Matt Mitchell & the Coldhearts – S/T

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Matt Mitchell & the Coldhearts – S/T
MMRecordingworks
Release Date: 31/05/2019
Running Time: 53:22
Review by Paul Monkhouse
10/10

Anyone who has ever seen or heard Pride, Furyon or Colour of Noise knows that Matt Mitchell is one of the finest singers in rock. Now fronting his own band, he has the chance to be centre stage and to really flex his musical muscles, producing what is one of the very best albums you’ll hear this year. Sure, some of it does indeed rock but there’s much more to the MM&tC than that as Mitchell and the band have captured lightning in a bottle by combining elements from some of the finest songwriters of modern times whilst very much being their own men.

As with solidly rocky, swinging groove of the opening track ‘Black Diamonds’ and the rest of the album, the thing that really strikes you is the richness of Mitchells voice, an instrument that can bluster or caress with the best of them. There is a fair mix of both as the band switch effortlessly between hard and heavy and much more introspective fare throughout the running time of the release. Following the dark and twisting first track, ‘Home’ is a much brighter, almost poppy, number that has a light Summery feel whilst still remaining powerful.

The album is sprinkled with echoes of Springsteen, Chris Cornell and the Stones, the songwriting really coming to the fore in the way that recent gig partners The Quireboys have mastered. The woozy Soundgarden-ish soundscape of ‘On and On’ bringing a real early 70’s sound typifies this approach, unafraid of putting the craft first and not just going for an easier all-out attack. This really is an album that keeps on giving and will bear repeat listenings over the years, eschewing any dated attempts at capturing the zeitgeist or riding trends. There is also a real honesty in the lyrics, touching on very personal subjects that are obviously very close the heart of the writer, deep whilst not being maudlin. There are hints of rocking out with your mates, beer in hand, girls, cars and fun but also a quality that is sorely missed from the combined partying output of Kiss, Motley Crue and Steel Panther.

‘Unavailable’ amazes with its zig-zagging riff and rhythm that Mick and Keef would be proud of while acoustic ballad ‘Old Enough & Ugly Enough’ is prime John Fogerty in feel, replete with a soaring but tasteful guitar solo. Rockers ‘Wave Goodbye’ and Everything to You’ are gutsy slabs of glorious guitar and driving drums and bass that really shake things up before the album closes with ‘Keep Me Safe’. This last track is a definite highlight of an already hugely accomplished record, being a slow building atmospheric treat accompanied by some peddle steel and plaintive vocals. If you manage to get your hands on the initial, special edition, copy of the album you’ll be treated to the outstanding acoustic version of ‘Home’ and the equally lovely live piano version of ‘Dare You to Watch’. In a year crammed with so many excellent albums already it would be a crime not to add this gem to your collection. I guarantee it will be something you’ll love for years to come.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Black Diamonds
02. Home
03. On & On
04. Dare You To Watch
05 Kings & Queens
06. Unavailable
07. Do You Wanna Be My God
08. Old Enough & Ugly Enough
09 Wave Goodbye
10. Everything To You
11. Keep Me Safe
12 Waiting For The Sun
13. Home (Acoustic Version, Special Edition Bonus Track)
14. Dare You To Watch (Piano Version, Special Edition Bonus Track)

LINKS:
http://www.mattmitchellmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mmitchellmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/mmitchellmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHGNbu5DgyXNTvq3HnPHdeQ

 

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Corroded – Bitter

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Corroded – Bitter
Despotz Records
Release Date: 25/01/2019
Running Time: 50:15
Review by Tsarina Wilson
10/10

When first listening to this album, I went from track to track thinking “oh this is my favourite track” then the next one came on and it was “no this one is.” Then I got to the end and there wasn’t one single track I could fault or think that wasn’t quite as good.

Swedish hard rock band, Corroded’s debut album “Eleven Shades of Black” was released in 2009 and their track “Time and Again” was used in the Swedish version of ‘Survivor.’
In 2010 the band won the “Breakthrough of The Year” award at Bandit Rock Awards and their next album “Exit to Transfer” went straight to number six in the Swedish Album chart. They then went on the write ‘Age of Rage’ for EA Games, a song that would feature as the theme song for the “Battlefield Play4Free,” and it achieved its gold status with millions of streams being downloaded.

