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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While the name Evergreen Terrace might suddenly cause your mind to jump to thoughts of The Simpsons, it’s also the name of a current alternative rock band.
on Oct 11, 2007
Right out of the suburbs of New Jersey, USA comes Armor For Sleep. This four piece band led by lead singer and lead songwriter Ben Jorgensen has been around for about five years now. In that time, the group has released three studio records and garnered quite a respectable fan base along the way. The band’s brand new third record Smile For Them is set to be released next month, one day before Halloween. Currently, the band is…
on Oct 01, 2007
Coming to you from Sioux Falls, South Dakota is the alternative rock band known as The Spill Canvas. This four piece has been together since about 2002, all the while releasing a few studio albums and losing a few band members. Recently, the band started to receive a lot more mainstream attention, thanks in part to a successful run on this past summer’s Vans Warped Tour. Presently, The Spill Canvas are on a U.S. tour to promote…
on Sep 27, 2007
Although family members have been playing together in bands for decades, Family Force 5 bring a whole new meaning to keeping it in the family. The band was formed and is led by the Olds brothers, sons to Jerome Olds, a Christian musician from the 1980s. Even though the three Olds brothers were formerly part of a boy band back in the mid 1990s, the brothers have shed pop music for some good old rock and roll.
on Sep 13, 2007
One of the most popular new rock bands of the last few years has been the group Rise Against, a talented four piece band from Chicago. One of the reasons for the band’s big success is, and was guitarist Chris Chasse who left Rise Against in early 2007 and has in turn formed his own band called The Last of the Believers. The Last of the Believers is a brand new band led by Chasse and singer Steve Jennings and they have just…
on Sep 09, 2007
Supergroup: “A term used to describe music groups composed of members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists.” The term supergroup, more specifically rock and roll supergroup, has existed now since about the late 1960s. The term started to become frequently used when David Crobsy...
on Aug 26, 2007
One of the most popular bands to come out of the greater Toronto area in the last few years is the post-hardcore group Silverstein. These guys have been together since about 1998, but just last year started to garner some major mainstream popularity which has resulted in spots on major tours and steadily growing album sales. The group just released their third full-length LP in July titled Arrivals and Departures which has already become Silverstein’s best selling album to date. The band is currently on a very lengthy tour of North America before heading over to Europe later in the fall which will see the band on tour almost non-stop right up until the beginning of 2008. We recently caught up with Silverstein’s guitarist Josh Bradford to ask him about the band, the new album, the tour plans and also the recent loss of a close friend.
on Aug 26, 2007
If we’re going to talk about the roots of today’s hard rock/punk rock/metal music, it’s imperative to go back and look at three bands specifically; the forefathers of punk and alternative rock The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash. These three bands were all prevalent from the mid 1970s to the early 1980s and what was most groundbreaking about them was not just their music, but their attitude and their message. The Sex Pistols were a no holds barred, down and dirty group of hard drinking, hard living Englishmen that really encompassed the “just don’t give a fuck” attitude that has become so famous in punk rock music.
on Aug 08, 2007
Although parody bands don’t often get much mainstream attention because of the nature of their music, there are some that exist who possess quite a fan following. Perhaps the most popular parody band around today is Beatallica, a four piece band who brings together the worlds of The Beatles and Metallica. The band was first conceived about six years ago and since then Beatallica has garnered quite the fan base.
on Aug 02, 2007
The greater Toronto area of the province of Ontario in Canada has had some great success delivering prominent alternative rock bands over the last decade. First there was Finger Eleven (formerly The Rainbow Butt Monkeys) from Burlington, Ontario who have gone onto big success scoring top forty hits even in the United States.
on Jul 24, 2007
One of the biggest deathcore bands this year happens to be Phoenix, Arizona’s own Job For A Cowboy. Since recently signing to Metal Blade Records, the band’s popularity has begun to skyrocket, resulting in a very successful chart debut for the band’s debut full length album Genesis and a spot on this summer’s Sounds of the Underground Tour. Although Job For A Cowboy has only existed for about five years, the band’s…
on Jul 19, 2007
Remember the good old days of '90s alternative rock? Well of course you do, unless you're way too young or you grew up under a rock (no pun intended), who could forget the 1990s, the decade of flannel shirts and teen spirit. Not since the 1970s has a decade produced such a quantity and such a quality of hard rock and alternative music.
on Jul 12, 2007
In the slightly more than two years since I co-founded this website, I’ve had the pleasure to interview a wide variety of awesome musicians, but none as influential and legendary as Mr. Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest. Rob has pretty much done and seen it all in his near forty year career with Judas Priest, not to mention his numerous other projects such as Fight, Voyeurs and The Halford Band. Rob recently created his own…
on Jun 17, 2007
An actuality of today’s rock, metal and music scene in general is how generic the mainstream has become. Day after day, we are flooded with bands that sound almost exactly the same as one another, so much so you might think some record company people found a method of cloning the same four members of a rock group over and over again.
on Jun 10, 2007
One of the quirkiest and most original hard rock and metalcore bands on the scene today is the eccentric five piece known as HORSE the band. Horse has been together now for about seven years and has quietly built a strong fan following along the way. To describe their sound, the band jokingly refers to themselves as the first and only Nintendocore band because of...
on Jun 03, 2007

8.5 / 10

I have never been a huge Foo Fighters fan. I honestly felt Dave Grohl was a bit of a hack. I have always felt that the very essence of some rock groups is in their acoustic abilities. It can be easy to go out and play with loud and barely tuned guitars and sound fairly good. It’s another thing to go out and strip your songs down to finely tuned acoustical instruments.
on May 30, 2007
Ten years in, several band member changes and getting dropped from their record label, Poison The Well is still prevalent and still going strong. The band, led by guitarist Ryan Primack and drummer Chris Hornbrook, just released their sixth record titled Versions about two months ago. Versions marks Poison The Well’s first release on independent label Ferret Records after parting ways with the major label Atlantic. The band is…
on May 29, 2007
He might not be as much of a household name as the legendary guitarist Joe Satriani but guitarist Paul Gilbert might be one of the top guitar players in music today.
on May 15, 2007
One sub-genre of heavy rock and metal music that has recently enjoyed a resurgence of sorts is death metal. Death metal is maybe the most ferocious and extreme type of metal music, combining brutally hard and loud guitars with gut wrenching vocal styles. This genre has been going strong now since the 1980s, largely thanks to strong...
on May 06, 2007
Out of the mid-west United States (St. Louis specifically) comes the six-piece rock/screamo band Blinded Black. These guys have been hard at work the last few years trying to create a buzz for their music in St. Louis and its surrounding area and it seems to be paying off... now that the band is attracting several hundred fans a night for their shows in the mid-west. The band just released a brand new album titled Under The Sunrise…
on May 06, 2007

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