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.
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 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’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.
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.