Another mixed collection of new music, all worthy of your attention of course.
Anette Olzon has released Shine as her solo comeback statement. She left Nightwish a few years ago under quite the cloud on a tour of South America. Many never thought she was the right fit for Nightwish in the first place, not having the operatic style (or range) needed for their music. This album is far more to her liking, with catchy melodies and a pop-tinge to the tracks. There is still a heaviness here, but this is more Within Temptation than Nightwish. The title track sums it all up quite well. It is great to see Olzon in a musical setting more to suited to her voice, like “Falling”.
Anubis Gate just released the mighty fine Horizons. It is progressive metal at its finest and I understand why people have been making such a fuss about it. These guys certainly have their chops down. This Danish bunch walk the tightrope between power and prog metal. They meld the two genres quite well into a good mix of heavy but catchy clever metal. Songs like “Hear My Call” sum up what these guys are all about and make the album worth your time. This is one of those bands that passed me by, but I am very glad to finally become aware of them.
L.R.S. have released an album called Down to the Core. This is some more finely-tuned and produced AOR that, given the right mood, just hits the spot. Clearly this band know how to churn out the catchy pop-tinged AOR like most people breathe. While not for some, there is a certain music fan that loves this stuff, especially when done this well. While tunes like “Waiting for Love” aren’t the most original, no one really cares when they sound this good.
Sevendust are back with Time Travelers & Bonfires, out on U.S. tax day (April 15). It is probably the mellow outing that many people will need after paying their cut to the government. This is quite enjoyable, mellow, rock fare that is catchy and substantive enough not to turn into background noise. They have nailed the “acoustic” album down nicely, which might just attract new fans to the band. And thankfully the lead singer does not whine his way through songs, which so common in this genre. Tracks like “Under it All” were a pleasant surprise to me and I quite enjoyed the entire album.
And that is your lot for the week. Stay safe and rocking out there.Amazon Powered by Sidelines