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ANGELS OR KINGS - Go Ask The Moon (Showcase)

    Angels or Kings return with their infectiously melodic new album Go Ask The Moon, continuing where they left off with an AOR treat for fans of the genre. They were first formed in Manchester in the late 80’s and were well known to those in the UK AOR scene. The band recorded various demos and played shows the length of the country with artists such as Dare and Danger Danger. Although there had been some interest expressed by various record companies, AOK as they were then known, ultimately disbanded unable to secure a deal in a changing musical environment.  
 
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NIVA - Atmospherical (Showcase)

  In the realms of melodic metal, Sweden's Lion's Share has been synonymous with class and quality for over two decades. Not least thanks to a succession of great vocalists: Andy Engberg (220 Volt, Sorcerer, Section A), Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors, Wuthering Heights, Civil War et al)... and who else? Oh yes – Tony Niva, the vocal powerhouse from Lion's Share's seminal fourth album ”Entrance” (2001). What's his story?  
 
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SEVEN - Shattered (Review)

  Given that the debut album was songs mainly gathered from the past, I wasn’t sure we’d even get a second Seven album. But here it is and it’s great! Vocalist Mick Devine as one of those ‘born for AOR’ voices and the music – even though delivered by a slightly different lineup, this is almost as good as the brilliant debut.   This time around only vocalist Mick remains, but the team of Andy Loos (bass), Fredrik Bergh (keys) and Lars Chriss (production, guitars, drums) who helped reconstruct the debut are present again, so the sound remains intact. Up tempo Foreigner/Heartland/Signal style AOR and melodic rock is what we have here.  
 
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Oct

RAVENEYE - Nova (Review)

  Well, it’s well produced at least. That’s if you are looking for a retro 70s meets 90s raw, rock n roll record. Sadly I’m not. UK rockers Raveneye certainly deliver an impressive groove based sound, but to me they are missing a lot of what I like in my music. I don’t like the vocalist’s tone (more 90s style) and I don’t like the garage style classic 70s rock meets 90s alt-rock sound that hold little melody and almost no focus on chorus hooks.   It’s just not a style that I like or appreciate. And I suspect many others will have a similar view. There's really not much I can add. I don't feel like going through the songs as I'm just notwarming to them and I don't want to play this any longer than I have to. I tried over a number of weeks to appreciate this, but no luck.
 
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Oct

Rik Emmett & RESolution9 - RES9 (Review)

  I don’t think I could have put into words the excitement I felt as knowing Canadian legend Rik Emmett was set to deliver a new “rock’ album after several years of more laid back, blues/acoustic styled releases. His solo debut Absolutely remains one of my favourite melodic rock albums of all time and Triumph is one of the greatest ever Canadian rock bands, and there’s plenty to choose from. Anyway, Rik’s voice is effortless to listen to and his guitar work quite marvellous.   Then the guests were announced – James LaBrie, Alex Liefson and even a track with the Triumph guys!
 
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Oct

DANTE FOX - Breathless (Review)

  Hard to believe it’s nearly a decade since the last full length Dante Fox album! The guys (and gal) appeared in 2012 with a quality EP, so it’s nice to see them back now with a full 50 minute ops. As expected, there is some quality melodic rock to be heard here. The band keep everything you loved about their sound from the first three albums and the EP, but give it a slightly more complex twist. I wouldn’t want to say progressive, as it doesn’t go that far, but you can hear the growth in the musical arrangements and the delivery of the tunes.   Delivering some sublime keyboards throughout the album is Eric Ragno, whose parts add a lot of texture and quality to some already fine songs.  
 
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Oct

JACE PAWLAK - Promise (Review)

  Well respected and popular singer/songwriter Jace Pawlak has been busier making other artists sound great in recent times, giving his solo name a back seat. But with promise, Jace roars back to life and puts his name into the forefront of people’ minds and dare I say, onto some ‘Best MelodicRock album’ lists for 2016. Making Promise a family affair, Jace performs vocals, keyboards, bass and drums as well as enlisting Dad Dennis as well as little brother Trevor for some additional guitar parts. Mr. Busy, Eric Ragno joins in the fun on a couple of tracks.  
 
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Oct

Former H.E.A.T Guitarist DAVE DALONE Returns

  It's a case of out with the old, in with the old as guitarist DAVE DALONE returns to the band he left just a few years ago.    "Ladies and gentlemen. In case you missed it. Please give a big welcome to our “new” guitar player Dave Dalone. Dave has since the beginning been a huge part of the sound our fans have come to love. With his guitar skills extra ordinaire, combined with excellent songwriting skills, Dave really does not need an introduction. We could not be happier to announce that Dave Dalone is returning to H.E.A.T.
 

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