Friday, April 30, 2021

Symphonic Rock Band, Renaissance Continue Their 50 Year Celebration With A New Live Album

Symphonic, progressive rock legends Renaissance are releasing their 50th Anniversary concert, which took place back in October 2019, as a 2CD/DVD/Blu-ray set on April 30th through Symphonic Rock Recordings. Long-time Renaissance singer (since 1971) Annie Haslam feels honored to be a part of this band that has grown and evolved with each new member adding to the group's outstanding legacy. This new live set covers many of the Renaissance's classic songs, beginning with their 1973 single "Carpet In The Sun," as the band warm up, before heading into the seven-minute adventure of "Ocean Gypsy." The current line-up of Renaissance showcase their skills on the nearly ten-minute journey of "Running Hard," before finishing the first set with a very special guest, Renaissance co-founder Jim McCarty performing a duet with Annie on one of their earliest singles "Island," as the two still sound perfect together.

The second disc gets the energy flowing with the exciting flow "Day Of The Dreamer," which features the 10-piece Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, as they support each song beautifully. Anne's iconic vocals take center stage on the operatic tone of "Mystic And The Muse," before Renaissance close out the show with two amazingly, epic renditions of "A Song For All Seasons" and "Ashes Are Burning," which also features the return of Jim McCarty to celebrate 50 years of great symphonic rock music. To find out more about Renaissance's new live album titled "Ashes Are Burning: An Anthology Live In Concert," please visit store.renaissancetouring.com.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Check Out A Pair Of Live Releases From Alex Chilton and Bands Highlighting The Winston-Salem Sound

Arriving May 7th from Omnivore Recordings is a previously unreleased live recording title "Boogie Shoes: Live On Beale Street" by Big Star's Alex Chilton at the 1999 "Fredstock." This concert was a fundraiser for Fred Ford, who was the co-founder of Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival, shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer. One of the headliners of "Fredstock" was Memphis legend Alex Chilton, who agreed to perform, but did not have a band at the moment. So, backing up Chilton on this live recording is the iconic Hi-Rhythm Section, who have performed with other legends like Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner and Ann Peebles. This new ten-song set finds Alex Chilton performing some famous cover songs like "Kansas City," "Lucille" and "Maybelline." He begins the set with the soulful swagger of "Boogie Shoes" and the rhythm & blues vibe of "Precious, Precious," as Chilton takes his spot as the bandleader. The sound of  the blues flow through Chilton and the band as they perform a roaring version of "Big Boss Man" and then slow down for steady, safe version of "Where Did Our Love Go." Alex Chilton and the Hi-Rhythm Section finish the show with a jamming, seven-minute version of "Hey Josephine," highlighted by the amazing horn section, along with a final glimpse of this pairing, performing "Trying To Live My Life Without You." To find out more about this new, previously unreleased live album from Alex Chilton, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Another Omnivore Recordings release on the horizon features the one, and only show from 2018 highlighting the bands that have inspired the roots of indie-rock from the Winston-Salem music scene. The new release titled "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Celebrating The Winston-Salem Sound" features 22-tracks from some local legendary artists like Rittenhouse Square, Little Diesel, The Royal Opposition and The Love Valets. The show was performed on May 18, 2018 and kicks off with the raw, punk-rock approach of "Hot Smoke & Sassafras" by Rittenhouse Square and the pre-grunge, garage rock of "Retilian Disaster" from The Love Valets. Lyn Blakey and Mitch Easter lead The Royal Opposition through the sixties vibe of "Room With A View," while Little Diesel brings back the New Wave sound of "Hollywood Swinging." Don Dixon joins in on the fun, performing a cover of The Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" and the blues romp of "Think" with The Royal Opposition. The Rittenhouse Square return with the nostalgic sounds of "Like Wow" and "King Battle Of The Bands," as the show heads toward the finish line. Another local band, Sneakers show up with pop/rock delivery of "Ruby," before the show closes with the party anthem "Good Time" performed by Sacred Irony, along with the the psychedelic rock of "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)," originally released by The Electric Prunes. To find out more about this new release "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Celebrating The Winston-Salem Sound," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

New Jazz Releases From Gabor Lesko, Ojoyo and The Purple Why

Jazz guitarist/keyboardist Gabor Lesko is preparing the release of his new album titled "Earthway." It features eight soaring jazz fusion tracks that take you on a set of sophisticated journeys through music. Gabor begins his new album with the ever-climbing guitar work of the title-track "Earthway," as the song's energetic rhythm pushes the music along. He keeps the exciting flow moving swiftly with the bright, uplifting feel of "Fiesta," before slowing down to display his quieter, softer side with the emotional ballad "Still Here For You." The passion Gabor shows for his music comes shining through on the electrifying guitar solo of "Gently Obsessive," while the funky backdrop of "Push It!" shows the pure collaborative effort of the band. Gabor Lesko closes out his new album with the elegant jazz groove of "Mickey Mouse Love Jazz" and the ambient flow of "Air (Lost Key Part Two)." To find out more about Gabor Lesko and his latest release "Earthway," please visit gaborlesko.com.

Next, we have the new 25th anniversary reissue of the 1996 album "Ojoyo Plays Safrojazz." The Ojoyo band was led by saxophonist Morris Goldberg, who wanted to explore his South African heritage and invited some top-notch musicians to join him on his trip. The music puts you right in Cape Town, Africa, as you can feel of the vibe of songs like "Station Road Strut" and "Harare" move your body to the rhythm. Trumpeter Chris Boti leads the band through the emotions of "Madagascar," while drummer Anton Fig and bassist Bakithi Kumalo lay down the perfect rhythm in "Dolphin Jive." This new reissue closes with two live tracks "Rockwela" and "Sophiatown Society," which gives even more ethnicity to the music. To find out more about this new reissue of "Ojoyo Plays Safrojazz," please visit ojoyo.com.

