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From Classical To Metal: 10 Free Albums & A Song [Sound Sunday May 15th]

Tina Sieber 15-05-2011

Enjoy a Sound Sunday!


This edition is wild with a little bit of everything and something for everyone. The mix takes you through metal, rock, pop, reggae, folk, country, soul, hip hop, classical, instrumental, acoustic, and electronic music. What else could you ask for?

Please post your feedback in the comments or write me an email [tina at makeuseof dot com].

Free Song: Two Cent Revival – Save Our Souls

Genre: americana, folk, rock, roots

A few weeks ago I featured the song The Devil’s In This Whiskey on Sound Sunday. In light of the upcoming album release, Two Cent Revival have made a second song available for free download. It will be available for one week only, so get it while it’s out there!

Save Our Souls is a free download from Bandcamp.


Abused Romance – Shine

Genre: alternative, rock

Abused Romance is an emerging alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. They have recently released their debut album Shine and are going to tour the US in June this year.

Shine is a free download from the Abused Romance Homepage.

Enxo – Black Circus: Intermission

Genre: experimental, pop, soul, hip hop


From his ReverbNation profile:”Enxo, born Lorenzo Joseph Burroughs, is a young, vibrant, eclectic artist and producer, who prides himself on innovation and congratulating creativity in all of its forms. To his fanbase, he is known to be a very passionate songwriter and deftly illustrates his Christian Faith through music and a variety of social. Much like a young Michael Jackson, there is an unmistakeable magic that one sees and hears as they experience what Enxo has to offer.

Black Circus: Intermission is a free download from Bandcamp.

Damon Amir – Digital Intercourse

Genre: instrumental, rhythm & blues, electronica, hip hop

From Damon Amir’s Bandcamp profile: “From Denver, Colo comes” Damon Amir” , consisting of Paul P-FUNK Dawan and Derrick CEO Savala, a two man production team . All songs are from our catalog we have built. They are free to use and ask only that you acknowledge where you got them.


Digital Intercourse is a free download from Bandcamp.

Slavery – Revenge

Genre: heavy metal, death metal, thrash metal

Slavery was born as a death metal project between Jimmy Ponce (drums) and Rafael Salgado (guitarist) in early 1990. The band didn’t come together until 1993 and subsequently released their first demo After The War 1994. Slavery is based in Santiago de Chile.

Revenge is a free download from Bandcamp.


RootDown – Sampler

Genre: pop, rock, reggae

The reggae band from Oregon is about to release their new album Tidal Wave. Just before the album hits digital stores, they have released a free album sampler.

From their Facebook profile: “The new ROOTDOWN record “Tidal Wave” features ten songs produced by Grammy-winning producer Christopher Stevens (TobyMAC, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood). The band has shown significant growth and maturity since their last release “Summer of Love” in 2009 (which debuted in the top ten on the iTunes reggae charts).

RootDown’s Sampler is a free download from Music Bailout.

Jay Morgans – Burning The Portrait

Genre: acoustic, alternative, folk

From Classical To Metal: 10 Free Albums & A Song [Sound Sunday May 15th] SS051502 Burning The Portrait has come a long way. It started as a project of the brothers Jay and Jesse Morgans (The Morgans Project) and was pre-released as a limited sampler before the tracks were produced and mastered for a commercial release years later. Jesse had departed to pursue other projects and after a while Jay had basically stopped performing live. Some people, however, never forgot about his music. Around the same time that Jay agreed to organize another show, Bret Alexander re-discovered the original recordings of Burning The Portrait and ended up finishing the album. After being sold through iTunes, the album is now available for free.

Download Burning The Portrait one song at a time from The Morgans Project website or stream it from Rhapsody.

Music from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – The Concert: Selections, Spring 2011

Genre: classical

From the FMA album page: “This spring, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum launched a revamped website and music library to accompany their world-renowned classical music podcast, The Concert. To celebrate, ISGM digs into their library to curate this fresh batch of world-class performances for the Free Music Archive. Enjoy!

The Concert: Selections, Spring 2011 is a free download from the Free Music Archive.

Nest – Nest

Genre: electronic, 20th century classical, minimalism

From the FMA album page: “Nest is a project of fellow pianists and record label operators Otto Totland (Deaf Center / Type Records) and Huw Roberts (Serein). They became friends when they were members of the Miasmah free netlabel. This self-titled EP is their first work publicly released. It is apparently no longer available through Serein since their 2009 rebuild, but has been remastered and incorporated into the album RETOLD. The recording is too good to fade into obscurity, so it lives again now at the WFMU Free Music Archive.

Nest is a free download from the Free Music Archive.

Amy Courts – NoiseTrade EP

Genre: folk, pop, rock

From Amy’s hompeage: “With the July 2008 release of the independent follow-up to her 2005 EP,These Cold and Rusted Lungs, Amy Courts shows with effortless fluency that she is indeed here to stay. With her trademark impassioned vocals, captivating melodies, and audacious honesty, she ably takes on love, heartache, spirituality, and personal demons. Though her voice and songs invoke inevitable comparisons to great singer-songwriters like Jennifer Knapp, Patty Griffin, Derek Webb, and Sheryl Crow, her sound and experience are uniquely her own, and are delivered with a rare distinction.

Amy Courts’ NoiseTrade EP is a free download from NoiseTrade.

Liza Day – Liza Day and the Northbound Trestle Singers

Genre: folk, rock, country

From her Facebook bio: “Born Lindsey Czechowicz, her stage name is one half affectionate nickname and one half borrowed from social justice crusader Dorothy Day. Her music reflects this marriage, half diary-page-reflection and half public service announcement, with sounds appropriated from, well, wherever. From Appalachian folk she borrows rustic textures and deadpan storytelling. From the margins of pop she takes a disregard for tired conventions. From classic rock she borrows a dash of grit and recklessness. From old soul and gospel she borrows the secrets of voicing urgent conviction with the most human of all instruments. It’s all there, it isn’t particularly tidy, and ultimately it’s nobody’s but her own. So then, here’s the bargain: let her borrow your ears and a few minutes of your time, and you’ll be glad you did.

Liza Day and the Northbound Trestle Singers is a free download from NoiseTrade.

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