Back Above The Clouds by Warmrain

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

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Season Of Mist by Eric J. Confer

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.

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Monarch by The Conduit

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.

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Static Psalms by Saint Alvia

Saint Alvia have been nominated for multiple JUNO, MuchMusic Video and CASBY Awards, featured in Alternative Press, had Top 20 songs at Canadian radio, and have been handpicked to tour with such artists as The Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, Billy Talent, Green Day, Against Me, Arkells and The Bouncing Souls.  The album Static Psalms is their May 21, 2013 album released on the Linus Entertainment Records label.  This band features Greg Taylor on guitars and vocals, Greg Fisher on guitar, Jon Laurin on keyboards, Ben Rispin on vocals, Matt Richmond on drums and Adam Michael on bass.  This thirteen track album that is a mixture of rock, blues, and punk showcases great vocals and instrumentation on such tracks as Whispering To The Dead, Define Me (the intro took me back to Navy boot camp which the cadence, in the beginning, lol) Mother’s Day, The Pressure, The Commute and much more.  This album presents a great performance, amazing songwriting talent, and superb recording.  This album is available in CD and digital download format from Amazon, Apple Music, and other music outlets.  I was just notified that this is available on Vinyl as well.

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False Pretenses by Aittala

For my 1645th review, I am proud to present the album False Pretenses, my third review for the Raleigh, North Carolina based band Aittala which is a mix of classic heavy metal, progressive metal, thrash and hard rock comprising of Eric Aittala on guitar and lead vocals, Gary ‘Zeus’ Smith on drums and vocals, and Ali Lugo on bass.  This new album showcases ten brand new songs that not only continued the songwriting evolution of heavier but catchy songs but also sonically.   Aittala used an entirely different approach for the recording, mixing and mastering to create the best Aittala album to date which features amazing vocals, heavy guitar riffs and driving drum beats on such tracks as Infamy, How Much Longer, Afterthought, Funeral Procession and much more.  After hearing this album, I can see the growth of this band as performers and Eric’s growth as a songwriter plus I was impressed with the recording on this album.  My next goal is hopefully to see this band perform live and write a review of their live performance and finally get the opportunity to meet these guys.  This is an album I highly recommend you add to your music library which is available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets.  To learn more about this amazing band, their other releases and their tour schedule, go to their official website https://www.aittala.com/

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Born Dead by Distorted Visions

Born Dead is the January 30, 2020 debut album by Distorted Visions, a metalcore/nu metal band from Milian, Italy featuring Marco Cicala on vocals, his brother Emanuele Cicala on guitar, Tiziano Baruffi on bass and Davide Dalla Pozza on drums.  This twelve track album with powerful vocals and heavy guitar riffs and driving drumbeats has spawned two singles Paranoia and Harakiri.  Other notable tracks on this album are Every Time I Die, Born, Disintegration, Scars and much more.  I was thrilled with the performance on this album as well as this album was written and recorded. Born Dead is available on most digital streaming/download services, including Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Deezer and Amazon Music.  You can learn more about this band by going to their Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/distortedvisionsofficial/

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Resolution by Lamb Of God

Resolution is the seventh studio album by American metal band Lamb of God released January 24, 2012, on the Epic/Roadrunner Records label.  This amazing band which I saw at the Sonic Temple Music Festival last year features Randy Blythe on vocals, Mark Morton on lead guitar, Willie Adler on rhythm guitar, John Campbell on bass and Chris Adler on drums.  This fourteen track album spawned the singles Ghost Walking and Desolation. Other notable tracks on this album are The Undertow, Barbarosa, To The End, King Me and so much more.  I enjoyed the performance on this album with heavy guitar riffs, driving drum beats and unclean vocals as well as great songwriting talent and a superb recording.  This is an album you will definitely want to add to your music library which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and all other music outlets.  To learn more about this band, their music and their tour schedule go to their official website https://www.lamb-of-god.com/

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Y&T (Yesterday & Today) an article by Bob Levoy

