Thursday, August 17, 2017

CD Review: New Releases Arriving From World Music Artists Paul McCandless And Mister G

Legendary musician Paul McCandless will be releasing a new anthology recording titled "Morning Sun: Adventures With Oboe." It features 16-recordings of McCandless with the award-winning Paul Winter Consort over the course of the last 45 years. McCandless was a member of the Paul Winter Consort from 1968 to 1972 and has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny. This new release gathers together some of the best recordings, including the swiftness of "Bright Angel" as you can just imagine the music gliding along the sky. Other highlights include the call of the "Whooper Dance" and the beautiful flow of "Witchi Tai To," which includes lead vocals by Native American singer John-Carlos Perea along with the spiritual energy of "Um Abraco (A Big Hug)." The music takes you on the wings of "Eagle" and aboard the emotions of "The Last Train," before closing with the quiet rise of the "Morning Sun." To find out more about Paul McCandless and his new collaboration with the Paul Winter Consort on "Morning Sun: Adventures With Oboe," please visit paulmccandless.com.

Latin Grammy award-winner Mister G returns with his new album "Mundo Verde/Green World." It will be released on September 15th and features 11-songs about saving the environment. The songs are sung in both Spanish and English languages as the music is pure Latin with it's rhythms and melodies. Mister G hooks you in right from the opening title-track as you become part of his movement to save the planet, singing along to the song's addictive chorus. Even when most of the lyrics are in Spanish as in "Patas en el Aire/Paws In The Air" you still get moved by the song's jungle groove as you find yourself learning Spanish by singing along. The pop tones of "Cuantos Peces/How Many Fish" and fun flavor of "Gozar/Enjoy" will have your body moving to the music. Mister G finishes up his latest release with the wonderful harmonies of "Pachamama/Mother Earth" and the gentle acoustics of "Las Estrellas/The Stars." To find out more about Mister G and his latest release "Mundo Verde/Green World," please visit mistergsongs.com.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CD Review: New Experimental Music Arriving From Gary Wilson and From Blue Stahli

Avant Garde music artist Gary Wilson recently released his tenth studio album titled "Let's Go To Outer Space." It features 14-tracks that take you into the mind of this experimental musician as he sings about sci-fi themes and alien romances. The album begins with Wilson reciting his brand of poetry about meeting his outer space girlfriend in "Back To Where I Belong." He develops his new wave sound with the pop tones of "Gary Kissed A Mannequin" and "Gary Feels Cool." He showcases his more experimental side with the jazzy feel of "Weird World 1" and "Weird World 2," but in between those two songs, Gary continues his encounter with aliens with "Let's Go On A Walk Tonight" and "I Want To Cry." He finishes his new "sci-fi" album with the waltz of "My Beautiful Wife Walked Away" and the spacey groove of "My Pretty Little Space Girl." To find out more about Gary Wilson and his latest release "Let's Go To Outer Space," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Gary-Wilson. 

Arriving August 25th is volume four of Blue Stahli's "Antisleep" series for film, TV & Video Games. It features a dozen electronic, alternative, dance instrumentals for brands to use to promote their shows/products. The new release begins with the EDM beats of "Sunset Neon," which quickly changes gears for the intense, nu-metal blast of "Headshot." As you listen to each track, you can almost imagine what video game or film that these glimpses of music would be perfect for as most of the tracks average around 2 minutes. All of the music is very addictive, especially the dance rhythm of "Red Carpet Rush," the swinging beats of "Three Piece Suit" and the grinding alternative rock approach of "Rumbleshaker." To find out more about Blue Stahli and his latest release "Antisleep, Vol. 4," please visit bluestahli.com.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Heavy Metal Artists Psy:code, On Top & American Wrecking Company

There's new heavy metal music arriving this August from Psy:code, On Top and American Wrecking Company. The first Friday of the month saw the Pavement Entertainment debut from Psy:Code titled "Morke." It features 13-tracks of hard-hitting heavy metal, beginning with the screams of "Leech." The music motors through the song while Schou's vocals glide over the top to inject you with adrenaline. The energy picks up with the hardcore assault of "Ghost Of You" and "Riven" as Psy:Code examine the dark side of hardcore metal. They step back from their attack on your ears for the more melodic, goth-like tones of "Paralyzed," before the buzzsaw guitar riffs of "Introspective." They finish up their new release with the hardcore metal blast of "The Monument" and then the emotional-fueled screams of "The Strain" as the music chugs along in the backdrop. To find out more about Psy:Code and their latest release "Morke," please visit psycode.info.

