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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R ::: 21/09/2018

 

Howdy melodic rockers,

Still some newies due next week, but kind of a break as the flood of new releases slightly slows down next week. The next bunch of releases from mr. com should get shipped by next week (Waldo/Rosen, Tony Mitchell), so we do expect them in about 10 days.

 

Please check the first tracks from our upcoming October  releases from MIDNITE CITY and WHITE WIDDOW at www.metalheaven.net !

 

Have a great week

Georg & Monika

 

 

AOR HEAVEN RELEASES!

ATLAS - In Pursuit Of Memory

A: 11 € B: 13 €

Bad Habit (Edit)

Breathe Me In (Edit)

Samsara (Edit)

A young and fresh melodic outfit from England puts out their debut these days. ATLAS play a fascinating blend of AOR/melodic rock and progressive tunes. A beautifully-crafted artwork and surprisingly deep and meaningful lyrics complete the picture here. The vocals (Craig Wells) are reminiscent of Geddy Lee (RUSH) at times but with lots of original features as well. Mostly pretty AOR and never too sophisticated when it gets progressive, “In Pursuit Of Memory“ offers versatile songwriting. Listening to “Flesh And Blood“ or “Supernova“ alone will easily convince you to dive into the world of ATLAS. That’s exactly how contemporary AOR in the vein of W.E.T. should sound like. Guest vocals by Sam Millar (BIGFOOT). ATLAS: Definitely a band to remember!

MARTIN STARK

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJ9kQCx5GI

 

NEWMAN - Decade II (2 CDs)

A: 12 € B: 14,5 €

Breaking The Barrier (Edit)

Girl Found Love (Edit)

One More Night With You (Edit)

NEWMAN apparently is one of the most productive bands out there when it comes to melodic rock. “Aerial“ (2017), the latest studio effort, is still kind of fresh but “Decade II“, a kind of expanded best-of, is already there. It contains a two-disc-set with 17 songs compiled from the last five studio efforts and another 17 unreleased or at least rare songs (e.g. Japanese bonus tracks) taken from that very period. The British band lead by Steve Newman (v/g) plays powerful up-tempo rockers as well as emotional ballads or slightly progressive sounding tracks that have one aspect in common: passion. Additionally, the fact that quality-wise the second disc is as good as the first one points out the great talent showcased in NEWMAN. Strictly limited edition of 1000 copies.

MARTIN STARK

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKRi6a2tO30

 

 

EXPECTED NEW RELEASES !

ACACIA AVENUE - Worlds Apart

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Copenhagen, Denmark based project ACACIA AVENUE is made up of musicians that are a part of various other bands and the idea for the band was the brainchild of Torben Enevoldsen. The project actually came together in the year 2009 and the band members treat the band as a project since the musicians live in different countries. This is their fourth full-length studio release after "Acacia Avenue" (2010), "Cold"  (2014) and "Early Warning" (2016) featuring the talents of several vocalists and musicians like Peter Sundell (C.O.P., Grand Illusion), Dagfinn Joensen (FATE) and Torben Lysholm (PANGEA, MASTERELL) just to name a few. Solid melodic rock stuff from start to finish, check it out.

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

BRAINSTORM - Midnight Ghost + DVD (ltd. edition digi pack)

A: 15,5 € B: 18,5 €

German power/melodic metal outfit BRAINSTORM always delivers. Album number twelve, “Midnight Ghost“, is full of anthems and will absolutely please the many followers. Furthermore, Andy B. Franck without doubt is one of the finest frontmen of the genre. You get the full range from fast neck breakers (“Devil’s Eye“) to atmospheric mid tempo anthems (“Revealing The Darkness“) and you get it with one hell of a sound.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lylp1-vGZjY

DYNAZTY - Firesign (ltd. edition digi pack)

A: 13,5 € B: 16 €

One of the most exciting heavy metal bands these days is DYNAZTY from SWEDEN. Riffs that take no prisoners, simple but very effective songwriting and some more keyboards this time, that’s how “Firesign“ successfully bridges the gap between their former records and some careful development in terms of style. Party playful guitars and the expressive voice of frontman Nils Molin add to the fact that “Firesign“ is a very strong melodic metal album.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afm7RmXZsBs

MURDERER'S ROW - Murderer's Row
(2 CDs, digitally remastered)

A: 13,5 € B: 16 €

The short-lived “Murderer’s Row”, where Bob Kulick was joined by Jimmy Waldo on keyboards, having played with Alcatrazz, Blackthorne (alongside Kulick), Graham Bonnet Band, New England and Quiet Riot. The band were fronted by David Glen Eisley, who had previously sung lead vocals for the bands Giuffria  and Dirty White Boy before joining Bob and Jimmy in Murderer’s Row. Drummer Jay Schellenbaum had played with Asia and Hurricane, with the line-up completed by bassist Chuck Wright (House Of Lords, Giuffria). Released in 1996 the sound of M. Row was a harder edged hard rock meets metal with some Zakk Wylde flavored riffs. Digitally remastered incl. bonus CD (different versions of the album).

