SweetKenny is composing and doing the sound design for a new video game titled " The Darkness Of Ragnarokk "
Also checkout the very cool interview about the game by Demon Gaming.
I was first introduced to the music of Sweet Kenny earlier this year, via the official WoodBangers song “A New Dawn” (which was released as a single and on his June 2015 album Fleabag Hotel). Since then, I have had the pleasure of listening to many of his other albums and have enjoyed them all. Sweet Kenny has not restricted himself and his music in one certain kind of style; this man loves music and it shows because he experiments and makes all kinds of songs and albums. So when I heard he already had another album coming out, only a few months after “Fleabag Hotel”, I was impressed with this man’s passion for his craft, but also eager to see and listen to what new sounds my ears would have the pleasure of soaking up. He did not disappoint when he released “Ancient Hunter” last month. True to what he’s done on previous albums, it was something new and different from what he’d done before, but just as well composed and thought out. This time around, he went with a video game vibe to the music and I loved it. It made me feel like I was listening to the audio of an edgy adventure video game. And I literally found myself wanting to play this game that didn’t exist, just to see the scenery and know the story! Sweet Kenny has proven once again that he is an amazing musician with a true passion for what he does. Hell! He’s already working on his next album!! Does this man not sleep!? LOL He even creates his own cover art for his albums, and you can see clearly he wanted to evoke more of the video game vibe, by creating his own female action hero inspired by the lovely Lara Croft, to grace the cover in her adventures. Wonderfully done, on all accounts, Sweet Kenny! Keep up the kick ass work and I can’t wait to see what you do next!
“Ancient Hunter” is the latest album released by Sweet Kenny, featuring 11 new video game inspired tracks that are meant to take you on an adventure. You can find album on Google Play and Amazon.
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Congrats to Ken (SweetKenny) on getting song placement in an episode of the ABC Family's Television show " Freak Out "
Ken's song titled " It's Scary Out There " is in the episode " EXORCISMS AND GHOSTS FREAK ME OUT ".
The SweetKenny Team.
Ken Sutton's (SweetKenny) song " Feel The Flow " has been placed in a Finland television show, the show is titled " Shedding For The Wedding " it's in the episode " Devils In The Details ". it was place by Soundfile Productions.
The SweetKenny Team.
SweetKenny's album " INK! " has be reviewed by Woodbangers Magazine, and we must say what a " Great " review it is. Thank you Woodbangers!!
you can read all about it here at " Woodbangers "
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Let's end the month with an Easter present, that being our 45th monthly CD review at The Sault Metal Scene, and today, it's of Dafter, Michigan solo guitarist Kenneth "SweetKenny" Sutton's fifth original solo album "Doo Hickey"! Released TODAY (and recorded) through his independent label Waterfall Records, this is Ken's first of at least two scheduled 2013 albums, and it features him on all instruments, save for the guitar, which he shares along with frequent collaborator Scott Schroen on the first 5 tracks. As of this writing, "Doo Hickey" can be purchased for 99¢ a track on CD Baby, Amazon, & iTunes, with physical discs available on CD Baby as well, though note that the full mp3 album cost there is almost double what is is on other sites. As well, the whole EP (which has just 6 songs under 22 minutes in total length) can be streamed on SweetKenny's website, so click here to check it out before buying, and each song title is linked to it's streaming cop! Without any further adieu, let's begin with the album's first song, "Prescription X"!
"Prescription X" starts with an almost surf rock intro, and it in this short song (one of two under 2 minutes long), it feels very condensed, almost like Ken started verses early to fit the shorter runtime. The heavier guitar riffs are good, and Ken's singing (which has a higher tempo Elvis-esque tone here) fits well for the mood of the song, but it all feels very rushed compared to longer later tracks on "Doo Hickey", and I'd like to hear this song even with a minute of extra runtime. Second is "I'm Lost Without You", which has a slower pacing to start, with almost a bluesier hard rock tone, but the structure does feel more natural than on the opening song. I like the groove of this song, which has a laid back mix of styles, and Ken's lower singing fits the mood very well! The spoken word asides add some levity without taking away from the song (which surprised me a bit), and overall, if you like a bluesy take on progressive rock, you'll like "I'm Lost Without You"! I just wish there was more of a solo, and maybe a bit less repetition.
