Here are some of the new albums that come out today.

Edge Of Paradise – Universe

The band has been on my radar for years, ever since I first heard Margarita Monet’s scorching vocals on the track “Mask”. She has a very unique voice, she can bring the fire, and hit high notes that most can not, or keep things quiet to a whisper, making that climb from one style of vocals to another even more impactful. Couple that with her partner in crime guitarist Dave Bates, and the two have always presented hook riddled hard rock that meanders between the tradition, to the modern, while adding bits and pieces of industrial metal to the mix. Although all of their releases have been good, at least to me, their first with Frontiers takes things up a notch. Producer Mike Plotnikoff has helped raise the bar, and this is easily their best album both socially, and from a musical standpoint.

Laura Cox – Burning Bright

The French guitarist second album Burning Bright is a mix of hard rock and blues. Or as she puts it “southern hard blues”. With a musical concoction of Joe Bonamassa mixed with AC/DC, and the image of 80s Joan Jett, clad in a black leather biker jacket. But don’t let that fool you, as she’ll sear your face off with fiery solos that separate her from the hundreds of thousands of pretenders out there. If there was ever a female G3, Laura would have to be among the women considered for the bill.

Mammoth Mammoth – Kreuzung

Napalm Records has been great at bringing us bands from Europe that otherwise would probably not get any exposure in the US. The Austrian band Mammoth Mammoth is one of those. Their music offers riffs for days, mixed with catchy hooks. If you’re into bands like The Cult, Monster Magnet, or Mustache, and you’re looking for something new, this might be an album worth checking out.

Here are some other albums that drop today that may peak your interest.

Quiet Riot – Hollywood Cowboys

Agnostic Front – Get Loud!

Blind Guardian – Legacy Of The Dark Lands

The Dark Element – Songs The Night Sings

The Flower Kings – Waiting For Miracles

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness

Work Of Art – Exhibits

Bask – III

Crisix – American Thrash

Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders – Get The Money

Hawthorne Heights – Lost Frequencies

Event Relentless – Circles

Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls Reissue

Iron Maiden – Dance Of Death Reissue

Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier Reissue

Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death Reissue

Between The Buried And Me – The Great Misdirect Vinyl Reissue

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Boogie Woogie Christmas Vinyl Reissue

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Dig That Crazy Christmas Vinyl Reissue

Slayer – The Repentless Killogy DVD/CD

Tyketto – Strength In Numbers

Sting – My Songs: Live

Article by Victor M. Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907

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