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July 22, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/22/2014 10:14:00 AM
Philadelphia, PA pop/punk band Could've Been Kings just released their "Waste Of Time" single from their upcoming "Through The Darkness" EP. The release date for the EP is coming soon.
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www.facebook.com/couldvebeenkings
From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Pop/Punk



July 19, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/19/2014 09:25:00 AM
Boston, MA metal band Lord Almighty gets their "Lord Almighty" EP reviewed below.
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From: Boston, MA
Sounds like: Metal



The first thing you think of when you hear that a metal band comes from Boston, Massachusetts is that you know it's going to be quality music. There's no doubt that once again MA continues its metal domination with Lord Almighty. The EP kicks off with the track "Back To The Woods". The track features diversity with its sound and will sure to please any metal fan. "Severance" starts up and has a southern flair to it that brings to mind early Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster mixed with some doom metal. The song is a great track just to chill and listen to. "Earthed" keeps the pace to a fever pitch while then transition to a crawl for the next track. "Eden" picks up the pieces of the last track and runs with them to a more rocking style. The track is the catchiest track on the EP and escalates to some great guitar work and melody. "Interlude" is a nice break in the EP. The atmospheric instrumental really slows things down but it does build the tones a bit better. "Tides" is just straight up raw metal that swings like a mammoth at its listeners. "Transcension" closes out the EP with fast, heavy and thrash like tendencies. The track and EP are some serious metal for your ears.

Verdict:
Lord Almighty fits a lot into this EP. Their sound is all over the place as it has various forms of metal but it's all good. The EP features diverse clusters of metal that harbors in a distinct flavor to the stale genre.


From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/19/2014 08:19:00 AM
Wisconsin Rapids, WI thrash/punk band Time To Kill gets their "Ashes To Ashes" album reviewed below.
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www.facebook.com/ttk2007
From: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Sounds like: Thrash/Punk



Buy "Ashes To Ashes" on iTunes here

Time To Kill hails from Wisconsin Falls, WI and has a flair for mixing thrash and various forms of metal with punk. Does it work? In a word, yes. After an introduction track comes "Hour Glass". A brooding atmospheric instrumental track that has some dark overtones within. The title track and single "Ashes To Ashes" is up next and its no wonder why it was chosen as a single. There's a bit of a Coal Chamber flair to it but the metal foundation is there as it would definitely be a great crowd participation track during their live set. "The Haunting" is a slow burn track that builds into a haunting chorus that picks up the pace significantly with its punk influence. "Nowhere To Go" has the bass line pumping from its opening. The track is a very straight forward metal track that could be comparable to Godsmack or even a dash of grunge sound. "City Streets" speeds up the album a bit as its a very awesome punk rock song. Quick, short and straight to the point, the track has a good throwback vibe and really showcases the punk side of the band really well. Also a single is "99 Bottles". The track has a bar metal sound to it that would really cater to that crowd with its lyrical content. The headbanging factor is off the charts. "Chocolate Covered Bacon" brings to mind the thrash/speed metal cover of "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" by The Maryrose Artifact. The next track "Time" is track that features more of a early hardcore influence mixed with metal. The breakdowns will sure get the circle pit moving during a live show. "I've Got Nothing" slows down the pace just a tad. The track has more of a grunge sound with its Pearl Jam/Alice In Chains-esque instrumentation and vocal work. They do mix in their style of metal to the fold to still make it sound different. "Chaos" comes in like a sledgehammer and will make the listener get whiplash with its awesome bass, guitar and drum work. The song is up there in quality with the other singles off the album. "Sucker Punch" really has the Time To Kill sound shine through. The song has diverseness in it and it just works. The closing track "Dismay" features Donner Party and also has a hidden track within. The track as well as the album is an epic journey of the Time To Kill sound at its fullest and brightest.

Verdict:
Time To Kill does a fairly good job on the album. The album has thirteen songs of mixing various forms of metal, punk and rock into a brewing melting pot of destruction. There's a lot to like on this album for fans of metal.


July 15, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/15/2014 01:53:00 PM
Muncie, IN progressive metal band Refractions gets their "Nautilus" EP reviewed below.
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www.facebook.com/refractions
From: Muncie, IN
Sounds like: Progressive Metal



Indiana has had its share of spectacular heavy bands over the years. Haste The Day, Gwen Stacy, and most recently, The Contortionist. Muncie, Indiana is now represented by the up and coming progressive metal band Refractions. Released in early 2014, the "Nautilus" EP from Refractions kick starts things with the opening track and first single "Redeemer". The track features a bout with post hardcore sound going up against a metal tinge. A Glassjaw, Letlive or even His Statue Falls fan would appreciate the melody and heaviness that the track throws at the listener. It's a great single and opening to the EP. "Control" is the second track and has a fantastic opening melody. The track keeps things at a steady pace and even includes a nice funky little break in the track before going back to devastation. "Illusions 1" opens with a melodic guitar riff comparable to early As I Lay Dying. The track is very radio friendly even with it's harsh vocals from time to time. We could see this track being the next single/music video. "Illusions 2" brings to mind the schizophrenic sound of Kane Hodder or even Every Time I Die. "Atlas" is next and brings the grinding bass line and guitars for its opening. The track is a bit heavier than the previous tracks but it still features the signature Refractions melodic chorus. The guitar solo on the track is soothing and eerie. "Voices" closes out the EP with its sound of breakneck speed in its opening riffing and melody. The track throughout features a driving guitar solo and overall sound that is a just a delight on the ears. The track is fantastic and Refractions will probably become your favorite new up and coming progressive metal/post hardcore band.

