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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R ::: 13/09/2019

 

Howdy melodic rockers,

Finally good times for AOR- and melodic rock lovers with  high quality releases from the likes of AGE OF REFLECTION, 91 SUITE, AXE and ROBET TEPPER - not a bad bunch !!

There's more to come due next - watch this space !

 

wishing you a great week

Georg & Monika

 

 

AOR HEAVEN RELEASES!

AGE OF REFLECTION - A New Dawn

A: 11 € B: 13 €

The second album of the Swedish outfit is a high flyer by all means. “A New Dawn“ is finest melodic rock/ AOR showcasing superb songwriting, a very powerful production and with Lars Nygren a frontman with an amazing range who made remarkable steps forward compared to the 2017 debut “In The Heat Of The Night“ which was a great album, too, to get it straight. Mix and mastering by Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE, W.E.T.). Tracks like “Stay With Me“, “Here I Stand“, the ballad “What If I Break“ or the amazing title song are contenders for the melodic rock Champions League. Additionally, you get a brilliant cover version of the CUTTING CREW hit “I Just Died“. This band will definitely make it!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EotU_rCNp_8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzI0quXb30

 

ROBERT TEPPER - Better Than The Rest

A: 11 € B: 13 €

American vocalist ROBERT TEPPER is eternally connected with the hit “No Easy Way Out“ and a few other soundtrack contributions here and there but there is not much solo output. Nevertheless, “Better Than The Rest“ is easily his best album in more than twenty years, foremost as the guitars are heavier again. (Pop) Rock with slices of AOR and hard rock and a slightly anthem-like character. Alongside Spanish guitar player Pablo Padilla he delivers eleven rock tracks which mostly breathe the eighties DNA but with e.g. “Testimony“ or “Beyond The Atmosphere“ dips into more contemporary waters. ROBERT TEPPER is still able to deliver station rock as the mighty „My Yesterday“ easily proves. Perfectly suitable for fans of BRYAN ADAMS, JOHN FARNHAM or STAN BUSH.

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIlBFzCkcuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJLZ18KWzvU

 

 
EXPECTED NEW RELEASES !!
 

AXE - Final Offering

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

“Final Offering“ is the final album of the American band led by Bobby Barth (v/g/keys). And it’s a killer! Somewhere between hard (“Old Scratch“) and southern rock (“Born To Lose“) and played passionately throughout the record, the twelve songs without any filler at all immediately reach for your heart. AXE will be dearly missed! But lets enjoy this ultimate legacy. True music played by a special band having had its ups and downs for sure.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWKUShgAS7A

91 SUITE - Starting All Over (6 track CD)

A: 9,5 € B: 11,5 €

“Starting All Over” is the comeback record from Spanish AOR band 91 SUITE after almost 15 years. Founding members vocalist Jesus Espin and guitarist Ivan Gonzalez reunited in 2017 to organize 91 Suite’s 20th anniversary tour, and the response resulted so successful that the guys decided to start to work in a new album. “Starting All Over” – title speaks for itself – is in fact and advance 6 song EP from the full length album the band will release next year. If you never heard 91 Suite - take equal parts of FM, Lionville, Bon Jovi, Wild Rose, add a dash of Mr. Big and Hardline, and you have 91 Suite. To keep it short - comeback of the year as “Starting All Over” packs some of the best Melodic Rock / AOR tunes you’ll hear in 2019.

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE5L4J5QqUM

AOR - Heavenly Demos

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

As the album title states, these are songs pre-production demos of tracks already known but featuring different vocalists, mix, and some of them are unreleased. Curiously, some of these demo versions are better than the ones finally appeared on the different AOR official releases. The CD features 14 tracks with some legendary singers like Paul Sabu (Only Child), Steve Overland (FM), Kevin Chalfant (The Storm), Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman), Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Chris Antblad (Spin Gallery), Philip Bardowell (Unruly Child), Göran Edman (Street Talk) & many more. Curiously, some of these demo versions are better than the ones finally appeared on the different AOR official releases by Frederic Slama.

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vu0GGALeSJQ

 
 
NEW RELEASES IN STOCK !
 

THE DEFIANTS - Zokusho

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

“Zokusho“ immediately connects with the brilliant debut of 2016. Candy for fans of DANGER DANGER is the fact that Steve West plays drums here which makes it 100% the line-up of DD 1994-2004. If “Hollywood In Headlights“ or “Hold On Tonite“ for instance doesn’t bring you tears of joy and good memories of the times when melodic rock and AOR commercially produced hit after hit, you’re absolutely wrong here.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIcnJzX43H0

CRASHDIET - Rust

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

The first album of Swedish sleaze rock outfit with new vocalist Gabriel Keyes. They bring back arena rock and spice it (as usual) with a spoonful of punk. The album title is misleading because there is all but rust over the record. Catchy tunes like “Into The Wild“, “Idiots“ or “We Are Legion“ put a smile onto everybody’s face and due to a pretty powerful production (Chris Laney), “Rust“ is one of their best, if not the best effort of the band.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fE1wPv7eNA

BLOCK BUSTER - Losing Gravity

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

BLOCK BUSTER play hard rock best to be described as a mixture of AC/DC and MOTÖRHEAD or EXTREME and BON JOVI with slices of the ROLLING STONES or even THE DARKNESS. The Finnish band shows a great potential even though not all songs share the same high level of songwriting. Especially frontman and guitar player Aarni Metsäpelto absolutely delivers. So relax, they are out there, the fresh and exciting bands of the genre that are heavily missed at times.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSLjFRZueJo

VICE - 3 Fingers Up

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

VICE, coming from Southern Germany, represent party rock - or better: They did. “3 Fingers Up“ follows a different path and can’ be considered as party rock anymore. There are nine new songs, a remake of their classic tune „Made 4 Pleasure“ and a JOAN JETT cover (“I Hate Myself For Loving You“) to be heard as well as way darker guitars and a mix of alternative rock, punk and metal for the most part. Having the history of the band in mind, this makes it a brave effort…

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5-8unGdNZo

SINNER - Santa Muerte +1 (ltd. edition digi pack)

A: 14,5 € B: 17,5 €

“Santa Muerte“, the seventeenth (!) SINNER album, offers a new interesting detail in form of female vocals (Giorgia Colleluori from ETERNAL IDOL) on a few songs. But on the other hand their mostly THIN LIZZY-influenced hard rock remains mostly untouched stylistically. It sounds like the heaviness is a little bit tamed but the songwriting is still going strong. Check out both the single “Fiesta Y Copas“ and the heavy “Last Exit Hell“.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLkPTtSzMwg

KXM - Circle Of Dolls

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

KXM is made of Dug Pinnick (v/b, KING’X), George Lynch (g, DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) and Ray Luzier (KORN). And as versatile as their bands, the songs on “Circle of Dolls“ are although - probably because of Pinnick’s voice everything is closer to KING’S X stylistically than to KORN for instance. Certainly not an album full of hits but rather stuff for people digging progressive rock sounds with heavy guitars.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAhExetws2Q

MASTER OF CEREMONY - Signs Of Wings

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

“Signs Of Wings“ is the debut album of AVANTASIA guitar player and producer Sascha Paeth (HEAVEN’S GATE) and his new band. Female vocalist Adrienne Cowan (SEVEN SPIRES) and the fact that “Signs Of Wings“ is heavier than the rest of Paeth’s recent works (e.g. “The Time Has Come“) are noticeable right away. Highlight is the anthem by the name of “Weight Of The World“. But in general, one of those albums that need a couple of spins to fully develop their potential.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lkY08Jxwe4

ZAR - Sorted Out (digi pack)

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Second ZAR album, the band of guitar player Tommy Clauss, and the first one with Thomas Block on vocals who replaced John Lawton (ex URIAH HEEP). It’s finally re-issued. Not as strong as the 1990 debut but still a pretty strong hard rock record from Germany. Still a beautiful song, the ballad „Carry On“ as well as “Stranded Heart“ with its remarkably high vocals. Comes as a digipack, limited edition of 500 copies only.

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yqmn-s_8xI

COMING NEXT !!
 

CARL DIXON - One (re-issue) - 10/25
CARL DIXON - Unbroken - 11/29
TOM KEIFER BAND - 09/27
ECLIPSE - 10/11
 
     
 

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