Newsflash: Empty Trail are Lost!

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Ah, Rick Lambert and his band Empty Trail are on the prowl again. And this is interesting, in a geeky and telepathic kind of way. Just a few short weeks ago I wondered whatever happened to this band I once used to cover.

Yet here we are.

After the pretty sturdy Hollow Hearted of 2014 and the less juicy 2016 full-length record Bare, they are now back in business. With their newest, yet decidedly very short EP Lost. And we all hope that the title is not meant literally.

True, the RMR deck crew wasn’t too thrilled with … [...] Click to raid more!

Valley of the Sun – Old Gods (2019) – Review

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There’s a new genre out there. Well, it is not new, at all. But it continues to gain momentum, importance, and – more importantly – general acceptance. One that is fun to listen to in a live environment. Famous for festivals and live venues in general. And it also gets you enough oomph to please in an earphone.

We’re talking about Heavy Rock and its many nuances out there. A style pretty much defined by its lava-like hotness and rough-hewn structure. Belted lyrics, boundless energy galore, and scratchy, loudly downturned guitars. Plus a frugal instrumental coverage of almost punk-ish proportions. [...] Click to raid more!

Hey Satan – Orange Moon (2019) – Review

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It is good that not all bands and artists fall off the deep end and indulge themselves in pseudo-hip-hop, and/or some sort of bastardized Latino tunes. You know, those cookie-cutter tracks that overwhelmingly populate the hit and chart lists of radio stations.

And I admit, after much metal, a dram of Salsa with pretty hot rhythms will do you good. As long as it is genuine. If not, this quickly veers into overkill. Often these fake tunes are so simplistic that it actually hurts to even stay with them longer than a few seconds.

So, luckily we got ourselves outfits [...] Click to raid more!

The Riven – The Riven (2019) – Review

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This groovy grind was already visible when The Riven released their 2017 blurb Blackbird. This good ol’ whiskey-fueled rock, filled with stoner-esque pleasures to the brim. The good old times of sensual rock suddenly beckoning you all over again.

You do find them still, those bands with a style that kinda went out of fashion many years ago. But not so often anymore. Dirty Sound Magnet in their old incarnation was one. Or again Last Bullet or Hey Satan with their grouchy, stony beat.

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