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220 Volt - 2014 Walking In Starlight
220 Volt have been on and off the map since their 80's heyday, with albums sporadically released in 1997 and 2005. However this new set in 2014 shows some of the style from their late 80's period, which can only be encouraging for some of the GDM readers.

AC/DC - 2014 Rock Or Bust
With the recent tumultuous events surrounding AC/DC, it's safe to say their first album since 2008's 'Black Ice' has been overshadowed somewhat by founding member Malcolm Young's sad battle with dementia and Phil Rudd's recent arrest and apparent decline into drug induced oblivion. Musically it does nothing to influence the band, with the trademark sound as present as ever and probably more blatant than 'Black Ice' itself. Keeping things even simpler most of the songs are three minutes or less and the album clock in under 35 minutes, somewhat of a rarity in an age where every album seems to contain 15 songs and go over an hour.

Accept - 2014 Blind Rage
Something about this album just doesn't quite hit the mark for me. It's not genuinely heavy and the bands trademark vocals harmonies and signature sounds fall flat.

Adams, Ryan - 2014 Ryan Adams
In recent times, Ryan Adam's sound has become more centered in rock, which he demonstrates nicely on this self titled 2014 release. He ventures into Jackson Browne territory. In fact, this whole platter has a `Lawyers In Love' vibe in it's delivery

Adriangale - 2014 Defiance
Take nothing away from these songs. It still sounds remarkably good, and like Harem Scarem before them, this band have their own signature brand that no one has been able to emulate yet. Investigate with confidence.

Alien - 2014 Eternity
It must seem strange how a band can reinvent 1988 and still make it feel relevant to those who enjoy melodic rock nearly two and half decades on.

Amaranthe - 2014 Massive Addictive
Of the three Amaranthe albums thus far, I feel that 'Massive Addictive' is slightly behind the first two. Unless I spend an inordinate amount of time with this one, will it move ahead in popularity' but I somehow don't think so.

Ammotrack - 2014 Raise Your Hands
I know there a few Reckless Love supporters on this site. Therefore, it's about time to be introduced to the next wave of Scandi glam metal meets melodic rock.. Ammotrack.

Angels Or Kings - 2014 Kings Of Nowhere
If you've read many of my articles during 2014, you will have singled out how well British AOR acts have fared. You can add Angels Or Kings to this list. Better known as AOK during their previous incarnation during the early 70's, the band were snuffed out by the prevailing grunge scene, but like many others that have resurrected themselves in the 21st century, they have have come back to life better than ever.

Aniday - 2014 Aniday
Aniday have produced an album of first class melodic hard rock, which should appeal to not just Robby Valentine followers but also to a wider audience. It may be a little premature but I think this record is already nailed on to be one of the releases of the year.

Anthem - 2014 Absolute World
These Japanese metallers just keep on 'keeping on'. Out of all the established bands from Japan, Anthem have proved to be the most consistent and reliable. This latest set of songs is full of spitire and brimstone; polished and heavy as horses.. which is just the way I like it!

Asia - 2014 Gravitas
Overall, it's an OK listen, but not a completely convincing exercise for mine. The songs drift between prog, symphonic and AOR, so that should keep Asia's fanbase happy in the short term. However, new boy Sam Coulson must feel under-utilised on this CD, but grateful for the experience nonetheless.

Asia - 2014 High Voltage: Live
I doubt that general listeners will flock to this, though Asia collectors and hard-core fans will pounce on it with gusto.

Bad Radiator - 2014 Shanghai
This is a band well worth supporting. You could do what I did late last year, by contacting the band and buying all three of their CDs in one go. A good investment I reckon.

Bailey - 2014 Long Way Down
Nigel Bailey is two-for-two with fine melodic English-styled rock this year. This is a bit harder than the Three Lions album, and there are enough guitars here to whet most anyone's appetite. I think most of you would enjoy the whole album.

Band Of Skulls - 2014 Himalayan
I can't find a poor track among the dozen. When was the last time you could honestly say that? Now you will probably be thinking this is not your kind of thing, with no mention of Survivor, Toto, Journey etc., so of course you can take it or leave it, but please at least inquire!

Bayman, Dion - 2014 Afterburn
In a land filled with over-rated sportsmen and dodgy politicians, Australia needs a new hero. I vote for Dion Bayman!

Beautiful Beast - 2014 Kick Down The Barricades
Hair metal is alive and well with the Beastly ones leading the way. There's no hint of modern metal. It's all about the 80's baby! There's no excuse, no apology, no damn caring about the modern age, and that's the way we like it!

Billy Thermal - 2014 Billy Thermal
He's better known as one-half of the songwriting team of Steinberg/Kelly. A duo who were all over the songwriting credits of top artists during the 80's, but Billy Steinberg had more to his bow than just songwriting.

Black Tora - 2014 Black Tora
I'm having a load of fun with 'Black Tora'. Released back in late May 2014, anyone that loves old school 80's metal done real well should check this band out. Added to this, if you like your metal played with tasty guitar riffs and licks and with a modicum of melody, then you really don't have an excuse.

Blueminded - 2014 Blueminded EP
I hope we hear more from these Dutchies, as this is a very impressive announcement from this relatively new band. Check them out!

Brother Firetribe - 2014 Diamond In The Firepit
They'v been away for five years, but they return to a rapturous welcome!

Bullet (Sweden) - 2014 Storm Of Blades
Another superlative effort from Bullet, a band who truly understand the philosophy of heavy metal and how it's supposed to sound.

Bush, Stan - 2014 The Ultimate
I don't seem to have any problem playing this one over and over, so I'm quite sure this will be one of those go-to albums for me. If you're a fan of Stan, you'll definitely want to rush out and get this. You can count on this being in my top ten for the year.

By, Kjetil - 2014 Better Days (feat Robin Beck)
Kjetil has been in the public eye since his 1996 debut, so on average it takes him between five and six years per release. Not quite in the Boston timeframe of staggered releases, but I'm hopeful that he can make this a more regular enterprise. He certainly has heaps to offer, and 'Better Days' might just be the platform for him to hit the studio more often. Record labels please step up!

Caruso, Dave - 2014 Cardboard Vegas Roundabout
'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout' is worthy of the praise it's getting among the power pop intelligentsia. The music is fresh, catchy and above all original. Give Dave Caruso your support and check out his colorful web site for more info.

Confess - 2014 Jail
Described more as Motley Crue rather than Poison, these Swedes take glam and sleaze metal to an altogether diferent place. How about 'Jail'?

Cullooden - 2014 Silent Scream
'Silent Scream' must surely rank as one of the best rookie albums of 2014, and what's more astounding, that this album has so much traction for something that was released back in the first week of January 2014. There's very little left to be said, other than to say 'totally recommended'!

Dalton - 2014 Pit Stop
Great to see the Dalton boys back. It doesn't look as if they've lost anything after twenty plus years. All the songs are short, nothing over 5 minutes, but after a promising start, the consistency doesn't quite hold for the entire album.

Dark Horse (Paul Laine) - 2014 Let It Ride
Paul Laine has been spinning this new Canadian band since 2012. The genre they operate in is called Rebel Rock Country. That's a new one on me, but I reckon this lot could span contrasting genres like none before them!

Daylight Robbery - 2014 Falling Back To Earth
There's no doubt that DR have something to offer, but this is far too slick and smooth that even I (biggest AOR-jar head on the planet), couldn't quite get into. I much preferred the heavier climes of 'Cross Your Heart..'..

Dianno, Paul - 2014 The Beast Arises
So here we have Paul performing live in Krakow, Poland in April of this year at some festival with a bunch of hired guns adeptly playing note for note all the early Maiden classics. Then there's Dianno himself - words can barely describe the farce contained within this miraculously released piece of rubbish.

Dynazty - 2014 Renatus
These Swedish meloric rockers have definitely gone up a notch in terms of heaviness. Not so melodic glam metal as before, but still very good.