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHUCX3uZJkM

REVLOVER - Too Fast For The Competition

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

RevLOVER was a Los Angeles based hard rock band that was right there in the middle of the heyday during the period of 1988-1994, RevLover constantly showcased their talents on the L.A. Sunset Strip and toured the United States extensively, but never signed a recording contract. Now, 30 years later, "Too Fast For The Competition" see the light of day, including the band's two indie releases originally available on cassette only, plus some extras. RevLover was a band that had it all: the chops, the hooks, the catchy choruses, and of course, the proper looks / image for the hair metal lovers into DOKKEN; RATT, HURRICANE and cohorts. Limited edition of 500 copies.

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R43rE8OsdE

 

NEW RELEASES IN STOCK!

TANZEN - Piece By Piece +4 (digitally remastered)

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

This Canadian band released a fantastic album in 1986 only on cassette. The album was produced by former APRIL WINE guitarist Gary Moffet and MINDSTORM producer Bill Szawlowski. The Canadian five piece was initially called LONDON. but they change their name to TANZEN in time of the album release. We're talking about classic keyboard driven 80s AOR in the vein of SURGIN, early BON JOVI, AVIATOR and cohorts ! This is the first release of the "Lost Melodic Jewels" series (which covers mainly rare/unreleased Canadian and US releases) with the usual treatment incl. liner notes by Rob Evans, digitally remastered and strictly limited to 500 copies - don't miss this AOR gem !

listen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9lM3dpf4yo

DION BAYMAN - Better Days

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

After three proper independent releases which caught the attention of fans and media from the melodic rock circles around the world, Australian melodic rocker Dion Bayman agreed to team up with a record label for the first time in order to reach a bigger number of followers and music lovers around the world with his music. "Better Days" shows the unquestionable skills of Dion Bayman in capturing the essence of a catchy and up-to-date FM sound, built on high quality songwriting reminiscent to the likes of late 90's Bon Jovi, Richard Marx & Bryan Adams. As usual the Australian one man army has wriiten, recorded and produced the whole album for the pleasure of every melodic rock lover.

watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWVoTAht0GU

PLEASURE MAKER - Dancin' With Danger +1

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

PLEASURE MAKER is a Brazilian hair metal outfit which has released their debut "Love On The Rocks" in 2004 and the follow up "Twisted Desire" in 2008. After a seven-year break, the band reunited in 2017 to record this third album, “Dancing With Danger”. That means that you get another dose of 80s inspired melodic rock with the occasional touches of glam. Main musical references are Dokken and Ratt as the guitar playing of guiatrist Alex  Meister combines elements of both Warren DiMartini and George Lynch. Listeners who are not yet familiar with the band might have a difficult time with singer Claudio's high pitched, banshee like voice but personally it didn't stop me from having a good time with this disc.

watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU_rh0NB0Ps

LIONCAGE - Turn Back Time

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

“Turn Back Time“, third album of German hard/melodic rockers LIONCAGE, offers groove and strong melodies (e.g. “Comfort Me“, “Believe In Magic“ or “So Long Ago“). A bit harder than the first two albums, you get twelve versatile tracks, produced with a lot of love for details and with amazing backing vocals as well as interesting arrangements all over the place. Lovers of handmade and honest music will immediately fall in love with this album.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz7OWOnGMC0

OSUKARU - House Of Mirrors

A: 11 € B: 13 €

The fifth release from the Swedish melodic rockers feat. bandleader and guitarist Oz Osukaru sees them heading back into a more melodic rock flavored direction. Their previous album "The Labyrinth" (2017), which was a concept album, saw them heading  into a slightly heavier direction, but this time they're back on track in the style of their earlier releases. The problem with the new album is still singer Fredrik Werner, cause he is indeed the weak link in the band.

