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From Germany, its instrumental Pink Floyd style rock with Tool like grooves and a few vocal tracks. But it’s the moods they set that always hook me in.
“Hazard” has this palm muted riff from 1.42 and it morphs into this little melodic lick from about 2.25 to 2.56. Then its silence and an arpeggio guitar riff begins, while a female voice hauntingly talks about AI possessing a certain set of skills which could turn AI into a superhuman. And its silent for a brief moment, then I’m hooked again from 3.56, when the emotive lead kicks in. It’s a few notes, a few bends, but its impact is immense.
“Voices” and that riff from 2.30, it’s like a palm muted digital delay lick. “Immunity” has this riff/lead from 2.50 and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and from about 3.39 it morphs into a Muse like riff.
And if you want to hear just one track, then “Sharing Thoughts” is the track, especially that whole movement from 1.31 to the end. Then again, the section that starts from 3.05 is essential listening.
“Night Demon” does a new take on an old sound and I like it. “Vysteria” is their new single release and on Spotify, they combined various single releases into an EP. Since they came up with the word, they define “Vysteria” as “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement incited by the media, especially among a group of people during a pandemic”.
“Vysteria” is basically about COVID-19 and how our lives have been affected by restrictions and lockdown, with the conspiracy catch cry of “is it the end of the world, or the thinning of the herd”.
NOBODY IS SAFE
THE VIRUS HAS NO PREDJUDICE
NO BLACK OR WHITE
THE RICH AMONG THE POOR
“Are You Out There” feels like it came from “On Through The Night” and the self-titled Maiden debut. “Kill The Pain” has this “Where Eagles Dare” start before it morphs into a Judas Priest/Metallica cut. “Empires Fall” is “Hit The Lights” only faster. Then again the song is a cover from a NWOBHM band.
The Game Is Over – Evanescence
“The Game Is Over” has me interested to hear what will come next.
A bell tolls and a drum beat plays.
The bass kicks in and Amy Lee’s iconic voice starts telling us she’s had enough of the relationship.
Your sweet words they mean nothing, save your breath
The game is over
Empty Promises – Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Kingfish can play that guitar. I was searching the various sites for new Blues Rock artists to listen to and Kingfish got some loving on a few sites, which got me interested. So I checked him out and I’m glad I did.
The arpeggios to kick it off get me interested, but it’s that lead that kicks in at the 35 second mark that seals the deal.
And the vocals start at 1.10, soulful and bluesy.
Dawn Of The Demos – Taking Dawn
I didn’t think I would like so many cuts from this. If you want to know what this band is like, they started off as “7th Son” in reference to their favourite Maiden album. So heavy metal the way I know it from the 80’s is what this band is about.
“Break”, “Still Breathing”. “Endlessly”, “Godless” and “Transcend The Trend” are favourites.
And if you want a track to check out, go for “Endlessly”.
My Body Is A Cage – Peter Gabriel
“My Body Is A Cage” appeared in the Netflix series “Dark”. It appeared in this crucial ending of an episode and the vocal line echoed the angst of the scene. So I was Shazamming it, because I wanted to know who sang it.
And it was Peter Gabriel. I presumed it was an old cut but it came out in 2010. So it’s relatively new.
Tiny Little Movies – Will Hoge
Will Hoge came into my headspace from the blog 2Loud2OldMusic.
And although not all of the songs connected, the ones had that this country blues soul rock vibe did, like “Midway Motel”, “The Overthrow” and “Even When The River Runs Out Of This Town” are my favourites.
High And Dry – Slade
This came on my radar via Traci Guns who shared a clip of himself playing the vinyl to Dee Snider and he asked Dee to guess who. Dee guessed the artist but he didn’t guess the song.
So I went to Shazam it, while it was playing on TG’s account and I found out it’s called “High And Dry”.
And it came out in 1983 on the album “The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome” which was re-released in the U.S in 1984 as “Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply”.
And the section he shared is that melodic lead break which immediately hooked me in. It’s never too late to discover something new that’s old.
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Slade had a bounce back here in North America in 83 with that record. Thanks to QR of course releasing two Slade singles surely helped.
QR built their career on Slade. Hey. Really dug High And Dry.
So many I don’t know. Glad to see you liked a little of the Hoge man!
Hoge goes alright. I saw that he’s been around for a while so I’ll dig in.
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