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

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

“Final Curtain” represents yet another progression for Roger Cole

Roger Cole is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from his river of musical and artistic expression, his music (usually together with his partner in crime Paul Barrere) is always engaging on an emotional level. Here on his solo effort, the single, “Final Curtain”, Cole is not content to repeat himself, nor is he afraid to confront difficult subjects or at least ideas that many artists don’t frequent. This time around there is this ongoing tug-of-war between moving on and living in the past. The time when someone needs to say no, and the

Pauline Frechette: “Always Lover” (feat. David) works its magic

Not so much a singer as a sublime song stylist, Pauline Frechette returns to release an impeccably performed love ballad simply entitled “Always Lover” (feat. David). Avoiding any pretense or extravagance, Pauline stretches her breathy voice to gently embrace the lyrics, as she brings out the ultimate best of her vocal and piano artistry. Pauline wanted you to hear the instruments, the vocals, and the emotion in the breathing etc., instead of a sonic rush of noise. She does this by allowing some ‘quiet’ in the recording. Pauline is blessed with a great voice, a distinctive and beautifully frayed tone

Lyndon Rivers: “Nothing I Can Do” creates a celebration in your head!

For fans of Lyndon Rivers who love dance music, house, and techno, this is not an EDM single. It’s not the house music that we know Lyndon Rivers to have made, with filtered sampled loops, drum machine-programmed beats, and electronic harsh noise. It’s not any of that that. You can’t fist-pump to this music; you can’t go nuts to it. Well you can go nuts, but in a different way you’re normally used to in the club. So when you listen to “Nothing I Can Do”, the new single by Lyndon Rivers for the first time, go into it with

An Old Friend: “I am, I was” reaches for stratospheric heights

An Old Friend is an upcoming Alternative Rock band based out of Long Island, New York, they have been said to be significantly ahead of most contemporary peers in their stylistic niche; they show an ability to stray from the norm and focus on truly innovative fragments, as opposed to one linear hook yearning for radioplay. Founded in 2011 An Old Friend continue a career of sustained excellence, the new 6-track EP, “I am, I was”, bursts out of your speakers and infects your heart and mind like few other modern-day recordings. Not only is the production quality of the music

A New Way to Live Forever: “Monument” – high energy rock anthems

Fort Lauderdale’s A New Way to Live Forever is an alternative indie-rock band led by dynamic front man Russ Rogers (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) with Phil Tucciarone (Drums), Steve Velez (Bass), Stephen Rose (Guitar) and Daniel Dyer (Guitar). Their latest EP release “Monument” which has had unanimous critical acclaim is available at iTunes now. ANWTLF has also dropped the new single ‘Fall Or Follow’ and lyric video for ‘Valley Metro!’.

The EP is a striking example of what the band has to offer. “Monument” is somewhat unexpected, pretty different and much more textured and nuanced than we usually hear in this genre. The lead single ‘Fall Or Follow’ sets the tone lyrically and sonically, and is, well, monumental in its overall approach.

It shows the group working in unison, bringing together their clever lyrics, big hooks and soaring melodies and harmonies. But there is plenty diversity in the sound beyond that, the whole set is full of dynamic color.

ANWTLF excel at blending arena-ready swagger and groove with an impressive and sparkling triple-threat-layer of heavy rock guitars, which not far from the surface maintains a set of pop and urban-flavored sonics, ready to deliver alternatives soundscapes such “I Saw Stars”, on which we also find Producer Peter Klett playing guitar,  and “Leave It All Behind”.

It is also spacey, with truly epic pianos and sing-along choruses on “Dream Away”. It all adds up to that unexpected sound I mentioned in the beginning.

ANWTLF is going into uncharted territories, mixing pop, soul-infused vocals and heavy rock music with a modern swing, a music style that suits them very well. At the same time A New Way to Live Forever is able to deliver high energy rock anthems, vibrant with banging beats, while grooving with effortless ease along traces of grunge-like guitar work.

“Monument” really has a contemporary rock-soul style to it. It is intense and very melodic.  It rolls on all cylinders, combining memorable ballads and fast-tempo rockers without sacrificing EP unity or flow.

All in all, A New Way to Live Forever delivers an honest recording that reflects their musical image, full of cool and addictive sounds that work very well together. The EP showcases a maturity of songwriting and a very interesting future for ANWTLF.

Many if not all of the songs on “Monument” seem to take their core inspiration from genres outside of hard rock which leaves us with some of the most intriguing and diverse songs to come out of this genre in a long time. This is an excellent EP that really plays to ANWTLF’s strengths.

The entire recording is catchy with enough variety and quality to keep listeners coming back for more each time.  They are playing venues and sharing stages as well as supporting Trapt in a showcase at The Whisky in LA on 4/28, but surely it won’t be long before A New Way to Live Forever are headlining their own major shows around the globe. (Top Photo credit: Alex Solca)

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