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Show Review: Dokken in Poughkeepsie, NY

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8:01 PM (PST)

There’s been an alarming trend I’ve noticed in music throughout time. Ludwig Van Beethoven, dead. Elvis Presley, dead. Janis Joplin, dead. Amy Winehouse, dead. Chester Bennington, dead. Don Dokken, still alive and well. This is all factual. DOKKEN‘s music has been known to make you live longer and make men last longer in the sack. True story. Don Dokken has been known to play DOKKEN songs throughout his entire career, at every show. The others are not known for doing this. Behold the power of DOKKEN’s music.

For years, in my quest to spread the word of the almighty DOKKEN, I have stood at the front of every stage at every show I’ve attended. I have heckled hundreds of bands by yelling “, Play Some DOKKEN!”, regardless of their genre. Naturally, once The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY announced they had booked the mighty DOKKEN to play their venue, I knew I had to be there. I needed to seize the opportunity to witness the awesome power of DOKKEN live!

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Danzig is one of my all time biggest musical heroes. By far. I defend him generally no matter what. I really believe in a lot of his material and was in a tribute band with Andy Animal that was one of the best experiences of my life – Wolfsblood. That said, he is an adult and has the resources to do research and cite credible sources if he is gonna cause ripples that endanger real women and Muslims. On a Memorial Day when Trump blanks on properly honoring a 23 year Army vet in Portland who was killed stopping white supremacy because it might offend Trump’s KKK fuckboi fanbase who are too dumb to notice they have done more domestic terrorism than Muslims except the ones Trump turns a blind eye too if he does business with them, I don’t need Danzig spitting bs about border shit and 1950s gender roles or disinfo about Planned Parenthood that Alex Jones republipunks will take as Gospel cuz they beat off to the cover art of Black Laden Crown before even being sure if it was done by Simon Bisley or not.

Tommy Victor is one of my favorite heroes as well. This kind of casual BS affects a lot of fan bases AND endangers women. Real women. Not hypothetical babies. Not 1950s fake good old days that never were good in the first place from an intersectional perspetive. No last caress. Do not pass go or collect a skull. FUCK OFF with that shit. Way to super alienate a life long die hard and the numerous women in my life who would be dead if the rhetoric Trump is now spewing and cronies who amplify it is allowed to run rampant. Guess what, most fake Christians spreading the gospel according to pro life are dumb and misinformed as a fucking post Christ was never really crucified on, you cucks to kleptocracy. Die for oil, suckers.

Danzig has been around the world. Go to Mississippi and see how easy it is for women there. Don’t need extra fuel on the fire for ignorant citronella bonfires.

Worry about the production on your last few albums sucking and being a far cry from the glory days even with good songwriting! And in vicinity of the Misfits reunion scrutiny of what comes next THIS is how you choose to move ahead during a promotional time? Fuck off with that shit.

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Gridfailure‘s Scathed will see free digital download and handmade CDR through Minneapolis-based Darker Days Ahead on June 2nd. The newest from increasingly prolific NY based mind churner Dave Brenner finds our anti-hero composing what have been referred to as ,“ten unpredictable and defeating new anthems for hallucinogenic seppuku.”

Now, far be it from me to ever agree with anyone, but yeah. That’s pretty spot. My favorite track off Scathed is “Gaze Of Aversion”, a very compelling and trippy, minimal bass and cold sound wash paired with some harsh vocals for a very accomplished sense of aesthetic. It’s both relaxing in spacious scope yet borders on frozen indie-dub picked up instead of a sonar ping to lure people to a yellow submarine that is only yellow because of a portal to a sewer full of screaming crust zombies fighting Sean Connery and the Ninja Turtles. Ok, so I was doing ok there, but…yeah this shit will zone you out. Imagine earlier Drug Honkey or Scorn’s “Silver Rain Fell” wash if slowed to a crawl and panned way out to the astral plane on some LegionFX shit. I also really wanted to make a Hunt For Red October reference. We don’t want to actually encourage Dave to make more music, because while it is dope. we can’t possibly grasp his current productivity levels – since every song seems like such a fully realized little world of chaos, disorder or deceptive calm.

Scathed comes hot on the heels of the fascinating Dendritica pairing of Gridfailure and Megalophobe. Numerous other things are also in the works and recent courses already charted with various other off grid collaborators, but Scathed marks Brenner attacking every strange twist and turn collaborator free.

Darker Days Ahead also recently issued the diverse Death Season Six compilation which features GRIDFAILURE’s “Shallow Epicenter,” as well as contributions from Never Presence Forever, Megalophobe, Cory Schumacher, Dusthallowed, Teeth Engraved With The Names Of The Dead, and many others. Download the album for free and buy the limited CD HERE.

