Ephect: “Just Like That” – focused on making an impression

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Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

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Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

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Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

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Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

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KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

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The Horror: “Here, In The Shadows” – the ambitious ideas and musicianship is top notch

The Horror is an instrumental progressive rock duo from Baltimore, MD, composed of cousins Alex Wachter (Guitars, Keyboards, Bass and Mixing) and Jeff Zuback (Drums, Percussion). Currently promoting their debut album “Here, In The Shadows”, Alex and Jeff have been playing together their entire lives but this is the first project where they feel they have truly been able to do their own thing, and harness a soundtrack-inspired rock sound that they have cultivated over many a long jam session. I just found out about these guys recently and I have to commend them on their musicianship and decision to do instrumental music. They are free from catering to some growling or shrilling vocalist who would undoubtedly wreck this music with bad themes and worse singing.

The Horror blend together all the good elements of cinematic metal, progressive rock and grungy psychedelia without the disruption of some wailing idiot trying to add any shrills. In the case of this duo, the music is always headed somewhere and very vibrant.

Many of the musical passages they have composed would not have come to be most likely if they were trying to fit in a vocalist. This is exiting and hopefully they don’t rethink their formula or be forced to by the short attention span of most music buyers.

From the start of “Here, In The Shadows” you can tell the ambitious ideas and musicianship is top notch, and it is a surprise when you realize they get all this sound as a 2 piece. The few bands at the helm of this new territory are critical to pushing rock music forward.

One of the key ingredients is that the musicianship is great but not by the amount of notes per second rule that used to apply. This music is about sound, emotion, atmosphere and creativity and has far more impact than the million notes approach.

The Horror are working towards creating cinematic imagery with sonic modules – or rather, making audio visible to the mind!  Right from the opening track, “Forgotten Way”, this album shows a band expertly crafting instrumental rock full of endless creativity, equal parts aggressive and ethereal, as well as rich with requisite tension and release.

As you would expect with this kind of music, the average running time of these tracks are around seven minutes, with the longest being over 14 minutes, and the shortest being just under 5 m

Throughout the album, Jeff Zuback’s drumming drives the songwriting. With surgeon-like precision, Zuback dissects the pulses of his melodic counterpart, creating a counter-point to every chordal shift. As textural as anything on this recording, Alex Wachter’s guitar work often captures the focus, drawing from a seemingly endless tonal palate.

One central challenge for instrumental rock bands is to find that elusive middle ground between developed musical narratives and self-indulgence. The Horror reminds listeners that instrumental music can be infinitely malleable and defiant of expectations.

The band already kick into overdrive on the second track “Your Best Bet is to Run”, which is continued with the pumping acid-rock of “Melee”. But it’s on multi-timbral pieces like “Passage” and “The Slumbering Lurking” that The Horror, showcase their quintessential skills.

This album is a fluid tapestry that barely flirts with self-importance, yet on “Oozy”, guitarist Alex Wachter comes into his own and you can’t help but not ignore the technical brilliance. “Valhalla” and the three-part “Leviathan” brings deep into the previously mentioned cinematic scope of The Horror’s music. These tracks could easily form part of an epic soundtrack.

Painting soundscapes with strokes of dynamism and tonal manipulation, the sometimes aggressive rhythms and murderous riffs are brilliantly laced together by vivid, interweaving, harmonic passages that delicately deliver respite for your eardrums before once again subjecting them to a marauding, inundating wall of sound.

“Here, In The Shadows” is a perfect example of The Horror’s ability to analyze and interpret multifaceted emotions without needing to sing a single word.

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