Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New Double Release From Demon Hunter Along With New Music From Waxpanel and Parting Gift

Christian heavy metal band, Demon Hunter are preparing to release not one but two brand new albums on March 1st. The titles "War" and "Peace" are hints as to the music that each album contains. The new release "War" contains ten hard-hitting tracks that looks to blast your eardrums with aggressive tracks like "Cut To Fit" and "Close Enough." Demon Hunter just keep the adrenaline flowing with the pounding rhythm of "Unbound" and "The Negative," as they show that they can hang with any hardcore metal band. The "War" album closes with the nearly six-minute progressive metal appeal of "Leave Me Alone" and the dark, moody tones of "Lesser Gods."

Demon Hunter's other release, "Peace" still keeps the energy flowing, but with a more mainstream metal appeal as demonstrated in the opening track, "More Than Bones." This album focuses more on the melody as in "I Don't Believe You" and "When The Devil Comes." They still flex their heavy metal muscle on the aggressive feel of "Two Ways," before closing the "Peace" album with the addictive guitar riffs of "Bet My Life" and the piano ballad "Fear Is Not My Guide."

These two albums appear only two years after their breakthrough independent release "Outlive," which topped a number of music charts around the world and reached #25 on the Billboard album charts. I applaud Demon Hunter for releasing both albums at the same time, instead of shelving one for a future release, because you never know what the future may bring, as far as inspiration. To find out more about Demon Hunter and their latest releases "War" and "Peace," please visit demonhunter.net.

Arriving February 22nd is the full-length debut album from the Christian modern hard rock band, Waxpanel. Their new release titled "For Those Left Standing" has been two years in the making, as this trio are excited to finally get their music out to the masses. The album kicks off with the high-energy rocker "The Struggle," as their music flows between hard rock and grunge with its raw sound. Waxpanel showcase a more mainstream, alternative-pop sound with "Beginnings," before quickly returning to the aggressive tones of "Absolution" and "Believe." They also showcase their softer, side with the acoustic strumming of "Bleeding Misery," which allows you to relax and take a breath before finishing the album with the quick-hitting "You Don't Say" and rock/pop melody of "Wait." To find out more about Waxpanel and their latest release "For Those Left Standing," please visit waxpanel.com.

Arriving a month later on March 22nd, from Fearless Records is the new five-song EP from the band, Parting Gift. The new album titled "Ensom" begins with high octane of "Pale," as they establish their sonic wall of sound. They continue with the more mainstream metal appeal of "Without Sin" and "Cold," as Parting Gift produce an atmospheric soundscape that makes you feel the music's message. They wrap up their new EP with energetic passion of the titled song "Ensom." This release is a nice bridge to the next full-length release from Parting Gifts. To find out more about the band and their new album "Ensom," please visit fearlessrecords.com.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Heading Into March Comes New Releases From Ashley Wilson, Abigail Lapell and Melissa Ruth

First from San Francisco comes the latest release from soulful jazz singer, Ashley Wilson. Her new album titled "Paint The Sky" will be released on March 1st and features eleven tracks, beginning with the sultry, swanky rhythm of "Once In A While." The album continues with the title-song "Paint The Sky," which showcases the stellar vocals of Ashley Wilson amongst the song's R&B backdrop. She even adds a little country sway to her album with the slow-moving ballad "Fool," before picking the tempo up for the funky shuffle of "Sweet Temptation." The big bass strumming of "Now Or Never" gives her sound a nostalgic feel, while "I Can't Love" delivers a more pop melody. Ashley finishes her new album with the gentle sway of "Fairy Tale" and the smooth groove of "If I Knew." To find out more about Ashley Wilson and her latest release "Paint The Sky," please visit ashleywilsonmusic.com.

Canadian folk singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell is preparing to release her new studio album titled "Getaway." It features eleven tracks, beginning with the stellar Americana sounds of "Gonna Be Leaving," as her voice draws close similarities to former 10,000 Maniacs singer, Natalie Merchant. She gets even quieter on the acoustic folk strumming of "Ask Me No Questions" and "Sparrow For A Heart." Her voice is so warm and inviting that you follow her every word on the country-based "Halfway To Mexico" and the beautiful harmonies of "Down By The Water." Abigail finishes her new album with the full band Americana sounds of "Little Noise" and the sweeping melody of "Shape Of A Mountain." To find out more about Abigail Lapell and her latest release "Getaway," please visit abigaillapell.com.

