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
Shredtastic. Brutal. Groovin’. All of the aforementioned are words that accurately describe the new EP from Solipsist, titled “Extinction Protocol”. The tracks on the album prove that thrash is alive and well here in Cleveland, and brutal as ever! Continue reading
In Out of the Rust and Ruin, Cleveland thrashers Deadiron saddle up their (metaphorical) steeds and present a well-rounded metallic sound; a sound synthesis of its members’ diverse musical influences.The debut full-length album from the group is indeed as powerful as the brutal album art (shown above). Continue reading
Scott Weiland has a special gift for music fans this Christmas season: his new album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a collection of 10 holiday musical classics is now available for a listen this holiday season. While it may be an unexpected surprise to see such an album from a rocker like Weiland, it is certainly not unwelcome. Continue reading
A once-in-a-lifetime event occurred at Brother’s Lounge on Cleveland’s west side last Friday, as Cleveland rock band Dawn Lights performed in the group’s first and only concert ever, supported by 2nd Half and Americanrockstar. For the 200+ rowdy fans in attendance, the event truly was a special (and rocking) experience. Continue reading
Alt-rock heavyweights Staind are back with their seventh studio album, and have taken things in a decidedly darker/heavier direction not seen since the self-released “Tormented”. That album was released only a year after the band’s formation and was a bit rough in some respects. In comparison, this album is heavy, polished, and melodic, while abrasive in all the right ways. Continue reading
Cleveland native Rob Montague (Bro Jovi, Ohio Sky, Shenoah) is back with a new sound. Farewell Song, a 13-track album recorded over a five-year period at Lakewood’s Conquistador Studios. Montague has displayed good musical vision in his past projects, reason enough for any fan of independent alternative rock to give this album a listen.
Dawn Lights is a studio project that includes Cleveland rock scene veterans Eric Hess (Battlestar, Audiblethread) on vocals and Dean Johnson (Via the Sun, Burning Vegas) on guitars, drums and everything else. The band’s debut album, My Will Alone, is set for an October 21, 2011 official release. Continue reading