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From Vinyl Dreams to Metal Realities: A Conversation with IMMORTALIZER, the Master of One-Man Heavy Metal

Today, we have the privilege of sitting down with the musical powerhouse behind IMMORTALIZER, a one-man heavy metal force that has been turning heads with his classic heavy metal sound and relentless dedication. From early vinyl inspirations to a DIY recording journey, IMMORTALIZER’s story is one of passion, perseverance, and a steadfast commitment to the art of music, lets dive in!

You credit your father’s Rock & Metal vinyl collection as a catalyst for your musical journey. Could you share a few of those iconic artists that left a lasting impression on you as a musician?

When I heard Black Sabbath’s Paranoid for the first time at 7 years old it truly changed my life. I was immediately drawn in and learned a great deal from Black Sabbath records. Alice Cooper was another artist that greatly influenced me. Same with Van Halen. I was mesmerized by Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing in particular. Some of the others early on were Deep Purple, Nazareth, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. I spent countless hours playing those records over and over. I knew without a doubt that music was going to be my path in life.

Your journey began with a modest drum kit, and now you handle guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and vocals. How did you master these diverse instruments, and what drove you to become a one-person powerhouse?

Immortalizer | I was very driven as a young kid and I wanted more than anything to become a professional musician and tour the world. I was determined to make it happen. I got my first drum kit for my 9th birthday and played that thing into the ground. I would play until my hands blistered and bled. I’d stop to bandage my hands up and then I’d continue playing haha. I just couldn’t get enough. I was so obsessed with music that I wanted to learn other instruments as well, so I started learning guitar on my father’s old acoustic guitar. My parents had an upright piano downstairs, so I would mess around on that as well. I learned to play everything by ear. I played along to my favourite records and started writing my own songs. Over the course of 28 years I slowly developed each instrument by practicing all of them as much as I could. I never took music lessons but I learned lots of tips and tricks from family and friends. A big shift was my journey into recording. Home recording started being more affordable when I was a teenager, so multi-track recording was a total game changer for me.

My solo career was a bit unexpected. My best friend Jay and I started our first band when I was 9 and we went on to form 13 bands together. We both loved music and practiced in his parents basement every single day after school and even more on weekends. They were so nice to let us jam full volume during our formative years. It was considerably raw at first and always very loud. A few years later we started performing all over our home city and outside it as well. It’s not an easy business however, and after years of effort Jay decided to return to school. I couldn’t picture myself doing anything other than music however, so I decided to continue solo. I had already begun recording full demos at that point, so I just dedicated all my time and energy to my new project Immortalizer. 

Creating a DIY recording setup in your basement is a testament to your determination. Could you elaborate on the challenges and rewards of producing your music independently?

 I have improvised quite a bit in my home studio. For example, my vocal booth is made of a foam mattress wrapped in moving blankets and propped up with fence posts. It doesn’t get much more DIY than that haha. Though funny enough it does work quite well. I couldn’t properly record acoustic drums with the gear and space I had, so I decided to go with electric drums instead. I’ve spent the last 28 years slowly beefing up my studio and equipment, trying to get a decent set up for each instrument.

I think the main advantage is creative control over my work. I can create exactly what I hear in my mind and what I envision for the song. I also feel you can’t rush creativity, so I enjoy being able to decide when an album or song is ready. However doing everything myself means a lot more pressure and a lot more time. The biggest disadvantage of all is not being able to perform, tour and write with other musicians. That’s why I’m planning to find full time band members to be able to bring Immortalizer to the stage and tour around the world.   

How did you develop your signature sound, and what were some of the influences that guided you?

When I started Immortalizer I envisioned fusing classic style Heavy Metal with contemporary Metal. I thought it would be fun to create something a little different. I only realized after my first tracks that I had pulled from other sources as well like Thrash, Prog Metal, Heavy Rock etc. I also realized that I wouldn’t really fit into any one category which complicated things a bit, but my focus has always been to just make the best music I can.

