Judas Priest Releases ‘Firepower’; Debuts Album’s Latest Single, Video

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Judas Priest has officially returned again!

The veteran hard rock band has officially released its latest album Firepower in stores and online.  In celebration of the album’s release today, the band has also debuted the video for the album’s latest single, ‘Spectre.’  The song is just the latest, coming on the heels of the videos for ‘Lightning Strike‘ and ‘Never The Heroes.’

The full Firepower track listing is noted below.

‘FIREPOWER’ TRACKLISTING:
1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never the Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising from Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red

In celebration of the album’s release today, the band will take to the road beginning next week for an extensive tour.  The tour’s full schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Judas Priest Premieres ‘Never The Heroes’ Lyric Video; Announces Signing Event

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There’s more good news from Judas Priest as fans await the release of the band’s new album Firepower.

The band, today, premiered the lyric video for its latest single ‘Never The Heroes.’  The song is just the latest to come from Firepower, the band’s 18th full-length studio recording.  The song is available now for purchase here via multiple outlets.  The band explained in a collective statement that the song centers on the men and women who go to war, but also can apply in daily struggles in everyday people’s lives.

“‘Never The Heroes’ is about the courageous men and women that enter war – never trained to be heroes, but becoming heroic due to their actions and sacrifices doing their duty for their people and country,” the band said.  “It resonates as there is a hero in all of us, and in times of struggle, we can be strong and united – conquering our own challenges and helping others – It’s a traditional Priest mid-tempo powerhouse with a powerful message!”

Firepower will be released next Friday, March 9 via Epic Records.  In celebration of its release, the band has also announced that it will hold a signing session March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Sony Square NYC on 25 Madison Avenue in New York City.

The band will also head out on the road in support of Firepower beginning March 13 in in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  the tour is currently scheduled to run through April 5 in Green Bay, WI.  The band’s full tour schedule is available online now along with its latest news and more at:

 

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‘The Duke’ Is A Solid Second Wave From LOG’s ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’

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Courtesy: Epic Records

This past Friday, Lamb of God released its latest recording its new EP The Duke.  The 5-song recording comes only a year after the release of its most recent album VII: Sturm und Drang (2015).  What’s interesting about this recording is that while it is being marketed as an EP, it comes across more in the style of a single than an EP.  That is due to its overall content.  This is one of its most important elements.  Looking more closely at the record, the studio material featured in its presentation is important to note in its own right.  That will be discussed later.  The live material that is included in the record rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the EP’s overall presentation. All things considered, The Duke proves to be an enjoyable new effort from Lamb of God.

Lamb of God’s new EP The Duke is an enjoyable new effort from the veteran metal outfit.  Considering the fact that it comes just a little more than a year after the band’s most recent album, 2015’s VII: Sturm Und Drang, it is a little bit of a surprise.  Usually when established bands release such a recording it comes a little bit longer after the acts’ most recent recordings.  That is to tide audiences over until their next record.  Even with this in mind, the record still boasts its own share of positives, beginning with its overall makeup.  The five-song recording is composed of two studio tracks and three live recordings.  The studio tracks sound like leftovers, interestingly enough, from the band’s sessions for its last record.  The live recordings were taken from the band’s most recent tour.  In essence what that mix of material offers the band’s fans is the proverbial best of both worlds.  To that end, it shows why it is such an important part of the recording’s overall presentation.  It is not the only key element to note in examining the record’s overall presentation.  The material itself presents its own importance to the recording’s presentation.

The overall mix of material that is presented in The Duke is in itself key to the recording’s presentation.  That is because it offers the band’s fans the best of both worlds in one setting.  It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the record.  The studio tracks included in the record are important to note, too.  Listeners who are familiar with the band’s body of work will note that the songs – ‘The Duke’ and ‘Culling’ – are both very familiar in terms of their arrangements.  They exhibit the same growth exhibited in VII: Sturm Und Drang.  The latter presents an arrangement that echoes the arrangements composed for the band’s previous records while the prior presents the more melodic hard rock leanings included only in VII: Sturm Und Drang.  Considering that, one can only think that these two songs were likely little more than b-sides that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor during the sessions for that record.  To that end, it serves as a good continuation of what the band started with VII: Sturm Und Drang and an equally welcome introduction to the band for those listeners who might not be so familiar with the band and its body of work.  Even with its importance it is not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The live material that is included in the recording is just as important in its own right as the studio material.

