Atlanta Metallers HALCYON WAY are currently in the final stages of mixing for their new album, titled Conquer. The band recently completed work on a video for the song “Web Of Lies”. The video will receive its exclusive premiere on Saturday September 27th at 7:45 PM at ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, GA, but you don’t have to go ProgPower to see the clip. You can check it out below!
Be sure to catch Halcyon Way on the road with Fozzy and Saxon on one of the dates listed above!
MINDCAGE RELEASES EPIC VIDEO FOR “THE HUMAN RACE;”
OUR OWN DEVICES DROPS TUESDAY 9/17
The official video for “The Human Race” from Florida-based progressive metallers Mindcage is available for viewing below!
The full album, OUR OWN DEVICES, drops Tuesday, September 17.
A dark and powerful short movie, the video introduces the character of Arabella Vash, a young woman who exists in a utilitarian clockwork society. She is becoming empowered by visions and dreams, and about to start her journey to find the band of rebels, The One Constant (portrayed by the band), that she will lead. “The Human Race” is her awakening, and call to power.
In search of an appropriate post apocalyptic steam punk setting for their video, Mindcage chose to film in the historical district of their hometown of Pensacola FL. With the vision, creativity and costuming skills of Airship Isabella [http://airshipisabella.com/], an authentic and innovative steam-punk troupe from New Orleans, Mindcage was able to convey their vision of The One Constant and the dystopian world in which they live.
Jason Thomsen directed and edited “The Human Race.” He recently served as assistant director on “Girl from Iceland” (a Kinematic Entertainment Production). The track features vocals by Hydrogyn’s Julie Westlake.
OUR OWN DEVICES is mixed by rock legend Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Dokken, and Overkill). The core members of Mindcage – Dietrick Hardwick (writer, guitarist), Brian Howell (bass) and Craig Nudo (drums) – have been connected personally and through music for almost thirty years. Jeff Hignite, a recent but important addition, brought not only lyrical contribution but also his powerhouse vocals.
1. Cadence March
2. For All Mankind (The Dark Design)
3. Our Own Devices
4. The Human Race
5. At Full Steam
7. The One Constant
8. Arabella’s Arc
9. The Serenity Sequence (Renaissance Pt. I)
10. The Grand Restoration (Renaissance Pt. II)
Dangerdog Music Reviews: 5/5 stars
Our Own Devices is quite impressive: between the idea, lyrics, vocal arrangements, brisk guitar, and accomplished arrangements, it easily stands in the fine tradition of conceptual progressive metal albums like Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime. Very recommended.
OUR OWN DEVICES will be available on the band’s website www.mindcagemusic.com,
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-human-race-single/id692323537, amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F7CDATY and at your favorite record store.
‘Reject The Silence’, the new video from modern metal band PAINSIDE, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Alex Medeiros and the song comes off the band’s new EP “Build Your Fiction”.
Painside recently released a new EP called ‘Build Your Fiction’, featuring ‘Break The Hive’, ‘Reject The Silence’ and ‘A Caustic Romance’. The new effort was mixed at AudioHammer Studios by Mark Lewis (Trivium, All That Remains, Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel). It also features a remastered version of 2010′s ‘Unbreakable’ (Ronys Torres UFC 109 theme), featuring Jean Dolabella (ex-Sepultura) on drums, as a bonus track. The songs are available for streaming on www.soundcloud.com/painside .
Gone are the dark lyrics from the first album; it’s time to talk about life under a new light. This represents a new beginning: a new line-up, new logo, new symbol and marks the start of a new fiction built by the band. Painside’s first album, ‘Dark World Burden’, was released worldwide in 2010 by the swedish label, Inner Wound Recordings, featuring guest vocals by Chris Bolthendal (Grave Digger), Renato Tribuzy and Gus Monsanto (Symbolica, Adagio, Revolution Renaissance).
Build Your Fiction will be released October 7th
HALCYON WAY are preparing to hit the road in North America with Saxon and Fozzy. The tour kicks off this Thursday September 12th in Patchouge, NY and runs through October 19th in Vancouver, BC. A complete list of dates can be found below.
