Raven King Drops New Self-Titled Album

By DOTTIE PARIS Raven King drops a new self-titled album that combines grunge, metal and garage rock with new style results. Sounds a little like Nirvana with shoegazy, dark, overtones and pattern-driven riffs supporting. Despite its grungy feel, like on “Carnival” and “Full,” Raven King is not beyond a metal style, as in “Lost Token.”  The album wraps up with “Armilla,” an interestingly constructed song … Continue reading Raven King Drops New Self-Titled Album

Arthur Fowler Returns to Applause With New EP ‘Here I Am Again’

By DOTTIE PARIS Arthur Fowler has released a second album, aptly titled Here I Am Again, and we should celebrate his return. This is a musician who makes beautiful tunes out of simple ideas and takes them to the audience for delight. Here I Am Again is Arthur’s second album, following up his 2014 release What Keeps Me Going. Fowler collaborates with Japanese and American artists, and … Continue reading Arthur Fowler Returns to Applause With New EP ‘Here I Am Again’

Zaritza Made Her Dreams Come True, Now She Sings About Them

By DOTTIE PARIS Electro-pop princess Zaritza made her dreams come true.  Now she shares those dreams with others through her music. She embodies the elegance of a queen — or more precisely — the wife of a Tzar, or a Tzarita. Her new, self-titled album, Zaritza, brings her dreams to life. Her songs are both regal and compelling, it’s clear she has been influenced by … Continue reading Zaritza Made Her Dreams Come True, Now She Sings About Them

Zeistencroix Band Innovates New Electro-Metal Genre with ‘Gemini’ EP

By JOHN DALY Orlando Draven the Venezuelan-­American  musician has had many challenges to overcome in his life en route to recording his electro-metal music. He grew up in strife-torn Venezuela but rose to become the frontman for the band Zeistencroix and was fortunate enough to work with British producer Tim Palmer to record the EP Gemini. Palmer saw the potential in Draven. The two created a sound that … Continue reading Zeistencroix Band Innovates New Electro-Metal Genre with ‘Gemini’ EP

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Like 2017, an Irrepressible Chorus on ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ Saves a Downbeat Effort

By JOHN DALY During 2017, at least in the U.S., when a glimmer of hope has emerged from the darkness, the people have felt empowered. We’ve endured a tough political year, the deaths of some of our most inspiring musicians and weather gone awry. The Christmas Hearts Club Band hit the mark on the chorus of the new holiday song, “Merry Christmas Everyone” but the … Continue reading Like 2017, an Irrepressible Chorus on ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ Saves a Downbeat Effort

Night Herons Makes a ‘Relevant Noise’ With New Album

By JOHN DALY Oakland’s Night Herons band takes rock back to an earthy grit. The new album, Relevant Noise, introduces the listener to a raw sound that blends garage rock with current day lyrics. Night Herons is reminicent of some of the fun rock bands of the early 1970s.   Night Herons Like the Bird Night Herons is a band like the local bird, which … Continue reading Night Herons Makes a ‘Relevant Noise’ With New Album

Staring Into Nothing Drops ‘Big Brother,’ a Song That Lays It All Out There

By DOTTIE PARIS Prog rock trio Staring Into Nothing is releasing their newest album, Power soon and in the meantime the band gave us a peek at the single “Big Brother.”   Corruption, Abuse and Oppression Power brings to mind the sounds of Rush, only in a is a dark, serious tone. The band tackles topics like corruption, abuse, and oppression. This is an interesting approach … Continue reading Staring Into Nothing Drops ‘Big Brother,’ a Song That Lays It All Out There

Fracktura’s ‘Oculus’ Proves Not All Music Needs to Be Linear to Be Appealing

By JOHN DALY I don’t often use the first person for my reviews but Fracktura motivated me to really say it like it is. I don’t know if that’s because I’m angry that people can put out something so dissonent, or if it’s because the music is genius. I may not listen to their music again, but Fracktura has taught me about myself, and maybe … Continue reading Fracktura’s ‘Oculus’ Proves Not All Music Needs to Be Linear to Be Appealing

Westward’s Album ‘The Empire of Deception’ Reminiscent of Best Prog Rock

By JOHN DALY Westward has released the album, The Empire of Deception which features the single “The Last Stand,” and some other prog rock beauties. Westward’s big, synthesizer-driven sound blends rock with ultra modern tones. The guys, Andrew Marshall on guitar and vocals, Karl Grimm on bass and back up vocals and Matt Morrison on drums, say their style is “Cowboy Space Rock.” But there … Continue reading Westward’s Album ‘The Empire of Deception’ Reminiscent of Best Prog Rock

Demetrius N Vince Bring The Blues and Americana Into the New Era

By JOHN DALY Chicago-based Demetrius N Vince perform a modern update of funk, blues, and Americana music with their new album, Americana Soul. They’ve released the title track and it sounds like a combination of every midwestern Americana song there is, only with a new flare. Demetrius N Vince met at an open mic night in Chicago, an indicator that these are marketing-savvy, hard-working musicians. … Continue reading Demetrius N Vince Bring The Blues and Americana Into the New Era