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.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Anyone Deliver A Concept Album For All "Humanity"

The progressive rock band, Anyone is preparing for its latest studio effort titled "In Humanity," which will be released on October 12th. The band was originally formed over two decades ago when multi-instrumentalist Riz Story teamed up with Jon Davison of Yes and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, along with guitarist Sean Murphy, to record some music together. When it became time to record their debut album for Roadrunner Records, Hawkins left Anyone to join Alanis Morissette's band and the original line-up fell apart. Riz was determined to make it work and Anyone released their first album in 2001. Now twenty years later, Riz Story has created the fourth studio album for Anyone by performing, producing, mixing and mastering the new album himself.

It begins with the nine-minute opener "Elations," as the flow of the song keeps you glued to the speakers to see which direction the music is headed. The epic feel of "Apocalypse" showcases the layers of instrumentation that Riz recorded and melded together in order to deliver an iconic piece of music. His musical skills are on full display during the intense, energetic rockers "Emergence" and "Don't Swallow Tomorrow," before finally slowing down for the gentle, atmospheric ballad "Whole World's On Fire." Anyone wraps up their new album with the experimental, fifteen-minute soundscape of the title-track "In Humanity" and the ambient relaxation of "Curtain Call." To find out more about Anyone and their latest release "In Humanity," please visit anyoneden.net.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Expand Your Musical Palette With New Releases From Jo Berger Myhre and JU

Norwegian bassist/composer Jo Berger Myhre has started his solo trek with his debut album "Unheimlich Manoeuvre," which was released on September 24th, through RareNoise Records. His new nine song release experiments with elements of classical music, along with ambient soundscapes in order to make this album a unique listening experience. Myhre begins with the gentle bass sounds of "Everything Effacing" and the more ambient touch of "Smallest Things, Part 1," which allows his music to show dimension and depth, as you concentrate on everything that is going on with the instrumentation. He works on a solid musical path during "Aviary," which feels like it has a purpose and emotion given to the melody. The music slowly rises with a peaceful picking of an acoustic guitar on "Gate Opens," before finishing off the album with the solo bass work of "Perils" and the stark, atmospheric support of "Inner Relations." To find out more about Jo Berger Myhre and his latest release "Unheimlich Manoeuvre," please visit jobergermyhre.bandcamp.com.

Budapest music trio, JU also recently released their third studio album simply titled "III," through RareNoise Records, back in September 24th. Their confidence seems to grow with each new release, as this latest ten song release features a mix of originals and instrumentals based on traditional Middle Eastern folk music. The album begins with the chants of "Palaran" and the rock-based jam of "Cerberus." The trio quietly feel their way around "Oak," while "Ash," feels like an experimental piece that the band discovered while tuning their instruments during a warm-up. JU once again return to the raw, hard rock approach of "Thorn" and "Shashka," before closing with the eight-minute, progressive rock approach of "Minerva" and the quieter prayer of "Sumirana Karo Sada Dina Ratee." To find out more about JU and their latest release "III," please visit weareju.bandcamp.com.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Rock Out To New Music From Danny Danzi and Heartland

After an 18-year break, American rock artist Danny Danzi returns with his latest work titled "Tribulations." His new 15-song album was released on September 24th through Escape Music Ltd. and continues right where he left off, with the high-powered, high-energy run of "Accountable" and the more bluesy-sounding "Don't." This album has been ten years in the making and considered a concept album by Danny, along with his drummer Guy DeFalco and bassist Joe DeFalco, based on obstacles they have overcome in their life. Danny continues to raise the bar (and volume) with the intense rockers "It Is What It Is" and "Restitution," along with the edgier feel of "American Dream." The trio tries to portray a positive message with "Hangin' On," which also includes some stellar harmonies and electrifying solos. Danny Danzi closes his new album with the heavy metal pounding, hard rock attack of "Shameless" and "Help Me Out," along with the deep emotional delivery of "Forever." To find out more about Danny Danzi and his latest release "Tribulations," please visit escape-music.com.

Also on the horizon from Escape Music Ltd., is the latest release from Heartland titled "Into The Future." It features a dozen new tracks, as the band enter their third decade of existence. The new album kicks off with the exciting, progressive feel of "A Foreign Land," as vocalist Chris Ousey still sounds amazing, hitting all the high notes with ease. The intensity picks up with the chugging pace of "Caught Up," along with the timeless hard rock feel of "A Dangerous Game." Heartland's raw, grittier sound is presented in "Not Guilty," as the band match Chris' energy with some exceptional riffs. The album finishes with the swift, heavy pounding of "Bolt From The Blue" and the magical, nostalgic rock feel of "When The Band Plays." To find out more about Heartland and their latest release "Into The Future," please visit escape-music.com.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Americana Trio Stash "Walk The Walk" On Debut Release

Arriving November 5th is the debut album from the LA County Americana supergroup, Stash, featuring bassist/singer Ted Russel Kamp, guitarist/singer Rich McCulley and drummer/producer Joey Peters. This band of artists came together during the pandemic, using their recording time as therapy, as each one recorded their parts from their own home studios. The trio wrote and recorded nearly twenty new songs, in which thirteen of them made it on to the new album titled "Walk The Walk." 

The album begins with the stomp/clap rhythm of "Smoke And Mirrors," as the melody mixes together blues, country and folk to make a modern Americana masterpiece. The tempo picks up with the more intense rocker "Catch Me If You Can," while "Queen Of The Highway" carries a nostalgic country vibe that always signals a good time. Stash take a step back for the more relaxed feel of "Into The Sunset," which sounds like a perfect soundtrack for a drive along the LA coast. They get the adrenaline flowing once again with the quick pace of "One Track Mind" and bring in the fun with the light-hearted pop flow of "Talk The Talk," featuring guest harmonies from Anna Marie Rosales. Stash finish off their new album with the country blues of "Sweet Salvation Of The Dawn," the gentle acoustics of "By Your Side" and the steady pounding rockabilly feel of "Hey, Hey, Hey." To find out more about Stash and their latest release "Walk The Walk," please visit stash-us.com.