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Pick of the month for 5 - 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.
This band really made its mark on me years ago with the 'Sensucht' album. They were so different from what was out there at the time. They were one of the few bands that I preferred singing in their native language. It just sounds right. I was thinking a few years ago at how they seemed to be slowing down. You were getting some decent live packages and some other stuff, but new studio stuff wasn't coming out in any regular fashion. I was glad to see them finally return after 10 years between studio albums with their latest self titled release. There is some old and new with this album. The band always evolves, but with this album you get great keyboard work and hard driving guitars. It all comes together nicely to be a great album. Also, check out the other great music below!
Grenouer-Ambition 999 ©2019 Sleaszy Rider Records
Another great release from the St. Petersburg, Russia based band. Keep in mind, these guys used to be a more extreme death metal band, but have since embraced a more mainstream friendly modern hard rock sound. The style of this record is consistent with the previous few releases. Good catchy modern hard rock sounds!
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.
The End Machine-The End Machine ©2019 Frontiers Records
This band features 3 of the 4 classic Dokken lineup and Robert Mason who also worked with Lynch on Lynch Mob and their self titled album. These 4 guys have great chemistry. Album leans a little more to the Lynch Mob sound but arguments could be made in favor of Dokken as well. Easy recommend!
Hardline-Life ©2019 Frontiers Records
A really good record as usual. The sound of this record had me thinking back to the debut. You'll find some similarities between the two albums. Good rockers and plenty of them mixed with some very good melodic songs as well. Some of which are now up on Youtube. Definitely worth your time!
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!
Anthem-Nucleus ©2019 Golden Robot Records
This is a really good bang for your buck album. You get a platter of re-records of some of the bands best songs through their now lengthy history and a second disc of live material. The re-records are recorded with English vocals and sound very fresh. This alone makes this a must have even if you own the original songs!
Find Me-Angels In Blue ©2019 Frontiers Records
The collaboration of Robbie LaBlanc and Daniel Flores works so well. I really dig the melodic hard rock sound this band delivers. Songs are very catchy and memorable. I was a big fan of the previous album and think I like this new entry even more. All killer and no filler with this album. Easy recommend!
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