Pop Evil Debuts New Video, Honors Marines On Stage

 

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Pop Evil debuted a brand new music video Friday.

The band debuted the video for the re-mix of its hit single ‘Trenches.’ The re-mix features a guest appearance from veteran rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run D.M.C. fame. The pairing was not limited to a soundstage. McDaniels also joined Pop Evil for a performance of the re-mix during the band’s performance at this year’s Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio. And along with his appearance, Pop Evil also brought on stage thirteen marines to present the “Lima Company of Eyes Freedom Memorial.” The memorial featured portraits of twenty-three marines from the USMC’s Lima Company, 3rd Batallion, 25th Marines.

Staff Sergeant-USMC Tony Storey shared his thoughts on being on stage with the band, taking in the audience’s cheers and gratitude for their service. “The crowd seemed to be a rolling mass of people, jumping in unison, fueled by the energy of the band,” he said. “In my mind, I thought, ‘People thank us for serving, so they can enjoy times like this, but it’s because they enjoy times like this that we willingly fight for them.’ I see the rowdy crowd rocking out with Pop Evil, with DMC, being watched over by the United States Marines, it personified this idea.”

Photo Credit: eOne/John Payne

Photo Credit: eOne/John Payne

Rock The Yard Festival PosterAudiences and fans can check out both the band’s live performance of the re-mix and the new music video online now at http://loudwire.com/pop-evil-dmc-trenches-remix-exclusive-video-premiere/. Pop Evil is currently on tour with Entertainment One label mates Avatar. The bands will be joined today by Escape the Fate and Glamour The Kill today at the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, NM. Pop Evil is also scheduled to perform at the Rock The Yard Festival at the Bucked Up Super Saloon in Kernersville, North Carolina on June 22nd. More information on that festival is available via the Venue’s website at http://www.buckedupsupersaloon.com/. Tickets for the festival are available online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=7674&cobrand=buckedupsupersaloon.  Audiences can get Pop Evil’s most current tour schedule online now at http://www.facebook.com/popevil and http://www.PopEvil.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

AX7 Makes Its Case For One Of 2013’s Best With Hail To The King

Courtesy:  Warner Brothers Records

Courtesy: Warner Brothers Records

Avenged Sevenfold has officially made its case for its place on the list of this year’s best new hard rock and metal albums with the release of its sixth full length release, Hail to the King.  The album is ten tracks of pure hard rock that will most certainly impress the band’s fans new and old alike.  The main reason for this success is the fact that this is very much a guitar driven record.  Front man M. Shadows’ vocals are as strong as they have ever been.  And the guitar work of Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance is equally impressive.  Whether in their solos or their primary duties, the pair exhibits its talent from one song to the next throughout the record.  Listeners should not forget new drummer Arin Ilejay more than holds his own, having taken over from the band’s former drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan.  The unit as a whole has crafted an album that shows even in the face of its previous tragedy has overcome that tragedy to successfully reclaim its place in the hard rock community once more.

One of the very first things that listeners will appreciate from this album is its obvious old school influences.  From the album’s hard rocking opener, ‘Shepherd of Fire’ to its final number, ‘Acid Rain’, the entire album exhibits hints of influences from the likes of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and even Motley Crue to a lesser degree.  The driving guitars throughout the songs and the equally soaring solos from Synyster Gates and Vengeance show such a certain respect and reverence for their influences.  Listeners can hear obvious Metallica influences in ‘This Means War’ and ‘Shepherd of Fire.’  And the album’s lead single and title track is just one of a number that boasts influences from the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.  And fans of Motley Crue will appreciate the band’s seeming influence on the hard driving, semi-socially conscious, ‘Doing Time.’  Should audiences listen closely enough, they might even hear what sounds like the one and only Axel Rose guesting on the song.  It might not in fact be him.  But even if it isn’t him, it certainly sounds like him.  Regardless of whether or not it was him, the discussion that speculation would generate is enough to make this one more positive for the album’s overall effect.

The members of AX7 pay due respects to the bands that have come before them throughout all ten songs on its sixth new full length release.  Those influences are just one part of what makes this record so impressive whether this album is one’s first time being exposed to Avenged Sevenfold or one’s fiftieth.  It’s not all that audiences will appreciate from this album.  Along with the old school influences, audiences will also appreciate the lush orchestra arrangements included in a number of the album’s songs.  The album’s opening number boasts a solid horn arrangement alongside some very dark sounding church bells.  The effect of these elements combined with the rest of the song’s musical side makes it a solid and impressive re-introduction for the band.  Other songs tout some very moving string arrangements that make said songs so much more moving, even in the album’s less hard rocking moments.  The balance of these musical elements makes every song on Hail to the King worth the listen.  And in the long run, it’s that balance of musical elements and influences that makes this album one of AX7’s best yet.  It also makes this album an easy contender for a slot on the list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal records.

Avenged Sevenfold is currently touring in support of its upcoming album.  It will perform Monday in Los Angeles, California’s Hollywood Palladium.  It will follow up that performance with a performance next Friday, August 30th in Albuquerque, NM at the Isleta Amphitheatre.  It will join Korn, Device, and Halestorm for the show there.  A full list of the band’s current tour dates is available online now, along with all of the latest updates from the band at http://www.facebook.com/AvengedSevenFold and http://avengedsevenfold.com.

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