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Review of Dance with Destiny on Factory Fast Records — June 16, 2017

Review of Dance with Destiny on Factory Fast Records

Another superb compilation from Factory Fast Records, it’s best described as experimental rock but only in the sense that it’s really difficult to categorise these songs by a particular genre, each artist is comfortable to explore and develop their own sound. There are indie rock, jazz, post punk and melodic rock influences, great use of distortion and excellent vocals too.

Red Crickets – My Deviance
Bass line to open leading into a slow jazz infused rock vibe with piano, chords and vocals. Some great harmonies, a great vibe and the organ adds a great element.

Glass Garden – One of a Kind
A post rock / grunge feel to the opening with fuzzed chords, bass riff and laid back vocals. A change to a more distorted sound in the chorus with corresponding change in vocals which have an angst.

AMbassadors of Morning – Dance With Destiny
Delayed guitar riff to open, great layering of piano and strummed chords. The song is propelled by solid drumming and bass. The song has a solid Rock vibe with great vocals which have a laid back feel.

Pig’n’Aif – My Amie
A sparkling synth riff and almost bitcrushed sounding bass to open, there’s a great distorted riff with a change of feel into a melodic prog rock kind of sound. I really like the interplay between synth and guitar parts.

The Danbury Lie – See the Light
Guitar riff and uptempo drumming to open, the vocals have a laid back psych quality which contrasts with the more uptempo drumming.

Aura-Blaze – Sub-terranean Patchwork Torus
Distortion / feedback to open, the drumming has a laid back feel leading into a more uptempo feel with distorted guitar and bass. The song takes on a more laid back vibe when the vocals enter. The organ adds a great element. The song has a melodic rock feel.

The Everglows – Julia Lost
Strummed distorted guitar and vocals to open, there’s a post rock feel (reminds me of Paul Westerberg) with a chord vamp which gives a great contrast to the riffing and distorted chords.

 
Factory Fast Records: website | twitter | facebook

Red Crickets: website | soundcloud

Glass Garden: bandcamp | instagram

AMbassadors of Morning: twitter | instagram

Pig’n’Aif: twitter

The Danbury Lie: twitter | bandcamp

Aura-Blaze: twitter | facebook

The Everglows: twitter

Review of Meat for the Beast compilation on Factory Fast Records — April 5, 2017

Review of Meat for the Beast compilation on Factory Fast Records

 
This compilation features a very heavy rock / metal sound with a range of songs and styles, each of which have a few things in common – high energy, very heavy riffing, superb drumming and intense vocals. Strap yourselves in, it’s a high tempo ride.

Dust – Veil of Faith
Harmonised guitars and brooding drumming to open leads into a speed metal kind of feel with really intense drumming and very heavy riffing. The vocals have a great intensity too. Some really good changes in feel through the song with a great release to end.

S Punk – You Make Me Spew
A brilliant punk vibe to this song with uptempo drumming, bass and riffing with a great solo too. The vocals have a great passion, the lyrics are not very flattering so let’s hope you do not end up in a relationship like this.

Throttlegod – Underlord
A chime type sound to open is followed by an excellent harmonised distorted lead. There’s some great heavy riffing propelled by solid drumming and bass. The vocals are intense.

Terry Dark’s Jameson Raid – Uninvited Guests
Opening with strummed acoustic guitar, this leads into a very chunky, heavy riff propelled by solid drumming and bass. The acoustic riff adds a great element. There’s an excellent groove to this song with great changes between riffing and lead parts. The vocals have a laid back feel which works really well.

God of Death – Proliferation of Death
A very heavy bass and riff to open, there’s a brooding quality to the song which has intense riffing and growly vocals.

Vulgar Speech – Scarred
An excellent uptempo groove to this song with a nice change in feel into the verse. There’s excellent riffing and soloing propelled by very tight drumming and bass.

MM3 – In the Moment
Excellent heavy riffing to open leads into a more acoustic and stripped back feel for the verse. The vocals have a great edge of angst to them. Great changes in feel between the heavy riffing, solo and more laid back parts.

