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

posted 17 Sep 2017, 11:34 by Paul Woodward

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Hard Rockers Heaven and Earth will release their fourth album Hard To Kill on September 29th. They are currently taking exclusive pre-orders through a Pledge campaign, where of course you can get a whole host of goodies on top of your album order. This includes guitar lessons from Stuart Smith via Skype.

West Midlands melodic rockers Iconic Eye will release their new album Into The Light on November 4th. It’s the first album to feature Janey Gillard on vocals – it is a transitional album so will feature five re-recorded tracks which are a big part of the bands current setlist. These will sit alongside Six brand new tracks ‘Am I The One’, ‘Black Country Lady’, ‘These Tears Won’t Last’, ‘Black Heart’, ‘Thanks For The Memories’ and ‘Never Get Through The Night’. They have a few shows lined up including the album launch at The Station in Cannock on November 17th and an acoustic show at The Robin on September 30th as part of the Acoustica Festival. The album is available for pre-order right now direct from the band’s website!

Brummie Melodic Rockers Daylight Robbery will be playing a headline show at The Station in Cannock on November 10th. Wolverhampton sleaze rockers Shyyne have been announced as support with more TBA.

Evanescence will release their fourth album synthesis on October 14th. A massive USA tour will accompany the release which frontwoman has referred to as a passion project.

Canadian hard rockers The Wild! Have been announced as Aussie rockers Airbourne support on their upcoming UK tour.

Threshold - 'Small Dark Lines' music video

The jet set among us will be very interested in the Melodic Rock 5 Festival announcement. It takes place again at the H.O.M.E Bar, Arlington Heights in Chicago on May 4th, 5th and 6th! The line-up is May 4th – The Defiants, Jean Beauvoir, Crazy Lixx, Grand Design, Station, Fierce Heart, Joey C Jones and Jaded Past. May 5th – H.E.A.T, Treat, Mecca, Adriangale, Bryan Cole, Madman’s Lullaby, Far Cry and Roadkill. May 6th – FM, Paul Laine, Boulevard, Shotgun Symphony, The Radio Sun, Midnite City, Lynn Allen and Teer.

Kansas will be releasing a new live album Overture Live & Beyond on November 3rd. Tracks included in the set list are ‘Dust In The Wind’, ‘Rhythm in the Spirit’, ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Cheyenne Anthem’.

Robert Tepper has announced that he will be working on a new album entitled Staggered so keep your eyes peeled for further information on that one!

Led Zeppelin and Black Country legend Robert Plant releases a new solo album Carry Fire on October 13th.

Robert Plant - 'The May Queen' lyric video

Original Tigertailz vocalist Steevi Jaimz has teamed up with Phil Vokins to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tigertailz classic ‘Living Without You’. The re-recorded version of the song was completed recently by the pair and they will be working together on a new project set for release next year on AOR Boulevard Records.

Steevi Jaimz - 'Living Without You' music video

Devilfire, The New Saints and Corvus will be supporting tribute band Live and Let Rock at their Halloween Headbangers Ball gig which is happening on October 27th at The Robin in Bilston!

Powerquest will release their sixth album The Sixth Dimension via Inner Wound Records on October 13th. The track list will include ‘Kings and Glory’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Pray For The Day’ and ‘Coming Home’. If you were not already aware the bands scheduled live show at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton in October has been cancelled – the show slated for the 27th has now been moved to the Yardbirds in Grimsby.

Devilfire - 'She's Like Fire' music video

Martine McCutcheon - 'Any Sign Of Life' music video

Autograph - 'Get Off Your Ass' audio video

Northern Irish rockers Maverick have been very busy in recent times and have already announced that their new album will be released next march, once again on metalopolis records and it will be called Cold Star Dancer.

Newman - 'Can't Stop Loving You' audio video

Tyketto - 'Wings' live music video

Revolution Saints - 'Freedom' Lyric video

Martina Edoff - 'Face The Mirror' music video

Reformed cult hard rockers Madam X have signed a deal with EMP who will release their brand-new album Monstrosity on October 27th. The album features additional mixing from Mark Slaughter. The band was formed by sisters Maxine and Roxy Petrucci – Roxy went on to major success with Vixen shortly after leaving Madam X. The album features an updated version of the bands most well-known song ‘High In High School’.

Degreed - 'Animal' music video

Diamante - 'Sleepwalking' audio video

September 29th will see the comeback of Rick Price and Jack Jones with their album California Dreaming. It is a covers album and features tracks like ‘Desperado’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Monday, Monday’.

