Artist Review: Awaiting The Answer

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

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Heavy chugs, soaring guitar tones, melodic vocals with a powerful rhythm section makes Awaiting The Answer one of those bands that keeps it heavy, and keeps it completely real.

With a sound that can be comparable to Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, and Atreyu, this Canadian quintet shows no disappointment in the musicianship factor. Setting all post production antics aside, this band is a big breath of fresh air. Their song “No Innocence” is a perfect example of how naturally gifted the band is. With dueling guitars that set the heavy tone for the rhythm section, and vocals that lead the pack altogether with both melodic approaches and shattering screams that grab you by the throat, you get a grasp of the perfect balance with their take on the melodic-metal core sound.

The best part to me is the simplicity. No EDM implementation, or experimental studio theatrics. This band did it the old fashion way that never fails. Step one: write powerful songs. Two: perfect them and polish them. And three: go into the studio, plug in, and track everything as it was intended. Your result will be nothing short of amazing, because there’s no unnecessary additives in this mix. This is a band that truly sticks to the roots of what made melodic metal the unstoppable genre it is today.

This genre is everywhere, but it’s very hard to find a band that can still truly pull off what this genre was really meant to be. Awaiting The Answer is one of those bands. And it’s refreshing as hell.

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Artist Review: Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders – “Only One” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Catchy, crafty, and very soulful might be a few ways to describe Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders’ exercise in eclectic mixes of Rock and Pop with their new single, “Only One”, which is a track that’s on their anticipated new album, Greenbah.

With a very tender Beatles-era vibe, Billy Roberts brings a sound to the table that is very universal, fun-loving, uplifting, and can be booked as a live act just about anywhere. They’re not too loud and rowdy, but at the same time can bring the energy to the dance floor and will definitely have you humming along to the Chorus of this catchy single.

There’s a great interactive exchange between both the rhythm section, and the guitar/piano textures that compliment it from beginning to end. Roberts’ voice gives us an R.E.M. kind of feel, together with his vocal delivery and range. And also knows how to choose his melodies wisely with his syllable usage. So we have an impressive backbone with Roberts’ craft of lyricism, and the appropriate factors of talent he utilizes to make this song effective and hard to get out of your head.

The production value is very natural, well-rounded, and showcases the band’s unit as a whole without any post-production antics that could make or break this classic Pop-oriented take on Rock. In a way, “Only One” to me sounds like an upbeat ballad with a cruising tempo. And I can easily hear this song being played both softly as a classic ballad, and the upbeat version as it is. If I had to vote between the two methods, I’d say the up-tempo sensibility the band chose is in best interest for this song. It’s clever, fun, and has a relatable sound that almost any passionate Rock listener can enjoy.

Definitely give this song a listen for yourself. Either way, no matter how you dissect it, it’s something you’re going to genuinely enjoy. And will most likely entice you to check out more of Billy Roberts catalogue, as well as perhaps purchasing Greenbah upon its release. We encourage it highly.

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Artist Review #2: After Alice – “99 Gold” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

We last reviewed Hard Rock outfit, After Alice, in January 2016. One year later, their music is even more infectious, and their presence has expanded gracefully.

Like stated in the first review, AA‘s spot-on and high range, flawless vocal structures are still ever present with the band’s main focus being their songwriting, which in our opinion is still in the realm of something that is almost unheard of in today’s Rock/Metal category. Basically, if you’re a big fan of the 90’s AKA when great songwriting still existed, then this band is an absolute must-hear for you.

With time comes more greatness for After Alice with the release of their newest single that’s spreading like wildfire on podcasts and radio, “99 Gold”. Once again, we have astonishment in the production value. The band obviously knows where their greatest strengths are, and they put it right to the forefront where it belongs. The guitar riff drives this song forward until the high vocal range grabs you by the throat. And by the time you get to the catchy chorus, your mind is still trying to catch up to the adrenaline rush that’s been thrown at you (whether you were prepared or not).

The chorus is catchy, memorable, and sticks like glue. And if you’re a guitarist, the opening riff to this track will definitely be chugging in your head even while you sleep. It’s an infectious riff, and it’s perhaps the simplicity and ability to write a proper vocal melody that makes After Alice as effective as they are. 

One word of this song title describes this song beautifully: gold. Hey, After Alice, can we get some more please?

