New Conception

Conception have a new EP coming out shortly. It their first new music in 20 years since their last album in 1998, Flow. I have Flow tucked away somewhere in my collection and possibly one of their other albums. I haven’t listened to them for a long time. Their music isn’t the normal power metal which I’m sure is how I picked up on them. It combines power metal with progressive and they have a almost hypnotic quality, which the album title Flow always seemed to sum up perfectly. Listen to their album and you get sucked in and immersed in the music. But afterwards I’d be hard pushed to recall an individual track. Normally that isn’t a good sign as it indicates lackluster songwriting, but in Conception’s case I don’t think that is what is happening. It is more a case having to experience the album as a whole to get the most out of it. I’m looking forward to hearing the EP, with hopefully a full album to follow.

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.

No Hot Ashes

Mentioning FM reminded me that I haven’t mentioned No Hot Ashes. These local guys have done well, despite the fact it took a whopping 34 years for this to see the light of day. The trials and tribulations have been worth it.

Perfect Plan – All Rise

Don’t know anything about these guys but they popped up in my Spotify suggestions. If you are into the likes of FM, check them out.

W.E.T. – Earthrage

Earthrage sees Jeff Scott Soto back doing what he does best – melodic hard rock with a dash of AOR. The first couple of W.E.T. albums didn’t make the big impression on me that I thought they would. Somehow they sounded just too smooth. Nothing much has changed to the formula for this album, but it is working better for me. Maybe I’m just glad to see him taking a break from heavier material.

Stryper – God Damn Evil

Stryper have a new album out called God Damn Evil. Since their re-emergence I have been quite a fan. No More Hell To Pay is one of my favourite albums. However, this new one isn’t quite doing it for me. They sound like a rather average metal band. Maybe more listening is required.

Dukes of the Orient album released

Apparently this album has been in the works for quite a while, but I wasn’t aware of it until recently. The background and history behind the album is closely related the band name. Take a moment to think about it and you might figure it out. The Dukes of the Orient refers to Asia. The band is a collaboration between former Asia vocalist John Payne and Lana Lane’s husband Erik Norlander.

As I write this I have only listened to the first three songs, but I’m impressed enough to wake from my Mood Swings slumber and actually write a post after several months of inactivity. Yes, it sounds a lot like Payne era Asia. No bad thing in my book, as Aria is one of my favourite albums, a great combination of pomp and AOR.

https://youtu.be/9HkY2Zd_79o

R.I.P. Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young, rhythm guitarist with AC DC, has died from dementia aged 64. Co-writer, along with his brother Angus, of some of the most iconic songs in hard rock, he was a key element in forging their trademark sound. Our prayers and thoughts are with Angus and the Young family.

Watch “THRESHOLD – Stars And Satellites (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)” on YouTube

Threshold have a new album out and its a monster double album. It is a concept album, but despite the title, isn’t about hobbits. The album sees the return of Glynn Morgan who was last in the band circa 1993/1994. Sift through my Spotify playlists and a few Threshold albums will appear, but I don’t remember that listening to them that much. I have only listened to a few songs so far, but it sounds good. The song in the video I linked to has a radio friendly quality to the chorus. However, with several lengthy numbers and something like 1 hr 20 mins of music, it seems like more of an album for existing fans rather for those just dipping their toes into Threshold waters.