Through Fire Announces New Live Dates

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Through Fire is headed back out on the road.

The band recently announced it will embark on a new headlining tour beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28 in Ringle, WI.  The nearly three-week long tour, dubbed the “2017 Breakout Tour,” will see the band make its way through the Midwest and southwest through Dec. 16 in Omaha, NE. Dangerkids, Righteous Vendetta and American Sin will serve as support acts throughout the course of the tour.

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Through Fire, which recently signed with Artist Group International management company, is touring on the strength of its two latest singles, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Where You Lie,’ both of which are included in the April 7, 2017 re-issue of the band’s 2016 album Breathe.  The schedule for the band’s upcoming tour, which is in support of that recent re-issue, is noted below.

2017 Breakout Tour Dates

Nov 28, Q and Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI

Nov-29 Route 20 Outhouse – Racine, WI

Nov-30, The Basement – Columbus, OH

Dec 01, The Limelight – Peoria, IL

Dec 02, The Outland – Springfield, MO

Dec 03, The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN

Dec 04, Capone’s – Johnson City, TN

Dec 05, Madison Live – Convington, KY

Dec 08, Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX

Dec 09, House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX

Dec 10, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

Dec 12, Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO

Dec 13, The Forge – Joliet, IL

Dec 14, The Annex – Madison, WI

Dec 16, The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

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‘Infinite’ Proves Deep Purple’s Legacy Will Live On Forever

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More than 40 years ago Deep Purple first formed in Hertfordshire, England. Throughout the band’s life, it would see — like so many bands – its own share of highs and lows. Through it all, the band has managed to release some 20 albums, remaining one of the rock community’s most influential names along the way thanks to that body of work.  The latest of those 20 albums, Infinite, saw its release worldwide early this past April via earMusic.  It is yet more proof of why Deep Purple remains so influential almost half a century (if the band doesn’t disband, 2018 would mark its 50th year) into its life.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented throughout the course of the record’s 10 song, nearly 46-minute record.  Those arrangements will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes presented throughout the record are just as important to note as the album’s musical arrangements and will be discussed later.  The bonus 90-minute “making of” featurette included in the album’s extended edition is also key in showing why Deep Purple is still such an influential band.  Each element is critical in its own right to Infinite’s overall presentation.  Each element serves in its own way why this album is more proof of Deep Purple’s influence.  All things considered, this record shows without a doubt why Deep Purple remains an important part of the rock community and why it in itself is one of this year’s top new rock records.

Deep Purple’s latest full-length studio recording Infinite is a work that shows over its 10-song, 45-minute-plus run time why the band remains one of rock’s most influential acts almost 50 years after its formation.  It also shows itself to be one of this year’s top new rock albums.  That is due in no small part to the varied musical arrangements presented across that body. From beginning to end, the band keeps things fresh for its audiences.  Case in point is the contrast of the sounds in the album’s first two songs, ‘Time For Bedlam’ and ‘Hip Boots.’  The prior crosses Deep Purple’s progressive and hard rock roots together into one arrangement for a work that grows on listeners more with each listen.  The latter is more of a straight forward, radio-ready rock arrangement that, much like ‘Johnny’s Band’ takes listeners back to Deep Purple’s earliest days.  The album’s latest single, ‘The Surprising,’ is another example of why the album’s musical variety is so important to its whole.  Its arrangement is full on progressive rock.  ‘On Top of the World,’ by comparison, is a solid, infectious blues-based arrangement that is just as entertaining as its counterparts.  Between the variations in the arrangements noted here and those of the album’s other featured arrangements, those variations keep Infinite fully engaging and entertaining on their own.  Of course as much as the arrangements do to ensure listeners’ continued engagement in this record, they are only one of the album’s elements that ensures that engagement.  The album’s lyrical themes are just as varied as its musical arrangements.

