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Find catharsis in our hyperNormalised world with Cosmic Order’s searing protest track ‘Burn It All Down’

Cosmic Order

If turning on the news leaves you with the wish to see the corrupt economic system crash as the pathological liars we call politicians are held accountable, Cosmic Order’s old school rock track, ‘Burn It All Down’, is definitely for you.

After seeing the duality between the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan compared to the raw beauty of the Sicilian countryside, the one-man-machine, Angelo Silvio DiPippo found himself holding a unique perspective, which he has shared through his latest album, ‘Duality’.

Burn it All Down is the perfect example of the awakening tracks that you will find on his latest LP. Along with the tight rock n roll grooves, you’ll hear lyrics serving an essential reminder that, for the most part, we’re sleepwalking through a hyper normalised hellscape.

Burn It All Down can be streamed and purchased via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music Rock

Only Looking Up: Milan’s Raed, Dante takes us through the fascinating universe on ‘Interlude (Chapter 3)’

Founder of Dark Thunder Records Raed, Dante take us into a new world that is full of incredible possibilities beyond our current thinking on his new single called ‘Interlude (Chapter 3)‘.

Milan, Italy-based rock-electronic artist Raed, Dante has an electric fusion that shocks you into action, as he brings us a spectacular song full of twists and turns, that defies what you thought was possible.

This is about starting over again as this planet has burnt itself to the ground and we need a fresh perspective. He sings and performs with a edgy cinematic style that has you thinking, that this is a track that needs to be featured in the latest Marvel movie.

The riffs are so splendid, as he transports you safely like Jason Statham to a galaxy that is fresh with new ideas and an ever-evolving perspective, which is actually helpful to humankind long-term.

Interlude (Chapter 3)‘ from Milan’s Raed, Dante, is a journey through worlds you never thought existed. He captivates us immensely on a mysteriously brilliant single, that opens up your stiff mind to music that is actually translucent and fills your heart with belief again. This is an electro-rock mix that is a quite sumptuous listen.

Hear this spacey new single on Spotify and check out his IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music Rock

Louden Swain – climbing out of the ‘Basement Of No Hope’

Louden Swain

2020 has been hard for performers the world over, but bands have arguably suffered more than solo singer-songwriters purely through the added constraints of isolation and lockdown preventing even rehearsals, recording, or shared-room writing. Couple that with cancelled gigs and missed tour dates, and Covid 19 sounded the death-knell for a number of less adaptable collectives.

Not so LA-Based Louden Swain, though, who simply parcelled up the new music they’d been working on, switched – like many bands – to Zoom collaborations and emails, and began the mammoth task of trying to piece together a new album by proxy. In January this year they set themselves the challenge of releasing a new single every month for as long as it took to get back out on the road in support of that album.

The first – title-track – single is this: ‘Basement Of No Hope’, and what a single it is, too. Reminiscent of The Struts, Neon Animal, or White Reaper – that mix of seventies and eighties glam stylings combined with modern rock sensibilities, with perhaps some Huey Lewis and the News-style mainstream radio rock groove in there for good measure. There’s a punkiness underlying some of the guitar work, melodic and thumping in equal parts, tuneful and with a genuine ear for songwriting.

Whilst no-one wants lockdown to continue for a second longer than necessary, there’s a part of us that are – on the basis of ‘Basement Of No Hope’ – intrigued to hear what else Louden Swain might come out with before the world returns to normal.

You can listen to ‘Basement Of No Hope’ via Louden Swain’s website, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes

Music Rock

Grabbing The Loot: Indiana’s DAXXX wants it all on ‘The Heist’

With a mysterious edge to him that is full of ferocious guitar solos, DAXXX is in the mood to get what he wants on the fast-paced single called ‘The Heist‘.

Tyler Collier aka DAXXX, is a tremendous multi-skilled and highly motivated indie-rock solo singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist, guitarist and music producer from Indiana in the USA, who makes that spellbinding music that grabs your mood and shakes it into feeling positive about life.

He sings with so much flamboyance as he shows us his quality vocals skills, a passion for the guitar that is remarkable and a story about taking it all when you can and never looking back.

You can’t help but feel a bit sweaty after all of this, as his energy flows over into your speakers to generate sparks in your system. This is a man on a mission to get his music out there and you can feel it deeply.

The Heist‘ from Indiana’s DAXXX, gives you a feeling that he is ready for the next step as he believes in the bottom of his heart that he is destined for greatness and is just waiting for the right time to blow up. This is the vault-snatching track that has your heart beating extra – as he takes us for a ride into the distance – with all the loot in the world.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music Rock

Indie-rock newcomers Indifferent Mechanics put their spin on Velvet Underground’s iconic track, ‘I’m Waiting for My Man’

Boulder Creek, CA-hailing indie-rock outfit Indifferent Mechanics have put their spin on ‘I’m Waiting for My Man’ by Velvet Underground. Considering that Vanessa Paradis and Bowie have already attacked the cover, it was hard to see how newcomers could add a slice of ingenuity to the table with it. Yet, they discernibly succeeded with their 70s punk, 80s goth and 90s industrial influences.

You’ll pick up hints of Poison Ivy in the production, Nirvana in the drums and the mellow bass lines while the vocals allow Waiting for the Man to carry the same nostalgic rock n roll edge.

