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Articles By JP Carroll

Channeled - EP Review: Channeled II (Part One)
29 Apr 2022 // review by JP Carroll
Channeled, the facet of musical expression for Auckland’s Ben Ruegg are returning to the fold with Part One of Channeled II, a 3 part album that is being released over the next 6 months. Originally this was purely a solo project, and Channeled now has a live element as well as a debut album under their belt.
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Jarrod Ross - Single Review: Hail
18 Mar 2022 // review by JP Carroll
Jarrod Ross, formerly of Pan Am and Valedictions, brings us Hail, a solo effort of the rock variety, born of lockdown conditions. Reminiscent of some of the dreamier aspects of American and British rock of the recent and distant past, Ross’ solo project was a long time plan, enabled by the pandemic.
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Ekko Park - Single Review: Breakdown
08 Mar 2022 // review by JP Carroll
After a phenomenal-yet-pandemic-maligned album release cycle with Horizon, Ekko Park are back with a new single, Breakdown. Ekko Park (Joe Walsh (lead vocals, guitar), Bryan Bell (bass), Nick Douch (drums) and newest addition Jessie Booth (guitar, backing vocals)), are a well-established Auckland rock quartet with an international pedigree and a penchant for hooky tracks of the highest order of quality.
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East York - EP Review: Origins
28 Jan 2022 // review by JP Carroll
East York (Daz Coppins, Tarquin Keys, Zane Rosanoski, Eric Boucher) are an international amalgam of band members hailing from one part of the world, and living in another, with a Kiwi link. If their Origins EP is anything to go by, the band is certainly blessed with an international calibre.
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STATES - Single/Video Review: Relentless
03 Apr 2021 // review by JP Carroll
Auckland band States have been around the local scene for some time, in various incarnations. Through changes in the band line-up and direction in sound, the band has settled on a roster in which there is vision and optimism to invest deeply in their music and visuals.
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Domes - Single Review: R
02 Oct 2020 // review by JP Carroll
Domes are a three piece space metal band based somewhere between London, Australia and New Zealand. Their sound is atmospheric and doomy yet ethereal and melodic - the band describes it as "Heavy music that is forward looking".
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For The Wolves - Single Review: Parable
20 Sep 2020 // review by JP Carroll
For The Wolves are a Brisbane based Kiwi/Aussie Rock outfit carving out a place for their brand of aggressive psychedelic rock in the Australian scene. They have had the help of some of the best in the business on their new single Parable, with Luke Palmer from Dead Letter Circus at the production helm, and Forrester Savell mixing.
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Jadukor - Single Review: Always Yours
09 Jun 2020 // review by JP Carroll
Jadukor describes himself as "A mysterious magician who is pulling music out of his hat". Working the angle of intrigue can often pay dividends, and this solo artist is attracting plenty of attention with his particular brand of swaggering, alternative rock metal.
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Channeled - Single Review: The Taste Of Blood
03 May 2020 // review by JP Carroll
Channeled is a Kiwi rock act lead by talented guitarist/singer/songwriter Ben Ruegg. The Taste of Blood is the first single from Channeled’s second record, following up 2019’s self-titled debut.
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Coridian - Single Review: The Witness
13 Apr 2020 // review by JP Carroll
Auckland four-piece Coridian have well and truly earned their stripes as one of NZ’s highest quality rock acts. With two records, multiple music videos, high profile tours and plenty of streams under their belts, The Witness proves to be yet another worthy addition to their catalogue.
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Radio Coma - Single Review: Fight Night
17 Mar 2020 // review by JP Carroll
Radio Coma are a syndicate of musicians, audio engineers, and producers with Ozan Turan at the core of it, along with drummer Aycan Firatli, And Johann De Guigne on bass duties. Radio Coma are here to create a community around them of like-minded people.
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The Nighthawk Experience - Single Review: Current Lies
05 Mar 2020 // review by JP Carroll
The Nighthawk Experience is the intriguing new project from Scott McDonald-Bull (Anemoia, Scott MCB), which combines music and animation to create an immersive listening and viewing experience. The first track, Current Lies, introduces us to a huge post-rock sound, for fans of bands like Jakob and even Shihad.
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