Friday, September 30, 2016

CD Review: New Debut Albums From Soles Of Passion and The Front End

Country rock duo Steven Wolfe and Myla Snow are releasing their debut album "Bump Me Up" under the moniker Soles Of Passion. The new eight-song release begins with the up-beat rhythm of "Hold On" as Myla's vocals give the song an uplifting feel with her wonderful harmonizing. They deliver the pop tones of the title song, "Bump Me Up," while Steven's guitar work keeps country. They continue the energy flowing with the guitar boogie shuffle of "Got Me Surrounded," before finishing with the with the power ballad "Paris" and the built-up rhythmic rocker "Feels Good." To find out more about Soles Of Passion and their latest release "Bump Me Up," please visit
Up next, from Allentown, PA comes the debut release from The Front End. Their new release titled "Growing Pains" features four songs and only three members. Their music has a raw, punk-like energy with a soulful of grunge as displayed in the album's opening track "Mandingo." They work up the chorus of "Uncle Tony" to deliver a powerful sound and lock into the addictive groove of "Toes In The Sand," before finishing up this short release with the modern alternative rock appeal of "Missed Connections." To find out more about The Front End and their latest release "Growing Pains," please visit their Facebook page at

Thursday, September 29, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Singer/Songwriters Carey Ott And Fernando Perdomo

From Nashville comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Carey Ott titled "Nocona." The album features guest appearances from friends like Will Kimbrough and Lincoln Parish (Cage The Elephant). The new ten-song release begins with the title-song "Nocona (High Hangin' On A Limb)" as the song's smooth, folk-rock groove easily becomes very addictive. Then Carey delivers a Springsteen-style rocker with the sing-along chorus of "'Til The Well Runs Dry" and the stomp rhythm of "Through The Waves." His song "Cosmic Joke" sounds like a jam that hit all the right chords and then he lifts your spirits with the up-beat, dance/pop of "Favorite Song." The album closes with the alternative country feel of "Flash Fires" and the acoustic folk strumming of "We Are A Circle." To find out more about Carey Ott and his latest release "Nocona," please visit

From Los Angeles comes the new album "Voyeurs" from singer/songwriter/producer Fernando Perdomo. It features seventeen songs, which were recorded in front of live audience and were streamed on Facebook. Beginning with the acoustic, folk/rock delivery of "The One You Run To," Fernando mirrors Ray Davies-style of delivering the lyrics, accentuating each word. The floating melody of "Hiding Under Clouds" and the wonderful Pink Floydian feel of "Angel" showcases Fernando's talents of finding the right instruments to strike the perfect emotion. He gives "In A World Without You" a Beatlesque tone, before displaying his sixties influences on the upbeat, pop/rock of "Stay With The Friends." Just past the halfway mark of the album you get the warm, emotional acoustic ballad, "Home," and the rest of the album is filled with progressive rock-like instrumentals as Fernando showcases more of his musical talents. To find out more about Fernando Perdomo and his latest release "Voyeurs," please visit

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On The Record - Music: Robert Obie Of The Buttondowns Gives Us Insight To His Nostalgic Sound

Wallingford's own Robert Obie of the music trio The Buttondowns discusses his influences for getting into music, how he creates his nostalgic '60's pop sound and about the possibility of recording a new studio album.

CD Review: The Andy Timmons Band Bring Us To "A Perfect World"

American guitarist Andy Timmons, along with his band, will be releasing their eighth studio album titled "Theme From A Perfect World" on September 30th. It features ten melodic guitar instrumentals that reflect a vintage time with a modern sound. Beginning with "Ascension," you get a sense that the songs could work with or without vocals as Timmons delivers the emotions through his guitar work. The band take you on a journey with the seven-minute enlightenment of "Theme From A Perfect World" and works up the spirit of "The Next Voice You Hear." Then things get rocking with the up-tempo rhythm of "Lift Us Up (Something Wicked This Way Comes)," before slowing down for the clues of "That Day Came." The album finishes with the driven melody of "Welcome Home" and the beautiful guitar work of "On Your Way Sweet Soul." The Andy Timmons Band will hold a CD release show on October 1st in Dallas, TX, before heading out on a month-long U.S. tour. To find out more about their new album "Theme From A Perfect World," please visit

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CD Review: Marcus Corbett Develops "Every Little Spirit" & Dwiki Dharmanwan Doubles Up "Pasar Klewer"

Guitarist/singer/songwriter Marcus Corbett will be releasing his latest album "Every Little Spirit" in October. He uses his worldwide experiences to give his songs that worldly charm, beginning with the classical Indian charisma of "Strange Deep." The new eight song release features classical English and Indian musicians that give authenticity to the song's spiritual style. The gentle tones of "No Time" allow you to appreciate all of the instrumentation that goes into each song. Marcus showcases his talents for songwriting with the twenty-plus minute, peaceful tones of "Loving Kind (Extended) Pt. I & II." The musical adventure of "Sitting On A Cloud" is appealing as you mind follows the melody takes you along a musical landscape. To find out more about Marcus Corbett and his latest release "Every Little Spirit," please visit 

Indonesian keyboard virtuoso Dwiki Dharmawan recently released his latest double album titled "Pasar Klewer." This exciting set allows Dwiki to expand his sound since his Moonjune Records debut last year. Beginning with the twelve-minute titled song, "Pasar Klewer," Dwiki and guitarist Mark Wingfield trade licks early as the tone of the song switches between progressive rock and jazz. Clarinetist Gilad Atzmon leads the way on "Spirit Of Peace" before the swift keyboards of Dwiki quicken the pace. Vocalist Boris Savoldelli lends his voice to the flowing soundscape of "Forest" and to the experimental jazz piece of "London In June." 

