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

posted 12 May 2016, 06:00 by Paul Woodward

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I’ve mentioned Italian band Raintimes previously and it’s awesome to see this exciting new band been signed to Frontiers Records with a multi album deal! The band’s mastermind’s are Pierpaolo Monti and Davide Barbieri – two musicians I’m already fans of and this project which aims to emulate the sound made popular by Cult AOR band The Storm is something I’m really excited about. Also the bands singer is Von Groove’s Michael Shooton so that adds extra excitement! Their first album is set to drop in early 2017!

Enuff Znuff have signed to Frontiers Records with a new album set for release in the Autumn. The current band line-up is trio Johnny Monaco, Chip Z’nuff and Erik Donner. I’m sure this announcement is big news for most melodic rockers! * shortly after this press release was issued it was announced that Johnny Monaco had left the band, no replacement has been announced or revised release details on the new album.

Another big announcement from Frontiers is the signing of Bulletboys who will release a new album through the label in Autumn.

It looks like old school classic rockers Black Country Communion will be back in 2017 – This news has been confirmed and all four members have confirmed their involvement. Fantastic if unexpected news, hopefully live shows as well as a new album will be with us soon!

Withem have released a lyric video for the track ‘The Pain I Collected’, which you can check out below. It’s taken from their forthcoming album The Unforgiving Road on Frontiers Records.

and here’s an official audio video for the track ‘In The Hands Of God’

Tarja has two new albums coming out via ear-music this summer The Brightest Void will be released on June 3rd. You can check out the first single from that album ‘No Bitter End’ below. The second album The Shadow Self will be released on August 5th. I have to admit I find Tarja’s music very hot and miss, but I’m really enjoying this single so definitely looking forward to the album as a whole.

UK rockers VEGA have released a new official audio video for ‘We Got It All’ from their soon to be released album Who We Are. You NEED to crank this one up and prepare yourself to sing along!

and here’s another for the awesome high energy rocker ‘Explode’!

and here’s the stunning video for ‘White Flag’!

Steve Porcaro will release his first ever solo album Someday/Somehow on June 10th. It will feature the tracks ‘Loved By A Fool’, ‘She’s So Shy’, ‘Back To You’ and ‘She’s The One’. I’m looking forward to this one!

Harry Hess’s solo AOR project First Signal return with a new album One Step Over The Line on June 3rd on Frontiers Records. And you can taste of it below with a lyric video for the track ‘Love Gets Through’ – which was written by Raintimes guys Pierpaolo Monti and Davide Bierberi.

and here’s an official audio video for ‘Love Runs Free’, enjoy!

and another one for ‘Karma’…

Lion’s Pride Music have announced the signing of new band Adellaide who feature former Horyzon vocalist Daniel Vargas. They will release an EP soon with a full album to follow in 2017.

One of the big releases of the year is of course the new album from Dan Reed Network Fight Another Day – Which will be released on Frontiers Records in June. They have released a video for the track Divided which you can enjoy here, they played this track at HRH AOR in March and it was a real highlight for me!

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

Italian melodic rockers Soul Seller who released a great album a couple of years ago have signed with Tanzan Music and will release an all new album in the near future!

Rising British classic rockers Inglorious are announcing live shows all over the place at the moment and the bands fan base since the release of their debut album in February continues to grow, and they have been announced this year’s Download Festival amongst their multitude of Summer live shows. They have released a video for fan favourite ‘Holy Water’ you can crank it below.

Swedish Glam Legends Easy Action will release a new single and video for ‘Drop The Bomb’ on May 27th. Keep your ears peeled for that one!

Ted Poley has released another official audio video for the track ‘Stars’ from his new album Beyond The Fade – you can enjoy this Martin Brothers penned tune below.

Here’s a proper music video for another Martin Brothers penned track, which was also released by their old band The Station Club – ‘Let’s Start Something’ – crank it up!

Jesse Damon will release his just released his sixth solo album Southern Highway. Released via On Fire Records and produced by genre legend Paul Sabu.

Trixter bass man PJ Farley will release his debut solo album Boutique Sound Frames worldwide via Melodic Rock Records on May 20th. The album will feature the tracks ‘Things We Hold On To’, ‘The Fallen’, ‘A Place In The Sun’ and ‘Keepin’ It All Together’. You can enjoy the video for the first single ‘You’d Stick Out’ here.

As reported in my last new round-up Jorn has a new covers album coming out soon on Frontiers Records called Heavy Rock Radio. You can watch and enjoy the first promo video taken from it for Russ Ballard’s ‘I Know There’s Something Going On’ below – this song is probably more famous for been released by Frida of Abba fame on her 1982 solo album.

and here’s another video for ‘Live To Win’ – and enjoy all those fantastic faces Jorn pulls – constipation will do that to ya!

The ever busy David A Saylor has a new solo album Ship To Nowhere out now on AOR Boulevard records. It includes the tracks ‘Blood In My Veins’, ‘Hearts On Fire’, ‘Have It All’ and ‘Don’t Go’. Here’s an album sampler video, enjoy!

