Acceptance - Fire And Rain

As I posted last year, Acceptance, the Seattle-based alternative pop-rockers which released their first full length album, Phantoms, 11 years ago on Columbia Records, reunited after a ten year hiatus to work on brand new music.

Acceptance took money from the shows they were playing and invested it into self-funding their sophomore record; then they booked the top-producer Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Kutless, Number One Gun) and started writing songs; as those funds started to get low, the band partnered with PledgeMusic and people pre-ordering the record helped them finish it.

Colliding By Design was finally released last February 24 via Rise Records. After all this year, the sound of Acceptance is surely matured; the songs show a more polished songwriting, more depth, smooth refrains and some (mandatory, in these days) 80's influences.

A few single/videos were lifted off the new album: Diagram Of A Simple Man (watch an amazing acoustic performance of the song here) , Haunted and the new one, Fire And Rain: watch the just released video clicking on the image, and, as ususal, stream the whole record on Spotify.

Black Map - Run Rabbit Run

Black Map is the union of three established Northern California rock musicians, driven by a shared dedication to big riffs, big drums and powerful, straight-ahead, all enveloping rock n' roll. Black Map consists of the versatile voice and walloping bass groove of Ben Flanagan (Trophy Fire), the wall-of-sound big riff histrionics of guitarist Mark Engles (dredg) and the unstoppable driving force and tasteful skill of drummer Chris Robyn (Far). 

Black Map's second full-length album In Droves dropped last Friday, March 10, via eOne (USA) and Long Branch Records/SPV (Europe). The album release was anticipated by the leading single Run Rabbit Run (watch the video clicking on the image), one of the harder songs on the album, that also includes mellower, atmospheric tracks and more experimental, progressive, growing numbers.

If you like bands like Tool and Chevelle and, in general, deep alternative rock with meaningful lyrics, then stream In Droves on Spotify now.

The Moment of DAYBREAK EMBRACE mercoledì, 15 marzo 2017 21:48 by madseason
Daybreak Embrace - The Moment

Formed in 2009, South Florida based band Daybreak Embrace aims to become more than a genre. Though their foundation is firm on energetic rock, Daybreak Embrace members take pride in being true admirers of all music. Listening you may find they pull influence from many different directions such as Electronic, Alternative, R&B, Progressive, Metal, and more.

In 2010 the American band released its first EP, Tomorrow Awaits, under the direction of Producer Paul Trust, who also produced Mercury, their second EP released in 2013. After two semi-national tours and global sales under the independent label, Capsule Music, Daybreak Embrace has begun to establish themselves as a mainstay in the coming generation of innovative music.

Daybreak Embrace's newest single is The Moment, a powerful, anthemic song a la Shinedown, Adelitas Way or One Less Reason. Released a few weeks ago, it's a tribute to the fans and family they've gained on a cross-continent journey full of love, life and loud music.

The related video was self-filmed and uses footage from their performance at Woodstock Poland 2016, both live stage shots and behind the scenes moments. Watch it now clicking on the image.

CIRCA WAVES: waking up Different Creatures lunedì, 13 marzo 2017 21:42 by madseason
Circa Waves - Fire That Burns

Different Creatures is the title of English indie rock band Circa Waves' sophomore release. It was released last Friday, March 10, via Virgin EMI Records, and was co-produced by none other than Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Foo Fighters just to name a few).

Different Creatures is the follow-up to Young Chasers, who spawned the hit single T-Shirt Weather.

While still being absolutely entertaining, with a lot of catchy songs, the new album shows a develop in sound and songwriting: a sign that the band from Liverpool is maturing and doesn't want to play the same song over and over.

From the rockin' opener Wake Up, "a big and bold way to start: it shows we're not messing around anymore," to the slow-paced closing number Old Friends, Different Creatures is a collection of lively song you simply can't miss.

Watch the video for the new single Fire That Burns clicking on the image and stream the whole new album on Spotify.

Zayde Wølf - Home

Zayde Wølf is the indie rock solo project of Dustin Burnett, a chart-topping songwriter and Grammy-nominated producer. At the end of 2015, Dustin began working with the L.A.-based licensing company Lyric House. The company sent him a custom opportunity to create a song for a movie trailer, and Burnett -unable to find someone else to sing on the track- decided to record his own vocals. The company loved the result.