The second disc begins with Peni Candra Rini lending her vocal talents to the operatic jazz fusion of "Lir Ilir," before Dwiki Dharmawan's beautiful piano work on the enlightening delivery of "Bubuy Bulan." The ninety-plus minute set closes with Gilad Atzmon returning with his soprano sax on the classic jazz feel of "Frog Dance" and the eight-minute return of "Forest," which features more guitar work or Mark Wingfield. To find out more about Dwiki Dharmawan and his latest release "Pasar Klewer," please visit

Monday, September 26, 2016

CD/DVD Review: Musicians Come Together To Celebrate The Music Of Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia was the iconic motor that drove the Grateful Dead. His passing in 1995, put an end to an era in rock music, but his legacy continues to live on twenty years after his death. To prove this, Rounder Records is releasing the concert film and soundtrack from "Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia." 
The concert took place on May 14, 2015 and featured over 20 performances by many artists who was influenced by Garcia's music. The celebration also included his Grateful Dead bandmates, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart; all performing with their own bands. The two and a half hour show was filmed in HD and will be released on October 14th on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital download.
The 2CD soundtrack begins with Phil Lesh & Communion performing "The Wheel/Uncle John's Band," which runs past the 17-minute mark. The late Allen Toussaint adds some New Orleans flair to the gospel-like rendition of "Get Out My Life Woman" and Peter Frampton electrifies "(I'm A) Road Runner" with his guitar work. Reggae artist Jimmy Cliff teams up with Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann on his own song "The Harder They Come," which Jerry Garcia covered quite often in concert. Bob Weir joins Cliff on "Fire On The Mountain" as Jimmy Cliff gives the song a true island vibe. The first disc closes with The Disco Biscuits performing their spot on rendition of "Scarlet Begonias," which leads into "I Know You Rider" as the music pushes past the 12-minute mark. 
The second disc is highlighted by the next wave of jam bands as moe, O.A.R. and Widespread Panic, adding their own special touch to their performances of "Loser," "St. Stephen" and "Morning Dew" respectively. Fellow Grateful Dead touring partners Los Lobos are joined by Bob Weir for the exciting, up-tempo rendition of "Bertha." The show wraps up with Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann coming together to sing "Touch Of Grey," before the whole ensemble joins them on an emotional version of "Ripple." To find out more about "Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia," please visit

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Vinyl Review: "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Live - Volume 2" Ignites With Red/Orange Swirled Vinyl

Earlier this year, Time Life in association with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released its first volume in their new vinyl series. The release features the best of the "one of a kind," all-star jams that have been performed over the years at every Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Volume 1 was released in August on 180 gram, purple vinyl and was highlighted by the inclusion of the timeless version of Georg Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which featured and electrifying solo from Prince (review:

On September 16th, Time Life released "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Live - Volume 2" on 180 gram, red/orange swirl vinyl. It features ten more amazing tracks, beginning with Jerry Lee Lewis performing "Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On" with Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson on guitar. This volume also contains performances from Johnny Cash doing "Big River" prior to his resurgence in popularity and Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore of The Doors teaming up with a young Eddie Vedder on "Roadhouse Blues."

One of the highlights of this new volume is the seven-minute medley of Wilson Pickett's hits performed by Solomon Burke, Leela James and Marc Broussard. The set finishes, the same way it did at the 1999 induction ceremony of Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, with a sing-along of The Beatles' "Let It Be" as Joel and McCartney trade verses on this improvisational delivery of the song. To find out more about this amazing limited edition release of "Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Live - Volume 2," please visit

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CD Review: Krautrock Singer Damo Suzuki Delivers A "Floating Element," While Slaughter & The Dogs Become "Vicious"

Japanese musician/vocalist Damo Suzuki is once again pushing the boundaries of music with his latest album titled "Floating Element." Damo is the former lead singer of the Krautrock group, CAN, before pursuing his own solo career. His latest release is a live album that features the Elysian Quartet and was recorded at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in 2007. It features the incredible vocal work of Damo Suzuki as he performs a seventy-seven minute version of his song "Floating Element." Damo uses his voice as an instrument, not making sense with words, but instead telling a story with the inflection of his vocal tones. The song is tracked on the album as one complete piece, which is exactly how it needs to be heard to fully appreciate the effort that went into this live performance. To find out more about Damo Suzuki and his latest release "Floating Element," please visit

U.K. punk legends Slaughter & The Dogs recently celebrated their 40th anniversary and to keep the festivities going, they recently released only their 4th studio album titled "Vicious." It features eleven originals and a raw cover of T. Rex's "Get It On (Bang A Gong)." Beginning with "Trust (All I Want From You)," you would never think this was a 40 year old punk band as they deliver the energy and grit of many of today's youthful bands. They also show their experience in the sing-along chorus of "Someday," before slowing down for the power rock ballad "Maybe If We Followed The Devil." Slaughter & The Dogs carry-out a nostalgic style with "Ultimatum," before finishing with the raw energy of "You Got Class" and the spirited delivery of "Situation." Slaughter & The Dogs will be making a special appearance at the 100 Club in London in February 2017. To find out more about their new album "Vicious," please visit their Facebook page at

Friday, September 23, 2016

CD Review: Artifex Pereo Return With Sophomore Release & SIRES Look To Sell Their "Soul"

From Louisville, KY comes the return of Artifex Pereo with their sophomore album "Passengers." After their critically acclaimed debut album, they grown their sound on the road, performing alongside bands like Norma Jean and Emery. Their new eleven-song release begins with the spaced-out intro of "Re-entry," before the progressive-rock feel of the up-tempo "First, Do No Harm" and the steady rhythm of "Paper Ruled All" that includes the intense screams of the chorus. They master the perfect melody between the tempo changes of "Soft Weapons" and "Age Of Loneliness." The album wraps up with the intense delivery of "Enterprise Of Empire," the piano ballad "As History Would Have It" and jazzy/rock layers of "Static Color." Artifex Pereo are currently on tour in the U.S. until mid-October. To find out more about their latest release "Passengers," please visit their Facebook page at

Next, from the heartland of the state of Iowa comes the rock trio SIRES with their latest release titled "Soul For Sale." The album was produced by Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons) and carries an edgier pop rock sound with some great vocal work between the three members. The new eleven-song release begins with the nostalgic, pop/rock appeal of "My Everything." They continue with the alternative rock sounds of the album's first single "She's Into Me" and the modern post-punk romp of "Turn It Up." The light, island pop tones of "God Of Love" and the doo-wop swing of "Only One" will have you checking what era their music is from as they continue to pay homage to the early days of rock 'n' roll. To find out more about SIRES and their latest release "Soul For Sale," please visit their Facebook page at

Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD Review: New Music From Daphne Willis, Kate Fagan, Cory Goodrich, Lara Filip & Brooklyn Doran

From Nashville comes the latest release from singer/songwriter Daphne Willis titled "Come Together." It features five classic songs by The Beatles, re-imagined with her own special interpretation. Beginning with "Eleanor Rigby," you are bombarded with all these instruments as the song carries a more psychedelic feel than the original. She adds a blues vibe to the title-song, "Come Together" and turns "Something" into a simple, acoustic folk/jazz tune. The album finishes with a funked-up pop delivery of "All You Need Is Love." To find out more about Daphne Willis and her latest release "Come Together," please visit

As a member of the Chicago ska band, Heavy Manners, Kate Fagan and her band opened for 1980's punk/ska bands, The Clash and The English Beat. Kate's song "I Don't Wanna To Be Cool," which was recently re-released through Manufacturing Recordings, became a hit single in the dance clubs during this time period. The newly released four song EP features the hit single, along with it's B-side "Waiting For The Crisis." The other two songs making up this new re-release comes from recording sessions with members of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Scarlet Architect on the unreleased modern dance/pop songs "Master Of Passion" and "Come Over." To find out more about the new re-issue from Kate Fagan, please visit

Singer/Actor/Musician Cory Goodrich recently released her latest album titled "Wildwood Flower," which is a tribute to the music of The Carter Family. Cory's portrayal of June Carter Cash in the musical "Ring Of Fire" inspired her to pick-up the Appalachian autoharp and learn these songs. Beginning with the title song, "Wildwood Flower," Cory delivers the songs with such grace and respect. Her voice soars in her rendition of "Tiny Sparrow" and she brings out the traditional tones of "Far Side Of Lovin' You." She adds four originals on this new release like the gentle folk ballads "Sycamore Tree" and "Still In Love." Sandwiched between these tracks are Cory's versions of the classic songs "Ring of Fire" and gospel-like quality of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." To find out more about Cory Goodrich and her latest release "Wildwood Flower," please visit

Next from Chicago comes the latest release titled "Stop Time" from singer/songwriter Lara Filip. The album showcases Lara's personal triumph over breast cancer and the themes of love and life. The new ten song release begins with the acoustic, folk strumming of "The Other Side" which centers around closing the distance between loved ones. Her voice builds in the pop tones of "She's Not Coming Home" and then she shines on the emotional ballad of "Stop Time." The highlight of the album is the country-folk delivery of "Mountain Song," which has a timeless quality. The album finishes with Lara rocking out with the choir-like chorus of "Feathers & Glass" and then quieting down for the country acoustics of "Jericho Road." To find out more about Lara Filip and her latest release "Stop Time," please visit

Finally from Canada comes the latest release titled "These Paper Wings" from independent singer/songwriter Brooklyn Doran. Right from the opening notes of "Not The Time," you easily get swept up in Brooklyn's sweet voice. She opens up on the folk/rock delivery of "Sing Me Your Song" and digs deep into your soul with the powerful piano ballad "I Found A Home." The title-song, "These Paper Wings" is the perfect blend of her vocals and smooth melody, as she is an undiscovered gem waiting to shine. Her new seven-song release closes with the gentle touch of her voice within the pop tempo of "Say The Words." To find out more about Brooklyn Doran and her latest release "These Paper Wings," please visit

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CD Review: Twelve Foot Ninja Arrive With "Oulier" & Decivilize Debut With New Hardcore Metal

From Melbourne, Australia comes the latest release titled "Outlier" from the fusion metal band Twelve Foot Ninja. They just performed an amazing set at this past weekend's Revolution Rock Festival in Connecticut as they continue their U.S. tour in support of their new album. Beginning with "One Hand Killing," they immediate get the adrenaline pumping with the song's intense rhythm and vocals screams. The energy continues to flow through "Sick," climaxing with the the battle cry of "Invincible." They build up the hardcore metal appeal of "Collateral," before showcasing their jazzier metal side in "Point Of You." The album closes with the exciting tempo changes of "Monsoon" and the rare inclusion of island flair delivered within the heavy metal sound of "Dig For Bones." For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about Twelve Foot Ninja and their latest release "Outlier," please visit

Arriving September 30th is the self-titled debut album from the Wisconsin hardcore metal band Decivilize. Their new eleven-song release begins with the machine-gun drumming of "So Shallow, So Shall I" as the growling vocals demand your attention. They deliver a progressive metal sound with "Top Of The World" as they mix together the different melodies of the song perfectly. They pick up the intensity with the quick pace of "One Soul For Sale" and hit hard on the pounding rhythm of "Choker Chain." The album closes with the Pantera-like roar of "Fake Smile" and the orchestrated mainstream metal ballad "Forever." To find out more about Decivilize and their new self-titled debut album, please visit their Facebook page at

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On The Record - Music: Doug Gray From The Marshall Tucker Band Reminces On 45 Years Of Success

Doug Gray, original lead singer of The Marshall Tucker Band, discusses with us the secret to their success which has lasted for 45 years and how it feels to be honored by so many country artists who have named The Marshall Tucker Band as one of their early influences. The Marshall Tucker Band will be performing at the Infinity Hall Theater in Norfolk, CT on Sept. 22nd, Infinity Hall Theater in Hartford, CT on Sept. 23rd and then returning in December to play at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Music From Monte Pittman, Charred Walls Of The Damned And Allegaeon

Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Monte Pittman continues to evolve with each new release and his fourth full-length album "Inverted Grasp Of Balance" is his best yet. After working with superstar Madonna and being a member of the heavy metal band Prong, Monte Pittman made his Metal Blade Records debut with his break-through metal album, "The Power Of Three." Now he takes his music to the next level on the new twelve-song release that features Richard Christy (Charred Walls Of The Damned) on drums and Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs) on bass. Beginning with "Panic Attack," Monte Pittman gets the energy flowing immediately with the quick-pace and heavy metal guitar riffs. The music gets more intense with the hardcore metal appeal of "Arisen In Broad Daylight" and reaches epic proportions on the tempo changes of "Guilty Pleasure." He lets his guitar do the talking in the metal groove of "Double Edged Sword" and during the classical instrumental sounds of "Cadabra." The album finishes with the electrifying buzz of guitars in "Be Very Afraid," the exciting full-band instrumental "Obliterated" and the shift from acoustic ballad to power metal in "New Blood Keeps Us Alive." To find out more about Monte Pittman and his latest release "Inverted Grasp Of Balance," please visit

Next up is the return of heavy metal giants Charred Walls Of The Damned with their third album "Creatures Watching Over The Dead." It's been five years since their last release and fans are anticipating an epic comeback. Drummer/songwriter Richard Christy has been busy filling his time playing in Iced Earth, Death and with fellow label mate Monte Pittman. The new nine-song release begins with the epic feel of "My Eyes" as the music brings together a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal sound with a modern hardcore edge. The energy goes through the roof with the hardcore, thrash metal appeal of "The Soulless" and the progressive hard rock of "As I Catch My Breath." The quick pace of "Reach Into The Light" will certainly have you banging your head as singer Tim "Ripper" Owens brings us back to his Judas Priest days. The album closes with the adrenaline-fueled rhythm of "Time Has Passed." To find out more about Charred Walls Of The Damned and their latest release "Creatures Watching Over The Dead," please visit their Facebook page at 

Finally we arrive at the new concept album titled "Proponent For Sentience" from heavy metal band Allegaeon. It features twelve tracks that deal with the growth of machines that could wipe us off the planet. Beginning with the dark orchestral tones of "Proponent For Sentience I - The Conception" you easily get swept up in the thunderous death metal rhythm backbone of the song. The growling vocals of "All Hail Science" is a perfectly executed battle-cry, while "From Nothing" showcases the excellent musicianship within the band. Allegaeon expand upon their sound with the eight-minute epic "Grey Matter Mechanics - Appassonsta Ex Machinea," then come roaring back with the hard hitting attack of "Demons Of An Intricate Design."  The album finishes with the six-minute prog-metal feel of "The Arbiters" and their excitingly intense cover of Rush's "Subdivisions." To find out more about Allegaeon and their latest release "Proponent For Sentience," please visit their Facebook page at

Monday, September 19, 2016

CD Review: New Heavy Metal Music From Source, The Reticent, Northern Crown And Sacred Steel

From Boulder, CO comes the debut album titled "Return To Nothing" from the Progressive Metal band Source. Their new release has been three years in the making and it will finally be released on September 23rd through Pavement Entertainment. The new ten-song release begins with with the thunderous rhythm of the eight-minute epic rocker "Forgiveness." They add a heavier layer to "Memories Of Yesterday" as the musicianship within the band is undeniable as in the ten-minute, tempo-changing epic "The Essence." Source take a page out of Tool's songbook with the dark aggressive tones of "Complaisance," while the vocals are bold and powerful. The album closes with the ten-minute heavy metal attack of "Quadrant" and the mainstream metal appeal of "Veil Of Doubt." To find out more about Source and their latest release "Return To Nothing," please visit
Next up is the return of the Grammy-nominated Christopher Hathcock, mastermind behind the progressive metal band The Reticent. The new album "On The Eve Of A Goodbye" will be released in October and is being described as an autobiographical concept album. The new fifteen-track release begins with dialogue, discussing the next "24 Hours Left." Hathcock's exceptional songwriting is immediately heard on the first song "The Girl Broken," which reaches close to the eight-minute mark. The tempo shifts in "The Hypocrite" from intense heavy metal head-banging to a Pink Floydian, prog-rock soundscape. The hardcore metal sounds of "The Confrontation" shows off the darker, more aggressive side of The Reticent, before finishing the album with hardcore power metal of "The Postscript" and quiet instrumental, "For Eve." To find out more about the latest release from The Reticent, please visit
Doom metal band, Northern Crown are releasing their debut album titled "The Others" on October 14th. The band brings together their influences of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and add a deep, heavy rhythm as displayed in the opener "With Malicious Eye." Northern Crown pick the tempo up with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal feel of "Surreality (The Tell-Tale Mind)," then experiment with the electronic Gothic ballad "No One Came To Mourn Me." Their new six-song release finishes with the piano-based instrumental "A Pox Upon Your House" and the buzzing doom/prog metal journey of "Les Autres," which grinds past the eleven-minute mark. To find out more about Northern Crown and their latest release "The Others," please visit 
Finally comes the arrival of the latest album from German metal band Sacred Steel. The new release titled "Heavy Metal Sacrifice" will be released on October 14th on Cruz Del Sur Music. Beginning with a short 65-second instrumental, Sacred Steel build up the intensity for the title song which carries a nostalgic heavy metal feel. They deliver a classic thrash metal sound on "Hail The Godz Of War" and keep the energy flowing with the crushing sounds of "Children Of The Sky." Sacred Steel switch tempos on the seven-minute battle cry of "Let There Be Metal," before closing the album with shout along chorus of "The Dead Walk The Earth" and the 41-second punk-like flurry of "Iron Donkey." To find out more about Sacred Steel and their latest release "Heavy Metal Sacrifice," please visit

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Concert Review: Revolution Rock Festival Brings 16 Bands, 12 Hours & 2 Stages To Foxwoods For The Fans

Saturday, September 17th marked the first annual Revolution Rock Festival, which featured 16 heavy metal bands performing across two stages on the grounds of the Foxwoods Resort & Casino. The weather was perfect, a nice sunny seventy degrees and the color of the day was definitely black, as a sea of thousands of black t-shirts graced the scene. Each one representing a band that was performing that day or a band from the heavy metal archives, such as Iron Maiden or Metallica. This was a day for generations X, Y & Z to come together and celebrate the music that brings together fans of all ages enjoying a common thread of heavy metal music.

