Gamma Rage - Scorcher
Rock, Metal, Punk
Rhode Island, United States
Overall Impression: Rhode Island based hard rockers Gamma Rage deliver one scorcher of a track, with the aptly named Scorcher! Super heavy distorted guitars lead the charge as singer, Malyssa BellaRosa teases the listener with a tale straight out of the diary of Hunter S. Thompson. With lyrics like "Took too much and now I’m gone - tiny lizards crawling on and on. Scarlett lines all on their backs - feel like I’m having a heart attack", that perfectly reflect the sensation of an oncoming hallucinogenic experience. The music totally matches the chaotic mental experience of someone entering into a heavy drug trip and as the guitars get louder and more wild, Malyssa continues explaining how the trip is getting more and more intense with lines like "Holograms light up the room - dancing on the wall conjuring blooms. You can’t move and you can’t groove and you can’t move". And after every other line, Malyssa continuously seduced the listener to "take another hit". Which as anyone who has experienced a bad trip will tell you, is not a great idea. As the music builds to an over the top finale of raging guitar solos, and as Malyssa screams "I can't believe it's going this way", everything suddenly comes crashing to a halt as Scorcher comes to its conclusion.
Strongest Point(s): Excellent music production. The guitar tones are really raw and in your face. Bordering on Metal, but still in the realm of whiskey-soaked Hard Rock. Malyssa's vocals have a perfect bite and menace to accompany such an intense lyrical message. Love the use of dual guitars as well. It's nice to hear each of them bouncing off each other from the left and right sides of the stereo spectrum.
Target Audience Appeal: For fans of real Hard Rock. The kind that makes you want to tear across the Mojave Desert on a Harley. Also has a lot of potential for Punk, Stoner Rock, Psych Rock, Metal, Alternative, even Classic Rock fans. Suggest hitting up sync agencies for placement in media like films, television, etc.
Artist target suggestions: The Plasmatics, Motörhead, Judas Priest, The Black Label Society, Red Fang, Clutch, Queens of The Stone Age, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dead Boys, Girlschool, etc.
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Joshua A. Pfeiffer is a music nerd who spends countless hours researching music, and curating public playlists and DJ mixes, to spread awareness of emerging musicians and to highlight the wonderful world of music history. Josh has a deep affection for most genres and eras of music, is an active, professional, award-winning DJ (DJ FACT.50 - Best of the Bay 2019 ~ SF Weekly), twitch streamer, audio engineer and working musician. As founder, lead singer, and co-songwriter of the band Vernian Process, Josh has over 15 years of experience in the music industry. And for nearly a decade, was the owner and head writer for the online community post-punk.com.