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CRASHDOLLZ-‘Punks In Amerika’

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crashdollzI had a chance to listen to the new CrashDollz cd, ‘Punks In Amerika‘, several times. The Detroit rockers deliver 11 tracks of hardcore, High Octane Punk, that incorporates elements of both metal, and garage. The songs are filled with captivating melodies,  dynamite riffs, and a way cool rhythm section. There are wonderful changes, some cool effects, rocking vocals, and blisteringly sweet guitar licks and solos.  The album is a powerful, guitarcentric trip through anarchy, and anti-establishment sentiments, delivered with wonderfully angst riddled vocals. CrashDollz offer some insanely exciting, in your face, power punk. Its good to know that there are Punks In Amerika! Favorite tracks: “Murder A Go-Go“, and “Activate“. You really need to check this out here, and buy a couple of cds. And, if you are ever see them playing in your home town, go and see them live. Really.

 

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SONDAG

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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LIVE STRIFE

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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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