Angeles Announces New Live Dates

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Angeles is bringing its music to audiences in person.

The band announced a new series of live, in-person dates Monday.  The band’s new live schedule is set to start Aug. 21 in Anaheim, CA.  The concert, scheduled to take place at The Doll Hut, is an outdoor event, which will allow audiences to spread out while also enjoying the band’s live show.

Live dates are also scheduled in October and December as well as an outdoor live show April 18, 2021 at the famed Rainbow Bar & Grill.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

 

August 21st – CD Release Party @The Doll Hut in Anaheim – outdoor event
August 22nd – Mortisfest @King Bar, Lancaster CA – outdoor event
August 29th – @The Venue Denver Colorado
October 18th w/LOUDNESS @Whisky A Go Go
December 4th – w/LAST IN LINE @Whisky A Go Go
April 18th 2021 – Party In The Parking Lot @Rainbow Bar and Grill

 

Angeles’ new live dates are in support of the band’s latest album Hell on High Heels.  The band debuted the album’s latest single ‘Start Living’ late last month through Bravewords.  The record’s fourth single, its release was preceded by the release of the album’s other singles, ‘Celebrate,’ ‘Heal The Wounds‘ and ‘Rolling Like Thunder.’

Hell on High Heels is available now through Dark Star Records/Sony.  The album’s track listing and recording information is noted below.

‘Hell On High Heels’ tracklisting:
1. Hell On High Heels – Lytle/Collins – 4:43
2. Celebrate – Lytle/Collins – 3:37
3. Heal The Wounds – Lytle/Collins – 3:52
4. Apocalypse – Lytle/Collins – 4:24
5. Start Living – Lytle/Collins – 2:58
6. Rolling Like Thunder – Lytle/Collins – 3:56
7. Run – Lytle/Collins – 3:06
8. Holly Fenton – Merrit/James – 3:22

Music recorded at Clear Lake Recording Studios N. Hollywood CA – Ara Sarkisian.
Vocals recorded at MT Studios Burbank CA – Matt Thorne.
Produced by Dale Lytle and Matt Thorne
Mixed and mastered by Matt Thorne
Front cover by Jeffrey A. Swanson
Back cover by Connie Lytle
Graphic Design by Monarch Digital Design

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

Websitehttp://www.angelesband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

 

 

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Angeles Debuts New LP’s Fourth Single, ‘Start Living’

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Angeles unveiled another single from its latest album this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Start Living‘ Thursday exclusively through Brave Words.  The song is the fourth album from the band’s new album Hell on High Heels.    Its debut comes three days after the band debuted the video for the album’s second single ‘Celebrate.’

The band debuted ‘Celebrate’ and the album’s third single ‘Heal The Wounds’ (along with that song’s video) last month.  Angeles debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Rolling Like Thunder‘ in April.

‘Start Living’ is another positive, uplifting (so to speak) work featured in Angeles’ latest album.  That is due in part to its musical arrangement, which is a work that is as energetic and upbeat as ‘Celebrate.’  Its sound and approach is also just as similar to works from Motley Crue and others as that song.  It should be noted that even with that stylistic similarity, the song still bears its own sound, so it is not just ripping off the works from those bands or even itself.  To that end, the song’s arrangement does its own part to keep listeners engaged and entertained in this case.  Its lyrical content builds on that engagement and entertainment.

The energy in the song’s musical arrangement matches its lyrical theme, which the band discussed in a prepared statement.

“Start living is about what everyone is going through the last 4 months with being locked downed and all you want to do is start living again do the things you did before go to concerts, movies, out to dinner, just have fun,” the statement reads.”

The noted message is delivered as front man Louis Collins sings in the song’s lead verse, “Thirty days in and I’m feeling down…Sick of the walls/I’m tired and bored/I wanna rock the world.But I’m stuck indoors/Let’s get moving/Start living all night long.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Look at my guitar/I play real loud/And take the shows to the biggest crowd/Party all night with the pretty girls…getting in the fights with the boys in the band…Patch things p with a whiskey shot/Do it again tomorrow/Ready or not/let’s get moving/Start living all night long.”   This alone makes for its own engagement and entertainment for audiences.  That is because the fans want to be out there just as much as the bands.  Keeping that collective mindset and the energy and sound in the song’s musical arrangement, it becomes increasingly clear why this song is another standout addition to Hell on High Heels.  It is certain to become an anthem in its own right as bands and audiences alike await the return of live music.  Together with the other songs noted here and the rest of its works, Hell on High Heels shows why it is a positive return for Angeles.

Hell on High Heels is available now through Dark Star Records/Sony.  The album’s track listing and recording information is noted below.

