Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Michael Biddlecom - Sonic Battalion CD review


Update 1/27/16: I've just learned that Michael has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Please keep Michael in your prayers.

Michael Biddlecom - Sonic Battalion CD review

The title track, Sonic Battalion, is a powerful track that will satisfy any heavy metal or hard rock fan. I'm a bit biased but this is the style of music that I love hear Michael playing because he executes the style with tons of power and passion. A couple of WWII samples set the mood and bring in the heavy rhythm. The rhythm is punctuated by some absolutely ripping guitar solos. This song gets my blood pumping and adrenaline flowing whenever I hear it.
Youtube link https://youtu.be/hQJU8qqTJrY?list=PLTxQuyb0vUCxl1vEkcXjr2-EaHy55EQ4D
Lost In Heaven starts with some whispering Italian verse provided by Cheryl LaDuca. I found myself being drawn into the song by this and curious as to what was coming next. Michael's vocals take over on top of a rhythm track that is fairly subdued until the third verse kicks in. This part of the music packs a heavy punch and it sounds great in contrast to the mellow parts of the verse. A bell tone brings in a melodic guitar solo that quickly turns into a flurry of notes that soar by with lightning speed. https://youtu.be/xAhrWvL-WDQ
Love Is Blind highlights Michael on acoustic guitar. The acoustic guitar provides an upbeat rhythm and while some keyboard parts provide the melodic content. A searing wah-wah guitar solo takes the song out in style. https://youtu.be/az1RACu92rU
Promises has an 80's sound and a timbre that builds in intensity as the song continues. Once again Michael takes the song out on a high note with some stinging lead guitar playing.
https://youtu.be/Vf7tBsVJ1TA
Stranger In My Skin features Michael playing some nicely played acoustic guitar.
https://youtu.be/c_xgol8644E
Sagittarius invokes a feeling of waiting caution. The sound made me feel like I was walking down a darkened hallway waiting for something to jump out and scare me. The shouting verses' release the spell with some aggressive guitar playing. Sagittarius is one of my favorite tracks on Sonic Battalion.
https://youtu.be/kM5_fs90GRg

to be continued...








Thank You Mike! 

This post is dedicated to Michael Biddlecom.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Carina & The Six String Preacher - Why You So Wild Crocodile? CD review


Carina & The Six String Preacher - Why You So Wild Crocodile? CD review by Joe Tell.

The first track, Forgot About Me, kicks off with a slow and sexy bossa nova/samba musical groove. A groove that's heavily infused with jazz. Carina's vocals send a strong message. She strongly suggest to forget about her, but her breathy delivery has the opposite effect, you are further drawn into her tender musical trappings. This song would fit in perfectly on any 50's B Movie soundtrack. The guitar lays back until the very end. A heavy guitar that sounds like a keyboard punctuates the music and takes the song out.
Youtube link https://youtu.be/c2yFVXDLDmQ
The guitar and drums of Cheap Perfume come in first and lay down a powerful groove. A perfect groove for Carina to sing along with and drop her unique vocal inflections on top of. Some perfectly timed stops really make the vocals pop as Carina delivers another standout performance.
Any Buffalonian who's been stuck in their house after a huge snow storm will relate to Cabin Fever. Cabin Fever delivers another jazz tour de force complete with a outstanding guitar solo by the Six String Preacher. Once again Carina's passionate and sensual vocal styling's really shine through on Cabin Fever. https://youtu.be/7C25i01lK4Q
A Man I Could Love combines rock, calypso and jazz styling's into a great and unique sounding song. This is my favorite song on Why You So Wild Crocodile? Drummer John Brady's performance on this song is outstanding. The opening lyric is haunting and it really has the tendency to stick inside your head. Once the opening line draws to a close the calypso beat kicks in and Carina displays her versatility by singing and scatting over the jumpy rhythm.
Cry Baby is a lesson in percussion. Carina's tick tock countdown and the Six String Preacher's percussive playing provide the rhythm. Carina's vocals glide over the music and provide the melody that flows through the song.
The enormous talents of Carina & The Six String Preacher come together to deliver a new and unique spin on traditional jazz stylings. Their take on jazz results in a sound that is very cool, sexy and hip.
https://www.facebook.com/CarinaandTheSixStringPreacher/





