Metallica have released a new video for the song Moth Into Flame off the yet to be released album, Hardwired...To Self Destruct.
Metallica was on Howard Stern this morning and debuted the song on the Sirius/XM host's show.
Here is the post from Metallica.com:
"We’re back!! Welcome to track number two from Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, “Moth Into Flame.” As some of you accurately predicted, we gave it the first public spin while hanging out with our great friend Howard Stern this morning in his New York studio. Sitting and chatting with Howard is one our favorite things to do and we were honored that he offered to play it first and let us perform a few additional songs live while we were there. We’re also excited to debut the corresponding video directed by Tom Kirk of Muse fame.
Just to refresh your memories, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct hits the streets on November 18, 2016 and was produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James and Lars, and is available for pre-order in a variety of configurations including 12 songs on a double CD, vinyl, digital download, as well as a deluxe version including cover songs and live tracks.
We are just getting started, so keep watching this space for more information, more tour dates and just in general, more Metallica!! IT’S ON!"
METALLICA performed last night in New York City's Central Park. After the show they announced a special show for their fan club members at the Webster this Tuesday in New York City this Tuesday September 27th.
If you are a fan club member you will receive an email on how to register to pick up two tickets to the show at $25 a peice. ALL proceeds will be donated to the City Harvest charity. The deadlind for entry is today at 6:45pm EDT.
(Week Ending 09/16/2016)
And here it is, another week slips past us! It seems like Time is just flying by, right? Y'all, this week was a rough week for the Birdie - life is life, ya' know? No dress rehearsal, no step by step instructions - no guarantee for success or for failure. The crystal ball or tea leaves mapping out our futures, does not exist. We forge our own trail, create or destroy the things that surround us as we move through the Life we live (it's cool that we get to live at least this part, as you're reading, together, ya know?). Risks have to be taken for us to move forward, wouldn't you agree? We have to take risks, SO...I took a musical risk with this week's WPC and stepped out of my hula hoop...I decided that I'd take a little trip through the New Releases for the week and pick by song title. Even if I wasn't familiar with the artist. So, I did just that; these songs were chosen strictly on how the song title spoke to me based on where I am in my little life journey...I dug the sh*t out of these tracks and I hope you do too...
ARTIST - Twenty One Pilots
SINGLE - “Cancer”
ALBUM - Rock Sounds Presents - The Black Parade
SINGLE DROPPED - 09/14/2016
LABEL - Rock Sounds Magazine
SMOC - Twitter - @twentyonepilots
Honestly, I must verbally and publicly & proudly admit, right here - that Twenty One Pilots has risen to the top as one of the giants in this generation's catalog of greats. Their rendition of My Chemical Romance's "Cancer" was concocted for Rock Sounds Presents release of The Black Parade album moves them up a notch in my book. So, this kinda reminds me of those compilation records from K-Tel back in the (my) day. As a tribute to the album's ten year anniversary, Rock Sounds reached out to bands in the biz like Twenty One Pilots, Asking Alexandria, Crown the Empire and Escape the Fate. Well my Pretties - they responded - and I mean Twenty One Pilots. Literally, "Cancer" in the original sense, is a gut-wrenching, painful, truthful testament to anyone that cancer has affected - patients, family and friends sadly can relate to the lyrics in the song. While MCR expressed the grit and angst of the disease that drips through the song, Twenty One Pilots straight up kicked us all in the privies with their translation; if you will. Tyler Joseph & Josh Dun take the prickly parts of the MCR original and soften it up to make you feel the beauty of life and the grief of loss, and then transforms into beauty again. How I feel when I listen to this song is about as honest as these unthinkables can get, for real. Mad Respect & Much Love to both bands. #truth
Official Lyric Vid:
ARTIST - Against Me!
SINGLE - “333”
ALBUM - Shape Shift with Me
LABEL: Total Trebble Music (Artist Owned)
SMOC: Twitter - @AgainstMe
Punk rockin' it since 1997, Against Me! released Shape Shift With Me last week under their own wing. Since my favorite number is the # 3 and I'm a Pantera/Dimebag fan (and y'all know he loved the half evil, come'on!!) - I had to listen. Not to mention, it's oddly symbolic for me so seeing it was like a flickering neon light that just drew me in. As the debut single from Shape Shift With Me (released 7/17/2016), this little number gave me that rhythm of classic punk-rock-feel-good-flavor and a sing-along chorus that stuck to my brain like all the thousands of electrons I lost back when punk was the step-genre of music. I totally love the verse structure, especially in verse 2 because it totally flows off Laura Jane Grace's (vocals) tongue with the ease of a coffee house poet. As you listen, can't you see this part of the song:"333, say that they knew me - 333, come back to me" being the spark that moves the crowd/listener to slam their fists in the air at an outdoor festival. Laura Jane Grace starts to tell this album's love story in this song that brings the realization that even though demons come with every human, she still just wants to be with the one she sings about - and ultimately loves - crazy. Don't ya just love when a song has that positive from a negative inference that everyone can relate to and be totes punk? Yaayass!
