We have a special treat for you today. A local high school student recently shared his love of Avenged Sevenfold with me. It wasn’t long before I realized that this Winter Springs High School freshman had a deep and passionate love for the California rockers. So, I invited him to write his first ever article. With no further ado, here are the Rarasfarm Dozen – the Best Avenged Sevenfold songs according to Corbin.
Tour Announcement: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat Tour ofNorth America
Metallica has just announced plans for their 2017 WorldWired North American tour in support of their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, and the lineup is fantastic. They will be joined by hard rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat throughout the tour. As you might have guessed, it’s a stadium tour and contains welcome news for Florida rock fans. They will be invading Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on July 5th and Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium two days later.
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M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold Shares Wisdom
M. Shadows is the talented frontman from Avenged Sevenfold, one of the pre-eminent hard rock artists on the planet. He’s a talented vocalist and show man for one of the most passionate fan bases around.
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In a few weeks, M. Shadows makes a special guest appearance on Renman Live. Renman is one of the most popular music industry mentoring sites on the internet, and boasts a long history of fantastic guests. He’ll be on line live on Wednesday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
More info from their press release:
LOS ANGELES – Renman Music & Business, the music industry mentoring website founded by longtime industry veteran Steve Rennie (aka “Renman”), will broadcast the next episode of its Renman Live web show on Wednesday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT with special guest M. Shadows, vocalist for multi-platinum hard rock group, Avenged Sevenfold. M. Shadows will join Renman to talk about Avenged Sevenfold, its new video game project “Hail To the King-Deathbat” and his life in music. Tune in live on Renmanmb.com at: http://www.renmanmb.com/live/renman-live-with-m.-shadows-singer-of-avenged-sevenfold to join the conversation.
“People ask me all the time how you learn the music biz,” said Rennie. “Simple. Hang out with smart people.
“On my web show, Renman Live, I’ve been lucky to have had some of the smartest, most talented people in the music biz join me to share their stories, insights and advice with aspiring artists and music pros who are dreaming of doing something big on their own and need some inspiration and direction. If you are interested in the music biz, watching an episode of Renman Live is the next best thing to sitting on the couch with me and my guests.”
Guests who have appeared on Renman Live include Nate Reuss (FUN.), Pretty Lights, Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Grouplove, Paul Tollett (Founder, Coachella), Charles Attal (Founder, Lollapalooza), Kevin Lyman (Founder, Warped Tour), Troy Carter (Manager, John Mayer), Richard Griffiths (Manager, One Direction), Pat Magnarella (Manager, Green Day), Tom Corson (President, RCA), Mike Caren (President A&R, Warner Bros), Aaron Bay-Schuck (A&R Exec, Bruno Mars), Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records) and many more.
Over the last 36 years, Renman Music & Business mastermind, Steve Rennie, has become one of the most successful and respected professionals in today’s music business. He has amassed a broad swath of experience as a concert promoter (Sr. VP Avalon Attractions now Live Nation 1984-1990), record company executive (Sr. VP GM Epic Records 1994-1998), internet entrepreneur (ArtistDirect 1998-2000) and artist manager (Incubus 1998-2014). Now, he is dedicating himself to mentoring this next generation of artists and music pros who will shape the music industry of the future.
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Welcome to Rockville Blows Away Jacksonville
Please take a quick moment to read this first: We have a slew of Welcome To Rockville coverage headed your way this week, including a band by band recap tomorrow, features on several bands we were able to chat with and literally hundreds of photos. Take a minute now to Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram and Like Us on Facebook to assure you don’t miss any of it!
It was a battle worth fighting for.
As I headed to my favorite local parking spot, I was immediately greeted with a disarming “Lot Full” and I was early! By the time I hit the Monster Museum Fire Energy stage around noon, the rabid crowd gathered for Rev Theory already numbered in the thousands. From their first powerful notes, there was electricity in the sweltering air, and the show was most definitely on.
The powerful quintet had the crowd in the palm of their hands and quickly set the bar for the dozens of acts to follow. But before we dive into the music, let’s set the stage, errr stages.
This venue is the perfect place for events like this; the grounds had ample room for the FOUR stages spread across the property, and the layout and logistics were damn near perfect, with little to no bleed over from one stage to another, and with the copious wattage the towers of speakers was pouring out, that’s one hell of a feat.
