Sara -- Vocals
Andrea -- Bass & Keyboards
David -- Drums
Josh -- Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Motion Device is a hard rock band based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
It’s no coincidence their brand mark is a nod to Greek mythology and Orpheus, whose music and poetry were so beautiful even the rocks and trees would be moved. Fronted by lead vocalist Sara Menoudakis alongside founding members David Menoudakis on drums and percussion, Andrea Menoudakis on bass and keys, and Josh Marrocco on guitars, the band has amassed more than 85,000 fans online and more than 15 million views on their YouTube channel.
Initially known for their dynamic covers, Motion Device first landed online in 2010, taking to YouTube to share covers from the likes of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Led Zeppelin, and Rush.
In the years since, they’ve transitioned to original music and songwriting, a shift that was enthusiastically received by their fans.
All three releases from Motion Device have been the result of crowd-funding success and the overwhelming support from their audience around the world. 2014’s EP, Welcome to the Rock Revolution raised $13,000 and 2015’s Eternalize raised $32,000. This year’s Wide Awake is the band’s most ambitious and musically rewarding release yet, with the conceptual 20-song double album inspiring their audience to raise $60,000.
The band is on a mission to bring their music and message to as many people as possible.
When you can’t find the words to express yourself, fear not, there is Motion Device. Wide Awake is the new concept album out from this incredible band hailing from Toronto, Canada.
If I may be so bold as to express my initial reaction while listening to the album. It is what I would consider a hard rock musical and Motion Device is walking us through a chapter of life. You can almost envision a movie with no words, just actors and actresses acting out the music. Especially with the little flecks of “real life” audio, going through the car radio channels, commercials, and alarm clocks only to get to the “monologue” if you will, rather than them speaking, a heart pounding and adrenaline inducing song kicks you right in the face while the actor or actress speeds around life.
Each song has its own energy to it while still continuing on with the overall cohesive plot of the album. It is done in such a way that it does not become too heavy or like you can’t enjoy the album broken up into songs. Some concept albums, if you skip around or you simply don’t have the time to dedicate to listen to the album in its entirety, can lose the listener. Motion Device has managed to capture both aspects, you can listen at your leisure and still get the intense feeling of the album but if you want the full experience then I would highly recommend listen to the album at least for the first time, in order and at once. I will only touch base on a few songs in the album that hit me in an eye opening way, but it was hard to narrow it down to a few selections.
Click to listen to "Soul Shaker" by Motion Device
Angel is all about beautiful anguish with undertones of hope and unconditional love. Not saying it is a love song by any means, love encompasses all forms, not just romantic. The vocals are astonishing and then the moment of peace you feel when the piano accompanies Sarah’s vocal nearly brings you to tears, at least it did to me. Then enter the guitar solo which is finished perfectly with the single drum blast, this song has quickly become my favorite. You feel as though you are standing on top of a mountain and singing this song to the world below because you need to let these emotions out of your heart or you will burst.
Is This Real?, is a profound song and one that makes you contemplate your existence. In this musical movie that I have in my mind, the lead is under a bridge overlooking the water and has flashbacks of their life while trying to make a tough decision about the crossroads they now face. It is rather simple in comparison to the other songs but do not let that fool you, it is simply beautiful. Because honestly when we struggle with our life decisions, do we have a lot of glitz and glamour? No, it is stripped down to the bare bones of our emotions and weighing the pros and cons of our decision. It makes you yearn to assess your life and if you are on the path you were meant to walk. This song taps into your soul and wraps you in this blanket of melodies, to provide you a metaphorical cocoon, trying to figure out if this is real. Once you have figured it out, you emerge as a beautiful butterfly and get to finally fly free knowing you have accepted who you are and what you have been through.
I do appreciate the palette cleanser or breather songs throughout the album. Which are typically the instrumental tracks a band has to break up the album. They do not diminish the energy nor take away from the album as a whole, but rather allow your heart and mind a breath to just absorb everything you have heard or felt. Sometimes albums can get too heavy and make you feel almost trapped within your mind or heart, you need that release to come back for air.
