One of Heavy Paradise's favorite bands is without any doubt NIVA. Tony Niva (Lion's Share) is back with a brand record with the title "Atmospherical". For me, Niva is one of today's best shouter out there with a vocal range that covers from AOR to Melodic Metal and"Magnitude", that was released in 2014. was and still is a damn fine piece of Melodic Hard Rock heaven and it's among my personal favorite albums over the last decade.
This is White Widdow’s second and features big walls of sound throughout. The start of opener “Cry Wolf” reeks of 80s hairspray but quickly moves into a fresher melodic rock groove. The levels are well balanced and whilst there is nothing spectacular musically it is as solid as you would hope from this genre. As the album progresses there is a mix of the genuinely catchy to the DJ friendly and the classic sound allows itself a few opportunities to strut. The songs do try and break away from the traditional structures and whilst certainly not moving into any sort of progressive territory are still an interesting array.
Reach is the eighth studio album from rock band Survivor, released under Frontiers Records on 25 April 2006. This is the band's latest album in 18 years. Some of the material originates from a period from 1993 to 1996 when the band recorded demos for an unreleased album that can be heard on the Fire Makes Steel bootleg. By this time, Frankie Sullivan was the only original member of Survivor, as Jim Peterik left the band in 1996. Following the release of this album singer Jimi Jamison left Survivor as well, though he subsequently reunited with them in 2012. Ultimately, this turned out to be his final album with the band, due to his death in 2014.
Bruno Kraler, former frontman for DARK SKY and NIGHTPRIDE, is releasing his latest CD of high-energy, amazing vocals and some of the best music in the AOR genre you will hear to date. Kraler mixes vocal styles in the vein of Claus Lessman (BONFIRE) and Dennis De Young (STYX).
If the powerful yet slick AOR of Giant's first two albums – 1989's Last of the Runaways and 1992's Time to Burn – had already seemed stylistically out of step with the times (hence their resounding commercial failure), then the group's next studio effort, 2001's III, would, by rights, have to sound positively prehistoric…right? Well, yes according to the whims of pop charts everywhere, but not in the eyes of European label Frontiers, which aggressively courted three of the four original bandmembers until they agreed to reconvene for these recordings, nearly ten years after their breakup.
Organist Jimmy Smith's next-to-last LP for Blue Note after a very extensive seven-year period is up to his usual level. With altoist Lou Donaldson joining Smith's regular group (which included guitarist Quentin Warren and drummer Donald Bailey), the quartet swings with soul on such fine numbers as "When My Dream Boat Comes Home," "Can Heat," "Please Send Me Someone to Love" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." With the exception of the closing ballad, "Trust in Me," all seven of the selections are closely related to the blues.