Hard Rock

Artist: 
Another Distraction
Label: 
Self-Released

Another Diastraction is a relatively young band from New Jersey. Fragments is their most recent EP. The overall style of the band is reminiscient of early Linkin Park/Chevelle/Papa Roach.

Sounds Like: 
Early Linkin Park
Sounds Like: 
Papa Roach
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
Artist: 
Gold,. Frankincense, & Myrrh
Label: 
GFM Music

Here's something you don't see very often: a trio of sisters from Florida singing Christian metal. Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh, or GFM, is exactly that. With the youngest member of the band being just 13 years old, it's expected that their songs are all family-appropriate and safe to play on the radio. But that doesn't stop these sisters from rocking out and making some awesome music! 

Sounds Like: 
Flyleaf
Sounds Like: 
Nightwish
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Label: 
ATO Records LLC

This is a great record. J. Roddy Walston and the Business have blown up in the last couple of years following an exhaustive tour schedule and their 2013 breakout album, Essential Tremors. This is more vulnerable and personal than Essential Tremors, but still has the hard-rocking swagger and bravado that exemplifies the band. Simply put, it's like Kings of Leon except with music that's actually good.

Sounds Like: 
Drive By Truckers
Sounds Like: 
Delta Spirit
Sounds Like: 
The Weeks
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2017
Artist: 
Alice Cooper
Label: 
earMUSIC

Alice Cooper is back, and is actually just as good as ever. I always got a little hesitant when it came to new albums by classic rock and metal bands, but this album brought back my faith in the founding fathers. Back with his 27th (yes, I said 27) studio album Paranormal, Mr. Cooper created an amazing mix of modern rock and the classic metal style. I was actually blown away by how great this album was, and I am not even lying when I say it might be my favorite hard rock album of the year.

Sounds Like: 
Alice Cooper
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Fozzy
Label: 
Century Media Records

Fozzy is a hard rock American band fronted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho. They have been around since around 2000 and they've constantly put out great music. This new single is the preface to an upcoming album in October. The single Judas has hard rocking vocals with existential ideas but is really a great hard rock song. This is a perfect rock out tune and would be great for both an alt and a metal show. I really enjoyed this song and thought it sounded similar to early Stone Sour. This is a definite play and I highly suggest it for anyone. 

Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2017
Artist: 
Aerial School
Label: 
Self-released

Imagine you're having a mid-life crisis and you decide to buy a motorcycle: this is the episode for you. It's super cheesy hard rock that genuinely sounds like your father's garage band. I would say this is hard rock and nothing more. This honestly isn't a good album, and I feel bad for this band because they put so much heart and soul into this album. It almost ambient which adds a nice touch but it has super cheesy lyrics similar to raunchy 80s Hair Metal band. Check it out if you want, but I don't think I'll be playing it anytime soon.

Sounds Like: 
A dad's garage band
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017

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Artist: 
He is Legend
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Nothing to heavy or "scary" as some people would put it. It's more hard rock than metal and would be perfect for both Alt and Metal shows. This album is rather generic when it comes to hard rock. ITunes and the band itself calls "Few" punk but its really generic hard rock like Three Days Grace. There's nothing wrong with that and some people might gravitate to this because it'll be a good opener for their show. It has decent clean vocals and a fast paced beat. It's really enjoyable but it is really just radio metal.

Sounds Like: 
Between the Buried and Me
Sounds Like: 
Misery Signals
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Her Name Echoes
Label: 
Her Name Echoes

Looking for some moderately screamy local metal for your show? Look no further. Her Name Echoes' new album Cyclic is the album for you. It starts off with a mostly instrumental intro track, which is good if you're looking to get a feel for the album. Most tracks have some form of screaming vocals, so if you're into that, there really isn't a song without the screaming. "Island" is by far the most screamy. All the songs sound similar, so if you like one, you'll like them all.

Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Sounds Like: 
Vocals sound like All Time Low
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Battle Beast
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

This female-fronted Finnish hair metal band has been around since 2012 and Bringer of Pain is their lastest album.  "Familiar Hell" is catchy and fun, and raises an important question: is familiar hell better than unknown heaven? Unfortunately, it's not completely FCC clean but still a great song to listen to on your own. The other song, "King for a Day" is playable on the radio and deals with politicians and greed.

Sounds Like: 
Nightwish
Sounds Like: 
Power metal w/female vocals
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2017