Kiss are back with an album called Monster and for once this lot have lived up to their hype. This is quite frankly the best thing Kiss has done since the '80s. The sound reminds Kiss fans of their output in the early days. It might have something to do with the fact that guitarist Tommy Thayer has been co-writing much of the music on here. Kudos to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons in letting other band members have a crack at things. If you ever liked Kiss then this one is worth your attention.
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth & Metallica fame join forces with Dan Spitz of Anthrax fame on an album called Red Lamb. Pretentious wank that should remain a one-off? Far from it, the one feeling you are left with at the end of this album is a desire that this leads to the collaboration becoming a real band. Oh yes and it is for charity, mate! That is right, some damn good metal, all in aid of autism awareness. If Mustaine had replaced Joey Belladonna one of the many times he left Anthrax, this might be what it would have sounded like.
And finally we come to the live album from Gamma Ray. Called Skeletons & Majesties Live, this a wonderful two-CD 20-song release that includes appearances from Mike Kiske (ex-Helloween, Kai Hansen of GR's main man's ex-band) on several tracks including Helloween’s classic "Future World". Not exactly the best intro to the band but an enjoyable live album nonetheless.
Stay safe and rocking this week.