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This really is an album you will not be disappointed to own.

AORHeaven are another of those labels who consistently fly the Melodic Rock flag and keep the genre alive. A couple of years ago, they released the debut album from Sunstrike and very impressive it was too! Now, in 2016, the band are back with another quality album, made even better by the help of Erik Mårtensson in the mixing department.

The band was formed by guitarist Joachim Nordlund (Astral Doors) and drummer Johan Lindstedt (AD) with singer Christian Eriksson (Twilight Force, The Theander Expression) alongside Fredrik Plahn (Prey – keys), Mats Gesar (Thalamus – guitars) and bass player Björn Lundqvist (TF), so they clearly have the qualifications as musicians. Add the fact Scandinavia seems to be a hotbed for Melodic Rock and I think we have scored a home run here.

For the purposes of this review we have had to give this release a label, but to simply describe this as Melodic Rock doesn't really do the album justice. 'Ready II Strike' is "powerful" Melodic Rock. Here we have eleven tracks, all of a very high quality and not a filler amongst them. From the opener 'Head Over Heels' to the finale 'Sail Away', the release oozes quality.

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'Ready II Strike' is full of keyboards (loads of them), great guitar work, catchy harmony vocals, especially on the choruses and, if you listen carefully, you can grab elements of Power Metal, which considering the pedigree of musicians involved is not surprising.

Pace wise, the album is well laid out and the running order is spot on. From "in your face" Rockers like 'Firework' to the excellent ballad 'I Stand By You'.

This really is an album you will not be disappointed to own. I'd love to see these guys live and I hope their normal band roles allow them the time to get out there and take these tunes to the live stage at some point.

Steve Price

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