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Music Reviews: The Murder of My Sweet, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Winter in Eden, Teodor Tuff, Spider Rockets, Great White, Wig Wam

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And now for the latest collection of music I have enjoyed over the last few days.

The Murder of My Sweet is the musical intersection between Within Temptation and good Evanescence. The band drift between the heavier end of goth pop metal and the lighter end with ease and aplomb. Bye Bye Lullaby is catchy and does get under your skin quite quickly. I caught myself singing along to songs like “Meant to Last Forever” on the second listen without even realizing it.

Diablo Swing Orchestra is a band I have mentioned in this column before and their latest deserves no less kudos. Pandora’s Pinata will have even the most cloven-hoofed up and dancing in no time. This is truly heavy rock dance music and I love it. These guys need a gig on Dancing with the Stars for next series to make it really interesting.

Winter in Eden have their Echoes of Betrayal for their musical offering this spring. It is quite a good collection of catchy female-fronted gothic metal. While none of the tracks leap out and grab you, this is decent stuff. They might want to up their game in the songwriting department a bit to compete with the A-listers of the genre. However, it is a valuable addition to the genre and a consistently decent release.

Rounding out the catchy heavy rock for the week is the amusingly named Teodor Tuff with their release Solioquy. Never heard of this bunch, but I do rather enjoy what I hear on here. It is heavy yet accessible all the same, with neat touches like female-male vocal trade-offs. Melodic power metal rarely sounds this good. An impressive sophomore release.

Spider Rockets are more on the pop rock end of things, but have no less heavy an attitude. Bitten is the soundtrack you wished your younger siblings obsessed with Twilight were playing. Lashings of glam rock with a touch of Blondie and all the class you want from this sort of music.

Great White are back with Elation and it is some great rock in the L.A. strip sense. A touch of Tesla and a smattering of Dangerous Toys adds up to something quite entertaining. The only trouble is that it ain’t GW, the dripping blues is just not to be had. With no Jack Russell and someone new (Terry Ilous) on the vocals, it just doesn’t sound like GW. When it sounds so different to GW, why not call it something else?

Speaking of the L.A. strip via Norway you have a great bunch of musical ruffians in the form of Wig Wam. The album is called Wall Street and it has all the attitude you expect from this sort of music. Fun, disposable and completely catchy. Kind of like a good night out where you don’t remember what exactly went on but know you had a good time just the same.

On that note, it is time for me to ask you to stay safe and rocking.

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