Then we travel back to 1968 with two unreleased live performances by bassist Steve Tintweiss and his band The Purple Why. The new release is titled "MarksTown" and finds the band performing their avant-garde style of jazz at St. Mark's Church and at the Town Hall in New York City. The album begins with the chaotic flow of "Ramona, I Love You" and the interesting art piece "How Sweet?" The band comes together for the wildly exciting jazz piece "N.E.S.W. Up/Down," before closing out the show with musical waves of "The Purple Why Theme." The band's second show features more extended jams, as they find ways through eight minutes of "Just Be Mine," followed by ten minutes of flowing horns and rolling drums, which make up "Monogamy Is Out." To find out more about this newly released live album from Steve Tintweiss and The Purple Why, please visit purplewhy.com.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New Music From Singers, Songwriters Bob Bradshaw and Craig Cardiff

Singer, songwriter Bob Bradshaw has a new set of tales to tell with his April 30th release of his new album, "The Ghost Light." His new eleven track release finds Bradshaw touching every musical genre from rock, to folk, to country and blues. He begins with the mellow, alternative rock vibe of "Songs On The Radio," which draws close similarities to The Wallflowers. Next, he simplifies his sound with the gentle sway of "Dream" and the country twang of "Gone," which displays Bob Bradshaw's chameleon musical style.  He delivers the blues the acoustic ballad "She's Gone For Good," before plugging back in to get the energy moving with the guitar boogie swagger of "21st Century Blues." The harmonies on "Sideways" fully support the song's stark delivery and "In The Dark" is a straight-on blues/rock number with muscle. Bob Bradshaw closes out his new album with the acoustic, folk-style storytelling of "Niagara Barrell Ride Blues." To find out more about Bob Bradshaw and his latest release "The Ghost Light," please visit bobbradshaw.net.

Fellow singer, songwriter Craig Cardiff is ready to make his return with a new studio album titled "All This Time Running." It will be released on May 14th, through True North Records and features eleven tracks, along with six bonus tracks. He begins with the title track "All This Time Running," which is pure Americana pleasure, led by Craig's soft, warming vocals that simply draw you into his musical world. The energy picks up (slightly) for the story of "Emm & May" and "Yellowknife," with its addictive chorus and simply sung lyrics, like classic Cat Stevens. Then, he slows the tempo down for mellow blues of "Wyoming," before bringing back the energy with the uplifting mood of "Moon." Craig finishes his new album with the beautiful, quiet harmonies of "Fire, Fire, Fire" and the pure, Americana aspects of "Bryant Park." The bonus tracks on the CD consist of an amazing cover of Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up," a love letter to "Ymir BC" and the emotional ballad "Last Love Letter." To find out more about Craig Cardiff and his latest release "All This Time Running," please visit craigcardiff.com.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Re-Discover These Progressive Rock Classics From Jon Anderson, Oliver Wakeman & Clive Nolan

Arriving April 30th through Esoteric Recordings is the latest expanded edition of Yes vocalist Jon Anderson's solo output "Animation." 1982 was a busy time for Anderson, as he was putting the finishing touches upon his third solo album "Animation," Anderson was also working artists Vangelis and Mike Oldfield on new age music. Plus, the seeds were sow for Yes to reunite with their most commercially successful album "90125." While none of the members of Yes played on Anderson's solo album, it did includes some special guests like Jack Bruce (Cream), Ian Wallace (King Crimson), Simon Phillips (Toto) and David Sancious (The E Street Band). The original nine song album is remastered from the original Polydor master tapes and features an amazing sound on stand-out tracks like "Surrender" and "Unlearning (The Divided Line)." The two bonus tracks on this new expanded edition of the album are the excitingly energetic B-side "Spider" and the nearly twelve-minute progressive rock adventure of "The Spell," which is featured in its demo form. To find out more about this new expanded edition of Jon Anderson's solo album "Animation," please visit cherryred.co.uk/product/jon-anderson-animation-remastered-expanded-edition/.

Fellow Yes bandmate Oliver Wakeman has reunited with Clive Nolan (Arena) after 20 years for a new three-disc box set titled "Tales By Gaslight." In 2008, Oliver Wakeman would take over for his father, Rick Wakeman as the keyboardist for Yes as they headed out on their 40th anniversary tour. Prior to that engagement, Oliver Wakeman and Clive Nolan created two progressive rock concept albums "Jabberwocky" and "Hound Of The Baskerville." The album was a masterpiece in the progressive rock world and featured many different singers playing roles throughout the album, which was narrated by Rick Wakeman. The duo of Wakeman and Nolan followed that album with another concept piece, the "Hound Of The Baskerville," which did not receive the same welcome as their prior release. At the time, the duo were planning on a trilogy, with the third project surrounding the work of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," but lack of funding from the record company shelved the idea.

Now, with the release of this new set, a new third album titled "Dark Fables" has been created by Wakeman and Nolan, which includes music originally conceived for the abandoned "Frankenstein" album. This new twelve-song concept album features Paul Manzi and David Mark Pearce from the Oliver Wakeman Band, along with Gordon Giltrap and Andy Sears. This new recording done nearly twenty years later fits in perfectly alongside the other two albums, and as a bonus is the reading of the "Jabberwocky" poem by Rick Wakeman. To find out more about this new set from Wakeman & Nolan titled "Tales By Gaslight," please visit oliverwakeman.co.uk.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Focus Celebrates 50 Years With New Release Along With Fans Of Paul McCartney's Album "RAM"

In May of 1971, Paul McCartney releases his second solo album titled "Ram." In honor of its 50th anniversary, Spirit Of Unicorn Music (in association with Cherry Red Records) will release a fifteen-song tribute album simply titled "Ram On." It features over a hundred musicians, performing the album from start to finish, beginning with "Too Many People," starring Dan Rothchild (Heart) performing a mirror image of the song, along with the title-track "Ram On" featuring Pat Sansone (Wilco). One of the more exciting tracks is the classic "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," performed wonderfully by the band, Bebopalula. Husband and wife duo Rob Bonfiglio and Carnie Wilson team up for their rendition of the Paul and Linda McCartney duet "Long Haired Lady," before Pat Sansone returns for "Ram On Reprise." The album finishes with the single "Another Day," this time performed by Gordon Michaels, along with it's original B-side "Oh Woman Oh Why" featuring the work of Eric Dover and Lauren Leigh on this full-blown rock track. To find out more about "Ram On" and all the personal involved, please visit cherryred.co.uk/product/ram-on-the-50th-anniversary-tribute-to-paul-linda-mccartneys-ram.

Also celebrating 50 years plus are Dutch music legends, Focus. Their single "Hocus Pocus" is one of the more iconic songs in rock history. In celebration, Focus is releasing a 3 CD/1 Blu-ray set titled "Focus 50 Live In Rio" on April 39th, through Cherry Red Records. The Blu-ray and two of the discs in this set feature the band's 2017 performance in Rio de Janeiro. The set includes songs from throughout their 50 year history, from the ten-minute opening instrumental "Focus I" from their debut album, through one of their newest releases "Song For Eva." The music sounds like it came straight from the soundboard, without any remixing, as nature intended. This allows you to get even more lost in the epic music of "Eruption" and jazzy vibe of "Le Tango." The show wraps up with the progressive rock approach of "Harem Scarem" and of course their most well-known song "Hocus Pocus," which pushes the music past the 20-minute mark.

