Thought I'd lay out a couple of impressive albums highly worthy of buying.
At the top of my list so far this year is the new CD from the amazing French band, Morglbl
. Brutal Romance
is an astoundingly good album full of catchy yet tongue-in-cheek jazz-rock. The band is a trio driven by an indescribably great guitarist named Christophe Godin. Not only is he fast and clean, he plays with more feeling than just about any world class guitarist alive today. By comparison, because somehow these guys are the gold standard, Godin highlights how Satriani's rhythms have become boring and how Vai's compositions are cold. Plenty of earworms are to be found here. For around $15 you just can't go wrong. Stream the title track here: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-morglbl-brutal-romance/
Pulling in second although not a 2012 release is the latest album from bass monster, Bryan Beller
. (Dweezil, Mike Keneally, Dethklok) Thanks In Advance
is not merely a bass player's record. No, what you have here is really the same band as Mike Keneally's band playing Beller's compositions. Typical for a Keneally outing, the musicianship is off the charts but what really shines here is the songwriting capped by the epic Love, Terror, Adrenaline/Breakthrough.
Also typical of this group of musicians is the outstanding recording quality.
Also not a new recording but one which rises to the top is the latest from Sweden's Freak Kitchen, Land of The Freaks.
I tend to like things on the heavier side but so much of it has been done so many times that finding something with it's own merits can be hard. The songs are so well crafted you almost don't notice how incredibly difficult they must be to play. If you don't know of guitar hero Mattias 'IA' Eklundh I suspect that's about to change. Freak Kitchen have been around since 1996 slaying their way across Europe and Asia. Until recently it's been hard to get FK's music in North America, and when you did find it you were forced to pay ridiculous import prices. Not anymore. Freak Kitchen's entire back catalog of 7 albums are to be released in phases at LaserCD.com out of New Jersey