I’ve been greatly influenced by those first bands like Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper and many others along the way. Ozzy’s solo records were incredibly impactful on me since childhood. Another life altering band for me was Megadeth. I found out about them when I was about 12. I bought Countdown To Extinction and it completely blew my mind. Metallica, Pantera, Kiss, Symphony X and Black Label Society were all big influences as well. A year or so later I learned of bands from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal like Motörhead, Judas Priest, Saxon and Iron Maiden and once again my life was forever changed! German Metal was an equally impactful influence on my evolution as an artist. Specifically Primal Fear and Helloween. I was blown away by their talent, powerful melodies, incredible performances and production quality. I began digging into more German and European Metal bands and found so many new favourites like Yngwie Malmsteen, Accept and Michael Schenker.     

Collaborating with Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear sounds like a dream come true. Could you share how this partnership came about and what it meant to have his involvement?

Absolutely! I’ve been a huge fan of Ralf’s and Primal Fear since I was a teenager. I consider Ralf to be one of the greatest Metal vocalists out there. I first reached out to him for help to further develop my vocal abilities and recording knowledge. I’d been singing for over 20 years but had no formal training of any kind. I felt I had hit a wall and wanted to expand my vocal range and learn from someone I greatly admire. We both live for music and got along really well, so we started becoming friends. Ralf has been very supportive and helped me in so many ways. He graciously created my new vocal sound, helped me with gear and shared all kinds of info and advice. Ralf kindly offered to mix and master one of my first singles (I’m Gone) and afterwards we began working on the entire album together. When I showed him We Were Born For Metal he really liked the song and volunteered to do some guest vocals on it. I was beyond thrilled! He did such an incredible job on the single and the album production. It’s especially impressive when you consider that he was working from home recordings. It’s been such an honour to become friends and work directly with one of my heroes. I’ll forever be grateful to him.

As an indie artist, gaining recognition and building a fan base can be a challenge. How has the response been to your music, and how do you feel about the support you’ve received from your fans?

The response from critics and fans so far has been incredibly positive! It’s been very encouraging and humbling to see so many people enjoying my music. I’ve received a lot of kind messages from fans. Their support has been really great as well, people from all over the world have reached out for CD’s, vinyls and merchandise. Digital downloads and streams being the most significant. I’m extremely grateful to all Immortalizer fans for their support! It’s definitely a challenge for indie artists though. I’ve tried to keep costs as low as possible for fans but the manufacturing and shipping costs have gotten so high that it’s hard to get albums pressed and released independently. 

Finally, your dedication to music for nearly three decades is truly remarkable. If you could send a message to your younger self, just starting out on this journey, what advice would you give based on your experiences?

That’s a very good question. I think I’d say: never give up on yourself or your dream. Incredible things can happen when you work hard and stay true to yourself. Don’t let other people’s negativity discourage you and never stop reaching beyond your grasp.

Check out this fine new single on YouTube.

See more of this journey on IG.

Interviewed by Stefan Toren

Interview: Propter Hawk tell us all about Toronto life and the anticipation building for their epic 12-track album

Ripping a hugely likeable sound into our lives with a friendly kick to the soul and a smile to follow, Propter Hawk reminds us of that old-school sound that drives our hearts into doughnuts outside the local drive-through at 2 am. They tell us their debut self-titled debut record while sipping on sherry flips and might change your mood for the better. Real music with purpose still exists you see? You just have to look for it and dig a little deeper to find the treasure. Look no further.

Llewelyn: Hello Propter Hawk. Please take a seat on our cosy virtual couch (excuse the snoring cat there) and may we provide you with any snacks or beverages? Alrighty, let’s get into it. Firstly, how did you get this incredible name and who is the cleanest member of the band, who’s the most organised, the most serious, the friendliest and who is the messiest?

Andrew: I came up with the name a while ago and this question has been haunting me ever since. It’s a play on “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc” which is one of Socrates’ informal fallacies. I often find myself trying to explain this to people in loud, packed clubs and it is the most difficult part of my entire life.

