Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Irish death metal band Sonus Mortis releases new LP 'Hail the Tragedies of Man'

The symphonic death metal project known as Sonus Mortis has released a new full-length album, “Hail the Tragedies of Man.” It contains 11 original tracks for a total of one hour of explosive listening. The record has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction or support of the corporate music industry. Building, burning and cresting like a sonic tsunami of fire, “Hail the Tragedies of Man” by Sonus Mortis is easily one of the most evocative and arresting examples of symphonic death metal ever recorded.

The sole creative genius behind Sonus Mortis and “Hail the Tragedies of Man” is veteran multi-instrumentalist Kevin Byrne. Dublin, Ireland's Byrne cites as main artistic influences Septicflesh, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Paradise Lost, Rotting Christ and My Dying Bride. He has described Sonus Mortis' music as symphonic death metal with elements of black metal and doom metal.

“Hail the Tragedies of Man' is the third full-length record from Sonus Mortis, which officially began in 2013. Although chiefly a studio project, Sonus Mortis has amassed a loyal following of over 10,000 online fans and counting. With the obvious power of “Hail the Tragedies...,” there seems little doubt that this number will grow exponentially.

Asked to comment on the themes of his new album, Byrne writes, “The financial and political landscape has led us to tempestuous and challenging times. We are witnessing the erosion of liberty through fear/paranoia with America melding into a fascist system of surveillance and intrusion. The Middle East is becoming more and more unstable, civil war and uprisings are savaging Yemen, Syria and many more areas. Religion still infects humanity's roots, and Europe is at the edge of an existential crisis.”

Clearly the album is no sleeper, and music fans with a mind for social issues and pertinent philosophy will find plenty of both in “Hail the Tragedies of Main.”

“[My record] explores all these themes,” Byrne writes. “It's tangled up with anger, sadness and despair. This is one man's view of the world explored through dark, bleak symphonic death metal.”

Bleak though it may be, the sound is a visceral experience, swirling like smoke and rushing like wind, almost palpable as it comes at the listener. Audiophiles are challenged to hear any track from “Hail the Tragedies of Man” by Sonus Mortis and remain unaffected. It will seize you.

“Hail the Tragedies of Man” by Sonus Mortis is available online worldwide at over 700 quality digital music retailers now. Get in early, metal fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Gospel singer Rahn Anthoni releases new EP 'I'll Trust You'

The singer and songwriter of gospel and contemporary Christian music known as Rahn Anthoni has released his latest EP album, “I'll Trust You.” The record contains three original songs for an approximate total listening time of fifteen minutes. It has been proudly published on the Rahn Anthoni Music independent record label without the direction or support of the corporate music industry. Devotional, inspirational, and filled with the spirit of the Christian God, “I'll Trust You” is evidence that Rahn Anthoni is a gospel voice to watch in 2017.

The Atlanta, Georgia area's Rahn Anthoni cites as main artistic influences Howard Hewitt, Michael Jackon, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, and Fantasia. His own sound is a mix of hip hop and R 'n' B with roots reaching into the gospel tradition. The title single of “I'll Trust You” was written by Fred “Uncle Freddie” Jerkins, brother of Darkchild Records' Rodney Jerkins, while Anthoni penned the rest of the record himself.

“Music makes me feel free from all my problems that I have each day,” says Rahn Anthoni. “It gives me a getaway and expresses love to all my listeners – including myself.”

Rahn Anthoni has had a long and varied music career which began with his family gospel group, the Family Voices. Since that time he has released a popular single, “Hold On,” with Tate Music Group, and become the host of his own talk show, “The Rahn Anthoni Show” after appearing on “Starpower” for the BET Network. The program reaches over a million viewers on EOTM TV.

