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Concert Review: Red Dragon Cartel at Revolution in Amityville, NY

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April 4
, 2014
Revolution – Amityville, NY
Reviewed
 by:  Antonio Marino Jr.

Since Badlands’ 1991 release, Voodoo Highway, Jake E. Lee has led an incredibly low-profile musical existence.  He has resurfaced from time to time with a few solo releases and a very short club tour with the short lived band Wicked Alliance, but none of his projects seem to take root and before too long he would be back living under the radar. Read more

The Amatory Murder Debut New Lyric Video For “A Haunting”

April 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

Brooklyn based goth-rockers The Amatory Murder have just released a new lyric video for their track “A Haunting” from their new EP Exploiting Our Dreams. The EP was released on March 31.

About the video:

We are very excited to release the first single “A Haunting” off the EP titled Exploiting Our Dreams, via a music/lyric video on YouTube. It was shot and edited at King Killer Studios–our home in Brooklyn, New York. We know our fans will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. – Christian Peppas (The Amatory Murder)

The Amatory Murder “A Haunting” Official Lyric Video:

CD Review: Madman’s Lullaby / Unhinged

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Unhinged

Kivel Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

It looks like 2014 is getting off to a killer start for Kivel Records with its latest release Unhinged, first from new labelmates Madman’s Lullaby.   Right from the first track “What If” I could hear the influence from some of the late 80’s best hard rock acts such as Tesla and, especially vocally, early Lynch Mob.  This record has tons of groove and some very clever lyrics.  If you’re looking for a feel good kind of album with romantic tunes with everyone in a happy state, turn away! Read more

Album Preview: Akhbar

March 17, 2014 by  
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a0887089877 2 150x150 Album Preview: Akhbar Between his work in The Doctors Fox, 3dCosby, and his solo project, Daniel Harris has gotten a lot of love over the years from TWRY.  Now living in a new city (Philly) with a new project called Akhbar, he’s embracing his sensitive side, embarking on the smoothest drones you’ll ever come across. 

After watching the movie Gravity, I’m pretty sure this is the soundtrack I’d want to listen to floating around the earth, watching the sun rise and fall brilliantly during orbit.  I just hope they’ve got tape decks in space – this album was recorded direct to cassette, one 23-minute drone per side. 

For we mere mortals, the songs make for excellent meditation/background/pre-sleep music, and I promise that’s not code for boring.  Just in case you’re not down with popular 80s technology, each cassette comes with a free download card, too. The new album is available precisely now-ish, you can download a preview here, and check out all the social media funsies here:

Bandcamp
Facebook
SoundCloud
Twitter

Check the gorgeous art by a couple monikered BrainTwins, discovered in the Midwest while Harris was touring on the 3dCosby album last summer.  The text, though, is all Daniel Harris original.  Keep your eyes peeled, Akhbar will likely be making its New England debut in late Spring!

 

CD Review: House of Lords / Precious Metal

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Precious Metal
Frontiers Records
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

It’s really hard to imagine that Precious Metal is the 9th studio album from House of Lords but then again after 1992’s Demon’s Down who would have thought that HOL would have to wait another 12 years to get to record album number 4?  In fact during those 12 years from 1992-2004 I played those first three albums constantly, always in regular rotation especially on long drives because those records were just that damn good.  Read more

Concert Review: Flogging Molly at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

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February 26, 2014
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Jeff Palmucci

The only reason there’s peace in Ireland is because we’re all over here!” – Dave King at the House of Blues, Boston

Flogging Molly played the House of Blues Boston last Wednesday to a packed house. Boston is a very Irish town and provided a lively audience for the Celtic punk band. For those of you unfamiliar with Flogging Molly: when I say Celtic punk, I don’t mean they are a punk band that simply started in Ireland. They are just as much Irish folk as anything else. To give you an idea of the atmosphere: picture a night at the Black Rose with an incredibly good and hard rocking band. Now, pack in 2400 people and add a mosh pit.

This is the 10th year of Flogging Molly’s Green 17 Tour. Each year, they take to the road around St. Patrick’s Day to support Boston’s hardest drinking holiday (no, New Year’s Eve isn’t close). Other bands do well to throw picks and drumsticks to the crowd. These guys throw cans of Guinness (really). No contest what I’d rather be catching.

I myself have had plenty of great St. Patrick’s days in Boston. After graduation, I moved in to a house in Southie (Boston’s Irish district) with 4 of my college buddies1 and one dog. When I say it was a dog, I’m being charitable. I doubt that Dreyfus had two brain cells to rub together. Incredibly stupid, and on top of that, my housemate Russ actively trained him to hump people’s legs. The house was right on the parade route, so we always had a huge St Patrick’s Day party. During these parties, we used food coloring to dye the dog green. With all the attention people lavished on Dreyfus, he had to be the happiest green dog in the world. No one even complained very much about the leg humping.2

Covering Irish bands like Flogging Molly  brings me back to these wild parties. In addition to the standard rock instruments, this largish 7 piece band has people manning the accordion, flute, violin, mandolin, and banjo. These instruments help give the band their folk sound. For example, listen to Drunken Lullabies for great banjo and violin, and Devil’s Dance Floor features a flute and accordion riffing off of each other.

