Aaron Willschick

Aaron Willschick

President, Editor (Toronto, ON, Canada)
- Hey all, I’ve been the President of PureGrainAudio since it started all the way back in the early spring of 2005. What started as a hobby to help expose myself to some new music has turned into pretty much a second job. I love rock music, particularly alternative and hard rock, but mostly I just love good music. It could be blues rock, acoustic, classic, it just has to be good!
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One of the most well respected metal bands in North America and the world is Massachusetts natives Killswitch Engage. These guys have struck mainstream stardom ever since forming around the year 1998, racking up astounding record sales and singles landing on mainstream rock charts, a virtual miracle for such a hard band. Killswitch recently released their latest album As Daylight Dies back in November and it has delivered the band not only massive sales but an increase in mainstream popularity. This formidable five piece band is currently on a North American tour with Chimaira, Dragonforce and He Is Legend that will stretch right into the beginning of April. We were recently able to catch up with founding Killswitch member and bass player Mike D’Antonio on the Toronto stop of the tour to ask him about the current tour, the band’s latest album and the condition of the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter Adam Dutkiewicz who recently had serious back surgery.
on Mar 06, 2007
From the land down under comes the metalcore band with maybe the coolest name around, I Killed The Prom Queen. The band formed around the year 2000, but as recently as last year, they split with their lead singer Michael Crafter. Even though he had recorded all of the vocals for the band’s latest disc Music For The Recently Deceased, his vocals were scrapped in favor of new vocalist Ed Butcher. Butcher was recruited from a British…
on Mar 02, 2007
Rock and roll music has seen many trends, fads and movements come and go over the last two decades, some more influential and popular than others. Depending on whom you ask one of the most popular movements in rock outside of the grunge revolution in the early and mid-1990s was the nu-metal, rap/rock explosion of the late 1990s.
on Feb 26, 2007
One band that has quietly amassed a very steady, loyal and large following of fans is the San Diego hardcore band known as Mower. This five piece group, featuring two lead singers, has been very popular within the San Diego scene for sometime now, but the band has just recently started to be noticed by the rest of the United States thanks in large to their latest studio record Not For You released in May of 2006. Mower has already…
on Feb 22, 2007
One of the most popular rock bands in the US over the last few months has been the southern quartet Black Stone Cherry.
on Feb 19, 2007
One of the most controversial metal bands in North America (and ultimately the world) is the hard, heavy, and gory Tampa area group Cannibal Corpse.
on Feb 15, 2007
One of the most popular heavy metal/metalcore bands in the world right now is the Massachusetts five piece Unearth. In less than two years, these guys have risen from virtually nothing to the point where they are now doing their own major tours and selling hundreds of thousands of records worldwide. Unearth just recently unleashed their latest studio record titled III: In The Eyes of Fire at the end of the summer and it’s only helped…
on Feb 05, 2007
Undoubtedly, one of the most well respected rock musicians of the last fifteen years is the great Page Hamilton best known for his revolutionary work with the band Helmet. Since forming in 1989, Hamilton and Helmet in general have become very influential within their genre of music, consistently pumping out solid material. From his work with Helmet, Hamilton has become an elder statesman of sorts to many bands and musicians…
on Jan 29, 2007
For quite some time now, one of the most consistent and awesome metal band producing scenes in the United States has been the state of Massachusetts. While the state’s heritage in rock and roll goes back to the blues (and then Aerosmith in the mid-1970s), a booming metal and hardcore scene has developed over the period of the late 1990s and carried over into the present time.
on Jan 27, 2007
What’s in a band name? Although it’s open to interpretation about how likable a band name is let’s be honest, there are some great ones and some downright silly ones. Even though they might not yet be known to huge amounts of hard and alternative rock fans, the band carrying the name Fake Reality would certainly fall under the great band name category.
on Jan 16, 2007

7.8 / 10

Figments [EP] (2007)
on Jan 16, 2007
For reasons unbeknownst to me, when I hear or see the name Soilwork, it always seems to emit elaborate mental visions. For instance, the name produces images of gargantuan, extravagant and rusted machines, erratically cluttered with various cogs and levers, surrounded by a slew of skeletons, chains and other oddities.
on Dec 19, 2006
The four above adjectives could be used to describe just about any punk rock band from the Sex Pistols to Green Day to Rancid, but these words actually come from the official website of the band known as the Saigon Hookers. Boasting perhaps one of the most comical band names around, the Hookers are a down and dirty three piece indie rock band originating from the town of Kitchener, Ontario intent on rekindling a classic conception of punk rock. Not only is the band’s music fast and furious, but so is their work ethic.
on Dec 13, 2006
One of the most perplexing questions that critics, fans and record executives have all pondered for decades is who’s going to make it big in the mainstream? It’s really an impossibility to predict as year after year bands seemingly come out of no where and take the rock and metal world by storm with a multi-platinum selling record and a bunch of hit singles.
on Nov 27, 2006
One of the most original band names you’ll probably ever hear is the name Dry Kill Logic. Named after, of all things, an effects processor, Dry Kill Logic is a hardcore and metal band from New York City who has existed now in some shape for close to ten years. The group has undergone a couple of lineup changes along the way, but the recent release of the band’s new record Of Vengeance and Violence has seen Dry Kill Logic take their sound…
on Nov 27, 2006
One of the few survivors of the nu metal, rap/rock movement of the turn of the century is California’s own Papa Roach. At a time, the band was one of the most popular groups in rock and metal music thanks to their smash hit album Infest and song “Last Resort.” Even though that movement has long passed, P. Roach is still a popular band with a huge following of fans that have witnessed the group morph from their rapping days to now…
on Nov 17, 2006
It’s a strange phenomenon, but there seems to be something special about bands that only stay together for a short span. Take for instance The Beatles or Led Zeppelin, two of rock and roll’s greatest ever groups and they each lasted only one decade. Nirvana, the most popular rock band of the 1990s, lasted only about seven years before the band split up...
on Nov 15, 2006
One of the fastest growing metal bands in all of the United States is Mastodon. Mastodon is a group of four guys who play some very hard progressive heavy metal. The band has just recently released their brand new album titled Blood Mountain which has been receiving rave reviews for its cool concept of conquering and surpassing obstacles. In its seven year existence, Mastodon has become known as a working class band, playing hundreds of shows every year and touring almost non-stop, bringing their music to people all across the world. Recently, we caught up with Mastodon's lead singer and guitarist, Brent Hinds, to talk about the new record and how the band formed, among other things.
on Oct 30, 2006
Within the world of popular music, there’s no telling what’s going to be the next big thing. This holds true for musical acts from all different genres with unlikely stars emerging all the time, but there is perhaps one exception to this rule and that’s the celebrity band. Every once in a while, a celebrity, most commonly a Hollywood actor, decides that their ego...
on Oct 25, 2006

7.5 / 10

Not For You (2006)
on Oct 23, 2006

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