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

AUG – Be Careful What You Wish For

By Andrew Bansal

AUG is a New Jersey-based hard rock quartet that started out in 2010, and on the strength of their debut album ’20 Years In Hell’, they became the host band for VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ annual Christmas parties over the past three years. Now, they’ve just released their sophomore full-length album ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, an album that firmly puts them on the hard rock map. Continue reading

Mangoseed – Basquiat

By Andrew Bansal

The element of funk is no stranger to the world of rock and metal, as bands like Rage Against The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers showed as they rose to prominence in the 90s. But that blend rapidly died down in the next two decades, and there really aren’t any bands attempting to pursue it anymore. Well, London-based quartet Mangoseed beg to differ. Continue reading

Ras Xix – The Album

By Andrew Bansal

Singapore’s progressive rock artist Ras Xix, who’s now based out of Austin, Texas, is ready to release his debut full-length album simply titled ‘The Album’ on May 1st. It’s a progressive album in the truest sense, not only incorporating tempo variation in the conventional ‘progressive’ sense but also hopping seamlessly from one genre to another, within songs and from song to song, making ‘The Album’ a must-listen for fans of progressive music. Continue reading