclipse - Are You Ready to Rock from 2008, and thought it was ok, but never really got into it. I figured I'd give the new album a try after seeing this thread.
I'm currently 4 songs into it, and I like it a little more than the other one so far. I'll definitely give it a few spins and see what I think. :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 09, 2012, 04:49:03 AM
Are You Ready to Rock was great IMO, but Bleed and Scream is much better, the songwriting is more mature and focused and the performances and production are top notch.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on September 09, 2012, 05:00:38 AM
I've listened to Bleed and Scream a couple of times so far, and I've enjoyed it. Nothing has really jumped out at me yet, but it's worth another few spins.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 11, 2012, 04:43:17 AM
New LORD video!!!!  :hefdaddy :hefdaddy :hefdaddy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZgOM8AhPRY&feature=g-all-u
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on September 15, 2012, 05:35:15 PM
Have found Work Of Art through a friend and have been enjoying their album In Progress alot the last couple of days.

Work Of Art - The Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLXtjSj_TyI&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 15, 2012, 06:04:06 PM
Have found Work Of Art through a friend and have been enjoying their album In Progress alot the last couple of days.

Work Of Art - The Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLXtjSj_TyI&feature=player_embedded)

Top 5 album of last year, and one of the inspirations why I made this thread in the first place.  Absolutely incredible album, just listened to it the other day, every song is melodic rock heaven.  The first album is amazing also, but I'd take In Progress over it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on September 15, 2012, 06:11:06 PM
Top 5 album of last year, and one of the inspirations why I made this thread in the first place.  Absolutely incredible album, just listened to it the other day, every song is melodic rock heaven.  The first album is amazing also, but I'd take In Progress over it.
Cool to hear!  :tup Yea those melodies are like pure heaven!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on September 15, 2012, 08:45:49 PM
Have found Work Of Art through a friend and have been enjoying their album In Progress alot the last couple of days.

Work Of Art - The Rain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLXtjSj_TyI&feature=player_embedded)

Sounds like another Magnificent. Sweet!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 16, 2012, 02:38:48 AM
Similar style, yes.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 16, 2012, 03:32:26 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_S2Cjw1XN1Fs/Si3niSNujEI/AAAAAAAABBc/D1-Rq3OSDYQ/s400/sanctuaryl.jpg)

This is simply excellent, thanks Scorpion!!  :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 21, 2012, 07:30:59 AM
JIMI JAMISON – ONE OF MELODIC ROCK'S MOST LEGENDARY VOICES – RETURNS WITH HIS NEW SOLO ALBUM:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Jimi Jamison's new solo album Never Too Late on November 2 in Europe and November the 6 in North America.
Often referred to as one of the American top Rock vocalists, Jimi Jamison has been the singer with Target, Cobra and finally Survivor – who rejoined in late 2011 - for more than a decade, apart from being an accomplished solo artist on his own.
Jimi performed back up vocals on recordings by ZZ Top, Joe Walsh and numerous other recording artists. Billy Gibbons refers to Jimi as the fourth member of ZZ Top and Casey Kasem, on his nationally syndicated radio show American Top 40, referred to Jimi Jamison as “The Voice”. Among Jamison's best known performances are "Burning Heart", from the Rocky IV movie which hit #2 on the Billboard Charts, "High On You" (#8), and "The Search Is Over" (#4).

His solo career started in 1991 with the release of “When Love Comes Down” followed in 1999 by “Empires”, the album which included the theme, "I'm Always Here" for Baywatch. In 2008 Jamison teamed up with the other former Survivor bandmate, Jim Peterik who wrote and produced for him the acclaimed album “Crossroads Moment”. On the heels of this superb release, Jimi toured Europe a few times and culminated with an appearance at the popular Firefest in the UK in 2011.
In the meanwhile Jamison started to work together with Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Mårtensson (W.E.T., Eclipse etc), who had met “virtually” while working on the successful Kimball Jamison duet album to which Mårtensson had contributed with some songwriting. They started laying down the foundations for a new solo album backed immediately by the enthusiasm of Frontiers Records President, Serafino Perugino.

The release took a good part of 2011 and 2012 to be completed, but the final results shine! This is truly a monumental Melodic Rock album, where a stunning contemporary Melodic Rock songwriting meets Jamison's stunning vocal abilities and a massive production. This album rocks really hard at times; that's probably the heaviest Jamison has ever been involved with since the times of Cobra. Still the melodies are going to haunt you and stay in your mind for a long time.
“The songs on this cd are truly some of the strongest of my career” says Jamison. “It's a great pleasure to have songs with such power and ballads with such truth and feeling. It makes it easy to realize the emotion in each vocal. This is my favorite cd to date and "The Air I Breathe" is the most magic song for me. A track like this only comes along once in a while. Erik really hit the mark here. Brilliant writing.”
Get ready for a monster of an album and a true Melodic Rock masterpiece!

Never Too Late tracklisting includes: Everybody's Got A Broken Heart; The Great Unknown; Never Too Late; I Can't Turn Back; Street Survivor; The Air I Breathe; Not Tonight; Calling The Game; Bullet In The Gun; Heaven Call Your Name; Walk On (Wildest Dreams).
The first single off the album – the title track “Never Too Late” - can be streamed in full on the Frontiers webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio.

Jimi Jamison: Jimi Jamison - Lead Vocals; Erik Mårtensson - Lead & Rhythm Guitar. Bass, Keyboards & Backing Vocals; Magnus Ulfstedt - Drums; Jonas Öijvall - Hammond B3, Piano & Analog Synthesizers; Magnus Henriksson - Lead Guitar on "Street Survivor" & "Heaven Call Your Name".

(http://www.melodicrock.com/jimijamison-nevertoolate250.jpg)


 :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on September 21, 2012, 07:44:44 AM
Boy, those song titles read like Jamison era Survivor song titles. I actually had to check a few of those. :lol

I checked out some samples on the intertubes, and it sounded promising. Not metally like a lot of modern melodic rock albums are, and Jamison's voice is sounding great. I'll have to pick this one up.
And after reading their PR blurb, now I want to check out a bunch of his other past albums they mentioned too. :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 21, 2012, 08:00:23 AM
Yeah, I'm not that familar with his past work either and will probably look into it more.  Basically here, we have a great voice with some killer songs written by Martensson.  I think we are in for another solid album.

Blob, you should check Toby's Hitchcock's album.  Also entirely created by Erik Martensson, it's amazing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 21, 2012, 12:43:23 PM
Love his voice and love his work with Survivor. There is a Survivor album in my top 50. I enjoyed the Kimball/Jamison album from a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on September 21, 2012, 01:41:03 PM
You guys remember Jameson's pre Surviver band, Cobra?
The First Strike album was awesome!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 21, 2012, 05:44:22 PM
Love his voice and love his work with Survivor. There is a Survivor album in my top 50. I enjoyed the Kimball/Jamison album from a couple of years ago.

Waiting for this top 50.  And yes, the Kimball/Jamison album was a nice slice of AOR.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 23, 2012, 09:56:31 AM
Don't think there'll be anything of a surprise left by then as I keep recommending albums here.  ;D
Keep listening to albums and thinking they have to go in the 50 but can't bear to leave any out that are there now. May have to start on a v.2 now and put all those in there.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on September 23, 2012, 10:44:06 AM
Just make it your Top 100, like Nick did. :P
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 24, 2012, 04:48:21 AM
Lowdz, asked you in the haul thread, but how is the new Magnum?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 24, 2012, 05:05:50 AM
Lowdz, asked you in the haul thread, but how is the new Magnum?

It's ok. Listened to it a couple of times so far and it seems better than any of the reunion albums, but I haven't loved any of them- they've just been decent albums for me. It's not going to knock the 80s albums off their perch but sounds better than anything post Wings so far.
Bob's Gary Hughes written albums are bbetter than anything Magnum have done since WoH for me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 24, 2012, 05:15:02 AM
I've enjoyed the reunion albums too, nothing much more.  Moonking was probably the best of the bunch, with Alice being a close second.  If you say it's the best of the reunions, then I should like it.

I agree, The Tower, Spirit of Man, When Empires Burn and Immortal are all better than anything that Magnum have done since the late eighties.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 24, 2012, 05:27:48 AM
I haven't put much effort into the newer albums- nothing really stuck out. This one seems to have some bigger choruses. The songs just don't seem to have any breathing room these days.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 27, 2012, 04:10:20 PM
Yeah, I'm not that familar with his past work either and will probably look into it more.  Basically here, we have a great voice with some killer songs written by Martensson.  I think we are in for another solid album.

Blob, you should check Toby's Hitchcock's album.  Also entirely created by Erik Martensson, it's amazing.

The samples on Melodicrock.com a couple of days ago sound awesome. Could be even better than the Eclipse album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 28, 2012, 05:56:40 AM
It's gonna be hard to top Eclipse, but the samples do sound incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 02, 2012, 03:40:25 PM
FYI ... Progstreaming.com is streaming Magnum - On The 13th Day (for 13 days only!). Probably only 12 days now.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 03, 2012, 04:57:07 AM
FYI ... Progstreaming.com is streaming Magnum - On The 13th Day (for 13 days only!). Probably only 12 days now.

Should be receiving this album this week.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 05, 2012, 06:16:24 AM
I think I may have posted Neonfly before, but with the Magnum talk, it seems highly appropriate since they're opening for Magnum on this tour (they opened for Pagan's Mind last year).  If you don't know them, invest 4 minutes for the YT link below.  One of my favorites (easily Top 10.... maybe Top 5) in the past couple of years.  The album is A++ from top to bottom.  The Messenger is my favorite.

(http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/61/e10b4d5d938945339cbf450e884e31e9/l.jpg)

A Gift To Remember (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9NyAFqi7x8&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 07, 2012, 04:03:36 AM
Hmm, not bad on the first listen, sounds like it could grow.  Will have to check out some other songs on the album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 07, 2012, 10:40:43 AM
That actually is one of the weaker songs on the album.  I recommend the following:

The Messenger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOPbOHdFO1E)

The Ornament (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V12wWggTKg) - killer instrumental
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2012, 05:19:31 AM
Listening to the new Pride of Lions album that I just received in the mail.  Damn, this is some cheesy shit. These songs would even make Journey laugh, and I'm only four songs in.

As I type, Shine On is pretty good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 08, 2012, 05:29:41 AM
Listening to the new Pride of Lions album that I just received in the mail.  Damn, this is some cheesy shit. These songs would even make Journey laugh, and I'm only four songs in.

As I type, Shine On is pretty good.

I've had a listen and it is too cheesy even for me. I think peterik is aiming for Lloyd Webber territory and over-shooting. Camp with a side order of camp.
The new Bonrud album is class though. Tougher-sounding than the 1st album.
The Jimi Jamison is good but not as good as Eclipse.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on October 08, 2012, 05:30:48 AM
Discovered this gem over the weekend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=777ujZoPh4A

The album isn't really that much melodic rock, but this track is pretty swell.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on October 08, 2012, 05:44:02 AM
Listening to the new Pride of Lions album that I just received in the mail.  Damn, this is some cheesy shit. These songs would even make Journey laugh, and I'm only four songs in.

Oy, back off from Journey, pal! :getoffmylawn:

The Jimi Jamison is good but not as good as Eclipse.

I didn't think this was out yet? And after several listens, I still don't see the big deal with the new Eclipse album. It's not bad, but it doesn't do much for me overall.  :dunno:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2012, 05:47:57 AM
Ring of Fire is actually one of the first prog metal/melodic neoclassical crossover bands I ever discovered, many many years ago.  Absolutely incredible musicianship and performances.  The band has Mark Boals, Tony Macalpine, Phillip Bynoe, Virgil Donati, Vitalij Kuprij and also featured George Bellas at one point.  Every album is decent and very different from one another.  The first album is actually under Mark Boals' name and the album is called Ring of Fire.  That is one hell of an album.

The Oracle is darker and is probably my fav out of the four.  Dreamtower is more melodic rock which consists of the song you posted.  The last one IMO was average, but a decent listen.  The live DVD is absolutely incredible;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whx3z7AnV3A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtZXuZW5Clw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw2RF6D6wIE

A really under appreciated band.


Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2012, 05:49:53 AM
Listening to the new Pride of Lions album that I just received in the mail.  Damn, this is some cheesy shit. These songs would even make Journey laugh, and I'm only four songs in.

As I type, Shine On is pretty good.

I've had a listen and it is too cheesy even for me. I think peterik is aiming for Lloyd Webber territory and over-shooting. Camp with a side order of camp.
The new Bonrud album is class though. Tougher-sounding than the 1st album.
The Jimi Jamison is good but not as good as Eclipse.

Gonna hold off until the release to hear Jimi, but I really don't expect it to beat Bleed and Scream.

Never heard of Bonrud.

And year, this album is like a fucking musical.


Listening to the new Pride of Lions album that I just received in the mail.  Damn, this is some cheesy shit. These songs would even make Journey laugh, and I'm only four songs in.

Oy, back off from Journey, pal! :getoffmylawn:

The Jimi Jamison is good but not as good as Eclipse.

I didn't think this was out yet? And after several listens, I still don't see the big deal with the new Eclipse album. It's not bad, but it doesn't do much for me overall.  :dunno:

Love Journey a lot, just trying to point out how fucking cheesy this album is, even for me.

I can see how people wouldn't go crazy over Bleed and Scream, but I love it personally, top 5 of the year.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on October 08, 2012, 05:55:35 AM
Ring of Fire is actually one of the first prog metal/melodic neoclassical crossover bands I ever discovered, many many years ago.  Absolutely incredible musicianship and performances.  The band has Mark Boals, Tony Macalpine, Phillip Bynoe, Virgil Donati, Vitalij Kuprij and also featured George Bellas at one point.  Every album is decent and very different from one another.  The first album is actually under Mark Boals' name and the album is called Ring of Fire.  That is one hell of an album.

The Oracle is darker and is probably my fav out of the four.  Dreamtower is more melodic rock which consists of the song you posted.  The last one IMO was average, but a decent listen.  The live DVD is absolutely incredible;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whx3z7AnV3A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtZXuZW5Clw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw2RF6D6wIE

A really under appreciated band.

I find the DVD to be a little heavy on the solos. I mean, a guitar, keyboard, bass and drum solo on their first live DVD? It's really great performance-wise, but a little too much. I mean, nearly thirty minutes of solos? I don't really need that, tbh.

Oh, and I need to get Oracle. I only know Circle of Time and the title track really well, but those are really awesome.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on October 08, 2012, 05:55:44 AM
Love Journey a lot, just trying to point out how fucking cheesy this album is, even for me.

Well cheese is delicious. :symphonyx:

I can see how people wouldn't go crazy over Bleed and Scream, but I love it personally, top 5 of the year.

And I can see how you'd love it, as it is a consistently good album, it's just that for me personally it wasn't great. Each to his own. :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2012, 06:00:46 AM
Ring of Fire is actually one of the first prog metal/melodic neoclassical crossover bands I ever discovered, many many years ago.  Absolutely incredible musicianship and performances.  The band has Mark Boals, Tony Macalpine, Phillip Bynoe, Virgil Donati, Vitalij Kuprij and also featured George Bellas at one point.  Every album is decent and very different from one another.  The first album is actually under Mark Boals' name and the album is called Ring of Fire.  That is one hell of an album.

The Oracle is darker and is probably my fav out of the four.  Dreamtower is more melodic rock which consists of the song you posted.  The last one IMO was average, but a decent listen.  The live DVD is absolutely incredible;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whx3z7AnV3A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtZXuZW5Clw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw2RF6D6wIE

A really under appreciated band.

I find the DVD to be a little heavy on the solos. I mean, a guitar, keyboard, bass and drum solo on their first live DVD? It's really great performance-wise, but a little too much. I mean, nearly thirty minutes of solos? I don't really need that, tbh.

Oh, and I need to get Oracle. I only know Circle of Time and the title track really well, but those are really awesome.

Well, it is a band filled with virtuosos, so solo are gonna happen.  Saying that, I'm not a fan of solos in concerts, but the guitar, drums and keyboard sections are all incredible and I love watching them.

Saying that, this DVD was after the Oracle, so they didn't ventue into more melodic rock until the next album.  Check them all out and see what you think, they are simply an incredible band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2012, 06:03:42 AM
Love Journey a lot, just trying to point out how fucking cheesy this album is, even for me.

Well cheese is delicious. :symphonyx:

I can see how people wouldn't go crazy over Bleed and Scream, but I love it personally, top 5 of the year.

And I can see how you'd love it, as it is a consistently good album, it's just that for me personally it wasn't great. Each to his own. :tup

Cheese is amazing, but this Pride of Lions is like a 5 cheese overload, it's just too much.

Still check out the Toby Hitchcock album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2012, 06:05:17 AM
Okay, after the first full listen of Pride of Lions, I really only have four songs that I enjoy; Shine On, Vital Signs, If It Doesn't Kill Me and Ask Me Yesterday.  The rest is a cheese factory.  I appreciate more guitar work though than the other POL albums.

Shine On however could become a classic AOR track, it's wonderful.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on October 08, 2012, 06:30:00 AM
Well, it is a band filled with virtuosos, so solo are gonna happen.  Saying that, I'm not a fan of solos in concerts, but the guitar, drums and keyboard sections are all incredible and I love watching them.

True, but many of the solos in the songs themselves are superior to the solo spots imho, because they offer the solos a certain framework, so to sepak.

Saying that, this DVD was after the Oracle, so they didn't ventue into more melodic rock until the next album.  Check them all out and see what you think, they are simply an incredible band.

I'm currently listening to Oracle, and I'm really liking what I'm hearing, though it is very different to Dreamtower. I prefer McAlpine to Bellas, personally, but they are both incredible players and Bellas does a great job on Oracle, imho. Circle of Time and Samurai are my favourite as of now.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 08, 2012, 07:21:30 AM
I need to check out Ring Of Fire. Sounds like a can't miss.

I really only know Bellas from the first Mogg/Way album, and he's pretty good on that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on October 08, 2012, 07:26:06 AM
Start with Circle of Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkTXebBhfLA), and if you like it, work yourself through their stuff from there.

Or the link that I posted earlier, for My Deja Vu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=777ujZoPh4A), which is less power metal and more melodic rock stuff. Your call.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on October 08, 2012, 01:41:54 PM
Just finished with The Oracle, and it's a great album from start to finish. Circle of Time remains my favourite, but the title track, Samurai, City of Dead and Take Me Home are all masterpiece in their own right. :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 08, 2012, 03:13:42 PM
I've always meant to check out Ring of Fire more too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2012, 03:58:56 PM
Well, it is a band filled with virtuosos, so solo are gonna happen.  Saying that, I'm not a fan of solos in concerts, but the guitar, drums and keyboard sections are all incredible and I love watching them.

True, but many of the solos in the songs themselves are superior to the solo spots imho, because they offer the solos a certain framework, so to sepak.

Saying that, this DVD was after the Oracle, so they didn't ventue into more melodic rock until the next album.  Check them all out and see what you think, they are simply an incredible band.

I'm currently listening to Oracle, and I'm really liking what I'm hearing, though it is very different to Dreamtower. I prefer McAlpine to Bellas, personally, but they are both incredible players and Bellas does a great job on Oracle, imho. Circle of Time and Samurai are my favourite as of now.

With your solo statement, that can be said for most bands that have solo spots IMO.

I prefer Macalpine too, he is one of my top 5 guitarists of all time, but I think Bellas fits the style of Oracle really well.  I would have liked to hear what Macalpine would have done but I'm a big Bellas fan too. 


Just finished with The Oracle, and it's a great album from start to finish. Circle of Time remains my favourite, but the title track, Samurai, City of Dead and Take Me Home are all masterpiece in their own right. :metal :metal

Those first three songs you mentioned are my favs too along with Vengeance For Blood.  Bellas' solo on that is incredible.


I need to check out Ring Of Fire. Sounds like a can't miss.

I really only know Bellas from the first Mogg/Way album, and he's pretty good on that.

I've always meant to check that Mogg/Way cause I always knew Bellas played on that.

I've always meant to check out Ring of Fire more too.

Do it man.

Loving this appreciation of ROF.  Check Mark Boals, Ring of Fire too, great album.  It has Atlantis, Keeper of the Flame, Dreamer and heaps of other great songs.

Check Mark Boals second album too Edge of the World, that's more melodic rock too and has Macalpine and Donati on a lot of tracks, and was a fav of mine for a long time.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 10, 2012, 06:24:31 AM
just listened to the new Dokken for the first time.  Hmm...not bad, but pretty mild.  I expected more from Empire but unfortunately that's the fastest and heaviest song on the album, the rest of the album is mid tempo.  A couple of rockers at the end, but Don sounds really tired and his vocals simply aren't what they use to be.

It deserves more listens though as there is some potential for it to grow.  Don can't even do his own backing vocals, Mark Boals does all backing vocals and harmonies from what I could hear.  Mark does wonderful work though and gives the album a little variety in the vocal department.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 10, 2012, 06:38:10 AM
just listened to the new Dokken for the first time.  Hmm...not bad, but pretty mild.  I expected more from Empire but unfortunately that's the fastest and heaviest song on the album, the rest of the album is mid tempo.  A couple of rockers at the end, but Don sounds really tired and his vocals simply aren't what they use to be.

It deserves more listens though as there is some potential for it to grow.  Don can't even do his own backing vocals, Mark Boals does all backing vocals and harmonies from what I could hear.  Mark does wonderful work though and gives the album a little variety in the vocal department.

It's definitly held back by DD's inability to let loose because of his voice issues. Maybe he should've just let Mark Boals sing the leads. and him do the harmonies.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 10, 2012, 03:31:33 PM
At least then the songs would have had more life to them.  I think it could be a grower but not a home run of an album I'm afraid.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 10, 2012, 04:15:43 PM
It's a solid disc, nothing spectacular though. I feel the same way about the new Kiss. Neither the new Dokken or new Kiss will be go to discs for me; I'll only play them once in a while. I think if Dokken took the best songs from broken bones and lightning strikes again and condensed them into one disc, that would be a killer album. Some filler on both that bring them both down a notch. And yeah, Don is struggling at times vocally.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 10, 2012, 06:45:12 PM
Im not sure why anyone would waste their time on the new Dokken, no offence, guys. :)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 11, 2012, 04:15:36 AM
I think if Dokken took the best songs from broken bones and lightning strikes again and condensed them into one disc, that would be a killer album. Some filler on both that bring them both down a notch.

Totally agee.


Im not sure why anyone would waste their time on the new Dokken, no offence, guys. :)

Why?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 11, 2012, 06:01:26 AM
Well, I'm just reading the comments that you guys are making and I'm thinking, how can any of this be a surprise. I'm sure that I would have the exact same sentiment, but I'll hang on to my 12 bucks, thank you very much.
But that's me. I've never been a big fan anyway.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 11, 2012, 06:18:16 AM
Well I've always been a fan of Don and the last album was worth a listen so I had no hesitation buying it.  I actually just listened to it again and it was a lot better the second time around.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 11, 2012, 06:22:39 AM
That's cool. :)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 11, 2012, 02:07:21 PM
I'm really enjoying most of the new KISS. Paul, like Don, is struggling but he is at least able to "give it some welly" as we say here in the north of England. I like the 70s KISS vibe. Gene puts in a very good performance.

I've not bought the Dokken- Spotify has saved me a few quid there. Shame as it could be a decent effort with better vocals. It was never going to be up there with T&N, UL&K and BFTA.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 11, 2012, 02:08:54 PM
But the thing is..I trust Paul. He's going to give it whatever he's got. I'm just not sold on Don Dokken.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 11, 2012, 02:14:50 PM
But the thing is..I trust Paul. He's going to give it whatever he's got. I'm just not sold on Don Dokken.

Paul Stanley is a hero of mine and he's never let me down- apart from Carnival Of Souls. Now that was a mistake.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 11, 2012, 03:47:42 PM
I'm really enjoying most of the new KISS. Paul, like Don, is struggling but he is at least able to "give it some welly" as we say here in the north of England. I like the 70s KISS vibe. Gene puts in a very good performance.

I've not bought the Dokken- Spotify has saved me a few quid there. Shame as it could be a decent effort with better vocals. It was never going to be up there with T&N, UL&K and BFTA.

Speaking of T&N, I'm looking forward to the new album from these guys, should be interesting.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 11, 2012, 04:34:02 PM
I'm really enjoying most of the new KISS. Paul, like Don, is struggling but he is at least able to "give it some welly" as we say here in the north of England. I like the 70s KISS vibe. Gene puts in a very good performance.

I've not bought the Dokken- Spotify has saved me a few quid there. Shame as it could be a decent effort with better vocals. It was never going to be up there with T&N, UL&K and BFTA.

Speaking of T&N, I'm looking forward to the new album from these guys, should be interesting.

From the reports I've heard it would be best not to get your hopes up  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 11, 2012, 07:00:25 PM
I listened to the samples of the new T&N.  I was looking forward to it, but now not so much after hearing the samples.  The Ripper and Sebastian Bach songs are very good.  The rest, meh.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on October 11, 2012, 10:56:12 PM
I'm really enjoying most of the new KISS. Paul, like Don, is struggling but he is at least able to "give it some welly" as we say here in the north of England. I like the 70s KISS vibe. Gene puts in a very good performance.

I like the new KISS album too, although probably not quite as much as the last one. Paul's voice has sounded really harsh the past few years, but he's still got the range there, and still gives a good performance.
From what I've heard of recent Dokken, his voice is pretty poor. There's just no range there at all, and his voice is rough and weak.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 12, 2012, 05:22:55 AM
I'm really enjoying most of the new KISS. Paul, like Don, is struggling but he is at least able to "give it some welly" as we say here in the north of England. I like the 70s KISS vibe. Gene puts in a very good performance.

I've not bought the Dokken- Spotify has saved me a few quid there. Shame as it could be a decent effort with better vocals. It was never going to be up there with T&N, UL&K and BFTA.

Speaking of T&N, I'm looking forward to the new album from these guys, should be interesting.

From the reports I've heard it would be best not to get your hopes up  ;D

 :-[
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 12, 2012, 05:37:07 AM
Just stumbled across FM, with Andy Barnett from Maiden's side group during the SIT era.  Never knew That Girl was their song.  Listened to a couple of songs and they are amazing.  Anyone knoe FM??
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 12, 2012, 02:31:52 PM
Just stumbled across FM, with Andy Barnett from Maiden's side group during the SIT era.  Never knew That Girl was their song.  Listened to a couple of songs and they are amazing.  Anyone knoe FM??

Back in the mists of time I saw them it seemed like every week as they seemed to support every band touring in the UK. First album was very safe AOR, but some great songs on it. With the addition of Andy Barnet the sound toughened a bit and got less keyboard heavy (if that's not a contradiction in terms) and got a bit of a bluesier edge. Steve Overland has a great voice- very soulful and not annoying like Glenn Hughes'.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 12, 2012, 04:59:56 PM
Very I liked Steve Overlands voice instantly.  So, what album is the best to start with?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 13, 2012, 02:47:10 AM
Very I liked Steve Overlands voice instantly.  So, what album is the best to start with?

Probably the first (Indiscreet) if you like That Girl and the AOR sound. I only have that and Long Time No See which has two albums, Aphrodisiac and Paraphenalia and a live and bonus disc. Got it dirt cheap a few years ago in a closing down sale. Aphro is probably the better of the two. Never been a huge fan tbh but they are worth checking out if you like that sort of thing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 13, 2012, 09:32:13 AM
Found a 2cd comp of Indiscreet and Tough it Out which I will order.

Listening to some Russ Ballard now, in such an 80's mood and there is so much great 80's stuff out there that wasn't big.  This Ballard album from 1984 seems damn good too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 13, 2012, 11:27:40 AM
Found a 2cd comp of Indiscreet and Tough it Out which I will order.

Listening to some Russ Ballard now, in such an 80's mood and there is so much great 80's stuff out there that wasn't big.  This Ballard album from 1984 seems damn good too.

I have a couple of the singles from TIO and they are fine. I think Desmond Child was involved on that album.

I only know Russ Ballard from other people covering his songs.

Currently I'm enjoying the Magnum album. Have you got that yet?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 13, 2012, 11:39:14 AM
Just listening to the samples of the new Mob Rules album. Sounds pretty good.

http://www.metal-hammer.de/incoming/article327399/mob-rules-countdown-close-my-eyes-vom-album-cannibal-nation.html

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 13, 2012, 04:38:53 PM
I've only listened through the Magnum once and nothing stuck out straight away, needs more spins but sounds promising if you are enjoying it.

I'm going to preorder the Mob Rules also when I order FM, the last Mob Rules album was incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 14, 2012, 04:05:43 AM
Check out this song Blaze Bayley has done with a guitarist named Chris Declercq, it's pretty incredible IMO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2Xuju6Mey8
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 14, 2012, 04:07:18 AM
was that from Blaze's latest disc?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 14, 2012, 04:38:31 AM
was that from Blaze's latest disc?

No, just some random track I think they just collaborated together.  Blaze's latest disc is absolutely nothing like that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on October 15, 2012, 04:52:22 AM
I just got Jimi Jamison - Empires. I've already listened to it a couple of times, and I'm really digging it so far! I wasn't expecting it to be this heavy. It's just the right amount of heavy without turning into generic metal.
Hopefully his new album is just as good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 15, 2012, 04:57:07 AM
Hmm...probably worth a listen then, since I'm not really familiar with any of his stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on October 15, 2012, 05:08:55 AM
If you like Too Hot To Sleep, it's worth a listen. Check out "First Day of Love" or "Run From The Thunder" on Youtube. Probably my favourite tracks so far.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 15, 2012, 03:47:57 PM
Yeah, Empires is pretty good. No Peterik or Frankie Sullivan but it's decent. Not sure about the Baywatch theme though...
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 15, 2012, 06:15:58 PM
If you like Too Hot To Sleep, it's worth a listen. Check out "First Day of Love" or "Run From The Thunder" on Youtube. Probably my favourite tracks so far.

Wow, I'm hooked just reading your post Blob.  I love Too Hot To Sleep.  Just saw this video for a band I never heard of on Melodic.net and I digging this song a lot.  The band is called Perfect View.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cCDCLnm_yts#!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on October 15, 2012, 10:59:52 PM
Yeah, Empires is pretty good. No Peterik or Frankie Sullivan but it's decent. Not sure about the Baywatch theme though...

Yeah, they should have stuck it at the end instead of just when the album is starting to get moving. Admittedly, I like the song though in a cheesy cornball kind of way. :lol

If you like Too Hot To Sleep, it's worth a listen. Check out "First Day of Love" or "Run From The Thunder" on Youtube. Probably my favourite tracks so far.

Wow, I'm hooked just reading your post Blob.  I love Too Hot To Sleep.  Just saw this video for a band I never heard of on Melodic.net and I digging this song a lot.  The band is called Perfect View.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cCDCLnm_yts#!

I quite liked that. Might have to check it out.
For me Vital Signs and Too Hot To Sleep are about equal as my favourites. :tup (maybe Too Hot To Sleep slightly ahead because of the heavier sound and better production)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 16, 2012, 05:02:13 AM
If you like Too Hot To Sleep, it's worth a listen. Check out "First Day of Love" or "Run From The Thunder" on Youtube. Probably my favourite tracks so far.

Wow, I'm hooked just reading your post Blob.  I love Too Hot To Sleep.  Just saw this video for a band I never heard of on Melodic.net and I digging this song a lot.  The band is called Perfect View.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cCDCLnm_yts#!

This is impressive, never heard of the band but they have a great sound.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 16, 2012, 05:57:43 AM
Blob,  I saw Survivor on the "When Seconds Count" Tour.  But I am with you on the Vital Signs and Too Hot Too Sleep as their best albums.  I also love Premonition. 

You are right about the sound production on THTS.  I was blown away when I first heard the album.

And Wolf,  I might have to pick this band's album up too.  It sounded great.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 18, 2012, 05:02:28 AM
Pulled this out yesterday;

(http://img11.nnm.ru/5/7/f/d/7/57fd767b2a874353b784617c71c15e9e_full.jpg)

Great melodic rock from Australia.  They had a hit single over here with one of the songs but this was their only album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT5kDrmlzb8


Also just received these in the mail;

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hqcOn07gem0/T81Zc3WMEgI/AAAAAAAAAkY/GspXPbq464c/s1600/Marcello+Vestry-Marcello+Vestry+%5BFront%5D.jpg)

Featuring Frank Vestry, Rob Marcello and Bruno Ravel from Danger Danger.  Prett solid melodic rock in the Danger Danger vein with nice vocals, guitars and production.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7FqMgRvd6E


(http://img15.nnm.ru/0/c/9/5/9/5db23350af6fae66e5691ad42fb.jpg)

British melodic rock featuring Tony Mills, solid album with good melodies;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz_7x1NpHw8
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Scorpion on October 18, 2012, 05:03:48 AM
That looks like either a video game or a porn DVD cover. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 18, 2012, 07:31:10 AM
The Marcello/Vestry is very good. Saw Rob Marcello wih D2 years ago and he was excellent.

The Serpentine didnt stand out from the pack tbh and Roxus I never heard of. I'll try youtube
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 18, 2012, 08:30:24 AM
Listening to Serpantine now. Thanks, Wolf..Not really that bad. Love Tony Mills.
Not sure that I could part with any money for this at this time, but I will follow up and sample some more tracks.

How is his stuff with TNT? Can you make any recommendations? Songs or albums?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 18, 2012, 11:34:15 AM
Listening to Serpantine now. Thanks, Wolf..Not really that bad. Love Tony Mills.
Not sure that I could part with any money for this at this time, but I will follow up and sample some more tracks.

How is his stuff with TNT? Can you make any recommendations? Songs or albums?

The last album they did was ok. The two previous should be avoided at all costs if you have any musical taste whatsoever (and I know you have!)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 18, 2012, 04:04:07 PM
Listening to Serpantine now. Thanks, Wolf..Not really that bad. Love Tony Mills.
Not sure that I could part with any money for this at this time, but I will follow up and sample some more tracks.

How is his stuff with TNT? Can you make any recommendations? Songs or albums?

No worries.  Like lowdz, I haven't followed TNT for a while, the last few from what I've heard have been pretty bad.


The Marcello/Vestry is very good. Saw Rob Marcello wih D2 years ago and he was excellent.

The Serpentine didnt stand out from the pack tbh and Roxus I never heard of. I'll try youtube

I think you would quite like Roxus. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 21, 2012, 02:50:07 AM
Youtube'd Roxus and they sound good. Surprised to find Play.com have  it so ordered it. Sounds a bit like Valentine's first album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 21, 2012, 03:36:20 AM
Youtube'd Roxus and they sound good. Surprised to find Play.com have  it so ordered it. Sounds a bit like Valentine's first album.

Nice, glad you like them, it is a really great album that I had forgotten about.  I'm surprised you found a copy too actually.

Don't know Valentine.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 21, 2012, 04:26:03 AM
Youtube'd Roxus and they sound good. Surprised to find Play.com have  it so ordered it. Sounds a bit like Valentine's first album.

Nice, glad you like them, it is a really great album that I had forgotten about.  I'm surprised you found a copy too actually.

Don't know Valentine.

Hugo was their singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdOOxzq2mmM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6P_SBs6Ojk&feature=related
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 21, 2012, 04:48:22 AM
Heard you mention the name, will check out the links after I finish listening to this which I found in store brand new today.  I rare find for the stores in my area;

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SNJmk-j2DxM/TARZXW8863I/AAAAAAAAAac/L40LyTY-0Z0/s400/giant+last.jpg)

Halfway through and it's fucking great.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 21, 2012, 05:38:26 AM
It is indeed a classic. Recommended it early in this very thread. Wins on all fronts- songs, vocals, guitar- production.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 21, 2012, 05:51:16 AM
Just listened to the whole thing.  I don't remember the last time I really enjoyed an album on the first listen, it's incredible.  Time to order Time To Burn and 3 I guess.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 21, 2012, 06:16:23 AM
Just listened to the whole thing.  I don't remember the last time I really enjoyed an album on the first listen, it's incredible.  Time to order Time To Burn and 3 I guess.

