Thursday, October 28

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“Veracity” by Backwordz, not for the slumbering!
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“Veracity” by Backwordz, not for the slumbering!

Music that challenges your thinking, lyrics that are a call to arms to want to change and revolutionize the world, and music that makes you want to go crazy in the pit.  I’m introducing you to Backwordz. Out of Dallas, Texas comes a band that has had enough with the system, with the powers that be in our government, and the powers that be that go beyond our government, along with the smoke and mirrors and illusions that our government represents these days.  This is angry protest music and it is needed now more than ever to fuel us and to take it to the streets. Backwordz is composed of Eric July on vocals, Alex James on bass/vocals, Kevin Kerestes on guitar, Marcello Garcci on guitar, and Robbie Rosales on drums.  For a debut album entitled “Veracity”, which was released on March 31st via...
Unleash Them:  “Built In Good Value” by Damiano Christian, the definition of a prodigy!
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Unleash Them: “Built In Good Value” by Damiano Christian, the definition of a prodigy!

Out of Middletown, Connecticut comes an 18-year old piano virtuoso and guitar prodigy named Damiano Christian!  He takes various influences of classical, classic metal, and just straight up aggressive rock and makes it into his own niche that he has already carved out as an 18-year old.  Recently, Damiano Christian released his EP entitled "Built in Good Value". The influences of Ritchie Blackmore meets Randy Rhoads is definitely there on the opening instrumental entitled "Overture".  It is just an ode to metal as Damiano Christian sweeps through the guitar solos behind a pulsating rhythm section to back him up. Damiano Christian showcases a desire to rock and a desire for mythical creatures coming and stealing the night and the show in tracks such as "Must've Been The Devil" and "Straig...
“Sunbound” by Brother Firetribe, stadium rock is back!
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“Sunbound” by Brother Firetribe, stadium rock is back!

Out of Finland comes a band that is prepared to take the next step towards the kingdom of rock, and that band is Brother Firetribe. Brother Firetribe will be releasing "Sunbound" via Spinefarm Records on Friday, March 24rd!  They are composed of Pekka Ansio Heino on vocals, Tomi Nikulainen on keyboards, Emppu Vuorinen on guitar, Jason Flinck on bass/harmony vocals, and Hannes Pirila on drums.  They have performed at the prestigious Apollo Live Club and even collaborated with the world-famous band Nightwish. In short, picture the glory days of stadium rock that boasted of soaring guitar riffs, keyboards that made the listener light on their feet, and a rhythm section that continues to provide great music in the driving rain, bands such as Journey, Survivor, and Skid Row immediately come t...
“Revolution on Repeat” by Troubled Horse, gritty and dirty never felt so good!
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“Revolution on Repeat” by Troubled Horse, gritty and dirty never felt so good!

A light with a chain is hanging from the garage that smells of gasoline, dew from the trees, and rotting wood.  The band hooks in their amps, equipment, and sets up their stage.  They envision throwing down in front of thousands of people in an auditorium all the while playing for their neighborhood, although the neighborhood doesn't realize that they're in on the garage rock jam session.  My readers, this is what Orebro, Sweden's own Troubled Horse is about! On March 31st, Troubled Horse will be releasing their latest offering entitled "Revolution On Repeat" via Rise Above Records.  This blistering album offers ten tracks and it's an offering that isn't confined to one box. "Revolution On Repeat" takes you back to the early days of hard-rock/heavy metal ala Iron Butterly, Mountain, Deep...
“Beyond Spectra” by Saturn, taking it back!
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“Beyond Spectra” by Saturn, taking it back!

On March 31st, 1977, Swedish rock/metal heavyweights Saturn will be releasing their latest offering entitled "Beyond Spectra". Did I say 1977?  Well, I'm wondering myself because I think Saturn took me on a time machine back to that time period where bellbottoms were hip and there becomes an increasing division in music between classic rock vs. disco.  Saturn seems to have been hanging out in the heavy metal parking lot after a blistering set from Judas Priest from the "Sad Wings" era with special guests UFO. Rebellion, intergalactic missions, and taking the listener through the 1970's metal is the mission that Saturn takes its listeners and fans on with "Beyond Spectra", which will be released via Rise Above Records.  This time capsule takes you to the opening cut entitled "Orbital Miss...
“Tyhjyys” by Wolfheart, expansion of horizons!
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“Tyhjyys” by Wolfheart, expansion of horizons!

Out of the cold blustery Finnish winters is a band that is overdue to not only tear up Scandinavia, but tear up Europe, create blizzard like conditions across the Atlantic Ocean, but to freeze over North America with their winter metal, that band is Wolfheart! On March 3rd, Wolfheart released their latest offering entitled "Tyhjyys".  The word "Tyhjyys" is Finnish for "emptiness", and while this record is dark, bleak, and with touches of doom, it really showcases how Wolfheart has expanded their horizons as opposed to their previous offering entitled "Shadow World". There is a ton more progression in "Tyhjyys", in which each track seems to encapsulate the culture of winter metal and encapsulate a story as well based upon the arrangements of the instruments and the storytelling that maste...
“Life” by Dead Horse Trauma, come get you some!
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“Life” by Dead Horse Trauma, come get you some!

Out of Des Moines, Iowa comes a band that is more than ready to melt faces and take no prisoners while doing so.  That band is Dead Horse Trauma! Dead Horse Trauma is composed of Eric Davidson on vocals, Seth Peters on guitars, Jayson Kempf on guitars, Brian Carter on bass, and Garrett DeWald on drums.  Watching this band evolve over the years from being that local band that is opening for smaller national touring acts on the local stage to a band that is plotting for global domination makes a person feel like they're a part of something special. The DIY-band has had "Life" out for an entire month!  They literally slept, ate, and breathed this record while putting up with each other for an entire week, and did their commitment and hard work in "Life" pay off! If you want a killer track ...
“Moth” by Emperors And Elephants: Outpouring of Emotions Into This Effort!
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“Moth” by Emperors And Elephants: Outpouring of Emotions Into This Effort!

This past summer, I remember seeing Emperors And Elephants at a festival in Iowa called Loco Fest, which was taking place in Algona, Iowa.  Little did I know that it would be guitarist Jeff Windisch's second to last show.  They killed it in the blistering sun on that evening while providing direct support for Another Lost Year and Eve 6.  Little did the audience of several hundred know that the next day, Jeff Windisch would tragically pass away via a massive heart attack at a concert in Savage, Minnesota after the band opened for Lynch Mob.  On March 17th, the Chicago, Illinois band is releasing "Moth" via Pavement Entertainment! Talk about a mature growth from the band in comparison to their previous effort, "Devil In The Lake".  I can tell that they decided to listen to some Alice In Ch...
“Made From Fire” by Davey Suicide:  What Redemption Sounds Like!
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“Made From Fire” by Davey Suicide: What Redemption Sounds Like!

What do you do when you're literally bent over and screwed when you feel that you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by what you thought was a legit record contract?  You stand up and fight, and that's what Davey Suicide, out of "Unholywood Killifornia" did! Davey Suicide created a viral video that was on virtually every major music website and podcast that you could think of!  They are actually with a PR Company that gives a crap about them, collaborated with Twiztid, and are set to share the stage with the likes of Dope, Combichrist, and September Mourning coming up! On March 24th, "Made From Fire" is being released via Trisol Music Group!  If you want a blaring anthem, Davey Suicide can provide that for you! If you want music that shakes and stirs the soul while making you feel g...