Deaf Radio “Alarm” Album Review + Stream…

Deaf Radio

Alarm  – Vinyl // CD // DD

Self-released:  January 9, 2017

Reviewed by Zachary “+Norway+” Turner

 

Lineup:
Panos Gklinos (Vocals & Guitars)
Dimitris Sakellariou (Guitars & Vocals)
Antonis Mantakas (Bass & Backing Vocals)
George Diathesopoulos (Drums & Backings Vocals)
Honorary Member : Vassilis Petris

Previous Releases:
A two track E.P. from 2015 “Deaf Radio”, containing; “Down On Her Knees” & “No Hay Banda”

Tracklist:
Aggravation                                       03:25
Backseats                                           05:06
Vultures & Killers                            04:11
Anytime                                             05:03
Flowerhead                                       04:32
Revolving Doors                              04:32
Trapped                                             03:01
Oceanic Feeling                               04:23
…And We Just Pressed The Alarm Button 06:05

 

 

Review:

Deaf Radio are a Post-Punk/Alternative/Hard Rock band from Athens, Greece. On their Bandcamp they describe themselves as “a rock quartet inspired by the independent rock music scene.”

Track-by-track Breakdown:

Aggravation – This track launches us into what we will hear on and off for the rest of this of this album. Rockin’ riffs and lyrics that sound like they are from the late 90’s revival of Punk music.

Backseats – This song starts of slow with a repetitive strumming and builds up with quick little riffs interspersed between the delivery of lyrics. In the final two minutes it introduces some screaming in the background making the song harsh. It reminds me of a We Are Harlot song that I cannot remember the name of.

Vultures & Killers – Here we get another change where their Post-Punk influences come out again and we hear a mid tempo beat with some almost falsetto vocals.

Anytime – (Don’t get too mad at this analogy but) this is their Lana Del Rey song minus the orchestra. It is a slow drug filled atmospheric falsetto vocals (like the last track) until the last minute and the music picks up speed and returns back to the Hard Rock that we have heard so far.

Shot by Evan MaragkoudakisPro Shot

Flowerhead – This song is a lot like Vultures & Killers, almost like it is a continuation or sequel to it. They are structure similar and the vocals are sung in the same way. The exception is this one is heavier on the bass and heart monitor beeping in between bass notes.

Revolving Doors – Here we return to a style close to Aggravation, which reminds me of some of Rise Against’s music. A repeating structure with it being changed in the last minute or two.

Trapped – This song reminds me of a mix of Bush and Muse types of playing and singing. The guitar almost sounds surf like with it’s reverb. The tempo and rhythm change a bunch in this song the music goes back and forth between the types we have heard in the songs before it but it isn’t disorienting.

Oceanic Feeling – This song begins with a simple drum pattern that changes to signal the reverb guitar and bass to kick in. We return to backseats but a slower version of it.

…And We Just Pressed The Alarm Button (Favorite track) – Here we return to the Bush/Muse mix.

Photo: A Memory of Live of September 22nd, 2017
Live Band Pic

The band reminds me stylistically of early Rise Against and Queens of the Stone Age with a good mix of 90’s Hard Rock with Punk influences. Panos reminds me of a mix of the two singers as well. The main guitar reminds me of music that I used to listen to a lot but I cannot pinpoint from what. The bass is one of my favorite parts of the music, especially when it is alone, Antonis just goes at it without it going on too long, making me want more.

This album is good for playing in your car (on the verge of too loud) on your way to work or wherever (which is how I’ve listened to it). It is heavy but not too heavy to add to road rage and is chill enough to kind of zone out and relax to.  In essence, Deaf Radio have given us a 1-Stop-Shop with “Alarm”.  This band has a very bright future!!  Highly Recommend!!

 Download, stream; buy the CD, DD, and Vinyl here.

