Stefanie – ‘S/T’(Escape
By WoodyThe eponymous Stefanie is a singer songwriter from
Pennsylvania in the United States. On the surface, she creates songs in a pop
rock vein, but ...
Posted 2 Mar 2017, 14:38 by Paul Woodward
Sweet Mary Jane – ‘Winter In Paradise’(AOR
By WoodyNew Swedish melodic rock band Sweet Mary Jane have some very experienced musicians in their ranks
and Winter In Paradise is their debut
album. It ...
Posted 22 Feb 2017, 12:16 by Paul Woodward
Lionville – ‘A World Of Fools’(Frontiers
World of Fools is the third album from Italian’s Lionville who are led by guitarist
Stefano Lionetti and once again features the lead ...
Posted 22 Feb 2017, 12:06 by Paul Woodward
The Wild! – ‘Wild At Heart’(SPV/Steamhammer)Review
By WoodyCanadian’s The
Wild! caught my attention recently after stumbling across them on YouTube,
so I was very keen to check out this album Wild ...
Posted 13 Feb 2017, 15:54 by Paul Woodward
Edenbridge – ‘The Great Momentum’(SPV/Steamhammer)Review
by WoodyAustrian Symphonic Metal act Edenbridge are one the genre’s most consistent acts and are one of
the bands from within this specific genre I ...
Posted 13 Feb 2017, 13:57 by Paul Woodward
Lizhard – ‘Bigger, Better, Stronger’(Perris
By WoodyItaly’s Lizhard
are back to kick some ass with their new album Bigger Better Stronger. They have gathered together a solid album
of energetic ...
Posted 6 Feb 2017, 15:13 by Paul Woodward
Jaded Past – ‘Believe’(Melodic
Past is essentially New Jersey native multi-instrumentalist
and song writer George Becker. He’s been around a while, so has lots of ...
Posted 6 Feb 2017, 08:06 by Paul Woodward
Overland – ‘Contagious’(Escape
the fourth solo album from British vocal legend Steve Overland. There are certain bands and musicians in the AOR/Melodic
Rock scene that ...
Posted 5 Feb 2017, 13:57 by Paul Woodward
Jim Jidhed – ‘Push On Through’(AOR
by WoodyAlien frontman Jim
Jidhed has enlisted the help of respected producer Daniel Flores on this
his sixth solo album Push On Through. Jidhed
wanted a ...
Posted 2 Feb 2017, 16:01 by Paul Woodward
Stephen Pearcy – ‘Smash’(Frontiers
the fourth solo album from Ratt founder member Stephen Pearcy. I’ve always had a soft spot for Ratt and even
managed to ...
Posted 31 Jan 2017, 17:21 by Paul Woodward
Electus – ‘Rock N Roll Incarnate part one’(Independent)Review
N Roll Incarnate part one is the second album from West
Midlands rockers Electus. It sees
the band evolving their sound and I feel it ...
Posted 30 Jan 2017, 08:23 by Paul Woodward
The Dark Side of Venus – ‘Power To Victims’(Independent)Review
by WoodyAlthough The
Dark Side of Venus hail from Italy there is something very English sounding
about their album Power To Victims. Principal
song writer and composer ...
Posted 5 Feb 2017, 14:46 by Paul Woodward
Dirty Glory – ‘Mind The Gap’(Perris
by WoodyYou take one look at Dirty Glory and you would think they have stepped straight off the
LA strip circa 1989! These Brazilians also showcase ...
Posted 27 Jan 2017, 13:07 by Paul Woodward
The Radio Sun – ‘Outside Looking In’(Melodic
by WoodyAs I’m rocking out to the third album from Aussie
melodic rockers The Radio Sun Outside Looking In I’m thinking damn
Posted 25 Jan 2017, 17:00 by Paul Woodward
Last Autumns Dream – ‘In Disguise’(Escape
by WoodySwede’s Last
Autumns Dream release a new album every year and like clockwork we now get In Disguise which I’m pretty sure is ...
Posted 24 Jan 2017, 18:21 by Paul Woodward
Age of Reflection – ‘In The Heat Of The Night’(AOR
by WoodyAge of Reflection’s acronym AOR is an apt name for
this new Scandinavian band as their style is of the pure AOR variety. I ...
