are some hot new AOR and Melodic Rock bands:
This must be the new sensation in the AOR scene. Their website says: "SHIFT is a five piece A.O.R. rock band from San Diego, California. A strong, driving guitar sets the foundation for rich melodic vocals with layered keyboards and a rock solid rhythm section. If you like rock music with hooks melody ala JOURNEY, FOREIGNER etc., you'll love this band."
When a band says this, I can
only think that this must be a superb AOR band. Maybe a future band for
the European AOR labels MTM or Frontiers, who knows? I wasn't able to listen
to one of their songs, but I am very positive about this band and hopefully
much more info on SHIFT soon.
HOWARD GRIPP AND STINGER:
Getting more and more into the
undergroundscene. This little band STINGER (features Howard Gripp) is playing
commercial AOR rock a la FOREIGNER and JOURNEY. They come out of Sioux
City, IA, USA and released a CD titled 'Walk Away' in 1997. Don't know
if they are still out there. I hope so, and if the band ever reads this,
then they should contact me.
This artist comes out of Ohio
and he is playing 80s based AOR/Poprock in the style of JOHN WAITE, MICHAEL
STANLEY and HENRY LEE SUMMER. I haven't been able to listen to his music,
but if he has been compared to the 80s sounds of these artists, then I
think DAVE CROUCH must be interesting for us. More info when I get it.
Band out of Pennsylvania, USA.
Not to be confused with the 80s DARK STAR. This new band has released a
same titled CD. I heard two songs of the band, namely "Don't cry for me"
(an uptempo melodic rocker) and "Loved you to death" (a melodic rockballad).
Both sounded pretty nice. Hopefully more info later.
Another Chicago based band. TREMOR
has released a CD titled 'For the cause'. They play a mixture between JOURNEY,
THE BEATLES and QUEEN. I don't know what the result is, but I am pretty
much interested in hearing this band, hopefully I get the chance soon.
SEIXAS is the brainchild of Dario
Seixas. Originally from Brazil, Dario is a multi-instrumentalist and did
everything on his own on his solo-debut CD which is titled 'Meaning of
Life'. This is very impressive. Musically he is playing Melodic Rock and
has been compared to Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Extreme, Journey, KISS... So
a pretty interesting artist and hopefully I am able to review his music
ERIK TORJESEN is coming out of
California. Erik is currently touring as lead guitarist with STARSHIP featuring
MICKEY THOMAS. He has released two solo-albums until now. Albums are titled
'Fingers' and 'Table for two'. Don't know how these album sound, but I
believe the albums are filled with melodic rock. More info when I get it.
MID E. MAN:
MID E. MAN is coming out of Chicago.
They have released a CD titled 'Midnight dreams'. Musically they have been
compared to BON JOVI and LOVERBOY. So, this must be very interesting I
guess. More info when I get it.
Out of Ohio comes this American
band. 'Finally' is the title of their CD and they have been influenced
musically by KISS, THIN LIZZY and EXTREME. So, they play rock'n'roll the
old fashioned way. Melodic and loud. More info when I get it.
OLIVER MONROE comes out of Munich,
Germany and is playing 80s typed Melodic Poprock in the style of the old
BON JOVI and BRYAN ADAMS. So, this may be very interesting for us. Hopefully
more info later.
CHAPTER 23 is coming out of Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada. They have released a CD titled 'Flying in the face of
conventional wisdom'. Musically they are playing a mixture between Progressive
and AOR/Melodic Pomprock. They have been influenced by KANSAS, JOURNEY
and QUEENSRYCHE. I heard one of their songs titled Shakedown", a great
classic 80s AOR typed rocker something like the second PROPHET album. More
info will follow hopefully later.
This band is coming out of Pleasantville,
Iowa, USA. Their debut CD is titled 'All The Worlds A Playground' and musically
they play 80s based AOR/Melodic Rock. Influenced by KISS, MONTROSE, NIGHT
RANGER, JOURNEY... this band is very interesting and hopefully I can get
my hands on their CD for a review.
RONEET is probably the first
Melodic Rockband out of Czech Republic. They have released two demo tapes
so far and musically they are in the 80s style of EUROPE and BON JOVI.
Review of their demo tape (s) will hopefully follow soon.
AXIS is coming out of Miami,
Florida. But they are singing in Spanish, because they are Cuban. Musically
they play some pure 80s typed AOR/Melodic Rock. I've heard two songs. "Sheila",
a great AOR song. And "Vida", a superb classic 80s typed AOR song a la
FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS, PREVIEW, TYCOON... Incredible sound this band
has and maybe even better than CODA, an other Mexican AOR band. I really
hope to get more info and make a review of their music soon on this site.
A band out of New York. They
have just released a CD titled 'The Big Payoff'. The band is playing fantastic
80s typed melodic rock. I heard a couple of songs and I am impressed. "Hold
on" and "Grip on my heart" are two of their songs and they are both sounding
like the classic 80s melodic rock. This band is very much similar in style
to VELOCITY, LOUD'N'CLEAR, DANNY DANZI and NETWORK. They could easily be
signed to any of the big European AOR labels at the moment. Let's hope
I can review and maybe interview this band pretty soon.
FOREVER is coming out of Germany.
This is a new melodic rockband and I heard two songs so far and they both
sounded great. The best one was "Other side", a great semi AOR ballad like
JADED HEART. I believe they haven't released a CD so far, but a demo tape
with Carsten Schulz from the band MR. HATE on lead vocals. Hopefully a
review of that demo tape or a possible CD soon on our website.
This is a very interesting AOR
band out of Jackson. They have released a CD titled 'Just once' and play
a melodic aor rockstyle somewhere between BOSTON, JOURNEY and WHITESNAKE.
Hopefully much more info on this band soon.
Band out of North Carolina, USA
that is playing pure 80s orientated melodic party rock. The band is influenced
by DOKKEN, STYX and STRYPER. So I think this is another very interesting
act with big harmonyvocals, choruses, melodic guitarsounds... The band
was formed earlier this year and have released a self-titled debut CD which
hopefully get reviewed over here soon.
THE OATH is coming out of South
Carolina, USA and is playing high energy rock and roll with influences
from KISS and JOURNEY. They have been playing professionally full-time
ever since their first professional gig in 1985. They've released three
independent efforts of original material. Hopefully more info later.
GOLPE D'STADO comes out of Puerto
Rico, but the band is settled in New Jersey. They are pretty much in the
AOR/Melodic Rockstyle. I heard a couple of songs such as "Sentimento" (semi
AOR rockballad) and "Maleficio" (semi AOR rocker) and they sounded pretty
good. Hopefully more info on this band later.
RIVENDEL is coming out of Santiago,
Chile and is playing a mixture of Sympho and AOR/Melodic Rock. They are
influenced by KANSAS. I heard a good AOR song of the band called "Resplandores".
When I get the chance to hear more, I will review it for sure.
HOKUS POKUS is a band out of
Vancouver, Canada and is playing typical melodic rock with influences from
GREAT WHITE and VAN HALEN. Maybe a review of their CD 'Hokus pokus' soon
on our site.
