No sophomore slump for MEYTAL Monday, 8 April 2019 21:30 by madseason
MEYTAL - The Witness

MEYTAL is an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, CA in 2013. It was founded by YouTube sensation – Israeli drummer Meytal Cohen.

The release of the band's debut album Alchemy in 2015 established MEYTAL as one of the most exciting forces in heavy music today, when upon its release, the album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart, No. 5 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart, and No. 7 on the Independent Albums Chart.

The new, second MEYTAL album The Witness, (released last Friday, April 5, marks the beginning of a new journey for the band, one that began last year when the band parted ways with singer Eric Emery, following a full US tour alongside heavy rock giants Queensryche.

Taking over vocal duties for the new album is Sahaj Ticotin, vocalist/guitarist/producer of the rock band Ra, who also produced the album: "At the end of a long-ass and most frustrating singer search, I found that the right person was there all along! The one person who was most involved in this project, who wrote the songs with me and produced Alchemy, Sahaj Ticotin. There's definitely a spiritual connection there and I'm insanely lucky to have him sing on The Witness".

Just as Alchemy, The Witness was funded by the band's fans: "Being able to create records completely independently through fan support is an incredible experience. I truly believe this is the most authentic, most empowering way to create music. I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to forge my own path with the support of my fans from the very first YouTube video to my own original albums."

The Witness is an awesome alternative rock/metal record from start to finish: full of great ideas and excellent musicianship as it is, I'm sure will rank high on many end-of-year playlists. Stream/buy it now clicking on the image.

JOE HEDGES' Ladders Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:37 by madseason
joe hedges ladders

Singer/songwriter Joe Hedges is the frontman of Ohio-based alternative rock band July For Kings.

What you can see clicking on the image on the left, is the new video for the song "Ladders", from his second solo studio album "Alchemy". The video was directed by Keith Rutowski and shot and edited by Chris Joecken in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joe is also a visual artist that has shown paintings, photographs and collages at galleries around the tri-state area. To learn more about his art, head on to his website now.