Kimmo: 2007 will go down in history books as an unremarkable year for "our kind of music". There were a few strong efforts from artists who have been around for some time (Stan Bush, Nocturnal Rites, Robin Beck, PC69), but where are the new bands? On my list, I believe there are three "debutants", Cinder Road, Craxy Lixx and Daughtry. Not much to shout about.

Old favourite bands of mine didn't really steal the show with their albums. Bon Jovi released their dreaded "country album", which might have been a good career move, but it still sucked, and I consider it their weakest album so far. Even worse was the new TNT album, which didn't work for me at all. The "Ok, but I was expecting more"-category was very crowded last year, with bands like Kamelot, Magnum, Lillian Axe and Sonata Arctica releasing decent albums but not quite matching my high expectations. Oh well.

In our household, most of 2007 was dominated by one little "artist" called Alexa, our daughter who was born in September. Rather than attending many concerts, we spent the summer months taking things easy. We did manage to see a few great gigs during the winter, and then again after Alexa was born we did attend some gigs. Well, only Stryper for me, Mira saw Crash Diet too. The shows we attended were all excellent, and I'm forever grateful that I managed to see both Jeff Scott Soto with Journey and John West with Royal Hunt - both bands have changed singers since. If Kamelot would have sacked their singer too, then we would have gotten superstitious... Still, these gig experiences pale in comparison to the show that took place in September - Alexa's birth, which was something that words can't describe!

I have a feeling that this year won't be quite musically dry as 2007, with plenty of interesting releases in the pipeline. Brother Firetribe, House Of Lords, Leverage and Khymera seem like safe choices, but hopefully there are many more great albums, possibly some new bands too. Who knows, even old geezers like Whitesnake, Def Leppard and Journey might pull a rabbit out of their magic hats... or at least some decent songs!

Urban: 2007 will probably go down in history as one of the worst years of rock. Seriously, not since the utterly gloomy mid-90's, have we seen such a small sellection of CDs. In fact, I had to include some POP/Rock albums just to make up for the lack of decent rock. Frontiers had one of their worst release years ever (their best release: Primal Fear), MTM went belly up, so did Majestic, and I'm sure it's just the beginning of more trouble the lays ahead.

The majors actually saved the year as Sony, Warner, and Universal, are responsible for a majority of the goodies (for once). 12 out of my Top-20 albums are the work of major labels. Blimey, I never thought I'd see that day again. The 'discovery' of the year, SKindred, are a bunch of mad Metal/Ska rockers. Scorpions recorded their best album since the heydays. Manic Street Preachers, Foo Fighters, Coheed & Cambria, and Within Temptation, did all great albums on a major label recording.

Stan Bush and Pride Of Lions were the only AOR albums to talk about (#9 & #15). The 'comeback' of the year will have to go to Rik Emmett and his Airtime release (what a Triumph!). Song of the year? Probably... Rihanna (Umbrella) or Rob Thomas (Little Wonders). Here's hoping for 2008 - the comeback of rock? no?

Mira: For me, the Rock year 2007 was unfortunately a bit dull, though it had its' ups and downs as well. There were hardly any really good albums released. Many albums reached only the average level - but that's it. Among the new releases there were a couple of highlights though - those being e.g. the new albums of Gotthard, Nocturnal Rites, Scorpions...

Referring to the Mad Max's song title we became also "The Family Of Rock"! A sweet baby girl who was born in Sept. has been making my life busy ever since. Despite of this huge change in my life, I managed to see a few awesome gigs. Let's start with Royal Hunt. Oh, what a great, positive and talented band with a superb singer (or was back then). Their first visit in Finland happened during one of the most coldest days of last winter but that did not affect to their performance a bit. But soon after their visit in Finland we were notified that John West would leave the band. That was really sad news...

In addition to Royal Hunt's great gig, I was lucky to witness a few other memorable gigs as well, those being Stryper, Journey and Crashdïet. It was absolutely great to see those guys in stripes in my hometown! Not only Royal Hunt but also Journey lost a real talented vocalist last year. Luckily I managed to see JSS with Journey - but as we know, it was nice as long as it lasted... Re-formed Crashdïet introduced their new vocalist, Olliver at their gig in Turku. What an energic show from Olliver, I've hardly ever seen anything like that!

As you see - year 2007 had its' ups and downs. Really looking forward what year 2008 will bring along,

The staff of RockUnited.Com has voted again! This is our official Album Chart of 2007, calculated from the indvidual charts of the staff members by using complicated mathematic formulas!


