Finally we have here the full album from Houston, who earlier this year relleased the well recived single “Hold On” amist rave reviews. This single naturally build up some hype for the guys. The Swedish duo of Hampus “Hank” Erix (vocals) and Freddie Allen (Drums) make up the sensation that is HOUSTON.
While MADGATOR as its own entity is a new band releasing their debut album, the actual beginnings of the group can be traced back to the late eighties when they were gigging around Brazil under the original moniker of ALLIGATOR.
OUT THERE is an album that has been expertly written, virtouistically played and produced perfectly, and for a debut album I must admit it is truly breathtaking in places. The only negative thing I can say is that the album is a little short, coming in at only eight tracks it is almost bordering on E.P territory…
ASHTONES play a very simplistic iteration of dirty punk rock, that makes no compromise and will rock your bones all the way through to the end of the album, taking influence from the punk bands to come before them, I can hear bits of SEX PISTOLS and THE RAMONES mixed with a bit of the latter day punk rock sounds of bands like RANCID and BAD RELIGION.
An interesting AOR release from these North Carolina natives came my way recently. I didn’t know much about these guys but apparently the group has been absent from the scene since 2006 when the original sessions for Momentum we’re ongoing. Trials and tribulations hit the band hard…
The German Gothic outfit have returned to the scene with their latest offering “Poison Awaits”. Not my favorite genre when it comes to metal, as there has always been just a few bands that distinguish themselves from the crows, none the less Darkseed has developed a nice following through the years.
One of the staples of the band has always been the amazing voice of Steve Overland, a legend in the Melodic Rock genre and one of those vocalist who has a distinct vocal atonement every time he sings. Such albums like “Tough It Out” the bands most successful album to date are classics of the genre.
James LaBrie is best known for his gig as the lead singer of prog metal titans Dream Theater, and rightfully so. But Dream Theater are recognized mostly for the complexity and density of their instrumentation. With LaBrie’s solo album, ‘Static Impulse,’ which is due out Sept. 28 via InsideOut Music.
No one ZEPPELIN album followed the next in style. I don’t want to get bored with my own gift. The last few years with [Plant’s band] THE STRANGE SENSATION, I was in the company of some real special musicians. When we were in Serbia or North Africa or West Africa or Mexico, I just kept absorbing all kinds of music.