SLANT: creating hope Friday, 24 April 2015 22:35 by madseason
Slant - Drowning

Hope Created is the third album for Slant, a post-grunge/hard rock band with members coming from various cultural backgrounds and life experiences that influence their unique form of rock.
Mix together cultures from Bangladesh, Mexico and America then add musical inspiration from Tool, Seether, Deftones and Nirvana: the result is Slant.

Hope Created was produced by Brad Dujmovic and released one week ago, on April 17.

Watch the lyric video for the first single Drowning clicking on the image on the left.

Rising stars: MYLETS Wednesday, 22 April 2015 23:37 by madseason
Mylets - Arizona

Under the moniker Mylets we find Henry Kohen, a young, talented multi-instrumentalist from Columbus, Indiana (but relocated to LA).

Henry at the age of 17 became the youngest artist signed to Sargent House; since then he has established his reputation as an awe-inspiring and agile performer, playing across North America and Europe multiple times over the past couple of years.

Mylets first came to Sargent House's attention with a series of self-released solo EPs, much of which were remastered and compiled on the label's 2013 release Retcon.

Yesterday, April 21, Mylets released Arizona, the real full-length debut, recorded at LA's Kingsize Soundlabs by Sonny DiPerri, who also took care of engineering, mixing and production with Henry.

Arizona is an addictive, original album where an intricated Nine Inch Nails/Faith No More oriented sound is innested on infectious pop structures. Stream the album on BandCamp and discover a great talent on the rise.

The Surface Tension of HIDDEN HOSPITALS Monday, 20 April 2015 22:38 by madseason
Hidden Hospitals - Rose Hips

This is the first time I feature Hidden Hospitals, a very interesting and emotional alternative progressive rock band from Chicago, Illinois.
After releasing two EPs (originally named EP 001 and EP 002) in 2011 and 2012, the American act debuted on the full-length distance a few weeks ago (on March 24) with Surface Tension.

In an interview for the band's Kickstarter campaign (which sparked the production of Surface Tension) singer David Raymond states "A big part of why Hidden Hospitals exists is because the four of us have collectively agreed that what we seek is outside of ourselves and worth striving for… It's exciting to me because this feels like the beginning."

Produced and mixed by J. Hall, the album features the single Rose Hips, whose video, directed by Jaret Ferratusco, can be watched clicking on the image. And ifyou want to dig further in the sound of Hidden Hospitals, stream (and buy!) Surface Tension on BandCamp.

Believe in MANIC BLOOM Saturday, 18 April 2015 22:53 by madseason
Manic Bloom, I Know What's Next...But You Won't Believe Me

The best to-be-released record of 2014, I Know What's Next...But You Won't Believe Me, is an album that fans of Manic Bloom have been waiting for three years. But the wait is finally over.
IKWNBYWBM was released the day before yesterday, April 16, on Brinklebrand Records, and is an energetic, epic, synth-driven melodic rock opus of the highest order, with not a song to be missed.

Stream Nashville's Music City Mayhem Best Rock Band of 2011's second full-length album on the band's SoundCloud page now and buy the record on iTunes soon after.

Old new glory for JARED JAMES NICHOLS Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:05 by madseason
Jared James Nichols

Jared James Nichols is a young Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist of arena-oriented modern blues rock.

Jared, heavily influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, his all-time guitar hero, got his first six-string at 14years old: "Two weeks after I got an electric guitar, I was on stage with all of these old cats from Chicago playing the blues," he recalls with a smile. "The music immediately resonated with me. It was all about the feeling and the soul behind it. None of these guys were music nerds. They were true blues guys playing what they felt. That power and reality struck a chord in me."

Jared James Nichols and his Swedish bandmates, -Eriik Sandin and Dennis Holm- shared the stage with legends including Buddy Guy, "Honeyboy" Edwards and "Big Jim" Johnson as well as opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Derek Trucks. After releasing two EPs, the power trio dropped its first full-length a couple of days ago via Listenable Records. It's titled Old Glory And The Wild Revival and was recorded with the help of Aerosmith engineer Warren Huart.

Stream three songs from this excellent record on RerverbNation and experience an inspired, fresh approach to a classic sound.

Ryan Hunter's 1st VOWS Tuesday, 14 April 2015 23:01 by madseason
1st Vows - 1st Vows (The Red EP)

Something different this time. 1st Vows is the new project of ex-Envy On The Coast's vocalist and guitar player Ryan Hunter, but this new entity has nothing to do with the post-hardcore sound of Ryan's previous band: here we're talking of alternative synth-R&B with funky influences.

1st Vows is also the title of the debut EP of this project, "everything that I have been working toward for the past three or four years" according to Ryan. Stream the mini-album (also referred to as The Red EP) on SoundCloud or on BandCamp and enjoy some great atmospheric stuff.

Pleasure To Meet DEAD SARA Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:14 by madseason
Dead Sara - Mona Lisa

Los Angeles hard rockers Dead Sara released their second full-length album Pleasure To Meet You two weeks ago on Pocket Kid Records.
The new record was produced by Noah Shain (Skrillex, As Tall As Lions, Atreyu) and features the leading single Mona Lisa: watch the group playing it live at NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers (and check the official video for the song clicking on the image). And if it's not enough, stream the second single Something Good on SoundCloud now.

If you're into powerful, intense, groovy music with great, passionate vocals -courtesy of Emily Armstrong, a girl born to sing rock'n'roll- then Dead Sara is a band for you.

Bees: the new single of SMOKE SEASON Friday, 10 April 2015 22:14 by madseason
Smoke Season - Bees

Last year I had the pleasure to introduce to my readers Smoke Season, a very interesting duo that impressed me with their sophomore EP "Hot Coals | Cold Souls" and the amazing single "Badlands".
I really liked how americana, indie pop rock and electronic blended together to forge a soulful, haunting, western-tinged sound.

Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen adventure in musicland is going on strong, as they have just released the brilliant new single "Bees", another great example of Smoke Seasons' inspired songwriting. Check this little gem clicking on the cover on the left.