What Can We Learn from Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s Suicide?

May 26th, 2017-It has been about a week since Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave had been pronounced dead after he has hung himself in his hotel room just hours after a performance in Detroit. After reports of Cornell’s death, fans and musicians from all over the world have expressed their condolences and honesty about the situation.

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Many of them express that they had no idea what Chris was going through and that this was very unexpected. Some also tweeted that they had hoped to see him that weekend at the famous Rock on the Range music festival located in Columbus, Ohio.

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As we mourn the loss of an amazing musician who many believe “Is one of the greatest grunge vocalist” I think we should address a common but taboo problem; mental illness. Last month we interviewed Johnny Crowder as he came forward to discuss his mental illness. It seems that many fans seem to forget that musicians have obstacles in their lives as well. What performance you see on stage is for us the fans. What happens before and after may be a completely different image. We have no idea what is going through someone head. The only thing we can do is continue to check up on one another. A simple “How are you” may be the difference to change someones life.

Video of Chris Cornell’s last performance can be found here.

National Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255

The Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386

Album Review: Self Titled Album Edge of Free

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May 24th, 2017-Rock music has always been an outlet for me to cope with my mental health such as depression and anxiety. “Edge of Free” is a band that has no shortness of using rock music to deal with similar issues. Their new self-titled album talks about all the heavy shit that the band has been through together which was similar to what the guitarists Hussey said during an interview.

“Edge of Free” touches on a little bit of everything throughout this album such as depression, drug addiction and recovery. What makes this band unique is they are known to be an acoustic-rock band. I didn’t even know acoustic-rock was even a thing! It also makes sense that their band is from Nashville. Once I listened to their single “Pony” I could hear the Nashville inspiration with the way the singer sings with a little bit of a country twang and noticing that there was only acoustics and no electric guitars. But don’t be fooled by the acoustics because the singers voice adds a rusty and rock and roll sound throughout the whole album. There also singing about deep life experiences that won’t be songs usually praised on the top 100 country hits. The song “Pushin The Needle” is I feel like more about the bands struggles with drug addiction. You can really hear and even feel the singers voice go higher and yell louder in the chorus of the song. When I was listening to it I could defiantly feel his emotions through the speakers and how frustrated he meant to sound while singing this song. On a brighter note the song “In My Time” is about in my perspective the end of the bands drugs addiction and the start of a healthier life. This album is very deep and I recommend it to anyone who has experienced addiction, anxiety or depression at some point of their life which should be almost everyone.


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LP Review: Experience by Kaleido

May 11th, 2017-Kaleido is a Detroit based rock band consisting of members Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar). This five piece group is keeping rock n roll alive with their incredible hits and sound. Attending notable festivals such as Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest & CMJ Music Marathon and opened for Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Sammy Hagar, Evanescence, Halestorm, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Twenty One Pilots and countless others. Experience is set to release May 19th, 2017.

Upon reading the influences that the band listed a level was set for the kind of vocals and instrumentals that would be presented. For Kaledio, there was an expectation of powerful female vocals and an almost rock sound instrumentally. That is exactly what happened. The LP starts with an “Intro” that when closing my eyes i imagined someone with their windows down, on a dirt road blasting music from a cadillac. The opening full length song titled “Blue Collar Delight” definitely gave me that country feeling. Now what happens next is something I have never heard before. A song titled “I” is a 29 second long voicemail left for the lead singer, Christina from her father wishing her luck and concluding with “I won’t get drunk I promise.” Christina gracefully responds with an appreciative laugh from Christina. That was honestly one of the highlights of this LP for me. As the LP continues different dynamics and tones are used. The LP ends with a  song titled “The End” which completely what I expected from this album; a slower song highlighting vocals. This was a powerful song as it mentions someone escaping someone hold and finally expressing their feelings to no longer want to be associated with them and their bullsh*t.

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Kaleido on tour with Seether/Letters From The Fire/Through Fire:

May 09 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony **

May 10 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony **

May 11 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale **

May 12 – Syracuse, NY – Funk ‘n Waffles ^

May 13 – South Burlington, VT – Showcase Lounge ^

May 14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues **

May 16 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall **

May 17 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre **

May 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE **

May 21 – Joliet, IL – The Forge ^

May 22 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live **

May 24 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall **

May 25 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall **

May 26 – Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 ^

May 27 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium **

May 31 – Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s ^^

Jun. 01 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House **

Jun. 03 – Paradise, CA – White Water Saloon ^^

Jun. 05 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore***

Jun. 06 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues***

Jun. 07 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre***

Jun. 10 – Saint Louis, MO -The Pageant***

July 14th – Rob Zombie dates start

 

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Show Review: A Killer’s Confession CD Release & Photo Gallery

May 4th, 2017– Last weekend A Killer’s Confession took the stage at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio to celebrate the release of their new CD titled “Unbroken.” I couldn’t have been more proud of the Cleveland music scene family. Local bands Two Dead Roses, Deadleaf, The Party (The Band) and Erasing Never started the night off with excellent sets. As the night grew older more people started showing up and right before go time we had a packed house.

