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Melodic Times August – Woody’s melodic rock and AOR news round-up

posted 12 Aug 2017, 11:34 by Paul Woodward

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New Italian melodic rock and AOR record label have announced their first signing, Italian’s Airbound! Their self-titled debut album will be released on 15th of September!

Z Records have announced the signing of Italian’s Rage For Order, more details to come and release date TBA.

Iconic Eye have announced their new bass player is Mike Dagnell – many AOR fans will already be well aware of him from his time with Dante Fox, Max Bacon and Vega.

British rockers Bigfoot have released a video for the track ‘The Fear’ it is taken from the band’s self titled debut album which is due for release in October on Frontiers Records. The track list includes ‘Tell Me A Lie’, ‘Forever Alone’, ‘I Dare You’ and ‘Alone’.

Bigfoot - 'The Fear' music video

Legendary melodic hard rockers Mr Big have released a brand-new music video for the title track of their latest album, ‘Defying Gravity’. The album is available right now via Frontiers Records. Mr Big hit the UK for some shows in November including Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall on the 23rd of November.

Mr Big - 'Defying Gravity' music video

Z Records have announced they will be re-issuing the two Pulse album’s – these UK AOR’sters featured Vince O’Regan on guitars – the albums will be released digitally and the label have teased at upcoming news about the band.

Kee of Hearts - 'The Storm' music video

World Trade - 'Unify' lyric video

The legendary LA Guns reunited – Tracii Guns AND Phil Lewis – for the new album The Missing Piece which will be released on Frontiers Records on October 13th. The first single and video is the track ‘Speed’ the album will also feature the following tracks ‘Sticky Fingers’, ‘Christine’, ‘Kill It or Die’ and ‘Gave It All Away’.

LA Guns - 'Speed' music video

UK AOR act Moritz have recently released their new album About Time Too via Cargo Records. The album includes the songs ‘One More Beautiful Day’, ‘To The Moon and Back’, ‘Run’ and ‘Love Long Gone’.

Bass player David Z has been tragically passed away following a road accident whilst on tour with Adrenaline Mob in the USA. The bass player will be known to melodic rockers for his work with genre legend Jeff Scott Soto.

Lynch Mob will release their latest album The Brotherhood on September 8th. It includes the tracks ‘Last Call Lady’, ‘Where We Started’, ‘Until The Sky Comes Down’ and ‘Miles Away’.

Vocalist Marc Scherer has joined forces with guitarist Jennifer Batten for a new album entitled Battlezone under the Scherer/Batten moniker. It will be unleashed on September 22nd via Melodic Rock Records, it features eight songs written by Jim Peterik – plus an additional three new original songs written specifically for this project.

The Zhenx debut album is out now on the AOR Boulevard Records label. This album features one of the final vocal performances by David Saylor who passed away earlier this year. It includes the tracks ‘Breakaway’, ‘Distant Memories’, ‘On My Way’ and ‘Turn Down The Light’.

Z Records have announced they will re-release the first two Arabia albums digitally on August 4th. So, you’ll be able to pick up 1001 Nights and Welcome To The Freakshow from all good digital outlets now!

Revolution Saints will release their second album Light In The Dark on October 13th via Frontiers Records. The debut album from supergroup trio Jack Blades, Deen Castronovo and Doug Aldrich was really well received in AOR circles so I’m sure this latest effort will be highly anticipated for many genre fans. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Take You Down’, ‘Can’t Run Away From Love’, ‘Running On The Edge’ and ‘Falling Apart’.

Revolution Saints - 'Light In The Dark'

Rage For Order - 'Abduction'

Phantom V the band featuring ex-Bonfire frontman Claus Lessmann and Guitarist Michael Voss will release their second album Play To Win on October 13th via Frontiers Records. The album will include the songs ‘Crossfire’, ‘Do You Believe In Love’, ‘Shadows Dance’ and ‘Reach Out’.

Phantom V - 'The Change In You'

The brand-new album Love is Coming from genre legend and personal favourite Robin Beck will be unleashed on October 13th through Frontiers Records. The album will include the songs ‘In These Eyes’, ‘Me Just Being Me’, ‘If You Only Knew’ and ‘Warrior’.

Robin Beck - 'On The Bright Side'

Alongside the digital re-release of Arabia’s back-catalogue Z Records have announced John Blaze and Vince O’Regan will work together on the third Arabia album which should be ready for 2018 with live dates to coincide with its release.

Steelheart will release their new album Through Worlds Of Stardust on September 15th via Frontiers Records. It features the tracks ‘My Dirty Girl’, ‘You Got Me Twisted’, ‘With Love We Live Again’ and ‘I’m So In Love With You’.

Steelheart - 'You Got Me Runnin'

Cats In Space release their second album Scarecrow on August 25th. They also hit the road in the UK through September to support its release.

Cats In Space - 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party'

Cult Canadian AOR-ster’s Boulevard will release their new album IV – Luminescence on August 22nd through Melodic Rock Records.

