ALBUM REVIEW: Wytch Hazel – III: Pentecost

With Wytch Hazel having established their style right from their 2011 formation, each of their releases has mostly been a matter of fine-tuning and making tweaks to their Hard Rock vision. The band’s third full-length album is no exception as it delivers its signature blend of Celtic melodies and spiritual lyrics with brazen positivity. Past efforts have been enjoyable in their own right but III: Pentecost (Bad Omen Records) may be the strongest execution of the formula so far.  Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #512: SCAM WEEK- The Difference Between Scammers and Idiots

SCAM WEEK CONTINUES! Matt and Curtis explain the difference between those trying to scam you and just plain fools. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #512 is streaming now and is all about The Difference Between Scammers and Idiots. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #511: SCAM WEEK – Identifying Scammers

SCAM WEEK CONTINUES! Matt and Curtis explain how to spot scammers in the music industry and the difference between being dissatisfied and taken advantage of. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #511 is streaming now and is all about Identifying Scammers. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #510: Paying For Reviews

In this episode, Matt and Curtis explain why you should not ever pay a website or magazine for reviews or interviews. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #510 is streaming now and is all about Paying For Reviews. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Armored Saint – Punching The Sky

 

Showing no visible signs of wear and tear, classic Los Angeles metallers Armored Saint return with eighth studio album Punching the Sky (Metal Blade). Noted for their consistency in both output and personnel, you have to go all the way back to 1987’s Raising Fear (Chrysalis) to find a studio album with a different line-up. A surprising level of stability considering two lengthy hiatuses and the untimely death of original guitarist Dave Prichard.

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #509: Persistence

In this episode, Matt and Curtis explain the grind of the long game of you’re music career and how you need to overcome the inevitable down days. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #509 is streaming now and is all about Persistence. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pallbearer – Forgotten Days

When listening to Forgotten Days (Nuclear Blast), Pallbearer’s fourth full-length, it’s hard to remember a time when they were ever this riff-driven. The title track sets an immediate precedent with its beginning feedback transitioning into pummeling yet catchy verses, a surprisingly hooky chorus, and a softer bridge that manages to keep the momentum going. ‘The Quicksand Of Existing’ and ‘Vengeance Ruination’ serve up even more heaviness in the album’s second half with the former’s straightforward chugs standing out. Considering past jabs I’ve made about Pallbearer being one of the most riff-adverse groups in Doom Metal, it’s a very refreshing change of pace.

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #508: Not Being Helpless

Matt and Curtis go deep on why your weakness and needy behavior dissuades music industry types from working with your band.   Dumb and Dumbest Episode #508 is streaming now and is all about Not Being Helpless. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #507: Even More Content Ideas for COVID-19

Matt and Curtis discuss how telling a story, any story about anything you can think of can help fans and peers connect to you. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #507 is streaming now and is all about Even More Content Ideas for COVID-19! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mr. Bison – Seaward

Those who deserted Pisa-based riff kings, Mr. Bison, after their 2012 debut album We’ll Be Brief (Dracma Records) will recognise neither the physical nor the sonic entity that exists today. Only guitarist/vocalist Matteo Barsacchi remains from that initial incarnation, now replenished by two more Matteos – vocalist/guitarist Sciocchetto and drummer D’Ignazi – and the dry, ZZTop-influenced sound of that first effort has been gradually replaced by an oft euphoric leaning towards a form of Desert Psychedelia as progressive as it is retrospective. Their fourth album Seaward (Subsound Records / Ripple Music) is the band’s biggest step forward yet, displaying a level of invention and confidence that is both profound and joyous. Continue reading