Artist: 
PVRIS
Label: 
Rise

Before listening to their recent record, I had always heard of PVRIS, but never heard them. I always assumed they were another band that was overhyped by magazines such as Alternative Press or stores like Hot Topic, but boy was I wrong. The Massachusetts based band has gained a HUGE fanbase since their acclaimed first album White Noise, and have gone on tour with heavyweight bands such as Fall Out Boy and Pierce the Veil.

Sounds Like: 
Paramore
Sounds Like: 
Tonight Alive
Sounds Like: 
We Are the In Crowd
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Sam Smith
Label: 
Universal Music Operations Limited

Sam Smith has achieved a near-pinnacle of heartfelt pop in his new album, “The Thrill of It All.” His success is trackable in Top 40s lists from the past several years; you may remember his feature on Disclosure’s

Sounds Like: 
Adele
Sounds Like: 
Every feeling you've ever felt told back to you by a genius lyricist
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Peter Oren
Label: 
Western Vinyl

Peter Oren's album Anthropocene is a singer-songwriter album that honestly sounds like Randy Newman playing guitar. The album is pretty folk heavy with typical Americana type lyrics. The influences like Arthur Russel and Bob Dylan. Anthropocene definitely has Bob Dylan influences but it is not even on the same level as Bob Dylan. This album is ten tracks long and all of them sound like the same track. While it is very pretty, I felt there was nothing to give substance to this album. One cannot argue that this album was well produced, pretty, and overall calming.

Sounds Like: 
easy going folk music
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
GWAR
Label: 
Metal Blade

The Blood of the Gods is thrash metal band, GWAR's 14th album and is the first released after the death of the founding member Dave Brockie. I personally haven't extensively listened to GWAR's previous albums so I can't compare this album to the older albums that featured Dave Brockie. Regardless, this album kept me interested and intrigued to listen to each next song. Trash metal isn't typically something I listen to so I didn't immediately fall in love with the album but after a couple listens it grew on me.

Sounds Like: 
Hatebreed
Sounds Like: 
Municipal Waste
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
The Pack A.D.
Label: 
Cadence Music

"Dollhouse" by The Pack a.d. is a garage rock album that has songs with a range of emotions. While all of the songs have heavy guitar sounds and simple drum beats, the album has a fair amount of variety in terms of the emotions it brings out. This album is worthwhile because of this balance between consistency and variety. For example, the opening song "Woke Up Weird" is heavy with gritty vocals. The following song "$" has clearer vocals with a fun "ooh-ahhh" song to it.

Sounds Like: 
The Kills - if Alison Mosshart had a lower voice
Sounds Like: 
Deap Valley - both are powerful female duos in rock
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017
Artist: 
Mac Ayres
Label: 
Fate Records LLC

Mac Ayres's "Drive Slow" was an album I knew I would like as soon as I took a listen to one of the songs, "Slow Down", one day. So, naturally, once I found this CD up for review, I knew i had to review it myself. Mac Ayres has wonderful R&B vocals that are soft yet masculine. His vocal style and lyrics are reminiscent of Khalid. Smooth vocals that don't have too much energy but not boring glide over each melody. His voice is clear and hits every note perfectly like a seasoned performer.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean = simple beats and professional vocals
Sounds Like: 
Khalid - lyrics are similar in style and both have great voices for R&B
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017
Artist: 
Spinning Coin
Label: 
Geographic Music

Permo is Spinning Coin’s debut album. The band, from Glasgow, sounds like a mixture of psychedelic rock and dreamy indie. The whimsical vocals float intermingled with the guitar riffs dominating the tracks. The album is very similar to work the Pastels have done. My favorite part is the lingering angst that is present in many tracks, like “Starry Eyes” and “Tin”. Guised under the soft vocals, the lyrics often pack a punch at the government or pop culture. “Starry Eyes” takes a direct hit at politics and backwards priorities.

Sounds Like: 
The Pastels
Sounds Like: 
SACRED PAWS
Sounds Like: 
Catholic Action
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017
Artist: 
Blu & Exile
Label: 
Dirty Science / Fat Beats Records

Sounds Like: 
Nightmares on Wax
Sounds Like: 
Logic and Q tip in a blender
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
11/13/2017
Artist: 
Converge
Label: 
Epitaph Records

The new Converge album, "The Dusk In Us", is a rollercoaster ride of diversity, and intensity. With elements of the 80's skater hardcore scene, the early 2000's metalcore scene, and modern grindcore, "The Dusk In Us" has enough diversity to keep anyone’s interest. Let's face it, most of these genres grow old quick when played alone, so I think it was a great move to lump all of the styles together. Converge even throws a ballad in the middle of the album, slowing things down and showing the bands sinister introspective side.

Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Sounds Like: 
DRI
Sounds Like: 
Toxic Holocaust
Sounds Like: 
Suicidal Tendencies
Sounds Like: 
Pig Destroyer
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2017
Artist: 
Watain
Label: 
Century Media

Four years after their latest release "Wild Hunt", Black Metal legends Watain are hitting the studio once again to produce their sixth full length studio record "Trident Wolf Eclipse". Offering fans a taste of what's to come, Watain has released a single off of the new album entitled "Nuclear Alchemy". If this song has anything to say about the up and coming release, then Black Metal fans are in for a treat. Nuclear Alchemy is fast, brutal, evil, raw, and chaotic. This song has the tone of black metal, but the energy of death metal.

Sounds Like: 
Emperor
Sounds Like: 
Mayhem
Sounds Like: 
Dark Throne
Sounds Like: 
Immortal
Sounds Like: 
Kvlt
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2017
Syndicate content