Sunday, July 31, 2016

Some nice things I´ve missed

Ok, so we´re headed right towards the gate of late summer in the airport of seasons and so far, summer has treated us really well. You think I´m talking about the weather? Nah, I only have music in my head and I can´t help it. I´m starting to think if my coffin should be installed with a speaker system when I die. Hahaha.
The other day I had this idiotic idea of putting all my CD´s in genres instead of alphabetic order with everything collected from A to Z, it´s quite frustrating to have to look through thousands of CD´s to see what you might wanna listen to.
Well, it took me 2 whole days to get them into the right genre, but it was worth it even though I felt it was overkill to actually do it. Now I can look at the selection of synth pop/electronica when I want to hear an album of synth oriented music.
The same with the other genres where the biggest part (quite logical) is hard rock/heavy metal, at the end of the day I ended up with 10 different genres where the remaining 8 are punk rock/pop punk, classic rock, folk/singer songwriter, AOR/west coast, jazz/fusion, progressive rock, alternative rock/indie and pop/new wave.
Let´s head out on the road, raise the sails and see where the wind will take us......(cars do not have sails you say). Don´t be so narrow-minded, I´ve seen buses go into the water so let´s bring the ships up on the ground.

First stop - Madden´s Coffee House.
There will always be certain albums that you will have a hard time categorizing like the ones that stand in between genres, I´m thinking about the new Good Charlotte album Youth Authority.
I won´t argue with the music being pop punk but it feels like it´s more pop now than punk if you know what I mean, their little pop adventure as The Madden Brothers truly have had some impact on the way how they write songs in the year of 2016.
Pop punk has survived and so has Good Charlotte while other genres like grunge, emo and numetal are merely close to extinction. This album works very well if you´re more into Latte than a strong espresso.
Christian bands have always gone their own way, trends might come and go but Christian artists really don´t care what´s popular on the charts. House of Heroes are enjoying themselves with an experimental side of alternative rock on their latest album Colors, radio ready choruses is not what´s important here but being noisy is.
Hats off for this band and their will of blending new wave and post-rock with plenty of distorted bass. How can you not love it?
If you on the other hand only care about radio friendly choruses and wish they could take you back to the 80´s, then the self titled debut album from Kaato should do the trick.
It´s produced and co-written by Mitch Malloy and has he put his trademark all over this album, the perfect marriage between Bryan Adams and Pat Benatar. Well, soundwise that is.
Back to that pop punk lane now with the brand new album California from Blink 182, this band feels reborn with Matt Skida from Alkaline Trio stepping in for Tom DeLonge.
No matter how much I love and am a big fan of DeLonge and his Angels and Airwaves, it felt like he took Blink 182 into the same direction as AVA while Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker wanted to bring the band back to where they belong. Namely the sound of their anthemic albums Enema of the state and Take off your pants and jacket.
Did I mention that Los Angeles is one of the best songs of this year? No? Well, it is.

Let´s continue and follow the route of modern rock, a genre that refuses to die, it exploded into the music industry in the late 90´s but has been kicked at and still fight some tough battles against electro pop and R&B. The record labels have their own idea of what should be popular on the air while bands like Trapt stand proud and won´t give up without a fight.
Their upcoming LP DNA is a typical Trapt album that will make their fans happy, sure it´s less numetal now but they´re still heavy at times.
If you don´t care about hits, money or fame. You have everything you need and live a comfy life, then you can do just what Extreme bassist Pat Badger did. Bring in some friends and make a record and have lots of fun on the way.
Pat brought in Justin Hawkins from The Darkness, Gary Cherone from Extreme and super producer Bleu to make a new EP as Nasty Ass Honey Badgers.
The EP Take what we want drops in September and it contains lots of shredding and ultra melodic power pop-ish hard rock. Oh la la.
A band that take their hard rocking lifestyle real serious is Italian band Fake Idols, they´re everything but fake. Their 2nd album Witness also comes out in September and is a wetdream for fans of Hardcore Superstar.
Oh yeah, it´s all about killer riffs here don´t take ´em too lightly, you might piss ´em off.
A band that releases miracle after miracle is Simon Neil and Co in Biffy Clyro, 7 albums in and still at their peak. The new album Ellipsis goes by the motto "if it ain´t Scottish, it´s crap".
This summer I decided to quit drinking alchol, not that I ever was an alcholic, sure I was a heavy drinker in my youth but at my age it comes down to every day being valuable.
I hate to throw it away with a bad headache or a hangover that will last for days, and there are some tasty non-alcholic beer out there. It´s all for the taking.
Music makes me feel good and what could be better to get high, than getting high on rock and roll and Biffy Clyro´s songs. Nothing beats it.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

