lunes, 5 de diciembre de 2011

Leigh Nash - Hymns and Sacred Songs

As frustrating as it is, it seems 2011 will go by without a new project from Sixpence None the Richer. Promised for what’s been a couple years now, Strange Conversation has been delayed time and time again, but little did their fans know that Leigh Nash had been cooking up a solo project in the meantime – an album comprised solely of both traditional and modern hymns, simply titled Hymns and Sacred Songs. Even though many of these sorts of projects can be disposable or lacking in long lasting flavor, Nash mostly avoids both of these potential pitfalls to create a tranquil venture that only expounds upon the gravity of the hymns’ language. Even though Nash’s signature sound has never been particularly upbeat, opting for a more somber musical approach, it fits the lyrics like a glove (“Power of the Cross” is particularly powerful). Some of the more familiar tracks have also had altered melodies to keep things interesting, and instead of coming off as gimmicky, it works well (“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “Blessed Redeemer”). For both Sixpence and worship fans, listeners can’t go wrong with this magnificently-executed record; Nash’s album hits all the right notes, if only lacking a real variety of both energy and serenity. While fans continue to await the release of Strange Conversation, the stunning composition of Hymns and Sacred Songs, at the very least, serves as a wonderful prelude that is bound to bless every one of its listeners.

Style: Indie Pop
Street Date: November 15, 2011

01. Savior, Like A Shepherd (Blessed Jesus) (3:34)
02. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (3:01)
03. Isaiah 55 (4:05)
04. Oh Heart Bereaved and Lonely (3:46)
05. Power of the Cross (5:09)
06. Give Myself to You (3:09)
07. Come Ye Thankful People Come (2:54)
08. Blessed Redeemer (3:58)
09. Out of My Bondage (3:36)
10. Song of Moses (4:25)
11. Praise The Lord Who Reigns Above (4:14)
12. Be Still My Soul (5:34)

link: Mediafire

jueves, 24 de noviembre de 2011

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster - IV

After reading tons of posts online, I have to say I'm in the minority when I say that Maylene and the Sons of Disaster have just released their best album to date with IV. No joking, I'm dead serious. Dallas and company have finally embraced southern rock and not southern metal with a splash of metalcore thrown in - but southern rock. The guys are much less Underoath now and much more Gov't Mule or Drive-By Truckers. They lose a little edge at times, but the new sound is worth it. Don't get me wrong, I think III was great, but I love the new sound. "In Dead We Dream," "Save Me," "Fate Dreams," "Never Enough" and "Cat's Walk" are completely rocking tracks, while "Faith Healer (Bring Me Down)" and "Drought of '85" are slower acoustic based. "Faith Healer" even has a slightly pop vibe. I'm most confused by the fact that some say it's not southern and it's a radio sell-out album. I believe this album is a throwback to 70's southern rock, where it actually began. From the album cover to the fuzz they used for distortion, it's beautiful, classic even. So you may ask, "If you love it so much why only a four star rating?" My only complaint and disappointment is the seemingly flippant use of the word "hell" in both "Drought of '85" ["If no one had answers and love had no meaning, then what the hell are we fighting for?"] and "Off to the Laughing Place" ["I'm scared as hell I'll walk this earth alone."] I'm also pretty skeptical of the line "Take a moment to weep for the hurting, but I'll be damned if you weep for me.", which is also found in "Off to the Laughing Place." No matter how good it is musically, I just don't find the lyrics acceptable for a band being promoted in the Christian market. Mild profanities aside, if you are a fan of a more classic style of southern rock, this is a must-have. I am thrilled that you guys have stepped outside of your former selves for this record. Keep it up.

Style: Southern Rock/ Hardcore
Street Date: September 27, 2011

Track List:
01. In Dead We Dream (3:16)
02. Save Me (4:00)
03. Faith Healer (Bring Me Down) (3:38)
04. Open Your Eyes (3:15)
05. Killing Me Slow (4:05)
06. Taking On Water (4:06)
07. Fate Games (2:16)
08. Come For You (3:59)
09. Never Enough (2:52)
10. Cat's Walk (2:38)
11. Drought Of '85 (4:12)
12. Off To The Laughing Place (3:27)

jueves, 17 de noviembre de 2011

Switchfoot - Vice Verses (D.E.)

Since 1997, Switchfoot has been satisfying the ears and hearts of music fans worldwide. Two years ago, the band released what is arguably one of their best projects to date with Hello Hurricane, even grabbing a Grammy win for it earlier this year. Around the same time they wrote the songs for Hurricane, the band penned what would go on to be a fan favorite with the song "Vice Verses," already knowing it would be the title track of their to-be-determined follow-up to Hello Hurricane. Now the storms have passed and Vice Verses is here to touch down upon eager listeners. The album carries a similar edgy and raw sonic feel to Hurricane, but amps it up a little bit more at times, mixing in some of the melodic catchiness that albums like Nothing Is Sound and Beautiful Letdown boasted. Thematically, Vice Verses continues Switchfoot's frequent themes of wanting to live for more (the mellow "Thrive" and rocker "Rise Above It") and even pondering life after death (the opening rocker "Afterlife" and the fantastic emotional closer "Where I Belong"). Musically, the only song where the band actually takes a little risk may be with the rant-style talking vocals used throughout the quirky but fun "Selling The News." Other gems include the edgy and anthemic "Dark Horses," "The Original," and the lovely, thought-provoking balladry of the title track. Vice Verses has been a longtime coming, and I honestly can't remember the last time I found an album as satisfying, exciting and consistently enjoyable from listen to listen as this Switchfoot's Vice Verses.

