Witch-Heart from Arcane Ritual Burrows Inside Your Ears

The hypnotically melodic, gothic sound of the title track “Witch-Heart” is the perfect opening track for Arcane Ritual’s latest release, Witch-Heart. The raspy, metal vocals in the bridge contrast the lead vocals and create an unforgettable harmonic juxtaposition that powers you through the rest of the album.

“Shifting Perception” is definitely a song worth rewinding. The way the song is structured reinforces the overall theme of shifting reality throughout the song. I really appreciate the melodic structure of the vocals. Lead singer Teresa Camp has a way of using her own natural harmony to create a truly haunting sound. The riff in the middle eight murders the track with complex notes and classic tones.

The opening riff in “Elemental Flames” would fit in perfectly as the soundtrack of a horror movie where the main character is running through a forest to stumble upon a bunch of figures in black cloaks standing in a circle around a fire. The lyric, “I lose my sense of time and space,” definitely helps to support that theme, while the drums, bass and guitar offer a sense of organized chaos that works out beautifully with the rest of the song.

“Make Believe” takes the gothic sound of the album to the next level with a wide variety of dark, technical aspects that add to the sum of a really solid track. The chanting quality of the verse lyrics come off like a melodic rock and roll hymn as they infect your ears and burrow inside. Once again, the vocals come through with a ton of passion in both melody and lyrical content.

The “Long Goodbye” offers a break from the intensity of the rest of the album with slow and clean guitar to go with the almost country-like style in which the lyrics are delivered. This song is a strong ending to the album. It’s different from the rest of the songs but doesn’t distract or take anything away from the overall feeling the album spent the preceding eight tracks cultivating.

I highly recommend listening to Witch-Heart by Arcane Ritual. The whole album is an excellent showcase of the talents of each of the band members. The hard-hitting bass, powerful lyrics, high-tensity drums and familiar yet original guitar riffs all come together to make for an album that will definitely withstand the test of time whether or not you like heavy music.

Witch-Heart is available now through all streaming platforms!

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Slowburn’s Eos Is A True Headbanger

I really like Slowburn’s intensely harmonic style. Everyone in the band is perfectly in sync when it comes to each piece of the instrumental and the way they offer a harmony with the lyrics, melody, and structure of each song. If you are a fan of catchy, spot-on alt-metal that offers the perfect juxtaposition of hard instrumentals and heartfelt lyrics, then you will definitely appreciate the entirety of Eos.


The title track, Eos (Arise), is an instrumental track that slowly eases you into the rest of the album. It has these great moments of build-up that propel you forward into “Choke”, “Waiting For You,” and “Wish You Well”, which, despite its seemingly well-intentioned message, doesn’t actually make you feel like the singer is offering genuine well wishes to whomever he is singing about. Around the halfway point of the album comes “Otherside”. The intro instrumental lyrics have an almost southern feel. I mean this as the best possible compliment…dude has a James-Taylor-like quality during the verses that is harmonic and pleasing to the ear. “Otherside” offers a refreshing, clean-toned break from the track’s harder predecessors. I can almost see the music video playing on MTV in the late ‘90s in my head.

Ocean Floor takes us back to the band’s heavier style. I really appreciate the body-of-water references. The lyric, “get lost with me, on the ocean floor,” in the context of “Ocean Floor” gives me the kind of chills I get when I have those dreams where I think I’m drowning but it turns out I can breathe underwater and I have an amazing adventure. I also really like the drowning imagery throughout the lyrics in the breakdown. “Ocean Floor” also wins my “Guitar Hero Trophy of the Album” award for the kickass intro riff.  

In contrast to the opening track, “Eos (Repose)” takes that build-up created by Eos (Arise), and opens up the track with a hard-rock riff. The track then calms down and brings the same kind of energy the listener finds in the opening version. “Eos (Repose) works very well as a standalone track toward the end of the album as well a sister-song to Eos (Arise). Very clever track placement and excellent consistency on the part of the band and their overall vision for the album.

The new album 'Eos' is available now!

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Firebreather is a true headbanger of a way to close out this journey of an album. At five minutes long, this song is nice and long without getting repetitive or boring at any point. I love the section of the song where the drums and bass cut out and the guitar riff starts up. The drums come back in at just the right time and the instrumental that ensues offers a lot to the discerning ear as well as those that just love hearing solid, technical guitar riffs.

Overall, I have nothing but great things to say about this album. It’s well produced, fun to listen to, and you can really hear the passion for music that each of the band members clearly has for their craft. Eos is available right now on all streaming platforms. Check it out! It’s definitely worth a listen at any time of day!   

