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EP REVIEW: RULED BY RAPTORS-Silent Sound

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  England's Alt-Metal quarte t Ruled by Raptors soar onto the music scene with sophomore release Silent Sound , their much-anticipated follow-up to 2019's debut EP 'Ouroboros'. Produced by highly esteemed rock music producer Romesh Dodangod a (Motorhead, Funeral for a Friend) at Longwave Studio in Cardiff, Wales, this four-track release brings huge choruses, meaty riffs and hook-laden tunes. Formed in Newcastle, England in 2018, the band consists of the lead singer/guitarist Chris Bradley, fellow vocalist and guitarist Matthew Dewar, bassist Nick Oliver and drummer Will Robson. The band have earned rave reviews for their likeliness to Biffy Clyro and At the Drive-In . One listens to the opening track 'Waves' and I can definitely understand those comparisons. The thick soaring guitar leads, deft drumming and mix between hollow screams and catchy pop melodies sound more like a contemporary alternative to those aforementioned acts. Next up is the radio-friendly

SINGLE REVIEW: THE PETAL FALLS- EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU

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  British Pop Rock outfit The Petal Falls have released their third single 'Everything About You' ahead of their new album, due out in September. The band were created in the 1990s as a means to get lead singer/songwriter Keith Leahy's music noticed. That early success lead to the breakup of Leahy's original lineup due to indifferences with the record label they were with. Fortunately, Keith Leahy returned to the music industry with renowned music producer John King to remaster his four original albums. The singer/songwriter is now back with a new lineup and newly recorded music to share with the world. 'Everything About You' is an enchanting mixture of hard rock and pop melodies that create earworm choruses. The track begins with Leahy's warm and affectionate vocals crooning over dazzling keys. The song would suit any nationwide or internet radio station due to its easy listening style. The songwriting is crisp and the vocals mesmerising, The Petal Falls kn

MUSIC NEWS: MRS BECKETT UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR 'LUCKY DAY'

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  Alternative power rock tri o, MRS BECKETT , announce plans to release their debut album, Unattractively Needy , which is out on Friday 23rd September. The record is preceded by a brand new single and video, 'Lucky Day', out now - Harnessing influences spanning from an array of sources, from the grit and guile of Motorhead and Tom Waits to the groove and shake of Little Richard and James Brown, MRS BECKETT fuses the strident passion of authentic alt-rock pinned against a modern-day urban backdrop. The band’s sound is unique and compelling, and springs right up, deserving attention.   From the North East of England, MRS BECKETT was formed in 2019 by lead singer and guitarist, Jim Kitson, who made an abortive attempt to write a musical of the same name about a band reforming after one of its members had transitioned. Kitson comments: “Writing the first songs by plugging my Telecaster into my Marshall valve amp and letting rip, I had an epiphany:  I hated Musical Theatre an

MUSIC NEWS: RAVEN announce ‘Leave 'Em Bleeding’ A retrospective of the past seven years - out September 30, 2022

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  Experts agree: Without Raven, neither thrash nor speed metal would exist in their current form. The British trio around the Gallagher brothers John (bass, vocals) and Mark (guitar) not only released some of the most important albums of the NWOBHM era, but they also had a lasting influence on an entire generation of musicians in the early 1980s. Much has changed since then, often either becoming vestigial or vanishing completely. Raven, however, have persevered, immortalizing themselves in the annals of music history with an imposing presence that continues up to this day. Not least through two studio albums that perfectly represent the recent works of the group: ‘ ExtermiNation ’ (2015) and ‘ Metal City’ (2020). To the great delight of their fans, Raven will be touring again in the near future – performing their new album ‘Leave ´Em Bleeding ’, featuring the best of the past seven years plus some red-hot bonus tracks.  “In a way, this record is a retrospective on the past seven ye

MUSIC NEWS: Aussie Rockers' The Poor return with first new music in 12 years, announce UK and European Tour dates in support of Rose Tattoo

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  Scorching Australian rock band, The Poor has released their brand new single and music video, ‘Cry Out’.  The powerhouse track comes ahead of UK/Euro dates with Rose Tattoo and a major homecoming show with KISS on their 'End of the Road' World Tour this August. Watch 'Cry Out' (official music video) The new single, 'Cry Out', follows lead track ‘Payback’s A Bitch’, both representing The Poor's first new music in 12 years, via Australian record label Reckless Records . Time has not wearied this band. Still delivering their unabashed "four-on-the-floor rock", these new songs herald a new era for The Poor, led by lead guitarist Daniels Cox’s premier songwriting collaboration with the band.  Fans can look forward to The Poor’s new album coming later this year on Reckless Records, with their back catalogue available now on digital platforms. Lead singer Skenie said,  “These UK and Europe dates are going off! It’s been so awesome to catch up with fans

EP REVIEW- AMBRIUS- EFFIGIES OF TIME

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Photo Credit: Arc Photography Newly formed dark metal outfit Ambrius arrive on the metal scene with their self-released debut EP Effigies of Time. The band hail from Gloucester in England and consists of former members of metal acts Oakhaart and Tempestora . The band combines dark orchestral pieces with symphonic elements and clean and harsh vocals. I don't usually review such bands, but my interest was piqued when I read their backstory. Produced by lead singer Sam Shiers, 'Effigies of Time' is a six-track release that is as experimental to the band, as it is for the listener. The band were growing weary of the music industry and decided to put away their instruments and microphone. This was until they came to the decision to form Ambrius from the ashes of those former bands to create a sound of their own.  The self-titled track 'Effigies of Time' combines haunting piano keys and slow, eerie orchestral passages that build to its frightening opener 'Self-Refl

