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Wednesday
Jan042017

Rock On The Range 2017 Sells Out Already

This is pretty unreal.

Rock on the Range, set for mid May in Columbus, Ohio has already sold out. You'll recall that Metallica is the headliner. The festival also just added the band Live. I was going to try and see the Metallica night but I never got around to get a ticket, so now that's up in the air I guess. There's always the secondary market. This is great news for live music - and also a sign that we're all ready for warm weather and concert season.

Just 75 days until spring!


Tuesday
Jan032017

Hair Metal Heaven Festival Announced

Hair Metal Heaven will take place in Kingston Upon Hull, UK on August 25th and 26th. There's some pretty good bands on this bill as you can see on the poster below. If you are planning a UK trip (or live there) you might want to check this out! Tickets are not on sale yet, but pay attention to the Facebook account below for more info in the coming weeks!


Monday
Jan022017

Damn Dice, 'Home' - New Video

Happy Monday. It's a new year, but I'm still on holiday from 2016. Unfortunately this is my last "break" day and going back to work tomorrow will be a struggle. At least it will be a short week!


Damn Dice is a five-piece metal band from London. They are young and have great potential. I like them a lot! They just released a video for their new single "Home." It's from the album The Great Unknown. Check it out.


Sunday
Jan012017

Karma. 

Saturday
Dec312016

Last Post Of 2016

It's been a long year and quite frankly I'm ready for it to be over. If you're going out to celebrate tonight, just have fun, be careful and don't drink and drive. Now, a little video tribute to some of the faves we lost this year:

David Bowie:


Prince:



Glenn Frey (The Eagles):



George Michael:



Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane):



Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire):



Keith Emerson and Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer):



Nick Menza (Megadeth):


Friday
Dec302016

Top 5 of 2016 

As promised, my top 5 favorite albums of 2016! 

5. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Another great release by one of my favorite "modern era" metal bands. I hope to see them live again soon so I can catch some of the new tracks live. Amazing guitar work with that classic harmonic sound. Great music for lifting weights. 

4. Enuff Z'Nuff - Clowns Lounge

This album is mostly comprised of previously unreleased recording sessions from the late 80s. That is, the golden age of glam. This choice is a nod toward my past.

3. Bon Jovi - This House Is Not For Sale

Not the best Bon Jovi album ever, but man the production is slick. The budget is big, so the band keeps churning out videos even if no one is watching them much anymore. I always applaud classic bands releasing new music and not just sitting on their laurels, happy to live off past fame. This album is a good effort and I'm down for that, plus you can listen to this one with your mom. 

2. Asking Alexandria - The Black 

This is the band's first (and only) album to feature singer Denis Shaforostov. The band just reunited with Danny Worsnop and that's a good thing, but The Black has some killer moments, including the title track and "Let It Sleep." This album is also great for the gym. 

1. I See Stars - Treehouse 

I See Stars is electronicore. There is no band I listen to more on a regular basis than this one, mainly because I throw them on each time I run. In all the miles I've run, I've never come across a better band that matches beats with my pace. "Mobbin Out" was the first single from Treehouse and it easily became one of my favorite songs, period. Devin Oliver's voice gets impossibly high on this track. There's something European about this band and yet they are from Michigan. Their song structures are inventive and I've yet to come across another electronicore band that I enjoy quite this much. Quite frankly, there's just no match. Now all that said, I've never seen this band live. I would have liked to check them out at the Warped Tour last summer, but I figured I'd be the oldest person there, so I just passed. 

Other tracks from Treehouse I love? "Running With Scissors" and "Calm Snow."


 

Now here's Christian's Top 5 of 2016:

5. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

4. In Flames- Battles

3. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking 

2. Sabaton - The Last Stand

1. Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake

Now, we only have one cross-over in Avenged Sevenfold, but Christian did agree with me that the new Asking Alexandria is an incredible album and it would be in his top 10.

So what are your favorites of 2016? 

Thursday
Dec292016

This Tweet Sums It All Up

Black Metal Cats (@evilbmcats) is one of my favorite accounts on Twitter. In all, 2016 has been a really crappy year for a lot of people.

After the news broke last night that Debbie Reynolds had died just 24 hours after her daughter Carrie Fisher, I decided that 2016 really did have no chill and I'm girding myself for the next 72 hours or so left of this miserable year. Let's all be really still, really careful and hope we don't lose any more of the musicians and actors we love. I seriously have nothing else to say at this point, except "good grief!"

Be sure to check back tomorrow (glam willing) for my top 5 of 2016 list!