THE RIFT: “Rock Narcotic”shows off some impressive performance abilities

Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT is made up of brothers Aris Anagnos (Vocals, Guitar), John Anagnos (Bass) and Ovais Malik (Drums). Since forming in 2009, they have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, among others. Their 2016 full-length debut “INVENTIONS” caught the attention of the media, industry insiders and radio stations, as well as Grammy winning producer Brandon Friesen who has worked with Alice in Chains and Nickelback . Now 2017 sees the band release their brand new single “Rock Narcotic”, which is music on THE RIFT own terms, and really, that’s all you

LeeSon Bryce: “The Proelium EP” – some of the most diverse talent around this genre

Briceson Lee, artistically known as LeeSon Bryce, was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Lee Summit, MO (south of Kansas City). First as a drummer for his church since the age of 12, then as a college graduate, manager, and an affiliate owner of a nutrition company LeeSon has always been influenced by music. Now at 23, he is adamant in pursuing what has always been his true passion. Teaming up with other local artists and DJs such as Oblivinatti and Buck, LeeSon Bryce sets out to prove himself in the music industry. The first challenge comes from

MusicMegaBox.net – Listen To Music In Your Own Language!

It is always comforting to see that the website you just accessed is available in your language. Well, MusicMegaBox.net (you can read more about this music service here) is proud to release its French and German versions. While it may not be a problem to look for the music you like in English, which is a universal language, used on every website available on the Internet, using your own language means accessing a greater variety of details. You will know the meaning of every word on the website and you will certainly find what you’re looking for a lot faster.

Liquid Lunch: “Sketches 2 Seed” – an infectious and smoldering staple

Ken Eagle and Michele Akers discovered each other’s musical abilities after meeting at a dance in May 2014 and formed a duo in late October of the same year. They booked their first gig a month later…prior to having any material ready, and were forced to burn the midnight candle before successfully completing the gig with a 40 song repertoire. The duo, Liquid Lunch has now played in excess of 200 Gigs, performing at more than 50 different venues and travelling in excess of 160,000kms across the state of South Australia. Through it all Eagle and Akers, now bring to

DabriaLive Records Presents the heart and soul singer Anette Mendoza

Anette Mendoza, one of the original members of the Dabria duet which originated in 2011, has performed by request in various places such as Japan, Korea, UAE, and Indonesia among others establishing a solid reputation as a singer and performer. Anette, who started singing when she was 5, has also recorded the song, “I will do anything for love”, with Philippine artist – and first ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ winner – Jovit Baldivino. Inspired by her late father, who himself was an excellent singer, Anette decided to sing professionally at the tender age of 7, starting out with covers by artists

KonQuestNow: “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” ft. STP & J.Morgan – an assemblage of uncanny language

The preconceived notions of what a KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) track is going to be like are plentiful well before you even press play. This has been a boon to their career, in what has become a viral habit of either hating or loving something based almost solely on your own personal internet culture and what your daily feed prompts you to feel about a certain subject. The collective’s name has become synonymous with great lyrics, superb beats, and originality. On their latest track “NOP (No One’s Perfect)”,  produced by Wreck The Rebel, featuring  STP & J.Morgan,  KonQuestNow

Enzo Sprigg: “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula” – therapeutic and cathartic

Enzo Sprigg is a creative electronic singer-songwriter, as well as a visual artist who illustrates his own album covers, creates the costumes in his videos and has even hand drawn and animated videos for his songs. Sprigg has just recently thrown down his therapeutic and cathartic 12-track “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula”, his third album. It’s with his continued freedom and internal exploration that Enzo Sprigg returns with a new recording, while showing a mature growth from his earlier releases. The album opens with “Raygun Love Transmission”, a beautifully sewn together song with distorted instrumentals and yearning vocals that create luscious textures

Stori Brooks: “Parachutes” – a potential for greatness

Stori Brooks has been a lot of things in her career: producer, poet, conflicted rapper, scenic storyteller. While her versatility keeps her afloat, it’s tough to get a bead on exactly who Brooks is and what she stands for—is she the conscious backpacker or the straight-talking street girl? She embodies the urban alternative, and she’s working on an album, to be entitled, “EVERYTHING IS GR8”, that offers her full narrative. The first single, “Parachutes”, taken off the upcoming album offers insight into her essence, finding the rapper at her most reflective. Maybe she’s assessing her current status and how she

Samantha Bouquin: “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” – highly expressive

