Album Review: Goodbye Silence – Thoughts In Boxes LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


This band is truly a breath of fresh air, and takes me back to a realm where spicey guitar riffs, a punchy rhythm section, and catchy vocal melodies were the key to great songwriting, and strong likability from the first listen. This Oregon based group has just that–those defining factors from the glory days of 90s Rock, Alternative, and elements of everything else you loved about that time period.

Alt/Rockers, Goodbye Silence, with their LP Thoughts In Boxes do exactly what I described above. They put together a collection of dynamically written, riffy, and undeniable catchy tunes that is bound to draw in all ears that come by this record. 

First thing I noticed whenever a new song started was how amazingly crafty the band is. You never hear the same track twice. Each one offers up different measures of tempo changes, riff dynamics, and vocal structures that explore a very gifted, charismatic, and nose to the grindstone vocal melodies with witty characteristics to show that this vocalist isn’t messing around. 

Album opener “Like An Ocean” starts things out great with great guitar tones that really bring out the energy in the vocal melodies, while the pounding rhythm section ties everything together. And this rhythm section has one powerful thing going for them that makes their role in the band most crucial–precision. The smooth bass lines and hard hitting drum chops really solidify this band’s energy and it’s made apparent from the very beginning.

Moving onto title track “Thoughts In Boxes”, we have an excellent ambient guitar picking riff that parallels drumstick rim shots. A fun intro that leads into a powerful yet familiar guitar progression that not only works, but has a great vocal melody to put differentiation to any other song that may use this progression. And it gets more powerful as it cruises on. Most amazing part is this song sounds almost nothing like its predecessing track, but you can tell it’s still coming from the same band.

Onto my personal favorite, “Long Gone”. This song to me has it all. Insatiable song structure, the best vocal usage thus far (both melody and lyrics), and has that feel of a hit song straight from the 90s, but also sustains staying power by integrating today’s rock sensibility. This song is very guitar-driven, and the vocal melodies are as memorable as they can get. This one takes first prize to me in every way.

Throughout this album, you hear influences from some of your favorite rockers from yesterday and today. I hear a lot of Chris Cornell-ish vocal melodies and range, but still very much original and raw with lovable charisma. You hear a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers influence in some of the riffs, but strictly just as an influence, because these riffs offer up something new and dynamic in every track. 
In Thoughts In Boxes, one thing that makes this album the gem that it is: there’s something for everyone. And like stated before, you get something new in every track. There’s nothing repetitive, everything is tight and precise, and this is definitely an album you can blast in your car quite often. It definitely belongs on your shelf of favorites. And one last thing…how genuine this band is. No post-production theatrics, no EDM-doused “experimentation” or pretentious nonsense; just a terrific Rock album you’ll be more than stoked you discovered. This band keeps it totally real, and that’s one of the best characteristics they portray. I couldn’t praise this album enough.

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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 #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: Virtual Zero

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Chi Brodsky


A 90s influence that brings us back to our glory days; no matter the genre and with an insatiable determination to absolutely be an innovative presence, possibly with a premonition or perhaps a futuristic mindset of what’s to come. Some might say…

ANDREW ZERO: Band Perspective

Virtual Zero showcases a unique cross between grunge and pop rock, changing dynamics along the way. Nobody else sounds like us. Not in Portland, not in the mainstream. Just when you think you’re listening to a grunge song, out comes the church organ, a panflute, or a choir of synthetic voices coming from our keyboardist we truly have an original sound that is hard to match. The band was first formed in 1998 from a name change from Irish Monkey. As Virtual Zero we started off as a metal band comprised with a DJ, which everyone seemed to have in the 90s. The band broke up not even making it to a set of over 6 original songs. Lead vocalist Andrew Zero (Stephens) wanted to be back in the music scene ten years after leaving it and brought the name Virtual Zero back. After several lineup, the band solidified to the lineup today in early 2016. Our debut album The Fall can be found at cdbaby.com/cd/virtualzero3 . Instead of having 6 songs as the old lineup managed, The Fall has 16 songs with a few more under our belts. With all the bands in the city of Portland offering you music, no one can touch ours. We stand alone. Are you a zero? Do people think of you as a nobody? Its only Virtual. Find your voice with Virtual Zero.”

