Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fourplay : The Five Hundred , Jonathan Bannon , Sunflower Dead , Ovrfwrd

The Five Hundred - Winters (2015) British steel
The debut EP from U.K / Gibraltarian band The Five Hundred is a real metal killing machine with razorsharp guitars that will attack you like the sharks in the b-movie Sharknado.
"Winters" contains 4 tracks with no pause to catch a breath, no we´re talking brutal melodic death metal with traces of thrash in the same vein as Killswitch Engage, In Flames and Soilwork.
This is indeed a promising start of a tight band that worked with producer Justin Hill (Sikth) on their first release, I`m already a fan and can´t wait for the next release.
Based in Nottingham but ready to conquer the world, these guys are ready to defend the metal genre down to the last man standing.

Jonathan Bannon Maher - The fallout of love (2010) Awareness and ingenuity
A man of many skills, I think it´s not more than fair to present this artist with that introduction since he´s written 2 books including The destiny of humanity, sent to the leaders of the world.
In 2012, Jonathan Bannon Maher ran for the United States senate and he´s also a software author, not to mention a musician and the composer behind the single "The fallout of love".
The song is a few years old and it really could be a John Rzeznik song, this must be as close you can get to Goo Goo Dolls hit "Iris" without actually stealing any chords or melodies from that song.
I like the arrangement and Maher shows he´s a talented singer as well, there are more songs to be found on Youtube if this one caught your attention.

Sunflower Dead - It´s time to get weird (2015) A wango tango hour
Normal is a word that doesn´t exist in the world of Long Beach rockers Sunflower Dead, it´s definitely time to get weird and act like you´re the crazies from Escape From New York.
Formed from the ashes of metalcore act Droid, Sunflower Dead released their self titled debut in 2012 and collaborated with producers Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot) and Mickey Doling on their 2nd album "It´s time to get weird".
With artwork similar to the 1976 album cover "Rock and roll over" by Kiss, I can only come to the conclusion that this was made as a loving tribute to that classic album.
If you´re into bands like Sinisstar, Five Finger Death Punch and Disturbed, you´re gonna love the new album from Sunflower Dead. Frontman Michael Del Pizzo and Co kicks ass with this mix of hard rock, modern metal and active rock.
Highlights : Dance with death, You´re dead to me, Nothing

Ovrfwrd - Fantasy Absent Reason (2015) Diver down in the sea of prog
Instrumental progrock is a small genre but most certainly an interesting genre since most of the musicians are highly technical and really don´t care if they get a hitsingle or not.
Ovrfwrd´s slogan could very well be "radio won´t play our record so we might as well have lots of fun making it for ourselves", the Minneapolis based quartet has created a sound with a crossover between fusion and progressive rock where the influences are Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, Yes and Rush.
The music really isn´t that complex but instead they focus on moods and themes, the 8 minute long "Utopia planitia" is a perfect example of this band´s strength.
An odd track is "Brother Jack McDuff" where Ovrfwrd are flirting with psychedelic 60´s rock, it sounds more like an early Manfred Mann´s Earth Band than anything else on this 5 track album. 
The band is Kyle Lund - Bass, Chris Malmgren - Keyboards, Rikki Davenport - Drums and Mark llaug - Guitars. They debuted with "Beyond the visible light" in 2014 but the new album "Fantasy Absent Reason" is the first record I get to hear.

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