Saturday, January 8, 2022

REVIEW : GIANT, Shifting Time (Frontiers Music s.r.l., RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2022)

The legendary AOR band of GIANT is back in business with its brand new effort entitled "Shifting Time". The new album is going to be released through Frontiers Music at the end of January. The line-up of GIANT consists of the two original founding members, David Huff and Mike Brignardello along with the amazing vocalist Kent Hilli (Perfect Plan) and Winger guitarist John Roth.  

Thursday, January 6, 2022

REVIEW : Autumn’s Child - Zenith (Pride & Joy Music, Release Date : 14.01.2022)

The name of Mikael Erladsson is a no stranger among the AOR/Melodic Rock mafia! He has released six successful solo albums and a lot of titles with groups like Phenomena, Salute among others. Between 2006-2018 Erlandsson fronted the Swedish super group Secret Service.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

REVIEW : Crystal Ball, Crysteria (Massacre Records, Release: 28 January 2022)

First of all and before starting to write the review of the up-coming record of Crystal Ball, allow me to say that I'm a 'stranger' regarding the music of these metal veterans. "Crysteria" is already the 11th full-length opus from Crystal Ball. 

Saturday, December 25, 2021


So, this is it ladies and gents! It's the time of the year for Heavy Paradise's Melodic Awards! Another year is passing by, and a 'difficult' one, due to the covid pandemic. Musically speaking, it was another great year with many great releases. Before starting the Best Of.. lists, I have to say a huge thank you to each and every fan of this webzine, record label, artists and, in general, a huge thank you to everyone who helped Heavy Paradise staying alive for another year.

And the award for the best album of 2021 goes to..................


  1. W.E.T. - Retransmission (Frontiers Music)
  2. CREYE - II (Frontiers Music)
  3. SPEKTRA - Overload (Frontiers Music)
  4. CROWNE - Kings In The North (Frontiers Music)
  5. NITRATE - Renegade (AOR Heaven)
  6. TEMPLE BALLS - Pyromide (Frontiers Music)
  7. VOODOO CIRCLE - Locked & Loaded (AFM Records)
  8. KENT HILLI - The Rumble (Frontiers Music)
  9. ECLIPSE - Wired (Frontiers Music)
  10. WINDING ROAD - Winding Road (AOR Heaven)
  11. CHEZ KANE - Chez Kane (Frontiers Music)
  12. MAYANK - Mayank (Frontiers Music)
  13. HUNTER - Hungry Heart (Lion's Pride Music)
  14. CRAZY LIXX - Street Leathal (Frontiers Music)
  15. METALITE - A Virtual World (AFM Records)
  16. HEART LINE - Back In The Game (Pride & Joy Music)
  17. CONSTANCIA - Brave New World (Pride & Joy Music)
  18. SEVENTH CRYSTAL - Delirium (Frontiers Music)
  19. NIGHTFOX - White Cobra (Lion's Pride Music)
  20. GROUNDBREAKER - Soul To Soul (Frontiers Music)

Sunday, December 19, 2021

REVIEW : EDGE OF FOREVER, Seminole (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 21 January 2022)

Melodic Hard Rock band of Edge Of Forever is going to release their fifth full-length record entitled "Seminole" on January 21st.  The last album saw a "rebirth" for the band with new members guitarist Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, Archon Angel) and drummer Marco di Salvia (Hardline) joining with band founder and vocalist/keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio and bassist Nik Mazzucconi (Labyrinth).

Sunday, December 12, 2021


'Don't Wait For Me' is the emotional new single from Australian heavy rockers WICKED SMILE

The single comes off the critically acclaimed debut album 'Wait For The Night' out now on cd and on all digital platforms. With a heartfelt performance by powerhouse vocalist Danny Cecati, Don't Wait For Me' highlights a different side of the band. Acoustic guitars and choirlike synth set the scene before the full band joins in with drums, bass and distorted guitars. Lyrically, the song explores the aftermath of dealing with human loss.

 Produced by Paul Laine (The Defiants) and mastered by Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger/The Defiants), the band have without a doubt unleashed one of the Albums Of The Year in 'Wait For The Night'.  Available in the U.K. via Cargo Records and in Japan on Bickee Music. 

 Watch the video for 'Don't Wait For Me' here : 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

REVIEW : The Ragged Saints – The Sound Of Breaking Free (Label: Lions Pride Music, Rel. Date: 22 December 2021)

The Ragged Saints was formed in 2011 by guitarists Tomi Julkunen and Toni Bite. Shortly after forming, they began working on their first record. The band's debut, ”The Sound Of Breaking Free”, was released back in 2013 and now is available on re-issue worldwide with a bonus track “No More Crying In The Rain” through Lions Pride Music.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

REVIEW : GROUNDBREAKER, Soul To Soul (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 12 November 2021)

The name of Steve Overland is a no stranger to the AOR/Melodic Rock freaks around the world. The voice of the legendary band of FM is now releasing the second effort of his side band GROUNDBREAKER through Frontiers Music.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

REVIEW : L.A. GUNS, Checkered Past (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 12 November 2021)

One of L.A.'s favourite bands L.A. Guns is back in business with its brand new record entitled "Checkered Past". The new album is going to be released through Frontiers Music

REVIEW : Nightfox – White Cobra (Rel. Date: 29 October 2021, Label: Lions Pride Music)

NIGHTFOX is a hard rock band that hails from Norway and "White Cobra" is entitled its brand new opus which was released through Danish label Lions Pride Music

Saturday, November 6, 2021

REVIEW : MEMORIA AVENUE, Memoria Avenue (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 5 November 2021)

MEMORIA AVENUE is a new melodic rock band that hails from Norway and with its self-titled opus comes to deliver a solid record all the way. "Memoria Avenue" will be released this November through Frontiers Music

REVIEW : LASTWORLD, TIME (Perris Records, Release date: 10/29/2021)

LASTWORLD is a band that consists of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter JIM SHEPARD and vocalist DAVID CAGLE. JIM SHEPARD is an American independent multi-instrumentalist who has recorded several solo albums as well as his band Taxi, who dominated the Northwest Indiana rock scene in the 90s. Award-winning international singer DAVID CAGLE has recorded vocals on more than 1000 songs over the past 10 years for clients all over the world, covering multiple genres of music.