After that “Defcon Zero”, which pushed every limit, and they hit the road with both Pain and on their own successful European headline tour, which made them one of the most prominent Swedish hard rock acts, and fully deserved too.

“Bitter” will leave you with no doubts as to just how good these guys are. There are crushing riffs, and vocals that sound like they come from the bowels of hell. They are powerful and explosive, but you can tell they have a passion for what they do.

Their last album was recorded 6 years ago but, due to a shift of labels it was only released in 2017, so the band spent a lot of time touring to keep the fans happy. Although touring the world was fun to play for the fans, they also knew they had to make another album sooner rather than later as not to lose momentum. This left the guys only one weekend to write material (wow no pressure then!) Once they started, though, lyrics were not hard to sort, as the break with their first record label and the political state of the world, had them all irritated and angry.

“We felt it was time to move on and there’s no better way to do it than to make a hard-hitting metal album.”

The first track ‘Bitter INTRO’ I was thinking ok, I must have got the wrong album, as the 2:21 track is almost Jean-Michel Jarre-like and not what I was expecting at all. But you must expect the unexpected from this album as you’re soon left in no mind what these guys are capable of.

If you need any more proof of it after listening to the album, then check out their videos. They are epic and seeing their lead singer Jens Westin in a silver suit body bopping on the floor in the video to their track ‘Burn’ had me in stitches.

Guys you are something else! Totally brilliant!

Talking of ‘Burn’, the manic tempo, full of anger and the emphasis on the BUUUUUURN in such a deep growl, gets to your soul and then, just as you think the track is ending, you slip into a Spanish guitar interlude. But please don’t worry, the guys haven’t suddenly gone soft, as within a short time, you are back to amazing guitar riffs and heart thumping drumming.

The band consists of Jens Westin on vocals and guitar, Thomas Anderson on guitar and backing vocals, Bjarne Elvsgar on bass and Per Solang on drums, and together give us a dark, melancholic, angry, album that is full of rage. This comes out so much in the track ‘Black’ you can really hear the anger and frustrations these guys have been through and their way of expressing it is literally music to our ears. There is no hiding away from the passion these guys have put into this album and I’m sure the crowds at their shows are crazy, with lots of fist pumping and headbanging going on.

‘Scream’ has a crazy speed, with totally insane drumming and the vocals leave you with a sore throat and those guitar riffs are just from another world.

Yes, the album is dark and angry, but you must listen to it over and over again! It’s just so damn good. It’s an album of what nightmares are made of but, wow what a nightmare!

Just epic!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Bitter INTRO
02. Breathing
03. Cross
04. Burn
05. Black
06. Testament
07. Scream
08. Cyanide
09. Destruction
10. Time
11. Drown
12. War

LINKS:

Corroded – The Official Website


http://www.instagram.comcorroded_sweden
https://www.instagram.com/corroded_sweden/
https://despotz.bigcartel.com

 

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EMQ’s with DAYS TO COME

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EMQ’s with DAYS TO COME

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Albany, GA based Hard Rock band Days To Come! Huge thanks to them for taking part

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Justin:- My name is Justin Goodson and I’m the vocalist for Days To Come. We’ve been around for five years and have gone through a few line-up changes, but feel confident in the team we currently have.

How did you come up with your band name?

Justin: – Years ago, Brandon and I were frustrated that we had all of the pieces to put a band together except for a drummer. I was at my day job one day and just thought that everything would work out and it would be better in the “days to come”.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

Jalen: – I’m from the U.S.A. The metal scene isn’t as prominent in Georgia (state) but there are those bright spots where it thrives.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Brandon: – Our latest single is ‘Wolves’ (June 2019). We’re pumped to tour and promote it. We also released a lyric video for it with footage from different shows we’ve played in 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS839Rzpg-U

Who have been your greatest influences?

Justin: – Alter Bridge is a huge influence for me. I also grew up listening to 80’s pop and a lot of that influenced me melodically and vocally.

What first got you into music?

