Today is like Christmas with some incredible new releases for those who like it classic, melodic and even blistering!!!!! Here is a look at three of them...
SUMMON THE HORDES - Protector (High Roller Records) - As someone is very selective about their thrash music, I decided to give the latest disc from Sweden's Protector an 'open minded' listen and was quite surprised at what I found. Musically the band is on fire, featuring Michael Carlsson (guitar), Mathias Johansson (bass) and Carl-Gustav Karlsson (drums). The songs are heavy and I mean heavy, reminding me of Megadeth's KILLING IS MY BUSINESS heavy, but with more growl and snarl in the vocals by Martin Missy. Tracks like Realm Of Crime, Steel Caravan and Summon The Hordes have what you would want and expect, but there are a lot of time changes, adjustments and style that make these guys more than just a thrash band. AND the cover... holy crappers!!!!!! This is an album that will appeal to listeners of the Thrash It Out Podcast!!!!!
THE SECRET - Alan Parsons (Frontiers Music) - Alan Parsons is a musical legend! From his production and engineering work with the Beatles and Pink Floyd to his own Alan Parson's Project, the man knows his way around amazing songs and working with talent. On THE SECRET, Parsons has brought in some incredibly talented folks like Lou Gramm, Steve Hackett and on the first single Magic, Jason Mraz. Amid the heavy rock I tend to gravitate too, this album is pure pleasure to listen to and is another one that will be fighting for a spot in my top 20 of 2019. If radio played good music and someone played videos, I Can''t Get There From Here would be a huge hit because of its arrangement, vocal performance and heartfelt playing. Welcome back Mr. Parsons... we have missed you and your talent.
THE GOD MACHINE - Steel Prophet (Rock Of Angels Records) - A band with a deep history, Steel Prophet hits the bulls-eye with their latest, THE GOD MACHINE. Containing ten songs that will not give you a chance to catch your breath, R.D. Liapakis (vocals), Steve Kachinsky (guitar/keyboards), Jon Paget (guitar), rVince Dennis (bass) and John ‘JT’ Tarascio (drums) have crafted a full listening experience. The title track, Crucify and Soulbunter are some of the best songs the band has ever recorded and flow perfectly together. Musically, there is an Iron Maiden feel to the songs meaning there is some epic playing on some very challenging songs. As heavy as this album is, the stand-out track for me is the slower, but quite powerful Buried And Broken. An easy album of the year candidate!!!!
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The Power Chords Podcast is a twice-monthly podcast celebrating rock and metal music of the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. The show is co-hosted by Matt Herring and Brian LeTendre.