2 heavy weight writers of

Last week I met my very good friend Johan Wippsson of, we had a nice chat over a cup of coffee and discussed great modern rock albums as well as new favorite songs.
It´s been a few years since I last saw him so it was a blast.
So what are my favorite songs at the moment?Well, here they are.....

1.Hidinin - Free but hollow (the new awesome project from Mr.Kadawatha himself)
2.MY - White water (the next superb single from the super talented Swedish pop phenomenon)
3.Clif Magness - Ain´t no way (new demo from the AOR hero who is thinking about recording a new solo album, wooohooo)
4.Nasty Ass Honey Badgers - Take what we want (explosive title track from the upcoming EP from Pat Badger)
5.Biffy Clyro - Re-arrange (stunning album track from their new album Ellipsis)

Have a nice weekend rockers and be safe.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Album Spotlight : One Less Reason - The Memories Uninvited

One Less Reason, the Jackson, Tennessee rock band will release its sixth studio album “The Memories Uninvited” this summer via Tattooed Millionaire Records. Recorded in Memphis, TN at legendary Kiva House Of Blues Studios, the album was produced by the band’s frontman and studio owner Cris Brown and mixed by Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback, Motley Crue). The album consists of 11 tracks, ranging from songs about survival and balance  (“Where Were You?”, “The Lie”, “Sometimes”) to emotionally charged anthems (“Break Me”, “The Trade”).
One Less Reason has self-released 5 albums: Everydaylife (2005); Getting Back Your Self Esteem (2006), A Lifetime Burning (2008), Faces and Four Letter Words (2010) and A Blueprint For Writhing (2012).  The band has sold over 500,000 digital downloads to date.
Lead singer Cris Brown reveals that there’s a memory behind every riff, chorus, bass groove, and guitar solo. “One Less Reason songs are more lyrically heavy than musically heavy, and there’s always a message. It’s all based around those four letter words – love, hate, pain, hope. I want people to feel the record more so than just hear it.”

THE MEMORIES UNINVITED is released August 19th.

Tracklisting : 1.Break me 2.Something beautiful 3.Sometimes 4.Where were you? 5.Time 6.The trade 7.One day 8.On the way down 9.The lie 10.You didn´t know 11.Rainmaker

Album Spotlight : Christopher Shayne - Turning Stones

What happens when Aerosmith was your first concert, in a state which claims music outlaws like Waylon Jennings, Alice Cooper and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth? Enter a blazing new rock star with both shine and grit named Christopher Shayne. 

Christopher Shayne, well known throughout the American southwest for his former band Whiskey Six, now delivers dusty southern rock on his debut solo album, Turning Stones.  With influences including blues artist R.L. Burnside, the Black Crowes, country rockers Blackberry Smoke and the ultimate in country boogie, ZZ Top, Christopher has written an album which is both an exciting new “desert-country-rock” discovery and familiar ring for classic southern rock fans.

Turning Stones was produced by renowned producer/engineer Chuck Alkazian (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger) at Pearl Sound Studios in Detroit. Staying loyal to his band when a Whiskey Six label offer required he leave them behind, Christopher crafted the twelve tracks with his lead guitarist Dave Lansing, also of Arizona. “There are moments in each song for every aspect of your life.” says Christopher. ”Life has ups and downs. The record is its own ride, and expresses itself through anger, joy, love and sadness.  It's an honest album - I hope everyone finds some note of truth that resonates with them.”  

The debut single and video ‘Give A Damn’ is a fierce anthem to Chris’ rebellious side. ‘When I Come Down’, a song that “wrote itself” according to Lansing, brings down-home country harmonies and a whiskey-laden hook. The self-reflective ‘Take Your Time’ and ‘The River Revival’ are modern tributes to  American gospel influences in modern blues music.  Title track ‘Turning Stones’ asks “where is my American dream/ It looks so much better on TV”, with toe-tapping storytelling and Americana twang.

