martes, 30 de noviembre de 2010

A Rotterdam November - A Rotterdam November (2008)

We're in a musical era where the independent musician has a much easier time getting known. One such example is a band called A Rotterdam November. The Boise, Idaho, rock band released their self-titled debut in 2008, and fans have still stuck with them, waiting for a new release. What got these fans hooked is the sounds of A Rotterdam November, an album chock full of rock ballads and edgy, yet radio friendly, power pop.

The thing about A Rotterdam November and their debut is that it's more enjoyable than anything else. Granted, they're a talented bunch, but thus far, it seems as though their music leans more toward accessibility and pop friendliness than authentic quality, bearing a sound like any number of radio pop punk bands. The first actual song, "City Without A Heart," seems slightly similar to the way Hillsong United opens most of their albums, yet with a little more rock flair. The rock keeps up into "Fight," reminding one of the band Eye Alaska, utilizing a pop rock-flavored hook that is legitimately addicting. They do a decent job with other upbeat songs, like "Crippling Machine" (which uses a disco beat in the chorus with high pitched guitars on top) and "Breaking For You" (incorporating some piano to give somewhat of a Something Corporate feel to the song). A Rotterdam November also seem to be no strangers to the pop ballad, such as "Trainwreck" and the acoustic-driven "Unraveling of a Tragedy," the latter of which is a call to God for redemption and features a string section to add to the melancholy feel of the song.

Track list:
01. Blitzkrieg – 0:43
02. City Without A Heart – 2:32
03. Fight – 3:20
04. Trainwreck – 4:25
05. Crippling Machine – 3:19
06. Casualties – 4:17
07. Breaking For You – 2:45
08. 1914 – 4:09
09. Unraveling Of a Tragedy – 3:14
10. Prelude To The End – 0:32
11. Enough (The End) – 2:53

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lunes, 29 de noviembre de 2010

Sent By Ravens - Our Graceful Words (2010)

These days it's difficult to find artists who have a strong, solid rock sound. It's even harder to a rock act which fuses faith uncompromisingly into their every song. In Sent By Ravens debut, Our Graceful Words, you have both. The band's music has elements of Emery, High Flight Society, and Ivoryline without sounding too much like any of the mentioned artists. The presence of "Trailers vs the Tornado" and "This Awakening" (two songs from the group's 2008 EP) highlight how SBR?s song-building has changed for the better. However, when the soft rock song "Salt And Light" acts as the sole ballad on the album, it indicates that the band still struggles with adding diversity to every track. SBR's screaming isn't dominant, but it comes out to support some of the more intense songs like "New Fire" and "Honest Heart." The lyrics are incredibly honest as SBR pulls no punches when discussing our duty to each other as they make brotherhood the theme of many songs on the album. Lead singer Zach Riner easily distances himself from mainstream peers when he sings "I could write this song in anger/but it's not who I am" on "Stone Soup." Our Graceful Words underscores some of the originality issues that Sent By Ravens has, but it evens out to be a strong rock album.

Style: Rock / Alternative
Street Date: April 20, 2010

Les recomiendo oir "Beautiful list" y " Salt and the light"
Track list:
1. New Fire
2. An Honest Heart
3. I Hear Her Breathe
4. Beautiful List
5. Trailers Vs. Tornadoes
6. Jill Plays Tricks, Jack Plays God
7. Philadelphia
8. Salt And The Light
9. This Awakening
10. Stone Soup
11. True Bride

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Sides Of The North - The Incurable Romantic (2005)

Sides Of The North proveniente de  Dayton, Ohio. Su música ha evolucionado a un estilo que algunos llaman pasiva- agresiva, con guitarras y bases de gran conducir en estado de ser conducido vocalmente. Aquellos q' gustan del Indie / rock esta es una muy buena opción.

Track list:
2.The Incurable
3.Love And Lines
4.You Red Devil
5.The Up And Up
6.The Romantic
7.Revolver Wedding
8.Mrs. Malicious
9.Slowly and Sometimes Never
10.Passion's Kiss
12.Evening Hymn

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sábado, 27 de noviembre de 2010

Seeking Serenity - Grace Will Lead Us Home EP (2010)

Si les gustó Paramore, pues aqui tienen otra opción.

