OSCAPE „The Growing Ground” CD
  self-released 2009. Our rating [7/10]

A realistic and often chilling look at the state of affairs with hard driving rhythms, angry lyrics and catchy melodies. Oscape hails from Tucson, Az. bringing their hard rock to open ears. A staple of the Southwest, Oscape strives to share their message through hard driving rhythms and catchy choruses. Oscape has been playing throughout the desert for 18 yrs. to a rapidly growing fan base. Wit… [Read full review]

 LOTUS DOG self titled CD
  Ursa Minor Arts and media 2004. Our rating [7/10]

Lotus Dog is a rock-tronic music project led by brother and sister song-writing team TSO and Jolie. More like a community than a band, Lotus Dog’s debut release features more than two dozen guest musicians and contributors, from Afghan tabla player / vocalist Tameem to Oakland rappers The Conscious Daughters. Combined with Jolie’s heart-felt vocals and TSO’s avant garde production style, this r… [Read full review]

 GRAYSON WRAY PROJECT „Butterfly Cannonball” CD
  Lavender Sky Records 2009. Our rating [6/10]

The Grayson Wray Project (aka GWP) is an eccentric, high energy band rocking out of Los Angeles, California. ‘The B52’s meets the Beatles with a funkadelic flavor’ is how fans describe their sound. Zany and original, serious yet fun, a wide variety of influences can be heard in their tunes. From 60’s pop to funk and techno – they cover the musical spectrum with a cool Southern California vibe. GWP… [Read full review]

 B.HOGAN „…a Moment of Clarity” CD
  self-released 2004. Our rating [5/10]

South Florida Punk Rock emerging from the small beach town of Jensen Beach. This 4 song E.P. is a teaser of things to come by this band. The inaugural release by B Records, this one is sure not to disappoint. Support Indie Punk, buy a copy today or download some songs for your own enjoyment…. [Read full review]

 SYMPATHY FOR STRAWBERRY „Call the Ambulance Now!” CD
  self-released 2009. Our rating [8/10]

SYMPATHY FOR STRAWBERRY started in early 2003. We’re based in Vienna, Austria. Since we’ve started we’ve played shows in almost every part of Austria, most of them beeing club shows, but also on some festivals. We’ve also received airplay on some stations, were in the final of a country-wide bandcontest, and even did a 10-minute tv-interview which was broadcasted four times countrywide. Our live s… [Read full review]

 P-LASK „Drawing a Blank” CD
  self-released 2009. Our rating [5/10]

DJ, producer, and remixer Paul Laski (aka P-LASK) has had a passion for dance music since the mid 1990s. After hearing albums from such electronica artists as The Prodigy, Future Sound of London, BT, Orbital, and DJ mixes from the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Sasha & Digweed, and Tiesto, he became deeply enmeshed in the world of electronic music. His interest was sparked the most by progressive house,… [Read full review]

  self-released 2006. Our rating [9/10]

Combining aggressive, original guitar work, intense, fiery vocals, cool, accessible melodies and passionate lyrics, Paul has created a Rock band feel in the form of a Rock singer-songwriter. “My album ‘In My Time’ ain’t no boy band, poppy crap. The songs have emotional depth, are spiritual and reflective in nature, and there’s actually some intelligence behind them.” -Paul Maged, 2007- Madison… [Read full review]

 50 LB. HEAD „The Valiant Puirsuite of Nothing” CD
  50lb. records 2009. Our rating [7/10]

Southern-style metal/rock in the vein of Black Label Society, Down and Black Sabbath with hints of jazz, groove and classic metal thrown in for good measure. 50lb. Head is Ashley Eubanks (bass,vocals), Chris Morant (guitar,vocals), Scooter Price (drums,percussion) and David Shaw (guitar). 50lb. Head’s second release, „The Valiant Pursuite of Nothing” was recorded at Earthsound Recording and Red… [Read full review]

 JIMMY SPENCER „Warm… Then… Now… Always” CD
  Nightspen Productions 2007. Our rating [7/10]

Spencer is truly a balladeer and „warm.” certainly proves it. He caresses each song with a soft gentle warm style that sets the mood for a quiet romantic experience. Jimmy Spencer is truly a balladeer extraordinaire and “WARM” certainly proves it. He caresses each song with a soft gentle warm style that sets the mood for a quiet romantic experience. The ballads tell of new love, old love and ev… [Read full review]

