STARING OUT THE SUN Break The Silence Thursday, 5 March 2015 21:39 by madseason
Staring Out The Sun - Secrets

Staring Out The Sun are a 4 piece London-based band playing modern and anthemic hard-hitting rock with huge choruses and great attitude.

The English outfit released their debut EP "Break The Silence" last February 16 via Sleep Walk Records. The EP was produced by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Fightstar, Machine Head) and Paul Blue (Fighting Wolves) and features the single "Secrets": watch the video now clicking on the image on the left.

To preview the whole EP, head on to the Bandcamp Page of Staring Out The Sun and stream each and every one of the EP's four tracks.

Nothing More Beautiful than NIGHT ARGENT Tuesday, 3 March 2015 22:17 by madseason
Night Argent - Nothing More Beautiful

You may or may not remember the brilliant alternative pop-rock band Goodnight ARgent: I praised their great "Ignorance Is Paradise" EP a few years ago, then, for some reasons, the Pasco, WA, act disappeared from my radar.

I'm happy to report that the band is still alive, even if the only surviving member from those days is vocalist Chase Manhattan.

Chase (slightly) changed the name of the group in Night Argent and is now backed up by Jeff Stachofsky (guitar), Shane Santanna (keyboards), Evan Taylor (bass) and Zac Burrell (drums).

Night Argent released their debut single a few weeks ago: titled "Nothing More Beautiful", it's an awesome anthemic pop-rock number that will please fans of OneRepublic, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons. Watch the independently filmed video for "Nothing More Beautiful" clicking on the image above.

Rising stars: DIVIDED SEASONS Sunday, 1 March 2015 23:55 by madseason
Divided Seasons - Life After Left

Divided Seasons is an interesting American modern rock/alternative metal act from Alabama that could appeal to fans of 10 Years, Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown.

"When The Bough Breaks" is the title of their new, second album; it was independently released last February 24 and features the single "Life After Left" (watch the video clicking on the image).

If you like your rock powerful, abrasive, with a great melodic sensibility and thought provoking lyrics, then try Divided Seasons.

THE DREAMING Rise Again Friday, 27 February 2015 21:15 by madseason
The Dreaming - Alone

As you may know, The Dreaming is the band reuniting Stabbing Westward's founding members, Christopher Hall (lead singer) and Walter Flakus (keyboards, programming).
This renowned songwriting team is behind most of Stabbing Westward's radio hits and are accompanied by one-time Stabbing Westward drummer Johnny Haro, Deadsy/Orgy guitarist Carlton Bost, and KUZA bassist Franccesca De Struct.

The American dark electrowave metal band has a new album out; released last February 10 on Metropolis Records, it's titled "Rise Again" and features the leading single "Alone": watch the video clicking on the image and, if it's not enough for you, stream the whole album on revolvermag.com.

THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT double their release Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:35 by madseason
The Airborne Toxic Event - Wrong

Californian indie rockers The Airborne Toxic Event released their fourth studio album "Dope Machines" yesterday via Epic Records.

The new record was produced by the band's frontman and deus-ex-machina Mikel Jollett and features the leading single "Wrong" (watch the official video clicking on the image).

In addition to "Dope Machines" the band surprisingly released a second album titled "Songs Of God And Whiskey", featuring acoustic songs written throughout the ten years before the album's release and focusing more on rock and roll than the electronic synth pop in "Dope Machines". "Songs..." is only available on the band's website.

Dark In the Imagination OF VERONA Monday, 23 February 2015 21:48 by madseason
of Verona - Dark In My Imagination

I already covered brilliant progressive electro-pop rock band of Verona a couple of times, when the Americans released their debut album "The White Apple" in 2012.

The group fronted by the talented vocalist Mandi Perkins has just sent un update, stating that, for the past six months, they have been working on new music and videos and are finally getting ready to release it all this Spring.

Meanwhile, their song "Dark In My Imagination", off "The White Apple", has nearly reached 800,000 plays on SoundCloud: "It's especially mind-blowing since everything we have done so far has been without any record label and without any sort of secret marketing machine; It has just been us and you. And thanks to you guys, our new mix of the song is currently Number One on the influential Hype Machine Popular Chart. For all of you that use Hype Machine, we would love for you to continue the buzz and give it a 'heart' here."

Because "Dark In My Imagination" has been doing so well, Of Verona recently decided to do a proper music video for it, which you can check out clicking on the image above.

ONE LIKE SON: powerpop with heart Saturday, 21 February 2015 16:47 by madseason
One Like Son - Interstellar

Great stuff for powerpop fans: One Like Son is the creature of singer/songwriter Stephen Poff.

Last year Stephen recorded a song each week for what he calls the 52 Weeks Songwriting Project; then he chose 13 from these 52 songs and included them in "New American Gothic", an album released in January through Body Thief Records.

If you like Cheap Trick, Fountains Of Wayne, Enuff Z'Nuff, Sugarbomb, Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, then One Like Son is for you!

Stream "New American Gothic" on BandCamp and watch the video for the leading single "Interstellar" clicking on the image above.

Knife Wounds from BROTHERS BORN Thursday, 19 February 2015 22:53 by madseason
Brothers Born - Knife Wounds

Brothers Born is a new indie rock band formed by the metal guitarist Joel Stroetzel (Killswitch Engage, Aftershock) and country-tinged singer-songwriter Michael Wyzik (Red Door Exchange, Storm The Ohio).

The duo formed after becoming friends and hanging out at the legendary Brass Cat pub near their hometown of Easthampton, MA. The two soon realized an affinity for similar musical influences: the dark, folky sounds of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, as well as anthemic rock from artists like Longwave, The Church and Blue Nile.

The debut album of Brothers Born will be released next Tuesday: "Knife Wounds" is a nice collection of engaging dark, soulful indie rock songs. Get a taste of the record streaming "Parachute" and the title-track on SoundCloud.