Back in November of 2019, I have the privilege of listening and writing a review of two songs Thinking Of You and You’re So Fine, a new collaborative partnership between two singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists, Justin Paul Sanders and Fernando Perdomo which they call themselves Open Sound. They now have released the full album which is self-titled as Open Sound. I have reviewed eleven releases in the past from Fernando Perdomo and after I heard these two songs, I knew I had to take a listen to this full album. This fifteen track album features the two tracks I mentioned earlier as well as I Wanna Look In Your Eyes, She’s On Her Way, Free As I Can Be, I Want A Girl With A Record Collection, It’s Only You and a whole lot more. I was quite impressed with the collaboration of Fernando and Justin as performers and as songwriters as well as a superb recording and production. You can pick up your own copy of this album today, April 3, 2020, from https://opensoundmusic.bandcamp.com/
From time to time I listen to my various friend’s online radio shows and hear a band that grabs my attention. A perfect example is the alternative rock band The 10:04s from Edinburgh, Scotland. I contacted this band through Facebook and they sent me their October 4, 2018, digital download album called A Common Wealth. I was impressed with the sound of this band that features Steven Bolton (vocals, guitars), Danny Scrimshaw (vocals, guitars), Paul Haddow (drums, backing vocals), and Johnny Tracey (bass, backing vocals). I enjoyed this nine-track album from start to finish with some great songs as Harlequin, Throes, Carbon, Pins, Few In Pursuit and much more. This album showcases a great performance, excellent songwriting talent, and a superb recording. This is an album I would highly recommend. To learn more about this band, go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/the1004s/
2016 has been nicknamed “The Year The Music Died” as it saw the passing of such musical giants as David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen (not to mention George Michael, Leon Russell and Alan Vega of Suicide, among many others). Two more names that should absolutely be mentioned in the same breath as these legendary figures are keyboardist Keith Emerson & singer/songwriter/bassist Greg Lake both of whom passed away in 2016 and both of whom had a massive impact on modern rock music not only collectively as part of the brilliant Emerson, Lake & Palmer but individually as well with Emerson as part of pioneering English progressive rock band The Nice and Lake as a founding member of juggernaut King Crimson. On April 10, 2020, from Purple Pyramid Records, the album A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake offers a fresh and comprehensive look into some of the 20th century’s most daring compositions re-imagined by the likes of Todd Rundgren, Larry Fast (Peter Gabriel), Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre), and Arthur Brown plus a very special performance from Emerson’s son Aaron & grandson Ethan! This ten-track album features such Emerson Lake and Palmer/King Crimson tracks as 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Todd Rundgren & Brian Auger, Still…YouTurn Me On feat. Sonja Kristina & Steve Porcaro, Lucky Man feat. Martin Turner & Geoff Downes, Karn Evil #9 1st Impression Part 2 feat. Arthur Brown & Jordan Rudess and so much more. I was impressed with the renditions of all the songs on this album except for the Karn Evil #9, it just did not sound right to me. The rest of the album was well arranged, performed and recorded. If you are a fan of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake like I am, you will want to add this album to your library which will be available on Vinyl, CD and digital download on April 10th from Cleopatra Records, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets.
Myriad is the February 28, 2020 album through Cleopatra Records by the Sydney, Australia Psychedelic Rock/ Pop band The Lovetones featuring Matthew J. Tow on guitars and vocals, Christopher Cobb on drums, Matthew Sigley on bass and keyboards, Tim Kevin on guitars, keyboards and vocals and Nic Dalton on mandolin. This album brought back such memories as the sound from the 60s and 70s with amazing vocals and instrumentation on such tracks as About The Girl, The Milkman Of Human Kindness, Rescue, Modern Life Is Killing Me, I’ll Never Be That Guy and much more. This release features great performances as well as superb songwriting and recording. I am looking forward to hearing more from this band and I will believe you will too when you hear this album which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets.