Jalen: – Hearing ‘We Are The Champions’ when I was three years old. Yup!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Brandon: – I would want to do something with Plini. Mainly just to watch him play for free. What a talent.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Jalen: – I’d love to play Rock Am Ring one day! So many of my childhood influences play there and it’s one of those few occasions where the rock community comes together and puts all differences aside to enjoy great music.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Justin: – I don’t think any gift is “weird”. They all come from a place of love and I appreciate anytime someone goes out of their way to let me know our music has made an impact on their life.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Justin: – We’re so thankful for your support along this journey. We absolutely love meeting you and spending time with you and can’t wait for you to hear what we’re working on.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Brandon: – Chris Cornell. Just so I could wait another 10 years and hear his smooth olden blues voice.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Jalen: – I enjoy the shows and meeting new people the most for sure! There’s nothing I’d say I “hate”, but I really am not of fan of breaking down my drum kit.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Justin: – It seems like a lot of information isn’t shared with newer, up and coming artists. They do something because they think that’s the “right” thing to do in the situation and, often times, make a poor choice.It would be great if more information was more available to help grow a young artist’s career.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Brandon: – Tesseract – “Altered State”. To this day, I’m still learning different things from that album. Plus hearing Ashe O’hara is just a dream.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Jalen: – I prefer CD’s myself but with the way the world is going now, downloads are easier and more convenient.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Justin: – A few years back, we had the opportunity to support Art Of Anarchy at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA. Scott Stapp was their vocalist at the time and it was really cool to meet those guys.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Brandon: – Saving a lot more money and not having a broken back at 23.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jalen: – Layne Staley, Abraham Lincoln, Ian McKellen, Gal Gadot, and Slash.

What’s next for the band?

Justin: – We’re excited to promote our new single ‘Wolves’ (June 2019) and tour! We’re playing a short tour in June with our friends in Ventruss and 7 Stone Riot and we’re hitting the road again in July to tour up to Rock Fest in Wisconsin.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Justin: – We’re on all of the social sites – @daystocomemusic. We’re also on all of the major online outlets – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, etc.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Brandon: – Imagine not calling jaffa cake a cake. What are we? Neanderthals?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Justin – Feel free to connect with us on your favourite social media platform – @daystocomemusic and listen to our new single ‘Wolves’!

Days To Come

 

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EMQ’s with NOVACROW

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EMQ’s with NOVACROW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ever Metal favourites, Liverpool based Hard Rock/Metal/Sleaze band Novacrow. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Kitty Staunton for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Kitty, I’m lead vocals and guitar for Novacrow. We have been making noise and shaking booty since 2013 and always strive to put on a show to make your genitals quiver.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our guitarist Jonyx was helping somebody else with finding a band name by trying out combining random words from the dictionary with animals. Luckily Novacrow just seemed perfect for us.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We’re based in England and the metal scene here is huge and diverse. We have some really awesome festivals here and a there is a massive variety of music lovers.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

We released Criminal Mastermind EP late 2018, which has gone down a storm. Each of the tracks provide a different listening experience, with plenty of heavy riffs, funky choruses and vivid themes. We also released two coinciding videos, a wacky mobster caper and a B-movie werewolf extravaganza, so be sure to check them out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8RJRhQm8I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW3wiXxKgZ8

Who have been your greatest influences?

A tonne to choose from, but some of my biggest personal influences have been Tairrie B of My Ruin, Joan Jett, Grog of Die So Fluid, Otep, Jack off Jill and Kittie. Discovering these awesome ferocious women when I was an early teen definitely encouraged me to get into music and aided my confidence in general.

What first got you into music?

My Dad has a great taste in music and has influenced me a lot. I particularly remember first hearing Nirvana and getting super excited. I can’t remember exactly what drew me to it, but I have always wanted to write songs.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Oh man, this is an impossible question as there are TONNES of choices. Potentially Trent Reznor, Devin Townsend or Bret Autrey.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

We played Metal Days in Slovenia, which was absolutely awesome and we’d LOVE to go back. Alongside that, Graspop, Wacken or Download would be incredible.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I think we’d rather not say, in case it encourages them and they try and send us anything else hahaha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you for being so gloriously supportive and making all of the sleepless nights totally worth it!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Peter Steele, Type O Negative, without a doubt.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love writing and performing more than I can put into words.Hard to think of anything I ‘hate’, but being in a band certainly takes a lot of work, patience and perseverance- which definitely isn’t for everyone!
Scratch that, no, lugging all the gear out at 5am after a gazillion hour car journey is the worst thing ever!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The fact that it’s almost impossible to make a living from it!
(Though I do love how pretty much anyone has the means of sharing their music across the world).

