Artist: 
Hollie Cook
Label: 
Self Produced

Sounds Like: 
Hiatus Cyote
Sounds Like: 
Erykah Badu
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
Artist: 
Black Label Society
Label: 
eOne Music

Black Label Society has released another album, although this time it is simply a greatest hits album. With all the classics, this album is great for any nostalgic stoner metalhead. Sounding very similarly to Corrosion of Conformity or Black Sabbath, the guitars lead the way on most tracks. The vocals of Zakk Wylde are soothing and friendly to any metal ears, so this album was just a really nice addition to Black Label Society. If you've heard any Black Label Society album, then you've heard a song or two on here.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
Artist: 
Black Label Society
Label: 
eOne Music

Black Label Society has released another album, although this time it is simply a greatest hits album. With all the classics, this album is great for any nostalgic stoner metalhead. Sounding very similarly to Corrosion of Conformity or Black Sabbath, the guitars lead the way on most tracks. The vocals of Zakk Wylde are soothing and friendly to any metal ears, so this album was just a really nice addition to Black Label Society. If you've heard any Black Label Society album, then you've heard a song or two on here.

Sounds Like: 
Black Sabbath
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
Artist: 
Corrosion of Conformity
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Records

Corrosion of Conformity's newest release "No Cross No Crown" is a very sludgy, stoner rock album. I wouldn't call this album metal in particular but it is too heavy to be alternative. The intro track Novus Deus is very ambient and beautiful and sets the tone nicely for the rest of the album. Lead singer, Mike Dean, has a very heavy voice but uses a microphone similar to a lot of doom artists, making his voice sound very distant and sludgy. The guitars attempt to have a Black Sabbath sound but overall it is really just Corrosion of Conformity.

Sounds Like: 
Black Label Society
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2018
Artist: 
Jay Rock (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake
Label: 
Aftermath Records

After coming off an amazing year in 2017, Kendrick Lamar along with Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake put out the new hip-hop single King's Dead. This song is a pre-release to the star packed Black Panther movie soundtrack coming out February 16, 2018. The song is fast pace and up-beat with a very sharp lyrical delivery by Kendrick. Future's verse in the song is not as good as some of other feature track versus' he has done in the past, but the song over has a good flow to it.

Sounds Like: 
Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Future
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Langston Francis
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment

“Fckd it Up” is a pretty typical, sad R&B song. I like it. Langston Francis, the artist, is 16 and from Toronto. Hip hop, electronica and jazz all influenced his music. The beat is pretty simple, and the vocals are heavy, but Langston Francis has a pretty alright voice. Also, I think he has a lot of potential. Although some of his lyrics are cliché, he does a good job making fitting them to the rhythm, and they care creative in parts. It’s a pretty chill, slow song.

Sounds Like: 
Corbin
Sounds Like: 
Bryce Vine
Sounds Like: 
GOLDN
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Phillip H. Anselmo and The Illegals
Label: 
Housecore Records

If you think this record will sound like Pantera, you are unfortunately going to be let down. If you are like me, you have not really listened to anything put out by Phil Anselmo since Dime died. Picking up this record, I was hoping to hear some music similar to Pantera. Sadly, this album is very different from Pantera. The album almost sounds like Cannibal Corpse. I am personally not a huge fan of the style, but maybe you will like it more than me.

Sounds Like: 
Cannibal Corpse but different vocals
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
San Holo
Label: 
bitbird

With his latest EP, San Holo asks listeners if they would like to take a trip with him. Where exactly? Not sure. That part is in the eyes, or ears, of the beholder. San Holo tries to create a mellowness in each song's sound, which works very well for the most part (and is aided by having all of the song titles in lowercase). However, there are some elements in the songs that end up clashing with the melodic tunes.

Sounds Like: 
Porter Robinson
Sounds Like: 
The M Machine
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Mackister Ludi
Label: 
The Mackrosoft

The Mackrosoft couples absolutely brilliant and innovative synthesis of classic jazz instrumentation blending drums, bass, synthesizers, rhondes, sequences, clavinet, soprano saxiphone, flute, guitar, alto saxaphone, trombone, samplers, turn-tables, and effects processers with myriads of early 80's fusion, funk, intelligent dance music, and jazz stylistic features.

Sounds Like: 
Themselves
Name: 
Matsuura
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018

Decadence Arizona 2017

Acts: 
ZHU
Acts: 
RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL
Acts: 
What So Not
Acts: 
Duke Dumont
Concert Date: 
Sun, 12/31/2017
Location: 
Rawhide Event Center, Chandler, Arizona

 

Decadence Arizona 2017 was the ultimate way to celebrate the end of the year and the most perfect beginning to 2018. The 4th annual Decadence celebration was at none other than Chandler’s Rawhide Event Center Saturday 12/30/17- 12/31/17. The hype was unreal with each lineup phase that was dropped and when we finally read the set times--we knew we were ready to have the most decadent celebration of 2017!!!

Reviewer: 
Alessandra Posada
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