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Ed Roman – Red Omen – Album Review 

Ed Roman – Red Omen – Album Review 

If you’ve ever heard something from the late 80s or early 90s and can’t quite put your finger on the feel of the era, Ed Roman has an album for you. On the cleverly titled Red Omen, Roman mixes the styles of Barenaked Ladies, Paul Simon, and even a touch of July Talk, along with [...]

March 9, 2017 Owen Maxwell 90s Rock, Album Reviews, Alternative Rock 0

3 Headed Giant – Self-titled – Album Review

3 Headed Giant – Self-titled – Album Review

Who said metal can’t evolve? On the new self-titled album from metal-infused rockers 3 Headed Giant the band mixes parts Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a touch of Muse for a record that decidedly uses metal as a base to make some interesting and always energetic rock. “Lullaby” is probably the last track on [...]

February 21, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews 0

The Heavy Jack 3 – What Is Love – Album Review

The Heavy Jack 3 – What Is Love – Album Review

Funk is a tool all too rarely harnessed by rock bands these days. On the new record What Is Love by Toronto transplants The Heavy Jack 3 they blend hard rock with parts Steve Miller, and parts Red Hot Chili Peppers for an album that works best when it’s doing something new, rather than relying [...]

February 18, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Funk, Rock 0

KornuCopia – Unplug by Seven – Album Review

KornuCopia – Unplug by Seven – Album Review

It’s amazing what music can do for the soul. For Raw Zero the mastermind behind Toronto hard rock outfit KornuCopia, it saved him from a life of addiction, and several years later has found him with the album Unplug by Seven. Mixing elements of Pearl Jam, Eagles of Death Metal, and Soundgarden, as well as [...]

January 18, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Toronto, Toronto bands 0

Matt Chanway – Self-titled – Album Review

Matt Chanway – Self-titled – Album Review

Coming from metal act Assimilation, Vancouver’s Matt Chanway has a lot to live up to on his self-titled solo record. The record shows a lot of amazing ability that metal heads will love and has enough of the style that made greats like Chris Broderick, Greg Howe and George Lynch influence artists like Chanway over [...]

January 17, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Metal, Vancouver bands 0

Camille Peruto – From the Sea to the Sky – Album Review

Camille Peruto – From the Sea to the Sky – Album Review

If you thought it wasn’t possible to mash influences from Muse, Taylor Swift and Paramore all into the same band, you clearly haven’t heard South Jersey’s Camille Peruto. On her new album From The Sea To The Sky Peruto showcases all the talent that brought her to American Idol and proves that she has a [...]

January 15, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews 0

Matchstickmen – From Our Own Ashes – Album Review

Matchstickmen – From Our Own Ashes – Album Review

Want to keep metal relevant? Learn from the best and go from there. On From Our Own Ashes, the bombastic new album from Matchstickmen, the band pulls electricity and flair from bands like Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden and even modern greats like Muse to create an album with some astonishing compositional prowess. In their [...]

December 29, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, International Bands, Metal, UK Bands, Uncategorized 0

Thorin Loeks – Thirsty Hearts – Album Review 

Thorin Loeks – Thirsty Hearts – Album Review 

It takes a lot of talent to keep acoustic music interesting but the gems that manage it are saving the lighter side of folk. On Thirsty Hearts, the new album by Whitehorse musician Thorin Loeks, he manages to take ideas from Mumford and Sons, Kathleen Edwards, and parts Kim Churchill, as well as Gordon Lightfoot [...]

December 28, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Folk, Indie, Vancouver bands 0

 Joan Torres’ All Is Fused – Of The Musical – Album Review

 Joan Torres’ All Is Fused – Of The Musical – Album Review

To anyone who has a hard time listening to modern jazz, it can often be a mix of not accessible enough and just not being into the overall aesthetic of the sounds, but every so often the write talent can cut through all that. On the latest release from Joan Torres‘ All Is Fused, called [...]

December 27, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, International Bands, Jazz, World Music 0

April Martin – In The Blink Of A Life – Album Review 

April Martin – In The Blink Of A Life – Album Review 

Those longing for the days where folk heroes like Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot released albums every few years have rarely found modern albums that sound quite like the classics from that era. But on April Martin’s latest release In The Blink Of A Life she captures that same magic with a mix of folk, [...]

December 26, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews 0

The Blue Poets – Self-titled – Album Review

The Blue Poets – Self-titled – Album Review

Keeping blues from sounding stale is an art these days, with the likes of The White Stripes and The Black Keys being some of the few to reinvigorate it. In Marcus Deml’s latest project The Blue Poets, the band have crafted self-titled album that harkens to classics like Cream and Deep Purple, while also taking [...]

December 24, 2016 Owen Maxwell Blues, International Bands, Rock, Uncategorized 0

Scott Thorn – Ordinary Day – Album Review

Scott Thorn – Ordinary Day – Album Review

Every so often it’s nice to find a record that plays to a lot of classic sounds, that can be relaxing and relatable. On Scott Thorn‘s latest record Ordinary Day he mixes 90s rock with some country and a little bit of a Carlos Santana lead guitar sound for an album whose only flaws lie [...]

November 21, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Alt-Country, Uncategorized 0

Ethan Gamble – Roy – Album Review

Ethan Gamble – Roy – Album Review

Experimental music as a genre is rare as it is, and but it’s even rarer to find an album in the genre that pulls in while pushing the limits. On Ethan Gamble’s bedroom-recorded debut Roy, he finds the line between pop and experimental and zigzags across it creatively, with hints of Animal Collective, The Flaming [...]

November 21, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Alternative Rock, Pop, Uncategorized 0

Kevin Mahon – Hell’s Kitchen Irish Ale – Album Review

Kevin Mahon – Hell’s Kitchen Irish Ale – Album Review

When Kurt Cobain died, Dave Grohl started writing Foo Fighters music, initially just for himself, and when Kevin Mahon lost both his parents, he did much the same. Never meaning to release any of it, the music stayed stored for years, but eventually he changed his mind and the record Hell’s Kitchen Irish Ale finally [...]

November 9, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews 0

Doc Yates and the Kings Evil – Sweat It Out – Album Review

Doc Yates and the Kings Evil – Sweat It Out – Album Review

If there’s any hope that someone could bridge the gap between alt-country and pop-country it may lie with Doc Yates and the Kings Evil. On their upcoming record Sweat It Out, Yates and company mix a country sound with blues, classic and hard rock influences to craft a record that will have something for anyone [...]

November 8, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Alt-Country 0

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