Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Is It October Yet?

Dear Coward is a four piece grunge rock band with a post-hardcore flare. Having been in the shadows, perfecting their craft and stage show, their first single "October" shows exactly what the band is capable of. This track is full of heated emotions, broken strings and stadium chants. Perfectly recorded, the drums are tight, the bass is locked with the kick and the guitar has so much crunch that you would swear Captain Crunch is playing on this track! This band reminds me of Stella mixed with Foo Fighters that had a baby with Alexisonfire. Their bombastic sound should go over well with the heavier crowd as well as the more straight rock crowd. This song is truly meant to be played in stadiums though!

When Dear Coward hits the scene with their full force, it will be a quick rise to the top if every track has the energy of this! Don't miss any of their shows. Check out more of the band on their Facebook page HERE.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Straight To Your HEAD

HEAD is a Vancouver rock band who just released their debut album "Afraid To Sleep". Their stage show is fantastic and the characters they have created for their on stage personas are epic. Reminding me of a mix of Nighwish, Kamelot, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. Their album shows their dreams for each track realized into an epic sonic package for listeners.

Each of the tracks shares great production value. Every instrument is beautifully recorded and the transition between different ideas flows like wine. I would have loved to see the writing process while they worked their ideas into this orgasm of sound. Something very sensual stems through each song. A certain sexuality in each song just like someone whispering in your ears. It reminds me of a lot of older tracks from the 80's. Almost a Madonna feel on some tracks. On a dime the lead singer can switch that sensual feeling into a dark mysterious vibe, and even at times take it even further into an almost stalkerish tone. The vocals on every track are so full of emotion and depth. The effects are well placed and really fill out the track. This is one band that I hope they have vocal effects for their live stage show. Since a lot of call and response or harmonies really play a key part in the track then I hope the rest of the band fills out the sound in a live setting.

Diving into the guitar on the album. Fantastically placed parts. Not overall busy, but not simple at all. Each riff just beautiful compliments the energy of the track at that time. Really filling out the tracks. At times I wish it was a bit louder in the mix, a little more even with the synths just to give it a bit more edge, but thats just the metal head in me speaking. A lot of the tracks remind me of a very Alice In Chains feel. Some great guitar tones are on the album. In "Darkness" there is this almost sitar feeling guitar. The crunch on some songs is nice and thick but yet you can still hear great distinction on the chords.

The bass and drums are perfect for this genre. Just adding a thick level of groove or drive. Either pushing the song forward with some tension and pushing the beat. Or, sitting back and letting the songs have a nice swing feel to them. At times i wish the drums got a little crazier, allowed to be a little more in the forefront. If this album was being mixed for TOP 40 then I would have liked to hear a thicker kick drum so really get that drive that some of the songs seem to lack. Sometimes the synth's lower end just seems to take over where the thickness of the kick drum would be. I really enjoyed the track "Save Me" but wished it was either a bit faster or a bit punchier.

The synth/keyboards are a real leading force in these songs. They really add so much depth to each song. If the rest of the band was a cake, then the synth would be the icing. Not necessary, but it makes the whole thing taste so much better! It makes HEAD stand out from so many other bands on the scene. It adds a sound that can either push the envelop or bring back some flavours from the past.

The album as a whole is a fantastic piece of work. Full of dynamics, hooks and well written songs. I could easily see me playing the entire album on a road trip with the windows down. A lot of these songs have some radio potential but I'd have a hard time picking one song to be their leading single. Each track has a unique take on the band, when you listen to the album as a whole, each track stands with each other quite nicely. I would really recommend going over and touring in Europe or Asia. This bands sound would just thrive over there. It would be harder to break into the North American market with this sound as its almost a very niche sound now a days. A lot of people are tending to listening to harder stuff or lighter material and theres not much middle ground on the radio now a days. I can't wait to watch to see where the bands takes their music next. It was a pleasure listening to the album in its entirety and I recommend anyone listening to their music do the same.

Check out their website and social media links below:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Usain Bolt dances in music video for 'Be The Fastest'

London production duo Arch Birds have revealed the video for their debut single ‘Be The Fastest’, featuring Usain Bolt – the fastest man on the planet.

‘Be The Fastest’ is an immediate adrenaline-fuelled pull on the senses, with a pulse-raising mix of steel drums and big rolling bass lines alongside the empowering vocals of Vanessa Haynes; all channelling the energy of the world-record-breaking athlete the song was inspired by.

The track pushes forward with the grit, determination and power befitting such an addictive slice of attention-stealing dancefloor magic. Filmed in Jamaica, the video sees Bolt leading a cast of dancers in a glorious carnival celebration, as the pounding beats and grinding synths provide an explosion of intense feel-good energy.

The musical masterminds behind ‘Be The Fastest’, Arch Birds, are a dexterous multi-instrumental production duo. The track is their debut single and is a riotous dancehall anthem that’s due to set light to dancefloors and closing parties across the world.

