October Rock Album Releases

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October 6, 2017
August Burns RedPhantom Anthem(Fearless)
Autograph – Get Off Your Ass (EMP)
The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers (Metal Blade)
The Darkness – Pinewood Smile (Cooking Vinyl)
Dreadnought – A Wake In Sacred Waves (Sailor)
Fireball Ministry – Remember The Story (Cleopatra)
Haemorrhage – We Are The Gore (Relapse)
House Of Broken Promises – <emTwisted EP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Lord Of The Lost – Swan Songs II (Napalm)
Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
Nocturnal Rites – Phoenix (AFM)
Panzer – Fatal Command (Nuclear Blast)
Primitive Man – Caustic (Relapse)
Shine Bright – More Wild Than The Wind EP (Standby)
Spirit Adrift – Curse Of Conception (20 Buck Spin)
Spotlights – Seismic (Ipecac)
Thousand Below – The Love You Let Too Close (Rise)
Zaius – Of Adoration (Prosthetic)

October 13, 2017
Altarage – Endinghent (Season Of Mist)
Ancient VVisdom – 33 (Magic Bullet)
Antisect – The Rising Of The Lights (Rise Above)
Bigfoot – Bigfoot (Frontiers)
Daniel Cavanagh – Monochrome (Kscope)
Enslaved – E (Nuclear Blast)
Fozzy – Judas (Century Media)
The Fright – Canto V (SPV/Steamhammer)
Godsticks – Faced With Rage (Kscope)
Gothminister – The Other Side (AFM)
Hallatar – No Stars Upon The Bridge (Svart)
The Haxans – Party Monsters (Another Century)
Jason Kui – Absence Of Words (Prosthetic)
L.A. Guns – The Missing Peace (Frontiers)
Mychildren Mybride – Vicious World (eOne/Good Fight)
Narcotic Wasteland – Delirium Tremens (Megaforce/MRI)
Power Quest – Sixth Dimension (Inner Wound)
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space ShiftersCarry Fire (Nonesuch)
Samael – Hegemony (Napalm)
Sparzanza – Announcing The End (Despotz)
Spectral Voice – Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing (Dark Descent)
Stick To Your Guns-True View (Pure Noise)
Terror Universal – Make Them Bleed (Minus Head)
Through The Eyes Of The Dead – Disomus (eOne/Good Fight)
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Vol. 1 Reissue (Metal Blade)
Vassafor – Malediction (Debemur Morti)
William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala (BMG)
Wo Fat – Live Juju: Freak Valley…And Beyond! (Ripple)

October 20, 2017
Amenra – Mass VI (Neurot)
Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore)
CyHra – Letters To Myself (Spinefarm)
Europe – Walk The Earth (Hell & Back)
Gwar – The Blood Of Gods (Metal Blade)
In Search Of Sun – Virgin Funk Mother (Spinefarm)
Iron Monkey – 9-13 (Relapse)
The Kennedy Veil – Imperium (Unique Leader)
Madame Mayhem – Ready For Me (Metalville/HeadBall)
Nick Oliveri – N.O. Hits At All Vol.3 Heavy Psych Sounds)
Pertubator- New Model EP (Blood)
Slipknot – Days Of The Gusano DVD/CD (Eagle Rock)
Sons Of Apollo – Psychotic Symphony (InsideOut)
Sorcerer – The Crowning Of The Fire King (Metal Blade)
Tom Keifer – The Way Life Goes Deluxe Edition (Cleopatra)
Trivium – The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)
Veil Of Maya – False Idol (Sumerian)
We Came As Romans – Cold Like War (SharpTone)

October 27, 2017
10 Years – (How To Live) As Ghosts (Mascot)
Angel Nation – Aeon (Inner Wound)
Carmine Appice – Sinister (SPV/Steamhammer)
Blut Aus Nord – Deus Salutis Meae (Debemur Morti)
Butcher Babies – Lilith (Century Media)
Complete Failure – Crossburner (Season Of Mist)
Delain – A Decade Of Delain: Live At Paradiso DVD/CD (Napalm)
Dragonhammer – Obscurity (My Kingdom)
Dr. Living Dead! – Cosmic Conqueror (Century Media)
Fleurety – The White Death (Peaceville)
Gnaw – Cutting Pieces (Translation Loss)
Heretic – A Game You Cannot Win (Dissonance)
Hollywood Undead – Five (Dove & Grenade/BMG)
Holy Terror – Total Terror Box Set (Dissonance)
Left Behind – Blessed By The Burn (Unbeaten)
Mirror Queen – Verdigris (Tee Pee)
Ne Obliviscaris – Urn (Season Of Mist)
Powerman 5000 – New Wave (Pavement)
Savage Messiah – Hands Of Fate (Century Media)
Serenity – Lionheart (Napalm)
Sharptooth – Clever Girl (Pure Noise)
Theory Of A Deadman – Wake Up Call (Atlantic/604)
The Used – The Canyon (Hopeless)
Weezer – Pacific Daydream (Atlantic)
Winds Of Plague – Blood Of My Enemy (eOne/Good Fight)

 
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Sylar, Starset, Alter Bridge, and Skillet Concert Review

Spring Fling
May 19, 2017
Peoria Riverfront
Peoria Illinois

This years 105.7 The X Rocks Spring Fling felt more like fall as the weather dipped into the 50 degree range with overcast skies, a nice breeze, and rain in the forecast. That didn’t stop close to 3,000 rock fans from coming down to the Peoria riverfront to attend the show. This years lineup would consist of Sylar, Starset, Alter Bridge, and headliner Skillet.

