NazB: “When We Were Young” boasts an impeccable flow

As a child growing up in Nigeria, NazB was surrounded by the music of his native West African homeland. With members of his immediate and extended family playing instruments and singing, music was a part of his upbringing. His persistence and perseverance eventually gained him the nickname Nazodobas, which eventually evolved into NazB and became his rapper alias. Now based in Zurich, Switzerland, NazB has been performing, recording and releasing hit songs, almost at will, since his debut album “Money In Da Game”, dropped in 2006. His brand of music blends hard-hitting urban beats, funky bass driven rhythms, and African

Croatia’s Sudar Percussion Ensemble is and Award-Winning Group

The Sudar Percussion Ensemble is a successful, award-winning group from Croatia that consists of very talented Croatian percussionists. They have completed a very high number of performances, tours and projects in Croatia and abroad since 2010.Their distinguishing characteristic is the original interpretations of famous works by classical and popular music composers, as well as their innovative and humorous ensemble members who have incredible musicality and technical skills. Throughout the years they have performed many remarkable concerts and appeared at important festivals. The Sudar Percussion Ensemble have also performed alongside world-renowned artists, as well as some of the biggest names in

RAVENSCROFT- “STAND UP” Video is the sound of a band inspired

Ralph Buso (Vocals), Brett Gorke (Guitars), Devin Baker (Bass), Pat Magrath (Drums), collectively known as RAVENSCROFT, are working on their most unique, creative, exploratory, and bone-crushing recording they have ever produced. It’s a progressive work of metal and rock art, delving deep into the nature of their craft. This six song EP “Rebel” will be released on March 25th 2018.  And there will be a release party held at The Slidebar in Fullerton California with Killset. The soaring melodies, the intense guitar solos, the deeply profound lyrics all take part in painting the picture that the band’s works regularly deliver.

Exit 22 Music: “Last Goodbye” – one of the finest musical acts in the pop-rock underground

It seems almost impossible that an artist that has been around this long – 20 years in Chris Calamera’s case, can keep making records that stand up among the best that he has ever done. Let’s be clear: “Last Goodbye” is a great song. It’s poppy, with a big melody and an insistent rock rhythm, and it’s catchy as hell. Sounds like authentic Exit 22 Music to me. This is pure Calamera from his pop-rock songwriting style standpoint, and pure Exit 22 Music, considering the breathtaking vocals and high production-value quotient. The perfect, power-pop formula. Exit 22 Music has been keeping

Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

Teufelskreis: “Eifersucht” is Truly a Great Rock Release

Teufelskreis is a quality heavy rock Austrian band delivering German language music that fuses elements of metal and industrial in a manner very likely to appeal to fans of Rammstein, Oomph! “Eifersucht” (jealousy) their third regular studio album has been released with their new partner NRT-Records.

Teufelskreis consists of Mike Mr.Hyde Novak–Drums, Friedl Belze Schuetz–Guitars, Chris Dieselchrist Schoen–Bass, Ronny Mephisto Platzer–Vocals.Some people say to truly enjoy German language music you need to know German. That is not true; you don’t need to know German at all, to enjoy this music. The guitar riffs are on fire, the drums are awesome, and the vocals are solid –that’s all you need!

Teufelskreis’ latest album is my personal favorite and arguably the best they’ve ever created. There’s a huge difference with the band’s chemistry and specifically the progression of their guitar riffs into memorable choruses. “Eifersucht” is a disk of hard rocking, melodic music with terrific vocals by Ronny Mephisto Platzer that can be understood (if you speak German obviously) all the way through.

Friedl Belze Schuetz (guitar), , Chris Dieselchrist Schoen (bass) and Mike Mr.Hyde Novak (drums) once again work together in a way that keeps every song rocking along with head bobbing, foot stomping precision (this is opposed to music where the drums and bass merely keep time in the background).

There are many bands trying to be hard these days. Teufelskreis do not have to try. Clearly their music is what comes naturally to them. “Eifersucht” is not the awful manufactured Metal made in the United States. This is straight-up dark Hard Rock, the way only the Austrians, Germans or Nordic bands can make it.

It didn’t take me more than a few listens to really get involved with what Teufelskreis were trying to accomplish with “Eifersucht”, but it is truly a great release. It’s definitely immediately accessible and hits you right in the face instantly. Nine tracks where the band is tighter than ever, and the tunes just pound and pound away at you.

I love that fine line the band balances between Rough and Melodic. It isn’t more one way than the other, rather a perfect balance. It’s hard to believe this is just four guys, and all that noise isn’t just distortion; there are very intricate rhythmic and melodic changes underneath each song.

“Eifersucht”, as a whole is heavy, quick-tempo’ed and aggressive music; a superb effort with many memorable tracks; personal favorites include Schüchtern, Seitensprung, Eifersucht (Radio Edit), Verdammt  and Im Angesicht. But every song on the new album is great and you will not find yourself skipping by tracks.

To me, Teufelskreis has elevated the genre to a more respectable level not only by avoiding the scream-metal route, but also by writing songs which cover a wide range of emotions. Any fan of hard rock will find something interesting about this group, especially if you are tired of the same old screaming rock so prevalent in today’s hard rock and metal music.

Some albums you have to listen to several times before songs ‘grow’ on you, and sometimes on the first listen, songs will reach out and grab your eardrums and won’t let go. “Eifersucht”, is definitely in that second category. It’s a solid album that shows that Teufelskreis are secure enough in their own sound and that they aren’t going to sell out to the latest trend.

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