The tougher side of rock music has always attracted some people, and it has in fact been around for many years now. It is hard to pinpoint the exact start of so-called hard rock music, but it roughly saw the light of day in the late sixties. American guitarist Jimi Hendrix introduced some new
The American band Dokken was formed in the late seventies by front man and singer Don Dokken. Before actually recording and releasing any music, the band played at various clubs both in the USA and in Europe. Dokken has always been centered around two characters; the aforementioned singer Don and gifted guitarist George Lynch.
Is it really possible to combine heavy metal with classical music? Yes, this fact has been proved by Swedish guitar player Yngwie Malmsteen. Many musicians have over the years tried combining various rock genres with classical music, with mixed results. In most cases, the sounds simply do not match. Examples of this include boogie
Many are those who remember Europe the band for their mega-hit The Final Countdown, released in 1986. Being very melodic and epic, it is not really being considered to be very metal-esque. However, the sound of Europe has not always been like this. Europe released their self-titled first album in 1983, following a Swedish
Guitarist George Lynch of Dokken fame left the band in 1989, after the release of their last album of the eighties. He formed the band Lynch Mob with singer Oni Logan and Dokken drummer Wild Mick Brown. Together these guys released the album Wicked Sensation in 1990, which was a highly anticipated release for
The melodic side of hard rock, or metal, is called AOR: Adult Oriented Rock or Album Oriented Rock (both applies). AOR music emerged from bands like Journey and Toto and applied to bands playing a very melodic type of hard rock. This sub genre is very much based on a rich keyboard sound, in