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Windsor Drive

I’d call this an unlucky release by AOR Heaven, because the music this band brings has, as far as I’m concerned, nothing to do with AOR.  Instead I’d call this pop music, Britpop, modern rock, although the rock element to me seems very distant.

This album contains tracks of the band’s previous US releases, being four EP’s released between 2007 and 2013.  It sure is radio friendly, but it lacks energy.

If you ask me, this is not an album that should be reviewed for Concrete web, or any other metal site for that matter.

Tempest

Rock fans beware of this !  I’ve never been that keen on folk rock, with the exception of a few bands like Big Country or The Dropkick Murphys (although you can hardly say that they play folk rock in the traditional way).

And despite being around for some 27 years I’d never heard of this band, so I guess it’s not a band you hear frequently on the radio.

China Sky

25 years ago, a band from Jacksonville – Florida released their debut album, an album that was highly praised, and whose first single was immediately picked up by some radio stations over the US and Canada.

Sad, but true, the story of this band that could have become big, soon ended.  Some of the members staid in the music business, like their guitarist Bobby Ingram, who joined Molly Hatchet, and singer Ron Perry, who recorded and toured with his band The Ron Perry Connection.

Dan Reed

Dan Reed, formerly of Dan Reed Network has released his third solo album titled ‘Transmission’.

Not being what you could call a fan of Dan Reed Network themselves, finding their music a bit to ‘polished’, something you could have heard a lot back in the eighties on American Forces Network, and sounding a bit like Hall & Oates, I was curious what this solo album would sound like.

Wolfpakk

Wolfpakk's 'Rise Of The Animal'  enjoyable slice of classic Metal. Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney have again partnered up to bring more Metal mayhem to the masses via their third chapter of their allstar project.

Where else can you find Don Dokken, Michael Kiske, David Reese, Joe Lynn Turner and Marc Storace all singing on the same album? Where else can one hope to find Jeff Watson, Bernie Tormé, John Norum, Doug Aldrich and Axel Rudi Pell throwing down guitar tracks on the same disc?

Lawless

This is the second album by British band Lawless, released 18 months after their debut album ‘Rock Savage’.  Just like their first album it has a sound that reminds you of the 80ies classic rock sound, which is no wonder, since most of the bandmembers have a history in music that goes back to those days.

Black Veil Brides

When I put this CD on, I immediately thought I was listening to Nickelback, but with a harder edge.  The voice of Andy Biersack sound like an exact copy of Chad Kroeger’s voice.  Musically though this band has a sound that is close to Nickelback but is not an exact copy of it.

Axenstar

What started out as a coverband called Powerage in 1998, quickly changed it’s name to Axenstar, and in the mean time started writing it’s own material.  Since then these Swedes have been working hard, resulting in their first album in 2002, followed in 2003 by the ‘Far From Heaven’ album.  They released their third album ‘The Inquisition’ in 2005, after which they signed with Massacre Records, on which they released their fourth album ‘The Final Requiem’.  They released their fifth album ‘Aftermath’ on the same label in 2011, and following the release of th

Trauma

Is it the voice of Iron Maiden, NO, it isn’t, the only member of the original TRAUMA lineup to appear here is vocalist Donny Hillier. Hillier’s vocal sound much more refined and powerful, but they also sound incredibly like those of Bruce Dickenson. Trauma is a power speed metal band from San Francisco formed in 1981 being well known being Cliff Burton in the band before joining Metallica.

Bitch Queens

The music of “BITCH QUEENS” can be described as pure punk rock. That is based on a band like The Stooges. The start of “Kill Your Friends” sounds fresh and spreads a cool vibe. The title track sounds very nice and you can describe it a forward rocker. “Gimme a kiss” the highlight of the album makes me in a special late night moodJ, Rock’n’Roll and the wildness of punk can’t be combined much better. “Waste me” is really a waste of time, I don’t like the song at all!

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