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.

January 30, 2015

Track Evaluation: Fletch Towell Band-Heaven Said It All

The last time we heard the Fletch Towell Band it was a hard hitting ballad, and a good one at that. This time out the band wants to know what says it all for you? Well for them it's heaven.

Their new blues/rock track "Heaven Said It All" hits on all the important factors that make a song good, one that keeps your attention and gets your ticker tockin'!

If this track is an indication of what their new album is going to sound like we are in for a lot of fun.

Give it a listen now! Stream the song and watch the video. It's a rockin' double feature!

MuzikMan Rating: 4.5/5 Stars





More About The Fletch Towell Band: 
http://www.fletchtowellband.com

Sorta rootsy and eclectic. audiences and fans experience a distinct, honest, sometimes intense but always fun show with song lyrics from light to thought deeply thought provoking. Performing and recording original material, writing first and categorizing later, results in a unique collection of bluesy-progressive rock, jazz/rock fusion, upbeat pop-ish tunes, and soulful ballads. Live performances include jazz/rock/fusion improve sessions in many of the tunes, and the band grabs a wide spectrum of listeners with pop-infused vocals, progressive instrumentations, harmonies, and occasional odd meters. Always upbeat and delivering a fun time, while remaining emotionally relevant, the band is unique among today's formula music genres.

Featured New Age Artist: David Wahler

David Wahler's music transports you to another place, where it is serene and beautiful, unencumbered by any outside influences.

This is healing music. Get ready to relax and take a trip to heaven! Listen to "Night Sky of Orion" for a taste of what is to come.

His upcoming album Spiritus is sure to make waves as its predecessors did.




More About David Wahler:
http://www.davidwahler.com 

David Wahler began his musical career at the age of 7 playing the piano “by ear.” Years of summer music clinics and academies at various universities culminated in his studying piano performance at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and Mannes College of Music in New York. David then began serving as a musical director off Broadway. In the Chicago area, he played with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra as well as teaching music appreciation to disadvantaged and handicapped children. 

David released his first album, Antiquus, in the spring of 2009. The CD was met with instant accolades from the reviewers. He placed number one on ZMR (Zone Music Reporter) charts for the month of July, and was the highest ranking debut album in the history of the charts. Antiquus was selected by numerous websites as “one of the best New Age CD’s of 2009”, as well as placing third on ZMR’s Top 100 Most Played Albums of 2009. Antiquus was also nominated for four Zone Music Awards for 2009, including Best Album and Best New Artist, going on to win Best New Artist. 

David’s second album, A Star Danced, released March 1, 2010, was met with the following praise from RJ Lannan, reviewer with Zone Music Reporter. “Contemporary ambient artist David Wahler, musically takes us beyond earthly boundaries on his newest release, A Star Danced . It is music that celebrates the joy of living on a celestial scale. I give it a stellar recommendation.”

Nominated by ZMR Awards as Best Album, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, A Star Danced went on to win Best Meditation & Relaxation Album of 2010. Secret Dream, David’s third album, was released in 2013 by New World Music.

January 29, 2015

Drum Legends Carmine & Vinny Appice Release New 'Drum Wars Live' Video - “Stand Up And Shout!”


Los Angeles, CA - Drummers and music fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement about the new live CD track and music video by drum legends, brothers, Carmine & Vinny Appice, titled “Stand Up And Shout!” Drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell.

Check out the new video here:


Recently, these two drum virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars”, featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June 2014 at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records. Along with Carmine and Vinny, the 'Drum Wars Live' CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!