 Q-BOX „Audible Brain Surgery” CD
  self-released 2009. Our rating [7/10]

The fundament of the Q-Box sound is a grooving mix of bass and drums, paired with precise and very sophisticated guitar work. In contrast to most of the modern Metal bands, the guitar solo is still of great importance – thus without stretching it to solo. The fundament of their sound is a grooving mix of bass and drums, paired with precise and very sophisticated guitar work. In contrast to most… [Read full review]

 THE FLETCHERS „Bright Blue Lights” CD
  Tumblesault Music 2008. Our rating [6/10]

tThe music shows a blend of American and British indie rock sensibility with unique sounding guitars, harmonies, and memorable hooks. The debut CD offers twelve engaging songs with a variety of both tempo and temperament. Description: The music shows a blend of American and British indie rock sensibility with unique sounding guitars, harmonies, and memorable hooks. The debut CD includes songs t… [Read full review]

 DUSH „Ancient Cities”” CD-EP
  self-released 2008. Our rating [7/10]

It starts out very subtly, with a consistent bass undertone. Slowly, as a vigorous powerhouse escalates, a beautifully disguised guitar enters the mix, and a slightly classical whisper is added by the synths. A combination that’s out of the ordinary, so distinctive it has its own name: Bronze, the latest genre of music combining metal and melodic vocals with a touch of industrial sound. This n… [Read full review]

 RAMPANT BAND „Breakthrough/Breakdown” CD
  Rampant Band Music 2001-2008. Our rating [8/10]

Rampant Band is an alternative rock band formed in Saratov, Russia, in 1995, and currently based in Moscow. Stylistically it’s hard to fit them in some strictly defined genre but in essence it is Anglo-American alternative rock with extensive use of keyboards. Band’s musicians use various terms when describing their music, and among the main influences they cite quite a lot of principally differen… [Read full review]

 JONO & FRIENDS „Misty Roses” CD
  J.Frola 2005-2008. Our rating [8/10]

Smooth and Romantic. Something to sit back and listen to with that someone special and fall in love again. A must for all. Truly one of the most romantic songs written, Misty Roses has been sung by many great singers. Jono Frola adds his own style and arrangement to surely become one of those songs you can’t get out of your head. His soft voice against the background of romantic guitars and string… [Read full review]

 LOUD AT LEAST! „Painfull Exploration” CD
  self-released 2009. Our rating [6/10]

Loud At Least! A funny name for a band but of course also showing the direction: Straight Classic Heavy Rock! „Passion and power” is ruling the intention of Gernot Schilcher, Gernot Reisner (both of them heavily suffering from metallic fever) and their mate Oswald Theisl. The new CD „Painful Exploration” is proving this kind of attitude from the Heavy-Metalriff to the Powerballad…. [Read full review]

 THE KATHY FLEISCHMANN BAND „The Second Took Even Longer” CD
  self-released 2008. Our rating [6/10]

The Kathy Fleischmann Band is comprised of four seasoned singer/ songwriter/musicians from NY. Their music is a mix of blues, rock, jazz and folk. Kathy Fleischmann is the songwriter and lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist. Before moving back to NY, she spent 10 years performing in South Florida earning accolades including South Florida’s Best Acoustic Artist and performing in the prestigious annua… [Read full review]

  Zine Records 2009. Our rating [6/10]

Day of Days are Perthshire lads. Not to my knowledge a particularly hot spot in the uprising of Scotland’s currently burgeoning wee scene. I don’t know, maybe it is, and apologies of course for any offence caused. Whatever the state of Perthshire’s music network, Day of Days are certainly the first to come to my attention any time lately shall we say. I still haven’t seen them live, so until su… [Read full review]

 JON SCOTT „Some R Beautiful” CD
  Jon Scott Music 2007. Our rating [6/10]

Jon’s style is a versatile blend of great African Rhythms, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Soul and Ballads. Jon has been writing, performing and indulging in music since childhood and has appeared in various Stage Productions, including versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical „Jesus Christ Superstar”, the acclaimed South African Musical „Ipi Tombi”. Jon performs either with his band and can also play acous… [Read full review]

 ANDY MASON „Stories Told” CD
  Last Stop Records 2008. Our rating [8/10]

