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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
 

New Artists on the Web #2

Would you like to have your band profiled at Freeway Jam? You can, and it's free. Just submit your band info. For now, this column runs on an irregular basis; once I have enough response, I'll turn it into a weekly feature. Send me your link; you've got nothing to lose, and you'll be featured among some legendary artists here.

This installment's new artists:

DeathWatch: Here Lies An Outlaw
DeathWatch: Wrapped In Sackcloth (2005)
"Here Lies an Outlaw" is from a 4-song DeathWatch sampler Wrapped In Sackcloth on PrisonRock records; Wrapped In Sackcloth itself is the first potion of an ambitious concept recording complete with characters and plotline. A hardluck story dealing with themes of leaving home, big city life, prison, redemption, and tragedy, DeathWatch in some ways recalls the glory days of 80's metal when albums were complete epics unto themselves. DeathWatch is comprised of Tim Moody on vocals, Ron Toth (bass, guitars), Dave Carron (guitars, background vocals), Victor Ruzzo (drums), and guest vocalist Brandy Anderson. Moody's vocals stylings are a cross between Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden while Toth's guitar keeps things moving with a streamlined 00's metallic crunch to it that both waxes melodic and goes in for the kill. Recommended to fans of 80's metal and those who miss the glory days of the concept metal album. More from DeathWatch at PrisonRock Records.

Basement Apartment: Into My World
Basement Apartment: Transistor! (2005)
Led by Vince Caro (ex-Pilot Light), Basement Apartment, from Minnesota, produces and extremely tuneful alt-country rock/jangle pop that formally recalls the Byrds; "Into My World" has all the necessary ingredients, tuneful, somewhat bittersweet sounding vocals, chiming ringing guitars, a lilting melody, and a semi-rural but polished patina. Caro is of the strictly DIY school of music production, and it's to his credit that this comes across as sounding as lush and solidly produced as it does. There aren't many bands working this side of the street these days, but "Into My World" is an instantly accessable, catchy number. More from Basement Apartment at the Basement Apartment home page.


New Artists on the Web is a new regular irregular feature at Freeway Jam, highlighting bands offering samples of their work over the internet. Get listed!