Official Video - YouTube -
ARTIST - A Day to Remember (ADTR)
SINGLE - “Forgive & Forget” & "In Florida"
ALBUM - Bad Vibrations
LABEL: ADTR Records
SMOC: Twitter - @whereisadtr
Sweet pickles, y'all - this song is gloriously written with ebbs and flows perfectly placed to pull our emotions, either in or out of that place we keep them tucked away... the low, almost whisper vocalist Jeremy McKinnon delivers is hauntingly introspective which leads into powerful peaks of realization and honesty. This isn't your typical ADTR song, but I really love the ride the whole band takes me on in "Forgive and Forget" ; gripping the squishy part of my heart. I gotta mention "In Florida" because it too, is brilliantly written; light and airy at the foundation but with a twinge of surfer-punk undertones that respond with the lyrics perfectly. And y'all, I love the fact that A Day to Remember also released this record under their own label after they were wrestling with Victory Records a little while back. Funny how struggles like these tend to make those suffering, stronger. Now, I'm not going to pretend I know a damn thing about their biz-nass - but I do know that any kind of conflict legal or personal takes a toll on a person. So, I like a good winning story, don't you?
YouTube Audio Vid for "In Florida" &"Forgive and Forget"
ARTIST - St. Paul & the Broken Bones
SINGLE - “Burning Rome”
ALBUM - Sea of Noise
LABEL: Single Lock Records (@singlelock)
SMOC: Twitter - @StP_brokenbones
Listen, like really carefully here...St.Paul & the Broken Bones is freaking foosball ferocious!! I will be the first to admit that I don't listen to soul/R&B on a regular basis and I certainly have almost zero knowledge of current R&B artists, that's fo' sho'!! Right when I pushed PLAY though, Paul Janeway's voice literally flew out of the speakers, down my ear canal, shot through my heart and landed in the pit of my stomach, setting off a gazillion goosebumps on a mission to wreak havoc on my being!! #Preach Paul has some extraordinary pipes, y'all!! Look, St. Paul & The BB covers this bundt cake of a song with super sweet icing, the kind that swirls up and stings your teeth when you eat it - but the timelessness of this conglomerate of madly skilled musicians from Alabama is epic... This band has this vintage feel that is proof reincarnation is real folks. The depth of the recording even, is magnificent and I promise, you'll fall into this den of sultry, swank of Paul's vocals instantly. Instrumentally, the melody travels fluidly right alongside the perfect clack of the vintage snare that, like a boss, keeps everyone in line. And I would be a total a*hole if I didn’t mention the smooth A.F. horns - ser-ious-ly. Man, I’ll dance by myself any day listening to this song! Damnit!!! Burn, baby...burn...
ARTIST - Dawes
SINGLE - “One of Us”
ALBUM - We Are All Going to Die
LABEL: HUB Records (Artist's Label)
SMOC: Twitter - @dawestheband
I dig the sh*t out of the beat of this song, something about it just makes me freakin' happy! As the song starts, the groove makes me wanna walk down a busy street with sunglasses, a suede leather jacket and boots that will clack on the pavement in time with the guitars that are plinking out that thump-thump-thump tone. So dope!! And no joke, I really know nothing about this band other than what I can dig up from the information highway. But who really cares from the jump, ya know? It's like this for me: when I hear a new band, I just want to listen to the song I dig over and over and over until I want to venture out and hear something else from them - I just kinda court the band for a bit - see if we really fit. Are ya' pickin' up what I'm puttin' down? So it's official, Dawes and Cherri are dating...
Fan Vid of "One of Us" on YouTube:
Swedish metal visionaries IN FLAMES and American metal favorites HELLYEAH announce their 2016 co-headline Forged In Fire Tour of North America, kicking off November 12 in Orlando, FL. Spanning 28 cities across the USA and Canada, the heavy metal tour of the fall will be supported by new bands From Ashes To New and Source on all shows (except Orlando FL).
