Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Darshae Kiér: “Translation” – poised to take its place on the global stage

Darshae Kiér is a pop artist based in Miami, FL. After the untimely death of his parents, he entered the foster care system where he was shuffled from foster home to foster home. Despite his rough start in life, Darshae has always been determined to rise above and lead with positivity. Inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Coldplay, Darshae latest single “Translation” rides on a steamy Reggaeton beat, and strives to spread the artist’s message of hope and inspiration. His melodic flow and lyrical style are potent. He creates hooks with ease,

HATEBEAN: “FetusInFetu” – an all-encompassing giant monolith of sound

Based on a story by Jason Ellis and Michael Tully, “FetusInFetu” is an album about Dirt Bones: A man fighting a dark secret in a post-apocalyptic world. It is a concept of a set of twins born into one body, but of two different minds. Mixed by Michael Patterson (Puscifer/Nine Inch Nails/Beck/Moby) and Mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax/Pantera/Public Enemy), the album was created and performed by HATEBEAN, a collective featuring members of the Jason Ellis Show off Faction, SiriusXM channel 41.

hatebean-300I’m not even going to attempt to describe the breadth of the work of HATEBEAN in a few sentences – it would take a book, frankly, and that’s meant as a compliment.   They have created just about everything under the sun on this album that is crazy, conceptual, progressive and artful.

The depth, intricacy, intimacy and diversity of “FetusInFetu” is astounding. Taken as a whole, the can album seem a bit overwhelming at first, but when you bite off one piece at a time and just enjoy it for what it is, you will be enchanted by its magnificence. If HATEBEAN continue to produce albums of this magnitude, no-one is going to give a flying fig what they call it or in whatever guise it comes.

Kicking off in truly dramatic style with ‘In The Beginning’, it’s a curtain raiser which acts as an overture to the vast scale and grandeur of what is to follow. Given a taster, you might expect a lull, but second track in, ‘Heinous’,  feels like it would be more at home as  the final track in the way it builds into an all-encompassing giant monolith of sound – akin to a final flurry rather than an introduction.

It’s no false dawn either; the sound of the album is huge with each passing song possessing blockbuster qualities.  “FetusInFetu” is ambitious and grand on a big scale, occasionally verging towards musical theatre, maybe not surprising considering the massive production on display here.

Packed with stirring moments, there is a surprising lack of the indulgence you might expect with the genre, no endless guitar noodling, or extravagant keyboard gestures. Outdoing anything contemporaries have recently offered, HATEBEAN toss aside the usual clichéd rock rulebook.

As each track goes by you become aware that the music of this band is the uncommon result of an uncompromising vision and style. All put together, you have an album that retains the rich quality and atmosphere of an epic cinematic experience.

The atmosphere remains bold and vast throughout, and it can easily be said that individual songs have a memorable impact, due to what’s probably one of HATEBEAN’s biggest skills — writing structurally complex songs while retaining simplicity – a similar trait also runs through Pink Floyd’s music.

Without breaking down each track, I can truly say that there are plenty of immaculate moments on “FetusInFetu”. Particularly impressive are songs such as “Blue”, “Out Of Mind”, “Twin Within”, “Sunburn”, “Motionless and Obedient” and “Amen”.

hatebean-coverWhile the material on the album is impressive to say the least, I can also safely say that the group delivers practical execution of their material to the point of virtual perfection. “FetusInFetu” enjoys a rich, almost symphonic production that sometimes even attempts to outshine the music itself. It’s one thing to have a polished big-budget sounding production, but it takes some level of vision and genius to find the optimal warmth and frame for a band’s sound.

Something HATEBEAN, Michael Patterson and Paul Logus have achieved here.The drum work is thick and heavy, the guitars sound rich and layered, and the bass work is consistently audible. From a technical standpoint, “FetusInFetu” arguably succeeds beyond any other concept rock album I’ve heard this year.

Not bad, considering that the idea of a band and album, started out as a joke when radio host Jason Ellis on SiriusXM told his boss, Will Pendarvis, “Well YOU should make an album! One of those concept records.”

Pendarvis took the statement to heart and set out to make a graphic novel in audio form, with help from his son, Wylie Pendarvis, who wrote a major slice of the music. Bear in mind too, that Will Pendarvis had never sung or written lyrics in his whole life, before this challenge became a recorded reality.

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