Snowdrift are a beautifully crafted slo-core quartet from Seattle, Washington consisting of Kat, Justin, Derek and Alan. Their self titled Paradigms Recordings debut from 2007 is beautifully understated, aglow with melancholic songwriting, the haunting atmospheres of Low, the dream-like fog of Mazzy Star and the intimate chamber resonance of maybe Amber Asylum or Neurot Recordings artists Bee & Flower. A wonderfully personal and introspective voyage into candlelit, nocturnal listening.
Jackson Browne faced the nearly insurmountable task of following a masterpiece in making his second album. Having cherry-picked years of songwriting the first time around, he turned to some of his secondary older material, which was still better than most people’s best and, ironically, more accessible — notably such songs as “These Days,” which had been covered six times already, dating back to Nico’s Chelsea Girl album in 1967, and “Take It Easy,” a co-composition with the Eagles’ Glenn Frey that had been a Top 40 hit for the group in 1972.
Grayceon was formed in 2005 by Max Doyle and Zack Farwell from Walken and Jackie Perez Gratz from Amber Asylum but is also involved with and has played with many bands. They played together and liked the result and decided to keep on going with it and wrote new material. They recorded a demo in 2006 which they sent to several record companies, finally to catch the attention of Vendlus Records through which they released their first s/t album in March 2007.
Grayceon offers something for everyone. Some post-rock textures, some sludge metal (but of a lighter flavor than others in this field), some good old crunchy riffs of metal, and great epics which are amplified in their effect by the magnificent use of the cello by Jackie and the vocal harmonies of Jackie and Max Doyle…
Asylum is the 13th studio album by the American rock band Kiss. It is the first with lead guitarist Bruce Kulick as an official band member. He replaced guitarist Mark St. John on some songs on the Animalize album during his absence due to Reiter's Syndrome. As a result of this, Kulick filled John's spot during most segments of the Animalize tour. The lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Carr, and Kulick would last until Carr's death in November 1991, while Kulick would stay with the band until the reunion of the original lineup in 1996. Fan reaction to Asylum was mixed. The album was certified Gold and platinum in November, 1985.