What had begun as a movie trailer project had expanded into something unique: a new musical project called Zayde Wølf. The response was tremendous, with more than 100 movie trailers, video games, TV shows and promos, and other outlets licensing Zayde Wølf's music. Placements such as the movie trailer for Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher, XBox's FarCry Primal video game trailer, the Rio Olympics, UFC, MTV's Teen Wolf, Showtime's Shameless, the movie trailer for Rio, I Love You, NBC's the Night Shift, ABC's hit show Dancing With The Stars, to name a few.

Zayde Wølf's debut album Golden Age was released last year and features 13 songs fueled by aggressive guitars, gang vocals, sweeping soundscapes, stomping percussion, and pop hooks: a mix of melody and muscle, groove and guitar, old habits and new beginnings.

Last Friday, March 3, Zayde Wølf released The Hidden Memoir, a new 4-track EP that includes Built For This Time, the first ZW song ever written, re-invented with a cinematic mood. This in turn sparked the idea to create a music video around the new version. This video's protagonist is played by Burnett's youngest son and borrows part of its narrative from the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale, peppered in with the dark and eerie aesthetic of Netflix's Stranger Things.

The Hidden Memoir showcases Zayde Wølf's signature sound: powerful, adrenaline-rushing, alternative-pop songs that will appeal to fans of Imagine Dragons, Bastille, OneRepublic, X Ambassadors, The Black Keys. Stream the EP on Spotify, watch the just released lyiric video for Home clicking on the image and download an exclusive introduction-EP from NoiseTrade for free.

NAVARONE: explosive rock from the Netherlands mercoledì, 8 marzo 2017 23:01 by madseason
Navarone - Soon I'll Be Home

This is a new band to me. Navarone is a Dutch alternative rock group, formed in Nijmegen in 2008. In their early years, when performing under the name Overthrow, they caught the attention of Golden Earring, eventually leading to a series of opening acts for their shows. Golden Earring's frontman Barry Hay came up with the idea of renaming their band to The Guns Of Navarone. Even though the name was well received, the band thought the resemblance with the name Guns N' Roses was too close, so eventually they settled with the name Navarone.

After two well received studio albums, the debut A Darker Shade Of White (2012) and the sophomore Vim And Vigor (2014), the band released their third LP Oscillation last January via Rodeostar Entertainment.

Oscillation is a brilliant record of energetic rock songs and power ballads with a 70's or 80's structure and contemporary influences.

Watch the video for the leading single Soon I'll Be Home clicking on the image and stream the whole Oscillation on Spotify.

Keep On Going with G MATTHEWS lunedì, 6 marzo 2017 21:18 by madseason
G Matthews - Keep On Going

Last October I introduced on my pages G Matthews, a promising independent artist from Southern California, inspired by No Doubt's Gwen Stefani.
G debuted with a full-length album titled Chasing Happy in September 2016: here you find the post where I wrote about it.

G's got a brand new single out now: it's called Keep On Going and it's the first single off her upcoming new album Superhero, to be released later in the year.
Keep On Going was produced by Raphael Sepulveda and is a strong alternative rock track with power-pop guitar riffs and hard-hitting drums, that encourages individuals to get back on their horse by forgetting the past.

Download and stream Keep On Going clicking on the image and get the lyric comic book -the first of a series of 7 off the forthcoming album- here.

The Glass Beach OF VERONA sabato, 4 marzo 2017 17:25 by madseason
of Verona - Kids On The Street

Indie/progressive electro-pop rockers of Verona have just released their second full-length album Glass Beach via De Novo Music Group.

Glass Beach was released last friday, February 24 and includes the lead singles Kids On The Street (watch the video clicking on the image) and Can You Hear Me and a very personal cover of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

Lead singer and songwriter, Mandi Perkins, recently commented on the new record: "Things have been super busy over here. We've had a bunch of TV and FILM placements around the world and have also been focused on our respective side projects. It's taken over two years to complete because Dil [Dillon Pace, the other half of Verona] and I live in different states now, but after fitting all the pieces together, we really dig the album and we hope you will too. All the songs were written by the band, and this time around, we were fortunate to have the awesome Caleb Shreve [Switchfoot, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez] mix the record. It's more layered than before, but that's what a Glass Beach is about. Sometimes the things we love most cut us the deepest. The point is, how much pain is the pleasure worth."

Stream this awesome, futuristic indie pop affair on Spotify following this link.