Check out this bunch of new releases. No theme this week, just what caught my attention.
First up we have Great White with their live release 30 Years: Live from the Sunset Strip. This is a competent run-though of their hits and a few new(er) tracks. The trouble is the new lead singer, ex of XYZ, just doesn’t have the soul in his voice like Jack Russell, their original singer. I will reserve my judgement on the new guy when this version of Great White put out new stuff.
Former Eurovision winners and costumed shock rockers Lordi are back with To Beast or Not to Beast. This is Lordi like you would expect. The album is a mixture of anthem-like tracks like “I Luv Ugly” and Rob Zombie-esque creepy rockers like “Horrifiction” and “Candy for the Cannibal”. Whether you think this lot lame, laughable, or lamentable, there is no denying their consistency.
Poco are back with their first album for a rather long time called All Fired Up. These country rockers have treated their fans to quite a collection. The title track is as enthralling as it is ironic. There is a sense of humor on here too with the likes of “Neil Young”, which laments the fact that the lead singer is not related to him.
Tarja Turunen (of Nightwish fame) is back with an album of folk and arias (mostly in Norwegian) called Live at Sibelius recorded with HARUS. If you were under any impression that her voice was a technological creation, it will be dispelled with this release. This is very much a classical recording (with a couple of exceptions) and bears no resemblance to the pomp metal/hard rock of recent releases with her talents. A wonderful collection of enthralling music performed by an exceptional singer.
Dark New Day have a new release called Hail Mary and it is more of their infectious modern rock. There is nothing at all to dislike on here, despite the fact it is a tad poppy. DND do what they do very well and it hard to deny that when listening to this album. I am sure it will take them to the next stage of their career.
Sevendust are another modern-sounding band, but this is more metal than DND. On Black Out the Sun, the band continue the template they started with their previous recording. There is a touch of reggae on here mixed with a heavy dose of Southern-tinged metal, lightly frosted with industrial. Dark, moody, broody and brutal, but never boring.
That ends an eclectic MMM for this week. Stay safe and rocking y’all.Powered by Sidelines