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CD: TNT - Knights of the New Thunder
From: hair metal again Date: July 23, 2016 at 0:06
fantastic release back in 84 for TNT mostly because of Ronnie s guitar work and Tony s sensational vocals!commercial metal at its best ,flawless,energetic and classy all the way!their sound is unique because of Ronnie s fast riffs and i consider this one an essential for the mid 80 shard rock scene

CD: AC/DC - The Razors Edge
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 21, 2016 at 22:19
I agree to an extent with CD and Doug in tha tAC/DC's output has been increasingly bland for the last thirty years. Not sure this is a "great" album," as twelve great songs is about three more than the band has ever been able to assemble, even at the height of their powers. (Yes, even their best albums had a "Love Hungry Man" or "Let Me Put My Love Into You.") I do think "Thunderstruck" is the band's last truly great song, although "Moneytalks" is a very good, surprisingly melodic track, and "Shot o' Love" could've been a hit, a better single than "Are You Ready." "If You Dare" is a late, sleazy surprise too. In the end, I think AC/DC is a band who has been coasting for a very, very long time, but their classic work is just so monumental that we all give them plenty of slack. Because it's AC/DC, goddammit! Definitely a better release than Blow Up Your Video wasbef it, or anything after it, but middle of the pack overall.

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 21, 2016 at 21:53
You're right, of course. We shouldn't look to this type of music for lyrical brilliance. It's kind of a no-win deal with a band whose native tongue isn't English: you can either take the easy road and do the really predictable love/above, together/forever stuff, or you can be like Hardcore Superstar does a lot of the time, and try to be more creative with the words, but then they don't make much sense. In the case of InVader though, the vocals are mixed pretty high, so it's hard to ignore. As for RIck's Bieber comment, I can hear what he means in a few places. Take the verses of "Monster." Yeah, there's a cool riff, but that part that goes, "And I think she's like a demon aphrodisiac, I wanna see you shakin' that, shake that thing, shake that thing ..." That sounds like a Bieber-style pop song, just with hard-rock guitars under it.

CD: AC/DC - The Razors Edge
From: Doug Date: July 21, 2016 at 19:09
I agree with "CC," with each subsequent albums there are 1-2 really good songs, but the rest are just blah.

CD: Van Zant - Red White and Blue (Live)
From: Doug Date: July 21, 2016 at 19:06
Man, I wish these guys would do some stuff off the fantastic debut (Johnny) Van Zant album.

CD: AC/DC - The Razors Edge
From: CC Date: July 21, 2016 at 15:47
For me this was the last truly great AC/DC album. Everything since then has been treading water. Not a bad song on this, and for me probably has more great songs on it than any AC/DC album to date.

CD: AC/DC - Rock Or Bust
From: CC Date: July 21, 2016 at 15:43
Short as hell and pretty bland and generic. Last truly great album by this band was Razors edge. I know they have their "sound" and they don't like to deviate from that, but this for me is what makes a new AC/DC album not be an essential purchase these days (which is why I only got round to picking this up last month for a fraction of its original price). Nothing terrible on the album, as you would expect, but nothing that really stands out either. During their career I could probably condense their whole catalogue down to a couple of albums worth of songs, as when they write a great song, they write a truly great song, but the rest of their catalogue for me is non essential. Sadly every album since Razors edge has been pretty much non essential, with maybe one or two songs that have stood out as being good rather than great. If this is their last album, so be it as I think it really is time to call it a day. With Malcolm and Brians health issues, it seems silly to try to continue.

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: 123charpenay Date: July 21, 2016 at 13:58
to rick wow exceptionnally for one time i m not agree with you.you are very severe.i ve never heard in the justin bieber s "music" riffs and guitar s solo at the level of reckless love.justin bieber is a poor clown, a poor marketing stuff for young girls wich have absoluty no taste in music.i admit that invader is not their best record.animal attraction and spirit are far better.nevertheless invader is a great cd.

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: 123charpenay Date: July 21, 2016 at 13:52
to doghouse yes even if english is not my language i know that reckless love s songs have often some very simple and stupid lyrics.it s not a surprise don t forget that at the base they plays party rock.in this kind of music lyrics are not intellectual.they speaks about girls,rock n roll,alcohol ect ect.

CD: Change of Heart - Last Tiger
From: i****i Date: July 21, 2016 at 13:16
Not the same John Sykes of Thin Lizzy/Blue Murder fame.

CD: Halestorm - ReAniMate 2.0:The CoVeRs eP
From: CC Date: July 21, 2016 at 5:29
I have to admit that despite being a huge HS fan, and loving the first covers EP, this one kinda disappointed. The main reason behind this I spose was the amount of songs on this that I either didn't know, or have no real interest in. Two highlights are the AC/DC and Daft Punk covers. Amazingly I had never heard the Daft Punk song before, so this was actually the only unknown song to me that I enjoyed, and like Bad romance on the first EP, HS took a pop song and put a very nice rock shine on it. The rest of the songs I could live without though. Even the Priest song as its not particularly one of their songs that I was ever a fan of. Hopefully, if there is ever a vol 3, it will be more in a similar vein of vol 1.

CD: Wild Rose - 4
From: Rafo Phoenix Date: July 20, 2016 at 2:01
AOR/Melodic Rock Album of the year! Wild Rose simply one of the Best AOR/Melodic Rock bands in the New Millenium by far! With those Magic keyboards the perfect complement for The Best AOR and Melodic Rock Love Can Change You, Summer Girl, Love Games, Hot Wired, Broken Hearted, Waiting for You, Don't Let Me Down my fav tracks, some songs reminds me a lot the style of Haywire-Bad Boys 80's never will die with Bands like Wild Rose! Thanks guys for your magic! FC Barcelona Forever! We are Immortals! 95/100.

CD: Mad Max - Night Of Passion
From: dany69 Date: July 18, 2016 at 22:01
Awesome Record,,All Is Perfect,,,But if you want the real version,,,buy the FEMS Records,,,,all the other is bootleg and skip,and don,t sound well,,,,Best Mad Max Cd,,,

CD: Jim Breuer and The Loud and Rowdy - Songs From The Garage
From: CC Date: July 18, 2016 at 17:40
Some of the lyrics are a little cringe worthy, and its certainly not gonna win any awards, but its actually a really good throw back rock record with some catchy as hell songs on it. There are some duffers though, but overall its pretty good.

CD: Dare - Sacred Ground
From: Pee Dee Date: July 18, 2016 at 16:03
OK, I'll put you out of your misery since this one has been a long time coming. It's a great album, with some very infectious tunes. Don't expect another 'Out of the Silence'. I think it's fair to say that ain't gonna happen. EVER! 'Sacred Ground' is slightly harder-edged than 'Belief' and 'Beneath the Shining Water'. If you liked 'Arc of the Dawn' this is the same gig. Very mellow but with a reasonable garnish of rock guitar work.

CD: Europe - War of Kings
From: 123charpenay Date: July 18, 2016 at 14:16
europe at "guitares en scène" festival last saturday.like status quo they have playing on the big stage.the sound was perfect,the musicians are very very talented,they are masters in their speciality.joe tempest is a top class showman.the girls in front the stage was really hysterical.but they open the show with two songs from "war of kings".no melodies for these very dark songs so the crowd don t follow.the third song was "rock the night" so they wake up their fans.after we have several heavy and darker songs.no interest.the second part of the show was better with many many hits "girl of lebannon" for example.of course they finished with their intergalatic hit "the final countdown".

CD: Status Quo - The Frantic Four Reunion 2013: Live At Wembley Arena
From: 123charpenay Date: July 18, 2016 at 14:06
status quo at "guitares en scène" festival last saturday.rick parfitt was not present cause he is sick.his substitute ,a young guitarist is very great.wow exceptional concert!!!!!theys plays on the big stage in front of 5 500 fans.francis rossi is now an old man but with the others hyper talented musicians,he put the fire.the sound was perfect ,clear like the crystal water.all the crowd was under the charm of this legendary band.one of the best concert i ve never see.hats off to status quo.

