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Orson’s Well delivered a smoky stormer with ‘Serve the Verve’.

Rather than serving up yet another archetypal slice of Sunset strip sleaze, USA’s Orson’s Well brought modernism to their raunchy grooves with their latest single, ‘Serve the Verve’.

With Blues weaving its way into the anthemic stormer, Serve the Verve comes with a guarantee that you’ll find yourself mesmerised by the scuzzy yet soaring guitar solos that affirm Orson’s Well are bringing the pinnacle of modern rock.

Serve the Verve is rooted in the past, but it taps into that contemporary need for abrasive smoky rock n roll orchestrated for the discerning rock fan in 2021. For any fans of Guns n’ Roses and Aerosmith, Orson’s Well is definitely worth a spot on your radar.

You can check out the official video to Serve the Verve via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Shadow of The Moon: The Damn Devils shovel with the wine close by on ‘Gravedigger’

With the night pitch black and the darkness in their eyes, The Damn Devils do what they need to do, so they can pay tribute to the lost ones on their new single called ‘Gravedigger‘.

The Damn Devils are an online indie hard-rock act based all over the USA who have joined forces during the horrific pandemic, to fire in with a strongly performed song about those late nights that most choose to forget ever exist.

This is the shivering story about the ghosts down under, as the night shadows into the still of the time in the early hours of the night, that most sleep through. The ghosts are swaying in the wind and things are getting creepy, as you do the job that you are paid for but probably wish you didn’t have to do it sometimes.

With a catchy sound, they fuse frightfully well together and stomp in as a band that might be far away from each other, but strike a chord win your heart.

Gravedigger‘ from the US online hard rock band The Damn Devils, is a powerful entry into our minds, as they show us the dark moments when those who didn’t make it are put to rest. Life goes too quickly, but we only realize that when its too late.

Stream this new video on YouTube and see more on the bands IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Rise in Veins take us back to the 00s with their sophomore hard rock single, ‘Pieces’

Canadian hard rock powerhouse Rise in Veins followed on from their phenomenal debut single with the equally as captivating sophomore single ‘Pieces’, it’s a nice nod to early 00s rock, but with the trio’s influences scattered across the alt-rock spectrum, you’re treated to a brand-new experience of sonic veracity.

Pieces is a matured, nuanced evolution from what bands like Bullet for My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold contributed to the airwaves. With the massive choruses, vocals that are strong enough to pull you into the soul of the single and the mind-bending guitar solos, Rise in Veins have all it takes to become the next big name in hard rock.

Pieces is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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IN Peril deliver high-calibre catharsis in their thrashy garage rock track, ‘Your Decision’

UK-based hard rock outfit IN Peril made their debut in 2020 with their stormer of a single, ‘Your Decision’, with their visceral mix of garage rock and punk, they made it impossible not to pay attention.

While many people potentially won’t like the reminder that every life problem bemoaned about is a consequence of their decisions, there’s plenty of high-calibre catharsis within the punchy, thrashy hit that is screaming to be played live.

IN Peril may carry newcomer status presently, but the synergy within this sniping earworm wouldn’t allow you to believe it. Now that ‘normal’ life is threatening to make a return, they’re definitely one for the radar.

Your Decision is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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GLASS EYE – PRAYERS: Salaciously Ethereal Alt-Rock

GLASS EYE

With vocals that hit the high notes with the same precision as Matt Bellamy, the sex appeal of Deftones and classic rock licks that come with an ethereally evocative twist, it’s hard not to expect big things to come from GLASS EYE with the release of their album ‘SOMEWHERE, NOWHERE’.

PRAYERS is the perfect introduction to their sound that is so much more than an aural crumble of prominent bands that we’ve come to love across the decades. It’s a delectable invitation to witness the US-based powerhouse’s visceral authenticity that will appeal to anyone who likes their alt-rock to come with rhythmic salacious chills.

PRAYERS is just one of the singles that feature on their forthcoming album ‘SOMEWHERE, NOWHERE’, which is due for release on June 10th.

You can check out GLASS EYE via their website and on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cascades Of Crashing Wonder: Abandon the Fall hit the nail on the head again with ‘Forever’

Taken off the superbly sparkling star-gazing four-track EP ‘Infinite Seasons‘, Abandon the Fall step up just in time with the stunning instrumental single called ‘Forever‘.

Abandon the Fall is masterminded by the experienced artist, producer, and songwriter Juan Espinoza. He has creatively formulated the type of act that boggles the mind throughout, as he helps us clean out the dusty goggles that we have been wearing during this horrific pandemic, as the fabulously unique Rock/Rap/EDM sound washes over our thirsty bodies, to make us feel happy and hopeful again.

This is a sumptuous effort, full of pure goodness and wonder. Each part of the track has been carefully crafted by a professional who is totally at one with himself, as the melodies marvel the mind and has you in exhilarating raptures of excitement after a long hiatus.