The first band to greet the crowd was Sylar out of Queens, NY. Prior to the show I had not heard of Sylar, but after seeing them live it’s safe to say that they have gained another fan. They brought tremendous energy to the stage and sustained that throughout the entirety of their set. They were the perfect band to start the show and get the crowd moving on a chilly night. Their sound reminds me of a cross between Killswitch Engage meets I Prevail, with a touch of POD. Jayden Panesso and Miguel Cardona compliment each other nicely on vocals. Jayden is able to capture your attention with his screams while Miguel hooks you in with his ability to slow it down during the chorus. Rounding out the band is Dustin Jennings on guitar, Travis Hutton on bass, and and Thomas Veroutis on drums. If you wanna catch Sylar on tour your’re in luck as they will be out all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour. If you can’t make a stop on the Vans tour i would highly suggest picking up their album Help!.
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There aren’t many, ok any, bands that refer to their sets as demonstrations but that’s exactly what you get when you catch Starset. This was my second time seeing a Starset demonstration and it was just as great as the first time I was able to see them. The thing that sets Starset apart from everyone else out there is their sci-fi set production complete with each backing band member sporting space gear with chest plate lit by LED’s as well as space helmets that are also lit. While it was still pretty light out when they performed and you couldn’t really get the full effect of the lights it was still amazing to watch. Front man Dustin Bates has a phenomenal vocal range. He was the ability to to sing these amazing melodies while also being able to belt out the occasional scream when the song calls for it. Oh and did I mention Bates has a P.H. D background in electrical engineering and is an instructor at the International Space University. One of my favorite parts of a Starset demonstration is how Bates uses his Emulator( which is basically a huge touchscreen mixer) to bring out all the electronic elements that are a prominent part of Starsets songs. The rest of Starset consists of Ron DeChant on bass, Brock Richardson on lead guitar, and Adam Gilbert on drums. The band also concsists of Violinist Siobhan Cronin and Jonathan Kampfe on cello. If you haven’t caught a Starset demonstration you really should check out the bands dates for the upcoming Half God/Half Devil tour with headliner In This Moment. You won’t leave disappointed.
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Co-Headliner Alter Bridge would be the next band to perform, and perform they did. This was my first time seeing Alter Bridge which is a little surprising considering they are known for their extensive touring and live shows. After seeing my first Alter Bridge show one thing is for certain, Rock is not Dead or Dying anytime soon. Alter Bridge are masters of their craft. Three of the four members (Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips) were part of this little band you may have heard of called Creed. Then there’s lead vocalist Myles Kennedy who fronted Slash’s solo band Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Kennedy was also part of the Mayfield Four who at one time opened for Creed. It’s not very often that you see a tour where every band that takes the stage sounds so in tune sound wise but that continued to be the case when Alter Bridge performed their set. The only complaint I had with the Alter Bridge set was the chill in the air and the fact that it started to drizzle out. Other then that Alter Bridge was flawless. Tremonti’s guitar was loud, Marshalls bass you could feel in the first few rows, phillips was awesome on the drums, and Kennedy’s vocals were crisp and it almost seemed effortless as he belted out song after song on Alter Bridge’s ten song setlist. If you haven’t seen Alter Bridge yet you will have to wait awhile as they are preparing to go overseas for the summer starting in June. They are definitely worth the price of admission if they make a stop near you in the future.
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The final band to play would be the christian rock powerhouse Skillet. This would be my fourth time seeing Skillet and while their setlist hasn’t really changed much since the release of their 2016 album Unleashed they are still one of my favorite bands to see live. Their setlist consisted of 16 songs that were performed magnificently all while the rain would start to pick up throughout their entire set. The crowd could have cared less as they sang along to Skillets catchy songs for their whole set. Skillet hails from Memphis Tennessee and consists of husband and wife tandem John(lead vocals, bass guitar) and Korey Cooper(rhythm guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals) and is rounded out with Seth Morrison on lead guitar, and Jen Ledger on drums and vocals. The best thing I’ve noticed about Skillet shows is you’ll see people of all ages at their shows. There were kids as young as seven years old rocking out and singing alongside their parents. I even saw a toddler with his ear muffs on, and his play guitar on his fathers shoulders having the best time. Nothing beats being able to share the power of music as a family. Skillet will be on tour all summer long in support of the aforementioned Unleashed album, if you’re a parent wanting to check out a family friendly and affordable rock show without a doubt check out Skillets tour dates and catch a show near you.
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Steel Panther Concert Review

Steel Panther
December 11th 2016
The Pageant, St Louis Missouri

If your like your rock and metal music with a little bit of Glam then Steel Panther is the band for you. Steel Panther is labeled as a Comedy rock/glam metal band out of the home of Glam Metal, Los Angeles California. While their shows contain a lot of humorous antics on stage and adult oriented lyrics there’s one thing that cannot be denied and that’s Steel Panther are first and foremost musicians, and damn good ones at that. Steel Panther is fronted by the amazing Michael Starr whose vocal range rivals any Hair Metal frontman of the 1980’s. Accompanying him on stage is lead, rhythm and acoustic guitarist and backing vocalist Satchel, Bass and backing vocalist Lexxi Foxx, and percussionist Stix Zadinia. Steel Panther hit the stage at The Pageant at promptly 9:15 to the sound of I Love It Loud by Kiss blaring through the speakers. With each passing note you could feel the crowd getting antsy and ready to explode and when the sound of a Panther came through the speakers that’s exactly what they did and continued to do through Steel Panthers almost two hour long set. Steel Panther opened the night with the song Eyes Of a Panther followed by Just Like Tiger Woods and Party Like Its The End Of The World. They would go on to play 14 songs total on the night as well as a guitar solo by Satchel that is probably one of the greatest guitar solos I’ve ever seen. It rivals those of Eddie Van Halen from Van Halen and Mick Mars of Motley Crue, two of the great guitarist from the Hair Metal era. What makes Satchels solos so memorable is not only does he play for over an average of six minutes but it also includes him playing a drum solo at the same time, something I’ve only witnessed him do. If you have time do yourself a favor and search Satchel Guitar Solo on Youtube, it alone is worth the price of admission. One thing I took notice to on this tour cycle was Steel Panther interacting with fans on stage. Steel Panther has always been a fan friendly band with their at times infamous 17 Girls In A Row song in which the band invites women in the first couple of rows to come on stage and dance and can sometimes lead to girls flashing and making out on stage. In addition to that, this night also saw Michael Starr invite a female fan on stage for the song Asian Hooker as well as a fan, whom I think was named Amanda, on stage for an acoustic version of Girl From Oklahoma. Before Amanda left the stage she was treated to a short song featuring her by each band member that was of course filled with sexual innuendos and laughs from the crowd and Amanda herself, well with the exception of Lexxi Foxx whose song in true Lexxi Foxx fashion had nothing to do with Amanda and instead was all about himself and went Shitty Shitty Shitty Shitty shitty shitty I sure hope my face looks pretty all while looking in his infamous mirror and teasing his hair. Steel Panther would play three more songs before coming back out and finishing the fourteen song set with a two song encore that featured their well known song Community Property as well as the song Party All Day. Overall I’d give Steel Panther a Can’t Miss grade. Their shows always have me wanting more and looking forward to the next time to catch them live. If you have yet to check out a Steel Panther show do yourself a favor and do so. Steel Panther has a few select shows running through January 19, 2017 before taking a break and hitting the road again in support of their upcoming album Lower The Bar which is set to be released on Feb. 24th 2017. The band has released the single She’s Tight as the albums first single along with a video. Their second single Anything Goes was released about a week ago and the lyric video for that can be found on the bands Youtube and Vevo pages. You can see upcoming tour dates and everything Steel Panther related at SteelPantherRocks.com