Thank You Carina & The Six String Preacher!
www.CarinaandTheSixStringPreacher.com

Joe Pinnavaia - Solace CD review


Joe Pinnavaia - Solace CD review.
Solace is a 3 song EP of instrumental guitar rock at it's finest. Solace starts off with Collapse. Collapse has a metallic edge complete with some soaring guitar melodies. Joe displays his outstanding guitar technique with fretboard tapping and quick as lightning solo flights. The middle section really caught my ear as it's different from the rest of the song. Joe hits a huge sounding power chord in this section as the sound of a cricket chirps into the music. Joe displays his versatility with some super sweet sounding guitar to carry this section through. The powerful section sounds even more powerful after it kicks back in. Joe takes out Collapse out with more fantastic and frenetic guitar playing.
The second track, Solace, has a uplifting sound but still rocks out with vigor. Layers of melodic guitar playing combine together to create a cohesive and exciting sound. Again the middle section hit me in just the right spot with it's ethereal quality. A nice build up brings the rockin' intro part back in and the drums are highlighted as Solace comes to a close.
Transient closes out Solace in style. The song has a nice, jazzy guitar rhythm track and Joe rocks it up with some really melodic solo playing on top. Joe's flawless guitar technique really shines through on this track. A couple of bass solos are highlighted on Transient. Transient is my favorite song on Solace.
Any fan of the instrumental music of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai will absolutely love Solace.
Solace can be heard on cdbaby through this link http://cdbaby.com/cd/joepinnavaia5
Thank You Joe!


JOE PINNAVAIA: Solace

1 - Collapse
2 - Solace
3 - Transient

 Joe Pinnavaia is a world class Guitarist and Instructor having been a featured artist on Steve Vai's Digital Nations Label. He is now a True Fire.com Instructor teaching students of varying levels from all over the world from the U.K., U.S.A and Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Russia, and Venezuela.
With nearly 30 years of playing experience and 20 years of teaching experience Joe is able to provide results for those who seek to elevate their playing to another level. Joe completed his musical education at Villa Maria College of Buffalo and at the University at Buffalo where he studied with Joanne Castellani from the world renowned Castellani/Andriaccio Duo and also studied with Italian born jazz/fusion virtuoso Tony Scozzaro and is now studying with Canadian Born Artist Dave Martone.
     Joe has also worked with Corey Lowery of Eye Empire, Dark New Day, Stuck Mojo, and Stereo Mud co-writing and internationally releasing BREAKERBOX's single "Soul to Life" and has appeared live with BREAKERBOX for select shows in New York including opening for Seether and Living Colour. 
     Joe recently worked with Corey and also Garrett Whitlock (Mark Tremonti Project) on this 3 song EP with anticipation of writing more material for a full length release. 

"TTR (Test Tube Rhino) is his project for launching selfish guitar madness. Lucky us. His liquid tone, melodic lines, and tendency to break out savage note flurries are delightful."

-Mike Molenda, Guitar Player 

"His playing breathes the lyrical melodic phrasing of Joe Satriani with elements of Buckethead’s acoustic mastery and articulation of the brilliant Paul Gilbert. For guitar instrumental lovers, InVitro is everything you could ask for."

Alex Jasperse -
musesmuse.com 

"The instrumental tracks veer from Steve Vai/ Joe Satriani speed shredding to Lenny Kravitz funky blues and rock to Jeff Beck Blow era jazz rock. "

Bob Silvestri -
Best of WNY.com

"Rock guitar instrumentals that allow for plenty of solo space, multi-layered esoterica, melodic richness, over-the-top shred, liquid legato lines, torrid tapping - in short, an outlet for the "experimental and selfish side of my playing," as Pinnavaia describes it."

The Undiscovered -
Guitar 9 Records 

"Test Tube Rhino is a killer project made up of killer tracks, killer writing and playing. Creative, diverse, interesting and gripping are all words I would use to describe this music."

