To Kill A Monster Tackles Coping With Loss In Its New Single, Video

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Independent rock band To Kill a Monster is taking on a tough topic in its latest single and video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Barely Breathing’ Friday, along with the song’s lyric video, which premiered through BlankTV’s official YouTube channel. The song is available to stream and download through Spotify and Apple Music.

The musical arrangement featured in the single is a gritty arrangement. It combines influences of Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age to make it a unique rock/stoner rock hybrid composition.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement takes on the topic of coping with loss, according to a statement about the song released by the band.

“‘Barely Breathing’ is a story about the loss of a loved one when they’re all you have left,” the statement reads.  

More information on To Kill A Monster’s new single and lyric video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://tokillamonster.hearnow.com

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Them Evils Voices Frustration Over Pandemic In New Single, Video

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Independent rock band Them Evils has had enough of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The song expressed its frustrations about the ongoing situation through its new single, ‘Pour Out Another One,’ which it debuted Friday, along with its companion video. The song features a heavy, plodding arrangement whose collective drums, bass, vocals, and guitar make for such a rich whole. The addition of the infectious, occasional chants adds its own infectious touch to the whole.

The energy exuded through the song’s musical arrangement compliments the frustration meant to be presented in the song’s lyrical theme, which bassist Jake Massanari discussed during a recent interview.

“‘Pour out Another One’ is best described as an anthemic middle finger to what COVID-19 has done to the music industry over the course of the past year,” he said. “After linking up with Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft (Escape The Fate) and Aaron Edwards, we wanted to write a song that embodied the attitude of just saying ‘f*ck it, let’s throw a few back’ and party our way through this.”

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‘A Modern Man’s Way To Improve’ Is A Promising Start For Royal Horses

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Early this month, independent music collective Royal Horses released its debut album A Modern Man’s Way To Improve to the masses.  The 10-song record is a strong start for the band.  It is a presentation that makes this band one of the next big names in the country and southern rock communities.  That is proven in no small part to through the musical arrangements that make up the album’s 37-minute body.  They will be addressed shortly.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content adds to the album’s appeal.  It will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation and will be addressed later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make the album a positive start for the up-and-coming outfit that is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Royal Horses’ debut album A Modern Man’s Way To Improve is a powerful start for the collective.  It is a presentation whose appeal is far-reaching.  This is proven in part through its musical arrangements.  From start to end of the album, the band refuses to stick to just one sound and stylistic approach.  There is some rock influence, such as in ‘Rattlesnake Smoking a Cigar,’ which comes late in the albums run.  The song’s arrangement and sound is psychedelic.  There are times in this four-and-a-half-minute opus that conjure thoughts of Jimi Hendrix while at others, there are hints of Clutch.  Yes, it’s one heck of a combination, but it is balanced surprisingly well here and works just as well.  On a completely different note, ‘Leave A Light’ presents an old school country music approach that will appeal to fans of Hank Williams, what with its vintage honky ton sound and style.  On yet another note, a song, such as ‘Valley of the New’ will appeal to fans of the modern country rock band Reckless Kelly.  There is even a welcome bluegrass element in ‘Call It War’ and an equally enjoyable blues-based rock presentation in ‘Who Do You Know’ that will appeal to fans of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band.  ‘Ruby Do’ gives audiences a sort of rockabilly approach that fans of Rev. Horton Heat and the Legendary Shack Shakers will enjoy.  Between these noted arrangements and the others featured throughout the album, the whole of the record’s musical content shows great diversity.  That in itself ensures the album’s noted wide appeal.  It is just one aspect of what audiences will enjoy about the album.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s diverse range of musical arrangements adds to the record’s appeal even more.

The lyrical content that is presented throughout A Modern Man’s Way To Improve adds to the album’s success because it is just as accessible as the album’s musical arrangements.  Case in point is the lyrical content featured in ‘Valley of the New.’  Front man Shelby Kemp sings here, “give me a reason to be here/Give me something to lose/Sing me a riddle/And I’ll give you a good answer/And I’ll hold you ‘til the sun comes shining through.”  From there he sings later, “If I die here/There is something you must do/March me down/In a field of golden roses/March me down/to the tune of something blue/hang my hat/On a yonder mountain/Lay my heart/In the valley of the new.”  This is as old school country as a song can get.  On another note, the addition of the claves to the song’s arrangement gives the work a little bit of a Jimmy Buffet influence.  Getting back on track, the song follows lyrically in similar fashion as that presented in its lead verse and chorus.  Simply put, this is vintage country in which someone is singing about life gone by and what is to come.  It’s one of those classic introspective songs that one could so easily hear in an old, dimly lit honky tonk bar.  Its introspective lyrical content and equally moving musical arrangement makes for so much enjoyment.