Third is "January Guitar", an initially softer number that definitely seems to call upon Ken's Elvis tribute past vocally, before building out of nowhere into a more aggressive and scratchier chorus, then fading back. The instrumentation is effectively intricate, but the choruses feel too abrupt and jarring for a change to the song's feel otherwise. That said, Ken & Scott's guitar work is very nice, the singing's effective, and it has a floaty essence that's a welcome change, so it works on that level, but I'd liked to have seen the verses and chorus flow in a more natural way. Next is "I Met A Girl", which has a bouncy riff to start and some effective old school-feeling vocals, and it definitely feels like a song from the 1970s in tone! That said, the guitar work does seem somewhat repetitious, and the structure has some messy transitions (though not as obvious as on "Prescription X"), and I would like to hear it a bit longer than it is. The pace and Ken's singing work well though, and this is a solid rocker for what it is!
Second last on "Doo Hickey" is "Alone", which is the EP's shortest track, and it reminds me of a bit heavier and better structured variant of "January Guitar", and it has a nice guitar melody and good melodic rock singing! That said, it's way too short, and it feels like just the first part of a longer song that wasn't completed, but for it's length, it works as a mid-tempo rock original! Now if only it had more of a guitar solo. This album closes with by far it's longest track "It's Like Darkness & Cold Rain", which is also the only purely solo song on the EP. Maintaining a darker slow pace, Ken's Elvis-esque singing flows well with the backing instrumentation, and he gets ample time to show off his guitar skills in the middle of the song, but it feels like this song could have used a heavier interlude or some sort of tempo change to break up the song, which feels overlong at 7 minutes in length. That said, this song shows Ken's multiple instrument skill nicely, and though it's somewhat of a down note to end "Doo Hickey" with, his talent can't be questioned!
So, what's the final word on SweetKenny's newest EP? I liked a lot of it, but there were some things I'd have fixed. On the positive side, Ken Sutton has a nice vocal range that suits the material, whether he's channeling his Elvis influences or employing a grittier side of things, and both his and Scott Schroen's guitar work shows a lot of talent cultivated over decades of experience! The songs show a variance of influences too, so there's a little something for everyone, though myself, I took to "I'm Lost Without You" the most of the 6. There main aspect of "Doo Hickey" that I'd like to see amended on future albums is the song structures, either for repetition, short length, or rushed/messy transitions. Had those been addressed, each song could have really stood out even more, as there's a lot of good in this EP! Also, while this isn't a universally heavy release, Ken shows aspects of it here, and on earlier albums like "Jennifer's Box Of Junk", you can see a lot more as well. Overall, while imperfect, there's a lot to like on "Doo Hickey", and hopefully "Perception" builds on it with even more quality SweetKenny work!
The news keeps on rolling in, and for this 23rd straight day of updates, we have a mix of things, including the latest confirmed band for the next local battle of the bands, the closely nearing deadline for registrations, and a pile of shorter recent news items, but first, here's some information on a new upcoming metal album release, and when we'll be reviewing it on the site!
Dafter, Michigan metal solo artist Ken "SweetKenny" Sutton will release his fifth original solo album "Doo Hickey" on March 31st! (Well, his sixth if you count last year's best-of compilation.) As revealed on his various online pages, including the album's page on his website, the album will see Ken teaming up with Detroit-area guitarist Scott Schroen (of The Ugly Radio Rebellion), who he has worked with on past material, but Ken will handle some guitar parts along with all other instruments. Sound-wise, Ken revealed that this will have "the Detroit rock sound", the sound of Sammy Hagar meeting The Doors, and a progressive rock feel, which all sounds intriguing added up! Scheduled to be released through his independent label Waterfall Records in just under two weeks, the full album (which is of EP length with only 6 songs) can be heard for free at this location, but it WILL be available for sale on the 31st through online music sites such as CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon, presumably for 99¢ a track or $5.94 for the full release.
With a streaming copy available online (and with Ken sending me an advance copy), I'll confirm right now that "Doo Hickey" will be the subject of this month's CD review at the SMS! It'll be our first Sault Michigan review since last summer, and as a result, I've tentatively bumped our review of Woods of Ypres' "Independent Nature 2002-2007" to next month, likely close to the Juno Awards for obvious reasons. Stay tuned by March 31st for our review of SweetKenny's newest album, and for more updates soon!
SweetKenny in Miami Talent Magazine!!
click the link (Here) pick up your copy today!!
Boy do we have Big, biG, BIG News!!
SweetKenny and Scott Schroen form the band "Ugly Radio Rebellion" is in the studio writing a new album for 2013!
The title of the new album is "Doo Hickey", and all of you know just by the title it's gonna be GREAT!!