Style: Rock / Pop / Alternative
Street Date: September 27, 2011
2 CD's includes Hello Hurricane LIVE to 320kbps

01. Afterlife (3:37)
02. The Original (3:15)
03. The War Inside (3:39)
04. Restless (5:18)
05. Blinding Light (4:17)
06. Selling the News (3:35)
07. Thrive (5:12)
08. Dark Horses (3:54)
09. Souvenirs (4:15)
10. Rise Above It (3:33)
11. Vice Verses (5:08)
12. Where I Belong (6:53)


lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2011

Dominic Balli - American Dream

Dominic Balli first tickled my ears with his song "Remedy," which perfectly blended some smooth reggae with redemptive lyrics and a skillfully-performed hip hop flow in the bridge. With new distribution through Infinity comes his sophomore album, American Dream. "All We Need Is Love" is a vaguely reggae track, but it's mostly a made-for-radio kind of song. It's a good song with a feel-good vibe, and a pretty catchy hook that gives it replayability. "Louder" is a very similar track; not identical, but the overall construction of the song is very similar (pop-reggae verses with a very poppy, acoustic hook). Balli has a few different sounds throughout this album; mostly reggae, if not reggae-based, but there's also the radio pop stuff here and there as well as a Jack Johnson-esque sound. The title track starts things off with an urban flair, and includes a guest appearance from P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval. Sandoval surprised listeners when he made an appearance in a Lecrae track last year, and he continues to surprise (and entertain) in this guest appearance as well. I love his line that says "They say cash rules everything around me, it seems for thirty pieces you can buy you a King." A lot of American Dream is on par with such reggae legends as Bob and Ziggy Marley, albeit with better production and sound on Balli's part. The only real downfall is that reggae is a hard genre to make into something amazing. It's not really Balli's fault, it's just that there's not much you can do with reggae. Balli did a good job with the genre though, and I do recommend American Dream for fans of Jack Johnson, Paul Wright, Matisyahu and reggae in general.

Style: Reggae / Hip Hop
Street Date: July 26, 2011

*Track list:
01. American Dream (feat. Sonny Sandoval Of P.O.D.) (3:48)
02. We Won't Stop (3:49)
03. Louder (3:11)
04. Take My Love (2:43)
05. See What We Become (3:16)
06. Again and Again (3:46)
07. Favela (feat. Nengo Vieira) (4:58)
08. Twenty Seventeen (4:11)
09. All We Need Is Love (2:55)
10. Refuge (3:29)
11. You Are There (feat. Jenkins) (3:43)
12. Daisy's Song (4:18)
13. Again and Again (Remix) [Bonus Track] (4:20)

link: mediafire

viernes, 22 de julio de 2011

Thousand Foot Krutch - Live At The Masquerade CD/DVD

Thousand Foot Krutch's long awaited debut project Live At The Masquerade is a live 2-disc CD/DVD release (presented in sort of a cheap, cardboard trifold case, sans any kind of CD jacket or bonus materials on the DVD. Labelmate Manafest includes both on his same-day release). The audio for this live recording is crisp and packs a solid punch. Everything about it is clean and clear, making the live sound vibrant, capturing the crowd when it matters and fading them out just as appropriately when the music kicks in. Trevor McNevan's vocals are spot-on and the production captures the high energy rock vibe well. The DVD is presented in widescreen format and features the whole concert with the option to jump to any particular song or just play the whole thing in one shot. There are cams positioned all over the audience and stage giving a pretty immersive view of the live concert experience from various perspectives. It's energetic without being too dizzying and there are lots of quick cuts but it's not quite as exhausting as some other really busy live recordings. For TFK fans, this live recording should be an answer to prayers and the song selection acts quite nicely as a hits collection in the process, offering a very strong lineup of fan favorites. Live At The Masquerade is among the better live projects you can grab today.

Style: Rock / Alternative
Street Date: June 7, 2011.

Track List:
01. Welcome To The Masquerade (6:02)
02. Bring Me To Life (3:39)
03. Move (3:09)
04. Absolute (3:22)
05. The Flame In All Of Us (3:25)
06. Trevor Talks To Crowd (1:24)
07. E For Extinction (4:09)
08. Scream (3:30)
09. What Do We Know (3:24)
10. Falls Apart (3:37)
11. Rawkfist (2:52)
12. Fire It Up (3:38)
13. Already Home (4:26)
14. Puppet (5:22)

sábado, 2 de julio de 2011

Relient K - K Is For Karaoke EP

As a longtime fan of Relient K, I was initially disappointed to hear that Relient K’s first project in nearly two years was a covers EP leading up to a full-length covers album. Even after spinning it once or twice, I still wasn’t that impressed with all the songs that Relient K offered on the K Is For Karaoke EP since their original material is far better than the songs they chose to cover. However, after listening to it more, the EP began to gain traction with me (Except for “Baby” by Justin Bieber. I’m sorry, but not even Relient K could save those pathetic lyrics). The cover of “Girls Just Want To Have Fan” starts off the album excellently while the catchy chorus sends “Surf Wax America” to a roaring finish. “Doctor Worm” showcases Matthew Thiessen’s skill in mimicking the singer’s voice in a ridiculous song that could have been written by Relient K. The band’s version of Tears For Fears' (you know, Relient K’s favorite band in “In Love With The 80’s") “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is infectious and brilliant. The K Is For Karaoke EP is nicely paced and features a diverse selection of songs that is a solid lead-in to the Relient K’s full-length covers album due out in October.

Style: Rock / Pop-Punk / Alternative
Street Date: June 28, 2011.

