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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R ::: 14/10/2021

 

Howdy melodic rockers,

The next week has the potential to become one of the best selling periods of all time for us as there are some mega crackers in the pipeline.

 

On top of the list is without the shadow of a doubt the album of the year from Swedish hotshots NESTOR ! The CDs are on their way and we have received the tracking and by quoting this we should get stock by Monday.

 

Slightly delayed to unseen personal issues are both U.K./U.S. lost jewels releases from HAGAN and MONRO. It looks like that we should get them by mid of next week.

 

Last but not least both classic re-issues from Andy Qunta and Mark Edwards should get delivered towards the end of next week, but until now I havn't received any tracking info and by coming from down under there might be some more delays - fingers crossed !

 

The good news are that we already have received two cool new releases from Brothers In Arms and the new Daughtry album (which is only on import in Europe) - both are in stock !

 

wishing you a great week

Georg & Monika

 

 

 

AOR HEAVEN RELEASES:

OSUKARU - Starbound

A: 11 € B: 13 €

 

AOR and melodic rock from Sweden at its best, even if album number six sounds a bit rougher or harder in comparison to the first five efforts. Given the genre, there are quite versatile arrangements and surprise here and there. And frontman Fredrik Werner sounds pretty rough at times which is a cool counterpart to the partly sugar sweet compositions. Definitely check out the mid tempo monster “Somewhere Sometime Somehow“ with a guest appearance by Mark Holden (sax, BOULEVARD) or the fascinating “Joker (In The House Of Cards)“. No fillers whatsoever and production is first class! A really cool record! OSUKARU definitely plays the same league as fellow Swedes TREAT, H.E.A.T. or ART NATION by now.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/XUZA3FPjf98

SIX SILVER SUN - As Archon Fall

A: 11 € B: 13 €

 

Finnish outfit SIX SILVER SUNS and their debut “As Archon Fall“ sound like a hybrid of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. This record is a fascinating journey through the sound of the seventies with some eighties flavour. A really beautiful artwork completes the picture of a breathtaking record here. Tracks like “Children Of The Stars“, “Lord Of The Southern Tower“ or “Cosmic Bitter Blues“ for instance make the listener constantly discover new exciting details. Let’s keep track of these guys from up North!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/5N_x8HM1leA

 

 

 
EXPECTED NEW RELEASES !!

NESTOR - Kids In A Ghost Town

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

NESTOR from Sweden easily put the album of the years with just their debut. Eighties sound without any compromises including a guest appearance by Samantha Fox (v)! Tracks like “On The Run“, “Tomorrow“ or “1989“ would have been huge hits back in the day for sure. Without question, record of the year - no matter what might come up later this year. An album like a travel in time. And the production is huge… I mean really huge!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/B1PkYFv76LA

MONRO - Monro +7 (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Hailing from Wales, these guys were on the prowl the same time as fellow countrymen Kooga, though Monro's style of rock is much streamlined and glossy than the counterparts. Released in 1987 on the small Spellbound Records label, MONRO’s debut had the same potential as FM’s “Indiscreet”, “ATLANTIC’s “Power”, the 2nd YA YA album or FATE’s “A Matter Of Attitude” and it’s still a mystery why this band ended as a typically one off shot. They even supported LEE AARON in Europe to promote this album, but that didn’t changed their situation and the band broke up after just one killer album. Vol. 23 of the mage classic "Lost U.K. jewels" series incl. 7 studio bonus tracks and limited as usual to 500 copies !!

watch:https://youtu.be/VExd1VGdPPE

HAGAN - Bang! Bang! (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Coming from New Orleans, HAGAN was primarily influenced by seventies bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Black Sabbath, but also embraced the sounds of their ‘80s contemporaries like Dokken, Dio, Def Leppard and Ratt and definitely leaned the heavier end of the Hard-Rock spectrum.  The band cut a 4-tracks demo-tape in 1986 (something that became a cult-item from then!) plus 6 more tracks in the studio during 1989 with a different singer under the moniker of Bang!Bang! and recalling the sound of classic 80s acts like Icon, Queensryche or Crimson Glory this re-issue contains also 3 more additional tracks and has been fully remastered. Vol. 11 of the "Lost U.S. jewels" series, limited to 500 copies.

listen: https://youtu.be/t1pjSOe-N1A

ANDY QUNTA - Legend In A Loungeroom + bonus CD (deluxe edition)

