Ok, it has been awhile since I have posted here, but I am really excited about a bunch of music that has come out this year, so I figured I would share what I view to be some of the highlights.
Right then, starting with some very guitar-centric stuff, it's The Aristocrats with a self-titled debut. Some of you may be familiar with Mr. Guthrie Govan, but those of you who aren't need to click on this immediately:
Second up, moving away from the world of fusion and into some metal here is Mastodon's Curl of the Burl from their album The Hunter, which is really raw, gritty, and groovy metal.
Third, a bit less guitar centric but is my favorite of the year, Steven Wilson's Grace for Drowning record. I am going to see him live at the Shepherd's Bush next week, and the concert will be in surround sound with an elaborate video projection with some videos made by this director:
If the Mastodon was too much for you, you may want to skip this next one, but I find it humorous, creative, intriguing, and it gets stuck in my head; it's Juular by Devin Townsend. That master of the bizarre has cooked up something special on Deconstruction.
Finally, since I am a loyal fanboy, Dream Theater has a fantastic new record with a fantastic new drummer. Since Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Extreme, Professor at Berklee) joined the band, their music is back and sounds really fresh.
And because Mike Mangini is such a beast, I must include a couple videos of him just being awesome.
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