Links

• iTunes: smarturl.it/SlowburnEos-iTunes
• Google Play: smarturl.it/SlowburnEos-GooglePy
• Amazon Music: smarturl.it/SlowburnEos-Amazon
• Spotify: smarturl.it/SlowburnEos-Spotify

Slowburn Release Their New Single “Dirt”

For fans of Slowburn that have been eagerly awaiting a new release, the band’s new single “Dirt” is exactly what the doctor ordered. From the opening instrumental to the very last note, “Dirt” is a true headbanger of a song that combines the heavy guitars, deep bass, pounding drums and passionate vocals that has put Slowburn on the map.

Right off the bat, the heart-pounding instrumental defines the song’s intensity. The deep, low tone of the bass, lead and rhythm guitars hit the ears with a welcomed heavy metal sound that’s equal parts catchy and technical. The drummer perfectly encapsulates the energy of each note while hitting a bass drum that slams in a heartbeat rhythm like a punch to the chest. Attached to hard-hitting, clever lyrics, the incredible vocals on “Dirt” offer the combination of rasp and melody throughout the song you expect from a Slowburn song.

Available wherever music is streamed, Slowburn’s newest single “Dirt” immediately has me aching for more new songs. I personally, cannot wait to hear what comes next from this hard rock band!

Follow the links below to hear “Dirt” by Slowburn!

https://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Slowburn/dp/B07LC25F2J

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MMC Sits down with Ben Rauch to Discuss “Tales From the Turnpike”

We love us some Ben Rauch here at at MMC. So, when we got the chance to virtually sit down and ask …”hey, what’s the deal with Ben Rauch?,” we were all “uhhhhhhh, yah, let’s do exactly that!”

We DID do exactly that! Check out what happens when Jeremy Handel and Ben Rauch talk business over a hot cup of internet!

You have a very impressive resume, have you always had the itch to write comedic songs?

Thanks so much!  Yes, I have always had some kind of itch!  I don’t know if it’s some type of dry skin (I recommend Aveeno) or the desire to write comedic songs, but it has always been there.

Tell us about the process behind writing and recording your album… 

It all starts with the subject or concept of a song for me.  Usually, it’s lyrics first and then music, but sometimes I create some kind of groove, beat or melody first.  If I find the subject matter interesting and fun, I am pretty sure an audience will too.  Once the song is written, I work on the instrumentation, record a piano/vocal track, have someone lay down the drums, guitar, bass and then I re-do the vocals.  Then I have someone mix it (Jason Agel produced/mixed The Emoji Song and Jersey Christmas), and I produced all the other tracks, but I had different people mix it.  Finally, it goes to Emily Lazar at the Lodge to work her mastering magic.  

How does it feel to have The Emoji Song be so well received?

It feels amazing!  I was so honored to receive an American Songwriting Award for it, The USA Songwriting Competition win and four Global Music Awards (Best Male Vocalist, Best Music Video, Best Lyrics/Songwriter and Best Song), plus 18+ Best Music Video Awards in film festivals internationally.  I was hoping it might result in having my elementary school library waive the late fees from one of the books I still have from 15 + years ago, but they weren’t willing to do that.    

How did you imagine The Emoji Song would be received while you were writing it?

I think it’s important to be positive and dream!  So I imagined Jay Z and Beyonce would want to cover it together as a duet, but then I realized that it wasn’t a duet, and it isn’t quite a hip-hop song, and they write their own music anyway…so I figured I would just sing it myself.

Tell us a little about the concept behind the music video for the Emoji Song…(producer, writer, director) 

The concept was a guy (played by me) who meets a girl in a FroYo place (Downtown Yogurt in Jersey City), gets her number and proceeds to impress her by communicating with her through emojis. It quickly becomes clear, as it does so often these days with texting, that it’s more about the texting relationship than the actual live, in-person relationship  For the resolution, you have to watch the music video.

Can you give us any hints about what the rest of album has in store for us? 

Sure!  It’s called, “Tales From The Turnpike,” and “The Emoji Song” and “Jersey Christmas’ are the first two singles on the album.  It’s a pop/rock comedy album that has references to different things that we people from New Jersey can relate to, which is really what everyone can relate to!  

What’s up next for Ben Rauch? 

Next, up is releasing the full length album and touring.  I really love performing live and can’t wait to have a crowd hear this music.  I currently have a part in the Melissa McCarthy movie, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which is currently in movie theatres.  Also, I should probably pay that library book late fee from elementary school. 

O.D.D. The Disorder Slams you Against the Wall Like an MMA Match

“Executive Order” kicks The Disorder off with a heavy, down-tuned instrumental that’s accentuated by distorted vocal filters to give the song a well-placed sense of under-production that can really only be accomplished by good production. The vocal melody and the guitar solo in the middle eight has a true 80’s metal feel that I liken to Iron Maiden.

“Label Killer” is a very solid tribute to the practically incomparable Lane Staley of Alice In Chains. The high, raspy vocals hit hard against the heavy-metal guitar riffs and take you to a place of organized chaos. In “Label Killer,” the lead and rhythm guitar alike slam you against the walls like a mixed martial arts match. The way the song fades out at the end definitely leaves you wanting more.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait long for more kickass music. “Loud Fighter” is a fast-paced, energetic track with a heavy and technical instrumental that had me nodding my head until my neck started hurting. The bridge in the song is worth special mention, particularly the drums and the way they drive the energy throughout.

“The View” makes me want to stick up my pointer finger and pinky and grow really long hair to shake around in a circle. Another Ozzy-, Iron Maiden-like heavy-metal track, “The View” and it’s deep feel gets inside of your chest and stays there for the entirety of the song. This was a great finale for the EP. The energy of the song is almost palpable as if it can be grabbed out of the air and plucked like an apple.

An incredibly solid release from O.D.D., The Disorder may be only four tracks long, but it is nonetheless a powerful listen. After listening to this EP, I am aching for the full release and will definitely be exploring the rest of their catalog in the meantime. The Disorder is available today for streaming on all of your favorite music platforms!

Mercury Retrograde by Tantric Hit Me Right In The Feels

Despite the message of not being angry, there is a lot of anger in the opening track to Tantric’s new album Mercury Retrograde, “Angry”. I particularly enjoyed the song’s lively outro. The lyrics and melody were an excellent way to introduce me to Tantric and their alt-metal/alternative style.

I love the opening guitar riff on “Tether,” it’s dark and minor and the bassline has a real low and gothic, AFI feel. The lyrics and melody in the chorus are very catchy and powerful. I’m about to show my age here, but this track would have fit in perfectly on Q101 or at a “Twisted” concert. I can definitely see myself in the smokey crowd rocking out.

With “Get ‘Em  All,”  I thoroughly enjoyed the Days of the New-style clean tone that guides the sound in the lead guitar through. I love the Hendrix sound effect on the guitar for the solos, it fits in perfectly with the rest of the track. “I like to kill but not enough to save you from your demise” is my favorite lyric on the album. It’s very clever and spiteful.

“Lie Awake” is a track I wasn’t expecting, nor was I expecting to love. The lyrics are delivered in a rap-rock style (which normally I don’t care for, but there are ALWAYS exceptions to my tastes) that leads into the Alice in Chain’s-like, double melodic chorus that will definitely be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

“My Forever” provides a well-timed little cool down after some really intense songs. This song is perfectly placed in the album. The heartfelt lyric, “how does an average person take it all if happiness is all the moments between the struggle? How can we face them all?” hit me directly in the feels all three times I went back to make sure I quoted it correctly.

“The Last Stumble” is another perfect 90’s alternative track. “They find a way to comprehend,” is a lyric that rings true with me, and I am more than sure will with anyone who listens to this song. The guitar solo in the middle eight is nothing short of impeccable, every note is perfectly placed and flows extremely well.

I’m ecstatic that they also included an acoustic version of “My Forever” at the end of the album. I can’t wait to learn this song on the guitar and make all my friends swoon, because this song is awesome. The acoustic version is just as powerful as the electric. The violins add a beautiful kind of sadness that helped to give me the feels at my favorite lyric from the original.

Overall, Mercury Retrograde is a fantastic album and I genuinely can’t wait to see what their fans think. Every lyric and melody is powerful, it’s extremely well recorded, and I can’t forget to mention the incredible drumming on every track (it would have been redundant to say the same thing about how in awe I was of the drumming in every paragraph, so I saved it for the end).

Morph by KRASHKARMA is What it Must Feel Like to be Frankenstein’s Monster

With hard-hitting guitar, strong lyrics and haunting vocals, “Wake Them Up” is a powerful opening song to KRASHKARMA’s brand new album Morph. This is the first KRASHKARMA song I’ve heard, and boy was I impressed. The lead singers sound perfect together and their harmonies are impeccable. As far as introductions go, “Wake Them Up” was probably the best title for a song they could have come up with, as it definitely woke me up to the kickass alternative metal that is KRASHKARMA.

