Turbulence’s Sophomore LP Is A Surprisingly Enjoyable Prog-Metal Project

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Up-and-coming prog-metal Turbulence is poised to become one of the next big names in the prog-metal community.  Having spent its formative years performing as a Dream Theater tribute act and having released one album, the band recently took the next step in its career when it signed with Frontiers Music s.r.l.  That deal will see the band release its second album Frontal Friday through the label.  The eight-song concept record is a presentation that every prog-metal fan will welcome. That is proven in part through its noted concept, which will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that accompany the album’s concept strengthen the album’s presentation even more.  It will be addressed a little later.  The album’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here does its own share to make Frontal a successful new offering from Turbulence.  All things considered, the album makes clear why Turbulence is one of the next big names in the prog-metal community.

Frontal, the sophomore album from up-and-coming prog-metal band Turbulence is a unique new presentation that is sure to help build the band’s name within the prog-metal community.  That is proven in part through the album’s concept.  The concept in question centers on the real life railroad worker Phineas Gage and the near fatal incident that happened to him on the job on .  For those who don’t know the story, Gage was impaled by what is called a tamping iron when he was preparing to help blast some rock for a stretch of railroad.  The iron went into his skull, destroying part of his brain, even though he survived.  While Gage survived the tragic incident, it literally changed him.  He was never the same person again in terms of his personality.  That is due to the brain damage that he suffered.  Few if any other prog acts can say that they have taken on this topic for their concept records.  Dream Theater has crafted a concept album involving murder and a past life experience.  Spock’s Beard has crafted a concept about a man who was born albino and his journey through life.   Between the Buried and Me even crafted a concept record about a man in a coma.  However, neither they nor other prog acts have crafted a story on this topic. 

The story here starts following the event that nearly took his life.  As it continues in ‘Crowbar Case,’ listeners find Gage talking to himself, trying to make sense of his physical and mental wounds.  In reality, the case was a study of the impact of brain injuries on an individual’s personality.  That is reflected here as Gage says to himself, “Blinded by this serenade/Afterglow is driving me insane/Pale, overrun and I’m dazed/He said: “Don’t you know me?/You don’t know that you can’t hide”/Would time restore the moments I’m betrayed?”  The rumination continues in the song’s second verse, which finds Gage even more questioning what has happened to him.  He sings here, “I don’t see the silver lining underneath the sky/My mind is grinding evermore/I concede a black desire/Dark and dignified/Take me back to the start where it all ends.”   This does in fact reflect the bigger study that resulted from his accident.  As the story ends, Gage is left wondering what will happen in terms of the result of his accident.  He wonders about his own legacy and at the same time, seemingly pleads with people to keep in mind that we all deal with mental health issues.  That is just this critic’s interpretation.  It makes for an interesting finale to the otherwise heavy, introspective story presented here.  The story in whole makes for quite the engagement and entertainment, considering the story and its delivery style.  Keeping that in mind, the concept itself makes for plenty of reason to hear this album.  It is just one part of what makes this record stand out.  The musical arrangements that accompany the record’s story make for their own share of engagement and entertainment. 

