Lyla D'Souza – Lead vocalist
Dave Garfield Bown – Guitar
Wally Miroshnikov – Drums
Julian Palmer – Bass
"Kill for Eden are London-based purveyors of classic hard rock, radio ready riffs and powerful female vocals.
Their music has been championed by XFM (presently Radio X) and Kerrang!, and seen the band likened to Skunk Anansie, Halestorm, The Cult and Garbage.
The quartet have released two EPs and a self-titled album, that boasted “blistering riffs, hook-laden choruses, great vocals and a strong selection of tunes” (Fireworks Magazine).
Their upcoming second studio album, Petty Crimes, is released in early 2017.
Lead single, Love You So was released on November 25th 2016 and their second single Woke Up Alone will be released on March 3rd 2017."
From the first time I heard Woke Up Alone, from Kill for Eden, I was hooked. The vocals were dripping in anger and seduction, which immediately captivates the listener. This is the perfect song for when you just had your heart ripped out and you just want to curse that person’s existence while at the same time giving your heart some relief, by letting it all out. For all you ladies out there that can identify with this feeling, honestly this is the song you want to listen to when you slip into that little black dress, get all dolled up, then rock out with this song while you are on your way to the date with the man of your dreams or possibly to find one. Which hopefully the ex shows up and sees exactly what he is missing now. Not that guys can’t relate to this song, but with having a female vocalist, this is the image that I get. But by all means, guys rock out with this too and show you can’t be broken!
Click to play Woke Up Alone by Kill for Eden
The entire Petty Crimes album is incredibly energetic. Everything about their artistry compliments the lyrics perfectly, the vocalist has this intensity while at the same time such tenderness. The guitars and drums frame the music in a way that enhances the experience without overpowering it or being too subtle. Not saying all of the songs are high energy where you don’t get that moment of peace to just relax and enjoy the music, case and point, Ocean Breeze. It opens with a nice electric and acoustic guitar solo to set the mood, then a nice smooth vocal to really whisk you away. This is the perfect road trip song when you are leaving everything behind. Roll down the windows or put down the top, turn it up and just drive. Before long you will forget that you ever had any troubles in the world. That shows just how powerful Kill for Eden is, they create a musical escape for their listeners to get away from the insanity of the world. They create an audible sanctuary within their music that makes you want to stay forever where there is no hatred, no evil, and absolutely no worries.
Pay the Piper, is another song that really stuck out to me on the album. Not saying I only mentioned the ones I liked but just some favorite highlights of mine. This song is laden with angst but not in a way that makes you feel sad, but almost an empowering angst to break free from something that is holding you back. The vocal styling of the song is on point for the lyrics, as well as the riffs of the guitar. You get swept away a bit in the melody of the music, and get the urge to sing along with the song. I really enjoy music that inspires the listeners to participate in the music, even if it’s singing at the top of your lungs in the privacy of your home. Music is therapeutic in that regard, it lets you release the angst, anger, sadness, and heartbreak in a healthy way. Pay the Piper is just the tool you need to help you break free from whatever it is holding you back.
The diversity of this album is phenomenal and the lyrics are powerfully empathetic. It is music that enrobes your soul in comfort and understanding, by simply being honest with the lyrics and musical style. With Kill For Eden, there is no smoke and mirrors, it is pristine and crisp, and they don’t need all the fillers to dazzle the listener. You want to hear the music and most importantly you want to feel the music. I am always impressed when an artist can command my full attention with the simplest of presentations. Listening to their music was a refreshing experience to not only my ears but to my heart as well. I am certain others will feel the same way when they listen to their music and get that sense of inner peace.
Kill For Eden Official pages
"Fronted by Casey Stickley, Second Echo was conceived in Ohio in the late 1990s. The early years consisted of late night writing sessions in barn lofts, countless hours playing shows in any venue available, and a couple of unproduced albums. The obligatory growing pains for any young band inevitably appeared, but the music never wavered.
Second Echo recently signed with Spectra Music Group and Tabletop Records to release EVELUTION, a 12-track album demands your attention with excellent hooks, inspiring guitar solos, beautiful melodies, and even a hint of ivory. Weaving together elements of grunge, alternative, and good old fashioned rock n’ roll, EVELUTION is proud that each song has its own identity. That identity is also evident in lyrics that are memorable, powerful, and unapologetically honest. Second Echo has provided the very best they have to offer. No excuses. No Regrets."
Second Echo is one of those bands where they really should have far more recognition than they do. There is this smoldering heat within their music that you can’t help but be lit ablaze when you listen. A perfect example of this is their song, Chemical. The vocal style is very smooth but has a soft strength to it. The riffs of the guitar are the perfect edge you need, while the drums give the heartbeat to the song. I would consider this their anthem song merely because I can see so many people relating to it and really getting into the music along with the band. While I listen to this song I can picture a tortured soul walking through the rain until they are free from all the pain and heartache of those who have driven a knife into their heart and caused such confusion and unrest within that person. Then they understand and accept, they did not deserve such pain or to be betrayed. While you listen to this song, their music is the rain that is now cleansing you and setting you free from your prison.
