Album Review – Melancholy reaches level infinity in Snowsleep’s Being No One
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Album Review – Melancholy reaches level infinity in Snowsleep’s Being No One

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Some of our longest-lasting music obsessions have back stories of being completely random discoveries. Such is the case with Snowsleep‘s Being No One. We pressed play without any preliminary research and let the music do the talking. The album is tagged downtempo, breaks, even instrumental hip-hop, but thankfully what you actually find on it is full-blown epic and extremely dramatic (in a good way) contemporary ambient. Being No One has a strong neo-classical feel, even though its sound is created…

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Hellfire summons Godzilla for a groove metal throwdown

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Recently, we reviewed the mighty Dimension-X by one-man band Hellfire. Erik Schrage, the project’s main engine, plays black metal very competently, so the stylistic turn in Godzilla caught us unprepared. Godzilla is slow, uber-downtuned groove metal with satanic screams. Elements of black metal, such as tremolo-picked riffage and diminished-sounding chord progressions are still present, but the stylistic shift is notable. The combination is interesting and hasn’t been explored by someone else, not to our knowledge at least. Some songs ditch…

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Ronn Van Etten explores subtlety in Shades of Blue’s

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Musician and bluesman Ronn Van Etten clearly has what it takes to make a competent record. Although undeniably bluesy, Shades of Blue’s isn’t exactly blues like you may be used to. Rather than spinning around the good old 12-bars, Ronn’s tunes incorporate pop arrangements with plenty of jazz-tinged guitar soloing. The vibe here is smooth and restrained, much the opposite of raucous or excessively emotional. This gives the album an unusual feel that only ones extremely knowledgeable about blues are…

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Mike Mccleary doesn’t crumble under the Weight of the Truth

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Mike Mccleary is a guitar player and singer-songwriter from Canada who has a gift for the blues. Weight of the Truth is one of his full-length records which, at 13 songs length, is a full-bodied piece of art. Mike uses his smoothly composed blues rock and folk-tinged instrumentals as the backdrop for lyrics that spread mental health awareness and paint pictures of what it is like to recover from substance abuse problems, such as alcohol addiction. There’s remarkable honesty and…

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Not Another Red Light casts a bright acoustic shine

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At 16 minutes worth of singer-songwriter music, Not Another Red Light is a quick and pleasant listen which showcases some immense talent. There are five songs in the record, each standing out with a unique melody and poignant lyrical content. The production is crisp and punchy, making the songs come across clearly and confidently. It’s a wonderful thing to listen to a competent musician who’s put in quality work and excels at his craft. Throughout the EP, the tempo remains…