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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Artist Review: Luna 13 – “Devil’s Wrath” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Dark, visceral, beautiful, and not for the faint of heart.

And we mean that with the utmost respect. Luna 13, signed with Cleopatra Records, is a Bass Music onslaught of thought provoking art, violence, beauty, and unwavering energy with their single “Devil’s Wrath”, accompanied by a cinematic and face melting music video.

The band’s iconic image and signature sound resonates perfectly with their gothic and stylistic merit. Their versatile and Black Metal take on the Bass movement shares equal parts originality and familiarity. It’s innovative and ahead of its time.

“Devil’s Wrath” is a double kick drum slaughter with electronically infused moments of rage and sonic alchemy. The visual aspect of the song definitely enhances the song’s musicianship factors, and really delves you into Luna 13‘s overall persona as artists. The consistency of the climactic vocal growls and high gain measures of Bass are the main key factors of the group’s sound and when outside looking in, it’s extremely hard to look away. Almost voyeuristic in a way, but Luna 13 definitely wants you to watch. And we will, gladly.

Luna 13 is captivating, horrifying and glamorously clever with both image and musical execution. They are definitely gonna be one of your newest guilty pleasures if they aren’t already. You’ll definitely be delving more into Luna 13‘s back catalogue, and you’ll be stalking them throughout every move they make in their future. They are the first Bass Music project to perform in the Metal Festival circuit and will be opening up for Death Metal pioneers Possessed on 1/11/19.

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Press Release: VITNE Comes Out Swinging With His Newest Single “Vanquish The Night”

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Since the success of 2017’s acclaimed album Jupiter, Norway’s Power Metal & Melodic Hard Rock recording artist VITNE shakes the landscape with his newest single “Vanquish The Night.”

With an inspirational and anthemic quality about his songs, VITNE‘s music has captivated fans around the globe by the masses and has been featured in a vast array of international publications from Brazil and Chile to Russia, China and Japan. Now following up the award winning Jupiter album, VITNE brings forth a powerful force behind his voice in his latest anthem “Vanquish The Night” and it does not disappoint.

Drawing comparisons to industry heavyweights and artists of his caliber including X Japan, Billy Idol and Gackt, VITNE‘s melodic presence and top of the line production value comes full circle in this new single and delivers up an eyebrow raising listening experience from the very first riff.

From soaring guitar leads, a pounding rhythm section and an exceptional showcasing of vocal ranges, “Vanquish The Night” puts a modern spin on an 80s Metal-infused approach with VITNE‘s signature touch we’ve all come to know and love since his inception into the market. The song is climactic, innovative and provides elements of symphonic overtones and a fantasy-like quality in different chapters of the song. There are twists and turns, but nothing out of place. This single is everything you’ll hope it’ll be plus so much more. It’s the type of song that is catchy, heavy and has that instant-classic status.

“Vanquish The Night” unleashes on November 15th and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. This will be one of your favorite releases before the year is out, and shows a very promising direction for VITNE‘s legacy.

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Artist Review: Nokturnal Funeral – “Creatures Of The Night” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With haunting rhythms, atmospheric narratives and a cinematic eeriness that brings electronic music to darker realms, Nokturnal Funeral puts the perfect industrial spin on today’s EDM sensibility with the latest album Creatures Of The Night.

Conceptually, every track is its own creature in and of itself. It delves into the darkness of places our minds never go, and leaves us with a feeling of losing ourselves in the moment and giving into our most primal urges – whether we expect to or not. And that’s what makes this album so brilliant, it brings us to places we’d never go on our own. Both musically and visually.

Each track has composed production value, but has a surprise around every corner that grabs us by the throat and refuses to let go. It’s an anthemic album that is worthy of video game soundtracks and today’s modern thriller films. It has that atmosphere that really holds the power to enhance even the most semi-visceral visuals, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Nokturnal Funeral got picked up for some work in film scores.

Each song delivers a new realm of dark moods and emotions that takes us for more than just a mild rollercoaster. These tracks are climactic and cliffhanging, and have a relentless way of keeping us at the edge of our seats – whether we strapped in for the ride or not. Regardless, the strength is unwavering but not overpowering. Which is the perfect medium that sits between 90s industrial artists like Aphex Twin and Nine Inch Nails, and today’s more mainstream EDM circuit that has hit the industry like electric shock in the last decade.

Either way, Nokturnal Funeral fits right in with the climb of electronic music and just might be the new anchor to EDM’s darkest pleasures. And you won’t hesitate to indulge.

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Press Release: Bound By None releases “The Descent” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If you love old school hardcore and early 2000s Punk with today’s elite production value, then Bound By None‘s “The Descent” will punch you in the throat.

Going back to the glory days of high-velocity power chords and gang vocals, “The Descent” is absolute proof that punk is not dead, and never was in the first place. Armed with a punchy rhythm section, glass cutting guitar progressions and melodic vocals that have a razor’s edge, Bound By None delivers up elements of old school punk (ie: Suicide Machines – “Destruction By Definition,” The Descenedants, Pennywise…) and gives the genre amazing continuity and a fresh face.

The band is extremely tight and well rehearsed. We have a drummer that cruises through each measure with precision, accuracy and relentless energy. And that’s the key word for this band – ENERGY. Lots of it. This song is definitely one for the books if you’re looking for the next best sports-arena anthem, or even perhaps a wrestling match. Either way, this song grabs you by the neck and refuses to let go.

Seriously, if you’re into true punk rock without the “indie” or “pop” flavors, then Bound By None‘s “The Descent” will be your new favorite track. And this band will be at the top of your favorites. The single is currently available on digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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Artist Review: Sixty Miles Down – “I Can’t Complain” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With heavy grooves, a punchy rhythm section and blistering guitar riffs, New Jersey’s hard rock outfit Sixty Miles Down makes some serious noise with their latest banger “I Can’t Complain”.

Reminiscent of a sound influenced by Alice In Chains with a few extra notches of volume, this song does not disappoint. From riffy to catchy and everything that is loud enough to wake up your neighborhood, “I Can’t Complain” really steps up the game for the dudes in Sixty Miles Down and really grabs you by the throat from beginning to end and never lets up.

We get a hefty set of grooves from the rhythm section, and it really helps the gain-fueled guitars soar high with the vocals at the forefront. The production value fits this song perfectly and the authenticity of the band’s writing style and straightforward sound is what makes it all the more impressive. These guys don’t need post production theatrics – just crank the volume and play f*cking loud.

With hypnotic verses that build up the aura of anticipation, we get lead down the path of anxiousness when finally reaching the climactic chorus. You know it’s coming, but will it be executed correctly? Absolutely. These guys focus on the songwriting factor and it really glistens when that chorus hits you like a house of bricks. It’s definitely one of those songs where you’ll be cranking it more than once, likely back-to-back just to let this band work you up again – because they can.

And that’s my favorite part about this song. It’ll hit you over the head simply because it can. If you crave a heavy dose of real heavy rock minus the “core” and “electro” saturation, Sixty Miles Down will be your fresh breath of air instantly.

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