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AOR HEAVEN ::: N E W S L E T T E R ::: 31/07/2020

 

Howdy melodic rockers,

By quoting the new stuff below I can easily imagine that we'll have a busy next week before we can start our vacations !

Rock Candy just delivered their new titles yesterday (without the Damn Yankees CD - no idea why this title is missing, but that's not unusual with this label).

The Bad Reputation stuff (Babylon A.D. and The B'zz) has been delivered and will be online today afternoon and the same goes for the new Frontiers releases from Arctic Rain, Lionville, Fortune, Ramos, Dukes Of The Orient, BÖC and Black Rose Maze - all online today afternoon and ready for shipping after this weekend.

We'll be back from our vacations due August, the 24th and our August releases from Tony Mitchell, Tanna and Stormburst will be available by this date.

 

Have a great week

Georg & Monika

 

 

Please take note:

 

We have closed for our vacations from
August, the 8th until August the 23rd !

AOR HEAVEN RELEASES!

TUPLE - Wooden Box

A: 11 € B: 13 €

Finnish vocalist Tommi „Tuple“ Salmela (TAROT, LAZY BONEZ) puts out his first ever solo effort. It’s a kind of concept album dealing with his life. Musically, you get melodic hard rock with a huge amount of poppy AOR which means tons of keyboards and, of course, strong hooklines. “Wooden Box“ is well-produced and offers different approaches stylistically. Some songs are rather epic and others rock like hell. The sugar sweet “Fucking Beautiful“ or the exciting “Kryptonite“ are the perfect starters into the world of TUPLE. A strong melodic output by an artist who experienced a lot along the way and does not hesitate to share his inner soul with the rest of the world. Music is a great therapy, for sure.

MARTIN STARK

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ydKG3Pn31c

 

CHRIS ROSANDER - King Of Hearts

A: 11 € B: 13 €

“King Of Hearts“ is the debut of 22-year-old (!) Swede Christian Rosander who obviously got a great early musical education as nowadays probably not many youngsters write and record songs in the finest TOTO or Westcoast fashion. The guitar player and singer recorded everything except bass on his own. P-O- Sedin (PERFECT PLAN) took over bass duties. In terms of songwriting it’s high quality without hardly a single weak spot. Who says that today’s youngsters have no taste in music? Well, reconsider your thoughts!


MARTIN STARK

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6sX1xNMg8w

 
 
 
 
EXPECTED NEW RELEASES !!

 

LIONVILLE - Magic Is Alive

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Italian outfit LIONVILLE with their Swedish singer extraordinaire Lars Säfsund (WORK OF ART, ENBOUND) are one hell of an AOR band. Their fourth effort “Magic Is Alive“ is no exception and will be celebrated by all fans of highly melodic tunes. Definitely a top candidate for the AOR championship 2020. Let alone the tracks “You’re Not Alone“ or “Runaway“ shine or the wonderful ballad by the name of “Finally Youre With Me“.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hzaQI9c6mM

ARCTIC RAIN - The One

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

ARCTIC RAIN from Sweden, a new name to the scene, play pure AOR. They do so in a fresh manner and sound contemporary for the most part. And they do not have to hide behind acts like WORK OF ART, GATHERING OF KINGS, ONE DESIRE, LIONVILLE or even ECLIPSE. Massive keyboards, highly melodic guitars and a really strong voice (Tobias Jonsson) make “The One“ an absolute highlight of the year so far. Great debut! Both thumbs up here!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4dCoof39Q

FORTUNE - The Gun's Still Smoking - Live (CD + DVD)

A: 15,5 € B: 18,5 €

The Americans FORTUNE are no regular guest on stages worldwide and have been inactive until recently. Recorded in Italy on the 2018 edition of Frontier’s own festival in Milano in front of a thankful crowd, it’s equipped with a really good sound. As a special treat you get the Larry Greene (v) solo song “Through The Fire“, well-known from the soundtrack of „Top Gun“. I guess songs like “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter“ or “Dearborn Station“ absolutely need no introduction here. Really strong live output!

