Hollywood Undead “Day Of The Dead” Album Review

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(PCM) Hands down, Hollywood Undead have crafted the best album of their career with the upcoming “Day Of The Dead” available everywhere on March 31. I was absolutely floored by how much the band -Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, Funny Man, and Da Kurlzz- have grown as musicians and this is completely apparent on the absolutely stellar tracks that make up “Day Of The Dead”.

What I have always loved about Hollywood Undead is that they have never been afraid to be experimental with their sound and the songs on “Day Of The Dead” span enough genres to make your head spin (which was mostly likely the point). I immediately fell in love with tracks such as “War Child”, “Save Me”, “Party By Myself” and “Disease” which, at least in my opinion, have the band going into territory that has not yet been explored on their previously released albums.

The only track on the album that I truly didn’t get was the odd pop-fueled country tinged track “I’ll Be There” which in a sense brought down the momentum that the rest of the album had previously set in motion. To me, it just didn’t fit, however I’m sure that the band had their reasons for its’ inclusion which I can certainly respect.

In crafting “Day Of The Dead” the band once again worked together as unit creating all the songs together making it a complete group effort and it shows. They sound incredibly fresh and tight. That brilliant spark of aggression and snarky wit, that we know and love from Hollywood Undead, is front and center throughout this album and they have truly outdone themselves with this release.

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Poised To Be Pop-Superstars Meet Ian & The Dream

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(PCM) Before I heard one song by Wisconsin-based Ian & The Dream, I had a feeling they’d be good after reading glowing feedback about their singing and songwriting by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys and iconic producer Butch Vig. I read a little deeper and found out that two of their earlier records were producer by Grammy-winner Stephen Short, whose credits include Paul McCartney, Queen and Genesis. With luminaries like that, odds are the music was going to be good.

Let me tell you, the bio hype was spot-on. These gentlemen turn out the hits and they
keep em’ coming. On their latest release, California Cauliflower, highlights include “That’s Love” and “Thank You Girl.” “Steppin’ On My Shoes” is a fun, funky number that made me want to dance.

The songs are melodic and memorable. Some lean towards power pop and others are piano pop. But all of these songs will stick in your head for a long time. My personal favorite was “That’s What Kept My Heart Alive” which can be found on the Saturns of Stars EP. That song is a smash and I could hear it in any big budget romantic comedy. Did you hear me Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston?

The artist lists their influences as The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Weezer. I agree with that, and I can also see some similarities to Sting, Billy Joel, Jack Johnson, Gavin DeGraw and Howie Day. Head to iTunes and check out some material from Ian & The Dream. They clearly know how to write and deliver a song as strong as anything on pop radio today.

Band Members: Ian Ash, Chivo & Brian Farvour
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The Skints Release An Epic Cover Of Black Flag’s “My War”

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(PCM) Despite the freezing cold temperatures outside I was taken to a warm happy place after discovering The Skints amazing cover of the classic Black Flag song “My War”!

It is performed flawlessly and is without a doubt one of the better Black Flag covers I have had the opportunity to check out. I absolutely adore when artists are able to play with both tempo and style while paying homage to the song, but in turn making a version that is uniquely their own.

Check it out below:

The Skints will be releasing their new album “FM” on 3/10 and also be sure to catch them live at the following upcoming tour stops.

April 30 – Huntington, NY – Paramount – also with English Beat May 2 – Brooklyn Bowl with Fishbone May 3 – Boston, MA – The Royale – also with Fishbone May 4 – Philly – World Café Live May 6 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre May 7 – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater May 8 – Baltimore, MD – 8 x 10 May 9 – Washington DC – Gypsy Sally’s

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We Are Falling In Love With Sophie And The Bom Bom’s!

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(PCM) We are absolutely thrilled to introduce everyone to the bold and fabulous Sophie And The Bom Bom’s who are set to release the pop anthem “Power” on February 23rd!

The track is absolutely delicious and features some amazing vocal prowess and a delightfully catchy hook! When speaking about the track Sophie says “Power and money is a constant struggle in our lives and in the world as a whole. It’s a complex relationship. It is something we all want, despite knowing it is not what make us truly happy. Writing this record I was thinking about how we want to run from it and towards it at the same time- it’s an eternal struggle. The song is basically f&*% “the Man” but he still kinda got me hooked.

