THE BIG DEAL – First Bite

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/TheBandBigDeal/ I seem to recall having come across The Big Deal earlier on when they uploaded some rather entertaining and cool cover renditions of ABBA and Europe to YouTube, and I had no idea that they had an album on the way, so this was a rather cool surprise. The Serbian…

JEFF SCOTT SOTO – COMPLICATED

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: http://jeffscottsoto.com/retribution/index.html The talented Jeff Scott Soto is a productive guy, and he is responsible for having crafted some excellent tunes both as a solo artist and as a member of other projects and ensembles, but I must admit that this latest effort of his is a letdown and a disappointment. There…

FORTUNE – Level Ground

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Fortune – Startside | Facebook The US melodic rockers Fortune disbanded back in the mid-80s after a couple of successful records but regrouped and returned to the scene in 2006. However, it took quite a few years for the gentlemen to craft a new studio album but in 2019 we finally…

FIRST SIGNAL – Closer to the Edge

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: First Signal – Startside (facebook.com) Melodic rock with a slick and sophisticated vibe to it is the order of the day here, and as with the outfit’s previous outputs, things are once again spearheaded by The Murder of My Sweet’s Daniel Flores on drums and keyboards and Harem Scarem vocalist Harry…

RONNIE ROMERO – Raised on Radio

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Ronnie Romero Official Site – Startside | Facebook The inhumanly skilled vocalist Ronnie Romero possesses a pair of lungs that are not of this world, which explains why legendary guitar-slingers such as Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, and Adrian Vandenberg have all employed the gifted singer from time to time. “Raised on…

WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER & EUROPE – 14.05.2022 – Newcastle

VENUE: Utilita ArenaDATE: 14.05.2022 ORGANIZER: Live NationPHOTOGRAPHER: C. NepperPhotos copyrights belong to the photographer. No unauthorized usage allowed. Please contact photographer if you wish to reuse images in any context.   The day had finally arrived where my better half and I (and roughly eleven thousand other fans) were to witness a most impressive line-up…

RADIOACTIVE – XXX

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Tommy Denander The supremely talented Tommy Denander recently put this impressive and superbly written album of his out via Frontiers Records, and this is simply a fabulous mixture of hard rock, classic rock, and AOR/melodic rock. Deftly executed, versatile, and full of excitement, the record is packed with everything from high-octane…

FIND ME – Lightning in a Bottle

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/FindMeBandOfficial/ I was quite enamored with the previous output by Find Me and found that one rather memorable and enjoyable and so this new album of theirs was something that I had been looking forward to. Luckily, they do not disappoint this time either. Musically, these guys dabble in melodic rock…

MECCA – 20 Years

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: Mecca – Startside | Facebook Mecca is one of those outfits that I have heard and read about previously but never actually listened to until now, and I must say that this collection containing the group’s three studio albums is quite impressive and oozes class and professionalism. We are essentially talking…

CITY OF LIGHTS – Before the Sun Sets

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/cityoflightsbanduk/ City of Lights recently released this 12-track debut offering of theirs via Frontiers Records, and what immediately becomes apparent when spinning the disc is that these guys are massive fans of melodic hard rock’s glory days. There is a lot to like about this one; the crisp and punchy production…

LIONVILLE – So Close to Heaven

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://nb-no.facebook.com/LIONVILLEofficial I am quite fond of the previous offering by the Italian outfit named Lionville, more specifically the album titled “Magic is Alive” from 2020, and so naturally, I was looking forward to the follow-up. Thankfully, “So Close to Heaven” is just as good if not slightly better than its predecessor,…

LANA LANE – Neptune Blue

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/lana.lane.official.artist.page/ It has been a few years since Lana Lane’s last solo offering if I remember correctly, and seeing her latest album entitled “Neptune Blue” in the mailbox recently made me quite happy and also a tad surprised as I had no idea that she had been recording new material during…

CAP OUTRUN – High on Deception

RELEASE YEAR: 2021BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/capoutrun/ When glancing at the album cover, I had no idea what to expect, but “High on Deception” turned out to be a spirited melodic prog rock offering with quite prominent traces of AOR coursing through it. This Swedish/American gang of hugely skilled musicians sure know how to keep things interesting…