Sweet / Lynch - 'Afterlife' lyric video

Babylon A.D - 'Crash and Burn' music video

Inner wound records have signed female fronted melodic metal band Angel Nation and will release their album Aeon on October 27th. Tracks to be included are ‘Blood Is On Your Hands’, ‘Breathe Again’, ‘Wonder Who You Are’ and ‘Enough Is Enough’.

Another Inner wound Records signing Metalite will also unleash their new album Heroes in Time via the label on October 27th.  The Swedish female fronted melodic metal act will include the following tracks on the album, ‘Purpose of Life’, ‘The Hunter’, ‘In The Middle Of The Night’ and ‘Over and Done’.

UK rockers Bigfoot will support the release of their new album on Frontiers Records with a massive UK tour. This includes a show at The Station in Cannock on Saturday November 4th.

Cult hair metallers Babylon A.D. will release their new album Revelation Highway via Frontiers Records on November 10th. It will include the tracks ‘Fool On Fire’, ‘Tears’, ‘She Likes To Give It’ and ‘I’m No Good For You’.

Powerquest - 'Kings and Glory' lyric video

The Dark Element - 'The Dark Element' audio video

The lost Target album featuring Jimi Jamison entitled In Range will finally see the light of day on October 20th on Escape Music. It includes extensive linear notes by journalist Dave Reynolds. It includes the tracks ‘Too Much Good Lovin’’, ‘Hold Tight’, ‘A Place Called Hot’ and ‘Don’t You Think It’s Time’.

What was originally intended to be a solo album for vocalist Anette Olzon (Nightwish/Alyson Avenue) in collaboration with Jani Liimatainen has now been given a band title The Dark Element. This will also be the title of the album which will be released on November 10th via Frontiers Records. Songs set for inclusion are ‘Here’s To You’, ‘Heaven Of Your Heart’, ‘Only One Who Knows Me’ and ‘Someone You Used To Know’.

Steelheart - 'Come Inside' audio video

Melodic Rock Records will release Cup Of Tears by Devoid featuring Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz on October 13th. This melodic metal album will feature the tracks ‘Collective Heart’, ‘Colours Fade To Grey’, ‘Agony’ and ‘Final Breath’.

Devoid - 'Religion' audio video

American Mafia - 'Ride On Through' lyric video

Jeff Scott Soto - 'Breakout' audio video

Pink Cream 69 will release their brand new album Headstrong on November 10th. It will include the tracks ‘We Bow To None’, ‘No More Fear’, ‘Vagrant of the Night’ and ‘The Other Man’.

Code Red will release their debut album Incendiary via AOR Heaven on October 20th. Vocalist Ulrick Lonnqvist will be familiar to many for his collaborations with other genre musicians and song writers, but also for the band he started with Sahara who released their album via AOR Heaven way back in 2001. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Eternal Pretender’, ‘I Won’t Be Your Hero’ and ‘Lift Me Up.

Midnite City a new melodic rock band featuring Rob Wylde and Pete Newdeck will release their self-titled debut album via AOR Heaven on October 20th.

Frontiers Records have signed ReVertigo wo compromise of Swedish duo Mats Leven and Anders Wikstrom. The album will surface in early 2018.

Glam / Sleaze rockers Poisonheart have signed to Sneakout Records who will release their debut album Till The Morning Light. It will feature the tracks ‘Flames and Fire’, ‘Anymore’, ‘Out For Blood’ and ‘Under My Wings’.

Swiss hard rockers Shakra return with their new album Snakes and Ladders on November 10th. The track list includes ‘Cassandra’s Curse’, ‘Something You Don’t Understand’, ‘I Will Rise Again’ and ‘Fire in My Veins’.

Gypsy Soul will release the album Winners and Losers via Escape Music on October 20th. The band features XYZ, King Kobra and Foreigner alumni, and these songs were written and recorded back in the late eighties but the album never saw the light of day despite major label interest at the time, some of these songs went on to be released by other acts including Foreigner. The band features guitarist JK Northrup and vocalist Johnny Edwards. Songs to be included are ‘Fire and Water’, ‘Ready For The Rain’, ‘She’s Waiting’ and ‘Burning In Her Fire’.

H.E.A.T have announced a European tour in November including a couple of dates in the UK including November 17th at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton. Support comes from Degreed!

Kee of Hearts - 'Crimson Dawn' lyric video

Hell In The Club - 'Houston, We've Got No Money' music video

This one seems to have snuck up out of nowhere but Vandenberg’s Moonkings are back with their second album inventively titled MKII. Once again it will be released via Mascot Records on November 3rd and will feature the tracks ‘Angel In Black’, ‘The Fire’, ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘Ready For The Taking’.

