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Thirteen The Band, Is the snake over the top?

Well if you haven’t heard of this band, where have you been hiding.

According to what’s out there about them.

WINNER OF HARD ROCK MAGAZINES -BEST NEW HARD ROCK ALBUM WINNER OF GUITAR CENTER’S ZAKK WYLDE MASTERCLASS

The mission: Create “Modern Vintage” rock music inspired by legendary hard rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Guns n’ Roses mixed with elements from heaven and hell.

After a little talk with the band they asked me to take a look at this video.

Really the snake isn’t what makes this video, but it’s interesting.

Let me know what you think.

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Happy Holidays with somethings.

Happy Holidays, Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year.

Here Comes the Mummies

Not so Christmasy, Pretty Vicious

Made You Laugh.

Men Think Again, Meghan Trainor

 

 


Monster Truck..The Band and other news.

Well I finally got a chance to look at my reading material for the last couple months. RUSH had been on the cover of Classic Rock magazine from the UK, so I went to the CR website and was surprised to see that the Classic Rock Roll of Honour was coming up for 2012. This years list of nominees for best new band include.
Ancient VVisdom

Casablanca

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Cory Branan

Ghost

Phantom Limb

Tedeschi-Trucks Band

The Civil Wars

And Last but not least a group I will be watching Monster Truck

Take a look and weight in on who should be the best new band of 2012. You know who I’m voting for. They have a wordpress blog too. Monster Truck

New album releases:
Mumford and Sons on Sept 25, Babel
Diana Krall on October 2, Glad Rag Doll
Green Day on Sept 25, Uno
Muse on Oct 2, The 2nd Law
Soundgarden on Nov 13, King Animal
Heart on Oct 2, Fanatic
Billy K Band already out, Outrun The Rain
Joe Bonamassa on Sept 25, Beacon Theatre: Live From New York
The WallFlowers on October 9, Glad All Over

Keep checking back from news and updates.


Wonderful World of Music Video’s

Shinedown has been coming out with a number of great video’s to support the album released in March.




W.E.R.M. Latest music video.

Serpent Underground, made an impression with this music video.

For you Country fans, Billy K Band, this is one of the songs from his new album.

Like what you see share it with your friends.


Serotonin……a bright spot in UK music.

This interview was one I had been looking forward to for a long time since I first heard there music awhile ago. Jay Cobain took time out from the very busy schedule he has had of late tells us about himself and the band.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Serotonin was born in the summer of 2007. Myself (Jay) and one of my closest friends, Jody Shinton (Drummer), had been in a band together prior to Serotonin for several years. At the start of 2006, we disbanded and parted ways. Jody went on to work with other musicians in our town, doing various musical projects whilst I took some much needed time out. During this time, I was still writing music, but it wasn’t until mid 2007 that I was ready to “test out” the new material I had written. I called Jody and explained that I had this array of new material and I was desperate to get back into the scene again. The music we wrote in our previous band was very grunge and had a lot of Nirvana influence behind it, but I didn’t want to go back to that as it was getting us nowhere fast. After showing Jody the new music, he loved it and so did I. This was our sound. This was Serotonin.
Jody was good friends with bassist, Dave Chatterley. They had been working together in another band whilst I was taking time off. Their project had not long disbanded and Jody suggested bringing Dave in to play the bass guitar for us. As soon as we all got together it just clicked. We all fed off of each others passion and we were ready. I guess that’s how we were born.

What or who inspired you?
From a very early age it was Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was a huge influence on me and got me into writing music from the start. However, my guitar idol is one Mark Tremonti; the guitarist for Creed and Alter Bridge. Mark is the reason that I became more experimental with my music and made me want to learn to shred and solo more. Corey Taylor (Slipknot & Stone Sour) is another huge influence of mine.
Jody is a huge fan of Bon Jovi and has named Tico Torres as one of his idols, but he has many others such as The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold).
Dave is a big fan of Matt Bellamy from Muse.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I play guitar. My guitars of choice are Paul Reed Smith guitars (PRS). I absolutely love them. The trouble is that they are very expensive, but worth it.
Dave enjoys his Fender Jazz bass guitars.
Jody plays DW drums.

What do you listen too?
A lot of rock, metal and alternative metal. I like to think that I have an eclectic taste in music, but these genres seem to shine through more. I can’t stand pop music, R&B or drum and bass.

What makes you happy? sad?
Music for both. Music is such a very emotional tool.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my fiance and our son. They are a huge part of my life.
I also enjoy directing and editing. This helps when it comes to our music videos. I am a very artistic and creatively driven person, so I channel it all into areas that interest me.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Honestly? Make a living through music for the rest of my life. I understand that a lot of musicians say this, but it’s true. I guess the only difference is that it’s not about the “fame and the fortune” for me. I only need enough to support my family and be able to eat.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
This is a good question and a difficult one to answer. I don’t think there is anything… at the moment.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
There is another record in the works. Actually, we’ve not long finished it. We started working on a new EP last September and finally finished this past spring. It’s called ‘The Missing’ and consists of 5 tracks. There have been talks of releasing a new music video for one of the new songs, but nothing is official yet.
We are planning to begin work on another record soon and I’m also contemplating a possible solo album.

How hard has it been managing your own label and yourself?
We signed to Crash Records who are an independent record label in 2009. Since then we released 2 records through them. However, we have since parted with the label and we have been doing everything ourselves. Our new record (The Missing) will be released through my own label and was even recorded in my home. It’s been challenging doing everything myself, but it’s all a part of the journey.

What’s the new album about?
The new record is easily our darkest to date. The title of the EP is apt because they were songs that didn’t make our first 2 EP’s. We had a lot of requests from fans that wanted copies of songs that weren’t available on our previous records.
The record itself is based around deceit, fate and broken relations. It sounds depressing, but makes for some good music. One of the tracks is called ‘I’m Nothing’ and is actually the first song I ever wrote. I originally wrote it when I was 16 and did nothing with it. It’s changed a little bit since it’s creation, but I am proud of this song.
The inspiration behind the songs on this album?
A lot of the music that I write stems from some form of experience, whether that be past or present. The songs on the new record are based on past experiences and dealing with deceit. I enjoy the way that I wrote the lyrics for the track ‘Twist of Fate’. The first verse is written about the past, but the second verse describes how that fate was changed for the better. It’s hard to explain, but I thought it was a good way to show that everything happens for a reason.
The opening track on this record is an intro track. I wanted something to set the mood for the rest of the record. It’s called ‘Absentia’ which is Latin for ‘absence’. I felt that this was a fitting title as the EP is ‘The Missing’. It’s quite a peaceful track and even has orchestral pieces in it. In my opinion, it certainly sets the tone and the mood for the rest of the record.
When do you hope to have it released? and where?
Originally, we hoped to have it released in June, 2012, but due to unforeseen circumstances, this didn’t happen. We’re now aiming to release it in August.
The release will be digital and will be worldwide. As with our 2 previous records, it can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and many more.
Once we have the official release date ready, we will announce it on our official Facebook page.
Thanks to Serotonin for the interview and good luck.
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Serpent Underground…….WOW!

Cruising through the people on ReverbNation and I received an a friend request from Serpent Underground and WOW it took my breath away. They recently released a “Official Video” which I will give you attach here in the blog. Ralph was kind enough to answer a few questions and give me a copy of their information to share with all of you.
So how did you meet?
I started the band with a friend of mine (Guitarist) who I met at work in 2003 (He left the band in 2007). There have been several line up changes in the band since it’s birth in 2003.

For those people who don’t know you, who does what and who manufactures your instruments and equipment?
The band currently consist of four members: Ralph Buso – Vocals/Keys, Cody Walker – Guitar/Backing Vocals, Anthony Arguijo – Bass/Backing Vocals, Mike Elliott – Drums. I (Ralph) use a Sennheiser Microphone, and a Yamaha MOTIF 6 Synthesizer. The Guitarist (Cody) uses a Schecter C-7 custom (7-string) Guitar, a Mesa boogie dual rectifier (Head), and a Custom made Cab. The Bass Player (Anthony) uses a Schecter stilleto 5 string bass, a Ampeg 4 pro amp head, and a Ampeg 8x10HLF speaker cabinet. The Drummer (Mike) uses a 5 piece Tama kit with Paiste Cymbals.

How is your first album doing and the new video?
Our Album “The Lie”, and our Video “The Fallen” is receiving rave reviews from both fans, and Industry professionals.

Is there going to be another video soon?
A new video is in the works, and it will feature a special celebrity guest star, our friend and colleague Steve Santini (Creator and star of T.V.’s “Deals From The Dark Side”, Collector and historian of rare and dark antique relics, “World’s Most Extreme Escape Artist” : Ripley’s Believe it or Not!)

What’s you favorite types of venues to play?
We are all about great sound, and powerful visual effects, so we like to play venues who can support our performance standard.

How far way has touring been taking you and how is the road treating you?
We are not currently on the road, but we plan to be on a national tour sometime in the late fall.

Who’s managing you, and how can venues sign you up?
We are currently being managed by The Monstour Agency. Venues can contact Todd at tma@themonstouragency.com

What kind of things do you like to do in your down time?
I enjoy good beer, and good company! lol

What makes you happy? Writing good music that people can relate to.
or Sad? The high price of gas! lol
If you could do anything you wanted what would you like to try?
I would eliminate sickness, and death!

Links to them, ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Metal Underground,Youtube
Keep on Playing and thanks for the interview.

