Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop To Release Another New Sesame Street Special

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Shout! Factory is bringing audiences of all ages a new Sesame Street special.

Sesame Street — The Magical Wand Chase is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 6 through a partnership between Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop.  Filmed across three New York City neighborhoods, the story presented in this new special follows Elmo and Abby Cadabby on a hunt for Abby’s wand.

A playful bird voiced by Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) takes Abby’s wand, leading her and Elmo to hunt down the wand across New York.Along the way, the duo learns valuable life lessons about making friends and cultural diversity.  The pair can’t return to Sesame Street without Abby’s wand, though, so Elmo and Abby must find the wand before it’s too late.

As added bonuses, the DVD also features a trio of extras, the companion full-length episode The Golden Triangle of Diversity, full-length feature Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge and a downloadable storybook version of Elmo and the Lost Wand.  The trailer for the new feature is streaming now here.

This new “movie” marks the first time since 1994 that Sesame Workshop has filmed a feature-length presentation on location.  Pre-orders are open now.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Shout! Factory Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey’ Re-Issue

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Shout! Factory is bringing back Bill & Ted again.

The company announced Friday that it will re-issue Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in a special steelbook packaging on Nov. 20.  Originally the last of the movies in the Bill & Ted franchise (now a third movie apparently looks to be officially in the works), the movie sees the title figures have to find their way through the afterlife after being killed by two look-a-like androids programmed to kill and replace them.

The evil robot twins were sent by the nefarious Chick De Nomolos (Joss Ackland — Watership DownThe Hunt For Red OctoberLethal Weapon 2), who wants to keep Bill and Ted from leading society to peace with their music.  Along the way, the pair ends up befriending the one and only Grim Reaper (William Sadler — The Shawshank RedeptionDie Hard 2The Mist) who ends up helping out the hapless duo against De Nomolos as the story  progresses.

The forthcoming steelbook re-issue of the cult classic movie comes complete with Alex Winter (who played Bill S. Preston Esquire) and producer Scott Kroopf and a second, separate feature-length commentary from writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.  Additionally, the movie also will feature a retrospective on the movie that features interviews with Winter, Sadler and Keanu Reeves as well as the movie’s creative team in the form of “Bill & ted Go To Hell: Revisiting A Bogus Journey.”

 Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Limited Edition Steelbook).  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment’s New Lennon, ‘Imagine’ Retrospective Will Appeal To Lennon, Beatles Fans Alike

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John Lennon’s Imagine is one of the most important albums in music history.  Whether one is a fan of Lennon, The Beatles or just an audiophile in general, the stylistic change in this record from his work with Lennon’s former Beatles band mates showed a dramatic change of pace for the late, great musician. Now thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment, the most devout Beatles and Lennon fans finally get to see for themselves how Imagine was created while also taking in the album complete with visualizations in the form of the recently released presentation, Imagine & Gimme Some Truth.  The two-part presentation offers plenty for the noted audiences to appreciate, beginning with that noted dual presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The companion booklet that comes with the presentation is just as important to discuss in examining the Blu-ray’s presentation as the primary content.  It will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content included in the Blu-ray rounds out its most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  All things considered, Imagine & Gimme Some Truth proves to be a presentation that the most devoted fans of John Lennon and The Beatles will find appealing.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released John Lennon doc Imagine & Gimme Some Truth is a presentation that the most devoted fans of Lennon and The Beatles will find appealing.  As noted already, that is due in part to the primary content presented in the program.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has presented here a vintage presentation that follows the creation of his landmark album Imagine as well as a full presentation of the album complete with home videos of Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono.  The doc presents the original in-studio footage of Lennon and his then band mates at work figuring out how to make each song the best that it can be as part of the presentation.  What makes this interesting is that audiences get to see Lennon not just as a performer, but as an artist and a real person.  It’s not always the smiling John Lennon that so many people might remember.  Audiences see that happy guy, but also someone who was human and got frustrated at times, too.  Some might ask why is this important, especially considering that John Lennon is no longer with us.  What is important is that it serves as another reminder that celebrities are not super humans.  They are ordinary people, just like everyone else.  What’s more, audiences get to hear some raw mixes of the songs that would end up on the record while also getting that fly on the wall vantage point of the creative process.  Getting to hear a raw, demo session of ‘Imagine’ itself presents a completely different vocal approach from Lennon than what is heard on record, for example, as well as a slightly different arrangement.  Audiences also get to take in the in-studio recording of ‘Gimme Some Truth,’ which stylistically harkens back to the likes of ‘Helter Skelter.’  Again, here is another important point for the documentary portion of the presentation.  Between all of this and so much more, the documentary proves to be a work that will please, again, the most devoted fans of John Lennon and The Beatles.

