Carissa Drops New Single: Guilty

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Local Melodic Hardcore/Metalcore/Hardcore cross over act Carissa has dropped a new single entitled Guilty.

Vocalist Kyle Stumpo had this to say about the song:

“I am so beyond excited to be releasing this song. Music is a sort of therapy for me and this song in particular helped me release some internalized guilt, hence the name.

The lyrics deal with grieving the sudden but perhaps preventable loss of a person you were once close to, but had over time slowly lost contact with. How sometimes you wonder could you have done anything to stop it? A phone call? A visit? But now it’s too late to find out, so you’ll forever have this nagging guilt inside you. 

If suicide ever crosses your mind, please reach out to a loved one, or a help line. Believe me, I do know how difficult it is, and I know you feel like a burden but you’re not and no matter how badly you feel or how unlovable you’re going to be missed.”

You can find the single on all major streaming services and on the band’s Bandcamp profile.

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Spotify Put The Wrong Lyrics On My Song…lol

Carissa outside Mavericks Bar in Ottawa on September 17th 2021.
Photo Credit to: Bev Carson-Bader

This week Spotify started putting lyrics beside songs on their platform, which is pretty neat for fans and artists alike, as it allows people to read along and understand the song, and it also prevents “misheard” lyrics.

Unless….. Spotify puts the wrong lyrics on the songs, which they did to me.

My band Carissa, released a song on the 9th of November entitled, Guilty. On the distributor’s site I was allowed to write the lyrics in a little box so that if any platforms allowed lyrics, they would be shown, so I wrote them in.

Yesterday Carissa was featured on a playlist by APT613, so I went to check it out and I noticed that Spotify had finally attached the lyrics to the single, I was reading them and immediately noticed something was wrong, they had put the clean lyrics on the explicit version of the song, whoops.

So I checked and I had written the correct lyrics on the distributor, and the lyrics we’re correct on the clean version, so I have no explanation as to why this happened. I also have no way of contacting Spotify to rectify the problem, so I guess I’ll just have to live with it for now.

Infrared

The other day I received an email asking me to review Infrared‘s new album, From The Black Swamp, and I’m glad I decided to do it. Infrared is a thrash metal band formed in 1985 here in Ottawa, after releasing a demo they went on a hiatus, but reformed in 2014 after 27 years.

Infrared
Photo credit: Carissa Broeren Photography

If you like bands like Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica or Megadeth you’ll probably love Infrared, you can definitely hear the influences of these bands on their sound with pounding drums, speedy guitar licks and driving bass lines with a very strong vocal performance from vocalist Armin Kamal.

I think personally my favourite song on the album is “No Masters, No Gods”. I feel like everything just melts into itself and the song just gels together, but overall it’s a very strong record with some screaming guitar solos.

Really my only gripe is I’m not a massive fan of the bass tone, I feel like it’s a little to twangy and clunky sounding, but that’s just personal taste, since I’m a big fan of deep rich bass tones that are usually more prevalent in “modern” metal, so to speak; however, I feel that the actual bass riffs kind of make up for the tone.

I also think that their drummer is incredibly talented, and is great at holding the songs together, I feel like his parts are very well written and compliment the other instruments wonderfully. The guitars are as crunchy as you’d expect in a thrash band, the tones slot very well in the mix and aren’t too overpowering, could maybe use a tiny bit more low end, but again that’s personal preference.

The band will be playing at Mavericks on November 27th, and have graciously extended me an invite, so hopefully I’ll see some of your beautiful faces there.

15/11/2021

Hey folks!

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had the time or energy to sit down and write out something for the blog. My life these last few months has been absolutely hectic, but it looks like things are starting to calm down.

There is a massive backlog of reviews to work through, and I’m slowly hacking my way through it with the assistance of Kyle Sauve from Social Suicide, so big shout out to him for all his help.

My fiance and I just had our second child the other day which is keeping us busy and away from the blog, plus my bands are both working on new music which is adding to my already busy schedule, I will try and keep a diary style blog of what’s happening with recording and other music stuff when I can, I think that this is going to be a much easier way to keep the blog up to date with new content, and I’ll sprinkle some reviews and news in there as well.

