If you're on the East Coast this spring and happen to see a small school bus that's painted black and stripped of its stop sign, don't be afraid. It's not driven by a pervert trolling the neighborhood with bad intentions - that's just End of an Era, one of the best bands you've never heard, arriving at its next gig in its makeshift tour bus.
After over a week of eating poutine and terrible pizza, accruing Toonies, and poorly attempting to communicate in French, our run in Canada has wrapped up. It's been eleven days since we've landed, and it's been nothing short of interesting and entertaining. Despite a total lack of Taco Bells, we've managed to survive and have made the most of our time in Canada. We were sad to see it go, but we're finally able to use our own money and cell phones without risk, so the excitement is understandably palpable.
Canadian rock vocalist Lindz Riot of Mary And The Black Lamb recently offered PureGrainAudio her track-by-track for each song from the band's masterpiece debut As The City Sleeps. Read on to get the inside scoop for each of these stunning anthems.
We all know how ravenous metalheads are for new and/or more metal. I was looking for a way to find a good regular source of metal that would allow me to get updates and listen to some of the music so I could decide on what I wanted to put my money towards. Pandora and Slacker are good as long as you have internet access or cell phone reception, but I was a welder in a solid concrete building at the time. That put my phone down for…
Punk band Scream has been kicking around for almost 30 years. At the height of their career they were touring Europe and attracting thousands of fans. Now after a long absence, they're back with a new EP entitled Hailux. This EP was produced by none other than former Scream drummer and current Foo Fighter frontman, Dave Grohl. Also, Scream guitarist and vocalist Franz Stahl temporarily replaced Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear for two years.
One full week into our Canadian tour, and we've already endured a wide spectrum of problems, setbacks, and shows good and bad. Thankfully, the tour consists of some of if not the best people you can be around to make up for those moments where you start to lose sight of the greater aspects of playing music around the world. The bands have already formed a fairly strong bond, as bands only can when they face the same problems together.
Finally, we've made it to Canada. After nearly two straight days of restless travel, we arrived in Toronto with barely enough time to enjoy our poutine before another few hours of travel. Our time table had us hitting the ground running, as we had to head to Scene Fest in St. Catharine's not long after landing.
The tale behind "new" melodic death metal band World Under Blood has a sort of "long time coming" sentiment attached to it. Although the group is just set to release its debut record Tactical in July, World Under Blood formed all the way back in September 2006 in a chance meeting between CKY guitarist Deron Miller and drummer Tim Yeung at the Rainbow Room in Hollywood.
Gomez are gearing up to release their new album Whatever's On Your Mind on June 21st. That day the band will be doing a live webcast from The Roundhouse in London, UK. You can watch Gomez live down below starting at 9 PM GMT (4pm EST/ 1pm PST). Make sure you mark your calendars for the release of ' Whatever's On Your Mind' and the live webcast June 21st.
I wonder if bands like Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin had any idea back in their heyday that thirty years later we'd refer to them as "classic" rock. And I wonder if the fans who saw those bands back then, when it was all new and exciting, recognised the immensity and the staying power the music would prove to have. And now it's my turn to wonder - are Rival Sons to modern music what Led Zeppelin were to the 1970s?
For a popular major label rock and roll band, Crossfade has certainly seen the highs and lows that the music industry has to offer. The industry can be great to some and terrible to others. It's both rewarding and cruel at the very same time, depending on who you are or what the latest trend is. Crossfade has seen both sides over the last few years, beginning with the huge success of its debut self-titled record in 2004.
One of the hottest new television shows to hit the air this year (and really there aren’t a lot of them) is the Fox network’s The Chicago Code. Filmed on location in Chicago, The Chicago Code is a crime drama that follows the lives and work of Chicago police officers as they battle crime in the city. So far the show has received some excellent critical reviews and has become a primetime hit.
Many Canadian hardcore bands emerge seemingly from out of nowhere; each one trying to make a name for themselves. Try as they might, very few succeed and are eventually swallowed up by the pollution in this genre. Dead And Divine however, are one of the few strong enough to have risen above the rest. Having released two EP's and two full length albums, D&D are gearing up for their third album Antimacy.
The music scene in Toronto has a wide variety of acts, ranging from hard rock to rap. Stuck right in the middle of the music scene is Mike "System" Payne, an 11-year veteran of local metal band No Assembly Required. Payne has made it as far as he has because of his raw determination to succeed. "He’s dedicated to his craft," says Luca Mele, vocalist of No Assembly Required.
Brooklyn’s Shinobi Ninja released their anticipated debut full-length, Rock Hood, on April 5th, gaining placement on the iTunes Alternative homepage. MTViggy says “blending the lilting melodies of reggae with the volume of metal and the rhythm of hip hop, Shinobi Ninja is like an out-of-control house party.”
Chilling in an empty warehouse, Pressure Makes Diamonds have found their abode for the summer. A few beers in, the groove has arrived and I am witnessing an effortless flow of music streaming from the instruments of these talented boys. Hailing from Whitby, this four-piece is influenced by the likes of Dave Grohl, Serj Tankian, Protest the Hero, and Coheed & Cambria. Quirky bass lines, accompanied with speedy shreds, a wide vocal range, intricate drum fills and an energetic stage presence…
Upon This Dawning are Brescia, Italy’s hometown heroes. The band have already developed a popular following in their native country through touring with popular North American bands such as Asking Alexandria, In Fear and Faith, Underoath and Dance Gavin Dance. Since their formation in 2006, the group has one EP entitled Count The Seconds Before Your Last Breath and a full release, On Your Glory We Build Our Empire under their belt.
Gareth Pearson, an incredibly talented acoustic guitarist from Wales performed a set at Trent University in Oshawa last week, and left everyone mind-blown. He does finger picking. By this, I mean he is bloody brilliant at finger picking. At 22, he has only been playing for eight years. Pearson is also completely self taught. He dropped out of school at sixteen to pursue his passion, and ended up playing shows with musicians he had idolized growing up.
Dusks Embrace is the premier unsigned metal band from Oregon and is currently on their way up. In a scene that is mostly driven by hardcore and deathcore, the blackened death metal sound of Dusks Embrace is quite refreshing. They've been compared to Opeth, In Flames and Children of Bodom, by Hello Music, and "...In Flames meets Killswitch Engage" by some drunk guy at a show.
Every music information source seems to have a "Bands/Artists to Watch List" aside from PureGrainAudio. So, for the first time ever, we have decided to give you our list - more specifically, my list - of "Bands to Watch In 2011". These are bands, in no particular order, you should check out and keep in rotation on your music player of choice over the course of this coming year and into the future, as they will be picking up speed. There's so much to say about each of these bands…