June had three posts on the new releases.
Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.
Releases from the first 5 months still took a lot of my time along with a lot of 80s music.
For single song releases, Machine Head dropped their “Civil Unrest” single with the songs, “Stop The Bleeding” (featuring Jesse Leach) and “Bulletproof”.
“Stop The Bleeding” is a great song.
The riffage, the punk like feel in the chorus and the lyrics, “Beating after beating, throat choked under knee, help me please because I can’t breathe, just stop the bleeding”.
Will anything really change in the long run to stop the bleeding?
Free Spirits Rising released “Landing In Heaven” and that 2 minute outro.
Gathering Of Kings released a super catchy melodic rock album called “Discovery” and Mike Tramp dropped an excellent rock album called “Second Time Around”.
Tramp told us how he sold his heart and soul for rock and roll in “All Of My Life” and how “The Road” broke him, made him, turned his tears to smiles and brought him home again. It’s the road he never wants to end.
He also saw life come and go so fast on the “Highway” as he went for a ride and never looked back, finding love, finding heartache, finding highs and crashing lows.
A new band on Frontiers called Passion released their self-titled album. They basically cover most of the 80’s/early 90’s sounds.
Kiss. Its covered. Keel. It’s covered. Ratt. Its covered. Skid Row. Its covered. Hurricane. Its covered. Winger. It’s covered.
And the album that reigned supreme for me in June is “Palimpsest” from Protest The Hero.
The cover of the raging bull with the American flag draped over its horn, tattered and torn, really got my attention. It’s a great piece of art.
I had to Google what “Palimpsest” meant. Which is, “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 further is, “something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.”
Like history. It’s been rewritten that many times that the truth is somewhere there but it’s not visible.
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.
This album will be streamed for a while.
Check it out.