Welcome To Rate The Tracks

We are interested in providing a home for artists that want to have their tracks evaluated by seasoned professionals in the music business and fans alike. If it's a demo or the finished product we want to hear your tracks! This is intended to be interactive between the artists and listeners. Providing feedback to the artists will assist them in developing their music.

December 14, 2014

Track Evaluation: Michael Dulin-My Beloved

Michael Dulin's new album My Beloved is set for release in January of 2015. The title track is most impressive and puts the album into proper perspective while delivering the intended message.

Dulin's piano expertise brings forth images of what commitment and love should be. Without words you would think that would be difficult to express however he gets it done through his nimble fingers.

Sit and back and listen to "My Beloved" now.

MuzikMan Rating-5/5



More About Michael Dulin:

 http://www.michaeldulin.com

Michael Dulin is a native of Brookside, Alabama. From the age of two, it was apparent that he had an exceptional gift for music. After attending Alabama School of Fine Arts, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Birmingham-Southern College, where he was twice awarded the Alys Robinson Stephens Piano Prize. He completed his musical studies at The Juilliard School in New York, working with master teacher and concert pianist Adele Marcus.

He was a finalist in the Carnegie Hall International Piano Competition, and was awarded the Silver Medal in the Second Annual International Audio-Video Competition in New York. In addition to performing his original music throughout the United States, Michael appears both solo and with orchestra in performances of classical music. He has also toured as keyboardist with the legendary Motown group, the Temptations.

Michael’s albums of original music have twice been awarded the prestigious Lifestyle Music Award. Three of his albums have reached the #1 spot on NAR World Airplay Charts. His music has been licensed for release in South America, Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

Dulin and business partner Daniel Whiteside own and operate PSI Studios, a digital recording facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael is president of Equity Digital and Equity Digital Music. In addition to being an award-winning composer of music for radio, television, theater and film, he is in demand as session musician and producer.

Michael Dulin is a Christian, and is happily married to the woman of his dreams, with whom he shares a spoiled chocolate Lab named Riley. His hobbies are languages, hiking, travel, and tennis.

December 12, 2014

Metal Stream: Winter In Eden - With Intent

Official video for "With Intent" taken from Winter In Eden's third album "Court of Conscience" produced by Within Temptation's Ruud Jolie to be released in autumn 2014. The album is available for pre-order now from www.winterineden.com where you will also find details of the band's forthcoming shows to promote the release including the album release show on 5th September at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (a stone's throw from the location of this video).

Label : Firestreak Media Llp
Recorded by : Video Ink Ltd
Director : Adam Barker
Little Girl : Keira Feeney
Lady In Black : Kookie Katana
Man In Black : James Wilkinson
Cameras : Oliver Price
Lighting : John Clarkson
Hair Stylist : Carol Edgecombe (Hairways)
Make Up : Megan Gleeson

Recorded on location at Auckland Castle

With special thanks to Rob Yorke & Liz Fisher

 

Metal Stream: The Three Goddesses of Metal

December 8, 2014

Holiday Music Stream: Patty Mattson-All The Wonders of This Holiday

"All The Wonders of This Holiday" can be appreciated for many reasons...miracles, the wonder in a child's eyes, the caring and love that people offer to strangers in desperate need of a warm smile, all of this and more is the true meaning of Christmas.

I heard that warmth and joy in Patty Mattson's voice with  "All The Wonders of This Holiday." With some country charm that only this singer can bring forth with her new Holiday album All The Wonders of This Holiday, this track will bring joy to your soul and put a smile in your heart.

Patty Mattson is my star this Holiday so no rating is necessary for this one, listen and enjoy!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


Music Stream: Karmamoi - SIRIO - Official Video

New single from Karmamoi titled "SIRIO."  Great music and a trippy video!

December 3, 2014

Track Evaluation: Kathryn Kaye-Patterns Of Sun And Shade

Kathryn Kaye's music is highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike. The new release Patterns Of Sun And Shade, due out January 1st 2015, is destined to bring more accolades to the artist.