This album „Andy Mason Stories Told” is collection of recently written folk songs from Andy Mason, who is a San Francisco Bay Area Native. Andy is a singer/songwriter/activist who crafts songs about politics, polution, human rights, and daily slice-of-life stories. The style of this album is a gritty folk, americana, alt-country vibe. Look for the sounds of guest bay area local musicians playing l… [Read full review]

 THEODOR BASTARD „Beloe: Lovlia Zlyh Zwerey” CD
  Q-Code Records 2008. Our rating [8/10]

Music critics face a hard task when need to define a style which the St.Petersburg band THEODOR BASTARD belongs to. It all started back in the end of 90-s when Fedor Svolotch (“Theodor Bastard” – is simply the translation of the band leader’s nickname) started experimenting with noise, industrial ambient and thousands of micro-sounds, building intricate avant-garde compositions. The defining turn… [Read full review]

 SIEBEN „Mal Solo” CD
  Schraum 2007. Our rating [5/10]

Ever since the day in 2004, when the label schraum was founded, there has been an idea to invite a handfull of musicians to Berlin-each to play a solo concert, to be recorded for a live cd. It has finally come true: In June 2007, Schraum invited seven musicians to perform solosets in the wonderful atelier of Fine Kwiatkowski and Willehard Grafenhorst, called „Cri du coeur”, in Berlin Wedding, on t… [Read full review]

 GO ENGINE NOW self-titled CD
  Mark Grover 2009. Our rating [4/10]

Creators of hauntingly beautiful arrangements, the members of Go Engine Now were reared in the swamplands of Western Oregon, and the deserts of Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho. The band consists of; a may as well be married couple, a brother and sister, and two members who’ve been friends of all of the above since childhood. This longtime kinship makes for a dynamic and seamless interplay that dr… [Read full review]

  Bedroom Records 2008. Our rating [8/10]

Rain Forest is the new creation of Ruben Monteiro. After nine years playing with Alluminia he decided to gather songs that were lost in his inner core. While a full length album is due to be released next summer, the first recording – Inner – is an EP with unplugged versions of what is yet to come. The songs appear as meditations from another world, set in a parallel universe that sometimes re… [Read full review]

 DER BLUTHARSCH „Everything Is Allright !” CD
  Tesco Organisation 2008. Our rating [8/10]

A compilation of rare tracks and remixes recorded 2oo2 – 2oo8 (WKN32) REVIEW: IKONEN MAGAZIN „Steel-Gitarren-Loops und Samples von Jim Jones zu Beginn, das klingt wie Buffalo Springfield auf Crack. Dann Dernière Volonté-Keyboards und Lagerfeuer-Akustik. Gefolgt von Bass-Läufen und Elektro-Beats. So geht es weiter, fast sechzig Minuten. Der trippige Gothic-Rock kommt nicht vor Track 7 zum Zuge. Und… [Read full review]

 WERTHAM -„Memories Trom The Pigsty” CD
  Tesco Organisation 2008. Our rating [8/10]

WERTHAM is the solo project of Marco Deplano, Italian mastermind of Mediterranean cinematic post industrial/folk combo FORESTA DI FERRO and active collaborator of numberless sound and visual projects spawning from post industrial culture to punk/hardcore. After more than 10 years of wait and a fistful of smaller releases, „Memories from the pigsty” is the first full length CD, displaying a sound r… [Read full review]

 NAEVUS „Relatively Close To The Sea” CD
  Tesco Organisation 2008. Our rating [6/10]

For the sixth Naevus album, Relatively Close to the Sea, Lloyd James (voice, acoustic guitar, keyboards) and Joanne Owen (bass, accordion, keyboards) joined by their regular drummer John Murphy (Knifeladder, Shining Vril). The album also features contributions from Greg Ferrari (Womb) on electric guitar, Joanna Quail (SonVer) on cello, Matt Howden (Sieben) on violin; and Arthur Shaw (Cutty Sark) o… [Read full review]

 BAIN WOLFKIND „The Swamp Angel” CD
  Tesco Organisation 2008. Our rating [8/10]

The Australian songwriter and DER BLUTHARSCH member returns with an album, featuring 15 reverb drenched tales of love, loss, betrayal and revenge. The album is guitar driven and features a Motley Crew of guest musicians spanning a sound from Johhny Thunders style balads and rocking numbers to down tempo, psychedelic torch songs…. [Read full review]

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