Album Review: UNITRA-‘Lock Up Your Daughters’

Hello Music Maeniacs! Welcome to our review feature for the band Unitra! Now, I know what you all have been thinking, we need a new wave of British heavy metal. Well, look no further! The 80’s are back with this killer album ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’!

“UNITRIUM (The Heaviest of Heavy Metals)” is a short intro track to the epic metal journey we are about to embark on. It blends flawlessly into the next track “Enforcer” which comes at you hard and heavy with classic 80’s guitar riffs while proclaiming: Metal is the reason we live. This track continues to describe the metal lifestyle with a catchy chorus- ENFORCER! There is also a cool breakdown with some sweet bass licks that remind me of another 80’s British rock star, Steve Harrison.

Next in line is “Violent Storm” which has a unique intro that highlights the drums. This tune is a full speed thrasher that will wreck your neck. If you aren’t in the pit during this tune, you are seriously missing out! This tune is full of wailing guitar solos and bass beats that get the blood moving. “Total Annihilation” keeps that energy on a high. Full of force and aggression; this is another tune for the brutal bassist. This track taps deep into the metal soul with many of our favorite elements of classic metal throughout.

“Tyrant Rex” is a chant-worthy track. This tune has a lot of the epic Iron Maiden flavor. The guitar and bass lead the way in this tune, and the drums keep everything tight and clean. I can also feel an Iced Earth kind of vibe in the track as well, especially in the vocal pattern and content; that being said, the finish is very much a great homage to Iron Maiden. You can check the track for yourself in the link below!

“(We are) UNITRA” is the epic battle cry of the band. It lays out the attitude and foundation for what Unitra brings to the table. It’s also sort of a “part 2” to the track “UNITRIUM (The Heaviest of Heavy Metals)” which takes this album in a solid full circle. This album ends us on a high note that has you craving for more! Which, lucky for us, Unitra was kind enough to fuel our metal-wanting souls with their bonus track: “American Girl.” I’m going to let you check this one out for yourself below, but take it from this American girl; It’s a f*ckin’ jam!

I am happy to have discovered the gem that is Unitra! They are something I needed to have on my playlist and a delightful blast from the past! Their energy is everything we are craving in the metal scene! Each member brings full force, passion, and brutality to the table and we can’t get enough!

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Line Up
Max Speed – Vocals, Bass
Ben Cross – Guitars
Marty Jupiter – Drums

Tracks for ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’
1. UNITRIUM (The Heaviest of Heavy Metals)
2. Enforcer
3. Violent Storm
4. Total Annihilation
5. Tyrant Rex
6. (We Are) UNITRA
7. American Girl (Bonus Track)

Purchase your copy of  ‘Lock Up Your Daughters’ HERE

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Emily Mae

Edited by Samantha Crocker

Extended Play: LOCUST GROVE-‘Monster EP’

Hello Music Maenics! Mitchel Fulcer here with the latest edition of Extended Play where we feature the latest in EP releases! We’re going to shift gears down to Oklahoma City, OK. Oklahoma City is the stomping grounds of the incredible hard rock/metal band- Locust Grove! These guys blew me away when I saw them come to life on stage. So, with that, here is a look at their five-song EP – ‘Monster EP.’

We start off with “Menace Of Society” The song kicks the door in with a strong rhythmic pulse, which is quickly followed by strong vocals that hook you. The lyrical content is powerful, passionate, and relatable; giving off a vibe that any headbanger can get behind. Throughout the chorus, it brings things down a bit, but never loses its attitude; the way you get drawn in by bands such as Black Label Society or Down.  The modern guitar tone mixes amazingly with the classic hard rock vibes both on and off the stage. The deep, groovy solo is a breath of fresh air for myself, who had grown up on classic rock like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson.

“Truth” is next. Right from the start of this tune, it is very driven by the drums which build you up to the neck-wrecking verse riffs and ear-hooking progressions with a sly vocal pattern. The second song shows me that Locust Grove has a firm grasp of structure and musicality. Each musician seems to have their own identity attached to their solos and general styles. The drummer and bassists foundations are rock solid through every transition to get that pulse all the way to the back of your head!

“Destroy Me” has a straightforward rock style that allows the vocals to shine. Getting down and dirty with a vocal intensity that almost forces you to sing along with that unison bending that we all crave. The dual solo cranks the tune into high tone-shredding that gets all of you guitarists there. “Life Of Mine” is a song that makes you want to start a pit. The drum fills pop out in this song just right; not too simple, not too much. I dig the way it slides from riff to riff and keeps a strong flow. They pull various emotions out of one song. The raw solo made the end of this song truly come alive!

