Album: Message From Sylvia
Message From Sylvia have had alot of change which haven’t stopped them, they have overcome just about everything in their way. With new vocalist Matthew and former First Decree member Dane Lopez they led a following that is undeniable. The band has shared the stage with Sevendust, Fuel, Candlebox, Alice Cooper, Adelita’s Way, Pop Evil, Hinder, Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, Otherwise, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Deftones and Saliva. I was invited to review their new self titled album and it was worth every minute.
Their first single “Heart Of War” has already gained popularity on the charts. “Heart Of War” debuted on the Modern Rock Charts at #40 and moves to #21 as we speak. Lead vocalist was Matthew Nevitt quoted saying;
“We feel that the song ‘Heart of War’ was the perfect launch for Message From Sylvia. This single exemplifies all our heads coming together to complete a single we as a band are all really proud of!“
The release itself really hits with hard intensity that is heavy yet melodic fronted by vocalist Matthew Nevitt, the group is rounded out by the Lopez-Smith brothers (Zach, Issac and Dane) who together hold down Message From Sylvia’s sound and their instrument mastery really seems to be rounded out.
The next song focus is “Victim Of Yourself“. This track is rustic and grungy and really brings alot to the table on this album. Matthew’s vocal delivery is refreshing while containing all the rock out he needs. The break down really builds you up crashes you down into sea of excellence.
“Right Here and Now” is a track that really stands out to me because of the way Matthew’s vocals echoes throughout the whole song bringing a whole new set of intensity that will be hard to fit the bill for another band to follow. This is the bands next single release with the way it sounds it will be a good release behind “Heart Of War”
The track “Crystal Ball” has an opening that’s interesting with the way it introduces the distorted “Oh Oh Oh’s” into the beginning and throughout the song in the background. Musically this song leaves you feeling solemn and you could possibly give this song a few times and makes this a track a definite listen.
The cold and wintery track “December (Forever)” was one of my favorite songs on the album. This song has some crisp heavy guitar work and the lyrics really have a coldness that you can really feel. The vocals brought forth on this track is outstanding and prove the song was appropriately named.
This is an anthem like track called”Fall In Line“. This empowering track is full of heavy drums and really gets you going with the powerful yet small guitar solo. Matthew’s vocal delivery is out of this world and takes you to a place of not taking anything from anyone in opposition or in one word. Hungry. So lookout!
Overall this album was great from beginning to end. It had amazing guitar solos and and top notch vocal delivery. Message From Sylvia has been through quite alot but have overcome adversity and musically and lyrically made a masterpiece.
Message From Sylvia on Social Media
Official “Heart Of War” Video
Message From Sylvia is
Matthew Nevitt – Lead Vocals
Dane Lopez-Smith – Lead Guitar
Isaac Lopez-Smith – Bass
Zachary Lopez-Smith – Drums