Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CD Review: New Hard Rock Music From Gunpowder Gray, Mach 22 And Super Massive Black Holes

From Atlanta, GA comes the self-titled debut EP from Gunpowder Gray. The album was officially released on Record Store Day (April 19) in purple translucent vinyl. The band's hard rocking sound is heard right away in the title-song as they walk the fine line between hard rock and metal. Their music portrays a raw, hungry for attention feel as in the edgy, Buckcherry-like "Cummin' My Way." Lead singer Chris Heffernan flexes his vocal pipes during "Under The Gun," then comes screaming out like Judas Priest's Rob Halford for "Dancing With Death." The album closes with the classic feel of early Gun N Roses with "Saints."

Following the release of the new album, Gunpowder Gray has a couple shows lined-up in May in their hometown of Atlanta. To find out more about this new rising underground rock band, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GunpowderGray.


Next from Philadelphia comes the debut album from MACH22 entitled "Sweet Talk." They are the former winners of Guitar Center's Onstage with Slash contest and their album will be self-released on May 6th. The band members are not new to the musical community having all worked with other bands, but are now ready to branch out on their own. The ten-song release begins with the head-banging, hard-hitting sound of "Constant Denier." MACH22 lock into a King's X-type vibe on "Don't You Give Me," before speeding up for the quick-pace metal romp of "Backslider." The album finishes up with the slow, mainstream rock jaunt of "One Trick Pony" and the final shot of adrenaline of "Nevermind."

MACH22 are heading out on the road in May making an appearance at this year's Rocklahoma festival. To find out more about MACH22 and their new album, please visit mach22music.com.


From Canada comes the heavy metal Super Massive Black Holes with their full-length debut album "Calculations Of The Ancients." The album will be released on April 29th through Minotauro Records and showcases the band's talent for mixing musical genres with hard hitting metal music. Beginning with "(Sub-molecular) Transmogrification Of The Oriphy" they band are ready to take on the metal world with four minutes full of tempo changes and amazing musicianship. The band showcases some classic prog-rock roots with "Dyatlov Pass Incident," before moving on to the neck breaking attack of the "Distance Of The Great Attractor." While the musicianship is outstanding, the vocals seem like an afterthought show that they are not needed as with the enticing instrumental "Mathematics Of Emotion." The album closes with the epic journey of "Ghosts Of Bhopal" as the screaming guitars tell the story of this prog-metal masterpiece and the Pink Floydian feel of "Lift The Veils."

To find out more about Super Massive Black Holes and their new album "Calculations Of The Ancients," please visit www.smbhmusic.com/.

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