Mark Morton Shines Again On His Second Solo Record

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When Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton released his debut solo album Anasthetic last March through Spinefarm Records, he more than showed the expanse of his musical abilities and interests.  The record, which joined Morton with a number of well-known names, such as the late Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington, Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy and ex Screaming Trees front man Mark Lanegan, showed Morton as a truly original and creative musician, not just one of the members of Lamb of God.  He followed up that successful offering this past January with his debut solo EP Ether.  The five-song EP, released through Rise Records, will get a second life of sorts June 19 when it is released on vinyl through Rise Records.  Regardless of whether one prefers vinyl, CD or even digital, the fact of the matter remains that Ether is a positive follow-up to Anasthetic.  That is due to the record’s musical and lyrical content.  Its penultimate song ‘Love My Enemy’ is one of the songs that serves to support the noted statement.  It will be addressed shortly.  The EP’s opener ‘All I Had to Lose’ is another way in which Ether shows its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  Its follow-up ‘The Fight’ is one more way in which Ether shows its strength.  Together with the covers of The Black Crowes’ ‘She Talks To Angels’ and of Pearl Jam’s ‘Black,’ ‘The Fight’ and the other noted songs make Ether a wholly enjoyable follow-up to Anasthetic and one more of this year’s top new EPs.

Mark Morton’s debut EP Ether is a strong follow-up to his debut 2019 album Anasthetic.  Much with that album, this EP shows once again why he is more than just a member of Lamb of God, but rather a talented, creative musician in his own right.  That is evidenced in part through the EP’s penultimate song, ‘Love My Enemy.’  The song, which features vocals by Howard Jones (Killswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed, Light The Torch), presents an interesting musical arrangement.  The verses conjure thoughts of Alice in Chains, what with the layered vocal effect and the subdued guitar and drum lines.  The chorus however, boasts more of an Alter Bridge type of sound as the guitars and vocals step up.  The song’s bass line adds its own touch to the whole to make the work’s composition quite engaging and entertaining in its own right.  What is important to note here is the pairing of that duality in the song’s arrangement and its connection to the emotion and message in the song’s lyrical theme.  The song’s lyrical theme serves to make that reason for that juxtaposition clear.

Jones sings in the song’s lead verse, “Open wounds before the start/This is where we fall apart/It’s alright/Eternity can die today/It’s alright/It’s okay.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “We can greet the end alone/Sorrow needs an empty home/It’s alright/Years and pain can fade away/It’s alright/It’s okay.”  In the song’s third and final verse, “Jones sings, “There’s no replacing/The time we’re wasting.”  These verses are deeply introspective, needless to say.  That final verse is relatively clear, as it makes a statement about making the most of the time that we have.  The first and second verses meanwhile will generate their own hare of interest.  Maybe the lead statement of “open wounds before the start/This is where we fall apart” is a statement connected to the note of the wasted time.  It’s as if it is making a note about open wounds being a failure from the beginning.  The statement in the second verse years and pain being able to fade away seems to perhaps be a statement of hope, that the past can be just that.  This is of course all this critic’s own interpretation.  The song’s chorus adds even more impact to the song, as it comes across as perhaps someone battling with him/herself.  The chorus states, “I can’t live on memories/I can’ love my enemy/We cannot repair the past/A broken heart is made of glass/No, I can’t live on memories.”  This seems like someone who is torn with trying to overcome the thoughts of the past and look to the future.  It would explain why the song’s musical arrangement is so much more powerful in the chorus than the verses.  It would serve to illustrate the subject’s heightened emotion in this moment.  This leads the song’s more contemplative counter to those heightened emotions to make more sense along with its musical accompaniment.  Again this is all this critic’s own interpretation and should not be taken as gospel.  Hopefully it is somewhere close to being correct, though.  Keeping all of this in mind, the song’s lyrical content proves just as important as its musical content.  All things considered, the song in whole, with its engaging musical and lyrical content shows well on its own, why Ether is another strong offering from Mark Morton.  It is just one of the songs that serves to exhibit that strength.  ‘All I Had to Lose’ does its own part to keep listeners’ ears and minds.

‘All I Had to Lose’ is important to note because it presents its own unique identity separate from that of ‘Love My Enemy’ and the EP’s other songs.  The song’s fully acoustic arrangement is a radio ready composition that will connect easily to audiences.  The addition of Sons of Texas front man Mark Morales’ vocal delivery adds to that commercial viability for the opus.  The combination of those elements makes the song in whole a work that is comparable to works from so many mainstream rock bands.  The appeal created through the song’s musical arrangement will keep listeners engaged, and in turn, paying attention to the song’s equally engaging lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured in ‘All I Had to Lose’ generates its own engagement because of its own contemplative nature.  Morales sings in the song’s lead verse, “We were reckless for a season, now/Restless with a reason/I can’t tell/If we were victims of the vices/Or addicted to the crisis/Lived through hell.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “We laid with it/Dead and dying/Told ‘em all we were just trying/To be alive/Closed our eyes/I know that we could leave/The lies we didn’t want to leave behind.”  He adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Watched the colors fade away/Reached out by the sun/left her for another day/Prayed it would never come.”  The precise concept here is not clear at least to this critic.  It comes across as something of a statement about perhaps someone taking things for granted in life.  Whether that is in relation to a personal relationship or something else is up for discussion.  It would be interesting to learn the exact relation of that seeming message.  That Morales sings in the song’s chorus, “And when you came up for breath/I knew there wasn’t nothing left to do but choose/And everything I lost/Wasn’t much compared to all I had to lose” adds to the argument that the song’s lyrical theme is a personal message about taking for granted what one has in life.  Again, what exactly was being taken for granted – whether it be a personal relationship or something else – is something that is left for interpretation.  Either way, the fact that this seems to be the message makes the song’s musical content couple well with this half of the song’s content.  Taking everything noted here into account, the whole of the song shows even more why Ether will keep listeners engaged from start to end.  It is just one more way in which Ether proves its appeal.  ‘The Fight’ is one more way in which the EP shows its strength.

