Archive for the ‘MUSIC REVIEWS’ Category

Nemo James’ The Minstrel Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On November - 1 - 2015 0 Comment
Nemo James' The Minstrel Album Review

Artist: Nemo James Album: The Minstrel Unbiasedly traveling to diverse societies around the world is meant to help people learn to appreciate distinct cultures and beliefs, but that objective examination can shockingly often lead to the same realization: that people of all stature experience the same heartbreak and joy. Musician Nemo James endearingly learned that lesson when he willingly left his successful career as a London session guitarist, in order to concentrate on exploring life outside of music. While his versatility as a guitarist kept him in constant demand, and he garnered work in such varied venues as classical guitar concerts, jazz and folk clubs, rock concerts and country and  [ Read More ]


Kimia Penton’s Lessons From Life and Love EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
Kimia Penton's Lessons From Life and Love EP Review

Artist: Kimia Penton EP: Lessons from Life and Love Production: Album produced by Kimia Penton and Francis Moka at Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas While studying and observing life themes is often times a meaningful way for people to truly understand overall human behavior in the world around them, that essential process is also an insightful way to contend with how the actions of their loved ones has a direct impact on their emotions. Dallas based singer-songwriter-violinist turned psychologist Kimia Penton expertly relied on her experience of helping others to channel those heartbreaking themes of unconditional and unrequited love, as well as the loss of loved ones, in her new  [ Read More ]


Five Hundredth Year’s A Rose from Ashes EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On October - 2 - 2015 0 Comment
Five Hundredth Year's A Rose from Ashes EP Review

Artist: Five Hundredth Year EP: A Rose from Ashes Production: Wall of Sound Studio/B.J. Perry (I Prevail, The Product) While society has at times struggled to learn how to accept people whose ideas and interests are different from their own and the social norm, those who experience unjustified prejudice often experience the same emotions as their fellow citizens. The gripping exploration into how people who have distinct interests and views do experience those same desires and sentiments as their peers is showcased in ‘A Rose from Ashes,’ the new EP from hard rock-metal band, Five Hundredth Year. The Fenton, Michigan-based group’s release captivatingly mixes creative vocals and instruments to emphasize  [ Read More ]


Space Apaches’ Smokin’ Voyages Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 20 - 2015 0 Comment
Space Apaches Smokin' Voyages Album Review

Artist: Space Apaches Members/Instruments: Drums: Jim Arrendell Bass: Rob Geisler Key/Piano/Guitar: Aaron Price Guitar: Andrew Reed Guitar: Tom Leiner Album: Smokin’ Voyages Production: Record Label: Artists International Inc.; All songs written by Andrew Reed, except ‘I Am the Six O’Clock New’ by Larry Norman; ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ by Mickey Newbury; and ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ by Stan Jones; Produced by Andrew Reed; Recorded at Sedgwick Studios, Asheville, NC; Engineered by Jim Georgeson, chief engineer and Jason Pitroff, 2nd engineer; Mixed by Jim Georgeson; Mastered by Stephen V. Smith at SoundSmiths Honoring the past and embracing the experiences that have shaped your  [ Read More ]


Elessar Thiessen’s A Rainy Week In Paradise Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 16 - 2015 0 Comment
Elessar Thiessen's A Rainy Week In Paradise Album Review

Artist: Elessar Thiessen Album: A Rainy Week In Paradise Production: Produced and Engineered by Elessar Thiessen; Vocals Engineered by Jordan Jackiew; Mixed and Mastered by Jordan Jackiew Having the instinctive ability to naturally touch other people’s hearts and emotions is an alluring attribute that not everyone organically possesses. But being able to uplift others by courageously exposing the darkest corners of your soul is an even more resolute quality that not everyone maintains, which makes those who do have it even more inspiring. Canadian singer-songwriter-producer Elessar Thiessen’s recently released full-length debut album, ‘A Rainy Week in Paradise,’ proves that he does have that quality, which helps make him an exhilarating  [ Read More ]


The Como Brothers Band’s Imagination EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 6 - 2015 0 Comment
The Como Brothers Band's Imagination EP Review

Artist: The Como Brothers Band EP: Imagination Production: All words and music by Matt and Andrew Como; Recorded at Germano Studios; Producer/Mixing/Engineer: Graham Marsh; Mastering: Johnny Horesco; Assistant engineer: Jason Staniulis Fully embracing life’s true emotions isn’t always encouraged among men in society. But those who can completely and nobly accept and proclaim their genuine sentiments about life’s most relatable and heartfelt personal struggles will surely garner attention for their sensitivity, especially by women. The Long Island, New York-based singer-songwriters, Matt and Andrew Como, have done just that with their newly released pop-rock-blues-inspired third EP, ‘Imagination.’ The EP, which also features Matt on the bass and Andrew on the guitar,  [ Read More ]


Charity Ward Yellow EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 27 - 2015 0 Comment
Charity Ward Yellow EP Review

Artist: Charity Ward EP: Yellow Passionately divulging your most confidential thoughts to the world can understandably be an emotionally intimidating prospect for many people, as they fear what others will think of them if they know their most private feelings. But the intriguing R&B singer and guitarist, Charity Ward, is sentimentally proving that uninhibitedly revealing your deepest vulnerabilities can be a truly liberating experience. The musician showcases her truest desires and connections in her captivating upcoming pop and R&B-inspired EP, ‘Yellow,’ which is set to be released on September 18. ‘Yellow’ grippingly begins with the soul-inspired track, ‘Pretty,’ which thrives on the care-free spirit that shines through on the backing  [ Read More ]


Nashaat Salman Universal Melodies Vol. 1 EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 23 - 2015 0 Comment
Nashaat Salman Universal Melodies Vol. 1 EP Review

Artist: Nashaat Salman EP: Universal Melodies Vol. 1 Production: All music composed, arranged and produced by Nashaat Salman; Recorded in Zurich, Switzerland; All tracks mastered by Universal Mastering Studios (UMS) Enthrallingly making people around the world interested in your distinct and unique culture, and naturally making them feel as though they understand your values and experiences, is no easy feat. But captivating their interest, and making them feel as though they can emotionally relate to your society, without any words can be even more challenging. But composer and musical orchestrator Nashaat Salman intriguingly did just that with his recently released EP, ‘Universal Melodies Vol. 1.’ The album thrillingly forgoes using  [ Read More ]


The Liquorsmiths’ This Book Belongs To EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 13 - 2015 0 Comment
The Liquorsmiths' This Book Belongs To EP Review

Artist: The Liquorsmiths EP: This Book Belongs To Production: Recorded at Inhesion Studios in Atlanta and Citizen Recording in San Diego; Produced by Jeremy Grelle and Drew Thams; Mixed by Jeremy Grelle; Mastered by Rodney Mills Passionately and candidly expressing your personal hopes and fears in an enthrallingly powerful communal setting is a task that people often shy away from, as they don’t want the world to know their weaknesses. Captivatingly embracing those perceived vulnerabilities in such a permanent and accessible setting as a record is an even more daunting experience for many people. But the San Diego-based indie folk rock band, The Liquorsmiths, intriguingly embraced that challenge with their  [ Read More ]


Joykill Collective’s Battle Cry Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 2 - 2015 0 Comment
Joykill Collective's Battle Cry Single Review

Artist: Joykill Collective Single: Battle Cry The tormented angst and concerns of every generation are often believed to be influenced by media figures who are feeding their ideas to their fans through their personal corrupt sense of propaganda. But often times those powerful public personalities, notably such dominant artists as musicians, are only showcasing the injustices of everyday life in relatable society through their work. One of the latest bands to be emphasizing those inequalities is the UK’s alt rock band Joykill Collective, who infused their latest single, ‘Battle Cry,’ with their left wing political message. Influenced in part by the music of other popular rock bands as the Foo  [ Read More ]


Steve Benjamins’ Sightlines EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 26 - 2015 0 Comment
Steve Benjamins' Sightlines EP Review

Artist: Steve Benjamins EP: Sightlines Insightfully realizing, and maturely embracing, that life regularly and organically changes with every connection you form is a gripping and entrancing journey that people often take as their relationships guide their views and emotions. That instinctive and natural reflection and understanding on how life’s most important external forces, most notably intimate bonds, is entrancingly chronicled in ‘Sightlines,’ the relatable and entrancing third EP from singer-songwriter, Steve Benjamins. The Toronto-based musician captivatingly chronicles the importance of accepting when to embrace change, as well as the need to be grounded when connections evolve, in his latest downtempo-indie pop album. The EP entrancingly begins with its fascinating title  [ Read More ]


Jungle Rot has steadily collected fans by the thousands since their 1995 demo release Skin The Living. Since then, they’ve remained a staple in the American death metal community and they just unleashed their 9th album unto the world – Order Shall Prevail,  on June 30th. Recognized for their “knuckle-dragging” behemoth sounding performance, Jungle Rot have consistently churned out some of the most solid, heaviest American metal in the past two decades. Having played alongside some of the best, including tours with Goatwhore, Cattle Decapitation, Deicide, Entombed, and Six Feet Under, Jungle Rot is ready and willing to bring the pain to Mayhem this summer. We had a chance to sit down with Dave Matrise, lead singer and  [ Read More ]

Ajay Mathur 9 to 3 Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 18 - 2015 0 Comment
Ajay Mathur 9 to 3 Album Review

Artist: Ajay Mathur Album: 9 to 3 Passionately revealing candid insight into your true soul can be a daunting task, but humorously and endearingly approaching life’s most complex emotions can help make the process more liberating. India-born singer-songwriter Ajay Mathur has deservingly has received acclaim throughout his career for doing just that, particularly on his recent albums, 2011′s ‘A Matter of Time’ and 2013′s ‘Come See Conquer;’ he has become known for not being afraid to divulge his true feelings on troubled relationships and feelings. The musician, who’s now based in Switzerland, has creatively related to audiences around the world with his latest album, ’9 to 3,’ as it uniquely  [ Read More ]

Matthew Santos Into The Further Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 15 - 2015 0 Comment
Matthew Santos Into The Further Album Review

Artist: Matthew Santos Album: Into The Further Production: Produced and mixed by Matthew Santos; Mix engineer: Greg Magers; Mastered by: Rollin Weary at IV LAB Studios It often takes an act and sense of destiny to make people realize they’re on the verge of an important change in their personal and professional lives. Whether or not they truly accept the idea that predetermined fate can influentially guide their life’s path has always been the subject of debate in faith. But when people are offered an opportunity that can undeniably offer them more diverse experiences, it’s essential to at least consider exploring those options. That enticing chance to completely revitalize your  [ Read More ]


The Unravelling’s Master Drone Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 5 - 2015 0 Comment
The Unravelling’s Master Drone Single Review

Artist: The Unravelling; Vocals/Lyrics-Steve Moore, and Instruments/Music-Gustavo de Beauville Single: Master Drone Production: Gustavo de Beauville The continuously developing visceral emotions that are meant to comfort people during times of self-defined evolutions in society can often times make those who have persistently been certain of their reality instead see their lives begin to gradually unravel. While securing and guaranteeing the safety of society’s future culture is a seemingly powerful motivation to change and dictate people’s actions and sentiments, the diverse and ambitious members of every community often thrive within their own established identity. The commanding Canadian industrial rock band, The Unravelling, is once again powerfully questioning whether people should assuredly  [ Read More ]

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