Starting back at the album’s end, the arrangement there is comparable to works from TesseracT.  That is evidenced in the short, sharp guitar riffs and the powerful vocal harmonies.  Even with that djent prog-metal influence noted, the song still boasts its own unique identity.  By comparison, the heavy, driving guitar line, equally heavy drums and bass, and keyboards used in ‘Ignite’ creates a certain comparison to works from Dream Theater.  That is especially considering the song’s clean vocals.  The screams meanwhile just add their own touch to the work.  ‘Crowbar Case,’ on yet another branch (so to speak), creates its own unique prog take, too.  Listeners will hear elements not only of Dream Theater here in the pairing of the vocals and bass, but also in the classical style guitar approach, but also influences of Spock’s Beard to a slightly lesser degree.  Between this arrangement, the others noted here and the album’s other arrangements,   the overall picture painted here is one of a record whose musical content holds its own well against any of Turbulence’s more well-known prog and prog-metal counterparts.  That and the originality in the record’s story collectively make the record that much more appealing.  That collective content is only a portion of what makes Frontal a success.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production that went into Frontal is important to note because that work was responsible for bringing everything together within each arrangement.  ‘Faceless Man’ for instance is a relatively busy song, considering the vocals, the keyboard runs, the percussion, and the guitar.   What’s more, the song’s mood changes as it progresses.  There are moments here that are contemplative, and moments that are more energetic.  Those behind the glass had to work to balance everything between the two sides in order to create the fullest emotional impact.  Those efforts paid off, too.   What’s more, the keyboard line really forms the song’s foundation here, but the arrangement’s other elements play their own important part to the whole.  So, just as much attention had to be paid to each part even in this aspect.  That added attention paid off, too, resulting in an arrangement that creates its own power.  ‘Dreamless’ is another example of the importance of the album’s production.  This song stands starkly apart from the album’s other arrangements because it takes a relatively simple but still involved electronic approach.  It starts off easily and subdued with a simple piano line.  As it progresses, the energy builds along with the inclusion of the electronics and vocals.  This means that the electronics had to be balanced just right with the subtlety of the drums and the vocals.  That paid off, too.  All of the subtleties here blend well together to make this song its own standout addition to the song.  When it is considered with the production that went into Faceless Man’ and the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole of that presentation shows how much work and time went into properly producing this album.  That work and time paid off, and when it is considered along with the album’s overall content, that whole leaves no doubt as to the success of the record in whole.

Turbulence’s sophomore album Frontal is a successful second entry from the band and enjoyable major label start for the group, too.  That is due in part to the story at the heart of the record.  It centers on the tragedy of real life railroad worker Phineas Gage.  It is a story that few if any other prog bands has ever touched.  The musical arrangements featured with the album’s concept are important in their own way to the album’s presentation.  That is because they exhibit influences from some of the genre’s most talented and respected bands.  At the same time, they boast their own identity, and hold their own against the music from those counterparts.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation, bringing everything together.  Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Frontal a work that any prog fan will find surprisingly enjoyable.  The album is scheduled for release Friday through Frontiers Music s.r.l.  More information on the album is available along with all of Turbulence’s latest news at:

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Rock Supergroup Announces Name, Updates Album Work

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The fire is burning bright with rock super group Spirits of Fire.

The previously unnamed band, which features Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, Sadus), Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Beyond Fear), Christopher Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Chroma Key, Ten), now has a name – Spirits of Fire — and details on its debut album.

The band announced this week that it is halfway through the recording process for its as-yet-untitled debut album. The album, said producer Joey Z. He added he was excited for the album’s release.

“It’s going to be a great album!,” Joey Z said. “Fans can look forward to a release in the early part of 2018.”

The album, which will be released via Frontiers Music Srl, does not have a release date yet. That information will be announced later.  Audiences can keep up with that and more information from Spirits of Fire online at http://www.facebook.com/SpiritsOfFireBand.

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Revolution Saints Announce New Album Release Date, Specs

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Revolution Saints has a new album on the way.

The band announced this week it will release its sophomore album Light in the Dark Oct. 13 via Frontiers Music Srl.  The album will come roughly two years after the band – Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, DIO, ex-Whitesnake) and Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) – released its self-titled debut album.

The record will be available on CD, Deluxe CD/DVD combo pack, vinyl and limited edition box set. The Deluxe CD/DVD combo pack features bonus live tracks on the CD, live footage on the DVD from the band’s first-ever live performance recorded at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan (recorded this past April), a “Making Of’ documentary and music videos for ‘Light in the Dark’ and ‘I Wouldn’t Change a Thing.’

The limited edition box set will feature the album in its deluxe CD/DVD combo pack, 180-gram vinyl, Large-size T-Shirt, poster, lithograph and poster.

