Album Review: Flyleaf “Between The Stars”

Between-The-Stars-640x640(PCM) Multi-platinum hard rockers Flyleaf are gearing up for the release of their fourth studio album “Between The Stars” which will be available on September 16th via Loud & Proud Records.

It is quite apparent when listening to the new album that a lot of heart and soul went into its’ creation. Flyleaf truly let it all out with this album and out of the 12 songs that make up “Between The Stars” it was difficult to find one that wasn’t up to speed.

The band made up of Kristen May (vocals), Sameer Bhatacharya (guitars), Jared Hartmann (guitars), Pat Seals (bass) and James Culpepper (drums) worked with famed producer Don Gilmore, who has worked with artist such as Pearl Jam and Linkin Park in the past.

Songs such as “Thread”, “City Kids”, and the albums closer “Home” truly showcase May’s ability as a singer. Her vocals echo so much emotion that the listener can literally feel the music when listening. While the band did not take too many risks with their signature sound on the new album, their writing has definitely stepped up quite a bit. The lyrics are both honest and emotional hitting hard at just the right moments.

It is apparent when listening to the album that Flyleaf has had quite a bit on their minds these days and releasing an album like “Between The Stars” seems like the perfect way to air out those emotions and share their thoughts and feelings with the rest of the world.

The band has the uncanny ability to create a hard and heavy album without losing a certain level of pop sensibility that is just astounding. I absolutely can’t wait to hear some of these tracks live!

On “Between The Stars” there is sure to be a track (or more) that connects emotionally with the listener and the band has done a phenomenal job with their latest effort.

“Between The Stars” track listing is as follows:

1. Set Me On Fire

2. Magnetic

3. Traitor

4. Platonic

5. Head Underwater

6. Sober Serenade

7. Thread

8. Marionette

9. Well Of Lies

10. City Kids

11. Blue Roses

12. Home



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We Are The Riot Debut New Music Video


(PCM) Los Angeles based Hard Rock band We Are The Riot (featuring Meegs Rascon & Mikal Cox of Coal Chamber and Andy Cole ex-Static-X) have released the official music video for their track “It’s Not What You Wanted.”

“It’s Not What You Wanted” is the first release from the band’s new EP (available now), and they will be heading into the studio this November to record a full length album.

We are definitely digging the video, which was produced by Brian Cox at Digital Iris and was filmed at the Salton Sea near Palm Springs, California.

It is always a pleasure to see a music video that is put together like a mini-movie and the band has done a phenomenal job. We definitely look forward to hearing more!

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Album Review: “The Hunting Party” from Linkin Park


(PCM) I have to say that I was absolutely giddy after listening to the new album from Linkin Park and all I will thinking while listening to “The Hunting Party” is Linkin Park is back…they are finally back! Without a doubt this is a rock record and I, for one, was thrilled to see the band ditch the overly-processed sound of their last two albums and really return to their roots.

Found within “The Hunting Party” is an absolutely stellar mix of punk, rock, rap, and heavy metal all brilliantly executed and chock full of raw power and aggression. It is truly the most in-your-face album that we have seen from Linkin Park in quite some time and after listening to the tracks that make up “The Hunting Party” you will be left with no doubt that, that aggression was more than ready to be unleashed.

The album’s opening track “Keys To The Kingdom” sears the listener with an electric jolt to the senses and nicely sets the pace for what is in-store for the rest of the album. Linkin Park started things hard and heavy with “The Hunting Party” and I was thrilled that the album never really seems to lose any steam from start to finish.

The track I am probably most impressed with is “War” where the band tackled the punk rock sound and attitude flawlessly. Another high-note from the album is the track “Mark Your Graves” where vocalist Chester Bennington truly showcases his range as a singer.

The new album also features quite a few guests which is a first for Linkin Park and they include Helmet’s Page Hamilton on “All For Nothing”, System of A Down’s Daron Malakian on “Rebellion” and Tom Morello on “Drawbar”.  All of which do a fantastic job adding in a bit of their flavor to some absolutely fantastic tracks.

It is amazing that with “The Hunting Party” being Linkin Park’s sixth studio album that the band certainly still have some surprises up their sleeves. Anyone who ever doubted that Linkin Park can still rock really needs to check out the the new album as I assure you their rock n’ roll spirit is very much alive and well. The band claimed that with “The Hunting Party” they were on the “hunt” to bring back the energy and soul to rock music. All I can say is…mission accomplished boys!  You nailed it!

