The Senior Management

In a recent post I mentioned reading Fireworks magazine during my summer holiday. Of course, I had a playlist on my phone to pass away the time on the plane and whilst chilling by the pool or on the beach. That playlist consisted of the following:

Gioelli- Castronova – Set The World on Fire

Radioactive – F4ur

Two Of A Kind – Rise

Killer Bee – Cracked Up

Guild Of Ages – Rise

Heartwind – Higher & Higher

Universe Infinity – Rock Is Alive

Mass – When 2 Worlds Collide

P.A.L. – Prime

Dare – Out Of The Silence II

Sister Hazel – Water & Wind EPs

The Senior Management – Heart & Soul

Daughtry – Cage To Battle

Airrace – Untold Stories

Hartmann – Hand On The Wheel

The album that really impressed me the most was The Senior Management. When I first read about the band’s country influenced AOR it didn’t sound all that promising, but maybe I should have remembered that Dark Horse are also a favourite of mine. I don’t know if there is such a thing as innovation in AOR these days, but adding a little country element to the mix certainly made this my fave holiday listen.

Nightwish – Ghost Love Story Live

I’m not sure how I stumbled across this, but there seems to be a bizarre thing on YouTube called reaction videos where you watch someone watching a video for the first time. Quite a few of the ‘watchers’ seem to have chosen the live version of Nightwish’s Ghost Love Score from Wacken 2013, which I believe was Floor’s first concert with the band. Everything, including a light show that is perfectly synchronised with the music, just seems to combine to yield an epic performance.

Some YouTube Surfing

I was sitting yesterday morning surfing through my YouTube feed and bookmarked the following:

Sons Of Apollo

An all star line-up featuring PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, BUMBLEFOOT, SOTO, SHERINIAN. One of my favourite singers fronting a band that sounds like early Dream Theater, should be a dream come true? I’ve listened to this a couple of times and I’m not sure its working for me. Maybe when I listen to the whole album it will click.


Boulevard

Of course, I’m a sucker for pure AOR and Boulevard are one of those bands that I always had on my list to check out, but never did. I guess I can now.

Robin Beck

Still love the voice, but this song isn’t that special.

Dan Reed Network

A little funk AOR is always welcome.


Eden’s Curse

Not sure why, but it looks like Eden’s Curse have re-recorded their debut album.

Accept

I was reading about these guys in the latest edition of Powerplay magazine. Always welcome in small bursts.

Exit Eden

Whilst the idea seems great, I guess it all depends on how much you like your pop songs messed with, assuming you are familiar with them in the first place!

Crazy Lixx

A bit of cheese is welcome.

Innuendo

Quite a few weeks after Brett Richey got in touch to say that they have a new album out, I finally got a chance to check it out.