Xombie – Capital X

By Andrew Bansal

The ‘rap metal’ genre had its heyday in the 90s, and while there’s no signs to suggest that it’s undergoing any kind of major resurgence, a handful of the older bands have kept it alive and this style of metal continues to have a fan-following. Aside from the 90s groups, new bands pop up every now and then with their interpretation of this type of sound. New York City’s Xombie is one such band, and their new album ‘Capital X’ is an honest, uninhibited effort to bring forth a fresh representation of the genre. Continue reading

Larusso – Life In Static

By Andrew Bansal

Salt Lake City, Utah’s alt rock band Larusso have been around for a few years and have maintained the DIY work ethic throughout, releasing EPs and full-lengths on their own, and playing live shows on a regular basis, both locally and nationally. They have completed work on their new album ‘Life In Static’ and it’s slated to be self-released on August 15th 2014. Continue reading

The Lost Poets – Insubordia EP

By Andrew Bansal

The Lost Poets is an intriguing rock duo based out of Stockholm, Sweden, with an eclectic musical style and a dark, mysterious visual image (as evident from the band photo below). They recently released a new five-track EP called ‘Insubordia’ and the short but precise and thought-provoking 17-minute dosage of music on it deemed the band worthy of an introduction to the readers of this website. Continue reading

When Summer’s Gone – Knockout Mechanism

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Pittsburgh PA, When Summer’s Gone is a hard rock quartet that started out in 2008, and building upon a compelling debut full-length album ‘December’ which came out in 2009, followed by two EP releases, the band put out their sophomore full-length effort ‘Knockout Mechanism’ in February of this year, presenting a 9-track, 36-minute slab of straight-up, no-bullshit hard rock. Continue reading

Plastic Yellow Band – Breathe Air

By Andrew Bansal

The brainchild of South Carolina-based singer, songwriter and producer Gerald Jennings, the Plastic Yellow Band started last year and recently released its debut album ‘Breathe Air’ via Jennings’ own label ISI Music, and delivers 12 tracks that wholeheartedly represent his biggest musical influences. Continue reading

Heylel – Nebulae

By Andrew Bansal

Portugal’s eclectic female-fronted progressive rock quartet Heylel began their musical journey in 2012 and the culmination of their first creative effort is their debut full-length album ‘Nebulae’, slated for a June 30 2014 release date. With this album, Heylel presents a set of dark atmospheric prog melodies that’s certainly an acquired taste but make for a compelling listen. Continue reading