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(Album Review)  “Lonesome Valley” by MUNDY’S BAY
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(Album Review) “Lonesome Valley” by MUNDY’S BAY

Out of Montreal comes a band who combines post-punk with a dreamscape type of twist on the music.  On March 13th, Mundy's Bay released their debut album entitled "Lonesome Valley", which includes their single "Goodbye".  Mundy's Bay, who is composed of Esther Mulders on vocals/keyboards, John Donnelly on guitars, Victor Beaudoin on guitars, and Will Love on bass.  They recruited Kurt Ballou(Converge, Joyce Manor, and Code Orange) to produce and engineer this record. Before I interacted with Mundy's Bay, I hadn't realized their sounds and textures were exactly what I was craving.  Growing up on the thriving independent music scene of the newly digitized, early 00's I had traded my bedroom pop for angsty hooks and dissonant melodies, it's been a while since I've wanted to be listful and dan...
Weekend Brunch Edition Vol. 19:  Weekly News Shorts Plus Spotify Playlist!
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Weekend Brunch Edition Vol. 19: Weekly News Shorts Plus Spotify Playlist!

Editor's Note:  It's been an unusual week as Coronavirus has swept the world and caused mass hysteria.  People buying up toilet paper, hand sanitizer, medicine and all kinds of cleaning products.  It has shut down March Madness, NBA, and halted all the major sports.  Concerts have been postponed as well.  We were supposed to be providing coverage for Dragonforce and several other groups, but that coverage will have to wait.  At Madness To Creation, we want YOU to rock out to this Spotify playlist, however, please be mindful of your own health and the public health as a whole.  Wash your hands, stay home if you're sick and just be mindful.  In the meantime, enjoy this playlist as you're hunkered down and quarantined from the masses.  This too shall pass.   Meat & Taters:  Kayzo ...
Trevor Phipps of Unearth Converses with Madness To Creation on Poker Tips, Remembering Vinnie Paul, and America’s Screwed Up Environmental Policies!
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Trevor Phipps of Unearth Converses with Madness To Creation on Poker Tips, Remembering Vinnie Paul, and America’s Screwed Up Environmental Policies!

Editor's Note:  Let me tell you, this was one of the most chill interviews I have ever done.  Trevor Phipps of Unearth was like a long lost friend that I reconnected with.  Unearth was getting ready to dominate the Vans Warped Tour and we talked about everything from games on smartphones, to Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, to even Donald Trump's skewed environmental policies.  Unearth's single "Incinerate" recently hit number one on "The Devil's Dozen" via Liquid Metal.  Fans can find Unearth at the following locations: Madness To Creation:  (As Trevor is finishing up with a game on his smartphone), What kind of video games do you like to play? Trevor:  Not much of a gamer, but on the road, I like to play games.  I'll show you, (pulls out his phone), it's Clash Royale, it's like Cla...
(Album Review) “errorzone” by Vein
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(Album Review) “errorzone” by Vein

The hardcore/metal world got even more psychotic, painful, and brutal.  Here comes five-piece band Vein with their release of "errorzone" via Closed Casket Activities. This album offers no mercy, no compassion, and it absolutely takes no prisoners in a metal world where the arrangements are more formula based, where the lyrics tend to be watered down, and the music and personas itself are completely predictable.  Vein can be described as the "honey badger" of the metal world, they just don't care, and they even offer up a middle finger to your feelings and to the critics. The album starts off with their first single entitled "virus://vibrance".  There are no breaks to be had as this track offers sick breakdowns that do nothing but snap necks and cause hemorrhaging in the brain from the w...
“Too Far Gone” by Cane Hill…Power and Strength!
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“Too Far Gone” by Cane Hill…Power and Strength!

