SHOT DOWN SOUTH are a four piece Melodic Death Metalcore (that’s right A Melodic Death Metalcore) band from Carton Georgia now I understand classifying these guys as such will brew quite the storm but ironically that’s exactly what these four guys are doing with this EP, So with very little information on this band and only finding them via a follow on Instagram I jumped at the chance to review this EP before these guys become too big to get a hold of from the smaller review circle

Let me paint you a picture real quickly before getting direct into the album, you’ve had a long hard day at work, you’ve returned home to a copy of this EP with a note that specifies this will relax you after a hard day at work, so you put the disc into the player and press play, pour your beverage of choice sit back and relax, You hear a quite eary introduction followed by piano calming down….before that storm


As stated before a beautifully presented intro followed by simply put blistering double bass accompanied by a very classically modern toned guitar, as if ARCH ENEMY and IRON MAIDEN just made a baby. The storm has come, thundering vocals as dark and heavy as they get, etching the death metal side, followed with the melodic screams turned right into clean vocals, now at this stage as a writer I’m a little lost for words as to how to describe just what I hear, with so much going on generally I’d instantly go, no too much combined and it won’t work, but in this case these guys have nailed it from the aforementioned intro to the mini breakdown accompanying the verse, the symphonic melody to a simplistic but flawlessly fitting solo this song is one of the best intro tracks to an album I’ve heard in 20 odd years.



The title alone made me fall in love with this song, the more I listen the more artists I hear influences from, some which will be very welcomed others, not so much but I personally love them all. This one in particlar I hear so much ANDY BIERSACK from BLACK VEIL BRIDES now I am very aware of the hate they receive but never understood it, anyway sticking with the pianist intro which is so refreshing with Metal music these days this track shows in comparison to the first one, just how much this band has to offer, from parental terrifying vocals, to very nice rhythmic riffs, a chunky bridge, to a heart stopping brekdown which is ironically accompanied by ‘Goodbye, this is the end’ I think all in all this would be the more radio friendly track off of the EP.



This was such an amazing surprise for me personally, the almost angelic toned intro, I’ve heard that voice before, after 7 replays and countless subtractions of female vocals, it hit me…CONQUER DIVIDE’S own Kiareley Castillo made an appearance on this track which made it incredibly interesting with a symphonic backbeat the whole way combined once again beautifully with every that you now know makes SHOT DOWN SOUTH who they are this makes for something very standout ish..nothing more to be said here…so you think it’s all over….NOPE!! Blindesided is the best way to put it with a very RONNIE RADKE style rap in the middle this band is just full of surprises!




Now THIS is Metalcore from the getgo! From the KILLSWITCH/ALL THAT REMAINS intro all the way to THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA drums this is a Metalcore fans cherry to top off anything, but the one thing that stood the most to me here are the vocals, for those who struggle on vocals in the heavier genre of music I urge you all, google these and just read, this is a piece of true art in its own! Lyrically amazing, Musically engaging, the ringing pinch harmonic 2-3 times this is what Metalcore is! This is why these guys are going far!!




I’m running out of things to say good about these guys but I can’t say anything bad! The introduction to this song has CHILDREN OF BODOM written all over it! From the introduction to the signature ALEXI Yeow! I do get a very TYPE O NEGATIVE/PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH vibe from this track but it’s much more Deathcore to the bone than the above said, this is one that again hits all the right notes in the right places. A very dark vibe that is matched with a PARKWAY DRIVE vocal to close!




We’ve reached the end and I for one am disheartened by this, will these guys go out with a bang or will they be buried in smoke? First thought of this song is it’s missing a few little things, personally I’d have opened with this track as the intro is total album opening material, however that aside this song smashes the barricades of what I’ve said about this band thus far, in the best way possible, this song is so diverse once again I highlight the lyrics this does really have a message to those who struggle and are down, I had noticed it was missing a breakdown…I joke, this has by far the chunkiest breakdown this EP offers , you need to get in the pit for this one, its the only way you will appreciate this one fully!, With the cross of incredible lyrics, vocalised perfectly with very unique guitar work standing out so much from the average music, these guys areas good as you’ll hear right now!




