[Album Review] Dawn Lights – Exaggerate the Distance

Dawn Lights - songs from outer space. (Photo Courtesy of Dawn Lights)

Dawn Lights – songs from outer space. (Photo Courtesy of Dawn Lights)

Dawn Lights is a collaboration between one multi-instrumentalist (Dean Johnson) one vocalist/lyricist (Eric Hess) who bring layered melodies with a heavy edge and driving beat to the musical table. The new album Exaggerate the Distance is the second act in this musical adventure that is available to any listener out there who chooses to have the experience. It’s a solid rock album that many people probably don’t know about, because Johnson and Hess create for the love of the art. Continue reading

[Album Review] Adema – Topple the Giants

Adema - Topple the Giants cover (Large)

It’s been six years since Bakersfield, CA rockers Adema have released a new album, and the lineup changes the band has been through in recent years may certainly be a factor. The group tried and failed in 2010 to restore its original lineup; despite this, the bands’ remaining core of Tim Fluckey (guitars, vocals), Dave DeRoo (bass) and Kris Kohls (drums) want to prove to the world their resiliency with their latest effort Topple the Giants, due to be released tomorrow. Overall, the album makes a strong statement that this is one band looking forward and determined to forge their own path. Continue reading

[Album Review + Stream] Social 66 – The Party is On

Social 66 - Party is On (Album Art)

Like a hillbilly Frank Sinatra doing things his own way, Jason O’Daniel of Social 66 is forging ahead with a debut album of in-your-face rock tunes bound to make anyone yearning for a 21st century resurgence a little bit of hope for the future… Continue reading

[Album Review] Marrok – Days of Mercury

Marrok is Austrian for punching an aesthetically pleasing hole through your face with music. (Album Art courtesy of Marrok)

Brutal. Groovetastic. Exciting. Melodic. All accurate words to describe the new release from Austrian industrial / metal outfit Marrok, titled Days of Mercury. Showing inspiration from such American metal acts as Slipknot and Dream Theater, this album is proof positive that the group are a musical force to be reckoned with. That is, for the modern metal fan who prefers a heavy dose of melody shrouded over a pounding groove rounded out by electronic elements that serve to accent but never overpower the overall metallic feel. Continue reading

[Album Review] All Dinosaurs – Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

All Dinosaurs: Loud Love with their new album “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior”. (Artwork courtesy of All Dinosaurs)

All Dinosaurs are here, and they’re ready for you to love them with their latest recorded effort, Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior. Much like the group’s last album Paranoid Indigenous, this offering is a full-bore audio assault from start to finish, custom-made for anyone who likes their music loud and frenetic! Continue reading

[Concert Review + Setlist] Ace Frehley at the House of Blues 11.8.11

Photo: Gene Natale / WNCX

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Guitar hero Ace Frehley of KISS fame made a triumphant return to Cleveland Tuesday night, electrifying a packed House of Blues with riffs so smokin’, his guitar nearly caught fire! (Literally.) Continue reading

[Concert Review + Setlist] Anvil at Westside Masonic Auditorium 11.5.11

Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Anvil shredding it up (Photo Credit: Gene Natale / WJCU)

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This past Saturday, Anvil made the trip back from the frozen Canadian north to visit their friends in Cleveland – for a face-melting concert that proved plenty pleasing to the metal partisans in attendance. Continue reading