A perfect sum-up of Andrew/Virtual Zero is a story to behold. Many hours of writing, composing, riffing, and everything in between to showcase many sides to Andrew and his full-one-man-band efforts; be it compositions, singing, releases that has aspired and inspired many, has only pushed the bar higher for Andrew and his releases/projects in the shortcoming.

With the amazement this elite musician has in store in the shortcoming, and with a new year in its beginnings, be sure to connect with them on all Social Media & Music Outlets such as Spotify, ITunes, and all other major online radio platforms as you explore them. So please keep an ear open for new music, and a watchful eye as he plans for a very busy performing schedule for 2017 and beyond.


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Artist Reach Presents: Guitar Spikes (Product Review & Press Release)

Article by: Justyn Brodsky


Artist Reach Presents: Guitar Spikes

If you’re a guitarist/bassist, you’ll be more than glad you found this article. An invention & innovative design coming from the brilliant mind of Alex Aldridge (Ontario, CA), Guitar Spikes are heavy duty, stainless steel guitar strap buttons & attachments aimed at the guitar accessories/hardware market.

These stainless steel guitar strap buttons and attachments are designed to replace stock strap buttons, locks, and mounts; guaranteeing to give your guitar the security it needs to ensure a faultless outcome when maintaining your stage presence. From punk jumps, guitar spins, and jumping up and down with your instrument to keep your crowd feeding off your energy, Guitar Spikes not only give you the extra-strength to keep your strap locked in place, but also gives your guitar a new look with rad looking silver spikes, as opposed to the ordinary little silver circle and screw design.

So far a slew of National & International Metal/Punk bands from all over the world currently are rocking Guitar Spikes. Such as: Carnifex, Misery Index, Dehumanized, GRAI, Sirenia, Luciferian, Crypt Infection, and many others. And no matter how big or small your band is, or how big or small your stage setup or show is, your guitars and basses need top-of-the-line accessories to guarantee yourself a confident and kickass live show with security of extra-strength strap locks with a spikey edge! 

Almost every staff member of Artist Reach plays guitar, and accessories such as strap locks are a MUST. So this is a product we are sponsoring, as well as a company we have partnered up with in an effort to give guitarists & bassists a great edge to playing a live show with confidence. 

The product, business, and the Guitar Spikes website are set for long-term expansion over the next 10 years. The prices are a great value, the design options are dynamic and awesome, and come with a lifetime warranty. 

We here at Artist Reach are giving out FREE Reviews & Promo for any purchase on the Guitar Spikes web store! Use code: AR2016

  • For prices, information, and more about Company CEO Alex Aldridge, visit the Guitar Spikes Official Website at: http://www.GuitarSpikes.com


  • Alex Aldridge / Guitar Spikes Blog: alex-aldridge.blogspot.ca


  • Twitter: @Guitar_Spikes


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Artist Review: Morrow’s Memory

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Powerful. Energetic. A musical discovery you’ll take pride in.

These energy-fueled rockers and elite songwriters are called Morrow’s Memory. And they are memorable indeed once you take a bite into one of the tracks off their EP Take Control. That track (or single, rather) is “Bloodlust”. Simply, a mind blow for any avid Rock listener.

You can hear elements from other Alt/Rock greats such as Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge, and Three Days Grace. But in all honesty, I think MM carries much more weight with their own signature sound that has the perfect ingredients to give you some of the best songwriting and musicianship this genre has been needing for far too long now.

They’re great for the radio, but I wouldn’t classify them as some play-it-safe-radio-friendly band at all. Nope. These guys are much more dynamic, have a very solidified chemistry, and a vocal delivery more powerful than I can even describe. Morrow’s Memory is one of those bands that makes you think “Whoa, where has this band been all my life?” after listening to them. Yes, they are that good.

The vocals and clean guitar starts “Bloodlust” off very effectively, brings out a great buildup for the vocals, and just smashes you in the face with some of the most intense Rock elements you could ever want. With great vocal melodies, a very catchy chorus, pounding rhythm section, and dynamic guitar work…we have something nothing less than amazing. Morrow’s Memory is a must-listen. You’ll be blown away.


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