This band used to be called ASCENSION
under which they released two albums titled 'Rockin' the world' and 'Ascension'
in the early 90s. I heard a couple of songs of these albums and they sounded
fantastic. Songs like "Stand up" (VU crossed with the first DANGER DANGER)
and "Heaven's waiting" (AOR ballad) are very good. In 1995 the band changed
their name into STEREOTYPE and released an album titled 'Paradise lost'.
Hopefully a review of that CD and also the two albums of ASCENSION soon
on our website.
A band out of Illinois, USA and
a very interesting one. EXIT is playing 80s typed AOR rock with influences
from JOURNEY and BOSTON. They won the Battle of the Bands in Peoria, Illinois
with one of their songs titled "Sea of love". Hopefully, much more info
on this interesting band later on our website.
DAVE WILLIAMS PROJECT:
DAVE WILLIAMS is coming out of
Georgia, USA. He has released a CD titled 'Garden Variety'. Musically there
are influences of JOURNEY and STARSHIP, which can be heard in one of his
songs called "Need", a beautiful AOR ballad. Hopefully a review of his
New Jersey recording band that
is also playing the famous 80s typed New Jersey commercial melodic arena-rock.
Their same titled debut CD was released in 1997 and when I get the chance
to review it, I will gladly do it.
DOGMAN is coming out of Colorado
and their release 'Kennel of love' contains 80s typed melodic hardrock.
Some VAN HALEN references are noted. Maybe a review later on our site.
A band out of San Diego, California.
Their same titled release has been compared to the melodic rock of 80s
VAN HALEN/LOVERBOY. Seems interesting, hopefully more info later.
Band out of New Jersey that released
a couple of years back a CD titled 'Futurama'. Musically moving in the
style of REO SPEEDWAGON and JOURNEY, so quite interesting this FILM. I
don't know if the band still exists, but I hope to find out soon.
Hardly any info on this band
out of Florida. I heard they sounded like SURVIVOR and play melodic rock/aor,
but I cannot confirm this, because I don't know more about them. When I
do, you will read it on our site.
2 FOR ONE:
I couldn't listen to their music,
but 2 FOR ONE is a melodic hardrockband that has been influenced by acts
like ICON and HARDLINE, so this must be something good. More info when
I get it.
This Canadian guitarist opened
up for acts like PRETTY ROUGH and JENSON INTERCEPTOR. On his first (?)
CD he got help from Bernie Shaw from URIAH HEEP. Musically this is melodic
hardrock in the 70s style, more info when I get it.
I haven't got much info of this
band yet, but I believe LAST TEMPTATION is a melodic hardrockband with
an edge. I think they sound like DOKKEN and TYKETTO, but like I said I
haven't got a clue, because I have so little info. Hope to get more info
A band out of Chicago. They are
preparing their debut release. The band plays melodic hard rock with a
lot of DEF LEPPARD influences. More info when I get it.
Brazilian band that has released
a CD titled 'First Steps Over Water'. Musically the play 80s based melodic
rock. More info when I get it.
One of those new sensations in
the melodic rockscene. They hail from North Carolina and the songs I heard
of their CD 'Love ain't easy' are pretty good and huge sounding. They are
influenced by JOURNEY which can be heard on the AOR song "Love gone bad".
"Yesterday's dreams" is a wonderful melodic rockballad. There are also
some early DANGER DANGER influences. But hopefully much more info on WULFGANG
soon on our website.
SKY HIGH is a band that sounds
pretty good and they are very 80s typed. I heard one of their songs called
"Knife through the heart" and this was a very good midtempo melodic rocker
with a lovely catchy chorus not unlike early WINGER with some AOR influences
here and there. more info hopefully later.
American band that has released
two albums so far. They play melodic (hard) rock like the 80s DOKKEN style.
'Kiss of fire' is one of their albums. When I get the chance to review
it, I will certainly do it.
CRUSH is a Glamband that sounds
like TUFF/PRETTY BOY FLOYD... I haven't got any info on them, but when
I do a review of their CD will follow.
Band out of Ontario, Canada.
They have released a CD titled 'Tip of the iceburg'. I heard one of their
songs titled "Take me away" and this was a very good uptempo 80s melodic
rocker. Band has been influenced by STYX. Hopefully a review soon.
Three songs are on the demo CD
of this new English band. They come out of Newcastle, England, but sound
like an American band. They play melodic hardrock with some 80s DOKKEN
and VICTORY references. More info when I get it.
'Lost' is the title of the 4-track
demotape of this Californian Christian Melodic Rockband. The band plays
in the style of the old Californian Commercial melodic rock of bands like
WINGER, STRYPER, early GUARDIAN... When I get my hands on their demo tape,
a review will follow.
Christian Melodic Hardrockbands
just keep on coming our way. Here's another American one. Musically they
are in the veins of early GUARDIAN, WHITECROSS... The band has released
a CD titled 'In denial'. When I get the chance, I will review it.
Christian Melodic Hardrockband
out of Skane, Sweden. They have released an EP containing 4 tracks. More
info may follow later.
Another one of those hot new
Christian Melodic Rockbands. The band has released a CD titled 'North of
hell'. Described as a cross between old BON JOVI and PETRA. So, this must
be something for our ears for sure.
I believe the CD of DANNY MASTERS
titled 'Electric babylon' is partly instrumental, but also features some
vocal tracks. I heard these vocal tracks sounded like FAIR WARNING. Seems
interesting, hopefully more info later.
A band out of Chicago, Illinois
playing commercial sounding 80s melodic rock. One of their songs is called
"Livin in the city", a great melodic rocker. Hopefully more info soon on
RICO MACALMA comes out of California
and hasn't released a CD so far, but I have heard a couple of songs he
made solo as well as with his former band DELAYED REACTION and these songs
sounded good. DELAYED REACTION was a little heavier in style compared to
his solo-material and had a female vocalist which sounded like BETSY/BITCH.
His solo-material is much more in the classic 80s melodic rockstyle. I
heard a song called "Every look in your eyes" and this is pretty good uptempo
melodic rock like the old BON JOVI/FIREHOUSE. Let's hope I can get some
more info on this guy soon.
Her last name is music and she
plays music. JENNA MUSIC is a girl out of California. She has released
a CD that features some nice female fronted poprock in the 80s tradition.
One of the songs I heard was "Wait for me", a great uptempo poprocker a
la PATTY SMYTH, SCANDAL. Hopefully a review of the CD soon.
CYRUS/LONNIE R. WEST PROJECT:
Formerly called CYRUS, now they
are called the LONNIE R. WEST PROJECT. The band features 3 boys and 3 girls
(kinda like MARK ALLEN BAND) and they come out of Sarasota, Florida. Musically
they are very much in the AOR territory. I heard a fantastic AOR ballad
of this band called "Goodbye", a song that is in the JOURNEY/SAVANNAH style
(including great AOR piano-keys). The band has not released anything yet,
but with a song like "Goodbye" this shouldn't take so long. More info about
this project/band when I get it.
Band out of Miami, Florida. The
have released a CD titled 'Volume 1 & volume 2'. FREEDOM CAGE is playing
80s typed melodic rock . I heard a couple of snippets of songs of the band
and they sound pretty good. "Fantasy" is in the old WINGER/STRYPER style,
while "Love will find" is very melodic and has a fantastic AOR chorus with
some lovely harmonyvocals. Hopefully a review will follow soon.
Multi-instrumentalist out of
Sweden. Jonas hasn't released a full-album yet, but a few singles, which
are also interesting to review, because musically he plays melodic rock
with influences from WHITESNAKE.
Canadian band that has released
a self-titled debut CD. I heard a couple of songs, namely "Look for love"
(a very good AOR ballad) and "Somethin' to tell you" and "Take a look"
(two nice melodic rockers). Hopefully a review of their CD soon.
Independent recording band out
of Miami, Florida that has released a CD titled 'Messiah's Fallen' on which
they play 80s typed melodic rock. Pretty interesting band, hopefully a
review of their CD later on our website.
Band out of the New Jersey area.
The band also has the classic New Jersey AOR/Melodic rocksound a la SINNOCENCE,
first DANGER DANGER.. So, this is a very interesting band. I don't know
if they have a CD out, but I heard a great track of the guys called "Try
a little harder", a classy piece of indie AOR/Melodic Rock in the best
80s tradition. Hope to have more info soon.
These guys come out of Seattle,
USA and their self-titled album is very interesting for us I think. I believe
this is a 80s typed melodic rockband. When I get more info, I will definitely
write about this interesting band.
ANTONE comes out of New Jersey
and is playing 80s typed melodic rock with influences from VAN HALEN, QUEEN
and YES. Don't know exactly how his CD 'Tone antone' sounds, but when I
get the chance to hear it, a review will be published.
BUZZ CLIC is a band out of the
Woodland Hills in California. The band has released a CD titled 'The hits'
and I read that the band played with Phil Seymour, an artist that released
two poprock LPs in the early 80s. Anyway, I heard a couple of songs of
BUZZ CLIC titled "Lonely one" and "Leave me alone" and these are good early
80s typed uptempo poprockers. Look forward to hear and review their CD.
The new AOR sensation comes out
of Johannesburg, South Africa and is called THE LOUD. This is a band that
features the duo Marshall & Clinton. Clinton is the lead vocalist and
guitarist Marshall plays all the keyboards, bass and drums. The band has
released a CD titled 'The Loud' and musically they play pure AOR in the
80s JOURNEY style! I heard a couple of songs and they sounded superb! For
example, their song "When you love someone" is pure JOURNEY AOR, a fantastic
song! And also the song "Sorry ain't good enough" is superb JOURNEY styled
AOR with some classic AOR keys, this is sounding like "Seperate ways" -
JOURNEY! I really hope I can get in touch with this band and review the
CD of THE LOUD, so you can also get to know this band through our website.
Finally, a new AOR band out of this country after waiting almost 20 years
since the only AOR band came out of there (STINGRAY).
DON'T CALL ME BOB:
This is a band out of Reno, Nebraska, USA. They have
released an album titled 'Complicated Simplicity, Bob Rocks'. I heard one
song of this band titled "Livin' Heaven Thru Hell". This song is a fantastic
80s typed AOR/Radiorocker in the 38 SPECIAL style. So here's another band
to look out for in the future. Hopefully a review soon on our website.
CHARGE is a new band out of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. They will release their debut (?) CD 'Do Not Overcharge' soon and hopefully I can review that CD, because I heard a couple of songs of the band and they are influenced by JOURNEY. "Stranger" is one of their songs and this has some great 80s AOR keys and is in the classic JOURNEY style. Another band to look forward to.
SCOTT MICHAEL WEBB:
SCOTT MICHAEL WEBB is coming
out of Jackson, Nebraska, USA and he has been influenced by some of the
world's greatest classic AOR/Rockbands like STYX, JOURNEY and THE OUTFIELD.
And indeed we can hear these influences in his music. He calls his music
poprock, but after hearing a couple of his songs through MP3 I heard pure
80s AOR rock! Those great keyboards are making it even more sound like
the classic 80s AOR. There are many similarities to THE OUTFIELD, but his
music also has a Radiorock twist a la DAVID ROBERTS, STEEL BREEZE... Some
songs are pretty sensational. His CD is titled 'Stealin' away the night'
on which he plays all the instruments, which gives him (also musically)
similarities to JEFF CANNATA and BRYAN HUGHES. This guy is playing the
same music as PHIL VINCENT and JOE ROBINSON and these artists had favourable
reviews on our site, so when I get the chance to review Scott's CD, I think
it will get also such a good review. Hopefully much more info later.
This is actually quite interesting.
RON LUCAS is coming out of Colorado, USA. His CD 'Motion' is partly instrumental
and partly vocal. Ron plays all the instruments himself and says that the
instrumental tracks are movie based, while the vocal tracks are AOR based.
I heard one of the vocal tracks titled "I need you" which is great AOR
like PHIL VINCENT, STAN BUSH, BRYAN HUGHES, JEFF CANNATA... Not surprising,
because Ron Lucas has been influenced by AOR gods JOURNEY and RICK SPRINGFIELD.
So, when I get my hands on his release, expect a great review on our site.
This is THE new AOR sensation!
JUST JAY is playing pure AOR which sounds huge and fantastic! The band
is coming out of New Jersey and their CD 'Through my eyes' contains some
pure AOR songs like "Hold on" and "Starting over again" which both sound
like a cross between JOURNEY and THE STORM. Also the sound/production quality
is very good, so this new AOR sensation should get some attention soon.
Hopefully I will be able to review their debut album soon and an interview
will probably follow. This band is up there with all the MTM acts, trust
Fantastic new Christian AOR/Melodic
Rockband out of Canada. The band is playing 80s based melodic rock a la
DOKKEN, STRYPER, NOUVEAUX (first), HEAVENS EDGE... They have released one
CD so far and if everything goes well that CD will get a rave review on
our site pretty soon.
Not to confuse with the same
named bands from the past and present. This AIRBORNE is coming out of Northeastern
Pennsylvania and partly New York. They have released two CDs so far. They
are influenced by THE BEATLES and BOSTON and play Melodic Rock. Hopefully
a review later on our site.
Do not confuse this SCARLET ROSE
with the same named German Melodic Rockband (released two great HEART sounding
CDs). This SCARLET ROSE is coming out of Montana, USA and have so far released
two CDs/Demo albums. The band is playing Melodic Rock that reminds me of
70s acts like APRIL WINE, BAD BOY, HAMMERSMITH, MOXY. I heard a couple
of great songs like "Saved by love" and hope I can review their material
Not to be confused with the other
American JOKER that released two wonderful melodic rockalbums in the early
90s and also don't confuse them with the Brazilian Melodic Hardrockband
JOKER. This is a hot new AOR/Melodic Rockband out of Kansas City, USA.
They have been influenced by melodic rockacts like JOURNEY, VAN HALEN...
I heard a song of the band called "Love is on its way" and this is superb
midtempo AOR/Melodic Rock that sounds like a cross between DEF LEPPARD
and JOURNEY. Hopefully much more info on this great new band later.
