Exclusive Artist Review: The Harmalators – “Two Great Minds Think Alike” Album

We’ve had The Harmalators duo on our platform before, and they have yet to do disappoint. Since that time, the elite Californi-natives have put together another plethora of colorfully eclectic songs with top notch production value and songwriting technique versatility – some which have landed them in award/charting positions. Comprised of eight amazingly blissful textures and structures that melodically soar throughout the musical landscape, the two brothers in The Harmalators have truly hit it out of the park with their 8-track collective, titled ‘Two Great Minds Think Alike‘, an exercise in innovation, thoroughness, blissfulness and so much more that’ll captivate your musical aura and ambience.

Opening track “Love On Fire” really emphasizes their vocal melody approach, all while keeping that indie feel at the forefront with several facets of different instruments playing their respective roles. Each vocalist really helps enhance the other and you can tell that their togetherness and solidification really puts the melody strength into the writing structure in its entirety. It’s a brilliant intro to the album that will easily entice you to listen to the duration of the record in its entirety.

“Where Would I Be Without You” is a much more simple listen but is undeniably a much more basic structure – and that is held to the highest regard. It’s a shorter song, one that is easily to take in as a classic, and could definitely be heard as an intro to one of those 90s sitcoms (a GOOD one, by the way). Another facet of this track is to find it impossible to get it out of your head. From its title track lyrics, addictive melody structure and just overall charming presence with its well-put-together.

Overall, ‘Two Great Minds Think Alike’ insatiably showcase both brothers’ strongest points in both production and performance value in ways that entice any listener to hear what they’ve put together over the years together and solo-wise as well. They’ve put out a small catalogue of their innovative gems in the past foür😝 its time, but this 8-track collection of highly-produces bliss will definitely turn some heads; especially when an album like this is in the band’s arsenal.

“Two Great Minds Think Alike” have also garnered them some award status. Including…

If this is the first time you’ve heard the first time you’ve heard The Harmalators, then it definitely won’t be the last!


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Exclusive Artist Review: Scarecrowz – “Skywalk” & “Nightwalker” Singles

Emerging from the prominent Canadian music scene in Ottawa, hard rockers Scarecrowz have been on an uphill career path since their formation two decades ago; utilizing a uniquely heavier signature sound with crucial elements of classic rock that is dynamically integrated with today’s more modern sensibility. The band serves up a cleverly versatile style that has reminiscence to industry Rock legends like Alice In Chains and Godsmack, but overall have developed a calibre of Rock that is solidified, original, but still possesses that nostalgic presence that every Rock fan yearns for from several unforgettable Rock eras – which has earned them widespread critical acclaim and awards including charting the #15 spot in Germany in 2005, a nomination for an independent music award for their anchor song “Reborn” in 2015 and their song “Angry” played on prominent radio station The Bear 106.9 FM.

Now in 2021, Scarecrowz have shown no sign of slowing down and in fact have truly innovated their overall sound, style and presence over the years in a way that has manifested into a unit that is even more multifaceted. And we hear direct evidence of that from their most highly anticipated 11-track juggernaut ‘Dusk From Another Dawn’. First anchor single on this record is “Skywalk”, a very anthemic and crafty tune with many powerful twists and turns as the track plays out. The solid guitar progressions have very effective sets of multi layers and transitional chord progressions, leaving the structure open for some very powerful vocal leads that encompass the major-key signature and traditional Rock rhythms. The chorus’s vocal melody choices are by far the essential standout on this track and really helps set the tone for what the rest of the album may have in store.

The second standout track on this record is “Nightwalker”, a more upbeat and charismatically rhythmic song that has a commanding presence most rhythm and rotund low end sections tend to have. This track, though fitting amongst today’s modern Rock realm, really indulges in the solidified 90s stylization that hits home with every nostalgic feeling that particular era once gave us. Scarecrowz during this song especially really showcases just how versatile their songwriting abilities are. “Nightwalker” is definitely a gem on this album and is diligently crafted among each team player/musician. No matter what heavier Rock era entices you, Scarecrowz will undoubtedly become part of your favorites for 2021 thus far – and will continue to be a band to keep close tabs on.

You can check out both singles as well as the rest of the ‘Dusk Of Another Dawn’ album on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Review: In Your Grave – “Enemy Lines” EP

When it comes to an in-your-face hard hitting rhythm section, blistering guitars and brutal vocals reminiscent of Phil Bozeman similarities, that’s when you know you have something truly special. And that my friends, is Utah County ball busters In Your Grave. A band that not only formed throughout many other members from their respective scene, but a perfect one at that. As far as we see it – these guys are an absolute all star lineup. And amazingly, have only been active for just a year. That’s why our ears couldn’t quite believe what we were hearing.

Looking for heavy? Check. Looking for crushing drum grooves? Check. Blend in some seriously high gained, crisp guitar tones, bone crushing bass parts and fire breathing screams, and In Your Grave is in your radar. Enemy Lines, which just recently released on December 20th, is comprised of five strongly put-together tracks from ridiculously talented band members that delve into heavy territories that draw the perfect line between metal radio rock stations and a stylization that just might make it too brutal. And trust me, that’s a compliment. Intro tracks like “Mushroom Cloud” instantly give you that goosebumpy vibe of just where this track is gonna lead. Its drawn out build up is ominous, visceral and truly encompasses an aura of both curiosity and anticipation at the same time. And by the time the vocals burst in, both ends provide that satisfactory – we are going for a ride and it’s one that is not going to be slowing down anytime soon.

Subsequent tracks like “MKultra” and title track “Enemy Lines” use similar formulas but actually do more in solidifying their signature sound than anything. The pounding rhythm section really carries the band forward and assists with providing that brutality a band like In Your Grave has manifested into; except this time a lot more versatility, multifaceted vocal deliveries and guitar chord techniques have been implemented, adding to the ingredients that have already given this band their own calibre among other bands with a similar aura. But make no mistake – these guys have something going just for them, and will be a very tough act to follow after shows.

Last two tracks “Foundations” and “Establishment” are personal favorites for sure. From anvil-hitting tempo changes, synth parallels and all around additional elements, these two hit just as hard and also add levels of intrigue we hoped to hear at some point. First of all, everyone loves a furious breakdown, and these closing tracks have plenty of that. Secondly, guitar intros on tracks like closer “Establishment” is the kind of garnishment that could easily throw this record into whole new levels; and it does. What begins may end differently but everything in between ties it all together – just like this entire EP does. It’s a brutal set of 5 tracks that grab you by the throat and refuse to let go.

It’s been quite some time since we have actually run into an album like Enemy Lines, but once you take a listen yourself, that same blown-away feeling will commence. It may not be heavy enough for White Chapel, but definitely surpasses Killswitch Engage easily; even though I love both of those bands. You will not be disappointed with In Your Grave and you’ll be kicking yourself in the ass for not discovering them earlier. You can pick up a copy of the EP on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and any other digital music streaming platforms.


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