The hard rock band Rausch made their return on February 2nd with their sophomore album "Book II." Spending almost ten years between releases, "Book II" continues the autobiographical tale of the band's existence with support from members of Fates Warning and Spock's Beard. The new 9-song release begins with the grand, progressive rock piece "Greener Grass" as you can instantly hear the Queen influence in their music. Rausch pick up the intensity with the battle cry of "Swansong," before showcases their early Genesis influence on the 10-minute epic "Drain." Rausch straight-up rock on "Good Day," before they present the Pink Floydian sounds of the nearly ten-minute prog-rock story of "The End." They finish up their new album with the piano ballad "Slow Suite II, Isolation." To find out more about Rausch and their latest release "Book II," please visit dougrausch.com.
Singer/songwriter/bandleader Matthew Carroll recently released his debut solo album, "Left To Burn" on February 2nd. The new 12-song release combines elements of alternative rock with radio-friendly pop melodies, as displayed in the opening track "Next One On Her List." Carroll keeps the energy flowing with addictive rock tones of "She Wants Me For My Body" and the punk-like appeal of "Ex Girlfriend." You will fall in love with Matthew's vocals on the sweet blues sound of "Pilots And Sailors," before returning to rock once again on the alt-pop tones of "My Baby's Gone" and "All My Love." He finishes his new album with the piano build-up of "Folding" and the acoustic ballad "Love." To find out more about Matthews Carroll and his latest release "Left To Burn," please visit matthewcarrollmusic.com.