Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

Reviews

Alter Bridge – “Walk The Sky”

Since the demise of Creed, the instrumentalists joined forces with Myles Kennedy and formed Alter Bridge out of its ashes. Initially, many fans (including myself!) felt that it was just Creed part deux, and mostly had written them off. That is, until they dropped an absolute bombshell of an album, Blackbird. That album was just the start of what has proven to be a very prolific career.

In Flames – “I, the Mask”

In 2016, In Flames dropped their album “Battles”, which had further divided their fan base. Unfortunately, the direction they were going had even pushed me to approach their new album, I, The Mask with caution. Howard Benson, a noted producer of rock and metal, had his fingers in both of the aforementioned albums. Over the years, many fans had complained that they had lost their edge, or just went into “radio rock” territory. I was inclined to agree with the view on their prior album.

Review: William Ryan Key – “THIRTEEN”

For fans of RYAN KEY and YELLOWCARD, this EP is a must-have. Between the sparse instrumentation, and the heartfelt, melancholy vocals, this is an absolutely gorgeous and ambitious record. Despite his time in Yellowcard, his solo endeavor offers him the opportunity to stretch out acoustically and be himself, without the additional layers, and ever-changing genre-bending his band was known for.