Gary Moore – Bad for You Baby Eagle Records
Another blues-rock album from Gary Moore (am I the only one who misses his hard rock stuff from the mid 80s, when he thought he was Eddie Van Halen?), this one includes originals and covers, and is said to be more energetic and all-round rippin’ than his previous album, ‘Close As You Get.’
Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek – Upojenie Nonesuch
This album was originally released in 2002, but is only now finding worldwide release. Jazz legend Metheny duets with Polish singer and keyboardist Anna Maria Jopek, joined by a group of Polish musicians.
David T Chastain – Mystery of Illusion Shrapnel
This remastered reissue of BC Rich-wielding shredder Chastain’s Shrapnel debut includes such metal titles as ‘I Fear No Evil,’ ‘When The Battle’s Over’ and ‘ Night of the Gods.’ There are also two bonus tracks in the form of original demos for ‘Mystery of Illusion’ and ‘The Winds Of Change.’
Revolution Renaissance – New Era Blistering Records
Debut album of the new band by Stratovarius mastermind Timo Tolkki. Although I doubt this album will be as entertaining as Timo’s very public split from Stratovarious, which was pretty much played out on the internet in real time, it’s bound to include lots of grandiose shredding and operatic vocals. Includes the vocals of Michael Kiske (Helloween), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone).