Sedona – Golden Valley

When you think of WestCoast AOR the first country you think of is not France is it? As it turns out it has enjoyed great popularity there, which is the native country of Sedona. Main musical influences here are Toto, the Little River Band, Dakota,Boulevard and Nielsen / Pearson to name a few. The members of the band are all accomplished instrumentalists who know how to induce that smooth soft laid back west coast sound that this genre has always been so renowned for.

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Newman – The Art of Balance

Steve Newman has been a force in the aor and melodic world for a while, and many fans take a liking to not only his unique vocals but his strong songwriting skills. Steve’s storied music career can be traced back to the early 80’s in England and some of the early material then was influenced by popular local bands Trobruk and Explorer. As with many musicians there is always a carousel of band lineups, different musical directions and struggles to find your “niche”, but one constant strong point that Steve Newman has developed through the years is the amount of material written and recorded..

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Auras – New Generation

The sound they have created is pure early eighties AOR music that brings back vivid memories of bands like JOURNEY, SURVIVOR, FOREIGNER and TOTO just to name a few. I would personally compare the band closer to JOURNEY though, mainly because the album is biased more toward the ballad aspect of things and also the vocalist GIU OLIVER has an uncanny knack of sounding very similar to the legend that is STEVE PERRY when he wants to.

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Jon Oliva’s Pain – Festival

Legendary vocalist Jon Oliva of Savatage fame has been around a long time by metal standards, the beginning of Savatage and the turbulence road and personal battles that the band had endured during tough times could of been enough for any regular person to just quit and stop playing music all together. In Jon Oliva’s case, he has continue to produce his staple theatrical metal with his own band “Jon Oliva’s Pain”.

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DesDemon – The Awakening (EP)

We are always please to discover new bands via demo tracks and ep’s, hence we welcome this time the sample EP from Desdemon, a New York city based group with a blend of different styles ranging from thrash metal to dark and progressive to gothic. Interesting that we feature here the strong metal vocals of Mistress Tina, lead front lady for the band. As we all know the symphonic metal genre has quite a few front ladies, and the usual trend there is the operatic and theatrical vocals of each of them…

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Krokus – Hoodoo

As unbelievable as it may sound, KROKUS have been around for over thirty years. Of course it took a few albums before current vocalist MARC STORACE took the helm, but from that moment on the band’s brand of AC/DC inspired boogie rock took shape and hasn’t really deviated since.

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Brazen Abbot – Live at Berkrock (DVD)

In 2007 BRAZEN ABBOT headlines the BERKROCK FESTIVAL in Bulgaria in from of over 7000 eager fans. The entire two-hour set was captured on film and is finally seeing the light of day as BRAZEN ABBOT – LIVE AT BERKROCK. As stated on the back cover of the DVD, Nikolo Kotzev wanted to make sure this show was released without any unnecessary studio overdubs, and be as raw and real as possible. This fact is a refreshing change of pace compared to most live music dvd’s these days have so many edits and overdubs that it’s barely even live anymore.

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Brian Howe – Circus Bar

In the chorus of the opening track on CIRCUS BAR, BRIAN HOWE comments “I’m Back, And I Want You To Notice”. Well, mission accomplished Mr Howe, welcome back. Boy, it really has been a long time since we have heard from BRIAN HOWE, his last solo release TANGLED IN BLUE was released way back in 1997, it was re-released in 2003 as TOUCH but was still the same album.
Before that, he of course recorded a handful of highly successful albums as the second lead singer in legendary group BAD COMPANY…

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Helix – Vagabond Bones

I guess if you have never heard of Helix then you have been living under a rock somewhere. The legendary Canadian Hard Rock outfit who has been around since the 70’s, returns once again with it’s 12th full length studio album and 21st album released overall. It contains performances from members of the 80’s Helix lineup: Brian Vollmer, Brent Doerner, Daryl Gray, and Greg Hinz, as well as former member and co-producer Sean Kelly.

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Charlemagne – Charlemagne

I’m a sucker for lost music or tracks that have never seen the light of day, and personally I think that re capturing the spirit of a band’s years later can bring a whole new light to the music, and further expose some great and vastly underrated bands that never made it big as so many did in the early days of glam and metal in Hollywood. In this instance American based Eonian Records has been doing a markup job of releasing archival music from some old school hard rock and metal releases from that time period, here we feature one in Charlemagne.

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White Lightning – As Midnight Approaches/Paradise….At A Price

ATTENTION RE-ISSUE LABELS……. – THIS is how you do a collectors edition. This package not only includes the band’s first album …AS MIDNIGHT APPROACHES complete with five bonus demo tracks attached to the end of it, it also included for the first time ever, the previously unreleased second album by the band called PARADISE…AT A PRICE, which also features six bonus demo tracks and a bonus live track. So that’s 34 tracks in all, wrapped up in a comprehensive & informative booklet complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs.

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Marshall Law – Power Game (Reissue)

Marshall Law’s sophomore album POWER GAMES was originally released back in 1993. At the time of the release, NWOBHM had been and gone and was making way for the German and American thrash metal that would dominate the metal landscape for the next decade or so. Unfortunately, due to this, the album didn’t sell too many copies worldwide, but did find a strong fan base in Japan where it sold 70,000 copies and landed at number 6 in the national rock charts.

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