JOE CHANDLER is coming out of
Sacramento, California and he is saying: "IF YOU LIKE THE BAND 'JOURNEY'
YOU WILL LOVE THIS BAND!" In fact, one of his songs called "Still lovin'
you" was written for the JOURNEY. I read that Joe has worked with JOURNEY
in 1984 and 1985. So, if you're a JOURNEY fan, which AOR fans all are,
this is very interesting. Joe has released a CD titled 'Golden girl' which
will get reviewed hopefully on our website soon. If the music really has
that JOURNEY sound, then an interview with Joe will be our next goal!
Interesting melodic rockband
out of Florida, USA. They have released a CD titled 'Politics of life'.
Hopefully a review later.
A Melodic Hard Rock band out
of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The band has been influenced by TESLA and KISS.
They will release a CD late summer, more info when I get it.
Party-Melodic Hardrockband out
of Ohio, USA. The band has already released 3 albums titled 'Miss B. Haven',
'Greased & Primed' and 'Bombz Away'. More info when I get it.
Californian Melodic Hardrockband
that has been influenced by MSG, SCORPIONS, RUSH, VAN HALEN. They have
released a self-titled album.
DAS is a band out of Madison,
Wisconsin, USA. They have released a CD titled 'Never say die' and are
playing Melodic Hard Rock with some progressive influences. The band has
been influenced by JOURNEY, DREAM THEATER, VAN HALEN and QUEENSRYCHE, so
this should be a very interesting band. Hopefully more info later.
It's almost unbelievable but
the melodic rock/aor bands keep on coming our way. Here's a band out of
the New York area. STONE ANGEL is playing pure 80s melodic rock'n'roll
and have been influenced by bands like STYX and JOURNEY. The melodic rock
of this band has 3-part harmonyvocals, so this must be another very interesting
band that must get their review on our AOR/Melodic Rock website. The band
has released a CD titled 'Tunring point' which hopefully get reviewed in
the next coming weeks.
2ND BREATH is a band out of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. They play 80s typed Melodic Hard Rock with influences from YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DEEP PRUPLE and BRYAN ADAMS. The band has released a CD titled 'Dangerous eyes' and when I get the chance to hear that CD, I will review it.
This band out of Indianapolis,
Indiana, USA is playing hardrock how it used to sound in the 80s. There
are influences from QUEENSRYCHE, yet they are very melodic. Their CD is
titled 'Shakin The Train'.
LAZARUS is coming out of Ohio,
USA. The band has already released 3 CDs titled 'Miss B. Haven', 'Greased
& Primed' and 'Bombz Away'. They have been influenced by 80s melodic
hardrockbands such as TESLA, LYNCH MOB, VAN HALEN, KISS... Maybe more info
THE LAZY DOGZ:
A New Jersey Rockband that has
released a CD titled 'Turn it down'. I believe this is a Melodic Hardrockband,
but I'm not sure. Let's see if I can find out the next coming weeks.
This band has released a 4
song demo Cd entitled "The Calm Before the Storm". HEAVY RAIN is playing
melodic hardrock and when I get more info you will read it on our website.
This band has been hugely influenced by 80s acts like FOREIGNER, JOURNEY and BILLY SQUIER. I don't know more info and also don't know if they have released original material. When I have more info, I'll let you know.
There are so many new bands to
be discovered on the internet and also many play our musicstyle without
anyone knowing it. Here's another interesting band. BISHOP is coming out
of Nashville, Tennessee and is playing the classic 80s melodic rock. The
band was formed by Dean Morrison, BISHOP has had the chance to share the
stage with such notable rockers as Motley Crue, Firehouse,Warrant... Influences
in the melodic rockstyle of BISHOP come from bands like DEF LEPPARD, BON
JOVI, ALDO NOVA and even KANSAS! And one of the songs of BISHOP is the
NELSON cover "Keep one heart" (only released as a CD-single of NELSON).
So, this must be a very good sounding band (maybe a la JOHNNY LIMA!) and
as soon as I get more info, you will read it on our website.
A band out of the Detroit area
in Michigan, USA. They have been compared to the likes of JOURNEY, so I
think we have to deal here with another very interesting new AOR band.
It seems that the fun 80s rock'n'roll is making a huge comeback in the
underground nowadays. I could only hear a couple of parts of their songs
(real player was a bit down) and I must say that this band reminds me of
SECOND CHANCE (reviewed somewhere else on this site). So, basically BACKBURNER
is a great AOR/Radiorockband with similarities to 38 SPECIAL. I hope I
can review their CD 'Feel the heat' in the next coming months.
This band is really playing the
typical classic 80s AOR/Melodic Rock. GAPSTANDER is a Christian Melodic
Rockband out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA and they have released a CD titled
'Gapstander'. Band has been influenced by PETRA, VAN HALEN... I heard one
song of the band called "Nothing you can do" and this fantastic
uptempo classic 80s AOR/Melodic rock a la BRITTON/DANGER DANGER (first).
This band is really superb. I hope I am able to review their CD in the
next coming weeks.
Another interesting Christian
Rockband out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. This band has been influenced
by PETRA, KANSAS and STYX. In other words, maybe we have to deal here with
another new sensation in the AOR/Pomp/Melodic Rockscene. The band has already
released two albums titled 'Take it Personally' and 'World of Technology'
which both will be reviewed on our site hopefully. I heard the band has
been on the scene since the mid 70s, circulating in the midwest of the
USA (in the area of bands like ROADMASTER, REO SPEEDWAGON, HEAD EAST...).
So, now it's time to bring this band to the attention of the people around
Christian Rock Band out of Chicago.
I haven't got much info yet, but I believe they play a mixture of Progressive
and Pomp Melodic Rock. I have been told that they sound very much like
KANSAS. Let's hope and pray I can review this band on our site soon, so
you can get to know more of this interesting band.
This guy has a very long history.
John comes out of New Jersey, USA. He has released a CD called 'Leap of
faith' (which hopefully get reviewed on our site soon). Musically he is
playing pure 80s AOR/Melodic Poprock with influences of TRIUMPH, JOURNEY,
RIK EMMETT... I heard one of his songs called "Leap of faith" and this
is very impressive AOR. One other song is called "Reason to believe", a
beautiful AOR ballad. The sound of JOHN TAGLIERI is pretty close to the
best AOR songs RICHARD MARX offered. I also heard comparisons to MICHAEL
MORALES, the first SCOTT WENZEL and RICK MATHEWS. So, another interesting
This artist comes out of the
state of Washington. Solo he has not released anything yet, but he played
with the band CRUSADER for a couple of years. CRUSADER was a Christian
Melodic Rocband (a la SURE CONVICTION, VU), which hopefully get reviewed
on our site someday. Now, lead vocalist/guitarist Dan Raymond has gone
solo after the split of CRUSADER. He has enough material available for
two solo-albums, but hasn't released anything yet. Dan has been influenced
by the 80s classic melodic rock/aor from the likes of BON JOVI, KISS, SURVIVOR,
POISON, STRYPER, GEOFF MOORE, GUARDIAN, NOUVEAUX... In other words, our
musicstyle! Hopefully more info later.
