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Pick of the month for 2 - 2018
Bob Katsionis-Prognosis & Synopsis
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.
Quite a few albums of very high quality made it hard to choose February's main pick of the month. I decided that I wanted to go with Bob Katsionis' new solo instrumental album called 'Prognosis & Synopsis'. This albums strengths lie in the writing and musicianship, both of which are very strong. You will probably want to have a taste for instrumental music, but if you do, this one is a must have. Bob knows how to put depth and atmosphere into his musical landscapes as well as intensity and finesse. I found myself going back to this one time and time again. I tend to have to space my instrumental album listening, but when it is this good and you keep going back, that says a lot about the quality and overall listen that this offers. Recoomended! Also, check out the other great music below!
Reach-The Great Divine ©2018 Sun Hill Production
The style of this new album is definitely different than the band's previous album which was more melodic hard rock in nature. This album has a much more modern feel and at times an almost Muse like quality. I have gone back to this many times so far this year as it just works for me. Very cool modern hard rock record!
Facing Fire-Facing Fire ©2018 Pavement Entertainment
This may be only four tracks, but it gets the job done. The band at times reminds me of Red, other times maybe somebody like Flaw. What this e.p. ends ub being is a good taster of possible things to come. Hoping to see more from this band down the road soon. Physical copies can be had through the band's official website.
Adelitas Way-Notorious ©2017 Vegas Syn
My favorite album since 2011's 'Home School Valedictorian'. In a lot of ways it has the same edge to it, but also gets it done equally as well in the more melodic side of it. The album has 9 tracks and is a bit on the short running time side, but is definitely solid in terms of quality. Good job on this one!
Voodoo Circle-Raised on Rock ©2018 AFM Records
Great new album that has a lot of classic Whitesnake type qualities. The music also has some of the same qualities that make Gotthard albums so good. It's catchy, has some good flash and never leaves your head. This is a good tone to set for 2018 and Voodoo Circle got it started early in the year.
Black Water Rising-Electrified ©2017 Pavement Entertainment
This is a good heavy release with some very thick sounding guitar work. Overall the album has a pretty consistent heavy vibe to it. It closes with a bit more atmospheric sounding song, but this record gets it done in the heavier side of the spectrum. Has a bit of a modern sounding edge to it as well. Easy recommend!
Emil Bulls-Kill Your Demons ©2017 AFM Records
Emil Bulls will have most appeal to more modern leaning fans. This is a pretty solid record with some great variety mixed in. I had not checked much out by them with the exception of the recent 'XX' which I liked. Some of the earlier stuff was a bit out of my league, but you can feel the growth and wider appeal with this new release. Definitely like this one.
CoreLeoni-The Greatest Hits Part 1 ©2018 Frontiers Records
A tribute to Leo Leoni's other band Gotthard. This album contains mostly Gotthard classics with one new track added. Ronnie Romero from Lords of Black fronts this band and does vocals for this recording. He has vocal qualities very similar to the late Steve Lee. Very cool record in tribute to the great Gotthard!
Galactic Cowboys-Long Way Back to the Moon ©2017 Music Theories
Solid return from a band I spent a lot of time listening to years ago. When I think of this band, other bands such as King's X or Atomic Opera come to mind. It was always a bit different from what was out there, but this band has always been cool and this record is at the top of their standard. Welcome back guys!
Shiraz Lane-Carnival Days ©2018 Frontiers Records
Latest record from this very good Finnish melodic hard rock band. The band drawn on inspirations of other great hard rock bands but retain their own unique sound similar in the way that Hanoi Rocks did back in the day. Definitely geared to a more traditional rock ear. The band show even more potential with this release.
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