while I enjoy classic Gamma Ray as much as anyone, I’d go as far as to say I enjoy this more than anything that band has done is well over a decade, maybe even going as far back as 1999’s Powerplant…
I find some of the best bands in metal are those who are able to take strong influences from the genre staples, but instead of just imitating them straight up, they find ways to incorporate their own unique touches to help stand out from the pack, mixing together modern and classic elements to create something truly special
Gill’s songwriting, guitar playing and impressive vocals along with Hannah and Heather’s instantly recognisable rhythm section has produced a winning formula
San Francisco Bay Area Metal Masters VICIOUS RUMORS are on the road with their “American Punishment” tour with special guest Seven Witches and Power Theory from Sept 18 to Oct 14 in the United States! VICIOUS RUMORS just returned from crushing the European Festival circuit finishing over 40 shows in Europe this year! All of this is in support of the highly acclaimed Electric Punishment album that was released via Steamhammer/SPV in 2013. The band is currently on the road and halfway through their planned 22 date US tour that keeps the VR ball rolling at full force!! Big plans for South America are in the works for March 2014 as VR continues to show no mercy devastating crowds around the world!!
There were two artists that jumped out at me as I listened to their SPV/Steamhammer debut Kill Devil Hill. The first is the most obvious, Alice In Chains. Clearly Bragg is influenced by the late Layne Staley, however the music even has that slow groove that brought AIC into prominence back in the day.
Needless to say he has held on to that torch with immense and convincing quest to please his fans. In his long career he has sold over 1.5 million records worldwide, and is still good to have people like these who stick to something they believe in, even throughout the turbulent music business and digital era we live in now.
Let’s face it reinventing the wheel in this genre as with other genres like progressive metal can turn out to be quite a steep rise, so let’s just say that most of the songs on “One” follow the same structures in terms of melody, but have a decent amount of pace and up tempo shifts that make the album tolerable.
It seems like a bulk of the new music here is more cerebral then on previous records, but they do it in a way without compromising their patented sound. A true return to form lobbying on the great traits that made the band break ground in the scene a few years ago.
JAG PANZER have returned with their first full-length album since the well-received 2004 long player CASTING THE STONES and while truthfully it’s pretty much more of the same, THE SCOURGE OF THE LIGHT is an album sure to please fans of the band and make a few waves in the traditional metal and power metal circles throughout the year…