Monday, May 21, 2018

New Heavy Metal Music From LIK, The Ocean & Soliloquium

Arriving in early May were a couple of hardcore, death metal releases that may have slipped under the radar. First up is the Swedish metal band LIK with their latest release "Carnage." It was released on May 4th and features ten, face melting anthems like "Rid You Of Your Flesh" and "Celebration Of The Twisted." They keep the speed and energy in overdrive, all the way through to the closing tracks, "Death Cult" and "Embrace The End." To find out more about LIK and their latest release "Carnage," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/LIKofficial.

Then, a week later on May 11th, the progressive metal band, The Ocean re-issued their song "Rhyacian: Untimely Meditations." The band re-recorded the song to celebrate the its 10th anniversary and to showcase their latest guitar line-up as they prepare to record their next full-length album. To find out more about The Ocean, please visit theoceancollective.com.

At the very beginning of June, we will see the sophomore release from the Swedish doom metal band, Soliloquium. The new album titled "Contemplations," features eight tracks, beginning with the 9-minute growl of "Chains" and the more mystical metal appeal of "Catharsis." Soliloquium continue with the intense instrumental "Streetlights" and the quieter touch of "22." They close out their new album with their return to the howling doom metal of "In Affect" and the 9-minute progressive metal epic "Wanderlust." To find out more about Soliloquium and their latest release "Contemplations," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Soliloquium.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Frank Hannon Flies Once Again "From One Place...To Another" & Thunderbird Return With New Album

Near the end of last year, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon released his debut solo album "From One Place...To Another, Vol. 1." (review: jpsmusicblog.blogspot.com). It features some of his favorite songs to cover with a few of his friends tagging along. On May 18th, Hannon continues the idea with "From One Place...To Another, Vol. 2." It includes ten more cover songs, ranging from Aerosmith to Black Sabbath to Jimi Hendrix. Plus, he invites a few more friends along to help out, like Randy Hansen on the Deep Purple classic "Hush." Frank works best when along side fellow guitarists like Graham Whitford (son of Brad Whitford) on Aerosmith's "Lord Of The Thighs" and Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts) on Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want." While these may seem like obvious choices for Frank Hannon to cover, he steps outside his hard rock comfort zone for a funky remake of Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good" and a gentle acoustic cover of Seal's "Kiss From A Rose." The album wraps up with a swinging cover of Billy Swan's "I Can Help" and a rocking, spot on remake of Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf," as Frank does his best Ozzy impression. Frank Hannon is currently on tour this summer with Tesla. To find out more about his new solo album "From One Place...To Another, Vol. 2," please visit frankhannon.com.

Canadian rock band, Thunderbird recently released their third full-length, self-titled album last month. The songs were written almost two years ago, shortly after completing their latest album "Heavyweight." This album also features the debut of rising guitarist Brice Tabish, who filled in for the band's former guitarist Rod 'Doc' Coogan, because of other commitments. The new album kicks off with the classic seventies hard rock sound of "Liar (Fool's Gold)" as the song features the only contribution from Coogan. The album continues with the grinding guitar work of "Little Jenny" and the addictive melody of "Star," which will remind you of when hard rock ruled the airwaves. Thunderbird keeps the tempo running on high with "Into The Sun" and the chugging blues of "Painted Lady," before finishing up their new album with the pounding rhythm and screaming vocals of "On The Brink," along with the nearly 8-minute progressive rock piece "Vampire." To find out more about Thunderbird and their new self-titled release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thunderbirdtheband.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Neal Morse Band Present The Entire "Similitude Of A Dream" Album Live With New Release

One of the hardest working men in music, Neal Morse, is preparing to release his brand-new live album "The Similitude Of A Dream: Live In Tilburg 2017" on June 15th. It feature the Neal Morse Band performing their triumphant album "The Similitude Of A Dream" in its entirety. The new live release will be available as a 2CD/2DVD set and also on Blu-ray in stunning video quality and sound.

The first disc sticks close to the original album, with very little extra instrumental elements, as the band looks to duplicate the album as close as possible to the original studio release. Morse's vocals sound as good live as they do in the studio as he absorbs the positive vibes from the audience in order to give one of his best performances of the "Road Called Home" tour.

