Moving Forward in Reverse: Greatest Hits is 2010 greatest hits compilation album by the nu-metal/grunge rock band Saliva released March 23, 2010, on the Island Records label. The line up on this album features Josey Scott on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Wayne Swinny on lead and rhythm guitars, Jonathan Montova on rhythm guitar, Paul Crosby on drums and Dave Novotny on bass. Along with the group’s most successful singles such as Click Click Boom, Rest In Pieces, Superstar, Razor’s Edge, and much more, the album also features one new song, Time To Shine, which was named the official theme song to WWE’s 2010 edition of Extreme Rules. I had the opportunity to see the new lineup of this band recently and they performed many of the songs off this album and still have that great sound. This compilation was well written, recorded, performed and produced. I highly recommend this album for your rock library. You can purchase this album in CD and digital download format from Amazon, Itunes, Discogs, and other outlets plus you can follow this band and find out where they will be playing near you at their website http://saliva.com/
Mean Streak is the fifth studio album by American hard rock/heavy metal band Y&T, released in 1983 through A&M Records. The lineup on this album is Dave Meniketti on lead guitar and lead vocals, Joey Alves on rhythm guitar, Phil Kennemore on bass, and Leonard Haze on drums. This release spawned the singles Midnight In Tokyo, Sentimental Fool, and the title track Mean Streak. Other notable tracks are Hang Em High, Breaking Away, Lonely Side Of Town and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed with amazing vocals, and solid guitar riffs. This album is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where Vinyl, CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can find more about this band and where they are touring on their website https://www.yandtrocks.com/
For my 1160th music review, I wish to thank the Kansas City, Missouri based progressive rock band A Light Within for the opportunity to listen to their February 2, 2018, EP Epilogue. This great band consists of Kyle Brandt on vocals and keyboards, Jeff Irvine and Josh Bennett on guitars, Andy Schiller on bass, and Nick Sloan on drums. This four track EP contains the tracks Page #9 (Shells), Page #54 (Chemical Drive), Page #27 (Surrounded by Astronauts), and Page #35 (An Educated Gentleman). In addition to the great vocals and powerful instrumentation, this album was well written, recorded and produced. This is a great album from start to finish and is available from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this band, go to their page https://alightwithin.bandcamp.com
Ease The Pain is the fourth studio album by Palisades, an American post-hardcore band from Iselin, New Jersey released December 28, 2018, on the Rise Records label. This band features Louis “Lou” Miceli Jr on lead vocals, Xavier Adames on lead guitar, Matthew Marshall on rhythm guitar, Brandon Elgar on bass and Aaron Rosa on drums plus Christian “Graves” Muchozuki (studio DJ/producer). This ten track album features great guitar work and superb vocals on such tracks as Vendetta, the title track Erase The Pain, War, Ways to Disappear, Ghosts and much more. This release was well performed, written, recorded and produced. After hearing their last album Palisades, I was looking forward to hearing this one as well as seeing this band performing tracks from this album when they open for From Ashes To New on April 10, 2019, at Capone’s in Johnson City and getting the honor of meeting this band in person and get this album and their last one signed by the band. You can get your copy of this album on Vinyl, CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and many other outlets. Check out their tour schedule and more at http://wearepalisades.com
Breaking Point is the January 11, 2019 album by West Palm Beach, Florida metal band Afterlife released on the Hopeless Records label. This great band consists of Tyler Levenson on vocals, Andrew McGuire on guitar, Luke Walkinshaw on drums, and Tristan Edwards on bass. This great album is a mixture of the sounds of Slipknot, Linkin Park and modern hip-hop with heavy guitar riffs, pounding bass lines and powerful vocals on such tracks as Throat, Sacrifice, Giving Back The Pain, Broken Home and much more. I was quite impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing this band play live at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee on April 10, 2019, and getting this album signed by the band. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then I know you will want to buy your own copy of this great album from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where Vinyl, CD’s and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this band and find out where they will be playing near you, go to their website https://www.afterlifeofficial.com/
