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Label : eOne
Review by Tony Cannella
From Knoxville, Tennessee come the metal core outfit Straight Line Stitch. The band was originally formed around 1999, and has previously released three full-length albums as well as a bunch of EPs. The fourth – and newest –output from Straight Line Stitch is called “The Fight of Our Lives” and that is a very appropriate title “The Fight of Our Lives” is just all out fist pumping, headbanging, adrenalin fueled aggression. From the beginning of the chaotic, beautifully brutal opening tune “Tear Down the Sky”, Straight Line Stitch delivers 42-minutes worth of an all out metal assault. “Conversion” offers the listener no reprieve as the band continues with another heavy track. Alexis Brown is the very talented singer as she alternates between a screaming, extreme style and a cleaner vocal style. The band also injects some melody to go along with the mayhem presented here. “Laughing in the Rearview” is a highlight and while it still maintains the heaviness of the other material, there is something catchy and more accessible about this track – this chorus is just so damn infectious. “Cold Front” slows the tempo down a notch or two, but still delivers a crunchy riff and Alexis uses her clean vocal style for the majority of this song. Other highlights included here: “No Tomorrow”, “Bar Room Brawl” and “Ashes in the Wind”. “The Fight of Our Lives” is definitely an album you want to play after a hard day at work or you just want to release some pent up aggression and then Straight Line Stitch may be the band for you. This is definitely recommended for fans of In This Moment (who SLS is on tour with) and The Agonist.
Rating - 77/100
Label : Tigermoth Records
Review by Tony Cannella
Christina Booth is the lead singer for the UK prog rock outfit Magenta. On her new solo album “Broken Lives & Bleeding Hearts”, Christina’s Magenta band mate Rob Reed co-wrote, produced, mixed, engineered and also plays piano, bass, keyboards and guitars. So with Rob Reed’s large input, you would think that Christina’s solo album would sound like Magenta. While there are some bits and pieces that may remind fans of Magenta, there is also enough to differentiate the two. “Broken Lives…” features a more organic sound than Magenta and eschews the progressive direction of that band, for the most part. Instead, you will hear influences that range from pop, rock to jazz. Despite all of the fine guests who appear on this album, it is also unmistakably Christina’s album. Christina Booth has got an excellent and expressive voice – that goes without saying, and on “Broken Lives…” she gets to show off a different side to her musically. “Free” is the first indication that this is something a little bit different than her current band. This is a strong almost jazz-y opener with a Gospel choir near the end of the song. “Way Back to My Heart” has a smooth vibe to it. The production provided by Rob Reed is crystal clear with extra emphasis being placed on the vocals of course. Songs like “Deep Oceans”, the acoustically driven, up-tempo “Hanging by a Thread” (an excellent song and my favorite – great lyrics, too!) and the bass heavy “Down to the River” are all special songs and highlights. Fans of Magenta may love this album, then again they may not. Sure, “Broken Lives & Bleeding Hearts” is different from Magenta, but what would be the point of doing a solo album if it sounds like her current band?
Rating - 75/100