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Pick of the month for 9 - 2021
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 have to admit my bias towards Iron Maiden. They have been my favorite band for decades. This latest record is really good. I was a fan of 'Book Of Souls' but I think I like this album a bit more. The style of the latest record is similar to recent releases probably dating back to 'Brave New World'. The band have a progressive element that has been there for a while and is present once again. The album is broken into two CD's with the second disc really showcasing some epic tracks with the transitions that fans have come to expect in the music. You never know how long bands like Iron Maiden will be around, but one thing is for sure, they are still bringing the goods decades later. Excellent release as always! 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!
Smith/Kotzen-Smith/Kotzen ©2021 BMG Rights Mgmt.
Great collaboration between Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith and Winery Dogs Richie Kotzen. The music is blues based rock with a fair amount of flash due to the guitar capabilities of both musicians. You also have some cool back and forth between the two vocally. Good music that grows with each listen.
Anette Olzon-Strong ©2021 Frontiers Records
Another great release from Olzon. This solo release is quite a bit heavier than her previous solo release and is more in line with the era of Nightwish she performed as well as either The Dark Element album. There is the addition of growling vocal work here and there, but overall this is Anette Olzon really shining. Great stuff!
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!
Billy Idol-The Roadside EP ©2021 BFI/Dark Horse Records
AWe've been seeing more time between albums in the last decade or two for Billy Idol. When he releases stuff, you definitely want to partake of it. This release is a 4 track EP that has some pretty smooth music on it. The music definitely has that Billy Idol flair to it and all 4 songs are quite good!
Edge Of Paradise-The Unknown ©2021 Frontiers Records
Great new release that continues to show the band grow and evolve. I thought there was lot of catchy material here and the band does lean a bit more modern in their sound. It was interesting to hear the industrial version of 'My Method Your Madness'. Gives it a slightly different feel. Great female fronted metal.
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 2021
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
August 2021 - Dee Snider-Leave A Scar