‘Hell On High Heels’ tracklisting:
1. Hell On High Heels – Lytle/Collins – 4:43
2. Celebrate – Lytle/Collins – 3:37
3. Heal The Wounds – Lytle/Collins – 3:52
4. Apocalypse – Lytle/Collins – 4:24
5. Start Living – Lytle/Collins – 2:58
6. Rolling Like Thunder – Lytle/Collins – 3:56
7. Run – Lytle/Collins – 3:06
8. Holly Fenton – Merrit/James – 3:22

Music recorded at Clear Lake Recording Studios N. Hollywood CA – Ara Sarkisian.
Vocals recorded at MT Studios Burbank CA – Matt Thorne.
Produced by Dale Lytle and Matt Thorne
Mixed and mastered by Matt Thorne
Front cover by Jeffrey A. Swanson
Back cover by Connie Lytle
Graphic Design by Monarch Digital Design

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

Websitehttp://www.angelesband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

 

 

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Angeles Debuts ‘Celebrate’ Video

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Rock band Angeles debuted its latest video over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Celebrate‘ Sunday.  The video’s debut comes approximately a month after the band debuted the song by itself.  The song is featured in the band’s latest album Hell on High Heels.

The video features the band in various scenarios, including in preparation for its live shows, communing together and separately, signing copies of its new album, in office settings and more.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Celebrate’ is an upbeat, positive work that lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Poison, Ratt, and Motley Crue.  The noted musical arrangement fits the song’s lyrical theme, which touts the joy of just being together with friends and family.  It is that full-on happy, upbeat party rock sound that was so popular during that age of big guitar riffs and even bigger hair.  The positive vibe exuded by the song’s musical arrangement does well to help convey the sense of joy that is exhibited through the song’s lyrical content.

Collins sings in the song’s lead verse, “Slip on my boots/And get my head on right/We’re going to a rock and roll show/meet up with the boys/And we’re heading to the club/We’re fired up and ready to go/Raise a glass tonight and let’s celebrate/It’s only midnight and it’s not too late.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “The drinks are flowing/And the music’s pumping/We’re having a real good time/the pretty girls are dancing and they’re looking at me/Gonna make one of ‘em mine/Sweet little Susie’s coming home with me/And we’re gonna set the night on fire/We’re back to my place and we have some fun/burnin’ like a funeral pyre.”  From there, the story continues, telling about the morning after that night of celebration with friends and what followed.  Little Suzie stayed the night and left the next afternoon, not to give away too much.  From there, Collins sings about working hard all week and in turn, celebrating on the weekend.  It’s never revealed if the song’s subject saw little Susie again.  That is left to the listener’s imagination.  That aside, the overall…well..celebratory nature of this song musically and lyrically makes it a work that lives up to its name and will assuredly keep listeners engaged and entertained what with that throwback musical and lyrical style.

The video for ‘Celebrate’ is just one of the marks that Angeles noted over the weekend.  The band also debuted the video for its single ‘Heal The Wounds‘ last month.

The video treatment for ‘Heal The Wounds’ puts the band into what is meant to reflect a live setting.  The song’s musical arrangement is much like that of ‘Celebrate, reflecting the noted influences.  The song’s lyrical theme comes across as focusing on just getting over things that happened in the past.  It serves as a reminder to listeners that “time will heal the wounds,” as front man Louis Collins sings in the song’s chorus.

Much as is the case with ‘Celebrate,’ this song’s arrangement is another full-on throwback to the guitar-laden rock that made the 80s such a notable musical era.  While the stylistic approach is the same, the sound is anything but.  This song’s musical arrangement is more akin to Poison’s ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ and some older works from Bon Jovi.  It starts off soft and simple before becoming much more bombastic yet still ballad-esque in the same stylistic vein of the noted older works.  That familiar stylistic approach will appeal to the already mentioned audiences just as much as the arrangement featured in ‘Celebrate.’  It goes well with the contemplative nature in the song’s lyrical theme, which serves as a reminder to listeners that “time will heal the wounds,” of a broken relationship, as front man Louis Collins sings in the song’s chorus.

Collins sings sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m all out of things to say/Out of tears to cry/All out of thoughts…Can barely let out a sigh/the memories and time/All pas me by/See you on the street/Makes me wanna die/Time will heal the wounds/Time will kill the pain.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’m all out of whisky/I’m down to my last cigarette/Trying to get it together/I haven’t figured it out just yet/Sleepless nights, they haunt me/I’m laying down in a cold sweat/It’s time for me to go/It’s time to raise my bet/’Cause time will heal the wounds/Time will kill the pain.”  Following this point, listeners are presented the story of the actual breakup and the subject’s emotional recovery from that breakup.  It would explain the much more uplifting sound that gradually develops through the remainder of the song.  Considering that the song’s subject reminds himself that time will heal the wounds and kill the pain, this is a key to continuing to make sure this song connects just as easily with listeners through its words as much as through its music.

Hell on High Heels is available now.  The album’s track listing and recording information is noted below.