The studio material that is featured in The Duke is important in its own right to the record’s presentation.  That is because it serves as a solid reintroduction to the band and an equally solid introduction to the band for those who might be less familiar with the band.  Even as important as it is to the record’s presentation, it is not the last element to note.  The live material that is included alongside the studio material is just as important to the record’s presentation as the record’s studio material.  That is because it gives listeners a glimpse into what makes the band just as popular in a live setting as in the studio.  What’s more all three of the songs featured in this recording – ‘Still Echoes,’ ‘512’ and ‘Engage The Fear Machine’ – all come from VII: Sturm Und Drang.  To that end, not only are audiences able to experience the band live through these songs but they are also getting a dose of the band’s most recent album.  When they are set against the record’s two “new” songs, they make a five song record that is essentially a continuation of VII: Sturm Und Drang, or VII: Sturm Und Drang Part 2.  Considering this, The Duke, while a bit of a surprise release from Lamb of God, is still an enjoyable new offering from Lamb of God.

Lamb of God’s  new EP The Duke is a bit of a surprise from the veteran metal outfit, considering how soon it comes after the release of the band’s latest album.  Even with that in mind, it is still an enjoyable new offering in its own right.  That is because its mix of studio and live material essentially makes it a continuation of VII: Sturm Und Drang.  That is evidenced in the studio material, which sounds like it came right from the sessions for that record, and the live material, which presents a small handful of songs from that album in a live setting.  When they are joined together, the studio tracks and live tracks make the record a record that despite its somewhat surprising release, an enjoyable new offering from the band nonetheless.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on The Duke is available online now along with all of Lamb of God’s news at:

 

 

 

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Battle Cry Is A Loud, Proud Live Statement From Judas Priest

Courtesy:  Epic Records

Courtesy: Epic Records

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary a battle cry is a word, phrase, or sound that is shouted by soldiers in a battle.  It is also called a phrase or saying that is used to make people support an idea, a cause, etc.  Keeping this in mind it makes sense that Judas Priest would call its new live recording Battle Cry.  That is because this new recording–due out this Friday, March 25th on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray–will have home viewers chanting the band’s name as if it was a battle cry just as much as audiences that were in attendance at the taping of the concert featured in the new recording.  There is a lot to say to the positive about this new recording, especially on DVD and Blu-ray beginning with the show’s set list.  The main concert’s set list runs seventeen songs deep and roughly ninety minutes in time.  There are also three bonus songs included in the recording bringing the set list to a total of twenty songs and the feature’s total run time (trt in TV terms) to nearly two hours.  It is just one part of what makes this recording a success.  The band’s stage presence is another part of the experience that makes it so memorable.  In comparison to the band’s previous live recording Epitaph (2013) the band’s stage presence in this recording is noticeably more lively to say the very least.  It is a welcome change of pace.  Last but hardly least of note in this recording is its production values.  Between the sound, the camera work and the final product produced in post, the concert proves to be an experience that translates quite well on screen in those aspects.  Each element is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  Collectively, they make this latest live recording from Judas Priest one of 2016’s top new live recordings.

