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.

New Ten 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.

New Colorvine (formerly Tower City)

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.

New King of Hearts

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.

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.

ELO Live

ELO were at the SSE Arena in Belfast last night. In preparation I’ve been playing some of their music over the last couple of days. I have to say the comeback album released on Frontiers a while back is a bit of a snoozy affair.

The concert was good. Jeff isn’t one for between songs banter with the crowd, restricting himself to saying thanks a few times, even leaving the musical director to introduce the other musicians and singers. As expected most of the music was from their heyday, concentrating of the hits. When I was a Boy from that comeback album made an appearance, as did a Travelling Willburys song. The big finale was Mr Blue Sky, with Roll Over Beethoven being perhaps an odd choice for the encore during which it seemed the band were more into it than the fans.

My fave moment from the show was when they cranked it up for “Do Ya”. The following video is taken from the American leg of the tour.

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.

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.