Bouelvard - 'Life Is A Beautiful Thing'

Black Country Communion the classic rock supergroup featuring Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham have reformed and have recorded a fourth album BCCIV which will be released on September 22nd. They will also support the album’s release with live shows including two in early January 2018, London (obviously) and one at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on January 2nd – This show of course happens in the area that area that gives BCC their moniker and Hughes’s home ground! The album includes the tracks, ‘Over My Head’, ‘Sway’, ‘Wanderlust’ and ‘Love Remains’.

Crazy Lixx - 'Hunters Of The Heart' music video

Kryptonite - 'Keep The Dream Alive' music video

Sweet & Lynch release their second album Unified via Frontiers Records on November 10th. It Includes the tracks ‘Walk’, ‘Make Your Mark’, ‘Find Your Way’ and ‘Heart Of Fire’.

Doomsday Outlaw - 'All That I Have' music video

Popular Swede’s Coldspell return with a fourth album A New World Arise which will be release in September via long term record label Escape Music.

Coldspell - 'Call Of The Wild' music video

The Nights - 'Take Me To Heaven' audio video

Frontiers Records have pulled together a new Metal supergroup called Spirits Of Fire – It features Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest / Iced Earth), Chris Caffrey (Savatage, TSO), Steve DiGiorgio (Testement / Death), Mark Zonder (Fates Warning) and produced by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson / Halford). The album is currently been recorded and is scheduled for release in early 2018.

Birmingham based Melodic Rockers Devilfire will release their debut album Dark Manoeuvres on October 6th. It will feature the tracks ‘She’s Like Fire’, ‘Kill Your Love’, ‘Tear Me Apart’ and ‘She’s Always on the Run’. They are currently organising live shows to support the album including an appearance at HRH Sleaze in Sheffield and a hometown show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on the 26th of August.

World Trade - 'Lifeforce' audio video

Quiet Riot - 'Can't Get Enough' music video

Frontiers Records have signed Swedish AOR/Melodic Rock act Perfect Plan – their debut will be release on the label in 2018.

Ten - 'Jekyll and Hyde' music video

Legendary funk rockers Extreme return to the UK for a tour this December including Birmingham O2 Academy on the 17th. Their support for the entire UK tour is the mighty and equally legendary Dan Reed Network.

Europe will release their brand-new album Walk The Earth on October 20th. It will include the songs ‘Kingdom United’, ‘Wolves’, ‘Haze’ and ‘Turn To Dust’.

Much talked about and appreciated cult underground UK melodic rockers BURN have finally returned with a new album announced for November 2017! I’m sure anyone already aware of the band will be dancing for joy at this announcement – the band features two new significant band members and for melodic rockers these two names will increase your excitement levels tenfold – New on vocals is Steve Newman and on guitars Chris Green of Pride (and also Tyketto).

Talking of Steve Newman his latest solo album Aerial will be released via AOR Heaven on September 22nd. It will include the songs ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’, ‘Still Bleeding’, ‘Always Strangers’ and ‘Don’t Wake The Lion’. It’s mastered by the awesome Harry Hess and features guest vocals from Steve’s long-time friend Mark Thompson Smith.

Also from AOR Heaven on 22nd September is the third album from Swedish songstress Martina Edoff entitled We Will Align. It will feature the songs ‘Lay Down Your Arms’, ‘Set You Free’, ‘I’m Invincible’ and ‘Alive’.

Steelheart - 'You Got Me Twisted' music video

Cassidy Paris - 'Talk About It' music video

Tyketto are set to release their first live DVD/CD – filmed at the annual Frontiers Festival earlier this year. Simply entitled Live In Milan 2017 it will get released on the Frontiers label on October 13th. It features their debut album performed in its entirety as well as other Tyke favourites – The set list includes ‘Forever Young’, ‘Wings’, ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘Burning Down Inside’.

Brit Rock legends UFO will release a covers album The Salentino Cuts on September 29th. It includes ‘Heartful of Soul’, ‘The Pusher’, ‘Rock Candy’ and ‘It’s My Life’.

Guitarist Bob Kulick has released his new solo album Skeletons in the Closet. It includes the songs ‘Not Before You’, ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Can’t Stop The Rock’ and ‘Eyes of a Stranger’. Unsurprisingly the album features a whole host of famous guest musician appearances including Robin McAuley, Dee Snider, David Glen Eisley, Rudy Sarzo, Vinnie Appice and Frankie Banali amongst them.

Australian teenager Cassidy Paris is set to launch her music career with her new digital single ‘Talk About It’. This melodic rock tune with strong pop rock elements was co-written by the legend that is Paul Laine.

Dirty Thrills - 'I'll Be With You' music video

The legend that is Stan Bush will release his latest album Change The World on the 22nd of September via LA Records/Cargo Records. His 13th studio album will include the tracks ‘Born To Win’, ‘Never Surrender’, ‘The Story Of Love’ and ‘Break These Trains’.

Carmine and Vinnie Appice will release an album together on October 27th entitled Sinister. As I’m sure you could guess the brothers have been joined by some well-known guest musicians including Robin McAuley, Paul Shortino, Joel Hoekstra and Phil Soussan amongst others! The album includes the tracks ‘Killing Floor’, ‘Suddenly’, ‘In The Night’ and ‘War Cry’.