I thought it was appropriate to introduce the beautiful title track to an audience anticipating more of her wonderful sounds of grace articulated through the ivory keys.

Sit back, relax and enjoy "Patterns Of Sun And Shade," it is most certainly a spiritual experience that will lead down the path of enlightenment.

MuzikMan Rating 5/5 


More About Kathryn Kaye:

http://www.kathrynkaye-music.com

Kathryn continues to work with Will Ackerman and several other outstanding musicians, including Tony Levin (bass), Eugene Friesen (cello), Tony Bisharat (violin), Jill Haley (English horn), Jeff Haynes (percussion), and Gus Sebring (French horn). Heavy as a Feather and What the Winter Said, her next two albums, reached #2 and #1 on the Zone Music Reporter charts. Heavy as a Feather was nominated Best Instrumental Piano Album of 2012, and What the Winter Said won Best Holiday Album for 2013. Her fourth album, Patterns of Sun and Shade, will be released January 1, 2015.

November 26, 2014

Music Stream: Golden Earring-Moontan

A long lost classic from Golden Earring! Is Moontan Prog or not prog? Talk about it!
 

Grammy Nominated Pink Floyd Engineer Andy Jackson Releases New Modern Progressive Rock Album 'Signal To Noise'


London, UK - Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of “SIGNAL TO NOISE”, the new studio album by twice Grammy nominated PINK FLOYD engineer ANDY JACKSON. “Signal to Noise” is a fine, modern, progressive work, which draws on Andy Jackson’s exemplary work as an engineer and producer. Besides being an allusion to Andy’s sound engineering background, the title refers to many of the lyrical themes of the album. Andy explains; “The album reflects on the sorting of what is important in life from the humdrum of everyday existence, and is in itself an analogy for the process of the creation of the album”.

Andy Jackson began his career at Utopia Studios in London, training under James Guthrie, a relationship that continues to this day with the duo being co-pilots of Pink Floyd’s sound. Andy had success as a recording engineer at Utopia, including hits with Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays”, before the call came from James Guthrie to follow him into the world of Pink Floyd, to work on the film of “The Wall”, an offer he couldn’t resist, having been a Floyd fan for many years. So started a relationship that continues to this day, (on albums such as “The Final Cut”, “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”, “The Division Bell”, “Pulse”, Roger Waters’ “The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking”, David Gilmour’s “About Face”, “On An Island”, “Live in Gdansk”), resulting in two Grammy nominations for his work and Mix magazine’s award for best live sound engineer for “Pulse” tour. He is also engineer and a co-producer of the soon-to-be-released Pink Floyd album, “The Endless River”.

Along side his work with Pink Floyd and wider work as an engineer, he has recorded three albums, recorded with friends, as a musician in his own right: “On the Surface”, “Obvious” and “Mythical Burrowing Animals”. All three works were ideas ahead of their time it would seem. He did find time along the way to produce work for other artists, including the seminal British Goth band Fields Of The Nephilim. This again was the genesis of a relationship that would lead to the present day, after ex Nephilim Tony Pettitt asked Andy to join his new band The Eden House as guitarist. After three years with Eden House, Andy felt it was time to move on & embark on a new challenge of a completely solo album project. This has lead to the creation of the “Signal to Noise” album, a wonderful sonic experience that is sure to Andy Jackson heralded as a significant creative force in modern Progressive music.

Track Listing

1. The Boy in the Forest
2. One More Push
3. Invisible Colours
4. Spray Paint
5. Herman at the Fountain
6. It All Came Crashing Down
7. Brownian Motion

Check out the new videos:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyWWMAeYTtQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQmGf3wmvE8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRxustelSwM#t=3363 (Cherry Red TV interview)

For more information: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4884

Also available Deluxe Limited 2 Disc Edition: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4885

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

November 23, 2014

Track Evaluation: John Otott-Tesoro

John Otott, instrumental new age artist, has just released his new album titled Colors. One of the tracks that I felt stood out was "Tesoro." Its elegance and beauty will take frazzled nerves and tried spirits and change those feelings to peace and joy.