Tom Hess - Tom Hess Music Corporation

"All instrumental, the sound is a pure sonic guitar feast in the timeless musical spirit of Robert Fripp and even Norwegian guitar god Terje Rypdal."

Robert Silverstein-
Music Web Express 3000 

"...very reminiscent of a certain Mr Fripp and his adventurous freedom of note choice and relaxed approach do call to mind Joe Satriani – all simmeringly quite cosily together in the sort of controlled sonic gumbo that needs a little spice…..which of course he adds in the form of some blazing modern techno-fetish lines."

Robert Silverstein-
Music Web Express 3000

"As a one-man project, Test Tube Rhino could suffer from a lack of diversity – but it doesn’t. Understated numbers like “I’m Not Doing Anything to Feel Sorry” shows Joey P. has a deft touch with supple lead guitar figures."

Christopher J. Kelter -
Rough Edge.com 

Thank You Joe!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Radio 9 - Buffalo, NY



After years of creating and performing music with numerous artists, Patsy Silver, Mike Biddlecom, Joey Cristofanilli, and Frank Cristofanilli, decided in 2013 it was the right time to collaborate their own musical talents of hard rock to create the band Radio 9; a hard driving mix of blues and metal.
The Buffalo based band recorded their debut EP, self-titled, Radio 9, at GCR Audio, owned by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, with producer Justin Rose. The first single off the album is ‘Mr. Imagination’.
Youtube link https://youtu.be/c7n5XGzmv8g?list=UUKKmbgFggqatQIuohA_lM9A
The other notable heavy hitting songs off their debut album are ‘Little Black Book’,
https://youtu.be/g0EmxC1WOAA?list=UUKKmbgFggqatQIuohA_lM9A
 ‘Lightning Strikes’,
https://youtu.be/6SCn9p4i2ow?list=UUKKmbgFggqatQIuohA_lM9A
  ‘Run for Cover’
https://youtu.be/QKRY1KYxquo?list=UUKKmbgFggqatQIuohA_lM9A
and the rockin’ ballad, “Without You,”
https://youtu.be/G0Bo-8qqC0Q?list=UUKKmbgFggqatQIuohA_lM9A
which hints at Patsy’s gospel, blues roots.
Radio 9 has a long and impressive list of talents they respectfully worked with over the years. Lead singer and hard hitting raspy voiced, Patsy Silver, shared the stage with such legendary acts as The Beach Boys, The Beaver Brown Band, Tommy Shaw, Jefferson Starship, Grand Funk Railroad, and sang back-up vocals for the late Lou Rawls. Not only has Patsy fronted Las Vegas based bands, International Fox, who toured the country with standing dates in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, NYC and Lake Tahoe, she has also recorded an album in Nashville for RLA Coastal Records.
Bassist Joey Cristofanilli, performed with Los Angeles based band, Ratt, in which he recorded one song for the Ratt EP, and co-wrote the song “Wanted Man” for the Atlantic release, “Out of the Cellar.” Joey has also recorded two songs with LA based band, Rough Cutt, for the LA’s Hottest Unsigned Bands Compilation album. He also toured and recorded one album with LA based band, Jagwire.
Guitarist Mike Biddlecom played and toured with LA based band, Caustic Cause. Mike also played with Buffalo based band, Vicious Circle, and recorded an EP which was chosen best original rock band. He has three original solo albums, “Mystic Compass,” “Strange Therapy” and “Sonic Battalion”.
Drummer Frank Cristofanilli played with Buffalo based bands, Curtis Loew, Pretty Poison, Actor, and Tyrant. Frank has also recorded an album with the band, Watchers.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Forever Green - Buffalo, NY


Update 1/25/16: Forever Green is taking advance orders for their new CD "Ten Years In The Baking". The CD will have 18 tracks and the cost is only $5.00. Paypal payments are accepted. Please send any serious inquiries to jtellfotos@yahoo.com, thank you.





