‘Unleashed’ Is Another Successful Effort For Skillet

Courtesy: Atlantic Records

Courtesy: Atlantic Records

Earlier this month, Skillet “unleashed” its latest full-length studio recording to the world. Its tenth full-length studio offering, Unleashed is everything that fans have come to expect from the band. That is not necessarily a bad thing, either. Over the course of its twelve total songs the album’s radio ready riffs and uplifting lyrical content make it a record that both secular and non-secular rockers alike will appreciate.  That is exhibited right off the top in the album’s high-energy, guitar-driven arena anthem ‘Feel Invincible.’  ‘Lions,’ with its stirring musical arrangement and equally uplifting lyrical content serves to show just as much what makes the album another success for the band.  ‘Burn It Down,’ with its Orgy-esque musical arrangement and powerful lyrical content serves n its own right to show what makes Unleashed another solid new offering from Skillet.  Of course these three songs are just a small sampling of what makes this record stand out.  ‘Undefeated,’ ‘I Want to Live’ and ‘Out Of Hell’ each stand on their own merits, too.  When they are set against the other three songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings, the record in whole proves to be yet another successful effort from Skillet.

Skillet’s latest full-length studio offering Unleashed is in whole another solid, successful effort from the veteran rock outfit. That is exhibited throughout the course of the album’s forty-three minute run time thanks to the album’s mix of radio ready riffs and uplifting lyrical content.  The album’s opener is just one example of how that combination of musical and lyrical content makes Unleashed another solid record from the band.  That is due in part to the song’s keyboard-driven musical arrangement.  It instantly conjures thoughts of Muse’s hit song ‘Uprising.’  Guitarist Seth Morrison’s guitar line and drummer Jen Ledger’s time keeping couple with Korey Cooper’s keyboard line to make the song’s musical arrangement infectious and sure to be a favorite among audiences.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s positive lyrical content sits on the foundation formed by the song’s musical arrangement and makes the song even more solid.  It presents a message of self-determination and confidence as Cooper sings, “Target on my back/Lone survivor lasts/They got me in their sights/No surrender no/Trigger fingers go/Living the dangerous life/Hey, hey, hey/Everyday when I wake/I’m trying to get up/They’re knocking me down/Chewing me up/spitting me out/Hey, hey, hey/When I need to be saved/You’re making me strong/You’re making me stand/Never will fall/Never will end/Shot like a rocket up into the sky/Nothing could stop me tonight.”  Cooper’s subject is someone who isn’t letting anyone or anything keep him or her down here.  Even more interesting is that these lines could apply just as easily in the secular realm as in the non-secular realm.  That is a strong statement in itself. And it applies to the rest of the song’s verses, too.  Keeping that in mind, that vast inspiration couples with the song’s musical arrangement to show clearly why ‘Feel Invincible’ is such a strong example of what makes Unleashed such a solid new effort from Skillet.  Audiences can hear ‘Feel Invincible’ now online via Skillet’s official YouTube channel. It is only one of the songs that exhibit this, too.  ‘Lions’ is another example of what makes Unleashed such a strong new effort from the band.

