Sunday, October 24

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(Album Review) “Omega Kaleid” by Gizmachi
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(Album Review) “Omega Kaleid” by Gizmachi

Founded in 1996 (oh my goodness they're the same age as me!) Gizmachi grew to make a name for themselves among the local Orange County, NY, hardcore/metal scene. The band have an interesting backstory. The band caught the eyes and ears of Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan and signed to his label, Big Orange Clown (a subsidiary of Sanctuary Records) for the release of their debut, The Imbuing, in 2005. From 2005-2006, GIZMACHI spent time on the road supporting The Imbuing, including high profile festivals such as Ozzfest and Rock AM Ring in Europe before going on an extended 16-year hiatus. Following their break, the band GiZmAcHi have returned with a powerful new album in 'Omega Kaleid'. Opening with 'Winter', I'm greeted with a clean guitar lead and soaring vocal line. It's i...
(Concert Review) “20th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour” featuring STATIC-X Live at Sony Hall in New York, New York (11/24/2019)
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(Concert Review) “20th Anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip Tour” featuring STATIC-X Live at Sony Hall in New York, New York (11/24/2019)

It was an absolutely crazy night of metal and remembrance of one Wayne Static as Static-X with special guests Wednesday 13, Dope and Raven Black took the stage at Sony Hall in New York City this past Sunday night.   Raven Black kicked off the night with their somewhat demonic and twisted set of their Marilyn Manson meets a fucked-up carnival kind of rock.  The band's lead singer looks like she belongs as Sister Abigail from Bray Wyatt's Firefly Funhouse while the rest of the band looks like extras from a horror movie set.  With songs such as their latest single "He Is The One" along with "Dollhouse" and "Sticks and Stones", Raven Black definitely warmed up the night for the next band on the bill.  Wednesday 13 also took the stage on this Sunday night.   Wednesday 13 broug...
(Concert Review)  STATIC X Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (6/29/2019)
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(Concert Review) STATIC X Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (6/29/2019)

On this night, Static X took the Sayreville fans on a little trip.  A 20th anniversary of their landmark album entitled "Wisconsin Death Trip" to a packed house at the historic Starland Ballroom with special guests DevilDriver, Dope, Wednesday 13, and Raven Black. I had no idea what my expectations were, the only thing that I knew was that the rock world was still reeling from the tragic loss of charismatic frontman Wayne Static on November 1st, 2014.  People remembered Wayne for his larger than life personality and crazy(in a good way not a GG Allin sort of way) stage antics which fans loved every time Static X was in concert.  The moment we have awaited for has arrived. My immediate thought was "Whoa!", it was like Wayne Static came back into a zombified form.  The hair and stage a...
(Concert Review) DOPE Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (6/29/2019)
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(Concert Review) DOPE Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (6/29/2019)

Out of the industrial/nu-metal era of the late 90's early 2000's, Dope is probably the most grimy and the most dirty out of all of the bands.  They had such an edge about them that if you stood too close to them you'd be cut into smithereens like a rusty razorblade.  Dope provided support for Static X(RIP Wayne Static) and DevilDriver on the 20th Anniversary of "Wisconsin Death Trip" tour. Their songs are filthy and grimy, like so filthy you need to see a doctor and take a bath in oatmeal kind of filthy while getting leeches to suck out the poison kind of filthy, yet Dope is immersed in talent.  Their songs are meant to send shockwaves to your system, yet you can't help but be at attention when Dope is on stage.  Dope ripped through songs from their set as they sang family friendly songs ...
Sum 41 Got the Crowd Infected with Nostalgia in Minneapolis
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Sum 41 Got the Crowd Infected with Nostalgia in Minneapolis

I immediately knew that this was going to be a special night in Minneapolis, where nostalgia would be seeping out of everyone's pores and where music made you feel like a total street punk kid all over again!  Sum 41 brought their "15th Anniversary: Does This Look Infected Tour" to a sold-out Varsity Theater in Minneapolis with special guests Seaway and Super Whatevr. I've been to a lot of shows where the feeling felt empty and disappointing.  Not because of the performance of the bands, but because in large part, people generally don't support live music anymore.  Sum 41 told me to take those feelings I have about live music nowadays and stick them where the sun doesn't shine because they were all about having a good time and they showed genuine gratitude for what they were going to brin...
“Disobey” by Bad Wolves is What Soul and Heart in Rock & Roll is All About!
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“Disobey” by Bad Wolves is What Soul and Heart in Rock & Roll is All About!

This Friday, the album "Disobey" by Bad Wolves is being released via Eleven Seven Music.  Madness To Creation promises you that this album will be a gamechanger in the world of mainstream rock with its poignant messages, explosive arrangements, and having total heart and total soul into everything that they pour in with this band. Bad Wolves is composed of Tommy Vext(Divine Heresy, Snot) on vocals, Doc Coyle(ex-God Forbid) on guitars, Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead) on guitars, Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment) on bass, and John Boecklin (ex-DevilDriver) on drums.  Bad Wolves have went Chernobyl on the scene and left an immediate lasting impression on the scene this year, however they have been formulating ideas of what it means to be in Bad Wolves since 2015.  Based on this release, "Disobey"...
Madness To Creation Sits Down with Brock Lindal of 36 Crazyfists to Discuss “Lanterns”, Donald Trump, and the Creative Process Behind “Lanterns”!
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Madness To Creation Sits Down with Brock Lindal of 36 Crazyfists to Discuss “Lanterns”, Donald Trump, and the Creative Process Behind “Lanterns”!

Editor's Note:  It was an awesome time discussing "Lanterns" with vocalist Brock Lindal of 36 Crazyfists!  They recently released their latest offering via Spinefarm Records and they spent some significant time touring with DevilDriver, Cane Hill, and Tetrarch.  We had to reschedule it because one of my contributors was going to interview him as his local band, Katastrophes Tomb was opening the show at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines, and based upon the time slot of the interview and Katastrophes Tomb soundcheck, we couldn't make it work.  Special thanks goes out to Jon and Amy for setting the reschedule up with Brock of 36 Crazyfists.  Without further delay, here is my interview with Brock of 36 Crazyfists! M.T.C.:  What does a day in the life on the road for 36 Crazyfists look like...
“1711” by Katastrophes Tomb, raw bludgeoning power!
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“1711” by Katastrophes Tomb, raw bludgeoning power!

After recently seeing their set when they opening for The Acacia Strain during their one-off show before embarking on the Vans Warped Tour, I became further intrigued with this band.  It was an intense live show that was highly engaging for the packed house at the Vaudeville Mews.  This band is known as Katastrophes Tomb, and on July 21st, they have released their EP entitled "1711" via Reverb Nation, Bandcamp, and SoundCloud. Katastrophes Tomb is composed of Vincent Venn on vocals, Taylor Soloman on drums, Brian Lundy on guitars, Curtis Coleone on bass, and Joe Youngbear on guitars.  This year alone, Katastrophes Tomb has shared the stage with the likes of the aforementioned The Acacia Strain, Flaw, Psychostick, Motograter, Mushroomhead, Madame Mayhem, and American Head Charge.  They a...