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Dave Huntriss: Bewilderness – single review

HuntrissDave Huntriss: Bewilderness

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“This year’s been so unkind to us,” sings Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist, Dave Huntriss in his second recent single release, Bewilderness.

You can’t argue with the premise. It’s been odd at best since early 2020. For Huntriss, the lack of any structure or certainty in his musician’s life pulled the rug out from under him so profoundly that at the start of lockdown #2, he basically had to seek a new rug to stand on. That rug was not in the previously-thriving creative hub of Bristol, but at his parents’ home in Dorset. Therein lies the premise of this single: going from a state of Bewilderness, isolation in the city, to seeking some sense of solace amongst nature and with family.

It starts with the mournful, “Autumn leaves whisper to me,” the year decaying and life seeming, at best, muted. But you can also tell straight away that this ‘beginning of the end’ scenario is in fact a tentative, optimistic beginning. Those opening words come with full, rich, expansive guitar chords. There may be a slightly weary, fuzzy sound to the guitars and a hint of breathlessness in Huntriss’ vocal. His inner and his external world may seem initially jaded, but the track certainly has a steady, stoical rhythm and a brightness that suggests the gradual recovery that ensues.

So a potential plot of ‘Grown man voluntarily marooned in parents’ attic in the middle of nowhere’, becomes a tale of retreat and recovery. It’s a mini-love story to Bristol. He bids it an understated farewell, “Time to leave./ City’s asleep./ Tiptoe and leave a note for you:/ Be back soon;/ No need to fuss,” with a sense that parting, although painful, is only temporary.

The simple healing powers of the ocean and home feel inspiring. Even the negatives, “There’s nothing left here for me but bewilderness,” feel powerfully honest and productive – a fixed point from which he can move forwards.

As the song progresses from then (autumn) towards now (spring), what seems a little frayed and frazzled at the start becomes hardier, with layers of instrumentation and some triumphantly warming brass (such as you can hear Huntriss play with the fabulous Nicholson Heal). There are two brief periods of intensive quiet in the song. One precedes the brass blast and contains the idea of staring at “Bristol rain” and “living in fear of giving up” – a fear that is overcome.

The ending is the other moment of peaceful repose. Not only does the song take a deep breath, but it feels like the incessant ‘big noise’ of the world and the resultant emotions that can overwhelm are no longer dominant. We are left with the “Birds of spring” in the lyrics and in the soothing ambient noises of the outro.

Last year definitely felt unkind. This year hasn’t necessarily made its mind up yet. One of the best aspects of 2021 has been the feeling that creativity is once again starting to flourish. Bewilderness captures that feeling in four uplifting minutes.

You can find Dave Huntriss on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp

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All words by Jon Kean. More writing by Jon on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. He tweets as @keanotherapy.

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The Electric Magic Sideshow – Good Enough For You [2002]

Country USA Style Glam / Hard Rock Rating 77/100 Band Members Billy May – Vocals and bass, Carl Garcia – Guitar,backing vocals, John Churchill – Guitar,backing vocals, John Ostrosky – Drums,backing vocals Tracks 01. Good Enough For You, 02. Still Got A Place To Go, 03. Everytime We Kiss, 04. I See Lies, 05. Anytime, […]

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A CRIME CALLED Release Official Music Video for “Tidal Waves”

Italian alternative rock quartet A CRIME CALLED… has released the official music video for “Tidal Waves,” the second single off of their newly released album, A New Path. “In a period of lock down and restrictions, we find ourselves making a virtue of necessity.Days, life and love is going up and down like a tide. ‘Tidal Waves’ fully respect the difficult period that unites us all together.” – ANDREA VERDI “Tidal Waves” was Recorded and mixed by Dan Korneff (Paramore, Pierce The Veil, Papa Roach) atSonic Debris, mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, and produced by Andrea Fusini at Fusix Studios in Turin, Italy. “High energy and invincible from the outset, self-proclaimed purveyors of ‘rock from a galaxy faraway’, A Crime Called… bring us nine tumultuous tunes. Big keys? Check. Banging drums? Yep. A lead singer not afraid to let his lungs rip and ballsy backing vocals? Absolutely! What’s not to like? Each song is an indefatigable injection of rock so polished it could be classed as a diamond. A New Path is ambitious. Its tracks are anthemic. And just one listen will power you up to face the world for another day.” – JO WRIGHT – Devolution Magazine A New Path Track List: 1. “Hide The Feelings” 2. “Drown” 3. “New Injection” […]

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The Best Of 2020

01. Heat – II

Perfection and the swan song for Erik Gronwall and the band. If it was 1988 they’d be million selling superstars.