Malorie: I’m definitely the most organised, Alec’s the most serious and Jimmy is the friendliest person on earth. Andy and Brian can fight over who is the messiest. They’re both…you know.

Llewelyn: Secondly, we’re super thrilled about your upcoming debut release on the 18th of August 2023. You were kind enough to send us a pre-listen..and wow..we love it. Sherry Flip especially is special. How did the whole album come together and how would you describe the vision and your sound on this one?

Andrew: In many ways, the album came together because of Covid and lockdowns. Mal and I had a lot of song ideas going into the pandemic and we wanted to write songs that really expressed some of the feelings that, I think, a lot of people have been having for a long time. Since we couldn’t play shows, we really used it as an opportunity to work them out with the boys and by the time restrictions were lifted, we had a whole album of songs ready to go before we ever had the chance to play live.

Jimmy: We were toying with the idea of recording the album ourselves but when we got the opportunity to record at Pineship Sound in Toronto with Carlin and Mike of Zeus, that settled it for us. We grew up watching those guys in Zeus and it was a thrill to get the chance to work with them. They’ve contributed to so many records that we love.

Alec: There are a lot of overlapping influences between all of us, so musically we are all headed towards the same goal, but the album certainly showcases everyone’s individual approach and it became kind of our own unique take on rock and roll. For me, a lot of it came down to us recording live off the floor and making sure we kept things loose and organic. I think you can hear that rawness in the tracks.

Llewelyn: Please tell us all about your upcoming album release show at The Cameron House (408 Queen St W, Toronto, ON) on 18th August. Who’s on the lineup and what should fans expect, where can they buy tickets, why did you choose this particular venue, times etc?

Brian: This is a really special show for us. We’ve been sitting on this album for a while now and are really ready to get it out there. We’re playing with The Young Scones, a supergroup made up of some of our favourite Toronto musicians that we’ve been playing with right from the start. Moondoggy is the other act on the bill and another one we’ve played with before; they’re always great. We’ve played at The Cameron House a few times before and it’s always a really exciting spot to play. The room comes with a lot of energy.

Llewelyn: Toronto, Ontario is your hometown and is a place we want to visit. What parts do you love and where do you personally go and watch live music? Is the scene thriving and where do upcoming original solo musicians and bands head to perform?

Brian: I think the live music scene, especially for rock and roll, has changed a lot in recent years all over the world…but Toronto is still holding on like it always has. We grew up going to places like Lee’s Palace, The Horseshoe Tavern, El Mocambo and The Dakota Tavern, and all of them are still going strong and are still home to the best upcoming rock bands in Toronto. I don’t think a lot of these legendary clubs survived the pandemic in other cities. In fact, we have seen more clubs popping up here and there recently. Anyone looking to start playing in Toronto has a lot of options to choose from.

Llewelyn: Ah yes. How did the band form? We have a feeling this is an interesting story…actually…you have told us but we don’t want to spoil it. Please tell our readers about how your band actually got together and now makes beautiful music together.

Malorie: Well…I married a guitar player (Andrew) and he was in a band called New Commuters with Jimmy. I have been singing for years and wanted to start my own music project and Andy was an obvious choice. Since Jimmy is Andy’s most trusted musical collaborator, he was also an obvious choice. Our original idea was going to be the three of us and Andy was working on…a bass-playing robot. Not a joke. He actually got close, but the logistics were a nightmare. So we sent out a desperate classified ad looking for a bass player. Our only reasonable response was from Alec, who played guitar and had no interest in playing bass at all. For some reason, we invited him to come play with us anyway and after a few minutes, it was clear that we could exploit him for his outrageous talent. Shortly after, Alec brought in his seasoned musical collaborator, Brian, to play bass and sing harmony and he fit in right away. And here we are.