 
Factory Fast Records: website | twitter | facebook

Dust: twitter | facebook

S Punk: twitter | kicktone

Throttlegod: twitter | facebook

Terry Dark’s Jameson Raid: twitter | facebook

God of Death: twitter | facebook

Vulgar Speech: twitter | bandcamp

MM3: twitter | facebook

Review of ‘El Campeon’ album on Factory Fast Records — August 2, 2016

Review of ‘El Campeon’ album on Factory Fast Records

 
You better strap yourselves in, this is a white knuckle ride of high energy, high tempo heavy rock songs with excellent riffing, awesome guitar tone and some great solos too. The cover artwork is really appropriate, this would make an excellent wrestling soundtrack.

Verde – Power
The song opens with feedback accompanied by a slapped bass line, drumming gives an urgent feel. The distorted guitar enters with a chunky sounding riff leading to a great groove. I really like how the vocals have a rap style which gives the song a great vibe and energy. There’s an excellent solo too.

ToxSyn – Toxic Shock
I really like the reversed vocals to open with, the song has a great brooding quality with excellent build and release of tension through tasty riffing and intense vocals. I really like the variety in both the vocal and guitar tones.

Hell Beings – Leopard
This song opens with feedback leading into a great strummed riff. There’s really good layering and changes of feel with the guitar riffs and I like the intensity of the vocals. The song has a great energy.

Stereo Treason – Open Range
This song opens with great drumming leading into solid riffing, the vocals have a great intensity to them. I like how the song has an edgy feel with a release to a lower tempo part slowly building tension again to a solo which ends the song.

Snake – Dark Place
This song has a great bass line to open leading into an awesome distorted riff and superbly growly vocals. The spoken vocals over the top give a great urgency. There’s a wicked intensity and great vibe to the song which has a great solo too. I like the change to less intense vocals towards the end of the song which gives a great contrast.

Red Zephyr – Crazy Noise
Superb opening riff, a heavy rock sound reminiscent of 80s metal. The vocals suit the style of the song really well. The drumming and bass give an excellent momentum and groove. It’s an infectious sound.

Marijuanal – Brothers
A great opening riff, this song has a thrash / speed metal feel from very intense drumming, riffing and vocals. The song has an excellent intensity and energy from start to finish and I really like the harmonised solo.

 

Factory Fast Records website

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Verde website

Verde on twitter

Tox Syn website

Tox Syn on twitter

Hell Beings on bandcamp

Hell Beings on twitter

Stereo Treason on bandcamp

Stereo Treason on twitter

Snake on youtube

Snake on twitter

Red Zephyr on soundcloud

Red Zephyr on twitter

Marijuanal on reverbnation

Marijuanal on twitter

Review of ‘Road to the Sun’ album on Factory Fast Records — June 10, 2016

Review of ‘Road to the Sun’ album on Factory Fast Records

 
This is another excellent compilation from Factory Fast, there’s a solid roots / blues / rock core with each artist defining their own sound from indie rock to acoustic blues to jazz all with great grooves, excellent riffing and vocals and great arrangements too.

Shattervox – Talking to Myself
A great indie rock vibe to this song. I really like how it opens with a bass riff, there’s a great interplay between a chord vamp and riff which has a surf guitar feel and there’s a nice change of feel with feedback leading into a more laid back groove building tension again slowly. The vocals have a great edge of tension to them.

The Rose Hotel – The Last of The Hornsea Boys
Another great opening to this song, a solid momentum from drumming and bass with a great riff which has a lonesome kind of feel and the brass is a great element. The vocals have a great lonesome quality too and there’s really good changes in feel from an upfront sound to laid back to a chord vamp.

Francesca Romana Fabris – Rainy Day
I really like how this song opens with the bass which establishes the groove and vocals then the percussion and shimmering guitar chords drop in. The song has an excellent jazz vibe, Francesca’s vocals are smooth and dreamy, the guitar playing is excellent and the sax adds a great element.

Bill Zanni – Road to the Sun
Acoustic guitar riff and chords to open, a really nice blues feel. Great change of feel to a more intense rock sound when drumming and distorted guitar enter. Vocals have a real brooding quality which suits the style of the song really well. Great solo too.

Pig’n’Aif – Dead Man Blues (Handover Version)
A great blues rock vibe to open with really good riffing, the vocals tell a great story with subtle but really good harmonies. The bass and drumming give a great momentum. I really like the arrangement of the strummed guitar and lead lines.

Crow Jane – One Day Late, One Dollar Short
Great opening to the song, the drumming sets out a groove followed by an excellent riff. I really like the change of feel when the vocals enter, it’s a great contrast. There’s some really nice blues harp and an excellent solo too.

Adrian James – Wishing on You
I love the laid back vibe of this song, it opens with strummed acoustic guitar with subtle organ and an emerging guitar lead line. The vocals are excellent, really smooth complimenting the song really well.

 
Factory Fast Records website
Factory Fast on twitter
Factory Fast on facebook

Shattervox website
Shattervox on twitter

The Rose Hotel on soundcloud
The Rose Hotel on twitter

Francesca Romana Fabris website
Francesca Romana Fabris on twitter

Bill Zanni on facebook
Bill Zanni on twitter

Pig’n’Aif website/a>
Pig’n’Aif on twitter

Crow Jane on reverbnation
Crow Jane on twitter

Adrian James website
Adrian James on twitter

Review of ‘The High Life’ album on Factory Fast Records — June 1, 2016

Review of ‘The High Life’ album on Factory Fast Records

 
An excellent collection of Americana songs from blues to country to country blues to rock, the playing is excellent throughout with a really tight knit sound. There’s an excellent vibe to this album which has great riffing, wicked grooves and lovely vocals too.

Ac G – Nasty Rumours
Excellent slide guitar playing on this song which creates a great vibe. The vocals suit the style of the song really well, an edgy lonesome sound.

Bryan James – Leave Me Alone
A great old time country sound with guitar, fiddle and lap steel. The vocals tell the story really well, I like the use of two vocalists and there’s some great harmonies too.

Julie Gibb – All My Yesterdays
A modern country feel to this song, a positive upbeat sound with lovely vocals and harmonies too. The drumming and bass are really tight knit and the guitar riffs are excellent with a really nice solo too.

Gene P Kelly – High Life
A brilliant country blues opening riff creates a great groove which is really enhanced by subtle distortion and there’s a subtle solo too. The vocals are excellent, they have a laid back feel with great depth and presence.

Pikapolonica – Working on the Vineyard
I really like the opening riff which creates an excellent blues vibe. The guitar playing is solid throughout with great riff and solo elements. The vocals really suit the style of the song too, they have a great intensity and passion to them and the song is propelled by really tight drumming and bass.

The Stunt People – Carried Away
A great groove from the opening guitar propelled by excellent drumming, percussion and bass. The vocal harmonies are excellent too, there’s really good changes in feel between uptempo and more laid back parts of the song. There’s some excellent guitar lead lines too.

Johnny Rodes Outlaw Band – Devil in My Dream
Opens with what sounds like a radio show quote, there’s a great opening riff accompanied by really good vocals. Distortion gives more of an urgent feel to the song. There’s a great edge of tension at times and an excellent solo too.

 
Factory Fast Records website
Factory Fast on twitter
Factory Fast on facebook

Ac G on reverbnation
Ac G on twitter

Bryan James on facebook
Bryan James on twitter

Julie Gibb website
Julie Gibb on twitter

Gene P Kelly website
Gene P Kelly on twitter

Pikapolonica on facebook
Pikapolonica on twitter

The Stunt People on facebook
The Stunt People on twitter

Johnny Rodes Outlaw Band website
Johnny Rodes Outlaw Band on twitter

Review of ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ compilation on Factory Fast Records — February 17, 2016

Review of ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ compilation on Factory Fast Records

 
This is a great compilation with a range of different styles from acoustic, grunge and stoner to prog rock. I really like how the songs are quite hard to categorise because it means that each artist has their own sound and they each bring a great energy and vibe to this compilation, an excellent mix of atmospheric openings, grunge riffing, uptempo chord vamps and an edge of angst at times too.