HALCYON WAY are currently in the final stages of mixing for their new album. The band recently completed work on a video for the song “Web Of Lies”. The video received its exclusive premiere last weekend at the ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, GA. The video can be seen below!
Guitarist Jon Bodan commented on the video and the upcoming tour:
“We are very excited to unleash our first music video on the world! It’s been a long time coming but we like to do things right, and we think it’s worth the wait. Check it out, and share it with your friends! Also be sure to see us on tour with Saxon and Fozzy this month!”
The band’s forthcoming album was produced by Jon Bodan & Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer) with additional vocal production by Seth Von Paulus (Linda Perry, Alicia Keys, Crash Kings, Smashing Pumpkins). Art will again be handled by the legendary Travis Smith at Seempieces.”
Known for their explosive live shows, instantly catchy melodies, precise vocal harmonies, incendiary guitar work, intricate yet pounding drums, and live props and showmanship hearkening back to the glory days of arena rock, they dominate the live scene.
Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess of Dream Theater, the power metallic attitude of Evergrey and soaring vocal melodies, HALCYON WAY will leave you awestricken by their punishing riffs and unforgettable hooks.
Visit the HALCYON WAY webshop at: http://www.halcyonway.com/webshop
HALCYON WAY With Saxon and Fozzy:
9/12: Patchouge, NY @ The Emporium
9/13: New York, NY @ BB Kings
9/14: Montreal, QUE @ Corona Theater
9/15: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/17: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9/19: Dayton, OH @ McGuffys
9/20: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
9/21: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
9/22: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Basement
9/24: Waterloo, IA @ Reverb Rock Garden
9/26: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
9/27: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
9/28: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/29: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Club
10/1: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
10/2: Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
10/3: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/4: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/5: Corona, CA @ M15
10/6: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/8: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/9: Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theater
10/10: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
2011 – INDOCTRINATION – Nightmare Records
2010 – BUILDING THE TOWERS – Nightmare Records
2008 – A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION – Nightmare Records
http://www.halcyonway.com (Official Website)
Redlight King’s new album, Irons In the Fire is due out September 10th. The new album features the songs “Redemption” from the Iron Man 3 soundtrack, and the band’s latest single “Born To Rise”. Check out the band’s new video for “Born To Rise” below!
Back to the 80’s! That’s not only the mission behind SINNER’s upcoming album “Touch Of Sin 2” (released on August 30th), so their new video clip “Don’t Believe A Word” takes you back to the times of DeLorean, Indiana Jones, Rambo, video recorders and Miami Vice.
For “Touch Of Sin 2″ the band took 11 of their classic tracks from the 80′s (from their long out of print cult albums “Dangerous Charm”, “Touch Of Sin” and “Comin’ Out Fighting”) and did an extensive re-recording. In addition, 3 brand new songs were produced to end up on the record.
Don’t judge a book by a cover. That is the first thing I think of when I listen to North Carolina Alt rockers, Another Lost Year. You see, the winged skull on the cover of Another Lost year’s album Better Days would have me believe that ALY is a metal band. I would not consider ALY’s music metal, but alternative hard rock more in vain of Candlebox, Live and Three Doors Down. They might be a little heavier than those bands, but when I listen to Better Days, these are the bands that come to mind.
Another Lost Year’s music has grown on me quite a bit over the last few weeks. There are several songs that could easily be radio singles on this album and two ( “War On The Inside” and “Writing On The Wall”) already have been.
Clinton Cunanan has a pretty solid voice, and his voice help propel my favorite tracks on Better Days including “War On The Inside”, “Broken” and “Runaway”. I don’t like it when they tread into screamo territory, but there is very little of that on this album.
Better Days also features a great duet with singer Lish Rimer on the song “Angels”. This song ought to be a big hit for Another Lost year. Check it out below!
