Category Archives: Music Reviews

The 1975 “Facedown” EP

This punk rock, alternative group knows how to get your attention. They combine a mixture of subtle sounds, pumping rhythm, vocal hooks and great melodies. I’m reminded of U2, REM, the Wombats, Pink Floyd, Enya and others but at the same time I find it original. Even though there’s only 4 songs I was still taken through a great roller coaster of emotions. Although the singer has a bit too much of an accent at times I still give this EP an amazing 9 out of 10.

Facedown - EP - The 1975

Attika 7 “Blood of My Enemies”

Ok Metalheads, you probably know about Attika 7, especially if you’re Biohazard and Static X. This would mean you know about Evan Seinfeld and Tony Campos. But if you don’t they formed a super group and had their debut album released at the end of July. So, is it truly a super group or super splooge?

Well, since it was produced by MUDROCK (Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack) it had to be good and, I was right. It kicked ass! I was taken on a roller coaster of angst, violent thoughts, escapism, relaxation, and a weird yearning to punch walls and jump in one spot until I ran out of breath. Super group indeed! It has a mix of heavy memories of the past with nostalgic bits of 90’s alternative and a delivery that should be dropped off by a dragon. This powerful antidote to your need for rockin’ out silly gets a 9 on the volume knob!

Blood of My Enemies - Attika 7

Signum AD – Veto The Vultures

I was a bit bummed when Signum AD split up. I’m glad to see that they’re back although just one original member is left. Seems like this was a good idea. This new collection of Signum AD breaks balls, slaps sumos and mashes marsupials. What I’m saying is that even though they only deliver 5 songs each one is a masterpiece. The hard rock is excellently produced, the vocals are top notch, the song choreography is like being at a fight club and each one delivered a hook that slapped me in a good way. There’s a hint of Sevendust sprinkled here and there but even if it wasn’t this still gets a solid 10 out of 10 for me!

Veto the Vultures, Vol. 1 - EP - Signum A.D.

Ashley Cowan Album Review – Free Download

Ashley Cowan – “Age of Hostility”

London brings us this Alternative Rocker. I really like the vibe he gives. His quiet approach to rock is delivered in a fashion reminiscent of 70’s mainstream rock with a touch of today’s influence. I could see this stuff played on mainstream classic rock stations even though it’s far from classic. At least today.

Lyrics are a nice draw too but sometimes, the vocals aren’t as impressive with some songs like they are with others. “A Matter of Time,” is by far my favorite and I love the harmonica addition to “Hangover Blues”.

There’s a lot to like in Ashley’s creation here. I forecast this album as a 72% chance of sunshine.

Daniel C. Morrison – Acoustic Alternative

Morosity Album Review – Free Download

MOROSITY “Misanthrope”

“Sourness of temper; sullenness: a gloomy ill-tempered feeling: a sullen moody resentful disposition.” This is what you will read if you go to their biography page. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? I thought so. When I checked out their album I was treated to their lyrics too. Wow!

Morosity is a combined acoustic and alternative rock band. Each of the five members has varied backgrounds in music with a goal to “sidestep the pointless revivalism of music today and focus on how they can evolve and confront the issues that bind them.” I must say that I picked up on their superb mood inducing sound right away on a quick sample. So let’s see what else this puppy can deliver.

Wow, I was hooked on the first song. Acoustic instrumental is what I feel like calling this. But that wouldn’t be right because there are vocals too. The style reminds me of Days of the New. The lyrics are like pure poetry, the music is purely atmospheric, the singing, well, I’ll get back to that.

I would score the album based on the music alone a 100%. I like the messages and themes too which I would boast around the 95% mark. What takes it down a bit for me is the singer’s voice. It’s not bad by any means. When I first heard the vocals pop in on the album I wasn’t impressed. As the album went on I warmed up to them. I have to admire them for delivering such a well thought out, well produced album here. I give this album an 89% chance of sunshine!

Daniel C. Morrison – Acoustic Alternative

Track Listing

  • Adam
  •  Eve
  • Stampede
  • Evidence of Insomnia
  • Subconscious
  • Day or Reckoning
  • Breaking Vein
  • Black Rainbow
  • Malpractice
  • Hypocrite
  • Why Do I

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