Exclusive Artist Review: Son Of Stone – “Don’t Break Me Down” Single

Sweden’s Son of Stone (SoS) is a passionate artist that shares the depth of his heart and delivers heart-felt, honest energetic modern rock with a brilliant modern sensibility that diligently implements crucial influences from the 90s and early-mid 2000s. Known for his distinctively heavy and dynamically catchy signature sound, SoS began releasing songs at the end of 2019 and since then has released 6 albums – amassing several million streams during the past year on several digital music platforms. Now, with the recent release of his newest anchor single “Don’t Break Me Down” from his upcoming 7th album ‘Reboot’, SoS continues to prove that he can raise the bar with every release even after reaching new heights several times before; and that he continues to manifest and create innovative tracks that are effective and a standout of their calibre – which is exactly what we get with this new single.

Delving right into a tasty riff paralleling the solid vocal melodies of the chorus, “Don’t Break Me Down” starts off strong and insatiably determined. Based on a concept of being in a toxic relationship, this single explores a real-world theme that is very common among the world of Rock; but is executed in a way that is versatile and original. The heavy, riffy guitars lead the charge along with a rhythmically strong rhythm section that compliments SoS’s powerfully projected vocal melodies; serving up an anthemic Alt/Rock sound that is comprised of crucial elements that accompany a 90s and early-2000s approach. The vocals are mixed diligently and really showcase SoS’s artistic merit in the most effective way possible, bringing every lyrical outburst to the forefront where you can get up close and personal with SoS’s passionate style. The song is also accompanied by a cinematic music video that easily enhances the listening experience and really adds visual creativity to the single’s finished product.

This song definitely sustains undeniable staying power where it has the power to stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s also the type of track that will undoubtedly entice you to dive deeper into SoS’s discography and career altogether; commanding your undivided attention that will easily bring any new listener to fan status, and older fans to new appreciation levels. “Don’t Break Me Down” is available now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and also has the official music video for the song available on YouTube. You’ll be more than glad you gave this one a listen – it’s definitely a Rock highlight for 2021.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Grafting The Vine – “Golden Gate” Album

The passion behind Grafting The Vine’s creative mind comes from a place of past adversity, trauma and a journey of tragedy to triumph. And this album proves that it’s also a place where some of the best art is created. After amassing critical acclaim from the artist’s debut effort, Grafting The Vine comes out swinging from every artistic direction on sophomore album ‘Golden Gate’, an 8-track juggernaut of instrumental anthems comprised of raw energy and emotions encompassing an authentically passionate signature sound.

Utilizing a progressive and heavy stylization that diligently combines crucial elements from several influential Rock eras, Grafting The Vine encapsulates an ambient and atmospheric aura that is effective and visceral – bringing together a dynamically unique sound that stands out from other artists of a similar calibre. Opening track “Otis Burning” serves up a clear and cohesive demonstration of this progressive style and truly introduces a crafty structure that sets the tone for the rest of the album’s duration. The track “Ushauri” is more rhythmic and in-your-face with distinctive low-end guitar progressions with hauntingly ominous leads. This track has a pounding rhythm section with intricately placed drum fills that cruise each measure into a dynamically transitional structure. The multi layered and multifaceted guitar parts are clear, concise and pay precise attention to detail in the overall execution.

“Alpha Romeo” is very symphonic and anthemic, delivering a wholesomely full sound that brings each distinctive measure to the forefront to shine a bright light on the artistic merit of this song. It’s like a deep and dark painting without leaving out any colors, even if there is an absence of brighter ones. Closing track “Dream Collective” ties the album together with a progressive presence that showcases the songwriting structures throughout each track. Overall, this diligently crafted prog-metal record acknowledges the essence of emotional creativity that is made apparent in every song. It emanates with raw passion and balances energy with subtlety in a way that is rarely heard in today’s modern music realm. While ‘Golden Gate’ has an anthemic and futuristic approach, you can still hear several clever elements from many previous Rock eras.

This album is a must-hear for anyone that wants to dive deep into musicianship factors and dynamically executed production value. It just released on May 1st and is available now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, BandCamp and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen – it’ll easily become one of your favorites for 2021.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Dar.Ra – “Kings & Serfs” EP

Known for his distinctive Indie Rock style and dynamically crafty approach, London-based recording artist Dar.Ra began hitting the ground running as a solo artist after the release of his debut album ‘Soul Hours’ in 2009 – quickly garnering him an insatiable following and critical acclaim through many sectors of the music market. Now, with the recent release of his EP ‘Kings & Serfs’ this year in 2021, Dar.Ra proves that his signature sound continues to reach new heights in the Rock music realm and has truly manifested into a multifaceted artist that raises the bar with every release.

Comprised of three catchy and anthemic tracks, Dar.Ra on this record diligently showcases several angles of his artistic merit and tastefully combines several crucial Rock elements that touch on originality and familiarity; giving each listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Opening track “Fake It Till You Make It” comes out swinging with a magnetic energy that could easily satisfy any fan from just about any Rock era. From gain-heavy driven guitar progressions to powerfully projected mid-to-high range vocal melodies, this solid number combines grittiness and catchiness in a way that compliments and parallels each other. If The Sex Pistols combined their style with Led Zeppelin’s ‘Houses of the Holy’, then this song is the type of sound you’d get. Follow-up track “Londinium” is more anthemic and really dives deep into Dar.Ra’s more nostalgic side. It explores his songwriting style more intimately and truly gives you that visceral listening experience that has become very rare in today’s more modern music market. This song is not only structured brilliantly, but has a pacing that really showcases the versatility that this record possesses and easily brings the stronger musicianship factors to the forefront.

Closing track “Sweet As” is a charismatic and rhythmic tune that ties the EP together with a sweet cherry on top. The catchiness in both the chord progressions and vocal melodies once again intertwine in a way that is undoubtedly effective and apparent. The story-telling verses are perfectly executed and truly solidifies Dar.Ra’s style in a way that showcases many angles of his musical talent. Overall, ‘Kings & Serfs’ is a brilliant first impression for any avid Rock fan that is just discovering Dar.Ra or hearing him for the first time. It’s the type of record with real staying power where it stays with you even long after it’s over. It’ll also entice you to dive deeper into Dar.Ra’s career, discography, and will likely build up your anticipation to see what tricks he has up his sleeve in his future releases. You can find ‘Kings & Serfs’ on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave this one a listen.


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