‘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

‘In Search Of Mona Lisa’ Is Enjoyable, But Leaves Listeners In Search Of More

Courtesy: Concord Records By Philip Sayblack It goes without saying that Carlos Santana is one of the greatest musicians in the modern history of music.  He has crafted countless hit songs that have led to just as many awards and garnered just as many fans around the world.  Late last month, Santana continued that ongoing success – sort of — with the release of his new EP In Search of Mona Lisa. ...

February 10th, 2019

Set It Off Shines Again On ‘Midnight’

Courtesy: Fearless Records By Philip Sayblack Set It Off has come a long way since its initial formation more than a decade ago in Tampa, Florida.  The band, which started out as very much an emo punk style act in its early days, has gradually evolved and adapted with each new EP and album, clearly exhibiting its band members’ talents time and again.  That evolution is more on display in the band’s...

February 9th, 2019

Corroded Will Leave Listeners Feeling Anything But Bitter On Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Despotz Records By Philip Sayblack Hard rock outfit Corroded released its latest full-length studio recording this week, and the album, Bitter, is another strong new offering from the veteran Swedish band.  Front man Jens Westlin explained the album’s title “comes from observing how the social climate is around the world right now…Everyone’s so dissatisfied and thinks that everyone...

January 27th, 2019