This will be the final post for November 2020 releases.
To put into context the volume of November releases that I had in my Spotify playlist, it came to 44 hours of music for the month.
All covered in 8 posts.
The most I have done for any month.
I liked the first two albums, and purchased a few more here and there after that. I was aware they had returned, at first in two different versions and now as just one version. While the previous album didn’t get me interested, “Renegades” does.
Listen to the riffs in “Crawl” and you will be pressing like and save. “Why Ask Why” is a cross between punk rock and hard rock. “Lost Boys” is essential listening. “You Can’t Walk Away” is a ballad, a cross between Southern Rock and The Beatles. The title track “Renegades” sounds like a Billy Idol cut with Steve Stevens.
The Night Flight Orchestra
“Paper Moon” is another single release from my favourite retro sounding rockers in the modern age.
And it’s perfect.
Kill The Lights
A smashing cover of “Battery” from Metallica. Press play and enjoy.
Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons
This is a good blues rock album with a mix of modern metal and rock chucked in. Check out songs like “We’re The Bastards” with its “For Those About To Rock” interlude and “Son Of A Gun” with its fast rockabilly metal feel.
“Promises are Poison” boogies its way into my brain and the vocal melody is reminiscent to Gavin Rossdale from Bush.
Chris Adler is a fantastic drummer and one of the best in the metal genre. His work with Lamb Of God, Megadeth and Protest The Hero is a masterclass in groove metal, thrash metal and progressive metal. Whatever went down with him and the rest of Lamb of God is between them and I’m still a fan of both artists.
Firstborne is a new metal and hard rock project from Chris Adler on drums, James Lomenzo on bass, guitarist Myrone and singer Girish Pradhan.
There’s an EP of songs plus a few stand alone singles and a cover of “Seperate Ways” from Journey.
Serj Tankian and Destind
“War” is the song. It’s fitting as Serj is a big activist for humanitarian issues and the recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has escalated his activism.
They have re-recorded their classic album, “Lightning To The Nations 2020″ for the 40-year celebration.
Plus they’ve added some covers to the album, like Judas Priest’s “Sinner”, Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, Deep Purple’s “Rat Bat Blue” and Metallica’s “No Remorse”.
When you add the classic Diamond Head songs (which Metallica have covered) like “The Prince”, “Sucking My Love”, “It’s Electric”, “Helpless” and “Am I Evil”, you get a sense of DH’s influence to the sound of metal.
Jamey Jasta has always been on my radar but since his solo album work and his work with Dee Snider, I’ve become a fan.
The riffs are metal and lyrically I think that writing lyrics for Dee Snider has rubbed off on Jasta as well.
Dream Theater and Volbeat also released live albums. There are so many doing the rounds these days, it’s hard to keep up. But I am biased when it comes to these two bands, so they will be getting spins well into Christmas and the New Year.