Two stages were set up across from each other on a huge parking lot as the program began promptly at noon with the opening band, Smashing Satellites. The bands flip-flopped between the Monster Energy Drink stage and the Bud Light stage as the music was in constant rotation. Rising metal bands like Twelve Foot Ninja, Kyng and Of Mice & Men traded fans with thrash metal legends Anthrax and modern powerhouses like Killswitch Engage and Sevendust. Most of the sets only lasted between 30 minutes and 45 minutes. The band Nothing More made a lasting impression by bringing out a musical contraption that allowed all of the members of the band to play a bass solo at the same time and all on the same instrument. Chicago trio, Chevelle made the most of their time, giving the audience of mix of new and older material that got many to bang their heads in unison.

As the sun was setting behind the Monster Energy Drink stage, Danish heavy metal band Volbeat took the stage, beginning with "The Devil's Bleeding Crown" from the band's latest album, "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie." The crowd surfing went into overdrive with their thunderous delivery of "A Warrior's Call." To recover, lead singer Michael Poulsen got everyone to sing along to Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire." The devil horns were raised for "Dead But Rising," before finishing there hour-long set with "The Mirror And The Reaper."

Now, even though Avenged Sevenfold were the planned headliners of the Monster Energy Drink stage, Slayer, the elder statesmen of the festival, drew the biggest crowd of the evening. Their hour long set brought out many favorites including "Repentless" from their latest release of the same name and the chant along chorus of "Disciple." Guitarists Kerry King and Gary Holt would trade guitar solos as each poured all their energy into their set closers "Raining Blood," "Black Magic" and "Angel Of Death."

As soon as the final notes from Slayer rang from the speakers, church was in session over at the Bud Light stage as the Swedish heavy metal band Ghost B.C. formed from the smoke flowing from the stage. The six-piece band is unlike anything else in heavy metal music at this moment as each member wears a similar mask, except for lead singer, Papa Emeritus who paints his face as a skeleton. With only 45 minutes as their disposal, Ghost B.C. began with the premier performance of their newest single "Square Hammer." The band showcased their musical talents with a flurry of solos for the songs "Ritual" and "Cirice," as shouts of "Hail Satan" were heard during the song "Year Zero." They kept their heaviest metal song for the end as "Mummy Dust" got the crowd going, before the day was finished with an intense set from headliners Avenged Sevenfold.

Beginning their hour-long full set with "Nightmare," Avenged Sevenfold kept the energy going for the fans after almost 12 hours of non-stop heavy metal music. They were also the only band honored that day with a two-song encore that included the classic heavy metal anthems "Bat Country" and "Unholy Confessions." As the first Revolution Rock Festival drew to a close, 20,000 heavy metal fans were hoping that this becomes a yearly event. All who attended had to be pleased with the line-up of bands and the elite level of music delivered that day.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Revisits Classic Albums From Peter Case And Game Theory

American singer/songwriter Peter Case has had a successful 30 year solo career after breaking away from his punk band The Nerves. His self-titled debut solo album was produced by T Bone Burnett and features quite the cast of guests, including Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) and Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney) just to name a few. Case also received his first Grammy nomination for his song "Old Blue Car."

To celebrate the album's 30th anniversary, Omnivore Recordings is re-releasing the album on CD, stacked with seven bonus tracks. Peter Case places all of his cards on the table, from the folk-style battle cry of "Echo Wars" to the pop/rock of "Steel Strings" to blues of "Small Town Spree," he displays his talents for creating iconic songs in every genre. His words paint the perfect picture in "Walk In The Woods" and he projects the emotions in the stark delivery of "Icewater." The original twelve track album gets beefed up with seven bonus tracks, featuring acoustic versions of his songs "Steel Strings" and "I Shook His Hand." Two of the bonus tracks were taken from his 1986 promo EP and the other five have been previously unreleased. This new re-issue of the album also includes a new essay from Case along with new photos from around the time of the original release of the album. To find out more about the 30th anniversary re-release of Peter Case's debut solo album, please visit 

Omnivore Recordings has been passionate about re-releasing the music catalog of 80's rockers Game Theory. They reissued the band's debut album, "Blaze Of Glory," two years ago and still continue with their latest re-release, Game Theory's fifth studio album "The Big Shot Chronicles." This album expanded the band's underground, alternative rock sound and features the modern rock staple "Erica's Word."

The raw energy of the band in 1986 is heard in the opener "Here It Is Tomorrow" as they mix in a punk-like rawness with their college radio sound. Game Theory still reach for that radio hit single with the pop tones of "Where You Going Northern" and the acoustic ballad "Regenisraen," but after five albums, they continue to evolve into an exciting band full of energy as their music helped define the eighties underground rock scene. This new reissue of "The Big Shot Chronicles" gets expanded with thirteen bonus tracks, more than doubling the original length of the album. Some of the bonus tracks include a surf-guitar style version of "Linus And Lucy" along with a live version of Velvet Undergound's "Sweet Jane." The CD also features rough mixes of songs featured on the original album, many of them unreleased, along with a new 28-page booklet featuring a new essay from music writer Jason Cohen (Rolling Stone, Spin) and an interview with drummer Gil Ray and producer Dan Vallor. To find out more about this latest re-issue of Game Theory's "The Big Shot Chronicles" album, please visit 

Friday, September 16, 2016

CD Review: New Music From These Guitars Say Sorry, Distant Brothers, Neil Cousin & Derek Sallmann

English-born singer/songwriter Jez Slowe recently released his debut album titled "We Were Younger Then" under the stage name These Guitars Say Sorry. The new release features twelve tracks, beginning with the acoustic strumming song "71st & Citadel" about dealing with consequences. He slows down the pace for "So Damn Lonely" as his rough vocals gives emotion to the song's desperation lyrics. He pours his anger into the revengeful tone of "Jaded" and then delivers "It Has Come To This" in the light folk-style of regret. The album finishes with the acoustic pop tones of "No Asked Me" and the hope of "The Playing Fields Of England" as Jez sounds relaxed when singing about his home country. To find out more about These Guitars Say Sorry and his debut release "We Were Younger Then," please visit

