A trio of live albums and some good blues features this week.
Asia, now touring with the original lineup and selling out tours, have a new live album. It is called Resonance and it features the four playing their hits and tracks for their newer albums. Now most people will only care about their prime ’80s material, but their last album was almost on par with anything they have ever done. This is a fine testament to quality that is a live Asia show.
In the Name of Metal is the new release from the band Bloodbound. This album’s title track is a celebration of everything that is, was, and will ever be metal. It is destined to be a great live singalong track that will excite the festival crowds next summer. The Swedish band know their audience and deliver heavy metal to the masses.
Oh look, it is yet another live album from Thin Lizzy. And this one is from the Phil Lynott-free version currently touring all over. The current version has three members of the original band (Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton, and Brian Downey) and three journeyman musicians (Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, and Marco Mendoza). Is there are point to a live Thin Lizzy album without Lynott? Well, I will let you be the judge. There is no doubting the quality of the performance on Live in London 2011. It is a decent listen.
U.D.O., the band fronted by on-again, off-again Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider, is back in action.This live album, called simply Live in Sofia, features Dirkschneider and the guys pumping out both Accept and Udo solo stuff. It could easily be argued that Accept tracks like “Balls to the Wall” overshadow the rest of the material, but Dirkschneider’s fans probably would disagree. It is not a bad intro to Dirkschneider, his unique voice, and his band.
Vanderbuyst are such a good band I have hard time putting words to paper. If you were to look for a template for a classic rock power trio, this bunch are it. Flying Dutchmen sounds new yet at the same time very familiar. Probably the best blues rock band you have never heard of. They are a band that will fill the gap left by Black Country Communion’s recent demise.
Zodiac’s A Bit of Devil is another retro slab of classic ’70s blues rock. The lead singer’s voice sounds a bit like an edgier Chris Rea fronting someone like Bad Company or Bachmann Turner Overdrive. This is a solid album from a great band you also probably haven’t heard of. If you like your blues rock, then check this out.
On that bluesy note, stay safe and rocking out there.