This is a very varied bunch this week, well more varied that normal for sure.
Larcimosa's Revolution is great fun despite the fact that you have no idea what the hell they are singing much of the time (unless you speak German). It is jaunty, catchy, and intoxicating. While less intimidating than Rammstein, it retains all their angst. I can't get enough of it and found myself singing along in the car like a fool.
Vangough produce odd music on their release, Kingdom of Ruin, but it is no less enthralling. It took me a couple of listens to get into it but eventually I did. There is very much an epic soundtrack quality to this. They paint pictures with their music, rather apt considering their name isn't it?
A similar, if slightly heavier, vibe can be found on the Bauda release Euphoria...of Flesh, Men and The Great Escape with its heavy rhythm and epic scope of sound. This is not music for the faint of heart, but for the more adventurous and curious.
Another purveyor of soundtrack-feeling music is My Sleeping Karma. Soma is entirely instrumental but it makes it no less an enjoyable listen. Very much an upbeat stoner vibe to this, but it is all quite catchy. This is not dirge music by any means.
The new Marillion is a tough release to like. Sounds That Can't Be Made is not a very good release by the normally consistently good band. There is nothing on here that endears it to me and that is rather sad. Thought a couple of listens would help, but no such luck. It seems a bit overwrought and forced.
While certainly not metal, a few hard rock & metal stalwarts appear on Jon Lord's Concerto for Group & Orchestra disc, including Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. This is the late Deep Purple virtuoso keyboardist's very special work and it is a joy to behold. If you don't have this already, do yourself a favor and get it.
On that eclectic note it is time to take my leave. Stay safe and rocking out there people.