Sixx A.M. Modern Vintage Eleven Seven Music Seven years ago SiXX A.M. released the soundtrack to Nikki Sixx’s first book, the jarring Heroine Diaries along with the surprise radio hit, “Life Is Beautiful.” The follow-up album, an accompaniment to Sixx’s Photography book, the hard rocking This Is Gonna Hurt showed this band could really be something more than just a side project for its members. With no book to draw […]

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Amy Lee Aftermath Amy Lee Music, Inc. Fans of the immensely popular hard rock act Evanescence have finally got what they have been waiting for – a debut solo disc from the bands intense lead vocalist Amy Lee. As the bands driving force Lee has opened doors in the rock market with her bands more anthemic Goth rock. Her piano playing has always touched upon many moods; from romantic and […]

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Phox Phox PTKF This band is really good at beautiful, subtle dynamics in every way. Phox takes their music from nothing to rich, funky grooves all throughout the album. The opening is “Calico Man,” which starts from gentle ambient swells and builds with such delicate sweetness I wanted more right away; a few seconds in I was already hooked. “Leisure” is the second track and the first with a drumbeat, […]

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Kid Astray Taking You with Me Cosmos This EP is two original songs and four remixes, which as good as it is feels a bit like I’m being led on. I brought this point to the attention of the band to which their reply was “we might be just a little bit teasing”. I’m excited because I love the sound of Kid Astray and Taking You with Me EP is […]

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Seether Isolate and Medicate The Bicycle Music Group After releasing a ‘Best of/Greatest Hits’ type album late last year, Seether are back with a new label and a more stripped down sound on their latest offering, Isolate and Medicate. The band’s second record with producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, The Fray, Gaslight Anthem) back in the producers chair, the band is back to being a 3-piece unit with a decidedly […]

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The Pretty Reckless Going to Hell Razor & Tie The last time we heard from The Pretty Reckless they put out a nice Zeppelin tinged EP in the form of the Hit Me Like a Man to accompany a spring tour before buckling down to write for their next album. As evidenced from the discs title track, front woman Taylor Momsen isn’t the only one who grew up in that […]

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Royal Bliss Chasing The Sun Air Castle Records Chasing the Sun kicks off with “Welcome,” a bouncy alternative rock track bringing back undertones from the early 2000s. Abruptly ending, “Welcome” transitions into the slowed intro of “Cry Sister,” the lead single. It becomes apparent right away that vocalist Neal Middleton isn’t fooling around. The powerful track appropriately crescendos from the verses, slowly down only for a brief moment of reprieve […]

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The Fray Helios Epic With four studio albums in eight years to their name, Helios contains the same lyrical strength that easily lives up to past releases. Avid fans of The Fray are steadfast on the vocals and sound that front man Issac Slade is known for. However, with Helios, Slade and company bring a new sound to the table as evident by the song “Love Don’t Die,” that have […]

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Michale Graves Supernatural Hydraulic Entertainment Michale Graves first appeared on the music scene as the front man for the legendary horror punk rock act The Misfits on the group’s 1997 album, American Psycho. Since then, Graves has had success with a small handful of other bands, one of which with former Misfits member Dr. Chud. He has also gone on to become a successful solo artist with a taste of […]

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Seether Seether: 2002-2013 Wind-Up Records One can’t deny that South Africa’s Seether has had quite a ride on rock radio, and never is this more evident than by taking a listen to the first disc of the trio’s latest release, a 2-disc compilation of Greatest Hits and unreleased demo recordings in the form of Seether: 2002-2013. The first cut, 2002’s life saving debut single “Fine Again,” from the group’s debut […]

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