Dishwalla Return With New Singer, Refreshed Sound On Juniper Road

Who’da thunk I’d be here in 2017 writing ecstatically about a new Dishwalla album?!?! Honestly, I remember “Counting Blue Cars” from 1995 and absolutely NEEDING to get Pet Your Friends as soon as humanly possible and not much else which is weird because after hearing Juniper Road, their fifth studio album, I’ll be hard pressed with a reason to forget them again.

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Flaw Stand United On Divided We Fall

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Flaw has always been a bit of an anomaly in the metal scene. Emerging at the tail end of the nu-metal era with bands like Ultraspank, Skrape, and Nothingface who all added even more groove to separate them from the herd, Flaw shined with chugging riffs and a vocalist whose lyrical flow was on par with Jonathan Davis or Corey Taylor, but with an even more intense delivery. [Read more…]

(hed) p.e. Rediscover The Magic, Deliver A Legacy Album On FOREVER!

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I’ll be honest: I haven’t listened to a thing (hed) p.e. has put out in almost a decade. I have fond memories of Blackout and still listen to it regularly but after that they became a band I wasn’t interested in for some reason. Forever! is the album that’s going to change my current status quo with the band along many longtime listeners as well as a whole new generation of heavy music fans. [Read more…]

Bellusira Add Former Static-X Guitarist To Their Ranks, Aim For The Hard Rock Stars on The Healing

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Soulful yet heavy with a sound at times reminiscent of the rawness of Sevendust’s debut if fronted by Sierra Kay of VersaEmerge, L.A. via Melbourne’s Bellusira harness an energy that makes their second offering, The Healing, a 2015 shining light. Add some guy named Koichi Fukuda (Static-X!!!) to the mix and this band is truly one to be reckoned with in today’s modern metal scene. [Read more…]

Murder F.M. Ready Happily Never After For August Release (Album Review)

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Like the bastard child of Marilyn Manson and Static X with some dope thrown in for good measure, Murder F.M. perfectly fuse metal and industrial together to create ….y’know what? Forget that. You want to get to the nitty gritty? Murder FM is industrial sleaze rock at its finest. Kind of like Matt Kramer or Jason Bieler (The progenitors of The Lizard, look ’em up!) fronting Videodrone if you’re looking for a comparison. [Read more…]

Straight Line Stitch Return With New EP Transparency, Available June 30th

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For some reason, I just never clicked with Tennessee’s Straight Line Stitch. Gahd knows they’ve shared the stage with enough of the bands I really dig but for some reason I never paid attention. Friends, I’m telling you now, after listening to their latest EP Transparency I’ll be paying attention a whole lot more. And so will you. [Read more…]

A.D.D. Get To The Core Of Their Sound On Sophomore Album

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For you New England readers, think of Chicago’s A.D.D. (Analog Digital Disorder) as WAAF’s Mistress Carrie fronting Sevendust if you need a comparison to draw  you in. For the rest of the world, A.D.D. is quite simply a kick ass female-fronted hard rock outfit that’s on the verge of blowing your mind with their latest album. [Read more…]

Adage get Defined on debut EP!

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Hook these guys up with a national tour opening for Lo-Pro! Can you imagine what a duet between lead singer Justin Doyle and Pete Murray would sound like? Hot damn!

But I digress.

On Defined, Adage channel the best parts of heavy alt rock that’s sorely lacking in today’s scene. Think that already mentioned band with a little smattering of Breaking Benjamin and some of the more aggressive moments of the Sevendust catalog for a proper taste of Adage.

“Anymore” gets the ball rolling with a driving beat laying the foundation for some solid riff action. The minute Doyle opens up his voice, the range that Murray conveys immediately comes to mind with broad moments of melody and underlying hints of rage just waiting to breach the surface. Solid opener for a solid debut.

As listeners get deeper into Defined, it’s immediately apparent that Adage sound more like seasoned vets instead of a 4-piece putting out a debut EP. Slower tracks like “Best Of” and especially “Growing Colder” (Easily the stand out track here) already display a maturity in their songwriting capabilities and almost guarantee that new fans will stick around to hear what’s next from this young band. But if you’re just here to headbang then skip straight to “Hold On” and get ready to scream along to the chorus.

Defined is out on August 19th through Pavement Entertainment. Pre-order yours here.