‘Feel Invincible’ is a prime example of what makes Unleashed another successful effort for the veteran rock act. That is due to the combination of the song’s musical arrangement and its uplifting lyrical content.  The two elements together make the song a solid start for the album and its own standout composition within the bigger body of the album.  It is not the album’s only notable inclusion. ‘Lions’ stands on its own merits, too as another example of what makes this record a success.  One of those merits is the song’s musical arrangement.  The song’s musical arrangement combines Korey Cooper’s work on keyboards with an equally stirring string arrangement to form its foundation. John Cooper’s vocals and bass line strengthen that foundation even more alongside Jen Ledger’s work behind the drums.  The end result is a musical composition that in itself stands just as tall and proud as the giants and lions that are mentioned in the song’s lyrical content.  Speaking of that lyrical content the song’s lyrical content is just as important to the song as its musical arrangement.  [John] Cooper sings here, “Today is ours/It’s always been/Before we face the fight/We know who’s gonna win/We live by faith and not by sight/We don’t want safe and quiet/We don’t wanna run and hide.”  He goes on to sing, “This is not an intermission/It’s our time/Not gonna miss it/You’ve already called us fearless/Unafraid.”  The message presented here is obvious.  It is a message of self-confidence and pride, just as with the album’s opener.  And it is just a small sampling of that message, too.  The song’s lead verse and third verse present much the same message.  What is interesting here is that considering the confidence presented in these lines, one would expect the song’s musical arrangement to be more intense.  But the song actually works just as well with the mix of confidence and gentility that is in fact presented in this arrangement.  It actually serves to make the song’s lyrical message more impacting.  When all of this is taken into consideration, it makes clear why ‘Lions’ stands out just as much as ‘Feel Invincible’ and the album’s other offerings.  One more of those standout offerings included in this record is ‘Burn It Down.’

‘Feel Invincible’ and ‘Lions’ are both clear examples of what makes Unleashed another success for Skillet.  While both songs clearly exhibit in their own way what makes this record a success, they are hardly the album’s only bright spots.  ‘Burn It Down’ is one more of the album’s high points.  That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  Audiences that know their music history will instantly catch a clear similarity between this song’s musical arrangement and that of Orgy’s cover of ‘Blue Monday.’  It is most evident in hearing Seth Morrison’s guitar line, Korey Cooper’s keyboard line, and John Cooper’s bass line.  The similarity isn’t a mirror image so to speak.  But it is so close that there is no similarity between the two songs coincidental or not.  Keeping this in mind, the song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  Its lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement.  The song’s lyrical content presents a message of proud defiance against life’s obstacles, much as the album’s other songs.  That is evident as Cooper sings, “Do you ever wish that you weren’t a prisoner/Do you feel like you’re done/All the dreams you had are hard to remember/Well, you’re not the only one/Well it’s over, it’s over, it’s over/I won’t be pushed around/Move over, move over, move over/get back or just get out/Set this plane up in flames/It’s over, it’s over, it’s over/It’s time to burn it down.”  He is saying to listeners, everyone has felt those tough times at one point or another and that no one should let those difficult times stop them.  Rather, they should face them and burn them down, metaphorically speaking of course.  That message is presented just as clearly in the song’s second verse as Cooper sings, “Do you ever feel your colors are fading/Like your world might combust/Do the voices in your head make you crazy/When they’re the only ones you trust.”  He reprises the song’s chorus right after that, reminding listeners once again not to let themselves get pushed around and held down by life’s many obstacles even when it seems like even one’s own thoughts are working against a person.  It is a message that never gets old and is always welcome by listeners of all ages.  When it is set against the song’s high-energy musical arrangement, the two elements couple to show in whole why this song is yet another of the most notable of this record’s songs.  When the song is set alongside ‘Lions’ and ‘Feel Invincible,’ all three songs show clearly why Unleashed is another welcome offering from Skillet.  When they are joined with the remainder of the album’s songs, the album proves in whole to be one more success from one of the Christian rock community’s top acts.

Skillet’s new album Unleashed is, in whole, another successful effort from the veteran rock act.  Christian rock act or not, this album is still a solid new effort from the band.  That is evident both in the musical arrangements presented in each of the album’s songs and the songs’ lyrical content.  The musical arrangement present radio ready riffs from one to the next.  The lyrical content presented within each song will is uplifting without being preachy at any point.  The end result is a record that secular audiences should and will appreciate just as much as non-secular listeners.  All things considered Unleashed proves in the end to be one more successful effort from Skillet.  The band is currently touring in support of Unleashed.  It will be in Anaheim, California tonight and Duquoin, Illinois August 28th.  Audiences can see the band’s full tour schedule online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Foghat To Celebrate New Album’s Success With Record Release Party

Courtesy: Foghat Records

Courtesy: Foghat Records

This past June, veteran rock band Foghat released its latest album Under The Influence. The album debuted on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart at #17 and on its “Independent Albums” chart at #40. In celebration of the album’s success, the band has announced it will hold a record release party next month.

