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

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Darshae Kiér: “Translation” – poised to take its place on the global stage

Darshae Kiér is a pop artist based in Miami, FL. After the untimely death of his parents, he entered the foster care system where he was shuffled from foster home to foster home. Despite his rough start in life, Darshae has always been determined to rise above and lead with positivity. Inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Coldplay, Darshae latest single “Translation” rides on a steamy Reggaeton beat, and strives to spread the artist’s message of hope and inspiration. His melodic flow and lyrical style are potent. He creates hooks with ease,

Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody Barber who replaced Chiarella as lead guitarist in 2015, was stable until the groups disbanded in 2017 due to schedule conflicts and some members graduating. In 2018, Purvis, Blake, Coburn, and Barber reformed with the new name Kingdom Atlas to record their debut album “Severe Spheres”, which included the “Rising Tide” EP songs re-recorded, as well as other original songs. The album was self-released in February 2019, and currently Purvis and Barber are writing new material for a follow-up album and planning show dates with a new lineup.

The album artwork

“Severe Spheres” is a tribute to what rock should have been today. From the classic sounds, to the gritty and raw sounds of early rock, this album represents what rock and roll should have been if the revolution in music of the early 90s hadn’t lost momentum in the millennium, allowing the expansion of corporate rock to take place.

We now live in an age where the rock music industry is often confused, or in some cases, totally killed off. “Severe Spheres” is an album that refuses those connotations entirely. It somehow grinds and shimmers at the same time; its curiosity doesn’t dissipate its fury, but rather feeds it.

Kingdom Atlas combine bluesy rock styles, bringing in classic and alternative sounds with progressive driving rhythms, and soaring high range vocals, to create gritty guitar based soundscapes. The general effect is some ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody, all of it well-blended and harmonically symmetric.

Bold and brash, Kingdom Atlas announces itself, with unmistakable bombast, like one of the potential rock band’s with the intrinsic qualities to save rock n’ roll from a premature death, while it lies motionless, in agony.

From the opening track, the album stands on a sound whose crystal-hard ferocity and melodic beauty precedes and then includes relentless verbal communication. The instrumental opener “Prelude” might trick you with its eloquent and elegant arrangement featuring a soulfully wailing lead guitar, but as soon as the riff-heavy, “The Rider” kicks in, the real tone of this album is unleashed.

There’s just so much cool, creative, heavy dynamic shifts stuffed into the four-and-a-half-minute. The rhythm section is stunning, as the twin guitars and Grant Purvis’ skyrocketing vocals.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to “Hold You Tonight” at maximum volume, punishing my eardrums, in awe of the energy of this band. “Jenna” was just as impressive, shaping its lava flow guitars into radio-friendly structures without sacrificing its elemental power.

The band logo

“Sexified” confirms that the drumming is always propulsive, dropping in virtuoso fills, and harnessing the band’s idiosyncratic swing.  “Stronger Than Yesterday” proves that the arrangements, too, are diamond-sharp and expansive, as Purvis delivers the enigmatic lyrics with appropriate passion and nuance, thriving in the heat of the band’s power.

Right off the bat, “Let There Be Lightning” goes from lo-fi bluesy fuzz, into full screaming stereo brilliance, as Devin Ruiz’s wrecking-ball bass underscores the drive behind the track, leaving the ringing guitars in the spotlight.

“Spanish Lady” presents itself as the radio ready single to feed the media with its catchy guitar hooks and straight ahead melody. “Cold Sweat” again allows Aaron Coburn’s sturdy drumming to shine, as it does throughout this entire album. However this is primarily a guitar dominated album and the six stringed beasts rip the flesh off of these tracks in a number of devastating ways.

Warning on the Horizon” turns down the pace, but not the intensity, in a track that starts off clean, slow, and pristine, before exploding into unrestrained, intelligent, virtuoso rock.

“The Tide That Binds” closes the album down with a euphoric, ascending classic rock blast, furiously executed by Kingdom Atlas. Vintage Deep Purple influences infiltrate this track, embellished by sterling organ interludes and strident Ian Gillan-esque vocals. I have listened to it over and over again and never get tired of it.

Though the band has evolved from their classic rock status, and now encompass diverse styles, I personally feel that Kingdom Atlas is simply one of the greatest interpreters of classic rock I have heard in the last 10 to 15 years. Period.

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