Otott's excellence with the ivory keys will deliver a slice of heaven to your ears. With music like this it's not so much about the journey but about the destination - where it can take you.

"Tesoro" and many other tracks on the new album will provide instant stress relief. Find out for your self and listen to the stream provided.

MuzikMan Rating 5/5


More About John Otott: 

http://www.johnotott.com


A multi-instrumentalist and composer, John started playing piano at a young age. Taking up the bass guitar in high school, John went on to play in a series of rock bands and regularly performed at such Hollywood hot spots as The Whiskey A Go-Go, the Troubadour and the Roxy. He then transitioned into an instrumental jazz/rock band that performed with such artists as Lyle Mays (of Pat Metheny fame), Latin star Tania Maria, Grammy award winning sax player Gato Barbieri and Thelonious Monk Jr. However, he always maintained his love for piano music composition.

COLORS is John’s latest release (November 2014). The CD contains a collection of piano-based instrumentals interwoven with emotional and often dramatic string and keyboard arrangements. Many of the songs are inspired by his life events, conveying a true sense of meaning through music.

John is a voting member of the Recording Academy, the organization that, in addition to producing The Grammy Awards, supports music industry professionals through advocacy, outreach programs and student initiatives.

November 20, 2014

Track Evaluation: Ides of Gemini-The Adversary

The Ides of Gemini was a quite a find! They make some very powerful music inspired by the doom metal kings Black Sabbath. 

The featured track is “The Adversary,” which is a fine example of their talents on display. I am excited to discover this band and look forward to what they will bring to the table in the future!

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5

More About The Ides of Gemini:

http://idesofgemini.com



The debut EP from Ides Of Gemini
credits: released 14 November 2010

Sera Timms: vocals, bass, drum programming, design
J. Bennett: guitar, backing vocals, photography


Ides of Gemini - The Adversary (New Song 2014) from Hard & Heavy Old on Vimeo.

November 17, 2014

Streaming Track: David Bowie - Toy (Your Turn To Drive)

This was real treat to hear. David Bowie has been making some incredible music now for over 50 years and now with the recent release of (yes yet another compilation) Nothing Has Changed, a new 3 CD and 2 CD set, well some things have changed.

The set does offer some unreleased tracks and variations on the Bowie catalog staples. I thought "Toy (Your Turn To Drive)" was quite good actually. There has not been much over the years that Bowie has produced that has not been exceptional so this is yet one more track to enjoy!

MuzikMan Rating 4/5

November 15, 2014

Track Evaluation: Patty Mattson-Dear Mama

Patty Mattson has a new album out with several country flavored tracks. One of her favorites and mine is "Dear Mama."

Everyone has a special connection to their mother and the track is a heartfelt message to Patty's or your own. Anyway you look at it-it touches you in some way.

It doesn't hurt that it has a bouncing country tune to get across all those words either! Great music and lyrics are all you need to make a message clear and it sure looks like this lady was successful on "Dear Mama." 

MuzikMan Rating: 4/5 

More About Patty Mattson:

http://pattymattson.com

Prior to her record releases, Mattson had her songs included on the soundtracks of several motion pictures including Friends and Lovers starring Robert Downy Jr. and Claudia Schiffer as well as Ghosts Never Sleep starring Faye Dunaway, Tony Goldwyn, and Sean Young.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for this talented singer songwriter as Mattson continues to add to her Recording, Songwriting, and Voice Over successes with her flourishing companies Madison Music & VO and Studio19 Songs. Armed with an impressive performer’s resume she has landed feature roles such as the Peacock Centerpiece for Pier One, the Speedtalker for Toshiba, Lollipop in the Indy film Into Temptation with Jeremy Sisto and Kristin Chenowith, and the soul singing karoke nun in NBC’s Rhythm & Blues. She also appeared in Unsolved Mysteries and What Should You Do.