Additional Links:
https://deafradio.bandcamp.com/

https://www.discogs.com/artist/4863064-Deaf-Radio

https://www.discogs.com/Deaf-Radio-Deaf-Radio/master/1175259

https://www.youtube.com/user/12gafs

https://www.discogs.com/Deaf-Radio-Alarm/release/9690126

https://www.facebook.com/deafradioband/

 


POSTE 942 “Long Play” Album Review + Stream + Video…

POSTE 942

Long Play – CD // DD

Self Released – July 8, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Formed –  2013

LocationTourves, FRANCE

Band members:
Sébastien Mathieu (guitar)
Sébastien Usel (vocals)
Ludovic Favro (bass)
Nicolas Millo (drums)

Previous Releases“Démo” (2013) / “Extended Play” (2014) / “Devil’s Complaint” single (2016) / “Extended Play 2” (2016) / “Whiskey” single (2017)

Loosely stated, this is an all-out, balls to the wall party band borne from a mutual violent-love of beer as the band cites in their description of how it got started.  According to that, Mathieu decides to go back to ‘scratch’ and sets up a group. Within a short time, with a lot of people and a violent love for beer, so is born POSTE 942. With thick, slippery riffs, the band merges the blues, stoner, a little grunge, elements of old-school punk and even some southern rock flavors here, complete with an ORANGE ™ amp sound straight from the banks of the Caramy, via means of the factory in Atlanta, Georgia. While this may sound like an extreme mixture of some elements that would not necessarily blend well, the concoction we are offered with this, the first official full-length release, is sweeter than the coolest southern tea with ALL of the kick of pure Tennessee whiskey over fresh-cracked ice and as we drink it in, we know we’re going to need more…a LOT more!!

Picture from the Making of Music Video ‘Whiskey’

Long Play Video Pic

Thirteen tracks clocking in at 39+ minutes, these songs do indeed cover the gamut of all elements mentioned and there is not a sleeper in the bunch. Listing their influences as ranging from AC/DC to NIRVANA, from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE to FAITH NO MORE and even going from PEARL JAM to PANTERA.  These guys have no qualms about saluting their favorites and putting their own stamp on it at the same time, a hard thing for so many bands to do anymore. From ‘Color Of Red’ with an opening drum line that sounds straight out of MONTROSE‘s ‘Rock Candy’ before the pick slide down the guitar neck that marks the beginning of this tale of “Not love I see…” that rolls heavy and even to the ‘jangly opening guitar of ‘Devil’s Complaint’ with the lyrics of “What you need or you feel in this world of pain, all your gods and your dreams will not wash this rain.” The stage is set for this grunge sounding, stoner romp that is complete with an under-modulated guitar tone for the end section that will tickle the rock-fan in us all.

‘49.3’ begins with an engine rev before Usel’s vocal roars out with a fury equal to that 8-cylinder growl we started with and meet again halfway through and then roars past us at the end. ‘Punky Booster’ is true to the name with this pure-punk edged track, where ‘Grace’ is a slower-paced rocker that you can’t help but move to with it’s catchy hook before the pummeling drums and thunderous bass are back in your face with fills and heaviness galore showing they are a tight portion of this program and provide the perfect vehicle for ‘Seb and Seb’ to do their thing individually, while remaining cohesive in delivery.

‘Pigs In Paradise’ starts off with what could be any southern rock intro with it’s clean-ish guitar tone and tempo until the 1-minute mark when that stoner-feel hits back before we flow into that clean-ish guitar again, all under-flowing with Usel’s words. ‘Lonely Day’ is just busting with a SOUNDGARDEN vs FNM mentality and will rip your face off with the heavy as fuck melody and this off time cymbal tap that rings out in it’s half-muted glory. ‘Breathe’ is another faster romp that keeps it moving fast and hard.