The lyrical content presented throughout Infinite are just as varied as the record’s musical arrangements.  The band even pointed that out through a series of videos explaining the songs ahead of the album’s release.  Those videos are available now online via YouTube. The album starts off with a seeming socio-political commentary of sorts in ‘Time For Bedlam.’  That is inferred as front man Ian Gillan sings here “Right from the ashes of life I learned to behave/What to believe/What not to say from cradle to grave/Ah…like a good little slave/Sucking my milk from the venomous tit of the state/Clearly designed to suppress every thought of escape/Ah…I surrender to fate.” He continues in similar fashion in the song’s third verse and the song’s chorus, serving even more to create a picture seemingly of the noted statement. On a completely different wing, the album also presents at least one song centered on the familiar topic of broken relationships in ‘All I Got Is You.’  The album also features a polar opposite to that song late in the album’s run in ‘On Top of the World,’ which Gillan noted himself in one of the noted YouTube videos, was about a wild night in a hotel.  ‘Hip Boots,’ the album’s second song, presents its own notable lyrical theme that seems rather happily defiant about something.  It goes without saying that considering the variety of themes presented in the noted songs and the songs not noted here, this record presents just as much lyrical diversity as it does musical diversity.  Keeping this in mind, that lyrical diversity is still not the last of the record’s most important elements.  Its bonus content rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus DVD that comes with Infinite’s extended edition shows in its own right what makes the album so enjoyable (and the band still so influential) because it isn’t just another run-of-the-mill guerilla style “making of” featurette.  It is a full 90-minute program, narrated by Yes’ own Rick Wakeman, that feels like a news report than just some off-the-cuff poorly recorded piece that so many of its counterparts prove to be.  Audiences are taken into the band’s recording session with Producer Bob Ezrin to see firsthand how the album came together.  Audiences will be wowed to see the civility and respect between Ezrin and the band members throughout the album’s creative process. Watching Ezrin at work with the band is like watching a maestro at work with a group of ace musicians, offering constructive criticism versus the criticism that he could have otherwise offered.  It is such a breath of fresh air for a “making of” documentary to present such a distinguished experience.  That experience in turn gives even more respect, going full circle here, for the music presented throughout this album.  It also creates new respect for the band in whole because of that clear respect that its members have for one another, for Ezrin and that he has for them.  Keeping that in mind, while the bonus material included with this album may not seem like much on the surface, it is in fact a very valuable addition to the album, showing even more why Deep Purple remains almost 50 years after its founding one of the rock community’s most respected and revered acts today.  When this is considered along with the impact brought by the variety in the album’s musical and lyrical content, it becomes that much clearer why the band remains so respected and why this album is one of the year’s most respected rock records.

Deep Purple’s latest full-length studio recording Infinite is one of this year’s most valuable rock records.  Regardless of whether or not it is the band’s last studio album, it can be said easily that it is even more proof of why Deep Purple is one of the rock community’s most respected acts today even almost 50 years after its founding.  That is proven through the musical and lyrical variety presented throughout the album and the in-depth bonus material included in the record’s companion DVD.  Each element is important in its own way in supporting those statements.  All things considered, they prove without doubt that this is a record that every Deep Purple fan should own, the band’s last album or not.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Infinite is available online now along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Jazz Aficionados Across The Board Will Enjoy Panton’s Latest LP Across The Seasons

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Diana Panton is one of the best kept secrets of the jazz community.  Over the course of her now twelve-year career, she has crafted songs (and albums) that have entertained children and adults alike around the nation and the world.  Now early next month, she will continue that success when she releases her latest album Solstice/Equinox.  Scheduled to be released Friday, Nov. 3, Panton’s latest full-length studio recording, which sets the themes of life and love against the changing seasons (this the title), is one of this year’s top new jazz albums and potentially one more of the year’s top new albums overall.  That is evident right from the album’s outset in ‘They Say It’s Spring.’  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘September in Rain,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another example of what makes Solstice/Equinox such a stunning jazz album and will be discussed later.  The album’s gentle closer ‘By The Fireside’ is one more example of what makes this eighth offering from Panton such an impressive new effort.  Between that song, the others noted and those not noted, the whole of this album proves both musically and lyrically to be an album that audiences will enjoy the whole year through.

