This first radio show of August has a good selection of new releases by a variety of bands. First off is Fair to Midlan, an american band that was introduced to me by my good friend Andrew Wood (whom you might remember from last week's High Voltage re-cap special). Arrows & Anchors is their 4th release, a reviews are pretty positive.
Next up is argentinian band Uranian. How I came to discover this band is a funny story, one which I talk about during the radio show so I won't repeat it here. Suffice it to say that reviews of their first CD, three songs of which are played here, are overwhelmingly positive, and I add my own 5 stars to this excellent release.
Sweden's Wolverine has released their 4th CD this year, and at it's release I played only one song off of it. I remedy the situation by playing two more from this excellent prog metal band.
Germany's Shades of Dawn have also released their 4th CD, and Frequency Drift, also from Germany, have recently released their 3rd. Graffiti's Rainbow is Shades of Dawn's first ever epic track, clocking at 25 minutes. Frequency Drift, whose first two releases I absolutely loved, have had some personel changes, and Ghosts, this latest release, reflect that.
Three years after the "Who's the Boss in the Factory?", Sweden's Karmakanic comes back with "In a Perfect World", an excellent release from this Flower Kings offshoot. As for british guitarist Liam Davison of Mostly Autumn, "A Treasure of Well-Set Jewels" is his first solo release, and a great release it is. Very melodic with well written songs.
American band Circa's third release "And So On" (if you don't count "Overflow" which was release only thru iTunes) sounds like an offshoot of Yes, which they are. In fact, they continue in the tradition of the Yes album "Open Your Eyes" on which Billy Sherwood played guitars and keyboards.
Alternativ Quartet's second release "Aripi" is an excellent example of Eclectic Prog. This romanian band has many influences ranging from a classic space rock kind of atmospheres, with a modern, Tool-like sound, and a post-metal songwriting style. An excellent sophomore release.
Portugal's Daymoon is an unsigned band wich deserves greater airplay. Their first release "All Tomorrows" has excellent musicianship and interestingly complex music. This is a very interesting band that shows a lot of promise. And for 1 euro, this album it is truely a steal.
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The playlist is as follows:
1. The Greener Grass, by Fair to Midland (Arrows & Anchors, 2011)
2. A Loophole in Limbo, by Fair to Midland (Arrows & Anchors, 2011)
3. Coppertank Island, by Fair to Midland (Arrows & Anchors, 2011)
4. 0 Bytes, by Uranian (La Cuidad de Los Sueños, 2011)
5. Alter Ego, by Uranian (La Cuidad de Los Sueños, 2011)
6. Un Tiempo Después, by Uranian (La Cuidad de Los Sueños, 2011)
7. Into the Great Nothing, by Wolverine (Communication Lost, 2011)
8. Embrace, by Wolverine (Communication lost, 2011)
9. Graffity's Rainbow, by Shades of Dawn (Graffity's Rainbow, 2011)
10. Dreams, by Frequency Drift (Ghosts..., 2011)
11. Sadness, by Frequency Drift (Ghosts..., 2011)
12. 1969, by Karmakanic (In a Perfect World, 2011)
13. Bite the Grit, by Karmakanic (In a Perfect World, 2011)
14. Into the Setting Sun, by Liam Davison (A Treasure of Well-Set Jewels, 2011)
15. Heading Home, by Liam Davison (A Treasure of Well-Set Jewels, 2011)
16. Aripi, by Alternativ Quartet (Aripi, 2011)
17. Speranta şi Grâu, by Alternative Quartet (Aripi, 2011)
18. And So On, by Circa (And So On, 2011)
19. Til We Get There, by Circa (And So On, 2011)
20. First Rain, by Daymon (All Tomorrows, 2011)
21. Arklow, by Daymoon (All Tomorrows, 2011)
As always, if you love the music, please encourage the bands by purchasing their releases by clicking on the links and visiting their websites.