Unsigned Band Reviews

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Review: Iron Age Mystics ‘Pride Before The Fall’

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Iron Age Mystics was formed in 2010, but their members are music veterans who have the battle scars to prove it. Formed of not only veteran musicians but also extremely talented individuals. Those individuals quickly became one, and what they have produces is a musical blend of dissonant yet melody driven rock beneath passionately intelligent lyrics. Their sound has a cornucopia of styles. Within their songs you will hear influence from rock, punk, grunge, metal, and funk. It’s not often a band can meld all these styles into one band and create a cohesive album. However, Iron Age Mystics has done just that. Their new self released album ‘Pride Before The Fall’. The band is currently not signed to a label, but we are certain labels will be beating on their doors soon enough.

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Irish Groove Metal Mechanics: Sixth Extinction

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Digging the Nu-Metal/Groove Metal scene? Looking for something new to entertain your ears that you and your friends have not likely heard before? Of course you are. Hell, we are all always searching for stuff we have never heard before. Nature of the damned beast, right? In addition, I also like supporting local music, no matter what locale a band hails from. With that in mind, let me introduce you to Tipperary, Ireland’s own Sixth Extinction.

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Meade Ave. – Out of the Shadows of the Las Vegas Strip

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The Las Vegas Strip. Bright lights, glitz, glamor, world famous casinos and celebrities. Whatever. Sorry. Not a fan. Head northwest off the strip and things quickly change just like most downtown areas in any large city. The polish fades and the world becomes “normal” at best and “seedier” and/or dangerous at worst. These are the areas that locals live, work and play in the shadow of the downtown machine. Take, for example, a short little street off the Vegas Strip, Meade Avenue. You can get your car fixed, buy a used boat, shop for “adult gifts”, recycle your worn out crap or rent a dirty old warehouse for whatever storage needs you may find yourself in need of. Not all that comes off of Meade Avenue is mediocre though. Take, for instance the killer, Hard Rock/Metal outfit named after this unassuming little Sin City street, Meade Ave…

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Unsigned Band Review: Dark Avenue

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I will say first off that I’m not one to get into the Nu-Metal genre, that being said, the diversity and unique qualities of Dark Avenue instantly got my attention.  I am honestly amazed that I am listing them as an unsigned band!  They fill a gap somewhere between heavy metal and alternative metal.  This is a grey area of music so often left unexplored by bands.  The guys in Dark Avenue appeal to so many demographics and have the potential to be huge with the right help and guidance. Continue reading

Stormlurker – A New Twist On Deja Vu

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Metal is definitely a family affair. It is simply amazing who you meet by simply wearing your favorite band shirt out in public. Well, lucky me, recently I was out and about wearing my PanteraCFH” shirt and was complimented on my good taste in music and clothing by an enormous wall of a man. Since fellow Metalheadz know no strangers we struck up an easy conversation about all-things-Rock and Heavy Metal. Turns out we both love the same types of Metal and play guitar (alright, I noodle anymore). Cool, right? Well, I’ll be damned! Turns out I was speaking with Ohio’s Norselaw guitarist Deryck Heignum who, like me, moved south to get away from the cold and he has started a new band down here. I let him know that I wrote for MN and would love to check out his band. After exchanging info, we parted on the best of terms. The following day I received an email with his bands information and links. Holy shit! I was not prepared for such a spectacular release. Stormlurker absolutely destroys!

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The Future: Atlanta’s Hall of the Elders

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My lovely daughter took me to The Big Ticket festival here in Jacksonville, FL a couple of months ago. The line, of course, was blocks long to get in and not moving. As is typical in the festival atmosphere, everyone was friendly and socializing with those around them in line, discussing who they were waiting to see, who they had seen before and finding out who was going to future concerts in the area. There were also many out-of-towners with so many bands playing at one venue. After waiting for about five minutes, we were approached by Jack White, promoting his band: Hall of the Elders. We struck up and easy conversation about his band and music in general. Of course, I am always on the lookout for new tunes and emerging bands to throw my support behind! Jack is a very cool guy with a wide variety of tastes in music. We exchanged information and eventually got back in touch so that I could take a closer listen to Hall of the Elders. Consider me very impressed… Continue reading

Simon Says Die: Vancouver Death Metal

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Modern Death Metal is alive and well from one corner of the United States to the other. The emerging band Simon Says Die from Vancouver, WA definitely has the upper, West Coast covered in this respect. Originating as a one-time show act in 2011 by guitarists Sean “The Beard” Bowden and Josh Bridge, Simon Says Die was born.

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Coronal Mass Ejection: A Journey Into the Haze

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Coronal Mass Ejection recently dropped their instrumental, self-titled, five song EP. Recorded in less than eight hours, it boggles the mind to learn that such a rich and complex texture of sound comes from only a trio of very talented musicians: Vincent Sorgentoni on guitar, Steve DiEva on bass and Patrick Wiwel on drums. Also incredible is the fact that the band is in its infancy, coming together in December of 2015! Their music certainly does not reflect the band’s age.

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Unsigned Band Review: FROM HER ASHES “Through The Darkest Of Days” EP; Full Stream & Video

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I am going to honestly tell you, I don’t listen to a lot of what’s called Djent. Hell, I don’t even really know what the hell that means or what it takes to qualify something as “Djent” or whatever. No, instead I have always based my own tastes by using a very simplistic method of judgement: Do I like what I am hearing or not? Or does what I’m hearing sound good to me, for whatever reasons, and thus somehow appeal to me? I know, a very basic sliding scale if you will but hey, it works for me..especially in this age of ultra-quantification and bastardization of sub-genres to the Nth degree. But you know what, it makes for a very non-discriminating, non pre-judgemental mindset in my own skull prior to hearing something. I just pop “Play” and see where it gets me and that’s exactly what I did with the new three-song Through The Darkest Of Days EP from the UK’s From Her Ashes. The band is labeled as “Djent” on their Bandcamp so maybe they are but I’m not the one to ask. Instead, I heard some highly technical Progressive Metal with some balls-out aggression and tight proficiency and it all kicked ass in my book. 
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