From My Darkest Days to NEVER SAY DIE lunedì, 30 gennaio 2017 21:39 by madseason
Never Say Die

Never Say Die is a Canadian alternative hard-rock band from Toronto, Ontario, featuring Reid Henry and Brendan McMillan of My Darkest Days.

"Never Say Die started in the front passenger seat of the My Darkest Days BandWagon... we had a relentless tour schedule," recalls Reid. "During over night drives I'd squeeze through a small window to the front of the bus and stay up writing, singing, and occasionally wedging my laptop on the dashboard to record."

Over the next year, Never Say Die remained a studio project of Reid (on lead vocals/guitar) and Brendan (on bass). In early 2016, Reid's demos caught the interest of producer/engineer (Evans Blue, Parabelle, Scarlet White) and drummer (Age Of Days), Mike Langford. The band began recording an EP that evolved into an album. With the addition of Mike's long time tour mate, Dane Hartsell (guitar/vocals), what started as a dream has quickly become a reality.

Never Say Die's debut album is titled Destroy + Rebuild and was independently released last January 20; if you like My Darkest Days and the artists that influenced this band (Deftones, Filter, Stabbing Westward), you will much likely love this record. Stream Destroy + Rebuild on Spotify and let me know.

The Digital Age according to LANG FREEMAN sabato, 28 gennaio 2017 15:30 by madseason
Lang Freeman - In This The Digital Age Vol.01

Lang Freeman was the frontman and principle songwriter of Austin, TX, based alternative rock band Sounds Under Radio. As a guitar player he has played on many records and has toured with Ed Kowalczyk (frontman of LIVE) and Dustin Kensrue (frontman of THRICE), and now splits time between composing music for film, producing/recording bands and artists at his FOLSUR Recording Studio in Austin TX, touring/writing/creating with the band The Rocketboys (Black Magnetic Records), and working as a solo artist.

His debut solo EP was released last January 20; it's titled In This The Digital Age Vol.01 and features 5 brilliant electro/noisy/alternative rock tracks, including a dark/industrial cover of The Cars' super-hit Drive.

Stream In This The Digital Age Vol.01 on Spotify clicking on the cover image and expect Vol.02 to be released next Spring.

Foreign Bodies with THE IRON EYE mercoledì, 25 gennaio 2017 23:16 by madseason
The Iron Eye - Just Started

The Iron Eye is an Australian alternative hard rock trio from Brisbane. They released their second independent EP last November 18. Titled Foreign Bodies, it was produced by Shihad's member, manager and producer Tom Larkin (Calling All Cars, The Getaway Plan, Villainy), with Samuel K handling the mixing job.

"We were so extremely fortunate to be able to work with such respected industry folk with brilliant creative minds in Tom Larkin, Samuel K Sproull and Jon Grace at The Studios In The City who fought to bring the best out in us and squeeze it into 5 songs" said the band about the "names" they collaborated with.

Foreign Bodies is a feast for fans of The Black Keys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Royal Blood (and Black Sabbath, why not?), with its groovy rhythmics, sharp and heavy riffs and huge hooks.

Stream the whole EP on BandCamp and watch the video of the first single Just Started clicking on the image.

STARSET deliver a Monster of a new album lunedì, 23 gennaio 2017 17:04 by madseason
Starset - Monster

Cinematic rock band Starset released their sophomore album Vessels last Friday, January 20, via Razor & Tie.

Vessels is a data-stream rendered in sound where vocalist Dustin Bates becomes the deus-ex-machina in an age of information overload that is increasingly complex yet ultimately human. From the atmospheric opener Back To The Earth, to the driving hooks of the album's first single Monster (watch the official video clicking on the image), to the catchy, nearly progressive moments of Frequency, Bates has succeeded in escaping the gravity of formula radio rock. Instead, he has re-imagined his genre-defying vision as an arena where Hans Zimmer interfaces with Radiohead and Trent Reznor.

Vessels was produced by Rob Graves (Halestorm, Red, Pillar) and mixed by Ben Grosse (Breaking Benjamin, Filter, Alter Bridge), who also helmed their 2014 Razor & Tie debut, Transmissions, a landmark album selling in excess of a quarter million combined albums, streams and downloads, and propelled by singles including the unforgettable My Demons (which spent an unprecedented 43 weeks scaling rock charts).

