Archive for the ‘Album Review’ Category

Album Review: The Story Of Our Lives
By The Violet Burning

By Paul Gibson | August 4th, 2011

{April 4, 2011}

Independent

Some albums defy classification or words to truly describe their greatness. There aren’t many. But this is one of them. The Violet Burning have been working tirelessly over a 3-year period to be able to release not only an album, but an entire experience. The whole package is phenomenal. Not only are there three discs (really three albums) but the packaging is the kind of stuff that avid collectors live for. It has a 4-pannel-DVD-size case with a huge 80 page booklet with art that helps guide the listener through the story of the album. No packaging I have ever seen for a music album can touch this.

 

With 34 songs in all, this album is a gothic/alternative/grunge/rock masterpiece. Do you remember the fanfare over The Smashing Pumpkins double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness? Imagine that times three. Unlike MCATIS this album doesn’t contain an ounce of filler. All the songs are rock solid and inspire emotion while telling a story.

 

Michael Pritzl’s lyrics lay out a concept album of monstrous proportions with this release. Starting with TH3 FANTA5T1C MACH1N3 (The Fantastic Machine) (disc 1) there’s the main character and the idea that all humans are born with…

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Album Review: Beautiful Ashes By Eowyn

By Paul Anthony | August 4th, 2011

{May 3, 2011}

Independent

If the Cranberries and Nine Inch Nails had a child and named her after a Lord of the Rings character, you’d have Eowyn, an independent Nashville-based singer whose fifth album, Beautiful Ashes, uses the mechanical sounds of her industrial rock to enhance her deeply personal message.
Eowyn, a one-woman band, went the increasingly popular Kickstarter route to fund this album, garnering $20,000 from 150 supporters to re-enter the music industry after money woes forced her retirement two years ago. Assuming she was done with the frequently unrewarding, brutal business of…
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Album Review The Insidious lie
By Craig’s Brother

By Alex Berger | July 10th, 2011

{January 24, 2011}

Independent

I have to say, when I opened the digital file for this album and saw that is was classified under “punk” I got pretty excited. Though it’s not necessarily in my regular listening rotation anymore, I have been into punk rock a long time. I used to live and die by the early Green day and old Bad Religion albums so I have a definite soft spot for catchy melodic punk rock. Craig’s Brother definitely fits that bill.

 

When I first started listening I had a few initial thoughts that I was writing down. First of all these guys are very talented players. Craig’s Brother counters the notion that punk musicians only know three chords and play them as fast as possible. There is a nice balance of aggressive punk songwriting (that has a poppy edge) and dynamics. The first three tracks “Freedom”, “Mistake of Caring”, and “Thousand Yard Stare” are absolute burners, blending super melodic and catchy guitar lines, inventive drumming, and some snotty pop punk vocals. All three songs have…

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Album Review: Forever Ended Yesterday
By These Hearts

By Alex Berger | July 10th, 2011

June 21, 2011

{Victory Records}

Before I get to the review I would like to say that I really respect how open these guys are about their faith. There are a lot of bands who don’t want to be branded with the Christian tag, but these guys embrace it. All that said it pains me to say that this album is not very good. These Hearts style fits right in with the current trend of Christian bands who are trying to capitalize on the formula that The Devil Wears Prada and Attack !Attack! popularized not too long ago. If you have heard either of those bands you already know what this album sounds like. It has poppy melodic hooks, angsty sounding vocals, and an excessive amount breakdowns in place of actual riffs.

 

Most of the songs start with either a melodic guitar, transition into a verse that has clean singing or screaming, a chorus that has the opposite (if the verse was singing the chorus would be screaming, or vice versa). Some of the songs like “Are You Mad?” have…

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Album Review: On Fire By Peter Furler

By Paul Gibson | June 7th, 2011

{June 21, 2011}

Sparrow Records

The few, the proud, the ones who read album reviews . . . you know my standard. Good music is a worthy companion, one you want to hang out with; with whom you are comfortable . . . but also one who will tell you the uncomfortable truth when you need to hear it.

