Spirit: Spirit/The Family That Plays Together/Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus/Clear- really been enjoying these four albums lately, a band that were so far ahead of their time, mixing elements of psych, hard rock, jazz, folk, and what would soon be known as Progressive rock.
Pain of Salvation: In the Passing Light of Day- incredible return to form from this Swedish progressive metal powerhouse.
Tygers of Pan Tang: Tygers of Pan Tang- gotta love how all these old NWOBHM veterans are coming back with killer albums so many years after their initial glories. This is a raucous, hard rocking album with great guitar work, powerful vocals, and memorable songs.
Orange Wedge: No One Left But Me- another band that I've recently discovered, these obscure US hard rockers released a few very solid albums, this being one of them. Amazing how many great underground heavy rock bands there were in the 1970s.
JPT Scare Band: Sleeping Sickness- as with the Orange Wedge reference above, another great US hard rock act who are still at it 40 years after they recorded some of what appears on this album. Power trio rock chock full of molten guitar work at its best!
Big Star: #1 Record/Radio City- great 2 on 1 collection of two of this power pop bands greatest albums. Underrated band, and a must hear for anyone into Raspberries or Badfinger.
Pretty Things: Savage Eye/Silk Torpedo/Freeway Madness/Parachute/SF Sorrow/Resurrection- never really listened to this legendary band much, but decided to take a plunge into what is labeled their 'hard rock & prog' era. Mighty fine material indeed!
Night Sun: Mournin' - can't get enough of this early proto-metal underground classic! Evil riffs, crazy vocals, wild keyboards..love it!
Infinite Spectrum: Haunter of the Dark- wonderful new HP Lovecraft influenced concept album from this NY progressive metal act
Fatal Fusion: Total Absence- classic prog meets progressive metal on the latest gem from these Norwegians...well worth your attention!
King Crimson: Red/Starless and Bible Black/Larks Tongues in Aspic- with the sad passing of John Wetton, it's only appropriate that these three classics will be taking up some of my listening time.