Patty Mattson, this curvaceous, quadruple threat for songwriting, unforgettable vocal stylings, acting, and mellifluous and character-driven voice overs is pure magic.  Watch, listen, and know.



November 13, 2014

Track Evaluation: The Dead Reds-Born To Survive

The Dead Reds perform a smokin' track titled "Born To Survive."

This is raunchy rockin' blues influenced music. Not for the faint of heart. If you can picture a smoke filled pub with the house band wailing away in the wee hours of the morning well...The Dead Reds would be that band!

MuzikMan Rating: 4.5/5

Website: 
http://www.thedeadreds.com/

November 11, 2014

Instrumental World Music Stream: James Asher/Sandeep Raval

James Asher and Sandeep Raval produce a multitude of world beats and rhythms that have the ability to take you on a trip inside your mind's eye. Any fan of world music or drums will enjoy this incredible musical journey!

Listen to "If The Earth Could Speak" and hear the drums and incredible sounds that make it all come alive.

-Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 




More About The Artists:

http://www.james-asher.co.uk

Multi-percussionist Sandeep Raval teams up with worldbeat producer and artist James Asher to create a succession of tracks celebrating the power of drums in their many diverse colours. Embracing the broad stylistic range they have both experienced:- Worldbeat, Latin, Ecstatic dance, Shamanic, Jazz, Blues, Indian folk, Meditative and Native American, the music pulses with the vibrance of the broad galaxy of the worlds with which drums connect.

On the second disc, the TIPI experience, the rhythmic journeys deepen. Drum Travel draws on many profound rhythmic traditions to illustrate the ability of drums to ease and empower transformative personal journeys that can have extraordinary and life changing impacts on the traveller.

Crossing cultural divides is familiar territory to Asher and Raval, and this is further uplifted by two invaluable contributors: – the highly original singing and song writing of Italian singer/painter Carolina Maggio, with her unique and poetic approach, and the phenomenal musicality of guitarist and bass-player Simon Brewin. Casting aside previous conceptions and assumptions about genre and category will enhance the experience with this double album.

Dance to the drums, play along with the drums, meditate to the drums, but most of all enjoy the musical freedom that a deep love of drums invites, and find and enjoy your own travels with some compulsive accompanying scores.

November 6, 2014

Track Stream: Marika Takeuchi-Rain In The Park

I was so taken with this beautiful track I had to post it right away. Without a word it sweeps you away and brings so much emotion. It nearly brought me to tears. There is solace and a slice of heaven in this woman's fingers.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
More About Marika Takeuchi:

http://www.marika-takeuchi.com

Composer and pianist Marika Takeuchi, a native of Japan, began studies in classical music at the age of three. In addition to the piano, she played violin and french horn for several years. She began studying composition and building career as a composer at the age of 18 at Shobi Music College in Tokyo. Her early career includes composing for Japanese national radio, a major TV series and Universal Music Japan. As well as being strongly influenced and fascinated by classical impressionism and film music, her passions have been also extended into new age music, as she truly believes that music has the profound power to heal and change people’s lives.

November 1, 2014

Track Evaluation: The 3rd International - It Wakes, the Morning

I have worked with Andrew Pearson on some of his projects and have always been impressed with his artistic vision and the talent he brings to the table.

He just sent over this killer new track for a listen and once again he has captivated me with his music and the expressionism within it.

"It Wakes, the Morning" is live from the October 18th show at the Darress theatre. The trio is perfect to present this new offering. Guitar, bass, drums and Andrew's unique and distinctive vocals get the job done.

Check Out The Video Now!