Overall, Better Days is a solid album, and will likely get a lot of mileage on the radio for ALY. If you check out one new band in 2013, you could do a lot worse than Another Lost Year. Check them out on facebook at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Better Days
02. War On The Inside
03. All That We Are
05. What I Deserve
08. Last Goodbye
09. Writing On The Wall
10. Come And Gone
11. Forgot About Us
Another Lost Year is:
Dave Whitaker – Guitars
Clinton Cunanan – Vocals & Guitar
Adam Hall – Guitars & Vocals
Lee Norris – Drums
Jason Lovelace – Bass
Last week, Sammy Hagar launched a series of premieres for “Knockdown Dragout” — the anthemic lead track from his highly-anticipated upcoming rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar and Friends” — with a high-octane performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Following his debut TV performance of the track, fans can now watch the video for the new single below.
“Knockdown Dragout” which features a duet with Kid Rock, and a guitar guest appearance from Joe Satriani, is taken from the “Sammy Hagar & Friends” album which is officially released by Frontiers Records in North America on 24th September, Europe on 27th September, and the UK on 30th September.
In addition to the 10-track Standard Edition album, fans can purchase a Deluxe Edition of “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” packaged in a high-gloss Digipak. The Deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5,” featuring the reunion of the original first Montrose album lineup with very special guest, Joe Satriani. In addition the Deluxe Edition includes a 1-hour DVD that includes a “Making of” album documentary, the music video for “Knockdown Dragout,” plus exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
Fans who pre-order from www.sammyandfriends.com will receive a second exclusive digital bonus track of “Bad Motor Scooter,” also recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert on 4/27/2012.
Hagar celebrates the release of the album and 40 years in music with his Four Decades of Rock Tour, presented by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum. The tour kicked off July 26 in Tucson, AZ and will touch down in 13 more cities through September.
For more information on Sammy Hagar, “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” the Four Decades of Rock Tour and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, access the following web links:
Fight or Flight? Device? Adrenaline Mob? The members of Disturbed may be on a break, but they haven’t been taking a vacation. All of the bands members have been busy with their side projects and other bands in 2013.
Fight or Flight features Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren,as well as guitarist Jeremy Jayson, basist Sean Corcoran, and singer Dan Chandler (Evans Blue). Check out their clip “First of The Last” below.
Device features Disturbed singer David Draiman, guitarist Geno Lenardo (ex-Filter), as well as touring members Will Hunt on drums and Virus (Dope) on guitars. Check out Device’s clip “Villify” below.
Device bassist John Moyer joined Adrenaline Mob in 2012. Adrenaline Mob features Russell Allen (Symphony X) on vocals, Mike Orlando on guitars. Drummer Mike Portnoy has departed to do The Winery dogs with Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen. Adrenaline Mob recently released their covers EP, Coverta, and is in pre-production for album #2. Check out Adrenaline Mob’s video “Indifferent” below.
So which band’s video is your favorite? Decide with your vote below!
No matter who comes out on top, hard rock fans win with three cool new bands to listen to.
Heaven & Earth (guitarist Stuart Smith, singer Joe Retta, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori, and keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum) have just released a video for their second single and power ballad, “I Don’t Know What Love Is” from their critically acclaimed album Dig (Quarto Valley Records), which is available on iTunes now. The video — directed by Glen Wexler (Van Halen, Black Sabbath,ig Michael Jackson) and produced by Jeremy Alter and Meiert Avis of Pusher Media (U2, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Evanescence)–was exclusively premiered on www.guitarplayer.com and www.melodicrock.com this past Friday (July 26th).
The video — featuring special guest appearances by actors Angelina Vitale, Derek DuChesne and Tiffany Phillips — continues the story of two lovers trying to connect throughout time. “I Don’t Know What Love Is” is the follow-up to the success of Heaven & Earth‘s first video for “No Money, No Love,” which has received more than 500,000 plays to date and can be viewed below.
