The Darkness - Easter is Cancelled
I had “Permission To Land” on repeat on my iPod 3rd gen after both came out. Big, loud, raunchy, and a real time capsule of the early 2000s. I tried listening to the albums that came after and they never hooked me quite like “Permission To Land” did (and I just tried “Pinewood Smile” after taking “Easter is Cancelled” for a spin to confirm this, though I think I missed one or two in the middle there).
This album, though…I think I’ve listened to it about ten times so far. It’s way more old school metal than hard rock, their big stadium sound and production is all there, and the songs seem a lot more mature than the jokey-yet-quality songs on “Permission To Land”. Take this one for a spin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6siQ1yjnwvE
Jakub Zytecki - Nothing Lasts, Nothing’s Lost
I forget how I found about Disperse (maybe GPM recommendation?) but I’m glad I did. I normally don’t like noodly guitar stuff, but for some reason I really like Jakub’s work. Foreword, Wishful Lotus Proof, and this album are all great, and this one is way more eclectic and over-the-place than the other two.
Flying Colors - Third Degree
I think I’ve heard some Flying Colors on various prog rock avenues on the Internet before, but this is the first time I’ve listened to one of their albums from start to finish. It’s got Mike Portnoy and Neal Morse, so it’s super heavy on the neo-prog front with a lot of hard rocking bits. It deserves a few more spins, for sure.