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Newman – Siren (2013)

‘Siren’ is the tenth studio album from Steve Newman and I’m desperately trying to avoid saying ‘His best album ever!’ because I’m going to start sounding like a broken record, but every inch of me wants to scream it! I’ve been a big fan of Steve ever since his debut; he has been a consistently strong song writer and over the years has produced not just some great albums but also some of my favourite songs of all time. It’s […]

AOR – Rare Tracks & Demos (2017)

“Rare tracks and Demos” are songs never released plus pre-production demos of tracks already known but featuring different vocalists, mix, etc. by “AOR”, the project of melodic rock songwriter/guitarist Frederic Slama released in November 2017. Much like the previous “AOR” albums, this could be regarded as an all-star project featuring some incredible singers like Michael Kisur, Sarah and Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn’s Dream), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) and More. It has to be said that the […]

Find Me – Wings Of Love (2013)

Find Me is basically a project to showcase vocalist Robbie LaBlanc, who Frontiers Records have partnered with producer / songwriter Daniel Flores with the aim of creating a strong melodic rock album. There is also plenty of song writing contributions from the likes of Soren Kronqvist, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Erik Martensson and the most awesome Martin Brothers (VEGA). Well BANG! Their aim was fulfilled; pure AOR doesn’t get much better than this! Wings of Love Stays faithful to elements of […]

Lionville – A World Of Fools (2017)

A World of Fools is the third album from Italian’s Lionville who are led by guitarist Stefano Lionetti and once again features the lead vocals of Swede Lars Safsund. This one is perhaps a tad beefier than its predecessors but not dramatically so, it is still pure AOR. Getting Safsund involved has always elevated the impact of this band and yet again he delivers a dynamic and emotive performance. For me Safsund is one of the best AOR vocalists of […]

Alias ‎– Alias (1990)

I think this thing is pure brilliance!!! AOR done perfectly right! I can’t find anything wrong with the execution of this album. Yes it is slow and sappy overall, but who cares. Listen to it with that in mind. Alias was a Canadian album oriented rock/hard rock supergroup band, formed in 1988 by vocalist Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve DeMarchi of the Canadian arena rock band Sheriff, along with Heart founding members Roger Fisher on guitars, bassist Steve Fossen and […]

Vega ‎– Kiss Of Life (2010)

A new band to the world of melodic rock featuring Nick Workman (Kick / Eden) on vocals, AOR song writing geniuses James Martin on Keyboards and Tom Martin on Guitars and Dan Chantrey on Drums. No expense was spared on the album with the album been produced by John Greatwood and mastered by Frontiers favourite Dennis Ward. The band have also made a video for their lead track “Kiss of Life”, which I think is fantastic and it’s obvious from […]

Zinatra ‎– Zinatra (1988)

Often credited as the original band of AOR virtuoso Robby Valentine, “Zinatra” could be considered as the archetypal melodic rock/glam metal band of Holland, having debuted in 1988 and enjoyed considerable chart success with such hit singles as “Love or Loneliness”, “Somewhere” and “Looking for Love”. Zinatra. the brain child of bassist Ronal Lieberton featured recruits from Vandale including guitarists Gino Rerimassie, Sebastian Floris, drummer Ed Rokx and lead singer Joss Mennen. The album in question is a mixture of […]

Tokyo Motor Fist – Tokyo Motor Fist (2017)

If the thought of Trixter’s Steve Brown creating an album with Danger Danger’s Ted Poley has you salivating in anticipation and bouncing up and down like a kid hyped on sugar, then trust me just go and buy the album NOW! You won’t be disappointed, you’re going to love this no holds barred full on old school melodic rock album which gives us genre die hards everything we want from our music! You may want to get the plastic sheeting […]

Survivor ‎– Vital Signs (1984)

This album takes me back to a time when it seemed that AOR would take over the world. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but those of us who really appreciate AOR also know the value of it. “Vital Signs” was Survivor’s fourth studio release and the most successful of all. That was the album on which the band changed its vocals from Dave Bickler (who had left because of vocal problems) to Jimi Jamison. In addition, the band decided to recall […]

Age Of Reflection ‎– In The Heat Of The Night (2017)

Age of Reflection’s acronym AOR is an apt name for this new Scandinavian band as their style is of the pure AOR variety. I suspect the name may have been born from expanding on that acronym when choosing a band name. I was surprised to discover that the musicians who make up the core of this band were previously in an Industrial metal band as there is no connection in style whatsoever this is eighties inspired melodic rock to the […]