Back Above The Clouds is the highly anticipated debut double CD album from The UK Progressive Rock band Warmrain released June 21, 2109, on the Rain Recording label. I was referred to this amazing band by Greg Ross of the band Epic Tantrum. When this band emailed me asking for a review, I heard their cover of the Eurythmics class Here Comes The Rain Again and then I knew I had to hear more from this amazing band which features Leon J Russell on vocals and acoustic guitars, Simon Bradshaw on bass and keyboards, Steve Beatty on drums and Matt Lerwill on electric guitar, classical guitar, sitar, ukulele, and mandolin. The other day I received this great CD which is a mixture of progressive, folk and alternative rock and features along with the Eurythmics cover I heard earlier, it showcases great guitar work and vocals on this fifteen track album such as Fading Star, Running Out Of Time, Metamorphosis, A Hundred Miles High, Free Now, Equilibrium and much more. I was quite moved by the performance on this album as well as the songwriting talent and a superb recording. I am looking forward to hearing a lot more from this band in the future and I feel this is a band that you will want to take a listen to and add to your music library which is available on CD and digital download format from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music retail outlets. To learn more about this band, their music and more, go to their official website http://www.warmrainband.com
Season Of Mist is the upcoming album by multi-instrumentalist, primarily guitar, recording artist Eric J. Confer scheduled for release on April 4, 2020. This is my third review for this amazing artist who I have heard weekly on the WTAU Pea Ridge Nation radio show. I heard one of the cuts on this show and wanted to hear the rest of this great album. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great guitar and keyboard work and driving drum beats on such tracks as Shell Game, Burning Blood, the title track Season Of Mist, Animal Magnetism, In The Face Of Sorrow and much more. Eric did an amazing job writing and performing this album plus making sure it was well recorded. Be sure to grab a copy of this amazing album on April 4, 2020, from his website https://ericjconfer.bandcamp.com/ It is always a pleasure hearing his new releases when they come out.
Eyes Wide Open is the tenth album by world-renowned performing and recording artist David Sancious, who was an original keyboardist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band released March 10, 2020, on the Not By Sight Records Inc. This release features eight energetic compositions feature dynamic performances by legendary names such as premier drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Living Colour’s Will Calhoun (drums), and Prince alumni Michael Bland (drums). This album showcases a balanced mix of four vocal and four instrumental compositions such as the title track Eyes Wide Open, In The Middle Of The Night, The Treehouse, War In Heaven and much more. This eight-track album was well written, as well as performed and recorded and is available from Amazon, Apple Music, and all other music retailers.
Monarch is the October 18, 2015 album by The Conduit, a heavy progressive metal project designed for listeners who desire detail, proficiency, and captivation which features Jeffrey Bobbin on vocals, Christopher Beattie and Ben Zeiger on guitars, Luca Canali on drums, and Tony Stanton on bass. This is my second review for this band which doing my first review for them Abraxas Shrine which was their December 20, 2019 album, knew I had to hear their earlier work to see how they grew to their present-day talent. This nine-track album with clean vocals, heavy guitar riffs and driving drum beats features such tracks as Transmutation, Impendingness, Correspondence, Do Not Go Gently and so much more. I enjoyed the performance on this album from start to finish with amazing songwriting talents and superb recording and is an album I highly recommend you take a listen to and add to your metal library. I would love to one day hear this band in person and review their live performance. Currently, this album is available as a digital download and on CD from Bandcamp, Apple Music, and other music outlets. You can find more about this band by going to their Bandcamp page https://theconduit.bandcamp.com. In closing, I want to thank this band for contacting me on twitter and sending me a digital download of this album to listen to and to give my opinion on this release. I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing band.
Destinations is the new studio album by Darryl Way, the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist, and composer and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces. On this ten-track album that was released February 20, 2020, on the Right Honourable Records label, Darryl introduces himself as a guitarist as well as performing in his more familiar role as a violinist with a mixture of progressive rock and jazz on such tracks as Metropolis, A Rainy Day in Vienna, Rivieria Blue, Freedom Road and so much more. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as his songwriting and the recording. This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Discogs, and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this artist, his music and much more by going to his official website http://www.darrylway.com In closing, I want to thank Billy at Glass Onyon PR for sending me the digital download copy of this album.
Abraxas Shrine is the December 20, 2019 album by the Los Angeles heavy metal project called The Conduit on the Akashic Records label. This amazing band consists of Jeffrey Bobbin on vocals, Christopher Beattie and Ben Zeiger on guitars, Luca Canali on drums, and Tony Stanton on bass. Before I started listening to this eleven-track album, I saw this is a heavy metal band. As I started to listen to the first track on this album which is the title track Abraxas Shrine, it sounded like progressive/electronic rock and I said to myself, WHERE IS THE METAL! About a minute or so into this song they kick in with metal and saw how versatile they are. I continued to enjoy this album with its clean and unclean vocals, heavy guitar riffs and some awesome electronic sound with such tracks as Tactical Empath, Envemonate, Nightshade, Genesis Pattern and so much more. I was impressed with the songwriting abilities of this band, as well as their performance and how this album was recorded. This is definitely an album I would recommend you take a listen to. Currently, this album is available as a digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon and other music outlets. You can find more about this band by going to their Bandcamp page https://theconduit.bandcamp.com. In closing, I want to thank this band for contacting me on twitter and sending me a digital download of this album to listen to and to give my opinion on this release. I am looking forward to hearing their earlier releases and review them.