Not AOR all the way this Swedish
band. They are pretty much in the style of PROMOTION, CIOBA, HIGHER GROUND,
LAVA... Poppy Westcoast AOR with strong melodies though. Their song "Walk
on water" is very good AOR a la TOTO. The band has a CD out called 'On
the way'. Maybe a review of this CD later.
This band is playing pure early
80s poprock with some RICK SPRINGFIELD influences. Still, they are different
than most other acts we have, because there are some poppy and folky elements
in their music. Still, I heard two songs of the band called "Hollywood"
and "I'm waiting" and these songs are both cheerful uptempo poprockers
in the early RICK SPRINGFIELD style. When I get more info, a review will
BEYOND THE LABYRINTH:
A Progressive AOR metal band
from Belgium. They try to mix the AOR elements of BON JOVI, ASIA with the
Progressive overtones of DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRYCHE. I heard one of
their songs called "Shine" in which it really works well. I believe they
have not released any CD yet, but more about that when I get info.
SOME ODD REASON:
Band out of New York City that
is playing old school 80s melodic rock. Band has been influenced by VAN
HALEN. SOME ODD REASON reminds me of RIGGS. Hopefully a review of their
upcoming debut CD soon.
I don't know much about this
Chicago based Rockband, although they have been on the scene since 1987
and are playing classic rock. I haven't heard any songs of the band, but
I believe they play our kind of rock. More info later.
This band out of Florida is saying
they are influenced by STYX, KANSAS and BOSTON. If they really sound like
any of these acts, I don't know, because I haven't heard their music. But
if they play this kind of Pomprock, then a review will follow soon.
Seeing the influences of this
band, this must be a new sensation in the AOR scene. ZERO ZERO is a new
band out of Bremen, Germany. The band has a female lead vocalist. ZERO
ZERO has been influenced by bands like GIANT, BAD ENGLISH, SARAYA, HEART,
TOTO... So, the band can probably be seen as a pure AOR band. Partly due
to the female lead vocals, a comparison to the 80s HEART sound will be
hard to avoid. In other words, this must be a great band. I hope I can
give you more info in the next coming weeks on this hot new AOR band out
This is a Californian band. HAYESLAND
features a female vocalist. The influences of the band are coming from
acts like PAT BENATAR, HEART... So in other words, this band is very interesting
for all fans of female fronted 80s AOR/Poprock. The band has released a
CD titled 'Should I believe' which hopefully will get reviewed on our site
in the coming weeks.
Another melodic hardrockband
out of the USA. Influences come from Aerosmith and Van Halen. More info
when I get it.
Remember ARSENAL? This was a
Christian Melodic Hard rockband with a female lead vocalist. The band sounded
like a heavier version of WITNESS and HEAT with the ocassional AOR song.
You can read a review of their only CD by clicking
here. Now the band is back under the new name PEACE CHILD. The band
is settled in Florida and their first CD has been out for a while and will
hopefully be reviewed by us pretty soon.
Do not confuse this MAX with
the Canadian AOR/Poprockband THE MAX that released two great CDs. This
MAX is coming out of Switzerland and have released one CD titled 'Come
near' as well as a Demo CD so far. Hopefully bot will get a review on our
site pretty soon. The band has been influenced by 80s AOR and Poprockacts
like TOTO. It would not surprise me if MAX would sound like JOJO, keyboard
driven aor/pop/rock. I wasn't able to listen to any of the songs of the
band, but I think this band will be interesting for us. Hopefully much
more info later.
This band out of Columbus, Ohio
is playing 80s typed melodic hardrock on their debut CD 'Unsigned 2000'.
FEEL was influenced by bands like BONJOVI, TESLA and DEF LEPPARD. So, this
is set to be an interesting band for Strutter'zine. Hopefully a review
will follow soon.
RELEAF is one of the most interesting
American bands of the past few weeks I discovered. They come out of Algood,
Tennessee and are influenced by classic AOR of the 80s (such as JOURNEY).
So, this band is already set to become a winner for the next coming months.
I heard they havew just released their debut CD and the tracks I already
heard down at MP3 sounded pretty nice and I think their debut CD will get
a very good review at our site pretty soon hopefully.
This is yet another great band
in the AOR/Melodic Rockworld. VERTICAL ADDICTION is a Christian Melodic
Rock/AOR band out of Vancouver, Canada. They released their self-titled
debut CD last year (hopefully this CD will get reviewed pretty soon). Musically
they are influenced by bands like STRYPER, GUARDIAN, JOURNEY... I heard
one of their songs called "Don't let go" (great songtitle!) and this is
lovely uptempo classic 80s AOR/Melodic Rock which comes very close to the
first DANGER DANGER album. I am pretty looking forward to hear their CD,
because the only song I heard so far sounded fantastic (how will the rest
sound?) and this VERTICAL ADDICITON may be the new sensation.
This band comes out of the Texas
area and is very very interesting. They have released a CD titled 'By the
way' and are playing a musicstyle best be described as a mix of AOR, Melodic
and Progressive Rock. Their Musical influences come from bands like RUSH,
JOURNEY and QUEENSRYCHE, while they have been compared to bands like on
their only CD. VIA is one of those perfect bands for Strutter'zine. Let's
hope they are as sensational as a band like MYSTERY (Canada, similar influences)
and we can review their CD soon, so you can add another great band to your
list and are able to contact this band.
THE FRANKLIN/NEUMANN PROJECT:
Bill Neumann and Gary Franklin
form together this American project. A progressive melodic rockband that
has influences of bands like ANGEL, ELP, KANSAS, STYX, UFO, RUSH, MALMSTEEN...
They have released a CD titled, which hopefully will be reviewed pretty
soon on our website.
JEFFREY RYAN SMOOTS (JRS):
This guy from Washington plays
all the instruments himself on his debut album 'Wings of Gold', which was
released in 1997. He has been influenced by bands like STYX, ANGEL, MALMSTEEN,
RUSH, QUEENSRYCHE... I heard one of his songs called "Wings of gold", an
uptempo progressive AOR rocker, a bit like the old ASIA. Hopefully a review
will follow soon.
Band out of Illinois, USA. They
play late 80s kinda melodic hard rock, somewhat like WINGER, WARRANT. They
have released a CD titled 'Pictures'.
Swedish Melodic Hardrock/Metal
band. They have released 3 albums already and when I get more info, reviews
will appear here. Do not confuse this band with the 80s female fronted
poprock/hardrockband WIDOW from the USA that released two nice albums.
Lately we have had a couple of
bands coming out of Toledo, a small village in Ohio, USA. Now we can add
this band called SWIFTKICK. This band is playing rock'n'roll as they say
themselves and I think we have to deal here with a melodic hardrockband
in the 80s style. The band has released a CD titled 'Kik me! A review of
this CD maybe soon.
Christian Rock Band out of Georgia,
USA. 4IWITNESS has released a CD titled 'Man and the machine'. I haven't
been able to hear their music, so I don't know if it has to deal with our
musicstyle. However, the band has been influenced by some of our bands
such as KANSAS, DREAM THEATER, STYX, RUSH... So, this band may be very
interesting for us. More info when I get it.