Llewelyn: What’s it like when you close your eyes and see that live crowd? Does it excite you and do any parts of the process scare you at all? It must be such a rush feeling the anticipation and seeing sweaty faces staring closely, singing your songs and rocking out to get work-life stresses out of their system.

Alec: It’s definitely a rush to get up there in front of people and give it your all. For me, once you play that first chord through a loud amp we’re off to the races and any nerves turn into excitement. Seeing people get into it and pass that energy back to us might just be the best part.

Llewelyn: Last one. Once again, thank you for your time today. What do you usually eat/drink before a show or is there a pre-gig ritual or do you just have a lil chat and get on with it? Also, is there one song of yours in particular that you all love wholeheartedly and can never get sick of playing?

Jimmy: We kind of do our own thing for the most part and we’re pretty low-key. Right before going on stage, Malorie, Brian and I find a quiet place somewhere and warm up our vocals. The Yawn-Sigh Technique, The Tongue Trill Exercise…lip buzz warm-ups…all of them.

We released Theatre Of The Whole World a while ago and it seems to have caught on really well in Toronto. It’s always a rush to see a crowd of people that you’ve never seen before singing along to every word.

Do some warm-ups for the soul via the album link on Spotify.

See where they fly next on IG.

Interviewed by Llewelyn Screen

You don’t feel the Same: JXKR sends our emotions soaring on Stardust (feat. Dani)

Waiting for the moment when a 2nd epicentre connects with so naturally, JXKR wants so much more but senses that it will have to wait for another time on the stunning new single Stardust (feat. Dani).

JXKR is an Ottawa, Ontario-based indie Haitian-Canadian musician/producer who is currently working on the upcoming EP which will be released in the fall.

My goal is to work with local artists and be a part of the R&B industry in the community.” ~ JXKR

After the underground love given to the debut single Rendez-Vous in 2022, JXKR opens up our feelings for a 2nd time and goodness me, this is special. Vocally tranquil and with unpretentious lyrics about how complicated romance can be sometimes, we find a song to hold hands with when there might not be another sweet kiss.

Stardust (feat. Dani) from Haitian-Canadian musician/producer JXKR is a tale that so many of us have sadly felt before when more is wanted, in a relationship which promised no strings at first. Layed in beauty and soaring with a revealing look into the love life which could have had it all, this is a sterling display from a single with true meaning.

Sometimes, it’s just not meant to be if another heart isn’t quite ready.

Turn this up loud on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Interview: Steve Nicosia hurdles us deep into the concept for Matter of Time

With quick wit, rare steaks and sharp answers, we managed to sit down with Steve Nicosia recently. Telling us more about the new album Matter of Time and how Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli changed everything, this is a must-read for any deep thinkers out there.

Hello there Steve. We appreciate your time. Where can we find you in the world today and what is your favourite meal ever?

Steve: Hi! Thank you so much for having me. I currently live in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. A short drive to the much more well-known city of Toronto.

Ah, my favourite meal – that’s a tough one. For me, choosing a meal is kind of like choosing which music I want to listen to. It’s best suited towards a particular mood. However, if I had to pick I’d say a medium rare steak, a twice-baked potato and a warm spinach salad. 🙂

Please tell us more about your new album Matter of Time and what does it represent?

Steve: ‘Matter of Time’ is a concept album that I had been batting around for a while. It is meant to represent the evolution of our earth and the matter from which it (and everything on it) is made. A similar concept is one you have probably heard – everything that has a beginning has an end.

However, ‘Matter of Time’ goes one step deeper to say that even when something ends or completes its life cycle, its matter lives on and will eventually become part of a new entity. So while it is a matter of time before our earth runs its course, it is also the matter of time that keeps evolving and taking new shape.

The concept was inspired by a book I read from Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli called ‘The Order of Time’. In the book, Rovelli theorized that time can be measured by a sequence of events, and that every entity in the universe (including our Earth) is technically an event.

I found Rovelli’s theory so simple yet compelling that it prompted me to explore the variety of emotions it made me feel: sad and worried, too hopeful and reassured. The result of this emotional roller coaster is the music itself. There are 4 distinct songs with 4 different musical styles. And within each song is a journey of emotional highs and lows.

