An Introspective Gaze Through the Music of Charlie Rees

The raw emotive value that any kind of music can bring forward has a healing quality in itself. Scotland’s own Charlie Rees is an interesting architect for evolving emotional experiences from his own life into a medium, by which, catharsis enables both the artist and listener to share in a moving experience that dissolves its topicality, and transcends its meaning. Through dissection of the upcoming single ‘Hourglass’, we can see how this process came to life.

Charlie Rees - Hourglass

Exploration of this kind of inward analysis has given rise to a confident assertion of his trauma through healthier means. By the Rees’ own admission, the song was written at a time when he was in a very bad place:

“I was in a toxic relationship…slipping down into previous depression that I thought I had recovered from… When I decided to look back on my relationships with others… I had to come to terms with the facts…it’s better that we part ways before we become more hurt than we already are, so we can move on and help better ourselves and our lives.”

‘Hourglass’ offers a more introspective look than previous single ‘Bitter Taste’, which was crafted with a much more confrontational attitude in mind. The opening notes of the track hit you square on with a summation of the core themes that comprise the feeling of the record. There is a real sense of an arc through the track, of overcoming personal strife to reach salvation through reflection. By the time the chorus reprises there is an overwhelming sense of a comforting hand reaching out to you to lift you from something darker in tone.

Having first earned his stripes as a musician as the vocalist for Oceans Collide, Rees then went on to drum for Cerberon before taking steps to release this solo project.

Exposing and confronting old wounds are a challenge that most of us will come across in life and by challenging his melancholy, Rees has found a means by which his desire to inspire and help people has found tangible form.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1XJ9l44up83djiBzsDtptS

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cuHqQh63qQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlieReesOfficial/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RealCharlieRees

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlieare/

Oceans Of Noise Have Just Released Their Self-titled EP, And Its A Treat

 

 

 

Oceans Of Noise, a band of musicians pulling together to explore new sights and sounds, now that’s what i call music at its finest!

With the launch of their brand new EP having taken place in London’s much loved venue, the OMEARA, the band are now ready to take the sweet tunes and majestic melodies out to the rest of the world, with the EP available to purchase on Apple music and Spotify, be sure to catch some Alternative metal at its best.

So be sure to check them out:

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/oceans-of-noise/1296282833

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/21HzqFortyEjD2yOdCZAPY

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/oceansofnoise

Facebook: facebook.com/oceansofnoise

Twitter: twitter.com/oceansofnoise

Instagram: instagram.com/oceansofnoiseband

Website: oceansofnoiseband.com

 

Homerik – Genre defying metal from New York

If you need a band to redefine a genre, Homerik are the guys you’ve been looking for. Their exciting new sound takes everything you knew about metal and turns it on its head, leaving you shell shocked and wondering where exactly it is that your mind was just led.

Watch their epic video to “A Song of the Night Part 1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVJy5wQtvEA

With a fully orchestral sound, they have three interweaving vocalists in their ranks, as well as guest sopranos and a shadowy cast of what sounds like hundreds. Using traditional ethnic instrumentation from Africa and the Far East, this is more than melodic metal, it’s something which injects the whole metal genre with new life (or maybe death). With potent, pronged riffs, arresting vocals and a chanteuse singing in Ancient Egyptian, Homerik are a truly unique sonic experience. Homerik’s symphonic progressive death metal is the new dark corner of metal which was waiting to be explored – cinematic; vicious, but brutally beautiful.

Be sure to pick up their new album and Keep up with Homerik here:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Ry0Y2JiVXjpidTHDpYVQx

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcYLfk1tEX4vli_KWUzsBQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homerikofficial/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/homerikofficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homerikofficial/

Website: https://www.homerik.org/

 

By Definition single ‘Warrior’ due early June, following ‘The Concerns of Mortal Man’ LP (May 26th)

Brighton metalheads offer their first releases since debut EP ‘Over Clocked, Under Threat’.
Having played Hard Rock Festival in Ibiza, and with giants like Black Label Society and Black Stone Cherry, five piece By Definition are really starting to get the recognition they deserve.
No strangers to the heavy rock bear pit they create with their live shows, their sets are notorious for their energy and originality. With an eye-catching front man described as ‘cool as sh*t’ by Underground Reviews, one memorable show in Holland also saw guitarist Rob smash two of his guitars within 30 minutes…
Single ‘Warrior’ is a stomping, anthemic track driven by a hard, chugging melody reminiscent of the aformentioned Black Stone Cherry. Officially released early June, you can take a listen on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/bydefinition/warrior
The new album, ‘The Concerns of Mortal Men’, was born from a new found self-assurance the band have recently found in their sound.
Frontman Si puts it less subtly: “We don’t give a shit what people think anymore”.
‘The Concerns of Mortal Men’ finds the band trying to bridge the gap between rock and metal whilst taking influences from hip-hop rhythms and technical inspirations from electronic music. Their biggest project to date, they have brought in Alan Douches (Motorhead, The Defiled Cannibal Corpse, Black Dahlia Murder) to master the album.
Beyond making great music, having an original live set and developing a strong following, By Definition are not your every day rock band. All self-confessed comic book geeks, Dan has a degree in theatre writing while Rob (guitar) produces electronic music in his spare time. Meanwhile, Si (vocals) has a passion for loose leaf tea – a hobby which once got him stopped at customs while they analysed a stash of green brown leaves he had with him…
‘The Concerns of Mortal Man’ LP is out May 26th, followed by single ‘Warrior’ in early June.
Press quotes:
Black Label Society styled, whiskey soaked, dirty rock”.
Rock Sound
“Straight-forward, heavy-hitting and down right filthy. Each song shit-kicks you with punishing riffage, bombastic drumming and a whiskey-swilling attitude”.
Heavy Planet
“Best described as the 30 year old you’re not entirely sure you invited to your party, who has drunk all the beer…You may not have invited him, but frankly, he doesn’t care and you kind of want to get to know him anyway…”
Noise Addiction
Tour dates:
26th May – Sticky Mikes – Brighton
28th May – Bar 42 – Worthing
30th May – The Hermit Club – Brentwood
31st May – Asylum – Hereford
3rd June – Bull & Vic – Dartford
Links
https://soundcloud.com/bydefinition
https://www.facebook.com/bydefinition
https://twitter.com/by_definition
http://instagram.com/by_definition
https://www.youtube.com/user/bydefinition2009/