The first of my 12 Albums of Christmas is “Netherworld” by @Hexed out of Uppsala, Sweden. Hexed is vocalist Tina Gunnarsson, Stellan Gunnarsson on lead guitar/keyboards/vocals, bassist Daniel Håkansson, guitarist Teddy Möller, and drummer Simon Aspsund. This album all the grinding guitars, pounding drums, and strong vocals for any Metal fan on your shopping list. Each song on “Netherworld” tells a story for the listener to discover. Some of my favorites include “Forsaken”, “Exhaling Life”, and “Illuminate”.
You can listen to Hexed’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4iS1F1uWKnRIdQKpg7TJAX?si=RzFzu_YiQ8ax45VnSlqudQ.
The next album in the 12 Albums of Christmas is @Anatomy of the Sacred’s EP, “Ashes to Ashes”. Anatomy of the Sacred, out of South Central, Pennsylvania, is Brenda Michelle Robinson, Shane Krout, Kenny Sheldon, James McGarvey, and Brett Rome. “Ashes to Ashes” will please those that enjoy Symphonic Metal bands such as Nightwish, Evanescence, Visions of Atlantis, and Leaves’ Eyes. Each song on “Ashes to Ashes” is a musical story, with Brenda’s powerful voice delivering lyrics that bring vivid images to the listener’s mind. My favorites on the album are “The Woods (Do You Feel Alone)” and “Narcissi”.
You can listen to Anatomy of the Sacred’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5lAkr4N0fpntiJces8OMML?si=8uE3agH9Th-eyj4Krl_lMw
Album three in the 12 Albums of Christmas is the double disc “Dreamland” from @Just Like Honey out of Germany. Just Like Honey is Bianca Yang on bass and vocals, Darlene Jonasson on guitar and vocals, Steve Le Mar on drums and Patrick Le Mar on guitars and backing vocals. If you get a copy of the CD, the first think you’ll notice is the case, made to look like a storybook. Very well done. The music is even better. The band describes their must as Alternative Rock/Dream Pop and I have to agree. The vocals have a dreamy, almost ethereal sound over rocking instrumentals. This gives Just Like Honey a unique style and a great listen for any Rock lover. My favorites on the album are “Note To Self”, Higher Than The Sun”, and “Jaded Heart”. Also be on the lookout for their newest album “The Weight of the Stars”, coming out December 12th.
You can listen to Just Like Honey’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Kvfscb9jeSA8Xb9aA96Ig?si=FwHcgdYgSr2niBGXDLXaZA
Number four of the 12 Albums of Christmas comes from @Negative II Positive. Columbus, Ohio’s Negative II Positive is John Brown on vocals and guitar, Joe Viers on bass, Chris Steberl on guitar, and Kanky Lora on Drums. This is just straight up, guitar driven Rock! The songs on this album are the kind that you turn up and sing at the top of your lungs while you are driving along on a spring day with the windows down. My favorites on this album include “Disbelief”, “Wanna Fall In Love”, and “In This Life (Making The Blood Spill)”.
You can listen to Negative II Positive’s music here: https://www.reverbnation.com/negativeiipositive/songs
Album five of our 12 Albums of Christmas is “What Will Be” from Dublin, Ireland’s ElevationFalls. Elevation Falls is Hazel Jade – lead vocals/piano/acoustic guitar, Chris ‘Crispy’ Young and Darragh Shields – guitar/backing vocals, Gabriel Grecco – bass/backing vocals, and Alex Sanchez de Orduña – drums. “What Will Be” shows the diversity of Elevation Fall’s sound. It has a little of everything for the Rocker on your Christmas list. There is Hard Rock with “Armies Rising” and “Vultures”, ballads with “Dream of Me” and “What Will Be”, and some sultry, Blues Rock with “Cheating Woman”. My favorites are “Armies Rising”, “Cheating Woman”, and “Dream of Me”.
You can listen to Elevation Falls’ music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3y1pma6VVU9pTDs8SFO1hp?si=X1CftMlQSTKM7wVPk0npSA
On the sixth Album of Christmas, Lurch's Lair gives you “Fate of Existence” from Krosphyer out of Nevada. Krosphyer is Bret Allen on vocals, John Kumanski on lead guitar, Charles Untereiner on bass, and Jesse Rollins on drums. “Fate of Existence” has all the heavy guitar and drums the Hard Rock lover in your life needs. Combined with Allen’s powerful vocals, this is sure to please. My favorites on the album are “Treason”, “On The Contrary”, and “Backseat Driver”.
