Melodic Times September – Woody’s melodic rock and AOR news round up

posted 17 Sep 2017, 11:34 by Paul Woodward

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Hard Rockers Heaven and Earth will release their fourth album Hard To Kill on September 29th. They are currently taking exclusive pre-orders through a Pledge campaign, where of course you can get a whole host of goodies on top of your album order. This includes guitar lessons from Stuart Smith via Skype.

West Midlands melodic rockers Iconic Eye will release their new album Into The Light on November 4th. It’s the first album to feature Janey Gillard on vocals – it is a transitional album so will feature five re-recorded tracks which are a big part of the bands current setlist. These will sit alongside Six brand new tracks ‘Am I The One’, ‘Black Country Lady’, ‘These Tears Won’t Last’, ‘Black Heart’, ‘Thanks For The Memories’ and ‘Never Get Through The Night’. They have a few shows lined up including the album launch at The Station in Cannock on November 17th and an acoustic show at The Robin on September 30th as part of the Acoustica Festival. The album is available for pre-order right now direct from the band’s website!

Brummie Melodic Rockers Daylight Robbery will be playing a headline show at The Station in Cannock on November 10th. Wolverhampton sleaze rockers Shyyne have been announced as support with more TBA.

Evanescence will release their fourth album synthesis on October 14th. A massive USA tour will accompany the release which frontwoman has referred to as a passion project.

Canadian hard rockers The Wild! Have been announced as Aussie rockers Airbourne support on their upcoming UK tour.

Threshold - 'Small Dark Lines' music video

The jet set among us will be very interested in the Melodic Rock 5 Festival announcement. It takes place again at the H.O.M.E Bar, Arlington Heights in Chicago on May 4th, 5th and 6th! The line-up is May 4th – The Defiants, Jean Beauvoir, Crazy Lixx, Grand Design, Station, Fierce Heart, Joey C Jones and Jaded Past. May 5th – H.E.A.T, Treat, Mecca, Adriangale, Bryan Cole, Madman’s Lullaby, Far Cry and Roadkill. May 6th – FM, Paul Laine, Boulevard, Shotgun Symphony, The Radio Sun, Midnite City, Lynn Allen and Teer.

Kansas will be releasing a new live album Overture Live & Beyond on November 3rd. Tracks included in the set list are ‘Dust In The Wind’, ‘Rhythm in the Spirit’, ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Cheyenne Anthem’.

Robert Tepper has announced that he will be working on a new album entitled Staggered so keep your eyes peeled for further information on that one!

Led Zeppelin and Black Country legend Robert Plant releases a new solo album Carry Fire on October 13th.

Robert Plant - 'The May Queen' lyric video

Original Tigertailz vocalist Steevi Jaimz has teamed up with Phil Vokins to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tigertailz classic ‘Living Without You’. The re-recorded version of the song was completed recently by the pair and they will be working together on a new project set for release next year on AOR Boulevard Records.

Steevi Jaimz - 'Living Without You' music video

Devilfire, The New Saints and Corvus will be supporting tribute band Live and Let Rock at their Halloween Headbangers Ball gig which is happening on October 27th at The Robin in Bilston!

Powerquest will release their sixth album The Sixth Dimension via Inner Wound Records on October 13th. The track list will include ‘Kings and Glory’, ‘No More Heroes’, ‘Pray For The Day’ and ‘Coming Home’. If you were not already aware the bands scheduled live show at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton in October has been cancelled – the show slated for the 27th has now been moved to the Yardbirds in Grimsby.

Devilfire - 'She's Like Fire' music video

Martine McCutcheon - 'Any Sign Of Life' music video

Autograph - 'Get Off Your Ass' audio video

Northern Irish rockers Maverick have been very busy in recent times and have already announced that their new album will be released next march, once again on metalopolis records and it will be called Cold Star Dancer.

Newman - 'Can't Stop Loving You' audio video

Tyketto - 'Wings' live music video

Revolution Saints - 'Freedom' Lyric video

Martina Edoff - 'Face The Mirror' music video

Reformed cult hard rockers Madam X have signed a deal with EMP who will release their brand-new album Monstrosity on October 27th. The album features additional mixing from Mark Slaughter. The band was formed by sisters Maxine and Roxy Petrucci – Roxy went on to major success with Vixen shortly after leaving Madam X. The album features an updated version of the bands most well-known song ‘High In High School’.

Degreed - 'Animal' music video

Diamante - 'Sleepwalking' audio video

September 29th will see the comeback of Rick Price and Jack Jones with their album California Dreaming. It is a covers album and features tracks like ‘Desperado’, ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Monday, Monday’.

Sweet / Lynch - 'Afterlife' lyric video

Babylon A.D - 'Crash and Burn' music video

Inner wound records have signed female fronted melodic metal band Angel Nation and will release their album Aeon on October 27th. Tracks to be included are ‘Blood Is On Your Hands’, ‘Breathe Again’, ‘Wonder Who You Are’ and ‘Enough Is Enough’.

Another Inner wound Records signing Metalite will also unleash their new album Heroes in Time via the label on October 27th.  The Swedish female fronted melodic metal act will include the following tracks on the album, ‘Purpose of Life’, ‘The Hunter’, ‘In The Middle Of The Night’ and ‘Over and Done’.