‘Valley of the New’ is just one of songs whose lyrical theme shows the overall importance of the album’s lyrical content.  ‘Rattlesnake Smoking A Cigar’ presents its own interesting lyrical content.  It is just as psychedelic as the song’s musical arrangement.  The subject sings here about going for a drive with his dad.  The duo meets a group of women *allegedly* and one turned out to be not quite what she appeared.  It is the most unique lyrical presentations featured in this album and will certainly have listeners talking. 

‘Bottom of the Chart’ presents another unique lyrical theme that is worth noting.  This song finds the song’s subject singing about being there for someone else when all of life’s negativities happen.  From everything dying to “mother earth closing her eyes”, to even rivers being dammed up by trees, the song’s subject says he will be there for that person “at the bottom of your chart.”  This is just this critic’s interpretation, but it comes across as someone saying, even when I’m the last on your list, the least important to you, I’ll be there.  If in fact that is what the song’s subject is saying, then it is powerful.  Most people who realize they are at the bottom of someone else’s priorities will do something to change things and perhaps just walk away from that situation.  For this song’s subject to seemingly say he will be there, devoted as ever, no matter what, is a powerful statement.  On one hand, it is moving.  On another, some might say not so smart.  The seeming lyrical theme in itself is certain to generate plenty of discussion.  Building on the noted discussion, if in fact this critic’s interpretation is right then it takes listeners in yet another distinct direction.  It shows even more, the record’s lyrical diversity.  The result is that it shows even more, the importance of the album’s lyrical content in whole.  The rest of the record’s lyrical content supports the noted statements just as much as that examined here.  Between all of that and the album’s musical content, all of this more than makes this record worth hearing.  All of that content is just a part of what makes A Modern Man’s Way Of Improving such a strong start for Royal Horses.  The production of the noted collective content rounds out the record’s most important elements.

The production of A Modern Man’s Way of Improving is important to note because of how much is going on in some of the album’s entries, and how little is going on in others.  ‘BLD’ for instance, which closes out the album, is one of the entries that has very little going on.  It is grounded in a very simple, light guitar line.  The echoing effect in the guitar’s melancholy approach is a credit to the production.  It really serves to help set the mood in this song.  The lyrical content is very limited here, which means the music takes center stage.  Those behind the boards are to be credited for their work here.  That noted echo effect and just the simplicity in the guitar line here supports the old adage that it is possible for a song to be heavy without being heavy. 

By comparison, the album’s title track, which comes very early in its sequence, has a little bit more going on.  The poppy approach and sound in the song again lends itself to comparisons to works from Reckless Kelly, but in this case, also to works from Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen.  That’s one heck of a collection of influences, but it works so well here.  It is also a credit to those responsible for the album’s production.  That upbeat but still light guitar line works so well with the song’s solid time keeping and catchy vocal delivery style to make for so much enjoyment.  On another level, the subtlety in the lead guitar line against the lighter rhythm guitar line adds its own richness to the presentation.    The bass line pairs with that aspect to fill out the arrangement even more.  As the song progresses, an increasing amount of action takes place.  Each element within the song is expertly balanced throughout, to the end that the song offers listeners full enjoyment and engagement from start to end.  It is just one more way in which the album’s production proves so important and hardly the last.  ‘Call It War’ is another example of the importance of the album’s production.

‘Call It War’ crosses elements of bluegrass with southern rock and country into one whole for its foundation.  The very crossing of the elements into one whole makes for an interesting presentation.  That the banjo and electric guitar get equal attention here thanks to the production enriches the song’s arrangement in its own right.  That the drums are used to tastefully here to add accents in all of the right points adds even more to the song’s enjoyment and engagement.  The whole conjures thoughts of the Jerry Reed/Dick Feller hit song ‘Eastbound and Down’ from the timeless Burt Reynolds movie Smokey & The Bandit.  That the whole can conjure such a comparison and that everything is so well-balanced here is one more example of the impact and importance of the album’s production.  The production clearly brings out the best aspects of each song, in turn making each song so enjoyable and engaging.  When this is considered along with the album’s musical and lyrical content, the whole of these elements makes the album in whole a successful first outing for Royal Horses.

