New Evergrey album due in January

If dark melodic metal is one of your preferred genres, Evergrey have released the first track from their forthcoming album, “The Atlantic”, which is due in January 2019.

Getting funky

Two names from the past cropped up this week, both known for putting a funky edge to their brands of rock. First up were a band I’ve mention before, but the Electric Boys’ new album is now released.

Next up Dan Reed Network have new album called “Origins”.

A welcome return from both bands.

Misthaven – Aces Review

Misthaven is a female fronted band from Campobasso in Italy. They started out in 2014 and there have been a few personel changes before they got to the point of this self released debut album. The band describe themselves as alternative rock, listing influences such as Evanescence, Alter Bridge and Halestorm.

I quite like Lizzy and her band, I have listened to Evanescence occassionaly, but don’t recall ever listening to Alter Bridge. When I first did a search for the band the term symphonic metal came up as a description for the band which to be honest, together with this list of influences, didn’t fill me a great deal of hope as that is a crowded genre in which it is difficult to standout.

Against these low expectations, I wasn’t surprised when the first few songs didn’t do that much for me. The more gentle approach during the 4th song “Sunwarmth” changed my mind somewhat. The next song “Won’t Look Back” also has a lighter feel to it, but it isn’t until the straight forward rock of “Melted Past” that it feels the band have started to hit their stride. When we reach “In Time” the vocals are starting to grow on me and it reminds me of Judie Tzuke to conjure up a name from the dim and distant past.

Then the slow piano of “On Springs and Hopes” really showcases the vocals which have just enough edge to show emotion. If you listen on Spotify and let it continue beyond the end of the album, Kate Bush will feasture at some stage and this song does remind me of her. This slower vibe is continued with the acoustic guitar led “Watch Over You” which keeps things simple and builds nicely.

“Here Comes War” combines that light and shade of the preceding track with a mixture of soft and heavy styles which perhaps hints at the direction the band hope to pursue on future albums.

There is a stange combination going on here, the vocalist excels when the music is minimal. The guitarist sounds like he would prefer to be in a 80s metal outfit. It is almost as if you can hear the band working out their preferred style as the album progresses. Everytime I listen to this is takes me a while to get into it, with the second half containing all the highlights for me and when it ends I’m left with a postive impression.

Frontiers combinations

Froniters have a long history of creating collaboration albums with varying degrees of success it has to be said. Two of the most recent are Steve Overland with Robert Sall in Groundbreaker and Ronnie Atkins with Erik Martensson in Nordic Union.

Both of these are solid melodic rock albums which sound just like you expect them to. Not groundbreaking, but well worth a listen.

O.O.D.’s The Disorder out now

O.O.D. describe their music as in a niche that fits somewhere between rock and metal and have been compared to King’s X, vintage Metallica and Motley Crue. The vocals do kinda remind me of King’s X.

Another Magnum live album

Magnum have a live album called “Live at the Symphony Hall” released on 18 Jan next year. The single below features Tobias Sammet.

Vision Quest self-titled debut

Vision Quest are to release their self-titled debut on Rockshots Records. A rock opera inspired by the 1985 coming of age drama “Vision Quest” and bands such as Magnum, Kansas and Asia. They describe is as a “epic journey into melodic rock”. Let’s hope they can live up to the tagline. We will find out on 14 Dec.

Into The Unknown mini-album

In the interim period between their debut and their second album UK outfit Into The Unknown are releasing a mini-album of covers. Called The Other Side Of The Wall it features a variety of songs ranging from Pink Floyd to I Wanna Be Like You from Jungle Book! Here is their version of Don’t Pay The Ferryman from their debut.

Dale Sanders Debut

Dale Sanders has his debut album released later in November. produced by Mario Percudani (Hungryheart, Hardline), it is called Handle With Care. Described as a blend of FM driving rock, americana, blues and new country, it reminded me of the late Brett Walker.

New Dream Theater

Dream Theater will release a new album called “Distance Over Time” on 22 Feb 2019. The video below is a very short teaser. No doubt there will be more,  and hopefully longer, teasers, over the coming months. If you were to ask me who my favourite band are, I would quickly answer “Dream Theater”, but the truth is my interest has been waning and The Astonishing hasn’t been listened to for quite a while. It will be interesting to see if this new album can reverse the trend.

Celtic influences

Leah has a new album called The Quest which is big on the Celtic theme. I’ve only listened to a couple of tracks so far, but seems like a slick affair making me think of folk band Clannad.

If you like this sort of thing, you should also check out Leaves’ Eyes who have a new singer and have also cranked up the folk element on their latest album.

New Ten Album

And while I’m posting about new releases, Ten have a new album called Illuminati. I loved their early material, but have lost touch with their most recent material. The first track I heard from the new album didn’t impress me that much, but since then I’ve been reading reviews that say this is return to form and the best album by the band for some time. Here is that first video I mentioned so you judge for yourself.

New Colorvine (formerly Tower City)

Colorvine have recorded a new album and are in the process of putting a video together to support the first single. Whilst the Tower City material was melodic rock, from what I remember the Colorvine material was more modern and whilst I can recall the Tower City album with fond memories, exactly what Colorvine sounded like evades me. We will have to wait and see. In the meantime, have a listen to one of Tower City’s best tracks.