Vixen’s Janet Gardner will release her self-titled debut album on August 18th. It includes the tracks ‘If You Want Me’, ‘Let It Be Over’, ‘Best Friend’ and ‘The Grind’.

Legendary LA rockers Autograph have signed to the EMP record label. They will release their new album Get Off Your Ass through the label on October 6th.

Popular Swedish melodic rockers H.E.A.T release their new album Into the Great Unknown via earMusic on the 22nd of September. It includes the following tracks ‘Shit City’, ‘Best of the Broken’, ‘We Rule’ and ‘Do You Want It’.

Steve Walsh - 'Born In Fire' audio

Legendary guitarist Steve Lukather will release his autobiography April 5th 2018. I’m this will make for fascinating reading for fans of Toto as well as industry insights due to his regular session musician work to big names over the years.

Australian melodic rockers The Radio Sun will release their third album Unstoppable on October 20th through Pride and Joy Records. Once again, the album is guided by genre ledge Paul Laine and The Radio Sun will appear at HRH AOR 2018 – that’s the third year on the bounce they have performed at this festival!

Toby Jepson’s new band Wayward Sons have been announced as the support act for the upcoming Inglorious UK tour in October. This includes a show at The Robin in Bilston on the 7th of October.

Bigfoot - 'Tell Me A Lie' audio video

Wayward Sons - 'Crush' music video

I’ve always had a massive crush on singer/actress Martine McCutcheon and was surprised to learn of her new release Lost& Found – curiosity lead to me check out the video for ‘Say I’m Not Alone’ which features some nice soft rocking guitars and a killer chorus – now the album could be pop/dance to the max but based on this track alone I think fans of soft rock and AOR should at least give it a listen.

Martine McCutcheon - 'Say I'm Not Alone' music video

Escape Music will be releasing the unreleased third album from Target which featured a pre-Survivor Jimi Jamison. Originally recorded in 1979 it will be released on the label in October.

Heaven & Earth - 'The Game Has Changed' lyric video

Robin Beck - 'Love Is Coming' music video

Phantom V - 'Crossfire' music video

Hinder - 'The Reign' audio video

LA Guns - 'Sticky Fingers' audio video

Danielle Morgan 'Shy' single review

posted 9 Aug 2017, 12:49 by Paul Woodward

UK based singer song-writer Danielle Morgan released her debut EP The Session in June of 2016 to critical acclaim. She is following it up this summer with a brand new single ‘Shy’ which was released on July 7th and is available to purchase and enjoy right now from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify!

Danielle’s latest single ‘Shy’ shows a wide range of influences in some undeniably Beatles flavoured melodies but I feel this song shows a strong sense of grandeur which reminds me of Queen most notably in the guitar’s but also in the song structure. As both those comparisons would elucidate, the song is rock with a strong pop sensibility. Danielle’s vocals are powerful but she never wails and keeps the focus on the melodies with her soulful delivery. The song has a laid back, relaxing feel to it and with Danielle’s delightful vocals and some cool melodic guitar work make ‘Shy’ an extremely memorable song. This is a song that will definitely appeal to music fans who like a little depth and meaning to their music.

You can check Danielle out and discover more about her at her official website as well as her social media accounts , and

And check out the video for the excellent ‘No Trace Of You’ from her debut EP.

Woody’s Rock Reviews July 2017 music video playlist

posted 1 Aug 2017, 09:26 by Paul Woodward

The Woody’s Rock Reviews July 2017 playlist is now completed and ready for you to check out, just click the link, crank it up and enjoy!

Woody's Rock Reviews July 2017 music video playlist

Waltham – ‘Summer Nights’

Quiet Riot – ‘Can’t Get Enough’

World Trade – ‘Lifeforce’

The Niights – ‘Take Me To Heaven’

Coldspell – ‘Call Of The Wild’

Doomsday Outlaw – ‘All That I Have’

Sweet & Lynch – ‘Promised Land’

Kryptonite – ‘Keep The Dream Alive’

Crazy Lixx – ‘Hunters Of The Heart’

Airbound – ‘Til The End’

Boulevard – ‘Life Is A Beautiful Thing’

Rian – ‘Shaping Fear’

Steelheart – ‘Got Me Runnin’’

Phantom V – ‘The Change In You’

Rage For Order – ‘Abduction’

Revolution Saints – ‘Light In The Dark’

Robin Beck – ‘On The Bright Side’

Shadowside – ‘Alive’

Grimm Jack – ‘Sex Drive’

Threshold – ‘Lost In Translation’

Edguy – ‘Open Sesame’

Alice Cooper – ‘Paranormal’

Annabell – ‘Time For Murder’

LA Guns – ‘Speed’

World Trade – ‘Unify’

Kee Of Hearts – ‘The Storm’

Mr Big – ‘Defying Gravity’

Bigfoot – ‘The Fear’

Exit Eden – ‘Unfaithful’

Dirty Thrills – ‘Drunk Words’

Quiet Riot – ‘Wasted’

Ten – ‘Travellers’

The Nights – ‘Hold On’

Kryptonite – ‘Across The Water’

Gotthard – ‘Miss Me’

