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Age Of Reflection - A New Dawn
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Age Of Reflection: A New Dawn

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.0/5.0

Inspired by the giants of Eighties classic melodic hard rock, accomplished musicians and good friends guitarist Carl Berglund and bassist Jan Skärming formed Age Of Reflection (AoR) in 2013. Sifting through some minor personnel changes, the band released their debut album, In The Heat Of The Night, in 2017. Having been well-received, AoR took to the road to play live for their fans. Now the band returns with their sophomore long player, A New Dawn, once more for the AOR Heaven label with Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T) doing the mixing and mastering.

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With one spin you'll find yourself revisiting the glory days of Eighties classic rock. Age Of Reflection faithfully taps all the necessary ingredients for traditional AOR melodic hard rock. You know the drill: abundant melody and harmony across twin guitar lines and vocal harmony, steady rock beat and groove from a hefty rhythm section, clean melodic vocals, memorable refrains and, of course, plenty of ripping guitar solos.

All that's left to do is mention some song highlights. Impressive lead guitar work from Jonas Nordqvist is heard right from the start with the instrumental intro, Aurora. You'll find some speedy riff rockers with Until Death Do Us Part, Go, and A New Dawn. With the heavier Stay With Me and Write It On The Wall, you may find AoR tapping into their metal muse. Arena-ready tunes come with the rising anthems Never Alone Again, Here I Stand, and soft starting ballad What If I Break. The band takes a turn doing a cover of an Eighties hit: Cutting Crew's (I Just) Died in Your Arms. You may find it a bit heavier, perhaps even faster than the original. All in all, with A New Dawn, Age Of Reflection delivers another fine album of classic AOR melodic hard rock. Cut your hair into a mullet and rock out. Recommended.

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With A New Dawn, Age Of Reflection delivers another fine album of classic AOR melodic hard rock. Cut your hair into a mullet and rock out. Recommended.

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