Baring in mind I’ve very little data so to speak, on these guys I was slightly overwhelmed  with this review and in the hopefully very near future I can hear more from these guys and maybe get a little back information to clean up this review a little, all in all keep an eye out for these guys cause they’ll be on the main stage before they realize!

Stone Broken – Ain’t Always Easy

STONE BROKEN are back with a brand new album entitled AIN’T ALWAYS EASY available everywhere now via Spinefarm records, this is the very eagerly awaited followup to their explosive 2016 scdebut ALL IN TIME, and I for one cannot wait to get this underway so without any further delay here we go


Okay so I know I reviewed this and another single recently and this one in particular I had mixed feelings about, but I must admit I may have been very wrong I know people say go with the gut instict or what you initially thought but in this case I’m going to hold my hands up and admit I was very wrong, this track simply explodes out of the park with a very heavy introduction followed by a rather BLACK STONE CHERRY/NICKELBACK-esque intro that leaves you waiting and waiting, the chorus is actually very inspiring the more I hear it, but this one really shines on the guitaring just that bit more than anything, taking absolutely nothing from Robyn behind the kit because from the get go there was no stopping her in this particular track.


This one I wasn’t sure what to expect with the title but I can answer this one very simple if you are a fan of DARK HORSE era of NICKELBACK or SCARS AND SOUVINERE’S by THEORY OF A DEADMAN you will absolutely love this track it’s fast pace, hard hitting, in your face introduction bares a striking resemblance to STONE BROKEN‘s SAVE TOMORROW, but when it settles down there’s a very sexual theme and the chorus is not only insanely good and catchy but it’s intensely heavy as is the following bridge this is the perfect POST GRUNGE vibe that a lot of bands went away from but I for one really welcome this one, way to remind us what brought this genre to where it is today!


This has to be one of my personal favourites that STONE BROKEN has released period! With a very personal message that not many have the guts to take on and speak about. Without going too into detail this is a very strong message on more levels than I can put into words, it’s emotional and physical message is nothing short of, a little overwhelming if I were to be brutally honest, the lyrics hide nothing, the music is perfectly fitted for the theme and point of the track and the heartbeat introduction was the perfect touch, if you’ve not yet seen the video for this track I urge you all to do so right now via YouTube.


This would be the first ballad of the album which is no stranger to STONE BROKEN, and from the beautiful structure of the track from the music which you may be expecting a very powerful yet southern tempo solo, a chilled bridge, a beautiful verse and acompanied chorus, you need look no further a very deep message is among us once again, that if you are a home bird and out on the road, especially with music you’ll find this issue a lot but not many construct it into a song, thats exactly what these have done with this, with a modern SKYNYRD feel meeting a unique twist this track is nothing short of beautiful!


Another exploding introduction which does not let up at all, this is a very in your face song which is just head pounding, fist thumping from the get go and you just don’t want to let up, the verse does give you a little time to catch your breath but before too long the chours comes back and is right back in your face again, the bridge break while very basic is flawlessly fitting just before the solo hits followed by the closing chorus this is patent STONE BROKEN and if I may point out sounds like a part II to Heartbeat Away,


Just over half way through and I’m really glad to say that this is a different direction for STONE BROKEN and I mean that by no disrespect to the initial release because if you recall I loved ALL IN TIME, though this album has a totally different direction, sure you have the ‘traditional’ theme and sound in some of the tracks but there is such diversity in this album and this is a perfect example, its a very uplifting message, that pretty much advises to do what you want, believe and make things happen! Once again, fantatisc melody, great structure, this is one of those tracks that less is more, it’s a straight forward anthem that gets the message across loud and clear with minimal effort on all members parts, and to be perfectly honest if there were any more added to it, it would take away from it! There is something about this song I can’t put my finger on but if you need that uplift in your life, or that solditude, check out this track, the best way to describe it would be old THREE DAYS GRACE a truly inspirational track telling you to not give up!

TRACK 7: DOESN’T MATTER The second this started I knew this was going to be something special, which I’m glad to say I wasn’t wrong this has a somewhat predictible introduction but this one has one major thing that so far none other had, and that’s a great tone from the bass, now don’t take that as a dig at bass players, it’s more a case, you’ve so many pointing out, that’s a great lyric, that’s a great drum beat, great riff, great solo etcetera, but this one higlights the talent as a whole band that these truly have, it alsmost singles out each member, beacuse it does stand out so much, the bass has a very profound part in this track in particular as does the octave change mid way for one word, which I’ve always looked for in any band, this track truly has it all!