The third CD of the set is titled "Completely Focused" which features the band's currently line-up of Focus re-recording all twelve of the band's solo tracks titled "Focus" 1-12, which have been featured on the band's albums. These songs have been recorded during the current pandemic and features some of the band's best musicianship of their 50 year career. To find out more about "Focus 50 Live In Rio," please visit cherryred.co.uk/product/focus-focus-50-live-in-rio-3cd-1-blu-ray-deluxe-edition.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Cream Say "Goodbye" Once Again With A New Double-Vinyl Release "Live At The Forum"

In the fall of 1968, supergroup Cream (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce) set out on their farewell tour. Their short time together burned so bright that it only lasted for three years. Cream gave us such classic rock anthems as "White Room," "Sunshine Of Your Love" and many unmatched versions of "Crossroads." Back in February 2020, a four-CD set was released, featuring four of Cream's final shows, which took place in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego and London. A few of the songs performed from these shows were also used for Cream's final album "Goodbye."

Now on April 23rd, for the very first time, UMe/Polydor will release Cream's final show at the Los Angeles Forum on limited edition blue colored vinyl. This is the complete show from October 19, 1968 and was mastered from the original 1968 analog mix reels by Kevin Reeves for this release. At this show, Cream were at their absolute best, with Jack Bruce belting out the lyrics to "Politian," while Clapton and Baker teamed-up to keep the groove going. Listening to this show, you can hear how these three individual styles came together to create some timeless masterpieces, like the nine-minute "I'm So Glad" and the equally epic "Traintime." The short blast of "Crossroads" showcases the power of this three-headed musical monster, while "Toad" is the perfect reminder of how great of a drummer Ginger Baker was. The show wraps up with one of the greatest renditions of "Spoonful" I've ever heard. Cream take this Willie Dixon original and turn it into one of their signature tracks, as each member allows their musical souls to get taken over by the song's pure blues sound. To find out more about this new limited edition blue colored double-vinyl set "Goodbye Tour - Live At The Forum 1968," please visit udiscovermusic.com/collections/cream.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Who "Sell Out" On This New Super Deluxe Box Set From UMe/Polydor

Back in December 1967, The Who released one of the most elaborate album of their careers, "The Who Sell Out." It was the band's third studio release and shows the band knocking down the barriers of common studio albums, creating their own "radio show" with commercials and new, psychedelic-inspired music. To celebrate this iconic album, UMe/Polydor will release a super deluxe 5-CD/2-7" singles box set on April 23rd that includes 112 songs (47 previously unreleased). There will also be two different double-vinyl releases, a standard black vinyl set which includes the stereo version of the album on one LP and a second LP of highlights from the deluxe set. A second exclusive double-vinyl set includes the mono version of the album, along with an entirely different set of highlights from the deluxe version of the set, plus these are pressed on color vinyl.

The new 2020 stereo mix was remastered by Jon Astley and sounds stunning on vinyl. You will be amazed at how great the deep bass of the opener "Armenia City In The Sky" sounds and how clear each instrument is presented. Pete Townshend shines on "Odorono," as his vocals and guitar sound as pure as if you were in the studio hearing the playback direct from the mixing console. One of the highlights of this new remaster is the psychedelic monster, "I Can See For Miles," which allows Keith Moon's drumming to steal the show. Bassist John Entwistle stepped up on this release with his singing and songwriting, especially on the storied tale of "Silas Stingy." Lead singer Roger Daltrey saved the best for last, with his outstanding performance of the mini-opera "Rael (1 and 2)." His vocals seem to stand above the music on this new stereo mix, which allows a cleaner sound to his voice and give more power to the harmonies.

The second LP in both sets are where the true treasures lie. The bonus vinyl of the stereo set begins with some stellar organ work by Al Kooper on the U.S. single version of "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand," which benefits tremendously from this new remastered version. The studio version of "Summertime Blues" is a great rendition of the Eddie Cochran classic, but cannot hold a candle to The Who's live version of the song. Some of the commercials that were not used on the original album also appear like "Coke After Coke" and "Jaguar," which only continues to show how much inspiration was pouring out of these guys in the late sixties. The bonus vinyl of the mono set features almost all of the original U.K. singles that were not included on the album like "Pictures Of Lily" and "The Last Time." Some more great unused radio ads are also featured, making this vinyl fit perfectly into this double vinyl set.

The two different double-vinyl releases make up the first two discs of the super deluxe CD box set. There are still three discs worth of studio outtakes and Pete Townshend demos, which have never been heard before, officially. For the deluxe set, you have a full CD (28 tracks) of early takes which made up "The Who Sell Out" album and accompanying singles, as well as a disc titled "The Road To Tommy" and a disc of Pete Townshend's demos (exclusive to the super deluxe edition). During the sessions discs, you hear a lot of studio chatter, which only adds to the atmosphere of being a "fly on the wall" during the sessions for "The Who Sell Out" album. Highlights include the full version of "I Can See For Miles," a six-minute jam of "Lightning" and an alternate take of "Magic Bus."

The "Road To Tommy" disc features The Who's set of singles that lead up to the magical rock opera "Tommy," as you can hear their sound shift to a more textured delivery of the music. Many of the themes found in these songs like "Glow Girl," "Little Billy" and "Melancholia" are a precursor to what is to come of the mind of Pete Townshend. The demos disc is a little rough at times, but shows us the early ideas of where many of these songs came from. It also gives you a different look to the songs the were perfectly written for either Roger or Pete, himself to take the lead vocals.

This new super deluxe set also includes an 80-page hardcover book with rare photos, new essays about the different aspects of the album and even a new introduction from Pete Townshend. There is also an oversized wallet featuring the two collectable 7" singles and replicas of promotional items and posters. To find out more about this new massive "The Who Sell Out" box set, please visit thewho.com/the-who-sell-out-super-deluxe-edition-and-more/.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Aristocrats Deliver A Live "FREEZE!" & The 69 Cats Have A "Seven Year Itch" To Scratch

Hard rock trio, The Aristocrats are releasing their new album "FREEZE! Live In Europe 2020" on May 7th through the BOING! label. This new six-song release showcases the band in the natural setting...LIVE! This trio know how to get you adrenaline pumping, opening with the intense, progressive rock appeal of "D Grade F*ck Move Jam." They experiment a little more with their sound on the more melodic tone of "Spanish Eddie," which simply glides along, until its hard-hitting finale. The music of "When We All Come Together" moves swiftly, as each of the band members makes their presence known with the quick soloing. The Aristocrats wrap up their new live album with an intense nineteen-minute jam titled "Get It Like That," which is highlights by an extensive drum solo, dedicated to the immortal Neal Peart of Rush, along with the more straight-forward prog-rock/jazz fusion flow of "Last Orders." To find out more about The Aristocrats and their latest release "FREEZE! Live In Europe 2020," please visit the-aristocrats-band.com.

