Flyleaf "New Horizons" Album Review

(PCM) Rockers Flyleaf have just released their new album “New Horizons” and sadly it will be the band’s last to feature singer Lacey Strum. The announcement of Lacey’s departure came last week, along with news that former Vedera vocalist Kristen May will be stepping in for future tour dates in support of New Horizons. “It took everyone on our team to make the beauty in Flyleaf possible,” said Lacey in a statement. “I am honored to have met so many wonderful people who love Flyleaf music all over the world.”

“New Horizons” could not be a more appropriate title for the band’s latest release, as the delightfully catchy, yet still hard rocking tracks are certain to put Flyleaf back on the map and Strum has decided to make her exit on an incredibly high note. Flyleaf has mastered the art of balance between melodic and heavy and the tracks on “New Horizons” feature some of the most raw emotions both sonically and lyrically than with any of the band’s previous albums.  Tracks such as “Green Heart” and “Call You Out” stand out as some of the album’s heavier tracks, while tracks such as “Broken Wings” and “Saving Grace” slow things down a bit with their emotionally charged lyrics and haunting melodies.

With this album Flyleaf has shown that their are plenty of ‘new horizons’ within their reach and have created one of their most solid albums to date!

Call You Out,” the second single from the album has been recently released  (following up the title track, which was released this summer) and “New Horizons’  is currently streaming in its entirety exclusively on Buzznet.com.

For more of the latest news on Flyleaf, head to their official site, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Marilyn Manson Rocks Camden, NJ On The Twins Of Evil Tour Review Part 1

Just in time for the Halloween season the Twins of Evil tour rolled though Camden, NJ co-headlined by both Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. DJ Starscream of Slipknot is currently opening the shows, so you are provided with a superb line-up for this ghoulishly delightful tour.

We were absolutely delighted to hear about this line-up, being huge fans of both Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie and the show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ was definitely a memorable one.

DJ Starscream took to the stage early blasting through a 30 minute set featuring a blend of eerie EDM and haunting dance beats. It was a perfect way to get the crowd amped up before the evenings headliners graced the stage.

Marilyn Manson was on first and certainly appeared to be in an almost jovial mood. We have had the pleasure of seeing Manson several  times over the years and I think that during this show he was interacting with the crowd much more than we have ever witnessed in the past.  His hour long set consisted of a solid mix of new tracks off Manson’s new album “Born Villain” mixed in with plenty of crowd favorites that had us all singing along at the top of our lungs. Highlights of the set included “The Dope Show” during which Manson wore a large feather boa and huge letters lit up to spell drugs on the stage, his politically based attire for “Persona.l Jesus”, and of course climbing on top of the large pulpit for “Antichrist Superstar”. Manson closed out his set with “The Beautiful People” during which the crowd went wild.

Stay tuned to PCM for Part 2 of our Twins Of Evil tour review!

All photos  credit: Kelly Lesniczak /http://www.facebook.com/KellyLesniczakPhotography

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GWAR And DEVILDRIVER Talk Fate or Chaos Tour And More With PCM!

Intergalactic space mutants GWAR will kicked off their North American tour dubbed the “Fate or Chaos” tour last weekend in Philadelphia, PA. The tour will run through November 26th wrapping up in Pittsburgh, PA. Direct support on the tour will be provided by DEVILDRIVER, with Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder rounding out the bill.

It was also recently announced that Pustulus Maximus has now joined GWAR as an official Scumdog brother. Little is known about this being, other than that he has a skin condition where his face and feet are covered in painful pustules that can only be soothed by the application of savage metal, spoiled elephant semen or oral sex. Pustulus is also rumored to be half-deaf, which leads him to yell at everyone, which he does often, because he is convinced everyone in the band is ignoring him when actually he just can’t hear what they are saying. It is not known whether he crashed his Scumship into Antarctica or wandered up from the depths of GWAR’s Antarctic fortress – all that is known is that he is here, now, and is ready to ROCK.

PCM’s Kristyn Clarke was able to catch up with both Oderus Urungus of GWAR and Dez Fafara of DEVILDRIVER at the “Fate or Chaos” kick-off show in Philadelphia, PA. Watch the interviews below:

The “Fate or Chaos” tour has an incredible array of bands with Legacy of Disorder, Cancer Bats, DEVILDRIVER and GWAR making up the bill. It was metal and mayhem from the beginning of the show to the very end.The evening got off to a fast and furious start with New Zealand metallers Legacy of Disorder, followed immediately by a hard and heavy set, though not very memorable set from the Cancer Bats.