Says guitarist Stuart Smith, “I’m very proud of both the song and this new video by Glen Wexler. We released ‘No Money, No Love’ as the first single and video as we wanted to establish ourselves as a rock band that does the occasional ballad, not a ballad band that does the occasional rock song. For me “I Don’t Know What Love Is” was always the main hit from Dig.”
What do you get when combine the talents of Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy & Richie Kotzen? One badass band called The Winery Dogs.
Check out their clips “Elevate” and “I’m No Angel below.
I have been digging this new Seattle band Walking Papers, which now features Duff McKagan on bass. Walking Papers is on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival this summer. Check out their clip “The Whole World’s Watching” below. Walking Papers debut album will be released August 6th via Loud & Proud Records.
Dallas based hard rock outfit Brand New Machine‘s new album, “The Devil Made Me Do It”, hit stores this week via Epochal Artist Records/Capitol Music Group. To celebrate the album’s release the group are currently streaming the song “Dust The Sky” online at http://altsds.co/0uz5. The group have also announced the addition of drummer Seven Antonopoulos, formerly of Opiate for the Masses, to the Brand New Machine ranks.
“We would like to welcome drummer Seven Antonopoulos to Brand New Machine. Seven is an incredible drummer and his style fits in perfectly with what we do,” said bassist Wiley Oliver. “It’s hard to compare us to other rock acts today because a lot of rock albums all sound the same. So many bands come and go chasing trends, but we’ve never jumped on any bandwagons. This music is a lifestyle and we wear it like a badge.”
Brand New Machine‘s new album, “The Devil Made Me Do It”, was recorded at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA under the watchful eye of producer/mixer Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick). The album takes the band’s hard-living lifestyle and mixes it with arena ready rock anthems to create a soundtrack for debauchery. Brand New Machine’s explosive live show has earned them countless opening slots for national acts including recent overseas dates with Guns N’ Roses. Brand New Machine‘s video for the song “Girls Like You” can be seen below.
The Slam have released a new video in support of their album, Hit it. Check out the clip “Tears In The Rain” below.
Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band Skillet have now released the official music video for “American Noise.” You can also go behind the scenes with the band on the set of their new video here and watch the “American Noise” lyric video here.
The highly anticipated album, RISE, is now available on iTunes and follows the band’s 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was recently certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S.
The band is preparing to hit the road on the Carnival of Madness tour presented by Monster Energy. The nationwide tour includes rock superstars such as Shinedown, Papa Roach, In This Moment, and more.
Carnival of Madness Tour Dates w/ Skillet
8/11 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/13 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 – Canandaigua, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/17 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/18 – Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
8/20 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/25 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center
8/27 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/28 – Big Flats, NY – Tags
8/30 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/31 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
9/01 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
9/06 – Orlando, FL – Night of Joy
9/07 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis
9/08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
9/10 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/12 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Country Interstate Fair
9/14 – Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park
9/15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
9/18 – Seattle, WA – Washington State Fair
“Have a Good Time” is the first video/single taken from the KING KOBRA 2013 album entitled “II” available NOW on Frontiers Records. Check out the new clip below!
KING KOBRA is:
Paul Shortino – vocals
David Michael-Philips – Guitar
Mick Sweda – Guitar
Johnny Rod – Bass Guitar
Carmine Appice – drums
Queensryche (with Todd La Torre) has released a brand new clip “Fallout”. “Fallout” is on Queensryche’s new self titled album, available now!
SOIL’s new album Whole will be released August 20th. Check out the first single “Shine On” below!
GOTTHARD – Radio-Bagpipe Version “YIPPIE AYE YAY”
The perfect song for the start of the summer.
With their album Firebirth, released in 2012, the Swiss rockers stormed the charts, toured the entire world and received a platinum award!
Right on time for the start of the summer, we present you «Yippie Aye Yay», the fourth single from this successful album, in a special radio-bagpipe version.
This feel-good song is the perfect choice for the upcoming months which are promising to be really hot.
At the start of “Yippie Aye Yay” you can hear the bagpipes of the Wild Boar Clan.