 

Hell On High Heels tracklisting:
1. Hell On High Heels – Lytle/Collins – 4:43
2. Celebrate – Lytle/Collins – 3:37
3. Heal The Wounds – Lytle/Collins – 3:52
4. Apocalypse – Lytle/Collins – 4:24
5. Start Living – Lytle/Collins – 2:58
6. Rolling Like Thunder – Lytle/Collins – 3:56
7. Run – Lytle/Collins – 3:06
8. Holly Fenton – Merrit/James – 3:22

 

Music recorded at Clear Lake Recording Studios N. Hollywood CA – Ara Sarkisian.
Vocals recorded at MT Studios Burbank CA – Matt Thorne.
Produced by Dale Lytle and Matt Thorne
Mixed and mastered by Matt Thorne
Front cover by Jeffrey A. Swanson
Back cover by Connie Lytle
Graphic Design by Monarch Digital Design

 

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.angelesband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and ‘Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Angeles’ Latest LP Keeps The Flame Burning For Classic Rock Fans

Courtesy: Dark Star Records/Sony

When veteran rock band Angeles released its 12th full-length studio recording Fire It Up last year, it was the first time in more than 40 years that the band, founded by Dale Lytle, had released any new music to the masses.  Having been away from the limelight for such a long time, one would have thought the band would have had a hard time getting back into the swing of things, but as it turned out, the case was quite the opposite.  Now less than a year after its release, Angeles has returned with a new album in the form of Hell on High Heels and slightly changed lineup, — now former vocalist Gwendolyn Casella parted ways with the band following the album’s release and was subsequently replaced by new front man Louis Collins.  The eight-song record is scheduled for release Friday through Dark Star Records/Sony.  The new forthcoming 30-minute record continues the success that the band enjoyed in Fire It Up and builds on that success with its musical and lyrical content.  That is proven in part through one of the album’s latest singles, ‘Celebrate.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Heal The Wounds,’ which is another of the album’s singles, is another way in which the album shows the band’s continued success on this record.  ‘Start Living’ is yet another example of what make Angeles’ new album another successful effort from the band.  Together with the other two songs noted here and the other five songs not noted here, the whole of Hell on High Heels proves to be another work that will certainly appeal to Angeles’ most devoted fan base as well as the most devoted 80s rock aficionados.

Angeles’ forthcoming album Hell on High Heels is a positive return for the band, especially having come less than a year after the band released the record’s predecessor Fire It Up.  Considering how little time has passed between these two records – unlike Fire It Up and its predecessor – one might think the album might feel rushed, and in turn messy.  However, the exact opposite is the case here.  That is proven in part through one of the album’s latest singles, ‘Celebrate.’  The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Celebrate’ is an upbeat, positive work that lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Poison, Ratt, and Motley Crue.  The noted musical arrangement fits the song’s lyrical theme, which touts the joy of just being together with friends and family.  It is that full-on happy, upbeat party rock sound that was so popular during that age of big guitar riffs and even bigger hair.  The positive vibe exuded by the song’s musical arrangement does well to help convey the sense of joy that is exhibited through the song’s lyrical content.

Collins sings in the song’s lead verse, “Slip on my boots/And get my head on right/We’re going to a rock and roll show/meet up with the boys/And we’re heading to the club/We’re fired up and ready to go/Raise a glass tonight and let’s celebrate/It’s only midnight and it’s not too late.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “The drinks are flowing/And the music’s pumping/We’re having a real good time/the pretty girls are dancing and they’re looking at me/Gonna make one of ‘em mine/Sweet little Susie’s coming home with me/And we’re gonna set the night on fire/We’re back to my place and we have some fun/burnin’ like a funeral pyre.”  From there, the story continues, telling about the morning after that night of celebration with friends and what followed.  Little Suzie stayed the night and left the next afternoon, not to give away too much.  From there, Collins sings about working hard all week and in turn, celebrating on the weekend.  It’s never revealed if the song’s subject saw little Susie again.  That is left to the listener’s imagination.  That aside, the overall…well..celebratory nature of this song musically and lyrically makes it a work that lives up to its name and will assuredly keep listeners engaged and entertained what with that throwback musical and lyrical style.  It is just one of the songs that makes Hell on High Heels another positive offering from Angeles.  ‘Heal The Wounds’ is another way in which the album shows its strength.

Much as is the case with ‘Celebrate,’ this song’s arrangement is another full-on throwback to the guitar-laden rock that made the 80s such a notable musical era.  While the stylistic approach is the same, the sound is anything but.  This song’s musical arrangement is more akin to Poison’s ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ and some older works from Bon Jovi.  It starts off soft and simple before becoming much more bombastic yet still ballad-esque in the same stylistic vein of the noted older works.  That familiar stylistic approach will appeal to the already mentioned audiences just as much as the arrangement featured in ‘Celebrate.’  It goes well with the contemplative nature in the song’s lyrical theme, which serves as a reminder to listeners that “time will heal the wounds,” of a broken relationship, as front man Louis Collins sings in the song’s chorus.

Collins sings sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m all out of things to say/Out of tears to cry/All out of thoughts…Can barely let out a sigh/the memories and time/All pas me by/See you on the street/Makes me wanna die/Time will heal the wounds/Time will kill the pain.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “I’m all out of whisky/I’m down to my last cigarette/Trying to get it together/I haven’t figured it out just yet/Sleepless nights, they haunt me/I’m laying down in a cold sweat/It’s time for me to go/It’s time to raise my bet/’Cause time will heal the wounds/Time will kill the pain.”  Following this point, listeners are presented the story of the actual breakup and the subject’s emotional recovery from that breakup.  It would explain the much more uplifting sound that gradually develops through the remainder of the song.  Considering that the song’s subject reminds himself that time will heal the wounds and kill the pain, this is a key to continuing to make sure this song connects just as easily with listeners through its words as much as through its music.  All things considered, the song is just one more way in which Hell on High Heels proves its strength in itself and within the bigger community of new 80s rock style releases put out so far this year.  ‘Start Living’ is yet another way in which the album holds its own alongside its counterparts.