02. Harem Scarem – Change The World

The most reliable writing duo in the melodic rock sphere, another perfect example of how to do classic melodic rock with a modern touch.

03. One Desire – Midnight Empire

Upping the intensity and the quality all-round. A brilliantly impressive modern melodic hard rock album.

04. Perfect Plan – Time For A Miracle

These guys are already firmly at the head of the pack for the ‘new meets old’ wave of young kick ass bands modernising the old school sound. Foreigner meets Giant and Survivor, wrapped in big songs and even bigger vocals.

05. Brother Firetribe – Feel The Burn

Four of the 5 this year are from Scandi-acts. A little change up from these guys. Less in your face anthemic, but rather more mature and perfectly constructed. Another example of the Scandinavians doing it better than anyone.

06. Jeff Scott Soto – Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)

JSS teams with Alessandro Del Vecchio for the first time, which brings out the best in both guys. A time-capsule career spanning album of new songs that find inspiration from Jeff’s past.

07. Vanishing Point – Dead Elysium

Outstanding new progressive rock masterpiece from the Aussie band that delivers the progressive highlight of the year for me and my favourite prog album since Threshold.

08. Dennis DeYoung – 26 East Vol. 1

Dennis and Jim Peterik make magic together in the first of two volumes of classic pomp-AOR, exactly what you’d expect from the duo.

09. Arctic Rain – The One

Of course they are from Sweden. A simply outstanding debut album crammed with high energy melodic rockers in the vein of Winger, Danger Danger and HEAT. Would have to be my Debut Album Of The Year.

10. Vega – Grit Your Teeth

The British rockers just keep rolling and keep adding more great tunes to their impressive catalogue. Another great example of the ‘new meets old’.


11. Dynazty – The Dark Delight

Proving that the heavier direction suits them perfectly, the band delivers yet another high-octane melodic metal winner.

12. Revolution Saints – Rise

It seems to be the forgotten album of 2020 if fan Best Of lists are to be believed. It came out in January, so it has been a while and 2020 did last 27 months. But their third turns out to be their best so far!

13. Tokyo Motor Fist – Lions

A sensational sophomore release that is packed with heartfelt melodic rock anthems and a couple of ballads. I think the title track is in the wrong position though and kills mid-album momentum, but the material is unquestionably good. One of the few project ideas that works a treat.

14. Tony Mitchell – Church Of A Restless Soul

Following up the mighty Beggars Gold with more moody British melodic rock brilliance. Very personal record for Tony and brilliant at every turn.

15. Fee Waybill – Rides Again

Yes he sure does! And once again with Richard Marx in tow, the great Mr. Waybill delivers an energetic 9 song set that rocks more than expected with the trademark Fee sound.

16. Black Swan – Shake The World

A Frontiers project with a sound of it’s own! Yes indeed…it is possible! A really fine project lead by Jeff Pislon with Robin McAuley in fine voice.

17. Pride Of Lions – Lion Heart

Jim Peterik strikes again. Nothing we didn’t expect, but everything we hoped for. Not their best, not their worst (which is still a great record anyway). Just more consistently good and enjoyable melodic rock with a natural pomp flair.

18. Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – We Are the Night

A true return to form this year, with 2 great albums from Magnus, but this is the winner – a sublime selection of high octane melodic metal with no shortage of killer hooks and choruses.

19. The Unity – Pride

Hard and (melodic) heavy, just a powerhouse of great songs, great production and killer delivery. For fans of Masterplan meets Eclipse (for one example). Huge record!