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Life is Killing Me” – Type O Negative

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I like a mix of CDs, downloads and streaming. I’m a big fan of making playlists for every possible occasion. I’m one of those people that spends like 20 minutes “curating” a perfect soundtrack for a 10 minute walk.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We’ve been lucky to play so many awesome places, with some really amazing bands.
For me, our latest EP launch was seriously fun. We wanted an excuse to use all of the random props we have accumulated from filming the videos, so we came on dressed as mobsters, throwing money (with our faces on) to the audience. We had a werewolf roaming the crowd, tonnes of fake blood and loads of freebies to give out. We had a great time.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I used be a regular music reviewer, so maybe that. (I’d still be itching to be onstage though).

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bob Ross’ ghost, Terry Crews, Benji Webbe, Cassandra Peterson and Tim Curry!
We would have skeleton butlers to wait on us and for entertainment we would have a dance mat competition.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve just been putting the finishing touches on a new single, which will be zooming very shortly into your ears! Keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media for more information.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.novacrowofficial.com
www.facebook.com/novacrowofficial/
www.instagram.com/novacrowband
www.twitter.com/novacrowband
www.youtube.com/kittysynthetica

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake in a cunning disguise.

 

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EMQ’s with FRONTBACK

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EMQ’s with FRONTBACK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Catchy Hard Rock band Frontback! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Rhythm Guitarist Anlo Front for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Anlo Front and I’m the Lead Singer and Rhythm Guitarist in Frontback!
The band has released two albums “Born With A Secret” and “Heart Of A Lion”. We have been playing some of the biggest Festivals and Venues in Sweden and also been an opening act for bands such as Heat, Bullet & Status Quo.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from my last name “Front”.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

Sweden, there are great festivals in this country but not so many rock club venues anymore.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

The album “Heart Of A Lion” (2017).

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a lot of different influences but for the Frontback sound it’s more like Foo Fighters, Royal Republic, Green Day.

What first got you into music?

My brother played in a band and I was shy so it was a great way to get a little bit cooler 😉

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters would be awesome!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Rock in Rio, a lot of people around the world travel to join the party!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Broken shoes!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Let’s play rock n roll!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Freddie Mercury!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

To be able to play live, love to sing and to hang out with the fans!
The worst thing is that you’re always tired since it’s always late nights!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

More venues to play at!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Foo Fighters – “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Sweden Rock 2018

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would be a makeup artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dead or alive? I decide 😉
Dave Grohl, Freddie Mercury, Billie Joe Armstrong, Gwen Stefani and Joan Jett!

What’s next for the band?

We have recorded our 3rd album and will release it this fall, we are very excited about it!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://m.facebook.com/frontbacksweden
https://www.instagram.com/frontbacksweden/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4uuYNKIR4DjaMJCerKYcCD
http://frontback.se/
https://www.youtube.com/user/frontbacksweden

Thank you for your time!

Thank you!!

 

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EMQ’s with Days Of Jupiter

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EMQ’s with Days Of Jupiter

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Modern Hard Rock band Days Of Jupiter. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Magnus is my name and I´m the drummer for Days Of Jupiter.
The band was formed in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 2010. The band had existed before with other members and another name but it was when Magnus Larsson (drums) and Janne Karlsson (bass) joined that the band wanted to make a go for it in the music industry.
The former members quit the band due to the fact that they couldn`t put in the time that was necessary for the bands vision. So in January 2010 the band regrouped and was named Days Of Jupiter.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name for the band that was quite unique so that the name didn´t sound familiar or like another bands name.
We like that the name Jupiter is a planet, but also the Roman God. Jupiter was the god of all gods, so that is cool.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We´re from Sweden. The metal scene here in Sweden is good. There are a lot of bands, good venues and festivals dedicated to metal, so no complaint on that subject.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

We released our fourth album “Panoptical” on the 26th of October 2018. Be sure to check it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced by both Modern Metal from the US as well as classical Heavy Metal/Hard Rock from Europe, if you would mould those together then you get Days Of Jupiter. The members in the band listen to everything from Death Metal to AOR, and we always write songs that come from our hearts and sound good. We don’t think in terms that the songs must sound a certain way.