The full musical presentation of ‘Imagine’ is a bonus for those fans as it is the original presentation recorded by Yoko Ono and John Lennon together.  The companion booklet that comes with this presentation explains the history behind the film, which is interesting, even for those who might not be as devout as others in their fandom.  As is noted in the booklet, making the film was alien territory for Lennon, but apparently not so much for Ono, which led to some of its more intriguing moments.  Audiences get in the film, home video footage of Lennon and Ono, as well as more artsy type of footage, such as Lennon and Ono sitting at an art display with human-like figures at a table, and the couple walking around in a forest apparently looking for one another just to note a couple of instances.  The home video footage includes footage of the couple at their home together, and with a number of celebs, such as Miles Davis, Andy Warhol and Jack Palance.  Again, the most devout fans of The Beatles and John Lennon will find it all appealing.  Those who might be more casual listeners will at least appreciate getting to hear Imagine in its whole after going through the making of documentary that itself is vintage footage.  That vintage footage in both presentations adds even more appeal for fans as it wasn’t tweaked for the presentation here.  It is exactly the same footage presented in its original presentation.  To that end, the two-part presentation that forms the foundation of Imagine & Gimme Some Truth makes that foundation strong to say the least.  The companion booklet that came with that primary content strengthens that foundation even more.

As noted already, the companion booklet that joins the Blu-ray’s primary content is so important because of what it adds to the Blu-ray’s presentation.  It presents the words of Lennon and Ono themselves instead of the typical liner notes written by a journalist, biographer or other personality.  The notes, obviously written around the same time as the Imagine film, clearly show the time and thought put into the film’s creation so many years ago.  Ono discusses Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton movies in her notes as inspiration for the film’s stylistic approach at one point.  At another point, Lennon talks about the cameras following him and his fellow musicians around the studio as the album was being made.  He also writes jokingly about the man in the bag who walked around London in one point of Imagine.  At yet another point, Lennon talks about Ono’s apparent talent with film making, how that led to the film’s outcome and his feeling on the outcome.  It’s just one more commentary that, again, truly devout fans of Lennon and the Beatles will appreciate.  Between all of this and the rest of the commentary featured throughout the booklet, the whole of that content builds on the foundation formed by the program’s two-part primary content to give the noted audiences even more reason to view this presentation.  Even as much as this content offers audiences, it is not all that audiences have to appreciate here.  The bonus material included in the program rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material features bonus outtakes of performances from Gimme Some Truth not included in the final presentation of that studio presentation.  Audiences get as bonuses, outtakes of the sessions for ‘Jealous Guy,’ ‘How?’ and ‘Gimme Some Truth.’  Again, the bonus features show Lennon and company hard at work in a setting that audiences might not be so commonly seen in other Lennon and Beatles presentations.  As an additional bonus, audiences also get to see a photoshoot of Lennon in studio that is used to create pictures to promote Imagine.  Again, it’s one more display of the creative process for the record.  It’s one more item for Beatles and John Lennon fans to appreciate.  When it is considered along with the bonus studio outtakes, the breadth of information shared by Ono and Lennon themselves in the presentation’s companion booklet and the primary two-part program that forms the program’s foundation, the whole proves to be a work that the most devout Lennon and The Beatles fans will find appealing.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released profile of John Lennon’s landmark album Imagine is a work that the most devout fans of The Beatles and John Lennon will find appealing.  That is due in part to the two-part primary content that forms the presentation’s foundation.  The rich background that is provided through the Blu-ray’s companion booklet strengthens that foundation even more.  The bonus studio outtakes put the finishing touch to the Blu-ray’s presentation.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of this Blu-ray.  All things considered, they make this a work that, once again, the most devout fans of The Beatles and John Lennon will appreciate.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