20. Magnum – The Serpent Rings

Continuing their return to form and consistent output, the veteran British melodic hard rock band turned up the keyboards and added more harmonies and the result is another memorable record.

21. House Of Lords – New World New Eyes

The production was well below average for the guys, but you can’t deny the songs were exceptionally good and recaptured some of the swagger missing from the last couple of records.

22. Rob Moratti – Paragon

One sweet anthemic AOR song after another. Maybe Rob’s best work yet and recommended to anyone that loves Journey, The Storm, Hugo and artists with a high vocal, but a rich melody.

23. Unruly Child – Our Glass House

The guys turned up the guitars but turned down the production quality. Would have been rated higher if it had the same production quality as earlier records. Great to see them still creating new music though.

24. Khymera – Master Of Illusions

Once again, a very familiar sound and style and nothing unexpected, which is probably a good thing for fans of these guys. Dennis Ward sounding a cool as ever on vocals.

25. Lionville – Magic Is Alive

Could easily have been higher in my rankings, but some good competition keeps them just out of the Top 20. More marvellous pink and fluffy AOR.

26. Sons Of Apollo – MMXX

Heavy, intricate, powerful, grade A production and even better then the acclaimed debut. Plus Jeff Scott Soto in his natural habitat. Class all-round.

27. Jessica Wolff – Para Dice

A surprise just how good this record is – killer melodic hard rock with a big female lead vocal performance and some really catchy songs. Her best effort to date.

28. Stan Bush – Dare To Dream

This could be more Stan Bush if it was a Stan Bush record from 1988. Stan defies age with his earnest feel good anthems of never giving up and going for gold!

29. At The Movies – The Soundtrack Of Your Life Vol. 1

Almost flawless selection of 80s soundtrack songs, all rocked up nicely, mixed beautifully and performed in lockdown…and now released!

30. Deep Purple – Whoosh

Strongest album of the last few with some tasteful new licks and songs within the band’s M.O. and some sometime restrained vocals from, Gillan, but always classy.

31. Pinnacle Point – Symphony Of Mind

More Kansas than Kansas? Certainly, close… as these guys – formed around the partnership of Jerome Mazza: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards Torben Enevoldsen: Guitars, Keyboards – deliver one of the year’s best (progressive) AOR records.

32. Landfall – The Turning Point

Another huge debut from Brazil featuring former Auras singer Gui Oliver. A heavier brand of melodic rock than Auras, it still has the melodic integrity of that band and a tougher hard rock edge that makes for a strong debut that should be investigated!

33. Newman – Ignition

The ever reliable and fabulous Mr. Steve Newman delivers yet again. You know what to expect and so it is delivered.

34. East Temple Avenue – Both Sides Of Midnight

Formed in various studios across the world featuring Aussie songwriter Darren Phillips; bass player Dennis Butabi Borg (Cruzh), lead guitarist Philip Lindstrand (Find Me, Arkado) and drummer Herman Furin (Work of Art) with knockout vocalist Robbie LaBlanc (Find Me, Blanc Faces).

What is delivered is exactly as hoped – a world class AOR album with some melodic rock touches.

35. Axel Rudi Pell – Sign Of The Times

Another return to form – nothing different here (no surprise there), but just genuinely good and likable songs.

36. Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromatic

Another retro-themed album in a modern package. Some truly talented musicians involved here.

37. Cats In Space – Atlantis

Epic! And would probably have gone higher if released earlier in the year, having the benefit of being able to grow over time, which all Cats albums do. 70s melodic pomp glory!

38. Toto – Old Is New

Not really a new album, but not entirely an old one either. But…some great songs and the usual Toto flair.

39. Wildness – Ultimate Demise

Just extra good Scandi-AOR goodness once again.

40. Stardust – Highway To Heartbreak

Classic 80s Euro-AOR with a distinct Kevin Chalfant style lead vocal. Very likable and very enjoyable, but whoever made the decision to run with the Pat Benatar cover of Heartbreaker at track two should be immediately removed from any further decision making.

