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Pick of the month for 9 - 2023
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.
Another great album from the Godfather of shock rock! I actually didn't get this until September for whatever reason. I had it preordered and it just didn't want to come out of the gates. This was an August release, but is recent enough that I felt it definitely qualified for the main pick for September. This record is great. Cooper's touring band worked with him on this release and musically, their is some cool stuff going on. Alice has been touring for a very long time and I'm not sure how much longer he will go, but he still seems to have some good energy. Apparently, with the title 'Road', that is what this album is about. There is some very vintage Alice Cooper sounding stuff here. I found this to be a very solid listen with the album getting even stronger halfway through. He's definitely an inspiration and legendary. Definitely don't miss any of the titles below as they all represent the genre very nicely!
Pyramaze-Bloodlines ©2023 AFM Records
Pyramaze have released a damn fine album with 'Bloodlines'. You do have your progressive core at play as usual, but the music is larger than life. Atmospheric at times, full of life, and definitely memorable. This year is shaping up to be excellent for the genre and Pyramaze is another reason why! Very energetic and confident record!
Vega-Battlelines ©2023 Frontiers Records
One of my top favorite Frontiers Records bands. After a discovered these guys some years back, I had to chase down everything they released. To me, they have a slight modern edge with a traditional melodic hard rock core. This release is another good one that shows their consistency. They never disappoint me!
Saliva-Revelation ©2023 Megaforce Records
It took some extra time to get this out due to the recent passing of guitarist Wayne Swinny. He did help complete this album before his passing and a video was shot 5 days before. I found this to be a very good record once again. Not sure where the band will go from here as there are no original members left. If this is the last, it's very good!
Danko Jones-Electric Sounds ©2023 AFM Records
If you haven't heard Danko Jones, you really should make yourself familiar with his music. It falls into a hard rock sound with a little bit of a punk feel here and there. I think most of his stuff is quite catchy with a fairly raw feel to it. Some pretty cool anthems this go around including the single 'Get High'. Very good energy here!
Vendetta-Black As Coal ©2023 Massacre Records
Very cool thrash release from this old school thrash metal band. This is the German band Vendetta just to make sure everyone is clear as their are a few Vendetta bands out there. Good confident heavy music. If you are looking for something with some good intensity. These vets get the job done nicely with this one.
A Life Divided-Down The Spiral Of A Soul ©2023 AFM Records
Another solid outing from this modern hard rock band. The music has some harsh vocals, but also most of the same elements that have been present for most of their catalog. They did a cool version of Real Life's 'Send Me An Angel' which was a pretty big 80's hit. Overall, very good energy on this album!
Houston-Relaunch III ©2023 Frontiers Records
These Relaunch albums are always a lot of fun. The band offer their take on more obscure melodic rock tunes that may have been missed by fans years ago. Once again, track selection is great. Love hearing 'Sound Of A Breaking Heart' represented here which was released by Prophet in the 80's. Another great listen start to finish!
Art Nation-Inception ©2023 Frontiers Records
Art Nation should feel right at home with the Frontiers Records label. Their sound is similar in style to quite a few other bands on the roster. Alexander Strandell also fronts Crowne which is a part of the label as well. This album is chock full of melodic rockers. Availability should be better for fans trying to find physical media!
Stitched Up Heart-To The Wolves ©2023 Century Media Records
This band was new to me with this release but have been around for a while now. They have a ton of energy and are more modern in their sound. The band is also female fronted. As an added bonus, Craig Mabbitt was a guest on the album. If you dig it a bit more on the heavy side with a thick sound, this one is really cool!
Previous Picks of the month in 2023
February - Creye-III: Weightless
March - Kamelot-The Awakening
April - Overkill-Scorched
May - Metal Church-Congregation Of Annihilation
June - Extreme-Six
July - degreed-Public Address
August - Kent Hilli-Nothing Left To Lose