The First Time Could Be The Charm For Wargirl

Courtesy: Clouds Hill By Philip Sayblack Independent music collective Wargirl is scheduled to release its self-titled debut album next week.  The California-based group’s 10-song, 38-minute album is a work that will appeal easily to fans of acts, such as Amy Winehouse, Meghan Trainor and Nikki Yanofsky.  This is evident in the album’s latest single ‘How You Feel,’ which will be discussed...

April 14th, 2019

Whitechapel Reaches Its Peak On ‘The Valley’

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records By Philip Sayblack Change is something that is never easy in life.  Nor is bearing one’s heart about the past. Yet veteran metal outfit Whitechapel and its front man Phil Bozeman have done both of those things on the group’s latest album, The Valley.  Released March 29 through Metal Blade Records, the 10-song, 40 minute album’s musical arrangements show great...

April 14th, 2019

‘The Wings Of War’ Is Another Powerful Musical Salvo From Overkill

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records By Philip Sayblack Don’t fix what’s not broken.  We all know and have used that old adage more than once in our lives, including the members of the veteran thrash metal outfit Overkill.  It is an adage that the band’s members have used from one album to the next over the course of now more than 30 years.  While the band has maintained a very distinct sound from...

April 13th, 2019

‘Distance Over Time’ Is A Welcome Return To Form For Dream Theater

Courtesy: InsideOut Music By Philip Sayblack Prog-metal band Dreram Theater recently released its 14th full-length studio recording to the masses.  The album, Distance Over Time, is another strong effort from the band.  The band’s first outing away from Roadrunner Records since the 2005 release of Octavarium (Atlantic Records), is a positive return to form for the band.  It has far less of...

April 7th, 2019

Aree And The Pure Heart’s Debut LP Shows This Band Has Plenty Of Life

Courtesy: Wiretap Records By Philip Sayblack As 2019 slowly nears its halfway point, one can’t help but look back at the albums and EPs that have already been released so far and be amazed.  From rock to pop to rap and hip-hop, to music from around the world, lots of interesting records have been released up to this point.  That list includes Aree and the Pure Heart’s debut full-length studio...

April 6th, 2019

Sowflo’s “New” LP Is Just As Good As A New Pair Of Shoes

Courtesy: Space Duck Records By Philip Sayblack Reggae act Sowflo released its sophomore album New Shoes last Friday.  The record, released through Space Duck Records, is a positive new effort from the Florida-based band. The 10-song record will appeal to fans of similar acts, such as Dirty Heads, 311 and Sublime. ‘Morning Thunder,’ is one of the record’s most notable entries.  It will be...

March 23rd, 2019

TTB’s New Album Is A Positive “Sign” For The Band

Courtesy: Fantasy Records By Philip Sayblack Tedeschi Trucks band is coming to North Carolina this summer.  The band’s stops in “The Old North State” are in support if its latest full-length studio recording, Signs.  Released Feb. 15 through Fantasy Records, the 11-song record is a change of pace for the band in comparison to its previous album, 2016’s Let Me Get By.  Even with the change...

March 16th, 2019

No Lack Of Confidence From Sarah Potenza On Her Sophomore LP

Courtesy: Earshot Media By Philip Sayblack Singer-songwriter Sarah Potenza released her new album Road To Rome last week.  The sophomore album from the former contestant on NBC’s hit karaoke contest show The Voice, it is more proof that the real winners from those competition shows are not always the people who win it all.  It shows in fact, that sometimes the real winners are the people who...

March 16th, 2019

Saul’s ‘Aeons’ More Proof That Independent Acts Are Just As Viable As The Mainstream

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group By Philip Sayblack Independent music acts deserve far more credit than they get from the mainstream.  This critic can attest to this statement as time and again, so many unsigned and indie acts that this critic has listened to have proven with their records, to be able to hold their own against their more well-known counterparts in the mainstream.  Independent...

March 10th, 2019

Bravo Delta’s Debut LP Might Be The Record That “Breaks” The Band Into The Mainstream

Courtesy: Bravo Delta Music/O'Donnell Music Group By Philip Sayblack Independent rock band Bravo Delta released its latest studio recording early this month.  The 13-song, 42-minute Unbreakableis the band’s third overall studio recording but its very first full-length album, coming on the heels of its EPs Sunset Wasteland in 2012 and Shutdown Sequence in 2013.  Considering that almost six...

February 10th, 2019