Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

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Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Moorhouse: “I Love You to the Moon and Back” ft. The Cellophane Heart – brings a new slant to the genre

Irish DJ and producer Moorhouse has dedicated the song, “I Love You to the Moon and Back”, to his daughter, Abbie. It speaks about their relationship and what the future holds. Canadian artist, The Cellophane Heart, provided the vocals for the track, and the song was produced in Moorhouse’s home studio in Waterford, Ireland. The track offers a lively, upbeat 90s dance pop sound mixed with current top 40 influences from Baz Luhrmann and N-Trance. This track means a lot. And there is a reason for that. Sure, it may be electronic dance music, but it’s…different. EDM music is becoming

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

Tainted Nation: “On The Outside” – sheer epic emotion!

The reason I love Tainted Nation is due to the fact that they are to the point and in your face. They have a style that is catchy enough to bring in fans that might not prefer the Metal edge yet still heavy enough to keep the Metal Heads happy. Tainted Nation only defines that characteristic further on their album “On The Outside”, whether it be the dominating guitar riffing of “Fight” or the sheer epic emotion on “Live And Die”.

the album cover

the album cover

The range of tempo and song structure is really varied too. I was expecting this album to not differ much from the usual hard rock and metal fare, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear these guys tapping into their creativity a whole lot more.

Tainted Nation brings plenty of layered harmonies to the table as well as a heavy dose of melody. “On The Outside” is a mid-paced riff-charged killer, showing some signs of heart felt lyrical content, changing rhythms and soaring vocals, on top of superb drumming by Mark Cross.

The band also does a less syncopated, but truly great version of Billy Squier’s 1981 megahit, “The Stroke”. This is where both guitarists, Ian Nash and Joel Peters get to let it loose with some luscious sounds.

Now, don’t go thinking that because of all the melody and harmony that Tainted Nation are soft in anyway, because there is plenty of aggression throughout the tracks, such as the pummeling “Ordinary Life”, which also showcases some vicious lead soloing, and the bone crunching “Karma”.

And the album shows no sign of letting up at this point, as the energy seems to build to explosion point with “Going To Hell” – grinding guitar riffs, a thick and thumping bass, and yet another sterling performance by drummer Cross, holds it all together, as Pete Newdeck lays down the gauntlet on vocals. The euphoric progression continues with “About A Boy” which delivers some brilliant call-and-respond vocal arrangements.

Tainted Nation

Tainted Nation

The duet with Issa on “Pulling Me Under” is another album highlight; a blend of outstanding male and female vocals meet the vibrant basslines supplied by Pontus Egberg and another staggering lead solo that will sear your brain. These guys can be brutal, melodic and yet pull it all together in the same song for some kick ass high energy rock.

I’ve read somewhere that listening to singer Peter Newdeck is like hearing Ozzy Osbourne sing. To me that’s true in the timber of the voice, which is uncannily evident on many songs, including “Welcome To War”, but that’s where the similarities end.

I’m not trying to knock a legendary front-man here, I wouldn’t dare. But I do take my rock singers extremely seriously, when it comes to purely the voice, and if we want to be perfectly honest, Ozzy is just a notch and half below Peter’s vocal range, his intonation, or his phrasing – and what better song than the epic album closer, “Back to Earth”, to prove my point.

Tainted Nation

Tainted Nation

All-round, this is a superb album. Its production value is extremely high and it sounds great at any volume. Many rock bands with a metal edge sound very mathematical on riffs and solos, but none of that happens here “On The Outside”.

Ian Nash and Joel Peters are a lethal guitar team, with ferocious rhythms and expressive fiery lead work that colors the music just right without overkill. Tainted Nation has put out a great, hard rocking album that won’t disappoint any fans of the genre.

Tainted Nation is PETE NEWDECK – Vocals (Ex Drummer in Eden’s Curse, Grim Reaper, Killers, Steve Grimmett) PONTUS EGBERG – Bass (King Diamond, ex The Poodles, Lions Share, Zan Clan) IAN NASH – Guitar (Steve Grimmett, Lionsheart) MARK CROSS – Drums (ex Firewind, Outloud, Helloween, Kingdom Come) JOEL PETERS – Guitar (Fury, Newman).

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