Click to play Innocent by Second Echo
Now if you are needing an empowering song that has high energy, don’t worry, they have that too with their song Innocent. A song that challenges the status quo but does it in a way where it’s more like a revelation but without as much shock factor and scandal. The breakdown is the perfect entry for almost like a “fight” style chant in the song. Throw in an acoustic style guitar with the vocals and your ears are taken on a whirlwind ride of emotions and sensations you had no idea you would get in just one song. After listening to this song, you really do want to grab your sword and take on the powers that be, to show them we are no longer going to listen to their propaganda. We want to take back our innocence and live in a world where nobody is victimized or strong armed into things they don’t want to do or say. I must say I am impressed with how this song can seem rather chaotic but it’s done in a way where it is beautiful chaos that you understand and want to be part of.
The entire album Evelution has such a diverse range of musical style and topics, it is intriguing as well as showing how in tune with their artistry they are. This is a great album to listen to when you are needing that solace of being understood in your darker emotions. Not saying they are “dark” because all of their songs have this underlying sense of hope but it’s more like they are saying, it’s ok to feel the way you do, because we understand, we have been there too. Then you can look at them and their artistry and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, they will help guide you there. The song The End’s In Sight, is exactly what I mean. You don’t have to let those bad days or bad thoughts consume you, they do not define who you are. Everyone has moments like that, it’s what you do with that power after it happens that defines you. Let this song be your beacon of light, they are reaching out to you and helping you get back up.
Like I said in the beginning, after listening to their album a few times, I am surprised at how they are not taking over the musical world. Second Echo creates music that speaks to all hearts and fits every mood. As well as it showcases their talent as artists with the acoustic versions and you can hear their genuine passion for the music, and how they are turning all the negative into a source of strength and empowerment. Very well done and I can’t wait to hear more from these guys! Second Echo is currently performing at venues in Southern California and Las Vegas. Recent performances include The House of Blues in Anaheim, CA with over 150 fans in attendance. See their website for upcoming show dates and times.
Second Echo Official Pages
"Chris Violence is an American vocalist specializing, but not limited to the genre of Speed Thrash Metal. A veteran Thrasher, he has been performing and recording since 1991, most notably as the from man for the band Cessation of Life from 1995 through 2012 when he set out on his own. Releasing the "American Ripper" album in 2014, the single "Push Button Pain" in 2015, a collaboration with the band AXSAENA providing the vocals for 3 songs on their "Global Revolution" album in mid-2016 as well as releasing a 24-minute Thrash Metal Opera called "The Raven" using Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name in late 2016 which also includes a guitar solo from Maxxxwell Carlisle of HELLION."
If you are a fan of Thrash Metal, Chris Violence will be the one who gives you the fix you need. American Ripper has the perfect balance of breakdowns, guitar solos, and change ups with an intensity that makes you want to start moshing. I really enjoyed how they did a guitar solo but in front of it was the powerful cadence of the drums and hypnotic rhythm of the accompanying guitars. With lyrics that convey anger and angst. This song is definitely one you can let go of all your anger to, in a healthy way. There is a hypnotic quality to it that adds to the listening experience.
Click to play American Ripper by Chris Violence
Fuck Shit Up is the adrenaline song of the album, as you can tell from the song title. The guitar solo was absolutely epic and really inspires that carnal side of you to start tearing everything apart and just let out all the frustration of life. If you ever felt chained and confined to be something or someone you are not, this song will get into your soul and corrupt it. That nobody has the right to silence you or you have to accept how things are in this world. You can break free from the social confines and make the world your own as well as making sure your voice is getting heard. Or if you want to just get all that extra adrenaline out, turn it up and start slamming into the walls, tables, or anything else around you. Let that inner metal head out!
Don’t let the song title of Soft Mother’s Embrace fool you, while there is this enchanting guitar solo, you first have to get through the fast and intense guitar intro. I knew from that moment I was going to really enjoy this song. I appreciate music that can make chaos seem peaceful and actually beautiful. The song also has fantastic vocal change ups and powerful riffs, as well as the occasional growl that breaks up the song perfectly and adds to that frenzied style.
I can safely say, this album keeps the blood flowing from start to finish. While you can hear glimmers of big name thrash metal influences, Chris has a vocal style all his own. His voice is strong, gritty, and it’s perfect for inspiring all metal heads to let out that inner rage. I strongly encourage everyone to not only listen to this album, but the others put out by Chris Violence, you will not be disappointed in the slightest. Also, be on the lookout for new music coming soon!
Chris Violence Official Pages
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