South Of Eden’s Second Studio Recording Could Be The Band’s Breakout Record

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Neo-classic rock band South of Eden  (formerly Black Coffee) will release its first major label studio recording Friday.  The band is scheduled to release its new four-song EP The Talk through Lava/Republic Records.  The 16-minute record is the band’s first new music since it released its 2018 album Take One under its former moniker.  That nine-song album was the band’s debut (and only) album under the name, but was an impressive offering from the group.  Now two years later the band has found success yet again with its debut EP.  That success is thanks to the record’s musical and lyrical content together, as is evidenced right from the EP’s outset in its title track.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Morning Brew’ is another way in which the EP shows its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  The EP’s closer, which is also its lead singles, is one more example of how this record’s musical and lyrical content comes together to make it such an impressive new effort from the band.  When it is considered with the other two songs noted here and the EP’s one other song, ‘Solo,’ the whole of the EP becomes a work that will definitely leave listeners talking about South of Eden.

South of Eden’s sophomore studio recording and debut EP The Talk is a successful new offering from the up-and-coming neo-classic rock band.  It is a work that will appeal to rock and roll purists and rock fans in general.  That is thanks to the record’s combined musical and lyrical content.  The EP’s opener/title track is just one of the songs that serves to support the noted statements.  The song’s musical arrangement wastes no time grabbing listeners in its opening bars with its up-tempo riff.  That riff gives way to a more reserved nature in the song’s lead verse.  That reserved approach gives way to the noted high energy chorus.  The back and forth of that reserved and more up-tempo sounds ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment from beginning to end of the nearly four-minute song.  What is really interesting to note here is that the classic rock influences of AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses, it also lends itself to comparisons to works from Buckcherry and Alter Bridge.  In other words, the classic rock influences are infused alongside the modern guitar rock influences.  The end result is an arrangement that is a strong start for the album and just one example of why the EP’s musical content is so strong.  The lyrical accompaniment to that musical content adds to the song’s appeal.

Not having a lyrics sheet to reference, the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher.  However, from what can be deciphered sans said sheet, it can be inferred (hopefully correctly) that this song is a commentary of sorts about how people say one thing but do something opposite; those people who feed lies to themselves and others.  This is supposed as front man Ehab Omran sings in the song’s chorus about someone who is seemingly rejecting the help that others offer.  He goes so far as to sing in the chorus, “You say you’re trying/But who can tell/When you talk, talk, talk?”  There is even mention in the song’s second verse of “helpful hands/reaching in/everyone tries/But you don’t give in” before he asks again, “What do you want?”  The song’s lead verse adds to the discussion as it addresses someone who in a different situation who doesn’t seem to know what he or she wants.  Again, this interpretation is made wholly sans lyrics to reference.  Hopefully it is somewhere in the proverbial ballpark.  Right or wrong, it can at least be agreed that there is a certain commentary going on here.  That in itself is sure to engage listeners while the song’s musical arrangement will entertain them.  To that end, it makes for a strong start for the EP.  It is just one of the songs that shows the EP’s strength.  ‘Morning Brew,’ the EP’s third song is one more example of why audiences will enjoy the record.

‘Morning Brew’ is much more reserved in comparison to ‘The Talk’ and to the EP’s other two songs in terms of its musical arrangement.  This arrangement is a bluesy, subdued composition that lends itself to comparisons works from the likes of maybe Johnny Lang with its slick guitar riffs.  That reserved nature in this almost blues ballad type composition serves to help translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme.

