Rebuilding the Gulf Coast Note by Note Remains Mission of Campaign Which Has Aided Thousands

Music Rising, a campaign launched in 2005 to rebuild the musical culture that was nearly destroyed by the hurricanes which ravaged the Gulf Coast Region, announced its continued support of professional musicians, schools and churches two years after Hurricane Katrina.  Music Rising initially supported the replacement of instruments lost by professional musicians so that they could regain their livelihood.  It has since entered into a second phase which supports churches and schools with replacement instruments so that musical programs can once again be initiated.  To date, Music Rising has benefited 30,000 students and parishioners and over 2,500 professional musicians.  The campaign has assisted in providing instruments to 21 schools and 41 churches, allowing those music programs to become operational again. Continue reading “Rebuilding the Gulf Coast Note by Note Remains Mission of Campaign Which Has Aided Thousands”

Anywhere In Between

Anywhere In Between / $2 / 28M / Vermicious Knid, 108 Route 30, Newfane VT 05345 /

V.K. is one of my best friends, even though I never talk to eir. I was quite happy when I saw this new zine by eir, “Anywhere in Between”. This is a poetry zine, and the poems in this issue all gravitate towards the discussion of a far-away love. While there are different titles for each poem, it seems as if they could all be agglomerated into something larger, a twenty-eight page poem as it were. Now, I typically do not like poetry zines but this one works because the poems are real, written from the heart, and discuss matters that a large segment of the population have dealt with. This is quite unlike poetry zines that tend to go and try to put on airs and generally seem detached from the average human. This zine has a high re-readability quotient due to the generality of the experiences described in the poems inside. The font may never change and the layout only varies on the front cover, but the emotion and honestly shines through the non-descript font and the wide open white spaces present on each page. VK has made a poetry book for the masses, and while these masses will likely never see this zine, one can only hope that individuals will stumble upon “Anywhere In Between” in the future.  For fans of poetry, of honest writing, and for zines that will stand the test of time, no matter whenever they are written. Pick this zine up, if at all possible.

Rating: 7.1/10

Devildriver’s “The Last Kind Words” Debuts at #48 on Billboard

DevilDriver and Roadrunner Records are proud to announce that first week sales for “The Last Kind Words,” topped 14,000 in the US, which helped the record debut at #48 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart!! DevilDriver is currently on Ozzfest in support of their brutal new record. Continue reading “Devildriver’s “The Last Kind Words” Debuts at #48 on Billboard”

The Spoken X – Wild Child

The Spoken X – Wild Child / 2007 Metro / 13 Tracks / /

The title track to “Wild Child” just exudes cool. From the spoken narrative that starts out the track (think the opening to “Shaft”) and the ropy, cop-drama bass line present, and an individual would have a good idea of what The Spoken X are trying to do with this album. Instead of just sticking with that one sound for the entirety of the track, an electronic influence pushes its’ way a number of times. The vocals provide the thread that is weaved through the entirety of “Wild Child”, and the band does well in linking earlier and more current styles into a cohesive and current track. Continue reading “The Spoken X – Wild Child”

Hellyeah Gains Spot As Featured Band on Madden 08

HELLYEAH’s Vinnie Paul, Chad Gray, Tom Maxwell and Greg Tribbett are one of the featured bands on EA’s Madden NFL 08, going on sale nationwide August 14, 2007.


“You Wouldn’t Know,” the first top-5 single (and accompanying video) from HELLYEAH’s self-titled CD is included on Madden NFL 08. The CD has been called, “One of the best metal discs…of 2007” and received rave reviews from around the world. Continue reading “Hellyeah Gains Spot As Featured Band on Madden 08”

Testament on Sirius’s Hard Files

This week Hard Attack welcomes the almighty thrash legends Testament for a very special extended version of Hard Files. Join host Jose Mangin and original Testament members Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Alex Skolnick, and Greg Christian for an audio gathering to discuss the band’s past, present and future. Continue reading “Testament on Sirius’s Hard Files”

Thrice announces the release of The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II

In Stores October 16th

Orange, CA- August 09, 2007- Taking an unsullied approach to the writing, recording and production of their upcoming release, the decision to find a new record label was evident and expected for Orange County’s critically lauded, Thrice. Continue reading “Thrice announces the release of The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II”

Alaria Taylor – Bread or Water

Alaria Taylor – Bread or Water / 2007 Self / 5 Tracks /

Alaria Taylor is perhaps the most decorated musician that you have never heard. Among these accolades are winning the VH-1 Song of the Year Contest and the Billboard Magazine World Song Contest. The five tracks that are on “Bread or Water” show the reason why Taylor has received all of these accolades. While the guitars start off strongly during “Nobody Else Like You”, it is the Heart-like vocals of Taylor that come to dominance during the track. The high energy of the arrangements during this song lay the foundation for a compelling and intense EP. Aside from the vocals, the linkages present between the different instruments are something to admire; the guitars, bass, and drums link together to provide the perfect pallet for Taylor’s vocals to shine on. Continue reading “Alaria Taylor – Bread or Water”