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Fri
21
Aug

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET - Beth Out Of Hell (Review)

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89%
Produced By: 
Daniel Flores
Running Time: 
70
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Progressive Symphonic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Release Year: 
2015
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It’s been 3 years since The Murder Of My Sweet’s second album and eight since their debut introduced us to a unique brand of modern/gothic/symphonic Scandi hard rock, from the mind of producer/drummer Daniel Flores and fronted by vocalist Angelica Rylin. Daniel and Angelica wrote this epic album together and Daniel produced, recorded, mixed and mastered this ambitious slice of music.
 
Heavier, darker, more symphonic and certainly more dramatic, Beth Out Of Hell is a 70 minute concept piece that travels the spectrum of emotions from anger, to love, passion and angst.
This isn’t an easy album to absorb. It takes time and concentration to unravel all of the music within. The album is almost a rock opera, with passages of music crossing into other songs and some lengthy tunes really going over the top. The two longest (Requiem For A Ghost 9.28 and Means To An End 11.04) are mini operas within themselves.
 
Highlights include the aforementioned epics, along with the dramatic and moody World In Ashes; the symphonic keyboard laden Always The Fugitive; the more commercial melodic rockers Still and The Humble Servant; plus the anthemic roller coaster that is Euthanasia.

The orchestration and attention to detail throughout is a credit to Flores.
More progressive and orchestral than the first two records, Beth Out Of Hell is a real work of art – but it will have to suit the mood and tastes of those looking to purchase.
Score: 
89
 
Fri
21
Aug

SKINTRADE - Scarred For Life (Review)

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Produced By: 
Oscar Ammer
Running Time: 
40
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Hard Rock
Label: 
AOR Heaven
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Release Year: 
2015
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The versatile and energetic Matti Alfonzetti returns to the scene of one of his most loved bands – Sweden’s Skintrade. Back together during 2011, the band released their third album Refueled last year.
If that was a good solid album, then this is a great album! Once again, Matti crafts some fine aggressive hard rock tunes and turns then melodic with his powerful vocals.
 
With one foot in the past and one in the present, Skintrade’s new album is a mesh of modern rock and slick production, and classic Scandi driving hard rock.
Production is quite superb here – the mixing of styles is done seamlessly – with a cracking rhythm section pushing Matti to his vocal best.
 
It wasn’t an instant like album. Appreciation came over time and now I’m hooked.
Whether it is driving hard rock (opener Scarred For Life, the furious LoveHate and Storm Will Come) or a more groove orientated sound (Goodbye, Lay With Me and Leave A Scar) or a switch to modern rock with the cover of Katy Perry’s Wide Awake and the marvelous contemporary ballad Broken, there’s variety for everyone here.
And a more classic melodic rock sound seeps through on the ballad Find A Way.

Ten tracks, 40 minutes – the perfect album length. No filler here, just thumping hard rock with a strong contemporary feel and some fantastic vocals from the always reliable Alfonzetti.

 

Score: 
86
 
Fri
21
Aug

NEWMAN - The Elegance Machine (Review)

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Produced By: 
Steve Newman
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
August 28
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
AOR Heaven
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Release Year: 
2015
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Another of the hard working regulars of this scene is one Steve Newman. And he’s consistently delivered quality music year after year and is at it once again on The Elegance Machine.
Picking up where they left off with Siren, this album holds the same musical outlook that The Art Of Balance and Under Southern Skies both did.
So you know what you are going to get – a collection of punchy, guitar and keyboard driven melodic rock songs, with Steve’s distinctive voice and his layered harmony style choruses.
 
And as usual the album mixes uptempo harder tunes like The Suit, Illuminate and Confess alongside commercial melodic rock such as The Elegance Machine, Pretender Surrender and Send Us Salvation.
Moody tracks such as Halo and She Walks In Silence are balanced between the appearance of two cracking AOR numbers Don’t Stay Lonely and One Good Reason.
What I’m really enjoying on this album is the warmth of Steve’s voice on a few of the tracks (The Elegance Machine and Prayer For Apollo in particular).
Speaking of which, Prayer For Apollo is brilliant – this is a quirky track with a haunting intro and a brilliant anthemic chorus. A definite instant highlight.

