Louder Than Words by Fearful Symmetry

Louder Than Words is the June 19, 2019 debut album by London, UK progressive rock band Fearful Symmetry comprising of cousins Suzi James on guitar, bass, keyboards, and backing vocals, Jeremy Shotts on bass and backing vocals, Yael Shotts on vocals and backing vocals, and various guest musicians.  This album is a unique concept work with the sounds of progressive rock mixed with some jazz style featuring great guitar work, impressive vocals, and amazing keyboard work on such tracks as the title track Louder Than Words, Form And Substance, Rule Of Reason, Orc And Luvah and much more.  When listening to this album I hear the styles of the Beatles, Yes, King Crimson and other great bands.  This release was well written, performed, recorded and produced and I am looking forward to hearing more from this band and watch their growth.  This album is available as a digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon and other music outlets and CDs are available via their website http://www.fearfulsymmetry.rocks To learn more about this band, go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FearfulSymmetryRocks


Vicious Tide by Slight Return

For my 1415th review, I am proud to present the album Vicious Tides, the April 15, 2019 album by Detroit, Michigan rock band Slight Return on the Mi5/RL Recordings Records label.  This amazing band consists of  Mark Kassa on guitar, Andy Vargas on vocals, legendary drummer Dennis Chambers on drums and Tony Green on bass  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with amazing guitar work and impressive vocals on such tracks as Fall From Grace, Sunshine Of Your Love (originally recorded by Cream), the title track Vicious Tides, Warrior Soul and several Jimi Hendrix covers Voodoo Child – Foxy Lady and Hey Joe plus much more.  This is the first of three albums I will be reviewing for this band and looking forward to hearing more from this great band.  This band showcases a great performance as well as showing their songwriting abilities as well as a great recording.  This album is available from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold. To learn more about this amazing band, please go to their official website http://slightreturn.com

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Lavoro D’Amore by Roz Vitalis

Lavoro D’Amore (Labour of Love) is a highly listenable amalgam of symphonic progressive rock, modern classical, ethnic folk, with psychedelic touches and Avant flourishes released March 16, 2015 by Saint Petersburg, Russia progressive rock band Roz Vitalis consisting of Vladimir Efimov on electric Gibson guitar, Alexey Gorshkov on trumpet, Yury Khomonenko on drums and percussion, Ruslan Kirillov on bass guitar and ukulele, Vladislav Korotkikh on flute, Ivan Rozmainsky on grand Steinway piano, harpsichord, Hammond RT-3 organ, Tesla Delicia mini 2, Elka Rhapsody 490, other keyboards, and metallophone, Philip Semenov on drums and percussion, and Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky on electric Fender guitar, acoustic guitars, and bass guitar.  This eleven-track album features such great tracks as the title track Lavoro D’Amore, There Are The Workers of Iniquity Fallen, Need For Someone Else, What Are You Thinking About and much more.  This great album was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  This is my third review for this band and plan to do more in the future.  You can find your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets.  You can learn more about this great band and their music by going to their Bandcamp page https://rozvitalis.bandcamp.com


Title Withheld by Smith Sisters Bluegrass

Usually, I don’t do these kinds of reviews for another two weeks and this my first review I have done without giving away the title, but I want to tell you about a great song by the Smith Sisters Bluegrass  (Title Withheld) song will be released & broadcast worldwide 10/25/2019.  I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it and I was quite impressed with the vocals and harmonies by Singing/Songwriting/Sisters Kelli Smith-Lewis & Wendi Smith-Kilman.  This song tells a great story and it was well written, recorded and performed. The song is scheduled to be available on all platforms on October 25th and hopes you love this song as much as I did.

