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Pick of the month for 7 - 2019
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.
Being a big fan of the 80's thrash and speed metal genres, I was always a big fan of this band. 'Act III' really put these guys on my radar even though I bought the previous stuff first. Through time, we have seen this band grow into what I believe is one of the elite bands of the genre. The consistency in terms of album quality has been quite good and they represent the genre well. 'Humanicide' is a continuation of what they have been doing the last few albums. Plenty of straightforward thrashers written with good precision. This will definitely be more for the crowd that likes it pretty heavy. Vocally, this band is more old school avoiding the growls and screams of today's more modern bands. With that being said, very easy recommend! Also, check out the other great music below!
Hell's Addiction-V1.0 ©2019 Hell's Addiction
AGreat old school style hard rock music. This release is a short e.p. but what is here is great! The style would fit nicely with bands like Skid Row or Guns 'n' Roses. There is some decent flash, good melodic infusion, and good chemistry in the songwriting and delivery. You definitely want to search these guys out.
Whitesnake-Flesh & Blood ©2019 Frontiers Records
This really is a great album. You get a mix of old classic Whitesnake mixed with the flash of the late 80's version of the band. The music is accessible with some good hit potential in certain markets. I do believe that this one has been selling well and for good reason. Definitely worth your time if you are a fan of traditional hard rock!
Michael Thompson Band-Love & Beyond ©2019 Frontiers Records
Pretty solid melodic rock record from this veteran of the music industry. Decent amounts of melody mixed with some great guitar work make this a very smooth listen. I liked the interludes between songs as well. A nice approach to tie things together. There's a lot to like here.
Bad Blood-Bad Blood ©2019 Bad Blood
Very cool new band and new release. The band Features former members of Adelitas Way, The Last Vegas, and RapScallions. The band is a good mix of old school and more modern hard rock. They will definitely have appeal to both audiences. You can also check out the Vezt app with which the band worked with on ownership rights.
Crazy Lixx-Forever Wild ©2019 Frontiers Records
Crazy Lixx always releases great melodic hard rock music with some decent energy. The band has fully embraced the sound of the hard rock bands of the 80's and they do it very well. 'Forever Wild' is another great chapter in this sound and the band's career. Traditional hard rock fans who haven't heard this really should!
SAUL-Aeons ©2019 SAUL Music
It's a five track e.p. that shows a lot of promise for this band. The y have been growing a larger audience through XMSirius Octane and there is a buzz out there. The band will appeal to fans of bands like Nothing More and the like. The music is heavy but at times has a really good rich atmosphere to it with some good depth. Good messages as well from these guys!
Sandness-Untamed ©2019 Rockshots Records
This album had a familiar vibe. Not that I had heard these guys before, but they play a style that I have listened to for years dating back to the 80's. The songs are quite catchy as well. It's nice to see bands stilling to embrace the hard rock sounds of the 80's. These guys do it quite well!
Sweet Oblivion feat. Geoff Tate-Sweet Oblivion ©2019 Frontiers Records
Hands down, the best thing Geoff Tate has been involved with since his departure from Queensryche. It isn't necessarily the same, but with his vocal work, you can draw comparisons. Pretty solid listen and Tate sounds really good vocally. He still has a great set of pipes that help make this album memorable!
Phrenia-Perspectives ©2019 Phrenia Music
This is a really smooth modern hard rock album that also incorporates electronic elements. At times it reminds of Linkin Park and at others Nothing More. The band are from Serbia and do vocalize some of the songs in their native tongue. It never takes away from the music as it is just really good. Easy recommend to modern fans!
Previous Picks of the month in 2019
February 2019 ~ Corroded-Bitter
March 2019 ~ Beast in Black-From Hell With Love
April 2019 ~ Devin Townsend-Empath
May 2019 ~ Rammstein-Rammstein
June 2019 ~ Chaos Magic feat. Caterina Nix-Furyborn