The basic setup was that the one large stage at each end rotated acts, while simultaneously the smaller stages at each end played. You get the drift, there was a crap load of excellent hard rock constantly. Due to the broad spectrum of bands, and the healthy walk between stages, I tried to see as many acts as possible, meaning I typically caught a few songs and moved along. All told, I saw parts of or full sets from thirty different artists, and honestly, there were precious few who did not impress.
The Monster Energy Metropolitan Park Stage featured bands with a bit more of an Alt-Rock feel, while the Fire Energy Stage highlighted bands with a harder edge. Both stages, as well as the side stages, offered a truly diverse rock music experience.
Avenged Sevenfold and Korn were headliners their respective nights and offered up powerful explosive sets. They delivered exactly what the crowd so passionately desired, but they had plenty of company.
I’ll share a few of my highlights here, but make sure you check back later this week for our band-by-band wrap-up. Volbeat and Rob Zombie were hugely popular and drew big crowds of both fans and fellow performers for their sets. Volbeat was the top act of day one and lived up to their excellent reputation and as a top live act.
On the Sold Out second day, I was impressed by the performance from Staind, certainly the most well received artist of the festival and the act who invoked the most sing-along moments. A rising artist that impressed again was Nothing More, a foursome from San Antonio who but on a spectacular show.
A few of the other acts who really shined included Adelitas Way, Within Reason, the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold, Theory of a Deadman, Rob Zombie and Sick Puppies.
The only letdown for me was Cult. I hadn’t seen the band in 25 years, and despite the fact that I absolutely love their music, their set was just drab. Ian Astbury seemed a bit pretentious and never really bonded with the crowd.
- Fewer speakers more decibels – I continue to be amazed at how small the speaker towers have gotten, and how much better the sound has gotten. Impressive!
- Commercials – Movie trailers at concerts? Hey; if it defrays some of the cost, I’m cool.
- ADA viewing areas – Loved seeing these strategically placed platforms for the disabled, and appreciated the security who kicked out the scumbags sneaking up there on Saturday.
- The staff – Folks are always good at the Metropolitan Park venue – friendly, helpful and abundant help. The media team with the festival was top-notch, too!
- Better clean up – They actually did a good job cleaning up a bit throughout the day.
- Water hoses – Loved the Staff spraying down the scorched fans in the pits
- Not much public water – finding a water fountain was way too difficult
- Boobies and Boo boos – I’ve never seen as many flashers at a festival as I did at this show, made for some entertaining times between sets. On the flip side, I saw a large number of crowd surfers take nasty spills, and more than a handful who needed immediate medical attention. Scary…
All told, it was nothing short of spectacular. The acts were excellent, the crowds passionate and involved, and everything was perfectly arranged.
It seems as though the festival was at risk due to city noise ordinances, but Mayor Brown, who made an on-stage guest appearance, was an advocate who apparently helped seal the deal. Based on the success this year, I can’t imagine that the festival isn’t back again next year, and maybe even a bit bigger and louder.
The Best Rock Songs of 2013
(Make sure you check out our Top Rock Albums 0f 2013)
2013 was a year packed with interesting entertaining rock offerings. Most commercial radio seems fixated on synth-driven, watered-down, safe music for the masses. At times, I’m a sucker for that stuff, too, but far more often, I enjoy my rock with a little guitar, as you’ll see below…
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Bonus Track: Golden, Holly Maher – Our own BrokenBirdie sums this one up perfectly: This Nashville native “really knows how to mix sassy and sweet perfectly…” Maher is not an easy fit into our rock ‘n roll genre, but she’s a blossoming singer songwriter with lots of potential.
24. What Doesn’t Kill You – Jake Bugg – Garage rock 21st Century style. This 19 year-old has a great sound, sometimes punk, sometimes folksy, and this is the best offering from his second album.
23. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys – Really like the guitar intro on this one, and just love the focus on Alex Turner’s vocals, which are his best yet.
22. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities – An example of the synth and drum machine recipe that dominates today’s airwaves, but this one is creative and catchy.
21. Harlem – New Politics – A bit of a guilty pleasure. Bubble gum rock, but it’s got infectious lyrics and a memorable guitar riff that you’ll never get out of your head.