Posted 23 Jan 2017, 16:15 by Paul Woodward
The Murder Of My Sweet – ‘Echoes Of The Aftermath’(Frontiers
by WoodyI’ve enjoyed most of The Murder of my Sweet’s previous albums and their latest album Echoes of the Aftermath is no exception,
Posted 20 Jan 2017, 11:56 by Paul Woodward
D’ercole – ‘No Place Like Home’(Independent)Review
by WoodyPhil Vincent is one of the most prolific songwriters I
know, regularly releasing solo albums as well as with bands like Tragik, Legion
and Cranston. No ...
Posted 19 Jan 2017, 11:42 by Paul Woodward
Jimi Anderson Group – ‘Long Time Comin’’(Pride
By WoodyScottish vocalist Jimi Anderson has been around for
quite some time but has never had that break that would have propelled him into
Posted 18 Jan 2017, 12:20 by Paul Woodward
Mad Margritt – ‘Love, Hate and Deception’(Perris
by WoodyI’ve got a few Mad Margritt albums and they are one of
those bands that have some great songs but their albums always tend ...
Posted 17 Jan 2017, 12:44 by Paul Woodward
Bryan Cole – ‘Sands Of Time’(Melodic
By WoodyAlthough he has been moving around in music circles
for some time Guitarist and Vocalist Bryan
Cole will be an unknown and a new ...
Posted 16 Jan 2017, 16:20 by Paul Woodward
Apollo – ‘Waterdevils’(Escape
the debut solo album from former Firewind frontman Apollo, given the decades of work and experience this man has it is
quite surprising ...
Posted 13 Jan 2017, 09:50 by Paul Woodward
Supernova Plasmajets – ‘S/T’(AOR
Plasmajets are a new young and explosive metal outfit
with strong eighties rock influences. You take one look at the band and you can ...
Posted 12 Jan 2017, 13:13 by Paul Woodward
Pride of Lions – ‘Fearless’(Frontiers
by WoodyI’m a massive fan of Jim Peterik’s Pride of Lions so I was really looking
forward to hearing this their fifth album Fearless ...
Posted 11 Jan 2017, 14:53 by Paul Woodward
Hit N Run – S/T(Lion’s
by WoodyEmerging into the popular melodic hard rock scene of
the early Nineties Hit N Run quickly
fell afoul of the dramatic and swift changes ...
Posted 10 Jan 2017, 10:37 by Paul Woodward
Minotaurus – ‘Insolubilis’(Limb)Review
by Woody‘Insolubilis’ is the fifth album from German ancient
epic metal outfit Minotaurus who have enjoyed a lengthy career and have a
strong core fan base in ...
Posted 9 Jan 2017, 11:35 by Paul Woodward
Diamond Head – ‘Lightning To The Nations’(Cherry
by Woody‘Lightning To The Nations’ or as it is more widely and
lovingly regarded to as ‘The White Album’ from Cult Black Country NWOBHM band
Posted 6 Jan 2017, 06:53 by Paul Woodward
Crosson – ‘Spreading The Rock N Roll Disease’(Metalapolis)Review
by WoodyGrandiose Australian rockers Crosson don’t take
themselves too seriously and have a fun party edge to their pompous, strutting
and irreverent rock n roll! ‘Spreading ...
Posted 5 Jan 2017, 07:34 by Paul Woodward
Hiob AD - ‘Iron Skies’(Soulfood)Review
by WoodyMore often than not a band’s name, album title and
artwork will be a good indication of what to expect from them. So, with Hiob ...
Posted 4 Jan 2017, 05:28 by Paul Woodward
Gun Machine – ‘Balls To The Wall’(Santo
by WoodyAfter my first play through of the debut album from
Gun Machine I actually thought they were German as there is some distinct
German Eighties ...
Posted 3 Jan 2017, 04:29 by Paul Woodward
Jack Russell’s Great White – ‘He Saw It Comin’(Frontiers
by WoodyI had a preconceived idea of how ‘He saw It Comin’
would sound and was really apprehensive to press play for the first time. So ...
Posted 2 Jan 2017, 08:53 by Paul Woodward
Bon Jovi - 'This House Is Not For Sale'(Island
Jovi were one of the first bands I really latched onto when
I was discovering music and were my gateway band to a world ...