MUSIC NEWS: Norwegian duo Ask Carol release new single 'Pressure's On'

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Norwegian duo Ask Carol return with their latest single 'Pressure's On' based out of a tiny Norwegian mountain community, comes the alternative indie rock duo Ask Carol. With this psychedelic, almost progressive, alt-rock tune, they reflect on the feelings of pressure they felt when revealing their project to the world. Not even friends or family knew a thing when they suddenly did their first ever concert in Seoul, South Korea. 'Pressure’s On' takes on that insecurity with an unapologetic and empowering attitude. Carol’s intense and dynamic vocal, together with driving guitar riffs and pulsating drums, makes you feel like you could conquer the world. The duo has taken in the Philippines, Japan, and their native Scandinavia as locations on tour. They have also appeared at the SXSW Festival twice, as well as supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre . Their first EP was released on Grappa Musikkforlag. The band now put out their music on ChoVan Records, their own Indi

Rockstarclassics Season 2, Episode 5- Metallica, Motorhead, Guns 'n' Roses

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  The blog's podcast is back with stories behind famous Classic Rock songs, as well as new material from the best upcoming bands from around the globe. Click on the player below to listen to the full show.

KNOTFEST Releases LAMB OF GOD’s Live In Richmond On-Demand .

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    WATCH HERE:    https://knotfest.com/exclusive-performances/lamb-of-god-self-titled-live-in-richmond-on-demand/     The previous livestream is the second performance released from the Knotfest Concert Vault exclusively for Knotfest Premium Members and showcases the band’s recent self-titled album being performed live in full in September 2020.    In addition to performing  Lamb Of God  in its entirety, the performance features an encore of four songs including  "Ruin" ,  "Contractor" ,  "512"  and the debut live performance of  "The Death Of Us" , a new song the band wrote and recorded in quarantine for the  Bill & Ted Face The Music  movie and soundtrack. In addition, the stream features bonus material.    Metal Hammer  writes " Live in Richmond  captures the energy of a band thrilled to be back in a room playing together and thriving on creating an almight

HIGH FLYING UAE HEAVY ROCKERS WINTERBURN UNLEASH FIERY NEW VIDEO!

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   Exciting rock ‘n’ rollers WINTERBURN surge onwards with a blistering new video for the track, 'Sinner’s Swing '.  WINTERBURN is an electrifying project fronted by charismatic lead guitarist and vocalist Naser Mestarihi. WINTERBURN commenced initial work on their debut album , Ivory Towers , in 2019, however, both illness and line-up changes froze early progress. Naser explains: “I fell ill with MS as we were getting into the sessions, which led to me having to relearn how to play the guitar. Getting this record done was battling through the odds for me.” Mestarihi is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all instruments on WINTERBURN’s record with the exception of drums which were recorded by Grammy-award-winning drummer Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies). The album has been vastly touted by the media, with rampant backing from M etal Hammer, Classic Rock Magazine, Powerplay and ERB Magazine.   WINTERBURN take in a plethora of inspiration from the Ri

Album Of the Week- The Julia Mosley band- Illuminate the Night

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Art Credit: Stephanie Law   Julia Mosle y is a rare talent in today's music industry. The Stoke-on-Trent native was coached by ex-Leave's Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine,  who describes Julia as 'Outstanding'. Mosley's evocative and diverse vocal range has won her much-coveted praise from the world of music. Recorded and produced by Tom Carter at The Riff Factory in Stoke-On-Trent, England.  Illuminate The Night  was released a couple of years back. Julia Mosley combines Gothic Poetry and dazzling string arrangements with her immense vocal range to capture many emotions within. The lineup is completed by Paul Adams (bass/guitar), Tom Carter (lead guitar/drums), Dan Hulme (drums), Joe Wood (drums) and Charlotte Bettson joins Julia Mosley on backing vocals. The LP begins with 'Obsession at Night' which is a dark and vivid combination of lung-busting howls and atmospheric music that reminds me of a certain revived musician by the name of Kate Bush. The haunting '

Max Muscato-Valarie SONG REVIEW

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  Singer-Songwriter and Autism advocate Max Muscato has released his latest single. 'Valarie'. This upbeat rock song mixes indie rock vibes with blues-infused riffs. Muscato hails from Buffalo, NY and is the founder of Rock Autism  Music Festival, a non-profit organisation powered by SonMax Entertainment. The festival is held every August in Buffalo NY. All proceeds go to Rock Autism , benefitting individuals in the Music, Film, Screenwriting, and Photography industries, as well as Internships and Scholars. 'Valarie' begins with Muscato's vibrant personality shining through over strong, percussive beats. The song builds to a hook-laden chorus. Muscato remains a cheerful individual over a rickety guitar sound and blazing keys. This is the perfect track to get one in the mood for the summer. Rating 4/5 Words by Anselm Anderson if you want to discover further reviews like this, please click on the link below to follow the blog and receive all the latest news and playl