Monday, October 18

Mental Health Conversations

We dive into mental health topics along with music and activism. These are done by the editor.

(Mental Health Breakthroughs):  AUTUMN STAY
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(Mental Health Breakthroughs): AUTUMN STAY

Contributor's Note:  Austin, Texas gothic/electronica metal band AUTUMN STAY recently released their music video for "Closer To The Edge."  The song takes on a lot of meaning with layers to peel away for the listener, and it saw an exclusive premiere for the video via Side Line Magazine. Lyrically, the song dives into the dark side of being an artist and how often artists push themselves to the very brink of insanity. This song has everything from heavy hitting guitars to head bopping synth, to vocal harmonies that make you feel like you’re listening to a Sunday church choir!  Autumn Stay has shared the stage with the likes of Drowning Pool, Saliva, Straight Line Stitch and Oh, Sleeper.  In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Autumn Stay talks about mental health, the...
(Mental Health Breakthroughs):  CLIFF and IVY
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(Mental Health Breakthroughs): CLIFF and IVY

Contributor's Note:  Alaska's premiere dark punk/death rock duo, CLIFF AND IVY have recently unleashed their new four song EP, Bring Us The Night.  Available on limited edition 7" vinyl and digital formats. CLIFF AND IVY's music is influenced by magic. Their psychedelic style lyrics are derived from synesthesia.  The mission of Bring Us The Night is to make fast dark punk songs with weird supernatural themes. "To hit 'em hard and leave 'em wanting more. Calling all to embrace the dark; to rise, slay, and rise again." For fans of goth, death rock and dark punk In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, the Alaskan dark punk/death rock duo Cliff and Ivy discuss mental health, the music from "Bring Us The Night" and their influences.  Fans can find Cliff and Ivy on ...
Madness To Creation Podcast: Mental Health Breakthroughs featuring Robin & Lela of VENUES + Album Review of “Solace”
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Madness To Creation Podcast: Mental Health Breakthroughs featuring Robin & Lela of VENUES + Album Review of “Solace”

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7sRLsZNE1qLWLK7C5Nvebf?si=79ecf88f177e4023 Editor's Note:  On August 27th, the blistering German modern metal band VENUES released their album entitled "Solace" via Arising Empire.  The band entered Sawdust Recordings with producer Christoph Wieczorek(Annisokay) to record "Solace" and the results have been nothing short of spectacular.  This is the first album to feature clean vocalist Daniela "Lela" Gruber and between her vocals and unclean vocalist Robin Baumann, there is a plethora of dynamics at play in this effort.  Venues has shared the stage with Polaris, The Amity Affliction and Atreyu.  Let's get straight on with the review of the record: "Solace" by VENUES, offers just what solace is supposed to offer, moments of clarity in the midst of brut...
(Mental Health Conversations):  JOHNATHAN/CHRISTIAN
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(Mental Health Conversations): JOHNATHAN/CHRISTIAN

Contributor's Note:  Transatlantic post-punk duo JOHNATHAN/CHRISTIAN are pleased to announce the release of their newest EP, Together We’re Alone. Available on all digital platforms globally NOW! “Unlike previous releases, the lyrics and inspirations on this one is a bit of a paradox” says singer/co-writer, Christian Granquist. “Some of our "usual" vocal topics like loneliness, isolation and of course,  death have become so much more relevant during the pandemic. And for the exact same reason they appear less relevant, as they become less metaphorical. " Together We're Alone features appearances by MACHINERY OF DESIRE's Adrian  Auchrome, Italian singer Elisa Mammoliti and  the brute force of 45 GRAVE drummer Tom Coyne (“My Dying Words.")This new EP brings their sound full circle and ...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 29:  Derek Zanetti of THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR
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(Mental Health Conversations): Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 29: Derek Zanetti of THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5SXcKnjkyicJ9QKCzCUn93?si=1a86475815c1426e Editor's Note:  In the challenging and uncertain times that stems from income inequality, gender inequality, racial and sexual orientation inequality, there is a voice that screams from the rooftops about these issues along with unjustified wars and the like.  It's an anarchist voice, that voice is Derek Zanetti of The Homeless Gospel Choir.  This was a unique podcast format.  It was unique in the sense that I decided to invite my good friend Nate Gustafson(they/them) to the podcast as they's a diehard fan of The Homeless Gospel Choir.  We went through a plethora of things about mental health, PTSD, moving from Pittsburgh to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and poured through the live album entitled "This Is A Protest So...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 28:  WILL VAN DYKE
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(Mental Health Conversations): Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 28: WILL VAN DYKE

