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Pick of the month for 3 - 2017
One Desire-One Desire
I have revamped the picks section into more of a buyers guide. I figured that I would give a little more exposure to albums that are must haves and are still available as far as I know. If you have questions beyond the descriptions given, email me. Thanks for checking this section out.
One thing that has always stuck with me when it comes to bands such as Van Halen, Tesla and bands like that is their great debut albums. One Desire has put together a very good debut album that covers the spectrum of tempos and sounds and has a large amount of infectious melody. There is good reason why this band has some good hype, they have earned it. Even with the album leaning more to the melodic hard rock side, even the heaviest track is top notch. Frontiers Records has this band and release on their roster and if you are familiar with the quality that comes out of that label, you'll pretty much know what to expect. Very, very good debut album and easy recommend! Also, check out the other great music below!
Eclipse-Monumentum ©2017 Frontiers Records
One of my favorite bands that always seem to deliver. 'Monumentum' contains another great batch of melodic hard rock songs similar to the past few albums. This band knows what they do and they do it very well. Good incorporation of heavy edge and melodic finesse. Definitely one of the years best so far!
Amaranthe-Maximalism ©2016 Spinefarm Records
The band uses their winning formula to create another solid album. The music has a good mix of Pop and Metal to offer something a bit different than the norm. I wasn't sold on the first single 'That Song', but after hearing the rest of the album, this one is very good and will be getting plenty of playtime in my player. Great stuff!
Testament-Brotherhood of the Snake ©2016 Nuclear Blast Records
Tremendous year for thrash metal this year. Testament once again is a big part of the reason why. Another solid outing that exemplifies what this band has done in the past. Great songwriting and a ton of intensity! Subject material is pretty interesting as well if you focus in on that part of it. Great thrash record!
Lionville-World of Fools ©2017 Frontiers Records
Had not bumped into this band before this release, but came away very happy with the bands sound. Good melodic rock record that features Work of Art vocalist Lars Safsund and offers up a radio rock style that given a different time, would have made this band huge in the States. Very good record and easy recommend!
Letters from the Fire-Worth the Pain ©2017 Sandhill Records
Always interested in female fronted metal acts, and Letters from the Fire is a solid act at that. The band lean a bit more modern in terms of sound and have a great deal of memorable music. Varying tempos throughout the record make for a pretty solid and interesting listen. Good record!
Suicidal Tendencies-World Gone Mad ©2016 Suicidal Records
I enjoyed the last record Suicidal Tendencies did. I enjoy this one even more. The first part of this record has a old school punk feel to it. The band settle into a more metal sound the further you get into the record. This was a really good effort by the band in my opinion. Dave Lombardo formerly of Slayer is on board as well which always adds to things. Great record!
Tokyo Motor Fist-Tokyo Motor Fist ©2017 Frontiers Records
VTed Poley has been keeping plenty busy in recent years. This time it is with Tokyo Motor Fist and Trixter axe slinger Steve Brown. The results are great with their being very good chemistry. The music will appeal to fans of both Danger Danger as well as Trixter as it is in the same vein basically. Very good melodic rock record!
Desert Kingdom-Desert Kingdom ©2017 Black Bow Records
A Not usually a big fan of what fans would consider stoner or doom metal, but this band caught my ear. They have enough flash in places without losing the chugging sound the genre is known for. I went back to this multiple times and decided I really like what this band offers even if it's out of my norm. Heavy!
Heaven Below-Good Morning Apocalypse ©2016 EMP Label Group
A bit of a buzz surrounding this band and for good reason. This album starts out very strong and gets better from there. Good guests add to the already good chemistry including Udo and Lita Ford to mention a few. The album really goes out on an epic note with the final couple of tracks. Excellent release!
Previous Picks of the month in 2017
February 2017 ~ Overkill-The Grinding Wheel