Some prefer Time To Burn to LOTR, but not me. It's a good album, certainly, but I prefer the debut. 3 is a collection of outtakes from the first two and has some good songs that would have made the albums but they sounded too similar to songs they already had on there. It does have my favourite "breakup" song ever in I Can't Let Go. How that didn't make TTB I'll never know. There's something about the part where it gos quiet and Dan sngs "I thought of no-one else but you today..." that gets me. And I'm not usually soppy like that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 21, 2012, 06:23:43 AM
If they are the same quality as these than I'll love them.  I only ever owned Promise Land due to Terry Brock and John Roth, but I realise that album was decent but really doesn't compare to this album.  I know Dan helped write some songs on it, but the quality is not like Runaways.

I also remember I'll See You In My Dreams, I'm pretty sure it was a minor hit over here in Austrlia, could be wrong but the chorus pricked my ears immediately.  Seriously one of the best 80's songs ever, and simply one of the most stunning guitar solos ever, and I've only listened to the album once.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 21, 2012, 06:47:20 AM
I also remember I'll See You In My Dreams, I'm pretty sure it was a minor hit over here in Austrlia, could be wrong but the chorus pricked my ears immediately.  Seriously one of the best 80's songs ever, and simply one of the most stunning guitar solos ever, and I've only listened to the album once.

The only song I know by them.  Fantastic power ballad.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 21, 2012, 06:51:08 AM
Heard you mention the name, will check out the links after I finish listening to this which I found in store brand new today.  I rare find for the stores in my area;

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SNJmk-j2DxM/TARZXW8863I/AAAAAAAAAac/L40LyTY-0Z0/s400/giant+last.jpg)

Halfway through and it's fucking great.

Love, LOVE this album.  You know I haven't spun their second album in a while.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 21, 2012, 06:52:44 AM
Chad, you don't remember this song?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZetbMxU7Ro


I had them on VHS playing this song live on Arsinio Hall's show.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 21, 2012, 07:15:03 AM
Nope.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 22, 2012, 03:54:29 AM
I also remember I'll See You In My Dreams, I'm pretty sure it was a minor hit over here in Austrlia, could be wrong but the chorus pricked my ears immediately.  Seriously one of the best 80's songs ever, and simply one of the most stunning guitar solos ever, and I've only listened to the album once.

The only song I know by them.  Fantastic power ballad.

You need to get this album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 22, 2012, 06:11:11 AM
I also remember I'll See You In My Dreams, I'm pretty sure it was a minor hit over here in Austrlia, could be wrong but the chorus pricked my ears immediately.  Seriously one of the best 80's songs ever, and simply one of the most stunning guitar solos ever, and I've only listened to the album once.

The only song I know by them.  Fantastic power ballad.

Still working my way thru my 'haul' from a couple weeks ago before I even START creating another 'list', let alone listening to new (to me) stuff.

You need to get this album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 25, 2012, 05:01:15 AM
EDGUY mainman Tobias Sammet is preparing to enter VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, EDGUY, EPICA, RHAPSODY) to begin recording the new album from Sammet's AVANTASIA project for a spring 2013 release. The CD will once again be a rock opera based on a conceptual story very similar to the early AVANTASIA albums and will feature "a legion of guest instrumentalists and vocalists," according to a press release.

Commented Sammet: "The new material sounds very fresh and new and yet you can hear the old classic AVANTASIA vibe on the album. It will be an enchanting fairytale again, far away from any musical trends.

"Our latest album was our most successful album of all time, but I guess it was only that successful because it came from the heart. That's the only proven remedy I wanna stick to.

"I tried to lay down any thought of expectations, but instead just do a completely unseasonable, unfashionable and even unreasonable piece of art.

"Anyway, I feel at home when I listen to those melodies, choirs and guitars.

"I just talked to [former HELLOWEEN and current UNISONIC singer] Michi Kiske and he said that the stuff reminds him a lot of the old classic AVANTASIA material in the good old 'Keeper' style. As a fan, now that sounds even exciting to me, so the circle shuts.

"For myself, it's hard to describe the material in words. I had, and have, so many ideas that I had to restrain myself a little. Otherwise, the album would become too long, and I'm trying not to do a double album this time. However, I am really excited, and I just thought I'd let you know how excited I am."


 :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 25, 2012, 06:27:36 AM
Sounds good to me. Now if he only put that much passion & effort into Edguy these days.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 25, 2012, 06:41:08 AM
Agreed.


Just listened to the new Ten album and it didn't bowl me over.  The first three songs were killer and I thought I was in for a cracker of an album, but the middle 5 or so songs left me pretty bored.  There were a couple of songs at the end which got my attention going again though.  Will give it a few more spins to see how it goes.  The first song is absolutely incredible though.


Listening to Shadowman and The Ladder which I also got in the mail today.  Great straightforward melodic rock/aor.  Great voice, and waiting still on my FM cd.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 25, 2012, 06:41:47 AM
"Keeper style"  :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 25, 2012, 09:28:32 AM
Smile in my pants for Avantasia.

Kade... the Ten album?  Is that Stormwarning, or do they have a newer one from this year (too lazy to look it up right now)?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 25, 2012, 10:22:26 AM
Smile in my pants for Avantasia.

Kade... the Ten album?  Is that Stormwarning, or do they have a newer one from this year (too lazy to look it up right now)?

Jumping in while Kade is presumably in bed!  ;D

I think he means Heresy & Creed, another new one, recorded at the same time as Stormwarning iirc. Not got this one yet but I'm guessing it sounds like Ten. Maybe if they'd just done one album with the best tracks from the two?

The game I look forward to is the "spot where I borrowed this song from?" game Gary Hughes usually has on his albums.

I do like Ten, mainly the pre Babylon stuff. They are a bit Axel Rudi Pell-like though- no surprises on their albums.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 25, 2012, 04:16:48 PM
Yeah, it's Heresy and Creed.  Although I'm pretty sure it wasn't receorded at the same time as Stormwarning as this has a bit of a lineup change.  The new guitarist is very shreddy for Ten but fits really well.

Lowdz, I get what you mean about Gary wearing his influences on his sleeve, but from what I heard on this one, there doesn't seem too much of that, besides the single Gunrunning.  It's also quite different from their regular stuff too as Gary likes to recycle his own ideas a bit too.  So it's Ten, but it sounds a bit different for them.  Check it out Lowdz, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Chad, it was released like a week ago.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 26, 2012, 04:30:29 AM
According to someone at MR.com the song I Need You Now is a ringer for Lady Antebellum's Another Rainy Day. Don't know either song so can't comment.

The biggest culprit for me was Spellbound's Eclipse "borrowing" from Yngwie's Crystal Ball verse. Good song though.  Oh, and his song on the Bob Catley Middle Earth album which uses Baba O'Reilly.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 26, 2012, 04:44:23 AM
I will have to go back and check those ones.  For me here's a list of what I've noticed;

Spellbound - Still of the Night (Whitesnake)(intro and verse)
Evermore - Over the Hills and Far Away (Gary Moore)(whole thing)
Endless Symphony - Head of Heals (Tears for Fears)(intro)
Centre of My Universe - Enter Sandman (intro)

From Gary Hughes album Veritas;

I Pray For You - Rebel Yell (Billy Idol) (verse)
I Know it's Time - Young Turks (Rod Stewart) (chorus)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 26, 2012, 04:47:10 AM
Oh, plus Bob Catley's Dreams rips off Bon Jovis Runaway.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 26, 2012, 05:58:28 AM
Never noticed some of those before (not being a TFF fan) but yeah, they are there all right. Even has the same piano sound. And knicking Enter Sandman and expecting to get away with it takes balls.

The Gary Moore was a bit blatant too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 26, 2012, 06:04:35 AM
Check the Tears For Fears one;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYx8IHJ9dWE
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 26, 2012, 08:03:22 AM
Check the Tears For Fears one;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYx8IHJ9dWE

Yeah I did. Naughty!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 26, 2012, 02:22:13 PM
Listening to some FM which I got in the mail.  Indiscreet is a wonderful light AOR album, really enjoying it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 26, 2012, 02:45:43 PM
Listening to some FM which I got in the mail.  Indiscreet is a wonderful light AOR album, really enjoying it.

Yeah, agreed. Probably prefer it now than back in the day as it didn't have enough guitars for me then. Good songs, well performed though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 26, 2012, 02:49:33 PM
That's one thing I instantly noticed, but it's not a big deal, the songs have a nice balance and great atmosphere.  Tough it Out is good too, more guitars but I think this early on I prefer the debut.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 26, 2012, 02:56:55 PM
That's one thing I instantly noticed, but it's not a big deal, the songs have a nice balance and great atmosphere.  Tough it Out is good too, more guitars but I think this early on I prefer the debut.

Got a couple of the singles from TIO- Bad Luck was pretty good- but don't think I ever got the album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 26, 2012, 03:00:26 PM
Bad Luck is probably the best song on there I'd say.

Also, speaking of Steve Overland, the album Sacred by The Ladder is pretty killer.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 29, 2012, 05:39:57 AM
Just got my copy of Mood Swings in the mail.  Also contains the EP, If There Was A Time, which has a few live tracks.  Although they have put that one song on the same cd twice, weird.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 29, 2012, 05:42:08 AM
Just got my copy of Mood Swings in the mail.  Also contains the EP, If There Was A Time, which has a few live tracks.  Although they have put that one song on the same cd twice, weird.

Enjoy.  I was just listening to Human Nature yesterday.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 29, 2012, 05:44:17 AM
No Justice is absolutely incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 29, 2012, 06:16:43 AM
No Justice is absolutely incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 29, 2012, 06:28:49 AM
No Justice is absolutely incredible.
I'm sorry, what band are we talking about?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 29, 2012, 06:35:55 AM
That would be Harem Scarem. Great band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 29, 2012, 07:04:28 AM
No Justice is absolutely incredible.

I waffle between this and Saviour's Never Cry as my fave.  Had Enough is a fantastic closer too!  Man, what a great album.  A+ start to finish.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 29, 2012, 10:55:58 AM
No Justice is absolutely incredible.

I waffle between this and Saviour's Never Cry as my fave.  Had Enough is a fantastic closer too!  Man, what a great album.  A+ start to finish.

Almost a perfect album. There's just that verse bit in Change Comes Around- the chukka chukka "This is my rollercoaster" bit that I just detest. Spoils a great song.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 29, 2012, 11:13:53 AM
No Justice is absolutely incredible.

I waffle between this and Saviour's Never Cry as my fave.  Had Enough is a fantastic closer too!  Man, what a great album.  A+ start to finish.

Almost a perfect album. There's just that verse bit in Change Comes Around- the chukka chukka "This is my rollercoaster" bit that I just detest. Spoils a great song.

I kinda like that scratchy riff.

Listening to Voice of Reason right now.  It's as bad as I remembered it to be.  What a disappointment after Mood Swings.  No wonder I bailed on them until getting caught up on their post VoR output last year.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 29, 2012, 04:52:28 PM
No Justice is absolutely incredible.

I waffle between this and Saviour's Never Cry as my fave.  Had Enough is a fantastic closer too!  Man, what a great album.  A+ start to finish.

Almost a perfect album. There's just that verse bit in Change Comes Around- the chukka chukka "This is my rollercoaster" bit that I just detest. Spoils a great song.

I kinda like that scratchy riff.

Listening to Voice of Reason right now.  It's as bad as I remembered it to be.  What a disappointment after Mood Swings.  No wonder I bailed on them until getting caught up on their post VoR output last year.

First album I heard by them was Weight Of The World- so I missed all that "Mood Swings is awesome" hype. It is awesome, but I don't have those special feelings attached to it like other albums from the time that I lived through. VoR is poor though. And forget the rubber years. WOTW onwards is great though. By their last album it was getting pretty samey though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 30, 2012, 04:24:03 AM
Managed to sneak a couple more spins of Mood Swings while at work today since things were a little quieter.  Really terrifc album, there's really nothing that I don't enjoy at all, and lots of variety too. 

Going back and getting out the other cd's I own; Live at the Gods, Hope and Overload.  I remember liking them but now I'm in a more focused frame of mind to really take them in.  I'm listening to Live at the Gods now.  The songs are good, but not the best performances, the vocals are pretty rough.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 30, 2012, 05:21:51 AM
Yeah, I was at the Gods that year. They were ok but not great. I didn't know any of the songs at the time.

Saw them again a couple of years or so later at Firefest and again they were only ok. Harry seemed a bit flat vocal-wise both times. He's not a great frontman either- comes across a bit stiff on stage. He's a big bloke so I guess it's a bit more difficult. In the studio he is great.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 30, 2012, 05:56:18 AM
Yeah, some of the performances on Mood Swings are just stellar.

I'm actually still really enjoying his solo album Living in Yesterday, great simple songs all the way through, will probably make my top 10 of the year.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 01, 2012, 04:21:14 PM
Listening to Saviors Never Cry now. Wow, this is pretty good. A great vibe to it. I will definitely investigate further. Is Mood Swings a 2012 album? How many albums do they have?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 01, 2012, 04:39:40 PM
Listening to Saviors Never Cry now. Wow, this is pretty good. A great vibe to it. I will definitely investigate further. Is Mood Swings a 2012 album? How many albums do they have?

Mood Swings in an early 90s album. they have 12 albums, a couple of which come under the band name Rubber when they went a bit Grunge-y/Nu Metal. First album was excellent AOR, Mood Swings was second and raised the bar. Things went downhill for a while then Weight Of The World in the early 00s got them back on track. Higher and Overload followed and were excellent, then they stagnated a bit over the next couple- though they were still good albums. Then they split.

The guitarist, Pete Lesperance, released an excellent album a few years ago called Down In It that's worth checking out.

History lesson over!  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 01, 2012, 04:41:58 PM
OK, they sounded late 80's anyway so that all makes sense. I tried a couple more songs but they didn't quite hold up. I'll keep checking.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 01, 2012, 05:08:27 PM
Regarding Harem Scarem, Lowdz is bang on.  let's just forget everything from 1995 to 2002. Karma Cleansing/Believe is tolerable, but the rest (Voice of Reason, Big Bang Theory, Rubber and Ultra Feel)... forget about it.

Mood Swings is Top 12 on my all time list.

Hess just had a solo album, and his album under First Signal from a couple years ago is really good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 02, 2012, 03:25:57 AM
Love First Signal, really great collection of melodic rock songs.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 02, 2012, 05:48:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq8M7TH2yY0

This was recommended to me and sounds pretty good in more of a melodic metal vein. Think I might have to get this.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 06, 2012, 04:31:31 AM
Pretty good.  They actually remind me of a band that I had forgotten about that deserve to be in this thread, Evidence One;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1mEvBt0jZo

The album The Sky is the Limit is excellent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: r0cken on November 06, 2012, 08:13:51 AM
How do you like this one? The band is called "Highway 9", they had just one album in 2002. I think it's pretty good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MizEnPhU7Ac (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MizEnPhU7Ac)


Ten years before that, the same guys released an album under the name Mr. Reality. Very nice acoustic AOR.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uTo0QlY-o8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uTo0QlY-o8)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 07, 2012, 03:24:58 AM
That was ok r0cken but nothing that excites me tbh. A bit "jangly" sounding to me. Nice enough I suppose.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 07, 2012, 06:58:45 AM
LIONVILLE RETURN WITH LIONVILLE "II" RELEASE:

Lionville is back! The band's winning combination of tight song writing, stellar musical performances recorded by a gifted cast of experienced studio cats and upcoming talents, crowned by impressive lead vocals and an album mix paying attention to all the significant little details, made "Lionville" one of 2011's most favorite AOR records. Fans and reviewers alike enjoyed the catchy pure AOR sound and among others the album reached # 3 on melodicrock.com's "Best Debut Album Of 2011" rundown, it also landed at # 20 on the site's "Best Album Of The Year" charts and the ballad "The World Without Your Love", written by Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch and Amy Sky, reached # 11 on the "Best Ballad" listing.

Soon after the release of last year's self-titled debut album (Avenue 11100030) main songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Stefano Lionetti, started working on new material for the follow-up to the band's very well received first effort. Together with label owner and executive producer Gregor Klee, Stefano discussed the key ingredients for their next co-operation and both agreed that the record should be a musical continuation of the debut with an occasional interesting twist here and there. Lionville's sophomore album "II" is another slice of high class AOR with a touch of Westcoast and Melodic Rock, with most of the top flight musicians performing on the debut returning to the recording studio to lay down their tracks. During the spring and summer of 2012 the recordings took place in various studios in Italy, Sweden and the USA, before the mixing and the mastering were completed by Alessandro Del Vecchio in his newly built Ivory Tears Studios close to Milan, Italy.

Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art) shows again that he is one of the most versatile and talented lead and backing vocalists of our time, also Stefano delivers a very solid performance on lead vocals in addition to his melodic guitar playing and an occasional contribution on the keyboards. The song "Higher", one of the album's many highlights presents one of the year's best vocal arrangements and performances on a Rock song sees the two young European singers unite with one of the AOR and Westcoast genre's American legends, the two-time Grammy award winning Bill Champlin (formerly of Chicago) with his signature vocals. The trio trades off the lead vocals and Bill's wife Tamara Champlin joins them on backing vocals.

The excellent band playing on all tracks was also the Lionville live band for the celebrated Firefest performance in October 2012, the line-up includes the Italian musicians Mario Percudani (Hungryheart, Issa, Shining Line, Mitch Malloy), Anna Portalupi (Hardline, Mitch Malloy, Issa, Steve Lukather), Alessandro Mori (Mitch Malloy, Moonstone Project) as well as producer and keyboarder Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Hardline, Issa, Mitch Malloy). On the album they are joined by guitarist Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx, Chicago) on seven songs, as well as guest guitar players Robert Säll (Work Of Art, W.E.T.), Sven Larsson (Street Talk) and Peter Friestedt (Williams Friestedt, L.A. Project). The invitees are completed by drummer Herman Furin (Work Of Art) on percussions and Italian saxophone luminary Joe La Viola.
Stefano's song writing partners are again Pierpaolo "Zorro" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace), Robert Säll, Lars Säfsund and Alessandro Del Vecchio and a new co-operation was started with Miqael Persson (Eclipse, Toby Hitchcock, Giant). The only song originating from outside writers is a cover version of Boy Meets Girl's catchy 80s Pop Rock gem "Waiting For A Star To Fall", written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam.

Lionville "II" turns out to be a more mature and homogenous sounding affair than the bands debut, paying even more attention to the musical arrangements and production details resulting in a very well balanced mix that pays attention to all the precious little details. In the case of Lionville "II" the much-cited term "Labour Of Love" is certainly appropriate as everyone involved gave their best from start to finish to deliver one of the AOR highlights of 2012.
Released: November 30
Track Listing: 1) All We Need 2) The Only Way Is Up 3) Another Day 4) Higher 5) No Turning Back 6) All This Time 7) Next To Me 8) Waiting For A Star To Fall 9) Don't Walk Away 10) One In A Million 11) Shining Over Me 12) Open Your Heart.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio at Ivorytears Music Works Studio - Somma Lombardo, Italy. All songs arranged by Stefano Lionetti & Alessandro Del Vecchio except "All This Time" arranged by Robert Säll.

Lionville is: Stefano Lionetti: Lead & backing vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards With: Lars Säfsund: Lead & backing vocals, Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards & backing vocals, Bruce Gaitsch: Electric & acoustic guitars, Mario Percudani: Electric guitars, Anna Portalupi: Bass, Alessandro Mori: Drums & percussion
Very Special Guests: Bill Champlin: Lead & backing vocals on "Higher", Tamara Champlin: Backing vocals on "Higher", Robert Säll: Guitars & keyboards on "All This Time", Sven Larsson: Guitars on "One In A Million", Peter Friestedt: Guitars on "Another Day", Joe La Viola: Saxophone on "Waiting For A Star To Fall", Herman Furin: Percussions on "Open Your Heart".
WebLink: www.avenue-of-allies.com.

(http://www.melodicrock.com/lionville-2.jpg)

Quick release date, looking forward to it.  The first album was amazing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 07, 2012, 11:35:23 AM
Enjoyed the first one. I'm a big fan of Alessandro Del Vecchio. Saw him last year with Eden's Curse and kept wondering why he wasn't the lead vocalist- he was so much better than Michael Eden.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 12, 2012, 04:22:36 PM
Yeah, the first one got plenty of spins from me also.  Yeah, he is a terrific vocalist, talented guy all round.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 12, 2012, 04:28:04 PM
With all the Masterplan talk around here lately, I've gotten back into Jorn's older stuff.  Actually pulled out this;

(http://cdn.tradebit.org/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/423/423425/42342511.jpg)

Best of Ralph Santolla's melodic rock band, which I've had for years but never really paid much attention to it.  Jorn only features on one album by them where six songs are represented here.  Jorn features on Hourglass.  I brought a digital version but have never been able to track down a pshyical copy, really good stuff;

(http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/7863/milleniumhourglass300x3.jpg)

Spinning Worldchanger right now from his solo band.  It's a shame Jorn doesn't produce quality quite like this anymore.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 12, 2012, 04:29:02 PM
Stop pointing out albums I want to listen too!!!

Kade, I'll get this as soon as you tell me how you liked Red Circuit!  :p

Also, did your Harem Scarem arrive yet?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 12, 2012, 04:36:00 PM
Ahhh, I forgot about Red Circuit.  I might just bite the bullet and order it.  :P

Still waiting on Harem Scarem, should arrive within the next day or so.  Looking forward to it, as Mood Swings is getting repeated listens from me lately.  Love the dynamic production of these sorts of cd's back in the day.  Not compressed, full sound and just sounds incredible pumped through the car stereo.  Seriously one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and probably would be in my top 100 already.

Still waiting on Jimi Jamison too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 12, 2012, 09:16:34 PM
With all the Masterplan talk around here lately, I've gotten back into Jorn's older stuff. 

You left out The Snakes - Once Bitten. :biggrin: It's like the lost Whitesnake album! :lol

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 13, 2012, 03:32:59 AM
With all the Masterplan talk around here lately, I've gotten back into Jorn's older stuff. 

You left out The Snakes - Once Bitten. :biggrin: It's like the lost Whitesnake album! :lol

I'm pretty sure this is the only Jorn release I haven't heard.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 13, 2012, 03:40:18 AM
Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN) has agreed to record a third PLACE VENDÔME album. His UNISONIC bandmate Dennis Ward will once again produce the CD, which will be tracked this winter for a tentative late summer/early fall 2013 release via Frontiers Records.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=182141

 :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 13, 2012, 03:48:21 AM
With all the Masterplan talk around here lately, I've gotten back into Jorn's older stuff. 

You left out The Snakes - Once Bitten. :biggrin: It's like the lost Whitesnake album! :lol

I'm pretty sure this is the only Jorn release I haven't heard.

It's actually the only Jorn release I've liked, aside from Unlocking the Past, which doesn't count so much since it's covers.
If you're a fan of classic Whitesnake, definitely check it out. They also have a live album where they do old Whitesnake songs, and most of the time you forget that it's not Coverdale.  :eek
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 13, 2012, 03:53:36 AM
I should definitely check that out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 13, 2012, 02:55:53 PM
I played the 1st Millenium album the other day- love it. Singer is J Todd Plant rather than Jorn.

I've got the 2nd album as well but don't remember much about it. not heard any of the Millenium/Jorn tracks but I imagine he would fit right in.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 13, 2012, 10:30:05 PM
Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN) has agreed to record a third PLACE VENDÔME album. His UNISONIC bandmate Dennis Ward will once again produce the CD, which will be tracked this winter for a tentative late summer/early fall 2013 release via Frontiers Records.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=182141

 :metal :metal :metal


Nice to see Michael Kiske active in the hard rock/metal scene the last few years.  I was getting the impression from interviews over the years that he wanted nothing to do with the genre.  Wolf, do you think Kiske or Hansen will ever show up on a future Helloween disc in some guest capacity?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 14, 2012, 03:59:29 AM
Kiske has said many times he is no longer into metal.  I think we are actually treated with what he has been doing with PV and Unisonic, but that's as heavy as it will get.

In regards to Kiske or Hansen featuring on a Helloween disc, I hope not.  Helloween are a completely different band to what they were when these guys were in the band.  Plus, I usually don't like guests on bands albums, and I wasn't thrilled with Kiske's appearance on Gamma Ray's To The Metal.  Helloween don't need any guest appearances, they are killing it as they are and seriously can't wait for the new disc.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 14, 2012, 04:27:57 AM
Good news for Jingle;

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=182198

Following the band's successful reunion show at Firefest 2011, Frontiers Records has announced the signing of CONEY HATCH to a a worldwide deal. The band's new studio album will be released in 2013.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 14, 2012, 05:26:10 AM
aaahhhh... was never a big Coney Hatch fan.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 14, 2012, 05:59:58 AM
aaahhhh... was never a big Coney Hatch fan.

Love CH. Don't Say Make Me is one of my favourite songs ever. Some filler on each album and 3 wasn't that great. And why did they ever let the bass player sing? But the great outweighs the not-so-great for me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 14, 2012, 06:55:30 AM
I actually saw them open for Iron Maiden in 1983! Bought the first album to familiarize myself with them. I don't remember much about it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 14, 2012, 01:22:45 PM
I think Coney Hatch is just a great straight up old school hard rock band.  Interested to hear what they will release.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 14, 2012, 03:35:48 PM
aaahhhh... was never a big Coney Hatch fan.

I thought that was one band you speak highly of.......maybe it was Lowdz.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 14, 2012, 03:41:31 PM
wadn't me
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 14, 2012, 03:57:17 PM
Cool.

Just got Jimi Jamison last night, not bad, but not as spectacular as Toby Hitchcock.  Sounds pretty safe and actually it seems like Erik just put some songs together with not as much thought as Toby.  The style fits perfectly for Jimi, but just seems a little generic and predictable in some of the songwriting.  Although I've only listened to it once, so I need to repeat it a few times.

And Chad, will play Red Circuit tonight, promise. (Unless my Harem Scarem cd's show up in the mail today.)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 14, 2012, 10:01:36 PM
I will have to check out this Toby Hitchcock album. I like the new Jimi Jamison album a lot. I agree that it's a bit safe, although it's still a really solid album. It's maybe a little generic in style, but the songwriting is strong enough that I wouldn't call it a generic album.

My only criticism is that it's a little too "poppy" for what I would have hoped for. I like melodic rock with a bit of a heavier edge.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 15, 2012, 04:35:34 AM
I will have to check out this Toby Hitchcock album. I like the new Jimi Jamison album a lot. I agree that it's a bit safe, although it's still a really solid album. It's maybe a little generic in style, but the songwriting is strong enough that I wouldn't call it a generic album.

My only criticism is that it's a little too "poppy" for what I would have hoped for. I like melodic rock with a bit of a heavier edge.

I'm listening to it again right now and I am enjoying it quite a bit.  You need to hear the Tby Hitchcock album ASAP!!

NP: The Great Unknown.  Great chorus.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 16, 2012, 04:37:40 AM
Just listened to Harem Scarems debut.  :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 16, 2012, 04:43:21 AM
Woot!  Ok, I've got something to say.  Honestly, I wouldn't steer you wrong, would I?  It's definitely not hard to love.  How long until you do it all over again?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 16, 2012, 01:48:39 PM
I see what you did there  ;)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 16, 2012, 01:50:25 PM
:footloose:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 16, 2012, 05:59:26 PM
I only have Mood Swings.  Is the debut just as good?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 16, 2012, 06:03:33 PM
Softer, but yes ... It is.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 17, 2012, 02:34:53 AM
It's more typical 80s sounding AOR but a very good album nonetheless.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 18, 2012, 03:10:28 AM
Woot!  Ok, I've got something to say.  Honestly, I wouldn't steer you wrong, would I?  It's definitely not hard to love.  How long until you do it all over again?

I have listened to it about three times because it's so good after every listen it's like a distant memory.  With a little love from me, I believe this band could be one of my favourites.  The love reaction I am having with this band is just like I planned.  I'm sure other bands will get jealous of me listening to them, but hey, change comes around and there is really no justice in this world for this band not being bigger than they were.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 18, 2012, 03:14:20 AM
I go the Toby Hitchcock album. I haven't listened through the whole thing yet, but the few songs I heard I enjoyed. Gonna give it a good few listens when I get the chance.
The production is balls though, like a lot of newer melodic rock albums seem to be unfortunately, which made it harder to listen to. I guess they have trouble making these albums sound good for cheap?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 18, 2012, 03:53:47 AM
I go the Toby Hitchcock album. I haven't listened through the whole thing yet, but the few songs I heard I enjoyed. Gonna give it a good few listens when I get the chance.
The production is balls though, like a lot of newer melodic rock albums seem to be unfortunately, which made it harder to listen to. I guess they have trouble making these albums sound good for cheap?

I thought the production was quite fantastic IMO.  Saying that, I'm not that picky on production.  What's so negative about the produciton in your opinion?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 18, 2012, 04:24:49 AM
I go the Toby Hitchcock album. I haven't listened through the whole thing yet, but the few songs I heard I enjoyed. Gonna give it a good few listens when I get the chance.
The production is balls though, like a lot of newer melodic rock albums seem to be unfortunately, which made it harder to listen to. I guess they have trouble making these albums sound good for cheap?

I thought the production was quite fantastic IMO.  Saying that, I'm not that picky on production.  What's so negative about the produciton in your opinion?

Just my opinion of course, but the guitars are tinny and shrill, the bass is boomy but without clarity, and the drums have no presence or space, and it's a bit too compressed for my liking. It doesn't sound very balanced to me.
It's not terrible, but it sounds like a low budget album, and it will take some getting used to. Also, I'm quite picky with production. It can be make or break for me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 18, 2012, 04:49:23 AM
I agree with Kade on Mercury's Down.  I thought it was quite strong production wise.  But I do agree that there are a lot in this genre that feel a little weaker than they ought to from a shallow production effort.

Was just noticing that this entire thread started with a post about Mercury's Down just over a year ago, and you finally got around to it now?  Better late than never.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 18, 2012, 05:10:55 AM
As much as I love the melodic rock genre, I find a lot of the new stuff pretty generic with subpar production, so I don't check out a lot of the suggestions unless there's something that draws me to it, like a name I recognize (as with the Jimi Jamison album).
I checked out Bleed and Scream after it was highly reviewed here, and that did nothing at all for me. My taste in music is different to almost everyone here, so I'm not usually quick to jump on a DTF recommendation.

Also keep in mind that my internet is terrible too, so I don't get to check out as much random stuff as I'd like to. I tend to prioritize the safer bets rather than risk it with "unproven" stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 18, 2012, 02:12:34 PM
I understand the criticism re production. Bands and labels aren't spending the money they did on production- but even back in the day albums sounded awful. The other problem is that alot of the Frontiers stuff is written, produced and played by the same people.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 18, 2012, 02:24:24 PM
Yeah, Frontiers stuff is usually a one or two man project.  I guess if they had the finances for outside producers, the results would be even better.

And yes, Mercury's Down was the inspiration for me making this thread.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 18, 2012, 05:14:28 PM
Listening to Harem Scarem's Believe for the first time.  I'm only half way through, but I think this is pretty good.  I really love this bands sound, even the songs which aren't up to standard are different, unique and still have great performances.  Baby With A Nail Gun is easily one of the greatest instrumentals I've ever heard.  Pete is so damn underrated.

Oh, and the site I order cd's from had a sale so I also ordered Voice of Reason, Big Bang Theory and Rubber, just for the hell of it.  They were only $11.  Chad, don't worry, I will not hold you responsible if I don't enjoy these ones.  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 18, 2012, 05:41:55 PM
I'll shart myself if you enjoy any of those. Maybe a few songs are tolerable, but your $11 would've been better spent elsewhere. Red Circuit for instance.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 18, 2012, 06:01:16 PM
Ah!  Why do I keep forgetting about that band?!  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 27, 2012, 04:13:14 AM
From melodic rock;

TIME TO GET W.E.T. AGAIN SOON:

The brand new eagerly awaited sophomore W.E.T. album Rise Up is done! It is due for release via Frontiers Records in February and promises to be another prime slice of melodic hard rock with Jeff Scott Soto stating: "I think the contrast is great and shows more growth as a 'band'" and as for songs "...all I know is we love them all."
I've got 4 tracks form the album to talk about and believe me - these are something very special indeed. It looks like the band have gone out of their way to make sure the classic debut has a companion.

Learn To Live Again - An uptempo melodic rocker with a driving verse and an explosive, harmony filled chorus that equals anything from the debut, just with heavier riffs! Erik throws in a few vocal lines and the guitar solo is fantastic. Harmonies everywhere.
Rise Up - A darker and moodier melodic hard rocker that flows along until a hard edge riff jumps in before a punchy but simple chorus. Lots of keyboards deep in the mix and lots of musical layers to absorb.
Walk Away - Beyond fantastic. A classic song from the first listen. A heavy and bombastic intro and hard riffing guitars and a thumping drum sound before a chorus so unbelievably catchy commercial Journey style chorus kicks in.
Love Heals - An amazing ballad that matches the quality of the debut with ease. A haunting JSS vocal and lead guitar fill as the song builds to a dynamite, multi-layered emotional chorus. Another classic for fans of the debut and JSS!

Lots to look forward to.....stay tuned for an audio preview asap!

 :metal :metal :metal :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 27, 2012, 04:28:19 AM
Looking forward to that. The last JSS didn't do it for me- I know  you liked it Kade- so need a fix of awesome Jeff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 27, 2012, 04:37:26 AM
Looking forward to that. The last JSS didn't do it for me- I know  you liked it Kade- so need a fix of awesome Jeff.

Yeah mate, I thought it was tremendous, interesting you didn't take to it.  This is going to be absolutely stunning though, can't wait.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 27, 2012, 05:35:12 AM
Cool.... I'll be on the lookout for that in a couple of months.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: r0cken on November 30, 2012, 02:56:39 AM
Loving the new acoustic John Corabi album (http://www.johncorabi.com/). Five new songs and the rest are acoustic versions of his various past projects.
Four of the songs streaming here (http://soundcloud.com/rat-pak-records/sets/john-corabi-unplugged/).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 30, 2012, 01:19:18 PM
Loving the new acoustic John Corabi album (http://www.johncorabi.com/). Five new songs and the rest are acoustic versions of his various past projects.
Four of the songs streaming here (http://soundcloud.com/rat-pak-records/sets/john-corabi-unplugged/).

I used to really like the Scream album. Not played it in years- will have to dig it out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 30, 2012, 09:37:01 PM
Havent really heard much of Scream, I should check it out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 01, 2012, 02:26:41 AM
Havent really heard much of Scream, I should check it out.

Ibought it on release because of Bruce Buillet and John Alderette from Racer X, but I'm sure they gave both albums away on their website a few years ago.

It can be found fairly easily and I'm sure it's legit to do so, as I say they gave it away a few years ago- don't want to break any rules posting the address though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: r0cken on December 01, 2012, 02:51:44 AM
Nope, the RacerX site removed the "Let it Scream" album from their site, per Corabi's request. It can still be found on Amazon and eBay, but it's rather pricey. There is an unreleased album still available for free on their site.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 02, 2012, 03:34:00 AM
Havent really heard much of Scream, I should check it out.

Ibought it on release because of Bruce Buillet and John Alderette from Racer X, but I'm sure they gave both albums away on their website a few years ago.

It can be found fairly easily and I'm sure it's legit to do so, as I say they gave it away a few years ago- don't want to break any rules posting the address though.

