Re: Best Melodic Rock bands / projects of the 21st century?
Date: January 12, 2019 01:42AM
Considering all of the posts I've made regarding being a fan of today's MHR acts, I just have to chime in....
At the top of my list would be Khymera and Free Spirit, who have each produced albums that would likely be in my all-time favorites list.
As an absolute sucker for the sound of Harry Hess’ voice, the two First Signal albums deserve plenty of props, IMHO. I would imagine that anyone who enjoys the more AOR side of Harem Scarem (YES, please!) would find a lot to love on those two albums.
W.E.T. and Blanc Faces would be up there as well – W.E.T. for all three of their releases, and Blanc Faces primarily for their “Falling From the Moon” album which may very well be the best example I could offer of an album that is completely and absolutely fails to bring anything new or original to the table, and yet still deserves to be considered a classic AOR album, right alongside those by the likes of Survivor, Journey, Foreigner, Loverboy, Styx, Honeymoon Suite, REO Speedwagon, etc. And I could almost say the same for Robbie LeBlanc’s other act, Find Me, based on their "Dark Angel" album.
Brother Firetribe, Eclipse, Maverick, Midnite City, Lionville, Nordic Union, Miss Behavior , H.E.A.T., Magic Dance, and Cats in Space all seem to be fairly consistent in terms of producing high quality MHR.
Wig Wam, The Poodles, Shiraz Lane, White Widdow, Reckless Love, Crystal Blue, Houston, Final Frontier (“High Tension Wire” from 2005, was the album that pretty much single-handedly re-kindled my obsession with finding new classic MHR releases.), Last Autumn’s Dream, Place Vendome, Crazy Lixx have all released stuff that I count as “top-shelf.”
As for one-offs, the following albums all deserve some credit, IMHO…
Auras: New Generation; Shining Line: s/t; In Faith: There’s a Storm Coming; The Secret: End of the Road; Defiants: s/t; Union of Sinners & Saints: s/t; One Desire: s/t; Cruzh: s/t; Tokyo Motor Fist: s/t; Wildness: s/t; Code Red: Incendiary; Perfect Plan: All Rise; Hearts on Fire: Call of Destiny; Groundbreaker: s/t; Jerome Mazza: Outlaw Son; Pinnacle Point: Winds of change