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Pick of the month for 2 - 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.
I first checked out this band with their previous album 'Defcon Zero'. Their sound leans more modern and definitely to the heavier side of the spectrum of metal. The band hails from Sweden, which is one of the hot spots around the globe for hard rock and metal music today. While the music leans more modern, it does have quite a bit of appeal to fans of more traditional sounds as well. You can sample this album due to the bitter trilogy of videos that are on Youtube and include 'Cross', 'Burn', and 'Breathing'. The band have some good humor mixed with a good heavy sound. Definitely a fun album! Also, check out the other great music below!
Evergrey-The Atlantic ©2019 AFM Records
A great way to start the year. Evergrey was one of the first releases set for 2019 that I was able to check out and it's a tone setter. The band have a great sound with very good songs and always seems to deliver from album to album. This is definitely recommended for those who dig melodic metal with progressive influences!
Warrior Path-Warrior Path ©2019 Symmetric Records
This band features Bob Katsionis and Yannis Papadopoulis. For those who don't know, Yannis fronts Beast in Black and Bob is known for his solo work and Firewind. This band is more traditional metal that had me thinking 80's era Iron Maiden in places. Great vocals and superb musicianship. Also, very good songs!
Within Temptation-Resist ©2019 Spinefarm Records
Another good record. Not as varied as previous efforts. This one sticks to a sound which pretty much plays out through the album. The music is good and shows the band evolving just a bit from the 'Hydra' sound. The usually don't ever make the same album twice, but they are always really good!
Kane Roberts-The New Normal ©2019 Frontiers Records
I was a fan of Kane Roberts after seeing him with Alice Cooper. I liked his solo stuff released after and was glad to see his return with this album after a bit of a hiatus. He keeps busy with other things as well. This record shows him evolving and songs are quite good. It was great to see Alice Cooper guesting on a track as well!
Malum Sky-Diatribe ©2019 Sliptrick Records
Here is a different kind of progressive music. Much more modern in sound and pretty heavy. I thought it brought a fresh angle to the genre with it's slightly different approach. It's nice to have things evolve in the scene and different bands entering and adding their feel to the whole thing. Pretty cool and heavy album!
Delain-Hunter's Moon ©2019 Napalm Records
TIt's always a good day when you get new Delain music. What makes this package cool is that it is a combo of new studio tracks and live material from the 'Danse Macabre' tour. It's also very cool that it contains a bluray of the show and picture quality is very clear. It's a nice package showcasing both studio and live and gives you max bang for the buck!
Dream Theater-Distance Over Time ©2019 InsideOut Music
This is what I wanted to hear from the band. I was not a personal fan of the last album 'The Astonishing'. I tried with it, but it never really worked for me. I wanted a return to a heavier sound and this album is that and more. Good songs and definitely a thicker metal sound this time. No epic tracks this time, but it's a very good album!
Starbreaker-Dysphoria ©2019 Frontiers Records
I was hoping that the whole Tony Harnell and TNT thing would work out, but with it not, this is the next best thing. Actually, this album is very good and a bit heavier. It stands on its own with Harnell and Magnus Karlsson really delivering a great and complete listen. Good heavy stuff and superb melodic music as well!
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!
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