UK rockers Bigfoot will support the release of their new album on Frontiers Records with a massive UK tour. This includes a show at The Station in Cannock on Saturday November 4th.

Cult hair metallers Babylon A.D. will release their new album Revelation Highway via Frontiers Records on November 10th. It will include the tracks ‘Fool On Fire’, ‘Tears’, ‘She Likes To Give It’ and ‘I’m No Good For You’.

Powerquest - 'Kings and Glory' lyric video

The Dark Element - 'The Dark Element' audio video

The lost Target album featuring Jimi Jamison entitled In Range will finally see the light of day on October 20th on Escape Music. It includes extensive linear notes by journalist Dave Reynolds. It includes the tracks ‘Too Much Good Lovin’’, ‘Hold Tight’, ‘A Place Called Hot’ and ‘Don’t You Think It’s Time’.

What was originally intended to be a solo album for vocalist Anette Olzon (Nightwish/Alyson Avenue) in collaboration with Jani Liimatainen has now been given a band title The Dark Element. This will also be the title of the album which will be released on November 10th via Frontiers Records. Songs set for inclusion are ‘Here’s To You’, ‘Heaven Of Your Heart’, ‘Only One Who Knows Me’ and ‘Someone You Used To Know’.

Steelheart - 'Come Inside' audio video

Melodic Rock Records will release Cup Of Tears by Devoid featuring Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz on October 13th. This melodic metal album will feature the tracks ‘Collective Heart’, ‘Colours Fade To Grey’, ‘Agony’ and ‘Final Breath’.

Devoid - 'Religion' audio video

American Mafia - 'Ride On Through' lyric video

Jeff Scott Soto - 'Breakout' audio video

Pink Cream 69 will release their brand new album Headstrong on November 10th. It will include the tracks ‘We Bow To None’, ‘No More Fear’, ‘Vagrant of the Night’ and ‘The Other Man’.

Code Red will release their debut album Incendiary via AOR Heaven on October 20th. Vocalist Ulrick Lonnqvist will be familiar to many for his collaborations with other genre musicians and song writers, but also for the band he started with Sahara who released their album via AOR Heaven way back in 2001. Tracks set for inclusion are ‘Eternal Pretender’, ‘I Won’t Be Your Hero’ and ‘Lift Me Up.

Midnite City a new melodic rock band featuring Rob Wylde and Pete Newdeck will release their self-titled debut album via AOR Heaven on October 20th.

Frontiers Records have signed ReVertigo wo compromise of Swedish duo Mats Leven and Anders Wikstrom. The album will surface in early 2018.

Glam / Sleaze rockers Poisonheart have signed to Sneakout Records who will release their debut album Till The Morning Light. It will feature the tracks ‘Flames and Fire’, ‘Anymore’, ‘Out For Blood’ and ‘Under My Wings’.

Swiss hard rockers Shakra return with their new album Snakes and Ladders on November 10th. The track list includes ‘Cassandra’s Curse’, ‘Something You Don’t Understand’, ‘I Will Rise Again’ and ‘Fire in My Veins’.

Gypsy Soul will release the album Winners and Losers via Escape Music on October 20th. The band features XYZ, King Kobra and Foreigner alumni, and these songs were written and recorded back in the late eighties but the album never saw the light of day despite major label interest at the time, some of these songs went on to be released by other acts including Foreigner. The band features guitarist JK Northrup and vocalist Johnny Edwards. Songs to be included are ‘Fire and Water’, ‘Ready For The Rain’, ‘She’s Waiting’ and ‘Burning In Her Fire’.

H.E.A.T have announced a European tour in November including a couple of dates in the UK including November 17th at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton. Support comes from Degreed!

Kee of Hearts - 'Crimson Dawn' lyric video

Hell In The Club - 'Houston, We've Got No Money' music video

This one seems to have snuck up out of nowhere but Vandenberg’s Moonkings are back with their second album inventively titled MKII. Once again it will be released via Mascot Records on November 3rd and will feature the tracks ‘Angel In Black’, ‘The Fire’, ‘All Or Nothing’ and ‘Ready For The Taking’.

Primal Fear - 'If Looks Could Kill' audio video

Mean Streak - 'Retaliation Call' music video

Finland’s Santa Cruz release their new album Bad Blood Rising on November 10th. Their third album will be released by new label M-Theory Audio. The band will also be embarking on an extensive tour to promote the album including the 9th of December at The Flapper in Birmingham.

Santa Cruz - 'River Phoenix' audio video

The Radio Sun - 'Heaven on Earth' music video

Voodoma - 'Shine' lyric video

Secret Rule - 'Twin Flames' music video

Airrace - 'Eyes Like Ice' lyric video

Steelheart - 'Lips of Rain' music video

LA Guns - 'Christine' audio video

Phantom V - 'Baptized' audio video

Robin Beck - 'Island' audio video

Mike Tramp will be releasing a box set This and That but a whole lot More on December 1st. It’s limited to just 1,000 copies and contains 5 CD’s and one DVD and is a collection of rarities and unreleased songs spanning his entire career and various bands/projects.

Mike Tramp - 'Work It All Out' music video