Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Henry Metal: “Metal O’Clock” – an absolutely brilliant hard rock recording

Henry Metal debuted in late March of 2017 with the release of 2 singles which was then followed by the albums; “So It Hath Begun”,   “Wizard Vs Demon” and  “The Maestro Abides”. “Metal O’Clock” is Henry’s fourth collective offering is again an extremely engaging, epic and anthemic recording which never loses its caustic tongue-in- cheek, confrontational edge as it  investigates government ineptitude, consumerism, drug abuse and cosmetic surgery, as well as and pays homage to the Swedish Viking gods Odin and Freyja.

Henry Metal is, to put it simply, stunning. His singing is melodic, yet has just enough grit and low end to it to keep it from descending into true 80’s cliché. He throws out soaring, epic choruses left and right, and bookends them with a nice mix of slightly gravelly energetic verses. When it comes to toning it down for the odd slower tempo change, he’s equally flawless, adopting a subdued and happy, nostalgic tone that you can’t help but smile at.

There’s plenty of energy all the way through this record, and a wide enough variety of song styles to keep the listener’s attention from start to finish. This is an absolutely brilliant hard rock recording. Personally, I can’t help but love this album for its brash, shameless approach to the act of simultaneously vandalizing and paying tribute to old school heavy metal and hard rock. “Metal O’Clock” is revolutionary enough to be a classic in its genre, with hardly another band in sight who seems to be manipulating or capable of this type of thematic material.

Henry Metal displays more than his fair share of guitar chops throughout the run time of the album; his solos are often blistering, whammy bar fueled shredding affairs that belie the satirical nature of the material. His bass work on the album is extremely well performed, and coupled with the more than competent drumming, there’s plenty to keep fans of old school and contemporary heavy metal thoroughly entertained. But it’s both the voice and the lyrics that burn Henry Metal’s music into one’s brain permanently. And here’s where the album truly shines.

Taking Henry’s song titles alone, I think that the band would be something special – “Thrash Your Head”, “Thank God for the Government” and “Addicted to Junk”, already tells you what’s going on inside these songs. This is easily the project’s most mordant and diverse offering to date, Henry’s confidence coming out in full force this time around. Listen to how he layers the instrumentation and then assails the melodic vocals on “Odin” and “For The Love Of Freyja”, where he closes the track down with an electrifying guitar skirmish.

Lyrically, the ante has seriously been upped on “Addicted to Junk”, where Henry Metal forges all his satirical skills. Henry often sings the exact opposite of what he means, so take special care to capture his messages. But it doesn’t end there, as “Addicted to Junk” also showcases Henry’s vocals which switch from a melodic whisper to a rustic roar and then into full bodied harmonies.

 “Plastic Surgery”, on the other hand, puts forth more of Henry’s guitar playing skills which are immense, regardless of whether his simply riffing or soloing.  This is a powerful double penetration of both voracious lines and bitchin’ riffage that just can’t be ignored.

When you get down to it, “Metal O’Clock” is just another fantastic offering by Henry Metal… but in some ways, it goes further than that. This album is so damn engaging, even when compared to the Henry’s other brilliant albums. If you liked the band’s previous works, you’ll absolutely love this one… simple as that!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKTWITTERBANDCAMP

About The Author

Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.