Edoff, Martina - 2014 Martina Edoff
Martina's first love has always been female fronted hard rock. The Wilson sisters and Heart have had a huge influence on her musical life, and though you don't quite hear it consistently on this debut CD, the sentiment and spirit is no doubt close by.

Firew├Âlfe - 2014 We Rule The Night
There is some reasonable hard rock/metal here, but for me, I'm looking for something exceptional, and 'We Rule The Night' doesn't quite do it for me I'm afraid.

FM (UK) - 2014 Futurama [ep]
'Futurama' follows a path of previous EP releases going back some twenty years. Steve Overland describes it as their most successful EP yet, and who would disagree with the Guvnor?! Add this neat little CD to the FM collection why don't you.

Fourth Dimensional Beings - 2014 Alien History
Not strictly in the AOR or hard rock scheme of things, but as a follower of the Granati Bros legacy, it's always good to see what they are up to. Pittsburgh would be a poorer place musically without their contribution. An eclectic set by the duo known as the Fourth Dimensional Beings, that much is true!

Free Spirit - 2014 All The Shades Of Darkened Light
Yes, there are shades of many great 80's bands that can be heard on 'All The Shades Of Darkened Light', too many to name here, but rest assured, this is as classy AOR as you'll hear from Finland in 2014.

Frehley, Ace - 2014 Space Invader
Ace will never top 'Frehley's Comet' but he's in decent form and the fact this album broke the Billboard top ten is a testament to his longevity and ongoing popularity among the Kiss faithful. A good effort from Ace and definitely deserving of the applause it's been receiving.

From The Fire - 2014 Evil Men Do
I'm thinking this is one of the most underrated albums to be presented in 2014. I'm hoping that From The Fire can sustain the effort and the interest which made 2014 such a good year for messrs Kelly, Lafferty and Sciotti. Let's hope so!

Grand Design - 2014 Thrill Of The Night
Yes, it's still hard to ignore the Lepp like attributes throughout this majestic CD, but when it's done this well, perhaps it's high time to toss out my copy of 'Hysteria' once and for all!

H.E.A.T (Sweden) - 2014 Tearing Down The Walls
Any fears you might have had about the future of H.E.A.T are surely dispelled with this excellent offering. This contains more variety than any of their previous efforts. The overall feel is harder too, but not at the expense of melody.

Hansel - 2014 Fluorescent Blue Lights
Australian band Hansel are back with their latest 5 track EP, all glammed up to the nines and rockin' out hard!

House Of Lords - 2014 Precious Metal
It is quite safe to say that you should really enjoy this album if you're a fan of the band. It does continue the trend of sounding more commercial than the album before it, but that's a direction I embrace. Even with that approach, it really rocks.

Houston - 2014 Relaunch II
This is definitely a mixed bag to my ears. I don't think the personnel changes have affected the sound, which is a good thing. I just think they took some risks with song choices that didn't hit the mark.

Iconic Eye - 2014 Well Begun
Iconic Eye is a UK Midlands based rock band. All the songs on show here are composed by main man Greg Dean and fall into the category of classic 80's flavoured AOR, with nods to the likes of Journey, Night Ranger and Hughes/Thrall.

In Faith - 2014 There's A Storm Coming
This album is receiving heaps of praise all over other review sites, and my opinion is solidly in line with all the others who really like it. Great songwriting and strong musicianship are on full display here.

Incura - 2014 Incura
One thing is for certain. Anyone trying to put Incura into a pigeon-holed box is gonna have a problem. Difficult to categorise, and to be honest, why would one bother? Just let this lot do their stuff and prepare to be amazed.

Judas Priest - 2014 Redeemer Of Souls
A mixed bag of results for Priest and an album which is a fine comeback, but isn't the heavy affair it really needed to be.

Kingdragon - 2014 Hide The Sun
The album comes complete as a muscular brand of hard rock with some nice keyboard touches here and there. OK, at this point I'll go as far as to say that 'Hide The Sun' is a hard rock album disguised as AOR. Yep, there.. I said it. Kingdragon and AOR, said in the same breath.
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