You can watch the video which Gotthard directed themselves here:
The song rocks from the very first sound and rolls without stopping throughout this enchanting track. „come what may,…. shake the day,… are you coming?
What are we waiting for?
At the moment they are fervently writing songs for the new album, planned to be released in early 2014. But Gotthard just can’t live without any stage appearances in 2013 and in order not to let the fans wait too long, the band will rock – besides a few shows in Germany – the Swiss Rock’n’Road exclusively on August 10th 2013 in Bellinzona!
“Yippie Aye Yay”!
Austin, Texas revival rockers Scorpion Child have released their self titled debut album in June. Check out their lyric video “Polygon of Eyes” below.
Airbourne have released a new lyric video for their song “No One Fits”. Check it out below! Airbourne’s latest CD Black Dog Barking is available now!
Danger Angel are very excited to release the second video out of their critically acclaimed album “Revolutia”!
“Not An Angel” was filmed during the band’s European tour this past April and contains footage from several of the band’s stops along the way.
“Revolutia” is the sophomore release by Danger Angel following their debut album released in 2010. “Revolutia” was produced by Jeff Scott Soto and mixed/mastered by John Ellis. It was released early 2013 and has received rave reviews from the press worldwide!
Visual rock artist Vitne has released the first single from his upcoming full-length album “Neon”.
The album’s first single “Destroyer”, featuring Julian Angel on lead guitar, is now available for purchase on iTunes and Spotify and can be heard in the official music video below.
“Neon” is currently set for a late 2013 release.
More information about Vitne can be found at http://www.VITNE.net
Rock band Heaven & Earth premiered their live performance of “Victorious” with ArtistDirect this week. The hard hitting performance was shot at the band’s unforgettable record release concert celebrating their new album DIG (available on iTunes and Amazon) at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
“Victorious” builds anticipation with Stuart Smith’s ripping guitar solo only to be quickly accompanied by bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori, and the dominating keyboards of Ed Roth. The pinnacle is reached when front man Joe Retta effortlessly nails the vocals leaving classic rock purists and fans in awe.
Check out the clip for “Victorious” below.
Synth heavy, hard hitting, and filled with lyrics that give the listener pause, creating thought, Pretty Maids latest album, Motherland is a solid, enjoyable effort from this Danish rock band. While their last effort, 2010’s Pandemonium was a harder edgier affair, Motherland is a strong musical journey and a great next chapter for this band’s long history book.
On first listen, it may appear that Pretty Maids are leaning more toward the album oriented rock melody in their song crafting. Yet, after a few more spins, it is easier to tell that this disc is still based on a solid foundation of shredding guitars, strong and steady stomp drumbeats, and massive guitar solos. Overall Motherland is a little mellower than its predecessor, but it still delivers the hard rock hits.
Motherland is one of those atypical albums where the disc must be played through a few times for the whole effect to take hold. On first listen, I thought that Motherland was a decent record with the stronger songs placed at the end of the album. Then I played it through a few more times only to learn that the songs at the beginning of the record were pretty decent as well.
Loaded with great hooks and shredding solos, Pretty Maids have delivered a fine piece with Motherland. Lead singer Ronnie Atkins’ voice is in top form throughout the record, never wavering or weakening. Ken Hammer continues to deliver on guitar with some exceptional work and fantastic solos. And while the keyboards from Morten Sandager receive plenty of spotlights, they never overtake the music entirely, allowing for a perfect blend of synthesizer, guitar, drums, bass, and vocals. It creates a synthesis of symphonic sound parading through the eardrums with delight.
Motherland reminds me of great synth-rock albums from the 80s, balanced with mid-tempo melodies, hard rockers, and a ballad or two thrown in for good measure. Think Styx, Trixter, Europe, or Winger for a good point of reference. And while Motherland may not be as strong a release as their last record, it is still a decent album worthy of investing your listening time into. Pretty Maids may be heading in a mellower direction, but that doesn’t make them any less grand. And given enough time (and plays) Motherland may overtake any of the bands releases in the last ten years as the record to listen to.
