AMADEUS MELODIC ROCK SHOW’s 2020 – TOP 10 RELEASES…

It’s that time of the year when you look back and try to choose the most interesting releases of 2020. This year was a horrible one for all the humanity and as we realize that there are harder times on sight for everyone of us but mostly for the artists who try to make a living through their music, here are some of the best releases of 2020.

Many thanks to everyone who support in every way the music we love.

Let’s hope for a better year ahead.
See you all in 2021!
Rock ON!

Lino “AmadeuS”

2020’s  TOP TEN RELEASES
1-H.E.A.T.  –  H.E.A.T. II
2-BROTHER FIRETRIBE – FEEL THE BURN
3-ROB MORATTI – PARAGON
4-STAN BUSH – DARE TO DREAM
5-COLLATERAL – ST
6-EAST TEMPLE AVENUE – BOTH SIDES OF MIDNIGHT
7-GATHERING OF KINGS – DISCOVERY
8-BONFIRE – FISTFUL OF FIRE
9-ATLAS – PARALLEL LOVE
10-WILDNESS – ULTIMATE DEMISE

2020’s – TOP 5 SINGLES
1-IMPERIUM – VISION IN A DREAM
2-CATS IN SPACE – LISTEN TO THE RADIO
3-LASTWORLD – DYING TO LIVE
4-BAND OF HEARTS – I STAND ALONE
5-AUTUMN’S CHILD – RUBICON SIGN

Art Of Illusion – Debut album in January 2021…

PRESS RELEASE:

Debut album entitled “X Marks The Spot“ from Art Of Illusion will be released through
AOR Heaven in Europe in January 29th.
*Japan Release date: February 3rd through Marquee Avalon.

Art Of Illusion is a fusion of songwriter/producer Anders Rydholm, from the
band Grand Illusion, and singer extraordinaire Lars Säfsund, from the band Work
Of Art. “X Marks the Spot” is the first album from these Swedish musicians.

Track list:
1. Wild and free
2. Run
3. My loveless lullaby
4. Waltz for the movies
5. 4 AM
6. Go
7. Snakebite charm
8. Let the games begin
9. A culinary detour
10. Catch you if I can
11. Rampant wildfire
12. Race against time

Melody is the key in their music and there is a homage to melodic rock and
bands like Queen, Giant and Big Money. Catchy melodies, great hooks and tons
of glorious vocals are the formula for success. Anders plays keyboards, bass and
rhythm guitars, while Lars sings lead and background vocals and also contributes
some keyboards. The album is produced by Anders and Lars.


Guests on the album are guitarists Jay Graydon, Muris Varajic, Kristian Larsen,
Pelle Holmberg and Daniel Rydholm. Drummer Frank ”Frallan” Nilsson,
background vocalist Per Svensson and steel guitar player Tony Paoletta also
appear. Music is written by Anders Rydholm. Lyrics by Anders Rydholm, Arlene
Matza-Jackson and Patrik Ahlm.



ATLAS – New clip released…

British Melodic Metallers ATLAS released their new video “Human Touch” out of their second album called “Parallel Love” set for release on September 25th on AOR Heaven.

