Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Playlist 2017 Week 3: Firewind, Bob Wayne, Living Colour, Iced Earth, Alestorm

For week 3 of the playlist, we've got hard rock sounds, country, a little funkiness and a late pirate attack.

Firewind, "Back on the Throne" from Immortals. Guitarist Gus G may not have gotten to record an album with Ozzy Osbourne, but he was clearly writing for it. There's some great classic rock riffage that will certainly remind listeners of both Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde. This tune's a little different from the rest of the record, but very cool.

Bob Wayne, "Fairground in the Sky" from Bad Hombre. Since returning to his DIY roots, Bob Wayne has produced a couple of incredible albums with both wild hell-raising tracks and more thoughtful numbers like this one, my favorite from the new record. This chorus is definitely the most upbeat melody I've ever heard under lyrics about a suicide pact.

Living Colour, "Who's That" from Shade. I can't lie. I really liked some of the heavier tunes like "Out of My Mind" that Living Colour rolled out on The Chair in the Doorway, but even I have to admit that this is where they're at their best -- mixing blues, jazz and rock into a funky groove.

Iced Earth, "Black Flag" from Incorruptible. Admittedly, Incorruptible is basically the same album that Jon Schaffer has been recording since Stu Block joined the band a few years back, but like those past albums, this one has its high points, this song being the highest. In a year without an Alestorm release, it likely would have been my favorite pirate-themed song.

Alestorm, "No Grave but the Sea" from No Grave but the Sea. In keeping with the piratical theme, here's Alestorm's second appearance on the playlist. This title track from their latest is a truly epic pirate story.

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