2018’s TOP 20 Melodic Rock Releases …and not only! (by Lino “AmadeuS” R.)

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2018 is coming to an end and here’s the YEAR’s TOP 20 as it was seen by
AmadeuS Melodic Rock Show host 🙂
Happy Holidays everyone!
Keep it MELODIC!

     CHEERS EVERYONE

            –  Lino “AmadeuS” R.  –

1- Jerome Mazza – Outlaw Son

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2- Nitrate – Real World

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3- Universe Infinity – Rock is Alive

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4- Mass – When 2 Worlds Collide

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5- Heartwind – Higher and Higher

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6- Hank Erix – Nothing But Trouble

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7- White Widdow – Victory

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8- Bonfire – Temple of Lies

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9- Creye – ST

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10- King Company – Queen of Hearts

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11- Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy

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12- Maverick – Cold star dancer

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13- Sapphire Eyes – Breath of Ages

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14- Tony Mitchell – Beggars Gold

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15- Michael Schinkel’s Eternal Flame – Smoke on the mountain

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16- TEN – Illuminati

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17- Signal Red – Under the Radar

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18- Midnite City – There goes the Neighbourhood

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19- Johan Kihlberg’s Impera – Age of Discovery

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20- Firmo – Rehab

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HANK ERIX – “Nothing but Trouble” out in October ….

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Hank Erix is the frontman of the Swedish AOR band HOUSTON. A band that have been a bright star in the AOR / Melodic rock sky over their last five releases. The band received the best AOR album 2010 accolade in Classic Rock Magazine and have appeared on several impressive festivals throughout Europe such as Sweden Rock and Download festival. Over almost a decade with HOUSTON, Hank Erix has made quite a name for himself in the melodic rock world and it’s finally time for the release of his solo debut ‘Nothing but Trouble’.
The album features songs that has been marinating for years and sees the band leader of HOUSTON taking a bold step forward from the expected Houston sound and sees Hank flexing his more hard rocking muscles. Tagging along with Hank Erix on this 1700cc motorcycle ride of an album are members of Therion, Degreed, Art Nation, Wildness, Kryptonite , Palace, Gutterdämerung & Adrenaline Rush.
From the opening hook-filled but hard-hitting riffola of opener ‘Turn To Darkness’ through to the brooding and Dokken-esque first single ‘Fortune Hunter’ and the final salvo of ‘For The Restless and Young’, Hank shows a darker and heavier edge while the trademark melody always remains.
As Hank reveals “they say that life is not about being who you are; it’s about becoming who you want to be. After almost a decade with Houston I’ve learned a lot about myself and the music that I love. These songs are me, all me, singing my heart out for the world to hear and this album has been a dream of mine, something to cross off the bucket list if you will”

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Track listing:

1. Turn To Darkness
2. Last Chance To Love
3. Fortune Hunter
4. Way To Go
5. Shadowdance
6. Affair Of The Heart
7. Electricity
8. Freak
9. Giving Up On Love
10. For The Restless & The Young

Line-up:

Hank Erix – Lead & Backing vocals
Michael Palace – Lead Guitars & Backing vocals
Soufian Ma’Aoui – Bass
Daniel Johansson – Rhythm Guitars
Mats Ericsson – Drums
Micke Jansson – Keyboard / Synth

Additional guests:

Linnea Vikström – Lead vocals & Backing vocals on ‘Affair Of The Heart’
Alexander Hagman – Lead guitar on ‘Affair Of The Heart’
Sam Söderlind – Guitar solo on ‘Last Chance To Love’
Michael Palace – Additional guitars on ‘Last Chance To Love’
Victor Lundberg – Backing vocals on ‘Shadowdance’

 

AMRS APPROVED   9.5/10

 

HANK ERIX – ‘Fortune Hunter’ Music Video Released….

HANK ERIX, the frontman of the Swedish AOR band HOUSTON, has released a new single and music video for ‘Fortune Hunter‘, the track is taken of his first solo album ‘Nothing But Trouble‘, to be out on October 5th, 2018 via Livewire/Cargo Records UK.