The last thing I’ll mention is that to help tie the distinct songs together, I wrote each of them in the same key (C Major). And if you listen really carefully, there’s also a similar melody which be heard throughout the album!

Who painted the beautiful artwork?

Steve: I’m glad you like it! The artwork is painted by none other than my father, Dino Nicosia. He is a retired real estate agent, but has always had a passion for painting. Since retiring, he produces nearly a painting a week… of all different forms and styles. I figured there would be no one else better to bring my artistic vision to life than him. In the end, I think it’s really cool that there’s a father-son artistic duo at play with this project.

The artwork itself is the visual representation of the concept I outlined earlier. I knew I wanted to write 4 different songs for the EP so I had this idea of matching one of the evolutionary phases of the earth to a song. The earth is exhibited in 4 different stages: (1) its rocky formation, (2) beautiful and life as we know it, (3) dried up and desolate, (4) its matter being ripped apart.

By the way, if you like the artwork, you can buy the poster on my website:

Also, more of my father’s art can be found here:

Sorry – shameless promotions!

Who is the rock in your life who keeps you grounded?

Steve: There’s no doubt that it would be my fiancé Lindsay. The pandemic brought on a lot of highs and lows, but I quickly realized I could turn to Lindsay for everything. Whether I need someone to bounce a creative idea off of, someone to make me laugh, or a shoulder to cry on… she is my go-to.

She is also one of my biggest fans! (Although she might be biased haha)

Are there any good spots in your local area to watch good underground music?

Steve: Hamilton had a really good music scene but that was disrupted a bit with the pandemic. However, it’s been bouncing back as of late. One of the more popular spots is The Casbah. The venue is on the smaller side so feels really intimate.

It’s also been really cool to see a number of historical sites such as an old home or factory being renovated into music venues. This has helped reinvigorate key pockets of the city.

Which other musicians inspire you?

Steve: Over the last year, I’ve really started to dig my heels into instrumental music. It’s easy to listen to when working, and there’s such a wide variety of styles/moods to choose from.

There are three artists that I have found myself coming back to over and over.

Trent Reznor – Nine Inch Nails frontman has proven that his talent goes way deeper than hard rock or industrial music. His recent movie/TV scores have taken on many different styles, but all are so moving.
Ludovico Einaudi – such a beautiful pianist. He has inspired me to improve my piano playing skills.
Ólafur Arnalds – I really appreciate how he blends classical music with experimental sounds.

Do you think the local live music community has recovered after covid or what needs to happen to ensure its survival?

Steve: Yes. It will be a slow process I’m sure as people become more comfortable with big crowds again.

I think many people are eager for live experiences and frankly, we need it. There’s nothing like a concert to bring crowds of like-minded people together. And I believe that’s what venues, marketers, and artists need to promote; music brings people together and satiates a deep-seated human need for community and to belong. Your fellow fans are your tribe.

Final question. What is the vision for your career?

Steve: Hmm good question! Creating music is not a full-time gig for me, but it’s a very necessary creative outlet. So I intend to always have a project on the go, but the music itself may come out somewhat sporadically. My partner and I have a baby on the way so the music will inevitably take a back seat for a little bit as I’m sure I’ll be running on less sleep! Haha

For now, my focus is on promoting ‘Matter of Time’ and preparing for the album’s release on vinyl! I’m very excited to announce that it will be available in physical form in a few months.

Listen up on Spotify.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

There’s No Place To Hide: Anni fearlessly escapes from the suffocating cage on The Revealing

Produced by her friend and encouraging role model to the next step in her life named John Lister, Anni is that honest shy hero the world needed on the astonishing release, The Revealing.

Anni (pronounced Ann-Eye) is an Ontario, Canada-based indie rock singer-songwriter and music producer who has emerged from the shadows to sing away her fears forever.

