Artifas’ New Album Is A Strong Start To This Year’s Field Of New Independent, Hard Rock & Metal Albums

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Independent hard rock band Artifas has quite a bit going on right now.  The band is serving as support for Nonpoint’s current headlining run.  It is also running a contest giving audiences the chance to win a guitar.  Both are in support of Artifas’ new album, Reflections, which released Friday through Imagen Records/Warner Media Group.  The 11-song album is a strong new offering from the band that is sure to engage and entertain a wide range of rock and hard rock fans.  That is due in large part to the album’s featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical themes are just as important to its success as its musical arrangements and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important to the album’s presentation in its own way.  All things considered, they make Reflections a work that most rock and hard rock fans are sure to enjoy.

Artifas’ brand new album, Reflections, is a positive new offering from the up-and-coming independent hard rock band.  The album’s success is due in large part to its featured musical arrangements.  From beginning to end of the 34 minute record, the arrangements take listeners who grew up in the late 90s and early 2000s back to those eras with sounds and stylistic approaches that are comparable to works from so many of the band’s more well-known counterparts from said ages.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in the album’s first full (vocals and instrumentation) song, ‘Leave Me For Dead.’  The heavy, crunching guitar riffs and rich bass and drums immediately lend themselves to comparison to works from the likes of Korn.  The addition of the vocals to the mix gives the song a more unique touch and counterpoint to the heavier instrumentation.  ‘Safe,’ another early entry, features a musical arrangement that takes audiences in a completely different direction.  In the case of that song, its arrangement is more comparable to works from Three Days Grace what with its melodic hard rock approach and sound.  ‘Inside The Machine’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another work whose arrangement takes audiences back to the late 90s and early 2000s.  In the case of this song, the subtlety of the heaviness in the verses and the more powerful choruses makes the song comparable to works from the likes of Sevendust and The Veer Union.  Even with a song, such as ‘The Dark,’ Artifas offers audiences a touch of nu-metal, taking listeners back, again, to the late 90s and early 2000s.  For all of the nu-metal and aggro rock that is presented throughout Reflections, there are some changes of pace, such as in the album’s closer, ‘Wannabe.’  This song, with its synthesized orchestra arrangement and metalcore style vocals brings the band more into the current age of hard rock and metal, changing things up somewhat.  Much the same can be said of ‘Angels (Lead The Way).’  There is something about the approach and sound of the instrumentation here that lends it to comparison to works from Discrepancies, which has not been around the much longer than Artifas.  Simply put, when audiences look solely at the musical arrangements featured throughout Reflections, what they will notice is plenty of familiarity in terms of style and sound and originality within the songs at the same time.  That in itself is reason enough for audiences to take in this record.  It is not the only item that makes the album worth hearing.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are also of note.

The lyrical themes that are featured throughout Reflections are important to the album’s success because they are just as accessible as the record’s musical arrangements.  Case in point is the lyrical theme featured in ‘Legacy.’  The band said of the song’s theme, “’Legacy’ is a question, both to ourselves and our listeners. The question is what will you leave behind when your time is up?  This is something we ask ourselves constantly.  You only get one life.  Are you doing everything you can to live the best life you can?  In the end, will you be satisfied with the legacy you leave behind?”  This philosophical rumination is one that every person asks himself/herself throughout life.  To that end, the theme here will connect with any listener.  The sense of thought that the song’s musical arrangement adds to the mix serves to make the song’s theme all the more accessible and engaging. 

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Cut Me Out,’ one of the album’s early entries, is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  In the case of this song, the theme centers on the topic of toxic relationships.  That does not just apply to toxic romantic relationships, either.  Rather, it applies to relationships in general.  As a statement from the band stated of the song, “‘Cut Me Out’ is about cutting toxic people out of your life.  Sometimes the most toxic people around you are the ones that are not so easily removed.  At some point, you have to stand up and say enough is enough, cut me out.”  This is a topic that will resonate with anyone.  Everyone has those toxic people in their lives.  They are family.  They are so-called friends.  They are even people who claimed to be loved ones, but clearly are anything but.  Everyone reaches that point in which they have to say, ‘Cut Me Out.’  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement does well to help illustrate the feeling that every person feels when they reach that point of wanting to tell those toxic people that it is over.  The two items together make the song’s lyrical theme that much more engaging and entertaining and another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical theme.

