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