Trouble In Paradise: new ep for EMERALD PORTAL mercoledì, 28 giugno 2017 23:31 by madseason
Emerald Portal - Trouble In Paradise

A few weeks ago I posted about Los Angeles, indie post-rock duo, Emerald Portal's latest single OneHundredTwenty. I'm happy to report that Trouble In Paradise, the EP featuring OHT, was released last Friday, June 23.

Self produced by the duo, Trouble In Paradise is a stimulating collection of synthesized songs.

Thomas Ouziel and Brad Rundblade, masterminds behind Emerald Portal, created a compilation of sonic tracks that surpass traditional music structure. Their technique of bridging the worlds of cinema and music to create an immersive experience is evident in this EP. "The general theme of the album is the dichotomy between city life and the calmness and beauty of nature and contemplating the resulting feelings of the confinements of social norms created from being mice in a cage" explains Ouziel. The eight-track EP transports listeners to another dimension by creating a sense of nature and serenity.

You can download or stream Trouble In Paradise on all digital music platforms worldwide.

PLAN THREE: moving forward to The Otherside lunedì, 26 giugno 2017 21:15 by madseason
Plan Three - The Otherside

Here's the official lyric video for Plan Three's new single The Otherside.

The song was recorded, mixed and produced by the band's drummer Kristoffer Folin for Purple Skull Music and will be included in Plan Three's second full length album coming this Fall.

"The Otherside is a song about how life can change. It's about loss and about trying to reclaim what's been lost, not necessarily by going back but by moving forward" said the band, adding "It is a fine balance between melancholic nostalgia about the past and hopeful optimism for the future. It's something we as band members and friends and also as individuals can relate to. Hopefully anyone else can too!"

For those who still don't know Plan Three, they're a six-piece from Stockholm, Sweden, influenced by the music from the past four decades, ranging from rock and grunge all the way to synth and pop. Their influences reflect in their sound, that moves from heavy riffs and blasting drumbeats to beautiful string arrangements and warped sound effects, accompanied by thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies.

Check The Otherside clicking on the image and stay tuned for more info about the new album.

BORN CAGES are back with a bang venerdì, 23 giugno 2017 21:39 by madseason
Born Cages - Half Asleep

I'm a little late on this, but better late than never, expecially when we're talking of quality music. New York City synth-driven indie pop rock band Born Cages have a new EP out. it's called Exit Signs In A Burning Building and was released last April 7 on Washington Square/Razor & Tie Records.
The mini-album was produced by frontman Vlad Holiday with assistance from Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Katie Herzig, The Strokes) and mastering engineer Emily Lazar (Foo Fighters, Sia, The Killers).

With Exit Signs... we're talking of a great synth pop EP that mixes Walk The Moon, Arcade Fire and The Killers, with strong songwriting and introspective lyrics: 7 catchy yet non-shallow songs that you will like the first time and love after repeated listenings.

Stream Exit Signs In A Burning Building on Spotify and watch the video for Half Asleep clicking on the image.

Brighter Than A Thousand Suns - The Upside Down

Electro-oriented powerful duo Brighter Than A Thousand Suns released their new EP The Way Out, last June 9.

Angelika Roswell (vocals, drums) and her husband Randy Roswell (guitars, synth, bass, programming) deliver four new tracks of electro-rock/post-hardcore that mark a sort of a restart for them.

"We were both going through a very dark time before working on this EP and it was difficult finding a path out of the struggle" said the duo, adding "We wrote a lot of songs for this release and narrowed it down to these four. These songs were our way out of the darkness."

Watch the video for the single The Upside Down clicking on the image and stream The Way Out on BandCamp or Spotify now.

New single for Texan act FROM THE STONE lunedì, 19 giugno 2017 21:06 by madseason
From The Stone - When Everything Is Gone

When Everything Is Gone is the title of the new single by From The Stone, the stage name of San Antonio, TX, artist Jon Kazerouni.

