Thursday, August 31, 2017

CD Review: New Music From Indie-Artists KMFDM, Steve Wilson, Wayland, Across The Atlantic & Alazka

German industrial band KMFDM have returned with a brand new studio album titled "Hell Yeah." It was released back on August 18th and debuted at #14 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Album chart. The new album features 13 tracks, beginning with the up-tempo electronic beats and talking lyrics of the title song "Hell Yeah," which carries an industrial metal vibe for the chorus. KMFDM sound the alarm to let your "Freak Flag" fly and be free on this pulsating number, before rocking out to the intense rhythm of "Total State Machine." The album peaks with the addictive pop tones of "Murder My Heart," then finishes with the funk-infused "Rx 4 The Damned" with help from Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish and the hard-edged, dark tones of "Glam, Glitz, Guts & Gore" featuring Ministry guitarist Sin Quirin. To find out more about KMFDM and their latest release "Hell Yeah," please visit kmfdm.net.

English singer/songwriter Steve Wilson recently released his new album, "To The Bone" on August 18th. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Independent chart and #8 on the Billboard Rock chart. It features 11 tracks with Wilson handling the majority of the vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards and production. The album begins with the modern, electronic, progressive feel of the title track "To The Bone" as Wilson captures your attention with this exciting piece of music. He heads into pop territory with "Nowhere Now" and "Pariah," while "Refuge" and "People Who Eat Darkness" are epic rock numbers that showcases Wilson's exceptional songwriting and musicianship. To find out more about Steve Wilson and his latest release "To The Bone," please visit stevenwilsonhq.com.

From Michigan comes the full-length debut album titled "Rinse & Repeat" from the rock band Wayland. The band is managed by Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl) and delivers that raw, truthful rock sound on this latest 12-song set. The album starts off with "Ghosts," an in your face rocker with crunching guitars and powerful vocals that will make you an instant fan. Their passion and energy shine on "Through The Fire" and "All Rise" as Wayland sounds mature beyond their years of experience. They crank up the volume with the hard rock groove of "Revival" and "Back To Life" as singer Mitch Arnold lets his vocals soar. Wayward showcase their softer side with the acoustic ballad "Follow," before revving the energy back up to finish their album with the battle cry of "The Brave Don't Run" and the six minute acoustic-based country/rock track "Rabbit River Blues/From The Otherside." To find out more about Wayland and their latest release "Rinse & Repeat," please visit waylandtheband.com.

From San Antonio, TX comes the hardcore/punk band Across The Atlantic's sophomore follow-up titled "Work In Progress." It features 11-tracks and will be released on September 1st through SharpTone. The album kicks off with the build-up of the "Prelude," which leads into the energetic mix of hardcore lyrics and punk aspects in "Playing For Keeps." Across The Atlantic keep the blood pulsating with the power of "Cutting Corners" and the hardcore blast of "24 Hours." They pull back the reigns on the slower punk-pop delivery of "Starting Over," before finishing up with the hardcore metal attack of "Blind Eyes" and turning the emotions up for the acoustic ballad "Work In Progress." To find out more about Across The Atlantic and their latest release "Work In Progress," please visit acrosstheatlanticband.com.

From Germany comes the debut album titled "Phoenix" from the modern hardcore metal band Alazka. Their songs display a mix of screaming vocals and melodic singing as in "Empty Thrones" in order to showcase the band's depth. Their new 12-song release continues with the same formula as the vocals definitely keep the energy flowing through songs like "The Witness" and "APhoenix." They will remind you of Linkin Park with songs like "Everything" and "Legacy" as they continue that winning formula for success. Alazka wrap of their new album with the onslaught of energy from "Blossom" and the more mainstream metal appeal of "Fading Flame." To find out more about Alazka and their latest release "Phoenix," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/alazkaofficial.

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