Rating: Out of 10
Mother Of All Lies
To Fool A Nation
Sad To See You Suffer
Why So Serious
I See Ghosts
Bullet For You
Who What Where When Why
Pretty Maids Are:
Ronnie Atkins – Vocals
Ken Hammer – Guitars
Rene Shades – Bass
Allan Tschicaja – Drums
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
In 2013, Vega has released their sophomore effort What The Hell. Check out the first single “White Knuckle Ride”, and the title track “What The Hell” in the clips below!
In 2013, Pink Cream 69 has released their eleventh album, Ceremonial. Check out their latest video clip “Special” below!
Brazilian metal band BROKEN & BURNT released a video for “Tell Me No Lies”, track from “Let The Burning Begin”, the band’s debut album released in 2012.
Check out the clip below!
Adjectives that can be used to describe Onyx: heavy, different, solid, fantastic, amazing. After a few spins it is easy to state that Onyx is the best Pop Evil album to date. And while that may seem like a bold statement, it is a true statement. Fans expecting to hear “Monster You Made,” or “100 In A 55,” will not find that here. That doesn’t mean those fans will be disappointed, because Pop Evil has still delivered greatness. Acoustic guitars may be absent, and ballads may be few and far between (technically only one ballad appears on Onyx), but phenomenal music is definitely present and accounted for. Here now is Hard Rock Hideout’s track by track breakdown of the latest LP from Pop Evil.
Goodbye My Friend
Opening track, “Goodbye My Friend,” is a solid, hard rocking, modern blast. The addition of Nick Fueling (lead guitar) and Chaci Riot (drums) are felt immediately. And while the absence of Tony Greve and Dylan Allison is noticeable, the new players are taking Pop Evil in a whole different direction. “Goodbye My Friend” sets the tone for what the rest of Onyx is going to sound like: a fast, hard hitting masterpiece. The solos in this song are outstanding and vocalist Leigh Kakaty reaches down and pushes out a growling, gravelly voice that has not been heard previously.
Deal With The Devil
“Deal With The Devil” is a fast song with a hard and heavy beat. This song hit hard right out of the gate and quickly became an instant favorite. I didn’t think that there was a song that I would enjoy more than “Trenches” on this record, but I was wrong. There are multiple songs that are better than “Trenches” and “Deal With The Devil” is one of them. Crunching guitars from Nick Fueling and Dave Grahs dominate this song and turn it into a gem. Add to that Kakaty’s voice in peak form, and there’s high chance for “Deal With The Devil” to become a huge hit.
“Trenches” was the first single released for Onyx and for a while I really thought it was the best song on the record. That is no longer the case (as you will see). Yet, “Trenches” is one of the best Pop Evil songs to date. Crunching, heavy guitars open the track and are immediately followed by the pounding drums of Riot. The powerful vocals that Kakaty nails throughout along with the urgency that the song is sung in makes this one of the most powerful anthems to come out of the Pop Evil camp.
Torn To Pieces
This is easily the weakest song on the album. That’s not to say it’s a horrendous song, it’s just not as strong as the other tracks. The subject matter is very touching (Leigh Kakaty wrote it as a tribute after his father passed away), and the song is heartfelt, but “Torn To Pieces” lacks the power that all other Pop Evil ballads have contained. And considering this is the only true ballad on Onyx, it was quite surprising. Heading into the disc, I thought “Torn To Pieces” was going to be a song that I constantly played. However, it looks like it will be just the opposite. I seem to hit skip a lot to get to the next track.
“Divide” is another strong, hard hitting, modern rock gem that only Pop Evil can deliver. This is also another song that defines the new direction Pop Evil is heading in. There would never be a song like “Divide” on the band’s previous two albums because they hadn’t emerged to that state in their career yet. With “Divide” the band has embraced the modern rock sound that they seemed to be keeping at bay on previous records. Here, they embrace the sound and turned in a strong, enjoyable song.
