Omaha, Nebraska may be better known for its wild weather than its rock and roll bands, but Emphatic may change that soon.
I usually hear new music before I see a band live, but in the case of Emphatic, I saw their live show, and was so impressed that I purchased a pre-release copy of their debut CD, Damage after their show.
The song writing style of Emphatic kind of has a hair metal flair in my opinion. You can relate to the songs, and they are instantly catchy. I have listened to Damage several times, and I couldn’t find one bad tune on the CD.
The opening song “Do I” kind of has a Disturbed like vibe to it, but with a more upbeat approach. It is a great tune, and one that will have you singing along in no time.
“Get Paid” is absolutely infectious. This song may not find its way to radio due to the language, and that is a real shame. It is one of the best tunes on Damage.
Changes are you have seen the video or listened to the song “Bounce”. If not, you can check it out in the video below. With “Bounce” Emphatic has their first anthem. This song is a real crowd pleaser live, and it gaining momentum on the radio.
“Pride” has the potential to be a monster hit for Emphatic. This ought to be the second single from the CD in my opinion.
Damage is easily the best modern rock CD I have heard in 2011. Damage will be released on July 12th, 2011. Don’t miss out on this excellent CD!
For more information on Emphatic, please visit the band’s Reverbnation page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Do I
2. Get Paid
3. Put Down the Drink
5. Place To Fall
9. Original Sin
10.Don’t Forget About Me
Patrick Wilson – Vocals
Justin McCain – Lead Guitar
Alan Larson – Bass
Lance Dowdle – Guitar
Jeff Fenn – Programing/Keys
Memphis rockers Saliva are back with their 7th album, Under Your Skin. For the band’s latest effort, Island Records brought in the two time Grammy nominated producer Howard Benson (Bang Tango, Motörhead, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm). With Benson at the helm, I believe Saliva has turned in one of their most interesting, and quite possibly one of their best releases yet.
Those of you who like the old rap/rock sounds of Saliva, will be quite happy with the songs “Badass” and “Burn It Up”. Both songs preserve the class sound of Saliva.
If I would have heard the songs “Better Days” or “Nothing” on the radio before hearing this album, I would not have recognized these to be Saliva songs. Both tunes are modern rock numbers that Saliva should have some moderate success with. Josey Scott’s voice continues to surprise me. When he sings, instead of raps, his voice truly shines.
“Hate Me” is a pretty catchy tune that has a partial writing credit from Zac Maloy from the Nixons.
“Never Should’ve Let You Go” and “Prove Me Wrong” practically sound like left over Shinedown songs. I say this in a very positive sense, as I like Shinedown a lot. “Never Should’ve Let You Go” is a another modern rock number that by all means, ought to be a major hit for Saliva. “Prove Me Wrong” is a semi-heavier tune that will likely find its way to radio as well.
My favorite track off of Under Your Skin is the tune “Toxic Suicide”. This song is very infectious, and I can’t get it out of my head.
“Spotlight” closes out Under Your Skin on a high note with another catchy rocker.
Overall, I have been enjoying Under Your Skin quite a bit. It seems to get better with every spin. I recommend checking it out!
You can listen to the stream of Under Your Skin at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Better Days
4. Hate Me
5. Never Should’ve Let You Go
6. Prove Me Wrong
7. Burn It Up
8. Toxic Suicide
9. Turn The Lights On
Josey Scott – Vocals
Wayne Swinny – Guitar
Dave Novotny – Bass
Paul Crosby – Drums