By Leslie Snyder
A huge storm is brewing in Columbus, Ohio from an independent death metal solo artist named Jonathyn Arthurs. Jonathyn Arthurs is a teenager who sings about doubt and gloom under the name The Dark and Bleak while sounding similar to Metallica with “growling” vocals and “slithering” metal melodies that sound like a lion bursting out of a cage. The Dark and Bleak released his latest CD “Delineate” on June 21, 2014 featuring ten ominous tracks which will cause listeners to get a severe case of “night sweats.”
The ominous journey begins with the first track “Voice of Desire.” This track features “growling” vocals and “slithering” metal melodies. This track is an angry tale about a young man who is angry about being judged by those individuals who do not understand his way of life and refuse to realize that the young man has many talents that could be helpful in society. Meanwhile, the ominous journey continues with the second track “Shards of a Once Glorious Statue.” This track features “growling” vocals and “eerie” metal melodies. This track is a gloomy tale about a young man who is upset about being mistreated by those individuals who were around him when he was supposedly doing the “right thing” by helping other people. However, the heartbroken young man feels very strongly that he was being used without so much as a “thank you.”
Finally, the ominous journey ends with deep sadness in the fourth track “Obscurity.” This track features “snarling” vocals and “icy” metal melodies. This track is a dark tale about a young man who is feeling extremely isolated. The lonely young man feels that the world has literally left him behind.
The Dark and Bleak is a promising young independent death metal solo artist who is not afraid to sing songs about the dark “underbelly” of society. The dark and Bleak lets death metal fans have a voice with his latest CD “Delineate.” This “brooding” collection of music will remind people that society can be very unforgiving.
Record Label: Crystal Moonlight Studios
Artist Websites: http://www.facebook.com/thedarkandbleak
“By Reckless Moonlight”
By Leslie Snyder
The mysteries of life will come out of Seattle, Washington from an independent rock duo which happens to be a married couple named Jeff & Susanne Kelly. This open minded couple sings songs about human emotion such as misery, romance, and adultery while sounding similar to folk legends Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell with their soulful vocals and “rustic” rock melodies that will stir one’s soul with a very eclectic musical adventure.
Jeff & Susanne Kelly will release their latest CD “By Reckless Moonlight” on July 15, 2014 featuring thirteen “mind numbing” tracks that will keep many rock fans guessing because the storytelling that will occur throughout this collection of music. The mysterious adventure begins with darkness and misery “lurking” in the fifth track “The Witch of the Lake.” This track features sorrowful vocals and “eerie” rock melodies. This track is an ominous tale about a miserable person who is living on a beautiful lake. This miserable person is making the lives of the people who want to visit the beautiful lake unbearable due to the miserable person’s “nasty” attitude.
Meanwhile, the mysterious adventure continues with the hope of a new romance in the seventh track “Rowboat to the Moon.” This track features soulful, but “rustic” vocals and “sultry” blues rock melodies. This track is a heartwarming tale about a man who wants to ride is rowboat from the lake to the moon with a beautiful woman. The hopeful man wants to make the beautiful woman happy forever. Finally, the mysterious adventure ends with guilt in the tenth track “Never Tell.” This track features “moaning” vocals and “slithering” rock melodies. This track is a shameful tale about a man who is having an affair with a woman who is not his wife. The man vows to keep the secret of his “one night stand” so that his wife will never find out about it and leave him.
Jeff & Susanne Kelly are a great independent rock duo who sings songs about misery, romance, and adultery with passion and honesty. The duo’s latest CD “By Reckless Moonlight” combines soulful vocals and “rustic” rock melodies to tell heartfelt stories about life that affects every human emotion.
Record Label: Green Monkey Records
Artist Websites: http://www.thegreenpajamas.net
“New American Drugs” (Clean)-Single Review
By Leslie Snyder
Darkness hovers over Columbia, South Carolina from an unsigned alternative rock quintet called Nepotism. Nepotism sings an ominous single about one of the “evil” sides of society which is the drug culture. Nepotism released the “hard hitting” single “New American Drugs” (clean) on November 12, 2013. This track is an ominous and “gritty” tale about troubled individuals who need to use drugs in order to feel better. These troubled individuals feel like “outcasts” in society. So, these troubled individuals feel like they need to engage in undesirable activities in order to escape the emotional torment that they are feeling inside of themselves.
Nepotism features heavy, “grinding” alternative rock melodies and sorrowful vocals that will bring out the “gloomy” nature of the track. Nepotism sounds similar to Rage against the Machine with their dark alternative rock melodies. Nepotism is a great unsigned alternative rock quintet that is not afraid to sing about the “pitfalls” of substance abuse and what it has done to American society.
Band Website: http://www.nepotism.bandcamp.com/album/new-american-drugs-single
“The Earth’s reset” EP
By Leslie Snyder
Heartache oozes out of Medford, New Jersey from an unsigned hard rock/metal trio called Stonehaven. This “bone rattling” trio sings songs about hopelessness and self doubt while sounding similar to Slayer with their “gritty” vocals and “thunderous” metal riffs that sound like Godzilla “stomping” angrily through the streets at night with reckless abandon. Stonehaven released their latest EP “The Earth’s reset” on October 19, 2013 featuring five “haunting” tracks that will let one know that the element of fear is all around humanity in today’s society.
The haunting journey begins with the first track “Reply.” This track features “gritty” vocals and heavy, ominous metal riffs. This track is a lonely tale about a man who is literally living in a world of darkness. The angry man is “lashing out” at the people who are trying to help him find happiness in his life. Meanwhile, the haunting journey continues with heartache in the second track “Falling Down.” This track features “groaning” vocals and “thunderous metal riffs. This track is a heartbreaking tale about a couple who is on the verge of a “nasty” breakup. The couple is trying to pick out one another’s faults rather than trying to fix their relationship.
Finally, the haunting journey ends under a cloud of self doubt in the third track “Sunshine.” This track features “moaning” vocals and “slithering” metal riffs. This track is a sad tale about a beautiful woman who feels worthless and has no hope in her life. The sad woman thinks that she does not deserve to be happy.
Stonehaven is a great unsigned hard rock/metal trio that sings songs about heartbreak and hopelessness with “slithering” metal riffs. The trio’s latest EP “The Earth’s reset” will literally turn the world upside down with its ominous lyrics.
Band Website: http://www.stonehavenfrommedford.bandcamp.com/album/the-earths-reset
Ed Tang & the Chops
By Leslie Snyder
A long walk down memory lane begins in Asbury Park, New Jersey from an independent aggressive-folk/Americana quintet called Ed Tang & the Chops. This whimsical and passionate quintet sings songs about the simple pleasures of life while sounding similar to folk icon Bob Dylan with the “raspy” vocals and “groovy” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This collection of music will surely get one’s toes tapping. Ed Tang & the Chops will release their new self titled EP on June 7, 2014 featuring five heartwarming tracks that will include the entire quintet playing together.
The heartwarming journey begins with the first track “When Death should find us.” This track features “raspy” vocals and “rustic” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This track is a soul bearing, but “haunting” tale about a man who lives his life to the fullest. However, the man knows that death will come and he wants to die doing his favorite occupation which is playing music in “full throttle.” The man wants to be remembered as a “fun loving” person. Meanwhile, the heartwarming journey continues with both reflection and sadness in the third track “Brothers in the Way Back.” This track features sorrowful vocals and “weeping” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This track is a “heart wrenching” tale about a man who is really missing his family and friends from the past. The man had a lot of fun when he was younger. The man knows that he cannot go back to the past. So, the man cherishes those fond memories from his past.
Finally, the heartwarming journey ends with a glimmer of hope in the fifth track “Leaving of Liverpool.” This track features soulful vocals and “bubbly” aggressive-folk/Americana melodies. This track is a hopeful tale about a man who is leaving the town he loves in order to pursue his “rock and roll” dream. The man strongly believes that his goal is realistic and his future is looking bright.
Ed Tang & the Chops are a great independent aggressive-folk/Americana quintet that sings songs about life’s simple pleasures in a lighthearted manner. The quintet’s self titled EP will put huge smiles on the faces of many fans of folk and Americana music with its “groovy” melodies.
Record Label: Ed Tang Music
Band Websites: http://www.EdTangMusic.com
“On the Floor with Your Mom”
By Leslie Snyder
Anger oozes out of Seattle, Washington from a raucous independent skater punk/metal quartet called Slam Suzzanne. Slam Suzzanne sings songs about the absolute disrespect of authority, the “pitfalls” of constant partying, and the adjustment from the teenage lifestyle to adulthood with an obnoxious attitude sounding similar to The Ramones and Metallica with their “screaming” vocals and “thunderous” punk/metal melodies that sound like a freight train rolling down the tracks.
Slam Suzzanne released their re-mastered version of the CD “On the Floor with Your Mom” on April 20, 2014 featuring fourteen “ear piercing” tracks that will literally make one’s neighbors run for cover. This raucous quartet began their journey with a heavy underground following in the early 1990’s because of the “brooding” nature of the music that was coming out of Seattle during that period of time. However, Slam Suzzanne had their own “brash” and loud view of the world around them. This collection of music is relevant to today’s music scene because it gives punk rock fans a voice and a glimmer of hope.
The angry journey begins with the first track “No Food.” This track features “screaming” vocals and “thunderous” punk/metal melodies. This track is an obnoxious rant about a group of young kids who are feeling disrespected, or “starved” by those individuals who are in authority. These young kids are mad at the world because no one seems to care about their fears and needs. Meanwhile, the angry journey continues in the fifth track “Get Out.” This track features more “screaming” vocals and “brooding” punk/metal melodies. This track is an agonizing tale about a young man who is getting really tired of a party and the rowdy people who are making a huge mess in his house.
Finally, the angry journey ends with a walk down memory lane in the sixth track “Skate.” This track features “gritty” vocals and “thunderous” punk/metal melodies. This track is a reflective tale about a man who misses being a teenager and being able to ride his skateboard whenever he chooses to do so. However, the man realizes that adulthood carries a lot more responsibility.
Slam Suzzanne is a great independent skater/punk metal quartet. They are not afraid to speak their minds with loud and obnoxious melodies. This raucous quartet’s latest CD “On the Floor with Your Mom” will let people know that it is okay to be who they want to be and to have a great time.
Record Label: Green Monkey Records
Band Websites: http://www.facebook.com/slamsuzzanne?fref=ts
By Leslie Snyder
A long strange trip begins in Red Bank, New Jersey from an unsigned funk/pop rock artist named LT Turntable. LT Turntable likes to explore new avenues with his whimsical brand of funk and pop rock music while singing about a post apocalyptic world, traveling into outer space, and finding true love. LT Turntable sounds similar to Velvet Underground with his “chanting” vocal harmonies and “bubbly” pop rock melodies that will make listeners “scratch” their heads in amazement. LT Turntable released his latest CD “Lazy Dynamite” on December 31, 2013 featuring eleven “galactic” sounding tracks.
The strange trip begins with the first track “Oh, Lazy Dynamite.” This track features “zombie” like vocal chants throughout the track and “bubbling” pop rock melodies. This track is a haunting tale about people who are living in a post apocalyptic world after a large meteor hit the Earth. People are wandering around “aimlessly” and wondering how to put their lives back together after this horrific event. Meanwhile, the strange trip continues with the second track “By the Moon.” This track features more “zombie” like vocal chants and “gurgling” pop rock melodies, along with a soft piano melody lightly “floating” throughout the track. This track is a heartwarming tale about an astronaut who is taking a long space walk.
Finally, the strange trip ends with the possibility of romance in the third track “Here, Near Deer.” This track features soulful vocals and “breezy” pop rock melodies. This track is a hopeful tale about a man who is anxiously waiting to meet a beautiful woman and possibly spend the rest of his life with her.
LT Turntable is a great unsigned funk/pop rock artist who is not afraid to push musical boundaries. LT Turntable’s latest CD “Lazy Dynamite” will definitely prove this point.