Archive for the ‘ROCK’ Category



This is what COLOUR say about themselves:

We are a new Art Rock band, our members literally residing in Liverpool, Stoke and Rutland. We create our own music, content and art from our studio on the Northwest Coast. We’ve just released our debut EP. BBC Introducing ‘New Band of the Year 2014’ from Stoke.

  • Born on 1 January 2013
  • Band Members
    Tidd, Scott, Downey, Connor
    The overwhelming word that comes to mind when listening to COLOUR is “Refreshing”.In this age of Taylor Swift and conveyor belt pop, it is so refreshing to hear a young band actually working on instrumentation, arrangements and songwriting. On STRANGERS interplay between the 2 guitars, bass and drums is breath-taking then the excellent vocals kick in to top off a brilliant song. I hate looking for influences but Simple Minds and U2 come to mind, surely no bad thing. A very commercial track which deserves success.
    More Beautiful cascading guitars open RED  then powers into another commercial masterpiece featuring some gorgeous bass lines and another impassioned vocal. Jeez these guys can play !!!!!! I can see them onstage now at Glastonbury !!!!
    Slower, moodier guitar intro on this track: the production is stunning on all these songs, no more so on SHATTERED
    Another ridiculously catchy chorus and by now COLOUR are really impressing with their consistently great songwriting.
    It has been said by many recently that rock music is dead !! Well, on the evidence of COLOUR I think our musical heritage is in very safe hands.If they arent massive in a year or two I’ll eat my hat !!!



No Operator is a five-piece Rock/Metal band from Vancouver Island. Their sound blends heavy, intricate riffs with melodic vocals, and an extreme commitment to writing great original music. No Operator pride themselves in being a true rock band: doing both electric and acoustic performances; using no backing tracks, samples, or metronome; and using 100% real instruments in the studio. After three years of steady gigging; sharing the stage with the likes of Protest the Hero and Incura; No Operator released their debut album “Weather and War” in August 2012. In 2013, No Operator performed 29 times, expanded their line-up to a five-piece, recorded singles “State Your Allegiance” and “Sitka”, were featured on Shaw TV, won a “Stelly Award” for Album of the Year, and received their first airplay on commercial radio (99.3 the Fox, 106.9 the Wolf). With 2014 shaping up to be their biggest year yet, No Operator promise great things to come.

No Operator is:
TJ Muhl-Lead Vocals
Oliver Galloway-Guitars&Vocals
Ben Hughes-Guitars
Steve Holtby-Bass and Vocals
Dave Wiebe-Drums


When a track like this starts these days I usually expect to hear screamo vocals but, to my pleasant surprise, the very melodic voice of TJ Muhl adds melodrama to the hard-hitting drums and guitars on show.!! It all adds up to a breath of fresh air from this talented band.STATE YOUR ALLEGIANCE is a very commercial metal track you have to check out.


Great guitar interplay kicks this rocker off and never lets up as Muhl again leads the line with some fine vocals.

great guitar solo too.


Very nice melodic intro of clean guitars and tasty production.It takes off halfway through to finish as a great power-ballad.

In a world of metal-clone bands, NO OPERATOR stand out as one of the must see/hear bands this year !!!!





Born as The Envy in the South West, but name-change because we can, and because Erica means ‘storyteller’ in Norse.

ERICA are:

Dalton Woodward – Vox/guitar
William Hall – Drums
Jason Burger – Bass

ERICA are a trio of young, talented musicians who, if there is any justice in this world, will reach the heights of musical success they truly deserve..Still very young, ( ages-21-23) they write, record and play with a maturity beyond their years which can only be found in a band that rehearses and plays live on a constant basis.

Their sound has hints and flavours of U2, Muse,Pearl Jam, Coldplay and even Led Zeppelin, but the sound of Erica is all their own.And, while their album “Sons of the High Land” is a masterful piece if work, it’s not until you see and hear this band in the flesh of live performance that you get to feel the intense power these guys generate.Dalton Woodward gently coxes Edge-type melodies one minute, then pounds out monolithic riffs in the next bar, with soaring impassioned vocals layered over the top.

