Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CD Review: Newcomers Necromancing The Stone And No Victory Release New Heavy Metal Albums

Arriving August 5th was the debut album titled "Jewel Of The Vile" from newcomers Necromancing The Stone. The name may be new, but the members of the band have all performed in other heavy metal bands like The Black Dahlia Murder and Brimstone Coven. The new crushing, eleven-song release begins with the blazing speed of "Crusher" as the dual guitars of James Malone and Justin Wood pave the way for "Big" John Williams' stellar vocals. Drummer Jeramine King and bassist Ryan Williams motor through the thunderous rhythm of "The Descent" and keep the adrenaline pumping for the intense delivery of metal for "The Siren's Call." Necromancing The Stone showcase a progressive metal feel to "Ritualistic Demise" and then continue with the hardcore thrash metal of "Unfinished Business," before closing their new album with the seven-minute metal journey of "Honor Thy Prophet" and the high-powered energy of "The Battle Of Morningstar." To find out more about Necromancing The Stone and their latest release "Jewel Of The Vile," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/necromancingthestone.

Next from Gary, Indiana comes the latest release titled "Time To Die" from heavy metal band, No Victory. It is their debut album with their latest record label, Unbeaten Records and features nine hardcore, head-bashing riffs. Beginning with the raw, thunderous rhythm of "The Enemies Remain," No Vicotry follows no rules of song structures and just delivers the energy as displayed in "Where We Go To Bleed." They dig deep for the dark tones of "The Fall Of Man" and rally the troops with the battle cry screams of "Time To Die." The album finishes with the quick pace of "Eternal Refrain Of Humanity" and the epic delivery of "God Has Failed Us." To find out more about No Victory and their latest release "Time To Die," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/novictoryhc.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CD Review: "Science Agrees" That D.A.R.K. Is A Top-Notch Collaborative Effort

One of the latest collaborations to take fruition is the band D.A.R.K., which features Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and producer/songwriter Ole Koretcky. Their new album titled "Science Agrees" will be released on September 9th through Cooking Vinyl. The combination of the three members have sold over 40 million albums worldwide as they look to expand their sounds outside to what their fans have expected of them.

The new ten-song release begins with clash of hard rock guitar and electronic beats as DJ Ole Koretsky lends his expertise to the opening song "Curvy." Dolores O'Riordan's iconic vocals work perfectly against Andy Rourke's deeper tones. The gentle sweeping soundscape of "Chynamite" and the pulsating rhythm of "Gunfight" plays perfectly on each of their strengths, producing this new addictive sound. The retro-pop tones of "High Fashion" draws you in with its simplicity, while "Watch Out I'm Bleeding" places them in a more familiar, alternative pop genre. The album closes with the club remix feel of "Underwater" and the steady rhythm of "Loosen The Noose" as O'Riordan and Rourke play the perfect game of give and take with the song's lyrics. To find out more about D.A.R.K. and their latest release "Science Agrees," please visit darkofficial.com.

Monday, August 22, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Blues Singer/Songwriters Brutha White And Russell Morris

The well-traveled bluesman, Brutha White trecently released his latest album titled "Solitaire Man Blues." He's performed alongside such esteemed hip-hop acts as Wu-Tang Clan and Digital Underground. Brutha White combines the truth of the blues with the spirited rhythm of rap to create an exciting new clash of the two genres. Beginning with the rockabilly flavor of "Chasing Jane," Brutha begins to warm up, leading you into the big beats of "PO Folks." He slows the tempo down for the classic blues feel of "My House" and then gets funky with the groove of "My Ole Lady." His soulful vocals become the main focus of "Song To Myself," before closing his new album with the jazzy acoustics of "Simplify That" and the slide-guitar of "On My Own." To find out more about Brutha White and his latest release "Solitaire Man Blues," please visit bruthawhite.com.

From Australia comes the latest album titled "Sharkmouth" from blues singer/songwriter Russell Morris. His latest ten-song release was inspired by the Australian depression era con-man Thomas "Shark Jaws" Archer, as Morris draws upon his influences to create some outstanding roots blues music. Beginning with "Black Dog Blues," the acoustic guitar locks into a groove as Morris' vocals climb the musical ladder, peeling off blues licks at every opportunity. He draws in a gospel tone for "The Big House" and brings in a little funk for "Bout To Break." He pick the tempo up with the rockabilly swing of "Walk My Blues," before slowing back down for the groveling vocals of "The Drifter." The album finishes with the Americana/roots feel of "The Bridge" and the nostalgic blues feel of "Money Don't Grow On Trees." To find out more about Russell Morris and his latest release "Sharkmouth," please visit russellmorris.com.au.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

CD Review: Bobby Rush Still Delivers His Swagger On "Porcupine Meat"

At 82 years old, Bobby Rush will be releasing his 26th studio album titled "Porcupine Meat" on September 16 through Rounder Records. It's his first release on his new record label and features a load of special guests. He continues to perform live, playing almost 200 shows a year and has received a load of accolades, including winning three Grammys and being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

His new twelve song release begins with funky blues riff of "Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around" and seventies R&B style of "Porcupine Meat" featuring guest guitarist Vasti Jackson. He slows the tempo down for the seven-minute, storied blues of "Got Me Accused," before inviting guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa to help out on the smooth grooves of "Me, Myself And I." He brings in the flavor of New Orleans (where the album was recorded) to "Catfish Stew" and gets energized by the excellent guitar work of Dave Alvin on "It's Your Move" and Keb' Mo on "Nighttime Gardener." The album closes with the funk-fueled "Standing On Shaky Ground" and the raw, backwater blues of "I'm Tired."

Bobby Rush has over a dozen shows on his tour schedule, including a number of blues festivals. For a complete list of his live dates and to find out more about his new album "Porcupine Meat," please visit bobbyrushbluesman.com.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

CD Review: Discover The Earliest Recordings Of The Beach Boys With This New Release

The Beach Boys captured the hearts of teenagers with their first album "Surfin' Safari" back in 1962. The combination of their perfect harmonies and bright, fun lyrics made life seem better along the California coast and for over 50 years, fans have analyzed their music. Now for the first time, fans can go back to the beginning with the newly assembled compilation "Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions." It will be released on August 26 through Omnivore Recordings and it features the progression from demo to master of nine of the earliest recordings from The Beach Boys.

This new 62-song compilation features 40 never-released versions of some of The Beach Boys most well-known hits, including "Surfin'," "Surfin' Safari" and "Surfer Girl."  The casual listener may get bored hearing the same song performed 8 or 9 times, but die-hard fans will be able to analyze each take of the rare gems like "Lavender" and "Judy." It's amazing to hear how complete the songs are after only one take.

Many of these takes have not been heard for 55 years since they were for recorded in the studio and produced by Hite Morgan. The songs "Barbie" and "What Is A Young Girl Made Of" are credited to Kenny And The Cadets, which included Val Poliuto and Audree Wilson along with Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson and Al Jardine. While you made know this songs and have heard them your entire life, listening to the development of these tracks gives you a different input into the creative process behind the early days of one of the biggest bands in the world, The Beach Boys. To find out more about this newly released compilation from Omnivore Recordings, please visit omnivorerecordings.com