Review CHEZ KANE ‘Powerzone’

There are several musical references relating to the sound of Chez Kane. Many of them also refer to the 80s, a time when great melodies were in focus and it was hooks that wouldn't let you go. The English singer Chez Kane takes this spirit and transports it to the present time. Together with Danny... Continue Reading →

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 MAD MAX ‘Wings of Time’

Mad Max belongs to the spearhead of German melodic metal since the beginning of the 80s. The band was founded by guitarist Jürgen Breforth and with 'Heavy Metal' the guys released their debut album in 1982. After the band had to face several line-up changes, Mad Max released 'Night of Passion', an album that helped... 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 H.E.A.T. ‘Force Majeure’

When Erik Grönwall left H.E.A.T. in 2020 the question arose how the melodic rockers would continue their so far successful journey through the world of melodic rock. The quintet had just released a very good album called ' H.E.A.T. II' and the search for a new singer was suddenly the most important thing that had... 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 →

MAD MAX – new song, new album

A name that is closely associated with Mad Max is Michael Voss. The singer defined the sound of the German melodic rockers together with guitarist and band founder Jürgen Breforth. For decades, both were the main force for excellent songs with bite and melody.All the more interesting it gets these days. Voss left Mad Max... 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 →

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 →

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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