Sami Chohfi - Vocals
Arman Birang - Guitar
Marco Bicca - Drums
Wolf - Bass
"Blue Helix is an independent Alternative Rock band based out of Washington State, USA and Sao Paulo, Brazil and formed in 2008. Following the hallowed footsteps of the 90's movement, their music is a perfect blend of melodic rock and powerful heavy grunge, on the cutting edge of modern rock with a uniquely potent blend of the core genre and its many sub-genres. Thriving on the energies and individual personalities of each member, Blue Helix reigns as a tribute both to its members' lives and to their vision. Winners of the 2015 Puget Sound Battle of the Bands and the 2017 Sua Banda Da Um Show Competition, Blue Helix is Sami Chohfi (guitars/vocals), Marco Bicca (drums), Wolf (Bass), and Arman Birang (lead guitar)."
Blue Helix is a band that already has quite the following within the music industry and they deserve it. Their music is infectious and extremely relatable, delivering their own unique sound without being too referential to other artists. They just released their latest musical infection upon the world called Anti Social Butterfly and it is getting rave reviews from fans and industry professionals alike.
The title song Anti Social Butterfly is one you can really rock out to. The vocals are crisp, smooth, and have an almost sensual vibe to them, almost like Sami created musical silk. The song caresses your soul and fires you up, which is a difficult feat. The back up vocals are subtle yet powerful, they do not get lost in the background that is for certain. The break downs, riffs, and rhythm are on point at keeping the intensity of the song going. If you need to let out a little of that angst you are feeling when life or your haters are trying to get you down, just put on this song, turn it up, and start singing at the top of your lungs. The car, your home, anywhere is your stage, sound off and let the world hear that you will never be broken! This is a song you cannot simply listen to, it is one that really forces you to feel it. It is amazing when artists can start a revolution within their music but it’s a good revolution, one where you take the power away from those who try to destroy you.
Each song on the album has its own story, vibe, and emotion. If I had to describe it, it would be like we are listening to a diary set to music. And much like people, our moods, fears, emotions, and aspirations change with each day. I wholeheartedly respect how they were able to capture that within their music. Another song that struck me on the album is Enemy, it is breathtakingly profound yet empowering at the same time. You can hear the despair in the intro of the song, the vocals are once again the forefront, only to be enhanced with the haunting background vocal. The lyrics are very familiar to a heart that has been broken, and you are reminded of how much it hurt, but then the energy of the song picks up and brings you out of that pain, giving you hope and strength that you will overcome this darkness. I respect that about their artistry, they word and create the music so well it encompasses all aspects of broken hearts, if it be you tried to go after your dream and one door was shut, you lost a piece of yourself after a tragic event, or just that life has beaten you down and you no longer see that light. The song Enemy is your light and it will put that passion to fight back into your heart. You don’t need to wear a mask any longer, rip it off and let the world see your vulnerable side but then stand up tall and proud, to show them how you are a fighter and nothing can defeat you.
If you are looking for intensity and heart pounding rhythm the song This Tragedy will give you the fix you need. The guitar solo is phenomenal in that song and gets your soul energized. The repetitive rhythm of the guitar in the background really enhance the gritty vocals. Once again the lyrics are like that out of a diary, so anyone listening to this song will really have a sense of belonging. I must say Blue Helix has mastered the art of capturing the human mind and heart. Their artistry is something I can hear anyone rocking out to and silently having that epiphany of someone understanding them. We need that sense of belonging in this day and age, especially when people are trying to find so many reasons to separate themselves from others. Rest assured when you listen to this album, there will be thousands of others doing the same thing and feeling the same way. You will truly be united within the music.
Blue Helix Official Pages
"KJ" Karl Wootton - Rhythm Guitarist / Backup Vocals
Angelo Pantelakis - Lead Guitarist / Backup Vocals
Charlie Phillips - Female Vocalist
"Maxwell" Richard Maxwell Jnr - Drummer / Backup Vocals
Logan Wood - Bass Guitarist / Backup Vocals
"Emerging with a new line up and an explosive new sound, MERRIN incorporates the goodness of high energy rock with soul and passion. Feel it as it smacks you in the chest in the best kind of way. Loved by many, they have played support to iconic acts I Am Giant and American band’s Everclear and Fuel, headlining their own tours around the country and performing to big crowds at various events throughout their home town of Wellington, New Zealand. Charlie Phillips is one of this country's most mesmerising female rock vocalists. Her passion and drive is as inspiring and intoxicating as her soul-fuelled voice. With her alluring stage presence and powerful melodies, it is not surprising that her voice has drawn a lot of interest overseas.
