The World Needs A Hero
The System Has Failed
Emerging from the 1980s American thrash metal underground scene, Megadeth has achieved a phenomenal series of illustrious achievements culminating with five Platinum albums and a Grammy award for 2017’s Dystopia album.
However, being the ninth and tenth of their current fifteen studio releases and counting, both of these albums reveal a solid mid-career boon, stepping back to a more heavier sound and musical direction.
Both albums stand up well to scrutiny when placed within the context of an ongoing stellar career and these re-issues include bonus tracks and new re-masterings by Ted Jensen.
Distance Over Time
Renowned for their power, precision and punchy progressive metal flamboyance, Dream Theater has returned with a doozy that hypnotises from the heavy gothic entrancement of opener Untethered Angel right the way through to bonus track Viper King.
The dizzying, fluid, intricate guitar intro by John Petrucci on At Wits End, followed by James LaBrie’s melodic vocal and the snap heavy crunch by this band of well-seasoned players, sums up the dramatic sonic epic adventure and musical detours of exquisite musicianship that this band of elite players captures like no other.
A majestic return.
Nobody Told Me
(Forty Below Records)
Major influencer 85-year-old Mayall returns with an album spilling over with guest performances by the cream of the crop musicians he inspired returning the favour on his swaggering new studio album.
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson delivers a classy load of hot licks on Evil And Here To Stay. Joe Bonamassa bends and screeches his blue notes all over What Have I Done Wrong and Delta Hurricane.
The wizardry of Todd Rundgren casts his groove-some spell on That’s What Love Will Make You Do.
However, backed by his crack Chicago rhythm section of Ian Davenport on drums and Greg Rzab on bass, and with the horn section usually seen and heard on Conan O’Brien’s show, it’s the undeniable power and presence of 85-year-old Mayall’s impressive vocal that shakes, rattles and rolls to awesome effect.
The Long Ryders
Psychedelic Country Soul
It’s been a long time coming, but eleven finely tuned new songs plus a tender homage to Tom Petty on Walls has been well worth the wait from Sid Griffin’s band of top players.
Brimming with melodic alt-country rock tinged classics, opener Greenville flies out of the speakers like a sonically fired Phoenix. Molly Somebody and What The Eagle Sees maintain the sure-fire hit altitude. Yet, it’s the titular album closer that rings down the ages to the present like no other band.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
This follow up to 2016 Let Me Get By is very much a homespun release. Recorded live at the Tedeschi Trucks’ home studio, there is a sense of being right by the fireside as the warmth of the funky rock title song plays out.
Retaining their raw country, blues-rock sound, which harks back to vintage bands like Little Feat, TTB soulfully rock out with swagger on Hard Case and infuse a Motown tilt to I’m Gonna Be There and They Don’t Shine.
Bristling with joyous, soulful energy, Signs should expand this crack band’s audience with this well-crafted album of winners.