Monday, March 7, 2011

Inner Fear - "Symbiotry" [2003]

Artist: Inner Fear
Title: Symbiotry
Label: Elysion Music
Genre: Symphonic Gothic/Industrial Metal
Country: Czech Republic
Release date: 2011

Track List:
  1. The Coma Factor
  2. Our Crimson Deeds
  3. Odeum Of Silence
  4. Prelude To My Tragedy
  5. Bless The Endless Universe
  6. A Trip To Dream Diagonal
  7. Morphia's Harlequin
  8. Lustmistress (wave of dream remix)
Well, now it's only a few minutes until 8th of March, so I'll post one more album by a female-fronted band. Inner Fear were an avantgarde gothic metal band (with electronic/industrial overtones) from Brno, Czech Republic. Unfortunately, now they're split up, and "Symbiotry" seems to be their last release. That's a pity, because the music is great, and Inner Fear aren't like those dozens of new generic "female fronted metal" bands. Tracks #1, 4 and 8 are especially catchy, and I like the atmosphere. Hope the other two albums of Inner Fear are as good as this one.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Deadline - "Bring The House Down" [2010]

Artist: Deadline
Title: Bring The House Down
Genre: Melodic Punk / Oi!
Country: UK
Release date: 2010

Track List:
  1. The Trouble Is
  2. Fraud
  3. What’s Going On
  4. Two Heads (Are Better Than One)
  5. 99%
  6. Bring The House Down
  7. These Boots Are Made For Walking
  8. For Better Or For Worse
  9. Sorry, I Was Late
  10. Shout It Out Loud
  11. Thorn In My Side
  12. Na Na Na
  13. Breakdown Baby
One more good punk release with female vocals. Honestly I don't like earlier albums of Deadline that much, but this one is really great. Very nice vocals, extremely catchy melodies... almost every song on this album is remarkable. That's how female fronted punk rock bands should sound.

Kitty In A Casket - "Horror Express" [2009]

Artist: Kitty In A Casket
Title: Horror Express
Genre: Psychobilly/Horror Punk
Country: Austria
Release date: 2009

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Horror Express
  3. Bride Of The Monster
  4. Moonlight Massacre
  5. Since You Are Dead
  6. Space Invaders
  7. My Cannibal Paradise
  8. Under Your Bed
  9. Blood Lovesong
  10. Under Ghost Town's Moon
  11. Nekrophilian Love
  12. Sweet Nightmares
  13. Slave Of Church
If you liked the new album by The Silver Shine and want to hear more music of such kind, then you'll probably like Kitty In A Casket. Though they're not from Hungary (but very close to it geographically), they're very similar to The Silver Shine both musically and lyrically. And yes, I'm sure all fans of good female vocals in rock music will enjoy this album too.

The Silver Shine - "Saint or Sinner" [2011]

Artist: The Silver Shine
Title: Saint or Sinner
Label: Crazy Love Records
Genre: Psychobilly/Rockabilly
Country: Hungary
Release date: 2011

Track List:
  1. Run Run Run
  2. Dreams
  3. On the Edge of Luck
  4. Saint Or Sinner
  5. Homeward Bound
  6. Made of Chrome
  7. The Chased
  8. Fire Burns In My Head
  9. Your Slave
  10. Reptile
Actually, I'm not a big fan of rockabilly or psychobilly, but: 1) this band is from Hungary; 2) they have a female bassist who's really skilled; 3) their music is good, energetic and sounding more like punk than psychobilly. Need I say more? Here's a review of this album, taken from CDbaby:

""Saint or Sinner" is the 4th full-length album by the loudest punkabilly trio named The Silver Shine. Ten songs including fast psychobilly mixed punk rock and slower rockin' anthems with catchy sing-along choruses. Their screaming punky guitars, crazy slappin' upright bass and furious drum attack combines energy and technical skills. Krista Kat's soulful vocals with Ati EDGE's rough voice gives high diversity and harmony to the album.

The opening and the closing tracks are fast, psychotic metalbilly tunes lyrically dealing with a serial killer and negative human aspects. The second one is a rocking anthem titled "Dreams" featurning Chris Suicide from US psychopunx The Triggers. This one is playing in Orvell's imaginary world parallel the world around us nowadays. "An old gipsy woman tried to told my future when I was 12 and she was wrong... hahaha" - says Ati EDGE and the story inspirated him to write the song "On the Edge of Luck". "Saint or Sinner" has already has a video filmed in Los Angeles with Krista Kat's lead vocals. "Homeward Bound" is some kind of looking back, how life passes by. The next track is about fanatics who are into hot-rod buliding, or fallen in love with Harleys and stuff like that. This one's titled "Made of Chrome" and musically strongly influenced by Motorhead. "The Chased" is another song Krista sings, and it's about our fight against haters and their poisoning attitude. The next track's titled "Fire Burns in my Head" and it is a reminiscence of a pyromaniac regarding the best moments of his life. "Your Slave" is a simple, mid tempo rock and roll song about the beautiful babes. All in all, the guys felt it's more important to give a voice to these simple human feelings and leave all the zombies, monsters and horror behind.

Formed in 2004, the hard-working trio has toured several times all over Europe, Brazil and rocked the USA; a total of 28 countries worldwide. Seeking inspiration from Social Distortion to Motorhead, The Silver Shine has managed to toss their influences with originality in a blender to create fresh and addictive music. Custom painted black/red upright bass, extreme energy, vintage microphones are the trademarks of the band on stage you cannot mistake for anything else.

With three albums on Crazy Love Records and a new full-length album "Saint or Sinner" by Longneck Records under their belt, the band has undergone some changes and finally found the way what they've always been searching for. This is a must-have for both of your punk rock and / or psychobilly collection as well!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Anamanaguchi - "Aurora" [2010]

Artist: Anamanaguchi
Title: Aurora (single)
Label: 8bitpeoples
Genre: 8-bit/Chiptune/Punk
Country: USA
Release date: 2010

Track List:
  1. Aurora (Meet Me in the Stars)
  2. Densmore
Another proof that free music can be awesome! Anamanaguchi are a loud yet melodic 8-bit punk band from New York, and they release one new 2-track single every week. In my opinion, "Aurora" is the best of these singles. Great arrangements, nice melodies and "sci-fi" atmosphere... I appreciate it a lot, and it's not surprising that they already are so popular. Check it out if you like The Advantage, or any other band who uses both 8bit/chiptune sound and live instruments.