Ballad #2, Now I’m sure you all are tired of me pointing out the sheer power of the vocals and lyrics, but this one struck a chord for me, even keeping personal life out of it and keeping this strictly professional, I do love these guys ballads simply because they really aren’t like anything I’ve ever heard, sure we’ve many similar tones by other artists which I won’t deny but none of them simply grasp you quite the way STONE BROKEN do, and if you are one that single out lyrics over anything and are a bit of a romantic this is the one for you! Proving once again, STONE BROKEN hit hard, hit heavy, drop light, they are the band that has something for everyone!


Memory is something that sticks in your head, that’s exactly what this track will do, I can never find the words when listening to these guys, there’s so much diversity, that you can’t just find the words. The opening riff is once again true STONE BROKEN style, hard and heavy, the chorus key change is a pleasant and unexpected change, but the one thing that stood out to me so much was the pre-chorus which personally I can’t say I’ve heard STONE BROKEN use before or at east not as prfound, the bridge is another head thumping wait, for RICH to kick back in with that final chours and the band collide once more to a ‘to quote Jack Black’ face melting closure.


This is a true old school THEORY OF A DEADMAN, track, before getting into this I know a lot will also point out ‘hey this is a STONE BROKEN album, correct but for every band there are a lot of others to inspire them, which the band have in an earlier interview pointed out which are their respected inspirations, now taking once again nothing from STONE BROKEN this track is one of those that reminds you these bands do exist, back to the track, it’s more of a laid back tempo in it’s own way this is one of those take a step back, there is so much going on in this track that I’m unsure how they made it fit together so nicely, I would like to point out one line that stood out to me, which I don’t do generally but this one was a verse that had to be pointed ‘It’s hard enough to watch your dreams go by, to live a life with no regret ’cause it’s the only one your gonna get, live your life with no regret because the future hasn’t happened yet’ what a powerful mesage, this track to no surprise sits right up there in my recommended tracks.


Here it is, the end of the album, what a hell of a ride it’s been so far, now this is by far the one that stands out so much and it simply is the one that in my opinion is going to make these become as international as it gets, world wide acknowledgement, that’s right it’s that radio friendly track that you hate to love but can’t help but love, it’s such a summer anthem, and the best way you could close this flawless album, I genuinely can’t say a lot about this, but in true STONE BROKEN form, great lyrics, perfectly fitting music, I am a little lost for words to close this review but this truly has been one of my favourite bands to review to date


STONE BROKEN truly keep impressing me every single time I listen, so much to the fack if I were to pick a favourite track off this particular release, I couldn’t simply becuase there is something for every mood, and THAT is what makes this band a true force to be reckoned with, these guys are going far!

AIN’T ALWAYS EASY Available worldwide purchase your copy on:

Don’t forget STONE BROKEN are currently on their U.K Tour with JARED JAMES NICHOLS and THE BAD FLOWERS




























































































































































































































































































































































































































































Stone Broken – Worth Fighting For (Single)

STONE BROKEN are plain and simple the reason I started this site they were the first I reviewed with their astonishing debut album All In Time released back in 2016, I had the pleasure of reviewing this album and doing an online interview with the band a short time after. Since the release of All In Time, STONE BROKEN, are taking the world by storm from their first performance at Download Festival UK, just last year to a UK Tour with the upcoming album Ain’t Always Easy, being released on the 2nd of March via Spinefarm Records. Also opening the Ramblin’ Man main stage this year, it’s all being a hell of a journey for STONE BROKEN. With all that being said, I bring to you not one but two singles released from the upcoming album and the first one is

Worth Fighting For. Which jumps right into a very melodic almost metalcore-esque tapping intro accompanied by a very fitting drum beat that just leaves you bopping your head in anticipation for whats about to explode next, which does not disappoint, with a very in your face riff that just instantly drags you right in!

