Eddie Trunk’s TMS Pick of The Week:
Black Star Riders The Killer Instinct (Nuclear Blast Records)Who They Are: Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham’s A-team of hard rock lifers delivering the goods in a way that would make Phil Lynott smile, especially the delivery and commanding stage presence of Belfast-born lead singer Ricky Warwick
What Eddie Said About Them: “An early runner-up for my album of the year. It’s amazing stuff, very much in the spirit of Thin Lizzy. If you’re into straight-up dual guitar hard rock, this is the way to go.”
Watch: Black Star Riders “The Killer Instinct”
Don Jamieson’s TMS Pick of The Week:
Visigoth The Revenant King (Metal Blade Records)
Who They Are: Salt Lake City power metal band, whose classic sound and image will appeal to fans of traditional metal eager for tales of ancient battles of yore.
What He Said About Them: “They’re young, they’re hungry, and as you can see, you put on “The Revenant King,” you crank it loud, and you go into battle.
Watch: Visigoth “The Revenant King”
Jim Florentine’s TMS Picks of The Week:
King 810 Memoirs of a Murderer (Roadrunner)Who They Are: Straight outta Flint, Michigan, these Mid-Western malcontents are making waves with their blend of dissonant, down-tuned guitars and ultra heavy grooves.
What He Said About Them: “Think of like an angry Korn Slipknot, with a little Marilyn Manson in there. Great, haunting lyrics, with killer spoken word in between.”
Watch: King 810 “War Outside”
The Pretty Reckless Going To Hell (Razor & Tie)Who They Are: State of the art hard rock featuring great songwriting and the perhaps-surprisingly awesome vocals of former Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen.
What He Said About Them: “Great live band. Great record, great hard rock.”
Watch: The Pretty Reckless “Going To Hell”