Sunday, October 24

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(Concert Therapy Reviews)  “Satellite 20th Anniversary Tour” featuring P.O.D. Live at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (8/20/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews) “Satellite 20th Anniversary Tour” featuring P.O.D. Live at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (8/20/2021)

It was a lovely evening of music at Wooly's in Des Moines, Iowa.  However, something was missing.  It was a sobering night when it was reported earlier in the day that Sleep Signals had to drop off the P.O.D. "Satellite 20th Anniversary Tour" due to their horrific accident.  Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with the Sleep Signals camp for a quick and speedy recovery.  Due to the accident, All Good Things were the first band to take the stage. Talk about anthems, talk about our brains being blown away by the positivity and musicianship that All Good Things possess in their music.  They were promoting their album entitled "A Hope In Hell" and the songs in the album tug at the heartstrings and challenge the listener to persevere and pull through.  You could feel what they were...
(Album Review) “Into The Black Sky” by COLD KINGDOM
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(Album Review) “Into The Black Sky” by COLD KINGDOM

  On May 24th, Minneapolis’ explosive hard rock band Cold Kingdom released Into the Black Sky.  It is the band’s first full-length album following the release of EPs The Moon and the Fool and a self-titled work.  Due to the powerful female voice of Elissa Pearson, the band will remind some of Evanescence.  That is the logical comparison, but listeners should also detect aspects of Breaking Benjamin and Halestorm in the band’s presentation as well.  That being said, Into the Black Sky fully demonstrates Cold Kingdom’s power and creativity as they are beginning to become their own force on the music scene!  The rest of the band is comprised of Evan Ogaard on guitar, Jason Michael on bass, Chris Morley on drums, and Collin Pearson on keyboards. The debut single off the album is “A ...
(Album Review) “Broken” by MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
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(Album Review) “Broken” by MEMPHIS MAY FIRE

  On November 16, Memphis May Fire released their sixth record Broken.  The record exemplifies the band’s evolution of sound and, in particular, the talents of lead vocalist Matty Mullins are on full display with this work.  The rest of the band is composed by guitarist Kellen McGregor, bassist Cory Elder, and drummer Jake Garland. The first single off the album is also the opening track “The Old Me.”  The opening riffs of this song and Mullins’ voice are a powerful introduction to the album and slam the listener right in the face!  The song itself takes on the issue of depression. The lyrics perfectly illustrate the battle that can happen inside anyone: the struggle knowing you aren’t the person you were, the desire to get back to being that person, yet the struggle with ho...
(Album Review) “In Our Wake” by Atreyu
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(Album Review) “In Our Wake” by Atreyu

The group that brought you "Suicide Notes & Butterfly Kisses", "The Curse", and "A Death Grip On Yesterday" is back with somewhat of a new direction that showcases their maturation in their arrangements and growth in their songwriting.  Metal giants Atreyu are unleashing "In Our Wake" via Spinefarm Records on Friday, October 12th to the masses. As one grows in their maturation, one begins to reflect on life and their purpose in this world.  Without effort, Atreyu conceptualized their personal reflections and purpose in life and unleashed it in their latest offering "In Our Wake".  In this record, Atreyu is questioning all of the political and spiritual division in Western culture, along with showing positivism towards their children, along with overcoming personal demons and dark po...
Dani Egnum of Cold Kingdom Converses with Madness To Creation About Life on the Road!
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Dani Egnum of Cold Kingdom Converses with Madness To Creation About Life on the Road!

Editor's Note:  I was not in the proper mindset to conduct a quality interview.  For us, helping bands and recording artists is what we do, hence I wanted to showcase a quality band in Cold Kingdom that has a world of potential.  I missed the call and it's one of those things with my anxiety if things don't go right, I get really flustered.  I just need to get over myself.  I always promised to my readers that what you see is what you get with us and we are really trying to be as authentic as possible when we do interviews and reviews.  Enough of my digression.  Cold Kingdom is on the "Tour-Rito Supreme" tour with fellow Minneapolis, Minnesota heavyweights Sleep Signals and have shared the stage with the likes of Vince Neil and Shinedown, fans can check out their music and Cold Kingdom at ...
Madness To Creation Sounding Off:  Looking Back on 2017:  Various Artists Reflect on Chris Cornell with Madness To Creation!
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Madness To Creation Sounding Off: Looking Back on 2017: Various Artists Reflect on Chris Cornell with Madness To Creation!

Editor's Note:  I remember driving in my car on my way to my full time job and Soundgarden came on the radio.  It was the song "Outshined" and I didn't think anything of it, I love being surprised when I hear a damn good song on the radio.  I forget about my stresses for those few moments and prepare to sing my heart out to a song that defined my teenage angst years.  Then, the radio DJ for Rock 108 came on and announced that Chris Cornell was found dead in a hotel room bathtub.  I froze.  Tears suddenly streamed down my face and I literally pulled over to the side of the road and wept.  I couldn't believe the news.  I remember all the tributes and most importantly the artists all seemed somewhat broken when we brought up Chris Cornell.  When I interview, I don't try to get the dirt, I foc...
Robert Cosgrove of Sleep Signals Reflects on Sharing the Stage with Soundgarden Days Before Chris Cornell’s Death with Madness To Creation!
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Robert Cosgrove of Sleep Signals Reflects on Sharing the Stage with Soundgarden Days Before Chris Cornell’s Death with Madness To Creation!

Editor's Note:  It was a year where Minneapolis, Minnesota's own Sleep Signals took that next step.  They rocked the Northern Invasion stage with Soundgarden and other bands, only to learn that several days later that Chris Cornell took his own life.  They logged thousands of miles, played in 22 states, and shot a popular video for "Suit & Tie Suicide" at Northern Invasion in Somerset, Wisconsin.  2018 is going to shape up to be an even bigger year and Robert Cosgrove, vocalist of Sleep Signals, sat down with Madness To Creation for this fun conversation! Madness To Creation:  How has The High Tides Tour  been going? Robert:  The High Tides Tour was great! We made a lot of great new friends, played some new markets, and even got in some beach time! We wrapped up 40 days on the ro...
“Double Exposure” by The Scars Heal In Time, songwriter rock for ya!
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“Double Exposure” by The Scars Heal In Time, songwriter rock for ya!

While covering a show in Iowa City, Iowa, Houston, Texas's own The Scars Heal In Time provided direct support for City Of The Weak at Gabe's Oasis.  Sadly, it was a sparse crowd, as in maybe 20 people(and that's even stretching it), but The Scars Heal In Time played a cover of "Zombie" by The Cranberries, and I immediately became intrigued with this three piece outfit out of Houston.  They hung around the merch table and I decided to pick up their CD entitled "Double Exposure". The Scars Heal In Time is composed of Kayla Smith on guitars/vocals, Tayler Smith on drums, and touring musician Ryan Fitz on guitars.  They brought a different flair to the rock that we are used to hearing, it had a singer/songwriter feel to it.  "Double Exposure" starts off with a groovy laden/guitar thick ...