Diana Panton’s eighth full-length studio recording Solstice/Equinox is one of this year’s top new jazz albums and potentially one of the year’s top new albums overall.  It is a record that jazz aficionados will enjoy the whole year through.  That is proven right from the album’s outset in ‘They Say It’s Spring.’  Musically speaking, this song is a wonderful first statement from Panton this time out.  Its light, bouncy approach complete with soprano sax and guitar couples with Panton’s gentle vocal delivery to conjure thoughts of Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, and to a slightly lesser extent, Yellowjackets.  That light, easygoing arrangement couples perfectly with the song’s equally upbeat lyrical content to make the song even more of a solid start for the album.

Panton sings happily here “They say it’s spring/This feeling light as a feather/They say this thing/This magic we share together/Came with the weather, too/They say it’s May/That may be daft as a daisy/It’s May they say/That gave the whole world this crazy/Heaveny, hazy hue/On a lark/On a wing/On the spark of a firefly’s fling/yet to me/This must be more than a seasonal thing/Could it be spring/Those bells that I can hear ringing/It may be spring/But when the robin starts singing/You’re what I’m clinging to/Though they say it’s spring/It’s you.”  These are the words of someone happy and warm not just from the weather but from positive thoughts of life.  It is truly an uplifting statement that when coupled, again, with the song’s equally light arrangement, is certain to make any listener feel just as happy as Panton.  Keeping this in mind, it is just one of the songs that exemplifies what makes Solstice/Equinox another hugely successful effort from Panton.  ‘September in Rain’ is another example of what makes Solstice/Equinox so enjoyable.

‘September in Rain’ is another impressive addition to Panton’s new album thanks in part to its own musical arrangement.  The gentle piano runs, drums and vibraphone that collectively form the arrangement’s foundation instantly conjure thoughts of the greatest works from Lionel Hampton and his band crafted so many years ago.  Yet again, the addition of Panton’s vocal delivery to that arrangement gives jazz aficionados the best of jazz’s past and present in one neat package.  In listening to the song’s arrangement, one must agree how expertly it mirrors the still light feeling felt in early September as summer gently gives way to fall.  Once again, that light energy is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face as it creates thoughts of someone walking along in the rain as the sunlight tries to peer through the clouds on the back-end of a light shower.  Again, it is only one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own touch to the whole.

Panton sings here, alongside that upbeat musical arrangement, “The leaves of brown came tumbling down/Remember/In September/In the rain/the sun went out just like a dying ember/That September/In the rain/To every word of love I heard you whisper/the raindrops seem to play our sweet refrain/Though spring is here, to me it’s September/That September in the rain.”  This is only the song’s lead verse, but it leaves no doubt why the song’s subject (and arrangement) are so upbeat.  This is someone having that happy memory of when love first set in, making the rains of September something more positive than negative.  In all honesty, the visual that the combination of this verse and its musical companion creates in the theater of the mind plays out like something from a Hallmark movie.  That is not bad.  But it shows how easily with its simplicity that the whole of those elements creates such a positive and vivid picture.  Panton goes on to sing in the song’s second verse in French, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that even without an English interpretation, the happiness in the verse.  Keeping that in mind, the positive energy in the song’s lyrical is just as prevalent here as in the song’s lead verse.  When the song’s lyrical content is coupled with the song’s equally light and airy musical arrangement, the whole of the elements show completely why this song is another key addition to Panton’s new album.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable additions.  The album’s finale, ‘By The Fireside’ is one more example of what makes Solstice/Equinox deserving of applause.

