Tag Archives: AOR

Mad Max

Mad Max – 35 years and still going strong

Mad Max are celebrating 35 years of producing quality metal fused AOR and musicians Michael Voss (vocals/guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Axel Kruse (drums) and Thomas “Hutch” Bauer (bass) have titled their new release with the imaginative moniker ‘35’. The album sounds like they are still firmly planted in the 80s, but there is enough originality to give it a genuine ‘new’ tag. ...

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Drive – IDEFI, A Tribute to Rick Chavez and David Earl Taylor

Drive were a five-piece progressive, power metal band formed on the north side of Houston, Texas by guitarist Rick Chavez. They released two albums, Characters In Time (1988) and Diablero (1992). The band’s original members were barely out of high school back in the early 80s as they began making a name for themselves. Moving out to California, and inevitably the Sunset Strip , where they signed ...

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GTR Classic – When the Heart Rules the Mind Reimagined

In 1985 progressive rock guitarists Steve Hackett and Steve Howe – of Genesis and Yes/Asia fame respectively – formed the AOR rock band GTR, who went on to record one album that hit No. 11 in the alubm charts and  went gold, tour North America and Europe in 1986, and a hit single in ‘When the Heart Rules the Mind’ ...

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H.E.A.T – Into The Great Unknown

A returning guitarist, a new record label and the intent to make an album with a new creative spirit expanding upon the melodic rock template that’s served these young Swedes well is what led to creating H.E.A.T ’s latest album. And is it different? Yes, and no. Dave Malone (or Sky Davis to give him a nom de plume) on ...

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Dan Reed Network photos by Martin Tierney

Dan Reed Network + Vega, The Robin 2, 12th March

Most sensible people stay in on a Sunday night. Me I’m out on the town about to catch two bands whose work I’m not overly familiar with. In the case of Vega, I know them only by reputation: melodic/AOR band, four albums in the can with regular support slots up and down the country. While the venue hasn’t filled out ...

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Tequila Mockingbyrd

Hard Rock Hell AOR Highlights: Thursday

It’s not an enviable task having to open up a festival, but Tequila Mockingbyrd makes it look effortless. The Melbourne-born trio recently relocated to the UK and are on the cusp of releasing their debut in Europe – their Australian fanbase has already been treated to it – and they are out to prove a point, and make sure that ...

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Review: Kansas – The Prelude Implicit

15 albums down the road, a tinkling piano over the Celtic heartbeat that is ‘With This Heart’  acts as overture to The Prelude Implicit, the first studio album Kansas have released in sixteen years. Despite expressions of love and devotion expressed there’s an underlying melancholy to it. Such thoughts are case aside immediately after as adventurous optimism takes shape musically ...

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Dan Reed Network Launch Video for new single Divided

The Dan Reed Network are back and they have just released an official music video for their new single ‘Divided’,  the first single taken from their brand new album Fight Another Day that’s due for release on Frontiers Music Srl on Friday 3rdJune. Originally formed in Portland, Oregon, Dan Reed Network packed out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with an infectious mixture of hard rock, funk and ...

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Review: John Taglieri – True Believer EP

New Jersey born John Taglieri was raised on everything from The Beatles to Black Sabbath. He made his debut with the full length Leap of Faith, and has issued 14 records over a 15 year independent career, topping the Amazon charts and hitting Billboard’s with rock, pop and country records. True Believer is a six track EP that finds him ...

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Geoff Downes and Chris Braide… Surburban Ghosts!

Three years after their critically acclaimed debut  Pictures of You, keyboard player Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia) and singer/songwriter Chris Braide (This Oceanic Feeling) have come together for the second chapter of their joint venture as the Downes Braide Association (DBA), with Suburban Ghosts to be released on 6th November through Cherry Red Records. Suburban Ghosts was inspired by both of their ...

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