Information provided by Serpent Underground
Biography:

Dark, melodic, emotional, heavy and intense. These terms have all been used to describe the force behind Serpent Underground. Yet they don’t even scratch the surface of the band itself. Formed in 2003, Serpent Underground hit the Southern California metal scene with a vengance. With their heart-pounding rhythms, melodic guitar work, rib crushing bass and electrifying vocals, Serpent Underground quickly carved a name for themselves and they haven’t looked back. Their dynamic live show has stretched all over Southern California as well as across the nation, sharing the stage with Dragonforce, Five Finger Death Punch, Asesino, The Dreaming and Powerman 5000.

Since then, the band has released 2 albums. The first, Devils of Flesh, was released in 2006, and featured hits such as “Caroline”, “Tangled” and “Someday Soul”. This album has a dark, gothic mood, and with its haunting lyics quickly established Serpent Underground as a force in the music world.

The bands second album, “The Lie” was released in September 2011 under Downpour Records. This album features everything Serpent Underground fans have come to expect, and adds a progressive drive to their already aggressive “in-your-face”sound. With hits like “Broken”, “The Fallen” and the fan favorite “God on the Mic”, Serpent Underground once again shows the world their talent as song writers and musicians.

One of the most dedicated groups in the industry, Serpent Underground continues to play shows to their ever-growing fan base while striving to push the boundries of their art with every new track they write. With upcoming songs like the dark and edgy “Other side of Sanity”, the epic “Anthem for Destruction” and with the beauty of the ballad “Wait for Me”, Serpent Underground remains a paragon of dark, melodic metal. Each track telling a story that allows the listener to see the world through their eyes…

For Booking Contact:
serpent.underground@gmail.com

Achievements

Throughout the years, Serpent Underground has played across America including the Gothstock Festival in Hartford CT and the San Diego State Fair. They have played with numerous national acts such as:
Five Finger Death Punch, Dragonforce, Asesino, The Dreaming, and Powerman 5000. They were first runner up in the 2006 Bodog Battle of the Bands and the Nitrorocks Ultimate Battle. In 2007 Serpent Underground was nominated in 3 categories for the Rock City News Rockie Awards and were awarded 2 of them. The nominations include:

• Best Metal Band ~ Serpent Underground (AWARDED)
• Best Male Drummer ~ Rich Costa (AWARDED)
• Best Male Front Man ~ Ralph Buso

In Addition, Serpent Underground:
• Is being promoted and featured by Metal Sanaz who has over 1,000,000 friends http://www.myspace.com/metalsanaz
• Has one of the most viewed episodes on the metal show
The Bloodstream
• Is demanded by over 2,000 people on eventful.com
• Was featured weekly on XM Radio’s Liquid Metal (42)
• Had 3 songs from “Devils of Flesh” featured on the Playboy TV reality series Jenna’s American Sex Star
• Have been featured on several occasions on the Southern California radio stations X103.9 and Rock105.3 with tracks from both of their Albums “Devils of Flesh” and “THE LIE”

Serpent Underground made the ‘Rock Solid Pressure’
‘Top 10’ list for the most requested tracks of 2008.
‘Rock Solid Pressure’ is a national FM show,
and to be one of the most requested bands on
‘Rock Solid Pressure’ is an amazing feat.


Progressive Metal group Symphony X and music News

If you have never heard this progressive metal band you should take a listen. This New Jersey band will be away from America visiting Sweden, Israel, Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico. I’d say that makes them popular when they are see the other areas of the world. Check out their website and hope they will be in your area this year.
News local to Colorado.
Kiss and Motley Crue will be at the Comfort Dental Amphitheater August 8
Bassnector will be at Red Rocks June 1, June 2 already sold out.
Van Halen with Kool & The Ganag Pepsi Center May 24
Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent at Red Rocks Amphitheater May 8
The Fray with Jessie Baylin at Red Rocks, May 11 sold out but May 12 still available.
Rock the Summer!


Thurkills Vision…winner of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 2011.

From the bio on Sonicbids,
“Thurkills Vision is a 5 piece melodic metal outfit hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts. Formed in 2006, the group is led by the fierce and equally alluring voice of singer Yamil Melendez; combining influences of metal, alternative, and rock to create a hybrid sound that can’t be easily categorized. The hard hitting rhythm section featuring David Malave on drums and bassist Matt Frotten lay the foundation for guitarists Eric Williams and Bobby Rourke, who drive the band with their aggressive, thrash-inspired playing. Along with the auditory assault that is their music, the band also brings to the table a high-intensity live show, which has become a staple for the group. Since forming, the band has played shows all over the New England area, sharing the stage with national touring acts such as Sevendust, 10 Years, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Three Days Grace, Escape the Fate, Seether, Taproot, Nonpoint, and Powerman 5000, to name a few.”
“Instrumentation, David Malave – Drums, Eric Williams – Guitar, Yamil Melendez – Vocals, Bobby Rourke – Guitar,
Matt Frotten – Bass”

Their EP came out in March of 2011. Here is the interview we did.
How did you get started, little history bio basically?
We mostly met in high school, and we found Eric in the classifieds like a puppy.