Royal Horses’ debut album A Modern Man’s Way To Improve is a positive first outing for the up-and-coming band.  It is a presentation that is sure to appeal to a wide range of listeners.  That is proven in large part through its musical arrangements.  The record’s musical arrangements offer elements of southern rock, country, bluegrass, and even blues-based rock.  The arrangements never stay on one track for too long a period of time, either.  That ensures in its own way, listeners’ enjoyment and engagement.  The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements is just as diverse as the album’s musical arrangements.  It ensures even more that enjoyment and engagement.  The production that went into the album’s presentation brings out the best elements of each arrangement, making the album even richer in its presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the album’s presentation.  Al things considered, they make the album a promising first outing for Royal Horses.  The album is available now. 

More information on A Modern Man’s Way To Improve is available along with all of Royal Horses’ latest news at:

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Another Day Dawns Addresses Mental Health Concerns In New Single, Video

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Another Day Dawns debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Never Okay‘ Friday. The song and its video are the fourth from the band’s recently released EP Stranger. The premiere of the single and its video follows that of the album’s other singles: ‘Forget Me Not,’ ‘Beautiful Suicide,’ and ‘Taste of Heaven.’

Stranger is available to stream and download in whole here.

Directed by Cryus Entezam, the ‘Never Okay’ video features the band in what is meant to reflect a group therapy session. Front man Dakota Sean is the one sharing his thoughts during the session in the otherwise empty, darkened warehouse setting.

The thoughts that he shares are the song’s lyrics, which he said in a prepared statement are meant to serve as a social commentary of sorts.

“I wanted to get the message out to people that everyone has their own daily struggles,” he said. “It’s something that needs to be addressed whether we see it or not. I think everyone should hear this. It’s okay to not be okay 100% of the time. I feel that’s what makes the people who are wanting to reach out for help or to talk to a really awkward spot because we put all the focus on that. It’s not ok to point at the fact at how weird they are or different they are, let alone ourselves. There’s gonna be days where we wish we didn’t wake up but we have to push through that mental block that keeps fighting us.”

“The message I wanted to get with this song is, you’re not alone,” he added. “Many of us hide our problems from society and I think that’s something we as people should help each other more with. Our minds can be a scary place sometimes and all we need is that little bit of comfort to feel alright “

More information on Another Day Dawns’ new single and video is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Faith & Scars Debuts ‘Rain’ Video

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Faith & Scars debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Rain‘ Saturday. The song is the fifth single from the band’s new album Revolver. Its premiere follows that of the album’s other singles, ‘Long Way Home,’ ‘Never The Same,’ ‘No Apologies,’ and ‘Breathe.’

Directed by Jaiden Hord Frost, the video features the band performing its new single in a forested setting. There is also a direct tribute to Guns ‘N Roses and its ‘November Rain’ video as part of the video.

The band talked about the Guns N’ Roses tribute and the process of recording its new video in a prepared statement.

“This was the 1st video we filmed for Revolver, and it was a blast!,” the statement reads. “In a lot of ways, filming this video was a dream come true. We spend a lot of time dreaming about what it would’ve been like to have a band in the MTV days, so it only made sense to set the video in that vision.”

The song itself was heavily influenced by the sounds of the 80’s & we’re so excited to have a video that matches that vibe,” the statement adds. “We did our absolute best to pay homage to Slash & Guns n’ Roses by recreating (to the best of our ability) the ‘November Rain’ solo. It was so great to be able to pay homage to those who paved the way for us, & throw ourselves into their image. We really hope you dig it!”

As noted in the band’s statement, the musical arrangement featured in ‘Rain’ is a guitar-driven presentation. It presents a sound and stylistic approach that will appeal easily to any guitar rock purist.

The song’s lyrical content meanwhile seems to be about a woman who is compared to a storm, whose rains pour over everything. There is even mention of the woman bringing the song’s subject “to my knees.”

‘Rain’ is available to stream and download here.

Revolver is Faith & Scars’ debut album. It is the follow-up to the band’s 2016 EP Highway Ride.

More information on Faith & Scars’ new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Above Snakes Debuts ‘Never Alone’ Video

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Above Snakes debuted the video for its latest single late last week.

