After a health-enforced hiatus I am glad to be back writing reviews. Then again, it has given me lots of time to listen to some cracking music.
21 Octayne have released Into the Open. Quite the hard rock album it is in the end. It has enough substance to keep you interested while still retaining that sense of fun we all crave from this sort of music. It reminds me a bit of Buckcherry at their best. No fluff, but a fair amount of variety in the tracks. The first track, “She’s Killing Me,” is quite the kicker of an opening statement. No one should be surprised though as the band have quite the pedigree of experience.
Elvenking have released The Pagan Manifesto in all its glory. This, as you might imagine, does what it says on the cover. Gloriously over the top, power metal, prog fantasy metal in all its outrageous fun. I love every minute of this 12-track affair. Unlike many such albums it is neither too long nor simply too over the top. They have achieved the right balance for this sort of album. If you are in the right mood it is as satisfying as any fantasy epic movie. This is serious headphones and a glass of wine fodder.
Riotgod have released Driven Rise and what a quirky album it is. This is mostly based on the unusual vocal stylings of the lead singer. The nutty lyrics help a bit, as does the neo-prog mixed in with the hard rock at its core. There is a psychedelic hint to all the tracks. “They Don’t Know” is just the sort of nuttiness that makes this release so interesting. Not too quirky as to require the right mood to get into, but just enough to raise it above the norm.
Michael Sweet has just released an album entitled I’m Not Your Suicide. The Stryper frontman obviously has a lot more to say and this is quite the collection of heavy rock. There is something subtly different about the tracks on here as they seem much more personal. Tracks like the title tune are quite the statement and show an interesting side to the vocalist. That said it does not stray too far away from his main band’s sound, so it shouldn’t alienate any fans. An enjoyable collection of tracks for sure.
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