Monday, October 18
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...
(Mental Health Breakthroughs):  MARTINA ARMOUR + “What It Feels Like” EP Review
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(Mental Health Breakthroughs): MARTINA ARMOUR + “What It Feels Like” EP Review

Editor's Note:  When legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac gives you his seal of approval on your rendition of their song "Storms", you're a special artist.  This is exactly Martina Armour. This Los Angeles folk/pop singer-songwriter with Swedish roots reached out to us for a premiere.  Sadly, the editor wasn't able to deliver as he was going through some mental health struggles, but thankfully he's back in the saddle, and ready to deliver some content once again!  While our slogan is #YouFreakingMatter, I need to take that to heart as well.  Sometimes, we feel sad and inadequate, and not worthy of anything.  I regrouped, feel completely refreshed and here I have an exclusive interview with this incredible artist named Martina Armour and "What It Feels Like" EP Review for you f...
(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...
(Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast Ep. 129):  STARS HOLLOW
Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast

(Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast Ep. 129): STARS HOLLOW

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1tz9PkZ7dwMGChdUHhro5p?si=w6zq5ExHT0eMLyPv2g-QVA&dl_branch=1 Contributor's Note:  Des Moines indie rock band Stars Hollow joins Bryan on the 129th episode of Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast.  They talk about their latest record entitled "I Just Want To Live My Life" which is available on all digital streaming platforms.  Stars Hollow is based out of Des Moines, Iowa and they talk about the Des Moines DIY scene, how the band came to be and how they got their band name.  Fans can find Stars Hollow on Facebook and Bandcamp.  Fans can find Invite The Neighbors DIY Podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Fans can check out the album "I Just Want To Live My Life" via Spotify below: https://open.spotify.com/album/4JSJHZzcJ0JtfSVrVHYwhR?si=8OpYTUp...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 305):  Founding CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL/COSMO’S VAULT member DOUG CLIFFORD
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(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 305): Founding CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL/COSMO’S VAULT member DOUG CLIFFORD

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6PpD6NchbUQmIkpXAmjpT9?si=-hpEUAe_RO227uU3essqfQ&dl_branch=1 Contributor's Note:  Founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival/Cosmo's Vault frontman Doug Clifford joined The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz for the 305th episode via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, they discussed the goosebump moments in his career as well as the special project he did with the late great Steve Wright of The Greg Kihn Band. We discussed how CCR got together and what led to the future collaboration with Steven Wright of The Greg Kihn Band. This project of Clifford/Wright includes Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band), Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money) and Joe Satriani, plus keyboard players Tim Gorman (The Who) and Pat Mosca (Greg Kihn Band). After holding auditio...
(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 304):  CORINNE COOK
Country Roads, The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz

(The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz Ep. 304): CORINNE COOK

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Fl1s6s7Z10cCUpwQ5vyjK?si=-JeHYbGiTgyVL1o-KhZ6pQ&dl_branch=1 Contributor's Note:  Country music singer Corrine Cook appeared on the 304th episode of The Don's Hit List with The Don & The Grizz via FAB Radio International.  In this episode, Corrine talked about her latest single entitled "Blah Blah Blah", which is available on all digital streaming platforms.  A song about when your significant other gets distracted when their friend walks into the room and now you become the proverbial third wheel. We also get into her song "Yes I Can" which is a song of encouragement and strength for women. Corinne and Don also talk about possibly doing karaoke together one day.  To keep up on Corinne Cook, check her Facebook and her official website.  To check ...
(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 ...