CBS have dubbed him the "New Face of Rock and Roll" and his Facebook page describes him as "a modern Renaissance man". But who is Avery Watts? Hailing from Oregon in the US, Watts was a keen musician from a young age. Originally part of a band, he formed a solo career in 2007 and released the EP, The Takeover in 2009. As a result, Watts is quickly making a name for himself both in the states and worldwide, with several of his songs being used within the media to promote sports, television and video games amongst others.
Watts' music is described on his Facebook page as a combination of "classical orchestration, hand crafted Rock/Metal riffs and cutting edge Hip-hop beats". This combination of musical styles is likely to earn Watts an army of fans from a variety of genres.
Not being a particular fan of the "heavy" metal genre-apart from the odd dabble into the likes of Linkin Park and Rage Against the Machine- I was surprised by how quickly I connected with Watts' music and the energy it often conveys.
The track A Cut Above, taken from The Takeover, is a good demonstration of this, with powerful lyrics and an infectious energy. Right Now is similarly powerful and with an anthem-like chorus, its stadium-rock at its best. The tracks Enough and Stand are slightly faster in pace with heavy guitar influences which put Avery Watts firmly on the map as a metal artist. However, it is The Takeover, the title track from the EP, which is the most iconic, successfully combining Watts' musical influences of classical, rock, metal and hip hop. Despite these influences from other genres however, Watts' individuality as an artist is clear.
So, could he be the "New Face of Rock and Roll" as CBS suggest? Only time will tell, but with critical acclaim internationally, and a "Best Rock" Seany Award for Excellence at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, he could be well on his way.
CBS have dubbed him the "New Face of Rock and Roll" and his Facebook page describes him as "a modern Renaissance man".
CBS have dubbed him the "New Face of Rock and Roll" and his Facebook page describes him as "a modern Renaissance man".If you're a fan of rock and metal, Avery Watts is definitely worth a look, but even if this is not the case, give his EP a listen- it may just surprise you!
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