Into the Presence is nostalgically fresh

Whoa. Got my Amie Street e-newsletter today and was blown away by Into the Presence. Others can give a more complete review (ex: The Vinyl District First Date with | Into The Presence) but I couldn’t resist sharing the news about today’s release of this self-titled album. You can hear three tracks on imeem (better than the MySpace page).

One of the catchiest tracks is currently available for free download: Lovers

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Next to listening to the music, the best way I can describe them is by comparing the voice to Freddie Mercury (Queen) and Matthew Bellamy (Muse), guitar work like Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden). Into the Presence is mainly Tim “Herb” Alexander’s (Primus drummer) project but showcases new talent from vocalist and guitarist Luis Carlos Maldonado. Basically, if you like classic rock, you’ll love this “progressive rock” release. It’s a throwback unlike anything I’ve heard in a long time. It reminds me of Nuno Bettencourt’s breakthrough with Extreme II in 1990!

For guitar fans, here’s one of their many MySpace vids:
Into The Presence – Pedal Board

On a mostly unrelated note, Amie Street recommended another brand new release: Colonia by A Camp. This is one of Nina Persson’s (The Cardigans) side projects; she continues to produce solid music. “Love Has Left the Room” is a free track.