‘Psycho Love’ Pts I & II did make me think of PANTERA‘s ‘Suicide Note’ pt I & II in that the structure is eerily similar, again I believe, in respect to an idol, and the vocal is clear and ringing over a beautiful acoustic progression that fits the mood and tempo perfectly and provoked images of standing with arms spread wide open in revealing from within with a sonic solo that makes your feet almost leave the ground following each note, and when pt-II hits the ground running, with a bass line deep and dark and brooding as those guitar notes keep calling out before the multi layer vocal signals the darkness gathering before the staccato guitar takes over the melody and the rage explodes into the mic again. Pure brilliance in arrangement and execution.

Standout track on this album for ME, and probably my favorite from these guys so far into their career, would have to be ‘Whiskey’. From the first notes, I felt like I was in somebody’s backyard down home here in the Southern USA listening to some good ole boys jamming and slamming away under the hanging branches swaying in a summer breeze while sipping some ‘shine and chasing that with some good ole Jack Daniels and when the bagpipes came in, all AC/DC-KORN in tone/feel, it was a perfect fit, each member given their three-second-solo bit at the bridge, and then back to the Southern-Slam this song is. Like I had stated earlier, I can not get enough of this one, and there is no slaking this ‘thirst’, even while I am drinking it down, in any other manner but to play it again and even LOUDER!!

Taking their time and fine-tuning each song to get to this point and using some stellar production values, POSTE 942 is ready to rise up and shine. Get this album the second you can, play it repeatedly for anyone you can, support them live if they come anywhere near you and keep it LOUD!!


Abrams “Morning” Album Review + Stream + Tour Dates…

ABRAMS

Morning – Limited Vinyl (300) // Digital Download

Sailor Records – June 9, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

 

Formed12-28-2013

LocationDenver, Colorado

Band Members:
Taylor Iversen – Bass and Vox,
Zach Amster – Guitar and Vox,
Geoff Cotton – Drums

Previous Releases:
“February ” (2014)
“Lust.Love.Loss.” (2015)

This album is the second full-length offering from this trio and exudes as much rage and vitriol as the first two releases.  Abrams have the added edge of thicker production and a more lavish sound that makes them sound even bigger and more bad-ass than before with their post-hardcore, sub-punk delivery that shows they have indeed been ‘sharpening the sword.’  With their endless touring and ‘shifts at the kit’ with each release that have seemingly only served to make Abrams a tighter/leaner animal that is ready to take hold and conquer the masses. When asked to describe themselves, Abrams posted “So, the guys name-check heroes of post-hardcore like Fugazi and At the Drive-In, and indeed, Abrams’ sound could be perceived as a turbo-boosted, sludged-up incarnation of those bands’ spirits – driving and impassioned, traversing the spectrum of feeling, from mournful to triumphant.” Add to that a maturity that has permeated the ranks and the end result is a record like this one.

 

Band Pic

 

While previous releases have leaned more toward the anger and sneer approach, and there is plenty of that still in place, this time out, there are even more facets revealed that you may not have expected here based on the last couple of outings.  It also shows a growth that is natural in all bands of this caliber, especially with the fine-tuning that Abrams strives for and has certainly accomplished here as tracks like ‘Mourning’ shows off with the clear vocals and a stellar solo section that could light trees on fire as it smolders as the tempo quickens and the rage returns for the final vocals, again showing the utter versatility of this powerhouse, much as staccato-tempo’d ‘Die In Love’ is pure Abrams-attitude, first punishing note to last.

As ’18 Weeks’ is a light, quick-tempo’d romp complete with fuzzed-out bass and echoplex engaged in what is yet another facet of the gem that is in hand, ‘Worlds Away’ and ‘At The End’ have an almost Season To Risk feel as they slam you around with the might pushing out of your speakers.

 

 

‘Rivers’ has a complex structure that is almost Irish-clan sounding in tempo and swagger of the bass line under that power-vocal over it and a guitar line that holds your attention with the precision of a laser-beam, hitting right between your eyes as you can’t help but follow along. ‘Can’t Sleep’ is a perfect follow up with it’s darker tone and delivery that seems to complete what the previous track had just set-up and is the seamless fit. ‘In This mask’ is another staggered beat, slower this time out, but as brutal and strong in each beat and when the bass guitar come in simultaneously under that vocal push, it is doom perfection and even the stoners will nod in agreement with that statement.

