Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar – ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ – A hypnotic and fitting foundation

If you ask the duo of Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar, better known as CxA what the goal of their music was, their reply would probably be, it’s to make a place where all listeners can come to feel safe and relieved from their pain, anxieties, and all other stresses in life. Because that’s exactly what their Cloud Rap single, ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ sounds like. Cypher the Avatar is one of the best alternative rappers mainly because of his presence. He’s confident but not cocky; honest but not vulgar. Cypher comes across as someone who is genuine and sure

VerseBorn: “Cheat Code” ft. Menhir demands a huge amount of respect

“Cheat Code” by VerseBorn ft. Menhir is a mostly uninterrupted stream of consciousness. Breaks in the story only occur when one the language switches from English to Italian and back, and when the plot ends and another begins. To call this track unique would be inadequate. The storyline is extremely complex, with recurring motifs. It’s hard to follow, but that’s the point. VerseBorn and Menhir want your undivided attention for the track’s entirety. Straight off the cuff, the listener is thrust right into the action. In true artistic fashion, interconnecting storylines are articulated through interconnecting verses. But even when they

New Songs to Confront Rising Tide of Hatred by Rev Peter Unger

Rev Peter Unger embraces a pastoral sense of beauty on the spacious skies of I Believe in Second Chances. Throughout the piece Rev Peter Unger explores the oft-ignored benefits of faith. One of the greatest elements of faith rests within the idea of forgiveness for past transgressions. No one is perfect and attaining perfection is a life-long goal. Lyrics focus upon this concept the improvement of the self. Without forgiveness however, this goal becomes impossible for if all were judged by their worst actions self-improvement would remain illusionary at best. Low key arrangements help to place Rev Peter Unger’s voice

Brian Hutson’s Debut Album “Habit” is Released

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YHN Hammertime: “Cash Out” – relatable lines over a sleekly banging beat

YHN Hammertime is a rap/hip-hop artist based in Washington DC. He often collaborates with fellow artists from the DC area. After a string of single releases, he has dropped his first official mixtape “Gang Meets Gang”. From the album comes the highly infectious single “Cash Out” along with its classy visual, now viewable on YouTube. With this album, YHN never seems to be trying to make one track for the thugs, one for the hip hop heads, one for the club, one for the backpackers, and one for the playas, etc. Although you could still attribute those labels to the

Hro Palyan: “White China” scores many transcendent moments!

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Enzo: ‘Light Me Up’ – an absolutely sublime listening experience

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Exit To Eden: Describes the extreme situation of hate-love, on their new Goth ‘n Roll single “Love At First Hate”!

Passionate, yet hateful is the story of Exit To Eden’s latest video clip. The Austrians around frontman Bernie Pfeiffer, celebrate the March 22nd, 2019, release of their associated Goth ‘n Roll single, entitled ‘Love At First Hate’ and give an audiovisual preview of their upcoming mini-album “Love And Other Nightmares”, especially Fans of traditional gothic rock alá The Sisters Of Mercy, The Cure, or Bauhaus are guaranteed to find it appealing.  In a nightmare of hate-love, the protagonist described in ‘Love At First Hate’, whose story is presented in first-person perspective, seems to be. Two extremes, passionate love and

Javyn Knight: “Exodus” – Relatability, positivity, and general geniality

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Silvertung: “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)” – assailing swagger, an abrasive bring-it-on vibe!

Award-winning rock band Silvertung, has landed on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio Chart three times. The Mid-Atlantic quartet, made up of vocalist Speed, lead guitarist Codey, bassist Sam Sour, and drummer Danno, have also opened for groups like Godsmack, Disturbed, Shinedown, Slipknot, Staind, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Filter, Drowning Pool, Anthrax, P.O.D., and others. With three albums and one EP under their belt, Silvertung, in collaboration with Thermal Entertainment, have dropped their latest album “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)”, produced by Steven Wright, whose credits include Slipknot, Mars Volta, and Rihanna. This is the type of release that occurs when a band

Rampancy at Midnight: “In Which This” – emoting with an extroverted fever that rocks!

Rampancy at Midnight (RaM) is a conceptual project based in Lexington, KY that intertwines and defies genre while blending personal experiences with thought provoking story telling. RaM just released their second 6 track EP entitled “In Which This” on April 28th, 2017. Rampancy at Midnight is one of those rare bands that will have a bigger impact on musicians and indie listeners than the mainstream crowd. In my opinion, that’s the best way to thrive in the music world and the best way to leave it – more appreciation, more dedication, and more intimacy with the fans.

“In Which This” takes you on a trip not unlike a breezy motorcycle ride on a warm summer’s day. From the minute “Evolve” builds up and explodes to a blend of grungy rock riffs and shoegaze vocals, Rampancy at Midnight gives us the full throttle spectrum of what alternative rock music listeners are looking for.  Indeed, this record provokes a surprisingly strong range of emotions.

From the petrol-fuelled propulsion of “Rapture” through to the spacey psychedelia of “Colombia” and melodic punk hooks of “Opposition”, Rampancy at Midnight prove to be a square peg within the round hole of the indie music landscape of the 21st Century.

If you are a fan of shoegaze, discordant tortured guitars and atmospheric production, step right up. Production is classic washy atmospheres of layered overdriven guitars and vocals. The vocals are sometimes near-field, then distant, but always compelling.

Keeping ahead of the curve and remaining just as confident.While others similar in genre hide behind their walls of sound and reverb, Rampancy at Midnight embraces the noise, emoting with an extroverted fever that, quite frankly, rocks.

It’s in the way that RaMs guitars veer in and out of each other, either exploding in grinding fuzz or clean strummed on “Divulgence”, that demonstrates the uniqueness of an artist not afraid of playing music that often oversteps its borders, as it does on “Sociopathic Tendencies”. Where others would lose the skewed melody, cover it up and beat it down with various walls of sound, Rampancy at Midnight set it on a pedestal.

RaM even further separate itself from the crowd, grunging out hard and coarsely laying out a sing-a-long of sorts that contradicts everything that you’d expect from an artist with shoegaze tendencies. That is until you hear the echoing explosions of distorted guitar bouncing around each other.

Rampancy at Midnight pulls you in with the accessibility of alternative rock but keep you sticking around for the caress of their conceptual sound.

In this rare case it can be said that RaM really is trying to reinvent the wheel on “In Which This”, and rather than remain true to any given musical identity they expand their sonic palette and continue to re-imagine what reverb-soaked over-driven guitars sounds can accomplish when framed in an experimental light.

Rampancy at Midnight music is distorted enough to appeal to grunge fans and there are enough dreamy pop hooks to branch out to fans of the shoegazer genre. Not to mention that their sound is both aggressive and standard enough to appeal to hardcore and alternative rock listeners.

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