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7HY - 2016 Stories We Tell
Listening to this set, I hear more of a North American sound filtering through. Full of melody, reasonably paced, with good production, with emphasis on the key elements of vocals, choruses and guitar interplay.. that's the way GDM'ers like their melodic rock. Yes? I thought so.

Aaron, Lee - 2016 Fire And Gasoline
There's a lot to like with the material on 'Fire And Gasoline'. A few tracks land right in the middle of that high energy power pop type of sound, which I personally think is a great fit for Lee.

Adellaide - 2016 Adellaide (ep)
This short EP has got me wanting more from this great new Brazilian band.

Amaranthe - 2016 Maximalism
Amaranthe return with album number four, and fans should be very happy with the result.

Amboaje - 2016 All About Living
Spanish rocker Toni Amboaje has obviously been paying attention to what's been going on in the U.S. for the past decade or so. Not only rock, but he's probably turned on a country radio station or two.

Anthrax - 2016 For All Kings
A jumbled album which is an improvement on 2011's 'Worship Music' but doesn't offer anything new, which as you'd expect is hard to do after 35 years.

Anvil - 2016 Anvil Is Anvil
The Anvil story continues well into 2016, with the release of their latest 'Anvil Is Anvil'.

Armored Saint - 2016 Carpe Noctum (Live)
You can't keep a good band down, and that's the story that Armored Saint create for us in 2016.

Attacker - 2016 Sins Of The World
If you like it loud and proud, go check out Attacker's 'Sins Of The World', out now via Metal On Metal Records.

Bayman, Dion - 2016 Don't Look Down
Dion has been a regular feature at GDM since 2013, and his newest offering 'Don't Look Down' is his best work so far, in my reckoning.

Billy Satellite - 2016 Billy Satellite II
The 1985 unreleased album from Billy Satellite gets a reissue three decades later. Should I be pleased by this decision?

Blackfoot - 2016 Southern Native
Despite this new album from the legendary Florida rockers, this one leaves me stone cold. Sorry to introduce the 2016 version of Blackfoot this way, but quite simply, this is NOT Blackfoot.

Blood Ceremony - 2016 Lord Of Misrule
Since this disc has received high marks in both `Prog' and `Shindig!' magazines I thought it was time I checked out this Toronto based band.

Blueminded - 2016 Seize The Day
Apart from a handful of tracks, 'Seize The Day' plays it too safe overall. A reasonable CD with good musicianship, I give this a 7.

Boneyard Dog - 2016 Bluesbound Train
Boneyard Dog will never be accused of setting new trends nor creating groundbreaking music. It is classic rock and blues after all.

Bowie, David - 2016 Blackstar
With the recent passing of the great man, writing this review has, inevitably taken on a different perspective for me. I don't think I'm overstating his importance, here was man who not only changed music but changed the way we questioned everyday conventions and also, speaking from a personal viewpoint he touched my life at time when as a curious teenager back then was seeking answers and looking for a direction.

Brainstorm - 2016 Scary Creatures
Though we are a few albums behind the times with these guys, their line-up has remained constant, and they are still delivering quality hard edged power metal. When listening to this, I tagged it as cinematic power metal. There's a bit of Avantasia and King Diamond styled imagery, which makes them stand out from their peers.

Change Of Heart - 2016 Last Tiger
After a decade away, Change Of Heart return with 'Last Tiger'. If you like a hybrid of Ten and Saracen, then you should enjoy this.

Cheap Trick - 2016 Bang, Zoom, Crazy.. Hello
These guys have just been voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. And just as they celebrate their big award, the band turn up to the dance with a brand new album to boot.

Civil War - 2016 The Last Full Measure
'The Last Full Measure' presents some intriguing material that power metal fans (notwithstanding military history students) will no doubt enjoy. Draw your swords!

Coda - 2016 Coda
Well 2016 has delivered its first super-group of 2016, and it had to include Paul Sabu. How cool is that? Unfortunately, what isn't cool are the contents of the new self-titled album from Coda. Poor..

Cole, Bryan - 2016 Sands Of Time
One of the better pure melodic hard rock albums of 2016.

Cranston - 2016 Cranston
No doubting this could prove to be one of the surprise packets of 2016. I'm hooked on Cranston.

Cruzh - 2016 Cruzh
Cool name for a band huh? I certainly think so. This Swedish band are one of four very good releases from the Frontiers label during the month of August 2016.

Cry Of Dawn - 2016 Cry Of Dawn
'Cry Of Dawn' despite the intent, is just totally overblown for all the wrong reasons. A disappointment for mine..

Culver Kingz - 2016 This Time
The Culver Kingz are none other than the pairing of West Coast giants of their field: Michael Thompson and Billy Trudel. Signed to Escape Music, don't expect AOR from the glory days. This is pop rock with a hint of west coast and cruisy smooth jazz.