MuzikMan Rating: 4.5/5 Stars



More About Third International:


http://www.thethirdinternational.com

Andrew: After a decade of touring I was tired and bereft of ideas. I quit. Built another career and left music, my first love, for many years. A late night phone call from my long time friend and muse, Dia Stein, brought me back. The first album of The Third International (as we were to be called) featured Ian McDonald (King Crimson, Foreigner) on woodwind, Nick DiFrisco on drums and Bill Foster (ex Billy Cobham) on bass. It was called Beautiful Accident and was the first in the trilogy. Further recordings with changing lineups were to follow: Entre Las Americas/second album in the trilogy, Chemical Eyes/single, Ides/4 song DVD compilation and Formaldehyde/single have made up the steady flow of material I have  offered my listeners.

October 29, 2014

R.I.P. Jack Bruce-Eric Clapton Tribute "Jack"

Jack Bruce, one the greats of the music world has passed. An incredible instrumentalist and creator.

Listen to bandmate Eric Clapton's touching instrumental "JACK."

Jack Bruce passed away October 25th surrounded by family after what has been reported as a bout with liver disease. He was 71. "The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," the Bruce family said in a statement. Earlier this year, Bruce released what would be his final studio album, Silver Rails

October 24, 2014

Track Evaluation: Stolen Rhodes-Gone


Stolen Rhodes is straight ahead rock band with country and blues influences weaving through their power packed stories.

"Gone" is a great example of their total command in one track as they dish it all out for your pleasure. They are solid in the vocal department and musically sound.

If you dig rock, country or classic southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Molly Hatchet...give this band a spin because this rock candy!

MuzikMan Rating: 4.5/5




More About Stolen Rhodes:

http://www.stolenrhodes.com/

"I usually describe us as American or Americana Rock to most folks," explains Stolen Rhodes' singer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Pillion. "If folk music were turned up to eleven and included guitar solos, I think you would get in the ballpark of what we are. Our music pulls no punches, and we always speak from the heart while in verse." 

Upon hearing the group's new EP, 'Slow Horse,' you're sure to agree with Pillion's assessment. Listing such renowned/respected acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Pearl Jam as their main influences, the group (which also includes guitarist Kevin Cunningham, bassist Dan Haase, and drummer Eric Skye) has already garnered rave reviews from the press, including the following blurbs:

"Stolen Rhodes' songs easily could have existed in 1975; there are lots of infectious melodies, rousing choruses and juicy guitar solos." -- phillyburbs.com

"I was swept away by their romantic notions; of big dreams, endless love, and freedom. I could also get lost in the neverending choruses just as much as the guitars and drums and keys that make this album a long jam session that I didn’t want to end." -- relatemag.com

October 22, 2014

Track Evaluation: Fletch Towell Band-Its Just the Same

The Fletch Towell Band knows how to keep things simple and still make a point with their music.

"Its Just the Same" is a slow burner with elements of pop and jazz intertwined to tell the story.

There is something to be said for the simplicity of a ballad and being straightforward. The Fletch Towell Band get it done nicely on their new track. There is some nice rhythmic guitar placed just right and the addition of some sax makes it that much better.

MuzikMan Rating-4/5



More About The Fletch Towell Band:

http://www.fletchtowellband.com/home.html

Omnia est unum (One Is All)

Stylish, contemporary and fresh, with a broad range of influences and genres, one of the new breed of musician's collaborative breaking ground as the new millennium begins. With uninhibited exploration of technology, and dedication to perfection and originality, creating music with a unique combination of blues, jazz, pop and fusion. From ballads to high energy hybrids, remaining unencumbered by conventions and tradition.  Live large, break the mold.  You are looking for something real and tangible, its here.

October 20, 2014

Track Evaluation: The Kut - I Want You Maniac- Halloween Single

This power trio gets down with some basic head bangin' rock just in time for Halloween. "I Want You Maniac" reminded me fondly of The Runaways and rockers like "Cherry Bomb."

Basic straight ahead rock if you are alive and well or a zombie, you will get that body in motion listening to this music!

