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THE BLACK DOTS OF DEATH DEBUT ALBUM ‘EVER SINCE WE WERE CHILDREN’ OUT MARCH 29
M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan, best known as one of the founding members of Slipknot, has just unveiled www.apocalypticnightmare.com, his new home on the web. The site will be the new one stop shop to see everything going on in Clown’s world from art to music. The features on the site will include an online gallery of Clown’s photographs and paintings, as well as an extensive music section. The music section will include streaming tracks of bands Clown has produced, remixed, and played drums on, as well as his solo project Brain Wash Love, To My Surprise, Dirty Little Rabbits and his latest venture, The Black Dots of Death.
While To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits paid homage to Clown’s musical upbringing on classic rock and pop, Slipknot fans are more likely to embrace The Black Dots of Death. The band’s debut album Ever Since We Were Children will be released March 29th through Sopra Evil/Rocket Science Ventures. There is a familiar dark theme and ominous sound pulsing through the album, which will be instantly recognized by Slipknot fans.
The Black Dots of Death have allowed Clown to combine art with his music at a new level. The cover art of the album features a baby doll head, and expanding on that, Clown will be offering custom baby doll heads in a very limited series – personally painting and defacing each head, making it a one of a kind piece of art. Other items in CD bundles include an original song composed by BDOD, autographed 8X10s, t-shirts, hoodies, shot glasses and more. Fans can pre-order now at http://myplay.me/192. Anyone who pre-orders can forward their confirmation with their name and phone number to BlackDotsContest@gmail.com and each Friday until release date, 10 people will be randomly chosen to receive a five minute thank you call from Clown.
The Black Dots of Death have unveiled another track from their forthcoming album titled, ‘The Hunt Is Over’ streaming now at http://thehuntisover.viinyl.com
Make sure to check ApocalypticNightmare.com regularly to stay up to date on Clown’s latest projects. More features are in the works including a forum, video section, collected writings, expanded store and a larger Discover section with more artists Clown will be collaborating with.
I must admit, I have had mixed feelings about the band Red over the years. I did like the band’s debut, End of Silence, but I was not very fond of their follow up effort, Innocence and Instinct. I didn’t have any expectations for their latest opus, Until We Have Faces, but I was hoping it would be better then their last disc.
Red often gets lumped into every music genre you can think of including: Christian Rock, hard rock, alternative, metal and more. The music on Until We Have Faces is a marriage of all of those styles, and because of that, Red has turned in a pretty diverse album.
If you are looking for a super heavy album, Until We Have Faces is not going to be your cup of tea. There are some heavy numbers on the CD, including “Feed The Machine”, and “Faceless” but there just isn’t enough of them. “Feed The Machine”, the album’s opening song, took me by surprise. This is one of the heaviest songs Red has recorded, and easily one of the coolest.
The place where Red truly excels on this CD are with the mid tempo rockers. The songs, “Lie To Me (Denial), “Watch You Crawl”, “The Outside”, and “Who We Are” are easily my favorites on the album. “Watch You Crawl”and has a strong modern vibe with some cool Disturbed like moments in the music. “The Outside” may have the biggest potential for radio airplay on rock radio stations.
In my opinion, there are far too many slower numbers on Until We Have Faces. I think this album could have been much better with some additional harder tunes. Red has never been the hardest band in the world, so the balance will definitely please a lot of their fans.
Until We Have Faces ends with a very melancholy sounding ballad, “Hymm For the Missing”. While I enjoyed this song, it thought this CD would have been stronger if it closed with a rocking number.
While Red’s sound may not be completely original, Michael Barnes always delivers with a great vocal performance, and it is his voice that will keep bringing me back to this CD. Until We Have Faces isn’t perfect, but I have enjoyed most of it. I think Red has delivered another solid album that their fans are certainly going to enjoy.
1. Feed The Machine
3. Lie To Me (Denial)
4. Let It Burn
5. Buried Beneath
6. Not Alone
7. Watch You Crawl
8. The Outside
9. Who We Are
10. Best Is Yet To Come
11. Hymn For The Missing
Michael Barnes – lead vocals
Anthony Armstrong – lead guitar, backing vocals
Randy Armstrong – bass, piano, backing vocals
Joe Rickard – drums, percussion
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