For two decades now, Peter Furler has met the mark as a musical friend. My early adult years were punctuated with the gut-punching “Hell is for Wimps.” The years passed through various phases and fashions of the band—the excitement of hearing “Take Me To Your Leader” on pop radio; the refreshingly quirky partnership of Steve Taylor and Furler coming on the scene in full force; the needed presence in the worship realm during a time when the marketplace was saturated with lyrics and melodies that seemed as if they were cranked from a clone machine.

When I heard the news that the boys were losing one, I was…

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Album Review: 15.Live By Project 86

By Paul Anthony | May 26th, 2011

Live albums. Always demanded by fans, but usually disappointing. The crowd noise is too soft, or too loud. The band sounds too rough, or too polished. The mix is too sloppy, or too tight. The tracklist is full of songs that are too old, or too new, or too obscure, or too popular.
They are the porridge of the recording industry (assuming the fans are Goldilocks, I suppose). It’s rare to find one that’s just right.
But when one of those comes along, it really is a treat to listen to, as Project 86 proves with their live cd 15.Live, a celebration of the band’s improbable feat of staying together for 15 years.
As such, it doubles as a greatest hits CD, pulling tracks from all but…

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Album Review: We Do What We Want
By Emery

By Alex Berger | May 24th, 2011

{March 29, 2011}

Solid State

I have to be honest, Emery is not a band that I am super familiar with, I have
known of them for a long time but descriptions of their sound never really peaked
my interest. However for the sake of being a good reviewer I did my homework and
listened to a large amount of the bands back catalog. “We do what we want” will
be seen as either a return to form the fans of Emery’s first album or a major step
backwards for fans that thought the band really hit their stride with “…In Shallow
Seas we Sail.” The screaming and actual “hardcore” elements of their post hardcore
sound are back in a big way and make pop up all over this record.
The album really starts out with a bang as “The Cheval Glass” charges out
of the gate with some serious vocals that bring to mind old Agony Scene (which
is a good thing.) Of course since this is Emery they can’t simply…

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Album Review: The Butterfly Sessions
By Sivion

By Paul Gibson | April 15th, 2011

{September 7, 2010}

Illect Recordings

Sivion is a classy rapper. I don’t know him personally or whether or not he walks around in a tux with a cane or busts out spontaneously into a rendition of “Putting On The Ritz,” but really that isn’t what I am getting at. I just don’t know how to describe his style of hip-hop, other than to say, it’s classy.

Let me go further, this is my philosophy on hip-hop/rap. There are various flavors; party hip-hop, intellectual hip-hop, goofy/funny hip-hop, thug/gangster rap, angry rap, and classy hip-hop.

Sivion is, as stated earlier, falls in the later-most category. His rhymes and production just have a well thought out classy air about them that few others do. Kanye West  while probably not the classiest of individuals, is the only decent comparison I can think of at the moment at least in general terms.

This being said, Sivion a member of Deepspace5 has made a solid solo effort with this ep and fans of…

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Album Review: Illusions
By Dream Cannon

By Paul Gibson | April 15th, 2011

{February 24, 2011}

Independent

Fans of Falling Up have 2 reasons to rejoice this year, one they are back together and in the studio working on a new album. The other reason is this band, Dream Cannon. Featuring Daniel Elder, who played guitars on the Falling Up album Fangs.

Dream Cannon’s latest, Illusions, oozes with the dreamy experimental rock that made up the more laid back side of Falling Up.

Even Elder’s vocal’s are reminiscent of Jessy Ribordy, of Falling Up who als

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Album Review: Mind The Gap
By Moses Uvere

By Paul Gibson | April 10th, 2011

{April 12, 2011}

Chaos Theory Music

Moses Uvere has more cred and talent than almost anyone else I know. Now his latest album shows off all that he is capable of. His last EP, The Heart Condition, was a free, but slightly disappointing effort that didn’t seem to measure up to his talent. Mind The Gap is bringing back the Uvere that I love, with a polish and hunger that I think will push him to the forefront of hip-hop and pop.

The intro track to the album helps set the tone with a electro inspired beat and witty rhymes that let you know that something epic is coming.

“Head Turner,” the first single, has a hard, but…

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