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The Castle Theatre, Bloomington Illinois

                                

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Black Veil Brides- Vans Warped Tour 2015

Black Veil Brides
July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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Red Sun Rising

Red Sun Rising
Aug 4th, 2015
The Castle Theatre, Bloomington Illinois

                                

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The Bunny The Bear- Vans Warped Tour 2015

The Bunny The Bear
July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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Icon For Hire- Vans Warped Tour 2015

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July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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Mallory Knox- Vans Warped Tour 2015

Mallory Knox
July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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While She Sleeps- Vans Warped Tour 2015

While She Sleeps
July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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The Amity Affliction- Vans Warped Tour 2015

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July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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Beartooth Vans Warped Tour 2015

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July 28, 2015
Marcus Ampitheatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                                

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Soil, Powerman 5000 Concert Review

                                

Powerman 5000
July 14, 2015
The Leeway, Pekin Illinois

On July 14th, 2015 Powerman 5000 would invade The Leeway in Pekin Illinois with co-headliner Soil. Also on the bill for the night would be Clippoint, Another Lost Year, and Three Years Hollow. Going into this show I didnt really know what to expect as this would be my first time photographing not only the majority of the bands on the bill but also the first time photographing at The Leeway. The Leeway is essentially a bar big enough to put a stage and some lighting in. Thats not a knock on The Leeway though because despite the fact that it dosent look very big on the outside it was very spacious inside. Getting a drink at the bar wasn’t a issue and you could see the stage from there so even if you had to wait in line you could still enjoy the show while doing so.

Opening the night would be Clippoint. Clippoint is a local band out of Morton Illinois and consists of Aaron Mitchell on vocals, Billy Akers on guitar, Travis Collins on drums, and Caleb Mooney on bass who’s support of the St Louis Blues is evident as his bass guitar features the Blues Logo. While Clippoint is a local band they have opened for Finger Eleven, P.O.D, Eyes Set To Kill, and now Powerman 5000 and Soil. They currently have a 5 song EP out that you can pick up at their shows. The highlight of their set was a rendition of Rage Against The Machine’s Bulls On Parade. It was spot on and Akers’ solos were phenomenal. If your live in the Peoria/Morton area check out Clippoint at one of their many local shows.

Next up would be Another Lost Year. Another Lost Year of ALY is a nationally touring quartet out of Charlotte North Carolina. The band consists of Clinton Cunanan on vocals, Adam Hall on bass, Nathan Walker on drums and Jorge Sotomarino on guitar. This would be my first time seeing ALY and i enjoyed their set. Their sound reminded me alot of another band that would play after them in 3 Years Hollow. ALY is best known for their hit songs Writting On The Wall and War On The Inside, both of which spent quite a bit of time at #1 on iheartradio. War On The Inside, whose lyrics were influenced by Clinton Cunanan’s battle with drug addiction and the lose of his mom, also spent five weeks straight on Sirius XM’s station Octane Big UN’s weekly countdown. ALY released The Revolution: Pt. 1 The Other Side in 2014. If this band is in your area check them out, their cover of Keith Urbans song Cop Car is worth the price of admission alone.

Next to take the stage would be 3 Years Hollow from the Quad Cities which is about an hour and half up I-74. This band has been quite busy over the past year, having completed a stint on 2014’s Rockstar UPROAR Tour and then playing 2015’s Shiprocked Cruise. 3 Years Hollow has recently gone through some lineup changes as the band went on stage with mainstay vocalist Jose Uriquiza, guitarist Tony Reeves, and Neil Kuhlman. New to the group would be ex eye empire drummer Ryan Bennett who has replaced Chris Cushman. Missing from the group was bassist Dex Digga and while they haven’t found a replacement for him yet his parts are being played by the bands IPad, which Jose introduced when introducing the band to the crowd. This would be my fourth time seeing 3 Years Hollow and despite the lineup changes the band still sounded better then ever. 3 Years Hollow is touring in support of their major label release The Cracks that was released last year and was produced by Sevendust’s Clint Lowry. The album has made 3 Years Hollow major players in todays Hard rock scene as they have toured with the likes of Papa Roach, In This Moment, P.O.D, Pop Evil and Buckcherry. They have enjoyed heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s radio station Octane thanks to the singles Remember and Chemical Ride. Having played in this area several times over the past few years they were greeted with a loud ovation as many in attendance would sing along to the majority of their set. There isn’t much else to say about 3 Years Hollow besides that they kill it every time they hit the stage. Even without a bassist and a new drummer they didn’t miss a beat and sounded better then ever.

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Next up would be the Co-Headliner for the evening, SOiL. This hard hitting nu metal rock band was formed in 1997 some 158 miles away in the great city of Chicago Illinois. SOiL would be the first rock band ever signed to J Records when they were signed the label and released their debut album Scars back in 2001. The group consists of Adam Zadel on guitar, Tim King on bass, Mitch Gable on drums and Ryan McCombs on vocals. Soil would explode on to the stage with the song Loaded Gun and would continue their assault throughout their entire nine song set. A set that would see vocalist Ryan McCombs leaving the stage and singing the song Halo out among the fans. Their set would consist of the aforementioned Loaded Gun as well as other well known SOiL songs Breaking Me Down, Pride, Halo and my personal favorite The Hate Song. They would also did a phenomenal cover of Ran Jam’s Black Betty. The guitars were at a 11 but didn’t overpower Ryan McCombs raspy voice during their roughly 45 minute set. Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get when you hear a band live for the first time but I was very impressed both with the way they sounded and their overall set as a whole as these rock music veterans put on one hell of a show. SOiL’s latest album Whole is available through ITunes, Google Play, and Spotify. It features 11 hard hitting rock songs that will have you hitting the repeat button when its over.