Judas Priest’s new live recording Battle Cry is one of 2016’s top new live recordings.  That is because the band’s roughly ninety-minute performance will leave audiences chanting the band’s name like warriors chanting a battle cry.  One reason that it will impress audiences so much is its set list.  The set list runs seventeen songs deep and roughly an hour and a half.  It pulls songs from the band’s nearly five-decades-long career.  It includes the likes of ‘Breaking The Law,’ ‘Hell Bent For Leather,’ ‘Painkiller,’ ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ and a number of others from across the band’s expansive catalogue.  The concert’s DVD and Blu-ray platform features three extra performances as bonus features in the form of ‘Screaming For Vengeance,’ ‘The Rage,’ and ‘Desert Plains,’  That brings the set list to a total of twenty songs and the recording’s total run time to nearly two hours.  To be more exact, it comes to a total of roughly an hour and forty minutes.  In other words, audiences get a complete concert in this recording’s set list.  They get that concert without having to leave the comfort of their homes and without having to spend the exorbitant prices of admission, gas, concessions, and any other costs that go into attending a live show in person.  To that extent, the concert’s expansive set list is plenty of reason in itself for audiences and fans alike to add Battle Cry to their home music collections and DVD/BD libraries.  OF course it is hardly the recording’s only positive.  There is also the matter of the band’s stage presence here.

The set list that is featured in Judas Priest’s new live recording is in itself an important part of the recording’s whole.  That is because it doesn’t just focus on the band’s most recent album Redeemer of Souls.  Instead the band attempts to cover as much of its expansive body of work as possible over the course of its ninety minute run time.  The set list is just one important part of the recording that should be noted.  The band’s stage presence throughout this recording is just as important to note as the concert’s set list.  The band’s stage presence throughout this concert, originally recorded August 1st, 2015 at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival, translates quite well to home viewers.  Compared to the band’s stage presence in its last live recording, 2013’s Epitaph it is far more energetic here.  This applies not just to front man Rob Halford but to his band mates, too.  For those that have not yet seen Epitaph, the set list in that recording was impressive.  But the band’s stage presence just didn’t seem entirely there in that performance.  Halford and company didn’t really move around the stage much or even interact with the audience that much.  That left the band’s performance of its set list to shoulder the load so to speak.  The energy was there in the songs.  It just wasn’t entirely there in terms of the band members’ overall performance.  Flash forward to the 2015 Wacken Open Air Festival and audiences see a completely different band.  Halford and company come across as being rejuvenated here.  Halford at one point even pulls a Freddie Mercury impersonation of sorts as he gets the audiences of thousands to respond to his call as part of the setup to one of the show’s songs.  The way that he strutted across the stage and got the audience to respond conjures those thoughts.  Whether or not Halford was in fact trying to emulate the late great front man is anyone’s guess.  Regardless, that interaction between Halford and the audience is a nice touch to the show in its simplicity.  Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner, and Glenn Tipton all do their own part to add to the band’s stage presence as does drummer Scott Travis.  All four men exhibit their own energy in their performances throughout the concert.  Again by comparison the difference is clearly visible.  And together with Halford’s energy, the band members’ collective power throughout the show makes the concert that much more enjoyable for audiences and fans alike.  Of course one cannot deny the role that the work of those in the show’s production crew and those involved in the concert’s post production played in the translation of that stage presence to home viewers.  Their collective work rounds out the recording’s most important elements.

The set list featured in Judas Priest’s new live recording and the band’s performance of said set list both play their own important part in the recording’s presentation.  Collectively, they make the recording a joy for audiences and fans alike.  The songs cover a respectable swath of the band’s extensive catalogue.  The band’s performance of that set list obviously captured audiences in attendance at the concert’s taping and kept them completely engaged from start to finish.  It will have the same impact on home viewers, too.  Speaking of those home viewers, a big reason that the concert in whole will keep home viewers just as engaged is the work of those that captured the concert and those that handled it in post-production.  The camera crew and those behind the boards did an exceptional job of capturing the band’s energy as it worked its way through its set.  The camera crew captured the whole thing from quite a few angles to say the very least.  There are various shots throughout the show from the vantage point of the audience.  There are just as many shots from the stage, too.  Audiences get to get up close and personal so to speak with Scott Travis more than once.  And needless to say the effect of those shots is in itself powerful as he drives the band through each song.  Audiences also get plenty of different angles of Halford and company as well as shots of the immense crowd in attendance.  The whole of the footage results in an experience that will keep home viewers completely engaged in the show from beginning to end.  Those behind the concert’s audio mix are to be commended just as much as those behind the cameras.  That is because just as indoor concerts pose their own challenges, so do outdoor shows.  And being that this festival is as massive as it is, the challenges had to have been great to say the very least.  Sound has the capability to spread out in all directions both from the stage and from the audience.  Luckily, those behind the boards balanced everything with the utmost expertise throughout the show thus making the experience all the more enjoyable.  The end result of the production crew’s work in whole is a concert experience that audiences and fans alike will want to take in time and again.  For all of their efforts, those that handled the concert’s post-production are to be commended in their own right, too.  That is because their efforts paid off just as much as those of the crew that captured the concert in its original taping.  Those that edited the original concert in preparation for its release assembled the original footage in a way that assured a solid translation from live to screen.  They also balanced the concert’s audio levels with the same expertise, giving the concert a sound that demands it be heard on a surround sound home theater system.  That is not to say that it can’t be enjoyed on a TV by itself.  But it can be said that a home theater system offers the best experience in terms of the concert’s sound.  Again that is thanks to the work of those the handled the concert’s post-production.  Their efforts and those of the concert’s original production crew come together in the end to make the overall experience one that is just as good as being there in person if not better since it’s in the comfort of audiences’ own homes.  And together with the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list, the recording in whole proves to be an easy, early candidate for any critic’s list of 2016’s top new live recordings.