‘Start Living’ is another positive, uplifting (so to speak) work featured in Angeles’ latest album.  That is due in part to its musical arrangement, which is a work that is as energetic and upbeat as ‘Celebrate.’  Its sound and approach is also just as similar to works from Motley Crue and others as that song.  It should be noted that even with that stylistic similarity, the song still bears its own sound, so it is not just ripping off the works from those bands or even itself.  To that end, the song’s arrangement does its own part to keep listeners engaged and entertained in this case.  Its lyrical content builds on that engagement and entertainment.

Much like ‘Celebrate’ is a full-on song that pays homage to being out with friends and just living the rock and roll life, so does this song in its own right.  Collins even sings in the song’s lead verse, “Thirty days in and I’m feeling down…Sick of the walls/I’m tired and bored/I wanna rock the world.But I’m stuck indoors/Let’s get moving/Start living all night long.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Look at my guitar/I play real loud/And take the shows to the biggest crowd/Party all night with the pretty girls…getting in the fights with the boys in the band…Patch things p with a whiskey shot/Do it again tomorrow/Ready or not/let’s get moving/Start living all night long.”  Now while some of the lyrics are indecipherable without a lyrics sheet to reference, enough is understood in this case that it is pretty obvious what is being addressed here.  There is a mention of fever making someone feel bad.  It could be interpreted that this has to do something with the impact of COVID-19, considering that the album was being recorded late last year and early this year as COVID-19 started to take over the world.  That mention of getting tired of looking at the walls strengthens that supposition even more.  It comes across as Collins talking about just wanting to get out and live, to get out and hit the road, which is what so many bands, acts and groups want to do, but sadly likely won’t get to do until at least next year.  It makes for its own engagement and entertainment for audiences.  That is because the fans want to be out there just as much as the bands.  Keeping that collective mindset and the energy and sound in the song’s musical arrangement, it becomes increasingly clear why this song is another standout addition to Hell on High Heels.  It is certain to become an anthem in its own right as bands and audiences alike await the return of live music.  Together with the other songs noted here and the rest of its works, Hell on High Heels shows why it is a positive return for Angeles.

Angeles has scored another win with its 13th full-length studio recording, Hell on High Heels.  That is due in no small part to its musical arrangements and lyrical themes, all of which are sure to engage and entertain audiences in their own way.  That is proven through three of the album’s eight songs addressed here.  When that trio of songs is addressed along with the rest of the album’s works, the album in whole proves, again, why it is another positive return for the band.  Hell on High Heels is scheduled for release Friday through Dark Star Records/Sony.

The album’s track listing and recording information is noted below.

‘Hell On High Heels’ tracklisting:
1. Hell On High Heels – Lytle/Collins – 4:43
2. Celebrate – Lytle/Collins – 3:37
3. Heal The Wounds – Lytle/Collins – 3:52
4. Apocalypse – Lytle/Collins – 4:24
5. Start Living – Lytle/Collins – 2:58
6. Rolling Like Thunder – Lytle/Collins – 3:56
7. Run – Lytle/Collins – 3:06
8. Holly Fenton – Merrit/James – 3:22

Music recorded at Clear Lake Recording Studios N. Hollywood CA – Ara Sarkisian.
Vocals recorded at MT Studios Burbank CA – Matt Thorne.
Produced by Dale Lytle and Matt Thorne
Mixed and mastered by Matt Thorne
Front cover by Jeffrey A. Swanson
Back cover by Connie Lytle
Graphic Design by Monarch Digital Design

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.angelesband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and ‘Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Angeles Debuts Two More Singles From Its New LP; Offers More Pre-Order Options

Courtesy: Dark Star Records/Sony

Veteran rock band Angeles released two more new singles from its forthcoming album Friday.

The band debuted its new single ‘Celebrate‘ and the video for another single, ‘Heal the Wounds.’ The songs are the second and third singles respectively from the band’s forthcoming album Hell on High Wheels.  The band debuted the album’s lead single ‘Rolling Like Thunder‘ on April 20.

Hell on High Wheels is scheduled for release July 3 through Dark Star Records/Sony.  Pre-orders are open now for the album’s upcoming digital release through Apple MusicGoogle Play and Amazon.

The band announced Friday, a new special pre-order for fans.  Audiences can now pre-order the album through two new outlets.  U.S. audiences can now pre-order the album Dark World Entertainment while audiences abroad can pre-order through Dark Star Records.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Celebrate’ is an upbeat, positive work that lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Poison, Ratt, and Motley Crue.  The noted musical arrangement fits the song’s lyrical theme, which touts the joy of just being together with friends and family.

The video treatment for ‘Heal The Wounds’ puts the band into what is meant to reflect a live setting.  The song’s musical arrangement is much like that of ‘Celebrate, reflecting the noted influences.  The song’s lyrical theme comes across as focusing on just getting over things that happened in the past.  It serves as a reminder to listeners that “time will heal the wounds,” as front man Louis Collins sings in the song’s chorus.

