Exclusive Review: 3 Mind Blight – “Breaking Down” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

3 Mind Blight has graced our platform before in January of 2019 with the single “Make This Right” and has garnered thousands of views since the article was published. Finally, today in April of 2020, we get a subsequent single on our platform in the form of “Breaking Down”. 3MB normally known for his hip hop approach takes a much heavier and more emotional role throughout this track that does justice to the title of the song.

3MB is an artist and producer that is well known around his camp for composing songs that center around the feeling and emotion surrounding a song. An aura or subtlety that renders the artist a way to gather material and inspiration for a song’s center piece as it is thought. And that’s where the beauty of Breaking Down” comes into a play. A supercharged and high-gained guitar driven song that is powerfully emotional, full of clever lyricism and rhythmic outbursts that conjure up some powerful buildups and breakdowns,

Each verse hones its own style and even touches on many political spectrums. A beautifully composed piano part slides into the song unexpectedly yet meaningfully, demonstrating the song’s story-telling technique and ability to keep you focus throughout the song’s duration. 3BM low-to-mid ranged voice is powerfully projected just as much as it is soothing and attentive in detail; which makes “Breaking Down” a song that showcases many angles of 3BM‘s detail with many authentic songwriting structures and naturally gifted knack for writing from the heart, and not just robotic as if it were just some fake job. 3 Mind Blight has always been the real deal, and always will be.

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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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Album Review: Trey Wonder – “Can’t Wait” LP

Review by: Justyn W, Brodsky

When it comes to versatility and expressing unrelenting artistic merit, Hawaii-based indie artist Trey Wonder hits home with his full length record ‘Can’t Wait’, a collection of multifaceted tracks that bring back an old school production style with several rock and indie elements that bring a sense of nostalgia.

Trey, a master of his craft with 25 years of guitar and 20 years of drums under his belt, the performer/songwriter started garnering an unwavering buzz after the release/success of his sophomore album ‘The Ghost Of My Father’ in 2018, which has amassed over 500,000 streams on Spotify alone. Now with his current release ‘Can’t Wait’ making its rounds in the market, Trey has once again raised the bar by continuing to release hauntingly grungy and genre-bending Rock songs that are equally compelling as they are diverse. With fast tempo changes, ominously catchy vocal hooks, punchy rhythm section tones and a style reminiscent of blends that concoct ingredients from artists like Nirvana, The Ramones, Weezer and others of a similar caliber, ‘Can’t Wait’ really shines a light on Trey‘s free spirited writing style that is innovative, inventive, and really brings us through a journey through several Rock genre and sub-genre approaches you never thought could be conjured. This album is one of those gems you might find in someone’s random CD or record collection, but at the same time could easily be out in the forefront making waves among the masses of Trey‘s fans that have always been there, as well as new fans just discovering him.

This album is an explosion of versatility and combines several eras of Rock elements all stirred together into a tasty stew of endless musicianship factors, tightly knit chord progressions, and a classic production style that brings us back to a time where music really caught our attention. ‘Cant Wait’ is a must-listen in every way, and you can thank us later for recommending it.

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Exclusive Review: Defy The Tyrant – “Voices Pt. 1” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

There is some serious talent emerging from the Tallahassee, FL music scene, but nothing quite like Defy The Tyrant, whom have created an unwavering buzz since their formation, and with the high anticipation of their upcoming EP ‘Bones’.

Anthemic, powerful and melody-driven vocals that top off a dynamically frantic energy, ‘Bones’ is a record that is designated to fulfill the insatiable hunger of all Rock fanatics that love a heavier and melodic edge to their listening experience. While Defy The Tyrant‘s sound completely stands on its own with an ambitious balance of originality and familiarity, combining a Nu-Metal, Hard Rock and Southern Rock influence, their sound also draws reminiscent qualities to other industry heavyweights in the game including Shinedown, Linkin Park, Three Days Grace and others of a similar caliber. Defy could easily fit on a tour schedule with any of those bands and could really raise the bar as well with the way they combine crucial elements between their songwriting structures and execution of their signature sound. Their title track “Bones” has ambient verses that compliment the ominously dark guitar textures and crafty rhythm section, all topped off with an in-your-face chorus that shares dueling surges of passionate screams and melodic vocals that are memorable and visceral in their projection.

“Tight Rope” is another track that follows a similar formula but goes out of its way to showcase new angles to Defy‘s overall sound. This charismatically anthemic song really grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go until you catch yourself getting lost in this song’s powerful melodies. And that’s one of the band’s strongest components – melody choices. The vocal textures and clever guitar progressions present a chemistry that is not only tasty, but contagious as well. These tracks musically scream for a solid mid-to-high range vocal approach, and this EP delivers this in full. You can easily hear the individual musicianship factors throughout each song’s duration, but once those vocals kick in, Defy The Tyrant completely transforms into a unit that is collective, distinctive, and authentic; and ‘Bones’ is the perfect EP to showcase the entirety of the machine.

“Bones” is slated for release on July 31st, and the feeling of anticipation is not only inevitable for the band’s fan base, but overwhelming as well. And if this is your first time discovering Defy The Tyrant, they could easily become one of your new favorite bands.

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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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