Judas Priest’s new live recording Battle Cry is undeniably one of this year’s early picks for the year’s best new live recordings list.  The reasons for this are plenty, too.  The roughly ninety-minute set list features a number of the band’s biggest hits from its nearly five decades-long career.  The band’s stage presence throughout that time is just as important as it shows a band that still has plenty left in its collective, proverbial tank.  That is clear in the band’s performance of each song.  The concert’s production values both in regards to the original taping and the concert’s post-production are just as much to applaud as the band’s stage presence and the show’s set list.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.  That is because without the expert work put into bringing the concert home the concert wouldn’t even be worth watching.  Thankfully though, that isn’t the case.  Thanks to its top notch production values, the band’s performance and its set list make this recording a concert that audiences and fans alike will want to experience and should experience.  All things considered, Battle Cry is a recording that will leave audiences and fans alike proudly chanting the band’s name along with those that were in attendance at the show’s original recording.  They will agree as they chant the Judas Priest battle cry that this recording is one of 2016’s best live recordings.  It will be available in stores and online this Friday, March 25th via Epic Records.  More information on Battle Cry is available online now along with all of Judas Priest’s latest news at:

 

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Judas Priest Announces New Live Recording On The Way

Courtesy:  Epic Records

Courtesy: Epic Records

Judas Priest has a new live recording on the way this spring.

The veteran hard rock outfit announced this week that it will release Battle Cry its latest live recording on Friday, March 25th. Originally recorded on August 1st, 2015 during the band’s performance at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival the recording will be presented on CD/DVD/Blu-ray. The set’s CD platform features fifteen songs that span the band’s nearly five-decades-long career. Those songs include: ‘Dragonaut,’ ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ ‘Victim of Changes,’ ‘Hell Bent For Leather’ and many others. The concert’s DVD and Blu-ray presentation each feature their own equally extensive set list. It includes the likes of ‘Turbo Lover,’ ‘Breaking The Law,’ ‘Living After Midnight’ and a number of others also included in the package’s CD platform. There is even a trio of songs recorded at a separate performance included as bonus material. The full track listing for both the CD and DVD and Blu-ray presentation is noted below. Audiences can view a trailer for the upcoming concert recording online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZH9ptg58ck.

 

Battle Cry CD sequence:
1.     (Intro) Battle Cry
2.     Dragonaut
3.     Metal Gods
4.     Devil’s Child
5.     Victim of Changes
6.     Halls of Valhalla
7.     Redeemer of Souls
8.     Beyond the Realms of Death
9.     Jawbreaker
10.  Breaking the Law
11.  Hell Bent For Leather
12.  The Hellion
13.  Electric Eye
14.  You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
15.   Painkiller

Battle Cry DVD/Blu-ray sequence:

1. (Intro) Battle Cry
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Turbo Lover
8. Redeemer of Souls
9. Beyond the Realms of Death
10. Jawbreaker
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
16. Painkiller
17. Living After Midnight

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Wacken Festival, Germany.

