Monday, November 29, 2021

The Long And Winding Road Has Come To An End

As 2021 (and my music blog) come to a close, I would like to thank everyone that was involved with feeding my passion for music. Thank you to the Record-Journal Publishing Company for giving me the opportunity 13 years ago to express my feelings on new music releases and concerts. I also want to thank the countless artists and labels that sent me music, which I carefully examined and wrote about nearly every day for the last 13 years. As I close out this chapter in my life, I want all of my readers to know that I appreciate the time you have dedicated over the years to reading my opinion on new music. I wish everyone the best in what the future holds and hope that I brought a little enjoyment into your daily lives. Thank you again and take care. PEACE!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Rivers Of Nihil Put In "The Work" For A New Album & Armored Saint Revisit A Classic For Latest Live Album

Since 2013, Rivers Of Nihil have been spreading their metal music across the charts with the release of each new album. Their fourth album, titled "The Works" was just unleashed at the end of September on Metal Blade Records. Their new 11-track collection begins with the slow, simmering opening of "The Tower (Theme From The Works)," which continues to build until the explosion of "Dreaming Black Clockwork." The band's songwriting has certainly excelled on this new release, as you listen to the trio of songs "Wait," "Focus" and "Clean" which sounds like a modern progressive metal masterpiece that needs to be witnessed. After the quiet, atmospheric reprise of "Tower 2," River Of Nihil deliver the emotional touch of "Maybe One Day" and the multi-dimensional 12-minute epic onslaught "Terrestria IV: Work" to close out their new album. To find out more about Rivers Of Nihil and their latest release "The Works," please visit facebook.com/riversofnihil.

Legendary heavy metal giants, Armored Saints are preparing for the release of a brand new live album titled "Symbol Of Salvation Live" on October 22nd through Metal Blade Records. It features the band performing their 1991 album "Symbol Of Salvation" in its entirety during a show at New York's famed Gramercy Theatre in 2018. Lead singer John Bush refers to the original release as the "cornerstone album" for Armored Saint as they now enter their fourth decade as a band. 

The entire group sounds "on point" for this epic performance of all thirteen of the songs, as they added a little extra instrumental to tracks like "Last Train Home," "Symbol Of Salvation" and "Spineless." One of the highlights of the show is the nearly eight-minute epic "Tainted Past," which showcases the diversity in the band's songwriting so early in their career. As a bonus, the vinyl edition also includes five demos from the writing sessions for the "Symbol Of Salvation." Songs like "Nothing Between The Ears," "Medieval Nightmares" and "Pirates" displays the band's thrash metal side and is a great flashback to when Armored Saint were still hungry for success. To find out more about Armored Saint and their latest release "Symbol Of Salvation Live," please visit armoredsaint.com.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Nektar "Sounds Like Swiss" On New Release Of Vintage 1973 Concert

Recently discovered were rare audio and video recordings of the legendary progressive rock band, Nektar performing in Switzerland during their 1973 promotion of their album "...Sounds Like This." This new two-CD/DVD set titled "...Sounds Like Swiss," features Nektar's performance on the Swiss TV show "Kaleidospop," as well as a complete soundboard audio recording of their performance at Pavilion des Sports in May 1973. The set also features new liner notes from bassist and founding members Derek "Mo" Moore and Mick Brockett. The line-up for these shows feature all of Nektar's original members, as they give a reminder why they are considering one of the premier bands of progressive rock.

The band start off the show with the full 22-minute opus of "Journey To The Centre Of The Eye," which is worth the price of this new release all on its own. Hearing the band perform this epic piece live, during their prime is a treasure to behold and listen to over and over again. The show continues with the different tempos changes of "Desolation Valley/Waves," while "A Day In The Life Of A Preacher" is an all out rock assault. Nektar also introduce music from their forth-coming 1973 album "Remember The Future," with the blues jam "Let It Grow." The second half of this release showcases the band's ultimate live performance of some of their newest songs like "Odyssee," "Good Day" and "1, 2, 3, 4," before finishing with the eleven-minute psychedelic medley of "Crying In The Dark/King Of Twilight." To find out more about this new live release from Nektar, please visit nektarsmusic.com.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Drummer Carmine Appice and Guitarist Fernando Perdomo Team-Up For And "Energy Overload"

Drumming legend Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Blue Murder) has come together with guitarist extraordinaire Fernando Perdomo for a new album of instrumentals titled "Energy Overload." The album was released back in September through Cleopatra Records an features thirteen tracks that the two artists had recorded, each in their own home studio.

The album kicks off with the funky beats of "Blow Speaker Boogie," as Fernando takes the lead with his energetic solos, while Appice keeps the pace going. Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Sons Of Apollo) lends a hand on the title-track "Energy Overload," which rocks as hard and anything else on this new album. Finally, its Carmine Appice's turn to shine on the heavy drum breaks of "Rocket To The Sun," before these two artists take on Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" with grace and honor, supported by the vocal contribution of singer Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd). Another gem on this album is the duo's spacey/funky instrumental cover of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," which Appice co-wrote and performed on originally with Stewart for his 1978 album "Blondes Have More Fun." Fernando Perdomo and Carmine Appice close out their new album with the quick-moving pace of "Starstream," along with the powerful drumming of "Thunder" and a short reprise of "Blow Speaker Boogie." To find out more about this duos newest release "Energy Overload," please visit cleorecs.com.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Vegetarians Look To Channel "Bill Haley" On Their Latest Album

The Vegetarians have returned with a brand new album titled "Bill Haley." The band is led by Swedish composer/musician Hans Annellsson, who began this project over 20 years ago, as a way to record and cover some of his favorite progressive rock songs. On this new album, Hans invites some of his favorite singers to help with the recordings of this latest batch of 15 songs.

The album begins with the Phish-like vibe of "Everything Is Everywhere" and the bluesy tone of "I'm Guilty," as you hear the diversity in the music that The Vegetarians have produced on this new album. Next, they flip the script once again with the showtune melody of "Reptilian's Folly" and the heavier pounding rock track "Louie." The Vegetarians display their more progressive side with the experimental/New Wave appeal of "Ones & Zeroes" and then they feel a bit nostalgic with the classic rock/pop touch of "Five Little Words." It's hard to categorize this latest release from The Vegetarians, as they also add some country into the mix with the song "Distant Traveler," before finishing with the swaying ballad of "Thank You," along with the sweeping melody and wonderful harmonies of the seven-minute closing epic "Under Control." To find out more about The Vegetarians and their latest release "Bill Haley," please visit facebook.com/The-Vegetarians.