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Taking flight to rock our hearts: Canadian solo act Midnight Sparrows show electric energy on ‘Should We Wait? (Until the End of the World)’

The fearsome and heavy start wakes you up from your slumber as you are suddenly alert and ready. What are these thunderous sounds that have lifted me up? The electric guitar is exactly the tonic in the gin that you want right now as the powerful vocals stride in so confidently, as solo Vancouver artist Blair Bellerose’s Midnight Sparrows, fly right to the bottom of the story on ‘Should We Wait? (Until the End of the World).

Their energies transfix you as your sleepy feet are tapping like a knock at the door, your blood is flowing a bit quicker as this is quite the Alt-Rock journey that belies bewilderment. This creation is clearly at one with music fans like a true zen-master as he is humble, and puts each part of his heart into this new single.

This is about working if you are going to wait for what you want or to grab it and never let go. A real message in a world that is a bit scared and perhaps waiting for the smoke to clear, instead of getting going and doing what you need to do.

This is an exhilarating soundscape from Blair Bellerose’s creation Midnight Sparrows, as he steps up the plate and swings hard to get that home run. He’s wanted to be a solo artist for a while now after years in the shadow of a band, this is his time to shine now.

Turn this up on Soundcloud to hear what good music should sound like.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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The Revies – Los Invisibles: American Rock Just Got Its Bite Back

I was uncertain if I could love the sound more than the wordplay in the latest track “Los Invisibles” from LA-based Rock artist The Revies. Yet, once I got a taste of the raunchy, punchy, eager sound which The Revies had manifested through their high-octane performance, it became apparent that their linguistic ingenuity is easily outshone by their ability to orchestrate a captivatingly immersive Rock hit.

Any fans of Stone Sour will definitely want Los Invisibles on their playlists. The production couldn’t be higher, the distinction allows you to hear the authenticity and there’s no disputing that The Revies is a force to be reckoned with.

It may have been a while since I’ve been to a gig, but I’m fairly sure that The Revies is exactly the kind of band who would leave your mind blown and your neck sore if you got the pleasure of seeing them live.

You can check out Los Invisibles for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Crown and the Doubt bring the salacious sleaze with latest single “Dirty Little Secret”

Enough time has passed since The All-American Rejects’ iconic track “Dirty Little Secret”, so Alt-Rock faction Crown and the Doubt have paid their own ode to sordidness with their viscerally electric latest single.

As acclaimed as The All-American Rejects were/are, they don’t seem to possess a fraction of the talent which you will hear in the colossally tight heavy and sleazy Rock instrumentals. But it’s with the vocals where Crown and the Doubt really set themselves apart. They’d give Buckcherry a run for their money when it comes to salacious sleaze.

You can check out Dirty Little Secret for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Florida’s Most Promising Alt Rock Act GREYE Have Dropped the Colossal Track “So Far So Good”

Through dominating vocals atop of sultry Rock rhythms, Floridian Alt-Rock artist GREYE created an unforgettable release with their latest single “So Far So Good” which is the second track to be released from their upcoming album of the same title.

With the first single release grabbing the #1 spot on the World Indie Chart, it’s easy to expect big things for GREYE. Possibly even bigger than the anthemic sound they alchemically cooked up in So Far So Good.

The vocals find the perfect balance between ferocity and harmony, any fans of Joan Jett and later formed 90s Riot Grrrl artists will undoubtedly be bowled over by this colossal single.

With a powerhouse of instrumentalists laying down soaring riffs and laying the Wah on thick, So Far So Good has all the accessibility of Classic Rock, but underestimating GREYE’s distinctive talent would be a dangerous move.

You can check out GREYE’s single So Far So Good here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare to be Arrested by FOLSOM’s Vicious Masterpiece of Heavy Blues Rock “BONZAI”

French Heavy Blues Rock band FOLSOM almost left us speechless with their latest single BONZAI.
It took a while for our rhythmic pulses to recover from the arrestive state they were in for the entire duration of the progressively dynamic track.

With vocals switching from blisteringly raw Hetfield-style screams to Bluesy Rock n Roll magnetism, Peter Cattet’s vocals match the influx evolutions which the instrumentals seamlessly make. At this point, I thought I’d heard it all with guitar solos. My jaw literally dropping at the crystal clear tones as BONZAI drew to a close proved otherwise.