Da Vinci – ‘I’ve Come All This Way’

Supernova Plasmajets – ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now’

Wayward Sons – ‘Alive’

Hell In The Club – ‘I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker’

Burning Minds Music Group

posted 11 Jul 2017, 09:30 by Paul Woodward

Atomic Stuff Studio and Atomic Stuff Promotion are proud to announce the birth of a brand new strategic company in rock and metal music entertainment, dedicated to all the artists and musicians dealing with these styles of music. Burning Minds Music Group is a professional network, providing rock and metal artists with access to a vast pool of knowledge, resources, and support in every phase of creating, recording, and selling their music. Through a wide list of services provided by its direct or connected partners, Burning Minds Music Group is able to support the creativity of artists offering at a very competitive price:


- Studio recording

- Studio services (Mix, Editing & Mastering)

- Promotion agency

- Album graphic design

- Photo shooting

- Video shooting

- Web design & implementation

- English grammar checking (Songs Lyrics)


Burning Minds Music Group is also the new home of established labels, Street Symphonies Records and Logic Il Logic Records, both revamped for this new merger, and now strongly supported by two new music brands:


- Art Of Melody Music (which will deal with AOR/Melodic Rock/Westcoast music)

- Sneakout Records (the new home of underground / independent artists)


The first signings by Art Of Melody Music / Sneakout Records, and the next releases on Street Symphonies Records / Logic Il Logic Records will be announced soon. All the Burning Minds Music Group's labels are able to ensure a widespread distribution of their products on the market, thanks to their business partners Sound Trek Distributions (for Italy), Plastic Head Distribution (rest of Europe) and AnderStein Music (Japan), and also handling all publishing services worldwide with the professionalism and experience provided by Tanzan Music Ed. Musicali s.r.l. (Suisa). Burning Minds Music Group is ready to help new and established artists reach their goals, and support them in developing their passion with a quality network of established professionals.

Slack Alice – ‘Wise Man’ single review

posted 11 Jul 2017, 09:15 by Paul Woodward

By Woody

Slack Alice are an emerging hard rock band from Coventry who formed last September and have already built up a following through heavy gigging since their formation. The four piece is comprised of Thomas Gould – Vocals, James Pilling – Guitar, Joe Mangle – Bass and Adam Gostick – Drums. The band have recorded and released their debut single ‘Wise Man’ which is available right now!

‘Wise Man’ is a groove driven rocker which harks back to the birth of the classic rock genre in the early seventies. The track has a very retro vibe which will appease fans of early classic rock, it has a scuzzy vibe and slight psychedelic hints which will definitely also intrigue fans of stoner rock. A very promising debut track from this new act who I reckon will hit all the right notes with hard rock fans and are a band I’m sure many will want to check out live based on the flow of this track alone. One to keep your eyes peeled for if bands like The Doors and Led Zeppelin float your boat!

Slack Alice Facebook page

Check out the lyric video for ‘Wise Man’ below

Melodic Times March – Woody’s Melodic Rock and AOR news round-up

posted 16 Mar 2017, 04:55 by Paul Woodward

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Soul rock singer Jessie Galante has signed with Italian label Tanzan Music with an album due for release in May. I’ll give more details once I hear them!

Place Vendome have released an official audio video for the track ‘Close To The Sun’ which you can enjoy by following the link below. Frontiers Records have recently released the album of the same name as this track!

It’s been a long time coming but Quiet Riot will release their new album Road Rage on April 21st through Frontiers Records. Their new vocalist Seann Nicols is the voice you’ll hear in this album. It’s been eleven years since the last new music from the Riot, so I’m sure lots of melodic hard rock fans will be looking forward to this one. Tracks to be included are ‘Let It Go’, ‘I Don’t Need You Anymore’, ‘Empty Rooms’ and ‘The Seeker’. Here’s an official audio video for you to check out – it’s for the track ‘The Seeker’

Italian AOR act Lionville have released a music video for their track ‘Bring Me Back Our Love’ which you can check out here. It’s from their recently released album A World Of Fools on Frontiers Records.

Ted Poley and Steve Brown’s Tokyo Motor Fist have unleashed another official audio video from their recently released debut album. It’s for the Ballad ‘Love’ check it out right here.

and here’s a proper music video for the track ‘Pickin’ Up The Pieces’

Frontiers Records plan to release a series of live album packages recorded at the Frontiers Festival. The first to get the treatment is Treat – it’s titled The Road More or Less Travelled – Live in Milano and will be available in both audio and visual formats. It’s slated for release on April 21st! Songs that were featured in the set include ‘Do Your Own Stunts’, ‘We Own The Night’, ‘Roar’ and ‘World Of Promises’. Here’s a taste of what to expect a live video of the track ‘Ready For The Taking’.

Z Records have announced they are working with a new UK act named Rubicon – I have no idea who is in the band but they are been billed as AOR. More details as I get them.

Unruly Child have released another official audio video for the track ‘Someday, Somehow’, you can enjoy it below. It’s taken from the band’s latest album Can’t Go Home which is out now via Frontiers Records.

In related news Unruly Child will release their special Reigning Frogs box set collection via Frontiers Records on April 21st. It features five hard to get or out of print albums – 1998’s Waiting For The Sun which featured Kelly Hansen on vocals – The Basement Demo’sUCIII Worlds Collide and Down the Rabbit Hole which was independently released and a real collector’s item.

Adrenaline Rush return with a second album Soul Survivor which will be release via Frontiers Records on the 21st of April. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Love Like Poison’, ‘Stand My Ground’, ‘Break The Silence’ and ‘Wild Side’. You can check out their first video for the track ‘Love Like Poison’ below.

House of Lords have revealed their first official music video from their upcoming album Saint Of the Lost Souls which will be released on March 24th via Frontiers Records. You can watch ‘Harlequin’ below and it has a strong HOL sound so I’m sure established fans will be very happy!

and here’s an official audio video for ‘Hit The Wall’

Italian metal act Labyrinth will release their latest opus Architecture of God on April 21st via Frontiers Records. It will feature the tracks ‘Bullets’, ‘Still Alive’, ‘Someone Says’ and ‘Those Days’. Below you can check out their official audio video for the song ‘A New Dream’

Escape Music will be releasing the second album from Walk On Fire entitled Mind over Matter on April 21st. It features the tracks ‘Pleasure of Pain’, ‘Long Live Love’, ‘Wicked’ and ‘Price of Love’.

Greek rockers Danger Angel have released another music video from their album All The Kings Horses. You can crank up ‘Call My Name’ by following the link below.

Axel Rudi Pell will release his latest album The Ballads V via SPV/Steamhammer on April 21st. The first digital single and video is ‘Love’s Holding On’ which features Bonnie Tyler duetting with Pell’s long standing vocalist Johnny Gioeli. The album also features an interesting cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’ which was written for the film ‘The Hobbit’.

Exciting new melodic rockers One Desire have released another official audio video from their forthcoming debut album on Frontiers Records. Check out ‘Apologize’ right here.

and here’s a proper music video for ‘Apologize’

New Italian melodic rockers Viana whom feature Alessandro Del Vecchio on lead vocals have released a lyric video for their track ‘Bad Signs’ and you can give that a listen below. It’s from their self-titled debut album which is released on March 24th via Street Symphonies.

Sleaze rockers Vain return with a new album entitled Rolling With The Punches It will be released on March 17th following a Pledge campaign. It includes the tracks ‘Deliver The Passion’, ‘Long Gone’, ‘Bury Some Pain’ and ‘Sacrifice’.

The recent run of AOR/Melodic Rock reunion club nights throughout the North West have made their way down to the Midlands. Organised and run by Rockageddon and featuring DJ Mark Alger they have announced they will have their first night at The Robin in Bilston on Friday 8th of September. The intention is of course to make these club nights a regular occurrence at the venue, but is dependent on attendance. So if these club nights appeal to you, it’s best to get involved and attend if you wish them to continue!

Night Ranger have released another official audio video this time for the track ‘Comfort Me’. This is from the bands forthcoming album Don’t Let Up which is out at the end of March via Frontiers Records.

Two classic British AOR acts are back on the road later this year – Airrace and Lionheart will be doing a co-headline tour which includes a show at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on December 1st.

Blondie are back this May 5th with the release of their new album Pollinator. You can check out the video for the first single from it ‘Fun’ below, enjoy!

Crazy Lixx release their latest album Ruff Justice through Frontiers Records on April 21st. They have released the first official audio video from it, so you can check out ‘XIII’ below.

Inglorious release their inventively titled second album II through Frontiers Records on the 12th of May. They have released their first promotional music video for the album for the track ‘I Don’t Need Your Loving’ – crank up this rather tasty track below.

Legendary AOR rockers Foreigner have announced a four date UK tour for November. Including a show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on November 26th, support comes from Asia and John Parr. This tour was cancelled before tickets went on general sale - the official statement from the tour operator is the shows will be re-scheduled.

Brummie melodic hard rockers Daylight Robbery have unleashed a new video for the track ‘Paradise Is Lost’, which is taken from their second album Falling Back To Earth, check it out below!

Cult Swedish glam rockers Bai Bang are back with Rock Of Life their new album will be released via AOR Heaven on April 28th. It Includes the tracks ‘Crazy Night’, ‘Heart and Soul’ and ‘Stop Messing Around’.

New Swedish melodic rockers Rockett Love will release their debut album Grab The Rocket via AOR Heaven on the 28th of April. Tracks to be included are ‘Never Surrender’, ‘Rev it Up’ and ‘Rockett Love’.

Melodic Rock Records have announced they will release three albums worth of unreleased material from Arti Tisi. These three albums will all be available individually, and all have a different theme. New York City will be commercial melodic rockers and anthems, Back Again will have a harder, heavier edged collection of songs and The Reeperbahn will be a collection of the man’s more eclectic and diverse song writing including songs with a blues tone and out and out modern rock. These are all out on April 19th with pre-orders via the label website now.

Frontiers Records have signed Swede’s Ammunition which of course features former WIG WAM singer Age Sten Neilsen and Eclipse main man Erik Martensson. The label has tentatively announced a late summer release date for the second album from them. They are also taking part in Sweden’s Eurovision competition this year with their track ‘Wrecking Crew’.

