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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.

Accept - 2017 The Rise Of Chaos
If Accept started the Mark Tornillo era with a bang in 2010, then it's been all downhill ever since. Accept have somehow turned into one of the most boring bands in the world, competing with Saxon for the crown.

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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.

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Anthem - 2017 Engraved
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?

Atlas (UK) - 2017 World In Motion [ep]
A good announcement for this young English band, we look forward to their progress over the coming months. Check them out on their Bandcamp page.

Autograph - 2017 Get Off Your Ass!
At the end of the day you'll either love it or hate it, apart from Lynch and Randy Rand (who really should know better), the two new blokes put on a good show but in my books this is not really Autograph as we remember them by.


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.

Code Red - 2017 Incendiary [NEW]
To my ears, this sounds like a Swedish version of Brother Firetribe. Or maybe it's the voice of Ulrick Lönnqvist which sounds so much like BFT's Pekka Ansio Heino? Certainly when you hear many of the songs on this platter you may hear it probably as I heard it.


Comedy Of Errors - 2017 House Of The Mind
British prog is still riding a crest of a wave, as Comedy Of Errors proves with yet another solid outing.

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.

DiBello, Lou - 2017 Heatwave
Illinois native Lou DiBello has welded together an album with more than a whiff of 80's stadium rock and featuring both gutsy metal-plated vocal tracks and blowtorched instrumentals.


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.

Edoff, Martina - 2017 We Will Align
I wasn't taken upon first listen, mind you I was in a rush. But sitting down with a good block of time available, my tune has definitely changed for the better. 'We Will Align' is another strong release for Martina.


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.

Gardner, Hirsh - 2017 My Brain Needs A Holiday
Anyone who has a passing interest in Glory Daze Music, knows that I adore New England, so in lieu of any new material from said band what better than a solo album from one of the guys? Hirsh Gardner.


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..

Guidry, Greg - 2017 Heart To Heart
As much as I loved that 1982 debut 'Over The Line' (it did make my Essential List of West Coast releases earlier in the year), I could listen to the material on this album all day and every day.


H.E.A.T (Sweden) - 2017 Into The Great Unknown
Well, with the chances they took and changes they made with this album, it could have gone very wrong. But thankfully it went very right.


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.

Keldian - 2017 Darkness And Light [NEW]
This Norwegian band are confirmed favourites of mine. Their past efforts have seen them take up the challenge of super-imposing their love of Sci-Fi and symphonic power metal into a captivating canvas of sound, word and imagery, to great effect.

 
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