Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice´n´easy


Home. a place we often return to, if it ain´t in person, it can happen when you listen music that makes you nostalgic.
Songs have a magic power to take you back in time to a certain place or a special moment that you will remember in an instant when you hear it, I mostly refer to old songs but there are exceptions with bands that reunites and releases new music. Then the magic is back.
I remember when Van Halen got back with David Lee Roth in 1996 and recorded 3 new songs on their Best of Volume 1 compilation, the performance on MTV Video Music Awards is a highlight even if the comeback was one of the shortest reunions in history.
I can´t call Dublin my home when I went to visit this cozy town last year but I felt like I was home, perhaps it has something to do with the statue of my childhood music hero Phil Lynott.
Just knowing that he walked those streets when he wrote some of his classic tunes in Thin Lizzy, that feeling made me all warm inside.
Simply nice ´n´easy.


American pop / rock band Shapes and Colors continues to flirt with emo on their new Love / Sex / War EP, which is the follow-up to the 2015 EP On Display.
If you ask them about their source of inspiration soundwise, they probably say it´s alternative rock anno 2002 with bands like Jimmy Eat World and Anberlin.
Catchy is definitely the word in focus, just listen to infectious songs like Drifting and Summer Soul.
Swedish occult rockers Ghost return to their roots and some of their personal favorites on the brand new Popestar EP, it´s the 2nd covers EP from Papa Emeritus III and the nameless ghouls.
The first EP If You Have Ghost (2013) featured covers of ABBA, Depeche Mode, Army of Lovers and Roky Erickson.
Popestar on the other hand opens with the brand new original song Square Hammer which is followed by new renditions of songs by Echo and The Bunnymen, Simon Mobile Disco, Eurythmics and Imperiet.
The awesome versions of Nocturnal me, I believe and Bible shows a band that are becoming bigger for each year.
Claus Hoffman, frontman of Danish alternative pop band Apollo goes halfway home with his new project Anti Anti and the debut album Conundrum, a real charming new wave-ish synthpop sound a la Depeche Mode meets The Killers.
I bet the dude is a sucker for 80´s synth, who said Gary Numan?!

Vola is a new favorite band of mine, these Danes´ amazing debut full length Inmazes combines old school prog of King Crimson and Gentle Giant with modern metal like Periphery and the atmospheric rock of Pink Floyd.
Expect the unexpected.
I was 11 when I discovered Kansas the first time, it was their 1975 album Masque and I became a fan the very first seconds of the opening track It takes a woman´s love to make a man.
Ever since, I followed this band through thick and thin with each release and different line up´s, so it´s extremely exciting to welcome The Prelude Implicit, the band´s first album of new music in 16 years. Wow!
Phil Ehart - Drums and Rich Williams - Guitars are the only original members left and they are joined by longtime member Billy Greer - Bass who has been in the band since 1985, David Ragsdale - Violin replaced Robbie Steinhardt in 2006, Ronnie Platt (ex.Shooting Star) - Lead Vocals, recently came on board and fills the shoes after Steve Walsh in the most honorable way.
The latest additions of the band´s 7 piece line up are David Manion - Keyboards and Zak Rizvi - Guitars. Many new faces but with a familiar sound.
Die hard fans might miss Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren but this album is more than good, the album takes me back to the early 80´s when John Elefante was their lead singer.
This is my backyard and I´m sure you´ll be sorry if you don´t listen to The Prelude Implicit.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rock and Roll Heroes - Falling Up


Falling Up, the band that were so much than an average emo band. These guys had so much potential and they evolved with each album, from 2002 to 2015 this band gave us so many great albums with a diverse sonic adventure where their greatest releases are Crashings (2004), Dawn Escapes (2005), Captiva (2007), Your Sparkling Death Cometh (2011) and Mnemos EP (2012).
Captiva is one of the 20 best christian rock albums ever released.
Falling Up worked with excellent producers like Aaron Sprinkle, Michael Baskette and Casey Crescenzo on the Bec Recordings Label before frontman Jesse Ribordy took over the production duties on their independent albums.
The only founding members to play on all albums are Jesse Ribordy - Lead Vocals/Keyboards/Guitars, Jeremy Miller - Bass and Josh Shroy - Drums.
Tom Cox - Lead Guitar left the band in 2005 and formed Archers Rise in 2009, Cox was replaced by Micah Sannan who left Falling Up in 2007 to join Disciple instead.
Joseph A Kisselburgh - Rhythm Guitar was a member of Falling Up between 2002-2006 and is now in The Send.


Their former label Bec Recordings weren´t interested in working with Falling Up on their experimental endeavours but the fans stuck with the band even though the music turned into a more ambient rock style on the latter releases.
The Machine DeElla Project : Hours / Midnight on Earthship (2013) and Falling Up Acoustic EP (2015) are all superb and so underrated, I think the laid back versions on the acoustic EP were so much better than the full band versions on the Falling Up album.
There´s no doubt they were one of the best christian rock bands on this side of the century.


Fangs (2009) and their final album Falling Up (2015) are two good releases worthy checking up, I can recommend you to listen to Falling Up after the acoustic EP because you´ll get a new perspective on the band´s closure.
Falling Up said farewell with their final self titled album and looking back in the rearview mirror, we know they inspired many bands like In Waves, Panic Division, There For Tomorrow, A New Horizon, It´s Alive from Florida etc.


I never got into the instrumental album House Full of Caverns (2015) even though it´s not really that bad, it´s just ain´t in any way near the heights as the rest of their catalogue.
Perhaps someday, they will be back.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Album Spotlight : Sixty Miles Ahead - Insanity

SIXTY MILES AHEAD are a hard rock band hailing from the suburbs of Milan, Italy. Formed in 2011, the quartet has proven to be one of the most interesting outfits in their country, thanks to their impactful, captivating sound and the fluid, jedi-like guitar talents of Fulvio Carlini. This is the band’s second full-length album and with it, the band paint a refreshing modern take on what good rock music should be. Sixty Miles Ahead are set to show the world (once again), that they mean business… Stand up and get ready to rock, because your ears are in for a treat!

Insanity is released on October 21.

Tracklisting : 1.Lost in my mind 2.Every time I try 3.Sign for tomorrow 4.Insanity 5.Dirt and lust 6.Let go 7.Dead space 8.Neverending fight 9.All my fears 10.No one else 11.Absence of light 12.Used to believe

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Album Spotlight : Rednote - Born Days In Continuum Part 1 Unity

Born Days In Continuum” is a journey through the minds of people searching for who they are and where they belong, where every chapter represents a stage or one part of a never ending circle. Chapter 1: “Unity” is the stage of a new beginning. You feel like you belong, embracing every new impression with confidence. But a voice from the past will make you question and turn your back on everything that’s good. You can’t see what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Swedish numetallers REDNOTE started as a four piece band and has released one album, ’’Numerals’’ 2014, two singles, ’’A Universe in You’’ 2014 and ’’Moneyman’’ 2015. As for 2016,REDNOTE’s drummer, Joakim Dahlström took yet again the role as producer for their new project called “Born Days In Continuum”. With new experiences and this time with their former guitarist, Jonatan Persson as their full-time singer, plus a new member onboard, REDNOTE will be taking their music to the next level.
Chapter 2: “Animus”, Chapter 3: “Division”, Chapter 4: “Limbo” to be released on a later time.

Born Days In Continuum Part 1 : Unity is released September 16th.
Tracklisting : 1.Repeat 2.Yesterday has come 3.Tranquility 4.Elevate 5.Jenga