Track list: 1. The Fever, 2. Without You, 3. In Your Head, 4. Weathered Heart, 5. Human Touch, 6. Dare To Love, 7. Falling Out Of Love, 8. Early Warning, 9. We Are The Fire, 10. Beyond The Limit, 11. Here With You “Parallel Love” is the second album by British Melodic Rock band ATLAS. Writing sessions for “Parallel Love” started shortly after the band’s 2019 tour with Midnite City and Age of Reflection, with the band spending much longer on the demo process than for their previous album, polishing their ideas through the autumn and winter of 2019. This resulted in 11 tracks that the band felt were more concise and stronger than previous efforts. The band chose to pursue a heavier edge for the album production, while staying true to their Melodic Rock and AOR roots. The album line-up consists of Craig Wells (Vocals), Howie Little (Guitar), James Thorley (Keyboards), Chris Redfearn (Bass) and Ryan Briggs (Drums). James Thorley took on the role of producer and recording engineer, with Christoffer Borg (Art Nation, Taste) once again taking over the role of mixing and mastering. The five-piece chose to work with AOR Heaven again for the world-wide release of “Parallel Love” due to the successful working relationship for their previous release “In Pursuit Of Memory”. “Parallel Love” explores complicated and difficult themes in relationships that arenʼt often touched on in traditional AOR, while still exploring the highs and lows of what love brings to life. “Human Touch” showcases the physical side of love with no strings attached, while “Here With You” is a declaration of love lyrically and musically with the band showcasing a string ensemble for the album’s finale. These parallel themes are intended to tie the album together lyrically. “Weathered Heart” celebrates a new love after the turmoils of previous relationships, while “Falling Out Of Love” deals with pursuing love for the wrong reasons. https://www.facebook.com/atlasprojectuk

Video directed by Samuel Andrew Fenton

Video produced by Fenton Visuals

http://www.fentonvisuals.com

SHAFT OF STEEL – Debut album out on FEB. 28th – New Single released….

British melodic hard rockers SHAFT OF STEEL have released a new single out of their debut album called “Steel Heartbeat” set for release on February 28th from AOR Heaven.

SHAFT OF STEEL are a melodic hard rock band based in London, UK and centered around the songwriting partnership of Alex Markham (guitar) and Robert Fenning (vocals). The group’s line-up is completed by Adam Carruthers (guitar), Dominic Swords (bass), Chris Smurthwaite (keyboards) and Michael Levy (drums).
Formed in 2004 at Hull University, SHAFT OF STEEL began life as a power metal band influenced by acts such as Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Blind Guardian. Guitarist Alex Markham and vocalist Robert Fenning soon discovered that they had a shared love of 80s rock and pop music, in particular Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Journey, and quickly sought to combine these sounds with their metal influences. After three years as a popular and much-loved local act on the Scarborough music scene, the band went their separate ways after graduating.
In 2011, after establishing themselves in other careers, the band felt it was finally right to regroup and record an EP. Bassist Andy Cooper and drummer Garth Vickers from the earlier incarnation of SHAFT OF STEEL re-joined, along with Markham’s school friends, guitarist Adam Carruthers and keyboard player Chris Smurthwaite.
During their hiatus, the members of SHAFT OF STEEL learned of the thriving AOR scene in mainland Europe and were determined to introduce more melodic influences into their music upon reforming. The band’s self-titled debut EP was released independently in 2014 and picked up plaudits in the music press all around the globe, appearing in Classic Rock AOR, Powerplay and Fireworks magazines and a host of online publications.
SHAFT OF STEEL subsequently made their first live appearance with their new line-up, supporting UK melodic rock heavyweights VEGA at The Garage in London in 2014. Since then, they’ve appeared at the prestigious HRH AOR Festival in North Wales and The Underworld, Camden, where they delivered a storming hour-long set, filled with new material.
Bassist Andy Cooper and drummer Garth Vickers departed the line-up in 2017 and were replaced respectively by Dominic Swords and Michael Levy, both of whom had already played in earlier incarnations of the band. A full-length album remained an ongoing project in the years following the EP release and it was finally completed in late 2019.
SHAFT OF STEEL have signed to AOR Heaven for the release of the new album, entitled ‘Steel Heartbeat’. They have made major stylistic leaps on this record, taking influence from a range of melodic hard rock and AOR acts, including Work of Art, FM, Harem Scarem, Strangeways and Shy, while being careful not to abandon their metal roots.
‘Steel Heartbeat’ features backing vocals on all tracks from respected American producer and musician Dennis Ward. Famous for being the bass player in legendary German hard rockers Pink Cream 69 (and, more recently, the vocalist for Firewind main man Gus G’s solo material), Ward appeared on the band’s debut EP and has also mastered the record. The album was produced and mixed by guitarist Alex Markham, who took up the same roles on the debut EP.