‘By The Fireside’ is just as solid a finale for Panton’s new album as ‘They Say It’s Spring’ is an opener.  It stands out starkly (in the best way possible) from its counterparts because of its own gentle arrangement.  The very title creates thoughts of a couple sitting together…well…by the fireside on a cold winter’s day (or maybe even evening).  As with ‘September in Rain,’ the use of the vibraphone and the piano once again conjures thoughts of so many great works from Lionel Hampton and company.  They collectively do plenty on their own to create the vivid image of two people together on a cold winter’s night in front of a blazing fireplace.  The song’s lyrical content enriches that image even more as Panton sings, “In the glow/By the fireside/With you/I’ll be content/In the glow/By the fireside/Every hour will be well-spent/We’ll see our hopes and dreams, dear/Like pictures in the fire/Finding…our heart’s desire.”  She goes on just as gently alongside her fellow musicians throughout the rest of the song.  Needless to say, the dreamy situation created by her own words and by the song’s musical arrangement is the stuff – again – of Hallmark movies, ensuring its enjoyment by Panton’s key audiences.  Even with that in mind, it does not detract from the song by any means.  It only makes it stand out that much more along with the album in whole.  When the romantic mood set by this song is joined with the varying moods exhibited musically and lyrically throughout the rest of the album, the whole of those moods makes the record in whole a sure hit for jazz aficionados across the board throughout the seasons.

From start to finish, Diana Panton’s latest full-length studio recording Solstice/equinox proves to be a record that will appeal to jazz aficionados across the board throughout each season.  That has already been pointed out in the songs noted above.  Those songs are only a snapshot of what makes this album so enjoyable.  The musical and lyrical moods exhibited throughout the album change throughout.  From the somewhat melancholy of ‘Cloudy Morning,’ to the bittersweet vibe of ‘La Fin Des Vacances’ (the end of the vacation in English) to the smooth sense of ‘’Tis Autumn,’ and beyond, Solstice/Equinox takes listeners on a journey that is enjoyable in every moment.  By the time the album ends, listeners will agree that there is so much to appreciate about this record.  In turn they will agree (hopefully) that Solstice/Equinox is one of this year’s top new jazz albums and potentially one more of the year’s top new albums overall.  It will be released Friday, Nov. 3 in stores and online.  More information on Solstice/equinox is available online now along with all of Diana Panton’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagles, Redskins Round Out NFL’s Week 7 Schedule Live Monday Night

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The Eagles and Redskins close out week 7 in the NFL live Monday night on ESPN.

The NFC East divisional foes will play live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in the final game of the week in what will be a crucial game for both teams.  The Eagles (5 – 1) currently sit atop the NFC East and the NFC standings while the Redskins (3 – 2) sit second in the division. Washington is also in a close battle for sixth place in the conference alongside Seattle, New Orleans and Atlanta.

All four teams play this week, meaning each game is pivotal for each team as the season nears its halfway point.  The host Eagles are undefeated at home so far this season going 2 – 0 so far at home, while the Redskins are winless on the road at 0 – 1 on that record.  Considering each team’s overall records, Monday’s matchup will be pivotal for each organization for a number of reasons.

Coverage of Monday’s game starts at 6 p.m. with Monday Night Countdown, hosted by Suzy Kolber.  Kolber will be joined, as she is each week, by ESPN NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.  ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter will also be on hand along with ESPN senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry and the Monday Night Football broadcast crew of Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters.

McDonough and Gruden will have the call for Monday’s game beginning at 8:15 p.m. live from Lincoln Financial Field.  Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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MPI Media Group To Release Gerry Anderson Rarities Collection Next Month

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Fans of Gerry Anderson are going to get an early Christmas present next month courtesy of mpi Media Group.

The World of Gerry Anderson is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 14 on DVD.  The new release is a collection of rare classic Gerry Anderson films and other features including his never-before-seen early puppet film Here Comes Kandy, the final segment of the 1980s stop-motion comedy series Dick Spanner, P.I., The Investigator and The Day After Tomorrow, which has no connection to the 2004 big screen blockbuster.

Along with the noted titles, the new two-disc collection of rarities will also feature the pilot Space Police, which would go on to be the template for Space Precinct.

