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.

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:


"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:


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:


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


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.