Next up is the new EP from the hardcore rockers from Philadelphia, On Top. Their new album "Top Dollar" will be released on August 18th and features four songs that will certainly grab your attention. Their sound on this latest release grittier than their past releases as they feature a mix between classic Dokken and Rage Against The Machine. They open the album with the up-tempo rocker "Lovin' The Devil" led by guitar wizard Ric Haas' solos. The new release continues with "Walk The Walk" as singer/bassist Jaron Gulino rolls out the lyrics of the song like Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine. They finish up their new release with "This Way" as drummer Danny Piselli powers the song's intense, hard rock rhythm. To find out more about On Top and their latest release "Top Dollar," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ONTOPOFFICIAL.

Last, but not least we get to the latest album from Washington's premier metal band American Wrecking Company. Their new album titled "Everything And Nothing" rings the alarm in your head with the onslaught of hardcore vocals and the twin guitar attack of Randy Bebich and Ben Reynard on the opening title track. The chugging rhythm of "From Grace" and the blazing speed of "Health For Wealth" will have you raging along with lead singer T.J. Cornelius. Founding member Jeff Bloomfield powers the rhythm of "The Burning" with his bass grooves as drummer Dylan Hickey keeps the pace of the intense delivery of "Enemy." They finish up their new album with the final hardcore blast of "Mad By Design" and "Day Of Shame." To find out more about American Wrecking Company and their latest release "Everything And Nothing," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/americanwreckingcompany.

Monday, August 14, 2017

RJ Podcast: Alex Shillo Talks About Performing Live & Writing New Music For Upcoming Album

Guitarist/singer Alex Shillo talks with us about his new release "Had It All" and about performing at this year's Durham Fair and Norwalk Oyster Festival. Shillo also gives us some insight into his solo band and his Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Badlands.

CD Review: New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Byzantine, Crimfall And Portrait

Here are a few new albums arriving from Metal Blade Records that you need to know about. First up is the latest release from the muscular, thrash metal band, Byzantine. Their new album titled "The Cicada Tree" was released back in July and features the band's most accessible music to date. The new 11-song release begins with the hard-hitting thrust of "New Ways To Bear Witness" as lead singer/guitarist Chris Ojeda injects a renewed energy into the music. The addition of Matt Bowles on drums adds an extra jolt of youthfulness to band along with bassist Sean Sydnor and lead guitarist Brian Henderson. They continue the new album with the chugging rhythm of "Vile Maxim" and the mystical, Iron Maiden-type epic "Dead As Autumn Leaves." Once again they flex their heavy metal muscle with the hardcore delivery of "Trapjaw" and "Incremental," before finishing their new album with the 9-minute progressive metal feel of "Verses Of Violence" and the classic metal of "Servitude," which gives us a reminder of Byzantine's earlier days. To find out more about Byzantine and their latest release "The Cicada Tree," please visit byzantinemetal.com.
 
Next up is the latest release from the Finnish metal band Crimfall. After six years of preparations, their new album titled "Amain" will finally be released on August 25th. Their new 10-track epic album delivers grand melodies and orchestration that will bring you back to the early Roman days of war among nations. A short two-minute introduction piece titled "Eschaton," leads into the grand delivery of "The Last Stands." The four part "Ten Winters Apart" showcases the depth of this band's songwriting and musicianship as the story plays out over this 15-minute epic piece. Crimfall finish up their new album with the emotion-fueled power ballad "It's A Long Road" and the sonic adventure of the nearly eight-minute closer "Until Falls The Rain." To find out more about Crimfall and their latest release "Amain," please visit crimfall.com.
 
Last, but not least we arrive at the latest album from Portrait titled "Burn The World." It will also be released on August 25th and features 10-tracks, beginning with a short instrumental introduction that leads into the blazing fast extreme metal of the title-song "Burn The World." The thunderous drumming of "Likfassna" and the swift guitar riffs of "Mine To Reap" shows the continuous growth in the band's sound as they continue to capture a classic heavy metal sound with their modern releases. Portrait wrap up their new album with the gentle acoustics of the instrumental "Further She Rode," which leads into the intense, power of "The Sower's Cross" and the epic, prog-metal piece "Pure Of Heart." To find out more about Portrait and their latest release "Burn The World," please visit portraitmetal.com.