Track List:
01. Girls Just Want To Have Fun [Cyndi Lauper]
02. Here Comes My Girl [Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers]
03. Baby [Justin Bieber]
04. Doctor Worm [They Might Be Giants]
05. Crazy [Gnarls Barkley]
06. Everybody Wants To Rule The World [Tears For Fears]
07. Surf Wax America [Weezer]

viernes, 1 de julio de 2011

Falling Up - Your Sparkling Death Cometh

Falling Up is back with their fifth project, Your Sparkling Death Cometh. Fangs was rather hit-and-miss with loyal fans and alternative fans alike, thanks to the fact that Falling Up’s musical experiments went down too many rabbit trails. But while Sparkling Death has a similar vibe to Fangs, it leans on more organic instruments than the electric guitar-driven Fangs. The album opens with “Circadian,” which manages to be the most dramatic and epic first track in Falling Up’s career as it utilizes the cello and the bass to their peak compacity. Although the tempo isn’t as rocky as Crashings or Dawn Escapes, “Wonder,” “Blue Ghosts” and “Light Beam Rider” are catchier alternative tracks which stand apart from each other. Both “Diamnds” and “Oceans” have a unique, inspirational sound for Falling Up as they act as the antithesis to Falling Up’s dark and brooding tunes. Although the project is beautifully crafted throughout, after the sixth song, the listener must focus more energy to enjoy the music. And, though the album is over fifty minutes long, some of the length can be attributed to the instrumental outros found in nearly every song. The science fiction/fantasy story of Fangs is utterly replaced by individual songs themes. Although Falling Up still retains their belovedly vague lyrics, there are vivid spiritual metaphors among the other spiritual ambiguity. The singer claims to want all who God is on “Diamnds” and one could almost see “Oceans” landing on a worship compilation (“If your heart's an ocean/then I will drown”). As far as comebacks go, Your Sparkling Death Cometh is one of the very best. It’s both intriguing and addicting and will almost certainly be heralded as one of Falling Up’s finest albums, if not their finest. Fans of Captiva who were alienated by Fangs should give their ear to Falling Up’s resurrection.

Style: Experimental Rock
Street Date: June 28, 2011.

Track List:
01. Circadian (7:21)
02. The Wonder (4:56)
03. Blue Ghost (5:07)
04. Diamnds (4:18)
05. The Light Beam Rider (4:34)
06. Oceans (5:58)
07. Mscron (6:49)
08. Vates (5:22)
09. Forms And Shapes (5:31)
10. Slow Waves (6:41)

Link: mediafire

lunes, 30 de mayo de 2011

Blindside - With Shivering Hearts We Wait

It's been four years since Blindside last released music, six since a full album. And although the band never officially broke up, it has certainly seemed that way for a while. After the 2005 release of the highly experimental album The Great Depression, many fans were left wondering where the band would go next, or if they would go anywhere at all. Blindside's subsequent release, The Black Rose EP, proved to be a mix of their previous albums and was a collection of songs that could easily have served as a perfect farewell for the group. Shows had become scarce and all signs pointed towards the end. Yet, four years later, Christian music's most popular Swedish post-hardcore band returns with one of the best albums of their career. Slightly more radio friendly than their previous releases, Blindside's latest charts new territory for the band. Huge choruses have become the rule, not the exception. Yet, despite a more accessible approach, the group's signature musicianship and sound remain quite intact. Vocalist Christian Lindskog's screams more passionately than ever and the riffs are distinctively heavy. From the album's blistering opener to its electronic filled final cut, With Shivering Hearts We Wait was more than worth the wait. It's an exciting new entry into what hopes to be a long chapter in the band's career...

Style: Alternative Metal / Post-Hardcore
Street Date: June 7, 2011

Track list:
01. There Must Be Something In The Water (3:58)
02. My Heart Escapes (3:42)
03. Monster On The Radio (3:11)
04. It's All I Have (3:51)
05. Bloodstained Hollywood Ending (3:15)
06. Our Love Saves Us (3:29)
07. Bring Out Your Dead (3:41)
08. Withering (3:35)
09. Cold (3:23)
10. There Must Be Something In The Wind (7:03)

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Abandon - Control

One of the bands that has really picked up momentum in the last year or so has been the five-piece pop rock group from Texas known as Abandon. Although their debut album, Searchlights, was mostly a mix of songs that Abandon had previously released on a series of EPs, their anticipated sophomore project, Control, is virtually all fresh. There is more energy (including a dance element) in Control than Searchlights, but this release never feels less professional than the first album. Instead, Control actually runs smoother than its predecessor behind "Feel It In Your Heart," "New Years Day" and "Under Fire." The rockier tunes sound less choppy this time around (particularly "Push it away"), and the album in general has better production than Searchlights. The biggest flaw musically in the album, however, fortunately is only the encore appearance of Abandon's hit song "Hero" which seems a little cheap. Abandon offers more direct lyrics to go along with their more pop oriented music which works when delivering easier themes, but it also means the lyrics are less thoughtful (e.g. "City Lights" and "Providence" from Searchlights). Still Abandon challenges listeners to know and live their faith in both "Live It Out" and "Under Fire," while the idea behind the album's title is brought up in "Let Go." Overall, Control is a nearly flawless pop/rock album which is a terrific song or two away from being outstanding.

