The vocalization is controlled and tends to a higher range. The music polished like that of any band that knows their way around a studio. However, overall the album sounds, well do I dare say it, homogenous? The first five songs go by without much difference in between. The second half of the album offers a bit of a change of pace. “We Can Wait” offered keyboards joining the pop rock sound. The following track, “Sonrisa,” seems a bit out of place with what sounds like a blend of something out of the surf rock of the ‘60s complete with whistle and an almost Western rhythm to the guitar. “When I’m Gone” follows and seems to jump decades; like something out of the a-ha ‘80s with its keyboard riffs. (Yes, I am referencing the Norwegian pop band from that decade here.) “Forgive” offers the listener a melodic rock song at its best with the lyric and music well suited to one another and an upbeat tune that allows multiple sounds to play and bubble about. Overall, this album is made to soothe, not move the listener.
My Epic's last full-length album came out in 2013; despite a number of EPs along the way, the band's dedication to their craft, lyrical approach, and unyielding approach to let the music come naturally has made them critical darlings. Now, they're learning to interact and feed a rabid fanbase in between albums and in a new normal.Full Feature More from My Epic
In 1985, Doug Van Pelt photocopied a letter-sized sheets of paper, bound them together, and handed them out in person on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It's all digital now, but, along the way, Van Pelt stirred up quite a few waves, played some seriously heavy music, and made a few friends along the way. Here: A quick look back at the magazine's 35-year history with Van Pelt and new owner, David Stagg.Full Feature More from HM Magazine
The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.Full Feature More from Comrades
Two years since the release of Hands Like Houses' latest album, 'Anon,' the band should be on the road supporting the release. Instead, the band has leveraged their local presence, government help, and new platforms like Patreon to stay afloat in the COVID-age.Full Feature More from Hands Like Houses