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Dec 18, 2014
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Brave – “Surrounds Me” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

The Virginia based progressive rock/metal band Brave began their career in 1996 under the name Arise From Thorns in 1997 they released their debut demo followed by a self-titled full-length in 1998 and then the album “Before an Audience of Stars” followed a year later before the band changed their name to Brave. Under this new moniker the band has gone on to release two EPs, two full-lengths and a compilation, but has not released any new material since 2008, until now. Which brings us to their new 3-song single “Surrounds Me”.

The 15-minute disc begins with “Surrounds Me”. Michelle Schrotz has a fantastic voice. Fans of While Heaven Wept will know her as their keyboardist but with Brave she gets to prove what a top flight vocalist she is. “Surrounds Me” has some cool tempo changes and a pretty heavy riff as well as a great solo to finish the song. Continue reading »

Dec 15, 2014
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Wormhole – “The String Theory” (2012)

Label: Ghost Record Label

Review by Tony Cannella

So here is another band from Italy. They are called Wormhole and their debut is titled “The String Theory”. They combine straight forward metal riffs with melodic rock, and gothic metal. Prior to this full-length they have release two EPs.

For starters, the sound on “The String Theory” is almost crystal clear and perfect. Wormhole is fronted by the consistent vocals of Valentina Marvulli who does an excellent job as her voice fits in perfectly with the music. It isn’t too far out in front and it isn’t in the back. The musicianship is impressive as well; everyone also has their own share of the spotlight. “Your Mortal Remains” is a cool opener that starts off with a slower tempo, but it progressively picks up. “Autumn Leaves” has a straight forward metal riff and a killer melody. Continue reading »

Dec 9, 2014
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Paramore – “Paramore” (Deluxe Edition) (2014)

Label: Fueled by Ramen/Warner Music

Review by Tony Cannella

Formed in Tennessee in 2004, Paramore first rose to prominence with their fantastic second album “Riot!” in 2007. That album was a great edgy punk pop record. With their self-titled 4th album – which was released last year – the band has maintained that edginess whilst also maturing as songwriters and musicians. Over a year after its release, Paramore has given their self-titled album the “deluxe” treatment. In addition to the regular album you can find 12 additional songs from bonus songs to alternate versions of songs to a bunch of live songs. It’s actually a really nice deal.

This is definitely a grown up more mature version of Paramore. The first part of this set is the 60-minute original album. Is every song great? No. Are the great songs great? Abso-freakin-lutely. Continue reading »

Nov 27, 2014
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Sound of Eternity – “Visions & Dreams” (2014)

Label: Melodic Rock Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Sound of Eternity is a melodic hard rock band from Honduras. Their debut album is entitled, “Visions & Dreams” and lyrically the band presents a strong Christian message which is somewhat unique in this day and age. Of course, bands like Stryper and Barren Cross have been doing it for years, but it is still rare for a young band to emerge with such a positive outlook and message.

“Visions & Dreams” contains 10-songs 45-minutes worth of melodic hard rock with a modern edge. The intro “Visions & Dreams” kicks things off and segues into the best song “Call to Action”. This is a great representation of what SOE has to offer. From there we have songs like “Running to You”, “Broken Heart” and “Reason to Live” which are also stellar and definitely commercially viable. Continue reading »

Nov 27, 2014
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Spiders – “Shake Electric” (2014)

Label: Spinefarm Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Spiders are a hard rock band from Sweden. On their second album “Shake Electric” the band combines elements of 70’s influenced classic rock, blues and even a punk rock swagger.

The pounding rhythm of “Mad Dog” starts us off with a bang. “Shake Electric” is next and is just a straight forward heavy guitar rock tune. Other highlights include: “Bleeding Heart”, “Back on the Streets”, the punkish “Control” and the bluesy Janis Joplin-esq “Hard Times”. Vocalist Ann-Sofie Hoyles has a ton of charisma behind the mic. The guitar riffs are huge and definitely showcases their affinity for 70’s hard rock. Continue reading »

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