MuzikMan Rating 4/5

More About The Kut:
"The Kut won the public vote in the MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll for 2014. This year they have been in Kerrang!, on BBC Introducing (including a live regional session), Kerrang! Radio and in the Scuzz TV Most Wanted Rock chart with their last couple of videos."

October 9, 2014

Band Feature: Rainburn-Canvas of Silence

Rainburn is Indo-­progressive rock group based in Bangalore India. They informed me of their music and I was immediately impressed with their diversity and complex arrangements.

The stream provided are samples of each track so you get a good idea of where this band is coming from. Because it is more than one track and I was so impressed with this young band I decided to make them our first indie feature on the site.

Canvas of Silence offers "Refuge" and it begins with a reminder of influences from prog metal gods Dream Theater then the vocals kick in and you are further impressed by the range and delivery of that first passage. There is bountiful talent amongst the members of this band. I expect some great things to come from them in the coming years.

Our global communication and awareness is a wonderful thing when it comes to discovering new music. Click on the provided media player to get a taste of prog rock from India!



More About Rainburn:

http://artistecard.com/rainburn

Rainburn is an Indo-­progressive rock group based in Bangalore. Founded in August 2011, the band has performed in several cities across southern India and received acclaim for the originality of their music, their instrumental and vocal abilities and engaging stage act.

Rainburn's music fuses progressive rock trademarks such as adventurous song structures and unusual time signatures with melodies that subtly evoke a rich Indian heritage, in a distinctly song-­oriented fashion. In the 3 years since its formation, Rainburn has steadily garnered a fervent group of fans and regular concert attendees. The band's debut EP, 'Canvas of Silence', is scheduled to be released in November 2014.

In addition to playing original material, the group also covers songs by a diverse range of artists, including Dream Theater, Rush, Porcupine Tree, Karnatrix and King Crimson, and a classic rock medley comprising songs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Deep Purple and The Doors.

Rainburn is:

Vats Iyengar - lead vocals, guitar

Toshimoa Jamir - guitar, backing vocals

Shishir Gupta - bass, backing vocals

Praveen Kumar - drums

October 1, 2014

Track Evaluation: Steve Henrichs - Dawn

Steve Henrichs and his track "Dawn" is nearly five minutes of jazz fusion guitar improvisation backed by a steady rhythm section, keys and a one time whispering of a voice to make it a little more interesting.

Henrichs brings all of his talents to the table and the end result is a classic rendering of smooth jazz injected with his own personal style.

"Dawn" is the quiet storm of superb jazz guitar work and more. It is a exhibition of extraordinary talent within less than five minutes!

Visit Steve's Website here http://www.stevehenrichs.com

LISTEN NOW AND LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS!



More About A Steve Henrichs:


Steve Henrichs’ quirky pop/jazz style prompted Los Angeles area pianist John Hammond (The Fabulous Baker Boys) to describe his music as “masterful”. His co-producer, Eduardo Del Signore, is a former student of the late Latin jazz great Moacir Santos.

Steve's debut album, Dawn, released in August of 2014, has received airplay in 117 countries on Internet radio station Jango, and it was featured in a recent Inner Game training session.

Henrichs is currently working on a second album, to be titled Journey, which will be released in 2015.

September 30, 2014

Mad The Martian-Blast Off!

Mad the Martian was formed when brothers Bob and Jack Marsh reunited with long time friend producer extraordinaire  Anthony J. Resta to do 1 song "C'mon C'mon C'mon" well when the 3 locked out Resta's Bopnique Studios just north of Boston with Engineer/Magician Karyadi Sutedja the result some 1300 hours later was a new band "Mad the Martian" and a new album "Blast Off" 13 tracks of fresh future/classic rock n roll tunes that sound so familiar yet new and exciting harkening back to the days when we had bands that could get people excited.

In addition to the 54 plus minutes of Martian madness and sonic mambo lab mayhem there is more, yes more: what more could there possibly be you ask?.... They're coming........BLAST OFF! with Mad the Martian 

coming to a Theater and TV near you!!!

