Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CD Review: Magenta Sings "Songs For The Dead" And The Giraffes Practice "Usury"

From Norway comes the latest release from the industrial hard rock band Magenta titled "Songs For The Dead." At the core of Magenta is the husband and wife duo of Anders Odden and Vilde Lockert Odden. This new release is the band's debut album on Cleopatra Records and their sixth album overall. It begins with the eerie, carnival-like introduction which leads you to the heavy metal groove of "I'm Paradisum" as Vilde's vocals play off the song's dark tones. They follow with a more mainstream sound in the rock ballad "Die Young" as Vilde's voice is surrounded by the perfect musical backdrop. They return to the dark metal groove of "All Year Long," then turn to the dancefloor with the electronic beats of the album's first single "Ghost," written by Anders and Vilde's daughter, Regine. The album finishes with the magical musicianship of "Mirror" and the industrial metal buzzing of the instrumental closer "Only Death Is Real." To find out more about Magenta and their latest release "Songs For The Dead," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/OfficialMagenta.

Newly formed indie-record label Silver Sleeve Records recently signed their first band, The Giraffes and recently released their new album "Usury" on October 2nd. The Giraffes have been setting the underground rock scene on fire since 1996. Their sound has elements of hard rock, heavy metal and grunge that allows their music to cross boundaries, while still staying true to their roots. The new six-song EP begins with the slow burn of "Blood Will Run" as the draw comparisons the early days of Alice In Chains. The Giraffes pick up the tempo with "Facebook Rant," while "Product Placement Song" has the big arena sound that should bring in a new audience to discover this very talented band. The album closes with the eight-minute progressive metal appeal of "How It Happened To Me." To find out more about The Giraffes and their latest release "Usury," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/The-Giraffes.

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