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Pick of the month for 7 - 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.
It's amazing just how much the original shock rocker Alice Cooper has accomplished through his very lengthy career. There's really nothing left to prove here. He just keeps pushing out album after album and I just keep enjoying what is offered each time. Every now and then an album seems to climb to a different height. 'Paranormal' to me is one of those albums. I love the groove that is evident through this album. In ways the music has a vintage Cooper feel to it. I found this album to come off as memorable after the first listen and have been going back to it a lot since its recent release. The album features some very good and interesting guests including Larry Mullen from U2 and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Alice Cooper is a legend and 'Paranormal' will add to his legacy I'm sure. Definitely worth checking out especially if you are a fan of his earlier work. 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!
Annihilator-Triple Threat ©2016 UDR GmbH
Great live content package. The set I have includes CD's of live shows including the Bang Your Head Festival and Watersound Studios Sessions which is acoustic. There is also a Blu-Ray of the video versions of these shows along with a mini documentary. Quite a bit here and definitely a good bang for your buck package.
Jace Pawlak-Promise ©2016 Kivel Records
Our second listen from Jace Pawlak. This records seems to be slightly edgier with a bit more polish to the sound. The songwriting is very similar to 'Perspective' and if you liked that record, you may like this one equally as well. Good melodic rockers mixed with more mellow tunes make for a good listen with this one!
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!
Riverdogs-California ©2017 Frontiers Records
Very smooth sounding record from Vivian Campbell and crew. The album to me is one that grows with each listen. As I go back to this one, it sounds better each time I listen to it. A very tight band with great execution. It had been a bit since I had listen to Riverdogs, but was glad I checked this one out. Great melodic hard rock!
Dragonforce-Reaching Into Infinity ©2017 Metal Blade Records
Very typical fare by this band, but that's always a good thing. Do check out the epic track 'The Edge of the World' as well as the bonus cover of Death's 'Evil Dead'. The album smokes from one end to the other and fits into the catalog very well. The band don't reinvent the wheel, but they don't need to either.
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
May 2017 ~ Harem Scarem-United
June 2017 ~ Kobra and the Lotus-Prevail I