Melodic Times June - Woody's Melodic Rock and AOR News Round Up

posted 14 Jun 2016, 06:13 by Paul Woodward

Stuff by Woody

It’s been a long time coming but finally Toby Jepson is back fronting an all new rock n roll band! I’m huge fan of Jepson’s whole musical career so this is awesome news, given the band’s name Wayward Sons and his recent song writing with the likes of Toseland, I fully expect Jepson’s new band to be very much old school classic rock. He has signed a deal with Frontiers Records with the aim to have the album released in the spring of 2017, so that’s something to really look forward to!

Eden’s Curse have announced a UK tour in November, this will coincide with the release of their fifth album which will be released via AFM records. It Includes a date at The Asylum 2 in Birmingham on the 24th of November.

Frontiers Records will be bringing us the unexpected return of cult rockers Q5 on the 8th July with their new album New World Order. In the meantime, to whet our appetites is the first video taken from the album for the track ‘The Right Way’, enjoy!

and here’s an official audio video for ‘Halfway To Hell’

Rockingham Festival have announced their second batch of bands they are Trixter, The Defiants, The Poodles, Lionheart and Stone Broken. This year’s Festival takes place at Nottingham Trent Uni on October 21st through 23rd and you can get tickets from

The third and batch were also announced before this month’s news round-up was completed and here they are… Steelheart, Lee Aaron, Robby Valentine, Fortune, Martina Edoff, Alessandro Del Vecchio Band and Angels Or Kings.

Alessandro Del Vecchio’s Edge Of Forever have just signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers Records. Their first album to be released as part of this deal will be in early 2017.

Tyketto are back in the UK at the end of the year including a show at The Robin in Bilston on the 4th of December. I’m really excited about this opportunity to see the band in a ‘club’ environment having missed them earlier this year at the Robin as I was at HRH AOR at the time. The Tyke’s will also have a new album in October on Frontiers Records it is as yet untitled but we should be having lots of new Tyke songs in their set!

Trick or Treat have released an official lyric video for the track ‘United’ which you can enjoy below. The album Rabbits Hole part 2 will be released on Frontiers Records on July 8th.

and here’s an official audio video for ‘Cloudrider’

FM are doing a 30-year anniversary tour of their classic debut album Indiscreet in October. The ever popular UK AOR-ster’s will play The River Rooms in Stourbridge on the 30th October as part of this short tour. Support comes from Bernie Marsden!

Jorn has released another music video ahead of the release of his new covers album Heavy Rock Radio which will be released on Frontiers on the 3rd June. You can check out ‘Stormbringer’ and more gurning from Jorn below.

and here’s a new video for his cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’.

Scottish rockers and personal fave’s GUN have just announced a 13 date UK tour for the Autumn. This includes a show at The Robin in Bilston on the 17th October! They have recently brought back guitarist Alex Dickson back into the fold, who was with the band back in their early days – Dickson went on to play with Bruce Dickinson.

The unexpected return of the Dan Reed Network has pleased a lot of people myself included and here’s another sample of their upcoming album Fight Another Day. You can check out an official audio video for ‘Infected’ from the new album to be released on Frontiers on June 3rd here.

Faithsedge return with a new album Restoration on Scarlet Records. You can check out their first lyric video from the album as a taster below – ‘Never A Day’.

UK rock trio RavenEye have signed a deal with Italian record label Frontiers Records. Their debut album is slated for release in September.

Lizhard have a new album out on Perris Records called Bigger Better Stronger It features special guests Paul Shortino, Alessandro Del Vecchio and Marco Mendoza. Tracks included are ‘Candyman’, ‘Leave Me Alone’, ‘All I Want Is You’ and ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’.

First Signal featuring Harry Hess have released another official audio video for the track ‘Minute Of Your Time’, enjoy it below. The album One Step Over The Line is out right now on Frontiers Records.

French AOR-ster’s Paris will release their brand new album The World Outside on July 1st through Melodic Rock Records. The album is produced and mastered by Steve Newman. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘When You Find Love’, ‘This Broken Heart’, ‘Tears In Your Heart’ and ‘Haunted’. Check out the audio video for ‘Kitesurfing’ below.

Withem have released another official audio video from their new album The Unforgiving Road which is out now on Frontiers Records. Listen to ‘The Eye In The Sky’ here.

and here’s a proper video for the track ‘Exit’

Violet Janine have released their debut album Between Red and Blue via Lion’s Pride Music. It includes the tracks ‘Heat On The Highway’, ‘Everyday’s A Fight’, ‘Better This Than Nothing’ and ‘Down On My Knees’. There is talk the band plan to tour to support the album across Europe so keep your eyes peeled!

Prog Metallers DGM will release their new album The Passage on August 26th through Frontiers Records. Songs set for inclusion are ‘Animal’, ‘Fallen’, ‘Disguise’ and ‘Daydreamer’.

Norwegian melodic rockers Outlasted will release their Into the Night album via Melodic Rock Records on July 1st. Check out their video for the track ‘Someone Like You’ here.

Swedish AOR newcomers Cruzh will release their self-titled debut album through Frontiers Records on August 26th. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Anything For You’, ‘Stay’, ‘You’ and ‘Before I Walk Alone’.

Cranston the new exciting musical collaboration between Phil Vincent and the legendary Paul Sabu will release their debut album through Rock Company Records on July 22nd!

Finnish rockers King Company will release their album One For The Road via Frontiers Records on August 26th. The album is stated to be old school 80’s melodic rock with a modern twist. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Coming Back To Life’, ‘Wings Of Love’, ‘Cast Away’ and ‘One Heart’.

Lions Pride Music have signed Greek rockers Wild Soul who will release their second album Game Of Love in the Autumn.

Young AOR newcomers Palace will release their debut album Master Of The Universe on August 26th through Frontiers Records. The album will include the tracks ‘Part of Me’, ‘Path To Light’, ‘She Said It’s Over’ and ‘Stranger’s Eyes’.

Legendary UK AOR rockers Dare will release their new album Sacred Ground on July 15th. This album sees the return to the recording process of Dare of guitarist Vinny Burns and we are promised this album has a rockier edge than some of the previous albums.

British hard rockers Bigfoot have signed to Frontiers Records for the release of their debut album. The Rising rockers have released two EP’s so far too much critical acclaim so big things are expected from them. The album will be released in 2017.

Bad Company have announced their ‘Swan Song’ UK tour for October including a show on Friday 21st October at Birmingham Genting Arena. Support comes from RSO which is Richie Sambora and Orianthi!

American Glam Metal band Crash Midnight have just released their latest single ‘Roxy’ and its accompanying video. The risqué original video was taken down by Youtube and a censored version is now up for you to check out.

British classic rockers The Jokers have released a new video for the track ‘Her Word Is Love’. It’s taken from their album released late last year called Hurricane. Enjoy it here.

Austrian’s Cornerstone have completed their new album Reflections, it’s set for release in the Autumn, with further details to be announced soon as the band are currently in discussions with Record labels.

Following more delays than most have had hot dinners the CODA album featuring Paul Sabu and Vince O’Regan will finally be available from the 27th of June via Z Records.

Also Vince’s third solo album Polymorphic Tragedy under the O’Regan moniker has a fixed release date of 30th July, this will be preceded by a single in late June, this is also on Z Records.

Well that’s all the juicy bits of news from the past month; I’ll be back in a month’s time with even more news and gossip from the world of AOR and melodic rock.