LUCKYandLOVE - Transitions

LA-based dark-electro pop duo LUCKYandLOVE return with their trademark analogue synthesizers to create a fine collection of danceable, dreamy and melancholic songs on their second album “Transitions”, self-released with support globally from Southern Record Distributors and Forced Exposure.

Enforcer - Zenith

Enforcer have been true darlings of the metal scene, with their cheerful classic inspired metal, youthful looks and silly spandex pants, making them look like the natural heirs to the throne that the old school metal gods are about to vacate… sooner or later… and while I have a first-hand account that the guys live and breathe, what they’re doing, I’ve been a little more critical of their past efforts than most.

Whitesnake - Flesh & Blood

After some soul searching and after considering retirement briefly, the great Covernor and his ever revolving band of merry musicians that make up Whitesnake decided to come up with the goods one more time. Dunno if you’re superstitious, but “Flesh & Blood” – (Skin & Bone) is actually the band’s thirteenth offering, if one includes the Purple one and excludes the EP.

Leverage - Determinus

Leverage is a Finnix sextet, which I remember that Frontiers must have had a bit of faith in as they also did release their second album. They did for some reason stay relatively silent in the past decade, without officially disbanding but only returning to “action” last year by releasing an EP that “Determinus” succeeds.

Tesla - Shock

Tesla was one of the coolest bands that came out of the 80s as they managed to combine the big 80s hard rock sound with a more rootsy attitude and rough and ready sound and managed to differentiate them from most of the hair metal (product) bands that ultimately imploded just as soon as the new decade was in. They did take a short hiatus in the 90s as the rock scene pretty much dead but reunited as the new millennium came about, releasing albums infrequently (if one discards the many live and cover efforts) but touring religiously.

Arch / Matheos - Winter Ethereal

I can pretty vividly remember most than fifteen years ago, how I was pretty enthusiastic to find out, that John Arch (the original voice of Fates Warning) had surfaced and collaborated once again with Fates mainman Jim Matheos, for an EP of only two songs, both clocking over ten minutes, that were reminiscent of the band’s original style, but maybe toned down a bit and a sounding a little more lyrical.

Hardline - Life

Well, Hardline started pretty much as a band of the two Gioeli brothers and through the years has featured some fine musicians, including misters Castronovo & Schon best know from Journey, as well as Josh Ramos and Joey Tafola, among others. Still in recent years, the band has revolved around Johnny Gioeli, who was rather busy this past year and Alessandro Del Vecchio, a guy who writes, arranges and produces a ton of stuff for Frontiers, the label that Hardline belongs to.

Fortune - II

Fortune… a band that’s been a going concern since before I was born in the tail end of the seventies and a band that with its “definite” lineup would be responsible for one of the best, if not the best AOR/Melodic Rock albums of all time with their eponymous 1985 effort.
Now, knowing how good that album is, it’s almost impossible to top it, but I half expected the band to come close to how good they were. Obviously more than 30 years have passed since then but time, what is time?! Really…

Steel Prophet - The God Machine

Steel Prophet definitely deserves a medal for soldiering on. I mean they have been around since the 80s, but typically debuted as the decade turned and have been active ever since. For the best part of their career they’ve been fronted by the rather likable Rick Mythiasin, who’s only absent from 2004’s “Beware” album, where Nadir D’ Priest (London etc.) of all people provided vocals.

Carthagods - The Monster in Me

Carthagods hail from Tunisia and they debuted in 2015 with an album, which despite featuring a number of high profile guests, must have gone largely unheard. Four years later their sophomore effort, “The Monster in Me”, tries to introduce them to a larger crowd. In fact it goes as far as to rework two tracks from their debut that are here provided in more competent forms.