Another winning slice of British classic melodic rock and AOR from one of the genre’s most reliable writers. If you own one, you must own them all. Now go get this latest opus.
Score: 
91
 
Fri
21
Aug

MICHAEL BORMANN - Closer (Review)

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I'm Not Your Entertainment
Let's Make History
Living It Up
For This One Time in Life
Closer
Produced By: 
Michael Bormann
Running Time: 
44
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
AOR Heaven
Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
Popular German melodic rock vocalist Michael Bormann continues his life outside Jaded Heart and various other bands like Redrum, Powerworld and Silent Force, with this, his 5th solo album.
Closer is a pretty diverse set of tunes – Michael seems to be bringing a set of contemporary and commercial songs that might appeal to radio/mainstream after his appearance on the German version of The Voice.
The various musical paths are all wrapped up in a familiar melodic rock theme, one that fans of Michael will instantly recognize, but with additional attributes added such as effects, programming and a couple of questionable extras.
 
The album starts strongly with a typical fired up Bormann driving the rocker I'm Not Your Entertainment. This is classic Bormann/Jaded Heart material and is joined by an effects filled Let's Make History plus straight ahead rockers Living It Up and I Wanna Be a Rockstar as the album’s traditional base.
As far as ballads go, Michael delivers a few quality tunes. The closing piano ballad Warrior is perhaps the best, but also very enjoyable is the heavy For This One Time in Life, which is followed by the other piano ballad Closer.
Because We Are the World is another sentimental, hands in the air rock ballad, but it concludes with a German children’s choir who’s pronunciation of the lyrics doesn’t quite work.
 
That’s the good – the majority of the albums tracks thankfully – but there are a few tracks that don’t work. The first is the mid-tempo Never Say Die, backed by a strong programmed drum beat and a moody vocal; it kinda kills the momentum of the first two tracks.
That’s followed by the hideous Can't Get a Touch Too Much. It’s a true WTF moment and doesn’t belong on this album at all. The rapping-Kid Rock-styled beat driven song, featuring female backing vocals (…and is that a banjo??) is tragically bad.
Rich Men's World is another track with a jarring beat and you are left waiting for Bormann to break into another rap. It doesn’t come thankfully. Down to the Bottle is however when it does appear. Mike - stick to the singing mate – you’re awesome!

Some of Mike’s best solo material here. A well-produced and solid album with the unfortunate diversion of four tracks that just don’t belong. Skip those however and you’ll be right at home in the best musical era of Jaded Heart.
Score: 
86
 
Fri
21
Aug

SCORPIONS - Return To Forever (Review)

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Produced By: 
Mikael Nord Andersson & Martin Hansen
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Sony
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Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
Germany’s rock legends the Scorpions return with their final studio album and final tour. Or not…maybe, who knows. Either way, the guys have come out firing with a big guitar fueled, anthemic rock record that combines song ideas from the early and mid-80s and from today.
So it sounds like an old-school Scorps record, but with a contemporary production.
There’s a lot to like here as long as you can get past the cringe worthy and clichéd lyrics and the band should absolutely be cited for the overuse of the term ‘rock and roll’ – Rock My Car, Rock N Roll Band, Hard Rockin’ The Place, Rollin’ Home.
We get it guys – you ROCK!
 
On a serious note, this is a fun album as long as you check your brain in when you hit play.
The 80s hard rock of Going Out With A Bang sums things up fairly well; and We Built This House is a great melodic rocker with a big chorus.
Rock My Car sounds like it might be called Rock My (censored) if you don’t listen close enough. It’s a bit daft.
 
House Of Cards is a solid new Winds Of Change style ballad; Rock N Roll Band has a fast beat and decent riff; Catch Your Play is a nice pompous AOR track; The Scratch has quite a groove; and Gypsy Life is a sentimental anthem before a whole range of bonus tracks (depending on format) kick in.
 
Of the bonus stuff, only the upbeat Dancing With The Moonlight has any real lasting power. The chance of having up to 5 bonus tracks moves this album from consistent to too long and containing several fillers.

Well produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen and filled with the best anthemic songs the Scorps have always been known for. Nothing new, but nothing bad (apart from the lyrics) either. Just good old’ rockin’ rocking rock rock’n’roll.

 
Score: 
85
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Fri
21
Aug

7TH HEAVEN Reveal What's 'Next' For The Band

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2015
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7th heaven releases "Next"
 
A 10 song feel-good CD of various Pop/Rock songsThis CD will transcend generations with the ability to touch numerous emotions and connecting lyrics. 
 
