The Dramedy – What Time Is Life?

By Lisa Burke

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The punk-infused hard rock antics of Los Angeles-based The dramedy continue to turn ears wherever they go as they have just released a second limited edition cassette titled ‘What time is life?’ with a total of 150 copies while the supplies last, and they are obtainable for purchase through Wiener Records. The dramedy comprises of only two members Dave Davids and Abby Vester. Dave masterminds all guitar, vocals, lyrics and cover art while Abby fuses it all together with her old-school garage punk style hard-hitting drumming. This is one of those musical groups that can create a complete sound without the live addition of bass or other instrumentation into the mix and still comes out on top in creativity and style. After viewing them live and listening to their previously released double A-side cassette single featuring ‘Not The Only One’ and ‘Ring For Two’ complete with three live downloads, one of which, titled ‘Rejection Piece’, is the first track on this new cassette, and adding two more songs to the mix on this release, it is clear these two are an emerging talent and ready to reach the next level. Continue reading

Saddle Of Southern Darkness – Self-Titled

By Andrew Bansal

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Fledgling Denver, Colorado-based trio Saddle Of Southern Darkness was formed in 2015 by brothers Trent and Chase Williams with one aim, to bring their country and metal influences together into a unified sound. Saddle Of Southern Darkness are presenting this brand of ‘evil country’ via their self-titled debut full-length album, released independently in November 2015. Continue reading

Holy Grail – Times Of Pride And Peril

By Andrew Bansal

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Over the eight years of their existence, Holy Grail have developed into one of Los Angeles’ most prominent young group of metal flagbearers, but more than staying true to the so-called ‘old-school’ brand of metal that they started out perpetrating on the debut EP ‘Improper Burial’ (2009), Holy Grail have stayed true to their creative instincts and have broken new ground for themselves by venturing into a variety of musical territories through the two full-length albums ‘Crisis In Utopia’ (2010) and ‘Ride The Void’ (2013). Now, having solidified a five-member lineup that has stayed constant for the past five years, Holy Grail are ready to unveil their third full-length album ‘Times Of Pride And Peril’ on February 12th 2016 via Prosthetic Records. Continue reading

Megadeth – Dystopia

By Andrew Bansal

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Metal giants Megadeth have had an intriguing time over the last few years, between the largely sub-par ‘Super Collider’ album, half the band (guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover) quitting on the same day, and frontman Dave Mustaine often facing criticism and hatred for non music-related comments made in public, many perhaps taken out of context by sensationalist clickbait-driven media outlets. Megadeth enter the year of 2016 with Kiko Loureiro of Angra fame stepping up to fill the lead guitarist position, and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler having joined the ranks to record with the band in the studio and play shows subject to availability. Amidst all this, the fifteenth Megadeth studio full-length album ‘Dystopia’ hit stores worldwide on January 22nd, and as always, came with equal parts enthusiasm, expectation and skepticism typically associated with any modern-day Megadeth studio release. Continue reading

Madysin Hatter – Lose Your Mind

By Lisa Burke

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Madysin Hatter is a hard rock band with a balanced mix of influences ranging from ’70s classic rock, as in Led Zeppelin and early Aerosmith, to ’80s hard rock leaning towards the bluesier end of the spectrum. It’s rock with an attitude and while it could serve as a prime candidate for mainstream radio play, it also holds its own with a solid unique rock sound comparable in my mind to artists such as Melissa Ethridge, Sheryl Crow, and with some vocal stylings of Cindi Lauper in terms of artists with strong vocal presence over rock n roll with an attitude. Madysin Hatter is now promoting their new album entitled ‘Lose Your Mind’, released on January 8th, 2016 and it’s available on iTunes as well as for actual physical CD purchase on the Madysin Hatter website. Continue reading

Gygax – Critical Hits

By Andrew Bansal

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Based out of Ventura, California, Gygax features former Gypsyhawk frontman Eric Harris and guitarist Bryant Throckmorton, and was founded in 2015 on musical foundations similar to that of Gypsyhawk, and the band’s name, lyrics and imagery inspired by Gary Gygax and Dungeons & Dragons. Gygax continues from where Gypsyhawk left off with their breakup in 2014. Harris and Throckmorton found Ventura-based musicians Armand John Lizzy (guitar) and Justin Dempsey (drums) to complete the Gygax lineup, and after a handful of impressive live performances in California, they are now ready to release their debut album ‘Critical Hits’ via Creator-Destructor Records on January 22nd 2016. Continue reading