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

This week saw the release of Brian Hutson’s Debut Album. Habit is the name of the album that coincides with the song title track featured on his debut album. The album which has already sparked early interest follows the critical acclaim of his EP Midnight Sessions and enormous success of his single released in the fall of 2018. Like many artists, Brian draws influence from his personal life and experiences. This driving force allows him to express his feelings through music. Reflecting on love, lust, heartbreak, and triumph Habit is the result of memories from the past two years, all

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!

Hro Palyan is an up and coming Armenian-American Hip Hop artist based in Granada Hills, CA. His journey into a musical career started during childhood when he learned how to play the electric guitar. Hro’s older brother was influential in introducing him to the world of rap and hip-hop and to fellow artists who encouraged him to learn music production tools like Fruity Loops, Reason, and Pro Tools. Influenced by the likes of Dre, Eminem, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dog, Tupac, Naz, Jayz, Dmx, Hro used the production tools as a coping mechanism that allowed him to express himself, and

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

DJs speak with their hands. Producers who can’t use words, express themselves through sound. On the other hand, it’s almost true that in the electronic music realm, the weight of the music can render words secondary. That’s not to say that producers aren’t using their voices…it’s rare but quite possible. Some producers over a number of electronic genres have stepped up to the mic to express themselves vocally, others engage the perfect voices to execute the needed emotion. Once such creative is Enzo, a self-taught musical artist from Boston, Massachusetts. His work as a producer and DJ has led to

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

Javyn Knight releases his debut EP, “The Gospel Of Javyn” on March the 24th. The artist’s arrival to this event has not been an easy one. He left home at sixteen to join the army, completing his basic training and part of his AIT training, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He went on to be officially discharged and found his way back to civilian life. It was then that Javyn decided to flip his future and pursue a different, but just as passionate, career route. Javyn Knight aka The Blacc SINatra grabbed hold of a mic and started reppin’ South

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

Vovkulaka: “Cemetery Voices” – dark harsh metal immediately accessible and melodic!

Based in Odessa, Ukraine, Vovkulaka (meaning Werewolf in Ukrainian) is an international metal band, with its members coming from Ukraine, Bulgaria and the USA. The band is currently made up of VolK (Vocals, Drums), Naya G (Dance, Percussion, Drums), JuleZ (Dance, Percussion, Drums), Ivan (Guitars) and In The Box (Bass, Dubstep, EFX). Their recordings are musical experiences. They take you to a dark place which is quite entrancing. Their percussive rhythms do something to the center of your brain that releases endorphins. You’ll find yourself addicted to this stuff. Perhaps Vovkulaka artistry is best exemplified in their command of rhythm and atmosphere.

Their music has incredibly dense rhythmic structures, and in a way that doesn’t draw attention to itself.  Vovkulaka do their work so flawlessly they trick you into thinking the beat is simple, but a careful listen shows there isn’t anything standard about their music. It’s something you need to listen for yourself to really appreciate.

The other thing you’ll appreciate about Vovkulaka is how you hear something new every spin of one of their tracks. A new riff to appreciate, a hidden sound you hadn’t noticed before, the sheer balls of the music, and so on. They will blow your mind every time you listen to them. Those same feelings are triggered by their latest single, “Cemetery Voices”.

If you dig in and absorb the music that Vovkulaka make, you will appreciate where they are and what they do. Needless to say, this isn’t the kind of music that gets better the more you listen to it. Those looking for dark harsh metal immediately accessible and melodic, will find that instantly in “Cemetery Voices”.

For those who prefer to dig deeper and appreciate a band that practically defines a special genre of metal, which sits somewhere between black and death metal, there is a moment when their heavy bone crushing facade fades away and the incredible depth and discipline of their music is fully exposed.

Vovkulaka are ferocious, brutal, and highly listenable mainly due to VolK’s incredible vocals. He has a resonant voice that blends the harsh evil edge of a possible growl with pure melodic power. The result is an emotional, progressive, and blistering experience. It’s a sound that shakes your inner spirit into dark oblivion.

The music is simply mesmerizing. “Cemetery Voices” has a crushing groove which will allow you to enter the most dark and surreal auditory landscapes. The moods and the emotions that Vovkulaka invokes here, are brooding, eerie, fearsome, raging, and awe-inspiring in their various forms.

It’s quite obvious that the members of this band are totally uncompromising and seriously dedicated to what they do. One can just feel it listening to their music. Vovkulaka certainly takes things up a notch or two with the complexity and innovativeness of the composition, arrangement, tonal textures and sheer ensemble virtuosity.

Vovkulaka are not only masters of extremely dense and dark metal, they’re one of the few acts in that category with some real personality and a strong sense of dynamics. Vovkulaka fans should certainly enjoy “Cemetery Voices”, and those new to the band will get a concise taste of what Vovkulaka is about.

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