Primal Fear - 'If Looks Could Kill' audio video

Mean Streak - 'Retaliation Call' music video

Finland’s Santa Cruz release their new album Bad Blood Rising on November 10th. Their third album will be released by new label M-Theory Audio. The band will also be embarking on an extensive tour to promote the album including the 9th of December at The Flapper in Birmingham.

Santa Cruz - 'River Phoenix' audio video

The Radio Sun - 'Heaven on Earth' music video

Voodoma - 'Shine' lyric video

Secret Rule - 'Twin Flames' music video

Airrace - 'Eyes Like Ice' lyric video

Steelheart - 'Lips of Rain' music video

LA Guns - 'Christine' audio video

Phantom V - 'Baptized' audio video

Robin Beck - 'Island' audio video

Mike Tramp will be releasing a box set This and That but a whole lot More on December 1st. It’s limited to just 1,000 copies and contains 5 CD’s and one DVD and is a collection of rarities and unreleased songs spanning his entire career and various bands/projects.

Mike Tramp - 'Work It All Out' music video

Woody's Rock Reviews August 2017 music video playlist

posted 4 Sep 2017, 14:05 by Paul Woodward

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

Woody's Rock Reviews August 2017 music video playlist

Jeff Scott Soto – ‘Breakout’

American Mafia – ‘Ride on Through’

Devoid – ‘Religion’

Steelheart – ‘Come Inside’

Redline – ‘Dark City’

Epica – ‘Immortal Meloncholy’

The Dark Element – ‘The Dark Element’

Power Quest – ‘Kings and Glory’

Babylon AD – ‘Crash and Burn’

Janet Gardner – ‘Rat Hole’

Sweet and Lynch – ‘Afterlife’

Excorde – ‘If I Saw You’

Diamante – ‘Sleep Walking’

Degreed – ‘Animal’

The Killers – ‘Run For Cover’

H.E.A.T – ‘Redefined’

Dan Reed – ‘Smile’

Martina Edoff – ‘Face The Mirror’

Tyketto – ‘Wings’ (Live)

Newman – ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’

Autograph – ‘Get Off Your Ass’

Martine McCutcheon – ‘Any Sign Of Life’

Weezer – ‘Mexican Fender’

Devilfire – ‘She’s Like Fire’

Steevi Jaimz – ‘Living Without You’

Robert Plant – ‘The May Queen’

Revolution Saints – ‘Freedom’

Echosmith – ‘Future Me’

Lynch Mob – ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’

The Darkness – ‘Solid Gold’

Sabaton – ‘Primo Victoria’

Threshold – ‘Small Dark Lines’

Kee of Hearts – ‘Bridge To Heaven’

Lights – ‘Savage’

H.E.A.T – ‘Time On Our Side’

Hinder – ‘The Reign’

Tori Amos – ‘Cloud Riders’

Phantom V – ‘Crossfire’

Threatin’ – ‘Living Is Dying’

Robin Beck – ‘Love Is Coming’

Dan Reed Network – ‘Infected’

The Darkness – ‘All The Pretty Girls’

Heaven and Earth – ‘The Game Has Changed’

Martine McCutcheon – ‘Say I’m Not Alone’

Wayward Sons – ‘Crush’

Bigfoot – ‘Tell Me A Lie’

Steve Walsh – ‘Born In Fire’

All That Remains – ‘The Thunder Rolls’

7HY – ‘Burning Rain’

Lionheart – ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’

Garbage – ‘No Horses’

Scherer / Batten – ‘The Sound of Your Voice’

Steelheart – ‘You Got Me Twisted’

Hell In The Club – ‘The Phantom Punch’

Dirty Thrills – ‘I’ll Be With You’

Exit Eden – ‘Incomplete’

Black Country Communion – ‘Collide’

Ten – ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

King Creature – ‘Lowlife’

Cassidy Paris – ‘Talk About It’

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

Stuff by Woody

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

Enbound - Give Me Light - 1.19.05

Eternal Idol - Evil Tears - 1.22.40

Soto - Give In To Me - 1.27.48

Sixx AM - That's Gonna Leave A Scar - 1.33.38

Kyros - Cloudburst - 1.37.48

Blossoms - Charlemagne - 1.42.28

Kings Of Leon - Find Me - 1.45.12

The 1975 - Somebody Else - 1.50.25

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