CD: Shakra - High Noon
From: 123charpenay Date: July 18, 2016 at 13:57
last saturday ,super concert of shakra ar "guitares en scene"festival.the stage was small ,the sound very very average nevertheless shakra deliver us an exceptional show.i ve talking with mark fox after the concert.he is a very very nice person ,very free.the ice on the cake he speak french very well!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Mr Reality - Mr Reality
From: yamaha94 Date: July 18, 2016 at 8:33
Amazing CD. Sounds like a mix between Extreme and Nelson. A touch of Bon Jovi or even Little America here and there - but significantly unique for the genre. Catchy hooks and most songs are of high caliber. Take a look you wont regret it! 90/100. Highlights: "When I Close My Eyes" and "Waiting For September".

CD: Mr Reality - Mr Reality
From: yamaha94 Date: July 18, 2016 at 8:33
Amazing CD. Sounds like a mix between Extreme and Nelson. A touch of Bon Jovi or even Little America here and there - but significantly unique for the genre. Catchy hooks and most songs are of high caliber. Take a look you wont regret it! 90/100. Highlights: "When I Close My Eyes" and "Waiting For September".

CD: Toy Matinee - Toy Matinee
From: hair metal again Date: July 18, 2016 at 6:20
ok pop rock release with some prog elements for TOY MATINEE with their sound referring to the 90 s pop rock scene along with some TOTO here and there !good production,decent songwriting and overall some good moments like "things she said" and "there was alittle boy"!

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 16, 2016 at 13:03
Is this a Justin Bieber album???...quite dissapointing to be honest and for me is hard to say it because this act had caught my attention since they came out because of their catchy Glam Rock/AORish sound but in here i think they've lost their direction into a ONE DIRECTION way ...some songs are ok like "Bullettime","Rock It"(some Def Leppard in here),"Scandinavia Girls"(AORish Pop),"Pretty Boy Swagger","Destiny"(catchy modern AORish) & "Let's Get Cracking"(probably the "best" cut in here)...hope for next release they come back to its roots...55/100

CD: Love Chain - Burn
From: hair metal again Date: July 15, 2016 at 2:48
ok release for LOVE CHAIN back in 94!great sound & musicianship but the band seems to choose( or be forced to ) the dark direction of the 90 s scene with serious lyrics and songs!unfortunately the result is so and so even though you can find some good moments like "judas hole" and "fraidy cat"!i d like to hear them before they signed to MCA

CD: Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall - Kingdom of Rock
From: Eric3 Date: July 14, 2016 at 14:46
This is IMO the best batch of songs Karlsson has come up with since the third Allen/Lande album (a project he should still be a part of, but I digress). It's a much stronger and more consistent album than the first, with plenty of anthemic choruses delivered by a terrific cast. I would say the highlights are the title track (Jorn Lande), "No Control" (Joe Lynn Turner), "Never Look Away" (Tony Harnell)

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2016 at 22:36
"Hands," "Bullettime," "Destiny," and "Let's Get Cracking" proper are all typical riff-tastic Reckless Love, but my favorite song this time out is actually "Rock It." This band is just so frustrating: the talent is clearly there, both in the blazing guitarwork and in the melodies and jsongwriting. But they are just unable to keep it together for a full album. On InVader, the vocals are mixed way up front, which makes Olli's accent, frequently stupid lyrics, and sometimes odd syntax impossible to overlook. The band's best release remains the self-titled, by a country mile.

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2016 at 22:28
I know I've been critical of Reckless Love, and I stand by that now, but I will say, when they're on, they're ON. THey're just on less and less with each successive release. InVader isn't as bad as Stallion says, but it does have a few bad spots, mostly in the middle. "Child Of The Sun" finallly gives up a coool guitar break almost three minutes in, but Olli squeals and giggles over it, and the song itself just plain doesn't rock. "Scandinavian Girls" and "Pretty Boy Swagger" are the other two worst offenders, plus the "This Is How We Party" section of "Let's Get Cracking." There's a fair amount of electronic/synthesized sounds, but you could hear that coming as early as "Dance" on Animal Attraction, or even the remix of "Back To Paradise." Olli's rapping is as awkward as a bro-country singer's, but "We Are The Weekend" and "Monster" are fun, carefree songs.

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: 123charpenay Date: July 13, 2016 at 13:46
i ve a serious weakness for this exceptional finnish band even if on each reckless love s record there is always one or two fillers.on "invader" the fillers are track 3 and 10.the rest?.not at the same level than their two last extraordinary album but very great .for make short this new realise is at the same level than their debut album.this young band is very talented ,they are able to play high quality hard rock,hard f m ,a o r ,party rock ,arena rock.reckless love are never boring.this new album is like always fresh,well produced and very varied.a real pleasure.the japan import is absoluty essential cause track 12 "zoo" the jap bonus track is a real hit.a killer song ,the best of the record.if you re fan of this amazing finnish band don t hesitate:buy buy buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Cannata - Images of Forever
From: hair metal again Date: July 13, 2016 at 8:29
verygood release by CANNATA ,a project of Jeff Cannata ! high quality musicianship and songwriting with a keyboard oriented sound with a pomp/prog feel always in the AOR territory!"fortune teller","images of forever" are the best moments!good stuff

CD: O'Regan - Temptation
From: i****i Date: July 12, 2016 at 17:53
1 Temptation Bob Catley vocals 2 Something To Believe in Paul Sabu vocals 3 Woman Simon Abbotts vocals 4 Restless Heart Bob Catley vocals 5 Crash and Burn Nick Workman vocals 6 Slave To the System Phil Vincent vocals 7 Heroes in the Night Paul Sabu vocals 8 Neon Lights Nick Workman vocals 9 Time Stands Still Phil Vincent vocals 10 Fire in the Sky Rick Chase vocals

CD: Tributes - Working Man - Tribute To Rush
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 11, 2016 at 19:39
Ummmm...not my fave tribute released ever but well...covers 2,5,6,12 & 13 are the ones i liked the most but obviously nothing compared with the "real ones"...60/100

CD: The Winery Dogs - Dog Treats: Deluxe Special Edition
From: petermexico13 Date: July 11, 2016 at 19:33
Great Special edition, the live cd is a good bonus. Every song is special. We need more music like this! Una gran sorpresa este disco de 3 grandes músicos, y sin duda un proyecto que debe continuar, se nota el gusto en cada interpretación. Richie demuestra su valía como intérprete, y compositor, y la sección rítmica no podía ser mejor. Para disfrutar de buen rock sin fronteras y con virtuosismo.

CD: Winger - Pull
From: Doug Date: July 11, 2016 at 14:07
Completely agree with "headbanger4life." Winger is so underrated it's criminal. This is a real good album and everything they have put out ever since is even better. They got such a bad rap in their early hey-day, which is a shame. Top to bottom there are only a handful of bands that have the musical talent as these guys. Reb Beach, for example, has proven his musical muscle over the years and he continues to slay it today.

CD: Rob Moratti - Transcendent
From: juan carlos Date: July 11, 2016 at 0:16
Great Melodic Rock indeed & One of my favorite albums of this year so far! Just listen "Edge of Love", "Within Your Eyes"! or "Lost & Lonely" and you'll see. Great job Rob! 90/100

CD: Zan Clan - We Are Zan Clan... Who the FUCK Are You
From: hair metal again Date: July 10, 2016 at 0:36
excellent release for ZAN CLAN with a great commecial sound and production by Chris Laney as he always does!guitar driven hard rock anthems all over with much energy and attitude ,as Zinny is a great rocker from the heart!i ve been lucky enough to catch those 2 guys together on stage and they rock hard!"go,go,go","heart n soul","damn good" and "jinxed " are the highlights!great stuff

CD: Treat - Ghost Of Graceland
From: Eric3 Date: July 9, 2016 at 20:29
Tough to follow up Coup de Grace which was, to my ears, a modern AOR masterpiece (not sure why it has such a low rating on here?). For a while, this album lives up to it; the first half has plenty of extremely catchy songs with that Swedish flavor no one brings better than these guys. The second half of the album drops off a lot though IMO and I'm missing a lot of the shredding guitar leads from CdG.. Favorite songs are: Endangered, I Don't Miss the Misery, and Alien Earthlings.