It was great to see DEVILDRIVER back out with GWAR, as the band is always fantastic to watch live. This will be DEVILDRIVER’s last round of tour dates before heading to the studio to begin working on their highly anticipated follow-up album to their latest album “Beast”.

GWAR have unveiled an entirely new stage production, that is certainly not one for the easily offended or faint of heart. This was the band’s first performance featuring new guitarist Pustulus Maximus, who certainly proved to all in attendance he is a  fantastic addition to the band. GWAR played a very tight and freshly polished set, proving to all that even in the face of a great tragedy with the sudden passing of guitarist Cory Smoot aka. Flattus Maximus, they will still endure.

Words and Interviews by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler / www.kenschulerphotography.com

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The Raveonettes Rock Union Transfer With A Fast And Furious Set!

(PCM) The Union Transfer was blaring with fuzz pop with The Raveonettes on the stage. The night started late because they taped an spot on the David Letterman Show. Even with the long drove from New York, the music was fast and furious, from the opening cords to the finale of Cops on Our Trail. This was a great show!

The Denmark duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo know how to take command over the stage and the room with fantastic stage presence and showmanship. It is nearly impossible to lump the music of The Raveonettes into one genre because their set included a melting pot of influence  from new wave to surf rock and everything in between. Bottom line is The Raveonettes play some delightfully catchy fuzz pop music and seeing them live is a true treat!

The Raveonettes have recently released their acclaimed new album “Observer” on Vice Records and unveiled the video for their new single “The Enemy”, check it out below:

 The band are still currently out on their world tour in support of the new album which wraps up in Madrid, Spain in early 2013.

Click HERE to purchase Observator on iTunes.

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Words by: Ken Schuler and Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler /www.kenschulerphotography.com

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Blood Red Shoes Talk New Album, Life On The Road, And More With PCM!

(PCM) Kristyn Clarke was able to catch up with Laura-Mary Carter and Steve Ansell, who make up the Brighton-based duo Blood Red Shoes prior the their awesome performance at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA. In the interview we discuss details about the bands current album and 3rd full length release “In Time To Voices”, road adventures and more!  Watch the full interview below:

The live show from Blood Red Shoes is fantastic. The duo bring a certain freshness to the musical landscape and the live performance is definitely not one to be missed. The crunching and gritty guitar work of Laura-Mary Carter and the spot on drum beats from Steve Ansell blend together perfectly, and despite the majority hipster crowd in attendance, the atmosphere inside the venue felt more like a full-blown rock show rather than a elite underground bar performance for the hipster taste. Blood Red Shoes provide music that makes you want to get up and rock out!  I, for one, can’t wait until the next time the band hits The States and I definitely look for this band to beginning leaving even more of a mark on the overseas market.

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Melissa Gorga Just Wants to Dance

(PCM) I am personally a total “Bravo babe.” I have decided to coin that term to describe a female that leaves the Bravo channel on 24/7, needs to DVR any Real Housewives episodes, and has complete dinner conversations analyzing each and every b**** fight. If reality TV didn’t taken over my life enough, now Bravo has made it a main priority.

Since I am from the Garden State it is no shocker that The Real Housewives of New Jersey is my favorite. I have to stand by my fellow fist-pumpers. However, I do not discriminate against any other season. I am currently watching the Miami one and just finished the entire New York season as well.

As for RHONJ, I have actually met Albie Manzo, been at the same bar as Chris Manzo, played Mean Girls trivia at a bar alongside their roommate Greg, and watched Kathy and Rich grab a beer with these boys at a local Hoboken bar. It is very exciting to spot a Manzo, Laurita, or Wakile as I go throughout my daily routines. (On the show though, the Wakiles are my fave.)

However, I do adore Melissa Gorga. I find her beautiful and fabulous with a capital FAB. She definitely seems to have the look and appeal to make it big, or at least put out a few good songs. Actually, she already has done so. Her song, “On Display,” was aired while she filmed. Since her husband built her a studio in their basement (man I wish I had that money), she produced her first club hit. Then, came out with “How Many Times,” which was a ballad dedicated to her husband.

Her new hit; however, is by far my favorite. The chorus definitely had me rocking and bopping all the way down the turnpike the other day. So, for your enjoyment I bring you “I Just Wanna.”

Melissa Gorga Just Wants to Dance also appeard on Television News.

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