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Next up would be the final performance of the evening, Powerman 5000, and what a performance it would be. With the venue only being illuminated by bar and merchandise table lights Powerman would take the stage with green laser lights attached to their instruments making for a great light show and the Powerman 5000 Logo glowing from the chestplates of their stage outfits. They would open their set with Super Villian as the crowd jumped up and down to the infectious beat. Powerman 5000 consists of DJ Ratten on drums, Murv Douglas on bass, Nick Quijano and Richard Jazmin on guitar and Spider One on vocals. If someone asked me to sum up a Powerman 5000 show I would have to say organized chaos. From the moment they hit the stage Spider One is all over the place and I dont believe he stood still longer then five seconds during their 12 song set. He has a unreal energy level that only seems to get higher and higher as their set goes on. Their set would cover songs from their most successful record Tonight The Stars Revolt to their most recent release, 2014’s Builders Of The Future. Besides the obvious choices of Bombshell, Super Nova Goes Pop, Nobody’s Real, and When Worlds Collide, the set would also include new songs Invade, Destroy, Repeat, We Want It All, and I Can’t Fucking Hear You all of which are off the aforementioned album Builders Of The Future. Spider One controls the stage much like another rock icon who just happens to be his older brother, Rob Zombie. Like Rob, Spider One leaves it all on the stage and puts alot and energy and effort into their sets. If you like great guitar riffs, thumping bass you can jump up and down to, hard hitting drums, and a lead vocalist with unrelenting energy then make sure you catch Powerman 5000 whenever they play in a city near you.

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Devour The Day
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria Illinois
July 15, 2015

                                

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Powerman 5000
The Leeway, Pekin Illinois
July 14, 2015

                                

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Soil
The Leeway, Pekin Illinois
July 14, 2015

                                

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Three Years Hollow
The Leeway, Pekin Illinois
July 14, 2015

                                

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Three Days Grace Photo Gallery

Three Days Grace
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria Illinois
July 15, 2015

                                

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Three Days Grace Concert Review

                                

Three Days Grace
July 15, 2015
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria Illinois

Three Days Grace would be the headliner for the evening and all I can say is Wow. When I broke the news to that I would be covering Three Days Grace alot of my rock music friends kept telling me that Three Days Grace isn’t the same without ex-lead vocalist Adam Grontier. To those friends that will read this review and those of you out there with that same train of thought let me say, you’re wrong, dead wrong to be exact. For those of you that are unaware Grontier was replaced by My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst back in 2013. Matt Walst reminds me alot of Papa Roach’s frontman Jacoby Shaddix. He was high energy for the entire show, running back and forth across the stage constantly playing to the crowd. He even left the stage at one point and finished a song on top of one of the two bars inside the Limelight. His vocals were crisp and clear and I could make out every word whether I was up front in the photo pit or in the back where I would watch from after getting my pictures. In fact the sound the entire show was on point. Sometimes you will go to a concert and see a band that doesn’t meet your expectations but that wasn’t the case with Three Days Grace. I felt like I was standing there listening to one of their albums, that’s how great they sounded. Brad Walst was joined on stage by his brother and bassist Brad Walst, Barry Stock on lead guitar, and Neil Sanderson on Drums. Their setlist would be 16 songs long covering all of Three Days Grace’s hits, as well as one of the best drum solos I’ve seen since Joey Jordison of Slipknot. The crowd would roar for the entire solo which also included a drum and piano interlude at the beginning. The keyboard for the interlude would be played by touring member Dani Rosenoer. The night would start with the song I Am Machine and would include other songs such as Chalk Outline, So What, Break, I Hate Everything About You, and would conclude with their smash hit Riot. From beginning to end Three Days Grace was sensational. Everything from the setlist, to the sound and all the way down to the lighting was exceptional. If you have a chance to see Three Days Grace on this or any other tour I highly suggest in doing so. You won’t leave disappointed.

 

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Devour The Day Concert Review

                                

Devour The Day
July 15, 2015
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria Illinois

Devour the day would make a stop in Peoria Illinois on July 15, 2015. Opening for Three Days Grace this hard rock alternative metal band formed in 2012 hails from of Memphis Tennesse. The band consists of former Egypt Central members Joey “Chicago” Walser on guitar ( who wore a Joakim Noah Bulls jersey with Chicago across the front) and Blake Allison on lead vocals as well as touring members Ronnie Farms on Drums and David Hoffman on guitar. Devour The Day would take the stage promptly at 7pm to a loud ovation, a ovation that would last their entire set. I must say that this is the most noise I’ve heard for a opener from start to finish in quite some time. Devour The Day would not disappoint those screaming fans as they would play a phenomenal opening set. Between the two bands that would open for Three Days Grace Devour The Day was by far the better band in my opinion. Their set was full of energy with a heavy sound, one that you can definitely bang your head to. Lead singer Blake Allison took command of the stage and the crowd as he got the crowd jumping and pumping their fists in the air. Their setlist would include songs from their debut album Time & Pressure which was released in 2014. Some highlights from their setlist would be the songs, Get Out Of My Way, Respect, and their hit song Good Man. They would also play their brand new single Faith.

Faith is the first single from Devour The Day’s new album which is set to release sometime this year. Devour The Day will be on tour with Three Days Grace through the end of July before gearing up for the XFest 15 in September with Halestorm. They will also be playing at the Monster Rock Allegiance and Monster Energy Aftershock Festivals in October before finishing off the month playing the main stage for Knotfest so make sure you get out there and check them out.

 

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Limelight Eventplex, Peoria Illinois
July 5, 2015

                                

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POD Concert Review

                                

POD would make a stop at The Castle Theatre in Bloomington Illinois on July 2nd 2015. In support would be up and coming From Ashes to New and Islander.

Starting things off would be a band that should be on everyone’s watch list, From Ashes to New. The Lancaster Pennsylvania rock band, which was formed barely two years ago, consists of six musicians who at some point have all played together in some aspect in different bands in the Lancaster area. You could say From Ashes to New consists of the best of what the Lancaster music scene has to offer. The sextet consists of Dan Kecki and Branden “Boo” Kreider on guitar, Garrett Russell on bass, Tim D’onofrio on drums and a vocal tandem of Chris Musser and Matt Brandyberry. If you have yet to hear this band their sound is a cross of Hollywood Undead lyrically and Papa Roach and Linkin Park sound wise. A perfect mixture of hard hitting rock and hip-hop. From Ashes to New or FATN would come out swinging with the song “My Fight” and they wouldn’t stop swinging until the end of their set some twenty-five minutes later.  At that point, I was left wanting their set to keep going.  It was that good. Their set was very energetic and interactive as Musser, sporting white Marilyn Manson-esque contacts, and Brandyberry would interact with the crowd throughout the set. Brandyberry even left the stage at one point and went out among the fans as he flowed on the microphone while fist bumping and giving high fives to fans along the way. I would definitely see this band again and would recommend to anyone to pick up their two EP’s which you can find on Google Play and Spotify.  Or you can do what I did and support the band and buy them from them directly at one of their shows.