‘The Fight’ is an interesting addition to Ether.  That is due in part to its overall musical arrangement.  This composition is so starkly opposite of any of the other songs featured in this record.  The verses are distinctly subtle, but not necessarily reserved per say.  There is a certain Sevendust-esque sense to the song from the band’s more recent works, in listening closely to the arrangement.  The chorus meanwhile pack a little bit more of a punch, but it’s not a knockout punch.  Even in this case, there is a certain amount of control.  It makes for a very interesting listen.  It is not necessarily a radio ready work, but still is worth hearing.  That unique arrangement couples well with the song’s equally engaging lyrical theme, which comes across as one of those songs about someone driving along and having enough time to contemplate a lot of life matters.

Moontooth front man John Carbone provides the vocals for this song.  His vocal delivery is comparable to that of Sevendust front man Lajon Witherspoon as he sings in the song’s lead verse, “Thundering down the cold, dark desert road/It ain’t the miles you’re looking at/Ain’t the pavement you see/But its ghost/And all the trials that lay ahead/Yeah, it becomes your only friend.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Rumbling ground/It shakes from the load/the burden that you live to bear/Deafening sound, it rings in your soul/Make you forget what brought you here/Now the ending ain’t so clear.”  While the song’s musical arrangement doesn’t quite do so, this portion of the song leaves one making comparisons to Bob Seger’s hit song ‘Turn The Page.’  It seems to have that same kind of lyrical approach; someone on the road, lots of thoughts on the mind, etc. etc. etc.  It is an interesting sort of update, although it likely was not intended.  The comparison is strengthened even more as Carbone sings in the song’s chorus, “When you live for the fight for too long/You burn for the bloody way out/But the only hope for a victory/Is to learn to lay it down.”  It’s as if he is saying, even with all the thinking and things on a person’s mind, a person may want a certain outcome, but the outcome we want may not always be the best outcome.  Again, this is all this critic’s interpretation.   Hopefully it is in the proverbial ballpark.  That aside, all of this is sure to generate its own share of discussion among listeners.  Together with its accompanying musical content, the engagement and entertainment ensured through the song’s musical and lyrical content shows once more why Ether succeeds overall.  Together with the two covers that join this work and the EP’s two other originals, the record overall proves itself to be a complete work and a complete success for Morton and company.

Mark Morton’s recently released EP Ether is a strong follow-up to his debut solo album Anasthetic (2019).  That is because it continues to exhibit Morton’s talents as more than just another metal guitarist, but a widely-versed musician and songwriter.  That is evidenced through all three of the record’s original works and its two covers.  The musical and lyrical content in each original as well as the adaptation of the covers do well to support those statements.  All things considered, Ether can be considered in whole, to be one of this year’s top new EPs.

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Psycle Debuts ‘Changing Tide’ Lyric Video

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Rock band Psycle debuted the video for its new single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Changing Tide‘ Tuesday. the song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Kill The Machine, which is scheduled for release June 12.  The band debuted the lyric video for the album’s title track — also the album’s lead single — March 24.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Changing Tide’ immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from Creed and Alter Bridge with its guitar work and front man Seth Salois’ vocal delivery.  Salois’ vocal talents are right up there with Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy.  His band mates’ — Jay Spyne (drums, vocals), Mike Kaz (bass, vocals) and Joe Nicolazzo (guitar) — talents are equal to those of Kennedy’s band mates here, too.

In discussing the song’s musical arrangement, the band said in a collective statement that the decision to follow up ‘Kill The Machine’ with ‘Changing Tide’ was mad with a specific intent in mind.

“For our second single ‘Changing Tide,’ we wanted to show the diversity within the album and offer a glimpse into the journey we hope the album creates,” the statement reads.  “‘Kill The Machine’ is raw, unforgiving and pointed, where ‘Changing Tide’ is sweeping, emotional and accepting.”

The lyrical them at the heart of the song delivers a theme of optimism, according to the noted statement.

“‘Changing Tide’ is about believing in your individuality, accepting the hand that you are dealt and persevering through whatever stands in your way,” the statement reads.

‘Changing Tide’ is available to stream and download here.