BONZAI is pretty much the definition of aural sex appeal. If you’re not dead from the waist down, you’ll be inclined to agree.

You can check out the official video to FOLSOM’s latest single BONZAI for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Australian Alt-Rockers KaKu bring the heat with ”Winners Are Grinners”

KaKu are an Alt/Hard-Rock band straight outta Melbourne in Australia. They groove our hearts charmingly with their latest track called ”Winners Are Grinners”.

The band are from Melbourne’s inner north and are made up of the bearded Ben Schier, Dan Bergowicz and Andrew Cossey. The 3 piece band have loudly been flying their way up the Australian music biz for over 5 years.

KaKu have just released their debut EP on the 1st July which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Julian Schweitzer. This release is a product of a long musical relationship which explores brooding and introspective ballads, riff-laden jams and deep hooks that power through the speaks to magnetic levels.

Winners Are Grinners” is a terrific single from the outstanding Australian band KaKu. The Melbourne 3 piece blow past the noise and send us a great song. The Ozzie band are on the way up due to their quality song and intricate lyrics.

Stream this fab indie rock tune here on the bands Soundcloud.

Check out their YouTube channel to see their videos.

Spotify is the place to hear more.

Head to this acts Facebook music page and see when they are playing live again.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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UK Indie Rock artist Jamie Blackburn has dropped their anthemically-charged hit “Just Like Lennon Said”

Up and coming Indie Rock virtuoso Jamie Blackburn has recently dropped their anthemically-charged hit Just Like Lennon Said.

As soon as the massive chorus took hold, I was flooded with the nostalgia of being a teenager and discovering Sum41, the Offspring, Green Day for the first time.

Just Like Lennon Said carries the same energy of Iconic Pop Punk artists while offering plenty of the Isle of Man-based artist’s own ingenuity which comes from mixing elements of Blues, Rock, and British Old School Punk.

Behind the sonic aural euphoria, you’ll find the intricately absorbing guitar lead work which earned Jamie Blackburn his virtuoso stripes. You didn’t think it was just hyperbole, did you?

You can check out Jamie Blackburn’s single Just Like Lennon Said for yourselves by heading over to Spotify where you’ll also catch their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ravenwood has smashed every Alt Rock archetype in their latest single “We’re All in This Together”

Ravenwood released their unifying Industrial-infused Hard Rock hit “We’re All in This Together” on March 26th. It’s probably the most inspiring Rock hit I’ve heard in 2020. They obliterated the illusion that Rock lyrics need to be steeped in nihilism and anger to be ‘cool’.

Existentialism has been even more attractive than ever in recent months; it has become an act of rebellion to refuse to fall in a despondent line. We’re All in This Together is the perfect example of that. The last thing we need right now is Rock artists finding edgy ways to tell us the world sucks.  I live in hope that Ravenwood will start a trend.

Any fans of Powerman 5000, Rob Zombie, Static-X, Spineshank, Drowning Pool, Hed PE and Orgy will definitely want We’re All in This Together in their ears.

You can check out the official music video to We’re All in This Together by heading over to YouTube now.

Follow Ravenwood via Facebook to keep up to date with their latest releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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

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Wandering Lies blew the cobwebs off Washington D.C.’s Hard Rock scene with their latest single “Break Me”

https://wanderinglies.bandcamp.com/track/break-me

Washington D.C. Alt Rock 5-piece powerhouse Wandering Lies dropped their captivatingly authentic album The Last Goodbye” featuring the standout single “Break Me” on May 29th. If you want a reason to get excited about Rock again, hitting play will ensure that you’re suitably exhilarated by the blistering licks, Angie Pepa’s raucously fierce vocals and the adrenalizing energy poured into the progressive hit.

With subtle hints of Psych Rock and nuances of the Alt 90s sound wrapped around effects-laden Hard Rock instrumentals, it’s safe to say that Wandering Lies have found their signature sound and if you aren’t moved by the resounding aural storm, it’s quite likely that you’re dead inside.

You can stream and download Wandering Lies’ single Break Me along with the rest of their 2020 album via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast