Red Line Chemistry’s ’06 Debut Re-Issue Could Mark Band’s New Beginning

Courtesy:  Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

Red Line Chemistry has been making music together for just over ten years. Over the course of that time, the band has released no fewer than three full-length studio recordings. The band has done so all without the help of major mainstream radio corporations or even major record labels. That says quite a bit about this band and its work ethic. That work ethic paid off earlier this year as the band signed a new deal with indie record label Pavement Entertainment and in turn will re-issue its debut album Chemical High and a Hand Grenade later this month. The twelve-track record is a work that any fan of Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and even Tool and A Perfect Circle will enjoy. Those influences taken into consideration, Chemical High and a Hand Grenade could very well prove to be, in its upcoming re-issue, a whole new beginning for the Kansas City, Missouri-based hard rock outfit. That is evident right from the album’s opener ‘Bullets and Armor.’ The full throttle rocker clearly exhibits the influences of both Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin over the course of its near three and a half-minute run time. Later in the album’s run, the Tool influence comes through in the form of ‘Apology.’ Front man Brett Ditgen is, vocally, a dead ringer for Maynard James Keenan here. ‘Penny Drama,’ which comes halfway through the record’s run is one more noteable addition to the record. It is a well-placed piece considering that it is completely unlike the album’s other tracks, stylistically speaking. Set alongside the previously noted songs, all three songs in themselves show clearly what makes CHAAHG (as it will be known from here on out) such an interesting collection of songs. The songs noted here along with the remainder of the album’s songs show the album in whole to be potentially a whole new beginning for RLC given support from the right sources.

The upcoming re-issue of CHAAHG is one of the best of this year’s crop of music re-issues. It is a record that any fan of Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and even Tool will want to hear at least once if not more. From beginning to end, the band–Brett Ditgen (vocals), Andy Breit (guitar), Dave Fyten (guitar), Tom Brown (bass) and Mike Mazzares (drums)–took the sounds of those bands and crafted the twelve songs of its own that collectively make CHAAHG a record that is just as much a fit on any mainstream rock radio station today as the bands that obviously influenced it. That is evident right off the top in the form of the record’s opener ‘Bullet and Armor.’ ‘Bullets and Armor’ is a good first impression for the band and an equally solid re-introduction for those that have followed the band since its inception eleven years ago. It is a straight forward, adrenaline-fueled work driven in large part by Mazzares’ time keeping. Breit and Fyten complement Mazzares’ work solidly with their work on the lead and rhythm guitar respectively. The song’s musical content is just one part of what makes it a solid composition. Its lyrical content is just as important to note here, too. While there is some difficulty deciphering the lyrics without a lyrics sheet (as this critic has had to do), some of the lyrics can be deciphered. From what can be deciphered it would seem that Ditgen sings about putting up that proverbial armor to protect against the “bullets” that are “fired” at a person every day and the occasional difficulty of holding up that “armor.” Now should that interpretation hold water, then it would be even more interesting considering such subject matter set against the song’s musical content. The song’s musical content is rather fast-paced and boasts a certain confidence. It is a direct contrast to that lyrical content, thus making it all the more interesting of a first impression from the band on this record. It’s not the only interesting addition to the record, either. Late in the album’s run audiences get an equally interesting piece in the much moodier ‘Apology.’ This song shows just as much as ‘Bullets and Armor’ what makes CHAAHG worth at least one listen.

Red Line Chemistry makes a strong case for consideration among the mainstream ranks with the opening track on its soon-to-be re-issued debut album. The driving, straight-forward sound of the song’s musical content coupled with its equally thought-provoking lyrical content collectively make it a song that would have no trouble catching listeners’ ears. Much the same can be said of the very Tool-esque song ‘Apology.’ Ditgen sounds eerily like Tool front man Maynard James Keenan in his delivery here. His band mates add to the Tool-inspired sound here especially through Breit and Fyten’s work on guitar. That sound set against Ditgen’s vocal delivery as he sings seemingly about a broken relationship makes this song one of the record’s most standout moments. The assumption regarding the song’s lyrical theme comes as Ditgen sings, “You know that I was struggling/You saw I wasn’t well/And it’s killing me to say these things/I don’t feel I’m ready for this…” He goes on to sing, “I know that you were suffering/These decisions that were made/Will you understand you’ve done no wrong/It’s me that was so selfish all inside/I’m sorry/I’m sorry/I’m sorry.” The sorrowful tone in Ditgen’s delivery comes across as being so genuine. It adds so much emotional depth to the song. That depth set against the depth crafted through the song’s musical content makes even stronger the argument in favor of audiences and radio programmers alike giing this album a chance.

