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SONDAG

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2016 by TheManicBlogger

sondagI usually do not review hard rock or metal,  leaving that for my friend, Joshmetal Figueroa, who is, however, on hiatus, currently travelling the cosmos. So I will endeavour to share with you fans of hard rock, and metal,  a band you need to check out. With a 3 track ep released in February, 2016, Italian rockers, Sondag, released a pretty impressive product, filled with cool melodies, nice changes, and a solid rhythm section. There are sweet riffs, and a wonderfully full sound. A solid Ep to help you get your rock on! You need to give this a spin, Check it out on their bandcamp page, and, if you like it, you can download it for free!

 

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CRASHDOLLZ

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2015 by TheManicBlogger

cd2I had no idea that this was going on in Detroit! I am referring to CrashDollz, whose 2013 self titled release landed in my lap last week.  Way cool riffs, great vocals, and a solid rhythm section fill the 12 tracks. The songs are wonderful, with dynamite changes, cool effects, hard rock guitar, and  a punk attitude. The sound attacks from the 1st note, grabbing you by the throat, and never letting go. There are no bad tracks here, but pay particular attention to ‘Novocaine‘, with its great riff, cool changes, and cd1almost psych-rock guitar solo. ‘Sugar Rocket‘ delivers great guitar, cool effects, and nice changes. ‘I Will Not Be Ignored‘ has a dynamite vocal track, great guitar effects, and stands out as the anthem for a new generation of punk. My favorite track, ‘Dollhouse‘ has a surprisingly interesting intro, and some way cool effects, tripping me back to the psychedelica of the late 1960s.

 

 

 

This is no holds barred, pure unadulterated Power-Punk. The songs are great, and the album features production techniques I do not usually associate with punk. The energy level is off the chart. CrashDollz has forever changed my image of punk, and now I am thinking of heading down to Detroit to catch a live show. Or, maybe I could entice them to come up to Toronto for a few gigs. This album just plain kicks ass. cd3Excitingly innovative and inventive, I only wish that I found it sooner. Play it loud. Play it often.

You can check out & purchase the album here. The band is offering a ‘pay what you can’ download, so be sure to pay something. Please also check out & LIKE them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrashDollz?fref=ts

 

 

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MIRON -Lacrimosa

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miron2Toronto hard rockers, Miron,  released ‘Lacrimosa‘ in April 2015. The album, out on Melodic Revolution Records, contains 10 songs that are fueled with blistering guitars, driving rhythm tracks, and wonderfully melodic vocals. The album opens with some very cool choral vocals, reminiscent of progressive rock, and dives headlong into high octane rock. The riffs are amazing, woven through beautiful harmonies, dynamite changes, and way cool effects. Check out the effects on ‘Nightmare‘, and ‘If Heaven Had A Window‘, and the powerful vocals on ‘Sonnet‘.  Favorite tracks ‘Keeping My Hands Clean‘, and ‘Behind Enemy Lines‘, with its eastern influence.

 

 

mironThe songs are incredibly well crafted, with changes and transitions that make each  feel as though it could be its own concept album. A wonderfully enjoyable time. This is not just any rock, but a sound that lays somewhere between Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Van Halen, with a 21st century bite. This is MAYHEM rock.

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NEVERFRIEND-Evolve

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neverfriend1I had the pleasure of previewing ‘Evolve‘, the new album from Neverfriend, an Ottawa, Canada based band. Scheduled for for release in mid December, 2014, this disc simply kicks ass.

The album opens with “Coming For Me“, a dynamite rock song with wonderful changes, and cool guitar. “Hard To Breathe“, with its great melody, and strong vocal track, turns out to be a wonderful ‘punk’ ballad. The nice changes and effects give the straight ahead rock track “Don’t Want To Love You” , another dimension. The vocals, and wicked guitar solo are added bonuses. “Take A Stand” has cool effects, nice drum fills, and some sweet riffs. The chorus rocks with  harmonies, and the change in tempo, well, its a pleasant surprise. The hard rock feel of  “Pissed Off & Running” delivers a great bridge, cool changes, and a beautiful chorus. I like the production values in this track. “Tell Someone Who Cares” carries an almost metal vibe, yet offers a way cool melody, and sweet chorus. The vocals are terrific, and I dig the harmonies. There are more amazing neverfriend3changes in “Everything That’s Wrong For Me“, as it roars through powerful instrumentation, and a cool melody. There are 2 standout tracks. “Dear Daddy“, with its broody, melancholia, offers a wonderful riff, and sweet harmonies. The song utilizes vocals and guitars only, and the vocals simply rock. This delicately complex track is still playing in my head. And then there is “Don’t Worry“. With its unforgettable pop melody, way cool chorus and harmonies, great changes, and sweet guitar solo, this song reminds of what the GoGos would sound like playing punk. An incredible track.

