Blues Pills – Live in Paris

I recently decided to take a chance on a band who I’d only heard single tracks from before and only a couple of those. I was in my local independent record shop and saw this live DVD/CD combination on the new rack. It’s quite a progressive shop and I’ve been surprised at the music on sale in such a small town as mine. Grateful that this sort of music was available outside of a big city, I decided to buy it – even it was a little more expensive than it might have been online.

The music comes mainly from their Lady in Gold album from 2016 and their live tour for that album, the DVD was recorded in Le Trianon in Paris on 30th October 2016. It is more blues-rock based than a lot of the music I mention on this blog but it’s a style I enjoy and they give it all such a fresh twist that it doesn’t ever feel stale. It manages to achieve an air of excitement and energy that many bands just don’t: seeing any concert footage from blues rock bands from the late 70s and 80s compared to this and it’s worlds apart, you have to go back to the early 70s to get anywhere close to the excitement, on stage at any rate.

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Arrived! Delain: Live at Paradiso

This Saturday I received my copy of this excellent concert and documentary, I’m watching it whilst the rain pours down outside. It’s even better than my imagination pictured it. Loved the songs with Alissa White-Gluz as well. Haven’t seen everything yet, so looking forwards to the rest of it.

Delain: Live at Paradiso

Last year I contributed to a Pledge Music campaign by the Dutch band Delain to help them release a 10th anniversary concert recording staged and filmed in December 2016. The gig happened and it was very exciting to get news snippets. This month I’m super-excited because the Blu-Ray/DVD package is finally being distributed. I haven’t yet received mine in the UK but I can see from the Pledge Music website that some lucky fans have started receiving their copies.

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Epica: The Solace System

I’ve blogged in the past about Epica and their latest album, The Holographic Principle. Well, there is more to tell because they didn’t release all of the songs recorded for the album and they didn’t want to issue a double album. So what we have here is a new 7 song EP. I have to tell you, it is amazing! Epica fans should not hesitate. The most surprising thing is the quality of the songs, I thought they kept the good songs for the album but here are some corkers.

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Arch Enemy – Will To Power

I pre-ordered this album and it came on Friday. I’ve been listening to it a lot this weekend and I have to say it is brilliant! If you haven’t heard any Arch Enemy before (where have you been?) then you can do a lot worse than start with this album. I thought the last album As The Stages Burn! would be hard to beat but by God, they’ve done it.

New purchase of an old album

Yesterday I found a copy of City of Evil by Avenged Sevenfold. I hadn’t heard it before, there are some long songs on it! Seems like a good album though, I admit I don’t know where it sits in comparison to their others, I like listening to Nightmare and I thought Hail to the King was sublime. City of Evil was their third album.

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