Monthly Archives: July 2011

DROWNING POOL S/T CD Review

 

DROWNING POOL
S/T CD
(Eleven Seven Music
)

These guys are the shit! Once again, Drowning Pool follows up and incredible album with…well, an incredible album!  These boys continue to rock their balls off with relentless abandon! In true Drowning Pool style, this self-titled album and DVD is pure balls-out rock with everything you love about Drowning Pool…raging guitars, seething vocals, and punishing drums and bass work. Heavy, up-tempo tunes like “Children of the Gun” and “All About Me” are stellar, as expected from these rockers. But Drowning Pool can certainly deliver a heavy rock ballad too…check out “Turn So Cold” and “More Than Worthless.”  This album delivers the gut punch of a great rock album! Be sure to grab the Limited Edition CD/DVD Package if you can! The DVD is pretty sweet too…it includes a “Beside the Music” feature, the “Feel Like I Do” music video and the Making of the “Feel Like I Do” video. A great new album from veteran rockers, Drowning Pool! Horns up, kids!!! 

SECONDHAND SERENADE Hear Me Now CD Review

 

SECONDHAND SERENADE
Hear Me Now CD
(Glassnote Records)

Secondhand Serenade’s junior album, Hear Me Now is out now! Those of you familiar with SS will know that the band is the brainchild of John Vesely. With tunes full of life and love stories, sometimes heartwarming…sometimes heart-wrenching lyrics, beautiful melodies, and John’s smooth vocals, Secondhand Serenade is nothing close to just another emo band! There is so much more to SS…elements of electronica, rock, punk and pop unite to form an extraordinary album!

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ROONEY Eureka CD Review

 

ROONEY
Eureka
(California Dreamin’ Records)

Eureka is ROONEY’s first album on their own label, California Dreamin’ Records, under Warner Music Group. After 2 hugely successful albums, ROONEY returns with a DIY third album! Fear not, it’s the same ROONEY we’ve come to know and love, but a little bit more unabashed! Still clinging to their roots of melodic rock with major pop influence, smooth vocals, feel-good lyrics and swelling harmonies, ROONEY continues on their string of kick-ass albums! Now I’ll admit, I was a huge fan of Calling the World, and was a little skeptical of what could follow! Eureka has the chops, albeit a different vibe! The band has matured, is out from underneath the pressure of a major label, and is doing their thing…and doing it well! So ROONEY fans should really dig Eureka! Album is available now!

ATOM SMASH Love Is In the Missile CD Review

 

 

ATOM SMASH
Love Is In the Missile
(
Jive Records)

Fans of Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, and Hinder listen up! Atom Smash is the band next up to demand your attention! Raw energy, powerful melodies, nasty grooves and devil-may-care attitude rolled all into a nice little quivering Atom Smash ball! Front man Sergio Sanchez, drummer Mark “Taco” Annino, bassist Arnold Nese, guitarist Alex “Z” Zilinski and guitarist Luke Rice are certainly rockers to the core! This band is tight…there’s no denying they’ve got it going on musically! All 11 tunes are exceptional…heavily guitar-driven, full of powerful grooves, vigorous rhythms and impeccably delivered vocals. Choosing a favorite tune on this album is next to impossible…but of the balls-out rock tunes, I’ve got to go with “Mile High Love” (KILLER guitars), “Rocker Girl” (RAUNCHY rawk) and “Kill Me” (AWESOME groove)!  Read the rest of this entry

CROWDED HOUSE Intriguer CD Review

 

 

CROWDED HOUSE
Intriguer
(
Fantasy Records)

Oh yeahhhhh, baby! Neil Finn and Crowded House are back…thank goodness! OK, so for all of you who need a refresher, yeah, this IS the band that sang “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Something So Strong” and yeah, that’s the dude who sang for Split Enz back in the 80s.  This may come as a surprise to some of you, but Crowded House has continued to make music since their debut in 1986. In fact, Intriguer is their 7th studio album (not counting 2 compilation albums). But just because the rest of the world didn’t catch on to singer/songwriter/guitarist Neil Finn’s genius, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist! Read the rest of this entry