Posted 22 Nov 2016, 14:42 by Paul Woodward
Reece – ‘Noisebox’(Independent)Review
the first EP from South Wales trio Reece.
A band very hard to pigeonhole beyond – Hard Rock – as they showcase a lot
of different ...
Posted 26 Oct 2016, 06:38 by Paul Woodward
Danger Angel – ‘All The Kings Horses’(Melodic
by WoodyI’ve seen Greek rockers Danger Angel develop their song writing and evolve their sound quite
dramatically over the course of three albums. For ...
Posted 25 Oct 2016, 07:07 by Paul Woodward
Dante Fox – ‘Breathless’(AOR
by WoodyThe Fox have definitely delivered the melodic rock
goodies with Breathless I was instantly hooked and I am now totally addicted to
it. At its ...
Posted 2 Oct 2016, 15:22 by Paul Woodward
Heart – ‘Beautiful Broken’(Concord
by WoodyFollowing the extremely disappointing Red Velvet Car
Heart’s latest album Language Of Love is a real return to form for the band and
Posted 2 Oct 2016, 15:09 by Paul Woodward
Kee Marcello – ‘Scaling Up’(Frontiers
by WoodyThis new solo album from former Europe guitarist Kee
Marcello was not what I was expecting, based on Kee’s recent output I was
Posted 2 Oct 2016, 14:58 by Paul Woodward
O’Regan – ‘Polymorphic Tragedy’(Z
by WoodyI’ve always been a supporter of Black Country
guitarist Vince O’Regan so I was of course very keen to hear his latest solo ...
Posted 2 Oct 2016, 14:46 by Paul Woodward
Running Wild – ‘Rapid Foray’(SPV/Steamhammer)Review
by WoodyMy first taste of Running Wild was a few months ago
with their compilation album Riding The Storm which was a real mixed bag and ...
Posted 2 Oct 2016, 14:37 by Paul Woodward
Stormtrooper – ‘Pride Before A Fall’(Bristol
by WoodyThis album from Bristol NWOBHM act Stormtrooper is
billed as ‘The Lost Album’ as it was originally recorded and intended for
release in the ...
Posted 2 Oct 2016, 14:26 by Paul Woodward
7HY – ‘Stories We Tell’(Lions
by WoodySeven Hard Years or just plain old and unpronounceable
7HY is the band assembled by former
SHY drummer Alan Kelly who is also the ...
Posted 7 Sep 2016, 16:23 by Paul Woodward
Helix – ‘Rock It Science’(Perris
It Science is a new compilation album from legendary
Canadian party rockers Helix. It
features a track from virtually every studio album released by ...
Posted 7 Sep 2016, 16:19 by Paul Woodward
House Of Shakira - 'Sour Grapes'(Melodic
By WoodyI’ve always thought House of Shakira were a decent band but not one I got overly
excited about, but when the band recruited ...
Posted 30 Aug 2016, 08:56 by Paul Woodward
Change Of Heart - 'Last Tiger'(Escape
by WoodyI’m a massive fan of Change Of Heart who have been AWOL since the release of their third
album Truth Or Dare in 2005 ...
Posted 30 Aug 2016, 08:53 by Paul Woodward
Cruzh – ‘Cruzh’(Frontiers
By WoodyI really hope Cruzh
aren’t one album wonders because I LIVE for
albums like this, the debut album from the Swede’s is sheer ...
Posted 11 Aug 2016, 11:59 by Paul Woodward
Miss Behaviour – ‘Ghost Play’(AOR
Play is the fourth album from Miss Behaviour and it’s in my opinion certainly their best
collection of songs to date. Miss Behaviour ...
Posted 11 Aug 2016, 11:54 by Paul Woodward
Dakesis – ‘The New Dawn’(Independent)Review
from Birmingham and they create a style of music you tend to associate with
bands from the Symphonic Metal strongholds of Finland and Holland ...
Posted 26 Jul 2016, 09:09 by Paul Woodward
Arkham’s Razor – ‘Carnival Of Lost Souls’(Independent)Review
Razor is the new band from guitarist Neil Hibbs who many
will know and have been impressed by with his live work recently with ...
Posted 25 Jul 2016, 07:39 by Paul Woodward
Stone Kings – ‘From Creation to Devastation'(Independent)Review
By WoodyThe Stone Kings
used a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release of From Creation To Devastation – most specifically
for the pressing of the CD’s ...