I have always wanted to check out more from Bruce Buillet, such an amazing guitarist.  Is this Scream album you speak of a Corabi solo album or something?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 02, 2012, 04:12:46 AM
Havent really heard much of Scream, I should check it out.

Ibought it on release because of Bruce Buillet and John Alderette from Racer X, but I'm sure they gave both albums away on their website a few years ago.

It can be found fairly easily and I'm sure it's legit to do so, as I say they gave it away a few years ago- don't want to break any rules posting the address though.

I have always wanted to check out more from Bruce Buillet, such an amazing guitarist.  Is this Scream album you speak of a Corabi solo album or something?

It was a band effort pre him joining Motley. It's ok, enjoyable enough. Bluesy, sort of a heavier Mr Big.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 03, 2012, 03:42:42 AM
Thanks Paul, might check that out.

Also, anyone into Mob Rules, the new album is pretty damn good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 03, 2012, 05:35:13 AM
Thanks Paul, might check that out.

Also, anyone into Mob Rules, the new album is pretty damn good.

Great album. I used the opening track in lonestar's roulette last week. It scored 8 but only cos it was a lyric round and neither of us could find them on the net. He admitted it would have been a 10 any other round but due to his song length limits I couldn't use it any other round.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 03, 2012, 05:57:10 PM
Thanks Paul, might check that out.

Also, anyone into Mob Rules, the new album is pretty damn good.

Great album. I used the opening track in lonestar's roulette last week. It scored 8 but only cos it was a lyric round and neither of us could find them on the net. He admitted it would have been a 10 any other round but due to his song length limits I couldn't use it any other round.

The first track is indeed absolutely mindblowing.  Really terrific album, very underrated.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 06, 2012, 11:49:43 AM
Thanks Paul, might check that out.

Also, anyone into Mob Rules, the new album is pretty damn good.

Great album. I used the opening track in lonestar's roulette last week. It scored 8 but only cos it was a lyric round and neither of us could find them on the net. He admitted it would have been a 10 any other round but due to his song length limits I couldn't use it any other round.

The first track is indeed absolutely mindblowing.  Really terrific album, very underrated.

Wow, I just checked out Cannibal Nation. Holy Shit, this is a terrific album. The Iron Maiden influence shows right through :tup
I've heard it through twice now, and it may be a late entry into this year's Top 10.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 06, 2012, 07:04:23 PM
Yeah, it's getting plenty of spins from me too, really good metal.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 09, 2012, 01:51:13 PM
Hey guys, any of you fancy coming over t o the UK for next year's Firefest?

Harem Scarem performing Mood Swings in it's entirety on Friday. And the Magnificent opening up the show.

Hardline headlining Saturday, plus Treat focusing on  Coup de Grace.

Sunday line up to come.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 10, 2012, 02:58:35 AM
Hey guys, any of you fancy coming over t o the UK for next year's Firefest?

Harem Scarem performing Mood Swings in it's entirety on Friday. And the Magnificent opening up the show.

Hardline headlining Saturday, plus Treat focusing on  Coup de Grace.

Sunday line up to come.

You just made me blow my load four times.  Harem Scarem back together?!  The Magnificent album is amazing, love Hardline of course and Coup de Grace was one of my top albums of that year, holy crap. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 10, 2012, 03:18:37 AM
HAREM SCAREM ARE COMING BACK!:
Harem Scarem have confirmed they are coming back in 2013, which is just sensational news for fans of the band. There is one change in the line-up however! Harry Hess tells me that bass player Barry Donaghy has left the music business. His replacement will be none other than the band's original drummer (and long time backing vocalist) Darren Smith!
The band will headline the Friday night of the Firefest 10th Anniversary show in the UK October 18, but will also play some other European shows around the same time. Harry didn't rule out a local Canadian warm up show or two either.

On a recording front, the band has already started their next project - to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, the band will re-record their classic Mood Swings release - which will come out in the first half of 2013 complete with 3 bonus tracks - new songs written, as Harry puts it "...in the spirit of that time...".
Stay tuned for further updates!


Not sure about a re-recording but hell, I'll take it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 10, 2012, 03:19:29 AM
Hey guys, any of you fancy coming over t o the UK for next year's Firefest?

Harem Scarem performing Mood Swings in it's entirety on Friday. And the Magnificent opening up the show.

Hardline headlining Saturday, plus Treat focusing on  Coup de Grace.

Sunday line up to come.

(http://www.melodicrock.com/FF-2013-Poster.jpg)

Damn!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 10, 2012, 05:27:14 AM
HOLY SHIT!!

http://www.melodicrock.com/

 :hefdaddy :hefdaddy :hefdaddy :hefdaddy :hefdaddy :hefdaddy
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 10, 2012, 05:37:47 AM
Wow, Work of Art, Eclipse, Eden's Curse.  Seriously, this just might make me think about a European vacation with Mrs.Jingle.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 10, 2012, 05:50:32 AM
Wow, Work of Art, Eclipse, Eden's Curse.  Seriously, this just might make me think about a European vacation with Mrs.Jingle.

You missed the most exciting part.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LhTMPgZ-44&feature=g-high-u

http://www.melodicrock.com/
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on December 10, 2012, 06:12:12 AM
Cool
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wkiml on December 10, 2012, 10:56:06 AM
Shooting Star??? same band as the late 70's early 80's

Hang On For Your Life was a huge go to album for me back then
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 10, 2012, 02:06:53 PM
Shooting Star??

Hang On For Your Life was a huge go to album for me back then
Amen, brother! I have it on CD and still listen to it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 10, 2012, 04:01:20 PM
Shooting Star??

Hang On For Your Life was a huge go to album for me back then
Amen, brother! I have it on CD and still listen to it.

No gig photos TAC? Your slipping!  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 11, 2012, 03:31:38 AM
I have listened to the new WET sample about 20 times and have formed my opinion.  After about 10 times it really started to click.  The first few times I just thought it was good but the more I hear it, the more I love it.

Now, my concern is that it doesn't really sound like WET, it sounds like Eclipse.  From what we are hearing so far, this could have sat in the middle of Bleed and Scream no problem.  Some of the chord progressions are the same as a lot of songs on that album too.  I like Erik, but his songwriting doesn't have much variation, take the new Jimi Jamison. 

I personally wanted more Robert Sall on this, his songwriting IMO is more varied and mature than Erik's and I hope he is utilised properly this time around.  I mean, he only contributed to about 5 or 6 songs on the debut and played guitar on one song.  His solos are less distinct than Magnus' but IMO, better structured, flashy and at times melodic. 

So, the new sample is amazing, but safe, and hopefully Robert is utilised a lot more.  I also hope JSS isn't pushed to the top of his range for a lot of the time like he was on the debut.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 11, 2012, 05:28:27 AM
I thought the same with the clip. Erik certainly has a style and is instantly recognisable, but after several recent releases it's starting to sound very same-y. Still, it's just one clip. Let's see what the rest of the album has to offer.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 11, 2012, 05:32:51 AM
I thought the same with the clip. Erik certainly has a style and is instantly recognisable, but after several recent releases it's starting to sound very same-y. Still, it's just one clip. Let's see what the rest of the album has to offer.

Yeah, I'm glad you could see what I'm getting at.  I'm definitely looking forward to what we have in store here, and it's only a minute sample and the song is still amazing.  I just want a bit more variety.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on December 11, 2012, 06:18:38 AM
Anyone ever heard of Brett Walker? He's a songwriter/producer guy who co-wrote some hits for AOR bands in the 90s (most noteworthy for Alias, the song "Waiting For Love"). He also released a solo album in Europe/Scandinavia in 1994 called 'Nevertheless'. It's a strong, very melodic rock record...sort of like a blend of 'Cuts Like A Knife' era Bryan Adams and the first 2 Richard Marx albums. Jon Cain from Journey co-writes and produces a couple tracks and his brother, Mugs Cain, plays drums.

Anyway, Divebomb Records has remastered and reissued it and it's coming out in January. It will also contain an exclusive bonus track, remixed by Brett himself. The whole package was remastered by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me) at The Basement Studios.

Check the song "More Than A Memory" here:

http://soundcloud.com/divebombrecords/brett-walker-more-than-a (http://soundcloud.com/divebombrecords/brett-walker-more-than-a)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 11, 2012, 06:20:00 AM
Shooting Star??

Hang On For Your Life was a huge go to album for me back then
Amen, brother! I have it on CD and still listen to it.

No gig photos TAC? Your slipping!  ;D
Of Shooting Star?? Jeesh, I'm not THAT old!! :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 12, 2012, 03:53:33 AM
Anyone ever heard of Brett Walker? He's a songwriter/producer guy who co-wrote some hits for AOR bands in the 90s (most noteworthy for Alias, the song "Waiting For Love"). He also released a solo album in Europe/Scandinavia in 1994 called 'Nevertheless'. It's a strong, very melodic rock record...sort of like a blend of 'Cuts Like A Knife' era Bryan Adams and the first 2 Richard Marx albums. Jon Cain from Journey co-writes and produces a couple tracks and his brother, Mugs Cain, plays drums.

Anyway, Divebomb Records has remastered and reissued it and it's coming out in January. It will also contain an exclusive bonus track, remixed by Brett himself. The whole package was remastered by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me) at The Basement Studios.

Check the song "More Than A Memory" here:

http://soundcloud.com/divebombrecords/brett-walker-more-than-a (http://soundcloud.com/divebombrecords/brett-walker-more-than-a)

This is pretty damn good, I might check this out, right up my alley.  His voice reminds me of Mark Free, good find, cheers.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 20, 2012, 04:38:12 AM
Damn, just listening to the new Yngwie and this is the first Yngwie release that is doing absolutely nothing for me.  Production is shit, drum machine sound like ass and hearing Yngwie on a song or two throughout the years is fine but here, he should not be singing himself.  And I've only listened to 4 songs!!  Awful.  :(
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 20, 2012, 10:53:53 AM
Won't be getting that one
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 20, 2012, 11:17:32 AM
Damn, just listening to the new Yngwie and this is the first Yngwie release that is doing absolutely nothing for me.  Production is shit, drum machine sound like ass and hearing Yngwie on a song or two throughout the years is fine but here, he should not be singing himself.  And I've only listened to 4 songs!!  Awful.  :(
Drum machine?? Really? Forget it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 20, 2012, 12:34:40 PM
It sounds like demos- it's that bad.
Yngwie needs a producer and a singer (please call JSS or JLT and get on your knees Yngwie- it's your last hope). And a drummer.  Probably a songwriter too.

I loved Yngwie, he was my idol in my teens. I grew up but unfortunately the big Swede didn't. His last essential album was Facing the Animal and that was what, 15 years ago?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 20, 2012, 01:01:30 PM
I actually thought Perpetual Flame was excellent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 20, 2012, 01:13:18 PM
I actually thought Perpetual Flame was excellent.

Each to their own TAC my friend. I'm no fan of Ripper but I don't blame him for me not liking it. Every two-bit power metal band is churning out better albums that Yngwie these days. He got left behind. I know he says he doesn't listen to other bands but he really should have done. He really needed someone to spar with but he wanted yes men and got them (or got rid of them if they disagreed with him).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on December 20, 2012, 01:21:24 PM
I actually thought Perpetual Flame was excellent.

Each to their own TAC my friend. I'm no fan of Ripper but I don't blame him for me not liking it. Every two-bit power metal band is churning out better albums that Yngwie these days. He got left behind. I know he says he doesn't listen to other bands but he really should have done. He really needed someone to spar with but he wanted yes men and got them (or got rid of them if they disagreed with him).
Yes, all you say is true.
Thought certainly not groundbreaking, it was the first Yngwie I bought new in literally 15 years. I find it pretty easy on the ears.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on December 20, 2012, 04:02:14 PM
I'm a big Ripper fan but I dont think Yngwie and Ripper were that great of a match.  Something seemed abit off, especially live.  If Yngwie could get JSS or JLT, that would be huge.  Doubtful they would want to associate with him again though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on December 20, 2012, 04:37:07 PM
I'm a big Ripper fan but I dont think Yngwie and Ripper were that great of a match.  Something seemed abit off, especially live.  If Yngwie could get JSS or JLT, that would be huge.  Doubtful they would want to associate with him again though.

I thin k it's about all that will save his career from here. I don't think JSS or JLT need the hassle at this point though. Yngwie probably needs them more than they need him.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on December 21, 2012, 03:28:06 AM
I also thought Perpetual Flame was pretty damn good, but I will say Ripper and Yngwie were not a perfect match.  They were good, but not really meant to be.

I still hold Alchemy as his best and most unique work.  I don't really see where Yngwie can go from here.  Yes, reuniting with JSS or JLT, and even Jens and Anders would definitely save his career, but I think he is too far in a rut and I don't see him getting out of it any time soon.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on January 04, 2013, 12:13:52 PM
Posted in the release date thread, but Eden's Curse has a video diary up at http://www.edenscurse.com/
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 04, 2013, 04:45:49 PM
Posted in the release date thread, but Eden's Curse has a video diary up at http://www.edenscurse.com/

Just watched that last night, sounds like were in for some standard solid Eden's Curse.  Interesting to know if they have a singer yet.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 06, 2013, 04:58:03 AM
Found this in store today and picked it up on a whim;

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eXjl4JzUt2I/THt-5Y5QvEI/AAAAAAAAABs/tMRt0L-WdBc/s1600/Dare+Out+of+the+silence.jpg)

Never heard any of their stuff before but this is some smooth, great 80's music with excellent production.  Vinny Burns on guitar doesn't hurt either.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 06, 2013, 06:30:39 AM
Found this in store today and picked it up on a whim;

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eXjl4JzUt2I/THt-5Y5QvEI/AAAAAAAAABs/tMRt0L-WdBc/s1600/Dare+Out+of+the+silence.jpg)

Never heard any of their stuff before but this is some smooth, great 80's music with excellent production.  Vinny Burns on guitar doesn't hurt either.

Decent album. I was never a huge fan.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on January 06, 2013, 07:01:03 AM
Isn't that (Thin Lizzy's) Darren Warton's band? or am I thinking of something else?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 07, 2013, 03:41:25 AM
Isn't that (Thin Lizzy's) Darren Warton's band? or am I thinking of something else?

That's the one.  I have listened to it 3 times now, pretty damn good.  As I said, excellent production, great 80's vocals from Wharton and some good melodies.  Not the catchiest songs I've ever heard but solid and a good sound.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 07, 2013, 05:24:30 AM
Isn't that (Thin Lizzy's) Darren Warton's band? or am I thinking of something else?

That's the one.  I have listened to it 3 times now, pretty damn good.  As I said, excellent production, great 80's vocals from Wharton and some good melodies.  Not the catchiest songs I've ever heard but solid and a good sound.

They went with a more Celtic feel after this, which was pretty good but they didn't rock enough. Enjoyed them at Firefest a few years ago.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 07, 2013, 11:26:29 AM
Just seen over at Melodicrock.com that Treat are splitting this year. I was hoping for a follow up to the awesome Coup de Grace album, but not to be. The pressure of following it must have been too much!
CdG is one of the best melodic rock albums of the last 20 years for me. Up there with Danger Danger's Revolve.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 08, 2013, 04:53:16 AM
Both CdG and Revolve made me the fan of melodic rock that I am now.  I had never heard Treat before but that album just blew me away.  I agree Paul, both those albums are easily some of the greatest rock I've ever had the pleasure of discovering, and I have some fond nostalgic memories at the time I discovered both of them.

I was waiting for a follow up too, a damn shame.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 16, 2013, 03:26:57 AM
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=184892

PRETTY MAIDS To Release 'Motherland' In March

Frontiers Records will release "Motherland", the new album from veteran Danish hard rockers PRETTY MAIDS, on March 22 in Europe and March 26 in North America.

After their successful and highly acclaimed 2010 album "Pandemonium", PRETTY MAIDS celebrated their 30th anniversary with their debut visual release, "It Comes Alive (Maid in Switzerland)", in 2012. "Pandemonium" showed the world that PRETTY MAIDS were in a creative spring again, with the band in their finest moment. The melodic approach brought a return to the "Future World" / "Red Hot And Heavy" era of the Eighties, but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidated PRETTY MAIDS as strong as ever.

In late spring 2012, the band gathered to finally write the follow-up album. Singer Ronnie Atkins states: "We knew it was going to be a tough one to follow. I remember back in the day when we had to follow-up albums like 'Future World', we tried more or less to copy the songs from the previous album to keep the same kind of balance. But this time we just wrote what came natural to us and that's what became 'Motherland'."

The band teamed up again with producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE) for the new CD. Ronnie says: "Jacob was a natural choice since we had a great experience with him producing the 'Pandemonium' album. The recordings went smooth to begin with, but then we had to start touring again during the weekends and this created some stress. Though I really feel strongly about 'Motherland'. In my view, it has all the ingredients of a good PRETTY MAIDS album, maybe even more melodic than 'Pandemonium' and absolutely, as far as I'm concerned a worthy follow-up."

"Motherland" track listing:

01. Mother Of All Lies
02. To Fool A Natio
03. Confession
04. The Iceman
05. Sad To See You Suffer
06. Hooligan
07. Infinity
08. Why So Serious
09. Motherland
10. I See Ghosts
11. Bullet For You
12. Who What Where When Why
13. Wasted

The release of the new album will be preceded by the release of the single/video "Mother of All Lies", which will arrive on January 22.

PRETTY MAIDS will play numerous festivals this summer, such as Wacken Open Air and Bang Your Head!!!, followed by an extensive world tour in support of "Motherland".

PRETTY MAIDS is:

Ronnie Atkins - Vocals
Ken Hammer - Guitars
Morten Sandager - Keyboards
Allan Tschicaja - Drums
Rene Shades - Bass

(http://www.blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/prettymaidsmotherland.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuqCwrdojho&feature=player_embedded


The sample is amazing.  Pretty much could go anywhere on Pandemonium, but really strong again.  Love how Ronnie describes it too;

Though I really feel strongly about 'Motherland'. In my view, it has all the ingredients of a good PRETTY MAIDS album, maybe even more melodic than 'Pandemonium' and absolutely, as far as I'm concerned a worthy follow-up."
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 16, 2013, 04:07:48 AM
Looking forward to this. PM are pretty good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 16, 2013, 04:09:41 AM
What did you think of Pandemonium?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on January 16, 2013, 05:52:12 AM
Pretty Maids has never released a bad album...
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on January 16, 2013, 06:06:48 AM
I have literally never bought a Pretty Maids album. I remember they had a popular video in the 80's. Is that the same singer?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 16, 2013, 07:35:16 AM
What did you think of Pandemonium?

Love it.
Just the right  balance of melody and heaviness. I was a big fan of WUTTRW but Panda kicked it's arse.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 16, 2013, 02:09:44 PM
I have literally never bought a Pretty Maids album. I remember they had a popular video in the 80's. Is that the same singer?

Yes.  Original singer and guitarist.

What did you think of Pandemonium?

Love it.
Just the right  balance of melody and heaviness. I was a big fan of WUTTRW but Panda kicked it's arse.

Yeah man, it was incredible.


Also, Apollo left Firewind.  I wasn't really a fan of their last one, but now with Apollo out I don't have much interest left in this band.  :'(
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on January 21, 2013, 08:12:12 AM
Been a while since I posted a new find.  Richard West (Threshold) and his wife Farrah (hawt!).... League of Lights.

(http://www.leagueoflights.com/leagueoflights182d.jpg)

Their website streams one of their tracks (http://www.leagueoflights.com/music.htm), and there's more on YT.  Glynn Morgan (one-time Threhold lead singer) has a nice duet with them - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HzFTPSnFNAA
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 21, 2013, 04:41:07 PM
Been a while since I posted a new find.  Richard West (Threshold) and his wife Farrah (hawt!).... League of Lights.

(http://www.leagueoflights.com/leagueoflights182d.jpg)

Their website streams one of their tracks (http://www.leagueoflights.com/music.htm), and there's more on YT.  Glynn Morgan (one-time Threhold lead singer) has a nice duet with them - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HzFTPSnFNAA

That's really nice. I like her voice.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 21, 2013, 06:23:35 PM
Been a while since I posted a new find.  Richard West (Threshold) and his wife Farrah (hawt!).... League of Lights.

(http://www.leagueoflights.com/leagueoflights182d.jpg)

Their website streams one of their tracks (http://www.leagueoflights.com/music.htm), and there's more on YT.  Glynn Morgan (one-time Threhold lead singer) has a nice duet with them - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HzFTPSnFNAA

Will check this out tonight when I get home.

EDIT: That youtube song was pretty good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 22, 2013, 03:24:14 AM
This is fucking great;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZrmVdsKoqw
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 22, 2013, 04:26:09 AM
This is fucking great;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZrmVdsKoqw

Man, I've listened to this about 10 times already, this song is really incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 22, 2013, 04:46:37 AM
This is fucking great;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZrmVdsKoqw

Man, I've listened to this about 10 times already, this song is really incredible.

yeah, it's good alright. Should be a stormer if this standard is kept up throughout.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on January 22, 2013, 05:33:37 AM
That was damn fine.  Lot of miles under the hood on those cats!!

Damn you Kade.  Pretty Maids was one of those bands that I never got in to... no reason, just never heard much by them.  Now I might have to change that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on January 22, 2013, 07:56:11 AM
I actually checked the new Pretty Maids track from the Bravewords link. I was quite excited for give them a fresh listen, but I did not care for it.

How old is the singer? He doesn't look a day over 92!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on January 22, 2013, 08:07:08 AM
Sounded ok, but too metal for my tastes in the genre. Kind of lost me at the chorus, I'm afraid. Not that it sounded bad at all, it's just not really my preference. :dunno:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on January 22, 2013, 01:00:27 PM
Nice!!  Much heavier then I would have expected.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 22, 2013, 03:36:49 PM
Over at Melodicrockcom a poster is reporting that Teeny from Wig Wam is the new guitarist in Jorn's band. I love Wigwam (well, the first two albums) and Teeny is a decent guitarist and can write a riff so may be good.
Checked Jorn's website and it's legit.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: FreezingPoint on January 22, 2013, 05:51:34 PM
Anybody hear the second W.E.T sample? Saw it over at melodicrock. Love Heals I think it was called. I thought it was much better than the first song. Looking forward to that album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 22, 2013, 07:06:03 PM
This is fucking great;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZrmVdsKoqw

Man, I've listened to this about 10 times already, this song is really incredible.

yeah, it's good alright. Should be a stormer if this standard is kept up throughout.

Indeed, I can't wait.

That was damn fine.  Lot of miles under the hood on those cats!!

Damn you Kade.  Pretty Maids was one of those bands that I never got in to... no reason, just never heard much by them.  Now I might have to change that.

I never really got into their older stuff that much, check the last one, it's essential and the live DVD and CD they put out last year was excellent.

Sounded ok, but too metal for my tastes in the genre. Kind of lost me at the chorus, I'm afraid. Not that it sounded bad at all, it's just not really my preference. :dunno:

IMO, that's one of the best choruses I've heard for a long time.

Over at Melodicrockcom a poster is reporting that Teeny from Wig Wam is the new guitarist in Jorn's band. I love Wigwam (well, the first two albums) and Teeny is a decent guitarist and can write a riff so may be good.
Checked Jorn's website and it's legit.

Never heard WigWam myself.


Anybody hear the second W.E.T sample? Saw it over at melodicrock. Love Heals I think it was called. I thought it was much better than the first song. Looking forward to that album.

IMO it sounded pretty generic, I hope the rest of the album is better than the first two tracks or else it's not going to be anywhere near the quality of the first album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: FreezingPoint on January 22, 2013, 07:19:40 PM
Oh the first album was incredible. It was actually the album that first introduced me to the modern melodic rock scene.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 23, 2013, 03:24:52 AM
It's a classic alright, one of the best melodic rock albums in the last 5 years.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on January 23, 2013, 05:30:23 AM
It's a classic alright, one of the best melodic rock albums in the last 5 years.

It seems you've used this line to describe at least 7 or 8 albums.   :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 23, 2013, 01:29:12 PM
It's a classic alright, one of the best melodic rock albums in the last 5 years.

It seems you've used this line to describe at least 7 or 8 albums.   :lol

There's a least 10 I can think of actually.  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 23, 2013, 03:03:52 PM
For Wolfie. A couple of WigWam songs. I like 'em. Glam/KISS type stuff and they are great live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkxePExjp9M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SVmbgfx4p4
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 23, 2013, 04:31:13 PM
Hmm...I like a bit of glam but not a Kiss fan to be honest.  Will check them out tonight.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on January 24, 2013, 02:16:15 PM
pretty good!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on January 24, 2013, 04:10:52 PM
First two albums are well worth getting. They don't take themselves seriously but they can write a catchy chorus. One of the better Scandi-rock bands.
The first album was originally titled 667... The Neighbour Of The Beast, and they represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest but don't let that put you off! They do an excellent version of Sporty Spice's I Turn To You. A fun band. It will be interesting to see how what Teeny brings to Jorn's band. If he helps write for an album it's likely to be a return to the earlier Jorn solo material like Starfire and Worldchanger.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on January 28, 2013, 03:14:20 AM
The Wig Wam was pretty cool, nothing that blew my socks off but decent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 01, 2013, 03:30:51 PM
New Whitesn..., ah I mean Voodoo Circle video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4aUr7dfA8Q
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 01, 2013, 03:40:27 PM
New Whitesn..., ah I mean Voodoo Circle video;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4aUr7dfA8Q

Excellent Whitesn... er Voodoo Circle song. David Readmen is all kinds of awesome. Certainly channeling old Cov here.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 01, 2013, 03:48:03 PM
Yeah I love that guy.  His solo album was especially good.  Have you got the new Pink Cream 69 yet?  I should get my copy next week.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 01, 2013, 03:57:43 PM
Yeah I love that guy.  His solo album was especially good.  Have you got the new Pink Cream 69 yet?  I should get my copy next week.

It's my birthday on sunday and requested it as a present.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 01, 2013, 04:01:34 PM
Yeah I love that guy.  His solo album was especially good.  Have you got the new Pink Cream 69 yet?  I should get my copy next week.

It's my birthday on sunday and requested it as a present.

Hopefully the album is something special.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on February 08, 2013, 06:24:48 AM
The newest Pink Cream 69 is good, albeit more of the same...much like Pretty Maids...consistent band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 08, 2013, 08:30:40 AM
The newest Pink Cream 69 is good, albeit more of the same...much like Pretty Maids...consistent band.

Only played it once so far and I liked it. Not in "Thunderdome" liked it- but good songs, great playing, phenomenal singer.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 08, 2013, 03:14:23 PM
I too just received it last night and have only listened to it once.  It was okay, but seemed a bit soft.  I think it has potential to be a grower though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on February 09, 2013, 08:27:43 AM
I just saw W.O.A. put up a link on their FB to a new video by W.E.T.  :biggrin:

http://vimeo.com/58562097
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 10, 2013, 03:38:55 AM
Great new video, although it's practically the same as Bleed and Scream.  :lol

The song is really really good though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 10, 2013, 03:59:28 AM
Hmm. I love Jeff's voice, and this is no exception,  but maybe I'm just getting a bit tired of the songwriting style cos it sounds like an outtake from any of the other projects Martensson has worked on in the last couple of years. I don't think the verses flow very well. Maybe it'll grow on me, and I'll certainly be giving the album plenty of chance when it arrives but maybe he's starting to spread himself a bit thin?
Jeff is a star though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 10, 2013, 04:16:35 AM
Yeah, I said that when the sample came out.  I admit it really has grown on me though, it's generic, but I love it.

I gotta say though, the samples don't sound overly promising either bar a couple of tracks, we'll have to just wait and see.  Robert Sall should be utilised more, in song writing and guitar playing.  That would give the project the edge that it looks like it may need.  He would be able to produce better songs on his own IMO.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 10, 2013, 05:09:27 PM
Okay, I have listened to the new Pink Cream 69 about four or maybe five times now, and I gotta say, it's excellent.  I wasn't keen on the first listen but I thought it could be a grower, and it is. 

The band are just doing their thing.  They have nothing to prove here and really are not trying too hard with anything at all.  The songs are varied, well written, never overstay their welcome, nice and melodic and it really is just a great bunch of songs to listen to over and over.  Great stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 11, 2013, 04:52:24 AM
Okay, I have listened to the new Pink Cream 69 about four or maybe five times now, and I gotta say, it's excellent.  I wasn't keen on the first listen but I thought it could be a grower, and it is. 

The band are just doing their thing.  They have nothing to prove here and really are not trying too hard with anything at all.  The songs are varied, well written, never overstay their welcome, nice and melodic and it really is just a great bunch of songs to listen to over and over.  Great stuff.

Had another listen yesterday and enjoyed it. Quality songwriting. Not as heavy as my personal fave Thunderdome but certainly a good album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 11, 2013, 04:58:37 AM
Yeah, I wish it was slightly heavier too, but really loving this a lot.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on February 12, 2013, 11:39:45 AM
I'm really digging the new Pink Cream 69 now as well. At first, it was like more of the same (which for PC69 is good), but it's really opened up w/ repeated listens.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 12, 2013, 02:06:56 PM
I'm really digging the new Pink Cream 69 now as well. At first, it was like more of the same (which for PC69 is good), but it's really opened up w/ repeated listens.

Yeah, definitely a grower.  I can't even pick fav songs because they are all so good and consistent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 19, 2013, 04:23:18 PM
Been buying random albums lately online in mp3 format instead of shelling out for cd's and stumbled across this gem;

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a8vuxNpnB7Y/TxZ379pctlI/AAAAAAAAJ3U/9Osnc62iez4/s1600/ramoshugo.jpg)

Hugo and Josh Ramos from Hardline.  This album is incredible from start to finish, great vocals, great songs and melodies and incredible guitar playing from Josh.  He shows here what a great player he is, very impressed.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 26, 2013, 02:54:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzJwE-ws9RM

Timo Tolkki has returned.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on February 27, 2013, 11:21:57 AM
Been buying random albums lately online in mp3 format instead of shelling out for cd's and stumbled across this gem;

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a8vuxNpnB7Y/TxZ379pctlI/AAAAAAAAJ3U/9Osnc62iez4/s1600/ramoshugo.jpg)

Hugo and Josh Ramos from Hardline.  This album is incredible from start to finish, great vocals, great songs and melodies and incredible guitar playing from Josh.  He shows here what a great player he is, very impressed.

Yeah, that's a good one. Since you're grabbing random MP3 albums, you should check out Frederiksen Denander's album "Baptism By Fire"... http://www.amazon.com/Baptism-By-Fire-Frederiksen/dp/B000VB4K18/ref=sr_1_sc_3_digr?ie=UTF8&qid=1361989251&sr=8-3-spell (http://www.amazon.com/Baptism-By-Fire-Frederiksen/dp/B000VB4K18/ref=sr_1_sc_3_digr?ie=UTF8&qid=1361989251&sr=8-3-spell)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on February 27, 2013, 01:02:35 PM
And Shawn Pelata's own Line Of Fire albums- I guess he's too modest to plug himself!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on February 27, 2013, 01:48:38 PM
And Shawn Pelata's own Line Of Fire albums- I guess he's too modest to plug himself!

I appreciate the plug!  :hefdaddy

I plugged LOF once when I first showed up...haven't done it since.  :biggrin: I try to not be obnoxious about it, even though I'm proud of it.

We are making our debut LIVE performance at Rock Harvest II festival in Maryland on 11/9/2013  :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on February 27, 2013, 02:21:34 PM
I have the Denander/Frederiksen album on cd, it's fantastic.

Will check out your band too Pelata, sounds interesting.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on February 28, 2013, 08:26:58 AM
I have the Denander/Frederiksen album on cd, it's fantastic.

Will check out your band too Pelata, sounds interesting.

I appreciate that! Thanks! :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on March 01, 2013, 11:17:56 AM
Anyone going to MRF3?

http://www.melodicrock.com/

We (Line Of Fire) just got added to the Friday line up.  :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on March 07, 2013, 01:27:38 PM
I've heard the band Magnum mentioned quite a few times on DTF. Just bought a best of; this is an awesome band. They have to be one of the defining AOR bands for sure. The song "vigilante" can get stuck in your head for hours.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 07, 2013, 01:36:01 PM
You can't go wrong with Storyteller's Night, Wings Of Heaven and Vigilante. Some great songs on the other albums but those three are essential.
We told you so  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 07, 2013, 02:31:05 PM
Yep, those three albums are the holy trinity for Magnum, terrific albums.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 13, 2013, 05:22:48 AM
Anyone heard the new WET?

It's pretty solid, but compared to the first one, it's simple and safe and leaves me wanting more to be honest.  Great solid songs but they are more AOR and to the point with less guitar work and nothing really epic on the album.  A great collection of short catchy no nonsense songs.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 13, 2013, 05:42:52 AM
New Whitesnake DVD.  The quality looks incredible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyo0eGhcr4g
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on March 13, 2013, 06:11:22 AM
Video and sound seems pretty good aside from the glows on everything. I don't like them tuning down a whole step though.  :-\
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 13, 2013, 01:56:23 PM
Anyone heard the new WET?

It's pretty solid, but compared to the first one, it's simple and safe and leaves me wanting more to be honest.  Great solid songs but they are more AOR and to the point with less guitar work and nothing really epic on the album.  A great collection of short catchy no nonsense songs.

Pretty underwhelmed. I guess I'm burned out on Martensson's songwriting. It's nice and polished but soulless. Even Jeff can't save it. Plus I'm on a Power Metal kick at the minute. Maybe I'll go back to it later.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 13, 2013, 02:01:35 PM
Video and sound seems pretty good aside from the glows on everything. I don't like them tuning down a whole step though.  :-\

The vocals are so obviously overdubbed. I won't be able to watch it, it's so off-putting. DC is the weak link really. Maybe the band should do a Queensryche and get Jorn Lande in.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 13, 2013, 03:47:58 PM
Anyone heard the new WET?

It's pretty solid, but compared to the first one, it's simple and safe and leaves me wanting more to be honest.  Great solid songs but they are more AOR and to the point with less guitar work and nothing really epic on the album.  A great collection of short catchy no nonsense songs.

Pretty underwhelmed. I guess I'm burned out on Martensson's songwriting. It's nice and polished but soulless. Even Jeff can't save it. Plus I'm on a Power Metal kick at the minute. Maybe I'll go back to it later.

Yeah, I know exactly what you mean, it's good but nothing compared to the first one, will go back to it later too.


Video and sound seems pretty good aside from the glows on everything. I don't like them tuning down a whole step though.  :-\

The vocals are so obviously overdubbed. I won't be able to watch it, it's so off-putting. DC is the weak link really. Maybe the band should do a Queensryche and get Jorn Lande in.

Yeah, that was the case when I saw them live a couple of years ago, DC was awful and ruined the concert for me.  Nevertheless the DVD looks enjoyable.

Video and sound seems pretty good aside from the glows on everything. I don't like them tuning down a whole step though.  :-\

I'd rather a band tune down and have the singer more comfortable than straining to hit higher notes. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 17, 2013, 04:18:45 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcguxHc4hiU

Heard this song in the local Spar shop the other day, not knowing who it was and I got a real modern day Magnum vibe from it. Not really sure why, maybe it's just me. See what you think. There's definitely a bit of Bob in the chorus. I've never liked this band before but this song is ok. Needs a little more guitar...
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 18, 2013, 04:36:23 AM
Not a fan of Stereophonics at all really.  That song was okay, but nothing that would want to make me check out the album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 21, 2013, 02:33:32 PM
Ok, my newest discovery. I've been on a power metal kick lately and I stumbled across this band on Youtube.  I love this album. They say they are EPIC METAL and I guess that's fair. Quite Maiden-y with a female properly operatic trained vocalist. The songs are catchy. It's all well=played. Worth a listen.

