“Missing Person” – The new album by Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Zappa)

The persisting career of musician, singer, and songwriter Warren Bruce Cuccurullo, has reached incredible and indelible highs. He worked with the late, legendary Frank Zappa in the ’70s, founded Missing Persons in the ’80s, and became a long-term member of new wave legends Duran Duran in ’86, notably contributing to the band’s regained worldwide success on the 1993 chart-busting “Wedding Album”. Not one to rest on his laurels, the talented Brooklyn born guitarist however, has always continued his solo and collaborative work, and has just unleashed his 12 track album “Missing Person”. Described as “a deeply personal and conceptual record”,

Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

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

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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Frontiers – http://www.frontiers.it 
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