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101 South - 2000 101 South
Certainly 101 South when released by MTM Music during 2000 drew many positive reviews and ended up being one of the top albums of that year.

24 Unity - 2000 24 Unity
Here's a melodic rock outfit from British Columbia Canada, who have obviously heard a few classic rock albums in their time. Led Zeppelin, Yes and Dream Theater all come to mind..

707 - 2000 Trip To Heaven
From the dim dark days of the late seventies we are dragged unmercifully into the 21st Century, riding on the back of Kevin Russell's reformation of the band 707.

Absolute Zero - 2000 Never Surrender
Combining elements of Journey and Triumph, is where this sextet end up. Even here, Engeran has so much of Neal Schon's guitar phrasings embedded in AZ's music.

Alfonzetti - 2000 Ready
It's the sort of album that can appeal to the diehard AOR fan, or those who straddle the fence and can handle listening to Lenny Kravitz or even Matchbox 20.

All Star United - 2000 Smash Hits
I have to confess a certain ignorance when it comes to Christian rock, but with 'Smash Hits', Nashville based power poppers All Star United certainly do their best to convert these ears.

Alyson Avenue - 2000 Presence Of Mind
Let me paint you a picture. Imagine if you will, a female vocalist who is cross between Tone Norum and Marie Fredriksson (Roxette), fronting a melodic rock band who sound like 220 Volt (circa 'Eye To Eye'). If you can visualise that, then you have Alyson Avenue.

American Suitcase - 2000 Bluefoot
As a rule, Norway is a breeding ground for all things melodic, and Norwegian popsters American Suitcase is another band with well honed pop sensibilities to emerge from Scandinavia.

Ancient, Pete (Band) - 2000 Lady On The Radio
When I add that Pete Ancient is actually a German aiming to gatecrash the party of new country music, it proves that everything good in this genre doesn't necessarily have to hail from Nashville.

Angel, Julian - 2000 www.angel-rocks.com
The album offers an insight to Julian's musical aspirations, strongly orientated in the AOR category, there is a fair share of good guitar work and a rich flow of keyboards.

Angry Tears - 2000 Angry Tears
While Angry Tears are a much tougher outfit than Baton Rouge etc, there is still a strong hint of melody. What you have here is melodic rock done with a stripped back, bare bones approach.

Arsyn - 2000 Degeneration
Chicago based rockers present their debut offering, a solid progressive piece of metal, with strong influences from a wide range of bands like Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam and Monster Magnet.

At Vance - 2000 Heart Of Steel
Fronted by one of the best voices I've heard in many a moon, Oliver Hartmann, At Vance have created a real belter of a metal album. There are times when the speed of the material is breathtaking, but it has to be said that the melody is never sacrificed.

Axe - 2000 The Crown
The 21st century offering from age-old rockers Axe.

Baltimoore - 2000 Original Sin
This is a very interesting and eclectic album. When Baltimoore rock out there is a Rainbow/Brazen Abbot feel to the songs.

Bigelf - 2000 Money Machine
With a strong seventies sound Bigelf storm onto the scene with their album 'Money Machine'. A massive sound for a three piece, short sharp riffs, tortured dwarf vocals (sorry that must be tortured Elf vocals) and plenty of drums create a sinister and dark sound that is reminiscent of early Black Sabbath, Budgie and Uriah Heep but with more melody and depth.

Black Rose (Sweden) - 2000 A New Beginning [Demo]
Black Rose show great potential but present a mixed bag, three tracks ..three mixed ideas. They leave me confused about what they as a band are trying to achieve.

Boals, Mark - 2000 Ring Of Fire
This is a credible offering from vocal prince Mark Boals, and you can tell with the lineup assembled, this ain't going to be no laid back affair. All the musicians are masters of their field, with MacAlpine in a class of his own, while Kuprij is a MacAlpine equivalent on keyboards.

Bolton, Terry Lee - 2000 Don't Let Hat Fool Ya
Coming at ya from the heart of Titans territory (Tennessee that is.. Nashville to be exact, as in the footie team) comes cow-poke rocker in arms Terry Lee Bolton.

Bowman - 2000 Believe
Yet more evidence of the sheer quality of some of the music occupying the apparent wilderness of the independent scene comes in the form of Chicago based solo artist Bowman. A former student of Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he 'learned everything he didn't want to be', Bowman has already been voted Billboard's Best New Artist in February this year, and on the evidence of his mature debut album 'Believe' that award is wholly deserved.

Broke[N]Blue - 2000 7 Track Demo
Here's a project oriented outfit from Sweden called Broke[N] Blue. An excellent collection of demo's in CD format, which showcases their undoubted ability.

C Jane Run - 2000 Happy
There's plenty of independent music out there to act as proof that a band doesn't need to be on a major label to make great music. C Jane Run, a four piece modern pop outfit from Albany NY are testament to that.

Churchills, The - 2000 You Are Here
After impressing with their indy debut 'Magnifique 300' a few years back, New York based The Churchills have made the step up to a major label for their new release 'You Are Here' and the end result is surprisingly good.

Clarks, The - 2000 Let It Go
During a fourteen year career spanning five albums, the Gods have not exactly been smiling down on The Clarks. If they had been, the band would certainly be known to a wider audience than folk in their native Pittsburgh.

Cornerstone - 2000 Arrival
When you first take a decent listen to this album, you can't help but get carried away by their deep and moody style of melodic rock. Cornerstone combine those atmospheric moments of Magnum and Dare with the sonic fluidity of Ten.

