October had five posts on the new release front.
Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.
Part 4 is here.
Part 5 is here.
For single song releases, The Night Flight Orchestra did great with “Impossible” and “Reach Out”, released as a single. As soon as the rock, funk, disco feel of “Impossible” kicks in, I’m hooked.
The Night Flight Orchestra and Soilwork, go hand in hand. While TNFO is melodic AOR, Soilwork is melodic death metal. Both bands share the same creative forces in vocalist Bjorn Strid and guitarist David Andersson. So it’s no surprise that Soilwork also released a single.
“The Nothingness And The Devil” is the single from Soulwork and the main riff gets me interested to learn it.
Atreyu released “Save Us” as a stand alone song, which has a simple but heavy riff. And angry lyrics.
Ihsahn has come a long way from his black metal days with “Emperor”. His latest is “Pharos”, a five song EP. It has electronica, moody landscapes, atmospheric and distorted guitars.
Armored Saint surprised me with “Punching The Sky”. It’s what a metal album should sound like.
Teramaze released “I Wonder”, their seventh album of heavy rock anthems with progressive overtones.
Stardust is a melodic metal/rock act from Hungary. Their debut album is called “Highway To Heartbreak” on Frontiers. It quickly became a favorite because it reminds me of so many other artists. And each song has a killer guitar solo.
Atlas dropped “Parallel Love” and the song “Human Touch” made me fan.
Bon Jovi released 2020 and I reckon that “Blood In The Water” and “America Reckoning” will be around for a while.
But the album which reigned supreme for me in October is from Smith And Myers.
Brent Smith is one of the best rock singers going around. Shinedown is the main muse for Smith And Myers and in between, they get together and rock out acoustically.
It started off as a covers project based on fan requests for YouTube video releases and it has morphed into a full fledge original song project.
In 2020, we get “Volume 1” and “Volume 2”.
Check it out.