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Into The Wilderness

Into The Wilderness

Kingston’s Band The Wilderness released their debut recording Saxton’s River. They have been together for three years and are struggling to make it to the next level. They tour North America hoping to find their audience. I guess they were hoping this recording will push them further. The Band consists of Lead vocalist and guitar- Jonas Lewis- Anthony. On lead guitar and backing vocals is Alexander Lansky. On Bass Guitar is Karl Tombak. On Keys and percussion is Liam Neale, and on drums and backing vocals is Henry Lawrence.

Saxton’s River is a mixed bag of sounds. Every song gives you a little different taste of folk, country, funk, and even some progressive elements. This doesn’t mean it works every time. This may not be the earth shattering recording to come out, but it does have some really solid tune as well as some throw away songs. My personal favourite from this is, Reaching out. You can really feel the positive vibes come through on this song. Another favourite is Home, where you can feel the excitement of getting closer to home. The song, Where I roam, has some pretty solid lyrics attached to it. The song, Irene has a washing and cleansing of your soul kind of sound to it.

On the flip side, 81 south is just another boring road trip song. The other song, Heartbreak Blues has no blues attached to it, and comes off like a funky little piece.  The other thing that I find difficult about this recording is their packaging. They seemed to have scribbled their lyrics inside the liner notes and placed them onto photos, which makes it impossible to read.

These are just a few things young bands come across when they are starting to record and get more serious about their career. I know these guys work hard and will mature into something greater soon. In fact when I did see them recently they included a horn to their sound and it seemed to elevate them to the next level. I hope they keep the horn because that really brought a fun energy to the band.

Overall, it is an average recording, but don’t let that stop you from seeing them live. That is where they truly shine, and hopefully they will pick up a larger audience.

To find more on this growing band go to… https://thewildernessband.com/home

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis recently released his third CD which gives his listeners a direct message. He wants to expand his talent worldwide. He still seeks a spiritual retreat, but wants his instrumental message to cross all kinds of borders. The sound is usually warm and inviting. This is Yiannis’ way of inviting you in to join in… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn has become a bit of an enigma. I saw them play live as this monstrous progressive space band. Their delivery was in your face as they threw you through the cosmos like an entity playing Frisbee golf. They never did get around to completing that first recording; instead they decided to deliver a… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Odyssey is the first recording from the mind blowing band Jupiter Hollow. The band consists of Grant McKenzie on Guitar, Bass and Synthesizer. The other member is Kenny Perry on Vocals, Drums and Synthesizer and keyboards. Between these two guys they can create a lot of noise. I compare them to, if Dream Theater had… Continue Reading

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

I must admit this was a unique experience. The CD started off like a Progressive rock experience and quickly kicks you in the face of a full on Punk Rock band. It contains heavy and speed metal elements as well. You quickly find out they just want to wail their frustrations on everything they dislike.… Continue Reading

Kamancello

Kamancello

The Spirits have shown up and have a ritualistic dance to perform. “Incantation”, is just that, it opens ups with a conjuring of the spiritual realm to enter this special space. This two piece band consists of Raphael Weinroth Brown playing the Cello, and Shahiyar Jamshidi playing a very cool instrument called a Kamanche. Every… Continue Reading

Surreal Gets Real

Surreal Gets Real

Normally I would not write about a band from outside of Toronto, but these guys were very polite to send me three songs to review, so I agreed. I just hope one day they make it to Toronto to play, so I can get my reputation back. This band is from Atlanta and has the… Continue Reading