CD: Aviator - Aviator
From: 123charpenay Date: July 9, 2016 at 15:45
exceptional melodic rock record.this realise is very strong ,very solid and very consistant.no fillers at the horizon,only killer songs with an excellent singer and some irresistible melodies.i can add that the production is absoluty perfect.a must have for all hard f m fans on this earth.don t miss this gem.a priority in your collection.

CD: Autograph - Loud and Clear
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 9, 2016 at 13:43
Listening carefully to this release once again and the only thing i can tell you guys is that i was completely wrong in my 2006 comment ...anyway tracks 1(great!,as i mentioned way back),2,3(AORish),4(AORish),6 & 9 are valuable ones for sure...Glam Metal?...not that much,this is more of a Hard Rock/Hard AOR album...enjoyable stuff!...87/100

CD: Winger - Pull
From: headbanger4life Date: July 8, 2016 at 5:38
Man, after all these years I still pull this one out. Don't get me wrong, I love their first two cd's but this one just had more grit/edge/teeth, whatever you want to call it. Both the music and lyrics were much darker than anything they've ever done and it worked with me. I'm sitting hear listening to it now. You can still hear Reb's signature sound on this thing. Out of the 11 tracks (Japanese version has a nice bonus track called 'Hell To Pay'), there are a few weaker tracks but no real duds for me. I loved 'Blind Revolution Mad', 'Spell I'm Under', 'Junkyard Dog' and 'No Man's Land'. One of the few bands that changed their sound during the grunge era that I still like. They went for a more aggressive sound yet remained melodic. Yep, this is the one I STILL reach for when I need my Winger fix. I would love to see them do this whole album live.

CD: Soto - Divak
From: 707STAR Date: July 7, 2016 at 22:11

CD: The Theander Expression - Wonderful Anticipation
From: 707STAR Date: July 7, 2016 at 22:04

CD: Guardian - Nunca Te Dire' Adios
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 7, 2016 at 19:39
Nice album sung in spanish(hey Mr Rowe you did it pretty well,congrats! ) ..."Uno Para El Otro"("One For Each Other") is my fave...tracks 1,5,9 & 10 are also nice cuts...enjoyable stuff,quite mellow but enjoyable...75/100

CD: Rob Moratti - Transcendent
From: djimenezgarcia Date: July 7, 2016 at 12:37
Cómo va a ser el álbum del año!!! Culerdo! The Defiants,Nordic Union,Treat,Shakra,Ted Poley...

CD: Tall Stories - Tall Stories
From: Doug Date: July 7, 2016 at 11:16
This is a CD that I used to own and stupidly traded it for some unforgettable album. Dumb on my part; I need to get it. "Wild on the Run" is a fantastic song.

CD: Agentz - Stick To Your Guns
From: RonnieJamesDaddo Date: July 7, 2016 at 11:05
Ma Z4Roxx, Orietto, Forza-Orietto e Girapolli che fine hanno fatto? Ritornate cazzo...

CD: Lipstik - First Kiss
From: RonnieJamesDaddo Date: July 7, 2016 at 11:04
Thanks to Charles for giving me the possibility to put my hands on this mega rare promo. "I Want You Want" was a brillant Hard 'n' Heavy songs with a great refrain!!!

CD: Tall Stories - Tall Stories
From: edwithmj Date: July 5, 2016 at 19:25
I didn't know what to expect before getting this (especially considering the somewhat mixed reviews on here) but ultimately I'm glad I did because this is a monster of an album. Steve Augeri has a heck of a voice and it's easy to work out why he fronted Journey for nearly a decade. Steve was also in Tyketto for a bit and this album has a few similarities with that band's sound in my opinion. Wild on the Run is a great opener, Crawling Back is probably my favourite (such a wonderful song), Sister of Mercy is a hard rocker with excellent bits of slide guitar thrown in, Stay With Me and Somewhere She Waits are both very melodic ballads with the latter being the softer of the two, my final pick is the powerful Restless One which oozes with Augeri's emotional vocals. I have absolutely no idea why this isn't recognised as one of the best CDs on this site because it has all the ingredients and sounds of other favourites of the genre.

CD: Rainbow - The Best of Rainbow
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 5, 2016 at 17:56
Nice compilation that has songs sang by Dio,Turner & Bonnet ...tracks 2,4,5,6,7,9,13,14,15 & 16 are and must be in everybody's book of music.88/100

CD: Danger Danger - The Return of the Great Gildersleeves
From: edwithmj Date: July 5, 2016 at 13:28
Hit and miss this one. Grind is good modernish hard rocker with a superfluous opening that sounds like industrial machinery, When She's Good... is almost identical to the version on Cockroach, Six Million Dollar Man doesn't do anything for me and is definitely a lowlight, She's Gone is an OK ballad but again, it does nothing for me. My favourite is Dead Drunk & Wasted which is a nice party rock song. Dead Dog, I Do and My Secret are all pretty forgettable I'm afraid while Cherry Cherry sounds too modern again. Get in the Ring is another modernish hard rocker while Walk It is more or less the same version on Cockroach. Paul Laine is a good singer, definitely, but his vocals do nothing for me on this album. If you're expecting this to sound like the Ted Poley Danger Danger, you'll be disappointed, if you're expecting something that sounds a little 80s, you'll be disappointed but if you like Paul Laine's voice and modernish-sounding hard rock, get it.

CD: Blonz - Special Limited Edition
From: zld Date: July 4, 2016 at 17:43
Troubled child is a killer track.

CD: Jodi Bongiovi - Jodi Bongiovi
From: hair metal again Date: July 4, 2016 at 5:27
pretty fine debut for JODI BONGIOVI back in 89 that could be much better with a better production and better artwork on the front!commercial hard rock music with female vocals with some good songs like "two sides of love","a flower can t grow in a shadow" and "dangerous" .useful addition in every collection

CD: Reckless Love - InVader
From: CC Date: July 3, 2016 at 17:10
Oh MetallionStallion, once again you prove your ignorance. Of course I listened to it before commenting, I would guess you either did not listen to it yourself or you are tone deaf. Yes there are some keyboards on some songs, and yes this is not their best work, but synth pop it is not. Just for the record this album was released here on March 4th, the day I received it, listened to it and commented on your moronic comment. And nothing stops the fact that your comments are always irrelevant because you consistently fall back on the narrow minded sexuality insults. The fact that one of the standard bearers of hard rock and metal, Judas Priest is fronted by a gay man, proves that the heaviness or lack of has fuck all to do with someones sexuality, but to you non heavy = gay. Grow up.

CD: Triumph - Greatest Hits Remixed
From: Eric3 Date: July 3, 2016 at 16:28
For all intents and purposes, this is what a "greatest hits" album should be: a selection of the band's most well-known songs as a sort of introduction spanning their entire careers. Normally I don't bother with this sort of thing (I prefer to just buy the entire albums themselves), but they went above and beyond remixing these tracks. They sound great! This is how greatest hit collections should be done!

CD: Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The Roses
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 3, 2016 at 2:18
The first words sung on the album are these: "Why's it got to be the same damn thing, the same old song that everybody wants to sing? Same sons of bitches rigging the game, they sell the same old faces with a brand-new name." It could be about anything, but having heard the band's last album, knowing they worked with hot Nashville producers and barely made a dent on the country charts, it seems very obvious what they're talking about in that song.

CD: Murderer's Row - Murderer's Row
From: andi Date: July 2, 2016 at 14:34
Absolute great Hardrock Album.. The vocalist seems like the Magnum vocalist to ne nur the Sound is Much harder and better than Magnum... Very great choir... Just Amazing!!!

