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

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/slowburn24

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!

Guardsman The Entropy Illusion – Part I is like An Apocalyptic Painting of a Medieval Battle Scene

“Catching Up” is a beast of an opening track to kick off Guardsman’s new album, The Entropy Illusion – Part I. The hard-hitting instrumental and vocals are the perfect example of what the rest of the album has in store for listeners both new and old.

“Dark Days” starts out strong and hard with a heavy, metal instrumental. As advertised the song has a dark, apocalyptic feel. The second verse literally makes you feel like you’re lost in a labyrinth, trapped with some kind of shadow monster closing in on you as you run for your life (spoiler alert, the monster gets you in the end). The breakdown sections continue the dark-metal style with some extra-impressive guitar work. The song is seven and a half minutes long, but I honestly wouldn’t have noticed if I didn’t happen to see the time right after the song ended.

“Live or Die (or Die to Live)” opens with a smooth and crunchy bass solo that continues into the verse. This song is extremely well produced. The guitar tone they used mixes perfectly with the lead vocals. The drums in this song are definitely the driving force behind its energy, heightening and decreasing it on the drop of a dime. The guitar solo during the bridge flows smoothly into an acoustic piece that builds up into an exciting final vocal section.

I really appreciate the way that Guardsman can conceptualize a song with our without lyrics. “Out of the Depths” makes you feel like you’re having one of those dreams in which you can breathe underwater. The song would also fit in perfectly at the end of a serious and gritty mermaid movie (like The Shape of Water or something)

“Into the Blue” is the perfect follow up to the previous song, taking you even further into the depths of the world. Combined with “Out of the Depths,” this song creates a story in which someone, as the result of a plane crash or something similar is lost at sea and drowning either literally or “in fear.” Another conceptual masterpiece completed to perfection, this song has an awesome 90’s alt-metal feel, with a straight up epic (a word I don’t throw around often) guitar solo section.

“One of the Missing opens to a haunting combination of palm muted guitar, violins and a chorus of vocals. Much like Metallica’s Four Leaf Clover, this song has a very big presence in its instrumental and melody. I hate to make the comparison in an album review (but not really), but the verses have a dark, Deathklok feel that I liken to an apocalyptic painting of a medieval battle scene with the devil laughing over it. The tempo change in the middle of the song gives it a chaotic feel that’s hard to shake. And of course, the guitar solos kick ass.

“F*&%$ the Logo, Let’s Reclaim the Erabor!” starts out with an instrumental I can only describe as “American.” Trust me, you’ll hear it too. When the distortion guitar comes in, the tone of the song changes distinctly (pun intended). This song seamlessly switches back and forth between light and dark like a DID patient that’s been triggered. “F*&%$ the Logo…” is another example of a Guardsman song that’s long, but it doesn’t matter because every second is so detailed and purposeful that any length would be acceptable.

“The Road” comes around full circle and closes out the album with a hard rock song with deep lyrics and melodies and tuned-down instruments. Once again, the drumming is definitely worth mentioning. The ways in which a drummer can affect the mood of a song is an often overlooked aspect of music in terms of its absolute importance, and Guardsman don’t disappoint, especially with “The Road.”

I really enjoyed The Entropy Illusion – Part I. Extremely well recorded, well written, well produced, and any other “well” you can think of, Guardsman fans will definitely want to give their latest release several listens. The Entropy Illusion – Part I from Guardsman is available now on spotify or wherever you stream music, and I for one, can’t wait to hear Part Deux!

Slaughter Party’s The After Party is Like a Homeless Psycho Professing Love for the Woman He’s Stalking

After listening to their last release, I could not be happier that Slaughter Party has released an album before I could get sick of their last one (pun intended). The follow up to Psychos In Love, The After Party continues the band’s tradition of horror-core post-punk without missing a beat (pun also intended).

Buggin Out – I love the way Slaughter Party is able to make these incredibly catchy melodic songs juxtaposed by some pretty evil lyrics. “Buggin Out” is a great example, the chorus expresses a sense of longing using twisted bug metaphors. This is why I love Slaughter Party. If you didn’t listen to the lyrics in the verses you might think the song was sweet, but you would be wrong, it’s sweet in a “The Fisher King” kind of way if you can imagine a homeless psycho professing his love for the woman he’s stalking.

Son of Sam – Another perfect example of the unique ways in which Slaughter Party can make a song sound pop-punk with some of the darkest shit I’ve ever heard. The “shoot, shoot” section played throughout is reminiscent of rockabilly in the most haunting way possible.

I’ll Let You Live…JK LOL – This crooner of a song pays homage to the voyeur in all of us. The lyric “baby, I just want to squeeze you forever, ‘til your face turns blue,” reinforces my love of the way they’re able to turn a phrase. The way they sing “I’ll let you live,” is another sentiment that in any other context would seem sweet, “oh, he wants to let her do her own thing.” But when it’s Slaughter Party, my expectations are far higher, and I know better.

Stitching a Friend – Right off the bat, this song had me nodding my head with its fast pop-punk style and crunchy bass solo. This Frankenstein song is monstrous in its aggressive pace and extremely catchy chorus.

The Hitcher – The classic tale of a hitchhiking trip gone wrong, “The Hitcher” follows an unsub that drives around looking for hitchhikers to shove in his trunk and bring to his basement. This song could easily be made into a movie or an episode of Criminal Minds. As a matter of fact, I would love to give this song to a Behavioral Analysis team to see what they thought. I think they would have a field day with these guys.

Available December 8th, 2018 The After Party is another fantastic effort by the horror-core-punk trio Slaughter Party. Once again, their ability to take pop-punk styles and seamlessly combine horror themes is nothing short of impeccable. The whole album offers top-notch production quality with timeless instrumentals and lyrics fit for an Avante-Garde horror flick.

Not As Cool As I Thought I Was by The First Rule Will Start Off the Day Right

Not As Cool As I Thought I Was is an intriguing collection of songs by the punk-rock band The First Rule. It encompasses a range of emotions from hope and nostalgia to contempt and rage. Each song left a unique impression on me and after replaying them several times, I decided to listen to their earlier music to provide a comparison. Half of the six songs on this extended player are as unapologetically punk-rock as ever, the other three lean gracefully toward their rock cousins, Indie and Metal.

“Better Days” begins the set with a fierce intro that showcases the talent of drummer Mike Wynn Jr. The track mellows by some degrees before lead singer Nick O’Malley launches into the positively uplifting message that the title suggests. With lyrics like “Life ain’t a race. Do what you want, take it at your own pace” it’s a tune that will start off the day right. This is a fast-paced, feel-good song with a great message about self-acceptance and living life to the fullest. Present throughout this EP is the familiar thread of optimism and social commentary that I know and appreciate in my favorite punk bands.

“High On Your Love” describes the type of relationship that all lonely, romantic souls crave. It’s a love song that will catch you with a cozy, Modest Mouse-like melody and hold you with its adorable expression of unconditional love. O’Malley’s low, recitative singing style fits well with the sentimental indie sound on this track, making it one of my favorites. My one critique has to be that the harmonization between the lead and backup voice, though an effective tool, could use some polish.

“It’s Never Too Late” is all nostalgia for me. Good Charlotte, Blink 182, there’s an unmistakable resemblance to classic punk-rock and the uplifting adult angst sound is invigorating. The upbeat tempo of the drums is matched by the quick downstroke of an electric guitar that never misses a beat. With lyrics about overcoming a toxic, failing relationship, it’s a must hear for anyone who is on an upward climb through life or simply struggling for the moment.

