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1-18-11 METAL MESSAGE (TODAY’S HARD ROCK AND METAL RELEASES)


STRATOVARIUS


Elysium

Elysium is the brand new studio album from Finnish power metallers Stratovarius. After a hugely successful world tour in support of Polaris, Stratovarius returned to the studio to create their 13th album, which brings their signature sound to a brand new level.

FAREWELL TO FREEWAY
Filthy Habits

Filthy Habits

Farewell To Freeway have returned with what promises to be their heaviest, most intricate and musically focused record to date with Filthy Habits. Since the release of their previous album Only Time Will Tell, they have been storming across North America, starting with their hometown of Guelph, Ontario, spreading the band’s unique brand of melodic metalcore to the masses.

With their third release for Victory Records, Farewell To Freeway are setting out to carve a new niche in the world of metal. Continuing to blend strong melody into their blistering guitar work, they have taken their music to a new level of maturity with monstrous riffs and powerful vocals that will be impossible not to notice. This band shows no indication of slowing down anytime soon, and their plans for 2011 include ‘touring constantly and taking over!’

um, which brings their signature sound to a brand new level.

Low Country BluesGregg Allmans’s first solo album in 14 years was produced by T Bone Burnett and features 11 covers of songs from legendary bluesmen Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Sleepy John Estes, and many more, plus an original song written by Gregg and the Allman Brothers’ Warren Haynes called ‘Just Another Rider.’

Gregg’s backing band on the album includes Dr. John on piano, Doyle Bramhall II on guitar, and the incomparable rhythm section of bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose (from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ multiple Grammy-winning Raising Sand album).

PONDEROSA
Moonlight Revival

Moonlight Revival

New West Records is proud to introduce Ponderosa, a rock and roll band hailing from Atlanta, GA. Ponderosa culls their sound from soulful, southern roots, while citing influences from The Rolling Stones and The Faces to The Black Crowes and Tom Petty.Ponderosa’s debut album Moonlight Revival was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, My Morning Jacket) at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN and mixed by Russ Fowler (John Mayer, Stone Temple Pilots). 

‘She channels Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s agonized delivery as she powers her way through rough-hewn blues and dirty garage rock.’- The New Yorker

‘Her deranged aura aside, the second full-length from this New York group is a brainy and brawny hybrid, unleashing barbed commentary on consumer culture (‘Stick It to the Woman’) and female beauty (‘Venus Shaver’) with storming, bare-bones rock’n’roll’ – SPIN – August 2010The Hymn Of A Broken Man

TIMES OF GRACE
The Hymn Of A Broken Man

Times of Grace finds Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former KsE vocalist Jesse Leach taking a creative left turn, boldly exploring new musical terrain, while fearlessly digging deep into the recesses of their musical synergy and coming up with a provocative, heavy-yet-melodic result – one that helped each of them overcome personal struggles and emerge from the darkness, more empowered than ever.

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