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THE TURNBACK-Are We There Yet?

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New York City area band, The Turnback, released their new album Are We There Yet? with very little fanfare. There should have been a parade!!

turnback2The album opens with ‘Faketown‘,  a wonderfully aggressive track with a cool shuffle feel, and them shifts into a wonderous blend of 1960s pop and 1980s power pop. The sound is addictive! The vocals are dynamite. Just listen to ‘Revolution Girl‘  which has an exceptional  harmonized vocal track, and pay attention to the riff on ‘July‘ and ‘If I Were God‘. The hooks on ‘A Place For Me‘ and ‘First Song Of Summer‘ are outstanding.  It was incredibly difficult to pull a favorite track off of this album, however we have 2: ‘Five Days A Week‘ brings a wonderful melody, a sweet riff, great harmonies, and some cool changes together, and finishes with an incredible Beatlesque ending. And while we are on the subject of The Beatles, Turnback have placed a cover of The Beatles ‘Tomorrow Never Knows‘ on the album. Turns out to be one of the best covers of a Beatle song I have ever heard! The harmonies are to die for, and they even work in the riff from ‘Taxman’ for good measure. Exceptionally well done!

 

 

turnback1Are We There Yet is way cool Power Pop. I seem to be involved in a love affair with this album, It makes me happy, and asks for nothing in return. It has me singing around the house. The songs are exceptional, with great melodies, wonderful harmonies, dynamite bridges & choruses, and unforgettable hooks. The Turnback have delivered an incredibly great album, that I am referring to as Power Pop of the new millennium! The production is wonderful. There is a sweet balance here, with nothing over the top. A contender for The I Can’t Believe My Earz Top Indie Album of 2015!! It is pure power pop perfection!! Check it out here for yourself, and get a dozen or so copies. Give them to your family and friends. Or keep them all for yourself. I would. And if they ever hold a parade for this release, I will be there, front and centre, with a truckload of ticker tape.

 

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IWRESTLEDABEARONCE-Hail Mary

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by Joshmetal Figueroa

 

iwabo2There are not many adjectives to describe iwrestledabearonce (from this point on, will be shortened to iwabo). Some consider them metalcore, deathcore and even avant-garde metal or mathcore (mathcore are bands who use unusual time signatures). While I try not to generalize bands in genres as music is simply music. Some bands have to be categorized and iwabo is certainly one of them.

iwabo’s earlier albums were highly tongue in cheek with songs such as, “Tastes like Kevin Bacon” and “I’m Cold and There Are Wolves After Me.” While listening, it was seriously like they threw every musical influence at the wall to see what stuck. They are a band you either love or do not understand whatsoever. I have loved them from the start. I am especially optimistic with their new album, “Hail Mary.”

 

 

iwaboAfter original lead vocalist, Krysta Cameron, left in the middle of Warped Tour in 2012 because she was pregnant, iwabo brought in Courtney LaPlante. Both girls have vicious growls, banshee screams and heavenly vocals. It seems on, “Hail Mary” iwabo have a more “serious” sound and it showcases the band at its best. While the new shift in sound may come from Courtney’s vocals or maybe iwabo is growing up. You still hear the unusual guitar sounds and general iwabo insanity, yet “Hail Mary” seems to have a tighter sound than previous albums, they also showcase a more adult and dark tone. Even the song titles do not have the familiar the iwabo sense of humor, the first track is titled, “Gift of Death” which is my favorite track off the album. My other favorites are, “Green Eyes” and “Your God is Too Small” which has Courtney using some of her lovely clean vocals.

As I have stated, iwabo is a different type of band. You either love them or do not understand what is going on. They bring you on an insane audio trip and I love the ride.

 

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.

 

 

 

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MEASURED IN HEADS-Revelations From The Gifted

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MIHI had the opportunity to preview Measured In Heads about to be released album, Revelations From The Gifted. A wonderfully take on Electro-pop, this Middlebury, Vermont duo, delivers a sound that is best described as avant garde electro-soul. Original & unique, the album is filled with thought provoking lyric, and wonderfully touching music. I heard some great organ, way cool effects, and sweet piano. The vocals and harmonies are dynamite, and the guitar is brilliantly understated. There are cool changes & transitions, which help to create mood and atmosphere. This is music for the heart & the mind! This is one of those albums that you just let play. It is mind blowing! There are an incredible MIH2amount of things going on amid the wonderful melody lines, delivered by an exceptional voice. Measured in Heads delivers the goods while doing the unexpected, and the unconventional.  Listening to this album, I can;t help but feel that I am hearing existence as expressed in song. You have to get this! An album people will hear and ask you “Who is that?”! Favorite tracks ‘Artio‘ and ‘Vignette‘. Check them out on their facebook page, and look for the album on December 1, 2015.

 

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ALYEUS-And From The Sky We Fall

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alyeus5In 2013 Alyeus set out on a bold journey by releasing the Forty Days At Sea, the 1st in the trilogy of concept albums chronicling a story of war, and a struggle for existence. In October 2015, this London, Ontario band released And From The Sky We Fall, the 2nd part of the story.The concept is cool-events in the mythical kingdom of Eleria, forever shape the lives of celestial beings, and the worlds they protect. It is the music however, that is the real story here!

