Rock

Artist: 
Iron Maiden
Label: 
Sanctuary Records Group LTD.

Put on your helmets and get ready to catch your heart when it bursts out of your chest for Iron Maiden's Book of Souls, the Live Chapter. With top picks from their worldwide Book of Souls tour, Iron Maiden pieced this album together, composed of their favored and most well-recieved tracks, to bring their sound in all its glory to the stage. This tour went from February of 2016 to July of 2017, more than a year of traveling to 39 countries worldwide, and the album is made up of the tracks that absolutely blew the audience as well as myself away.

Sounds Like: 
Maybe Metallica, but is their anyone who truly sounds like Iron Maiden?
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
12/07/2017
Artist: 
Hollywood Undead
Label: 
BMG Rights Management

If you are looking for a flashback to your sixth grade emo self, this is the album for you.  Rap Rock band from L.A., Hollywood Undead, is out with their new album, V. This is the epitome of emo music and if you don’t immediately think of black overdone eyeliner and hair parted way to the side when you hear this, you have been living under a rock. In my opinion, the rap sequences in all the songs are not very impressive. They also tend to like the lyrics “six feet deep” and referring to themselves.

Sounds Like: 
Deuce
Name: 
Natty Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2017
Artist: 
Black Label Society
Label: 
Entertainment One (eOne)

With the well-known Zakk Wylde and new guitarist Dario Lorina, Black Label Society releases a single track from their soon-to-be-released album, Grimmest Hits. The track starts with a sick cadence and immediately immerses the listener into the groove of the song. With the dirty, American metal undertones and dark, Ozzy-influenced overtones, this track is an ideal preview of the album to come, as it not only gets the listener invested, it gives a taste of the band's sound and what one can expect.

Sounds Like: 
Alice in Chains
Sounds Like: 
Godsmack
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2017
Artist: 
Fits
Label: 
Father/Daughter Records

This new Fits album is a banger! All of the songs are less than 3 minutes, averaging around 2 minute songs which you might initially think “how are you supposed to fit dope music into a 2 minute song?” but Fits knows how to do it.  The album consists of lots of guitar and drums combining into various, original beats and sounds.

Sounds Like: 
The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die
Sounds Like: 
Mom Jeans.
Name: 
Gabrielle Ranger
Date Reviewed: 
11/21/2017
Artist: 
Pandas & People
Label: 
Pandas & People

With their newest self-released album Out to Sea, Pandas & People showcase their solid indie-folk rock foundation. For me personally, it borders on country rock, but it’s a really unique sound. All of the tracks are cohesive in that it doesn’t just sound like seven singles put on an album.

Sounds Like: 
The Northern Empty
Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Label: 
Pink Lane Records

Based in the UK, Holy Moly & The Crackers is the most diverse-sounding band I’ve ever heard. They incorporate rock and alt influences into folk, which you would think doesn’t work, but they make it happen! Their overall sound is so diverse and unique, it really sets them apart from any other music group. All of the tracks on Salem are moderate to fast paced and has a really good beat, making it very catchy. What really makes this album fun and interesting are the different musical instruments they utilize in addition to the traditional guitar melody.

Sounds Like: 
ZZ Ward
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Nick Heyward
Label: 
Gladsome Hawk

In Nick Heyward’s new album, "Woodland Echoes" he gives listeners a sound that creates an uplifting new take on classic sounds that have various instruments with an indie vibe to it. In his song "Mountain Top", Heyward’s voice resembles closely to that of Paul McCartney with an uppity pop guitar sound that mixes well along with a perfect country fiddle solo that makes you feel like you’re listening to a classic rock song released in the 60s.

Sounds Like: 
John Lennon
Sounds Like: 
Paul McCarney
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Kevin Eubanks
Label: 
Mack Avenue

       Track #1 (Time Line) has a nice easy going flow.

       "Watercolors" (Track #2) is one of my dad's favorite Jazz tunes.  Hearing this song now brings back fond memories of chilling with him in his library/office as a kid.

Sounds Like: 
Easy Going flow
Sounds Like: 
Trance-provoking music
Sounds Like: 
Jazz Greats like Coltrane and Dizzy
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2017
Artist: 
Marilyn Manson
Label: 
Loma Vista Records

Marilyn Manson is back with his tenth album, Heaven Upside Down, to tear down any societal facades you’ve arrayed about yourself and drag you screaming back to the early days of middle school when you hated your parents and wanted the world to know it. While his sound is recognizable, even nostalgic, of that of his older music, it nonetheless is a continuation of the ever-popular goth-god Marilyn Manson.

Sounds Like: 
Rob Zombie
Sounds Like: 
Rammstein
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
INHEAVEN
Label: 
Pias America

Have you ever been to a show, seen the opening act, and said to yourself, "Hey, I'm going to actually check them out when I get home", only to forget the name of the act or just forget to do so? That exact thought ran through my head when I saw INHEAVEN open for Circa Waves at a concert back in March, except I actually followed through and followed them on twitter - only to discover later that none of their songs were readily available to listen to on places like Spotify.

Sounds Like: 
Nirvana
Sounds Like: 
Circa Waves
Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
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