Hollywood Vampires RISE
This is the second record by this rock super group and, this time out, the record features mostly originals. Songs are… okay; FM-friendly, but sound like rejected tunes from an Alice Cooper record. First record was fun… this is the band taking themselves FAR too seriously. Thoroughly forgettable… like this is something we’re SUPPOSED to care about, but ultimately don’t. Oddly… standouts on the record are covers: Bowie’s HEROES and Jim Carroll’s PEOPLE WHO’VE DIED.
Pattern Seeking Animals PATTERN SEEKING ANIMALS
New prog from a band made up of Spock’s Beard members… sort of reminded me of the first Starcastle record (at once new AND familiar). Music is well performed, but kind of lackluster… like Marillion on psych meds. Standouts are the guitar player who is solid… but it’s far too little delivered far too late.