Monday, June 17, 2013

CD Review: Great New Music Comes Pouring From These Rising Underground Bands

Underground rock acts band together through Head First Entertainment to release some great new music that music fans need to hear. Beginning with The New Black 7, their latest album, “Hangovers & Heartbreak” was released back in April and has been receiving a load of positive reviews. They combine country twang with an adrenaline shot of rock to create eight songs that have a raw, bar brawl energetic feel that fans can really grab a hold of.

Guitars come out blazing in the opener “Crazy All Over Me”and turn up the southern rock of “That Don’t Sound Like Country.” They add some fiddle to “Closing Time” to give the music that authentic feel, before blasting away the “Outlaw.” The acoustics of “Fly Me To Freedom” and “Can’t Go Home”show softer side that really accentuates that classic country twang, but their cover of Motley Crue’s “Kickstart My Heart” also shows how hard they can rock when they plug in.

To find out more about The New Black 7, please visit

Late last year saw a surge of new underground metal music with new album from bands like Silencer, Creeper, Blacklist Union and Mongrel. Whether it was the aggressive thrash metal of Silencer or the classic L.A. rock sound of Blacklist Union, there was some great new sounds for every metal genre.

Hardcore metal band Creeper released “Welcome To Room 9”back in March of 2012. The album is filled to the brim with metal riffs and machine-gun drumming. The screaming vocals in “Now” and neck-breaking beats of “Powers Of Hell” show a band looking to obliterate the eardrums of listeners. Creeper found“The Magic” to create that classic “NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal)”sound that so many fans are attracted to. They turn to dark side with “War Machine,” before closing the album with the “Screaming Demon.”

To find out more about Creeper, please visit the band’s Facebook page at

The new album from Silencer entitled “The Great Bear” is a concept album for progressive metal fans without the long-drawn out solos and instrumental pieces. All the songs on the album clock in under the five minute mark. Quick songs like “I Am Thunder” and “The Roar” are the hardest hitting songs on the album, while “Star City Pt. I & II” are very epic sounding and have become the highlight of the album with its chord changes and space-like vocals.

To find out more about Silencer, please visit

Female-fronted Mongrel released their full-length sophomore album “Reclamation” back in September of 2012 and the band is opening for Halestorm on July 14 at the Webster Theater in Harford, CT and on August 10 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. Plus the album was recently released in the U.K. earlier this year. Their new 12-song release has its quick-hitting, aggressive songs (“Pseudocide”), counters it with the slow grind of “Zombies of War.” The album continues with the vocal attack of “C and a Half” and keeps the blood pumping with the up-tempo, but dark subject of “Crucifiction.” Mongrel throws everything into their two-minute power closer “No Gods No Masters.”

To find out more about Mongrel, please visit

Finally we get to the California rockers Blacklist Union and their latest release, “Til Death Do Us Part.” The band is comprised of members of Saliva, along with members of Iggy and the Stooges and has access to the songwriting talents of Anthony Valli (Crazytown) and Todd Youth (Danzing). The album has that “Sunset Strip” feel with a modern hard rock sound that has become a staple on satellite rock radio. Blacklist Union’s sound is very polished on the song “Alabama Slammer” and finds the perfect combination of hard rock edginess with a mainstream appeal on “Game Over.” The band dives back to the classic rock of the seventies with the bi guitars of “Feed The Snakes,” then has some fun with the lyrics of “The Lick Kitty Split Theme Song, “ before closing the album with the acoustic power ballad “I Don’t Love You Anymore.”

To find out more about Blacklist Union, please visit the band’s Facebook page at

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