1. Stan Bush: In This Life (Frontiers)
AOR isn't dead, it's a timeless art form, proves Mr. Bush with his superb album. Who would've guessed that Stan The Man would release an album that matches the brilliance of his classic "Stan Bush & Barrage" album in 2007? RockUnited.Com review: "Call it AOR, soft-rock, cruising music, power-pop - it really doesn't matter in the end as there's only two kinds of music - good and bad. "In This life" is probably as good as it gets for this kind of music in the year of 2007." [read the full review]

2. Gotthard - Domino Effect (Nuclear Blast)
Sometimes certain releases slip through our hands, if no promos are provided. That's the case with "Domino Effect" - obviously most of us have bought copies but nobody noticed that there's no review on the site. Here's the album in a nutshell: excellent melodic hard rock, great ballads, some straightforward AC/DC'ish tracks, and all this performed by one of the finest bands of the genre.

3. Allen/Lande - The Revenge (Frontiers)
RockUnited.Com review: "It's not all that easy to write a follow up album to a success story such as the first Allen/Lande CD. Regarded as of the better Melodic Heavy Metal albums of the millenium to many folks and fans of the genre...The Revenge" is a damn solid second album, not quite as explosive as the debut, but still pleasing." [read the full review]

4. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Spinefarm)
RockUnited.Com review: "
I think that “Dark Passion Play” can only cement Nightwish's reputation as the band that all other operatic/theatrical gothy type bands want to be. In Anette they have found a singer that can also open up their music to those who were put off by the operatic strains of whatsername (like me), whilst retaining the theatricality and pompousness that somehow works within the excellent songwriting and arrangements. It's an album of great maturity and depth that deserves to be savored by anyone who likes rock or metal music." [read the full review]

5. Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin (Century Media)
Holy Cow, another one that we didn't review! Sweden's melodic metal merchants have released album after album of strong material, and some of us think that they've never been as good as they are right now. Again, the album in a nutshell: heavy, yet gloriously melodic metal with awesome choruses. The production has a bit of a modern, edgy vibe.

6. Scorpions - Humanity Hour 1 (SonyBMG)
7. Pink Cream 69 - In10sity (Frontiers)
8. Threshold - Dead Reckoning (Nuclear Blast)
9. Rush - Snakes & Arrows (Atlantic)
9. Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything (SonyBMG)

11. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos (Roadrunner)
12. Coheed & Cambria - No World For Tomorrow (Columbia)
13. Shylock - Devotion (MusicBuyMail/Artist Service)
14. The Ladder - Sacred (Escape Music)
14. Robin Beck - Livin' On A Dream (Frontiers)

16. Skindred - Roots Rock Riot (Atlantic)
17. Amorphis - Silent Waters (Nuclear Blast)
17. Last Autumn's Dream - Saturn Skyline (Escape)
17. Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers (SonyBMG)
17. REO Speedwagon - Find Your Own Way Home (Mailboat Records)




Albums Top 20:

1. Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin (Century Media)
[ This is how I like my metal - powerful, melodic and catchy!]
2. Allen/Lande - The Revenge (Frontiers)
[Two superb vocalists and Magnus Karlsson's best songs is a working combination...]
3.Robin Beck - Livin' In A Dream (Frontiers)
[The queen of AOR is back to claim her crown!]
4. Stan Bush - In This Life (Frontiers)
[Fantastic AOR from one of the cult semi-gods of the genre]
5. Cinder Road - Superhuman (EMI/Caroline)
[Whoa! A new, good melodic rock band signed to a major label? Surely a mistake!?]
6. Pink Cream 69 - In10sity (Frontiers)
[A very strong effort from this reliable rock machine. Initially an "8", but really worth a "9"]
7. Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything (SonyBMG)
[Sadly the only mainstream success in my top 10... excellent melodic "goth-rock" with big hooks]
8. Threshold - Dead Reckoning (Nuclear Blast)
[Possibly the catchiest, most accessible prog rock album of the last few years]
9. Readman, David - st (Frontiers)
[A fine solo album from the voice of PC69... although the debt to Whitesnake is undeniable]
10. Jaded Heart - Sinister Mind
[An excellent follow-up to "Helluva Time". The new Jaded Heart keeps on impressing...]

