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Mainline introduce us to ‘The Unholy Idol’ through the barbarous furore in their debut album.

On October 1st, 2021, the New York-hailing four-piece Mainline delivered the psyched up classic rock revival album of the year, The Unholy Idol. Right from the first single, Sanctum, the vintage tones pull you into the grip of their unassimilated anthemic rock prowess.

You will soon see how they came about their moniker with their ability to make you feel like you’ve just mainlined adrenaline through track two, Out of the Shadows. The 10-track album is almost wall to wall with anthems, but they still found space to exhibit their dynamism as alt-rock alchemists. Standout singles include the grunge influenced title-single, The Unholy Idol, and the bitter-sweet serenade, A Distant Memory. The concluding single, No Warnings, No Signs, is where Mainline prove that they can rip through solos just as well as any of the accoladed guitar heroes and seal a place in your memory.

Any fans of Metallica, Iron Maiden, White Snake and Black Sabbath won’t want to sleep on this release. Classic rock revivals are in no short supply on either side of the pond, but when we say that Mainline are reminiscent of Metallica, that extends beyond sonic appeal and runs through to their ability to leave you enlivened. With Mainline, you get the sense that creating energising anthems that can easily become party rock hits comes naturally.

The Unholy Idol is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

One Man Electrical Band amped up the voltage with their politically-charged hard rock single ‘Sign of the Times’

One Man Electrical Band

One Man Electrical Band® (OMEB®) has been taking the Cincinnati music scene by storm since 2003 with his futuristic spin on classic hard rock. With his latest single ‘Sign of the Times’, he hooked up with rock royalty, Vinny Appice (drums) and Steve Stratton (bass) to create an eye-opening juggernaut of a single.

We all know those snobby rock musos, don’t we? The ones who will disagree with any rock made in the 21st-century, Sign of the Times puts those pretentiously-formed opinions to shame.

With an old school Sabbath touch to the vocals, layers of atmosphere akin to what you’d hear in a Ministry track and politically-charged awakening lyrics, Sign of the Times hits the spot in every way possible. One Man Electrical Band’s talent easily parallels the collaborative artist’s, given that Vinny Appice drummed for DIO and Sabbath, it’s no surprise that One Man Electrical Band has shared stages with Journey, Motley Crue and KISS.

On the basis of the guitar solo, Sign of the Times should probably come with an X-rating along with a 5-star rating.

You can check out the official lyric video via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Washington Rock powerhouse Birch Riley address the fragile state of your existence with ‘One Life to Live’

https://birchriley.bandcamp.com/track/one-life-to-live

Birch Riley gave us a taste of their highly-anticipated album with the monster of an Alt Rock hit “One Life to Live”. If you need frequent reminders that the sands of time are always slipping, this sonically electrifying hit from the Washington-based powerhouse will gladly hammer home the temporary state of your existence.

Despite the ferocity, there’s plenty of soul to be found in this viscerally enticing hit which was made for radio. With the vocals soaring as high as the guitar solos in the chorus, you can expect to be as adrenalized as the soundscape when you hit play.

There may be some Classic Rock touches to the single, but indisputably, there’s enough distinction and nuance in the deftly crafted track to assure you that Birch Riley are as authentic as Rock acts get in 2020.

You can check out Birch Riley’s single One Live to Live along with the rest of their interstellar album Fragments of Space and Time via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Torn Away are set to make a serenely melodic debut with their album “As We Rise”

Torn Away

Sink into the succinct melodicism in Torn Away’s standout single ‘The Viscera Enigma’ which features on their debut album release ‘As We Rise’ and enjoy the tonally indulgent hooks and grooves orchestrated by the Flint, Michigan Alt Rock trailblazers.

Their tones offer finesse to a sound akin to the likes of Pink Floyd, Alice in Chains and Acid Bath. As their standout track runs through, it is almost as though the breezing and purposefully meandering notes leave an imprint on your psyche and compel you to delve into the progressive hit time after time.

Torn Away offer an incredible energy, I have no doubt that this isn’t the last we hear from them. Get them on your radar.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer before you can check out As We Rise which will be released by Misanthropik Records. In the meantime, head over to the artist’s Facebook page and give them a follow on Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Abakas – Runaway: Alchemically Anthemic Alt Rock

If you could use some grungy, raucous aural escapism, take a journey with Norwegian breaking artist Abakas’ high-octane debut single “Runaway”.

I don’t make Eddie Vedder vocal comparisons lightly, yet, Abakas vocalist achieved the very same evocative sing as Pearl Jam’s frontman as he projected the powerful imagery from the lyrics into the anthemic hit.