Plus:

41. Mike Tramp – Second Time Around

42. Storm Force – Age Of Fear

43. Dukes Of The Orient – Freakshow

44. Gathering Of Kings – Discovery

45. Champlin / Williams / Friestedt – 2

46. Gotthard – 13

47. Heartwind – Strangers

48. Palace – Rock N Roll Radio

49. Kansas – The Absence Of Presence

50. FM – Synchronized


Not quite (but very worthy of checking out):

– Grand Design – V – Patty Smyth – It’s About Time

– Overland – Scandalous

– Dreams Of Avalon – Beyond The Dreams

– Serious Black – Suite 226

– Shaft Of Steel – Steel Heartbeat

– Signal Red – Alien Nation

– Todd Sucherman – Last Flight Home

– Jorn – Heavy Rock Radio 2

– LA Guns – Renegades

– Collateral – Collateral

– Edge Of The Blade – Feels Like Home

– Compass – Our Time on Earth

– Allen/Olsen – World’s Apart

– Atlas – Parallel Love

– DeVicious – Phase Three

– Janet Gardner – Synergy

– Gathering of Kings – Discovery

– Magic Dance – Remnants

– The Night Flight Orchestra – Aeromantic

– David Reece – Cacophony of Souls

– AC/DC – PWR UP

– Andy Taylor – Nobody’s Business

– Robert Hart – Pure

– Silent Tiger – Ready For Attack


Not even close (avoid at all cost):

– Bon Jovi – 2020

– Jaded Heart – Stand Your Ground

– Orianthi – O

– Lynch Mob – Wicked Sensation Reimagined

– Decarlo – Lightning Strikes Twice

– Ramos – My Many Sides

– Goo Goo Dolls – It’s Christmas All Over

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THE KINGS OF QUARANTINE–feat. Members of SLAVES ON DOPE and MASTODON–Team with Members of LIMP BIZKIT, IN FLAMES, 311, VERUCA SALT, FILTER, & THE USED to Reveal Stunning Cover of JANE’S ADDICTION’S “Mountain Song”!

Hot on the success of their cover of FAITH NO MORE’S legendary 1987 single “We Care A Lot,” SLAVES ON DOPE’s Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine, along with Bill Kelliher of MASTODON, are back with their project, THE KINGS OF QUARANTINE, this time with a brilliant cover of JANE’S ADDICTION’S iconic 1987 “Mountain Song.” The new video features a myriad of artists including Wes Borland (LIMP BIZKIT), Tanner Wayne (IN FLAMES), P-Nut (311), Louise Post (VERUCA SALT), Richard Patrick (FILTER) and, Bert McCracken (THE USED). One hundred percent of the profits for “Mountain Song” will be donated to ROADIE RELIEF, a fundraising effort to aid qualifying Roadies who have submitted an application for financial help during the Covid-19 crisis. THE KINGS OF QUARANTINE came together in 2020 after a discussion between Jason and Bill about possibly collaborating on a cover song. “Mountain Song” is the second installment in a series of covers that will be released throughout 2021 in an effort to bring some joy and entertainment to music lovers worldwide. “We hope to not only put a smile on people’s faces, but also help the touring staff that have been severely affected by the pandemic”, says Jason Rockman. One hundred percent of the profits will be donated to Roadie Relief, a fundraising effort to aid qualifying Roadies who have submitted an application for […]

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C.C. STORM Releases Official Lyric Video for “Cross”

Las Vegas based multi-instrumentalist C.C. STORM has released the official lyric video for his single, “Cross.” Fully written, composed, vocalized, and instrumentalized by C.C. STORM, “Cross” is off of the artist’s debut album, Passionately Angry, which is available NOW via Psycho Records. “‘Cross’ is about giving your everything to one person but they can never see the harm they return back to you. You keep giving your best and sometimes, it’s hard to walk away when you believe the person will change. It’s almost the definition of insanity. You keep repeating the same mistake over and over expecting a different result. It never happens.” – C.C. STORM Track List: 1. Cross 2. Silence in the Silent Scream 3. So I Am over You 4. Different Light 5. Audio-Videp (Catch Me When I Fall) 6. Shatter Me (feat. Wendy Rush) 7 Sin 8. Mademoiselle Download / Stream Passionately Angry Online: iTunes | Spotify | Amazon | Deezer Las Vegas transplant, C.C. Storm, launches his debut solo effort, Passionately Angry from local label, Psycho Records. Storm hails from his native Pocono Mountains, and moved to Las Vegas in 2010. Storm has been playing since 1982 and studied at the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. He has been long sought after […]

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Things we didn’t know a year ago : 2020 review

Things 2020Keith Goldhanger rounds up a few of his personal favourite new acts that appeared during 2020.

