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Crowded House - 1986 Crowded House
They were one of the most successful Australasian bands of the mid-late 80's, membership split between New Zealand and Australia.

Voyager (Australia) - 2017 Ghost Mile
Fanciful prog metal played with a ton of ambience is how best to describe Voyager, and in this sub-genre, they stand head and shoulders above the pack.

Stryper - 2018 God Damn Evil
This is the first album to feature new bassist Perry Richardson and so begins a new chapter in Stryper's long and illustrious career.

Rage (UK) - 1982 Nice N Dirty
With a couple of hot looking ladies on the cover, it was guaranteed to attract attention for British rockers Rage, and so it did; an album with some tough melodic rockers to boot.
Rage (UK) - 1981 Out Of Control
Formed from the 70's rockers Nutz, Rage had their sights set on a melodic landscape. They never quite found it, but they were never lost at sea either.
Lightning Raiders - 2012 Sweet Revenge
This was an unusual release for the reissue label Rock Candy back in 2012. Firstly, Lightning Raiders wasn't really a reissue. The material here is a bunch of recordings from the 1980-1981 period.
Saxon - 2018 Thunderbolt
These guys have been going for forty years, and are another outfit making up the elder statesmen contingent of metallers. Here is their 22nd studio album: 'Thunderbolt'.

Judas Priest - 2018 Firepower
Here is Dangerzone's review of the new JP album 'Firepower'. It just so happened that two reviews of the same album were being written up at the same time.

Judas Priest - 2018 Firepower
Here is Gdazegod's review of the new JP album 'Firepower'.

Mere Mortals - 1987 Immortalized
Some good moments, not entirely consistent, but for melodic rockers and AOR fans, this is certainly worth checking.
Mothers Finest - 1976 Mothers Finest
With this their second album, Mother's Finest were becoming a solid draw throughout the south. Their enduring longevity still sees them out on the road today, and with a bulk of the band still intact. A testament to a fine band.

Plasmatics, The - 1982 Coup D'Etat
They came from the era of punk. Their peers included The Ramones and The Dictators. They literally turned the New York music scene on its head back in 1978. They were.. The Plasmatics!

Money (UK) - 1979 First Investment
'First Investment' has its moments, and it does take some detours along the way, which could best be described as 'quirky and theatrical'. For those of you into Max Webster, check this band out.
Sutton, Chris - 1986 Chris Sutton
Despite some worthwhile tracks, this is for the most dedicated high-tech addict only, falling short of the mark needed to get a full endorsement.
Torch - 1984 Electrikiss
A true product of its time, 'Electrikiss' is one of the better Euro metal albums of 1984 and really should have led to greater things for Torch.
Carnivore - 1985 Carnivore
For the thrash purist however, it's impossible to ignore this debut. It's rightfully gone down as a milestone of the genre and still stands heads and shoulders above most pretenders to this day.

The Essential Series - 2018 Purist AOR (Volume 2) by Gdazegod
So soon! We return with Volume 2. As Point Blank once sang, 'I'm on a roll'. Unfortunately, our Texan friends didn't make the cut for this selection of 10, and so did a few others.
Los Colognes - 2017 The Wave
Nashville's Los Colognes deliver a shimmering modern pop sound which owes a lot to artists from the 80's. Think of Dire Straits, Don Henley, Pink Floyd and others who surfed the airwaves back then.

Canned Heat - 1970 Future Blues
If you have some extra cash, have nothing else to buy and stumble on a cheap copy of the Iconoclassic reissue of this album, give it a go. It's all the Canned Heat you'll ever need.

Chug and MoHawx - 2018 Rockin' Missouri
Some bands are destined for greatness, and others just seem to fall by the way side, never to be heard of again. GDM passes the spotlight on two Missouri bands from the 70s: Chug and MoHawx.
Matthews, Ian - 1978 Stealin' Home
Ian has a large back catalogue of work which requires some investigation, but I think for GDM purposes, anything in the 70's and 80's era is probably the place to start.

Best Of - 2017 EnglandAshes
The Best, and not so Best, according to Chris (EnglandAshes).
The Essential Series - 2018 Purist AOR (Volume 1) by Gdazegod
I could sit here and discuss the merits of our favourite sub-genre of music AOR until I'm blue in the face. So I won't. Read on.
Shelly T - 1987 Out Of Control
This is a melodic hard rock band with Christian leanings. They originated from the Santa Rosa area north of San Francisco, and released this rare hard-to-find LP back in 1987.
Merryweather Stark - 2018 Carved In Rock
As to be expected, this is a big boisterous slab of heavy rock with a slight bluesy tinge. The album lives in a 70's fat bottomed groove with tough riffs and funky rhythms for friends.
Mott The Hoople - 2004 Live (30th Anniversary Edition)
There are some truly great live albums out there, mainly from the 70's, 'KISS Alive', 'Frampton Comes Alive', UFO's 'Strangers In The Night' etc, but strangely this one gets forgotten about. This album is right up there with those classics.

