SWEDISH AOR CONVENTION – Headliner (News)

SWEDISH AOR CONVENTION – Headliner (News)

BAD HABIT is set to headline the Swedish AOR Convention (May 31-June 02, 2019 in Malmo). The announcement, made Sunday night, has BAD HABIT joining the party. The roster is already stocked with Swedish AOR bands appearing at the first time event, with more to announce. The Swedish AOR Convention is born from last year’s MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia. The appearance of BAD HABIT comes after last year’s successful acoustic gig at MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia. Read…

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FORTUNE – II (April 26, 2019)

FORTUNE – II (April 26, 2019)

Cult melodic rock/AOR heroes Fortune are back with a new studio album, II! Their first album in 35 years will be released April 26, 2019, via Frontiers Music Srl. Check out “Shelter of the Night” from the album below. The seeds of Fortune were planted by brothers Richard and Mick Fortune, who came from a family of professional musicians. Their mother was a singer and their father a singer and bassist. Richard started playing the guitar when he…

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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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PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

PLACE VENDROME – Close To The Sun (Album Review)

Place Vendome is a melodic hard rock project, founded in 2004 by Frontiers Records‘ President Serafino Perugino. Place Vendome was formed by ex-Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske, Dennis Ward (bass and production), Kosta Zafiriou (drums) and Uwe Reitenauer (guitars) from the band Pink Cream 69 and Gunther Werno (keyboards) from the band Vanden Plas.  The pedigree is undeniable and the results are suitably stratospheric. I am a huge Michael Kiske fan from Helloween to…

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HARDLINE – Human Nature (Album Review)

HARDLINE – Human Nature (Album Review)

Hardline is an American hard rock band.  Originally formed in 1991, the band’s last album before Human Nature was Danger Zone, which was released on May 18, 2012. The group was established when brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli, (originally from the band Brunette) teamed up with Journey/Bad English guitarist Neal Schon. The original plan was for Schon to just produce Hardline, but as he was having so much fun that he decided to…

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AOR – L.A. Darkness (Album Review)

AOR – L.A. Darkness (Album Review)

AOR‘s L.A. Darkness is due for unveiling on 18 March 2016 from both the Escape Music and Perris Records labels. AOR are a rock band from France and they have released 14 albums to date with L.A. Darkness being the 15th. Frédéric Slama was born in Paris and is the founder of AOR. The band is his vision with lots of musical friends and session players making the AOR band you hear here. Some great vocal performances by Steve Overland and Jeff Scott…

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SHAKRA – High Noon (Album Review)

SHAKRA – High Noon (Album Review)

Swiss rockers Shakra are back, all guns blazing with their new release High Noon. They brought back vocalist Mark Fox who has been absent since just after their 2009 release Everest. Fox took over from the original vocalist Pete Wiedmer and quickly became a force in Shakra. When Fox left, John Prakesh stepped in to take over the vocals and did an awesome job with albums Back On Track and Powerplay. April 23rd, 2014 Prakesh…

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Lynn Allen is back in the Streetlight! – Album review

Lynn Allen is back in the Streetlight! – Album review

Davenport, Iowa´s own veteran AOR-sters Lynn Allen hit back with the first new studio album in six years, their tenth full-length effort and it comes hot on the heels of previous year´s archive release Retro Maniacs 1982-1988. That release was all about unreleased demos whereas this release is a brand new album. Both albums were released by small UK indie label AOR Boulevard Records. Streetlight is strictly limited to 1000 copies and guaranteed to be a…

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Dalton is back in for another Pitstop!

Dalton is back in for another Pitstop!

An Introduction To The Band Dalton was one of Sweden’s premier melodic hard rock bands during the mid to late 80´s and early 1990´s. The band’s hard rock with hints of AOR here and there were perfect for the era and commercially viable. They were like a little brother to bands like Europe or Treat touring and making their mark on the 80´s hard rock scene in Europe. Often branded as Scandi-AOR along with fellow…

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