Not all of the songs are set to a more somber profound tone. The song, Warrior, gives you that adrenaline fix and gets you ready to take on the day or the obstacle you are facing. The vocals have that in your face punch that make you feel empowered. The rhythm and melody of the guitars and drums keep up that intensity you need to make you feel like a warrior. Before you know it, you are joining ranks with all of those who have become a warrior listening to this album and have become free yet strong to take on the powers that be.
I didn’t touch base on each song in the album because honestly it is something you need to hear in order to fully grasp my humble thoughts on Motion Device’s artistry. But I will say this, the final song, The Infinite Wave, leaves you with a hunger for more. In this musical movie that I have been through, I certainly hope there is a sequel but I know regardless this album certainly has left me wide awake. So I strongly encourage everyone to listen to this album and not just listen but give yourself fully to the music. Allow your mind and body to go on this musical journey and see what it conjures up in your inner psyche. By the end, you will leave a different person, not in a bad sense, but in an enlightened way.
Motion Device Official Pages
The Reverent Cavaliers music has a fantabulous blend of indie rock sounds. The Nashville based band serves up a lyrical message that is both upbeat & encouraging. The Reverent Cavaliers consist of husband & wife, Rick & Trish Hammond, & their nephew Dustin Briones. Their songs mix hard rock with pop rock, & little Americana. Imagine an audio meld of Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, & Jack White’s various bands. 2017’s live performances included the band’s 2nd annual show at Nashville's BB King's on July 16th. Other note-worthy shows included Nashville’s Spring Water Supper Club (“one of America’s top 10 dive bars”) where they were offered a weekly slot. The Reverent Cavaliers 2nd EP, Silver Lining was released in June 2017. The title cut charted in November at #6 on the Radio Indie Alliance network (Australia). In 2017 several of the band’s songs have charted over 25 times on radio stations around the world, & 4 songs have been added to various compilation CD’s, & licensing deals. 2018 finds the band with a #1 and four other songs in the Top 10 on Canada’s Whoozl all at once!! Connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram. The Reverent Cavaliers music is available online at I-Tunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.
Grit, edge, and the heart of rock n roll is exactly what you get when you hear The Reverent Cavaliers . They create music that would make everyone feel good for years to come. I can safely say they break down all barriers and no matter what music you prefer or what age you are, you will get swept away with their artistry, making you forget all about your cares in the world.
Silver Lining is without a doubt a feel good song, and from their EP entitled Silver Lining. If you are having a rough day and you are starting to drag, skip the coffee, just blast this song. With the riffs that make your body move to the uplifting lyrics that remind you better times are ahead, you can’t help but feel great about yourself. The breakdowns are exactly where you need them to catch your breath before you are enrobed back into the musical intensity.
Click to listen to "Silver Linings" by The Reverent Cavaliers
They pack yet another charismatic punch with the song Nothing Matters But Love. Which is done beautifully with the back and forth vocals of Rick and Trish Hammond, the husband and wife duo behind The Reverent Cavaliers. You can tell by how they sing, they truly believe in the lyrics they are trying to convey, not to be outdone of course with the enchanting guitar solo and breakdown. The vocal style compliments each other very well in this song. As well as I respect the fact that the spotlight was kept on their voices, since they are carrying a positive and healing message. Love really is all that matters, because with it, you can heal the world. And music is the perfect medium to convey that message.
Trish takes center stage in I Gotta Tell Ya, with accompanying vocals by Rick. Once again, they prove they are powerhouse vocalists. There is a smooth velvety vibe to this song that seduces the senses in an innocent way, and with an inspirational message in the lyrics. The guitars and drums dance in the background of the song, adding that pop when it’s needed but not distracting you from the vocals. Then turning up the intensity in all the right places to make your heart race a little, and all the while inspiring your body to move to the rhythm.
And to finish your musical experience of feeling good, is the song I Wanna Sing, which will make you want to sing. It is impressive how they inspire such positive emotions in the listener and free you of your inhibitions. It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing or you are a Grammy winning artist, I am willing to bet if you listen to this song, by the 2nd time you listen to it, you will know all the lyrics and be singing along with them. As well as if you are anything like me, you will bust out the air guitar and really rock out. This is what artistry is all about, it gives you endorphins while you listen that will help you escape from the darkness, even if only for a little while. You can’t listen to this music and not feel good. With this song especially you can’t control your desire to act out your own private concert if it be in your car or your living room. It is catchy and perky but not in a cliché fashion, and once again true to form, inspirational lyrics.
