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The best melodic rock you can buy this month

Dave Ling on the latest releases from Raintimes, Eisley/Goldy, Steve Walsh, The Radio Sun and Gypsy Soul

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Raintimes - Raintimes

Forever Gone opens this album like a divine throwback of those days of post-grunge defiance, although fidelity-wise the production places things in a more modern context. And there’s plenty more where it came from – Make My Day, Don’t Ever Give Up, I Need Tonight, Together As Friends… you’ll struggle to find a duffer here. (810)

Eisley/Goldy - Blood, Guts And Games

Steve Walsh - Black Butterfly

The Radio Sun - Unstoppable

Gypsy Soul - Winners And Losers

In 1987, Ronnie Montrose teamed future Foreigner vocalist Johnny Edwards with fellow ex-King Kobra man JK Nortrup on guitar, producing some of the songs now heard on this previously unreleased set. The results, which found their way on to records by Foreigner, King Kobra and Paul Shortino, should satisfy fans of Humble Pie and 80s Bad Co. (610)

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.