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[06 December 2020]
It's Finland's Independence Day today, and we're celebrating it here at RockUnited HQ. However, the two interviews published today are with bands from our western neighbour country.
>>> <Interviews >>> PALACE
Michael Palace is a name you can find on many of the recent AOR releases. PALACE is his own band, and he has just released his third album. We talked about that. And GTA.
>>> <Interviews >>> ART OF ILLUSION
Take a portion of Grand Illusion and another of Work Of Art... you'll get Art Of Illusion, a new AOR band, featuring Anders Rydholm of Grand Illusion and Lars Säflund of Work Of Art.
[04 December 2020]
>>> NEW VIDEO THURSDAY >>>
I forgot it last week, but here's NEW VIDEO THURSDAY again, a fine selection of new videos!
[22 November 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> WILDNESS
The new generation of Swedish AOR (TNGOSAOR for short... oh never mind!) is represented by Erik Modin and his band Wildness, who just released a new album.
>>> <Interviews >>> ETERNAL IDOL
Bombastic Metal is the name of the game with Eternal Idol, and the might even like Black Sabbath a bit.
>>> <Interviews >>> ANGELICA
Murder Of My Sweet-vocalist Angelica Rylin has just released her second solo album "All I Am". We asked what is this all that she is.
[19 November 2020]
>>> NEW VIDEO THURSDAY >>>
It's thursday and we've got new videos for you!
This week, we've got new stuff from Royal Hunt, Wolfgang Van Halen, Vandenplas, Heartwind, Hangarvain, Barbara Black, Ashley Barron, Blue Hour Ghosts, Mirko Hirsch and Return To Void...
[12 November 2020]
>>> NEW VIDEO THURSDAY >>>
Our weekly selection of the latest videos, as chosen by RockUnited.Com - NEW VIDEO THURSDAY! This time we've got Stan Bush, Simulacrum, Wig Wam, Black Paisley and many more.
[5 November 2020]
>>> NEW VIDEO THURSDAY >>>
Something new...a weekly selection of the latest videos, as chosen by RockUnited.Com - NEW VIDEO THURSDAY!
[3 November 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> VHÄLDEMAR
They're vikings from the north, armed with swords, shields and Heavy Metal... wait, what? They're from Basque Country? Now that's twist! With a new album ready, they're ready to go "Straight To Hell"!
[31 October 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> BLACK PAISLEY
We had a chat with Black Paisley, a "new classic rock" band from Sweden. They have recruited former ELECTRIC BOYS lead guitarist Franco Santunione to the band, and are about to release their third album "Rambler" soon.
[23 October 2020]
>>> The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks >>> LITA FORD
She was once a Runaway, the went Out For Blood and Danced On The Edge, before making it big with a Deadly Kiss and Ozzy... Ladies and Gentlemen, LITA FORD.
>>> <Interviews >>> ALIEN
They were huge in Sweden back in 1988, had an encounter with The Blob, changed singers, had several periods of inactivity, reformed with the original line-up, then became the trio they are now, and are looking "Into The Future" with their soon-to-be-released, heavier new album. Here's an ALIEN sighting for ya!
>>> <Interviews >>> PERFECT PLAN
Their first album "All Rise" made people stand up and take notice. With their recently released second effort "Time For A Miracle" they've moved straight to the A-list of new AOR groups... seems like they had a PERFECT PLAN!
[11 September 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> TRACKRECORD: HONEYMOON SUITE - "FEEL IT AGAIN"
After a lengthy hiatus, we're bringing back "Trackrecord", the series of interviews where we look at certain songs and talk to the songwriters. The first of these new interviews is one with RAY COBURN, who wrote Honeymoon Suite's big hit "Feel It Again".
[20 August 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> TANNA
To most of our readers, TANNA is a new band, with its' roots in PRAYER, a Finnish AOR group who released three albums between 2005 and 2018. To our Finnish readers, who know the 80's rock scene, Tanna is not a new name...
[10 May 2020]
>>> The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks >>> MICHAEL BOLTON
"Michael Bolton? Rock? Isn't he the housewifes' favourite", you ask? Well, back in the eighties he released a few bonafide AOR classics, and while he has moved away from that style, he's still a great singer. Check out our favourite tracks from Sir Michael of Bolotin...
[5 May 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> STARGAZERY
We had a chat with Pete Ahonen of STARGAZERY, who have a new album "Constellation" coming out soon. We also talked briefly about Pete's other bands BURNING POINT and GHOST MACHINERY.
[29 April 2020]
>>> The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks >>> HONEYMOON SUITE
This Canadian band was big in their home country and even knocked on the door to international success. They had some minor hits and did extensive touring, but for some reason the big success eluded them. We've been listening to them a lot lately, and can't understand why - they had a lot of good songs! What's more, their recent material has had its' moments too.
[15 April 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> HAREM SCAREM
Their new album is called "Change The World", which is a poignant title for these times... World as we know it is changing indeed. Harem Scarem aren't, not too much anyway. They're still delivering us quality melodic hard rock!
>>> <Interviews >>> KHYMERA
In Greek mytology, "Chimera" was a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature, composed of the parts of more than one animal. In modern AOR culture, Khymera started out as a vehicle for Kansas vocalist Steve Walsh, but it soon shed its' skin and became a fully-fledged Dennis Ward project. "Master Of Illusion" is the latest album, and it's very good.
[2 April 2020]
>>> <Interviews >>> SEMBLANT
Frontiers Records are trying new things, like signing SEMBLANT, a melodic death metal band from Brazil. But are they a melodic death metal band or something else? We asked, their guitarist Juliano Ribeiro answered.