Angeles unveiled the track listing for its new album last week.  Angeles debuted the title, cover art and release date for Hell on High Heels June 11.

Angeles is scheduled to open for Krokus Oct. 10 at the famed Whiskey A Go-GO in Los Angeles, LA for the last show of Krokus’ farewell tour.

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.angelesband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and ‘Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Angeles Reveals New Album’s Track Listing

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Angeles revealed more information about its new album this week.

The band unveiled the track listing Wednesday for its new album Hell on High Heels.  The album is composed of eight songs, the longest of which — its opener/title track — comes in at four minutes, 43 seconds.  Other song titles featured in the record are works, such as ‘Start Living,’ ‘Celebrate’ and the album’s lead single, ‘Rolling Like Thunder.’

The album’s track listing is noted below.

 

‘Hell On High Heels’ tracklisting:
1. Hell On High Heels – Lytle/Collins – 4:43
2. Celebrate – Lytle/Collins – 3:37
3. Heal The Wounds – Lytle/Collins – 3:52
4. Apocalypse – Lytle/Collins – 4:24
5. Start Living – Lytle/Collins – 2:58
6. Rolling Like Thunder – Lytle/Collins – 3:56
7. Run – Lytle/Collins – 3:06
8. Holly Fenton – Merrit/James – 3:22

 

The band debuted the video for ‘Rolling Like Thunder’ April 20.  It is the band’s first single with the current lineup of Dale Lytle Louis Collins, Cal Shelton and Danny Basulto.  The DIY-style video features new vocalist Louis Collins performing the single while footage of the band is edited into the whole along with live footage of the band from past performances.

The song’s musical arrangement is a familiar up-tempo, classic 80s, guitar-driven style work that will appeal to fans of bands, such as RATT, Motley Crue and other bands of that ilk.  Its lyrical content comes across as being just as familiar, hinting at going out partying and rocking.

Angeles debuted the title, cover art and release date for Hell on High Heels June 11.  The album is scheduled for release July 3 through Dark Star Records/Sony.  Pre-orders are open now for the album’s upcoming digital release through Apple MusicGoogle Play and Amazon.

Angeles is scheduled to open for Krokus Oct. 10 at the famed Whiskey A Go-GO in Los Angeles, LA for the last show of Krokus’ farewell tour.

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.angelesband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and ‘Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

 

Angeles Reveals Title, Release Date, Cover Art For New Album

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Independent rock band Angeles announced the first details for its new album this week.

The band announced Thursday, the title, release date and cover for its new album.  Hell on High Heels is scheduled for release July 3 on all digital platforms through Dark Star Records.  The album’s physical release date will be announced soon.

Pre-orders are open now for the album’s upcoming digital release through Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon.

Angeles debuted the video for its new single ‘Rolling Like thunder’ in April.  It is unknown at this time if the song is one of the album’s songs.  That is because the album’s track listing was not announced with the other noted information.

‘Rolling Like Thunder’ features vocals from the band’s new front man Louis Collins. It is the band’s first new music since it released is most recent album Fire It Up last year. The song is available to download through Apple MusicGoogle Play, and Amazon.

Angeles is scheduled to open for Krokus Oct. 10 at the famed Whiskey A Go-GO in Los Angeles, LA for the last show of Krokus’ farewell tour.

More information on Angeles’ new album is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.angelesband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

 

To keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and ‘Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Angeles Announces New Live Dates

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Rock band Angeles will open the new year with a new slate of live dates.

According to a news release, the band will open 2020 with a performance Jan. 2 at the famed Whisky A Go-Go. Rough Riot will join the band for that show. The band will follow up that performance with a concert Jan. 17 at the Universal Bar & Grill and another Feb. 14 at Sunshine Studio in Colorado Springs, CO.

After taking off some time to rest and recharge, the band will perform live March 7 at Petie’s Place in Los Angeles, CA. A return date March 27 at the Whisky A Go-Go is also scheduled along with a show April 19 at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood, CA.

Before it launches its new year’s dates, the band will close out 2019 with performances Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 at the Whisky A Go-Go and Wood Music Studios respectively.

Angeles’ current tour schedule is in support of the band’s latest album Fire It Up. The album is scheduled for release Dec. 13 through Dark Star Records.  More information on Angeles’ upcoming tour dates, news and more at:

 

Website: http://angelesband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Angelestheband

 

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Angeles Proves The 80s Are Gone, But Not Forgotten In Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Dark Star Records

The 1980s was of the most significant ages in the modern history of music.  It was during that era that some of the biggest names in popular music rose to fame.  Bands, such as Guns ‘N’ Roses, Motley Crue (who recently announced they are heading back out on the road) and Def Leppard are among the many acts whose stars rose years.  For all of the well-known acts who rose to fame there were just as many who while perhaps successful, were not as well-known as others.  Los-Angeles based rock and roll band Angeles was one of the bands that fell into the latter category.  The band has released 11 full-length studio recordings since its formation way back in 1977.  It will release its 12th album Dec. 13 through Dark Star Records.  The 11-song album is a presentation that will appeal primarily to the band’s most devoted fans and the most devoted fans of the big hair era with its musical arrangements and lyrical content.  One of the songs featured in the 37-minute record that the noted audiences will most enjoy comes late in the album’s run in the form of ‘Wicked.’  That song will be addressed shortly.  ‘Anti-Social Media,’ which directly addresses the impact of social media on the world, is another work that will appeal to audiences.  ‘Eye of The Storm’ is yet another notable addition to the album’s whole.  Each song plays its own part in making Fire It Up a work that the noted audiences will enjoy.  When they are considered along with the album’s other works, the whole of the album proves itself a work that any hair metal enthusiast will appreciate.

