Degreed – Ruins

Ruins is the new track from Degreed.

Mats from the band describes it as follows:

“Ruins is a song about mine and Robins hometown and how it is in many smaller towns – the stores close and the people move to the cities to find jobs.
It’s about growing up in the little town and loving it and still loving it even though the houses fall apart and the people you knew have moved.
Ruins is starting off softer and ending up in a big chorus – It’s a little bit pop and a little more rock all mixed into one, there’s something in it for everyone!” –

Burning Rain – new album on the way

Burning Rain have a new track called Midnight Train released, which I assume means a new album is also on it’s way. I have to admit that these guys, featuring Doug Aldrich, have passed me by. I’m now going back and listening to their previous album, Epic Obsession. A bit of retro Whitesnake meets Led Zep action, which I should have picked up on earlier.

New Dream Theater Song – Fall Into The Light

Dream Theater have released another song, Fall Into The Light, from their forthcoming album. If the first track, Untethered Angel, didn’t fill you with excitement, then this one might do the trick. The extremely fussy Dream Theater fans seem to be generally giving this one the thumbs up. Jordan Rudess does some really nice playing in the final section of the song.

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.

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.