Tickets will be available for purchase as follows:
Tuesday, September 20 at 10AM local time (Fan club and VIP pre-sale)
Wednesday, September 21 at 10AM local time (Spotify pre-sale)
Thursday, September 22 at 10AM local time (Local market pre-sale)
Friday, September 23 at 10AM local time (Public on-sale)
In conjunction with the tour announcement, IN FLAMES premiered the music video for their first single “The End.” Directed by Patric Ullaeus, the video is infused with pure adrenaline, stepping inside a first-person shooter game and bringing the viewer front and center of exhilarating action and suspense.
HELLYEAH HEADLINE SHOWS
Thu 11/10 Biloxi, MS Kress Live
Fri 11/11 Destin, FL Club LA
IN FLAMES + HELLYEAH
Sat 11/12 Orlando, FL Kink Music Fest
FORGED IN FIRE TOUR
with From Ashes To New and Source
Mon 11/14 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Tue 11/15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Wed 11/16 New York, NY PlayStation Theater
Fri 11/18 Binghamton, NY Magic City Music Hall
Sat 11/19 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall
Sun 11/20 Boston, MA House of Blues
Tue 11/22 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Wed 11/23 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
Fri 11/25 Detroit, MI The Crofoot
Sat 11/26 Fort Wayne, IN The Hub
Sun 11/27 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
Tue 11/29 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
Wed 11/30 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Thu 12/1 Kalamazoo, MI State Theater
Sat 12/3 Saint Paul, MN Myth Live Event Center
Sun 12/4 Green Bay, WI The Sandlot
Tue 12/6 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Wed 12/7 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Fri 12/9 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theater
Sat 12/10 Chico, CA Senator Theater
Sun 12/11 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
Tue 12/13 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
Wed 12/14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Fri 12/16 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
Sat 12/17 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
Sun 12/18 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
Mon 12/19 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme’s classic multi-Platinum, Grammy® nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band’s career. To mark the anniversary, PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN will be released by the award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part “Metal Meltdown” DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing the album PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety.
Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), the PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN package includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and audio CD of the complete concert that was filmed on May 30, 2015 at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. It also features Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through Extreme’s story, with exclusive interviews, ‘80s archive footage, and an exclusive photo gallery. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, it’s now set for release October 14.
“It was a great thrill to perform PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety,” says singer Gary Cherone. “Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour. The album was a watershed moment in the bands career…it’s when we came in to our own and it will always be special.”
As guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt continues, “The band always prided itself on its live performance. Over the years, some of these songs have evolved where the band actually plays them better now than when we had recorded them. Hope you enjoy it. “
Extreme achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album PORNOGRAFFITTI, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, and was certified multi-Platinum. Musically, PORNOGRAFFITTI is dominated by blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. The record provided Bettencourt with widespread admiration from rock guitar enthusiasts and continual exposure in leading guitar playing publications. But it was the acoustic ballad single, "More Than Words,” that reached #1 on Billboard's “Hot 100” chart and was nominated for a Grammy® Award for “Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.” The subsequent single, "Hole Hearted,” another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to #4 on the same chart. "Decadence Dance" and "Get the Funk Out" were also released as singles both landing on Billboard's Rock chart and becoming fan favorites.
To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set—selling over 10 million records worldwide. The band’s trademark sound is a mix of hard rock funk in the spirit and style of their predecessors Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen and Van Halen—fueled by BETTENCOURT’s signature guitar flights and CHERONE’s resonant vocals—and matched with a social consciousness in their lyrics.
Here’s the complete song listing of PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL:
1. Decadence Dance
2. Li’l Jack Horny
3. When I’m President
4. Get the Funk Out
5. More Than Words
6. Money (In God We Trust)
7. It (‘s a Monster)
9. When I First Kissed You
10. Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
11. Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
12. He-Man Woman Hater
13. Song For Love
14. Hole Hearted
15. Play With Me*
16. Cupid’s Dead*
* Songs do not appear on the audio CD.
(Week Ending 09/09/2016)
Well, hellzbellz Pretties - it’s freakin’ Tuesday night and here I am having a panic attack about getting Who’s Poppin’ Cherri (#WPC) for this week out!!! Luckily, I have the paper bag from tonight’s Taco Bell snack I can huff into if necessary…hopefully, that won’t be the case and I can just pound out the goodness I’m about to share with y’all! Listen, it’s really important to me that if you’re reading this (yes, you…), you’ll go on over to the band’s Facebook or Twitter - or whatever your SMOC is and like or follow them. I am all about sharing the love and spreading the new music around like peanut butter on bread. Oftentimes the bands I am into and write about are either totally new or unsigned. So it’s even uber vital that IF you like them - you go follow them. Download their sh*t, go see them live, buy their merch, support their side projects - be the fan! Join them on their journey…get all Gollum from LOTR on their asses and covet them, my Precious(es)!
