Re: My Top 20 AOR/Melodic Rock album of the 00s

Date:2017-10-02 09:49:27
In Reply To:My Top 20 AOR/Melodic Rock album of the 00s by Pirage
The Poodles - Metal Will Stand Tall - Scandi melodic rock at its best.
Like it a lot. Borders on being metal.
Leverage - Tides - Sadly missed Finnish band.
Melodic metal for me. It rules.
Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad. Cov in good form
H.e.a.t - st - great debut lite AOR classic. Gone on to become a heavier band now
Not heavy enough still for me... ;)
Leverage - Blind Fire
Jorn - Lonely Are The Brave - Mr Lande hits hard with this melodic rock record.
2 excellent albums that are melodic metal and not melodic rock/AOR for me.
Sunstorm - House Of Dreams. JLT, can't go wrong with that dude's voice.
2 follow-ups are heavier and quite better than this one IMO.
Praying Mantis - Sanctuary. Harder edged melodic rock/metal.
Excellent indeed.
Gary Hughes - Once And Future King Pt. 1 and Pt 2. Gary in fine form.Epic melodic rock!
Like most of it.
House of Lords - World Upside Down - interchangeable with Come To My Kingdom almost
Their most recent albums (save for the very last one) are heavier and better for me.
19. Starbreaker - st
I believe this was another project set up Serufino head of Frontiers. Magnus Karlsson and Tony Harnell. You can't really go wrong and they didn't not at all! Tony's voice is instantly recognisable and Magnus is a genius songsmith.
Killer and melodic metal for me.

18. Bob Catley - Immortal
There's that man Magnus again this time helping out old man Bob to release one of his best solo albums. Heavy and melodic and as usual chock full of grand tunes. I think Bob's voice is shot pretty much now so I don't know if he can do solo albums any more. The stuff he does with Magnum doesn't excite although they are very prolific. Anyway Immortal was a killer release.
Again, not AOR but almost full on metal. Great album.
17. Harem Scarem - Weight of the World
I believe the first time I really got into HS. This album had a much heavier and cooler vibe but still with a lot of melody. One day I'll play it again. But the band has currently released their best album ever so while Weight was great the new album usurps it and then some!
16. Gotthard - Lipservice
I was never a fan of Gotthard until this album or should I say I never even paid much attention to them but Lipservice was a great melodic rock record featuring the late Steve Lee. I'm not really a fan of the new version of the band though it's ok. Lipservice was a killer slice of euro hard rock though.
15. House of Lords - Come to My Kingdom
I love WUD almost as much as CTMK but I have slight preference for this record. Classic HoL fans may prefer the early Guiffria period but i wasn't into melodic rock then so had no idea. I got into the band with WUD and this oen cemented my fandom. They've been steadily solid and enjoyable since releasing regularly. ALways loved James Christian's voice. Verty earthy and melodic though still powerful and raspy. Jimi Bell is a great lead player too and very underrated. Actually one of the best in melodic rock circles.
Don't recall this one.

12. Leverage - Circus Colossus
Perhaps my fave Leverage album. Heavy and melodic and even slightly prog at times but not too much. Peiko from Brother Firetribe's other band should still be doing something damn it but they've been missing for a long time now. I know the songwriter Torsti Spoof was in The Magnificent and I'm still waiting a follow up for that if it ever comes. Anyhow Leverage is sadly missed. All their albums are worthy of consideration though not strictly and AOR band of course.
Again, excellent stuff, but in the wrong category. Full on melodic metal!

09. Brother Firetribe - Heart Full Of Fire
The Finnish band put together by Empuu, the guitarist of Nightwish. Their debut album False Metal is also great and worthy of mention of course but HFoF is when they upped the ante IMO and started to make a name in AOR circles. Peika is a great singer no doubt. Everything clicked on this to release a melodic gem. Don't forget this year they've probably released their best album ever in Sunbound. More mature and more melodic than ever.
Never really cared for them. Keys too high in the mix vs guitars. I'll take Leverage any day before this...
08. Praying Mantis - Nowhere To Hide
I'll be honest I had never heard 80s Mantis at all before hearing NtH, but I immediately fell in love with this record. It was so lush and melodic as melodies weaved here and there whilst cementing themselves into your brain. I find Mantis a hard band to truly categorise. they are a bit more prog and heavier than typical AOR, but their choruses are drenched in sugar coated melody. Plus they have this slightly epic sound which removes them as well. A mention for Tony O'Hora. This was the first I'd ever heard the guy sing and his vocals blew me away. A beautiful mid range baritone and so melodic. Top effort although their Sanctuary album from 2008 was probably just as good.
PM just rules. So underrated... Tony O'Hora is a chief on vox, yet close to noone knows him... A shame.

01. Eclipse - Are You Ready To Rock
Finally here it is the first time Erik and co this decided to break out from shackles of AOR and burst forth the heaviness of true gold plated melodic rock. Their first two albums are good but they were just stepping stones to the greatness that we see today. Even from the title of the album you can tell that Erik means business this time. He's cut loose so to speak. Eclipse maybe a small band but ERik thinks big in his mind. He said this many times in interviews. When he writes songs he imagines the punters punching the air and singing a long in a stadium of 1000s! His mentality is thing BIG and this is the first time you could sense what he really envisaged fo his band. The songs are tighter, have that manic edge that all Eclipse has, and that endless sense of melody. Of course the band has gone on to release superb albums which eclipse this one but at the time the album was like a shot of adrenaline in the arm. I'm just wondering when Erik will start to run out of riffs and melodies! Guy is something else.. wonder what he's working on at the moment. There was talk of an Eclipse EP, but I guess it's the new W.E.T. which is next on the horizon which will have melodic rock nutters salivating no doubt! Well I am anyway!
Their first good album. But much better things were yet to come.
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