Aussie Dion Bayman is back with his latest self-released album Don’t Look Down which is out right now. It includes the tracks ‘Keep Coming Back’, ‘For You’, ‘Open Your Heart’ and ‘It’s Only Love’.

Fresh from his performance on the new Rage Of Angels album Rob Moratti returns with a new solo album Transcendent which is set for release on June 24th through Escape Music. It Includes the tracks ‘Edge Of Love’, ‘Lost and Lonely’, ‘Within Your Eyes’ and ‘Baby, I’m Yours’.

Phantom V have released a new audio video for the track ‘They Won’t Come Back’, enjoy it below. The band features Ex-Bonfire vocalist Claus Lessmann and Michael Voss, the debut album is out via Frontiers Records on May 13th.

O’Regan will release his latest solo album Polymorphic Tragedy on June 24th, It can be picked up digitally from June 11th via Z Records.

Frontiers Records have signed new British rockers Raveneye who will release the band’s debut album. This is for fans of Inglorious, Black Stone Cherry and Blackberry Smoke and Rival Sons.

Phil Vincent has teamed up with Paul Sabu to form new band Cranston and will release an album this coming summer! As a big fan of both musicians I’m really looking forward to hearing what the Sabu/Vincent combo create!

You can check out the song ‘You Oughta Know’ on Phil’s website...

Sunstorm featuring Joe Lynn Turner have released another official audio track for ‘Everything You’ve Got’ from the new album Edge Of Tomorrow. You can check it out below and the album is out on May 13th.

and here’s another for ‘Don’t Walk Away From A Goodbye’.

AOR Heaven will release Swede’s Featherstone debut album Northern Rumble on June 24th. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Hold On To Love’, ‘I Need Myself The Most’ and ‘Look Into My Eyes’.

Withem have released a new audio video for the track ‘Arrhythmia’ from their new album The Unforgiving Road which is released on Frontiers Records on June 3rd.

Young Swedish rockers Wickman Road will release their debut album After The Rain through AOR Heaven on June 24th. It will include the tracks ‘Couldn’t Find The Way’ and ‘I Can’t Wait Anymore’.

Originally a Helloween cover band Trick or Treat have evolved into an original band and they will release their new album Rabbit’s Hill pt.2 on July 8th through Frontiers Records. Songs set for inclusion are ‘Together Again’, ‘Never Say Goodbye’, ‘United’ and ‘Last Breath’. This concept album was inspired by Richard Adam’s novel ‘Watership Down’.

Aussie rockers The Radio Sun are preparing for a new album (their third) to be released in September. It’ll be out via Melodic Rock Records again and given the band’s recent surge in popularity I’m sure I’m not the only one really looking forward to it. Songs already slated for inclusion are ‘My Heart Is On Fire’, ‘Switch Off The World Tonight’, ‘Baby Blue’ and ‘My Heroes Are Dying’. Once again the album is produced by the melodic rock ledge Paul Laine!

Swedish Prog Metallers Seventh Wonder have signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers Records. Their next album will be released in early 2017!

Silent Rage frontman Jesse Damon has released a lyric video for the song ‘You Got Me Rockin’ from his new southern flavoured album Southern Highway.

Greek melodic rockers Danger Angel will release their third album All The Kings Horses in late 2016 more details will be released shortly. In the meantime, they have released a lyric video for ‘Dia Die Los Muertos’ to whet our appetites, check it out below.

Swedish melodic sleazers Crazy Lixx will release a live album entitled The Sound Of The Live Minority on July 8th through Frontiers Records. It was recorded at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany in 2015 and is mixed by Chris Laney. It features Andreas Z Eriksson on lead guitar one last time before he departed the band to become a full time member of Inglorious. The set includes ‘Blame It One Love’, ‘Hell Raising Women’, ‘Girls Of The ‘80’s’ and the anthem ’21 till I die’.

Romeo’s Daughter will be playing next year’s Just Say Yes Charity fundraiser at The Spot in Derby, they join C.O.P UK on the bill with more to be announced over the next few months.

Prog rockers Circa will release Valley of the Windmill on July 8th through Frontiers Records. The band features Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Ricky Tierney and Scott Connor.

Lords of Black have released another music video to promote their recently released album II. You Can check out ‘Cry No More’ here.

Q5 will release their third and high anticipated album New World Order on July 8th via Frontiers Records. The recently reformed cult rockers new album will include the songs ‘We Came Here To Rock’, ‘The Right Way’, ‘Tear Up The Night’ and ‘Just One Kiss’.

Phantom V the new band featuring Michael Voss (Mad Max) and Claus Lessmann (Bonfire) have released an official EPK for the album and you can check it out right here.

and here is their first proper music for the addictive ‘Someday’

I’m really excited to learn that Snakes In Paradise are back in action with a new album scheduled for release in early 2017. The band have signed to Frontiers Records so I reckon an appearance at next year’s Frontiers Festival is a very strong possibility!

British hard rockers TEN who have recently resigned to Frontiers Records will release a limited edition double CD via Rocktopia Records called Battlefield. It contains both albums released through Rockopia Records Albion and Isla De Muerta plus all the bonus tracks featured on the Japanese releases.

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.