Style: Pop/Rock
Street Date: April 19, 2011

Track list:
01. Feel It In Your Heart (3:12)
02. Help (3:38)
03. Live It Out (3:45)
04. SOS (2:53)
05. Your Love Goes On (4:00)
06. Let Go (3:55)
07. New Years Day (4:21)
08. Talk To Me (3:05)
09. Push It Away (2:40)
10. Under Fire (3:20)
11. Why Does It Take So Long (3:36)
12. Known (4:09)
13. Hero (3:46)

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viernes, 20 de mayo de 2011

Far-Less - A Toast To Bad Taste

Style: Rock
Year: 2007

Track list:
01. Intro
02. Toast to Bad Taste
03. I Hope We Swim (Oceans)
04. Thin Line
05. Segue To Devil Without a Clue
06. Devil Without a Clue
07. It's Not Me, It's You
08. Segue to Gentlemen (Go to Sleep)
09. Gentlemen (Go to Sleep)
10. Keep Keep
11. Segue to So Glad
12. So Glad
13. Surprise Funeral, A (For the Charmed)
14. To Live
15. Forever and a Day
16. I Gave In

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lunes, 14 de marzo de 2011

Advantage - Say Your Best, Do Your Worst

Style: Alternative / Pop Rock
Year: 2009

Track list:
01. Something More
02. Falling Down
03. The Menace
04. Place To Call Home
05. No One Cares
06. Let You Go
07. Living To Die
08. Better Off Without You
09. What You Wanna Hear
10. Elliot
11. Everything's Fine
12. Slow Down
13. I'm Alive
14. Lost In Eternity

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miércoles, 9 de marzo de 2011

VersaEmerge - Fixed At Zero

Style: Alternative / Pop Rock / Experimental
Street Date: June 22, 2010

Track list:
01. Figure It Out
02. Mind Reader
03. Fixed At Zero
04. You’ll Never Know
05. Stranger
06. Redesign Me
07. Fire (Aim Your Arrows High)
08. Up There
09. Your Own Love
10. Mythology
11. Lost Tree

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viernes, 4 de marzo de 2011

Deas Vail - Birds & Cages

How do you follow up what was possibly one of the most talked-about Christian indie-rock albums of 2007? Quite simply, by making it better; and that is exactly what Deas Vail has done with their latest release, Birds & Cages. Originally on Mark Lee Townsend's indie label Brave New World, the band was recently signed to Relient K-managed Mono vs Stereo, a wise move from the resurrected label. 

Style: Indie Rock
Street Date: October 23, 2009

Track list:
01. The Things You Were (4:58)
02. Growing Pains (3:57)
03. Excuses (3:18)
04. Cages (5:08)
05. Birds (4:51)
06. Tell Me (0:48)
07. Dance In Perfect Time (3:28)
08. Sunlight (4:08)
09. Puzzles And Pieces (2:51)
10. The Great Physician (3:39)
11. The Leaper (4:02)
12. Atlantis (4:51)

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miércoles, 2 de marzo de 2011

Chevelle - Any Last Words? CD/DVD HD 720p

Is out now the Chevelle's new DVD, “Any Last Words?”, which was released on January 11th. The DVD, directed by Frankie Nasso, includes a music CD and DVD of Chevelle’s “Ten in 10” live performance, a two-night celebration of the band’s 10 years in music at The Metro in Chicago.


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Download link DVD:
“Any Last Words?” Track listing:
01. AntiSaint
02. Jars
03. Sleepwalking Elite
04. The Clincher
05. Shameful Metaphors
06. Sleep Apnea
07. Get Some
08. Letter From A Thief
09. An Evening With El Diablo
10. Send The Pain Below
11. The Red
12. Straight Jacket Fashion New link!!!
13. Vitamin R
14. I Get It

The Classic Crime - Vagabonds

The Classic Crime returns for their thirrd full-length album release, Vagabonds. The fact that the band had all pre-order proceeds from this album go towards Haiti was very noble of them. RCC's previous release, The Silver Cord was such a phenomenal album that Vagabonds leaves less of an impression due to its smaller size (17 minutes smaller than SC) and some less memorable songs. TCC continues with thought provoking lyrics on this project. "Broken Mess" is a great song (easily the best song on the album) that is saved for last, and it could be interpreted in many ways. Vagabonds does have its moments of greatness in songs like this one, "The Count," "Everything and Nothing" and "Four Chords." "Solar Powered Life" takes the listener back to the 70s with the return of sounds reminiscent of Golden Earring's "Radar Love." Fans of The Classic Crime will, no doubt, like this release (as I have), however, in the end, Vagabonds may leave one favoring The Silver Cord as it was a far better achievement.

Style: Rock / Alternative
Street Date: April 6, 2010

Track list:
01. A Perfect Voice (2:50)
02. Cheap Shots (3:30)
03. Solar Powered Life (1:59)
04. Four Chords (3:38)
05. Vagabonds (3:43)
06. The Happy Nihilist (3:28)
07. My Name (4:22)
08. Everything And Nothing (4:02)
09. The Count (3:45)
10. Different Now (3:59)
11. Broken Mess (4:20)
12. Weapon Of Choice (Demo) (3:10) **Deluxe Edition
13. Walk With Me (5:05) **Deluxe Edition

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The Classic Crime - The Silver Cord

The Classic Crime has been placed into the same sound genre as Jimmy Eat World and Fall Out Boy based on their 2006 debut, Albatross which was a favorite of mine that year. Crime chose Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Chevelle, Incubus) as their producer again for this project. Thankfully, they have musically progressed with a more unique style all their own with Silver Cord that is much more raw and aggressive. Justin DuQue (guitar) has said, "We are not a Christian band. Our lyrics are very positive and hopeful though," and yes, the album expresses some uplifting songs like "The Way You Are," which deals with people who fall into peer pressure, "and I hope to God that he will find his name/ and not listen to his so-called friends/ when they say/ this is the way you are/ Don't let them say." This album sustains the listeners' attention because of the variation throughout all 15 tracks. After the introduction track, the album rocks out to "Just a Man" which can be perceived as an individual who wants to make it very clear that they make mistakes ("all have sinned…and come short of the glory of God" -Romans 3:23). "Gravedigging" is a very catchy hard rock tune which recalls the days of guitar galloping effects found in several Iron Maiden songs. "Abracadavers," another hard rock tune that seems more appropriate as an album opener, is a song that captures the meaning that every human is just as important regardless of looks, financial power, or education as stated by the lead singer, Matt McDonald. While this album this album is far from being an album intended for spiritual growth, it has encouraging implications throughout several of the songs. Silver Cord is an album that can be listened to in its entirety as it's that good. This album ranks among the best so far this year.