Posted 20 Jul 2016, 13:18 by Paul Woodward
VEGA – ‘Who We Are’(Frontiers
By WoodyI’m a massive fan of British rockers VEGA and whilst
opinion until now has been quite divided with some within melodic rock circles
Posted 3 Jul 2016, 11:16 by Paul Woodward
Star Dancer – ‘Welcome To My World’(Star
By WoodyWelcome To My World from Robert Star’s Star Dancer is
quite possibly one of the most oddball albums I have ever listened to ...
Posted 3 Jul 2016, 11:09 by Paul Woodward
The Answer – ‘Rise’ 10th anniversary edition(Tap
by WoodyNorthern Ireland’s The Answer made big waves back in
2006 with the release of their Rise album – which to celebrate its ten-year
Posted 3 Jul 2016, 11:00 by Paul Woodward
Holy Dragons – ‘Civilizator’(Pitch
By WoodySo here’s me thinking Holy Dragons are a new
discovery, well these guys formed in 1992 and Civilizator is actually their
Fourteenth studio album ...
Posted 3 Jul 2016, 10:50 by Paul Woodward
Marauder – ‘Bullet Head’(Pitch
By WoodyAfter my quick initial listen to Greek metal mob
Marauder I was rather excited about their traditional eighties metal sound.
When I came to listen ...
Posted 3 Jul 2016, 10:43 by Paul Woodward
Running Wild – ‘Riding The Storm’(BMG)Review
by WoodyRiding The Storm is a compilation album from German
Metal Act Running Wild comprising tracks taken from albums released on the
Noise record label. These guys ...
Posted 3 Jul 2016, 10:35 by Paul Woodward
La-Ventura – ‘2.0’ EP(Independent)Review
By WoodyWhen it comes to Symphonic Metal the Netherlands and
Finland in particular seem the best exponents of the genre. So knowing La-Ventura
hail from the ...
Posted 23 May 2016, 13:19 by Paul Woodward
Grand Slam – ‘A New Dawn’(AOR
By WoodyI have to admit I expected the debut album A New Dawn from Swede’s Grand Slam to be a very run of the mill ...
Posted 28 Mar 2016, 13:44 by Paul Woodward
Blackslash – ‘Sinister Lightning’(Iron
by WoodyI absolutely adore Sinister
Lightning by old school Metal band Blackslash
I just can’t help grinning every time I listen to it, such an ...
Posted 28 Mar 2016, 13:32 by Paul Woodward
Rusty Nail – ‘Running Out Of Idea’s’(Independent)Review
By WoodySweden’s Rusty Nail have a sound which is very typical
of hard edged Scandinavian melodic hard rock acts like Pretty Maids. Running Out Of Idea ...
Posted 28 Mar 2016, 13:23 by Paul Woodward
Wizz Wizzard – ‘Where The River Runs Cold’(Rocksector Records)Review
The River Runs Cold is the second album from Belgian classic
metal band Wizz Wizzard. These guys are NWOBHM to the core and have ...
Posted 28 Mar 2016, 13:13 by Paul Woodward
Shiraz Lane – ‘For Crying Out Loud’(Frontiers
by WoodyFinland’s Shiraz
Lane play dirty sleaze with a real old school vibe and their debut album For Crying Out Loud is a mix of ...
Posted 28 Mar 2016, 13:02 by Paul Woodward
AOR – ‘LA Darkness’(Escape
by WoodyAOR is basically French multi-instrumentalist and song
writer Frederic Slama and with his AOR albums he is an extremely prolific
writer releasing albums frequently ...
Posted 17 Mar 2016, 11:00 by Paul Woodward
Epic – ‘Like A Phoenix’(Escape
by WoodyEpic are a new multinational female fronted melodic hard
rock containing some very experienced musicians, although most the names are
new to me the quality ...
Posted 17 Mar 2016, 07:50 by Paul Woodward
Rage Of Angels – ‘The Devils New Tricks’(Escape
by WoodyEx-Ten and current Tyketto keyboardist Ged Rylands
returns with his own band Rage Of Angels with this second album The Devil’s New Tricks ...
