Friday, February 13, 2015

CD Review: A Couple New Releases Looking To Carve A Path Into Their Genres

Local Connecticut metal band Stikpin have reformed after ten years to release their full-length debut album entitled "Funeral For The Sun." The album begins the grunge-like metal of "As It Burns" as their influences of Godsmack and Rob Zombie shine through. They continue with the hard rock groove of "Dead Sky," before finding a more steady Sabbath-type rhythm with "Starting To Drown." They slow the tempo down for the dark, doom metal of "War In My Head," before turning the volume up for the screams of "Hidden" and the aggressive closer "Lost Profits." Stikpin have a couple local dates booked at the moment, but look for more shows soon. To find out more about the band and their new release "Funeral For Sun," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/stikpinband.
 
From Chicago comes the latest release from Fletcher Rockwell entitled "Urban Heartland." It was released back in November 2014 and continues to shine a light on the ever-growing Americana scene in the Chicago area. The new eleven-song album begins with the slow-building stomp of "Too Much To Drink." The album continues with the steady-moving country jaunt of "High And Low" before turning it up a notch with the energetic, acoustic strumming of "Loving You" and southern rocker "Dirty Blonde." Fletcher Rockwell keeps the country rock around with "Pouring Reign," before slowing down for gentle touch of "Change Everything," that brings up memories of The Black Crowes. The album closes with the sweet, electrifying blues of "Scorpion Woman." To find out more about Fletcher Rockwell and their latest release "Urban Heartland," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/FletcherRockwell.

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