The final track is the title track of this EP – “Monster.” This tune is my personal favorite, although every track could be a hit single on its own. Everything about this song kicks ass. Pulling back the rhythms on the verse is a well-known trick that is hard to do well; these guys make it sound easy! They sound bigger and fuller with every change and progression of their songs. Locust Grove covers a broad demographic which is vital whether you are local, underground, or all the way at the top. They hit the nail on the head in this song with a grade A chorus and a chant that gets the whole crowd going.

From beginning to end – ‘Monster EP’ has me banging my head and attempting to learn the lyrics as quickly as I can so that I can sing along as loud as I can. Nothing like a jammin’ rock/metal album to bring back that youthful energy! There’s a spark in this EP that is hard to put the finger on, but when you give it a listen, you will feel it too! I hope you dig Locust Grove as much as I do!

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Monster EP Track: 
1. Menace Of Society
2. Truth
3. Destroy Me
4. Life Of Mine
5. Monster

You can find ‘Monster EP’ HERE

Connect with Locust Grove in the links below! 
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-Mitchel Fulcer

Edited By Samantha Crocker

 

COLOR KILLER Save Punk Documentary Announcement

Hello Maeniacs! There is something fantastic a-foot in Marlborough, Massachusetts that we would like to bring to your attention! Punk prodigy band Color Killer is at it again! Not only are they the youngest band EVER to play Vans Warped Tour, but they have now teamed up with Ironbound Films to help capture their unbelievable journey in it’s latest documentary COLOR KILLER SAVE PUNK.

COLOR KILLER SAVE PUNK, a feature-length documentary, follows Dylan, Lincoln, Matt, and Nate on their arduous journey from a middle school talent show to Vans Warped Tour this summer. Beyond being a punk band composed of 8-12-year-olds, Color Killer is a bit of an anomaly. They don’t see themselves as a viral sensation—although they are—or novelty act. They are a punk band rising to the top as any punk band would; through basement practices, dive bars, and punk festivals. They, however, have just begun their journey a bit younger than most bands typically have.

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The title refers to America’s first generation with internet technology readily available from a young age. This supposedly makes Generation Z’s members detached, unsocial, and unfocused. Color Killer offers a striking exception to that idea; and perhaps, some much-needed hope for our times.

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Daniel A. Miller, Seth Kramer, and Jeremy Newberger are with Ironbound Films, the directors of COLOR KILLER SAVE PUNK. Ironbound creates documentaries for theaters, television, and the web. One of their films, as well as the most recent- THE ANTHROPOLOGIST, was recognized by L.A Times as “utterly winning” and “stealthily insightful” by The NY Times. It premiered at DOC NYC, screened at more than 50 film festivals, and won numerous awards. It hit theaters by the care of Argot Pictures in 2016 and maintains a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Which, is very impressive! Sounds like the perfect combination of people to bring together this documentary! All they need is just a little help from their loving and supportive fan base!

So, how can you help? To participate in the movement that is COLOR KILLER SAVE PUNK and back this project simply click HERE ! 

There are a few pledge levels for those who participate!

  • $10 or more- THE ATTITUDE- TWITTER AND FACEBOOK SHOUT-OUTS FROM @COLORKILLERDOC
  • $50 or more- THE MUSIC-ALL OF THE ABOVE + NEW COLOR KILLER ALBUM “GENERATION Z,” DIGITAL OR CD
  • $100 or more- THE THREADS- ALL OF THE ABOVE + COLOR KILLER LOGO T-SHIRT
  • $500 or more- THE HAIR- ALL OF THE ABOVE + FULL “GENERATION Z” EXPERIENCE: GENERATION Z T-SHIRT, POSTER, BUTTON, AND STICKERS.
  • $1000 or more- THE TATTOO- ALL OF THE ABOVE + SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT IN FILM
  • $5000 or more-THE MOSH PIT- ALL OF THE ABOVE + TWO TICKETS TO THE WORLD PREMIERE AND AFTER-PARTY
  • $10000 or more -THE STAGE DIVE- ALL OF THE ABOVE + PRODUCER CREDIT

Ironbound has been creating documentary films for fifteen years. Every production we take on has premiered at a major film festival, run theatrically, aired on a major network, and/or been made available online. Along the way, we have won countless awards, critical acclaim, and at worst, a few grey hairs.

Check out more from Color Killer in the links below!
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