Harmonious UMA CHINE Orchestra Shines On Brand New Single – Here’s ‘LONELY GIANT’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

29 October 2018


(pic by Shervin Sheikh Rezaei)

Band: UMA CHINE

Who: Belgian band of experienced musicians/voices formed around singer/songwriter Nele De Gussem, producing roots and electronica related vibes colored with marvelous vocals.

Pick: LONELY GIANT – new single from upcoming debut album, out early 2019

Score: After launching lustrous debut single Screens last June UMA CHINE (hUMAn MaCHINE) releases a second track from their upcoming LP this week. LONELY GIANT
is a remarkable stroke of adventurous pop exquisiteness. The ingenious way the playful and cinematic electronics, the propelling drums/bass, frontwoman Nele‘s spirited vox,
the resplendent harmonies and the whole refined orchestration come together and
turn a charming song into a fascinating pop symphony with multiple layers of sonic processing is pretty special. You’ll discover new things with every spin. Capture the
rich right vibe here while enjoying the accompanying artful video clip…

UMA CHINE: Facebook / Label: Starman Records


Human Harmony Machine… (photo: Turn Up The Volume! Ghent 2018)

Belgian Daydreamers UMA CHINE Glisten On Wondrous Debut Single ‘SCREENS’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

5 June 2018


(photo: Shervin Sheikh Rezaei)

UMA CHINE (hUMAn MaCHINE) is a Belgian band formed around guitarist/keyboardist Nele De Gussem who was/is being part of several other outfits and varied projects. She’s surrounded by a team of experienced and eclectic musicians. Together they just released their debut single, titled SCREENS. A pure pop pearl that triggers your fantasy instantly. A wonderous rainbow colored with heavenly harmonies wrapped in electronic atmospherics touching your senses. A truly lustrous debut that will put a blissful smile on your face. Find out why right here. Music, maestro, please. Time to dance and sing

UMA CHINE: Facebook / Label: Starman Records

Signs Of The Times – British Indie Rockers CRUX Impress With New EP ‘DEATH AT THE CASH MACHINE’

19 October 2021

Band: CRUX (great title)
Who: Up and coming indie
rockers from Newcastle, UK

Debut EP: DEATH AT THE CASH MACHINE

CRUX: “We’ve tried to capture different aspects of the chaos and despair that penetrates modern living drawing on a number of themes, from zero-hour contracts and austerity to sexual predators and dodgy nights out. Some of the songs are particularly character-driven, with ‘Radgie Gadgie’ and ‘Incel’ both being based on real people, but also on archetypes we’re all familiar with in our day-to-day lives.”


(Photo by Chris Ord)

Turn Up The Volume: History, unfortunately, repeats itself over and over again.
The past few years greedy power-addicted charlatans (the likes of Trump, Johnson, Erdogan, and Orbán) got elected by a scary majority of autocracy-supporting people. Sexism, racism, and inequality are back from never being away. Add the devastating coronavirus crisis and the never-ending nuclear race and it looks as if the world is
heading towards self-destruction.

Crux tackle most of those inhuman issues and more in this 6-track extended play,
lyrically and sonically. From the pumped-up Royal Blood-like stomper Living In Dystopia
on they ignite all cylinders. Smashing slam Big Market (do I hear echoes of prog-rockers
Yes track To Be Over track of their 1974 album Relayer here in the intro) rocks hard.

Furious whirlwind stormers Incel and Radgie Gadgie speed up your bloodstream
while the decibels reach an illegal level. Slaving Away has a glowing glam groove with
an instant impact on your body langue and closer Agent Orange is a tremendous tour
de force combining The Black Keys drones, a wham bloody wham-bam chorus, and a surprising, classical choir climax. A spectacular finale of a spectacular EP.

The scary signs of our modern times led Crux to a far-out EP triumph.

Single/clip…

– LIVING IN DYSTOPIA –

Stream full EP here…

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CRUX: Facebook – Instagram

Massive Metalhead Machine WARRIOR PATH Unleashes Powerhouse Arias On ‘THE MAD KING’

10 March 2021

Band: WARRIOR PATH
Who: Overwhelming metal 4-pîece out of Greece

Album: THE MAD KING – 2nd LP
Released: 5 March 2021 via Symmetric Records

Info: ‘The Mad King’ marks the return of the Heavy Metal warriors from Greece, joined by the legendary voice of Daniel Heiman, with a heavier, more epic and larger-than-life sound continuing their journey through the Path of the Warrior.

Turn Up The Volume: All you metal junks out there, in this mad-as-fuck lockdown world, get up and stand up for your right to headbang to the mean powerhouse machine album of these Greek cast-iron rockers. Their new anthemic, sky-scraping, and monumental arias stupefy your dark-colored mind and all of your senses. Warrior Path is a draconian doom and gloom orchestra featuring the Pavarotti voice of metal in the middle howling his superhuman lungs out without breathing! This titanic record smells of black burning leather! Hell yeah! Don’t miss the party.


Singles
: Beast Of Hate / His Wrath Will Fall

– HIS WRATH WITH FALL –

– BEAST OF HATE –

Stream/buy full album…


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WARRIOR PATH: Facebook

Daniel Heiman: Vocals
Andreas Sinanoglou: Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Bob Katsionis: Lead Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Dave Rundle: Drums

Guerrilla Time! Mean Metal Machine INTER ARMA Covers NINE INCH NAILS

Mean metal machine INTER ARMA out of Richmond, Virginia unleash a new EP
next month, entitled GARBERS DAYS REVISITED. A collection of covers recorded
‘for the hell of it‘ with their take on big tracks by Prince, Neil Young, Ministry, Cro-Mags,
and Tom Petty.

Also on the EP is a cover of MARCH OF THE PIGS. A thunderous highlight of NINE
INCH NAILS
‘ 1994 album The Downward Spiral. Inter Arma‘s version is just monstrous.

It’s guerrilla time, folks! Power to the people! Highway to hell for all authoritarian world leaders! No more oppression, no more injustice, no more inequality! Stand up, get up
and fight for your right to be respected. Black Lives Matter!

Damn right…

INTER ARMA: Facebook

GORILLAZ Ft. PETER HOOK & GEORGIA Share New Track Via SONG MACHINE

New sonic impulses

9 April 2020

Last January GORILLAZ stared a new project called Song Machine releasing new
songs and videos. So far two tracks were unleashed. Désolé featuring Ivory Coast
born singer Fatoumata Diawara and Momentary Bliss with slowthai  & Slaves

And here’s song number 3 from season 1. ARIES with the collaboration of Peter
Hook
(Joy Division/NO) and songstress Georgia . An upbeat dance tune sounding
like if Damon Albarn fronts New Order, thanks to the familiar, but still tremendous
bass lines by Hooky.

Here’s the vibe…

Also on Spotify

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GORILLAZ: Facebook

Psychedelic Groove Machine JUJU Drops Trippy Single ‘I’M IN A TRANCE’ Feat. GOAT…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

2 May 2019

After his sensitive alter ego Herself released the beautifully intimate album Playground Rigel last year, Italy’s multi-instrumentalist Gioele Valenti returns with his psychedelic groove project JUJU. Third longplayer MAPS AND TERRITORY will be released at the end of next month via Fuzz Club Records.

Ahead of it comes new track I’M IN TRANCE featuring Swedish rhythm wizard Goat. An infectious, repetitive electro-driven groove with a pulsating cadence going on like forever while blurry vocals hovering all over the tribal African beats. Midway a 60s Hendrix like guitar sequence gives the throbbing and trippy flow an electrical shot before this multi-layered eurythmics gets back to its transcendent vibrations tripping in your head by now. Capture the mind-pleasing and otherworldly ride right here…

JUJU: Facebook


New album MAPS AND TERRITORY out 31st May – all info and pre-order facilties here

(pic on top: Turn Up The Volume!)

Legendary German Visionaries KRAFTWERK Released 7th LP ‘THE MAN-MACHINE’ Forty Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

17 May 2018

Band: KRAFTWERK

Album: THE MAN-MACHINE

Released: 19 May 1978 – 40 years ago

ROLLING STONE wrote back then: “As with Trans-Europe Express, the new record has a built in ambiguity that pretty much accounts for the group’s charm. Though Kraftwerk would seem to worship machines — totally unlike Brian Eno, who, on his brilliant Before and after Science, explores their possibilities — the band might actually be committed humanists, documenting how emotionless the future will be if we continue to cheer such “innovations” as the Chemical Bank Cash Machine. Maybe. Whatever its stance, Kraftwerk still parodies us dumb mortals.”
Score: 5/5 – Full review here.

Dance with the robots here in full…

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KRAFTWERK: Website – Facebook – All Albums

 

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – OCTOBER 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for October 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify

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All knockouts, one by one

‘Magic Medicine’ by DEAP VALLY (California)

After 10 years the sisters in arms want to inject their bond with new musical challenges
to keep their marriage alive and kicking (they’ll be always alive and kicking anyway).