The album opens with ‘The Architect‘, a short instrumental that sets the stage, and bridges into ‘The Archetype‘. an incredibly melodic track, that offers cool changes & transitions, and some alyeus4great double guitar. ‘Aphorisms‘ is wonderfully mood evoking, and delivers a solid bass line, kick ass drumming, and nice harmonies. ‘Rise Of Dissent‘, is another beautiful, instrumental bridge, that takes you into ‘Celestial Descent‘, filled with dynamite guitar, wonderful vocals & harmonies, and some way cool chanting. The piano on ‘Wish You Well (Eleria’s Rift)‘, is perfect, and the harmonies superbly executed.  The synthesizer and guitar on the instrumental ‘Casimir‘ makes the perfect backdrop for the dynamite effects. ‘And From The Sky We Fall‘, my favorite track on the album, delivers great vocals and harmonies within a wonderfully sweet melody, backed by acoustic guitar, and cool synthesizer. At times, this track reminds me of Styx.

alyeus2And From The Sky We Fall is a wonderful ride. Filled with cool effects, eclectic lyrics, acoustic guitar, and I am almost certain there is an electric drill in use here!! The guitar and synthesizer collaboration is exceptional, and I thoroughly enjoyed the underlying spoken word dubbed in. The album is wonderfully written. Wonderfully executed. Wonderfully produced. This is one cool concept album. Do yourself a favour, and check it out, Listen to it in its entirety in one sitting. It is well worth it. http://alyeus.bandcamp.com/

 

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CRYSTAL LAKE- The Sign

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by Joshmetal Figueroa

 

crystal lake2Straight out of Japan is Crystal Lake. While I have not heard of them until recently, they have been rocking hard in Japan for a few years now. Their latest release, “The Sign” is a tremendous album. And the lyrics are entirely in English too! I heard a sampler of their album on YouTube and had to buy the album immediately. Thankfully, GooglePlay and iTunes has the album available for purchase. I kid you not, this is a great album and I hope it brings them more fans from the U.S. The Tokyo natives seriously make me excited for new metal to hit the scene. I’ve been rocking out to this album all day. The track, “Prometheus” is one to listen to and it is their first video from the album as well! This is the kind of album that would make great workout music or working hard on the job. It gets you pumped and ready to take on the world.

 

 

crystal lake1I’m hoping these guys tour stateside in the near future. The energy that explodes off each track makes me think they have a highly energetic show. This is the same kind of excitement I felt when I first heard fellow Japanese natives, Babymetal. “The Sign” is an album which I will not skip any songs. It is that good.

I’m serious when I say, buy this album.

Right.

Now.

 

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KISS MY ACID-Individuality

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kmaAnother kick ass Dublin, Ireland band, Kiss My Acid, released their debut ep, Individuality, in September, 2015.  The 5 tracks are wonderfully powerful, with cool melodies, and dynamite changes. Exciting bass lines, and dynamite vocals enhance the blistering power chords. There are some cool vocal effects, and the drumming never lets up. There are no frills here. No bells and no whistles. Just cool songs filled with angst & anger. Hard driving, this is pure raw energy. Pure power punk! Favorite track: ‘Revolution’, with its cool vocals, nice changes & transitions, and an in your face vibe, could be a new punk anthem! Check it out here, and then buy yourself a copy. You won’t be sorry!

 

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FRACTAL REVERB-Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind

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FR3I discovered Fractal Reverb in the spring of 2014, after listening to their ‘How To Overcome The Ego Mind‘ release. Recently, this trio from Lodi, Italy released a 15 track, 2 CD album entitled ‘Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind‘.

The album is filled with songs that deliver wonderful melodies, great guitar, cool effects, and dynamite sounds of strings. There are changes in time signatures that blow my mind, and I swear I heard cello!! The off beat drumming is reminiscent of Bill Bruford, and the use of effects such as feedback, echo and fuzz conjure up a psychedelic vibe. The songs are wonderfully crafted and arranged, with music that FR2transitions in and out of various movements, and lyrics that are both  introspective and socially relevant. The vocal tracks are dynamite, with incredibly sweet harmonies. Some of the tracks appeared on the 2014 release, but I had no problem listening to them on this album. I was particularly impressed with ‘Song Of Something‘, with its off beat drumming, wonderful harmonic guitar, and great changes. ‘Hidden Places‘ excited with its multiple movements, and way cool effects, while ‘Song Of Everything‘ offered a dynamite instrumental melody, and a very cool bass line. My favorite track, ‘20th January 2013‘  is simply a beautiful piece of music, while being incredibly powerful at the same time. The sound of strings is an added bonus.

 

 

Songs To Overcome The Ego Mind is an incredible journey. Progressive Psychedelic Rock, a sort of FR1fusion of Yes, King Crimson, and Rush. The sound is wonderfully full, and complex, incorporating different orchestral themes within each track. A progressive free for all that is perfectly executed, and often unexpected. The album drives forward, taking you places that you never imagined existed. A brilliant piece of work! This is the kind of album you put on and just let it play, allowing the music to envelop you, and hold you within it. An epic sound. An epic album. Certainly one of the most incredible collections of music I have heard in a long time, and definitely on the shortlist for the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of The Year 2015!! Check it out for yourself, and then purchase at least 1.  http://fractalreverb.bandcamp.com/

 

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