|German Crossfire Metal Webzine wrote about the first 2 EP’s from the Cellar Dwellers! And they liked it. Read the German version here.|
With the next translation by Google:
Granted, the Netherlands has been musically a blank spot on my musical map. This is now changing with Cellar Dwellers: The band has released “The Junkyard Chronicles Pt. 1 + 2” the first part of their planned releases, which should include a total of four EPs. The band is dedicated to the various influences of rock and produces a diverse sound. Driving, punchy classic rock with a pinch of punk is just as present as bluesy and dark songs in the style of the early Black Sabbath. Of course there are no guitar solos as well as recurring, polyphonic and ecstatic vocal passages, which are a nice change to the vocals, which are otherwise very pleasantly rough. In music like “Ramones”, there is also something in it musically, the style of the punk legend has been successfully adapted without being compellingly contrived. For Oldschool Rock the songs are extremely powerful, the quality of the tracks is a big plus. All in all, it should be noted that fans of the old rock sounds should stop by here, it is worthwhile in any case. If you like Black Sabbath as much as the already mentioned Ramones, you will definitely be in good hands here.
Thank you / Danke Clemens!
For Marenna also 2 new reviews can be found. First one is from UK’s Frenzy Fire. They say the album will keep you smiling and singing from start to finish. Thanks Mathew.
The next one is in Portuguese (I think), and you can find that one here. Well the overall score is 91% so I do not think I need to add more… Thank you Marcos.
German Magazine Empire have written a nice review of the Pandor album.
You can read some quotes on the Cryptic Nature website, as well as find the whole article (in German).
Thank you Martin.
And also a nice one for Earthshine, in Empire edition 125. Martin writes:
Peter Cox, the Chinawhite guitarist, continues his journey into instrumental electronic music with Abstract Patterns. The Dutchman describes the music as ambient, new age, film music and lounge, and that hits the spot. The often very melodic themes and sounds invite you to dream. The guitars that are added here and there create a welcom variation. For the quieter moments in life.
Of course we send out all our releases to the press, hoping they will write about it. Alas not all magazines and websites let us know, but here a couple of recent reviews we enjoyed reading:
Heavy Paradise on Still Living – Ymmij And with a 9/10 score I think they liked the album as much as we do!
Zeitgeist – the Rocker also wrote about the Still Living album here. Plenty of good stuff according to Mr. H.!
Rockportaal wrote a piece about the Inserter album from Sunrise Auranaut. It is in Dutch, so some quotes:
- lots of bombastic tinged instrumental prog spiced with jazzy influences with an overall Seventies mood
- no easy digested songs here
- a splendid listening challenge
The album gets comparisons with King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Par Lindh Project and classical composers like Grieg and Tchaikosky.
The Metal Mag spent time with the energetic Marenna live album Livin’ No Regrets. And calls it brilliant!
And also some words on the latest Earthshine release Abstract Patterns! Dmitry from DMME has a unique way of describing his listening experiences and had a few smiles to share.
Thanks to all the writers!
This week will see the official release of the new album Abstract Patterns by Earthshine. Yes, our smooth and soothing instrumental electronic music project that touches upon ambient and new age. Music that lifts the spirit and eases the mind!
A quick way to sample some of the tracks is the next video:
Things are turning quite hectic here at HQ. 2 albums landing end of October (the progmetal double disc Pandor by Koos Thönissen’s Cryptic Nature and the soothing instrumental album Abstract Patterns by Earthshine).
December will also see 2 releases coming your way. And since they are both of a hard rocking yet melodic nature, that Christmas tree better be steady… Because besides the already announced new album Ymmij by Still Living, the explosive new album Tainted from Tragik will also become available. We are of course very happy and proud to be working together again.
Better save up, you won’t want to miss this!
And rumour has it we might not be done yet….
October 27 will see the release of our next 2 albums. But the good news is, here in our webshop you can already order them! They will be shipped out early October, so in most places you will receive them before the official release. And the best thing is; until October 26 they can be ordered with a reduced price!
Thank you for your support and for buying the original.
Our electronic project Earthshine (relax, it’s instrumental music) has delivered a stunning fifth album. Abstract Patterns will also be released on October 27 and contains 8 tracks. Blekkmark Design Studio has not only created some fitting artwork, but also updated the logo.