The band debuted the video for its song ‘Never Alone‘ Thursday. The video’s debut comes less than a month after the band debuted the song’s lyric video. The video features front man Johnny Skulls in a variety of situations — from a studio, to walking behind a building, to other situations — as he sings to the song, which plays over the video.

Johnny Skulls discussed the song’s video treatment in a prepared statement.

“This video tells a story of where I was in life and how a significant other ripped me away from it all and brought me back to life,” he said.

Johnny Skulls’ band mate Dax Dabs expanded on Johnny Skulls’ statement.

“Working with Adrienne Beacco and Jake Jones on this Video was such a blast! Both super creative people who made a lot of our ideas truly come to life!,” said Dabs. “The video was shot in 2 full days with the performance scenes shot on a green screen set we built ourselves, along with the other scenes shot outside where we built the cemetery and dug the grave too, pretty stoked on how everything turned out!”

The song’s musical arrangement is a familiar style work. It will appeal to fans of the melodic hard rock realm. Specifically speaking, it will appeal to bands, such as The Veer Union, Like A Storm, and others of that ilk.

The lyrical content featured in Above Snakes’ new song tackles the topic of trying to balance life’s ups and downs, according to Johnny Skulls.

“‘Never Alone’ is about living a chaotic lifestyle, and just when you’re at your worst, that special force pulls you back into reality giving you a new lifeline,” he said.

‘Never Alone’ is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube

Above Snakes released its debut single, ‘Adrenaline‘ July 16. The single is available to stream and download here. both songs are expected for inclusion in the band’s forthcoming as yet untitled EP, which is scheduled for release in 2021.

More information on the EP’s release and the band’s singles is available along with the band’s latest news at:

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Ashes To Omens Debuts ‘War Cry’ Lyric Video

Independent hard rock band Ashes to Omens debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the lyric video for its single ‘War Cry’ Friday. The video places the song’s lyrics over footage of military combat and military veterans on the battlefield and back in non-combat settings. The veterans hold signs that remind listeners they could have become another statistic.

The whole of the video’s visuals is meant to illustrate the song’s message, which according to the band focuses on military veterans’ attempts to return to “normal life” after combat.

“‘War Cry’ is about bringing awareness to depression, PTSD, anxiety, mental illness and suicide prevention,” the band said in a prepared statement about the song. “It’s about staying strong when you can’t be and knowing that you’re not alone and that you don’t have to suffer in silence.”

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The musical arrangement featured in the song exhibits comparisons to works from Creed at some points and to other much heavier melodic rock acts at other points. The juxtaposition of those influences makes the song just as interesting musically as it is lyrically.

‘War Cry’ is available to download and stream here.

The debut of Ashes To Omens’ new single comes six months after the band debuted its then latest single, a cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall.’

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Devilskin’s New Album Could Be A Green Light For The Band’s Rise To Fame

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Independent hard rock band Devilskin is officially ready to break into the mainstream.  Given the right support, this Kiwi quartet could easily become one of the next big names in the hard rock community.  That is proven through the group’s brand new album Red, which offers audiences quite a bit to appreciate from its musical and lyrical content.  That is proven in part late in the album’s 48-minute run in the form of ‘Be Like the River,’ which will be discussed shortly.  ‘All Fall Down,’ which comes early in the record’s 12-song run, is another way in which the record proves its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘The Victor’ is an unexpected but welcome way in which the album shows its strength, too.  Together with ‘All Fall Down,’ ‘Be Like The River’ and the rest of the album’s songs, the record in whole proves itself to be worthy of being called one of this year’s top new independent albums.

Devilskin’s new album Red is a strong new offering from the independent hard rock outfit.  That is thanks to musical arrangements that will reach a wide range of hard rock and metal fans and lyrical themes that will reach just as many listeners if not more.  One of the most notable of the album’s songs comes late in the record’s run in the form of ‘Be Like the River.’  This song’s straight forward southern  sludge rock sound immediately lends itself to comparisons to the best works of Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity and Texas Hippie Coalition.  That is obvious in the sound from the combination of the song’s guitars and singer Jenny Skulander’s vocal delivery.  The result of those elements (and the solid time keeping and bass) is a work that will instantly grab listeners and keep them engaged and entertained right through the end of its four-minute, 15-second run time.  The heaviness and bite in the song’s arrangement is also notable because of how well it accompanies the song’s lyrical theme, which is clearly an encouragement to everyone to never give up.

