Hexenhammer

New Music. A single from an album to be released in November. (I feel just like a radio DJ.)

Burning Witches is an all-woman Heavy Metal band out of Switzerland. I haven’t heard a lot by them, but I like this song. (I only discovered them recently.) Their second album is to be released in November.

This song is “Hexenhammer” from the 2018 album of the same name, by Burning Witches. Though the album won’t be released until November, as usual a single has been released ahead of time. Use the link above when YouTube freaks out over the privacy extensions in your browser and tells you the video is unavailable. (You do have privacy extensions installed, don’t you?)

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The Chain

Not sure why I’m reaching all the way back to 1977. Feetwood Mac was very popular in that era. (William Jefferson Clinton used one of the songs in his inauguration party, or as a party theme song, or something.) Personally I think all the guys were in love with Stevie Nicks.

This song is “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac from their 1977 Rumors. It was their 2nd album and had four top 10 hits. (YouTube will complain if you have any privacy extensions, and tell you the video is unavailable. Use the link above in that case.)

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

Traffic started in the late 1960s as a Psychedelic Rock band. They were from Birmingham, England. Pretty quickly they evolved into a different sound. (More Progressive?) Which was when I started listening to them. Steve Winwood was a notable member of that band.

This song is “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” from the 1971 album of the same name. Since YouTube is now complaining about almost all videos if you have any privacy extensions in your browser (e.g. Privacy Badger from the EFF), use the link above.

The Godfather of Power Metal

While some Metal bands started moving toward Power metal in the 1970s, adding more melodic guitar parts, and expanding lyrics, Power metal is usually (not always) pinned to Kai Hansen and the band Helloween. Today he is guitar-player for the band Gamma Ray.

This song is “Heaven or Hell” from the 2001 album No World Order by Gamma Ray, a Power Metal band from Hamburg, Germany. (When YouTube tells you that the video is unavailable because you dare to have some privacy enhancing extensions in your browser, use the link above.)

Game of Thrones

The Croatian group 2Cellos is one of the musical groups that is taking (traditionally) classical instruments in new directions. They have covered pop and metal music. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t. But this is one piece of music I really like. This is “Game of Thrones Medley” from their 2017 album, Score. (And YouTube will complain about privacy add-ons and Ad-blockers, so use the link above. Google really HATES privacy.)

Cafe Europa

Deep Forest is a band whose music isn’t like very many others. (Though I guess they are no longer a “they” since one of the founders quit, leaving just 1 person.) Officially they are a World Music band, but I think “Ethnic Electronica” fits better, since they draw heavily on electronica. But they definitely aren’t your standard electronica either.

Cafe Europa” is from their 1995 album Boheme. The album was mostly sampled Gypsy songs together with some electronic music. It was their most successful album. (If YouTube tells you the video is unavailable – they don’t like privacy extensions in your browser – use the link above.)

Cafe Europa was also (is also? I haven’t been there in over a decade) the name of one of my favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. We wouldn’t generally have dinner there, but we would often end up there for coffee and desert after sushi, or whatever.

Mindfall Remedy

Can’t get enough Power Metal. And so we have more Kamelot, a Tampa Bay area Power Metal band.

This is “Mindfall Remedy” featuring Lauren Hart, from Kamelot’s new album, The Shadow Theory. Maybe not so new, as it came out in April of this year. Lauren Hart is lead singer for Once Human, a Los Angeles area Melodeath band. (This is not the Lauren Hart who sings prior to Philadelphia Flyers games.) This Lauren Hart does the Death Metal, death growl.

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