Singer Anthoni made national headlines in 2012 when his son, Aaron Hatcher was allegedly killed through the abuse of his teachers at school. The calamity triggered a heart attack in Anthoni, himself, who survived after emergency open-heart surgery. Since that time, Rahn Anthoni has been an outspoken advocate for students with special needs. The Aaron Hatcher Award is given out annually at the Special Needs Rock Awards founded by Rahn Anthoni after the death of his special needs son, Aaron Hatcher, in Atlanta, GA.

“This message is to Trust God No Matter What!” writes Rahn Anthoni of his new EP record. “I will still Trust You even in the midst of this horrific tragedy. This message is to advise people to hold on because these trials come to make you stronger in the middle of the storm.”

Like the rest of his repertoire, “I'll Trust You” is spiritual music through and through, with a foundation in Christian principles and values.

“We must not give in,” Anthoni writes, “because the Power of God has you even until the end of this earth. 'I Found You' is a song that will bring all to the love of Christ, because when I found God, my life became complete in spite of the things of the earth. I allow the fire to change my life.”

“I'll Trust You” by Rahn Anthoni is available online worldwide from over 700 quality digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Z-Sides release flagship album 'Ad Infinitum'

The Bay Area indie heroes known as Z-Sides have released their new LP powerhouse, “Ad Infinitum.”
Like the rest of the Z-Sides repertoire, the full-length record has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction or support of the corporate music industry. Raw and unpolished, yet sparkling like an uncut diamond on an exotic shore, “Ad Infinitum” takes its place among the great works of subculture art and proves that Z-Sides are keeping indie rock relevant in 2017 and beyond.

A sneak preview of the record has been made available at the Z-Sides official BandCamp page here: https://z-sides.bandcamp.com/album/ad-infinitum.

Z-Sides cite as influences '90s mainstays like My Bloody Valentine,Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub and Wilco, but also less intuitive picks like U2, REM, Rush, Dream Theater, and Yes. Their sound is organic, cruising, sometimes driving and aggressive, other times narrative and rolling in the groove. Fans of records like “More Fun in the New World” by X and “Bee Thousand” by Guided by Voices will find a rare treat in “Ad Infinitum,” while new kids to the sound will find it growing on them until the realization sinks in – music like this is why people stopped listening to the radio.

Tracks of particular note include power-pop opening track, “Fortune Hunter,” surprising acoustic roller, “Something Begun,” and the back-to-back pairing of “Non-Plussed” and “Paper Thin,” the chunky, bassy grooves of which dovetail together nicely. “Good Thing Going” is slated to be one of those crowd pleasers Z-Sides will play near the end of their set for a strong finish, while the uber fuzz and telephoned vocals of “One Small Person” showcase primary songwriter Lane Pianta's fearless creativity.

For Pianta, the quality of these songs comes from equal parts earnestness and hard work.

“At its best, I think music can be the most life-affirming of all the arts,” he writes, “but it's also one of the most demanding. Sometimes it seems as if, for every grace note, a pound of flesh will be required. So, I think it's important to try to put something forward that gives listeners a genuine glimpse into who we are as people trying to make our way in the 21st century.”

The audible humanity of “Ad Infinitum” isn't the only element setting Z-Sides apart from the legions of me-too music groups, but it might be the most endearing. Besides a tone that can be reminiscent of Fugazi's mellower moments while evoking thoughts of fringe punk bands like Husker Du and 7 Seconds, Z-Sides' new record sports verve, passion, narrative and even bits of philosophy.

“Making music this way is not the normal thing,” says Pianta, “but if you hope to make something extraordinary, you can't conform to everyday expectations. You have to push yourself into unfamiliar territory at some point in each song, or else it's hardly worth the effort of putting an album together at all. If you're not a little uncomfortable with some of the truths you're expressing about yourself, you may not be expressing quite enough.”

Z-Sides are Lane Pianta, Joe Rubio, and Steve Chait. In addition to their considerable talents, “Ad Infinitum” also features arresting performances by cellist Michelle Kwon. Studio production is by Angelo Rossi of the Cave Studios in Mountain View, CA, with mastering by Vince Hudson.

