This morning I have been checking out a few recent releases.
The first one is Chris Antblad’s ‘Age Of Concord: On The Radio’. I have to admit that I know next to nothing about this guy, except that I really like an album of his called “A New Dawn” from a few years back. There doesn’t seem to be much about him out there on the net apart from the fact that he was a part of ‘Spin Gallery’ whose album I reviewed. The new album is a catchy mixture of AOR meets Westcoast. Here is a track from his previous album:
Long time favourites of mine Magnum have a new album out called ‘Sacred Blood Devine Lies’. As ever with these guy, a very solid album with no surprises, just good catchy melodic hard rock meets AOR & Pomp.
And talking of solid performances, Rage of Angels have a new album out called ‘The Devil’s New Trick’. This time out Rob Moratti is the single vocalist, giving the album more of a band feel compared to the debut which had multiple singers.
In between new stuff, I have been listening to Days Of Jupiter ‘Only Ashes Remain’. Sometimes you just just have to have little variety in your musical diet. This week that variety has come from these guys. They sound a lot like post-grunge bands such as Nickleback. Whilst I can like listening to this type of stuff for a few tracks at a time, I seldom stick in there through a whole album. More of a musical snack than a full meal then.
And one I forgot mention last week- the self titled album from newcomers Inglorious who have a distinctively retro sound. That retro sound was achieved by staying clear of modern recording practices such as auto-tune and the like. A 70s vibe going on here with Purple mixed up with Lizzy & Zep.
And before sign off this week, if Days of Jupiter didn’t convince you that Mood Swings really is a good name of my website, then maybe next recommendation will. Returning in Feb with a new album after a 5 year absence are Sister Hazel. Seems like they are aiming to be the new Eagles.
An album that I haven’t has a chance to listen to yet, but which got top marks over Dangerdog is the new one from Reckless Love. So far, a bit of a one song band as far as I’m concerned – ‘Beautiful Bomb’. Here are that song and another called Monster from the new album .
British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new live album which was recorded at selected venues from their successful “Escape From The Shadow Garden” European tour in the spring of 2014. The set list comprises songs chosen from 7 of their 18 studio albums, the band have produced this album so that fans can fully appreciate the songs penned from Magnum’s beginning, in the 1970s, right up to the present day.
“Escape From The Shadow Garden – Live 2014″ will be released in Scandinavia on May 06th, in Germany on May 08th, in Europe on May 11th and in the USA on May 12th as a super jewel case version, double gatefold vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.
Magnum are excited to be back in the studio again working on their 19th studio album as yet untitled. This will be the 8th Studio album to have been recorded at Mad Hat’s studios and, as for the last 4 albums, will have Sheena (Sheenius) Sear at the helm with engineering duties.
Olly Hahn suggested we put out an album of the last ten years we’ve been at SPV, we discussed this while we were on tour in Germany, at first I wasn’t that keen but the more I thought about it the more I got to like the idea as long as we could re-look at some of the older songs and bring them up to the quality of The Visitation our latest studio album. Bob and I sat in the studio and chose what we thought would make a good rock album so maybe its not all the obvious tracks you would expect, that done we are now in the process of re-recording various things from drums to guitars and even some vocals, bits of keyboards and bass, we are also including two brand new tracks on this album, the name of the album is EVOLUTION for obvious reasons. We’ve already got the artwork sorted fo r the front cover and we’ve got some real good photo’s that were taken in Berlin for the inside. Tony Clarkin
MAGNUM ANNOUNCE MORE UK SHOWS 4/5/11
The Visitation UK Tour 2011
Bob, Tony, Mark, Al and Harry would like to thank everyone for their immense support throughout ‘The Visitation’ tour both in Europe and the UK and are very happy to announce some more UK shows later in the year.
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