Veteran hair metal band Angeles’ latest full-length studio recording Fire It Up is a record that is certain to get any hair metal enthusiast and fan of the band fired up.  That is due to the pure 80s rock sounds that make up the body of the album and the record’s lyrical content.  One of the most notable of the songs that will appeal to the noted listeners comes late in the album’s run in the form of ‘Wicked.’  The song’s musical arrangement is one of those familiar brooding down-tuned works that were so common during the age of big hair and big riffs.  It boasts an ominous tone that helps to illustrate the song’s lyrical message, which itself presents something quite heavy.

Singer Gwendolyn Casella sings in the song’s lead verse, “Wicked things make great bedfellows/I live behind the corners of your mind/Watching and waiting/For the innocence/That you left behind.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “I am a neutron star/Ripping at your seams/Under your rock bottom/Chewing up your dreams/My nightmare’s listening/Listens for your screams/Until time cracks its knuckles and its neck/Your knees will buckle while you’re wondering what’s next/You think that time will let you feel and heal your fate/You think you know that truth/But you don’t know my pain.  She adds in the song’s third and final verse, “I am those white lines in the sky/I am a hungry baby’s cry/I am scar tissues on your thigh/I am the killer storm/The silver on your back/I sold your soul for a bag of black/You look just like a deer/Caught in a fog light/I held you hostage in a knife fight or your life/I live between the trigger and the exit wound/I am silence sneaking through/I am wicked.”  By and large, there is a lot of metaphorical speak here, with the mention of the “neutron star ripping you apart” and the “scar tissue on your thigh.”  That latter note is a bit of a head scratcher.  However, when the song reaches the point of the subject saying, “I live between the trigger and the exit wound,” the song’s topic seems to be come a bit clearer.  The song’s subject is the negative force that is everywhere in the world.  That is, at least, this critic’s interpretation.  It would seem to make sense, considering that early note as Casella sings in the song’s lead verse, “I live behind the corners of your mind/Watching and waiting/For the innocence/That you left behind.”  It comes across as being that negative force that looks to bring down a person at the first chance, so maybe this was written by one of the band’s members as he or she was at a low point in life and trying to get out of that funk that we all reach at one point or another.  To that end, the song’s brooding lyrical content and musical arrangement couple to make it a work that will resonate with a wide range of listeners.  It is just one of the songs that serves to make Fire It Up an album that will appeal to the aforementioned listeners.  ‘Anti-Social Media’ offers its own interest to the noted listeners.

‘Anti-Social Media’ is notable in part because of its musical arrangement, which is a stark contrast from that of ‘Wicked.’  This time out, the band – Dale Lytle (guitar), Casella (vocals, flute), Danny Basulto (drums) and Cal Shelton (bass) – presents a distinctly 80s garage rock sound instead of the brooding nature of ‘Wicked.’  It is just full-on bombast, but again, with that noted garage rock sound.  Keeping that in mind, it will again appeal to a very targeted audience.  The song’s raw sound works with the clear commentary in the song’s lyrical theme to add more interest to the song in whole.

There is not doubt here as to the song’s subject matter.  This is another song that broaches the matter of social media and the negative impact that it has had (and continues to have) on society.  Casella sings in the song’s lead verse, “How many likes on Facebook did you get/That Snapchat filter makes you look like my cat/How many comments did you get on your blog/That Snapchat filter makes you look like my dog/What’s the latest fashion/What brand are those shoes/I don’t give a f***/I’ll wear whatever I choose/I’ll post on Instagram what I want you to see/Please “Like” it, “Share” it, comment/I need you to validate me.”  Again, there’s no doubt left as to this song’s topic.  The rest of the song follows in similar fashion, lyrically speaking.  What is really interesting here is the note of the Snapchat filters making people look like an animal.  That is a real filter, and for some odd reason, people do that.  It makes no sense to this critic and many other sound-minded individuals.  What the song does here though, is make those people who use the noted filter look like individuals who are less sound-minded.  It is used as an insult in this case.  That was smart writing.  Given, this song is hardly the first of its kind to ever be crafted, but in an age when people really have become so dependent on social media to the point that it has become so pervasive, any song that addresses the downside of social media is good and welcome.  To that end, it is just one more of the songs that will interest Angeles’ fans and those of 80s hair metal.  ‘Eye of the Storm’ will also find interest among the noted audiences.

The musical element of ‘Eye of the Storm’ is again more standard 80s hair metal a la Poison, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, etc.  The big riffs are there along with everything else that will appeal to fans of such music.  It is a sound in this case that is quite familiar not just in that aspect, but in relation to the rest of the album’s compositions.  Keeping that in mind, it will, again, appeal specifically to the band’s target audiences in itself.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own share of interest for audiences.

