Better Days is the October 2, 2012 release by Alternative Metal/Hard Rock band Another Lost Year, 5 guys from an unlikely area of rock, Charlotte, North Carolina released on the Thermal Entertainment Records label. With their influences of Bush to Breaking Benjamin, bandmembers Clinton Cunanan, Adam Hall, David Whitaker, Lee Norris, and Andrew Allender showcased their chugging guitar riffs, pounding drums, and vocal harmonies provided by all members of the band and demonstrated their talents with such tracks as the title track Better Days, War On The Inside, Broken, Angels and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded, produced and written. Check out this album on Spotify and then purchase the album from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Parking Lot Rockstar is the August 14, 2012 album from Wichita, Kansas rock band, Soulicit which is comprised of lead vocalist Darick Parson, guitarist Roll, bassist Kevin Parrow & drummer Trent Boehner. This album was produced by Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Creed, Virgos Merlot) and released on the Thermal Entertainment Records label and consists of such great tracks as Hell Yeah, Complicated, Blow Me Away, Too Cold To Pray, Time To Fly and much more. This great release was well performed, recorded, written, and produced with great vocals and driving guitar riffs. This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets.
Origins is the July 13, 2018 album by Alabama rockers Shallow Side on the Thermal Entertainment LLC Records label. This band is comprised of Eric Boatright (Vocals), Seth Trimble (Guitar/Keyboard), Heath Fields (Drums), and Matt Daniels (Bass). This eleven track album shows the aggressive guitar work, carefully constructed bass passages, and a great voice of this band with such tracks as Try To Fight It, Out Of Reach which is both great acoustic pieces as well as Crazy, We Won’t Die, Crutch and My Addiction. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. I want to thank Kyle Favors for the opportunity to listen and review this great album. This release can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s, Vinyl, and digital downloads are sold.
Wake Up Call is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band Theory Of A Deadman, released on October 27, 2017, through Atlantic and Roadrunner Records and spawned three singles RX Medicate (a song addressing the opioid epidemic in North America), Straight Jacket, and Wicked Game (a cover of a Chris Isaak hit). This band consists of Tyler Connolly on vocals, guitar and piano, Dave Brenner on guitar and backing vocals, Dean Back on bass and backing vocals, and Joey Dandeneau on drums. Wake Up Call has been seen as a departure from Theory of a Deadman’s usual hard rock foundation, moving into pop and pop-rock territory. This eleven track album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This is the first album I have listened to this band and looking forward to hearing their earlier work.
This Scottish Heart is the 9th November 2018 album by United Kingdom artist Dean Ford who was lead vocalist of the sixties group Marmalade who is known for their hit Reflections Of My Life with a different arrangement which is included on this album of thirty tracks that will amaze the listener with its strong melody, intelligent harmonies and catchy songcraft throughout. This collection includes such tracks as Glasgow Road, Nineteen Fifty Three, A New Day, Restless Heart, When Will It End and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Yellow Submarine Songtrack is a compilation/soundtrack album by The Beatles for the 1999 re-release of the 1968 film Yellow Submarine. The film was re-released on 14 September 1999 on the Apple/Capitol/EMI records label. This vinyl was released in two formats, in the standard black vinyl and also on yellow vinyl and contains all but one of the Beatles songs used in the film, including several that were not included on the original 1969 Yellow Submarine album. All songs on this album were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney except four songs that were written by George Harrison. This album features such great tracks as the title track Yellow Submarine, Eleanor Rigby, Nowhere Man, Love You To, Hey Bulldog and much more. Even if you already own the Yellow Submarine Soundtrack, you still will want to add this one to your record library.
Truly Grateful is the March 14, 2017 release by Bazz & The Shiretones featuring Bazz Hutchinson, a distinctive singer song writer, has been covertly influential in the Ayrshire music scene for nearly 40 years. Listening to this CD, I hear a mixture of Country, Rock and Blues in such tracks as Goodbye Mr. Heartache, Arizona, Reasons, Lisa and much more. I was impressed with Bazz’s vocal style and songwriting ability (all songs on this album were written by Bazz Hutchinson). I was also well performed and recorded. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and if you like it as well as I did, you can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Chicago 13 is the eleventh studio album by the American band Chicago, released August 13, 1979, on the Columbia Records label. The other two albums of the 13 were a live album (Chicago At Carnegie Hall) and a greatest hits album (Chicago IX). This is the first Chicago album to bear no significant hit singles. All band members would contribute to the songwriting (one of only two albums where this is the case, with the other being Chicago VII). I still loved this album, especially the tracks Street Player, Must Have Been Crazy, Run Away and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. The song Street Player was also released as a twelve-inch single that was played in nightclubs at that time. If you are a collector of Chicago albums like I am, you will want to add this one to your library.
Exile is the July 17, 2017 album by Ethnor, a progressive death metal band from Chersonesus, Taurica. This five track album is a fusion of blackened death metal mixed with melodic progressive rock, Oriental Music and some industrial elements. I was impressed with heavy guitar riffs, driving drum beats and unclean vocals as well as how they included some sounds such as Greek, Indian and more in their sound on such tracks as The Awakening, Of Ashes and Blood, Desert Winds, Rivers Of Time, and Godless War. This album was well written, recorded, and performed. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great band. Please take a listen to this great album on Spotify and you will want to purchase your album from Bandcamp, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Listen is the July 25, 2018 EP by Mellowphobia, an American Indie-rock Alt-rock band formed in late 2017 and released on the 927481 Records label. Their musical style is inspired by Catfish and The Bottlemen, Arctic Monkeys, the Strokes, Foo Fighters and Cage The Elephant. While Alt-rock at the core, their music contains elements of punk and psychedelic rock. This three track EP consists of the tracks Mellowphobe, Drink and Listen contains great vocals and instrumentation. It was also well written and recorded. I am looking forward to hearing more from this band. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Bandcamp, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.