Nitrate – Renegade (AOR Heaven)

Nitrate is a band I have not come across before with Renegade being the third album to date. The group was formed in 2015 in Nottingham, England by guitarist and keyboard player Nick Hogg to play melodic hard rock that was mainly '80s inspired with a lead taken from the likes of Def Leppard, Europe..

Stephen Crane & Duane Sciacqua – Big Guns (AOR Heaven)

Stephen Crane is an American musician with Kicks (reviewed on Velvet Thunder in April 2021) initially being released in the '80s and despite some most excellent musicians involved it received little or indeed no help from the record label and subsequently passed into history as little more than a curio. However, AOR Heaven has rescued..

Devils In Heaven – Rise (AOR Heaven)

A trip back in time now to the mid-'80s for the Tasmanian rock band Devils In Heaven. As with so many others, the band originally began life as a covers band but when they left Launceston in 1989 to move to Northern Queensland they began mixing in original songs amongst the covers and learned their..

King Company – Trapped (AOR Heaven)

Any new release by Finland's King Company is to be welcomed with the band's new third album very much continuing the most exciting and superior metal exhibited on One For The Road from 2016 and Queen Of Hearts from 2018. The band has now moved from the Frontiers label to AOR Heaven and those at..

Tuple – Welcome To Hell (AOR Heaven)

Tuple is the solo vehicle for the singer Tommi Salmela with Welcome To Hell now being his second album following on from Wooden Box which was released in 2020. Salmela is a well known name on the Finnish rock circuit having previously worked with Tarot, Lazy Bonez and a founder member of Raskasta Joulua which..

Proud – Second Act (AOR Heaven)

Proud is a melodic rock band that was originally formed in Landskrona in Sweden in 1982 although the roots seem to go back to 1980 and they have operated under several names including Savages, Burn and Masquerade before settling on Proud from 1984 onwards. This was the year that saw the band release the debut..

Michael Fury – Affairs In Babylon (AOR Heaven)

Confusingly, Michael Fury is not an individual but the name of the band which was formed in 1979 by singer Myles Hunter formerly of the Canadian band Avalon, guitarist Rob Kennedy and bassist Martyn Jones with the name of Michael Fury being chosen as he was, apparently, a character in the James Joyce story The..

FarCry – Balance (AOR Heaven)

A name new to me but FarCry is an American melodic rock band which was formed in 2006 and is, apparently, from 'North-eastern' United States; now I have looked at a map of America and it is quite large so a little more detail on location would have been appreciated! However, I suppose location in..

Escape – Fire In The Sky (AOR Heaven)

Escape is a British melodic rock band which formed in 2011 with the members located in the Black Country (the traditional manufacturing heart of the UK based around Dudley and Tipton) and West Yorkshire. They produced two fine hard yet melodic rock albums before the band went into hibernation mainly because of the logistical difficulties..

Brian Island – Brian Island (AOR Heaven)

Brian Island (aka Brian Cowieson) is a Canadian singer and bass player with his one and only solo album being this self titled and now available again work which originally dates back to the very late '80s. It seems that Island performed in a rather clever and often well regarded AOR band, Prototype, which was..