Pre-orders for Light in the Dark are open now at iTunes, Frontiers Records’ online store, Amazon and Google Play.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

Here’s the complete track listing for LIGHT IN THE DARK:
1. Light In The Dark
2. Freedom
3. Ride On
4. I Wouldn’t Change A Thing
5. Don’s Surrender
6. Take You Down
7. The Storm Inside
8. Can’t Run Away From Love
9. Running On The Edge
10. Another Chance
11. Falling Apart
12. Back On My Trail (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
13. Turn Back Time (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
14. Here Forever (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
15. Locked Out Of Paradise (live, bonus track on deluxe edition only)
Bonus DVD contents:
–REVOLUTION SAINTS live at Frontiers Rock Festival (“Back On My Trail,” “Turn Back Time,” “Here Forever,” “Locked Out Of Paradise”)
–Making of LIGHT IN THE DARK (documentary)
–“Light In The Dark” (song video)
–“I Wouldn’t Change A Thing” (song video)

In anticipation of Light in the Dark’s upcoming release, Revolution Saints unveiled the music video for the album’s title track this week. It can be viewed online now here.

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DiMino’s New LP Shows Sometimes Its A Good Thing That “Old Habits Die Hard”

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Courtesy: Frontiers Music Srl

Old habits die hard.  It is a simple statement but also a very powerful statement.  For veteran vocalist Frank DiMino it is a statement that is especially true in listening to his new album Old Habits Die Hard.  The eleven-song record exhibits DiMino’s old habits from beginning to end, taking listeners back to the days of big hair and even bigger riffs in every single song.  For fans of 80s rock, with all of its pomp and bombast that is a very good thing because this record has every bit of that beginning with the album’s opener ‘Never Again.’  ‘Sweet Sensation is another one of the album’s offerings that exhibits that classic, over-the-top sound.  The same can be said of ‘Tonight’s The Night.’  All three songs show in their own respective way the sound on which Frank DiMino thrived in the early days of his career.  They are just a few of the songs featured in DiMino’s first solo record that make this musical trip back to the 80s so enjoyable for fans of that age.  Songs such as ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You,’ ‘Rockin In The City,’ and ‘Mad As Hell’ are just as notable in making that statement.  The classic song of love lost is even there in the form of ‘Even Now.’  Whether for those songs, the ones more directly noted here, or any of the album’s other compositions, the record in whole proves that while old habits may die hard, it’s not always a bad thing.

Frank DiMino’s first ever solo record Old Habits Die Hard is a record that any fan of big hair and even bigger riffs should hear.  From beginning to end its songs transport listeners back to the 80s with every element that made “hair metal” so…well…big during its era.  The album’s opener ‘Never Again’ is just one of the songs that serves to take listeners on that musical ride back in time.  Right from the song’s huge opening drum fill to its equally bombastic guitar line, which runs through the song’s five minute-plus run time, the song harkens directly back to the 80s.  The song’s lyrical content, which seems to address a certain woman (or type of woman), is just as familiar as the music that forms the song’s foundation.  The topic in question is hinted at as DiMino sings, “Backdoor lover/Undercover/Slip away into the night/Hands up baby/Drive me crazy/Come and step into the night/Reach out/No doubt/Looking for a lover…”  He goes on in the song’s chorus to sing, “Caught in the grip with my heart in the palm of your hand/It’s the last time I have told you/Never again.”  The song’s final verse is very similar to its lead and second verse stylistically as DiMino again addresses that woman again.  Considering what DiMino has to say about said women in the song’s final verse and in the song’s other verses, that woman is definitely something.  She is good but also good at being bad it would seem.  This is, again, very much the familiar topic for rock acts from the 80s- just as familiar as the song’s huge musical arrangement.  Both elements join here to make the song in whole a clear example of what makes OHDH (as it will henceforth be known) a good fit for any 80s rock aficionado.  It is just one of the songs that serves this end, too.  ‘Sweet Sensation is another one of the album’s offerings that exhibits that classic, over-the-top sound.

