Hope everyone is staying warm this winter. Here are a few more releases for your listening pleasure.
First up we have another Deep Purple live release, Live in Paris 1975 [Remastered]. This is from the David Coverdale/Glenn Hughes version of the band (Mark III) and they are at the height of their abilities here. It even has a 25-minute interview with Coverdale, Hughes, and Ian Paice as a “bonus track”. It also has Burn-era Deep Purple live and in their glory, so what is there not to like?
Mustasch have a very odd name but deliver some damn fine metal. Sounds like Hell, Looks like Heaven is a kick arse slab of straight-ahead heavy rock. The band tread a thin line between heavy metal and straight-up stoner rock—oh yes. I may not have heard about them but they have been around since the late ’90s. They are worth checking out, that is for sure.
Another band I was not aware of is Mystery Blue. Conquer the World is female-fronted heavy metal at its purest. They are French and have been around since the early ’80s with a full eight albums to their credit. There is a touch of Warlock about this band and there is nothing at all wrong with that. They are one of France’s best kept secrets.
Pink Cream 69 have released a great slab of hard rock with their latest album Ceremonial. There is absolutely nothing to complain about with this effort. Not one stinker of a track; every one of them is a winner. Catchy, simple and enjoyable is a great way to sum up PC69′s latest release. If you like quality hard rock, then you owe it to yourself to check this out.
Paganland is a new band from the Ukraine and they play pagan black metal, not surprisingly. Wind of Freedom is their debut release and it is quite a good one. The band are quite melodic in outlook and eschew the grunt and groan of the genre. In fact, I am not even sure if this is “black” metal at all but it is one of the better such debuts I have heard of in recent years.
There is a touch of Leaves’ Eyes about Upon Wings, at least vocally. This is modern metal combined with operatic vocals. There is a touch of goth about it as well but it is a bit heavier than most. Still, Afterlife is a curious EP and one that sets up the listener quite well for an eventual album. Let’s hope on the album the mix does more to feature the vocals than on this EP.
Well that is your lot for this week. Stay safe and rocking out there everyone.