It’s always awesome to hear news about new music from Canadian legends Harem Scarem who will release their latest opus United via Frontiers Records on May 12th. They will of course be appearing at this year’s Rockingham Festival in Nottingham. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Gravity’, ‘Bite The Bullet’, ‘Things I Know’ and ‘The Sky Is Falling’.

British classic rockers Snakecharmer will release their second album Second Skin via Frontiers Records on May 12th. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Sounds Like A Plan’, ‘That Kind Of Love’, ‘I’ll Take You As You Are’ and ‘Punching Above My Weight’.

Royal Hunt will release a dual CD/DVD live album on May 12th simply called 2016 via Frontiers Records. The track list will include ‘Army Of Slaves’, ‘Flight’, ‘Until The Day’ and ‘Half Past Loneliness’.

The new album from Warrant entitled Louder Harder Faster will be released through Frontiers Records on May 12th. The track list will include ‘Devil Dancer’, ‘Only Broken Heart’, ‘Faded’ and ‘Let It Go’. The band of course continues to feature Robert Mason on lead vocals.

Eclipse have released another official audio video, this time for the track ‘Jaded’ which is lifted from their soon to be released album Monumnetum. Enjoy!

NWOBHM heroes Tygers of Pan Tang have released a new music video for the feel-good rocker ‘Glad Rags’. It’s lifted from their new self-titled album that was released last year.

Woody’s Rock Reviews February 2017 music video playlist

posted 1 Mar 2017, 05:08 by Paul Woodward

The Woody’s Rock Reviews February 2017 music video playlist is now completed for you to check out, click the link, crank it up and enjoy!

Woody’s Rock Reviews February 2017 music video playlist

Labyrinth – ‘A New Dream’

House Of Lords – ‘Hit The Wall’

Airbourne – ‘It’s All For Rock N Roll’

Adrenaline Rush – ‘Love Like Poison’

Sainted Sinners – ‘Maybe She’s Got Balls’

Brother Firetribe – ‘Indelible Heroes’

Tokyo Motor Fist – ‘Pickin’ Up The Pieces’

Viana – ‘Bad Signs’

One Desire – ‘Apologize’

Dirty White Boyz – ‘Hanging On A Heartache’

Papa Roach – ‘Help’

Danko Jones – ‘My Little RnR’

Silent Jack – ‘Hard Rock Hell’

Danger Angel – ‘Call My Name’

Hail Sagan – ‘Dark Clouds’

Mongrel Dogs – ‘High’

Naked – ‘Aim For The Heart’

Bare Infinity – ‘Hear Me Out’

Wolvespirit – ‘I Want To Love’

House Of Lords – ‘Harlequin’

Daniel Gazzolli Project – ‘Heartblame’

Tokyo Motor Fist – ‘Love’

Steel Panther – ‘Poontang Boomerang’

Edenbridge – ‘The Moment Is Now’

Lionville – ‘Bring Back Our Love’

Place Vendome – ‘Close To The Sun’

The Fallen State – ‘Nova’

Supernova Plasmajets – ‘Hold You Close’

Inglorious – ‘Read All About It’

Amaranthe – ‘Boomerang’

Jimi Anderson Group – ‘Let’s Get Serious’

Night Ranger – ‘Don’t Let Up’

Hartmann – ‘Shadow In My Eyes’

Stefanie Johnson – ‘Word Man’

Voodoo Circle – ‘Heart Of Stone’

Sinner – ‘Battle Hill’

Crystal Viper – ‘The Witch Is Back’

Johnny Lima – ‘Never Let You Go’

Liv Sin – ‘Let Me Out’

Nickelback – ‘Feed The Machine’

Loudguns – ‘Billie The Queen’

Black Star Riders – ‘Heavy Fire’

Bleeker – ‘Highway’

Big Engine – ‘Shake That Thing’

Midway – ‘Low Life’

Electric Guitars – ‘Headless Chicken’

Eclipse – ‘Never Look Back’

Woody’s Round Up – Radio Show – (21/2/17)

posted 21 Feb 2017, 13:29 by Paul Woodward

One Desire - Hurt - 0

Magic Dance - Love Was Not Enough - 5.45

Jim Jidhed - One Breathe Away - 9.54

Eclipse - Vertigo - 14.39

Age Of Reflection - Blame It On My Heart - 18.02

Livesay - Comes of Age - 24.18

Sweet Mary Jane - Surrender - 28.09

Stephen Pearcy - I Can't Take It - 32.43

Fair Warning - Burning Heart - 35.31

Supernova Plasmajets - Leave Forever - 40.30

The Murder of My Sweet - Personal Hell - 44.13

Magnum - Lonely Night - 49.46

Bear Bone Company - Hangin' - 54.04

Place Vendome - Welcome To The Edge - 57.57

Bobby Kimball - One Day - 1.02.26

Enuff Znuff - Dog On A Bone - 1.06.51

Crossbones - Take Me High - 1.11.07

Stephen Pearcy - Jamie - 1.16.00

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Melodic Times February – Woody’s Melodic Rock and AOR news round-up

posted 12 Feb 2017, 05:52 by Paul Woodward

Stuff by Woody

Unruly Child have released an official audio video for the track ‘She Can’t Go Home’ which you can enjoy below. Their new album Can’t Go Home will be released through Frontiers Records on February 24th.

and here’s another audio video for the track ‘Point Of View’

House of Lords will release their brand new album Saint of the Lost Souls through Frontiers Records on March 24th. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Hit The Wall’, ‘The Sun Will Never Set Again’, ‘Reign Of Fire’ and ‘Art of Letting Go’. They have released their first official audio video for the track ‘Oceans Divide’ which you can check out here.