Until next time, remember as you sink into the depths that the hard part about playing chicken is knowin’ when to flinch. May we meet again in Havanna where the sun is warm and so is the comradeship.

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Deep Cuts: Aerosmith

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:07 AM (PST)

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Call them the epitome of excess , call them dinosaurs or call
them out for managing to weasel their way into pop culture discussions decade
after decade, there is no denying the eternal power of Aerosmith. Critics and
haters can scoff as they aren’t high brow or dark enough, but at any moment
Aerosmith can still whip out a handful of classics or a bluesy new number and
sound as huge as they ever did. No one gave Judas Priest half as much shit for
being on American Idol as Steven Tyler gets for many of his, admittedly,
ridiculous more “pop” targeted choices of late but check out what he did for
this nice Ontario boy with Down’s Syndrome. Plus, he gave us Liv Tyler.

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Personally, we are in way worse hands nowadays with pop stars who just don’t
have the talent or the larger than life personas (is Bieber anything compared to
Steven Tyler in his glorious prime, really? No fucking way. Stop hugging him, Lady Gaga).

Where are the icons who can last another 40 years? You can blame it on
the record industry and album sales or marketing but at some point it is also
on the bands for not being lifers and for being chicken to stick it out.

For this hard rock centered Deep Cuts I picked three tunes that may not be as
fucking perfect as “Last Child” but which still could burn down any barn.
Aerosmith are amazing when they bring the boogie, stomp and no pity/no
apologies street glam to their stadium ready bar fight rock so I choose to
write about that side of the band rather than, say, “Pink” (lmao).

Listen to NYC’s The Compulsions, Krist Novoselic’s low end groove, Royal Trux’ Neil Hagerty’s
extended hazed out mid period soloing ( the cig smoke reeking “…Horror James” comes to mind), the recent Danzig cover of “Lord Of TheThighs” (by far the coolest tune on Skeletons) or any of the early material by
a little comeback band called Guns N Roses, you know that we still aren’t
worthy.

Let’s hope Steven wraps up the fully unnecessary solo shenanigans soon and gets back in the
saddle.

Read the 3 song picks below.

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Deep Cuts: Dokken

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM (PST)

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Imagine, if you will, you’re standing in a venue. You can be in a small nightclub, or you can be in a stadium for a huge concert. Now, imagine your favorite band has just opened with their first song. Don’t worry, we aren’t asking you for details, so you can say STRYPER or SLAYER, no judging here. (Unless you say Kanye West, in which case, Beyoncé will get your street cred) Your favorite band has just killed it with their opener, and then you hear the words that will make or break your entire night. Some asshole in the crowd to your left shouts out “PLAY SOME DOKKEN!!!”

Yes kids, you might have guessed it. I was that guy. Actually, that’s a partial lie. I’m still that guy. No, not the guy pissed off at the Kanye West concert because someone is yelling about DOKKEN. No, I’m the guy telling the people on stage, no matter what genre, to play some DOKKEN! I know, why would I be at a Kanye West concert cheering for DOKKEN? Well, first off, have you ever heard his music? It’s no DOKKEN, that’s for sure. Secondly, this might be one of those crazy Euro festivals where they have MEGADETH and Bo Diddley co-headlining together, I don’t do the booking…

(editor’s note: Bo Diddley is deceased, Drew.)

So, now that I’ve properly introduced myself as the asshole at the venue, you can begin to imagine just how hyped I was to begin “researching” for this post, and by researching, I mean blasting DOKKEN music for hours, while I sing and play a wicked air guitar for an imaginary stadium full of people from the comforts of my bedroom.

I’m not gonna lie. As eager as I was to do this, I had an impossible task ahead of me. Choose three songs from DOKKEN’s legendary career. Only three. “In My Dreams”, “Dream Warriors”, “Lightning Strikes Again”, “Kiss Of Death”… So many excellent tunes, so little space. This is Deep Cuts, so we gotta cut a little deeper than that (what cuts deeper than Freddy’s claws?) , and I think I’ve got it narrowed down to three lesser known gems that all long time DOKKEN fans, as well as the new and even (?) future DOKKEN fans can all agree on.

See BELOW for the cuts.

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Banana, banana, terracotta pie. Calling all “super fans”.

Ok, so sex has always been a part of rock n roll. The term “groupie” itself is inherently demeaning, as these are really superfans and people with real identities. We all probably know about Led Zep putting octopus tentacles in vaginas or that Avenged Sevenfold have acted like R Kelly and peed on girls before. Then you have someone like Lemmy who seems to really, really just love women. There is a perfect example of someone who is not traditionally attractive surpassing his perhaps limited looks to persuade people to throw themselves at him through sheer power of awesomeness. Dio is dead so Lemmy is God and thus…God is ok with sex! Hear that you idiot Bible thumpers? Haha.