The lyrical content at the heart of ‘Eye of the Storm’ is relatively straight forward.  It comes across as a statement about the band’s devotion to doing what it does no matter what.  This is inferred as Casella sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s the way I’m living/Few will understand/It ain’t just for the music/Playing in a rock and roll band/try to keep it together/Sittin’ on the ledge/And people Look crazy/going over the edge/there’s gonna be haters/S*** talkers, too/Stayin’ true to the music/Doing what you gotta do/It’s the eye of the storm.”  This makes clear the noted statement at the song’s center.  Casella continues in the song’s second verse, “The mission you can’t explain/But you stay the course/There’s gonna be casualties/But there’s no remorse/Gotta keep it together/Hanging on the ledge/But people look crazy/Going over the ledge/There’s gonna be haters/S*** talkers, too…It’s the eye of the storm.”  Once again, here we have a standard song about a band and its members sticking to its convictions and aim.  Yet again, this is hardly the first time that any cat has ever crafted such a lyrical presentation.  Even with that in mind, the thoughts discussed here are thoughts that so many acts deal with and have dealt with.  If not for maintaining their aim and convictions, audiences might not have (and have had) many of the great acts to enjoy throughout the years.  It serves as a reminder to those other acts, regardless of experience, to not give up and keep following their dreams.  Keeping this in mind, it stands on its own merits, and adds even more appeal to the aforementioned audiences for this album.  When this song is considered alongside the likes of ‘Anti-Social Media,’ ‘Wicked’ and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of Fire It Up that will certainly get Angeles’ fans just as fired up as those fans of old school 80s hair metal.

Angeles’ latest album Fire It Up presents the veteran rock outfit as a band that still has a certain fire burning with its members.  That is proven through all three of the songs noted here.  They are a snapshot of the musical and lyrical content that will appeal widely to the band’s fans and those of old school 80s hair metal.  The noted songs and the rest of the album’s works come together to make the record in whole, a work that will get a very distinct audience range fired up.  More information on Fire It Up is available online now along with all of Angeles’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Conquest’s ‘Under The Influence’ Is Not Just Another Covers Album

Courtesy:  Dark Star Records

Courtesy: Dark Star Records

Early this past April St. Louis, Missouri-based metal outfit Conquest released its latest album Under The Influence.  The forty-three-minute covers album presents eleven songs from some of the band members’ favorite bands.  The songs themselves are, collectively, their own important part of the record’s presentation.  That will be discussed shortly.  They are not the album’s only key element.  The band’s take on the featured songs is just as important to note in this record’s presentation as the songs themselves.  That will be discussed later.  The album’s overall sequencing rounds out the record’s most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the album’s whole.  Altogether all three elements Under The Influence a covers album that any rock fan should hear at least once.  This applies regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Conquest’s body of work.

Covers albums are a dime a dozen nowadays in the music industry.  Nine times out of ten, they are space fillers used between new albums to tide over fans and fulfill contractual obligations for record labels.  Even worse, said albums are commonly thrown together rather haphazardly, much like all of the “hits” albums that are out there.  The end result in both cases are albums (if one even wants to call them albums—note the sarcasm) that are anything but memorable or even worth having in one’s personal music collection.  Enter Under The Influence, the new covers collection from St. Louis, Missouri’s hard rock outfit Conquest.  Unlike all of the covers (and “hits”—technically singles) collections out there on the market today this eleven-song compilation record is one that every rock fan should head at least once.  This applies regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Conquest and its body of work.  The record’s featured covers are in themselves just one of the elements that make this record worth hearing.  That is the case because the songs don’t just come from one of rock’s many sub-genres or another.  Rather it crosses those genres from beginning to end.  It also spans rock’s rich modern history with its presented songs.  It all kicks off with a pair of Judas Priest covers in the form of ‘Metal Gods’ and ‘The Ripper.’  That pair of songs is followed by a cover of Iron Maiden’s beloved ‘Wraith Child.’ The band gets even heavier from there with its own take on Metallica’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls.’  Things change even more dramatically in the band’s next offering, a cover of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades.’  This one comes at just the right moment, too, as it is essentially the album’s midway point.  It isn’t even the album’s most interesting of the record’s inclusions either.  The album’s second half features covers of songs from Bon Jovi, Anthrax, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, and even UFO.  To say that that is a broad swath of bands (and songs) would be an understatement.  Simply put, the eleven songs (and bands) that are featured in this covers collection is extremely wide.  The songs are just as diverse in their stylistic approaches as the bands are within their own rock sub-genres.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear as to why the songs featured in this record are so important to its presentation.  They don’t subject listeners to just one style of rock.  Rather, they cover so many different styles from so many ages of rock’s rich history.  They make up just one of the record’s most important elements.  The band’s take on each of the featured songs is just as important to note here as the songs themselves.

