2015 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION – JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED

Sinead O’Connor, Alt-J, The Killers, Aimee Mann, Dustin Lynch,
Rosanne Cash, and More Sign On As Judges

December 17, 2014 – Unsigned Only Music Competition revealed today its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The renowned panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in eleven categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music.

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only’s goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives to the overall Grand Prize winner. First and Second Place winners in each category will also be chosen. The deadline to enter is March 18, 2015. Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except for Screen Shot which accepts original songs only. Continue reading 2015 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION – JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED

A Rebirth of sorts…

I’ve been threatening for years of the return of UnEarthed.Com and this is a huge step forward in that threat. All of the previous interview and reviews are back up, with interviews being complete with images. The reviews will take more time as there are almost 10 times more reviews than interviews. I have a few reviews on deck, so at least there will be some updated content. Hah!

Slik Helvetika – Self Titled – CD Review

Slik_Helvetika_-_Slik_HelvetikaBust out your leather jacket with studs, throw the goat and come with me to 1984! The self titled, self produced release by Slik Helvetika [Screaming Mimi Records] is straight up Metal. This three piece band has a huge sound to headbang to for days! Mikhall Myers (guitar/vocals) shreds his axe much like Zakk Wylde, complete with guitar solos and masterful guitar work, while Steve Salter commands the drum kit like a natural. Continue reading Slik Helvetika – Self Titled – CD Review

American Head Charge – The Feeding – CD Review

american-head-charge-the-feedingHaving been a fan of American Head Charge since I first heard “The War of Art” back in 2001, I was really looking forward to hear the latest offering from AHC, “The Feeding” on Nitrus Records/DRT Entertainment. The band has gone through a few line-up changes, but the overall sound of American Head Charge is still hard, heavy and in your face. “Loyalty“, the opening track to “The Feeding,” is a brutal example of what American Head Charge has to offer. Continue reading American Head Charge – The Feeding – CD Review

A18 – Dear Furious – CD Review

Equally catchy and caustic, A18 is a Metalcore band of furious glory. Their 2004 opus, “Dear Furious” [Victory Records], is a burning, gnashing assault of relentless aggression. It is both artful and intense….

Shrill, growled vocals burst through explosive, dense rhythms. Guitars are raw, but bleed massive amounts of groove. A18 is sheer, gut-wrenching power. Continue reading A18 – Dear Furious – CD Review

Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache – CD Review

One of the greatest Metalcore/Aggro Metal bands in the world, Killswitch Engage, has returned with their masterpiece. The 2004 opus, “The End Of Heartache” [Roadrunner Records], is a Hardcore sharpened display of Dark Aggro Metal perfection. It is no wonder this act has such a revered following.

The Killswitch Engage sound is a powerful fusion of aesthetics-intense Metalcore, melodious darkness, and poetic lyrics. Highly skilled guitars change between brutal blasts and tenebrous sublimity. Ferocious, double-kick drums stitch everything together. Howard Jones, their new vocalist, alternates between pristine, deep vocals and gut-wrenching growls. Continue reading Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache – CD Review

A Perfect Murder – Unbroken – CD Review

The brutal resplendence of the killer Metalcore band A Perfect Murder is beyond powerful, it is obliterating. Their 2004 debut, “Unbroken” [Victory Records], has a caustic glory that devastates. A Perfect Murder is, well, perfect….

Their unique, crushing brand of Metalcore is dark, with abyss deep grooves that are completely, crushingly massive. Sublime yet visceral, A Perfect Murder cuts an epic vibrance out of writhing ferocity. Punishing guitars blast with a melodic, razor-sharp edge. The vocal growls efficiently burn with rage, complexity, and soul. The rhythms are excellently balanced between intensity and speed. Continue reading A Perfect Murder – Unbroken – CD Review

Code Black – Penetration – CD Review

In the new barrage of Power Metal acts, few could hold a candle to Code Black. Strain as they will, most fall far short of greatness. Code Black‘s 2004 opus, “Penetration” [Arctic Music], is the surly exception.

With tight, crushing rhythms and massive grooves, Code Black makes a thunderous assault. The vocals are a rough-hewn, deep yell with a punishing edge. Code Black makes it brutal. Continue reading Code Black – Penetration – CD Review

Evemaster – Wither – CD Review

Evemaster is a great new Melodic Death Metal band with more than enough power and edge to put them leagues ahead of the established paragons of the genre. Their 2004 debut, “Wither” [Crash Music, Inc.], has an addictive darkness that is ferocious. Evemaster is surreal, sublime, and severe.

Shrill, raspy growls are interlaced with clean, Gothic vocals. There is tons of melody here, built on acoustic guitars, samples, keyboards, frenzied and intricate guitar fury, and dynamic barrages of murderous rhythms. Evemaster is an intense fusion of sorrowful beauty and brutal aggression. Continue reading Evemaster – Wither – CD Review