Lifeâ€™s been a bit rubbish recently but fortunately I have had some music available to help with the situation. Below is a selection.
Bloodbound: Book of the Dead. Arguably their best album â€" Michael Boorman on vocals.
Axxis: Doom of Destiny. My favourite album form these veterans.
I have developed a real interest in Japanese female-fronted metal and thoroughly recommend Band-Maidâ€™s Just Bring It, I am also a fan of Fate by Maryâ€™s Blood, love as well as We Are by Alldious.
Lovebitesâ€™ add power metal into the mix on their excellent Awakening From Abyss.
I have given Delainâ€™s We Are the Others the once over. The title song is tremendous and the rest isnâ€™t bad.
I have played Arrival by Journey a couple of times recently. Itâ€™s overlong but there are some cracking tunes in there.
Iâ€™m firmly in the positive camp for Dimmu Borgirâ€™s Eonian.
I listened to Shep Gordonâ€™s They Call Me Supermench book on Audible (way too much about chefs) which made me dig out The Definitive Alice Cooper. Iâ€™m not a massive fan of compilation albums but I also listened to Totoâ€™s Past to Present 1977 â€" 1990 recently as well â€" so many great tunes.
Departureâ€™s Corporate Wheel had a spin for the first time in a while as did Turisasâ€™ Battle Metal and Luca Turilliâ€™s splendidly OTT Prophet of the Last Eclipse.
I have been on a bit of Styx kick as well so I have re-evaluated Brave New World and find that despite all its obvious faults I still like it, but not as much as Cyclorama which contains the epic These Are the Times. I have also dug out DDYâ€™s orchestral CD as well.
Finally, Paganâ€™s Mind have been too quiet for too long so Godâ€™s Equation has been on rotation and life feels better because of that fact.