Both ‘Apology’ and ‘Bullets and Armor’ are clear examples of why CHAAHG’s upcoming debut-re-issue could very well be a whole new beginning for the band. As much as they prove the value of this album in today’s mainstream rock radio realm, ‘Penny Drama,’ which serves as the album’s midway point is just as solid of an example of why CHAAHG could be a new beginning for RLC. In regards to its lyrical content, this song also comes across as one centered on a broken relationship. That being noted what really stands out about this song is its musical influence. Listening closely to this piece, it can be argued that there is a hint of an influence from Alice in Chains as well as Shinedown and others. The Shinedown influence is especially apparent in the song’s chorus in which Ditgen sings, “She’s no ordinary woman/Weighing on my mind/Latching on to all I’m dreaming…and the other world/It seems so far away.” The vocal harmonies exhibited in the song’s verses instantly conjure thoughts of the two-part harmonies that made Alice In Chains’ music so infectious (for lack of better wording). That in itself is reason enough to make this song yet another piece that could serve as a single for the album’s re-issue. Simply put it is yet another example of why the upcoming re-issue of CHAAHG could mark a whole new beginning for RLC. Regardless of whether this song is used, those previously noted, or any of the album’s other compositions, every one of the songs that make up the body of this record prove together why listeners and radio programmers alike should and will want to give this record at least one listen.

‘Penny Drama,’ ‘Apology’ and ‘Bullets and Armor’ are all clear examples of how much CHAAHG have to offer audiences even almost fifteen years after its original release. All three songs exhibit the influence of bands that are themselves some of the biggest names in the rock community today. The other nine tracks not directly noted here could each be used just as easily to display the band’s talent and its relevance even in today’s mainstream rock world. Radio programmers and listeners that give the record a chance will hear that for themselves from beginning to end. And in realizing this, those audiences that give the record a chance will agree that in whole CHAAHG could be, in its upcoming re-issue, a whole new beginning for this band’s career. It will be available Friday, July 24th via Pavement Entertainment. All of the latest updates on the album are available online now along with all of the latest updates from the band at:

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Carnival Of Madness Band Line-Up Announced

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Courtesy: abc-pr

With the unofficial start of Summer come and gone, that means that lots of people will be hitting the roads very soon for their annual Summer vacations.  It also means that the annual rush of Summer music festivals will also be hitting the road.  One of those festivals is the annual Carnival of Madness tour.  The festival tour begins Sunday, August 11th.  A full list of tour dates will be made available on the official Carnival of Madness website http://carnivalofmadness.com next Monday, June 3rd.  Tickets will go on sale next Friday, June 7th.

The tour—sponsored by Monster Energy—will feature Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment, and We As Human on the bill.  This year’s tour is not the first time on the festival’s lineup for Shinedown.  The band headlined the festival tour in its inaugural run in 2010.  When it hits the road, the band will be touring in support of its new EP, The Live Room. The EP features five songs from the band’s most recent full length LP, Amaryllis.  Also included in the new EP are performances of Carole King’s classic hit, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and audio and video performances of the band’s latest single, ‘I’ll Follow You’, as well as its megahit, ‘Bully.’ 

 Skillet will be touring on the heels of its most recent full length studio release, Awake.  The album was one of only three rock albums that went platinum in 2012.  The only other rock albums to reach Platinum status in 2012 were El Camino from The Black Keys and Babel from Mumford & Sons.  That was just one of the many honors for Awake.  The album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s “top 200 Albums Chart” and #1 on its “Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums” chart.  Also, it reached #1 on iTunes’ “Top Album” chart.  It garnered the band three Billboard Music Awards and four hit singles, including the Gold-Certified #1 single, ‘Awake & Alive’, the Gold-Certified ‘Hero’, ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’ and the Platinum-Certified ‘Monster.’  The companion video to ‘Monster’ earned more than 52 million views on YouTube.  NBC used ‘Hero’ for broadcasts of its weekly NFL Sunday Night Football.  It also served as the theme song for WWE’s 2012 Royal Rumble broadcast.  On June 25th, the band will release the follow-up to Awake  with its new full length album, Rise.  The band already has released two songs from the album, ‘Sick of It’ and ‘American Noise.’  Both songs have already hit #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart.

All of the accolades received by Skillet have potentially helped another band on the bill for this year’s tour.  That band is We As Human.  The band was signed to Atlantic Records in 2011 via Hear It Loud, a partnership formed partially by Skillet’s John Cooper along with manager Zach Kelm and Todd Rubenstein after Cooper had discovered the band.  The band’s self-titled debut album will be available June 25th

In This Moment joins this year’s tour on the heels of the release of its latest album, Blood, which was released in August 2012.  Blood debuted at #15 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” Chart and has sold over 150,000 copies since its release.  The album spawned two hits, ‘Adrenalize’ and its title track.  The band’s 2007 debut record, Beautiful Tragedy earned the band a spot on both the 2007 and 2008 Ozzfest.  And 2008’s The Dream landed the band a slot on the 2009 Warped Tour.  2010’s A Star-Crossed Wasteland was the band’s highest-charting album until the release of Blood

Papa Roach’s most recently released single, ‘Where Did The Angels Go’ reached #1 on the Active Rock Radio Chart from BDS/Billboard.  The single comes from the band’s most recent full length release, The Connection, released via Eleven Seven Music.  The album was released in October 2012 and debuted as iTunes’ #2 Rock album.  It’s just one of ten Top 10 rock hits and seven Top 10 alternative hits.  The band also has two Grammy nominations and an MTV VMA nomination.

For more information on each band and the upcoming tour, fans can go online to the festival’s official website, http://www.carnivalofmadness.com or its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/CarnivalofMadness.  Audiences can also get the latest updates on the tour via Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube at http://twitter.com/carnivalofmadness, http://instagram.com/carnivalofmadness, and http://www.youtube.com/carnivalofmadness.

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Performance Times Released For Annual Festival

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Organizers of the annual “Welcome To Rockville” Festival presented by Monster Energy have released more information on this year’s festival.  2013 is the festival’s third year being held.  Performance times for bands on each stage have officially been released.  The “Monster Energy Main Stage East” opens with a performance by Pop Evil at 12:40pm.  Pop Evil will be followed by All That Remains, Halestorm, Papa Roach, Stone Sour, and headliners Alice in Chains.  Alice in Chains takes the “Monster Energy Main Stage East” at 9:45pm.  The “Monster Energy Main Stage West” is just one of the many stages from which audiences have to choose during the festival.  A full listing of bands and performance times is available below.

Saturday, April 27

Monster Energy Main Stage East

12:40 PM         Pop Evil

2:05 PM           All That Remains

3:35 PM           Halestorm

5:25 PM           Papa Roach

7:25 PM           Stone Sour

9:45 PM           Alice In Chains

 

Monster Energy Main Stage West

12:05 PM         Young Guns

1:20 PM           In This Moment

2:50 PM           Asking Alexandria

4:30 PM           Bullet For My Valentine

6:20 PM           Three Days Grace

8:30 PM           Limp Bizkit

 

Emerging Artist Stage

Noon                Rockville Rumble Winner

1:00 PM           Hell Or Highwater

2:10 PM           Gemini Syndrome

3:20 PM           Whitechapel

4:45 PM           Otherwise

6:20 PM           Escape The Fate

 

Jax Live Stage

11:30 AM         Rockville Rumble Winner

12:30 PM         Edens Fill       

1:40 PM           Rockville Rumble Winner

2:50 PM           Rockville Rumble Winner

4:05 PM           Stars In Stereo

5:35 PM           MonstrO

7:25 PM           Rockville Rumble Winner

 

Sunday, April 28

Monster Energy Main Stage East

11:45 AM         Red

12:55 PM         Saving Abel

2:30 PM           Filter

4:10 PM           Skillet

6:05 PM           3 Doors Down

8:35 PM           Lynyrd Skynyrd

 

Monster Energy Main Stage West

11:15 AM         Farewell 2 Fear

12:20 PM         Nonpoint

1:40 PM           Steel Panther

3:20 PM           Hollywood Undead

5:05 PM           Buckcherry

7:15 PM           Shinedown

 

Emerging Artist Stage

11:20 AM         Nebraska Bricks

12:20 PM         Soulswitch

1:25 PM           Girl On Fire

2:35 PM           Saliva

3:45 PM           Motionless In White

5:10 PM           Device

6:50 PM           Nothing More

 

Jax Live Stage

11:50 AM         (N)ception

12:55 PM         The Apprehended

2:05 PM           Rockville Rumble Winner

3:15 PM           Rockville Rumble Winner

4:40 PM           Rockville Rumble Winner

6:15 PM           Rockville Rumble Winner

 

The whole party will be preceded by the “Rockville Downtown Experience presented by Corona Light” pre-party on Friday, April 26th.  Two post-show parties will be held Saturday, April 27th.  Admission to these parties is FREE.  Friday’s show will feature Saliva, Evergreen Terrace, and Victr as entertainment.  The bands will perform live at the Underbelly in Jacksonville, FL.  More information on this party is available online at http://www.jaxunderbelly.com.  Saturday’s after-parties will feature performances by DJ Monk and Robert Goodman at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville, FL (http://www.facebook.com/1904MusicHall, http://www.1904MusicHall.com) and Icey at the Underbelly.

Fans that attend the festival will have plenty of opportunities to get their CDs, shirts, and more signed by their favorite band(s) at the f.y.e. tent and other onsite locations.  There will also be interactive experiences such as a gaming area and Dave’s Crazy Music Experience.  This experience lets fans find out for themselves what it’s like to make music in a studio environment.  It includes actual guitars, drums, basses, and all the gear used by today’s top acts.

Tickets are still available for this year’s festival.  Prices are listed below.

Single Day General Admission – $59.50 plus fees

Single Day VIP – $134.50 plus fees
2-Day General Admission – $107 plus fees
2-Day VIP – $219 plus fees
2-Day Party Pack (4 weekend tickets) – $357 plus fees

Along with the listed ticket prices, “no service fee tickets” are available at specific Metro PCS locations.  More information on this is available online at http://www.welcometorockvillefestival.com/tickets.html.  A limited number of VIP tickets and hotel packages are still available.  They can be purchased online at http://www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com.  VIP tickets include entrance to all concerts through a VIP entrance, access to VIP lounge featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food service, viewing of the Monster Main Stage (both seated and standing areas), a seated area with shade for dining, private bathrooms and laminated VIP guest pass.    

More information on the “Welcome to Rockville” Festival is available online at http://www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, http://www.facebook.com/welcometorockville, and on Twitter at @RockvilleFest.

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Oleander Returns With A Solid New Rock Record

Courtesy: Re_Ignite Records

Courtesy: Re_Ignite Records

Oleander is back with its fifth full length studio release.  The band’s new album, Something Beautiful set to be released next Tuesday, April 16th

Oleander has come a long way since the days of its breakout 1993 hit, ‘Why I’m Here.’  This latest release from the Sacramento, California based band shows a lot of growth all the way around.  It has more of a pure rock sound and less like something that would be more fitting for any top 40 station.  This is actually a very good thing.  Something Beautiful opens with a high energy rocker in ‘Fight!’  This song is an excellent opener, with its driving guitars and chants of “Fight!/Fight!/Fight!/Fighting for our lives!”  Front man Thomas Flowers isn’t singing about literally fighting for one’s lives.  It comes across in more of a metaphorical sense.  He sings, “It’s a little bit late now/To look at the clock/There’s not a moment to waste/And not a second to wait/We gotta pick up the pace/There’s no time left to stop/Keepin’ your heartbeat racing/Feel it with every breath you’re takin’/And it’s all or nothing now/Standing on pins and needles/my mind’s in overdrive/Fight for our lives!”  It comes across as a statement of making the most of every second in life, and doing whatever it takes to succeed.  Keeping this in mind, the song’s musical side makes for a solid companion to its lyrical side and together, the pair makes it a solid first impression after just over ten years between albums.

‘Fight!’ is followed up by two more equally driving songs in its title track and the follow-up, ‘Bulletproof’ before pulling back just a little bit in the ballad, ‘Until It’s Over.’  ‘Until It’s Over’ is exactly what audiences expect from a ballad.  It starts off softly with a semi-acoustic sound before moving into something slightly heavier.  Flowers sings about a person’s devotion to a relationship here.  He sings, “I ain’t going anywhere/Not walking out/Not leaving.”  He goes on presenting a handful of worst case scenarios that could break a relationship for one reason or another.  But through it all, the figure in his song declares his (or her even?) dedication no matter what.  It’s one for all the romantics out there.

