No. 11

April 01, 2014

Lacuna Coil - Broken Crown Halo (Century Media) ....

Lacuna Coil release their new album Broken Crown Halo this month. Here is an album with a great sounding recording production that is yet just another of a plethora of music that all sounds the same, recycled, rehashed, and corporate. Its the same old stuff from every one of their other albums, this from a group of talented musicians that prove to lack the ability to progress as a songwriters, be bold and experimental, and otherwise re-invent themselves as is necessary. The bands metal presence on songs such as “Die & Rise” , “In The End I Feel Alive, and ”Zombies" will likely wet the taste buds of it fans. You'll still find great heavy riffs shadowed by pop choruses aimed at making commercial radio, “I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget You)” being very radio friendly. Cristina Scabbia, who plays more the backup singer, really doesn't add much flavor to the mix. If you were take bands such as Disturbed, Linkin Park, roll them up into a ball and add some female vocals, you'd pretty much have Lacuna Coil.

Listen to Lacuna Coil

Gus G. - I Am The Fire (Century Media) ....

Guitar virtuoso Gus G. has released his solo album I Am The Fire. Gus is guitarist from the power metal band Firewind and guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne. I always enjoy a good solo album from a guitar player, but failed to hear Gus as a virtuoso on this album. The songs are more radio oriented and drive with a strong sound of the 80's with a slight modern production. Quite a few notable musicians appear on this album including drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O'Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN, LITA FORD), and vocalists Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, TALISMAN, ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). I found the album enjoyable, but cliche, it would have rocked two decades ago !

Listen to Gus G.

Mind Drop - The Awakening (Self-Released) ....

Illinois hard rockers Mind Drop released their latest EP, The Awakening via THC Music/Ingrooves. Recorded at Johnny K’s Groovemaster Studio with producer Matt Dougherty, The Awakening marks the groups second album with vocalist Shauna Lisse, joining guitarists Adam Deases and Jason Beck, bassist Chris Ruzic, and drummer Robert Bull. Mind Drop deliver a powerful album of music on The Awakening with songs "Dissect", "The Way I Want It", Melt", and others, embracing the electronic style layered sounds of bands such as Evanescence. I think Lacuna Coil could take some lessons from this band, especially what its like to have a great female singer. Mind Drop are working with Revolver to premiere their music video for “Dissect,” the lead single from The Awakening EP.

Watch Mind Drop's Music Video For "Dissect"

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