CD: Saliva - Every Six Seconds
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 2, 2016 at 12:59
Quite an interesting New Metal/Alternative Rock release...c'mon guys let's be honest,music is music and it is good is good,plain and simple ...tracks 1,2,4,5,6,7 & 11 are the ones for me...87/100

CD: First Signal - One Step Over The Line
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 2, 2016 at 12:44
Great and catchy album(i loved the chorus lines)that went in the same line as their debut one...Harry Hess is becoming step by step an AOR master for sure...tracks 2(nice and lovely),6( ),7,8,9(nice and lovely too),10 & 11 are directly in my book of dreams...recommended stuff!!!...89/100

CD: Red Zone Rider - Red Zone Rider
From: edwithmj Date: July 1, 2016 at 18:43
This is raw, classic hard rock with a late 70s vibe to it. Vinnie Moore is very versatile and really adapts his style to what the songs need while still throwing in a few shred moments. Kelly Keeling is excellent of course and fans of his voice won't be disappointed. This is similar to latter-day blues hard rock bands like The Winery Dogs, California Breed and Black Country Communion so if you like those bands, you'll probably like this too.

CD: Joel Hoekstra's 13 - Dying To Live
From: Monsieur Renard Date: July 1, 2016 at 3:57
Dissapointing. Bad vocals. Terrible drumsound and no dynamics in the drumsound. Also the songwriting is mediocre. The musicians are all veterans, but they don't seem to manage to create something worth mentioning.

CD: Deadringer - Electrocution of the Heart
From: hair metal again Date: July 1, 2016 at 2:00
very good debut for DEADRINGER with their sound being more on the mid 80 s hard rock sound!a band with great players that sound quite solid and offer some good songs like 'bring on the night','secret eyes' and 'when i m in im in'!it grewed better after a few spins and i d say that it is a pleasant little indie

CD: Saliva - Every Six Seconds
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 23:24
I'm not ashamed to say I liked this disc a lot back in 2001. These guys had a huge buzz about them even before Every Six Seconds came out, kinda like 'the nu-metal band for people who don't like nu-metal.' There is some rapping (three songs I think), but Josey Scott has a much stronger voice than, say, Fred Durst. And unlike most nu-metal vocalists, he can sing high as well as low. The guitars chug and grind like you'd expect, but aren't seven-strings, and there are some melodic solos. 'Click Click Boom' is more of a guilty pleasure than anything, but there are lots of other good songs within, including 'Musta Been Wrong,' 'After Me,' 'Lackluster,' and a very hair-metal ballad called 'Hollywood.'

CD: Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The Roses
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 23:08
Immediately better than the woefully mellow Whippoorwill, and listening to the lyrics to 'Let Me Help You Find The Door,' I like to imagine they're taking some pointed shots at the Nashville machine that didn't reward them for playing the game last time out. Also the song title 'Rock And Roll Again,' even though it's about a rebound chick, is an indicator of the musical direction. Somewhat, anyway.Honestly, I need to listen to this again, because I wasn't i the right headspace for Blackberry Smoke when it came out, and probably didn't give it a fair chance before getting bored. 'Let Me Help You,' 'R&R Again,' and 'Too High' were my favorites from those early listens.

CD: Blackberry Smoke - The Whippoorwhill
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 22:59
Clearly angling for some love from country radio, Blackberry Smoke slow things down, roll back the distortion, and add a bunch of tinkling piano and burbling organ. The performances are as classy as always, but the almust complete lack of aggression, in music and lyrics, is a huge disappointment. 'Six Ways To Sunday' is far and away the best song, but other highlights are 'Everybody Knows She's Mine,' 'Shakin' Hands With The Holy Ghost,' the disc's lone stab at real heaviness in 'Leave A Scar,' the bittersweet (mostly bitter) 'One Horse Town' and, weirdly, the very traditional-sounding 'Ain't Got The Blues.' 'Crimson Moon' is a sanitized inversion of 'Sanctified,' a song about two young lovers splitting town, but this time without the impending disaster, while 'Up The Road' and 'Pretty Little Lie' are pussywhipped let's-make-up songs to witchy women. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em I guess, but it's such a disappointment to hear Blackberry Smoke knuckling under to conformity.

CD: Blackberry Smoke - LIttle Piece of Dixie
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 22:42
I stand by my comment from six years ago. Musically, this is Blackberry Smoke's best album, but lyrically, they start to play it safe and dumb it down with songs about ditching work to go fishing, or pleading with the little woman for 'just one beer' after work. In another song, Charlie Starr shows what an untamed wild man he is by bragging about drinking milk from the carton. But hey, elsewhere you get a hillbilly T&A song and a couple celebrations of road-dog debauchery. 'Good One Comin' On' is a standard 'backwoods party' country song, name-dropping Shiner beer, Patron tequila, Lucky cigarettes, Ford Mustangs, Igloo coolers, and Ray Wylie Hubbard--but it's so goddamn fun and catchy, it's possible to overlook all the box-checking and product placement. Point being: if you're going to get one Blackberry Smoke album to try, it should be this one.

CD: Blackberry Smoke - New Honky Tonk Bootlegs
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 22:25
As the name suggests, this EP is pure country, but not the cuddly, G-rated kind your sister-in-law listens to. There's only a splash of vestigial rock here, more in spirit than in sound. 'I'm a son of the bourbon, a son of a bitch,' Charlie Starr sings on th eopening track, 'I'm a dyin' breed of rock 'n' roll left ass-up in a ditch.' The playing is impeccable, the vocals are raspy but tuneful, and the melodies will stick in your head for a week. Best songs for me are 'Son Of The Bourbon,' which ends with a sudden, shockingly clear harmony, and 'Lesson In A Bottle,' a slow, sweet tale of apocalyptic drinking. 'The Only Thing She Left Behind' is a lo-fi novelty, and the clean version of 'Living Hell' is actually better than the dirty one.

CD: Blackberry Smoke - Bad Luck Ain't No Crime
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 22:16
One important thing about this record as opposed to later work is the lyrical content. It's much grittier here than when they would later be courting country radio. In 'Sanctified,' the narrator runs away with a bad-news bitch in a '79 Camaro, and you just know no good can come of it. 'Normaltown' turns a beloved country trope inside out, singing about the small-mindedness and hypocrisy of small-town life. And in 'Angeline,' we hear about the girl with big-city dreams only to, rumor has it, wind up turning tricks in New Orleans.

CD: Blackberry Smoke - Bad Luck Ain't No Crime
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 22:08
Jesse Dupree from Jackyl discovered this band and produced this, their debut album. That may explain that clonking drum sound he loves. Otherwise, this is hard southern rock (as opposed to southern hard rock), too edgy at this point for most country fans, but not heavy enough for the metal crowd. Charlie Starr sings exactly like somebody named Charlie Starr would: raspy and a little slurred (kinda reminds me of a redneck Rhino Bucket, vocally), but the melodies are still there, but not as obvious as they would become. The band don't have enough studio tracks for a full album, so they pad it with three live songs. The first few tracks are best, with 'Sanctified' being one of the band's best songs ever, and I really love their grizzled, weary but triumphant version of the Georgia Satellites' 'Another Chance.'

CD: Blackberry Smoke - Leave a Scar - Live North Carolina
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 30, 2016 at 21:57
No doubt Blackberry Smoke are a top-class, hardworking band. They just ooze musical chops and songcraft. Unfortunately, this double live CD leaves me lukewarm. For one thing, they work in all thirteen tracks from The Whippoorwill, which leaned more toward country music than the hard southern rock of their earliest material, with some softer tones and slower tempos. And that translates to the whole concert here: how many live albums do you know sound slower and softer than their studio versions? I'm a metalhead, I'm used to amped-up live renditions and a sharp guitar tone. The mix here just sounds muddy, like the speakers are blocked or something. And the occasional guitar jams just wander along and waste time--you want them to hurry up and get back to the song instead of sitting back and nodding along.

CD: Saliva - Every Six Seconds
From: Doug Date: June 30, 2016 at 19:05
Probably their best album?