B: 14,5 € B: 17,5 €

Andy Qunta (pronounced 'Kunta') is a British keyboard player, songwriter, vocalist and part-time guitarist. He moved to Australia in 1982 to join the popular band Icehouse, co-writing one of their biggest hits; "Crazy". He also co-wrote "You're The Voice", which has since become something of an anthem since John Farnham had a worldwide #1 hit with it, and songs for the Manfred Mann's Earth Band (penned together with Chris Thompson. By 1988, Andy ink a contract for a solo album, "Legend In A Loungeroom", recorded in Los Angeles with renowned session musicians. Superb AOR stuff  next to Tom Kimmel, Brian Spence and Glen Burtnick, with a touch of his former band Icehouse. Digitally remastered plus 15 track bonus CD.

watch: https://youtu.be/0zL-d8cGyn0

MARD EDWARDS - Land Of The Living + bonus CD (deluxe edition)

B: 14,5 € B: 17,5 €

Following the split of the band "The Runners", Australian singer and songwriter Mark Edwards signed with WEA Records and released one album in 1986 entitled "Land Of The Living". Mark Edwards spent two years writing, performing, and producing "Land Of The Living" with collaborator Michael Hegerty. The result was a a collection of fine poppy AOR songs showcased well by a production that is clean and polished. The album itself was subject to a very limited CD run in the late 80s, pressed before the use of barcodes and long since designated a true Australian rarity. Overall a nice collection of classic 80s singer / songwriter AOR next to Daryl Braithwaite. Digitally remastered incl. 11 bonus tracks, limited to 1000 copies.

watch: https://youtu.be/MPSSVdJfoSs

BROTHERS IN ARMS - Sunset And Clark (digi pack)

B: 14 € B: 16,5 €

Guitarist / songwriter JACK FROST (Savatage, Seven Witches) already pleased us some time ago with his album ‘Out In The Cold’ feat. a wide list of star vocalists / musicians from the ’80s / early 90s melodic hard rock scene. BROTHERS IN ARMS is Frost’s new project, a wonderful 10-track collection of killer melodic hard rockin’ tunes plenty of super singers / musicians involved. Feat. the likes of Keith St. John (Burning Rain), Steve Overland (FM), Andrew Freeman (Last In Line), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt), Jesse Damon (Silent Rage), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon) plus a few more you can be sure to get high quality stuff ! This is great late ’80s sounding album with some of the best in the genre involved.

watch: https://youtu.be/DyMTXkrPmGM

DAUGHTRY - Dearly Beloved

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Chris Daughtry has been rocking stages from 2007 when his self-titled debut arrived and he hasn’t looked back since.  A stellar vocalist Chris and his band have delivered a level of consistency across their subsequent releases that have garnered him more than 9 million album sales and 16 million single sales. With "Dearly Beloved" Daughtry has again delivered a couple of hits, some great ballads, and an anthem or two for the road. This is damn catchy modern rock with hard rock touches, modern but very well done and with a wide appeal from young people to old-school fans. Yet another classic to sit alongside an already impressive back catalogue, "Dearly Beloved" will no doubt keep his army of fans happy for a while yet.

watch: https://youtu.be/5PPjXHC_NkU

U.D .O. - Game Over (ltd. edition digi pack)

B: 14 € B: 16,5 €

“Game Over“ is a typical U.D.O. record even though some songs are pretty political or let’s rather say critical with society nowadays.  “Kids And Guns“ or “Holy Invaders“ to mention just two. A little less hard as most of the last efforts of the band but still rocking like hell showcasing traditional metal made in Germany. What else would you expect? Udo Dirkschneider (v) is one of the last originals out there. Hopefully the game not over anytime soon.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/sv29zn_gXY8

 

NEW RELEASES IN STOCK!!

JAG WIRE - Made In Heaven..Not Dead Yet +7 (digitally remastered)

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, Jag Wire’s origins lay in a band named Sin feat. Art DeResh (vocals, Howard Drossin (guitar), Vince Gilbert (keys), Joey Cristofanilli (bass) and Carl Elizondo (drums), their initial appearances sold out, leading to a recording contract with local independent Target Records. Their debut, ‘Made In Heaven‘, followed in 1985 and contained an unique mix of classic AOR, hard rock and traces of US metal like an amalgam of WHITE SISTER, LEGS DIAMOND and MALICE. Ultra rare on CD and now re-issued incl. 7 bonus tracks (2 tracks from Sin, 2 live tracks, 2 unreleased tracks plus 1 new song), digitally remastered by keyboarder Vince Gilbert. Don't miss it !

listen: https://youtu.be/81HsaC8w7xw

STATION - Perspective

B: 12,5 € B: 15 €

STATION is a melodic rock outfit from New York. Rather guitar than keyboard driven but also with elements from hardrock, rock/pop and contemporary stadium rock. Ten great tracks that stick in your ear easily. The band’s frontman Patrick Kearney is amazing. “Perspective“ offers a hard-hitting production and a great guitar sound foremost. But also way above average songwriting makes the album shine. E.g. “Do You Really Want To Fall In Love Again“ or “Believe“ will make you love this album.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/ze5axuwbvlg