The noted theme is presented right from the song’s outset as Skulander sings, “Be like the river and cut through the stone/Fight like a lion defending his home/Be like the river and cut through the bone/Never afraid that you’re ever alone/Be like the river when your soul is free/Your body will follow the flow of the stream/Be like the river when these times are hard/And gather yourself in these times we’re apart/Beneath the veneer/They get close to the nerve/And the layers of lies/And the filth they deserve/beneath the veneer, they get under the skin/And the layers of lies/And the b****** they keep within.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Be like the river and the stars up in space/We’re touched by the beauty/And we’re touched by the grace/Be like the river and flow from the stream/And one day you’ll be a part of the sea.”  This is all very positive.  In a time when there is so much adversity around the world for a variety of reasons, a song, such as this, with its heavy music and its encouraging lyrical content is welcome and so needed.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in the bigger picture of Red.  ‘All Fall Down,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another key addition to the album.

‘All Fall Down’ presents a musical arrangement that is distinctly different from that of ‘Be Like The River.’  Whereas ‘Be Like The River’ boasted a clear southern sludge rock sound, ‘All Fall Down’ presents a more modern hard rock tinge in its arrangement.  Its sound is easily likened to music from Halestorm.  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement plays well into the song’s seeming social commentary in its lyrical theme.

The seeming social commentary is inferred as Skulander sings in the song’s lead verse, “Fear will make you follow/Today into tomorrow/Pride too hard to swallow/Your heart and soul are hollow/Life’s a deadly game/Again, again, again, again/And now you play the sacrifice/Another life for Jesus Christ/We all fall down.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Where the hell’s the help/We need to break the spell/Release us from ourselves/And give us truth to tell.”  She adds in the song’s final line, “Tide is quickly drowning and we’re all about to drown/To a man we make a stand/And then we all fall down.”  It should be noted here that yes, Jesus Christ is mentioned here, but that does not mean this is an anti-religious statement, specifically.  Rather, it is more a commentary encouraging people just to think for themselves.  That is made clear as Skulander notes in both of the song’s verses, and even the chorus.  Any time people are encouraged to not become sheep, and to think for themselves, that is a good thing.  To that end, that statement, coupled with the song’s unique musical arrangement makes the song in whole another clear strong point from Red.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable works.  ‘The Victor’ is yet another key addition to the album.

‘The Victor’ is a very interesting song as its musical arrangement stands out just as much from the other songs noted here as they do from one another and from the rest of the album’s works.  This is another modern rock song arrangement, and while it boasts similarities to certain other acts, its arrangement, which is founded this time by Skulander’s vocal delivery, it still boasts its own identity apart from those songs and from the other songs featured in this record.  The guitars, bass and drums build on that foundation formed by Skulander’s vocals, fleshing out the song even more.  The approach taken, with its upbeat vibe, works well with the song’s lyrical content, which is intriguing in its own right.

The lyrical theme in this song is interesting.  It comes across as its own positive, uplifting piece, this time perhaps focusing on someone who has been through some kind of tragedy, only to be comforted by someone who responded to said tragedy.  This is inferred as Skulander sings in the song’s lead verse, “You hurt too much to understand/An instant and your life has changed/I whisper words to soothe your pain/A stranger’s arms to hold you now/An instant and your life has changed/I whisper words to soothe your pain.”  She continues in the song’s chorus, “And it’s so obvious that you’re so scared/You’re hurt too much to understand/’Cause I’m still here/You’re hanging on my every word/Broken, bleeding in the dirt/And you’re still there/Holding tight with all you’ve got/Clinging on to life and hope.”  Going back through this, that seeming message would seem to hold water.  It becomes even more possibly the case as Skulander sings in the song’s second verse, “Glass like diamonds on the road/An instant changes everything/I whisper words to soothe your pain/I hold your hand/I won’t let go/Brave as you could ever be/Hold on now and trust in me.”  It can be inferred at this point that maybe the inferred tragedy was perhaps a motor vehicle collision.  From here, the song returns to its chorus once again before adding in the final lines, “Heart to heart/We’re only human/Take my hand and we’ll get through this.”  That last line gives the song even more of a positive point.  It is as if that person is comforting the victim, reminding that person that it will be possible to get through the worst.  It is obviously a distinctly different matter from that presented in the record’s other songs.  When it is coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make the song in whole stand strong on its own merits and prove once more why the album in whole is well worth hearing.  That is proven even more when the song is considered alongside the rest of the album’s songs.  All things considered, they make Red one of this year’s top new independent albums.