It is rare to find a ‘start-to-finish’ album these days, as it is to find a natural powerhouse like Shayne, who is beloved for his long red locks and bluesy growl. Along with bandmates Dave Lansing, bassist Mark Blades, drummer Trevor Hammer, and Zachary Hughes adding a third guitar, the Christopher Shayne Band is a force to be reckoned with in concert. “We’re coming at it with the straight up rock, then adding country to it.” says Christopher. “We're riding the edge between genres - it feels a little bit dangerous."  The chorus of ‘Give A Damn’ says it all: “Look out world / I’m gonna be a star”.

TURNING STONES is released August 12, 2016.

Tracklisting : 1.Give a damn 2.Rock show 3.When I come down 4.The river revival 5.Take your time 6.Turning stones 7.Rolling bones 8.Find our way 9.Outcha mind 10.Heartache 11.Home 12.Black Mariah

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Interview with Trapt

Alternative rock band Trapt will release their new studio album DNA on August 19th so Palace of Rock had a little chat with bassist Pete Charell about line up changes, their fans and Pokemons.
Hello there, the band is currently on the road and about to kick off the Make America Rock Again tour. How is tour going so far?
Pete-The tour is going great.  We are doing some smaller shows that roll right into the Make America Rock Again tour.

Trapt has been around for 20 years but with record sales going down for most bands, what keeps you going?
Pete-We started playing music because we love to and that's why we continue to do it.

The band has been through many line up changes with at least 3-4 different drummers and guitarplayers, is the job as a drummer and a lead guitarist too touch to handle?
Pete-Sometimes it's a challenge to find the right fit for the band, hopefully that's what we have now.

You have worked with some of the best producers in the music industry like Don Gilmore, Garth Richardson and Johnny K. How much did it affect the band´s sound working with them and were you always happy with the result of each album?
Pete-Working with great producers definitely showed us what it takes to make a great sounding album.  Some producers/mixers put more of their signature sound on the recordings than others.  We were very fortunate to be able to make those records with such great people and are happy with what we did.

The official music video of Headstrong has the impressive 16 million views on Youtube. Is it possible to exclude your biggest hit from the setlist on stage or will the fans go berserk?
Pete-We will never be able to not play Headstrong.  That song blew up bigger than any of us ever expected.  

Your new studio album DNA is coming out this August, I think it´s an album that stays true to the typical Trapt sound but the production feels a bit more organic. Was it hard to produce the album yourselves?
Pete-It was a challenge to self-produce this album in that we had to be artistic and objective, when with a producer, the musicians are generally just being artists.  We wanted the album to have more of an organic feel.  We wanted the album to sound like us playing our instruments.

I think you can call DNA a fan album, they were involved in both a crowd funding campaign in the making of the album and as inspiration for various topics in the lyrics. Is this your way of saying thank you to the fans?
Pete-This is a way of saying thank you to our fans and also keeping them involved in what we do.

The opening track Human (like the rest of us) is a bloody great rocker, one of your best songs so far in my opinion. Was this one of the first songs written for DNA?
Pete-Thank you! It was one of the first songs written for DNA.

You released the band´s first ever acoustic album The Acoustic Collection in 2014 and on the new album, there are 4 acoustic versions of Human, Passenger, Castaway and Tangled Up In You as bonus tracks. Never thought about recording any cover songs?
Pete-We recorded a cover of Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode.

It´s been 8 years since the release of your only live album Trapt Live on Eleven Seven Music, are there any plans of recording a new live album soon?
Pete-We don't have any plans to do another live album right now.  That's not to say we will never do another one though.  We are always filming stuff on the road.  Maybe we will put out a DVD at some point.

Everybody is running around like crazy chasing Pokemon characters in the new game Pokemon Go! Perhaps this should be the new way of releasing songs through an application where people can go out and search for songs with GPS coordinates.
So what do you say, how about launching Trapt Go?
Pete-Haha!!!  People are really into that game.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Album Spotlight : Gringo Star - The Sides and In Between

Nevado Music is thrilled to welcome Atlanta, GA psych-rockers Gringo Star to their expanding label roster. Gringo Star will release The Sides And In Between on August 26. 
Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti western weirdness. Taking cues from Santo & Johnny, The Stooges, Ritchie Valens, Marc Bolan, Percy Faith, Sam Cooke, the men working on the chain gang—uh! ah!—they’re all here, their electric ghosts reaching across time, tapping Gringo Star on the shoulder like the crossroads devil to Robert Johnson, bestowing secrets, passing torches.