Produced and mixed by Matt Arcaini (Kutless, Building 429, Icon For Hire) at Dark Tower Studio, Nashville, TN, When Everything Is Gone will be featured on From The Stone's upcoming EP The Grey, to be released later in the year.

"I wrote this song as a reminder to myself that no matter how bad things get there is always a way out of every negative situation that may come" said Jon Kazerouni "Embrace the fact that you will fall on hard days, but you have to must get back up and fight the good fight to survive."

If you enjoy bands like Pvris, Memphis May Fire, Of Mice And Men, A Perfect Circle and Evanescence, check When Everything Is Gone lyric video clicking on the image.

SMOKE SEASON's old good days venerdì, 16 giugno 2017 21:54 by madseason
Smoke Season - Good Days

Indie-pop/electronic duo Smoke Season is releasing their brand new single Good Days today, June 16.

Produced and mixed by Fabian Ordorica (Goldroom), Good Days is a nostalgic summer anthem where Gabrielle Wortman's fierce vocals and Jason Rosen's guitar work are layered with bursts of saxophone from guest instrumentalist James Ragusa.

The lyrics explore self-development and the growing pains that go along with it. "We wanted to capture the bittersweet feeling of remembering times that shaped you into who you are today. Those events seem to slip by as they’re happening, but their importance becomes so clear in retrospect. To us, this is the definition of soul-shaping" said Gabrielle about the theme of the song.

Good Days is another winner in Smoke Season's catalogue: stream the single on SoundCloud and buy it on iTunes.

Kaleido - Die Tryin'

If you like female-fronted bands, then you better check out Kaleido, a five-piece act from Detroit, with a huge rock sound that embeds elements of pop, funk, country, r&b and more.

As aptly written in the press release, Kaleido is reminiscent of the piss-and-vinegar, stadium rock of a young Guns N' Roses crossed and fused with the lovable, fun and energetic sensibilities of an early No Doubt.

Named Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly in both 2013 & 2014, plus having won two Detroit Music Awards in 2015 for "Outstanding Rock/Pop Group" and "Outstanding Rock Recording" for their second independent EP Unbreakable, Kaleido have since taken their show on the road, lighting up stages on the Van's Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest & CMJ Music Marathon and opened for Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Sammy Hagar, Evanescence, Halestorm, Twenty One Pilots, Living Colour and many others.

Kaleido's debut full-length album Experience was released last May 19 on Luxor Records and features the leading single Love And War: co-written by and featuring Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm, this song won an unprecedented 27 nights on 89x The New Rock Alternative People's Choice, and was consequently retired as the most winning song of all time on the station.

Also included in Experience are the two following single from the band: the melodic rocker with a reggae bassline Trouble In Paradise and the 80's oriented hard rocker Die Tryin (click on the image to watch the video).

Stream Experience on Spotify and discover a band on its way to stardom.

Roman Barbun is ROBAR lunedì, 12 giugno 2017 22:14 by madseason
ROBAR - No More Waiting

Roman "Robar" Barbun is an independent musician based in Melbourne, Australia. He began his musical journey roughly 10 years ago as member of different local groups. Very soon his talent was noticed by a few touring bands with whom he extensively toured Europe. After several years of being a session musician Roman decided to concentrate on his own musical projects.

This is when he began to upload his first videos to YouTube: the feedback was beyond any expectations. He quickly realised the growing role of internet in music industry which opens a new door for young and enthusiastic artists. Being a completely self-instructed guitarist, Roman has built a significant reputation under nickname "Robar" by posting covers, lessons and his original compositions. His original work has subsequently been transformed into the project called ROBAR.

Roman's concept behind ROBAR is to invite various musicians to collaborate. So far he has worked with such notable musicians as Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, One-Way Mirror, Scarve, Devin Townsend etc.), Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic, One-Way Mirror), Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, Sky Eats Airplane, ex-Periphery), Dylan Taylor (Black Light Burns) and more.

ROBAR new single No More Waiting features Bideau on vocals and Orbin on Drums: it's an exciting, hard-hitting, guitar-oriented alternative rock track that you can check watching the official video (click on the image).