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Any fans here of "new(er)" melodic hard rock/AOR?

Post by dmbrocker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:29 pm

I decided to do a separate thread to ask this question after listening to melodic-hardrock.com's Rock Melodic Radio on and off this week. Good stuff. Anyone here have a favorite band or bands of the Frontiers Records/Escape Music/AOR Heaven-style of melodic hard rock and AOR? For example, apparently Canadian vocalist Rob Moratti came out with two whole albums this year, one solo and one with the band Rage of Angels. Sounds like a very busy guy. And then you have FM vocalist Steve Overland still making it and releasing music with various bands. Seems like there's still a big enough market for this kind of music in Europe right now, and more power to the Europeans for it. Just some thoughts about this on my mind right now.
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Post by Cyber Spirit » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:01 pm

I like it. I don't think there is a great disparity between 80s hair metal and this type of music.
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Post by HeavyMetalZombie666 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:58 pm

Whenever I listen to rock radio they play a bunch of Pop Evil, Highly Suspect, Red Sun Rising, Shinedown, Pretty Reckless, etc.
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Post by HeavyMetalZombie666 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:42 pm

Yes they are.
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Post by dmbrocker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:44 pm

HeavyMetalZombie666 wrote:Whenever I listen to rock radio they play a bunch of Pop Evil, Highly Suspect, Red Sun Rising, Shinedown, Pretty Reckless, etc.
Those don't exactly fit the genres described above, though. I'm sure those are good bands and Shinedown is great, but I was thinking more like this:

http://melodic-hardrock.com/
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Post by HeavyMetalZombie666 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:50 pm

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HeavyMetalZombie666 wrote:Whenever I listen to rock radio they play a bunch of Pop Evil, Highly Suspect, Red Sun Rising, Shinedown, Pretty Reckless, etc.
Those don't exactly fit the genres described above, though. I'm sure those are good bands and Shinedown is great, but I was thinking more like this:

http://melodic-hardrock.com/
I checked that out and added them on facebook.
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Post by dmbrocker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:55 pm

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HeavyMetalZombie666 wrote:Whenever I listen to rock radio they play a bunch of Pop Evil, Highly Suspect, Red Sun Rising, Shinedown, Pretty Reckless, etc.
Those don't exactly fit the genres described above, though. I'm sure those are good bands and Shinedown is great, but I was thinking more like this:

http://melodic-hardrock.com/
I checked that out and added them on facebook.
Cool. That's basically the kind of music I'm talking about: the new and "newer" melodic hard rock and AOR bands of the past 15 or so years featured on that radio stream. A lot of good music on there.
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Post by dmbrocker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:13 pm

I have H.E.A.T.'s "Black Night" and Eclipse's Are You Ready to Rock? in my collection. Great music indeed!
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Post by gregster » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:19 am

Love H.E.A.T. , Eclipse, Work Of Art, Martina Edoff etc. & a lot of bands of that ilk. Not too many other than the Scandinavians doing this genre as well as those guys.
Starting to sound a little generic of late though.
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Post by Facedown » Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:10 am

From what's been mentioned, I have a stuff from H.E.A.T., Outloud and Work Of Art.
Work Of Art is fantastic stuff.
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Post by tapsmiled » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:25 pm

W.E.T. Is incredible. Between their 2 albums, there are probably 10-12 stellar songs. Jeff Scott Soto is a really amazing singer, and their production sounds massive. Big vocals. Big harmonies. Big guitars.

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Post by Frett_Bored » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:07 pm

Would you put Coldspell into this category?

They have some good tunes.
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Post by dmbrocker » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:30 pm

Frett_Bored wrote:Would you put Coldspell into this category?

They have some good tunes.
Just listening to them now. Yeah, I guess I'd put them in there.
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Post by HeavyMetalZombie666 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:26 pm

some good stuff.
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Post by greengoblinrulz » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:19 am

Saw Eclipse at Rock N Skull & they won me over as a fan.
Big Mitch Malloy & Jeff Scott Soto fan also.
However, Ive always associated "Melodic Rock" music term as the even geekier version of us....meaning it seems like it has to be a completely unknown band the mainstreams never heard of to be considered "MelodicRock".
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Post by TenBenny » Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:50 pm

greengoblinrulz wrote:Saw Eclipse at Rock N Skull & they won me over as a fan.
Big Mitch Malloy & Jeff Scott Soto fan also.
However, Ive always associated "Melodic Rock" music term as the even geekier version of us....meaning it seems like it has to be a completely unknown band the mainstreams never heard of to be considered "MelodicRock".
I started listening to Jeff's full catalog recently and the dude has some terrific solo albums. It's too bad there's just no mainstream market for them.
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Post by jboogie » Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:27 pm

Good stuff on that station.
Pink Cream 69 - Special
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0M6HQE89sw


Frontline - Another Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXdrLbktuBc



Toby Hitchcock - This Is The Moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6yMQmSMmXk
House Of Lords - Someday When

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va6gk6GYgfs

Kimball Jamison - Can't Wait For Love Feat. Bobby Kimball Ex Toto lead singer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-pAgDgQdm0

