Busting onto the scene full steam ahead are the new hard rock outfit Outloud with their album debut self titled. Even though they we’re formed in 2008, the lineup consists of former members from some recognizable metal and hard rock groups such as lead singer Chandler Mogel (Talon), Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Nightfall) along with Mark Cross ( Firewind).
German metal band Arven made me an instant fan with their outstanding debut Music Of Light two years ago, an album which seamlessly blended a few different genres together to create one of the most memorable albums of 2011. Now with their sophomore release Black Is The Color, they’ve only gotten better and their music has only gotten more diverse, to the point where you really can’t give an accurate description with just one genre, or even two genres. Maybe three or four genres could cover it, but even then, you would be leaving certain aspects out. However, what matters is that they managed to blend everything together fluidly, so it’s an album where it’s easy to love everything about it.
My immediate favorites were “A Beautiful Mistake” and “Embrace the Limitless”, the former featuring beautiful guest vocals from singer Zemyna Kuliukas, and the keys adding zest to the latter, without watering it down in the slightest. There is a distinct blend of darkness and light across all of the tracks