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Pick of the month for 8 - 2021
Dee Snider-Leave A Scar
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.
We actually featured Dee's new album in the picks below, but felt it needed a bump to the main pick. The album is similar in style and feel to his previous effort 'For The Love Of Metal'. Good metal record that is a bit heavier than what you would get from Twisted Sister. Definitely a thicker sound as well. It's great to see that Snider still has gas left in the tank as he was set to retire after the last outing, but you know rock stars, they usually come back and he did in a big way. If you are a fan of Twisted Sister or any of his other projects like Widowmaker or previous solo efforts, this one really is a no brainer. You gotta have it! Let's hope that he continues to stay interested and release more material soon as well! Also, check out the other great music below!
Cruzh-Tropical Thunder ©2021 Frontiers Records
New vocalist on this album and same great results. More of a traditional melodic hard rock record with maybe some minor modern influences. Songwriting is really good and keeps you attentive to the listen. The band has shown some decent growth and the new vocalist seems to fit in nicely!
Kent Hilli-The Rumble ©2021 Frontiers Records
Superb solo outing from the Perfect Plan frontman. Every bit as good as what you have come to love from Perfect Plan. Great melodic songs that give a bit of edge here and there. Consistent from start to finish in terms of quality and feel. Easy recommend to fans of 80's style melodic hard rock sounds. Top notch!
Crowne-Kings In The North ©2021 Frontiers Records
This group is a bit of a Swedish supergroup that features a few of today's best Swedish musicians. The record has a great feel to it. Good mix of edge and melody. Songs come across as very catchy and memorable throughout. I almost missed it, but was glad I didn't. Very solid melodic metal record!
Helloween-Helloween ©2021 Nuclear Blast Records
You couldn't ask for more with the current Helloween lineup. You get Michael Kiske back, keep Andi Deris. Kai Hansen is also back. The band is a 7 member team at the moment and they have released one of the best records since the Keeper of the Seven Keys days. If you liked those albums, don't miss this one!
Attack Of The Rising-Game Changer ©2021 Weapon Records/Vanity Music Group
So why do I like this one so much you might ask? It sounds vintage as hell. I was a big fan of the mid 80's metal scene and these guys would have fit right in. What adds to their depth as songwriters is how they keep each song interesting. You never know what is coming next in each song and that element makes this one quite fun!
Valentine-Demos From The Attic ©2021 20th Century Music/Vanity Music Group
The unreleased second album from a band that could have been huge. Be aware that these songs are in demo form so not a lot of polish. This album gives the listener a very good idea of how good the songs were and the travesty that they were never released until now. Might be kind of cool to have the band re-record them for another release!
Dennis DeYoung-26 East Vol. 2 ©2021 Frontiers Records
Apparently this is DeYoung's final release as he heads into retirement. It's a great platter of songs and he will be dearly missed. Maybe things will change at some point, but for now, sink your teeth into this one. It has a classic Styx feel to it and could be the last of an amazing career by one of rock's best frontmen!
Warrior Path-The Mad King ©2021 Symmetric Records
Excellent second release from this power metal act that features vocalist Daniel Heiman who has fronted Lost Horizon. The music as was the debut, is once again well done, heavy, and has good polish to it.
Blood Red Saints-Undisputed ©2021 Frontiers Records
Really good record and a return to the Frontiers label who released the bands debut record. Blood Red Saints has a real nack for writing great melodic tunes. Some have a bit more edge to them, but overall, the core of this record is melodic rock. The material they brought to this record is upbeat, feel good type of stuff. Excellent album!
Previous Picks of the month in 2020
February 2021 - Todd La Torre-Rejoice In The Suffering
March 2021 - Heart Healer-The Metal Opera by Magnus K.
April 2021 - The End Machine Phase 2
May 2021 - Seventh Crystal-Delirium
June 2021 - Flotsam And Jetsam-Blood In The Water
July 2021 - Pentesilea Road-Pentesilia Road