"We are very pleased with the songs on this CD and I personally ask that each and every one of you give it a spin. If you like the CD, I ask that you tell others about it.  
 
In a world where we have so much negative influence everywhere, I am proud that this CD is a positive influence and will hopefully touch a emotion.  
 
I want to thank Adam, for doing a GREAT job on this CD. His talents he brings to 7th heaven are greater than just the stage, they are also packed in these great songs, that hopefully will become favorites of yours.
 
Enjoy this great CD." - Richard Hofherr/7th heaven 
 
Established in Pop-Rock, 7th heaven is from a 5-member Chicago act.  7th heaven plays over 250 shows a year, has sold tens of thousands of CDs, has a Worldwide fan base and plays to over one million people each year.
 
In 2011, 7th heaven charted three products on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for four straight weeks.  
In 2012, 7th heaven charted again on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for seven straight weeks.  
In 2014, 7th heaven charted again on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region.  
 
7th heaven has been able to develop their own unique brand of rock music that proves that the fundamentals of great pop rock song still ring true with their new release "Next".
 
Track Listing:
1. Time Of Our Lives
 2. Diamonds 
3. She's On Fire 
4. Young And Bulletproof 
5. You And I 
6. She Could Use A Little Sunshine 
7. Don't Wanna Be In Love 
8. Something That You Want 
9. Standing On Top Of The World 
10. Take Me With You

Band:
Adam Heisler - Lead Vocals
Richard Hofherr - Lead Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Nick Cox - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Mark Kennetz - Bass, Vocals
Michael Mooshey - Drums
 
Produced & engineered by: Richard Hofherr & Adam Heisler
Mixed & mastered by: Richard Hofherr
 
Buy A Copy Here:  Direct from Band (Worldwide)  *   iTunes  *  Amazon.com (U.S.)
Hear the entire CD Here: Soundcloud
Check out 7th heaven at - 7thheavenband.com

 

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Thu
20
Aug

MRR Double Deals - Limited Time Specials

Release Year: 
2015
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MelodicRock Records is offering 4 limited time special Double Deals on some recent titles. The deals are as follows:
 
SOUND OF ETERNITY & XTASY - both titles for $20 and FREE shipping.
 
 
 
 
PLATENS & VIOLET SUN - both titles for just $15 and FREE shipping.
 
 
 
 
TONK & TERRA NOVA - both titles for $20 and FREE shipping.
 
 
 
 
MRCD11 & MRCD12 - both titles for $20 and FREE shipping
 
 
 

 

 
Thu
20
Aug

ART NATION - Revolution (Showcase)

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Release Year: 
2015
Revolution
Produced By: 
Jakob Herrmann
Release Date: 
August 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
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Swedish rock band Art Nation release their highly anticipated debut album “Revolution”. Playing concerts throughout the year, while recording the album simultaneously, shows that the band is truly ”going all in”.
Art Nation was formed 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden, after lead singer Alexander Strandell’s departure from his former band Diamond Dawn. Strandell, already well known for his strong voice and energetic stage presence, decided to raise the bar, and gathered some of the best musicians available, bassist Simon Gudmundsson being the first, shortly followed by Theodor Hedström and Christoffer Borg.
 
An acoustic single, ”Moving On”, was recorded, followed by power ballad ”One Is Better Than No One”, which also featured a music video and was released in collaboration with humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), who named the song Official Charity Song of 2014, and all money generated from it was, and still is, donated directly to the organization. ”One Is Better Than No One” was also the starting point of the band’s collaboration with producer and engineer Jakob Herrmann (Raised Fist, Hardcore Superstar, Engel, etc).
 
Art Nation spent the rest of 2014 playing shows, as well as guesting national TV and radio shows, further building their fan base and reputation. The band got its final line-up when adding second guitarist Johan Gustavsson, together with drummer Carl Tudén, who was recruited just after winning the Swedish Drum Championships.
 
In early 2015, Art Nation signed a deal with German label AOR Heaven for their full-length debut album, titled “Revolution”. The record was produced and recorded by Jakob Herrmann at Top Floor Studios, together with Christoffer Borg. “Revolution” consists of 12 songs, one being a completely remade version of their first single ”Moving On”. It also features the stripped down piano ballad ”Look To The Sky”, performed in one single take by Strandell and keyboardist Theodor Hedström. The album was mixed and mastered at Hansen Studios in Denmark by renowned mixing engineer Jacob Hansen (Amaranthe, Engel, Volbeat, etc) and Christoffer Borg and co-produced by Art Nation.
 
