Another step in the right direction for modern rock, and yet another hit of creative individuality and musical realness from DeadEyeChokeHold.
Kicking off with the explosive blues-rock swagger of Killing Heroes, Initial Mass leave their mark pretty quickly on this latest album, fusing the raw rock energy of bands like The Black Keys with a more traditional, performance-based rock hook and rise-up to it.
That’s the beauty of creative, passionately composed instrumental music – there’s very little guidance other than the feelings the music gives you or the memories it ignites. With Everlasting, it’s likely that the music will take certain listeners to equally specific yet individually unique places. A wonderful album, absolutely worth the time it takes to let it play.
Howl! offer such honest ideas & even vulnerabilities, as well as reflections on life, love, and everything in between – all while continuously impressing musically & vocally. The sound is everything it needs to be, and a live show would almost certainly prove unforgettable for contemporary & classic rock fans alike.
“I think as a collective we have a fair amount of experience performing live so we should be able to conjure some thunder and cast some spells of rock n roll hell onstage!”
“Today’s music is so lacking in melody and harmony. There’s not a lot of innovation anymore. Anyone can sit in their home studio and use some electronic beats and sounds and make a song, but after a while it all sounds the same.”
Thanos’ writing style is increasingly conceptual, poetic, and provocative, throughout this EP. He’s a master of finding the right way to say things, simple yet captivating, and the right melody to really drive it home.
Some Kind Of Voodoo opens up the playlist and kicks things off with a bang, seeing the band fuse a structurally complex and somewhat grunge-like aura with a melodic development and leading vocal that feel way more prog-rock and performance-based than anything else.
“Baltimore is an eclectic hodgepodge of artistic freedom. We have long stood with one foot firmly planted in the Blues but aspire to seamlessly pivot from genre to genre. I can’t stress how important it is to keep that other foot firmly planted in the Blues!”
Color and Contrast is a really strong collection of rock tracks, making for a playlist that feels something like a greatest hits album. There’s a striking sense of identity and confidence to Underwood’s delivery, and his songwriting is easily captivating and often familiar enough that the songs feel like slept on classics.
An awesomely intentional, hard-hitting and brilliantly authentic rock track, from a band who we should all be grateful are making their way back on to the world’s music scenes.
Microcosms stylishly tumble through the speakers for this single, showcasing chaotic indie rock riffs and a grunge-like leading voice that sees the track slowly but surely gather strength and momentum as it fills the room.