The Neal Morse Band stick to their winning formula on the second disc, by recreating the second disc of "The Similitude Of A Dream" album, note for note. Once they conclude the epic, progressive rock piece with the nearly 12-minute "Broken Sky - Long Day," the encore features songs from Neal Morse's solo catalog and from the first Neal Morse Band album, "The Grand Experiment." To find out more about this latest live album from the Neal Morse Band, please visit radiantrecords.com.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Spirit Of Wishbone Ash Is Alive & Well With New Releases From Martin Turner, Ted & Majella & Two Deluxe Reissues


Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Music From Talia, Long Claw And Farewell To Fear


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Expand Your Musical Horizons With New Releases From Kristo Rodzevski, Monoglot & Sihasin

Progressive jazz fusion artist Kristo Rodzevski will be releasing his new album "The Rabbit And The Fallen Sycamore" on May 25th. It is the  third album of his trilogy of musical ideas as he explores many different avenues of sound on this album. Kristo begins with the steady, avant-garde rock tones of "Polyester Suit," before blurring the lines between jazz and progressive rock on experimental melody of "Bucharest 1913." He slows down for the lounge feel of "Madadayo" and the guitar ballad "Wire," where you can truly appreciate Kristo's songwriting talents. His new album wraps up with the title song as Kristo quietly strums a melody that allows the listener to focus on the song's lyrics. To find out more about Kristo Rodzevski and his latest release "The Rabbit And The Fallen Sycamore," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/KristoRodzevski.

The European progressive rock/jazz group Monoglot recently released their new studio album "Wrong Turns And Dead Ends." It features nine instrumental tracks, beginning with the hectic pace of "Wake Up Song," before continuing with the swift, melodic tones of "N192." They slow down the pace with the mellowness of "Swing," before building the excitement back up with the short, but intense delivery of "The Coast." Monoglot finish up their latest release with the most rock oriented piece of the new set, "Tuxedo" and then closes with the lush steady pace of "Suna Rosa." To find out more about Monoglot and their latest release "Wrong Turns And Dead Ends," please visit monoglot.net.

Native American brother and sister duo, Sihasin, return with their first new album in six years, titled "Fight Like A Woman." Jeneda and Clayson Benally from the Navajo Nation, located in Northern Arizona have reformed to follow-up their debut album with this new combination of punk-like rebellion and Native American traditions. Their new 14-song release begins with Native American rhythms that get taken over by the youthful energy of "Child Of Fire." Sihasin keep the rock tempo on high with "Shine" and the album's lead single "Strong Together." They continue with the addictive chorus of "See You," before the thunderous rhythm of "Gentler Than Night" allows Veneda's vocals to soar and take control of the music. The Native American chants become the focus of "Listening?," while "Vengeance" blows up with reckless punk fury, before Sihasin finish up their new album with the quick attack of "Provoke You" and the short one-minute chant of "Kojilee." To find out more about Sihasin and their latest release "Fight Like A Woman," please visit sihasin.com.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Music From Indie-Artists Rob Bonfiglio, Speedbuggy USA, Unknown Hero, David Woodgett, Isla Craig & Ryan Human


Monday, May 14, 2018

Tangerine Dream Combine Their Latest Efforts For The Newly Released "Quantum Gate + Quantum Key"


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Leon Bridges Delivers A "Good Thing" & Blixa Sounds Reissues Stephen Bishop's "Red Cab To Manhattan"

Soul/gospel singer Leon Bridges recently released his sophomore album "Good Thing" on May 4th. His debut album "Coming Home" was a worldwide success, cracking the top ten on multiple album charts and selling over half-a-million copies. Bridges continues that winning formula of velvety vocals laid down on a smooth jazz backdrop on this new release. He begins the new album with the magical sounds of "Bet Ain't Worth The Hand" as his soulful sounds bring up memories of Smokey Robinson and Jackie Wilson. The groove gets a little funkier on "Bad Bad News," before his slows the tempo down and dims the light for the gentle touch of "Shy." The R&B/pop tones trickle in during the beats of "If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be Me)," before closing his new album with the slow sway of "Mrs." and the stellar vocals and bluesy-jazz of "Georgia To Texas." Leon Bridges is heading down to Argentina, Brazil and Mexico to start his world tour. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album "Good Thing," please visit leonbridges.com.



On May 11th, Blixa Sounds rolls out another reissue of an iconic soft rock album and this time its from Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop. In the late 1970's, Stephen Bishop was a staple on radio with the hit singles "On And On" and "Save It For A Rainy Day." His first two albums ("Careless" and "Bish") cracked the top 40 on the album charts, as Bishop looked to continue that winning formula on his 1980 album "Red Cab To Manhattan." The album included guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Art Garfunkel, but failed to make a dent on the music charts as Stephen Bishop would not release another album in the U.S. for another nine years.

