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  1. Glen, on 17 Jan 2017 - 1:44 PM, said: lol, sorry about that Glen. I was at work when I posted that and didn't have time to elaborate any further. My answer to this is basically very simple... real AOR has to contain at least a minimum amount of keys, while melodic rock necessarily must not... that is the main difference. Melodic rock I would say is that gray area between AOR and melodic hard rock that many bands operates within, not least nowdays...case in point: the latest Palace CD. Classic example of a melodic rock record, where most of the music is too heavy to fit within the classic AOR spectrum while still too light to be labelled pure melodic hard rock. You basically have a 50/50 mix of those two genres and that's the definition of melodic rock in my book. Now the thread starter was wondering where arena rock fitted into all this and my answer to that is also very simple... Arena Rock is not really a seperate genre but as a musical style concept basically synonymous with the pure AOR style of bands like Journey, Foreigner, Boston and so on. There are so many of these labels tossed around everywhere but when we talk about AOR as an overarching style concept, there are really only three main subgenres where you can cathegorize most bands and that is the lightweight or westcoast style, the classic style and the hard or melodic hard rock style. I'll explain what I mean by that...(also cut and pasted from my article on the subject)
  2. I have written in depth on this and actually wrote a scholarly article on the subject back when I studied musicology. I have pasted the most relevant parts in regards to your question from the article below. I hope this clears things up for you.
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    Creye - Straight To The Top EP

    I gave this a 7.5/10 rating in my review over at PlanetAOR.com. Decent.
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    OD - changing the name to One Desire

    Power metal?? Really. I kind of hear a bit of BF, but this is straight ahead mel rock surely. To me its a cardon copy of HEAT with a slight accent. Prob not quite up to HEAT but then we will see how good they are later in the year I don't hear any H.E.A.T in this at all, Glen. H.E.A.T has their own unique and easily identifiable sound while these guys struggle to find anything that makes them stand out from the crowd. I actually listened to the song again just to see what everyone is raving about and I haven't changed my mind. It's just generic, modern melodic rock that you've heard so many times before, and often done better...the guitars are too heavy, the vocals weak and accented and the chorus goes nowhere. I'll pass on this one.
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    OD - changing the name to One Desire

    More power metal-AOR from Finland that could be a carbon copy to Brother Firetribe. Predictable, heard it all before stuff that goes through one ear and out the other. Clearly you still have to turn to Sweden to hear new quality AOR these days...when Finland start producing bands like State Of Salazar, H.E.A.T, Houston, Care Of Night, Palace and so on and so forth maybe I will start to pay attention.
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    Palace - Master Of The Universe

    "No Exit" an "awful chorus"? That's got to be one of the strangest things I've read in a long time.
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    Palace - Master Of The Universe

    Best 80's A.O.R. from Sweden since H.E.A.T´s "Freedom Rock" album (2010). If there is a better one then I want to know about it...perfection from start to finish.
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    SEVEN - Shattered

    Will definitely order this one, loved the last one.
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    Miss Behaviour - Ghost Play

    This is a good new album from these guys with a little heavier edge than "Double Agent". Stylewise it sounds a lot like Treat, Europe and even "Jump The Gun"-era Pretty Maids to my ears.
  10. Cool name, cool cover, and a really good album! Ordered a real copy yesterday and looking forward to more spins.
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    Dynazty - Renatus

    I've always liked this band. Still do, but I admit the new one leaves me kind of confused and I still haven't really made up my mind wheter I like it or not, even after several listens. It's just so radically different from what I normally listen to. In a way, I guess it's the flirting with power metal that leaves me cold as that's normally a genre I can't stand. But still there's some intresting melodies here and the musicianship is incredible which makes it a good listen. I give it 70/100 while being aware it's probably worth more from a genre standpoint, it's just not really my thing.
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    Miss Behaviour - Double Agent

    Maybe wrong to call it 'hatred' - more like 'strongly dislike'. Seriously, that album just struck me as bland and I didn't really find any good songs on it except maybe 1 or 2. I listened to it again the other week just to see if my original rating was correct, and while it was maybe a tad better than my original rating indicated the new one is still MILES AHEAD in terms songwriting and production qualities. I rated the new one at 94% and it's definitely one of the strongest AOR CD's of the year, if not at least the most consistent. I am in total agreement with you on the title track - perhaps *the* AOR track of the year and that chorus is just fantastic. It's funny that you mention "Dancing With Danger" and "Don't Let It End" which is two of my other fave tracks. "Midnight Runner" and "Corporation Arms" is also fantastic. But as I said, this is perhaps the most consistent AOR album I've heard all year so really no use picking highlights. I am glad we agree on something for a change, ha ha. Have you checked out W.O.A and Sonic Station yet and if so how do you think they compare to this? IMO two other really strong albums even though there are filler. State Of Salazar is another swedish gem but again in terms of consistency I think MB is the better album overall.
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    Work Of Art - Framework

    These boys certainly know how to write a good hook or two. Great album, and their best so far. Only complaint would be the sameness of the songs, but that's a minor point.
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    Care Of Night

    New album "Connected" to be released in 2015.
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    Care Of Night

    Nothing on a release date of this one yet? I'm starting to wonder if it will even be released in 2014.
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