I get that people sometimes just have hormonal attraction to one another. Seriously though, Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” and Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” (which I once tried to convince my mom was musical genius) are kind of classic exmaples where the girls in hindsight arguably have the most power. I  mean let’s consider that the hair metal dudes were so under the spell of these babes that they literally couldnt sing about or think about much else.

Who is in control there?

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I’ve never considered us strictly a “glam”band… or a retro band for that matter. We are in a modern rock band in every sense of the word. By modern, what I mean is that we have absorbed four generations of rock music and let those influences out in what we do. At this point it’s all been done before. Bands that use synthesizers or electronica ,they’re just as retro as a band that uses guitars… Kraftwerk and Eno..they already did all that in the 70s. – Roger Deering

God forbid rock n roll still be fun AND good. What happened to songwriting? It’s all gimmick after gimmick or bands more concerned with a niche crowd. Smash Fashion are a true remedy for those seeking real deal rock that stomps, shines AND has great guitar solos. Real world stories? Check. Moments of escapism? Sure. One listen to “Marionette” from their Big Cat Love LP (reviewed HERE) and you’ll seem like a nazi if your feet refuse to tap. This is a band that go beyond hipster arms crossed snobbery and aim to engage, thrill and make you shake it. Get your head out of your ass. Smash Fashion light it up! Whether you like The Dirty Pearls, Velvet Revolver, The Compulsions, classic Sweet or any combination of catchy hard or “glam” influenced rock, Smash Fashion have something for you. This band tears it up in the spirit of rock’s sparkling past but with an eye on modern love.

Read more with vocalist Deering BELOW. A real interesting read.

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Sister gearing up for 2015 European tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM (PST)

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Swedish hard rockers Sister are getting ready to tear Europe apart in the new year.

The tour will start in Oslo on February 6 and run 20 dates through to wrap up on March 21 in Hamburg.

Check out tour dates and comments from the band here.

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Stop the hate: #metalgate (we’re on a love train, love train)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM (PST)

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Hey best buddies out there in metal land. Seems to be a lot more vitriol this week in our fair kingdom of virginal metal ears. A lot has been made about #metalgate and Phil’s exit from Cobalt (check the metal sucks link cuz it has an in-depth recap, but long story short he has been making very homophobic statements and got booted from the band by Erik). Metal is supposed to be about freedom of speech. I get that, but when you tell bands they are like “faggots fucking in a rest stop bathroom” , you have to expect some push back from  the intelligentsia.

I’m bi and I’ve been in bands 20 fucking years. Interviewed hundreds of bands. Of ALL backgrounds including people who were GOP or right wing, and I gave them a fair shake anyway even if I disagreed. I still listened to Alice Cooper even when he was golfing it up with Bush. Phil from Cobalt is really talented and it is sad to see he has so much anger/bigotry stopping him from connecting with other artists and fans (though maybe it isn’t, because there has always been an extreme amount of hate in this world and the only extreme thing about that is how over the top and endless it has been through history). Phil served and probably did it for what he felt were patriotic reasons even though I don’t support the military industrial complex because hate follows hate follows grabs for real estate at the expense of many lives. Not that real threats to American lives don’t matter but this world is a cesspool of intolerance and violence no matter what country you come from.

And isn’t this  country supposed to be about inclusion? Didn’t we fight nazis in WW2? Im confused but I think I’m gonna go listen to Cretin and then sample some people making love in a public bathroom now because that is actually a cool idea for an industrial song.

Dandy rockers Smash Fashion bring heavy glam to the road

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6:15 AM (PST)

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Hard rock fans are mostly buzzing about the pending Pop Evil tour, which is all good and well. I actually think that band is pretty cool. But one thing you all need to REALLY get on your radar if you are into the glammier side of Hard Rock with legit hooks? Smash Fashion.

I’m sitting here listening to Enslaved’s Axioma Ethica Odini as I write this, but I’m just as excited about the music this fun and sunny but also shadowed and real, street-wise group makes. I will def be catching their Arelene’s show in NYC. Fans of everything from The Compulsions to Motley Crue to T-Rex and The Yardbirds should check this out.

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Die So Fluid release dark dream pop hard rock clip “Landslides”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM (PST)

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Die So Fluid are a favorite on this site. Why? Because…well, they are fucking amazing. The goth rockers killed it on their 2xLP The Opposites Of Light  (which we rated quite highly). Now they have a new clip for the song “Landslides”, originally premiering at Bloody Disgusting. It’s a more fluid than die type of song, a desert dream of vocalist Grog’s slippery vocals (perhaps one of the catchiest voices in rock) and killer instrumental work from everyone in the trio.

