понедељак, 29. новембар 2010.

DANGERED ACE - Gotengo

DANGERED ACE
" Gotengo "
( Self - released ) 2010.
CD - USA
Hard rock / rock / swing

             







Dangered Ace are newer act, formed by bass player  Paul Ranieri, with key intention, to create something new and enjoyable, and enough unique.
A band is based in NYC, their line-up are consists of refine and experienced musicians, a brilliant vocalist Chandler Mogel, and technically convinceble guitarist Jon Bivona and drummer Steve Fruda.  They have released a debut album, entitled " Gotengo" with 10 tracks in. Danger Ace has offered an interesting authors conception, and its music is some sort of hard rock/ rock melange, fullfield with swing and other dancable elements as well.
In the other hand, a members from band reflects an cohesive energy, its music posses impulsive fragments as same as melodic includings.
Yes, Dangered Ace has showed a many unique tricks, and originality is their middle name. I would add that one generally positive atmosphere dominates throughout its album materials, so in two words, satisfaction- guaranteed.

Rating : 8, 5 / 10
C / o : www.dangeredace.com

недеља, 28. новембар 2010.

WITCHCURSE

WITCHCURSE  ( GREECE )

Press / info  2010.











Witchcurse is an old school heavy metal band, hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece that got formed in October 2005 and definitely influenced by the NWOBHM style! The band was founded by vocalist/bassist POssesses with at that time a different line-up including Father Alex " The Witchfinder" on guitars and L-Drac on drums. A first release was out in 2005, simply called " Rehearsal 18/12/2005". The band was so promising that they opened for metal legends like Grim Reaper, raying Mantis, Attacker in several local shows! One year after, Witchcurse recruited a new guitarist with  Stinky ( Ex-Blackjack ) after Father Alex decided to quit for personal reasons. With this new line-up, Witchcurse shared the stage with classic & reknown metal bands like Leatherwolf, Manilla Road, and their name was getting bigger and bigger in their hometown & country!  They then recorded their first demo called " Heavy Metal Poison " that got very good responses from the underground medias - The curse of the witch was getting stronger & stronger! In June 2008, Witchcurse recruited a second guitarist, with the arrival of  Necro, who was playing with Nightskull. Now combining dual axe attack guitars, the perspectives were bigger and greater than ever.! At this time, the band ever played its first gig abroad, as headliner to the Irmandade Metalica Festival  in Portugal!
November 2008 saw Witchcurse opening for Tokyo Blade and a few weeks later, the band decided to part way with drummer L-Drac that got replaced by Paul  playing in Orion' s Void and Orcus. With this new line-up, they recorded the  " Demon's Warning"  cassete-EP, released on " Herege Warfare" production ( Portugal ) in May 2009.  That cassete was well-acclaimed by the underground press and made Witchcurse one of the most interested newcomers of the moment! Shortly after, in July 2009 the band released the 7' split EP called " Under The Spell" together with finnish maniacs Witchtiger on " Metal Warning" records from Finland. That 7' EP got got amazing responses from the medias and got quickly sold-out!!! These releases opened the road for record deal with " Inferno Records" ( France ), and " Heavy Forces Records" ( Germany ). In November 2009 the band released through " Heavy Forces" records the split LP called " Defenders Of The Past" with Witchunter from Italy and Witchcurse took part to the " Curse Of The Cobra Tour 2009", for three dates in Germany with metal maniacs Iron Kobra. No need to rest, The Witch was getting more & more excited and released in February 2010 its first official video-clip for the song " Curse The False" , that you know can find on the " Heavy Metal Poison", released on French label " Inferno" records,, Vinyl LP on German label " Heavy Forces" Records , and pro-cassete on Greek label " Dynamite" productions.

C / o : www.inferno-records.net
www.myspace.com/inferno-records
e-mail : inferno-records@hotmail.fr
www.myspace.com/witchcurse6669



CRUSHING BLOW

CRUSHING BLOW  ( France )

Info / press  2010.