Closer and title track ‘Morning’ is the one that stands out for me and is yet another facet of this gleaming stone this record represents for Abrams and is full of the very best from every other song on this record congealed into a song that had my jaw hanging open in shock, surprise and absolute delight that these guys have come this far and to this point in the hear-and-now and can’t wait for them to hit the road, hopefully hitting my area again soon… been a ‘minute’ since…

Buy this record RIGHT AWAY, share it with every single person you come across, see this band LIVE if you get the chance to and keep it LOUD!!

Tour Schedule

RED BEARD WALL S/T Review & Track Stream

RED BEARD WALL 
Self-Titled – CD//DD
Argonauta Records – Release Date May 12th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

We all know how things are done down Texas way, don’t we? Everything is blown up and bigger than life, done up right in a massive way or it isn’t done at all. That philosophical application seems to also be the mission statement of the newest release from the Lone Star State’s Red Beard Wall. The 9-song self-titled effort will be released through Argonauta Records on May 12th and it very well might change the whole game of how music fans view Post-Rock. Of course I label said record as ‘Post-Rock’ but truth is, there is a shit-ton lot more going on in this thing, everything from Noise Rock to Sludge to Grunge and Alternative, just to name a few.

Red Beard Wall has been a true labor of love for the duo currently behind the wall itself, vocalist/guitarist Aaron Wall and drummer George Trujillo. It has been a little over a year now since RBW issued the 3-song self-titled Demo back in ’16 and in that time, the guys have really perfected their sound. You really have no clue what to expect as the feedback-ringing intro of first cut ‘Beauty In‘ heralds the arrival of downtuned riffs and slamming kit-work. Quickly a groove is found and explored to the hilt with a little mid-tempo flare at hand and there it remains for the duration of this instrumental introduction. Exiting out with some more feedback and then, before you know it, the explosive ‘I Am‘ takes over. Reminiscent of some Nineties’ era Pacific Northwest grunge bands, the track is a lulling foray into a bit of hazy alt. rock. The juxtaposing vocal styles, one minute clean and melodic, the next screaming and angst-y, remind you there’s an aspect of aggression ever-present beneath the surface. Intensity comes soaring inward with several of the other songs here too, ones like ‘Switching Circuits‘ and ‘Bottom Of A Well‘ (streaming below) are constructed on controlled aggression. They’re fluid and manage to touch all the bases when it comes to melding multiple styles together with strength and cohesion.

For me personally, I really took to the middle segment of the record especially the triple threat of ‘Alive‘, ‘Born With A Hammer‘ and ‘Top Of The Mountain‘. ‘Alive‘ has a very carefree or uplifting quality about it, very groove-oriented but with a lighter vibe permeating its playing time. It repeatedly brings to mind Local H for me..and that is a damn good quality if you ask me. On the opposite side of that spectrum is the pummeling ‘Top of The Mountain‘, a volatile cut that rides the rhythmic rails straight to the pinnacle of Mt. Anger. Things begin to crest with the hypnotic lyrical rhymes that narrate the next to last track, ‘March In Time‘. It has a Southern Metal-meets-Satanic-Surf Rock type of content, not to mention its very own take on an abrasive breakdown about mid-way through. Things come full circle with the ending track ‘Beauty Out‘, a reprise of the instrumental start that kicked off this aural trek. The gravity-generating grooves pull you back down into place as you begin to stumble from the stupor of what you’ve just listened to.

I won’t try to bullshit you or lay a bunch of undue hype on you here because, truth is, Red Beard Wall is somewhat minimalist in nature. It’s a bit stripped down and as such, it refuses to rely on a bunch of razzle-dazzle studio trickery to make you think you’re hearing something you actually aren’t. No, instead it, and the duo themselves, just lay all their cards out in front of you and ask you to check them out. They don’t need sleight of hand tricks placed within their audio gamble because they are confident they’ve covered the spread and in truth, they have.