With an edge defined by a distinctive guitar sound driven by Karl Wootton (Rhythm Guitar) and Angelo Pantelakis (Lead Guitar), they are joined by Richard Maxwell Jnr (Drums) and Logan Wood (Bass), the powerful rhythm section, to create life and pump substance into the heartbeat of this rock focussed band.
“Guano Apes, Nico, Living Colour, Deftones, and Rage Against the Machine - you could probably name these if you really need a sonic reference” ~ Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine "
What can I say about Merrin, honestly words elude me. They are a chaotic storm of passion, intensity, heart, and soul. A band that I fear no words could do them justice but I will do my best to capture their artistry in my humble words.
Durty Little Secret hits you hard but in such a good way. Charlie’s vocals are absolutely astounding and can certainly hold her own among some heavy hitting female vocalists like Janis Joplin and Joan Jett, just as a reference point. But her style is one of a kind so don’t think that is all you will be getting from her. The drums and guitars elevate the intensity of this song to new heights. This song gets into your body and makes you feel powerful yet at the same time have a playful little vixen inside of you. This song displays the game of cat and mouse perfectly, not just in the lyrics but in the entire performance of the band. As well as it sets the tone for the album and you know you better buckle up and hold on tight, because you are about to embark on one intense ride.
Durty Little Secret - Merrin
The mark of true artists is one who does not restrict themselves to one style or genre. I think that is one of the things I admire about Merrin, they encompass a whole spectrum of musical style. For example in Ode To The Homicidal Trash Queen, that song takes you on a whirlwind adventure but still sounding very cohesive. The vocals go between clean and gritty, with a vocal breakdown that just finishes the song nicely. An excellent guitar solo and once again the drums really keep that heart pounding rhythm going. This song playfully bounces between a hard rock, alternative, and almost a bluesy rock, it keeps you guessing. There is a seductive quality about this song, that keeps you intrigued and mesmerized, of course when it ends, it leaves you with the sensation of wanting more. Which I believe is what any musician would want, the audience wants to hear more from you, they want your corruption. I know I do.
While each song on the album has its own vibe, if you listen to the entire album at once it flows perfectly. The song that really stuck out to me was Father. That song is unapologetically free. It embraces its sin which in turn releases its soul. The vocal arrangement is one of the best, then when you add in the cadence of the guitar, you actually feel as if you are falling from grace. The song is done extremely tastefully and respectfully. But let’s be honest, who hasn’t had a moment where they wanted to let go of that “good” side and want to fall from grace, Merrin just happens to give you a taste and tell you it’s ok. Let go and just do as you will, in the end, living life to the fullest is what really matters. I can’t wait to hear more from Merrin because I think they are a force to be reckoned with. The chemistry of the band is undeniable and melds well together, making it impossible not to fall in love with their music.
Merrin Official Pages
Lewis Tooby - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Andrew Pendlebury - Lead Guitar
Laiton Price - Bass / Vocals
Jordan Lawley-White - Drums
"Great Reckoning are a 4 piece alternative-rock band, hailing from Tyldesley in Greater Manchester, UK, drawing influence from bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters and Royal Blood. Combining instant-hit riffs with a powerhouse rhythm section, the band are known for their tenaciously energetic live performances."
Great Reckoning really personifies musical charisma. Even though the EP is only 4 songs (there is a bonus track as well), it packs a powerful punch and infects your mind with intense vocals and melodies.
3 Times Over is a fantastic way to kick off the EP, it really gets your adrenaline coursing through your veins and gets you into an energetic mindset. The vocal style has just enough of that gritty quality to make them stand out over the heart pounding riffs of the guitars and fills of the drums. It is impressive how they are able to keep the energy and enthusiasm going strong throughout the song, even the moments when it cools down a bit, you are still trapped in their musical web.
The quintessential heartbreak and angst song would have to be Mary. The lyrics capture the raw emotion of having your heart broken but moving forward and putting your life back together. It embodies the constant change of emotions perfectly where you have moments of calm and thinking everything will be alright, to the moments of anger that someone could possibly betray you in the worst possible way. The vocals capture your heart and the guitars and drums help your mind understand what the song is trying to make you feel.
Back to Reality and Owl’s Eye are solid stamina. The vocals, guitars, drum, style, and arrangement are top notch. The lyrics and style of Owl’s Eye has this dark, mysterious, and sensual feel. Then gives you this powerful kick when the refrain begins. Only to finish you off with the breakdown of the song. The way the song was arranged, speaks volumes of their artistic ability. Back to Reality is all about the gritty hard rock and much like Owl’s Eye, it’s almost like it plays with your mind with the arrangement of the song. You think the song is going to go one direction and much like a wave, it sneaks in from the side and knocks you off your feet. The execution of both songs is quite impressive and if you are a fan of hard rock or alternative rock, then Great Reckoning is a band for you to keep an eye on.
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