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbM4UIdpuIc

BLUE OYSTER CULT - 45th Anniversary - Live In London
(CD + DVD)

A: 15,5 € B: 18,5 €

Yet another BÖC record. The Italians of Frontiers Music seem to have a tight grip on the American hard rock and progressive band. But the back catalogue of the band is nothing but impressive, though. Here in 2017, they play their debut in its entirety plus a few other band classics such as “Godzilla“ or “Tattoo Vampire“. The sound is authentic, powerful but not too polished. A must have for fans but also or a good choice especially for newbies in terms of BÖC.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OwPPFm6qNA

RAMOS - My Many Sides

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Josh Ramos (g, THE STORM, ex HARDLINE) with his first solo album. The American gathers quite an impressive range of well-known vocalists to sing on his debut. There is Danny Vaughn (TYKETTO), Eric Martin (MR. BIG), Harry Hess (HAREM SCAREM) or the last recording of the late Tony Mills (SHY, TNT). Musically very guitar-orientated album but that’s no surprise here. Nevertheless, there are some fine hard and melodic rock tunes to be found on “My Many Sides“.

MARTIN STARK

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

DUKES OF THE ORIENT - Freakshow

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

The DUKES OF ORIENT do not waste time to put out their sophomore album. John Payne (v, ex ASIA, GPS) and Erik Norlander (keys, LAST IN LINE, LANA LANE, ROCKET SCIENTISTS) are the driving powers here. Therefore, you get a mixture of AOR and a lot of progressive rock. “Freakshow“ is mostly slow but offers a lot of depth in the songs. There might be one or two real crackers missing, though. Check out the beautiful “The Monitors“ as an appetizer.

MARTIN STARK

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

BLACK ROSE MAZE - Black Rose Maze

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

BLACK ROSE MAZE is centered around Canadian singer Rosa Laricchiuta (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). She has got a powerful voice and plays down-to-earth guitar-driven rock accompanied by great songwriting. That’s what you get here. Comes with a guest appearance of Jeff Scott Soto (v, TALISMAN, SONS OF APOLLO). At times reminiscent of ANOUK but definitely harder. Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE, REVOLUTION SAINTS).

MARTIN STARK

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

SEASON OF DREAMS - My Shelter

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

SEASON OF DREAMS are the brainchild of French guitar player Jean-Michel Volz (A TASTE OF FREEDOM). Imagine a mixture of HELLOWEEN and EDGUY/AVANTASIA, especially when it comes to high vocals. Not all tracks meet the same quality level, though, but epic and anthem-like tracks like “The Land Of Forgotten Dreams“ or “Soldier Without Command“ are actually good stuff. Johannes Nyberg on vocals (ZONATA).

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCh8uBOWHSo

TERRA ATLANTICA - Age Of Steam

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Hamburg-based band TERRA ATLANTICA are into power metal and steam punk art as well. the combine both worlds on “Age Of Steam“, a concept album dealing with Atlantis taking part in the 19th century, pretty well. It’s well produced, offers versatile songwriting and great musicianship. A real alternative for fans of e.g. DRAGONFORCE, POWERWOLF, ORDEN OGAN or SERIOUS BLACK. The title track is a perfect opener into the world of TERRA ATLANTICA.

MARTIN STARK

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uBWNwqmaBo

STORMZONE - Ignite The Machine

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

ENGLISH band STORMZONE start right away with the IRON MAIDEN-like “Tolling Of The Bell“, a track which highlights frontman John “Harv“ Harbinson’s voice pretty much. “Ignite The Machine“ is a hybrid of heavy metal and hard rock with way above average songwriting and an authentic production without lots of fuss. The mighty “Dragon Cartel“ or the melodic “Each Setting Sun“ are very good starters to actually dive into the material and so is the half-ballad “Flame That Never Dies“.

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsYxMHpXCu8

 

NEW RELEASES IN STOCK !!

LOUISIANA'S LE ROUX - One Of Those Days

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

"One Of Those Days" is the first new studio release from the legendary  US band in a decade, and it is full of good southern rock and blues tunes, many of them originals. Original members Jim Odom (git), Tony Haselden (git) and Rod Roddy on keys got joyned by singer Jeff McCarthy, Nelson Blanchard, Joey Decker, Randy Carpenter, Mark Duthu plus special guests like Bobby Kimball, Bill Champlin and long time member Leon Medica. Perfectly produced by Jeff Glixman (Kansas etc.) "One Of Those Days" smells the organic sound of their early days paired with a good dose of commercial overtones, but please don't expect the ultra catchy sound of their classic 80s AOR milestones like "Up" and "So Fired Up".

