This Vancouver, British Columbia based Canadian band has a bit of an unusual background, and carries positive proof that the negative image a lot of people have about Rock 'n' Roll music being connected to drugs and sex does not always hold! You see, lead singer Amy Arsenault went through several tough deals in life at a young age, which led to severe depressions and drugs and alcohol abuse.
Holy smokes! The crap they throw on my to-do list of reviews these days...oh, wait a minute, before spewing any more of my personal feeling of this Phoenix, Arizona based band, let's first dig into its history!
Final Spell is the debut ep by the Salt Lake City, US band Visigoth who have been around since 2010. Nostalgic metal fans will like their mix of teutonic bombastic and US melodic power speed metal as it is also performed by Helloween, Twisted Tower Dire, Omen and Grim Reaper. Clear vocal lines, huge chorusses, an impressive rhythm section and lots of fast guitar solos are harmonizing perfectly.
Unlike most of the metal albums I've listened to, this album seems to be a little more ambitious. There are few poor parts on the album and while I could find fault with most of the songs, they do seem to be able to stand on their own. The CD clocks in at just over 40 minutes, and every track is between 4-7 minutes long. This allows the band to expand on their ideas a liitle bit for each track. My favorite so far is “Tiphareth” which has impressive guitar work, and is just a well-crafted song.
Freedoms Reign is the brainchild of ex-Fates Warning guitar player/singer Victor Arduini. The band was born out of Arduini's fervent desire to play melodic power/heavy metal again after 26 years of silence.
Sgt. Sunshine’s brand of swinging stoner rock has not changed much, but better songs, better hooks, and fuzzier production give III a healthy advantage over its predecessors Black Hole and Sgt Sunshine.
Senses Fail is an American post-hardcore band from New Jersey witch was formed in 2002. The line up initially consisted of Buddy Nielsen, Dan Trapp, Dave Miller, Garrett Zablocki and James Gill. Shortly after being signed to Drive Thru Records, James Gill was kicked out of the band due to irreconcilable differences.
Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine is a punk rock band led by (yes you guessed it) Jello Biafra. The band actually came into life when Iggy Pop had his 60th birthday party. And Jello liked what he saw and started planning his own birthday party and started a punk rock band.
Strawberry Blondes Is a UK based pop/rock/punk band.
The first new Antidote album in 21 years, “No Peace In Our Time”, is a way back to the Old School produced by the band and mastered by Howie Weinberg. Just in time to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of NY hardcore, this album they themselves describe as hard as fuck old school. It also has Agnostic Front Roger Miret on it on the track Rise Above.