One of my favourite ‘new’ bands (AKA no eighties connections) Eclipse will release their new album Momentum on March 24th via Frontiers Records. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Never Look Back’, ‘Hurt’, ‘Born To Lead’ and ‘No Way Back’. You can check out their first official audio video for the track ‘Vertigo’ right here.

and here’s a cool music video for their track ‘Never Look Back’

I’m already excessively excited about the new Night Ranger album Don’t Let Up which is getting released on March 24th through Frontiers Records. The album includes the following tracks ‘Running Out Of Time’, ‘Won’t Be Your Fool’, ‘Comfort Me’ and ‘Jamie’. You can check out their first audio video for ‘Somehow Someway’ below, enjoy!

Here’s another official audio video for the track ‘Don’t Let Up’…

Melodic Rock Records have announced they will release a career retrospective album from cult melodic rockers Shotgun Symphony. The album entitled The Last Symphony will be a monster 4 CD package, It will include their self titled album, On The Line Of Fire and Sea Of Desire. The fourth album will be made up of rarities, B-sides, demo’s ect… you know the drill! More details will be released shortly!

Melodic Rock Records have also announced they will be re-issuing cult melodic rocker Johnny Lima’s self-titled debut album and 2003 album Made In California as a double album complete with bonus tracks. This set will be restricted to 500 copies so don’t hang around on this one if you want it! More details soon.

The Murder of My Sweet have released another official audio video for the track ‘Loud as a Whisper’. This is from their recently released album Echoes of the Aftermath on Frontiers Records. Check it out!

Jim Peterik’s Pride of Lions have released their first proper music video from their new album Fearless which is out now on Frontiers Records. Check out ‘All I See Is You’ below, enjoy!

A new all-star band have formed that could be of great interest to melodic rockers called Brigade. It features Howard Lesse (Heart) Robin McAuley (MSG, Survivor) James Kottak (Kingdom Come) and Jason Boyleston (Paul Rodgers / Starship). The band play their first live show at a Ronnie Montrose tribute concert as part of the NAMM convention in America. Keep your eye’s peeled for further info!

HRH Sleaze has expanded past been part of HRH AOR – There will now be a two day sleaze festival at the 02 Academy in Sheffield on the 2nd and 3rd of September. The line-up so far includes Faster Pussycat, Vain, Jizzy Pearls Love/Hate, Tyla’s Dog’s D’Amour, Tigertailz, Crazy Lixx, Sister, Bulletrain, Stop Stop, Wildside Riot, Kaato, New Generation Superstars, Daxx and Roxane, Devilfire, New Device, 44 Calibre and Superhooch.

Hot on the heels of new super group Brigade comes Roadcase Royale which features Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Liv Warfield (Prince). Original music has already been recorded and plans for live shows in the first half 2017 already on the cards. Heart fans need not worry though, Nancy states this band is a side project.

Swedish guitarist Sammy Berell will release his new album Passion Dreams on March 17th through Dark Force / Sound Pollution. It’s for fans of early Yngwie Malmsteen and John Norum solo albums. It features Goran Edman and Michael Vescera on vocals and Daniel Flores on Drums and Keyboards. One to look out for!

Tokyo Motor Fist the new supergroup featuring Trixter’s Steve Brown and Danger Danger’s Ted Poley have released another official audio for the track ‘Put Me To Shame’. You can check it out below and it’s from their soon to be released debut album on Frontiers Records, enjoy!

Michael Kiske’s Place Vendome have release a lyric video for the track ‘Hereafter’ check it our below. It’s from the album Close To The Sun which will be released on the 24th of February through Frontiers Records.

Asia’s John Whetton sadly recently passed out at only 67, after losing his battle with cancer.

And the Skid Row merry go round keeps on turning as they have just announced ZP Theart as their new frontman.

Brummie rockers Devilfire have set up a crowd funding campaign to help with recent costs incurred with an enforced name change! So you can of course pre-order your album alongside a whole host of other extra goodies! Check it out at

Devilfire - Kickstarter campaign

Following hot on the heels of One Desire’s killer video for ‘Hurt’ is an official audio video for the track ‘Whenever I’m Dreaming’ which you can check out below.

Art Nation will release their new album Liberation on April 28th via Sony Music/Gain.

Inglorious who have gone from strength to Strength since the release of their debut album! Their second album is already recorded and set for release in May on Frontiers Records! It includes the tracks ‘I Don’t Need Your Loving’, ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘No Good For You’ and ‘I Got A Feeling’.

