Monday, February 13, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Rock Artists Red Reign, Brother Paul & Primal Static

From Virginia comes the classic hard rock sounds of Red Reign with their brand new self-titled EP. The new release was produced by David Ivory (Halestorm, Roots) and features an exciting follow-up to their 2014 debut album "Chasing Shadows." The new five-song release begins with the fiery rocker "Not That Way" as great hooks and electrifying guitar riffs motor the song's energy. They showcase an edgier, hard rock feel to their music with the chugging rhythm of "Toxic" and the gritty vocals of "Red Reign." The album closes with the classic power ballad, "What Is Love For" as screaming guitars lead the way through the  albums closing number. To find out more about Red Reign and their latest self-titled EP, please visit redreignband.com.

California band, Brother Paul have recently released their debut album titled "Cadillac Pickup Truck." The album has been in the works for last 10 years, as Matthew Shaw wanted to record with his uncle Paul Herman who used to gig in rock clubs and blues bars around the Central Valley and Bay Area. As health problems delayed the recording, the songs only became stronger and more meaningful. Their new nine-song release begins with the rockabilly/jazz of "Cadillac Pick-up Truck" as Herman's experienced vocals make the song's story feel authentic. Paul's vocals fit perfectly in the classic blues appeal of "Telling Everybody," while Shaw lays down the timeless acoustic folk/rock of "Dream On." Brother Paul gets down and dirty on "Student Blues" as there is no need to rush through this thick guitar groove. The album finishes with the acoustic, Neil Young-like folk delivery of "She Left Alone" and the heartfelt lyrics of "Heroin Heart." To find out more about Brother Paul and their latest release "Cadillac Pickup Truck," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/brotherpablito.

From Austin, TX comes the latest release from Primal Static titled "Panstylistic." It features four songs from the band's past year together and begins with the thunderous, frenzied rock of "Fall Before Your Pride." Their raw, grunge-like sound slows down for the acoustic-based "Sophia" and darkens with buzzing tones of "To Live." The short 20-minute album finishes with the swinging blues of "Come Back To Me." To find out more about Primal Static and their latest release ""Panstylistic," please visit primalstatic.com.

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