Things pick back up after ‘Until It’s Over’ as the band moves into ‘Never Too Late.’  The band keeps the energy flowing straight through ‘Daylight’ before pulling back again and ending more gently with ‘How Do We Say Goodbye.’  There is a bonus song that is just as subtle after this piece.  By the time listeners reach this point, they know that having listened through this whole album, they have realized that while Oleander may not have released a new album in ten years, this band hasn’t missed a step with this new release.  The band is hitting the road in support of Something Beautiful with a tour beginning next Saturday, April 20th.  The band will be at Buzzfest in The Woodlands, TX alongside Bush, Shinedown, Stone Sour, and Hollywood Undead.  More tour dates are possible.  For a full tour rundown and all the latest tour dates, news and more, fans can follow Oleander on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/oleanderband and its official website, http://www.oleander.net

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Weekend band lineup announced for Rock Vegas Festival

Concert organizers with the Rock Vegas Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada have officially announced the band lineup for the upcoming weekend long September Festival. 

On Friday, september 28th, Shinedown will be performing.  They’ll be joined by:  Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Adelitas Way, Deuce, and Redlight King. 

Rob zombie and Marilyn Manson will take to the stage Saturday, September 29th.  They’ll be joined throughout the day by:  Stone Sour, Buckcherry, All That Remains, Art of Dying, New Medicine, and Otherwise. 

Tickets are now onl sale for the Rock Vegas Festival.  They are as affordable as $39 (plus fees.  VIP packagaes are also available.  Concert goers can get discount hotel rates through Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur.  To get tickets, VIP packages, and hotel reservations, go online to http://www.RockVegasFest.com

Anyone interested in coming to Rock Vegas Fest is being offered a very special opportunity courtesy of the festival and its sponsor, Rockstar Energy Drink.  Rockstar Energy Drink and Rock Vegas are offering two lucky concert goers a trip for two with roundtrip airfare fully covered.  The two lucky guests will also get free hotel accomodations, airport transfers, $500 spending money, and VIP treatment at the festival.  To enter for this contest, go online to http://www.rockvegasfest.com/flyaway.  The contest is currently open, and entries will be accepted until August 26th. 

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Sin City Set To Rock This September

Sin City is set to tock this September.  The famed city will play host to this year’s Rock Vegas festival.  The two day festival will be held Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th.  It will feature the likes of:  Rob zombie, Marilyn Manson, Shinedown, and Godsmack.  Also joining them for the festival are:  Staind, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Adelita’s Way, All That Remains, P.O.D., Art of Dying, Redlight King, and New Medicine.

Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale this Saturday, July 28th at 1pm EST/10am PST.  All tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at the Rock Vegas website, http://www.RockVegasFest.com.  Attendees can also get discounted hotel rates for the Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and Excalibur at the festival website.  Ticket prices start at $39 plus fees.  Anyone interested in attending the Rock Vegas Fest can get all the latest on the festival online at http://www.RockVegasFest.comhttp://www.facebook.com/RockVegasFest, http://www.youtube.com/RockVegasFest, and http://twitter.com/RockVegasFest.

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Summer Festival offering “Early Bird” ticket discounts

Concert tickets aren’t cheap for the most part.  We all know that.  So the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is offering concert goers a specail discount ticket deal.  Festival organizers are offering an “Early Bird” ticket deal.  Organizers, in partnership with LiveNation, are offering “Early Bird” $15 lawn tickets.  The deal is being offered THIS WEEKEND ONLY, June 15th until June 17th at 10pm.

Anyone interested in getting tickets for the nearest show can get the tickets by going online to http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com and http://www.LiveNation.com.  Pit and up-front seating is still available at a price of $75 (plus fees).  Special meet & greet VIP packages will be available, as well.

Fans in North Carolina will get to see the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR festival this Summer.  It will be making a stop in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Tuesday, September 11th.  Fans nation wide can check out the full tour schedule and lineup online at http://www.RockstarUPROAR.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RockstarUPROAR, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/rockstaruproar, and on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/RockstarUPROAR.

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