Crushing Blow are a French five-piece metal band that started in 1997.The band's motivation was to create a refined style of heavy metal, evolving around 3 main principles : melodies, power and emotion. The band's first years were busy trying to complete a stable line-up and Crushing Blow recruited in 2000 singer Audrey and guitarist Ben and definitely made a big step forward in their guest for musical identity. After a long period of intense work, the band released in 2003 their first album entitled " Far Away", made of 10 songs on french record label "Brennusmusic", and also in South America on " Haunted Records" with a different front cover.
The band spent then most of the time playing live-gigs to promote the album and got good responses from various underground medias...
But new line-up changes happened and after a long period, the band finally found a new singer with Valerie, and a new drummer with Laurent. Time was up to write new material in order to release the follower to " Far Away".
Today, Crushing Blow are back with their second album entitled " Cease Fire" and made of 10 songs ( +  intro ) o " Inferno Records"! Recorded, mixed and mastered by guitarist Ben in 2009 at NV Studio", this album definitely transcends everything  doone by the band before!

C / o : www.inferno-records.net
www.myspace.com/inferno-records
e-mail : inferno-records@hotmail.fr
www.myspace.com/crushingblowmusic



VASTATOR ( Chile )

VASTATOR  ( Chile )
Info / press  2010.












Vastator is one of the most classic heavy metal bands emerging from Chile, they are back from the 80's, stronger than ever! The band was formed in 1986.
In 1987 they presented " Inconsciencia Assesina" their first album  with notorious thrash influences from Slayer, Dark Angel and Exodus. In 1989 Vastator presented " Maxina Entropia" their second album with the original Vastator style, mixing thrash and classic heavy metal. Their most direct influences were Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Manowar and other legends of metal. " Maxima Entropia" was a sucess and Vastator was considered as one of the best metal bands from South America by specialized medias. It made Vastator recognized in many countries like Japan, Poland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and many others.After the Entropy tour  ( Argentina, Peru and Chile ), Vastator dissapeared in 1989, and their members started solo projects with limited success ( Bustamante's Rainbow, Caos, Rob Diaz). After nine years of inactivity, Vastator returned in  1998 and edited a new album  " Guia Para Odiar a tu Projimo" which is a compilation from their previous albums and unreleased songs.
2001: The band made a new studio album " The Night Of San Juan", with very good critics and sales.
2004 Vastator released their first DVD called " El Metal Debe Continuar" containing live shows from 1987 to 2003 and many unreleased material, interviews and backstage. The band released a new album  in 2007 called " Hell Only Knows", that was first released in South America on " Paladin Records", ( and later on American Line Produc. ) before hitting the Old-World with its European release on " Inferno Records" in 2008. This album was supported with  two video clips " Hell Only Knows" and " Unbreakable" and got great reviews from most of the specialized Metal medias !
After a new line-up change and arrival of Felipe Hernandez on Guitars, Vastator spent most of the time playing live, composing new songs for the upcoming album that is now out on " Inferno Records" again!

C / o : www.inferno-records.net
www.myspace.com/inferno-records
e-mail : inferno-records@hotmail.fr
www.vastator.cl
www.myspace.com/vastatoronline



SON OF THE SUN - The Happy Loss

SON OF THE SUN - The Happy Loss
" The Happy Loss"
( I Blame Yoko Music ) 2010.
CD
Indie rock/shoegaze - USA













Son Of The Sun band was formed by two members - Joseph Stocker ( guitar, keyboards ) and Zak Ward ( lead vocals, guitar ) in early 2007 year.
Both persons lived in opposite sides of the country in those tmes, and as a result of swapping files, a group has released an EP in 2008 year, entitled " Before The After". Now, the situation is quite different, and during the June of this 2010 year, a five members of Son Of The Sun group has released an full-length with 10 tracks in, entitled " The Happy Loss". With simply driven arrangments, they offers a dreamy rock and pop songs, full of unexpecting vocal lines, as same as some 60's psychedelic additionals as well. Present songs also posses a different motorizations, and it's also clear that different atmospheres circulate throughout complete album materials. A several interesting authors views can be heard on their album, and recomandable track to my opinion could be a 6th one, called "Keys" ( Last Call ).

Rating : 7, 5 / 10
C / o : www.sonofthesunmusic.com
www.myspace.com/sonofthesunmusic




субота, 27. новембар 2010.

THE LONELY H - Concrete Class

THE LONELY H
" Concrete Class "
( Control Group / TCG ) 2009.
CD - USA
70's rock/classic rock











The Lonely H are Washington boys, and another band faithfull to 70's legacies. They discographically debuted with " Kick Upstairs" from 2006 year, followed by " Hair" from 2007 year. " Concrete Class" is an actuelle full-length with 12 tracks in from previous 2009 year, and band introduces themselves with   70's rock/classic rock  variants nearer to late Bob Seger, Eagles, Jackson Brown views, fullfieled with some Black Crowes performing options, added also with southern emotionals as well. Nothing new, but a group has offered some pleasent vocal harmonizations, a distant arrangments  and solid playings.