Brand new British pop act Club Drive release debut single 'Dangerous'

Debut single
Released September 9th on NUA Entertainment
Taken from their debut EP out the same day

London 4-piece Club Drive have unveiled their debut single ‘Dangerous’, the title track from their forthcoming EP, due out September 9th on NUA Entertainment.

Listen to the track HERE
Fusing pop hook sensibilities with an inspired funk edge, ‘Dangerous’ drips with charisma. It’s a thunderous slice of pop, with the band showcasing infectious melodies wrapped up in big guitar riffs, topped off by singer Aaron Trowbridge’s falsetto vocals. Channeling the crossover potential of Maroon 5 and The Script, they also have the rock punch of You Me At Six and 5 Seconds Of Summer

On September 4th, Club Drive will bring their already impressive live show to this year’s Fusion Festival at Liverpool’s Otterpool Promenade on September 4th. The performance will see them play the main stage alongside the likes of Olly Murs, Busted, The Vamps and Ella Henderson.

Already making a name for themselves, they’ve captured the interest of Radio 1's BBC Introducing team and have featured across the introducing network as 'Track Of The Week' as well as performing live sessions.

They also turned heads with their remarkable debut headline show at London’s Islington O2 Academy in May having been a complete sell-out courtesy of an already fervent fanbase.

With an incredible catalogue of songs soon to be revealed and the ear for a perfect smash hit, Club Drive are one of the most exciting new British pop bands in years.

VAN HALST Kick Off Western Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian goth rock / metal band VAN HALST will be hitting the road for a Western Canadian tour presented by The tour will kick off at OurFest in Nevis, AB on August 20th and include a performance at this year's Metalocalypstick Festival in Valemount, BC on August 27th to wrap up with a hometown show in Edmonton, AB on September 4th. 

A fierce, empowering force of hard rock fused with metal with strong 
socially conscious lyrics and advocacy for female rights, VAN HALST recently released their debut album 'World of Make Believe' on March 4th, 2016, which is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.

VAN HALST, a project that first began as a solo endeavour for whom the band is named after -- Kami Van Halst, has since become a full group producing socially conscious, lyrical tracks that focus on disenfranchised and marginalized populations. The band’s influences stay true to goth rock with Kami Van Halst demonstrating an agile vocal delivery in combination with pummeling growls. Lyrically, the band draws from black metal due to its focus on people suffering from isolation and rising to overcome the preconceptions of a judgmental society. In This Moment’s industrial fusion remains a primary influence for Van Halst, employing a sampler, synthesizer, and distorted vocals.
Kami Van Halst dominates as the vocalist performing both growls and soaring vocals (Surviving Suzanne), Scott Greene (Derina Harvey Band/Dirty Pool) and Strathon J. Bajowsky (Havok Way) craft the guitar work while Brendan McMillan (bass) (My Darkest Days) and Brett Seaton (drums) (Cultured by Fire) drive the rhythm section of the band. Kami’s range and virtuosic vocal ability always captivates an audience and her attitude on stage truly delivers the meaning behind the songs. The main writing forces for the band are Kami and Scott working together to give listeners a vivid image of social injustices. The band’s live performance is a theatric experience as the utilize full-costumes, make-up and stage props.

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS Premiere Video 'Ages Unsung' via New Noise Mag

Ottawa, ON's CHARIOTS OF THE GODS have posted a new teaser video for their upcoming album 'Ages Unsung' due out on September 16th, which can be viewed at the following link: 

After a small hiatus and line up change, the quintet return in 2016 full force ready to follow up their 2013 debut album 'Tides of War' that was produced by music legend Glen Robinson (Queensryche, Gwar, Annihilator)Creating a kickstarter / pre-order campaign (thank you video), COTG surpassed their goal of $3,000 and recorded 'Ages Unsung' at The Grid with legendary Montreal producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Beyond Creation, Neuraxis).

COTG is currently streaming the two first singles off 'Ages Unsung' at the following links:

'Ages Unsung' -

'Into Oblivion' ft. Pascal Jobin of The Agonist - 
Album Pre-order available at 

OUT NOW! NO LIST RECORDS SPLIT: The Great Sabatini / Godstopper

Out now! NO LIST RECORDS unleash the new split from Montreal sludge metallers THE GREAT SABATINI and Toronto noise rockers GODSTOPPER.The split is available digitally plus on cassette at the following link:
"...hails from further out in left-field with more peaks and valleys than the heads-down-tits-up sludgy rock they fire at you from the stage...these dudes have a 90s alt-rock edge grinding against their love affair with riffs that crash bolts of lightning into stacks of Orange amps in delivering a rumbling calling card of hellacious noise." - Decibel
"In 2012, the unpredictability and wickedness of Matterhorn and the gritty violence of the companion release The Royal We established the group as one to watch closely; Dog Years confirms that attention was well worth it." - Exclaim
"The Great Sabatini are not just playing by-the-numbers sludge, but rather mixing things up, and transposing their punk attitude into new forms of musical expression beyond what you might be expecting." - The Sleeping Shaman