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Cordova – Glass House: Hard Rock Rhythms, and Even Harder Hitting Lyrical Depth

“Glass House” is just one of the bitingly energetic Hard Rock singles from up and coming artist Cordova’s latest album “Stone to Throw”. Expect anything but an archetypal hit from the five ingeniously inventive artists who came together to provide aural affirmation that guitar-led music is far from dead in the water.

The chunky riffs, raw vocals, and the relentlessly rolling rhythms are just three of the reasons why you shouldn’t hang around putting Cordova on your radar. The instrumental progressions within Glass House were anything but predictable, the clever intricacies which they included will no doubt compel fans of bands such as Drowning Pool, Buckcherry and Godsmack in a brand-new way. If the riffs got any meaner, I think I’d be crying.

You can check out Cordova’s latest single Glass House out for yourselves by heading over to the band’s official website now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Two Too Many – Got My Rock n’ Roll: Potently Powerful Hard Rock

Plenty of people find catharsis within Hard Rock anthems, and there is plenty to be found in the unapologetically raw latest single by Amsterdam-based 4-piece Two Too Many.

“Got My Rock n’ Roll” is the up and coming band’s second single in which they lay down their ability to compose a riff-heavy, energetic hit. If you could imagine the vocals of Dave Grohl mixed with more classic bands such as Kiss, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, you’ll get an idea of just how Damien Coughlan’s vocals constantly feed energy into the already potent mix. The tight synergy between the instrumentals which create thunderous rolls with ease will also be enough to leave fans of Metal, Hard Rock and Classic Rock enamoured. Even though there’s no shortage of Rock artists reviving the classic sound, there’s something to be said about the distinctive way Two Too Many lay down their ferocious licks.

You can stream and download Two Too Many’s latest single Got My Rock n’ Roll for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Through it All – With this Change: Cataclysmically Raw Hard Rock

Until the introduction of the screamo vocals, I was almost under the impression that Through it All’s sound was one that I had heard countless times before. Yet, by the time the Ohio-based Rock band’s latest single “With this Change” got to the outro I was more than sold on their cataclysmically raw style.

The progressive style of the track means it’s a while before you’re treated to the full momentum of Through it All’s aural energy. The rhythmic rolls of the drums are almost primal whilst the angular guitars cut through the melodies which can only be described as potently high-octane. Unlike most Rock and Metal tracks, the lyrics were perfectly audible and the weight that they carried almost matched the fierce instrumentals.

You can check out the official lyric video for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

To keep up to date with all of Through it All’s latest releases, follow the band via Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Samana Rising – Dizzy: Female Fronted High-Octane Hard Rock

Men may dominate the Hard Rock scene, yet Samana Rising proves that women can hold their own in the Rock Arena in a way that should leave her male counterparts audibly quaking.

The vocalist’s ethereally raw vocals are captivating from the first verse in her band’s latest release.  Hanne Sivertsen does what many Hard Rock vocalists forget to do and injects soul into the vocals. Which isn’t all too difficult when the lyrics are as empowering and visceral as the ones contained in the band’s latest single Dizzy.

Even the biggest metal snobs wouldn’t be able to find fault with the tight progression of the track which packs in plenty of hard-hitting melodies and provocatively grinding guitar riffs. In short, it’s a masterpiece of a track which you’d have a hard time comparing to any other contemporary act on the scene to date. You don’t hear vocals like that every day, especially not ones that sit so perfectly with the high-octane synergy of the instrumentals.

You can check out Samana Rising’s latest single Dizzy for yourselves from August 10th, 2018 via their SoundCloud page.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Via Novus – Dusk to Dust: Hauntingly Heavy Hardrock

Without a second of deliberation the massive sound created by Via Novus hits you as you hit play on the first track from their 2018 Ep Dusk to Dust. The Industrial Electronica beat introduces you to one of the most monstrously heavy, yet succinctly pleasing Alt Metal sounds I’ve heard this side of the 00’s. To create their sound, Via Novus leant influence from Pop Punk and Post Hardcore bands to create their progressive sound which is defined by their guitar driven chord progressions around a thrashing drum beat. Each of the tracks from Dusk to Dust flow with their own brand of elemental fury, yet each time I heard that double bass pedal kicked my heart skipped a beat.

Clinton Davis’ ethereally high energy vocals are earth-shatteringly heavy all the way through the Missisipi based powerhouse of talents first official release. For any fans of Arch Enemy, In This Moment and Evanescence, you won’t want to miss out on Via Novus’ pioneeringly sensational sound.