Room1Fourteen – Living in Dreams
A great atmospheric opening, I really like the piano and guitar riff combination. The song has a great momentum, the vocals give a feeling of angst and longing. There’s a cool solo too.

The Mad Sugars – Match Maker
A great uptempo vibe from the opening guitar chord vamp with solid bass and drumming propelling the song along. There’s some great vocal harmonies and a great solo too.

BisonSound – Sweet Tooth
A great distorted chord riff to open, the bass and drumming enter to give a kind of brooding quality. The song has a grunge vibe, vocals are more spoken which suits the style of the song really well. Some nice changes in feel too.

Anti – Taillights Fading
Opens with a sound like tuning a radio in leading into a stoner type of vibe with an excellent riff backed by solid drumming and bass. The vocals are great, a nice change in style to a more urgent feel in the chorus. There’s a great release to a laid back vibe which has an improvised kind of feel which builds tension to a final verse and release.

The Insufferables – Happy Now
The song has a bass riff to open with excellent spoken vocals. A great riff enters followed by a distorted chord riff and drumming to give momentum. There’s some good harmonies too. The lyrics are really sarcastic, they’re excellent and the vocals tell a great story with a simmering tension at times. There’s some really nice rock and roll soloing too.

The Harrison Brothers – Luminar
A great riff and strummed chords to open, it has a kind of celtic feel. I really like the arrangement, the guitar playing is excellent and the vocals are great too. There’s a nice change in feel to a more uptempo sound with drumming and distorted riff. The song has a kind of classic / prog rock feel.

Jude – Talk to Me
A great jangly trem riff to open, the song has a great momentum from bass and drumming. The vocals have a great angst to them which provides a great contrast against the more upbeat jangly guitar.

Factory Fast Records website
Factory Fast on twitter
Factory Fast on facebook

Room1Fourteen on facebook
Room1Fourteen on twitter

The Mad Sugars website
The Mad Sugars on twitter

BisonSound twitter

Anti on soundcloud
Anti on twitter

The Insufferables website
The Insufferables on twitter

The Harrison Brothers on soundcloud
The Harrison Brothers on twitter

Jude website
Jude on twitter

Review of Get It! compilation on Factory Fast Records @NYCFactoryFast — January 13, 2016

Review of Get It! compilation on Factory Fast Records @NYCFactoryFast

There is a parental advisory on this album.

This is a really solid release showcasing bands with a heavier sound.  It’s an upfront collection of heavy rock, metal and thrash songs with great energy and momentum. There’s great riffing and soloing with excellent tone, superb vocals with intensity and energy and solid drumming and bass playing too.

Pieces of Molly – Belladonna
Brilliant high tempo riffing and drumming to open leading into a distorted chord vamp which provides a great contrast. The sound really opens up in the chorus and there’s an excellent solo too. The vocals are great, really suit the style of the song which has great energy throughout.

Stab in the Dark – Man-O-War
Excellent distorted riff to open, drumming and bass give a great momentum and energy to the song which has great riffing throughout. The vocals are excellent too, telling a great story.

Long Lasting Train – Out of Jail (extended)
Brooding kind of opening leading into a really high tempo high energy song. The vocals are really gnarly having a great energy, angst and tension at times. Great changes in feel and an excellent solo too.

Fuck Shovel – Long Time Dead
Superb riffing and drumming to open, the vocals are great too. A thrash metal feel with a really tight knit sound and great changes in feel and control and release of tension.

Vices I Admire – Only Me
Brilliant atmospheric opening, slightly distorted tone to the guitar with really effective use of delay. Drumming enters to give a good momentum. There’s excellent riffing and a nice change in feel too. The vocals tell a great story with a nice change of feel into the chorus. A great release of tension to end the song too.

The Love Buzzards – Get It
Excellent riffing to open with a brilliant tone. Drumming and bass propel the song along with a great momentum. There’s also great riffing throughout the song and a great energy in the vocals too.

Gundacker – They Burned the Innocent
Great riff and lead guitar to open, propelled by solid drumming and bass. Vocals are superb telling a great story. There’s an excellent 80s metal vibe to the song and a great release to a more acoustic feel leading into a brilliant solo.

