For the first time in its 19-year history, the Moondance Jam rock festival will be broadcast on television. America’s premier television provider, DIRECTV, will air the 2010 festival exclusively on The 101 Network. Blaze TV filmed performances during the festival last July 15 – 17 and are producing ten one hour shows featuring Moondance Jam main stage acts. The programs will air as part of the DIRECTV Concert Series and begin airing on The 101 Network this November.
Here is the schedule so far. More shows will be added soon:
- Saturday 11/20: REO Speedwagon
- Monday 11/22: REO Speedwagon
- Saturday 12/11 Buckcherry
- Monday 12/13 Buckcherry
- Saturday 12/18 Sammy Hagar
- Monday 12/20 REO Speedwagon
- Monday 12/27 Jonny Lang
This news comes as the staff and fans of the festival continue to mourn the passing of festival founder Bill Bieloh. Bill passed away in the morning hours of September 24. His legacy can never be put into words, but perhaps a small part of what he meant to the bands, fans and staff of the Moondance Jam festivals will be apparent when you watch these performances from the 2010 festival.
Miami rockers Atom Smash released their debut CD, Love Is in a Missle on August 31st. If you are a modern rock fan, you are going to love Atom Smash.
The album kicks off with a pretty good rocker “Ashes”. My first thought after hearing this tune, is that Atom Smash was going to deliver one kick ass hard rock CD. This modern grungy rocker seems tailor-made for FM radio. Singer Sergio Sanchez has a very enjoyable voice that helps bolster this tune.
I have mixed feelings about the song “Do Her Wrong”. The beginning of the song kind of sounds like a Def Leppard tune. The lyrics in the song, “Do Her Wrong” kind of made me laugh. “She can be a saint, she can be a looker She can make love or fuck like a hooker” This sounds like something an 80’s hard rock or glam metal band would write. The music quickly changes to the formulaic modern rock that Atom Smash dishes out. This song just doesn’t come out as sincere to me with this style of rock. Sure this is the type of thing I would expect a rock band to write, but it just seems odd here in comparison to the other songs in Love Is In the Missle. It isn’t a bad tune, but you won’t want to play this one around your kids.
If you listen to the background vocals in “Last Call”, you can hear a little bit of hardcore action going on. Luckily, the background vocals are not mixed super loud, but it is noticeable and it is bad. I have to ask Atom Smash why on earth would they do this. There is nothing enjoyable about hearing some one regurgitate lyrics, even if it is a background vocal. Sergio Sanchez has a voice that is strong enough to carry the tunes. He doesn’t need any hardcore background vocals at all.
“Erase Those Days” is a slower number that screams hit. I would not be shocked to see Atom Smash release this as a single/video.
“Bianca” might be as close to a power ballad as you will come with a modern rock band. This is another song with some hit potential.
“Sacrifice” has this really cool heavy groove that I wished the band would have focused more on. When it does show up it is pretty darn cool. The song ventures off into a different tempo midway through, and that is where the song begins to lose me.
Atom Smash taps into that Nickleback vibe, and delivers two rocking tunes back to back with “Mile High Love” and “Rocker Girl”. “Mile High Love” has more of that annoying screechy back ground vocals. Luckily it is mixed very low, and doesn’t show up often. I can foresee “Rocker Girl” showing up in the strip clubs. It has that kind of groove. Both of the songs are very upbeat, and amongst my favorites on Love Is In The Missle.
The album closes out with the mid tempo pop rocker “Shooting Star”. This is another solid tune that has a lot of radio potential.
Overall, Love Is In The Missle is an enjoyable disc from Atom Smash. I must admit that I don’t believe Love is In The Missle is very original, there are some songs on the CD that are definitely worth checking out.
For more information on Atom Smash, please visit the band’s Myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Do Her Wrong
3. Last Call
4. Erase Those Days
9. Mile High Love
10. Rocker Girl
11. Shooting Star
Atom Smash is:
Sergio Sanchez – vocals
Marc “Taco” Annino – drums
Arnold Nese – bass
Alex “Z” Zilinski – guitar
Luke “Cowboy” Rice – guitar
The new video for the song “Lease Of Life” is out now. The track comes from the current album “Aqua” which was released in Europe and USA/Canada through SPV / Steamhammer in September 2010.
Angra will play together with Sepultura January 13th, 2011 in Anaheim,CA at the House Of Blues and on January 14th, 2011 in Hollywood, CA at the House Of Blues.
A European tour is planned for February / March 2011 – details will be announced soon.
This is ANGRA’S first new album in four years, following up their 2006 release “Aurora Consurgens” The album is available in three formats: a standard jewel case edition, a double LP edition that includes 3 bonus tracks, and it will be available as a digital download.
ANGRA guitarist Rafael Bittencourt recently spoke about the concept and recording of “Aqua”:
We wanted a title that would describe in a very concise way, that concept. “Aqua” is the Latin word for water and summarizes the whole idea behind the Shakespearean play and our feelings at this remarkable moment.
Although this album sounds very different then our previous album “Aurora Consurgens“, there are not many musical differences between “AQUA” and our last three albums. We tried to keep the idea of combining metal with progressive, classic, Brazilian, ethnic, pop and many other styles. The big difference is that this time we were really hit by inspiration. So we wrote almost thirty good songs, and we ended up picking the best ten out of the big list. All the atmosphere of companionship and teamwork was captured in the tracks. We really helped each other on every detail and that’s what made the songs so powerful and special.
Another important difference is that the drummer Ricardo Confessori is back in the band. This was only possible because, after the recording sessions of the Bittencourt Project’s Brainworms where he performed on a couple of tracks. Since then, we have regained our trust and friendship. We had a few rehearsals with ANGRA where he jammed around songs from the old and new era of the band. Also, we presented some new ideas for him to arrange and he showed that he had kept his creativity and graceful musicianship. We had good laughs remembering things we’ve done together in the past and how the Brazilian-mixed kind grooves were a very significant quality of our pre-Rebirth Era.
So, “AQUA” represents where we are now. And we hope that it will be remembered as one of our great classic albums, because it was done with great passion, focus and dedication. We expect that every detail of these carefully crafted new songs may help you out through your own times of change. So, get prepared to dive deep into an ocean of new sensations and float away with the various liquid atmospheres that keep changing as you listen through and it will always keep changing as you listen to it more times. Welcome to the revolving waters of “AQUA!”
Edu Falaschi – vocals
Kiko Loureiro – guitars
Rafael Bittencourt – guitars
Felipe Andreoli – bass
Ricardo Confessori – drums