Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar – ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ – A hypnotic and fitting foundation

If you ask the duo of Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar, better known as CxA what the goal of their music was, their reply would probably be, it’s to make a place where all listeners can come to feel safe and relieved from their pain, anxieties, and all other stresses in life. Because that’s exactly what their Cloud Rap single, ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ sounds like. Cypher the Avatar is one of the best alternative rappers mainly because of his presence. He’s confident but not cocky; honest but not vulgar. Cypher comes across as someone who is genuine and sure

VerseBorn: “Cheat Code” ft. Menhir demands a huge amount of respect

“Cheat Code” by VerseBorn ft. Menhir is a mostly uninterrupted stream of consciousness. Breaks in the story only occur when one the language switches from English to Italian and back, and when the plot ends and another begins. To call this track unique would be inadequate. The storyline is extremely complex, with recurring motifs. It’s hard to follow, but that’s the point. VerseBorn and Menhir want your undivided attention for the track’s entirety. Straight off the cuff, the listener is thrust right into the action. In true artistic fashion, interconnecting storylines are articulated through interconnecting verses. But even when they

New Songs to Confront Rising Tide of Hatred by Rev Peter Unger

Rev Peter Unger embraces a pastoral sense of beauty on the spacious skies of I Believe in Second Chances. Throughout the piece Rev Peter Unger explores the oft-ignored benefits of faith. One of the greatest elements of faith rests within the idea of forgiveness for past transgressions. No one is perfect and attaining perfection is a life-long goal. Lyrics focus upon this concept the improvement of the self. Without forgiveness however, this goal becomes impossible for if all were judged by their worst actions self-improvement would remain illusionary at best. Low key arrangements help to place Rev Peter Unger’s voice

Brian Hutson’s Debut Album “Habit” is Released

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YHN Hammertime: “Cash Out” – relatable lines over a sleekly banging beat

YHN Hammertime is a rap/hip-hop artist based in Washington DC. He often collaborates with fellow artists from the DC area. After a string of single releases, he has dropped his first official mixtape “Gang Meets Gang”. From the album comes the highly infectious single “Cash Out” along with its classy visual, now viewable on YouTube. With this album, YHN never seems to be trying to make one track for the thugs, one for the hip hop heads, one for the club, one for the backpackers, and one for the playas, etc. Although you could still attribute those labels to the

Hro Palyan: “White China” scores many transcendent moments!

Hro Palyan is an up and coming Armenian-American Hip Hop artist based in Granada Hills, CA. His journey into a musical career started during childhood when he learned how to play the electric guitar. Hro’s older brother was influential in introducing him to the world of rap and hip-hop and to fellow artists who encouraged him to learn music production tools like Fruity Loops, Reason, and Pro Tools. Influenced by the likes of Dre, Eminem, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dog, Tupac, Naz, Jayz, Dmx, Hro used the production tools as a coping mechanism that allowed him to express himself, and

Enzo: ‘Light Me Up’ – an absolutely sublime listening experience

DJs speak with their hands. Producers who can’t use words, express themselves through sound. On the other hand, it’s almost true that in the electronic music realm, the weight of the music can render words secondary. That’s not to say that producers aren’t using their voices…it’s rare but quite possible. Some producers over a number of electronic genres have stepped up to the mic to express themselves vocally, others engage the perfect voices to execute the needed emotion. Once such creative is Enzo, a self-taught musical artist from Boston, Massachusetts. His work as a producer and DJ has led to

Exit To Eden: Describes the extreme situation of hate-love, on their new Goth ‘n Roll single “Love At First Hate”!

Passionate, yet hateful is the story of Exit To Eden’s latest video clip. The Austrians around frontman Bernie Pfeiffer, celebrate the March 22nd, 2019, release of their associated Goth ‘n Roll single, entitled ‘Love At First Hate’ and give an audiovisual preview of their upcoming mini-album “Love And Other Nightmares”, especially Fans of traditional gothic rock alá The Sisters Of Mercy, The Cure, or Bauhaus are guaranteed to find it appealing.  In a nightmare of hate-love, the protagonist described in ‘Love At First Hate’, whose story is presented in first-person perspective, seems to be. Two extremes, passionate love and

Javyn Knight: “Exodus” – Relatability, positivity, and general geniality

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Silvertung: “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)” – assailing swagger, an abrasive bring-it-on vibe!

