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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