Album Review: Terry McMahon Project – “A Shade Of Alec” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

We are more than stoked to bring our man Terry McMahon back to the platform to celebrate and look in-depth into his new Alt/Rock album A Shade Of Alec.

We were definitely blown away from his single “Believe”, so when he submitted his album to us, we already knew we were in for quite a treat.

With an amazing onslaught of high-quality production value coming from elite producer Doug White of Watchmen Studios (credits include Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die, and countless others), Terry McMahon‘s album has all the works from incredibly catchy choruses, eclectic song arrangements and a signature sound that is both original and familiar, A Shade Of Alec‘s likability factors are essentially around every corner throughout every track of this record.

With a signature sound reminiscent of Rock artists the world has come to know and love including Breaking Benjamin, Staind, and Soundgarden, Terry brings a powerful emphasis to his vocal abilities and really knows how to place melodies into every measure.

Opening track “Critically Broken” sets the tone perfectly and gives you an outstanding first impression of what these songs bring to the table as a whole. From subtle verses that buildup to a climactic chorus and a melody that soars on top of the chord progressions perfectly, this song is the perfect sonic-fueled Rock opener one could ask for of an album of this caliber.

Toning things down a bit, we have the anthemic percussion-driven track “Sentiment For The Lost”, arguably one of the most addictive songs on the record. If you’re looking for that Alt/Rock non-whiney dark ballad, then this track is gonna be one of your favorites. But the thing I love the most is both of these opening tracks really demonstrate the different angles that Terry McMahon brings to the forefront that showcases both his writing style and dynamic vocal abilities effectively. Every song on this album signifies something different, but you can tell it’s coming from the same artist.

But the best thing is, A Shade Of Alec reminds us of many things that still exist among the convoluted noise in today’s mainstream market. It reminds us that brilliant songwriting still exists, authentic production is still being utilized, and albums like this one keep the rare gems shining; even if they’re few and far between. Each song has something for every Rock fan on this record, and you don’t hear the same thing twice even though it’s the same artist. There’s no experimental trickery, overproduced theatrics, or any trivial distractions from the actual music. No gimmick needed, no ghostwriters necessary, Terry McMahon shows his authenticity front and center from start to finish on this LP.

We are very honored to be reviewing this album, and we know you’ll dig A Shade Of Alec just as much as we do. No matter what Rock era you designate yourself with.

Connect with Terry McMahon Project:

• Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/terrymcmahonproject

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerryMcMahonProject

• Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHF8L5A1SCA

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Press Release: Buddhi de Mal – “Colours Of Hate (No More)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

A perfect concoction comprised of a powerful message, versatile musicianship, eclectic song structure and a brilliantly expressive music video brings Buddhi de Mal‘s newest single “Colours Of Hate (No More” right to the forefront in every effective way.

Accompanied by a cinematic and well-paced music video, we get to see every angle of this social-awareness supercharged track from the artist’s perspective. Buddhi‘s charismatic vocals are subtle and persistent in all the right places, and has amassed a very impressive cast of musicians that really help bring this song together.

From catchy guitar licks, a tight rhythm section and powerful backing vocals, “Colours Of Hate (No More)” gets its message across in a way that lyrically takes charge and musically leaves no stone unturned. It’s a gem of its kind, and has a great alt-rock genre mix that puts out the perfect vibe that includes a buildup and resolution that will keep you coming back time and time again to keep you listening.

It’s also a song that will entice you to explore more into Buddhi‘s discography and history a bit more; get you to know the man behind the message and talent altogether. Once you take a listen to this single, you’ll immediately see how multifaceted he is.

We can’t recommend “Colours Of Hate (No More)” highly enough. This is a rare type of song in today’s mainstream era. And it’s artists like Buddhi de Mal that are gonna change music for the better.

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  • Album Review: Blaze – “Born To Blaze” LP

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    If you are looking for a highly spiritual and captivating record with a great story-telling method, then Triunion Music artist Blaze‘s Born To Blaze will not let you down.

    This Christian Hip Hop artist brings spirituality to a whole new level that really grasps at your heart and your mind. Blaze‘s album is versatile, multifaceted, and incredibly charismatic with his vocal deliveries and inspirational lyrical content that gets to the heart of real life situations. It’s extremely deep, passionate, and a joy to behold.

    The beats incorporate many different genre elements and make great use of instrumentation and plugins. Each track is ambient and really flows together with Blaze‘s messages perfectly, and also showcases a handful of feature artists that really add artistic merit to this record.

    One track that really stands out is the opener, “I Surrender (feat. Sarah McTiernan)”. With a soulful female-vocal hook cruising through this song, Blaze really hits the ground running with his spiritual lyrics and clever narrative. With elements of ambient Rock and Reggae influences that add many different moods to this track, you can’t help but fall head over heals with this record immediately. It’s an opening track that lets you know that you’ll be listening to every track on this album from start to finish.

    Each track on Born To Blaze not only provides us with Blaze‘s signature style, but offers up something new and effective in every measure. You won’t hear the same song twice, but you’ll know it’s coming from the same artist; and that’s a very hard feat to reach in today’s mainstream market.

    Blaze is a complete standout of his caliber and we at Artist Reach honestly can’t recommend him enough. If you’re in the mood for something fresh, powerful, well-crafted and highly spirited, then Born To Blaze is just for you.

    The album is available now on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, and other digital retailers.

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    Artist Spotlight: Denny Diamond

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    There have been a vast array of tribute acts and impressionists throughout the years, but none quite like Denny Diamond, a renowned award-winning tribute artist to Neil Diamond.