Award-winning rock band Silvertung, has landed on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio Chart three times. The Mid-Atlantic quartet, made up of vocalist Speed, lead guitarist Codey, bassist Sam Sour, and drummer Danno, have also opened for groups like Godsmack, Disturbed, Shinedown, Slipknot, Staind, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Filter, Drowning Pool, Anthrax, P.O.D., and others. With three albums and one EP under their belt, Silvertung, in collaboration with Thermal Entertainment, have dropped their latest album “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)”, produced by Steven Wright, whose credits include Slipknot, Mars Volta, and Rihanna. This is the type of release that occurs when a band

Adam Layne Fisher: “Live at Barnet Park” – this is all powerfully uplifting stuff!

“I’m just a guy serving at my local church who loves leading worship and writing songs. My hope is that those songs can reach the world for Jesus,” says Adam Layne Fisher. And that statement alone should instantly give you the measure of the man behind the music of the 11-track album Christian rock album, “Live at Barnet Park”. The album is groovy, hard, heavy, and even light in certain places, without being too flaky or gimmicky, and overall, it seems like Adam, the band and the crew put a lot of time into realizing a solid project. Considering that they not only released an album of this live concert but also had it filmed. The video has also been published on YouTube.

Adam Layne Fisher

Adam Layne Fisher

Adam Layne Fisher hardly misses a beat in delivering great songs on “Live at Barnet Park”, which was recorded at the Zimmerli Amphitheatre at Barnet Park. The guitars are nice and crunchy and there’s a lot of fist-pumping fun to be had listening to these songs. The album is well-rounded with plenty of enjoyable rockers and a few great ‘softer’ tracks to even things out a bit. Adam’s versatility as a singer is also especially impressive- he absolutely nails the rockers and softens things up powerfully for the ‘quieter’ moments. But don’t be fooled when I say ‘quieter’ moments. If you are thinking of those too well-known soppy ballads, then there are no real ‘quiet’ moments here; this is all powerfully uplifting stuff. This is Adam Layne Fisher celebrating Jesus to the world, remember. And he is not about to that too ‘quietly’!

Adam may switch tones, textures and pace from “To God Be”, “Crown Him” or “Lift High The Cross” and “Keep Me Near” to “Take The World” and “All Things New”, but his intensely passionate deliveries never let up for one moment.  “Live at Barnet Park” is so varied, so unique; not only from Christian Music, but from rock music in general that it caught me off-guard. Most bands tend to have a very similar sound throughout their whole album, and while Adam Layne Fisher retains his signature style throughout, I feel like each song is unique. No two songs sound overly similar, and for a live album that is a phenomenal result. Maybe this is due to the breathtaking sound that Adam and his group have crafted for themselves, as the instrumentation and vocals are so good that it really blows you away. In terms of performance, sound and emotion, many major label bands with multi-million mega-budgets, have struggled to achieve what Adam has done on this live recording.

Adam Layne Fisher live at Barnet Park

Adam Layne Fisher live at Barnet Park!

Adam Layne Fisher truly shines for Christ in a way that can reach so many people with the truth of His love for them. All the songs are very good, some standouts for me are “Crown Him”, “Shine Down”, and then finally I can’t say enough about “Take The World” and “God It’s You”. These songs just might be the best – lyrically for what they represent, musically the emotions that they transmit, and vocally the passion that they deliver.

“Live at Barnet Park” presents stories that all Christians can relate to. In addition, people who are in the middle of the darkness can find through these songs that there is hope in the end for all who put their faith and trust in Christ. I don’t know how Adam, his band and crew managed to pull off an incredible live album of this magnitude, which rocks, and is immensely enjoyable from the first track onward. I had never even heard of Adam Layne Fisher until this recording. But I certainly won’t be forgetting about him anytime soon after listening to this!

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