Deep in the backwoods of Louisiana comes a band that has a newfound purpose, a new found sobriety(congratulations to Cane Hill), and a renewed sense of focus which is allowing them to cultivate copious amounts of power and strength as Cane Hill has released "Too Far Gone" via Rise Records. Elijah Reed, vocalist of Cane Hill, has stated that it was them wanting to feel invincible and all powerful via LSD that caused them to lose themselves and they went on a journey to rediscover who they are, and what we have now is a band that gives fascism the middle finger and sobriety the fist pump salute with their latest offering entitled "Too Far Gone", which was released January 19th via Rise Records. "Too Far Gone" starts off with the title track, which showcases the power and the return of mode...
Thrice, Chon, and Balance And Composure Captivate Iowa!
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Thrice, Chon, and Balance And Composure Captivate Iowa!

It was a decision that had to be done, seeing in my view, the greatest band in the world in Thrice.  I am so glad that they are back in full force with the Breckenridge brothers providing the rhythm section, Teppei on guitars, and Dustin Kensrue on vocals/guitars.  I absolutely was enthralled by their performance.  One knows that a band is absolutely amazing live when they don't have to prompt the audience for anything, whether it's moshing, clapping hands in unison, or crowdsurf, the crowd does it anyway! I went as a fan to this performance, didn't have to worry about making sure I'm at that interview on time or getting in the photo pit area, I was just there to enjoy some amazing music.  Thrice absolutely delivered at Wooly's in Des Moines, Iowa!  There was little interaction between th...
The Night That Rejuvenated My Passion for Live Music:  Featuring Trivium and Arch Enemy!
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The Night That Rejuvenated My Passion for Live Music: Featuring Trivium and Arch Enemy!

At The Truman in Kansas City, it was metal giants Trivium and Arch Enemy with special guests While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy absolutely slaying and annihilating the crowd of almost 1,500 people at The Truman in Kansas City, Missouri.  It was a rainy night and Madness To Creation received the opportunity to interview Lawrence "Loz" Taylor, vocalist of While She Sleeps and Paolo Gregoletto, the bassist of Trivium.  As the show began, Fit For An Autopsy took the stage. Out of New Jersey, Fit For An Autopsy is composed of Joe Badolato on vocals, Will Putney on guitars, Patrick Sheridan on guitars, Tim Howley on guitars, Peter Spinazola on bass, and Josean Orta on drums.  Fit For An Autopsy certainly brought the intensity and they were the perfect band to warm up the audience for this ...
Madness To Creation Sounding Off:  Never Forgetting Warped Tour Because of Amazing Vocalists, like Ashley Costello of New Years Day!
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Madness To Creation Sounding Off: Never Forgetting Warped Tour Because of Amazing Vocalists, like Ashley Costello of New Years Day!

The second part of the "Looking Back on Warped Tour" series features New Years Day and Ashley Costello.  It is absolutely not every day where a frontperson simply captivates one's attention through their stage presence and vocals.  Ashley Costello of New Years Day certainly did that with her mesmerizing stage presence and her amazingly beautiful looks along with a versatile voice that sounded sweet and serene in one breath, and sounded shrilling in the next breath.  New Years Day had a crazy stage presence combining their gothic look, crazy stage antics, and the ability to hold the audience in the palm of their hand. I also saw New Years Day open up for Halestorm and Starset on the "Halloween Scream" tour, and while I was into them, some of the audience weren't into them, then again Iowa ...
Madness To Creation Sounding Off:  Looking Back at 2017 Warped Tour Part One:  Featuring Hatebreed!
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Madness To Creation Sounding Off: Looking Back at 2017 Warped Tour Part One: Featuring Hatebreed!

The old tried and true saying goes is that "all good things must come to an end".  It was recently announced that after 2018, Kevin Lyman was going to discontinue the Warped Tour.  My heart sank into my stomach after I read the news on Alternative Press.  The thing is, the Vans Warped Tour was the festival of all festivals to me.  It allowed fans to check out many different genres of music, heck pop singers such as Katy Perry and hip-hop artists such as 3OH!3 were embraced at the Warped Tour.  The Vans Warped Tour had a sense of unity there where it didn't matter what style of music, what background you were, or even what political or religious belief you had, you were accepted simply for who you are.  I am pretty sure that was what Kevin's vision was.  I am going to make this a several pa...