1.Rotten 2.Magic 3.Get closer 4.Still alive 5.Going home 6.Knee deep 7.Heading south 8.Undone 9.Its you 10.The last trace

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Quick bits : Crobot, Owen Sartori, Alchimy, The Shadow Principle

Crobot - Welcome to fat city (2016) Let there be riffs
As a rock band you don´t always have to be in search for that revolutionary sound that will change the music industry forever or that other thing, I mean the big hitsingles that will put the band on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine or 5 minutes on the stage at the Grammy Awards.
Sometimes it´s just enough to make a bloody great album, like in this case with Pennsylvania based Crobot´s 2nd album "Welcome to fat city". I dig it so much.
Their first album "Something supernatural" from 2014 managed to slip through my radar but this time around, I´m keeping an eye on this kick ass rock band.
The new album features the single "Not for sale" and it´s a perfect ambassador for the entire album, we´re talking a nice blend of stoner metal, grunge and smoking hard rock here for fans of Wolfmother, Soundgarden and Alter Bridge.
Catch this power rock band on tour with Volbeat. I bet they will make the Danes work really hard every night not to be blown away by their support.
(+) It´s just what the rock doctor ordered.
(-) Can´t think of anything really.

Owen Sartori - Nobody gives a damn (2015) Power pop greatness
Owen Sartori? No, it´s not the guy that works in the local grocery store. He´s the best kept secret on the other side of the Atlantic.
Owen is the kind of person I want to have as a neighbour, well how do I know this? I just have the feeling he´s a wonderful person to have amongst your friends.
It feels like I know him when I´m listening to his heartfelt songs, his lyrics are so smart and cool and the music has so much finesse.
"Dublin sky" is so beautiful I wanna cry and the Jellyfish-like "Cool" just makes me wanna dance naked in the moonlight at night.
Owen´s first album "Another beautiful day in the cube" came out in 2008 and "Nobody gives a damn" was released last year, it´s about time you check it out if you haven´t already.
(+) If you like Bleu, this record will make your day in no time.
(-) I get worried that it will take another 7 years for him to make another record.

AlchiMy - Chercheur d´Or (2015) The Mamas and The Papas meets Mireille Mathieu
One of the privileges of reviewing music is that you get to hear artists you normally wouldn´t listen to because they´re in another genre that might not be your homefield.
Although Palace of Rock is mainly a place for rock music, I decided from the start to be open minded and think outside the box, that´s why artists like the Swiss band AlchiMy comes up on my blog.
They´re hailing from the French speaking region of Switzerland but caught attention from the other side of the Atlantic ocean with their debut album "Chercheur d´Or".
So this summer they are recording a new album of English songs with producers Owen Sartori and Davide Raso in the USA, you never know what to expect of that outcome.
What about the music then? Well, AlchiMy blends contemporary blues and folk stylings with an unmistakable French flair.
The music is sort of timeless and I do prefer them singing in French than the English songs at the end of the album, but that´s just my opinion. You might feel different.
(+) The very happy "Un brin de Passion" takes the listener back to the classic 70´s Eurovision sound.
(-) The bass is a bit low in the mix.

The Shadow Principle - Oblivion (2016) Rock´n´roll ain´t noise pollution, it´s the solution
Progressive hard rock that stands out, the American band The Shadow Principle aren´t interested in a short cut to success on the mainstream highway of rock, They´re like the good ol´ 70´s rock bands that did album music and aim for longevity rather than a 3 minute hit on the airwaves.
I am very fond of their debut "Golden state" from 2012 that is a great album of 70´s prog, 80´s hard rock and 90´s alternative metal.
Dave Tomkins awesome bass work is still an important part of this band´s unique sound but the new album "Oblivion" puts the band on a new location on the map of rocknroll. They have evolved soundwise and instead deliver a blend of NWOBHM, punk and progressive rock.
The new single "When the sun appears" shows the band in their new direction and it´s also one of my favorite songs on "Oblivion" along with the marvelous "Byzantium".
The punk-ish "Dead walking" could´ve been an unreleased song from Iron Maiden´s "Killers".
The sound of their new album bring thoughts to Shiva meets Coheed and Cambria with a touch of Iron Maiden. I la la love it.
(+) Great instrumentation and artistic songstructures.
(-) They could´ve chosen a better opening track, "Minutiae" isn´t strong enough.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Top 20 Albums 2016 (so far)

And here are the 20 best albums released between January and today in July of 2016, with the comeback album from Dizzy Mizz Lizzy peaking at #1.
The only exception is Crobot´s new album that will be out in September, expect a review very soon.