Places Of Power - In Your Wildest Dreams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXitDvc9v6w

AVANTASIA - Dying For An Angel (feat. Scorpions' Klaus Meine)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quH_vUCdy2o
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Post by dmbrocker » Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:11 pm

^^^^
That Frontline song is in my collection, and I very much dig it.
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Post by the.vampire.lestat » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:46 pm

The album Ghost of Graceland by Treat is really good. The new Vega album Who We Are is also not bad.
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Post by gregster » Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:57 am

Glad to hear of mentions for W.E.T. & Toby Hitchcock. 2 of the best debut albums of this genre ever IMO.
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Post by WCiezak » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:56 am

Frontiers, MTM, and the other labels sold at places like NEH records put out some top notch stuff between 2003-2006 and to a lesser extent 2007 and the years before 2003. 2007 still had some good stuff like Poodles-Metal will Stand Tall, Wigwamania, Primal Fear-New Religion, Animal, Wildkard, and a couple others. The first two Pride of Lions, Broke N Blue, Alyson Avenue, Nexx, Allen-Lande(just The Battle), Praying Mantis, Tony O'Hora, Zanclan, Harem Scarem(Higher-Weight-Overload), Million, Fate, Haven, Gotthard, Harlan Cage, Jaded Heart, Place Vendome(first was classic, the others not so much), Terra Nova, Melodica, Mad Max, Frontline, Shiva, Ten(still have good songs but kinda took a nosedive after Return to Evermore), TNT, Davey Vain, Main Attraction, Brother Firetribe(just the first one), and that pretty much covers everything I liked at the time. Gay Stanley's Live to Win also fits right in with this group even though it wasn't released by Frontiers or any of these other melodic rock labels.

I try listening to Frontiers stuff from the last few years and I just don't think it's all that interesting. It's become very assembly line where every album just has this Frontiers sound. Not just the writing and production, but the singing and all that too. Rick Springfield just sounds like every other Frontiers singer now, for example. The productions just sound more and more computerized and fake. A decade ago I felt more like Frontiers meant quality from beginning to end with a more organic production than the mainstream and strong identities for each artist. But just like Century Media and The End Records, they've ditched what built their business and tried to go for some trendy and overly-slick styles that they think will sell more records.
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Post by Desslar » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:39 am

WCiezak wrote: I try listening to Frontiers stuff from the last few years and I just don't think it's all that interesting. It's become very assembly line where every album just has this Frontiers sound. Not just the writing and production, but the singing and all that too. Rick Springfield just sounds like every other Frontiers singer now, for example. The productions just sound more and more computerized and fake. A decade ago I felt more like Frontiers meant quality from beginning to end with a more organic production than the mainstream and strong identities for each artist. But just like Century Media and The End Records, they've ditched what built their business and tried to go for some trendy and overly-slick styles that they think will sell more records.
What has Frontiers ever released that was trendy?
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Post by LillianRoxyFA » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:33 am

There's something about the newer stuff that's hard for me to embrace. I think it's that most of it sounds like hard Journey and the missing element usually is a good screamer and crunchy riffs.

Bands like Ammunition, Knock Out Kaine, and Crashdiet have their moments. I do frequently check sites like Sleaze Roxx and MelodicRock as they post new stuff frequently. It's not for lack or trying, but I'm not finding anything that's kicking my ass.
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Post by Desslar » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:09 am

LillianRoxyFA wrote:There's something about the newer stuff that's hard for me to embrace. I think it's that most of it sounds like hard Journey and the missing element usually is a good screamer and crunchy riffs.

Bands like Ammunition, Knock Out Kaine, and Crashdiet have their moments. I do frequently check sites like Sleaze Roxx and MelodicRock as they post new stuff frequently. It's not for lack or trying, but I'm not finding anything that's kicking my ass.

Well, this thread was about AOR mostly.

If you're looking for something with more crunch/bite, you might try:

Airbourne - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn0w7vciQCE

Bullet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IROr0PkAkLg

Kissin Dynamite - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP1QzucFRh8

Skull Fist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ0pOmZLE8w

Crazy Lixx - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyLantEtsJw
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Post by dmbrocker » Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:09 pm

Bump! I give you Australia's White Widdow, who aren't bad at all for a good keyboard-heavy melodic rock fix. Anyone heard of these guys?

Serenade [2011] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeH6BtaLt_Q

Crossfire [2014] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTE-mLe0OlM

I also just saw where they're coming out with a new album next week entitled Silhouette. Should be good if it's anything like the two above albums.
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Post by Frett_Bored » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:23 pm

Someone mentioned The Magnificent in the other thread, so I'm putting it in this one.

Lead singer of Circus Maximus sings for them. Here is "Tired of Dreaming": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I79l3i-OcTs
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Post by dmbrocker » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:14 pm

Sad news, as one of the AOR singers of this batch of bands just passed away today. RIP to David A. Saylor of Wild Rose (he played on two of their albums and released a couple of solo albums as well). Not much info on his passing, but he will be missed nonetheless. Announcement on Wild Rose's FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/WildRoseTheBand/?fref=ts
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