Connoisseurs of experimental or avant-garde chamber music may already know of Samantha Bouquin’s inventive and entrancing sounds. This is music of great integrity, startling vitality, and striking originality, yet it is virtually unknown outside the cult following that has appreciated these ingenious compositions. A cross between homespun classical populism and the sophisticated experimentation of the avant-garde, Bouquin’s music follows in the iconoclastic tradition of forward thinking composers, but with its own frank expression, exuberance, and wayward charm; yet it is also accessible to the casual listener in the directness of its material and the clarity of its techniques, no matter

My Silent Bravery: “Got it Going On” – a strong hook, and a nagging melody

“Got it Going On” is the latest single from My Silent Bravery and is the first track taken from the highly anticipated album “Willing to Try”. The song was featured on XM Sirius Satellite radio station XM The Pulse on Train Tracks with Pat Monahan, while the video premiered via the Huffington Post. Co-written and produced by Jim McGorman (Gwen Stefani, Avril Levine, Poison) the album features 12 tracks and will be released in 3 separate Eps over the next year. My Silent Bravery is the moniker used by Matthew Wade, and is meant to symbolize “persistence, perseverance and inner

80’s Head-Banging Heroes TAKASHI re-issue ‘Kamikaze Killers’!

TAKASHI formed in 1982 in New York City, New York with vocalist Danny Stanton, guitar duo Craig Kory and Bob Simonson with rhythm section Tom Cangemi on bass and drummer Chuck Kory. The band would quickly become a familiar name in the local hard rock/heavy metal circuit. In 1983 New York’s now legendary Mongol Horde Records released a handful of EPs from bands such as THOR and VIRGIN STEELE, and like those bands the label would go down in cult metal history for its contribution to the U.S. metal scene – and it all started with TAKASHI ‘Kamikaze Killers’.

The album cover

The album cover

The release of ‘Kamikaze Killers’ would help the band’s name to grow and as their popularity increased the band would land supporting slots for acts like TWISTED SISTER and ANTHRAX. Takashi eventually would disappear like almost all things of the eighties did. Now after 33 years TAKASHI’s classic EP ‘Kamikaze Killers’ is finally issued for the first time ever on CD.

The release includes the original EP tracks ‘Strangler’, ‘Kamikaze’, ‘Mad Max’, ‘Playboy Girls’. Additional tracks include: ‘Kill or Be Killed’ and ‘Live to Rock’, among others. All songs were re-mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios. An eight page booklet including lyrics, essay, and full of flyers and never before seen pictures add to this first time ever CD release.

TAKASHI’s ‘Kamikaze Killers’ stands head and shoulders above so many of its peers that it’s almost cruel to name names. The simple fact is that apart from some of the 80’s heavy metal heroes we all know only a few of the underground movement were actually any good, regardless of how important the movement was in the history of hard rock/heavy metal.

And the fact is that on the strength of this album, TAKASHI were one of the few. This molten slab of riff infused metal is unkempt and raucous in its delivery, oozing passionate zeal with a band experienced enough to know what they were doing while still being young enough to have that irreplaceable, one-off youthful bravado at the opening possibilities.

TAKASHI

TAKASHI

‘Kamikaze Killers’ is a collection of heads down numbers. The production is simple and traditional as one would expect of the albums vintage. The cover art is minimalist and the entire package is understated – except for the music!

Some of TAKASHI’s best songs are on this album, “Strangler”, “Mad Max” and the title track “Kamikaze” itself. All are great metal songs that race along with purity of mission. And the reason this album hangs together so well is that even though some of the other songs are additions to the original EP, they all meld together well. Every song sounds like it belongs here. That one of the quintessential underground Heavy Metal records of all time has been reissued with a smattering of bonus cuts is damn good.

This recording is full of mini metal masterpieces, and is yet another of TAKASHI’s odes to legions of head-banging fans. The mere aggressive, no-holds-barred title indicates that here was a group that wore their metal colors with pride at a time when many of their peers were trying to distance themselves from that label.

You know those old school heavy metal records your father would play back in the day? The ones with attitude, the ones that had a personality of their own…this is one of those records. With gut-busting riffs, inspiring solos, and clockwork drumming it will be near impossible to forget the likes of TAKASHI.

‘Kamikaze Killers’ is worth a listen. Its classic, it’s powerful and it’s loud. This one is a true classic of the 80’s metal period and should be in your collection next to your jean jacket. Dig it!

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