CD: TNT - Tell No Tales
From: hair metal again Date: June 29, 2016 at 2:12
excellent release for TNT ,a band that always delivers classy hard rock music ,based on the sensational Tony Harnell s vocals and the astonishing guitar work of Ronnie Le Tekro!some big songs like 'everyone s a star','10,000 lovers(in one)' and 'listen to your heart' are offered here and overall a great one of the many that got out in 87

CD: Satanicide - Heather
From: CC Date: June 28, 2016 at 12:09
Several of the members are also members of another parody act, Tragedy (the heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond.)

CD: Rob Moratti - Transcendent
From: ROBERT Date: June 28, 2016 at 11:50
100000000000000000000 D 10000000000000000000 SUPER AWESOME!!!! ALBUM OF THE 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Black Veil Brides - We Stitch These Wounds
From: Al Rockman Date: June 28, 2016 at 7:32
Don't like this band at all, it's your typical so called rock music of today, it's like sleaze meets trash speed metal with hard-core thrown in, it just shouldn't be on this website, some will prob disagree, but they are no TESLA,BULLETBOYS,DANGER DANGER,TUFF,TIGERTAILZ etc who have a right to be on it

CD: Santa Cruz - Screaming for Adrenaline
From: Doug Date: June 27, 2016 at 11:26
Good album, but nothing too original.

CD: Kim Mitchell - Akimbo Alogo
From: hair metal again Date: June 27, 2016 at 9:35
very good release for KIM MITCHELL with his own way of performing , deelivering some great tunes!'all we are','feel it burn' and 'love ties' are excellent songs with a great vibe,but the rest is still remarkable !good stuff

CD: Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 27, 2016 at 4:12
Great album, great artwork, great songs, wonderful production. This is an essential album that is both (melodic) hardrock and progressive rock. The lyrics are fantasy-based but there's a shift towards more AOR-lyrics (love). For me, the shift towards melodic rock/AOR is a good one. Magnum never quite cut it as a progrockband.

CD: Van Halen - Balance
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 26, 2016 at 20:44
Looking back, it's easy to see why corporate AOR radio was so desperate to promote Balance upon its release: just like their rapidly aging listener base, the radio suits were adrift in a strange new world where no one cared about what '70's dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Van Halen were among the last of the tall trees still standing. They seemed like a safe bet in a world of increasingly faceless alt-rock and ever-heavier metal. I saw this tour, and VH were ckometent but boring--lots of ballads. They opened their set with 'Right Now,' kinda like how the Eagles opened with 'Hotel California' on their reunion tour around the same time--not exactly a jolt of adrenaline. They weren't yet able to charge rich-baby-boomer ticket prices, and the scene on the lawn was a white-trash circus.

CD: Kix - Show Business
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 26, 2016 at 20:20
... old '80's hacks like Bob Halligan, Jr. and John Palumbo, but the formula was no longer paying off. I remember hearing '9-1-1' on the radio and thinking, 'This is pretty dumb,' even though I was a big fan of the band. A couple good live bootlegs exist from this tour--one from Danbury, Connecticut, one from Kawasaki, Japan--as the band put on their usual high-energy show. But behind the scenes, you have to figure the guys were pretty dispirited. The mid-'90's were such a brutal time for a band like Kix. I haven't heard it, but I once saw a bootleg on someone's trade list for a show in Lancaster, PA, Thanksgiving weekend of '95, and I wonder what it must've been like to be at what turned out to be one of their very last gigs before splitting up.

CD: Kix - Show Business
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 26, 2016 at 20:07
I found a tape of a radio interview Steve Whiteman did with a local station just before a gig in Dover, Delaware, in September of '94 (the club was primarily a country bar, but were trying to book a few rock shows at the time). Steve was bragging about their deal with CMC, how CMC reallly knew how to market this kind of music in Europe, etc. In hindsight, he was clearly putting on a brave face. CMC was the last hope for old metal bands, but quickly became known as a white-elephant graveyard. The album didn't come out until thee spring of '95, nearly four full years after Hot Wire, and all but the most hardcore East Coast rawkers had stopped caring about them. I'm not sure, but my understanding is that Brian Forsythe had little or no involvement with this disc, and various fill-in guys like Jimmy K. Bones, somebody from Child's Play, and Steve's future Funny Money bandmate Billy Andrews did some shows with the band, if not some recording. Donnie Purnell was still writing with the same o

CD: Legs Diamond - The Wish
From: hadipet66 Date: June 26, 2016 at 1:20
What a surprise....everybody hating this....I like it..enough songs and good productions in here...hmmm other album must much better...going to check out...

CD: Jeff Paris - Wired Up
From: edwithmj Date: June 24, 2016 at 18:24
Firstly, One Night Alone, Cryin', and Charmed Life are much better than their counterparts on the Vixen debut. Jeff's voice is just so much better (also it's easier to make out the lyrics). Of the other songs, I Can't Let Go is simply superb but the true highlight of the whole album is the sensational ballad A Matter of Time. Jeff's voice on this one really adds pure emotion to the song and I truly wonder why this one song didn't make him a global megastar. The album finishes with a decent guitar-laden heavy rock song in Illusions. Jeff's best work by far.

CD: Guild Of Ages - Vox Dominatas
From: hair metal again Date: June 24, 2016 at 12:46
excellent release for GUILD OF AGES , a band that really has a great style of performing!imagine a heavier RIVERDOGS or some lighter QUEENSRYCHE ,with some great songs and a fine vibe all over!'change (hey you)' and 'jump in the fire' are great songs indeed!didnt expect it so good!

CD: Kissin' Dynamite - Generation Goodbye
From: andi Date: June 23, 2016 at 4:14
Each Song the Same... In You have one Album about the Band you have all of them

CD: Main Attraction - Keep on Coming Back
From: andi Date: June 23, 2016 at 4:08
Very boring Album, two, three good Songs...

CD: Marc Jordan - Cow (Conserve Our World)
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 23, 2016 at 3:21
Great AOR with hints at Simple Minds, Mister Mr. and Sting. I really like this style of AOR, and I also like that Steve Farris, Pat Mastelotto (of Mister Mr) are amongst the (many) musicians. I have to check discogs to find out, wich musician plays on wich track. Marc has an outstanding voice and goes straight to my heart.

CD: Blood Red Saints - Speedway
From: juan carlos Date: June 23, 2016 at 0:54
One of my favorite albums of 2015 indeed! Good production/Songs, Melodic Rock at its best! 'Wrapped Up in These Arms' 'Feels a Lot Like Love' 'Best of Me' 'Love Set Me Up Again' 'The Best Thing' are songs that you should NOT stop listening! Great job guys! 90/100

CD: Tributes - Spin The Bottle: An All-Star Tribute To KISS
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 22, 2016 at 18:17
For me it was just a decent tribute but likeable of course ...the ones done by Dee Snider,Tommy Shaw,Chris Jericho,Buzz Osborne,Doug Pinnick & specially the one from Lemmy are in my book.80/100

CD: Phantom 5 - Phantom 5
From: 123charpenay Date: June 22, 2016 at 13:58
hello axe slinger.thanx for the english lesson. i ve looking in my dictionary ,you re absoluty right cause i would like to say 'disapointment' (deception in french).you understand my mistake?'deception in english is 'tromperie' in french.i m not fan of frontline cause i don t bear (i hate) the voice of the singer.his voice is too much special and at the end very very boring.greetings from the country of the best wine and the best cheese of the world.keep on rocking!!!!!!!!!

CD: Triumph - King Biscuit Flower Hour
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 22, 2016 at 10:32
On Spotify this one is called: 'Tear the Roof Off Live '81 - Public Hall, Cleveland 12th October 1981 (live)'... A very solid and energetic live performance. Recorded as a trio, which demands even more respect.

CD: Triumph - Live At Sweden Rock Festival
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 22, 2016 at 10:28
This one features Dave Dunlop on rhythm guitar. Triumph is as always superb. Great rocking tracks with solid drumming, good vocals and awesome sologuitar.

CD: Saga - The Beginner's Guide To Throwing Shapes
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 22, 2016 at 5:40
This one combines the AOR of Wildest Dreams and Behaviour with progressive rock. A difficult record but one of my favourite albums of all time. Michael sounds great and Ian is again ripping it (listen to his guitarsolos/riffing in Giant, As I Am, Scarecrow). The only song that sounds annoying is Nineties.