You can check out the Dusk to Dust EP which was released on March 9th, 2018 on Spotify now, connect with the band on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Inflection Point – Let Me In: Sublimely Throbbing Hard Rock

Let Me In is probably the sexiest Hard Rock track you’re going to hear this year. The New York based collective Inflection Point weren’t kidding when they said their drum grooves were smooth and the vocals are melodic. They just forgot to mention the relentless synergy that exudes through the guitar riffs and pulsing cacophonies that the band creates. It’s impossible not to get excited as you soak up the sound that’s entrenched in nostalgia of the inception of the hard rock and metal core era whilst appreciating this throbbingly sensual organic sound.

I grew up on music by Cell Dweller, Shinedown, INME and Incubus and somehow, Inflection Point’s sound has a resonance to all those iconic bands whilst transcending it. It’s pretty hard to believe that the underground artists managed to make such an anthemically sublime track with their first ever single. Kudos to these guys.

Inflection Point will be releasing new music all through 2018, if you’re a fan of bands like Soundgarden, Godsmack and Mudvayne, you should be excited too!

You can check out their debut single Let Me In via SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/inflectionpointband/let-me-in

Head on over to Facebook to Fangirl/boy at them:

https://www.facebook.com/InflectionPointMusic/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Project Redshift Release Pumping Rock Tune “Sanity Catches”

Project Redshift are a UK based three piece rock band with experience on stage through an extensive series of gigs but their music is not only impressing people in live shows. Their freshly released debut single is spreading Project Redshift energised nature across the world. With driving guitar riffs, tom filled drum beats and a very memorable chorus “Sanity Catches” is a rock tune which is not only suitable for rock lovers but for a wide and vast audience.

One of the things which were particularly striking when listening to the song was the great placement of triplets and heavy accents throughout, which provide temporary rhythmic shifts that grasp the attention and pull the listener even more. Apart from the interesting rhythmic texture going on, the vocal melodies are also quite striking. The melodies and vocal tone not only make a very catchy chorus but also project a very subtle hint of bluesy influences along the way. The energy that these guys have is evidently not only striking and impressive on stage but also in recording, proving that their potential is flourishing and that Project Redshift will definitely keep growing along with its unique and characteristic sound.

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Brazilian rock band Ego Kill Talent release new single ‘My Own Deceiver’

Many believe that the flame of Rock music has long since smoldered under the vastness and accessibility of modern pop, indie, etc. Ego Kill Talent are here to show us that the flame still burns bright if you know where to look. Turn your ears toward Brazil if you’re yearning for immense drum sounds, heavy guitars and powerful vocals.

Despite the influences from harder rock genres, My Own Deceiver is a versatile single that blends pop sensibility with edgier style. Verses are arranged for easy singing along, even if you only know one word. This is definitely a single that will raise attentiveness at a live show. There’s a respect for classic rock in there as well. You can hear it in the way the song builds dynamically to its climaxes. While modern hardcore enthusiasts will go for full speed and peak volume right out the gate, My Own Deceiver is a track that takes its time and packs a bigger punch for it.

Even if you’re not ready to abandon your posh life of dream pop and folk ballads, there’s a timeless quality to rock music and Ego Kill Talent can dial your mind to a time when you were ready for more energy out of your music. This could be just the gateway you need to break out those guilty pleasure Motley Crue tracks that we both know you love.

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-Paul Weyer

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A&R Factory Present: The Rift

Since forming in 2009, The Rift have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, and more as well as receiving nominations at the Hollywood Music Awards and Ventura County Music Awards. Now, 2016’s full-length debut INVENTIONS crystallizes their one-two punch of technically intricate instrumentation and hypnotic hard rook hooks evocative of Thirty Seconds To Mars, Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters.

“We wanted to make songs that hit hard, but you can sing along to at the same time,” adds ARIS (vocals/guitar). “Sometimes, we go bluesy-rock and other times there are tinges of punk/metal. We explore different styles while keeping a solid, real sound.”

 

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A&R Factory Present: Melancolony

Justin Loudermilk had been writing and recording music long before he started creating Dream Pop songs with his wife in Atlanta as Melancolony in 2007. Prior to Melancolony, Loudermilk wrote and recorded dozens of cosmic folk songs while attending graduate school in the indie music mecca Athens, Georgia, and he also played in several lo-fi bands in both college and high school. Loudermilk’s first songs penned as Melancolony were quirky reflections of his newlywed years with commercial model (and Melancolony contributor) Natasha Loudermilk.

In December 2015, Melancolony announced the release of their debut LP, Tunnel Visions. The album’s sound reflects a wide array of Georgia-bred artistic influences, while the lyrics are complex and literate. Filled with biblical allusions and postmodern imagery, the album mixes ringing guitars, retro synthesizers, and lo-fi production values typical of DIY bands that are making music for the only justifiable reason: for the love of it.

For lyrics, videos, and other information, visit Malancolony’s website

About the Song

This song is about depression. It focuses on the simple truth that when a loved one goes through a bout of depression, all his or her loved ones experience some sort of depression as well.

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