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7 Miles To Pittsburgh - 2017 7 Miles To Pittsburgh
This is a Dutch trio with at least two of its members doing time during the 80's and 90's with other well-known Dutch bands.

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.

Age Of Reflection - 2017 In The Heat Of The Night
By the numbers AOR from this new Swedish AOR outfit.

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.

All 41 - 2017 The World's Best Hope
Cool name, and a supergroup in the making. Hard to ignore that this is a Frontiers sponsored project considering all the participants onboard here.

Anthem - 2017 Engraved [NEW]
Another year rolls on and Japanese metallers Anthem still keep delivering the goods.

Art Nation - 2017 Liberation
The songs on 'Liberation' are quite varied. Different styles, tempo and colourings of instrumentation. Ultimately, they sound less of a pure AOR band and sit square in the middle of the melodic hard rock genre.

Art Of Anarchy - 2017 The Madness
I will go out on a limb and say that 'The Madness' is a helluva good record, and may even feature in the back-end of my Best Of 2017 List. How's that for a prediction?

Axxis - 2017 Retrolution
'Retrolution' turned out to be a fun listen, and not quite as heavy as I was anticipating to be.

Backwood Spirit - 2017 Backwood Spirit
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.

Black Star Riders - 2017 Heavy Fire
All in all, 'Heavy Fire' has some good moments, but it's probably not an album I'll check in with often during 2017.

Blondie - 2017 Pollinator
I've never been that big a fan of theirs, so I was interested to see what they sounded like decades on. Pretty good I would suggest, though not a complete rewrite of their prime 1976-1979 era.

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.

Cryonic Temple - 2017 Into The Glorious Battle
Sure, this genre has seen many bands deliver similar packages, from the striking artwork to the sci-fi nature of the songwriting, right through to the musical bombast. I've probably seen it a thousand times, but I never get tired of it. Thank goodness for bands like Cryonic Temple.

Da Vinci - 2017 Ambition Rocks
'Ambition Rocks' sounds more like a typical modern day project, rather than the overblown hair outfit from the 80's. there's a lot to like about this new version of the band, and from my perspective, the album is definitely up there in the 2017 year-end lists.

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

Davis, Jimmy (And Junction) - 2017 Going The Distance (Remaster)
Finally after two and half decades, 'Going The Distance' gets an official CD release. Yes!!!

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.

Dream Evil - 2017 Six
The power metal scene is quite congested at the moment. A few new bands plus the re-emergence of older bands we haven't seen for awhile, including Swedish veterans Dream Evil.

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

Ellis, Kerry and Brian May - 2017 Golden Days
A while back, the pairing of English vocalist Kerry Ellis and Queen guitarist Brian May and their 2010 album 'Anthems' was reviewed here. In 2017, here's their latest one: 'Golden Days'.

Firewind - 2017 Immortals
Greek band Firewind have released one of the great comebacks of 2017. Serious good metal for the masses!

Frank And Howdy - 2017 The Road Not Travelled
Frank And Howdy are an American duo from Iowa, related to former 80's power-pop heroes of the region: Hawks.

Ghost Avenue - 2017 Impact
Norway's Ghost Avenue are totally for fans of old school metal who can't quite get their heads of the mid 80's. Well worth checking out!

Ghost Peppers, The - 2017 The Ghost Peppers
This is a relatively newish band for me. They hail from Missoula Montana, and they've delivered a pretty useful set of songs on this their self released debut.

Goudreau, Barry (And Engine Room) - 2017 Full Steam Ahead
He's a local legend in the city of Boston, and good to see him back with former RTZ bandmates to effectively become the Engine Room. If I'm honest, I'll say 'Full Steam Ahead' didn't really get my boilers on fire.

Great White - 2017 Full Circle
I have to say 'Full Circle' doesn't really float my boat, though to be fair, the band are good at what they do.

Greta Van Fleet - 2017 Black Smoke Rising (EP)
GVF will apparently release three EP's in the near future, this being the first. This could be a band to watch. Get in the queue now..

Helker - 2017 Firesoul
Considered to be Argentina's best heavy metal band, are Buenos Aires based Helker, a band who have been in operation since 1998.

Honeymoon Suite - 2017 Hands Up
Good to see Canadians Honeymoon 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.

Inglorious - 2017 Inglorious II
2017 looks like another bumper year lies ahead for Nathan James and Inglorious.

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
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.

Kobra And The Lotus - 2017 Prevail I
Overall, I like what KATL have to offer, and along with fellow Canucks Striker prove that there is more to rural Western Canada than meets the eye.

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
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..

Liv Sin - 2017 Follow Me
Fusing old school metal, trash and black metal, Swedish band Liv Sin is not all about industralized metal, with modern and melodic elements added too.

Mastercastle - 2017 Wine Of Heaven
Arriving in 2017 with little fanfare, is Mastercastle's new album for Scarlet Records called 'Wine Of Heaven'.