It’s impossible to cover everything nowadays. Just by looking at our own social media contacts is enough to realise that most of us all have different favourites on our lists. Not just songs but whole lists. Having spent the past month collating some of my friends favourite tunes of 2020 (playlist here not too many songs were mentioned twice and none were mentioned three times!) I’ll highlight my own top 101 tunes below. A few decades ago I’d imagine many of the names would appear on both lists;

2020 began as many other years have begun yet followed a pattern similar to one of those long-drawn-out songs by Black Country New Road. It began just as ordinary as any previous year but became a bit difficult to find any enjoyment from it the longer it went on.  

Thank heavens we’ve seen the end of it. However, no one has yet suggested that next year can’t be any worse. 

January came and so were regular trips out in the evening to small rooms above or behind pubs to watch free shows featuring bands many others believe they’ll be able to charge decent money for in months to come (aiming towards those that don’t take any notice of these articles). Some of our favourite venues in East London were implementing the one in one out system as early as 7PM and unless you’re a lorry driver in Dover the evenings spent amongst strangers queuing up waiting for the wave through a door still appear to be a long way off for many of us. 

In any other year, bands such as WORKING MENS CLUB would have had a lot of us dancing around to their music by the autumn. We came, we queued, we didn’t get in but the album is certainly worth dancing around the kitchen to.

At the start of 2019 some of us were beginning to take great pleasure in hearing DRY CLEANING‘s Florence Shaw talk her way through each song and by the end of 2020 we seem to be surrounded by those that can’t be arsed to sing anymore. We were introduced to SKINT & DEMORALISED, whose Superheroes track remained high on the list of tunes we kept listening to again and again. Little did we realise that by the time 2020 came to a close many of us would be buying tickets for gigs by bands such as YARD ACT six months in advance, dancing around the living room on a Saturday night to LYNKS (formerly Lynks Afrikka) singing a Courtney Barnett cover version in the style of 80’s pop legend Divine (or the even better How to be Successful, a tune that also sits quite high on my own list of favourite tunes introduced to us this year) and loving the Jason Williamson collaboration with THE INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS OF POP. We didn’t expect we’d all be so united in our love for the fabulously intense BOB VYLAN, whose We Live Here came a few weeks before Black Lives Matter became another contributing factor towards establishing a distinction between the ignorant and the wise around us (but not literally around us of course. Unless there were six people from the same family on a Friday waving a flag). 

BENEFITS and DEAD SHEERAN also added to the intense angry lives we were now experiencing. With no gigs to prepare for, it was up to many bands to prove their existence by giving us a piece of music we simply wanted to listen to over and over and over again. Many bands social media platforms went quiet but many others have managed to introduce themselves to us despite the fact that many of us can’t remember the last time we were anywhere close to holding a cloak room ticket. Many bands arrived and many made music we really did want to listen to over and over and over again (I won’t stick a Hot Chip reference in here – oh, I have!). Finding new music didn’t seem to be any more difficult in 2020 and at a time that we needed it more than ever many of us us found ourselves finding even more websites & radio shows to continue in highlighting what a wonderful creative world we live in.

The doors leading to a world that make the things we hear on the radio a reality closed at the end of March. SPORTS TEAM released their debut album and sold copies on the back of the hundreds of shows already under their belts. THRILLHOUSE threw us two or three tunes without even playing a show and COLOMBIA MILLS arrived having played a few shows previously in those tiny rooms we think of as our second homes but unfortunately not when all of us were present. 

Despite the ‘short’ year, one of us managed to see TINA at least three times, ALIEN TANGO, OCTOBER DRIFT, CHINA BEARS and POZI more than once along with the one massive JOHN GRANT gig at The Roundhouse. The fabulous COUNTY LINE RUNNER managed to appear in front of some of us before the doors that we enter to take us into our special spaces closed and have still not reopened. 

Yes, it’s been shit but it’s been not as shit as it could have been thanks to the people who (presumably) don’t have a Netflix account and are therefore spending every waking hour writing and recording new tunes instead of watching documentaries about lions, drama’s about chess and football with overdubbed crowd noises. It’s these people we all need to thank but can’t thank in the ways we used to. We’ve really missed not being able to see many of these music makers in the flesh or even shared a pint or two with. During 2020 some of us have experienced online shows (I hosted 16 myself if you fancy a look) but standing shoulder to shoulder whist tutting loudly at the couple having a chat about the weather in front of you as our favourite bands play our favourite songs can never really be equalled. 

Some of the questions one of us keeps asking to himself is how have those people coping who have been providing the music been doing all year instead of sitting in tour vans eating cold pies at motorway service stations? Not just the bands but the bar staff, the sound engineers, merchandise sellers, managers, photographers etc….. and where would some of these acts be if it wasn’t for the restrictions brought into our lives since the end of March? So many questions, so many stories to tell and yet still no certainty that 2021 will be any different. 

Dublin’s COLUMBIA MILLS one suspected when hearing the bands second album CCTV may have been up on the big stages by now. We may never know but this is an album that was made for big stages in big fields as the sun beats down on our sunburned backs. Yorkshire’s finest YARD ACT would have at least appeared under the golden arch of London’s Shacklewell Arms by now we imagine. Here’s a band one of us has a ticket to see once the great reopening happens. Their hard to get hold of 7″ is worth buying a new turntable for.

New bands from overseas playing cool music that encourage some of us to run ourselves into the surrounding walls turned up and kept the adrenaline flowing. CRACK CLOUD from Vancouver, A.SWAYZE & THE GHOSTS (Tasmania) and PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS (Perth Australia) all kept us happy this year and we’d like to think are likely to turn up in a few years’ time with even more albums than they’ve already released to date. 

Summer didn’t happen. We never got to see HOT CHIP headline Standon Calling but they did provide us with a soothing late-night chill out album for those of us now in the habit of going to bed just as the sun comes up. 

One reason for the late nights in 2020 have been the new show times for our favourite Radio show Xposure (Radio X) which now broadcasts 11pm – 2am Friday and Saturday. Six hours of new music (we used to have double this) for those of us that like to be kept abreast with the new. Louder Than War’s own Nigel Carr has been providing us with weekly shows on Radio Alty that often include the tunes you will have read about on Louder Than War and many of us have found time this year to listen to the scores of podcasts and mixcloud radio shows broadcast from as far afield as Australia New Zealand Seattle and Norfolk.

RABIES BABIES, who have been gigging for over 20 years and never released anything finally released their self-titled debut EP

NANCY came via the Inbox and gave us some fabulous new psych-pop tunes recorded in a way that made us feel his studio was located in the bottom of a swimming pool, TTRRUUCES have an collection of material that needs trawling through even more in the new year, NOVA TWINS album cleared any cobwebs from isolation ears, REAL(S) debut album was worth the wait, CRUEL HEARTS CLUB seem to have appeared from nowhere AMY MONTGOMERY goes onto the Tips of 2021 list. FRAUDS we need to hear more from too.

ROYAL BLOOD‘s disco banger Troubles Coming (The Purple Disco Machine remix) has quite possibly been to biggest surprise of the year 

By August we’d given up cutting our own hair, forgotten what the alarm clock sounded like and found ourselves debating on a Zoom call the career of Ricky Gervais. We’d watched so many day time TV shows and were reminded that a quad bike has four wheels, what Lonnie Donegan’s dad did for a living and counted the number of times the word Lager is used on Underworlds Born Slippy (16).