“After a bunch of friends and fans gave us a bunch of footage and photos from our 'Drum Wars' shows we decided to put together a video from our live CD. The 'Stand Up And Shout' video is a good representation of what 'Drum Wars' is – a kick-ass show!” - Carmine Appice

Here's what's being said about the new video:

“A full force drum battle complete with showmanship, sight gags, musicianship, power and sibling rivalry, captured on video.” - Radio Chick. Talk show host NYC

“STAND UP AND SHOUT. Powerful and relentlessly appealing! A Metal Anthem with overtones of DIO and Cactus from two of the most powerful drummers in the world.” - Allan Handelman, Show and Syndicated Show “Rock Talk”. www.ifitrocks.com

“Stand for Vinnie... Shout for Carmine... Drum Wars thunders with double the power and double the punch! Drum Wars battles through the legendary drumming brothers' catalog and rocks you with shock and awe!” - A.J. Fritz Host of Fritzrocks WLVR FM

“This percussive pair will pulverize you with their paradiddles during Drum Wars on stage and on CD. Experience it while you can!”  -  On The Air & In The Wind, Fingers

“Drum Wars is a quick, fun listen that freshens riffs and energizes lyrics while keeping the songs relevant and fast paced. It's an easy beginning to end listen.”  - Orlando Mornings 943 The Shark,  Brian Orlando, Morning Show Host 943 The Shark

For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Visit here: http://rockerrecords.bandcamp.com/

“When me and Vinny play together we push each other to our limits. Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us!” - Carmine Appice

“A CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy.” - Vinny Appice

More 'Drum Wars Live' tour dates are currently in the works for March and beyond. Also, coinciding with the 'Drum Wars Live' CD release was a series of European shows featuring both Carmine & Vinny performing alongside a jaw-dropping list of metal vocalists and musicians. Dubbed the Metal All-Stars, this year’s crop includes Geoff Tate formerly of Queensr├┐che, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, and lots more!! For details, visit:
http://www.metalallstars.com/

This January, Vinny Appice will be embarking on the Extreme Guitar 2015 North American Tour featuring Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy, Elliott Rubinson, Vinny Appice, Mark Boals!

Extreme Guitar 2015 North American Tour Dates
Jan 21 Ramona, CA
Jan 22 Anaheim, CA
Jan 23 Hollywood, CA
Jan 24 Las Vegas, NV
Jan 25 San Jose, CA
Jan 26 Portland, OR
Jan 27 Seattle, WA
Jan 29 Moorehead, MN
Jan 30 Spring Lake Park, MN
Jan 31 St Charles, IL
Feb 01 Chicago, IL
Feb 02 Detroit, MI
Feb 03 Toronto, ON
Feb 04 Cleveland, OH
Feb 05 Hartford, CT
Feb 06 Londonderry, NH
Feb 07 Pougkeepsie, NY
Feb 08 New York, NY
Feb 09 Springfield, VA

For more information:
www.vinnyappice.com
www.drumwars.com

www.carmineappice.com
www.drumwars.com
www.cactusrocks.net
www.therodexperience.com

To order the 'Drum Wars Live' CD on Amazon: http://geni.us/1HXY

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Carmine & Vinny Appice are available for interview - please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR

January 20, 2015

Track Evaluation: The D/A Method-Janissaries

The D/A Method hails from Karachi Pakistan and however far you may be away from where they reside, there is no distance between them, listeners, and their own brand of progressive rock. Music is universal like that, its makes us one world, a union of souls with a love for music.

With their recently released taster EP Janissarieswhich is the focus of this feature, they serve up over 9 minutes of rockin' progressive diversity. I think if they were looking to show what they bring to the table this was a good choice.

The track features marvelous instrumentation, an ever changing pace and fantastic vocals. It's the whole package. This clearly defines progressive rock in every way.

MuzikMan Rating: 5/5 

 
More About The D/A Method:
https://www.facebook.com/TheDAMethod

The D/A Method are:
Umair Dar
Talha Alvie
Usama Siddiq
Istvan Csabai

The D/A Method is a progressive rock band from Pakistan. With its members having spent significant portions of their lives in both Pakistan and the West, the band combines influences from classic rock, grunge, and metal with a touch of traditional Pakistani flavor to create their unique, progressive sound.

