I know in recent weeks I've been moaning on about the melodic rock industry's (and I guess music industry as a whole) inability to really seem like their in it for the long-term or for the love of music. However, something else that's maybe holding the genre back is the lack of a real, new "land mark song".

Now before you start wondering what the heck I'm on about, think back to your formative days as your musical appreciation really developed: there will be at least a couple of songs that really became musical land marks and really defined music that made you say " wow, I gotta here more stuff like this". For me I can still remember being five or six years old and hearing Free's "All Right Now" for the first time (in a beachside café) and being drawn into it like no other music before. Then when I was just over 10, Jefferson Startship's "Jane" was standing up and being counted while the world was awash with punk and new wave and I really knew where I wanted music to take me. For people that are already into the genre they're songs that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, for people that have never been exposed to it, they're songs that get them into a form of music rapidly. I would bet that (love them or hate them) Bon Jovi's "Runaway" also did the same thing for a huge amount of our readers.

The problem is, a lot of the current bands are making music that simply isn't distinctive enough to be considered that significant or to actually make a landmark. Both the bands and the labels are too easily satisfied. Most of it is rehashed, old ideas that no one in the mainstream is ever going to give the time of day.

Melodic rock is in desperate need of a defining moment at present, but god knows where it's going to come from!