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.
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.
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. 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.
Cranston featuring Paul Sabu, Phil Vincent and B.F D’Ercole release their second album on 20th Nov.
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 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.
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.
Tantric have releasaed a video for the single, Letting Go, to support their recent album, Mercury Retorgrade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And while I’m thinking about funding campaigns, Tommy Funderburk and Bruce Gaitsch, are running a Kickstarter campaign to release a new King of Hearts album. Here is one of my favourite tracks from the band.