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Fri
08
Aug

ACACIA AVENUE - Cold (Review)

  This is a solid melodic rock release indeed. The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008, the brain child of guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A). This is his second album and again sees Torben delivering some melodic rock tunes instead of his normally more metal-themed music. To handle vocals, Torben has gathered a number of guest vocalists to fill frontman duties.   These kinds of albums can appear very disjointed, but the quality of the production here is such that it all flows pretty seamlessly.
 
Fri
08
Aug

SEVEN HARD YEARS - No Place In Heaven (Review)

New melodic rock project Seven Hard Years is the brain child of former Shy drummer Alan Kelly, who recruited former band mate Roy Davis (Shy Bassist) to help him, along with US based singer Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire), Dave Martin (Former Guitarist for-Marshall Law), Martin Walls (After Hours) and Elliot Kelly (Ocean City).   Their debut album has been out for a little while now and while it features some impressive hard rocking moments and some eloquent softer, more reflective pieces, the production quality and overall mix leave a bit to be desired.
 
Fri
08
Aug

GREGORY LYNN HALL - Heaven To Earth (Review)

I must admit to being very perplexed. I’ve always made production quality a theme of my reviews over the years. My determination of how good any album is reflects as much on how it sounds cranked to the max as well as the quality of performances and songwriting. It’s those 3 ingredients that must come together to make a great album. And on most reviews written for this album that I have seen, the context talks positively of two of those aspects, but complete ignores the elephant in the room – that is, the production here just doesn’t cut it in 2014.  
 
Fri
08
Aug

RICHARD MARX - Beautiful Goodbye (Review)

Richard Marx has hardly put a foot wrong throughout his long career. A career longer than any modern day singer/songwriter is ever likely to have I might add. Even as he matured and moved out of the spotlight, his records have continued to impress. The most recent of which, Emotional Remains and Sundown, were brilliant. Few people capture real emotion like Marx does. The compilation Inside My Head showcased the best of those records with a second disc of re-recorded hits. More brilliance.  
 
Fri
08
Aug

NIVA – Incremental IV (Review)

Tony Niva follows up his very good 2013 release Magnitude with the oddly titled Incremental IV record.   Following exactly where the last album left off, Incremental IV is more of the same – high energy, melodic rock-n-pomp, with high pitch vocals and plenty of those fluffy Scandinavian harmonies. This is a very good sounding record with a great clear mix. Makes things so much easier to enjoy with the rhythm section pounding away with vocals gliding over the top. I do think that Niva’s vocals are of the style that will appeal to some, but not to all; they are a bit over the top when going for notes on the higher end of the scale.  
 
Fri
08
Aug

Swedish Melodic Rockers DALTON Return With “Pit Stop”

25 years later… Swedish Melodic Rockers DALTON return with “Pit Stop”! Out on Frontiers in October.   Swedish Melodic Rockers DALTON return after a 25 years break with their brand new album “Pit Stop” coming out on Frontiers Music Srl on October 17th in Europe and October 21st in North America.    
 
Thu
07
Aug

MOB RULE New Contract With Steamhammer/SPV

MOB RULE New Contract With Steamhammer/SPV   Boxed anniversary set Timekeeper scheduled for October release    Northern German melodic metal band Mob Rules are back with Steamhammer/SPV. A few days ago the group, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, signed a new deal and are returning to the record company which already released and distributed five of their previous studio albums. 'For us it's a great pleasure to have signed with Steamhammer,' comments the band. 'We're looking forward to the collaboration with Olly Hahn and his team, who supported us in both word and deed in the years between 1999 and 2008 and whose expertise we greatly value.' Steamhammer's product manager Hahn is happy to return this compliment: 'Mob Rules have been among the most significant and impressive German melodic metal acts. We're proud to have them back on our roster.'
 
Thu
07
Aug

STATUS QUO The Frantic Four's Final Fling – Live At The Dublin 02 Arena

STATUS QUO The Frantic Four's Final Fling – Live At The Dublin 02 Arena   Out September 30 on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment      
 
Thu
07
Aug

THE FIFTH Return To Action

North Carolina hard rockers The Fifth are set to hit the boards once again with upcoming live shows in Raleigh, NC and Pekin, IL, doing photo shoots, adding a new band member, writing and demoing new music and just preparing to take the latter part of 2014 by the balls.  
 
Thu
07
Aug

JOHN TAGLIERI Announces Pre-Sale For Days Like These

JOHN TAGLIERI ANNOUNCES PRE-SALE FOR DAYS LIKE THESE   (6 August 2014 - Boston, MA)  With his twelfth release, Days Like These, ready to drop in the next two weeks, pop / rock artist John Taglieri has launched a pre-sale for the Ep, along with free downloads, free swag, autographed CD's and a chance to win a set of guitars.   
 

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