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Pick of the month for 4 - 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 new band to me personally, Sweden's Corroded are poised to make a big mark on their Despotz Records debut 'Defcon Zero'. The album is heavy, raw and in your face. As mentioned in our review, it is heavy but at the same time retains an accessible catchiness and at time puts forth a decent melodic attribute as well. The band has had their stuff out there in the past with some decent bragging rights such as the theme song for Battlefield play4free as well as the show Survivor (Expedition Robinson). This is a very good batch of heavy tunes. We think that this album actually has some crossover appeal to it as well. Very cool records and worthy of the main pick for the month of April!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!
Amaranthe-Maximalism ©2016 Spinefarm Records
The band uses their winning formula to create another solid album. The music has a good mix of Pop and Metal to offer something a bit different than the norm. I wasn't sold on the first single 'That Song', but after hearing the rest of the album, this one is very good and will be getting plenty of playtime in my player. Great stuff!
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!
Letters from the Fire-Worth the Pain ©2017 Sandhill Records
Always interested in female fronted metal acts, and Letters from the Fire is a solid act at that. The band lean a bit more modern in terms of sound and have a great deal of memorable music. Varying tempos throughout the record make for a pretty solid and interesting listen. Good record!
Crazy Lixx-Rough Justice ©2017 Frontiers Records
I 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
VTed 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!
Heaven Below-Good Morning Apocalypse ©2016 EMP Label Group
A bit of a buzz surrounding this band and for good reason. This album starts out very strong and gets better from there. Good guests add to the already good chemistry including Udo and Lita Ford to mention a few. The album really goes out on an epic note with the final couple of tracks. Excellent release!
Previous Picks of the month in 2017
February 2017 ~ Overkill-The Grinding Wheel
March 2017 ~ One Desire-One Desire