1.Dizzy Mizz Lizzy – Forward in reverse (5)
2.Babymetal – Metal resistance (5)
3.Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis (4,5)
4.Cheap Trick - Bang zoom crazy...hello (4,5)
5.Circus Maximus – Havoc (4,5)
6.Sixx A.M – Prayers for the damned Vol.1 (4,5)
7.The Mute Gods – Do nothing till you hear from me (4)
8.Eliot Sumner – Information (4)
10.Ace Frehley – Origins Vol.1 (4)

11.Otep – Generation doom (4)
12.Blink 182 - California (4)
13.Opia – Eon (4)
14.Asking Alexandria – The black (4)
15.Crobot - Welcome to fat city (4)
16.Hands Like Houses – Dissonants (4)
17.SheLoom – The baron of the fjord (4)
18.Blue October – Home (4)
19.Dan Reed Network – Fight another day (4)
20.The Shadow Principle - Oblivion (4)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Album Spotlight : Ghost Season - Like stars in a neon sky

Athens-based Alternative Metal band Ghost Season have announced their first full length album titled "Like Stars In A Neon Sky".
Like Stars In A Neon Sky follows the band’s EP "Ghosts Like Her" on 2014 and the single "Break My Chains" of December in 2015.
It also marks the debut album of Ghost Season newly lineup with Helen Nota as the drummer of the band.

The first look at the LP comes with the video for the song “Fade Away”. Though Ghost Season now operate as a four-piece, the physical absence of the second guitarist goes sonically unnoticed — their metal-soaked sound remains firmly intact. The album was mixed and mastered by Nick Christolis (guitarist of the band) along with the vocalist J.Loren Wince of the American-based Alternative Rock band HURT not only co-producing it but showing the band different directions and perspectives and getting involved in every single song.
The same day Ghost Season will release their new video clip for the song "Fade Away". The album will also contain a cover of Savage Garden’s “Break Me Shake Me” in a surprise metal cover version.

LIKE STARS IN A NEON SKY is out Sept 15th.

Tracklisting : 1.Fade Away 2.Sons Of Yesterday 3.Break My Chains 4.The High Way 5.Of Hearts And Shadows 6.The Mirror 7.Just A Lie 8.The Vampire 9.War Of Voices 10.Break Me Shake Me

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Album Spotlight : The Shadow Principle - Oblivion

Four years in the making, "Oblivion" is an unapologetic, full-throttle rock record packed with great songs and commanding performances. Released at a time when many rock acts have either softened considerably or abandoned the genre altogether, "Oblivion" stays true-to-form throughout, dismissing current trends, looking instead to the great rock bands of the 70s, 80s, and 90s for inspiration. 

Writing for this record began shortly after the completion of the band’s 2012 concept album, "Golden State." Seeking an assemblage of compelling stand-alone songs untethered to an overarching theme, bassist/vocalist Dave Tomkins introduced one straight-ahead rocker (“When the Sun Appears”), two mini epics (“Byzantium” and “Rivers”), and one oddity in 6/4 (“So Dark”) to band mates Reza Moosavi (guitar) and Kurt Berens (drums) in Spring 2013. The trio developed innumerable arrangements of each song and, while simultaneously performing live in support of "Golden State," noted the opportunities this new material presented for a bigger vocal presence within the band—one that would undoubtedly have a positive impact on live presentations of the band’s established material as well. And so began the long search for a new lead vocalist that—after a few false starts—finally culminated in the discovery of Nohl Takahashi (formerly of Daijobu) in the Summer of 2015. 