11. Gotthard - Domino Effect
12. Crazy Lixx - Loud Minority
13. Crash Diet - The Unattractive Revolution
14. Shylock - Devotion
15. Daughtry - Daughtry
16. Last Autumn's Dream - Saturn Skyline
17. Loverboy - Just Getting Started
18. Frederiksen Denander - Baptism By Fire (Frontiers)
19. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
20. Bloodbound - Book Of The Dead

Songs Top 40:

1. Gotthard - The Call
2. Crazy Lixx - Make Ends Meet
3. Crashdiet - Overnight
4. Allen Lande - Master Of Sorrow
5. Robin Beck - Show Me The Way
6. Allen Lande - Wake Up Call
7. Gotthard - The Oscar Goes To...
8. Crazy Lixx - Do Or Die
9. Nocturnal Rites - Leave Me Alone
10. Stan Bush - I Will Never Fall

11. Jaded Heart - Sinister Mind
12. Daughtry - Over You
13. Stan Bush - This Moment
14. Cinder Road - Bad Excuse
15. The Poodles - Kiss Goodbye
16. Within Temptation - What Have You Done
17. Brother Firetribe - I Am Rock
18. Nocturnal Rites - Call Out To The World
19. Nightwish - For The Heart I Once Had
20. David Readman - Gentle Touch

21. Crazy Lixx - Heroes Are Forever
22. Pink Cream 69 - Out Of This World
23. Primal Fear - Fighting The Darkness
24. Reo Speedwagon - I Needed To Fall
25. Scorpions - The Future Never Dies
26. Crashdiet - Falling Rain
27. Eden's Curse - Eyes Of The World
28. Frederiksen Denander - Never Try To Love Again
29. Nightwish - Amaranth
30. Shylock - Ocean

31. Cinder Road - One
32. Robin Beck - Always
33. David Readman - Without You
34. Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life
35. Last Autumn's Dream - For The Young And The Wild
36. Celine Dion - Fade Away
37. Indigo Dying - Breathe In Water
38. Allen Lande - Under The Waves
39. The Giant Leap - Messing With My Mind
40. Kamelot - Edenecho


The Cover Song Of The Year:

Northern Kings - Don't Stop Believin'

The "it was good while it lasted" award:

Journey with Jeff Scott Soto
(He breathed life into the old monster...)

The "There! We showed ya!" award:

("Oh they'll struggle without Tarja..." - number one in several countries, half a million albums sold...)

The "Damn! He can belt out! " award:

John West (Royal Hunt... well, ex-Royal Hunt)
("Far Away", Nosturi, Finland. The audience went speechless as he hit the last few notes.)


Albums Top 40:

1. Skindred - Roots Rock Riot (Atlantic)
(Wicked, man! Wicked! Unbelievable crossover release. Metal goes ska)
2. Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers (Sony/BMG)
(This one's for the freaks: marvelous "EMO" rock by the welsh geezers)
3. Scorpions - Humanity Hour 1 (Sony/BMG)
(Ze'Germans best effort since the heydays)
4. The Mission - God Is A Bullet (SPV)
(Their best release ever? The grandfathers of Goth Rock!)
5. Primal Fear - New Religion (Frontiers)
(The best traditional Heavy Metal release of the year!)
6. Airtime - Liberty Manifesto (Escape)
(The return of Rik Emmett. More progressive and darker than Triumph, but darn good!)
7. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (RCA/Sony)
(Simply put a fun mish-mash of classic rock and grunge)
8. Coheed And Cambria - No World For Tomorrow (Columbia)
(The final chapter of this utterly weird sci-fi story)
9. Stan Bush - In This Life (Frontiers)
(The best of merely 2 fun AOR CD's in 2007. 80's sound 'ala GTA/Vice City)
10.Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything (Sony/BMG)
(Sadly underrated in USA. Evanescence stole their sound)

11.The View - Hats Off To The Buskers (1965 Records)
(The best new rock of 2007)
12. Northern Kings - Reborn (Warner)
(80's Pop goes Metal)
13. Cage - Hell Destroyer (MTM)
(The 'Judas Priest' release of the year)
14. Daughtry - Daughtry (RCA/Sony)
(The mainstream rock CD of the year)
15. Pride of Lions - The Roaring Of Dreams (Frontiers)
(Jim Peterik is a real Survivor!)
16. Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion (Universal)
(Melodic genius with a slightly disturbing approach)
17. Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (Epic)
(Their most experimental CD up to date)
18.Allen/Lande - The Revenge (Frontiers)
(Melodic metal with Jorn & Russell)
19. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight (Warner)
(The best selling "hardrock" CD of 2007 in Sweden) 20. Heaven & Hell - Radio City Music Hall (SPV)
(Black Sabbath, dude... Black Sabbath)

