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Sunday, March 29, 2015

CD Review: Von Hertzen Brothers-New Day Rising(Available Now)Spinefarm Records/Freeman Promotions

Basically above is a 5.5 star rating out of 5

Members: * Mikko von Hertzen - voc, guit * Kie von Hertzen - guit, voc * Jonne von Hertzen - bass, voc * Mikko Kaakkuriniemi - drs * Juha Kuoppala - keys
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

From the bands website:

Due to a mishap in the production line, we are sorry to inform that the release dates of our new album have been changed.
New Day Rising is already out in Finland, US and Canada, as well as digitally worldwide excluding the UK. The album will be released in physical format in Mainland Europe on Friday March 27th and in the UK on March 30th, including digital.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
This has been an incredible year thus far for new music and this month has seen some amazing releases as well, the only trouble I have is being able to possibly cover all of it--I am trying to get more reviewed.

The video below is the title track and first video from the album 
                                       "New Day Rising"
This like a great many bands that I am reviewing here over the years is my first time hearing. However this is their 6th studio album. Just amazed I have not heard them before , sure am glad I am hearing them now-this is a fantastic album all around.

This is a more modern rock music album than what is usually reviewed here. This is a very commercial album , but so , so good as well.

                             Here is the lyric video for my 
                             favorite song on the album
The mix of contempary rock music and pop music is quite refreshing here and the lyrics and vocals are what really build the strength here , as well as the great musicianship.If you don't believe have a listen to some of their music from the videos I have shared here in this review.

They have some great talent for creating some inspiring music and thoughtful lyrics that are more than power ballads like "Love Burns". I cannot possibly count how many times I have listened to this album, not just singular songs but the entire album , what a treat it is!

                             Below is a song from their last album
I searched You Tube for many of their videos are there from their past albums and I share yet another from their previous album as it is a beautiful song , musically and vocally.

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

Saturday, March 28, 2015

CD Review: A.D.D -CORE(Available Now)Pavement Entertainment

Launched in 2007
Release Date
January 2015
Hard Rock
Band Members:

Margaret Young -aka- Matilda Moon - vocals
Dave Adams - guitar
Jeremy Sparta - guitar/vocals... See More
Chicago, IL
Record Label
Pavement Entertainment

So many good bands out there these days , so many bands that get air time on regular radio stations and then there are those that don't , I have always preferred the latter.

Here is the video for 
"I Regret"

This has some great classic sounding metal sounds and yet enough original songs that keeps things going, this is some of the better sounding new bands out there in my opinion.
Really enjoy the vocals and all the work musically here , a good mix of some ballads like "Was My Life" and then heavier songs like "Black", my personal favorite song-if you like Godsmack this song will impress as it did me.
Bands like this assure rock is not dead as Gene Simmons once said , it is a basic staple of life many other genres also remain strong but the life of a rock band can go on for decades even after the band has broken up The Beatles are a perfect example of that.

Rock n Roll is the one that always stood tall and strong because of the fan base there are few genres of music that have as loyal a fan base as Rock and Heavy Metal , once a fan is hooked it is usually hard to get them un-hooked I am one of those.
I consider myself to be a fan of many styles of music but Rock and Metal are certainly my favorites -this band fits into that category of ones I will be supporting over the years.
From Band's bio:

The band has sold 6,000 cds independently and have amassed over 4,000 paid downloads. They have played with KORN, Chevelle, Halestorm, Sevendust,Alterbridge, and Buckcherry to name a few. In addition, they have headlined some of Chicago's most prestigious venues including House of Blues, Metro and Mojoes. They have also played major events such as Throttlefest at Toyota Park, Summerfest at Milwaukee Fairgrounds, and WIIL Rockfest in Twin Lakes, WI. The new album "CORE" was mixed by Tadpole (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Trevor Sadler. The album has already received spins at WYKT (SW Chicago), WIXO (Peoria, IL), and was the "420 Hit of The Day" on WIIL Rock (Chicago, IL). The band plans to tour throughout the new year in support of their new release "CORE". 

 Upcoming Show Dates:

Fri. Mar. 27th - Mojoes - Joliet, IL - HEADLINE CD Release show

Sat. Apr. 4th - Crazy Coyote - Burlington, IA

Sat. Apr. 11th - Freakster's Roadhouse - HEADLINE - Pontiac, IL

Thu. April 16th - Nevin's - HEADLINE - Plainfield, IL

Fri. Apr. 24th - On the Rox w/ Wayland - Jacksonville, IL

Thu. May 7th - Mojoes w/ Black Stone Cherry - Joliet, IL

Sun. May 10th - High Noon Saloon w/ Y&T - Madison, WI

Sat. June 5th - Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI

Fri. July 17th - Rockfest - Cadott, WI

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

Friday, March 27, 2015

Little Shop of Movies Review: Before I Go To Sleep(Available Now)

This is one complex and somewhat repetitive movie but we will get to that in a bit here.
Nicole Kidman in my books has always been a good actress no matter what kind of new treatment she has done to her face.
Christine(Kidman) lives with her husband Ben (Colin Firth)she has had an accident and every day is a new day for her as she is an amnesiac , soon as she falls asleep her brain switches off and then begins a new day , each and everyday is the same for Ben as he reminds her of her past and when they got together.
Christine has a neurologist who helps her with her memory -days before we ever join her in her life she has , under instruction of Dr Nasch to place a camera in her closet drawer. Upon finding it she is told to record her thoughts and memories each day as a visual journal of sorts.
The film works so well mostly because all the performances are top notch here, there is lots of lying and deciept and I had lots of troubles with the abuse scenes. 
We  are along for the ride on this one ,not because this is something that is new at all-rather it is because everyone is so good in their roles and the ending is one of the more satisfying endings I have seen in some time.
I found myself very compelled to watch the end of the film as I wanted to find out exactly what happens, that is rare for some films to have that kind of power over  me.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

CD Review: Chugger- Human Plague (Available April 1, 2015)The Metal Detector Music Promotions

Founded in 2012
Groove Death Metal
Band Members
Robert Bjärmyr - Guitars, 
Henrik Östlund - Bass, 
David Dahl - Vocals, 
David Pergament - Drums, 
Fredrik Carlstedt - Guitars
Record Label
Rambo Music/GAIN Music Entertainment/Sony Music

Heavy riffs, bass and drums -vocals that will slay as well this is a band to be reckoned with ,some fresh stuff here . I am sure those of you that like Heavy Metal will enjoy this as well.

The video above is one of my favorite songs on the album, have a listen to it.

The vocals as stated earlier are killer guttural  and great at the same time. This is one of the better albums out this year.

From Band's Bio:
Sweden's harsh climate and technological progress along with the blistering west coast weather forged what later became known as the Gothenburg Sound, with artists like In Flames, At The Gates and Dark Tranquillity. It should come as no surprise that this would eventually also become the breeding ground that spawned Chugger.

Chugger is a five piece metal machine that builds upon the foundation of the Gothenburg metal, takes the groove from the American south and the sinister setting of the darkest regions of the human mind and stranglehold them in an uncompromising vice. The result is neither just groove or thrash, but rather its own monster – a head-on, full metal avalanche that stops for nothing.

Here is a video from 2013
Art of Science

This is some great metal that does not disappoint at all, some crushing sounds and straight up mayhem on some of the songs as well. "Rust" has some classic metal undertones.
"The Grid" is punishing and threatening ,  almost. It's tempo is all over the place and really works on so many levels.
Got get this on April 1, that's no joke either!!

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau