Starchild – Starchild Album Review

Starchild Album ReviewOkay, this is one of my favorite finds of 2016, no doubt. Starchild with their self-titled debut album, are one of those bands that you wish you were in. Well, at least I do. I first encountered of Starchild when I was on the TwinEarthRecords website. I remember listening to two tracks “The Futurist” and “Wings” and I was completely blown away. When I told Ric Bennet – who owns that label – how much I liked what I heard, he shared with me that it was actually his band, meaning he played guitar in it and sang. That made it even more interesting.

‘Starchild’ is one of those records where words simply fail me to adequately describe it, or let alone, do an even remotely meaningful review on. However, I guess what I just said in term being a little envious and wishing that I could write and play music like that – in a band like that – pretty much sums up my admiration for this album and its makers.

Starchild – Starchild Album Review was last modified: April 24th, 2016 by Ulrich Peise

BUS – The Unknown Secretary Album Review

BUS The Unknown Secretary Album ReviewToday, we are taking a quick look and listen to ‘The Unknown Secretary’ by ‘BUS’, a what I would call Heavy-Rock quartet from Greece. My pal Ric Bennett from TwinEarthRecords was kind enough to send me a copy of the band’s debut release on his label and I had a chance to listen to this record for a couple of weeks now.

BUS – The Unknown Secretary Album Review was last modified: April 24th, 2016 by Ulrich Peise

The Chris Rolling Squad Album Review

The Chris Rolling SquadAre you into the power trios that defined Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 60ies & 70ies and laid the ground work for all things heavy to come? Well, then you may want to put The Chris Rolling Squad on to your radar screen. Now, to be clear, I am not suggesting that Chris Rolling (guitar/vocals), Brice Duval (bass) and Romain Cauneau (drums) are copying the early Taste, Cream or Jimi Hendrix Experience. Or I would through in some SRV, too. However, while there is an omnipresent resemblance to these acts, the band has its own sound, which also incorporates a good portion on Punk rock.

The Chris Rolling Squad Album Review was last modified: April 10th, 2016 by Ulrich Peise

The Heavy Eyes – ‘He Dreams of Lions’ Album Review

The Heavy Eyes He Speaks Of Lions Album REviewI don’t even know why I do this anymore. Meaning writing about a new release by the Heavy Eyes. Because I usually just end up sharing how much I love the fact that these three guys just stick to their thing. And the same is true, at least in my opinion, for their newest album: He Dreams Of Lions.

Yet again, the Memphis trio didn’t disappoint. Right in line with their previous records, ‘He Dreams Of Lions’ is what seems to be the logical continuation of the band’s journey. The journey of simply plowing through everything that may dare stepping in their way, border lining recklessness and oblivion. Keeping their heads down and just moving forward.

The Heavy Eyes – ‘He Dreams of Lions’ Album Review was last modified: April 9th, 2016 by Ulrich Peise

Traildriftingtwins – Blues For The Burnt-Out Sun Album Review

Blues for the burnt out sun by TraildriftingtwinsAs you can imagine, an album release titled “Blues For The Burnt-Out Sun” peaked my interested big time. And when I recently received a request to review Traildriftingtwins’ debut album, I was obviously all game. Of course, the title, as well as the scarce yet depictive information around the Jersey based duo, lend itself to associations with Desert Rock classics, specifically Kyuss’ “Blues For The Red Sun”.

Traildriftingtwins – Blues For The Burnt-Out Sun Album Review was last modified: March 25th, 2016 by Ulrich Peise

Mount Salem ‘Endless’ Album Review

Endless by Mount Salem‘Endless’ by Mount Salem is the band’s 2014 debut album. The Chicago quartet has been on my radar screen for a while now, and I’m glad that I finally purchased their CD. Because it exceeded my expectations, to say the least. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, just because I was afraid that drama and theatrical elements could play too much of a role in the band’s approach to the material. It’s simply a matter of personal preference, but anything potentially pompous is a massive turn-off for me. And based on Mount Salem’s bandcamp website, their music is generally associated with genres such as rock, doom, horror, metal, psychedelic, etc. So, I knew there were keyboards involved and a female vocalist. The latter sounded encouraging – I love Lori S. of Acid King, Dorthia of Windhand, Elin of Blues Pills and a bunch of other cool front-women – the former, though, namely the keyboards, worried me a bit. Horror, keyboards…well, there was at least a chance that this whole thing might not necessarily turn out to be my cup of tea.

Mount Salem ‘Endless’ Album Review was last modified: March 18th, 2016 by Ulrich Peise

Top 3 Best Electric Guitars For Beginners Under $200

Best Electric Guitar To learn OnThere is no need to spend a ton of money on your first electric guitar. Of course, if you already have a particular brand/model in mind, go ahead – nothing wrong with that. But for those of you who have yet to get an instrument and wonder: what’s the best electric guitar for beginners to start on, below are my Top 3 picks for that category. All of these guitars are great beginner instruments and the come with an amp and a variety of other accessories. The best part is: they are all under $200! So, as I said, there is really no point in spending more than that on your first electric guitar starter set. After you have a few months of playing experience under your belt, you may treat yourself for something more sophisticated – but just to get going and learn the basics, the three options below are perfect to get you started.

Top 3 Best Electric Guitars For Beginners Under $200 was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by Ulrich Peise