Rating : 7 / 10
C / o : www.myspace.com/thelonelyh



DISTORTED FATE - Haunting


DISTORTED FATE
" Haunting "
( Self - released ) 2010.
CD
Heavy/power metal - USA










USA underground metal act Distorted Fate started out in 2006 year. They released  firstly a home made demo, and some months ago actuelle full-length " Haunting" looked the light of day. Distorted Fate works as a quartet and its sound is combination of older and newer metal variants.
Basically, they are inspired by the 80's heavy and power metal tendencies, fullfield with some faster up playings and some screamo and even growl vocalizations presents as well. " Haunting" are consists of mainly equalizing materials, well-produced, but without so call hittish songs or fronted " recognizing" tune. I couldn' t compare' em with any of well-known acts, and more or less they have introduced as a act with open possibilities for future discographical challenges.

Rating : 7 / 10
C / o : www.distortedfate.com



уторак, 16. новембар 2010.

MOTEL DRIVE - Motel Drive

MOTEL  DRIVE
" Motel Drive "
( Self - released ) 2010.
CD - USA
Rockabilly/revival/rock









Motel Drive are another more than interesting unsigned act, whose music orientation leads to revival fields. They work as a quartet, and started out its carrare in 2008 year. Quickly established as a attractive concert act, firstly they are discographically debuted with " $5 Trick" album. A some month ago, a group's actuelle S/t CD, looked the light of day. Motel Drive recapitulates in its own way a 50's period and early rock and roll pastiche.
But they sounds as a fresh and modern act, under the mentioned genre's forms, and also  convinceble enough in its performing capabilities.
Their songs are melodic, repeatable, but band is equally convinceble in playing duties. There are 13 songs in its album, and 2 of them are recorded " live". Practically without weacker places, Motel Drive's album satisfies in every offering details. Check ' em out, and buy their album immediatelly.

Rating : 9 / 10
C / o : www.MotelDrive.com
www.myspace.com/moteldrive99



PETER DORAN - Sleepless Street

PETER DORAN
" Sleepless Street "
( Self - released ) 2010.
CD - IRELAND
Songwritings/acoustic/indie









Peter Doran is an Irish artist, continiously active several years in his homeland. He firstly started out his musical life as a guitarist, but later on after discovering Dylan's legacy and other similiar authors, he "transfered " his musical approaches to songwriting fields. He debuted with "Wood" album in 2006 year, and as a press informations confirms, that was a  different album than actuelle , entitled " Sleepless Street" from this 2010 year. 
"Sleepless Street " is a 12 track album, full of unpretencious vocal lines, insightful and emotional lyrics, and fine instrumental arrangments.
 Most of songs were done in mid, to mid-up tempo, and something taken  from 70's pastiche is evident in Doran's musical approach. Even that he mentioned Nick Drake as a one of comparabile artist, I have noticed also some similiarities with late Gilbert O' Sullivan works.Even of that, Doran has introduced himself as a original composer with clear attitude. A fnal, closing " epic" track " Sleepless Night" could be to my opinion a recomandable one, for often and again listenings.

Rating : 7, 5 / 10
C / o : www.peterdoran.com
www.myspace.com/peterdoran




недеља, 14. новембар 2010.

ONE HAND FREE - Quadraphomic

ONE HAND FREE
" Quadraphomic "
( Thundertrauzer ) 2008.
CD - USA
Rock/jam rock/blues rock/southern rock










Barrington, NH quartet One Hand Free are group whose orientatiom also communicate with 70's rock/jam and southern rock pastiche. After realization of its s/t debut from 2004 year, and 4 years of discographical hibernation, they releases a second album " Quadraphonic" for " Thundertrauzer" label.   
All od 8 present tracks are done in mentioned 70's, southern /jam rock approach, but all things band did with taste and refine standards, without usual retro touches.
         
Rating : 8, 5 / 10
C / o : www.onehandfree.com




среда, 10. новембар 2010.