AKC consists of Waylon Reavis (vocals), Matt Trumpy (guitar), Paul Elliot (guitar), Jon Dale (drums) and newest member, JP Cross (bass). A Killer’s Confession was started by Reavis after his departure from Mushroomhead in early 2016. When discussing his departure Waylon notes that AKC is a chance to move on and forward in music. Throughout the set Waylon loves addressing his fans and getting them pumped up for the next song. He fed off the energy from the crowd which was at a high level from the first song to the end. One thing I noticed is sometimes people wonder if a former member of a band is going to say anything about their departure or the band itself. Waylon did not because honestly, the non stop cheering, crowd surfing and chanting said it all. A Killer’s Confession is onto big things and will continue to thrive and push forward.

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Album Review: “Unbroken” by A Killer’s Confession

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April 27th, 2017-Anyone from Cleveland recognizes the name Waylon Reavis. Normally after that the name Mushroomhead is associated. Not anymore. Reavis left Mushroomhead last year after a dispute among members. He has formed a new band called A Killer’s Confession that has taken off tremendously. Many would have thought that the singer wouldn’t do well by himself but his first tour titled “Year of the Killers Tour” featuring Kissing Candice, Erasing Never, and Dead By Wednesday did very well.

A Killer’s Confession is not just another hard rock band. What makes them unique especially on this album is it seems they got some of their inspiration from Marilyn Manson and dubstep music. The reason why I say Marilyn Manson is because in one of their songs called “A Killer’s Confession featuring Brian Head Welch” has some very demonic vocals and bits and pieces of dubstep sounds incorporated into the song.

Another song that makes itself noticed on this album is “1080”. The songs introduction is an attention grabber itself because the first thing you hear is the sound of a voice from possibly the lead singer talking out words. This song to me was all about struggling to survive every day and trying to fight your demons. The classic topic I believe for every rock band to write about but it never gets old.

“Life of the Lost” is the first song I heard on this album that was very catchy. I enjoyed the lyrics as they were easy to follow along with as well as the message the song conveyed.  Even though it was very catchy the band still stuck with their hard rock and roll roots which made the song ultimately unique.

Even a hard rock band has their times when they make a love song and on this album, that would be “Sympathy (featuring Kimberly Freeman of ONE EYED DOLL)”. This song I think is the softest song on the album which makes sense because it’s about what everyone wants which is finding love. The whole album is worth listening to especially if you enjoy hard rock and roll vocals and instrumentals.

Unbroken will be officially released tomorrow April 28th, 2017 and the CD Release Party will be held at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio April 29th, at 7pm event link here. A Killer’s Confession recently announced there tour with NonPoint and Nine Shrines.

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Fire From the Gods Release “The Voiceless” Music Video

April 21st, 2017-Fire From the Gods just released a new music video produced by Jonathan Davis from Korn titled “The Voiceless” check it out below:

FFTG is a metalcore band hailing from Houston, Texas. The five piece group will be hitting some major festivals this year including the infamous Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio as well as the entire Vans Warped Tour this year. Don’t sleep on these guys as they continue to get bigger and bigger.

A sequel to their latest album titled Narrative will be released May 15th titled Narrative: Retold. It will feature acoustic songs and a little something extra from previous songs.

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Korn’s New Bassist is 12 years old

What an opportunity of the lifetime! Tye Trujillo, the son of Metallica’s bassist is filling in on bass for Korn on a few South America dates.

Over the weekend Korn released a statement on their Facebook:

On April 17 Korn is heading down to South America for a run of dates in Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fieldy is unable to make the shows so the band will be joined by a special guest. Filling in for bass duties will be Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group The Helmets. Says the band, “We are bummed Fieldy can’t join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May.”

Fieldy will resume Korn’s 2017 tour at Carolina Rebellion on May 6.

It is not known why Fieldy can’t perform but he will be back this summer. The out pour of admiration for this young guy is amazing. The energy he has displayed in the few videos of him playing are pretty amazing. However there are some people who aren’t impressed.

Peirre Gutierrez states “Are you —— serious???? Fuck that. You don’t come often to southamerica, some people waited for YEARS and this happens. I’m not blaming Fieldy, he Must have good reasons but at least show some respect adding a proffesional player like Ryan from Mudvayne like you did some years ago. This —- sucks!
Ps. I’ve seen 3 videos of the kid playing, not impressed, he is just good for his age.People is paying good money to see the complete line up.”

All in all this isn’t a permanent deal. Its the opportunity for Tye to showcase his skills for a very big band and even though we are all jealous let’s wish this guy a fun run and safe travels.