The verse kicks in and almost keeps you guessing, catching you very off guard not sure whats coming next, with their very renowned Theory tone, the Chorus kicks in and after all is said this song is the first STONE BROKEN track that didn’t instantly grasp me, but by no means is it a bad song, they have that perfect sound, the perfect tone, the lyrics are fantastic, the music is as solid as expected from the band but it falls flat somewhere, now upon a few more listens it really does get way better, when you grasp the whole concept it’s just as solid as anything they have written, it just took time, but with a great message, and phenomenal music as always, I can’t wait to get a hold of Ain’t Always Easy, next month!

The Edge of Reason – Broken But Not Torn (Review)

THE EDGE OF REASON are a German Post Metalcore band from the City of Regensberg. I have very little information on them but from what I hear personally, They are a melodic post metalcore band with clearly lots of inspiration from artists such as Bullet for my Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, Blessthefall, A Day To Remember, Falling in Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens Escape the Fate and even elements of Papa Roach very obviously if you are a fan of any of these artists you will most likely really take to THE EDGE OF REASON. On a personal reflection of the band at first there in my opinion are hints of some Pop/Punk artists such as All Time Low hidden in the mix, Now with all you need to know about the band lets get down to the review!

As soon as this song kicks in the first thing I think is early Black Veil Brides, now I know what your all thinking straight away, for all the elitists don’t give up just yet, because it quickly becomes a very well selected first track for the album, with music and various lyrical pieces very similar to Perfect Weapon, but very suddenly hit a pretty impressive Metalcore feel breakdown, the vocals are insanely diverse going from clean to, growls, screams and just about anything you could imagine, varying from very obvious elements of the aforementioned names prior to this, the bridge then kicks in and we have another feel to the spectrum of the very well received Trivium. From this song I can tell this is going to be definitely the most diverse review I’ve done to date, with so much to choose from so early it’s hard to not get excited for this one.


Being a huge fan of meaning behind music, this one does feel very relative and to the majority of my followers and readers you’ll know from the title of this that it has depth, perception and meaning. With a once again massive in your face riff followed with a scream the only way I can put this is if Killswitch Engage and Falling In Reverse had a baby is the only way I can describe this song, it’s so heavy but with a very all around listenable vibe, even for those, ‘oh not that screamy crap’ people it has a huge ‘She Loves Me Not’ Papa Roach feel too which I didn’t think would at all work together in the conclusion of this song it’s all about Lust and questioning Love and choices.


Ronnie Radke? Is that you? This is technically the title track of the album going by the lyrics, I want to rip it up and prevent her demise, I’m Broken But Not Torn, This track to be perfectly honest it was something I didn’t see coming at all, so the element of surprise was a little overwhelming which is exactly what everyone is looking for in a song, at just over 3 minutes making it one of the shortest songs on the album it wastes no time in getting the point across and oddly enough is so far my favorite song on the album.


WOW, talk about wasting no time in getting back to the heavy side of the spectrum  that intro just blew my head off, and I can still see from the lyrics there’s a deep meaning to all these tracks this far, It just keeps getting better and better the farther I go along with this review I am a little lost for words with such a wide diversity in style, I still can’t quite pin point a definitive genre for these guys


Here’s what I was waiting for the ballad, that every band is under contract to write at least one in each album released. Now keeping personal life away from business in this case this one is a ballad that hit home for me, from elements of Get Scared, I loved a liar, you played your roll very well, I was set on fire, am I living in hell’ NOW I’VE LEFT YOU’ this song much the rest of them really get the point across, no cryptic writings in these guys, no searching for hidden meanings, the hearts on the sleeve with these lyrics, and the breakdown in the last minute, the snare work is fantastic in this it’s so fairly simple but utalised to it’s full in this one in particular.


A very post grunge feel to this track from the very second it starts, very post riffs, big in your face bass work, I think this is however the only 4/4 drum beat in the whole album I’ve not spoken enough about Niko’s work on this review so far much the same as Dani but I feel this track speaks volumes for these two  members the closing scream is also a very unique twist to this.


Exactly what your probably thinking a very Power Metal meets Screamo Meets Melodic Death this one actually really showcases the talent this band genuinely has, when reading the biography I was a little thrown as to what to expect from this band but Seven tracks in and I’m still finding them so surprising that you just don’t know whats coming next, I can’t wait to get to the last track because I’m expecting a monstrous climax to this album and going by what I’ve so far heard we won’t be disappointed. The one major thing I’ve noticed at this point is these guys LOVE breakdowns and bridged choruses.