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‘Living The Dream Tour’ Is A “Dream” Come True For All Rock Fans

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Slash and his fellow musicians Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators made quite the impact on the music community last year when they released their latest album Living The Dream.  The tour in support of the album – Slash’s third solo record with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and his fourth overall solo record – proved just as successful selling out venue after venue.  That tour proved so successful, that the group partnered with Eagle Rock Entertainment to release one performance from that hit tour last week in the form of Living The Dream Tour.  Originally recorded Feb. 20, 2019 at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in London, the 22-song, two-and-a-half-hour set is a performance that the group’s longtime fans will enjoy just as much as its newer audiences.  That is due in part to the noted expansive set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set plays into the recording’s performance just as much as its actual set.  It will be addressed a little later.  The bonus content featured with the recording rounds out the recording’s most notable elements.  It will also be addressed later.  When it is considered along with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, the whole of the elements makes Living The Dream Tour a dream come true for all rock fans.

Living The Dream Tour, the latest live recording from Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, is another positive new live offering from the rock collective that rock aficionados everywhere will enjoy.  That is due in part to the recording’s expansive set list.  The 22-song, two-and-a-half-hour set pulls tracks from all four of Slash’s solo albums.  It should be noted in advance that while some of the songs featured in this recording are also featured in the band’s 2015 live recording – also from Eagle Rock Entertainment – Live At The Roxy 9.25.14, (seven songs to be exact), that leaves exactly 15 songs not featured in said recording.  The band’s 2018 album Living The Dream appropriately makes up the majority of this recording’s set list, with seven total nods.  Slash’s 2010 self-titled solo debut is represented with six songs while Apocalyptic Love and World on Fire each receive four nods.  In other words, the group reaches liberally into its overall catalog to give listeners a wide range of material.  This is important to note because as most people know, there are acts that might tour in support of one album, but their set lists are more focused on anything but.  It has and does happen to this day.  To that end, this set list proves to be entertaining for all of the band’s fans.

The set list stands out not just because of the fact that it reaches into all of the group’s albums, but also because of its sequencing.  The set list opens with one of the seven noted songs from Living The Dream, but wastes no time switching things up, with the next two songs coming from the group’s 2012 album Apocalyptic Love.  The group reaches even farther back from there, with the next two songs taking listeners back to Slash’s 2010 self-titled debut album.  The band turns the attention back to Living The Dream again briefly from here before going back to 2014’s World on Fire.  The variations continue from there to the show’s end, with an homage to Guns N’ Roses in the band’s performance of ‘Nighttrain.’  That song is the only GNR song featured in this set list, whereas the band’s aforementioned 2015 recording featured two GNR songs.  Simply put, the band keeps things original from start to end for listeners in this set list, ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  That is helped even more through the energy in the set’s sequencing.  The only time in which the set slows down at all comes late in the concert’s run.  The “slower” songs that are featured at other points in the set are still heavy in their own right.  Keeping that in mind, the sequencing of the set proves that much more important to the whole of this recording.  It is just one part of what makes the recording stand out.  The band’s performance of the set list adds its own value to the recording.

The band’s performance of the concert’s set list is important to discuss because it plays into the concert’s noted overall energy.  As noted, the set’s sequencing ensures that the show’s energy remains high from beginning to end.  The “slower” songs are slow, but are still heavy blues-based compositions that will keep audiences entertained and engaged.  Only one in the show do things really pull back all the way around.  The band helps maintain the energy by wasting little to no time doing any audience interaction at any point.  That is not to say that the group doesn’t interact with the audience.  It is to say that the interactions are rare.  The band, instead, uses the most of the concert to give audiences as much music and entertainment as possible.  Even the standard band introductions are reserved for a point closer to the show’s end, and are brief at best.  As each song ends, the down time between each song’s performance is minimal at best.  That ensures even more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  The energy that each of the band’s members puts into his respective performance adds even more to that general effect.  All things considered, the band’s performance adds to much to the recording that coupled with the set list itself, the two together make for more than enough for audiences to enjoy.

The set list featured in Living The Dream Tour and the band’s performance thereof are both key to the recording’s whole presentation.  They are not, however, its only key elements.  The brief bonus behind-the-scenes featurette that comes with the recording adds its own slight touch to the recording’s presentation.  Audience get to hear from Slash and from Myles Kennedy in the roughly 10 minute featurette as they sit back stage pre-concert.  The performers talk, in separate interviews, about topics, such as the band members’ connection as a unit, the band’s routine and also making music in general.  Kennedy talks frankly about how the group’s pre- and post-concert routines might be surprising, noting that the band doesn’t party and do all the things one might think a band does.  That in itself is a surprise.  He and Slash echo one another’s statements about the friendships between the band members and how that helps make the performances so fun.  They even discuss performing at the Hammersmith, noting their love for the venue.  Again, the overall presentation here is brief, but even with that brevity, the discussions are still in-depth in their own right, offering audiences that much more entertainment and engagement.  When this is considered along with the concert’s set list and the band’s performance thereof, all three elements make the recording’s overall presentation one that rock fans across the board will enjoy and a welcome new live offering from Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators’ new live recording Living The Dream Tour is only the second live recording that the rock collective has released since the group released its first studio recording roughly seven years ago.  Considering it is only the group’s second live recording, it is an impressive new offering that serves to show the group’s strength.  The recording offers audiences plenty to appreciate, beginning with its expansive set list.  The set list pulls from each of the group’s studio recordings and Slash’s self-titled 2010 album.  The band’s performance of the show’s set list adds even more for audiences to enjoy.  The bonus behind-the-scenes featurette is brief, but still offers its own share of entertainment and engagement.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of Living The Dream Tour’s whole in its own way.  All things considered, they make the recording a “dream” come true for every rock fan.  More information on the recording is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Mark Morton’s Solo Debut LP Will Leave Listeners Anything But Numb

