Thursday, March 13, 2014

CD Review: New Indie-Rock Comes From Hard Rocker Royal Bliss and Brotherly Duo The GoArounds

From Salt Lake City, UT comes the 8th album from the hard rock band Royal Bliss entitled "Chasing The Sun." The new album was released on February 18th through Air Castle Records. The band has honed their skills, performing on the road alongside Buckcherry, Candlebox, Kid Rock and others and this new album has the band performing at their best.

The ten-song release begins with the aptly titled "Welcome" that has the band firing on all cylinders. The heavy drumming and crushing guitar solos is what gives the album's lead single "Cry Sister" that metal edge that Royal Bliss have become known for. They find that classic California, Sunset-strip hard rock groove with "Rock You All Night Long," before slowing down for the power ballad "Dreamer." Royal Bliss gets angry with "Alive To See" as their sound rocks hard. The album finishes up with the modern metal influence of Buckcherry with "Turn Me On" and the heartwarming acoustics of "Home."

The Royal Bliss have just wrapped up a quick tour with Bobaflex, and they still have a few headlining dates in their home state of Utah. To find out more about Royal Bliss, please visit royalbliss.com.

From Pennsylvania comes the brotherly duo of Alexander and Anthony Saddic, better known as The GoArounds with their latest album, "Restating The Question." The band has received local praise for their music and the video for the album's first single, "Her Love Is Like Glass" is making waves on YouTube.

The new twelve-song album begins with the acoustic strumming of "Make It Loud" which rises in volume as the song progresses. Then the brothers plug in for the rocker "When I Hit The Bottom," which showcases the strong vocals of Alexander. The radio-friendly pop of the single "Her Love Is Like Glass" shows the great songwriting and their knack for pulling you in with their warm sound. But, that's only one side of their music as they show a more aggressive side with "Fooled." The album closes with another possible pop single, the up-tempo rock of "Amber Skies."

The GoAround have a couple of live shows scheduled in their home state. To find out more about their new album "Restating The Question," please visit thegoaround.com.

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