Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Check Out New Music From The Melvins' Dale Crover, Rockers Vajra & Chester Bennington's Band Grey Daze

Arriving January 15th from Joyful Noise Recordings is the sophomore effort from Melvins drummer/bassist Dale Crover titled "Rat-A-Tat-Tat!" Crover wrote the album while on the road and this time around, assembled a band to help with the recording, beginning with the backwards sound experiment "Moclips." Things finally get underway with the addictive, mainstream alternative rock sound of "I Can't Help You There," along with the pounding rhythm and guitar frenzy of "Tougher." Dale Crover injects a nostalgic sounding sixties vibe into "Shark Like Overbite," while "Supine Is How I Found Him" is one of his sound experiments that keeps you guessing his every step. He returns with the raw, blues-style delivery of "Unture Crime," before closing out his new album with the exciting layered instrumental "The Bowie Mix" and a flashback to his Northwestern early days with the "grunge" tones of "Kiss Proof World." To find out more about Dale Crover and his latest solo album "Rat-A-Tat-Tat!," please visit joyfulnoiserecordings.com.

Another new arrival on the 15th features the return of the female fronted hard rock band, Vajra and their new six-song EP titled "Irkalla." It has been over eight years since we last heard from this New York-based band and their extensive touring schedule behind the success of their debut album has allowed the band to now focus on new music. The album kicks off with a short instrumental that leads into the lead-single "Maya," which displays a harder edge to their sound along with the strong, solid vocal delivery from Annamaria Pinna. The music rises and then subdues during the powerful output of "Crown Or Crucify," before finishing their new short release with the explosive touch of "Sever The Tie" and the sound collage instrumental "Wind." To find out more about Vajra and their latest release "Irkalla," please visit thevajratemple.com.

At the end of the month, Grey Daze will release the follow-up to their 2020 compilation "Amends," titled simply "Amends... Stripped." This five song EP features acoustic versions of tracks from the "Amends" compilation that uses Chester Bennington's original vocals with the music supplied by the original members of the band along with some special guests. The power of Bennington's vocals are still present and stands-out even more among the acoustic strumming of "Sometimes" and "What's In The Eye." Grey Daze actually display a more pop oriented sound with the softer tone of "Soul Song," before closing with the insightful, amazing piano demo of "The Syndrome." To find out more about Grey Daze and their new compilation "Amends" and the follow-up EP "Amends... Stripped," please visit greydazemusic.com.

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