Posted 17 Mar 2016, 05:50 by Paul Woodward
Xoch – ‘S/T’(Independent)Review
By WoodyLas Vegas based pop-rocker Xoch is a very experienced
song writer and this is her self-titled fifth album release. It’s a diverse
Posted 22 Feb 2016, 12:17 by Paul Woodward
The Darker My Horizon - 'Acquiesce'(Independent)Review
by WoodyI’m a little bit late to the party with the review of The Darker My Horizon’s debut album Acquiesce but with the band still ...
Posted 25 Jan 2016, 10:30 by Paul Woodward
JoyFocus – ‘Random Access Digital Audio Hersey’(Atomic
By WoodyOne of the great sides to the Internet is it opens you
up to so many more opportunities to hear bands mainstream media or ...
Posted 21 Jan 2016, 13:02 by Paul Woodward
Equator – ‘Fire’(Independent)Review
By WoodyNorwegians Equator
are a relatively new and young AOR band although ‘Fire’ is actually their
second release. I have to admit as the initial pumping synths ...
Posted 14 Jan 2016, 05:11 by Paul Woodward
Frail Sincerity – ‘S/T’(Shining
by WoodyFrail Sincerity are a new blues based hard rock band
put together by Neil Haworth from N.W.O.B.H.M band Legend. Haworth ...
Posted 14 Jan 2016, 05:02 by Paul Woodward
Ram – ‘Svbversvm’(Metal
By WoodyThe oddly titled ‘Svbversvm’ is the fourth full length
release from Sweden’s Ram. They create unapologetic screaming metal that is
straight out of the ...
Posted 14 Jan 2016, 04:53 by Paul Woodward
Legion - 'Solace'(Z Records)Review by Woody‘Solace’ is the swansong from Legion, the eighth album in as many years from the prolific song writing partnership of guitarist Vince O’Regan and ...
Posted 23 Nov 2015, 07:40 by Paul Woodward
EofE - 'S/T'(Cream
by WoodyI’ve been aware of young Dudley rockers EofE for some
time now and they have been a band in steady evolution as they experiment ...
Posted 23 Nov 2015, 07:30 by Paul Woodward
Ian Toomey - 'Ascension'(Metal
by WoodyIf you’re a fan of old school NWOBHM you’ll know
Bitches Sin and of course their lead guitarist Ian Toomey and ‘Ascension’ is ...
Posted 23 Nov 2015, 07:21 by Paul Woodward
The Summit - 'Higher Ground'(Pride
& Joy Records)Review
by WoodyThe Summit are quirky rockers who mix seventies hard
rock influences with strong pop sensibilities, think a mash up between Led
Zeppelin and The ...
Posted 23 Nov 2015, 06:38 by Paul Woodward
Devil’s Dice – ‘Libertarian’(D-Force
by WoodyMidlands melodic metallers Devil’s Dice are new to the
scene and ‘Libertarian’ is one of the strongest debuts I’ve ever heard. By ...
Posted 7 Sep 2015, 09:56 by Paul Woodward
Skin & Bone - 'Revenge'(Hot
by WoodyRevenge is the debut album from British hard rockers
Skin & Bone and this one has been a long time coming. I’ve been following ...
Posted 7 Sep 2015, 09:50 by Paul Woodward
Kelly Keeling - 'Mind Radio'(Frontiers
by Woody‘Mind Radio’ marks a return to a melodic rock sound
for popular American vocalist Kelly Keeling, who most genre fans love from his
time with ...
Posted 7 Sep 2015, 09:44 by Paul Woodward
Eric Charles Band - 'Can You Feel It?'(Independent)Review
by WoodyThe Eric Charles band hail from Canada and I would
describe them as pop rock with an indie flair. There are quite a few influences
Posted 7 Sep 2015, 09:37 by Paul Woodward
Soldier - 'Defiant'(Independent)Review
By WoodyI’m not sure if Soldier knows that 1982 has come and
gone! Their sound and style is right out of the dawn of the NWOBHM ...
Posted 7 Sep 2015, 09:28 by Paul Woodward
Trixter - 'Human Era'(Frontiers
By WoodyI’ve always had a soft spot for Trixter so when they
released their first album after reforming ‘New Audio Machine’ in 2012 I was ...
Posted 6 Jul 2015, 10:25 by Paul Woodward
Soley Mourning - 'The Rocket Pool'(Independent)Review By WoodyBlack
Country classic rockers Soley Mourning are fast becoming one of my favourite
bands, I’m a little late to the party as their new album ...
