Artist Review: The Mountain King – “Hitting Stellar Pipes”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A vast array of human emotions in musical form, The Mountain King brings their experimental realm to the surface with their powerful concept record “Hitting Stellar Pipes”.

It’s rare that you find a song/track of continuity that clocks in at 34:05, but once you step outside the box, you find an effectively dark and versatile composition that puts every emotion right into the forefront.

The music evolves as the track plays out, and is perhaps a dive into the conscious mind. It’s a tale of moods, melody, and a musical storyline that never wavers from its dark presence. With riffy and chugging distorted guitars and a punchy rhythm section, The Mountain King holds nothing back with coming at you from all angles of artistic expression. From glistening vocal melodies and heavily grungy elements, “Hitting Stellar Pipes” is a stellar exercise of human emotion in musical form.

The Mountain King is a very conceptual approach to many genre elements. The group of multifaceted musicians tell stories with their use of musicianship factors and instrumentation that makes their artistic merit stand out from anything else of their caliber.

If you wanna lay back, close your eyes, and experience music in a very direct way that hits human thoughts and emotions, “Hitting Stellar Pipes” hits home brilliantly.

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Artist Review: Bad Marriage – “Old School Stereo” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Grab 5 of the best musicians you personally know with similar artist influences, stuff them into one explosive package, and this is the band you get.

A lot of artists have tried to “bring back” the hair band era. Most have failed at it, and some comically pushed themselves to notoriety with it (ie: The Darkness, Ugly Kid Joe, Green Jelly).

Then there’s Boston’s Bad Marriage. A band I truly believe has re-captured what other bands have tried their damndest to capture, but at the same time have put their own spin on the era. And their song “Old School Stereo”, accompanied by a cinematic music video, tackles this concept perfectly.

A band that’s only been around since 2016, these guys have it all – down to the image, style, talent, but best of all – songwriting ability. The chemistry and cog of the machine is comprised of riffy guitar tones and chugs, a pounding rhythm section, and a vocal range that fits this genre like a glove. And although Bad Marriage just by their photographs seem to be a band just lusting for the 80s, they are so much more than that. And it’s this particular song and music video that emphasizes exactly what they’ve managed to bring to the table.

Bringing all the elements from the late 70s and 80s we’ve come to know and love, “Old School Stereo” brings forth a concept that shows us that a band can still execute an old school genre in today’s mainstream sensibility. The video is straight-forward with girls, cinematography, a charismatic and energetic show experience, and a song & video that is produced in a way that showcases Bad Marriage most effectively. Everything from the dangerously catchy chorus, gang-style harmonies, and the overall aura that has made rock & roll what it is today.

And we are definitely not the first ones to take notice of the gem that this band really is. They’ve opened for a vast array of legendary acts, including Buckcherry, Eddie Money, Extreme, Dokken, the Michael Schenker Fest, John5, LA Guns, and many more.

I could seriously go on all day about how fucking awesome this band is, but I think it’d be a better idea to just take our word for it now and go watch/listen to “Old School Stereo” and let Bad Marriage speak for themselves. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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Artist Review: Damson Blaze – “Hush” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Female vocals? Check. Catchy chorus? Check. A guitarist with enough Flying V’s to fill an entire room? Check.

With a great combination of 80’s and 90’s Female-fronted rock with some of today’s mainstream sensibilities, Virginia quartet Damson Blaze delivers a fresh in-your-face rock anthem with their newest single “Hush”

You can definitely hear some of our favorite iconic influences from this band, including Deep Purple, Rush, and a pinch of Pearl Jam. However Damson Blaze have manifested into a sound that is recognizable, lovable, and focuses more on writing some killer rock songs to entertain the crowd rather than delving into some sort of “experimental multi-genre” spinoff that falls flat most of the time. This band is ready to be loud, fun, and always makes sure there’s room for a shredding guitar solo.

“Hush” is not designed to be your next overly-versatile daring take on rock, they just keep it real. Good riffs, fun live show, a swell Martha Davis style vocal approach, and something that easily sticks in your head. It’s not aimed to change the game, it’s aimed at making it better altogether. Because when it comes to Rock nowadays, some bands and artists tend to insult the genre by over analyzing their mixes and using far too many EDM or electronically integrated plugins for their final touch. But in my opinion Damson Blaze doesn’t have time for those kind of fratty antics. This is simply a “plug in and rock out” persona. No BS needed.

I recommend “Hush” based on the formula that has always worked with Rock. And that’s to simply keep it loud, make it catchy, and never forget to leave room for a guitar solo! “Hush” is the title track of their upcoming EP of the same name. We are itching to hear more of it. And after giving this song a listen yourself, you will be as well.

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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: 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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