RxGF Any Other Way CD Review

The titular beginning to Any Other Way is a track that ties together Garbage, Atari Teenage Riot, and an earlier, late seventies / early eighties goth sound (Siouxsie and the Banshees, 45 Grave) into something that is instrumentally intense while having a very approachable sound. Flesh and Bone further varies up RxGF’s sound in its inclusion of dual harmonies; the shuffling sound of the synths and drums create an effort that is ready for dance clubs as well as dark bars. The dichotomy that is created between the human and the inorganic is built throughout Any Other Way; The Dying Grace of Machines shifts the balance of RxGF’s sound into a much more instrumental-heavy format. The move towards this sound allows for an effort that is equal parts Nine Inch Nails and Sisters of Mercy, all while the same funky, dark dance sound is issuing forth through the speakers. Continue reading

Monster Manual / 5th Edition

Dungeons & Dragons has been one of my favorite games for over 15 years and the game itself has captured the minds and hearts of fans for over 40 years. The Monster Manual is one of the earliest books that TSR (now owned by Wizards of the Coast) released and it is integral for any Dungeon Master (DM) that wants to utilize a bevy of beasties for their game. The important stats are present in the Monster Manual including hit points, size, weight, and special attacks that they possess. Continue reading

The Great Escape S/T CD Review

All I Think About starts with an energetic clap and stomp sound that sets the stage for the various paths that The Great Escape will take on their eponymous album. This first track introduces listeners to Amie Miriello, whom is able to craft her own distinct musical path while taking up the standard previously carried by Lorde and Adele. The hard, seventies-infused rock that hits hard during this first track will immediately draw attention to The Great Escape. Continue reading

Dimestore Prophets Be Yourself CD Review

This three-piece act has an energetic rock style that will keep listeners locked in from the beginning to the end of their latest release, Be Yourself. The introductory  track on Be Yourself (Be Yourself in Time) shines on honest vocals, intricate guitars, and splashy drums that resound loudly. Hey Darlin’ is soulful, a hint funky, and is completed with a ropey and thick bass line. The production makes the finished effort shine brighly, with each of the EP’s first two tracks a virtual lock for radio airplay.

Our Story deftly blends together the vocal and instrumental side of things to make a filling and fun track that links together surf, psychedelic, 90s alternative, and contemporary pop before it ceases. The second half of Be Yourself showcases that the Dimestore Prophets have additional tools in their repertoire. Good Lovin’ is a track that has hints of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and Eagle Eye Cherry. The unique sound achieved by the band during this track provides a huge boost to the momentum, something that is utilized to great effect with the EP’s penultimate cut, Draw for Love. Sunny Day spins things to a close, but the mélange of Sublime, 311, and Fugazi will provide fans with some semblance of where the band may go in the months and the years to follow.  The brooding instrumentation created by the band, coupled with reedy, emotive plea of the lead vocals make this a tremendous success in my eyes. Make sure to visit the Dimestore Prophets’ website for additional information about the act, their releases, and additional news from their camp.

Top Tracks: Our Story, Be Yourself in Time

Rating: 8.5/10

Dimestore Prophets Be Yourself CD Review / 2014 Self / 6 Tracks / www.soundcloud.com/dimestore-prophets / www.dimestoreprophets.bandcamp.com/

Candy Club

There are a number of different monthly subscription boxes that are available for people to purchase. Some of them are used to provide information to store owners what upcoming products that can be stocked in supermarkets, while others have a specific focus to them. Candy Club is a company that looks to provide individuals with an arsenal of otherwise hard to find candy. We are lucky enough to receive 1 month of Candy Club; I love the idea. The different candy products that was available this time included Butterfields peach flavored hard candies, gummy bears, and sour candy belts which provide a great amount of variety for people purchasing the box. Continue reading