Beyond Veronica

September 3, 2012

More emails, this time from Portland’s Beyond Veronica hepping me to their second album Hard Times For Dreamers released earlier this year on Fetish Pop Records. A dozen tracks are offered here, mostly of the mid-tempo variety with some nice hooks and a pretty retro 70s Power Pop feel – musically they actually kinda reminded me of Seattle legends The Heats!

The band is good and tight, vocalist Bonnie Veronica got a nice voice that kinda brings to mind early The Pandoras (especially on tracks like Fade Away where that 60s retro garage feel gets more evident) and unlike a lot of bands these guys offers up a wide variety when it comes to the song material, making it a pleasant experience for the listener. Check ’em out!

Sample track:

Bandcamp:
http://beyondveronica.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.beyondveronica.com/

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Cynarae

December 28, 2011

More outfits that blurs the hardcore/grindcore line (with hints of Black Metal) is Portland noisemakers Cynarae. Not as high-speed as recently reviewed Heartless, their self-titled debut EP offers up six intense tracks of aural violence with growling vocals and nice tempo shifts, sometimes bordering on sludge.

With influences ranging from His Hero Is Gone to Joy Division (!!!), the band actually reminds me a bit of Swedish death metal band Grave. The recording is tight with nice, punchy production and should be interesting for fans of extreme metal. The EP is also available on a limited edition cassette.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://cynarae.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/cynaraekittenmachine