ROCK OUT STAND OUT ALBUMS OF THE MONTH – February 2022 (and a message from The Team)

The end of the month is here. Before some of our team members reveal their albums of the month, here’s a message from Rock Out Stand Out.

It’s a frightening and unfamiliar time for a lot of us so it’s natural to be experiencing all sorts of feelings and emotions with regards to what’s going on in Ukraine.

If you feel affected by what’s going on, talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. For extra support and information, click here to access MIND’s information page about Anxiety.

You can help the people of Ukraine by donating to organisations such as Voices Of Children. Voices Of Children is an organisation that provides psychological and psychosocial support for children who have been affected by war. The programmes they offer include video storytelling, mobile psychologists, art therapy and individual help for families. For more information on what work they do and where to donate, click here.

Martin: Arjen Anthony Lucasson’s Star One – Revel In Time

This month I have been listening to the latest STAR ONE album Revel in Time, time and time again, which is why it’s undoubtedly my album of the month. The album itself is spread over two discs but each disc has the same songs but just with different vocalists!

Each song is based on a classic sci-fi film or tv show that utilises the theme of time travel and such examples are Back to the Future (Back from the Past) The Terminator (Fate of Man) and Lost Children of the Universe (Interstellar). Whilst it is not a full conceptual story like Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s AYREON projects there is still that overall theme that links the songs together. One might think that an album solely about time travel could get a bit repetitious but each track on offer is equally unique in its own right and you can fully appreciate the alternative versions across Disc 2 which sound just as fresh as the first time you hear the Disc 1 variants.

These tales within the 4th dimension are a work of art and perfectly channel the respective franchises that they take inspiration from.

It was a pleasure to review this album earlier this month and I think this sentence perfectly summarises this masterpiece: There is no TARDIS required for the journeys in time featured throughout. Both fans of science-fiction across all mediums and of Arjen’s other works will undoubtably love this.

You can read my review here.

Find Arjen Anthony Lucasson’s Star One on Facebook.

Jacob: Deep Purple – Machine Head

What is there to say about this album that gave us not one, not two but three rock classics? It’s basically pure distilled awesome. An album so good that another band took it as their name. An album so good that even if you don’t know the name of it, and you live on mars, and you have no idea what music is – you at least know Smoke On The Water.

Starting on the sublime Highway Star; this album is Space Truckin, foot tappin’, head noddin’, groovy to the end.

Find DEEP PURPLE on Facebook.

Lotty: Kissin’ Dynamite – Not The End Of The Road

Given what’s going on in the world right now, the amount of uncertainty is unsettling and frightening for a lot of us. During those times, it’s great to have an album to turn to when those feelings arise. I have mentioned many times KISSIN’ DYNAMITE are my go to band if I need a boost. Their latest release Not The End Of The Road takes a thought provoking approach with regards to the song writing. It acknowledges that things go wrong in the world whilst keeping your spirits up. It uplifts your morale by communicating the message that things will get better through the empowering lyrics and music. My personal favourites on the album include the title track, What Goes Up, Good Life, Coming Home, Gone For Good, Voodoo Spell and Scars.

To read my review of the album, click here. To read my interview with vocalist Hannes Braun, click here.

Find KISSIN’ DYNAMITE on Facebook.

What would choose as your album of the month? Let us know in the comments. Look after yourselves and stay safe.

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