Melodic Rock

Terry Brock – Diamond Blue (Frontiers/Riot)

Not so much stadium rock as studio rock this is a pretty damn decent slab of good old 80s AOR. If that’s your thing, read on! If not, you may as well stop now.

Terry Brock’s a busy boy – he’s lead singer for Giant, he’s getting back with his 80s band mates Strangeways

Lillian Axe - Sad Day On Planet Earth (Blistering Records/Warner)

If Lillian Axe were a football team they’d be Tottenham Hotspur – not quite top level, not a team that’s ever going to get relegated, but a team that seems content where it is – in the middle of the pack.

American band Lillian Axe have been around since the late 1980s/early 90s in various forms, and, like Tottenham, have gone through a few players.

Magnum – Into The Valley Of The Moonking (SPV/Riot)

The cover might look prog rock, the title might have you thinking of Yes, but this is an album that is steeped in 80s stadium rock, lighters waving, girls swaying and a t-shirt purchase on the way out. The latest from this legendary UK rock/AOR band is nothing short of great.

Magnum guitarist Tony Clarkin and vocalist Bob Catley have been together since 1972, so it’s no surprise that they fit so well together.&nbs