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  • Deep Purple: Purpendicular- gearing up for the release of Purple's new studio album by enjoying their first one with Steve Morse..hard to believe it's been 20 years already with him in the guitar slot!

  • Cirith Ungol: King of the Dead- Metal Blade is releasing a deluxe edition of this underrated early '80s heavy metal classic, so while I wait, my old CD copy is playing steadily.

  • Les Variations: Nador/Take It Or Leave It- really strong early '70s French hard rock band. If you like Humble Pie, Grand Funk Railroad, and Led Zeppelin, these rarities are well worth seeking out.

  • Dio: Holy Diver/Last in Line- seeing the Last in Line band recently has prompted me to dig these classics out.

  • Jethro Tull: Benefit/Song From the Wood- Jethro Tull are like comfort food for me, and these are two legendary albums I'm been enjoying lately.

  • Two Gun: Balls Out- excellent Southern Rock rarity from 1979, originally released on the Capricorn label. These guys only ever released this one album, and it's a must hear for fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Point Blank, and the Outlaws, filled with tasty guitar work and great songs.

  • Night Ranger: Don't Let Up- really digging this latest release from the California rockers. Vintage Night Ranger!

  • Sons of Champlin: Hip Li'l Dreams- more recent release from this underrated horn band featuring former Chicago keyboard player/vocalist Bill Champlin. Check out the bands late '60s/early '70s material as well.

  • Elton John: Empty Sky through Caribou- been on a major Elton kick lately, and really enjoying all his '70s albums. This guy was MUCH more than a greatest hits collection, as these albums feature fantastic songs that cover all spectrums.

  • Ayreon: The Source- really strong and heavy new album from this veteran prog/metal all-star conglomerate. Review coming!

  • Sainted Sinners: Sainted Sinners- fantastic debut from this new band led by former Accept singer David Reece. If you love vintage Whitesnake and Deep Purple, you need to check this band out.

  • Immolation: Atonement- easy contender for best death metal album of 2017, this one is a complete crusher from the NY legends.

  • Overkill: The Grinding Wheel- amazing how consistent these guys are. The Grinding Wheel is another kick ass thrash release from these veterans.

  • Kreator: Gods of Violence- see above. Another band that just pumps out one killer album after another.

  • Chicago: Live in Japan- simply speaking, one hell of a live album, showing just how adventurous this band was in the early days.

  • Cast: Power and Outcome- great return from these Mexican prog veterans. Review coming.

  • Michael Schenker: Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo- really fun CD & Blu-ray from a concert in Japan where the guitar god was joined by all the original MSG singers and some of the musicians as well, playing all the old classic and a few UFO gems as well.

  • Pain of Salvation: In the Passing Light of Day- easily their best album in years, the Swedes really knocked it out of the park on this one, which will surely be one of the top prog metal albums of 2017.

  • Stories: Stories/About Us- first time diving into this band, who channeled a bit of the Beatles, Raspberries, as well as some of the early '70s art rock bands. Much more than just "Brother Louie", although that is a great song.

  • Debackliner: Debackliner- really enjoying this debut from French metal act Debackliner. Fans of Iron Maiden & Iced Earth would be well advised to check this one out.

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