Swiss hard rockers Black Diamonds will release their second album Once Upon A Time through AOR Heaven on March 24th. It features the tracks ‘Pieces Of A Broken Dream’, ‘The Ghost and The Shadow’ and ‘Vampires Of The Night’.

Dirty White Boyz are a new group assembled around vocalist Tony Mitchell and also featuring Nigel Bailey, Paul Hume, Neil Ogden and Jamie Crees. Their debut album Down and Dirty will be unleashed via Escape Music on the 24th of March. Tracks included are ‘All She Wrote’, ‘Hangin On A Heartache’, ‘Hell To Pay’ and ‘After The Rain’.

Hard Rock Hell have announced another batch of acts for the November bash, these new additions include Dee Snider, Tyketto, Lynch Mob, Reef and Femme Fatale! It takes place in Pwllheli, North Wales on 9th November through to the 12th. Looks a tasty line-up all round to me and very tempting!

Rock Candy Records have re-issued the first two classic King Kobra albums Thrill of A Lifetime and Ready To Strike. If you don’t already own these albums they are essential purchase for genre fans!

Powerquest have signed to Inner Wound Records with a new album scheduled for release in October. They will play a headline show at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on the 27th of October.

Crazy Lixx will release their latest album Ruff Justice in April via Frontiers Records. It includes the tracks ‘Wild Child’, ‘Shot With A Needle Of Love’, ‘Hunter Of The Heart’ and ‘If It’s Love’.

Rockingham Festival have announced all 18 bands that will be performing at this year’s Festival between 20th and 23rd of October at Nottingham Trent University. Running orders and day splits have not been announced, but here you go some real surprises amongst them to – Vince Neil, Loverboy, Kix, Great White, Harem Scarem, Honeymoon Suite, Dave Bickler, Brother Firetribe, Dare, Fortune, Blanc Faces, Vega, The Amorettes, Airrace, Moritz, Maverick, Bailey and Cruzh.

Viana is a new melodic rock project worth keeping an eye out for, the self-titled album will be released on March 24th via Street Symphonies Records. This project is from Italian guitarist Stefano Viana who is backed by some big-name session players in the Italian scene, most notably Alessandro Del Vecchio who also co-produces the album. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Bad Signs’, ‘Feel Your Love Tonight’, ‘A New Love’ and ‘That Place Is You’.

Woody's Rock Reviews January 2017 music video playlist

posted 31 Jan 2017, 18:10 by Paul Woodward

The Woody’s Rock Reviews January 2017 music video playlist is now ready for you to check out, click the link, crank it up and enjoy!

Woody’s Rock Reviews January 2017 music video playlist

Zhenx – ‘Jumping Off The Skyline’

Bonfire – ‘Locomotive Breath’

Sweet Mary Jane – ‘Fire In Your Eyes’

Sainted Sinners – ‘We Are All Sainted Sinners’

Lionville – ‘Show Me The Love’

Dirty Glory – ‘Fire’

Jim Jidhed – ‘If We Call It Love’

Place Vendome – ‘Hereafter’

Tokyo Motor Fist – ‘Put Me To Shame’

The Wild! – ‘Ready To Roll’

Unruly Child – ‘Point Of View’

As Lions – ‘Bury My Dead’

Starsick System – ‘Believe’

American Rebel Soul – ‘No Apologies’

Smash Into Pieces – ‘Higher’

Stephen Pearcy – ‘Ten Miles Wide’

Ivan Ivankovic – ‘Life Is War’

Jack Russell’s Great White – ‘Sign Of The Times’

Age Of Reflection – ‘Blame It on My Heart’

Pride Of Lions – ‘All I See Is You’

The Murder Of My Sweet – ‘Loud As A Whisper’

The Dark Side Of Venus – ‘I Don’t Gave A Damn’

Liv Sin – ‘Let Me Out’

Night Ranger – ‘Somehow, Someway’

Eclipse – ‘Vertigo’

Mike Tramp – ‘Coming Home’

House Of Lords – ‘Oceans Divide’

Kansas – ‘Rhythm in the Spirit’

Epica – ‘Beyond The Matrix’

Unruly Child – ‘She Can’t Go Home’

One Desire – ‘Hurt’

Place Vendome – ‘Light Before The Dark’

Zonetripper – ‘Disconnected’

Royal Flush – ‘Highway To Heaven’

Tokyo Motor Fist – ‘Shameless’

Lionville – ‘A World Of Fools’

Black Star Riders – ‘Testify or Say Goodbye’

Dirty Lyxx – ‘Fanning The Flames’

Bulletrain – ‘Fight With Me’

Stephen Pearcy – ‘Rain’

Graham Bonnet Band – ‘Rider’

Supernova Plasmajets – ‘Leave Forever’

Prowess – ‘No Survivors’

The Murder of My Sweet – ‘Shining After Dark’

Pride Of Lions – ‘The Light In Your Eyes’

Burnt Out Wreck – ‘Swallow’

Gun Machine – ‘Balls To The Wall’

7th Heaven – ‘Diamonds’

The Fallen State – ‘The Quickening’

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