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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2015 by TheManicBlogger

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.




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.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2013 by TheManicBlogger

With the somewhat disturbing and unpredictable weather we  experienced in July, there was ample opportunity to stay indoors and listen to some amazing music created by Independent artists. Here are our picks for the MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS for July 2013.


These Saskatoon natives write amazingly well crafted songs and execute them to perfection. Incorporating pop rock, blues and middle eastern influences, Less Argue delivers. Strong vocals, great melodies and tremendous musical insight allows this young band to make the kind of album they want to make. Esoteric, eclectic and entertaining..  Ten tracks take you places you never knew you could get to. A must for every collection. You can purchase Less Argue at and

JANE’S PARTYjane's party1

This Toronto quartet released their album, Hot Noise just in time for summer. Loaded with pop-rock songs, the album is highlighted by the intricate melodies and sophisticated harmonies. Dance-able, singable and enjoyable. Somewhere between The Kinks and The Beach Boys, Jane’s Party is an event not to be missed. Purchase at


About to be released in September,  Rise And Shine is a trip back to 1965, London. Influenced by The Beatles, Badfinger and Squeeze, this UK band has perfected the sound that filled the airwaves 47 years ago. Packed with tracks that deal with life, love and human relations, this is a fun filled trip to a simpler time. Amazing melodies, wonderful harmonies combined with horns and strings, each song is pop perfection. If you purchase nothing else this year, purchase this. A definite must have. The album will be available through iTunes and directly through The Toniks website.