Their new LP called, yes, Marriage and lands on 12 November.

The first taster is a slo-mo synth-vaccinated groove with Lindsey Troy‘s fully charged
guitars all over it and Julie Edwards, as usual taking care of the solid backbone drum
beat. Troy‘s vocals and Edwards echoing voice in the back give the song an extra thrill.

Takeyour medicine here…

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‘Black Widow Spider’ by PARQUET COURTS (Texas / New York)

Last week the wayward Parquet Courts unleashed their 7th album, titled
Sympathy For Life. One of the many highlights is Black Widow Spider.

A sticky head-spinning rocker.

Turn it up, folks…

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‘Faze Out’ by JAMES DOMESTIC (UK)

Expect a slash and trash jackhammer, an angry
spit and sneer storm, a Sturm und Drang uppercut.

143 seconds of furious frustration is what you get. Retro organs
clatter like if a nightmare is just around the corner, but Domestic
thunders like he’s a determined survivor who will not go down
just like that.

Join the wild ride…

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‘Better Than Life’ by GLASS SANDS (London, UK)

I listened to the title track of this London-based singer/songwriter’s new album
about 50 times, so far. It’s a guitar-driven riff-hook-and-lick standout that cuts like
a new Swiss knife with feverish and heartfelt vocals amplifying the dumbfounded
chorus. Holy smoke.

Press play, it’s better than life…


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‘Pennsylvania by JESSE STONE (Montreal, CA)

The rock ‘n roll swagger of Eddie Cochran, the surf guitar electricity
of Link Wray, and the fervent fire of Bo Diddley. Get the punchy
picture? This rollin’ razzle-dazzle riffage will boost your mood.

Get up and twirl yourself dizzy

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‘Staying Here’ by ACTING STRANGE (Scotland)

Stadium rockers The Killers will nod their heads in praise
when they hear this Scottish duo new excellent album
Staying Here.

The title track is a sassy stonker, a glam-synth-bam
banger with a relentless beat and vivacious vocals.
Top cut!

Feel the vibe…

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‘Wild Flowers’ by WARMDUSCHER (London, UK)

London’s funk-punk gang is gearing up
for their big breakthrough album.

This first taster is a trippy bass-driven disco groove you can sway
your hips to in the morning while waking up, in the evening while
getting drunk, and during the day when you’re getting bored.

Fucktastic…

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‘Dad Vibes’ by LIMP BIZKIT (Florida)

I never really liked Limp Bizkit. They wanted
to be the white Rage Against The Machine
and jumped on every crossover bandwagon.

But hey, this new single made my ears flap like crazy.
After all these years I clap for Fred Durst & co.

Rap it up, Fred…

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‘Butterfly Room’ by SHATTERCONES (London)

This fulminating sucker-punch tackles the Brexit Apocalypse with
a raging force and poignant frustration. Watch your back, Bojo!

It comes from their staggering 4-track EP This Septic Isle.

Release the bats…


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Blacked Out‘ by THE MANIC BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB (Toronto, CA)

When surreality becomes reality cry outs like these pop up to translate
alienated feelings that dominate your daily life. This club of two decided
to embed their frustration into a swirling dance stunner for our doomed
generation.

Pithy, peppery, and a blacked-out chorus that sticks as primo glue.
Add glamorous vocals and a glittering full-on wall-of-sound and the
final result is a supersonic stunner.

Here’s why…

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‘It’s Critical’ by SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, Texas)

The heated rap-rock gang from San Antonio launched
a video for the title track of their debut album.

The clip is a clear-cut message regarding life-threatening diseases.
Flamboyant frontwoman Jenny 4C Ramirez emphasizes the fight
for your life
bravery while making your blood stream faster through
your veins.

Bang your head here…

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‘Chaos Space Marine’ by BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD (London)

These young gunslingers rushed to indie stardom with their ace
jazz and prog-rock influenced debut LP For The First Time.

Isaac Wood (frontman) about this brand new song: “it’s the best song we’ve ever
written. We threw in every idea anyone had with that song. So the making of it was
a really fast, whimsical approach – like throwing all the shit at the wall and just
letting everything stick.”

I smell great shit…


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‘Medicine’ by SLEEPSHAKE (Canada)

A blazing rock slam about the desperate need for stable emotional stimulation.
Blustering guitars, flurried synths, hot-blooded vocals, a discharging chorus, and somewhere in the middle a thunder and lighting guitar solo to electrocute all your
mind-destroying demons. Every time you take this medicine, you’ll get a kick out of it.