APOCALYPTICA: Interview with Cellist Pettru Kivilaasko

APOCALYPTICA
Interview With Cellist Pettru Kivilaasko 

For Finnish symphonic rockers, Apocalyptica, music is about feelings and the art of translating those feelings into an experience for the listener and band to share together. As one of the most unique metal bands in the world today, Apocalyptica is still producing their own brand of heavy metal music and breaking new ground and blurring the lines all along the way. I mean seriously, who would’ve suspected that a band made of 3 classically trained cellists and a drummer would be around creating some of the most intensely moving and expressive heavy metal music after 17 years and 6 albums? And who would’ve thought that not only would they come so far from their original form of playing only beloved Pantera and Metallica covers to becoming one of the most sought-after collaborative bands for many vocalists in the industry? Well, cellists Eicca Toppinen, Pettru Kivilaasko, Paavo Lötjönen, and drummer Mikko Sirén are all of these things and much, much more! With the success of their previous album, Worlds Collide, and the internationally commercial success of the single “I Don’t Care” (a collaborative effort with Three Days Grace’s Adam Gontier), Apocalyptica continues to carve out their own niche in a generally homogenous music genre!  Now with the release of their 7th studio album, aptly titled 7th Symphony, Apocalyptica is back with their most daring record to date!  As the U.S. release date approaches, Pettru Kivilaasko took time from his Thai holiday to chat about Apocalyptica’s new album, the band and the guest artists we have to look forward to on the new album!  Read the rest of this entry

AMERICAN HI-FI Fight the Frequency CD Review

 

AMERICAN HI-FI 
Fight the Frequency
(Hi-Fi Killers / The Ascot Club)

American Hi-Fi is back with their 4th release, Fight the Frequency…and their 1st release on their own label, Hi-Fi Killers/The Ascot Club.  Coming off their successful junior album, Hearts on Parade, which featured the theme song of the hit TV show, Beauty and the Geek, entitled “The Geek Gets the Girl,” American Hi-Fi gives us a bit of a swerve with Fight the Frequency. The guys have shed some of the catchy pop-punk and rock roots that have made them famous, in lieu of a more mature, more serious, more eclectic collection of tunes. Vocalist/guitarist Stacy Jones, bassist Drew Parsons, guitarist Jamie Arentzen and drummer Brian Nolan have created 12 tunes ranging from the beautiful, heartfelt ballad “Where Love is a Lie” to the pop-infused “Acetate” to the rock, guitar-laden “Fight the Frequency” to the heavy, metal-esque “Frat Clump.” Read the rest of this entry

FOXY SHAZAM S/T CD Review

FOXY SHAZAM
S/T
Sire Records

 

This MIGHT just be my favorite new band! Foxy Shazam has been around since 2004, but this is my first introduction to them, and holy shit, what an introduction! I may be in love, but I’m not sure…um, uh, he’s hot and all, but he can’t have substance, CAN HE? Oh yes he can, my dear! Foxy Shazam is sexy, smart, deep, and one helluva conversationalist! This Cincinnati, Ohio-based sextet is comprised of Eric Sean Nally (vocals), Loren Daniel Turner (guitars), Daisy (bass), and Alex Nauth (horns), and Aaron McVeigh (drums). This band is one who provides one of those rare convergences of inspiration, nostalgia, and hope for the future in their music. Don’t look at those words like you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about! It’s happened to you before too! Here’s what I mean…I hear their music, and I’m inspired to call everyone I know and write a review to tell the world how freakin’ awesome this band is! Then simultaneously, I feel this sense of nostalgia that takes me back to memories happy days and of seeing my favorite bands live…those bands that I dearly love (and some are now defunct) and it makes me happy and sad all at the same time! Then also simultaneously, I hear them and I feel this hope that the future of music is alive, well, and in good hands…and that a label finally got it ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!  So…I’m back to being in love… Foxy Shazam’s music is a unique conglomeration of up-tempo tunes…almost dance at times, but always pop-punk/rock with a tinge of ska. Read the rest of this entry

WILLIAM CONTROL Noir CD Review

WILLIAM CONTROL
Noir
Victory Records

William Control (Aiden’s Wil Francis’s alter ego) is back with his second piece of art…his sophomore album entitled Noir. William has once again taken everything that you think you know about him as an artist, wadded it up into a tight little ball and shoved it straight down your throat! If you weren’t one of those fans who lapped up the first William Control album, Hate Culture, you are soooo missing out on musical art at its shockingly finest! Layering electronic melodies infused with Depeche Mode/New Order influence, punk angst, dance grooves and eerily sadistic vocals, William Control is nothing if not a master of the unexpected! As with the first WC album, you’re taken down a road of sexually twisted, deviant, shocking journey through the mind of William Control. Read the rest of this entry