Line-up
Robert Fenning – Lead Vocals; Alex Markham – Guitars; Adam Carruthers – Guitars; Dominic Swords – Bass; Chris Smurthwaite – Keyboards; Michael Levy – Drums

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Track List:
1. Touching You Every Day 
2. I’ve Never Been Alone (With a Girl Like You Before),
3. All Because of You
4. Together as One Tonight 
5. Vulnerable Man
6. Falling Through the Flames
7. Body and Mind
8. Lucky Girl
9. You See Smoke When I See Fire
11. Every Time I Look at You

Carl Dixon – Unbroken set for release on November 29th….

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Dixon’s solo debut ‘One’ (1993), appears to have been a pretty obvious move for a man of his standing (at least from the European perspective). Carl, born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario had come to prominence in the early 80s as one of the frontmen for the critically acclaimed Canadian hard rock band Coney Hatch.
However, having released three albums between 1982 and 1985, Dixon had become pretty disillusioned with his career at that point; tired of the many frustrations that being on a major label (who don’t appear to care) brings on a touring band trying to get noticed. Ironically, as has been shown time and again, North American bands often appear to be curiously shielded from any success they may be achieving abroad. In Coney Hatch’s case there was another market out there bursting to embrace them in Europe, if only they’d known about it.
After focussing on songwriting for other artists for a while, eventually switching focus from North America, where Grunge was on the brink, to Europe, especially Germany, where Coney Hatch made a much bigger impact, Carl wouldn’t fully learn about it only until Coney Hatch’ performance at the 2014 edition of Firefest, England.
’One’ features fifteen songs, one of them (‘One Good Reason’) a co-write with Brett Walker, another one (‘Taste Of Love’) Aerosmith meets Def Leppard flavored.
Dixon’s first wife Stella ended up adding backing vocals alongside e.g. Mark Santer (Santers) or Mike Shotton (Von Groove). It took a month of recording in four different studios especially focussing on how the guitars sound. The Canadian still is very proud of it and about the fact that people still remember the album.
After being with The Guess Who and April Wine for a while and a horrible car crash in Australia in 2008, he’s back with Coney Hatch leading to the 2013 record ‘Four’ and has released a couple of solo records since. Additionally, he’s having a brand new solo effort by the name of ‘Unbroken’ coming out soon on with he collaborated with Frontline’s Robby Böbel.
After the re-issue of the classic album “One” in October 2019, November sees the release of the first collaboration between Carl and Robert Boebel, a long-time stalwart on the German music scene with bands like Frontline and Phantom V, among many. The result is the new release, Carl Dixon UNBROKEN, a powerfully sung and performed album that reaches the heights of AOR Melodic Rock. Memorable hooks, strong melodies, great guitar playing and production, and drumming performed by Mark Santer (Santers) and newcomer Dylan Gowan (Vesperia, Cardinal Street).

Track List: 1. Can’t Love A Memory, 2. Bowl Me Over, 3. Nothing Lasts Forever, 4. Every Step Of The Way, 5. Summer Nights, 6. All My Love And Hopes For You, 7. This Isn’t The End, 8. Drive Just Drive, 9. Roll The Dice, 10. Keep The Faith, 11. Unbroken

Carl Dixon – “One” reissued …..out on Oct.25th….

