Saturday, November 1, 2014

Top 20 Epic Rock Songs - No.20

Top 20 most epic rock songs, no.20.
Skillet - Rebirthing (2006) Album : Comatose
While going through a lot of epic songs both progressive, hard rocking and even some pop stuff. I realized my list could go up to a 100 but that would take like forever and you would fall asleep halfway through the list. Hahahaha.
And if you want to make it easy on yourself, you just have to go for almost every song Nightwish ever made but the term epic is more than just bombastic arrangements.
It´s got to do with the finding the right elements for the song, everything from the lyrics to the mood of the song and if it´s good enough to be cloudwalking.
I think Skillet´s brilliant "Rebirthing" from 2006 is such a tune, this is orchestral rock for the new century with a chorus most modern rock bands would die for.
The same year, the American band Red released their debut "End of silence" and a new era of orchestral rock had begun.

Skywind - Sleeping Giants

Skywind - Sleeping Giants (2014) Pacific Underground Recordings
Produced by Wally Joseph
Tracks : 1.Renascentia 2.Hero´s welcome 3.Speak to me 4.Drug store 5.The others 6.Sleeping giants 7.Stay with me 8.The devil in our house 9.AntiStar 10.Until the end
4 out of 5

"Sleeping giants" is an unexpected release, I didn´t even think this band existed anylonger. Minneapolis based Skywind released their debut "O2" in 2002 (re-issued as Oxygen in 2005) and the 2nd album "Escape plan" in 2005. Then they changed their name to Crash Anthem and put out another album in 2007 called "Inside a red room", but now they´re back with their first Skywind record in 9 years. It´s a nice welcome too.
The new album sounds like a crossover between the progressive years of the first two albums and the more smart modern rock of Crash Anthem, frontman Wally J is quite busy with producing the new Vaudeville record plus another new band called Arrows At Dawn and what a great job he did on "Sleeping giants".
This is a must buy, just listen to awesome songs like "Hero´s welcome" and "The devil in our house".
Also for fans of Year of The Rabbit, Crash Karma, Chair Warriors.

Olivver The Kid - Freak

Olivver The Kid - Freak (2014) Independent
Produced by Olivver The Kid
Tracks : 1.Freak 2.Lucy 3.D.T.R.T 4.Attica ´71 5.Not going home olivver
3 out of 5

It´s time to get a slice of that feel-good music with L.A based Olivver The Kid´s new "Freak" EP, I only get positive vibes from these songs that gives you an injection of 80´s synth, indie pop and even soul.
Imagine Giorgio Moroder meets AwolNation with a touch of Prince and you´ll get Olivver The Kid, I could do without the soul part in "Attica ´71" but I am happy to listen to the first three tracks "Freak", "Lucy" and "D.T.R.T" all over again. I haven´t heard such 80´s soundtrack pop since the days Giorgio Moroder ruled every Soundtrack album.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Arrows At Dawn working on new record

Arrows At Dawn was formed in 2008 and hit the ground running. Releasing the debut full length album in the fall of 2010, "Out of Touch" was played on radio stations from the Twin Cities to Boston. Tallahassee to San Francisco. Centering around tight rhythmic riffs, AAD has written their way into a musical realm that is both melodic and driven, while quickly becoming distinguished as one of the most energetic live performances hailing from the twin cities.
Arrows At Dawn are currently working on their new album with producer Wally J (Skywind, Vaudeville).
Check out music here:

From Contrast to Mobius, here´s Windowvine

Windowvine has been hitting the Minneapolis music scene since 2009 and opening an entire new dimension to music. With the music industry at an all time turn around, faces are looking for something fresh and musically intense. Over the last few years, Windowvine has developed their sound to culminate pop, rock, and progressive musical influences into one conglomerated sum. Their musical goal is to create a sound that not only captures the essence of emotion, but to create a complicated sound without convolution. Their 2011 release of their first EP “Contrast,” has shown just that.
The band is in the works of a follow up full length album entitled "Möbius." It tells the story of one man's struggle to find understanding and meaning in his experiences. In turn, his devout courage and resilience enables him to learn and pass it along to others. The album contains an array of sounds, instruments and styles. This album is sure to be more intelligent, more melodic, as well as heavier in some aspects all while creating diversity between one song to the next.