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With Love by Smith Sisters Bluegrass

With Love is the June 7, 2019 album and my second review for the bluegrass duo Smith Sisters Bluegrass which consists of Singing/Songwriting/Sisters Kelli Smith-Lewis & Wendi Smith-Kilman and is joined Cody Bryant on banjo and mandolin, Michael Kelly on fiddle, Skip Heller on guitar and Nick Omelas on double bass.  The Smith Sisters make music that tells beautiful stories that touch your heart with the tracks If You Love Me, Pennies On My Ground, I Could Quit You In A Minute, Face To Face, I Wanna Be A Star In Heaven, and By His Grace.  I was quite impressed with the vocals and harmonies on this album as well as their performance and how it was written and recorded.  If you are a bluegrass fan as I am, you will definitely want to add this album to your music library.  You can pick up your copy on CD and digital download from CD Baby, Amazon, Discogs, and other music outlets.  I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing duo.  You can learn more about this duo, their music, tour schedule and more by going to their website https://smithsistersbluegrass.com


16 Bars: Original Documentary Soundtrack by Various Artists

Todd “Speech” Thomas is a two-time Grammy-award winning rapper and founder of Arrested Development, a conscious hip-hop group from the ’90s. Not too long ago, he released an album, entitled, “16 Bars: Original Documentary Soundtrack”, featuring various artists performing all the basic tracks, rapping, and singing and was recorded in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia.  The rap music here is personal and conscious, in the vein of stars such as Kendrick Lamar and Tupac and features such tracks as Inspire, Lay My Burden Down, Freedom Wind, Steam Train Salvation, Two Stamps and much more. A large number of the songs on this album were performed with Teddy Kane, Garland Carr, and others.  This soundtrack was well written, recorded, performed and produced.  Even though hip hop is not my cup of tea, I know there are others out there that will love this album and will be able to pick up their own copy of this soundtrack from Amazon, Itunes and other outlets where CDs, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold on November 8, 2019, from the Lightyear Records label.


Skywriter/Devils Door by Nektar

Skywriter/ Devils Door is a 3 song EP featuring songs from Necktar’s forthcoming new album The Other SideNektar comprises of Randy Dembo on bass, 1 string guitar, bass pedals and vocals, Kendall Scott on keyboards and vocals, Ryche Chlanda on guitar and vocals, Ron Howden on drums, and Derek “Mo” Moore on bass.  This progressive rock EP features two versions of Skywriter (a radio edition and the full song), plus Devils Door.  These songs were well written, recorded and performed and are available from CD Baby, and their website https://nektarsmusic.com where you can learn more about this band, their tour schedule, and their music.


American Dream by Chris Styne

American Dream is the December 7, 2018 album by Plainview, Texas singer-songwriter Chris Styne.  This nine-track album of Americana music features such tracks as Gaslight, Truth Is Old Economy, the title track American Dream, Honest and much more.  This album was well written, recorded and performed.  It will be interesting to see what is next in his career.  This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets and info about this artist is found at https://chrisstyne.com.


Immortal by Last Kiss Goodnight

Immortal is the October 11, 2019 debut studio album by Last Kiss Goodnight, an Alternative Rock n’ Roll band from Baltimore, Maryland featuring veteran musicians from regional and national touring acts Ray Patricks on lead vocals,  Dan Stroud on lead and rhythm guitars and vocals, Rob Lasky on drums, Carlo Pizarro on lead and rhythm guitars, and Kevin Baker on bass.  I enjoyed this twelve track album from start to finish with powerful vocals, great harmonies, outstanding guitar riffs, and driving drum beats on such tracks as their first single from the album Love Separation plus Maybe Someday, Stitches, Blackbird and so much more.  I am very impressed with this debut album with how well it was written, performed, and recorded.  I strongly believe this is an album you will love and want to own and is available from Amazon, Discogs, and many other music outlets.  You can learn more about this band by going to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lastkissgoodnightofficial and their website http://lastkissgoodnight.com


The Bad Somethings by The Bad Somethings

The Bad Somethings is the debut self-titled album by North Carolina Retro rockers with a classic seventies and eighties hard rock sound The Bad Somethings released October 26, 2018, on the Squib Kick Records label.   This band consists of Kenny Richie on drums and vocals, and Leo Davidson on guitars and vocals.  This nine-track album features great vocals and harmonies, and amazing guitar riffs on such tracks as Yeah Yeah Yeah, Along For The Ride, Body Language Psychology, End Of The Night and much more.  This album was well written, performed, and recorded.  I am anxious to see the growth of this band as time goes on.  At this time, this release is only available as a digital download from Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon, and other outlets. You can learn more about this band by going to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thebadsomethings