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(Melodic Revolution Records)
An important date on every progheadís calendar each year is the annual Rites of Spring Festival, known to everyone as RoSfest. To coincide with the event, MRR Music Group each year release a compilation, and ĎUpload Me IVí was released alongside the 2018 festival. What made this compilation different from the others was it only featured 100% upcoming, unreleased demos and mixes from future Peacock Sunrise Records and Melodic Revolution Records releases. This means we have rare material from PSR artists Allison VonBulow, Joe Macís American Garage and John Blangero, while from MMR we get Andy John Bradford, Bla Lotus, JoJo Razor, Kracked Earth, Murky Red, Scarlet Hollow, SL Theory, Thoughts Factory, and Time Horizon. I do know most of these artists already, and the others I was aware of but hadnít heard any of their music, but samplers like these are designed to introduce listeners to new music. With two labels who have a similar philosophy (well they are both owned by the same person), it is not surprising that anyone who already knows any of the artists concerned with this will find plenty on here to enjoy. But if you donít know any of the bands, then this is the perfect way to discover more. Go from the Seventies with Bla Lotus, to the wonderful voice of Allison VonBulow or the sheer immediacy and joie de vivre of Scarlet Hollow, and compare that to the darkness and passion of Murky Red. This sampler is designed to be a voyage of discovery, and once the listener has noted who they really like go and find more albums by them. I still remember Cyclops label owner Malcolm Parker moaning at me years ago that he attended a ReGenesis concert, and at the time had a double CD sampler of the label which he was selling for just pounds sterling 5, with a full booklet and photos. The concert was a sell out but even those who came and looked at the CDs just picked them up, said they didnít know any of the bands, and put them back down again. Donít be like those people, use this as a great opportunity and broaden your musical horizons today. Your ears will be forever grateful.
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