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Pick of the month for 6 - 2017
Kobra and the Lotus-Prevail I
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.
Kobra and the Lotus are a new band to me. The band is female fronted and leans to a bit more power metal sound than some of the other female fronted acts out there. The music is not overly aggressive, but has a definite edge. There are melodic moments scattered around, but make no mistake, this is a metal record. What tuned me into this band was the video for 'You Don't Know'. After checking that out I ordered the album and was happy with the rest of it. The band is now on my radar for future albums, but we did want to recognize this album as being a shiny moment in the metal scene for June. If you haven't given this band a listen yet, go check out the video mentioned at a minimum. Very good stuff and you may come away as a fan as well! 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!
Junkyard-High Water ©2017 Acetate Records
The same old Junkyard delivers again. This album sticks to the winning style of the earlier albums. Good raw rock and roll that is easy to translate from the record to the stage. I honestly had lost track of this band, but was very happy to see them releasing again as I always liked their style. Blooze rock!
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!
Jace Pawlak-Promise ©2016 Kivel Records
Our second listen from Jace Pawlak. This records seems to be slightly edgier with a bit more polish to the sound. The songwriting is very similar to 'Perspective' and if you liked that record, you may like this one equally as well. Good melodic rockers mixed with more mellow tunes make for a good listen with this one!
Radiation Romeos-Radiation Romeos ©2017 Frontiers Records
New band that features former Warrior vocalist Perry McCarty. The vocals are familiar, but the music is definitely different than you might expect. A more melodically driven album with some decent edge here and there. I quite like this album and respect the many styles McCarty offers. A pretty good listen!
Crazy Lixx-Rough Justice ©2017 Frontiers Records
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
Ted 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!
Dragonforce-Reaching Into Infinity ©2017 Metal Blade Records
AVery typical fare by these band, but that's always a good thing. Do check out the epic track 'The Edge of the World' as well as the bonus cover of Death's 'Evil Dead'. The album smokes from one end to the other and fits into the catalog very well. The band don't reinvent the well, but they don't need to either.
Mark Slaughter-Halfway There ©2017 EMP Label Group
A Pretty decent effort from Mark. The album is a bit grittier that what I usually hear from Mark and in most ways, quite a bit heavier. It all works quite well with the core of the sound still being there. Just not as much polish this go around. I think the songs are particularly strong on this release. Great listen!
Previous Picks of the month in 2017
February 2017 ~ Overkill-The Grinding Wheel
March 2017 ~ One Desire-One Desire
April 2017 ~ Corroded-Defcon Zero
May 2017 ~ Harem Scarem-United