The World of Gerry Anderson will retail for MSRP of $24.98.  Its total run time is 354 minutes.  More information on this and other titles from mpi Media Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Churchill Saved By Its Cast, Look

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World War II is one of the most powerful eras in the history of human civilization.  That is because it displayed the absolute best and worst of humanity.  Because the two polar opposites were so extreme in their differences, they also led to the creation of some of the greatest and most memorable movies of all time.  Movies such as Patton, Tora Tora Tora, the Longest Day and so many others have gone on to become cinematic masterpieces despite being movies based on actual events.  On June 2, 2017, yet another movie added itself to that list of movies certain to become unforgettable works centered on WWII when Salon Pictures debuted ChurchillChurchill, while being another movie based on actual events, is still a WWII-centric cinematic experience that is certain to engage and entertain audiences across the board.  That is due in part to its central story, which will be discussed shortly.  The work of the movie’s cast cannot be ignored either.  It is just as notable as the movie’s story, and will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note here is the work of those responsible for the cast’s costumes and makeup as well as finding sets that would make the movie even more realistic.  Each element is undeniably important in its own right to the movie’s whole.  All things considered, they make Churchill a movie that lovers and students of history and military history alike will appreciate.

Salon Pictures’ new WWII-centric movie Churchill is not the first time that a movie studio has ever focused on a famed figure from that awful war.  Even with this in mind, it still proves itself a biopic/based on actual events story that lovers and students of history and military history alike will appreciate.  That is due in part to the movie’s central story.  The story focuses on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s difficult decision whether or not to have British forces take part in the Normandy invasion that the world now knows as D-Day.  Throughout the course of the story, audiences see a side of Churchill that has rarely, if ever, been shown in movies or on television.  Rather than the strong, confident man that history has presented Churchill as being, he is shown here as an emotionally fragile man. A man who is struggling to come to terms with the death of so many British soldiers during WWI.  That struggle leads him to struggle with the decision of whether or not British forces should take part in D-Day and the impact that it has on not only him, but those around him, too.  Those around him include his own wife, who according to this story, nearly leaves him as a result of his internal struggle, his secretary, whose fiancé is scheduled to take part in the D-Day invasion and his fellow British and even American counterparts.  Keeping all of this in mind, the man vs. himself storyline is really nothing new to the cinematic world (and the literary world).  Even with that in mind, audiences will find themselves completely pulled into the story, waiting to see how long it takes Churchill (played expertly by Brian Cox – Braveheart, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy) to finally come to his epiphany and to come to terms with the past.  Cox’s work and that of his cast mates will be discussed shortly.  Keeping all of this in mind, even though Churchill’s story is essentially another based-on-actual events story with a familiar man vs. himself center, it is still a work that the previously noted audiences will appreciate because it is a story that has rarely if ever, been told.  It is only one of the movie’s key elements.  The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to note in examining the movie as its story.

The work put in by Churchill’s cast is so important to note in examining the movie’s whole because it is just as much to thank for audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment throughout the movie.  As already noted, Cox’s take on the movie’s titular figure leads the way.  From one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, Cox makes Churchill a strong sympathetic figure for which viewers will feel so much emotion throughout the movie.  Whether in his powerful arguments with his British officers and American Gen. Ike Eisenhower, his equally moving moments in which he is forced to confront the past or even his own personal moments with his wife Clemmie (Miranda Richardson – Empire of the Sun, Sleepy Hollow, The Phantom of the Opera), Cox handles every moment expertly, keeping viewers fully engaged.  While Richardson does not appear on screen as much as Cox, she still adds her own depth to the movie as she takes on Clemmie’s own emotional struggle in dealing with Winston.  While the pair are the movie’s main stars, they are not the movie’s only notables.  John Slattery (Mad Men, Iron Man 2, Captain America: Civil War) and Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Kick-Ass 2, Never Let Me Go) add their own touch to the movie, too as Gen. Eisenhower and as Churchill’s secretary Helen Garrett.  Between their performances, those of Cox and Richardson, and the rest of the cast, the work put in by all involved forms a solid foundation for Churchill.  The foundation formed by the cast’s work is really the movie’s most critical element considering the familiarity of the story’s style and approach.  Whether or not Cox, Richardson or any of their cast mates are deserving of awards for their performances can be debated for days.  Awards or not, one cannot argue how impressive the cast is on screen.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear why the work of Churchill’s cast is so important to the movie’s whole.  Even with its clear importance, it still is not the last of the movie’s most crucial elements.  The work of those behind the cameras – most notably those responsible for the movie’s look – deserves its own credit.