The lyrical content at the center of ‘Morning Brew’ comes across as an introspective statement.  It seems to come from the mind of someone who is going through a difficult time, emotionally speaking.  This is inferred as Omran sings in the song’s lead verse, “Where do you go/When your days are numbered/You’re feeling lonely/Down by the seashore/When your days are bright/Lights are heavy/Where would you go/If I can’t see straight/And my feet stay steady/Walk out the door/All we do/Our world is not ready/Ain’t that the way it goes/When you’re all alone.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “What would they say/If they tell you no/But you do it anyway/Life’s all a big game/Where the people lose/When the evil stands to gain/Looking down the aisle of a train/People’s eyes/All I see is pain/newspapers and crosswords say we’re all lookin’ down the barrel of a gun.” Again, there is a lot of contemplation here about one’s own situation and the world.   When this deep thought is coupled with the song’s so subtle that it’s heavy arrangement, the result is a deeply moving work that stands strong on its own merits.  It is just one more example of what makes the EP stand out.  The EPs closer and lead single ‘Dancing With Fire’ is yet another key addition to the record.

The musical arrangement at the heart of ‘Dancing With Fire’ is as fiery as the title implies.  Drummer Tommy McCullough and guitarist Justin Young lead the way this time out.  Omran and bassist Nick Frantianne add their own touch to the arrangement, fleshing it out even more and making it just as strong a finale for the EP as its opener was a start.  Fans of bands, such as Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Poison will appreciate this arrangement.  It’s just one part of what makes this song shine.  The song’s lyrical content adds to its impact.

This is probably the easiest song to understand of the EP’s four tracks in terms of its lyrical content.  It clearly focuses on a person who is head over heels in love with another person.  This is made relatively clear early on as Omran sings in the song’s lead verse, “Well you’re pushin’ left/Pullin’ right/I can’t feel my hands tonight/Now, baby/yeah, you tell me when/tell me who/Stuck between a hard place and you/Sweet lady/You’ve been talking for so long/Putting up so strong/Forget about it/Got me feeling so wrong/Trapped in wire/’Cause I’ve been dancing with fire/Those flames keep burning up brighter/You’re walking past desire/But I can’t keep from loving you.”  This is pretty clear in its message.  This is someone who is crazy for that other person.  Any doubt is eliminated in the song’s second verse, which finds Omran singing, “Here we go/Go again/Ultimatums that never end/I’m hazy/With your smiling lips and your whispering tongue/Getting by/Saying you’re so young and lazy.”  Again, here audiences get someone whose mind is obsessed with that other person.  This readily accessible lyrical theme couples with the song’s equally accessible musical arrangement to make the song in whole the EP’s best song.  When it is considered with the other two songs noted here and the EP’s one remaining song, ‘Solo,’ the whole of the EP becomes a work that rock and roll purists everywhere will appreciate and a record that deserves its own consideration for a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new EPs.

South of Eden’s second studio recording and debut EP The Talk is a positive new offering from the neo-classic rock band that purists of the genre will certainly appreciate.  That is due to its musical arrangements and lyrical content alike.  All three of the songs discussed here support that statement.  The EP’s one remaining song not addressed here supports that statement, too.  All things considered, the EP’s content overall makes it a record that will leave audiences talking.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  It is scheduled for release Friday through Lava/Republic Records.

More information on South of Eden’s new EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://southofedenband.com

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John 5, Tommy Lee Join Tyla Yaweh Saturday For Pre-Game Performance on ESPN

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John 5 is joining forces with ESPN and the National Basketball Association to celebrate the NBA’s return.

The guitarist will join Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee Saturday to perform with up-and-coming rapper Tyla  Yaweh Saturday for a live online performance to kick off the NBA’s return on ESPN.  The performance, scheduled to take place at 5:10 p.m. ET prior to ESPN’s digital pre-game show Hoop Streams presented by Google, will stream through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the ESPN app.

John 5 talked about working with Tyla Yaweh and Tommy Lee for Saturday’s virtual performance, saying he was looking forward to it.

“I have a long time friendship with Tommy Lee and we have worked on some really great music together,” he said. “I really love how the remix turned out and loved working with new friends Tyla and Post Malone. I love this song and I’m proud to be a part of this.”

Which remix John 5 is referencing in his statement is unknown.  It was not directly addressed in a news release distributed about the performance.

Hoop Streams presented by Google debuts tonight and runs for five episodes through Aug. 3.  Cassidy Hubarth will host the July 31 broadcast, which is scheduled to broadcast at 6 p.m. ET from ESPN’s studios.  She will be joined by analyst and NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins and fellow ESPN NBA analyst Amin Elhassan remotely for additionally commentary.

The broadcast team for each Hoop Streams presented by Google is noted below.

 

Hoop Streams schedule July 31-August 3

 

Date

Fri, July 31

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Sat, Aug. 1

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

 

 

Mon, Aug. 3

Time (ET)

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

5:30-6 p.m.

 

 

8-8:30 p.m.

 

 

6-6:30 p.m.

 

 

8:30-9 p.m.

Commentators

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

Christine Williamson, Omar Raja, Gary Striewski

 

Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, Amin Elhassan

 

ESPN’s NBA coverage tips off at 7 p.m. with the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks facing off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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South Of Eden Debuts ‘Dancing With Fire’ Video

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Neo-classic rock band South of Eden (formerly Black Coffee) has a new single, video and label home.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Dancing With Fire‘ Tuesday.  The song is the band’s first new music under its new moniker and through its new label home, Lava/Republic Records.  Under its former name, South of Eden released the full-length album Take One independently in 2018.

South of Eden’s new single is another neo-classic rock style approach whose arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from bands, such as Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses and Poison.  The song’s lyrical theme is readily accessible in its own right, focusing on a person who is head over heels for another person.

The video features the band performing the song in a backdrop that is meant to look like an intimate live outdoor setting, such as a patio at an upscale eatery.

The band talked about its new song in a recent interview, noting, “We wanted this to be a personality piece, and with all of us in quarantine, we knew the best way to do that was to show what we have accomplished leading up to this release.  John Payne, our media man, has been following us around for the last two years!  The best thing to show with raw music is raw footage.”

‘Dancing With Fire’ is available to stream and download here.

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

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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

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L.A. Guns Debuts New Single, ‘Well Oiled Machine’

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Veteran rock band L.A. Guns released its latest single this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Well Oiled Machine‘ Monday.  The single is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Renegades, which is slated for release later this year through Golden Robot Records.  The album’s release date will be announced soon.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Well-Oiled Machine’ is a full-on 80s, guitar-rock composition that will appeal to fans of the band’s fellow 80s rock stalwarts Ratt, Motley Crue and Poison.

While the song’s art features a motorcycle with the band’s logo, and the lyrics could easily be confused with descriptions of a motorcycle, the reality is that the song’s lyrical theme appears to center on a woman. This is clear as front man Phil Lewis sings in the song’s lead verse, “I love my baby/She’s a well oiled machine/She takes me places that I’ve never seen/Movin’ fast/She’s a satellite/Rollin’ thunder through the night.”  The note of the rolling thunder, again, could lead to confusion, as could the mention in the song’s chorus of the subject having a “jet black shine/Curves like a dream/Ain’t nothing like you ever seen.”  In reality, that is more likely a description of said woman, complete with raven-colored hair and hourglass figure.  Lewis continues in the song’s second verse, “Lights out under barren skies/We fade away into the rest of the night/She cuts me deep like a vampire/Light ’em up/Set the world on fire.”  That mention of the vampire simile shows even more clearly that this is not about a motorcycle or even a car, but a woman.  Examining all of this, the woman is apparently quite the intense figure.  This is a theme that countless bands have used, and even despite that, will still appeal to the band’s fans as it takes a classic approach to the topic.

‘Well Oiled Machine’ is available to stream and download here.

Courtesy: Golden Robot Records

The debut of the band’s new song comes less than two months after it debuted the album’s lead single Crawl.  According to a June 10 posting to L.A. Guns’ official Facebook page, the single had received more than 100,000 streams at that time. The song is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and Google Play.

The band debuted a making of video for ‘Crawl’ through Golden Robot Records’ official YouTube channel the day after ‘Crawl’ made its premiere.  The making of video is streaming here.  The song’s unofficial video, it features the band performing the single over a series of clips of the band in the studio working on the song.