Curci, Freddy - 2000 Then And Now
Primarily we see songs from the Alias album, some from 'Dreamers Road', some native Italian compositions he's put together as a representation of his family roots, plus a couple of odds and ends.

Da Vinci - 2000 Unfinished Business
Their 1987 debut and 1989's 'Back In Business' are both favorites among the many readers here, but I would speculate and say that if the band had managed one more album judging by what I've heard on this 'Unfinished Business' effort, then the band could quite easily have become cult superstars.

Dakota - 2000 Little Victories
I believe the material on 'Little Victories' is a hell of lot closer to the stuff they did on 'Runaway' as opposed to 'Mr Lucky' for instance. The songs are recognisably Dakota and have memorable choruses throughout. A good selling point if you ask me.

Dakota - 2000 Three Live Times Ago
Well I can see this release turning into a collectors item in a few years time. This is not a current live recording, in fact it dates back to 1980, and was recorded just prior to the release of the debut Dakota album that same year.

Dark Sky - 2000 Believe It
From Germany, Dark Sky represent the latest of millennium AOR. This is good quality AOR, acoustic mixes, slow intros, plenty of keyboards and great catchy guitar work.

Deep Purple - 2000 Days May Come: The 1975 California Rehearsals
.. at least with Tommy Bolin Deep Purple had the chance to experiment and at the onset they did, which is why 'Days May Come' is an advert for spontaneous and remarkably untamed rock.

Dio - 2000 Magica
Maybe Dio has been stuck in a time warp or something in Magica? I would suggest then that this is for die-hard Dio fans and metallers living in the past only.

Dreamhunter - 2000 Kingdom Come
One of the better bands on the Z Records label are these bunch of Swedes called Dreamhunter. Hard hitting, and definitely providing some sonic highlights on this platter 'Kingdom Come'.

Duran Duran - 2000 Pop Trash
Durna Duran, by 2000 were signed by Hollywood Records. Now down to a threesome of Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and former Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo; 'Pop Trash' was recorded in earnest, but Hollywood didn't care for the record which in its original form was reputed to be one of Duran Duran's more 'organic' albums.

Eisley, David Glen - 2000 Stranger From The Past
It's been a long time in the musical wilderness for Mr Eisley, and this album sees his welcome return to the melodic rock scene. his current project features a host of seasoned musicians, but the most pleasant surprise is that the man himself does a bit of a Jeff Cannata, by playing most of the instruments himself, and a mighty fine job he does too.

Elyte (Spain) - 2000 Unno
In my opinion the debut by Spanish outfit Elyte ranks up there with some of the best. Whether you prefer US or European style melodic rock really doesn't matter in this case as there is plenty to satisfy any melodic rock fan. Don't let the fact that it isn't sung in English sway you from checking these guys out.

Emerald Rain - 2000 Live 2K
Live album by Canadian band Emerald Rain, heavily influenced by fellow Canucks Harem Scarem.

Enuff ZNuff - 2000 10
Enuff Z'Nuff were a dream come true and since their remarkable debut have gone on to release a string of excellent albums including this little baby, '10'.

Ethos - 2000 Relics
Here we have an archive collection from one of America's better known progressive bands. Ft. Wayne, Indiana's Ethos.

Eva (Italy) - 2000 Eva
I often wondered what would happen if an Italian group went for a straight ahead AOR sound and, thanks to Eva, the wondering is over.

Fabian, Lara - 2000 Lara Fabian
Belgian songbird Lara Fabian is easily in the same diva class as Celine Dion.. a very talented vocalist who emits such power..

Fair Warning (Germany) - 2000 4
There are certain bands in the rock world which the melodic rock community holds in high regard. These are the bands which operate in the premier league. Without question Fair Warning operate in the premier league of melodic rock, and over the years have gotten better and better at their craft.

Faith, Ruby (And The Waiting World) - 2000 Best Of
This is an 80's blast and a half from this New York trio, coming at you with more retro than you can shake a stick at.

Fates Warning - 2000 Disconnected
While it's easy to see how the new style might have turned some fans off, this was always my favourite incarnation of Fates Warning, and probably the album I've listened to the most.

Five Way Friday - 2000 Run Like This
Coming across as a rootsy, unique blend of Gin Blossoms, Matchbox 20 (sorry, Twenty) Marc Cohn and Bruce Hornsby, Five Way Friday certainly have their influences etched on their arm, but importantly manage to create a tattoo of their own.

Flying Blind - 2000 Push
California rockers Flying Blind admit in their own liner notes that they are an honest, generous bunch. As hardworking as the day is long, they only live to perform and write songs for us. Well, they have also been good enough to let their moniker unintentionally sum up the general idea about their atrocious debut CD 'Push'.

Gamma - 2000 Gamma 4
Despite the passing of time, the band picked up where they left off - without skipping a beat. Overall, 'Gamma 4' is an interesting listen, but don't try and pigeon-hole it alongside the previous Gamma efforts.

Good Rats - 2000 Cover Of Night
The Good Rats have experienced a bit of a rebirth, due in no uncertain terms to the presence of young guitar monster Gene Marchello (son of), who was also the kingpin behind the sensational hard rockin' outfit simply called Marchello who put out the classic album 'Destiny' from a few years ago.

Grapevine - 2000 3 Song Demo
Having already enjoyed success with debut album 'Star', Grapevine has recorded this demo as a taster of what's to come on the band's next album, and if the songs on here are anything to go by, it will definitely be worth the wait.

Guidry, Greg - 2000 Interview with Greg Guidry
Interview with the late Greg Guidry. November 2000.