Inside The Machine’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical theme.  While not one of the album’s singles, the lyrical content that can be deciphered points to a seeming theme of someone fighting that all too familiar internal emotional battle with himself/herself.  That is inferred through the line in the chorus that asks, “What am I fighting for?/Why was I made this way?/…Fighting for something more/Dividing this part of me/Stuck inside the machine.”  That in itself is that seeming internal battle.  If in fact that is the case, then it will engage audiences just as much as the other themes examined here and those in the rest of the album’s songs. That is because whether a person wants to admit it, many people go through that battle on a near daily basis if not daily.  The mood that the song’s musical arrangement sets adds to the impact of the song’s seeming lyrical theme.  It makes even clearer, the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  When it and the other examined themes are considered along with rest of the album’s themes, the whole pairs with the album’s musical arrangements to show even more why Reflections is so worth hearing if only once.  The record’s production works with the album’s overall content to round out its most important elements.

The production that went into Reflections is important to note because of the impact that it has on the record’s aesthetics.  So much of the album’s musical content is heavy and rich, with so much energy and fire.  At the same time, there is also some more subdued content, such as in ‘Angels (Lead The Way)’ and ‘Hollow’ that is just as powerful in its simplicity.  The power in each song is due to the attention that was paid to the details of each song.  That attention ensures that every instrument is expertly balanced throughout the album so that even the most nuanced element shines through in just the right level.  The end result is that the production does just as much to engage and entertain audiences as the album’s ceontent.  All things considered, Reflections proves itself a strong start to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums, and new independent albums.

Artifas’ new album, Reflections, is a positive new offering from the band.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements largely take audiences back to the aggro rock and nu-metal sounds of the late 90s and early 2000s.  Though at the same time, there is some content here that is more recent in its sound and stylistic approach.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements are of their own importance to the record’s presentation.  That is because they are just as accessible as the album’s musical arrangements.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  It ensures that that best of each arrangement is brought out and that no one performer overpowers his band mates at any point in each song.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the record’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the album a strong start to this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums, and new independent albums.

Reflections is available now.

More information on Artifas’ new album, contest and current live schedule is available along with all of the band’s latest information at:

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Antisaint Gives Audiences A Double Dose Of Music From Its New Album

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Independent hard rock band Antisaint premiered not one but two songs from its forthcoming album this week.

The band premiered the songs ‘Incomplete‘ and ‘Feed The Crows‘ Tuesday. The songs are featured in the band’s forthcoming album, Vaticinate, which is scheduled for release Aug. 20. Pre-orders are open now.

The songs are two completely different works in regards to their musical arrangements. ‘Incomplete’ boasts a heavy song that is similar to works from the likes of Seether, Three Days Grace, and others of that ilk in regards to its stylistic approach and sound. On the other hand, ‘Feed The Crows’ presents a sound and stylistic approach that is more akin to works from the likes of Deftones and Korn.

The songs are unique not only in regard to their musical arrangements, but also their lyrical content. As front man Matt Whiteman points out, the lyrical theme featured in ‘Incomplete’ delivers a message of proud defiance.

“’Incomplete’ is about being looked down upon and judged by others for pursuing a purpose in life that they do not understand themselves,” said Whiteman. “It is a common occurrence to have when pursuing a creative lifestyle. People constantly criticize and belittle artists’ creations without even thinking about what it takes to have the courage to make something original and put it out into the world. The end of the song is a rally to other people in our position to not give into the doubt and pressure, take the half that they can’t see and make it whole. 

As to the lyrical theme featured in ‘Feed The Crows,’ Whiteman stressed this song is more of a statement of anger and frustration.

“‘Feed The Crows’ was written during a low point of making the album,” he said. “The song is pure frustration and the message behind it is to say f*** it, and compromise morals to match those who have none. It’s less meaningful compared to the other songs on the album. Having said that it serves a major purpose in the TO DIGEST part of the album in which it represents the pure chaos and emotion of not being able to achieve what you wanted.”