From Chicago comes the latest album titled "Upon Our Arrival" from the alternative-folk band Distant Brothers. They use a bluegrass set-up for their instrumentation, using banjos, ukuleles and mandolins, with the surprise being the addition of horns on the opening track "Overtones" to get you excited for the rest of the album. Their new twelve-s0ng album continues with the steady pace of "Bottle O' Gin" and the quick strumming of "Monkey's Paw" as the Distant Brothers add a Celtic-style to their sound. They get the energy flowing with the built-up tempo of "Ran To You," while their playful tribute to "Dick Van Dyke" is the perfect flashback to music's earlier days. The album wraps up with the intense, clap-stomp rhythm of "Beautiful Light" and the gentle harmonizing of "I Can't Recall." To find out more about the Distant Brothers and their latest release "Upon Our Arrival," please visit

U.K. singer/songwriter Neil Cousin just released his latest album titled "The Dreams Of Animals." It follows along his path of releases that examine the minds of animals. The new eleven-song release begins with the gentle acoustics of "My Unknown Companion" as Neil's voice is soothing, while his lyrics easy to follow. He continues with the light touch of "Leg Bone Flute" that allows you to focus on Neil's vocals. He delivers a more mainstream folk/pop sound with "Happy Ending Vampire," before returning back to gentle, acoustic folk treading of "Black Dog." His music and lyrics get dark on the moody feel of "The Dreams Of Animals," before finishing with the slow grunge-rock appeal of "Moat Hill." To find out more about Neil Cousin and his latest release "The Dream Of Animals," please visit his Facebook page at

Singer/songwriter Derek Sallmann will be releasing his debut album titled "All Seasons" on November 4th. It features ten tracks that Derek has been perfecting over the last eight years since picking up his dad's guitar. Beginning with the acoustic pop melody of "Afraid Of Fall," his music has a very catchy hook that becomes very addictive as displayed in the album's first single "When I See You." The wonderful, acoustic folk-rock appeal of "Storm" and the emotional lyrics of "I Remember You Beautiful" will have you wanting more from this rising new 21 year old artist. He finishes with the up-tempo, light-hearted, acoustic strumming of "True Love Wins Today" and the piano ballad "Nothing's Changed." To find out more about Derek Sallmann and his latest release "All Seasons," please visit

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CD Review: Taking Back Sunday Arrive With A "Tidal Wave," Gang Of Four Live "In The Moment" & Delerium Discover "Mythologie"

On September 16th comes the latest release from the Long Island, NY rock band Taking Back Sunday. Since the release of their debut album in 2002, the band has become a mainstay on the album charts and they are looking to recapture that gold release status with their new album "Tidal Wave." The new twelve-song release begins with the punk-like eruption of "Death Wolf" and the quick-pace of the raw rocker "Tidal Wave." The anthem of "You Can't Look Back" and the powerful pop/rock appeal of "All Excess" show that Taking Back Sunday are ready to "take back" the charts. After the melodic tone of "I Felt It Too," they pick the tempo back up with the punk-like energy of "Call Come Running," before finishing with the thunderous beats and acoustic strumming of "Homecoming" and the steady build-up of "I'll Find A Way To Make It What You Want." Taking Back Sunday are currently on the road with dates running into December. For a complete list of live shows and to find out more about their new album Tidal Wave," please visit

English post-punk band Gang Of Four have always been a great live show, since bursting onto the music scene in the late-seventies. Their most recent release titled "Live...In The Moment," captures their performance at London's Islington Assembly Hall from a show last year, following the release of their most recent studio album "What Happens Next." It will be the band's first live album in over 30 years and features and entirely new line-up, except for Gang Of Four's original member Andy Gill. 
The new fourteen-song release begins just like their most recent studio album with the electronic, keyboard-driven rock of "Where The Nightingale Sings." They go back to their debut album for "Not Great Men" and dig deep for the guitar buzz of 1995's "I Parade Myself." They deliver some of their early eighties dance singles with "What We All Want" and "To Hell With Poverty," but not before the feedback-fueled, grunge-feel of "Love Like Anthrax." They return to their newest studio release for "Stranded" and "Isle Of Dogs" as both songs fit perfectly into their live set. The new album closes with the high-energy of "Why Theory" and the punk-like delivery of 1979's "I Found That Essence Rare." Gang Of Four are currently on the road in Europe and they will be hitting the States in October. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new live album, "Live...In The Moment," please visit

Canadian electronic band, Delerium will be releasing their 15th studio album titled "Mythologie" on September 26th through Metropolis Records. The new twelve-track album features a load of guest artists including Mimi Page, Phildel, JES and Leah Randi. Beginning with "Blue Fires," the combination of the gentle electronic sounds and the soft, angelic vocals of Mimi Page have the perfect tone to relax and let your mind enjoy the music. The smokey, sultry feel of "Zero" and the R&B/Pop delivery of "Keep On Dreaming" continue the perfect relaxed tone of the album. They pick the tempo up slightly for the dance beats of "Stay" and the sonic landscape of "Angels," before displaying their talents on the instrumental "Seven Gates Of Thebes." The album finishes with the addictive beats of "Ghost Requiem," featuring the stellar vocals of Geri Soriano-Lightwood and the atmospheric soundscapes of "Dark Visions" To find out more about Deletrium and their latest release "Mythologie," please visit their Facebook page at

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

On The Record - Music: Foreigner's Tom Gimbel Discusses Performing Live And The Band's Lastest Album

Foreigner's Tom Gimbel talks with us about performing live with guitar legend Mick Jones and how Foreigner's current lead singer Kelly Hansen differs from former lead singer Lou Gramm. Tom also tells us about performing Foreigner's hit songs acoustically and how great is was to record their latest live album. Foreigner will be performing on Saturday, September 24th at the 97th Annual Durham Fair.

