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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R :::20/05/2022

 

Howdy melodic rockers,

The UPS madness has reached a new level as we’re waiting now 5 working days that the US shipment from Eonian records containing the Wild America CD will go through the customs, but until now not much happened. It’s almost surrealistic, cause there’s just this message: “A delay has occurred due to late processing by UPS brokerage“. We talked to their hotline (both phone and mail) – no one could help (or was willing to help), same thing with their staff (some people which we knew since many years) – they’re not allowed to help.

Needless to mention that they’re raising up their prices every Monday for doing NOTHING !! We had to made a claim and I really hope that things will finally move forward, but impossible to quote if or when we’ll get this shipment.

Usually the 6 DeGarmo & Key re-issues should have arrived next week, but the label (Girder) had to sent back 2 titles to the plant as they were quality wise not at the same level as the others.

This means that we should get the entire set of all 6 titles most likely in about 10-12 days.

 

Attention:

I’m looking for Japanese CDs in mini LP format (cardboard sleeve)  for my own collection – all pop and rock stuff. If you have anything of interest – feel free to drop me a line. I’m willing to pay or trade (from my own collection) !

 

Wishing you a great week

Georg & Monika

 

 
 
 
EXPECTED NEW RELEASES !!
 

WILD AMERICA - Old School Cool

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Wild America, a new band on the Kivel Records label, made their debut "Gasoline" in 2019, an unapologetic nod to the late ‘80s arena rock sound. Wild America’s sound seems most influenced by that post-glam, pre-grunge period where American hard rock was still catchy and hook-heavy, but didn’t rely on image or songs about T&A quite as much. Fun without being embarrassing, in other words. Think Tora Tora, Tangier and even Tyketto. That’s not a bad sound to draw influence from at all. On the more recent side, Wild America isn’t too far removed from the likes of Tango Down, Outloud and The Defiants and their second strike "Old School Cool" is a save buy for lovers of the US melodic rock style.

Listen:https://youtu.be/QIaHar2RZB8

TERRA NOVA - Ring That Bell

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

New album by Dutch outfit TERRA NOVA around Fred (v) and Ron Hendrix (keys). Compared with their older material the sound is rougher and less keyboards were used which fits the four-piece pretty well. Thirteen songs, basically no fillers and with for instance “What’s Broken Can Be Mend“ or “Home“ there are lots of great tracks on board which are authentically produced, too.TERRA NOVA have been playing under the radar for way too long but this album will very likely change this for good.

MARTIN STARK

Listen:https://youtu.be/2sCa5eMd2vA

STRANGEWAYS - Complete Recordings Vol. 1
(4 CD box set, digitally remastered)

B: 30 € B: 37,5 €

Formed in 1985 by brothers Ian Stewart (guitar) and David Stewart (bass), joined by Jim Drummond (drums) and singer Tony Liddell, they released their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album in 1985 (produced by Kevin Elson of Journey fame). American Terry Brock replaced Tony Liddell as vocalist, joining Dave Munch Moore on keyboards for the John Punter-produced ‘Native Sons’ in 1987, arguably their greatest commercial success. The same line-up released the third album ‘Walk In Fire’ in 1989. Their fourth album "And The Horse" (1994) saw guitarist Ian Stewart on lead vocals on this laid back affair. Digitally remastered box set incl. 19 !! bonus tracks (live tracks, demos) - VALUE FOR MONEY !!

Watch:https://youtu.be/9X3eoKuWSdk

DEF LEPPARD - Diamond Star Halos

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

„Diamond Star Halos“ is the brand new album from Def Leppard, their first since their chart topping self-titled Def Leppard record in 2015. Written by the band over the past two years it features 15 tracks including the anthemic, stadium-ready singles “Kick” and “Fire It Up”, with guest vocals from Alison Krauss on “This Guitar” and “Lifeless”. Initally only planned as a vehicle to fill the gap during the pandemic break down the 15 tracker is covering a wide range from classic Def Lep hymns like „SOS Emergency“  or „Fire It Up“  over the 70s Glam Rock flavored tunes like „Kick“ and „Take What You Want“ to Country Rocker like „Lifeless“ and „This Guitar“ – both feat. Alison Krauss. Cool album, but don’t expect „Hysteria pt. II“ !

Watch:https://youtu.be/XRNeFLWNwSM

OLE I’DOLE - Idolator (digi pack, digitally remastered)

B: 14 € B: 16,5 €

Ole Evenrud was born in 1962 and entered the music business as an artist in 1983. At the age of 21he released his first album "Blond Og Billig" using the alias "OLE I’DOLE", followed by his 2nd album "Propaganda!“in 1985. In 1986, Ole met The Sweet’s legendary Andy Scott, who wanted to produce Evenrude’s next record called "Idolator", released by RCA. With this album, Evenrude switched to English language. The record featured the catchy "X-Ray Specs", which was to become one of Ole’s biggest hits (and got covered by Sweet, Sha-Boom and Bai Bang). Mick Tucker from The Sweet plays drums on a few tracks and Trond Holter (Wig Wam, Dream Police) co-wrote 2 tracks. Norwegian classics series, digitally remastered.

