“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

Vessel Decimal: “CONVERSION: Level Two” sounds like the band’s finest hour yet

Those of us who are fans of the Cleveland founded band, Vessel Decimal, might occasionally wonder why they aren’t more popular. Well, the answer is simple, and it says a lot about the culture in which we live. Vessel Decimal’s music requires one to think. Not just about the lyrics, or not about some indefinable concept, or whatever. No, you actually have to listen to their music in order to get it. That means that, in order to really appreciate Vessel Decimal you have to take the time to focus, to actually concentrate on the music. Sadly, the majority of people these days either aren’t inclined, or aren’t capable of such sustained listening. Which is why the radio air-waves are filled with garbage; that foul-sounding stuff that recording-label marketers think we want to hear, or believe we are just barely intelligent enough to comprehend.

“CONVERSION: Level Two” is an album that will require all of your attention – this is not background music. If you want to get the most out of this powerful collection of songs, you need to set aside some time and focus. Otherwise, this may sound like chaotic noise.

There’s a lot going on here, and if your mind wanders, or you get distracted, you are going to miss something important. No question. When looking at the 13 songs that make up this album, the first thing you need to focus on is the band’s overall songwriting. The quality of melodies, rhythm structures, and direction of the songs are fantastic.

For all the appreciation the band get for their ability to craft monstrous riffs, they also understand two key components that other proponents of this genre forget about: melody and songwriting. “CONVERSION: Level Two” is the band’s best album yet because their genuine sense of sonic joy filters through just about every note, but also because Vessel Decimal pay careful attention to their songwriting and lyrical abilities.

I don’t have any difficulty in saying this album sounds like the band’s finest hour yet. From the moment they open with the introductory “Inner Circle” the band starts working its way towards climactic crescendos.

The songs are packed with all the things you’d expect from the band at this point: flawlessly executed metal grooves, crushing guitar riffs, cinematic synth interludes, and ravaging vocals, all held together by rampant percussion and impacting lyricism.

The technical nature, highly skilled musicianship and sheer harshness that Vessel Decimal display over the crushing “Denominator” and “Neighborhood Watch”, will help open the minds of young music fans in an extraordinary new way. Setting the bar at a new level, on “Half a Million”, the band set out to wow audiences, raising expectations of what to expect.

While mostly bold, Vessel Decimal also crosses boundaries with a sound that is not only pleasing to metal heads, but teetering on the epic cinematic realm in “A Learning Process”. Ripping in with crashing drums and a mixture of screams and growls on “All Emotions”, frustration and anger flow through the instrumental and vocals while a guitar solo steps in as a pinnacle of the two emotions.

Leading with no pause, “New Stimuli” comes next with a tempo that morphs into a steadier beat.  Mixing it up some, “No Suppression” is up next with a diverse sonic range and Darkwave style vocals. The vocals float in and out of the beat, and extends its darker electronic theme.

“The Tomb of Santa Claus” takes Vessel Decimal back to the chugging, grinding rhythm followed by an ominous post-rock attitude. Vessel Decimal keep the audience guessing during the opening bars of “Upcycling” before shifting the energy into overdrive and plying on the lyrical pressure: “Smells like the snakes have made peace with the rats. They twist and turn in the woodpile. They keep it growing – the stockpile.”

“Organic Program” again falls back into the darkwave and industrial slumber as it crawls hauntingly in the shadows. “Spontaneous Harmony” features three distinct vocal styles that blend and weave their way through the arrangement in succession. This brings us to the final piano driven track – “Admit It” which rides out on a set of clean vocals in a melding of shadowy echoes and eerie tones.

Overall, “CONVERSION: Level Two” is very diverse within each track, while keeping a similar theme throughout the album. The tracks shift gears often, but smoothly, allowing all of the different aspects to be appreciated. It leads into arguably Vessel Decimal’s most immaculate recording yet. The vocals are mostly harsh-sounding and full of power, working in tandem with the crushing guitars and magnificent orchestration to create climactic crescendos of epic proportions.  What more could you want from a band like this?

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