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VAGABONDS & THIEVES

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v&t1There is some incredible indie music coming out of Ireland. Recently, I discovered Vagabonds & Thieves, who put together a 4 track demo in May, 2015. At first I didn’t know what to make of this Kildare band, but, after several listens, it all made sense.

I heard great beats, wonderful melodies, sweet harmonies, and some way cool changes.  There are great riffs, a wonderfully choppy rhythm on ‘Devil’s Beat‘, and a killer bass line on ‘Uncle Sam‘. I heard some nice harmonics, exceptional vocal arrangements, and an insane blues vibe on “Off To La‘. And the up tempo roots meets pop feel to ‘Stay With Me“, just rocks. This is foot stomping, thigh slapping music,  unique, and distinctly Irish. Incorporating the bouzouki is a wonderful touch. The sound is entertaining and exciting, and it will keep you moving, however hard you try not to. This is wonderfully melodic, Irish folk-pop.  Check it out and get yourself a free download of ‘Uncle Sam‘. And keep your earz open-an album will be out in March 2016. Get one for yourself and get one for your friends as well. Really. Vagabonds & Thieves are that good.

 

 

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ELSEWHERE BOUND-A Part Of Something

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Another Aussie band, Elsewhere Bound, released their 5 track ep in July, 2015. Out of Brisbane, this quartet delivers a wonderful blend of Pop-punk.  The songs offer exciting bass lines, and way cool riffs, There are great changes, sweet melodies, and some kick-ass drumming. Favorite track: ‘Last Night‘, with its wonderful pop sentiments. Something you definitely need to check it out.

 

 

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JAPANESE TONGUE SISTERS-Peacock

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jts33Japanese Tongue Sisters, based in Melbourne, Australia,released ‘Peacock‘, a 5 track ep in September 2015. The songs are wonderfully written, filled with amazing changes, great melodies, and wonderfully touching lyrics.

All I Can Regret‘ is excitingly acoustic, with a dynamite string sound, and terrific vocals. The keys on ‘Lose My Head‘ are wonderful, while ‘Perfect Stain‘ delivers a way cool 1980’s electro-pop vibe. ‘Heartbreak Tango‘ has some amazing piano, and I dig the echo. My favorite track, ‘Ma’s New House‘, offers a sweet acoustic track under what sounds like slide guitar, some wonderful harmonies, and a cool country feel.

The album has an ethereal feel, yet delivers a full sound. There are tasteful effects blended into an eclectic ‘Roo Pop‘ sound. A wonderful album with so much going on, it will require several listens to catch it all. Check it out for yourself, and then buy a few copies-share it with your family and friends. Christmas is coming, right?

 

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SO HIDEOUS-Laurestine

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I just had the chance to check out an album from the band, So Hideous, entitled, “Laurestine.” So Hideous is a symphonic black metal band from New York City. I will say that these guys are a force of nature. The combination of an orchestra, fast tempo, soaring guitars and vocals that scream to the top of the mountain is so different but works magnificently.

While each track is stellar, “Laurestine” cannot simply be listened to in parts at first. The listener must listen to this album from beginning to end as each song seamlessly weaves into each other. Brandon Cruz, founder of So Hideous stated that the album is about a man who is dying and experiencing a sensory landscape far beyond his scope of comprehension. The listener can certainly feel the impending doom that lingers in each guitar note, pained SH2vocals and thunderous drums but at the same time are blissfully whisked away to a realm of calm via the 30 piece orchestra that was assembled to play on “Laurestine.” It is as if we are in the eye of a hurricane, looking at the chaos ensuing around us but in a circle of peace.

So Hideous takes their craft seriously. It shows in how carefully they structured each song on the 7 track album. They do not seem to be playing music because they had nothing else better to do with their spare time. So Hideous made an album that has tumultuous ferocity but is also just as beautiful as a peaceful morning. While most would see this album blending well with a big budget film, I can see this being used in an anime along the lines of “Attack on Titan.” I sincerely hope to hear more from So Hideous as time goes on. This is the type of band that needs to be heard outside of their genre. They have a huge vision and it needs to be seen and heard.

 

Josh

 

Joshmetal Figueroa, a Metal connoisseur, searches the galaxies, ferreting out the best Metal you may not have heard before. A New Jersey native, he left the button down world to travel through time and space, returning only long enough to share his discoveries.

