Colossal Street Jam: Living Free (Album Review)

 

 There is something beautiful in the combination of Rock and Blues. There is a depth to the combination that is both invasive and titillating. One might say that it plucks at heart strings while ripping your lungs out, while the neighbourhood is aflame. Then to top off this amazing experience you realise that all this happening is caused by the wondrous Colossal Street Jam with their amazing album “Living Free“. Now the songs on this 11 track album are exactly the sort of music you’d expect from a band made of veteran musicians. There is a ’70’s funk to the group. An ’80’s Rebel yell. A ’90’s uniqueness, and a modern cry of havoc from the 21st century. It’s exactly […]

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Goteki: Genesis & Revelations (Album Review)

 

 Once again the world has thrown a wonderful compilation album my way. As you know by now, I am excited by compilations. So you can only imagine how thrilled I am to have a magnificent piece of work from a brilliant band to listen to. This is the talented Goteki, and the amazing “Genesis & Revelations.” Where should one begin with a review of such a diverse album as this? Well, probably with a look at the original songs. Now this album, as is its want, is filled with a vast collection of Goteki’s best works. Songs such as ‘Song About a Girl‘ and ‘Shinjuku Lullaby‘ come hurtling out at you from the deepest depths of creative freedom. Phuturist (Echo […]

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Ninjaspy (Band Interview)

 

 Today we speak to Joel from Ninjaspy. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band? We have been playing together since 1999 when we were teenagers. We played all kinds of different styles back then, figuring out what we liked. Turns out we liked a lot of things. So we spent our creative energy on mixing genres together. We became Ninjaspy in 2006 and put out an album, Pi Nature, that brought ska, reggae and metalcore together. Since then it has been pretty much all touring in Canada and Japan with a short EP release in there, No Kata. A few years ago we whipped up a new batch of song soup and got the ball rolling to make Spüken, which we just released […]

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Upright Man (Band Interview)

Today we chat to the members of Upright Man. What’s the history of Upright Man? Max: Their story began several millennia ago. The Upright Man, or Homo Erectus, was a species of human that lived during the Pleistocene Epoch from about 1.6 million years ago to 250,000 years ago. Now extinct, Homo Erectus was the first species of humans to master fire, and its remains have been found in Africa, Europe, and Asia. It is widely thought to be the direct ancestor of modern humans. Nick: It pretty much resembles the opening sequence of “History of the World Part I.” (A good film. -Ed) Aidan: We are all Upright Men, but as far as the band goes, we’ve been around for 2 […]

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Social Arsonist (Band Interview)

Today we chat to Social Arsonist. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band? SOCIAL ARSONIST is the cause of bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado who started the band in 2009. Unable to locate the perfect vocalist in Chile, they found Canadian singer Cayle Charlton and worked with him for years via the internet, honing their material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada. Inspired by Lamb of God, Pantera, Sepultura, Slayer, and Machine Head, Zuniga describes the sound of SOCIAL ARSONIST as ‘aggressive, fast, intense, catchy and disruptive.” Over the years the world has been able to hear the fruits of their labour with the release of their 2014 EP ‘De-Evolution of Thy […]

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Deity (Band Interview)

Today we speak to the lads from Deity. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band? Danny and I started jamming in high school just doing covers for fun. We then quickly got into writing original tunes. Starting as a three piece (just guitars), our goal was to blend different styles of metal with layers and harmonies. Our only problem was finding dedicated members, especially drummers and bassists. Through wise advise given to us by Keith of Rotting (Can), Danny then started playing drums. After a few years of struggling to find other members, the band decided to put the band on hold. Danny and I went on to do other projects in the local scene. We then […]

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Hexheart: Midnight On A Moonless Night (Album Review)

 

 It’s not everyday that I get surprised by an album. In fact it is quite a rarity for me to listen to something that blows me away on multiple levels. So I am glad to say that today is one of those days. This is the wonderful Hexheart, with the absolutely brilliant “Midnight On A Moonless Night“. The songs on this 10 track album represent the crème de la crème of the EBM and Industrial scenes. There is a wonderful combination of danceable synths and moving drums mixed with a powerful, yet not too brutal, vocal style that together paint a myriad of exotic and esoteric canvases in a billion colours and with a trillion brush strokes.  A Thousand Times […]

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American Standards: Anti-Melody (Album Review)

 

 The mainstream news media will tell you that Metal is nothing more than a corpse that is being feasted upon. Soon Metal will be gone and the world will embrace Flip-Flop and Plop and other forms of factory produced swill. BUT! Those who think for themselves. Those with passion and pride. Those lucky few know! that Metal is evolving, mutating, regenerating. Metal is not going anywhere. Case in point. This is the brutal American Standards, with their amazing album of mainstream media destruction, “Anti-Melody“. The songs on this 8 track album combine, and unleash, the best that the Alternative scene has to offer. The music is explosive and aggressive. There is chaos and insanity in every cord. There is madness […]

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The Damn Truth: Devilish Folk (Album Review)

 

 There is nothing like the joy one gets from hearing well thought-out and brilliantly constructed Rock music. It’s moving. It’s powerful. It does something physical and erotic to your mind, body and soul. It’s wondrous on numerous levels. This is the brilliant band, The Damn Truth, with their amazing offering to the elder gods of Rock, “Devilish Folk“. The songs on this 12 track album spill forth from the very bowels of the Rock genre -it’s power and style in equal amounts; riddled with a quantity of volta inspiring energy. It’s as real as Rock music gets. White Lies Pirates & Politicians Plastic Flowers Wouldn’t Be Lying Broken Blues Alex Heart Is Cold Get With You The Match Hangin On […]

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Ten Cents Short: Major Steps | Minor Setbacks (Album Review)

 

 Explosive and aggressive. Those are two words one can use to describe the music produced by young bands with a lot to say. This is Ten Cents Short, with the amazing “Major Steps | Minor Setbacks“. The songs on this epic little album are exactly the sort of music that the Punk genre was founded upon. There’s a lot of kick and awe coming forth form this album. It’s everything you’d expect from a Punk band. Draw The Line Higher Powers (fade out) Beggars Setback Make It The songs on this album are about as brutal, and ruthless, and pure bloody Punk awesomeness as anything in the Punk genre. Bottom line, “Major Steps | Minor Setbacks” is an album that […]

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