ARTIST - OTEP
SINGLE - “Royals”
ALBUM - Generation Doom
DROPPED - Early 2016
LABEL - Napalm Records (@napalmrecords)
SMOC - Twitter - @otepofficial
If you’ve followed me recently, it’s no surprise I am moderately obsessed with OTEP right now. Which might seem odd in a way, because I - well, pretty much like everything she dislikes; except one vastly important, hugely relevant, mind blowing thing - poetry. So as I listened to Generation Doom one night, I was catapulted into the OTEP realm and haven’t left since. Y’all - “Royals” is the current single birthed from this masterpiece (ya, I said it - so what?) and the band teeters on the edge of being pretty at the jump and by the time the chorus breaks, your face is slammed into OTEP's enormous “I’lLL NEVER BE A ROYAL!!!” bellow from the pit where her passion lies - it’s f*cking SICK! Man, I feel like there’s a mirrored ball in my mind that flashes demons on the walls from the reflection she’s creating in the message… It. Is. Massive. If you’re a Sirus Subscriber - go pester Grant Random (@grantrandom) over on Octane to play “Royals”. Tell him Cherri Bird said to play it…
ARTIST - Uforia
SINGLE - “Overthrow”
ALBUM - Fight or Flight
LABEL: Independent Release/Produced by Steve Molella (Finger Eleven)
SMOC: Twitter - @uforiaband
Odd thought of the night - if there’s to be a wall that’s built on our country’s boarders, will this wall include the line that separates US and Canada? You never hear that, huh? But if this is the case, then ‘Merica is gonna miss out on a sh*tpile of killer music as of late. Uforia is Canadian and they’re straight up, y’all! My favorite song on this EP is “Overthrow” because it’s reminiscent of one of my fav bands Incubus. Don’t let the string intro fool you…it’s not gonna break into heavy guitars and screams, and trust me, you don't want them to - that’s for sure. Michael Ursini (vocals) is gonna woo you with a tone that is hypnotically smooth AF and you’ll just wanna lean back where ever you are, put your hands behind your head, close your eyes - and just think of an experience where you’ve lost your reign - or given your control to something else…and how you’re on the verge of pulling it back in. Rock Mindfullness Meditation - that’s what I received from this brilliant song that joins like 12 different musical elements in a batch - all to make your mind mush so you can just be for a bit. It’s a killer EP and I wish this band all the success. Totally great rock, my Rocker Babies, totally. (For the full album review on SKoM - click the link to Bam-Bam's take on this record!)
ARTIST - Versus Me
SINGLE - “High Roads & Stepping Stones”
ALBUM - Changes
LABEL: Independent Release
SMOC: Twitter - @vsmeband
My impersonation of a cheezy TV host to follow:
Cherri: Hey guys!! Whatdaya get when Mother Metal and Daddy EMO spawn??
Readers: I don’t know Cherri, what do you get?
Cherri: Versus Me is what you get, bitches!!
K, so it’s actually not a baby - more like a toddler, because babies can’t talk or sing or really even play an instrument - neither can a toddler, so ya... f*ck that analogy…it’s totally more like serious genetic splicing has happened up in Wisconsin in some secret government laboratory and extracted the best part of Metal and the best part of Scream-o…stick them both in a petri dish with some of that gelatin stuff, and microwave the matter, watching it grow and just when you start to have a lil fetus, you shove it in something that is warm and inviting, wait for gestation to be complete and waa-laa out comes Versus Me. I love the drum/percussion and the vocals in “High Roads & Stepping Stones” along with the entire underlying melody of this song. The Force is strong with this one, my friends and it will make you want to Slug Bug or Punch Buggy (whichever you call the game where you knock the sh*t out of the person you’re playing with when you see a VW Beetle car) the F*CK outta the person sitting next to you - in a non violent way, duh... similar to when you’re petting a cat and they’re all purring and loving the attention and then outta nowhere they bite the sh*t out of your hand…?? Do ya know what I mean? Ya, that’s what this band does to me - but in the loving way that a kitty does…ya dig? Now, before you go any further - go to YouTube and find their channel (or click this link if you’re lazy like gravy) and watch their vids. “Just So You Know” is the single off this DIY record and they’ve done a 360 version for the vid. Dude!! I wanna strap the Oculus gear on my face and watch this! I want you all to pay very close attention to this band, please. I don’t even know the genre callout for this band - but if you like hard and fast percussion, gut wrenching screams and understandable singing, mixed with a beat you can shoulder dance to - then go get this record. And shoulder dance like no one is watching, Pretties…
ARTIST - Norma Jean
SINGLE - “1,000,000 Watts”
ALBUM - Polar Similar
LABEL: Solid State Records (@solidstate)
SMOC: Twitter - @NormaJeanBand
Oooohh…shut UP! K, sorry but this band is MEGA and the singer - I don't know his name because I can’t find his g.d. name on the www - (wtf?) But this guy - his voice is menacingly rhythmic. It’s looowww tainted with some filth, babes - I will tell you that!! Please yell at me some more sir, please! “1M Watts” (sorry, I’m not typing all the zeroes - I know, I’m such a bitch #sorrynotsorry) sways me hypnotically and the slugging guitars are totally supercharged with black mollies and caffeine;. I’m pretty sure I’ve been put in a trance by this band. Picture a 1976 Cutlass idling under a bridge on a very cold, crisp fall day…and that is the essence of this song. Y’all, this band will make you happy to love metal for all the reasons your parents didn’t want you to. The open toned guitar fools your ear into thinking it’s all melded in with the bass and drums…OMG!! This is addict hitting bottom heavy and you'll have to draw the sweat off your brow once this stops playing. Whew y'all!! Norma Jean seriously?? Insane!
