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THE UNSWEPT-The Unswept Today

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2016 by TheManicBlogger

the unswept1Although it was released over 1 year ago, this album by The Unswept, deserves some recognition. So, the story goes, the 3 O’Brien cousins from Sheffield, England, were playing in local bands together. Following a hurriedly hushed up pre- international incident, they headed to Chicago and well, the rest is history. The album, The Unswept Today, released in April, 2015, contains 11 tracks of power-pop dynamite, filled with great melodies, choruses, and unforgettable hooks. The distinctive 12 string guitar is an exciting addition to the sound. There are wonderful changes, cool riffs and solos, and hand clapping. I am certain that I the unsweptalso heard some whistling on “Mellow Doubt“. The band has an insane feel for writing catchy pop songs with addictive melodies, and a gift for lyrics that are sung over some wonderfully simple arrangements. It has been told that the entire album was recorded on an analogue reel to reel, which only enhances the feel of the music. Favorite tracks: “Another Bubble“, which is reminiscent of early The Zombies; “Peace Of Mind“, with its Rockabilly vibe; “Get Away“; and “Surf Song (I Wish I Was A Beach Boy)“, a way cool tribute to The Beach Boys. A wonderful summer patio album. Play it loud. Play it often. Invite the whole neighborhood. A wonderful party. Check it out on their bandcamp page, and order your copy today.














Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2015 by TheManicBlogger



by Joshmetal Figueroa


osiris2Chicago natives, Born of Osiris, are back with a fierce new album called, “Soul Sphere.” The deathcore vets (they went through 3 name changes since their inception in 2003) rip right into the first track, “The Other Half of Me” which doesn’t mess around with elaborate intros. Just a few seconds of ominous synth sounds and less than 30 seconds in they blast off into a heavy, yet technical sound.

While the deathcore genre isn’t for everyone, Born of Osiris is a good starting point for those who are interested in seeing what the genre has to offer. For those who are unaware of what, “Deathcore” is, I am here to tell you! Deathcore is a fusion of death metal and metalcore. Metalcore, has a heavy emphasis on breakdowns. Deathcore then uses death metal riffs, blast beats and growl vocals. Mix that all together and you have deathcore. As I have stated, it is not for everyone but if given a fair listen, you may find something you like in a band or two.

osirisBorn of Osiris have released five albums since 2007 and this might be their best work which speaks volumes. One track, “Illuminate” is definitely my favorite. It sounds like a death march into war with the snares and military like chants in the background. What else I like about Born of Osiris, is their use of clean vocals and growls. In “Illuminate” they’re used fantastically well, Ronnie Canizaro (vocals) and Joe Buras (synth, keyboard, and clean vocals) play off each other. You can hear the unity between the two.

I can’t stress how awesome “Soul Sphere” is for metal fans. People say that there is not any good music anymore. Born of Osiris is one of the few to prove that music is very much alive and well. Give them a listen. You will not be disappointed.





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.