 

 

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‘The Carol Burnett Show’ Deserved So Much More Than It Got From CBS On Its 50th Anniversary

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Over the course of 11 seasons, CBS’ The Carol Burnett Show was one of the biggest hits for the one-time powerhouse network.  Its mostly family-friendly brand of sketch comedy was the type of programming that sadly has been so lost today.  Thankfully Time Life has, over the past four to five years, released so much material from that timeless series, for the show’s original fans to enjoy along with a whole new generation of fans.  Late last year, CBS paid tribute (or so it would seem) to the legacy of The Carol Burnett Show with what was marketed as a 50th Anniversary celebration that was broadcast nationwide.  That broadcast was released on DVD Sept. 18 via Time Life and while it is worth at least one watch, it sadly falls short of being a true tribute to The Carol Burnett Show and its namesake.  One of the items that makes the presentation worth at least one watch is its clips of the classic variety show.  This will be discussed shortly.  Where the clips succeed, the celebrity interview segments sadly fall very short.  They collectively do more harm than good for the show’s presentation.  This will be discussed a little later.  The bonus material thankfully makes up – at least a little bit – for the damage done by the live segments.  Together with the clips of the series’ classic moments, that combination does just enough to make this presentation worth at least one watch, although it clearly falls short of expectations.

CBS’ attempt at a 50th Anniversary tribute to The Carol Burnett Show and its namesake host is a presentation that is worth at least one watch, but sadly not much more than that.  Rather, it falls quite short as a tribute, especially to what was and is one of the most important programs in CBS’ history and the history of television.  The clips of the program’s most notable moments are, collectively, among the only reasons to watch this home release of the special broadcast.  From the famed Gone With The Wind spoof to the clips of Tim Conway’s greatest moments (including the famous firefighter skit and the dry cleaners skit) to the now infamous “The Family” skit, which saw Conway tell his story about the Siamese elephants to Bernadette Peters’ performance of ‘All That Jazz’ and more, the clips presented in this special are the crown jewel of the special.  At least in watching the clips, audiences of all ages will be entertained, and maybe even be influenced to pick up any or all of the far more worthwhile Carol Burnett Show compilations that have been released ahead of this presentation.  As much as the clips do to make the DVD worth the watch, the interview segments counter the benefits of the clips.

The interview segments, which feature Carol Burnett talking to celebrities, such as Jay Leno, Jim Carey, Kaley Cuoco, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Jane Lynch and Steve Martin (just to name a handful) are honestly painful to watch.  That is because it is clear from the introductions to the interviews themselves that every moment has been rehearsed multiple times.  Even the baner, that is supposed to come across as natural, is anything but.  This is especially obvious through each figure’s body language in each segment.  From the clear camera turns (some of which were jumps ahead of the cues) to the obvious reading of the prompter time and again, to the way the groups even acted, none of the interview segments felt natural.  The problem with this is that it can so easily lead one to feel like the celebs tapped to take part were just going through the motions and did not fully want to be there.  Even the approaches to various topics and the tosses to the clips felt forced throughout.  Keeping all of this in mind, the live segments that are meant to be the central point of this “tribute” are clearly not a tribute, but more just an excuse for a celebrity showcase.  That is really sad, especially considering that this program was billed as a tribute to Burnett and her show.  Of course as much damage as those live segments do to this presentation, the bonus material included in its home release couples with the show’s bevy of classic clips to give audiences a little bit more to appreciate.