 

September 22, 2014

Track Evaluation: Order Of Thieves-Tollbooth Goddess

A new band called Order of Thieves just released a track off their upcoming album titled "Tollbooth Goddess."

Order of Thieves is Rick Habib (drums, vocals),
Bob Lord (basses, organ) and Jon McCormack (guitar, vocals) who are veterans of the music world.

"Tollbooth Goddess" comes right out of the gate swinging for a homerun with hard hitting bass, drums and fat melodic chords from the electric guitar.

The vocals are spot on and will sound fimilar to you if rock, pop or progressive rock are genres that you frequently visit.

This is a track full of energy and a steady rockin' beat that does not let up. A killer choice to give listeners a taste of what is to come!

MuzikMan Rating 5/5


September 18, 2014

Track Evaluation: Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age-Baja

I know "Baja" has been covered by countless artists over the years but what has been done to make it special or different from the rest? Bill Frisell answers that question straight away with a superb exercise in guitar playing!

I was obsessed with surf instrumentals back in the 90s and still enjoy hearing them to this day.

Frisell captures the spirit and warmth of "Baja" beautifully. Have a listen and tell us what you think?

MuzikMan Rating-4.5/5

 

Flying Colors - Mask Machine (Official Music Video)


Flying Colors - "Mask Machine" Official Music Video from the album, "Second Nature" out on Mascot Label Group on 9/29 in EU & 9/30 in USA. Pre-order at http://flyingcolorsmusic.com

All pre-orders come with a FREE POSTER & DVD!

September 15, 2014

Black Sabbath - "God is Dead?" Cover

When I first heard this song last year, I couldn't contain my excitement. Black Sabbath ended their Ozzy-era discography with the rather dissapointing Never Say Die!, but this song provided hope for a fitting end to Black Sabbath's catalog over 30 years later. 
 

September 8, 2014

Free Download: Lunatic Soul - Cold (from Walking on a Flashlight Beam)

Ahead of the release of the brand new album, Lunatic Soul are giving fans a glimpse into what to expect from ‘Walking on a Flashlight Beam’ with an opportunity to stream and download new track ‘Cold’ http://bit.ly/1rKEfF9
Pre-order the album: http://bit.ly/1js34Qc

Commenting on the new album Lunatic Soul’s creative force Mariusz Duda comments: “The new album is about self-imposed solitude and is a prequel to the black and white history. Musically – it will be slightly different, less oriental, more… alternative. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever created – the most elaborate, diverse and coherent Lunatic Soul release.”

‘Walking on a Flashlight Beam’ is due for release on 13th October (UK, France & RoW) / 17th October Germany / 28th October USA & Canada, through Kscope and Mystic Production in Poland.

 

September 5, 2014

Track Evaluation: THRESHOLD - Turned To Dust (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

Threshold is one of the premiere progressive metal bands with a faithful following.

With a highly anticipated new album titled For The Journey coming they have been giving listeners a taste of what is come.

With "Turned To Dust" they are knee deep in powerful progressive metal riffs and the soaring and distinctive vocals of world renowned vocalist Damien Wilson, the band is at the prime of their career.


Check out this great prog metal song!

Threshold Is:
Richard West (keyboards)
Pete Morten (guitars)
Damian Wilson (lead vocals)
Steve Anderson (bass)
Johanne James (drums)
Karl Groom (guitars)


MuzikMan Rating 5/5

September 4, 2014

Track Evaluation: Johnny Winter-Mojo Hand featuring Joe Perry

"Mojo Hand" is a smokin' hot track from the late great Johnny Winter! With Joe Perry of Aerosmith adding his licks its like an all star meet and greet with blues rock.

Johnny this is some of the best music you have ever recorded and I know you are smiling down on us now.

What's not to love here? The new album Step Back is out so don't miss it. Thank you Megaforce Records for providing the You Tube stream.