“Beautiful” is a mid-tempo piece that is quite enjoyable. The subject matter is exceptional, as the message in the music is we are all beautiful to someone in our own way. Regardless of sexual orientation, the color of our skin, personal interests, or anything else, we are all beautiful today and everyday for the rest of our lives. “Beautiful” is a very uplifting song and one that I believe has the potential to be absolutely astonishing in concert. Personally, I can’t wait to hear this song performed live.
Silence & Scars
Another ballad is delivered in the form of “Silence & Scars.” The song emerges with a strange, yet cool, attention grabbing guitar riff. It sets the stage for the rest of the song. Once again, Kakaty’s voice is strong and smooth and while it’s not a true ballad, “Silence & Scars” is up there with “Monster You Made” for one of the best ballads in the Pop Evil catalog. I expect that this will be a chart topping hit in the very near future.
This is the heaviest song that Pop Evil has ever done. It sounds like a mash up of Marilyn Manson, Rage Against The Machine, and some darker modern rock bands. After the first couple of listens, I didn’t think that I was going to like this song at all. Then, after a few more spins, it started to grow on me. Now, “Sick Sense” is one of my favorite tracks on the record. It clearly shows the evolution of Pop Evil and the deep influence that Fueling and Riot had on the band for the recording of this record. Three years ago, I wouldn’t even consider “Sick Sense” a Pop Evil song. Now, part of me is hoping this is the direction the band heads in over the next couple of albums.
“Fly Away” is a return to the Pop Evil sound that fans have come to know over the years. Hard rocking, clean, and a whole lot of fun, “Fly Away” is one of the strongest Pop Evil songs recorded. This is destined to be a sing along classic in almost no time. “Fly Away” is another song that I am anxious to see the band perform in concert. There is so much raw power and potential for this song to be a climactic moment during their concert. And while the song structure is very simple, the delivery is impeccable, and it is what pushes “Fly Away” over the top.
Behind Closed Doors
This is another song that took a few listens to grow on me. At first, I wasn’t quite sure that I liked this song, but after a few plays, I realized how grand of a song “Behind Closed Doors” is. Starting off slow and then building into a hurried frenzy, “Behind Closed Doors” is a song that has a lot to offer. The song is rich, layered, and deep, which may be why it took so long to grow on me. There is a lot happening within “Behind Closed Doors” and it takes several listens to truly appreciate all of the great music that is being played back at the listener.
Welcome To Reality
Another quick, simple, and highly enjoyable song, “Welcome To Reality” is standard Pop Evil flair. Filled with high energy and strong vocals from Kakaty, “Welcome To Reality” is a song that delivers. If “Trenches” has a sibling, it would be “welcome To Reality.” This is a strong song that serves as a great reminder that music can sometimes just be straight out fun.
“Flawed” is an odd song that I haven’t quite decided how I feel about. I love the opening guitar riff from Nick Fueling and I love how the drums come crashing in behind the riff. Yet, there is something about the song that keeps it from standing out as all of the other tracks have. I am unable to identify exactly what is holding this song back, but the simple fact remains that “Flawed” isn’t as grand as 10 of the other Onyx tracks. Maybe it’s due to the fact that it is the last song on the record? I have no idea. What I do know is that it will take several more listens to determine if “Flawed” is one of the better Pop Evil catalog songs.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Goodbye My Friend
02. Deal With The Devil
04. Torn To Pieces
07. Silence & Scars
08. Sick Sense
09. Fly Away
10. Behind Closed Doors
11. Welcome To Reality
Pop Evil Is:
Leigh Kakaty – Vocals
Matt DiRito – Bass
Dave Grahs – Rhythm Guitar
Nick Fueling – Lead Guitar
Chachi Riot – Drums
This has been a long week already, and with only one day to the weekend, I thought a little help from Rob Zombie might get us through the workday. Check out the videos clips “Dragula”, “Never Gonna Stop”, and Rob Zombie’s latest video “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”