The latest 12 track offering from Minot, North Dakota’s GHOST BATH titled Starmourner is full of hooks and technical brutality that both old and new fans of the band will enjoy.
A tight band with a big sound, this release is a collective of ten quality rock songs. The song writing is strong, the sound – a mixture of hard and melodic rock, the talent speaks for itself.
I don’t customarily review albums older than a couple of months. By that point it’s been out long enough that people have likely already gotten it and made their own decision on what they’re hearing. In fact, it’s really got to be something pretty special and significant for me to wait longer than a month.
Few bands in the power metal world have as much credibility as Stratovarius. Since hitting the scene in 1984 the band has forged a sound and legacy that has influenced countless bands and been at the vanguard of a genre they are one of the originators of. With bands like Helloween and Blind Guardian, they have set the standard for a genre that has a tendency to be so derivative, yet with each release they seem to take that standard they set decades ago and raise it with each and every album. Few bands of this style come to my mind at least that have never ventured too far from Power Metal, yet at the same time sound fresh and amazing.
With the length of time a band like Kataklysm has been around, and the wealth of amazing music they have released, one would imagine that they would be one of the foremost Death metals on the tips of the tongues of fans of the genre. And I would say that those who have been following the style forever and explored the deepest, darkest realms of Death metal, know this band quite well.
The Fill-In’s had one of my favorite albums last year with their debut full length album Hipster Killers. I got it a little late to review it, but it was such an amazing record I had no choice but to make it one of my Top 5 releases of 2014. When I was given the chance to preview and write about their second full length album Fifth Time’s the Charm, I was beyond ecstatic. It looks like they’re going to wind up as one of my favorites of 2015 too.
Deep Purple, a band who defined a new genre of Rock and an even bigger definition of what it takes to play live Rock n Roll are back with a 70 minute album ‘Long Beach 1971’. With 4 of their classic hits remastered in this magical live recording Deep Purple fans can get ready to be transported back in Time to the Long Beach, California Concert in 71.
There are many great melodic metal bands coming from Italy, but one band that I think deserves more attention than they get is the relatively unheralded but consistently impressive Hollow Haze. They started out as a solid progressive heavy metal band in the early 2000’s, putting out four albums in that style, with their third album “End of a Dark Era” serving as my introduction to the band.
If F.E.A.R. does indeed signify a new era for Papa Roach as a result of the ‘good’ place Jacoby now finds himself in then it’s an excellent start. Full of energy and optimism, Jacoby adds a final thought “I hope people walk away believing they can do anything.”
This month (January 2015), Battle Beast will return to the European roads with Sabaton and Delain, a three band bill to die for. Sabaton of course have supported Battle Beast from the off and even included a cover of ‘Out Of Control’ as a bonus track on their current album Heroes. Miss the tour at your peril.