Friday, August 26, 2016

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Releases From X-Method, Iron Fire And Xaon

First up from the Bay Area comes the debut full-length album titled "Sex, Alcohol, Reel Music" from the hardcore metal thrash band X-Method. Their new sixteen-song release has a mature heavy-metal sound displayed in their opener "Denied What's Ours" and then elevates your senses with "Drink From The Horn" as the rhythm will get your blood pumping. X-Method show their softer side with the acoustic-based "Waiting 4 The Rain" and the power ballad "Addicted." They pick the energy back up with the double-kick drum thrash attack of "Triangles And Sixes" and lock into the hardcore west coast metal groove of "Southern Comfort." Their new album finishes with the screams of "Silver On My Back" and the Spanish-language metal track "No Tey Vayas." To find out more about X-Method and their latest release "Sex, Alcohol, Reel Music," please visit xmethod1.com.

Next up is the new release from the power metal band from Denmark named Iron Fire. Their latest album titled "Among The Dead," is a throwback to the heavy metal sound of the 1990's. Beginning with the title-song "Among The Dead," Iron Fist are your battle cry against the living dead during a zombie-apocalypse. The music will get your head banging as they pick up the pace with the machine gun-like drumming and electrifying guitar solo of "Tornado Of Sickness." The cries of the "Iron Eagle" and the story of "The Last Survivor" along with melodic hooks and thunderous rhythms showcase the best of what Iron Fire have to offer. To find out more about Iron Fire and their latest release "Among The Dead," please visit ironfire.dk.

Finally we arrive at the debut release from Swiss death metal band Xaon titled "Face Of Balaam." The album features only five tracks and will be released in October. Beginning with "How We Become Ephemeral Birds," their melodies and aggressive pace are a fresh breath air amongst the newness in the death metal genre. They explode with the thunderous delivery of "Discrowned" and keep the energy flowing with the screams of "The Soulcleaner," before closing with the progressive metal appeal of "Veins Like Burned Trees." To find out more about Xaon and their latest release "Face Of Balaam," please visit xaonmusic.com.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

CD Review: Strange Daze "Shine Through" On New Release And Essential End Introduces "Deadwood"

American hard rock band Strange Daze will be releasing their Pavement Entertainment debut album "Shine Through" on September 2nd. Produced by .38 Special keyboardist Bobby Capps (with help from 3 Doors Down's Chris Henderson and Brian Johnson), it features a dozen tracks of great, truthful, straight-up rock. Beginning with "Satellite Soul," you feel the maturity in the band's songwriting as they blow the doors off with this opening track. The turn it up a notch with the energy of "Need You Here" as their guitars blaze a trail to the top. They slow the tempo down for the power ballad "Beautiful," before they come roaring back with the feel good anthem "Your Love" and the exciting, sing-along chorus of "Another Day." The album finishes with the intense, hard rock delivery of "I" and the emotions of "Home." To find out more about Strange Daze and their latest release "Shine Through," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/strange.daze.

From York, PA arrives the debut EP from heavy metal band Essential End. The new release titled "Deadwood" features only four tracks, but delivers a huge impact on mainstream metal music. The opener "Essential End" has a great metal groove, with a mixture of hardcore and nu-metal to make them more appealing to a wider heavy metal audience. They draw upon the classic hard rock groove the late eighties with "Pain," before closing their short new release with the intense, hardcore screams of "Wasted Time." To find out more about Essential End and their latest release "Deadwood," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/officialessentialend.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CD Review: Newcomers Necromancing The Stone And No Victory Release New Heavy Metal Albums

Arriving August 5th was the debut album titled "Jewel Of The Vile" from newcomers Necromancing The Stone. The name may be new, but the members of the band have all performed in other heavy metal bands like The Black Dahlia Murder and Brimstone Coven. The new crushing, eleven-song release begins with the blazing speed of "Crusher" as the dual guitars of James Malone and Justin Wood pave the way for "Big" John Williams' stellar vocals. Drummer Jeramine King and bassist Ryan Williams motor through the thunderous rhythm of "The Descent" and keep the adrenaline pumping for the intense delivery of metal for "The Siren's Call." Necromancing The Stone showcase a progressive metal feel to "Ritualistic Demise" and then continue with the hardcore thrash metal of "Unfinished Business," before closing their new album with the seven-minute metal journey of "Honor Thy Prophet" and the high-powered energy of "The Battle Of Morningstar." To find out more about Necromancing The Stone and their latest release "Jewel Of The Vile," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/necromancingthestone.