ARTIST - Every Time I Die
SINGLE - “The Coin Has a Say”
ALBUM - Low Teens
LABEL: Epitaph Records (@epitaphrecords)
SMOC: Twitter - @everytimeidie
RED ALERT!! RED ALERT!! RED ALERT!! Here’s another band that just slammed my face right back to the days of me wanting to wave the Black Flag, etch DK into my work station with the pointy and dangerous side of a compass, pierce my ear in algebra with a safety pin and walk briskly as my arms flail with clinched fists…this is purposeful anger, Loves!! I love being able to FEEL something perceived as negative that turns into me feeling positive! What? What? I think this is what the men in Every Time I Die set out to convey with the straight edge message laced within the music. And just as soon as it begins, it is finished - and damnit, they leave you wanting more. F*ck!!
Welcome To Fat City
8 Out Of 10 Stars
Review by: Joel Givens
The Awesome Four-Some from Pottsville PA, Crobot are back at it again with the release of Welcome to Fat City the follow up to their Hard Rocking 2012 release Something Supernatural. And like it’s predecessor the new album is Rockin’ from start to finish. One way to describe the Album is Psychedelic Groovy Funk meets Rock, meets Blues. What's not to love about that! The guys in Crobot like to describe themselves as “ Dirty, Groove, Rock”. To me its more like Low Down Dirty Groove, Funkaliscious , Hard Hitting Rock & Roll. These guys could have easily performed in any of the last 4 decades and fit right in perfectly!
Anyone that has seen Crobot LIVE, knows their hard hitting energy form start to finish while on Stage. The first time I saw these guys, they were the opening band for Clutch and they just Killed it! I was like "Who the Hell are these guys?". With the amazing Guitar skills of Chris Bishop and the Heavy Hitting Drums of Paul Figueroa ( Bonham is his Hero by the way, and he totally looks like a young Bonham on stage), The Funky Bass of Jake Figueroa and, wherever Brandon Yeagley channels his stage presence from and provides vocals, God only knows. To see Brandon be the quiet guy in the Corner with his Glasses on and 10 Minutes later transform into a Jekyll and Hyde Performer is a thing that has to be seen to believe. On Stage you see pieces of Robert Plant, James Brown, and best of all his own Unique way to take over the Audience. As a Foot Note, no pun intended, Brandon has an awesome tattoo of James Brown on is Right Foot. He calls it his “ Good Foot”, Brown fans will get it. From beginning to end these guys just don't stop.
The new Release is called Welcome to Fat City, is one of those Albums you just put on and let it Roll. From the Opening Title Track, "Welcome to Fat City" to the closing Track “Plague Of The Mammoths” it's a Rocking Roller Coaster Ride. The Album is due out September 23rd on Wind-Up Records, and the album was recorded with producer; Machine (Clutch, Lamb Of God and More), and mixed by Alan Moulder ( Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Them Crooked Vultures) .