CD: Saga - Wildest Dreams
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 22, 2016 at 5:36
Really outstanding AOR album. As a progressive rock album, maybe it fails, but as an AOR album it's one of the best. Perfectly produced by AOR-producer Keith Olson. Great vocal melodies, great guitar/synthaxe and keyboard work. The album is kind of short (35 minutes) but every second of music is pure quality. One of the best produced AOR albums in my collection. I wish more AOR releases had this quality.

CD: Rage of Angels - The Devil's New Tricks
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 22, 2016 at 4:28
Very disappointing. I'm not a big fan of Moratti and he is all over the place. Apart from that, the songs aren't quite memorable. It sounds like very standard heavy metal. There are no AOR moments on this cd.

CD: Phantom 5 - Phantom 5
From: Axe Slinger Date: June 21, 2016 at 21:33
123charpenay, the word 'deception' means that someone is trying to intentionally trick you in believing something. I know English is not your native language but it's the wrong word to use and you've used it a lot. Nobody is trying to deceive you into believing something is good. You either like it or you don't. Phantom V is just OK but that is my opinion. I LOVED Frontline even with the limited English that was used in their songs and Robby Boebel is the sound behind Frontline. This disc has more guitar parts that utilize harmonies better than any Bonfire disc including the masterpiece 'Fireworks'. What truly turned me off a bit are the lyrics. They suffer the King Kobra syndrome; good tunes, bad lyrics that make you cringe. Outside of that, the disc is fine in my opinion but, to me, nowhere near the quality of The Defiants or Treat. There is no 'Love and Bullets' or 'Better the Devil You Know' to me on this disc. 88 / 100

CD: Airrace - Shaft of Light
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 21, 2016 at 6:50
I like the songs, the guitarsound, keyboardsound and vocal performance. The drums are irritating here and there. They sound too electronic for a rockband.

CD: From the Fire - Thirty Days and Dirty Nights
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 21, 2016 at 6:44
Great AOR/Melorock which reminds me a bit of Tyketto. Very powerful, energetic and melodic. Great keyboard, vocal and guitar sound. The drums sound a bit electronic. Were they recorded using a electronic drumkit?

CD: Strangeways - Native Sons
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 21, 2016 at 6:27
AOR doesn't get any better than this. This one of those albums you can listen to on repeat.

CD: Fortune - Fortune
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 21, 2016 at 5:05
Almost perfect. The songs/compositions, vocals, keyboardlines and guitarsolos are outstanding. The vocalhooks remind me of Abba sometimes, and that's a compliment. Maybe there's too much reverb sometimes, but apart from that, it's one of my favourite AOR/Melorock albums.

CD: Jonathan M - Jonathan M
From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 21, 2016 at 3:48
Very, very weak singer. Some great keyboard and guitar work. Nice drumsound, but overall it sounds more like a demo than an actual album.

CD: Erotic Suicide - Abusement Park
From: hair metal again Date: June 21, 2016 at 3:30
superb hair metal release for EROTIC SUICIDE ,more on the glam side,that i was lucky enough to buy in when it was released and lived it in real time!excellent sound,attitude,looks,songs with strong guitar riffs and filthy lyrics!you can def hear some POISON,FASTER PUSSYCAT,NO RESPECT and EVERY MOTHER S NIGHTMARE in this one that rocks from start to finish!essential

CD: Phantom 5 - Phantom 5
From: 123charpenay Date: June 20, 2016 at 16:02
in the history of melodic rock ,many times we have some super groups,fans are waiting a killer album and result :a big deception (contraband for example).here not,this super group is a real dream team.imagine the drummer of jaded heart ,the bassist of scorpions,the guitarists of frontline and casanova and the singer of bonfire.result a top class cd in the vein of bonfire.i ve the feeling to hear a best of of bonfire.this record have no weak points,it s hyper solid ,hyper consistant, all songs are excellent.the ice on the cake is that sometimes we have a little smart touch of keyboards.fans of bonfire will love this cd at the first spin.the japan bonus track is a beautiful acoustic version of track 3 someday.we are at half of 2016 ,these six months are an avalanche of exceptional new realise:danger zone,amboaje,shakra,wild rose,drive she said,sunstorm,wigelius,first signal and phantom!!!!!!!!!!only the defiants and treat are some deception.i cross my fingers for the rest of the year.

CD: Razor Baby - Too Hot To Handle
From: Al Rockman Date: June 20, 2016 at 6:49
Picked this up on cassette years ago along with THE CREEK- STORM THE GATE in rainbow records in carlow for 2 quid and I have to say im not dissapointed,rock this place is a good partying hard rock tune, does sound like quiet riot but still impressive

CD: Le Mans - Le Mans
From: edwithmj Date: June 18, 2016 at 19:11
Slightly more polished than the original and a little more AORish too, this album is definitely a pleasant surprise. My picks are: Don't Wanna Work: a nice hard rocker with some sax in it but it works very well; Love Is a Waste of Time: another up-tempo hard rocker with a super solo; Addicted: a very loud rocker with screechy glammish voals; finally, Chain Around Your Heart: a more AORish song with a decent melody. Definitely worth listening to.

CD: The Defiants - The Defiants
From: MelodicRocker Date: June 18, 2016 at 17:27
It does not get any better! Hat's off for these wonderful and true musicians. This and the new Treat disc make you smile all day. This is how it's done. Damn, Ravel is also a great producer. Perfect mixing as well.

CD: Paul Laine - Stick It In Your Ear
From: MelodicRocker Date: June 18, 2016 at 17:20
I love everything about this album. Great songs, great sound, good musicians and a singer from heaven! There aren't many guys out there with such a fine voice and wide singing range. I'd like to see the videos for Dorianna & Is it love in somewhat HD. This is a monster debut, easy to see Bruno Ravel loved it too..., and now The Defiants play several of the tracks of this album live on tour. Now that's great news for melodic rock lovers!

CD: Danger Danger - The Return of the Great Gildersleeves
From: MelodicRocker Date: June 18, 2016 at 17:08
Timmons plays on Walk it and When she's good, from Cockroach sessions. The rest is once more Tony 'Bruno' Rey, another amazing guitarist. I liked Ted's pretty boy/girly vox on debut and Screw it, but Paul is the man. Manly powerful vocals (that Ted would never be able to sing). I am glad the album of the year 2016 might be The Defiants, Ravel+Laine wrote together and it sounds awesome. Paul's still got nearly full range, one of melodic rock's favourite singers without a doubt. Gildersleeves is also a great album. I'm impressed with Ravel's production too.

CD: Danger Danger - Four The Hard Way
From: MelodicRocker Date: June 18, 2016 at 16:53
Four songs from Cockroach were remixed and included here, and contain Andy Timmons. But all other tracks are with TONY REY on guitars. He also toured with the band. I like both Paul's songs and Ravel's on this album, 10 great songs. A very very fine D2/Laine disc.

CD: Danger Danger - Danger Danger
From: MelodicRocker Date: June 18, 2016 at 16:43
Amazing AOR/melodic rock album from '89! Early on, Ted had a quite good range. Bruno & Steve are monster songwriters. TONY REY (who was also in Saraya) plays almost all guitars on this debut, and he does it brilliantly! Rey also played on Four the hard way and Gildersleeves, as well as toured with the band until they found their brilliant younger talent Rob Marcello. Also love 'Live & Nude', these songs sound killer also with Paul & Marcello in the band! (Today Paul is way better than Ted, whose range is flat). Paul is too good to be true. I was stunned hearing how he can still sing very powerfully at 49 (The Defiants). Stick it in your ear and Danger Danger debut are both true winners.

CD: Danger Danger - Live And Nude
From: $$ixx Date: June 18, 2016 at 13:01
Paul Laine plays in a higher league than Poley, no doubt about it. This is one of THE best live lead vocal performances I've ever heard. Great songs, great band. Defiants is fantastic as well, best of 2016, what a happy surprise. Never thought Bruno and Paul would record again.