Morning Starlett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4qBiKeDgPQ
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 21, 2013, 03:29:21 PM
Will check it out tonight after work.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 22, 2013, 09:01:56 AM
New Pretty Maids is on Spotify. Sounds good so far. Looks like another I'll have to buy. Supposed to be economising!!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 22, 2013, 02:33:56 PM
Ok, my newest discovery. I've been on a power metal kick lately and I stumbled across this band on Youtube.  I love this album. They say they are EPIC METAL and I guess that's fair. Quite Maiden-y with a female properly operatic trained vocalist. The songs are catchy. It's all well=played. Worth a listen.

Morning Starlett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4qBiKeDgPQ

Not bad.  The vocals are an acquired taste, but a pretty true power metal style.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 22, 2013, 02:35:41 PM
New Pretty Maids is on Spotify. Sounds good so far. Looks like another I'll have to buy. Supposed to be economising!!!

Yeah, tell me about it.  The Pretty Maids is getting some excellent reviews, can't wait til my copy arrives. 

Also, I just got the new Vega cd in the mail yesterday, and it's pretty killer.  The first album was incredible, but this is a little different, more arena rock mixed with melodic rock, but the whole album is really strong consistent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 25, 2013, 05:37:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98mD8hvKKso

Basically the same as anything on the first Revolution Renaissance album.

But hot damn, I'm in love.  :heart :hefdaddy :heart

Also, Timo's solo sounds different.  It sounds like the debated guitar solos that he apparentely didn't do from the last two RR albums.  Hmm...could he have in fact played those solos.  This sounds nothing like his old style, it instantly reminded me of those albums, interesting.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 25, 2013, 07:53:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98mD8hvKKso

Basically the same as anything on the first Revolution Renaissance album.

But hot damn, I'm in love.  :heart :hefdaddy :heart

Also, Timo's solo sounds different.  It sounds like the debated guitar solos that he apparentely didn't do from the last two RR albums.  Hmm...could he have in fact played those solos.  This sounds nothing like his old style, it instantly reminded me of those albums, interesting.

you can't have her- she's mine  :lol

Liked it. I'm more excited for this than the new Avantasia strangely.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 25, 2013, 09:03:08 AM
Elize!!  I just went from 6-12.  Have either of you checked out Amaranthe's songs/videos?  Hardly worthy of this thread, but damn.  Just damn.

Nice looking cast on this album!  Another to add to my 2013 list.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 25, 2013, 10:11:56 AM
I like the Amaranthe. I'd love it if the growler shut up but that's modern metal for you.
I'd probably take Nemesea over it, but not sure I could choose between Manda and Elize as easily. Now that would be a nice problem to have  :heart
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 25, 2013, 10:46:48 AM
I'd probably take Nemesea over it, but not sure I could choose between Manda and Elize as easily. Now that would be a nice problem to have  :heart

Nemesea is hot and cold for me.  The two previous albums to The Quiet Resistance, I found Manda to be too much in the high operatic range - like early Nightwish.  Much prefer the mid-tier register sound on The Quiet Resistance.  But yeah... visually, how do you chose?

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5hSMpX1rF0Y/UGfaCNZcWzI/AAAAAAAAMTw/UuMheopwACs/s640/Elize+Ryd+video3.jpg)

(http://janmi.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Manda-Ophuis-Nemesea.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on March 25, 2013, 12:00:12 PM
In Control is my favorite. I like the electronicness of it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 25, 2013, 03:25:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98mD8hvKKso

Basically the same as anything on the first Revolution Renaissance album.

But hot damn, I'm in love.  :heart :hefdaddy :heart

Also, Timo's solo sounds different.  It sounds like the debated guitar solos that he apparentely didn't do from the last two RR albums.  Hmm...could he have in fact played those solos.  This sounds nothing like his old style, it instantly reminded me of those albums, interesting.

you can't have her- she's mine  :lol

Liked it. I'm more excited for this than the new Avantasia strangely.

Yeah, I think I'm looking forward to this more too.


Elize!!  I just went from 6-12.  Have either of you checked out Amaranthe's songs/videos?  Hardly worthy of this thread, but damn.  Just damn.

Nice looking cast on this album!  Another to add to my 2013 list.

Ah, I wondered where she was from, never checked them out, but I will now.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 27, 2013, 07:26:19 PM
Not sure when Blabbermouth released this but ...

Quote
"Novum Initium", the new album from multinational melodic metallers MASTERPLAN, will be released on May 17 via AFM Records.

"Novum Initium" track listing:

01. Per Aspera Ad Astra
02. The Game
03. Keep Your Dream Alive
04. Black Night Of Magic
05. Betrayal
06. No Escape
07. Pray On My Soul
08. Earth Is Going Down
09. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (digipack bonus track)
13. Fear The Silence (digipack bonus track)

The "Novum Initium" digipack cover artwork can be seen below.

(http://www.blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/masterplannovumnew.jpg)
(http://www.blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/masterplan2013bandnew.jpg)

Sure, no Jorn.  But Rick Altzi as a replacement ain't too shabby.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 28, 2013, 05:23:29 AM
Yeah, known about this for a while, a shame the release date got pushed back.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on March 28, 2013, 05:39:50 AM
I remember you mentioning it.  Just thought the tracklist was new.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 28, 2013, 05:41:43 AM
You could be right, that's the digipak version.  :metal

Also;

PROJECT 4 FOR GUITARIST GIUNTINI:
Escape Music will release the latest Giuntini: Project album on May 5. Titled IV, the lineup for this release will be: Aldo Giuntini - Guitars; Tony Martin - Vocals (ex Black Sabbath); Fabiano Rizzi - Drums; Roberto Gualdi - Drums; Fulvio Gaslini - Bass; Liz Vandall - Vocals on "Bring on the Night".
Track list: 1) Perfect Sorrow 3:08 2) Born In The Underworld 5:17 3) Shadow Of The Stone 3:58 4) Cured 4:08 5) I Don't Believe In Fortune 4:03 6) If The Dream Comes True 4:45 7) The Rise And Fall Of Barry Lyndon 4:33 8) Bring On The Night 4:20 9) Not The Jealous Kind 4:32 10) Saint Or Sinner 3:57 11) Last Station: Nightmare 5:19 12) How The Story Ends 4:24 13) Truth Never Lie 5:12.

(http://www.melodicrock.com/giuntiniproject-iv.jpg)

I only have the third album from this guy and it's an incredible slab of melodic hard rock.  This is a surprise and I'm super pumped for this.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 28, 2013, 03:15:52 PM
Yeah, I've only heard III and liked it, Not played it in ages though.

I thought tony Martin's voice had gone? Let's hope not.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on March 28, 2013, 03:21:41 PM
He sounded pretty damn good on III, and he sounded pretty solid on the Cage cd just last year, so I'm sure it will be okay.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on March 29, 2013, 03:10:10 AM
He sounded pretty damn good on III, and he sounded pretty solid on the Cage cd just last year, so I'm sure it will be okay.

Have yo heard the TNT clips from the recent Rock Cruise thing from Bosk1's thread?
Tony Mills voice is awful on those. He used to  be so good but on those tracks he sounds like me singing in the shower.
I know Tony Harnell is not the easiest person to replace but Tony Mills did have the voice at one time. Shy's Exceess All Areas album is a classic. In fact if you've not heard it let it be my latest recommendation.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 01, 2013, 03:52:44 AM
He sounded pretty damn good on III, and he sounded pretty solid on the Cage cd just last year, so I'm sure it will be okay.

Have yo heard the TNT clips from the recent Rock Cruise thing from Bosk1's thread?
Tony Mills voice is awful on those. He used to  be so good but on those tracks he sounds like me singing in the shower.
I know Tony Harnell is not the easiest person to replace but Tony Mills did have the voice at one time. Shy's Exceess All Areas album is a classic. In fact if you've not heard it let it be my latest recommendation.

Yeah, that Shy album is awesome.  I really like Tony on Serpentine's Living in High Definition album too.

I've never really dived into TNT, but funny you mention them, I'm listening to A Farewell to Arms right now which I picked up for $2.00. SO far, it's rubbish.  :lol  Lucky it was only $2.  I have a couple of the older albums with Harnell and they are pretty good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 01, 2013, 04:39:45 AM
He sounded pretty damn good on III, and he sounded pretty solid on the Cage cd just last year, so I'm sure it will be okay.

Have yo heard the TNT clips from the recent Rock Cruise thing from Bosk1's thread?
Tony Mills voice is awful on those. He used to  be so good but on those tracks he sounds like me singing in the shower.
I know Tony Harnell is not the easiest person to replace but Tony Mills did have the voice at one time. Shy's Exceess All Areas album is a classic. In fact if you've not heard it let it be my latest recommendation.

Yeah, that Shy album is awesome.  I really like Tony on Serpentine's Living in High Definition album too.

I've never really dived into TNT, but funny you mention them, I'm listening to A Farewell to Arms right now which I picked up for $2.00. SO far, it's rubbish.  :lol  Lucky it was only $2.  I have a couple of the older albums with Harnell and they are pretty good.

Can't beat Tell No Tales. That's head and shoulders above all their others. Intuition was good but a let down at the time. My Religion was ok and the others have decent songs but none ever really clicked. The Tony Mills albums weren't very good. I get the impression Le Tekro is a bit Schenker/Tolkki in the sanity department... or he just doesn't give a toss  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 01, 2013, 06:00:31 PM
I turned off the album halfway through.  I can't even think which ones I have at the moment.  I know I have Far Away From the Sun or something which was okay but didn't really listen to it much.  I should dig out the others I have.  Pretty sure I don't have Tell No Tales though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 02, 2013, 02:37:46 PM
Just caught up with Europe's "reunion" era albums.  On first listen, all were very good.

Last Look at Eden > Bag of Bones > Start From the Dark > Secret Society

At first, SS didn't even sound like Joey Tempest on the mic.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 02, 2013, 03:04:19 PM
Just caught up with Europe's "reunion" era albums.  On first listen, all were very good.

Last Look at Eden > Bag of Bones > Start From the Dark > Secret Society

At first, SS didn't even sound like Joey Tempest on the mic.

Have to say I've not been a fan of the reunion stuff. The odd song has been ok but it's not what I want to hear from Europe. Joey still has a great voice but they picked the wrong guitarist for the reunion. I loved Norum's first two solo albums but after that he went downtuned and tuneless. And he can't play Kee Marcello's solos.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 02, 2013, 03:26:20 PM
Just caught up with Europe's "reunion" era albums.  On first listen, all were very good.

Last Look at Eden > Bag of Bones > Start From the Dark > Secret Society

At first, SS didn't even sound like Joey Tempest on the mic.

Have to say I've not been a fan of the reunion stuff. The odd song has been ok but it's not what I want to hear from Europe. Joey still has a great voice but they picked the wrong guitarist for the reunion. I loved Norum's first two solo albums but after that he went downtuned and tuneless. And he can't play Kee Marcello's solos.

Well, it's not like I'm going to see them play live anytime soon on this side of the pond, so that last point is irrelevant to me.  Start From the Dark was definitely unlike the original 3 albums (but still good.... just 'darker'); Secret Society was just not that memorable.  The other two were just what the doctor ordered.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 02, 2013, 03:28:22 PM
Secret Society is possibly my fav Europe album, from the ones I'm familar with, which is most.  I love it, although for you guys being into them in the eighties I can understand would find them disappointing. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 02, 2013, 04:45:18 PM
I turned off the album halfway through.  I can't even think which ones I have at the moment.  I know I have Far Away From the Sun or something which was okay but didn't really listen to it much.  I should dig out the others I have.  Pretty sure I don't have Tell No Tales though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmOq1eTPZaI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8MwB7VJtCc
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 02, 2013, 04:54:34 PM
I'll check those out after work.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on April 02, 2013, 05:30:26 PM
I only have Knight of the New Thunder from TNT; I think its great.  I read that was a good starting point for the band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on April 02, 2013, 11:43:40 PM
Just caught up with Europe's "reunion" era albums.  On first listen, all were very good.

Last Look at Eden > Bag of Bones > Start From the Dark > Secret Society

At first, SS didn't even sound like Joey Tempest on the mic.

I recently had a first listen of Last Look at Eden and Bag of Bones and they didn't do much for me. Bag of Bones sounded fairly rockin' at points though, so that one could grow on me. I don't like the generic metal kind of sound of Eden though, and it's so damn overcompressed, I can't bring myself to listen to it through a whole album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 03, 2013, 04:15:43 AM
Yeah, I loved SS, but the last two didn't really do anything for me at all.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 03, 2013, 04:22:08 AM
I turned off the album halfway through.  I can't even think which ones I have at the moment.  I know I have Far Away From the Sun or something which was okay but didn't really listen to it much.  I should dig out the others I have.  Pretty sure I don't have Tell No Tales though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmOq1eTPZaI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8MwB7VJtCc

These are damn good.  Need to check out more old school TNT.  Harnell here sounds exactly like Ray Alder back in the late eighties.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2013, 04:05:04 AM
Oh hell yes!!!!

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=188340

Frontiers Records will release "Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall" on June 11 in North America and June 14 in Europe.

Karlsson started his cooperation with Frontiers Records in the year 2000 when his band LAST TRIBE was signed by the Italian label. After two more records with this group, Magnus was asked by Serafino Perugino, Frontiers Records label president, to write and produce some of their artists. This started a successful journey of collaborations with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the hard rock/metal world. The list includes the successful ALLEN/LANDE trilogy, STARBREAKER, BOB CATLEY, KISKE/SOMERVILLE and the list goes on and on. He finally joined the German heavy metal icons PRIMAL FEAR in 2008 and with them he toured the world and recorded two successful albums that climbed high on the charts in several countries.

This time, Magnus created his own album with his strongest melodic metal and hard rock set of songs ever and invited both old and new friends to sing them. The list includes Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X, ADRENALINE MOB), Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR, GAMMA RAY), Tony Harnell (TNT, STARBREAKER), Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THE CODEX), Rick Altzi (MASTERPLAN, AT VANCE), Mike Andersson (STAR ONE, FULL FORCE), Rickard Bengtsson (LAST TRIBE), Herman Saming (A.C.T.), David Readman (PINK CREAM 69, VODOO CIRCLE). Rounding up the line-up on the album is Daniel Flores on drums.

"I've had the honor to collaborate with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the world," says Magnus. "Artists who have made my life richer with their magical music. On this album, I got the chance to write tailor made songs for some of my absolute favorite singers. I was thinking, what would I really like to hear from this or that guy, and then I wrote the songs. It’s like if I'm missing a song with my favourite singer in my record collection, then I just make that song for him! I listen like a fan and I write like a fan, well…I am a fan!"

"Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall" track listing:

01. Free Fall (lead vocals: Russell Allen)
02. Higher (lead vocals: Ralf Scheepers)
03. Heading Out (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)
04. Stronger (lead vocals: Tony Harnell)
05. Not My Saviour (lead vocals: Rick Altzi)
06. Us Against The World (lead vocals: David Readman)
07. Our Time Has Come (lead vocals: Mark Boals)
08. Ready Or Not (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)
09. Last Tribe (lead vocals: Rickard Bengtsson)
10. Fighting (lead vocals: Herman Saming)
11. Dreamers & Hunters (lead vocals: Mike Andersson)
12. On Fire (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-u60fsjQYU

(http://www.blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/karlssonfreefall.jpg)

(http://www.blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/mkarlssonsolo.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 05, 2013, 05:36:10 AM
Wow... pretty sweet looking list of vocalists!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2013, 06:15:47 AM
The samples are awesome too, I seriously can't wait to get my hands on this.  :hefdaddy
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on April 05, 2013, 01:43:59 PM
Thats a cool looking cover
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 05, 2013, 02:21:42 PM
Sounds good, I especially like the Scheepers track. I have high hopes.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 05, 2013, 04:39:06 PM
Yeah, the vocals on all 4 tracks sound really good, and some good melodies, and of course there will be killer guitar work.  Can't wait.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 05, 2013, 09:36:05 PM
STOP POSTING SHIT I'M GONNA HAVE TO BUY!!!!!  Mike Anderson on Star One (As The Crow Dies) is one of my favorite tracks.  Dayum.  Another to add to the list.  My pending 2013 releases is now sitting at 21!!!  And that doesn't include the already relased stuff shit I'll undoubtedly pickup along the way (eg, Pretty Maids)

You bastards!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 06, 2013, 09:50:56 AM
STOP POSTING SHIT I'M GONNA HAVE TO BUY!!!!!  Mike Anderson on Star One (As The Crow Dies) is one of my favorite tracks.  Dayum.  Another to add to the list.  My pending 2013 releases is now sitting at 21!!!  And that doesn't include the already relased stuff shit I'll undoubtedly pickup along the way (eg, Pretty Maids)

You bastards!

Tell me about it  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 07, 2013, 05:18:50 AM
STOP POSTING SHIT I'M GONNA HAVE TO BUY!!!!!  Mike Anderson on Star One (As The Crow Dies) is one of my favorite tracks.  Dayum.  Another to add to the list.  My pending 2013 releases is now sitting at 21!!!  And that doesn't include the already relased stuff shit I'll undoubtedly pickup along the way (eg, Pretty Maids)

You bastards!

Have you checked Cloudscape yet? (Mike Andersson's band)

Also, check the Planet Alliance album that Magnus and Mike were involved with, really good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 07, 2013, 05:42:27 AM
STOP POSTING SHIT I'M GONNA HAVE TO BUY!!!!!  Mike Anderson on Star One (As The Crow Dies) is one of my favorite tracks.  Dayum.  Another to add to the list.  My pending 2013 releases is now sitting at 21!!!  And that doesn't include the already relased stuff shit I'll undoubtedly pickup along the way (eg, Pretty Maids)

You bastards!

Have you checked Cloudscape yet? (Mike Andersson's band)

Also, check the Planet Alliance album that Magnus and Mike were involved with, really good.

No... and No.

nononononono!!!!  Must.  Resist.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 07, 2013, 06:01:48 AM
 :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 14, 2013, 06:19:39 AM
Just pre ordered Magnus' album!!  :metal

Also, got my copy of the new Pretty Maids, it's really quite excellent and nice and consistent.  Don't know how it will stand up towards Pandamonium, it seems more sinister and not as explosive.  I think the songs on Pandamonium are stronger but Motherland is more consistent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 15, 2013, 04:44:18 AM
What the hell, another new Jorn album!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmALY0tRwC8

(http://www.frontiers.it/m/uploads/photos/jorn_trav_cover.jpg)

Overload
Cancer Demon
Traveller
Window Maker
Make Your Engine Scream
Legend Man Carry The Black
Rev On
Monsoon
The Man Who Was King

Jorn Lande: Vocals
Willy Bendiksen: Drums
Trond Holter: Guitar
Jimmy Iversen: Guitar
Bernt Jansen: Bass

Actually sounds a bit fresher and heavier than the last one and that first sample is possibly the heaviest thing Jorn has done.  Although the verses on the third sample are a direct rip off of Dio's Push.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 15, 2013, 05:07:28 AM
Trond Halter from Wigwam should ensure some good melodies- some Wigwam influence in the first clip towrds the end of it. Pretty excited from the samples, and I haven't been for a Jorn album in a long time.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 15, 2013, 05:22:52 AM
Not sure where I stand on this.  I was so disappointed with Bring Heavy Rock to the Land.  These samples sound a little better.  We'll see.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 15, 2013, 05:45:28 AM
Yeah, we'll see guys, but the samples do sound more promising.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on April 15, 2013, 07:19:16 AM
Sounds like the usual Jorn to me. I think Jorn is an awesome vocalist, but none of his original solo stuff has ever stood out to me, and I don't like the same production on every single album. I didn't like the Allen/Lande stuff either. I wish I could get into more of his stuff.  :-\
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 15, 2013, 08:51:09 AM
From his FB feed:

Quote
Hey everyone! The new PelleK concept-album "Ocean of Opportunity" will be ready and sent to printing already next week! Get ready for the 9 most awesome tracks you've ever heard from PelleK! \m/ The release-date will be announced very soon :)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/546111_455893584490589_1726979472_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 15, 2013, 10:16:38 AM
Very good singer. His album from last year was pretty good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 15, 2013, 10:38:59 AM
Bag of Tricks is good - and a good list of guests (for those that didn't know... Amanda Sommerville, Tommy Karevik, Oliver Hartmann).

Damnation Angels is the absolute bomb!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 15, 2013, 11:52:53 AM
Bag of Tricks is good - and a good list of guests (for those that didn't know... Amanda Sommerville, Tommy Karevik, Oliver Hartmann).

Damnation Angels is the absolute bomb!

Yeah, what he said.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on April 15, 2013, 03:15:21 PM
Hmmm....another one for me to check out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on April 23, 2013, 05:13:00 PM
Checked out Damnation Angels and holy crap those orchestrations. Absolutely amazing. No Leaf Clover is kind of a bust, but the rest of the album slays. I love metal with orchestrations like this.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on April 24, 2013, 09:24:00 AM
Checked out Damnation Angels and holy crap those orchestrations. Absolutely amazing. No Leaf Clover is kind of a bust, but the rest of the album slays. I love metal with orchestrations like this.

Have you checked out the Rage albums from Lingua Mortis onwards? Excellent use of the orchestra in metal.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on April 24, 2013, 02:39:43 PM
Last time I checked out Rage, I didn't like the singers voice, but I'll give em another shot.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on April 29, 2013, 10:28:34 AM
YT teaser/samplers for PelleK's album, and he's taking pre-orders.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-G54CL8X5M

More of the same from him... but I'll likely still buy it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on May 07, 2013, 03:54:54 PM
You guys familiar with Code Of Silence? I finally received their debut Dark Skies Over Babylon today in the mail. I bought it after watching the following video of Sky Is Falling Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPtR8ote-I

Honestly, I was kind of dissappointed with it. I was hoping it was heavier, but I thought it would be perfect for this thread. Great vocals and guitar!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 07, 2013, 04:37:52 PM
You guys familiar with Code Of Silence? I finally received their debut Dark Skies Over Babylon today in the mail. I bought it after watching the following video of Sky Is Falling Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPtR8ote-I

Honestly, I was kind of dissappointed with it. I was hoping it was heavier, but I thought it would be perfect for this thread. Great vocals and guitar!

Not bad. Lyrics are shite but the rest is fine. I'll give it a listen or two on Spotify. You're spot on with the vocals and guitar.
Been in the mood for a bit heavier recently though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 07, 2013, 05:40:50 PM
Heard Code of Silence once before - they had a track on one of the Melodicrock.com compilations I ordered last year.  Can't say I remember the track... it's kinda hard to stand out against a group that includes the likes of Pride of Lions, Jimi Jameson, Jim Peterik, Eric Martin, House of Lords, Harmann, Terry Brock, Mecca, JLT, First Signal, Trillion, Andreas Novak... the list goes on.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 08, 2013, 04:02:28 AM
You guys familiar with Code Of Silence? I finally received their debut Dark Skies Over Babylon today in the mail. I bought it after watching the following video of Sky Is Falling Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPtR8ote-I

Honestly, I was kind of dissappointed with it. I was hoping it was heavier, but I thought it would be perfect for this thread. Great vocals and guitar!

Didn't really like that song at all to be honest.  The guitar solo was great though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 10, 2013, 05:45:06 AM
Just had a peek at frontiers.it.  And this was in the latest videos section - Burning Rain/My Lust Your Fate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q71lr6aHP5A

Pretty good, though I don't feel compelled to go out and buy it.  Watching/listening to this, I feel I stepped right into 1987.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on May 10, 2013, 06:00:21 AM
Never heard of them, but then I spotted my Aldrich on guitars, so I'm already interested! Decent song. The style alone is enough to make me want to hear more though.
Doesn't really sound 80s to me. Sounds either earlier 90s, or just modern rock.

Great music video too. Bonus points for that.


Frontiers also put up the EPK for the new King Kobra album, King Kobra 2. Music video is coming in June, but the snippets in the video sounded great. I expect it will be at least as good as the last one.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 10, 2013, 06:25:41 AM
Just had a peek at frontiers.it.  And this was in the latest videos section - Burning Rain/My Lust Your Fate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q71lr6aHP5A

Pretty good, though I don't feel compelled to go out and buy it.  Watching/listening to this, I feel I stepped right into 1987.

Yeah, I checked that video when it came out and didn't really like it all to be honest.  Not gonna pick it up.

Frontiers also put up the EPK for the new King Kobra album, King Kobra 2. Music video is coming in June, but the snippets in the video sounded great. I expect it will be at least as good as the last one.

Yeah, the last King Kobra was pretty good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 10, 2013, 01:28:28 PM
I didn't like it either, mainly the vocals tbh. The guitars sound a million dollars, like on the Whitesnake albums Doug has done.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 10, 2013, 03:34:05 PM
Even Dougs playing for me has become pretty pedestrian.  He was so much more creative when he was with Dio.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 13, 2013, 04:06:57 AM
Just a quick post to mention new Fair Warning and Poodles coming up.  Fair Warning coming at the end of this month and The Poodles next month I think.  Looking forward to both.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 13, 2013, 04:32:22 AM
Just a quick post to mention new Fair Warning and Poodles coming up.  Fair Warning coming at the end of this month and The Poodles next month I think.  Looking forward to both.

I prefer FW to The Poodles, though they have their moments. Will give both a listen.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 16, 2013, 03:40:58 PM
Paul, I can't remember if you have ever been into Accept or UDO, but I'm slowly going back through UDO's discography, even though I've been a fan of the later stuff for a few years, but got the album Faceless World and despite UDO being more straight heavy metal, Faceless World has a slight AOR edge and lots of great choruses and solos with amazing production.  I think you would dig it.  The other one I'm listening to is Timebomb which if you like FW, check it out as it's a bit heavier.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 17, 2013, 02:52:40 PM
Paul, I can't remember if you have ever been into Accept or UDO, but I'm slowly going back through UDO's discography, even though I've been a fan of the later stuff for a few years, but got the album Faceless World and despite UDO being more straight heavy metal, Faceless World has a slight AOR edge and lots of great choruses and solos with amazing production.  I think you would dig it.  The other one I'm listening to is Timebomb which if you like FW, check it out as it's a bit heavier.

I would have liked Accept without Udo in it. Hate his weedy voice- ruined some fine material. Prefer the new Accept singer even though he sounds like Udo, just better and stronger. Saw Accept live at Donington Monsters Of Rock (1984) many years ago and enjoyed them 'cos you couldn't really hear Udo.
Not heard of Timebomb. I'll check it out.

Edit  :facepalm: thought timebomb was a band. It's been a long day! Checked out Timebomb on Spotify without realising that's what you'd recommended and liked the music but not the voice. Shame. Some good songs.

My rediscovered classic this week was this little beauty. Not sure if I recommended it before?

(http://www.heavyharmonies.com/cdcovers/C/CROWNOFTHORNS_ST.JPG)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUVQ-fcVVe8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC1V-URmg4U
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 17, 2013, 04:38:24 PM
No worries, I was worried you wouldn't like his voice.

I have one Crown of Thorns album, it's okay.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on May 17, 2013, 04:43:29 PM
Anyone listen to Timo Tollki's Avalon yet? On first listen, all the tracks with just the female singers were the better ones.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 17, 2013, 04:48:59 PM
Anyone listen to Timo Tollki's Avalon yet? On first listen, all the tracks with just the female singers were the better ones.

Just noticed it's on Spotiify. Will have a listen and get back to you.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 17, 2013, 04:49:44 PM
I'll wait until I receive my copy.  I'm not expecting too much to be honest, Tolkki has always been pretty pedestrian with his song writing, will be interesting to see how it goes down in an Avantasia style setting.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on May 17, 2013, 05:00:07 PM
It actually sounds very similar to old Avantasia in the melody department. And unfortunately a tad too generic power metally.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 17, 2013, 05:01:51 PM
The Poodles album, is up on Spotify too. I love this service. Means I don't have to buy poor albums anymore. Going to have to skim it for now- it's nearly bedtime.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 17, 2013, 05:05:39 PM
It actually sounds very similar to old Avantasia in the melody department. And unfortunately a tad too generic power metally.

Yeah, I think that's sort of what I mean, not much diversity in his song writing anymore.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 17, 2013, 05:11:00 PM
Damn Spotify not in Canada.  I thought Avalon's release date was the 21st?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 17, 2013, 05:12:10 PM
It actually sounds very similar to old Avantasia in the melody department. And unfortunately a tad too generic power metally.

Yeah, I think that's sort of what I mean, not much diversity in his song writing anymore.

The "play the  bass drums as fast as you can" approach should be banned in power metal. Boring, boring, boring.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 17, 2013, 05:48:55 PM
Damn Spotify not in Canada.  I thought Avalon's release date was the 21st?

Yeah that's the official release date.

It actually sounds very similar to old Avantasia in the melody department. And unfortunately a tad too generic power metally.

Yeah, I think that's sort of what I mean, not much diversity in his song writing anymore.

The "play the  bass drums as fast as you can" approach should be banned in power metal. Boring, boring, boring.

I just feel that he used that over and over again in Strato and it worked for them, but if you are doing other projects, you need some diversity.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on May 17, 2013, 08:31:43 PM
I'm telling you guys, if you want some good Power Metal, check out Lorenguard's debut album, Eve of Corruption.

Also, Enshrined in my Memory is the best song on the Avalon album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 18, 2013, 03:10:56 AM
I'm telling you guys, if you want some good Power Metal, check out Lorenguard's debut album, Eve of Corruption.

Also, Enshrined in my Memory is the best song on the Avalon album.

Yeah I like the Lorenguard album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 22, 2013, 02:50:52 PM
I've spun PelleK's new album a couple of times now.  Very good melodic/symphonic/power metal.  Worth a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuMGcUenRVw

Damn I love this dude's voice.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 22, 2013, 05:00:15 PM
Also, I'm gonna snag the new TT Avalon release.  Are any of his solo efforts worth grabbing?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 22, 2013, 05:08:37 PM
Also, I'm gonna snag the new TT Avalon release.  Are any of his solo efforts worth grabbing?

Hymn to Life is not what you would expect.  Not metal at all and has many different styles.  There's Key to the Universe, great song featuring Kiske.  Now I Understand is more of a pop effort, Devine is a moody atmospheric piece which is quite good.  Then you have Fresh Blue Waters which is almost country, and Father which is one of the most disturbing pieces of music I have ever heard.  I like the album, but definietely not what you would expect.

I haven't got his classical variations albums of his Saana album.  The first Revolution Renaissance album is a power metal must but the other two are forgettable.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 22, 2013, 05:28:28 PM
Yeah, I stream'd the RR albums a couple months back (from Grooveshark).  Liked them plenty on first listen, but not enough to make a purchase.  Think I'll pass on his solo stuff.  Your lackluster description makes me think the listening experience will be the same.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 28, 2013, 04:08:51 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If9T_KfkDyI

new Jorn vid.  This is actually really solid and fresh.  Besides the verses sounding exactly like Dio's Push, this is great.  That riff just before the solo is absolutely incredible and the solos are stellar.  Also, the guitar tones of the harmonies during the solos, sounds exactly like the guitars on Death's Sound of Perserverance.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 28, 2013, 05:01:00 PM
Also, new Masterplan vid.  Not bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ4BlRwKMRo
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 29, 2013, 05:03:06 AM
New Poodles album is pretty good.  40 Days and 40 Nights is one of the best songs of the year, incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 29, 2013, 06:11:08 AM
Dig that Masterplan.  Altzi sounds like he's gonna fit in just fine.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 29, 2013, 06:12:13 AM
Yeah, I'm liking him a lot too.  The two songs released are solid and I'm confident already it will be better than the last crap fest.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 29, 2013, 06:33:29 AM
BTW, he was on the Epysode 1 project too (if you haven't checked that out despite my numerous pushes).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on May 29, 2013, 07:50:53 AM
Those Jorn and Masterplan videos are pretty good; paint by the numbers power metal, but good.  Jorn is kind of creepy in his video though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 29, 2013, 01:03:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If9T_KfkDyI

new Jorn vid.  This is actually really solid and fresh.  Besides the verses sounding exactly like Dio's Push, this is great.  That riff just before the solo is absolutely incredible and the solos are stellar.  Also, the guitar tones of the harmonies during the solos, sounds exactly like the guitars on Death's Sound of Perserverance.

I've always rated Teeny as a guitarist. good to hear him playing some heavier stuff than his day job in WigWam. Also, Flash is holding down some heavy bottom end. Pretty good song, might be a decent Jorn album at last. Unless all the songs are in this same tempo, as his last few have been.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 31, 2013, 04:51:51 AM
Just listened to the new TT Avalon.  It was okay, but really didn't do too much for me to be honest.  Will give it time and keep pluggin it.  As Zook said, it's just pretty generic, even for your standard power metal.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on May 31, 2013, 05:36:46 AM
Just listened to the new TT Avalon.  It was okay, but really didn't do too much for me to be honest.  Will give it time and keep pluggin it.  As Zook said, it's just pretty generic, even for your standard power metal.

:iagree:

listened once... nothing wow'd me, but it was pretty solid.  think I'll spin it again today.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 31, 2013, 05:39:41 AM
Yeah, I think it's nothing special but at the same time I didn't mind it.  Definitely needs more spins.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 31, 2013, 02:21:13 PM
Yeah, I think it's nothing special but at the same time I didn't mind it.  Definitely needs more spins.

I do enjoy the videos with Elize Ryd though  :heart. That counts for something.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on May 31, 2013, 03:58:58 PM
Yeah, she is seriously one of the most stunning women alive.

Also, I had a sneak peak at a couple of tracks from the new Magnus Karlsson album, and they are incredible, I think this album will be pretty special.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on May 31, 2013, 04:30:42 PM
Yeah, she is seriously one of the most stunning women alive.

Also, I had a sneak peak at a couple of tracks from the new Magnus Karlsson album, and they are incredible, I think this album will be pretty special.

I'm expecting something special there. Talented guy.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 07, 2013, 04:43:24 AM
Holy shit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roZQaR0xOFY

Check this out, this sounds amazing!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 07, 2013, 09:44:34 AM
Holy shit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roZQaR0xOFY

Check this out, this sounds amazing!!
Can't get Youtube at work. What is it?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 07, 2013, 05:08:30 PM
Holy shit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roZQaR0xOFY

Check this out, this sounds amazing!!
Can't get Youtube at work. What is it?

Samples from a new project call Find Me featuring Daniel Flores and Robbie Leblanc.  These samples sound incredible, but the album doesn't come out until late August.  Make sure you check them, they're incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on June 07, 2013, 05:12:23 PM
They sound Ok, nothing wrong with them, but...... Nothing is ever going to top The Magnificent. :P
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 07, 2013, 05:20:56 PM
The Magnificent was an amazing cd, but for some reason, it didn't have much lasting power for me.  I never feel a need to go back and listen to it.  I should do it though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on June 07, 2013, 05:23:33 PM
I don't listen to it as much as I did, but I still love it. Michael Eriksen really makes that album. If it were someone else singing, I probably wouldn't like it as much.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 08, 2013, 03:50:28 AM
They sound Ok, nothing wrong with them, but...... Nothing is ever going to top The Magnificent. :P

It was ok but nothing outstanding for me. I listen to it now and then. The new Magnus Karlson will blow it out of the water  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 09, 2013, 04:20:13 PM
Update this thread as soon as you've heard Free Fall Paul.  I hopefully should be getting my copy this week.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 11, 2013, 05:08:03 AM
Looks like we are in for a treat with Magnus Karlsson, it's getting great reviews.

http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/m_2/magnus-karlsson-s.htm

http://www.rockeyez.com/reviews/cd/magnus-karlsson/rev-2013-06-bmr-magnus-karlsson-free-fall-5-0.html
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 11, 2013, 05:31:06 AM
Hot damn!  Me is excited!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 11, 2013, 05:51:42 AM
Yeah I can't wait.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 12, 2013, 06:39:14 AM
Samples of the new Masterplan.  This sounds damn good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdaZiaOhcS0
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on June 12, 2013, 11:56:21 AM
Fergie Frederiksen (ex-TOTO) - Last Battle of My War (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aS7cNvXT_4&feature=youtu.be)

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 12, 2013, 12:02:02 PM
Boy, his voice has held up a little better than his face.


