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HAREM SCAREM - Change The World (Pre-View)

The eagerly anticipated new Harem Scarem album Change The World is out March 6. There is a Japanese Deluxe Edition which includes a bonus track and DVD, which you can order now from CD Japan
Most of the world went nuts at the brilliance of United, so what can the band possibly do to deliver a credible follow-up to one of their best records ever?
Well...they simply do it all over again! Change The World is every bit as impressive and memorable as United and maybe even better! Once again, the new album is chock full of massive choruses, huge harmonies and layers upon layers of guitars. 
The album is a little heavier in places, with 5 uptempo rockers included, and features without doubt, some of the best Harem songs of their entire catalogue.
I can't see any Harem fan not being as blown away by this as they were with United. Change The World is another absolute cracker!
PS. Listen out for the 1, 2, 3 punch of tracks 2, 3 & 4 - Aftershock, Searching For Meaning and Death Of Me. Oh my!


G'day folks. A very Merry Christmas to you and all the very best from 
See you back here January 6 for the new MR Reviews. In the meantime, the newsfeed (via the embedded twitter feed) will tick over all day every day over the holidays and maybe a special feature might even pop up.
Stay safe wherever you are and this dedication goes out to all the 1000s of volunteer firefighters across Australia that won't be taking any break at all, fighting the biggest fires in this country's history.

Peace and best wishes...


The Better Never Than Late ‘MelRock Best Album Of 2018’ Awards

The Better Never Than Late ‘MelRock Best Album Of 2018’ Awards
1. Treat – Tunguska
Classic. Modern and contemporary, yet absolutely old-school in its melodic approach.
2. W.E.T – Earthrage
The combo of Soto/Martensson/Sall produced another extraordinary anthemic masterclass.
3. Shinedown – Attention Attention
They don’t do bad albums, but this still one of their best. Amazing emotional journey.
4. Perfect Plan – All Rise
The brightest newcomer of 2018 and a seriously stunning slice of Scandi melodic rock on their debut.
5. Halestorm – Vicious
Another glorious slice of female fronted hard rock.
6. Creye – Creye
Another bright Swedish newcomer. A pink and fluffy AOR dream.
7. State of Salazar – Superhero
Another unique and truly special “new old school” Scandi band. I love these guys.
8. Magnum – Lost on The Road to Eternity
My favourite “New Magnum” release since reforming. A little more uptempo and more keys.
9. Station – More Than The Moon
Consistent, memorable, anthemic and well produced. And American!
10. Snakes In Paradise – Step Into The Light
Another welcome return. Unique band with a unique sound.
11. Care Of Night – Love Equals War
Second album and more quality pure AOR for old-school fans.
12. Vega – Only Human
Always solid, always classy and still the holders of the British AOR crown.
13. Kenny Leckremo’s Spectra – Spectra
A little different than expected and quite laid back, but that voice and these songs, winner.
14. Dynazty – Firesign
Their heaviest yet. Kick ass anthemic European hard rock. Eclipse meets Masterplan.
15. Ted Poley – Modern Art
Ted switches up his 80s sound for a modern melodic rock masterpiece.
16. Groundbreaker – Groundbreaker
The second album featuring Robert Sall. This one with FM’s Steve Overland. Smooth as silk.
17. Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes The World Ain't Enough
The 70s meets today. Styx meets ELO. Brain food for melodic rock fans.
18. FM – Atomic Generation
Two from two for the master vocalist Steve Overland.
19. Ghost – Prequelle
A surprisingly melodic album for an artist that’s particularly ‘out there’.
20. Dallas – Dallas
The mix and sound unfortunately varied, but holy hell, the songs! 80s anthems galore.
21. 7th Heaven – Color In Motion
Their best album since vocalist Adam joined. A short 10 track statement – impossibly catchy as usual.
22. Age Sten Nilsen's Ammunition – Ammunition
Not quite as consistent as the debut, but Wig Wam meets Eclipse? Every day of the week please.
23. Core Leoni – Greatest Hits Part 1
Great songs from the Gotthard early days and some amazing vocals from Ronnie Romero.
24. Atlas – In Pursuit Of Memory
Production could have been better, but this classy debut mixes genres into something memorable.
25. Steve Perry – Traces
It should have been number one. It’s an almost album - almost suitable for any occasion. The voice is almost there, the songs were almost there, but the tempo was AWOL. Still…any Steve MF Perry is good SMFP to many and his legion of dedicated fans.

