Rock

Artist: 
The Black Line
Label: 
CRock Records

Formed as a one man band from Ontario Canada, the Black Line has a thrashing guitar genre that is reminiscent of the garage band genres of the 90's and 2000's. With a mix of semi-thoughtful/punk lyrics and pretty solid mixing of the song components, the Black Line has some solid punk rock tracks. No One Cares, Gemini, and more are all guitar heavy tracks that strike a consistent balance between insturmentals and vocals, which is impressive given the one-man nature of this band.

Sounds Like: 
Front Bottoms but more rock
Sounds Like: 
Green Day
Sounds Like: 
NOFX
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Twiztid
Label: 
Majik Ninja Entertainment

As someone who had a childhood under the imposing figure of a self-proclaimed juggalo father, I've been more or less subject to listening to ICP, Twiztid, and most of Psychopathic Records for the majority of my early life. Not quite a pleasant experience, but in regards to this single, I'm glad for the past experience to draw from. As such, my first instinct when listening to this track was that it wasn't at all the Twiztid I knew.

Sounds Like: 
ICP
Sounds Like: 
Boondox
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Ryan Adams
Label: 
Blue Note Records

This was insanely good. After listening to it in its entirety, I immediately listened to it two more times. I might stay up late and listen to it again. The album is classic Ryan Adams, and he bears his alt-country troubador soul over the course of the twelve tracks. The album is his breakup album after his divorce with Mandy Moore. The songs have a lonely, alienated feel and this record would be good to listen to while driving at night.

Sounds Like: 
Jason Isbell
Sounds Like: 
Jeff Tweedy
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Black Star Riders
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Black Star Riders' new single "When the Night Comes In" is more laid-back than a lot of rock and metal. The spoken verses and background chorus almost reminds me a little of country. It's a good 3-minute song to play if you're looking for a break from heavier stuff or if you're looking to get into rock music and want to start with something easy. It sounds like something that could play on the radio and most people would be happy with it. 

Sounds Like: 
"The Boys are Back in Town" song
Sounds Like: 
other generic rock songs
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2017
Artist: 
The O'Reillys and the Paddyhats
Label: 
Metalville Records

The O'Reillys and the Paddyhats are by far one of my favorite reviews of the year. I've always carried a love for Ireland and the sounds of folk-punk/ rock that it pushes out continuously. Being a huge fan of Dropkick Murphys, I picked this album up just to see if it carried a tune, and lo and behold the tune carried me away instead.

Sounds Like: 
Dropkick Murphys
Sounds Like: 
Flogging Mollys
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/15/2017
Artist: 
Shinobi Ninja
Label: 
Shinobi Ninja LLC.

Although music can be used express messages to its audience or stand for some higher politcal agenda, there's nothing wrong with using music as a medium to simply be enjoyed, or to be fun to listen to. Shinobi Ninja, a rock band that hails from Brooklyn, New York, is a band that falls under the latter. I had never heard of Shinobi Ninja prior to listening to their latest self-released album titled Bless Up, and decided to check out their upcoming album that is set to be released in March.

Sounds Like: 
Rage Against the Machine
Sounds Like: 
Flobots
Sounds Like: 
Banks & Steelz
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Society Falls
Label: 
Society Falls

As a huge fan of female-fronted rock bands, I'm so excited about Society Falls. In addition to being great live, their passion comes across in the music. The instruments are a bit loud and it's hard to hear the vocals sometimes,  but the songs are still a good listen. 

This California band puts on a fun live show full of energy! 

Sounds Like: 
Paramore
Sounds Like: 
Hey Monday
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
Divided Minds
Label: 
Divided Minds

This album transported me back to middle school (which honestly isn't a bad thing). Very late-2000s rock style. It was great.

Sounds Like: 
All-American Rejects
Sounds Like: 
Boys Like Girls
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
Artist: 
Lo-Pan
Label: 
Aqualamb Records

I could give you a play-by-play of each song on this track, or, being as I'm not a long-time listener of Lo-Pan, I can give you my initial reaction. From the album art and presentation of the album, I had in mind a sort of southern metal-based sound, but was surprised to find a unique, and wholesomely rock sound with Lo-Pan's In Tensions.

Sounds Like: 
Scissorfight
Sounds Like: 
Roadsaw
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
The Monk Destroys The Monastery
Label: 
Self-Released