“Ascendant Sea” is a Great Travel Album for the Road

As more people become familiar with Nocturnal Omissions’ music, they’ll soon learn that each release has its own identity and artistic agenda. The 2019 release of “Ascendant Sea” is an interesting album, as each song had a geographic place that influenced it. Check out the album below:

Hearing this album directly after Nocturnal Omissions’ 2006 album “Divine Atrocities” is a bit jarring as they sound from two completely different artists. Where the former was the music to a late-night rave, the latter is the dawn of crisp, Spring day, just as the Eastern horizon fills with sunlight. Every song thereafter represents the backdrop between destinations on a road trip of audio delight.

“Aural Turbulence” is a rocking intro and lets us know we’re in for something new. The sinister tone is dark and edgy with lots of flavor in the drum mix. Midway through, electronica elements are thrown into the fray reminiscent of dubstep that is sure to ramp up the crowd at a festival. The track is somewhat of an anomaly, as the rest of the album is less reliant on pronounced synth leads.

“International Dateline” has a killer groove and nicely layered guitars provide a robust driving force. It’s the perfect song to roll down the window to and let the breeze flow through your hair. Nocturnal Omissions demonstrates he is talented at writing music with all kinds of instruments, such as the piano undertones that add sophistication to this tune. “Alpine Train” presents a mid-tempo, synth-laden ambiance to relax to with an atmosphere that is other worldly and a perfect vibe for a cocktail on the beach. The groove continues hard here due to the catchy percussion. This song could work well as background music for a travel documentary–and that’s what “Ascendant Sea” is as its core. The theme of traveling is strong and the focus isn’t on where we’re going, but the journey itself.

“Cascading Mountains” sounds 80s retro with its razor edge synth bass. The song has a fast tempo to keep you jovial yet the chord progressions give off mystifying-induced feelings. The guitar strums add a nice touch to this delightful ear treat.

One of the standout tracks is “Casa De Cielo,” as it’s another example of well-done mixing and mastering to make all the instruments sound clear and have their moment to shine. The string arrangement is a pleasant touch and takes the song to the next level. And we can’t forget about “Cruising Altitude,” which features funky guitar lines—the best on the album.

Overall, the tracks work well in sequence, offering very rhythmic beats, multi-layered guitars, and head-bobbing baselines. With inspiration coming from artists such as Tycho, TigerMilk (from Mainline Entertainment), Fleetwood Mac and No More Nations, the songs themselves are upbeat, though they can be subdued at times with piano and keyboard leads that offer a more contemplative approach. Each song provides distinct sounds on this unique trip and when it’s all done, you’ll remember every stop along the way. Next time you’re going cruising, listen to “Ascendant Sea” on your way to freedom.

Discover more of Nocturnal Omissions on BandcampYouTubeSpotify, Apple, Instagram, Twitter and his website.

Nocturnal Omissions’ “Divine Atrocities” is a Blast from the Past

Nocturnal Omissions is a one-man solo electronic project whose music has been largely unknown for too long. Originally releasing albums as Soundcloud exclusives, a deal was inked to re-release their internet-only albums to be available on all streaming services. One of those albums, “Divine Atrocities,” released in 2006, has been remastered and is now available as a pandemic re-release. Feast your ears on “Divine Atrocities” below:

The album begins with “Gloomy,” a demo that shrouds itself in a relaxing vibe layered with sweet synths and melodic keys pulsating in an upbeat tempo. The spacey ambiance sets the tone of the album and for what’s to come. “Mitigate” picks up the heat and rhythms with a stringy, spider web of a synth that would fit right at home at a neon-sprayed rave. The production is clean with vibrant beats bouncing off the ears as each instrument has its own space to shine. The song makes you want to get lost in the hypnotic sensation of body-moving beats.

Clearly at this point in the album, Nocturnal Omissions has been laser focused on presenting high-definition sound with top notch mastering. The 2006 days of iPods and mp3s are long gone. Audiophiles want their pristine sounds and with “Divine Atrocities,” they’re getting them.

“Puerile” is ready to be the backdrop of an intense Matrix battle scene as it burns through all expectations. Strong, moving, engaging and ultimately a hazard when played at full volume, this track will take your sensory perception of reality and smash it into pieces. Everything you knew before is no longer real and you’re left feeling exhausted by the end–but ready for more. “Copasetic” is so far the catchiest track of the album, with an invigorating hook that doesn’t let go. A crowd pleaser for a packed party house, this song will have you clapping hard and performing moves on the dance floor you never knew you had. Give in to the groove and learn more about yourself than you ever have before with this song.

It’s at this point in the album we realize that Nocturnal Omissions can continue to keep his songs interesting and evolving. The tracks are dynamic, from keeping the beat going to building up tension, ultimately giving you what you want even if you didn’t know you wanted it.

“Distemper” is dark, mysterious, and so far, the wildest of the tracks. Along with moving your body, your head will bob with attitude as you strut your way down this futuristic runway. Strike a pose and feel yourself become connected to this body-clenching beat. The breakdown perks the ears up and keeps you on your toes, and soon those toes will return to slamming the dance floor in moments. “Febrile” is an outer space song brought to us by aliens from their progressive trance planet. They have used this song to abduct listeners to joining their mesmeric army. A unique, albeit short experience, the track deviates just enough to separate it from the rest of the bunch.