The album’s cover art, created by filmmaker Patrick Lawler, pairs with the album’s title, "Oblivion", in thought-provoking ways. The term “oblivion” can refer to forgetfulness on the one hand, or to having been forgotten on the other—to a state of unconsciousness, or to a condition of alienation or extinction. Does the figure on the album’s cover—perhaps unconsciously, in a daydream—long to scale the hillside at which he stares (to achieve a goal, or to regain something lost), or does he look back at a peak just descended (symbolizing something rejected or dismissed)? Has he been cast out of a civilization (perhaps the one responsible for the luminous glow emerging beyond the hill’s precipice), or does he look on with dread at a lingering past he wishes to escape? Such existential questions inform many of the album’s lyrics, inviting listeners to see reflections of their own experiences, and suitably to draw their own conclusions. 

Equal parts cerebral and visceral, the Shadow Principle’s "Oblivion" holds much in store for fans of bands ranging from Led Zeppelin and The Who to Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Mars Volta.
OBLIVION is out July 15th.
Tracklisting : 1.Minutae 2.When the sun appears 3.Phantom satellite 4.Headstrong 5.Stand down 6.Starless skies 7.Byzantium 8.Dead walking 9.Brutal muse 10.The passenger

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Album Spotlight : Alteras - Grief

Hard rock quintet Alteras has recently inked a deal with Revival Recordings owned by Shawn Milke of Alesana and will be making their label debut with the new full-length Grief, out on August 5th. The new album was recorded and produced by Nick Ingram (For Today, Dayseeker, Jay Z) at Capital House Studios in Columbus, Ohio.

"Encompassing the emotion of grief in this concept album was enlightening to say in the least," says vocalist Jacob Clasen.

Alteras is a five-piece metal band from Youngstown Ohio. The band was founded with the common belief that making music was vital to their well-being. The band's mission is to provide music for whomever who needs it most, touching the hearts of the listener is the main goal of each and every piece by Alteras.
Now after gaining traction, experiencing touring on the road and a newly inked record deal, Alteras excitedly prepare to release their new album "Grief" this summer. “Grief” is a full-length album dedicated to their fans that was recorded and produced by Nick Ingram at Capital House Studios in Columbus, Ohio. According to Jake Clasen (lead singer) "These songs have gotten us through some of the toughest points in our lives; we hope they can do the same for you!"

GRIEF is out August 5th on Revival Recordings.

Tracklisting : 1.Broke 2.Could ever love 3.Everything you wanted 4.Scars 5.After all 6.Something more 7.Black box 8.Can´t go back 9.Oh, tragedy 10.Out of reach 11.Feel


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Album Spotlight : Manic Pixi - Iron Heart

Capitalizing on the frisky feeling of summer, alternative punk band Manic Pixiare creating in full force. Having just completed a slew of wildly entrancing showcase performances at the 2016 Northside Festival, this act is eager to share their latest jams with the world. In anticipation of their sophomore album Iron Heart, set for release on July 22nd, the free spirits in Manic Pixi have partnered with idobi Radio to unveil their new edgy tune.

Manic Pixi is an East Coast-based Alt-Pop Punk band. Combining the best parts of pop-punk, grunge, indie, and rock with an undeniable pop sensibility, Kat, Emmett, Marshall, and Drew craft tunes that leave you wanting to slam the wall in both defiance and heartbreak.
The band is gearing up for the release of their second full-length Iron Heart. The album will feature a more mature sound with fresher and eclectic takes on pop-punk. Take Paramore, inject them with sweeter pop-punk melodies a la Letters to Cleo, rub them down with No Doubt, drop them in a bowl full of Hole, pan fry on high in Blink-182, season with Four Year Strong and you wind up with alternative pop-punk four-piece, Manic Pixi.
IRON HEART is out July 22nd.
Tracklisting : 1.Newly ordered world 2.Iron heart 3.Childhood self 4.Pearls 5.Finding water on Mars 6.Laughing 7.While my parents are sleeping 8.Your poetry is failure 9.Dredging 10.Adult self