Really enjoyed the song though. My measure of good AOR is whether or not it works over an '80s movie training montage. This passed with flying colours.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on June 12, 2013, 12:03:00 PM
Really enjoyed the song though. My measure of good AOR is whether or not it works over an '80s movie training montage. This passed with flying colours.
:lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 12, 2013, 12:15:19 PM
Oh sure you laugh now, but later when you get the sudden urge to watch Rocky IV, remember this!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 12, 2013, 12:55:53 PM
Samples of the new Masterplan.  This sounds damn good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdaZiaOhcS0

Ooh this sounds good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 12, 2013, 04:38:11 PM
Fergie Frederiksen (ex-TOTO) - Last Battle of My War (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aS7cNvXT_4&feature=youtu.be)

This is awesome, another release to add to my list.  His last album was pretty good too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 12, 2013, 04:40:36 PM
Boy, his voice has held up a little better than his face.


Really enjoyed the song though. My measure of good AOR is whether or not it works over an '80s movie training montage. This passed with flying colours.

Well, he is 62, and has overcome a pretty severe cancer.

But yes, this could easily go with any 80's montage, good stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 13, 2013, 06:28:58 AM
Fergie Frederiksen (ex-TOTO) - Last Battle of My War (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aS7cNvXT_4&feature=youtu.be)

This is awesome, another release to add to my list.  His last album was pretty good too.

I'm freaking loving this song.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 13, 2013, 06:39:37 AM
I'll definitely be getting that one. Just my style, and I've felt like listening to the song several times.



But I can't watch that music video! That withered old face looks so physically pained with each note. I think it's a rule that melodic rock artists aren't suited to camera. Toto. I rest my case. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 13, 2013, 06:51:52 AM
I'll definitely be getting that one. Just my style, and I've felt like listening to the song several times.



But I can't watch that music video! That withered old face looks so physically pained with each note. I think it's a rule that melodic rock artists aren't suited to camera. Toto. I rest my case. :lol

I'm listening to it again right now.

Come on Blob, give poor Fergie a break.  He looks so happy and energetic in that video, he's loving every second of it.  Really killer song though.  But it is written by Allesandro Del Vecchio, he's been doing quality stuff lately.  Here's the full press release by the way;


FERGIE FREDERIKSEN ENJOYS ANY GIVEN MOMENT: HIS NEW SOLO ALBUM OUT IN AUGUST:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Fergie Frederiksen new solo album Any Given Moment on August 23 in Europe and August 27 in North America.
The excellent reviews surrounding the release of his latest album Happiness Is The Road in 2011 (with UK's leading AOR magazine Fireworks calling it “Quite stunning!”) rebuilt Fergie's trust in himself and therefore pretty soon another new album was in the works.
This time, Fergie collaborated with Italian producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and with the help of his songwriting, along with contributions from other world class musicians as Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx) and Robert Sall (Work of Art, W.E.T.) on guitars among others, Fergie put his mark on another true Melodic Rock gem of an album! “This CD was a pleasure to record. Ale and his talents as an engineer and producer shine” says Fergie. “It is always great when you make "life long friends" doing what we love to do. He's become a dear friend and a great artist. I look forward to working with him again”.

Some special surprises are also included such as the superb duet with Issa on “Not Alone” and a brand new version of Toto's classic song “Angel Don't Cry” originally included on the “Isolation” album. In Fergie's words, the new album title is particularly important because in life “You never know what will happen. But if you have love, faith, family and friends it always makes the trials and struggles in life more doable. Thank God I am blessed with all that and more”.
This new album really rocks though and songs like “The Price For Loving You” and the first single “Last Battle of My War” are there to show the world that Fergie's vocal abilities are still amazing and second to none “The songs on this album are truly all awesome. I had a chance to stretch and let it fly.  “Not Alone”, which I sang a duet with Issa, is pretty special. Our voices blend together and I was so happy she agreed to do it. PO Nilsson really wrote a killer song. Then again there are many more I feel strongly about. Hope you all like them.”
A very special twist during the recording process… “was the trip to visit Frontiers Records in Naples” recalls Fergie. “What fantastic hosts they are. And the food was to die for. I also learned more about Naples in one day than I ever thought possible. What a great day meeting everyone at Frontiers and spending the day in their beautiful and historical city. Blew my mind. All in all it was a great experience and I believe Ale captured my best. Thank you Serafino and Mario for hooking me up with Ale. Great fun and I hope everyone likes the new CD”.
Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen is mostly known for being the former vocalist of Toto (on the “Isolation” album, released in 1984), he has been involved in a lot of other outstanding musical projects too. Trillion, LeRoux, Frederiksen/Philips, Mecca, Frederiksen/Denander and David London (solo album, under pseudonym) are simply a few worthy of mention. In 1999 he debuted as a solo artist with “Equilibrium”, an album which garnered great reviews in Europe and Japan and since then he has been offering quality Melodic Rock music to his legion of fans.

Any Given Moment includes the following songs: Last Battle Of My War; Let Go; Price For Loving You; I'll Be The One; Time Will Change; How Many Roads; Candles In The Dark; Any Given Moment; Not Alone (Feat. Issa); When The Battle Is Over; Angel Don't Cry.
Enjoy the videoclip of the first single “Last Battle of My War”:

Musicians on “Any Given Moment” include: Fergie Frederiksen – lead vocals; Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards, background vocals; Nik Mazzucconi – bass, fretless bass; Herman Furin – drums; Robert Sall, Bruce Gaitsch, Walter Caliaro, Peter Friestedt, Alessio Berlaffa, Sven Larsson, David Coyle - Lead and rhythm guitars; Roberto Tiranti – background vocals; Issa – duet vocals on “Not Alone”. Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio.


(http://www.melodicrock.com/fergiefrederiksen-anygivenmoment.jpg)  (http://www.melodicrock.com/fergiefrederiksen-2013.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on June 13, 2013, 06:57:41 AM
^^ :tup

Given that he has inoperable cancer it's pretty cool he's still going strong.

BTW anyone catching Toto this summer? I might do it actually, haven't seen them in a while.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 13, 2013, 06:57:55 AM
Aw don't worry, I don't care what he looks like. :lol The song is great, and to me stands out from the typical modern AOR stuff, and I'm keen to hear the rest of the album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 13, 2013, 08:39:25 AM
Aw don't worry, I don't care what he looks like. :lol The song is great, and to me stands out from the typical modern AOR stuff, and I'm keen to hear the rest of the album.

Alot of the AOR stuff I've heard recently doesn't hold my interest. The first few tracks are great then things get same-y. That's a good song, hopefully the rest of the album is as good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 13, 2013, 04:24:31 PM
Aw don't worry, I don't care what he looks like. :lol The song is great, and to me stands out from the typical modern AOR stuff, and I'm keen to hear the rest of the album.

Alot of the AOR stuff I've heard recently doesn't hold my interest. The first few tracks are great then things get same-y. That's a good song, hopefully the rest of the album is as good.

That's only cause you're into bands like Death at the moment.  :lol

Seriously though, I sort of agree. The melodic rock stuff the last 18 months or so has been pretty weak compared to 2-3 years ago.  This has potential as does the new Find Me, and of course Magnus, but that's more melodic metal.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: FreezingPoint on June 13, 2013, 05:47:54 PM
Aw don't worry, I don't care what he looks like. :lol The song is great, and to me stands out from the typical modern AOR stuff, and I'm keen to hear the rest of the album.

Alot of the AOR stuff I've heard recently doesn't hold my interest. The first few tracks are great then things get same-y. That's a good song, hopefully the rest of the album is as good.

That's only cause you're into bands like Death at the moment.  :lol

Seriously though, I sort of agree. The melodic rock stuff the last 18 months or so has been pretty weak compared to 2-3 years ago.  This has potential as does the new Find Me, and of course Magnus, but that's more melodic metal.

I agree as well. I think a big thing for me is that they all kind of sound the same sonically as well. Same kind of drum sound, same kind of guitar sound, and nothing playing wise that stands out to me as having a unique or different style than the rest of the bands in the genre. Couple that with generic lyrics, and it kind of gets stale quickly. Sometimes I just feel like I am listening to the same bands over and over with different singers. Maybe it is just me.

Still love the older stuff though. But nothing has really caught my ear lately.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 13, 2013, 10:10:49 PM
Aw don't worry, I don't care what he looks like. :lol The song is great, and to me stands out from the typical modern AOR stuff, and I'm keen to hear the rest of the album.

Alot of the AOR stuff I've heard recently doesn't hold my interest. The first few tracks are great then things get same-y. That's a good song, hopefully the rest of the album is as good.

That's only cause you're into bands like Death at the moment.  :lol

Seriously though, I sort of agree. The melodic rock stuff the last 18 months or so has been pretty weak compared to 2-3 years ago.  This has potential as does the new Find Me, and of course Magnus, but that's more melodic metal.

I agree as well. I think a big thing for me is that they all kind of sound the same sonically as well. Same kind of drum sound, same kind of guitar sound, and nothing playing wise that stands out to me as having a unique or different style than the rest of the bands in the genre. Couple that with generic lyrics, and it kind of gets stale quickly. Sometimes I just feel like I am listening to the same bands over and over with different singers. Maybe it is just me.

Still love the older stuff though. But nothing has really caught my ear lately.

It's not just you, I feel the same. It seems like every album has the same production, and kind of blurs together as if everyone's just recording their albums back to back. It's like they're all trying to fit in with a modern metal sound, and I find it a bit generic, with those triggered sounding drums, and thin guitars, and overcompression.

The Fergie Frederiksen song sounded a lot more grounded in the '80s melodic rock sound, which appeals to me a lot more. Each to his own though!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 14, 2013, 02:28:48 AM
Aw don't worry, I don't care what he looks like. :lol The song is great, and to me stands out from the typical modern AOR stuff, and I'm keen to hear the rest of the album.

Alot of the AOR stuff I've heard recently doesn't hold my interest. The first few tracks are great then things get same-y. That's a good song, hopefully the rest of the album is as good.

That's only cause you're into bands like Death at the moment.  :lol

Seriously though, I sort of agree. The melodic rock stuff the last 18 months or so has been pretty weak compared to 2-3 years ago.  This has potential as does the new Find Me, and of course Magnus, but that's more melodic metal.

 :lol

I recently reorganised my usbs for the car, metal on one and melodic rock on the other. It's been melrock for the last couple of weeks as the weather has been strangely hot here in the UK. Not much Death been played   :biggrin:

First listen to the Magnus Karlsson-  :hefdaddy
Melodic metal heaven. great songs, great playing, great vocals- just great. Unless the shine wears off, this is album of the year so far material.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 14, 2013, 05:09:10 AM
I was hoping for my copy of Magnus Karlsson being waiting for me tonight, but it wasn't.  Being Friday, I'll have to wait until next week, but I'm gonna hold out until I get my copy.

The reviews have been outstanding and your backign them all up Paul.  If you think it's album of the year material, it must be fucking good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wkiml on June 14, 2013, 05:41:26 AM
maybe its just me and my age...but having grown up with AOR being the staple of the radio with bands like Boston/Toto/Foreigner/Doobie Brothers  all these "new" AOR bands all sound the same and are generic as hell

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 14, 2013, 05:44:09 AM
I think they just have different influences these days, more metal.  But as said above, Frontiers do have a regular roster at the moment where they just put people together and get them to churn out albums.  It's almost a factory where they just spit out this type of music.  It's like pop but just not popular.  I don't mind but when you get things that aren't up to par, you'd rather the artists slow down and produce quality as opposed to quantity.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 14, 2013, 05:48:12 AM
I don't like the metal direction samey-ness they mostly have these days. I'm glad that Frontiers supports that kind of music, but it also makes it harder to weed out the good stuff from the rest when they churn out so much.

I'm really waiting for a new Stan Bush album hopefully later this year (he's currently recording it), because his last few albums have been really solid performers for me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 14, 2013, 05:50:02 AM
I think they just have different influences these days, more metal.  But as said above, Frontiers do have a regular roster at the moment where they just put people together and get them to churn out albums.  It's almost a factory where they just spit out this type of music.  It's like pop but just not popular.  I don't mind but when you get things that aren't up to par, you'd rather the artists slow down and produce quality as opposed to quantity.

Yeah that is definitely a problem.

The MK album was an instant hit just hoping that it doesn't wear off quickly. Listened to his Bob Catley album (Immortal) last night- another great MK album.
The new Masterplan sounds good too. Amazon have done well out of me today.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 14, 2013, 07:00:29 AM
Ok, I'm giving this Magnus Karlsson album a spin because of this thread. Let you know how it goes.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 14, 2013, 07:11:21 AM
Sounds good Blob, hopefully you will enjoy it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 14, 2013, 07:23:22 AM
Blah, and I'm already out. Sorry.
Nothing wrong with it, I just don't like the metal stuff. It just does absolutely nothing at all for me. I like melodic rock, but I'm pretty fussy with it, and I don't really like the melodic metal. I just feel like I'm listening to power metal (not that there's anything wrong with that either). The mix/production isn't all too great either.

I can't wait for the Fergie Frederiksen one to come out already, dangit.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 14, 2013, 08:55:07 AM
Blah, and I'm already out. Sorry.
Nothing wrong with it, I just don't like the metal stuff. It just does absolutely nothing at all for me. I like melodic rock, but I'm pretty fussy with it, and I don't really like the melodic metal. I just feel like I'm listening to power metal (not that there's anything wrong with that either). The mix/production isn't all too great either.

I can't wait for the Fergie Frederiksen one to come out already, dangit.

I get that. I'm the opposite. I'm not a fan of the pink n fluffy AOR- the highly polished, keyboard dominated stuff. I like a little steel with my melody.
Not noticed anything wrong with the production/mix of the MK, but then again I'm listening on the mp3 player or in the car.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on June 14, 2013, 08:58:36 AM
Blah, and I'm already out. Sorry.
Nothing wrong with it, I just don't like the metal stuff. It just does absolutely nothing at all for me. I like melodic rock, but I'm pretty fussy with it, and I don't really like the melodic metal. I just feel like I'm listening to power metal (not that there's anything wrong with that either). The mix/production isn't all too great either.

I can't wait for the Fergie Frederiksen one to come out already, dangit.

I get that. I'm the opposite. I'm not a fan of the pink n fluffy AOR- the highly polished, keyboard dominated stuff. I like a little steel with my melody.

Oh believe me, I totally get that a lot of people aren't going to dig the fluff '80s stuff. :lol There is a limit to just how wimpy I like, but I definitely lean more towards the softer keyboard-driven side than the metal side. I do like it to have some balls, but rock balls, rather than metal balls. Just different strokes, that's all.
As I said, there wasn't anything wrong with the album, it's just not what *I* like in the genre. But I'm a super fussy bastard, so I don't mean to rain on the parade or anything!  :blush
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 14, 2013, 04:28:13 PM
You're a hard man Blob, but you like what you like.  Magnus' stuff is very different to any other AOR, it's definitely more metal.  I've never had an issue with the production on any of his albums though, it's always been top notch.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 19, 2013, 05:43:47 AM
Just received Freefall tonight and have just listened to it for the first time.  Wow, it really is something special.  Magnus sure did an incredible job writing songs for the singers.  The only thing I will say is that it is a little overproduced and compressed and some songs are mixed a bit too loud.

But the songs and performances are incredible.  Freefall is amazing and Russell is just superb and the solo in this track is jaw dropping.  Ralf sang really really well, probably better than he has for quite some time.  Magnus' songs are good and his voice is actually really good.  The Mark Boals song was incredible and I was impressed with Fighting, Herman is a good singer.  The song with Mike Andersson is great and the solo section in this song made me punch the air, on first listen the most outstanding part of the whole record.

Album of the year material.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 19, 2013, 06:01:26 AM
Summed that up pretty well, Kade. Excellent album. Have you got the Masterplan yet? That's up there too. I really like it. Been some good albums out in the last few weeks.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 19, 2013, 06:26:39 AM
Should receive it any day now.  Loved Rik's track on Freefall so I think he definitely will be a fine replacement for Jorn.

Also received the new Jorn, it's 10:30 on a weeknight and I'm on the second last song so after the first listen it was a bit of a blur, but it seems alright.  Some fresh stuff in there with Trond but nothing groundbreaking either.  The main thing that threw me was the shameless Dio rip off in the first couple of songs.  Couldn't get past that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 19, 2013, 07:00:32 AM
Should receive it any day now.  Loved Rik's track on Freefall so I think he definitely will be a fine replacement for Jorn.

Also received the new Jorn, it's 10:30 on a weeknight and I'm on the second last song so after the first listen it was a bit of a blur, but it seems alright.  Some fresh stuff in there with Trond but nothing groundbreaking either.  The main thing that threw me was the shameless Dio rip off in the first couple of songs.  Couldn't get past that.

I'm sure he thinks he is Dio. It's an ok album, probably better than his last couple, but he doesn't excite me and I don't love his voice as others seem to. He sounds better on other people's stuff (Allen/Lande, Avantasia, Masterplan, Millenium, Ark) than his own.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 19, 2013, 07:09:18 AM
Should receive it any day now.  Loved Rik's track on Freefall so I think he definitely will be a fine replacement for Jorn.

Also received the new Jorn, it's 10:30 on a weeknight and I'm on the second last song so after the first listen it was a bit of a blur, but it seems alright.  Some fresh stuff in there with Trond but nothing groundbreaking either.  The main thing that threw me was the shameless Dio rip off in the first couple of songs.  Couldn't get past that.

I'm sure he thinks he is Dio. It's an ok album, probably better than his last couple, but he doesn't excite me and I don't love his voice as others seem to. He sounds better on other people's stuff (Allen/Lande, Avantasia, Masterplan, Millenium, Ark) than his own.

Yeah, I'd probably agree with that.  It's good and definitely better than the last couple but year, definitely more listens.  Also the last track is quite laughable in the lyrics.  He already did a whole album tribute to Dio and now another song?  Come on Jorn, we know he's your idol ,you don't need to shove it down our throats. 

I will say, the guitar work is really goodon the album though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 19, 2013, 07:24:55 AM
Should receive it any day now.  Loved Rik's track on Freefall so I think he definitely will be a fine replacement for Jorn.

Also received the new Jorn, it's 10:30 on a weeknight and I'm on the second last song so after the first listen it was a bit of a blur, but it seems alright.  Some fresh stuff in there with Trond but nothing groundbreaking either.  The main thing that threw me was the shameless Dio rip off in the first couple of songs.  Couldn't get past that.

I'm sure he thinks he is Dio. It's an ok album, probably better than his last couple, but he doesn't excite me and I don't love his voice as others seem to. He sounds better on other people's stuff (Allen/Lande, Avantasia, Masterplan, Millenium, Ark) than his own.

Yeah, I'd probably agree with that.  It's good and definitely better than the last couple but year, definitely more listens.  Also the last track is quite laughable in the lyrics.  He already did a whole album tribute to Dio and now another song?  Come on Jorn, we know he's your idol ,you don't need to shove it down our throats. 

I will say, the guitar work is really goodon the album though.

Teeny is a very good player and good songwriter. WigWam are pretty good. It's not all killer but a decent percentage is. Just don't start with Wall Street, their last album. WigWamania is the place to start.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 19, 2013, 07:27:57 AM
Yeah I might check them out.

Just finishing my second listen of Freefall before bed, and yeah, this is some really good shit.  Great songs and solid playing and performances.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 20, 2013, 04:10:39 AM
The new Robin Beck album sounds really good ina very AOR style. She's still hot too.  :heart Maybe you young'uns won't agree  :biggrin:

This is the epk for the album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kQetaxVr3U&feature=player_embedded#at=105

Her Trouble Or Nothn' album was excellent back in the day. On the poppier side ogf my taste but I did love it. Will have to dig it out now we're having a summer here in the UK.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 20, 2013, 05:55:25 AM
Never checked her out.  I know it sounds a bit sexist but I'm not the biggest fan of female vocalists.  It sounds okay but not really my style.

She's hot though.  I love my women around this age.  :lol  I'd fuck the shit out of her.

Also was that a pic of Tommy Denander I saw there, he's the boss.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 20, 2013, 07:12:35 AM
Never checked her out.  I know it sounds a bit sexist but I'm not the biggest fan of female vocalists.  It sounds okay but not really my style.

She's hot though.  I love my women around this age.  :lol  I'd fuck the shit out of her.

Also was that a pic of Tommy Denander I saw there, he's the boss.

I'd be very surprised if TD is not on the album  :biggrin: I expect the House of Lords guys are probably on there. Robin is married to James Christian, the lucky git.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 20, 2013, 08:27:35 AM
Never heard of her before. She's no Lee Aaron, but I'd get "underneath" her.  :heybaby:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 20, 2013, 08:32:54 AM
Never heard of her before. She's no Lee Aaron, but I'd get "underneath" her.  :heybaby:

Never rated Lee AAaron, musically or otherwise. I'll keep my Robin Beck thanks!  :biggrin: She did the Coke advert song in the 80s, First Time.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 20, 2013, 08:35:03 AM
Aaron is great ... Grew up in my city. Very similar looking to Robin.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 20, 2013, 08:42:04 AM
Aaron is great ... Grew up in my city. Very similar looking to Robin.

She was a bit weird looking to me. But I'm very picky  :biggrin: Now Shania? That's a Canadian I'd like to spend the cold winter with  :heart
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 20, 2013, 10:35:08 PM
Aaron is great ... Grew up in my city. Very similar looking to Robin.

She was a bit weird looking to me. But I'm very picky  :biggrin: Now Shania? That's a Canadian I'd like to spend the cold winter with  :heart

A 'Long Cold Winter'?   :lol

Back on topic ... Just had a mini Harry Hess-a-thon; First Signal (s/t) and under his own name, Livng In Yesterday. Tomorrow, some Harem. Gonna see them in 2 weeks!  Can't wait for the re-recording of Mood Swings.

Blob, those first two are some quality rock albums you'd probably dig.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on June 21, 2013, 08:08:45 AM
Aaron is great ... Grew up in my city. Very similar looking to Robin.

She was a bit weird looking to me. But I'm very picky  :biggrin: Now Shania? That's a Canadian I'd like to spend the cold winter with  :heart

A 'Long Cold Winter'?   :lol

Back on topic ... Just had a mini Harry Hess-a-thon; First Signal (s/t) and under his own name, Livng In Yesterday. Tomorrow, some Harem. Gonna see them in 2 weeks!  Can't wait for the re-recording of Mood Swings.

Blob, those first two are some quality rock albums you'd probably dig.

What's the latest on the re recording of Mood Swings? Is it expected to be out this year?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 21, 2013, 09:46:53 AM
Pete was recording the guitars about a month or so ago.  I believe they lad down all the vocals back in May. I suspect the drums too, as Darren was doing the vocals with Harry.

That's the latest I'd heard. They haven't been giving too many updates.  I suspect (hope) they may mention something at the show.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 21, 2013, 01:03:30 PM
Apparently, Darren Smith (Harem Scarem drummer) is the lead vocalist for Jake E Lee's new band, Red Dragon Cartel. Jake is one of my favourite guitarists so hoping for great things but not expecting much after such a long lay off.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on June 21, 2013, 04:01:32 PM
Pete was recording the guitars about a month or so ago.  I believe they lad down all the vocals back in May. I suspect the drums too, as Darren was doing the vocals with Harry.

That's the latest I'd heard. They haven't been giving too many updates.  I suspect (hope) they may mention something at the show.

cool, let me know if they mention something at the show.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 22, 2013, 08:15:26 AM
Apparently, Darren Smith (Harem Scarem drummer) is the lead vocalist for Jake E Lee's new band, Red Dragon Cartel. Jake is one of my favourite guitarists so hoping for great things but not expecting much after such a long lay off.

Yeah, I saw that on FB earlier this week.  I don't think he's acting as HS's current drummer - that he's doing with a band called WarMachine.... A much more metal band - worth checking out. They opened for QR when I saw them back in March.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 23, 2013, 04:39:58 AM
Man, I love Jake E Lee, I'll need to check that out. 

Looking forward to the Mood Swings re-recording too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 23, 2013, 05:09:32 AM
New FM song is killer, terrific ballad, should be a smash hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MzTjy4047o
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 23, 2013, 09:20:28 AM
The lineup for the Harem Scarem show I'm going to in a couple of weeks looks like this:

Heaven's Fire
WarMachine
Harem Scarem

Finally found some info on Heaven's Fire... there are a couple bands with this name.  The one that's playing this show, Darren is lead singer.  He's drummer for WarMachine, and I'm not sure if he's drumming for HS that night or if they have someone else in mind.  Either way, he's gonna be a busy camper that night.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 23, 2013, 05:45:54 PM
I think I remember reading from the press release that he was officially back in the new Harem Scarem lineup.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 25, 2013, 06:45:12 PM
(http://www.israbox.com/uploads/posts/2013-05/1369427390_powerworld_-_cybersteria__2013_.jpg)

You may recognize the band name, as Andrew "Mac" McDermott was the lead singer for their second album, Human Parasite.  Mac was the was the lead for Threshold for the six albums up to Dead Reckoning (Mac died a couple of years ago from kidney failure).  Well, they just released their third album a couple weeks ago.  Sorry to do this to you guys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb5UdggQGIs

I've got the CD on order... which I did about 40 seconds after hearing this track.

Their first two albums are pretty tight too - especially Human Parasite (that's the one with Mac on the mic).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 25, 2013, 06:55:14 PM
Bro, slow down on the cd's, I thought I was crazy.  I've heard the name but never checked them out.  Still a shame about Mac too.

To be honest though, that song didn't do anything for me at all.  I guess I'm just keeping my standards really high to try and cut down on the spending.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 26, 2013, 02:23:59 AM
I enjoyed that Powerworld album, and the one before- nothing earth shattering but decent and enjoyable. Not sure I'd buy it but worth a listen on spotify.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 27, 2013, 04:30:42 AM
http://www.melodicrock.com/

HAREM SCAREM UPDATE:
Harem Scarem will release Mood Swings II in Japan in August and rest of the world in September via Frontiers Records. It will be released in Japan August 21 is two versions - regular and SHM-CD Limited Edition with bonus 'making of' DVD. Both versions can be pre-ordered via CD Japan. Rest of the world release details soon...

UPDATE: Harry was kind enough to confirm that the entire Mood Swings record has been recreated, re-recorded by Harem Scarem over the last few months. And the three bonus tracks are brand new, freshly written and recorded songs for the occasion.
The 3 track titles are: World Gone To Pieces, Anarchy and Brighter Day.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on June 27, 2013, 05:43:34 AM
:footloose:

I hope they play one or more of those new tracks in 2 weeks.  :caffeine:

Pre-order will be made as soon as it can be.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 27, 2013, 05:49:08 AM
Yeah, I'm loving this too.  Mood Swings was one of my best discoveries in the last few years (thanks to yourself my good friend) and the original is terrific, but I'm looking forward to this new version.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 27, 2013, 04:15:56 PM
Moving away briefly from the HS topic, just listening to the Jorn Starfire album for the first time and Jesus, it's a different guy!!! He does not sing like that anymore. Very good album too and a long way from his metal of today.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 27, 2013, 04:19:51 PM
Starfire is a great AOR melodic rock record, I really like it, even though half the album is covers its solid.  Jorn's material definitely has become pretty generic and stale compared to the likes of Starfire.

Have you heard Worldchanger and Out To Every Nation?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 27, 2013, 04:27:53 PM
Starfire is a great AOR melodic rock record, I really like it, even though half the album is covers its solid.  Jorn's material definitely has become pretty generic and stale compared to the likes of Starfire.

Have you heard Worldchanger and Out To Every Nation?

Yeah, got both of those Kade. They are more what I expect from Jorn so the AORstuff was a surprise. II know he's done the Whitesnale-y stuff before- Snakes In Paradise was it?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on June 28, 2013, 02:42:33 AM
http://www.melodicrock.com/

HAREM SCAREM UPDATE:
Harem Scarem will release Mood Swings II in Japan in August and rest of the world in September via Frontiers Records. It will be released in Japan August 21 is two versions - regular and SHM-CD Limited Edition with bonus 'making of' DVD. Both versions can be pre-ordered via CD Japan. Rest of the world release details soon...

UPDATE: Harry was kind enough to confirm that the entire Mood Swings record has been recreated, re-recorded by Harem Scarem over the last few months. And the three bonus tracks are brand new, freshly written and recorded songs for the occasion.
The 3 track titles are: World Gone To Pieces, Anarchy and Brighter Day.


Very interested in hearing this
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 28, 2013, 03:56:20 AM
Starfire is a great AOR melodic rock record, I really like it, even though half the album is covers its solid.  Jorn's material definitely has become pretty generic and stale compared to the likes of Starfire.

Have you heard Worldchanger and Out To Every Nation?

Yeah, got both of those Kade. They are more what I expect from Jorn so the AORstuff was a surprise. II know he's done the Whitesnale-y stuff before- Snakes In Paradise was it?

Yeah, I never checked out the album he did with The Snakes.  I think up to The Duke, Jorn was the shit, but after that, it's just been going down.

Also, another good Jorn one is The Hourglass by Millenium.  It has Jorn and Ralph Santolla, really good melodic rock record.

Also, going back to Starfire, the Journey and Foreigner covers are especially fantastic.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 28, 2013, 10:06:12 AM
Starfire is a great AOR melodic rock record, I really like it, even though half the album is covers its solid.  Jorn's material definitely has become pretty generic and stale compared to the likes of Starfire.

Have you heard Worldchanger and Out To Every Nation?

Yeah, got both of those Kade. They are more what I expect from Jorn so the AORstuff was a surprise. II know he's done the Whitesnale-y stuff before- Snakes In Paradise was it?

Yeah, I never checked out the album he did with The Snakes.  I think up to The Duke, Jorn was the shit, but after that, it's just been going down.

Also, another good Jorn one is The Hourglass by Millenium.  It has Jorn and Ralph Santolla, really good melodic rock record.

Also, going back to Starfire, the Journey and Foreigner covers are especially fantastic.

Yeah I like Millenium. Preferred Santolla's earlier band, Eyewitness, though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on June 28, 2013, 04:11:51 PM
Never heard of that band, another one to check out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on June 29, 2013, 11:28:33 AM
Never heard of that band, another one to check out.

Indeed it is. They do a decent cover of UFO's Only You Can Rock Me and a Zeno song. If you like Millienium it's pretty similar.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 01, 2013, 04:29:20 AM
This is absolutely incredible.  Find Me - Road to Nowhere (Robbie from Blanc Faces and Daniel Flores)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vln92rKzvgw

WOW!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on July 01, 2013, 04:37:32 AM
Generic, but I liked it, and I loved the vocals.
Even though the Youtube quality was crap, it sounded like the typical modern cheap metallish sounding production that always puts me off though. :(
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 01, 2013, 04:41:33 AM
I think the quality of the youtube clip wasn't very good.  Hopefully the production makes it shine, but I love this song, Robbie's vocals are amazing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on July 01, 2013, 04:43:50 AM
Agreed on the vocals. Any other albums he's on I might be interested in? I'm very fussy with vocals, and in this genre especially it can be make or break, and this guy makes it.

Even from that Youtube clip, it sounded like the thin metal sounding guitar sound, and triggered metal drums. Why is it that the best sounding albums are all over 20 years old?!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 01, 2013, 05:13:25 AM
He's from a band Blanc Faces which he plays with his brother in.  Their debut is good but their second album is even better, it's called Falling From the Moon.  It's pretty light, but has great vox and the songs have some nice melodies.  Here's the title track;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qACZAcyq0pI
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 09, 2013, 09:49:20 AM
Mood Swings II samples (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYhmxxnMlSI)

Sounds great.  But given the original is a Top 12 album of all time for me - and likely has over 100 listens - this will take a little adjusting.

3 days till I see them live!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on July 09, 2013, 11:46:53 AM
Sounds really good!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 09, 2013, 11:58:47 AM
Mood Swings II samples (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYhmxxnMlSI)

Sounds great.  But given the original is a Top 12 album of all time for me - and likely has over 100 listens - this will take a little adjusting.

3 days till I see them live!

You are being spoilt at the moment. Saw them at Firefest a few years ago. They were very good.
Schenker for me next week.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 09, 2013, 02:01:23 PM
You are being spoilt at the moment. Saw them at Firefest a few years ago. They were very good.
Schenker for me next week.

Yes I am... Rush, Avantasia and Harem all within 6 days of each other.

Best. Concert. Week. Ever.

:booyah:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 09, 2013, 03:33:21 PM
Mood Swings II samples (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYhmxxnMlSI)

Sounds great.  But given the original is a Top 12 album of all time for me - and likely has over 100 listens - this will take a little adjusting.

3 days till I see them live!

Sounds pretty good, but definitely will need some getting used to.  The new tracks sounds quite good too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 13, 2013, 04:40:47 PM
What an awesome show last night.  Little club about 20 minutes from my place, and no more than a couple hundred people. 

Four bands, three of which I'm totally in to.  Got there early enough to park myself right up front.  Warmachine was great, talked with their lead singer/creator a bit.  Heavens Fire was REALLY good (bought their 2013 CD on the spot... knew I would).  Harem came on about 12:45am, and ended up having to cut their set short by a couple of songs (Weight of the World and Empty Promises got the axe).

Setlist:
Saviors Never Cry
Dagger
Hard to Love
If There Was A Time
Sentimental Blvd
Honestly
Slowly Slipping Away
Karma Cleansing
Stranger Than Love
Weight of the World
Empty Promises

Had Enough
----- Encore -----
No Justice (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152054380677067&set=vb.599152066&type=2&theater) (got 90 seconds)
Change Comes Around

I tell you, they had no rust on them.  They were tight, didn't appear to miss anything, and all performed and sounded spot on.  Paul... you gotta see them when they headline Firefest.  JJ, ditto on MelodicRockFest... Chicago ain't too far from you!


(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/32629_10152054317927067_1146512126_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/164668_10152054303652067_1471612119_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/971136_10152054317862067_1045841145_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1069931_10152054399442067_1468317807_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1070074_10152054317977067_352546091_n.jpg)


Met Darren before the show

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1000135_10152054303637067_727056023_n.jpg)

And Pete afterwards

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1012361_10152054294767067_948174977_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on July 13, 2013, 06:51:15 PM
awesome!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 14, 2013, 02:31:25 AM
Saw them when they played Firefest a few years ago. They were great. There's just not enough on the bill this time for me to justify the money.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 14, 2013, 03:43:56 AM
Fucking sick.  Great photos too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 14, 2013, 09:26:56 AM
Saw them when they played Firefest a few years ago. They were great. There's just not enough on the bill this time for me to justify the money.

You gotta be shittin me!!  The Friday night bill had me considering making the flight!!

Harem Scarem
Dare (don't know them)
W.E.T.
Work of Art
Eden's Curse
The Magnificent

Saturday.... Hardline alone would get me to get a ticket.  Not so sure about the Sunday lineup... other than the "Legends" act (JLT, Martin and Frederikson), and Eclipse there isn't much there I know.  Brighton Rock ain't too bad, but they never hit it too big.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Zook on July 14, 2013, 01:57:36 PM
The Magnificent is touring still?! :caffeine:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 14, 2013, 02:13:32 PM
Saw them when they played Firefest a few years ago. They were great. There's just not enough on the bill this time for me to justify the money.

You gotta be shittin me!!  The Friday night bill had me considering making the flight!!

Harem Scarem
Dare (don't know them)
W.E.T.
Work of Art
Eden's Curse
The Magnificent

Saturday.... Hardline alone would get me to get a ticket.  Not so sure about the Sunday lineup... other than the "Legends" act (JLT, Martin and Frederikson), and Eclipse there isn't much there I know.  Brighton Rock ain't too bad, but they never hit it too big.