We will keep you all up to date on this new album and any and all things SweetKenny! so keep tuned!!
The SweetKenny Team!!
WMA Label has just released a 3 song cd and downloads of SweetKenny's "Jennifer's Box Of Junk"
A full cd will be released on December 21, 2012, but SweetKenny wanted you all to have a per-release now!
SweetKenny's new cd "Jennifer's Box Of Junk" to be released on December 21, 2012
On this cd SweetKenny has his very good friend playing guitar on some of the tracks,
he's from the band "Ugly Radio Rebellion" his name is "Scott Schroen", so you know it's gonna be a good cd.
we'll keep you all posted as things come about.
And if you didn't already know you can here SweetKenny on IMRadio.com so go have a listen.
you can also find him at Fanbridge.com
God Bless You All!!
The SweetKenny Team.
SweetKenny is now working on a new cd titled "Jennifer's Box Of Junk" it is one of the first of many cds he is working on where the first is no good without the last and the last is no good without the first cd. you must have all cd's to understand the full meaning with a bonus on each one. This cd "Jennifer's Box Of Junk" will feature guitar player and very good friend "Scott Schroen" of "Ugly Radio Rebellion" the music of "Frank Zappa".
A Note From SweetKenny
"I have known Scott Schroen for over 25 years and he fit's perfect on the project, his guitar playing is right up there with all the big name guitar players and I know his style of playing, He has an open mind to his playing!
As the songs are completed we will post them here for you all to enjoy.
The SweetKenny Team
How many songs do you think Kenneth M Sutton (SweetKenny) has written?
Ken has written so far 222 songs. and registered with BMI, that's alot of music for one guy to write when most out there spend a year on one song.
Ken can write a song, sing and record it, mix it and master it in about a week. and that's with playing all the parts himself.
his last cd "FootSteps" (do to be released July 31, 2012) took him 45 days to write, play (all the parts), sing and record, mix, master and design the artwork for it. he also press's his own cd's and package's them, how many of you can say or do that? alot of work and alot of love in the work.
It's only by the Grace of God he can do that!
The SweetKenny Team
I'm back in the studio writing and recording a new cd titled "Foot Steps" and it will be ready in the summer.
God Bless you all!!
SweetKenny has now reached 215 songs on BMI!
can you believe that! 215 songs written by him so far and still more on the way.
SweetKenny has written everything from movie scores to game scores, to love songs. he has a big creative mind that just won't stop. if you do a search on BMI for one of SweetKenny's (Kenneth M Sutton) songs you'll find it along with more of his work.
The SweetKenny Team
Hi all of you!,
My new cd SweetKenny "Raw and Honest" is now at cdbaby, you can order it from their website or you can just click the Music Store link to the left of the page here on SweetKenny .com
enjoy the music!!!!!
You can now find SweetKenny on Whotune.com. this site is a great site to really get your music out there and it's "FREE".
the site has lots and I mean "LOTS" of "FREE" tools to use to get you to the right people. you can do Live shows at home, you can design cds and sell them, create a "FREE" website and many more things. so why don't you join!
Hi all SweetKenny here,
I just uploaded a new song titled "The Whole World Is A Fantasy" to the SweetKenny music page.
Drop on by and check it out!
You can now find SweetKenny on Reverbnation.com. you can also buy ringtones and downloads at his store.
so head on over to Reverbnation now.
SweetKenny is now on Numubu.com this is a great site to get seen, heard and known.
If you want to promote your music and sell cd's you need to join ArtistPr.com it's FREE!!!!!!!!!
About three (3) weeks ago I submitted a song (I Should Have Listen To Momma) to the one and only Cher through http://www.musicxray.com
to Alex Torrez of Torrez Music Group, "TMG is listening for songs to pitch to Nashville Producer Mark Bright (Carrier Underwood) Needs amazing songs for Cher. All tempos. Cutting in November."
Well I got an email from Alex Torrez about my submission to Cher, and this is what he had to say about the song. "
Your review Is
thanks for sending in your song for us to check out. Its really good but just not quite what we need.
now most big time people just don't get back with you and you don't hear anything at all from them but Alex Torrez did, and that means alot to a songwriter like me, just to have him listen to the song is a big plus, but to have him send me a review!, thats an honor! in the biggest way.
thanks Alex Torrez!
if any of you want to submit songs to big named artist like I did, you can do it at http://www.musicxray.com/?afid=3319a2d05cf1012d63061231390a1e12
to join is free, but to submit is a cost.