Check out Linkin Park’s latest music video for “Until It’s Gone”

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Sébastien Parentin Moves Into The Limelight With New Single “We Are”!


(PCM) Emerging France-based artist Sebastien Parentin steps into the limelight with an unmistakable aura of determination and musical prowess. His latest single “We Are” traces familiar musical structures with a technical hand to paint exhilarating atmospheric tracks, with a piano-driven tapestry and stylistic echoes to Coldplay’s earlier works.

Sebastien’s talents have landed him various achievements and well-deserved notability: he was selected as a finalist in the 2010 Artist Forum and 2012 Unsigned Only music competition, placed in the top ten for the 18th Billboard song contest, as well as in the March 2013 Songwriter Universe best song of the month.

Although graced with impeccable musical techniques, the singer-songwriter is not without a unique touch; Sebastien makes use of captivating swells and navigates through many layers of melody and harmony to communicate with his listeners. Sebastien’s vocal work also resonates a calmness: it’s controlled, cathartic, but most importantly, it complements the musical arrangements.

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Exclusive Interview With Tech N9ne


(PCM) Tech N9ne will be releasing his Strangeulation (Collabos) LP next Tuesday, May 6 and let me just say it is nothing short of amazing. After having a chance to check out the new LP and see Tech N9ne live during his recent tour stop at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA, I feel that Tech N9ne is an absolute breath of fresh air within an industry that has gotten a bit stale. His no holds barred honesty and commentary about the industry is refreshing and it is my sincere hope that people will open up their ears and listen.

The independent rap superstar has also just dropped the first video from the Strangeulation (Collabos) LP for “Over It” which featured Ryan Bradley. The song and video for “Over It” give a glimpse of the overall concept for Strangeualtion. You can view the video here.


The 21-cut Strangeulation features the entire Strange Music roster, including recent Strange Music signee, MURS, the independent rap pioneer who makes his first appearance on a Strange Music release since inking with the independent music titan. Since the signing, MURS and Strange Music labelmates ¡Mayday! announced they will be dropping their collaboration LP ¡MursDay! on June 10.

I recently had a chance to catch up with Tech N9ne prior to his Philadelphia concert to chat about Strangeulation, his thoughts and comment on the music industry, the up rise of social media, Google Glass and much more!  You can view our full interview below:

Videographer: Pete Towe
Photography: Mike Sievila


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Andy Grammer Debuts New Single “Back Home”


(PCM) There is something that just warms the soul when listening to Andy Grammer’s music, so I was absolutely thrilled to learn that he has released a new single titled “Back Home”.

The new single marks the first time that we have heard new tunes from Grammer since the release of his 2011 self-titled debut album. “Back Home” is the first single off Grammer’s highly anticipated new album which is slated for release this fall.

The delightfully catchy and thought-provoking new single made its’ debut on and is also currently available on iTunes.

“Back Home” is certainly well on it’s way to becoming a summer anthem for 2014 and the lyrics take an indepth look at the way that life has a way of coming full-circle as the lyrics state ““It don’t matter where we go / we always find our way back home.”

Check out the lyric video below:


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Album Review: The Pretty Reckless “Going To Hell”

TPR_GTH_72dpi(PCM) Taylor Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless are dropping their new album “Going To Hell’ today and it is absolutely brilliant. It is the kind of album that defines the spirit of rock n’ roll as it is chock full of attitude, rebellion and raw aggression that speaks to the soul.

Forget any preconceived notions you may have had about vocalist Taylor Momsen, as she has most certainly shed them all and has shown her true colors as extraordinary vocalist and lyricist with the songs that make up “Going To Hell”. Momsen’s vocals are both spell-binding and seductive and she, along with the rest of the band, have without a doubt secured their spot on the top of the rock music world.

From the album’s opener “Follow Me Down” the listener is immediately captivated and we are ready to follow The Pretty Reckless where ever their musical journey chooses to lead us and what a trip it turns out to be!