The bonus material is limited in this DVD, but is still at least somewhat entertaining.  The “Red Carpet Love” segment takes audiences to the red carpet ahead of the special, showing some actually natural moments that are also light hearted in the process.  This segment even features actual comments from the celebs themselves offering their well wishes and congratulations to Burnett.  It is nice to see, considering how forced their on-stage moments feel.  The commercial break interview segments are okay at best.  Burnett’s talk with now former Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron is another moment that feels entirely forced.  There is also a discussion with what turns out to be some former dancers from The Carol Burnett Show who attended the show’s taping as audience members.  Between those two moments and the celeb interview segments, the whole thing just seems even more forced.  However, there was one funny and seemingly natural moment in which Carol Burnett Show designer Bob Mackie offers a rather witty joke about the shows costumes, which will not be repeated here for those who haven’t yet watched this presentation.  Keeping in mind all of this, the bonus material included in the home release of The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special adds a little bit to the program’s enjoyment, albeit very little.  Luckily, it offers just enough that when coupled with the classic clips featured throughout the program, the whole of those elements makes for just enough to make the special worth at least one watch, but sadly not more.

CBS’ classic variety series The Carol Burnett Show is one of the greatest series to ever grace the airwaves.  It is also one of the elite series that made CBS a powerhouse in the network’s heyday.  Considering this, one would have thought that when the 50th anniversary of the series’ debut rolled around last year, the series would have gotten a huge tribute.  What was presented in its place was anything but entertaining.  Rather, as the recently released DVD presentation shows that it was little more than an opportunity for a celebrity showcase.  At least the program offers plenty of entertaining clips and a little bit of entertainment from the bonus material included in the DVD.  Considering all of this, the home release of The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special proves to be worth at least one watch, but hardly a fitting tribute for a landmark series that deserved far more from CBS.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Time Life is available online now at:

 

 

 

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‘SBTB: The Complete Collection’ Lives Up To Its Title And Then Some

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NBC’s classic series Saved by the Bell is one of the most iconic children’s series from the 90s.  While the original series only ran for four seasons over four years, it remains today a favorite among audiences of all ages.  It is even in syndication on Me-TV to this day, and went on to have a short-lived after life of sorts in the form of “The College Years” and its related movies.  While all of that content has been released in one way or another over the years, they have never been collected in one full collection until now.  Thanks to the people at Shout! Factory, all of that content has finally received a complete collection release in the form of Saved By The Bell: The Complete Collection.  Released Oct. 2, the 16-disc DVD collection takes audiences from the series’ infancy in Good Morning, Miss Bliss right up through the college years and SBTB movies.  That content collection is just one of the most important of the collection’s elements to discuss.  Just as important to note as the overall content is the bonus content presented in the collection.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements.  Each item is important in its own way, as will be pointed out here.  All things considered, truly devoted fans of SBTB will agree that Shout! Factory’s latest SBTB collection is the best of the show’s collections to date.

Shout! Factory’s new 16-disc Saved By The Bell box set is a collection that the series’ most devoted fans will agree is the best collection to be released from the series to date.  That is due in part to the fact that it actually does contain the complete run of the original SBTB series.  That includes Saved By The Bell’s predecessor, Good Morning, Miss Bliss the four-season run of SBTB and SBTB’s follow-ups in the form of The College Years and the series’ “movies,” which officially marked the end of the original series.  This culling of the original series’ material in one place marks the first time ever that the entire original Saved By The Bell series has been placed in one setting.  For those who might want to be snarky, and make statements about the spinoff from Saved By The Bell, SBTB: The New Class, that series was its own series, which lasted for seven seasons.  Keeping that in mind, this  set is still a complete set, making it fully deserving of praise, along with those at Shout! Factory who worked to get the distribution rights to the original franchise.  Now considering all of this, true devotees of the series will agree that the set’s average price point of $46 is relatively affordable.  That is especially the case when one considers that breadth of content along with the bonus material included in the set’s recent release.  That bonus material is just as important to discuss as the primary content.