Indifferent Mechanics cover of Waiting for the Man was released on February 24th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music Rock

Jade Moede gives garage rock a brand-new meaning with their single, ‘No More Lies’.

If you merged The Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Greased Lightnin’ from Grease and threw in a little Pink Floyd attitude, you’d be left with an aural crumble not all too different from Jade Moede’s vintage rock track, ‘No More Lies’.

The theatric hit will almost leave you wondering what rock the artist has been hiding behind since the early 90s, and that’s no criticism. Anyone who appreciates filthy riffs, minimal production and sleaze rock-style unfuckwithability will have plenty of fun getting acquainted with Jade Moede.

You can check out No More Lies for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music Rock

Before The Lights Go On: Cardiff’s Columbia drop lyric video for lively new single ‘Meet Me at Dawn’

Bringing us their top shelf sound with a zestful story about those temptations in the early hours after a night out, Columbia are dynamic on their new single called ‘Meet Me at Dawn‘.

Cardiff, Wales-based Columbia bring us that terrific rock n roll sound, as they light up the skies with that stunning and effortless delivery that reminds you of good times, as they mesh a captivating experience for the soul to deliciously immerse into with a huge smile on your eager face.

As we enter the story of a world where the night has finished but you want to be with them when you go home, even if you are both not really into it. You sense that they are in another place and this crushes your soul, as something keeps you going back even if you know you probably shouldn’t peruse this.

They thunderously stroll in with loads of confidence on a vigorous single packed full of powerful solos and passionate vocals that is a breathtaking listen, full of world class appeal.

Meet Me at Dawn‘ from excellent Cardiff indie rock band Columbia, is a bluesy riff-lovers dream – as this is a song that shows you that the heart wants what it shouldn’t want sometimes – as you just don’t want to be alone in this unsocial world full of self-doubt and anxiousness.

See the tremendous lyric video on YouTube and see their IG for future gig news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music Pop RnB Rock

Beyond Belief: Unidentified Flying Project by Simon Wood Harris reminds us that ‘There Is a Dream’ on incredible team effort single

With twelve years of hard toil to make highly ambitious music desires turn into reality, Unidentified Flying Project by Simon Wood Harris are here with a magnificent explosion of ear-bending sounds like none other on ‘There Is a Dream‘.

Simon Wood Harris is a former UK-based cellist who is now an acclaimed writer, producer and arranger. He has brought together a massive pro-production team, over sixty hand-picked project musicians, collaborators, singers and producers, to mesh together in an awe-inspiring music project that you have to hear in order to believe.

Bringing together such a collection of well-established pop, RnB, rock and jazz session musicians was a pain-staking but ultimately worthwhile pursuit for Simon, as you hear sounds here that you thought were previously unimaginable. The hand-crafted gem is a world class production, with dazzling soul-healing powers that you can only shake your head in disbelief at.

“All I really wanted was something worthy of playing in my car,” says Simon. “In truth, I’ve discovered that I find it hard to listen to my own music. But those tiny moments of the purest magic in the studio…I may not have a pension but I can live off those memories for years.”- Simon Wood Harris

With 14 different recording studios, 19 sound engineers and a variety of musicians that have played with the very best in the world, this has been a money-sapping effort that has certainly been worth it.

There Is a Dream‘ from the multi-talented Unidentified Flying Project by Simon Wood Harris, is a stunning song that boggles the brain, as you try (and fail) to work out how long this must of taken to create, as you smile and turn up really loud to hear all of the incredible intricacies, that makes this a music production from another planet.

Hear this wondrous creation on Spotify and see more stories on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Music Rock

Tower Circle offer consolation that you’re unlikely to refuse in their rock track ‘Carry On’

Ahead of the release of their debut album, US-based alt-rock outfit, Tower Circle, have released the title-single to tease their superlatively authentic style which can crush you and put you back together in the space of four minutes.

Carry On is the kind of track that you’d expect to hear in a soundtrack when the tragedy in the plot reaches its torrid peak. The melancholy is just as much in overdrive as the guitars as the track gears towards the outro, only after the quiescent melodies compel you to lean into the soundscape deeper while the vocals offer consolation that you’re unlikely to refuse.

Carry On is one of those gorgeously rare singles that only allow you to realise how profound of an effect it has had on you when it has faded out. With their influences including everyone from Pearl Jam to Led Zeppelin to Bob Seger to Tom Petty, the commercial potential resounds in Tower Circle’s sound.

Carry On is now available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Music Rock

Abandon The Fall drop new instrumental melodic rock ‘Memories’

When we reviewed Abandon The Fall’s ‘Enemy’ single back in August 2018, Amelia Vandergast likened them to Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’, saying ‘the vocals are stripped back and left emotionally bare around the resounding instrumentals’. In the case of ‘Memories’, from new EP ‘Infinite Seasons’, Abandon The Fall have taken that a step further and provided an instrumental track bereft of vocals altogether. It’s not, however, bereft of power or melancholy, that same electronic-meets-metal vibe that was there on the debut coming through across the track. There’s definitely that Linkin Park feel at times, but with thundering kick drums aplenty behind the shimmering, echoey guitars, there’s touches of Enter Shikari and 30 Seconds To Mars in here too. It’s a potent, powerful track with no loss of emotiveness from its instrumental-only nature.

You can hear ‘Memories’ on Spotify; check out Abandon The Fall on Facebook.

Review by Alex Holmes