We’re back again with some more new music!! And this week, we’ve got a new band to talk about. Let me introduce you to Rizen. Rizen are a band who have been around since 2018. They are made up of members Adrian, Brian, Chris, Mikey & Josh. The band are heavily influenced by 80’s rock & roll which is definitely something I can hear in the track we are talking about today called “Chicken Little”.
Now I have to admit, when I saw that I was reviewing a song called “Chicken Little”, I was expecting some kind of comedy song. It brought me back to my childhood to be honest and made me think of the 2005 film, also called Chicken Little. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong, and more happier!
The track starts off with the sound of rain fall and a thunderstorm before what I think is a guitar, begins to play a really nice dreamy progression, similar to the start of Adele’s hit “Set Fire To The Rain”. Just before the minute mark however, the 80’s influence well and truly kicks in full force with a wall of distorted guitars and pounding drums leading us nicely into the chorus.
The vocals open up into a really powerful growl, similar to Axel Rose from Guns N Roses, as the lead singer belts out the chorus for all to hear. I really think the band have done a super job of taking that 80’s influence and incorporating it into their original music. In my opinion, if you heard this track on the radio, you could easily be fooled into thinking that it’s a song deep from the 80’s rock catalogue.
As we reach the two and a half minute mark, we get a really brief but still amazing guitar solo, reminiscent of one that you would hear Slash rip into on a Guns N Roses record. Again, perfectly embodying that 80’s classic rock feel. I personally think 80’s rock is one of the harder genres to replicate, especially with all the modern day technology making everything sound so clean and clear. The gritty nature and sound of the 80’s is something that is tried too often, but just lacks that kick. But Rizen have done it perfectly!
This was my first time reviewing Rizen, and I can definitely say it won’t be my last. I love hearing these new submissions come through, but I especially love it when it’s a song that I can see myself listening to in my own time, and I can safely say that “Chicken Little” has made that list.
Solid submission Rizen, keep rocking out!
Written by Jack Saunders
It’s been a while since we’ve had some new music to review, but we’ve finally got some in the form of Lizzie’s latest single “Tiptoe”.
Since we last reviewed Lizzie, she’s been going from strength to strength, showcasing her talent overseas performing in Canada and Spain just to name a few. And now she’s back with a brand new track!
The song starts with the distant sound of a piano playing a really nice and already catchy chord progression. After a couple of seconds, we hear Lizzie come into the track and start us off with the title of the track “tiptoe, got to be quiet”. It seems to me that “tiptoe” is a Halloween themed song, but what I like is it’s not the usual Halloween song which is all about ghosts and the undead. It still sticks to Lizzie’s roots of pop and catchy hooks.
There’s also a mention of “got to run as fast as you can, don’t let him get to you. Keep running and running, there’s no turning back”. I’m definitely getting a Halloween vibe! But again, it can’t be compared to a song like ‘Thriller’. Its much more lighter, it’s more modern, but has the same catchy hook to it. What I also love about this line is how it could be perceived as two different meanings. We’ve talked about the Halloween theme, so it could be Lizzie warning you to run away from a ghost or ghoul. However, it also feels like Lizzie is having some sort of internal dialogue, telling herself not to look back and keep moving forward, away from this person. Almost as if it’s an ex partner, or just someone who she knows isn’t good for her. She’s trying to stick to her guns and leave this person behind for her own good. Really great writing in my opinion.
Another great song in the discography of Lizzie, who continues to go from strength to strength, and is firmly knocking on the door of the big time.
Nice work Lizzie, keep up the good work!
Written by Jack Saunders
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