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Dixon’s solo debut ‘One’ (1993), appears to have been a pretty obvious move for a man of his standing (at least from the European perspective). Carl, born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario had come to prominence in the early 80s as one of the frontmen for the critically acclaimed Canadian hard rock band Coney Hatch.
However, having released three albums between 1982 and 1985, Dixon had become pretty disillusioned with his career at that point; tired of the many frustrations that being on a major label (who don’t appear to care) brings on a touring band trying to get noticed. Ironically, as has been shown time and again, North American bands often appear to be curiously shielded from any success they may be achieving abroad. In Coney Hatch’s case there was another market out there bursting to embrace them in Europe, if only they’d known about it.
After focussing on songwriting for other artists for a while, eventually switching focus from North America, where Grunge was on the brink, to Europe, especially Germany, where Coney Hatch made a much bigger impact, Carl wouldn’t fully learn about it only until Coney Hatch’ performance at the 2014 edition of Firefest, England.
’One’ features fifteen songs, one of them (‘One Good Reason’) a co-write with Brett Walker, another one (‘Taste Of Love’) Aerosmith meets Def Leppard flavored.
Dixon’s first wife Stella ended up adding backing vocals alongside e.g. Mark Santer (Santers) or Mike Shotton (Von Groove). It took a month of recording in four different studios especially focussing on how the guitars sound. The Canadian still is very proud of it and about the fact that people still remember the album.
After being with The Guess Who and April Wine for a while and a horrible car crash in Australia in 2008, he’s back with Coney Hatch leading to the 2013 record ‘Four’ and has released a couple of solo records since. Additionally, he’s having a brand new solo effort by the name of ‘Unbroken’ coming out soon on with he collaborated with Frontline’s Robby Böbel.
This reissued version of ‘One’ contains two bonus tracks, is digitally remastered by Chris Lyne and comes with liner notes by Dave Reynolds.
http://www.carldixon.com

ROB MORATTI – NEW album OUT on JUNE 21st….

Brand new album called “Renaissance” is coming up on June 21st from ROB MORATTI along with great melodies, singing and a fantastic guitar playing.
10 melodic blasting tracks will stick into your ears for longtime and makes you feel that the next upcoming years have found already their soundtrack.
AOR HEAVEN states:
“When it comes to songs, melodies, harmonies and range – as many know – Rob Moratti is in a league of his own. The songs on “Renaissance” are astonishing as ever. Filled with his trademark harmonies and memorable chorus’s that will capture the listener and engrave your soul. Working alongside with some the best songwriters and performers in the genre such as Torben Enevoldsen on guitars, Fredrik Bergh on keyboards, Stu Reid on drums and Tony Franklin on the Monster Bass.”

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Track List:
1. You Are The One
2. Let Me Be The One
3. Best of Me
4. Lift You Up
5. Hold On To Love
6. I Let You In
7. It’s Time To Go
8. Many Come Home
9. I Don’t Want To Wait Forever
10. It Hurts To Be I Love

Produced by Rob Moratti, Mixed by Rob Moratti and Torben Enevoldsen and Mastered by Rob Moratti.

The album will be released from AOR HEAVEN and you can have a “bite” here below.

AMRShow APPROVED 9.5 /10

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Rob Moratti, the Solo Artist, the Voice of Final Frontier and the former Voice of Saga.
Rob Moratti is a genuine and true original. With an astonishing range, he’s carved such a unique style blending the finest elements of melodic and progressive rock.
He started his career professionally in the early 90’s as lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Moratti; entering the new millennium with Final Frontier. They immediately were well received making an impact on the airwaves of Japan and in Europe. Rob’s future went forward with Final Frontier, soaring out four incredible melodic pieces. Over the years in spite of all the changes in the music scene, Rob’s perseverance and passion stood strong. His fate is so undeniable it captured the attention of multi-platinum selling and legendary progressive rock band SAGA. In 2008 the official announcement was made that Rob Moratti would become the new voice of Saga and at the age of 42 Rob’s destiny would evolve.
Today his solo career has taken off quite well. Now in 2019, the singer is about to deliver his strongest solo record ever titled “Renaissance” which marks his first release with AOR Heaven.
Rob also has worked with many power house musicians that have been part of his solo career like Reb Beach of (Whitesnake/ Winger), Tony Franklin of (Blue Murder / Firm), Brian Doerner of (Saga) and Ian Crichton of (Saga).
robmoratti.net