Factory Fast Records website
Factory Fast on twitter
Factory Fast on facebook

Pieces of Molly on facebook
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Stab in the Dark on facebook
Stab in the Dark on twitter

Long Lasting Train on facebook
Long Lasting Train on twitter

Fuck Shovel on facebook
Fuck Shovel on twitter

Vices I Admire on facebook
Vices I Admire on twitter

The Love Buzzards website
The Love Buzzards on twitter

Gundacker on facebook
Gundacker on twitter

Review of ‘Hot Sweet and Blue’ compilation on Factory Fast Records — October 19, 2015

Review of ‘Hot Sweet and Blue’ compilation on Factory Fast Records

 

What I love about this compilation is the way that the songs don’t always stick to convention, sometimes combining styles, different elements or having great changes in feel which gives the album a distinctive sound. There are some great grooves, distorted riffs, blues and jazz vibes with great vocals too.

David Romaine – Made of Star
Uptempo drumming to open with a strummed riff, the song has a great groove. The vocals have great harmonies and I really like the timing changes, sometimes on the beat and sometimes behind, giving a great contrast.

Gypsy Ghosts – Try Not to Die
There’s a great 80s 2 tone feel to the opening, an excellent arrangement. There are really good changes in feel and a great vibe to the song. The vocals are excellent, they have a great intensity at times. There are some great guitar lead lines too with a surf guitar feel at times.

Mojave Nomads – Fat Quarter Stack
A great distorted riff and drumming to open creates a solid groove. The vocals are processed really well. The song has great changes in feel, there’s some really good riffing too.

Lowrise – Kill to Love
A great riff to open the song with shimmering guitar chords, there’s a great momentum provided by the drumming and a great urgency to the song with a nice release in tension too. The vocals are more spoken at times with a great edge of angst and tension. There’s some really good uptempo riffing and a great solo too.

Pig’n’Aif – Oh Girl
I really like the beach recording to open which leads into strummed chords and a feel somewhere between jazz and lounge. The song has a great laid back vibe and some really good piano too. The vocals have an upbeat feel and suit the style really well.

Mike Marison – Here in my Life
An excellent blues vibe to open the song, solid drumming provides a great momentum and there’s a great groove provided by bass, synth and guitar. The vocals are really good with a nice edge at times. There’s a really good solo too.

Lila Blanca – Disappear
Great wah and flanged guitar to open leading into a delayed riff and subtle bass, the drumming is quite uptempo. There’s a great distorted riff with a nice change of feel and the vocals add a nice edge of tension.

Factory Fast Records website
Factory Fast on twitter
Factory Fast on facebook

David Romain on facebook
David Romain on twitter

Gypsy Ghosts on facebook
Gypsy Ghosts on twitter

Mojave Nomads on facebook
Mojave Nomads on twitter

Lowrise on facebook
Lowrise on twitter

Pig’n’Aif on facebook
Pig’n’Aif on twitter

Mike Marison on facebook
Mike Marison on twitter

Lila Blanca on soundcloud
Lila Blanca on twitter

Review of ‘Sledgehead’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records — October 13, 2015

Review of ‘Sledgehead’ compilation album on Factory Fast Records

 

This is an excellent compilation of guitar driven songs with styles from jangly rock, punk, grunge, indie to uptempo rock. There’s some great riffing and uptempo solos all propelled by solid drumming and bass. The vocals are excellent too, some great harmonies and a good range of styles from uptempo to lonesome to a more laid back bluesy feel.

The Statements – They Say
Great riffing to the opening of the song which is propelled by solid drumming. The song has a great momentum and solid indie rock vibe. The vocals suit the song really well and they have an edge of tension to them. There’s a really good solo too.

Supervoid – Death of a Scholar
There’s a laid back feel to the opening of this song with bass and percussion, a great riff and chords played on two guitars arranged really well. The vocals are similarly laid back and there’s a great change of feel to them in the chorus which is propelled by distorted guitar and there’s a great build of tension ending the song with a final release. The song has a great grunge / Seattle sound reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins.

