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

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

Henry Metal’s roving guitar work grabbing center stage!

If you’ve  been waiting since the late ’70s, listening to hundreds of new groups and recordings during that time, trying to capture that old feeling of sitting down with a rock album that took you on a journey to a higher place where musical genres and boundaries melted away for the greater glory of sheer adrenalin pumping emotion. If rare albums like those were addictive for you, requiring many listens to unravel deeper mysteries and joys. Then you will not be disappointed with the progressive metal album “Henry Metal 8” because, Henry Metal has done it again, and for the tenth time in a row. This album is the modern and heavier version of the creativity we all loved during the progressive rock era. The music flows well and is intelligent from beginning to end.

“Henry Metal 8” is one of very few to succeed fully in the same way and on virtually every level for me. You’ll realize how much you’d missed sitting down for a spell with such engaging music that shines from that captivating higher place. Every element here seems just right, flowing seamlessly, and the world suddenly seems better.

It’s hard to describe the 8 tracks here without sounding a bit unhinged with excitement, but that’s the feeling I got from this effort. Trying to explain exactly why “Henry Metal 8” stuns me would be an overwhelming task. Suffice to say that the masterful balance of composition, musicianship, and production strikes me most of all, with a special nod to the brilliant guitars and vocals throughout.

The insightful and oddball lyrics (think Tenacious D), the extended instrumental excursions (think early King Crimson), the lush harmonies (think early Yes), the constant attention to the swing of emotional highs and lows (think early Genesis), and the crushing riff-rich landscapes (think Metallica and Slayer), as well as the bombastic operatic-like performances (think Meatloaf), are all coming from that great place above. Every note and beat matters here.

Since he started in 2017, Henry Metal has certainly proven himself to be a master composer, arranger, lyricist, performer, producer, engineer, and virtually every other role that applies. While I’ve definitely enjoyed his previous efforts, this one’s special.

“Henry Metal 8” is likely a recording he’ll be remembered for – the moment his many roles and skills merged into something larger and magical. At least that’s my take after some totally addictive listening.

The album opens with “Robes 8”, in an almost offhand way, with building piano and organ keys leading us towards the incumbent pandemonium that awaits us, and from there moves all over the rock n’ roll map. Tracks are both beautiful and extremely aggressive.

And while “Sparta” forges an epic metal backdrop, its “I Got The Fever” that unleashes Henry Metal’s beastly guitar chops – from fiery soloing to unbridled shredding, this upbeat track has got it all. The gritty “Bodhisattiva” unfolds all of Henry’s singing prowess as his voice scales dizzying heights, reminding me of Toto in full vocal swing during their heyday.

If you dig relentless rhythms, and intense energy, doused with a dose of classic rock melody, then “Gotta Get Back To Chicago” is your cut. The bombastic roar of “Propaganda” hides some wickedly clever lyrics, so you should be reminded to hit replay a couple times to catch the gist of the narrative.

“Winberry Lavender” is one of my favorite tracks on the album – vocally, musically and lyrically, it is a stunningly impressive composition. Ironic, melodic, and richly layered in rock’s lushest electrifying instruments, this is a song Meatloaf would beg, steal and borrow, to have in his catalog.

“Raven” is a thrashing five minute rock n’ roll opera, with Henry Metal’s roving guitar work grabbing center stage. It’s a fitting end to a charging and deceptively clever album. An interwoven masterpiece of high octane power, the production and craftsmanship is second to none on “Henry Metal 8”, as after 10 albums, fans of Henry Metal have come to expect.

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