More information on L.A. Guns’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.laguns.net

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

 

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Angeles Reveals New Album’s Track Listing

Courtesy: Dark Star Records/Sony

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:

 

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Ratchet Dolls Debuts ‘Parasite!’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock band Ratchet Dolls debuted the video for its latest single last week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Parasite!‘ Thursday. The song presents an upbeat musical arrangement whose heart is in its guitar work.  That work will appeal to fans of 80s hair metal from the likes of Poison and Motley Crue.

While the song’s driving musical arrangement will appeal to a very targeted audience base, its all-too-familiar lyrical content will connect with an even broader range of listeners.

Front man Kevin Sauceda explained the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“Although the song has a very uplifting feel, the lyrics themselves are rather dark,” he said.  “Parasite!’ speaks to us from the perspective of a person whose mental  health has deteriorated from trying to meet the standards of a non-committed partner.  One-sided relationships can lead to vulnerability…my goal is to try to help prevent others from having to walk that road; even if its just one person.”

‘Parasite!’ is available to stream and download through Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play.

‘Parasite!’ is the second single from Ratchet Dolls’ upcoming as-yet untitled sophomore album.  The video for the album’s lead single ‘Out Of Control‘ was unveiled in September 2019.  Upon its release, ‘Out Of Control’ gained traction through major outlets, such as Loudwire’s “Weekly Wire Playlist” and KNAC Pure Rock.

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Eve To Adam’s New LP Takes Listeners On An Enjoyable Musical Journey

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Hard rock outfit Eve To Adam has been on quite the voyage since originally forming in 2001 in New York.  From lineup and label changes to struggles getting albums released to playing with some of rock’s biggest names past and present, this band has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows throughout its life.  So it makes sense that with its latest album—its fifth full length album—the band opted for the title Odyssey.  The 10-song, 37-minute album was released late last month via Rocktagon Worldwide Music, and shows both musically and lyrically how far this band has come in the now 16 years that it has been in existence. Its heavy emphasis on electronics and keyboards presents a sound that will appeal to fans of Orgy, Powerman 5000 and other similar acts.  Its lyrical content is just as varied.  It ranges from a commentary about the life in ‘The Price’ to a statement of self-confidence in the fist-pumping opener ‘Altitude’ to the anthemic closer ‘Day Drinkin’ and more.  Between the varied lyrical themes presented throughout the record and its musical arrangements, the whole of those elements makes Odyssey a musical journey that is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length studio recording Odyssey is a musical journey that proves well worth taking.  That is exhibited through the record’s musical arrangements and its widely varying lyrical themes.  ‘The Price’ is just one of the songs included in this record that serves to support these statements. The song’s up-tempo, guitar-driven arrangement will instantly have listeners pumping their fists as their blood flows so fast with the music.  The intensity in that arrangement serves well to illustrate the emotion expressed in the song’s lyrical content, which seems to be a commentary of sorts of life.  That is inferred as front man Taki Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “The price is high/You know you were told/Oh darling let me go/Before my body’s cold/And my weary heart grows old/The memory/Now comes to me/So far removed/From a life I used to know/Suddenly you realize it/The time remaining has been bought and sold.”  It is as is Sassaris is saying here, “let me make the most of my life.”  That is inferred even more as he sings in the song’s chorus, “Money all day all day/You gotta get paid/Running around insane/No time to hesitate/Some days, some days/You never get ahead/Well I’m not your slave, no slave/The price will be paid.”  Who precisely Sassaris is addressing as he sings, “I’m not your slave” would be interesting to learn.  That aside, it seems even more through this and the song’s lead verse that he is singing about not letting life get the better of one’s self.  The contrast of that chorus to the song’s second verse seems to hint at that message even more. Sassaris sings in that second verse, “The style instills/It makes this work/Consuming all my thoughts/Inside these fears stand tall/One by one the brave now fall.”  The song’s chorus responds to that message with its message of making the most once again.  When that seeming message of overcoming life’s difficult moments presented in the song’s lyrical content is set against the driving energy in the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make this song stand out against the record’s other offerings.  It also serves to help show why this record in whole is a musical journey worth taking, and is just one example of what makes that trip worthwhile.  ‘Altitude,’ the album’s opener, is another example of what makes journey taken through this record so worthwhile.