12/23/15: Forever Green has (finally!) released a 5 song EP. This release includes a couple of alternate mixes that can only be heard on this CD. The first song, Fall Down Blues, was the first song Forever Green recorded and Joey's Song is the last song Joe Tell recorded. The second song, When You're Near Me, is a alternate version that will not be included on the full length release. I'd Find My Way is another alternate mix that uses all 3 versions of Dan's vocal tracks to create a very unique vocal sound. A second guitar can be faintly heard, this is a unplugged electric guitar which came through the vocal mic during one of Dan's vocal performances. Joey's Song was recorded by Vincent James. Vince is a master musician and he owns Music City Buffalo, one of, if not the best, music stores in Buffalo, NY. I must add that I was slightly intimidated recording with Vince because he is so talented, luckily I got over it and made it through. The guitar tuning on this track was created especially for this song and all the ethereal enhancements were added by Vince. Waves is a live track that Dan wanted to include on the EP. Dan's vocal talent really talent shines through on Waves. Tony Chimera played the bongos on Waves. EP Artwork was created by Cheryl and Dan Manzella and Joe Tell. This EP was meant to be a teaser in advance of a full length CD which will be released in 2016.








































Update 3/14/15: Forever Green is proud to have been chosen as a finalist in the Artvoice BOOM (Battle Of Original Music)! We are glad to be recognized for our music and very happy to see our picture in the Artvoice newspaper. The best thing about it is our music is being heard by a larger audience.



Danny Manzella and I are writing music together again as Forever Green with the help of producer Mike Boncaldo of Ansley Court and Chunkpipe? fame.
Forever Green has also enlisted the top shelf help of Tony Chimera on bongos from 55 Main and Tommy Leach on 5 string bass from River Rocks.
Forever Green has released 2 live original tracks, "Waves" and "Old Dead Flea Blues" from the famed Tudor Lounge in Buffalo, NY with special guest Tony Chimera on bongos.
Big thanks goes out to Bruce Markwardt for recording us. Thanks Dad!
3 new originals have also been written, recorded and released, "When You're Near Me", "I'd Find My Way" and the 6 minute opus "Seniorita". Our love for the blues produced "Exactly What You Did" kept lo-fi on purpose. All of these songs are available on the Forever Green reverbnation music page.
Dan and I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to our music!
http://www.reverbnation.com/forevergreen2




8/24/2011 Update: Forever Green is Now on Reverbnation!
Check out the Youtube video Forever Green (2) to hear Forever Green live...
Thank You for posting the videos Sue & Cheryl!
Forever Green is an acoustic duo Dan & I put together to express our love for music.
logo by Dan the Man.


Here's a classic FG handbill created by Joe and recently given to me by Dan. Thanks Dan!

This post is dedicated to Debbie Owens.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Michael Biddlecom - Mystic Compass




Guitarist/Songwriter Michael Biddlecom has posted an impressive body of work on YouTube. I've recently found this out while doing some research for my upcoming review of Michael's "Mystic Compass" CD.
Here's all the links, songs are listed in chronological order. Click and Enjoy!
Michael's profile on YouTube is www.youtube.com/user/guitarist253
Impaler by Vicious Circle http://youtu.be/Fpui1ZTSXR4
Nightmares by Vicious Circle http://youtu.be/2YHqbUmOh2E
Mystic Compass by Michael Biddlecom http://youtu.be/6jUAj7qc5fY
Sydonia by Michael Biddlecom http://youtu.be/vwMIwyx7iNs
After The Rain by Michael Biddlecom http://youtu.be/rjolyrAval8
What Does It Take? by Michael Biddlecom http://youtu.be/m8FbysytIE4
Sapphire Blues by Michael Biddlecom http://youtu.be/4nNaWNJEeaA
Into The Nebula by Michael Biddlecom http://youtu.be/haoR7BKP0o4
Lost As Love by Michael Biddlecom http://youtu.be/Ly0w3q95ewA
The Enemy by Michael Biddlecom and Joe Cristofanilli http://youtu.be/sP_q11738j8
Mad Theater by Michael Biddlecom and Joe Cristofanilli http://youtu.be/Q-PpzkHnzzk
Miles Before You Sleep by Michael Biddlecom and Joe Cristofanilli http://youtu.be/6MMhSRMeHDI

Michael Biddlecom




UPDATE 5/7/13: Michaels newest CD is entitled Strange Therapy. Mike's newest release can be purchased at any Record Theater location.

