Kill the Reflection: “Forever & Always” keeps itself tight and consistent throughout

Kill the Reflection is group from Oklahoma City, OK, consisting of Morgan Routt (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Martinez (Bass) and Starr Raven (Drums). Their new album, “Forever & Always” is currently available for pre-sale and will release on Dec 27th 2018 on digital and physical CD format with Vinyl to follow in 2019. On the album, Kill the Reflection presents an interesting musical mélange of alternative rock with excellent musicianship and vocals, as well as exceptionally strong lyrics. The instrumental work on the album is worth listening to repeatedly, and the songs are intelligent, though generally dark. “We have adopted the moniker

Son of Andy: “Looking Up” – creating lyrical atmospheres!

Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album “Looking Up” is available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of his game and easily out does his past couple of releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as previous fans. Likewise, you don’t even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what’s bought to the table here. For those not familiar,

Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Post Trauma: ‘Dreamless’ Bang Your Head and Enjoy The Ride!

The second half of the debut double disc release, Sleepless/Dreamless, this album takes a journey deeper into the rock side of Post Trauma. Darker, louder, heavier and more self-indulgent, Dreamless takes the listener on a true rock adventure.

Guitarist/Singer Billy Ulrich and keyboardist Kenny Ulrich are brothers. Joey Gnoffo the drummer, was a friend of the family, and in 2010 when the band was forming, everything just made sense. That’s how Post Trauma have accomplished so much in a relatively short time: A double album, a collaborative EP, a series of music videos, television performances, Jagermeister sponsorship and over 200 live concerts.

From Sleepless to Dreamless, the band move from Country-Rock to Gritty Hard Rock. Their musical diversity stems from the tastes each member brings. Kenny is a film soundtrack composer, and supplies the huge sound of symphonies. Joey is a pure Rock drummer; pulling inspiration from the Hard Rock greats of the 90’s and today, while Billy is a Rock/Metal guitarist and a Country lyricist.

Classic rock is a much abused term, but if ever a recent album deserved the title, it’s this one. Strong melodies, driving rhythms, catchy riffs, crisp lyrics and a range of grooves from slow ballads to catchy up-tempo rockers. Dreamless the group’s second part of their double album, Post Trauma’s finest work to date; that in itself is no small feat, as their previous efforts were excellent in their own right.

Bold and brash, Dreamless announces itself, with unmistakable bombast. It is a truly remarkable record, complete with both heavy instrumentation and a well-developed concept. All the songs here revolve around Billy Ulrich’s crazy guitar and vocals. Listening to this, it’s unbelievable this is coming out alongside some of the banal computerized bull-crap out there. There is no industrialized guitar, no electronic drums, and no heavy reverb. It almost feels like the band is doing rehearsals right next to you.

I can’t really compare this album to anything out, currently- Post Trauma don’t take themselves too seriously, so their album has this live and experimental feel to it. Their amazingly dense music, is in fact, actually surprisingly simple. It’s a case of playing all the right things so that the listener is not forced to waste time and weed out the superfluous stuff. It’s beauty in simplicity at its finest, and is ever-present in the Post Trauma sound; especially on Dreamless.

In a world of paint by number songs, manufactured for the sheep, who continue to buy the garbage that the music industry keeps pumping, few bands manage to escape the fold of being manipulated into making music for the industry. Post Trauma are one of the few bands who are able to craft songs that make you want to bang your head but also allow you to sit back and enjoy the ride. So the mood is accommodating no matter what you feel like doing.

Hopefully the youth will take note of this and the word will spread that this is a band that deserves to be noticed. If you are looking for true unpretentious rock n’ roll music, in this wasteland of junk, pumped on your local radio station. The 9 rock tracks contained on Dreamless are what you have been asking for. “The Kiss”, “The Sky” and “Dream On” (an Aerosmith cover) is the best three-in-row songs I’ve heard on any album of late. In fact I will be so bold as to say that “The Sky” and “The Kiss” are probably the best pieces of work Post Trauma have done to date! And as much as I loved the country rock of Sleepless, I think these two songs are where Post Trauma should be heading in future.

Putting aside the methods and qualities involved, Dreamless absolutely rocks. It’s Post Trauma’s playful quality, however, which ultimately endears me to the band. Anything that recalls an era in which music was about fun and expression, as opposed to image and corporate bucks, makes my ears smile. Dreamless is a sincere rock n’ roll album, and is quite a bright spot in today’s dismal hard rock era.

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