Tag Archives: melodic rock

WOUNDEDSPiRiT- Taking Back Control

Imagine Blur, all tooled up, taking the train to Madchester but never reaching there, instead getting waylaid halfway in that mysterious hinterland called The Black Country. The Britpop wars not so much forgotten but ignored like yesterday’s old fish & chip paper, music is timeless there and influences eternally diverse. Say a band like that began developing songwriting skills using ...

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MAGNUM

Magnum – Live at the Symphony Hall

British stalwarts Magnum have thrilled and enchanted their audiences for decades now by means of majestic, melodic, and wonderfully evocative hard rock, and this latest live offering of theirs simply titled Live at the Symphony Hall was captured in all its raw glory in Birmingham at the end of the band’s Road to Eternity touring spell in 2018. Boasting a ...

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Grand Design’s Viva La Paradise

Swedish melodic rockers Grand Design have released their fourth album, Viva La Paradise. The band, featuring Pelle Saether (Lead vocals), Janne Stark and Dennis Vestman (Guitars), Stefan Westerlund (Bass) and Joakim Jonsson (Drums), began working on the album back in June 2017. Whereas their first two records were written solely Saether other members became involved with their third album, Thrill ...

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Clif Magness

AOR/Melodic Rock artist Clif Magness releases Lucky Dog

Clif Magness has already had success writing for Wilson Phillips, Quincy Jones, Avril Lavigne as well as the more rock Hanson, Steve Perry and Bonamassa collaborations. His previous solo album called, imaginatively, Solo was released in 1994. Since then, he has been hard at work composing and producing since then and now he has a new solo album called Lucky ...

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Kee Marcello Measures up UK Tour

Swedish guitarist and vocalist Kee Marcello – best known for his time with multi-platinum selling rock band Europe – has announced a six date UK tour for this October. The tour comes in support of Scaling Up, Marcello’s fifth solo album available now on the Frontiers srl label. Hardened Europe fans will be aware the band used Le Baron Boys ...

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Stryper

Stryper’s God Damn Evil Album!

That Stryper were promoted as a Christian rock band I’d always assumed they’d sound like a poodle rock version of 70s Casablanca act Angel without Guiffera’s keyboards. Maybe they were, I’ve still not dipped into their back catalogue, but being signed to Frontiers – the home of many US melodic rock bands who made a mint during the 80s and ...

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Bonfire – Temple Of Lies

Only guitarist Hans Ziller remains as an original member of German melodic rock band Bonfire, a band who’ve had their successes since the mid-80s albeit failing to crack the American market. But then, the influence of British bands like Deep Purple and Uriah Heep touring constantly throughout Europe with hit albums during the 70s became engrained within the consciousness of ...

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Gus G

New Gus G Album is… Fearless!

Greek guitar hero Gus G has a new album titled Fearless out on April 20th through AFM records. Establishing his credentials with power metal band Firewind, and taking in a tour of duty with death metal act Arch Enemy, it was as part of Ozzy Osbourne’s band that the guitarist found wider fame. With Fearless G goes the power trio route ...

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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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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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