The gothabilly supergroup, The 69 Cats recently released their new studio album "Seven Year Itch" through Cleopatra Records. The three pre-released singles "Hollywood's Bleeding," "She's Hot" and "(Let's Go) Psycho" have been raising the anticipation of this new release and the full twelve-track release does not disappoint. With the iconic vocals of Jyrki 69 leading the way, guitarist Danny B. Harvey, bassist Kim Nekroman and drummer Rat Scabies (The Damned) lay down the perfect path for The 69 Cats unmistakable sound. The album starts off with the punk energy of "She's Hot" and a cover of Post Malone's "Hollywood's Bleeding," which may be better than the original and fits perfectly into the groups gothic repertoire. They keep the energy flowing with the intense delivery of "(You're) The Kind Of Girl I Need." The band lay down a boogie-woogie groove for "Graveyard Blues," before returning to the punk fury of "Hey World," featuring the late-Sky Saxon (The Seeds). Once again, The 69 Cats gets things swinging with the swift-moving "(Let's Go) Psycho," before finishing their new album with the bluesy bounce of "Teddy Boy Boogie" and the final sonic blast of "It Ain't Enough," which includes one of the final performance by former Pink Fairies/Motorhead guitarist Larry Wallis. To find out more about The 69 Cats and their latest release "Seven Year Itch," please visit the69cats.bandcamp.com.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

New Jazz Music From Artists Arturo O'Farrill, Ricardo Silveira and Francesco Amenta

Latin jazz artist extraordinaire Arturo O'Farrill has been keeping busy during the pandemic. Without the ability to tour, he created a new album "Virtual Birdland" with over 35 guest musicians, each performing from the comfort of their living room, bedroom or home studio. This new album was released back on April 9th through ZOHO Music and features ten tracks, beginning with the original Latin jazz composition "Gulab Jamon." The great thing about this opening song is how striking, upbeat and even chaotic the melody and rhythm is to give you a sense of how strong-willed these musicians are all performing together from remote locations. Vocalist Malika Zarra leads the way on the worldly sounds of "Pouvoir," while "Nightfall" allows more spots for brass and piano solos, as the four-piece rhythm section keeps pace. The orchestra slow the tempo down for the elegant, eight-minute "Ana Mashoof," which features Ghazi Faisal Al-Maulaifi on guitar and vocals. Your feet will be moving on the swift Latin flair of "Samba For Carmen," which also feels as if all of the musicians are in the same room, performing together live. Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra finish their new album with the beautiful sweeping melody of "En La Oscuridad" and the Tito Puente original "Para Los Rumeros," which will really get your blood-pumping with the song's exciting rhythm. To find out more about Arturo O'Farrill and his latest release "Virtual Birdland," please visit arturoofarrill.com.

Acclaimed Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Silveira released his debut solo album simply titled "Solo" on April 16th, through Moondo Music. It features eleven tracks, which are a mixture of originals and covers, beginning with the gentle touch of "Rio Texas," as you feel Ricardo's emotions with each pluck of the strings. He continues to work his magic on the beautiful melody of "Preciso Aprender A Ser So," before picking up the energy with the swift work of "Tango Carioca." Ricardo visits the work of the immortal Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim with a heartfelt rendition of "Luiza," along with the story-telling melody of "Zingaro/Retrato em Branco e Preto." He simple relaxes you with the soft, quiet touch of "Noite Clara," before closing with the more upbeat movement of "Amazon Secrets," which keeps you on the his path of enlightenment. To find out more about Ricardo Silveira and his latest release "Solo," please visit en.ricardosilveira.com.

Italian-born saxophonist, pianist, composer Francesco Amenta is preparing the release of the U.S. debut "Midtown Walk." It is only Amenta's second album, his first album was released back in 2015, when he was living in the Netherlands. Now, a member of New York City's jazz scene, his new album was produced by Grammy-winner John Lee and features eight tracks, which were all recorded back in February 3, 2020, before the pandemic hit New York. Francesco starts things off with the upbeat opening of "Dancing," which allows his 3-piece band to introduce themselves with some brief solos of their own. He continues with "Home," as the melody continues to build, as if he is traveling home and getting more excited with each minute. This four-piece jazz band experiment with tempo on "Number 9," before locking into a solid, up-tempo groove, while "06-22" displays the band's softer side on this lush, graceful ballad. Francesco Amenta wraps up his new album with the smooth, funky flow of "Burgundy 45" and a nearly twelve-minute version of the Duke Ellington classic "Come Sunday," which just puts your mind at ease, as if it was the weekend all the time. To find out more about Francesco Amenta and his latest release "Midtown Walk," please visit facebook.com/pg/amenta.francesco.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Female Jazz Vocalists Amber Weekes, Jeanine Otis and Jacqui Naylor Release New Music

Coming May 1st is the new album from jazz vocalist Amber Weekes titled "'Round Midnight Re-Imagined." This is Amber's homage to New York and the stories that her family and her father would tell her. She remembers her father, who was a jazz musician, talking about his parents luncheonette which saw some special guests like Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Harry Belafonte. This twelve song tribute begins with the upbeat, swinging rhythm of "Hazel's Hips" and the lush ballad "Summer Samba." She combines the classic sounds of Gershwin's "Summertime" with the bluesy touch of Sting's "Sister Moon" to give us a perfect soundtrack to a New York evening. Amber's vocals take center stage on the sultry flirtation of "Don't You Feel My Leg," before delivering "The Bar Suite," a three-piece opus to her late father. It features the smooth, laid-back jazz ballad "Something Cool," the closing number for the jazz clubs "One For My Baby" and the final plea of "The Man That Got Away." Amber Weekes finishes her new album with the elegance of the title-track "'Round Midnight" and the uplifting tale of "More Than You Know." To find out more about Amber Weekes and her latest release "'Round Midnight Re-Imagined," please visit amberweekes.com.

Fellow jazz vocalist Jeanine Otis recently released her new album titled "Into My Heart." It is a nine-track love story that finds Jeanine showing off her singing skills for the first time in eight years. The album begins with the gentle, Latin sway of "Mood For Lovin'," highlighted by Stanton Davis' trumpet solo. The energy picks up with the modern-sounding island flair of "Brazilian Jam," which puts you right in the middle of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The blues come on strong with the simple touch of "Sweet Sad Guitar" and "Lover Man," before Jeanine wraps up her new album with the inspirational touch of "Joy Of Life" and the soulful, gospel-like delivery of the title track "Into My Heart." To find out more about Jeanine Otis and her latest release "Into My Heart," please visit facebook.com/jeannine.otis.7.