Harem Scarem- saw them last time they played Firefest- no new material since then.

Dare (don't know them)- saw them at Firefest - bored me to tears tbh

W.E.T.- First album was great, second was predictable and a bit boring. Eric Martensson overload has been reached. JSS is always good though. Saw him in a tiny pub in Wigan at Halloween a few years ago. Absolutely tore the place up and nicked my beer mid song too!

Work of Art- not for me. too polished.

Eden's Curse- have they even got a singer? Saw them supporting DT a couple of years ago and they were ok, even with the crap (mental) singer. Not fussed about seeing them again.

The Magnificent- one pretty good album. I don't rate it as highly as some.

Saturday's lineup is better, though I've never heard of Shooting star and how are they so high on that bill?

Treat (saw them at Firefest too, awesome.
Heaven's Edge- 2 great albums.
Nation- 1 great album and the new video shows promise.
Trixter- Hmm, not bad
Hardline- Seen them twice (1st time with Schon supporting Extreme I think, 2nd time at The Gods festival- the forerunner of Firefest)

Just can't afford to go. Simple as that.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 14, 2013, 02:50:23 PM
Yeah, I have no idea who is singing for Eden's Curse, as far as I know they still don't have a singer.  I'd love to go for that lineup for sure, but I will never get the chance to see any of those bands so.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 17, 2013, 03:59:51 PM
New Coney Hatch samples. Hmm. Not too promising tbh. my mate Phil at Fireworks mag loves the band  but was a bit underwhelmed by the album. Still, only 4 samples. I'll give it a listen before committing I think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaX7gLnhuFY&feature=youtu.be&a

Listening to the first two albums now.  :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 17, 2013, 08:46:34 PM
Never really got into them, but I liked the old stuff of what I heard.  These samples do nothing for me at all.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 18, 2013, 12:03:21 PM
Never really got into them, but I liked the old stuff of what I heard.  These samples do nothing for me at all.

Don't Say Make Me is one of my favourite songs of all time. I'll have to make that list one day, but the top 50 albums one was hard enough.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Jaq on July 18, 2013, 12:51:50 PM
I was into Coney Hatch in the 80s but those samples flat out bored me.  :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 18, 2013, 01:06:28 PM
I was into Coney Hatch in the 80s but those samples flat out bored me.  :lol

Yeah it's not looking good.  :sad:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 19, 2013, 05:48:06 AM
Quote
Eden's Curse have announced their new lineup today!
Check out this video, and skip to 8:40 to listen to a 90-second snippet of the upcoming single. Album "Symphony Of Sin" to hit the stores on October 4th!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epji9f5lKzs

Coolio.  As soon as I heard the new singer's name, I'm like 'where do I know that name?'... Thankfully, Metal-Archives reminded me that I just got the Expedition:Delta CD last week.  He's got a nice smooth voice.

And Blabbermouth's announcement - http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=192690

Looking forward to this one.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 19, 2013, 06:44:02 AM
Love this band.  New song and singer sounds solid enough.  Hopefully he sticks around for a while.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 19, 2013, 08:37:22 AM
Looking forward to the new album- have been for a long old time it seems  :biggrin:

Michael Eden, as well as being a nutter, was the weak link for me. Glad he's gone.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 19, 2013, 08:39:04 AM
Looking forward to the new album- have been for a long old time it seems  :biggrin:

Michael Eden, as well as being a nutter, was the weak link for me. Glad he's gone.

I guess, for you, he was the curse.  :lhk:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 19, 2013, 09:51:18 PM
Ok, so on the heels of that Eden's Curse update, Michael Eden (who friend requested me on FB a few days ago??) posted this update.  Not knowing the breakup history, I'm not really down with this drama.  Even posted that on his FB feed... enough with the QR-like drama.  Is it me, or is he coming across as douchey as Tate?

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I've been smacked hard with questions and comments about the "overseas band" - If you have received no reply it's because I'm making a statement here that I'm sure will be copy and pasted around the net because people in their camp love drama. People will have a field day twisting my words as they always do.

Make no mistake.......... I was the founding member of the band with their bass player!

The bass player and I are the only two people that founded Eden's Curse! To say the others are original founding members is utter and complete bullshit. I chose them one by one with the bass player. The pathetic attempt at re-writing history is their attempt at credibility and it's an epic fail in every sense of the word.

As far as the make up, brushes, eye liner, painted nails go.......You gotta change an image when you got no game left. It's as simple as that.

I have no comment about the singer or the song. All I will say about the keyboard player is that he tried out for the band for the 3rd album and did not make the cut! I have his demo playing Angels & Demons and NOBODY was happy with it! Enough said! I know.......People don't like the truth. Well, honesty is the best policy!

I'm ONLY concerned with my version of the band. It's the version that will retain the wall of sound and melodies that the fans have come to expect. The songs you are humming along to for days. The lyrics that inspire and make you think. Trinity is a lot to live up to. I'm not trying to out do Trinity! I'm trying to out do myself!!!!!

WE will not be creating music with an idea to re-invent the wheel. If you loved the first two albums with hints of the third you'll love what is being planned.

This life is far too short to fight with people and expect them to change, when they feel they are in the right.

I'm the guy who the fans are cheering on. I hear you guys. I will make sure when the time comes that EDEN'S CURSE gives you what you are expecting. NOTHING less will be acceptable! Thanks for all your support!! \m/
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 20, 2013, 06:18:14 AM
Ok, so on the heels of that Eden's Curse update, Michael Eden (who friend requested me on FB a few days ago??) posted this update.  Not knowing the breakup history, I'm not really down with this drama.  Even posted that on his FB feed... enough with the QR-like drama.  Is it me, or is he coming across as douchey as Tate?

Quote
I've been smacked hard with questions and comments about the "overseas band" - If you have received no reply it's because I'm making a statement here that I'm sure will be copy and pasted around the net because people in their camp love drama. People will have a field day twisting my words as they always do.

Make no mistake.......... I was the founding member of the band with their bass player!

The bass player and I are the only two people that founded Eden's Curse! To say the others are original founding members is utter and complete bullshit. I chose them one by one with the bass player. The pathetic attempt at re-writing history is their attempt at credibility and it's an epic fail in every sense of the word.

As far as the make up, brushes, eye liner, painted nails go.......You gotta change an image when you got no game left. It's as simple as that.

I have no comment about the singer or the song. All I will say about the keyboard player is that he tried out for the band for the 3rd album and did not make the cut! I have his demo playing Angels & Demons and NOBODY was happy with it! Enough said! I know.......People don't like the truth. Well, honesty is the best policy!

I'm ONLY concerned with my version of the band. It's the version that will retain the wall of sound and melodies that the fans have come to expect. The songs you are humming along to for days. The lyrics that inspire and make you think. Trinity is a lot to live up to. I'm not trying to out do Trinity! I'm trying to out do myself!!!!!

WE will not be creating music with an idea to re-invent the wheel. If you loved the first two albums with hints of the third you'll love what is being planned.

This life is far too short to fight with people and expect them to change, when they feel they are in the right.

I'm the guy who the fans are cheering on. I hear you guys. I will make sure when the time comes that EDEN'S CURSE gives you what you are expecting. NOTHING less will be acceptable! Thanks for all your support!! \m/

Tate is just an narcisist/egotist - Eden is a whole other form of nutter. Don't upset him though or he'll track you down with his glock. Melodicrock.com was kept entertained by his rantings for a good while. It was great reading.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 20, 2013, 06:32:32 AM
Too bad I missed it!  Woke up this morning to find he deleted my comment from his thread.  Yeah, not impressed by a dude that can't even take a MILD piece of criticism like "Don't be like Tate, let the music speak for itself".

Unfriended.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 20, 2013, 08:29:11 AM
Too bad I missed it!  Woke up this morning to find he deleted my comment from his thread.  Yeah, not impressed by a dude that can't even take a MILD piece of criticism like "Don't be like Tate, let the music speak for itself".

Unfriended.

I would call it a lucky escape.  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on July 21, 2013, 04:04:30 AM
Too bad I missed it!  Woke up this morning to find he deleted my comment from his thread.  Yeah, not impressed by a dude that can't even take a MILD piece of criticism like "Don't be like Tate, let the music speak for itself".

Unfriended.

I must have somehow missed all the drama too, weird.  Anyway, I had no idea he is making his own version of the band, seems rediculous without Paul or Thoreston though.  It's not like too many people give a shit about this band anyway to warrant this amount of bickering and drama.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on July 31, 2013, 10:44:44 AM
Damn!  Page 3.  Well, this seems important enough.

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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that the new PLACE VENDOME album is close to completion. The title of this new recording will be "Thunder In The Distance" and like all the previous releases, sees singer Michael Kiske (former HELLOWEEN) singing on tracks produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) which were written especially for the album by different writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day) and Brett Jones under the supervision of executive producer Serafino Perugino.

Didn't even know they was something in the works.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on July 31, 2013, 10:45:26 AM
Quoting myself form elsewhere.

YES. The first two were great.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 31, 2013, 11:19:21 AM
Damn!  Page 3.  Well, this seems important enough.

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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that the new PLACE VENDOME album is close to completion. The title of this new recording will be "Thunder In The Distance" and like all the previous releases, sees singer Michael Kiske (former HELLOWEEN) singing on tracks produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) which were written especially for the album by different writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day) and Brett Jones under the supervision of executive producer Serafino Perugino.

Didn't even know they was something in the works.

Good news. That first album was something special.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on July 31, 2013, 11:59:16 AM
Damn!  Page 3.  Well, this seems important enough.

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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that the new PLACE VENDOME album is close to completion. The title of this new recording will be "Thunder In The Distance" and like all the previous releases, sees singer Michael Kiske (former HELLOWEEN) singing on tracks produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) which were written especially for the album by different writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day) and Brett Jones under the supervision of executive producer Serafino Perugino.

Didn't even know they was something in the works.

Good news. That first album was something special.

Yes, I saw this earlier. Very excited. The first one is fantastic. The second..not so much.




OK, I need some help.

I've been listening to Joe Lynn Turner on the new Avantasia and I think he sounds great. Is there anything that anyone can recommend of his? I don't think I've had anything new from him since Yngwie's Odyssey. I did try Sunstorm last year and was NOT impressed. I'd be looking for something on the heavy side. Even if it's a track here and there where he made an appearance (similar to Avantasia).
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on July 31, 2013, 12:02:28 PM
Out of curiosity, what is it you guys like so much about the first Place Vendome record? I find the second one to be much better, personally.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on July 31, 2013, 12:10:35 PM
Well, it's heavier, for starters. I find the vocal melodies a lot stronger too. I find the songs take better advantage of Kiske's range. Plus Kiske just feels more into it.

The second one has no balls and just sounds like horrible pop radio rock.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on July 31, 2013, 01:13:25 PM
Damn!  Page 3.  Well, this seems important enough.

Quote
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that the new PLACE VENDOME album is close to completion. The title of this new recording will be "Thunder In The Distance" and like all the previous releases, sees singer Michael Kiske (former HELLOWEEN) singing on tracks produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) which were written especially for the album by different writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day) and Brett Jones under the supervision of executive producer Serafino Perugino.

Didn't even know they was something in the works.

Good news. That first album was something special.

Yes, I saw this earlier. Very excited. The first one is fantastic. The second..not so much.




OK, I need some help.

I've been listening to Joe Lynn Turner on the new Avantasia and I think he sounds great. Is there anything that anyone can recommend of his? I don't think I've had anything new from him since Yngwie's Odyssey. I did try Sunstorm last year and was NOT impressed. I'd be looking for something on the heavy side. Even if it's a track here and there where he made an appearance (similar to Avantasia).

In a similar vein to Avantasia (but not as good) is Nicolo Kotzev's Nostradamus rock opera- JLT is very good on that. Also he sings a few songs on Kotzev's Brazen Abbot album Eye Of The Storm- in a heavier vein. He may be on others but that's the only one I have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHcxkrTihqE

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on July 31, 2013, 01:16:44 PM
Well, it's heavier, for starters. I find the vocal melodies a lot stronger too. I find the songs take better advantage of Kiske's range. Plus Kiske just feels more into it.

The second one has no balls and just sounds like horrible pop radio rock.

Eh. I like pop rock, I suppose. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on August 04, 2013, 02:27:36 PM
Dug this one out of my cassette box today- not listened to it in years. You familiar with this one Chad?

(http://c3.cduniverse.ws/resized/250x500/music/523/4295523.jpg)

Pretty good bluesy 80s style hair metal from Canada. Just a couple of years too late.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on August 04, 2013, 03:46:05 PM
It's a helluvatime.  But I'm not really sure what the big fuckin deal is.  :neverusethis:

It's a beuat... another one-album wonder (never did grab their second one)... just like Sven Gali and Big House (who ironically opened for Slik Toxik - who opened for Yngvie and Sabbath way back in the 90s).  Saw them live once.  Good gig.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on August 05, 2013, 03:18:34 AM
It's a helluvatime.  But I'm not really sure what the big fuckin deal is.  :neverusethis:

It's a beuat... another one-album wonder (never did grab their second one)... just like Sven Gali and Big House (who ironically opened for Slik Toxik - who opened for Yngvie and Sabbath way back in the 90s).  Saw them live once.  Good gig.

Thought you would know them.
I only have the album on a cassette a mate did for me. Just ordered the cd from Amazon.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on August 07, 2013, 04:59:31 AM
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Multinational Melodic Metallers Eden's Curse return with their highly anticipated brand new fourth studio album "Symphony Of Sin", due October 4th on AFM Records.

Produced by Paul Logue and mixed and mastered by the groups long term engineer, Pink Cream 69 and Unisonic bassist, Dennis Ward, "Symphony Of Sin" is the first release with new Serbian vocalist Nikola Mijic (Alogia/Dreyelands) and former Powerquest mainman and keyboarder Steve Williams, alongside original members Paul Logue, Thorsten Koehne & Pete Newdeck.

Tracklisting :

1. Symphony Of Sin
2. Break The Silence
3. Evil & Divine
4. Unbreakable
5. Fallen From Grace
6. Losing My Faith
7. Rock Bottom
8. Great Unknown
9. Turn The Page
10. Sign Of The Cross
11. Wings To Fly
12. Devil In Disguise
13. Where Is The Love?

The album artwork was created again by another of the groups long term collaborators, Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn), and marks the return of a familar face in "Eve" who graced the bands debut album cover.

"Symphony Of Sin" will be preceded by a single and promo video for "Evil & Divine" on September 12th.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/61241_10152582995238306_2023029230_n.jpg)

And now we anxiously await Michael's retort.   :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on August 07, 2013, 05:45:47 AM
Looking forward to this.  The chicks tits look a little off.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 01, 2013, 04:35:41 AM
Looks like Fergie Frederiksen's cancer is playing up again.

Our father, Dennis ( Fergie ) Frederiksen has taken a turn for the worst in his battle with cancer. At this time we are awaiting a full prognosis of his condition.. We are asking for donations to help our father stay in his apartment, as well as help with everyday living costs ( Food, Rent, Medications, ect.. ). Any and all donations will help my father worry less about everyday living and focus on beating the cancer so he may get back to what he loves to do.. Performing and seeing his friends all over the world.


Thank you in advanced for any donations, prayers, and positive thoughts.

Kyler Frederiksen
Kolten Frederiksen
Danny Irwin


Man, Looks like he's doing it tough.

http://www.gofundme.com/3ydgpo

I donated $50 US dollars to it.  I feel good about myself at the moment.  Hopefully all goes well and look forward to his new album too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on September 01, 2013, 04:50:41 AM
That sucks. :(
I just got his new album, and really enjoying it. Excellent mixing/mastering, and I like the songwriting style. Hopefully he can continue to share his music.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 02, 2013, 08:45:35 PM
Wow... gonna have to investigate this one!!!!!  Stumbled across this on FB tonight.

Rage Of Angels is the brainchild of Ged Rylands (Ten) and their very impressive debut release "Dreamworld" (Escape Music) features some very impressive names indeed, namely Ged himself, Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Robert Hart (Bad Company), Vinny Burns (Ten,Asia,Ultravox), Neil Fraser (Ten), Tommy Denander and Ralph Santolla (Deicide,Obituary,Iced Earth).

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/382158_570684732965711_394575020_n.jpg)


How have I never heard of this before??  Album was released last Feb!  Love Ten!  Love Harem!  Love Ralf! 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 03, 2013, 01:24:03 AM
Wow... gonna have to investigate this one!!!!!  Stumbled across this on FB tonight.

Rage Of Angels is the brainchild of Ged Rylands (Ten) and their very impressive debut release "Dreamworld" (Escape Music) features some very impressive names indeed, namely Ged himself, Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Robert Hart (Bad Company), Vinny Burns (Ten,Asia,Ultravox), Neil Fraser (Ten), Tommy Denander and Ralph Santolla (Deicide,Obituary,Iced Earth).

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/382158_570684732965711_394575020_n.jpg)


How have I never heard of this before??  Album was released last Feb!  Love Ten!  Love Harem!  Love Ralf!

Think I heard this on Spotify- can't remember much but will have another look. There's just too much music sometimes  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 03, 2013, 04:41:26 AM
Sometimes!?!?!?!?!?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 03, 2013, 05:14:23 AM
Yeah, I think I checked that out too.  Can't remember much, will have to go back also.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 03, 2013, 05:30:06 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Bfyv6LXZc

MICHAEL KISKE RETURNS TO PLACE VENDOME WITH ANOTHER MELODIC ROCK MASTERPIECE:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the much anticipated third album from Place Vendome entitled Thunder in the Distance on November 1 in Europe and November 5 in North America.
Place Vendome is the Melodic Rock project featuring Unisonic and former Helloween singer Michael Kiske on all lead vocals and production from Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69).
Place Vendome started in 2004 when Kiske, following a self-imposed exile from the rock and metal scene which lasted a few years after his departure from Helloween and solo career, accepted in 2004 to be part of a Melodic Rock oriented concept put together by Frontiers Records' President Serafino Perugino.

The resulting Place Vendome debut album brought Kiske back to a more straight ahead and Rock sound, still very accessible and melodic and far from the Heavy Metal stereotypes of blood, violence and hate which Kiske never had anything to do with. He collaborated for the first time with Pink Cream 69's Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou and Uwe Reitenauer with Gunther Werno (Vandenplas) on keyboards. In a quite ironic twist of fate Michael found himself to work with members of Pink Cream 69, when the band's original singer Andy Deris took his place in Helloween when he left.
The very favorable acceptance of the first Place Vendome album planted the seeds for a second recording entitled “Streets of Fire”, which was produced during 2008. The concept was slightly changed, with some outside writers such as Robert Säll (Work of Art), Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and Torsti Spoof (Leverage) handling the bulk of the songwriting, with Dennis Ward still handling the recording and production sessions.
Following his stint with the band Unisonic, Kiske decided to go back once again to the Place Vendome concept with more melodic rock oriented songs which - once again - have been selected by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino from outside writers including: Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Roberto Tiranti and Andrea Cantarelli (Labyrinth, A Perfect Day), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm, Issa), and Brett Jones.

“I am having a very open mind in terms of music anyway, and the Place Vendome vibe is a pretty different approach than Unisonic” says Kiske. “I like many tracks off the Place Vendome albums, but especially Guardian Angel, Streets Of Fire, I Will Be Waiting, Set Me Free from the previous albums or now Maybe Tomorrow. For me the vocals are the most important part of a song of course”.

Dennis Ward once again produced and mixed the whole affair with such musicians as Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project), Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) and Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) completing the lineup. Another total masterpiece from Kiske and Place Vendome is about to hit the market. A true must for all Melodic Rock fans!
Tracklisting includes: Talk To Me; Power of Music; Broken Wings; Lost in Paradise; It Can't Rain Forever; Fragile Ground; Hold Your Love; Never Too Late; Heaven Lost; My Heart is Dying; Breakout; Maybe Tomorrow; Thunder in the Distance.
Samples of some of the album songs can be listened following this link: youtu.be/s-Bfyv6LXZc.

Place Vendome: Michael Kiske – Lead Vocals; Dennis Ward – Bass, vocals, rhythm guitars; Dirk Bruineberg– Drums; Gunter Werno – Keyboards; Uwe Reitenauer – Lead guitars.
Mixed and produced by Dennis Ward.


(http://www.melodicrock.com/placevendome-thunderinthedistance.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on September 03, 2013, 08:51:59 AM
The samples sounds great. Definitely better than the last album, and more on par with the first.

Same release day as LALP!

Is there a masculine way to say that that voice fuc%ing melts me?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on September 03, 2013, 09:07:31 AM
I've been listening a lot to the new Fergie Frederiksen album, Any Given Moment. Solid stuff. A few stand-out songs, and the rest are still mostly quite good too. Beautiful mix and production, and it's all round very '80s in style, which I prefer to the modern metallish sound a lot seem to be going for. If they could pump out more albums like this, I'd be happy!

Frederiksen's voice sounds great, and some of the lyrics definitely seem to be influenced by his recent battle with cancer, especially the title track.

And there are several keyboard solos on the album too, that sound like Derek Sherinian to me. They're mostly kind of annoying and out of place to me, but the rest of the background keyboard work is great, with a lot of layered piano / hammond organ / '80s synth throughout.

And "Let Go" is the best rewrite of Hold The Line I've heard yet. :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 04, 2013, 05:04:44 AM
The samples sounds great. Definitely better than the last album, and more on par with the first.

Same release day as LALP!

Is there a masculine way to say that that voice fuc%ing melts me?

??
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Pelata on September 04, 2013, 06:59:09 AM
Anyone here going to MRF3?

http://www.melodicrockfest.com

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 04, 2013, 07:29:23 AM
Anyone here going to MRF3?

http://www.melodicrockfest.com

God, I wish.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on September 04, 2013, 07:41:19 AM
The samples sounds great. Definitely better than the last album, and more on par with the first.

Same release day as LALP!

Is there a masculine way to say that that voice fuc%ing melts me?

??
Live At Luna Park.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 05, 2013, 06:04:48 AM
Of course.  :hat
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 05, 2013, 02:46:57 PM
Just posting to say this is one of my favourite songs of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgIShJXiThQ

Great riff, great vocals, great solo. Class.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on September 05, 2013, 03:03:18 PM
The guitars under the solo sounds very Schenkerish
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 05, 2013, 03:12:37 PM
Just posting to say this is one of my favourite songs of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgIShJXiThQ

Great riff, great vocals, great solo. Class.

That's just an underrated band in general.  Their early stuff was so good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 06, 2013, 11:06:34 AM
Just posting to say this is one of my favourite songs of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgIShJXiThQ

Great riff, great vocals, great solo. Class.

That's just an underrated band in general.  Their early stuff was so good.

I bought all those special editions when Marcel rereleased them a few years ago. They were a band I missed back in the day- they went under the radar even for me but wen I got the best of a few years ago I realised what I'd missed.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 06, 2013, 03:59:02 PM
Yeah, I got the releases too.

Also, just got the Fergie Frederiksen and the new Find Me albums last night in the mail.

The Fergie Frederiksen is a nice piece of AOR, but for me, I would have liked a few more heavier tracks like the opener.

The Find Me is your pretty standard melodic rock fair.  Great vocals, guitars are a bit of a let down for me but the songs are really nice.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 06, 2013, 04:28:50 PM
Yeah, I got the releases too.

Also, just got the Fergie Frederiksen and the new Find Me albums last night in the mail.

The Fergie Frederiksen is a nice piece of AOR, but for me, I would have liked a few more heavier tracks like the opener.

The Find Me is your pretty standard melodic rock fair.  Great vocals, guitars are a bit of a let down for me but the songs are really nice.

Probably give both a miss tbh. I'm just not feeling standard by the numbers AOR at the moment. Too many of these Frontiers albums have a decent rocking track as a sampler and then the rest is cliched boring stuff. It's all sounding the same because it's the same guys doing them all.
I've been back in the 80s recently and loving it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 06, 2013, 04:31:35 PM
Yeah, there's nothing really new or grounbreaking with either of them.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on September 06, 2013, 09:05:26 PM
The Fergie Frederiksen is a nice piece of AOR, but for me, I would have liked a few more heavier tracks like the opener.

Me too. I was a little disappointed that it was the most rockin' track on the album (Price for Lovin' You is about the only other "heavier" one, and that's also somewhat light), although I don't really mind. I still think it's a solid album. It's really not a genre I expect to hear new or groundbreaking from, and don't particularly want to either. :lol
I prefer this style a lot more than the generic metal direction of a lot of other albums in the genre these days, so in that regard, it stands out enough to me.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 08, 2013, 05:52:43 AM
I understand what you are getting at.  Besides me wanting more heavier tracks, the style suits Fergie well, and a lot of the songs are somewhat refreshing as opposed to a lot of the stuff Frontiers have been doing lately.  I just wished they picked a different song to give us a video for.  I feel the Last Battle of My War single was a misleading representation of the album, this is what left me a little disappointed.

The Find Me album I'm digging though.  It's generic but has a lot of good songs, and some great ones from the James and Tom Martin duo.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 13, 2013, 06:22:53 AM
Eden's Curse - Evil and Devine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z24MmgWVQXk

Eh, not bad, but not blowing my socks off.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 13, 2013, 08:14:22 AM
Yeah, caught that the other day.  Liked it... will still be picking the album up.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 13, 2013, 11:16:58 AM
Like the song, not liking the "evil" voice- sounds rather camp
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 13, 2013, 05:06:51 PM
I'm actually torn on the vocals.  He's good, but I don't know, he's not bowling me over.  Seems a bit weak for the music and a little generic.  Will definitely still pick up the album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on September 28, 2013, 06:46:01 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDP-HR6RGUQ

DTF's very own Shawn Pelata \t elodicrockfest 3. Awesome vocal.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on September 29, 2013, 09:05:35 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDP-HR6RGUQ

DTF's very own Shawn Pelata \t elodicrockfest 3. Awesome vocal.
Wow, that's rally cool! :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 29, 2013, 10:29:08 AM
I really should check out more of their stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on September 30, 2013, 12:00:50 AM
Has anyone picked up Mood Swings II yet?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on September 30, 2013, 04:46:45 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDP-HR6RGUQ

DTF's very own Shawn Pelata \t elodicrockfest 3. Awesome vocal.

This is not bad.


Has anyone picked up Mood Swings II yet?

I should receive my copy in the mail anyday.  Really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 30, 2013, 06:19:04 AM
Has anyone picked up Mood Swings II yet?

It's on order.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 03, 2013, 05:21:31 AM
Got my copy of Mood Swings II tonight and I instantly ripped off the wrapper and popped it in for a listen.

First off, the packaging is really nice.  Typical Frontiers CD/DVD digi with great artwork.  The DVD contains in studio documentry about the recording of MS2 and individual stems for the songs Saviors, Justice and Change.  A really nice bonus for musicians and will make me want to learn the songs and play Pete's guitar parts.  Amazing feature, well done.

Now, I've only been a fan of this band for a year or maybe a little longer, mainly due to this very thread and of course, the jingle man.  Mood Swings really was something I was looking for and became an instant classic, that possibly could enter my top 50 very soon.  It feels like I've known the album for years, such an underrated piece.

Now, here's the funny thing about this release, it's really hard to see the point of this.  The songs are performed really well and once you get adjusted to listening to this new version, there's really nothing new here that warrants this at all.  It sounds great but all in all, there's no real improvement but considering the performances and energy of the original, this isn't a let down.  At times things sound a little forced, but really, the band have re-created this almost note for note that at times you think you are listening to a remixed version of the original. 

Now, I'm speaking about the thing as a whole but there are a couple of exceptions.  Mandy has a different feel from Pete and represents his style more these days than his style back in the early days.  I know that sounds weird but musicians might understand what I mean.  Guitarists still sound like guitarists but of course over time, their style changes a little as they progress.  I actually might prefer this version of Mandy.

Darren sounds great on Sentimental Blvd, a bit harder and maybe better than the original.

If There Was A Time is also played the same, but this also has a bit of a different feel.  It's nice.

Just Like I Planned was the only song on Mood Swings that felt a little out of place.  I loved what they did with it and it was a nice feature, but for me it was just a novelty.  This is a completetly different version with Harry, Pete on acoustic and a couple of extra choirs chucked in for good measure.  This version is incredible and I prefer this way more than the original.  Pete's little guitar solo is wonderful too, this version fits so well.  This is what I was looking for a bit more from this release.

The rest (after first listen) are just as good as the originals.  You guys that have known the album a lot longer might be able to pick up on a lot more difference, and while yes, it is different in places, not enough to really warrant it IMO, but it's still great and Harry still has the pipes and hits all the notes he needs to.

Now, we get to the best part of the album the three new tracks;

World Gone to Pieces is one of the greatest songs the band has ever done, the chorus is absolutely incredible.  This song is worth the purchase, wow.

Anarchy is a bit darker but with another catchy as hell chorus.  A very solid second new track.

Brighter Day reminds me a bit more of Harry's last solo album but a bit heavier.  Love Pete's guitar lines and another knockout chorus.

A new album with this sort of quality would just kick all sorts of ass.  Good release, although a little pointless at times.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 03, 2013, 10:08:32 AM
Thats what held me back from ordering it yet; I thought it might have been pointless.  I figured the new tracks would be the make or break.  I'm always hesitant to order rerecorded songs from a band. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 03, 2013, 12:03:46 PM
They played World Gone to Pieces when I saw them last month, and I was absolutely wow'd!  Can't wait to hear it.

I thought the main purpose of re-recording this (akin to WDADU) was because they didn't own the rights to the original tracks?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 03, 2013, 02:16:01 PM
Wasn't going to bother but sounds like I'll have to now Kade. Cheers  :biggrin:

And yeah I think it was to get the rights to the songs for licensing purposes like most of these rerecords.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 03, 2013, 02:49:27 PM
I thought the main purpose of re-recording this (akin to WDADU) was because they didn't own the rights to the original tracks?

Yeah, this exactly.  I didn't know that until after that post when I watched the DVD.  The DVD is a cool little documentry but it's only 20 minutes long.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 04, 2013, 09:59:38 AM
New Eden's Curse track.  https://soundcloud.com/edenscurse/unbreakable

I dig it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 04, 2013, 05:06:25 PM
To me, the verses sound incredibly close to The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics.  It's good though, different.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2013, 04:49:09 AM
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/timo-tolkkis-avalon-to-release-new-metal-opera-in-2014/

I honestly think that the first one was crap.  Probably my weakest 2013 release.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 08, 2013, 05:13:55 AM
I saw the news on FB yesterday.  I'm with ya there on the first one ... Very weak. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2013, 05:16:59 AM
I tried to like it, but I just couldn't get through it.  Timo's songwriting nowadays is way to simplistic and boring and his guitar solos on that were so self indulgent and his tones were shit.  Loved everything he did in Strato but since the second Revolution Renaissance album, his stuff has been garbage.  Symfonia included.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 08, 2013, 12:35:02 PM
I'm sort of with you but i sort of liked it. It wasn't great but certainly ok. Maybe I just think that because of the video with Elise Ryd blinding me to the blandness of the album. She is a stunner.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 08, 2013, 02:56:49 PM
I'm sort of with you but i sort of liked it. It wasn't great but certainly ok. Maybe I just think that because of the video with Elise Ryd blinding me to the blandness of the album. She is a stunner.

That I can understand. With the talent he recruited, it should've been much better than it was.  It wasn't awful, but it wasn't memorable either.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 08, 2013, 03:03:07 PM
I'm leaning towards awful.  I just hope the rumors aren't true that Timo is doing the next Allen/Lande.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 08, 2013, 05:05:26 PM
I'm leaning towards awful.  I just hope the rumors aren't true that Timo is doing the next Allen/Lande.

Have you heard if they are looking to release an Allen/Lande next year?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 09, 2013, 01:33:28 AM
I'm leaning towards awful.  I just hope the rumors aren't true that Timo is doing the next Allen/Lande.

Oh god no  :facepalm:

Say it isn't so. I was never a huge TT fan, always found Stratovarius bland and predictable. And he's lost it over recent years.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 09, 2013, 04:11:04 AM
On further investigation, it looks to be more than a rumor.

https://www.facebook.com/officialtolkki/posts/488105644605865

So yes, I have moved on and I am very happy and comfortable in my life. I am making music all the time in my own studio and produce and compose to there people and bands. I just finished the composing for the next Allen/Lande project, which I compose, mix and produce.
I am able to make really cool stuff with Avalon, which has turned out to be a really big success. So all these make my life content and peaceful.


 :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

Why the fuck wouldn't they keep Karlsson on this project?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Bolsters on October 09, 2013, 04:32:29 AM
:facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 09, 2013, 04:42:32 AM
I'll reserve judgement until I actually hear it, but I'm not as optimistic as I would be if it was MK.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 10, 2013, 03:19:58 PM
New Silent Force album "Rising From Ashes" coming December 13th. Just announced on AFMs FB page.  Pretty sure I heard a couple of days ago that DC is on the mic.

:caffeine:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 10, 2013, 03:21:43 PM
New Silent Force album "Rising From Ashes" coming December 13th. Just announced on AFMs FB page.  Pretty sure I heard a couple of days ago that DC is on the mic.

:caffeine:

Cool. I'm up for that!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 10, 2013, 05:39:01 PM
New Silent Force album "Rising From Ashes" coming December 13th. Just announced on AFMs FB page.  Pretty sure I heard a couple of days ago that DC is on the mic.

:caffeine:

Fuck, that's a surprise.  I thought Alex would be pretty much done with SF since joining Primal Fear.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 10, 2013, 07:08:31 PM
Didnt think I would see another release from Silent Force; cool news.  There was a comment on blabber stating that there is possibly a new vocalist.  BM didn't list the band members on this new disc and I couldnt find it anywhere else.  Hope DC is singing.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 10, 2013, 07:22:53 PM
Hasn't DC been busy with Royal Hunt and their new album?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 11, 2013, 08:23:59 AM
Yeah, maybe that's where I got confused about where DC is spending his time right now.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 11, 2013, 12:57:59 PM
Never really heard any SF. Where's a good place to start? The little I heard on Spotify sounded very bass-drums-at-a-million-miles-an-hour.

When it comes to Royal Hunt it's John West for me. Never got the love for DCC.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 11, 2013, 02:13:34 PM
I'd lead with Walk the Earth and Worlds Apart.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 11, 2013, 04:12:11 PM
Never really heard any SF. Where's a good place to start? The little I heard on Spotify sounded very bass-drums-at-a-million-miles-an-hour.

When it comes to Royal Hunt it's John West for me. Never got the love for DCC.

Worlds Apart man, amazing album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 11, 2013, 07:04:12 PM
You can't go wrong with any release from Silent Force. "Infatuator" is what got me into the band. Interested to see the cover artwork and confirmation of who is on the disc. DC has been busy with Royal Hunt like Wolf said, so it just might not include him. That would be big shoes to fill if there is a different singer.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on October 13, 2013, 04:53:18 AM
I don't know if you would count Pretty Maids as melodic rock but their latest release Motherland is a damn good record with lots of nice melodies.   :tup
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 13, 2013, 05:02:21 AM
Yeah man, good to see some love for Pretty Maids.  I initially thought it was weaker than Pandemonium, but I find myself coming back to Motherland quite a lot.  It's a terrific album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 13, 2013, 08:03:30 AM
Yeah man, good to see some love for Pretty Maids.  I initially thought it was weaker than Pandemonium, but I find myself coming back to Motherland quite a lot.  It's a terrific album.

Great band, and I missed them first time round. The last 3 albums have been quality and i picked up the boxset of their first 6 albums for £5 a few weeks ago on Amazon.

