Patrick Saad’s Top Releases of January 2011
Keith Merrow – Awaken The Stone King
Highlights: “Braving the Dunes” and “Heart Of The Sea Nymph”.
Positives: Keith delivers great instrumental metal with technical prowess and is backed up by Nevermore’s Jeff Loomis here!
Remarks: This album is already a strong contender for 2011’s top metal albums!
For fans of: Periphery, Cloudkicker and Bulb.
Toxic Smile – I’m your Saviour
Highlights: “I’m your Saviour” and “Pride and Joy”.
Positives: The band mixes many different genres smoothly and runs lengthy songs with interesting variations.
Remarks: The ‘Symphony-X’ tag which the band referred themselves to is inaccurate. The music is clearly progressive rock oriented rather than metal.
For fans of: Genesis, Yes and Dream Theater.
Rami Rouhana’s Top Release of January 2011
Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All
Highlights: “Cold Becoming” and “Beneath”.
Positives: Delivers as promised a “large” sound immensely blackened with brutal blasts!
Remarks: The band’s website is one of the best band websites I have ever checked: Band’s Web
The band have also made a “sub-website” to follow up the album’s evolution and finally the release: Album Web
For fans of: Technical Death Metal.
Amer Alameddine’s Top Release of January 2011
Mr. Big – What If…