After doing work for a few bands, and a lot of voice work in jingles and other commercial work, she decided it was time to finally get noticed. She figured that edgy pop music would be her best choice, so she contacted some local studios to begin work on a demo song.” ~ Anni

Urging her shaken heart to break free from worrying about things she can’t control, Anni opens up her vulnerability to the world and shows such courageousness. Working with the well-respected John Lister, we find out what a truly brave single sounds like.

A symphonic rock song by Anni singing about stage fright and being front and center on a stage. The instruments feature a full string ensemble and choir, along with the band instruments.” ~ Anni

The Revealing from Ontario, Canada-based indie rock singer-songwriter Anni is a rather brilliant effort from a soul who wants to fly free from her own mind. Sung with purpose and passion, featuring a stunning melody and production to savour, we find a sure-fire classic to turn up loud.

Hear more on SoundCloud. See more on FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Am Free Now: Oceans of Tears shows us the real picture on JE SUIS LIBRE- I AM FREE

Taken from the well-received rock musical BULLET IN A GUN – DROWNED IN A SEA OF TEARS, Oceans of Tears returns with a deep story that is filled with sadness and true life in a nutshell on JE SUIS LIBRE- I AM FREE.

Oceans of Tears is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based indie pop/rock project from artist Steve W. Boily who fearlessly develops popular rock and children’s musicals, songs and videos.

A semi-autobiographical socially relevant, thought-provoking musical which deals with sometimes “heavy” and often “provocative” themes. In this song, performed by a great vocalist, JOHANNE GAGNON-DEMERS, with music by Jim Crighton and Michael Sadler from the amazing and under appreciated rock band SAGA; the lyrics written by Steve W. Boily & his music collective “Oceans of Tears/ Océans de Pleurs” speak about a teen who is admitted in an insane institution due to her recent suicide attempt, to get away from the physical & emotional abuse she has received from her alcoholic parents.” ~ Oceans of Tears

After the sea-bending experience on October 2021 release Drowned In A Sea Of Tears Remix (feat. Nick Preymay Jr), Oceans of Tears joins forces yet again with Les productions ALASKA Productions and the results are quite scintillating.

JE SUIS LIBRE- I AM FREE from Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based indie pop/rock project Oceans of Tears is one of the most honest songs you are likely to hear in 2022. Soaked with an unmistakable rawness that takes us into the mind of someone who has had to deal with too much too young, showing us where society needs to be better rather quickly.

Being free is what all kind souls deserve, after all.

See more on YouTube and see the progression continue on Steve’s IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Secret: Alick Mac takes time to get into the place he feels is best on Therapy

Feeling his way back into this world after a much-needed respite to reimagine everything, Alick Mac leads us into his whole new mindset while also looking to the future on the reborn soundtrack to a fresh new start with Therapy.

Alick Mac aka Lachlan Macpherson is a Kingston, Ontario-based indie hip hop artist and 4th year student at Queen’s University.

With that whole engaged attitude that keeps him alert to what is needed to succeed, Alick Mac shows us that Zen garden that is smartly away from all those distractions which have the power to break your core spirit.

The message behind the song is about me using music as a therapeutic release, as it helps me to sort through my problems and gain clarity.” ~ Lachlan Macpherson speaking about this fine single

Therapy from Kingston, Ontario-based indie hip hop artist Alick Mac, is a reminder that anything is possible if you’re in the right frame of mind. Looking for that way to defeat that weakness is the mission, as the path to dependance is absolutely worth the self-enlightened expedition.

Feeling renewed after time to reflect can be useful after all, if you make use of the time you have left.

Hear this deep track come to life on YouTube and follow the vibes on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bryan James Duffy wonders why the world couldn’t make this sweet human happy with ‘The Most Beautiful Suicide’

Going forward to the Neverland that is waiting for this kind heart who has decided that the time is now to end it all, Bryan James Duffy sings with tremendous love and care on this heart-stopping new single named ‘The Most Beautiful Suicide‘.