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Next up would be Islander, who was founded in 2011 and hails from Greenville, South Carolina. They are currently touring in support of their studio album Violence and Destruction which was released in 2014. While the band has gone through some lineup changes over the last year or so you would never know it by their performance. They sounded like they have been playing together since the group was formed in 2011. Islander consists of former RED drummer Joe Rickard, former Spoken bassist Ryan Pei, Love and Death guitarist J.R. Bareis , and mainstay vocalist Mikey Carvajal. Islander’s sound can be hard to pinpoint since it falls in several musical categories, but three bands that come to mind after hearing their cd and then seeing them live would be 311 and Rage Against the Machine with a hint of Deftones.  Islander played a fantastic set which included ten songs from their aforementioned album Violence and Destruction. The energy of Islander’s set was relentless and at one point consisted of Mikey Carvajal standing atop the crowd as he sang and interacted with them the entire time and also consisted of two boys who could not have been more then nine or ten years old trying their hand at crowd surfing. I kept thinking they weere going to fall but thankfully they never did. Speaking of things I rarely see, lets just say i’ve never seen a guitarist sport a blue with purple polka dot (think Sully from Monsters Inc) dinosaur tail until J.R Bareis walked out on stage. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Islanders set as it brought me back to the times when Rage Against The Machine ruled the airways while also having the hard hitting rock, nu metal sound of today.

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After two amazing sets that got the crowd pumped up POD would take the stage and send the crowd into a frenzy. The band which hails from San Diego California consists of cousins Wuv Bernardo on drums and Sonny Sandoval on vocals. POD is rounded out by the trio of Traa Daniels on bass, Marcos Curiel on guitar, and Luis Castillo on keyboards. Also making a appearance during their set would be Sonny Sandoval’s son, Justice, who would come out during “Youth Of A Nation” and play a bongo drum. You get a little of everything when seeing a POD show as their musical influences consist of rock, reggae, and hip hop. Their set would consist of eighteen songs, that while looks long on paper did not seem that way live, as they flowed from song to song and would play for close to an hour. They would start the night off with “Murdered Love” and the rest of the set would consist songs like “Boom”, “Southtown”, “Alive”, “Satelite”, and “Youth Of A Nation” that has made POD the widely band they are today. It would also include the song This Goes Out To You which is the first single off their highly anticipated conceptual album The Awakening which is set to be released on August 21st of this year.  We sat down with Marcos Curiel before their set and learned more about the album.

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It is hard to believe that a year after I graduated from high school was when POD burst onto the music scene with the album The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown and some fifteen years later would be going as strong now as they did then. The highlight of the night came during “Youth Of A Nation” when Sonny invited any youth in the audience to come up to the stage for the song.  While there were not many younger fans in the audience that night there were those two youths that had been crowd surfing a set earlier that made their way to the stage. At one point, Sonny even handed the young boys a mic as they sang along to the chorus. After the song was over Sonny invited them to sit off to the side of the stage for the rest of the show. I talked to one of the boys moms in between the Islander and POD set and she stated that it was her sons first concert. What a experience for what i’m guessing was a boy that could not have been more then nine or ten years old. For anyone that is a fan of rock music seeing POD is a must as they definitely know how to put on a great rock show. They will be out on the road until late October so check them out when they come to a city near you.

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Best Metal/Rock Album Covers

Best Metal/Rock Album Covers

                                

25) Kreator- Coma Of Souls
Kreator is a thrash metal band from Essen Germany that’s been melting faces overseas since the band was formed in 1982. Kreator has released 13 Albums, its most recent being 2012’s Phantom Antichrist. Cover artwork for Coma Of Souls was done by Andreas Marschall.

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Kreator – Coma Of Souls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24) Bobaflex- Hell In My Heart
Bobaflex is a nu metal band formed by brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy. The brothers have ancestral ties to the most infamous family feud in American history, between the Hatfields and McCoys which almost caused a war between West Virginia and Kentucky. The bands name was inspired by the bounty hunter Boba Fett from Star Wars. Bobaflex has released seven albums, its most recent being 2013’s Charlatans Web.

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Bobaflex – Hell In My Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23) Mushroomhead- Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children
Mushroomhead is a nine member heavy metal band formed in 1993 from Cleveland, Ohio. Known for their sound and imagery which feature masks and costumes, Mushroomhead usually performs at smaller venues despite their massive popularity. Stories For Ugly Children is the final album to feature Big Benis on bass and Gravy on guitar. It is also the only album to feature Lil Dan on percussion.

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22) Avatar- Hail The Apocalypse
Avatar is a Death/Groove Metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Formed in 2000 by drummer John Alfredsson and singer Johannes Eckerström.  Avatar has really been making waves here in the states since the release of 2012’s Black Waltz. Hail The Apocalypse is Avatar’s first album to chart on the Billboard 200 at #97

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21) Children Of Bodom- Follow The Reaper
Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland.  In total they have released eight studio albums, two live albums, two EP’s, and two compilation albums, and one DVD.  Follow The Reaper was the band’s first album to go Gold in Finland and Children Of Bodom are one of Finland’s best selling artists of all time.

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20) Avenged Sevenfold- Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold or otherwise known as A7X by their fans is a heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California. They are known for their diverse sound and dramatic imagery in both album covers and merchandise. To date, A7X has released six studio albums and one live album/DVD. Nightmare is the only release to feature Dream Theatre’s Mike Portnoy on drums after the untimely death of James “The Rev” Sullivan in 2009. Cover artwork for Nightmare was done by Travis Smith.

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19) Coal Chamber- Coal Chamber
Coal Chamber is a nu metal band formed in Los Angeles California in 1993. The band gained a large following early in its career because it was the first “darker” themed nu metal band having more in common with the Goth subculture then the hip hop culture. The band has released four studio albums along with three compilation albums.

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18) Rage Against The Machine- Rage Against The Machine
The debut album by Rage Against The Machine went to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. Rage Against The Machine was an American alt metal group formed in Los Angeles, California in 1991.  Known for their leftist political views the albums cover features Malcom Browne’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of Thich Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963 in protest of the murder of Buddhists by U.S. backed Prime Minister Wgo Dinh Diem’s regime.

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17) Five Finger Death Punch- War Is The Answer
Five Finger Death Punch or FFDP is a metal band from Las Vegas Nevada. Formed in 2005 the groups name is derived from classic martial arts cinema.  FFDP has released five studio albums, having sold over 2.6 million albums in the United States alone. Their sixth album is scheduled for a 2015 release. Jekyll and Hyde, The first single from the upcoming album is out now.

