Cauldron – In Ruin

By Andrew Bansal

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Canadian classic metal trio Cauldron are ready to release their fourth full-length studio album ‘In Ruin’ on January 8th 2016, their first The End Records release and their first full-length since ‘Tomorrow’s Lost’ (2012). Modern-era old-school metal bands are typically compared to legends from the ’70s and ’80s that influenced them, but this Toronto group, in existence since 2006, stands out from the pack of contemporaries as through the past decade they’ve carved a very recognizable signature sound that’s all of their own, boasting of catchy vocal and guitar harmonies, galloping rhythms and a very warm snare drum sound. Cauldron do not divert from this style and instead focus on honing it further album after album, and to that effect, ‘In Ruin’ presents quintessential Cauldron at its finest. Continue reading

Carrera – Love At First Lick EP

By Lisa Burke

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Carrera is a sleazy glam rock band from Los Angeles, CA featuring Ruby Carrera on guitar and Wendy Groovella on vocals. Ruby Carrera has been a fixture on the Sunset Strip since the ’80s with his various projects. They have a 4-track EP titled ‘Love At First Lick’ out on FnA records which is available wherever digital music is sold and also on Internet radio. The EP features the former singer of the band Josi Kat on vocals, and her powerful voice contains the perfect amount of sleaze and can be comparable to that of Joan Jett among others in this vain. Mix that with the sleazy rockin’ Ritchie Blackmore-inspired jamming on guitar with some solid track mastering skills and you walk out of the room with complete satisfaction. Continue reading

Ironaut – Self-Titled EP

By Andrew Bansal

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Based out of Los Angeles, Ironaut is a fledgling stoner rock group which comprises Erik Kluiber on bass and vocals, Patrick McHugh on guitar and Ivan Najor on drums. Having started out as an all-instrumental power trio and after playing a handful of shows in that incarnation, Ironaut added vocals to their sound, with Kluiber taking on the mantle himself, and performed live with success. In an attempt to recreate the same impact in the studio, Ironaut released their self-titled debut EP on November 19th 2015. Continue reading

Bevar Sea – Invoke The Bizarre

By Aniruddh ‘Andrew’ Bansal

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Hailing from Bangalore, India, Bevar Sea announced their arrival in the world of stoner doom with the 2012 release of their self-titled debut full-length album, a righteous slab of heavy psychedelia that not only placed them at the top of what is still a fledgling metal scene in India, but also established them as a world-class entity amongst underground metal enthusiasts elsewhere. Stoner doom has reached unprecedented levels of popularity both in the underground and mainstream communities over the past few years, but Bevar Sea were one step ahead and ventured into this territory before most others did, going about one simple task: playing the kind of music they love. Now, three years since the debut, in times far more welcoming to their musical style, the band has unveiled the follow-up effort ‘Invoke The Bizarre’. Continue reading

Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things

By Andrew Bansal

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Los Angeles progressive metal stalwarts Intronaut have come a long way since their 2006 debut EP ‘Null’, orchestrating an undeniable evolution of themselves as musicians from one album to the next and in the process also inspiring the next generation of prog lovers. A little over two years since their stellar, spellbinding 2013 effort ‘Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)’, Intronaut are about to release their fifth full-length studio album ‘The Direction Of Last Things’ via Century Media Records on November 13th, and as it could already be predicted, this new set of tunes presents a more developed and incisive Intronaut, but does so with a very recognizable sonic stamp and revisits some of the band’s older tendencies. Continue reading

The dramedy – Double A-Side Single

By Lisa Burke

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The dramedy is a punk-infused hard rock band consisting of only two members, vocalist/guitarist Dave Davids and drummer Abby Vester. Davids masterminds all guitar, vocals and lyrics in a very unique yet classic way. In explanation of the lower-case ‘d’ in the band’s name, Davids has stated the subjects he writes about are usually based on experiences an average person goes through at a very young age, experiences that contribute to one’s coming of age. The lower-case ‘d’ is his way of signifying youthful innocence.

Any time you can create a complete sound without your traditional abundance of instrumentation, the creativity shines through, as is the case with this duo. Abby Vester has a very strong approach to the drums with a dynamic old-school garage punk sound that mixes well with the vocal stylings. After viewing them live and listening to their recently released double A-side cassette single featuring two songs ‘Not The Only One’ and ‘Ring For Two’ complete with three live downloads ‘Dead Cool’, ‘Rejection Piece’, and ‘Lights (where do you go)’, it is clear these two are full of talent, and headed in the right direction. I particularly enjoy the lighthearted spirit of the vocals mixed with the dramatically meaningful and at times comical lyrics. My favorites are ‘Lights (Where Did You Go)’ for its funny lyrics and catchy sound, and ‘Not The Only One’ for its creative guitar-playing and flawless transitions.

When watching The dramedy as a live band, you can be sure there is never a dull moment as the dynamic stage presence of these two is sure to draw new fans with every performance. They can command a large stage as well as a small one and the old-school punk rock/alternative vibes flow smoothly. On that note, I will leave you with the incentive to grab a copy of the cassette while it lasts as they are only issuing out 200 copies at the moment, and it comes with digital download codes, so those that threw away their cassette players years ago need not worry. The dramedy will be performing in the Los Angeles area and beyond in the near future, so in addition to grabbing this double A-side single you are also encouraged to catch them live.

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