Check it out HERE and get your fever dream on.

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Sweden’s Sister have launched a throat thirsty new scuzz rock video for  “Slay Yourself” , from their kick ass latest Disguised Vultures. The band are pretty much one of the realest rock n roll acts out right now, a group who actually have a sense of anarchy on stage like rock is supposed to. I would take this any day over half the shitty hipster bands out or lame saturated candy vocals in metalcore hooks. This was filmed at venues in Sweden and Finland and captures the sweaty and raw energy unleashed on the club stages on that tour.

This video plus news that Dave Lombardo has joined fucking Amen (!!!!) has me believing again.

Sister has confirmed an appearance at the ‘Peace and Love’ festival in Borlänge, Sweden on July 5th. More tour dates for Europe are in the works and will be announced soon. Visit sisterofficial.com to stay up to date with the band.

Click HERE to get off on some crazy live energy bad attitude rock.

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Album Review: Smash Fashion – Big Cat Love

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 5:30 AM (PST)

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If you are like me and really love music, chances are you probably listen to a wide variety. While metal is my passion, I can easily go from Lana del Rey to Earl Greyhound to Goatsnake. One reason I loved Type O Negative so much is they could be super doomy and Sabbathy one minute to comedy goth rock the next to a military marching band from hell or a Beatles loving psyhedelic band. Anyway, I’ve also got a big love of early Glam rock and also Sunset Strip music…anything from T-Rex to Slade to…(I’ll say it) Poison. So I was quite stoked to get an actually great new glam release from a band called Smash Fashion the other day.

Big Cat Love is a very fun and solid collection of pop-laced rock n roll, the kind of sing-a-long album they don’t make enough these days. It isn’t saccharine in production, the tunes shine and the playing is stellar. “Marionette” rocks like classic Kiss in a good way, the band have the look and the songs straddle a great line between early New Romantics and throwback 60’s and 70’s stuff with a bit of the better side of the 80’s hair scene (but really tastefully tempered). “You Love to Suffer” is an awesome, trippy kind of proto-ballad about a miserable gothy girl who loves moping and it is very memorable. “You’re so obsessed with death and gloom, Riding around on your witches broom, A little bit of sunshine would do you good,” coos vocalist and guitarist Roger Deering.

The Los Angeles band are worth your attention, full of a kind of sunny swagger that hits the nail on the head. Not as seedy as The Prophets of Addiction, another awesome act I recently discovered, these guys instead opt for a more pursed lips and cocky strut on songs like title track “Big Cat Love” and the funny “Strike My Fancy (knickers down). I definitely hear some “Ballroom Blitz” in a lot of this stuff, though the band keeps things about mid tempo for most of the record. It also helps that they can really play their instruments, have great catchy back up vocals and aren’t a bunch of sticks in the mud. “Just a kiss at the starting line” is even a rock ballad about getting some love from your baby when you are feeling like shit about your lousy job, a rather down to earth sentiment from a band that could certainly just play the part of pretending to look down on fans from a hypothetical arena in a bygone era. But yeah, these guys rule and deserve props.

This is a great album for a party summer and I recommend you check it out at www.smashfashionmusic.com

 

Pop Evil “Torn To Pieces” video released

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM (PST)

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Hard rock schmoozers Pop Evil have debuted a new video via Loudwire for “Torn To Pieces”. Watch the new video HERE.

“Torn to Pieces,” their third single going top 5, was directed by long time director Johan Carlén.

The song deals with the loss of loved ones, something everyone is bound to go through. Digging up the past can be very difficult. Losing someone close to you has a healing process, and I choose to do it through this video.” – Vocalist Leigh Kakaty

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Pop Evil collab with the one and only DMC for ACC basketball

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM (PST)

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POP EVIL, joined by legendary artist DMC of RUN-DMC, will open each ACC NETWORK telecast of the 2014 ACC men’s basketball tournament. POP EVIL‘s #1 single, “Trenches,” has been remixed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and will be featured in the opening video montage to lead into each game.

“POP EVIL and DMC have collaborated on an impressive song that really embodies the energy and passion of the ACC Tournament,” said RAYCOM SPORTS producer DAVE BARRINGER, who created the opening sequence. “‘Trenches’ focuses on the power to control your future, which translates well into the teams fighting their way to the prestigious ACC Championship. By customizing the lyrics, POP EVIL and DMC have captured the growth and change of the ACC Tournament and the teams, from 1954 to the present.”

Click HERE to watch the collaboration. It sounds pretty 00’s but is still fired up and good for this kind of B-ball thing. And ya gotta love DMC.

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