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We Nerd Out Vol. 109:  Bands MADNESS TO CREATION Covered in 2019! Year End Playlist!
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We Nerd Out Vol. 109: Bands MADNESS TO CREATION Covered in 2019! Year End Playlist!

I want to share this playlist with you.  Honestly, I thought we hit the pinnacle when we shot Warped Tour.  If you would've told us we would've covered Blink 182, Tool, Godsmack(twice) and New Kids On The Block in the same year, I would've been dreaming.  As the editor of Madness To Creation, I want to personally thank the following photographers/reviewers who made this incredible year possible: Will Wight, Crios Valentino, Kim Casper, Bryan Bardes, Amber Lyons, Kelz Bailey, Michelle Barron, Emily McDermott, Shawn Doyle, Mike Victorick, Ian Storck, Christopher James Ryan, Eva Dang, Holly Royle, Mark Dean, Derrick Climer, Richard Lepre, Evan Zwisler, Glenn Fernetti, Chris McCormick, Megan Jane Earp, Shannon Myers, John Nelson, and William Zimmermann, and Katie Hovland Madness To Creat...
(Concert Review)  CANNIBAL CORPSE Live at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois (11/10/2019)
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(Concert Review) CANNIBAL CORPSE Live at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois (11/10/2019)

It’s a cold Sunday evening, and death metal trio Perdition Temple is setting the night’s mood for the stream of fans still entering the building from the snowy scene outdoors. After a short opening set, the lower level is filled with fans of a broad range of ages, ready for some of the hardest hitting metal they can get.   Australian deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder takes the stage next. Almost immediately the crowd breaks into a circle pit, as well as sending several crowd surfers up. The intensity of the band is equally matched with the extreme flashing strobes as the group tears up the stage. Between songs, lead singer CJ McMahon is very vocal about people not looking at their phones to check emails or texts during the performance, a valid point, however one that musicians sh...
(Album Review) “So What?” by WHILE SHE SLEEPS
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(Album Review) “So What?” by WHILE SHE SLEEPS

On March 1st, U.K. arena rock/metalcore giants WHILE SHE SLEEPS released their followup to "You Are We" entitled "So What?" via Sleep Brothers/Spinefarm/Search and Destroy Records.  This record showcases While She Sleeps mastering the art of creating catchy melodies while still rocking pretty hard. Madness To Creation remembers being introduced to While She Sleeps as they provided direct support for Trivium and Arch Enemy last year.  We had the pleasure of interviewing Lawrence Taylor(vocalist), and we remember him being so passionate about engaging in a call to arms for a unified world and celebrating differences with one another instead of tearing one another down.  Those themes continue to be evident in "So What?". The album starts off with a hard hitting track entitled "Anti-Soci...
(Album Review) “Big Tings” by Skindred
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(Album Review) “Big Tings” by Skindred

On April 27, Skindred released their seventh album Big Tings via Napalm Records.  For fans familiar with the band, this album will serve as confirmation of the elements that make Skindred Skindred while there are catchy songs that will lead new fans to explore the band’s previous work.   In listening to this album, it is very easy to see why Skindred is considered one of the best live bands around and, in fact, have won multiple awards based on their live shows.  The album starts off with the title track Big Tings, which possesses a catchy intro and a chorus of “big tings running through my mind” that the listener can easily relate to.  The song contains a message of self-realization and is a great way to start off the album. The second track That’s My Jam is currently the hit of the...
“Mark of Rot” by Cabal, what the world has been waiting on!
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“Mark of Rot” by Cabal, what the world has been waiting on!

There are moments of brutality that take up the entire record entitled "Mark of Rot" by Cabal, whereas there are no moments of introspection or moments of clarity.  It is gruesome, bludgeoning and the cut to the jugular that the metal world so desperately needs.  On February 23rd, Danish death metal band Cabal will be releasing "Mark of Rot" via Long Branch Records. In this record, Cabal combines several subgenres of metal, including death metal, black metal, djent, and hardcore.  When Cabal does hardcore, the breakdowns are sick and punishing, such as the track "Whispers".  In that track, they show no mercy at all whatsoever.  In the track "Empty", the ambiance sounds lurking, evil, and gruesome while the rhythm section provided by Malthe Stroyer Sorensen on bass and Nikolaj Kaae Kirk on...
“The Great Electronic Swindle” by The Bloody Beetroots, Lord Have Mercy!
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“The Great Electronic Swindle” by The Bloody Beetroots, Lord Have Mercy!

On October 20th, Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo released something remarkable and something that is going to transcend across multiple genres in punk rock, rock, trap, and EDM with "The Great Electronic Swindle".  I honestly didn't know what to expect when his PR agent asked me to review this album awhile back.  Glad I checked my Spam folder, and lo and behold The Bloody Beetroots are building a heck of a resume by having more collaborations than ever before and even getting Australian rockers Jet out of their hiatus to record a song with them! Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, who is a famed producer out of Los Angeles, California, has taken his pure unadulterated love obsession with punk rock music, thrown an intense trap/EDM/trance mix into the fray and created some tracks that will transcend across gen...
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 ...
Griffin Landa, bassist of The Acacia Strain, discusses “Gravebloom” and “Seinfeld”, plus bonus fan section with Madness To Creation!
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Griffin Landa, bassist of The Acacia Strain, discusses “Gravebloom” and “Seinfeld”, plus bonus fan section with Madness To Creation!

Editor's Note:  It was a great night for hardcore music in a rundown, filthy, yet sexy venue known as the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Acacia Strain put on a killer show in their one-off concert before they ventured off to be a part of the summer's hottest festival, the Vans Warped Tour!  Here, we had an awesome conversation with Griffin Landa, who is the bassist for The Acacia Strain.  It's appropriate that we interviewed Griffin right at his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.  Apparently, The Acacia Strain was in town for several days hanging out, and they continuously expressed their love for Iowa, and I knew it was a genuine love for the Hawkeye State!  Griffin discusses his career, the upcoming release entitled "Gravebloom", which is due out via Rise Records on June 30th, and ...