Whither The Tide with The Lunar Phase Vol.1 and Vol.2

Whither the Tide was formed in 2009 by guitarist Sean Hill and vocalist Jeremy Montoya, once of Minneapolis metal band Buried by Hope. The lineup was later completed by Richard Zasada, once of Skywind and Buried by Hope, when he replaced original drummer Jonathan Nelson in November 2010. All members were veterans of the Minneapolis hard rock and metal scene.
In July 2012 the band's debut album, The New Chemical, was released. The album's subject matter is an introspective by Vocalist Jeremy Montoya on how the adoption of new technologies and social mediums has changed himself and those around him. 

Whither the Tide as it is debuted opening for Filter in November of 2010. They have since shared the stage with Skywind, Middle Class Rut, The Dreaming, Future Leaders of the World, Vaudeville, Tepetricy, Blue Felix, Screaming Mechanical Brain, Emergent and many others. 
Their latest release "The Lunar Phase Vol.1" is out now and the band is currently working on Vol.2.
Listen to the new song "The Matador".

There For Tomorrow - Nightscape

There For Tomorrow - Nightscape (2014) Independent
Produced by There For Tomorrow
Tracks : 1.Nightscape 2.Lady in black 3.Dark purple sky 4.Racing blood 5.Breathe easy 6.Tomb 7.Lady in black (acoustic)
2 out of 5

If it didn´t say There For Tomorrow on the album cover, you would never have guessed it´s the same band because their new EP "Nightscape" has a completely new sound compared to their previous work.
The music is more ambient and poppy, there´s no arguing with the band being influenced by Thirty Seconds To Mars and Falling Up which is a good thing but why in the hell did they have to add the Bruno Mars syrup-like R&B to mess it all up?
I get it why they want move on and develop as a band, this is unfortunately in the wrong direction.

Too Close To Touch - Too Close To Touch

Too Close To Touch - Too Close To Touch (2014) Epitaph Records
Produced by Erik Ron
Tracks : 1.The deep end 2.Perfect world 3.Poisons 4.Won´t you listen
2,5 out of 5

The members of the Kentucky based Too Close To Touch have been playing together since 2012, they recently signed with Epitaph Records for the release of their self titled EP.
The debut full length will follow in 2015 so what are we dealing with here then? Well, these guys sound like a boyband version of a 2nd division theatrical rock band. Take away the screamo parts and turn down the guitars in the mix and you´ll have a possible One Direction song.
"Perfect world" is a great song but I wonder which audience they are reaching out for? This is too heavy for pop fans and too poppy for hardcore lovers.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review no.6000!

Blue Cow Kent announces 5th member and keyboard player Johan Chasseur (formerly known as Lindström) to the line up. Johan was a member of Motherlode in the mid 80´s (2nd from the right on the pic) and later joined Stage Dolls as their touring keyboardist in 1989 on the U.S tour as a support to Blue Murder and Faster Pussycat. In the early 90´s, he joined forces with Lifeline and played on their 1993 EP "Anyway you want it". After a long time of being away from the music scene, Johan co-wrote the song "Ancient Continents" on the first BCK album Phantom Cathedral, but will now play on all songs on the upcoming album and contribute with his songwriting skills.

I know this next one sound unbelievable but my review of The Bunny Gang - Thrive was the 6000th review since I started writing in 2001 for It´s crazy!

Today my blog Palace of Rock reached 3,226,391 views. Killer stats! WOW!
A big thank you to my friend Philippe Valleix who contribute with a lot of new artists via e-mail and then I post them here.
And to all of you who visit my blog, YOU ROCK!

The Bunny Gang - Thrive

The Bunny Gang - Thrive (2014) Hardline Entertainment
Produced by Ryan Hewitt
Tracks : 1.The Reckoning 2.Sirens through the city 3.Illegal market 4.Thrive 5.Beach coma 6.Waves 7.We are the ones 8.Uprise underground 9.Pave the way 10.Running 11.Canoe dub
4 out of 5

The Los Angeles based The Bunny Gang sound more British than most British bands today, it´s like turning back time to 1978 when new wave had taken over the streets and the songs on this album "Thrive" were written but locked away till now.
Led by Flogging Molly bassplayer Nathen Maxwell on Lead Vocals and Guitar, this band has created an album that has every chance of becoming a modern classic.
They are influenced by The Clash and Bob Marley which is quite obvious when you listen to "Thrive" but I would like to add artists like The Police and The Jam into the mix as well.
There ain´t a single bad track on this record, you could easily believe that it´s a Best of compilation but it´s not. The screaming guitars in the instrumental "Waves" feels so vital and only makes this band sound alive, I really love all tracks but if I´m forced to pick out 3 and I will go for "Uprise underground", "Beach coma" and "The reckoning".