 

 

neverfriend2Neverfriend delivers a raw, energetic, yet sophisticated album. Combining elements of pop, punk, and hard rock, the songs never seem to disappoint. Pop melodies with punk/rock instrumentation. Way cool. I like the sound. I like the songs. I like the band.  Get ready for the release, and get yourself at least 1.

 

 

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ALYEUS-Forty Days At Sea

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alyeus3I have always been a fan of progressive rock. Most of my 20s were spent listening to Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and Flash. My interest in the resurgence of progressive rock bands currently releasing material in Canada, is piqued every time I discover a new one. Alyeus (pronounced Ah-lie-us), another London, On band, released their 12 track debut album, Forty Days At Sea, in September, 2013. As part of a 3 album project, the first release is actually the middle piece of the opus. Only a prog-rock band could make sense in that. Citing Pink Floyd, Dream Theatre, and Black Sabbath among their influences, these guys have a unique take on the genre.

The ambient, atmospheric rock that filled arenas in the 1970s, wafts through this album on waves of hard rock. Forty Days At Sea is filled with wonderful changes and transitions. There are beautiful harmonies, particularly the operatic sounds on “VII“. The guitars are amazing, playing hard alyeus2rock riffs over progressive instrumentation. The riff in “Triton’s Horn” is reminiscent of Steve Howe, while the power chords convey the energy of this band. There are cool effects, and some amazing bass on “The Chambers” and “The Keeper“. The vocals are cool, laying somewhere between Geddy Lee and Jon Anderson, and the drumming is spectacular throughout.  The music is incredibly melodic, with wonderful themes woven in. There are way cool tempo and time signature changes.The use of instrumentals throughout the album, serves to set the mood for the next theme. Pay particular attention to “Dreaming In Waves“, and “Elysium“, which evokes shades of Yes’ Tales From Topographic Oceans. The coolest song on the album, “Forty Days At Sea“, is a great song in any genre.

alyeus1Alyeus delivers an exceptional concept album with themes that are dark and disturbing, and music that is hauntingly melodic. This is an album that should be listened to in its entirety, from beginning to end at one sitting. If you like progressive rock, and musical themes, you owe it to yourself to check these guys out. Finally, a band that brings back the way cool concept album. You can listen to and purchase Forty Days At Sea here.

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REDAMBERGREEN-No City

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rag2Following the release of their 2012 EP, Through All The Days, the London, Ontario band, Redambergreen seems to have reinvented themselves. With the addition of new vocalist Sara Preston, the 2013 No City EP sees the band move to a heavier, gutsier sound.

ragThe opening track, “Storms And Rain demonstrates heavier rock influences with a great riff, a wonderful instrumental bridge and a dynamite vocal track.”Poison delivers nice harmonies, wonderful transitions, within a full sound and a slower tempo. The title track has a great intro, an exciting guitar riff, terrific transitions, and a way cool tempo change. The drumming highlights “The Night We Won The War, which offers great hooks and riffs, a beautifully subtle guitar solo, great harmonies and amazing changes and transitions. “Good Intentions, my favorite track, delivers a wonderful melody and great harmonies in a power pop-rock song. The changes are wonderful, the effects dynamite.

I had written about Through All The Days, and remarked that I had expected more. Well, here it is. There are definite elements of heavier rock, which the band embraces. The riffs are driving, yet subtle. The drumming is powerful.   The songs are well written and masterfully played. There is a fullness to the sound that I like. The production is dead on. Redambergreen nails it with this effort, providing a blend of power-pop, alternative rock, and hard rock. No City is a wonderful album from talented musicians, who found their sound. and it’s incredibly good.

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LIVE STRIFE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

ss5I was fortunate enough to catch Social Strife‘s end of summer bash last night at Lee’s Palace and I was not disappointed. Playing their hard driving brand of socially disenchanted heavy rock, these guys know how to put on a show. From the outset, they took control and never looked back. Their energy was unrelenting and their ability to engage the crowd, as good as any seasoned band. The presence of  RC Ricci on bass brought an added feature to the performance. On stage in his Toxyn persona, somewhere between Gene Simmons and Rob Zombie, he delivered the knock out punch to an already commanding performance. The band was tight. The songs, executed to perfection. The crowd, always on the dance floor, wailing with delight at every gesture from Sean Farro‘s voice.

ss2I was able to speak with the band before they went on stage and they talked about the difficulties in being an Indie band. Some of them play in several bands, hold down day jobs and still give this all that they’ve got. They told me about crappy door deals and obscenely unscrupulous promoters. Given their anti-establishment mind set, Social Strife are doing it on their own; negotiating their own deals and avoiding the promoters. Truly independent.

These guys know what their fans want and they know how to deliver the goods. You have to see Social Strife live. They rock, they roll and they entertain. Great show and a great time.

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