21. Saxon - The Inner Sanctum (SPV)
22. The Used - Lies For The Liars (Reprise)
23. Mind's Eye - A Gentleman's Hurricane (LionMusic)
24. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet (RoadRunner)
25. Idiot Pilot - Wolves (Reprise)
26. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (Universal)
27.TRW - Rivers Of Paradise (Frontiers)
28. Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain (Epic)
29. Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High (Sony)
30. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Universal)
31. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (Columbia)
32. Heavy Pettin - Prodigal Songs (Majestic)
33. Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life (Frontiers)
34. Kamelot - Ghost Opera (SPV)
35. John Macaluso & Union Radio - The Radio Waves Goodbye (LionMusic)
36. Robin Beck - Livin' On A Dream (Frontiers)
37. Meldrum - Blowin' Up The Machine (Frontiers)
38. Crazy Lixx - Loud Minority (SwedeMetal)
39. Type O'Negative - Dead Again (SPV)
40. White Wolf - Victim Of The Spotlight (Escape)

30 Songs:

Rob Thomas - Little Wonders
Timbaland feat.One Republic - Apologize
Sean Kingston - Me Love
Rihanna - Umbrella
David Guetta - Love Is Gone
James Blunt - 1973
Linkin Park - What I've Done
Kent - Ingenting
Bruce Springsteen - Long Walk Home
Mind's Eye - Feed My Revolver
The View - Superstar
Primal Fear - Fighting The Darkness
Night Ranger - You're Gonna Hear It From Me
The Used - The Bird And The Worm
The Mission - To Love & To Kill With The Very Same Hand
Freedom Call - Mr.Evil
Good Charlotte - The River
Foo Fighters - The Pretender
Manowar - Blood Brothers
Mika - Grace Kelly
Nickelback - Rockstar
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
Within Temptation - What Have You Done
Daughtry - It's Not Over
Scorpions - Humanity
Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers
Michael Thompson Band - Wheelchair
Skindred - Rude Boy For Life
Crazy Lixx - Heroes Are Forever
Pride Of Lions - Love's Eternal Flame


Albums Top 20:

1. Gotthard - Domino Effect (Nuclear Blast)
2. Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin (Century Media)
3. Scorpions - Humanity Hour 1 (SonyBMG)
4. Pink Cream 69 - In10sity (Frontiers)
5. Shylock - Devotion (MusicBuyMail/Artist Service)
6. Stan Bush - In This Life (Frontiers)
7. Last Autumn's Dream - Saturn Skyline (Escape)
8. Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life (Frontiers)
9. The Ladder - Sacred (Escape)
10. Crash Diet - The Unattractive Revolution (Universal)

11. Loverboy - Just Getting Started (Rockstar)
12. Los Angeles - Los Angeles (Frontiers)
13. Allen/Lande - The Revenge (Frontiers)
14. Bloodbound - Book Of The Dead
15. David Readman - s/t (Frontiers)
16. The Poodles - Sweet Trade (AFM)
17. Freedom Call - Dimensions (SPV)
18. Robin Beck - Livin' In A Dream (Frontiers)
19. Crazy Lixx - Loud Minority (SwedeMetal)
20. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Spinefarm)

Songs Top 40:

1. Gotthard - The Call
2. Crashdiet - Overnight
3. Robin Beck - Always
4. Sebastian Bach - Falling Into You
5. Scorpions - The Future Never Dies
6. Shylock - Anybody Out There?
7. Last Autumn's Dream - After Tomorrow’s’ Gone
8. Stan Bush - Waiting For You
9. Gotthard - Master Of Illusion
10. The Ladder - All Of My Life

11. Stan Bush - I Will Never Fall
12. Gotthard - Falling
13. Allen Lande - Master Of Sorrow
14. Pink Cream 69 - Out Of This World
15. Loverboy - The One That Got Away
16. Nocturnal Rites - Not The Only
17. Crashdiet - Falling Rain
18. Shylock - New Attraction
19. Freedom Call - Blackened Sun
20. Pink Cream 69 - Last Train To Nowhere