Next from Gary, Indiana comes the latest release titled "Time To Die" from heavy metal band, No Victory. It is their debut album with their latest record label, Unbeaten Records and features nine hardcore, head-bashing riffs. Beginning with the raw, thunderous rhythm of "The Enemies Remain," No Vicotry follows no rules of song structures and just delivers the energy as displayed in "Where We Go To Bleed." They dig deep for the dark tones of "The Fall Of Man" and rally the troops with the battle cry screams of "Time To Die." The album finishes with the quick pace of "Eternal Refrain Of Humanity" and the epic delivery of "God Has Failed Us." To find out more about No Victory and their latest release "Time To Die," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/novictoryhc.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CD Review: "Science Agrees" That D.A.R.K. Is A Top-Notch Collaborative Effort

One of the latest collaborations to take fruition is the band D.A.R.K., which features Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and producer/songwriter Ole Koretcky. Their new album titled "Science Agrees" will be released on September 9th through Cooking Vinyl. The combination of the three members have sold over 40 million albums worldwide as they look to expand their sounds outside to what their fans have expected of them.

The new ten-song release begins with clash of hard rock guitar and electronic beats as DJ Ole Koretsky lends his expertise to the opening song "Curvy." Dolores O'Riordan's iconic vocals work perfectly against Andy Rourke's deeper tones. The gentle sweeping soundscape of "Chynamite" and the pulsating rhythm of "Gunfight" plays perfectly on each of their strengths, producing this new addictive sound. The retro-pop tones of "High Fashion" draws you in with its simplicity, while "Watch Out I'm Bleeding" places them in a more familiar, alternative pop genre. The album closes with the club remix feel of "Underwater" and the steady rhythm of "Loosen The Noose" as O'Riordan and Rourke play the perfect game of give and take with the song's lyrics. To find out more about D.A.R.K. and their latest release "Science Agrees," please visit darkofficial.com.

Monday, August 22, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Blues Singer/Songwriters Brutha White And Russell Morris

The well-traveled bluesman, Brutha White trecently released his latest album titled "Solitaire Man Blues." He's performed alongside such esteemed hip-hop acts as Wu-Tang Clan and Digital Underground. Brutha White combines the truth of the blues with the spirited rhythm of rap to create an exciting new clash of the two genres. Beginning with the rockabilly flavor of "Chasing Jane," Brutha begins to warm up, leading you into the big beats of "PO Folks." He slows the tempo down for the classic blues feel of "My House" and then gets funky with the groove of "My Ole Lady." His soulful vocals become the main focus of "Song To Myself," before closing his new album with the jazzy acoustics of "Simplify That" and the slide-guitar of "On My Own." To find out more about Brutha White and his latest release "Solitaire Man Blues," please visit bruthawhite.com.

From Australia comes the latest album titled "Sharkmouth" from blues singer/songwriter Russell Morris. His latest ten-song release was inspired by the Australian depression era con-man Thomas "Shark Jaws" Archer, as Morris draws upon his influences to create some outstanding roots blues music. Beginning with "Black Dog Blues," the acoustic guitar locks into a groove as Morris' vocals climb the musical ladder, peeling off blues licks at every opportunity. He draws in a gospel tone for "The Big House" and brings in a little funk for "Bout To Break." He pick the tempo up with the rockabilly swing of "Walk My Blues," before slowing back down for the groveling vocals of "The Drifter." The album finishes with the Americana/roots feel of "The Bridge" and the nostalgic blues feel of "Money Don't Grow On Trees." To find out more about Russell Morris and his latest release "Sharkmouth," please visit russellmorris.com.au.