What first got you into music?

For me it was the drums itself. In my world as a young teenager the coolest instrument was the drums so for me it was kind of a no brainer… ‘I WILL play the drums’. One early influence was Randy Castillo who played with Ozzy back in the day.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Hard to say. There is a ton of skilled musicians out there. We have to see what the future brings.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken Open Air in Germany is a dream to play at. It´s like the mother of all metal festivals. An important and great festival with a lot of visitors, we would love to play there.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Haha, we got a video from Russia with a guy who was singing our song ‘Last One Alive’ but he had translated the lyrics to Russian. That was a lot of fun, hearing one of our songs in another language.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

A cliché, but… We hope to meet you on tour someday.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I would say Dio; he seemed to be a nice man with his heart in the right place and one of the greatest vocalists of all time.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into being a musician, to master your instrument, write great songs and to spread the music to all great people out there. Music is something we all relate to and have a connection to whether you´re happy, sad or what mood you´re in at the moment. I don’t hate anything with being a musician, but sometimes the wait and travel is pretty dull.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

It would nice if the industry as a whole would take some risks sometimes. Sign a new band for a change and let the not so experienced play at the good venues and festivals. Money talks, I know, but it would be nice to see a younger band get the chance in the industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mine would be “Abigail” by King Diamond and “Master of the Rings” by Helloween.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Personally I love vinyl! I think that it has the right feel, bigger album cover and better sound. However, the digital way is so much easier. You can play almost any song by just a quick tap with your fingers and you can find so much good music.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We have played Sweden Rock Festival and that was nice, but the gig we remember the most is at a small venue in Maasmechelen, Belgium. No expectations at all, but man what a night. Great gig and an even greater audience that we partied with afterwards. Super nice people.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Don’t know…Can´t picture my life without it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My bandmates for sure, and Will Ferrell! He is so funny. It would be an awesome dinner party with him as Ron Burgundy.

What’s next for the band?

On 10th of June we open for Disturbed in Tallin, Estonia and play some more gigs during the summer. Hopefully a tour in Germany later this year and we are writing new material for our fifth album as well.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/daysofjupiterofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes?! Never heard of them, but I like biscuits so it has to be one…!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for supporting us, keep up the good work.

 

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EMQ’s with FRANK PALANGI

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EMQ’s with FRANK PALANGI

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hard Rock artist Frank Palangi. Huge thanks to him for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Frank Palangi – guitar/vocals & songwriting.
Home grown New York Indie-Rock Recording Artist. Frank Palangi fuels a refreshing positive outlook with his quote “NO PLAN B” that acts as his mission. Serving up a feeding frenzy of edgy heavy guitars, deep n gritty vocals and a modern yet post grunge – old school rock tone. Starting out after leaving high school with a solid support system backing, Frank’s dream of music began a few years later on a path that led to the 2011 debut self-titled “Frank Palangi EP”. Influenced by bands from the 80’s (Metallica, Ozzy, Def Leppard, Megadeth), 90’s (Creed, Godsmack, 3 Doors Down), 2000’s (Daughtry, Three Days Grace, Shinedown), he sculpted his musical motifs in the music mecca Nashville, TN. Leading up after with the “I Am Ready EP’ – “Set Me Free EP” and an upcoming untitled 4th EP, working with various industry producers and national act band members from Day of Fire, Pillar, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry and Saving Abel. Frank isn’t the stereotypical rocker with the Rock’n’Roll lifestyle you may think they are viewed as. From early childhood he learned to adapt to his chronic medical illnesses that impacted his decisions in his everyday life. Turning it all around, he used it to bring his dreams into reality saying “I have no Plan B backing down on my dreams.”

How did you come up with your band name?

I was in a high band and then went solo ever since and used my name.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

USA and it’s popular – some underground stuff – mainstream bands still touring and rockin it up!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

“Set Me Free” EP with the music videos on VEVO – also a new cover song ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ (acoustic) coming out May 23rd on iTunes, Amazon and more!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica – Megadeth – Ozzy – Creed – Daughtry

What first got you into music?

