Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Check Out New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Music From I The Fire, American Me And The Nika Riots

From New York comes the debut album from the hard rock band I The Fire. Their new 12-song release is a nice wake-up call that there are still new bands out there that have that classic hard rock edge. The album kicks off with the high-octane of "Bridges" as you'd never know this was the band's debut release. Their sound gets a little more raw on the screams of "Reckless" and the pounding rhythm of "Keeping Secrets." Sandwiched between the heavy hitters is the amazing power ballad "Every Sun Casts A Shadow," before I The Fire kick things into high gear with the energy blast of "I Know You Know." They wrap up their new album with the more mainstream rock approach of "Broken Eyes Disguise" and the final hard rock attack of "Anthem." To find out more about I The Fire and their new debut album, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ithefire.

Next from Portland, OR comes the latest release titled "Still Firing" from the hardcore metal band American Me. The band returns from a five year hiatus with a trio of new songs, beginning with the quick-driving, 90-second attack of "Still Firing." They continue with the hard-hitting, industrial metal appeal of "Anti-Life Equation," before finishing up their new short release with the growling vocals of "Passing Ships." To find out more about American Me and their latest release "Still Firing," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/AmericanMe503.

Then, from Oslo, Norway comes the debut album from The Nika Riots titled "Set Fire." Their new six-song release kicks off with the high-energy screams and bashing rhythms of "Anti-Social Club." The Nika Riots pick up the tempo with the hardcore punk appeal of "Knock'em Dead" and the retro, thrash-metal attack of "Hanged, Drawn & Quartered." Their new short debut release finishes with high-powered "All Hail The Queen" as the chorus will draw you in and make you an instant fan. To find out more about The Nika Riots and their latest release "Set Fire," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thenikariots.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Artist Geoff Downes Unleashes New Albums With The Downes Braide Association & "iCon: Zero"

English musician Geoff Downes has been heavily involved with tours from Yes and Asia, but did find time to record a new Downes Braide Association (DBA) album with his partner Chris Braide. This is the duo's third collaboration and the album features guest appearances from Andy Partridge (XTC), Marc Almond and Kate Pierson (B52s). The new 9-song release titled "Skyscraper Souls" features artwork by famed Yes designer Roger Dean and a sophisticated progressive rock sound, beginning with the short two-minute "Prelude." Then you dive into the epic 18-minute adventure "Skyscraper Souls" as the orchestral like music guides your storied tour as Pierson makes her appearance. Singer Matthews Koma lends a hand on the addictive rock melody of "Angel On Your Shoulder" and you can hear the connection to Asia in "Lighthouse" with support from fellow English singer/songwriter Tim Bowness. The album finishes with the mellow, jazz appeal of "Skin Deep" and the rock ballad "Darker Times." To find out more about Downes Braide Association and their latest release "Skyscraper Souls," please visit downesbraide.com.

The duo of John Wetton and Geoff Downes collaborated at the turn of the century for a new series of releases titled "iCon." Three albums were created and released before the untimely passing of John Wetton earlier this year. Before his passing, Wetton and Downes were preparing to re-release the demo-filled 2002 album "Wetton/Downes." This new re-release will rename the album "iCon: Zero" and features a remastered version of the album with two additional, previously unreleased bonus tracks. The original album features recordings the two made during the late-eighties/early-nineties, which set the seeds for the "iCon" collaboration. Fans will appreciate the remastering as all of the songs now sound their best, including the ballad "Just As Long As I Need You" and "Kari-Anne." The two additional songs on this release features a demo version of "She Knows" that seems very polished for a demo and an alternative version of "I Would Die For You," which comes across with a harder rock edge to it. To find out more about Wetton & Downes re-release of "iCon: Zero," please visit johnwetton.com.


Monday, December 11, 2017

New Progressive Rock Music From Dave Kerzner, Fischer's Flicker And The Ed Palermo Big Band

Progressive rock artist Dave Kerzner recently released his second solo album titled "Static." The album features a guest appearance from legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, as well as members of Big Big Train and Porcupine Tree. Kerzner's new 14-track album plays out like a rock opera, centered around the chaos of modern everyday life. After a short piano "Prelude," the album kicks off with the 8-minute prog-rock attack of "Hypocrites" as Kerzner establishes himself as a student of early progressive rock giants like King Crimson, Genesis and Pink Floyd. Hackett makes his presence known with the guitar solo in "Static," before Kerzner picks up the tempo for the harder edge rocker "Chain Reaction." He continues with the sonic blast of "Dirty Soap Box" and the seven-minute epic piece "The Truth Behind," before finishing up his new album with the nearly 17-minute prog-rock adventure "The Carnival Of Modern Life," which ties his whole concept album together. To find out more about Dave Kerzner and his latest release "Static," please visit davekerzner.com.