What or who inspired you?
Sevendust, Pantera, Metallica, Korn, Rage Against the Machine. Seeing these bands live inspired a few of us to want to be musicians.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
Pearl Session Custom, a Gibson Les Paul, a Schecter, a Fender bass, the singer uses Shure mics.

What do you listen too?
A little bit of everything…Sevendust, A Day to Remember, Of Mice and Men, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Tupac, some local artists.

What makes you happy? sad?
Performing, writing, friends, the van. The Patriots losing the Superbowl.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch movies, play video games, travel, spend time with friends.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Fly.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
We love each other’s hair and we have separation anxiety.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We have another album in the works. We are spending some time writing currently. Possibly an acoustic album in the future also. Another music video, definitely. We had a lot of fun creating the first one. (www.youtube.com/thurkillsvisionmusic – video for “My Theory“)

Who manages you?
Ali Pini & David Malave

You can find out more at these links, best of luck in the future to Thurkills Vision and thanks for talking with us.
Thurkills Vision, ReverbNation, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn


What happens when Polka music meet Metal……The Polkanauts.

Ok I know what your saying to yourself, What? When I think metal names like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and others come to mind and you wouldn’t think of polka bands who play metal but let me introduce you to the Polkanauts.
I have friends who are in the polka scene and love these guys. They may look kinda like Devo on some level but the music they play is lively and fun.
Here is our little interview with links so you can check them out.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?

One of us (Paco) is from WI. He grew up with Polka – he had the drunken idea to put his two favorite styles together – Metal & Polka. Came up with the original logo, name, everything, several years prior to getting this started. He recruited the rest of us over the course of a year or so & we jumped into this strange hybrid. The NASA/ astronaut, flight suit thing was just too good (or stupid depending on your point of view) to pass up. We’ve only ever played one show without the Orange Flight suits and we’re 75 or 80 shows in now .

What or who inspired you?
Hard to say – we love Metal in most all forms; But Polka is just as visceral in a totally different way. There is a Documentary out there call “It’s Happiness” all about Polka in the mid-west – that is a great explanation. As for specific performers –The cornerstone of Polka will always be Frankie Yankovic. And of Metal- Black Sabbath.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
We would be a pretty standard Rock/Punk/Metal trio, but add in the Accordion and it’s a whole other world & a 4 piece! Fender J. Bass / Jackson reverse headstock-{because it’s just so damn metal?} “Dinky”. Custom Drums, all Vic Firth Sticks (yep, that’s a sponsorship plug!) / Roland Accordion. Orange/VOX Amplification.
What do you listen too? Everything! – We are all full-on music geeks! Lots of Metal in all varieties imaginable, especially; Black/Death/Doom/Grind/Thrash/Sleaze, but also a lot of Brit Pop, Indie and Classical mixed in. Between the 4 of us you’ll find love for damn near everything from Sweet to Sunn(((O And from Gregorian Chant to Jay Z.

What makes you happy? Beer, $240 worth of Pudding (look it up!), Dancing.
Sad? Empty beer mugs. People who take themselves & us too seriously.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
We all periodically play in other projects and see a hell of a lot of live music!
If you could do anything you wanted what would it be? We want to go play a tour of the Oktoberfest Tents in Germany!

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?

Polka Rules all it surveys!! – But it’s also prone to being blind drunk and thus misses out on some things. We love people that dance- good – bad- or otherwise. If you come to a ‘Nauts show, dance your ass off- your very likely to get a reward of some type!!

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We will be recording later this spring and we have a video planned for later this year – we plan to search for volunteer/extras to fill the location and dress in matching orange flight suits just like us! Watch for it!

Do you manage yourselves or who manages you?
We’ve had a few offers, but so far we are a lot more comfortable doing it ourselves. But we’re not opposed to interesting offers!!

Thanks to the Polkanauts and his is some links for you.
Best Polka Bands
GigSalad
ReverbNation
MySpace
Facebook
YouTube


I am Ozzy….Review.


Like I said before I found this book hard to put down. Ozzy starts from his early life and tell us the story through till a little after The Osbourne’s TV show. It a roller coaster ride of laughter and sadness in what seems to be a very honest and down to earth telling of his “Crazy Train” of life. You really get his feelings about everything that has made him the person who makes us laugh. It is worth reading even if your not big into Ozzy’s music. The insights into the music industry, traveling and other aspects of being a musician make this a very interesting look at how it all works and sometimes doesn’t work. Excellent Read, good luck on the new album Ozzy and Black Sabbath.