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

LIONHEART - The Reality Of Miracles (digi pack)

A: 13,5 € B: 16 €

Rock music veterans Dennis Stratton (g, ex IRON MAIDEN), Rocky Newton (b, AIRRACE) and Steve Mann (g, MICHAEL SCHENKER) still fully deliver. Having Lee Small (v, ex SHY) on board, they put out a real gem. The third LIONHEART album and the second after a long, long hiatus is melodic hard rock with a great amount of AOR. Alone the majestic “Thine Is The Kingdom“ and the highly melodic “High Plains Drifter“ more than justify buying the album. Grab it!

MARTIN STARK

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8wBZja40x0

HELIX - Eat Sleep Rock

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Helix consisting of frontman Brian Vollmer, bassist Daryl Gray, drummer Greg ‘Fritz’ Hinz, and guitarists Chris Julke and Gary Borden, will be releasing their new compilation album "Eat Sleep Rock". "Eat Sleep Rock" is a compilation album with some favorite songs which the band has  recorded since leaving Capitol/E.M.I. in 1990 plus one new song & "The story of Helix". Maybe not the biggest deal in terms of unreleased material if you have bought their releases since the early 90s, otherwise worth checking out.

LAST WORLD - Over The Edge

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

The Americans LAST WORLD consist of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jim Sheppard (g, TAXI) and David Cagle (v). “Over The Edge“, their second collaboration, is an easy to listen to rock record which tumbles between melodic and hard rock for the most part. One or two outstanding tracks are missing, though, but let alone the powerful voice of Cagle shine (“Judgement Day“ or “Dying To Live“). Mastered by JK Northrup.

BABYLON A.D. - Babylon A.D. +7 (digitally remastered)

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

Bay Area outfit Babylon A.D. also had to add the A.D. suffix to their moniker after complaints from another group in Chicago with the same name. Industry giant Clive Davis signed the band to his Arista label and hired producer Simon Hanhart (WAYSTED) to produce the selftitled debut which got released in 1989. Ex- SURGIN guy Jack Ponti co-wrote 5 tracks incl. some of the crackers like the the unbeatable opening duo of "Bang Go The Bells" and "Hammer Swings Down". Track #5 "The Kid Goes Wild" (feat. comedian Sam Kinison) became well known as this song got used for the movie "Robocop 2". Overall a cracker of the highest order for fans of FIREHOUSE, WINGER and cohorts. Digitally remastered incl. 7 bonus tracks.

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

THE B'ZZ - Get Up (digitally remastered)

A: 12,5 € B: 15 €

First came the Boyzz, a biker boogie outfit whose “Too Wild To Tame” gained notoriety helped by energized performances before keyboarder Tony Hall took Dave Angel and Michael Tafoya when he left the Boyzz and formed the B'ZZ with Tom Holland and Steve Riley (which later joyned WASP). Inking with Epic, the B'zz released the snappy debut “Get Up” way back in 1982, an AOR dynamite stick igniting with the powerful "Get Up Get Angry” and the cracking "Too Much To Ask For”. Tremendous knob-twiddler Tom Werman (Cheap Trick and Mötley Crue) transitions the Boyzz' sleazy biker boogie into skinny-tie pop for a true album-rock artifact. Digitally remastered re-issue from Bad Reputation records.


watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK-XOHCsLek

JOHN NORUM - Another Destination (digitally remastered)

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

‘Another Destination’, originally issued in 1995, was recorded in his adopted home of Los Angeles, and benefits hugely by the presence of vocalist Kelly Keeling, a classic gravel-throated blues based frontman who was previously a member of Baton Rouge. Norum also enlisted drummer Gary Fergusson who had played with Gary Moore and Hughes Thrall.  Music wise "Another Destination" was a complete different affair in a much more bluesy flavored style with grungy overtones. Many Europe fans which digged "Face The Truth" were disappointed with this drastic change of direction, but also his following releases followed the same musical paths. Digitally remastered re-issue from Rock Candy records.

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXg7oVEovw

JOHN NORUM - Face The Truth (digitally remastered)

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Following his debut, John Norum worked in Los Angeles joining forces with Don Dokken for Don’s debut solo album ‘Up From The Ashes’ and toured the USA  extensively. It was a positive experience that also led John to enter into a stunning collaboration with Glen Hughes, the wayward bassist/vocalist of Deep Purple and more recently in Hughes/Thrall. John’s second solo album titled ‘Face The Truth’ (1992)was a match made in heaven, with Norum and Hughes providing a number of high energy yet melodic hard rock tracks that stand proud as musical highlights in an era that was slowly succumbing to the emergence of grunge. Digitally remastered re-issue from Rock Candy records.

