Monthly Archives: February 2009

Review: Dog Fashion Disco – Beating A Dead Horse To Death…Again [2008]

amazon-dog-fashion-discoDigging through the vaults once again, eccentric Maryland metal squad Dog Fashion Disco have dug deep and have excavated 14 more tracks to share with the rest of its “mushroom cult” with BEATING A DEAD HORSE TO DEATH…AGAIN. Posting a noticeable presence in the underground metal scene thanks to their Faith No More meets System of a Down slant on heavy music, this disc acts as a cleansing of sorts, featuring everything from tracks from a live performance radio gig to some soundtrack work to a couple of joke acoustic tracks that showcase the band’s patented jolly assault on the jugular. Dog Fashion Disco succinctly ties up their loose ends via this posthumous offering, making it a perfect ending for the most adamant of this outfit’s fans to relish in.  www.rottenrecords.com -Mike SOS

Announced: Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick Summer 2009 Tour Dates

Hard rockers Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick will be hitting the road together this summer for a 40 date US tour. Very interesting…who remembers Joe Elliot trash talking Poison last summer?

23-June Camden, NJ
25-June Cuyahoga Falls, OH
26-June Darien Center, NY
28-June Scranton, PA
30-June Mansfield, MA
01-July Holmdel, NJ
03-July Saratoga Springs, NY
04-July Toronto, CAN
07-July Hartford, CT
08-July Wantagh, NY
10-July Burgettstown, PA
11-July Virginia Beach, VA
12-July Bristow, VA
15-July Cincinnati, OH
17-July Tinley Park, IL
18-July Milwaukee, WI
20-July Maryland Heights, MO
21-July Kansas City, MO
23-July Noblesville, IN
24-July Clarkston, MI
07-August Raleigh, NC
08-August Charlotte, NC
10-August Nashville, TN
11-August Birmingham, AL
13-August West Palm Beach, FL
14-August Tampa, FL
15-August Atlanta, GA
18-August New Orleans, LA
19-August Houston, TX
21-August Dallas, TX
22-August Tulsa, OK
24-August Englewood, CO
25-August Salt Lake City, UT
28-August Albuquerque, NM
29-August Phoenix, AZ
30-August Irvine, CA
02-September Mountain View, CA
03-September Sacramento, CA
05-September Las Vegas, NV
06-September San Bernadino, CA

Source: rollingstone.com

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Announced: Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival 2009 Summer Tour Dates

The 2009 Mayhem Festival is gearing up to be one of this summer’s concert tour highlights with Slayer and Marilyn Manson playing the headlining role. Other featured metal bands include Bullet For My Valentine, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Fri 07/10/09 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 07/11/09 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 07/12/09 Devore, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue 07/14/09 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 07/17/09 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 07/18/09 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Sun 07/19/09 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Tue 07/21/09 Bonner Springs, KS Capitol Federal Park At Sandstone
Wed 07/22/09 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Fri 07/24/09 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sat 07/25/09 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Sun 07/26/09 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 07/28/09 Toronto, ON The Molson Amphitheatre
Wed 07/29/09 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 07/31/09 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Sat 08/01/09 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Sun 08/02/09 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tue 08/04/09 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Thu 08/06/09 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Fri 08/07/09 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 08/08/09 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Sun 08/09/09 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Tue 08/11/09 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
Wed 08/12/09 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Fri 08/14/09 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Sat 08/15/09 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 08/16/09 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Visit www.mayhemfest.com for more info.

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Review: Asva – What You Don't Know Is Frontier [2008]

amazon-asvaSupplying seventy minutes of severe doom and drone, the latest effort by Asva is a sparse slow-churning affair that tries your patience more times than you can count before making good on resonating thick empiric riffs from the bowels of despair (“Christopher Columbus”). Interjecting odd nuances such as female choral vocals into its pitch black shapeshift (“A Game in Hell, Hard Work in Heaven”), Asva maintains an unorthodox atmosphere while retaining its vast soundscapes, yielding a listening experience whose waiting time warrants the big payoffs brought via cavernous riffs and thunderous cymbal crashes. www.southern.net -Mike SOS

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Review: Banner Pilot – Resignation Day [2008]

amazon-banner-pilotMinneapolis punk trio Banner Pilot steps up with their second offering, the 12-track RESIGNATION DAY. Determined to keep sneering punk rock front and center, songs like “Saltash Luck” and “Wired Wrong” may suffer from sounding a bit too much like one another, yet ths troupe’s tried and true let it all hang out punk rock formula loudly cuts through thanks to the buzzsaw guitars and dramatic pauses that assist tracks like “Empty Your Bottles,” “No Transfer,” and “Speed Trap.” Laying down infectious melodies that are as common as the everyday cold, Banner Pilot doesn’t bowl you over with jaw-dropping originality nor impress with a grandiose delivery, yet does an admirable job of dropping off a rough around the edges no frills blue collar punk rock with a everyman bare bones vibe permeating throughout. www.gokartrecords.com -Mike SOS

Announced: Crue Fest 2009 Summer Tour Dates

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Crüe Fest featuring Mötley Crüe is back for its second year this summer and will also include the following hard rock bands: Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, and Charm City Devils. In addition, Mötley Crüe will perform their classic album Dr. Feelgood in its entirety on this tour.

Sun. Jul 19 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Tue. Jul 21 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Wed. Jul 22 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Mon. Jul 27 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
Tue. Jul 28 Portland, OR Clark County Amphitheater
Thu. Jul 30 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Fri. Jul 31 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Ampitheater
Sat. Aug 01 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Mon. Aug 03 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Tue. Aug 04 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
Wed. Aug 05 Albuquerque, NM Hournal Pavilion
Fri. Aug 07 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat. Aug 08 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Sun. Aug 09 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Tue. Aug 11 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Wed. Aug 12 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri. Aug 14 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Sat. Aug 15 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun. Aug 16 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Wed. Aug 19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Fri. Aug 21 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sat. Aug 22 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
Sun. Aug 23 Raleigh, NC TWC Music Pavilion
Sat. Aug 29 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sun. Aug 30 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Tue. Sep 01 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Fri. Sep 04 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Sat. Sep 05 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Source: cruefest2.com

Review: M. – In Absentia [2008]

amazon-mNYC artist Marthyn (or M. for short) pieces together a smorgasbord of jagged lo-fi juxtapositions, further developing this middle-ground musicians’s rulebending visions and unique style in the process on the 13-track IN ABSENTIA. Seemingly strung together from a bizarre crop of spoken word rants, woe is me electronic melancholy, mashed-up DJ grooves, artsy space folk, minimalist punk, and outright personal delusions, this scattershot and vibrant composite sounds fresh off a NYC modern art punk show, spouting an uninhibited and heartfelt collection of musical musings from the perspective of an outsider looking in. While the overall aura may smother with the kind of self-absorption that ultimately dilutes the effort, there’s enough intriguing segues and a barrage of genres explored to warrant a few listens before making an informed decision on this disc. www.marthyn.com -Mike SOS

Review: Miseration – Your Demons-Their Angels [2008]

amazon-miserationAt first acting as a side project for two of the members of Scar Symmetry before vocalist Christian Alvestam decided to leave the fold, Miseration explores a more extreme style more in tune with bands like Morbid Angel and the early years of In Flames on their nihilistic nine-track affair YOUR DEMONS-THEIR ANGELS. While there are traces of former breadwinner built into the foundations of tracks like “Chain-Work Soul” and  “Perfection Destroyed,” the overall feel leans on the ruthless end of the metal spectrum, with predominant pounding double bass drums propelling this entire abrasive affair. Sinewy death metal riffs and gruff vocals gloriously gel together here to make a huge part in this project’s sound, plucking the best from the early years of the Gothenburg melodeath movement to create a ferocious blend of forward thinking aggressive metal that’s fairly well-tread yet dark and gruesome enough to be gratifying (“Foul Invective,” “Seven Are the Sins”). www.lifeforce-america.com -Mike SOS

Review: The Becoming – Volume 1 [2008]

amazon-becoming1Christian Goth punks? Sheesh. The Becoming take the word of the Lord and inject some HIM into the mix for this slickly produced exercise in transparency. Labeling this quintet of Hot Topic models as a dark rock group is downright shameful, as their Bon Jovi meets Anberlin hooks heard on “Silent As the Grave” and “Your Love” scream more of heartbroken post cock rock wankery than any clever wardrobe change suggests. Not worth a minute of your time. www.toothandnail.com -Mike SOS

Review: MxPx – On The Cover II [2009]

amazon-on-the-coverAfter nearly 15 years since the release of On The Cover, Christian pop punk rockers MxPx are serving up a second helping of cover songs. On The Cover II features mainly renditions of 80’s cuts such as The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Ramones’ “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg),” U2’s “I Will Follow,” The Go-Go’s “Vacation,” and Poison’s “Fallen Angel.”

The album opens with an infectious version of Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl” which features Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley on the accordion. “I Will Follow” contains a delightfully guitar heavy bridge [2:00] and “I’m Gonna Be” briefly transitions to Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” [2:54].

The album’s peak occurs during the post solo bridge in “My Brain Is Hanging Up Side Down” [2:29] which may have the three deceased original Ramones’ members smurking in their graves—or that is just what my sick head pictures.

A sped up version of The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” serves as the least interesting cover on the album because it is far too predictable and it is the type of track that should never be re-recorded—it is one of the unspoken rules of rock.

Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” featuring Agent M of Tsunami Bomb is decent at best but will have you bobbing along during the chorus. “Fallen Angel’s” guitars are an absolute slopfest during the intro however the band pulls it together during the first verse.

MxPx appropriately close the album with Queen’s “Somebody To Love” which is due to the pleasant vocal harmonies [2:25] that carry the song to the end.

On The Cover II will provide the pop punk fan with an undeniably good time. Aside from a few flaws listed above, MxPx delivers a solid collection of covers on this release. I am one of the few metalheads walking the planet that embraced the pop punk era of the mid 90’s so it does make me happy to see that some of those bands are still alive and kicking. B-

MxPx is Mike Herrera (vocals/bass), Tom Wisniewski (guitars/vocals), and Yuri Ruley (drums)

On The Cover II Track Listing:

1.  “Punk Rock Girl” [Dead Milkmen]

2.  “I Will Follow” [U2]

3.  “Suburban Girl” [Descendents]

4.  “I’m Gonna Be” (500 Miles) [The Proclaimers]

5.  “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down” [The Ramones]

6.  “Vacation” [The Go-Go’s]

7.  “Heaven Is A Place on Earth” [Belinda Carlisle]

8.  “Kids In America” [Kim Wilde]

9.  “Fallen Angel” [Poison]

10.  “Should I Stay or Should I Go” [The Clash]

11.  “Linda Linda” [The Blue Hearts]

12.  “Somebody To Love” [Queen]