Style: Rock / Alternative
Street Date: July 22, 2008

Track list:
01. The End
02. Just A Man
03. Grave Digging
04. The Way That You Are
05. 5805
06. Salt In The Snow
07. Abracadavers
08. R&R
09. God and Drugs
10. Medisin
11. The Ascent
12. Sing
13. Everything
14. Closer Than We Think
15. The Beginning (A Simple Seed)

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martes, 22 de febrero de 2011

The Classic Crime - Acoustic EP: Seattle Sessions

A year and a half after their release of their debut album, Albatross, The Classic Crime is serving up something a little bit different to their audiences. Taking a break from their indie rock style, the band's latest project, Acoustic EP: Seattle Sessions puts a new spin on their acclaimed dynamic. You won't find any guitar-led anthems here. But what you will find from these Seattle natives are honest, meaningful lyrics accompanied by some beautiful acoustic artwork.

Style: Acoustic Rock
Street Date: November 6, 2007

Track list:
01. Seattle
02. Blindfolded
03. The Test
04. Wake Up (Shipwreck)
05. The Drink In My Hand [Live]
06. When The Time Comes
07. Far From Home

domingo, 20 de febrero de 2011

The Classic Crime - Albatross

On their website, Matt MacDonald, vocalist for Tooth & Nail newcomers The Classic Crime, says he wants his band to have stats like the albatross, a bird with a fourteen foot wingspan and an eighty year life span. It’s an impressive and gutsy goal, but unfortunately, neither of those words can rightfully describe their debut album, Albatross.

The Classic Crime sounds eerily similar to Fall Out Boy… MacDonald’s voice, the musical arrangements, everything. Compare "All the Memories" to Fall Out Boy’s "Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down," and to call them the "Christian Fall Out Boy" by no means sounds like a stretch. For those unfamiliar with mainstream’s latest media child, Fall Out Boy is an aggressive four-piece pop/rock outfit with a knack for writing melodic, yet toe-tapping tunes. There are differences between the two acts, of course (The Classic Crime is a bit more intense), but it’s similar enough at times to make you do a double take.

Style: Alternative Rock
Street Date: May 23, 2006

Track list:
01. The Fight
02. Flight of Kings
03. Who Needs Air
04. Blisters and Coffee
05. The Coldest Heart
06. All the Memories
07. Say the Word
08. I Know the Feeling
09. The Poet
10. The Bitter Uprising
11. We All Look Elsewhere
12. Headlights

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jueves, 10 de febrero de 2011

This Beautiful Republic - Perceptions

The 5-piece of This Beautiful Republic has enjoyed a fair degree of notoriety and success in their few years beyond Toledo, Ohio. A scant sixteen months since last year's Even Heroes Need a Parachute garnered such initial notoriety and good reviews, the band returns with Perceptions. The album's moniker conceptually bears a dual meaning- reflecting the band's experience as both fight and fun exist in pursuing music full-time… and that God's perception and our human acuity are divergent, and yet He is faithful.

Style: Southern Rock
Street Date: August 19, 2008

Track list:
01. Pain
02. Surrender Saved My Life
03. Learning To Fall
04. Beautifully Broken
05. No Turning Back
06. My God
07. For The Life Of Me
08. Last Second Chance
09. Stay With You Tonight
10. Change The World
11. A Point Between Extremes
12. The Ones
13. Say Goodnight

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martes, 1 de febrero de 2011

This Beautiful Republic - Even Heroes Need a Parachute

In 2002, a small band from Toledo, Ohio called Sanctus Real exploded onto the scene, and rapidly became as staple in Christian rock music. Five years later, another band hailing from Toledo has emerged, and appears poised for similar success with their release Even Heroes Need a Parachute. This Beautiful Republic may not have quite the same catchiness on their debut as did Sanctus Real, but they still display serious talent. The band is careful to craft an album that will appeal to many different audiences; "Going Under" is turning heads on rock radio, while "Jesus to the World," despite its somewhat trite title and lyrics, is doing fairly well on Top 40 stations thanks to a likeable sound comparable to some of Starfield's work. Singer Ben Olin's powerful vocals sound edgy on heavier songs, yet polished on the softer ones. Another album highlight, "Black Box" has an eclectic mix of sounds that come together to create a fun rock song that should sound great live.

Style: Southern Rock
Street Date: April 3, 2007

Track list:
01. Casting Off
02. Going Under
03. Jesus To The World
04. Right Now
05. Black Box
06. The Surface
07. Let's Be Honest
08. New Year
09. Something To Deny
10. Fears & Failures
11. Cloud Cover

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StorySide: B - Everything And More

StorySide:B boasts an interesting history. When comprised of only vocalist/guitarist Lucio "Lu" Rubino and drummer Jordan Mohilowski, the duo took first place in the band division of the "Exalting Him" talent contest. Shortly thereafter, they began working on an EP, added three more members to the mix, and even watched their song "More To This Life" become a major hit on the Air1 radio network. And for the impressive part? All of that occurred before signing with Gotee Records. Now this fivesome is on the heels of their major label debut Everything and More.

