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Feb 16, 2015
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Xanima – “Prototype: Homo Sapiens” (2013)

Label: Freeside Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Now for something just a little bit different. They are called Xanima and hail from Stockholm, Sweden. Previously they have already released an EP, a full length and now return with the follow-up to their debut full-length, “Prototype: Homo Sapiens”. What is their musical style? That’s a great question and the easy answer is to say that they encompass a wide spectrum of styles. They can be describe as progressive, art rock, theatrical, or theatrical, progressive, art rock, if you like.

If you’ve ever checked out Xanima’s YouTube videos you’ll see that the band has something to offer visually as well as musically. Lead vocalist Jade Ell almost presents herself sort of similarly to Peter Gabriel in his Genesis days and musically they have a sort of Kate Bush ambience. Continue reading »

Feb 13, 2015
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Motor Sister – “Ride” (2015)

Label: Metal Blade

Review by Tony Cannella

Motor Sister is an all-star musical project that pays homage to Mother Superior a Los Angeles based hard rock band that existed from 1993 to 2011. The band formed when Anthrax rhythm guitarist Scott Ian invited some of his friends over to his house to play a bunch of Mother Superior songs for his 50th birthday. Among the musicians who joined him was Mother Superior vocalist and guitarist Jim Wilson, bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), drummer John Tempesta (The Cult) and Ian’s wife (and Meat Loaf’s daughter) Pearl Aday on backing vocals. From there the band decided that these songs were too good to be kept under wraps and went about recording an album of some of their favorite Mother Superior songs. The result of which is “Ride”. Continue reading »

Feb 13, 2015
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Equisa – “Strange Release” (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

The Dutch prog rock band Equisa was formed in 2011 and released their debut EP “Straight Lines” the following year. They have since followed that up with their debut full-length “Strange Release”, which actually came out in 2013. Even though a lot of time has elapsed since this album has been release, it only recently came to my attention and it is well worth the time to delve into.

After receiving the physical copy of the “Strange Release” CD in the mail (imagine that) I gave it a few spins and was very impressed by what I heard. I would describe Equisa as a cross between Autumn and “Mandylion” era The Gathering – two other great Dutch bands. The 11-song, 51-minute disc kicks-off with the bombastic rumbling of “Faces”. The band has a great feel for melody and the song features a killer memorable chorus. Continue reading »

Feb 6, 2015
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The Nearly Deads – “Survival Guide” EP (2013)

Label: Standby Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Hailing from Tampa, Florida, The Nearly Deads are a modern hard rock band with a definite amount of commercial viability. The band has since moved on to the country music capital of the world Nashville, Tennessee, but fear not, the music that can be heard on their new 6-song EP “Survival Guide” is the furthest thing from country music as you can imagine. Instead The Nearly Deads stay true to their modern hard rock roots.

“Survival Guide” is my first exposure to The Nearly Deads and I was kind of surprised. I guess I was expecting something a little more gothic, but what we get is hard rock that is more reminiscent of Paramore or Garbage, in fact I would describe them as a heavier Paramore and it all makes for a winning combination. Continue reading »

Feb 6, 2015
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Kaipa – “Sattyg” (2014)

Label: Inside Out

Review by Tony Cannella

Originally formed in 1974, the Swedish prog rock outfit Kaipa is perhaps the greatest progressive band that nobody has heard of. Well, it is a stretch to say that nobody has heard of them, but they are certainly not a household name. The fact is, they have enjoyed a healthy career that has spanned decades and continue to write and record complex and beautifully arranged material. Their latest chapter is entitled “Sattyg”.

Kaipa is refreshing in that you simply don’t hear too many bands playing classic, big arena progressive rock. With a playing time of 70-minutes and only 7-songs, “Sattyg” features its share of epic moments. The opening track is the 15-minute “A Map of Your Secret World”. Continue reading »

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