Artist: 
WAGE WAR
Label: 
FEARLESS RECORDS

Meet them in the dark, they apparently are heartless, man those threats. Lyrics boil down to continuous statements of their lack of moral limitations or care for your opinions. The vocals are borderline between Aliencore and Metalcore. The instrumentals are fairly standard if rapid, though they do implement an interesting distortion to their guitars. Generally a pretty acceptable song.

Sounds Like: 
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
Sounds Like: 
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2017
Artist: 
Selwyn Birchwood
Label: 
Alligator Records

A blues album that dances around the various subgenres with a breif interlude into SKA punkPentatonic scales galore in here, along with slide guitars and backbeats, Somehow the author manages to remind me of Jethro Tull, I wonder if the recent surge in Jethro Tull sounding music has anything to do with a specific age group coming of age?

Sounds Like: 
Jethro Tull
Sounds Like: 
Jimi Hendrix
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
SOLARIS
Label: 
EONE

Gollumn, How nice to here from you again! what? you arent gollumn? you... are a Heavymetal band? I... don't Understand? Wait, really? There is no polish on the majority of these songs, you drown out your guitar, and that things melody is the only obviously major difference in some of these songs!

Sounds Like: 
Skalmold
Sounds Like: 
Of Mice & Men
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Hollow Everdaze
Label: 
(Self Released)

Have you ever wanted to hear psychedelic rock? do you hate listening to music older than 10 years? Well, this album might be for you! Combine the late beatles with purson and you basically have this album. The violin plays heavily into this album as it skirts from beatles psychedilic to folk, a hodgepodge of genres loosely related under the banner of psychedelic revival. this album is relaxing and best played late at night or midafternoon. suggested use: Palate cleanser prior to playing somethig odd or new

Only take as prescribed by your DJ.

Sounds Like: 
Purson
Sounds Like: 
Beatles magical mystery tour
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Dead Cross
Label: 
Ipecac Records

Dead Cross, and their album Dead Cross, give us a glimpse into the anger and hatred that brings out the loudest and grittiest screams in all of us. With a flurry of fast-paced sound and hard-hitting vocals, Dead Cross’s first track Seizure and Desist drops you right into the band’s pooled rage at the system, and makes your blood jump with high overtones and contrasting dark sounds. While a good half of this album has words disallowed on air, that doesn’t mean the songs themselves are without merit.

Sounds Like: 
Head Wound City
Sounds Like: 
United Nations
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
KMFDM
Label: 
Ear Music

KMFDM, featuring compositions by Sascha Konietzko with accompanying artists presents a total of five tracks, at about four minutes each. Three of the five songs are altered versions of their hit track, Hell Yeah, the other tracks being Freak Flag and Attak, a special release available on this EP. All songs presented are fantastic, and reminiscent of late-nineties era electronic music, the first track initially reminding me of the early days of Crystal Method.

Sounds Like: 
Crystal Method
Sounds Like: 
Raymond Watts
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Living Colour
Label: 
Megaforce Records

I'll be the first to admit that I was surprised to see that Living Colour was still producing content. Personally, I'd be kicking it on a small tropical island by now, drink in hand. That being said, their new album "Shade" was a pleasant surprise, but be warned: If you're trying to avoid the current political turmoil, you might want to seek something out that's a little less political.

Sounds Like: 
Van Halen
Sounds Like: 
Faith No More
Sounds Like: 
Fishbone
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Myrkur
Label: 
Relapse

As a budding metal-head, there's nothing I appreciate more than a female lead vocalist that screams like the best of them. Not only does Amalie Bruun (lead singer, lead... well, everything except drums, Myrkur is a one-woman project, which is incredible) manage that throughout Myrkur's new album, "Mareridt", she has also managed to capture an atmosphere in this black metal album that skirts the edge of Viking metal. 

Sounds Like: 
Wolves In The Throneroom
Sounds Like: 
Primordial
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Joji (A.K.A. George Miller)
Label: 
88Rising

If you're familiar at all with George Miller (AKA Filthy Frank, AKA Joji, AKA Pink Guy), you're probably aware of the fact that the intent of his works swing wildly in mood, depending on what name he's publishing his content under. That being said, Miller (under Joji for this particular set of songs) immediately sets the tone with "i don't wanna waste my time" as melancholic and serious. Set to a pretty simple backbeat, Miller's lyrics take the forefront, accompanied by the simple sway of a piano that adds to the mood immensely. 

Sounds Like: 
Nujabes
Sounds Like: 
Tompabeats
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Christian McBride
Label: 
Mack Avenue Records

Traditional big bands are one of the few things in music that can truly pull me out of  the foulest of moods, lighten up a commute, or make me want to start tearing it up. Christian McBride's "Big Band Bringin' It" is absolutely no exception. 

Sounds Like: 
Bob Mintzer Big Band
Sounds Like: 
Mingus Big Band
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017