Posted 6 Jul 2015, 10:19 by Paul Woodward
Band Of Brothers - 'Band Of Brothers'Review
by WoodyIt’s taken Swedish pop rockers Band Of Brothers a
decade to get this their self titled debut album recorded and released. Band Of
Brothers have a ...
Posted 6 Jul 2015, 10:10 by Paul Woodward
Overloud - 'Altered Ego'(Rock
By WoodyHailing from Spain rambunctious high energy rockers
Overloud take their cue from Swedish sleaze acts but veer more towards the glam
styling of Motley ...
Posted 6 Jul 2015, 10:04 by Paul Woodward
High Road Easy - 'III'(Shore-Music)Review
By WoodyGerman duo of vocalist Jan Knopf and guitarist Sven
Horlemann are High Road Easy and the imaginatively titled ‘III’ is their third
collaboration. Previous reviews ...
Posted 6 Jul 2015, 10:00 by Paul Woodward
Corvus - 'Chasing Miracles'(Lynchburg
by WoodyI had heard a couple of demos by Birmingham
AOR’ster’s Corvus before and while I was intrigued about hearing there album I
Posted 12 May 2015, 14:53 by Paul Woodward
Awake By Design - 'Carve The Sun'(Unsigned)Review
by WoodyWith band members coming from all corners of the
Midlands region Awake By Design
truly are a Midlands band in its broadest sense. Although these guys ...
Posted 12 May 2015, 14:39 by Paul Woodward
Kyshera - 'Circle'(Konic
by WoodyThree piece modern rock outfit Kyshera have been
knocking about for a while now and ‘Circle’ is their third album. I did find
their previous ...
Posted 12 May 2015, 14:34 by Paul Woodward
Grindhouse - 'Chapter One'(RMB
by WoodyThe thing that initially got me to check out Italian
rockers Grindhouse was the fact that
one of my favourite vocalist’s Michael Bormann was ...
Posted 5 Mar 2015, 12:09 by Paul Woodward
Black Star Riders - 'The Killer Instinct'(Nuclear
by WoodyBlack Star Riders are the band that rose up out of
the ashes of the final Thin Lizzy line-up and The Killer Instinct is ...
Posted 1 Mar 2015, 08:20 by Paul Woodward
Mallen - 'Ignition' EPReview
the debut EP from promising Walsall Alt-rock outfit Mallen and I’ve developed a real soft spot for these guys based not
only on ...
Posted 1 Mar 2015, 08:15 by Paul Woodward
Issa - 'Crossfire'(Frontiers
by WoodyMy jaw bounced off the floor with such velocity it
ricocheted back so hard it almost took my head off the first time I heard ...
Posted 1 Mar 2015, 08:11 by Paul Woodward
Santa Cruz - 'Santa Cruz'(Spinefarm
by WoodyThe second album from Finnish sleaze rockers Santa
Cruz is actually self titled, which may be a little confusing for people new to
the band ...
Posted 1 Mar 2015, 08:07 by Paul Woodward
Tragik - 'Path of Destruction'(Purley
by WoodySongwriter Phil Vincent is one of the busiest
musicians there is, not only does he have a solo career he also has several
bands that ...
Posted 1 Mar 2015, 08:00 by Paul Woodward
Deadline - 'Fire Inside'(Bad
by WoodyI could probably count the amount of French rock
bands I know on one hand but that’s exactly where Deadline are from and ‘Fire ...
Posted 1 Mar 2015, 07:53 by Paul Woodward
Space Vacation - 'Cosmic Vanguard'(Pure
by WoodyWhen I was given this one to spin my initial
thoughts leaned towards thunderous European heavy metal akin to Hammerfall. So
when I was doing ...
Posted 1 Mar 2015, 07:46 by Paul Woodward
Live - 'The Turn'(Think
by WoodyThe comeback of American Alt-Rock legends Live sees them return without iconic
front man Ed Kowalcyzk. This fact alone could divide opinion on the ...
Posted 31 Dec 2014, 15:32 by Paul Woodward
Stonewire - 'When The Crow Flies'(22:11
a female fronted blues based classic rock act with a strong smoky southern rock
flavour and When The Crow Flies is
Posted 12 Jan 2015, 18:36 by Paul Woodward