Melodic Rock Is Back 9 / Various
Review Strutter-Magazine: Various Artists - MUNICH'S HARDEST HITS VOLUME 9 By far the best AOR/Melodic Rock Station on the internet releases another strong compilation CD, which will guide you through some of the best bands in the underground scene. 15 bands are included this time, with rare tracks from FORTUNE ('Home free', taken from their re-issued 1985 classic), Terry Ilous' XYZ ('Made for love', classic 80s melodic rocker) and a brand new song from Canadian cult AOR rockers HARLEQUIN. Especially the HARLEQUIN sing 'Rise' is quite remarkable, as this Canadian band released some AOR Classics in the past and now returns with a very nice classic late 70s AOR style rocker. The best song comes from CRYSTAL, but the particular song 'I'm A Dreamer' was released a few years ago, nevertheless it still is an amazing AOR/Pomprock Classic. The biggest surprise is the start, with an unknown act called KRESTA, which gives us a great 80s orientated melodic rocker in the shape of 'Fantasy'. BOOTCAMP is one of those lost cult-acts, of which I hope to see someday an official CD release (but this is the case with many acts from the 80s with only a mini-LP release), but anyway, they are featured here with the great AOR rocker 'A Woman's Touch'. Not forgetting the new bands of today, because the Finnish act REFLEXION can be found here with their great close-to-HIM sounding melodic rocker 'Army Of Broken Hearts'. SOLID STATE and WILDSTREET are 2 more bands I am not familiar with, both good Melodic Hardrock. Remaining acts are Dutch acts AVALON and CHINAWHITE, the awesome recently reviewed bands LINEHOUSE (Swedish Poprock/AOR) and MIRROR MIRROR (with their one-off 80s Classic Pompmelodic rocker a la PROPHET/WHITE SISTER 'Let It Die'), the Japanese Melodic Hardrockband BLINDMAN (their song 'The Silence Of Fate' sounds like Y&T meets XYZ) and finally, FRAZE GANG, a band we also reviewed, but I found them not that strong. Concluded, another great compilation CD from the best Internet Station around today. (points: 8.5 von 10) (c) Gabor Kleinbloesem, Strutter Magazine.