[31 March 2020]
How's everyone doing during these strange times? RockUnited.Com staff hasn't caught the virus, but it has had a huge impact on our lives. All concerts have been cancelled and the summer festivals are in jeopardy, album releases postponed... We'll see how things turn out. Hopefully this thing will blow over sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, since most of us are "socially distancing" and spending time home, let's try to make the best of it and listen to some great music, old and new! Right now we're going to introduce a couple of new artists to you, one with a debut album just released and one with a second album under their belt.
>>> <Interviews >>> PASSION
UK's latest rising hard rock stars PASSION and the band's main man Dan Rossall interviewed. They may be a bit of a parody of the eighties' scene, but it's all done with love!
>>> <Interviews >>> CCD
CCD stands for Compulsive Composing Disorder... what? CCD's Robin Vagh tells you more about this particular condition.
[27 February 2020]
>>> The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks >>> HEART
The legendary band fronted by the Wilson sisters Ann & Nancy is in the spotlight this time. Yes, we are not ashamed of liking their "mainstream era" the best... they may have not written all of those songs themselves, but they made them their own and they can be very proud of them.
>>> The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks >>> RUNNING WILD
They're arguably the best German Pirate Metal band of all time! They might be also the only German Pirate Metal band too, but who's counting? Put on your eye-batch and read on!
[13 December 2019]
>>> The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks >>> Roxette
I recieved this article from Urban a few days ago, and started working on it on tuesday morning. Didn't get it finished and thought that I'd get it ready for publishing later that day. A few hours later the news of Marie Fredriksson's death reached us... it became our tribute to her. The songs will live on forever... but "Things Will Never Be The Same".
[06 December 2019]
>>> Interviews >>> ROBERT TEPPER
He's back! He's "Better Than The Rest"! There's no easy way out from our interview, even if you're a cult AOR hero!
[4 December 2019]
>>> Live On Stage >>> AMARANTHE, BEYOND THE BLACK & SMASH INTO PIECES Live In Turku
The Swedish pop metal hybrid put on an explosive show, Beyond The Black and Smash Into Pieces supported.
[19 November 2019]
>>> Interviews >>> WORK OF ART
Here's a brand new interview with Robert Säll of WORK OF ART, who just released their latest masterpiece "Exhibits".
[24 October 2019]
HEADS UP! Something interesting happening in Turku area (and three other locations)! Swedish Pop Metal hybrid AMARANTHE are touring in Finland, playing three gigs with Beyond The Black and Smash Into Pieces supporting and one special gig in Helsinki, with Sabaton and Apocalyptica. As our HQ is in Turku area, we'll be covering the Turku gig. It's been a while, the last time we have seen Amaranthe was on their first tour! Since then, there's been some changes in the line-up, with Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson replacing the original "growler" Andreas Solveström in 2013 and more recently, Nils Molin of Dynazty fame replacing the original "clean male voice" Joacim "Jake E" Lundberg. Elize Ryd is still the leading lady. The band has released 5 albums so far, with "Helix" being the latest one. Would have been interesting if one of the support bands for this tour had been a certain Canadian hard rock band...
The support band BEYOND THE BLACK has been in heavy rotation at RU HQ over the last couple of years, and their latest album "Heart Of The Hurricane" comes highly recommended. The more pop-oriented SMASH INTO PIECES isn't too familiar, but we'll be there early to check out them too.
[16 October 2019]
>>> The Big 10 - The Essential Tracks >>> EDDIE MONEY
This time we're celebrating the life and the music of Eddie Money, who recently passed away. He left a legacy of some very fine songs, and we chose our favourites.
[15 October 2019]
>>> Interviews >>> MADHOUSE
It's a MADHOUSE! Don't go thinking 'Anthrax' though! This is lunatic Hair Metal and Sleaze/Glam in the fun tradition of the eighties glamour. Here's our interview with the Austrians Glam Rockers!
[7 October 2019]
Older interviews, reviews and other published articles archived to their respective categories!
[27 September 2019]
>>> Interviews >>> BLOCK BUSTER
Who says that rock music is like video rental stores, going exctinct? We don't care and we certainly don't agree! Neither does BLOCK BUSTER, Finnish hard rock band who just released their debut album on Frontiers records.
[19 September 2019]
>>> Interviews >>> SPREAD EAGLE
"Pure NYC Street Metal" stands in their T-shirt and who are we to argue? You may remember their "Switchblade Serenade"... SPREAD EAGLE is back, with a new album in its' claws.
>>> Interviews >>> ENIO NICOLINI
Metal without guitars? Is there such a thing at all? Enio Nicolini and The Otron think so and they call it "Cybermetal".
[22 August 2019]
>>> Live On Stage >>> MICHAEL BOLTON LIVE
The one and only Michael Bolton played his first ever gig in Finland. Once upon a time he was an AOR God, so we had to see this concert.
[24 July 2019]
>>> Live On Stage >>> The Return Of Sauna Open Air
The almost legendary hard rock/metal festival SAUNA OPEN AIR returned after a few years' hiatus. We were there in the heat of the night, and it was good!
[27 May 2019]
>>> Live On Stage >>> Prog Metal Friday in Turku: Simulacrum & Seventh Wonder
Swedish Prog masters Seventh Wonder played in Turku earlier this month, with local progsters Simulacrum supporting.
[25 April 2019]
>>> Interviews >>> PHIL VINCENT
A man of many projects, including Chinawhite, Tragik and Cranston, is now going solo for a change. We talked about his new album "Hypocrite" with him.
>>> Interviews >>> Last FLight To Pluto
Alice Freya answered our questions about Last Flight To Pluto and their new album.
[5 April 2019]
>>> Interviews >>> LOVEWAR
They released their debut "Soak Your Brain" in 1993, produced by Dino and John Elefante, the legends of Christian Rock scene. Now they're about to release their second
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