REVIEW: “Cycle of Need” from Resin, melodic heavy rock out of Leicester, UK

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After their first release of “Persecution Complex” and the addition of violinist, Emma Bennett, heavy and melodic rock outfit Resin hailing from the UK are ready to make waves. Their newest release “Cycle of Need” shows some serious promise.

“Cycle of Need” does a fantastic (and when I say fantastic I mean fantastic) job of incorporating different tones and pulling from other areas and combining that with a melodic, heavy rock. It is possible to do this adequately, however these guys really hit the mark on that. I wholeheartedly support the addition of Bennett to the outfit since throughout the album, her skillset becomes quite apparent and adds an otherworldly dimension. My largest complaint with this album is the vocals. With such a broad array of influences and notes and tones coming through on all the other respective parts of the track, I felt like the vocals were a little lackluster. The vocals could have brought more to the table, or maybe I simply felt this way because of the relative comparison but I just felt that if they had a tiny bit of an extra push these guys would have been a solid listen. Nonetheless, the vocals are rich and pull like molasses– they are not bad by any means and actually are quite reminiscent of Godsmack. I wish there was a but more oomph, but beggars can’t be choosers. Overall, this is a tight listen. I think that there is small room for improvement but a great showing up from these guys and I’m excited to see what they’ll bring to the table in the future.

Rating: 7/10

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REVIEW: “Broken Love Song” by Life Against Time, melodic metal four piece hailing from the UK

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Combining tonal progressions and earthly atmosphere, Life Against Time are pioneering their own take on ambience in melodic metal. Their new single “Broken Love Song” gives a taste of their combination of metal core-esque breakdowns, and dense riffs combined with a lighter take on vocals and melody. Overall I felt like this was a cleanly kept, and organized single that spoke to just classic, tried and true, riffs and breakdowns without being boring or repetitive and put their own spin on it.

The four piece has released two other singles so far in their discography, consisting of “What You Have” and “Surrender.”

Make sure to check out the new track here!

Vai Patri (pop) on debut single “Criminal”, plans for EP “Dynamite”

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As a follow up to our review of Denver, CO native, Vai Patri’s release of her debut single, “Criminal” we invited her on to chat for a bit about the track. We are excited to have her back on, and will be hopefully seeing more of her in the future!

1. What inspired you to write this track? 

I wrote “Criminal” about four years ago, when I was 17! What inspired me to write the track was a lack of motivation (haha, note the irony). I was in a period of my life where everything felt impossible; I was struggling with depression and some other mental health issues. I think, internally, everything piled up so much that I finally burst – and in this explosion, “Criminal” was born. Writing this song was me fighting an internal battle. It was telling myself: “I am alive, creative, life is unwritten, and I can be what I want”. I strongly felt need to share this message with as many human beings as possible, so when I wrote this song, I knew it was going to be the one I released, and I knew it was going to be the first single from my E.P. “Dynamite.”

 

2. Are you hoping to put together a music video for “Criminal,” or any further production for this single? 

 

Absolutely. I am currently writing the music video for “Criminal”. I see it all in my head! I am currently working on putting together a team. The music video is going to focus on mental health issues and overcoming various struggles. There is going to be darkness and light, and it is going to be very realistic.

 

3. How has the feedback been so far? 
The feedback has been fantastic! A lot of people have been telling me that the song has resonated very deeply with them. I am so incredibly happy and proud. 

 

 

4. Are you planning for any release shows, or shows that listeners can watch out for with summer coming? 

I am planning for a release show as soon as “Dynamite” is finished! I am planning for something late August! I am very excited.

 

5. Finally, any more releases planned for this year that we can expect from you? 

“Dynamite” my E.P. will come out later, in August! The songs are very diverse! There’s a little bit of everything.

This is all we know right now about her exciting plans for her new EP, and a video coming but we will keep you all in the loop about anything else we find along the way!