The $25 Tunes: May 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve done The $25 Tunes segment on this blog. That’s because, during the last couple of months, I was too preoccupied with RIFT to find some time and search for good music. But enough with the excuses. Let’s get to the good part.

Hisengen Blues by Graveyard – $7
The first time I played Hisengen Blues, I couldn’t stop my head from nodding. This album is just flat out awesome and one of the best I’ve heard in 2011. Its sludgy retro sounds, lyrics and songs titles screams classic rock. The band’s influence is very wide and can be traced to almost every artist from the 60’s and 70’s, be it Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. So, if you love classic rock, you’ll love this album too.

Score: A

“Hisengen Blues” by Graveyard

The Collective by Scale The Summit – $9
I was at awe when I heard Scale The Summit’s album, Carving Desert Canyons. It was so heavy, yet atmospheric. The same can be said about The Collective. But its sound is clearly more mature than the band’s previous works. The rough metal edges have been smoothed out by jazz tones and it’s not guitar-centric anymore, which gave all members equal roles, enabling them to create a full-bodied sound.

Score: A-

“Whales” by Scale The Summit

Hymn of a Broken Man by Times of Grace – $8
When I found out that Dutkiewicz and Leach (ex-Killswitch Engage members) have an album out under their project, Times of Grace, I thought it would be worth checking out. But since it didn’t break new grounds, I was slightly disappointed with it. Although, Hymn of a Broken Man, with all its melodic metal, hard hitting riffs and surprisingly optimistic lyrics, I also find it a bit enjoyable to listen to.

Score: C+

“Willing” by Times of Grace

So, those are my picks for this May. I hope that you guys will enjoy them all. Especially Graveyard’s album, Hisengen Blues. That one is a gem.

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