Style: Pop / Rock
Street Date: December 26, 2005

Track list:
01. Everything And More
02. It's Not Over
03. Miracle
04. More To This Life
05. Hold Me Down
06. You're Not Alone
07. Breathe
08. Send Me A Sign
09. Dance To Me
10. In Your Eyes
11. Off The Ground

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sábado, 22 de enero de 2011

Sanctus Real - Pieces Of A Real Heart

With over a decade of music to their name, you could say Sanctus Real has officially reached veteran artist status, a title with blessing and curse attached when the time for new album comes around. On the upside, they need no introduction. The 2002 Sparrow debut Say it Loud brought their modern rock sound from the garage to the world, and the Dove award winning follow-up Fight The Tide proved Sanctus was here to stay. But with that kind of longevity comes plenty of expectations for every new release, questioning if it will break new ground or follow what works, if it will surpass or pale next to their best work. So how does Sanctus Real's fifth offering Pieces of a Real Heart measure up? This time around, they take a different musical direction, but it just might be some of their most mature and honest work to date.

Style: Rock / Alternative
Street Date: March 9, 2010

Track list:
01. Forgiven (3:37)
02. These Things Take Time (3:21)
03. The Way The World Turns (4:08)
04. Lead Me (3:48)
05. The Redeemer (3:45)
06. Take Over Me (3:05)
07. I Want To Get Lost (3:54)
08. 'Til I Got To Know You (3:57)
09. Dear Heart (3:01)
10. I'll Show You How To Live (3:19)
11. Keep My Heart Alive (3:26)

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Switchfoot - Eastern Hymns for Western Shores EP

Nothing can be more of a blessing and yet such a curse as the notorious B-Side. These songs are the forgotten, set-aside tracks that were considered but never accepted. And while some artists/bands could easily release an album of songs that they never thought were good enough, others might recognize their hidden quality yet know they were made for something… or somewhere else. With the latest Switchfoot release, we are given just that in Eastern Hymns For Western Shores. But let it be known that four out of six of these songs have already been heard; whether they were found on previous/random releases, fan sites, or somehow snagged off of infamous music pirating outles. However, this compilation is a pure representation of the darker and more mysterious side of Switchfoot. For any friend of the Foot, these "hymns" aren't complete unless they come together.

Styile: Alternative Rock / Experimental
Street Date: December, 2010

Track list:
01. We Are Bound (3:29)
02. Stitches (3:08)
03. Daylight To Break (3:35)
04. Overthrow (3:36)
05. Dirty Second Hands (Original Recording - Eastern Hymns Sessions) (2:50)
06. Connect With The Spine (2:44)

miércoles, 19 de enero de 2011

Manic Drive - Blue

As part of a new distribution deal, Whiplash Records band Manic Drive decided to put forth a sort of re-release of their latest album, Reset & Rewind. Titled Blue, the new project combines eight of Reset's tracks with four new ones. The slew of new songs include "Music" and "Walls," which are both high-energy techno-fused rock anthems, something new for the band. "Closer" is a beautiful worship song that makes use of Autotune, which surprisingly works well. "Rain" is a nice ballad, but is clearly the weakest of the four new
Style: Alternative / Rock / Electronic
Street Date: August 18, 2009

Track list:
01. Music (3:25)
02. Walls (4:14)
03. Blue (4:16)
04. Closer (4:08)
05. NYC Gangsters (3:43)
06. Dancefloor (3:20)
07. Eleven Regrets (4:07)
08. Rain (3:23)
09. Hope (4:05)
10. Better Man (3:41)
11. December Mourning (4:09)
12. Change (3:22)

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domingo, 16 de enero de 2011

Manic Drive - Reset & Rewind

After two years of touring and the promotion of their debut, the Canadian-based quartet known as Manic Drive is back with the release of their sophmore album entitled Reset And Rewind. With a collaboration of new stylings as well as guest appearances from well-known artists, Manic Drive hopes to please and win over listeners and critics alike.

The raw opener, "NYC Gangsters," kicks off the album while setting the boundaries for the overall mood of the release. "Eleven Regrets," the hit single, touches upon the issue of past mistakes and regrets, while "Blue" deals with the concept of trial-and-error and how submitting to God makes all the difference. The latter also features guest vocals by former dc Talk legend Kevin Max, another added plus. "Dancefloor," which features female rap artist M.O.C., has no lyrical depth whatsoever; it's just a party track about letting loose and having a good time.

"Obvious" is a rapid-paced track, laced with aggressive vocals, dynamic, accusational lyrics, and an added in-your-face message. The acoustic rock balled "Hope" encourages us that there really is hope within this lost and hopeless world ("Believe it or not, there's hope"), whereas "December Mourning" features echoes from the song "Carol Of The Bells," producing an edgy yet intimate feel, while at the same time painting a picture of personal sadness felt during the jubilant Christmas time. "Better Man" represents our human habit to fail and give in to sin, with references to our questioning conscience about the importance and worth of life in general ("Who's this life for?").

"Addiction" is all about resisting the temptations and addictions we face from day to day, while "Change," an orchestrated serenade, points out our need to change and draw closer in our walk with Christ. "L-O-V-E" is a catchy tune about the love between us and the Father, which is really the only track that feels like the album should have done without. "The End," ironically, is not the album's finale, but it does add flavor to the taste of the record as a whole. "The Inventor" is a beautifully constructed piano piece, gracefully closing Reset And Rewind.

Manic Drive has matured incredibly in their music as well as the reoccurring themes that they have woven throughout their latest release. I am quite eager to see what they craft into their third record, and you should be too.

