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.

As Strange As Angels - Mirror Mirror

Dallas, Texas based As Strange As Angels is former Murder FM front man Norman Matthew's passion project. He has released a new single Mirror Mirror, and it's already been added to Spotify's Rock Hard and Loudwire's Weekly Wire playlist. The single is also the title track from the forthcoming debut EP, which drops on April 26.

After Murder FM went on hiatus in 2016, Norman focused on raising his son after a divorce rocked his personal life.  While juggling the work of running his music school, The Sound Foundation, and his fatherly duties, he found the turmoil that he was going through was beginning to come out in the music that he was writing.  "For the first time, rather than speaking to the song, I let the song speak to me. I had never written lyrics that were a parallel of my life. Then I realized, I have a voice, and I need to be a voice for the voiceless."  

The result of that reflection is the new 4 song EP Mirror Mirror, which Norman has aptly dubbed "heart rock": From the heart, for the heart, by the heart. Say what you feel, and feel what you say.

The title track was co-written and produced by former RA front man Sahaj Ticotin (Starset, Sevendust, Meytal). The other 3 tracks - Love and Death (which features CJ Pierce Of Drowning Pool on guitar), Days Go Bye, and Right Beside You were produced by Norman and Mick Kenney (Motionless In White).  The recording features a heavy and melodic sound that is instantly familiar and yet unique - and is unlike most of the other music that is currently out in the Rock world.

The video for Mirror Mirror premiered last Friday, March 15, on PureGrainAudio.com: check it out clicking on the image

RA and Capitals Won't Back Down Monday, 19 October 2015 21:51 by madseason
Ra - We Won't Back Down

October brings a new song from mighty alternative rockers Ra. It's titled We Won't Back Down and is the new opening theme for NHL team Washington Capitals.

Sahaj Ticotin, singer, songwriter and leader of the band said: "Soooo I can finally announce that this year the Washington Capitals will have their own theme song written by me and released as a Ra song. Its title is We Won't Back Down and is built to rock arenas and get the crowd pumped. Thanx to the NHL, The Washington Capitals and especially D.J. Stange who's idea it was from the get go and who facilitated all the logistics!"

Watch the Caps Opening Video with We Won't Back Down as soundtrack clicking on the image above. Also, you can stream the new Ra single on Spotify.

In related news, the deluxe version of Ra's last studio album, Critical Mass, got pushed back to January 13 to permit Sahaj to finish working on the debut album for Meytal Cohen, featuring Eric Emery from Concordia on vocals, Travis Montgomery of Threat Signal on guitar and a guest solo from Doc Coyle of God Forbid. Sahaj co-wrote, produced, engineered and mixed the album, and also played guitar, bass, did backup vocals for Eric and a feature on one song called Behind These Walls.

Critical Mass was originally released in October 2013 and the deluxe edition will feature 3 unreleased songs from the album sessions and the more recent I'm Not An Angel.

RA: Not An Angel on our side Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:57 by madseason
RA - I'm Not An Angel

"I'm Not An Angel" is an excellent new song from alternative rockers Ra, that will be included in the upcoming Deluxe Edition of the Californian outfit's latest full-length studio album "Critical Mass," originally released in October 2013.
A little background on "I'm Not An Angel", straight from the mouth of band leader Sahaj Ticotin:
"After finishing Critical Mass we had 3 more unreleased songs with everyone playing on them but I had noticed that everything on the album was pretty hyped and heavy and that we didn't really do a ballad or so. When the idea of doing the deluxe version of Crit Mass came up I thought it would be good if it had one so I wrote "I'm Not An Angel" which is kinda the follow up for "On My Side". This song, like "Taken" is about death but from the perspective of the person who died. Not really sure why it came out of me but it feels real. The rest of the songs will be released with the deluxe album but since it got pushed back I wanted to get this out now. I hope you like it. Please share if you do."

Stream "I'm Not An Angel" now clicking on the image above.

RA launch Kickstarter campaign Sunday, 10 June 2012 01:05 by madseason
Ra

Alternative rockers Ra are going to do a new album this summer and to get some help for the making of the record, the band has launched a campaign on Kickstarter, one of the largest funding platform for creative projects.

This is what Ra's frontman Sahaj Ticotin had to say about this move: "I've been in talks with several labels all of which have made offers to fund our newest effort. The problem hasn't been the offers but the atmosphere of fear that each meeting has shown me. Having been on Universal/Republic records for 5 yrs we are very aware that this fear has affected both small and large labels. Ra is an entity that exists somewhat outside of the record industry although we have sold 400,000 cds over our career. We feel the best way to succeed with a new record would be to make it ourselves, with the help of our fans and then to partner with a label for promotion and marketing.

That said, we are trying to keep the album cost to a minimum and get it done as quickly as possible. If we can reach our goal it will cover the studio and travel cost associated with bringing out the guys to LA to work with me. I've tried to come up with exciting offers for those willing to pay $20 or more!"

So, what are you waiting for? Ra is one of the best bands around: click on the logo and make your pledge now!

And don't forget that Sahaj has just released an amazing solo album titled "Another Minute": find out more about it on Sahaj's facebook page.

Rising stars: CONCORDIA Monday, 16 January 2012 00:14 by madseason
concordia

From the bio: "Concordia is an alternative rock band that hails from the rock n' roll capital of the world, Cleveland, Ohio. The band was founded by Eric Emery (lead vox, guitar) in late 2011. Concordia's debut album ("Clarity Of Perception") was produced, recorded and mixed by famed rock singer and producer Sahaj Ticotin of the band RA. It was recorded at Sahaj's studio in Tarzana, Ca and is set to be released early 2012. The session drumming for the album was done by Adrian Ost (Powerman 5000, Dope) and features songs co-written by Chris Taylor Brown (Trapt), and Dustin Bates (Downplay)".

Concordia have just posted the preview of all the tracks included in the upcoming album: check them out here now, 'cos they really sound good! Where there's Sahaj Ticotin there's quality...

New RA music Wednesday, 17 August 2011 23:59 by madseason
ra

RA's frontman Sahaj Ticotin has just released via SoundCloud the first draft of the mix of a brand new RA's song, named "Running Blind".

It's been recorded with band's mates Ben Carroll and P.J. Farley, with special guest Dave Chavarri from Ill Nino on drums.

The new song will be uploaded on iTunes in a couple of days, as soon as Sahaj feels that the mixing is perfect. Meanwhile, listen to the released version here. Great track, by the way!