Right off the top of my head I can think of two bands in the past couple years that has fit that bill for me. Neither band has anything in common other than the fact that I felt an instant connection, and they gave me that tingly feeling of excitement for the music bathing over my ears.
What is good about Memory of a Melody is they are a pop-metal band, without the pop sound. They share a few elements with some pop, such as the emphasis on catchy, hook laden choruses, but they apply these principles to their sound, rather than allow the pop to impact their sound itself. So rest assured, while the record has its tender jams, such as the heartfelt “Skin Deep” they do not go the pop route of watering the record down with big ballads and cheesy love songs. Instead, you have an infectious record that stands head and shoulders above most mainstream oriented hard rock and metal records out there.
No I feel that has definitely come and gone. We wasted a lot of money in I would say three or four years of our career just spending a lot of money on alcohol and wrecking hotel rooms.