Mike has a new Youtube channel with new music! Check it out...




Music and Lyrics by Michael Biddlecom, Cinematography for Empty Rooms by Patsy Silver Cristofanilli.

Thank You, Mike!

Michael Biddlecom - Strange Therapy


UPDATE: Michaels newest CD release is entitled Strange Therapy.
Pick up your copy at Record Theater today!





Mike Biddlecom is a prolific songwriter and accomplished guitarist who is working on a new CD release. Included are a sample of Mike's latest Youtube posts', I'm sure a couple of these songs will be on the new release, check 'em out and get a preview...

The Stars look down tonight from 12/11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IwDMEGuQh4&list=UUK90ol2j2yC1rOu9RfgftXg&index=12
The Truth from 12/11
http://youtu.be/UBUWYxeHPi4
Emeralds from 12/11
http://youtu.be/kO1XxZWKZYM



Michael Biddlecom - Strange Therapy CD review



Strange Therapy kicks off with "A Race Against The Sun". The sound of the track can be described as new wave hard rock. The feel of the intro is heavy and the verse music is keyboard driven. Mike's vocals sound like Geoff Tate on this track. The chorus music drives hard and the guitar solo is melodic, fitting in perfect within the melody of the song.
Youtube music video link http://youtu.be/7gLp0SRM8tM
"A Miracle Of Life" shows off more of Mike's musical and vocal versatility and his guitar and bass playing talent. The track starts off with a very melodic musical figure played simultaneously by a keyboard and guitar. The music has an 80's sound and the chorus has a haunting quality that drew my listening ear in right away. After the second chorus the song takes a heavy twist with a powerful guitar riff which leads into a ripping, guitar solo. This is my fave song on Strange Therapy.
Youtube music video link http://youtu.be/rxhfy7vJ5QM
The third song, "Electro Plated Man", is a heavy rock song with a new wave, 80's sounding verse. Mike uses alot of different guitar sounds on this song and they all sound great. The chorus is heavy with some sweet, pinch harmonics. The guitar solo is Mike at his best, with blistering runs and double tracked harmonies that remind me of George Lynch. The guitar lead morphs into a cool, spooky, bass and keyboard dominated ending...
Youtube music video link http://youtu.be/Qj9VW-y0CQM
"When Should I?" seems pensive in lyrical content and the guitar figure is fairly clean in sound. The vocals and guitar have alot of reverb and digital delay which creates the mood for the song. The keyboard fills add color into the fairly sparse, musical, landscape of the song. A hard driving, guitar riff kicks in which leads into another great, sharp, guitar solo.
Youtube music video link https://youtu.be/dk2otuvx97g
"Big Sky Fallin" reminded me of Queensryche. This song is Mike at his hard rockin' best, the guitar rhythm is hard and heavy and the song kicks ass. This song is sure to please any 80's hard rock fan.
https://youtu.be/r8LL5GxyUEc
"Passages In Time" highlights Mikes keyboard playing and song orchestration skills. The intro sounds like it would fit right in on any horror movie soundtrack.
https://youtu.be/ACXw4VVS41A
"With Friends Like You (I Don't Need No Enemies)" has an 80's musical sound. The lead guitar on the intro is melodic and strong. I just figured out who's Mike's voice sounds similar to. Mike's voice can be compared to the vocalist from the Sisters Of Mercy. (great band, look them up on youtube) Mike sings in a higher range on this particular track. After listening to most of "Strange Therapy" it seems to me that one of Mike's main musical influences was the Sisters Of Mercy. The guitar solo on this track is one of the best on the "Strange Therapy".
https://youtu.be/ECY1NeLQAzY
The beginning of "Disconnected" is rather sparse and mellow, alot of the musical spaces are filled with percussion and clean guitar fills. This groove continues on for the first 3 and half minutes of the song then the music abruptly stops. A powerful, guitar dominated, groove kicks the song into high gear. The mood of the first few seconds of the song is shattered by the powerful, guitar part that follows and takes out the song.
https://youtu.be/sqScjklqgJQ
"In The Clouds" has an 80's new wave feel and sound.
https://youtu.be/2emG5OBl8WE
"Emeralds" is an instrumental track. The intro has a new age feel and sound. Once the multi-tracked, guitar melody kicks in the song takes on a rock/new age kind of sound. The guitar sound is similar to Gary Moore and Thin Lizzy. Once the guitar part is over the song switches into a new age sound only to switch into to a heavier type of rock sound with blistering, quick, guitar leads taking precedence. This is the Mike B sound that I enjoy the most.
Youtube music video link http://youtu.be/kO1XxZWKZYM