Artist out of the New York area.
It is hard to say if this guy is really interesting. He has been influenced
by great AOR/Poprock artists like RICHARD MARX, JUDE COLE and BRYAN ADAMS.
On the other hand the more poppier sounds of HALL AND OATES influenced
him. It seems like his song "Down and dirty" is our kind of rock, because
this song features bassist Huey Macdonald (Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton) and
is said to be an 80s melodic rocker. I haven't heard any songs of Larry,
but when I get to hear his music I'll be sure to review it.
Californian Rock artist. He has
been influenced by both rock and pop artists (including MICHAEL SCHENKER).
Let's hope his music has that 80s sound we all love so much, melodic rock.
I don't know if his music is any good, but when I get the chance to hear
and review it, you will hear from me.
This is a band out of Florida,
but the lead singer comes out of my country: HOLLAND! In fact, JOHN RIDGE
(the lead singer) has had a long history before he formed this band RIDGE.
In the early 80s he played in the RAINBOW sounding rockband E.F. BAND.
This band recorded a couple of albums and had a lot of success in Sweden
and England. After this, he became a very famous DJ in Germany where he
interviewed some of the best such as LOU GRAMM (FOREIGNER). Musically he
has now made a comeback with this RIDGE. I haven't been able to hear his
music, so I don't know what to expect. However, RAINBOW and the classic
rock are mentioned a lot of times as major influences for this new band.
Let's hope this is true.
A band out of the New York area.
They play melodic progressive rock and were influenced by KISS, RUSH, DREAM
THEATER and VAN HALEN. So far they have released a demo tape, a review
of that hopefully soon.
This German band plays progresssive
melodic rock. They are influenced by WHITESNAKE, TALISMAN, but also QUEENSRYCHE
and DREAM THEATER. So, expect a band that combines the best of two styles.
What the result is, I don't know yet, hopefully more later.
This is a great new band out of Germany. The band is
playing AOR and has been influenced and compared to KANSAS, JOURNEY and
most of all TOTO. I heard a couple of songs from their mini-debut CD 'Initial'
which was released last year and they sounded pretty good. A very interesting
band that will probably get reviewed pretty soon on our website.
This band out of Boston,
Massachusetts, USA is the latest new AOR sensation. I heard two songs of
the band called "Marianne" and "Sweetheart" and both are in the classic
80s AOR style of NIGHT RANGER. These are really fantastic songs and this
band is gonna make it for sure. The band features the songwriting team
of identical twins Carl and Charles Cocchiaro, who have been working together
for over 15 years in the Boston, New York, and Los Angeles areas. They
have performed extensively with the likes of drummer Mike Mangini of "Extreme",
bassist Danny Hargrove of "The Joe Perry Project", and singer Tommy Fey
of "Farrenheit" fame. The sound of TWO GUNS is a must for all the AOR fans
out there and if everything goes well, very soon a review and interview
with TWO GUNS will appear on Strutter'zine.
SUGARTOWN is a British AOR band.
I haven't got much info on them, but from what I heard they are a new band
and their music is excellent AOR. Click
here to listen to one of their songs. The band is very good and is
playing pure uptempo AOR in the best 80s tradition. They remind me of a
mixture between CHANGE OF HEART, AGENT and the debut of HAREM SCAREM. I
think most AOR freaks will love this band. In the upcoming weeks a review
of their CD on this site and more info on this new AOR sensation.
Do not confuse this American
PARADISE with the other American same named Melodic rockband that released
a CD in the early 90s on a German recordlabel. This PARADISE is coming
out of Pasadena, Texas. They are one of the better sounding independent
recording band on the scene. They play pure 80s AOR/Melodic Rock that sounds
very cheerful and a lot in the style of bands like DANGER DANGER,
LOUD AND CLEAR, BON JOVI, UNDERFIRE (1992 band) and SHY TIGER. One of their
songs is called "Life goes on" and this is uptempo melodic rock (very cheerful
and fantastic) that reminds me of the mentioned bands. The band is currently
working on their upcoming debut CD which is set to be a winner for all
fans of mentioned bands. I am pretty looking forward to hear and review
this exciting band.
This is a new Norwegian AOR band that features 3 former
members of DIEZEL. Musically STONEFLOWER is pretty close to the sound of
DIEZEL, which mean we get to hear great midtempo melodic rock/aor. Hopefully
more info soon.
I haven't got any info on this
band, except for the fact that this is a new AOR/Melodic Rockband. They
have released a CD which will be reviewed in the next couple of weeks on
This band is coming out of New
Jersey, USA. The band features a female lead vocalist called
Marissa Von Bargen. Quite interesting, because they have an AOR sound similar to 80s HEART. Hopefully more info later.
This American band is pretty good and sound very much
like the 80s. Maximum Force has recorded four full-length albums and still
aren't discovered by any of Melodic Rock labels. The band features Carey
Kress from Face Dancer (an old AOR/Pomprock/Melodic Rockband that released
3 albums) on lead vocals. I heard a couple of songs of the band and they
sounded pretty good. Songs like "Missing you" (Great AOR/Melodic rockballad),
"Burning in the night", "Blood and thunder" (both heavier 80s melodic metal/hard
rock a la BLACK AND BLUE) and "Dreamer" (nice midtempo melodic rocker)
prove that this band should get some attention. Hopefully I'll get in touch
with the band and give them an honest review on our site.
GEORGE PEGULA is coming out of New York City and is not really unknown on the scene. He received a recording credit for playing rhythm guitar on Frehley's Comet, the debut album of Ace Frehley, George's first and favorite rock guitarist. The music of GEORGE PEGULA is Melodic Rock orientated, I heard on of his songs called "Marilyn" and this is very nice melodic rock with no real similarities, maybe a bit to JIMMY HARNEN. I hope to get more info on George soon.
This band has been on the scene
for a while. They were formed in 1989 and released in 1994 their debut
album 'Black rain'. This CD was also be reviewed by us in one of our earlier
issues of Strutter'zine. Musically the band plays good US Arena Melodic
Rock with AOR influences a la BILOXI, BARAKADE, FIREHOUSE... Their only
(?) CD so far was released in 1994 and the band still exists, so new material
must be out there, let's hope we can review it over here.
Californian band that faetures
John West on lead vocals, who have been heard with the group "Badlands,"
"The Cozy Powell Group," "Saints & Sinners" (the original "Whitesnake"
band) and most recently on tour with Michael Lee Firkins.Their album features
5 tracks in the old WHITESNAKE style. One of the songs is called "Victim
of the plan" (nice uptempo melodic rocker like old WHITESNAKE/RAINBOW).
Maybe more info later.
Band out of Florida that is playing
Progressive Melodic rock. One of the members has worked with Robby Steinhardt
of KANSAS fame. I heard a couple of songs, such as "Love me forever", a
nice KANSAS influenced Melodic Progressive/Pomp Rocker. Another interesting
New Jersey based Melodic Rockband.
I believe this band is sounding pretty professional, but I have got so
less info that I can't say too much about them, but when I have more info
available you will read it here.