CD Review: New Music From Charles Xavier Jr., Lawrence Blatt And Gustavo Assis-Brasil

Bay-area guitarist/composer Lawrence Blatt has traveled all over the world with his music. For the past decade, he has gathered together 15 tracks from his experiences for his new album "Longitudes And Latitudes." Beginning with the soundtrack for Hawaiian sunset, the horn-lead "Two Shades Of Sunshine" is the perfect opener to get you excited for this new set of songs. The beautiful sweeping sound of "A Place In Your Heart" is all about falling in love in Italy, while "Hyde Park Bench" delivers the wonders that await you in London with Blatt's acoustic guitar brightening every chord. A drive down the west coast is what comes to mind in the steady, up-tempo rhythm of "Two Steps Down The Line," while "Morning In Beerse" gently delivers the soothing sounds from Lawrence Blatt. It's a magical experience to hear is interpretations of these special moments in his life as he wraps up the album with the finger-picking melody of "Over The Rainbow." To find out more about Lawrence Blatt and his latest release "Longitudes And Latitudes," please visit

Also from the Bay-area is producer/musician Charles Xavier Jr. with a new 15-song sampler from his record label, Happy Note Records. It features fifteen-songs from seven different albums featuring the work of Charles Xavier. The sampler begins with the up-tempo jazz fusion of "We Talk" from the album, "Hollywood and Heaven," before showcasing an electronic sound on "The Dreamer" from the album "Bosco." The more experimental movement of "The Xman Cometh" is displayed in "Hollywood & Heaven" along with "Stop'n At Round Midnight." The middle of this new release features the jazz fusion of "After Hours," from the album "Saton," then the funk sounds of "So Alone" from the album "The King Has Come." Rounding out the sampler are a couple of atmospheric soundscapes from "Perfect Mold" and the holiday mixers "Christmas Day Is Almost Here" and "Silent Night" from "Xmas Vibe." To find out more about the artists on this new Happy Note Records Sampler, please visit

Brazilian/American jazz guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil recently released his latest album titled "Chromatic Dialogues." It is his first solo album in six years and features some of the best session jazz musicians in the business. His new eleven-song release begins the quick-paced, jazz fusion piece "Gee." He and his band continue with the jazzier tones of "Always Here (Prenda Minha)" then bassist Tony Grey leads them through the up-tempo rhythm of "CC." They slow the tempo down for the enlightening sounds of "Olivia," before experimenting more with the tempos of "Pro Sapo." Gustavo Assis-Brasil is performing a record release show on September 14th in Cambridge, MA before heading over to Sweden for Uppsala Guitar Festival. To find out more about his new album "Chromatic Dialogues," please visit

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

CD Review: New Music From The Livesays, Neon Alley, Middlesong And Cure For Gravity

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Billy Livesay was hand-picked by the late, sax-legend Clarence Clemons to be a part of his solo projects. Billy has taken that experience with him to his new band, The Livesays. Featuring Billy on guitar and vocals, other members include Jorge Laplume on bass, Eddie Zyne (Hall and Oates, Todd Rundgren) on drums and Victor "Cuqui" Berrios on Hammond organ. The quartet's new album titled "Hold On...Life Is Calling" will be released on October 3rd and features and mixture of Bruce Springteen and The Rolling Stones with a dash of The Beatles British invasion.

The new thirteen song release begins with the inspirational "I'm Coming Home" as the band's pure rock sound builds with emotional and energy. The strength of Billy's songwriting is heard in the guitar driven rock tones of "Pop Star" and wonderful words of "Call On Me." The Springsteen-inspired "I've Heard The Truth Before" has The Livesays pouring their best into this authentic and honest song. Billy and the boys bring out the blues for "This Side Of Town," before finishing the album with the classic pop/rock sound of "Why You Want To Keep On Lovin' Me" and the up-tempo guitar rock of "Turn It Around." To find out more about The Livesays and their latest release "Hold On...Life Is Calling," please visit
East coast rock band Neon Alley have recently released their self-titled debut album through DMV Music. It features the experienced guitar work of David Vaccaro, who has allowed his music to take him across the country and back. Rounding out the trio is Mike McDonald on bass and Scott Marion on drums. The new eight-song release begins with the guitar-riff, driving rhythm of "That's How It Is," which will get the blood pumping. The music finds a more mainstream vibe with "All I Want," before their roughed up cover of "Jailhouse Rock," highlighted by an electrifying guitar solo. The new album finishes with the up-tempo, classic rock appeal of "Got To Rock" and the full-band onslaught of "'Til I'm Done." To find out more about Neon Alley and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at
YES legend Billy Sherwood teams up with Joe Schneider and Phil Tomczak for the duos new progressive rock outfit Middlesong. Their new 3-song EP titled "Directions," begins with the acoustic-based, up-beat folk gem "See Through This" which carries a nostalgic feel. They head into more pop territory with the harmony-fueled "Rain To Sun," before closing their short 15 minute new release with six minutes of  progressive-rock delivered by "Directions In D Minor." To find out more about Middlesong and their latest release "Directions," please visit
From Oakland, CA comes the debut album from the progressive rock trio Cure For Gravity. Their new self-titled release features only six tracks, but as one song leads into the next, it feels like one continuous song. Beginning with "Tonight," the song's spacey build-up, leaves little room for vocals as you are taken on a sonic journey that shifts along with the exciting instrumentation of "Sunspots." The album's lead single, "Black Metal" has a classic prog-rock feel as Cure For Gravity use their influences to balance between their mainstream and experimental sound. The short 30-minute album closes with the steady tempo of "Killing For The Queen" as you wish for more from this rising young band. To find out more about Cure For Gravity and their new debut album, please visit

Monday, September 12, 2016

CD Review: Stick Men Return For "Prog Noir" & Security Project Releases "Live 2" Sequel

The progressive rock trio Stick Men will be releasing their fifth studio album titled "Prog Noir" on October 21st. It will come in standard single-disc format along with a "super deluxe edition" which contains a bonus CD of exclusive material, a double vinyl version of the album, a t-shirt and a poster. The new ten-song release has a more structured sound than past releases, featuring vocals on several tracks. 