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Five Finger Death Punch – War Is The Anser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16) Motorhead- Motorhead
In 1975, Motorhead began a journey that would change the rock scene forever. Formed by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser Kimister, professionally known by his stage name Lemmy. The band is often considered a precursor to or one of the earliest members of New Wave British Metal, which re-energized heavy metal in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Despite this, Lemmy has always said their music is simply “Rock and Roll”. Joe Petango is the artist responsible for the infamous fanged face known as War Pig that serves as the symbol of Motorhead. He drew it in 1977 for the cover of the album Motorhead. Phil Smee turned it into a negative and did the lettering to complete the logo.

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15) Rob Zombie- Hellbilly Deluxe
Hellbilly Deluxe started Rob Zombie’s solo career. It is Zombie’s highest selling record to date and was a play on the Dwight Yoakam album Hillbilly Deluxe. The cover art, done by American illustrator Basil Gogos came under controversy and had to be altered in order for Wal-Mart to sell the album. Though resistant at first, Zombie later stated, “for some of these kids, it was the only place they can buy records. At the end of the day, its these kids who are getting f—ed.” He had to remove the pentagram image, as well as the “X” engraved on his forehead.  Images of “scantly clad women” were also removed from the album’s booklet as well.

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14) Megadeth- Youthanasia
Youthanasia is the sixth studio album by Megadeth who was formed in 1983 out of Los Angeles, California. The cover art features an elderly woman hanging babies by their feet on a seemingly endless clothesline. According to bassist David Ellefson, the cover art was inspired by a direct line from the song Youthanasia that says, “We’ve been hung out to dry.” Ellefson explained, “That song was probably the strongest representation of how we feel about the young people who listen to our music and what their future holds for them. Its like you have a choice, you can become proactive or you can chose ‘Youthanasia’.” Lead Singer Dave Mustaine has stated that the idea for the title stems from hearing about Jack Kevorkian, as well as the declining state of well-being of young people, specifically referring to issues like drugs, crime and violence, and lack of parenting.

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13) Slayer- Divine Intervention
Slayer is a thrash metal band formed in 1981 in Huntington Park California. Divine Intervention was released in a clear jewel box with a die cut O-Card. It included sixteen pages which folded out to be a poster of the Cover Art. Wes Benscoter is the artist who painted and designed the front cover.  He would also paint covers for other Slayer released albums Undisputed Attitude and Live Intrusion.

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12) Anthrax- Fistful of Metal
Fistful OF Metal is the debut album by the trash metal band Anthrax. This is the bands only album to feature Neil Turbin on vocals and Dan Lilker on bass. Two covers for this album exist. The original gained controversy due to its imagery of a mans mouth exploding as a metal wrapped fist emerges from his throat. The album was re-released in 2000 and a different image was used, which combines Fistful Of Metal artwork with less blood shown and the Armed and Dangerous EP artwork.

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Anthrax – Fistful Of Metal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11) Slipknot- Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)
Vol. 3 is the third major label studio release by the nine member Des Moines Iowa heavy metal band. It’s the band’s only album to be produced by super producer Rick Rubin and also is the only album to not feature profanity. The cover features the “maggot mask” designed by custom percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan. The mask was made of stitched leather with a zipper around the mouth area and can be seen in the video for the albums second single Vermillion. Vol. 3 was recorded at Rick Rubin’s ten bedroom mansion in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. Built in 1918, The Mansion as its referred, is rumored to be haunted. Lead singer, Corey Taylor, took pictures of two orbs hovering near the thermostat that changed the temperature.  Drummer, Joey Jordison, claimed to have had an unsettling experience in the basement when he felt something touch him sexually and subsequently never went down there again. The album peaked within the top ten in album sales across eleven countries and went Platinum in the United States.  Slipknot would receive a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song “Before I Forget”.  At the end of 2009, “Before I Forget” was listed as “AOL’s Top Metal Song of the Decade.”  Roadrunner Records have listed the music video for “Duality” as the best video in Roadrunner history.

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Slipknot – – Vol.3 (The Subliminal Versus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10) Marilyn Manson- Portrait Of An American Family
Portrait Of An American Family is the debut full-length album by the rock band Marilyn Manson. Portrait Of An American Family is the only album to feature bassist Gidget Gein. Gein was fired from the band after its production following a very public drug problem. He would be replaced by Twiggy Ramirez who at the time was a roadie and friend of Gein and Manson. Formed in 1989 in Ft. Lauderdale Florida the group was originally named Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids. Until 1996, the name of each member was originally created by combining the first name of an iconic female sex symbol and the last name of a iconic serial killer.  The album’s original art cover featured no text, simply a painting of a clown done by iconic serial killer, John Wayne Gacy. In the early stages of the album’s conception Manson intended to use a picture of himself as a child sitting nude on the couch for the albums interior artwork. Though no genitalia would be shown the record company would reject that idea so Manson instead would create the clay sculpture present in the final cover artwork for the album. Portrait of An American Family is notable for being the band’s only studio album to not feature a image of Mason on the cover. Originally named The Manson Family Album- a direct reference to serial killer Charlie Manson’s own band, it would be changed after the band simply wasn’t satisfied with the output of those recordings and shelved the album for a short time. After a few months they would convince rising star Trent Reznor to produce the album instead and the name of the album would then be changed.

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Marilyn Manson – Portrait Of An American Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9) Judas Priest- Painkiller
Judas Priest is a English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England. Painkiller is the twelvth studio album by Judas Priest and was released in 1990. It was the last album to feature Rob Halford on lead vocals until his return in 2005 and the first to feature Scott Travis on Drums.  After two less then successful albums Painkiller was released and has become one of Judas Priests most successful albums. Songs from Painkiller have become staples in Judas Priest live sets. The cover illustration was done by Mark Wilkinson which was based on a original concept by Judas Priest.

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Judas Priest – Painkiller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz
Blizzard of Ozz is the debut solo album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne after he was released from Black Sabbath in 1979. It is the first of two studio albums recorded with Randy Rhodes prior to his death in 1982. It featured the hits Crazy Train and Mr. Crawley. It also featured the song Goodbye To Romance which Osbourne has stated was his way of saying goodbye to Black Sabbath The album would be a commercial success, being certified four times Platinum in the U.S.

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Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Pantera- Vulgar Display Of Power
The title of this album is taken from a line in the 1973 film The Exorcist. One of the most influential metal bands of the 1990’s Vulgar Display Of Power has been described as “one of the defining albums of the groove-metal genre”. The album features two of Pantera’s most notable songs in “This Love” and “Walk”. The albums cover is the iconic photo of a man being punched in the face. The photo was shot by photographer Brad Guice. The first version showed a boxer with a punching glove but it was rejected by the band so the label did a second version showing a man being punched.

