Protest The Hero
The cover of the raging bull with the American flag draped over a horn, tattered and torn, really got my attention. It’s a great piece of art.
I had to Google what “Palimpsest” meant. And it means, “a manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed on the erased earlier writing.” Another definition which breaks it down is, “something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.”
Protest The Hero can play their instruments. Their music moves between technical metal with textures from a lot of different genres. So they really earn the “progressive metal” title.
A Metal Injection review said, “the bands Queensryche meets Between The Buried And Me approach makes albums like 2013’s “Volition” indispensable amalgamations of conceptual grandiosity and technicality”.
And if you want a killer review of the album that I agree with, then the metal injection one is it. This album will be streamed for a while.
Landing In Heaven
Free Spirits Rising
About landing in a place in the afterlife and not knowing you are there.
And the best bit is when it changes half way through to a massive 2 plus minute outro section.
I guess “until it’s time to meet again, I’ll be here waiting”. There is an instrumental version of the song as well.
Beyond Your Limits
Long Distance Calling
There album dropped recently and I’ve added all of it to my July playlist. From Germany, I am a fan of their instrumental rock grooves and I am hearing some vocals on this album.
The last three minutes.
The moods that deconstructs and reconstructs the song. Brilliant.
Then that last 30 seconds with that emotive lead break.
So I press repeat to listen again.
Back To Life
From the bands website: “In the new world order, we find ourselves in a position where we can’t go on tour, we feel we have a duty to bring some vibe to the summer of 2020. So kick back, grab a drink, make your backyard a festival area and let us bring you back to life.”
And that’s exactly what I did, in the winter of 2020, Australian style.
Blood From Above
From the upcoming “Even The Devil Believes” album, which will surely get the clergy into a mess. Its classic Stryper. Here is a review from a blog that I follow which I totally agree with.
When Bonamassa rocks out like he does on this one, I’m all in.
And the title hooked me in straight away because it reminded me of “And The Cradle Will Rock”. There is even a small section in the lead break, that brings back memories of Van Halen.
After A Few
Another Lost Year
I feel a bit tipsy after a few and I’m ready for a party, but in this song, they take it too far and make it way too hard to move on, after a few drinks.
A great listen.
That bass riff to kick off the song sounds dangerous as we are told to take off the blinders that cover our eyes.
That funky groove. Hot Damn.
From Melbourne, Australia and one of the best progressive metal bands out there.
It’s been six plus years since they released the excellent “Distant Is The Sun” and in between they have had their setbacks in getting this album done, especially around vocalist Silvio Massaro and his throat infections and respiratory illnesses.
If you like bands like Evergrey, then there is no way you can’t like Vanishing Point. Guitarist Chris Porcianko is an excellent song writer, creating intricate and syncopated riffs. And the dude can shred and be emotive as well.
This is the title track of album number 6.
The haunting piano kicks it off, and then that syncopated riff comes in, which reminds me of “The Masterplan” and “A Touch Of Blessing” blended together.
And I was all in.
4 thoughts on “June 2020 – Part 3”
The last Stryper album was great so I am eager to hear this one. Michael Sweet has been writing some of the best stuff of his career over the last 10 years I would say. Can’t wait!
I totally agree with you on Michael Sweet. So prolific and still cranking it out. And I’m also looking forward to Stryper’s new album
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