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Pick of the month for 5 - 2018
Kobra And The Lotus-Prevail II
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.
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The two Prevail albums are a good fit with each other. 'Prevail II' feels like a continuation musically and has a pretty decent balance to it. The band bring the intensity as usual and the songwriting is well done once again. I am relatively new to the band with 'Prevail I' being my first exposure to their sound and music. Kobra Paige brings a different element to the female fronted metal band. She has a much more gritty and power approach. Definitely a band that fits the metal genre without debate.  If you like that particular part of the metal genre and are looking for a solid record with a good consistent feel to it, this album is an easy recommend and worthy of our main pick for the month of May!   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!
For Fans of: Modern Hard Rock Website: Reach Official Website
James Christian-Craving   ©2018 Frontiers Records
Great melodic rock release from the House of Lords frontman. As usual his voice is great and the songwriting is good as well. Obviously some differences from House of Lords, but top notch anyway.  Favorites include the more melodic tracks like 'Craving; and 'Amen'. Very enjoyable listen and very good solo effort!
For Fans of:  Melodic Rock   Website: James Christian Official Website
Stryper-God Damn Evil   ©2018 Frontiers Records
Another solid release from the Christian rockers. This one has a bit of a raw feel to it and has a pretty heavy feel overall. The music from this release should be great in live show format. Perry Richardson of Firehouse fame joins the band on bass on this release replacing Tim Gaines. Stryper are hitting on all cylinders these days. 
For Fans of:  Hard Rock  Website: Stryper Official Website
Vega-Only Human   ©2018 Frontiers Records
GSomehow, I kept missing this band, release after release. Finally got the opportunity to check out their latest and became an instant fan. Going back to some of their earlier material, you can feel a slight change in sound, but overall it's a very good record once again. Good melody and enough punch to keep it interesting. 
For Fans of: Melodic Hard Rock   Website:  Vega Official Website
W.E.T.-Earthrage  ©2018 Frontiers Records
Solid third studio record from this supergroup. There is a lot of chemistry in this band. It's one good song after another and really no filler to be found. Definitely one of the years best melodic hard rock releases so far. It sets the bar pretty high for the rest of the year.  
For Fans of: Melodic Hard Rock  Website: Jeff Scott Soto Official Website 
Perfect Plan-All Rise   ©2018 Frontiers Records
Another solid band out of the Swedish market. One of the stronger areas around the globe for this style of music. In terms of sound, these guys remind me a bit of Foreigner or maybe Giant. I loved the firs video for 'In and Out of Love' with its big chorus and great low end vibe. Found the album to be of good quality throughout. Definitely for fans of melodic hard rock!
For Fans of: Melodic Hard Rock   Website: Perfect Plan Official Website
Gus G.-Fearless   ©2018 AFM Records
Great record from a very good guitarist. The songs and consistently good here and the cover of 'Money For Nothing' was a lot of fun. I liked the updated lyrics on that track. Been enjoying Gus G's material for a bit now and think he brings very good guitar playing to each release as one would expect. Recommended!
For Fans of: Hard Rock  Website: Gus G. Official Website
Saxon-Thunderbolt  ©2018 Silver Lining Music
Saxon has been releasing very consistent NWOBHM sounds for decades now. This latest album shows no slowing down with the band. The metallic edge is there as it always has been. Where some experiment and try out new things, others such as Saxon just operate in the sound that they excel at. Another solid release!
For Fans of: Metal  Website: Saxon Official Website
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.
For Fans of: Melodic Hard Rock Website Shiraz Lane on Facebook
May 2018 Edition
Previous Picks of the month in 2018

​February 2018 - Bob Katsionis-Prognosis & Synopsis
March 2018 - Judas Priest-Firepower
April 2018 - The Dead Daisies-Burn It Down
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