The movie ‘The Crow’ actually. A dead rocker coming back to life I thought was really cool and wanted to learn the guitar and play what he did in the film. That’s how it all started.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Metallica!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Any of the rock ones! I’m not picky with that. Any of them huge ones would be a huge opportunity!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

It’s weird but Cheerwine soda – cans from the south! My fans are awesome! I live in NY and cant’ get em up here in the north.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Never back down on your dreams!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Johnny Cash!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the fan interaction and live show feeling of connecting. I also love the studio work and working with different people in that way.
Honestly social media and promotions can be a huge burden from the artistic time.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Labels taking a chance more on indie artists for their talents and not just streams and follower numbers and how popular that you made yourself without their help just to slap a label on it afterwards.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD’s I’m a fan!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Opening for Alice in Chains and Janes Addiction at the Uproar Festival.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Acting or making films, maybe some modelling

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, James Hatfield, John Carpenter and Wes Craven!

What’s next for the band?

I’m working on my 4th EP that I hope to release late 2019 but in the meantime I’m playing acoustic around north east region and doing some side work with recording, producing, guitar lessons for others and some acting. I’m excited to share the new cover ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ also. Big fans of the 80’s!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/frankpalangisoloartist/
https://twitter.com/frankpalangi
https://www.instagram.com/frankpalangimusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahah no idea haah i just eat em!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

www.frankpalangi.com My Official Website
Anyone can message me through social media and I’d be glad to chat and connect.
All songs are on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and more!
Thank you for supporting indie!

 

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EMQ’s with AUDIO REIGN

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EMQ’s with AUDIO REIGN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Hard Rock/Metal band Audio Reign. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Jake, I am lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Audio Reign.
Audio Reign was formed in 2011 in Adelaide, South Australia. Like most dedicated bands, we rehearsed our arses off until we were ready to deliver our music to the world, and when that time came, we didn’t look back. We wrote our first six-song EP named “Find Your Way”. This album got us a slot on the 2014 Big Day Out in Adelaide.
Audio Reign shortly after had a few personal issues to deal with which saw us out of action for a while hence the break between albums. But once we had things sorted, it was full steam ahead and the train hasn’t stopped.
The new debut self-titled album “Audio Reign” was written and independently released in November 2018 and has been getting fantastic reviews and media coverage since its release. The album’s strength and the band’s energetic live show earning us big supports with the likes of US bands Skillet and Pop Evil.
Audio Reign have a vision to rise up from the ranks in Australia and bring back the live scene whilst creating a new sound for Australian rock.

How did you come up with your band name?

To be honest, it was a bit of motley luck! We wanted to make sure any band name that we came up with wasn’t already taken by a band somewhere else. Now I don’t know if you’ve ever come up with an original band name and thought “This is siiiick” and “no-one is going to have this name?” Well if you have and you punched it into Google, you can bet your balls (or whatever) that the name is already taken!
We must have gone through 30 names and every name was taken! We knew we wanted to have “Reign” in the name, and one of the words we were using with different combos was the word “Audio”. We ended up punching those two together and the skies opened up and a massive light shone down on to our laptop whilst angels sang… Audio Reign was born \m/.
Funny enough a year or so later, I did a search for our name on Google and some cover band from the States (US) had taken our name and even made a similar logo. I was like, “What the F%@#!!” I sent them a message asking if they’d heard of a Google search engine, to which they replied, “They didn’t see a problem because they were in the US and were in Australia so it shouldn’t really matter!” What they don’t realise is that we plan to infiltrate the US as well! We’ll deal with that when the time comes 😉

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from Australia. There is a very strong metal/ heavy scene over here although obviously more underground as there is no commercial support for it. But behind the scenes it is thriving and if you go looking for it, you will definitely find it.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released our debut full length album self-titled “Audio Reign” in November 2018. The first single “Betrayal” was also released in November complete with an epic music video filmed in a cathedral. In March 2019 we released our latest emotion-fueled single “Senses” including a lyric video to go with it. Both songs are quite different from each other but were released to show how diverse the album itself is and what the band is capable of.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ask any member of Audio Reign who their influences are and although there would be obvious crossovers, we are all quite different from each other. I think that’s great for the band as it allows us to draw on those different influences when writing new music to ensure our songs don’t all start sounding the same.
But my main influences personally would have to be (in no particular order) Alter Bridge, GnR, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, early Pearl Jam. And now it continues with bands like Stone Sour, Sevendust etc.