Me and my 2 boys

My band Carissa released a new song last week, literally the day before my son was born. The song is called Guilty and I am so beyond excited to be releasing this song. Music is a sort of therapy for me and this song in particular helped me release some internalized guilt, hence the name.

The lyrics deal with grieving the sudden but perhaps preventable loss of a person you were once close to, but had over time slowly lost contact with. How sometimes you wonder could you have done anything to stop it? A phone call? A visit? But now it’s too late to find out, so you’ll forever have this nagging guilt inside you. 

If suicide ever crosses your mind, please reach out to a loved one, or a help line. Believe me, I do know how difficult it is, and I know you feel like a burden but you’re not and no matter how badly you feel or how unlovable you’re going to be missed.

Bridge To Extinction: Beyond Deviation/Martyrs Split Review

By Kyle Sauve

You wander into an abandoned nursery, the time is 3 am, you just need a safe place to sleep for the night.

In the next room you can hear the demented chimes of a music box, slowly playing a disturbing lullaby, suddenly the chimes turn into a thousand ominous detuned guitars, and any sense of safety is ripped away from you as demons of all sizes breakdown the walls and come straight for you. That is the exact imagery that went through my head the first time I heard the cinematic  opening track of Bridge to Extinction, the short but sweet split between Beyond Deviation, and Martyrs.

Every riff hits like a killdozer, on this impressive sophomore effort  for both bands.

Beyond Deviation, is more on the extreme metal side of things, and Martyrs is a little more hardcore punk, but both bring the riffs and pure seething anger in spades.

The stand out tracks are the aforementioned, first track(Senseless Society) by Beyond Deviation, and the ruckus hardcore shout along of ACAB by Martyrs,  gave me instant flash backs to packed venues and vicious circle pits, I can almost feel the sweat and smell the stale beer!

It’s catchy, and will have you wishing you could be back at shows screaming every word back at the stage.

All 4 songs deliver where it most counts in the world of Deathcore, clean production, it’s heavy as fuck and riffs galore! If you enjoy heavy music, check this out, you won’t be sorry.

You can find the EP here or on any other streaming service.

The Great Diversion: Colours Review

The Great Diversion combines elements of post-hardcore and pop-punk to create a hard-hitting rock genre reminiscent of early 2000’s emo music. The power trio distinguishes itself by its melodic pop sensitivity and hard-hitting breakdowns.

Photo taken from The Great Diversion’s Facebook page. Photo taken by Mylène Desbiens

Hailing from Timmins and Hawkesbury, the band has found its home in Ottawa. After kickstarting their career with the release of their debut EP “Rocks and Rapids” in 2015, The Great Diversion has been hard at work preparing its upcoming full-length album This Is It, This Is the End. The 9 song album is self-financed, self-produced and will be self-released on October 2nd, 2020.

We took a look at the first single from This Is It, This Is The End, which is titled Colours.

The song is slow, but powerful. The guitar work is subtle but adds a nice atmosphere to the song. The drums feel like the driving force of the song instrumentally. The bass adds a nice layer of texture to the sound.

Vocally the song is very strong. The vocals are melancholy but with a subtext of hope. The lyrics are catchy, especially the chorus. The hook of the song “It’s only a matter of time, before we cease to dream in colour” fits so well with the instrumentation.

The bridge into the outro/last chorus is a nice change of pace and keeps you interested, and wondering where the song will go.

Overall the song is great. I can see this album being a big success. Keep an eye out Ottawa, big things are coming from these guys.

Follow the band on Facebook!

T-Rex Marathon Drops New Track

Local post-hardcore outfit, T-Rex Marathon, has dropped a new track titled Faux News.

The members of T-Rex Marathon

The single is available to stream on Spotify and all other stores and streaming services.

Faux News is a hard hitting song about the current state of news and media in the world and specifically the United States.

The band stated:

Let’s get political. The title is a pun on “Fox News” and fake news (as if it wasn’t obvious). It’s us holding a mirror to our neighbours to the south and diagnosing some of the more obvious issues with them and by extension, the rest of the western world.”