The band will celebrate the success of its new album Under The Influence with a record release party September 21st at New York’s famed BB King’s Blues Club and Grill.  Joining the band on stage at the show will be some of the figures who helped record the album. They include: blues guitarist Scott Holt (ex-Buddy Guy), Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown) and Roger Earl.  The performance will mark the first time since 1970 that the pair has worked together.  The pair worked together from 1968 – 1970 and recorded five albums together in that time.

Simmonds discussed his friendship with Earl in a recent interview.  He spoke highly of Earl and his relationship with his former Savoy Brown band mate.

“I always had a great respect for Roger as a person and a drummer. He certainly helped make Savoy Brown the entity that it is…. It’s always nice to be around people that understand you and know you well,” he said. “Like when you go home to your parents and the family you feel comfortable because you know that your parents really know everything about you. I think it’s the same with Roger and myself. We know a lot about each other and that’s the sort of a comfort that you get from still being in touch with people. I suppose it’s like old school mates or something. In this case we are old band mates.”

Earl spoke just as highly of Simmonds when he discussed the duo’s friendship and working relationship.

“Kim gave me my shot when I was 20 years old and I joined his band,” he said. “I have very fond memories playing with Kim, and also it’s a gas that we can still be friends and make music together. Kim Simmonds is just spectacular on this record. Kim and I remained friends over the years. In fact, we jammed together; when we did the Rock Legends cruise last year. Kim got up and played a couple of songs with us, and I played on another day that Kim and Savoy Brown was playing. I played three or four songs with him. As a guitar player, he was always a great! And he is even better now! He’s a brilliant blues guitarist.”

Foghat is currently touring in support of Under The Influence. The band will be in Uncasville, Connecticut this Sunday, August 28th.  Audiences can keep up with the band’s tour schedule, news and more online now at:

 

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Exmortus Tapped To Join “I Worship Chaos Tour”

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Exmortus has announced another new group of live dates.

The band has been tapped to join Oni and Abbath as support acts for Children of Bodom’s upcoming “I Worship Chaos Tour.” The tour launches November 23rd in Quebec City, Canada and runs through December 19th in Brooklyn, New York. It includes performances in the Midwest, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast.

The band’s upcoming dates are in support of its latest full-length studio recording Ride Forth, which is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via Prosthetic Records’ online store.

Pre-sale tickets for the tour are available online now at Blabbermouth.net using the code “BLABBERMOUTH.” General admission tickets go on sale Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. local time. the full schedule for the “I Worship Chaos Tour” is noted below.

UPCOMING EXMORTUS SHOWS
9/19 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre (FREE)
9/23 San Bernadino, CA –  Knotfest Meets Ozzfest Camping Kick-Off Party 
“I WORSHIP CHAOS TOUR”
11/23 Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial Hell #
11/24 Montreal, QC – Metropolis #
11/25 Toronto, ON – House of Blues #
11/26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues # 
11/28 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues # 
11/29 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave # 
11/30 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights # 
12/2 Denver, CO – Summit Theater #
12/3 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex #
12/5 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom # 
12/6 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory # 
12/7 Phoenix, AZ – The Press Room #
12/9 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live # 
12/10 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre #
12/11 Houston, TX – House of Blues # 
12/13 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade # 
12/14 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre #
12/16 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #  
12/17 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts # 
12/18 New York, NY – Irving Plaza #
12/19 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw #
# with Children of Bodom, Abbath & ONI
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Iced Earth Guitarist Announces Departure From Band

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Iced Earth is looking for a new guitarist. This after Troy Seele announced this week that he is leaving the band.

