Spin Gallery – Embrace

A breath of fresh air regurgitated through my speakers when I first spurned the 2nd studio album titled “Embrace”. Perhaps not known to many yet, Spin plays at a mix of melodic rock with some very intriguing progressive rock elements ala Toto and Pink Floyd. Having not heard their debut record “Standing Tall”, the music elements here really stood out, especially the vocal melodies and guitar tones. Spin Gallery is the brainchild of 3 vocalists,

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Hartmann – 3

The German rocker and me taller Oliver Hartmann’s 3rd official studio album, rightly titled “3”, is Mr. Oliver’s new venture into the world of hard rock following a successful career with his other band, which many of you power metal fans will know, of course I speak of At Vance. After some solid metal records with them, he decided to join into his new venture which is “Hartmann”. He delivered a very solid debut album titled “Out In The Cold”…

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Bad Sign – Bad Sign

Bad Sign is the brainchild of keyboard player and music composer “Dario Trevisa”. Hailing from Italy Dario has been in the music scene since the 70’s and has played and worked with many bands like Madam, Pat Heaven and he has been the founder of the Italian hard rock band, Dagh. Prime time vocalist Piero Pattay (Arthur Falcone) has a nice uncanny and swift resemblance to the great David Coverdale meets Doogie White…

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Slaves to Fashion – EP

Slaves to Fashion is a melodic hard rock band from Haugesun, Norway who previously went under the moniker of P.O.B (Pedestrians of Blue). We received their new EP recently and while the music is straight up hard rock maybe a little mainstream, it does show promise. The vocalist Johannes S

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Los Angeles – Neverland

Keeping the chain rolling strong is Frontiers once again presenting another anticipated release to any fans of hard rock and traditional aor, the project Los Angeles with their second full studio album titled “Neverland”. The main attraction here is the very talented and amazing Italian singer Michele Luppi, best known for his time as the front man of the power progressive metal band Vision Divine.

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Shadow Gallery – Digital Ghosts

Many fans of the progressive scene already know the name of Shadow Gallery as a reputable band in the progressive metal genre and one of the most originals and highly creative groups around. They formed back in the mid 80’s back then under the moniker of “Sorcerer”. Due to the bands commitments to their personal lives, families and many other responsibilities that we can all understand, they have never gone on tour with any of their releases.

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Jorn – Spirit Black

I first came across Jorn in the masterpiece album from Ark titled Burn The Sun which to this day I consider one of the best prog hard rock albums of all time. Since then of course Lande has been involved in many other projects mentioned above and then there is his solo stuff, while still solid and rocking to his true nature, some of his solo stuff has just never blown me away like his work with Masterplan and Ark…

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Winger – Karma

If you we’re a fan of the 80’s and grew up listening to hard rock and metal then, you should already be familiar with the name of Winger, truth be told although they are a known name in the rock world, and even with some breakthrough hits that we all know by heart, the image that was Winger got a bad reputation from some unfortunate mishaps on the very popular MTV show Beavis and Butthead often ridiculing the band.

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W.E.T – W.E.T

The name of Jeff Scott Soto may be only linked unfortunately to his departure from Journey only to be replaced by Arnel Pineda, then the band when on to released the highly successful and comeback album “Revelations” and the rest of the story is history. In a way it never did any poetic justice to JSS because although Pineda’s voice fits Journey perfectly, it was a chance for Jeff Scott Soto to shine and be given proper recognition.

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Kiss – Sonic Boom

Of course some bands that have absolutely come back strong after so many years out of the scene are AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Megadeth to name a few. You know the old cliche, “there is no substitute for experience”?, well in this case it applies to Kiss, who we last heard 11 years ago when they released…

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Johnny Lima – Livin’ Out Loud

Change is sometimes a good thing, but in Johnny Lima’s case keeping the trademark style of Hard Rock and Sleaze intact has resulted in a very enjoyable musical experience. He has been around a while now and most notably has been involved in producing for bands such as Dirty Penny, Miss Crazy, Diamond Lane…

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Places of Power – Now is the Hour

If consistency is derived from the word “solid” or “steady”, then there hasn’t been many music labels out there which are delivering so much great material in the melodic rock and aor world like Frontiers Records, and evidence of this feat is new outfit Places of Power….

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Bloodpit – The Last Day Before The First

When it comes to hard rock from Finland I would be the first to admit is not my specialty, youll be more bound to find me blasting some Nightwish or Sonata Arctica, since metal has become a trademark staple in Finland and there has been a few prominent groups that have mad a name for themselves…

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