The Senior Management

In a recent post I mentioned reading Fireworks magazine during my summer holiday. Of course, I had a playlist on my phone to pass away the time on the plane and whilst chilling by the pool or on the beach. That playlist consisted of the following:

Gioelli- Castronova – Set The World on Fire

Radioactive – F4ur

Two Of A Kind – Rise

Killer Bee – Cracked Up

Guild Of Ages – Rise

Heartwind – Higher & Higher

Universe Infinity – Rock Is Alive

Mass – When 2 Worlds Collide

P.A.L. – Prime

Dare – Out Of The Silence II

Sister Hazel – Water & Wind EPs

The Senior Management – Heart & Soul

Daughtry – Cage To Battle

Airrace – Untold Stories

Hartmann – Hand On The Wheel

The album that really impressed me the most was The Senior Management. When I first read about the band’s country influenced AOR it didn’t sound all that promising, but maybe I should have remembered that Dark Horse are also a favourite of mine. I don’t know if there is such a thing as innovation in AOR these days, but adding a little country element to the mix certainly made this my fave holiday listen.

Nightwish – Ghost Love Story Live

I’m not sure how I stumbled across this, but there seems to be a bizarre thing on YouTube called reaction videos where you watch someone watching a video for the first time. Quite a few of the ‘watchers’ seem to have chosen the live version of Nightwish’s Ghost Love Score from Wacken 2013, which I believe was Floor’s first concert with the band. Everything, including a light show that is perfectly synchronised with the music, just seems to combine to yield an epic performance.

Black Paisley new album

Black Paisley have new album out called Perennials. There is a variety of styles on display, but all good. Keeps it interesting. I normally pick more uptempo tracks to showcase an album, but this time let’s go for the poignant album closer.

Creye ++

Creye’s debut ablum is now available on surprise surprise Frontiers.

And if 80 style AOR is you thing, there is a new White Widdow album under construction.

And if that didn’t satisfy your thirst for this style of music, then there is always the Nitrate album which was released in the summer.

And you should also check out Odyssey Desperado who I hadn’t heard of but was introduced to via Fireworks which was my preferred in flight reading during my summer holiday travel.


Steve Perry comeback

And talking of comebacks, what could be bigger in the world of Melodic Rock than Steve Perry releasing new music. You have no doubt read the reviews elsewhere, ranging from those that are content to simply love the new material because they love the guy and those that were determined to find fault regardless of the actual music. I watched the video for No Erasin and listened to the album a couple of times and to be honest it didn’t do that much for me. Then last Sunday I was doing a bit of web browsing whilst waiting for the rest of the family to wake up. Steve’s album must have come up in my Spotify suggestions and I put it on in the background. At some point in the middle of the album I realised that it was the perfect accompanyment to my web browsing on a that quiet Sunday morning with the rest of the house still asleep. So if you are in need of some music to chill out to, give Steve’s new album a whirl. It may not be the breathtaking event that we have been anticipating all these years, but feels like it is the album Steve needed to record.

New Starbreaker on the way

Tony Hartnell has just announced that he is working with Magnus Karlsson on a new Starbreaker album. I loved the two previous albums. Not instant fixes but great long time listens.