Blanchard’s Debut LP Is A Solid First Effort

Courtesy: Vis-a-vis Written by: Philip Sayblack Francesca Blanchard is not the most well-known name in the music industry today. But the French-born singer-songwriter is no stranger to the music industry. She has been writing music ever since her childhood. And in 2011, she released her very first recording, Songs on an Ovation. The record, a six-song EP, was released via Emote Records. Now a little...

August 30th, 2015

Pop Punk Fans Will Enjoy SOL’s Debut LP

Courtesy: Standby Records Written by: Philip Sayblack New Jersey may not be one of the most popular states in the nation. But the “armpit of America” has proven for decades that it is anything but that. Being home to the likes of the New Jersey Devils from the NHL, and music legends such as Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, the “Garden State” exhibits just as much diversity as a floral...

August 30th, 2015

Nathaniel Rateliff And The Nightsweats Surprise In A Big Way With Their Debut LP

Courtesy: Stax Records Written by: Philip Sayblack The self-titled debut record from Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is one of the most intriguing albums to be released so far this year. The Denver-based band’s eleven-song set mixes classic soul and R&B sounds with modern lyrics to make an album that will grow on audiences increasingly with each listen. And with each respective ...

August 26th, 2015

Jimi Hendrix: Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival Is One Of 2015’s Top New Live CDs

Courtesy: Experience Hendrix, LLC/Legacy Recordings Written by: Philip Sayblack On July 4th, 1970 legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix stood on a stage in Byron, Georgia before an audience estimated to be anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 people at the city’s Second Atlanta International Pop Festival. He was joined on stage by then band mates Billy Cox (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums) for what would...

August 23rd, 2015

Saint Asonia CD Review

Written by: Bearly Sinister Artist: Saint Asonia Album: Saint Asonia Rating: 7.5/10 It’s 2015 which means a few things: One of the best years for modern rock in almost a decade, the return of proper metalcore to the scene and the return of Adam Gontier. When Saint Asonia was announced, people immediately began forming opinions. I saw many say that he was just trying to copy Three Days Grace...

August 23rd, 2015

De’Anza’s New Record Is One Of 2015’s Top New EPs

Courtesy: Fusion Beats Records Written by: Philip Sayblack The music industry recently switched over to what it now calls the “Global release day” moving all new music-related releases to a Friday release date around the world versus the staggered release dates that once controlled new recordings. However, tomorrow, Latin-American singer De’Anza will break that new schedule and release her...

August 19th, 2015

Cason’s Latest LP Is A Wonderful Musical Love Letter To Music’s Golden Age

Courtesy: Plowboy Records Written by: Philip Sayblack Vinyl lovers across the country celebrated a very special day Wednesday.  No, not Record Store Day.  Though, that’s not too far off of the mark.  No, yesterday vinyl lovers across the country celebrated what is known as National Vinyl Day.  And while National Vinyl Day has come and gone, this critic still felt it appropriate to “celebrate”...

August 14th, 2015

Shockwave Supernova Packs A Powerful Musical Punch

Courtesy: Legacy Recordings Written by: Philip Sayblack Late last month, veteran virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani released his latest album Shockwave Supernova. The album, Satriani’s fifteenth full-length studio recording, is perhaps Satch’s best record to date, harking back to the days of Crystal Planet and Is There Love In Space? That is not to say that it just re-hashes the songs presented...

August 12th, 2015

“Wacken” and Speaking of Things “Eternal”: My Conversation with Timo Kotipelto, vocalist of Stratovarius

Written by: Matty Contributor’s Note:  Stratovarius is widely considered to be a legendary band in the power metal genre.  They have paved the way for numerous bands in this particular genre, while doing it their own way.  The band out of Helsinki, Finland is set to drop their worldwide release entitled “Eternal” on September 18th in the United States, September 11th in...

August 12th, 2015

“Shadow World” by Wolfheart: Album Review

Written by: Matty On August 21st, 2015, Wolfheart, a four-piece metal outfit out of Lahti, Finland, will be releasing their anticipated album entitled “Shadow World” via Spinefarm/Universal Records.  Frontman Tuomas Saukkonen leads the all-out assault charge for Wolfheart. Wolfheart provides somewhat of a unique story to the death metal Scandinavian metal world.  When they released...

August 12th, 2015