CD: Whitesnake - 1987
From: Stixx Date: June 18, 2016 at 8:18
Imagine, for a moment, that you're an aging rock star whose guitarist just helped write and record the best album of your career. What would you say to him when he finished cutting the guitar tracks? 'Thanks'? 'Love ya'? 'I couldn't have done it without you'? Try this: 'You're fired.' Hard to believe, isn't it? But that's what happened to Blue Murder guitarist John Sykes after he helped David Coverdale write and record the multi-platinum 1987 album 'Whitesnake.' 'Me and David, we wrote the songs between us,' says Sykes. 'We went to France, wrote the songs, then took the whole thing over to LA... ..'I'd realized that everybody who's finished up their job is history,' says Sykes. 'So I said to Kalodner: 'Look, I'm kind of wondering what's going on. I can't get ahold of David, and I'm starting to wonder if I've been fired.' 'And Kalodner said, 'Well, it's kind of looking that way.'' http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-05-06/entertainment/1994126144_1_sykes-coverdale-whitesnake

CD: Europe - War of Kings
From: Stixx Date: June 18, 2016 at 8:04
New era Europe is performing well, but the songs lack good catchy choruses, and after a while, I always turn to the classic albums. It's not bad, but a band like Treat write so much stronger songs these days. Boring, I'm sad to say.

CD: Europe - Secret Society
From: Stixx Date: June 18, 2016 at 7:59
Good sound, good playing, but a little too boring down-tuned songs with weak choruses. Disappointment!

CD: Europe - Out Of This World
From: Stixx Date: June 18, 2016 at 7:53
I wonder if the band ever recorded/tried out the offered Diane Warren song called 'Look Away', that went on to become a Billboard #1 hit for the band Chicago in December 1988. I'd like to hear it with Joey's at the time world-class superranged smooth AOR-voice, but I'm not sure if they ever did it. If they'd included it on the album, as Ron and Kee wanted, probably the band would have stayed in the major league longer. It's still a fantastic album, but a shame it was not able to sell more. Also, not touring longer with Def Leppard was a major mistake. Kee's guitar playing on this album is nothing short of amazing!

CD: Rubicon Cross - Rubicon Cross
From: Stixx Date: June 18, 2016 at 7:33
As much as I understand why CJ and Bill don't wish to record a new Firehouse album, I still wish they'd do it for the love of creating good music, preferably with the thick powerful sound of producer David Prater once more. They're still 'killing it' live. During these circumstances, it was extra cool to have this excellent new band Rubicon Cross. It's not that similar to Firehouse, and it was not their intention either. What we got (11 years after Prime Time) is a very solid melodic rock album, with hints of old, and with quite some modern touches. Good performances and fine songwriting makes this a very cool album. I find myself liking its heaviness and good production a lot. Highly recommended.

CD: Teer - Teer
From: hair metal again Date: June 18, 2016 at 6:57
very good release for TEER with excellent melodic lines and powerful guitar work!i hear about the FIREHOUSE comparisons but i can t find any ,as TEER arent so rocking and i d say that some of their members maybe have a more heavy metal approach!anyway this will satisfy you ,but i didnt find it blowminding...they reminded me of EMERALD RAIN or PRIDE(uk)!good stuff

CD: Shotgun - Live: Down Decadencia Drive
From: $$ixx Date: June 18, 2016 at 6:44
Since Tim and Harry did not wish to participate, Rob and Chris were the perfect replacements, for this Shotgun Messiah live tribute of their ultra-classic glam sleaze debut from '88/'89, that sold about 500,000 copies. Quite impressive. This is an amazing live recording, great performances from the whole band (of course Zinny's voice has aged somewhat, still cool though) and an impressive sound thanks to Chris who is also a famed producer. 8 super-cool rockers, incl. the singles/videos 'Don't Care 'Bout Nothin'' and 'Shout It Out'. The live material was recorded in Gothenburg at a show they did in 2013, 25 years after the Kingpin album 'Welcome to Bop City', that was remixed and re-released as Shotgun Messiah in '89. A very solid live album, and thanks to Zinny and Stixx for making it happen!

CD: First Signal - One Step Over The Line
From: 123charpenay Date: June 16, 2016 at 13:00
superb second realise.fans like me of the first harem scarem s album will love this beautiful new frontiers s project.all songs are top class a o r with the voice of harem scarem we have the feeling to listen a best of of unrealised harem scarem s tracks.the quality is present from start to finish.all choruses are very catchy and will stay in your brain immediatly.the japan bonus track is an acoustic version of track 9 'weigh me in'.one more jewel from 2016!!!!!!!

CD: Jailhouse - Jailhouse
From: hair metal again Date: June 16, 2016 at 4:36
superb hair metal release for JAILHOUSE , a band that is really a mystery how it didnt hit the spot back in the day!guitar driven commercial hard rock at its best with great songs,vibe and looks!everyone whose into that kinda music will appreciate this one and of course gonna be delighted with songs like 'please come back','love me','tell me (Nelson)!essential in every collection

CD: Shakra - Everest
From: 123charpenay Date: June 14, 2016 at 12:08
it s very simple,with shakra it s impossible to be disapointed.their regularity,the quality of all their realise are amazing.'everest' is not their best record,the palm is for 'power ride',but everest is an other excellent record with all the trademarks of this super swiss band.if you are fan of shakra you can buy this cd closed eyes.trust me.i note two fillers track 6 is long ,too long and boring;and track 12.mark fox have not the stamp of voice for this kind of ballad.the rest ?great ,great and great!!!!!track 13 'mystery' ,the bonus track is a top class hard rock song.

CD: Prophet - Recycled
From: hair metal again Date: June 14, 2016 at 4:32
excellent hard rock release for PROPHET ,more edgy than their previous ones and for me this is a good thing!the band sounds solid ,the riffs are great and the hooks all over!highlights are 'call of the wild','all i need ' and the beautiful 'sides'!great stuff and a fine release of the early 90 s East Coast scene

CD: Greenway - Serious Business
From: hair metal again Date: June 12, 2016 at 1:41
excellent solo release for Brian Greenway back in 88,def on the APRIL WINE routes that will satisfy all fans with its classy sound !all the songs are pretty good and the vocs are very warm !'i cant hold back','serious business' and 'in the danger zone' are the best moments of this rarity!

CD: Drive She Said - Pedal To The Metal
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 11, 2016 at 12:23
Probably this is not the best AOR album of the year but having these guys back is simply awesome...obviously there are some songs that don't fit on this Record such as 'I'm The Nyte'(horrible filler that sounds like taken out of any Rammstein album)but on the other side we have pleasant AOR cuts in the shape of tracks 2,3,4(nice),5,7,9(nice mid tempo)& 12(nice acoustic one)...86/100

CD: Bad Company - Desolation Angels
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 11, 2016 at 11:40
Lovely album by this act!!!...i've always have an special appreciation to this release basically because i listened to it when it came out back in '79(i was just a 9 years old kid)...tracks 1(great!),2,3,4,7 & 9 are the best cuts for me...enjoyable stuff indeed...86/100

CD: Widowmaker - Stand by for Pain
From: andi Date: June 10, 2016 at 6:13
Not the real Dee Snider i Know...

CD: First Signal - One Step Over The Line
From: the rocker Date: June 8, 2016 at 18:09
Agree Eric3

CD: George Lynch - The Lost Anthology
From: hair metal again Date: June 8, 2016 at 11:36
excellent double release for GEORGE LYNCH that offers much unreleased stuff from all his career that starts in the late 70 s!superb guitar player and def a pioneer of the hard rock genre with suberb rhythm parts and astonishing solos,GEORGE LYNCH shined in every band and collaboration he had!essential release

CD: Henry Paul Band - Anytime
From: Thomas-Coastline Date: June 8, 2016 at 5:11
Great AOR tinged Southern Rock with tasty lead guitar work. Essential.