What first got you into music?

When I was six years old, I heard Kiss on the radio and from that moment they became my favourite band of the time! The sound of heavy guitars, the stage show, the attitude, the ROCK! Everything combined was just loud and in your face!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

That’s a tough call, a duet with Lizzy Hale from Halestorm or a song written with Deftones combining their style with ours. So many possibilities, so many choices of so many great musicians, I can’t really single one out.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Well it would have to be Wacken or Rock am Ring. WOA is more of a metalfest open to and catering to most subgenres, whereas Rock am Ring is probably a bit more mainstream. Both are massive and if you can get us on either one, we’ll die happy (haha).

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We haven’t actually received any really weird gifts… or maybe we’re a bit weird which made them seem normal.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you immensely for your undying support, without you we are nothing, and your love and belief in us is everything. This music is for you \m/

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

There are so many I want to bring back for different reasons, but right at this moment I would like to bring back Chris Cornell. I believe he had so many more great songs to give and so much more to do personally. His death was an absolute tragedy and a massive blow to the heavy world, not to mention his loving family left behind. RIP Chris.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Having an absolutely awesome and totally rewarding outlet that gives you the opportunity to emote and express yourself. When you’re in the moment performing with the band and everything is sounding tight and heavy, the high is incredible!
I hate the fact that sometimes you need to choose between a lot of different things in life that clash with this lifestyle and can really upset the balance of mental harmony.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

That the heavyweights of the industry restructure things and finally give the musicians the pay and recognition they deserve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alter Bridge – “Blackbird”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl or CD. You get top quality sound with an actual physical piece of merchandise that often includes artwork, lyrics, pictures etc. What a bloody bonus!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We performed at the 2014 Big Day Out in Adelaide on the same bill as Pearl Jam. That was pretty memorable. Since then we have supported heavy rockers Skillet and Pop Evil so we’ve had some fun!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I am currently also a fulltime metro firefighter, so that’s probably what I’d be doing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The other members of Audio Reign and you so we can continue this conversation over many drinks 😉

What’s next for the band?

World domination… but first we need to play Wacken Open Air and Rock am Ring!
And before that we will probably release some more music and music videos and go on tour!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Most of them… Facebook, Instagram, twitter, Soundcloud, Bands in Town, Audio Reign website, etc.
https://www.audioreign.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/AudioReignBand/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What is a Jaffa Cake? Can I add that as a pizza topping?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for your support in keeping the heavy music fire burning! You play a massive part in keeping this awesome musical genre alive and spreading the word to new generations of kids who wanna rock HEAVY \m/

 

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Warrant & Sweet Sienna “The Dirty 30 Tour” – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 22/03/2019

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Warrant & Sweet Sienna
“The Dirty 30 Tour”
The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
22/03/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

One of the most popular Glam Rock / Hard Rock bands of last three decades, California rockers Warrant, are currently on tour for the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”. This tour, which is currently seven shows in, started in January and will last till mid August. They don’t have a specific support band, but have a bunch of local Rock bands joining them on their show dates.

To be honest, I did not get a chance to see the first local band of the night, but I caught a most interesting and promising young band from New York, called Sweet Sienna.

Fronted by the beautiful and talented Katrien Van Riel they performed an electrifying set. Playing their songs ‘Rise’, ‘No Reflection’ and ‘Your Love’ among others, Sweet Sienna moved the audience with quality in music and showmanship on stage. Their sound is pure rock with some heavier riffs and melodic singing. Katrien interacted with the crowd like a seasoned professional, singing with emotion and passion. At this point your best option would be their website and social media to look up who they are and what they sound like. They are currently scheduled to perform as support for such rock legends as Ace Frehley, Skid Row and L.A. Guns to name just a few, so that may change quick, and they could become popular much faster than we might expect.

