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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

 

* w/ Seether & Letters From The Fire

*** w/ Seether & Through Fire

^ w/ Letters From The Fire

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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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Kostka Releases EP Titled ‘Far From Near’

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Michigan always seems to have very talented artists and a good example of one of them is Alex Kostka of Kostka. Kostka’s album called “Far From Near” was released on March 14 and it is an easy listening album. The acoustics are very calming and relaxing to listen to.
One of my favorite songs is “All Over You.” I’m always a sucker for a good love song. This song explains that love can be scary and sometimes instead of sharing your feelings towards someone it is better to show your feelings instead. I am the one to believe that love is more then what you do and less about what you say if it is sincere and true.
“The Honest Truth” is a song that could be interpreted in many ways but from my perspective the song is talking about someone hiding something possibly a sincere remark such as your beautiful. Whatever it is it’s positive because there intentions is to
save it for a rainy day. The honest truth is intended to lift up someone’s spirits on a depressing day. “Fireworks” is a song that I think is pointing out the important stuff that happen in your life you should never forget. The important events and life changing moments will be the experiences that will shape you the most of who the person you will eventually become in the future. Not only that but those are the moments you can share to others in hopes of inspiring and motivating them to strive for a better life for themselves.
This album as a whole talks about the importance of showing others your love whether its someone you are romantically involved with, a family member, friends or a stranger. Love makes the world a more peaceful place to live in and to me the most important thing to create a wonderful life.

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Album Review: Volume One by Maps to The Hollywood Scars

Expect to hear some new music from James Durbin, American Idol finalist and Alex Grossi guitarist of QUIET RIOT. Both announced their new collaboration called Maps to The Hollywood Scars. There new EP called Volume One definitely introduces a classic rock and roll sound that seem to have diminished in modern day culture. When I listen to this EP the first thing that came to my mind is Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. All bands of the decade of long hair, dramatic high screams and guitar solos. One thing that seemed to be popular in 1980’s rock and roll is the usage of the word rock and roll in songs like Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Songs like Lost Boys and Roads on the EP has the lyrics rock and roll in it which I believe was an inspiration of that decade. Even though this is a rock and roll EP the songs are very memorable and screams out rock star vibes that some of us may have missed in the past three decades. To top it off with a cherry on top the EP ends with a song called Never Ending Ride my opinion closes off the EP perfectly explaining the adventurous life each of us experiences with each other. What is a rock and roll EP if it doesn’t mention the crazy things we are forced to deal with everyday which is life itself. Life, being just a man and living on the road all classic problems of being a rock star. There are not many new bands currently that sounds like classic rock this could be the start of a new era of classic rock. After all music always seems to repeat itself in history and Maps to The Hollywood Scars could possibly be the ones to start that trend again.

 

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Album Review: Bring Back the Sun by Charles Parker

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Pop-Rock is a very good genre to get into. You have the harder elements of rock, while also having the peppy side of pop. A lot of your favorite bands could be classified as pop-rock, because it is such a wide reaching genre. Charles Parker definitely understands that. In his debut album, Bring Back the Sun released Jan 27th, 2017, he writes 15 very pop-rock songs.

The album was really fun to listen to. Each song makes you want to roll down your windows and drive, and not just because your AC is broken in your car! Bring Back the Sun has the peppy side of pop that I was talking about, but it also has rock elements. There were even a few songs with a guitar solo! Who doesn’t love a good guitar solo?

Parker has been playing guitar since he was a teenager. Some of his influences were The Bay City Rollers and the Partridge Family. As he got older, his tastes evolved. He started to like 80s hair bands, and also bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. You can hear the influences these bands had on him in his music. I felt a very 70s/80s rock vibe to a lot of his songs. One song in particular, One Way to Go, had a 70s feel to it.  

Even with the 70s and 80s influences, the overall aesthetic and feel to the album was very 90s rock. I can see some Hootie and the Blowfish and Third-Eye Blind influences in a few songs. Who doesn’t love 90s music? This album deserves a solid thumbs up.

Parker’s voice reminds me of a younger Dave Grohl. It reminds you of the Foo Fighters a little bit. As he produces more albums and matures in his musicianship, he will find his own personal sound, and we won’t hear so many other influences in his music. Very excited to see where his music goes, and how his voice (both out loud and in his writing) changes.

 

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Sheevaa Releases EP called The Five Stages of Grief

There is no one out there who can match the uniqueness and skill that the nu metal/Eastern melody band Sheevaa does. Founded on April 20th, 2013, Sheevaa consists of lead singer Akash Hans, bassist Roberto Arturo and Drummer Pete Dornowski. These group of gentlemen have brought a whole new outlook on nu metal. Not only are they amazing on paper but they are remarkable live. The fans of Sheevaa have been anticipating an EP from Sheevaa for some time and after the band decided this was the perfect time we have officially gotten our wish.

The Five Stages of Grief explores the mind, body and soul. Tracks titled Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance follow the stages we experience when we lose a loved one. Each song incorporates breakdowns, vocal changes, amazing guitar riffs and of course bass drops. The most notable aspect of Sheevaa is Akash’s vocal style. You can almost see the emotions and pain he feels as the EP goes through each stage. We look forward to hearing more from Sheevaa in the near future. Tour announcements soon. fivestages

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