Strange Therapy is a very impressive effort as Mike wrote, performed and recorded all the music parts and wrote all the lyrics himself.

Michael Biddlecom, Buffalo Guitarist and Songwriter

Michael Biddlecom is a very talented, accomplished rock and roll guitar player and songwriter. I've witnessed Michael's unique and diverse talents firsthand and I recognize and appreciate Mike and his music. Mike is an excellent guitar player and he has demonstrated his abilities live and on recordings in and around Buffalo for many years.
My first contact with Mike was during my audition for the bass position to complete the original metal band called Bad Blood. This band was formed in the early 90's and the other members included Chris Barron (Ezekial) on vocals and Ric Proctor on drums, Ric was formerly with a band called Actor, which featured Buffalo favorite Jesse Galante on vocals. I was brought on as the new bassist. After learning Bad Blood's original material, we went on to change the name to Vicious Circle. Vicious Circle went on to record and release 8 original songs.

Mike's recent return to the Buffalo music scene was with a CD of his own instrumental music songs. Mystic Compass was released in 2010. Mystic Compass has Mike playing in a different style highlighting his diversity and talents on the electric guitar. Mystic Compass has elements of trance, acid jazz, jazz, techno and rock music. I was pleasantly surprised by this CD because I am used to hearing Mike play the guitar in a upfront, aggressive metal style. The music on Mystic Compass has an ethereal quality to it, spiritually soothing and great for daydreaming. If you want to relax and forget about your daily toils and troubles, playing the Mystic Compass CD will do it for you. Listen, Breathe and Relax. All of these songs are melodically driven by celestial sounding guitars, jazzy lead guitar solos ebb and flow seamlessly throughout these compositions. The title track Mystic Compass has a jazzy, bluesy feel to it, the melodic guitar lines feature some great bended notes.
Here's the YouTube link https://youtu.be/6jUAj7qc5fY
Sydonia contains some great bell-like tones throughout the song offsetting the guitar rhythm, a speedy guitar solo highlights Mike's skillful solo guitar playing.
Here's the YouTube link https://youtu.be/vwMIwyx7iNs
Track 3, After The Rain is an acid jazz, bluesy composition that features some great bended, melodic guitar lines along with some more somewhat speedy solo guitar playing. Here's the YouTube link http://youtu.be/rjolyrAval8. On What Does It Take Mike demonstrates his jazz guitar playing skills. Here's the YouTube link https://youtu.be/rjolyrAval8
The final track Sapphire Blues has a great, somewhat dissonant sounding guitar rhythm track but Mike somehow still manages to make it sound pleasant and soothing. This song also features some great guitar slides, harmonics and some more awesome bluesy, jazzy lead guitar playing. Add some volume and distortion to all the solos on Mystic Compass and you've got yourself some great rock guitar solos.
Here's the Youtube link to Sapphire Blues https://youtu.be/4nNaWNJEeaA
I highly recommend Mystic Compass to any fan of instrumental guitar based music.
Mystic Compass is a tour de force of some excellent, well composed instrumental guitar-based music. Mystic Compass was mixed by Kyle Wierzba and produced at Audio Magic in Buffalo NY.

Mike has posted a few brand new compositions on YouTube. Mike posted the song Into The Nebula in 7/10, Into The Nebula continues in the trance, acid jazz, meditation musical vein. Into The Nebula features some very unique, cool, buzzing, distorted guitar sounds, along with some feedback driven lead guitar lines.
Here's the YouTube link https://youtu.be/haoR7BKP0o4
Lost As Love, which Mike posted in 9/10, has a very melancholy feel to it, this song highlights some cool volume knob swells and a piano track that mirrors the rhythm guitar. At exactly 3:36 Mike unleashes the metal guitar sounds that I've known him for all these years, Mike rips out an excellent, distorted guitar solo on this track, the song closes with the piano track and a bell-tone at the very end. Very Cool! Here's the YouTube link https://youtu.be/Ly0w3q95ewA

Mike has most recently joined forces, once again, with Joe Cristofanilli of Ratt fame. Mike and Joe's debut song, The Enemy, was posted on YouTube in 12/10. The Enemy features a live action video of a blighted Buffalo landscape. This instrumental song is filled with some great musical sounds, the keys in the intro jump out of the mix, grabbing the listeners attention right away, a track that sounds like a helicopter keeps the listener interested and wondering what may come next. The Enemy starts out mellow but at 1:21 Mike lets loose with some metal chords and a killer, face melting solo. The songs continues on with a distorted, pulsing rhythm guitar and at 3:20 Joe lets loose on a sweet sounding electric bass solo. The songs closes with a jazzy wah-pedal driven guitar solo.
Here's the YouTube link https://youtu.be/sP_q11738j8
Mad Theater is Mike and Joe's most recent composition, this song has a distinct metal sound and feel, sounding like Judas Priest at times, the bass jumps out of the mix for a brief solo at 1:51. At about the halfway mark the song takes a twist as a bell-tone leads the listener into an acoustic guitar track. A thick, distorted guitar solo then takes over, after all that Mike once again shows his musical diversity taking a solo on the acoustic guitar which leads into another bass solo. Mad Theater closes out with the double tracked, melodic guitar line which was introduced earlier in the song.
Here's the YouTube link https://youtu.be/Q-PpzkHnzzk

Thank You Mike!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bully - Feels Like CD review





I first heard of Bully through one of their opening bands from their current tour called Heat.
(see show review)
I found a great youtube video of Bully playing the song Trying live on the Conan O'Brien show so I was eager to see the band live. The song that really hooked me into Bully was when I first heard Milkman, which is also on this CD but I'm getting a little ahead of myself.
Feels Like starts off with I Remember. The opening track is chock full of youthful rock energy and ends rather quickly, leaving the listener wanting more. Alicia Bognanno screams through the song but still manages to convey heartfelt emotion and sentiment through the lyrics. Great opening song.
Reason keeps the energy level high and continues along the same vein as I Remember. A melodic lead vocal and guitar line carry the song along into a heavy crescendo.
Too Tough plods along with a heavy groove that immediately hooked me in with it's melodic simplicity. The lyrics seem to be describing the break up of a relationship. The vocals have a come hither quality that is hard to ignore.
Brainfreeze is another up tempo rocker that could be described as punky grunge. Smells like a college radio hit to me.
The first single from Feels Like is the somewhat controversial Trying. The lyrics convey the feeling of a troubled youth who is trying to deal with a uncertain future. Alicia proves why she took the torch from Courtney on this one with a great vocal performance that is full of angst and exciting energy.
Trash features some great guitar noises combined with notes of dissonance to create a heavy sound. The low key to screaming vocals are a perfect topping for the guitar interplay.
Six is a punk rock song. Fast and full of energy and exuberance.
Pictures is another great rocker with a kick ass bass sound and a new wavish chorus.
Milkman is my favorite song on Feels Like. The raw energy that the band exudes is infectious and the music has a aggressive edge that really raises the cool factor of the song. Just as the feeling of the song hits you it's over in a flash.
Feels Like ends with the song Bully. This song is another aggressive rocker that keeps the overall energy of the CD flowing in the right direction. Love the harmonic blending of the bendy guitar notes with the vocals.
I would definitely recommend the Feels Like CD to any college radio, punk rock, grunge or alternative rock music fan.