So what happens when a friend tells you about a band and the show stopping performance they laid out earlier in the week and your boss emails you asking you to write an article on them!? Last week Straight Goods was a band in my music knowledge as someone I had "heard of." Being away from many local shows for a while, it has taken me away from hearing bands with as much raw energy as these guys. Combining edgy punk with brutal hardcore it leaves room for nothing but a massacre on stage.
Is there something in the air in the U.S. State of Massachusetts? Or maybe it’s the water? Perhaps a contagious virus? I pose these questions only because of the remarkable fact that so many of the biggest and baddest metal, hardcore, and metalcore bands of the 1990s and the present originate from the Bay State. The examples really are endless, there’s Killswitch Engage, Unearth, All That Remains, Since The Flood and of course Shadows Fall.
Both a pick up line and a group of "dudes" you probably drank with last weekend, Hello Beautiful is coming out of the Caledon, Ontario scene to give you and everyone you know the clap. (Taken from their song “Do You Have the Clap” or “Does the Clap Have You”) Watching this band form, it never occurred to me that it would ever become something as big as it recently has.
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.
Silverstein is a five-piece powerhouse that emerged from the hardcore/emo rock scene in 2000. Since forming in Burlington, Ontario they’ve experienced an overwhelming rise to rock stardom. They rose from the hardcore scene in their hometown and after they got together they were eager to record. With Neil Boshart and Josh Bradford on guitars, Bill Hamilton playing bass, Paul Koehler mastering drums and Shane Told behind the mic, they became Silverstein.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Marble Index. Sound familiar? The name, which originated from a solo record by former Velvet Underground chanteuse, Nico, has now resurrected in the form of a durable trio with something to prove - they are here to stay! The Marble Index is a three-piece sensation from the unlikely Steel Town - Hamilton Ontario.
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...
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...
"You know where you are? You’re in the jungle baby, you’re gonna die..." Guns N’ Roses dominated the 80’s and early 90’s with their hard rock, glam pop rock, metal, bluesy style of music when at a time pop dance music and pop metal was dominating the music charts.
In a world of diversity, it only seems appropriate that musical mastermind Daniel Victor would bring such diversity to the music industry. Born and bred in Windsor, Ontario, Daniel Victor was recognized for his obsession with music, playing his hand at every instrument you can name - guitar, bass, drums, organ, strings, mellotron, all of which he plays in his revolutionary collaborative album.
Historians, music scholars and even normal, everyday people often like to debate about who is truly responsible for creating rock and roll music. Some credit Elvis Presley or Chuck Barry for this groundbreaking creation, but then others argue that they were simply popularizing a genre of music that African Americans had developed years prior in the southern United States.
It’s been quite a while since the world saw the renaissance of rock and roll in its most down and dirty form. Back in the 1970s, bands such as Led Zeppelin and later on The Sex Pistols encompassed this version of rock where the music was hard, fast, electric and catchy. Nevertheless, music aside, just as important in establishing this “dirty” rock was the attitude.
One disturbing trend that has arisen over the last decade or so in the music industry is the gross amount of rock bands (and pop acts) that sound the same. Once a band with a defining sound makes a mark in the mainstream, major labels will flock to any other act that has a close resemblance in the way they sound.
If you’re a fan of rock or metal music on any level, you’re bound to have at least heard of the band Slipknot. Well, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has been active with his other band Stone Sour.
When we hear the world rock and roll, we usually think of a few key things. Think about it for a moment, it’s most likely that you’ll think of such rock staples as the electric guitar, leather jackets and tight jeans and four guys with attitude performing their songs on a stage before a huge crowd of people. When we associate such an image with a band, we might think of...