More information on Antisaint’s new singles and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Bulletproof Messenger Returns After More Than A Decade With New Single

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Hard rock act Bulletproof Messenger released its first new music in more than a decade this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘The Divide‘ Thursday. The song features a heavy, guitar-driven arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, and Finger Eleven. In relation, the song is a solid fit for any active rock radio programmer’s playlist.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song is a commentary on the state of the world, according to a statement from the band.

“It’s about overcoming our differences, the challenges we face, and getting back to living life the way we were meant to live it, not through an artificial means of communication, but face to face and in person” the statement reads.

More information on Bulletproof Messenger’s new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://bulletproofmessenger.co

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Mason Hill Plans Foo Fighters Cover, Tour; Band’s Debut LP Available Now

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Independent rock band Mason Hill has a new single coming later this month.

The band is scheduled to release its cover of Foo Fighters’ hit single, ‘The Best of You’ April 23. While audiences wait for the band to premiere that cover, they can enjoy the band’s latest single, ‘D.N.A.’ and its companion video. The band premiered the pair in January.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘D.N.A.’ is a high-energy hard rock composition that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Theory of a Deadman, Hinder, and Three Days Grace. The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement comes across as taking on the familiar topic of dealing with one’s inner struggles.

The ‘D.N.A.’ video features the band in a specially lit studio setting as it performs its new single.

‘D.N.A.’ is the third single from the band’s debut album, Against The Wall. Its premiere follows that of ‘Against The Wall‘ and ‘Hold On.’

Against The Wall was released March 5 through 7Hz Productions and peaked at #19 on the UK National Album Chart. It reached the top spot on the UK Rock Album Chart.

The album’s release and charting shows the band is making waves with its record. It marks the first time since Greta Van Fleet released its 2018 debut album, that a rock band has premiered in the Top 20 in the UK National Album Chart.

Additionally, it is the first time that a British rock act debuted in the UK Top 20. What’s more, it marks the first time since 2014 — when Royal Blood released its debut album — that a British rock band debuted in the top spot in the UK Rock Album Chart.

Along with ‘D.N.A.,’ Against The Wall also features the singles, ‘Against The Wall‘ and ‘Hold On.’ Against The Wall is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and SoundCloud.

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In other news, Mason Hill is planning a series of live dates this fall in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 2 at Aberdeen Tunnels and to run through Sept. 26 at Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Ticket information is available here.

Tour Dates:
09/02 @ Tunnels – Aberdeen, Scotland
09/03 @ Garage – Glasgow, Scotland
09/04 @ Macarts – Galashiels, Scotland
09/09 @ Grand Social – Dublin, Ireland
09/10 @ Voodoo – Belfast, Ireland
09/14 @ Junction 2 – Cambridge, England
09/15 @ Corporation – Sheffield, England
09/16 @ Fleece – Bristol, England
09/17 @ Patterns – Brighton, England
09/18 @ Leos – Gravesend, England (Sold Out)
09/20 @ Globe – Cardiff, Wales
09/21 @ Joiners – Southampton, England
09/22 @ Nightrain – Bradford, England
09/23 @ Waterloo Music Bar – Blackpool
09/24 @ Underworld – London, England
09/25 @ Rebellion – Manchester, England
09/26 @ KK’s Steel Mill – Wolverhampton, England

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Hindsight Takes On Fake Friends In New Single, Lyric Video

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Independent rock band Hindsight unveiled its latest single last week, along with its companion video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Rhythm of Fate’ March 26, along with its companion lyric video. The single is available to stream and download through Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, and Amazon. The debut of the song and its video follows that of the band’s then latest single, ‘Where We Found Hope’ and its video last year. Both songs are featured in the band’s forthcoming EP, Catalyst.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Rhythm of Fate’ is a melodic hard rock style composition that fits well into any active rock radio programmer’s play list. Immediate comparisons can be made here, to works from the likes of Three Days Grace, The Veer Union, and Sevendust.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement deals with a concept which will resonate with many listeners, according to information provided about the single.

According to that information, “The song involves dealing with the bitterness of those who are unable to deal with the success of others around them who they claim to care about while at the same time not coming to terms with their own fears that have prevented them from succeeding themselves. In general, the band feels that this is a common occurrence in many areas of society but in particular, it is one that plagues music and the arts in general.”

