Aug 18 Release Music Reviews
"HELL YEAH" By KMFDM
KMFDM is here to bring the party. And they do just that with their latest full length Hell Yeah. Fourteen tracks packing 51 minutes of body moving electronic dance hits.and industrial bangers. While there are plenty of light-hearted tracks such as the title track, "Freak Flag", and the big beat leaning "Rip The System V. 2.0" the band still sprinkles in some politically minded anthems like "Total State Machine" and "Fake News". The female vocal lead tracks are also highlights such as the slow grooving "Only Lovers" and new wave esque "Murder My Heart". Hell Yeah has a deep well of enjoyable tracks and marks another proud addition to discography of these veterans of the industrial genre.
"Evocation II-Pantheon" By Eluveitie
Genre: Celtic Folk Rock
The Swiss stationed, Celtic folk-metal band Eluveitie have released the sequel to their concept album Evocation I-The Arcane Dominion titled Evocation II-Pantheon. And similar to its predecessor its a fully acoustic work and is lyrically fully in the Celtic Gaulish language. While the album is all acoustic-lead the unique variety of folk instruments, full drum kit, and upbeat songwriting keeps the record an entertaining listen. The metal elements of the band's sound are mostly dropped outside of the occasional scream. But metal fans will find plenty to appreciate in the layered songwriting and album-centric structure of the work. There's a number of instrumental works and highlights in the celebratory sounding "Epona" and "Lvgvs". Evocation II is a nice record to ease new listeners into the Celtic sound of the band and is a good record for those wanting music off the beaten path of rock and metal.
"Science Fiction" By Brand New
Genre: Alternative Rock/Emo
Brand New fans had to wait a long eight years for a new album after 2009's Daisy. But as the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Science Fiction marks another career highlight for the New Yorkers with a healthy helping of dark, moody, and atmospheric alt rock. The record is a real testament to how far pure, quality songwriting can take you as the instrumentation is mostly kept simple and mellow with the vocal melodies and Jesse Lacey's soothing voice leading the way. "Waste" is a classic Brand New track that delves into deep introspection and self examination and "Out Of Mana" makes great use of loud/quiet song dynamics with a seemingly positive and uplifting message to its lyrics. Once again Brand New proves why they've lasted the test of time and why "emo" shouldn't be considered a dirty word.