Exclusive Review: Betyljoos – “Back In Time” and “Wishing Well” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Official Single Cover Art for Betyljoos’s single “Back In Time”

Betyljoos is no stranger to the musical spectrum, she began hitting the ground running in the NYC music scene around 2016 with her versatile and multifaceted Rock sound that is just as much unrelenting as it is attention-grabbing. Her loud and anthemic song’s not only present an in-your-face signature sound, but a powerful personality as well; giving her audience a feeling of dangerous fun and hypnotizing party vibes with some extra high-gain guitars.

Her first current album-teasing single “Back In Time” is a perfect demonstration of Betyljoos‘s fully fronted passion with an aura of energy that could give female Pop artists a run for their money and audiences a jaw-dropping feeling of ominous curiosity. But no need to take it slow – Betyljoos will make sure you get your fair portion plus much, much more. Her noisy, gain-driven guitars compliment the unwavering pounding rhythm section that not only stays on point, but communicates vibrantly, giving the band a chemistry that is explosive but safe enough to witness before your eyes (and ears). This track is a perfect introductory into getting to know Betyljoos.

Official Cover Art for Betyljoos’s Second Single “Wishing Well

With Betyljoos‘s subsequent single “Wishing Well”, make no mistake – prepare to have your face melted off. With an onslaught of heavy guitar progressions, ambient and mysterious verses that lead into a pre chorus that diligently lands into a chorus that has catchiness written all over it. This song could easily be a chart topper and also meshes together several elements of many rock eras ranging from the 80s, 90s, and everything after; all blended into a machine that is built, run, operated and finely tuned by the undeniable songwriting techniques of Betyljoos herself.

Both of these smash singles stand out on their own easily and strongly showcase the artistic merit Betyljoos brings to the forefront with both songwriting and performance, but best of all, in a semi-plot twist, these two tracks are also part of a full length album she will be releasing later this year in 2020. “Back In Time” was released on April 4th (2020) and “Wishing Well” was released back in September of 2019. These two singles have created an insatiable buzz for the rising artist, so the anticipation built around her album release date has grown rapidly and residually. And once you take a listen to Betyljoos yourself, you’ll see see and hear exactly why.

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Exclusive Review: Versus Me – “Continuous” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

With the countless amount of bands and artists in today’s indie scene, signed or unsigned, they’re all aiming to climb to the top of the Spill Your Guts agro crag (if you grew up watching 90s Nickelodeon, then you know exactly what that is). But all that aside, the music industry has never been more competitive for the up-and-comers, especially after the discontinuation of the full-summer runs of the holy grail of indie band-designated traveling music festivals, the Vans Warped Tour, after 2018. But a band like Versus Me, who began hitting the ground running several years ago and comprised of passionate musicians that put every cell of their body into their music, have been part of the Warped Tour scene heatwave and everything in between, and yet have easily stood out among the masses, with or without the push from others in the scene. Basically, these guys are 100% DIY til they die; where no matter where they end up, they created their own destiny and manifested it all on their own, with blood sweat and tears. All of this passion in the energetic, metalcore-driven outfit comes to fruition in their most recent 13-track juggernaut “Continuous”, which released this past September.

These tracks are not only unwaveringly in-your-face, but as tight-knit as can be. It’s orchestrated chaos with more than enough melody to keep it in a mainstream-worthy spectrum. The verses are just as much ambient and ominous as they are gripping and unrelentingly earth shattering. All topped off with dynamic interludes, EDM touches in many bridge measures and breakdowns, and a plethora of musicianship factors that are brought to the forefront through top of the line production techniques. The vocals share dueling duties of both crafty melody measures and high power screaming that never outdoes itself in any way. And let me point out – VM does not use the scream factor just for the sake of it. You can tell this band knows there’s a time and place for everything, and with screaming making or breaking the divide, these guys get it right just about every time and conjure a sound that is both edgy and marketable. Rabidly high gained guitar swells, chugs and mid throttle riffs pan out perfectly on both sides of the mix and completely hold together the punchy textures that the rhythm section holds down throughout every high energy chorus and breakdown.

One of the most notable factors of “Continuous” is its versatility and multifaceted nature. You hear the same band playing throughout the duration of this record, but hear something different in more subtle ways rather than obvious ones; separating them from an “experimental” sound or aura that can throw the record completely off. This album is a great serving of many metalcore-edged components, but have so much more going on with their distinctive detail, post production touches, and just altogether a unity of energy, passion, musicianship, dynamics, and everything that shows you exactly how a band stands apart from anything else you’ve ever heard. And that’s exactly what you’ll hear with “Continuous”. You’ll have a very difficult time picking a favorite song from this record, and once you listen to this anthemic record from front to back, you’ll understand exactly why.

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Press Release: Florida Industrial-Rock/Metal Outfit New Dilemma Gears Up To Release Their Highly Anticipated EP “Is Your Story Over” In June

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Dave Welsh

Florida’s music scene has some serious competition on the heavier side of the Rock field. New Dilemma, hailing from the Orlando metropolitan area, gears up to release their highly anticipated EP “Is Your Story Over“, and they are truly not messing around.

Your story may be over, but New Dilemma‘s has only just begun. The heavy Rock-Industrial outfit has conjured up a signature sound that is not only multifaceted, but versatile as well. Their high gain in-your-face guitar riffs with earth rumbling grooves and intricately crafted vocals are not only melodically ambient and powerful, but also share equal parts originality and familiarity as well; giving their audience a taste of something different yet identifiable. The band boasts a frantic-like energy on each track that is reminiscent of late 90s/early 2000s greats such as Orgy, Chevelle, Shinedown and others of a similar caliber. However, New Dilemma, while adopting elements of the earlier heavy eras, have also put the perfect modern touches into the cog of the machine that makes an EP like “Is Your Story Over” a complete standout of its kind.

