No. 24

June 01, 2015

Strikeforce - Elegant Steel (HighVolMusic) ....

Formed in 1982, classic hard rock band Strikeforce continues to be a viable entity in the music scene with their new release Elegant Steel. Their hard hitting brand of high energy rock and roll runs deep in this EP containing songs "All About The Money", "Falling Down", "Live Action", "Doomsday", and "Let Me Rock U". The band is led by founding member and guitarist Duke Jackson and comprised of Jimmy Burdette (drums), Daryn Steel (vocals), and James Murphy (bass). The bass is really hard hitting in this production and I love the sound of the drums. 'All About The Money" was my favorite, a hard driving rock sound, that will leave you wanting more. "Live Action" and "Let Me Rock U" have all the elements to take you back to the 1980's to the days of big hair metal and bands like Ratt, Motley Crue, and the like. Strikeforce has shared the stage with many nationals over the years and their shows are legendary. With an extensive repertoire of songs that span their career, Strikeforce has something on-tap for everyone.

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Rabid Assassin - Eliminate The System (HighVolMusic) ....

Horror themed act Rabid Assassin launch their mayhem upon the world with their debut CD ‘Eliminate the System’. Formed in 2013 by veteran guitarist/vocalist Thane Farace (Ghost of War) and fellow musicians Chad Bedsaul – guitar, Dan Delaney – bass guitar and Corey Brooks – drums. Rabid Assassin entered the studio with renown producer Drew Mazurek to record their now highly anticipated debut. The project takes on the challenging issues that plague the world today with songs that are straight forward and hit on topics everybody can relate to but which most are scared to talk about. It runs the gamut of everything that is messed up in the world today. Their debut album pokes at the unpopularity of the Obama administration and corruption of US politics with great songs such as "Presidential Lies", "War Machine", "I Hate", "The Deal", and "In For The Kill". Don't miss "Gas, Ass, or Grass", a quirky song destined to be a ballad complete with bong tokin'. I found this album interesting and recommend you give it a listen.

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Grenouer - Unwanted Today (Mausoleum) ....

Based out of St Petersburg, Russia, Grenouer was born out of the 90s extreme metal scene, but have evolved to a modern metal sound, mixed with electronica. Their elaborate blend of metal and alternative rock, combined with intense and cathartic live performances, has earned Grenouer a devoted fan base and great critical acclaim. The band sounds great with their drop tuned instruments, hard driving songs, interesting accents, that remain commercial and mainstream. The songs have great vocal hooks and melody that keep you drawn in to their heaviness with songs such as "Awake", "A Little Too Obsessed", "Blossoms In The Dust", and "Daily Miracles". "The band as well manages to deliver a great ballad in "Point of No Return". While many may find their music too cliche, too much in the vein of bands like Korn, Linkin Park, maybe even a little Disturbed, they deliver a really good album. Check it out ! Grenouer are Andrey Ind - vocals, Alexander Motor - guitars, Al Bolo - bass, and Danny D - drums.

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