“Ad Infinitum” by Z-Sides is available at over 700 online music stores worldwide beginning 30 December 2016, or from their official BandCamp page now. Get in early, indie rock, post-punk and power pop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Hip hop artist Yayo releases new single 'Live It Up'

The hip-hop artist from Houston, TX known internationally as Yayo has released his latest single, "Live It Up." Like the rest of his repertoire, the single has been proudly published as an independent release on the MadMan Entertainment, LLC record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Upbeat, brightly toned, and full of rhythm and groove, "Live It Up" is the latest evidence that Yayo is a name to watch for music fans and DJs alike in 2017 and beyond.

Yayo sites as main artistic influences Kanye West, Jay Z, Rihanna, and Young Jeezy. These tastes appear in his own music several ways, including his penchant for writing infectious hooks, the use of analog and digital instrumentation, and writing lines and rhymes that are as fun as they are easy to sing along with.

Asked to talk about the themes of his new single, Yayo writes, "My single is about enjoying life. Live It Up means being grateful everyday for the time we get to spend with our family and friends. Live it up! You could die any minute. Everyday you gonna see me living to the fullest."

Yayo attended Curtis High school in Staten Island, NY and graduated from Kashmere High School in Houston, TX. He played basketball at the University of New Orleans, and a year later, transferred to Yuba College in Yuba City, CA, where he continued his passion and love for basketball. While attending Yuba he suffered a knee injury, and his search for self-expression led him down a new path: music.

After leaving Yuba college, Yayo enrolled at San Jose City College to finish up school, but soon made a life-changing decision to pursue his passion for music. Yayo made a personal commitment to remain in San Jose and enjoy the California lifestyle of beaches and mountains – his source of inspiration and motivation to complete his debut mixtape: “No Sleep + Hustle.”

“Live It Up” by Yayo Is available from over 700 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early, hip-hop fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rapper P.O.P. releases full-length album 'As We Know It'

The indie hip hop artist known as Patterns of Perfection (P.O.P.) has released his new LP record, “As We Know It.” The full-length album contains 10 original tracks for a total listening time of over half an hour. Like the rapper's other material, it has been proudly published on the World Records® independent music label without the aid or direction of the corporate music industry. A work of both perceptive urban poetry and colorful melodic character, “As We Know It” is further evidence that Patterns of Perfection is one of hip hop's most inventive indie artists today.

Asked to cite some influences for his “As We Know It” LP, Patterns of Perfection points to “All genres of music. Any musician or band who has a unique sound or art that they have developed. Philosophy, politics, history and dreams.”

While this may sound too broad to glean anything about the album, in fact P.O.P.'s record sounds exactly like this. If unique styles from several categories of music and creativity were poured into the ear of a man with a taste for old-school hip hop, and if this man were socially aware and had plenty of thoughts on a range of topics, he might produce a record very much like “As We Know It.”

Audiophiles can get a good grasp of how singular Patterns' brand of rap is by paying attention to the open-verse method and reflexive use of vocabulary on “Elsewhere,” Track 3, and by listening to the catchy melody lines and pop sensibilities present in “Matrimony,” Track 7. The songs are very unlike one another, and they are much unlike the other songs on the record. It is a multifaceted LP with something for every fan of hip hop (or even only of poetry).

Also notable is the analog methodology behind P.O.P.'s music.

“My music is created from scratch from start to finish,” he writes. “There are no pre-made samples. I use virtual or physical instruments, including beat boxes, and implement everything manually.”

This translates into textures which allow for minimalism in instrumentation, letting his lyric talent stay in the spotlight where it belongs.

Asked to describe the overall theme of the record, Patterns of Perfection is concise.

“That nothing truly ends,” he says.

