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Accept - 2017 Restless And Live (Blind Rage - Live In Europe 2015)
There's really no way to recommend this exercise in excess. Surely two disc live affairs went out before the turn of the century.

Aldaria - 2017 Land Of Light
Aldaria is a Metal Opera project from Norwegian guitarist Frode Hovd. The sound is comparable to Helloween and Avantasia, but the concept and story is closer to Ayreon based sci-fi.

Backwood Spirit - 2017 Backwood Spirit [NEW]
If you like loads of 70's styled organ work a la Uriah Heep or Lucifer's Friend but played over a mostly pastoral backdrop, then Backwood Spirit could be the deal for you.

Battle Beast - 2017 Bringer Of Pain
If you can handle the swing from power metal to lighter material in the space of one single sitting, then 'Bringer Of Pain' should be considered.

Black Diamonds - 2017 Once Upon A Time
New to the AOR Heaven roster is Swiss band Black Diamonds. Soundwise, these guys are more Enuff Znuff than Gotthard, especially when they decide to lay the party-styled anthems on thick.

Black Paisley - 2017 Late Bloomer
Here's an independent Swedish band venturing into the world of classic rock with southern flavours among their grooves.

Brother Firetribe - 2017 Sunbound
Glad to report that the 2017 offering 'Sunbound' is back to a level which we'd become accustomed to back in 2006-2008. From where I'm sitting, 'Sunbound' gets a definite recommendation from yours truly.

Coastland Ride - 2017 Distance
in 2017, I think Coastland Ride might have achieved their crowning glory with this latest effort 'Distance'. I'm quite impressed by what I'm hearing here, and I certainly sat up to attention listening to this.

Creye - 2017 Straight To The Top (ep)
If you like Scandi AOR like it used to be, then Creye are the bomb! This really is very good, and if the job of this EP is to be taster of things to come, then bring on the main, dessert and after dinner mints.

Davis, Derek - 2017 Revolutionary Soul
Here's the second solo effort from former Babylon AD singer Derek Davis.

Deep Purple - 2017 Infinite
Obviously Purple are over the hill and their best days evaporated decades ago, but is there any reason they should sound this dull and uninspired? This truly sounds like music for old men.

Dirty White Boyz - 2017 Down And Dirty
DWB aren't reinventing the British melodic rock scene per se, but adding their own distinct flavour to it.

Eclipse (Sweden) - 2017 Monumentum
In the meantime enjoy this melodic monsterpiece. It really is worth setting aside 46 minutes of your time.

Honeymoon Suite - 2017 Hands Up
Good to see Canadians Honeymmon Suite back with a new offering. 'Hands Up' delivers 7 new tracks, plus 2 live tracks, and is their first album since 2008's 'Clifton Hill'.

House Of Lords - 2017 Saint Of The Lost Souls
Overall, 'Saint Of The Lost Souls' presents as a solid outing, but for me personally, I much prefer HoL when they heavy it up, but you won't find that here.

Jidhed, Jim - 2017 Push On Through
Jim's Jidhed's career in recent times has reverted back to more solo work, and at the urging of PlanetAOR's Johan Nylen, Jim and producer Daniel Flores teamed up for this latest record 'Push On Through', which is quite a bit different to what we've heard before.

Kings Of Broadway - 2017 Kings Of Broadway [NEW]
Here's an interesting new project from Italian band Kings Of Broadway, who cross reference back to fellow Italians: melodic power metal band Secret Sphere.

Krokus - 2017 Big Rocks
A Covers album? Just a cursory glance at the tracklist reveals all you need to know about this debacle.

KXM - 2017 Scatterbrain [NEW]
This trio have played across numerous side-projects, and it should come as no surprise that the key words associated with KXM are: spontaneous, experimental, ad-hoc and different.

Lancer - 2017 Mastery
Lancer are a Swedish band who have clearly announced their arrival on the power metal scene.

Last Autumns Dream - 2017 In Disguise
If you have a penchant for picking up cover albums that have a modicum of interesting points, then add 'In Disguise' to your collection.

Lioncage - 2017 The Second Strike
German trio Lioncage were previously with Escape Music, now their second album 'The Second Strike' will be released by Pride And Joy Music in late March 2017.

Lionville - 2017 A World Of Fools
Work Of Art and others who capture this sound, will love this one as well. I certainly do..

One Desire - 2017 One Desire
This is a band that should appeal to most GDM readers. They are the Finnish AOR quartet One Desire, who previously went by the handle of OD

Osukaru - 2017 The Labyrinth
Osukaru have certainly withstood the flames of the fire as generated by this website. But I can safely say this lot are now one of my favourite Swedish bands, and their output is testament to that

Place Vendome - 2017 Close To The Sun
As in past PV albums, other contributors have provided the bulk of the material used by Michael Kiske and Dennis Ward.

Pride Of Lions - 2017 Fearless
These guys have been around long enough for you to know whether you like them. If you're a fan, this certainly won't disappoint.

QSP - 2017 QSP
QSP is mostly a melodic blues rock album with a load of appeal to old 70's fogies like me, and for a few others no doubt.

Raw Silk - 2017 The Borders Of Light
This version of Raw Silk is markedly different to the first iteration of the band. Unfortunately the change didn't resonate with me, and I was left wondering where the old Raw Silk was.

Schooltree - 2017 Heterotopia
Thanks to fellow GDM Scribe Eric and his investigative talents, Schooltree would probably have gone unnoticed. 'Heterotopia' is a full-blown 100 minute rock opera.. No throw away 3 minute pop fluff here folks!

Striker (Canada) - 2017 Striker
It's still early days in 2017, but I can declare that 'Striker' is one of finest heavy metal albums you'll ever hear this year.

Sweet Mary Jane - 2017 Winter In Paradise
Quality wise, I think Sweet Mary Jane are onto something here. 'Winter In Paradise' is a real surprise, and I have no hesitation giving this one a big thumbs up.

Tokyo Motor Fist - 2017 Tokyo Motor Fist
Tokyo Motor Fist did a great job of capturing the spirit and essence of the late 80's with this collection of songs. Big guitars, catchy songs, lots of melody - there's nothing here not to like.

Unruly Child - 2017 Can't Go Home
The big thing about 'Can't Go Home' is how understated in delivery this album is. If you can see beyond that, then this should find favour.

Viana - 2017 Viana [NEW]
A lot of this album has some good moments, but I somehow think it's not going to stun fans into thinking this is the next coming for Italian rock. Good, solid stuff but without the hundreds and thousands.

Walk On Fire - 2017 Mind Over Matter
As with last years Seven album 'Shattered', Escape Music are onto another winner with Walk On Fire.
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