But the music kept coming and the music that came saved many of us from going insane. You can recognise the people in our lives that don’t seem to take advantage of this past time. They’re the one’s we all tend to avoid. They’re the ones who have often thought we’re slightly strange but as the lyric of 2020 goes, ‘It takes real guts to fake being nuts’ and if this is what being nuts is all about then some of us are all for it. In the meantime we’ll continue to stay home, crank up the dials on the radio, pray for a continuous internet connection and wait patiently for even more new music to arrive in 2021 and hope we can maybe get to meet some of these people one day. 

There is a future but the question is what will it be like and when will it start?

Be patient be kind and tune in to what keeps you happy xx

Happy New Year xx

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Words by Keith Goldhanger. More writing by Keith on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Keith on Facebook and Twitter (@HIDEOUSWHEELINV).

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HADEES MARKET Commemorates Historic Heartbreak of 2020 Holiday Season with “(Christmas) Through the Glass”

Rosedale, WA based Alternative Rock band HADEES MARKET has released their tragically inspired single, “(Christmas) Through the Glass.” Paired with a haunting visualizer that reflects the current austerity of many American families’ Christmas experience of isolation this year, both visually and lyrically memorializing the agonizing desolation of many reflecting on the traditional significance of the Holiday season, digital sales of “(Christmas) Through the Glass” benefitting COVID Relief Efforts. “A mother brings a care package across town to her adult daughter who is (with her fiance and two dogs) at home on quarantine. Standing outside, the mom can see the tears streaming down her baby’s cheeks. Inside, the daughter looks out and sees tears on her mama’s face as well. This is Christmas Through the Glass. You may be separated from someone you love this Christmas, and that separation may be taking a toll on you both. You may be missing each other for months. And here come the holidays, when what you long for most is to be together with family and friends. Whether the glass you face is in a window, or a door, or on a computer or a phone, the warm hug you wish for is…. alas, still a […]

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NEAL SCHON Releases Hotly Anticipated, Solo Album, ‘Universe’

JOURNEY Founder NEAL SCHON has released his highly anticipated solo album, UNIVERSE, a 15 track mixture of symphonic classical blues, R&B, soul and rock-fusion. It’s the latest release from the iconic virtuoso guitarist and composer who’s soaring melodic and soulful playing will guide you through a journey of your senses and emotions in only the way his mastery of the instrument can, where each listen feels different and fresh every time. Experience the energy, beauty, and the musical healing nature of one of the most important artists of our generation with NEAL SCHON UNIVERSE produced by Narada Michael Walden. Neal Schon joined Santana in 1971 and founded Journey in 1973, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. Track List: 1. Something In The Heart 2. The Eye Of God 3. The Universe 4. Caruso 5. Voodoo Child 6. Third Stone From The Sun 7. Purple Rain 8. She’s For Real 9. What Has Become 10. Lights 11. Silent Voyage 12. Chrome Shuffle 13. Be Happy 14. I Believe 15. Hey Jude Click HERE to Order Neal Schon Universe, Downloads include choice of MP3, WAV, or FLAC! Neal Schon founded Journey in 1972 and has been the only consistent member, […]

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SEPTEMBER MOURNING Release Official Music Video for New Single, “Wake the Dead”

Hard Rock Graphic Novel Art Project SEPTEMBER MOURNING has released the official music video for their newest single, “Wake the Dead.” With the video created by Riven (guitarist), the Sahaj Ticotin (Ra, Starset) produced single is the band’s first release partnered with Legend Recordings and INgrooves. “‘Wake the Dead’ is an anthemic track that dispels the nature of the herd mentality in our society today. The song is written from the point of view of our main character in the graphic novel, September, as she observes the world of the living in which she consistently takes souls from. The track urges the listener to take control of their own thoughts about the world around them and make their own decisions instead of relying on choices skewed heavily by the propaganda that one is constantly bombarded with. ‘Wake the Dead’ encourages the listener to wake from their slumber and make their mark on the world today by raising their conscious thought as well as their voice.” – SEPTEMBER MOURNING Click HERE to Download / Stream “Wake the Dead” Online Catch SEPTEMBER MOURNING Live: 04/24 @ Arctic Comic Con – Anchorage, AK 06/04 @ Machine Shop – Flint, MI 09/24 @ Rebel Rock Festival – Orlando, FL September Mourning is a […]

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