The album is a snapshot of the good ol’ days of MySpace and what is was capable of possessing. There’s no posing here. It’s all about solid writing, recording, and producing sound waves to make the listener feel alive. A whole new generation will be able to experience Nocturnal Omissions trance world, with good timing too, as clubs continue to open. Let’s get these tracks added onto your favorite DJ’s playlist. Here’s to the final stretch of the album. Hold on tight.

“Captious” comes blasting in on full throttle, destroying all buildings in its path. The song is in your face and won’t leave until it leaves it fully electrified. You will be left sweating, out of breath, and out of words after this electro body number hits the speakers. Heavy synths layered with melodic undertones make for a truly sublime experience. “Funambulism” is bizarre and enchanting all at once. You’ll feel underground and in space simultaneously. Your body won’t know which way to move. Your mind won’t know what’s going–it also doesn’t want to know. Let loose. The rhythm will take over and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

“Funambulism” – Personal favorite!

“Anointed Sea of Misery” presents a mid-tempo rocking beat accompanied with synth arpeggios roaming in the wild. This is one of the more introspective songs on the albums. It’ll leave you wondering if you are who you really say you are. Lively and strangely comfortable, this song is a nice change of pace from the previous head bangers. “Uninspired” is an epilogue to close out this journey of highs and hardly any lows. A nice way to let your heart rate return to normal.

Overall, “Divine Atrocities” is an impressive feat that was almost lost in time. As more artists look to expand forward, it’s important to look back to see what pioneers in the independent landscape did in their heyday. This album is cohesive in nature yet delves down many different creative paths, touching upon all the key cornerstones of the EDM genre and stretching them into new dimensions.

The Artist has been in the dark for too long. Time to embrace the spotlight. Hear more of Nocturnal Omissions on Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify and his website.

Song of the Week: Rorie – Train

Rorie’s musical journey began at an early age while singing and playing piano and guitar with her church choir. She grew up filling notebook after notebook with lyrics, and slowly found the confidence to begin sharing those songs outside the walls of her bedroom. The vision solidified while working for an anti-human trafficking organization in NYC. She wrote a song inspired by her time there, and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to record the song and film a powerful music video that raises awareness about this important issue.

Soon after, Rorie released two EPs: ‘Singing & Silence’ and ‘Dawn’, which were featured in the iTunes singer-songwriter New Artist Spotlight, and reached the top 10 in iTunes’ Singer-Songwriter charts. During this time, she collaborated with producers such as Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Belle), Tommee Profitt (NF), and opened for artists such as Charlotte Martin, Josh Garrels, Elise Trouw, and more while also playing headlining shows with her band around the East Coast and partnering with brands such as Anthropologie.

Rorie: ‘Valley in the Mirror’
January 31, 2020
Independent Release

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Blood Bullet Unleash New 2020 Rock Album

Indie underground rock duo Blood Bullet return with a stack of 16 hot tracks on their latest album “Eternal Return Vol. 1: Conquered by the Past,” released this January. The songs are loud, brash, sometimes sinister, but always focused on keeping the beats rolling and the riffs flowing without straying into the world of experimentation or reflection.

 

“Eternal Return Vol. 1” is the LA band’s third release on the XV Empire label and first since 2016. In addition to Isiah Zombie’s cryptic vocals and Brandon Dean’s signature guitar playing, Blood Bullet has recruited Andrei Skliarov to perform bass on all songs to fill out the low end. Their combined efforts result in a full sound not heard before in the BB canon.

“The addition of bass from our friend Andy is really what separates this album from our previous releases,” Isiah Zombie says. “It makes us sound closer to a full band.”

The story behind the concept album tells of a war between the zombies and vampires in a distant land as they fight for the last remaining humans to devour. Ultimately, the story is in place to string along the narrative but not entirely necessary to understand for enjoying the music.

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Artwork and rendition by Nahuel Amaya

Overall, anyone looking for a punk-infused hard rock journey should look no further than Blood Bullet’s “Eternal Return Vol. 1.” Check out BB’s Soundcloud to listen to the album in full and check out their CDBaby to purchase for $9.99.

Although this album has just come out, Blood Bullet is already working on Vol. 2 for a 2021 release.

The Len Price 3 Release Fifth Album “Kentish Longtails”

Illustrious Brit-pop rock ‘n’ roll trio The Len Price 3 have released their fifth full-length album “Kentish Longtails” on Sept. 22. Check out the video for “Man in the Woods” off the new album here:

The Len Price 3 have been around for 12 years and now have five albums under their belt. Though they have a worldwide following, they remain as the best-kept secret in show business. Along the way, the band has found themselves sharing the stage with a variety of notable acts including The Libertines, The Len Bright Combo, Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 and even Paul McCartney. They went on to be the best selling and most played band on Sirius XM, and have been dubbed “The Best Band You’ve Never Heard of.”

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Image via The Len Price 3

The new release “Kentish Longtails” delivers on the catchy vintage pop tunes with punk rock shiny pop hooks with rich lyrical content we’ve come to expect. Their combination of memorable songs and unstoppable power draw comparisons from the likes of The Who, The Kinks, and The Clash.

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To stay up to date with The Len Price 3, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their official site. Also, stream “Kentish Longtails” on iTunes here.

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