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Artist Review: Happy Freuds

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Stephanie Brodsky


With a quartet of rockers with members ranging from the ages of 15 to 25 that have already hit #1 Rock Charts on ReverbNation, I must say that this multinational cover band from Spain, Happy Freuds, without a doubt must have turned some heads by now.

Playing some of the best Classic Rock & 90s we’ve come to know, from Black Sabbath, Billy Idol, and Pearl Jam, these kids have drawn an insatiable fan base, a great internet presence, and demand for their live show in many different parts of their country.

One thing that’s very impressive about these young men is their precision. They are very well rehearsed, and every track they upload on their music pages are either live one-take-only recordings, or live-in-concert recordings. So when it comes to EQing their amps, and assuring a faultless show presentation, you can’t go wrong with Happy Freuds.

This is the first cover band we’ve ever reviewed and also the first cover band I’ve personally seen hit #1 on ReverbNation. They’re young guys with outstanding musicianship, and we imagine a great future for them! We definitely recommend checking them out and listening to their great spin on some of the best Rock songs the world has come to know.

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Artist Review: Russell Lee

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


An exercise in catchy, witty, and clever Country/Rock.

With influences ranging from Bob Seger to James Taylor, critically acclaimed Canadian Recording Artist, Russell Lee, hailing from the Manitoba landscapes of Winnipeg, has performed for thousands of fans, has released three well received albums, and has sustained a very reputable presence with a very bright future ahead as he continues to write, record, and perform.

His most recent album, What Do I Do, is a collection of very humble, catchy, well-written songs that showcases many positive angles of Lee‘s musicianship, and dynamic writing skills. The production value is exactly where it needs to be and never outdoes itself. From very integrated melodies with great use of keyboards, harmonicas, 3-part harmonies and impressive guitar work, What Do I Do is definitely an album that is impossible to go unnoticed.

When it comes to priorities as an artist, Russell Lee has everything down to a science. The first one being amazing song structures and writing techniques; melodies that stick in your head and a proper way to showcase his voice with the best musicianship to back it up, along with production value to tie it all together to give his songs a full sound that never leaves a stone unturned. It’s refreshing to hear an artist that truly puts his best foot forward with his music and absolutely knows where his strengths are, and how to present them properly.

We at Artist Reach recommend Russell Lee without hesitation, especially if eclectic Country-Rock is in your heart. You will be listening to him non-stop.

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Artist Review: Amery Rey Tuesta

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


Jammy, ambient, and a great foreign feel with great production value that showcases Amery Rey Tuesta‘s multifaceted melodies and song structures.

One song in particular, “Let’s Love”, really sets the tone for Tuesta‘s dynamic approach. With a great jam band style rhythm section with multiple instruments playing different roles to fill this song’s sound, you can definitely get a grasp on the integration of a brilliant mind putting the pieces together.

While the verses are more subtle, the chorus is very powerful and definitely stands out as one of the defining elements of this song that makes it what it really is. There’s not a stone unturned with this song and these songs can be deemed more as compositions more than anything. It just has a sound that really showcases many moods and Tuesta‘s mid-range vocals fits in the foreground perfectly with the multilayered instruments.

This is definitely something fresh, something innovative, interesting, and sets no boundaries. If you’re looking for a sound that has experimental elements with amazing production value and versatility, then Amery Rey Tuesta is an artist to add to your must-listen list.

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Artist Review: Stephen Douglas Wolfe

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


Great guitar slides, catchy, witty, and a soulful sound that brings out a very versatile sound from Alt/Rock Recording Artist, Stephen Douglas Wolfe‘s single “Believe Me”.

This song and overall sound is another refreshment and discovery that brings us back to when high-quality catchy songwriting was high on most Artist’s priority lists. With a great mid-vocal range that drives solid melodies forward, every element behind the voice blends and nurtures this song perfectly. From great acoustic textures, a powerful chorus, and fantastic production value, Wolfe is another discovery you’ll pat yourself on the back for finding.

Hailing from Syracuse, NY, Wolfe comes from a very large and influential scene, and so far has created an amazing buzz with his most recent EP, insatiable drive, and overall dynamic persona as an artist and person that highly supports and reps the scene he comes from.

If you’re looking for a very humble, talented, multifaceted, and multitalented artist that is eclectic and captivating, Wolfe is your pick. If you especially miss the glory days of the 90s Alt/Rock era, then you’ll be adding him to your favorites of 2017 without reservation.

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