Perfect Smile – [2008] Sonrie

Perfect Smile play melodic metal that resembles the style of Sonata Arctica. Five tracks or 26 minutes of extremely well produced progressive rock await you. I cannot stress enough the production quality of this album.

Like always, I present two tracks that should you leave craving for the whole release. Continue reading “Perfect Smile – [2008] Sonrie”

Tequila Mockingbird – [2011] Luck and Trouble

Tequila Mockingbird are an alternative rock band from Denver. With their third album, they deliver a grooving example of a studio album with “live sound”, i.e. not sounding overproduced, but fun and natural.

The guitar sports juicy riffs, the singer has a strong voice and percussion is well levelled in. Read on for a short description for two of the nine tracks. Continue reading “Tequila Mockingbird – [2011] Luck and Trouble”

Obsidian Shell – [2011] Evershade

Sounds like Nightwish, but less cheesy. This could be the end of this review, but I am used to write more than one sentence. Obsidian Shell are one of the best bands on Jamendo, with an impressive series of five releases ranging from 2009 to 2012.

For those of you who don’t know Nigthwish: Obsidian Shell play symphonic metal with female vocals, and well they do! I discovered this release while listening to Faldrians Feierabend, a nice radio-like podcast with two hours of music and interesting topics in between. Continue reading “Obsidian Shell – [2011] Evershade”

TenPenny Joke – [2009] Ambush On All Sides

TenPenny Joke is/was a rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Ambush On All Sides is their first and so far last album. If features melodic and powerful rock music. Songwriting, vocals, all top-notch. Luckily, they have released their album on Jamendo for us all to find. Listen to my two favourite tracks and then download it yourself! Continue reading “TenPenny Joke – [2009] Ambush On All Sides”

William Wilson – [2011] Summer Holidays and Folk Routine EP

William Wilson that is easy to listen to, but hard to describe. Take some soft alternative Rock, add small drops of Electro, Jazz, Classic at selected spots.

It is released at Lophophora Williams, a young netlabel with five releases since 2010. If you like what you hear here, look into their catalogue! Continue reading “William Wilson – [2011] Summer Holidays and Folk Routine EP”

Chamberlain – [2010] Moon In June / Superstition

Chamberlain is alternative rock from Italy with a psychedelic or progressive influence. Guitar soli included. They do good old craft, no heavy effects in post-production.

The EP was released Lophora Williams that has published five releases so far, mainly alternative rock. There are reviews in my pipeline for this netlabel. But for now, listen to my two selections from this three track EP at hand. Continue reading “Chamberlain – [2010] Moon In June / Superstition”

Various Artists – [2011] 7

The netlabel diym specialises in exceptional music of all genres. That includes singer/songwriter, pop-rock, post-rock, but also electronica. They have released seven albums and nine compilations so far. Every release is worth your time. Today I’ll present their seventh compilation, the one that I discovered first. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2011] 7”

Nine Inch Nails – [2008] Ghosts I – IV

Nine Inch Nails is a industrial rock band with experimental touch. Experimental not only in the musical sense, but also in that they try out new forms of music distribution like giving it away for free. Ghosts I-IV is an improvised 36 track album with anonymous tracks, only grouped in “Ghosts I” to “Ghosts IV”. Slow and silent songs are followed by loud and noisy jams. I picked my three favourite tracks that I feel represent the album pretty well. Continue reading “Nine Inch Nails – [2008] Ghosts I – IV”