The bonus content include with the set is extensive to say the very least.  From the standard picture galleries to the featurettes and documentaries, audiences are treated to a bevy of bonuses.  The most prominent of the bonus documentaries is the brand new documentary “Past Times at Bayside High: Making Saved By The Bell.”  This roughly half hour documentary presents an in-depth discussion by the show’s creative heads about the series’ history and importance.  Even the most devout fans of SBTB might find themselves surprised to learn, for instance, that SBTB’s predecessor, Good Morning, Miss Bliss actually was meant to focus on star Hailey Mills, not her students.  On a related note, audiences will be just as interested to learn that none other than Disney (yes, Disney) played its own key part in that series leading to the creation of SBTB and in turn, the change in focus from the teachers to the students.  Staying on that note, another interesting revelation made in this documentary is that SBTB’s key tween and teen female target audience focus actually started out entirely by chance.  How that happened will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.  As if that is not enough, audiences will be even more surprised at the discussion on how the cast was chosen, and the cultural significance of said casting.  That discussion is one of the most crucial because as is pointed out, most people probably have never thought about the importance of the cultural diversity in the cast, and its influence in casting for so many of today’s children’s series (and series in general).  Between all of the noted discussions and others not directly noted here, it can be said with certainty that Past Times at Bayside High gives audiences more than enough to appreciate in considering the set’s bonus materials.  Of course it is just one of the bonus features included in the set.  The documentary focusing on the show’s music and the older, shorter featurettes featured alongside those two new bonuses add their own share of insight and entertainment for viewers.  When all of the bonus featurettes and docs are considered together, the insight and entertainment that they collectively supply viewers just as much to appreciate as the set’s primary content.  Keeping this in mind, the primary and secondary content presented in this box set make the set complete in every sense of the word.  The set’s packaging does just as much as the content to make the set complete.

The packaging of SBTB: The Complete Collection is important to note because of its own presentation, Good Morning, Miss Bliss is packaged in its own two-disc box, while SBTB is split into three separate boxes, the first two containing the series’ four primary seasons.  The third box contains the college years and SBTB movies.  On the back of each box is an episode listing complete with episode title and original air date.  That listing is complimented by a bonus companion booklet outlining the episodes along with a brief but concise summary for each episode.  There is even an explanation early in the booklet about the order of the episodes and the cast’s ages as well as an introduction outlining Good Morning, Miss Bliss’ place in the history of SBTB.  As if that is not enough, the companion booklet also outlines which episodes come with bonus feature-length audio commentary and who provides said commentary.  When all of this is considered in whole, the packaging of this set shows clearly why it is just as important to discuss in examining the set as the content.  When this is considered along with the primary and secondary content presented in the collection, the whole of that content and packaging even more so makes the box set truly complete, and honestly, one of the year’s top new family box sets.

Shout! Factory’s recently released box set Saved By The Bell: The Complete Collection is an anthology that definitely lives up to its title.  That is proven in part, as discussed here, through the primary content presented across the set.  The primary content presented is the full, true complete run of Saved By The Bell from start to end, including the series complete predecessor and the items that followed.  The secondary content (I.E. the bonus content) strengthens the foundation formed through the primary content, adding even more for audiences to appreciate.  The packaging adds its own content to appreciate in the episode listing, companion booklet and actual physical packaging.  Each of the items, as listed, is crucial in its own way to the whole of Saved By The Bell: Complete Collection.  All things considered, they make the set a collection that truly is complete in every sense of the word.  That completion makes the set one of this year’s top new family box sets.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Alvarez’s Latest Zardonic LP Is Sure To “Become” A Favorite Among EDM Metal Fans Alike

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World-renowned producer Federico Agreda Alvarez, aka Zardonic, released his latest full-length studio recording Become late last month via eOne.  The album, his ninth full-length studio recording, comes three years after the release of his most recent recording, 2015’s Antihero.  The record’s musical arrangements, which boast a solid mix of dubstep and industrial metal creates a sound that will appeal to fans of Ministry, Gravity Kills, The Prodigy and other similar acts.  Its lyrical content adds just as much interest to the record as its musical content, with its engaging themes.  Keeping in mind the lyrical and musical content presented throughout, ‘Children of Tomorrow’ proves to be one of the album’s most powerful entries.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Takeover’ is another notable addition to the album, and will be discussed a little bit later.  ‘Follow The Light’ is yet another of Become’s most notable entries.  Between these songs and the eight others that round out the rest of the album, the 11-song album in whole proves to be a surprisingly enjoyable effort for those unfamiliar with Alvarez’s work and just as enjoyable for his more seasoned audiences.