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5
 

September 3, 2014

Track Evaluation: Dave 'Knife" Fabris-Michelangelo

On the new album from Dave "Knife" Fabris titled Lettuce Prey (Great Winds/Musea 3169) we get a taste of the musical garden of delights he has to offer.

The track "Michelangelo" combines jazz and rock to make a great fusion of sounds and textures. Fabris mans the guitars and bass while Steve Chaggaris sits behind the drum kit. The two sound like a perpetual motion machine, giving every ounce of energy they can muster to present the song.

 This is a fantastic display of top notch musicianship!

MuzikMan Rating 5/5 
 

Track Evaluation: Into Orbit-Corridors... Caverns

If you are looking for a sound that will help you leave the planet for awhile, or get Into Orbit...then check out "Corridors...Caverns."

Their instrumental soundscapes will take you away. The guitars and drums build and build until its ready for take off then subside and go through the same process again. 9 minutes and 34 seconds of instrumental wonder!

MuzikMan Rating: 4.5/5

August 29, 2014

Track Evaluation: Witch Charmer-Suffer

I couldn't say it better than the record label! "Suffer" is a great track that puts people on notice that Witch Charmer has arrived! I enjoyed the pace of this track and vocal interplay as well.

MuzikMan Rating: 4/5

Quote From Argonauta Records:

After the great feedback received across the board for their debut E.P. “Euphoric Curse“, Sunderland (UK) based Stoner/Doom/Metal outfit WITCH CHARMER follow it up with their first full length record raising the bar on what came before. The band (featuring the talents of Kate McKeown - Vocals, Dave McQuillan - Drums & Vocals, Len Lennox - Guitar & Vocals, Adam Clarke - Guitar & Vocals, Richard Maher – Bass) expands on the sound from their previous release and add a monolithic slab of smoked out doom and groove to take you on a satirical journey to enlightenment. "The Great Depression" CD and Digital is available on Sept 1st on Argonauta Records.

The new full length by Sunderland (UK) based stoner/doom metal band WITCH CHARMER is available for streaming here: https://soundcloud.com/argonautarecords/sets/witch-charmer-the-great-depression
 

August 28, 2014

Track Evaluation: Thadeus Gonzalez-Our Connection

Thadeus Gonzalez's "Our Connection" is off his new album Utopian Society. The is solid, it rocks hard and true and brings to a light this marvelous talent. Gonzalez was part of the reason why his former band Electric Sister was so good.

"Our Connection" is one example of many that show why this musician can play and sing with the best of them recording today.

The track covers life, love and the purity of real sexual energy. The musicianship is top notch, especially the lead guitar of Dennis Hill. He kills it from start to finish. Gonzalez's vocals are polished, professional and spot on. Its all here and you can download it now for free! 

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5

https://soundcloud.com/spinner-pr/our-connection-thadeus-gonzalez/s-bScIM


August 27, 2014

Track Evaluation: Kim Halliday- Drift

Kim Halliday's "Drift" really fits the title well. The music starts of with a steady beat and an almost surf/spy like guitar line. Then ambient swooshing sounds comes in and keyboards followed by bass and drums then more poignant guitar lines. It really does have the ability to let you "Drift." A great instrumental track movie ready!

It is available for a free download now here:

https://kimhalliday.bandcamp.com/album/drift-free-download

MuzikMan Rating: 4.5/5
 

August 26, 2014

Track Evaluation: Stone Ticket-Black

Stone Ticket and the voice of Vince Quinn packs one powerful punch! I loved the drive and energy "Black" has. Its juggernaut bass and drums and the hard rocking rhythmic guitar are hard to resist. Putting rhythm and such a hard rockin' sound together does not always work, it does here! I wouldn't change a thing on this track, simply put, its killer! It is Rock influenced by Blues and you can't beat it. If you dig bone crunching rock with tough vocals to match jump aboard this train!

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5