Frank Vestry’s last band project was the terrific LANESLIDE and their album ‘Flying High’, a great slice of classic Melodic Rock with AOR touches. The Japanese version of the disc “Flying High [Japan Edition +2]” (now out of print) included 2 bonus tracks. Some time after, LANESLIDE also contributed an unreleased track to the ‘V.A. We Still Rock’ compilation. Mr....
HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS are a prodigious music collective founded by songwriter / guitarist Steph Honde, including legendary Vinny Appice on drums and bass player Ronnie Robson as the core, who bring with them an amazing collaborative of Internationally known musicians, all that come with huge resumes, performing on the various albums and in the live spectrum.
“Thriving On Chaos” is their third, brand new album, and among the guests there’s talented Don Airey and his Hammond B3, while the disc was mixed / mastered by Tommy Denander, who also play guitar.
American vocalist FRANK VESTRY is releasing a new CD titled “My Collection” via Lions Pride Music, a selection of songs from the past works / bands he was part of throughout his career, including the awesome Marcello / Vestry project, Last Temptation, his recent album with Laneslide, Devias, Burning Starr and more, all remastered.
I agree with his words: “Without a doubt, this will be my best album to date and the one that I am most proud of. The music is comprised of so many different elements that there is something for every musical taste. These songs are some of my favorites, chosen especially for the melodic rockers. In addition, the album contains previously unreleased material as well as songs that are no longer available in print, but have been requested over the few years.”
Finnish / British / Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their ninth studio album, “Human :II: Nature” on April 10 via Nuclear Blast. The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” will be a double album containing nine tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2. Known for their bombastic sound,...
MICHAEL FLEXIG was the vocalist behind Zeno, the brainchild of German guitarist Zeno Roth (brother of the ex- Scorpions legendary axeman Uli Jon Roth), and both published a bunch of wonderful AOR albums in the ’80s-90’s. Some time ago Flexig decided to re-record 11 Zeno originals and release them into this CD titled “World Of Tomorrow”. This is a curious...
Since formed, the combination of toughness and great melodies suites BONFIRE perfectly. The German Melodic Hard Rock Legends prove this with their newest studio album “Fistful Of Fire“, to be released April 3. The new record again has all trademarks typical to Bonfire: charismatic vocals, catchy riffs n’ hooks, and driving grooves. It features this very mix: throughout 11 songs...
Whichever way you shake a stick at it, the lone self-titled LP from studio creation SPEEDWAY BLVD. is arguably one of the greatest rocking albums from the beginning of the ’80s, which has received a great remastering treatment by Rock Candy Records. Speedway Blvd were a New York based act assembled by famed bubblegum impresarios Kasenetz and Katz. Looking to...
MICHAEL FLEXIG (Zeno) – Keeper Of The Flame [Japan Edition +3] + Euro Edition 3 Bonus Tracks (2020) *EXCLUSIVE*
Now this is a real gem; we are presenting in exclusive “Keeper Of The Flame [Japan Edition +3]”, the disc the ‘voice of Zeno‘ MICHAEL FLEXIG has put together with previously unreleased material from this fabulous band.
Flexig said; “with this album I’d like to show you for the first time the most classic, authentic and fundamental songs of the band Zeno in their original versions. Many of those recordings have never been released before.”
This Japanese Edition includes 3 exclusive tracks, however the European edition also packs 3 exclusive tracks… we have ’em all.
A Must Have
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While vocalist John Elefante is best known for his work in Kansas, having been part of the group during its Vinyl Confessions (1982) and Drastic Measures (1983) era, he has also had quite the productive solo career. It all started with the demo material he put together following his mid-Eighties departure from Kansas, which formed the basis of the first...
After the success of their debut album in 1989, John and Dino Elefante released this “Lofcaudio” (1990), their second album with MASTEDON, on their own label. Now fully remastered and pressed on gold CD, “Lofcaudio [Gold Disc Remastered reissue]” also features an all-star cast, but most of them aren’t named because of legal issues with other record labels. “Lofcaudio” has four vocalists namely John Elefante, Dave Amato, Tom Bowes and James Dean Longacre, with the Amato and the great Michael Thompson on guitar, all of which are fitting the slick and polished AOR sound of this album perfectly.
Massive, full-scale AOR with lovely melodies, harmonies and layered sound straight out of the Kansas songbook.
Without a doubt one of the finest 1990 releases finally available again with a wonderful remastering.
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MASTEDON (Elefante Bros) – It’s A Jungle Out There +3 [Gold Disc Remastered reissue] (2020) *EXCLUSIVE*
John & Dino Elefante were, without a doubt, the best team producer of 80s American AOR bands with a CCM origin. The bros. formed their own band as well, MASTEDON, and their 1989 debut album ‘It’s A Jungle Out There‘ is a classic from the genre.
This 2020 Girder Records reissue on gold disc encapsulates all the magic of the original release now with the ultimate remaster done by John Elefante himself. The CD includes 3 Bonus Tracks, one of these an exclusive track for now collectible ‘California Metal’ LP.
Featuring the likes of David Pack (Ambrosia) on lead vocals, talented guitarist Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon, Danger Danger) who also provide vocals, or virtuoso bass player John Patitucci, this remastered reissue is A MUST for fans of pure, unadulterated late ’80s AOR perfection.
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All 3 HEAVY PETTIN’ Eighties albums have been reissued at the end of 2019, remastered and with bonus tracks on Burnt Out Wreckords via Cherry Red Records. We already featured Heavy Pettin’ 2 first, now it’s time for their third and last 80s LP “The Big Bang”, including previously unreleased bonus.
Originally appeared in 1989, “The Big Bang +2 [Cherry Red Remastered + Unreleased]” sees the band fully embracing the AOR sound production of that magic year, hugely layered, plenty of keyboards and sing-along choruses.
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Few days ago we featured here the reissue of THE OUTFIELD’s hard to find album ‘Any Time Now’, then one of you requested this rarity: “Any Time Now [Limited Web Edition]”.
This version of the album was released by the band via their website, and not only includes 9 extra tracks, but also the rest of the songs sport a (very) different mix / recorded parts.
Of course, this version is out of print.
RARE collector’s item
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After many years ASPHALT VALENTINE has released a new full length album, and we think you need to listen to their debut “Strip Rock Roll”. The album was released in 2009, but re-released in a digipak format a year after including a bonus track.
This “Strip Rock Roll [Digipak Bonus Track Edition]” appeared in limited quantities, one of these being sold at Amazon for £ 763, believe it or not…
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Atlanta classic hard rockers ASPHALT VALENTINE are back with a new album titled “Twisted Road“, which indeed showcase how much the band has oiled their craft on the road / touring. There has been 7 years since Asphalt Valentine last release (and EP), but well worth the wait: “Twisted Road” delivers that classy American early Nineties polished hard rock sound we all love.
Take some ’90s Night Ranger, Hurricane, Tesla, Ted Nugent, and a bit of current Revolution Saints, and you have “Twisted Road”.