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

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

Faceless Orphans: An ability to swing through different styles with ease

Faceless Orphans is a Canadian alternative rock band from Rouyn-Noranda in northern Quebec. Formed in 2016 by Jean Landry (vocals) and Francis Camirand (guitar), the group’s line-up includes drummer Marco Lamarche, guitarist Carle Marcotte, and bassist Michaël Gervais. Spectacular musicianship aside, the heart and soul of the band’s self-titled debut album lays in its riffs and Landry’s passionate delivery. Camirand and Marcotte truly shine throughout the entirety of the album. With the help of everyone else giving it their all, Lamarche and Gervais drive the songs with their groovy and tasty rhythm work. In addition to his exemplary work here, Landry belts out every lyric with an in your face kind of style that proves to be nothing short of engaging.

Faceless Orphans manage to show off their incredibly charismatic musicianship on this album in a raw, accessible light which will obviously pave the way for any well-deserved acclaim that is inevitably to come. This is a great modern rock album. There are heavy moments, lighter moments, then heavy again – all totally cerebral, and totally beautiful.

This album shows what a band can do with the right focus. The playing here is intuitive and totally indicative of musicians who have worked together for a long period of time that it is hard to believe the brevity of their experiences together.

Bridging the gap between sharp focus and complexity, the guitarists avoid going off on needlessly discursive passages, while the drums and bass provide sturdy skeletons for the tracks. That’s why their combination of the crushingly heavy, the complex and the melodious is in a class by itself right from the opening track, “Sorry”.

On top of that the production, expertly balances the punch with clarity. What shines through the album most, though, is the quintet’s uncanny knack for vocal hooks and their ability to swing through different styles with ease, delivering each piece with confidence and power, as on the swampy, blues infected “Sacred Song”.

Faceless Orphans are equally commendable when they reveal their pop sensibilities on such cuts as “Tears of Glue” and “I Guess”, but there are also moments of controlled technical madness on “Legion of Battle Plan” that’s built around cascading poly-rhythmic riffs. “Swallowed Hole” and “Child Wolf” balance the technicality with melodicism even better, interestingly climaxing in glam rock passages featuring hooky chanting.

Meanwhile, “So Much Real” brilliantly showcases the act’s most contemplative incarnation taking its sweet time to build up to an explosive chorus, while “Falling Down the Grave” is a sonic equivalent of a fun roller-coaster ride, finely contrasting a killer groove-laden main riff with resonating vocals and a multifaceted guitar solo interludes.

Sometimes it’s hard being both a musician and a listener. To turn off your musical brain and enjoy something doesn’t always come easy. You’re often dissecting and over-analyzing songs to their microscopic elements, to their fundamental concepts, and it takes away from the experience.

With current trends in rock music being firmly focused on playing at whirlwind speed and with the utmost complexity this doesn’t help. Faceless Orphans however, make it easy for you to get lost in the experience of their album, maturely pursuing songwriting, in lieu of the aforementioned trends.

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