Lastly, we arrive at the 11th studio album "The Long Game" from acclaimed jazz vocalist Jacqui Naylor, which was released back in February on Ruby Star Records. It features fourteen tracks, beginning with the upbeat rhythm of "Like Someone In Love," led by the stellar piano work of Art Khu. One of the new original tracks on her new album is the modern, R&B ballad "Give Me One More Chance," before the re-imagined version of Coldplay's "Fix You," which touches upon the original melody, as Jacqui accentuates the vocals. The energy and rhythm picks back up with the swinging melody of "I'll Be Loving You," while Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" gets simplified into a mellow jazz piece. Jacqui Naylor and her band rework David Bowie's "Space Oddity" into a lush ballad and recasts Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up" into an inspirational song about achieving your goals. She finishes her new album with the Latin flair of "Speak Low" and the beautiful original "All My Life." To find out more about Jacqui Naylor and her latest release "The Long Game," please visit jacquinaylor.com.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Judy Collins And Mary Wilson, Two Iconic Ladies Of Music Release New Albums

Folk legend Judy Collins is preparing a collection of her favorite songs titled "White Bird: Anthology of Favorites" on May 7th, through Cleopatra Records. It includes many, many memories that she can recall first hearing these songs and how they have inspired some part of her 60 year career in music. The album also includes some special guests, like Willie Nelson, Joan Baez and Stephen Stills. Beginning with the It's A Beautiful Day original "White Bird," the way Judy Collins performs the song feels as if it was her song to begin with, as she make each lyric feel extra special. Another classic is Collins' version of Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning," which actually fit in perfectly to Judy Collins repertoire when she first recorded it back in 1969. She gives more meaning to the words as she sings a cover of The Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn," and then finds the perfect partner in Willie Nelson for the duet of the folk ballad "When I Go." Next, Judy Collins harmonizes with Stephen Stills on their duet of Tom Paxton's "Last Thing On My Mind" and shows her love of the writing of Paul McCartney and The Beatles with a soaring rendition of "Blackbird." Her duet with Joan Baez on "Diamonds & Rust" sounds like two patriarchs of folk music movement sharing their love and appreciation for each other. The album finishes with her signature stark, emotional version of "Send In The Clowns." To find out more about Judy Collins new release "White Bird: Anthology of Favorites," please visit cleorecs.com.

Another songstress, Mary Wilson recently had her 1979 debut solo album reissued with bonus tracks through UMe. The original Motown release has been doubled in size, from its seven-song line-up to fifteen tracks, featuring a trio of versions of her hit single "Red Hot," along with songs from her sessions with producer Gus Dudgeon. This is the digital debut of this release, to co-inside with the untimely passing of Mary Wilson, who was also one of the founding members of the iconic girl group, The Supremes. The album was heavily into the disco movement, which was coming to a close at the end of the seventies and affected the commercial success of the singles released. Three of the new bonus tracks center around the single "Red Hot," which was expanded to a seven-minute disc remix and an alternate funky B-side version. The Gus Dudgeon session features four tracks that were being prepped for Wilson's follow-up album, which would not happen until 1992. These three of the four songs ("Love Talk," "Save Me," "Green River") have never been previously released and show that Mary Wilson was ready to deliver another soulful album filled with emotional ballads and energetic club hits. This new expanded edition closes with the previously unreleased track "Why Can't We All Get Along," as Wilson expressed her feelings on the political unrest of this country, which still resonates in today's world. To find out more about this new expanded edition of Mary Wilson's self-titled debut solo album, please visit marywilson.com.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Discover Classic Metal From Kikimora, Amazing Instrumental Guitar Work From Stephan Thelen & Rising Thrash Metal From Newcomers Texas Taliban

European metal band, Kikimora began a decade ago when lead guitarist Nicolo Kotzev return to his native country of Bulgaria. The band was inspired by the works of AC/DC and Deep Purple, but Kotzev wanted to write lyrics in his own native language. On May 14th, Kikimora return with their new studio album "Dirty Nails," which is being released through Escape Music Ltd. The eleven songs are sung in English, beginning with the high-powered "Bogeyman," which carries a nostalgic heavy metal sound. The album continues with the mystical opening of "The Chosen One," which then explodes to showcase the stellar vocals of Nikola Zdravkiv. Kikimora display a softer rock sound with the acoustics of "Free," as they balance their music with the high-powered blast of "The Hustler." The band's stellar musicianship shines on the nearly seven-minute progressive-rock feel of "The Endless Song." The energy picks back up with the classic metal delivery of "King Of Rock N Roll," before Kikimora close out their new album with the steady, heavy pounding of "Cry Baby Cry" and the mainstream metal appeal of "Liar." To find out more about Kikimora and their latest release "Dirty Nails," please visit escape-music.com.

World-renown guitarist Stephan Thelen recently released the follow-up to his critically acclaimed instrumental album "Fractal Guitar"(review: jpsmusicblog.com). The successor, "Fractal Guitar 2" features only six tracks, but each one is a sonic journey, beginning with the fourteen-minute "Cosmic Krautrock." The layers of sound and melody on this opening song demands multi-listens, in order to peel back the different textures and techniques that were used during the recording. The album continues with the title-track "Fractal Guitar 2," which has a gentle flowing feel to the music as it just glides along, led by Thelen's stellar guitar work. The intensity of "Mercury Transit" rises and falls, as you are brought along this twelve-minute sonic adventure. Stephan Thelen finishes up his new album with the raw, progressive rock approach of "Celestial Navigation" and the exciting beats and rhythms of "Point Of Inflection," as Thelen is joined by an all-star cast of musicians on this track. To find out more about Stephan Thelen and his latest release "Fractal Guitar 2," please visit stephanthelen-moonjune.bandcamp.com.

More new metal music has arrived from the El Paso, TX band, Texas Taliban. Their debut album "Runs On Hate" features only five tracks, but it looks to solidify the band's title of "Texas Thrash Kings." The album kicks off with the aggressive growling vocals of the title track "Runs On Hate," as Texas Taliban flex their metal muscle on this chaotic opening track. The energy continues to roll on with the hard-hitting, sonic blast of "Expect No Mercy" and the speed of "Supremacy," before closing out their debut album with a total 180 degrees, displaying a softer side with the first verse of "Tu Rey Muerto," which then explodes with screaming vocals. To find out more about newcomers, Texas Taliban and their latest release "Runs On Hate," please visit pavementmusic.com/artistspartnerships/texas-taliban.

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Beach Boys Family "Add Some Music" & James Holvay Plays Us A "Sweet Soul Song"

Arriving April 23rd is a new release titled "Add Some Music To Your Day," which features not only original members of The Beach Boys on a new recording, but also the next generation of Beach Boys family members. Beach Boys historian David Beard had the idea of combining the generational voices of the Beach Boys family for a new recording of their classic 1970 track "Add Some Music To Your Day" for the "Feeding America" charity. The idea went over so well, that an entire album was recorded, arranged and produced by long-time Brian Wilson Band touring member (and husband to Carnie Wilson) Rob Bonfiglio. Omnivore Recordings will release "California Music Presents Add Some Music," which features ten tracks, beginning with "Add Some Music To Your Day." The song features the amazing harmonies of the Beach Boys family, as sons and daughters of original members sing together for the first time on an album. There is also an a capella and an instrumental version of the song, which allows you to focus on the different aspects that went into this amazing performance.

The other seven tracks that make up this new album are re-recordings of some songs from the Beach Boys members solo albums, like "Ram Raj" by Mike Love and "Jenny Clover" from Al Jardine. David Marks takes on the task of recreating "Long Promised Road" into a soft, melodic, mostly instrumental track, as he performs all the instruments himself. The hidden gem on this new album is the re-recording of the Beach Boys' classic "Friends," which features the next generation of Beach Boys family which includes Carnie and Wendy Wilson, Christian Love, Matt Jardine, Justyn Wilson, Ambha Love, Adam Jardine and Carl B. Wilson. Also included are a couple of songs performed by long-time Beach Boys associate Jeffrey Foskett and Rob Bonfiglio, which fit in perfectly with the rest of the Beach Boys catalog. To find out more about "California Music Presents Add Some Music," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Moving from California to Chicago, we have the new "Sweet Soul Song EP" from rhythm & blues vet and chart-topping songwriter James Holvay. After being away from the music limelight for nearly four decades, working in sales, the urge was always there to get back into music. After hearing the music of Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Holvay was inspired to start writing his own music again, but it would still be a few years before James Holvay stepped back into a studio. Once he did, the music found that classic soul and style that he fell in love with. The short five-song release begins with the toe-tapping rhythm of "Working On It," which carries that nostalgic soul sound. Holvay's songwriting shines bright on the beautiful ballad "Still The Fool," while "Love Has Found A Way" brings back the energy of swinging sixties R&B vibe. James Holvay finishes his new album with the simple clap beat of "Talkin' About," which allows you to focus on Holvay's vocals and harmonies. To find out more about James Holvay and his latest release "Sweet Soul Song EP," please visit jamesholvay.com.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac With New Concert Release

Original founding member of Fleetwood Mac and legendary guitarist Peter Green has been part of the music industry for almost 60 years, until his passing in July 2020. His performance on the guitar influenced a huge number of players, including Marc Knopfler, Joe Perry, Billy Gibbons, Jonny Lang, Kirk Hammett and many, many more. In celebration of the life and music of Peter Green, fellow Fleetwood Mac founding member assembled many of his friends and fellow musicians to pay homage to the immortal Peter Green at a concert, which took place on February 25, 2020. On April 30th, BMG will release the show as a four-LP vinyl set, as well as 2CD/Blu-ray set which includes the film of the show.

The 23-song audio version of the show start off with Rick Vito strutting his stuff with the blues of "Rolling Man" and Jonny Lang blasting down the door with his roaring rendition of "Homework." The beautiful slide-guitar work and iconic vocals of Billy Gibbons draw out the Texas side of the British blues of "Doctor Brown," before Steven Tyler joins him for the classic "Rattlesnake Shake." Long-time Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie puts her stamp on some of the band's early songs "Stop Messin' Round" and "Looking For Somebody," as she shows off her bluesy side. Noel Gallagher (Oasis) steps up to the mic for the stark, acoustic strumming of "The World Keep Turning" and the uplifting, sing-along of "Like Crying."

The second half of the show starts off with fellow legendary guitarist Peter Townshend performing another one of Fleetwood Mac's earlier songs "Station Man," which still carries that Peter Green vibe, even after leaving the band in early 1970. Gibbons and Tyler return to the stage for rocking version of the timeless Peter Green classic "Oh Well, Pt. 1," while "Oh Well, Pt. 2" includes another legendary name, Mr. David Gilmour. Metallica's Kirk Hammett works his magic (performing with one of Peter Green's original guitars) along side Billy Gibbons on the one of the greatest early Peter Green-penned, Fleetwood Mac recordings "The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)." The night comes to a close with David Gilmour returning for the beautiful instrumental "Albatross," before the entire all-star cast appears on stage for the nearly eight-minute jam of "Shake Your Money Maker." To find out more about the new Mick Fleetwood & Friends release "Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green and The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac," please visit mickfleetwoodandfriends.com.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

New Music From Indie-Artists Crown Vic Royal, Mike Donehey, Olivia Flanigan and Box Turtle

Back in March, Chicago's Crown Vic Royal released a new three-song EP titled "Cosmic Nights." The growth in the band's sound since their 2019 debut is immensely, as the opening track "Peyote Embers" is like a smooth, mellow sip of bourbon, as you sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet harmonies and simple rhythm of the song. Next, Crown Vic Royal add a hint of blues to the nostalgic sixties instrumental rock of "In The Palace Of The Desert Birds," before finishing their new EP with the mixed influences of "Prayer For Summer," feels rough around the edges compared to the other two tracks. To find out more about Crown Vic Royal and their latest release "Cosmic Nights," please visit crownvicroyal.com.
Next up is the latest release from Nashville-based singer, songwriter Mike Donehey. His new three-song EP titled "A Father & Two Sons" is based on the classic tale of "The Prodigal Son." He begins with the alternative-rock vibe of "Pushing Me Away," which features an addictive melody and chorus that draws you in to the album's three-part storyline. The album continues with the guitar strut and smooth harmonies of "I Don't Love You Like I Should," before closing with the mellow, pop elements of "In The Middle." To find out more about Mike Donehey and his latest release "A Father & Two Sons," please visit facebook.com/MikeDoneheyOfficial.
Fellow singer-songwriter Olivia Flanigan recently released her debut solo album titled "Girl." It features eight songs, beginning with the title track "Girl," which has a classic seventies soulful vibe with a modern touch of energetic flair to give song a little attitude to enjoy. The harmonies are wonderful on the mellow backdrop of "HD," while Olivia's voice simply floats along the jazz/funk melody of "Mannequin." She wraps up her new album with the soft, quiet, emotional ballad "How Are You" and the upbeat, jazzy swing of "Sorry," as Olivia's delivery of the lyrics fits perfectly into song's nostalgic vibe. To find out more about Olivia Flanigan and her latest release "Girl," please visit oliviamflanigan.com.

