Monday, October 18

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(Album Review) “Marching in Time” by TREMONTI
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(Album Review) “Marching in Time” by TREMONTI

Being a staple in the music industry for over two decades is legendary status, but maintaining a constant flow of fresh ideas in art for that long is a different story. However, Tremonti makes that task look easy with their most recent album, Marching in Time. As usual the band brings something fresh while staying in line with the things that original fans can attach themselves to. From beginning to end it’s a masterpiece that was very much needed. “A World Away” is the song that starts the album off in a giant way with immediate chugs and drums that could get anyone excited. As the song progress, the realization is that we are in for something very different than the previous album A Dying Machine. Tremonti has this unique talent to blend heavy and chunky together with an absolute catc...
Album Review–Danko Jones Power Trio
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Album Review–Danko Jones Power Trio

On August 27, Danko Jones Power Trio via Sonic Unyon, the band’s 10th studio album.  Many bands mix a classic sound with modern day riffs, yet fewer do it better than Danko Jones and Power Trio may be their best work yet! Many musicians have produced music based on the great change in the world over the last 18 or so months.  While the scathing track  “Ship of Lies’’ Danko Jones’ attack on the constant misinformation in the world, the band stays true to the music that has shaped their identity over the last 25 years.  The opener “I Want Out” exemplifies perfectly the abundance of energy the band puts into all of their work.  The album contains several songs that give Danko Jones’ take on the everlasting pursuit of love.  “Blue Jean Denim Jumpsuit”, “Saturday”, “Good Lookin”, and “Danger...
(Album Review) “Slain in the Spirit” by NECRONAUTICAL
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(Album Review) “Slain in the Spirit” by NECRONAUTICAL

Slain in the Spirit is the latest offering from extreme blackened metal outfit, Necronautical. The dark quartet, from Manchester in the UK, unleash utterly demonic sounds. The band delve into the dark abyss exploring all aspects of life, death and everything in-between. Necronaut (noun); derived from the Greek words nekros (νεκρός), meaning "corpse" or "dead", and nautes (ναύτης), meaning "explorer". The word refers to a person who experiments with near-death experience in order to explore the underworld. Each track delivers a different style and mood. 'Occult Ecstatic Indoctrination' combines intense heavy instrumentation along with a soaring, ethereal chorus to produce an epic, gothic atmosphere. This track also experiments with light and dark tones switching between contrasting se...
(Album Therapy Reviews):  “Horizons/East” by THRICE
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(Album Therapy Reviews): “Horizons/East” by THRICE

One of the most mindblowing bands I have ever feasted my ears upon, Thrice, has released their latest record entitled "Horizons/East" via Epitaph Records.  Thrice once again writes the playbook on how to create a record that sounds enormous, different, and all the while not straying too far from the path for the Thrice diehards out there. "The Color of the Sky" about knocked me out of my chair when drummer Riley Breckenridge lays down his insane drum fills, and "Scavengers" just sounds insanely heavy with the thick guitar riffs by Teppei Teranishi and influential frontman Dustin Kensrue.  The instrumental break in "Scavengers" takes the listener to a whole new dimension.  "Buried In The Sun" tells the tale of the atrocities of war from the perspective of the refugee, making it highly em...
(Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast Ep. 127):  FELICITY + Album Review of “Dear Universe”
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(Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast Ep. 127): FELICITY + Album Review of “Dear Universe”

Contributor's Note:  Orlando, Florida's own Felicity joins Bryan on the 127th episode of Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast.  They talked about how they made music together during the pandemic and quarantine, as well as their record entitled "Dear Universe."  They also talk about the DIY scene out of Orlando and how they go through the writing process of their music.  Fans can find Felicity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Fans can find Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About Felicity: Felicity is composed of Damien Fagiolino on vocals, Andrew Rapier on guitars, Cory Nicholas on guitars, Mike Alosa on bass and Tyler Dennett on drums. Their album "Dear Universe" is out now via Adventure Cat Records. Check out the album "Dear Universe" by Fe...
(Album Review) “Blood in the Water” by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
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(Album Review) “Blood in the Water” by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

'Blood In The Water' IS the fourteenth studio album from thrash metal legends Flotsam & Jetsam. It's an epic release from start to finish and is clear Flotsam and Jetsam have no intention of slowing down their career. With the events of the past year, the band have found there is still plenty left to say. Vocalist ERIC “AK” KNUTSON comments, “We’ve seen our fan base increasing, and we’ve seen the response to the last two albums getting louder and louder. We have some of the most committed and crazy fans in the world. We charted higher on our last album than at any point in our career. Maybe our career path will run similar to Motorhead’s, who although was always considered iconic, didn’t really break through in a big way until later in their career. We feel our time is now . . .” sa...
(Exclusive Premiere + Mental Health Conversation):  “Lines” by EL MODERNIST
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(Exclusive Premiere + Mental Health Conversation): “Lines” by EL MODERNIST

Editor's Note:  Today, El Modernist will be releasing their single "Lines", and they're premiering it with us on Madness To Creation! Here is what the band said about "Lines:" “A modern take on New Wave, "Lines" by El Modernist encapsulates raw, angular rock riffs with upbeat percussive grooves. The simple yet universal lyrics about the fabricated life around us are captured within delightfully frenetic verses, and a laid back yet hard hitting hook. "Lines" lends itself to having an instantaneously classic sound, updated for today's listeners.” We are excited to hear about their evolution and for you all to learn about this amazing band.  They went from the "rap-rock partying days" of their music to the groovy sounds of Talking Heads meets The Clash with a bit of a Blondie twist.  I...
(Exclusive Album Stream):  “Nucleosynthesis” by EPOCH OF CHIRALITY
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(Exclusive Album Stream): “Nucleosynthesis” by EPOCH OF CHIRALITY

Epoch of Chirality brings an epic amalgamation of metal with soundscapes straight out of an 80s Sci-fi movie soundtrack. Richard How, based in the South West of England, is the experienced multi-instrumentalist, composer and self-confessed Sci-fi geek behind the project. The debut album Nucleosynthesis follows the release of the Dawn of Chirality EP in 2020 which saw the project begin to emerge into our world; offering a tantalising taste of what is to come. 2021 marks a significant milestone for the project and the upcoming release of Nucleosynthesis. Epoch of Chirality has been quietly developing with Richard over the past twenty years. Pushing the boundaries of the metal genre is something so many strive to achieve but successfully combining elements of both acoustic and synthesized ...
(Premiere) JACQUELINE LOOR Proclaims “I’m Done With You” to Toxic Traits
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(Premiere) JACQUELINE LOOR Proclaims “I’m Done With You” to Toxic Traits

Sometimes we need to walk away from the negativity and toxicity in our lives does wonders for our mental health and soul.  Sometimes we need space to learn about ourselves.  For example, reflect and evaluate how and why you got into a messy relationship and then once you figure that out, learn what to do to avoid getting into the messy relationship again. Sometimes we put unrealistic expectations on ourselves and others.  It could be we were blown away by their looks.  It could simply be out of desperation.  Tenerife, Spain by way of Miami, Florida artist JACQUELINE LOOR addresses toxic relationships and transformation in her single "I'm Done With You" and Madness To Creation is honored to premiere the video today! Themes of inner strength and self-discovery dominate throughout "I'm...