The band played “Rise Up” as a tribute to folk singer / activist Pete Seegar who passed away this January. Seegar, always one to stand up for what he thought was right, was blacklisted and indicted for contempt of Congress during the McCarthy era. Check out his Wikipedia entry, it is an interesting read. Also credited with popularizing the banjo as an American folk instrument, Seeger got a dedication stenciled on the band’s banjo.

Bridget Regan the band’s flautist and violinist is not only an incredible musician, but also married the front man Dave King. I guess the family that tours together stays together. However, while combing through the night’s photos, I came across this spousal moment. Hilarious. Her face is just shouting, “Back off honey, I’m busy.”

Flogging Molly puts on a great show. For the last decade, they’ve been getting people in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the Green 17 Tour. So go see them and have a happy St. Patty’s day. Just keep a wary eye on the green dog.


1 Five if you count Eugene, who crashed for a while for free on the back screened in porch in a kind of semi-homeless state.

2 After we moved out of the house, we saddled Eugene and Ed’s parents with Dreyfus. I’d just like to apologize to Mrs. Sweeney for any “training” issues they may have had, and would like to point out that it was all Russ’ fault.

Set list:

  • Wailing Wall
  • Paddy’s Lament
  • Every Dog
  • Revolution
  • Whistles the Wind
  • Drunken Lullabies
  • Tenement Square
  • Saints and Sinners
  • Requiem for a Dying Song
  • Present State of Grace
  • Son Neve Shines
  • Us of Lesser Gods
  • Tobacco Island
  • Rare Old Times
  • Devil’s Dance Floor
  • Likes of You
  • Swagger
  • Float
  • Rise Up
  • Salty Dog
  • What’s Left of the Flag
  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • World Alive

Check out our photo gallery from the Flogging Molly show:

CD Review: Adrenaline Mob / Men of Honor

March 3, 2014 by  
Filed under CD Reviews, Daily Music News

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Men of Honor
Century Media
Reviewed by: Roger Scales

Russell Allen may well be the greatest singer on the planet at this time and I was really looking forward to the Mob’s second album Men of Honor.  What really was going to be the wild card with this release was new drummer A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister fame. With the success of The Winery Dogs, Mike Portnoy had to leave yet another band he created. 

Let’s face it A.J. has nothing to prove in terms of his chops to Mob fans and the metal community at large but it has to do more with his style and it fitting into the rest of the band while making sure there is no drop off with the departure of Portnoy.  Well I’m happy to report that not only is Pero a welcome addition to the Mob family but this record truly represents a milestone in the Allen legacy as this album is better than the first record Omerta (2012) and quite possibly my favorite Allen album ever.  Full of vigor, melodic charm and beastly range Allen carries Men of Honor which is now my favorite album so far in 2014 and will be tough to top moving forward. Read more

Getting To Know Saliva Singer Bobby Amaru

February 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Catching Up With..., Daily Music News

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If you counted Saliva out when you heard that they had parted ways with singer Josey Scott, you have been proven dead wrong – all you have to do is give a listen to the group’s upcoming single, “Rise Up” (impacting radio and available for purchase via all digital stores on February 18th), and album of the same name (April 29th, via Rum Bum). And with new singer Bobby Amaru firmly in place, it appears as though there is a bright future for the new-look Saliva line-up, which also includes guitarist Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny, and drummer Paul Crosby.
 
TWRY recently to catch up with Bobby to get to know him a little better.

Interviewed by: Roger Scales Read more

CD Review: Exmortus / Slave to the Sword

February 18, 2014 by  
Filed under CD Reviews, Daily Music News

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Slave to the Sword

Prosthetic Records

Reviewed by: B. Cross


Want some classic shred backed by harsh vocals and some serious power-thrash melodies? Your search has ended. Marking their Prosthetic Records debut, Exmortus recently unleashed their third album Slave to the Sword.

“Rising” kicks things right into high gear with blistering dual guitars that would make Judas Priest proud. Jadran “Conan” Gonzales and David Rivera showcase extreme talent and musicianship across the entire record, and the rhythm section of Jovanni Perez (bass) and Mario Moreno (drums) are not to be denied, either. There’s enough low end and double-bass pounding to make any fan raise their horns in triumph. Read more

Getting To Know: Varga

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Interviewed by: Roger Scales

Dan could we get a quick lesson on the history of Varga for metal fans that may be not quite familiar with the band?   

It was founded in 1989 by bassist/vocalist Joe Varga and myself (drummer Dan Fila).  We had been friends since elementary school.  Joe and I started our first band together in grade 7 and we called it “The Golden Phoenix”.  Our first gig we stole shopping carts and brought all of our equipment to school in shopping carts. Adam (Alex-guitars) joined the band by grade 9.  Sean (Williamson-guitars) joined a few years later.  Read more

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