A band out of Winterpark, Florida, USA. They play melodic rock and one of their songs is called "Nick of time". More info when I get it.
Got very little info on this
American band. I heard their song "Ride" and this was nice 80s typed uptempo
melodic hard rock a la FIFTH ANGEL.
This guy is coming out of Spain.
He has released a CD titled 'Sin miedo'. Musically he has been influenced
by Arena rockbands like BON JOVI and SKID ROW, which can be heard clearly
in one of his songs called "Hola tu".
A band out of Los Angeles. They
play Melodic Hard Rock. So far they have released 1 CD titled 'Lunatic
fringe'. More info on that probably later.
A band out of Colorado, USA.
They play (Melodic) Rock which reminds me of DEAD BEAT HONEYMOONERS.
Californian band that is playing
80s typed melodic hardrock a la Y&T. More info when I get it.
So many new bands are out there
at the moment and a lot of them play our beloved musicstyle. A shame that
so many of these bands are in the underground-scene, so hard to reach and
get in touch with. I'll sure hope I can get in touch with this band called
INVISIBLE SUN, because musically they sound pretty good. The band comes
out of Colorado, USA and released an album in 1998 I believe and one of
their songs is called "Don't walk away", a fantastic classic 80s sounding
uptempo AOR/Melodic Rocker. This band is very interesting and hopefully
more info later.
This American girl has released
a CD. Do not confuse her with JACQUIE from Canada who we reviewed a few
weeks back. The music of this girl is typical 80s female AOR/Poprock. One
of her songs is called "Hands and knees", a great early 80s typed female
fronted aor/poprocker somewhere between STEFFANIE, SHEILA, early PAT BENATAR
and JOSETTE. This girl is a new hope for all the fans of this genre which
is making a comeback the past few years. After JOSETTE, JACQUIE, ELLYN
FLEMING now we can add JAQUELYN HYDE. Hopefully much more info later.
This band is coming out of Michigan,
USA. HAIL MARY is playing 80s typed melodic hardrock, a bit leaning towards
the heavier side of RATT and ROUGH CUTT. I heard one song called "Dusk
to dawn" which falls in the mentioned style. More info when I get it.
I heard only one track of this
band called "We are the darkness". This song had pretty much an own style
and sounded like a late 70s based progressive AOR rocker. Kinda similar
to GIDEONS ARMY crossed with PRODIGAL. I don't know how the rest of their
songs sound, but when I get more info on this Californian band I'll post
This guy comes out of Georgia,
USA and is some sort of a TED NUGENT kinda guitarist/vocalist. His music
is a bit 70s based groovy but melodic hard rock in the style of TED NUGENT
and some UFO influences, especially in his song "Lady ecstasy". More info
when I get it.
This American band is playing
the typical American mainstream Arena rock a la FIREHOUSE, LOUD'N'CLEAR...
In other word, cheerful melodic rock in the typical 80s BON JOVI style.
With songtitles like "Without your love", "All I want" and "Gypsy" this
band is definitely a hit! Hopefully more info later.
Japanese Melodic Hard Rock band.
They have released a mini-CD including 6 tracks. One of the songs is called
"I've got you run". This is a nice uptempo melodic rocker.
ROCK OF AGES:
ROCK OF AGES is a German band
and was found in 1996. They play pure melodic rock and with songtitles
like "Broken heart", "Too late" and "When the children cry", this must
be something good. Hopefully more info later.
AOR out of Tennessee, USA. So
far, I only now they released a CD titled 'Denied' not so long ago and
was told that this was a pure AOR band. When I get more info, you'll read
all about it on our website.
MICHAEL RYAN BAND:
Another one of those bands out
of the underground scene. the MICHAEL RYAN BAND seems to be a band playing
80s rock'n'roll. I heard they are a described a s amix of POISON and NIGHT
RANGER. A very weird mixture, AOR meets Glam. Well, maybe more info later.
GREENHOUZE is a new melodic symphonic rockband. I believe they have released a 4-track CD. More info when I get it.
Another melodic hardrockband.
I heard their song "Everything" and this is a good melodic rockballad in
the early 90s tradition of bands like DAMN YANKEES, FIREHOUSE, VELOCITY...
I am looking forward to hear and review the rest of their songs, hopefully
more info later.
JOE DE LUCA:
JOE DE LUCA comes out of Italy. He has released a CD on which we can hear pure AOR/Melodic rock. I heard one song titled "Boulevard of broken dreams" and this has a fantastic classic 80s AOR sound with a killer hookladen chorus with some great harmonyvocals. A little comparable to TERRA NOVA and LUKE ST. GOLD is this song. This guy is as good as everything that has come out of Italy the past few years. I haven't heard the rest, but I am convinced that we have to deal here with a new sensation. When I get my hands on his CD, a very good review will be published on our site.
This is a very interesting melodic
rockband, I heard a song of them called "Don't give up" and this is a very
good 80s uptempo AOR rocker. The band has been compared to 80s NIGHT RANGER.
When I get more info, you will read it here.
A demo recording band. Their
music is a mixture of AOR and Mainstream Arena Rock. SEVENTH DREAMER is
a Christian band, so a comparison to SURE CONVICTION may be possible, but
as I haven't heard their music, it is hard to compare this band. The band
has released a 3-track demo-CD through S. Torres Communications Ltd.
This band is close to a record-deal. They have released an album titled 'Blue thunder', which contains 80s typed melodic hardrock with influences of bands like GREAT WHITE, HOUSE OF LORDS and RATT. Pretty interesting band, hopefully soon a review.
Out of Chicago comes this 'real'
Rock'n'roll band, they play 80s typed melodic hardrock. They have released
two CDs so far. The first CD 'Hearts On Fire' was released in September
1998, while their second release 'When The Wolf Howl' was released in the
same month! I hope to get some more info on this and of course review this
Not to confuse with the other
two ALLIANCE named bands. This is a band called THE ALLIANCE and they are
playing melodic hardrock. Hopefully later a review of their CD and a link
to their site for soundbytes, pics, etc.
Another Christian rockband. Looking
at the songtitles, I think we have to deal here with a pure melodic hardrockband,
but I can be wrong. More info will follow later hopefully.
I believe this is a Dutch band.
They play Melodic Rock a la BON JOVI, ZINATRA... mixed with some progressive
rock influences a la SAGA. More info will hopefully follow later.
I have got very little info around
this band, but they play Melodic Hard Rock, so it should be of interest
for us. More info when I get it.
This band has so far released
a CD including 8 tracks. This German Melodic Rockband has been noticed
by producer Bob Kulick (MICHAEL BOLTON, KISS), he will probably help the
band in the near future because he was very impressed about their music.
Maybe we are impressed too, when we get the chance to review their CD.
This American girl and her backing
band THE INMATES are the latest new female fronted AOR/Melodic Poprockband
on the scene. They have released a couple of CDs. Musically she sounds
like a cross between PAT BENATAR and HEART. That sounds very exciting and
interesting. Hopefully more info later on her.