Finally we arrive at "The Chocolate Chip Mothership" from the Austin-based country duo, Box Turtle. Dalton and Lindsay Chamblee has crafted five new songs that have that warm, "homey" feel, beginning with the wonderful poetic lyrics of the title-track "Chocolate Chip Mothership," which feels like the perfect pick-me-up song when your feeling down. The album continues with the sweet, southern harmonies of "A Dedication To You," as the emotion and love come pouring out of the song's feel good melody. Box Turtle finish their new five-song EP with the six-minute, storied blues of "Sarsaparilla Mountain" and the beautiful emotion-filled "Take It All With You." To find out more about Box Turtle and their latest release "The Chocolate Chip Mothership," please visit facebook.com/boxturtlerocks.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

New Music From Jazz Artists Jeremy Monteiro, The Rebecca Kilgore Trio and Anais Reno

Jazz pianist Jeremy Monteiro has teamed up with fellow artists Jay Anderson (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums) for the new album "Live At No Black Tie." The nine song release is a mixture of originals and covers, beginning with Dave Brubeck's elegant "In Your Own Sweet Way," which is one of Monteiro's favorite songs to perform. Jay and Lewis allow Jeremy's piano work to lead the way, as they keep a steady pace to open the album. The trio continues with a couple more cover songs, the up-tempo vibe of "Just In Time" and the admiring touch of Duke Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss," featuring a bass solo from Jay Anderson. Next comes a string of Monteiro's originals, included with swinging melody of "Mode For Love" and the be-bop flow of "Mount Olive." This amazing jazz trio wraps up their show with the quiet, gentle touch of "Life Goes On" and the exciting, energetic cover of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man." To find out more about the "Live At No Black Tie" album from Jeremy Monteiro, Jay Anderson and Lewis Nash, please visit jeremymonteiro.onuniverse.com.

Another trio making their presence known is the Portland-based band, The Rebecca Kilgore Trio. Their new album titled appropriately "Vol. 1," features thirteen cover songs, mixing well-known classics with rare gems that the band turns into one of their own. The album begins with an homage to American pianist Bix Beiderbecke with "Dear Bix," as the trio introduces you to their smooth jazz sound. They pick the tempo up with the more familiar Johnny Mercer classic "Day In Day Out" and the more playful, swinging melody of "Run, Little Raindrop Run" from the 1939 film "Springtime In The Rockies." Rebecca adds some lyrics to the poetic ballad "Talking To Myself About You" and her husband, Dick Titterington adds some more depth to "Like The Brightest Star" with his performance on the cornet, along with Randy Porter on piano and Tom Wakeling on bass. The Rebecca Kilgore Trio wraps up their new album with the Rodgers and Hammerstein penned "The Gentleman Is A Dope" and "There's A Small Hotel" from the 1936 show "On Your Toes." To find out more about The Rebecca Kilgore Trio and their latest release "Vol. 1," please visit rebeccakilgore.com.

Finally, we have the debut album from jazz vocal prodigy Anais Reno, who begins her recording career with "Lovesome Thing: Anais Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn." Reno recorded this album last year, when she was only sixteen years old, but her vocals have a much more mature sound than what may have been expected. She begins with some scat-singing on the opener "Caravan," as her backing band (led by pianist Emmet Cohen) also lets their presence known on this iconic Duke Ellington track. The gentle flow of "Mood Indigo" showcases Reno's vocals well beyond her years, before becoming more playful with the light-hearted melody of "Still In Love." Band leader Emmet Cohen adds a bit of the blues to Ellington's "I'm Just A Luck So And So," as Anais' voice once again steals the spotlight with her sultry vocals. The album closes with the gentle, floating sounds of "All Roads Lead Back To You" and the swinging rhythm of "Take The 'A' Train," which allows Cohen to display his talents on the piano. To find out more about Anais Reno and her latest release "Lovesome Thing: Anais Reno Sing Ellington & Strayhorn," please visit anaisreno.com.

Monday, April 12, 2021

New Music From Independent Artists Steve Hunt, Michael Whalen, Afro Yaqui Music Collective and Ahmed Warshanna

Jazz pianist Steve Hunt recently released his latest studio album titled "Connections." It features loads of special guests who Steve has connected with over the years and the songs have a special connection to him. Steve has performed along side many great jazz artists like Freddy Hubbard, Kenny G and Allen Holdsworth, and has invited Jimmy Haslip, Vinnie Colaiuta and Gary Husband (just to name a few) on his new album. The new nine-song release begins with funky rhythms and energetic sax of "Now's The Time," which continues to build with energy. Next, Steve pays homage to the Native Americans, with the eleven-minute tribal flow of "Prayer For A New Day (Cherokee Morning Song)," then delivers the jazz fusion piece "First Creation," led by the guitar work of Randy Roos. Steve Hunt finally shows off his skills on the keyboard for the more ambient flow of "Carry On," before finishing his new album with the energetic solos of "Le Zonage Trois" and the nearly fourteen-minute free form jazz closer "Connections." To find out more about Steve Hun and his latest release, please visit stevehunt.bandcamp.com.

Next, we take a sonic trip with "Future Shock," the latest album from Emmy-Award winning composer Michael Whalen. He has assembled a stellar line-up, including Tony Levin (King Crimson), Simon Phillips (Toto) and Bob Magnuson. His new album features ten tracks, beginning with the upbeat, title track "Future Shock," which feels like it could have found a home on the "Tron Legacy" soundtrack. Whalen and his band shift gears to a more jazz fusion sound with the keyboard/horn duel of "Hop, Skip, Jump," before slowing down for the mellow soundscape of "Lights Of Home." He picks the energy up once again with the exciting electronic rock infused melody of "Poly Jam," before closing out his new album with nostalgic jazz touch of "Morning Song," along with the gentle emotions of "Your Eyes, Your Touch, Your Kiss." To find out more about Michael Whalen and his latest release "Future Shock," please visit michaelwhalen.com.

The award-winning, multilingual jazz band, Afro Yaqui Music Collective have recently released a new six-song album titled "Maroon Futures." The band is led by frontwomen Gizelxanath Rodriguez, who takes her experiences of growing up Mexican and American along with her ancestry as an Indigenous Yaqui woman and mixes that with a group of elite musicians to create some truly unique and exciting jams. The album begins with "Nonantizin," as Gizelxanath skats along with the band on this high-energy introduction track. The music gets more funky and exotic on "Sister Soul," as you feel the band's passion for what that stand for in their performance. A Latin sound is spread across "La Cigarra" and a more modern jazz fusion approach is the common thread on "We Refuse To Be Used And Abused." The album wraps up with the more experimental nature of "Insurrealista," as each instrument looks to support the direction it wants to go. To find out more about the latest release from the Afro Yaqui Music Collective jazz band, please visit afroyaquimusiccollective.com.

