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SONG OF THE DAY- JEFF TUOHY- THE DEVIL'S IN NEW ORLEANS

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Billboard Award-winning songwriter Jeff Tuohy has released his latest single "The Devil's In New Orleans", ahead of the musician's album Hudson Delta, set for release on August 25th,2021 The album was recorded and mixed in Brooklyn, following a tough year that saw the collapse of his 2019 debut, which gained much-needed radio airplay. The New York-based rock musician has been hailed as "one of the best up-and-coming songwriters in North America". "The Devil's In New Orleans" was once dubbed unsuitable for radio. Tuohy looks into the turmoil of modern society. The track sees soulful vocals spread over soft jazz piano keys. Jeff Tuohy sounds like the cunning wordsmith. as he talks over multi-layered horns and keys accompaniment. The track has dark undertones to a sneering vocalist that bursts into melody on the chorus. Overall, this is a track that will leave you pleasantly surprised, whilst looking over your shoulder. Words by Anselm Anderson SO

EP REVIEW- KINSTRIFE- INTERVENTION

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Words by Anselm Anderson Hereford - based hard rockers' Kinstrife, named after a civil war in The  Lord Of the Rings , is a four-piece collective content on merging the border between classic rock and contemporary metal. The quintet now unleashes their debut EP Intervention , on priming ears fro the first time on July 31st via Forge AMP. The label has a knack for discovering talented unsigned artists, and Kinstrife is no exception to the rule. The ensemble's penchant for personal lyrics, combined with massive choruses and strong songwriting share similarities with bands like Shinedown and Inglorious. The group formed in 2003 by Lead guitarist Alan Kaye and Bassist Dave Richards, The duo was promptly joined by vocalist Mike Hoskins and drummer Simon Richards. 2020 seems to be a critical breakthrough for them with extensive international airplay and interviews including crucial exposure to their increasing popularity. The four-song EP combines 80's ballads with aggre

ALBUM REVIEW- THE TEN TON TINNIES - TONS OF TINS

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Queensland - based country-punk rockers' The Ten Ton Tinnies are a band that featured heavily on these pages back in May with " Bad Gas Travels Fast in a Small town", a fun take on town gossip, served with a hint of the band's raucous humour and hard-hitting rock. (check the link below to read the full review and interview.)  https://anselmanderson.blogspot.com/2020/05/bad-gas-travels-fast-in-small-town.html r The trio will finally unleash their debut album Tons of Tins on July 31st to an army of new followers. The LP is ten songs of their unabashed humour mixed with country grooves, punk attitude and some drinking tales. Part-Time Hillbilly is a punchy opening track  with plenty of guts and  energy .   Vocalist Luke  Turley  seems intent in this  narrative  about leaving home.  He  delivers  with panache against a  backdrop  of  thunderous  drums and jangly guitars that  feel  like this could  be  a future hit.  Down in the Country is an energetic punk song remi

Alchemy Divine - I'm in a rush

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Hard Rock act Alchemy Divine release the high octane " I'm In A Rush", taken from the recent album  Crushed. The Italians are enjoying a meteoric rise with their blend of classic rock riffs and soaring vocal melodies. The band were formed in 2015 under the pseudonym Alchemy but chose to rename themselves to avoid confusion with Dire Straits cover bands. I'm in a Rush starts off with an energetic buzz segue into the lung-busting vocal styles of Francesca Mantovani. Her operatic palette is rich and dynamic, towering over the screeching guitar breaks of guitarist Mauri Belluzzo. The band come together in the chorus in a joyful  cry of I'm in a rush. Mantovani is able to dictate tempo through her varying levels of tone, accompanied by the thunderous pounding of drummer Michael Kostka and the rumbling bass of Luca De Mare. Alchemy Divine seems to have the right formula with this retro roar of pure rock. Words by Anselm Anderson Alchemy Divine,  Crushed is a

Emissary Echo- If I'm Right ( Song of the Day)

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Melodic Metallers' Emissary Echo delivers the emotionally - charged single" If I'm Right" via Unleashed Music.  The band's brand of sonically- induced old school metal combines melodic vocals and searing guitars to provide listeners a relatable song. Emissary Echo formed in 2016, featuring a cast of members hailing from Bismark, ND, St Louis, MO, and Glenn Drive, MT. The band's lead singer, Dan Chandler explains the story behind the track to be a tragic one " I wrote the lyrics for my good friend and country artist, Granger Smith, who recently lost his son in a tragic drowning accident. Experiencing the loss of a loved one creates such an  indescribable magnitude of emptiness and strength seems to be nothing more than a memory of a past life. “If I’m Right” was written as a message to those who are experiencing this emptiness. As much as we’d all like to have something other than pain in common, it helps to know that this pain can be survived." &quo

Grace Solero- Awake- SONG OF THE DAY

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London born singer-songwriter Grace Solero releases latest single Awake, taken from her forthcoming album,  Metamorphosis  due out next year. Solero moved to London to assemble her own band and has achieved considerable success in the process. She has enjoyed extensive national airplay, including appearances on BBC Radio 6, and heavy TV rotation on My Jam Music Network in New York. Solero and co have further enhanced their budding reputation with supporting roles to rock veterans ' Th e Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell & Slade frontman Noddy Holder.  The band's unique brand of instrumentation and tender vocals naturally produces dreamy-like grunge rock for a modern generation to typically enjoy. The Chris Brown ( Radiohead, Muse) - produced track promptly begins with Solero purring over an aggressive guitar sound. The musical arrangement builds up creative tension before the aspiring singer gently pours her soul out in the chorus. The gu

THE HIGH ATE US- ZONE OF SILENCE ALBUM REVIEW

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Extradimensional musicians  The HighAteUs  have returned and reformed for their second full-length effort Zone Of Silence, released on June 20, 2020. The mysterious trio plays an eclectic mixture of avant-garde rock mixed with macabre humour to transport the listener to a third dimension. The band originally formed in 2002 in a little known town in Mexico, before disappearing into an abyss. The original duo returned with a new member and an album, "Zone Of Silence" is sixteen songs of versatility, range and complexity. The self- titled opener is a burst of psychedelic rock, which begins with some type of ritual chanting to introduce the listener, before the music kicks in. Distorted melodies combine with fuzzy guitars to exhibit a melodious metal song. Telephone Boof is a Frank Zappa -style ballad. The trio presents versatile range between tender vocal melodies, funky riffs and keyboard harmonies for an easy-listening track. The alternate People Pleaser arouses d

Calling All Astronauts - Post Truth World (Official Video)

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Electropunk act Calling All Astronauts return with latest single Post-Truth World, due out on July 24th via Supersonic Media. The London-based trio has collaborated with Grammy Award-winning producer Alan Branch ( U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails).  The single is a remix of the single taken from the critically acclaimed album Resist.   CAA combine stark atmospherics with retro electropunk vibes and a penchant to write about social issues of the day. Post-Truth World is no different from this political look at modern society. The band contrast synthesisers with a vibrant electric guitar sound segue into the Depeche Mode-Esque vocal style. Vocalist David B reflects through a distorted voice, in contrast to the harsh vocals on the chorus. The band juxtapose dark tones with a more vibrant electronic sound to reflect sense of urgency creeping into civilization through keys and programming for fans of Joy Divison and 80's electronica. Words by Anselm Anderson Post-Truth World i