New Album Review – Super Snake “Leap of Love”

SUPER SNAKE

Leap Of Love – CD / DD

Self Released – Release Date:  February 14, 2017

 

Band Members:

Pete August: Guitar
Vinnie Fiore: Drums
Jerry Jones: Vocals
Joe Laga: Guitar
Jesse Marianni: Bass, Keys

Hometown; New Jersey

Super Snake were Born in 2012 and were baptized in the waters of psyched-out post-whatever!!  “Rock ‘n’ Roll Mind Control via a mouthful of psychedelics washed down with ten beers while listening to Black Sabbath and the dirtier parts of Sonic Youth. ”

 

Band in a car

 

This being the first full length release, opener and title track ‘Leap Of Love’ sets a pace for the album that those unaware of SUPER SNAKE will have a quick idea of what they are in for with this album. Super Snake has certain flavor the band describes as “…a Ouija board chopped up into little pieces, made into kindling, stuffed into your pipe.”  This is pretty much what you get, from the first line about how ‘Sometimes they never get your name right…’ and PUNCH the double guitar assault hits and bowl is lit as the first break shifts to a dream/nightmare state as you follow the mix of cascading sounds swirling over each other until that double-six hits again. ‘Lie4U’ is the perfect 21st century anti-love song ripping forth with lyrics steeped in questioning and declaration like ‘I’d lie for you, even if you wouldn’t’ and a ghostly-mixed vocal rolling left and right as the solos whip back and forth to the end. ‘Hot Pavement’ begins with a measure of high bends and the rest hit after a measure, slower paced than we have been so far but still rolling along making your head bounce in time where ‘Spirit Cave’ has a 70’s wah-pedal rolling along with a stoner’s wet-dream of flow-along on this air stream vapor feel through the seven and a half minute ride along this tale of two. No break between, ‘Lavish Sum Of Dread’ comes in with a drum line filling the air as the perfect pace for this tale of a ‘Sunday thrill for one’ as described in what has become comfortable this voice that never quite fades out as it shifts speed and pitch. Standout ‘Sister Margaret’ wastes no time in the perfect headbanger 4/4 time signature with the mystic-sounding keys lilting between the melodies that keep winding around as so much smoke in a room surrounding the bodies bouncing along. ‘Dreamcoated’ give a quick four-click heads-up before it’s sonic blast rips the paint off the walls, ‘Too Late Who Cares’ instead is a full-on SONIC YOUTH/UNDERNEATH WHAT recipe of swirling lights melting into the walls and it makes sense. ‘Get Lost Be Mine’ has a blues-fueled bounce while ‘Cecelia’ reeks of Mississippi mud with the chugging single guitar jag. ‘Big Seize’ has a cleaner guitar tone that we tend to hear a lot out of New jersey but with a punch that is often lacking for whatever reason, switching to pure crunch across all strings as we slide onto a stellar solo that bridges the mid section across to the screams that come in and grab the frontal cortex while the drummer kicks into overdrive and everything is back to swirling together.  Next enters ‘Take My Breath’ kicks in in true psychedelic bliss, clouds of varying colors circling like so much bong smoke to the end showing a band that is ready to make a stand and have accomplished their goal with this record.

Super Snake in a live setting would have to be insane if they can deliver the intensity of each song on this record and I have no doubt that they can and MORE… buy the album, support the live venues and let’s get these guys to your town and mine!!