BONUS TRACKS
18. Screaming for Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains

 

Battle Cry will be released in stores and online on Friday, March 25th via Epic Records. Pricing information for the CD/DVD and CD/BD packages will be announced soon. More information on this recording is available online now along with all of Judas Priest’s latest news and more at:

 

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Fifth Harmony Gets Spooky With Hotel Transylvania 2 Soundtrack’s Lead Single

Courtesy:  Sony Pictures Animation

Courtesy: Sony Pictures Animation

Adam Sandler and company are back. Next month, Sony Pictures Animation will release Hotel Translyvania 2. And ahead of the highly anticipated movie’s release, the hit pop group Fifth Harmony has debuted the lead single from the movie’ s sound track ‘I’m In Love With A Monster’ and audiences can check it out online now via Vevo.

Courtesy:  Epic Records

Courtesy: Epic Records

Audiences can check out the video for ‘I’m In Love With A Monster’ online now via Vevo at http://www.vevo.com/watch/fifth-harmony/Im-In-Love-With-a-Monster-(from-Hotel-Transylvania-2)/USSM21501512. The video mixes together footage of the group performing its song in various settings along with footage from the movie as well as appearances from some rather spooky guests. While many of the group’s songs are generally aimed at specific audiences, the infectious grooves and family friendly lyrical content are sure to make the song just one more part of the movie that families will enjoy.

Fifth Harmony is currently winding down its “Reflection Summer Tour.” It is currently scheduled to perform live at Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland on Saturday, September 5th and at the Washington State Fair on Wednesday, September 16th. After those two dates, the group will take some down time, it will be back on Stage on Wednesday, December 2nd at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. All of the latest updates on Fifth Harmony’s tour is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news at:

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Shockwave Supernova Packs A Powerful Musical Punch

Courtesy:  Legacy Recordings

Courtesy: Legacy Recordings

Late last month, veteran virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani released his latest album Shockwave Supernova. The album, Satriani’s fifteenth full-length studio recording, is perhaps Satch’s best record to date, harking back to the days of Crystal Planet and Is There Love In Space? That is not to say that it just re-hashes the songs presented in those albums. Rather it just means that it possesses the same energy and similar vibe of said albums throughout all fifteen of its tracks. At the same time, the professor doesn’t stick to just one style of song throughout the album. The blues style arrangements for which Satch has become so well known are represented here yet again most notably by the laid back groove of ‘San Francisco Blue.’ The album’s opener and title track clearly show the influence of Satriani’s previously noted albums with its complex arrangement and sound. The album’s closer ‘Goodbye Supernova’ is another good example of the growth exhibited in this album. It shows yet again with its string arrangements and almost Pink Floyd-inspired sound just how in depth Satriani can get with his compositions. Whether through this song, either of the previously noted works, or for any of the album’s other songs not more directly noted here, it can be said that Shockwave Supernova is one of Joe Satriani’s best albums to date, one of the year’s best new rock records, and potentially one of the year’s best new albums overall.

Shockwave Supernova is a triple-threat of a record. It is one of the best of this year’s new rock records, one of Satriani’s best albums to date, and potentially one of the year’s best new albums overall. That is because the picture painted by the album’s fifteen tracks is one that is entirely new while showing a clear influence from at least a couple of Satch’s classic albums–Crystal Planet and Is There Love in Space? Long-time fans will note that while Satriani doesn’t just re-hash the songs composed for those records in this presentation, the songs do at least show their influence through their collective vibe. One of the album’s arrangements that proves this (and does so quite well at that) is the blues-based jam ‘San Francisco Blue.’ The song’s familiar laid-back groove is established not just by Satriani in this case but also by his band mates–Mike Keneally (keyboards, guitar), Marco Minnemann (drums), and Bryan Beller (bass). It could even be argued that Minnemann’s work behind the kit lies at the heart of that groove. That easy-going groove set against Satriani’s equally smooth riffs and the Beller’s harmonies and low end instantly conjures thoughts of someone overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge on a sunny day, and cruising back and forth along the famous zig-zagging Lombard Street. Listeners could even close their eyes and see people strolling along the bay’s equally famed Fisherman’s Wharf or going for a ride on one of the city’s many legendary cable cars. Such images alongside such a calming and original sound clearly show why this song is an exemplar of this new record’s positives. It is just one of those positives, too. the album’s opener and title track serves as just as much of an example of what makes this record so enjoyable.

