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Dwarves Return with “Concept Album”

The Dwarves return with a new eye-popping twenty tracks on an album entitled Concept Album. The rather unassuming title belies the thunderous creativity erupting from each of those twenty tunes as Dwarves Svengali Blag Dahlia teams with powerhouse contributors drummer Josh Freese from the Foo Fighters and Nick Oliveri, most famous for his bass playing with bands such as Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss. It’s a thrilling trio.

“Feeling Great” should be a freaking single. It’s one of the best put-together cuts I heard on this album. Dahlia’s freewheeling sense of humor carries the day through the lyrics and his singing truly enjoys the moment as he has a raging band behind him. He’s got a great team beside him with Freese pounding out furious rhythms and Oliveri’s contributions coming through loud and clear as well.

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“Terrorist” is a blast. Don’t go into this thinking Blag’s writing about Islamic terrorists. Instead, he takes our vision of what that word means and turns it on its head into a warped love song that I absolutely love. The payoff moment of the song’s key line makes it all worthwhile but, once again, Freese and Oliveri blast away clearly inspired to be working alongside this punk rock master. “Ages Ago” is one of the album’s best tunes. In the annals of “fuck off, you’re gone” love songs, this should rank high. His taut and unforgiving language finds a perfect musical setting in another of Freese’s and Oliveri’s whip-tight musical performances.

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The Dwarves’ insane stab at surf music, “Dead to Me”, rollicks through another case of love gone bad. There’s plenty of humor in the tune, as usual, and the guitar playing is exceptional. The outlaw nature of “Nobody and Me” cannot be denied as the opening line “I’m leavin’ with the sunrise” further evolves into a steamrolling rock tune that the three band members exploit to its fullest potential. I love this tune so much it hurts.

But I love “Kill or Be Killed” even more. This is out-and-out aggression personified, take no prisoners, and yet highly musical. It isn’t an one-note musical exercise, however, as The Dwarves shift gears in the song’s second half with resounding results. “You Lose We Win” is a “band song” in the way that it’s about the band’s long-established identity and man, oh, man, it should go down like a house on fire in concert. It’s unapologetic as well, as it should be. It’s full-throttle punk rock with great “shout-out” moments from Blag that audiences will love as well.

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“Come Unglued” is another exhausting but exhilarating blast of fun from the band. There’s no shift during this song where they vary the musical attack, but you won’t mind. Blag should burn out his voice singing the way he does here, but he never loses any energy, and neither do his bandmates. Ending it with a small bit where a young woman says she has a good Dwarves story and it’s pretty fucking good is a great way to sum up this album as a whole. It’s more than pretty fucking good though. It’s pretty fucking great. 

Brent Musgrave

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Spotlighting Rising Sun’s Rising Stars: The Journey from Studio to Stardom

At the threshold of musical possibility, Rising Sun Music Recording Studios marks the embarkation point for budding artists’ transformative journeys. Beyond its mere existence as a studio, this creative sanctuary becomes a launchpad—a place where the echo of dreams collides with the rhythm of potential. Under the experienced mentorship of producer John Seda, Rising Sun emerges as a haven where burgeoning talents embark on their voyage from humble studio sessions to the grand stage of the music industry.

Embarking on a Musical Odyssey

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For budding talents seeking a platform to ignite their musical journeys, Rising Sun stands as a guiding luminary. The studio’s doors open wide to welcome aspiring artists who harbor a fire within, ready to translate their passion into melodic tales.

Crafting Soundscapes

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Within Rising Sun’s walls, emerging artists find more than a recording space—they discover a collaborative sanctuary. Here, the budding musicians, guided by seasoned mentors, craft their sonic narratives. It’s not just about laying down tracks; it’s about nurturing artistic expression and sculpting a unique auditory identity.

The Studio’s Role in Shaping Careers:

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As these budding artists sculpt their melodies, Rising Sun’s role transcends beyond the technical aspects of production. The studio becomes a catalyst for artistic growth—a place where talents blossom and creative visions crystallize.

Navigating the Industry Landscape

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Stepping into the music industry isn’t just about creating music; it’s about navigating the complex tapestry of the business. Rising Sun equips its emerging artists with more than just musical prowess; it provides them with the tools to navigate the industry’s nuances, guiding them through the multifaceted facets of the music business.

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With Rising Sun’s support, emerging artists gradually step into the spotlight. The studio’s collaborations, its knack for identifying raw talent, and its dedication to honing skills play a pivotal role in catapulting these talents from the studio’s comforting embrace to the dazzling lights of the stage.

Celebrating Success Stories

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The success stories emerging from Rising Sun’s chambers aren’t just about achieving fame; they’re about celebrating the journeys. From studio sessions filled with creativity to chart-topping hits that resonate with audiences, Rising Sun’s emerging artists carve their niche in the musical landscape.

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In the harmonious realm of Rising Sun Music Recording Studios, the journey from the studio to the spotlight isn’t just a sequence of events—it’s a soulful odyssey. It symbolizes the studio’s unwavering commitment to fostering budding talents, guiding them through the intricacies of the music industry, and witnessing their ascent to musical stardom. It’s more than a success story; it’s a melodic testament to the transformative power of mentorship and dedication in shaping the futures of emerging artists.

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2 Shadows Show They Are Ready For Prime Time With New Song “Mad God”

Somehow I missed hearing 2 Shadows until now. I intend to redress that oversight with this review. The pair of lead singer Glen Bridden and guitarist Tyrst Germaine first banded together as 2 Shadows in 2015 yet still deliver new music with every bit of the passion you’d expect from a hungry debuting act with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. They are in full effect during their new single “Mad God” and, frankly, I haven’t heard metal this immediate and bracing in many years. This band is definitely ready for prime time and I don’t think there’s any stopping them.

Tryst Germaine’s mammoth guitar sound will be a big reason why. It is one of the chief characteristics of their music that I believe separates 2 Shadows from many of their brethren. It immediately dominated the song once it entered the picture in full force, but I must say that it never diminishes the vocal. This is because both Tryst’s guitar, as well as other elements of the song, are so well produced that there isn’t a single component that stands out at the expense of another.

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Glen Bridden may be the only singer alive who could keep up with him and this demanding track. Segueing from the bleak and ruminative opening featuring his voice and piano into the six-string bloodletting that follows isn’t something every vocalist can do. He does and, in my opinion, makes it sound easy. He hits many particularly thrilling high points during the song’s more aggressive sections that will leave all but the hardest of hearts thrilled by his musical presence.

Presence is something that this song and band have in abundance. I mentioned that Germaine’s guitar has an all-consuming sound, but it’s really the band as a whole that cannot be denied. The opening section with its piano and singing creates a world all its own without ever seeming like some sort of put on. There’s no doubt in my mind that 2 Shadows would still make music together even if they never recorded another note. These guys are “lifers” and you hear it in their voice and playing alike.

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It ends conclusively bookended by the same quiet atmospherics that begins the song. It’s another indication of how the band began the recording process for this track with a clear imaginative vision and followed it through to its logical conclusion. Their focus pays off with one of the most thunderous metal/hard rock tracks in recent memory high and leaves a mark on listeners.

There’s so much music out there and so little time. 2 Shadows simply hadn’t landed on my radar yet. Well, they’re here now, and here they’ll stay. As an older metal fan, I am thrilled to hear a band that likes living on a creative knife edge, but I’m even happier to hear a band that compromises nothing and says take us as we are because we aren’t going anywhere. The single “Mad God” proves 2 Shadows will be with us for some time to come and we, as music fans, are better off for it. 

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Brent Musgrave

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