Instrumentally, Abakas are well and truly in a league of their own thanks to the eclectic array of influences weaved into the supersonic rhythmic hit. Anthemic Rock converges with Hard Rock and Sleaze to orchestrate an alchemic feat of Alt-Rock which you’ll want to give repeat attention.

Any fans of Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam Queens of the Stone Age and Iron Maiden will be just as enamoured with Runaway as we were.

You can check out Abakas’ single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify, where you’ll also be able to delve into the artist’s debut EP “Marauders”.

Keep up to date with the latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Happy Freuds – Break: It’s full of energy and major throwbacks

If you want something that’s going to throw you right back to the old school Classic Rock days then this is the one for you. Happy Freuds have this contagious energy, manic instrumentation and insane vocals, that real rock feel that throws you right back.

‘’Break’’ is a track that you can’t help but love, it’s energetic, chaotic and has so much personality that shines through, as a listener you can hear how much energy goes into the music and how well it comes out.

They have this talent that definitely shouldn’t go unnoticed, the guitar riffs are so precise and electrifying, the light taps on the drums and not to mention the killer vocals that just completely top everything off, it all combines so well together.

Happy Freuds have clearly shown the Rock world what they have to offer in this track, just by showing how good old school Classic Rock can really sound. A band with huge potential to make it massive and one we can’t wait to see do so.

Be sure to check out Break for yourselves by heading to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

Ekaterine Music Presents DreamTaun; Contemporary Country Funk

One month after the initial release of DreamTaun, the fresh new single from Ekaterine Music and we’re still revelling in the absolute masterpiece of this sonorous sound. With its wholesome hints of Country, Americana, Electro-Pop, Funk and Ska DreamTaun has the momentum of a thousand wild horses.

The track progresses with Ska tones reverberating from the guitar with transient slips of melody from the verse to the chorus. The track has an angelic aura about it twined with the exuberance of one of the most confident women that you’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to expressing herself in a midst of raucous energy. The sound dominates its sweet euphoric vibe. The vocals are as clear as glass fracturing into a thousand pieces through the rhythm of this track. Ekaterine Music is the new musical venture from visionary Moscow born singer song writer Ekartine Goglidze whose music soon caught the attention of the BBC. In 2016, she was invited to perform her original material in the live sessions. She’s a woman of astounding grace and stunning talent.

Check out her new single DreamTaun on the SoundCloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/ekaterine_music/dreamtownfvm127-lm

Make sure you also check out her website & social media, once you get a taste of her sound, you’re going to want to get acquainted with her.

https://www.ekaterine.co.uk/

Crisis King – Tonight – If You Thought That Extreme Music Could Not Be Eclectic, Think Again!

Crisis King is an artist with a fondness for hard-hitting metal, post-hardcore and industrial tones. His recent studio work, Tonight, is an EP that features 6 original songs. The artist’s music explores genres as diverse as hardcore, industrial, new-metal and more, going for an eclectic, yet direct sound. Opening number, “Die Easy”, is an extremely powerful wall of sound that feels like a stampede of vikings, crushing and burning everything in their path. The song has powerful drums and loud guitar riffs that are down-tuned and aggressive, perfectly matching the vocals.

The dark lyrical themes on the songs of the EP are also a great match with the album’s production aesthetics, but there is also room for melodies here and there.

“The Tides” highlights the group’s most melodic side, yet it still features hard-hitting drums, loud guitar walls and serendipitous changes. Throughout the span of these 6 tracks, Crisis King really stand out for the diverse approach they are able to bring to the table, exploring different sides of their musicianship and offering up an EP that feels eclectic, yet extremely direct, just as you would expect from a band such as Crisis King!

Shadow Horse twist that bridges the gaps between old school and contemporary metal

The Visitor by Shadow Horse

Shadow Horse is a heavy metal band hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. Their music immediately stands out for its broad range and for the band’s unique approach to songwriting, denoting a truly special personality and an original twist that bridges the gaps between old school and contemporary metal.

The band’s recent single, “Spear”, is a great example of the well-refined sonic mechanism at the core of the band’s tone. The song has some really great riffs, a dense, heavy beat and more importantly, a smooth vocal flow that sits perfectly on top of the instruments, easily cutting through the mix.

On “Spear”, Shadow Horse showcases a driven attitude, with lots of talent and a unique vision. Their tone could be described as a refreshing blend of doom and heavy metal, echoing the work of influential artists such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest or Arch Enemy, only to mention a few of the bands that come to mind while listening to this music.