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

ILLUMENIUM: “Towards Endless 8” – a diamond in the rough!

ILLUMENIUM is an independent rock band from Estonia. Active since last year October, the band has been touring to promote their debut album Towards Endless 8” tour in Europe. In 2016 ILLUMENIUM plans to hit Australia and USA. They are truly an independent band.  ILLUMENIUM have their own label, they handle and organize their own tours and concerts, as well as self-produce their videos. The band currently consists of members: Kari Kärner – vocal/rhythm guitar, Andre Kaldas – scream/growl, Grigori Rõžuk – lead guitar, Kevin Presmann – drums and Rob Jürvetson – bass.

ILLUMENIUM

ILLUMENIUM

After a listen or two through this little diamond in the rough, which is Towards Endless 8”, it is not hard to fathom why ILLUMENIUM is etching such a tangible place for themselves in the rock industry. On hearing gems like “Jackal”, “La Bruja”, “My Last Cocaine” and “Hotel Breakers”, on the first part of the album, you catch a glimpse of a band cultivating enormous rock songs, washed in full-on melody and fiery aggression. And it only gets better!

“Killer Religion” and “Towards Endless 8” are slower in places, yet as powerful as anything that came before it. On “The Sick Letter”, the band switches and changes tempos and textures, from verse to chorus and back again, showcasing their absolute complicity and cohesion as a unit. Towards Endless 8” is an absolutely stunning, mature rock album for a debut. It covers lots of ground -from post-grunge to aggro hardcore to trippy, swaying, sighing laments to hook-laden, heavy rock grooves that easily outshine many of their peers – and each new note is easily taken in stride.

The album cover

The album cover

ILLUMENIUM sound like veterans and completely established musicians. The Production is perfect for the material too – showcasing Grigori Rõžuk’s sunlight-tinged riffs and Kari Kärner’s all-encompassing voice, while managing to stay loose and natural, and not forced or clinical as some modern rock albums sometimes sound like. The music on the album is structured extremely well and is laced with complexities, yet it still remains accessible.

Towards Endless 8”, crystallizes absolutely everything about rock music that I love, and ILLUMENIUM somehow pulls it off in such a confident, swaggering way that it’s breathtaking. The timbre, the mix, the ensemble of instruments they put together and the staggering power and muscle of their playing, ensure that there are no weak tracks on this album.

ILLUMENIUM in action!

ILLUMENIUM in action!

The rockers are smoking. The moody stuff broods and builds and draws you in, while the happier stuff feels exuberant. ILLUMENIUM even find the time to be acoustically smooth and groovy on “Stairway To No Heaven”. Then it’s back to their usual heavy grind on “Reality Check”, “Social Network” and “Bulgaria”.

The determined, tough rhythms on here blend perfectly with the penetrating, portentous lyrics, while the band’s precision and powerfully melodic vocals is a nice balance to the disturbing, uncontrolled quality of the growling which surfaces during the tracks. ILLUMENIUM prove they are a versatile band that can make any type of song, as opposed to the many one-dimensional heavy-rock or metal bands currently doing the rounds.

The bottom line is that if you have a more sophisticated, multidimensional view of alternative rock music but don’t want to sacrifice the visceral raw power of its hardcore roots, then ILLUMENIUM is your band!

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