Mike And The Mechanics - 2017 Let Me Fly
The first album from this English combo in six years. Cool cover, but..

Night Flight Orchestra - 2017 Amber Galactic
Fans of pomp and symphonic rock should investigate 'Amber Galactic' with immediate urgency.

Nova Rex - 2017 Rockstar Roadshow
This band started life in 1985, and were featured here previously thanks to their 1992 album 'Blow Me Away'. They are back in 2017 with 'Rockstar Roadshow'.

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

Orden Ogan - 2017 Gunmen
This German power metal band have been around for years, but this is my first look at them.

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

Paige, Jennifer - 2017 Starflower
This lady had a huge hit in 1998 with the song 'Crush', and ever since then, I've been following her career. 'Starflower' is her fifth album in 19 years. She's happy to be back, and we're happy to have her back.

Pinnacle Point - 2017 Winds Of Change
Pinnacle Point are Perris Records latest signing. It's prog, it's hard rock, it's a bunch of things..

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.

Procol Harum - 2017 Novum
To be honest, 'Novum' isn't going to set the world on fire, but there are some songs that sneak up on you.

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.

Radiation Romeos - 2017 Radiation Romeos
Despite my indifference, this is an above average record, though I'm feeling I won't be taking it out for a spin that often.

Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore's) - 2017 Live in Birmingham 2016
It's great to have Blackmore returning to hard rock at this late stage of his career. This disappoints me, as classic Rainbow and Purple are bands I love more than almost any other. One for the hardcore Blackmore enthusiast only.

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.

Rockett Love - 2017 Grab The Rocket [NEW]
The AOR Heaven record label have some decent bands on their roster, and they've now added another one.

Rosenfeld, Avi - 2017 Very Heepy, Very Purple VI
Well, if you read the album title, you don't have to be a signwriting expert to know what we're dealing with here.

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!

Shadowman - 2017 Secrets And Lies
This is an album of two halves. The first half is a very airy and breezy affair. Enjoyable for a summertime's listen out by the pool. The second half toughens up appreciably, it's like the album was recorded in two sessions.

Slaughter, Mark - 2017 Halfway There
Here's another bloke who seems to be severely under-represented at GDM. Much like the recent attention we've given to glam metal king Davy Vain, we now do the same with Mark Slaughter.

State Cows - 2017 Stealing The Show [ep]
With two albums under their belt, Swedes State Cows (anagram for West Coast) are back with a new selection of material in 2017.

Stefanie - 2017 Stefanie
It's hard to avoid the Nashville influence on Johnson's vocal delivery, where I'm hearing similarities to Shania Twain and Jennifer Paige, though the musical style is slightly different.

Stormburst - 2017 Raised On Rock
Stormburst are Georg Siegl's best release for ages, and they have a formula that will have GDM listeners and AOR fans all over the globe seeking them out.

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.

Styx - 2017 The Mission [NEW]
The official comeback is now underway; with 'The Mission' being Styx's first proper studio album since 2003's 'Cyclorama'.

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.

Ten - 2017 Gothica
Overall, 'Gothica' is a good album, if a little inoffensive and clean. A bit of dirt and grit would not go amiss.

That Rock Guy - 2017 Nothin' To Lose
This is one album I've been looking forweard to dissecting. He's the Australian Aldo Nova known in the business as 'That Rock Guy'.

The Murder Of My Sweet - 2017 Echoes Of The Aftermath
Mostly theme based, TMOMS has a style based on cinematic and gothic metal, with movie references, intrigue, cloak and dagger, and variations in arrangement. Sort of like dark TV series like Gotham, meeting Agent Carter in some back-handed alley.

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.

Tytan - 2017 Justice Served
They may be three decades out of their comfort zone, but I think it's always a good thing to see bands like these still pretending like they are spring chickens. Good on them!

Uncle Sid - 2017 Uncle Sid
Vancouver's Uncle Sid return with a new album, their first since 2004.

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.

Vain - 2017 Rolling With The Punches
If you're glam follower, even in this modern era, Vain still bring a lot of value to the table. Certainly well worth adding this CD to the collection.

Van Arx - 2017 Stand Together For Rock And Roll
This lot come from Switzerland, and are re-treading the cause for rock n roll in a glam sort of way.

Venice - 2017 Into The Morning Blue
The latest album from L.A faves Venice is upon us.. 'Into The Morning Blue'..

Viana - 2017 Viana
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.

Warrant - 2017 Louder, Harder, Faster
Plenty to appreciate here and something which should please longtime fans of the band and even win them a few new ones with some luck.

Wolfpakk - 2017 Wolves Reign
This is the fourth outing by German/Swiss duo Wolfpakk, featuring Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney.

World Trade - 2017 Unify
Even though the membership of the band is world class, I still find them an awkward band to listen to. Certainly, 'Unify' leans more to the progressive side of the boundary, with arrangements and musical passages justifying this statement.
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