HE IS ME – Cleansing

He Is Me is a collaboration between Portland-based songwriter and musician/producer Casey Braunger and Calgary, AB based songwriter/vocalist Steve Moore. Casey and Steve first collaborated on a 2001 track called “Silencer”. Fast forward to 2016, when Casey reached out to Steve about guest vocals on a new song, Steve liked it so much that they decided to form a new project.

This fourth single that they have released is a down tempo, electronic/industrial song that has angst, anger and enough edge to grab you and pull your ears into the swirling morass that they have concocted. The vocals and subtle at times, but then they turn savage and the song goes into a pounding drill into your soul. The guys have come up with a song that takes a little from here and there and makes it into something that you will want to replay over and over again.

This certainly hits the right buttons and makes me anxious to hear what they will come out with in the future. Stop being a tease and get a whole album out already!

Also posted on: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2017/05/he-is-me-cleansing-single.html



SPiN – Dig Your Own Grave: Single

SPiN is a four-piece band from Philadelphia that brings to mind the sound of the ‘90s with their hard-hitting alternative rock sound and the images in their new single that you can get from their website for free. The main person in the video is an attractive female that other than her boots not being Doc Martins could be right from the grunge/alternative rock boom period.

The song is a fuzzed out stomper that grabs your ears right away with the catchy chorus, the scratchy/fuzzy guitar playing, the incessant drumming and the slightly rough vocals. This is a fist-punching anthem that will get the kids shouting it back to them at shows and will get people up out of their seats. It’s a rough ride that shows that you can take some sounds from the past, add some modern touches and have something that is more than the sum of its parts, a song that hits your ears and makes you fan right away.

The band seems to have found a sound that suits them and have made a song that should be played loud and often. If you get a chance to see them live, do yourself a favor and learn the words to sing along.

Also posted on: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2017/03/spin-dig-your-own-grave-single.html




This four-piece from Santa Ana, California plays a mix of hard rock and alternative and consists of Thomas Monroe (vocals), John Castellon (guitar), Steve Shell (bass), and Steve Ybarra (drums). This is the debut five-song EP of this band that has been playing together since February 2016.

First song “Nullify” is a hard rock song talking about the effects of drug addiction and dying…subtle way to start off? Hell no! This is the raw sound of a band giving you their heart on their sleeve about something that may be difficult to hear, but needs to be heard. “Simon Templar” is a slower song with a ton of angst and an almost Ozzy feel to it about someone surviving the lost of someone from drugs. What a one-two punch on this EP so far. “Scarecrow” has intense guitar riffs and lyrics that go into more of the effects of drug addiction. The song just bludgeons your senses and is so tight and heavy that it will rip your ears off. “A Perfect Rose” has a melancholy feel about it and one of the best vocal performances on the album. The song has peaks and valleys that bring the intensity up and down and keeps you on a rollercoaster ride that you don’t want to stop. “Breaking Just To Bend” ends the album on a high note, with the most straight forward hard rock song that will get you head banging and your heart racing. The song has a great beat and the bass shines through

This is one hell of a debut EP, with lyrics about the effects of drugs and how bad it is for those left behind and what they have to deal with. This is something that most bands don’t and can’t handle well, but this was a masterpiece of lyrics and thoughts…plus the playing is pretty damn good too.





OUTSIDE E.P. cover art

Members of Minneapolis’s Banner Pilot, Soviettes, Dear Landlord, and Gateway District have formed a new band, but this is not the end of Gateway District. This is just an outlet from very creative people to put out more music…nothing wrong with that at all.

The cover reminds me of a cool new wave album from the early ’80s and then you hit play and hear that it’s not new wave, it’s a mix of punk, alternative and post punk. These two songs are tight, catchy and they sound huge. The music is in your face and fills a room with the power that they possess. “Blank State” starts off mellow and then becomes a behemoth of a song and it grabs your ears and won’t let go. “Dashi Bay” is my favorite of the two and really hints at the songs that I listened to back in 1986, especially by a band called Go Four 3. This song is killer ; I love the beat, the guitar playing and the vocals that just flow perfectly.

A very cool and tight sounding EP that makes me long to hear more songs and hopefully hear them performed live. With talent as good as this band has in it, no wonder they need more outlets for their music.



BILLY TALENT: Afraid Of Heights


Billy Talent is a Canadian rock band from Mississauga, Ontario. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D’Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. Aaron is currently taking a hiatus from the band due to an MS relapse, Jordan Hastings from Alexisonfire, Cunter and Say Yes is currently filling in for him. The band existed for almost a decade before mainstream success. The members met and played in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School under the name Pezz and renamed itself Billy Talent after running into legal trouble with the old name. Afraid of Heights is their fifth studio album and is their first album in four years following 2012’s Dead Silence.

Well, they have gone more political on this one with “Big Red Gun” and “This Is Our War” having more than a hint of questions about what the hell the Americans are doing nowadays. Of course being Canadian, there has always been an eye at what the southern neighbors are up to, but now it’s getting a bit more strange and dangerous than before and being an outsider is a good place to be. A few fist pumpers on here, such as “Ghost Ship Of Cannibal Rats, and “Louder Than The DJ” will sound great mixed into their live set with their catchy choruses. The band seems to be playing their collective hearts out and have a lot to say on this album, so read those lyrics kids! The playing is tight, with thick bass lines, powerful drumming, slick riffs, and the shouted vocals that combined make for a great listen.

