Tue. May 21st, 2019

Album Reviews

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.

The Boys are Back: Black Stone Cherry – Family Tree Review

Kentucky’s southern-fried, bluesy, country-rock titans are back with their new album, Family Tree! The blue-collar, Kentucky backwoods-bred sound is completely inimitable, and these boys continue to grow and develop that sound at home. The foursome of Chris (Robertson, guitars/vocals), Ben (Wells, guitars/backing vocals), Jon (Lawhon, bass/backing vocals) and John Fred (Young, drums/backing vocals) have been bonded by the roots they share in western Kentucky, and their music.