Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Singer Angela Verbrugge Swings On Her Debut Album & Rua das Pretas Make Sweet "Wine" Together

Jazz vocalist Angela Verbrugge will be releasing her debut album next month. It features a mix of originals and covers, beginning with the fun, swift pace of "I'm Running Late." Angela lets her stunning vocals soar on the title-song ballad "The Night We Couldn't Say Goodnight," before delivering a perfect rendition of Gershwin's "Love Walked In." Next, she takes on Duke Ellington's "All Too Soon" with flying colors as her voice is the perfect match for these classic jazz numbers. One of a few original songs written by Angela, is the playful rhythm of "You're Almost Perfect," while she breathes new life into the quick swing of "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big." Angela Verbrugge finishes her new album with the Latin melody of "Si Tu Pudierus Quereme (You And The Night And The Music)" and one of the other originals "How Did I Know This Was The End." To find out more about Angela Verbrugge and her latest release "The Night We Couldn't Say Goodbye," please visit angelasjazz.com.

The band, Rua das Pretas is made up of Portuguse-based traveling musicians, who came together in the studio to create "The Wine Album." The band has been compared to the likes of The Rolling Thunder Revue or a sort-of Portuguese Buena Vista Social Club as many different musicians and singers create this amazing, worldly sound captured on this new recording. The album features eleven tracks, beginning with the Latin-flair, acoustic folk ballad "Fado Silencio" and the steady pace of "Fado A Boire," lead by the beautiful vocals of Gabrielle Hartmann. The album is a mix of English and Portuguese, as songs like "Home Before Dark" and "White Or Red" are easier to follow, but the songs sung in their native language are even more attractive to listen to. Rua das Pretas close out their new album with the elegant acoustics of "Vinho Velho" and the folk/pop tones of "Natural As Love." To find out more about Rua das Pretas and their latest release "The Wine Album," please visit ruadaspretas.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases Arriving From 10:13, Cold Colours, Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control

One of the first waves of heavy metal music to hit your speakers this year comes from the underground bands, 10:13, Cold Colours, Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control. First up is the self-released debut album titled "Result Of An Iron Age" from 10:13. This one-man instrumental heavy metal act begins with "Oathblade," by combining fast-paced rhythms, spoken word dialogue, chugging guitars and swirling keyboards to create this complex piece of music. Next, he attacks your senses with the quiet acoustics that get overpowered by the aggressive juggernaut of drums on "The Worst In Me." His music takes on an industrial metal sound in "Misanthropic Delirium," before returning to a more classic black metal feel with "In The Black Book Of Death." 10:13 wraps up his new album with the guitar buzz of "Son Of Monotony," the grand eight-minute progressive metal piece "Nashiteric" and the keyboard driven "Conduit Closing." To find out more about 10:13 and his latest release "Result Of An Iron Age," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/1013neilcarter.

Next up, is the new self-release from Minnesota death metal band Cold Colours. Their new album titled "Northernmost" features a dozen tracks, as the band are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2019. After a short acoustic instrumental ("Northernmost I"), their aggressive sound takes over on the hard-hitting "Nightmare" and "A Life Forlorn." The acoustic interludes return throughout the album, almost like chapters, while the full onslaught of heavy metal music gets your adrenaline pumping once again. The growls of "Spirit" and the amazing musicianship displayed in "Heathen" makes Cold Colours one of the premier independent metal bands in America. To find out more about their new album "Northermost," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/coldcoloursmetal.

On February 22nd, we have a trio of new releases arriving on the Gates Of Hell Records label from Traveler, Gatekeeper and Booze Control. These artists have their finger on the pulse of modern metal music, while also keeping a foot in the past, as you can hear with their influences. Traveler's new self-titled album simply explodes with its amazing guitar solos, soaring vocals and steady, but swift drum work. Songs like "Starbreaker," "Behind The Iron" and "Mindless Maze" showcase the great talents of this band. To find out more about Traveler and their latest release, please visit facebook.com/travelerheavymetal.

Vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud performs double-duty as the vocalist of Traveler and Gatekeeper, who broke onto the music scene with their 2018 debut album "East Of Sun." Now, Gatekeeper continues with a short, four-song EP titled "Grey Maiden." The amazing guitar work of the title-song and the epic feel of "Tale Of Twins" showcases a band on the rise as their songwriting continues to grow with each new release. To find out more about Gatekeeper and their latest release "Grey Maiden," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/GatekeeperBand.

We finish up with the classic metal sounds of Booze Control as they prepare to release their Gates Of Hell Records debut. The new album titled "Forgotten Lands" features ten tracks that carry a NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) sound, beginning with the high energy output of the title-song "Forgotten Lands" and also in "The Nameless." If you didn't know any better, you'd swear this music was created almost four decades earlier as "Spellbound" and "Playing With Fire" capture that nostalgic sound that has eluded heavy metal music. To find out more about Booze Control and their latest release "Forgotten Lands," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/boozecontrol.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Metal Blade Records Unleashes King Diamond "Live" And New Studio Album From Downfall Of Gaia

Metal Blade Records is preparing to start the year off with a massive new live release from the legendary metal artist, King Diamond. On January 25th, a new live DVD/Blu-ray titled "Songs For The Dead Live" will become available for fans. It features two full-shows of King Diamond performing at Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting in 2016 and Philadelphia's Fillmore in 2015. Both shows contain nearly identical set lists, but performed in front of a different audience, from separate countries. The result is two totally different reactions to the music of King Diamond.