If you are a fan…..what are you waiting for…….an invitation? If you are curious, grab their best of album and this at the same time, that way you can hear where they came from and where they are today. If you want music to make you think as well as rock out to……this is your album.





STEEL CITY: Now It’s Time: CD













Steel City got together back in 2010 in Italy and has put out their debut album of ten tracks of alternative metal.
The first track is an intro to the album and it starts off slow and low which builds anticipation for what’s to come. It sounds like a motorcycle ramping up, then the guitars and the synthesizer comes in which kind of hits you in the face and sets the tone for the album later on. It’s a short track, but it packs a lot into a minute and some odd seconds. “Now It’s Time” is guitar heavy with the vocals gradually coming in, and then it hits you in the face. It goes quiet then the guitar and vocals come in, and even though the screaming is mixed in, I won’t say its screamo, but its more yelling, but the singing parts are really on par, its heavy metal/screamo and it works somehow. “I Don’t Belong” starts out with high energy guitar, a more heavy sound, more singing at the beginning, there’s more yelling in this one, opposed to the screaming, and it has a darker under tone than the previous one. It’s five minutes and ten seconds long and it’s a rich track, not flat at all, the guitars do scales in this track and it’s not a filler, but it’s a key part to the track. “Last Evolution” has a drum base at the beginning then the guitar comes in and the two harmonize. The vocals are low and dark, yet rich and powerful, it sounds controlled, constricted, but not in the “I don’t know what I’m doing, so I’m going to do this so it will sound cool,” sort of way, but it provides richness, power, and the dark energy that is needed to pull this track off. It does have some screaming mixed in, but it’s not overpowering the overall sound. This one is almost four minutes and every second was packed full of energy, and raw power. “No One’s Guilty” has high energy drums and guitar, no its not high energy, its frantic energy, it’s chaotic, it has screaming mixed in which it needs, the vocals overall just drip with power, it’s in your face, head banging raw energy. It’s overall a fast paced track and it works, it’s three and a half minutes worth of hand banging goodness. “Mandragora” is vocal based, with high energy burst of guitar, screaming is a common theme in this album, it’s not so much in your face, but it’s not something you can ignore, it makes its presence known to all. It’s not dark sounding, just heavy metal sounding, and almost five minutes and a half of strong imagery that rocks you to the core. “Under Your Face” has high energy guitar, it too rocks you to the core, the vocals aren’t the leading sound, but it’s right there behind the guitars which plays out nicely. The guitars are the real stars of this track, it’s powerful, it stirs up raw emotions, but in a good way, it’s not a track to mess with, it’s a beast. Some screaming in it, but not a whole lot, this track commands respect. “Where Is My Home?” is a total different sounding song, softer, more quiet, it’s not high energy or in your face in the beginning, but it’s none the less powerful. It stirs up the rawest emotions so far, it’s sad sounding, and it’s the longest track so far at six minutes and twenty two seconds. “Faster” is guitar based, the most powerful sounding track on the album, high energy, raw sounding, and about even with the screaming and singing. It has a dark undertone, which smacks you in the face when it starts playing, it’s frantic, and it’s just about five minutes long. Its hard-hitting metal, mostly in your face, better live in concert track, and going as fast as they can is the point of this track, but it’s needed on this album. “Black Heart Monster Tears” is guitar heavy, it’s deep, dark, sounding, it oozes raw power, demands respects for a price, no screaming at the beginning, it messes with the senses and provokes raw emotions and thoughts to come to the surface. It has a different sound, a different taste to it than the other tracks, sounds like the bands wants to finish the album off with a strong, powerful track which they succeeded in doing.

An album of power and thrills that will make your neck ache from all of the head banging, but it’s all worth it.

Review by: Amy East







This band from North West UK has a great EP out that shows the talent and energy that they are capable of.

High energy, guitar centered, female vocals are spot on, not hard rock, softer than Halestorm, but not any less powerful. On “Just Maybe” the vocals are well balanced, perfectly clear, except at the beginning when the vocals are whispered and at the end when it’s primal screaming. “Imposter” starts out smooth; the vocals are full of emotion, and full of strength. “Blame On Us” has vocals that are more controlled which shows multiple ranges, not just one note sounding, with more attitude in this track; it’s seductive, and full of emotions. “Not Who I Am” has more emotion, different range for vocals with more scales. Each track is its own story that are all connected to each other in their own way. “Glow” starts off softer, has constrained power, restricted emotions, and just shows more of the lead singer’s talent. All the tracks are guitar based and centered, this album isn’t boring or a time waster, and it’s the lead singer’s personal story set to music. She is showing you what she is made of, who she is, showing you her heart, she is strong, emotional, powerful, a women first, she commands respect, but in a not so much in your face sort of way.

Very tight and powerful music on this E.P. that sticks with you long after you listen to it.

Review by: Amy East