Infectious Rhythm: “Silhouette” – a steady impacting beat, retro analogue sounding synths

I’ve always loved Infectious Rhythm since I first him about a year back with “Daydreams”. To be quite honest, I think the good thing about this independent electronic music producer is that he is consistent. He doesn’t have songs that repeat or sound the same, or at least, I don’t think so. I think what he does is adhere to a certain theme in each release, with a great level of creativity that becomes apparent the more you listen to it. I like it because it shows me that this artist knows who he is are and he knows the

Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins: “Pawn and Prophecy” – Dense, dynamic and super tight

There is no doubt that “Pawn and Prophecy” is going to garner some serious praise. This album puts the ‘classic’ back in metal in a definitive kind of fashion. The album represents the direction many true metal fans hoped and presumed the genre would go after all the ridiculous sub-genres that crawled out of the woodwork over the past few years. This album basically sows the seeds for a whole new generation of power metal – one with technique, speed and aggression that has no regard for radio-friendly or corporate rock elements. There is no denying the awe-inspiring quality and intensity contained within these 8 songs delivered by Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins – a side project by the Symphony X bassist, who is joined by  Alan Tecchio (Vocals), Lance Barnewold (Guitar), Rod Rivera (Guitar) and Michael Romeo (Guitar, Keyboards, Drum programming).

Alan Tecchio sounds better than ever – his vocals right high up in the mix – and the venerable guitars cut through with conviction. There’s a nice mix of speed and traditional classic metal drumming, while Mike LePond’s bass rumble, drives the band’s rhythm as always.

Those with an appreciation for the qualities that make contemporary metal compelling along with an acknowledgement that the melodic leanings of 80’s metal were integral in pushing the message to a broader audience will find “Pawn and Prophecy”  both technically and stylistically worth embracing.

These songs are succinct and to the point – the longest song just short of 6 minutes – that’s if you exclude the final title track, “Pawn and Prophecy”, which is a nearly 22 minute song initially written for a Symphony X album. For some reason the song didn’t make the cut, so Mike dusted it off, reworked and tweaked it, into a spectacular progressive and epic metal centerpiece for this album.

Throughout the album there is a catchiness to the melodies and choruses that hasn’t been present in the genre since the nineties, and the production is just stinking clean – no muddy compression. There is plenty of guitar muscle, in both the leads and the solos, yet it doesn’t seem overdone.

I also love how this album doesn’t try to run at 200bpm the whole way through, and the band enjoys being a whole lot more expressive and theatrical. That said, the first 4 songs throw it down pretty hard and heavy. “Masters Of The Hall” may just be my favorite song, both lyrically and musically, because it has the classic metal riffage that is just so irresistible. But how cool is it to have the anthemic choral vocals in the opening bars.

The guitars in “Black Legend” are also so classic metal that you would swear you’ve stepped back 25 years in time. This song carries the spirit of the genre with a sound that is essentially timeless. And tell me that “Antichrist” doesn’t have that classic metal vibe as well? The diversity here is quite noteworthy.

You’ll notice that the word ‘classic’ keeps coming up again and again. It’s investable, because Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins’ sophomore album has ‘classic’ written all over it, in every sense of the word. The grind of “I Am The Bull” has a chugging Black Sabbath sting in its tail, and also happens to be a perfect showcase for LePond’s bass soloing. “Avengers Of Eden” brings into focus a distinct Judas Priest twist in its supersonic velocity and Tecchio’s high powered vocals.

Dense, dynamic and super tight, “Hordes Of Power” sees the band firing on all cylinders. It’s full of fantastic guitar riffs and solos, great song writing and massive hooks. There is only one way to listen to this album….loud! This is elite level material that matches anything they’ve ever done.

“The Mulberry Tree” is acoustically driven, filled with melody while still maintaining the high-energy quotient. This all leads us to the 22 minute symphony that is the title track “Pawn and Prophecy” – and showcase for their technical, arranging and performing skills.

On listening to this track, you will continue to ask yourself over and over “how the hell did they pull this off?” This is absolutely the best classic metal album that I’ve heard in years. The songwriting, playing and singing is superb. This is one of those rare records that you do not want to miss.

And if you really don’t want to miss this band in all their glory, then you’ll need to go and see them live at Headbangers Holiday Hell Feat: Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 8 PM – 1 AM EST at Dingbatz 620 Van Houten Ave, Clifton, New Jersey 07013. Tickets can be found HERE.

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