Thursday, May 4, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Rising Artists Greta Van Fleet, A Killer's Confession And The Classic Crime

As you begin to listen to the song "Highway Tune," you'd instantly think that this new four-song EP was a lost Led Zeppelin album from 1969. Instead, it is the debut release from the Michigan-based rock band Greta Van Fleet. The band contains 3 brothers and their friend and all have been inspired by the British-based blues rock of The Yardbirds, Cream and The Who. Lead singer Josh Kiszka delivers his vocals almost identical to a youthful Robert Plant and the band follow suit with the blueprint laid down by Led Zeppelin. Their new short 16-minute EP has all the fire and soul of a band breaking out of the mold that many rock bands have unfortunately followed. The shuffle-rhythm of "Highway Tune" lays the perfect groundwork for Josh's vocals to let loose and just take over. Guitarist Jack Kiszka comes out blazing for "Safari Song" to match the intensity of the rhythm section of drummer Danny Wagner and bassist Sam Kiszka. Their new short release wraps up with "Black Smoke Rising," as the lyrics carry a mystical vibe as the song's shuffle rhythm leaves you wanting more from this young new band. Greta Van Fleet will be on the road for half-a-dozen shows in May. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new release "Black Smoke Rising," please visit gretavanfleet.com.

Former Mushroomhead singer Waylon Reavis recently released the debut album of his new band A Killer's Confession. The new album titled "Unbroken" was unleashed on April 28 through EMP (label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson). The new 9-song album comes blasting through your speakers with the deathcore metal opener "Awakening," which leads into the grinding rhythm of "Spawn Of 7." Korn's Brian "Head" Welch is the first guest to show up on new album. Welch lends his talents to the electronic, nu-metal appeal of "A Killer's Confession," while Kimberly Freeman (One Eyed Doll) delivers a goth-like presence to the slower tones of "Sympathy." In between, the band lets out their aggression out on "1080P" and "L.O.L." A Killer's Confession are heading out on tour at the end of the month. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their new album "Unbroken," please visit akillersconfession.com.

Seattle rock band, The Classic Crime are touring behind their new studio album "How To Be Human." They will be performing at The Space in Hamden, CT on May 9th. Their new 12-song release begins with the energetic, alt-rocker "Holy Water" (video: https://youtu.be/w0jsZQKBAyk) and the slower, darker tones of "Ghost" (video: https://youtu.be/mAZONyBQ9ZY). Their song "Driftwood" was built for modern rock radio, while the build-up of "Spare Time" showcases the songwriting talents of the band, delivering an impact, without the need for overpowering the music. The album wraps up with the high-powered chorus of "More" and the acoustic ballad "Black & White." Their currant tour runs until mid-May. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their latest release "How To Be Human," please visit theclassiccrime.com.

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