ANDREW WAITE & THE FIRM-Burning Through The Night

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Andrew Waite & The Firm were, until recently, unknown to me. What I heard on “Burning Through The Night“,  released in Septemeber 2015, has made me a fan. A wonderful blend of Roots, Pop, and Prince Edward Island Folk music, this band has created a sound that is intoxicating and addictive.

AW & The Firm2The way cool organ, and saxophone on ‘Someone To Hold Me‘, is a wonderfully pleasant addition to a great melody, and sweet acoustic guitar. ‘Burning Through The Night‘ offers a killer vocal track with cool harmonies, and some great changes. The mandolin on ‘Immaterial World‘ is beautifully placed among the incredibly touching lyric, subtle horns, and dynamite keys. The cool effects during the intro don’t hurt! This is the song I will be dancing with my wife to as we sway around the house!! ‘Little Bird‘ gives us wonderful organ throughout, laying just under the melody. The guitar is wonderfully acoustic, and the harmonies,  perfect. ‘Alone Apart‘ offers more saxophone among cool guitar effects, a wonderful chorus, and exceptional harmonies & backing vocals. My favorite track, ‘There’s A Light On‘ has dynamite horns, a way cool riff, and great organ. The song is insanely melodic, with a wonderful chorus. Reminiscent of Mellancamp’s “Scarecrow” days.

AWand The FirmBurning Through The Night is wonderfully soothing & melodic. A return to the singer-songwriter days, with songs filled with heartfelt stories that resonate with me. The vocals are unique, and I dig the raspiness in Andrew Waite’s voice. The arrangements rock, and the horns & organ are a delightful. Andrew Waite & The Firm could very well be the next Blue Rodeo!! A band to watch. A band to listen to!! The album is a wonderfully satisfying journey that I plan on taking regularly. I suspect that I will have to make an endless loop as I can’t see myself getting tired of this. Check it out for yourself.

 

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SEDGE-Selective Reasoning

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sedge1So, there is a way cool Toronto band, Sedge, who released ‘Selective Reasoning‘ in August 2015. The pop, punk, and grunge elements of this album are wonderfully interwoven. The songs deliver great melodies, way cool guitar riffs and solos, and dynamite changes & transitions. There are nice harmonies, layered over dynamic bass lines and drums that just don’t seem to quit. The use of feedback is wonderfully reminiscent of psych-rock, while the bridges, choruses and hooks are delightfully pop.

sedgeThe album is melodic as hell, filled with tracks that  incorporate several genres and themes into 1 song, and make it work incredibly well. Wonderful album. Wonderful band. Favorite tracks: ‘Running For Days‘, ‘On My Own‘, and ‘Up All Night‘ with its insanely good Beach Boys feel. Check it out here and then order yourself a copy or 2. A contender to be in  the top 10 Indie Albums on the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of 2015.

 

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MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS

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by Joshmetal Figueroa.

 

silentassassinsNew Jersey native and bassist for Symphony X, Mike LePond released a solo album under the title, “Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins.” Mike wrote both the music and lyrics to the album. He has several guest musicians on the album, including “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (Testament), lead guitarist Michael Romeo (SYMPHONY X) and vocalist Alan Tecchio (HADES, WATCHTOWER).

The album has 9 tracks and each one will make any metalhead remember why they fell in love with metal in the first place. Tecchio’s vocals are strong and you can hear he is in his element. The first track, “Apocalypse Rider” hits fast and doesn’t let up. The track is a hell of a way to start off an album. The listener knows they are in for a musical treat. Even the slower songs such as, “Masada” are powerful and silentassassins1do not have a hint of ever coming off soft. This is classic metal at its best without sounding dated. It is the type of album you listen to with headphones strapped on tight and lose yourself in a dangerous world. One can hear LePond’s influence in each song. One track, “Red Death” is obviously about the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale, “The Masque of the Red Death.” It fit the tone of the story and it sparked strong imagery in my mind as if I was witnessing the story first hand.

 

 

Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins” is a blistering journey through a dark landscape of madness. It is by far one of the better albums to have hit my eardrums in a long time. I hope to hear more solo work from Mike as you can tell he bares his soul onto this album.

 

Josh

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