The Tracks are as Follows:
Welcome to Fat City
Play It Cool
Not For Sale
Hold on for Dear Life
Temple in the Sky
Right Between the Eyes
Blood on the Snow
Steal the Show
Moment of Truth
Plague of the Mammoths
The title Track, “Welcome to Fat City”, is a killer, hard and heavy opening that gets your attention from the gate. It goes from Heavy Guitar Riffs to Dreamy 70’s sounding Rock and back again, with Brandon’s amazing vocals throughout. “Play it Cool” and “Easy Money” are both heavy for start to finish and you can see the talents of Chris Bishop on Guitar and Paul Figueroa on Drums really shine through. One of my Faves is “Not For Sale”, the first single to be released off the Album. Its a great combination of all their talents combined into one song, which I cant wait to see LIVE. “Hold on for Dear Life”, is a slow groovy track with great Lyrics. “Blood on the Snow” is another one of my stand-out Favorites. Brandon sounds a little like Jeff Keith from Tesla on this track, which isn't a bad thing! To me; Jeff is one of the best Voices in Rock. The guitar and drums are heavy as well. “Steal the Show”, is another Kick Ass track, again heavy on guitar and drums and funky Bass, and you get to hear Brandon on Harmonica (which he is amazing at playing!). This track has almost a Zeppelin feels to it. Basically, it's just good Rock N Roll. Another one i cant wait to see LIVE is “Moment of Truth”. It’s Slow and Bluesy and and Rocking at the same time. Brandon’s Vocals are amazing on this song and the lyrics are Deep, with a great ending to the song; Bishop doing his best old style Blues and Brandon fading out in a great Bluesy Vocal. The album closer; “Plague of the Mammoths”, is like all the preceding songs as far as strength, but it's a great way to end the album. It's so ultra-heavy on the instrumentation to say the least! A very fitting end to the CD.
I have listened to this Album over and over; about 15 times so far, and I keep hear things I missed, each time! Whether it be a Riff, or Killer Bass Note, possibly even a high note harmony that slipped past, it all catches up eventually! If you're looking for a good solid Rock , Funk, & Blues album with everything in between, get this. Its available on Sept 23rd. Pre-Orders are being taken now via iTunes , Amazon, and other venues. ALSO; don't miss them live!!! I'm serious! Catch them with the amazing Sevendust as soon as the album drops, as this will be a killer show from beginning to end. As every one of their fans know; , these guys love them dearly and they are some of the nicest human beings around. Take time to get to know them. I cant wait to see what these guys have in store for us in the future.
SomeKindOfMedia Guest Writer & Award-Winning Magician To Rock Music's Elite: Joel Givens
(Pictured Below; Left, After Performing For GODSMACK's After-Show Party With Drummer Shannon Larkin)
Fight Or Flight
9.5 Out Of 10 Stars
Reviewed By: Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall
This one was SO close, gang; so close to being audibly perfect…I’m STILL hovering over the “1” and “0” on my keyboard in the hopes that my decision might allow me to change this album’s rating, but for now, I simply cannot. Based on the fact that I steadfastly believe bands who go ahead and put out a full-length album and allow themselves to be more vulnerable and open to critique due to there being more proof-or-poop on the line, deserve that additional “.5” to fall on the positive side rather than the band that, although packing a powerful punch with no filler and giving fans the best of what they have (VERY respectable and EXACTLY what this industry needs MORE of!), it’s not as risky or deserving of that extra push for my perfect rating than the band that delivered a full album. so with that, I still proudly introduce to you, the Toronto-based UFORIA, a band that I feel is clearly the Poster Child For Progressive-Alternative Rock Perfection!!!
Doing it all themselves and with the help of their fan’s support, the band has released three, including this little gem, aggressive, riff-laden platters, two in E.P. form (2012’s Imagining and their latest; Fight Or Flight) and 2015’s Transmutation being the band’s first and only full-length to date. Prior to recording this time, however, the band welcomed the talents of Finger Eleven’s, Steve Molella (Remember those dudes…kinda-sorta…maybe?). Steve was asked to not only assist the band in working on the writing process for their first single; the album’s title-track, but to also produce the entire effort, something the band felt was perfect as both their close-knit circles intersected in many positives throughout the Canadian music scene. One of my favorite things about this E.P. is that, even though their press-release compares the band, for sake of potential fans, to Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Billy Talent and INCUBUS, I get to call total “Bullshit”, and look like a genius here because they aren’t even in the same category, folks! Uforia sound nothing like those bands…I mean NOTHING AT ALL! There’s not a thing in the world wrong with any of those bands, especially if you’re into the Alt-College Rock style. But, not when the band sounds like an incredibly cool Kings-X crossed with an early, best performance of their lives Kansas-meets-STYX
The EP contains songs that, while many might feel they join together to create a conceptual story of New World Order that takes place in many different time matrix’s, the band insists they weren’t created with an ongoing concept in mind…however, AGAIN I get to call total “Bullshit”! The album PERFECTLY snaps together in blatant story-like form with nary a single bit of effort from the listener. For example, Radiation is clearly a warning that ecological change is inevitable and we must embrace it and evolve in order to survive, while Wake Me is about an intense struggle to wake up (both figuratively and literally) to escape the darkness of a dream world. Overthrow is an encouraging piece that fills the gap of the listener just “listening” or rather “participating” as they are asked to be patient… and to then PHYSICALLY take control of their own destiny when the moment is right. From facing your fears, to running and hiding from them…this little E.P. encapsulates everything fans like myself LOVE about bands like Uforia; we dig when our favorite musicians become part of our personal lives! Uforia make no bones about the fact that they boldly wear their personal lives out in the open and in the hopes that it will make perfect sense when put to music. And you know what? IT DOES!!!! The musicians that make up this little band of pissed-off hornets with more to say that, “Hey dude, let’s party!”, are masters of their chosen instrumental weapons! Again, I mention the beloved King’s X and say, “Those boys were ALL amazing musicians and played very Beatles’-ish!”. So do Uforia, they are perfectly equipped to strike a harmonic-minor 6th to drop your heart a few steps towards your feet, but they can easily push a Pantera breakdown towards your posterior if need be!
