Thursday, October 28

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(Concert Reviews):  STYX Live at Five Flags Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa (7/3/2021)
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(Concert Reviews): STYX Live at Five Flags Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa (7/3/2021)

How does one encapsulate a 40 plus year career into one evening?  Especially when that band has had historical accomplishments such as playing the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXV, had a moon named after them by NASA themselves, and have sold millions of records, had chart topping singles and continue to release critically acclaimed albums such as their most recent effort "Crash of the Crown?"  I mean, what else needs to be said about Styx.  They continue to wow audiences and they delivered an amazing performance at the Five Flags Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, July 3rd. After I got through the gate, I stood there for a moment and just took in the atmosphere that we've all dearly missed due to the Covid pandemic.  It was like people took their problems and concerns and caste...
(Music Musings): “Through Soundwaves: The Complete Series” Unboxing and Review by Holly
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(Music Musings): “Through Soundwaves: The Complete Series” Unboxing and Review by Holly

Contributor's Note:  Holly Royle of the band Disconnected Souls, C2 Podcast, Deviate PR, Antihero Magazine and Madness To Creation did an unboxing and review of "Through Soundwaves: The Complete Series" by alternative artist joeydiabolic.  If you're into electronic and industrial music and also have an affinity for horror/slasher flicks, then this boxed set is for you.  Check it out below! Fans can find JoeyDiabolic on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram and his official website.
(Mental Health Conversations)  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 EP. 8:  Lawrence Gowan of STYX
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(Mental Health Conversations) Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 EP. 8: Lawrence Gowan of STYX

Editor's Note:  On June 18th, the legendary arena rock band Styx released yet another landmark album entitled "Crash of the Crown." The band wanted total creative freedom in this album and they got it. There is a sense of liberation and freedom in this record, and the classic harmonies, musicianship and passion that Styx exudes.  They have once again rose to the occasion with "Crash of the Crown."  Songs such as "Common Ground" inspires a call for unity while "Reveries" show some of their best musicianship since Lawrence Gowan joined Styx.  In this mental health conversation on the Madness To Creation Podcast, Lawrence Gowan of Styx talks about his jukebox, "Crash of the Crown", how Canada is handling the Covid pandemic and the soundtrack to his life.  Fans can find Styx on Facebook, T...
(Concert Review):  The Welcome Back New York Concert featuring THE VELVICKS & FAT HEAVEN- East Riverbank Amphitheater in New York, New York (6/12/2021)
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(Concert Review): The Welcome Back New York Concert featuring THE VELVICKS & FAT HEAVEN- East Riverbank Amphitheater in New York, New York (6/12/2021)

After many long and arduous months it's starting to appear that the world is getting back to "normal". People are outside cycling, barbequing, lounging in the sun and live music is finally putting it's feet into the wading pool to test the waters. This past Saturday LAUNCH featured a small, free and very intimate concert in New York City's East River Ampitheater featuring The Velvicks and Fat Heaven. If you're not familiar with either band, that's ok. I wasn't very familiar with them either not too long ago. First up was Fat Heaven who's pop punk energy rivalled that of a young Green Day. Their songs were catchy and downright FUN. Their set was short, as were most of the songs- but their sound was good. One of the best tunes of the day was Crybaby. Check out their  Bandcamp ...
(Album Review) “Created From Filth And Dust” by LILITH CZAR
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(Album Review) “Created From Filth And Dust” by LILITH CZAR

Listening to an artist's debut album is always interesting - this is their starting point and I know that they will only grow from this release. The standard of debut releases can be incredibly high, and Lilith's album 'Created From Filth And Dust' falls into this category for me. The album explores themes of rebirth and reinvention and is clearly very personal. The lyrical content, musicality and production are all of a fantastic quality and present a wonderfully empowering release. The alluring introduction of 'Feed My Chaos', with everything from shredding guitars to soothing piano, sets a fantastic tone for the album. The instant, infectious energy of 'King',  and the beautiful ballad of 'Lola' are just a couple of examples of the fantastic journey this album goes through. 'In My He...
(Music Musings) Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 43:  “Satellite Over Southtown Livestream Review” by P.O.D.
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(Music Musings) Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 43: “Satellite Over Southtown Livestream Review” by P.O.D.

First of all, I want to apologize to my readers and listeners for not getting this out sooner.  There's been some things going on in my personal life that I'll divulge in another episode/article.  In the 43rd episode of the Madness To Creation Podcast, we dive in to the livestream review of "Satellite Over Southtown" by music legends P.O.D. This was definitely a trip down memory lane with their incredible hits "Alive", "Youth of the Nation", "Satellite" and "Boom." The performance took place in the concourse area of Petco Park in San Diego, California, which is P.O.D.'s hometown.  First, let's talk about the visuals.  From the stage setup to the drone footage, the performance and the drone footage captured the spirit and the beauty of San Diego.  It was so cool seeing the baseball s...
(Album Review) “X” by ARTILLERY
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(Album Review) “X” by ARTILLERY

Danish thrash metallers Artillery have hit a huge milestone reaching their tenth album - the aptly named 'X'. Their career begin in the mid-1980s and the band soon established themselves in the thrash movement. After almost forty years, the metallers have faced some difficulty with the loss of guitarist - and Stützer’s brother - Morten Stützer in 2019. 'X' is the first album writing without Morten but with their new guitarist Kræn Meier, who has performed live with Artillery since 2017. “We wanted to have the typical Artillery trademarks, like the riffs and hook lines in the usual combination together with aggression and melody. We always try to combine melodic thrash metal with elements from the heavy sounds of the 70s and the 80s, and this time with new elements in some of the songs,”...
Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 41:  Minutes of Creative Madness: “Break The Cycle 20th Anniversary” by STAIND
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Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 41: Minutes of Creative Madness: “Break The Cycle 20th Anniversary” by STAIND

Welcome to the Madness To Creation Podcast: where self-care and music merge.  Here we are reviewing the 20th Anniversary Livestream of "Break The Cycle" by Staind and this showed me that Staind will always be the straw that stirs the drink in the hard rock/nu-metal world.   The presentation of the livestream was professional and stellar.  I really enjoyed the stories that Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Johnny April and Sal Giancarelli brought to the table, especially about the song "Outside" being debuted on the Family Values Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi.  The performance was in an abandoned warehouse and it really showed Staind as the "everyman" band as the band was decked out in t-shirts and jeans, and Aaron's trademark baseball hat as well.  The band sounded like they're back and passi...
Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 37:  Minutes of Creative Madness Review: THE RETURN OF STAIND
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Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 37: Minutes of Creative Madness Review: THE RETURN OF STAIND

As a disclaimer, we are adding another edition to the Madness To Creation Podcast where we will discuss how the band's content impacts us from an emotional and mental health standpoint.  They will be called Minutes of Creative Madness, which is a spinoff from Madness To Creation. In this, we are reviewing the first installment of the livestream of The Return of STAIND. You can check out "It's Been Awhile: Live From Foxwoods in Connecticut" at www.staindlive.com and this Saturday May 8th, fans can check out the 20th anniversary of "Break The Cycle" in its entirety.  The livestream events will be available for 72 hours afterwards and here is the review of Staind. Staind is one of those landmark bands that defined my senior year of high school and my early college years. I remember se...