Album Review: Escape The Fate Shine With “Hate Me”


(PCM) We are absolutely blown away by “Hate Me” the upcoming new album from rockers Escape The Fate which is set to drop on October 30th! The album showcases a much more mature sound for the band and they have truly pulled out no stops in putting together what is arguably one of the most solid albums of their extensive ten-year career.

Few bands have endured what Escape The Fate has over the years and “Hate Me” is like a musical journey through the many trials and tribulations that took place over the course of this band’s career. While other bands would have thrown in the towel, Escape The Fate has risen from ashes stronger than ever before. “Hate Me” is like a slap in the face to anyone who ever doubted Escape The Fate’s will to survive in the ever-changing musical landscape .

The tracks that make up “Hate Me” are chock full of raw honesty and emotion and the band Robert Ortiz (drums), Craig Mabbitt (lead vocals),  Thomas “TJ” Bell (Rhythm guitar) and new lead guitarist Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft have done a phenomenal job of taking a lot of the hate they have received over the years and turning into a musical masterpiece.  On this album the band explores a variety of different elements stylistically and prove once again that we can throw any type of outdated genre definitions completely out the window.

“Hate Me” is certainly a rock record, however songs like the album’s title track “Hate Me” and brutal “I Won’t Break” play with electronic elements and songs such as the gorgeous “Breaking Me Down” and album closer “Let Me Be” show a taste of the band’s softer side. The album showcases the band’s amazing versatility and superior musicianship and finds the perfect way to balance anger and aggression with a message of uplifting hope that says we will be alright in the end! The album is a true emotional journey from start to finish and definitely worthy of quite a few repeat spins.

Escape The Fate has added yet another stellar album to their growing catalog and long-time fans will certainly be thrilled, however we definitely feel that with this album in particular they will draw in a slew of new listeners as well!

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Journeying Into The “Badlands” With Halsey!


(PCM) Halsey’s debut album “Badlands” has been unleashed and if she is not yet on your musical radar than you are about to get zapped, as Halsey is well on her way to superstardom.

“Badlands” was released via Astralwerks Records, which is an electronic imprint of Capitol Records, and is without a doubt one of the most refreshing and hauntingly beautiful albums to be released this year. Halsey’s raw honesty and emotion shine throughout the entire album and it is wonderful to see an artist that is not afraid to take a risk and put it all out there for the world to hear.

Halsey prides herself on her honesty and it immediately makes “Badlands” both memorable and incredibly relatable. She confronts the many hurdles that women must face, not just in the music industry, but in everyday life,  head-on and sings openly about the trials and tribulations that come about in one’s journey into adulthood.

It is hard for us to pick even one track that stand-outs from Halsey’s debut release, as they all ebb and flow naturally into one another and we feel “Badland’s” is remincient to some of our favorite albums from the 90’s in the sense that you can just pop it in the CD player (or set up the mp3 playlist, these days) and just let your journey into the “Badlands” with Halsey begin!

Stand-out tracks: “Castle”, “Ghost”, “Roman Holiday” and “New Americana”

Halsey is gearing up to start her sold-out headlining run this fan and we certainly look forward to catching her performance at the upcoming Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA.

09.30.2015 Wed San Diego California House of Blues
10.01.2015 Thu Scottsdale Arizona Livewire
10.04.2015 Sun Austin Texas Austin City Limits Music Festival
10.07.2015 Wed Houston Texas House of Blues
10.08.2015 Thu Dallas Texas South Side Ballroom
10.11.2015 Sun Austin Texas Austin City Limits Music Festival
10.16.2015 Fri Atlanta Georgia Buckhead Theatre
10.17.2015 Sat Orlando Florida House of Blues
10.19.2015 Mon Philadelphia Pennsylvania Union Transfer
10.20.2015 Tue Washington District of Columbia 9:30 Club
10.22.2015 Thu New York New York Webster Hall
10.23.2015 Fri New York New York Webster Hall
10.24.2015 Sat Boston Massachusetts House of Blues
10.27.2015 Tue Columbus Ohio Newport Music Hall
10.28.2015 Wed Chicago Illinois Vic Theatre
10.29.2015 Thu Chicago Illinois Vic Theatre
11.02.2015 Mon Montreal Quebec Metropolis
11.03.2015 Tue Toronto ON The Phoenix
11.06.2015 Fri Minneapolis Minnesota Varsity Theater
11.09.2015 Mon Englewood Colorado Gothic Theatre
11.12.2015 Thu Seattle Washington Showbox SoDo
11.13.2015 Fri Vancouver BC The Rio Theatre
11.14.2015 Sat Portland Oregon Wonder Ballroom
11.16.2015 Mon San Francisco California The Fillmore
11.18.2015 Wed Los Angeles California The Fonda Theatre
11.19.2015 Thu Los Angeles California The Fonda Theatre

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Motorhead Prove Rock n’ Roll Is Alive And Well With The Release Of “Bad Magic”!


(PCM) With the release of their 22nd album “Bad Magic”, Motorhead have certainly conjured up something absolutely magical to offer up to the gods of rock n’ roll and it is anything but “bad”! This album is everything you would expect from Motorhead and a bit more.  It hits with a certain level of intensity that only Motorhead can master which is fast, hard and heavy as hell!