Listen:https://youtu.be/JRNd04z8sd4

SHOK PARIS - Steel And Starlight (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

US metal act Shok Paris released three albums during their time, „Go For The Throat“, „Steel And Starlight“ and „Concrete Killers“. „Steel And Starlight“ is probably their most well know album, and certainly my favorite of the three. This album is straightforward, but still melodic  heavy metal in the vein of Warrior, Leatherwolf, Malice or Fifth Angel. Somehow, this album just doesn't sound tired or aged, even though it was released in 1987. Vocalist Vic Hix has a very charismatic and melodic vocal style, oftentimes sounding like the long lost twin brother of Ronnie James Dio. There is no doubt that Hix's vocals were a defining quality of this band. Digitally remastered re-issue from Bad Reputation records.

Listen:https://youtu.be/Gh6Qt3LCAvE

SOUTHGANG - Tainted Angel + bonus CD (digitally remastered)

B: 13,5 € B: 16 €

Starting out as Byte The Bullet, this hard rock band relocated to Los Angeles from Rome, Georgia towards the end of 1988 in order to attract a record deal. Gaining the interest of Charisma Records and the name change to Southgang followed. Producer for their first album, „Tainted Angel“ (1991) was Howard Benson. Southgang had been taken under the wing of Desmond Child (after being introduced by Ratt), the legendary 80’s song doctor consequently contributing a great deal to the group’s songwriting. For the most part „Tainted Angel“ is a slick, polished hair metal album with a bluesy swagger with impressive vocals courtesy of Jesse Harte. Digitally remastered re-issue from Bad Reputation incl. bonus live CD.

Watch:https://youtu.be/42u6THtPEew

 

 
NEW RELEASES IN STOCK !!
 

SARAYASIGN - Throne Of Gold (digi pack)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Just imagine a cross between JORN and DAVID READMAN vocally. Well, then you have an idea how SARAYASIGN sound. Classic, slightly progressive hard rock can be found on “Throne Of Gold“. Everything is powerfully produced and offers no fillers whatsoever. The Swedish outfit manages to reveal new details all the time and to fascinate the listener all the time with their theatrical sounds. A concept album for fans of QUEENSRYCHE or AVANTASIA.

MARTIN STARK

Watch:https://youtu.be/CwYcBCMmzSg

ZINNY ZAN - Lullabies For The Masses

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

“Lullabies For The Masses“ contains nine tracks and therefore, is comparatively short. Absolutely cool is the DEPECHE MODE cover version (!) “It’s No Good“. The material is mostly sleazy hard rock without any fuzz like HARDCORE SUPERSTAR / CRASHDIET. The Swedish veteran of the scene (ZAN CLAN, EASY ACTION, SHOTGUN MESSIAH) sounds a little bit like OZZY in the rather quiet moments but is able to rock like hell as well. Really cool album!

MARTIN STARK

Watch:https://youtu.be/ypVu8fvNsPQ

 

SPECIAL OFFERS !!

 

LAZARUS DREAM - Alive

B: 6 € B: 7,5 €

LAZARUS DREAM brings back two very talented and well-known players of the German hard rock scene. Markus Pfeffer (g/b/key, SCARLETT, WINTERLAND) and Carsten „Lizard“ Schulz (v, EVIDENCE ONE, DOMAIN, MIDNITE CLUB) offer a great album which is reminiscent of DOKKEN and QUEENSRYCHE at times but which is also quite independent in its own respect. Hopefully, “Alive“ is just the beginning because what you can hear here might well be the beginning of something big.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://youtu.be/z_5Zvra2sJw

UNIVERSE INFINITY - Rock Is Alive

B: 6 € B: 7,5 €

UNIVERSE are now UNIVERSE INFINITY. Less metal compared to the debut which sees the light of day again these days but pure classic rock with a mighty eighties flavor. New frontman Andreas Eklund (ex HOUSE OF SHAKIRA) does a great job. Ten powerful tracks, showcasing nothing but superb guitars, shine. „Companys Coming“ for instance takes you by storm. Additionally, the album title says it all. Period.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://youtu.be/R_fRyPjzaTc

UPPER LIP - Deep Within

B: 4 € B: 5 €

Hard Rock from the island of Malta. “Deep Within“ contains influences from like AC/DC, BLACK CROWES, GREAT WHITE up tp even THE DARKNESS. Fronter Chris Portelli has got kind of an unique voice which you either love or not. A record that is simply fun. Let alone the groovy “Skinny Jeans“ or the happy-sounding “Mirrors & Masks“ be very appropriate arguments for this interesting release. Nevertheless, UPPER LIP rocks like hell.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://youtu.be/MBHVAZ4X76U

 

COMING NEXT !!
 

DEGARMO & KEY re-issues - 06/03
HIT THE GROUND RUNNIN’ - 06/17
LAZARUS DREAM - 06/17
DRIVE AT NIGHT - 06/17

 

 
     
 

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