The female rock invasion shall continue in 2005. But how do I count the ways?
So much for the invasion. Several titles were pushed back to 2006.
Evanescence will return for sure, and I think their second album will be just as successful, if not better, with the help of replacement guitarist Terry Balsalmo (ex-Cold)
Ha. the site hasn't even been updated since the DVD release!
Lullacry is one of my favorite up-and-coming bands, and if their next album is just as good as "Crucify My Heart" or "Fire Within," then there's no reason why they shouldn't be opening for Evanescence.
Still haven't got a copy yet. But "The Fire Within" is included on the new one.
Lacuna Coil may return to the studio, and I think the next album will make-or-break their chances of success.
No new studio album yet. But they've released an "EP's" compilation, but I don't know if they are remakes or straight rereleases.
Rumor has it that Robin Beck will release another studio album...but after her last effort, I may be hesitant to buy it.
The comeback exceeded all expectations, but I'm still disappointed about the occassional Cher-esk synthesized vocals. (and the fact that she still needs outside superstar songwriting contributions.)
A new Broke N Blue is also in the works after a 4-year absence. I hope it's as good as the debut.
Better in all ways. Still a strong contending favorite for the 2005 Female Album of the Year.
Lana Lane is back in the studio, but what side of herself will she show us this time?
The bad side, unfortunately. I can't tell if she's copying Pink Floyd of Arjen Lucassen, but either way, she needs to go back to rocking!
People have begged Chrissy Steele on her website to comeback and release a new album, but I doubt she will.
There's very little activity on the official Chrissy Steele site. So scratch that for a year or so.
I mentioned Shiva previously. I can't wait for Album #3.
Still a work-in-progress.
For those looking for AOR, then Coastline and Nexx will record albums this coming year. Both are expected to kick total ass!
Coastline disbanded, but Nexx is still kicking around. I'm still hoping they can get a deal with a record label that does US distributions. I'm predicting mid-late 2006.
For those keeping track of Indie Artists, the Lucid Fly album has been completed, and will be available in early 2005. This is another group that is a must-hear!
The album still gets spins, at least more than the usual Indie Artists.
For those looking for reissues, look no further, more of the Girlschool catalog will be available as the year progresses. Also in the works is another Erika reissue, "In the Arms of A Stranger."
Not sure about the Girlschool stuff, but MTM is already my Record Label of the Year with their female rock reissues. Not just for Erika, but also for Laos and Aina as well. Good fuckin' job!
I think I'm the last Stratovarius fan remaining after everything that went down this year. I'll hold my breath, but I'll probably pass out before Popkiller gets released.
And every person is thankful of it. But considering the straight-forward rock direction the band took, a female singer would've made them sound like Lullacry, at worst. The fans really made too much of a big fuss over the situation.
And thus, I've looked back, realized that I can't predict the future, and will move on. To conclude, I've posted the field of 2005 (with no new releases scheduled, as far as I can tell:)
Erika "In the Arms of A Stranger" (Reissue)
Lucid Fly "Adapting To Gravity" (Indie Artist)
Lana Lane "Lady Macbeth"
Leaves' Eyes "Vinland Saga"
Envy "Ain't It A Sin" (Reissue)
Private Life "Shadows / S/T" (2CD Reissue)
Robin Beck "Do You Miss Me"
Broke N Blue "The Waiting"
Laos "We Want It" (Reissue)
Aina "Living In A Boy's World" (Reissue)
Lullacry "Vol. 4"
After Forever "Remagine"
Stream of Passion "Embrace the Storm" (newcomer)