Will Hall is a whirling dervish of complex inventive drum patterns and battering’s a wonder there is any kit left at the end of his performances.

Jason Burger is not only towering in stature but also in musicality.With only one guitar and one bass generating the sound, the bass player has to be skillful enough to  not only lock in with the drums but also fill out the sound when the guitar is soloing. Jason has this skill off admirably.

The sign of a great band is when each member brings their soul to the party !!!! Ladies and Gentlemen such a band is “ERICA”


Moody picked guitar intro with a haunting vocal from Dalton powers into the song, packed with light and shade and beautiful textures. Simply breathtaking live !!!!!


Another monster tune, dripping with power ,emotion and melody,as good as anything you’ll hear in the world today.


Beautifully melodic guitar intro from Dalton leading to a super- commercial verse and an insanely catchy chorus.a real foot tapper.Nice wah wah solos too.


An epic Monster of a track evoking the very best of Zeppelin boasting a full 10 minutes plus of twists and turns.

In short, the whole CD “Sons of the High Land” is a classic in the making. Given the right exposure, it deserves to go all the the way and catapult ERICA to super-stardom.Ignore at your peril !!!!!!

Ade Fisher

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High energy pop punk/hardcore forming in the great state of Colorado. Finding a balance between brutal hardcore and high energy/positive pop punk, Goodnight Gravity is dishing out a tasty dish best heard on their sophomore Ep;

“All In Is All We Know”.

Members Josh Dwernychuk – Vocals/Guitar

Dylan Neise – Guitar

Andrew Tekansik– Bass/Vocals

Jake Westerman – Drums

Sounds Like: Four Year Strong, Knockout Kid, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, New Found Glory, All Time Low

Bio: We are a pop, punk, hardcore, rock band from Colorado. We started a couple years ago in a small town and have only grown since then.


powerhouse intro featuring big guitars and amazing double-bass drum patterns.Great production on a super catchy song which is as good as anything you’ll hear today !!

Girls Tease With Chance, Boys Tease With Diamonds      

Killer guitars and drums again on this choon, hitting like a battering ram to the head and ears.Great blend of melody and brutality !!!

You gotta check these guys out now !!!!  ADE FISHER 


A classic rock band exploring the histories of love, lust and bloodshed in the heartland.
Formed in ’09, ENDIANA is comprised of Tim Fuller on bass, Tim Gray on the drums and Matthew Aaron on vocals and guitar.

Sounds Like: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Chris Whitley.

Endiana puts a battered — but bold — heart on display throughout new album “After the Fall.” The nine-song collection rocks harder and is more accessible than previous recordings by Matthew Aaron, who sings, “We all have scars from being torn apart.” Aaron remains an expert at exploring haunted corners of love and life, while Tim Gray’s drumming erupts with personality and Scott Manning’s polished guitar work escorts Endiana from a dark alley to Main Street.”
—  dave lindquist, the indianapolis STAR
I’ve featured ENDIANA today because they are something different.I get sent a lot of stuff lately that sounds great until the ubiquitous Screamo sets in. A lot of bands are now starting to become indistinguishable among the pack. Not so ENDIANA !!
Have a listen to the following tracks and you’ll see why !!Ade Fisher
Hints of Petty, Steve Earle, the song has a vintage production feel of great Americana. Impassioned vocals from Aaron blend beautifully with the analogue sounding drums bass and guitar giving an authentic sound and feel.Great stuff !!
A White Stripes style bass n bass drum intro a vocal detailing a fall out with the Lil Woman.
Is the Vodka to blame ??? Real tasty bass and Gretsch sounding guitar kicks in a dirty guitar solo that sits under your finger nails like a whore’s eyeliner.Awesome choon !!!
Laid back ditty , sounds like Steely Dan with sweat !! Great vocals again and some note-worthy guitar tones and lines.
Lots of twists n turns in this one, even some Stones hints in this one.!!
If, like me, you like your music with some alternative flavours,ENDIANA are just what you need.




​“We have been on stage singing together for as long as we can remember.” – Nate Welch

Three brothers, three voices and three songwriters collaborate to create the sound that is giving The Welch Brothers a name in Country music.