The lyric video for Hindsight’s new single features the song’s lyrics presented next to the artwork for Catalyst while the song plays over the whole.

More information on Hindsight’s new single and forthcoming EP is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Abandoned Souls’ New Single Encourages Listeners To Face Their Own “Darkness”

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Independent hard rock band Abandoned Souls debuted its new single this week.

The band debuted the single ‘Blinding Darkness’ Thursday through v13.net, one day before making the song available worldwide. The song is the band’s first new single since 2017. Its musical arrangement is a heavy, melodic hard rock composition that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Godmsack, Three Days Grace, and Alter Bridge.

The lyrical content featured in the band’s brand new single was written following the death of front man James Todd’s mother. He explained the connection in a recent interview.

“The song is about facing the reality of death or dark times and dealing with it,” he said. “It’s also learning to maneuver through the darkness and finding a way to be more comfortable within that space. To realize that you need to face it head-on sometimes and learn how to live and prosper from the experience of getting through these times.”

Abandoned Souls has released four albums and one EP since its formation in 2006. more information on those records is available along with more information on the band’s new single and all of its latest news at:

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Eternal Frequency Encourages Individualism In New Single, Video

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Independent hard rock band Eternal Frequency debuted the video  for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Parasite‘ Friday.  The video, directed by Eric DiCarlo, features the band performing its new single in what is meant to reflect a semi-live setting.  That footage is crossed with various other images, such as a man spray painting a door (or wall).  The video culminates in the band facing a group of masked, hooded figures, which are the band members dressed in the garb.

The visuals are meant to help illustrate and translate the theme in the song’s lyrical content.  The band talked about that theme in a prepared statement.

“The meaning of ‘Parasite’ is to stand up for yourself and to relieve yourself of the poison infecting your life from outside sources,” the statement reads.  “You control you, and you alone.  No one has the power to manipulate or bring you down.  We all fall victim to letting toxicity eat us alive.  This song is about finding that antidote within yourself to survive.”

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Parasite’ presents a familiar, catchy melodic hard rock sound that will find itself in good company on any mainstream active rock radio station’s programming list.  The song’s aggro-rock styling is easily comparable to works from the likes of The Veer Union, Three Days Grace and to a lesser extent, Nothing More.

‘Parasite’ was produced by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland of Atrium Audio.  The song is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play.

More information on Eternal Frquency’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.eternalfrequency.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/OfficialEFband

 

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Lukas Rossi Debuts ‘Summertime’ Video

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Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Lukas Rossi is doing his part to bring some joy back to everyone’s lives even amid everything happening.

Rossi debuted the video for his latest single ‘Summertime‘ Friday.  The song is the title track from his latest album, which he released last month independently.  The song’s musical arrangement is an upbeat, catchy composition that is a good fit for any Top 40 pop station’s play list with its steady beat, keyboards and harmonies.

The song is streaming by itself here.

The noted musical arrangement accompanies its lyrical content well.  Rossi discussed the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview, nothing, “‘Summertime,’ is a fun, upbeat summer anthem that will appeal to listeners of all ages,” he said. “It’s all about having a good time and trying to enjoy the simple things in life. Something I think we’re all trying to do during these crazy times we’re living in.”

Additionally, Rossi discussed the video, which features cameo appearances from celebrities, such as members of P.O.D. and Three Days Grace, Joey Fatone (NSync) and Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Perez.

“While video production had begun well before the struggles of late, the support from family and friends helped it all come together,” said Rossi. “What started as a few calls for involvement quickly evolved into dozens and dozens of artists from all walks of life eager to climb onboard, wanting nothing more than to help people take comfort in music and to make each other smile. The resulting video is an amazing collaboration heralding a resounding theme of hope, unity, friends and family and the bonds that connect us all.”

In related news, a portion of proceeds from the sale of Rossi’s new single will benefit the charity organization Ferrari Kid.  The agency lets children who are battling cancer spend a day living the life of a celebrity.

