VON BALTZER – Cultural Daze (Album Review)

VON BALTZER – Cultural Daze (Album Review)

I have absolutely no idea how Von Baltzer got their name, and while that may be interesting, it is highly irrelevant. What I can confirm is that they are a Scandinavian band consisting of four experienced musicians who have got it together to produce their debut album, entitled Cultural Daze. Von Baltzer consist of guitarists Christian Kjellström (Atlantis, RockXPress), Erik Palmqvist (Pork from Cork Ireland, Mickey Slim Band), vocalist Ian Parry (Rock Emporium, Consortium Project,…

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JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Volume 1 (Album Review)

JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Volume 1 (Album Review)

Jean Beauvoir has a CV as long as your arm but if you haven’t heard of him then you’ll surely recognize him. His famous mohawk is as recognizable as Eddie the ‘Ead or Angus Young in his school uniform. Beauvoir has performed with bands such as Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul along with punk legends The Plasmatics as well as fronting his own bands, Crown of Thorns and Voodoo X plus numerous solo…

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FRONTLINE – Heroes (Album Review)

FRONTLINE – Heroes (Album Review)

FRONTLINE – Bio Frontline from Nürnberg, Germany are veterans of the German hard rock scene.  They were founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars,keyboards), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) and Stephan Bayerlein (drums). Their debut album The State Of Rock was released in 1994.  This record was a breakthrough for the band in Japan, where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts.  Straight after the release, Frontline went on tour and opened…

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HEARTWIND – Higher and Higher (April 27, 2018)

HEARTWIND – Higher and Higher (April 27, 2018)

AOR Heaven has announced the forthcoming release from Swedish rockers Heartwind. Higher and Higher will be available from April 27, 2018. With members from bands like Constancia, The Poodles, Token, Narnia and Essence of Sorrow, and with guest stars Nina Söderquist (Bjorn Skifs/Badrock, Champions of Rock), Janne Stark (Grand Design, Mountain of Power), and Tåve Wanning (The Voice, Adrenaline Rush, Peaches), new melodic hard rockers Heartwind may come across as one of those one-off band projects, but nothing could be farther…

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MIDNITE CITY – Midnite City (Album Review)

MIDNITE CITY – Midnite City (Album Review)

Is it not ironic that since I last posted an article, October 2017, is when this was released? I have been toiling over new music in the latter half of 2017 and into 2018 with not much enthusiasm. Without a doubt I missed this release from Midnite City because had I paid better attention to this back in October 2017 I am sure I would have felt as I do now: excited about this music…

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JARI TIURA – King of Lions (March 18, 2018)

JARI TIURA – King of Lions (March 18, 2018)

Jari Tiura, former Michael Schenker Group and current Stargazery and Century Lost singer, will release his debut solo album on 23rd March 2018, via AOR Heaven. King Of Lions is a bit different than his previous outputs. The solo debut album has a mark of AOR to it, but also genuine hard rock feeling at times.Jari Tiura was born 1968 in Tampere, Finland. He began to sing around the age of 17 when he also formed his…

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JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA – Age of Discovery (Album Review)

OK, to be honest, I’m a bit confused here. The band Impera issued three great melodic rock albums, 2012’s Legacy of Life, 2013’s Pieces of Eden and 2015’s Empire of Sin. Now we see drummer Johan Kihlberg‘s name attached above the Impera font for the forthcoming Age of Discovery. Due out February 23, 2018, thanks to AOR Heaven, this is not just a rebranding of Impera. The press release bills it as Johan Kihlberg‘s debut…

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BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (Album Review)

BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (Album Review)

Blood Red Saints formed in 2014 in the UK with a couple members from In Faith, singer Pete Godfrey, and drummer Pete Newdeck. Together with former Angels or Kings bassist Rob Naylor and guitarist Lee Revill, they released their debut album that same year. For Love Hate Conspiracies, their second LP, Newdeck was replaced by Adam Chemney, and Neil Hibbs was brought in to add another, more crunchy sounding guitar. The music is still in…

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BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (January 26, 2018)

BLOOD RED SAINTS – Love Hate Conspiracies (January 26, 2018)

Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 independent debut album Speedway Blood Red Saints make a welcome return with a brand new selection of top-class hard rock. Love Hate Conspiracies sees the band make a progression in a more focused direction. Pete Godfrey (vocals) tells us more. “The Speedway album was a great debut for us no doubt about that but this new album is a massive step forward. We’ve really found our own sound and…

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DANTE FOX – Six String Revolver (Album Review)

DANTE FOX – Six String Revolver (Album Review)

Shropshire’s finest Dante Fox follow up their stunning 2016 album Breathless with a re-recording of ten favorite tracks taken from the UK band’s first two releases. Entitled Six String Revolver the tracks come from Under Suspicion (1996) and The Fire Within (1999) with five songs being taken from each. Six String Revolver is released on AOR Heaven on November 24, 2017, and does indeed deliver AOR heaven, in spades. The band, as always, are driven by Sue…

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