D'Ercole - 2016 No Place Like Home
Like many releases that have come out at this late stage, it will probably be difficult to find favour among the listeners considering it's a traffic jam out there.

Dante Fox - 2016 Breathless
We haven't reviewed a Dante Fox album for ages, so it's good to catch up with these Birmingham melodic rockers in 2016.

Dare - 2016 Sacred Ground
'Sacred Ground' is a stirring release, and I'm very happy to see Dare return to something close to 'Out Of The Silence', which obviously has been far too long in the waiting room department.

Dark Sarah - 2016 The Puzzle
'The Puzzle' is an album that mostly delivers on its promise. Dark Sarah is an outfit which sits between several metal sub-genres. Progressive, Orchestral, Symphonic, and even Cinematic.

Defiants, The - 2016 The Defiants
This album has been getting a lot of love by other reviewers, and it certainly deserves it. It's definitely a fun album that would appeal to a lot larger audience than will ever hear it.

DGM - 2016 The Passage
Though this is their first album in three years, 'The Passage' is just a huge sounding album in every respect, and should put DGM right up there among the better bands in this category, if they aren't there already.

Diamond Head - 2016 Diamond Head
Obviously Diamond Head can never match their material from the glory daze, so if you are interested in listening to this latest effort, do yourself a favour and go back and listen to 'Lightning To The Nations', 'Borrowed Time' and 'Canterbury', if you know what's good for you!

Dockers Guild - 2016 The Heisenberg Diaries - Book A: Sounds of Future Past
This is a highly infectious set of tracks, with a cinematic quality to it, and is totally up my street. Of course being a big sci-fan always helps, but obviously not as much as Douglas, nor his character Dr Jack Heisenberg.

Dream Theater - 2016 The Astonishing
Well, there is one hell of a lot of music on this album; over 130 minutes in fact. My first impressions of this album were not great. I felt that there was just too much to take in, but I've persevered with it and boy has it paid off.

Drive She Said - 2016 Pedal To The Metal
It's great to see DSS back in action, and of course, the scene needs great keyboard players, cue Mark Mangold. Give this album a shot, you might just be surprised by it all.

Dynazty - 2016 Titanic Mass
For those of you who prefer their hard rock more toward the metallic side, then Dynazty probably do it better than any other outfit going around.

Eden's Curse - 2016 Cardinal
The bio for 'Cardinal' suggests the band have gone up a notch since then. Is this true? No. They are still a band that is more metal than hard rock.

Enbound - 2016 The Blackened Heart
'The Blackened Heart' does have its merits, but coming at the tail-end of 2016, and after having listened to some goodies well before then, I think the opportunity was missed.

Epic - 2016 Like A Phoenix
If you're a sucker for 80's female fronted hard rock, then Epic should be on your calling card.

Erika - 2016 Deaf Dumb And Blonde
'Deaf, Dumb And Blonde' might not appeal to everyone here, and could invoke differences of opinion as did Lee Aaron's 'Fire And Gasoline' a few months back.

Exumer - 2016 The Raging Tides
Highly recommended for avid and ageing thrash followers like myself, Exumer have certainly gotten the job done here. Nothing fancy or slow, just speed and more speed, which inevitably is all you ask for when listening to thrash.

Face Dancer - 2016 Brand New Faces
The eight songs presented here are quite varied, and will give listeners and FD fans a run for their money that's for sure.

Fates Warning - 2016 Theories Of Flight
I think it goes without saying that Fates Warning may have outdone themselves here, when comparing this to past efforts.

Featherstone - 2016 Northern Rumble
If you like some of the older Swedish bands like Baltimoore and Lions Share then Featherstone should fit the bill. I gave this a listen, and it didn't quite hit any sweet-spots for me, though the album has some moments.

First Signal - 2016 One Step Over The Line
Here is the second instalment from Canada's Harry Hess, under the banner First Signal.

Foghat - 2016 Under The Influence
Still hanging in there in 2016 is this version of Foghat, although barely it would seem, considering this latest album was entirely fan-funded through a Pledgemusic Campaign last year.

Frehley, Ace - 2016 Origins Vol 1
A remarkable collection from the Spaceman. He sounds fresh and juvenile on vocals. Powerful drumming and loud guitars. Guest artists shine without outdoing the songs.

From The Fire - 2016 Octopus
Reformed a few years ago, From The Fire now aim up in the classic rock style, rather than the AOR style from their heyday. This album has some moments, but it's not really that hard-hitting to be honest.

Geishas In Vitro - 2016 Geishas In Vitro (ep)
If you're into Queen, Robby Valentine and Valensia, then check these out young Argentinians.

