Ape Shifter II by Ape Shifter

On Friday, March 29, 2019, Ape Shifter release their follow-up album to their debut with their sophomore release Ape Shifter II on the Brainstorm Records label.  From rockin’ 70’s riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves and all-out bashers, Ape Shifter give new meaning to intense simian instrumental rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo.  This German band features Jeff Aug on guitar, Florian Walter on bass and Kurty Münch on drums.  This thirteen track album with hard guitar instrumentals features such tracks as Gravity, Haskett, American Eagle, Jiggy Jiggy Boom Boom, and much more.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed.  This album will be available on March 29th from Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.

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It’s All About The Love by Robert Bidney

It’s All About The Love is the October 17, 2015 debut album by Florida singer/songwriter Robert Bidney.  The line up on this album is Robert Bidney on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano, Fernando Perdomo (who I have reviewed several of his albums) on drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and percussion, and Alex Schecter on horns.  This nine track album of original songs written by Robert Bidney features such tracks as the title track It’s All About The Love, Love To Share, Love Me Now, Take Away Your Love, and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and am very impressed with his songwriting abilities, as well as this amazing performance and how well this album was recorded.  You can find this album from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.

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Demoed In Detroit 1997-98 by Sponge

Demoed In Detroit 1997-98 is the January 29, 2019 album by Sponge, an American alternative rock band from Detroit, Michigan and released on the Cleopatra Records label.  This band formed in 1991 went through several changes throughout the years.  The lineup on this album consists of Vinnie Dombroski on vocals, Joey Mazzola and Mike Cross on guitars,  Tim Cross on bass and Charlie Glover on drums. This collection is a never-before-released set of studio recordings taped in Detroit following the band’s blockbuster sophomore album Wax Ecstatic!  For reasons known only to the band, these recordings were shelved and a new set of recordings were produced for Sponge’s 1999 album New Pop Sunday. But now those incredibly inspired studio sessions from 1997-1998 are available for the first time anywhere.  This eighteen track album feature thirteen original songs and three blistering cover tunes as well as 2 exclusive acoustic versions of their hits Plowed and Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain).  Among the other tracks on this album are original tracks How Much Do You Think Of Love, Great Big Flop, Get Down And Assumed The Position, Someone To Talk To and many others, as well as three covers, Break On Through ( a Doors classic), My Generation (a hit by The Who), and Born To Be Wild (a Steppenwolf gem).  This great album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and is an essential album for fans of Sponge and classic ’90s alternative rock!  This classic album is available from Amazon, Itunes, Cleopatra Records and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Ballad Of The Human Condition by Venom & Valor

The Ballad Of The Human Condition is the 1 February 2019 album by Denver Colorado base metal band Venom & Valor.  This great band consists of Teylor on vocals, Talon on guitars, James on guitars, Sean on bass, and Nate on Drums.  This six-track EP features clean and unclean vocals, driving drum beats, heavy guitar riffs, and pounding bass lines on such tracks as Emery, Power Of Ass Whooping, Walk The Talk and much more.  I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced and this release is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.

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GOT SOUL! 4 – the Kings & Queens of Soul! by Various Artists

With the release of the Big Fourth Edition of the acclaimed ‘GOT SOUL!’ series, the level amazing new Soul classics & soulful Singers is world class! 20 superhot Songs & Artists makes this the hottest hit collection in the booming new Soul movement sweeping the World! Like it’s sister series of POP songs (‘WANNA PARTY!) & COUNTRY songs (‘LOVE MY COUNTRY!) make the HOT NEW HEAT! series hottest hit compilations in the business!  GOT SOUL! 4 – the Kings & Queens of Soul! Is an incredible collection of 20 Hot New Soul Classics! From the most talented Soul Singers breaking out today, including longtime David Bowie/Luther Vandross singer Ava Cherry doing Impossible, Clive Davis protégé Kenny Mazin Brown doing Real Man, Pullman Porters doing That’s What They Say, Cecily doing Can You Feel It, Tarsha Rodgers with Two Faced, Keith Harris with No Man, & 14 more – wall-to-wall classic new soul songs for lovers of great singers & infectious soulful songs! I enjoyed this compilation from start to finish and was impressed with how well his album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This great compilation is available from Amazon and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold

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Native Tongue by Switchfoot

Native Tongue is the eleventh studio album by American alternative rock band Switchfoot. It was released on January 18, 2019, through Fantasy Records.  This great band features Jon Foreman on lead vocals & guitar, Tim Foreman on bass, Chad Butler on drums, Jerome Fontamillas on keyboards, and Drew Shirley on guitar.  This superb album has spawned four singles, the title track Native TongueVoicesAll I Need and Let It Happen.  It also features such great notable tracks as OxygenProdigal SonWonderful Feeling and so much more.  I was impressed with the songwriting on this album (all tracks were written or co-written by Jon and Tim Foreman) and how well this album was recorded, performed and produced.  Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to purchase your own copy from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Bad Somethings by The Bad Somethings

The Bad Somethings is the October 26, 2018 debut album by The Bad Somethings release on the Squib Kick Records label.  This band of 70’s/80’s style rock consists of Kenny Richie on drums & vocals, and Leo Davidson on guitars and vocals.  For a two-piece band, I am impressed by how they were able to make this sound like a four-piece band with great vocals and instrumentation.  There are a lot of great songs on this nine-track album such as Let It Roll, Along For The Ride, End Of The Night, New Generation and so much more.  This debut album was well written, performed and recorded.  This album is available in digital download format from CD Baby, Amazon, and other outlets.

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Balearic Beauty by Roger Shah Presents Sunlounger

Balearic Beauty (Deluxe Edition) is the fourth full-length album from German electronic composer and producer Roger-Pierre Shah, released under his Sunlounger alias. It was released through Magic Island Records on December 16, 2016.  This fifty three track album, a mixture of uptempo and downtempo material features various mixes of such tracks like the title track Balearic Beauty, Surrender, I’ll Be Fine, I Just Wanna Dance With You, Come As You Are and so much more.  This is a great album to listen to when you want to relax or listen to something that is not too heavy at the end of a busy day.  This collection was well written, recorded, mixed, and performed.  This album is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Autumn Leaf by Viggenblot

Autumn Leaf is the November 2, 2017 album by Viggenblot released on the BlueFreya Records label.  This band consists of Daron Olson on rhythm and bass guitars and Richard Baysinger on lead and acoustic guitars, drums, keyboards, and fretless bass. This five track EP album features unclean vocals, great guitar licks, and driving drum beats on such tracks as Steel Truth, the title track Autumn Leaf, Lisbon, Tortured Truth and one more.  I was quite impressed with how well this album was performed, written and recorded.  This is a band I have got hooked on and hungry for more.  This album is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where digital downloads are sold.

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Votov Self Titled Album by Votov

Votov is the self-titled December 2, 2017 album by Winnipeg, Canada death metal band Votov consisting of John Duke on bass, Matt Penner on drums and Chuck Labossiere on guitars and vocals.  This eight-track album features guttural unclean vocals, heavy guitar riffs, driving drum beats and pounding bass lines with such tracks as The Smear (which is less than two minutes long) and I heard for the first time on an online radio show on Spreaker, Organic Incarceration, By The Disgrace Of God, a cover of the Celtic Frost track Dethroned Emperor and much more.  This album was well written, recorded and performed.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this band.  If you are a fan of death metal, you will want to hear this album and get your own copy from Bandcamp and other outlets where digital downloads are sold. Until they get their online store up and running, you can go to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/votov9/ to inquire about physical copies and merchandise.

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