Faux News is the first single from their upcoming full length LP, Days Without Incident, which will be released in October of this year.

Album art for T-Rex Marathon’s upcoming full length LP, Days Without Incident.

You can follow the band on Facebook and Instagram

Sinful Ways: Burst Into Flames Review

We’re back with another exciting review. This time we have an exclusive early look at Burst Into Flames by Sinful Ways. The song doesn’t have an official release date yet, so we’re very excited to have an opportunity to give it a listen.

The song starts very quickly with a nice lead in and then jumps into a sick riff, drums are nice and punchy. The vocals blend nicely with the instrumentals. It gives me big Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold vibes.

Its a song about being stepped on by a government in a third world country and now its time to fight back and revolt.

Brad Lake, bassist of Sinful Ways on their new single, Burst Into Flames.

The guitar work is very well done, the riffs compliment the drums perfectly, the transitions are very well done. The bridge/breakdown fits perfectly, it sounds like they used a light octaver on the guitars to give them an extra punch there and it worked amazingly. The guitar solo afterwards was well executed.

After the bridge there’s a well executed tempo change into the outro. The guitar riff in the outro is very jumpy and is a great way to end the song.

Short Interview

We also had a chance to chat with Brad, the bassist of Sinful Ways about the single.

Kyle: Do you have a release date yet?

Brad: We honestly don’t have an official release date yet, we’re finishing up the music video first and then we’re good. We’re currently looking at early September.

Kyle: What is the song about?

Brad: Its a song about being stepped on by a government in a third world country and now its time to fight back and revolt.

The band is on all major streaming services and you can also find them on Facebook and Instagram!

Skybound: Pink Cloud Summer Review

Good morning! Today we’re going to be taking a look at Pink Cloud Summer by local Prog superstars Skybound. The 5 track album was released yesterday (July 17th 2020) and runs for approximately 20 minutes. It is available on all streaming services.

Song 1: Tokyo Sunset

This short track starts with a nice faded in piano riff and a light synth keeping the beat in the background. Then a nice slow fade in of some strings and bass. The song builds up and reaches a climax with a massive electronica feel before fading out.

Song 2: Liquid Courage

Fans of Skybound will be familiar with this one already. The nice easy start into a big beautiful riff with amazing drums to compliment has been a staple of the band for about 8 months now. The jazzy piano and syncopated bass really make this song an instant classic.

Song 3: Galaxies

The tapping and booming rhythms at the start jump right into a super energetic punky riff and drum beat, which fades into a fun little riff with an electric piano accompaniment and beautiful atmospheric background noise that makes you feel like you’re floating in space. This one is super fun to listen to. It then jumps into a very pop punk feeling riff with some funky synths as leads underneath. The drums with have you bobbing your head, then it gets 8bit on ya. This section brought me back to my SEGA Genesis. Probably the funnest song on the album.

Skybound performing live at Cafe Dekcuf. Image taken from the Skybound Facebook page.

Song 4: Luna

Very atmospheric at the start. Beautiful piano and drum work. The guitar acting as atmosphere underneath works perfectly and really complements the piano and drums. The guitar and bass work is impeccable. Everything meshes together perfectly and the mix is amazing. The guitar solo into the next section of the song is well executed and the transitions are very well done. This song’s guitar work always blows me away, so goddamn good. I’m also a sucker for a well executed sudden stop, and this song has one.

Song 5: Pink Cloud Summer

The title track, this track is huge. It feels big, the atmospheric sounds pulled out of the guitars give it a massive feel, and the bass and drums add a nice layer of texture to it. The synth riff at the transition is very well done and adds another nice layer to the song. The song feels busy but not overwhelming. There’s a lot going on but it works, definitely feels like a closing track. It will have you bobbing along. The album ends with the same beating synth that it started with which is a nice touch.

Conclusion:

I love it. There isn’t much else I can say other than that. This album is one of the best albums to come out of Ottawa this year.

Give them a follow on Facebook!