Growing up between North Carolina and California, the brothers developed a love for a variety of musical styles, including Country and Rock.

The Welch Brothers will be releasing new songs in the near future… so stay tuned!

Sounds Like: Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry

Featuring Nate,David and Jonny Welch on vocals.


Super-catchy country rock song featuring great vocals from the Welch boys, great production and instrumentation with a tasty guitar solo.Instant hit !!!!Packing lots of punch to the country formula.


The title lulls you into a false sense of security, suggesting a slushy song about love of  good old country music.

Instead you get almost country heavy rock. Great sinister start and a mixture of heavy riffing and banjo !!! what a combination.

Another hot guitar solo features on this one, I would love to hear it live, bet it packs an even bigger punch in the flesh !!


As the title suggests, Wildfire is a steaming country rock ditty showcasing beautiful harmonies against rock riffs and hard hitting drums n bass.Ridiculously catchy again, these Welch Boys can sure construct great songs.

If you like you Country with a bit of grit n grease then the Welch Bros are just what you need.






Sweden has always been a guarantee for the export of epic Pop melodies and famous rock-bands. However, this rarely combined in one band. Blowsight have internalized the essence of both worlds.With no fear and always with a tongue-in-cheek attitude the band maneuvers through all facets and colors of modern rock music. Even in reflective moments they maintain a touch of lightness. Despite all diversity, Blowsight always put the fun in music first and they never stop short at playfully crazy ideas to show it off.

Fresh, melodic and powerful! This is rock, who’s beat is not only the heartbeat of zeitgeist, but mainly convinces listeners with sophisticated songwriting. This is music that works – on small or big stages.

Nick Red (lead vocals/guitar), Seb (guitar/vocals), Mao (bass/vocals), Fabz (drums/vocals)
Sounds Like: 30 Seconds to Mars, Trivium, My Chemical Romance, Bullet for My Valentine, Foo Fighters
Big dirty guitars combine Nickleback style rocking at its heaviest with big catchy choruses with beautiful chord changes to perk the interest and a quirky guitar solo !! Niiiccceee.
Almost Classical music intro segues into powerful drums n guitars.
It’s great to hear modern power with inherent melody and top class production.
Lots of musical twists and turns keep the listener on their toes.
Theatrical guitar start pounds hard into an uptempo rocker again with great vocal melodies
very exciting and inventive guitar solo, keeps you guessing as the song drops to lush vocal harmonies before smashing back into the power chords again.
Shit these guys are good !!!!!!
Another ear-catching intro of modern keys lulls you into a great power ballad with killer melodies once more.This band don’t sit on tired old sounds and chords, they are always looking to try something different. MUST BE A SWEDISH THING !! AND I LOVE IT !!!!



Singer/songwriter Alex Ryder has had great success with her EP entitled “Won’t You Listen” Writing and co-writing, singing every single lead and background vocal on the entire creation, having made her debut a success Alex is ready for more!

There is only one place Alex prefers than the recording studio, the stage! Alex’s low, sultry voice has a unique sound, humbly compared to classic female rockers like Joan Jett and Pat Benatar. Alex is busy tearing up Canada sharing the stage with the likes of Kim Mitchell, Lou Gramm (Foreigner) & Honeymoon Suite rock’en her fans with her 6 piece band. Above expressing her edge through her emotional originals, Alex has a great time covering her favourite artists like Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and many more!.

Globally aired on 100’s of Internet radio stations, this rocker is making her mark worldwide.
To find more out about Alex Ryder check out her website or catch up with her on any of her social media outlets

Members Bobby Littlemore – Guitar, Steven Rae – Bass, Fred Pantalone – Drums, Yvan Tessier- Keys, Donna King-BG Vocals & Tracy Rush- BG Vocals

Alex has just released a new single “It’s Over” in May 2014. You can preview her new single on her site, along with her EP at or go to iTunes.


Subdued intro  storms an instrumental passage featuring a stunning guitar line. Alex then smoulders into the first verse before hitting the very catchy chorus with great harmonies.Another brilliant guitar line follows.This is a top song and should be a hit.Alex Ryder has a very commercial, beautiful sounding voice.My song of the week !!!!