The songs (and bands) that are featured in Conquest’s new covers collection are collectively their own important part of the record’s presentation.  That is because they lift liberally from rock’s rich modern history.  The songs present a wide range of bands and rock styles from beginning to end.  That is just one part of what makes this record a rare covers collection that is actually worth hearing.  The band’s actual performance of the record’s featured songs is just as important as the songs themselves.  The band’s take on Metallica’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ is one of the band’s best performances in this record.  If one were to hear this take on the classic heavy metal tune without knowing it was Conquest, one would actually think that it was Metallica.  The band performed the song verbatim both lyrically and stylistically.  And front man Derrick Brumley may not sound just like James Hetfield circa 1984.  But listeners will be surprised at the similarity in the sound of the singers’ vocals.  The band’s take on ‘Ace of Spades’ is just as impressive.  One could argue in fact, that Conquest’s take on the classic rock anthem is just as good as Motorhead’s original recording.  It doesn’t bear the grittier, garage rock sound presented in Motorhead’s original composition.  But even with that taken into consideration it still pays honor stylistically to the original right down to the song’s familiar up-tempo bass line (handled here by bassist Rob Boyer).  One of the song’s biggest surprises is Brumley’s vocal delivery.  It’s not certain as to whether or not Brumley set out to emulate Lemmy Kilmister in this cover.  But interestingly enough listeners will note that there is a certain element of that gritty sound made so familiar by the late rock legend in Brumley’s own vocal delivery here.  It is a nice touch to the, and especially so if Brumley did not set out to try to sound like Kilmister.  The band’s take on UFO’s ‘Lights Out In London’ is another example of the importance of the band’s performances in this record.  It could actually be argued here that Conquest’s cover is even better than the original.  That is thanks to the bombastic guitar solos, Bruley’s powerhouse vocal delivery, and Tim Fleetwood’s equally solid work behind the kit.  Of course Boyer’s work on the bass here shouldn’t be ignored either.  The whole of the band’s work here makes the band’s take on the song a song that will have make every rocker out there proud.  It is just one more example of what makes the band’s performance of each of the record’s featured songs is just as important as the songs themselves.  They are hardly the record’s only key examples of that importance.  Audiences will take just as much notice of the band’s take on ‘Dead Or Alive’ ‘Wraithchild’ and ‘Cowboys From Hell.’  The prior pair of covers is much more bombastic here in the case of the original songs.  ‘Cowboys From Hell’ on the other hand is a relatively close take on the original.  All three will hold listeners’ ears and have them talking afterward just as much as the other noted covers and those covers not noted here.  All in all, the band’s take on each of the songs featured proves just as pivotal to the record’s presentation as the songs themselves.  They are not the record’s only important elements, though.  The album’s sequencing is just as important to its presentation as the songs and their performances.

The songs that are featured in Conquest’s new covers collection and the band’s take on each song are equally important to the album’s presentation.  The songs are so important to note because of the broad range of influences presented throughout the record’s forty-three minute run time.  The band’s performance of the songs is just as important to note as the songs themselves because of the similarities and differences between the originals and the band’s updated take on each song.  Those similarities and differences are certain to create their own share of interest and discussion among audiences.  As important as each element proves to the record’s whole they are not its only key elements.  The record’s sequencing is just as important to its presentation as those noted elements.  Audiences that pay close attention to the record’s sequencing will note that for the most part the record maintains a relatively solid energy level from beginning to end.  Though, the energy does pick up just enough at given points, so as to maintain listeners’ engagement.  It picks up first just past the record’s halfway point in the form of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ before puling back just a little bit as the record transitions into its second half.  As the album nears its end the band picks things up once more in the covers of ‘Red Hot’ and ‘Cowboys From Hell’ before finishing off with the slightly slower (slightly at best) but no less heavy ‘Children of the Grave.’  Simply put, the band has balanced the record’s energy and even its varied musical styles from beginning to end thanks to its expert sequencing.  This ensures listeners’ maintained engagement, and in turn, entertainment.  Keeping this in mind, the record’s sequencing shows in the end why it is just as important to its presentation as its songs and performances thereof.  Each element is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered, Under The Influence shows in the end to be a rarity of a covers album.  It doesn’t come across as just some contractually obligated space filler.  Rather it proves to be a collection of classic rock songs that Conquest’s fans will enjoy just as much as those of the bands featured throughout the record.  It is a record that succeeds at presenting a solid introduction to rock’s rich modern history all while entertaining rock fans of all ages.  It is a covers collection that is actually worth hearing at least once regardless of audiences’ familiarity with Conquest or its body of work.

Conquest’s latest studio recording Under The Influence is a record that every rock fan should hear at least once.  This applies regardless of listeners’ familiarity with the band or its body of work.  That is because it isn’t just a random, contractually obligated space filler record.  Its eleven songs present a solid introduction to rocks rich modern history.  That is thanks to the broad array of bands and songs that is presented here.  The band’s performance of each song is just as important to the record’s presentation as the songs themselves.  That is because they present new and familiar takes on the classic songs; takes that will keep listeners engaged and generate their own share of discussion among audiences.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its presentation.  Over the course of its forty-three minutes, the records sequencing expertly balances the record’s energy from beginning to end.  This ensures just as much listeners’ engagement.  Each element plays its own important part in the record’s presentation.  Altogether they make Under The Influence a record that very rock fan should hear at least once regardless of one’s familiarity with Conquest or its body of work.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via Dark Star Records’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from Conquest is available online now at:

 

 

 

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