Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

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

KYROS: ‘Vox Humana’ – music that breaks boundaries

KYROS (known as Synaesthesia 2012-2015) formed in 2012 in London, England and consists of Adam Warne on lead vocals and keyboards, Joey Frevola and Sam Higgins on guitar, Peter Episcopo on bass guitar and Robin Johnson on drums. The five-piece unit came together after Adam was in need of completing the band line up to transition from a solo studio project to a fully-fledged performing and writing group. The band’s debut album featured artwork designed by Freyja Dean, the daughter of legendary album cover artist Roger Dean. KYROS has also performed a number of impressive shows, including supporting high profile bands such as Marillion and Anathema.

In 2016, KYROS released their maxi-single ‘Cloudburst’ and their double album, ‘Vox Humana’ through their independent label KMG.  Most people rate their favorite bands 5 stars, ‘Vox Humana’ is a totally different musical experience. This is original music that sticks in your head and just won’t let go.

kyros-liveDescriptive words that come to mind are: original, complex, rich, interesting and cutting edge. The rhythms, melodies, and arrangements in ‘Vox Humana’ just get more interesting with every listen. The music and the lyrics are arresting. These guys are top-flight musicians, demanding the listener’s attention from start to finish.

The album is extremely eclectic and mixes so many genres. It is the epitome of progressive and experimental rock, and is quite possibly the prog-rock album of the year. I hope I don’t turn off potential fans by using that label to describe them, but they break the rock mold in a way that really can be defined in no other way.

Expect to find music that is written for the sake of music that breaks boundaries, that forces the listener to think and experience concepts outside of the easy boundaries of cultural and social norms and that are forced upon us by the media and industry.

Sonically, KYROS recalls the best of progressive’s past and present. It is difficult to point to one musician in the group that is not necessary for the overall sound. Every player in the group deserves mention. The collective delivers compelling soundscapes, metrically complex and angular riffs, and freely open jams.

This recording can’t be described without referring to pure emotional energy. Again, like in precious few recordings that I have encountered, luckily my stereo goes loud enough to make me feel the emotional connection that is obviously intended here. And I’m talking about the sort of emotional connection that is set and executed via songs like “Cloudburst”, “Persistence of Vision” and “New Paradigm”, for me the best three songs on CD1 of the double-pack.

The songs sort of buildup, firing out of the gate with wild time changes, and then melting into heavy guitar riffs and solos, as well as spacious vocal melodies that soar and fly alongside the musical arrangements, finally concluding with thick layers of harmony.

Simultaneously being a music lover and cynic, I am usually hard-pressed to easily accept new music by a band I don’t know much about. I am used to the few listens it takes for me to decide what I really think about a project. KYROS convinced me immediately, and is still convincing after several turns of heavy rotation.

kyros-logoThe vocals just absolutely kill it for me from track one, while the rest of the band truly shines, the vibe is certainly that of a collective that rocks in all aspects of the definition. I would love to decipher each song, but this is a review and not a novel. Brilliant and unique, CD2 just picks you up and takes you into a new world of musical mystery.

“Mind Electric”, the first track, is the perfect blend of creativity, musical talent and sheer passion as well as rock insanity and hard-hitting psychedelia. From the very moment “Speak To Me” starts, until its ending, the band works in full-steam-ahead instrumental mode, rarely stopping for breath.

The track just grabs you and pushes you to the edge, with the force of its dense music. “Persistence of Perfection” starts off loud – a blazing twisting bassline, hammering drums and howling guitars are buried somewhere in the twisting melody, before slowing down to a melodic vocal and sprawling arrangement. And it’s followed by the eruptive “Monster,” which starts with a swirling storm of clashing keyboards and sharp drums.

Among the distorted buildups and the blazing droning tsunamis of twirling bass and guitars, the epic rocker “Hounds” sets in with the power of a sandstorm, and landslides of sputtering riffs, and wailing vocal laments.

Rest assured, anyone who embraces this album as a fully realized work, worth listening to many times, in its entirety, will find an appreciation for its characteristic unique, otherworldly vibe, as can be heard on  “The Darkness Grove” and the brilliant “Boiling Point” – a whole new musical phenomenon, and one that is fiercely listenable. I’m still digesting the final two tracks and this album, and it’s a mammoth one. ‘Vox Humana’ is without doubt the blueprint for modern-day progressive rock.

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