Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (latin for If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) is the eight studio album and first new album in three years by South African rock band Seether released on August 28, 2020 on the Fantasy Records label. This album which is the followup to their 2017 critically acclaimed record Poison The Parish features Shawn Morgan on guitar and lead vocals, Dale Stewart on bass and backing vocals, John Humphrey on drums and new member Corey Lowery on lead guitar and backing vocals and was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in December 2019 through January 2020. Prior to release of this amazing album they released three singles Dangerous, Brusied and Bloodied, and Beg. Other notable songs on this thirteen track album are Dead and Done, Buried In The Sand, Failure, and much more. This album features a heavier sound that their previous album and some songs is not suitable for children with the explicit language. This album showcases an amazing performance as well as excellent songwriting my Shawn Morgan and a superb recording which I enjoyed from start to finish. I pre-ordered this album several months ago and got the signed copy of the album as well as a turntable mat and a cloth patch. I highly recommend this album to any Seether or heavy rock fan. You can get your copy on Vinyl, CD or digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers. Please go to their official website https://www.seether.com/ to learn more about this band and their music
The Red Planet is a studio album by English keyboardist and former member of Yes, Rick Wakeman, released on 19 June 2020 on the R&D Media and Madfish Music Records label and featuring an alternative line-up of his backing band, The English Rock Ensemble which features Dave Colquhoun on guitars, Lee Pomeroy on bass and Ash Soan on drums. Wakeman revealed that it will take form as an instrumental progressive rock album that is “keyboard-heavy” in a similar style to his 1973 debut, The Six Wives of Henry VIII. This eight-song album with connections to space features such tracks as Ascraeus Mons, Arsia Mons, Olympus Mons, Pavonis Mons. This great release features an amazing performance, excellent songwriting talent, and a superb recording. I have been a big fan of Rick Wakeman since his days this yes and his earlier solo work. If you are a big Rick Wakeman fan like I am, you will definitely want to add this album to your music library. This awesome release is available on Vinyl, CD, and digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers.
Billy Livesay, best known for his work with E Street Band legend Clarence Clemons as his Guitarist & Vocalist, is releasing a new album with his group The Livesays called The Rhythm Of Love And Dysfunction on Sept 20th, 2020. This amazing album was recorded in 2018 and was set to be released early in 2019. Tragically, on November 2nd, 2018, the band experienced unimaginable sorrow when their drummer, Eddie Zyne, passed away from a heart attack. With the replacement drummer Howard Goldberg, they were able to finish the album. This thirteen track album features Billy Livesay on guitar and lead vocals, Jorge Laplume on bass and vocals, Victor “Cuqui” Berrios on organ and vocals, Tim Murphy on piano and vocals and Howard Goldberg on drums on such tracks as When I Dream which has a Bruce Springsteen sound, a great cover of Crosby Stills Nash and Young classic Woodstock, an amazing cover of Don Henley’s hit Heart Of The Matter, Book Of Rules, Rhythm Of Love and so much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great vocals and amazing rhythm and blues sound as well as brilliant songwriting and a superb recording. I hope I will get the opportunity to hear this band’s earlier work in order to see the growth of them as performers and as songwriters. To learn more about this band, their music, and their tour schedule when this pandemic is over, go to their official website https://www.thelivesaysmusic.com/
As He Now Appears is the instrumental debut album by Elliot Nelson, a British born instrumental solo artist, composer, and producer from the north of England released on August 7, 2020. Elliot is the son of Be-box Deluxe frontman Bill Nelson and on this album, he brings to this album a mixture of various music genres from electronic, jazz, ambient classical, and experimental rock. This eleven-song album features such great tracks as the title track As He Now Appears, The Ethereal Balloon, God’s Pythons, From The Blonde To The Beast and so much more. I was impressed with the performance on this album as well as the brilliant songwriting talent and a superb recording. This is an artist I am looking forward to hearing more from in the future. This amazing release is available on digital download from Bandcamp and other music outlets.
Gigaton is the eleventh studio album by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released on March 27, 2020, on the Monkeywrench/Republic Record label. This is the band’s first studio album in seven years with the last one being Lightning Bolt released in 2013. Pearl Jam comprises of Eddie Vedder on lead vocals and guitar, Jeff Ament on bass, Matt Cameron on drums, and Stone Gossard and Mike McCready on guitar. This album so far has spawned four singles Dance Of The Clairvoyants, Superblood Wolfmoon, Quick Escape, and Retrograde. Other notable tracks are Who Ever Said, Never Destination, and several others. In each album I hear by this great band, I can hear the growth of them as songwriters and musicians. This release was well written with all members of the band taking songwriting credits plus a great performance and superb recording and production. If you are a Pearl Jam fan like me, you will want to add this one to your Pearl Jam library which is available in Vinyl, CD, and digital download format from all music outlets.
