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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R ::: 03/04/2020

 

Howdy melodic rockers,

Not really surprising that the shipment of the TOQUE Cds has been stopped by the Canadian customs as they requires export declaration, but until now they were not able to inform us what their rules are, but anyway, there are bigger problems in the world now. We have started another attempt and I hope to have the product finally in stock by Wednesday next week.

Meanwhile the delivery to certain territories like USA, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and Canada has been stopped by our courier service DHL until further notice.

We’ll update our website as soon as we get new infos regarding the delivery services.

We do expect some new stuff at the week after the easter weekend from the likes of Hartmann, three Rock Candy re-issues (Sabu, Kidd Glove,  Molly Hatchet) and Bad Reputation (The Bombers, Wildside).

 

Stay healthy

Georg & Monika

 

 

AOR HEAVEN SPECIAL RELEASE!

RETURN - V (digitally remastered)

A: 11 € B: 13 €

The rerelease of “V“, probably the best album of Norwegian melodic rockers, makes sense, absolutely no doubt about that. The records sounds way more international than the first four efforts, as it successfully combines the typical American stadium rock sound with a little bit of British blues in the vein of WHITESNAKE and the original Scandinavian AOR. Outstanding tracks like “Take This Heart“ or “Ridin’ On A Rainbow“ would have been major hits back then in a world without grunge in 1992, of course. Frontmann Knut Erik Østgård is easily recognizable and the production is really big time. Digitally remastered re-issue incl. liner notes by Dave Reynolds, new pictures and strictly limited  to 1000 copies.

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u3pN_H5g-o

 

AOR HEAVEN RELEASES!

ARKADO - Never Say Never

A: 11 € B: 13 €

ARKADO hails from Sweden and  plays melodic rock and AOR without compromises. Their first ever full-length release in thirty-seven years of „band history“, of which the band didn’t exist for the most part, is full of melodies and versatile arrangements. A great eighties record…from 2020. Let alone the mighty “Don’t Rape The Nature“ shine. Also the emotional “My Hometown“ is a true highlight as well as the rather quiet “So Fine“, a classic ballad. “Never Say Never“ is great stuff for fans of ROULETTE, SAPPHIRE EYES or AGE OF REFLECTION, too. An acoustic version of the title track ends the album in a very high manner.

MARTIN STARK

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

 

NEWMAN - Ignition

A: 11 € B: 13 €

After three years “break“ where mainman Steve Newman concentrated on songwriting for other acts, “Ignition“ will likely surprise. It’s the most „colourful“ record of NEWMAN so far. They are pushing the borders slightly more left and right compared to the previous records. Tracks like the anthem “Worth Dying For“, the highly melodic “Chasing Midnight“ or the title track, actually bridging contemporary sounds and typical eighties pop-rock of the better kind, speak for themselves. But also the energetic “Last Chance“ and foremost “The Island“, reminiscent of the mighty TOTO, deserve attention. Amazing record, this “Ignition“!

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb5wHRlNguY

 

 
EXPECTED NEW RELEASES!!
 

TOQUE - Give'r (digi pack)

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

With the recent TOQUE album "Never Enough" offered here as well , let’s check out their very cool previous album “Give’r” including some terrific cover versions of Canadian greats such as LOVERBOY, ALDO NOVA, SAGA, STREETHEART, APRIL WINE, HONEYMOON SUITE, TROOPER and more. Enlisted in the ranks of Toque are Todd Kerns & Brent Fitz – both of whom play in Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators and previously played in Streetheart, Harlequin, etc – along with Cory Churko (Shania Twain) and Shane Gaalaas (Michael Schenker, Yngwie). Songs by the Canuck biggies like Loverboy’s classic “Working for the Weekend” (greatly done), Aldo Nova’s “Fantasy”, Triumph’s “Roller”, are stupendous.

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd5xjRn0kE4

TOQUE - Never Enough (digi pack)

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

TOQUE (pronounced ‘Took’) is a renowned Canadian hard rock band known for their ’80s songs cover shows. Enlisted in the ranks of Toque are Todd Kerns & Brent Fitz – both of whom play in Slash Conspirators – along with Cory Churko (Shania Twain) and Shane Gaalaas (Michael Schenker, Yngwie). "Never Enough" contains the first including original material (the title track) plus delicious own versions of Canadian melodic rock classics from the likes of Harlequin, Red Rider, Headpins, Prism, Rush, Toronto, Streetheart, Bryan Adams or Nick Gilder. You can’t go wrong with TOQUE’s song selection and performances, all seasoned musicians and all recorded, mixed & produced with that classy ‘Canadian touch’. You’ll love this.

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28ZAlojM5Vs

 

NEW RELEASES IN STOCK !!
 

MICHAEL FLEXIG - The Voice Of Zeno : Keeper Of The Flame

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

With this output, MICHAEL FLEXIG continues the legacy of Zeno Roth (g), which was published in Japan already a few month ago, with a slightly different tracklist. The original versions here are taken into the here and now soundwise, too. Three songs are only available on this (European) version. There is a lot of passion in this hard rock offering a unique voice and stellar songwriting. Some songs are unreleased and to cut it short: Goosebumps! Grab it!

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogV8PGiUwYI

 

BONFIRE - Fistful Of Fire (ltd. edition digi pack)

A: 14,5 € B: 17,5 €

A really hot piece of music of German hard rock band BONFIRE. Absolutely no fillers in here. in case you didn’t know (by now) that Alexx Stahl (v) is one of the best of the genre, well, here you go. There are more keyboards but the five-piece still rocks like there is no tomorrow. “Ride The Blade“ or “Rock’n’Roll Survivors“, for instance, will be constant elements of future setlists. The ballad “When An Old Man Cries“ is a true gem, too.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPAMvL2KPo

DYNAZTY - The Dark Delight +1 (ltd. edition digi pack)

A: 14,5 € B: 17,5 €

Melodic hard rock from Sweden that grabs you by the balls. “The Dark Delight“, the seventh album of the band, ist the best so far and lifts the Swedes on a new level. Slightly more contemporary sounding than the last two or three efforts and with “Paradise Of The Architect“ they got a real killer anthem on board. Lots of keyboards, powerful riffs and vocals that bridge the gap to modern metal at times (“From Sound To Silence“) and then almost sound reminiscent of typical AOR (“Hologram“).

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mcTd8YPQ18

 

SPECIAL OFFERS !!

 

STEVE WALSH - Black Butterfly

A: 7 € B: 8,5 €

STEVE WALSH, former KANSAS frontman puts out his fourth solo effort called “Black Butterfly“. A great rock album with a little bit of everything in terms of melodic rock (“Born In Fire“), progressive music (“Hell Or High Water“) and pop (“Warsaw“) that will appeal to a broad audience easily. Together with Tommy Denander (g), STEVE WALSH created an album consisting of many facets. The American seems to have an astonishing sense for melody and arrangements. A great album with a slightly different flavor.

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnmSnzPP-SE

 

COMING NEXT !!
 

CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD - 05/15
STONEFLOWER - 05/15
GATHERING OF KINGS - 05/15
FM - 05/22
ONE DESIRE - 05/22
 
     
 

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