This band has been on the scene
for a little longer than most other bands on this page. The band has released
two CDs that contain some great American based Melodic Rock with the FIREHOUSE,
DANGER DANGER similarities on a few songs. This band sounds pretty professional
and also very good. I'll hope to do a review of their CDs soon.
SAINTS AND SHADOWS:
This band comes out of Roanoke,
Va. USA and is playing Melodic Hard Rock with influences from JOURNEY,
KISS and QUEENSRYCHE. Quite diverse influences, but this maybe a good band
to look out for. When I get more info it will be printed here.
A new band coming out of Switserland,
I believe. They are about to release their debut CD. Musically they play
progressive melodic AOR like ASIA at times as I was told. When I get more
info, you will read it on our site.
DADDY BANNED IT:
Cincinnati Melodic Hard Rock
band that have released a CD titled 'Rules' containing 10 songs. I heard
a couple of songs that sounded pretty nice and remind me of th 70s/80s
kinda rock'n'roll. Hopefully more info later.
TWO PIECE PUZZLE:
This band is clearly influenced
by TOTO. TWO PIECE PUZZLE is coming out of Sweden and has a similar sound
to bands like PROMOTION, HIGHER GROUND and CIOBA, although the style is
a bit more pure AOR/Melodic Rock based. This band also has a female vocalist
and one of their songs is called "Crazy", very much in the 80s AOR style.
I can't barely wait to hear more of this interesting band. A must for female
fronted AOR bands.
Not to confuse with the 80s UK
AOR/Poprockband that released about 4 LPs. This American (?) TAXI has already
released a couple of albums and some songs sound pretty good. Their new
release will be titled 'Crystal blue' and the band is playing some good
old 80s styled melodic rock/aor. Pretty good actually! Hopefully more info
This guy is coming out of Germany
and is playing melodic rock. No further info yet.
This band features former STRYPER
members and their debut CD has two parts. One part is filled with great
Californian Melodic Rock a la STRYPER, but the other is more 90s based.
Still an interesting release, hopefully soon a review.
MIDNIGHT ROSE is not a new band,
in fact they split up ten years ago. But still nobody has ever heard of
the band, although they made quite some material (no albums) back in the
80s containing pure AOR/Melodic rock in songs such as "A place to run"
and "Midnight rose", they sounded like that band called FRONTIER. However
there are rumours about burning all the material of this band on
a CDR, seems like a pretty cool idea.
Another groovy Bluesy Melodic
Hardrockband like a mix between TESLA and BAD COMPANY. When I get more
info, you will read it on our site.
DEVIL'S NITE LIAR:
This band is playing somewhat
groovy Melodic Rock like TESLA, FLAME, sounds o.k. to me. Maybe more info
This guy has released a CD titled
'Deep sky', I heard only song called "The falling of our love" which musically
is calmer AOR like DAVE BALDWIN. I was told rest of the material is a bit
alternative, but first I have to listen the whole CD before I can recommend
or not recommend this artist.
Do not confuse this JEFF SCOTT
with both Jef Scott (who released a couple of solo-albums in the 80s that
contained average aor/poprock) and JEFF SCOTT SOTO (The session vocalist
with whom we have an interview in our upcoming new issue, issue 14). This
JEFF SCOTT has released some material and hopefully I'll get my hands on
his CD 'Discipline ', which is said to be a classic 80s Melodic Rock album
in the old DOKKEN style, with songtitles like "SOMEONE LIKE YOU",
"WHEN THE LOVE IS GONE", "WHEN THE SHOW IS OVER" and "WITHOUT YOU", this
must be an interesting quality AOR/Melodic rockalbum. More info will follow
when I get it.
This is a new Norwegian Melodic
Hard Rock band. They consist of TNT producer Ken Ingwersen on guitar, former
DA VINCI bass player Bjorn Boge on lead vocals/bass and drummer Bjorn Olav
Lauvdal. There will also be a keyboard player added to the live lineup.
I think the band sounds a bit like HUSH, also a Norwegian band that released
an excellent CD last year which we also reviewed. We also had an interview
with HUSH in issue 13. Hopefully more info on STREET LEGAL later.
This artist is coming out of
Vancouver, Canada and has been produced by Ray Roper from STONEBOLT. He
has released a CD titled 'If these walls could talk' which contains mainly
AOR/Poprock like the 80s sounds of guys like JIMMY HARNEN, JIMMY DAVIS,
STEVE STONE, BRIAN SPENCE, JOHN WAITE... I heard a couple of songs and
they sounded pretty nice. Probably more info later.
WOW!!! It seems that AOR is really
coming back. The underground AOR bands keep on coming our way. Just great,
because the quality also seems to be as good as the MTM quality. 180 (ONE
EIGHTY) is the my latest discovery in the AOR scene. This pure AOR band
has released one CD so far. I heard the opener called "Don't be lonely"
and this is classic 80s uptempo AOR like AVIATOR, FM, THE STORM, JOURNEY,
STRANGEWAYS, 8084, AIRRACE, etc. etc. A fantastic song and this band is
another promise for the future. I believe the band has been helped by Kevin
Chalfant and some JOURNEY members for an upcoming full-length CD. Hopefully
a review and interview with this band soon.
PEACE & QUIET:
Forget about all the bands proclaiming
they are playing AOR or even Pomprock. PEACE & QUIET is one of the
best independent recording bands I discovered lately. They come out of
Utah, USA and have released an album titled 'Peace & Quiet'. I heard
a couple of songs and they sound really fantastic. One of their songs is
called "Keep on pushin'", the ultimate dream for a fan of late 70s/early
80s AOR/Pomprock. This song is really superb classic AOR/Pomp. The songs
starts with some Classic Pomp piano-keys like LE ROUX/SUGARCREEK/SHELTER
and in fact the whole song is in exactly the same style as classic AOR/Pompbands
such as LE ROUX, SUGARCREEK, ROADMASTER, TOUCH. Maybe some of you don't
believe it, but it really true, this band is really awesome AOR/Pomp like
it was made in the early 80s. Some of their other songs are sounding like
HEAD EAST and are also great such as "Leave that world" and "Paradise".
Don't look any further, because this band will hopefully be reviewed and
interviewed by us as soon as possible. A band to look out for and definitely
one of the most promising acts for the future. No doubt about it!
This guy has appeared on many
albums in his career. He played as guitarist on albums of MSG, HEAVEN,
BAD BOYZZ, KEEL, HOUSE OF LORDS, JAMES CHRISTIAN... Now he has also started
releasing solo-albums, his latest CD is called 'Better late than never'.
The musicstyle on this CD is pure Melodic Hardrock in the great 80s tradition.
I heard a song called "Don't wanna hear your heart break" and this is a
great melodic rockballad in the DON DOKKEN style. I hope to check this
CD out and post more info and hopefully a review later on our website.
VAMP LE STAT:
This band comes out of Sacramento,
California and have released a CD titled 'Filth'. I haven't heard anything,
but I was told this was a melodic hardrockband. I have to find out if that
is true and if so, more info will follow.
Visit our WebSite in the future
and you will fully be informed about any band in the world that is playing
AOR, MELODIC ROCK or POMPROCK. Strutter'zine believes in AOR, do you?