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Pantera – Volgar Display Of Power

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Iron Maiden- Killers
Killers is the second album by Iron Maiden. The album was the first with guitarist Adrian Smith and their last with vocalist Paul Di’Anno. Killers was the first Iron Maiden album to be recorded by veteran producer Martin Birch. Birch would go on to produce Iron Maidens next 8 albums. The cover concept is by Dave Lights and the illustration was done by Derek Riggs who is best known for creating “Eddie the Head”, Iron Maiden’s mascot.

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Iron Maiden – Killers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Metallica- Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets is Metallica’s third studio album and was their first album to be released on a major label. Released by Elektra Records it would peak at number twenty-nine on the Billboard Top 200 and became the first thrash metal album to be certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Of America in 2003 for shipping more then six million copies in the United States. It would feature the the hits “Master of Puppets” and “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”.  The cover art was designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch and was painted by Don Brautigam. It depicts a cemetery field of white crosses tethered to strings, manipulated by a pair of hands in a blood-red sky.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_of_Souls

Metallica – Master of Puppets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Nine Inch Nails- Downward Spiral
Downward Spiral is the second studio album by Nine Inch Nails and is a concept album detailing the destruction of a man from the beginning of his “downward spiral” to his attempt at suicide. The album was recorded at 10050 Cielo Drive Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles California. That address would become famously known as the address where Sharon Tate was murdered by members of The Manson Family. Lead vocalist, Trent Reznor, bought the home and turned it into a recording studio. Downward Spiral would feature “Closer” and a re-make of the Johnny Cash song “Hurt”, those two songs would put Nine Inch Nails on the music map and also become two of their most popular songs. The cover art is a painting done by Russell Mills

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_of_Souls

Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Kiss- Dressed To Kill
Dressed to Kill is the third studio album released by rock icons Kiss. While the album cover depicts Kiss in business suits, the only member of the band who actually owned one was Peter Criss. The suits worn by the other members of the band were owned by manager Bill Aucion. The album was certified gold on February 28, 1977 and features the hit “Rock and Roll All Nite” which is one of Kiss’ most well known songs and remains a staple in the bands live shows. The cover photo was shot by rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen. Gruen is best known for his photograph of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_of_Souls

Kiss – Dressed to Kill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Quiet Riot- Metal Health
Metal Health is the third studio album released by Quiet Riot. Metal Health is most notable for being the first heavy metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200. It featured the hits “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health”.  The album went on to sell more then six million copies and is considered a classic among heavy metal fans. The artwork was done by Quiet Riot with Stan Watts doing illustrations and Jay Vigon being the art director.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_of_Souls

Quiet Riot – Metal Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) Nirvana- Nevermind
Nevermind is the second studio album and made Nirvana a household name upon its release on September 24, 1991. It was recorded at the iconic Sound City Studios in Van Nuys California and is the first album to feature Dave Grohl on drums. Nevermind, with the help of the hit single “Smells like Teen Spirit”, replaced Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous at #1 by January of 1992 and there was no looking back for this Seattle grunge band after that. You could say that with the release of Nevermind the music scene went from one of Glam/Hair Metal to the music genre of Grunge overnight. The big hair and spandex were suddenly put away for ripped jeans and plaid flannel shirts.  I can’t think of record before or since that has had such an impact on the music scene as a whole. The Recording Industry Association of America has certified the album Diamond with over 10 million copies shipped and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. The album cover was conceived by Kurt Cobain while watching a television program on water births with Dave Grohl. The photo was shot by renowned photographer, Michael Lavine, whose personal friendships with Kurt Cobain and other Nirvana members gave him unparalleled access to create a visual record of the iconic group.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_of_Souls

Nirvana – Nevermind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saving Abel Concert Review

                                

Saving Abel Concert Review

June 17, 2015 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington, Illinois.

Saving Abel brought their tour to the Castle Theatre in Bloomington Illinois on June 17th, 2015 with Shallow Side as their support.

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Shallow Side is a four member Independent band out of Cullman Alabama but something tells me that they won’t be independent for long.  If you have yet to hear of this band put them on your Bands To Watch list. Currently on tour in support of their five song EP Stand Up, Shallow Side brings a stage presence that can only be described as infectious. I was there to photograph the show but had a hard time not wanting to bang my head and jump around during their entire set. Their songs have a way of sticking in your head and it takes only a couple times hearing song like My Addiction and Stand Up before you’re hooked and singing along. The band consists of Cody Hampton on bass, Seth Trimble on guitar, Heath Fields on drums and Eric Boatright on vocals. All four members are gifted musicians.  Eric Boatright’s vocal range can go from a growl to a controlled scream in a matter of seconds. Eric also knows how to control and engage the crowd into their set. Seth Trimble and Cody Hampton play to the crowd like its second nature to them while Heath Fields bangs away on the drums in a feverish and theatrical manner. Few drummers bring the energy that Heath does for a full set, i felt tired just watching him. Overall this was a fantastic set by Shallow Side and I would recommend seeing them to anyone if they are ever in your area.

Shallow Side
Eric Boatright-Vocals
Cody Hampton-Bass
Seth Trimble-Guitar
Heath Fields-Drums

Next up was the headliner Saving Abel. If you don’t know who this band is you might have been living under a rock since 2008 when the band blew up with the hit single Addicted. These hard working southern boys are one of the hardest working bands our there.  After years of playing big arenas and touring the country both here and abroad the band, which consists of two new members in Scott Austin on Vocals and Steven Pulley on drums, has been playing smaller venues pretty much non-stop since the release of their fourth album Blood Stained Revolution came out in 2014.  For some bands out there it can be just about the music or their egos once they’ve reached the Rock Star status Saving Abel has achieved. Not Saving Abel, to them its all about the fans, especially those that have or currently are serving in our armed forces.  Lead Singer Scott Austin even took the time during their set to acknowledge and thank those in attendance that have served our country.  I don’t know that there is a band I know of that supports the troops more then Saving Abel, having played for our troops numerous times in locations such as Iraq, Qatar, Cuba and India to name a few.

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This would be my first time seeing Saving Abel and I can tell you that it won’t be my last.  The show from beginning to end was very energetic.  Frontman Scott Austin made a point to try and involve the crown as much as possible for their entire set. The set list included songs like “Love Sick Suicide” and “Blood Stained Revolution” from the new aforementioned album as well as the hits “Bringing Down The Giant”, “18 Days”, “Drowning (Face Down)” which included Shallow Side frontman Eric Boatright joining the stage to sing along and of course Addicted which ended the night.  Overall I’d give Saving Abel an A+ but not just because their set was phenomenal but also because they stayed after the show to sign autographs and take pictures to any fan that approached them.  If I had to describe Saving Abel in one word Humility would be the one I would use. These guys really connect with their fanbase and by the time you leave you almost feel like family.

