It is time for some good old heavy rock methinks.
The Answer are set to release their new album New Horizon on September 30. Don’t worry, this album does not go in some new wild direction. It is the same old classic hard rock. The Answer is an old reliable that keep churning out dependable hard rock albums that never get old. The Northern Ireland band are one of the wonders of the modern wave of classic hard rock. They manage to sound new and clever, while retaining a sound that is familiar. Consistent and confident, songs like “Concrete” sum this band up very well. Oh yes, and check these boys out live as they will be one of the best things you see this year.
Carousel Vertigo have released Mighty on an unsuspecting world. And what a mighty slab of hard rock this is in the end. Think a merging of The Black Crowes and AC/DC for a direction of this band. A serious blues vibe is prevalent on songs like “I’m Your Man.” There are touches of organ about and some seriously good guitar work. While this might not be the most original music you have heard, there is something quite reassuring about it all. It’ll do your rock & roll heart good to know there are blues rockers like this lot emerging.
Harem Scarem are back with Mood Swings II, which has the same tracklisting as their classic album from 1993 Mood Swings. Confused? Well you should be. It sounds virtually the same, not that is a bad thing, despite being re-recorded in its entirety. I am not complaining about having another excuse to listen to these great tracks. To be fair to Hess and the lads, the album does have three new tracks on it, all of which of having a hard time living up to the original tracks. If you never got the original back in the day and you like slick hard rock, then by all means get this release.
Sammy Hagar is about to drop Sammy Hagar & Friends which features Sammy and his mates having musical fun. The former Montrose/Van Halen frontman has found quite the black book of mates to invite over, including Neil Schon of Journey, Toby Keith, and Nancy Wilson. Good to see Hagar keeping busy while Chickenfoot is on hiatus (his bandmates appear on here too). The music here is quite bluesy in nature and shows off Sammy’s vocal range. Their blues take on Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” works on several levels and he manages a great version of “Magaritaville”. There is enough good material to make this a recommended purchase.
That is your lot for this week, stay safe and rocking out there.Powered by Sidelines