Chicago native Scott Fischer is ready to return to his band after contributing to Zappacast (official Frank Zappa podcast) and performing as a member of the Rod Stewart Experience. He recently released his seventh studio album titled "Open 28 Hours" as his songwriting continues to grow toward the prog-rock genre of music. His new 10-song release begins with the funk-soul groove of "The In-Betweener" and continues with the more pop-oriented rock tone of "You & Everybody." He showcases a harder edge on the grind of "3 6 9," before the Steely Dan inspiration of "Spiders." The highlight of the album is the nearly ten-minute epic piece "Mother Of A Ship" as Fischer lets loose on this studio jam feeling, before finishing up with the acoustic rock sing-along of "Zen." To find out more about Fischer's Flicker and his latest release "Open 28 Hours," please visit fischersflicker.com.


Many may know Ed Palermo from his orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa's music, following the artists' death in 1993, but his latest incantation features The Ed Palermo Big Band reinventing the music of Zappa and Todd Rundgren. Their new album titled "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren" features 25 tracks and over an hour's worth of interpretations of some of the most well-known songs in rock music like "Peaches En Regalia" and "Hello It's Me." Palermo and his Big Band jam on their nearly seven-minute version of Zappa's "Montana" and use there voices as the instruments during "Echidna's Arf (Of You)." The band turns Rundgren's "Broke Down And Busted" into show-tune gold, as you'd swear it was part of a Broadway musical. The album closes with a great cover of Zappa's "Zoot Allures" and the quick-moving one-minute reprise of "Yer Fast." To find more about The Ed Palermo Big Band and their latest release "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren," please visit palermobigband.com.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Music From Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst And Also Bonsai Universe

Arriving in early 2018 is the brand new album from Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst titled "Sometimes Jesse James." In the past five years, the band has received accolades from Country Music Television (CMT) and Music Connection Magazine and continue to gain prominence with their 8th studio album. This new 6-song release begins with the guitar boogie shuffle of "Down" as the music is sure to get your blood pumping. Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst showcase their softer side with the country ballad "The Best Day Of Our Lives," then they bring on the blues with "The Call It Love." The album heads toward the end with the steady pace of "Born To Lose Blues," which according to Casper has been the writing board for about "four or five years" and the Mexican ballad "Mi Sueno, Mi Dolor." To find out more about Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst and their latest release "Sometimes Jesse James," please visit caspermusic.com.

From the far out reaches of space comes the latest release from Bonsai Universe. The band is the brainchild of musician Woody Aplanalp and his new album "Moonstream" is performed, produced and mixed by himself. Aplanalp has worked with well-established artists like Bobby Womack, Lauryn Hill and Aloe Blacc, and he has taken those experiences into his new 13-song release. The album begins with the steady electronic folk output of the title-song "Moonstream." His songs take on a more mainstream vibe with the country tones of "Am I Good Enough" and the folk rock appeal of "Walking With My Eyes Closed." He goes back to the more experimental, keyboard-filled music of "Why Are My Dreams?," then  he gets an acoustic, island-flair going with "Sweet Exaggeration." The album finishes with the gentle-touch of "A Lot Of Nerve," the atmospheric drifting of "Too Real" and the electric folk appeal of "Starstream." To find out more about Bonsai Universe and the new release "Moonstream," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/BonsaiUniverse.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fellow Artists Pay Tribute To The Music Of Dan Fogelberg With New Release

American singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg was an artists' artist. He made music that other musicians fell in love with and this latest release proves that, as some of the biggest names in country/pop music gathered together pay tribute to Fogelberg. The new 14-song release titled "A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg" was released on November 17th through BMG and follows the singer's induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, which took place back in August.

The set kicks off with Garth Brooks injecting a blast of energy into a rocking version of "Phoenix" and then Train delivers a stellar version of the seasonal classic "Same Old Lang Syne." In between we get the inspiration of "Nether Lands" from Donna Summer and Vince Gill teams up with Amy Grant for an emotional delivery of Fogelberg's hit single "Longer." Legendary singer, Dobie Gray lends his style to "Don't Lose Heart" and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, along with Richie Furay perform the country ballad, "Run For The Roses." This new tribute closes with fellow singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet's folk version of "There's A Place In The World For A Gambler" and a live version of the Zac Brown Band delivering an acoustic rendition of "Leader Of The Band" as a tribute to his Zac's father. To find out more about "A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg," please visit danfogelberg.com.