Broughton, Edgar (Band) - 1970 Sing Brother Sing
This album was released at a time when pretty much anything went. EBB are without doubt an acquired taste and they are not without a certain charm.

Thomson, Steve - 1989 Steve Thomson
Overall, these songs are reasonably good. The familiar Bob Marlette touches come to the fore on several tunes, but not overly so.
Blizzen - 2016 Genesis Reversed
With an EP recorded in 2015 and put into their stockpile, 'Genesis Reversed' is Blizzen's first full-length affair, and is a reasonable effort, if not for a couple of issues.

Electric Light Orchestra - 1977 Out Of The Blue
Who can forget the big spaceship design on the album cover? It really was a stand-out back in 1977 upon release, and was sure-fire way to sell a record.

Electric Light Orchestra - 1976 A New World Record
Unlike their previous release 'Eldorado', 'A New World Record' changed course markedly, as radio appeal and their requirement for shorter songs meant that ELO had to adapt, which they did successfully.

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.

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.

Greta Van Fleet - 2017 From The Fires
Some of you may remember from 2017, we wrote an article about this young Michigan based band called Greta Van Fleet. It was a little bit out of the ordinary, because the band members we're still at school essentially..

Crazy Dog - 1979 Crazy Dog
The closest comparison I can make for Crazy Dog is like a harder and less pompier version of Roadmaster, though there are keyboards on this record. That should interest a few of you no doubt.
Vanilla Fudge - 1984 Mystery
Not a bad effort at all, but one that was treated like the plague by fans and critics. Taken for what it is, it's a credible shot at the AOR market.

Schon And Hammer - 1981 Untold Passion
Definitely recommended for fans of both men, but nowhere near classic status.

Electric Light Orchestra - 1974 Eldorado (A Symphony)
Let's wind back the clock to 1974, and dig into ELO's 'Eldorado', which was apparently, a concept album.

Montrose - 1987 Mean
Personally I don't think there are enough interesting moments onboard to make it an altogether cohesive listen. It might have been Montrose in name, but name only.
The Essential Series - 2018 Golden Oldies (Volume 1), by Gdazegod
Well, this is a little bit different. I was inspired to create this category based on a whole bunch of videos I had been watching on YouTube. Some of them go way back into time.
Vinnie Vincent Invasion - 1988 All Systems Go
A decent enough album that suffered badly from the wrong vocal style I reckon, but that's just my personal opinion, and I know the two VVI albums are regarded (by some) as classics.

Impeccable - 1979 Live On The Rox
70's hard rock, Texan style, from the Lubbock based Impeccable. If you're into bands like Moxy and Teaze, then check these guys out!
Craaft - 1988 Second Honeymoon
I will make this declaration, and say that Craaft's 'Second Honeymoon' is one of the finest melodic hard rock albums coming out Germany. Period.
Magnum - 2018 Lost On The Road To Eternity
Well I am glad to report that British pomp rockers Magnum are riding the second wave of popularity like seasoned surfers.

Outlaws And Moonshine - 2017 Devil In The Moonshine
Despite the overtly southern rock sound and image, O&M certainly have a melodic side and a hard rock edge, if you strip it down to the bare components.
OnRoxx - 2017 Swedish Brew
With a bit of refinement into the future, OnRoxx could develop into and deliver something special in the years ahead.

Kingdom - 1988 Lost In The City
1988 was a great year for German melodic hard rock and AOR. There were a spate of good bands in operation. Think: Victory, Zeno, Aidean, Bonfire, Craaft and many more. Let's not forget these guys Kingdom. Later on they became the band Domain.

Midnight, The - 2017 Nocturnal [ep]
Truth be told, the stuff on 'Nocturnal' is how I expect Synthwave music to sound. There is a vibe and mood created, which could drop you into the middle of a cinematic extravaganza. The Midnight have got it just right.

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.

Moritz - 2017 About Time Too
I actually like this band more than a few other British bands that have appeared on the 2015-2017 timeline. 'About Time Too' is surprisingly good, as I wasn't expecting a great deal but I needn't have worried as Moritz are in fine form.

Wolff, Jessica - 2017 Grounded
It's all melodic pop rock with a hint of AOR and glam, and in one case - nubreed. It's very appealing as was her debut so this album is not too dissimilar to that one.