“State of Mind” by Those Who Fear will be the soundtrack to my Hulk-like transformation of 2017.
January 19, 2017
January 16, 2017
The Danger of Falling channels European melodic hardcore influences on this succinct-yet-power EP.
January 15, 2017
January 11, 2017
Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, neither should you be expecting cowboy music from Easter Teeth on Shake Hands With Danger. You can expect something oddly brilliant and challenging.
Since 2009, the Eymann brothers, Josh and Tim, have been messing with peoples ears as they mix soul into hardcore. Continued →
January 8, 2017
Grand Rapids’ Anita Ranae has unleashed a lyrical powerhouse in the form of Watercolor Sidewalks.
Airy guitars, soothing piano, and a strong knack for minimalist composition make for a great listening experience on Jon Carolino’s On New Horizons EP.
K. Gautier’s first album shows promise and skill but falls victim to feeling dichotomous and simply too long.
January 5, 2017
Anyone who’s close to me knows that I’m the unofficial president of the Andrew Peterson fan club (or a prominent cabinet member at least). In recent years, I’ve fallen in love with his extensive discography. He released his first full-length Carried Along back in 2000 and has consistently released music ever since. Continued →
January 4, 2017
Devin Shelton returns with a new eclectic album, but will he be able to detach himself from the expectations set forth from him time with Emery?
December 25, 2016
Let’s talk about perfection executed through a concept album that never loses its flavor or mysteriousness. After announcing their break up years ago, Falling Up thankfully returned though transitioning into a studio band for the most part – rarely playing shows. Continued →
December 21, 2016
“The Waiting Room” is Trip Lee’s sixth project. As mentioned in this article from Fuse, this is not a proper album per se, hence it being deemed a ‘mixtape.’ Such a term is one of ambiguity, as it can refer to an album with blending and scratching, where the songs flow together, while it can also refer to an album with non-cleared samples and stolen beats from bourgeois producers or beat makers. Continued →
December 17, 2016
The first release from this midwest slowcore project has much to offer for fans of Julien Baker and Sun Kil Moon.
December 16, 2016
Solid State Records has enjoyed quite the stellar year with releases from Silent Planet, Forevermore, Norma Jean, and Fit For A King. Now Wolves At The Gate are closing out the year with Types & Shadows, and it’s a fitting record to finish such a monumental year for the the label. Continued →
Read this split review of Death Requisite’s Revisitation with Matthew Michel
December 15, 2016
“Incredible, unstoppable, He is our God” – “Incredible” by A Festal Shout
I’ve often heard that a listener will determine within a span of 7 seconds, whether they enjoy a song or not. Fortunately I hung around longer than that with my first listen to the opening track, “Power In The Blood” from A Festal Shout. Continued →
December 9, 2016
Read this review of Zao’s The Well-Intentioned Virus
Read this review of Destroy the Runner’s Void
December 8, 2016
Ospreyshire, the moniker of Illinoisan artist Curtis M., is a project that involves spoken word vocals, abstract soundscapes, and postminimalist aesthetics. His debut EP Verses Vs. Anhedonia is a brief seven poem journey. The urgency and brevity in these tracks lend itself to our attention deficit and sound byte culture. Continued →
November 28, 2016
In writing reviews, occasionally you come across an artist or band you’re entirely unfamiliar with. There can be a number of reasons for that, but nevertheless, when I come across them, I look forward to writing the review. It’s often a great way to find and share new artists/bands to listen to and you know you’re sure to present a fresh take on the album you’re reviewing. Continued →
November 26, 2016
I’ll admit I’m far from a fan of Christmas. Radios begin playing these tunes right after Halloween, depicting a winter so far from the reality of the slushy midwest Decembers and the hysteria of holiday shoppers.
Thankfully, Vocal Few’s Snowdrift EP is a refreshingly honest take on the season. Continued →
November 25, 2016
A testament to hard work paying off, Comrades release some of their best work to date backed by Facedown Records.
November 23, 2016
Read this review for Fit For A King’s new album “Deathgrip”
In case you missed it last year, don’t let another moment go by without checking out Spoken’s powerful follow up to 2013’s “Illusion” as they get even better with “Breathe Again.”
November 22, 2016
The North Carolina rockers known as Decyfer Down came back from oblivion with “Scarecrow” in 2013. It was a surprise of an album venturing into riffs and southern hooks that took heavy influences from vocalist TJ Harris and his previous band Fighting Instinct. Continued →
November 21, 2016
Worship music has always held a troubled place in my heart and my music collection. Looking at the genre from a spiritual level, I know that I, as a believer, should have an affinity to music created to glorify God. The reality is that I find the majority worship music to be contrived, repetitive, and failing to deliver any degree of originality. Continued →
November 20, 2016
Alex Sugg’s latest release as Glowhouse is an interesting mix of R&B vocals, synth lines, and vulnerable lyrics.
November 19, 2016
Muncie, IN metalcore act Send the Advocate has released a promising debut EP, but can they move past the pitfalls of an oversaturated genre?
November 18, 2016
This New Mexico quintet’s ambitious sophomore release features lyrics on par with My Epic and everything you loved about early Thrice.