Each set contains the band performing King Diamond's 1987 "Abigail" album in its entirety, but before we get to that, the show at Graspop kicks off with the intense delivery of "Welcome Home" and "Sleepless Nights." King Diamond also touches upon his days with Mercyful Fate with the amazing prog-metal delivery of "Melissa" and the heavy-hitting juggernaut "Come To The Sabbath." The second half of the show kicks off with the spoken word introduction of "Funeral," before the grand epic feel of "Arrival" and "The 7th Day Of July 1777" continue the tale of "Abigail." After the nearly 8-minute metal masterpiece "Black Horsemen," King Diamond closes the show with the quiet acoustics of "Insanity."

The recording of the second show was taken from a smaller venue, as the audience seems to play a bigger role in delivering the energy for King Diamond to strive on. The only switch is with the two songs "Eye Of The Witch" and "Halloween," as King Diamond and his band masterfully control the power of the audience's reaction to the songs. The short instrumental "Them" leads to the work of "Abigail," as "A Mansion In Darkness" works the crowd into a frenzy. The thunderous delivery of "Omens" and the swift work of "The Possession" is exactly the perfect remedy to exert all of energy it can from this explosive American audience. To find out more about King Diamond and his new live release "Songs For The Dead Live," please visit kingdiamondcoven.com.

This winter season also brings us the new studio album from hardcore metal giants, Downfall of Gaia. Their new album titled "Ethic Of Radical Finitude" features only six tracks, beginning with the atmospheric introduction of "Seduced By." This quickly gives way to the intense pace of "The Grotesque Illusion Of Being," as you begin to notice a more melodic feel the band's aggressive sound. The middle of this new release peaks with back to back epic numbers, as "We Pursue The Serpent Time" and "Guided Through A Starless Night" deliver new highs for this heavy metal band. Downfall of Gaia finish up their new album with the increasing tempo "Of Withering Violent Leaves," which showcases the band's full musical talents. To find out more about Downfall of Gaia and their latest release "Ethic Of Radical Finitude," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/DownfallofGaia.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Omnivore Recordings Re-Issues Big Star "Live" On CD & For The First Time On Vinyl

New from Omnivore Recordings is the latest from the Memphis rock band, Big Star. Omnivore Recordings has done a tremendous job bringing Big Star back into the mainstream consciousness, and their latest release "Live On WLIR" showcases the band and their rawest.

Following the release of their second album, "Radio City," Big Star performed live at Ultrasonic Studios in New York and it was broadcast on the city premier rock radio station, WLIR-FM. The set was first issued back in 1992, simply titled "Live," but has since gone out of print. Now on January 25, it is being re-issued on CD and for the first time on vinyl.

The band's fifteen-song set covers all the basis of their first two albums, along with a short three-minute interview segment. The band's sound is especially raw during the recording of songs like "Mod Lang" and "In The Street." Big Star also perform a short acoustic set, which is highlighted by their cover of Loudon Wainwright III's "Motel Blues." This new amazing set only adds to the legacy of the band as Omnivore Recordings continues to revise their catalog of recordings. To find out more about Big Star and their new live release "Live On WLIR," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bar/None Records Introduces You To The Other Side Of Alex Chilton With Two New Releases

On February 8th, Bar/None Records will release a couple of albums from Alex Chilton from his overlooked, more laid-back period of his career. Chilton may be best known as the lead singer of the successful bands, The Box Tops and Big Star. Unfortunately, Alex Chilton left us way too soon, suffering a fatal heart attack in 2010 at the age of 59.

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Alex Chilton was hitting the height of his fame as a solo alternative rock artist, but he never forgot about the swinging music of the 50's and 6o's that he fell in love with as a youngster. The new release "Songs From Robin Hood Lane" collects a dozen unreleased tracks that Alex Chilton made over the course of his career that showcases that love for jazz from the 50s. Beginning with "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" and as you continue with "There Will Never Be Another You," you will discover how well Chilton could croon. You will fall in love with his acoustic versions of "Let's Get Lost" and "All Of You," as his voice had that perfect tone to just lead you down to lovers lane. The disc closes with a beautiful lounge version of "Time After Time" and a quiet solo performance of "What Was."

The other new release titled "From Memphis To New Orleans" centers around 15-tracks that Alex Chilton recorded about his love for the southern music club circuit. Right from the the beginning, the style of "B-A-B-Y" and "Thank You John," give you a sense that Chilton could of had a second career as an R&B artist with his passion for swinging rhythms and pulsating of horns. This set also shows glimpses of his love for the blues with "No Sex" and "Take It Off." He displayed his talent for combining the two genres with "Make A Little Love" and "Guantanamerika," before closing with a wonderful cover of "Lonely Weekends." To find out more about these two new compilation from Alex Chilton, please visit bar-none.com.