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As Hank reveals: “They say that life is not about being who you are; it’s about becoming who you want to be. After almost a decade with Houston I’ve learned a lot about myself and the music that I love. These songs are me, all me, singing my heart out for the world to hear and this album has been a dream of mine, something to cross off the bucket list if you will”.

The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Mats Ericsson at BoomBridge Studios. Recorded at BoomBridge Studios & Erix Music & Production Studios. Executive Producer – HANK ERIX.

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Track listing:

1. Turn To Darkness
2. Last Chance To Love
3. Fortune Hunter
4. Way To Go
5. Shadowdance
6. Affair Of The Heart
7. Electricity
8. Freak
9. Giving Up On Love
10. For The Restless & The Young

Line-up:

Hank Erix – Lead & Backing vocals
Michael Palace – Lead Guitars & Backing vocals
Soufian Ma’Aoui – Bass
Daniel Johansson – Rhythm Guitars
Mats Ericsson – Drums
Micke Jansson – Keyboard / Synth

Additional guests:

Linnea Vikström – Lead vocals & Backing vocals on ‘Affair Of The Heart’
Alexander Hagman – Lead guitar on ‘Affair Of The Heart’
Sam Söderlind – Guitar solo on ‘Last Chance To Love’
Michael Palace – Additional guitars on ‘Last Chance To Love’
Victor Lundberg – Backing vocals on ‘Shadowdance’

 

Houston – New album on Nov. 24th

Swedish AOR band, HOUSTON, will release their fifth album, “III“, on November 24th via Livewire/Cargo Records UK. The album was recorded together with renowned producer and ex MTV rocker Martin Karlegård (Reptile Smile).

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The song writing is familiar but with a fresh twist and additional attitude from the West Coast / AOR loving band. Houston’s new album ‘III’ is a must have for every rocker out there.

Houston have recently released a new lyric video & single for the song ‘Dangerous Love‘: https://youtu.be/zNaxuH55qjY

Tracklisting:

1. Cold As Ice
2. Everlasting
3. Dangerous Love
4. Lights Out
5. Amazing
6. To Be You
7. Glass Houses
8. Twelve-Step
9. Road To Ruin
10. Interstate Life

Houston is:

Hank Erix – Lead vocals
Soufian Ma’Aoui – Bass
Calle Hammar – Guitars/Backing vocals
Victor Lundberg – Keyboards/Backing vocals
Oscar Lundström – Drums

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Houston – New lyric video out…

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Swedish AOR-sters, HOUSTON, have released a brand new lyric video & single for the song ‘Dangerous Love’, the track is taken from their forthcoming 5th album titled ‘III’, due out on November 24th via Livewire/Cargo Records UK.

Houston has been around since their self-titled debut album in 2010 and landed the number one in Classic Rock Magazine’s AOR chart that year, up against outfits such as Unruly ChildCrashdietH.e.a.t and Nelson. The band then went on to play the festival circuit with appearances at Sweden RockDownload Festival UKRock of Ages Germany as well as touring the UK with Swedish sleaze rockers CrashDiet.

Houston’s second album “Relaunch” featured a cover song called ‘Runaway’ that became the soundtrack to Red Bull’s own Danny MacAskill’s Extreme BMX video ‘Imaginate’ which has over 74 million views on YouTube and 600,000 plays on Spotifyand counting.

Together with renowned producer and ex MTV rocker Martin Karlegård (Reptile Smile) the band created ‘III’. Martin Karlegård has worked with French Idol singer Jenifer, Swedish pop star Brolle Jr and world famous Swedish band ‘The Sounds’ and has helped the band to add a mature and organic sound to their brand of classy and classic Melodic Rock.

As singer Hank Erix explains, “It’s been a very creative time with Martin, it’s great to find a producer that brings out the best in you for every single take. Personally I’ve never delivered such a vocal performance as on this album. I really found my sound and I have matured musically since our last album and especially since our debut in 2010. This is a new beginning for Houston.

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HOUSTON is:

Hank Erix – Lead vocals
Soufian Ma’Aoui – Bass
Calle Hammar – Guitars/Backing vocals
Victor Lundberg – Keyboards/Backing vocals
Oscar Lundström – Drums

www.facebook.com/houstontheband

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