Wolfmother are a different kettle of fish entirely delivering a set of rollicking songs that take the stoner framework, throw in the raw, vintage sound of rock
The Australia quartet, Strange Karma, have just released their kick ass sophomore CD called Cold Blooded
If this is your first time hearing of Be’lakor, then you’re welcome. They’re an absolutely brilliant heavy band that’s able to add new layers and sounds to an already diverse genre.
The Pop/Rock sensation from Down Under is back: Dion Bayman came out of nowhere in 2013 with his album “Smoke & Mirrors”, which surprised and impressed me very much back then, so it was easy for Dion to end up in my top list of the best albums last year. Just one year later Mr. Bayman reaches for the stars again with his new record “Afterburn” on September 23rd.
My immediate favorites were “A Beautiful Mistake” and “Embrace the Limitless”, the former featuring beautiful guest vocals from singer Zemyna Kuliukas, and the keys adding zest to the latter, without watering it down in the slightest. There is a distinct blend of darkness and light across all of the tracks
Perhaps the most notable aspect of this album is the atmosphere. The keyboards are very high in the mix, and there’s a constant a feeling of hopelessness and sorrow throughout the album
There isn’t really many moments though that both styles meet in the middle comfortably, it’s more as though both sides are dukeing it out for supremacy.
The bands trademark Progressive and dark sound is in full swing here and while there is enough accessibility and melodic goodness available here to please even the most demanding fans of the genre, it’s actually the progressive and moody aspects of the album that make it that little bit more special than most releases in the genre…
Their latest album STARGAZER is poised to set the Power Metal world alight once again and personally I think it’s the best album the band have released in their career…
The last tune is the real pinnacle of greatness and I can see the Metallica influences here with “Fade to Black” for instance, well the beginning of the song anyways, hey there’s nothing wrong with comparisons and influences if you set yourself apart and manage to make something that is rocking and actually sounds good. Here the band creates a cool anthem of a tune with it’s leading chorus sounding like a classic Manowar style groove that I can’t deny, a cool metal hymn that deserves to be heard again.