Friday, July 21, 2017

CD Review: The Return Of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Artists Shattered Sun, For The Win, Rex Brown And Owl Company

American heavy metal band Shattered Sun return with their new sophomore album titled "The Evolution Of Anger." It will be released on July 21st through Victory Records. The band is currently on tour as part of the Vans Warped Tour, before headlining their own shows this fall. Their new 10-song release comes blasting right out of the gate with the speed and aggression of "Keep Your Eyes Shut." The screaming vocals of "Blame" and the buzzing guitars of "Declassified" will show you that this band has the energy to keep the mosh pits moving when they perform these songs live. They keep up the energy flowing through "Hollow Chains" and the hardcore edge of "Burn It Down," before finishing their new album with the speed and destruction of "Like Gasoline" and the thunderous rhythm of "Hope Dies" as screams will continue the ringing in your ears. To find out more about Shattered Sun and their latest release "The Evolution Of Anger," please visit their Facebook page at

From San Diego comes the Victory Records debut album from For The Win titled "Heavy Thoughts." It features 10-tracks of high energy, quick-moving, aggressive hard rock that is the perfect recipe for mainstream success. They begin their new album with the chugging guitars of "Us Verses Them" as the drums and vocals motor the song's intense pace. They continue with the fast pace rhythm and hardcore harmonizing vocals of "G Series" and the punk-like energy of "All Or Nothing" and "The Weight Of The World." They deliver the arena rocker "Dancing Shoes," before finishing up their new album with rock anthem "Crash And Burn" and the emotional, acoustic ballad "Until The End Of Time." The new album "Heavy Thoughts" will be released on August 25 through Victory Records. To find out more about For The Win and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at

Rex Brown, former bassist for Pantera, is preparing to release his debut solo album "Smoke On This" on July 28th through eOne Music. After the success of his memoir "101 Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera" and his supergroup, Kill Devil Hill, Brown took some time off to figure out what he wants to do next. On his new 11-song release, Brown invited his old-friend Lance Harvill to help him out with the hard rock feel of the new album. He begins with with the straight-forward classic rock of "Lone Rider" and the big guitar riffs of "Crossing Lines" as Brown works his influences into his original music. The energy and buzz of "Train Song" has a great, heavy vibe that would have worked on a later day Pantera album. Rex Brown and his band deliver an edgier, psychedelic vibe with "Get Yourself Alive," then slow down for the southern rock ballad "Fault Line." Brown wraps up his new release with the mellow, addictive feel of "Grace" and the Floydian touch of "Best Of Me," before closing with the freedom of "One Of These Days" as Brown showcases his talents. To find out more about Rex Brown and his latest release "Smoke On This," please visit his Facebook page at

From Sao Pablo, Brazil comes the debut album from heavy metal band Owl Company titled "Horizon." It feature 10-tracks, beginning with a chaotic "Intro," which leads into the intense delivery of "Celebrate And Kneel." The pounding groove of "Ain't Time For This" will have you banging your head to song's rhythm, while "Riddles" takes on a more mainstream metal sound as the song sound like a call to arms. The tempo speeds up with the aggressive feel of "Deathrow" and "Black 'N' Blue," before closing their new album with dark tones of "Caged Emotions" and grunge/metal appeal of "Underdog." To find out more about Owl Company and their latest release "Horizon," please visit their Facebook page at

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