Forever‘ from Abandon the Fall is a striking track that hits home hard in your consciousness, as you close your eyes and imagine the world in a better place, your heart beats faster somehow as you remember what all the possibilities are in front of you, if you just open the door a bit wider and let your body free.

Stream this powerful new song here on Spotify and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Tyron Freeman’s raucous, indie-tinged rock – ‘Keep It Hid, Locked Away’

Like so many musicians during the last year or so, Tyron Freeman – a veteran of bands as a professional musician in the North West UK – found that the world shifted and skewed sideways at the beginning of the pandemic. Suddenly stranded, jobless and isolated in a studio flat in Germany, what does a creative musician do but call in his mates and put together a killer rock n’ roll track?

‘Keep It Hid, Locked Away’ is raucous, indie-tinged rock – think Goo Goo Dolls, Bush, a little of Royal Blood, and some Beatles-y sing-song sections. There’s influences of Fontaines and Tame Impala, the White Stripes, and Oasis, too, along with old-school rock in Zeppelin, Bowie, and the Stooges. Recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Studios, Chris Taylor’s production brings elements of the Lightning Seeds, Blossoms, and The Coral into the mix, giving the overall single a perfect mix of classic rock groove and North-East England indie-pop catchiness. This might be early days for Tyron Freeman’s solo career, but on the basis of ‘Keep It Hid, Locked Away’ he really, really needs to avoid his own advice; this needs to be shouted from the rooftops instead.

‘Keep It Hid, Locked Away’ is out now; check out Tyron Freeman on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Not Like Before: Indiana’s underground Ska legends Coolidge are back with exciting new single about changing on ‘We’re Alright’

Taken off their vibrantly creative new album ‘Condition Transmission‘, Coolidge smash the door open on their latest single about changing perspective in life called ‘We’re Alright‘.

Coolidge is an experienced five-piece Ska-punk/rock band from Indianapolis in Indiana, USA. They play their hearts out on each note, their minds are connected in such a way that they know what each other is doing and they bring the classic old school mentality with them.

This is the story of being shy before, but as you have gotten older you have opened up your voice to speak from the mind and to never let anyone else put words in your mouth. Times have changed from the past when small minded folks thought they knew you and you feel like this is the best way to live, rather than being quiet as a mouse and getting stepped on when you are just minding your business.

They perform with an exuberance that is abundantly entertaining and you turn them up some more to fully hear their quality rise to the top of the speaker. This is a band that have put thousands of hours into their sound, as they clearly enjoy playing together too.

We’re Alright‘ from the lovable veteran Indiana Ska act Coolidge, is a true story about how sticking up for yourself really matters in life. You have evolved for the best and if others can’t see that, its their loss after all.

Hear this rocking new single on Soundcloud and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Empire Of Lights ‘Hit The Highway’ out of South Wales and into the big leagues.

Small towns in Wales seem to regularly turn up superb melodic rock bands, and Empire of Lights – with their new single ‘Hit The Highway’ is no exception to that rule. Sparse, echoey guitar, pounding drums, and driving bass are the order of the day here; there’s a gothy vibe to the music, a feel of ‘The Forest’ or ‘Jumping Someone Else’s Train’-era Cure, mixed with Johnny Borrell Razorlight vocals from singer John Aziz.

It’s a vaguely psychedelic, spacey sound – there’s something special about the dynamics of three piece rock bands; think Hendrix, Cream, Husker Du and Sugar, and of course Nirvana. The interplay between instruments and vocals, the necessity of accepting and using space rather than simply turning everything up louder than everything else, allows for a different approach and that serves Empire Of Lights well here, adding to that slightly ephemeral, dreamy feel, and coming from such a young band – drummer Eifion Davies is still too young to drink in the bars that Empire Of Lights should be playing this year – shows a realy understanding of arrangement and songwriting. The future looks very bright for Empire Of Lights.

Hear ‘Hit The Highway’ on Spotify; follow Empire Of Lights on Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

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UK alt-rock outfit THE BIGGER PICTURE is set to make a sonic debut with ‘Sparkle’.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

London-based alt-rock newcomers THE BIGGER PICTURE is set to make a sonic debut with, ‘Sparkle’; a single that parallels the anthemic energy in tracks by Muse, Arcade Fire, Editors and Biffy Clyro and sets the bar high for the debut EP.

The full-bodied release will take you back to the days when rock artists would master theatrical aural experiences, designed to completely blow your mind when the crescendos and guitar solos come around. It is hardly a stretch to say that, given the chance, THE BIGGER PICTURE could offer the same command of a festival crowd as Queen did in the 80s.

The dual vocals practically make Sparkle effervescent with collaborative chemistry, and the guitar work is enough to give James Dean Bradfield a complex.

You can check out THE BIGGER PICTURE via Facebook and Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast