Posts tagged ‘Hard Rock’

February 25, 2022

Week Ender – Crossroad Crooks

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

Ooooooo doggie, does “In Waiting” by Crossroad Crooks scratch a very specific itch from our youth and it does so really, really well. Like when there’s just the right amount of fingernails in the scratching but not so much to leave a weird mark you have to explain later. That itch is a specific nexus of hard rock, heavy alternative and grunge with hints of metal and heaps of melody. Chuggy guitars and soaring vocals and delicate break downs place this somewhere between Living Colour (the vocals remind us a lot of Corey Glover) and Soundgarden. Some may feel this has a bit of a throwback vibe to it, but when it’s done this well it transcends throwback and moves on up to transcendent and timeless.

January 19, 2022

The Midweekly – Arctic Char

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

There’s something churning in this flavorful stew of hard rock. Flashes of silver, like the steel of guitar strings, pulled out of the icy depths. Thrown onto a crackling fire, hot as the electricity in those amps. And sitting around it, cooking up what they’ve caught and created, a group of good-timers enjoying it all. That group is Arctic Char, and the stew is their self-titled debut. It’s an album that hauls out many sizes of rock and roll, from classic sounds to modern, and there’s no mistaking that midwestern heart from these Indiana boys. Groovers reminiscent of the 60s and 70s pioneers. Screechers cut from the hair of 80s and 90s metal. Even a blues number, or indie rock ballad here and there. You can hear the patience in the production process. Tight and polished. The instrumentation mostly speaks for itself, but also with help from some studio seasoning, to keep it spicy. Things get pretty wild in the lyrics. Adventurers, giants, and even cannibals pop up in these stories. But there are regular people, too, with regular people problems. The ingredients of great rock tunes. When the songs are biting, the stew is plentiful, and it’s ready for your consumption. 

May 14, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we have new music and just a pinch of words about it from Channel 3, Teren, Shylde, Chief Ghoul and OWTLASS.

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May 9, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Metal & Hard Rock Vol. 4

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Happy Mother’s Day! We got all the metal mammas out there the gift of all these rippers in one place.

May 8, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Today we clean out the inbox and find treasures from Annie from the Canyon, Nasty People, Savage The Poet, Niia, Sonny and the Sunsets, Rather Vapid, The Jupiter Effect, Julie Title and Paul Cortese & Oscar Martin.

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April 28, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Metal & Hard Rock Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Hump day? Hell yeah it’s H.U.M.P. day – Heavy Ultimate Music Playlist day. Turn it up and throw the horns.

April 27, 2021

The B-Side: Rufus Boss

Today from Italy we have Rufus Boss, a guitar & drums two-piece rock band. Unlike the garage rock of The White Stripes or the Ford truck rock of The Black Keys, Rufus Boss brings a decidedly Queens of the Stone Age style stomp, which for a two piece is impressive. They follow the QOTSA blueprint pretty closely, but they have decorated and embellished it with their own flair for a fun rocking number.

March 31, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Metal & Hard Rock Volume 2

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Sure your hand can text at 300 wpm without even looking at your phone, but can that hand THROW UP THE HORNS? Well we certainly hope so, because we have more metal and hard rock for you than a…I dunno, mining and smelting convention? Yeah, let’s go with that.

March 15, 2021

Play Listy For Me – New Metal & Hard Rock Volume 1

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Spring is finally upon us. Time to let down your hair and whip it back and forth in headbanging glory. It’s all the metal & hard rock songs we talked about in the past few weeks, plus some bonus songs to keep those horns in the air.

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