‘The Price’ is a clear example of what makes the journey taken through Odyssey worthwhile.  That is due to the partnering of the song’s driving musical arrangement and its thought provoking lyrical content.  It is just one of the songs that serves to make the trip taken through this record so worthwhile, too.  ‘Altitude,’ the record’s opener is another example of what makes that journey so worthwhile.  As with ‘The Price’ that is exhibited in part through the song’s musical arrangement.  This song’s musical arrangement is heavy on keyboards.  The combination of the keyboards with the guitars and vocal elements in the mid-tempo rocker makes the song a solid start to the record.  The song’s lyrical content is just as interesting to take in.  Sassaris sings in the song’s lead verse, “It’s now fast approaching/It’s my favorite time you see/The moment right before you reach/You feel this clarity/A painful total freedom/I have no anxiety/Anything that steals from this/Becomes an enemy/You’ll see.  This is a statement of confidence, plain and simple.  Considering the band’s *ahem* odyssey up to the point of this album’s release, it makes sense that it would be the record’s first lyrical statement. It is Sassaris saying, “I’m still here.  Nothing is going to get me down.”  That message is driven home even more as he and the rest of the band sing in the song’s chorus, “Free from me/I’m far above it all/Not a worry in my head/I’m free from me/I’m far above it all/For as long as I can be.”  The song’s second verse solidifies that message of confidence and optimism even more as Sassaris sings, “Don’t you take for granted/This zero gravity/It’s never very easy/To escape captivity/Now try to remember/Why you fought for this release/This elevation’s beautiful/But it’s difficult to breathe/You’ll see.”  He comes across as saying that getting that getting out on one’s own, so don’t’ lose sight of things on that personal journey.  It’s a strong statement, and again is only this critic’s interpretation.  Hopefully it is the correct interpretation, but should not be taking as gospel.  That aside, that seeming message of self-confidence and determination, when coupled with the song’s hard-hitting musical arrangement, makes this song a solid first impression from the band on this latest effort.  The combination of the two elements shows in its own way what makes the journey taken in this record is worthwhile.  It is not the last song that serves to support that statement, either.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’’ supports that statement, too.

‘The Price’ and ‘Altitude’ are both songs that serve to show why the musical journey on which Eve To Adam takes listeners on its new album is so worthwhile.  They are only two examples of what makes that journey worthwhile.  The album’s closer, ‘Day Drinkin’ puts the proverbial exclamation mark on that statement.  As with the previously noted compositions, that is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  Unlike those songs, this song’s composition is more of a straight forward rock song.  It can be argued that it is the album’s most radio-ready song, too, with its anthemic arrangement.  The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious as Sassaris and company sing, “You know what we need right now/You feel it when we’re hanging out…So we’re day drinkin’/throw ‘em back till the morning light/Day drinkin’/Livin’ hard, but it feels so right/Numb the pain to fight the fire/Day drinkin’/There ain’t no shame in this way of life.”  Such content, coupled with the song’s bombastic arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Motley Crue.  This should come as no surprise considering said band is one of the acts that ETA has emulated in its previous albums.  It’s just a fun song and an equally fun final statement from the band on this record.  It shows one last time why indeed the journey on which this record takes listeners is well worth taking.