Last, but not least we have the debut album from newcomer, jazz guitarist Ahmed Warshanna titled "Ishta." Ahmed brought together his experiences of growing up in an Eyptian-American household, along with experience of watching his mother battle breast cancer to these five emotional instrumentals. The album begins with the slow-simmering opening of "Inty Omry," as Ahmed lets his emotions take the song in whichever direction his chooses. Ahmed and his band continue with a more traditional jazz sound with "Alf Leila," while the soft tones of "Samaka" just float on by as you listen intently to capture every note. He finishes his new album with beautiful dance of horns, guitar and piano of "Intisar." To find out more about Ahmed Warshanna and his latest release "Ishta," please visit ahmedwarshanna.com.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

New Music From Heavy Metal Bands Wheel, Miasma Theory and Yellowtooth

German metal band, Wheel have returned after an eight-year absence with an album of new material titled "Preserved In Time." It features seven classic sounding heavy metal tracks that will make the album worth the wait. Wheel begin with the epic-sounding "The Night They Came Upon Us," which feels like it would fit in an episode of "Game Of Thrones," while "When The Shadow Takes You Over" is a modern day doom metal masterpiece. They flex their heavy metal muscle on the pounding drums of "She Left In Silence" and the chugging guitar riffs of "Hero Of The Weak," before closing their new album with the nine-minute epic tale of "Daedalus," which showcases the true musicianship of the band. To find out more about Wheel and their latest release "Preserved In Time," please visit facebook.com/Wheeldoom.

Making their debut is a band of heavy metal musicians who go by the name of Miasma Theory. They are led by Northern Crown's Zachary Randall and features fellow artists from other bands coming together (virtually) for their love of heavy metal. Their new self-titled album contains five tracks, beginning with the stellar music and vocals of "Forever End Today," which displays a mature nature to the band's sound. Their songs are epic sounding, as Miasma Theory take you on a sonic journey with "Together As One" and the nearly nine-minute, melodic touch of "Vector." They finish up their new album with a dark, doom metal cover of Candlemass' "Under The Oak," that is sure to please long-time fans of Northern Crown. To find out more about Miasma Theory and their new self-titled debut album, please visit facebook.com/MiasmaTheory.

Finally we arrive at the latest release from heavy metal giants Yellowtooth. Their new album titled "The Burning Illusion" features eight tracks, beginning with raw, slow-burning, doom/grunge sound of "From Faith To Flames." They quicken your pulse with the hard-hitting attack of "Atrocity" and "The Illusion," as Yellowtooth are still out to prove why they are one of the best independent metal bands around. The finish off their new album with the pulsating riffs of "Dead Flowers" and the aggressive death metal delivery of "Lazarus Syndrome." To find out more about Yellowtooth and their latest release "The Burning Illusion," please visit facebook.com/Yellowtoothband.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

New Music From Sanguisugabogg, Stepson, The Drowned God, Escape The Fate and Bewitcher

Back in March, Century Media Records unleashed the full-length debut album from the Ohio death metal band, Sanguisugabogg. Their new album "Tortured Whole" features eleven tracks of great grimy music, drawn from their enjoyment of cult horror classic b-movies, like "Dead Alive." They kick things off with the growling vocals and grinding guitars of "Menstrual Envy" and the hard-pounding rhythm of "Gored In The Chest." The tempo picks up with the more chaotic bashing of "Dragged By A Truck," while "Dead As Shit" and "Dick Filet" try to shock with the combination of sexual acts and violence. Sanguisugabogg close out their new album with the thrash metal approach of "Urinary Ichor" and the final sonic blast of "Felching Filth." To find out more about the debut album from death metal band Sanguisugabogg, please visit facebook.com/sanguisugabogg.

Also debuting back in March is the latest set of songs from Australian hardcore punk band, Stepson. Their new album "Help Me, Help You" features eleven tracks that look to simply crush your skull with the shear force of their music. They begin with the screaming vocals of "Learning To Let Go," as you are blown back into your seat by the music's shear force. Stepson continue to come at you with the powerful blast of "Run" and "The Entire History Of You," which fully demonstrates the band's passion for their music. The slow down the tempo for the more melodic tone of "I Wish," before wrapping up their new album with the hardcore wave of "Come With Me" and the more mainstream, youthful sounds of "Say Something." To find out more about Stepson and their latest release "Help Me, Help You," please visit stepsonpunk.com.

Philadelphia metal band, The Drowned God have returned with a new album "Pale Home," released March 26th through Solid State Records. Their new ten track release kicks off with the hardcore attack of "I Met You" and the aggressive screams of "Buried In The Room." They continue with the chaos of "Awake In The Morning," as The Drowned God showcase the growth and maturity in their music with the doom metal appeal of "Near Spanish Lake" and the big, loud sounding crash of "All Haunted." They finish their new album with the feedback-type buzzing of ""Gnashing Of Teeth" and the nine-minute epic closer "You Remained Silent." To find out more about The Drowned God and their latest release "Pale Home," please visit thedrownedgodband.com.

Escape The Fate continue their rise up the heavy metal charts with their new album "Chemical Warfare." It is the band's seventh studio album in the last fifteen years and features a dozen new tracks that are filled with the band's signature addictive, hard rock sound. They begin with the high-energy of "Lightning Strike," which has been perfectly built for the arena once we return to live shows very soon. Violinist/singer Lindsey Stirling joins Escape The Fate on the heavy-pounding of "Invincible," adding her signature classical/pop violin solo to the song's aggressive backdrop. The take turn in the pop/rock direction with "Unbreakable" and "Erase You," before Travis Barker (Blink-182) lends a hand on the band's hard rock return with "Not My Problem." Escape The Fate wrap up their new album with the large, powerful sound of "Ashes (Broken World)" and the quiet, melodic ballad "Walk On." To find out more about Escape The Fate and their latest release "Chemical Warfare," please visit facebook.com/escapethefate.

Oregon-based heavy metal band, Bewitcher are also making their Century Media Records debut with their latest release "Cursed Be Thy Kingdom." A western-style, acoustic/electric guitar instrumental leads the way into the band's new ten track release, which explodes into the metal attack of "Death Returns..." Bewitcher speed things up with the quick-hitting beats of "Electric Phantoms," while also delivering a nostalgic, classic heavy metal sound with "Mystifier (White Night City)." They go all out thrash on the speed-drumming of "Cursed Be Thy Kingdom," before closing out their new album with the stellar metal musicianship of "The Widow's Blade" and the chugging finale of "Sign Of The Wolf." To find out more about Bewitcher and their latest release "Cursed Be Thy Kingdom," please visit bewitcher.us.