The work put in by Churchill’s costume, makeup and set departments put the finishing touch to the movie’s presentation.  It is thanks to their work that while the movie overall has a very streamlined look, it also boasts a look similar to its forebears.  Audiences will marvel at the vintage military uniforms worn by Slattery and Danny Webb, who plays Field Marshall Alan Brooke.  Much the same can be said of Mr. and Mrs. Churchill’s attire.  The backdrops used for each scene do just as much to take viewers back in time as do the camera lenses and other visual tools used throughout the movie.  The whole of those visual tools and effects leaves the movie’s visual presentation just as solid as the work of the movie’s cast.  When the two elements are coupled with the movie’s story that is given, basic and familiar especially for war movies, the whole of those elements makes the movie worth at least one watch by lovers and students of history and military history.

Salon Films’ recently released WWII-centered human drama Churchill is a movie that is certain to appeal to lovers and students of history and more specifically military history.  That is thanks in part to a story that while not exactly anything new to the military history genre (or drama genre) is still an interesting new take on one of the most famed figures of the war.  The work of the movie’s cast forms the movie’s foundation.  If for no other reason than the cast’s work, audiences will want to watch this movie.  The movie’s look puts the finishing touch on Churchill’s presentation.  The work put in by the movie’s costume and makeup department couples with the work put in by those responsible for choosing the movie’s sets and those behind the lenses to put the finishing touch on the movie.  That work and that of the movie’s cast are what make suspension of disbelief in this otherwise average modern war movie possible.  In turn, they are what make the movie appealing at least to lovers and students of history and military history.  Churchill is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Cohen Media Group is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Slipknot Tops Itself Again On Its Latest Live Recording

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The Day of the Gusanoi is almost upon us.  This Friday, Oct. 20, the sun will rise on the day of the maggot when Eagle Rock Entertainment releases Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the GUsano in stores and online.  This latest live offering from the nine-man metal machine from Des Moines, IA is arguably the band’s best live recording to date and a work that will impress every member of the maggot corps worldwide.  Believe it or not that is due in large part not to the show’s set list, but to its very presentation, which will be discussed shortly.  The set list does play its own integral part to the recording, though. It will be discussed later.  The band’s collective performance rounds out the recording’s most important elements, and when coupled with the concert’s production values and the other noted elements, makes the recording, again, arguably the band’s best live recording to date.

Slipknot’s latest live recording Day of the Gusano is arguably the band’s best live recording to date.  It is not just another live recording, but a recording that takes audiences to the band’s 2016 Knotfest performance in Mexico.  What is truly special here is that audiences get more than just another run-of-the-mill concert here.  Along with the concert, audiences get to see the band as it tours Mexico City, interacting with fans and even offering their own personal thoughts on the fans’ reaction to the band performing for the first time in Mexico City.  The band members’ appreciation for the fans will put a smile on any viewer’s face as they take in the journey on and off the stage. Hearing front man Corey Taylor get choked up as he discusses his interaction with one fan who used Slipknot’s music to help him in his battle with cancer is one of the most moving of those offstage moments. What’s more, the dichotomy of the band’s collective fire on stage and its much more relaxed nature offstage makes for an interesting juxtaposition showing two totally different sides to the band.  That fiery energy will be discussed later.  With that in mind, the back and forth of the band’s on and offstage moments gives audiences plenty to enjoy in itself throughout this recording, serving as the recording’s cornerstone.  It is of course just one of the recording’s key elements.  The concert’s set list is just as important to discuss in examining the recording’s whole as its presentation.

