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[ALBUM REVIEW] SixStringNoise – “Likewise”

New year, new email from up-and-coming band.  As with most submissions I have received thus far, Greek hard rockers SixStringNoise seem quite promising as musicians.

The latest release from SixStringNoise, Likewise, was a very enjoyable listen. As their band bio states and their music shows, SixStringNoise are heavily influenced by the “new U.S. hard rock scene.”

It is incredible how this band has fused together so many elements of various generations of American hard rock, not simply today’s scene.  For instance, the guitar solo in “This Time” brings it back to Appetite For Destruction-era Guns N’ Roses with vocals reminiscent of Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy. With a Pop Evil-esque song structure, “Everybody’s Gonna Turn Around” offers harmonies between lead vocalist Markos and backing vocalist Alex B. up to par with how Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde used to harmonize together. Even “Backyard’s Fence” sounds like a Black Label Society ballad.

Without knowing their home country, no one would know that these guys are not American.  SixStringNoise could easily fit in with the U.S. hard rock scene, especially with all of these freshly fused retro hard rock elements.

Song highlights from Likewise include “Busted!,” “On Childhood’s River,” and “Has To Be.”

For more information on SixStringNoise check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and stream Likewise on their BandCamp.

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Artist of the Week [4/26/13]: Black Water Rising

After first hearing them when MySpace Music was still a thing, it is exciting to learn that New York rockers Black Water Rising are continuing to implement their well-honed, personal brand of hard rock.  Prior to the 2008 independent release of their self-titled debut, I remember wearing out “Brother Go On” on the MySpace music player.  It wasn’t until 2010 when the album was officially released through Metalville/eOne Records.  It was previously only available digitally on iTunes.

Black Water Rising are planning to unleash their sophomore effort in July.  Currently, the new album has yet to bear a title.  The first single, “Show No Mercy,” is available on iTunes and can also be streamed via this Blabbermouth.net article.  “Show No Mercy” picks up right where Black Water Rising left off.  While it doesn’t sound like it could be featured on the band’s first album, it undeniably has Black Water Rising’s signature watermark on it.

As the band’s Facebook page notes, Black Water Rising play “No Frills, Riff Raging, turbo charged, wall of pure kick ass Power Rock.”  It is pleasing to hear and know that this description has not changed.  As sort of an underground super-group, the band is comprised of members from Dust To Dust, Boiler Room, and Stereomud (Blabbermouth.net).

Band founder, mastermind, and lead vocalist, Rob Traynor, definitely has a knack for quality rock n’ roll.  His voice embodies the epitome of the grittiness of hard rock.  With the addition of heavy riffs and groovy hooks, Black Water Rising create a sound refreshing to rock listeners everywhere.

Upon listening to Dust To Dust, Traynor’s previous band, it can be said that Black Water Rising might show more promise.  The former offered a nü metal-oriented sound.  Although it sounded pretty good, nü metal is extinct, with the exception of Korn and Slipknot, and that is probably for the best.  With that said, the music of Black Water Rising is much more aesthetically pleasing and will hopefully explode into a larger listening base very soon.

Fans of bands like Black Label Society, Sevendust, and Down should check out Black Water Rising.  Five focus tracks are “Brother Go On,” “The River,” “Rise,” “Tears from the Sun,” and “Show No Mercy.”

For more information on Black Water Rising, visit their Facebook page and/or their website.


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