Saturday, March 8, 2014
Get Busy Living - All good memories fade (2014) Mosaic Artistry Group
Produced by Get Busy Living
Tracks : 1.Revolution summer 2.The last five years 3.Unfamiliar 4.Happily never after 5.All good memories fade 6.Get up
2,5 out of 5
It was the cover of Lil Wayne´s "Lollipop" that caught my attention from Kansas city pop punks Get Busy Living, a real catchy and fresh version but it´s not included on their 2nd EP "All good memories fade". However, you can listen to it on youtube.
Get Busy Living are influenced by Mayday Parade, All Time Low and Four Year Strong. We´re talking pop punk with a powerpop flavor here, it´s a shame that their own songs cannot match the cover of "Lollipop". It´s hard to seperate the songs from eachother because almost every song is written in the same key.
I think the song "Unfamiliar" is quite good and I also like the edgy production on "All good memories fade", but in the end - GBL can join the group of average bands if they don´t come up with much stronger material for the next release.
Jupiter Zeus - On Earth (2014) Magnetic Eye Records
Produced by Jupiter Zeus
Tracks : 1.Waves 2.Over 3.Cosmic rays 4.I am 5.Psychotic seeds 6.Talkback caller 7.Divinity 8.The sum of 9.Co-creators 10.Waiting in a line 11.State of mind
3 out of 5
There are some new cool psychedelic rock bands from down under such as Black Birds, New Gods and Jupiter Zeus. Formerly known as Nebula with one album released, Jupiter Zeus deliver the follow up to the "Green Mosquito" EP from 2011.
With a blend of space rock, stoner and 90´s rock, JZ´s new album "On Earth" sounds like a mix between Hawkwind, Atomic Opera and Queens of the stone age. Their singer reminds a bit of Michael Poulsen of Volbeat but only the vocalpart, the music feels like you´re on an icebreaker in Antarctica and at the same time like you were in a cathedral. Epic!
This is good stuff.
L.R.S - Down to the core (2014) Frontiers Records
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio
Tracks : 1.Our love to stay 2.Livin´ 4 a dream 3.I can take you there 4.Never surrender 5.Almost over you 6.Shadow of a man 7.Universal cry 8.To be your man 9.Down to the core 10.I will find my way 11.Waiting for love 12.Not one way to give
2,5 out of 5
Guitarist Josh Ramos wants so badly to make that perfect Journey record, he was in The Storm with ex.Journey members and then in Two Fires with Kevin Chalfant. who almost got the job as the frontman after Steve Perry. To be walking in Neal Schon´s footsteps must be feeling like a heavy chain to bare, now Ramos gives it another shot with the new band L.R.S featuring Tommy La Verdi on lead vocals from 21 Guns and Michael Shotton on drums from Von Groove.
Producer Alessandro Del Vecchio does his best on giving the guys a Kevin Shirley sound, "Down to the core" feels like "Revelation 2" (the 2008 album from Journey).
As a matter of fact, some of these songs sound like clones to "Never walk away" that was the opening track on "Revelation", and that Journey song was a carbon copy of their own "Be good to yourself".
Just listen to "Our love to stay" and "Never surrender", hahahahahaha. You gotta be deaf not to hear the same copy and paste songstructure.
If you´re a die hard fan of Frontline and Hugo, you will probably dig L.R.S.
What I think? Well, I´d rather listen to The Storm or Journey with Steve Perry.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Pretty Maids - Louder than ever (2014) Frontiers Records
Produced by Jacob Hansen
Tracks : 1.Deranged 2.Playing god 3.Psycho time bomb planet Earth 4.My soul to take 5.He who never lived 6.Virtual brutality 7.Tortured spirit 8.With these eyes 9.Nuclear boomerang 10.Snakes in Eden 11.Wake me up to the real world 12.A heart without a home
3,5 out of 5
Pretty Maids wanted a new spin to some of their own favorites between 1995-2006 and re-recorded them with their new producer Jacob Hansen along with 5 brand new songs, specially written for this record "Louder than ever".
My first thought was, do these songs from the albums Scream, Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, Planet Panic, Carpe Diem and Wake me up to the real world really need new versions when the original tracks already sound good to me?
Perhaps they should´ve focused on the early albums instead, however I can´t deny that this is a great collection of Pretty Maids melodic heavy metal.
Now if we´re looking at the interesting goods of this new album, the new songs are really good and I truly melt to the melodic gems "My soul to take" and "He who never lived".
Fans of old PM songs like "Back to back" and "Future world", will love the new harder and faster songs "Deranged" and "Nuclear boomerang".
The album ends with the new ballad "A heart without a home" which sits in fine with the rest, 30 years in the business and PM still means quality. I´m glad to say.
Fake Shark Real Zombie - Liar (2014) Light Organ Records
Produced by Fake Shark Real Zombie
DANCE / HIP HOP / ROCK
Tracks : 1.Paint it gold 2.Yes yes no no 3.Soon to be strangers 4.Afterskool special 5.F__k Kevvy
3 out of 5
The Canadian band Fake Shark Real Zombie sure sounds like they´re having a blast with their party-like music, these guys deliver dancefloor punk with a hip hop/rock flavor.
Influenced by Bloc Party, Mindless Self Indulgence and Kanye West. This band has created infectious hooks and a groovy beat, that caught the attention of Henry Rollins who is a big fan of their music.
They even collaborated on Fake Shark Real Zombie´s latest album.
I think the first three tracks on their new "Liar" EP are really cool while the last two will please hip hop fans more, but check out the video of "Paint it gold" on youtube and you might like it.
For fans of Teddybears Sthlm, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Sugar Ray