 
 
Alexander Strandell - Vocals
Christoffer Borg - Guitar
Johan Gustavsson - Guitar
Simon Gudmundsson - Bass
Theodor Hedström - Keyboards
Carl Tudén - Drums
 
Thu
20
Aug

NEWMAN - The Elegance Machine (Showcase)

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Release Year: 
2015
The Elegance Machine
Produced By: 
Steve Newman
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
August 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. The now, hard to find self-titled album was followed up in 1999 by the awesome "One Step Closer" album. Continuing the high standard came "Dance In The Fire" and then "Sign Of The Modern Times" in 2000, and 2003 respectfully. Fans and critics alike began to realize they were dealing with an artist that would evolve and mature with them.
 
The year 2006 saw the release of "Heaven Knows", and once again proved beyond all doubt that Newman were becoming one of the top purveyors of Melodic Rock in the UK. Later in 2006 Steve Newman broke away from his former label to form "Chrome Dome", an independent label set up for the purpose of continuing to release the Newman product. Any doubts about the quality or consistency were cast aside when in 2007 "Primitive Soul" was released to great acclaim. This was followed in 2008 by "Decade" a double album celebrating 10 years of Newman. However, not wanting to take the usual route of a "hits" album this was packaged with a second CD containing another 14 unreleased songs which ended up being so well received it was reviewed as a new studio album. "Decade" may have been a great way for a band to sign off and call it a day, however, not only was this not even considered, the focus went into producing the next stage of the bands career.
 
In 2010 "The Art Of Balance" was released to huge acclaim from critics and fans. The band followed this up with a string of successful live dates including Cambridge Rock Festival, Firefest Festival, and a UK Tour supporting John Waite. All this was achieved in the face of huge emotional strain after Steve suffered losing both his parents that year. In fact, as the writing progressed onto the following recording "Under Southern Skies" this AOR Heaven release ended up being a very personal and reflective album for Steve.
 
All this time , the live band, with the addition of Pete Newdeck on Drums, joining Steve (Vocals, Guitar), Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals) were gaining momentum, culiminating in shows in Greece, Spain, Germany, and the US.
 
2014 saw the re-recording and release of the acclaimed first album as a Limited Edition, This coincided with a successful UK tour with Vega.
 
Now, the legacy continues with the brand new release "The Elegance Machine", the culmination of songs written over the past two years and an album that once again encompasses what Newman stand for. The powerful guitars are present, as is the strong songwriting and huge melodies. But this time it also brings in modern influences such as on the title track "The Elegance Machine" and "Halo" giving the recognizable and reliable Newman sound a more contemporary edge. A natural follow up to "Siren" the album delivers a harder edge than its predecessor, but without losing the emphasis on strong hooks. Steve has always been known for his thought-provoking lyrics, and "The Elegance Machine" is no exception with subject matter ranging from corporate business greed (The Suit), through domestic violence (She Walks In Silence), and even onto the space themed (Prayer For Apollo).
 
Once again Steve has teamed up with Rob McEwen (drummer for the last 8 Newman albums), and has also brought in the talents of Geoff Wootton backing vocals on "The Suit", "One Good Reason" "Halo", and Mark Thompson-Smith (Praying Mantis, Big Life) backing vocals on "Illuminate", "Send Us Salvation" and "Pretender Surrender".
 
Produced By Steve Newman;  All songs written by Steve Newman except: "Halo" written by Steve Newman and Paul Boyle.
 
 
On this album:
Steve Newman : Vocals, Guitar, and Keyboards
Rob McEwen : Drums & Percussion
Geoff Wootton : Backing Vocals on “The Suit (Skyscraper)”, "One Good Reason" and "Halo"
Mark Thompson-Smith : Backing Vocals on "Illuminate", "Send Us Salvation" and "Pretender Surrender"
 
Live band:
Steve Newman: Vocals, Guitar
Shaun Bessant: Guitar, Vocals
Paul Boyle: Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Bartlett : bass, Vocals
Pete Newdeck : Drums, Vocals
 
 

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