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Pick of the month for 10 - 2018
Arion-Life Is Not Beautiful
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.
Arion are a band I initially stumbled upon on Youtube with the track 'At the Break of Dawn' which had Elize Ryd from Amaranthe guesting. I liked the energy of the song and the vocals were great. The band is like a new generation of melodic metal such as bands like Stratovarius and that type of sound. This is a pretty solid record overall with good intensity as one would expect. The album is represented well in terms of video content via Youtube with a few tracks including 'Punish You', 'Unforgivable' and the track we already mentioned. Very good new band with a great album to get it started! Also, check out the other great music below!
Creye-Creye ©2018 Frontiers Records
Really good new melodic rock band that has released a gem of an album. This record will have great appeal for fans of 80's inspired AOR. This album and band is another great fit to the Frontiers roster. Good balance of keyboard and guitar mixed with an infectious memorable sound. Very cool record!
Below 7-Crashing Down ©2018 Pavement Entertainment
This release will be a great addition to fans of bands like Adelita's Way and modern sounds in general. I also felt there was a bit of a White Zombie vibe here as well. The music is gritty and can be catchy. You could also make a case for some similarities to Godsmack. Nonetheless, it's a good listen overall.
Maxxwell-Metalized ©2018 Maxxwell
Although not out yet, get this one on your radar. This is a cool and slightly heavier than their normal release. Very good pound and consistency with this release. Good mix of traditional metal and a more modern sound. If you like it heavy and full of good songs, get this one on September 21st. Solid record.
Ethernity-The Human Race Extinction ©2018 AFM Records
Female fronted power metal band that also adds a bit of a symphonic feel as well. This band is probably in the same league as Kobra and the Lotus in terms of intensity and sound. You could also make the case for some progressive here as well. The music is intense, but disciplined and has some really good depth!
Snakes in Paradise-Step Into the Light ©2018 Frontiers Records
Very smooth album. Songs are great and presentation is solid. It had been some time since this band had released and it was well worth the wait. Really liked the tracks like 'Liza' and 'After the Fire is Gone'. Vocalist Stefan Beggren has also worked with Company of Snakes at one point. Fans of bands like Whitesnake should dig this.
Dynazty-Firesign ©2018 AFM Records
The more I hear this record, the more I like it. I was a bit mixed upon my first listen, but the album started to really sink in the more I checked it out. The band's sound has evolved a bit with this record and has a pretty cool groove going on. Some of the songs are catchy and instantly memorable. It's a fun album that shouldn't be missed. Be sure to check out Firesign on Youtube!
Saliva-10 Lives ©2018 Refuse to Lose Music
Another great chapter in the bans history. The album carries on the sound of the last few albums and has some of their earlier sounds incorporated into this album as well. The music is consistent and has quite a bit of hit potential fort a heavier band and sound. They keep rolling along making very decent records!
Airrace-Untold Stories ©2018 Frontiers Records
Was surprised to see the return of this band. I was a huge fan of their debut. This one is a bit more modernized, but at the same time you can still feel the retro sound. I went in not knowing what to expect and came out very pleased with the album. Good record for fans of traditional melodic hard rock sounds.
Dream Child-Until Death Do We Meet Again ©2018 Frontiers Records
Craig Goldy is back and Dream Child is the engine of his latest music. Diego Valdez was recruited as vocalist and has a style reminiscent of the late Ronnie James Dio. The music on this album has a lot of retro qualities. Think Dio or Rainbow with some Deep Purple and you'll get the general idea of this bands sound. Good heavy stuff!
Previous Picks of the month in 2018
February 2018 - Bob Katsionis-Prognosis & Synopsis
March 2018 - Judas Priest-Firepower
April 2018 - The Dead Daisies-Burn It Down
May 2018 - Kobra and the Lotus-Prevail II
June 2018 - Like A Storm-Catacombs
July 2018 - Dee Snider-For the Love of Metal
September 2018 - Treat-Tunguska