Warrant were received with some very loud screams, almost like it was still 80’s. All of the eight opening songs from their set came from the aforementioned anniversary album. They only left out ‘In The Sticks’ and ‘Ridin’ High’. All the other songs were played in the order they appear on the album starting with ‘32 Pennies’ and ‘Down Boys’ and finishing with ‘Heaven’ and ‘Cold Sweat’.

Another five songs were played from their huge second studio album “Cherry Pie and, obviously, the title song was the show closer. Until this day ‘Cherry Pie’ is the most recognized song from the band and the glam rock era.

From their newest album “Louder, Harder, Faster”, which was released in 2017, Warrant performed just two songs, ‘Only Broken Heart’ and the title track.

Current vocalist Robert Mason, who took over as Warrant’s front-man after Jani Lane passed away, and who has now been with them for over a decade, was phenomenal. He was joined on stage with original members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon and longtime member Joey Allen although they are still without Steven Sweet who is recovering after being diagnosed with cancer.

The show was a great success with the venue near to capacity, and it was not only old fans that came to indulge in a trip down memory lane but quite a few younger rock fans as well!

SWEET SIENNA LINKS:
https://www.sweetsiennaband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sweetsiennaband/
https://www.instagram.com/sweetsiennaband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-ktAuVGoCoZ76d5Pzc0qww

WARRANT LINKS:
http://www.warrantrocks.com/
https://www.facebook.com/warrantrocks/

https://www.instagram.com/warrantrocks/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP0tGGgcnoHoPoobLkxVyIA
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All photographs courtesy of Andy Jansons.

Electric Revolution – Burn It Down

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Electric Revolution – Burn It Down
Self-Released
Running Time: 35:00
Release Date: 01/01/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

Recently I was approached by American based Hard Rock band Electric Revolution about the possibility of reviewing their brand new album “Burn It Down” I went on their Bandcamp page made an account and bought the album and I have listened to it ever since and I couldn’t be happier for the opportunity. When I listen to these guys it’s like when you wake up and have that first coffee in the morning and it gives you the feeling that the day can only get better.

In previous weeks I have listened to and reviewed some awesome bands who are heavier than these guys yet with Electric Revolution I don’t have to worry about injuries to my neck from headbanging. Instead I sit back in my computer chair, press play, close my eyes and let the music take me away. For the last three weeks my physical health hasn’t been the best and I have been bed bound for most of it but through all the sneezing, watering eyes and pain throughout my body, this album has taken my mind away from all of that and put me in a state of relaxation where none of that matters and I can just rest and try and recover which has been a huge help! Until I was approached about reviewing the album I hadn’t heard of the band but now I definitely won’t forget them.

Electric Revolution and “Burn It Down” remind me of AC/DC but I will say this! In my personal opinion, and as someone who likes AC/DC, this album is on the same level as them and even though it may sound bad I would pick this album to listen to over AC/DC.

As I’ve said in previous reviews I love discovering new bands that will replace the old guard! Only formed in 2014 Electric Revolution, just from this album, sound like they have been together much longer but just because they haven’t been doesn’t mean they aren’t definitely a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see what they bring out next!

With Billie Pulera on Drums/Vocals, Chad Imler on Bass, Brock Betz on Lead Guitar and Dave Lawson on Vocals it makes for an amazing combination, band and music are so well balanced and such a joy to listen to! After listening to “Burn It Down” as much as I have I do have a favourite song and that is ‘God And The Devil. All the songs are good to listen to but this song is proper old school hard rock song similar to that of the 70’s and 80’s and it gives me chills to listen to.

Now it comes to rating the album and the toughest part of the whole review. “Burn It Down” is such a top album to listen to whether you’re having the best day, or like me, have been really down from being ill and for that reason I rate album 9/10, but the track ‘God And The Devil’ gets a 10/10! It is by far one of the best songs I have listened to as a reviewer.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Billie Pulera, who is also the bands General Manager, for getting in touch about reviewing this awesome album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prelude: Rise Of The Revolution (Part 1)
02. Tempted
03. God And The Devil
04. Burn It Down
05. Surrender
06. Cookie Jar
07. Runnin’ Away
08 No Time For Love (CODA)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/electricrevolution/

https://electricrevolution2.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/revolutionelectric/

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