You can listen to Krosphyer’s music here: https://www.youtube.com/user/KrosphyerMusic
For the seventh Album of Christmas Lurch’s Lair gave to you, Ravenscroft’s EP, “Rebel”. Out of Orange County, California, Ravenscroft is Ralph Busso on vocals, Brett Gorke on lead guitar, Andrew Faust on rhythm guitar, Devin Baker on bass, and Lonny Pasillas on drums. This EP is TURN IT UP, headbanging, driving Hard Rock goodness! “Rebel” gets you going with “Denomination”, slows down for the ballad “My Dearest One”, and finishes strong. My favorites on “Rebel” are “Denomination”, “My Dearest One”, and “Rebel”.
You can listen to Ravenscroft’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/38Urhv5VSlo7kSQq333XR6?si=RIThgeNWTz6nC9QrOA10Ng
We are up to the eighth of the 12 Albums of Christmas. Number eight is “Sirens Call” from @Elephant Gun Riot out of Spokane, Washington. Elephant Gun Riot is Caitlin Rose on vocals, Zach Wirchak and Sean Ciolli on guitar, Patrick Rooks on bass, and Mike Low on drums. “Sirens Call” will please those on your shopping list that enjoy Modern Rock. The songs on this album are deep and connect emotionally. The sound of each song is clear and crisp but with an edge. My favorites on the album are “Castaway”, “Sword from Stone”, and “Children of the Sun”.
You can listen to Elephant Gun Riot’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7G41mSBRW49xsNnXHjy9Rx
We’re getting close to the end of the 12 Albums of Christmas with the ninth album, Alpha Zero Three’s self-titled, debut album. From the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Alpha Zero Three is Monty Leach, Jeff Smith, Stefon Pizzuto, Russ McAdoo and Bob Giovannetti. This album is just a great Rock album. Put it on and sing along. AZ3’s music reminds me a lot of 80’s Genesis, it Rocks and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people. My favorites on this album include “Pearls”, “Sons and Angels”, and “Waiting on Myself”.
You can listen to Alpha Zero Three’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7p1MSwj5YuL9P2vpbrj5jJ?si=rjb4KbdzRwKwu1J30MTSHA.
Album ten of the 12 Albums of Christmas is the newest from York, Pennsylvania’s own @Small Town Titans, “The Hybrid Sessions”. The Small Town Titans are Phil Freeman on vocals, bass, and harmonica, Ben Guiles on guitar and vocals, and Jonny Ross on drums and vocals. This album will please anyone who loves hard rock. Phil Freeman’s voice blends with the trio’s powerful instrumentals to bring you a sound and attitude that is uniquely Titanesque. My favorites on the album include “My, Myself, And Monster”, the holiday favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, and the emotionally charged ballad, “Dragonfly”.
You can listen to the Small Town Titans music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3aVd0CcXBa0rOlxMpUS6on?si=G_spo278TF2l2LaXL-64vg
The eleventh of the 12 Albums of Christmas “Ascension” from Paralandra of Springfield, Missouri. Paralanda is Casandra Carson on vocals and guitar, Paul Carson on guitar, Nick Gray on drums, and Sawyer Rikard on bass. “Ascension” is strong from start to finish with edgy, hard rockin’ instrumentals and vocals, some in-your-face attitude in these songs, too. My favorites are “Back To Life”, “Pretty Little Liar”, and “Need to Feed”.
You can listen to Paralandra’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7hssN8A9sc1lcDaAF3vpst?si=LcgmWpfYRJSwj2XEsvQIgg
And our twelfth of the 12 Albums of Christmas is the newly released EP “Between Shadow and Solace” from Taneytown, Maryland’s Ignite The Fire. Ignite The Fire is Jack Gurecki on vocals, Mark Quinn and Michael Nelson on guitar, Holly Smith on bass, and Caelan Gregory on drums. “Between Shadow and Solace” is one hard rockin’ album with Jack’s smooth but soaring vocals and the powerful instrumentals. The songs are deep and connect to the listener emotionally. My favorites on the album are “Echoes”, “Solace”, and “Lazarus”.
You can listen to Ignite the Fire’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4xqGhP2gUWyaMMHqPU3UHj?si=jaxNcRsAT1e4jUfU0yayLw