Rossi, who won CBS’ singing competition show Rock Star Supernova in 2006, released his solo debut record Hollywood in 2010.  After winning the TV karaoke contest, it allowed him to front a band composed of Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Gilby Clark (Guns N’ Roses).  The group toured the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2007.

More information on Lukas Rossi’s new single and video is available along with all of this latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.lukasrossi.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/lukasrossi

 

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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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‘The Change’ Could Change The Course Of Awake At Last’s Life

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Hard rock band Awake At Last has made a name for itself throughout the course of its life for presenting songs that promote positivity, spirituality and self-confidence.  That trend, which the band has held over the course of two EPs, continues on the band’s full-length debut album The Change.  The 12-song record presents those themes in various ways throughout the course of its 39-minute run time, complete with musical arrangements that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  From one song to the next, the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes that make up its body ensure listeners’ continued engagement.  The album’s lead single ‘Dead Generation’ is just one of the songs that supports that statement.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Bigger Picture,’ which comes later in the album’s run continues to support that statement in a similar fashion.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Fallen Stars,’ the album’s closer is yet another of the album’s entries that exhibits the band’s continued themes of positivity and self-confidence. It serves just as much as ‘Dead Generation’ and ‘Bigger Picture’ to maintain listeners’ engagement.  When these songs are considered along with the nine songs that make up the remainder of the record, the whole of The Change becomes a work that may well “change” the course of Awake At Last’s career to the positive.

Awake At Last’s debut full-length studio recording The Change is a strong new effort from the Delaware-based hard rock outfit.  It is a nearly 40-minute presentation whose themes of positivity, self-confidence and spirituality are certain to keep listeners engaged while at the same time, offering those same audiences plenty of musical entertainment and lyrical inspiration.  One of the songs featured in the record’s 12-song body that serves to support those statements comes early in the record’s run in the form of ‘Dead Generation.’  The album’s lead single, it presents a musical arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Three Days Grace, Shinedown and to a lesser extent, Set It Off.  That combination of influences makes the song’s musical arrangement a strong foundation for the song’s presentation.  That foundation is strengthened through the social commentary presented in the song’s lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical content presents a theme of…well…making a change.  It approaches the subject in this case, by forcing listeners to contemplate whether the current generation that has inherited the planet is in fact as bad off as it has been made to seem.  Front man Vincent Torres delivers that message, singing in the song’s lead verse, “With every moment/We’re drifting into defeat/We keep on living a lie/Like it’s what we need/When conversation is avoided to keep the peace/The silence pulling us under will never cease.”  He is saying here, that people need to stand up and speak up, rather than be passive and just let things happen.  That is because if we continue to remain silent, nothing will get better in the world, rather it will do the opposite and get worse.  This statement is heightened through the song’s chorus in which Torres and his band mates – Eric Blackway (guitar), Imran Xhelili (guitar) and John Finney (drums) – sing, “We beg the world to change/But fail to face it/Are we alive or a dead generation?”  He is saying, we keep calling for change, but are we doing anything to back up our calls to action?  As if that is not proof enough, Torres goes on in the song’s second verse, to sing, “Trapped in a moment/Perpetual hell/This life’s a coffin and we are the nails/Cut out the answers and disarm the scars/We always take, take, take/And forget who we are.”  Again, here is a statement of looking at the bigger picture.  We are the cause, not the effect, is essentially what Torres is saying here.  We are the “nails,” the cause.  We always take, take, take/And forget who we are.  It’s all about us.  We need to act for the bigger picture.  Torres speaks in metaphors here, but it is relatively clear what he is saying.  Keeping that in mind, along with the fire in the song’s musical arrangement, this first statement from the band this time out shows without doubt that noted positivity for which the band has come to be known during its life.  Given it is hardly the first time that any musical act has ever presented a call to action so to speak, but it still works even in this case.  In the process, it helps to establish the band’s identity and that of the album.  It is just one of the album’s most standout additions.  Speaking of bigger pictures, the song ‘Bigger Picture’ is another of those key additions to the record.

