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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) “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...
(Livestream Review):  “Vaccinated + Intoxicated” by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (8/6/2021)
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(Livestream Review): “Vaccinated + Intoxicated” by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE (8/6/2021)

Killswitch Engage takes over all our homes and delivers a once in a lifetime experience that all of us could have on our couch with their livestream event "Vaccinated + Intoxicated" Live from The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. We all have a want and most importantly, a need to be entertained. While some areas of the world are opening up full capacity concerts, some places may not get to experience this or due to health reasons, have no choice BUT to stay home. Well, even during a time where the bands we love are struggling, they are trying to come through for us. Killswitch Engage is no exception to this. They decided to get some cameras, their instruments, and an empty room at the beautiful Palladium in Worcester and put some heart and soul into a nostalgic setlist of songs fro...
AXS TV Announces Music Memorabilia Show “ROCK MY COLLECTION” for August 15th at 8 PM EST
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AXS TV Announces Music Memorabilia Show “ROCK MY COLLECTION” for August 15th at 8 PM EST

AXS TV puts the spotlight on an eclectic array of passionate collectors and the incredible music items they hold dear in the all-new music memorabilia series Rock My Collection—premiering Sunday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Rock My Collection is produced by Critical Content, with executive producers Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, R. Greg Johnston, Ahmet Zappa and Matt Pickel.   Hosted by Ahmet Zappa—the best-selling author, producer, musician, and head of the iconic Frank Zappa Estate—Rock My Collection is a celebration of some of the world’s most legendary music artifacts connected to an impressive roster of industry trailblazers. Collectors are invited into the studio each week, joining both in-person and zooming in from their private collection spaces, to showcase their prized...
L.A. INK Hosted by KAT VON D Airing on AXS TV Starting this Sunday Night at 9PM EST
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L.A. INK Hosted by KAT VON D Airing on AXS TV Starting this Sunday Night at 9PM EST

AXS TV announced today that all 84 episodes of the popular tattoo artist reality series LA Ink will soon begin airing on the Network. The program is set to take over the 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT slot of AXS TV’s popular “Sunday Night Rocks” block on July 11, joining the star-studded music-themed countdown series The Top Ten Revealed at 8 p.m. ET and the insightful profile series A Year In Music, hosted by GRAMMY®-winning Halestorm front woman Lzzy Hale, at 8:30 p.m. ET.   Originally airing from 2007 to 2011, LA Ink captured pop culture phenom Kat Von D as she left Miami behind to open her own tattoo shop, High Voltage, in Los Angeles. Enlisting the help of her close friends Amber “Pixie” Acia and veteran tattoo artist Corey Miller, Kat makes her mark on the vibrant L.A. scene—living ...
(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...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Madness To Creation Ep. 278): Sarah McTaggart of TRANSVIOLET )
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Madness To Creation Ep. 278): Sarah McTaggart of TRANSVIOLET )

Contributor's Note:  Vocalist Sarah McTaggart of Transviolet conversed on The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz and Madness To Creation via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, Sarah discusses the single "Clean Laundry" and the writing process of that song along with "Freak Like Me" and "Drugs In California" and the writing process and goosebump moments of those songs.  We get into a poignant discussion about Sarah leaving her Christian faith as well as mental health and how she copes with it.  It turned into a existential, philosophical discussion.  Fans can find Transviolet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their official website. Fans can find The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their official website. Fans can ch...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 3:  Travis Miguel of ATREYU
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(Mental Health Conversations): Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 3: Travis Miguel of ATREYU

Editor's Note:  Travis Miguel, guitarist of the legendary metalcore band Atreyu, joins the Madness To Creation Podcast for the 2nd Season and 3rd Episode.  Last Friday, Atreyu released their album entitled "Baptize" to critical acclaim from Knotfest and Metal Insider.  The album features high profile collaborations from Matt Heafy of Trivium, Travis Barker of Blink 182 and Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach. They will be embarking on a tour in winter 2021 with Crown The Empire, Saul and Defying Decay as the supporting acts of the "Baptize" tour. In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation Podcast, Travis Miguel of Atreyu discusses the "Lead Sails + Paper Anchors" livestream event, his memories of the Taste of Chaos tour where they supported Deftones and Thrice, mental health,...
Saturday Ruminations:  Impact of Missing Children on Mental Health
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Saturday Ruminations: Impact of Missing Children on Mental Health

I remember as a young teenager the video to "Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum was consistently on MTV.  The impact of that video as picture after picture of a missing child was posted throughout the video helped shape my childhood and who I am as an adult.  Ever since that moment, I've always paid attention to missing children whether it was Elizabeth Smart, Jacob Wetterling and Amber Hagerman(AMBER Alert was named after her).  On this Saturday Rumination, I want to find a cause to talk about and the impact it has on our mental health.  Based on something that's somewhat personal, I was curious to learn about the impact of those that have missing children from their families.  First, we need to examine the root causes of why children go missing around the world. The first, probably most co...