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Thu
16
Jun

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - World On Fire (Review)

  Well, it’s not as bad as War To End All Wars. That record should have been titled Album To End All Careers. But somehow the great fret-fiddler Yngwie J Malmsteen continues on.   It’s hard to tell who is the most delusional. Yngwie himself for releasing this as is; his record label for actually paying for it to be manufactured or some of his fans who are reacting as if this album is the greatest slice of majestic, audio grandeur and shredtastic splendor since Les Paul took craft lessons in Jnr High.   Ok, so it’s not all bad….well it is if you were rating audio quality alone. I’m not sure where this was recorded. It sounds like it was recorded in my grandmother’s 1922 outhouse and pieced together on a 1981 Acorn BBC Micro 6502.
 
Wed
15
Jun

FEATHERSTONE - Northern Rumble (Showcase)

  Swedish melodic rock act FEATHERSTONE was founded by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Rikard Quist in 2012. After writing for and playing with bands including Gypsy Rose, Don Patrol, Last Autumn´s Dream, White Wolf and Bangalore Choir for several years, he decided to focus his efforts on creating a masterpiece he could call his own.   Collaborating with friend and talented singer Lars Boden (Appearance), and with the addition of heavy drummer Niklas Osterlund (Headplate), Rikard found the melody and power needed and FEATHERSTONE quickly found its feet. More importantly it found its sound and, with the addition of British lyricist Jon Wilde (who Rikard had written with previously), the songs found their words.  
 
Wed
15
Jun

WICKMAN ROAD - After The Rain (Showcase)

  Wickman Road is a young Swedish Melodic Rock Band with origins from the small town Rydaholm.   Henrik, Carl and Robert had been playing music together for years, but it was not until Eric joined up as a singer in 2011 that they grew an ambition to start a band for real. The two pair of brothers wrote several songs during the early stage and struggled to realize their ambition. The missing piece was added when Simon joined the band in 2014 and Wickman Road was officially born.   With Simon as the drummer, the band was provided with the spark needed to start their journey towards the debut album. Inspired by the AOR genre they started to write music in the true spirit of Melodic Rock, with their own touch of modern sound.
 
Wed
15
Jun

TRENT GARDNER R.I.P.

  TRENT GARDNER (Magellan) has sadly passed away. This from his son, just posted:   "My name is Trent Gardner II and my father and Magellan founder Trent Gardner passed away suddenly June 11, 2016 in Vacaville, CA. Due to his sudden passing we need immediate financial assistance to ensure a proper, dignified burial for my father. My father affected people all over the world with his music and my family and I are grateful and humbled by any size donation that you are able to give.    
 
Wed
15
Jun

BLUE COW KENT Issue Brand New Single

  Blue Cow Kent presents future city Diplomatica on new single When the Swedish rock band Blue Cow Kent was formed in 2011, the members wanted to pay tribute to the Melodic rock heroes of the 80s and started playing their favorite AOR songs as a covers band. So it only felt natural that BCK's debut EP On our way to Budokent from 2013 was entirely an AOR affair of original music with the song Ready to bite being selected by Classic Rock Magazine for the compilation CD in Classic Rock presents AOR issue 10. The band had other plans for their first full length album Phantom Cathedral, it is a concept album with a dark atmosphere and progressive influences but still with focus on melodic hard rock as a foundation in their music.
 
Wed
15
Jun

ERIK NORLANDER Gets 'Surreal' On New Opus

Veteran California artist releases new solo album June 21st featuring keyboard-heavy prog rock
 

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