ALBUM REVIEW: Puddle of Mudd – Welcome to Galvania

Music is an integral part of most of the world’s human population. I know for me, music is like oxygen, I fear I would wither up and die without it. If you are like me, one of the great disappointments in your life is when you realize you may never hear music from one of your favorite bands again. Case in point, Puddle of Mudd. Full disclosure, the band’s 2001 Mega-hit album, Come Clean (Flawless Records) was the soundtrack of my life for many moons. I cannot hear ‘She Hates Me’ or ‘Blurry’ without being whisked backward in time to moments where life seemed simple and happiness is all I knew. I cannot express the jubilation I felt when I opened my email and realized that I had been given a gift from the heavenly gods of Rock and Roll, the new album by Puddle of Mudd. Yes, folks, you read that right. After almost ten years, Puddle of Mudd is releasing their sixth studio album, Welcome to Galvania (Pavement Entertainment). Continue reading

(Hed) P.E. – Stampede

Evolution is inevitable, resisting it is futile. I have witnessed oodles of bands that have resisted letting their music evolve, getting themselves trapped in a murky impenetrable bubble of monotony and dismal record sales. (Hed) P.E. is not one of those bands. If anything, (Hed) P.E. could be the official spokesmodel for bands who embrace the natural evolution of their music. The latest studio album from (Hed) P.E., Stampede (Pavement Entertainment) is a dynamic testament that the band is categorically fearless in their songwriting and continue to transcend any and all musical pre-conceived notions. Continue reading

Powerman 5000 To Embark On a “Tonight The Stars Revolt” 20th Anniversary Tour

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Powerman 5000 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its most successful album, Tonight The Stars Revolt!, by embarking on a three-week U.S. tour in June. The tour kicks off on June 12 in Colorado Springs and will end on July 5 in Lubbock. Released on July 20, 1999 by DreamWorks Records sold over one million copies and achieved platinum status. The bands’ most recent album, New Wave, was released in October 2017 via Pavement Entertainment. Continue reading

Straight Line Stitch – Transparency EP

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After their 2011 album, The Fight of Our Lives, it seemed like Knoxville, Tennessee’s Straight Line Stitch were on to a brighter future. They had a record deal with eOne and a slot on 2011’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside acts like Machine Head, Suicide Silence and Unearth. Most metal bands would agree that that’s a sweet launching pad.

And then the momentum slowed a bit. Multiple lineup changes came and went with vocalist Alexis Brown being the sole mainstay. But in their defense, Straight Line Stitch are still in the hustle. They have a new EP, Transparency (Pavement Entertainment), and as of this writing are hitting the road with Ill Niño for the Civil Unrest Tour.

The good news is that Transparency will not disappoint longtime followers of Straight Line Stitch. From a production standpoint it sounds crisp and clear. Musically it checks off all the metalcore genre boxes.

This is good for the faithful, but for the rest of us it leaves a bit to be desired.

Songs like ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Wilderness’ have an In Flames circa Come Clarity crunch to them that I enjoyed, but most of the time they’re drawing from the same well. While not a boring release, it’s not great when you have a 22 minute running time and most of it just blurs together.

However the strong suit here are Brown’s vocal talents, particularly ‘Out of Body’ and ‘Human Bondage’ providing a great showcase for her pipes. We’ve had metalcore belters attempt the melodic hook thing since (what seems) like the dawn of time. Folks like Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall have had much success with this approach. While others (Atreyu, All That Remains, Today is the Day, et al) not so much. Brown’s natural singing voice belongs with the former, it’s just a matter of her band providing some diversity in their compositions.

If they can do that, then they’re well on their way to reclaiming their blue chip prospect status in the metal hierarchy.

7.0/10

HANSEL LOPEZ

Entrophy OAC Releasing Dark Clouds and Clarity on April 21st

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Midwestern metallers Entrophy O.A.C. will be releasing their newest EP Dark Clouds and Clarity on April 21, 2015 via Pavement Entertainment. Stream their video for “Realm of Grey” below.

Dark Clouds and Clarity Track Listing
Failure To Thrive
Endless Fire
Realm Of Grey

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Ashes In Vein Streaming “Misery”

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Kansas rockers Ashes In Vein are streaming the music video for “Misery,” off their newly released self titled EP via Pavement Entertainment, here.

Ashes in Vein will hit the road for a string of shows in February and March in support of the EP. Dates for the Spreading Ashes Tour are as follows:

Feb 27: The Rusty Needle – Hutchinson, KS
Feb 28: Undercurrent – Tulsa, OK
Mar 01: The Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
Mar 13: Karnivore – Manhattan, KS
Mar 20: Aftershock – Merriam, KS

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Misery
Ashes In Vein
Fight
Until the End of Time

Ashes In Vein is a melodic metal band from Junction City, Kan., formed in 2008 before going on hiatus until 2012. The reincarnated line-up sees original members Tyler Peterson and James Swaim joined by Zach Howard, Jackson Hoyle and Andrew Calovich. After reforming, the band began work on what would become their self-titled, four-song EP, which was recorded at BulletRide Productions in Fowler, Kan.

Their music combines clean, guttural and melodic screaming vocals with soaring hard hitting guitar riffs in a melodic pool of blood and ashes. The EP will see worldwide digital release in February 2015 through Pavement Entertainment.

Tyler Peterson- Vocals
Zach Howard- Guitar/back up vocals
James Swaim- Bass/ vocals
Jackson Hoyle- Guitar
Andrew Calovich- Drums

Ashes In Vein Releasing Debut EP February 24

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Kansas metallers Ashes In Vein have booked a string of live dates behind their debut EP, out digitally released February 24, 2015 via Pavement Entertainment.

Feb 27: The Rusty Needle – Hutchinson, KS
Feb 28: Undercurrent – Tulsa, OK
Mar 01: The Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
Mar 13: Karnivore – Manhattan, KS
Mar 20: Aftershock – Merriam, KS

ASHES IN VEIN is a melodic metal band from Junction City, Kan., formed in 2008 before going on hiatus until 2012. The reincarnated line-up sees original members Tyler Peterson and James Swaim joined by Zach Howard, Jackson Hoyle and Andrew Calovich. After reforming, the band began work on what would become their self-titled, four-song EP, which was recorded at BulletRide Productions in Fowler, KS.

ASHES IN VEIN’s music combines clean, guttural and melodic screaming vocals with soaring hard hitting guitar riffs in a melodic pool of blood and ashes.

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Ashes In Vein EP Track Listing

Misery
Ashes In Vein
Fight
Until the End of Time

Tyler Peterson- Vocals
Zach Howard- Guitar/back up vocals
James Swaim- Bass/ vocals
Jackson Hoyle- Guitar
Andrew Calovich- Drums

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