Review HOUSE OF LORDS ‘Saints and Sinners’

Even though the term 'supergroup' is used almost inflationary these days, House Of Lords were certainly one in their early days. Besides singer James Christian there were Gregg Griuffria, Chuck Wright, Ken Mary and Lanny Cordola on board; all well-sounding names. This quintet had a major influence on melodic metal and delivered a timeless classic... Continue Reading →

Review TABOO ‘Taboo’

Following Nordic Union another band/project with a Pretty Maids member is starting off. This time it's Ken Hammer who has teamed up with H.E.R.O. singer Christoffer Stjerne to establish Taboo. The Danes are the driving force of the band and for some songs they get support from well-known names like Mat Sinner, who plays bass... Continue Reading →

Review RESTLESS SPIRITS ‘Second to None’

Restless Spirits is a project driven by Tony Hernando of Lords Of Black. In collaboration with Frontiers Music, the guitarist has expressed his preference for melodic rock on a sound carrier. After the mother ship is more in the metallic realms on the way, Hernando focuses with Restless Spirits on catchy songs that can be... Continue Reading →

Review SUNSTORM ‘Brothers in Arms’

Ronnie Romero is certainly one of the busiest singers these days. He was a part of the recent Michael Schenker Group album, released a solo record and not to forget Lords Of Black, the band that was both a start and a springboard for Romero. In addition to all these commitments and obligations Romero has... Continue Reading →

Review NORDIC UNION ‘Animalistic’

The first time I heard the voice of Ronnie Atkins was back in 1984 when I listened to 'Cold Killer' from Pretty Maids. No doubt, the guitars impressed but Atkins with his unique voice was a wow moment. In the meantime many years went by and the devastating news of Atkins fighting cancer was a... Continue Reading →

Review PALACE ‘One 4 the Road’

Lithuanian-born Michael Palace has been living in Sweden for a long time, and listening to his new album 'One 4 the Road', one notices that Palace has absorbed a lot of the Swedish feel for attractive melodies. Palace stands for melodic rock and AOR, music anchored in the depths of the '80s. The one-man project,... Continue Reading →

Review ORIANTHI ‘Live From Hollywood’

Orianthi is certainly no stranger to the rock and metal genre. The Australian guitarist has performed on stage with the legendary Santana and Alice Cooper, which says a lot about the quality of her guitar playing. Besides all these impressive engagements, the guitarist managed to release solo albums on a constant base, of which 'O'... Continue Reading →

TABOO – a new collaboration from the north

Taboo, that is the collaboration of two musicians from the north. There is singer Christoffer Stjerne, known from H.E.R.O. and Pretty Maids legendary axeman Ken Hammer, both being the core of this rather new outfit. The two Danes recorded a self-titled album that will be released on September 9th via Frontiers Music. With ‘Bleeding’ a... Continue Reading →

Review JOURNEY ‘Freedom’

Popular, well-known and consistent, that's how the 40 years of Journey can be described. It all began in 1973 in San Francisco when Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie started the band. What developed from there is impressive. Not only that Journey has significantly influenced the development of melodic rock for four decades. The highlight of... Continue Reading →

Review WAYWARD SONS ’Score Settled’ – EP

Wayward Sons the brainchild of former Little Angels frontman Toby Jepson. After years of working in the movie business, performing with other bands and working as a producer, the singer wanted to have an own band, following his passion for writing and performing music. This was the starting point of Wayward Sons. The band with... Continue Reading →

Review JORN ’Over the Horizon Radar’

I guess, that if you are interested in hard rock and melodic metal, the name Jorn isn’t a stranger to you. The Norwegian singer enriched already many bands and projects with his voice. Avantasia, Masterplan and Allen-Lande are just some of them. Next to all these engagements, Jorn Lande found always empty spots in his... Continue Reading →

Review SEVENTH WONDER ‘The Testament’

Seventh Wonder started in 2000 when bassist Andreas Blomqvist, guitarist Johan Liefvendahl and drummer Johnny Sandin joined forces to form Seventh Wonder after their previous bands broke up. The five Swedes released their first album 'Become' in 2005 and three more records followed before drummer Johnny Sandin left the band after the launch of 'The... Continue Reading →

ICONIC – not only because of the bandname

A few weeks ago, Skills presented their debut and now it is a next group of renowned musicians coming together as Iconic. The band consist of Nathan James (Vocals) (Inglorious), Michael Sweet (Guitars, Vocals) (Stryper), Joel Hoekstra (Guitars) (Whitesnake), Marco Mendoza (Bass) (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, The Dead Daisies, Journey) and Tommy Aldridge (Drums)... Continue Reading →

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