Album Spotlight : Heartaches - Svart

Deemed ‘Top 100 bands to watch out for in 2016,’ Heartaches (For fans of Sworn in, Upon a Burning Body, The Plot in You) is an emo/hardcore band from Hesingborg, Sweden. The members have influences from many different genres, which inspires them to write with the purpose to really get into people’s hearts and make them feel the emotions in their music.
Heartaches began with the vocalist Casper Frisk and guitarist Tom Mahler creating the song “Memorial’ for Casper’s dad who passed away due to Cancer. The songwriting process continued and they soon released their first EP, I Loved I Hated. After a few lineup changes, the band is complete with guitarist Jimmy Fransen, Bassist Theofil Tokatlidis, and Drummer Adrian Bellan. 
Since 2014, the band has shared the stage with Imminence, Brighthaven, Redal Demise and has been featured on Revolver, Kerrang!, and AP Magazine. 
Heartaches recently announced their signing with Artery Recordings and released a music video for their new single ‘Deathlist’ featuring Tyler Shelton of Traitors (Prosthetic Records) for fans to enjoy. 
The band comments: “Svart have a much deeper meaning and the lyrics are more personal than the old EP. We have also changed our music to a more aggressive sound and more emotional at the same time. You can expect a whole other level from us with this new EP. This is a new beginning of something great.”

SVART is out August 12th on Artery Recordings.

Tracklisting : 1.Svart 2.Backyard tree 3.Ruthless 4.I will never exist 5.The process 6.Deathlist 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Album Spotlight : Chrom - Peak And Decay

One of the most popular German Melodic-Electro-bands returns. On the long-awaited new album “Peak And Decay”, CHROM create a perfect fusion of club-compatible beats, anthemic tunes, feeling and power. CHROM always had that certain something that would elevate them from the mass of Future- and Synth-Pop-groups … a perfect hand for gripping melodies, a powerful voice and original electronic sounds with a lot of drive. On the highly anticipated third album “Peak And Decay”, CHROM are expertly evolving this trademark style, while delivering their most versatile release to date. Alongside the tried and tested club-smashers in the vein of the advance single “Regret & Testify”, hit-tunes which CHROM often tend to spice up with a refreshingly harsh edge, they have also thrown new-wavey mid-tempo tunes like the groovy “Heavenly” or heartfelt ballads like the stirring “Farewell Letter” into the mix, this time around. The titular peaks and decays of a sonic curve also stand as a symbol for the ups and downs of each and every existence, which CHROM interpret in 11 songs, sometimes emotional, sometimes employing brute force, sometimes sleazy but always resonating with the listener. “Peak And Decay” will also be released as a deluxe double CD featuring a bonus remix album (with contributions from Blutengel, Lord Of The Lost, Hocico, Erdling, Accessory, Massive Ego and many more.) Life is dancing to an electronic beat... and CHROM's urban club-Pop is the soundtrack!

PEAK AND DECAY is out July 22nd on Out of Line Music.

Tracklisting : 1.I don´t believe 2.Visions 3.Down below 4.Heavenly 5.Walked the line 6.Regret and testify 7.The start of something new 8.Murder fantasies 9.Obsession 10.Staring at the sun 11.Farewell letter

Album Spotlight : Dream The Electric Sleep - Beneath The Dark Wide Sky

Dream the Electric Sleep combine 70’s AOR and 80’s Darkwave, with a spacey, heavy post-rock intensity. Influenced by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Neurosis, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Tears for Fears, Soundgarden, and The Who, Dream the Electric Sleep have spent the last eight years crafting an expansive, eclectric sound.
The band was formed in Lexington, KY by Matt Page (vocals/guitar), Joey Waters (drums), and Chris Tackett (bass) in 2009. After two self-produced,  independent releases, “Lost and Gone Forever” (2011) and “Heretics”(2014), Dream the Electric Sleep is preparing to release its third album, “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky,” which marks a clear shift in the band’s songwriting style and sonic quality. “We decided we needed help realizing the vision we had for the new album,” says guitarist and vocalist Matt Page. “The songs were different enough from our earlier material that we felt they needed a new treatment and a fresh set of ears to help pull out the strengths and tighten up the ambiguities of each song. We contacted several producers we wanted to work with, and sent them the demos. We were thrilled to learn Nick Raskulinecz was interested in working with us. We went to Nashville to meet him and jam at Rock Falcon Studio and had a blast. There was a real chemistry between all of us and we knew we’d found our guy.”Raskulinecz, who has produced multiple Grammy winning bands such as Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Rush, and Alice in Chains, helped shape “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky”.

BENEATH THE DARK WIDE SKY is out July 22nd on Mutiny Records.

