Carmen Monoxide

Carmen Monoxide

Writer (Boston, MA, USA)
- Hailing from Malaysia with an extremely eclectic taste in music, Carmen has been writing with PureGrainAudio since 2011. She has been “on hiatus” for the last few years to finish her PhD (mainly to have something in common with Dr Brian May) but now she’s back with a vengeance - because who can stay away from PGA, really? When she’s not trying to cure cancer/Ebola, having foodie adventures, playing/consuming music, or doing competitive dragon boat, she’s hanging out with rock stars and covering awesome music right here!
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Virtuoso trio Animals As Leaders recently dropped their latest record, The Joy Of Motion, and man, is it an explosion of an album! I caught up with g…
By on Jan 11, 2015

7.5 / 10

In Flames has always been one of the more proficient and consistent metal bands around, releasing quality albums every two years or so. Even after th…
By on Nov 04, 2014
Boston recently had the pleasure of welcoming Glasgow-hailing post-rock giants, Mogwai. Having never witnessed a band of their caliber or unique soun…
By on May 27, 2014

7.8 / 10

The Henry Maneuver – if you haven’t heard of him already, well, you need to pay attention. This guy is certainly one musician to look out for. The fi…
By on Apr 22, 2014

7.2 / 10

I hadn't heard from NEEDTOBREATHE in a long time - since The Reckoning in 2011 in fact. Turns out they were not only doing the usual band-y stuff, to…
By on Apr 21, 2014

7 / 10

Extremist feels very familiar yet really showcases how the band has matured.
By on Mar 21, 2014
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with guitarist Johan Söderberg of fantasy/Viking/Norse mythology-inspired melodic death metal band Amon A…
By on Mar 19, 2014
Metalcore giants Killswitch Engage are still roaring across the globe on their "Disarm The Descent" tour. I caught up with them at their hometown sho…
By on Jan 29, 2014

7.7 / 10

The first time I was exposed to Icon For Hire was when they opened for Red and P.O.D. at a Baltimore show. I was left mesmerized by the sheer energy…
By on Oct 21, 2013

8.3 / 10

Many bands try to avoid being confined to a specific genre. Often, this a weak attempt to seem "unique" – most bands don’t even execute the whole "mu…
By on Aug 07, 2013
Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree, No Man, Blackfield and more) is currently on his second world tour for his second solo album to date, The Raven Tha…
By on May 24, 2013
Killswitch Engage's sixth studio album, Disarm The Descent, is slated for release tomorrow, April 2nd, 2013. The album marks the first with returning…
By on Apr 01, 2013

7.3 / 10

British rock band Young Guns has definitely been making waves. They were recently named the I Heart Radio/Clear Channel "New Artist of the Month" and…
By on Sep 08, 2012
Hoobastank is back with the brand new album Fight or Flight, continuing their two-decade long stint in the modern rock music scene. Recently I chatte…
By on Aug 15, 2012

6.7 / 10

A sneak peek from The Killers' latest! It's been a while since we heard anything new from these Nevada boys in terms of album releases (at least sinc…
By on Jul 15, 2012

8.7 / 10

Alison Wedding is someone to look out for in the world of contemporary jazz. This singer, songwriter, keyboardist and associate professor in the voca…
By on Jul 11, 2012
Comprising an eclectic mix of musicians from Dallas and NYC and playing a tasty fusion of jazz, funk, rock and more, Snarky Puppy is the next big thi…
By on Jun 20, 2012

9.2 / 10

Ihsahn once again takes us on a musical odyssey of sorts with his fourth solo release. After an amazing trilogy of albums, The Adversary, angL, and A…
By on Jun 12, 2012
We spoke with P.O.D. lead vocalist, Sonny Sandoval, recently about the band's return to the music scene, faith as the basis for music and much more.…
By on May 25, 2012

8.3 / 10

The chunkiness, merciless ringing bass, slaying hooks and intertwined clean melodies and vocals, make Make Me Famous something to look out for. "Make…
By on Apr 29, 2012

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