01. Intro
02. Since When Were You Invincible
03. Drowning In Myself
04. The Weak Become Strong
05. Temptation
06. Seek Search Find

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Ivoryline - Vessels (2010)

Ivoyline's debut, There Came A Lion, was a good alternative rock album which featured a sound similar to Anberlin, but the project itself lacked diversity. The band's second venture, Vessels, does more to increase the individual variety of music between songs, but it will still take a few listens for fans to get the full outlook of the release. Still, a few highlights stick out right away such as the intense "Search Me Out" and the emotionally charged "The Healing." Both the title track and "No One Else" provide the heavy lifting, while "Instincts" and "Made From Dust" act as the album's more epic tracks. My biggest gripe with the music on Vessels is that there could be several comparisons made from Vessels to Sent By Ravens' debut, Our Graceful Words, which was released earlier this year. Although their debut was fairly spiritually ambiguous, the lyrics are not so vague this time as Ivoryline offers some clear Biblical language (some examples: "live a life/worthy of the calling you have don't look left, don't stray right/narrow is the way to life death couldn't hold him down"). Overall, it took several listens for Vessels to grow on me, but the lyrical depth combined with the band's refined rock sound makes Ivoryline's sophomore record something worth getting into this summer.

Style: Rock / Alternative
Street Date: July 27, 2010

Jeremy Gray – lead vocals
Dusty Kittle – guitar
Wes Hart – drums
Robert Woodward – bass guitar
Brandon Crabtree - touring guitar

Track list:

01. The Healing
02. With the Daylight
03. Search Me Out
04. Instincts
05. Open Hearts
06. Vessels
07. No One Else
08. Walking Dead
09. Broken Bodies
10. The Greatest Love
11. Made From Dust
12. Naked
13. You Bring Fire

viernes, 26 de noviembre de 2010

Abandon - Searchlights (2009)

Since early 2008, Abandon has been floating around the music scene with a few EPs which have allowed spectators to see what this San Antonio-based alt-pop rock group is capable of. On the band's full-length national debut on Forefront, Searchlights, Abandon offers their best and most popular tracks like the aggressive rock song “Providence,” the softer, electronically influenced “City Lights,” and the good “Hold On.” Of the four new tracks, “Confession” is probably the best with its alt-rock twist and great echoing background vocals. And like much of the album, “Safe In Your Arms” and “Here We Are Now” are solid pop rock tracks, but are not absolutely overwhelming. Throughout Abandon’s album, the lyrics contain praise and worship overtones while communicating complex lyrics which, at times, are taken right out of Scripture. Some may question the wisdom of releasing a 12 track album which only has four new songs on it, but Searchlights is finally an album that this promising band can reference.

Track list:
01. Hold on
02. Song for the broken
03. Confession
04. Providence
05. Here we are now
06. City lights
08. Safe in your arms
09. Atmosphere
10. Here waiting
11. Your love lifts me up
12. Hero

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Abandon - Abandon EP (2008)

Iniciando su entrada en Forefrontrecords sale el segundo EP. Seguro q' quedan enganchados con el tema "Providence".

Aqui el contenido:

01. Providence
02. Be alive in me
03. All becouse of you
04. Here waiting
05. Atmosphere

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Abandon - Who You Are (2006)

Aqui les dejo otro albm de estudio al igual q' el anterior "Ambush".

01. Close to you
02. Go
03. Surrender
04. Who you are
05. You and me
06. All i have
07. Don't say goodbye
08. Everything
09. Cover me
10. Take over
11. Open up
12. Fall on me

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Abandon - Ambush EP

Abandon es una banda de rock cristiano formada en San Antonio, Texas, en 2002.Se compone de los hermanos Josh Engler en voz y Justin Engler en la guitarra, por los primos Stevan Vela en la guitarra y Dave Vela en la batería y Fowler Bryan en el bajo. La banda firmó un contrato de grabación con ForeFront Records a finales de 2007 y puso en marcha su primer EP en julio de 2008.El nombre del grupo está inspirado en un versículo bíblico de Josué 22:3, que dice: Hasta el día de hoy no habéis abandonado a vuestros hermanos durante este largo tiempo, sino que habéis cuidado de guardar el mandamiento del SEÑOR vuestro Dios."

Esta banda es una de las muchas y poco conocidas bandas indie rock pero resalta por su estilo en particular y tiene un aire a "the killers".

Bueno a continuación les dejo el contenido de este su primer trabajo independiente:

01. Everything
02. Cover me
03. Surrender
04. Waiting for
05. Fall on me
06. Find a way
07 Running

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