The Blixa Sounds label will be re-releasing the out-of-print album, "Red Cab To Manhattan" with six bonus tracks from the album's original recording sessions. Bishop would look to expand his sound on this album with the folk rock of "Thief In The Night" and the up-tempo rock and roll flair of "Let Her Go."  The bonus tracks add more insight into the creation of the album as the blues/rock session outtake "Hit The Road Jack" showcases Bishop's love for the classics. The disc closes with four acoustic demos that give the songs a more pure and meaningful emotion. They also show how talented Stephen Bishop was as a songwriter, with just him and an acoustic guitar. To find out more about the newly released "Red Cab To Manhattan" reissue from Stephen Bishop, please visit blixa.com/stephen-bishop.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Check Out "The Complete Bizarre Sessions" Of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Iconic music artist, Screamin' Jay Hawkins had a music career that lasted over 50 years, as he performed right up until his death in 2000. His most famous song "I Put A Spell On You" came early in his career and has a cult following as the song is played every year for Halloween. His music has been covered by the likes of Creedance Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison and Leon Russell, just to name a few. The newly released "Complete Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994" features 44-tracks spread across 2CDs.

The sessions originally produced three studio albums as Hawkins reworked some of his classics like a dance version of "I Put A Spell On You" and found his last chart success with a cover of Tom Waits' "Heart Attack And Vine." The first disc mixes some of Hawkins' original compositions like the rhythm infused "Swamp Gas" and the blues of "I Want Your Body," along with covers like Ray Charles' "I Believe." One of Scream' Jay Hawkins' most bizarre covers is his re-interpretation of the classic "Ol' Man River" as he performs it like a lounge singer at the piano, before all hell breaks loose during the song's chorus.

The second disc involves more original tracks by Hawkins' including the nostalgic blues romp "I Wanna Know" and "Sherilyn Fenn." Hawkins' has fun with the recording of "Late Night Hawkins," before covering Tom Waits once again with "Whistling Past The Graveyard." The second half of the disc showcases his obsession with Amy Fisher as Hawkins records several quick interludes titled simply "Amy Fisher." The set closes with the classic soulful rock sounds of "Make You Mine" and the playful "Clambake." To find out more about the new compilation "Are You One Of Jay's Kids?, The Complete  Bizarre Sessions 1990-1994" from Screamin' Jay Hawkins, please visit manifesto.com.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Relive The Debut Album From Gomez With The New 20th Anniversary Box Set


Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Music From Manic Street Preachers, Stolar & The Nectars

The Welsh rock band, Manic Street Preachers return with their brand new studio album "Resistance Is Futile." It is the band's 13th release and also features the longest gap (4 years) between albums. The new release features a dozen tracks that are filled with melodic, rock-based songs of empowerment, beginning with "People Give In" as the music simply soars during the chorus. The album continues with the high-energy rocker "International Blue" and the explosiveness of "Distant Colours" during the song's chorus. Manic Street Preachers work with The Anchoress on the love story, duet of "Dylan & Caitlin." The band's confidence and swagger comes shinning through on the modern alt-rock of "Liverpool Revisited" and the more intense delivery of "Sequels Of Forgotten Wars." They wrap up their new album with raw, punk-like energy of "Broken Algorithms" and the descriptive lyrics of "The Left Behind." To find out more about Manic Street Preachers and their latest release "Resistance Is Futile," please visit manicstreetpreachers.com.


Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Stolar recently released his debut album "Raw Emotions." It contains 5 tracks that showcase why this may be one of the hottest independent artists of 2018. Beginning with the R& B swagger of "Erase You," Stolar will surprise you that he has been kept a secret for so long. The energy picks up with the dance beats of "Forget And Feel," then he delivers the addictive chorus of "Kurt Cobain T-Shirt," that will be stuck in your head for hours. Stolar finishes up his new release with the soulful sounds of "Grow Up." To find out more about Stolar and his latest release "Raw Emotions," please visit stolarmusic.com.


Finally from New Jersey comes the debut album, "Sci-Fi Television," from the alternative rock outfit, The Nectars. Their new 9-song release is a shot of adrenaline as the songs are short, concise and hit their mark. The album begins with the punk-like energy of "I Want It" as vocalist Jessica Kenny delivers the vocals with an attitude that makes this a must hear album. The Nectars continue with the youthful feel of "Heaven," before delivering the No Doubt-soundalike "Cemetery Girl." They wrap up their new release with high energy, punk-rock attack of "Holy Punk," the sultry pop tones of "Lights Off" and the pick-me-up blast of "Tired." To find out more about The Nectars and their latest release "Sci-Fi Television," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thenectarsmusic.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

New Music From Indie-Artists Greg Jacquin, Randy Steele And Almost Awake