During this crazy pandemic we’re experiencing right now around the globe it’s the right time for some more kick ass, feel good music. One Desire has returned to the forefront of melodic music, kicking the sophomore curse right in the face, proving the level of skill they have for writing some amazing songs. Midnight Empire takes what they started with the s/t debut and took it to the next level. This is a top contender for Album of the Year for me.
I love it when a good band gets even better. Khymera has shown immense growth and development from its beginnings. Master of Illusion is an album they should be proud of. Perhaps this is the album where the project becomes a band? There are so many outstanding moments on this one, and the chemistry is clear from the performances.
What can I say about Harem Scarem that I haven’t said a million times already over the last 20 years of being a fan of theirs? Not much, but I’m going to have to find something to say as they have a new album out now. I could blabber on about how they’re one of the best, most consistent melodic rock bands of all-time. I could tell you that they’re one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. I could say that it is a shame they’re not a bigger name than they are. I could say all that (most of which I have said in prior reviews,) but chances are if you’re reading this you probably already know all of this. If you don’t, then get with the program dammit! 2017 saw the release of United, which in my estimation is their best work thus far, so they already had their work cut out for them with a new album.
There are so many reasons why I am a fan of this project. It’s a powerful trio of some extremely talented guys. Deen Castronovo pounding the skins and laying down some stunning vocals, not hiding similarities to the mighty Steve Perry whose songs Deen performed for many years as a member of Journey
I was very much anticipating the new Work of Art Exhibits. I’ve always enjoyed their distinct brand of AOR, despite being softer than some of their competitors. Probably the lesser-known band of the W.E.T super group conglomerate, they could easily move into a more obvious position with their latest offering. The new album is one that I have found myself listening to more than some of the other releases of 2019. It is fantastic.
they also show their diversity when they come up with the calm jazzy Love of my youth, a beautiful very laid-back song. From start to finish, this CD offers incredible high quality music and I think by now the fans of mentioned acts will be thrilled to check out this sensational band a.s.a.p. You will not be disappointed, trust me!
‘Still Chained’ by MASS is a compilation of re-recordings is substantial enough that hardcore fans of the band shouldn’t be disappointed with the new life that’s been delivered to them – and for anyone not familiar with the band, they should also enjoy these hard rocking, kick ass classic tracks dispatched with passion and new enthusiasm.
How I ever doubted this album’s greatness, I’ll never know. I’ve said it before: sometimes an album catches you at the wrong time.
If this album isn’t at the top or at least in many Top 5 of the year lists I will be shocked. In a year of some standout releases, Groundbreaker with their s/t debut is pulling no punches and hopefully giving the fans of melodic rock not just another one off project..