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Review: Lacuna Coil – Shallow Life [2009]

Posted in Lacuna Coil with tags on April 21, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-lacuna-coilFemale fronted Italian modern rock band, Lacuna Coil offers the 12 track conceptual affair Shallow Life. Even though Cristina Scabbia continues to reign as the best female metal lead (and best looking), the album as a whole, falls into the realm of mediocrity due to lame programming, predictable lyrics, and out-dated guitars—the riffs employed on the single “Spellbound” are awfully generic, better suited for a 1996 feature video on Much Music, and Piano driven ballads “Not Enough” “Shallow Life,” and “Wide Awake” fall short of inspiring emotion and personal reflection for the listener. “I Like It” sounds like a Gothic Abba tune, while the Arabian-inspired opener “I Survive” is a highlight of the disc.

2-starsLacuna Coil is Cristina Scabbia (Vocals), Andrea Ferro (Vocals), Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (Guitars), Marco “Maus” Biazzi (Guitars), Marco Coti Zelati (Bass), & Cristiano Mozzati (Drums).

Announced: Nickelback, Papa Roach, Hinder, & Saving Abel Summer Tour Dates

Posted in Nickelback, Shows with tags on March 12, 2009 by gearsofrock

Modern rock radio favorites Nickelback, Papa Roach, and Hinder are in the midst of a spring tour with Saving Abel that will continue on to an arena in your home town this summer. Here are the April – September dates:

April 2009
1 – Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Centre
2 – Calgary, Alberta – Pengrowth Saddledome
4 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Credit Union Centre
5 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
7 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
8 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
10 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
13 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyTel Center
14 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
16 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
17 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena
19 – Little Rock, AR – Alltel Arena
22 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena
23 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
July 2009
10 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
11 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Pavilion
14 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
15 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
17 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Stadium & Star Pavilion
18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post-Gazette Pavilion
21 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
22 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
24 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
25 – Hartford, CT – Meadows Music Theater
28 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
29 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
31 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
August 2009
1 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
12 – Clarkson, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
14 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
15 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
17 – Birmingham, AL – Verizon Wireless Music Center
19 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
21 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
22 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
25 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
26 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
28 – Ridgefield, WA – Amphitheater at Clark County
29 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
31 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 2009
1 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
3 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
5 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion

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Review: Drowning Pool – Loudest Common Denominator [2009]

Posted in Drowning Pool with tags on March 2, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-drowning-poolFor the first time in their 8 year major label career modern rockers Drowning Pool offer an intense live recording in Loudest Common Denominator. Featuring all of the band’s radio friendly hits “Bodies,” “Enemy,” and “Sinner” Loudest will surely please the loyal fans and mainstream radio audience. In addition to the 11 live tracks recorded in San Diego the band offers acoustic studio demos of  “37 Stitches” and “Shame” both of which serve as the disc’s highlights. Here is the bottom line: Drowning Pool is following an industry trend, due to no fault of their own, of releasing live recordings without offering a unique take on their studio releases—with exception to minor stage banter, the songs sound identical to the originals. If you want to experience this band live then grab an overpriced ticket and tear it up in the pit for yourself. B-

Drowning Pool performing “37 Stitches” live and acoustic on Altitude TV:

Drowning Pool is Ryan McCombs [vocals], CJ Pierce [guitars/vocals], Steve Benton [bass/vocals], and Mike Luce [drums].

The buzz on the heavy metal street is that Drowning Pool will perform on this summer’s Crüe Fest 2 tour. It is unofficial as of now but there are Crüe Fest tickets on sale at – The Safe Way to Buy & Sell Tickets Online

Review: Idiot – Demo [2008]

Posted in Idiot, SOS Metal Update with tags , on December 28, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-idiotIdiot is a Metro NY area trio whose eight-track endeavor (Demo) showcases a band with a heavy sound made for the modern age. Changing over from fragile to frantic on the drop of a dime, this squad can flex its metallic muscle a la Deftones and Chevelle with the best of them (“Frankie Sharp,” “6”) yet can equally take to the heavens to bring down a dose of ethereal atmosphere a la Muse (4) while even delving into the electronic side of the spectrum to close out the affair (8). Unleashing a slew of slamming dynamic shifts with blistering guitars and booming bass fluctuating throughout while providing a well-balanced hybrid of pristine rock ‘n roll finishings and knuckle-dragging aggression, Idiot  has crafted a supple supply of forward thinking metal that fans of today’s brand of brain-powered heavy will unquestionably adore. SOS

Review: Tular – The Truth Behind The Mask [2008]

Posted in SOS Metal Update, Tular with tags , , , on December 22, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-tularTular is an Italian act who blend Gothic and symphonic metal to comprise their sound. This female-fronted quintet’s debut THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MASK bridges the gap between Evanescence, Nightwish, and Epica, as each of the album’s 14 tracks contains a combination of big guitars and lush orchestrations to create a somber yet powerful array of textures on cuts like “Fallen Angel” and the haunting piano-led and darkly orchestrated “Dark White Flame.” Fitting nicely between your Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation discs, Tular’s debut has all of the nuances to satisfy fans of the fantasy side of the metal spectrum. www.renaissancerecordsus.comMike SOS

Review: Ism – Urgency [2008]

Posted in Ism, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on December 14, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-ismModern rock quartet Ism provide an electronically-manipulated listening experience chock full of melancholy with URGENCY, the NYC troupe’s latest 12-track offering. This disc juxtaposes the technological desolation of NIN with the scattershot edginess of latter-day U2, whipping up a somewhat forced array of shadowy tracks such as “Postlude” and “Sacred Cow” that dubiously fall between a sound too tough for the lounge and too soft for the moshpit. Tracks such as “Graffiti” give Tom Morello a run for his money on the whammy bar while the forlorn feel given off from “Fly” takes a turn into ’80s New Wave with a Brit-pop twist. If you dig Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Bravery, or Coldplay at their most haunting, then Ism is a band worth checking out. www.stmrecords.comMike SOS

Review: Straight Line Stitch – When Skies Wash Ashore [2008]

Posted in SOS Metal Update, Straight Line Stitch with tags , on November 12, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-straight-line-stitchFemale-fronted aggro-metal seems to be in fashion thanks to bands like In This Moment and of course Lacuna Coil, and you can add Tennessee quintet Straight Line Stitch to the list. This group’s latest 10-track disc WHEN SKIES WASH ASHORE juxtaposes the differences between Staind, DevilDriver, and Killswitch Engage, melding melodic hooks with blistering metalcore beats for a commercially viable yet undeniably heavy sound that seems perfect for an Ozzfest headlining slot. The real equalizer here though is singer Alexis Brown, who, much like Lajon from Sevendust, gives this band the leeway to glide from bruising to beautiful with relative ease thanks to her tantalizing vocal range. While there seem to be a few cuts on the disc that seem a bit forced to be different, songs like “Seneca Tragedy” is full-on radio friendly metal and “Adult Cinema” can stand up on its own as a truly crushing amalgamation of nu-metal and metalcore. The off-road antics of Straight Line Stitch provide mixed results, yet when this band fires with all guns blazing on songs like “Taste of Ashes” and the tender acoustic track “Yesterday’s Gone,” Straight Line Stitch delivers their version of metal with a soulful force that demands attention. www.kochrecords.comMike SOS

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