It is hard to believe that Motorhead vocalist Lemmy Kilmister will be turning 70 years old this year, as he and band mates Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell, are sounding as rebellious and rambunctious as ever on the 13 tracks that make up “Bad Magic”. Musically the album has the feel of early eighties punk with just the right amount of grit and grime to make it undeniably Motorhead.

“Bad Magic” is one of those albums that punches you right in the face and as a listener you are loving every moment. Lyrically, there are a lot of introspective moments, however never once does the band lose their edge. Right out of the gate, songs such as “Victory or die!”, “Thunder & Lightning” and “Firestorm Hotel” hit hard and fast and the album plows forward with no regrets. Songs such as “The Devil”, “Evil Eye” and “Choking On Your Screams” are classic Motorhead and I was incredibly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the band’s cover of the hit Rolling Stone’s track “Sympathy For The Devil”.  Motorhead’s version is just gorgeously arranged and something about Lemmy’s gravely and eerie vocals add a new element to the song that was seemingly never present before.

Motorhead has outdone themselves yet again with the release of “Bad Magic” and have proven without a doubt that rock n’ roll is still very much alive and well, as this album is sure to be a hit with both old fans and new!


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Disturbed Make A Triumphant Return With New Album “Immortalized”

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(PCM) Listening the tracks that make up Disturbed’s new album “Immortalized” leaves one feeling that no time has passed at all, as the band has seemingly picked up right where they left off prior to their four year hiatus from the rock scene.

Although, “Immortalized” does show some evolution for the band as there are certainly more traditional metal elements present with this release, as the band starts to move away from the nu-metal roots that put them on the map. Needless to say, at the end of the day “Immortalized” is without a doubt at Disturbed record and one that will certainly appeal to the band’s legions of fans who eagerly anticipate its’ upcoming release.

Some tracks on the album definitely take Disturbed outside of their comfort zone which is surely the responsibility of producer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osborne, Five Finger Death Punch).  “Fire It Up”, “You’re Mine” and “The Light” find Disturbed entering new territory and the incredibly haunting cover of the Simon & Garfunkel hit “Sound Of Silence” was just gorgeously arranged.

The tracks that make up “Immortalized” complement each other perfectly and this album certainly marks the beginning of a new era for a band that were the pioneers for a genre of music that has proved its’ staying power in the musical realm.

“Immortalized” is available for exclusive preview now on iTunes First Play and will be available for wide release on August 21 via Reprise Records. The band has also revealed details about their upcoming 2016 tour, which will kick off next March and offers the rare chance to see Disturbed’s arena-ready show in an up close and personal setting.

03/11 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
03/12 The Showbox – Seattle, WA
03/14 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
03/16 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
03/17 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
03/20 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
03/23 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
03/24 House of Blues – Houston, TX
03/25 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
03/27 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
03/29 House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
03/30 The National – Richmond, VA
04/01 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
04/02 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/04 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
04/05 Rapids Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
04/07 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
04/08 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
04/10 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

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Never Shout Never Gear Up For “Black Cat” Album Release! Exclusive Interview!


(PCM) I can officially say that I am ridiculously excited for the upcoming release of “Black Cat”, the highly anticipated new album from alternative pop band Never Shout Never!  Never Shout Never’s Christofer Drew is an artist that absolutely refuses to be grouped into any one particular genre or style and this has never been more evident than within the tracks that make up the “Black Cat” record.

I adore that Never Shout Never has never been afraid to be a bit experimental with their sound and take a few risks along the way. It truly pays off with “Black Cat” as I find it to be one of the band’s most solid efforts to date.  “Black Cat” also marks the first time that Drew has welcomed the input of his fellow band mates and the album’s producer Dennis Harring to pen a few of the tracks that make up the album.

At the end of the day, “Black Cat” is a pop album, but with a more matured twist. Each track tells a very unique and engaging story and I find myself picking up on additional details with each and every listen. “Black Cat” is set to drop on August 7 via Warner Bros. Records just as Never Shout Never wraps up there stint playing the Main Stage at this years Vans Warped Tour. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant access to download the new singles “Hey! We OK” and “Red Balloon”, which are also available for purchase via iTunes.

I caught up with Christofer Drew and the rest of Never Shout Never at the Van’s Warped Tour Stop in Columbia, MD to discuss the new album, touring plans, their creative process and more!  Check it out below:

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Be Sure That Sonnet Cottage Is On Your Radar This Summer!


(PCM) Producer Kent Heckaman discovered vocalists Rachel Russell and Torey Russell in the summer of 2010 through studio manager Dusty Rose at Cue Recording in Falls Church, VA. Mr. Heckaman was impressed with the vocal abilities and harmonies that Rachel and Torey brought to the studio. The ladies describe their music as non-traditional folk with an indie sounding twist.

In 2012, Sonnet Cottage released Another Time, a record that earned lots of positive reviews and acclaim, including airplay on Sirius/XM.  Another Time was a collection of incredible, rich harmonies and memorable acoustic songs.

Their second CD, titled Half Written Story, will be released in late June. The album will have 11 songs. Those gems feature incredible guitar playing and warm tones from Nashville-based Buddy Speir, an extraordinary musician in his own right.

This is a mature, intelligent, polished artist. Heckaman, the Russell sisters and Speir are creating something special and timeless. Fans of artists such as Fiona Apple, Daughter, Bon Iver and Feist should embrace Sonnet Cottage. I encourage you to visit the links below and learn more about their music and live performances.

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