‘Prophets Of Rage’ Is A Solid Effort For RATM 2.0

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Rage Against The Machine is back again…sort of.  Tom Morello, Tim Cummerford and Brad Wilk joined forces with longtime friends B-Real (Cypress Hill) and Chuck D (Public Enemy) some time ago following the dissolution of Audioslave to form the super group Prophets of Rage, which is for all intents and purposes Rage Against The Machine 2.0.  The only real difference between this “new” group and RATM—as is clear in listening to the group’s brand new self-titled debut album, is the fact that Morello, Wilk and Cummerford are joined this time out by the aforementioned superstar hip-hop front men.  Musically and lyrically speaking, the fruits of the group’s efforts make this 12-song album everything that Rage Against The Machine fans have come to expect from that band.  Even with that in mind, that return to musical and lyrical form makes this record a welcome effort from the second coming of Rage Against The Machine.

Prophets of Rage’s brand new self-titled debut album is a welcome effort from what is for all intents and purposes the second coming of Rage Against The Machine.  That is due in part to the musical arrangements presented throughout the course of the album’s 12-song, 39-minute run time.  From start to finish, listeners get here 12 arrangements that are a full return to form for Morello and his RATM band mates—Brad Wilk (drums) and Brad Cummerford (bass).  Morello’s heavy riffs and guitar-based special sound effects lift from all three of RATM’s full-length studio efforts and even from the trio’s work under the Audioslave moniker.  That balance of sounds throughout this record makes it enjoyable enough even despite the arrangements not exactly being anything groundbreaking.  Keeping this in mind, the album’s collective arrangements are collectively just one of the album’s elements to examine.  Its lyrical content is just as important to note here as those arrangements.

The lyrical content presented throughout Prophets of Rage is important to note here because it is just as familiar to RATM fans as the album’s musical arrangements.  What is important to note here is that while being as socially conscious as the lyrics in RATM’s previous albums, the topics tackled here are timely.  They do not just rehash the topics taken on in those records.  Case in point is the album’s opener ‘Radical Eyes.’  This song clearly takes on the misconception that just because someone might read one religious book or another that said person has become radicalized.  It is a response, basically, to the close mindedness that so many people have primarily against the Muslim community in this nation.  Its follow-up, ‘Unf*** the World’ stays on a similar mindset as it takes on the issue of racism that is still so alive in America.  The group also takes on the issue of poverty in America and the struggle to fight the issue due to politicians who seemingly don’t care to fight that battle in ‘Living on the 110.’  The group even takes on the issue of personal privacy invasion of sorts in ‘Take Me Higher,’ which addresses law enforcement’s use (and possible misuse) of drones in their daily duties.  The group even goes so far as to address the tensions between police and the people that have risen in recent years over allegations of police brutality in ‘Hands Up.’  This is all just a glance at the way in which Prophets of Rage manages lyrically to impress listeners with its timely lyrical content.  The other songs not noted here all present lyrical content that is just as timely as the material noted here.  Keeping all of this in mind, the lyrical content presented throughout this record proves to be POR’s cornerstone.  It is just one more of the album’s most important elements, too.  The album’s sequencing puts the final touch to its overall presentation.

Plenty of time and thought was obviously put into Prophets of Rage’s sequencing.  From start to finish, the album never lets its fire burn out.  Even as the group gets a bit funky in ‘Take Me Higher,’ it still doesn’t let up in its energy.  The up-tempo arrangement is instantly infectious thanks to all involved, ensuring listeners’ engagement just as much as the album’s much heavier arrangements.  Much the same can be said of ‘Counteroffensive,’ the 38-second interlude which lifts more from Public Enemy and Cypress Hill than RATM.  Even as short as it is and stylistically separate from its counterparts, its arrangement still is entertaining.  Its placement almost halfway through the record is just as smart, as it gives listeners a short break and some variance to the record in whole.  Considering this, the energies exhibited in each song and the fact that no one song directly repeats the other (in regards to their arrangements), it becomes even clearer why the album’s sequencing is so important to the album’s whole.  The energies never vary even as the familiar arrangements do vary.  When this is considered along with the arrangements themselves and the album’s timely lyrical content, the end result is an album that proves to be a solid first effort from Prophets of Rage and an equally solid new effort from what is for all intents and purposes Rage Against The Machine 2.0.  More information on Prophets of Rage is available now along with Prophets of Rage’s latest news and more at:




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Arrow Academy’s ‘Terror In A Texas Town’ Re-Issue Is Anything But A Terror

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Late this past July, independent movie company Arrow Academy re-issued the little-known classic Western flick Terror in a Texas Town on Blu-ray.  While perhaps not the most well-known offering from the “Western World,” it is in fact a movie that Western fans and cinephiles alike will appreciate.  That statement applies regardless of audiences’ familiarity with the movie.  This is due in part to the movie’s central story, which will be discussed shortly.  The work of the movie’s cast plays its own part in the movie’s enjoyability and will be discussed later.  The bonus material included in the movie’s recent re-issue rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the re-issue’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make Arrow Academy’s re-issue of Terror in a Texas Town anything but a terror.

Arrow Academy’s recent re-issue of United Artists’ 1958 Western Terror in a Texas Town is a work that is anything but a terror.  Yes, that awful pun was fully intended.  That statement is supported in part through the movie’s story.  Written by Dalton Trumbo, the movie’s story follows a relatively familiar plot yet does so with a few alterations to that all too familiar plot.  Trumbo’s story follows protagonist George Hansen (Sterling Hayden—The Godfather, Dr. Strangelove, The Asphalt Jungle) as he sets out to avenge his father’s death.  In the way of that vengeance is the standard evil businessman/landowner McNeill (Sebastian Cabot—The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, The Jungle Book, The Sword in the Stone) and his henchman, Johnny Crale (Nedrick Young—Inherit The Wind, The Defiant Ones, Jailhouse Rock).  One of the most notable variations incorporated into this story is that Hansen comes in not as the incoming Sheriff who typically fights the bad guys, but a man from another land.  This element is discussed more in-depth in the bonus material and will be touched on later.  In other words, this story isn’t the standard man in white versus the man in black story.  It is just a man who wants justice and (not to give away too much here) gets it without going around the town shooting all the bad guys.  That in itself is another variant that can’t be ignored here.  Along with those variants, audiences will also notice that the underlying romance subplot that is all too common in so many other is absent from this story, too.  Its absence here makes the story all the more engaging for audiences, proving even more that a good story doesn’t necessarily need all of the clichés of a genre to be enjoyable.  The fact that Trumbo left so many Western clichés out of this story, opting instead for something more directed and focused also played positively into the movie’s roughly 80-minute run time, ensuring even more audiences’ maintained engagement.  What’s more, the lack of those clichés also is obviously what led to the movie’s 80-minute run time.  If all those unnecessary items had been added to the story, it likely would have been far longer in terms of its run time and even less well-known.  Keeping all of this in mind, it becomes clear why the story at the center of Terror in a Texas Town is such an important part of the movie’s whole.  It also becomes clear why the story is so entertaining and engaging from start to finish.  With this in mind, the movie’s story is only one of its most important elements.  The work of the movie’s cast is just as important to discuss as its story.

The work of the cast in Terror in a Texas Town is so critical to the movie’s overall presentation because the cast’s work is just as simple as the story.  This is not a bad thing, either.  From Hayden’s confidence as George Hansen to Cabot’s diabolical McNeill and even to Young’s work as Johnny Crale, and beyond, every cast member here does just enough to make their characters believable.  Audiences will be especially moved by the subtlety in Young’s portrayal of Crale as Crale clearly is struggling internally with who he is and was.  The way that Young handle’s Crale, there almost seems to be a hint that Crale doesn’t like being a hired gun anymore and has second thoughts about what he is doing despite convincing himself in the end of his place.  Even in the case of Cabot and Hayden, their performances are spot on.  Cabot, even in his few on-screen appearances still manages to make audiences know McNeill is the evil businessman without going over the top in doing so.  Hayden echoes hints of Gary Cooper (which is also discussed in the re-issue’s bonus material) in his simplistic approach.  Between all of this and the work of the rest of the movie’s cast, so much can be such of the cast’s work, all of it positive.  Audiences will see that for themselves when they check out this movie for themselves.  Keeping this in mind, it becomes clear why the work of this movie’s cast is just as important to its presentation as the movie’s story.  It still is not the last of the movie’s most important elements.  The bonus material included in its recent re-issue rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus material featured in Arrow Academy’s recent re-issue of Terror in a Texas Town includes an in-depth introduction to the movie and an analysis of its cinematography from author Peter Stanfield.  Stanfield, known best for his book Hollywood, Westerns and the 1930s—The Lost Trail and Horse Opera: The Strange History of the Singing Cowboy, explains what makes Terror in a Texas Town so many other Westerns and what also sets it apart from those flicks.  Audiences learn through Stanfield’s discussions that while Trumbo’s story was, on its outermost level a Western, it was on a deeper level, an allegory about personal freedoms.  This is key as he connects it to the impact of Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunt on Trumbo, Hayden and even Young.  This discussion alone adds so much more depth to the movie’s overall presentation.  Stanfield’s discussion on Trumbo’s balance of classic Western elements with his own writing style here adds yet more depth to the movie’s presentation as does his discussion on director Joseph H. Lewis’ stylistic approach to the movie behind the lens.  This is a discussion that any film production student and lover will appreciate.  When these and other discussions included in the re-issue’s bonus material is considered in whole, they prove collectively to be just as critical to the movie’s presentation as the movie’s story and the work of its actors.  Collectively, those bonus discussions, the movie’s story and the cast’s work show Terror in a Texas Town to be a work that Western fans and movie history buffs alike will appreciate.  That is even despite the movie being one of the lesser-known entries in the “Western world.”  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Arrow Academy is available online now at:




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Heaven & Earth Announces ‘Hard To Kill’ Release Date

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Heaven & Earth will release its next album next month.

The band announced this week that it will release Hard to Kill, its fourth full-length studio recording Friday, Oct. 6 in stores and online via Quarto Valley Records.  Pre-orders are open now through the band’s PledgeMusic campaign.

The 11-song album opens with a tribute to rock music’s longevity in the album’s title track.  ‘L.A. Blues,’ another of the album’s songs, tells the story of the downside of living and working in Los Angeles while ‘The Game Has Changed’ focuses on changes. A lyric video for the song is streaming online now here.

The songs noted here are just a few of the album’s key additions.  Just as important to the album’s whole are the likes of ‘Til It’s Over,’ ‘Bleed Me Dry’ and ‘Walk Away.’

Heaven & Earth guitarist Stuart Smith said in a recent interview that the band in whole has been looking forward to the album’s release and had high hopes for its reception.  He added the band is looking forward just as much to bringing its new songs (and older material) to its audiences live.

“We feel that Hard to Kill is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” Smith said.  “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing sections from all four Heaven & Earth albums, as well as a few surprises.”

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ESPN Networks Announce College Football Week 2 Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN and its networks have announced their broadcast schedules for the second week of the 2017 – 18 college football season.

The networks have a full slate of games for Week 2 that will be capped off Sept. 9  on ABC by a matchup of No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 2 Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday Night Football presented by Wells Fargo.  No. 3 Clemson will host No. 13 Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN the same night.

Saturday night’s schedule is only part of the ESPN networks’ Week 2 college football schedule.  Sam Houston State was on the road Thursday against Prairie View A&M on ESPN.

Memphis and UCF are scheduled to face off Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Over on ESPN2, No. 11 Oklahoma will be on the road against South Alabama beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule starts at 10:30 a.m. ET as South Florida faces UConn on ESPNNEWS due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma.  The Cincinnati Bearcats are scheduled to face No. 8 Michigan live on ABC beginning at noon. Also scheduled for high noon are matchups between North Carolina and No. 17 Louisville on ESPN; Iowa at Iowa State on ESPN2; Northwestern at Duke on ESPNU and a number of other games.

The networks’ full schedule for the weekend is noted below.

ESPN’s Networks Week 2 Schedule as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7


Time (ET)



Thur, Sept. 7

7:30 p.m.

Sam Houston State at Prairie View A&M
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker


Fri, Sept. 8

6:30 p.m.

Memphis at UCF


8 p.m.

No. 11 Oklahoma State at South Alabama
Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath


Sat, Sept. 9

10:30 a.m.

No. 21 South Florida at UConn
Mike Corey, Rene Ingoglia



Cincinnati at No. 8 Michigan
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams


No. 17 Louisville at North Carolina
Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill


Iowa at Iowa State
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Julia Stewart-Binks


Northwestern at Duke
Mike Couzens, John Congemi


Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware, Olivia Harlan

SEC Network

Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss
Mike Morgan, Barrett Jones, Richard Cross

SEC Network Alternate

Northern Colorado at No. 22 Florida
Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen,

SEC Network +

Louisiana-Monroe at No. 10 Florida State

ACC Network Extra

12:30 p.m.