“Stranded” explores the talents of lead singers Niki Skitsmas and Ralf Deital in great detail. Ralf’s hard and raspy chorus vocals are a perfect juxtaposition to the smooth and melodic verses from Niki. “Stranded” also has a solid instrumental that showcases the duo’s hard-rock sound, and skills in the studio.

“Footsteps” opens up with an 80’s-rock-ballad feel that transforms into a quick-drumming punk song for the first verse, and back to an epic ballad for the chorus. The lyrical content and melody is particularly worth mentioning, especially in the heartfelt chorus.

“The Forgotten” hits you right in the face with its opening instrumental. With a theme of loneliness, this song not only hits home, it’s an anthem for the downtrodden and forgotten. As they scream “we die alone!” at the end of the song, the sentiment can very much be felt.

“Mechanical Heart” is another showcase of the band’s perfect vocal harmony. For those of us that have been through hard times and heartache, Mechanical Heart has just the right amount of spite to be relatable in a truly human way. We’ve all felt the kind of anger that Niki is talking about and this song is the perfect outlet for it.

“Morph into a Monster” is my initial favorite song and my Guitar Hero Pick of the Album! The lighting quick palm muting in the verses are filled with energy, while the monstrous backing vocals I liken to what it must feel like to be Frankenstein’s monster. There is a palpable force and power behind this song that is undeniably monstrous.

The opening instrumental for “Bury Me Alive” has pleasantly surprising harmonic guitar moments that I really appreciated as a stylistic choice. This song’s lyrics and energy are not playing around. The chorus is loud, harmonic and strong to the point that you feel it in your chest in only the way a great song can accomplish.

“Way In/Way Out” brings down the energy a with an acoustic song that shows off Ralf’s melodic side with Niki singing backup. I personally love acoustic songs in the middle of rock albums and “Way In/Way Out” is the perfect addition to Morph. I love the chorus lyrics “the way out is the way in, do you ever wonder?” That lyric and melody deeply resonated with me, as lyrics tend to do without warning sometimes.

“War” also has a powerful message. I love the way the verses act as a calm before the storm, leading into the chorus. Another song that does an admirable job of ramping up and taking down the energy at will, “War” starts out slow and in the background, and then explodes with energy. The falling ash imagery and hard-hitting lyrics about internal struggle give this song an impassioned feel throughout.

Morph by KRASHKARMA was undoubtedly the number one way to introduce myself to the Los Angeles band and all of their immense talent, and I am very much looking forward to delving into the rest of their catalogue. If you are looking for a solid hard rock album that has a ton of personality, then you will definitely want to put Morph into rotation as soon as possible. Morph and the rest of KRASHKARMA’s albums are available on Spotify and wherever music is available to stream.

Neüstonia by Burn River Burn Would Fit Right Into A 90’s Slasher Movie

Combine early Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden instrumentals and lyrics with alternative-metal vocals and melodies, and you have Neüstonia by Burn River Burn. You could almost craft a The Wall-like horror movie around the mood this album impressively cultivates. Imagine you’re in the movie Scream being stalked by intense rock instrumentals, your inner monologue informed by melodic vocals. If you can’t imagine what it’s like to be chased through a metal album, the adrenaline-fueled songs on Neüstonia will definitely get you there without issue.

“Thanks For the Ride” is a powerful opening track that would fit right into the opening sequence of a late-80’s or early-90’s slasher movie. I like to mention whether or not the first track on an album is a good representation of what the release has to offer. With “Thanks for the Ride”, I could tell I was in for an experience.

“U Dig” has a little bit more of an old-school punk feel, with quick drum patterns and a lot of downstrokes on the guitar. I really appreciate the technical guitar work between the verses in lieu of a standard chorus.

“Sworn to Silence” has a catchy instrumental introduction that continues to remind me of a horror movie. It’s a slower song that makes a determined follow up to “U Dig”. The chorus has an almost cult-like feel. “Tell me all your fears, they will fall on deaf ears”, along with the rest of the chorus definitely gives the vibe of someone being brainwashed. The chorus after the bridge has a distinct early-Sabbath feel with daunting moments of silence that are sporadically filled by hard guitar riffs and lyrics.

With up and down moments that take you through a rollercoaster of a song, the instrumental on “Waiting” is a welcomed addition to the album. The use of offbeat drums in the verses gives the song a chaotic yet calm feel before they kick up the energy.

The ideal way to amp the energy up and down at will, the use of rests in the verses on “Burning Bridges” is more than a success. This song has the life of a fire. There are times where it’s calm and you can feel its kinetic -potential, then the song explodes into full flame with neck-breaking guitars, a massive drum line, and a deep, soul-penetrating bassline. The song calms down again with a cool and technical bassline, right before blazing up one more time like someone’s thrown a gallon of whiskey on a garbage fire.

Ok, “Into the Vein” is last Ozzy comparison (though I personally love it when my band is compared to the bands I more or less intended to sound like). One of my favorite Black Sabbath songs is called “The Wizard”. A massive part of that is because of the unexpected use of harmonica in a metal song. The heavy instrumental and explosive harmonica on “Into the Vein” give me that same feeling. For these reasons I have dubbed this song my “Guitar Hero Pick Of The Album”.

The title track “Neüstonia” continues the album’s tradition of a horror movie-like atmosphere. At this point, I would say “Neüstonia” is the moment that you think the serial killer is dead, so you try to get a better look because you feel a small sense of safety. But as we all know, that is never the end of the movie. That’s when the killer pops back up for one more startling moment. This is my first pick for favorite song on the album. It has a life all it’s own that stands out against the other songs while remaining true to the albums intended feel.

Last but not least, “The Rift” is like the setup for a sequel. It’s the part in the film that makes the audience say, “oh, shit, that was such an awesome ending!” In most movies, the end can make or break the entire thing. I loved the whole album, but “The Rift” is what’s going to make me want to listen to it again. As well, it contributes to my anticipation of their future releases. There are long instrumental moments that give the song a sense of structure, especially toward the end of the song. And as the final notes and lyrics ring out (and the credits start to begin), there is an overwhelming closure that ties the album together.

Well, I hope you aren’t tired of hearing me say how much I love all of these albums because Burn River Burn’s Neüstonia has got my name written all over it. The band’s alternative metal rock style flows well with their dark, pungent lyrics, and had my attention throughout the entire eleven-track album. I am very much looking forward to following this band’s career as they continue to release hard-hitting music.

Neüstonia by Burn River Burn is available everywhere via Pavement Entertainment. Take a look below for links to the band’s official website and facebook page.

Burn River Burn is:
Chuck Howell – Guitar
John Paterson – Vocals
Kevin Amann – Drums
Mike Plunkett – Guitar
Marco Guzman – Bass

Official Site: https://burnriverburn.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BRBSF/

Hollow by Mourning Grey Hits You In The Face Like A Bottle In A Bar Room Brawl

Short but mouth-puckeringly sweet, the six-track album, Hollow by Mourning Grey is a hard-hitting rock/alternative metal album that isn’t afraid to be vulnerable. Every song on this album is distorted and melodic with just the right amount of raspy screaming to scratch that itch. When it comes to impressive, technical instrumentals, good metal musicians are among the best, and Hollow is an excellent album to listen to if you want to hear a combination solid heavy-metal instrumentals and melodic vocals.

Successfully contributing to the shadowy mood of “Scarred”, the first thing I noticed is the passion and anger behind Ben Chapman’s lyrics. Thanks to steel-heavy guitars by Kenny Bulka, insanely skilled, Deathclock-ian drumming by Chris Jeter, and deep, complicated bass by Dave Vaughan, the opening track descriptively sets the gothic ambiance of the rest of the album. Check out the band’s music video for “Scarred” below!

“Falling” puts Mourning Grey’s alternative/metal style on display for the whole world to see. This song vividly describes that dark place we’ve all gone to when things get rough. The emotion behind the words “I’m falling, six-feet underground. I’m falling, can someone save me now?” is prevalent and powerful against the backdrop of the dark and brooding instrumental.

“Lost” opens with a wave of sound that leaves no room for empty space. Including the subtle use of synthesizers, all of the instruments fill up the audio-space on “Lost” without overpowering the ears. The second verse brings down the intensity just a smidgeon and then amps it back up, intricately filling the soundscape of the song. The complex guitar line only gets more intense when you arrive at the bridge of the song.

“The War” is a politically charged, war-is-an-inevitable-condition-of-human-existence song. It starts out a NIN-style industrial drum feel that transitions into a true headbanger of a song (in fact, this is my “Guitar Hero pick of the album”). I absolutely loved the screaming on this one, it kicks the energy up several notches as the guitar and bass smack you across the face like a bottle in a barroom brawl.

I could listen to the instrumentals on Hollow all day long. I particularly enjoy when metal and punk songs incorporate acoustic instruments as a way to get you ready for a song that’s about to break your neck. “My Demise” starts out with a slower, heartfelt acoustic portion. The rest of the instrumental literally kicked in and I had to make sure I didn’t get whiplash. Definitely my favorite song on the album, “My Demise” has a catchy melody that’s only improved by the way the singer harmonizes with himself.

“Up To You” offers a satisfying end to Hollow. I appreciate when albums can offer a consistent sound across the board, and “Up To You” really shows me that Mourning Grey has perfected their hard-rock style.

To say that Hollow by Mourning Grey is solid is an understatement. Each member is truly talented, offering a distinctive, yet familiar style that fans of the alternative and metal sections of the rock spectrum typically clamor for (yours truly included). I highly recommend checking out this album no matter what kind of music you’re into.

A Pavement Entertainment release, Hollow by Phoenix, Arizona’s Mourning Grey is available on all streaming audio services.

Mourning Grey is:

Benjamin Chapman – Vocals
Chris Jeter – Drums
Dave Vaughan – Bass
Kenny Bulka – Guitar

Listen to Hollow by Mourning Grey

iTunes: apple.co/2K7VLOS
Amazon: amzn.to/2tj6e3m
Spotify: spoti.fi/2MJmbbf

Voices by Farewell to Fear is Like the Mellow Lingering Aftertaste of Rich Fudge

I’ve never seen Farewell to Fear live, but after having listened to Voices, I’ve determined that they’re probably awesome to see perform. Refreshingly consistent, their latest release Voices (available now) is ideal for fans of metal, alternative, screamo, and hard-rock fans alike. Very heavy guitar, deep bass, good mix of melodic and screamy (perfect actually, I prefer if a song is going to be melodic and include screaming, it be used in moderation). Check out the music video for the song “Underneath My Skin” below.

Taking advantage of their ability to create very large moments within their songs, the title track “Voices” is an intense opener and a perfect showcase of what’s about to take place. The lyrics match the genre. They offer self-reflection with the just the right amount of loathing to keep it relatable.

This is gonna sound weird but I think “Wake Me Up” would be SUPER fun to play on Guitar Hero. Having played the game far too many times, I can personally vouch for how much fun the guitar riff would be to play. The Layne Staley-style backup vocals on “Wake Me Up” made for killer harmonies that I will definitely be returning to.

“Let Go” starts out on a soft note, and does an excellent job of using vocal filters as a build up into the hard-hitting chorus. I also like their use of synthesizers in the (which is not always the case for myself, but it really works in this song). I really appreciated the drumming on this track, powerful symbol work and double bass pedal always make my ears perk up.

Speaking of the double bass pedal, the drummer absolutely annihilates the percussion on “Misery”. There is a lot to be said for a drummer that can match the feel of the song using what is essentially banging noises (man, I love the drums). “Misery” personifies the phrase “misery loves company”. I never get tired of the way artists find different ways in which to incorporate idioms into their songs. Another strong representation of the album as a whole, I would love to see them play this one live.

Farewell to Fear Full Band 2

“Waiting for Sunrise” was my first pick for favorite songs. The opening guitar riff offers an interesting tone that both clashes and combines with the rest of the song in the way that good rock music should. The melodic guitar riff in the verses keeps pace with the song and makes for an intriguing instrumental.

Particularly worth mentioning “Beneath my Skin” and “Dead Generation” have killer bass lines. In almost every case, the bass lines on Voices are just and engaging as the guitar playing. However, in these two tracks, they sound especially intricate.

“Take Me Home” closes the album by lowering the intensity with an acoustic song. What really stands out in this track is the heartfelt lyrics and strong melody. This is really the only time that Voices unplugs, and “Take Me Home” is like the mellow lingering aftertaste of rich fudge hanging out at the end of the album. I liken it to a nightcap.

Farewell to Fear Full Band 1

To put it plainly, I think Voices is a great album. It’s well produced, perfectly consistent, and the ideal display of each band member’s immense talents. Every moment on the album appeals to me as both a fan of music and rock ‘n roll specifically. If you are looking for a solid album that will only get better the more you listen to it, Voices by Farewell to Fear will definitely not disappoint.

You can check out Voices and the rest of Farewell to Fear’s catalog on Spotify, and other music streaming services. It was released via Pavement Entertainment and was co-produced with Damien Starkey, who has worked with Burn Season & Puddle of Mudd.