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Pick of the month for 5 - 2017
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.
A I remember taking a musical journey back in the 90's into the overseas markets as the scene domestically was feeling quite bland to me. Quite a few bands were discoveries to me. Harem Scarem was one of the bands I discovered and found an instant love for. Each album seemed to be consistent with a lot of melody. Kind of the very thing that seemed to be missing back then in our scene. Now all of these years later, we still get the same quality out of this great band. 'United' is their latest and is a really consistent album of great melodic rock tracks, all of which could qualify as singles in my opinion. There are bands that just get it right and know what they are good at. Harem Scarem is that band and they keep doing it over and over again! 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!
Junkyard-High Water ©2017 Acetate Records
The same old Junkyard delivers again. This album sticks to the winning style of the earlier albums. Good raw rock and roll that is easy to translate from the record to the stage. I honestly had lost track of this band, but was very happy to see them releasing again as I always liked their style. Blooze rock!
Body Count-Bloodlust ©2017 Century Media
Not for the weak! Probably the bands heaviest album to date. It still has the Body Count core, but really goes for the throat in both subject and intensity of music. Love the addition of the Slayer covers that are done faithfully to the originals. Very heavy record overall, but if you can handle it, worth your time!
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!
Radiation Romeos-Radiation Romeos ©2017 Frontiers Records
New band that features former Warrior vocalist Perry McCarty. The vocals are familiar, but the music is definitely different than you might expect. A more melodically driven album with some decent edge here and there. I quite like this album and respect the many styles McCarty offers. A pretty good listen!
Crazy Lixx-Rough Justice ©2017 Frontiers Records
The band offers up it's fifth album in fifteen years and it's another solid outing of melodic hard rock. To me the melodic tracks win out overall, but all in all this is another very good record. It is also a growing album. The more you listen the better it gets. Crazy Lixx is another band we love to keep an eye on and they never disappoint. Great melodic hard rock record!
Tokyo Motor Fist-Tokyo Motor Fist ©2017 Frontiers Records
Ted 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!
Mark Slaughter-Halfway There ©2017 EMP Label Group
A Pretty decent effort from Mark. The album is a bit grittier that what I usually hear from Mark and in most ways, quite a bit heavier. It all works quite well with the core of the sound still being there. Just not as much polish this go around. I think the songs are particularly strong on this release. Great listen!
Previous Picks of the month in 2017
February 2017 ~ Overkill-The Grinding Wheel
March 2017 ~ One Desire-One Desire
April 2017 ~ Corroded-Defcon Zero