Zardonic’s new studio album Become is a powerful new offering from the Venezuelan producer/DJ/keyboardist that will appeal just as much to his seasoned audiences as his new fans.  That is due to the combination of the record’s powerhouse musical arrangements and its equally engaging lyrical themes.  ‘Children of Tomorrow’ is one of the most notable examples of how that joining of elements makes Become a strong new offering from Zardonic, aka Federico Agreda Alvarez.  This is proven in part through the song’s musical arrangement, which is a heavy, driving composition.  The brooding, contemplative vibe makes it even more impacting.  In the same breath, that engaging vibe is a good accent for the song’s equally brooding, contemplative lyrical theme, which focuses on those people who have and do stand against oppression.  As Alvarez pointed out in an interview, “ ‘Children of Tomorrow’ is an anthem for the resistance; for the people who have raised their voice as the system continues to oppress us.Many sadly took this fight to the streets and violence, leading eventually to riots and their death. This is our homage to them.”  As the song’s lead verse states, “Got a heart full of sorrow for the children of tomorrow/Fire in the sky/Beg, steal, kill or borrow/Their purpose is worthless/their days numbered/Can’t take the heat/Watch it rise to the surface/Death or dishonor/Grab the dog by its collar/Dog eat dog, let us fight over dollars/They don’t know/They will never ever show what we go through/Red lights on/Won’t stop until you do.”

The second verse illustrates that message just as much, stating, “We’re not safe/devastate when they legislate/Designate hate/Take the food off your plate/And the clothes off your back/We’re under attack/We’re under attack/Gear up/Rise up/Put on your gas mask/Take that Molotov/Blast counter attack/This is streetside manpower fighting back.”  The song’s chorus is just as direct in its message, following the wording in the verses closely.  What listeners get overall is a song that is not just another protest song or even just another industrial or Electronic Dance Music (EDM) work.  It is a work that sets a solid hybrid EDM/Industrial metal arrangement alongside a tribute to those who have fought against corrupt powers in Venezuela for a work that could just as easily inspire those fighting against corruption around the world.  Simply put, it is entertaining and inspiring all in one, and in turn, clearly one of Become’s most powerful entries.  Of course it is just one of the album’s most notable additions.  ‘Takeover’ is another of the album’s most notable compositions.

‘Takeover’ is its own important work because it bears its own identity separate from the rest of the songs included in Become.  This song, composed along with the work of the Qemists, does boast that noted familiar feel in its arrangement.  What is truly interesting here though, is that along with the clear influences from Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, Celldweller’s influence can be heard, too.  The joining of those influences makes this arrangement another powerhouse presentation that will definitely appeal to a wide range of listeners.  That hard-driving arrangement is only one part of what makes the song so worth noting.  Its lyrical content plays into its importance, too.  Alvarez pointed out in his interview about the album that the song, musically and lyrically is a tribute to Zardonic’s forefathers.  He said, “Takeover’ is a reminder to the world that before EDM and rock/metal became the trend it is today, we were pursuing this sound since 2004, and there were also many before us all the way back to the 60s…We pay homage to the great artists before us, those who made it big, those unsung – Pendulum, The Prodigy, Celldweller, Ministry, Linkin Park, and all other great artists that contributed to bring electronic-fused rock to the mainstream, and as the scene takes shape, you better be ready to brace for ‘Takeover!”

That tribute is clear in the song’s lyrics.  The song’s lead verse reads, “Oh, we’ve been doing this since the dark ages/With fast paces/Takin’ rock and metal/Throwin’ drum and bass in/And this one goes out to the cell dwellers/Who stood alone/metronome full force to the trendsetters/Rock the people/Rush the stage/keepin’ bodies movin’, yeah/But melting the face/Crushin’ the metal/Punchin’ the bass/Rockin’ the place as you brace for takeover.”  The tribute continues in the song’s chorus, reminding listeners to “be ready for takeover.”  It’s a message that the biggest and best is yet to come, and is sent defiantly and proudly, too.  That pride and positivity in the song’s message couples with the equally upbeat and infectious nature of the song’s arrangement to make it another standout addition to ‘Takeover.’  The end result is a song that clearly proves why it is another of Become’s most notable works.  It is not the last of the album’s most notable compositions, either.  ‘Follow The Light’ is one more of the record’s most notable works.

