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Skies Turn Black – EP Review

Skies Turn Black

Skies Turn Black self-titled EP release is a six-track collection of hard rock with metal leanings, especially in the drumming department.

  1. Smoke & Mirrors
  2. Life Goes On
  3. Cold
  4. Play The Game
  5. Choking On Air
  6. Departure

Expect to hear lots of guitar virtuoso playing, solid riffs and interestingly you can actually hear the bass, which goes well with the drums. The vocals you can actually hear what the song is about.

As far as the song material it ranges from deception, getting besotted and being given the runaround, delusionment, being put into your place, oppression and consuming way too much oxygen than you need!

Skies Turn Black EP is available through Apple Music

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Defy the Ocean – EP Review

Defy The Ocean - Myopic [Clown Magazine]Defy the Ocean has released another EP called Myopic.

The music is a combination of fast thrash like in Neolithic, or the slowish doomsayer groove in Invaders.

The last two songs The Hunter has a loose and mis-stepped beats structure, while The Tide has a nice mellow introduction and is probably the lead track on the EP, considering it is just over ten minutes long.

Myopic is available @ Bandcamp

Rene Benton – Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] – Album Review

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Rene Benton album Xpressions Too!!! [Shört Storeez] is a mixture of rock, metal and acid-rock-jazz  instrumental compositions.

Due to the fact that Rene Benton has served in the US military there are a few tracks that resemble his experiences starting with the first track Push Pull, which is a fairly aggressive piece of music. Then you have the following tracks East Meets West that has some Arabic musical phrasing going on. The intro to Drone 3.3 has some electronic signals effect on the guitar to kind of simulate the starting of this electronic remote control aircraft, while the chugging of the rhythm guitar is part of the mission and the lead guitar is the drone flying effortlessly high-up through the sky. Green Light Go! has a great adrenaline rush feel, well how would you feel if you had to jump out of an aeroplane? Exactly. Well these are the tracks that has been drawn on his global travels with his fellow US Marines.

You then get tracks that have a very different feel like Nation Of Struggle, which changes tempo, notes and style within the composition.

Getting into the space race of completely changing Mankind through computer technology is expressed in Clone Theory.

The next crop of tracks Part Of Me, This Is Life, Thingsz Happen, and V.U.S are more free flowing compositions that burst with perfect fluency and you hear how refined Rene Benton is whether playing raw or neoclassical lead guitar and how he crafts his instrument around what he wants to convey through his music.

Are you going to live or die is the theme of Lyfe Support, with added effects of the heart machine beeping and ambulance coming to the rescue.

Open Air is the last track and finishes the album on a high note.

Xpressions Too!!! [Short Storeez] is available @ CD Baby