Seth Salois - Vocals / Guitar
Jay Carvalho - Drums / Vocals
Mike Kaz - Bass / Vocals
Joe Nicolazzo - Guitar
"Psycle is a 4-piece rock band that is based out of Providence, RI. Psycle was formed in January of 1999 in Castleton Vermont. Playing venues all over New England to New York City and even Canada, Psycle continued to bring their energy and sound to each performance. Each member of the Psycle family has left a lasting impression on each song and show and made this band what it is today. Psycle disbanded in 2011 but has now re-emerged with longtime drummer Jay Carvalho, Mike Kaz on bass and Joe Nicolazzo on guitar.
Bringing back some favorites from their previous catalog of songs and writing brand new music, Psycle hopes to bring that same energy and songwriting that gave them their mark on the music community. A huge thanks to all the great musicians who have made the journey before and our new lineup hopes to make them proud and continue to write great music."
Alright all you rock and roll fanatics out there looking for a solid sound and high energy music, let me introduce you to Psycle. Putting Providence, Rhode Island on the map in regards to music..
Their song Face the Fire is the perfect balance of adrenaline filled rhythm and hypnotic vocals. After you listen to the song you are left with a sense of hope. Like you just had a life altering battle and you are walking out of the rubble, victorious and leaving it behind to create a much brighter future. The powerful drum fills frame the gritty breakdowns perfectly of the guitar. The execution of the song itself is phenomenal and quite impressive. It is a song that is very relatable to all people because who hasn't faced an obstacle in their life? I respect the energy in their music and how it truly empowers people to get up and fight to live.
Face the Fire - Psycle
Their song "Break" is what I would consider a hard rock anthem just in the way it was executed in regards to vocals, guitars, and drums. The intro gave you a nice mellow feeling before the breakdown hit, then it was followed with the drums which are showcased amazingly in this song. The intensity in the vocals is like that of a raging river trying to be restrained by a dam, only to be completely crushed under the power. Honestly the more I listened to the song, Break, it really did remind me of a raging river of emotions because you would have the powerful rapids that swept you away (in a good way, mind you) followed by moments of calm water where you could just bask in that moment of serenity. Similar to how life can be at times.
While the EP itself has just the 4 songs, each song is filled from start to finish with passion. The Road I'm On is yet another great song to get you really pumped up about taking on the world after a dark period in your life. To not live life for someone else but to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and live for yourself. The lyrics convey such sincerity in their message that you can tell the artists genuinely feel the music they are creating which is a rare trait in this day and age. The Road I'm On will inspire you to conquer the world and bring the light back into your life. Of course the song, Long Way Down, is a refreshing break and nice change of intensity within the EP. It has a more mellow but still edgy vibe with a really fantastic guitar solo. The song has almost a Shinedown vibe to it but done with their own special twist making it stand out from them in my opinion. I look forward to hearing more from Psycle because they certainly have the talent to make the industry take notice of them.
Psycle Official Pages
Tina Gunnarsson - Vocals
Daniel Håkansson - Bass
Stellan Gunnarsson - Lead Guitars / Keyboard / Vocals.
Teddy Möller - Drums
HEXED is a brand new metal band from Sweden, taking its place on the heavy metal scene.
HEXED is a genius blend of thick driving rhythms, melodic and sometimes progressively orientated, but always with catchy chorus lines and strong powerful female vocals.
HEXED was formed by vocalist Tina and lead-guitar/vocalist Stellan in Uppsala Sweden. They picked up their music after years away from the metal scene with intentions to record some kind of new Metal Project, but soon it all ended up as a whole new band. Bassplayer Daniel Håkansson were chosen to take Place and along with Teddy Möller on drums HEXED was formed and complete as a band. The first single and video release ”Dreams” was launched in the beginning of May. The first EP ”Exhaling Life” is scheduled to be released in the beginning of 2017, it will contain 3 tracks.
HEXED first full-length-album ”Netherworld” is going to be released during 2017. The album comes with the EP included, the album will also contain bonus tracks with some very well-known guest singers. In due time, metal fans around the globe will be split into two groups, those who already are HEXED and those who are about to be!……Are you HEXED yet?!!
Hexed may be a fairly new band to the scene but their talent will certainly make them a force to be reckoned with. Starting off the Hexed corruption is the song "Lightyears", in which the passion in this song alone is light-years ahead of its time. Tina's vocals are incredibly powerful and enchanting; you can't help but be immediately drawn into the ferocity of this song. The guitars intertwine their hypnotic rhythm perfectly with the heart pounding rhythm of the drums, while the vocals almost cast a spell on you creating a need to hear more. It is the best way to be introduced to this musical storm known as Hexed. The vocals are so clean I can imagine a lot of people will get into the song and start releasing their inner singer along with Tina.
