Melodic Times December - Melodic Rock and AOR news round-up

posted 12 Dec 2018, 07:56 by Paul Woodward

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SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing the debut album from John Diva and the Rockets of Love on February 8th. Mama Said Rock Is Dead includes the following tracks ‘Blinded’, ‘Just A Night Away’, ‘Fire Eyes’ and ‘Wild Life’.

The long awaited second Toby Hitchcock album Reckoning will finally be released via Frontiers Records on January 25th. This time around the songs are written by Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet) and include ‘No Surrender’, ‘Show Me How To Live’, ‘Fighting For My Life’ and ‘Someone Like You’.

Toby Hitchcock - 'Promise Me' music video

New band Spirit of Fire fronted by Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens will release their debut album on February 22nd via Frontiers Records. It includes the tracks ‘’Temple of the Soul’, ‘All Come Together’, ‘Dispensable’ and ‘Alone in the Darkness’.

Spirits of Fire - 'Light Speed Marching' music video

FM will release a new live album The Italian Job which was recorded in Milan at the annual Frontiers Festival. Set for release via the label on February 22nd the setlist includes ‘I Belong To The Night’, ‘Does It Feel Like Love’, ‘Bad Luck’ and ‘Other Side Of Midnight’.

Frontiers have announced the signing of Black Rose Maze a new project centred around Canadian vocalist Rosa Laricchiuta. She rose to fame in her homeland following her appearances on Quebec’s version of The Voice. Due to her work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra she has been brought to the attention of the label by Jeff Scott Soto and Dino Jelusic (Animal Drive) she is now hard at work on a hard rock album with the label.

Frontiers Records have announced a label mini-Festival in the UK, featuring an all British line-up of bands currently signed to the label. It will take place at The O2 Institute in Birmingham on February 2nd and has the following line-up – Inglorious, Wayward Sons, Vega, Bigfoot, Doomsday Outlaw and City of Thieves.

Norwegian’s Come Taste The Band will release their Reignition album on January 25th via AOR Heaven. This former Deep Purple covers band managed to get vocals provided by Doogie White and Joe Lynn Turner for this album, so that will definitely intrigue classic rock fans! The album includes the track’s ‘Slave For Your Love’, ‘Tied Down’, ‘Don’t Let Me Bleed’ and ‘Cradle To Grave’.

AOR Heaven will release Heartrock the second album from Finnish rockers Wake The Nations on January 25th. The album features the songs ‘Midnight Lovers’, ‘Something In Your Eyes’, ‘All My Life’ and ‘Now You’re Gone’.

New York Rockers Livesay have released career spanning album entitled Chronicles which is out right now.

A melodic rock project coming soon to the Art of Melody / Burning Minds label is Italian’s StreetLore. The band focuses around Keyboardist Lorenzo Nava and his song writing but the album also features songs contributed by other artists like Hal Marabel (Bad Habit), Dion Bayman, the album will feature multiple guest vocalists including Terry Brock, Stefano Lionetti (Lionville) and Davide Barbieri. Album details and release date are yet to be announced.

Last In Line - 'Landslide' music video

Last In Line will release their second album II through Frontiers Records on February 22nd. It will include the songs ‘Black Out The Sun’, ‘Year of the Gun’, ‘Give Up The Ghost’ and ‘Love and War’.

Earth For Sale - 'Wild Is My Heart' music video

Outloud - '..and I Tried' music video

Lee Aaron - 'I'm A Woman' music video

Thunder - 'Miracle Man' music video

Veteran UK rockers Thunder will release their new album Please Remain Seated on January 18th through BMG. This album celebrates 30 years of the band and sees them revisiting and reimagining songs from their back catalogue. The track list includes ‘Loser’, ‘Future Train’, ‘Fly On The Wall’ and ‘Low Life In High Places’.

No Hot Ashes - 'Boulders' music video

Rick Springfield is currently had at work on an orchestral album which will feature a load of his hits. Stay tuned for more info.

Melodic Rocker Duane Morano has assembled a whole host of guests on his upcoming debut album Incognito. A Pledge campaign started on November 30th and an official release date is February 8th. The album features contributions from members of Tyketto, Extreme and Firehouse amongst others. The track list includes ‘After The Love’, ‘Face The Fire’, ‘Hearts’ and ‘Love Is Just A Lie’.

Frontiers Records have announced the signing of symphonic metal band Visionatica. An all new album is slated for release during 2019 via the Italian label.

Starbreaker - 'How Many More Goodbyes' audio video

Kissin Dynamite - 'Heart of Stone' music video

West Bound - 'Never Surrender' music video

Fire Action - 'Shadowstone' music video

Guns and Roses Bassist Duff McKagan is putting the finishing touches on his new solo album which is set for release in 2019.

British pomp rockers Cats In Space will release their new album Day Trip To Narnia on March 8th.

Tora Tora - 'Rose of Jericho' audio video

Cult rockers Tora Tora are back with an all new album Bastards of Beale which will get released on February 22nd via Frontiers Records. It will include the tracks ‘Silence The Sirens’, ‘Giants Fall’, ‘Let Us Be One’ and ‘All Good Things’.

Chas West will be fronting West Bound and will unleash the debut album Volume 1 via Frontiers Records on the 22nd of February. It will feature the tracks ‘Dance Of Life’, ‘Turn To You’, ‘Roll The Bones’ and ‘On My Own’.

The latest albums to get the Rock Candy remastering treatment are – The Scream Let It Scream, Alpha Centauri S/T and Max Webster A Million Vacations.

Viana will release their second album Forever Free on January 25th via Escape Music. It includes the songs ‘In The Name Of Love’, ‘Heart of Stone’, ‘Live Free or Die’ and ‘I Wanna Tell You’. It features the lead vocals of Bryan Cole.

Italian prog metallers Mind Key have signed to Frontiers Records who will release their album MKIII Aliens in Wonderland in 2019.

Matt Mitchell (Colour of Noize, Pride, Furyon) will release a solo album in 2019 under the moniker Matt Mitchell and the Coldhearts. The first taste from Mitchell’s new project will be the single ‘Black Diamonds’ which is released on January 25th.

Royal Hunt’s classic album Clown In the Mirror turns 25 and in celebration the album is been released digitally through all your favourite download shops.

Deadland Ritual - 'Down In Flames' music video

Find Me - 'No Tears In Paradise' music video

Find Me the popular melodic rock project fronted by Robbie Blanc returns with a third album, Angels In Blue – It will be released on February 22nd via Frontiers Records. The album features the songs ‘Can’t Let Go’, ‘One Last Kiss’, ‘You Are The Only One’ and ‘Desperate Dreams’ a cover of the classic Survivor song.