Saving Abel
Scott Austin-Vocals
Jason Null-Guitar
Eric Taylor-Bass
Scott Bartlett-Guitar
Steven Pulley-Drums

Saving Abel Photo Gallery

Saving Abel Concert Photo Gallery
The Castle Theatre Bloomington Illinois
June 17, 2015

                                

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Eric Taylor

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Scott Austin

Saving Abel

Scott Bartlett

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Scott Austin

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Jason Null

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Eric Taylor

Saving Abel

Jason Null and Eric Taylor

Saving Abel

Scott Austin

Saving Abel

Steven Pulley

Saving Abel

Jason Null and Scott Bartlett

Saving Abel

Scott Austin

Saving Abel

Eric Taylor and Scott Austin

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Scott Austin and Eric Taylor

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Scott Austin

Saving Abel

Steven Pulley

Saving Abel

Scott Austin Eric Taylor and Scott Bartlett

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Jason Null and Eric Taylor

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Scott Austin and Eric Boatright from Shallow Side

Saving Abel

Jason Null Scott Austin and Eric Bartlett

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Eric Bartlett

Saving Abel

Scott Austin

Shallow Side Photo Gallery

Shallow Side Concert Photo Gallery
The Castle Theatre Bloomington Illinois
June 17, 2015

                                

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Eric Boatright

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Cody Hampton and Eric Boatright

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Eric Boatright

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Seth Trimble

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Eric Boatright

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Seth Trimble

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Heath Fields

Shallow Side

Seth Trimble

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Cody Hampton

Shallow Side

Heath Fields

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Seth Trimble

Shallow Side

Eric Boatright

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Cody Hampton

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Seth Fields

Shallow Side

Cody Hampton

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Cody Hampton

Shallow Side

Seth Trimble

Seether Concert Review

                                

Seether Concert Review

May 22, 2015 Limelight Eventplex Peoria IL.

Gene Simmons is quoted as once saying that Rock is Dead.  Apparently those in Central Illinois didn’t get that memo as they packed themselves 1,500 strong into the Limelight Eventplex for another sold out rock concert.  This time up Seether, Otherwise, and Peoria’s own Mindset Evolution who opened the show.

Mindset Evolution, who were the Rockstar UPROAR Festival Ernie Ball battle of the bands winner back in 2011 had the crowd involved from the moment they came on stage.  ME’s lead singer Rob Ulrich was high energy, 1000 mph, in your face for their full set.  This night marked the debut of new drummer Aaron Birdsall, who sounded like he had always been part of the band. Skylar Baer (guitar) and Josh Bodeen (bass) round out the quintet.  These guys have come a long way from their humble beginnings when they played in bars along peoria’s downtown to now opening for bands like Seether and Breaking Benjamin to playing in front of thousands at festivals like UPROAR and 2012’s Warped Tour.  Mindset Evolution released their first full length album Brave, Bold and Broken in 2013 and if you haven’t picked it up yet I highly suggest doing so.

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Otherwise did an excellent job of taking over where Mindset Evolution left off.  They brought high energy from the moment the lights went down for their set to begin until the time they walked off the stage.  Adrian Patrick (lead vocals) sounded fantastic as he belted out song after song on Otherwise’s setlist which included the hits “Soldiers”, “I Don’t Apologize”, and their latest hit “Coming For The Throne”. Otherwise also consists of Corky Gainsford on drum, Tony “The Beast” Carboney on bass and Andrew Pugh on rhythm guitar, who despite being under the weather never showed any signs of it at all.  Overall, Otherwise did a great job and i would recommend seeing them if they are ever in a town near you.They are definitely worth the price of admission.

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Next up was the headliner, Seether.  There’s a reason people were wrapped halfway around the Limelight Eventplex to see this hard hitting post grunge rock/metal band.  Seether, who hails from Pretoria, South Africa,has been rocking the stage since their debut album Disclaimer in 2002, definitely didn’t disappoint. Shawn Morgan’s vocal range is amazing. He can deliver whether it be hard hitting up-tempo songs like “Same Damn Life” and “Words As A Weapon” but can also pull it back like he did for the melodic and slower paced songs like “Broken” and “Driven Under”.  From the moment they hit the stage the crowd was in a frenzy, jumping up and down and singing along to ever song they performed.  Seether opened the night with the song “Gasoline” and played other hits which included “Needles”, “Rise Above This”, “Country Song”, and “Nobody Praying For Me”.  The highlight of the night was when they broke into the song “Remedy”.  There wasn’t a voice that wasn’t screaming along, feet that weren’t jumping up and down, or heads that weren’t moving back and forth as John Humphrey banged away on the drums, Shawn Morgan and Bryan Wickman wailed away on guitars, and the energetic Dale Stewart on played bass guitar.

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Overall this was a excellent show.  It may have been one of the best lineups from beginning to end that has performed at the Limelight Eventplex since it opened its doors in 2014.

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Seether Concert Photo Gallery

Seether Concert Photo Gallery
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois
May 22, 2015

                                

 

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Bryan Wickman of Seether

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Shaun Morgan of Seether

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Dale Stewart of Seether

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Shaun Morgan of Seether

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John Humphrey of Seether

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Bryan Wickman of Seether

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Bryan Wickman of Seether

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Dale Stewart of Seether

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Shaun Morgan of Seether

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Dale Stewart of Seether

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Bryan Wickman of Seether

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Bryan Wickman of Seether

Otherwise Concert Photo Gallery

Otherwise Concert Photo Gallery
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois
May 22, 2015

                                

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Tony “The Beast” Carboney of Otherwise

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Adrian Patrick of Otherwise

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Adrian Patrick of Otherwise

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Andrew Pugh of Otherwise

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Adrian Patrick of Otherwise

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Adrian Patrick of Otherwise

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Andrew Pugh of Otherwise

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Adtrian Patrick of Otherwise

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Ryan Patrick of Otherwise

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Tony “The Beast” Carboney of Otherwise

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Andrew Pugh of Otherwise

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Adtrian Patrick of Otherwise

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Adrian Patrick of Otherwise

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Adrian Patrick of Otherwise

Mindset Evolution Photo Gallery

Mindset Evolution Concert Photo Gallery
Limelight Eventplex, Peoria, Illinois
May 22, 2015

                                

Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Skylar Baer of Mindset Evolution

Skylar Baer of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Josh Bodeen of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Aaron Birdsall of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Skylar Baer of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich of Mindset Evolution