Bill Zanni – Screaming Red to Silent Blue
This song has a great acoustic guitar riff to open, accompanied by a distorted guitar and a second distorted guitar adds a great lead line. The vocals have a brooding quality and a great feel which really adds to the song.

The Everglows – It’s Alright (For You and Me)
I really like the uptempo riff and drumming to open, the vocals are great with excellent harmonies. The song has a great jangly vibe and the organ adds a great element.

Anti – Vaporize
Another song with a great riff and drumming to open, the vocals are harmonised and layered really well and contrast against the more uptempo riffing at times. There’s quite a laid back groove to the song.

Danny Lowe – None of the Above
Great uptempo drumming and riffing to open the song, vocals have an urgency about them. A great punk vibe to the song which has excellent riffing and nice changes of feel.

Screwtape – Yikes!
There’s a really uptempo riff and drumming to open this song which takes a more laid back chord vamp before returning to a more uptempo groove. The song has great vocals and I really like the changes in feel. There’s a great energy throughout.

Factory Fast Records website
Factory Fast on twitter
Factory Fast on facebook

The Statements on facebook
The Statements on twitter

Supervoid on facebook
Supervoid on twitter

Bill Zanni on facebook
Bill Zanni on twitter

The Everglows on facebook
The Everglows on twitter

Anti on soundcloud
Anti on twitter

Danny Lowe on facebook
Danny Lowe on twitter

Screwtape on soundcloud
Screwtape on twitter

Review of ‘Alt Country Armor’ Compilation on Factory Fast Records — October 5, 2015

Review of ‘Alt Country Armor’ Compilation on Factory Fast Records

 

With an excellent range of songs from blues, folk, country to rock and roll, this compilation has excellent story telling, great acoustic guitar playing with fiddle, lap steel and blues harp too which really adds to the sound. The vocals are excellent too, often with an edge of sadness or tension which is really captivating.

Melting Pot – Sneaking into Heaven
This song has a great opening riff leading into a real bluesy groove. Percussion is subtle but works really well. Vocals are great with some excellent harmonies and nice edge of tension. The song has a great vibe with nice changes in feel. There’s also an excellent solo which has a touch of lap steel.

Tom Brooksby (feat. Jackson Brooksby) – Half Way Home
I really like the blues harp opening leading into an acoustic riff with a second acoustic guitar arranged really well. The vocals have a great folk / blues quality to them with some great harmonies. There’s a really nice solo too.

Julie Gibb – The Spirit Song
A real country feel to this song with excellent interplay between violin, bass, lap steel and piano. The vocals are gorgeous, edged with sadness which creates a great tension.

Tokyo Rosenthal – Mister Tell Me Bout The Great Depression
There’s a real driving feel to the opening of this song which maintains a similar momentum throughout. There’s great fiddle playing, really good riffing and solid vocals with a nice edge of tension. The song has really good changes in feel too.

Gene P Kelly – Whiskey Love
There’s a great rock and roll vibe to this song which has excellent riffing propelled by solid drumming and bass. The song has great vocals, telling the story really well. There’s a great solo too.

Matt Davis – Take It From Me
A strummed riff, lap steel and vocals to open with, the song has a sparse arrangement which is really well done. The vocals are really good, having an edge of lonesome about them. The song has some excellent guitar playing, subtle lead lines are played really well.

Johnny Hate – Farewell Not to be Back
This song has a kind of ballad feel, 2 acoustic guitar riffs interplay really well with a lap steel providing a great contrast with shimmering chords too. The song builds tension slowly with just a hint of distortion at times and a great solo too.

Factory Fast Records website
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Factory Fast on facebook

Melting Pot website
Melting Pot on twitter

Tom Brooksby on reverbnation
Tom Brooksby on twitter

Julie Gibb website
Julie Gibb on twitter

Tokyo Rosenthal on facebook
Tokyo Rosenthal on twitter

Gene P Kelly on facebook
Gene P Kelly on twitter

Matt Davis on facebook
Matt Davis on twitter

Johnny Hate on facebook
Johnny Hate on twitter