The Radio Sun – Outside Looking In (2017)

As I’m rocking out to the third album from Aussie melodic rockers The Radio Sun Outside Looking In I’m thinking damn these guys are getting better and better. I already like the band and enjoy their music but with this one they have really excelled themselves in every way possible from song writing to performance. Their good friend and genre ledge Paul Laine dips in with a few co-writes and produces and mixes the album and his touch is there, […]

Wild Rose ‎– Dangerous (2013)

The Greek AORsters Wild Rose after their stunning debut album “Half Past Midnight” came out in 2011 are back with a fresh brand new album encompasses everything we all love about pure AOR. Top-notch vocals, big memorable hooks, melodies galore, with some of the tastiest guitar work you may hear and swathes of gorgeous keyboards!!! Their new album titled “Dangerous” and will be released on February 22, 2013 via AOR Heaven. The new album introduces a new singer in David […]

Stan Bush ‎– Stan Bush (1983)

This is the debut album by iconic AOR singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Stan Bush, originally released in 1983. Marketed a good couple of years prior to the melodic hard rock/glam metal explosion which would dominate the rest of the decade, the Stan Bush record was built on the principles of early `80s melodic rock- one could roughly describe it as a mixture of “Survivor” and “Asia”. Despite being his first solo effort, the Stan Bush debut is filled with challenging vocal […]

Wall Of Silence ‎– Shock To The System (1992)

Is this good? Well, actually this is fantastic. Not really known to the “big public” I fear. Canada always had a great tradition in melodic rock, Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Coney Hatch, etc. and Wall Of Silence are also one of the representatives, which joined the record labels in the late 80s/early 90s, in this case the major A & M. 1992’S Shock To The System was the debut (and sadly, the only) release from Canadian melodic rock band Wall Of […]

Valentine ‎– Valentine (1990)

I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this album because I had never heard of them before and didn’t even know what type of music they were. Fortunately this album provided a unique blend of heavy guitars, heavily integrated keyboards and strong vocals. The band sound resembles that of Firehouse and White Lion, with plenty of fast guitar solos, screaming vocals and catchy melodies. This could be one of the best releases of the beginning of the 90s. […]

Harem Scarem ‎– Harem Scarem (1991)

Definitive AOR – infectiously melodic – satisfaction guaranteed. Canada has it’s share of melodic rock band such as Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Sheriff, Headpins, Chrissy Steele, etc., but one of the most underrated were Harem Scarem. If you are a fan of the genre then you know about them, since they are a cult band of the melodic rock scene, but outside they are virtually unknown and I must say that’s a big shame. The Toronto based melodic rock act was […]

Unruly Child ‎– Unruly Child (1992)

Incredible hard driven AOR with great melodies and marvellous vocals, lovely ballads and good vibrations in the harder tracks. Well. We all know how 1992 turned out for melodic rock and hair metal. Not only did grunge sweep in, but the band’s label Interscope decided to become a full-on rap label, leaving Unruly Child out in the cold. Unruly Child was the melodic rock band put together by former King Kobra vocalilst Mark Free after his Signal project failed to […]

Giant – Last Of The Runaways (1989)

GIANT was one of the few really good bands that emerged from the music scene of the late 80s and early 90s that seemed to know how to write and to perform, and in my opinion, should have received more notoriety than they did. “Session supergroup” Giant was formed in 1987, consisted by singer/guitarist Dann Huff (White Heart, Peter Cetera, Lou Gramm, etc.), his brother David (White Heart, Ron Collins, David and the Giants, etc.) on drums, bassist Mike Brignardello […]

Dakota ‎– Runaway (1984)

Dakota in 1984 released their second album called “Runaway” that was meant to be their best work, an AOR masterpiece and a legend of what we call West Coast genre.Although it was released on the mighty MCA Records, who scored big time with Night Ranger that period but also has some classic releases of the period 1983-1984 such as Preview, White Sister, The Automatix, Fortune, etc., the album suffered from the poor MCA promotion, it didn’t become huge. It took […]

Honeymoon Suite ‎– The Big Prize (1985)

After the mighty debut, I didn’t know what to expect. This completely knocked me out at the time, and still does to this day. This is their signature album, not because it landed them recognition on the US charts, but because it flat-out Rocks!. I love almost every song and it has something for everyone. Great ballads and rocking tunes that will appeal to everyone. Written in 1985, a time in rock ‘n’ roll history when ’80s metal was skyrocketing […]

Airrace ‎– Shaft Of Light (1984)

Airrace is undoubtedly one of the best bands in AOR history came out from England. The band was founded by guitarist Laurie Mansworth (ex-More) in 1982 and the line up was completed after some changes with the bassist Jim Reid (ex-Bordello), the 17 years old then Jason Bonham on drums (son of John Bonham from Led Zeppelin), Toby Sadler (ex- White Spirit) on keys and the mighty Keith Murrel (ex-Moontier) on vocals. The production was from Beau Hill know for […]

Bad English ‎– Bad English (1989)

Bad English are not a wannable hair metal band. They are one of the finest melodic bands to come from the AOR genre. Considered by many to be one of AOR’s most spectacular super groups, provided a perfect blend of radio-friendly rockers and powerful ballads, with spellbinding guitar licks, smooth keyboards and great vocals. Former Babys frontman John Waite was enjoying a successful solo career when he signed with Epic records in 1988. However, for his next albu he had […]

Benny Mardones – Benny Mardones (1989)

AOR with guts in here and the voice of Mardones…classic!… Shamely he didn’t have the recognition he deserved and went onto the shadow of other singers in the same vein. If you have not heard the power of Benny Mardones, it is not too late. This die hard rocker and electric balladeer launches musical lightning bolts that truly exemplify the spine-tingling live performances that are his trademark. The self-titled album, or “the blue album” as it is referred to by […]

Blue Murder – Blue Murder (1989)

Here is another great band that has not the attention it deserves due to time discovered. Blue Murder can be easily labeled as a super group, with famous musicians, and practicing a heavy and melodic hard rock, and that will please fans of the full phase of the most successful Whitesnake. And this similarity is a valid reason, since the band formed by guitarist John Sykes, fresh out of the group of David Coverdale and acclaimed for the beautiful work […]

Touch – Touch (1980)

Simply put, this album is one of the very best discs that has ever been made in the AOR music category. During the late seventies and early eighties the American rock scene was bursting with deliciously ambitious talent, none more so than New York based quintet Touch. Touch were a rock band formed in 1978, led by Mark Mangold (songwriter and keyboards), Glen Kithcart (drums) and Craig Brooks (guitars), which had all previously beel in the band America Tears. The […]

The Cauze – The Cauze (1987)

Certainly THE CAUZE played a musical style not common at their home-State Texas: pure ’80s AOR. With two lead vocalists – who also handled drums and bass – the band managed to record their self-titled albums and release it through the little label USA Records International in 1987. Seems these songs were taped two years before, hence the typical mid-Eighties sound and production. This is very classy material combining the Melodic Rock bliss of Foreigner, Journey and Aviator with some early ’80s […]

Newman – Siren (2013)

‘Siren’ is the tenth studio album from Steve Newman and I’m desperately trying to avoid saying ‘His best album ever!’ because I’m going to start sounding like a broken record, but every inch of me wants to scream it! I’ve been a big fan of Steve ever since his debut; he has been a consistently strong song writer and over ...
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AOR – Rare Tracks & Demos (2017)

“Rare tracks and Demos” are songs never released plus pre-production demos of tracks already known but featuring different vocalists, mix, etc. by “AOR”, the project of melodic rock songwriter/guitarist Frederic Slama released in November 2017. Much like the previous “AOR” albums, this could be regarded as an all-star project featuring some incredible singers like Michael Kisur, Sarah and Mélissa Fontaine ...
Read More

Find Me – Wings Of Love (2013)

Find Me is basically a project to showcase vocalist Robbie LaBlanc, who Frontiers Records have partnered with producer / songwriter Daniel Flores with the aim of creating a strong melodic rock album. There is also plenty of song writing contributions from the likes of Soren Kronqvist, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Erik Martensson and the most awesome Martin Brothers (VEGA). Well BANG! ...
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Lionville – A World Of Fools (2017)

A World of Fools is the third album from Italian’s Lionville who are led by guitarist Stefano Lionetti and once again features the lead vocals of Swede Lars Safsund. This one is perhaps a tad beefier than its predecessors but not dramatically so, it is still pure AOR. Getting Safsund involved has always elevated the impact of this band and ...
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