Thursday, November 2, 2017

CD Review: Newcomers Greta Van Fleet & Fragile Mortals Deliver New Music, While Spock's Beard Releases "Snow Live"

Since releasing their debut EP "Black Smoke Rising" back in May, Greta Van Fleet have developed a fan base that most bands would dream of. Their music has been compare to the early days of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple and their latest tour is a complete sell out. Now, they return once again with a new "double" EP titled "From The Fires." It will be released on November 10 and includes the four songs from their first EP and four brand new recordings.
 
They kick off their new album with pounding rhythm of "Safari Song," before reaching the first new song of the release, "Edge Of Darkness," which carries a bluesy vibe driven by the song's sweet guitar riff. The set continues with the more laid-back, acoustic rock of "Flower Power" as the melody will surely stick in your brain. The first cover song of the set is an emotional version of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," which shows how much the band has matured in the delivery of their music. After their break-through single, "Highway Tune," the album's second cover song is Fairport Convention's "Meet On The Ledge" as Greta Van Fleet show their love of the classics. Their new 8-song release wraps up with another new original song "Talk On The Street," which is oozing with soul and "Black Smoke Rising" from their earlier EP of the same name. Greta Van Fleet have shows sold out through to the end of the year. To find out more about their new "double" EP "From The Fires," please visit gretavanfleet.com.
 
Progressive rock band, Spock's Beard released 12 studio albums between 1995-2016. Founding member Neal Morse (Transatlantic) left the band in 2002 to pursue other avenues of music and his final album with the band was a double-concept album titled "Snow." Now every year, Neal Morse puts on a weekend of music called "Morsefest," which allows him to perform with his many different bands, including the Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic and in 2016 he reunited with Spock's Beard. During that reunion, the original band performed the entire concept album "Snow" for the first time live.
 
To capture that moment, the show was filmed in high-definition and recorded live and will be released on November 10th in multiple formats like a 2CD/2DVD digipak, 3LP vinyl set or as a 2 disc Blu-ray. There is also a deluxe version that includes 2CD/2DVD/2 Blu-ray, a 48-page artbook, poster and postcards. The cameras captured every angle possible, whether it was on stage or from the front row, you feel like an intricate part of the music. It's great to see the interaction between the members of the band, some of whom have not played together for almost 15 years. Witnessing the audience singing along to every word during the encore is simply magical for this band's extensive legacy. Also included in this set is an hour long documentary showing the "behind the scenes" of Spock's Beard performing "Snow" live complete for the first time. Neal Morse stated that this was "one of the finest live concert packages of which I have ever been involved." To find out more about the new live release from Spock's Beard, please visit radiantrecords.com.

Arriving October 13th was the debut album titled "The Dark Project" from the heavy metal/hip-hop band Fragile Mortals. It features the dual vocal attack of Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) and Rob Dukes (Generation Kills, Exodus) along with a core band that injects the music with power and energy. Their new 9-song release begins with the nearly 8-minute romp of "Whispers Of Death" as McDaniels leads the way on this opening track, before Dukes hardcore vocals brings the song to the darkside. The mix of hip-hop and metal work perfectly on the epic doom of "Suicide," before Fragile Morgals pick-up the tempo for the hard-hitting arena rocker of "Fired Up." They wrap up their new album with the hard rock blast of the Rolling Stones' cover "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)." To find out more about Fragile Mortals and their latest release "The Dark Project," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/FragileMortals.

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