On Friday, March 29, 2019, Ape Shifter release their follow-up album to their debut with their sophomore release Ape Shifter II on the Brainstorm Records label. From rockin’ 70’s riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves and all-out bashers, Ape Shifter give new meaning to intense simian instrumental rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo. This German band features Jeff Aug on guitar, Florian Walter on bass and Kurty Münch on drums. This thirteen track album with hard guitar instrumentals features such tracks as Gravity, Haskett, American Eagle, Jiggy Jiggy Boom Boom, and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed. This album will be available on March 29th from Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
It’s All About The Love is the October 17, 2015 debut album by Florida singer/songwriter Robert Bidney. The line up on this album is Robert Bidney on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano, Fernando Perdomo (who I have reviewed several of his albums) on drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and percussion, and Alex Schecter on horns. This nine track album of original songs written by Robert Bidney features such tracks as the title track It’s All About The Love, Love To Share, Love Me Now, Take Away Your Love, and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and am very impressed with his songwriting abilities, as well as this amazing performance and how well this album was recorded. You can find this album from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.
Demoed In Detroit 1997-98 is the January 29, 2019 album by Sponge, an American alternative rock band from Detroit, Michigan and released on the Cleopatra Records label. This band formed in 1991 went through several changes throughout the years. The lineup on this album consists of Vinnie Dombroski on vocals, Joey Mazzola and Mike Cross on guitars, Tim Cross on bass and Charlie Glover on drums. This collection is a never-before-released set of studio recordings taped in Detroit following the band’s blockbuster sophomore album Wax Ecstatic! For reasons known only to the band, these recordings were shelved and a new set of recordings were produced for Sponge’s 1999 album New Pop Sunday. But now those incredibly inspired studio sessions from 1997-1998 are available for the first time anywhere. This eighteen track album feature thirteen original songs and three blistering cover tunes as well as 2 exclusive acoustic versions of their hits Plowed and Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain). Among the other tracks on this album are original tracks How Much Do You Think Of Love, Great Big Flop, Get Down And Assumed The Position, Someone To Talk To and many others, as well as three covers, Break On Through ( a Doors classic), My Generation (a hit by The Who), and Born To Be Wild (a Steppenwolf gem). This great album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and is an essential album for fans of Sponge and classic ’90s alternative rock! This classic album is available from Amazon, Itunes, Cleopatra Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Ballad Of The Human Condition is the 1 February 2019 album by Denver Colorado base metal band Venom & Valor. This great band consists of Teylor on vocals, Talon on guitars, James on guitars, Sean on bass, and Nate on Drums. This six-track EP features clean and unclean vocals, driving drum beats, heavy guitar riffs, and pounding bass lines on such tracks as Emery, Power Of Ass Whooping, Walk The Talk and much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced and this release is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.
Native Tongue is the eleventh studio album by American alternative rock band Switchfoot. It was released on January 18, 2019, through Fantasy Records. This great band features Jon Foreman on lead vocals & guitar, Tim Foreman on bass, Chad Butler on drums, Jerome Fontamillas on keyboards, and Drew Shirley on guitar. This superb album has spawned four singles, the title track Native Tongue, Voices, All I Need and Let It Happen. It also features such great notable tracks as Oxygen, Prodigal Son, Wonderful Feeling and so much more. I was impressed with the songwriting on this album (all tracks were written or co-written by Jon and Tim Foreman) and how well this album was recorded, performed and produced. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to purchase your own copy from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Bad Somethings is the October 26, 2018 debut album by The Bad Somethings release on the Squib Kick Records label. This band of 70’s/80’s style rock consists of Kenny Richie on drums & vocals, and Leo Davidson on guitars and vocals. For a two-piece band, I am impressed by how they were able to make this sound like a four-piece band with great vocals and instrumentation. There are a lot of great songs on this nine-track album such as Let It Roll, Along For The Ride, End Of The Night, New Generation and so much more. This debut album was well written, performed and recorded. This album is available in digital download format from CD Baby, Amazon, and other outlets.
Autumn Leaf is the November 2, 2017 album by Viggenblot released on the BlueFreya Records label. This band consists of Daron Olson on rhythm and bass guitars and Richard Baysinger on lead and acoustic guitars, drums, keyboards, and fretless bass. This five track EP album features unclean vocals, great guitar licks, and driving drum beats on such tracks as Steel Truth, the title track Autumn Leaf, Lisbon, Tortured Truth and one more. I was quite impressed with how well this album was performed, written and recorded. This is a band I have got hooked on and hungry for more. This album is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.
For 1096th review, I am proud to present This Light I Hold, the fifth studio album by Nashville, Tennessee metalcore band Memphis May Fire and a band I will be seeing live on March 3, 2019, at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee. It was released on October 28, 2016, by Rise Records and this will be my second review for this great band. This great band consists of Matty Mullins on lead vocals, Kellen McGregor on lead and rhythm guitars, Cory Elder on bass guitar and Jake Garland on drums. It is also the last album to have rhythm guitarist Anthony Sepe before his departure on January 2017. This thirteen track album spawned three singles Carry On, the title track This Light I Hold, and Wanting More as well as notable tracks The Enemy, That’s Just Life, The Antidote and much more with unclean vocals, heavy guitar riffs and driving drum beats. I was impressed with how well it was written, recorded, produced and performed. This album is available on colored vinyl, CD, and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets.
Joint Effort is the February 8, 2019, digitally remastered archive re-release by American rock group Humble Pie on the Cleopatra Records label. A very special lost album recorded in 1974-75 at Clear Sounds Studio with the classic line-up of Steve Marriott on guitar/vocals, Greg Ridley on bass, Dave Clempson on guitar, and Jerry Shirley on drums. This ten track album contains never before heard original compositions by the band plus blazing covers of James Brown and Aretha Franklin hit Think, The Beatles classic Rain and Betty Wright hit Let Me Be Your Lovemaker as well as tracks Midnight Of My Life, Snakes & Ladders, Charlene and much more. I was impressed with how this album was written, remastered, recorded, performed and produced. This classic album is available on limited edition colored vinyl, CD and digital downloads from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets.
Kiss Of The Night is the January 11, 2019 album by Finish metal band Lazy Bonez on the E-X-R Metal Records. This great band consists of Tommi Salmela on vocals, Markku Mähönen on Guitar & backing vocals, Mikko Niiranen on Guitar & backing vocals, Jaakko Kauppinen on bass & backing vocals, Topi Kosonen on drums, and Heikki Polvinen and Janne Tolsa on synthesizers. This thirteen track albums features great guitar riffs, wailing vocals and great synthesizer work which reminds me a lot of the hair bands of the eighties with such tracks as Everlasting, Run, the title track Kiss Of The Night, Slaves Of The Dark, Psych Ward, a great ballad Forever Young, and so much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded and I became a big fan of this band, wanting to hear more from them and would see them live if they came to my area. Please go to Spotify and Youtube and check out this album. After hearing it you will want to go to Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold to get your own copy of this amazing album.