Category Archives: Album Reviews

SAUL – Rise As Equals

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 23, 2020

Genre: Alternative Metal, Hard Rock

Label: Spinefarm Records

The Sutherland, Iowa based alternative metal/hard rock outfit SAUL have finally released their debut album, Rise As Equals, three years since forming in 2017. The new release marks the follow-up to last year’s Aeons EP. Since their previous EP, the band has come into their sound by pulling from distinct aspects and eras from all over the rock and metal spectrum. SAUL’s debut was co-produced by bandmates and siblings, Blake and Zach Bedsaul, alongside music producer Chris Dawson.

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Blue October – This Is What I Live For

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 23, 2020
September 18, 2020

Genre: Alternative Rock

Label: Up/Down Records

The Texas alternative rock band Blue October was established by singer-songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld, and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye twenty-five years ago. Their currently rounded out by bassist Matt Noveskey and guitarist Will Knaak. The band, most notably frontman Justin has been through a lot over the years. Justin’s struggles with mental illness and drug addiction -along with his road to sobriety- are on display in their documentary, Get Back Up, that was released earlier this year. This Is What I Live For is a statement to the seven years documented in, Get Back Up. Their tenth full-length album was self-produced by Justin himself and additionally engineered by his music partner Eric Holtz at Justin’s own, Up/Down Studios.

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I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME – Razzmatazz

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 23, 2020
October 16, 2020

Genre: New Wave, Indie Pop, Electronic Rock

Label: Fearless Records

Salt Lake City’s I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME, or iDKHOW for short, is the new wave/pop duo made up of frontman and multi-instrumentalist Dallon Weekes, alongside drummer Ryan Seaman. Both Weekes and Seaman made waves in music before iDKHOW’s inception in 2016 with their respective previous acts Panic! At The Disco (2009-2018) and Falling In Reverse (2011-2017). Both Weekes and Seaman have accomplished a lot as musicians over the years. However, Weekes alone picked up both gold and platinum plaques as the key songwriter to Panic! At The Disco’s chart-topping 2013 album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! In the last four years, the duo has been composing and performing as iDKHOW have shared the stage with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish, The 1975, Dashboard Confessional, The Killers, and Blink-182, to name a select few.

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – Pressure

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 16, 2020

Genre: Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Rock

Label: Spinefarm Records

Nashville blues rocker Tyler Bryant -along with his bandmates in The Shakedown- are back with their fourth full length album, Pressure. The new album was written and recorded in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and looks to take you away from the craziness in the world for as long as this band of friends can with these thirteen mesmerizing tracks. Frontman Tyler Bryant, guitarist Graham Whitford -the son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford- drummer Caleb Crosby, and co-producer Roger Alan Nichols (Larkin Poe, Paramore, The Veronicas) all hunkered themselves down at Tyler Bryant’s home studio in Nashville during the quarantine to write and record the follow up to their critically acclaimed album Truth & Lies, that released in the Summer of 2019.

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Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkenment

The censored version of the artwork to Anaal Nathrakh's eleventh album Endarkenment.

By Samuel Stevens

Release Date: October 2, 2020

Genre: Extreme Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Anaal Nathrakh, the extreme metal band based out of Birmingham, England are eager to return to the spotlight of the metal scene with the release of their eleventh album, Endarkenment. The extreme metal duo’s new album was both tracked and produced entirely by multi-instrumentalist Mick Kenney at his own studio in Southern California, while the vocal tracks by vocalist Dave Hunt were laid down in an industrial estate in Birmingham.

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