Links:

 

https://supersnakerock.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/supersnakerock/

Words by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr


Review – The Balls ‘Self Tilted’ Album

The Balls
‘The Balls’
Self Released – CD/DD

 

Band Logo

 

In the last review I wrote, I essentially defended a band’s decision to name themselves something silly and/or generic. I’m not going to do that here. I’m going to break character here a bit, because this part isn’t exactly a review, it’s friendly advice: change your fucking name. Immediately, while you’re not branded with it yet. This is your opportunity to do so with the minimum of consequences. It’s not only a stupid name, it not only lacks any descriptive quality to reference the band’s sound, it’s not only completely ubiquitous to the point of rendering any Google search to find any info on your band completely pointless, there are also other, more established bands named The Balls….for some odd reason. One is some self-proclaimed old guys playing instrumental biker prog surf rock, whatever that is, and they’ve been around awhile. One of them is from Worcester Mass, pretty close to home for me, and they’re some kind of juvenile sex joke punk band, for which the name is actually fitting. My 2 cents – let them have it, you’re better off without it. You’re risking the potential to be confused with, lumped in with, or even sued by one of these existing acts. See the bands Middian And Husky for details on that last bit….

With that out of the way, I can take off my asshole hat, and dawn my reviewer hat. As indicated above, I had a bit of a hard time tracking down any actual information on The Balls, though I believe that they’re a power trio from Melbourne Australia. I have no idea who is in the band, or who plays what. They sound like a meat and potatoes rock band coming from the old school stoner rock tradition, with the post-Kyuss style of vocals, down-tuned guitars, and a big rhythm section. The singer reminds me a bit of the guy from Dozer. I’m not a huge fan of that style of vocals, though I tolerate them because they’re also ubiquitous when it comes to this style. That being said, the vocals on this debut album are The Balls strongest suit.

Pic of Band

 

The album kicks things off with “4th Of July”, a ripping riff-fest with some dark, heavy vibes racing through the melodies. It’s got a propulsive groove that’s set in motion by a bass intro before the guitar goes full throttle. We’re talking about that kind of up-tempo biker rock that Orange Goblin so effectively harnessed with their breakthrough album, The Big Black. In my mind, this is the territory where these guys are at their best. Throughout the course of the album, they definitely try a few different approaches stylistically. The second tune, “Not A Word”, is a bit more mid-tempo, though it retains the dark melodic senses and highlights the soaring vocals. They lose me a bit with the third song, “Runaway”, as it’s a bit more plodding during the verses and a bit more buttrock in the chorus. It’s a partying, AC/DC kind of tune that reminds me of the first Bad Wizard album, bare-bones, bluesy and mean, though I for one miss the darker overtones.

Things slow down and get a bit more atmospheric and slow with “I Forget”, which showcases a bit of the singer’s range and versatility in the lower registers as he croons through the first portion of the tune. They follow that up with another slow burning ballad, “Tragedy”, which once again features some most triumphant vocals in the chorus and a decent yet minimalistic guitar solo, one of the album’s few, and an addictive, groove-laced ending. They bring things back to the quicker tempos with the last songs, a one-two punch of “The Easy Truth”, which is easily the album’s heaviest (and shortest) track, and then “Alibi”, the album’s longest track. “The Easy Truth” is my easily favorite track on the album, as the guitar work is the most distinctive and original, the singing is really over the top in that blown out, shredding your vocal chords kind of way, and the arrangements aren’t predictable. It covers a lot of ground for such a short tune. “Alibi” is pretty much in the same vein as “4th Of July” stylistically, although more drawn out and dramatic in the spacious ending.

This is a solid debut from an up and coming band that has a lot going for them. It’s obvious that they’re a newer band trying to figure out what works for them, and I’d personally like to hear a bit more fretboard pyrotechnics from the guitar department. Adding a second lead guitarist could be a smart move, adding oomph to the overall sound while allowing for some more fiery, energetic solos and clever arrangements. That’s just me though, as what they’re doing now is working well enough to expand upon. If you’re into any of the bands that I’ve name dropped throughout the review, do yourself a solid and give these guys a listen.

Reviewed By Andy “Dylan Thomas” Beresky
Editor – Taste Nation LLC