Honestly, just believe the rating and let that be the SomeKindOfMedia Guarantee that you’ve come to trust in our music reviews; none of us have ANY desire to lie to the public, nor do we have any bias that comes in the form of money, favors or promises from ANY of the bands that we review. Therefore, our ratings are about as honest as a Catholic Nun On Her Knees.....Praying, you assholes; PRAYING! Steps, and I mean BABY STEPS, away from being perfect….but not quite this time, guys! Give me 7 more songs, call it an album, and let's run that badboy through, right now!!!! Still, this one comes Very, Very Highly Recommended!
Official Video: Uforia’s “Fight Or Flight”
Father, Drummer & Holy Bassist
Show Review - Children 18:3
Last Thursday, we were at Trees to see Art of Dying and of course Dallas' own Adakain. It was a beautiful end of summer night in Deep Ellum, Texas because I wasn't sweating like it was noon, and that can happen even after the sun goes down in early September. After Adakain got off stage, we were outside for what apparently was a long time because I totally missed the 3rd band, (whooopsie!) totally enjoying this weather.
Coming inside, I walked by the stage and glanced back at a three piece, energetically tearing it up and kept walking to the back by the merch area.
Ok, you know when an animal hears something and if they have big ears, they will more or less move their ears around towards the noise or its source? And their eyes get kinda big and don't move but they're totally concentrating on that noise, all the while trying to pretend they're not listening?? Are y'all following me here?? I'll Google an image as an example...
<-----bingo!! like this
I totally looked like this cat several times during this band's set. I heard something in the vocals and moved to watch from the back staircase. Then heard something else in the guitars and moved to the middle back...heard something more and moved to the center. Y'all, honestly, I had NO clue as to what was going on up on stage because it was like punk-EMO-rock-semi-metalish-gospelish and abrassive as heck, but really freakin' entertaining.
So, there's a dude playing a guitar, a total punk-rock, chick bassist, and a monster-armed drummer. No this isn't the start of a bad joke - it's the band Children 18:3 and a really cool introduction for me from this Minnesota band. What totally lured me from the back of the club to the front were the harmonies between LM (bassist/vocals) and Dave (guitarist/vocals) were so freaking haunting.
I can only somewhat describe it as a melting between a 1st soprano and a tenor, in an 1/8th of a step down. Not to mention LM (short for Lee Marie) flails around, jumps up and down, bangs her head to the music with this smile that is bright and cheery and if you didn't know better, you might think it was fake. Dave is also a mover and a shaker with the same kind of infectious and genuine smile. He plays, jumps and makes some crazy faces through his full on beard and long hair that whips on his face during every song. The drummer, Seth - plays with strength and accuracy and yep, you guessed it - that same smile. Coincidence? Hmmm...
Everyone is groovin' - and bobbin' their heads and having a great time, or at least I was. Bam was even gettin' into it - when all of a sudden, Dave starts talking over a drumbeat and his tone is matter of fact, clear and concise: nope, he's not (or wasn't to keep the correct tense...ehum) talking about politics, not talking about violence, race, sex, drugs. Nope - he starts talking about Jesus, straight up. So, it's both really what he said - and it was how. What he said about Jesus was cool - and this little testimony he was giving was not offensive because he literally said - "when you get home and you're going to sleep, just ask Jesus to help you, in your mind and see how your life will change..."