21. Joe Lynn Turner - Blood Red Sky
22. David Readman - Don't Let It Slip Away
23. Brother Firetribe - I Am Rock
24. Sebastian Bach - By Your Side
25. Scorpions - The Game Of Life
26. Los Angeles - I Will Carry You
27. Nocturnal Rites - Till I Come Alive
28. At Vance - Cold As Ice
29. Ari Koivunen - Angels Are Calling
30. Last Autumn's Dream - For The Young And The Wild

31. Ted Poley - More Than Goodbye
32. The Ladder - Something To Believe In
33. Gotthard - Domino Effect
34. Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life
35. Los Angeles - When You Think Of Me
36. Crazy Lixx - Heroes Are Forever
37. David Readman - Love In Vain
38. The Poodles - Flesh And Bones
39. Mad Max - Glorious Night
40. Pride Of Lions - Turnaround


Albums Top 20:

1. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play (Spinefarm)
2. Amorphis - Silent Waters (Nuclear Blast)
3. Gotthard - Domino Effect (Nuclear Blast)
4. Stan Bush - In This Life (Frontiers)
5. Allen-Lande - The Revenge (Frontiers)
6. Thunderstone - Evolution 4.0 (Nuclear Blast)
7. Circus Maximus - Isolate (Frontiers)
8. Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season (DY1)
9. Sturm Und Drang - Learning To Rock (HMC)
10. Threshold - Dead Reckoning (Nuclear Blast)

11. Evidence One - The Sky Is The Limit (AFM)
12. Kamelot - Ghost Opera (SPV)
13. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos (Roadrunner)
14. Indigo Dying - Indigo Dying (Frontiers)
15. Poverty's No Crime - Save My Soul (SPV)
16. Union Mac - Lost In Attraction (Escape)
17. Masterplan - MK II (AFM)
18. Within Temptation - The Heart Of Everything (SonyBMG)
19. At Vance - VII (AFM)
20. Nocturnal Rites - The 8th Sin (Century Media)

BUBBLING UNDER: Kotipelto, Helloween, Action, Essence Of Sorrow, Crashdiet, Seven Tears, Saxon, Danny Vaughn, Reo Speedwagon, Twilightning, Bloodbound, Eldritch, Pride Of Lions, Ari Koivunen, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, Human Zoo, Stormzone


Sonata Arctica - Unia
TNT - The New Territory

- Michael Sweet of Stryper being truly sweet and reciting a poem for my friend, and finally seing the band live.
- Thunderstone making it to the Finnish Eurovision finals.
- The whole Firefest
- Reo Speedwagon's whole brilliant performance in Sweden Rock, especially "Keep On Loving You". Always fun in Sweden Rock.
- Meeting Danny Vaughn and Terry Brock in Finland
- Pekka Heino (Brother Firetribe/Leverage), my favourite singers, singing one of my alltime fave songs "Born To Be My Baby" from the great Bon Jovi with Mr. C, among other great oldies in a cover evening.



1. Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
2. REO Speedwagon - Find Your Own Way Home
3. Status Quo - In Search Of The 4th Chord
4. Helloween - Gambling With The Devil
5. Waysted - The Harsh Reality
6. Kelly Clarkson - My December
7. Paramore - Riot
8. Roadstar - Glass Mountain
9. John Mellencamp - Freedom's Road
10. David Readman - S/T

11. Coheed & Cambria - No World For Tomorrow
12. The Ladder - Sacred
13. Rush - Snakes & Arrows
14. Cage - Hell Destroyer
15. Voices Of Rock - MMVII
16. Liberty N Justice - Independence Day
17. Hanoi Rocks - Street Poetry
18. Spike - It's A Treat To Be Alive
19. McQueen Break the Silence
20. Pride Tiger - The Lucky Ones


Albums Top 10:

1. Rush - Snakes & Arrows
2. Porcupine Tree – Fear of a blank planet
3. Dream Theater – Systematic chaos
4. Blackfield – Blackfield 2
5. Flower Kings – The sum of no evil
6. After Forever – After forever
7. Threshold – Dead reckoning
8. Symphony X – Paradise lost
9. Riverside – Rapid eye movement
10. Masterplan – MK2

Best DVDs:

1. Queensryche – Live at the Moore
2. David Gilmour – Remember that night
3. Porcupine Tree – Fear of a blank planet

Best song:

1. Porcupine Tree – Anesthetize

Best concert:

1. Rush – 15/16 October, Rotterdam, The Netherlands