Love is the second album by Southern California based progressive rock band Staring Into Nothing released March 13, 2020, featuring founders Steve Rogers (keyboards and vocals) and Kurt Barabas (bass, vocals, and guitars) who take a Steely Dan-esque approach to music creation, using the studio and a revolving cast of world-class collaborators to create music that observes and scrutinizes the human experience. Joining Rogers and Barabas on this album are Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Santana, Ringo Starr) on drums, Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos) on percussion, Mike Keneally (Zappa, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani) on guitars, Trey Gunn (King Crimson, John Paul Jones) on Warr Guitar, Dave Nachmanoff (Al Stewart) on background vocals/acoustic guitar and Danny T. Levin (Iggy Pop, Twenty One Pilots, Vampire Weekend) on horns. This twelve track album starts off with songs titled after the four seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn, then moves into such tracks as Beautiful Delusion, Only Love, Amazing Grace, and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with that great soft rock sound, excellent vocals, and great instrumentation. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as superb songwriting and recording. This is a perfect album to listen to in the morning while you are working up to listen to something heavier later in the day. I hope to get the opportunity to hear their first album to see the growth from the first album to the present. This album is one I would highly recommend that you add to your music library and is available from Bandcamp, Amazon and other music outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this band and their music, go to their official website https://www.staringintonothing.com/
Transitory is the fourth album I have reviewed by the award-winning aeronautical engineer, music producer, and songwriter Dr. Chrispy (AKA Dr. Chris Boshulzen), released on August 7, 2020, on the Interplanetary Records label. This seven-track EP is a collection of short stories woven over old school beats and instrumentation, with a mixture of live, sampled, and electronic instruments to create a nostalgic feeling with each song describing a certain time of day whether it is morning afternoon or evening. I was quite impressed with the performance as well as how it was written, recorded, and produced. I am always looking forward to seeing what this amazing artist does next. You can find this EP at Bandcamp, Spotify and other outlets where music is sold. You can learn more about this artist and his other releases by going to https://drchrispy.bandcamp.com/
For my 1721st review, I am proud to present the debut album by the band OGD called The Big Game, scheduled for release on August 24, 2020. The band features Derek Olivero (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Bobby Gavin (Drums, Vocals), and Dave De Ranieri (Bass, Vocals). This ten-track album features original compositions with the modern rock sound with shades of earlier great legends such as Rush, Kiss, Nirvana, and others with such tracks as Young Love, The Word, Innocence Ran, Dreamland, Outland and much more with great vocals and impressive guitar work. I was quite impressed with the songwriting talents on this album as well as an amazing performance, superb recording, and great production. This is an album I highly recommend that you take a listen to and will be available on CD, Vinyl (which I hope to add a signed copy to my library) and digital download from Bandcamp and other music outlets on August 24th. To learn more about this band, their music and more, go to their official website https://ogdband.com/
Paint Still Wet is the fifth album and September 18, 2020 album by singer/songwriter Peggy James on the Happy Growl Records label. Paint Still Wet is produced by Jim Eannelli, who colors the project from the wide palette of his own background as a multi-instrumentalist rock, pop, folk, blues performer. He played on all tracks with help from some of Milwaukee’s top musicians including guitarist Daryl Stuermer (Genesis/Phil Collins Band/Jean-Luc Ponty), harmonicists Jim Liban and Lil’ Rev, pianist Connie Grauer and drummers John Calarco and Victor Span. This twelve track album is a mixture of country, country rock, a bit of Americana, which features such great tracks as Lets Fly Away, Holdin’ Hands, Head Over Heels, Nothin’s The Same and much more. I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as songwriting, recording, and production. I hope in the future to hear Peggy’s earlier work so I can see the growth of her talent over the years. The album releases September 18th in digital and physical formats on Happy Growl Records and many other music outlets. For information on Peggy James please visit http://www.facebook.com/PeggyJamesMusician In closing want to thank my friend Gary Tanin for turning me on to this great album.
After almost a two month hiatus due to my move to Florida and getting settled, I am back with a review for a band I have reviewed twice in the past. What do you get when you take two theatrical lead vocalists, a keyboard player from Juilliard, a versatile rock virtuoso on guitar, a zany bass player from another galaxy, and a drummer with progressive rock in his DNA? The answer is the progressive rock band Circuline and their forthcoming live Blu-Ray/DVD/CD called Circulive: New View set to be released on October 9, 2020 on the Innernova Records label. The album was recorded at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey in 2017 and features Andrew Colyer on keyboards, vocals and percussion, Darin Brannon on drum and keyboards, Natalie Brown on lead vocals and percussion, William “Billy” Spillane on lead vocals and rhythm guitars, Joel Simches on bass, drums and acoustic guitar and Alek Darson on lead and rhythm guitars. This album has an amazing sound that is live with this thirteen track album which features such tracks as Black Sun, Nautilus, Fallout Shelter, Summit and so much more. I was very impressed with the songwriting growth as well as the recording and performance on this amazing live album which will be available on October 9th everywhere that CDs and digital downloads are sold.