Album Review: Viza – “The Unorthodox Revival: Vol. I & II”

After releasing 12 songs on a monthly basis via YouTube, Viza took the tracks and released them as a two volume set called “The Unorthodox Revival.” Each part features six songs that take inspiration from rock/metal with elements of other genres mixed in to keep things interesting. The idea to split the release into two also helps enhance the experience by allowing the listener to take the time to fully digest one before moving on to the next.

Volume I opens with “Viktorious” a bizarre sounding track that captures one’s attention right from the beginning. That is followed by one of the effort’s highlights, “Cash Karma,” a rocker with a solid riff driving it forward. The other highlight from this part is “Vicious Game,” a slower song with a nice melody and emotional lyrics.

Volume II opens with “Pinches” a hard rock track that pumps the listener up as soon as they insert the second disc. It is definitely one of the highlights of part two. The other highlights on this one are “Diabolic Angel” and “Pathway.” In fact, “Diabolic Angel” may even be the best song across the whole set. It’s an extremely catchy track with a lot a groove and you can’t help but listen to it over and over again. As for “Pathway,” it is a heavier sounding song that provides perfect closure for Volume II and the set as a whole.

All in all, both volumes of “The Unorthodox Revival” offer the listener a plethora of interesting music that has the potential to take them on a journey. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can stream it below:


Album Review: Tilian’s “The Skeptic”

Tilian Pearson is mainly known for his work with Dance Gavin Dance these days, but the musician has also been putting out plenty of great material with his solo project since 2013, and his new album “The Skeptic” (out September 28) is no exception.

The effort opens with “Made Of Plastic,” a perfect song that gives the listener an idea of what the rest of the album has to offer. The track has a decent balance of guitar driven parts and electronics with Pearson’s unmistakable voice bringing everything together.

This trend continues on with the alt-pop anthem “Cocky,” which fans may recognize as the album’s first single. This is one of the highlights of the effort, mainly due to how catchy it is. It’s an upbeat track that you can’t help but sing along to.

Aside from “Cocky”, another strong point is “Human Garbage.” This one offers more of a rock vibe as compared to other tracks on the effort. It still retains the pop influence, but it is a little closer to the post-hardcore style of Dance Gavin Dance.

“Human Garbage” is followed by a couple of the album’s other highlights, “Hold On” and “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll.” “Hold On” has a nice melody complemented by emotional lyrics that can tug at one’s heart strings. Contrastingly, “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll” is a fun track that has a bit of an ’80’s style to it.

As people move closer to the end of the album, things seem to get poppier, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The remaining songs still have a uniqueness to them and they continue to drag you in, especially the closer “Ghost Town,” which has an infectious groove that hooks you from the start.

All in all, “The Skeptic” is a solid piece of work that really showcases Pearson’s talents, while combining elements of pop with rock guitar. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for new music.

EP Review: Phoenix Rising’s “Ignite”

Phoenix Rising recently released a four song EP titled “Ignite” and it is definitely a fun listen for fans of nu-metal.

The first song on the effort, “Do You Know,” begins with a nice piano intro before breaking into a rocker with a duel vocal approach similar to Linkin Park. This track has some solid lyrics and pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the release.

The second song, “Open You Up,” begins with a nice build that flows into another rap-rock anthem mixed with some hardcore influenced screams. The chorus is also really catchy on this one.

The third song, “If I Say No,” has some slower electronic parts complimented by a bit of harshness. This one is especially powerful due to its theme about standing up for one’s self.

The EP closes out with “Lights Out.” This is probably the band’s heaviest track and it kind of has a Powerman 5000 vibe. It is definitely the highlight of the effort and it has the sheer energy that is guaranteed to get the whole crowd moving during a live show.

If you’re interested in purchasing the EP, you can get it HERE.