Melodic Times April – Melodic Rock and AOR news round up

posted 16 Apr 2018, 13:34 by Paul Woodward

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Z Records have announced their latest signing Rubicon – a female fronted melodic rock act a first for the label. The label is keeping most details about this album close to their chests, but more information will be revealed when their single ‘My One and Only’ is released on the 6th of April an audio video is out now for you to sample the song.

Rubicon - 'My One and Only' audio video

Stryper - 'Sorry' music video

UK glam/metal band Indya have released an audio video for the track ‘The Final Line’. This is taken from the forthcoming album Rebel Music which will be released via Hollier Than Thou Records in the summer of 2018.

Indya - 'The Final Line' audio video

Legendary NWOBHM band Praying Mantis will return on the 11th of May with G.R.A.V.I.T.Y which will be released on Frontiers Records.

Jizzy Pearl - 'You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone' music video

Firehouse guitarist Bill Leverty has a couple of new solo songs available via his website ‘Love Is Like A Song’ and ‘Memorable’. Go check em out, these songs feature Firehouse drummer Michael Foster.

Leverty website

Christian rockers Stryper will release their new album God Damn Evil on April 20th. It will feature the tracks ‘Take It to The Cross’, ‘You Don’t Even Know Me’, ‘Sea Of Thieves’ and ‘Beautiful’.

Jizzy Pearl will release his new album All You Need Is Soul via Frontiers Records on the 11th of May. The track list includes ‘High For An Eye’, ‘House of Sin’, ‘When The Devil Comes’ and ‘You Don’t Know What It’s Like’.

Swedish hard rockers Stonelake have signed to Melodic Rock Records who will release the band’s new album Thunder and Rain on April 25th.

Stonelake - 'Thunder and Rain' audio video

Swedish melodic rockers Grand Design will release their new album Viva La Strange on April 20th.

Grand Design - 'Face It' music video

FM - 'Playing Tricks On Me' music video

The Cyberiam - 'The Fall' music video

Loverboy’s Paul Dean has released a new solo single ‘Be With You’ his first solo material since 1994. Its available through all reputable digital download stores and streaming services.

Paul Dean - 'Be With You' music video

Airbound - 'Zhaneta' lyric video

Royal Hunt - 'Fistful Of Misery' music video

Dokken - 'It's Just Another Day' music video

Michael Bormann who is currently hard at work on his latest project Jaded Hard will release his latest ‘hits’ package Rock Hard on May 5th. It includes ‘I Will Hold The Line’, ‘Anymore’, ‘Come Take Me Higher’ and ‘Live and Let Die’.

Perfect Plan - 'Gone Too Far' music video

Jaded Heart have released their latest opus Devil’s Gifts through Massacre Records. The album has been mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T fame. The album features the songs ‘Set Free’, ‘Scream Of Anger’, ‘Tears Of Our World’ and ‘Final Moment’.

AOR legends Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch have formed a new supergroup GIG. Their album Brave New World is strictly limited to a 1,000 copies run and will feature the tracks ‘Private O’Toole’, ‘Waiting’, ‘All There Is’ and ‘Little Flame’. Expect an album of full on west coast and soft rock.

Appice - 'Sinister' lyric video

VEGA - 'Worth Dying For' music video

Panorama - 'The Highest Mountain' lyric video

Captain Blackbeard - 'Picture Life' audio video

Stonelake - 'Hold On To You' audio video

Hardcore Superstar have released the single ‘Electric Rider’ which can be purchased from all good digital retailers. It is taken from the Swede’s upcoming 11th album You Can’t Kill My Rock And Roll.

Issa - 'Sacrifice Me' music video

Stoneface - 'Play Their Game' audio video

A whole bunch of new Rock Candy remasters are available now, Legs Diamond S/T, A Diamond And A Hard Rock and Fire Power, Morning Star S/T and Venus, Nutz S/T and Too.

