Higher Ground – Gravity Review

Time will tell if this will become a classic, but compared to the standard cliché tingled FRONTIERS RECORDS releases, this independent release is by far more interesting to listen to. Another spin will follow shortly I feel and fans of AOR/Westcoast need to urgently look for the new HIGHER GROUND album.

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Rebelstar – Rebelstar II Review

Final track ‘Love leaves scars’ and we finally get to hear a softer side. “Come a little closer and leave the past behind” implores Serge. Every hard / melodic rock album needs a ballad and with a mere 10 tracks on offer this solitary closer is the perfect finale to a bloody excellent album.

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Niva – Magnitude Review

Going into this album, I can’t say I had ever heard of Swedish rocker TONY NIVA before except in passing: there are so many big players in the AOR world these days, especially in Sweden, that it’s easy to overlook or completely miss even the most promising and talented people. But I must say, after spending some quality time with ‘Magnitude’, his third release under the NIVA band banner since 1994, I gotta say…this really kicks some ass in more ways than one, lots of it!

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Newman – Sirens Review

What I liked about the record is the voice of Mr. Newman: it’s very raspy, so it gives many songs a more rockin’ edge in the overall polished AOR concept. Yeah and speaking about this: yes you have the traditional keyboards here, the soaring guitars (which I really like – Newman is a gifted guitarist) are there and of course a production without many edges. Modern influences? Forget about that! What you get is typical 80’s AOR, which is played and presented very well.

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