The new album begins with the deep bass grooves of the title song "Prog Noir" as the addition of vocals gives the song more guidance. Their work with King Crimson rubs off on the rhythm-heavy instrumental "Mantra" and the spoken words of "Plutonium" allows the Stick Men to stretch into other genres, if only for a moment. The intense, steady funk-rhythm of "Schattenhaft" and the heavy metal marching of "Leonardo" has the Stick Men powering on all cylinders. The album closes with the Tool-like tones of "Treys Continuum" and the six-plus minute classic progressive rock piece "Never The Same." Stick Men will be touring Europe this October. To find out more about their latest album "Prog Noir," please visit their Facebook page at

Following the success of the Security Project's live album "Live 1," released back in May comes their second live album simply titled "Live 2." It will be released on October 21st through 7d  Media. It features ten more songs from Peter Gabriel's solo and Genesis discography performed perfectly by this band consisting of members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Peter Gabriel's own solo band. 

The new album begins with the delicate touch of "Family Snapshot," before picking the energy up with the playful intensity of "Moribund The Burgermeister." Security Project dive into Gabriel's debut solo album for the spot-on rendition of "Humdrum" as singer Brian Cummins mirrors Peter Gabriel's voice perfectly in "Mercy Street." They deliver an emotional version of the very rare song, "Father Son" from the soundtrack "OVO" and then give their all to the iconic Genesis song "The Lamb Lays Down On Broadway." The album closes with the power and crowd participation during "On The Air." To find out more about Security Project's latest release "Live 2," please visit

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CD Review: The Beatles, A Great Live Band Displayed In New "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" Release

Since 2009, The Beatles music catalog has received a much needed upgrade as all of their studio albums have been remastered and re-released on CD. Apple Records in association with Universal Music have continually kept the releases coming and on September 9th, exactly seven years after the first wave of albums, comes the soundtrack to the Ron Howard film "The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl." The soundtrack features 17-tracks that were remixed and remastered by Giles Martin (son of George Martin) for the newly directed feature documentary about The Beatles' touring years from 1962-1966. The film will premiere on September 15th in London and then be followed by a wider release in theaters.

While "The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl" references the original 1977 album, this is considered an entirely new release to co-inside with the new film of the same name. The soundtrack captures The Beatles performances at The Hollywood Bowl on August 23, 1964 and August 29, 1965. The songs are not presented on chronological order, but are placed in order of what their setlists were like back in the mid-sixties. Right from the opening chords of "Twist And Shout," you can hear the screams from the audience as The Beatles were almost unable to be heard live in concert. The songs flip back and forth between 1964 and 1965, but Giles Martin does a masterful job having them sound like once complete show from the same performance. There is a little banter between John Lennon and the audience, which works them up into a frenzy before "Hard Day's Night" and "Help!" The songs sound great, considering the difficultly of recording The Beatles live in concert.

Included in this set is a 24-page booklet features unpublished photos and a new essay from noted music journalist David Fricke. As well as clips from newspaper articles about the show and the original liner notes from the "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" vinyl release in 1977. To find out more about the new "The Beatles Live At Hollywood Bowl" release, please visit

Saturday, September 10, 2016

CD Review: Please Reaquaint Yourself With The "Best Of The Connells"

In 1984, college radio was the perfect way to discover new American rock bands offering music that was different than what was being played on pop radio. One band that grew out of the college airwaves was the North Carolina group, The Connells. They built a following performing live and with a number of popular songs locally, but it all changed with their international hit single "'74-75" released in the mid-nineties made waves in Europe. Now three decades later on September 9 through The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group comes the arrival of "Stone Cold Yesterday: Best Of The Connells."

The new sixteen-song release begins with the title song, "Stone Cold Yesterday" and the song's raw, up-beat tempo will have you remembering the underground college music scene in the eighties. Their hit single "'74-75" reminds you of how good of songwriters the band were as they could capture your emotions. The band's straight-up, raw rock appeal is heard in "One Simple Word" and "Slackjawed" as The Connells defined modern rock. Their energy is heard in the alternative rock feel of "Scotty's Lament" and "Maybe" as The Connells can capture the essence of every decade. The Connells continue to perform live and this new release "Stone Cold Yesterday: Best Of The Connells" is the perfect introduction into their music. To find out more about The Connells, please visit

Friday, September 9, 2016

CD Review: New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Music From Auras, Idlewar & Hand Of The Tribe

From Canada comes the latest release titled "Heliospectrum" from progressive-metal band Auras. The new album will be released on September 30th through eOne Music and Good Fight Music labels. Their new ten-song release begins with the atmospheric sounds of "Waterstone," before the band kicks it into high gear with thunderous drums, blazing guitar riffs and screaming vocals. They keep the adrenaline going with the aggressive nature of "The Ripple Effect" and "Eloquence." Auras delivery a more mainstream metal sound with "Stars" and tap into their more progressive nature with the grand metal appeal of Spiral." The album finishes with the high-powered attack of "Chronos Fear" and the nearly seven-minute metal epic of "Solar Pulse." To find out more about Auras and their latest release "Heliospectrum," please visit their Facebook page at

From California comes the debut album titled "Impulse" from rockers Idlewar. It features ten tracks with a classic hard rock sound. Beginning with "Stone In My Heel," that bring in elements of grunge and raw nineties hard rock to give their sound that extra shot of adrenaline. They lock into a dark metal groove on "Soul," then pick the tempo up for the late-eighties sounding rocker "Criminal." They bash away at the quick-pace of "Innocent," before the big driving guitar riffs of "Glory" dig deep into your heavy metal heart. The album finishes with the classic metal, dark metal rhythm of "Burn All This" and the explosive build-up of "On Our Knees." To find out more about Idlewar and their latest release "Impulse," please visit

From Boston, MA comes the debut album titled "Indigitalis" from the hard rock band Hand Of The Tribe. The new 5-song EP begins with the grunge/rock appeal of the album's lead single "Everything Is Love," which carries an Alice in Chains-type vibe. They pick the tempo up with the intense delivery of "No More," before slowing down for the rock power ballad "Moonwalk." The album closes with the screaming chorus and heavy metal attack of "The Last Time." To find out more about Hand Of The Tribe and their latest release "Indigitalis," please visit