“My Time” has been caught in a loop in my brain since almost immediately after listening to it. It’s not a long track but the instrumentals hit hard, shining the light on Bo Ledman and Chelsea Corrin, the band’s skilled guitarists. This is an anthem centered on ambition and the path to success that we all travel, or attempt to. The inclusion of female singer Tawny Mitchell heightens the sound and provides an almost Evanescent quality. It’s an exceptional song that anyone can relate to, especially those of us whose calling is of an artistic nature.

“Nerd Rage” is a fun and silly mashup of punk themes and unrepentantly nerdy references. From video/p.c. games and card games to movies and anime, the message is Nerds Unite! and it’s one that I can get behind. Once upon a time being a nerd was an insult, and to some extent, it still is, which is baffling when in reality all things ‘nerdy’ are awesome. This song says ‘eff your straight edge standards,’ and I support it wholeheartedly.

The First Rule’s new EP is worth a listen from any punk-rock fan. It left me curious and eager to hear what other music they’ve been working on. I would love to catch more of that dreamy, indie-rock sound from them. There’s something for everyone here and I defy an audience to listen to these tracks and not get at least one of them stuck in your head.

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.

For the Fallen by Ironcore Resistance Hits You in the Chest Like Tribal War Drums

As a whole, Ironcore Resistance is a band that is extremely in-your-face and filled with rage. All of the instrumentals on For the Fallen are incredible. I’m a big fan of guitar and bass that’s been tuned down to give a band that heavy crunch that sits in the pit of your stomach, and Ironcore Resistance has incorporated seamlessly it into their style.

“Drive” is an angsty song that takes rage to the next level. I particularly enjoyed the bridge in which lead singer David Willie gives an impassioned speech about how it feels when life puts the squeeze on you. The vividly descriptive lyrics are delivered with the same rasp as the rest of the verses, yet remain unmistakably unique from the rest of the song.

“Tears of Yesterday” brings the tone down a little bit with an Everlong-style opening instrumental. This song really explores the singer’s range with a melodic pre-chorus that builds up to a large and grandiose chorus. I also appreciated the way the instrumental followed suit.

“Rise” is a politically-poised track that calls for resistance to the status quo and those that would oppress. While displaying the bleakness of the political world, there is still a very positive message of “we can be the vessels of change” that’s apparent within the scope of the song. The breakdown portion of “Rise” is filled with energy as Willie screams “put your fist up!” over a hardcore instrumental.

“Sanity Ends” is an apropos title for this song, offering a sense of dismay within its structure. With classic rock and roll tones attached to well-placed notes, the headbanging solos provided by guest guitarist, Virus (of DOPE and Device) are off the charts (say hello to my “Guitar Hero Pick of the Album”). Coinciding with the energy in the song, the drummer does an excellent job of both cutting through and blending with the rest of the bridge.

“Lost” is another song with a well thought out title. The lyrics do an admirable job of exposing the listener to the sense of loss behind their intended meaning. As the tempo of the song slows down bar by bar, “Lost” continues to make you feel like you’ve been trapped in your mind’s own labyrinth.

“Halfway There” has my favorite instrumental on For the Fallen. The song has a slower intro that propels you into the ramped up the energy of the verses and choruses. I suggest paying particular attention to the bassline in this song, it’s smooth, technical, and elaborate while hitting your chest like tribal war drums.

If you are looking for an album that will provide you with an outlet through which your range can be expressed, you will want to play For the Fallen by Ironcore Resistance as many times as possible. Not only will you be listening to intense, rage-filled lyrics, you’ll be smacked in the face by the impeccable instrumentals. While they are impressive in their technical instrumental skills, more importantly, the instrumentals are audibly appealing to my ears. Which to me, is more impressive than all the technical skill in the world. Fortunately, with For the Fallen by Ironcore Resistance, you get an incredible, unique blend of music without sacrificing either.

For the Fallen by Ironcore Resistance is available now through all music streaming outlets!

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

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Spotify: spoti.fi/2MJmbbf