The track is produced by musician/songwriter/producer David Elevator. His past work is with eclectic pop icons such as Beck and songwriting trailblazer Linda Perry are just a hint of the musical pedigrees at work here.

Sophie, herself, has done some amazing work as a songwriter putting together hits for some A-list talent such as Britney Spears, Ke$ha,Conor Mayard, and many more. She was signed by Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter/musician Dr. Luke, joining his coveted stable of writers.

We highly encourage you to give “Power” a few spins and see just why Sophie And The Bom Bom’s will be a true force to be reckoned with in 2015.

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Menage Is Glorious Music To Our Ears

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(PCM) As over-saturated as the music industry can be these days every great once an awhile a band will come along and make you stop in your tracks and go ‘damn … this band is really great’. That is pretty much the feeling I had when checking out the self-titled EP from Toronto-based band Ménage.

The group made up of siblings,Basilio, Gabriel and Bela Ferreira, who parents emigrated to Canada from Portugal are certainly beginning to generate a lot of buzz. Their sound is a glorious mixture of both Portuguese and North American influences and that particular blending has given Ménage a very unique musical perspective that is very much all their own.

Their songs have the ability to appeal to the masses, in fact their song “Our Time Is Now” was took home the accolade for Rock Song of the Year at the International Portuguese Music Awards. Listening to Ménage’s EP, as well as, their new track “Black And White TV” which features Portishead bassist Jim Barr I was thrilled with the audaciousness and overall freshness that Ménage brings to the current music scene. They are truly going to be a band to keep on your radar this year.

There are touches of various musical genres found within the band’s songs as I was able to sense everything from R n’ B to classic rock. With tracks such as “Our Time Is Now”, which has radio-hit written all over it, Ménage showcase their more hard-rocking side while tracks such as “Promises” and  “Love Song” definitely focus on their more softer and introspective side.

I can’t get enough of Ménage’s EP and certainly can’t wait to see what this band has in store for us next!

To keep up to date with all of the latest Ménage news and updates visit the band’s official site!

 

 

 

 

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A Look At Marilyn Manson’s Brilliant New Album “The Pale Emperor”

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(PCM) Marilyn Manson has without a doubt created some of his strongest work to date with the upcoming release of his ninth album “The Pale Emperor”. Throughout his extensive career Manson has been able to constantly and flawlessly reinvent himself and his music with each and every album release, all while maintaining a certain level of familiarity that is a central vein that ties his art together. Manson is and will always be Manson, bottom line.

With “The Pale Emperor” we yet again see Manson treading into some experimental territory and the result is some of his most ambitious and brilliant material to surface. Adding into the mix collaborators such as ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Gil Sharone and film score composer Tyler Bates has certainly had its’ influence on the album as well. The chemistry has come together just right and I certainly hope that this album is a strong indicator as to what could possibly be in-store for the future.

There is a level of new found maturity in the songs that make up “The Pale Emperor” and I feel that Manson’s music is continuing to grow in ways that I almost never imagined. Being a long-time fan, I have savored each album throughout Manson’s career and at times feel as if his music is growing up right along with me as I reach certain milestones in my own life, as I am sure that many longtime fans can relate in much the same way.

When albums such as “Anti-Christ Superstar”, “Holy Wood” and “Mechanical Animals” were in heavy rotation in my Walkman I was able to relate to the amount of anger, angst and rebellion that poured out of those albums, just as now I find myself being able to equally relate to the new set of emotions put forth on “The Pale Emperor”.

I thoroughly enjoyed the blues/funk undertones that make up several tracks on the new album and it is something that I don’t think I have ever heard out of Manson in the past. Tracks such as “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”, “Killing Strangers” and “Odds Of Even” probably showcase this the best, however I also adored the highly emotional “Warship My Wreck” and the haunting “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”.  I even had to note while listening that the album’s second single “Deep Six” is probably the only track that even has a hint of Manson’s previous more industrial sound and I think fans will totally be okay with that, it is a solid track and probably an excellent way to engage fans with the new album.

Manson’s vocals are sounding as strong as ever and I absolutely can’t wait to see how all of this will transfer into the live setting, as Manson is about to embark on the “Hell Not Hallelujah” Tour this week. Stay tuned for our live show coverage coming soon!

To keep up-to-date with Marilyn Manson, please visit: http://www.marilynmanson.com/

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