I have no idea when this column will appear as I am currently sitting internet-less on a generator on the coast of Maine, thanks to Sandy the Hurricane. Wind has died down—to be replaced with the delicate sound of chainsaws.
Danger Zone produce a fine line of heavy rock that is sure to please. Undying is a clear statement of Krokus-like European hard rock. This is that sort of music that has balls, but still makes sure to have enough of a catchy vibe to keep everyone happy. If you remember the name, it is because they were originally around in the '80s. Quite a rebirth, this album.
Another bunch of Italians are the band F.E.A.S.T. with their latest release Strong, Wild and Free. Lyrically it's a bit cringe-worthy at times, most especially on the well-meant track "Children of Beslan". Songwriting is not up to the quality of the playing. This a decent album but there is something that ain't quite there yet.
Fontanelle play some very odd, but genuinely endearing, jazz fusion rock that I found myself enjoying despite initial misgivings. Vitamin F is certainly not what you would expect to read about in this column, but it could not go without mention. Strange music for sure, but with enough to make it interesting.
GTS are a band that I had not heard of before now. More fool me, it seems. There is quality AOR on both Tracks from the Dustshelf & Time Stood Still. The members were veterans of British bands of note in the '80s and as session musicians. Think of this bunch as a British Winger and you would not be far off in style or quality. Add in a touch of Toto for good measure.
Steve Harris (yeah that Steve Harris, of Iron Maiden and bass god fame) has a solo album out. British Lion has little in common with Maiden except for that unique bass sound of Harris. This is a more modern hard rock album and takes a while to get used to. Don't be too hard on the singer, who is no Bruce Dickinson in terms of range or feeling. If you give it half a chance I think you just might enjoy this release.
Heaven's Cry are a bunch of Quebeckers who sound nothing like Voivod but still do something unique. The band have lost a bit of their prog-metal vibe and are far more melodic hard rock. Wheels of Impermanence has the band, that are back from a near decade-long hiatus, sounding a hell of a lot like latter-day Lillian Axe.
Well that is your lot for this week. Stay safe & rocking out there.