‘Follow The Light’ stands out in part because unlike the arrangements presented in the previously discussed songs, this song comes across as the most EDM-centered arrangement.  Yes, the industrial metal influences are there once again, but this time, they seem present more in a supporting sense, while the EDM elements take more of a center stage.  What really make the arrangement stand out is its sense of urgency, which makes the little lyrical content in the song more relatable.  The one real line of lyrics states simply, “We reunite as the worlds collide/Fear is an illusion/We are your salvation/By eventide our journey begins/So heed the call and follow the light.”  As Alvarez noted of that content, “The worlds collide is a perfect analogy to our manipulated society.  It pains me to see this, because I see the results of it in every aspect of our lives.  How through fear, people are led to create enemies out of fellow humans, and are capable of the worst atrocities against them.”  He goes on to note that because of the negativity and hate filling the world, he follows the light “that lets me see the with real eyes, what is going on once you look at the bigger picture.”  He is saying that people in general need to see that light and stop the evil and hate filling the world, thus that noted seeming urgency in the song’s arrangement.  That urgency and the urgency evoked through the song’s growing tension drives the message home even more.  When one takes all of this into consideration, the whole of the song proves even more important and notable.  When it is joined with the other songs discussed here and the rest of the album’s works, the end result is an album that is not just another EDM/Industrial presentation, but a work that combines those elements in a unique fashion while also presenting some equally engaging lyrical themes.  The combination of that engagement and entertainment makes the album in whole a presentation that is sure to impress Zardonic’s fans new and old alike.

Multi-talented producer/keyboardist/DJ Zardonic, aka Federico Agreda Alvarez’s latest full-length studio recording Become is a powerful new offering from the veteran composer, producer and performer.  It is a work that is certain to have a wide-ranging appeal.  That is proven in part through arrangements that solidly balance Alvarez’s EDM influences with his more rock and metal influences from one song to the next.  That in itself guarantees listeners’ sustained engagement and entertainment.  The record’s wide range of lyrical themes is sure to keep listeners engaged.  This is just as clear from start to end.  When all of this is considered in examining the album in whole, the record proves to be a solid new offering from Zardonic, and easily one of the year’s best new industrial and EDM offerings.  It is available now via eOne.  More information on Become is available online now along with all of Alvarez’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Pistol Annies Releases New LP’s Fourth Single

Courtesy: RCA Records Nashville

Country music trio Pistol Annies will release its third full-length studio recording this fall, and in anticipation, the group released the album’s latest single this week.

The group — Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley —  released ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ Friday from its forthcoming album Interstate Gospel. The song is streaming now via Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music and all other streaming services.

Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe said in an interview, that it came about completely by chance.

‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ came after a particularly fruitful night of songwriting,” Monroe said.  “We’d just finished a song out at the farm, and Miranda said, “Girls, we’re on fire, I think…,” and then she said, “So stop, drop and roll one!””

The trio is currently scheduled to perform a trio of already sold out shows in support of Interstate Gospel beginning Oct. 25 in Nashville, TN at the famed Ryman Auditorium.  Its current scheduled also includes a Nov. 2 performance at The Town Hall in New York City and Nov. 7 at The Novo in Los Angeles. In addition, the group is also scheduled to perform live at the annual 2018 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony Oct. 17.

Pre-orders are open now for Interstate Gospel.  Audiences who pre-order Interstate Gospel now will receive instant grat downloads of the album’s three previous singles, ‘Interstate Gospel,’ ‘Best Years of My Life’ and ‘Got My Name Changed Back.’

More information on Pistol Annies’ new album, performance schedule and more is available online now at:

 

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