New Music: Neon Coven

I know I’ve talked about Lynam on here, and I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned Adler. But for those who aren’t familiar with either band, here’s what you need to know.

Lynam is a rock band from Birmingham, Alabama. The members include vocalist/guitarist Jacob Bunton, drummer David Lynam, and bassist Mark Dzier. They are heavily influenced by the 80’s glam rock scene (Poison, Mötley Crüe, Guns ‘N’ Roses, etc.) Which is why it was a big deal when, back around 2011, Jacob joined forces with former GNR drummer Steven Adler.

Along with Jacob and Steven, guitarist Lonny Paul and bassist Johnny Martin became a band known as “Adler.” In 2012, they released the full-length Back From the Dead (and Lonny became a member of Lynam). Unfortunately, Steven ended up back in rehab. I don’t know what happened once he was out, just that Adler has done nothing since.

Anyway, fast-forward to the present. Jacob has been writing and producing (and relocating to) Los Angeles. He has since put together another band: Neon Coven.

I was surprised to discover that Jacob is not the front man in Neon Coven. A mix of electronica and rock, I find that his new endeavor is quite different from Lynam and Adler. Why don’t you see for yourself? This is their song “No One Knows You’re Dead” from the recently released EP, Risen.

 

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New Music: Almost Kings

Almost Kings is releasing a new album, entitled Forever This Time, on August 25th. To start with, only physical copies will be available, at shows and for order online. You can preorder the album and immediately receive two free tracks.

You can purchase the record digitally starting September 15th.

(Note: “5 Foot Hurricane, V2.0” will only be available on the physical copies.)

In other AK news, the guys will be playing a pre-game concert for the Atlanta Falcons on October 1st at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Rise Up!

And here is the first single from Forever This Time, “Envy and Enemies.”

Avenged Sevenfold to Release New Album…Tomorrow

I’m not going to write some long-winded announcement about this, but it was confirmed today that Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, entitled The Stage, will hit stores tomorrow (October 28th). This is a rather abrupt change, considering I had read that the record wouldn’t be out until early December.

Tonight, Avenged will be streaming live from Hollywood. You can watch it here, or via VRTGO or on Avenged’s official website.

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New Music: Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage”

Well, this has been a great week! Alter Bridge dropped their latest album, The Last Hero, this past Friday and now, six days later, Avenged Sevenfold’s new single has been released.

As I’m sure many of you know, it has been a hectic three years for Avenged. Following the release of Hail to the King, they did a lot of touring, then there were legal issues with their record label and the band parted ways with drummer Arin Ilejay.

Now, however, they are back! With former Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman taking over for Arin, and the legal troubles seemingly settled, Avenged Sevenfold can give us what they’ve been working on.

I have only listened to “The Stage” once. My initial response is that the track is brilliant musically, but I’m not crazy about Matt’s vocals. I’m sure it will grow on me, though. Stuff from Avenged usually does. Lol.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Review: Alter Bridge’s The Last Hero

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Band: Alter Bridge

Album: The Last Hero

Genre: Rock

Release Date: October 7, 2016

Standout Tracks: “Show Me a Leader,” “My Champion,” “Cradle to the Grave,” “You Will Be Remembered,” “Twilight,” and “The Last Hero”

 

I don’t know the best way to describe Alter Bridge’s The Last Hero. Several words come to mind — magnificent, flawless, great — but I don’t believe any of them quite cover it.

Chills erupt the instant “Show Me a Leader” begins. Musically, the track is exceptional, and lyrically, it is powerful and relevant and doesn’t pander to either side, a feat that is very difficult. Vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy’s brilliant songwriting is showcased from the get-go.

“Show Me a Leader” is followed by two heavier tracks filled with social commentary, “Writing on the Wall” and “The Other Side.” Touching on an edgier, darker vibe, these two songs should satisfy even the pickiest of metalheads.

With the rapidity that only Alter Bridge can manage, the album then takes a complete one-eighty, and we are given “My Champion.” I would categorize this as a more basic rock song musically, except for that guitar solo. However, the words are some of the most beautiful I have ever heard. Myles is the king of encouragement, of writing lyrics that make you both laugh and cry. “My Champion” is my favorite, by far.

After this breather, the album plunges back into the harder side of things, with the darkly melodic “Cradle to the Grave” and “This Side of Fate.” These precede “You Will Be Remembered,” the only thing resembling a ballad on The Last Hero. Beautifully written, this is definitely another highlight for me.

The album concludes with the title track, “The Last Hero,” a fitting close to such an amazing album.

From the first second until the final note, The Last Hero is fabulous. Filled with tasty guitar licks and complex solos, carried by masterful bass and drums, and topped with Myles Kennedy’s million dollar voice, this album is a 66:13 rollercoaster ride, speaking of social frustration and hopelessness, but also of personal triumph and self-belief. As soon as it is over, you want to jump on again.

I don’t have a rating system, but The Last Hero gets 5/5 stars. After a three year wait, this Alter Bridge fan is 100% satisfied.

New Music Monday: Alter Bridge & Shallow Side

Alter Bridge gave their fans a huge surprise this morning. Their first single from The Last Hero, “Show Me a Leader,” aired on Sirius XM Octane during Grant Random’s show.

Stream it hereThe Last Hero is due out on 10/7. “Show Me a Leader” will be available for purchase tomorrow.

In local music news, Shallow Side has finally posted the official video for “Rebel”. The song is the debut single from their first full-length album One, set to be released later this year.