By the way, really enjoyed Silent Force when I Spotified them yesterday. World's Apart was excellent.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Jaq on October 13, 2013, 05:01:26 PM
On further investigation, it looks to be more than a rumor.

https://www.facebook.com/officialtolkki/posts/488105644605865

So yes, I have moved on and I am very happy and comfortable in my life. I am making music all the time in my own studio and produce and compose to there people and bands. I just finished the composing for the next Allen/Lande project, which I compose, mix and produce.
I am able to make really cool stuff with Avalon, which has turned out to be a really big success. So all these make my life content and peaceful.


 :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

Why the fuck wouldn't they keep Karlsson on this project?

Oh for fuck's sake  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 14, 2013, 03:40:49 AM
Yeah man, good to see some love for Pretty Maids.  I initially thought it was weaker than Pandemonium, but I find myself coming back to Motherland quite a lot.  It's a terrific album.

Great band, and I missed them first time round. The last 3 albums have been quality and i picked up the boxset of their first 6 albums for £5 a few weeks ago on Amazon.

By the way, really enjoyed Silent Force when I Spotified them yesterday. World's Apart was excellent.

Wow, I gotta look into that.  And yeah, I knew you would like Worlds Apart, killer stuff.

On further investigation, it looks to be more than a rumor.

https://www.facebook.com/officialtolkki/posts/488105644605865

So yes, I have moved on and I am very happy and comfortable in my life. I am making music all the time in my own studio and produce and compose to there people and bands. I just finished the composing for the next Allen/Lande project, which I compose, mix and produce.
I am able to make really cool stuff with Avalon, which has turned out to be a really big success. So all these make my life content and peaceful.


 :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

Why the fuck wouldn't they keep Karlsson on this project?

Oh for fuck's sake  :facepalm:

I'm with you bro.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: MrBoom_shack-a-lack on October 14, 2013, 05:23:39 AM
Yeah man, good to see some love for Pretty Maids.  I initially thought it was weaker than Pandemonium, but I find myself coming back to Motherland quite a lot.  It's a terrific album.
I actually haven't been up to date what PM have done recently, therefor their recent albums have slipped by for me. Will definitly checked them out after hearing this album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 14, 2013, 05:26:59 AM
I've actually only gotten into them because of the newer albums.  Still checking through their older stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 14, 2013, 05:33:11 AM
On someone's recommendation, I got Future World, which is great.  I also picked up a compilation which is ok.  There newest 3 albums all rawk.  There's too much older stuff, so I'm just gonna stick with where I'm at.  I'm feeling pretty much the same about Primal Fear.  With 9 albums, I don't want to try and wade thru them all.

Too much good music, not enough time.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 14, 2013, 05:46:05 AM
What Primal Fear did you end up getting?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 14, 2013, 05:52:08 AM
What Primal Fear did you end up getting?

None yet
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 14, 2013, 05:54:35 AM
What Primal Fear did you end up getting?

None yet

oh.  There's a best of which has a pretty good tracklist and covers most of their best work.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 14, 2013, 05:56:46 AM
okily dokily.  Will investigate.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 14, 2013, 08:44:35 AM
Yeah the best of "Metal is Forever" has a great tracklist and includes a bonus disc of cover tunes (Zeppelin, Sabbath, Maiden, Priest etc).  Awesome band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 14, 2013, 11:55:13 AM
Kade, should've said that PM boxset was a mp3 download, rather than a physical box. I had a 25% off voucher too. Not sure if that puts you off.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Album-Box/dp/B003KS4QNG/ref=sr_1_2?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&sr=1-2&keywords=pretty+maids
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 14, 2013, 03:05:25 PM
Ah, that explains the amazing price.  I should check out more of their old stuff.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 15, 2013, 04:58:16 AM
New Seventh Key;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZADsH0hcEJU

This is damn good.  Love the mix of AOR and prog!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Delirious Nomad on October 15, 2013, 07:54:08 AM
I'm looking forward to that new Boston album, although the last one from 2002 wasn't as good as it should have been, but I loved the hell out of the 4 predecessors. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 15, 2013, 08:27:49 AM
New Seventh Key;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZADsH0hcEJU

This is damn good.  Love the mix of AOR and prog!

Yeah, that was pretty sweet.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on October 15, 2013, 09:56:28 AM
New Seventh Key;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZADsH0hcEJU

This is damn good.  Love the mix of AOR and prog!

Yeah, that was pretty sweet.

Not bad at all. Never really checked them out. I didn't realize they were so old.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 15, 2013, 12:08:37 PM
New Seventh Key;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZADsH0hcEJU

This is damn good.  Love the mix of AOR and prog!

Checked out the epk a few weeks ago. Great stuff. Slamer has always been quality. Steelhouse Lane was awesome and the other Seveth Key albums were top notch.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 16, 2013, 04:49:38 AM
Yeah, Slamer is such a tasteful guitar player.  Looking forward to this one a lot.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 17, 2013, 04:45:38 AM
(http://assets.blabbermouth.net.s3.amazonaws.com/media/silentforcerisingashes.jpg)

No news on who's singing yet.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 17, 2013, 05:26:43 AM
Saw that on FB yesterday.  Nice cover!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 17, 2013, 05:27:08 AM
Yeah, very snazzy.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 17, 2013, 06:46:56 AM
Mood Swings II

Just got my first couple of listens in.  With this being my #10 album of all time, I was very skeptical when I first heard they were re-recording it.  That skepticism turned to optimism when they posted some samples over the summer.  Then when I heard them live, I was really jazzed.

Then I clicked play.  The first few moments of Saviors Never Cry had me VERY worried.  Pete's guitar sound was clunky and raw.  I was worried the album had been 'Vapor Trail'd'.  The rest of the track (quality) improved a bit, but it wasn't until No Justice that I got the relief I was looking for.  They sound fantastic.  20 years later, their sound has aged just as nicely as I have  ;).  My only other beef with the album is Just Like I Planned.  I really liked the a capella vocal harmonies from the original.  There's nothing wrong with the re-record, but I just prefer the original arrangement over this new acoustic version.

And the new tracks are A+.  Haven't watched the DVD 're-making of' yet.

It's a very good replica/restoration of one of my favorite albums of all time.  I'll probably still gravitate to the original, but will spin this for a slight change of sound every now and then.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 17, 2013, 11:08:45 AM
Mood Swings II

Just got my first couple of listens in.  With this being my #10 album of all time, I was very skeptical when I first heard they were re-recording it.  That skepticism turned to optimism when they posted some samples over the summer.  Then when I heard them live, I was really jazzed.

Then I clicked play.  The first few moments of Saviors Never Cry had me VERY worried.  Pete's guitar sound was clunky and raw.  I was worried the album had been 'Vapor Trail'd'.  The rest of the track (quality) improved a bit, but it wasn't until No Justice that I got the relief I was looking for.  They sound fantastic.  20 years later, their sound has aged just as nicely as I have  ;).  My only other beef with the album is Just Like I Planned.  I really liked the a capella vocal harmonies from the original.  There's nothing wrong with the re-record, but I just prefer the original arrangement over this new acoustic version.

And the new tracks are A+.  Haven't watched the DVD 're-making of' yet.

It's a very good replica/restoration of one of my favorite albums of all time.  I'll probably still gravitate to the original, but will spin this for a slight change of sound every now and then.

I haven't bought it as I have the original and it sounds perfectly fine to me (thanks Spotify). The new songs are very good and I agree with you about JLIP. Also the vocals on Sentimental Blvd aren't as good as the original.

I played the new Coney Hatch on Spotify too and it's ok, nothing more than that. Don't see me buying that either.

Adriangale's Suckerpunch is good but there's something missing. I think it is a production thing as the songs and performances are good. Maybe lack some keyboards? Not sure what it is.

No money to Frontiers this month by the looks of it.

That Silent Force cover looks like crap though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 17, 2013, 11:24:53 AM
I really like that Silent Force album cover
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on October 23, 2013, 06:35:09 PM
Lineup revealed:

Andre Hilgers - Drums (returning)
Alex Beyrodt - Guitars (returning)
Mat Siner - Bass (new ... Primal Feark, Kiske/Somerville, Voodoo Circle)
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keys (new ... Eden's Curse, Edge of Forever, Hardline)
Michael Bormann - vocals (new ... he did the Powerworld album earlier this year)

Should be good.  I liked Bormann's vocals on Cybersteria.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on October 23, 2013, 06:42:30 PM
Never heard of Michael Bormann before, but like what I've just heard from his previous material
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on October 24, 2013, 03:41:17 AM
Lineup revealed:

Andre Hilgers - Drums (returning)
Alex Beyrodt - Guitars (returning)
Mat Siner - Bass (new ... Primal Feark, Kiske/Somerville, Voodoo Circle)
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keys (new ... Eden's Curse, Edge of Forever, Hardline)
Michael Bormann - vocals (new ... he did the Powerworld album earlier this year)

Should be good.  I liked Bormann's vocals on Cybersteria.

Always liked Bormann's voice. Should be good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on October 24, 2013, 04:51:25 AM
Not familiar with him to be honest.  Interesting that Alessandro would be in on this, he's been busy lately.  It's funny that that's now 4 bands Mat Sinner and Alex are in together currently.   Surely he could have found another bassist for this.  :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 05, 2013, 03:24:48 AM
Frontiers Records will release "Delivering The Black", the tenth studio album from German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America.

After some very intense songwriting sessions and pre-production schedule, the band started to record the new CD in summer 2013 at the House Of Music studios in Germany, with bassist/producer Mat Sinner and engineer Achim Köhler (EDGUY, MASTERPLAN). The band then moved to Denmark in September to finish the album, with acclaimed producer/engineer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRETTY MAIDS, AMARANTHE) handling the mix at his Hansen studio in Ribe.

"Delivering The Black" combines the strongest PRIMAL FEAR moments ever, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys. The centerpiece of the album are two epic tracks, "When Death Comes Knocking" and the 10-minute opus "One Night In December", spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.

Classic and ultra-fresh PRIMAL FEAR riff-rockers like the title track, the album opener "King For A Day" or the groove monsters "Alive And On Fire" and "Road To Asylum" hit the bulls-eye just like the untamed speed killer "Rebel Faction". The outstanding ballad "Born With A Broken Heart" shows a new side of PRIMAL FEAR with an acoustic guitar vibe and the addition of Liv Kristine (LEAVES' EYES) on backing vocals.

Says PRIMAL FEAR singer Ralf Scheepers: "We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production that we were working on something very special this time. And now the result is just an amazing metal album I'm extremely proud of!" Sinner adds: "The songs, the production, the sound — this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view, everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob was fantastic choice to mix the album!"

The arrival of "Delivering The Black" will be preceded by the release of the digital-only single/video "When Death Comes Knocking" on December 2 — a song which sets the pace for the outstanding quality of production and songwriting displayed on the full album.

Check out an audio sample in the YouTube clip below.

"Delivering The Black" will be made available in a regular CD edition, deluxe edition with two bonus tracks and — in cooperation with Soulfood Music — vinyl edition and DVD and limited edition (666 copies only!) of a super-deluxe version, including a metallic eagle.

"Delivering The Black" track listing:

01. King For A Day
02. Rebel Faction
03. When Death Comes Knocking
04. Alive & On Fire
05. Delivering The Black
06. Road To Asylum
07. One Night In December
08. Never Pray For Justice
09. Born With A Broken Heart
10. Innocent Man *
11. Inseminoid
12. Man Without Shadow *
13. When Death Comes Knocking (Single Edit) *

* Only available on deluxe edition

DVD (only available with deluxe edition)

* When Death Comes Knocking (video)
* King For A Day (video)
* Making Of The Album (video)

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/primal-fear-delivering-the-black-album-details-revealed/#TT3AwLZCICuETWRI.99


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TK7BEWgEkQE

Song sounds quite different and interesting and has potential.  The mix and production sounds stellar too.  :metal
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 05, 2013, 03:38:55 AM
I saw it on Youtube yesterday, and lost interest once the vocals came in. Production is ok, but it's the usual one-size-fits-all Frontiers records metal production. :lol It actually fits this music this time though.

I've been checking out a few random melodic rock albums on Spotify lately, but it's all the same stuff to my ears. I'll take any suggestions!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 05, 2013, 03:50:24 AM
You're a fussy man Blob.   :lol Primal Fear have always just been a straight forward metal band in the vein of Priest.  Some of their older album are incredible if you like that sort of style.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 05, 2013, 03:52:48 AM
You're a fussy man Blob.   :lol

Yup, sure am. :lol

Primal Fear have always just been a straight forward metal band in the vein of Priest.  Some of their older album are incredible if you like that sort of style.

Not really my style, at least not at the moment. I really don't know what I want at the moment, as not many new albums seem to interest me at all lately.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 05, 2013, 04:00:13 AM
You're a fussy man Blob.   :lol

Yup, sure am. :lol

Primal Fear have always just been a straight forward metal band in the vein of Priest.  Some of their older album are incredible if you like that sort of style.

Not really my style, at least not at the moment. I really don't know what I want at the moment, as not many new albums seem to interest me at all lately.

I've actually been through that a couple of  times over the last few years.  I know what you mean, no matter how hard you look, nothing seems to scratch the itch.  The best thing I found was just going back to old stuff that I simply hadn't listened to for a while.  Gives you a nostalgia trip and keeps your mind off new stuff for a while.  Then something eventually pops up and you have more direction again.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 05, 2013, 04:17:13 AM
Primal Fear is one of my favorites.  Just like Saxon and Helloween, you can always depend on a kick ass disc every two years.  This sample didnt really sound great though; not sure what to make of it yet.  Looking forward to the release.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 05, 2013, 04:22:42 AM
I think we need the whole song.  Sounds like it might need a few listens too.  Primal Fear have been one of my favs since Black Sun came out too, amazing band.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 12, 2013, 03:28:57 AM
HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!  :metal :hefdaddy

VIRTUOSO SUPERGROUP RING OF FIRE RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM IN JANUARY 2014:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the return of Neoclassic Power Metal Super Group Ring Of Fire with the release of the band's brand new album Battle of Leningrad on January 24 in Europe and January 28 in North America.
Ring Of Fire is a band comprised of some incredible musicians including former Yngwie Malmsteen and Royal Hunt singer Mark Boals, classically-trained Artension keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij and none other than Tony MacAlpine on guitars.
Combining Melodic metal songs with fantasy-based lyrics, topped off with virtuoso performances from the line-up, the resulting Ring Of Fire albums proved to be exactly what many neoclassical-metal fans had waited for, creating a solid fan base for the band all over the world.
“Battle of Leningrad” is the band's fourth studio album, coming after a 9 years hiatus – a period which has seen the band members getting involved in other projects, most notably with singer Mark Boals becoming singer for Royal Hunt and Kuprij and MacAlpine touring with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Steve Vai respectively.
RING OF FIRE reconvened with Boals, MacAlpine and Kuprij during 2012, when they agreed to work on their unfinished business and develop a new album from the true story of the siege of Leningrad during the WWII.

Mark Boals explains: “It is a true story of the strength and resilience of the Russian people throughout history and particularly in this instance of 900 days of being surrounded on all sides with no food and no hope of rescue, under siege of the Nazi army. The magnificent city of Leningrad with millions of people trapped, found a way to withstand the daily attacks of rockets and bombs, the lack of food, water, and fuel for heat. Although more than 1 million starved to death, most survived, and the Nazis were never able to overtake the city completely. They were finally forced to retreat by the Russian army. Not widely known by most, this was an amazing story and one of World War II's finest examples of heroism in the worst circumstances imaginable”.

Musically the album is all the fans have been waiting for. True “Neoclassic” Power Metal with technical and exciting musical passages which promise to reignite the Ring Of Fire flame among the fans! Former Stratovarius, Timo Tolkki played bass and mixed the album to perfection, while the other finnish musician Jami Huovinen (Sentiment) played drums on the album.
Battle of Leningrad will include the following songs: Mother Russia; They're Calling Your Name; Empire; Land Of Frozen Tears; Firewind; Where Angels Play; Battle Of Leningrad; No Way Out; Our World; Rain.
Samples of the songs can be enjoyed via this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik-yHZ-8QgI&feature=youtu.be

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Can't wait for this, but sounds like Timo Tolkki has fucked the mix and production.  Bass is too loud and he has made TMac's guitar sound terrible.  Timo Tolkki really needs to go away.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 12, 2013, 04:04:08 AM
Yikes, that mix is awful. The music sounded ok too, but that mix kills it. Those guitars sound like they were recorded over the telephone, and the drums sound like they were played inside a bathroom made of cardboard boxes.

Is this just a genre doomed to budget mixing? :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 12, 2013, 04:13:08 AM
Yeah, I think the mix and production here could actualyl be an issue for me, and I'm not usually fussy.  Man, Timo Tolkki needs to go back to the plan where he was going to quit music, the shit he is doing lately is terrible.  It almost makes me wonder if he made TMac's guitar sound like shit on purpose out of jealousy or something.  :lol

I seriously hope Frontiers change their mind and keep him away from the Allen/Lande project.  Timo will ruin the brilliance Karlsson has created.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 12, 2013, 04:24:13 AM
I like ring of fire, but love the individual parts too. Not listened to the clip yet but am already concerned at the comments. I have to say I haven't been a fan of TMac's guitar sound for a while so that may not be Tolkki's fault.
I didn't hate Avalon like most, but it certainly didn't live up to expectations. Tobi Sammet doesn't have anything to worry about in the metal opera front.

And Boals isn't fooling anyone with that "hair"  :lol
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 12, 2013, 06:11:54 AM
Just listened to the clip and  :omg: that is as bad a sounding clip as I've heard for a long time. Hollow sounding guitar.. I would be ashamed to come up with that mix in my bedroom on the iphone. Such great musicians deserve better. Not even YT compression can be blamed for that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 13, 2013, 03:52:02 AM
Just listened to the clip and  :omg: that is as bad a sounding clip as I've heard for a long time. Hollow sounding guitar.. I would be ashamed to come up with that mix in my bedroom on the iphone. Such great musicians deserve better. Not even YT compression can be blamed for that.

Yeah, I can see why people would dislike TMac's tone, but that has nothing to do with this.  Still, I'm looking forward to it as they are one of the great neoclassical bands.

LOL at Boals hair too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 15, 2013, 04:08:23 AM
Got the new Place Vendome in the mail yesterday and so far I'm really liking it.  It's AOR by numbers but the songs are nice.  Talk to Me and Broken Wings are my immediate favs with Broken Wings being one of the greatest songs I've heard all year.  What a tune and Michi sounds wonderful all over the record.  Here's the Talk To Me clip;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrRH8OEm_GM

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 15, 2013, 10:17:20 AM
Got the new Place Vendome in the mail yesterday and so far I'm really liking it.  It's AOR by numbers but the songs are nice.  Talk to Me and Broken Wings are my immediate favs with Broken Wings being one of the greatest songs I've heard all year.  What a tune and Michi sounds wonderful all over the record.  Here's the Talk To Me clip;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrRH8OEm_GM

yeah, it's pretty good. I do get bored quite quickly with the AOR by numbers albums these days but this is better than that. I also enjoyed the Revolution Road album, but it's a bit more Southern/Country than my usual taste, but it rocks just enough.

Dug this one out today,

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Cost me a bit a few years ago, then they rereleased it with bonus tracks= typical.
Dorianna is a great 80s song.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Jaq on November 15, 2013, 10:28:08 AM
Someone needs to smack me upside the head for not giving Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall a spin sooner. Good lord is this a good album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 15, 2013, 11:54:46 AM
Someone needs to smack me upside the head for not giving Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall a spin sooner. Good lord is this a good album.
*smacks*

My AOTY
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Jaq on November 15, 2013, 01:04:55 PM
Not that high for me, but definite top 10, maybe even top 5 depending on my final list. Fucking fantastic album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 15, 2013, 03:57:55 PM
Yeah, I don't know what would make my number one, but Freefall is top 3 at least.

Paul, I only know Paul Laine from Danger Danger, I should check that out.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 15, 2013, 04:06:17 PM
Yeah, I don't know what would make my number one, but Freefall is top 3 at least.

Paul, I only know Paul Laine from Danger Danger, I should check that out.

You got Spotify down there?
It's good but probably a filler track or too too many to be great. There's the odd riff that sounds like other songs too. Worth checking out but try before you buy mate.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 15, 2013, 04:35:03 PM
I've never used Spotify.  I'll check it out on Youtube or something.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 19, 2013, 08:11:26 AM
In case anyone missed it in the 2014 Release Date thread...

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German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell will release his new album, "Into The Storm", on on January 17, 2013 in Germany, January 20 in the rest of Europe and on January 21 in the USA/Canada via SPV/Steamhammer. The CD was recorded with engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind and features Pell alongside singer Johnny Gioeli, new drummer Bobby Rondinelli, keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg and bassist Volker Krawczak.

"Into The Storm" track listing:

01. The Inquisitorial Procedure
02. Tower Of Lies
03. Long Way To Go
04. Burning Chains
05. When Truth Hurts
06. Changing Times
07. Touching Heaven
08. High Above
09. Hey Hey My My
10. Into The Storm

Digipak bonus tracks:

11. White CATS (Opus #6 Scivolare)
12. Way To Mandalay

Configurations:

* Limited-edition digipak including 2 tracks + poster
* Double gatefold LP with colored vinyl
* Standard version
* Digital download
* Deluxe edition including digipak, plec, metalpin, poster, postcard, sticker and much more!

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/axel-rudi-pell-into-the-storm-cover-artwork-track-listing-revealed/#fAv4BoxBGwZXJuW5.99
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 19, 2013, 09:16:04 AM
I can hear it in my head already...

You can certaily rely on Axel not to deviate from the formula. Gioelli is always a pleasure to hear though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 19, 2013, 04:19:34 PM
Yeah, looking forward to this, but it's true we pretty much know how this is going to sound.  But at least we know it will be quality.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 19, 2013, 04:29:37 PM
Yeah, looking forward to this, but it's true we pretty much know how this is going to sound.  But at least we know it will be quality.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 19, 2013, 04:34:40 PM
I should go back and spin Circle of the Oath again.  It was a solid release but I think at the time there were quite a few releases, so it sort of slipped under the radar.  I remember there being some really good tunes though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 19, 2013, 04:43:53 PM
I should go back and spin Circle of the Oath again.  It was a solid release but I think at the time there were quite a few releases, so it sort of slipped under the radar.  I remember there being some really good tunes though.
Yes, you are correct. It was shadowed by a bunch of other things. I will revisit it myself in the next few days. Thank you!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 19, 2013, 04:59:31 PM
No probs man. 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 19, 2013, 05:04:30 PM
Guess that means I got to buy it.  I took the ARP plunge thanks to Kade, but CoO was one that didn't make the cut.  I had enough of the back catalog to run through.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 19, 2013, 05:12:33 PM
I switched off buying ARP discs many years ago ...........the only recent track I heard and liked was Devil Zone - mostly just cos of the huge riff/sound and Gioeli's vox but , having had my very familiar fill , I went back to regular service.

I originally got into ARP through my boy crush on Jeff Scott Soto and one of my favourite bands ever Talisman (also marching Out by Malmsteen)  - so in my mission to get everything he ever did back in the early-mid 90's I got a hold of Between The Walls , Nasty Reputation (Rob Rock) and then sorta got sick of it.  He really needs a better lead guitarist  :laugh: and it might hold my attention better , but in the end the big riffs and Johnny's vox aren't enough to overcome the lack of any real variety.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 19, 2013, 05:13:38 PM
Guess that means I got to buy it.  I took the ARP plunge thanks to Kade, but CoO was one that didn't make the cut.  I had enough of the back catalog to run through.

You probably still do have enough.  COTO is nothing you haven't already heard.  I'll listen again and see if it's worth it for you, as I do remember it did have a couple of amazing songs.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 19, 2013, 05:14:16 PM
I switched off buying ARP discs many years ago ...........the only recent track I heard and liked was Devil Zone - mostly just cos of the huge riff/sound and Gioeli's vox but , having had my very familiar fill , I went back to regular service.

I originally got into ARP through my boy crush on Jeff Scott Soto and one of my favourite bands ever Talisman (also marching Out by Malmsteen)  - so in my mission to get everything he ever did back in the early-mid 90's I got a hold of Between The Walls , Nasty Reputation (Rob Rock) and then sorta got sick of it.  He really needs a better lead guitarist  :laugh: and it might hold my attention better , but in the end the big riffs and Johnny's vox aren't enough to overcome the lack of any real variety.

What did you think of Damage Control?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 19, 2013, 05:17:52 PM
Guess that means I got to buy it.  I took the ARP plunge thanks to Kade, but CoO was one that didn't make the cut.  I had enough of the back catalog to run through.

You probably still do have enough.  COTO is nothing you haven't already heard.  I'll listen again and see if it's worth it for you, as I do remember it did have a couple of amazing songs.
Listening to Run Like the Wind, and I'm thinking this could've easily been lifted from McCauley Schenker's Save Yourself.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 19, 2013, 05:19:57 PM



What did you think of Damage Control?

I certainly like Damage Control but I don't find myself returning to it often ( a bit like JLB's stuff vs DT) ....if memory serves correct I rated it around 80-85%.    I love the guy as a performer and a person but to be honest his solo albums have never done it for me the way he did when working in bands like Talisman, Eyes, Malmsteen etc.....

And speaking of Paul laine (above) he's playing a small gig here in Melbourne in a couple of weeks .  Difficult time for me (Tuesday night) but I really need to make the effort to get along.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 19, 2013, 05:29:18 PM
JSS's other album didn't do much for me too, but Damage Control was just stellar IMO.  One of the best things he's done IMO.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 19, 2013, 05:37:41 PM
JSS's other album didn't do much for me too, but Damage Control was just stellar IMO.  One of the best things he's done IMO.

It's not an album I played more than a few times -  I'll revisit it and give it a better try.  As implied by my rating I do consider it a quality effort and it would also be my fave solo release too I think.    Talisman though in particular are in another league for me though........RIP Marcel.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 19, 2013, 06:25:13 PM
Yeah, Talisman were awesome, really awesome.  Five Men Live is still one of the best live DVD's I've seen.  Such a killer performance.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 19, 2013, 06:55:00 PM
By the way - thanks for starting this thread wolfking...........just realised how many pages I need to backtrack and read  :tdwn   ;D     This is far more my cuppa tea than talking lite prog rock and as a refugee from mr.com after being on there almost every day since the 20th century  :omg:  it's cool to have this sort of music having a home on DTF.

I like anything from Toto to Annihilator - as long is has hooks , good songs and musicianship I'm in.

I'm on a bit of a Savatage kick atm - one of my top 10 all time bands

  NP:  Follow Me (Edge of Thorns). ..classic Criss Oliva solo and tempo change after  gets me every time :tup  And another of my favourite musicians sadly no longer with us  :'(


 Now there's  a band with a few cool covers!


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Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 19, 2013, 07:08:55 PM
Glad to have another melodic fan in the mix. There aren't too too many of us, but there's more than a handful.  This thread can some remiss get a little close to the metal edge of 'melodic', but enjoy the 100+ posts!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 19, 2013, 10:14:23 PM
Alrighty then........... :hat    I'm up to date and have speed read the thread.  Not too much mentioned I haven't got or heard but I've got a good feel for the taste in music and it seems right up my alley - everything from AOR to melodic metal.

I didn't really want to be bringing forward quotes from ages ago and commenting so I'll try and contribute from here.   I think lowdz was probably about when I started on mr.com back in the mid-late 90's so there's been plenty of music digested in that time.

If anyone's interested I could try to do a post each day or two of an album of interest -  either a classic that most would be aware of, a rare gem , etc......change it up a bit.    Anyone interested in instrumental stuff?? - don't have a heap of it but I was learning guitar in the Shrapnel days and built up a bit of stuff in that area too.

In the meantime , a little tidbit.

I notice a number here are fans of Hardline/Gioeli...............and of course Double Eclipse.   Well my favourite track off that album is a bonus track that isn't on the general release.

When Love Leads The Way  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs5Tbg4QBUw
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 20, 2013, 02:10:21 AM
Alrighty then........... :hat    I'm up to date and have speed read the thread.  Not too much mentioned I haven't got or heard but I've got a good feel for the taste in music and it seems right up my alley - everything from AOR to melodic metal.

I didn't really want to be bringing forward quotes from ages ago and commenting so I'll try and contribute from here.   I think lowdz was probably about when I started on mr.com back in the mid-late 90's so there's been plenty of music digested in that time.

If anyone's interested I could try to do a post each day or two of an album of interest -  either a classic that most would be aware of, a rare gem , etc......change it up a bit.    Anyone interested in instrumental stuff?? - don't have a heap of it but I was learning guitar in the Shrapnel days and built up a bit of stuff in that area too.

In the meantime , a little tidbit.

I notice a number here are fans of Hardline/Gioeli...............and of course Double Eclipse.   Well my favourite track off that album is a bonus track that isn't on the general release.

When Love Leads The Way  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs5Tbg4QBUw


We seem to have a similar taste in these things Brent.
I loved the Shrapnel years but don't have the same enthusiasm for the newer shredders. An instrumental discussion probably needs its own thread. Not sure if there is one- someone started a instrumental recommendation thread that was short lived but it wasn't really about the shredding. If you want to start one I'll be in.

Feel free to recommend any releases. We've all chipped in along the way and I still do when I dig something out of the Lowdz archive (also known as the attic where all my music is "stored"-  htough dumped would be a more accurate descriptiion  :biggrin:).

Is Paul Laine doing a rock show or the country stuff he's about to release with Dark Horse?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 02:29:20 AM
Paul's doing a rock show - never know ...he might throw in something to promote Dark Horse but the promo stuff has been all about solo, Danger Danger, Shugazer etc.....   I found that Dark Horse single pretty cringe worthy.

I'll see if I can come up with something of interest each day or two - I'm sure you'll know most of it but I'm sure us old timers have a few gems in the attic yet to be revealed to those not quite so advanced in age  :coolio    And it's also cool to make mention/celebrate some classics we're all aware of too.

Re instrumentals I wasn't going to make a habit of it - more just the odd thing I might have that is rockin and melodic  ;)   I tend to think an instrumental thread might dry up pretty quick.  Might just toss in an instrumental CD of the month or something for some variety.

In a way it's cool to have just one thread and a dedicated few rather than trying to keep up with hundreds of threads elsewhere.  I'm pretty done with new music anyway - I still buy plenty in digital format as I come across it but it's all so samey that I rarely like something enough to go to the trouble to buy it on CD for the audiophile in me.   The only album I bothered to buy on CD this year was - you guessed it -  DT12.

I've finally just entered the digital age properly too and it's made a huge difference to the amount of music I'm listening to on my main hifi system.  I really couldn't be stuffed before - searching the "attic" for a CD................so in recent months I have digitised my whole collection (around 30,000 tracks) and connected up a Sonos + DAC to my stereo which means I now have the whole collection at my fingertips via iPAd and queue up stuff like a Jukebox.  Awesome!!

Cheers

Brent
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2013, 02:59:58 AM
I've been a guitarist for over 15 years so I love Becker, Macalpine, Vai, Satch, Malmsteen, Friedman and a lot of the Shrapnel stuff from the late 80's.

That Savatage album is a classic too.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2013, 03:10:38 AM
Speaking of instrumentals;

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-racer-x-guitarist-bruce-bouillet-to-release-the-order-of-control-in-january/

Former RACER X guitarist Bruce Bouillet will release his third instrumental album, "The Order Of Control", on January 21, 2014 via Mascot Label Group's Music Theories imprint.

Bouillet has enjoyed a successful career for the past couple of decades as both a sought-after player and a fixture within the Los Angeles studio scene.

THE ORDER OF CONTROL is a new band featuring Bouillet, Dave Foreman (bass) and Glen Sobel (drums).

Bouillet made the move towards instrumental music when conspiring creatively with Foreman about eight years ago. He offers, "Dave is a L.A. underground legend. He has played on more big albums then I can list, some of which include DJ Quick, Aaliyah, Tupac, Snoop Dog, Ice Cube and BOYZ II MEN. His main instrument is guitar, but he plays all instruments amazing. His bass playing on the new album is incredible, and even though he is known for more hip hop and R&B, his rock playing really brings something new to the table." Sobel is an L.A. based drummer who tours with ALICE COOPER, but has also played with BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and Orianthi.

Bouillet has been through the exercise of crafting instrumental album releases three times now, and articulates with ease the benefits to approaching songwriting without vocals in mind. He offers, "Instrumental albums give me a chance to speak with the guitar 100%. Not that I'm some sort of control freak, but just like someone who paints a picture chooses the artistic outcome, I want my instrumental albums to be uniquely me, and since I am not a singer, it provides the right vehicle for me to express myself. That being said I do have a new vocal band in the works for 2014, so in a way I have the best of both worlds."

The guitarist shares his inspiration comes from, "Life, family, friends, traveling, teaching, reading, hiking in the mountains, playing live, or from anyone at the top of their game be it music, sports, science, or art."

"The Order Of Control" is a concept album. Its theme deals with a force intermixed throughout humanity that manipulates the masses. In choosing titles, everything relates to the theme. Bouillet advises, "Sometimes you have to read into it and research." With the opening track, "Blind As We Watched", it makes reference to events that happen around us, right in front of our eyes but invisible to our sight. With "Seeing Through", these days information travels at an ever increasing pace. This title is in reference to disinformation or seeing through disinformation. What better way to spread confusion to the masses, then by adding one sentence of truth in a paragraph of lies, and letting the social networks do the work for you by spreading it around." A third track titled "The Manipulators" references "those that possess the power to remote view, communicate with telepathy, orchestrate street theater, read minds, and place thoughts. They are well trained and organized. They stalk individuals in groups, and use such things as schizophrenia as a weapon to destroy people. It is the perfect crime manipulating one into self destruction."

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-racer-x-guitarist-bruce-bouillet-to-release-the-order-of-control-in-january/#2DSwzM7f4cbM5uS4.99


Can't wait for this.  Love Bruce's playing, I think I may even like him more than Gilbert in RX.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 20, 2013, 04:37:00 AM
Never heard his instrumental stuff but I have The Scream album he did with John Carobi which is pretty good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 20, 2013, 05:26:41 AM
I notice a number here are fans of Hardline/Gioeli...............and of course Double Eclipse.   Well my favourite track off that album is a bonus track that isn't on the general release.

When Love Leads The Way  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs5Tbg4QBUw

Huge Hardline/Gioelli fan here... Ever since it was released back in '93 (it was #12 on my Top 50).  Thankfully I already did have that bonus track!

But keep those rare/hidden gems coming
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 20, 2013, 05:35:02 AM
I'm going to venture into the attic later, see what I can find in the vaults...
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 05:54:53 AM
(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTD9j_RxyZ1iSFo1EanC2UHi5YDQN9JAmJPqXqoDZ9uV6BmQIOF)

Okay............I picked this first CD through association with one of our fave guitar players.  Most of my listening of late has been on the heavy side , but this is a bit of a 180 degree turn back to AOR/Westcoast/CCM which I think you guys might appreciate.  Thought I might shock you with something wimpy to start  ;D

There's been a bit of (very well deserved) love for Dan Huff in this thread - one of my favourite guitarists ever.   Well and truly capable of shredding but always manages to strike the right balance for the song and leave you wanting more.  He also developed the annoying habit on the Giant albums of going ballistic just as things were fading out  :facepalm:   If you listen carefully you can hear him do the same on the first track I linked here too  >:(

So - as you do I usually try and track down side projects of my favourite artists.   This release from 1991 is one of those rare high priced CDs that is probably worth the price if you can find it. This is the s/t solo album by (Peter) Beckett ....ex-Player and had a little time with LRB.    It has a number of good players on it - Wayne Nelson from LRB, Chris frazier + one cameo from Michael Thompson etc...  and also features a couple of covers of songs like Brother Louie and Another Day Goes By , which Aussies would recognise as a Rick Price radio hit.