Tracklisting : 1.Drift 2.Let the flood in 3.Flight 4.We who blackout the sun 5.Hanging by time 6.Culling the herd 7.The last psalm of silence 8.The good night sky 9.Headlights 10.Black wind 11.All good things

Album Spotlight : Seas of Mirth - Hark! The Headland Approacheth

Nautical rockers Seas Of Mirth have been causing quite the ruckus at shows and festivals across UK and Europe over the last few years. A nine-strong crew with a varying sound, their 2nd album "Hark! The Headland Approacheth" is released on I'm Not From London Records.
Think folk instrumentation, prog-rock silliness, worldly rhythms and bizarre sea-based song concepts. Seas of Mirth have played Glastonbury Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, the main stage at Beat Herder Festival, Bearded Theory, Alchemy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and a barrel-full of other summer shindigs.

Buy the album here.

Tracklisting : 1.The curse of the conniving lighthouse sniper 2.Hark, the headland approacheth 3.Mutiny 4.Esmeralda 5.Bamboozled by booze 6.It´s raining men 7.Salt man 8.Sulphur-bottom lament 9.Brandywine 10.The curse of the dreaded devil´s triangle 11.Apocalypso

Monday, July 4, 2016

Album Spotlight : Revel In Romance - Right And Wrong

Since May 2014, Revel In Romance has been hard at work touring the Southeast completing and promoting the songs that will be on their debut EP (produced by 'Mama' Jan Smith and co-produced by Jesse Owen Astin and Shawn Grove).
The road was paved in part, thanks to a Grammy Prize, when the original members; Saxony, Devin and Parker released an acoustic EP entitled “Stripped” and were featured with a double page spread in Eide Magazine. Performance highlights for the trio included: Opening for the Band Perry, Six Flags over Ga, and landing a featured performer slot for the 2014 Atlanta New Year's Eve Peachdrop. Though successful, acoustic wasn't the trio's vision. Shortly after the release of "Stripped" the band added their drummer, Mark, (who'd previously played such acts as The Jonas Brothers, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney). Then, with a vigorous audition process, added bassist, Remington, to make Revel in Romance complete.

Tracklisting : 1.Echoes 2.Summer nights 3.Dust

RIGHT AND WRONG is available now.


Album Spotllight : Young Guns - Echoes

UK rock outfit, Young Guns officially announced their new album, "Echoes" today. It's slated to drop on September 16, 2016 on Wind Up Records. The band will be performing on Vans Warped Tour, on all 40 dates.

The album was recorded with David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember) in New Jersey and is the band's fourth studio album - it's chock full of summer anthems!

Tracklisting :  1.Bulletproof 2.Echoes 3.Careful what you wish for 4.Paranoid 5.Mad world 6.Awakening 7.Living in a dream is so easy 8.Buried 9.Mercury in retrograde 10.Paradise11.Afterglow

Album Spotlight : Another Lost Year - Alien Architect

Another Lost Year’s Alien Architect will be this summer’s party album! Twelve tracks of gritty pure rock that pull no punches.

Another Lost Year have announced new tour dates in support of the release. Dates are listed below. The band will be joining ShipRocked, set for January 16-20, 2017onboard Carnival Victory. They will join headliner Breaking Benjamin along with Papa RoachAlter BridgeSevendustPop EvilThe Stowaways all-star band and more on The Ultimate Rock ‘N’ Roll Cruise as it sails from Miami, FL to Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Tracklisting : 1.Wolves 2.Bastard sons 3.Trigger finger 4.Best is yet to come 5.Run the tank out 6.This is life 7.He took beautiful away 8.Memories 9.We all die alone 10.On and on 11.Holding on, letting go

ALIEN ARCHITECT will be out August 12th on EMP Label Group.

Album Spotlight : Apollo Under Fire

APOLLO UNDER FIRE featuring former Candlebox guitarist Peter Klett and Eye Empire/Submersed vocalist Donald “DC” Carpenter

With nothing left but their love for the art and the support from the ones that they love, the time has come to bare their souls.

APOLLO UNDER FIRE is a softer rock band that put their heart soul into this album. 

Tracklisting : 1.Wings 2.Gotta believe 3.When it rains 4.Inside you 5.Refuse 6.One track mind 7.Wait 8.Feel your love 9.Weightless

APOLLO UNDER FIRE will be out August 12th on EMP Label Group.