Also arriving March 1st, is the latest release from blues/rock artist, Melissa Ruth. Her new album titled "Meteor" features eleven tracks, beginning with the guitar shuffle of "West," as you are introduced to Ruth's sultry blues style. She picks the tempo up with the steady pace of "Long Haul," before digger her heels deep into the blues with the slow burn of the title-song "Meteor" and "Sugar Pill." The whisper-like vocals gives the country-twang more attention on the simmering sounds of "Hey Mr. Bartender," before Melissa closes out her new album with the country bar blues of "The Knot" and "You Are Not Alone." To find out more about Melissa Ruth and her latest release "Meteor," please visit melissaruthmusic.com.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Prepares To Reissue Debut Album From Uncle Walt's Band

Austin Music Hall Of Fame nominee Uncle Walt's Band are having their debut album re-issued on March 29th, through Omnivore Recordings. The trio of Walter Hyatt, David Ball and Deschamps Hood began as a country trio in South Carolina, before quickly moving to Austin, TX at the request of singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. While Uncle Walt's Band may not have found success on the charts in the late-seventies, but they did inspire many artists including Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Lucinda Williams.

After the success of last year's anthology release, Omnivore Recordings decided to remaster the band's debut album and add an additional eleven previously unreleased bonus tracks. The original album featured a mix of traditional favorites like "Little Sadie" and "Four 'Til Late" with a handful of originals. The first seven bonus tracks feature demos of some original songs that did not end up on the final album. Even in demo form, you can hear the wonderful harmonies of "After You've Gone" and their step into folk rock with "Rollin' My Blues." This new set finishes up with live versions of the original tracks "Since You've Been Gone," "Early Riser," "Trap For Two" and "Betty." To find out more about this new re-issue arriving from Uncle Walt's Band, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

New Live Album From Dennis Coffey To Be Released In March Through Omnivore Recordings

Kicking off the month of March is a new live album from R&B/jazz guitarist Dennis Coffey. The new release titled "Live At Baker's" arrives March 1st through Omnivore Recordings, and features Coffey's performance a Baker's jazz club in 2006. The nine-song set begins with Coffey showcasing his skills on a nearly eleven-minute version of Freddie Hubbard's song, "Little Sunflower." One of the highlights of the night features the Dennis Coffey original hit, "Scorpio" as he continues to work up to the song's funky breaks. Another favorite from this set is a song that Coffey originally performed, The Temptations' "Just My Imagination," in which Coffey masterfully stretches the song to the ten minute mark. He finishes up with a couple of blues numbers, the first is his rendition of Miles Davis' "All Blues," which Coffey turns in to a lighter approach. The album closer is a short, up-tempo swinging version of Jack McDuff's "Dink's Blues," which became one of Coffey's favorite songs to cover live. To find out more about Dennis Coffey's new live release "Live At Baker's," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Craft Recordings Reissues Jewel's "Pieces Of You" As A New Double-Vinyl Release

Out today on double-vinyl is the newly reissued debut album "Pieces Of You" from Award-winning, singer/songwriter Jewel. In celebration of the album's 24th anniversary, Craft Recordings has remastered the album in order to receive the highest quality possible. This new double-vinyl release also includes five bonus tracks that were originally featured as B-sides and if you are looking for a little more, Barnes & Noble has an exclusive blue vinyl version of this new release.

This album projected Jewel into the spotlight with here angelic vocals, as she is mostly backed only by an acoustic guitar or piano. It reached #4 on the Billboard album chart and produced three top ten singles, but that is not where the album really shines. Her truthful lyrics are fill with emotion, as Jewel dealt with prejudice ("Pieces Of You"), relationships ("Foolish Games") and abuse ("Daddy"). The album begins with the jazzy-pop aspects of "Who Will Save Your Soul," then peaks with the gentle, seven-minute story of "Adrian," before closing with the final plea of "Amen."

This new double-vinyl release features newly cut lacquers supplied by Chris Bellman from Bernie Grundman Mastering. The sound on these new LPs is simply beautiful. Jewel's vocals leap out of your speakers, as her voice becomes even more of the focus of these songs. The strings in "Painters" and the harmonies of "Angel Standing By" are much more clear and bright on this new release, but the real treasure is the addition of the five bonus tracks.

Side four of this double-vinyl is where these extra tracks reside, beginning with the warm, acoustic folk strumming of "Emily," which was originally featured in "The Crossing Guard" movie. All of the bonus tracks did not appear on the original CD of the album, so that is a major plus to have them all together in one set. These songs also showcase some of Jewel's more light-hearted side with the fun, quicker paces of "Rocker Girl" and "Cold Song," before closing with the ballad "Angel Needs A Ride." To find out more about this newly released double-vinyl version of Jewel's debut album "Pieces Of Me," please visit craftrecordings.com.