The album carries the full range of the emotional spectrum and weaves a beautiful story with hard and heavy tracks such as the album’s title track “Going To Hell”, radio single “Heaven Knows” and the brutal “Sweet Things”. The more emotional side of the band is revealed with songs such as “Dear Sister”, the acoustic track “Burn” and the gut-wrenching closing track “Waiting For a Friend”.

The Pretty Reckless are currently out on the road in Europe with Fall Out Boy and are set to return to The States next month for an appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23rd. The band is also slated to appear at several of this year’s major U.S. rock festivals including Rock On The Range, Rocklahoma, Monster Energy’s Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, RockFest Kansas City and more!


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Album Review: ARTPOP by Lady Gaga

artpop2(PCM) The year 2013 has brought us some fabulous album releases and we have had a chance to check out the good, the bad, the so-so, and the un-listenable from this year’s crop of new tunes. Thus far, the new album from Lady Gaga aptly titled “ARTPOP” has given me the most mixed feelings. Is it possible to love an album and hate an album at the same time?

“ARTPOP” consists as a smorgasbord of various genres, melodies, and styles all brought together in a way that only an artist like Lady Gaga can manage and I simply have to give her credit where credit is due. Gaga is never afraid to be experimental with her music and that earns her my utmost respect, but sometimes there are certain elements that seem to be a bit out of place. I found that some of the tracks on “ARTPOP” lost their sense of flow, leaving the album to feel a bit jumbled and a lot of the stylistic changes occurred quite drastically.

That being said there are more than just a few tracks that showcase Gaga’s incredible talent for songwriting and the creation of a delightfully catchy pop track that has way more substance behind it than the other bubblegum crap we hear on Top 40 radio these days.  Tracks such as “Dope” and “Gyspy” are simply oozing with raw emotion that can be thoroughly felt with each and every verse.

Songs such as “G.U.Y” (standing for ‘girl under you’) and “Sexxx Dreams” are incredibly sexual but fantastic nonetheless ,as if you couldn’t guess that from the titles and “Jewels N’ Drugs” finds Gaga collaborating with rappers T.I., Too $hort, and Twista and along with “MANiCure”, “Swine”, and “Do What You Want” feat. R.Kelly make up some of my favorite tracks on the album.

The album almost lost me right from the start with the strange album opener “Aura” and when “Venus” began playing I kind of wanted to punch my speakers much the same as the ridiculous “Donatella”. Those tracks aside, Gaga has certainly put together a thought provoking piece of musical art with “ARTPOP” and I’m sure that Mother Monster has made her little monsters proud with this release.

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KORN Tops The Charts With The Release Of " The Paradigm Shift"!


(PCM) KORN has once again reached the top of the charts for the 12th time with the release of the their absolutely stellar new album “The Paradigm Shift“, which entered the Billboard charts at an impressive #8.


It is no surprise at all that the album has debuted to such great response, as I think it is without a doubt some of the most solid work that we have heard from the band and is wonderful addition to the band’s incredible legacy of hard rocking and influential music.


KORN has never been afraid to take a risk, much as we saw with the 2011 release of the band’s metal dub-step hybrid album “The Path of Totality”, but it always seems to work out in their favor. Despite what some critics might have said, I thought “The Path of Totality” was brilliant and now with “The Paradigm Shift” we see KORN shifting back to their earlier sound, but not without some growth and maturity along the way. “The Paradigm Shift” also marks the return of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch to the band and that may also give the album a certain sense of familiarity.


KORN have always done an amazing job of being both original and ground-breaking with their music and stand-out tracks from “The Paradigm Shift” include an almost homage to each era of the band’s career especially with tracks such as “What We Do”, “Paranoid and Aroused”, and “Lullaby For A Sadist”.


I, for one, absolutely can’t wait to catch more of these tracks in the live environment. I did get a small taste during the band’s recent performance at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA and the band is sounding as tight as ever! It was one of the best performances from KORN that I have seen and I absolutely can’t wait until they are back in our neck of the woods again at the end of November. I saw the band prior to the release of the new album, so perhaps we will get to hear/see even more tracks off “The Paradigm Shift” on the upcoming “Night Of The Living Dreads Tour” with Rob Zombie.


Also, catch the band on November 1 for the premiere episode of the Award-winning music television series “Guitar Center Sessions” at 9pm ET/ 10pm PT exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (channel 239).

Photography credit: Mike Sievila

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