Acoustic based groover with a vocal hinting at the Pat Benatar influence.Great production again, featuring the trademark harmonies.

Another hit song which would sound brilliant live.Awesome guitar work again !!!


Bass and drums get to shine on this intro,then the song kicks into an uptempo rocker with yet another killer chorus.This is a KILLER BAND!!!.

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Brilliant writing on this song featuring a tasty piano intro which makes you expect a ballad.But the full band punchy refrain dispels those ideas.Nice Light and shade verse and chorus and very good lyrics throughout.Jeez this Gal can sing.

You have to check Alex Ryder out now !!!!




Texas Hippie Coalition are the purveyors of their own patented Red Dirt Metal sound: designing their own line in life and in music. For them, there is no other way. Texas Hippie Coalition are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that’s born of both life experience and a respect for rock ‘n’ roll’s forefathers.

What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands. Texas Hippie Coalition’s third album Peacemaker is a textbook example of Red Dirt Metal, which is the sound the band has been honing and cultivating for its entire existence.


Essentially, Peacemaker, which follows the previous albums The Pride of Texas and Rollin’, is like one of those out-of-control parties that will find you without a girlfriend and with pissed off family members the very next day, but you’ll be gawking over your killer new tattoo while nursing an awful hangover. It’s the stuff of life, the good time ingredient that you can’t manufacture or fake. It comes from a very real place, thanks to Texas Hippie Coalition’s ability to understand their influences and mine them into something wholly unique.

Having recorded in Texas I fell in love with the Lone Star State, and hearing TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION reminds me of how Texas is steeped in awesome music.Ade Fisher.

Big Dad Ritch – Vocals

John Exall – Bass Guitar

Cord Pool – Guitar

Timmy Braun – Drums

Influences ZZ top, Black Label Society, Pantera, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, 



Big guitars bass n drums intro to the unmistakable voice of  Big Dad Ritch. A taken down verse leads to a killer chorus with instant hooks.You simply have to Turn It Up Loud.!!!Great song, great production.


Impassioned vocal intro from Ritch takes us into a tale of a woman leaving home to a grungy soundtrack in the vein of Soundgarden.Jeez this guy can siiiiiiiinnnng !!Tasty guitar solo too.


Hints of ZAKK with the pinched harmonics in a nice de-tuned stomper of a tune.

Make no mistake, this is a Man’s Band, oozing testosterone from every pore so if you like your music big hard n heavy you have to check these guys out now !!!!




Hailing from the City Of Angels, the BUTCHER BABIES offer redemption from the overplayed underground, exorcising demons with a visceral sound matched only in scope by their explosive stage show. Frontwomen Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, guitarist Henry Flury [Amen], bassist Jason Klein [Azdachao] and drummer Chris Warner [Scars of Tomorrow] juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies that wail with anguish and hope for redemption. 

The band signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records in December 2012, and a month later hit the road with Marilyn Manson on what proved to be one of the new year’s most talked about tours. The run was a return to form for Manson and a call to arms for the BUTCHER BABIES, who honed their razor-sharp riffs and soul-searing vocals in front of live audiences as a source of manic pre-production. Only days after wrapping the tour in the City Of Sin, the band was in an L.A. studio with producer Josh Wilbur [Gojira, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed] recording the debut album that has the metal community buzzing. 

With an unrelenting delivery and uncompromising intent to melt faces, GOLIATH is more than just a record – it is the growing enemy that angers, drives and inspires the BUTCHER BABIES.

Butcher Babies debut album “GOLIATH” OUT NOW on Century Media Records! Http://


Starts with incredible drum fills and a monster scream from Heidi before she and fellow frontwoman Carla trade vitriolic vocals like two prizefighters.Monster riffs and pounding rhythm, be very afraid !!! If you have respiratory problems don’t pause for breath because the action is intense and relentless.Great chorus kicks up the intensity again.

Make no mistake, these girls can sing, this band can play !!!!!


More incredible drums, killer vocals and demonic riffs, another great chorus, and, judging from the video, Butcher Babies are an incredible live act. I need to lie down in a darkened room !!!

It’s gonna take a lot more than David to slay “GOLIATH”