Artist: Black Label Society
Title: “Trampled Down Below” (Single)
Label: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: 1/8/2018
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
We’re only about ten days out from the next full length Black Label Society album “Grimmest Hits” and with the timing so close, I was actually surprised to find another single being released with “Trampled Down Below”. Since I’ve already discussed “All That Once Shined” HERE, I figure let’s keep the overview train running. “Trampled” is longer than the other track and begins with a solemn riff and tasty bass and when the twin guitars begin blazing over the pounding drums you find yourself wrapped up into a solid headbanging track.
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Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Lightning Strike” (Single)
Release Date: 1/5/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
It’s been a couple of years since Judas Priest kicked our respective behinds with the molten Metal melodies on “Redeemer Of Souls” and after an international tour, a live video and audio release one almost expected them to begin to map out the final plans as a band. Fortunately for all the worldwide fans The Priest went back to the studio and completed a brand-new album which we shall see in March and in the hopes that it starts our own 2018 off better – the first single was just recently dished out. The album is called “Firepower” and the debut single from it is “Lightning Strike”. Here’s my thoughts about the tune.
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Artist: Black Veil Brides
Title: “The Last One” (Single)
Label: Lava Music/Republic Records
Release Date: 12/22/2017
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
The guys in the Black Veil Brides have really been keeping their fans excited about the looming arrival of the album “Vale” as we arrive at the fourth and I imagine final single from the album. The song is called “The Last One” so one would assume this to be the final “taste” of the new work until it hits the shelves in your local brick and mortar shop and the online retailers. Having discussed the previous singles “The Outsider”, “My Vow” and “When They Call My Name” over the last few months I figured why not keep the process going and share what I thought about “The Last One”.
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Title: “The King Wants You” (Single)
Label: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: 12/19/2017
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
With a little over a month to go before the release of “Avatar Country”, Sweden’s Avatar have offered up another single with “The King Wants You” – It follows “A Status Of The King” which was discussed HERE for those who might not have seen it. Clean vocals lead us off with this one and there is an almost Broadway performance vibe to it. What I mean with this is how I could envision it being performed in that setting with the singing being done at the audience as a part of a larger narrative. Fun stuff.
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Artist: The 69 Eyes
Title: “Christmas In New York City” (Single)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 11/24/2017
Genre: Holiday/Hard Rock
Now that the Thanksgiving celebrating is out of the way, it’s time to start focusing on the Christmas holidays and what better way to do this than with a brand-new holiday single from the Helsinki Vampires in The 69 Eyes. Having been a fan of their Gothic Rock and Roll style for more than a decade now, I was glad to find this one hitting the streaming services and felt that it would be a fun way to lead us into the season. Though we haven’t had the band here in far too many years, the members of The 69 Eyes; Jyrki 69, Bazie, Timo-Timo, Jussi 69 and Archzie, all have a deep love of our teeming metropolis. Here’s a few thoughts on the Nuclear Blast Records released tune.
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