Tuesday, October 19

Tag: Music Reviews

(Livestream Review) “Marching In Time” by TREMONTI (9/24/2021)
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(Livestream Review) “Marching In Time” by TREMONTI (9/24/2021)

Marching In Time by Tremonti is by far one of the best albums that has been released this year and now is looking to take best live stream of the year. To celebrate the release of their latest album, fans were treated to a live stream that highlighted the brand-new album while also paying homage to the past albums that the band has released. This was a juggernaut of a setlist at an amazingly valued price. Tremonti started the stream of with the intro song of their first album “A World Away” and from that moment, everyone was extremely aware that the band had passion in these new songs. Tremonti sounded so great that one would have to ask, “have they played these songs before”? Everyone involved in this stream took great care, from the camera work all the way to the musicians themselves....
(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 Conversations):  Stevie D of BUCKCHERRY plus Concert Review from Val Air Ballroom(6/12/2021) and “Hellbound” Review
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(Mental Health Conversations): Stevie D of BUCKCHERRY plus Concert Review from Val Air Ballroom(6/12/2021) and “Hellbound” Review

Editor's Note:  Welcome to the Madness To Creation Podcast: where self-care and music merge. Be safe, Be well and Be Balanced. On the 2nd Season and 6th episode of the podcast, we have Stevie D., guitarist of legendary modern rock band Buckcherry. This interview was taken June 12th at the historic Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa and we get into an amazing discussion about life, music and mental health. On June 25th, Buckcherry will be releasing their ninth studio album entitled "Hellbound", which includes the title track and their single "So Hott." Fans can find Buckcherry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their official website. Here are the topics that we discussed: 2:33- Stevie D discusses how him and Josh Todd wrote 20 songs for "Hellbound" during quarantine and the w...
Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 37:  Minutes of Creative Madness Review: THE RETURN OF STAIND
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Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 37: Minutes of Creative Madness Review: THE RETURN OF STAIND

As a disclaimer, we are adding another edition to the Madness To Creation Podcast where we will discuss how the band's content impacts us from an emotional and mental health standpoint.  They will be called Minutes of Creative Madness, which is a spinoff from Madness To Creation. In this, we are reviewing the first installment of the livestream of The Return of STAIND. You can check out "It's Been Awhile: Live From Foxwoods in Connecticut" at www.staindlive.com and this Saturday May 8th, fans can check out the 20th anniversary of "Break The Cycle" in its entirety.  The livestream events will be available for 72 hours afterwards and here is the review of Staind. Staind is one of those landmark bands that defined my senior year of high school and my early college years. I remember se...
(Album Review)  “Ghost Tapes #10” by GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT
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(Album Review) “Ghost Tapes #10” by GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT

It’s fair to say that Ireland’s instrumental experimentalists God Is An Astronaut have been around the block a few times. Their latest offering "Ghost Tapes #10" is their 10th album and sees piano and guitar wizard Jamie Dean return to the fold. Instrumental bands like this tend to polarise people into two camps; those that dislike instrumental groups and those (like me) who love the emotive soundscapes such bands can weave. It is with a happy heart that I can say that those who love this sort of thing will not be disappointed. From the angular dissonance of Adrift through to the emotional storm swept Burial GIAA are on top form; their music, sans lyrics, allowing the listener the freedom to choose for themselves the emotions they experience. Less ‘songs’ and more sonic soundscapes, ...
(Album Review) “Aurora” by CAVE OF SWIMMERS
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(Album Review) “Aurora” by CAVE OF SWIMMERS

'Aurora' is the new album from the Miami based duo Cave of Swimmers. Having made a name for themselves as a doom-prog band with a love of sharp guitar leads, the upcoming release sees a new side from the band. Fans of the experimental and unusual will be interested in this! The new album takes a strong melodic turn; 'The Sun' is a striking track with the interplay of melodies across the vocals and instruments. The vocals in particular have a powerful melodic element with intense vibrato. The guitar solo is ludicrously intricate, probably to be expected, but is followed by a calmer section of leads harmonising the track's dominant melody line. There are plenty of progressive elements throughout. The track goes through a number of sections after the guitar solo including a key change, and...
(Album Review):  “Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Super Deluxe Reissue” by BLACK SABBATH
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(Album Review): “Black Sabbath Vol. 4 Super Deluxe Reissue” by BLACK SABBATH

Black Sabbath unleashed the group’s fourth album in two years in 1972 with Vol 4. Stacked with classic tracks like “Supernaut,” “Changes,” and “Snowblind,” the record harnessed the group’s surging popularity to reach the Top 10 on the Albums Chart in the U.K. and the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S., on its path to being certified platinum by the RIAA.  The innovators of heavy metal revisit Vol 4 on a new collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a trove of 20 unreleased studio and live recordings. VOL 4: SUPER DELUXE EDITION will be available on February 12 as a 4-CD set and a 5-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, Both versions come with extensive booklets featuring liner notes with quotes from the era from all four band members, rare pho...
(Album Review):  “Beautiful Machine” by MATT BOROFF
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(Album Review): “Beautiful Machine” by MATT BOROFF

Some of you reading this may or may not have heard of today’s offering. But chances are that by the end of the album, you’ll be asking yourselves why not. Two things that are hallmarks of great releases are those which push the proverbial envelope and those which intentionally or unintentionally display a level of purity like Beautiful Machine – the new album from Matt Boroff. And listeners will hear both of those herein. Right away, Matt shows is lack of fear in bringing his voice to the forefront of the music. No hiding behind reverb for this guy. Not even Numan-esque effects. Bands like Black Angel or The Awakening might come to mind in this regard as well as in some of the approach of the tracks. Matt is all across the board and yet under the same dome with this new one – his fourth ...
(Album Review) “Genius Loves Company” by RAY CHARLES
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(Album Review) “Genius Loves Company” by RAY CHARLES

On this day, February 13th, 2005, the legendary Ray Charles posthumously won 8 Grammys at the 2005 Grammy Awards for this incredible album "Genius Loves Company".  The album featured the who's who of singer-songwriters such as Norah Jones, Elton John, Johnny Mathis, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and scores of other artists from the jazz, singer-songwriter, blues, and Motown world.  This album especially shows how incredibly talented Ray Charles was.  Ray Charles was known for the hits "Tell Me What I'd Say", which features Motown bluesy vibes to writing the state song for Georgia, with "Georgia On My Mind", he even showed his love for country music by having Willie Nelson as a guest on this album.  I'm going to review each track.  "Here We Go Again"- featuring Norah Jones.  How I wish t...