Jacksonville at Georgia Tech

ACC Network Extra

1 p.m.

Wake Forest at Boston College
Robert Lee, Matt Chatham

ACC Network Extra

3 p.m.

UAB at Ball State
Jim Barbar, Hutson Mason


3:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at No. 4 Penn State
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe


Fresno State at No. 1 Alabama
Adam Amin, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman


Indiana at Virginia
Dave Weekley, John Gregory


San Jose State at Texas
Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden

Longhorn Network

Howard at Kent State
Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry


Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois
Jordan Bernfield, Marcus Ray


Savannah State at Appalachian State
Brock Bowling, Stan Lewter


Austin Peay at Miami (Ohio)
Jeff McCarrigher, Bobby Carpenter


Villanova at Temple
Greg Mescall, Tyoka Jackson


Middle Tennessee at Syracuse
Doug Sherman, Doug Graber

ACC Network Extra

Delaware at Virginia Tech
Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly

ACC Network Extra

4 p.m.

Indiana State vs. No. 25 Tennessee
David Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network

Alabama A&M vs. Vanderbilt
Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Desmond Purnell

SEC Network Alternate

Louisiana at Tulsa
David Saltzman, George Wrighster


New Hampshire at Georgia Southern
Matt Stewart, Wayne Gandy


6 p.m.

South Dakota at Bowling Green
Dan Dutowsky, Watson Brown


Alabama State at Troy
Tiffany Greene, Rene Nadeau


Marshall at NC State
Kevin Fitzgerald, Dustin Fox

ACC Network Extra

6:30 p.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Akron
David Wilson, Travis Tannahill


7 p.m.

No. 13 Auburn at No. 3 Clemson
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay


South Carolina at Missouri
Anish Shroff, Mike Golic, Jr, Roddy Jones


Nicholls at Texas A&M
Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey


North Texas at SMU
David Raymond, Stanford Routt


Toledo at Nevada
Trey Bender, Jay Taylor


7:30 p.m.

No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinski, Dusty Dvoracek, Ian Fitzsimmons

ABC and ESPN Radio

Chattanooga vs. No. 12 LSU
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic

SEC Network

8:30 p.m.

No. 14 Stanford at No. 6 USC
Marc Kestecher, David Norrie

ESPN Radio

9 p.m.

UNLV at Idaho


10:15 p.m.

Utah at BYU
Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra


10:30 p.m.

Boise State at No. 20 Washington State
Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich


Houston at Arizona
Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison



Due to Irma’s projected path, this weekend’s game between No. 16 Miami and No. 10 Florida State has been canceled. Indiana and Virginia will face off in place of that game.

Louisiana-Monroe and No. 10 Florida State has also been impacted by Irma.  It has been pushed up to a noon start time Saturday as a non-exclusive game on ACC Network Extra.

Northern Colorado and No. 22 Florida has also been impacted by Irma.  It has been moved to noon Saturday and will be streamed exclusively on the SEC Network+.  Along with that move, Chattanooga at No. 12 LSU has been moved from SEC Network Alternate to SEC Network.

The last of the games currently affected by Irma is Saturday’s game between New Hampshire at Georgia Southern.  That game has been moved to a 4 p.m. start time and will be played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.  It will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

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‘Eye of The Storm’ Is A Solid Starting Point For One Gun Shy’s Next LP

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Independent rock outfit One Gun Shy will soon release its latest album Eye of the Storm to the masses.  While the band prepares for the album’s release, it is streaming the album’s lead single ‘Eye of the Storm’ via its website.  The song is a strong first impression from the band in regards to what it gives audiences to expect from Eye of the Storm.  That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  Its lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement.  The song’s production rounds out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own way to the song’s overall presentation.  All things considered, the song does plenty in itself to build anticipation for Eye of the Storm.  It will soon be accompanied by a video that the band is currently finishing.