20. High School Lover – Cayucas – This one has a slick late 60′s surf rock feel which fits this band from Santa Monica perfectly.
19. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend – It’s a great showcase for Ezra Koenig’s vocals, and unbelievably, this is actually the band’s highest charting song of their career.
18. 17 Crimes – AFI – This one is carried by Adam Carson’s drums. It’s got a great singalong chorus about a nasty topic. I should have moved this up to #17 just for the symmetry.
17. Recovery – Frank Turner – It’s fun catchy song with deep meaningful lyrics from one of today’s best rock ‘n roll poets from Tape Deck Heart, one of this year’s best albums.
16. Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood – The first single off of their debut album I Love You and it was a breath of fresh air on the Alt-Rock scene. The first of two tracks from the West Coast band on the list.
15. Wake Me Up – Avicii – My wife rarely turns me on to excellent new rock, but this is an exception. This one makes a great driving song, but it’s excellent in any environment and crosses so many musical genres. Love the music bed…
14. Drive Me Home – The Reason – A big rocker from a veteran Canadian band who sound like Kings of Leon, just with a little more talent and a lot more passion and less pretentiousness.
13. Deal with the Devil – Pop Evil – Reminds me a bit of Alice and Chains which is always a good thing. Love Leigh Kakaty’s vocals, but the music from his band mates is even better.
12. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend – Bit of a different feel, where Koenig’s vocals highlight early; and then the song masterfully devolves into a clever mash-up of sounds eerily reminiscent of the late 80’s dance remixes from Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
11. Hail to the King – Avenged Sevenfold – Best hard rock band around, and this song is a prime example why. Searing guitar solos, hard driving rhythm and killer vocals.
10. Cut Me Some Slack – “Nirvana” featuring Paul McCartney – OK, I named the band… It’s Dave Grohl’s fantastic contribution to Sound City. Paul bringing back haunting “Helter Skelterish” vocals accompanied by the living members of Nirvana, and it works amazingly well.
10. Waves – Blondfire – It’s a great summer vibe, and a tune that highlights the beautiful vocals of Erica Driscoll and an absolutely mesmerizing groove.
9. Bit By Bit – Mother Mother – One of today’s most underrated bands, and this provocative quirky song is the best one from their fantastic album The Sticks. It’s aggressive Alt-rock with a unique blend of boy-girl vocals.
8. Lola Montez – Volbeat – Killer guitar work from new addition Rob Caggiano (Anthrax) and an excellent spotlight for Michael Poulsen’s powerful and distinctive vocals.
7. The Boys Are Back – Dropkick Murphys – Bagpipes and a rousing chorus power this rocker. Just love Ken Casey’s beautifully ragged and harsh vocals. It’s Irish rock at its best, well almost…
6. House of Gold – Twenty One Pilots – Ukelele driven ode to Tyler Glenn’s mother featuring his quirky but perfectly fitting vocals as this duo continues their ascension into rock stardom.
5. Rose Tattoo – Dropkick Murphys – This is Irish rock at its best. Tender mandolin opening with more of a classic Irish story teller vibe and a memorable chorus. They also released a version with Springsteen on vocals as a Boston Marathon victims’ fundraiser which is just as good as the original.
4. Thanksgiving – Stephen Kellogg – It’s a masterpiece, a ten minute masterpiece, but worth every second of it. Poignant, meaningful lyrics, passionate vocals and superb music. This one should become the definitive Thanksgiving song.
3. San Francisco – The Mowgli’s – A positive, happy, upbeat song, and it’s just fun as hell. This octet delivers a wall of sound, and the music is simply addictive. A great song made better by the great vibe.
2. Afraid – The Neighbourhood – Jesse Rutherford’s vulnerable vocals and deeply introspective lyrics are fantastic, and the song is absolutely great. It is the highlight track from the band’s excellent debut I Love You.
1. Four Simple Words – Frank Turner – This one starts with soft piano accompanied by acoustic guitar, then evolves into a raucous punk rock throwdown. It’s everything wonderful about rock ‘n roll wrapped up into one song. Oh, and the lyrics are perfect, too.
There you have it. My list… What did I miss? Let me know in he comments below, and make sure you Follow Us on Twitter and Like our Facebook for rock music updates all year long.