Lightyears - Hexed
The song "Exhaling Life" which features Thomas Vikström of Therion, is one that drives my imagination wild, which is what I admire most about artists. I like when artists create such passionate music it takes your imagination and thoughts to new heights and allows you to escape the mundane aspects of life. It is like you are in your own movie while still in the comfort of your home. The vocals in this song are unbelievable and while the guitars and drums certainly add to the vigor of this song, it is the vocals you can't help but notice. And I appreciate that one vocalist does not outshine the others, they each bring their own unique aspect to make this song a powerhouse. In my mind while listening to this song I picture a epic battle of two leaders in a desperate power struggle trying to overcome the darkness and come out victorious while chains try to latch onto them and force them down. The vocals command you to hear them. It is a sensational display of their artistic caliber, and very impressive for a band just beginning this journey.
"Dreams", is yet another exquisite song that draws you in, to be honest I could see myself getting completely lost within their music for hours at a time and then I would never accomplish anything. It is music you don't just listen to and do other things around the house or office, it takes ahold of you and in a way forces you to listen because it is just that beguiling. Dreams, captures the "chase" of someone running after their dreams in an authoritative way. The execution of the drums, guitars, and vocals create a sense of fervor within your heart and you feel the music compelling your heart to race as if you are living the chase at that exact moment. The lyrics of the song create a sense of empathy within anyone who has tried to go after their dream and had to face insurmountable obstacles. But with the energy of this particular song you will be motivated to get up and start creating a plan of attack. I really do hope I hear more from Hexed because their artistry is a glimmer of light in a world of music created without soul and dedication.
Hexed Official Pages
Alejandro Ruiz - Vocals
Juan Acevedo - Guitar
Alejandro Bravo - Guitar
Mauricio Basso - Drums
Manuel Villarroel - Bass
"Weight Of Emptiness is a metal band that cultivates a mixture of styles that include death, black, progressive and doom metal. The year 2015 was formed by former members of the defunct band Twilight Mist, Juan Acevedo and Alejandro Bravo on guitars and Alejandro Ruiz (Homicide) on vocals. The line-up is completed by Manuel Villarroel on bass and Mauricio Basso (Letargo) on drums. Note the participation in the early days of the band of bassist David Hernández, currently a member of the band Morver. On March 4, 2017 they release their debut LP called "Anfractuous Moments For Redemption"."
Weight of Emptiness has to be some of the most bone crushing music I have heard. While listening to it you can imagine the legions of soldiers coming up from the Underworld to reclaim the world that once belonged to them.
"Behind the Masks" has a deep harsh vocal that demands your attention and then once they have your attention a melodic chant provides a gentle caress to the soul, giving you this sense of safety right before ripping that serenity away and corrupting you all over again. The tempo of the guitars and drums provide the crowning march to set the atmosphere of this band and their album. The guitar solo is alluring and is like summoning you to join the legion and obey all the band's commands. The way the music almost plays with your soul, speaks of their artistic merit, and definitely made me want to hear more.
Behind the Masks - Weight of Emptiness
Then we get to "The Silence" which is once again extraordinary. To be honest most people when they hear Doom Metal they automatically assume that the music is going to be incomprehensible growls, blast beats of drums, and speed riffs from the guitar, but Weight of Emptiness takes you into a whole new realm of Doom Metal that you didn't know existed. It is reflective of the eternal struggle of darkness and light and has this undertone of familiarity in the soul which can be understood by everyone. Who hasn't had a battle of the inner demon and inner angel? The vocals really take the spotlight in this particular song and are what give me that mental visual while listening. I thoroughly enjoy how the guitars shine in a melodious rhythm with the clean vocals and then the drums create a impassioned beat with the growling vocals. Clearly the band understands the struggle within and has managed to create a song which can give others a sense of comfort they are not alone in their battles. They want to help bring you out of that struggle and lead you to the place where you no longer suffer in silence.
I would be lying if I did not say I am spellbound with the music Weight of Emptiness creates. I really respect how they stay true to their sound in each song and they play with the concept of opposites and how you need each side of the spectrum in order to make sense of life.
While this band is incredibly brutal, you get thrown for a curve with Inner Chaos. The acoustic vibe at the intro of the song shows a much softer side but still in a dominant way. Because when you think of inner chaos, it is just that, you have soft moments where everything seems like it will all be ok, then the insanity of life strikes. They have created a sirenic dance of sanity and insanity all in one song. How one band can make some of the most indescribable feelings tangible in a sense, is awe inspiring. Not many artists have that kind of grasp on the human mind or psyche like they have managed to show in one album. If you are ever having that struggle within where nothing makes sense anymore, I highly recommend you listen to this song and even though the vocals may be harsh and the rhythm intense, you actually gain a sense of peace within the madness.
I have to say Weight of Emptiness has impressed me beyond compare with the execution of this album and their artistry as a whole. And they have proven just what I have believed all this time, Metal music is a very powerful genre that can inspire others. It can create a perfect balance within the soul. It is not always angry but it does speak of anger, not to make you feel that emotion, but rather to rise up above it and do something to change the way the world is right now. Often times, society wants you to fear anger and sadness, and deem those emotions as "negative". They are not negative, they are part of being a human and just as important as the positive emotions. Thank you for creating this album and showing their is calm within chaos.
Weight of Emptiness Official Pages
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