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It’s hard to do the same thing over and over for years at a time.  Everybody knows that.  It’s why people change jobs.  It is also why members of musical acts across the musical universe decide at one point or another to branch out and try their hands at something new (I.E. solo albums). Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton joined those ranks in March with his debut solo album Anasthetic.  The 10-song, 42 minute record shows Morton as not just a metal guitarist, but rather a multi-talented musician who has the capability to succeed in any musical genre.  This is proven in part late in the album’s run in the form of ‘Reveal.’  It will be addressed shortly.  The surprisingly subdued ‘Axis,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another way in which Morton’s wide range of talent is exhibited in this record.  ‘Save Defiance,’ the album’s mid-point is yet another way in which Morton’s full talents are put on display and will also be addressed later.  Each song noted here is important in its own way in proving Mark Morton is more than just another metal shredder.  When they are examined along with the rest of the record’s entries, the whole of the album creates a new and deserved respect for Morton and his abilities.

Mark Morton’s debut self-titled album Anasthetic is a strong first solo outing for the Lamb of God guitarist.  That is because it allowed Morton to fully put on display, his talents as a guitarist.  It allowed him to show he is talented at doing more than just churning out heavy, shredding riffs.  Rather, it shows he can handle his own in almost any genre of music.  ‘Reveal,’ which comes late in the album’s run is just one of the album’s entries that supports those statements.  The song, recorded with singer/songwriter Naeemah Maddox, is the polar opposite of anything that Morton has ever done as a member of LoG.  The work presented by Morton here, is gentle and bluesy.  It expertly compliments the Philadelphia-born vocalist’s delivery and the work of their fellow musicians.  His bluesy guitar solo lends itself so easily to comparisons to the best work of Derek Trucks and Carlos Santana.  It is a true, full departure from everything that fans of Morton’s work have ever known, and it is so in the best way possible.

The song’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes it stand out.  Its positive lyrical content couples with its musical to make the song in whole even more interesting.  Maddox sings in the song’s lead verse, “Could be all for sale/Or could be smoke and mirrors/The end is growing near/Or could be smoke and mirrors/Say who you are/Go set your truth/Don’t be the rude in another’s fair/See how you feel/And the nreveal/You may not be who you are/Right at this moment in time.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Go and dig a well/And hide as you abide/See, I’m fragile as a shell/And echo like a bell.”  She adds in the song’s third and final verse, “Willing, you have your own mind/You can think for yourself.”  She is saying here that things aren’t always just black and white.  There are shades of grey, so be you and be the best you can be.  That is at least this critic’s own town on this.  It is just one interpretation.  Hopefully it is somewhere close to being right as it certainly seems to send a rather positive message to listeners.  That, taken into consideration with the song’s musical arrangement, makes the song just one of Anasthetic’s most notable tracks and just one of the most notable examples of Morton’s wide range of talent.  ‘Axis,’ which comes much earlier in the album’s run, is another key example of Morton’s abilities and, in turn, most notable additions.

‘Axis’ is another key example of Morton’s talents and by connection another of this record’s most notable entries.  Crafted with vocalist Mark Lanegan (ex-Screaming Trees), the song’s subdued arrangement lends itself to comparisons to works from the likes of Tom Waitts and Bruce Springsteen.  That is most evident in Lanegan’s vocals and Morton’s guitar work.  Again, this is a stark departure for Morton from the intensity of the work that he has done over the years with Lamb of God.  It shows he can do so much more than jus play fast and loud, but rather also slower and with great dynamic control.  It makes for that much more respect for Morton and his abilities.  The song’s musical arrangement does a lot to make this work stand out, and is just one part of what makes it stand out.  The song’s lyrical content adds its own share of interest to the song’s whole.

Lanegan sings seemingly in this song, about someone who has been through quite a bit of adversity in life and is struggling to get through it.  What’s interesting here is that for all the adversity, the song doesn’t come across as some sort of emo type song.  Rather, it harkens back to the great blues songs of days long ago through its lyrical delivery.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “I came down with a fever/The catacombs, they were filled/Lucifer within my larynx/Clothing a sarcophagus/Baby, set my head on fire/Every man is born to die/The Captain called me out on a carpet, boys/You know I got a tear in my eye/”  he continues in the song’s second verse, “I have been lost and wandering/A wanderer I remain/Met Judas in West Texas/Tried to take my name/Now I am lost and wandering/And wandering, I am blind/Will the moon come off its axis/Before I lose my mind/I came down with a sickness/Pouring down just like rain/Red, red sun in the evening/Red, red heart full of pain.”  He adds a touch more in the song’s third and final verse, but the song in whole is pretty clear.  Again, this is someone who has gone through so much.  It is just a classic, retro style country blues type work even in its lyrical presentation.  That content, coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, makes it a piece that is sure to appeal to plenty of listeners.  It will appeal so widely because of that aspect and because, again, it shows that Morton is not just a one-trick pony.  It shows he can do quite a bit more than just metal, and can do so quite well at that.  It still is not the last of the songs featured in this record that serves to exhibit that talent and interest.  ‘Save Defiance,’ the record’s mid-point, is one more example of Morton’s broad range of talent.

‘Save Defiance’ was recorded with Alter Bridge front man Myles Kennedy.  Fittingly, this song’s arrangement presents Morton as an able mainstream hard rock driver just as much as a metal guitarist.  What is truly interesting here is that the grouping of Morton, Kennedy and the rest of the song’s featured musicians immediately leads to comparisons to some of Alter Bridge’s best works.  Again, this is a good thing because it shows how much more Morton can do than just shred really fast and hard.  It shows here that he can create some really heavy, melodic riffs, too.  Morton’s ability to so easily liken himself to Mark Tremonti shows yet again just why he is such an important figure not just in the rock community, but in the music community in whole.  As much as Morton’s abilities do for himself and for the song, they are just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content plays its own important part to the whole of the song.

Kennedy sings in the song’s lead verse, “Into the last refrain/As your empire falls/World in decay/Our backs against the wall/Tell me, now/Is it too late/Tell me, now/Who’ll pay the cost/For all the times you’ve disengaged/Tomorrow could be lost/Stop what you started/Open your eyes/The truth is the hardest thing to deny.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Save defiance/And hope you’ve got one last shot/Blood of tyrants running cold/They will never stop/Save defiance/You alone will resist in time/Break alliance to behold shifting paradigms/There is no time to waste/This you can’t deny/The truth you embrace was only just a lie/Now do you see you’re betrayed/now you must keep your resolved/Or everything you sacrifice to keep/Will forever be dissolved/Stop what they started/Open your eyes/They’re reaping a harvest/And bleeding you dry.”  He reminds listeners in the song’s third verse, “This is your season/Take it and rise/The battle’s drawing/Fight for your lives.”  This is a call to action, point blank.  This is a socio-political commentary that is urging people everywhere to not sit idly by and allow those who do bad in the world to continue their heinous acts.  He is telling listeners to stand up and do something and make a difference.  That is at least this critic’s own take on this content.  The power and urgency in the song’s musical arrangement works to make this seem the case, so hopefully it is at least somewhere in the proverbial ballpark.  Thinking about the power of the song’s combined musical and lyrical content along with that of the power of the other discussed songs’ power and variety, they show clearly together just how talented Mark Morton really is.  When the variety and power in the songs discussed here is considered along with that of the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of the record becomes a strong solo debut for Morton.  It serves to show regardless of where his future takes him, Morton can and will be successful.

Mark Morton’s debut solo album Anesthetic is a strong first effort from the Lamb of God guitarist.  That is because while it does continue to display his metal chops throughout, it does more than that.  It also shows his abilities in other regions of the musical universe.  That, combined with lyrical content that is just as certain as the record’s musical content to keep listeners engaged, makes the record a positive offering from Morton and all involved.  All things considered, the album proves to be a presentation that will leave listeners anything but numb.  More information on Anasthetic is available online now along with all of Mark Morton’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release New Live Recording From Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have a new live recording on the way.

The group will release its new recording Living The Dream Tour Sept. 20.  The concert, recorded at the band’s performance at the Hammersmith Apollo (London) during its 2019 “Living The Dream Tour,” it is scheduled for release on DVD/2CD; Blu-ray/2CD; 3LP Black vinyl; limited edition 3LP Red vinyl digital video and digital audio.

The concert featured in the recording is a two-hour set.  It features songs from  Slash’s solo records and from his work with Kennedy and The Conspirators.  A full clip of the band performing the song ‘Anastasia‘ is streaming now.  The trailer for the recording is streaming here.

The full track listing for Living The Dream Tour is noted below. Pre-orders are open now.

LIVING THE DREAM TOUR–TRACKLISTING:

The Call Of The Wild
Halo
Standing In The Sun
Ghost
Back From Cali
My Antidote
Serve You Right
Boulevard Of Broken Hearts
Shadow Life
We’re All Gonna Die
Doctor Alibi
Lost Inside The Girl
Wicked Stone
Mind Your Manners
Driving Rain
By The Sword
Nightrain
Starlight
You’re A Lie
World On Fire
Avalon
Anastasia

Slash and company are in the midst of the latest leg of its “Living The Dream Tour.”  The group’s current tour schedule is noted below.

U.S. TOUR
Sun-Jul-21-19 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Entertainment Centre
Tue-Jul-23-19 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts
Thu-Jul-25-19 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
Fri-Jul-26-19 Windsor, ON The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
Sun-Jul-28-19 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal
Mon-Jul-29-19 Toronto, ON Rebel Complex
Wed-Jul-31-19 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
Thu-Aug-01-19 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Rocksino
Sat-Aug-03-19 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino
Sun-Aug-4-19 Chicago, IL LOLLAPALOOZA
Tue-Aug-06-19 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Wed-Aug-07-19 Fort Wayne, IN Sweetwater Performance Pavilion
Fri-Aug-09-19 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
Sat-Aug-10-19 Maryland Heights, MO KSHE Pig Roast
Mon-Aug-12-19 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Tue-Aug-13-19 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

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Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Debuts Second Single From Forthcoming Album, ‘Living The Dream’

Courtesy: Snakepit/Roadrunner Records

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is giving audiences another preview of its upcoming album Living The Dream.

The band debuted the album’s second single ‘Mind Your Manners’ on Friday.  The song is streaming online at Spotify and Apple Music, and available as an instant grat track at other outlets.  Each outlet can be accessed here.

Slash discussed ‘Mind Your Manners’ in a recent interview, saying that the song’s genesis happened somewhat spontaneously.

“I wrote this song on the spot to help the band get up and running once we got back in the studio this past January,” Slash said.  “It’s just a go-for-it type of song.  Pretty straightforward rock and fun to play.”

Kennedy expanded on Slash’s thoughts, explaining the song’s lyrical content.

“‘Mind Your Manners’ was something I didn’t hear until the guys had started jamming together,” Kennedy said.  “It’s a cool up-tempo sort of thing and I knew immediately it would have its own place on this record.  Lyrically, it’s about how when things are going well, there always tends to be someone who tries to rain on your parade and knock you down.  You have to keep people like that in check and not let them get to you.”

The debut of ‘Mind Your Manners’ comes only weeks after the group debuted the forthcoming album’s lead single ‘Driving Rain‘ late last month.  Pre-orders for the album, which is due out October 21 via Snakepit/Roadrunner Records, are open now.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Following is the tracklisting for LIVING THE DREAM:
1. The Call of the Wild
2. Serve You Right
3. My Antidote
4. Mind Your Manners
5. Lost Inside the Girl
6. Read Between the Lines
7. Slow Grind
8. The One You Loved Is Gone
9. Driving Rain
10. Sugar Cane
11. The Great Pretender
12. Boulevard of Broken Hearts

A tour in support of Living The Dream is scheduled to launch September 13  in Los Angeles, California. It is currently scheduled to run through October 18, bringing the band full circle back to Los Angeles with stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Louisville, KY; Silver Spring Maryland and other cities along the way.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Following are SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS tour dates:

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Remark Hoping To Get Positive Remarks Across America With Its Music

Russia has been in the news quite a bit lately thanks to everything going on in Washington, D.C. – but for all of the negativity coming out of the news concerning the former Communist nation, some good musical news has been coming out of Russia lately.

Russian rock outfit Remark released its debut, self-titled album last year, and has been making waves overseas with the record.  Now the band has its eyes set on the U.S. with its latest single ‘Falling.’

The released its lead single in its home county last year, and is now spreading the song across America with the song’s companion video.  The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel.

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

It is just one of the latest songs to be released from the band’s debut record.  Also out now are the videos for the band’s singles ‘Vesna’ and ‘Wild Run.’

Remark’s name has been building over the years as it has shared the stage with major American acts such as Slash and Myles Kennedy, Tom Keifer, W.A.S.P., Dope and others.

 

More information on Remark is available online now at:

 

 

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

 

 

 

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Like A Storm Unveils New Single

New Zealand hard rock outfit Like A Storm released its latest single this week.

The band released the song ‘Pure Evil’ this week.  The song is a brand new offering from the band.  Guitarist Matt Brooks explained the religious and political commentary contained within the song in a recent interview.  He said it takes on the contrary nature of so many of the world’s political and religious leaders.

“Those members of our society who are supposed to be a shining example of morality are so often revealed to be corrupt, immoral and even dangerous,” Brooks said.  “The cover-ups, scandals and exploitation that pervade the highest levels of church and government are just sickening.  So ‘Pure Evil’ seemed like the perfect way to sum up this absolute hypocrisy – these people appear so righteous, but at their core they are the worst of the worst.”

Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media/Century Media Records

Brooks said the inspiration for the hard-edged approach to the song’s arrangement came from the band’s time on the road.

“After playing festivals to crowds like Download and Graspop, we started approaching music in terms of what we could envision seas of people rocking out to in unison,” he said.

He added the band’s current tour of Europe played a part in its new approach to songwriting, too.

“From all of our touring here we got turned onto a lot of heavier music coming out of Europe/Scandanavia like Dimmu Borgir and Gojira.  We’ve always loved writing music that’s layered and epic, and wanted to keep pushing that.”

Brooks said the band was especially excited to perform live in Europe.

“From the very first time we came over, we knew that this was a special part of the world to come and play,” he said.  “Rock and metal are definitely not dead here!  People wear their hearts on their sleeves.  We’ve never had a bad show here, so we’re very stoked to be back.”

Like A Storm’s new sound has not gone unnoticed.  Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti, who recently shared time on stage with Like A Storm, had high praise for the band and its new single.

“‘Pure Evil’ is totally killer!,” said Tremonti.  “This song will be so badass live!”

Tremonti’s band mate, Myles Kennedy, praised the band’s work ethic.  He said the band has earned its success.

“They’re hardcore,” he said.  “I see them show up on stage every night and give it 10,000 percent.  They definitely have proved that they deserve every bit of success that they have coming to them.”

The band recently filmed a video to accompany its new song.  The video will be unveiled later this month.  The video, filmed in an abandoned church, required the band to hire armed security for the shoot, said Brooks.  He said the security was necessary because of the reputation of the unnamed city where the video was shot.

“We actually filmed in a place considered to be one of America’s most dangerous cities,” Brooks said.  “We had to hire armed police officers as security – that was a different experience, coming from New Zealand!”