I can’t wait to get more music from The Reverent Cavaliers because I honestly believe they will do so much good in the world. They don’t try to downplay the problems of the world, they just create beautiful music that helps you escape the heaviness that is today. We need more music like this and I will happily sing their praise with each new release.
The Reverent Cavaliers Official Pages
Jerry Fielden -- Lead Guitar, Back Vocals, Synths, Mandolin
Shelle Macpherson -- Lead Vocals
AraPacis (Ara-Patches) is a female-fronted metal band hailing from Montreal, Canada. Formed in 2003 by guitarist Jerry Fielden, and fronted by Scots singer Shelle Macpherson, their main goal is to re-create some of the original aspects of 1970's Hard Rock and Progressive Rock and fuse it together with 21st Century Prog Metal, Doom Metal & Metalcore to make an interesting metal hybrid. AraPacis have shared the stage with acts such as Blaze Bayley, Uli Jon Roth, Anvil, Raven, the Agonist, Doro, etc. Their debut album '‘So Many Leapers’' was released in April of 2006 and their second album '‘Consequences Of Dreams’' was released on October 5, 2009. The band released their 3rd album, "Netherworld" in digital version on Dec. 19, 2011 and CD version in February 2012. An EP of older songs in updated versions, Déjà-vu, was released in March 2013. AraPacis released their 4th Album "A Disturbing Awakening" in December 2014 and released their 5th Album "System Deceive" in April 2016. AraPacis have finished working on their 6th album and are now working on a second EP of older songs in a doom mode. They have had noted guests on their albums such as Guy LeBlanc (RIP) of Camel and Nathan Mahl, Steph Honde of Di'Anno and Hollywood Monsters, Don Airey of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Jethro Tull, etc., Vinny Appice of Black Sabbath, Dio, etc. and John Gallagher of Raven, amongst others.
When Hard Rock meets Doom Metal you have AraPacis and their album Obsolete Continuum. The edgy riffs and epic guitar solos you come to know and love with rock music married to the heavy and somber tones you expect from metal. But in a way that can only be done by this epic musical duo from Montreal, Canada.
Syndrome sets the mood for the album perfectly. The haunting vocal style that goes almost operatic in some places. A dark menacing growl vocal that is lurking in the background, as if a beast is watching an angel that is struggling with some inner demon and trying to make sense of it all. Then enter in the enchanting guitar solo that helps you break the chains that seemed to get a little tight. Syndrome really plays with the inner darkness and light of the human mind and soul, in a rather simplistic way, and when you think you have finally found peace, they turn up the intensity yet again.
Click to listen to "Syndrome" by AraPacis
They display their musical diversity quite perfectly in Kicking Around Blues. It has a nice mellow vibe that gets you in this groove to kick back and enjoy the moment. I really appreciate when artists go outside of their typical genres and incorporate what I consider genres that are becoming lost in the music world, like Blues. Then to add their own personal touch of punchy guitar riffs and every now and again a little snarl of metal, makes it the perfect way to introduce the younger generations to this style that the industry has forgotten. The lyrics are catchy and will be stuck in your head for days to come, where you could be making dinner and all of a sudden realize you are singing this song while you cook. Which is a good thing because that means the song is memorable and has danced its way into your soul.
The Brute, dare I say is almost a playful Doom Metal song. But it is not straight Doom Metal, they add in their edgy rocker touch. But it’s playful in the sense of the vocal range on the song as well as the drumbeat, if I dare to express the image I get while listening to this song, is a sinister playground where adults come to play childhood games, set in a Stephen King kind of way. The song plays with your ears as well with the change ups and break downs, almost a hypnotic cadence of a somber guitar with the solo playing in forefront. It redefines a chaotic style done with a clear point of view.
But fear not music lovers, once you love this album, and I know you will, there is hope on the horizon for yet another musical fix. If I understand it correctly, AraPacis is working on yet another album to corrupt the masses which I am certain it will do just that. And while you wait for the new music release, be sure to check out their other albums and add them to your musical library to enjoy for years to come.
AraPacis Official Pages
All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen