Thursday, April 27, 2017

Album Spotlight : Kobra And The Lotus - Prevail I

It's been three years since Kobra And The Lotus' last studio album High Priestess was released back in 2014. The time since has not been wasted, with their third album under their belt, and completing multiple tours worldwide (with the likes of Kamelot, Sonata Arctica and Demon Hunter to name a few), their path of self-discovery has led them to this most important moment in their career. Prevail I, the band's latest offering, is a rock juggernaut full of blistering guitars, pounding rhythms and haunting vocal melodies that will take the listener on a sonic journey leading them out from the darkness and into the light. Produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica etc) and mastered by Grammy award winning Ted Jensen, and featuring the soon to be classic songs “You Don’t Know” and “Light Me Up” that will undoubtedly usher the band to much deserved elevated hard rock status. Evolution is inevitable and Kobra And The Lotus have delivered their most powerful album to date, Prevail I, with Prevail II to complete the story in the not too distant future...

Prevail I is released May 12th on Napalm Records.

Tracklisting : 1.Gotham 2.TriggerPulse 3.You don´t know 4.Specimen X 5.Light me up 6.Manifest destiny 7.Victim 8.Check the Phyrg 9.Hell on Earth 10.Prevail

Review : Voyager - Ghost Mile

Voyager - Ghost Mile (2017) IAV Records
Produced by Voyager / Matthew Templeman
Tracks : 1.Ascension 2.Misery is only company 3.Lifeline 4.Fragile Serene 5.To the riverside 6.Ghost mile 7.What a wonderful day 8.Disconnected 9.This gentle Earth 10.As the city takes the night
5 out of 5

If Voyager´s 2014 album "V" didn´t knock you out, then their 6th opus "Ghost mile" absolutely will!
Danny Estrin - Vocals, Scott Kay - Guitars, Simone Dow - Guitars, Alex Canion - Bass and Ashley Doodkorte - Drums are on their way to stardom with their unique sound.
It´s just brilliant to combine the pop sensibilites of A-Ha, Duran Duran and Tears For Fears with the heaviness of Karnivool, Devin Townsend and Tool.
If Vola´s "Inmazes" is last year´s most exciting progmetal release, then Voyager´s "Ghost Mile" is without doubt this year´s most exciting progmetal album.
Everything about "Ghost Mile" is completely breathtaking, it´s nothing but a masterpiece but then again, I knew from the start that I would love this album to death ever since I heard their latest single "Ascension".
That song is a killer and so is the rest.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review : Vaultry - Eulogy

Vaultry - Eulogy (2017) Independent
Produced by Leith Hynds / Adam Sutherland / Ben Erikson
Tracks : 1.Eulogy 2.Ghost writing 3.Wildfire 4.The devil and the deep 5.Hospice 6.Cold tea 7.A letter to a dead friend 8.Painted in grey 9.Communion 10.Blindfolds
3,5 out of 5

The new album "Eulogy" from Canadian band Vaultry is not only about the music, there is a story behind the album as well, and an emotional one too.
"Eulogy" is dedicated to their late guitarist Chasen Fraser who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25, the album is a collection of songs written in the last few months of Chasen´s life and upon his passing, "Eulogy" tells the story of Chasen´s life and from the perspective of the band as a reaction to their grief.
Vaultry formed in 2014 and released the "Coven" EP in 2015, this year the band releases their most comprehensive album so far and even if the music demands your full attention, it sure grows for each time I hear the album so don´t give up after 1-2 times.
I highly recommend this album to fans of pop punk, emo and more aggressive indie rock, and it´s hard not to be moved by the band´s tribute.
"Eulogy" is performed by Leith Hynds - Lead Vocals/Keyboards, Damian Anthony - Guitar/Vocals, Bradford Davis - Guitar/Vocals, Josh Christensen - Bass/Vocals and Skye McLean - Drums.

Album Spotlight : Kaleido - Experience

Detroit claims a long line of musical trendsetters. Perhaps there's something in the water, or maybe it's the blue collar, put-up-or-shut-up mentality, but the Motor City has served as fertile ground for musical geniuses ranging from Alice Cooper and Kid Rock to Eminem and Bob Seger.

Kaleido - comprised of Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar) - is a fresh, modern day Detroit incarnation of rock n’ roll. Their upcoming 2017 debut fulllength album "EXPERIENCE" is straight, unadulterated, feel it in your soul rock with flourishes of pop, R&B, punk & funk undertones - and hooks for days.

At the core, Kaleido is reminiscent of the piss-and-vinegar, stadium rock of a young Guns N’ Roses crossed and fused with the lovable, fun and energetic sensibilities of an early No Doubt. Their authentic and memorable songs are highlighted by an explosive live show, both of which quickly gained them notoriety in the Detroit music scene.

Named Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly in both 2013 & 2014, plus having won two Detroit Music Awards in 2015 for "Outstanding Rock/Pop Group" and "Outstanding Rock Recording" for their second independent EP 'Unbreakable', they have since taken the show on the road, lighting up stages on the Van's Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest & CMJ Music Marathon and opened for Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Sammy Hagar, Evanescence, Halestorm, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Twenty One Pilots and countless others.

Kaleido recently wrapped up their latest US tour with groundbreaking rock legends Living Colour and their first tour of the United Kingdom with Alien Ant Farm and Hed PE in October 2016.

The first single released from "EXPERIENCE", titled "Love & War" (co-written and featuring Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm), won an unprecedented 27 nights on 89x The New Rock Alternative People's Choice, and was consequently retired as the most winning song of all time on the station.

"Trouble In Paradise", the second single, combines hard hitting 808's, pounding live drums, a bouncy rhythm, beautifully eerie vocals, soaring melodies and harmonizing guitars with a funky reggae inspired bass line. Trouble In Paradise blends and bends genres, creating a fresh, new sound.

The new single "Die Tryin" is a rock anthem to stepping up to the plate, taking your swings – and never backing down form a challenge.  Kaleido is on tour with Seether in May and June, Rob Zombie in July.  "Life resembles a kaleidoscope. Ever changing, intricate, and beautiful.”

 EXPERIENCE is released May 19th on Luxor Records.

Tracklisting : 1.Intro 2.Blue collar delight 3.No more little miss nice bitch 4.I 5.On one 6.Die tryin´ 7.II 8.Trouble in paradise 9.III 10.Balcony 11.Love and war 12.All together 13.The end