The Rail is the March 22, 2019 album by Scott Slay And The Rail, an Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass band based in the beautiful Rocky Mountain area of Denver, Colorado and is released on the Bonfire Records label. In addition to Scott on guitar and vocals, he is accompanied by such instrumentalists playing on The Rail is Sammy Shelor (banjo), Mark Schatz (bass), Jim VanCleve (fiddle), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin), Steve Lazar (bass), Dustin Benson (mandolin), and more. This great thirteen track album features such great tracks as the title song The Rail, Devil’s Backbone, Moonshine Feel, Remember Her, Dog River and much more. In addition to a great performance, this album was well written, recorded and produced. This superb album is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this great artist by going to his website https://www.denverbluegrass.com/
Passages is my third review for the Washington DC area progressive rock /metal band called Brave released May 26, 2004. The lineup for this great EP consists of Ben Kelly on bass, Matt Kozar and Scott Loose on guitars, Suvo Sur on violin and keyboards, Trevor Schrotz on drums and his wife Michelle Schrotz on vocals and keyboards. This five track EP features the tracks Words, Broken, Don’t Go Away, the title track Passages, and Trapped Inside. I was quite impressed with the great guitar work, amazing bass, string, and keyboard lines and powerful vocals as well as being well written, performed and recorded. You can own your own copy of this great CD or digital download, from Amazon, CD Baby, and other outlets plus you can learn more about this band, their tour schedule and much more at http://www.bravemusic.com.
Long Ago is the upcoming release by Bluegrass / Americana sensations Jim and Lynna Woolsey on the Bonfire Records label and distributed by Pinecastle Records. The album will mark their third official studio project and gained notoriety in Bluegrass, Americana and Folk music circles with this ten track album which in addition to Jim Woolsey on guitar and vocals, plus his wife Lynna Wooley on vocals they are accompanied Mike Curtis on dobro, Clay Hess on banjo and mandolin, and Dave Foster on bass. This great album features such tracks as Lovin’ You, Cradle To The Grave Blues, Long Journey Home, Tennessee Memories And California Wine, Livin’ The Way It Used To Be and much more. I was impressed with their songwriting and vocal style as well as how this album was recorded and performed. If you are a big bluegrass fan as I am, you will love this album and you can find your copy of this album on April 5, 2019, from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this duo and their tour schedule at their website http://www.jimandlynnawoolsey.com/
Panoptical is the October 26, 2018 album by the Swedish metal band Days Of Jupiter and is the strongest album in the band’s career so far, released on the Metaville Records label. This powerful band features Jan Hilli on vocals, Johnny Greenwald and Marcus Lindman on guitars, Janne Karlsson on bass and Magnus Larsson on drums. On their fourth studio album, they give you a perfect mix of metal, rock and a little drama with blistering guitar, thundering drums, and powerful clean and unclean vocals on such tracks as We All Die Young, Why, the title track Panoptical, Edge Of Everything, Shallow Side and much more. I enjoyed this whole album from start to finish, and I would be very interested in hearing and reviewing their earlier releases. This great release was well recorded, written, and performed. I know you will definitely love this album and want to add it to your rock library. Pick up your copy from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold and learn more about this band by going to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DaysOfJupiterOfficial/
The Hard Way is the March 22, 3019 album by Kentucky based bluegrass artist Dale Ann Bradley on the Pinecastle Records label. With Dale Ann’s great vocals and guitar work along with a great selection of accompanying artists, she recorded a great album of songs such as Hard Way Every Time (written by one of my favorite artist Jim Croce), a great cover of a Journey classic Wheel In The Sky, the Bobbie Gentry hit Ode To Billie Joe, plus other great tracks as Pretty Dark Hearted Emma Brown, Boat On The Ocean, The Likes Of You and so much more. I was quite impressed with how well this album was written, arranged, recorded, produced and performed. If you are a bluegrass fan as much as I am, you will want to pick up your own copy of this album from Amazon, Itunes, Pinecastle Music and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this great artist and to find out where she will be playing near you, go to her website https://www.daleann.com. I just noticed that she is playing next month at a club here in town and I hope I will be able to see them perform in person.