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

Courtesy: Rocktagon Worldwide Music/High Road Publicity

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:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.evetoadam.rocks

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EVETOADAMMUSIC

 

 

 

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Red Tide Rising Takes Top Honors In Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New EPs List

Courtesy: Vanity Records

Courtesy: Vanity Records

2016 has been an outstanding year for new music.  New albums from every genre have flooded the market.  While albums take center stage for so many audiences and critics alike, they are not the only new recordings that are deserving of attention.  EPs deserve just as much attention as albums this year and every year.  Keeping that in mind, this critic has maintained a list of the year’s top new EPs throughout the year.

Now with the year’s final weeks winding down, Phil’s Picks begins its annual “Best Of” lists with a list of the year’s top new EPs as, again, they are deserving of as much attention as the mass of albums released across the board.  This year’s list is topped by hard rock outfit Red Tide Rising’s new EP Voices.  Also included in this year’s list are new EPs from Fenix TX, Silvertung, Orgy and many others.

As in previous years, the lists presented by Phil’s Picks are topped by the year’s top 10 new releases.  An extra five releases worthy of honorable mention are included, too.  That brings each list’s count to 15.  Having said all of that, here is the first of Phil’s Picks “Best Of” lists for 2016.  It is 2016’s Top 10 New EPs.

 

2016 TOP 10 NEW EPs

 

1) Red Tide Rising – Voices

 

2) Fenix TX – CRE.EP

 

3) Silvertung – Out of the Box

 

4) Tengger Cavalry – Mountainside

 

5) Aree and the Purehearts – Aree and the Purehearts

 

6) Into The Fire – Into The Fire

 

7) Essential End – Essential End

 

8) Not A Planet – Smokebombs and Cigarettes

 

9) Orgy – Talk Sick

 

10) KT Tunstall – Golden State

 

*11) Guttermouth – New Car Smell

 

*12) The Brevet – Embers Chapter 2

 

*13) Crystal Yates – The Other Side

 

*14) Death Valley Dreams – Death Valley Dreams

 

*15) Step Sisters – Thick

 

Tomorrow, Phil’s Picks will offer up 2016’s Top 10 New CD Re-Issues.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Orgy, Powerman 5000 Set To “Stun” Audiences In 2017

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Orgy and Powerman 5000 will tour together this winter.

The bands will share stage time on a co-headlining tour dubbed the “Set To Stun Tour.” The tour launches January 4 in Sioux Falls, SD and runs through February 3 in Sacramento, CA .  Once that run winds down, the bands will take a few weeks off to recharge for the European leg of their tour.

The European leg of the bands’ tour launches February 23 in Manchester, UK and runs through March 23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands .  Unzucht and Death Valley High will join the tour as support acts for the European leg of the tour.

The full schedule for the tour is noted below.

ORGY in Las Vegas
11/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
 
ORGY / POWERMAN 5000 Co-Headline “Set To Stun Tour 2017”
1/4 Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
1/5 Waterloo, IA @ Reverb Rock Room
1/6 Mundelein, IL @ Loaded Buffalo
1/7 Detroit, MI @ Harpos  
1/8 Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frogs
1/10 Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Rock Pile
1/11 Ottawa, ON, Canada @ The Brass Monkey
1/12 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
1/13 Long Island, NY @ The Revolution
1/14 Providence, RI @ Freak Fest at Fete Music Hall 
1/15 Lawrence, MA @ Cladagh Hall  
1/17 Louisville. KY @ Diamond Ballroom
1/18 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
1/20 Dallas, TX @ Trees
1/21 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
1/22 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes Backroom
1/24 Phoenix, AZ @ Joes Grotto
1/26 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick 
1/28 West Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky (ORGY & DVH Only)
1/31 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
2/1 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/3 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
ORGY Europe / UK Tour 2017
w/ Unzucht, Death Valley High
 
2/23 Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
2/24 Bristol, UK @ Fiddlers
2/25 London, UK @ Garage
2/26 Southampton, UK @ Talking Heads
2/28 Pratteln, Switzerland @ Z7
3/1 Montpellier, France @ Secret Place
3/2 Barcelona, Spain @ Bòveda
3/3 Valencia, Spain @ Sala Rock City
3/4 Madrid, Spain @ Sala Caracol
3/6 Frankfurt, Germany @ Das Bett
3/7 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Club
3/8 Vienna, Austria @ Viper Room
3/10 Milan, Italy @ Black Hole
3/11 San Donà di Piave, Italy (Venice) @Revolver
3/12 Budapest, Hungary @ Dürer Kert Roon 041
3/14 Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum
3/15 Berlin, Germany @ Lido
3/16 Hamburg, Germany @ Headcrash
3/17 Roeselare, Belgium @ De Verlichte Geest
3/18 Bochum, Germany @ Matrix Rockpalast
3/20 Leipzig, Germany @ Werk 2 
3/21 Cologne, Germany @ Underground
3/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg

Orgy is touring in support of its latest effort, its 2016 EP Talk Sick while Powerman 5000 released its latest album Builders of the Future in 2014.  Death Valley High will release its new album CVLT (AS FVK) Nov. 25.  Unzucht will tour in support of its album Neuntoter, released Sept. 2.

Audiences can watch  a video announcing the tour now here.

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‘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:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.skillet.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/skilletmusic

 

 

 

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