Jul 192017
 

Singer/rapper/songwriter/author/skater Manafest releases his second consecutive independent and ninth studio album, “Stones,” July 21 through The Fuel Music. His first “full-on” rock album in five years, “Stones” can be pre-ordered now through his website and has already sparked a Top 40 Billboard Mainstream Rock National Airplay chart hit with its title track. The album’s second single, ‘House of Cards,’ is on deck now at SiriusXM Octane and other radio outlets internationally. The lyric video for ‘House of Cards’ can be watched below.

For “Stones,” Manafest brought in long-time collaborator and Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Messinger (No Plan B, Magic!, Pitbull), Grammy-Award winning producer Seth Mosley (Skillet, We As Human) and, for the first time, producer and multi-instrumentalist Lenny Skolnik known for his work with Howard Benson on projects for P.O.D, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace and others. The resulting album is a window into struggles faced when rejection and the unexpected are experienced, while encouraging listeners to move past the barriers and to be more self-aware.

“Throughout the album, I explore how things are thrown in our path,” says Manafest. “I may face obstacles and judgements, but I’m not going to quit. A fighter never stops no matter what stones are thrown their way.” Continue reading »

Thousand Foot Krutch – “Exhale”

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Aug 242016
 

Exhale_2016_72fThousand Foot Krutch’s Exhale (2016), a companion record to 2014’s Oxygen: Inhale, is a good sounding record: it fits the intended mold – radio-friendly hard rock with an encouraging message. The song structures are what you would expect from this band, but what was stand- out was the gritty, dark, down-tuned guitars tinted with some good ole’ Southern twang. Certainly there were some metallic moments in the chugging of the guitars but what makes the record shine is the production, courtesy Aaron Sprinkle.

The sound, and the spacing of all the tracks was clean and accessible. All the layers are easily heard and they stay that way. Perhaps the ear dulls a little after the record gets going, for sometimes in excellent production values some other values are dispensed, such as musical variety and complexity. Every song was predictable in its flow and structure (which clearly is what they are going for!), but one looking for juicy details to dig into and re-listen to – as to find depth and meaning – perhaps will not find such things on this album.
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Mar 182016
 

decyfer_down_115Here’s the official lyric video for the first single from Decyfer Down‘s new independent album, “The Other Side Of Darkness”, in stores and online April 1, 2016. The video can be watched below.

Following Grammy and Dove Award nominations, a trio of best-selling major label albums and seven chart-topping singles alongside viral videos, Decyfer Down returns with the April 1 release of “The Other Side Of Darkness” through The Fuel Music. After more than a two-year hiatus from recording and touring, the band, collectively Brandon Mills and Chris Clonts (guitars), TJ Harris (vocals/guitar), Benjamin Millhouse (drums) and Chris Furr (bass), is reveling in its newfound freedom as an independent band to write, record, release and perform new music.

Making a conscious decision to shatter comfort zones, whether they be artistically or thematically, the band held a no-holds-barred approach to “The Other Side Of Darkness.”

“I know every artist says ‘this is the best album we’ve ever done,’ but there is definitely some of the best sounding stuff we’ve done in a long time just because there are no limits,” says Clonts. “We can write about whatever we want to write, and we’re not in a box.”

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