The set list featured in Slipknot’s latest live recording is crucial to its whole because it represents such a large portion of the band’s current discography.  The expansive set pulls from each of the band’s five current albums, with its self-titled 1999 debut album getting the most nods at eight songs. One of that group –‘Eeyore’ – is lifted from the album’s 10th anniversary re-issue.  The band’s other four albums each get their own nods, with Iowa (2001), the band’s sophomore album, being represented here by three songs –

‘People = S***,’ ‘Metabolic’ and ‘The Heretic Anthem.’  Its third album, Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses, is represented with three of its own songs – ‘Vermilion, ‘Before I Forget’ and ‘Duality.’  2008’s All Hope Is Gone gets only two nods with ‘Psychosocial’ and ‘Til We Die’ while three songs from .5 The Gray Chapter – ‘Custer,’ ‘The Devil in I’ and ‘Sarcastrophe’ — make their way onto the set list, too.  It should be noted that the set list, as presented in the recording’s DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD combo pack platforms vary slightly.  They are not in the same order, and the CD set list features 19 songs while the DVD and BD set list features 17 songs.  The two songs featured on the recording’s CD but not on the DVD/BD are ‘People = S***’ and ‘742617000027.’  Why these two songs are included in one side but not the other, and why the set lists differ in their orders is anyone’s guess, but that aside, the set list on each side is still certain to keep audiences engaged and entertainment from start to finish since they give audiences such a full picture of the band’s body of work so far.  Keeping this in mind, it should be clear now why the set list that makes up the concert’s body is so critical to this recording’s whole.  It is not the last of the recording’s most important elements either.  The band’s stage presence – and by relation the concert’s production values, which enhance the band’s stage presence even more – puts the finishing touch to the recording’s whole.

Throughout the course of its life, Slipknot has made most of its fame not through its music, but through its live performance of its music.  The band’s stage show has been called “fiery,” “chaotic,” and so many other terms in the best ways possible.  The performance here is absolutely nothing different.  From start to finish, all nine members of Slipknot give the performance their all in order to entertain their fans.  Taylor leads the way once again with his commanding presence while guitarists Mick Thompson and Jim Root work alongside bassist Alessandro Venturella to add even their own collective energy to the concert.  The exact same can be said of the contributions of drummer Jay Weinberg, percussionists Shawn Crahan and Chris Fehn, DJ Sid Wilson and fellow electronics specialist Craig Jones.  While the band’s performance is just as fiery, energetic and chaotic as ever, it only does so much.  Thanks to the work of those who recorded the concert and those who edited it, that fire and energy is taken to a whole other level with shots that give fans who might not have been on site the best seat in the house and then some.  Thanks to their work, audiences are taken high above the sea of fans, on-stage with the band and even into the midst of those fans throughout the show’s 91-minute run time.  The work of those behind the cameras and the computers couples with the band’s own stage presence to make that run time feel like so much more in the best way possible, proving once and for all why both elements are so crucial to the recording’s whole.  Both are equally important and in turn, must both be noted.  When they are joined with the expansive set list that forms the recording’s body, and the very presentation of the concert, the end result is a recording that is arguably Slipknot’s best live recording to date and one more of this year’s top new live recordings.

Slipknot’s latest live recording Day of the Gusano is arguably the band’s best live effort to date.  It is also easily one more of this year’s top new live recordings.  That is due in part to a presentation that takes audiences on a journey with the band both on and off stage from beginning to end.  The expansive set list gives audiences a vivid picture of the band’s body of work so far.  The collective presence of the band throughout the concert and the production values that heighten the band’s presence even more put the finishing touch on the recording.  Each element is important in its own right, as has been noted above.  All things considered, they make Day of the Gusano, once more, arguably the band’s best live effort to date and one more of this year’s top new live recordings.  It will be available Friday, Oct. 20 in stores and online.  More information on Day of the Gusano is available online now along with all of Slipknot’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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