    If you’re a fan of Neil, then Denny is the perfect artist for you to delve into if you appreciate Neil’s glory days and multitude of hit songs that have captivated the hearts of millions of fans over generations.

    Projecting his own signature stylization to a very familiar sound, Denny Diamond’s baritone vocal approach and reminiscence of Neil himself has been a grandstanding presence around the country and one of the most sought after acts since he started gracing venues & events nation-wide over the last 20 years. His history in music and contribution to the industry is prominent and promising, and when you research more into him, you see and hear exactly why.

    With his two sons performing alongside him on an 89-city US Tour in 2015 and 2016 under the act Denny Diamond & The Jewels, his performances have captured the attention of thousands of fans and media outlets throughout every stop on the tour, and eventually lead him to an Akademia Award for Best Cover/Folk Song in 2016 for the song “Diamond Mountain”.

    Denny Diamond is more than just a tribute act, he’s a re-imagination of an artist era that anyone can identify with. We at Artist Reach give him our full support and recommendation, and we are pretty sure you will too.Connect with Denny Diamond:

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    Press Release: DOWNPOUR | NEW YORK

    Article by: Justyn BrodskyBands can be a dime-a-dozen, but there is only one DOWNPOUR | NEW YORK.

    Emerging from the elite New York City/Tristate-area music scene, Alt. Rock/Modern Country & 90s cover band DOWNPOUR began hitting the ground running in the music realm in January 2018, and is comprised of 6 multifaceted musicians that were brought together from different bands around the area and eventually manifested to form a high-energy Rock outfit that venue owners would want for their patrons.

    With a highly eclectic and versatile sound, DOWNPOUR performs a vast array of over 40+ hit songs from some of yesterday’s and today’s artists we’ve all come to know and love including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cranberries, The Black Keys, Luke Bryan, Dwight Yoakam, Darius Rucker and many many others.

    Determined to bring an unforgettable live show to the scene with music you can rock out and sing along to, DOWNPOUR brings forth a brand new edge to the 90s Rock era that has never left a soul unhappy, and have no intention of slowing their momentum down anytime soon.

    DOWNPOUR | NEW YORK:

    Rex Rek – Lead Guitar
    Rob Keane – Drums/Vocalist
    Mike Jacobs – Lead Vocals
    Jessica Drozd – Keyboard/Vocalist
    Raul Martins – Bass
    Benny Serrano – Rhythm Guitar/Mgr.

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    Artist Review: The Spanish Flies – “Ignorance Is Bliss” EP

    Review by: Justyn BrodskyCanada’s music scene has brought many of yesterday’s and today’s most prominent artists the industry has ever graced to the world.

    Whether it’s worldwide selling artists or underground bands, there’s always been a refreshing and eclectic vibe coming from the true north. Psychedelic Pop Rockers The Spanish Flies are another prime example of this.

    This Edmonton group’s most recent EP Ignorance Is Bliss portrays a crafty, energetic, and keyboard-infused rock sound that showcases elements from many different rock eras; going as far back to the 70s, all the way to today’s mainstream sensibilities.

    With 5 tracks of consistent rock and roll deliciousness, each song shows different angles to the musicianship qualities coming from The Spanish Flies. With a psychedelic feel reminiscent of the 90s, add in some rock and punk influence from bands like The Doors and The Strokes with today’s multifaceted production quality, and you have a tasty stew that resonates with “Ignorance Is Bliss”.

    Leading man and guitarist/vocalist Fel Gamarra, is the heart & soul of the band that is behind all aspects of the creative process from the music, lyrics and image. With riffy guitar tones, catchy melodies/harmonies and dynamic keyboard integrations, each track brings out an unwavering energy that is fueled by passion and well-sung narratives that cast light into Gamarra’s travels, experiences, and inspirations that brought life into this EP.

    The record is solidified with a well-paced and tight rhythm section that holds it all together and projects each song effectively with its consistency, smoothness, and edgy feel. The vibrant and loud overall tone gives this EP the versatility that sets it apart from your average rock record, and really dives into a sound that truly breaks new grounds when it comes to implementing several influential sounds from different eras; and it doesn’t disappoint in the least.

    “Ignorance Is Bliss” is currently available on all major digital music retailers including ITunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, Spotify, and several others.

    Connect with The Spanish Flies:

    • Website: thespanishflies.ca
    • Music: thespanishflies.bandcamp.com

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    Artist Review: Terry McMahon Project – “Believe” Single

    Review by: Justyn BrodskyBuffalo, NY’s Terry McMahon Project has a sound that brews some of yesterday and today’s artists we’ve all come to know and love, but still puts his own versatile touch to a signature sound the band can call their own.

    The band’s leading man, Terry McMahon, has a signature sound reminiscent of artist influences ranging from Staind, Seether, Breaking Benjamin and Pearl Jam. Their modern rock sound is bold, pure, and powerful; driven by powerful, deep and emotional lyrics that really brings the listener to identify with their music from their own personal experiences.

    The band’s anchor single “Believe” portrays a perfect example of this. The song’s dark, subtle and rock-infused combination of acoustic textures, edgy guitar riffs, and punchy rhythm section layers the music with a mesmerizing tone and puts their musicianship factors into the forefront that really brings a solidification to their perfectly blended chemistry. It’s a well-executed, multifaceted track that showcase’s Terry‘s vocals most effectively, and is evident throughout the song.

    The implementation of the 90s and early 2000s era with today’s modern rock sensibilities makes Terry McMahon Project a standout of their caliber, and a refreshment of musical years many rock listeners miss dearly. Terry and his band gives you a refreshing reminder that brilliantly written music still exists, and that the era of music we all still yearn for is still out there if you look in the right places. You’ll be more than happy that you discovered Terry McMahon.

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