We have a nice range of the developing types of progressive music and a blast from the past.
Greg Lake has a new release called Songs of a Lifetime and it is exactly what you would expect it to be. It is a collection of songs from his varied and rather long career. His career has seen him as part of King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Asia, plus a solo career. I suspect fans of the man will lap up this collection with its storyteller asides from the man to the enraptured audience. He tosses in a few covers of his favorite and influential songs on this live disc. Oh yes, his voice is in fine form.
Freedom Call have released a compilation of their best, with some added extras, called Ages of Light. Now the extras are not just the average rough/demo versions of songs, but some really fun ones. The reggae version of “Mr. Evil” is a highlight for sure and got my feet tapping. It should be a single for the summer. A metal folk version of “Metal Invasion” is quite catchy as well, so is their swing version of “Age of the Pheonix”. It is good to see power metallers have a bit of fun. This is a great collection for people interested in the band, with enough extra meat to deserve a purchase for fans as well.
Patrick Hemer is a German with a progressive metal album out called More Than Meets the Eye. While he doesn’t do all the instruments, he does almost all of it himself except for drums and some keyboards. While not the strongest vocalist for the music, his playing is quite impressive. Still, this is certainly a guy to watch and not a bad debut. He certainly has the tunes and the skills to make it work.
Rhapsody of Fire are out with a live CD called Live – From Chaos to Eternity and it sees the band in full flow. They are playing their symphonic power metal in front of an adoring crowd. This is wonderful, over the top stuff, just wondering why they felt the need to include guitar and drum solos. Live in concert they are mostly bearable, but on a live CD they are just tedious. The flamboyance is just a tiny bit more fun because these guys are Italian. That said these guys are a quality act and this CD shows what a damn good band they are live.
The Ocean have released yet another eclectic collection called Pelagial. This is the kitchen sink variety of progressive music where you never know what comes next. This bunch are for the brave and open-minded listener without a doubt. However, if you are in the mood to have your ears and mind tossed around from style to style then this fits the bill perfectly. For those that think Neurosis is not edgy enough.
Warnot have released an impressive collection of tracks in the form of His Blood is Yours. It is all the more impressive when you realise this is one guy who plays all the instruments himself and sings damn well. This is no bedsit dirge, minimalist black metal either, but full-blown symphonic metal with all the pomp necessary. This is just a straight-up impressive album from start to finish. If you are into symphonic metal then you owe to yourself to pick this up. Björn Eliasson is one talented chap, that is for damn sure.
And there is more of this to come in the next few weeks. Stay safe, rocking, and observant out there guys.Powered by Sidelines