Like A Storm’s current European tour schedule is noted below.

 

LIKE A STORM – Europe/UK Tour with Alter Bridge & Special Guests

Nov. 8th – Paris, FRANCE @ Zenith
Nov. 9th – Brussels, BELGIUM @ AB
Nov. 10th – Amsterdam, HOLLAND @ HMH
Nov. 13th – Berlin, GERMANY @ Columbiahalle
Nov. 14th – Vienna, AUSTRIA @ Gasometer
Nov. 16th – Katowice, POLAND @ Spodek
Nov. 18th – Stockholm, SWEDEN @ Annexet
Nov. 20th – Oslo, NORWAY @ Sentrum Scene
Nov. 21st – Copenhagen, DENMARK @Falconer Theatre
Nov. 23rd – Manchester, ENGLAND @ Manchester Arena
Nov. 24th – London, ENGLAND @ O2 Arena
Nov. 26th – Nottingham, ENGLAND @ Motorpoint Arena
Nov. 27th – Birmingham, ENGLAND @ Genting Arena
Nov. 28th – Cardiff, WALES @ Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 1st – Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ Hydro
Dec. 2nd – Leeds, ENGLAND @ First Direct Arena
Dec. 4th – Frankfurt, GERMANY @ Jahrhunderthalle
Dec. 5th – Cologne, GERMANY @ Palladium
Dec. 6th – Hamburg, GERMANY @ Mehrl Theater
Dec. 9th – Bologna, ITALY @ Unipol Arena
Dec. 10th – Munich, GERMANY @  Zenith
Dec. 11th – Basel, SWITZERLAND @ St Jakobshalle

 

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Veteran Acts Dominate 2015’s Top New Live DVD/BD Recordings List

This week marks the last full week of 2015. It’s a little tough to grasp that there are only eleven days left in the year. But it’s almost time to bid a fond farewell to this year. And even as the year’s final days tick away, there is still plenty of work left to do in turns of examining the top titles from the entertainment world. Phil’s Picks has already done quite a bit of that, delving into the top titles of the music world’s top titles. There’s still some ground to cover in that realm while beginning to transfer over into the year’s top new DVDs and Blu-rays in each of their different own areas. Keeping that in mind, what better way to start making that transfer than to look today at the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays. The year’s best new live CDs have already been tackled. And as previously explained, in many cases, some DVDs and Blu-rays are actually released separate from their audio-only counterparts even today, and vice versa. That justifies a separate category for the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays. That being the case, here, for your reading pleasure dear readers, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays. As always, the Top 10 titles make up the main body of the list while the bottom five are no less important. They each receive honorable mention for a total of fifteen titles. Enough rambling. Here, again, is the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS AND BLU-RAYS

  1. SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – LIVE AT THE ROXY 09.25.14

 

  1. TESSERACT – SCALA

 

  1. AEROSMITH – AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON

 

  1. GEORGE STRAIT – THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY

 

  1. THE WHO – LIVE AT HYDE PARK

 

  1. SHANIA TWAIN – STILL THE ONE: LIVE IN VEGAS

 

  1. ERIC CLAPTON – SLOWHAND AT 70: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE IN LEEDS 1982

 

  1. THE ROLLING STONES – LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME 1990

 

  1. LYNYRD SKYNYRD – PRONOUNCED L LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD & SECOND HELPING

 

  1. PAT METHENY – UNITY SESSIONS

 

  1. WHITECHAPEL – BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

 

  1. TASTE – WHAT’S GOING ON: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

 

  1. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – LIVE AT FINSBURY PARK

 

  1. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – LIVE IN DUBLIN

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Live At The Roxy 9.25.14 Is The Best Of This Year’s Live BDs and DVDs So Far

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Common logic states that once a person or organization reaches its proverbial peak, the only way to go is down.  Yet somehow Eagle Rock Entertainment has defied that logic time and again as far back as can be remembered.  It has done just that yet again with the new live recording from Slash and his friends Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Live at The Roxy 9.25.14Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 has officially taken the top spot on this critic’s list of the year’s top new live Blu-ray and DVD recordings.  The main reason that it has earned that honor is the group’s overall stage presence.  Typically, the set list is the most important element of any live recording.  In the case of this recording, the band’s performance takes center stage (bad pun fully intended).  That is not to discount the importance of the show’s set list.  The set list is important in its own right to the whole of the recording.  The show’s set list features songs from Slash’s solo career, his time with Velvet Revolver and Guns ‘N Roses, and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The total run time of the seventeen-song set comes in at just under two hours.  That is a lot of material.  It represents every era of Slash’s career, too.  That sweetens the deal even more for this concert.  Rounding out the whole presentation is its collective production values (I.E. audio mix and camera work).  As small as the Roxy is, the camera crew and its director did an outstanding job of giving audiences the best seat in the house from start to finish.  The audio mix is just as important considering the club’s relatively small size.  Thankfully those handling audio duties both at the original show and in the concert’s post production did so with the utmost expertise.  The end result of their efforts (and those of the camera crew and director) is a concert experience that is just as good as being there if not better and one that proves yet again being at the top doesn’t necessarily mean the only way to go is down especially in the case of the company that is the leader in live recordings.

