Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort

On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.

Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths

The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs

Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

Alby Sound: “Adventures Of The Sound” – blends social commentary and introspection in with good music

Alby Sound is a rapper and music producer out of Rodeo, California. Previously known as Oktayne he gained enough popularity to begin rising through the ranks of the indie hip-hop charts. Alby’s album, “Adventures Of The Sound” is, in one word, refreshing. In a day and age where rubbish rules the airwaves, he provides a smart, witty and touching album that enlightens the mind and soothes the soul.

alby-sound-coverHis beats have an old-school feel to them, re-touched with a new school flavor. Alby’s emceeing skills are as dynamic as his production. His flow proves that he can ride a beat with words, and his lyrics show how introspective the man can be. Unlike all over-hyped modern records, this album does not pretend to be revolutionary, nor does it want to change the face of hip-hop. Quite simply, “Adventures Of The Sound” is a rare gem in a fabricated industry that promotes solely violence, money and sex (yes he does have that too, which life doesn’t!). However Alby Sound dares to be different, and treats all hip-hop fans (backpackers, mainstreamers alike) to a soul-filled, truthful, catchy and positive album that will undoubtedly develop a cult following.

Through his songwriting, rapping, and producing, Alby has created a well above par rap album. His beats are always catchy and original. Occasionally, he combines his signature hip-hop beats with another genre: soul, R&B, electronica and pop. Such variety gives “Adventures Of The Sound” its interesting swings. Lyrically, he explores many issues that corrupt this world every day. His passionate powerful messages keep audiences listening closely. His words are obviously true to his heart as expressed beyond them whether he’s raunchy or sweet. This is a great rap album for those looking for an escape from the common mainstream nonsense.

alby-sound-300Highlights of the album are difficult to pinpoint because it is all so inspiringly, heart wrenchingly good and trying to pick a favorite would be like choosing between your children. Having said that, songs that are probably the most ear-friendly among the 16, can be found in “Clap Your Hands”, “Get Hype”, “Friends”, “Vibe N’ Ride”, “Crank It Up”, “Unlock ft. El-Merow”, “Chillin’ ft. Takticz” and “Grow Up”. However all the beats are amazing, the music is very good, and Alby is a rapper you can relate to.

With solid beats, and on-point lyrics that manage to cover different topics without undermining each other, Alby Sound manages to create an album that is diverse, thoughtful and human in a way that very few have ever managed. One second he is on the usual hip-hop topics, the next he is bringing life’s problems to the fore or discussing personal thoughts in the interludes.

“Adventures Of The Sound” is the epitome of Alby’s ability to blend social commentary and introspection in with good music. Alby Sound appears to have absorbed a wide variety of styles from several different eras and lays them down with singular authority and convincing fidelity. If you haven’t already copped it, you should invest in this essential music experience.

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