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Pick of the month for 4 - 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 remember years ago checking out Devin Townsend with Steve Vai. Thought it was good but ended up not being as impressed with Strapping Young Lad. I guess at the time it was much heavier than my tastes would allow. I basically went about my business and only recently checked out 'Empath' from Devin and was pretty much blown away by it. I have since then picked up quite a bit of his back catalog. There is a ton of music here to like from many different genres. Townsend refuses to be defined and releases whatever he wants to, and that is the magic of it. Sometimes heavy, sometimes not, but always epic. This is a fabulous release and with the effort he put into it, you owe it to yourself to go physical with your purchase. Highly recommended! 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!
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!
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!
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!
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