Grand Masquerade, The - 2016 MMXVI
Cool name, cool image too. Sweden's The Grand Masquerade have bought some pomp and circumstance back into the melodic rock scene.

Grand Slam - 2016 A New Dawn
Not to be confused with the Thin Lizzy from a few decades ago. No, this lot come from Sweden, and came to the attention of the melodic rock world thanks to their signing to AOR Heaven, and their January 2016 debut album.

Grim Reaper - 2016 Walking In The Shadows
There's a full twelve tracks here, the music is pretty solid throughout, though there isn't a great deal of variation in style. No ballads were attempted in the making of this album, so that should give you some indication of the Grim Reaper approach in 2016.

Heart - 2016 Beautiful Broken
'Beautiful Broken' contains six songs found on prior albums between 1980 and 1983, plus three new songs and a reworking of the title track whch was a 2012 bonus track.

Heartbanger - 2016 Through The Night
Overall, this didn't do a lot for me to be honest. It was all a bit of a mish-mash.

Helstar - 2016 Vampiro
It's 2016, and Helstar deliver heavy metal in the most unrelenting way.

House Of Shakira - 2016 Sour Grapes
There's no doubt that House Of Shakira follow their own nose when it comes to producing melodic rock. In that regard you can be assured of something different and unique.

Hundred Seventy Split - 2016 Tracks
'Tracks' is a smoky soulful sounding album, with eleven songs to draw on. Obviously Ten Years After (well, the reformed version at least) would be one, early Bad Company is another, as singer Joe Gooch does travel down the path well trodden by Paul Rodgers.

Inglorious - 2016 Inglorious
Eleven tracks, eleven stunners. Yep, this is old school rock at it's very best. If the quality of releases carries on like this throughout the year, were in for quite a time.

Jackyl - 2016 ROWYCO
This is another cracking effort from the lads, with anthem after anthem, all of them unabashedly harking back to the classic era of hard rock, when rebelliousness was par for the course.

Jaded Past - 2016 Believe
There are many ingredients to the Jaded Past crock-pot, including Bon Jovi, Mike Tramp, plus a bit of Butch Walker (especially the tough tattooed imagery) and the less metallic side of Poison and Skid Row.

Judas Priest - 2016 Battle Cry (Live)
No stranger to the world of redundant live albums are Judas Priest and in another stopgap move they've unveiled a live set from their August 2015 gig at the Wacken Festival.

Kaato - 2016 Kaato
An interesting new band based around the vocal talent of Australian Kurt Lowney, with ties to Japan and Nashville.

Kansas - 2016 The Prelude Implicit
Released at the end of September 2016, the album is enjoying critical acclaim, and who knows, it may very well make my top 10 albums of the year!

King Company - 2016 One For The Road
Though King Company might be new, their history and aspirations for creating a melodic rock project away from their traditional heavy metal roots are not.

King Of Bones - 2016 Don't Mess With The King
'Don't Mess With The King' has everything I enjoy about a modern band employing 80's and 90's influences, and getting it right 100% of the time. This is one of the better hard rock albums of 2016.

Last Great Dreamers - 2016 Transmissions From Oblivion
OK. If this album isn't in my top three by the end of the year then there will have been some seriously good albums coming out between now and then.

Last In Line - 2016 Heavy Crown
This is a band best decribed as Dio without Dio!

Livesay - 2016 Frozen Hell
John Kivel has done well to get this band onto his roster, and as mentioned there is a lot to like here. As you can expect from the Kivel Records connection, this is melodic metal, with Gregg's guitar sound taking a leaf out of the book already written by Yngwie J Malmsteen.

Lucid Fly - 2016 Building Castles In Air
Here's a recent album that comes at us from left-field. They are the Californian trio called Lucid Fly

Lucifers Friend - 2016 Too Late To Hate
An excellent comeback that should please longtime fans of the band, especially those who prefer their melodic side.

Maglev - 2016 Overwrite The Sin
A Dutch outfit associated with pomp king Robby Valentine.

Magnum - 2016 Sacred Blood, Divine Lies
It's a return to form for Magnum, whose most recent output hasn't been that thrilling.

Malloy, Mitch - 2016 Making Noise
Mitch does the 'one-man-plays-all' on this 38 min and 13 sec album.

Maverick - 2016 Big Red
Apparently these Northern Irishmen have been around for about five years, but this is my first exposure to them. Give them a go. Good consumable hard rock for 2016!

Meadows, Punky - 2016 Fallen Angel
The name Punky Meadows should really not need any introduction here on GDM. Punky has finally emerged from the shadows for this his first solo album and the first recorded material from the man in some 35 years.

Mecca - 2016 III
To describe Mecca in a few words: 'this is probably the next best exponent of AOR and west coast since Toto'. 'Mecca III' should be there or thereabouts for top 10 honours later in the year.