Music Stream: Gerry Rafferty-City to City

This is a long lost and under appreciated classic slice of rock!! Listen Now! 

January 12, 2015

Featured Track: McCormick Percussion Group-Between Rock and a Hard Place I-Hard Light-Hybrid Night


The McCormick Percussion Group is an intriguing prospect for music enthusiasts looking for something different and challenging. The featured track is "Between Rock and a Hard Place I-Hard Light-Hybrid Night." 

It's where classical meets heavy metal and although it is very percussive in nature I think that metal fans will find interest in hearing this interesting composition. It clocks in at just over nine minutes.

The intent is clear here, to present classical music with a different twist to garner interest from a large cross section of listeners. That mission is accomplished and the track will challenge and inspire aspiring and expereinced musicians alike.

Give it a good listen and judge for yourself!



More About The McCormick Percussion Group:

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The McCormick Percussion Group was formed for the purpose of recording new classical music in the percussion ensemble idiom.  The  McCormick Percussion Group has received world wide recognition in Fanfare Magazine, Gramophone, American Record Guide and other leading journals. They have recorded over 2 dozen CDs, many available on Capstone Records and Ravello Records. (Ravello is distributed by Naxos)  Their latest CD on Ravello Records (published 2014) titled: Soli for Soprano with Percussion Orchestra (with Jamie Jordan) received three Global Music Awards! Many of our CD’s are also available on iTunes and major internet sites. Often our CD’s feature well known non-percussion artists  to provide the best available contemporary literature at the highest performance level. The McCormick Percussion Group uses Grover Pro Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and Encore Mallets. Please contact us for a list of CD’s and upcoming projects.

Percussionist and conductor Robert McCormick is a Professor of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has won many awards for his teaching and percussion composition.  He served as Principal Percussionist of the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons, and is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble. He is also a member of the McCormick Duo, a well known flute/percussion chamber group.  Bob is available for concerts as conductor, percussionist or clinician. His email: bobpodrum@gmail.com

January 4, 2015

Track Evaluation: Cailyn Lloyd-Titan

Cailyn Lloyd is a multi-instrumentalist celebrating the release of her newest release on new year's day and I would estimate she is ringing in 2015 with quite bang with Voyager.

"Titan" is the subject of discussion and the one track being featured on Bandcamp presently. The music shows the diversity of the artist.

It is an excellent track over 5 minutes in length while highlighting the subtleties and power that one song could possibly be on display on one track. The elements of rock, prog rock and classical meet in the middle and create a literal explosion of sound and beauty simultaneously.

Give it a listen now!


More About Cailyn:

http://www.cailynmusic.com

Cailyn Lloyd is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin whose music has been featured on classic and progressive rock stations worldwide.  She is an official Paul Reed Smith artist and a voting member of the Recording Academy.  Her music has received many positive reviews from a multitude of progressive rock sites and print magazines including Vintage Guitar Magazine and Progression. 

Cailyn has completed production on a new, full length album/CD project called Voyager, a collection of musical images inspired by the Voyager Space Program.  The album will be available for pre-order on December 5th, with a release date of January 1, 2015! 


In Greek mythology, the Titans were a race of powerful deities who ruled during the legendary Golden Age. Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, the only moon in the solar system known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only planet or moon for which evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found. The weather on Titan, including wind and rain, creates features similar to those found on Earth such as dunes, rivers, lakes, and seas (probably of liquid methane and ethane), and is dominated by seasonal patterns as on Earth.

Titan is larger than the Moon and is composed primarily of water ice and rocky material. The geologically young surface is generally smooth, with few known impact craters, and is dotted with mountains and possible cryovolcanoes. (A cryovolcano–also known as an ice volcano–is a volcano that erupts volatiles such as water, ammonia or methane, instead of molten rock. Collectively referred to as cryomagma or ice-volcanic melt, these substances are usually plumes of liquids, but also occur in vapor form).