Seele released a statement explaining his departure. He said that he and his now former band mates parted ways on completely positive terms, saying that family responsibilities were the reason for his departure. His full statement is noted below.

After close to ten years as a guitarist in Iced Earth, the time has come for me to step away. Some of you know, but many do not, that I have a child with Autism.  In the past I had a great support system that has allowed me to pursue a career in music. That is no longer the case and it has forced me to make a difficult decision. I’ve always believed that family comes first, and now it is time for me to focus on that.

The demanding life style of being in a professional heavy metal band is no longer an option for me. Knowing the band is focused on a new album and touring cycle, and given my circumstances, this is the best time for me to step down.

Playing in Iced Earth has been a great experience. It’s taken me around the world many times and given me the chance to meet many of my heroes, as well as play in front of crowds larger than I ever dreamed of.

I personally want to thank Jon and the guys for the music and the amazing times through the years.  Thank you to the fans for understanding and for your support.”
Troy Seele

 

Iced Earth front man Stu Block shared his thoughts on Seele’s depature, noting his sadness at the announcement but that he fully supports Seele in his decision.

“It’s very sad that Troy is leaving.  He will be missed and will always be considered family to us.  I wish him the best of luck in everything he does,” Block said.

Iced Earth founding member Jon Schaffer was also supportive of Seele in his decision.

“Troy was a good friend before he became a part of the team and always will be,” Schaffer said.”  I understand and respect his decision.  We shared some of the most amazing times of our lives together.  We laughed hard, and we laughed often.  Be well brother.  We all wish you the very best.”

The band is currently accepting audition submissions for Seele’s replacement. Audition videos can be sent online here.

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Chiklis To Release His Debut Album Next Month

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Courtesy: Missing Piece Group

Actor Michael Chiklis is trying his hand at being a singer.

Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four 1 & 2), announced recently that he will release his debut album Influence on Friday, September 16th.  The album features guest appearances from Steve Lukather (Toto), Andres Forero (Hamilton), Scott Healy, Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg, and Jerry Vivino (from Conan O’Brien’s house band).  The album was written and produced at Chiklis’ own Extravaganza Music Studio.

In anticipation of his new album Chiklis is streaming the album’s lead single ‘In Front Of Your Eyes’ now. Audiences can hear the song, which features guest vocals from Lukather, here.

Along with his new project, Chiklis is also currently starring on Fox’s hit drama Gotham as Gotham City Police Department Captain Nathaniel Barnes.  The series’ third season premieres September 19th on Fox.

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Listeners Of All Ages Will Enjoy Nathalia’s New Album

Courtesy: Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin

Courtesy: Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin

Late this past June children’s entertainer Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin ended the wait for her new album with the release of When I Was Your Age. The independent, Colombian-born singer-songwriter’s new album came a little less than two years after the release of her 2014 album Dream A Little.  Listening through the ten-song record, it is obvious that rather than just repeating that record and everything that made it so enjoyable, she has taken another step forward here. This is proven in part by the album’s opener ‘Dinosaur Dance.’  ‘When I Grow Up’ comes much later in the album’s run but is just as clear of an example of what makes this album work as the album’s opener.  ‘Oh Math’ is one more exhibits just as much as ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ McLaughlin’s forward progress on her new album.  It is hardly the last song that could be cited in proving that progress, too.  Each of the other seven songs that are presented in the album could just as easily be cited in that statement, too.  All things considered ‘When I Was Your Age’ proves in the end to be a record that will entertain listeners of all ages.

When I Was Your Age is yet another step forward for Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin.  That is because at no time over the course of the album’s ten song, thirty-five minute run time does the album ever repeat Palis-McLaughlin’s previous two albums musically or lyrically.  The album’s opener, ‘Dinosaur Dance’ is a prime example of this.  In terms of its musical content Palis-McLaughlin used a sort of big band swing approach.  Considering that the song is called ‘Dinosaur DANCE’ that should come as no surprise.  That upbeat composition is certain to have listeners dancing along, too.  The song’s lyrical content will make doubly certain of that as Palis-McLaughlin sings to her young listeners how to dance like a dinosaur, including even the all-important dinosaur roar.  Adding even more interest to the song is the fact that she sings both in English and in Spanish.  This increases her reach in terms of her listener base in that it will reach English speaking audiences as well as those who are more familiar with the Spanish language.  At the same time it also serves as a starting point for lessons on both languages on both sides of each language.  To that end, Palis-McLaughlin has crafted a song in ‘Dinosaur Dance’ that will both entertain and educate listeners of all ages and backgrounds.  This makes the song a great starting point for When I Was Your Age as well as a clear example of what makes the album another step forward for her.

‘Dinosaur Dance’ is a clear example of what makes When I Was Your Age a solid step forward for Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin in her music career.  That is clear as it entertains and educates audiences of all ages and backgrounds through both its musical and lyrical approach.  It is just one example of what makes this new album an enjoyable new effort from Palis-McLaughlin.  ‘When I Grow Up’ shows just as much the progress that she has made with this album.  In terms of its musical arrangement, Palil-McLaughlin opted for a reggae sound for its base.  The only element that the song’s musical arrangement lacks in making it a full-on reggae composition is the horns.  Even without horns the song still boasts a sound that any grown-up reggae fans will enjoy.  It might even get younger audiences interested in the genre, too.  It is just one part of what makes the song so enjoyable in itself.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical arrangement if not more so.  That is because its lyrical content serves to motivate young listeners.  She and the song’s guest vocalist (who is not listed pursuant to the song) sing from the vantage point of children.  They sing about all the dreams that children have, from being president to a fireman to a doctor, scientist and much more.  There is no attempt to reach boys or girls specifically.  It addresses both boys and girls.  It is saying without saying that it is okay for children to have great aspirations.  Just as with the album’s opener, both performers sing in both English and Spanish once again.  The same message stated about this approach previously applies just as much here as in the case of that song.  The positive message about dreaming big sits alongside the dual-language approach to the song to make the song even more memorable and important in the bigger picture of the album.  When all of this is set against the song’s musical arrangement it shows even more the importance of this song in showing Palis-McLaughlin’s growth and progress in the album in whole.  It is not the last song that shows that growth either.  ‘Oh Math’ is one more example her growth and progress.

‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ are both key inclusions in When I Was Your Age.  Both songs present their own original musical compositions and lyrical content.  The content in question stands wholly separate from that which was presented in Palis-McLaughlin’s previous two albums.  However, it is–collectively speaking–not the only content that shows that growth and progress.  The musical arrangement and lyrical content presented in ‘Oh Math’ serves to show that growth and progress just as much as that presented in ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up.’  The song’s musical arrangement is a fun, laid back piece that is driven mainly by Palis-McLaughlin’s guitar line.  If the song weren’t an educational piece focused on children’s view of math (who hasn’t been there?) it would be a perfect fit on any top 40 adult contemporary radio station because of its poppy licks and occasional bluesy riffs.  In terms of its lyrical content, listeners of all ages will, again, relate to the song.  That is because the young student that she portrays in the song says all of the things that every math student has said (and still does say to this day).  She sings, “Yeah, math/You’ve got many problems for me/Don’t’ min the adding and subtracting/It’s everything else in you that’s distracting/For the first time ever my grade is on the line/Gonna lay it out for in the sum of mine/I just can’t find your x,y, and z/And I’m all out of shape with your geometry/I get so mixed up with all those coins/What’s with those decimals/Don’t see the point.”  Everything that she sings here is so true.  Who hasn’t said these things or something similar when tackling math in school?  Her lighthearted vocal approach to the topic serves to make the song even more entertaining.  When her vocal approach is set against the song’s musical arrangement and lyrical content, all three elements come together in the one song to make the song in whole yet another example of what makes When I Was Your Age an album that will appeal, again, to listeners of all ages.  When the song is set against ‘Dinosaur Dance’ and ‘When I Grow Up’ all three songs show this even more clearly.  That is because of the growth that they exhibit from Palis-McLaughlin.  The same can be said of the album’s other songs.  All things considered, the album shows in whole why Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin is one of the best kept secrets in the realm of children’s music.

Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin’s new album When I Was Your Age is only the independent children’s entertainer’s third full-length studio recording.  Even being only her third album it shows in whole quite a bit of growth an progress from the Colombian-born singer-songwriter.  It covers a variety of musical genres and lyrical topics from its opener to its closer.  Those arrangements and topics make the songs compositions that will reach listeners of all ages.  When they are set against one another, they make the album in whole even more proof of why she is one of the best kept secrets in the world of children’s music.  When I Was Your Age is available now.  It can be ordered direct from Nathalia’s website at http://www.nathaliamusic.com/#!music/c10tw along with her other albums.  More information on Nathalia Palis-McLaughlin is available online now along with all of her latest news at:

 

 

 

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Every Deep Purple Fan Will Welcome ‘Live At The NEC’

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

This coming Friday, August 26th, Deep Purple will release its latest live recording Live at the NEC.  Originally recorded September 14th, 2002 at The NEC in Birmingham, England, the DVD recording comes about a year after the release of the band’s 2015 dual live recordings From The Setting Sunin Wacken and To The Rising Sunin Tokyo. Being that so little time has passed between those records and this recording’s upcoming release one might wonder what makes it stand out from its predecessors.  The first element that makes it stand out is its set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage presence over the course of the show’s nearly two-hour run time is just as important to note as the set list. The bonus interviews that are included with the recording round out the recording’s most important elements.  Each element is important in making this live recording stand out from Deep Purple’s previous live recordings. All things considered they make this latest offering another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.

Deep Purple’s new live recording Live at the NEC is another welcome offering in any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  This is the case even with the recording coming only a little more than a year after the release of the band’s most recent dual live recording set—From The Setting Sun…in Wacken and To The Rising Sun…in Tokyo.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list.  The sixteen (technically fourteen not counting the show’s keyboard solo from then new keyboardist Don Airey and guitarist Steve Morse) song set pulls largely from the band’s early years. It even goes all the way back to the band’s 1968 debut album Shades of Deep Purple with the inclusion of its cover of ‘Hush’ and all the way to 1996’s Perpendicular with the inclusion of ‘Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic’ in the show’s set list.  The band even went so far as to include some slightly lesser-known pieces in the recording in the form of ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ and ‘Black Night.’  The prior was the b-side to the song ‘Never Before,’ which was itself originally included in 1984’s Perfect Strangers.  The latter was included as a b-side for ‘Speed King, from the band’s 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock.  Those songs couple with the band’s much bigger hits—‘Highway Star,’ ‘Space Truckin’,’ ‘Smoke on the Water,’ ‘Woman From Tokyo’—and the rest of the set’s featured songs to make the set in whole one that will keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout the course of the concert’s near two-hour run time.

