The Rising Few: Adult Entertainment (Album Review)

 

 There is something wonderful in the combination of energetic Rock music, funky and jig inducing sounds, and fun singable lyrics. This is The Rising Few with their latest offering to the gods, “Adult Entertainment“. The songs on this 8 track album are as diverse and varied as any we have ever heard. It makes you want to jump around, wave your arms and fly around in circles. Try Try Again (Gonna Need A Helping Hand) Gullible The Sinking of the I’M ALONE Big Boy Games Save Yourself Lights and Shadows Try Try Again Hit the Monarchy Songs such as ‘Gullible‘ and ‘Try Try Again‘ are enjoyable and entertaining on numerous levels. Where as songs like ‘Save Yourself‘ and ‘Big Boy […]

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Empire State Human (Band Interview)

Today we speak to Empire State Human. Let’s start with this: What’s the history of Empire State Human? ESH formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1999. With the sole purpose of creating a retro, electro analogue pop sound, with a touch of Sci-Fi, Futurism and electronic pop. I always felt this was going to be a project for the long run, with an appetite for many, many releases. At least one a year. In 2002, upon the advice of the 80s band Alphaville Manager we sent demos to North America, as the Electroclash movement had begun and there was a real taste and interest in synth bands. The timing was perfect and we were snapped up by Ninthwave Records, who at […]

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Defy The Tide: Soteria (Album Review)

 

 There is nothing like an aggressive little EP to start your morning with. In fact, EP’s are such a wonderful way of starting your morning with an almighty kick that they should be a universal law. This is Defy The Tide with the brutal “Soteri“. The songs on this 4 track EP are the epitome of everything that is true of Metal: inhumane sounds and alien vocals drowned in a bath of creative insanity. Traced in Flames Catalyst Primrose Path A Spectre in Silence Each and every song on this album is packed with a punch that is made from the glorious combination of aggression, charm and soul shredding lyrics. It’s a wondrous way to begin your day. Bottom line, […]

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PIG: Swine & Punishment (Album Review)

 

 I have loved Industrial music for nearly two decades. Fuck, I’m old. Anyway, I’ve loved this band and this genre for a long time. So it’s with extreme happiness, and a vast amount of enthusiasm, that I get to review this brutal album. This is the legendary PIG, with the brilliant “Swine & Punishment“. The songs on this album are remixes by some of the best bands in the scene -except for ‘Violence‘, it’s simply ‘Violence‘. (It’s a violent track. -Ed) Remixes on this album come from bands as diverse as Skold and London After Midnight to bands as unique as Mortiis and the delicious KANGA. Viva Evil (Oumi Kapila Remix) Found In Filth (Pull Out Kings Remix) The Diamond Sinners […]

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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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