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Sparrow Records

Released September 13 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

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Reviewed By Tyler Hess

Released August 26th 2011

Fair Trade Services

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Review: Icon For Hire – Scripted | Christian Music Zine

Tooth & Nail Records

Released August 23rd 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

When a band has the potential to be known just as much for their image as for their music, you just never know what you’re going to get until you hear it for yourself.  Icon For Hire is just now releasing their freshman album, yet it is easy to spot them in a crowd, with frontwoman Ariel and her bright pink hair distinguishing the band from most arena rock bands.

Then there are the obvious vocal comparisons that draw obvious comparisons to a mixture of Paramore‘s Hayley Williams and The Letter Black’s Sarah Anthony, with hints of Flyleaf’s Lacey Sturm.  Despite all that, the powerful voice from the Swede overcomes all the obstacles to make their sound their own.

Although when you hear the vocals and hear rock music, you tend to think of certain female led rock bands like those mentioned above or Fireflight, Eowyn, etc., the music itself might remind you of something more along the lines of Since October, so don’t fool yourself into putting them into one particular box, as their music isn’t as easily definable as it seems on the surface.

Scripted starts out with a short intro, “Overture”, followed by an anthemic blast called “Theater”.  When I first heard the band’s debut single, “Make A Move”, it gave me an anticipation that was only slowed by the thought that almost everyone has one good song in them, but few have great rock songs like this in them.

After a synthesized rock song titled “Get Well”, the band introduces their first piano ballad called “The Grey”, staying true to arena rock’s protocol of mixing it up a little with a slower number.  If you’re not careful, you might get whiplash as they explode out of that with “Off With Her Head”, which is approximately the point in time where it’s quite easy to lose yourself in the music and just bop your head up and down to the rhythm of the drums.

Another synth rock piece titled “Fight” is trailed by another fast paced shoot in “Up In Flames” as a build up to the impressive “Iodine”.  The tranquil, atmospheric “Only A Memory” heads us toward a close, where we’re finished off with the encouraging “Pieces”.

If you know what you’re doing, building hype isn’t that difficult.  The tricky part is delivering.  Icon For Hire’s debut album shows off the promise heard on “Make A Move” and puts on a show, with an album full of tracks that can both rock your face off and edify you hearts.

Score: 4

Tracklisting:

  1. Overture
  2. Theater
  3. Make A Move
  4. Get Well
  5. The Grey
  6. Off With Her Head
  7. Fight
  8. Up In Flames
  9. Iodine
  10. Only A Memory
  11. Pieces

Review: Stellar Kart – A Whole New World EP | Christian Music Zine

Released July 26th 2011

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

New Site Design Coming Next Week! (Signing Off For The Weekend Transfer)

Free Sampler Is Among Other Things Coming Early Next Week

As many of you know, we have been working hard behind the scenes on building up Christian Music Zine exponentially over the last couple months, not only increasing our viewership considerably, but also working on a new design.  More specifically, one of our own writers, Dan Allen Sr. has been working diligently on designing and implementing the new CMZ layout per my specifications.

I believe that the new web design not only looks a lot better, cleaner and easier to navigate, but it offers us a chance to do a lot more things.  One day, I would like to be able to do this website full time and devote my energy fully to serving this purpose of promoting the art of believers, which I believe in turn helps promote the Gospel.  Because of this, I plan on implementing non-abrasive, non-annoying advertisment to the website.  A guy’s gotta eat.  I’ve been doing this for about three years and never thought CMZ would amount to much, but I loved doing it (and still love doing it, even more so now) and would love to continue doing it in the near future.

So what else do we have in store for you next week?

Well, for starters, come Tuesday we will be offering for FREE a sampler of independent Christian bands and artists called “Dependent State of Mind Vol. 1”.  I had asked for suggestions one day and someone came up with the idea of “Independent State of Mind”, but my thinking is that although these artists may be independent of a major record label deal, we all need to be dependent on God.

Also, we will have part two of our coverage of Cornerstone Festival coming up next week.  Check out part 1 here as well as our coverage of Creation Festival here.

CMZ started mostly as a site where I wrote out reviews of albums I had purchased and that will remain an important part of the site.  Next week we will have reviews of Stellar Kart’s “A Whole New World” EP and Hillsong United’s God Is Able.

Those are just some of the things we have lined up for next week.  Don’t forget to check by our twitter page for updates and say hi to me on my own twitter and follow us on facebook!

I will leave you with this…a screenshot of the dummy version of what the website will like.  It isn’t fleshed out with our articles, but it is a general idea of what the site will look like next week.

 

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