Style: Rock / Metal / Alternative
Street Date: October 23, 2007

Track list:
01. NYC Gangsters
02. Eleven Regrets
03. Blue (feat. Kevin Max)
04. Dancefloor (feat. Moc)
05. Obvious
06. Hope (feat. Jill Parr)
07. December Mourning
08. Better Man
09. Addiction
10. Change
11. L-O-V-E
12. The End
13. The Inventor
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Manic Drive - Reason For Motion

Here's a bit of trivia for you: what do the bands Rush, Blur, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Hawk Nelson all have in common? The answer would be that they all hail from Canada. Another band to add to the growth of rock bands attempting to get recognition in the United States would be Mississauga, Ontario natives Manic Drive. This particular band fuses together alt rock, metal, and progressive power pop, sounding similar at times to bands like 38th Parallel and Linkin Park. Is it improper for a band to sound like another popular band? If they are striving to be original, then such a task is too redundant.

Style: Rock / Metal / Alternative
Street Date: July 20, 2005

Track list:
01. Intro
02. Something More
03. Luckiest
04. Nebulous
05. Memories
06. Middle Of It All
07. Only One
08. Aimlessly
09. Wasting Away
10. Tragedy
11. Crying
12. Alive

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sábado, 15 de enero de 2011

The Violet Burning - Live: The Loudest Sound In My Heart

Style: Indie / Rock
Street Date: 2005

Track list:
01. Gorgeous
02. Moon Radio
03. Berlin Kitty
04. Rocknroll Star
05. Aching
06. Forty Weight
07. I See Stars
08. Slowa
09. Fabulous, Like You
10. Dreadful
11. Underwater
12. Gone Gone Gone
13. Oceana

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miércoles, 12 de enero de 2011

After Edmund - Hello

Pop/rock Georgian quintet After Edmund is yet another emerging act to be listed on the roster of artists for Slanted Records. Although they are not a "familiar" band at the moment, they hope to become a fresh face in today's music industry. Hello serves as the band's national debut, and a friendly introduction to music listeners far and wide.

Style: Alternative / Pop Rock
Street Date: february 26, 2008
Track list:
01. Thank God
02. Fighting For Your Heart (Let It Go)
03. Everyone
04. Like A Dream
05. Darkest Room
06. Come And Rain Down
07. Tears
08. Stealing Away
09. Go Oboe!
10. Clouds
11. It's Alright
12. To See You Leave

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Submision Red - Submision Red EP

Style: Alternative / Hard Rock
Street Date: October 31, 2008

Track list:
1. Loud Cloud
2. Nobody
3. Drive On
4. Signal the Smoke
5. Dirty Scene

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lunes, 10 de enero de 2011

Echoes The Fall - Bloodline

One of the recent additions to VSR Music Group, the Phoenix, Arizona natives, Echoes The Fall, are ready to break onto a crowded rock scene. Formed in 2005 by brothers Mitch and Mike Gable, Echoes The Fall has been seen sharing the stage with artists like Skillet, Project 86, and Seventh Day Slumber. Their debut project, Bloodline, has been toted as rock album which is full of chemistry, maturity, and the band's raw power.

Style: Alternative Rock / Metal
Street Date: September 8, 2009

Track list:
01. Break Away (3:46)
02. Here To Stay (3:00)
03. A Life Less Loved (3:50)
04. Bloodline (3:46)
05. Things Will Change (This Time Around) (3:46)
06. Dirty Water (4:05)
07. Your Move (4:35)
08. Black And White (3:49)
09. Eye Of The Tiger (3:49)
10. Things Will Change (This Time Around) (Acoustic) (3:58)

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domingo, 9 de enero de 2011

Fauxliage - Fauxliage

It seems that sometimes it's the collaborative efforts between a few truly creative minds that bring out the best in the individuals involved. Pop vocalist Leigh Nash and songwriter Matt Slocum were a divine pairing when Sixpence None The Richer was together. Last year, Nash made her solo debut, and although the record offered some fantastic melodic pop tunes, Slocum's touch was missed. Fauxliage finds Nash pairing up with Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber of the alt/ambient pop group Delerium for a new direction in music for the vocalist.

Fauxliage isn't Leigh Nash's first collaborative effort with the guys of Delerium. She's contributed her talents to a few songs on the group's own albums, but this time provides the vocals to all of the tracks on Fauxliage, save for a pair of instrumentals. Sixpence fans might notice that Leigh's vocals are much more channeled towards the melancholy than her solo project Blue On Blue and there is no upbeat fluff here at all. "All The World" opens the project, a noticeably moody but ultimately slick and delightfully dreary electronic pop song. Nash's lyrics are some of her best to date on this record, and the artist has admitted that they're some of her most personal as well. While she writes ambiguously, she's also not afraid to mince words, stating bluntly (and arguably inappropriately) "It's hard as hell tonight to sleep" in the heartbreaking "Let It Go" (also the only song in the CD jacket not to have lyrics included), and on "All Alone" she asks, "What is it for? What is this for? If love is not for us / Then who is it for?" There is still hope to be found on the album however, with "Rafe" serving as a prayer for Leigh's ailing cousin for recovery (and who has since started doing well).

Style: Indie Pop
Street Date: August 14, 2007

Track list:
01. All The World
02. Someday The Wind
03. Draw My Life
04. Let It Go
05. Magic (instrumental)
06. Without You
07. Rafe
08. Vibing (instrumental)
09. All Alone
10. Rafe (Gabin Remix)
11. Rafe (Pacha Remix)

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Leigh Nash - Blue On Blue

After the members of Sixpence None The Richer decided to go their separate ways a few years ago, lead vocalist and Sixpence's chief personality Leigh Nash began pursuing her own musical endeavors. Sixpence consisted primarily of one of the most dynamic duos in alternative music, pairing the beauteous vocals of Nash with the multi-talented Matt Slocum, but individually the two carry distinct musical strengths. Although Leigh has done scattered solo work while in her previous band, Blue On Blue marks her full-length debut out on her own.

Blue On Blue is a distinctly more pop-driven effort than most anything Sixpence None The Richer had done. But taking into consideration Divine Discontent, the band's final studio album, as the last time we really heard an all-new full-length recording featuring Nash, this album seems like the natural next step in Nash's musical evolution. Leigh had a hand in the band's songwriting more towards the end of their run, but being on her own gives her the chance to really write and sing what's on her heart, making her music all the more passionate, all the more personal.

Style: Indie Pop
Street Date: August 15, 2006

Track list:
01. Along The Wall
02. Nervous In The Light Of Dawn
03. My Idea of Heaven
04. Ocean Size Love
05. Never Finish
06. Between The Lines
07. More Of It
08. Angel Tonight
09. Blue
10. Cloud Nine
11. Just a Little

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viernes, 7 de enero de 2011

Future Of Forestry - Travel III EP

The final piece of Future of Forestry's "Travel Trilogy" is here with the aptly titled Travel III EP. The final EP follows suit with its predecessors: Travel name, travel theme (this time it's automobiles), and six songs. The comparisons pretty much end there. Travel III is a very airy and ambient sounding experiment, which features a different sound for the indie alt-rockers. A majority of the album features more drum machine, "hip-hop style" inspired beats; the different sound still seems to work for singer/front man, Eric Owyoung, who seems to make whatever he puts his talents to sound great. The album starts with the track "Bold and Underlined," featuring a nice guitar riff and you think, "Here's the Future of Forestry I'm used to". As you prepare for the song to progress, the undeniably catchy beats kick in and you notice the change. "Working to Be Loved" is an extremely catchy acoustic guitar driven songs that may remind you of something Jars of Clay would do. "Did You Lose Yourself?" is the next track up and it features some powerful vocals by Owyoung on the chorus as he asks, "Did you lose yourself? Did you leave yourself behind? Did you lose yourself? Did you let your heart unwind?" "Protection" is easily one of the best songs on the EP and is laden with head bobbing beats and some simple, yet nice, guitar work throughout. "Horizon Rainfall" comes at you with the most airy sound of the EP. The strings, piano, and Owyoung's falsetto make this a beautiful song to experience. The EP closes with "Your Day's Not Over" which has a big intro reminiscent of older FOF. The song shifts to a slower beat and strings before eventually moving back to the bigger sound to close the album and the "Travel Trilogy". This is not your typical sounding FOF album, but you if you are a fan of the band or alternative indie rock, this is an EP you are going to want to check out. I promise you won't hear anything else quite like it.

Style: Indie Rock / Alternative
Street Date: June 29, 2010
Track list:
01. Bold And Underlined (4:05)
02. Working To Be Loved (3:49)
03. Did You Lose Yourself? (4:47)
04. Protection (4:14)
05. Horizon Rainfall (2:54)
06. Your Day's Not Over (5:00)

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Future Of Forestry - Travel II EP

We are currently in the midst of a three-part journey indie alt-rockers Future of Forestry are undertaking called Travel, a set of three EPs to be released a few months apart from each other. The first chapter has come and gone, and we're now on the second installment, aptly titled Travel II. Travel I was quite an ambitious effort from Eric Owyoung and friends, but arguably fell a bit flat in the end. So how does the sequel fare? Thankfully, Travel II is a better EP than its predecessor; where there were faults, Travel II has filled up the holes nicely.

Style: Indie Rock
Street Date: September 8, 2009

Track list:
01. Hills Of Indigo Blue (3:48)
02. Holiday (3:17)
03. Set Your Sails (3:58)
04. Slow Your Breath Down (5:00)
05. So Close So Far (3:30)
06. Someday (4:56)

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Future Of Forestry - Travel EP

Kicking off what is apparently a three-part series, Future Of Forestry have released their Travel EP into the wild. Starting things off with "Traveller's Song," I have to say I like what I hear. The song is airy, experimental, yet still accessible; when Eric Owyoung hits the falsetto, things get really interesting. "This Hour" has a bit more of an edge, but not too much. The song itself seems to be a call for believers to not hide their faith, but to "sing out" and let others know what they stand for; not only is it solid lyrically, the melodic arrangement itself is really appealing too. However, I'm not quite sure what Future Of Forestry hoped to achieve with "Colors In Array." Lyrically, it appears to build on the message of "This Hour" and the song itself is pleasant, but it has no hook, nothing that grabs your attention, and it drags on a bit. The second half of the EP is primarily acoustic, and handled quite well. The first of these, "Close Your Eyes," is a gentle ride sonically, woven together with guitars, violin, cello, and the occasional synth effect. "Closer To Me" is similar in some respects, though it focuses on relationships (presumably with God). It too is complemented in a fashion quite like the previous track, except for the addition of soft drumming and an accordion. Finally, the EP closes with the worshipful "Hallelujah," a very fitting choice with which to finish the EP. Overall, the Travel EP is a unique and fresh collection of lyrically solid, ethereal Christian rock music.

Style: Indie Rock
Street Date: April 21, 2009

Track list:
01. Traveler's Song (3:49)
02. This Hour (3:41)
03. Colors In Array (5:40)
04. Close Your Eyes (4:02)
05. Closer To Me (4:11)
06. Halleluiah (5:55)

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