If you like British turbo Royal Blood
you’ll go berserk to this cracker too.

Yeahhhhh…

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‘The Met’ by COLATURA (Brooklyn, NY)

Instantly effective pop tunes like these make me smile
from left to right and back. Shiny guitars with shoegazy
sparks, a dizzy-making rhythm, happy-go-lucky sentiments,
and seducing vocals. A song that would turn Taylor Swift
into an indie star.

Check it out…


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‘Count The Death’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: (London)

A crystal-clear structured protest against greedy political sharks and
megalomaniac charlatans oppressing people for their own devastating
agendas. Again Manimal and Samara show how to fuse poignant poetry
and versatile metal genres.

Manimal and Samara are sonic architects.

Follow their path here…

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‘Blood Moon’ by CONVERGE and CHELSEA WOLFE (USA)

The fab goth-metal gang made an album with goth heroine Chelsea Wolfe
and Cave In‘s Stephen Brodsky. The LP, titled Bloodmoon: I will soundtrack
our nightmares from November 19 on.

Here comes the first piece Blood Moon. A classic mix of deafening bombast,
theatrical doom and gloom, barking voices (except for Chelsea of course), and
hardcore torment. A perfect Halloween monster.

Your Halloween starts here…

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‘Wanna See’ by HANNYA WHITE (London, UK)

White continues her sound-exploring search. Here she fuses
symphonic instrumentation with deep-bass-resonating synth
turbulence. Trippy, dissonant, and even claustrophobic when
short fragments of White‘s restless breathing emerge somewhere
in there.

The ongoing pizzicato violin play adds both an airy and eerie timbre.
I have no idea what the totally silent outro with some echoes of (what
seems to be) firecrackers in the very end, is about. What I do know is
that the first thought that crossed my mind when hearing this, was:
Aphex Twin is back, in disguise.

Stream/buy ‘Wanna See’ here…


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‘Nightmare Pills’ by EX-HYENA

Pretty quick into the song the early days of electronic
British legends Human League and Baxter Dury‘s synth
pop sensuality (especially the female voices) popped up
on my stereo in my head.

It sounds as if this Boston tandem warns us of Big Brother’s ambition to brainwash humankind with mind-altering chemicals with this darksome, yet instantly striking
electro jam. Haunting, feverish, and gloomy are the keywords here. Best played at
night while being dazed and confused by the surreal times we experience the past
18 months.

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‘The Beachland Ballroom’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)

A new album is canned and sees
the day of light on 12 November.

The lead single is “an honest-to-goodness
soul song named after the iconic Ohio venue.”

Expect the slower side of Idles with hefty eruptions now
and then and frontman Joe Talbot‘s blood cooking.

Feel the heat…

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‘Slow Down’ by MOONWOOD (Sydney)

It’s been a while since I heard an epic belter that evokes
an image on the screen in my head of a massive stadium
filled with a sea of people holding their phones up with
shining lights and scream at the top of their lungs.

This powerful love ballad will
trigger your romantic side…

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

A Whirlwind Of Fireworks – TOM MORELLO Released New Solo Album ‘THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND FIRE’

15 October 2021

Artist: TOM MORELLO
Who: Amazeballs guitarist from furious crossover rappers
Rage Against The Machine. He also played with Audioslave
and collaborated with about a million other artists.

His motto: “Feed the poor. Fight the power. Rock the fuck out.”

New album: THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND FIRE
His 2nd solo longplayer
Released: 15th October 2021
Order info: here

NME says: “In a genre often resistant to change, the former Rage Against
the Machine shredder has embraced pop, psych and Palestinian techno…
There are subtle nods to what’s come before, but for the most part, this
record sees Morello adapt with the times to create a record on the cutting
edge of a genre often afraid to evolve.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up the Volume: I like his enflaming and riff-crazy electricity.
I like his humanitarian views and his anti-rock ‘n’ roll star attitude.
And, yes, I like this fireworks album.

Singles: Let’s Get This Party Started / The War Inside / Highway To Hell

– LET’S GET THE PARTY STARTED –
(Featuring: Bring Me The Horizon,)

– THE WAR INSIDE –
(Vocals by Chris Stapleton)

– HIGHWAY TO HELL –
(AC/DC cover / Vocals: The Boss & Eddie Vedder)

Stream full album…

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TOM MORELLO: Facebook