Now look y'all - here's the skinny. I wasn't expecting this AT ALL. And I gotta be honest - while he was preaching (I mean NO offense by this description at all...) I thought he was going to get booed - or that the room would get reeeeaally uncomfortable. It didn't at all. It was all perfectly placed because we were all having fun - the audience was hooked - I was hooked!! I loved the energy they were pumping out that made me happy. I loved the mood and the music that lured me in - and, I loved Dave's message. Why? Because it was honest and I swear, if they passed out juice in little wax cups and told me to drink it, I might have...I just might have...especially if they told me it would make me that happy!
One other killer element of their set was Seth, the drummer busted out a full on drum solo - which was pretty awesome. I loved that the band didn't miss a beat, entertained me, did their own thing, and actually stood for something, ya know? They're also quite good! So this just goes to show you, don't judge a band by their name, or logo, the way they look, or what they share - because they could completely surprise you. Really. Next time you see Children18:3 coming to your city - go see them!
Children 18:3 can be found on Facebook at @children183.
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CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX - A DOCUMENTARY
TWO-DISC DVD/CD SET TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 21, 2016
DVD INCLUDES THE MAKING OF ROCK YOUR FACE OFF - KIX’S FIRST NEW MUSIC IN 20 YEARS, INTERVIEWS WITH THE BAND, PRODUCER TAYLOR RHODES, NOTABLE ROCK ARTISTS AND KEY ROCK MUSIC INDUSTRY FIGURES
NEW YORK, NY (SEPTEMBER 8, 2016) - Platinum-selling Maryland hard rock icons, KIX will release CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX, a two-disc DVD/CD set, October 21, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. The 71-minute film is an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years.
The DVD also features the making of the album from bassist Mark Schenker’s studio, interviews with the band as well as notable rock artists such as Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Jeff LaBar of Cinderella, Share Ross of Vixen, Shannon Larkin of Godsmack, and more, key music industry veterans such as radio personality Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic as well as Luc Carl and Keith Roth of Sirius/XM. It also includes a rare appearance by producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, KIX’s Hot Wire).
The CD, CAN’T STOP THE SHOW (LIVE) offers never-before-released live KIX tracks recorded over the last three years. A bonus KIX logo sticker is inside the first manufacturing run, a special treat for KIX fans around the world, and each band member offers his own special contribution to the package’s booklet including vocalist Steve Whiteman’s rigorous exercise routine, cartoons by guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe, an essay by bassist Mark Schenker, a gear rundown by guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and a favorite recipe from drummer Jimmy Chalfant, aka “Chef Chocolate.”
“KIX is proud of the band's legacy, but equally proud of our new chapter,” says Schenker. “We had an opportunity to work with some great film makers, so we just let the cameras roll everywhere, and had so much fun putting the project together. There was a true outpouring of love and admiration from our fans and our peers after the release of Rock Your Face Off and luckily, we had documented the recording sessions on film. Now we are excited to share the process of making the new album with our loyal fans. KIX thanks everyone involved and hopes everyone loves it as much as we loved making it!”
In 2014, KIX released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud Records) their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indy/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart. It also garnered rave reviews from publications such as Stereogum who said, “KIX have made an album with all the spirit and joy and craftsmanship that they always brought, an album with a hooks-per-minute ratio enough to grab you even if you never heard of them before reading this review. The band plays with a sense of rhythmic push-pull that reminds you that people used to dance to this stuff, and that they still could, if they were so inclined…Its mere existence is an inspirational thing, and it’s a reminder that sometimes exploring new musical space isn’t the most important thing. Sometimes, songs are the most important thing.”
KIX will be performing select shows for the rest of the year, including a home town release event show in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live on September 24. All tour dates can be found on the band’s website: http://www.kixband.com.
CAN’T STOP THE SHOW: THE RETURN OF KIX CD TRACK LISTING:
1. Wheels In Motion (Live)
2. Rock Your Face Off (Live)
3. Cold Shower (Live)
4. Mean Miss Adventure (Live)
5. You’re Gone (Live)
6. Cold Blood (Live)
7. Can’t Stop The Show (Live)
8. Girl Money (Live)
9. Love Me With Your Top Down (Live)
10. Blow My Fuse (Live)
11. Love Pollution (Live at Sirius/XM)
12. Midnite Dynamite (Live at Sirius/XM)
Eddie Trunk (radio personality)
Taylor Rhodes (producer)
Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
Luc Carl (Sirius/XM)
Keith Roth (Sirius/XM)
Share Ross (Vixen)
Shannon Larkin (Godsmack/Wrathchild America)
Jeff LaBar (Cinderella)
Don Jamieson (Host of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic)
Jaime St James (Black N Blue/Warrant)
Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff)
Alex Kayne (L'Amour)
Kevin Butler (Hammerjacks)
Steve Kicas (Hammerjacks)
Scott Spelbring (producer)