Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live Review

Life looks pretty good in the Joel Hoekstra camp these days. Having last year replaced Doug Aldrich in Whitesnake, and then laying down his wizardry on The Purple Album, he’s now about to release his fourth solo album Dying To Live. So I think it’s fair to say that the Chicago man is well entitled to wear a grin as wide as a church door. The former Nightranger guitarist took on a massive creative role in this process, by handling production duties and overseeing song arrangement. Hoekstra has worn his melodic hard rock influences firmly on his sleeve by also looking after the song writing duties.

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Praying Mantis – Legacy Review

Another line-up change in and Praying Mantis are back with their 10th studio album ‘Legacy’. Featuring 11 tracks of melodic hard rock the beast is certainly unleashed. Featuring new vocalist Jaycee Cuijpers and drummer Hans In’t Zandtnew dimensions have been added to this album giving it a whole new flavour in comparison to previous projects and rightly so, this is definitely a well-practiced and matured band that know their instruments.

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Rated X – Rated X Review

Rated X aren’t doing anything new here. They are by no means reinventing the classic rock wheel. They are just plain and simply doing what they do best. And if you have hopped on the bandwagon and think rock is dead, give this baby a spin, it’s heart is beating rapidly.

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Lavalle – Dear Sanity Review

2013 had ben a big year in the melodic rock scene as far as new bands and debuts go, and once again Kivel Records have unearthed another gold nugget. If well-produced, melodic and meaningful rock with stellar vocals and punchy guitar is your thing, then it would be a good idea to spend some time with DEAR SANITY, a great debut for a band that has a big future.

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Coldspell – Frozen Paradise Review

I’m very impressed with this release. Frozen Paradise and Coldspell would’ve been instant hits back in the day, and will hopefully make some noise in this current age. It’s so hard for bands of this type to get any where which is a crying shame as their sound is so spectacular and deserving of people’s adulation. If you love melodic, catchy songs with strong chorus’ and great guitar solos, fantastic vocals and a groove then Coldspell is your band and Frozen Paradise is your album.

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