HEARTLAND - Into The Future

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

British outfit HEARTLAND around Chris Ousey (g, VIRGINIA WOLF) with their first new record in like 14 years! Steve Morris (g) has left the building but is replaced by none other than the American Mike Slamer (g, SEVENTH KEY, STREETS) among others. Slamer’s influence is clearly recognizable. Typical British melodic / hard rock with great melodies. Essentiell stuff for fans of FM, TRISHULA or RAGE OF ANGELS. Timeless music! Strong effort!

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://youtu.be/1dnlF2O78Mg

SUPERNOVA PLASMAJETS - Now Or Never

B: 12,5 € B: 15 €

SUPERNOVA PLASMAJETS put out their sophomore album “Now Or Never“. The female fronted band is simply fun. Extremely catchy songs that rock like hell and are presented constantly with a twinkling of an eye. Good vibes guaranteed. Jennifer Crush (v) is able to rock like hell but also to include emotional vocals when needed. The German band is able to top their cool debut “Supernova Plasmajets“ (2017). Just check out the magical “Beggin’“. You gotta get it!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/cRBBF46igbk

DAN LUCAS - The Long Road

B: 12,5 € B: 15 €

DAN LUCAS (ex KARO) is pretty far away from the AOR and melodic rock sound he used to play around the millennium and rather operates in the field of singer/songwriter on “The Long Road“ nowadays. The „Voice Senior“ winner in Germany 2018 is in good shape concerning his voice for sure. And the production is fine, too. A very mature record with mostly in-depth lyrics, partly auto-biographical, but certainly not a feel good/party album. 

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://youtu.be/xgOmOz5-8AQ

BLACK DIAMONDS - Floor 13
(special mail order edition)

B: 11 € B: 13 €

Something really nice and exclusive offered by Swiss outfit  BLACK DIAMONDS. “Floor 13“ is a special album made for the recent headliner-tour containing rare stuff like the GARY MOORE cover “Out In The Fields“, live versions (e.g. “No-Tell Hotel“ or “Turned To Dust“) and even unreleased material (“Black Thunder“). Limited to 500 copies and distributed in Germany exclusively via AOR HEAVEN. Grab it! Hell yeah! Finest melodic hard rock!

MARTIN STARK

LEVERAGE - Above The Beyond

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

“Above The Beyond“ is the fifth album of the Finnish outfit around frontman Kimmo Blom (URBAN TALE) who sings for the second time since 2018. It can best be categorized as progressive melodic rock. There are many exciting details which are noticeable after a couple of spins and easily prove that the Finnish outfit does lots of things right with their comparatively wide range of AOR, progressive rock and hard rock. To put it simple: LEVERRAGE rocks!

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://youtu.be/mQ-0F5WQamM

THE GRANDMASTER - Skywards

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Yet another project from Frontiers Music, this time with Brazilian vocalist Nano Fernandes, Alessandro Del Vecchio (keys/b, HARDLINE, REVOLUTION SAINTS), Jens Ludwig (g, EDGUY) and Mikro De Maio. “Skywards“ is not bad at all but heard many times. If you are into DIO, ALLEN/LANDE or the like you are definitely not wrong here. Classic eighties hard rock without big surprises but actually well done.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://youtu.be/w2yRzYLcbwk

DEVOID - Lonely Eye Movement

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

French melodic metal band combines the typical sound of the genre with quite modern arrangements and technical as well as playful sound elements. Album number two is a huge step forward concerning songwriting as well as production. On vocals you get Carsten “Lizard“ Schulz (EVIDENCE ONE, ex DOMAIN), who is easily one of the best German hard rock voices. Just check out he slightly complex “Man Without Fear“. 

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://youtu.be/IsGq4YQpBbU

LORDS OF BLACK - Alchemy Of Souls Pt. II

B: 13 € B: 15,5 €

LORDS OF BLACK with frontman Ronnie Romero (RAINBOW, THE FERRYMEN) are continuously busy and put out their fifth album. It’s the second part of their 2020 album “Alchemy Of Souls Pt. I“ which is as strong as the new one. Fans of the genre who like DIO, RAINBOW or even (harder) GOTTHARD will dig this album and on top of that you get a pretty organic sound. Co-produced, mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN). Just checkout “Prayers Turned To Whispers“.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://youtu.be/UFb7HQVokzs

 

COMING NEXT !!
 

TONY MITCHELL - 11/26
EDGE OF THE BLADE - 11/26
 
     
 

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