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5tYBsS4upYVFmV0WYrwX2W?si=3b94eb97678b4251 Editor's Note:  Broadway actor/director and singer/songwriter WILL VAN DYKE(no relation to Dick Van Dyke) joins the Madness To Creation Podcast where #YouFreakingMatter.  In this episode, we discuss a ton about mental health and I also got to pick his brain about being a Broadway director and as someone who directs plays, also picking his brain on how he goes about casting for a play or Broadway production.  Will talks about how his husband keeps him sane and also talks about his EP entitled "The Mayor", which features story telling with major influence from Elton John.  The single "Wasting Time" also features Tamika Lawrence.  Will Van Dyke and Tamika Lawrence share a kindred spirit and a close friendship as th...
(Mental Health Conversation) Conner & Hannah of SPIRIT BREAKER
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(Mental Health Conversation) Conner & Hannah of SPIRIT BREAKER

Contributor's Note:  On August 13th, Michigan metalcore band Spirit Breaker unleashed "Cura Nata" onto the world.  The album evokes human nature and human emotion, along with bone crushing riffs mixed with ambiance undertones.  If you're fans of bands like Northlane, August Burns Red, and Architects, then Spirit Breaker is for you.  Guitarist Conner Clair and bassist Hannah Boissonneault of Spirit Breaker sat down with Madness To Creation to discuss "Cura Nata", mental health, and so much more.  Fans can find Spirit Breaker on Facebook, Instagram and Big Cartel. Madness To Creation:  Solid State Records!  Congrats my friends in Spirit Breaker.  How did that deal come about and give me a list of your top five favorite all time Solid State albums! Conner Clair:  Thank you so much! It w...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 27:  GONE GONE BEYOND + “2030” Album Review
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(Mental Health Conversations): Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 27: GONE GONE BEYOND + “2030” Album Review

Editor's Note:  Gone Gone Beyond recently released their latest album entitled "2030."  The album is spiritual, whimsical, experimental and beautiful all in the same breath.  Madness To Creation Podcast recently sat down with Gone Gone Beyond to discuss mindfulness, nature, spirituality, and the album "2030."  Gone Gone Beyond is composed of David Block, Danny Musengo, Kat Factor and Mel Seme.  If you're into electronica, world and jazz music, then Gone Gone Beyond.  They also talk about special moments in their singles.  Atwood Magazine has described Gone Gone Beyond as "An expression completely of its own, Genre-less, spiritual music with four lead singers.  We feel it's the most honest and heartfelt capture of what these spirits sound like together.  It's a perfect representation of...
(Mental Health Conversations)  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 26:  AHMET ZAPPA
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(Mental Health Conversations) Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 26: AHMET ZAPPA

Editor's Note:  This Sunday night at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST, Rock My Collection will premiere with Ahmet Zappa and esteemed appraiser Stephen Breitman co-hosting.  The show is based on famous rock n roll memorabilia such as love letters written by Axl Rose, an Italian roadmap signed by Jimi Hendrix, and a stage-used microphone with remnants of lipstick used by Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac on the "Rumours" tour.  On the 26th episode of the 2nd season of the Madness To Creation Podcast, we get into a conversation with Ahmet Zappa about how memorabilia is appraised, his family, his career and his mental health.  Go to www.axstv.com for programming and listings.  Fans can check out this episode via SoundCloud below: