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Seldom: “Damaged” – the songs are all masterfully crafted, drawing on Seldom’s strengths

Hailing from Houston, TX, Seldom is a driven and eclectic rock and roll band whose kaleidoscopic blend of sound is based on the contrast between the individual styles and inspirations of the musicians within the group: Mitch Atkinson, Matt Hernandez, Carlos Hidalgo, James Litchfield and Bryan Murillo. Ever since the band’s inception in 2013, Seldom has been working really hard to secure a growing following. Their quickly rising reputation led to sharing the stage with internationally acclaimed acts the likes of Puddle Of Mudd, Lacuna Coil, POD, Drowning Pool or Saving Abel, as well as performing at major music events such as

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Phase: “The Wait” – a muffled rage and a mellow sadness

Phase is a UK-based rock band formed in Larissa, Greece in 2003 and consisting of Thanos Grigoriou, Damianos Harharidis, Vasilis Liapis and Marios Papakostas . The band has been the subject of several alternative rock publications and has generally been well received by its critics. In 2010 they released the album “In Consequence” in which Duncan Patterson, better known for his work with the British rock band Anathema, took part.  In 2013 the released “Amethyst” and followed that up with the 10-track album “The Wait”. “The Wait” is a slow burner. It displays a muffled rage and a mellow sadness that seeps under your skin without you knowing. This record will

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EsZ: “Maybe I’m Trippin (Seen U On Da Gram)” – comes from a state of awareness about the millennium’s decline

Brooklyn-based hip hop artist EsZ (Erron’s Attic) was described by DJ Koolaide as having “a unique approach to music which will overall take him much further than the average artist”. Influenced by artists such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Jay Z to name a few, EsZ’s music is the culmination of his day to day experiences and interactions and can be likened to current alternative hip hop acts Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar – with what EsZ calls “Conscious Alternative Hip Hop with an Alternative Pop spin.” EsZ recently dropped his track “Maybe I’m Trippin (Seen U On

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“COMING BACK TO LIFE”: ALTEREGO VIBE’S NEW MUSIC VIDEOCLIP

Alterego Vibe’s latest single release “Coming Back to Life” has already stirred up early interest amongst fans, established music blogs, websites and critiques- Now they have a music video to accompany this success. Their new single “Coming Back to Life” has derived from their debut album “Back To Life”. The whole idea of this latest project is to cast a new energized and fresh sound and look, expressing a rebirth message to their fans, both new and old. Alterego Vibe have produced their latest material, to cast themselves in a whole different light. They wanted to state a point and

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“BLEE” is an epic EP with ride out tunes, to lift your heart and hands in movement

A multi-talented producer, writer and performer from the Caribbean island of Montserrat, Blee started off his life instilled with values and structure. Tragedy struck his idyllic surroundings in July 1995 when the now infamous and tragic volcano erupted on the island destroying more than half the region including his childhood home. Uprooted, he moved to Canada to start a new life, he later made a move to the UK where he finally settled in London. In addition to his skills as a producer and writer, he has set up his own independent record label/publishing company Respect Your Legacy Records, which specializes

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David Sinclair Four: “4” – transform blues-based rock into something sweeter, smoother…

David Sinclair, who has shared stages with Wilko Johnson, the Oli Brown Band, Marcus Bonfanti, Johnny Dowd, Graham Bonnet, Willie Nile and many others, has released the critically-acclaimed albums Hey, Threewheeling and Take Me There. Now we have “4”, released on Critical Discs/IRL on May 11; featuring contributions from harmonica man Paul Jones, rock legend Maxi Priest, and Scottish jazz singer Lorna Reid. The David Sinclair Four currently consists of David Sinclair (Vocals/Guitar/Songwriter), Geoff Peel (Lead Guitar/BVs), Jack Sinclair (Drums/BVs) and Jos Mendoza (Bass/BVs). Together they have delivered a 10-track album, steeped in what I would call ‘elegant’ blues. “4” takes

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MARS: “Call For The Knights” – beautifully melancholy rock n’ roll

Matt Gibbs (Vocals, Keys, Lyrics), and Ryan Paul-Henry Sainsbury (Guitar, Bass, Drums), make up the duo that is MARS. The two have released a few tracks entitled, “Call For The Knights”, “Time Gone Past” and “Stand Alone”, which obviously form part of some upcoming collective project which is still under wraps. MARS has also completed a supporting video for the song, “Call For The Knights”. MARS is an up-and-coming alternative indie-rock band from Brighton, UK, who bases their music on genres such as blues, psychedelic, rock and alternative. In a nutshell, MARS deliver cranked-up psychedelic guitar rock; melodic sky fireworks

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Jessica Domingo: “Masterpiece” – has been recorded with multi-platinum Grammy award-winning producer Mikal Blue

Jessica Domingo began piano lessons at the age of 5 and took up guitar at age 12. During this time, she also began performing in public. She later met Seattle-based producer Don Quijano, who was by her side at every performance. He taught Domingo guitar, provided industry guidance, and gave tips for working onstage and in the studio. The pair’s collaboration resulted in the “Take A Chance” EP, which was the followed up a full-length album, entitled “Just Vibe”, produced by Dylan Fant of Seattle’s One Shot Studio. Aside from a very successful YouTube career and her new studio albums, Domingo has been involved with

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Get Tribal: “God of Drum” – hypnotic and deeply evocative!

God of Drum by Get Tribal was not only nominated for Best World Album and Best New Artist of 2014 by Zone Music Reporter, but it is a convergence of Kari Hohne’s prowess with electronic music, percussion and her highly effective knowledge of ancient cultures and mystical Chakra healing . Inspired by the ways in which ancient cultures used drums as a part of healing rituals, Kari with her Get Tribal project, chose to create an album designed to stimulate the 7 major Chakras, the Dantien, the Soul Star and Spirit Chakras. The album “God of Drum”, utilizes an impressive

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Camryn Jordans: “The Stars In Your Eyes” – transmits a very honest, passionate and positive message

Camryn J Jordans is a young performer and songwriter from Adelaide, Australia. Camryn plays the trumpet, piano, guitar and sings. She has performed professionally with the Adelaide State Opera, Dream Voices and Broadway 4 Kids. Camryn performs regularly for charity events supporting Relay for Life, Breast Cancer Awareness, Leukemia Foundation, Heart Foundation and Soldier On. 15-year-old Camryn recently released her single “The Stars In Your Eyes”, which she wrote for her Dad. The song deals with PTSD and how it affects families. The true mark of an extraordinary song is when the listener experiences it from start to finish, and he

Chaos Theory: A Blistering Assault On The Ears

Chaos Theory, is fronted by singer/songwriter Rock Johnson, who along with members Lex Coulstring (guitar/vocals), Scott McKenzie (lead guitar), Tim Garagan (bass) and Craig Brown (drums) complete this melodic rock and alternative metal band.

Chaos Theory’s self-titled debut album, hit stores to praiseworthy reviews and critical acclaim, and it’s easy to see why. This album is pure “energy rock”, it displays all of the band’s technical strengths, adding mature and reflective lyrics to  melodies filled with anger, frustration, a building rage, and an overall intensity. Front-man Rock Johnson adds the final ‘cherry on top’, as he tears the lyrics apart from the depths of his being.

I listened to the entire album, track-by-track, and didn’t once have the urge to switch off or skip one single song. It’s a rare thing for that to happen, so I applaud these bad-ass boys for crafting such a strong, unified debut album. The songs are all masterfully crafted, drawing on Chaos Theory’s strengths; its strong powerful vocals, dirty cranked-up amps and driving rhythm section. Many of the songs hit you like a runaway train with their powered guitar riffs.

Straight-off “Remind” is a blistering assault on the ears, and Rock Johnson confirms how uncannily close, to a mix of Ozzy Osbourne and Sammy Hagar he sounds. Likewise, “Save Yourself” and the fierce and nasty “Afterthought”, are both venomous yet catchy and downright crunchy. “Silhouette” is also a rollicking affair, and the inclusion of “Dead Inside” keeps the album’s intensity genuine. But most surprising is the swirling, brooding “Broken Dream” and “Scarred” with its dreamily powerful ambiance and melodic vocals.

Make no mistake though, most of this album is meant to please the heavy rock and metal fans who like the harder side of Chaos Theory. It contains some of the heaviest songs written, and a couple of atmospheric tracks that complement the album nicely. Moreover, the album possesses the best assets of this band; fierce, crunchy alternative-metal, representing the brutal beauty of their music, bared for all to see.

Chaos Theory leaves the best for last, as the penultimate track, “Hollow Heart”, is perhaps the most powerful, radio-ready hit song on the album. Overflowing with crunchy riffs, hooks, solos and unbridled energy; the twin guitar sound, drive this song like a hurricane, while the vocals soar high above the pounding drum- and-bass engine-room.

Chaos Theory close the album down with a solitary piano theme, almost as if to allow you to recapture your breath and runaway heartbeat, after eleven tracks of awesome power, raw energy and great musicianship.

It is clear that the angry vocals with crunching guitars, great basslines, and quick-wristed drumming are definitely going to establish this band as a rock solid outfit!

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