Peter had this to say about it: This time my starting point was certain terms and patterns that associate with numbers or ranges of numbers and terms from the world of programming. Like for instance the Fibonacci sequence, or Pi. And my next step would be to translate those numbers to chords and melodies and trying to make it sound right. Without letting it become crazy or incoherent.
I quite liked the challenge and the outcome, but you be the judge!
In the next video you can hear a part of the first track: Fibonacci Fever:
As you may have noticed, here at Rock Company we like to keep busy. So slowly but surely the number of titles available from us is rising! All independent artists, who need your support. Hugs and kudos for everyone who buys an album (often limited editions) or download! But if you are wondering what the label is about, here a sure fire way to introduce a lot of recent releases to you, this podcast. Have fun and never mind the ramblings of Dr. Schultz 🙂
- Earthshine – White Cliff Country nominated in the People’s Choice awards. If you want to vote, go to this link to do so. Thanks!
- Cranston – Cranston, nominated for Rock album of the year
- Forest Field – Lonely Desert, also nominated for Rock album of the year
- Sixtynine – You Are Me, another contender for Rock album of the year
- and last but not least, our Distribution artist Holly Montgomery – Leaving Eden is another nominee in the Rock album category.
Needless to say we are very happy for our artists for this achievement. We wish the voting judges success with this hard task, what a list!
Dutch magazine IO Pages, in the person of Robert Schuller, have published a review for Ghost In The Machine by Earthshine in edition 140. Some quotes:
- Ghost In the Machine is a change in the right direction
- atmosphere and moods are the key ingredient now
- I like the innovativeness of Earthshine
The original Dutch version is below. Thank you Robbert.
Ghost In The Machine
Op het vierde album van Earthshine in ruim twee jaar tijd gooit men het roer stevig om. De instrumentale werken die Peter Cox onder dit pseudoniem uitbracht, werden tot nu toe maar zuinigjes ontvangen in iO Pages. Ghost In The Machine laat een omslag horen die naar mijn mening naar de goede kant uitvalt. Het album bevat slechts vier lange composities, waarin piano en synthesizers het voortouw nemen. Een nieuw instrument in het muzikale palet waarmee Cox werkt is de midi-gitaar. Veel klanken op het album zijn afkomstig van dit apparaat; heel duidelijk ligt de nadruk op sfeer. Dat lijkt de componist beter af te gaan dan de ritmische begeleiding.
Ik vond dat laatste op eerdere cd’s het zwakke punt van het Earthshine project.
Cox houdt gelukkig de inzet van de drummachine op Ghost In The Machine binnen de perken. De keren dat de computergestuurde
bas en drums uit het hok mogen, ontsieren meestal niet al vliegt hij halverwege het afsluitende Steam Up That Engine net even uit de bocht qua programmering in combinatie met houterig solospel. Toch bevalt de vernieuwingsdrang van Earthshine me wel. Wordt ongetwijfeld vervolgd.
- Ghost in the Machine is the latest release from Earthshine and with each collection of songs, Peter Cox; the ever so talented Dutch multiinstrumentalist, just gets better and better.
- In my view this first offering, is the single best piece of work Earthshine have created thus so far, it morphs from Jarre to David Wright and then towards the end, with the slight but very relevant percussion, shifts towards fellow Dutch EM performer Frank Pells in performance. The balance of the composition and the arrangement is simply perfect and creates a superb sense of ambience that one could literally feel like one was about to enter a realm, an old haunted mansion of great mystery and fear.
- This album is a four piece collection of long form compositions, the keyboards feature in a delightful and very artistic way on the second song called Reverse IN going forward. Cox has manifested a really clever piece here with the use of the keyboard strings to create an aged sound throughout the composition and a somewhat careful piano performing the role of narrator in the early stages.
- The start of this track is sublime; most electronic fans on listening to it will be in rapture. This reminds me of some of the deeper and darker tracks of both Kevin Kendle and Geigertek, both masters of this genre. Cox has built something quite brilliant here, and one can almost see the Ghost in the Machine!
Read the full review on the OMWR website (link above) or click here: omwr-ghost-in-the-machine