One would think that considering the hugely successful stable of live recordings that it has already established in recent years, Eagle Rock Entertainment would have a hard time continuously maintaining its place atop the world of live recordings.  But somehow it has defied that logic, churning out one top notch recording after another.  Now it has added yet another recording to that apparently ever-growing stable in the form of Live at The Roxy 9.25.14, the new live recording from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The conspirators.  Due out next Tuesday, June 16th, this recording is not Eagle Rock Entertainment’s first live recording of the year.  But it is the best new live recording of the year across the board.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented in this recording a concert that shows itself to be just as good as being there is not better.  The main reason for this is the band’s performance.  Typically one would think that a concert’s set list lies at the heart of its enjoyment.  And the set list featured in this show does play a role in its enjoyment.  But there is something special, almost magical, about this performance.  There’s a special energy exuded by the band throughout the show that translates so clearly even on screen.  Even with this band being a side project for all involved, it’s almost as if Slash and company were meant to be a band.  That’s obvious throughout the concert.  From the group’s extended jam session in ‘Rocket Queen’ to the full throttle take of ‘Nightrain’ to the emotional yet hard rocking performance of ‘Bent To Fly’ and other points in between, the band exhibits a certain chemistry along with its energy.  It’s a chemistry that while unspoken is obvious.  It is obvious in the fun that the band clearly has throughout its performance.  Because the band has so much fun on stage, it makes the performance that much more fun for audiences at home.  Again that points back to the ability of the energy exuded by the band translating so well to home audiences.  In experiencing that translation for themselves, audiences will agree that the band’s performance in this concert is indeed the concert’s most important element.  Of course it is not all that is worth noting in terms of what makes it such a success.  The show’s set list is just as important to its overall enjoyment and success as the band’s performance.

The performance of all involved in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is key to the concert’s enjoyment and its overall success.  The chemistry between the performers and the energy exuded by their performance translates clearly to home audiences from start to finish.  Without a set list though, there’d be nothing to perform.  Thus we have another important element of the concert.  The set list featured in this recording culls music from every era of Slash’s career.  There are pieces from his days in Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, his solo career, and of course his current work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  Taking that list of songs into consideration, audiences will be especially surprised by Kennedy’s performance in the G N’ R songs.  That is because he sounds just like a young Axel Rose if not better.  Heck, it could even be argued that he [Kennedy] even resembles Rose in his youth to a point right down to his mannerisms in his performances of those classic songs.  Meanwhile Slash’s almost unassuming demeanor throughout each song hasn’t changed since those days.  That’s not a bad thing, either.  Getting back on track, the set list assembled for this recording is a solid representation of every era of Slash’s career.  Given a strong majority of the set’s songs (six songs to be exact) are classic G N’ R songs.  But there is still a solid mix of music from the guitarist’s solo recordings and his work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.  The set list itself is impressive to say the least.  Its ordering makes it just as impressive as the band builds the energy and pulls it back at just the right moments from beginning to end.  Home viewers will remain just as fully engaged as those that were there in attendance at the show’s taping thanks to that smart sequencing and related performance of each song.  It’s just another way that the show’s set list shows itself to be just as important as the band’s performance in this recording.  Together, the set list and performance make a strong, solid argument as to why this recording is the best of the year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs so far (and potentially overall).  It still isn’t the do all-end all for the recording, either.  As impressive as both the show’s set list and the band’s performance prove to be in whole, neither would be worth noting if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  Their collective efforts round out the ways in which the recording proves itself so enjoyable.

The set list featured in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 and the band’s performance of said set list are of equal importance to the whole of the recording in terms of its ability to connect with home viewers.  As important as both elements are to the recording’s success, it would be pointless to note either one if not for the work of those behind the cameras and the audio boards.  This includes the work put in both during the course of the concert and in its post-production.  It is thanks to the work of those behind the cameras that home viewers actually get the best seat in the house.  They might not be right there singing and rocking along with the band and the rest of the masses pushed into the club’s small confines.  But that is a good thing in this case.  The camera crew catches the concert from so many different angles both from the crowd and the stage, even getting close-ups of Slash’s work on his guitar.  On a related note, the work of those handling the concert’s audio is to be commended, too.  This includes both those handling the mics at the concert and those mastering the sound in post-production for the concert’s home release.  The Roxy is not the biggest venue in the world.  That means that it was much easier for the sound to bounce all over the place.  Thankfully, those handling the audio for the show both in person and after the fact took that into account and balanced everything.  This has led to a sound in the recording that is perfectly balanced.  It is a sound that especially those with home theater systems will especially appreciate.  Together with the concert’s set list, the band’s performance of said set list, and the work of the concert’s camera crew, audiences get a concert in Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 that they will want to watch again and again.  They get a show that is one of the best of the year’s live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best of the year.

Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 is one of the best of the year’s best new live Blu-rays and DVDs if not the best.  It proves this through the performance of Slash and his band mates.  It proves it through the show’s set list and through the work of those charged with recording the concert and bringing it to audiences in the best possible quality. Whether for just one of the noted elements or for all of them combined, audiences will agree that all three elements make Live at The Roxy 9.25.14 a piece that every fan will enjoy. They also make it more proof of why this concert is one of the best of this year’s new live Blu-rays and DVDs and why Eagle Rock Entertainment shows no sign of falling from its spot atop the world of live recordings. More information on this and other live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

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