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fguUIJB7pk

JOHN NORUM - Total Control +6 (digitally remastered)

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

John Norum left Europe back in 1986 because he was unhappy over the more commercial bent of the group’s music. Given that he has been part of the line-up for years with the band’s turn towards a more classic rock sound these days, you can kind of see where he was coming from given the material that was included on this particular album. With Norum singing lead on eight of the eleven tracks as well as playing guitar, the guitarist was clearly in as much “total control” as possible for the time. Swedish vocalist Goran Edman – quite unknown at the time of this recording, sings lead vocals on the three tracks, providing variation to the record. And of course, he shines. Digitally remastered re-issue from Rock Candy records.

watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZiLfxe01iw&list=OLAK5uy_kFjinOYrua9d7UANcF2vNmZk_VVZDSD-s

ONLY CHILD - Only Child +4 (digitally remastered)

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

Without the shadow of a doubt the selftitled Only Child debut is Paul Sabu’s finest work ever. The songwriting was off the hook and Paul Sabu’s majestic voice (a breathy mixture of Lou Gramm and Joe Lynn Turner) positioned him as one of the most talented melodic rock performers on the scene, outclassing the competition by a country mile. Tracks such as ‘Save A Place In Your Heart’, ‘I Believe In You’, ‘Rebel Eyes’ and ‘Just Ask’ took no prisoners in a space normally reserved for superstar acts. Sadly the project was hamstrung when the president of the label departed and all promotional momentum was lost. Digitally remastered re-issue from Rock Candy records incl. 4 bonus tracks.

listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ_3zj1yxLE&list=RDRQ_3zj1yxLE&start_radio=1

SABU - Heartbreak +9 (digitally remastered)

A: 13 € B: 15,5 €

In his career as a singer, songwriter and producer, PAUL SABU worked together with some mega-stars like SHANIA TWAIN, ALICE COOPER and was involved in some AOR-masterpieces (Silent Rage, Only Child, Alexa…). As a solo artist he released only a few albums – but one of them is still one of the best AOR-pieces out there: “Heartbreak” from 1985. With blistering guitars, many keyboards and massive hooklines in the vein of BATON ROUGE and SILENT RAGE and tracks such as ‘Angeline’, ‘Hot Flash’, ‘New Girl In Town’ and the title track ‘Heartbreak’, it was clear that this was a record that would set standards. Digitally remastered re-issue from Rock Candy records incl. 9 bonus tracks !!

 

 

AOR HEAVEN SUMMER SALE !!

As usual strictly based on a first come, first serve basis !

Ea. CD                      A: 2,00€                    B: 2,50€ 

 

 

Atlas - In Pursuit Of Memory
you save: 50%

Dan Reed Network - Origins
you save: 50%

Mike Machine - Alive
you save: 66%

Taste - Moral Decay
you save: 50%

Trishula - Scared To Breathe
you save: 50%

Ea. CD                      A: 4,00€                    B: 5,00€ 

 

 

 

 

Beauvoir, Jean - Rock Masterpieces Vol.1
you save: 33%

Beauvoir, Jean - Rock Masterpieces Vol.2
you save: 33%

Blood Red Saints - Pulse
you save: 45%

Come Taste The Band - Reignition
you save: 33%

Newman - Decade (2 CDs)
you save: 33%

Nilsson, Peter H. - Little American Dream
you save: 45%

Ea. CD                      A: 6,00€                    B: 7,50€ 

 

 

Dixon, Carl - One +2 (dig. remastert)
you save:
40%

Nitrate - Open Wide
you save: 20%

Wake The Nations - Heartrock
you save: 20%

Ea. CD                      A: 7,50€                    B: 9,50€ 

 

Age Of Reflection - A New Dawn
you save: 33%

Dixon, Carl - Unbroken
you save: 33%

Keen Hue - Heydays
you save: 33%

Pink Cream 69 - Pink Cream 69 + 3 (dig. remastert)
you save: 33%

Tepper, Robert - Better Than The Rest
you save: 33%

The Val - King Ocelot
you save: 40%

White Widdow - Victory
you save: 33%

COMING NEXT !!
 

STORMBURST - 08/28
TANNA - 08/28
TONY MITCHELL - 08/28
STRYPER - 09/04
PERFECT PLAN - 09/04
 
     
 

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