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Channeled - Single Review: The Taste Of Blood

03 May 2020 // A 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. The Taste of Blood is a riff heavy rocker that Ruegg describes as "Musically and lyrically... exploring the idea of biting your tongue when you are around certain people", though Ruegg assures us it is not aimed at anyone specific.

This track boasts a nice clear mix, even balance and great energy from the start. The guitars are richly driven, chugging in the verse before they open up and pour across the chorus. Energetic drums underpin the track with brief sparks of nimble-handed fills, while Ruegg’s dynamic and powerful vocal performance threads through the song as it narrates the story for the listener.

The wide, American style rock chorus and heavy riff-laden bridge are my favourite parts of The Taste of Blood. This track is for fans of Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin and Seether. This is a strong track from a promising, emerging Kiwi artist, who deserves your support. So, if you like it, be sure to follow Channeled on all of their socials and join them on their journey.
Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Channeled

Channeled is ready to release the new album entitled I Heard Penelope Sing.

The new album is truly a sign of the changes that have taken place in Ben’s life. Just listen to tracks like A Conversation With You, Is That Glass? or I Can’t Quite Put My Finger On It and you will know what we are talking about here. In fact, those who heard the album before it’s release were all surprised with the direction the new music went.

The name of the album is semi-inspired by his love of people not being afraid to sing their hearts out. Music is about the experience; one best shared. It's inspiring to hear others write songs and sing them because they love it. So many of us do this in our own homes.

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Releases

Channeled II (Part One)
Year: 2022
Type: EP
Interpretation
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Perception
Year: 2021
Type: EP
I Heard Penelope Sing
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Channeled
Year: 2019
Type: Album

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