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The Best of 2014!
January 26, 2015 -
2014, the year that was. The Best of lists from Mike, Pete, Jez, Terry, and myself have been posted. A strong year, but actually there was less consensus amongst the 5 of us then there has ever been. That tells me there were a LOT of good releases across many genres. Feel free to add your own list at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
About Heavy Harmonies
What is Heavy Harmonies?
I started this site, originally called The Halls of
Glam, back in 1996. I was depressed at the sad state of
music here in the U.S., and yearned for the 1980s, when hard rock and
melodic metal were king, rather than this alternagrunge and rap
garbage that is so prevalent now.
It started as an offshoot of my personal CD database. I was
working on PERL scripts for my collection and I figured "Why
not have a discography site that people can use for reference?"
There are other discography sites out there (AllMusic
being the most notable and most widely used), but to my knowledge
there aren't any devoted to AOR, hard rock, and melodic metal.
This site is devoted to discography information, rather than
What's Hot!, interviews, gossip, etc. Rather, this is meant to be
an informational resource for people looking for obscure and/or
minor-label CD releases. I know that personally, I'm always looking
for new additions to my
collection that I may have missed along the way.
There is reason for optimism! While there isn't much
happening on the domestic front, there is and has been plenty of
good hard rock, AOR, and melodic metal coming out of Europe,
especially in the last 5 years. I've been amazed at the quality
of some of the stuff coming out on some of the minor labels out
there. In particular, check out NEH
Records (featuring many releases available as U.S. releases for
the first time) and AOR Heaven,
a great place to find music you wish was available here in
So have a look around, find some things to add to your collection,
add some CDs to the database, and by all means, drop me an
email if you have any
suggestions for the site.
Ok, enough chit-chat! SHOW ME THE MUSIC!
That Which is Contained Herein
Anything and everything falling within the following catgories:
westcoast AOR, AOR, arena rock, hard rock, melodic metal, cheese metal, commercial metal,
limited to full-length albums and EPs. No unofficial releases, bootlegs,
If you're not sure whether or not a particular band falls within
these constraints, just ask (realistically, it's an aesthetic judgment).
Music that is definitely NOT appropriate for this site:
rap, dance, techno, hip-hop, rap, classical, rap, jazz, grunge,
rap, industrial, death metal, rap, country, reggae, rap, oldies,
folk, opera, rap, blues, soul, r& b, and lastly, rap.
Christian Hard Rock/Metal
For those who are looking for a new source for '80s-style metal, I
recommend checking out Christian metal groups. While at times the
"message" can get a bit heavy-handed, there is some extremely good
music worth exploring. I personally am an agnostic, and my listening
tendencies stress the overall sound rather than lyrics, so extremely
faith-oriented lyrics have never bothered me. Your mileage may vary. :)
I've attempted to denote Christian bands with a small logo next to
the band name:
(which stands for Contemporary Christian Music).
If you're looking for band information strictly about
CCM groups, check out the site I've just started: Heaven's Metal.
Submitting CDs for Inclusion
Information to be added to these pages is more than welcome! Also,
if you know of links to web pages about specific bands covered in my pages, let
me know and I'll be glad to add them.
As always, feedback is welcomed and encouraged. If you like the pages, let
me know! If you think the pages suck, let me know what would make them better!
[insert band here] Ain't [insert genre here]
Take a chill pill....relax...While the pages are geared primarily
towards hard rock/metal, I take artistic license to put links to
whatever bands I feel like. You no like? Make yer own damn pages. :)