CD: Lee Aaron - Fire And Gasoline
From: CC Date: June 7, 2016 at 19:09
A few more days of repeated listens and it has certainly grown on me as the songs are catchy for certain. Still not convinced on some of the lyrics though as some of them are more suited to a 20 year old than a woman in her 50s (Wannabe is a main culprit), but its Lee Aaron, so she can sing what she wants. There is also some interesting conflict going on. The first song goes on about being a tom boy and not a girly girl, and then the next song starts going on about wearing stilletos and short skirts. Over all its a highly enjoyable album.

CD: First Signal - One Step Over The Line
From: Eric3 Date: June 7, 2016 at 17:47
It's pretty good! Other than Hess on vocals, it doesn't sound much like the first one...it's almost closer to Find Me than the grittier debut album (not a surprise with Daniel Flores producing). I really like the songs though, they invoke a sense of nostalgia that would have this album right at home in the '80s rather than 2016. Favorite tracks are Love Gets Through, Still Pretending, Minute of Your Time, and Pedestal.

CD: Julliet - Passion
From: 123charpenay Date: June 7, 2016 at 12:37
very average record ,with absoluty nothing extraordinary.sometimes they looks like to ratt,nevertheless they stay a second zone and a very common band.

CD: Guardian - Miracle Mile
From: CLOUD FORCE Date: June 6, 2016 at 18:14
Well,this album shifted towards an acoustic driven sound.it was 93 after all. But the songs really rock,and there's a great songwriting,the guitar licks are impressive,and top notch production by The AOR gods the Elefante bros. Of course I prefer them when they sound more electric,like the masterpiece song Sister wisdom. A bit different than the first 2 albums,but don'miss it:kick ass tunes,and overall a really great album.

CD: Meat Loaf - Dead Ringer
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 6, 2016 at 16:11
This one along with 'Bat Out Of Hell' are iconic albums of this pretty good but somehow kinda underrated artist...tracks 1,2(nice),3(nice) & 7 are the ones for me.88/100

CD: Arena - Immortal
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 6, 2016 at 16:08
With some kinda Marillion influence here and there comes this pretty decent Arena Album ...tracks 1,3,5,6 & 7(nice)are pleasant Prog/Melodic Metal ones for sure.80/100

CD: First Signal - One Step Over The Line
From: the rocker Date: June 4, 2016 at 21:24
Like what I'm hearing so far!

CD: Lee Aaron - Fire And Gasoline
From: CC Date: June 4, 2016 at 15:05
I am so glad she has returned to her rock roots after years of dabbling in jazz, but its certainly not her finest work. Her vocals are as good as ever, but the song quality just isn't there. Theres a kind of mix and match of styles on this, with even some of it dabbling in the pop punk genre. Its not a bad release by any means, and may grow on me, but it certainly is not going to top the list of my faves.

CD: The Dan Reed Network - Fight Another Day
From: CC Date: June 4, 2016 at 14:44
Sadly a very disappointing release. Its actually a good album, but sounds more like a Dan solo album than a return of the Network. Far too mellow.

CD: Van Halen - Fair Warning
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 4, 2016 at 13:30
Good album!!!...VH was starting to hit the sky in its career ...tracks 1,2,3,5,7 & 9 are in my book.87/100

CD: Baron Rojo - Larga Vida Al Rock And Roll
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 4, 2016 at 13:27
This is a good debut from one of Spain's finest HM/HR band Baron Rojo...tracks 1,3,4 & 9 are really good shots.85/100

CD: Kenziner - Timescape
From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 3, 2016 at 21:58
European Prog Metal with an inevitable Dream Theater touch here and there(a big influence are the americans for sure)...tracks 1,2,4,7 & 10 are the ones for me...82/100

CD: Jamilya - Over the Edge
From: 123charpenay Date: June 3, 2016 at 16:37
hum the best record of 1997?it s a joke.jamilya is a second zone band.a mediocre combo.poor production with a very average singer for some very average songs.one thousand hard rock bands all over the world are at the same level .

CD: '77 - 21st Century Rock
From: Swedish Rocker Date: June 2, 2016 at 11:20
Haven't heard this particular album, but the three other albums they've made is solid rock'n'roll a la AC/DC. Strange these albums are not here

CD: Treat - Ghost Of Graceland
From: $$ixx Date: June 2, 2016 at 11:10
Almost as good as the last one, and with a slightly better sound (richer in bass, better mastering), this is a full throttle winner! Robert sings well, and there are some nice notes still with range, and the band is very pro all of them, esp. Anders. He's a very talented musican. Not to compare, but song-wise, Treat are (to my ears) so much better than new era (anti hair metal) Europe. Miles better.

CD: Rick Springfield - Rocket Science
From: Doug Date: June 2, 2016 at 11:10
I really like the first two songs, and then for me it drops off a bit from there. At 66, this guy just keeps putting out good music, though. Nice!

CD: Sixx: A.M. - Prayers For The Damned
From: Doug Date: June 2, 2016 at 11:04
This one does not rank with 'This is Gonna Hurt' album, but still decent. Tracks 1,2,4,and 10 the best for me.

CD: The Defiants - The Defiants
From: $$ixx Date: June 2, 2016 at 11:03
This is just perfect imo. All killer, no filler! Even better than the last D2 album, if that's possible, with a much stronger vocal from the excellent Paul Laine. He's singing his heart out and sounds much younger than he is (soon 50). Very impressive. Rob and Bruno, and the drummer, are super-solid too, as expected. Cool thing that Bruno and Paul got to write an album together, more as a team than before in D2. What a great album for this summer Paul is one of THE best singers out there, for sure. It is so great to hear him roar again.

CD: Crystal Roxx - Not On the Clock
From: hair metal again Date: June 2, 2016 at 9:24
pretty good release by CRYSTAL ROXX ,a band that tried to catch up with what music industry wanted ,but never made it big!Not On The Clock is rocking and there s a certain groove all around!Good songs and hooks here and there with 'whiskey','never no why' and 'does it matter' being the highlights

CD: Jamilya - Over the Edge
From: andi Date: June 2, 2016 at 7:32
Greatest Album 1997 ever... Whats Going on With these Guys??

CD: Phantom 5 - Phantom 5
From: edukiki Date: June 1, 2016 at 14:56
Mix of 'Point Blank· and 'Fireworks' ????????, sorry but dudemetal have reason mix of Bonfire, and Jaded Heart and something about Casanova, more than Jaded Heart and Casanova than Bonfire

CD: Aldo Nova - A Portrait Of Aldo Nova
From: 123charpenay Date: June 1, 2016 at 14:18
great compilation from this brilliant canadian singer and guitarist.nevertheless we have lot of fillers on this record,principally from his debut album.'fantasy' 'heart to heart' and'under the gun' are some super songs ,the rest is bad and sound very dated.after on the two follow up records ,it s better with excellent a o r songs even if we still have several fillers in between.finally the good is superior to the mediocre,so i recommand this cd after a serious clean up.

CD: Wigelius - Tabula Rasa
From: 123charpenay Date: June 1, 2016 at 14:10
after their very average debut ,i was not very enthousiasm about their second effort;only curious.wow this second realise is far far better than their boring debut.here they realise a real exploit ,the 13 songs (all the album) are top class a o r songs.each songs are very catchy ,each songs are a hit.all tracks deserve to be played on all radios of this planet cause all the choruses are irresistible!!!!the production is perfect,the singer is really excellent.now this young swedish band play in champion s league.i recommand the japan import cause track 13,the japan bonus track 'wild woman' is a superb rocking song in the vein of stage dolls.this record is simply marvellous.2016 is a very rich year in melodic rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Aldo Nova - A Portrait Of Aldo Nova
From: hair metal again Date: May 31, 2016 at 23:59
superb best of release for an artist that really has the talent,the vibe and helped much the 80 s scene with his releases!ALDO NOVA is agreat songwriter and he seems capable of writing down easily big hits!essential in every collection

CD: Phantom 5 - Phantom 5
From: andi Date: May 31, 2016 at 15:46
...and... It's Much better than The Defians(ex Danger Danger members)


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