listen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrRmq0IKCz0

SAPPHIRE EYES - Breath Of Ages +1

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

SAPPHIRE EYES is the realization of an ambition that has been knocking about in Alyson Avenue keyboardist Niclas Olsson’s head for several years; to form a male-fronted AOR band. Sapphire Eyes already pleased us four years ago with its self-titled debut, and now are back with second opus "Breath Of Ages". This really is high quality AOR; full of shimmering keys, guitars that punch and soar in equal measure, strident rhythms and those oh so delicious, honey-soaked vocal verses / choruses. Original Alyson Avenue singer Anette Olzon (again with the band after a time with Nightwish) appears on the ballad 'I Won't Leave With A Lie', one of the highlights. Truly superb stuff for AOR- and melodic rock lovers.

listen:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nffHXWusCu0

BLACK MAJESTY - Children Of The Abyss

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Already album number seven of Australia’s power metal outfit BLACK MAJESTY and without doubt one of their very best. Fans of both HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY will absolutely love it. “Children Of The Abyss“ successfully manages to provide the full scale of the genre and showcases a powerful production, too. Mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN). Check out the anthems “Dragons Unite“ and „Always Running“.

MARTIN STARK

watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CI_plYR2GY

 
 

SPECIAL OFFERS!!

JAVA - Change Of Heart

A: 7,5 € B: 9,5 €

Strictly limited to 1000 numbered units, this release is the only result of the band JAVA around Rosella Santoro (v/keys) and Rob Deegan (g/v). Finest hard rock/AOR recorded in 1987 and sounding exactly like that. „Change Of Heart“ finally sees the light of day, something that back in the days for whatever reason didn’t happen. At times with influences from VAN HALEN, BON JOVI or HEART.

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLHanqr73Fs

LIONCAGE - II

A: 6 € B: 7,5 €

LIONCAGE without doubt walk the path of TOTO, JOURNEY or HUEY LEWIS. Although being a German band they sound pretty international due to singer Thorsten Bertermann. "Secrets" with a guest appearance of Tim Pierce (e.g. RICK SPRINGFIELD) is a track that CHICAGO would have hardly done better in the eighties and for instance "Mysterious Angel" or "The Inner Circle" simply rock. LIONCAGE bubbles. The lions are ready to break out!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IISpVQfC4DU

RAGE OF ANGELS - The Devil's New Tricks

A: 7,5 € B: 95 €

Sophomore release of melodic rock project put together by Ged Rylands (ex TEN, TYKETTO), Way more classic rock elements and only one vocalist this time instead of many. It's Rob Moratti (ex SAGA, FINAL FRONTIER) this time and he is doing a great job. High quality songwriting, excellent musicianship and a top production. No fillers at all and a lot of details to be discovered. One of the must haves for every melodic maniac this year.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVCbUu0AdVA

THE ANGELS - No Exit

A: 5 € B: 6,5 €

"No Exit" is the follow-up album to The Angels (known as Angel City in the US) classic "Face To Face" album. You'll find the same energetic crowd favourites here as on FTF, but there's some songwriting growth on display with tracks like "Out Of The Blue" and "Dawn Is Breaking", which have quiet and sombre moments like "Outcast" on FTF. The Angels (along with AC/DC and Rose Tattoo) helped to create and define an era of Australian rock music. No Exit is an integral part of that era, and is arguably the middle part of a series of three albums which defined The Angels, and documented their growth for what was a remarkably short period of August 1978 to July 1980.

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

THE RADIO SUN - Unstoppable

A: 6 € B: 7,5 €

Probably Australia’s best melodic rock/AOR band THE RADIO SUN underlines their status with „Unstoppable“. Eleven tracks to make you smile. “Surrender Your Heart“ or “Unstoppable“ take you by storm. Close to perfect material for lovers of e.g. DANGER DANGER, CHEAP TRICK or ROXUS. Only vocalist Jason Old is responsible for a minor drawback of the rating. Once again produced by Paul Laine (DARK HORSE).

MARTIN STARK

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

WALK ON FIRE - Mind Over Matter

A: 7,5 € B: 9,5 €

Long lost 24-track-analogue-recordings, once meant to form the follow-up to the 1989 WALK ON FIRE debut, are backbone to "Mind Over Matter". Musicians from ASIA, BRIAN MAY band, SPANDAU BALLETT and Secret Affair were involved. Pretty guitar-driven and showcasing the amazing talent of Alan king on vocals. A record like a time travel to the age when rock was everything. Alone "Spinning Wheel" and "Pleasure Of Pain" would make "Mind Over Matter" a fantastic choice. A melodic rock jewel!

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuuG46P61qs

 

 

COMING NEXT !!
 

MIDNITE CITY - 10/23
WHITE WIDDOW - 10/23
STEVE PERRY - 10/05
CREYE - 10/10
 
     
 

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