‘Never Again’ is a clear example of what makes Frank DiMino’s new solo record OHDH a good fit for any 80s rock fan.  That is due to the mix of its lyrical content and its huge musical arrangement.  Both elements are completely familiar to fans of 80s rock.  It is just one of the songs included in this record that serves to show what makes the record such a good fit for fans of that musical era.  ‘Sweet Sensation’ is another example of what makes the album one that 80s rock fans will appreciate.  Just as with ‘Never Again’ that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  The song’s musical arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of AC/DC with its mid-tempo 4/4 time signature and blues-based guitar line.  Though, the inclusion of a keyboard line as a central element in the song’s chorus also conjures thoughts of Deep Purple among other veteran acts.  Considering those comparisons, the song’s musical arrangement in itself makes the song stand clearly apart from the other songs included in this record.  It is just one part of what makes the song (and ultimately album) stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical arrangement.  DiMino sings here, “Taking the midnight train home/So turn your lights down low/I can’t get you off my mind/I just lose all sense of time/Every time you come my way/You take the night out of the day/Everything just melts away/You bring the color to my gray/Feels like the first time/Deep down inside/Sweet sensation/You know where it feels so good/Sweet sensation/The only way it really could.”  He continues in similar fashion in the song’s second verse as he sings, “You know the things it takes to please/And bring a grown man to his knees/You can make the sunshine bright/And hide the darkness from the light.”  He keeps going on in exactly the same fashion.  So needless to say, DiMino doesn’t leave much room for guessing if any at all.  It is a classic schmaltzy song lyrically speaking.  What is interesting is that the song’s musical arrangement doesn’t match that schmaltzy lyrical content.  Rather, it gives the song more of a “come hither” type of feel.  This is a guy that is flirting with his subject, not trying to woo her.  Again, it is another familiar showing for hair rock fans.  It still is not the only other example of what makes OHDH a record that any 80s rock fan will appreciate.  ‘Tonight’s The Night’ is yet another example of what makes OHDH a good fit for 80s rock fans.

‘Never Again and ‘Sweet Sensation’ are both key examples of what makes OHDH a good fit for any hair rock aficionado out there.  That is due to the songs’ combination of big rock riffs and equally big lyrics.  They aren’t the only songs that serve to exhibit DiMino’s throwback approach to his new record.  ‘Tonight’s The Night’ is one more example of that throwback sound.  That is most evident in the song’s musical arrangement, which is centered on some Poison style guitar riffs.  Those riffs are, in themselves based richly in the rockabilly sounds of the 1950s.  It’s an interesting juxtaposition, but it still works.  Keeping that in mind, it doesn’t take much imagination to know what DiMino’s subject is singing about here.  Right off the top, he sings, “It’s gonna happen again/Just a matter of time and a matter of when/The night has just begun/We’re gonna have some fun/Cause’ don’t you know that tonight’s the night/Tonight’s the night/I’m gonna set a date…It’s time to cut use/You know there aint’ no use/Cause tonight’s the night.”  He makes note about jumping in the back of his Cadillac, and the heat that can’t be beat.  Considering all of this, the song’s subject is pretty clear.  The song’s musical energy adds to that pretty clear supposition, too.  What’s so interesting is that DiMino doesn’t try to be overly explicit in making the song’s subject so clear.  It shows that a song can still be kind of naughty without being downright nasty.  At the same time, it can still be fun too.  That being the case, both the song’s musical arrangement and its lyrical content work to show clearly why the song is yet another standout addition to OHDH.  Together with ‘Never Again’ and ‘Sweet Sensation,’ all three songs show collectively why OHDH is a record that any 80s aficionado will enjoy.

Old Habits Die Hard is a record that any 80s rock aficionado will appreciate.  That is regardless of listeners’ familiarity with Frank DiMino’s extensive resume.  Songs such as ‘Never Again,’ ‘Sweet Sensation,’ and ‘Tonight’s The Night’ make that crystal clear.  They are hardly the only songs that support that statement.  ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You,’ ‘Rockin’ In The City’ and ‘Mad As Hell’ each could be used to support that statement just as much as could any of the album’s other featured songs.  All things considered, Old Habits Die Hard proves in the long run that sometimes, it’s a good thing that old habits die hard.  Old Habits Die Hard is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via Amazon.  More information on Old Habits Die Hard is available online now along with Frank DiMino’s latest news at:




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