Also collaborating on Vessels is musician, songwriter and producer Sahaj Ticotin, who worked on the songs Die For You, Starlight, Last To Fall and Telepathic (and you can hear the Ra frontman's touch if you listen carefully).

Stream Vessels on Spotify and watch the brand new video for the new single Back To The Earth following this link.

New Year, New Music from WILD DOMESTIC venerdì, 20 gennaio 2017 15:48 by madseason
Wild Domestic

Do you remember indie/alternative rock band Wild Domestic, the brainchild of Matt Carlson? I wrote about them a couple of months ago, when they released Author, the first single off their new EP Singular.

Well, Singular is released today, January 20, and I'm happy to report that we already have a strong contender for the best EP of the year! All of the 8 tracks included in the mini-album are really worth your attention, as from the start to the end there is not a single bad song to be found.

Matt Carlson explains the inspiration for the EP: "Singular is an initial foray into a concept album. It is based on my conception of an emotional/literal car ride where the driver ends up picking belongings from an ex lover."

My favourite tracks on the EP are New Year, New Me, that reminds me of the rawer songs of Feeder; Overjoyed, an awesome  Jimmy Eat World-influenced number; the dreamy, intense Firewall; the aforementioned Author, a track that I previously described as reminiscent to Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and a punk version of Counting Crows.

So, what are you waiting for? Stream the whole Singular EP on Spotify and buy it on iTunes.right now.

The new renegades of rock: SHALLOW SIDE mercoledì, 18 gennaio 2017 16:47 by madseason
Shallow Side - Rebel

Shallow Side is an alternative rock band from Alabama; the southern influences of their sound may recall the works of bands like Shinedown, Buckcherry, Breaking Benjamin and Black Stone Cherry.

Shallow Side have just released their third EP named One. It dropped last Friday, January 13, via Thermal Entertainment and features the previously released singles Rebel (click on the image to watch the official video) and Renegade plus 4 brand new songs.

Renegade is a cover of the classic hit of the legendary band Styx; singer Eric Boatright said about it: "The song for me has it all. I've always been a fan of what I would consider one of America's greatest rock bands and it became a no brainer when we mentioned Renegade. Love Styx, love the song and we wanted to take that same world and bring it to where we are today."

Shallow Side have all that it takes to become a huge modern rock band: energetic songs with strong melodies, emotional and powerful vocals, aggressive guitar work, driving rhythms. Stream One on Spotify and buy the EP on iTunes.
COLONY HOUSE are back with album number two lunedì, 16 gennaio 2017 18:12 by madseason
Colony House - Only The Lonely

Colony House, the indie band from Franklin, TN, has just released its sophomore full-length album, Only The Lonely. It dropped last Friday, January 13, via Descendant/RCA Records and was produced by Peter Katis, known for his work with Interpol, The National, Frightened Rabbit and more.

Only The Lonely features 13 tracks of radio-ready indie pop rock with southern influences and, at times, surf rock undertones; the melodies are extremely catchy, and the refrains anthemic and captivating: they will work well live for sure.

The band commented: "This record is our journey through the last couple of years of playing shows, writing, and making sense of living life on the road and at home. We hope the songs make their way into your homes and hearts. Without you there, we'd have no one to make this music for. "

The leading single off the album, You & I, was in rotation on Sirius XM's Alt Nation and the related video aired on Fuse, MTV U and MTV Live.

Stream this amazing album on Spotify and give this band a well deserved chance.

No More Nightmares for RKDN venerdì, 13 gennaio 2017 15:24 by madseason
RKDN on Facebook

Utah Valley alt-pop outfit RKDN channels shameless pop melodies through beat driven anthems in their debut EP, No More Nightmares, to be independently released next February 17.

The EP has been three years in the making, through ever changing circumstances and challenges that have built a soul to the record which can be felt from the first lyric.
The record was co-produced with Scott Wiley (Neon Trees, The Moth and The Flame) in the band's home town of Provo, UT.

RKDN has been critically described as "exactly halfway between Imagine Dragons and Coldplay": check by yourself downloading the single Silver and other two songs from No More Nightmares, for free, thanks to the great guys at NoiseTrade.