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Concert Review: The Contortionist, Animals as Leaders, and Between the Buried and Me; Nashville, Tennessee August 15th 2015

The Contortionist
The Contortionist

BY: Melody Ryan

The Contortionist, Animals as Leaders, and Between the Buried and Me. Together. In one show. I don’t even know where to begin with this review. Can I just write, “This was the best concert ever!” and be done with it?

These three bands played at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN, and I have been to shows here in the past where the wide open space makes attendance look sparse. This was definitely not the case at this show, as the whole venue was filled with hundreds of other people who were probably thinking the same as me: “This show is so freaking awesome!” Continue reading Concert Review: The Contortionist, Animals as Leaders, and Between the Buried and Me; Nashville, Tennessee August 15th 2015

OPETH To Celebrate Record Store Day With Newbury Comics Acoustic In-Store

Swedish prog-metal legends OPETH will celebrate Record Store Day at Newbury Comics with a free acoustic performance and signing on April 20th at 3:00 PM.

Newbury Comics
31 Sack Blvd.
Leominster, MA
(978) 537-9517

Record Store Day is the one day that independently-owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of local and national artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.

TESLA Guitarist FRANK HANNON Releases ‘The Hills Of California’ Video

“The Hills Of California”, the new video from TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon, can be seen below. The song comes off Hannon‘s solo album, “Gypsy Highway”, which came out in 2010. Frank described the CD as “an acoustic collection of songs that are very close to my heart… sort of like autobiographical stories that I wrote and sang completely on my own with acoustic guitar. The title track, ‘Gypsy Highway’, is my story of leaving on the road and flying out of Tulsa, Oklahoma from Rocklahoma. I mention Willie Nelson in the song because it seems that ‘On the road again…’ always echos through my head when I leave home.

“As a kid, I loved some of the artist my mom was into like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash was my first concert ever. The ‘storytelling’ style of songwriting has always been fascinating to me, like the song ‘Me And Bobby McGee’, for example. Singing is a whole another world for me and it took me a long time to find my voice as a lead singer and feel comfortable exposing my soul that way.

“On ‘Gypsy Highway’, I wrote, sang and played all the instruments and it is definitely an ‘acoustic’-type album that shares a lot of my roots and life experiences from the heart.

“On this new album I play acoustic and electric guitars dobro slide, banjo, fretless bass, jembe drums, drums and percussion, flute, cello, piano and organ, lead vocals and background harmonies. I engineered the album while playing as well which could get real tricky at times pushing the ‘record’ button.

“At a young age, I learned to overdub music on a four- track cassette deck, and so composing all the instruments together on an album actually wasn’t too hard. It’s like putting together puzzle pieces and make it fit to sound as good as you can. Robbie Furiosi also played some guest drums on three of the songs.”

Hannon‘s latest project, “Six String Soldiers”, is a collaboration with OF THE EARTH (O.T.E.) members Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval. The CD was recorded at Hannon‘s Sacramento, California home studio features guest appearances by legendary guitarists Dickey Betts from THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and Dave Meniketti of Y&T.

Music Review: Freedoms Reign CD: Self Titled

Music Review: Freedoms Reign

CD: Self Titled

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music

Available: April 30th, 2013

by: TJ Fowler





                Fates Warning original guitarist Victor Arduini is back with his band Freedoms Reign to deliver to us some fresh kicks in the face, old school metal style, but also giving us a contemporary feel to the music we hear. Continue reading Music Review: Freedoms Reign CD: Self Titled

EDENBRIDGE Release Trailer For New Album The Bonding

EDENBRIDGE Release Trailer For New Album The Bonding 


Album Due Out July 2, 2013 on Steamhammer/SPV       

Austrian Symphonic Metal Band EDENBRIDGE release the first trailer for the new studio album:



  The Bondingwill be released on June 21st in Germany, June 24th in Europe and in the US/Canada on July 2ndthrough Steamhammer/SPV.

It will be available as a limited edition ecol book with a bonus CD and some exciting extras, double gatefold colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, jewel case version and download.

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