Have we found our second ballad, I don’t quite know if we have, it’s slower than the previous but it’s still a little too heavy to be considered the ‘ballad’ of the album with guest vocals and completely mind blowing change throughout the whole song these guys don’t seem to want to let up at all, Heavy, Chunky, Light, Maidenesque Gallop, Chilled out Bridge the only thing I have at all negative in the whole album is at the end of this track it’s begging for the breakdown that’s just not there, that being said there’s no way you can say it’s a bad song, it’s just lacking that oomph that the rest of the tracks had.


With a total relentless assault on these instruments this takes us right back into a world of, ‘how can we describe these’ The transfer rate of the vocals from one word to another to another in 3 different tones is spectacular the whole all around of this song sounds like one of those drive angry songs, when the adrenaline flows and the fists are pumping you wanna just let loose, great energy in this one.


That introductive riff baring a little similarity to A Day To Remember‘s Shot in the Dark, Now we begin to see where the inspiration from them comes from this isn’t exactly what you may expect from the title this seems to be the cryptic track I was speaking of a few songs up, this one really peaks my interest possibly the most, as it’s the most unique song of the album, you really can’t even remotely subject what this is about entirely, fascinating song!.


We start with an almost haunting introduction that you just know whats coming next is gonna hit hard and fast, now you may be thinking it’s not all that fast, which it’s arguably not until near the last minute in it but this is a perfect closer to and pretty perfect album, the ringing out of the distorted drop tuned guitars you almost expect this close to connect with the opening of the next album and if this album was anything to go by, I can’t wait for the next one


I’m still sat here in pretty much awe, as to what to quite put this album down to be, as it’s so unpredictable you really just don’t know whats coming next but yet you can’t wait for it, this in my opinion is definitely in for the run of one of my top albums this year and even with this being a non prophet-able business for me, I assure you I for one will gladly be purchasing this album.



The Rising – Last First Love [Single] Review

The Rising are a 5 piece Americana Country Pop/Rock group from Belfast in Northern Ireland, from the research I have done they have had a huge amount of success especially in the last 2-3 years They’ve worked along side some big names already but we will talk about that in February when the full album is reviewed, so with a little insight and more to come lets get straight to the single.

Straight off the bat with the introduction you can hear a mix of Tom Petty and Taylor Swift (Pre-Pop) with a hint of Carrie Underwood,  with a very chilled acoustic country  vibe very similar to Sam Hunt (When he’s not rapping)

Now don’t let this basic intro fool you because you’ll see later just how wrong you’ll be. With the beginning of the song giving hints and elements of Dixie Chicks we really have a little of everything here, kicking into the chorus we realise there are so many different influences here including The Band Perry even a little Nanci Griffith with pitches that really grasp attention when hitting the chorus the second time around its also where you can really hear Carrie Underwood belting out, but what impresses me the most is the way Chantelle can switch the key and tone in a simple note.

I know I’ve looked very into the vocals of this song but by no means should the music be overlooked in the slightest as it really compliments everything so well, it all ties in together so well and this song even though already hitting Number 1 in several locations these have clearly got something special, not to mention being part of the UK Country to Country. With a very Americana country sound with additions of Mandolins, Keyboards, Guitar, Synth and what I can only assume some backing vocals these are one up and coming band not to be taken lightly.

Stay tuned for the full album review in February!

Don’t forget to follow the band on Twittier @TheRisingMusic and

The Harmonic’s – Strut [EP] Review

We’re back in business on more levels than one, after a 3 month absence with technical difficulties I’m back reviewing and what a way to start back than wit a review of the returning The Harmonic’s from Nottingham UK!? I fell in love with these guys sound the second I heard their first Extended Play Sugar? Which was reviewed a few months back with a bonus single not released on either releases James Dean. Without any further delay lets get right down to it


With their unique one off sound this song really starts off with such a rhythm that you really just want to strut and move and not stop, it comes packed with really well written lyrics that compliment the music absolutely perfect, reminding me very much of a modern Sex Pistol’s meets The Rolling Stones , you could picture Mick Jagger strutting through the streets of  Nottingham, causing a massive traffic jam with some old skool Joan Jett style punk models, this is an amazing start to the EP


This is a very different approach for the five piece outfit but don’t let that line by any means sway you off it, because it’s a track that maybe a little out of their comfort zone but they make it work really well, with a more rockier sound than usual and a little slower it brings a sound styling of Rancid quite a bit who would be punk pioneers at this stage but modern. Vocals are very like Tim Armstrong which I genuinely love, after the second or third listen this one will stick with you.


