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Josh Buche - "Retroflux" Album Review

Singer and songwriter, Josh Buche from Illinois, Chicago, has a very eclectic taste in music, which helps him to create his own signature sound, and in his first full length album, "Retroflux" he takes us on a weirdly wonderful musical journey...

First song, "Ballad Of Juan Guerrero" is a lively ambient acoustic number, which has a dream like vibe to it, whilst having a raw organic feel, which is all helped by the delightful guitars and atmospheric chilled out vocals. This acts a good introduction and first impression, where Josh represents his creative flair admirably..

"Hold My Breath" is very smooth and soothing, where he gets to show of his brilliant guitar skills, and varied soulful emotive vocals further, with precision and fluidity. As we near the end, it takes on a different mood with a crescendo, which makes for a highly memorable number!

To keep things fresh and dynamic, "I've Been Waiting" shows his diversity yet again, in this c…

SmartBlackKid - "The Best Of SmartBlackKid Vol. 1" Album Review

SmartBlackKid is a multi-talented one man band, all performed by Hakhi Alakhun. He has impressively produced and released ten albums spanning many genres, and with his eleventh release, he has complied the ultimate collection of his songs over his career, in this 'Best Of' album, making for a great opportunity for existing fans to catch up on, and of course for new fans to discover...

To get things started we have, "Stand Up" which is ultra smooth with it's beats and rhythms, along with melodic memorable guitar work, with refreshing and charming vocals, all delivered with style!

Single "Free Thought" has great catchy hooks and an classic rock vibe, but with a upbeat modern twist, making it a perfect choice for a single and his creative sound offers something a bit different, which is always nice to see..

"Powerful" immediately highlights Hakhi's guitar skills yet again, with ambient and bouncy riffs throughout, with equally powerful compe…

OTEP Signs To Napalm Records!‏

Los Angeles California’s OTEP has announced that she has signed with Austrian based Napalm Records.  Famed producer Howard Benson will be handling the productions duties on the band’s new album that is due out in 2016.

OTEP commented on joining the Napalm Records Roster:
“Signing with Napalm Records is one of the most exciting alliances I’ve ever made. I haven’t felt this excited to write a new album since SEVAS TRA. There’s a lot of work to do, a lot of music to write, a lot of things to say, a lot of injustices to confront and a lot of madness to summon and capture.  To be able to forge this sacred alchemy with the dark brilliance of producer Howard Benson is a dream come true.” 

Napalm Records A&R Demetri Benoist said about the signing of OTEP:
"Beyond excited to be working with such a polarizing artist who stands for something and is not afraid to speak their mind.  This is a new beginning in OTEP’s history and Napalm Records is committed to making it the most successful!  …

Bag Of Nickels - "Amen" Album Review

Bag Of Nickels from Wilmington, Delaware have been through some hard times, and have just come back after a hiatus with their third independent release, "Amen" which impressively was produced by Dennis Prado and co-produced/mixed with Philadelphia-based, grammy-award winning engineer, Mike Tarsia.

To open the album, "Hold Your Form" has smooth, groovy and slick rock 'n' roll tones, with resonant effective vocals, all delivered in style, and takes us back to more old school sounds with notable guitar work..it sounds like they are back and on top 'form'!

Next with have, "Impurities" which has some brilliant rhythms and melodies..it's really quite hard to find any faults here! "Trapper Keeper" has a guest appearance from, Danny Carmona, which gives it a different feel and dynamic, whilst in-keeping with the rest of the songs so far..

Again we see Danny Carmona appear in, "The Set Up", which has a great lively, yet chi…

Luna Rise - Dark Days & Bright Nights Album Review!

Austrian Band, Luna Rise return following their successful and thrilling signature EP, "Smoking Kills, But Love Can Break A Heart" with new album, "Dark Days & Bright Nights", where they get to show off their unique melodic rock more-so plus with some extra surprises thrown in the mix..
Open song, "Demons Inside" is highly melodic, aided especially by the electronic sounds..it is fuzzy and delightfully dark all at once, helped by the fierce screams at the end! This is also one of the most diverse offerings, and for those not familiar with the bands sound, this will lure you in wonderfully!..
"Valentine" which has a great accompanying fiery emotive video too, has hard hitting memorable riffs and characteristic charming emotive vocals. This is a beautiful rock offering with a glorious layered sound, this is a must hear, which you are bound to 'adore'!





"Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" immediately grabs your attention with a ve…

BBC Introducing: The South Selects Act To Open Breakout Festival! Just 2 Weeks To Go!

Many applied through BBC Introducing: The South to be in with a chance of performing at Breakout Festival and the winners have been chosen! Selected by a panel from The BBC and Breakout Festival, We Deny have been awarded the opening slot at this year’s Breakout Festival.


In just 2 weeks Breakout Festival will be unleashed. After an epic festival season, rock and metal fans will play out the end of the summer 2015 with at Breakout’s rock fueled blow-out. It’s not just about the music this year though, Breakout Festival promises to be the best way to mark the season close with a wealth of other attractions and entertainment. Keep your eyes peeled for the rides and inflatables!

Deaf Havana – SikTh – The Qemists
We Are The Ocean - Martyr Defiled – Black Tongue
Heck – TRC - By Definition
Zoax – Seething Akira
The Gospel Youth – Skint Circus – We Deny

Breakout is Brighton’s first and only outdoor heavy rock festival. It returns to Brighton racecourse on 26th September 2015 with a high profile …

SKINDRED: New single, "Under Attack" released!

Reggae metal kings in SKINDRED have just released their brand new single for "Under Attack" from their upcoming album "Volume", set to be released October 30th on Napalm Records. Watch their new video here:




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkJuB656AVc






VOLUME - Turn it up to 12!
Since 1998 SKINDRED has been responsible for developing their own unique sound blending elements of Metal, Rock, Reggae, Dancehall & Electronica to forge the SKINDRED sound as we know it today. Add to this one of the most charismatic front men in Rock music in Benji Webbe, a man that always knows how to get the party started whether it’s getting Millions of people across the globe to do the now infamous Newport Helicopter or just making them rock harder than they have ever rocked before at any show previously.

Volume, the band’s sixth studio album encapsulates everything that is great about SKINDRED. Drawing inspiration from their previous albums such as Babylon and Union Black, Volume showc…

Diary Of My Misanthropy - Threatre Of The Absurd

This music project from the multi-talented, Vladyslav Tsarenko from Prague shows instrumental music at it's pinnacle and truly embraces the elements needed to inject emotions and portray his inspiration, solely through his use and interpretation of the music. The main inspirations being events taking place in the world during our time, and the classic novel by George Orwell, '1984'..

The first song to grace our ears is, "War Is Peace", which opens on a very ambient melancholic note, before really coming to life with far reaching guitar work, and leads us wonderfully on to the intense new single for, "Freedom Is Slavery", which also has a very powerful video to accompany it. It manages to encompass the context superbly through the emotive use of the instruments and effects; especially the way it progresses throughout..this is a mighty track which needs to be heard!

"Ignorance Is Strength" has a sombre yet hopeful vibe to it, which is elegantly ca…