Verdict:
Refractions has a great EP on their hands here. It's well produced and really showcases their incredible talent and sound perfectly. Beautifully melodic and heavy. Refractions are putting Indiana back on the heavy map with this incredible EP.


From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/15/2014 11:59:00 AM
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Wisconsin Rapids, WI thrash/punk band Time To Kill
www.facebook.com/ttk2007

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Time To Kill” and is there any meaning behind it?

When I got started in music I was digging the crossover scene of metal and punk of the 80’s and then just tweaking it a little as music changed. The band got started because the original line up all were out of the music scene at the moment and had some time to kill. We also dig the little double meaning stuff. Our original singer from our basement days, whom never recorded anything or did any shows with us, recommended the band name… thanx Mike!


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

They should ask before taking anything away…


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Old style punk and thrash with a twist of modern metal.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

We just come out and jam, have a little fun, and sometimes break stuff.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, and Volbeat.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Just a few on stage injuries from smashing guitars… a little blood got added to the stage show.


7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

Good metal and punk is a little more accepted in the general public now because of some of bad stuff getting popular. Hopefully more people discover the good stuff now.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Wisconsin both locally and state wide?

Locally we are a little behind the times and most people still only dig the cover bands. State wide has many talented bands and a growing scene.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

At first against it because I cant sell as many CDs anymore but it also helps new bands get there music out there.


10. What’s next for Time To Kill?

Writing and recording new music for a CD, finish another music video, release the DVD, play some local/regional shows until the new CD is done.


11. Any shoutouts?

Oso Brewery in Plover, WI! They make us beer. We shot our video for "99 Bottles" in their brewery.


From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/15/2014 07:09:00 AM
Palmer, MA pop punk band Damage Control gets their Demo EP reviewed below.
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www.facebook.com/damagecontrolma
From: Palmer, MA
Sounds like: Pop Punk



The first effort from Palmer, MA pop punk band Damage Control is a demo EP. The production on the EP is noticeable that it is a demo. While that might turn off some people, when listeners listen closer they will find some true depth. The EP starts off with "Through The Static" which is an early pop/punk sounding track that really captivates the sound of the 90's pop punk style. "Hole In The Wall" opens with ferocious drumming and then transitions into a more punk style track. It's fast, brash and short. "Breathe Deep" has a more rock feel to it. The White Stripes come to mind for the instrumentation comparison. "Get Out" actually has a bit of early hardcore punk element to it. The hardcore breakdown within the track brings to mind early hardcore bands such as Madball, Biohazard, etc. The track is raw and heavy. The EP closes out with the track "Faith". The track is a nice closer to the EP and feels like it would be a nice closer to a live set to leave their mark on people. This EP is very raw but the different depths of a punk sound that the band have really stands out as being something to keep your eye out for.

Verdict:
Damage Control is very early in their career and this is a good start. While only a demo EP with minimal production, the EP works for what it tries to do. Damage Control has the potential to bring back the classic era sound of punk with their own twist.

July 14, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/14/2014 03:58:00 PM
Berwick, PA melodic deathcore band Thoughts End Now's recent single "Terminus" is available for streaming/purchasing below.
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www.facebook.com/thoughtsendnow
From: Berwick, PA
Sounds like: Melodic Deathcore



July 9, 2014

From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/09/2014 11:27:00 AM
Muncie, Indiana progressive metal band Refractions released a playthrough video for their single "Redeemer" which can be viewed below.
www.facebook.com/refractions
www.facebook.com/refractions
From: Muncie, IN
Sounds like: Progressive Metal



From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/09/2014 11:20:00 AM
Philadelphia, PA pop/punk band Could've Been Kings unveiled their cover art for their upcoming "Through The Darkness" EP. The release date for the EP is coming soon. Below is a recent live video they did at the Marsten House in Philadelphia, PA.
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www.facebook.com/couldvebeenkings
From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Pop/Punk



From The Depths Entertainment  /  7/09/2014 05:37:00 AM
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Palmer, MA pop punk band Damage Control
www.facebook.com/damagecontrolma

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Damage Control” and is there any meaning behind it?

We were all high school friends who came together over the love of music, our sound came as a natural blend of our drummer Eddie's post hardcore influences and mine(Ben) and Nicks pop punk influences. The name came from there as we're all big Man Overboard fans so we named our band after one of our favorite of their songs.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your newest EP?

Our new EP may be rough but we'd like listeners to walk away with an idea of what to expect from us in the future, fast high energy pop punk songs.


3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

We'd describe our music as pop punk with some post hardcore flair.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

People can expect high energy and to see the three of us having an absolute blast.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Man Overboard, State Champs, and The Used.


6. Any crazy show stories?

We were recently playing a show with our friends in Comeback of the Year at he Webster Underground in Hartford and our vans window got shot out by a BB gun.


7. What’s your take on the current state of pop punk?

The future looks good for pop punk there's a whole new wave of pop punk bands coming up through the scene.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Massachusetts both locally and state wide?

Locally it seems like we're the only act in town and people couldn't really give a damn about us, state wide however there does seem to be a growing music scene.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

It doesn't matter how a fan gets an album as long as they're listening to it and loving it.


10. What’s next for Damage Control?

We're hoping to be going into the studio soon to record our debut EP.


11. Any shoutouts?

Nah not at the moment.


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