The laid-back, easygoing groove of ‘San Francisco Blue’ and the images generated by said groove make this song a clear example of what makes Shockwave Supernova one of Joe Satriani’s best records to date. The vibe generated by that groove will take listeners back to Satriani’s older recordings without leaving them feeling that he has just re-hashed the bluesy pieces included in said records. The title track/opener to this record will have much the same effect. The multiple time signatures that Satriani and company have to negotiate in the song’s opening bars instantly take listeners back to the days of Crystal Planet as do the rest of the song’s driving tempos. While Satriani’s talents are on full display here once again, listeners will be happy to know that he doesn’t hog the limelight here. That is saying quite a bit especially with the song being the album’s opener. Minnemann shines as he maintains the song’s driving tempo all while navigating some rather impressive poly-rhythmic patterns throughout the song. It can be assumed that Mike Keneally handles the keyboard line in this arrangement. And while that line doesn’t necessarily steal the spotlight, it is just as impressive in its subtle addition to the song. The combination of those three lines and Beller’s low-end shows clearly why this song was chosen to open the album and why once again the album in whole proves to be another impressive recording from Joe Satriani.

Both ‘San Francisco Blue’ and ‘Shockwave Supernova’ show in their own way just what makes Joe Satriani’s latest effort such an impressive new collection of songs. Of course they are only part of what makes this record one of the year’s best new rock records and potentially one of the year’s best new records overall. The album’s closer ‘Goodbye Supernova’ is just as solid of an example of what makes Shockwave Supernova so impressive as the previously noted songs. That is because it proves to be just as much of a departure from those previously noted songs as they are from one another. It is a much more reserved work complete with string arrangement and what is either a piano ine or a rather solid bass line. Regardless of bass or piano, that low end, when coupled with the string arrangements and Satriani’s own guitar line, rounds out a work that is just as perfect of a closing number as the album’s title track is an opener. All of the lines combined create a full, rich sound that is both soothing yet mysterious at the same time. It is a sound that is the perfect final statement from Satriani on this record. As with certain other works included in the record, it is another piece that long-time fans will appreciate because of its similarity to works included in the likes of Crystal Planet and Is There Love in Space? At the same time, it serves as a fitting accent that even in its reserved sound is just as strong as any of the more energetic pieces presented throughout the record’s sixty-four minute run time. When combined with those other songs (including the pieces noted here), it becomes the final touch on an album that in whole proves exactly why it is one of this year’s best new rock records and potentially one of the best new albums of the year overall.

Joe Satriani’s fifteenth full-length studio recording is one of this year’s best new rock records and potentially one of the year’s best new albums overall. That is proven time and again over the course of the album’s fifteen total tracks. From the familiar blues-tinged sound of ‘San Francisco Blue’ to the equally familiar sound of the album’s opener, which will take long-time fans back to previous great Satriani records such as Crystal Planet and Is There Love in Space? to the reserved yet mysterious sound of the album’s closer this record proves in the end to be one that every listener will appreciate regardless of their familiarity with Joe Satriani’s body of work. The same can be said of the roughly dozen tracks not noted here. Those tracks each add their own element of enjoyment to this album. Collectively, they prove Shockwave Supernova to be a record that while obviously not as powerful as the shockwave from a supernova (to say the least) is a record that will still have quite the impact on audiences. That impact will lead audiences new and old alike to agree that this record is one of the year’s best new rock records and potentially one of the year’s best new albums overall. Shockwave Supernova is available now in stores and online. More information on Shockwave Supernova is available online now along with all of the latest updates to Satriani’s current tour schedule and all of his latest news at:

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