• Captain Crimson: Ageless Time- hard to find sophomore album from this excellent young Swedish hard rock band. If you love vintage '70s styled bluesy hard rock, you'll need to investigate their three albums pronto!

  • Bloodbound: War of Dragons- very fine new release from these power metal veterans, as the band have conjured up an album about, well, dragons.

  • Blue Oyster Cult: Secret Treaties- a bona fide classic, top to bottom, easily one of BOC's best.

  • Tom Petty: Anthology- with Petty's recent death, had to pull out this excellent 2CD set, which contains pretty much all his best songs...and he had so many of them. RIP to a legend.

  • Black Country Communion: BCCIV- really enjoying this latest release from the returning BCC. Hughes sounds great (does this guy every age?), Bonamassa rips it up as always, Bonham thunders away, and Sherinian adds more color than previous albums. "The Cove" kills me every time I hear it.

  • Arch Enemy: Will to Power- very solid new release from the veteran melodic death metal pioneers. Loomis and Amott make a great guitar team, but I would have liked to hear more Loomis here.

  • Wobbler: From Silence to Somwhere- prog album of 2017 so far...wonderful stuff, dripping with plenty of '70s influences.

  • Venom, Inc.: 'Ave- we now have two Venom's, but this version featuring Mantas and Abaddon is a great throwback to the original band. Killer album!

  • Eden's Curse: Eden's Curse Revisited- I dig this one a lot, a re-recording of their debut by the current incarnation of the band. Incredibly catchy songs, great vocals, sizzling guitar work...yeah, a winner!

  • Serious Black: Magic- hot new concept album by this melodic power metal supergroup.

  • Gentle Giant: Gentle Giant- awaiting my copy of the Three Pieces Suite, I've been playing the first few albums from these prog legends quite a bit. Their debut is underrated in my book.

  • ELO: Eldorado/Out of the Blue- never get tired of these classics, easily two of the best from a band that could pretty much do no wrong.

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