Megadeth - 2016 Dystopia
Like every Megadeth album since 1994 this is an exercise in frustration. The first three tracks indicate an album to perhaps appreciate, but the disintegration that follows is in keeping with Mustaine's legacy.

Metal Church - 2016 XI
Metal Church have released an album that easily reaches the heights of their best material. A surprisingly good and solid album for 2016.

Metallica - 2016 Hardwired.. To Self Destruct
Simply put, this is the most boring album the band has ever recorded. I don't dislike it, but have no inspiration to hear the majority of it again, which is the most damning criticism I can level at it.

Miss Behaviour - 2016 Ghost Play
One of my favourite Swedish bands, we get another fine collection in 2016 courtesy of 'Ghost Play'.

Moratti, Rob - 2016 Transcendent
Backed by some great musicians, Rob's music stands out even more, as evidenced by the tunes on 'Transcendent'. Since 2011's 'Victory', we've had a Journey covers album, but for mine, 'Transcendent' lifts his game to a new level.

New England - 2016 Live At The Regent Theater
This album is a stunning display from a band that arguably helped write the rule book when it comes to melodic hard rock. Quite, quite brilliant.

Nordic Union - 2016 Nordic Union
Musically, many might view this simply as an Eclipse album in disguise, just with a different singer. Straight up! I wouldn't begrudge any of you who thought similarly.

Offen, Arthur - 2016 Seven Wonders
Arthur Offen has persevered over the last three and half decades, offering up a trio of excellent pomp albums under the Flag moniker and now under his own name - 'Seven Wonders'.

Order, The - 2016 Rock N Rumble
A few weeks back, I managed to spend some time with Swiss band The Order, and their 2012 album '1986'. Well blow me down, and 2016 turns up their latest offering.. 'Rock N Rumble', and all of us get a ringside seat to this slab of tasty hard rock/metal.

Ousey, Chris - 2016 Dream Machine
The thing I like about 'Dream Machine is that the songs are concise, focused, and don't overstay any welcome on your aural senses. No overblown pieces and time-challenged songs - which is great from my perspective.

Outlasted - 2016 Into The Night
'Into The Night' is pretty good for what it is, though not really offering up anything truly unique. But as most of the readers at GDM are diehard fans of the genre, we'll take it nonetheless.

Palace (Sweden) - 2016 Master Of The Universe
Palace (the band) is the vehicle for new Swedish talent Michael Palace. Bringing in Daniel Flores on keyboard and production duties has added a glossy sheen to precedings. This is one of the better AOR /melodic rock releases over the 2016 summer.

Paris (France) - 2016 The World Outside
Here's the French melodic hard rock band Paris, who were previously signed to Avenue Of Allies. This is their second album: 'The World Outside'.

Pawlak, Jace - 2016 Promise
Of all the new albums I've heard in the past decade, this is the one where the songs most sound like they came straight from the golden days of radio-friendly arena rock.

Pell, Axel Rudi - 2016 Game Of Sins
Well then, this is a surprise! Our first full review of an Axel Rudi Pell album! This German guitarist has been around for what seems like forever.

Phantom 5 - 2016 Phantom 5
Phantom 5 should be given an opportunity for those of you with a longing for German melodic hard rock, reinvented in 2016.

Poley, Ted - 2016 Beyond The Fade
I think many of us would consider this to be a pretty 'safe' album, as Poley definitely leans towards what he's done well in the past. I also think this stands up well to many of the albums from the 80's that we love, capturing that spirit nicely.

Porcaro, Steve - 2016 Someday Somehow
After nearly four decades in the business with Toto, one of those musicians is now stepping out on his own as a solo artist. He is of course Steve Porcaro, one of the keyboard wizards of the band.

Q5 - 2016 New World Order
Overall, I was underwhelmed by what was presented here. Q5 don't really have an identity anymore. I'll give kudos to Frontiers for giving old-school punters like myself a five-second thrill.

Radio Sun, The - 2016 Outside Looking In
With 'Outside Looking In', The Radio Sun seem to be taking giant strides with each new album release, and becoming permanent mainstays in the melodic hard rock genre.

Rage Of Angels - 2016 The Devils New Tricks
2016 kicks off in resounding style with Rage Of Angels. A perfect blend of melodic hard rock bringing together the best elements from the UK, Sweden and Canada. Absolutely recommended!

Rayburn - 2016 The Living End
For those with a hankering for hammond organ, and comparisons to Kansas and Presto Ballet, then put Rayburn on your investigation list.

Reckless Love - 2016 InVader
For me this album has many shortcomings. When they keep it melodic and powerful, Reckless Love sound awesome. When they dick around with rap metal it all goes pear-shaped.
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