Dann Huff appears on 4 tracks and , although not as rocking as on Giant , you can't miss that tone and tasteful playing.   The whole album is strong and I'd rate it 94%.  And unlike some people when I rate something 90% it's not just par for the course.

Here's two of the Huff tracks:

I Told You So (heaviest on the album) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ksrLzgvSE


 
Hanging By A Thread  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThbeqpnWK94




Cheers

Brent



PS  My first choice when people ask me for obscure rock CDs is often Red Dawn but Lowdz already beat me to that. 

 
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2013, 05:49:02 PM
That Rick Price song always annoyed the shit out of me for some reason.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 06:04:43 PM
Not a huge fan myself either to be honest and that'd be a lower rated song on the Beckett album too. 

Aside from it being a very solid album , the Dann Huff factor makes this an essential CD for me.   It's criminal the lack of music where Dann is front and centre and this is about as good as it gets outside of the 3 Giant albums (with the 3rd Giant being more a leftovers job)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 06:41:32 PM

But keep those rare/hidden gems coming

Apologies if I double up on stuff already mentioned.......being a noob and all


The Hardline track got me thinking about perhaps another album where the bonus track/s were my favourite.  Well in this case the bonus tracks are the ONLY tracks I listen to with any regularity.

(http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/4/1/6/14167.jpg)

There's plenty of love for Jorn here I see and I like him when he's singing some good songs (not often  ;D  ) -  being a fan of Jorn's voice and of Helloween around Keeper to Master of The Rings (although Chameleon was a dog) this band should be a fave of mine but aside from a couple of tracks on Aeronautics (mostly back For My Life) they've never done much for me.   The only other tracks of theirs I'd choose to play now and then are the two bonus tracks from the debut album which I don't see mentioned often.  They're a bit more melodic rock and quite different to the album songs.

The Kid Rocks On  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsJR8CVByf0

Through Thick and Thin   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjqHJ1Yo6ZY
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2013, 07:01:23 PM
Masterplan's bonus tracks never really did it for me.  Roland was always wise with what to put on the album and leave off.  For bonus tracks they are fine but nothing memorable.  I'd say the newest album had the strongest bonus tracks.  The ones on MK2 were okay.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 07:05:56 PM
Masterplan's bonus tracks never really did it for me.  Roland was always wise with what to put on the album and leave off.

The album was well received and so I guess you're right - for me (and anyone who has similar taste) the album did nothing for me but the bonus tracks were half decent.  The bonus tracks are very different so perhaps they were considering a more melodic path at some point.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2013, 07:11:12 PM
This and Aeronautics are two of the finest melodic power metal albums ever IMO.  Both are just perfect.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 20, 2013, 07:20:44 PM
This and Aeronautics are two of the finest melodic power metal albums ever IMO.  Both are just perfect.

Dude, you're such a compliment slut.  You'll say anything is the 'best ever'.  :lol  Personally, I like all of Masterplan, even MK2.  But you are right, s/t and Aeronautics are their two best. 

As for Jorn on the whole, I love his voice, but he really needs to make sure he's got a good writer.  1/2 of the stuff under his own name is tripe.  When he's got a strong writer (Karlsson, Tobi), he's absolute gold.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 07:34:46 PM
I suppose that's the beauty of music - we all have our own definitions of what's heavy, what's melodic etc........   like with my taste in prog metal I have a lot of power metal bands that are amongst my faves but there's a very narrow spectrum that really does it for me.    I don't know what Savatage have in common with most "power metal" bands but they seem to be put in that genre according to most  - I love almost everything they did and especially from Hall of The Mountain King through to Handful of Rain.  These days power metal seems to mean full speed ahead at all costs which doesn't appeal to me.   

Stratovarius is another favourite but mostly only the slower (IMO more powerful) stuff -  so my favourite tracks would be stuff like Uncertainty, Eternity, Kiss of Judas, We Hold The Key, Twilight Symphony.   My liking for Back For My Life  makes sense in that context.  I like where Stratovarius is going too - I liked pretty much everything on Nemesis (they've hit a good balance between speed and melody IMO) whereas a lot of the faster tracks on the earlier releases did little for me.

I tracked down your Top 50 wolfking and having a look now.  It's pretty clear our tastes differ quite a bit but there's certainly some cross over (Gutter Ballet is an all time fave of mine). .............I'll raise something that appeals to you at some stage I promise  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 20, 2013, 07:58:06 PM
This and Aeronautics are two of the finest melodic power metal albums ever IMO.  Both are just perfect.

Dude, you're such a compliment slut.  You'll say anything is the 'best ever'.  :lol  Personally, I like all of Masterplan, even MK2.  But you are right, s/t and Aeronautics are their two best. 

As for Jorn on the whole, I love his voice, but he really needs to make sure he's got a good writer.  1/2 of the stuff under his own name is tripe.  When he's got a strong writer (Karlsson, Tobi), he's absolute gold.

I never denied that I am a music whore. ;D  MK2 was indeed great.  The latest was exceptional but Time To Be King is absolute shit.

I tend to agree with what you said about Jorn's solo work.  The early stuff is great, but the last few haven't kept my interest.  And the Dio rip offs on the latest one was embarrasing.


I tracked down your Top 50 wolfking and having a look now.  It's pretty clear our tastes differ quite a bit but there's certainly some cross over (Gutter Ballet is an all time fave of mine). .............I'll raise something that appeals to you at some stage I promise  ;D

You just did, Masterplan.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 08:11:27 PM
 ;D  Having a quick look at lowdz top 50 now too.  starting at the top with I&W and Operation Mindcrime................I wholeheartedly agree.  I think I would struggle to split those and the debut Van Halen.

I'll try and do one of my own one of these days .
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 09:17:00 PM
Seeing as the AOR of Beckett went down such a treat I think I might up the pace a bit  :D

D C Cooper: s/t

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410THHP6ZYL.jpg)

This is another album I rarely see mentioned but IMO it's the best album DC Cooper has appeared on.   It might just be in the running for a top 50 list for me and really was a bit of a supergroup of our genre.  I just wish it had been more than a one off project.   How does this sound? -  DC Cooper backed by PC 69 (with Dennis Ward producing) and add in Gunter Werno from Vanden Plas on keys and Tore Ostby from Conception/Ark as second guitar   :metal

There's very little filler on this and a wide range of pace - everything from ballads to straight ahead rockers (incl a cover of Easy livin') , melodic metal and an epic prog rocker called The Union to end the CD.    Unfortunately I cannot link to that track.    The production is very dreamy/atmospheric and I really rate this CD.  Score: 90/100

It's hard to pick just one or two tracks to illustrate the album but here's a couple at random

Dream : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB8cAA9nnRo

The Angel Comes  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olmhFk3yyzE

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 20, 2013, 09:29:24 PM
Don't know his solo stuff, but if it's better than anything he did with Royal Hunt, the four Silent Force albums, or Amaran's Plight, then it must be pretty fuckin good.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 20, 2013, 09:52:39 PM
Obviously it'll depend on your taste etc..... and Message To God was on a loop on my stereo as a kid....... but as a whole album I think this is as good as he's done.  More melodic rock than metal though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 02:31:19 AM
The more I think about it the more I think I'd have a bitch of a time weeding out a top 50 , let alone putting them in order  :blush

Anyway................speaking of one off side projects that should've lasted and/or got better recognition..........any love for this one??  I can't think of too many rock albums with a better twin guitar attack and I rate this as high as anything from Dokken the band.  Another supergroup that brought it all together with great songs and performances.  I wish Billy White had done more in this vein too - awesome player.

I'd rate this 97% and this sort of stuff is why I have a hard time rating most of the Frontiers style stuff much above 80's because , even though I like a lot of it , most of it isn't in the same league as albums like this from the 90's in terms of songwriting, production etc...

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d2/Don_Dokken_-_Up_from_the_Ashes.jpg)


Mirror Mirror http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDM-7xUkjuo
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 21, 2013, 02:56:56 AM
This and Aeronautics are two of the finest melodic power metal albums ever IMO.  Both are just perfect.

I'd agree. Love the latest album too. you may want to dig out some feelgood music as the Ashes have started (in predictabnle fashion!)  :biggrin:

And I'd agree with Chad that Jorn is better when better writers write for him. His own stuff can be great but it generally plods and he really wants to be DIO II, but for me he is nowhere near.

Brent, I'm no big fan of the westcoast stuff- too soft for me usually. Dann Huff is a great guitarist (and singer) and I love Giant.

I was really disappointed with that Don Dokken album at the time, but it's not as bad as I thought. I really missed George Lynch at the time. I love his tone and try to steal it when I play guitar (badly). Norum was a poor replacement (though I did like him before he went downtuned.

In regards to the top 50 I found it really hard. I still find albums I think should have gone in it but can't think of any I could leave out. Good luck with that - I'll be a follower for that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 21, 2013, 03:03:29 AM
This and Aeronautics are two of the finest melodic power metal albums ever IMO.  Both are just perfect.

I'd agree. Love the latest album too. you may want to dig out some feelgood music as the Ashes have started (in predictabnle fashion!)  :biggrin:

Yeah, pretty shitty.  But honestly I can't say I'm surprised with Australia's performance today.  Hopefully Hadden can get some momentum going early in the morning, but he'll just run out of partners too quickly IMO.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 03:06:25 AM
Fair enough mate - I'm surprised you didn't like Up from The Ashes more though..........I really thought Norum was secondary on that to Billy White and he did a great job.  Probably a bit more polished than Dokken and less of an edge.  I rated this high 90's and it may still not make my top 50 haha.

I have no idea where to start with highlighting albums so I just find something and draw a line to something else .............so George Lynch it is.


(http://img.maniadb.com/images/album/174/174721_1_f.jpg)


I love this album but I can see why some might find it a bit patchy with the different vocalists - you're not a big fan of Glenn Hughes are ya?

Anyway - I love the Ray Gillen tracks , the Nelson one is pretty cool , I like the Hughes ones and the instrumentals are fantastic - some of his best work.

I rate this 90% and most of the subtraction from 100 is due to tracks with Mandy Lion - WTF were you thinking George?!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 21, 2013, 03:10:58 AM
No, not a fan of Glenn Hughes usually- in small doses he's ok but I like that Lynch album, though the Beast is a bit strange but just about works. Love Tierra Del Fuego.
Lynch and Dokken were meant to be together a neither were as good solo. Lynch Mob was better than anything else either has come up with apart.

Samples on YT from the Silent Force album- sounding really good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdHqyWedBBo&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 21, 2013, 03:13:44 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9u29BGS0QY - Another Red Dragon Cartel song.  I'm not digging this at all.  :'(
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 21, 2013, 03:16:55 AM
Samples on YT from the Silent Force album- sounding really good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdHqyWedBBo&feature=youtu.be

This sounds fucking awesome.  Loving the singer too, should check more of his work.  Alex's guitar sounds amazing too.

It's funny, Silent Force is really the only outfit where IMO Alex's guitar playing really shines.  His work with Voodoo Circle, Primal Fear, David Readman, Kimball/Jamison is all top notch, but for some reason with Silent Force alone, his playing seems to be at another level.  It's weird.

EDIT: I have the album on pre order too. \m/
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 03:46:28 AM
Using my Six Degrees of Inner turbulent separation  :P   I could link to about 50 cool CDs just from the bands mentioned in the last few posts .

The Silent Force does sound good but I feel (like most recent releases) that it's all quite familiar - good but familiar.

Red Dragon Cartel -  not great but better than expected (I was expecting crap).   Jake is one of my all time top few guitarists and , even though I really like Badlands , I feel Ozzy is clearly where he fitted best and it's a shame he only did 2 albums in that vein.  I tell ya ......if a riff comes into my head in the shower it's usually Bark At The Moon - I played that song sooooo many times learning that solo.  But based on what he's done in recent years (and the long breaks etc....) I don't really expect anything great from him again it saddens me to say.

Lynch Mob .................I love the first two albums lowdz and the 2nd as much as the first (although most seem to rate it much lower)  I'm sure you have it but just in case anyone isn't aware of the Jap bonus track from the second....

(http://heavyharmonies.com/cdcovers/L/LYNCHMOB1.JPG)

Love In Your Eyes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O3VKa8cos8

if you like Robert Mason ................this isn't wonderful but a rare melodic rock album he was on and has some decent tracks.  I believe this was released without Robert's okay by the guitarist but anyway - if you like his voice might be worth a shot

(http://heavyharmonies.com/cdcovers/S/SILENTWITNESS_ST.JPG)

Can't Keep from falling  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7w_FrOnvmo


I see Ralf Scheepers is getting a few mentions in other threads.................anyone old enough to admit rocking out to this??

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-j0V0L-6mLQo/TWqrEsBs3lI/AAAAAAAABVA/tUZkpxTHwqE/s1600/Tyran_Pace_-_Long_Live_Metal_-_Front.jpg)

Night Of The Wolves  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyTHOiEe_5s



The new singer for Silent Force is Michael Bormann who has been a real journeyman of late.   I reckon I have 15+ Cd's with him on.   The place to start would be his first biggish gig Jaded Heart


Mystery Eyes (1998)

(http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQcnQafYN3aHZhxPxaz2e5_EdxpCGuRihu35OwGg4ZP0vS5v7Bx)

Heaven Is Falling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52vr1yYv7es

IV (1999)

(http://www.cdeuroxpress.com/images2/4001617515426.jpg)

Live and Let die http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68R7BCRrnAI

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 21, 2013, 04:15:03 AM
Yeah I lissten to the 2nd Lynch Mob more than the first though i love them both. Not heard the bonus track before and I'd have taken that on the album and let the Japs have the Queen cover as a bonus.

Never really listened to much Jaded Heart.

Jake is one of my guitar heroes too. I've always wanted a blue Charvel ever since I saw him play one for Ozzy.

Like Mason's voice. Thought he lifted the last Warrant album a couple of notches. Was alot better than I expected with no Jani.

Not seen that Ralph Sheepers, though I am certainly old enough!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 21, 2013, 04:34:10 AM
Michael Bormann also was on the mic for the Powerworld album from earlier this year, an album I really liked.  "Journeyman" is an understatement.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 21, 2013, 04:55:19 AM
Michael Bormann also was on the mic for the Powerworld album from earlier this year, an album I really liked.  "Journeyman" is an understatement.

I did check out a couple of Powerworld songs on your recommendations but that didn't do much for me to be honest.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 07:01:10 AM
Last listen before bed and it's time for some Japanese cuisine

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e5/Loudness_soldier_of_fortune.jpg/220px-Loudness_soldier_of_fortune.jpg)

This is crunchy, ballsy melodic rock at its best and another album that would be a borderline contender for a top 50 list .   I liked Thunder in the East ( lock n loll clazy night  ;D  )  but it all really clicked on this one for me.  I know the band don't rate it at they Americanised it with the addition of Mike Vescera but (like Ozzy's Ultimate Sin) I think dissing this album is a mistake.  Akira Takasaki is on fire.

Three track samples below - the third contains one of my favourite guitar solos

You shook me  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COuY4WC9b3Q   (nice vid  :-X )

red Light Shooter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6DqU9DK6xo

Lost Without Your love  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rpz14H6-gc
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: TAC on November 21, 2013, 07:07:23 AM
The only Loudness I ever had was the double live album Live Loud Alive. It was actually really awesome, but I never really followed them other than that.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 21, 2013, 12:56:13 PM
The first two Lynch Mob discs are awesome, so is the Don Dokken solo disc.  I had the two Tyran Pace albums; they are solid, but pretty low budget and I felt Ralf didn't get much of a chance to shine.

Really digging the Silent Force samples; the singer reminds me of Joe Lynn Turner.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 21, 2013, 01:34:22 PM
Never rwally bothered with Loudness 1st time round, don't know why. A mate was into them and had the Lightning Strikes album. I do like some Jap 80s metal- Vow Wow, TKO (awesome!)  and I have the Kuni Masque album on vinyl that I used to love. Don't have it on cd and I'm not payng the silly prices it goes for.

I'm a sucker for Galneryus too- they just make me smile with the over the top widdly widdly. Lke X japan and Versaille too, apart from the tranny porn image  :blush
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 03:46:43 PM
Got its fair share of filler but this one is also pretty solid for those who enjoy Eric Martin belting it out a bit

(http://s.pixogs.com/image/R-1430991-1361723952-9486.jpeg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPCfPZ24r4k
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 03:59:49 PM
You beat me to it this morning lowdz.......................NP - a genre classic and I'll commit to this one.  This WOULD be top 50 for me.

(http://eil.com/images/main/Tesla+-+The+Great+Radio+Controversy+-+Sealed+-+LP+RECORD-445361.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 21, 2013, 04:16:43 PM
You beat me to it this morning lowdz.......................NP - a genre classic and I'll commit to this one.  This WOULD be top 50 for me.


#32 on my list.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 04:34:13 PM
Onto another heavy classic

(http://pad.indiemerch.com/i/f/c/fc70bee91b.jpg)


Reign of Fire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhJuVyJDvMc

Wish I could link to Tainted Past but ain't on YT.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 21, 2013, 06:10:14 PM
Armored Saint is fantastic; one of the most underrated bands ever
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 06:34:21 PM
Armored Saint is fantastic; one of the most underrated bands ever

Agreed - and a great shame that the album above was their last of that era.  Went out on a high for sure.

Well now I'm in the mood for some "snarly" vocals - first couple that come to mind............

Ratt - Detonator

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6f/DetonatorRatt.jpg/220px-DetonatorRatt.jpg)

Some Ratt diehards say this isn't a real Ratt album due to the very limited contribution from Robin Crosby but I say bollocks  ;D  A ripper of an album that benefitted from a bigger production and  a bit of Desmond Child magic.   Drop one or two fillers and replace with Nobody Rides For Free (link below) which was held over for the Point Break soundtrack and it'd be rated even higher.  As it is I'd rate it 90% - drop a couple and add in NRFF then 95%.  A bit like Journey Frontiers.

Nobody Rides For Free  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY6ZyWH60bs

Shame, Shame,Shame   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71nuNTpU87E


Wildside- Under The Influence

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bVC1nbP8d3k/Toscn-__HnI/AAAAAAAAMrE/mTH8pipBSt4/s1600/Wildside%2B-%2BUnder%2BThe%2BInfluence%2B-%2BFront.jpg)

Another sleazy rock classic - even just for the cover  :tup    Very much a cut above the average in terms of songs and playing in this sort of music.  92/100.

So Far Away  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lf_1nVBKo0

The Clock Strikes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU0hJbkrrO4

if memory serves correct the follow up (attempt to get with the times) was diabolical in comparison.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 21, 2013, 09:26:18 PM
you may want to dig out some feelgood music as the Ashes have started (in predictabnle fashion!)  :biggrin:



so you predicted Australia 295 and England 8/91??      ;D      What feelgood music do you recommend ?

seriously though what normally happens here is a 150 run 9th wicket partnership :(
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2013, 01:35:04 AM
you may want to dig out some feelgood music as the Ashes have started (in predictabnle fashion!)  :biggrin:



so you predicted Australia 295 and England 8/91??      ;D      What feelgood music do you recommend ?

seriously though what normally happens here is a 150 run 9th wicket partnership :(

Yeah it was rather predictable. Our batting line up is brittle at best and they let the bowlers down time and again. And there's no-one coming through either. They all look good in county cricket with one man and his dog watching bbut put them in front of a crowd and they bottle it.
Any chance of rain down there?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 22, 2013, 02:52:55 AM
Good second day for us.  Hopefully Warner and Rogers can get some momentum early tomorrow and leave you poms in the dust.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2013, 04:16:47 AM
Good second day for us.  Hopefully Warner and Rogers can get some momentum early tomorrow and leave you poms in the dust.

You are due a test win against us. When was the last one?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 22, 2013, 04:26:32 AM
Quiet you.  :P

This is a terrific live cd;

(http://991.com/newgallery/Magnum-Live-From-Birming-582798.jpg)
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2013, 06:54:37 AM
Quiet you.  :P

This is a terrific live cd;

(http://991.com/newgallery/Magnum-Live-From-Birming-582798.jpg)

|I think I have the dvd- its hard to know, they released so many- strangely though, the best of the lot still sits in the vault. On The Wings Of Heaven Live. That was a great video.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 22, 2013, 02:01:07 PM
I think the Birmingham one is tough to get now and I think the DVD had only about 10 songs on it.  I've watched most of that Wings of Heaven live show, it's incredible.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 22, 2013, 02:54:11 PM
I think the Birmingham one is tough to get now and I think the DVD had only about 10 songs on it.  I've watched most of that Wings of Heaven live show, it's incredible.

Saw them twice on that tour. They were incredible- even with Bob's camp hand gestures  :biggrin:

It's probably between Magnum and Gary Moore for who I've seen live most. Oh and FM as they seemed to be the support band for everyone back in the 80s.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 23, 2013, 07:59:03 PM
Magnum is a band I never really appreciated until recently - I've never got the fuss at all about their more recent stuff  but after a long time of not bothering with them I have finally worked my way back and come around to albums like OASTN.  Actually most of my music purchases now are more about finding missed classics than buying new releases which , for the most part, all sound the same to me - in the melodic rock area at least.   At a guess I would say my most listened to album featuring Bob Catley would actually be The Tower (his solo album with Gary Hughes) which I rate quite highly.

I envy you seeing Gary Moore so often - I never got the chance.  Don't think he ever toured Australia??......  my most seen band by a mile would be KISS purely because they tour Australia very frequently (including their Farewell Tour about 15 years ago  ;D )

I mentioned Wildside as an example of a band who (like most who tried ) failed in their attempt to modernise their sound to cope with the impact of grunge.   One of the very few who succeeded and IMO produced their best album in the process was Liilian Axe with this one..........

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/56/Psychoschizophrenia.jpg)

I think I can remember chatting to you about that one many years back Lowdz - I think it's a bit of an unknown classic
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 24, 2013, 02:09:58 AM
Where are you from?
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 24, 2013, 02:17:18 AM
Hopefully you don't mean "what planet?"  ;D

I'm in melbourne.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 24, 2013, 02:28:14 AM
No, I only asked cause I'm form Brisbane.

Anyway, a good result for us in the ashes.  The storms we had up here today were pretty crazy but luckily allowed us to finish the day with a victory.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 24, 2013, 02:31:44 AM
yeah - I haven't seen the last couple of wickets but was watching when the hail hit etc.....

Good to see we weren't robbed by the weather as in the last series .   Our batting still looks fragile but the bowlers have surprised me , esp Johnson.   Hopefully he holds it together.  I thought we were in trouble without Pattinson, Cummins, Bird and with Harris liable to keel over at any second.  Fingers crossed  :tup

I hear Clarke and Anderson almost had to be restrained near the end  - not sure what that's all about.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 24, 2013, 03:35:04 AM
Yeah, our batters were completely outplayed. Even when we were no 1 in the world the batters were the worry. It comes down to bottle at Test level and too many of them don't have it. And Peterson is a tool. A talented one but still a tool. Doesn't care what the match situation is.
Anyway, Johnson is a confidence player. He was going all round the park til he got Trott in the over before lunch. If we can give him a bit of a pasting in the next one he'll be dropped again soon enough. Admittedly that is a bloody big if at this point.

Anyway, bacvk on topic, that Lillian Axe is very good but I prefer the three before it, especially Love & War and Poetic Justice. Haven't enjoyed a single thing they've done since Psychoschizophrenia though. I always though Stevie Blaze was a very underrated lead player.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 24, 2013, 03:40:11 AM
fair enough - ditto re nothing since that album.   I agree on Stevie Blaze and it's also no coincidence that nothing's clicked without Ron Taylor either.......top singer.  I also enjoy Poetic Justice and Love and War (especially the cover - I have the t-shirt too  :hefdaddy  LOL) but felt that the songwriting went up a notch on Psycho.........and it has a dark mood that is quite awesome .

There was a bonus track on Psycho Jap version (also released on EP) called Here Is Christmas or something that is one of the best Xmas songs by a rock band too - not sure why that came to mind but there you go  ;D

Here it is......  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-8NJ93eNHk
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 24, 2013, 03:49:39 AM
fair enough - ditto re nothing since that album.   I agree on Stevie Blaze and it's also no coincidence that nothing's clicked without Ron Taylor either.......top singer.  I also enjoy Poetic Justice and Love and War (especially the cover - I have the t-shirt too  :hefdaddy  LOL) but felt that the songwriting went up a notch on Psycho.........and it has a dark mood that is quite awesome .

There was a bonus track on Psycho Jap version (also released on EP) called Here Is Christmas or something that is one of the best Xmas songs by a rock band too - not sure why that came to mind but there you go  ;D

Here it is......  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-8NJ93eNHk
I have that on a cd single. Written by Anne and Nancy Wilson of Heart I believe. Nearly time to break out the xmas albums, lol.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 24, 2013, 04:14:05 PM
Well Firefest have outdone themselves this time. Danger Danger (not for the first time) but with Andy Timmons on guitar. Oh my God yes!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 24, 2013, 04:16:17 PM
Bloody hell  :hefdaddy  - what we'd give out here for even one gig half as good.  :censored    I presume you've seen that pro shot vid of the Japan Screw It footage?   Awesome band in their prime and Andy smokin it.

BTW I just stumbled onto Ron Taylor's new band Lowside.  A bit average IMO but still love that voice.

http://www.lowside.net/
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 24, 2013, 06:35:17 PM
Holy crow there's some nice looking acts for MRF!!  along with DD and CM that you mentioned in the other thread, Pretty Maids, Heat, Ten, Firehouse, Rage of Angels (wonder how many of the guest vocalists will be there), and (OMG), "Unsigned Band Here"!!!
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 24, 2013, 07:35:51 PM
Wow, I never would have thought that Timmons would go back to Danger Danger, hopefully it turns into an album.  I did like Marcello though, he worked really well with the band on Revolve.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 24, 2013, 07:44:54 PM
I can't think of too many melodic rock bands that have produced such a great album so late in their career as D2 did with Revolve - especially in a genre that is so out of vogue.  Bruno Ravel is a bit of a melrock genius.

I've just seen that Firefest lineup and there's a whole heap of bands I'd love to see.  Tower City would be interesting too.   
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 24, 2013, 07:49:52 PM
Revolve is actually my fav album from them.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 24, 2013, 07:55:22 PM
Revolve is actually my fav album from them.

I wouldn't argue that it's not their best-  most of their other albums have a lot more filler than Revolve and it has it's fair share of top notch songs..............so on that basis I'd probably agree.  Cockroach might be up there but it's that long since I listened to it I can hardly remember.

I think they wasted an opportunity with Screw It -  they were obviously at the top of their game with Timmons but chose to fill the album with a whole load of fairly childish stuff at the expense of the songs I feel they were capable of.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 24, 2013, 08:30:52 PM
Revolve is actually my fav album from them.

I wouldn't argue that it's not their best-  most of their other albums have a lot more filler than Revolve and it has it's fair share of top notch songs..............so on that basis I'd probably agree.  Cockroach might be up there but it's that long since I listened to it I can hardly remember.

I think they wasted an opportunity with Screw It -  they were obviously at the top of their game with Timmons but chose to fill the album with a whole load of fairly childish stuff at the expense of the songs I feel they were capable of.

That's my favourite album of theirs by far.

Revolve was the first album I got from them, didn't bother checking out any other albums, and even deleted it. Too weak and tame.
Then I heard Screw It, and loved a lot of the songs, then realized it was the same band I'd passed over a couple of years ago. :facepalm:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 24, 2013, 08:34:40 PM
 ;D   A couple of my favourite songs of theirs are on Screw It and like I said - the band are on fire - but for me if I had to rate the albums I'd likely rate Revolve higher purely because (to me at least) Screw It has so much filler.   That live show I mentioned from that tour is D2 at their peak
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 24, 2013, 08:35:40 PM
Yeah, for me, I never really got into Screw It at all.  I thought it was a big letdown after the debut.  Saying that, I should get the cd out again.

Cockroach is a pretty good one too.  I got the version with both Paul Laine's and Ted Poley's version, that's cool.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 25, 2013, 03:52:01 AM
(http://bravewords-public.s3.amazonaws.com/images/p183l4kpd01e8a1tn1ehg1mpsspd4.jpg)

Just got this in the mail tonight and just gave it a run through.  This needs quite a few listens but it's really really nice.  Great production and the songs are great.  I could do without Down but it's okay.  Billy sounds good and Slamer once again nails the guitars.  The Only One, Time and Time Again, I See You There are the ones that pricked my ears straight away.  Just a great crisp sound, wonderful.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 25, 2013, 04:37:03 AM
I've had it for a while - in a nutshell...........tracks 1-7 (all bloody great), 9&11 (v.good), 8 (Down) and 10 ......average.

On the whole - another great album as expected.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 25, 2013, 11:59:14 AM
Revolve is actually my fav album from them.

I wouldn't argue that it's not their best-  most of their other albums have a lot more filler than Revolve and it has it's fair share of top notch songs..............so on that basis I'd probably agree.  Cockroach might be up there but it's that long since I listened to it I can hardly remember.

I think they wasted an opportunity with Screw It -  they were obviously at the top of their game with Timmons but chose to fill the album with a whole load of fairly childish stuff at the expense of the songs I feel they were capable of.

Screw It is my favourite from them- the guitars were more of a focus. I certainly had no problem with the lyrics as they were fairly typical at the time. I don't want  hair bands preaching at me or giving it the social commnetary, that's not what they're about. And it was party time.

The 1st was too bland for me. Revolve was excellent. cockroach was great (both versions) but they tried the grunge-y route and failed and a few dodgy albums in the middle.
I saw them on the Screw It tour with Timmons supporting Alice cooper (I think or was it KISS?). Marcello was great too but not a patch on Timmons.

I've missed the last few Firefests due to the bands being the same old same old, (and me getting too old!!!) but this lineup excites me.
Babylon AD, CM, Heat, Firehouse doing the first album, Ten, The Poodles, Shy, Pretty Maids,Coney Hatch, Brother Firetribe, friday night has a acoustic show afterwards with The Magnificent. I just have to work out how I'll get to do 3 nights away from the family...
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 25, 2013, 03:54:31 PM
I know what you mean about party time etc........many of my favourite songs from that era have ridiculous lyrics.......even some about breaking skool roolz  ;D  To me though that album took the focus on innuendo to a level that detracted from the songs.......not because I'm a prude but because they frustrated me by filling up a lot of space with nothing when Timmons was in his prime .........and all my favourite songs from that album seem to be the slightly more sensible ones   ;D  (beat the Bullet, Crazy Nites, Don't Blame It On Love)

Don't get me wrong..........it's one of my fave albums from that era/style - I just think it had a few meaningless fillers on it that could easily have been better without being Shakespeare.  I still rate it mid-high 80's and above most of their catalogue and I love the performances on it and the tour following.

I wish Andy had played on more of this style around that time - it's a shame we really only got this one and Cockroach and some fill ins here and there.

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 25, 2013, 05:06:22 PM
Screw It was a couple of curse words away from being a Steel Panther album.

But, it's still a great glam album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 25, 2013, 05:40:08 PM
I'm definitely gonna give it another spin I think.  Maybe I've been missing something.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 26, 2013, 01:40:51 AM
Screw It was a couple of curse words away from being a Steel Panther album.

But, it's still a great glam album.

SP didn't have to look far for their "inspiration!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: BlobVanDam on November 26, 2013, 02:31:20 AM
Screw It was a couple of curse words away from being a Steel Panther album.

But, it's still a great glam album.

What do you mean "but"? That lyrical content is what makes a good glam album! :metal

Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 26, 2013, 03:54:50 AM
From melodicrock.com

A fourth Allen / Lande album is now being written for release in 2014 - but the mastermind behind the original trilogy of releases - Magnus Karlsson - has passed on the baton to Timo Tolki to write and produce the next album.

Confirmed.  :facepalm:  This is a travesty.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Bolsters on November 26, 2013, 04:09:08 AM
Yeah, I don't have high hopes for that album now. I honestly can't remember the last time Tolkki made something that I actually enjoyed, it's been a while.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 26, 2013, 04:11:17 AM
Yeah, I don't have high hopes for that album now. I honestly can't remember the last time Tolkki made something that I actually enjoyed, it's been a while.

I liked the first RR album, that was pretty damn solid, even if it was incredibly simple and generic.  The other two were pretty crap and Symfonia was a trainwreck, and not to mention Avalon which was probably the worst new release of 2013.  Also on melodicrock it says he is in the studio already doing the second Avalon album.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Bolsters on November 26, 2013, 04:25:27 AM
I liked the first RR album, that was pretty damn solid, even if it was incredibly simple and generic.  The other two were pretty crap and Symfonia was a trainwreck, and not to mention Avalon which was probably the worst new release of 2013.  Also on melodicrock it says he is in the studio already doing the second Avalon album.
I never warmed up to that first RR album, and I didn't even bother with either of the other two. I agree with you on Symphonia and Avalon though.

I'll most likely keep listening to whatever he puts out and give it a chance, I just don't have any real expectations anymore.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 26, 2013, 04:28:00 AM
I liked the first RR album, that was pretty damn solid, even if it was incredibly simple and generic.  The other two were pretty crap and Symfonia was a trainwreck, and not to mention Avalon which was probably the worst new release of 2013.  Also on melodicrock it says he is in the studio already doing the second Avalon album.
I never warmed up to that first RR album, and I didn't even bother with either of the other two. I agree with you on Symphonia and Avalon though.

I'll most likely keep listening to whatever he puts out and give it a chance, I just don't have any real expectations anymore.

That's pretty much what I think too.  I just don't see what he could possibly do for Allen/Lande 4.  I wonder if Magnus just passed on it cause he's busy with Primal Fear, or if Frontiers wanted Tolkki to do it.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 26, 2013, 06:34:49 AM
Yeah, this is not good news for Allen/Lande.  I think we're all in the same boat... we'll give it a shot, but there's no optimism at all.  We know that Jorn's talent alone can't compensate for bad writing.  The opening RR trilogy isn't awful, but I'm not compelled to spin it on any regular basis.  Haven't even heard the last 2.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 26, 2013, 07:09:24 AM
It's going to suck. Double bass drums at 1000mph constantly, simple riffs. Cheesy melodies. Not even these two mighty voices can save it from TT.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: bl5150 on November 26, 2013, 07:20:53 AM
So classic power metal then  ;D
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 26, 2013, 07:24:37 AM
So classic power metal then  ;D

Yeah, if not done well. There's plenty of good power metal, and TT was responsible for some of it. Not recently though.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 26, 2013, 11:04:48 AM
I'm not really familiar with Tolkki. Is he just a ham n egger? No matter what, I'm looking forward to the 4th release and with Allen/Lande together, I can't see it being a poor album no matter what.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jingle.boy on November 26, 2013, 11:50:33 AM
I'm not really familiar with Tolkki. Is he just a ham n egger? No matter what, I'm looking forward to the 4th release and with Allen/Lande together, I can't see it being a poor album no matter what.

On that, you are wrong.  TT was the primary writer in Stratovarious.  He hasn't written anything decent in quite some time.  His 'Avalon' rock opera this year was my disappointment of the year.  With vocalists like Allen, Elize Ryd, Rob Rock, Sharon den Adel, Simone Simons, and Kiske, you'd think it would be a sure-fire home run.

Nope, turd-of-the-year.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: jjrock88 on November 26, 2013, 11:52:00 AM
Yikes!!

Stratovarious was hit or miss for me
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: Lowdz on November 26, 2013, 11:59:13 AM
I'd say he was a ham n egg-er really. His good stuff with Starto was fairly standard stuff. Some diamonds among the rough certainly. Many better bands out there. He was helped by Kotipelto being a great singer. In fact I enjoy the Kotipelto albums as good as any Stratovarius albums.
Title: Re: The official melodic rock/AOR thread
Post by: wolfking on November 26, 2013, 05:27:19 PM