Devilskin’s new album Red is a production that definitely is anything but cursed.  Rather, it is a strong new offering from the band that with the right support, could be the start of the band’s rise to fame domestically.  That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical and musical content.  All three of the songs addressed here support that statement.  The same can be said of the album’s other works, too.  All things considered, they make Red a work that could be a bright green light for Devilskin’s rise to fame.  Red is available now.  More information on Red is available online along with all of Devilskin’s latest news is available online at:

 

 

 

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Another Day Dawns’ New EP Should Be No “Stranger” To Mainstream Rock Fans

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Another year has officially dawned, and with it so will lots of new music for audiences.  While the year is still very young, some of the year’s most notable new music is sure to come from independent hard rock band Another Day Dawns.  The PA-based band is scheduled to release its new EP Stranger Jan. 31.  The five song record is anchored by its lead single ‘Taste of Heaven,’ which will easily appeal to fans of Seether.  It will be addressed shortly, as it is just one of the songs that stands out in this record.  Also of note in the EP is the song ‘Am I,’ which immediately precedes ‘Taste of Heaven.’  This work will be addressed a little later.   The deeply emotional ‘Never Okay,’ which is the record’s penultimate track, is another key addition to the EP.  When it is considered alongside ‘Am I,’ ‘Taste of Heaven’ and the record’s remaining trio of songs, the end result is a work that will ensure many positive new days will dawn for Another Day Dawns.

Up-and-coming independent hard rock band Another Day Dawns is on the verge of becoming one of mainstream rock’s next big names.  That is due to the group’s forthcoming EP Stranger.  The five-song record boasts a collective of compositions that immediately lend themselves to comparisons to songs from the likes of Seether and Three Days Grace.  The record’s lyrical content will generate just as much engagement and entertainment as its musical content.  The EP’s forthcoming lead single ‘Taste of Heaven,’ which is set for release Jan. 8, is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  The song’s mid-tempo, guitar-driven composition is full of catchy hooks and choruses throughout its nearly three-and-a-half-minute run time.  It is an arrangement that is a radio ready work, without any doubt.  While the song’s arrangement is a strong point to its overall body, it is just part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own touch to that body.

Front man Dakota Sean, whose vocal delivery sounds like a hybrid of Seether front man Shaun Morgan and Dope front man Edsel Dope – yes it sounds like a weird comparison, but it’s there, and even more interestingly, it works — sings in the song’s lead verse, “Should have been the same old story/Lovers fall in love/The end/But with you/Things aren’t boring/Didn’t see the trouble I stepped in/Red flags don’t lie/Like the devil in your eyes/But I let your sex control me/Hooked on all your alibis/Should have known right from the start/Should have known just who you are/You just want a taste of Heaven/Now I’m falling from the stars/As I’m calling out your name/I want you bad/But you won’t stay/You just want a taste of Heaven/Spit me out and walk away”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Should have seen your colors changing/Like a mood ring with a curse/Slip you on and you’re an angel/Slip you off, it’s in reverse/No air/Can’t breathe/Still tied up in your sheets/Pray to God somebody saves me/you locked the door and threw away the key.”  The group returns to the chorus from there, eventually making its way to the song’s solid finale.  There is no doubt left in listeners’ minds as to the song’s theme in examining these lyrics.  The song’s subject is dealing with a love interest who has made his/her life anything but good.  In simple terms, it’s a breakup song that finds the song’s subject looking back on that now broken relationship.  The accessible lyrics make it easy for listeners to connect with that message, and in total, the song.  The composition’s equally accessible composition sits alongside those lyrics to make the song in whole a strong start for the EP.  They also serve to show in part why the EP is a work that could break ADD into the mainstream.

‘Taste of Heaven’ was a good choice for a lead single for Another Day Dawns’ new EP.  It is just one of the record’s most notable works, too.  ‘Am I,’ which immediately precedes ‘Taste of Heaven’ is notable in its own right.  The song’s melodic hard rock arrangement lends itself just as easily to comparisons to works from Three Days Grace and Seether as ‘Taste of Heaven.’  Making the musical arrangement stand out even more is that the composition bears its own unique identity separate from the rest of the record’s works.  It has the same feel as its counterparts, but still stands as its own unique work.  Lyrically speaking, the song comes across as another work that focuses on the matter of a broken relationship.  Yet even with that familiarity in mind, the band has managed to find a new way to present that theme.

Sean sings in the song’s lead verse, “Take my brain and wash away/All the blame you dump on me/All your lies are clear as day/They’re a coverup!/As I’m holding you like this/I can taste a stranger’s kiss/Your alibis are full of s***/Wasn’t I good enough?/This is our reckoning/I’m not that stupid/Am I, am I the one who’s bleeding/Am I, am I getting even/Go live your secret life you’re leading/Am I, am I the one who’s leaving?”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Did I pick you ‘cause you’re bad/Like an echo from my past/We’re just like my mom and dad/There’s no happy ending/The truth is I’ve been had.”  The song turns back to its chorus from here as it makes its way to its finale.  The note here from the song’s subject of comparing his/her parents’ seemingly broken relationship to that of his/her relationship with his/her significant other makes for an interesting conversation point.  We all talk about getting into relationships with people who are like one of our parents or the other.  That seems to be what this subject is hinting at having possibly done here.  At the same time, the song’s subject is making note that what’s happened is the fault of that significant other, not himself/herself.    He/she realizes what has happened, but is still just angry about the situation, and justifiably so.  It is that beginning phase of realizing the relationship is over.  To that end, all of this taken into consideration makes the song that much more noteworthy.  That content set against the song’s musical content adds even more engagement and entertainment value to the song.  Together, the two elements make the song stand out against the rest of the EP’s songs that much more.

While ‘Am I’ and ‘Taste of Heaven’ go a long way toward showing what makes Stranger a strong offering from Another Day Dawns, they are just a portion of the EP’s positive marks.  ‘Never Okay’ is quite notable in its own right.  The song’s musical  arrangement starts out with just one guitar and Sean’s vocals.  That flowing, subtle approach eventually gives way to a more powerful melodic hard rock ballad style approach roughly halfway through the song.  That eventual change works to illustrate the emotion in the song’s deeply emotional lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical content focuses on the feelings that many people feel every day, but would otherwise not talk about, whether it be due to the stigma of expressing said emotions or for another reason.  Sean sings in the song’s lead verse, “No one knows the other side/I buried it in my backyard/It’s buried six feet deep/No one knows how hard I tried to keep the smile/safe/It’s not so fun when everyone is kicking on your face/I’m never okay.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Everyone just stares at me/Not knowing where I’ve been/It’s just another day wearing someone else’s skin/I’ve buried them in the yard next to my old friends/And when I’m feeling bored again/I dress up and play pretend/I’m never okay.”  Yet again, this is lyrical content that is relatively accessible to audiences.  It is something to which so many listeners can certainly relate.  Talking about those feelings of depression and worthlessness is something that more people deal with around the world than many would like to admit.  To that end, that alone will make this song a favorite to many.  Those relatable lyrics set against the song’s equally strong musical content makes the song that much more powerful.  When the song is considered along with ‘Am I,’ ‘Taste of Heaven’ and the record’s other three entries, the whole of the EP becomes a work that, given the right support, could make Another Day Dawns one of the next big names in the mainstream rock realm.

Another Day Dawns’ new forthcoming EP Stranger is an important work for the independent hard rock band.  That is because from start to finish, it presents musical and lyrical content that is collectively accessible to the masses.  Every one of the record’s songs would fit easily into any mainstream rock radio programmer’s daily list.  The songs addressed here are proof of that.  All things considered, Stranger proves itself to be a record that should not be a stranger to any rock fan.  Stranger is scheduled for release Jan. 31.  More information on the record is available online along with all of ADD’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Black Heart Saints’ New EP Will Leave Listeners Feeling Anything But “Misery”

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Black Heart Saints has some more new music for its fans.  The independent Austin, TX-based hard rock band released its new EP Misery in September.  The four-song, 15-minute record’s release comes two years after the release of its debut album AliveMisery holds its own against offerings from the group’s more well-known counterparts just as much as Alive.  That is proven in part through the EP’s title track, which is also its closer.  ‘Crazy,’ the EP’s second song supports the noted statement just as much as ‘Misery.’  The same can be said of the band’s cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love.’  All three songs do their own part to exhibiting the EP’s appeal.  When they are considered alongside the record’s opened, ‘Lines,’ the general effect will leave listeners feeling anything but misery.

