Michael A. Galianos: “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly)

Michael A. Galianos has just released the single “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly) with words and music by Michael A. Galianos and Dan Exactly. Michael A. Galianos is a singer/songwriter from Bergenfield, NJ. He has recorded one EP and two albums since 1997, beginning with the EP “Feel”, under the moniker of M.A.G. (Mad Ass Greecians). In 2006, he released his first full length, “Cerebral Snapshots”. In 2011, he released his second album, “Beautiful Discovery”. His sound is melodious pop/rock, along the vein of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Big Star, with the occasional delve into the experimental.

Dustin Steen: “Mixed Genres” has a strong spiritual element

With an onslaught of pressure from modern record labels to produce high-selling records frequently and consistently, and the need to secure a loyal consumer base, an artist’s ability to experiment and evolve with his or her sound seems somewhat futile in the modern era. It seems that musicians throughout every genre are bound by the limitations of what sound will sell, often creating a disassociation between artistic freedom and production demands. With such high stakes, it takes immense talent and perhaps sheer disregard for self-preservation for an artist to experiment successfully with the many facets of the musical lexicon. Perhaps

Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

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

When The Clock Strikes: “The Better Friends” push and pull listeners to different climaxes

When The Clock Strikes, is a 3-piece Alternative-Punk band from Muskogee, Oklahoma, formed in 2014. The same year they debuted with the “Glowing in the Dark” EP. The band is Daniel Basden – Bass and Vocals, Steven Walker – Guitar and Juice Kirts – Drums.

When-The-Clock-Strikes-CoverWhen The Clock Strikes, has just released it’s “The Better Friends” EP. This 5-track EP is a combination of strong melodies, smart and exciting arrangements, as well as breath-taking guitar riffs and solos. The blend of punk rhythms with fiery rock guitar solos is a successfully sounding twist. When The Clock Strikes combine all the things that we already know and love about rock n’ roll and it’s subgenres, in smart and effective ways, in order to push and pull listeners to different climaxes.

When The Clock Strikes have found a niche for themselves in that they really pour their hearts out into the music and do it with catchy rock-driven melodies, which is somewhat of a forgotten staple in music nowadays. With their raging rhythms, crystal leads, and captivating vocals, When The Clock Strikes prove themselves worthy to be set apart from the more generic and uninteresting punks acts still doing the rounds.

Probably one of the biggest standouts on this effort is the opening track “Too Many Cooks”. Now this is how you start off an EP right! The ferocious wall of raw aggression pummels you into submission. The verses churning out crunchy, guitar-driven harmonies with Daniel Basden’s voice searing and soaring the whole way. Then comes the chorus, delivering a dramatic tension and intense melody to help bring the song back full circle to the next verse. This is followed by Steven Walker’s breakneck, guitar-wizardry bridge, bringing the song to a solemn vocal conclusion – an amazing song to get the EP up-and-running.

When-The-Clock-Strikes-logoThe rapid fire pace is kept going strong with the following track “Better Friends (From a Distance)”. The cryptic lyrical style and the beautiful tonal lead guitar progressions add a great deal to the superb powerhouse time keeping by drummer Juice Kirts and bassist Daniel Basden. This rapid fire evolution is only enhanced by the next track, “Fair Weather”, where once again Steven Walker shows off his 6-string chops. I have yet to hear another punk rock lead guitarist – indie or major – with the intensity of Walker’s tone, timbre and technique.

“Redemption” is a track where drummer Juice Kirts and bassist Daniel Basden, totally rule the roost. This is a fiercely driven song with rhythmic starts, stops and progressions tailor-made for the quick-witted musician, with a keen sense and sleight of hand. Stuff that all involved here, are typically acquainted with. When The Clock Strikes is extremely different from the norm. Lyrically and musically they bring something new to the table in this genre, mainly, tremendous musicianship and songwriting. Their lyrics are intriguing, metaphoric, and at times ironic. The songs are intense, loud, and brilliantly arranged, with excellent vocals. If you’re looking for an evolution in Punk, look no further than When The Clock Strikes.

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