Hello CGCM Rock Radio listeners and readers! Welcome to Beaver Buzz, a regular segment written by contributor Dave Wilks showcasing some newly released (or recently added) singles to the CGCM Rock Radio rotation. While listening to our station, you’ll hear our mascot Buzzsaw Beaver come on at the top of the hour with a new single to spin. We all at CGCM believe it’s important to feature new music. If you’re interested in having your band’s single played, send mp3 files and information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CGCM Rock Radio New Singles – February 16, 2021 (BEAVER BUZZ)
CGCM Rock Radio New Singles – March 02, 2021 (BEAVER BUZZ)
I want to thank everyone for voting in the Beaver Buzz Show Poll for the first show. There’s definitely a clear leader in Kickin Valentina, but the poll will remain live until Wednesday when the next 2-hour episode comes out. Kickin Valentina gets a lot of well-deserved support around these parts, so that’s not a big surprise. Accept and The Treatment are too close to call.
This week’s haul includes a wide variety of hard rock, metal, hair metal, and some other nuggets. It’s going to get weirdly poppy at times, but we’ve got some sword and sorcery metal to cleanse your palette. Buzzsaw is most excited about the ballsy cover of a classic and all the debuts from young, new bands.
Kings Before You – Durbin (feat. Chris Jericho & Phil Demmel)
James Durbin—yes, that guy from American Idol—finally, fully and completely, embraces metal. He goes all-in on this track, with help from Sebastian Bach‘s favourite sing Chris Jericho (Fozzy) lending a little bit of that warrior credibility. On guitars, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence and Machine Head) attacks this song. Great stuff!
“Kings Before You” is off The Beast Awakens available now, just as The Meister predicted.
I Confess – Jo Below
Each time I hear “I Confess“, I like it more. It sounds like a rich blend of modern metal like Halestorm, with a little L7, and a sprinkle of B.O.C.. Whatever it is I am 100% down. The four-piece group based in Helsinki, Finland describes themselves as “Modern Classic Rock” but they sound far more layered than that.
“I Confess” is off No Control available April 16, 2021.
You’re Killing Me – Mustasch
“You’re Killing Me” is an aggressive, hard-driving song driven by a relentless and completely addictive groove. The first 40 seconds is all rhythm with the drums and bass staking their claims on the song. By the time the vocals and blazing guitars take over, you’re hooked. This is a huge song and deserves wide airplay. Take my advice and check out the video, it’s rock ‘n’ roll.
“You’re Killing Me” is off A Final Warning – Chapter One available April 16.
Battle Lessons – Damon Johnson & The Get Ready
The world needs more great hard rock songs with killer riffs, and Damon Johnson & The Get Ready are kind enough to share one. It’s catchy and will worm its way into your head. To me, that’s a beautiful thing.
“Battle Lessons” is off the album of the same name, released February 19.
Fall – The Mercy Kills
The Mercy Kills originally put together the New Rule album in 2010, but it never had a wide release. It’s too bad because “Fall” simply kicks ass. It hits the sweet spot where punk and hard rock come together to form something better.
“Fall” is off New Rule, released February 12.
Cherry – Jet Black Romance
“Cherry” brings back memories of summertime songs by Poison blasting out of car stereos. Jet Black Romance injects a little boogie into their version of glam rock, releasing a great track with a breezy California sound.
It’s not clear when the album or EP will be released.
Super God – Electric Boys
The fuzzy, funky Electric Boys are back with a killer track called “Super God“. I highly recommend checking out the video, it’s a treat. The organ is such a great touch, resulting in an almost gospel feel. The Boys are definitely exploring their roots in a 70s sound, but is upbeat and showcases Conny Bloom‘s unique voice.
“Super God” is off Ups!de Down expected on April 30, 2021.
Rocket On The Radio – Chez Kane
Chez Kane pulls off an incessantly catchy pop-rock song. “Rocket On The Radio” would be perfect on the soundtrack of the next season of Stranger Things. It’s breezy but hits the mark for what it’s going for. If you’re looking for a pure 80s feel, this song nails it.
“Rocket On The Radio” is off the debut album self-titled album expected on March 12, 2021.
Taking My Chances – Smith/Kotzen
The band sprung from the combination of Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, Poison) and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden and ASAP) feels way more organic than many of the other numerous collaborations being released right now. The two sound amazing on both guitars and vocals and play off each other perfectly. If you remotely like blue-based hard rock, check this one out.
“Taking My Chances” is off the self-titled Smith/Kotzen album expected on March 26, 2021.
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Master of the Dark – The Norseman Company
My buddy Ivan Galesic—a fellow reviewer here at CGCM— recommended this song and I was immediately blown away. It has the feel of a Dio song, from the subject matter to the sound. The band is the brainchild of Geir Arne Dale (Humbucker) who brought in Age Sten Nilsen (Wig Wam) for the vocals for this track.
“Master of the Dark” is off The Coming of the Chord expected in 2021.
Last Child – Dirty Honey
Dirty Honey took the same approach to Aerosmith‘s “Last Child” as Aerosmith did to “Come Together”, to much the same results. Both tunes are straight covers, seemingly acknowledging the greatness of the originals with only minor changes. These covers aren’t meant to explore a new arrangement or put a twist on something familiar, they’re an homage to the classics. A well-done cover is a rare find these days, and Dirty Honey delivers.
The Devil Is A Friend Of Mine – Venomous Rose
Our very own host of the Psychotic Stripshow, Trevor “Psychone” McDougal recommended Venomous Rose and they are a treat for any sleaze lover. From the first riff to the opening “Ooooohhhhh Yeaahhh” you know you’re in store for some high-quality 80’s inspired rock. It has a good, hard edge to it, with a nice solo. Really impressive for a debut song.
Hate – Plush
Speaking of debuts, Plush‘s first release is a worthy addition to the effort to keep rock alive. They are an all-female band, led by Moriah Formica who once appeared on The Voice. This is a solid kick-off to a hopefully long career. It’s great to hear that the next generation of rockers is more than capable of carrying the flame forward, with horns up!
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