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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.

7HY - 2017 For The Record
It's all very predictable and formulaic and really needed to have some songs go against the grain to offer up some variety. Sorry I couldn't add any more positives this time around.

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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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Adellaide - 2017 Flying High
As a full album this is solid representation of AOR coming out of Brazil. Good to see a more melodic side coming out of that country.

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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.

Babylon A.D. - 2017 Revelation Highway
It's been nearly thirty years since their origin point, but some good things never truly go away. We're talking about San Francisco hard rockers Babylon A.D. in this case.

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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.

Bad Radiator - 2017 IV
Style wise, Bad Radiator deliver more of the well crafted melodic rock which generally, most Swedish rock bands are known for, and as the band have proved over the course of their discography, they do offer some interesting twists and turns.

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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.

Boulevard - 2017 Luminesence
As much as I loved BLVD, it was in the past where they did their best work. I am glad to see them back, but 'Luminesence' was far too inoffensive to be making a dent in my aural consciousness.


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.

Burn (UK) - 2017 Ice Age
I was very excited when I heard the news that the band were returning. However, upon listening to this album, my excitement wasn't totally reciprocated. For me, this is a good rather than super-good album.


Cats In Space - 2017 Scarecrow
Cats In Space were the surprise packet in 2015 with their 'Too Many Gods' album. Once again they turn up the screws with another polished performance on this their second album 'Scarecrow', combining progressive pop and AOR with a recipe designed for maximum aural impact.

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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
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.


Coldspell - 2017 A New World Arise
We've covered this Swedish band since 2009, and if anything, their sound has heavied up a notch since the last time I heard them.

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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.

Dante Fox - 2017 Six String Revolver
It's a new album from this long-standing English melodic rock outfit. But then again, it isn't. Read on..

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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.


Eisley Goldy - 2017 Blood, Guts And Games
Something doesn't seem right if this pair can return to the current day on the back of Frontiers support. Is the melodic rock industry this bad that labels have to scrape the history books of the 80's to find new inspiration? I'm afraid it is, however, since Eisley Goldy have landed, there's no point in bemoaning this fact.

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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'.

Fiction Syxx - 2017 Tall Dark Secrets
For me, there's a lot to like here, and the upside is apparent to those who love their prog rock on the slightly technical and melodic side. So yes, I'm hooked on the number Syxx!

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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.

Frontback - 2017 Heart Of A Lion
As we've discussed on this website in recent days, in relation to the pitfalls of modern-day AOR and melodic rock, I guess this Swedish band could fall into that category. In trying to project themselves as being something a bit different, they end up being more or less the same as everybody else.

Deezer

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.


Geishas In Vitro - 2017 Geishas In Vitro
I may have only lived with this for a few weeks but my Album of the Year? You bet.

 
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