MARK BAKER - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Showcase)

MARK BAKER 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be'
The name Mark Baker may not be immediately recognisable to many, but for liner note/album credits junkies, it signifies top shelf AOR songwriting. Whether it be anthems or ballads, a Mark Baker song means memorable hooks and a big chorus.
Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal ‘Loud & Clear’ album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard.
He was also the main co-writer on House Of Lords’ acclaimed ‘Demons Down’ record, re-joining as co-writer on some of the band’s more recent albums too.
‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is a compilation of Mark’s songwriter demos from the 80s and 90s. The songwriter demos feature various singers, including the best session vocalist of them all – Mark Free. I’m pleased to say there are several unreleased Mark Free vocals.
But that’s not all – there are some original demos from the House Of Lords ‘Demon’s Down’ record as well as an appearance from Chicago’s Bill Champlin on an amazing AOR anthem.
Several of these demos have been traded online for years and MRR is thrilled to be able to bring one disc of this material to light in July. The tracks come from DAT masters and will as always be remastered by JK Northrup.
Mark Baker ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ will be released worldwide July 26.
Track Listing & Vocalist Featured:
01. Nobody Gets Out Alive (Mark Free) 03:38
02. The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Mark Free) 04:35
03. Demons Down (Demo Version)(James Christian) 03:34
04. No Pleasure Without The Pain (Demo Version)(James Christian) 05:00
05. Someday You're Gonna Love Someone (Mark Free) 03:45
06. A Little Too Much (Mark Free) 04:23
07. First To Cry (Mark Free) 03:43
08. What Did You Do (Mark Free) 04:27
09. Nothin' (Mark Free) 04:48
10. Dream On Little Dreamer (Bill Champlin) 04:16
11. Give A Little (Vocalsist Unknown) 03:57
12. Cold Day In Hell (James Christian) 04:12
13. Questions Of The Heart (Gary O) 04:59
14. Brighter Day (James Christian) 04:32
15. Only Young (Vocalist Unknown) 04:01
16. Runaway (Mark Free) 03:53
17. Superhero (Mark Free) 04:46
18. X T C O I (Freddy Curci) 03:46

Introducing the Melodic Hard Rock of SHAD

SHAD are:
Kevin Figueiredo - Drums
Ryan Bruder - Bass & Vocals
Saxon Kennedy - Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Shad - Lead Guitar & Vocals

Following the success of his last single, 'Keep Holding On', Matthew Shad has teamed up with Grammy Award winning Producer/Engineer Bob St. John.

Best known for his work with Extreme, Collective Soul & Duran Duran, St. John has also been behind the mixing console for Sir Elton John, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Journey's Steve Perry.

Shad & St. John hit the studio this past summer to begin recording songs for a new SHAD album featuring Extreme's Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Completing the quartet is bassist Ryan Bruder and guitarist Saxon Kennedy.

'Matthew is a brilliant artist and I am SO looking forward to working on this project with him and being a part of his lifelong dream. These are amazing melodic rock songs... timelless and unforgettable. Great things will be coming from us soon!' - Bob St. John

SHAD - Fool - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14

SHAD Belittle - 2019 Matthew Shad Released on: 2019-11-14

Two SHAD songs, 'Fool' and 'Belittle' are now complete and have been mastered by the amazing Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville! Ted's incredible body of work includes "Hotel California" by The Eagles, "The Stranger by Billy Joel, "Some Girls" by the The Rolling Stones, "Ghost In The Machine" by The Police, "Madonna" by Madonna, "Back In The High Life" by Steve Winwood, "Far Beyond Driven" by Pantera, "Under The Table And Dreaming" by Dave Matthews Band, "Supernatural" by Carlos Santana, "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, "Black Gives Way To Blue" by Alice In Chains, "American Idiot" by Green Day, "California" by blink-182, "Walls" by Kings of Leon, "Crooked Teeth" by Papa Roach, "Outsider" by Three Days Grace, "When Legends Rise" by Godsmack, "Vicious" by Halestorm, "Victorious" by Skillet, "Living The Dream" by Slash & Myles Kennedy, "Evolution" by Disturbed, "Young & Dangerous" by The Struts, "Order In Decline" by Sum 41 and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses.