‘Eye of the Storm’ is a solid new effort from One Gun Shy.  It does plenty to build anticipation for Eye of the Storm.  That is due in part to the song’s musical arrangement.  The song’s arrangement is a heavy, guitar-driven composition that will appeal to fans of Theory of a Deadman, Soil, Three Days Grace, Shinedown and other similar acts.  That sounds like quite a spread, but comparing the bands’ sounds shows that it is in reality not such a stretch.  It is an infectious, up-tempo composition that wastes no time getting audiences’ fists pumping.  Just as interesting to note is the harmony created through the pairing of guitarists Michael David and Neirah Hart with bassist David Leighton.  That harmony is (in this critic’s view) what really forms the arrangement’s foundation.  The addition of drummer Chris Womble’s time keeping strengthens that foundation even more. When the whole of those parts is considered as one, the end result proves t be an arrangement that is certain to become one of Eye of the Storm stand out songs if only for its musical element.  Of course its musical arrangement is not its only key elements.  Its lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement.

The lyrical content of ‘Eye of the Storm’ is centered on a topic to which so many listeners can relate—the matter of the fear of being hurt in relationships. Womble noted in an interview that the song’s subject focuses on the attempt to win another person’s heart while having that fear of being hurt in the process.  That is made clear as Hart sings in the song’s lead verse, “When you’re near me I lose control and it feels like I’m falling again/Down a spiral staircase to your soul/And I’m begging you let me in/Everytime I fall into your eyes I’m home again/Tell me, tell me I need to know/If you feel it/Do you feel it too?”  Here is someone (who could be male or female) confessing those deep emotions to the other person, yet being tentative at the same time.  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I don’t want to break your heart/But believe me I can’t take it/I don’t want to change your mind/But it always comes to this/Believe me.”  This is an even more interesting set of lines.  It leads one to believe that maybe this is that second person responding to the first, trying not to hurt the first person.  On the other hand, it could also still be that first person confessing to the second.  Either way, the discussion being had in these verses (and the song’s chorus) is impacting in and of itself.  When it is joined with the energy exuded in the song’s musical arrangement, it becomes even more impacting.  The pairing of the two elements together makes the song in whole a work that is certain to touch listeners of any age deeply.  Keeping this in mind, the song proves clearly why it is a solid first impression for Eye of the Storm.  Even with that in mind, there is still one more element to examine in this song—its production values.

The production values presented in the song give the song its finishing touch.  Listeners will note the expert fashion in which each of the song’s elements are balanced throughout its nearly four-minute run time.  From start to finish none of the lines overpower each other at any point.  Even with the effects added to Hart’s vocals, it is not overly difficult to decipher what he is saying.  There is some slight difficulty, but it is minimal compared to the difficulty of understanding other bands’ vocalists when effects are added to their parts.  Considering this and the balance between his part of those of his fellow band members, the overall balance presented in the song’s production adds one last positive to its presentation.  That being the case, the combination of those elements together proves once again why this song is such a solid first impression for Eye of the Storm and why there is plenty more positive for audiences to anticipate when this record *ahem* rises.  Yes, that bad pun was intended.

Eye of the Storm is being mixed and mastered by Tim Sage at Studio Sage. The album’s song’s were originally recorded at Robert Lang Studio with Justin Armstrong handling engineering. Michael Decker, with Momma Lynn Records LLC is the band’s A&R representative.

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‘Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour’ Returns Sunday

Endeavour returns tomorrow.

The fourth season of Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour begins at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.  The series’ fourth season opens with yet another major mystery for Endeavour Morse to solve.  This time, the clock is ticking as Endeavour tries to solve the connection between a drowning and a chess-playing “thinking” machine.

Audiences can view a trailer for Season 4’s premiere episode online now here.

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Autograph Inks New Record Deal; Announces New Album Details

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1980s rock outfit Autograph has signed a new record deal.

The band recently inked a new deal with Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group. The new deal will see the band’s next new full-length studio recording Get Off You’re a** released via EMP Label Group on CD and digital download. A limited edition vinyl pressing of the album will be released in November.

The new album is the first studio outing for the band’s new members – Simon Daniels (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Marc Wieland (drums) – with founding members Steve Lynch (guitars) and Randy Rand (bass).  It boasts what a news release called “a harder-edged (and keyboard-free) sound featuring down-tuned guitars and a blues-based vocal delivery” from new front man Daniels.

Pre-orders for Get Off Your A** are available now.  The band is currently touring in support of the forthcoming record.  More information on the band’s tour, album and more is available online now at:




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