Once again different in every good way possible, I found a very strange vibe from this one almost like something Shania Twain meets Blondie but from a male side which is actually reallly cool (extra l for emphasis) it’s more or less the ballad off this EP and it’s a such a cool contrast of styles there’s actually so much going on in this song but put together fantastically, huge respect for again pushing the boundaries on the last 2 songs I’ve listened to off this.


Does this title scream punk or what? From the get go of this track I knew I was going to love it! True punk aspect of this one from the laugh at the beginning to the lyrics, the music, the feel, this song is personally my favourite off this EP and what a killer way to close it, I actually don’t think I can find a single thing wrong with this track, I can’t praise it enough but this alone is enough to encourage me to buy this!



Seriously what can I say? This entire album pushes the boundaries and comfort zone of this band and for that alone I have a massive respect for, having that said it may take others a few listens to get into it, but because I have such a high appreciation for trying new things with music I personally love this album, It’s every bit as catchy and as good as SUGAR? Flawless as far as I am concerned. So I for one can’t wait to hear more from these!

Symptoms of Silence – Visions [EP] Review

[SYMPTOMS OF SILENCE, are a six piece metalcore band from Ireland who are also set to embark on a huge opportunity to support the mighty Australian Metalcore outfit known as THE AMITY AFFLICTION. Who actually are quite in certain aspects like THE AMITY AFFLICTION, these guys certainly are heavy as hell with the cross of clean vocals to, growls and screams, with insanely heavy riffs to compliment it, they range from so much I can’t specify influences so, down to the EP.


With a nicely fitting 20-30 second instrumental introduction from this it gives a nice chilling feel to the band before the first track his.


When I said this hits it hits fast and hard, the cross with the vocals, the breakdowns are just out of this world with these guys, there’s honestly very little I can say about this song,  the pinches give a very nice Gojira feel mixed with many other influences, the chilled break before the solo it’s a fantastic opening track to what I can only expect to be an amazing EP


Jumping right into insanely heavy vocals about waking from nightmares and pulling yourself together I can straight off the bat tell these aren’t just lyrics the fit these are stories, which is why I wish more would read the lyrics at the very least of metal artists, followed by clean vocals that honestly fit really well, very ISSUES influenced from what I can hear with this, which makes for an interesting review, it’s certainly worth a mention of the breakdowns and synths with this band too.


One of the first things that stood out to me was the break/bridge ‘This is the part where you die’ don’t let that fool you at all you can tell from the following line that death with this song is more about death of a part of your life and are searching for the answers to whats next, once again the breaks the synths, the riffs this song is a heavy duty song and oddly ironically has a small Bring Me The Horizon feel to it, back when they were good, before anyone gets annoyed with this haha… this one though is certainly one not to be taken lightly.


This has a very nice psychotic introduction to make you feel a little on edge and keeps though the song, this one is more a melodic death metal feel which just so happens to be my specialty so I first off have to say with the vocals sounding like Children of Bodom the synths like Dark Tranquility the breakdowns As I Lay Dying and several other aspects of other bands I have to say this one is the one for me off this album, it’s heavy, fast, aggressive it has all the right feels at the right parts!


These all sit one off another that you can barely tell where one starts and one finish as to why I believe the idea they were going with was almost math metalcore which is definitely an original brand by these guys, this one is also fast paced, heavy, synthy breakdown galore another one with something for everyone this, sadly brings us to the end of this EP, BUT I have a feeling this isn’t the last of these guys, as this EP really highlights surreal potential


These guys are a force to be heard! To the right ears these guys will be signed within the first beat that is heard! Definately give these a chance and if you like what you hear head over to iTunes and grab a copy of this today, or catch them on the road with The Amity Afffliction this Wednesday in Dublin.