Having never heard Red Sun Rising, I read a little bit about this Akron, Ohio band before I listened to their soon-to-be-released album, Polyester Zeal. Words like “passionate, energetic, and aggressive” kept popping up and so my attention was immediately grabbed.
The first song, “Push” does not disappoint. It’s exactly the type of song that should kick off a hard rock album. It’s passionate, energetic, and aggressive and sets the stage for what’s to come.
Red Sun Rising’s talent shines bright as quickly as the second song, “Amnesia,” highlighted by lead singer, Mike Protich’s, powerful and effortless voice that is tailor made for all styles of rock. I couldn’t pinpoint it exactly but he reminds me of the best voices from the 80’s and 90’s classic rockers. Songs like “My Muse” and “Blister” capture his range and versatility quite well. He is also an exceptional lyricist.
What I really like about Red Sun Rising is that they are a straight-forward, no frills hard rock band. Songs like “Awake” and “Bliss” and “The Otherside” show how well they work together to produce passionate, energetic, and aggressive music without all of the over-production that has become mainstream these days. Fittingly ironic, they really cut loose on the final song, “Imitation” featuring a good, old-fashioned guitar solo that brought me back to the glory days of the 1980’s.
The future is bright for Red Sun Rising. Check out Polyester Zeal when it drops on 8/7/2015!
Not to be confused with the Beach Boys or any offspring of the Beach Boys or even a little leather ball played on the beach, Wilson is a hard-working band straight out of Detroit with a new album entitled Right to Rise.
There is no over-produced, computer generated fuzz on this album. It’s a refreshingly simple and straight-forward collection of 12 hard rock songs fronted by lead singer Chad Nicefield and his powerful but not over-powering screams and moans and screaming moans. The rest of the band work well with each other to create songs that will get your head banging hard enough that your brain might actually hurt…but not too much. Put aside all of your presumptions about Detroit and listen as “Windows Down” pays tribute to Wilson’s home town in a way that could make you pack your bags and plug in the coordinates for the rock city. Detroit or bust!
The two best songs on Right to Rise are “The Flood” and “I Am the Fly.” The second is the most polished of the two and will reassure you that Nicefield has a really, well, nice voice. “The Flood” is a straight-up rock and roll song with a Def Leppard feel to it and a southern Detroit twang that Kid Rock has made famous. It’s the one you’ll scream the loudest for when you no doubt see them live sometime very soon.
Give these hard-working Detroit hard-rockers a listen and make sure not to let them slip away else you might find yourself screaming, “Wilsooooooon” as they disappear into the horizon.