The set list that is featured in this recording is undeniably important to the recording’s presentation. That is because while it does feature some of the band’s biggest hits, it also features some lesser known songs.  It comes across as a very focused set list.  Even with the show being the last at the time for founding member and keyboardist Jon Lord, Lord did not play a creative role in every one of the featured songs.  This leads to plenty of discussion on the reasoning behind the set list.  Even with that in mind the show’s set list is just one part of what makes the recording in whole welcome in any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to note as the songs that the band performs.  The songs that make up the concert’s set are largely upbeat.  They have plenty of energy.  Of course there are some slower, more reserved moments.  Through it all the band’s members keep the audience completely entertained.  The band shows that an act doesn’t necessarily have to rely on pyrotechnics and other gimmicks in order to entertain audiences.  Rather, the band shows in whole that sometimes all a band needs to keep audiences entertained in a live setting is that presence.  And presence is exactly what the band has here.  Front man Ian Gillan commands the stage with ease as guitarist Steve Morse and drummer Ian Paice drive each song.  Speaking of Morse, his interaction with his band mates during his extended guitar solo shows the chemistry between the musicians.  Keyboardists Don Airey and Jon Lord are just as entertaining to watch as they perform both solo and in tandem.  Airey shows his vast musical background with some playful pieces and even some equally impressive classical snippets in his keyboard solo.  Lord is just as entertaining to watch as he works his way through the second half of the set list.  All things considered each man does his own part to entertain audiences throughout the concert.  Home viewers will agree with this when they see the concert for themselves.  Their presence, when considered together, makes the concert’s overall experience just as enjoyable to watch as the show’s set list.  When both element are set against one another, they come together to show even more clearly why this concert is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  They are not the only elements to consider in the concert’s new home release.  The bonus interviews that are included in the concert are just as important to note here as the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list.

The set list that is featured in Live at the NEC and the band’s performance of said set list are both key elements in the recording’s overall presentation.  As important as they prove to be to the recording’s presentation, they are hardly its only positives.  The interviews that are included in the recording are just as important to its presentation as the set list and the band’s performance thereof.  One of the interviews—with Gillan and Glover—is included as bonus companion material that stands separate from the concert.  It is an extensive interview that touches on a number of topics including the story behind ‘Smoke on the Water.’ Roger Glover’s thoughts on rock versus metal, his thoughts on rock versus pop, and how famed veteran guitarist Joe Satriani came to work with Deep Purple for a period of time among much more.  The main concert feature includes a post concert interview with Jon Lord in which Lord talks about his feelings of performing for the last time.  Audiences will be moved both to smiles and tears as Lord talks about discovering after the show that he had broken down crying after leaving the stage and hadn’t even realized it at first.  His ruminations will keep audiences just as engaged as his performance on stage.  When it’s all said and done, audiences will agree that the two interview segments prove to be just as invaluable to this recording as the recording’s main feature and the band’s performance of the set list.  All things considered there is a lot to say to the positive for Live at the NEC; so much so that the recording proves with full clarity why it is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.

Live at the NEC is hardly Deep Purple’s first live recording.  It is though, a completely welcome new live recording to any Deep Purple fan’s music library.  That is proven through the show’s focused, sixteen-song set list.  The set list, which comes in at just under two hours features a collection of songs that come largely from the band’s early days.  The band’s performance of that set is just as important to the recording’s presentation as the set list itself.  The band keeps audiences completely engaged and entertained just with its own performance.  It shows through its performance that a band doesn’t always need big showy elements and other gimmicks in order to entertain audiences.  It just needs good music and good stage presence.  The interviews that are included in the recording play just as much of a part in its presentation as the band’s performance and the concert’s set list.  That is because of the insight and entertainment that they offer in their own right.  As if all of this isn’t enough, one can’t (and shouldn’t) ignore the recording’s packaging.  Audiences will notice that the recording is packaged in what is essentially a Blu-ray box.  It is not the first time that Eagle Rock has packaged its live DVDs in such packaging.  It is good to see this packaging used yet again, too.  It shows that DVD packaging can be the exact same size as Blu-ray packaging, thus saving even more space on audiences’ DVD racks.  It is an approach that sets Eagle Rock Entertainment ahead of every other home entertainment company, and in turn shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains to this day the lading name in live recordings.  With any luck the rest of the home entertainment realm will use this packaging as a model and eventually catch up to Eagle Rock Entertainment in this avenue.  Regardless of whether or not that ever happens, this element couples with all of the previously noted elements to, again, show why Live at the NEC is another welcome addition to any Deep Purple fan’s music library and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains today the leading name in live recordings.

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