Black Heart Saints’ latest studio recording Misery is a presentation that shows this Austin, TX-based rock band has its own very strong heart beat.  The EP’s title track, which is also its closing number, is just one of the songs that serves to show the strength of said heartbeat.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a familiar southern rock styling that will appeal to fans of acts, such as Blues Saraceno and Black Stone Cherry among many others.  As the song progresses, it adds a touch of Buckcherry influences into the mix, too.  The whole of those influences makes the song’s arrangement its own point of engagement and entertainment.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content makes for its own interest.

Front man Josh Ross sings in the song’s chorus, “Misery is breaking me/I just need to find me another way/Misery/Well can’t you see/What I need for you to let me be/Yea, you got a hold on me.”  Ross sings in the song’s second verse of someone “ripping out his heart” in the song’s second verse, and even trying to find out “which way I should go” in the song’s lead verse.  There is a lot here that is difficult to decipher without lyrics to reference.  However, the lyrics that can be deciphered are just enough to get a good idea of what the song’s subject is talking about in this case.  This is someone who has gone through a bad relationship and is at that point in said post relationship status in which he realizes he has to look forward and move on past what has happened.  This is something relatable to plenty of listeners, and in turn will connect with those noted listeners.  It is that sense of determination that everyone reaches after getting out of a bad situation but realizing wallowing in self-pity does nothing to help.  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement illustrates that message even more, and so well at that.  It make for a strong final statement from the band on this record and just one example of the EP’s strength.

‘Misery’ is an unquestionable sign of the strength of Black Heart Saints’ new EP.  That is due to its musical and lyrical content both by themselves and collectively.  The song is just one of the works featured in the record that shows the EP’s strength, too.  ‘Crazy,’ the EP’s second song is another example of what makes the record notable in its own right.  The song’s musical arrangement is a full-on guitar rock opus whose riffs take the best elements of rock’s golden age and marry that with more modern hard rock elements.  The end result of that coupling is a high-energy work that is certain to appeal to a wide range of listeners.  That noteworthy arrangement joins with the song’s equally interesting lyrical content to make the song in whole even more enjoyable.

Ross sings in the song’s chorus, “What is it about you/I don’t want to know/What is it about you/That won’t let me go/Run so far away/Drives me crazy/Can’t find my way/Somebody save me/What can I say/I’m going crazy/Spinning off this rail/I must be crazy/Yea, you drive me crazy.”  He speaks in the song’s second verse of “All these broken things/That you left to me/Pulls up memories/Keep creeping in/Still haunting me” and that he’d “better ramble on/Find a place of my own.”  Again, much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher without a lyrics sheet to reference.  Howeer, enough is understandable so as to be able to understand that this is another song focused on the familiar topic of a broken relationship.  The matter in this case is that frustration of having dealt with the poisonous relationship.  Again, it is a fully relatable topic that, when coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, will appeal to a very wide range of listeners.  As relatable and entertaining as the song is, it is not the last of the record’s most interesting work.  The band’s cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love’ adds its own share of entertainment and engagement to its whole.

The band’s take on ‘Addicted To Love’ stays largely true to its source material, just with a bit of an amped-up re-imagining.  What is really interesting to the song here is that updated take actually conjures more thoughts of Buckcherry than Robert Palmer thanks to Ross’ vocal delivery and the work of his band mates on their respective parts.  While Mr. Palmer may no longer be with us, he and his fans would be proud of the infectious groove established through the band’s arrangement here.  In all honesty, it may be a cover, but the band’s work on this song makes it the EP’s best offering, and one more example of what makes the record worth the listen.  When it is considered along with ‘Crazy,’ ‘Misery’ and even ‘Lines,’ the EP’s opener, the end result is a good follow-up to Black Heart Saints’ debut LP and another sign of the heart still left in this band.

Black Heart Saints’ newly released EP Misery is a good follow-up to the band’s 2017 debut album Alive.  While it only boasts four song spanning a total of 15 minutes, the EP shows this Austin, TX-based band is still “alive” and has plenty of heart left.  Yes, those terrible puns were intended.  That is proven through the record’s accessible musical arrangements and equally accessible and relatable lyrical content.  That is proven in all three of the songs examined here.  When they are considered along with the EP’s opener ‘Lines,’ the result is a positive new offering from the band that will leave listeners anything but miserable.  Misery is available now here.  More information on the EP is available along with all of Black Heart Saints’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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