Here are some of the new albums that drop today.

Shark Island – Bloodline

Now this was a release I wasn’t expecting. I don’t consider myself a diehard by any Stretch, so I was kind of out of the loop when it comes to what the members had been doing, or if any iteration of the band was still together, or recording. Here is a band that was really hyped up back in the day, a staple of the Sunset Strip scene. A band that supposedly influenced several big name players that rose up out of that scene. But they themselves never reached the heights they could have reached had they of broken out just a few years earlier. They could have easily just done a paint by numbers Shark Island album, but the band has obviously evolved over time, or at least their influences have. The album is a mix of what they were known for back in the day, with a modern production feel and sound mixed in. There are things in the composition of these songs that make if feel different from their previous work, as if they have kept modifying the recipe over the years. And not in the way that most band would do so for a radio hit, they have evolved seemingly doing this for themselves, and their fans, not for one last grasp at glory. Definitely recommend to anyone that was a fan of the band.

Black Swan – Shake the World

Welp, another supergroup from Frontiers, this time around Robin McAuley on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass, Reb Beach on guitar, and Matt Star on drums. That’s members of MSG, Survivor, Dokken, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Winger, Ace Frehley, Mr. Big, and a bunch other that I’m probably missing. I admit that I like some of what I’ve heard off of the album, but there is also a bunch of material that’s just kind of generic, and makes me want to reach for an album by one of the aforementioned bands to cleanse my musical pallet. I love new music, and I realize everything has been invented. I also harp on those that don’t search out new music, but to hear a rehash of something that makes you feel like “well that kind of sounds like something off of Erase The Slate“, I’d kind of prefer to listen to that, instead of an artist copying themself. The album is good, when the band is on, they’re great, but the rest kind of leaves me indifferent. I’d almost prefer that the label focus on bands like Animal Drive, Inglorious and Block Buster, instead of putting out several projects by Lynch, Pilson, Ronnie Romeo, or any of the revolving cast of players the label has under contract. Love all three of those artists I just mentioned, but I’d almost prefer EP or singles with the absolute best off of each album, instead of a few good to great songs, with a bunch of mediocre filler. In the end none of these projects tour, so is there really a need to release a full album?

Anvil – Legal at Last

Love them or hate them, take them seriously, or think they’re a joke, they’ve been around since 81. That says something, if they didn’t have a following, or where so revered by their peers, they’d be marginalized like a lot of bands from the early 80s that reappear every so often to release a re-recorded version of their biggest hit, in the style of what’s hip at that point in time. This is their 18th studio album, they’ve been pretty consistent in releasing new material every so many years, only taking a few long breaks here and there. The title of the album is a pretty obvious nod to the legalization of a certain green leaf in the great white north!

Here are some other albums that may interest you.

Brian Posehn – Grandpa Metal
Hollywood Undead – New Empire, Vol. 1
Kvelertak – Splid
Suicide Silence – Become the Hunter
Bif Naked – Jim
Psychotic Waltz – The God-Shaped Void
Archon Angel – Fallen
Blaze of Perdition – The Harrowing of Hearts
Brkn Love – Brkn Love
Diabulus In Musica – Euphoric Entropy
Hallas – Conundrum
Pyogenesis – A Silent Soul Screams Loud
Serious Black – Suite 226
Seven Spires – Emerald Seas
Waiting For Monday – Waiting For Monday
Ihsahn – Telemark EP
Kreator – London Apocalypticon: Live at the Roundhouse
Hardline – Life Live DVD/CD

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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