Just announced – A Trio of new breed melodic hard rock bands have announced a live show at The Robin in Bilston on December 2nd. Tickets are on sale now for The New Roses headline show with support from Departed and The Brink.

Black Country vocalist Lee Small has released his latest solo album Southern Wind exclusively through his website. It’s packaged with his two previous solo albums The Eyes of Robert Lees and Jamaica Inn and is strictly limited edition to just 200 copies with the boxset called Reflections. It also comes with access to an exclusive 15 track download album of various covers.

Swedish hard rockers Motherlode have returned as Stoneface with a new singer Andreas Novak. Their debut self-titled album will be released this April.

TNT will release their new album XIII on June 8th via Frontiers Records and it will feature the songs ‘Not Feeling Anything’, ‘Where You Belong’, ‘Can’t Breathe Anymore’ and ‘Tears In My Eyes’.

Joe Lynn Turner’s Sunstorm will release The Road To Hell on June 8th via Frontiers Records. It will include the tracks ‘My Eyes On You’, ‘State Of The Heart’, ‘Still Fighting’ and ‘On The Edge’.

Amanda Sommerville’s Trilllium will release Tectonic via Frontiers Records on June 8th. It will include the tracks ‘Stand Up’, ‘Hit Me’, ‘Fighting Fate’ and ‘Shards’.

Hard Rock Hell AOR have announced the first wave of bands set to feature at the 2019 event. It takes place between 14th and 17th of March 2019 at Hafan Y Mor, North Wales. The Thursday night headliner is Tyketto, Friday headliner is UFO and the third headliner are yet to be confirmed. Joining the line-up is Dave Bickler (Ex-Survivor), The Electric Boys, Tigertailz, Mitch Malloy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Vega, Romeos Daughter, Kane’d, The Radio Sun, Bai Bang, Saints Of Sin, Psycho Kiss, New Generation Superstars, Fahran, Captain Blackbeard, Heartbreak Remedy, Void, Epic, Haxan, Sordid Lies, The Wicked Jackals, Corvus, Silent Jack, Kiss The Gun. A fistful of bands to round out the Festival will be announced soon.

The Nights - 'In The Blink Of An Eye' music video

JK Northrup & David Cagle - 'The Night Is Mine' music video

The Brink - 'Little Janie' lyric video

Perfect Plan - 'Never Surrender' audio video

TNT - 'Get Ready For Some Hard Rock' audio video

The new Hartmann album Hands On The Wheel will be released on Pride and Joy music on May 18th. It includes the tracks ‘Your Best Excuse’, ‘Simple Man’, ‘The Sky Is Falling’ and ‘Heart Of Gold’.

Melodic Rock Records have signed Finalnd’s hard rockers Rust N Rage and will release their album Tales From The Wasteland in May. It Will include the songs ‘Dancing On The Edge’, ‘Midnight Train’, ‘Lethal’ and ‘Dreamcatcher’.

Vega - 'All Over Now' audio video

Multi-National melodic metallers Eden’s Curse will be supporting Michael Schenker Fest this November. This includes a show at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on November 6th. There should be a new Curse album by then, so keep your eyes peeled for news on that too.

Lords Of Black - 'World Gone Mad' music video

Airrace - 'Summer Rain' lyric video

Stryper - 'Lost' audio video

Doomsday Outlaw - 'Bring It On Home' music video

Seventh Wonder - 'Victorious' audio video

Amanda Sommerville’s Trillium will release their latest album Tectonic via Frontiers Records on June 8th. It will include the tracks ‘Stand Up’, ‘Hit Me’, ‘Shards’ and ‘Eternal Spring’.

Trillium - 'Time To Shine' music video

City Of Thieves - 'Buzzed Up City' music video

UK Classic Rock inspired rockers City of Thieves will release their album Beast Reality on the 12th of October through Frontiers Records.

Seventh Wonder will release their new album Tiara on October 12th through Frontiers Records. It will feature the songs ‘Arrival’, ‘Against The Grain’, ‘The Truth’ and ‘By The Light Of The Funeral Pyres’.