The Murder of My Sweet – Divanity

The Murder of My Sweet has certainly gathered plenty of publicity attention from Melodic Rock giants Frontiers Records which is notoriously known for the many superb Melodic Rock and AOR groups, so I was waiting patiently and anxiously for this release, as it dwells into the Symphonic and Gothic metal realms. Of course one of the high points of interests here is the gorgeous leading lady Angelica Rylin, but don’t let the looks fool you, is not all eye candy,

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Hansel – Never Say Die

Australia might be better know in a musical sense by pub rock bands like AC/DC, ROSE TATTOO and recently AIRBOURNE, but that hasn’t stopped Newcastle glam rockers HANSEL from trying to take on the world. The style is a mixture of MOTLEY CRUE, POISON, WIG WAM and some GUNS N ROSES and any fans of those bands will feel right at home with this album.

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Painside – Dark World Burden

Brazil will be forever known amongst the rock & metal community as the birthplace of the almighty Sepultura. Sure there’s been a handful of other great bands, but Max and co. have been the main exports. Stepping in for their turn is all-new band PAINSIDE. I went into listening to this album knowing absolutely nothing about the band minus the small bio they have on their Myspace.

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On The Rise – Dream Zone

Hailing from Norway, Terje Eide (lead & background vocals, guitars) started in the music industry at the very young age of 16. He started in some local music contests and later join some recognizable bands in the region working his way to what eventually was a demo recorded in 2001, which peaked the interest of Frontiers Records. Since then On the Rise released the self title debut which went on to receive critical acclaim and now we have the follow up “Dream Zone”.

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Human Temple – Murder of Crows

It’s been six years since HUMAN TEMPLE’S debut album INSOMNIA was released to the world via melodic rock and AOR label MTM MUSIC. At the time of it’s release, the album was very well received by critics and melodic rock fans across the globe, and ensured that the band would be a powerhouse in their homeland of Finland as well as being spoken very highly of in rock circles.

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Wig Wam – Non Stop Rock n Roll

Most people involved in the hard rock scene are probably familiar with WIG WAM’S beginnings to an extent. For those that aren’t, the short version is basically that the band gained recognition when they entered into the 2004 Eurovision song contest with the song IN MY DREAMS, which instantly became a hit

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Babylon Bombs – Babylon is Burning

The Swedish hard rock scene has been gaining more and more momentum, seems like there has been so many rocking bands that have stamped they’re names on the map of lately, that expecting to hear solid material from this country has come to be expected. The Swedes of Babylon Bombs have return with their 3rd full length album titled “Babylon’s Burning” and possibly have managed to pull together a completely successful record. Compared to their last effort “‘Doin You Nasty”

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Stage Dolls – Always

orwegian AOR legends STAGE DOLLS have always been one of those bands that are highly regarded in their home country and amongst hardcore AOR fans, but sadly, never seemed to get noticed by anyone else. One thing the band has done better than many of their contemporaries is move with the ever-changing times while still retaining enough their classic sound to keep fans happy. The new album ALWAYS, sees the band doing it again, with some subtle changes but still enough typical STAGE DOLLS sound to feel like a natural successor to 2004’s GET A LIFE.

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Heavenly – Carpe Diem

Influences and inspirations comes from places sometimes little known or not traditionally popular. Such is the case often with bands in the power metal genre. As I have stated on many occasions the genre was so great at one point, perhaps leading the way in producing so many talented musicians, but as with anything, it got way to overcrowded and mimicked, hence the originality of the music significantly dropped after a while.

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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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