‘Bigger Picture’ comes late in the album’s 39-minute run time.  It stands out quite starkly from its counterparts included in the album, through its musical arrangement.  This song’s arrangement boasts a sound more akin to Set It Off and Fall Out Boy than the previously noted bands.  What is nice is that even with those influences, the song still maintains its own identity separate from those bands’ works.  That goes a long way toward making the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content, which focuses on the importance of unity and seeing the forest for the trees, adds to the foundation formed through the song’s arrangement.

The message in question is delivered as Torres sings in the song’s lead verse, “Spent some time inside my mind/And found a way to re-align/My thoughts betray me, but it’s all in my head/Life is just a tapestry and I’m just a thread.”  Now this line in and of itself directly sends that message.  The song’s subject looked inside, and realized he/she needed to think differently because he/she was just one part of a much bigger whole.  The message continues as Torres sings, “People used to tell me ‘cause I doubted myself/Spent so much time tryin’ to be someone else/I know it’s not about me, but it’s plain to see/We’re losing ourselves to these selfish machines/Get into our bodies and out of our screens/If we’re all part of something bigger/Then I know who I am/If we’re all fragments of a picture/Then why can’t we see we’re all the same/Ignite the flame…You’re the same as you and I.”  Again, here we have a message that we need to see we are all part of something much bigger and we need to think of one another instead of ourselves.  Once again, this is not the first time that any band or act has ever presented such a message, but it is another message that can not be expressed enough.  Rather, it is a message that sadly, must continued to be presented to a public that needs constant reminders of this issue.  Keeping this in mind, this uplifting message couples with the song’s equally engaging musical arrangement to make the whole another song that shows how The Change in whole can potentially change the course of Awake At Last’s career.  It is not the last of the songs that serves to support that statement, either.  The song’s powerhouse finale, ‘ Fallen Stars’ is yet another way in which the album exhibits its strength.

‘Fallen Stars’ changes things up from Awake At Last in terms of its musical arrangement once again, this time moving from the emo-core sound of Fall Out Boy and Set It Off to a more aggro-rock style sound that takes listeners back to the late 90s, right down to the screaming climaxes of the verses.  That sound alone serves to help the song stand out, but is just one part of what makes the song so notable.  The song’s lyrical theme once again is that continued uplifting positive theme that reminds listeners to not give up even in life’s most difficult moments.

Torres reminds listeners to note give up in the song’s chorus, singing, “Sometimes we hurt/Sometimes we break/But it’s times like these/We learn to create/Everyone fails/It’s part of the plan/We have to fall/To get up again.”  This is a powerful statement that is certain to inspire plenty of listeners.  It is just one of the statements that will inspire listeners.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve seen the vision/As lightning cracks the sky/I’m gonna chase this dream/But something worth having will never come easy/So I’ll take the long road/Even if I pave it on my own/’Cause when the sky falls down/the sky is quiet with the silence/We stand together united by fallen stars/We’re stronger together.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Burning image/On the canvas of our lives/We’re gonna change this scene/It’s something worth having, so it won’t be easy/But they’ll remember/How the artists took a stand/As we live and breathe/The world is quiet with our silence.”  In the song’s finale, he adds, “We stand together united by fallen stars/So let the darkness divide us/Remember who we are/Brave the weather/We’re stronger together/Everything comes crashing down around us/Like a phoenix we’re reborn from the ashes.”  Once again, here is that message of perseverance and positivity coupled with the continued theme of unity, much as is presented in so many of the album’s other songs.  It is just another way in which the album’s lyrical content continues the themes presented in the band’s currently available two EPs.  Those themes are continued throughout the rest of the album’s entries, too, in even more diverse fashion.  That diversity in the delivery of the band’s positive messages and the power in the album’s musical arrangements makes the album in whole a positive debut for Awake At Last; a debut that could create a positive change for the band itself.

Awake At Last’s debut full-length studio recording The Change is a strong offering from the up-and-coming hard rock outfit.  As has been noted in this review, the positive lyrical themes presented in the band’s currently available EPs are continued throughout this record in various ways.  The musical arrangements that accompany those positive messages do just as much to make the album a success.  When they are coupled together and considered from the album’s opening to its end, the album in whole proves to be a record that could change the course of Awake At Last’s life in a good way.  It is scheduled for release June 21 through Outerloop Records.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Awake At Last’s latest news and more at:

 

 

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