DISTORTED FATE ( USA )

DISTORTED FATE   ( USA )

Press / info

Distorted Fate started deep in California' s Antelope Valley in 2006. Drummer Brian banner and guitarist Bob Spears had played together for years in a speed metal band xalled Forewarned, and continued to jam together. Long - time friend Mike Weinberg had done some guest vocals for
Forewarned in the past, and when he came to the studio for the first time, the trio wrote 2 songs and realized they had something special.
Next, the long search for a bass player began. One day Brian brought along Aaron Cross, a bandmate from the Iron Maiden tribute Seventh Sun ( and drummer  for death metal band Epicedium ). Aaron wrote the bass lines for the 2 songs in a couple of hours. The earth shifted, forces aligned, and DF was born.
The band cuts its fangs at several shows in the L.A. area and released a homemade demo in 2008. They were focused on hitting the big time and realized they needed professionally produced tracks. Luckilly, DF hooked up with an amazing producer, Matt Gruber ( Queensryxhe, Scorpions ) and  their 10 song CD " Haunting " was completed in September 2010.




















C / o : www.distortedfate.com

BITCH QUEENS - Female Shotgun

BITCH QUEENS
" Female Shotgun "
( Lux Noise Records ) 2010.
CD - SWITZERLAND
Glam / punk' n ' roll

                








Out of Basel, Switzerland comes a Bitch Queens, a newer attractive act, whose orientation is faithfull to glam/ punk' n' roll / garage / rock options.
The are active some period, and  received a wider recognitions after realization of its  " High Strung" EP, from 2009 year. During the October  this 2010 year, they have released an actuelle full-length CD, entitled " Female Shotgun", also available in LP format with 1 additional bonus track.
Bitch Queens delivers a high-energy, a clear attitude, " dirty" and raw riffs and melodic vocalizations. They are equally nearer to 70's psychology, as same as to standards of  nowadays glam/garage acts . Their songs are acceptable, posses evidental listenable dimension, and band's performings also deserve a same respectation. " Female Shotgun" is a fine product, recomandable for older and newer glam' n roll followers.

Rating : 8, 5 / 10
C / o : www.bitchqueens.com
www.myspace.com/bitchqueens
www.luxnoise.com


уторак, 09. новембар 2010.

BITCH QUEENS ( Switzerland )

BITCH QUEENS  ( Switzerland )
Press / Info :
The Bitch Queen sound isn' t just 1-2-3-4 pun, besides the straight beats you'll find one or the other finesse. That's becouse their musical influences come from different genres.It's a street fight with Motorhead and the Backyard Babies, while next door the Dead Boys are drinking beer with The Datsuns.
In more than one hundred shows in Germany, Austria, France and of course Switzerland - for instance as support for Dollhouse ( SWE), Randy ( SWE ),
The Turbo AC's ( USA ), The Lombego Surfers ( CH ), The Thrashmonkeys ( GER ) and many others - the Bitch Queens have proven themselves to be one of the best live bands from Switzerland in their genre.
Since 2008 Kid Krystal ( Vox/Git ), Captain A. ( drums ), Diamond Dun ( Git ), and Marc Steele ( Bass ) have been on the road in a new formation. After the EP " High Strong " ( October 2009 ) they are now presenting their first longplayer " Female Shotgun", produced by Deezl Imhof of Foolpark Studios.Eleven tracks on the point of peaking will blow anyone's mind - from your lousy kitchen speakers to your living room vinyl sound system...















C / o : www.bitchqueens.com
www.myspace.com/bitchqueens

CHRIS SCHUTZ + TOURISTS - Gemini

CHRIS SCHUTZ + TOURISTS
" Gemini "
( Rainbow Road ) 2009.
CD
Indie pop   - USA









Chris Schutz is a bandleader and songwriter from Philly, Pennsylvania. He had some  previous music experience before realization of his debut album, entitled " Gemini". His mentioned CD from previous 2009 year are consists of 11 tracks in, whose orientations avoid classical genre's definitions, even that Chris himself didn' t communicate with any of unknown crossover details. Some of his songs has a retro touch and 60's views, other enters to 80's indie pop or less indie  rock therithories. He posses a dynamic voice, and all of present songs has a strong melodicity.
On the other hand we can not find any leading theme or characteristic and recognizeble tune, but Chris mainly skillfully balancing through his authors world.
In some aspects he reminds me on latest George Harrison / Traveling Wilburys works, but only in some realizing arrangments fragments. A closing tune  " Jet Stream" could be a recomandable track from " Gemini" album.

Rating : 7 , 5 / 10
C / o : www.chrisschutz.com