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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R ::: 01/04/2021


Howdy melodic rockers,

With the long easter weekend (with holidays on Friday and Monday over here) in front we finally should have some days to relax before the next bunch of newies will hit our warehouse.


7 out of the 9 Frontiers releases are scheduled for next week and we should get them by Tuesday, just the new Cheap Trick will take a few more days (most likely next Thursday/Friday).


Our next releases from Escape, FarCry and Brian Island are in production and should arrive around April the 15th.


In label related news I can confirm a nice bunch of new signings for our label incl. the following:


Michael Fury>> mega classic pre-Refugee album, first time on CD, release in May


King Company (Finland) >> new album in June


Devils In Heaven (Australia)>> never released AOR wizards from down under, release in June


Stephen Crane & Duane Sciacqua>> unreleased “Big Guns” album, recorded after the “Kicks” album, release due June or July.


Osukaru (Sweden)>> new album in August


Million>> best of plus 3 new tracks, release in August


Happy easter

Georg & Monika






(digitally remastered)

A: 11 € B: 13 €

STEPHEN CRANE used to play in a band called Baby at the end of the 70’s but his opportunity as solo artist arrived in 1984 by the hand of the major MCA label. CRANE’S debut "Kicks" was produced by Jai Winding (Le Roux) who also played keys, and no-other than the great Steve Lukather. In fact, all TOTO guys were involved in the recording including groove master Jeff Porcaro on drums. We also find Richard Page (Mr. Mister, Pages) and AOR guru Tom Kelly (I-Ten, Van Stephenson, Survivor) doing backing vocals, together with brilliant session guitar players such as Duane Sciacqua, Joey Brasler and Ray Pannell. The multitude of guitarists has an explanation; "Kicks" for the most part is a guitar driven AOR / Melodic Rock album with a 1984's radio friendly sound. And on most tracks, we found three different six-string axemen playing together in the same song. There's not a single weak track here, going from hooky and catchy numbers like "Headed For A Heartbreak", "Joanne" or the urgent "Victims Of Love", to more AORish cuts such as the Toto-esque "Back On My Feet Again" (featuring a killer Lukather solo) and the Van Stephenson sounding "I'll Take Care Of You". Criminally ignored not only by MR / AOR fans in general - but also by the industry as it never was released on CD - "Kicks" is one of the best records in the genre from that era.

Digitally remastered  edition incl. liner notes by Dave Reynolds, limited edition of 500 copies.

Listen: https://youtu.be/I416jb63wcY

PARIS - 50/50

A: 11 € B: 13 €

Third album by French AOR outfit PARIS. It pretty much connects with the debut “Only One Life“ (2013) and “The World Outside“ (2016). PARIS consists of the two old friends Frédéric Dechavanne (v/keys) und bastien Montet (g). It’s heavily influenced by the eighties, the music the two of them love, but yet sounds fresh and all but old-fashioned in any way. There’s plenty of mature songwriting like tracks like “Ashes To Ashes“, “Surrender“, “Superhero“ or “Game Changer“ easily prove. Obviously, it’s not always Sweden, well, but like on the first two PARIS albums Robert Säll (g, WORK OF ART, W.E.T.) guests on one song. Again, powerfully and pristinely produced by Steve Newman (NEWMAN). Thumbs up!


Listen: https://youtu.be/6TXCn1JpuTw

WINDING ROAD - Winding Road

A: 11 € B: 13 €

Sweden gives us another wonderful pearl of Melodic Hard Rock, the self-titled debut of WINDING ROAD is an almost perfect album for the genre, a record that cannot fail to end up in the collections of AOR and Melodic Rock lovers all over the world. WINDING ROAD is a sensational album, endowed with immediate catchiness,  which showcases the excellent artistic maturity of these musicians as well as their undisputed song-writing skills. The songs all have an incredible charge, with captivating refrains and wonderful melodies that bring back to life the spirit of the '80s Arena Rock and the unforgettable atmospheres of bands like Journey, Europe, Def Leppard and Foreigner and they do it absolutely not with nostalgia or as a simple 'revival' but rather in a fresh and modern way in the wake of the best New Melodic Rock bands of the moment worldwide i.e. Eclipse, H.E.A.T, One Desire and a few others.


Watch: https://youtu.be/UXiS4-ltKhg


FM - Tought It Out Live (2 CDs)

A: 14 € B: 16,5 €

FM put out a pure milestone in melodic rock in 1989 whose anniversary was celebrated on their 2019 tour and put out as a live document now. The full album performance is enriched by some other classics as well as some cherry-picked tracks like “Hollow“ or “Breathe Fire“ that are rarely performed live making this double-decker with its great and balanced sound a really good choice both for FM maniacs and newbies. Frontman Steve Overland still sets the pace vocally in the given genre.


Watch: https://youtu.be/feyqMzNXvpk

THE TREATMENT - Waiting For Good Luck

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

THE TREATMENT were able to develop from album to album and number five is no exception to this rule. They are an hardrock institution from the UK these days. Lots of seventies vibes in the sound of the Britons that is full of energy, groove and fun for sure. And they definitely never sound old-fashioned, just authentic and raw. Lots of AC/DC, some THE ANSWER and bits of THE WHO - What an album! It’s pure Rock’nRoll.


Watch: https://youtu.be/s4c9n4wKSXU

CHEAP TRICK - In Another World

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Produced by longtime associate Julian Raymond, "In Another World" sees CHEAP TRICK doing what they do better than anyone — crafting indelible rock 'n' roll with oversized hooks, mischievous lyrics, and seemingly inexorable energy. Trademark anthems like "Light Up The Fire" and "Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll" are countered by more introspective — but no less exuberant — considerations of times past, present, and unknowable future on such strikingly potent new tracks as "Another World" and "I'll See You Again". "In Another World" — which marks CHEAP TRICK's first new album since 2017's double-header of "We're All Alright!" and "Christmas Christmas".  Pure class !

Listen: https://youtu.be/nWiDivIUxIA

INFINITE & DIVINE - Silver Linings

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

INFINITE & DIVINE, that’s Swedish musician/songwriter/producer Jan Åkesson (STONELAKE) and his female singer Tezzi aka Terese Persson (EPYSODE) who is also from Sweden. Pretty melodic and quite contemporary sounding melodic rock with mighty keyboards but also powerful guitars that highlight the sweet and dreamy but also rocking and at times aggressive sounding voice of Tezza. Only the artificial sounding drums dim the light or the very positive impression here a little bit.


Watch: https://youtu.be/_sKkY23jo6I


A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

This Italian five-piece seems to have studied ACCEPT, METALLICA, ICED EARTH and JUDAS PRIEST foremost and offers a remarkable debut. “ScreaMachine“ contains almost no surprises but very solid songwriting, a powerful production and with Valerio “The Brave” Caricchio they have a frontman who sings (almost) without accent. There’s also a little bit of SAVATAGE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN to be found in the song material. Melodic metal of the better sort mostly.


Watch: https://youtu.be/nbYKQ084slw


A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Geoff Tate (ex QUEENSRYCHE) sings on the second output of SWEET OBLIVION, too. It’s an Italian project with, well, of course lots of QUEENSRYCHE vibes. “Relentless“ is, like the debut “Sweet Oblivion“ (2019) a great piece of music even though the magic of the four or five first QUEENSRYCHE records can’t be found over the whole distance but it’s definitely closer to the classics than the original band these days. Check out “Strong Pressure“ and “Wake Up Call“. Tate did some songwriting for the first time here and sang one song in Italian! Thumbs up!


Watch: https://youtu.be/tlpHNGDva5Q


A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

DOKKEN without Don Dokken (v) but with Robert Mason (v, WARRANT). The second album of this band/project is typical US hard rock. Pretty solid songwriting but without real “hook-monsters“ whatsoever. A versatile production, cool bass lines by Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER) and a beautiful artwork are positive, though. George Lynch plays great as always but nevertheless, the magic moments are missing on “Phase2“ for the most part. 


Watch: https://youtu.be/Ts2mJ2JPyek

- Spirit Of Alchemy (digi pack)

A: 13,5 € B: 16 €

Project of Swedish drummer Johan Kihlberg with yet another record. Melodic metal with great melodies and quite a collection of guests like John Leven (b, EUROPE), Lars Chriss (g, LION’s SHARE) or Snowy Shaw (d, ex SABATON, KING DIAMOND) to name only a few. Pristine and powerful sound and sharp guitars as well as interesting songwriting all over the place make “Spirit Of Alchemy “ a cool choice for lovers of the genre.


Watch: https://youtu.be/5gmYq2WWjZw



MULLETT - The Originals

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

The long lost Eonian records label is back with a brand new release from MULLETT titled "The Originals". Formed a decade ago as a tribute band of all ’80s hard rock, hair metal and glam rock n’ roll culture, MULLETT have been performing from corporate functions and private parties to college campuses, theaters, nightclubs and casinos. Now it’s time for their original songs, hence the title of album. What you would expect from a band opening their debut CD with a song titled ’80s Girl’? This is pure fun bringing back the Eighties paraphernalia of Poison, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, complete with party-ready choruses, cool guitar riffs, keyboards… and lots of fun and madness !!

Watch: https://youtu.be/EiMgw3sybSU


A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Singer Kenny McGee gained most of his initial recognition when he fronted the melodic-rock band Julliet that eventually attained cult-like status in the Florida club circuit. His self titled album (2002) is a superb rock album with strong melodies. Kenny McGee has a unique voice that has kind of a rough edge to it and it is really suitable for the music he’s playing. This is tailor made for the fans of late 80’s / early 90’s melodic hard rock lovers into Poison / Skid Row /  Slaughter with a good dose of bluesy hard rock in the veon of Tesla / Cinderella. Initially released in 2002 this is a classy hard rock album which is getting really rare now, son here's your chance to pick it up at a fair price.

Listen: https://youtu.be/HHaUOWbd2ss

FARCRY - High Gear

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

The US label Kivel Records had released some outstanding melodic rock releases over the years (like ADRIAN GALE, GOODBYE THRILL or FAITH CIRCUS) and with the US five piece FARCRY they had the next clear winner on offer. Backed by a crisp production their debut “High Gear” (2009) combines the finest moments from FIREHOUSE, early BON JOVI, the HAREM SCAREM debut and ADRIAN GALE into a superb melodic rock cocktail, which no serious melodic rock lover can’t resist. Killer tunes such as “Love Won’t Wait”, “Fine Line” or the mega ballad “Heaven” are just prime examples for an oustanding debut with plenty of other great tunes on offer. Killer stuff, don't miss it !

Listen: https://youtu.be/ff2b3PhV10Q

ADRIAN GALE - Feel The Fire

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Melodic rock “Made in the USA” made a nice comeback way back in the year 2000 when John Kivel started his new label Kivel Records. ADRIAN GALE featured the vocals of singer extra ordinaire JAMIE ROWE (ex GUARDIAN) and the band proved that they could be the “next big thing” from the USA. “Feel The Fire” is full of highlights like the opener “Feel The Fire” which reminds me of a more commercial CINDERELLA while tracks like “Save Our Love” or “Reep What You Saw” are straight out of the DAMN YANKEES songbook and the mega ballad “If The Sun” is a dead ringer for NIGHT RANGERS “Sister Christian". Simply awesome from start to finish and a must have for every serious melodic rock collector !

Listen: https://youtu.be/4hzBfbY7x8o


A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

The mighty were ADRIAN GALE one of the strongest US Melodic Rock bands of the new millenium. Their previous album “Re-Program” was a real killer and  the same applies to the follow up “Crunch” (2004). Even though the album rocks not as straight forward as its predecessor, it features numerous great tracks in the vein of DANGER DANGER and JAGGED EDGE. My faves are the varied title track, the ass-kicking up-tempo anthem “Faith”, the beautiful Rock ballad “Without A Moment's Notice”, the colourful “Long Gone” and the heavily rocking mid-tempo tune “The Thin Line”. The only weak point is the a bit unnecessary instrumental “Question”. However, both thumbs up for another great album!

Listen: https://youtu.be/6LWR5yAy_r4



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