EP Review: Kiss Kiss Bang’s “Hearts On Fire”

Kiss Kiss Bang recently released their EP “Hearts On Fire” and it is a must have for any hard rock fan. The effort consists of six southern tinged tracks rooted in the same vein as classic rock bands of the 70’s. It takes killer guitar riffs and mixes them with grooving bass lines, thunderous drums, and powerful vocals that work to solidify the fact that rock isn’t dead. Some highlights from the EP include “When It Rains,” “She’s Bad,” and the group’s cover of Bryan Adams’ “Run To You.” All in all, the effort showcases a band that is firing on all cylinders and it would definitely be a great addition to anyone’s music collection.

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EP Review: Joyous Wolf’s “Place In Time”

Joyous Wolf recently released their new EP “Place In Time” and it is definitely a must have for any rock fan.

The group waste no time by launching into the energetic track “Had Enough.” The song sets the tone for the record while showcasing the band’s impeccable musicianship and soulful vocals. This trend only continues as the straight up rockers “Quiet Heart” and “Said Too Much” blast through the speakers.

In fact, “Said Too Much” is actually one of the highlights of the EP. It’s a little heavier and has the kind of masterful guitar work that makes you want to listen to it again and again. The same can be said about the effort’s title track, which contains all the band’s strongest elements mixed with catchy lyrics.

However, things start to change a bit when “Feel The Low” comes in. It’s much slower than the other tracks on the EP, but it proves the band aren’t afraid to shake things up by throwing in a ballad that’s pumped full of emotion. The softness doesn’t last too long though, because the group return to their hard rockin’ form with “Mother Rebel.”

Everything eventually culminates in the closing track “Undesired,” which is arguably the best song on the EP. It is just pure, unadulterated rock n’ roll that truly captures the essence of the band.

All in all, “Place In Time” is an amazing EP that only further cements the fact that rock music is alive and well.

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.