Jupiter Falls – Revolution
6 months? Are you kidding me? After my first listen to Leeds’ based quintet Jupiter Falls, I was surprised to learn that the band had been formed a mere six months earlier. The album sounds like the polished work of a seasoned American hard rock band, not the debut offering from a new group out of the UK.
Although the band is new, these guys are veterans of the rock music scene, and accomplished musicians at that. Fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and Metallica are going to love Revolution. The music on their UNIR1 debut is a cross between classic hard rock and modern heavy alt-rock. Lead singer James Hart reached out via Facebook to guitarist Deano Silk and the core pieces were quickly put into motion; ultimately leading to the creation of the band, and this, their excellent first release.
The album highlights the band’s diversity; at times they sound like 70’s or 80’s classic rock, current era Alt-hardcore, or turn of the century metal. Fantastic guitar work, memorable licks and powerful vocals are consistent throughout.
The album kicks off with “Awake,” a futuristic sounding opus, where aggressive drums and nicely layered guitars accompany Hart’s vocals in a song reminiscent of early Avenged Sevenfold. Two songs later, hard driving drums and an infectious guitar drive the band on “To The Point,”a track that clearly shows the Shinedown influence on the band.
One of my favorite tracks is “Forgiven,” a song that brings back great memories of late 80’s heavy metal rockers Danzig. It’s powered by a dark gloomy guitar, but unlike Danzig classics, this one has excellent uplifting vocals that add a melodic twist. Love the stark guitar in the beginning of the song. It’s just a fantastically constructed selection, and one with the potential to become a signature track.
“End of the World” is an aggressive hard rocking cut, and “World War Three” is an excellent and memorable power ballad. On “Story Of A Liar” we are treated to something totally different. The lead from Silk is creative and catchy and meshes exceptionally with the rhythm guitar. It’s my favorite guitar work on the album, although I really liked the opening riff on “When the Time is Right,” and the intricate solo “Lei e quella” and… OK, it;s just a damn good guitar album.
For sure, it’s not a perfect album, but the majority of the cuts are very strong; it’s probably the best hard rock debut album I’ve heard in a few years. This band is just dripping with potential and I can’t wait to see their live show.
In an era where so much of the current rock coming out of the UK is watered down and ultra-poppy (yet sometimes still good), this is an extremely welcome change of pace. At times a comfortable flashback and at other times cutting edge genius, it’s a welcome addition to the rock music landscape, and one that has the potential to be one of the seminal albums of this genre.
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Orlando Rock Concert Calendar
Welcome to Rocktober – another nice mix of rock shows across the region this month. Some killer hard rock featuring some huge acts at big venues. Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, A Day To Remember and more. Check their shows out below…
10/01 – Sick Puppies, Redlight King and Charming Liars, House of Blues.
10/04 – Saves The Day, The Social
10/05 – City and Colour, House of Blues
10/06 – Eve 6, The Social
10/06 – Black Taxi, Will’s Pub
10/08 – Portugal The Man with Crystal Fighters, House of Blues
10/08 – Sigur Ros, CFE Arena
10/09 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Beacham
10/10 – The English Beat, Plaza Live Orlando
10/13 – Hinder with Candlebox and Devour the Day, House of Blues
10/13 – Voodoo Glow Skulls, Will’s Pub
10/16 – Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones, Amway Center. A killer doble bill at the Big House.
10/18 – Atlas Genius, House of Blues
10/19 – Matt Nathanson, House of Blues
10/19 – They Might Be Giants, Orange County Convention Center
10/20 – Finch, The Beacham
10/24 – A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and The Wonder Years, CFE Arena. This line-up is a guaranteed night to remember.
10/25 – WJRR Halloweenie Roast: Alice Cooper, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine and more, CFE Arena. Second consecutive day of great rock on the campus of UCF.
10/26 – Kix, Radisson Center (Cape Canaveral)
10/29 – Barenaked Ladies, Hard Rock Live
10/30 – John Fogerty, Hard Rock Live. He was a last-minute fill-in for Fun. at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover, and blew the crowd away.
10/30 – Story of the Year, Hawthorne heights and more, The Beacham
10/31 – Nine Inch Nails with Gary Numan, Amway Center. Just an amazing way to spend Halloween.