Eve To Adam’s latest full-length album Odyssey sends listeners on quite the musical journey over the course of its 10 songs and 37 minutes.  From the high energy and confidence expressed in its opener to the more contemplative yet still powerful content of ‘The Price’ to the fun, infectious content of the album’s closer and all points in-between, this record offers listeners plenty to appreciate.  All things considered, they make the journey that listeners take this time fully worthwhile.  Odyssey is available now in stores and online.  More information on Odyssey is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Santana Shines Again In Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

The weather outside is definitely looking frightful this time of year.  That means rather than going outside to get out and about, people are going to be looking more for ways to have fun while they stay indoors and stay warm.  That is just one of so many reasons that record labels churn out so many live recordings each year.  The problem with all of those recordings is that while some are truly standout offerings, others are otherwise forgettable space fillers used to fulfill contractual obligations for the given acts.  Presented today are some of the best of this year’s new live recordings.

Whereas Phil’s Picks already presented the year’s top new live CD recordings, this time Phil’s Picks is presenting the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  A lot of thought and consideration went into this list.  The concerts’ set lists, the bands’ performances, the cinematography and audio mix all went into consideration for this list as did the recordings’ companion booklets or lack thereof.  So it goes without saying that it wasn’t an easy list to assemble.  But this critic tried.
As always, the list presented here includes not just this critic’s list of the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs but five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.  Without any further ado, here for you, is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs.
PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDs/BDs
 
1. SantanaSantana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
2. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
 
3. Joe BonamassaLive at the Greek Theatre
4. Judas PriestBattle Cry
5. Motley CrueThe End Live in Los Angeles
6. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon
7. Deep PurpleLive at the NEC
8. Melody GardotLive in Paris
9. Gregory PorterLive in Berlin
10. ScorpionsLive in Munich
11. Alan JacksonLive at Red Rocks
12. Michael Schenker’s Temple of RockRock on a MissionLive in Madrid
13. SaxonFeel Your Power
14. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live
15. Fall Out BoyThe Boys of Zummer TourLive in Chicago
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Santana Shows The Way In The Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs List

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Experiencing a live performance of one’s favorite act(s) is a very special event.  That is because it serves to help fans and their favorite acts connect in a way that taking in said acts’ studio releases just can’t.  What’s more attending live concerts isn’t always easy or inexpensive.  Between the cost of tickets, food, souvenirs, gas, and lodging, attending concerts can cost almost as much as a used car sometimes, depending on the act.  In other cases, one’s favorite acts might never even come near one’s town.  So what is a person to do to experience one’s favorite acts?  The answer is simple: the live recording.  That brings us to the topic of today’s “Best Of” list.

Today, Phil’s Picks presents its list of the year’s Top 10 New Live CDs.  Everyone should understand this is distinguished from the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs.  That’s because some recordings come only on CD while others are only presented on the latter format.  Others are also presented in both formats both separate of one another and collectively.  The recordings included in this list include both standalone CDs and CDs included in complete DVD/BD/CD sets.  One of the standalone live CDs included in this list is ZZ Top’s new live recording Greatest Hits Live.  The Outlaws’ Legacy Live is another of those standalone CD recordings.  Joe Bonamassa also has a new live recording in the form of Live at the Greek Theatre that is available on separate CD, DVD, and BD platforms.  It’s on this list, too.  Suffice it to say, there’s a healthy mix of new live titles here both in terms of genre and platform.  So, enough rambling.  Presented here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Live CDs.

It should be noted here again that the list includes the Phil’s Picks Top 10 new Live CDs as well as five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 recordings.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

 

  1. Santana IV Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
  1. ZZ TopGreatest Hits Live
  1. Judas PriestBattle Cry
  1. KISSKISS Rocks Vegas
  1. Joe Bonamassa Live at the Greek Theatre
  1. The OutlawsLegacy Live

  2. The Rolling StonesHavana Moon

  3. Motley Crue – The End: Live in Los Angeles

  4. SaxonFeel Your Power

  5. Imagine DragonsSmoke + Mirrors Live

  6. Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression

  7. Ayreon – The Theater Equation
  8. Pete Townshend’s Deep EndFace The Face

  9. Wacken 201526 Years Louder Than Hell

  10. LeprousLive at Rockefeller Center

 

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