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Album Review: “Unbroken” by A Killer’s Confession

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April 27th, 2017-Anyone from Cleveland recognizes the name Waylon Reavis. Normally after that the name Mushroomhead is associated. Not anymore. Reavis left Mushroomhead last year after a dispute among members. He has formed a new band called A Killer’s Confession that has taken off tremendously. Many would have thought that the singer wouldn’t do well by himself but his first tour titled “Year of the Killers Tour” featuring Kissing Candice, Erasing Never, and Dead By Wednesday did very well.

A Killer’s Confession is not just another hard rock band. What makes them unique especially on this album is it seems they got some of their inspiration from Marilyn Manson and dubstep music. The reason why I say Marilyn Manson is because in one of their songs called “A Killer’s Confession featuring Brian Head Welch” has some very demonic vocals and bits and pieces of dubstep sounds incorporated into the song.

Another song that makes itself noticed on this album is “1080”. The songs introduction is an attention grabber itself because the first thing you hear is the sound of a voice from possibly the lead singer talking out words. This song to me was all about struggling to survive every day and trying to fight your demons. The classic topic I believe for every rock band to write about but it never gets old.

“Life of the Lost” is the first song I heard on this album that was very catchy. I enjoyed the lyrics as they were easy to follow along with as well as the message the song conveyed.  Even though it was very catchy the band still stuck with their hard rock and roll roots which made the song ultimately unique.

Even a hard rock band has their times when they make a love song and on this album, that would be “Sympathy (featuring Kimberly Freeman of ONE EYED DOLL)”. This song I think is the softest song on the album which makes sense because it’s about what everyone wants which is finding love. The whole album is worth listening to especially if you enjoy hard rock and roll vocals and instrumentals.

Unbroken will be officially released tomorrow April 28th, 2017 and the CD Release Party will be held at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio April 29th, at 7pm event link here. A Killer’s Confession recently announced there tour with NonPoint and Nine Shrines.

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Album Review: Bring Back the Sun by Charles Parker

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Pop-Rock is a very good genre to get into. You have the harder elements of rock, while also having the peppy side of pop. A lot of your favorite bands could be classified as pop-rock, because it is such a wide reaching genre. Charles Parker definitely understands that. In his debut album, Bring Back the Sun released Jan 27th, 2017, he writes 15 very pop-rock songs.

The album was really fun to listen to. Each song makes you want to roll down your windows and drive, and not just because your AC is broken in your car! Bring Back the Sun has the peppy side of pop that I was talking about, but it also has rock elements. There were even a few songs with a guitar solo! Who doesn’t love a good guitar solo?

Parker has been playing guitar since he was a teenager. Some of his influences were The Bay City Rollers and the Partridge Family. As he got older, his tastes evolved. He started to like 80s hair bands, and also bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. You can hear the influences these bands had on him in his music. I felt a very 70s/80s rock vibe to a lot of his songs. One song in particular, One Way to Go, had a 70s feel to it.  

Even with the 70s and 80s influences, the overall aesthetic and feel to the album was very 90s rock. I can see some Hootie and the Blowfish and Third-Eye Blind influences in a few songs. Who doesn’t love 90s music? This album deserves a solid thumbs up.

Parker’s voice reminds me of a younger Dave Grohl. It reminds you of the Foo Fighters a little bit. As he produces more albums and matures in his musicianship, he will find his own personal sound, and we won’t hear so many other influences in his music. Very excited to see where his music goes, and how his voice (both out loud and in his writing) changes.

 

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