“As We Know It” by Patterns of Perfection is available from over 700 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Stark Sound Lab releases new EP 'Assembly Line'

The master of Moog known as Stark Sound Lab has released its final EP for 2016, "Assembly Line." This EP was first published November 8th and has been enhanced for this release. It has been published on the Stark Records independent label, making it the latest in a flurry of quality Singles, EPs and Albums from Stark Sound Lab that include "New Day," "Wally's Woes," "Haunting Memories" and two volumes of "Vintage Undercover Moog," all dropped in Q4 2016. Marked by mechanical melody lines and deliberately synthetic syncopation, "Assembly Line" is poised to become the new flagship EP from Stark Sound Lab for 2016. Two of the most popular tracks, Doug's Garage Band and Ant Farm were released as singles on September 17th and Oct 24th, respectively.

Canada's Stark Sound Lab has cited as influences the Residents, Bob Moog, Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Dick Hyman, Brian Eno, and Holly Herndon. Its own style is founded on a vintage collection of Moog keyboards which would fill any aficionado of classic instruments with awe. Its series of records explore the possibilities of these Moogs with clever enthusiasm, but also create collections of original songs which have their own individual character apart from the others.

And "Assembly Line?"

Stark Sound Lab says, "It was inspired by working on the line." It is described as "a collection of electronic dance originals that keep things moving."

They have also alluded to Track 4 on the EP, giving "Special Thanks to Donald Trump for inspiring 'Electrical Votes,'" as well as "special thanks to Lamborghini Uptown Toronto for the sounds of the Lamborghini Huracán used on 'Doug's Garage Band.'"

Stark Sound Lab's current official bio describes the project as creating New Age, Minimalistic and Experimental Sound Designs that invoke impressionistic and expressionistic experiences.

"Each soundscape is crafted so what you hear becomes illusory, with some sounds appearing to be inches from you, several feet away or far in the distance, while others emanate from directions that are virtually inexplicable."

The Stark Sound Lab story begins in Marin County and San Francisco, California, 1968, when the Moog keyboard sound was all but ubiquitous and revolution was in the air. The late 1970s brought SSL to the North Bay. Stark Sound Lab now writes, performs and produces music in Oakville, Ontario.

"Assembly Line" from Stark Sound Lab, as well as the rest of the growing SSL repertoire, is available at over 700 quality digital music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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USA: https://www.amazon.com/Assembly-Line-Stark-Sound-Lab/dp/B01N1N05VM
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Rapper Ty$on releases new album 'Purgatory'

The artist of hip hop known as Ty$on has released his latest LP rap record, “Purgatory.” The album has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. “Purgatory” by Ty$on has been distributed online via Spinrilla.com and is hosted by DJ Ace Boogie Nola. Featuring elements of old-school, dirty south and cutting-edge American hip hop for a heavy hitting style that is all his own, “Purgatory” by Ty$on is the newest reason for music fans to acquaint themselves with this original musician from New Orleans.

Along with Rico, Ty$on is one half of the popular hip hop duo, Da Winners. Both rappers appear in the official video for “Fienin,” Track 2 of “Purgatory,” directed by Dr. Clipz (link provided below).

Ty$on has cited as main artistic influences Curren$y, Lil' Wayne, Cam'ron, Tupac Shakur, Easy-E, Ice Cube, MC Eiht, UNLV, Juvenile, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. His own music is marked by personal, off-the-cuff urban poetry with an aggressive delivery style backed by modern beats, deep bass cuts and catchy melody hooks.

Ty$on moved to Savannah, GA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where according to his bio, his music career began to unfold. Years after his return to New Orleans, Ty$on released two mixtapes before collaborating with fellow rapper Rico to found Da Winners.

The current official bio of Da Winners says of Ty$on, “With a combination of smooth, trippy banging beats and lifestyle lyrics, Ty$on is one artist to be on the look out for.”

If the artistic output of Ty$on over the last two years is any indication, the underground hip hop scene can expect much more music from the Louisiana rapper in the months to come, so fans have all the reason in the world to keep up with T. and Da Winners.

“Purgatory” by Ty$on, hosted by DJ Ace Boogie Nola, is available online worldwide from Spinrilla.com now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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