The likability factors of this record are endless, but it’s the relentlessly bone shattering grooves, full-on guitar onslaught, melodically heavy projection in the vocal techniques and electronically-infused textures that make each track from New Dilemma‘s record completely unforgettable and mind boggling. This is the type of record where it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, and you won’t find yourself skipping over any tracks whatsoever.

“Is Your Story Over” officially drops on June 26th, but there will be many teasers to come before then. The anchor single “Playing Victim” will be dropping along with an official music video sometime over the next couple months, as well as other album teasers. New Dilemma is active on social media, has developed an insatiable buzz in their hometown music scene and is building the anticipation in every possible way. The band has kept themselves under wraps very effectively, but are ready to explode onto the market when all is unleashed.

Be sure to follow New Dilemma on all of their platforms to keep close tabs on what’s to come, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 26th when the EP officially drops. You have no idea what you’re in for. This is a band you’ll be bragging about to all your friends because you discovered them first.

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Artist Review: Leaving Zero – “Get Your Body Moving” & “Coming Back For More” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

Some bands know how to grab you by the ears from the very first listen. They say first impressions are the most crucial ones, and can make or break a career when attempting to launch. In this case we have Memphis-based Hard Rock quintet, Leaving Zero, who immediately has hit the ground running.

For a band just starting out with their first two singles, these guys are an absolute mind blow. Their first single, “Get Your Body Moving”, does complete justice to the song title. It’s a heavy concoction of frantic guitar progressions, fierce tones, a heavyweight rhythm section, and a masterful vocal approach that steers the track into mid-to-high range ferocity. Drawing reminiscence to influential rock bands like Shinedown, 3 Doors Down and Stone Sour, Leaving Zero combines many versatile elements that deliver up a signature sound that is recognizable and original in their own right. Chris Autry’s vocals are authentic, full of attitude, and really delves into the band’s overall artistic merit as the cog of the machine. With a dangerously catchy chorus at the centerfold of the song, “Get Your Body Moving” does exactly what it advertises.

Moving on to their subsequent single, “Coming Back For More”, we get the same punch and precision as the predecessor, but this time with a more driving tempo and upbeat key signature. This one has a little more adrenaline but sustains the same amount of charm as the first single. Focusing more on the technical skill set of the drums and guitar work at the helm, this tightly fit track is comfortable like a leather glove and never lets up on the insatiable energy. Autry comes out swinging once again with more tasty vocal melodies that soar through each verse and reach a climactic feat by the time the chorus shows up. It’s a perfect follow-up to the last track and continues to showcase the band’s signature sound and each member’s influence on the overall execution of each song.

One of the most notable factors of these singles is the high quality production value. For a band honing their craft with a prominent hard rock sound in this modern era, the pre and post production is beyond the norm and exceeds expectations for a band just starting out. It sets the bar high for the band, and they are more than ready to reach those heights very few bands in this era really do. Both of these songs have mainstream potential and Leaving Zero is definitely a band I can see labels taking an interest in.

I’ve been in many bands for the last 23 years, and this is the type of group I’d love to write/jam/perform with. And trust me…I’m picky. Leaving Zero is just starting out, but not without a bang. Fans of this band will be impatiently waiting for a full length album, just like we are. You won’t regret giving these guys a listen.

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Press Release: Metal Outfit Our Dying World Release Two Brand New Viscerally Powerful Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Some metal bands in this era just tackle the genre just for the sake of it. Because the “scene kids” are into it and screaming is all the hype. But then, you run into a band like Our Dying World, proving one record at a time that true metal is a genre that isn’t going to die anytime soon, thanks to bands like them and others of their caliber.

Reminiscent of a style comprised of Opeth and the earlier albums of Killswitch Engage, the band’s newest anchor single, “Liberation”, is an onslaught of heavy-driven face melting lead guitar chops, vicious vocals and a pounding rhythm section that could tear the roof off your house. Their sound, however energetically provoking, is very orchestrated and beautifully arranged with melodic songwriting structures, tightly knit guitar work and an anthemic signature sound that really defines them as more than just a metal band. It’s the type of song that could be diligently covered as a classical piano track and showcases a type of music theory foundation. And that’s what truly makes “Liberation” a triumphant song – it can be performed in many different angles and really brings out the band’s true versatility.

Their debut and prior single, “Post Mortem”, is far more straight forward for almost any metal fan. This climactic track comes out swinging and never wavers from its heavy and rhythmic grooves. It’s more fast paced, in your face and will just about bring you to your knees. Accompanied by a very compelling YouTube lyric video, this song is heavy just much as it is fascinatingly and dynamically structured. The higher pitched and at-times guttural vocals really solidify the band’s overall style and just gives it that badass nature that we yearn with all metal bands we come across, and Our Dying World executes their type of niche within this realm perfectly and really makes them a stand out of their kind. And those are the two words that really give a band or Artist the platform to make it to greater heights in the industry – stand out.

These songs are a unrelenting and grab you by the throat from the very first listen. Each song has their own approach as well as elements that separate them as something different, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same band. And that’s when you truly know you have come across a real gem of its kind. Hearing a band really tackle different angles, elements and the overall chemistry to blend together a concoction, but close enough within its boundaries to still know that it’s the same foundation to the ingredients being used.

If this is the first time discovering Our Dying World, you’re in for one hell of a surprise. Brace yourself.

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