"Fool" & "Belittle" are now available to stream or download on all major platforms. A limited edition Vinyl 7" will be released this December.

iTunes: Fool - Single by Shad // Belittle - Single by Shad

Amazon: "Fool" // "Belittle"

Stay up to date on all things SHAD at the links below!


DENNIS DEYOUNG Returns With '26 East: Volume 1' in Spring 2020

Dennis DeYoung Announces 2020 Tour and New Album Featuring a Duet with Julian Lennon
Chicago, IL - Dennis DeYoung's new album "26 East: Volume 1,” will be released Spring 2020 via Frontiers Records and will feature the duet "The Good Old Days" with Julian Lennon.

DeYoung has previously announced this will be his last album but has added an update. 

"This was supposed to be my final album but there were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one,” DeYoung states. “So be it. This is Volume 1, which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so hey kids, there are two of them; this is Volume 1."

It all started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song demo to Dennis.

"If not for Jim Peterik’s encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music", said DeYoung. "He once told me that the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly and at this time we have written 9 songs together of which five will be on Volume 1. Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best, making music and having a laugh.

The collaboration with Julian Lennon came about when DeYoung wrote a verse and chorus of a song with Lennon in mind. Lennon heard the demo and said he would be honored to participate. Lennon's vocals were recorded in October at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, NY.

DeYoung shares, "The moment we sang together in the studio it felt magical. I wrote the song specifically for our two voices. I had never met Julian previously but I have been an admirer since Valotte."

The album title "26 East" represents the birthplace of Styx. 26 E 101st Place was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, on the south side of Chicago. Across the street at 39 E 101st Place lived the Panozzo twins, Chuck and John, whom would go on to form Trade Winds in 1962, which a decade later would become the core of Styx. The cover artwork of “26 East” features three locomotives, representing the three original members of Styx leaving the Chicago train yard dreaming of bigger and better things.

In support of the release of “26 East,” DeYoung will tour heavily throughout 2020. To kick-off the release of the album, DeYoung will appear at the House of Blues Chicago on April 3rd, with a live concert and sneak preview of the album. A CD of “26 East” is included with the price of admission. In addition, the album will be played in its entirety on the house PA, followed by a Q&A session with DeYoung and Jim Peterik to discuss the new music. It will be followed by the live performance of The Music of Styx. Attendees can expect to hear a few songs from the new album, also performed live.
Feb. 14th: River City Casino: St Louis, MO
Feb. 15th: River City Casino: St Louis, MO
Feb. 20th: Capital City Amphitheater: Tallahassee, FL
Feb. 21st: Saenger Theatre: Pensacola, FL
Feb. 23rd: Sea World Bayside Stadium: Orlando, FL
Feb. 28th: Ameristar Casino Star Pavilion: Kansas City, MO
Feb. 29th: Rhythm City Casino Event Cente: Davenport, IA
Mar. 6th: Golden Nugget Casino: Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 7th: Magnolia Performing Arts Center: El Cajon, CA
Mar. 13th: MGM Park Center Stage: Northfield, OH
Mar. 14th: The Midland Theatre: Newark, OH
Mar. 20th: Revolution Hall: Portland, OR
Mar. 21st: Admiral Theatre: Bremerton, WA
Apr. 3rd: House of Blues: Chicago, IL (**)
Apr. 4th: The Clyde Theatre: Fort Wayne, IN
Apr. 17th: The Paramount: Huntington, NY (*)
Apr. 18th: Mayo Performing Arts Center: Morristown, NJ (*)
Apr. 24th: Resorts Superstar Theater: Atlantic City, NJ
Apr. 25th: The Wind Creek Event Center: Bethlehem, PA (*)
May 1st: Le Grand Theatre: Quebec City, Canada (*)
May 2nd: Theatre St. Denis: Montreal, Canada (*)
May 8th: Island Casino Showroom: Harris, MI
May 9th: Island Casino Showroom: Harris, MI
Jun. 4th: Paramount Arts Center: Ashland, KY
Jun. 5th: Belterra Casino CenterStage: Florence, IN
July 10th: Verizon Theatre: Grand Prairie, TX
July 11th: Austin City Limits Live Moody Theatre: Austin, TX
(*) = CD included in ticket purchase
(**) = CD included in ticket purchase + sneak preview of the new album and Q&A with Dennis DeYoung and Jim Peterik
For the complete updated tour schedule and ticket info visit