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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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sonata Arctica - 2009 The Days Of Grays
Serpentine - 2010 A Touch Of Heaven
Bullet (Sweden) - 2014 Storm Of Blades
Smile (USA) - 1985 Smile
Voyager (Australia) - 2011 The Meaning Of I
Radice, Mark - 1971 Mark Radice
Ratchell - 1971 Ratchell
Daltrey, Roger - 1992 Rocks In The Head
Stray Dog - 1973 Stray Dog
Nubian Rose - 2012 Mountain
Danzi, Danny - 2003 Danziland
Exile - 1978 Mixed Emotions
Sun City Kings - 1999 Enjoy The Ride
Frampton, Peter - 1989 When All The Pieces Fit
Triumph - 1983 Never Surrender
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