Bryan James Duffy is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based, Ontario, Canada-born indie singer-songwriter who meshes in tasty snacks filled with Americana, blues and folk packed inside to nibble on.

I love all facets of musicality. I don’t vocally sound like anybody other than myself. I’ve been a huge fan of guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Dereck Trucks and Johnny Winter.” ~ Bryan James Duffy

Gliding up in the clouds like an authentic hero amongst us, Bryan James Duffy performs with that classy style you can’t help but appreciate. The lyrics are deep and the tone totally honest, showing us deeply inside this all-too-common story that has, sadly, broken the hearts of way too many innocent humans.

I try my best to learn from that pool of incredible musicians in all attempts at perfecting my own sound. I’m still a student and always will be.” ~ Bryan James Duffy

The Most Beautiful Suicide‘ from Las Vegas, Nevada-based, Ontario Canada-born indie singer-songwriter Bryan James Duffy is a vocally excellent single that is packed with an important subject that many choose to brush under the carpet. Showing us inside this sad picture that unfortunately ended so tragically, this is a splendid single to make you think quickly about those who you should reach out to. Right now.

Listen up to this new single on YouTube and see more on his Facebook page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Shared Image urges us to buckle up and get ready on ‘Along the Way’

Taken from the 11-track album that was dropped on the 3rd June 2022, Shared Image tells us to enjoy the ride as the world is going through bone-snapping convulsions that might break your spirit if you aren’t too careful with, ‘Along the Way‘.

Formed by Craig Delin, Shared Image is a Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada-born indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

He has been playing music for over 20 years and has been in various bands such as Sueisfine, Hey You Millionaires, and Silver medals.” ~ Shared Image

Bringing the heat with a commanding performance that might have you doing some extra squats, Shared Image displays a tenacious mindset that shows us he is ready for anything and urges us to do the same. Heavy to the max and leaving us with no doubt that we need to wake up quick – before it’s too late – this is a track that will have you thinking deeper than before.

Craig’s influences include Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Slint, Thee Oh Sees, Broken Social Scene, Mogwai, and many more.” ~ Shared Image

Along the Way‘ from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada-born indie singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Shared Image is a vital reminder that we need to strap up quick, before we are flipped around and taken for a vicious ride. With reality twisted and so much madness going on, we are thrown into such an honest track that has so much truth coated all over.

Sung with a rigorous edge and packed with a punchy riff, this is a single to play loud. Really loud.

Hear this new track on Spotify and see more on the Twitter.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Toronto’s Jason Maxwell wanted it to last but finds that his former lover has moved on with, ‘For Now’

Released via Believe Music Canada/Flying Colours Music/Glacier Bay Entertainment and recorded in Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios, Jason Maxwell can see right through her eyes on the breakup fueled single about wishing for a different outcome with, ‘For Now‘.

Jason Maxwell is a Toronto, Ontario-based indie country/pop singer-songwriter who makes that emotionally-charged music to heal with.

Even though we had been broken up for a long time, I felt that things weren’t fully over between us. I loved her and still saw a future together. It was disheartening to realize that our relationship was really over and that she had moved on definitively.” ~ Jason Maxwell

Sung with a splendidly confident style that shall induce some rather resonant emotions to spill over, Jason Maxwell shows us how we need to know that something is properly over – before we can walk away for good – knowing that we tried to make things work.

The single follows Maxwell’s performance in the Netflix movie “Full Out 2: You Got This!” which also featured his single “Girls Like to Dance” on the official movie soundtrack.” ~ Jason Maxwell

For Now‘ from Toronto, Ontario-based indie country/pop singer-songwriter Jason Maxwell is a story that so many of us will probably have experienced or seen first-hand from a close friend. Steering us through the deep trauma of not having that closure needed to move on, this is the message that many need to hear. Ending the chapter properly and having that uncomfortable conversation, will truly set you free even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.

Hear this new single on Spotify and check out the IG music page for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen