Friday, November 6, 2015

CD Review: New Rock Releases From Clutch, Escape The Fate, Unified Past, Flagship and Shotgun Rodeo

From Maryland comes the latest release from the hard rock band Clutch titled "Psychic Warfare." It is the band's eleventh studio release and their highest dedut at #11 on the Billboard Album Charts upon its release at the beginning of October. The new twelve-song release begins with a short 25-second introduction, "The Affidavit," which lead singer Neal Fallon recorded on his iPhone while sitting at bar. Then the band kicks it into high gear with the quick-paced, adrenaline-fueled "X-Ray Visions" and screams of the chorus "Firebirds." Clutch show a renewed energy with the hard rocking southern groove of "Sucker For The Witch" and the get you on your feet with the boogie-shuffle of "Your Love Is Incarceration." They bring back a classic seventies raw, hard rock sound with "Noble Savage," before finishing the album with the seven-minute, country rock of "Son Of Virginia." Clutch have a handful of live dates left in the U.S., before heading over to Europe to begin 2016. To find out more about their new album "Psychic Warfare," please visit pro-rock.com.

American hardcore metal band Escape The Fate recently released their new album "Hate Me" through Eleven Seven Music. It has been deemed one of the most anticipated albums of the season and is filled with quick, hard-hitting rock anthems. The new ten-song release begins with the album's lead single "Just A Memory." The screaming vocals and adrenaline-fueled rhythm are the perfect beginning for this album. They deliver a more mainstream metal sound with the high-energy duo of "Live For Today" and "Remember Every Scar." Guitarists Thomas "TJ" Bell and Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft electrify "Alive," while their hardcore metal sound which bleeds through "The Terrible Children." The album closes with high octane of "I Won't Break" and the acoustic rock ballad "Let Me Be." Escape The Fate will be finishing their U.S. at the end of the month before heading over to Europe in 2016. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about their new album "Hate Me," please visit escapethefate.com.

From Syracuse, NY comes the latest release from progressive rock band Unified Past titled "Shifting The Equilibrium." It features six songs that push the boundaries of rock music as they attempt to expand your mind and outlook at progressive music. Beginning with "Erasure Principle," Unified Past can easily be compared to a modern day YES as vocalist Phil Naro captures that essence that made Jon Anderson so recognizable. On the nine-minute "Smile (In The Face Of Adversity)" guitarist Stephen Speelman lets his talents fly with controlled precision. Unified Past brings together a hard rock sound with "Peace Remains In The World," before closing with the twelve-minute epic "Today Is The Day" that brings you on an amazing journey with these talented musicians. To find out more about Unified Past and their latest album "Shifting The Equilibrium," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Unifiedpast.

The North Carolina duo of Drake Margolnick (vocals, guitar) and Michael Finster (drums), known at Flagship, released a new EP earlier this year titled "Faded" and they are promoting it with a two-month tour with fellow rock band, A Silent Film. The new five-song EP begins with the orchestral pop-rock of "Merry Us, Carry Us" as jolts of guitar quicken the song's pace. The title-song, "Faded" is a mid-tempo raw alternative rocker that shows a maturity in their songwriting, while "I Want You" has the energy for mainstream alternative pop success. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about Flagship and their latest release release "Faded," please visit their website at flagshipofficial.com.

From Norway comes the debut release from the thrash metal band Shotgun Rodeo titled "World Wide Genocide." Their new thirteen-song release begins with adrenaline rush of "Down" as the double-bass drumming motors the song's high-powered rhythm. They settle into a more mainstream metal sound with "The Silver Tongued Devils" and keep the energy going with the great hardcore metal appeal of "Saving Myself." The electrifying guitar and screaming vocals of "Scavenger Of Death" shows this band doesn't mess around with any excess as they look to make their mark and keep you wanting more. Their music has that classic heavy metal underline with strong guitar riffs, great shout-along lyrics at a head-banging pace as in the songs "Withered Earth" and "Up In Smoke." They do take a step away from the thrash metal assault with the acoustic power ballads "Rust" and "Dying Inside," before finishing up with ten-minute progressive metal appeal of "Fear & Psychosis." To find out more about Shotgun Rodeo and their new album "World Wide Genocide," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ShotgunRodeo.

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