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While the aesthetic of Desyre is glammy, don’t let that (or the title) of their latest album, Glamtron, throw you into a state of contempt prior to investigation. This five-piece band from Finland is more than image, and their music proves they can hold their own on stage. With the prominent sound of keyboards on every track, a seasoned listener will likely draw comparisons to Bon Jovi, Europe – even Stryper frontman Michael Sweet in his ’70s embodiment. Glamtron is 11 tracks of rockers without a single ballad. The salubrious, catchy “Party Song,” is a raise-your-fist-and-yell anthem flaunting guitar-driven power and the vocals of frontman/guitarist Mazi Danger Bee. The heavy “Protector” is a metal tune right out of the ’80s, very reminiscent of the Dr. Feelgood-era of Motley Crue, with Danger Bee belting out the message. Sounding like Oz Fox and Michael Sweet on guitar duty, “First Blood” stands out by throwing together all the elements of vintage hair metal. Desyre is a band of many ingredients. Glamtron is their finest soup.



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The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."


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Top 25 Albums of 2020

The Top 25 Albums of 2020

When the going gets tough, artists create art. Despite a world reckoning outside our quarantined doors, musicians relentlessly created new music giving birth to genre-defining releases and, despite a year spent indoors, a marked 2020 full of passion and fervor. Here are our Top 25 albums of 2020.


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