Y&T (originally known as Yesterday & Today) is an American hard rock/heavy metal band formed in 1974 in Oakland, California.  The band released two studio albums on London Records as Yesterday & Today in the 1970s, before shortening their name to Y&T and releasing several albums on A&M Records beginning in 1981, plus albums on Geffen Records, Avex Records, and others. The band was originally co-managed by Herbie Herbert (who also managed Journey) and Louis “Lou” Bramy. The band has sold over 4 million albums worldwide to date.  This band born in 1972 consisted of Leonard Haze on drums, Bob Gardner on bass, Wayne Stitzer on piano and Dave Meniketti on guitar got their name from The Beatles 1966 album Yesterday And Today.  After Stitzer quit the group, Gardner switched from bass to rhythm guitar and piano, and Phil Kennemore was brought in to play bass. In 1974, guitarist Bob Gardner left the group and was replaced by Joey Alves. It was this lineup change when the band began writing original material.  The band released their first two studio albums, their self-titled debut Yesterday & Today released in 1976 and Struck Down released in June 1978, through the London Records label. They toured extensively, mainly as an opening act for bands such as Wild Cherry.  The band’s first three studio albums under A&M (a label created by Herb Alpert famous for the Tijuana Brass and Jerry Moss), Earthshaker, released in 1981, Black Tiger, released in August 1982, and Mean Streak, released in 1983, did not gain mainstream exposure but are regarded by fans and music critics alike as some of the band’s best work and songs of these three classic Y&T albums still make up an important part of the band’s live shows.  Y&T’s sixth studio album, In Rock We Trust, released in July 1984, became the band’s highest-charting and selling album and showing their growth as songwriters and performers.  In 1986, drummer Leonard Haze was fired due to drug abuse and was replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso.  In 1989, rhythm guitarist Joey Alves was also fired for drug abuse and was replaced by Stef Burns.  With this new line up, Y&T went on to record the studio album Ten was released in 1990 on the Geffen Records label.  The band decided to discontinue in 1991, concluding with the live album Yesterday & Today Live.  After a four year hiatus, Y&T returned with the same lineup of Meniketti, Burns, Kennemore, and DeGrasso, releasing Musically Incorrect in 1995 and Endangered Species in 1997.  There was another hiatus for another four years where they performed just off and on until 2001 when Y&T officially reunited with virtually the same lineup, but with Leonard Haze returning on drums. In 2003 Stef Burns left the band and he was replaced by rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist John Nymann, who was a childhood friend of the band, and who previously toured on the In Rock We Trust tour as a background vocalist and Rock the Robot, and he sang backing vocals on Down for the Count.  In 2006, Haze was asked to step down again and was replaced by Mike Vanderhule on drums.  In 2009, Y&T inked a deal with the Italian label Frontiers Records for the release of the band’s twelfth studio album Facemelter released in May of 2010.  During the tour to support this album bassist Phil Kennemore was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer so he was replaced by Brad Lang as bassist after Kennemore’s death.  In 2016 Brad decided to leave the band and Aaron Leigh filled in his place.  Since then the band has been active with concert dates in the United States and abroad drawing large crowds at every show.  In January 2018, Y&T released their first-ever acoustic EP titled Acoustic Classix Vol. 1.  In February 2020, I finally got the opportunity to see this amazing band live after all these years.  They still sound as great as they did back in the 70s with strong vocals and guitar riffs. Their biggest singles are Mean Streak from the 1983 Mean Streak album, Don’t Stop Running from the 1984 In Rock We Trust album, Summertime Girls from the 1985 Down For The Count album, Contagious from the 1987 Contagious album, and Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark from the 1990 Ten album.  I am looking forward to their next album whenever it is released.  If you ever get a chance to see them live, do not miss it, I guarantee you will not regret it.  You can find out more about this band, their music, their current tour schedule and more by going to their official website https://www.yandtrocks.com/

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Let’s Get Lit With The Mojo Gurus by The Mojo Gurus

Let’s Get Lit With The Mojo Gurus is the March 24, 2009 album by Tampa, Florida based rock and roll band The Mojo Gurus on the Linus Entertainment Records label.  This rowdy rock and roll band consists of  Kevin Steele on vocals and harmonica, Doc Lovett on guitar and vocals, Vinnie Granese on bass and vocals and Sean Doyle on drums and vocals.  This thirteen track of original songs features such great tracks as I Can’t Stand to Hear That Song Again (which has that Rolling Stones song kind of sound), You Didn’t Have To Do Me (Like That), (Just A) Couple Of Kicks, Rebelene, 13, Party Doll and so much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great songwriting work as well as brilliant performance and superb recording.  I am hoping I get the opportunity to hear their other albums as well.  This is an album you will want to check out which is available from Amazon, Itunes, and many other music retail outlets. To learn more about this band go to their official website https://www.mojogurus.com/  In closing, I want to thank Dawn Loucks with Linus Entertainment for sending me this awesome CD

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Vegas Blue by The Brian Tarquin Project

Multi-Emmy award-winning guitarist/producer/composer Brian Tarquin presents Vegas Blue, an album that is scheduled for release on March 27, 2020, from the Guitar Trax Records label.  This eleven-track album is in memory to the tragedy that occurred October 17, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and features the guest performances of Steve Morse, Trey Gunn, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Naro, Hal Lindes, Tony Carey and many others.  This album is a perfect mix of blues, rock and a little bit of jazz with such great tracks as Lights Of Las Vegas, Tomorrow’s Another Day, the title track Vegas Blue, Evil In Men’s Hearts and much more.  I was moved by the performance on this album as well as how it was written and recorded.  This is an album I would highly recommend adding to one’s music library which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, and many other music outlets.  I want to thank Billy at Glass Onyon PR for sending this amazing album

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