Here’s a quick rundown of the tunes I’ve been playing a lot lately. You should check them out if you haven’t already.
Megadeth – Dystopia
Dave Mustaine has still got it. Kiko Loureiro can shred a guitar and Chris Adler can pound the skins. Both have clearly revitalized the band. The riffs, the solos, the bass lines, the drumming, the production, and everything else makes for a killer platter of heavy metal from some old thrash dinosaurs here in 2016.
Stryper – Fallen. Still spinning this one. I’ve grown to love most of the tracks on this album quite a bit. They’re groovy, heavy, and very catchy. I’m happy to see Michael Sweet and the gang can still put together a truly great record.
Lance King – A Moment in Kairos. I loved his work with Pyramaze back in the day, but this solo project of his provides him with some great opportunities to show off his skills atop down-tuned guitars and groovy rhythms. If you haven’t heard this one, search for it and check it out for sure.
Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare. A7X is really the John Cena of heavy metal bands. You either love them or hate them, but in no way are you impartial. I, for one, enjoy their stuff. The guitar work is world class and the vocals are fun enough to sing along with on most tracks.
Nightingale – Retribution. This album snuck by me last year somehow. I’ve always adored anything Dan Swanö has had a hand in creating, and this one is no different. This record sounds great, is full of groove, and easy to digest and get into.