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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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BORN OF OSIRIS-Soul Sphere

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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.

 

 

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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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IWRESTLEDABEARONCE-Hail Mary

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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

 

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CRYSTAL LAKE- The Sign

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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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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.

MIKE LEPOND’S SILENT ASSASSINS

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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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