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The Voices of Terror Rock-Rap Dynasty Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
The Voices of Terror Rock-Rap Dynasty Album Review

Artist: The Voices of Terror (Members/Instruments: Mike Walker and Zero) Album: Rock-Rap Dynasty Production: All songs were composed, mix/mastered and produced by Mike Walker and Zero Passionately expressing your respect and admiration for the people who have influenced your creativity, ideas and career path, while also maintaining your own true personality and confidence, is often a powerful way to garner attention and appreciation for your work. That’s certainly the case with alternative rock hip-hop duo, The Voices of Terror, which honors its mentors while showcasing their true talents, on their newly released debut album, ‘Rock-Rap Dynasty.’ The underground Deptford, New Jersey duo enthrallingly combined aggressive vocals with classic rap techniques  [ Read More ]


Geiko’s Aggressive Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
Geiko's Aggressive Album Review

Album: Aggressive Artist: Geiko (Ámaris Wenzel) Production: Geiko (Ámaris Wenzel) An edgy gothic synthpop album smartly interlaced with emotional and pained sentiments of wanting to find love and be appreciated by someone who shares that adoration isn’t the introduction many music fans would expect from an electro Swiss producer and instrumentalist. But the inspiring crossover artist, Amaris Wenzel, who goes by the stage name Geiko, cleverly mixed progressively dark trip-hop indie music on her enthralling new debut album, ‘Aggressive.’ The co-owner of Waving Alien Records in Switzerland powerfully took influences from such groups as Depeche Mode, Nero and Skrillex to instantly draws listeners at the start of ‘Aggressive’ with the  [ Read More ]


Julian Rhine and Jae-Mi’s No God Flow Single Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
Julian Rhine and Jae-Mi's No God Flow Single Review

Artist: Julian Rhine feature Jae-Mi Single: No God Flow Production: GC Castillo and Sebastian Apolinario Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are some of the most important unalienable rights the American government proclaims to offer to all its citizens, and has sought to protect since the country’s inception. However, moral and legal persecution for alternative lifestyles is still a thriving source of conflict in modern society. Hip hop/pop musician Julian Rhine is a strong and memorable proponent of pushing American politicians and society to finally practice what it preaches in its Declaration of Independence, and end persecution for alternative religious and romantic beliefs. The New York City-based artist strongly  [ Read More ]


The Lost Poets’ Insubordia Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
The Lost Poets' Insubordia Album Review

Artist: The Lost Poets Album: Insubordia Production: Alex Holmberg MFG Studios and The Lost Poets Pushing your limits to fulfill your desire to improve your lifestyle and achieve your goals can often be a dark experience for many people, no matter what their background is or how they previously lived their life. While there are many different approaches to how people can change their harrowing situations, the Stockholm-based rock band, The Lost Poets, drew on confidently heavy and deep ideas to infuse into the songs on their new debut EP, ‘Insubordia.’ Drawing on such influences as Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie and Soundgarden, the Swedish metal band enthrallingly  [ Read More ]


The Devine Xperience’s Self-Titled Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On July - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
The Devine Xperience's Self-Titled Album Review

Artist: The Devine Xperience Album: The Devine Xperience Label: Let’s Beat Milo Records Executive Producers: Edgar Montiel & DJ Keoki Recorded and mixed at: Robert’s Recording Laboratory Music can often powerfully engage people’s senses and bring them on an emotional journey as they relate to the gripping lyrics singers infuse into their songs. But musicians who can truly showcase their versatility and passion about important life events and sentiments mainly through their unique beats and instrumentals often have the most dynamic and compelling stories to tell. Such is the case with the resourceful electronic band, The Devine Xperience, whose new self-titled debut album contains a classic mix of dance music  [ Read More ]


Aug’s Be Careful What You Wish For Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Aug's Be Careful What You Wish For Album Review

Artist: Aug Album: Be Careful What You Wish For Production: Recorded at David Bendeth’s studio, House Of Loud; Produced by veteran producer/engineer, Max Caselnova Powerfully exceeding the public’s expectations on not only how you maturely view and approach life’s difficult challenges, but also on how you skillfully revitalize an intriguing but somewhat forgotten art form can be an obstacle not everyone can gracefully embrace and overcome. But the New Jersey-based band, Aug, a spellbinding hard driving, metal-fused group composed of four veteran musicians, is once again proving their natural ability to revive the hard rock genre with their new album, ‘Be Care What You Wish For,’ which is now available.  [ Read More ]


Andrea Remondini Non Sequitur Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 22 - 2014 0 Comment
Andrea Remondini Non Sequitur Album Review

Artist: Andrea Remondini Album: Non Sequitur Production: Andrea Remondini People can often be inspired to pursue life goals after being influenced by renowned pioneers, but once they begin on their own journey, their unique decisions and personalities can often lead them to take progressive strides in their careers and passions. Such is the case with the classically influenced Italian artist, Andrea Remondini, whose newly-released full-length debut album, ‘Non Sequitur,’ is now available. The instrumental synth-pop artist, who hails from Verona, drew from the early works of such musicians and composers as Mike Oldfield and Jean-Michel Jarre to creative abstract, yet equally powerful, sounds on his first record. The artist, who  [ Read More ]


Ras Xix’s Self Titled Debut Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
Ras Xix's Self Titled Debut Album Review

Singer: Ras Xix Album: Ras Xix Production: Ras Xix Harrowingly discovering and understanding another person’s true intentions and life plans, after investing a significant amount of time and emotions in your connection and relationship with them, is often a painful experience that’s difficult to comprehend and fully move past. That jarring realization that you can no longer consent to the other person’s devious plans and motivations is the intense motivation factor in the gripping, emotionally-driven new self-titled debut album from Ras Xix, which is now available. The acoustic and progressive singer-songwriter-instrumentalist has traveled the world from Singapore to Columbia to Los Angeles and now Austin, Texas, in pursuit of the  [ Read More ]


Joel Havea’s String & Woods EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Joel Havea's String & Woods EP Review

Singer: Joel Havea EP: String & Woods Production: Simon Grey & Joel Havea (Nasty Research Centre Hamburg) Soulfully and passionately exploring the emotional solutions to the impeding obstacles that are sure to hold you back, most notably in romantic relationships, can be a challenging aspect in life. But singer-songwriter Joel Havea, a skilled and resourceful musician from the cultural capital of Melbourne, Australia, who now resides in the versatile city of Hamberg, Germany, powerfully developed his own mix of soul and reggae infused lyrics and instrumentals in his new EP, ‘String & Woods,’ to more readily find those solutions. In the wake of his well-received debut album, 2012′s ‘You Make  [ Read More ]


Juliette Jules’ Black Crow EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
Juliette Jules' Black Crow EP Review

Singer: Juliette Jules EP: Black Crow Producer: Peter Karroll Teenagers around the world often rely on whatever creative outlets are readily accessible to them to express their powerfully complex and diverse emotions that range from love, loss and the need for acceptance. Rising Parisian singer-songwriter Juliette Jules, is one such talented adolescent who’s passionately and productively funneling her desire to be heard and appreciated in her new EP, ‘Black Crow.’ The enthralling EP, which is being digitally released today for free to celebrate the vocalist’s 16th birthday, maturely combines her diverse musical and literary influences. Throughout ‘Black Crow’s entirety, Jules powerfully infused her appreciation of the purity and emotion of  [ Read More ]


Eluusif’s Aliens Do It Better EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 11 - 2014 0 Comment
Eluusif's Aliens Do It Better EP Review

Artist: Eluusif EP: Aliens Do It Better Production: Eluusif Pondering the true emotional question of what kind of love is right and embracing a genuine, personal connection with those you sincerely connect with is one of the leading and captivating messages in modern popular music. But incorporating that exploration of honest bonding isn’t a common theme in the pulsating world of electronic songs that regularly fuel the animated club scene. But London-based musician Eluusif, a songwriter and producer of electronic music, energetically infused the spellbinding tracks on his new EP, ‘Aliens Do It Better,’ with powerful beats and gripping lyrics about love and being accepted by society. The multimedia artist,  [ Read More ]


Mangoseed’s Basquiat Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On May - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
Mangoseed's Basquiat Album Review

Artist: Mangoseed Album: Basquiat Production: Mangosee Avidly revealing your life’s most emotional and spiritual challenges, particularly your drive to rebel against society’s expectations on love and integrating into the community, has long fueled the success of rock and reggae music. The versatile, politically and spiritually charged London funk-rock-reggae band, Mangoseed, powerfully filled their multifaceted debut album, ‘Basquiat,’ with their disdain for readily following what society says is acceptable. ‘Basquiat,’ which is set to be released on May 22, features lead vocalist, Nicholai La Barrie; lead guitarist, Karlos Coleman; bass guitarist, Richard Hardy; and drummer Sam Campbell. Their songs incorporate a unique blend of influences from such bands as the Red  [ Read More ]


Michael Cullen Love Transmitter Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
Michael Cullen Love Transmitter Album Review

Artist: Michael Cullen Album: Love Transmitter Producer: Tim Powles Being sincere while passionately expressing your thoughts and feelings about life and love isn’t always an easy process, but when you hold the powerful musical versatility and talent as Australian musician Michael Cullen, the method becomes more genuine and authentic. The multi-talented and resourceful singer-songwriter-instrumentalist, who fronted such 90′s bands as The Hardheads and Watershed, is proving his enchanting grip of the randomness and sincerity of relationships with his solo debut album, ‘Love Transmitter.’ The record, which was originally released in his native country in 2002, has been enthrallingly remastered for its recent American release. The performer, whose musical styles have  [ Read More ]


Lael Summer’s Burden to Bear Album Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On February - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
Lael Summer's Burden to Bear Album Review

Artist: Lael Summer Album: Burdent to Bear Producers: Tomás Doncker and James Dellatacoma for True Groove There’s nothing quite like feeling lost and alone in an ever-moving and evolving world that quickly forces you to mature, especially if you don’t feel ready to embrace the connections you unexpectedly begin to form along the way. Soul-funk-pop singer-songwriter Lael Summer passionately and authentically encompassed that at-times harrowing process of personally maturing in such a bustling, intimidating city as New York with her debut album, ‘Burden to Bear.’ Mixing vulnerable lyrics with enthralling instrumentals, the multi-faceted musician creatively and instinctively fused her identity with her experiences, dreams and desires to create a powerful,  [ Read More ]


Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted by lonnie On December - 29 - 2013 0 Comment
Kanye West

Unfortunately deemed as the year of the “selfie” and “twerk”, 2013 also marks a time when radio-friendly artists actually made “good” music. Infectious, yet not overly repetitive songs from Fall Out Boy, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Avicii restored my faith in commercial music. As these singers rose to stardom this year, some past favorites plummeted with lackluster releases, such as Lady Gaga’s “Applause”, Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor”. In every defeat, there’s a winner and thankfully new artists, such as Lorde, Haim, Jake Bugg and Sky Ferreira, made 2013 one of my favorite years for music. So congratulations to those on Shockya’s Top 10 Albums  [ Read More ]

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