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Earthday Birthday Roars Into Orlando


WJRR Brings Killer Rock Festival Back To Orlando

WJRR’s annual celebration of rock ‘n roll is about to storm back into Orlando, and as the renowned festival turns 22, it’s as powerful and enticing as it’s ever been.

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For a locally produced festival, Earthday Birthday always boasts an amazingly stacked line-up of hard rock stalwarts, and usually delivers a nice mix of classic rockers and fresh new faces on the scene. This year is no different, with a lineup that features hard rock legends Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Slash with Myles Kennedy, Sevendust, and also offers up-and-coming acts like Nothing More and Soulswitch.

Earthday Birthday is a can’t miss event for local rock fans. The festival takes over the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 25th, and are a fantastic bargain at $59. You can also check the following link for option to but service fee free tix an area locations: EDBD 22 Tickets.

Aside from the music, the festival also has a few other cool touches.  Rides at the Al Capone Cigarillos Midway, Mel’s Bad Girls Club Art Walk, Kickstart by Mountain Dew BMX Demos, Professional Wrestling from I Believe in Wrestling, a vendor village and over 20 local charities. All good stuff for sure, but this event is all about the music, and it’s a line-up tailor made for rock and roll animals, like us!

101.1 WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 22 will feature twenty bands spread across 20 stages, including something for anyone who appreciates their rock music delivered loud and hard.

Full Line-Up

We’ll have our six can’t miss bands in the next few days, as well as additional coverage and photos before, during and after the event.

Rock On!

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Torche – Restarter Album Review


Restarter Album Review

I liken Torche’s music to dredging a swamp full of corpses in tutus…

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Or… Southern Gothic glitter….

Or… Monsters puking rainbows sitting on clouds…. which is appropriately the album art off the previous Torche album, “Harmonicraft”

Whatever vision one has of Torche, the general consensus is that they have found a way to marry the bludgeoning, sludgiest dirge metal, with a toe tapping, head bopping, pop mastery that would hold Katy Perry hostage. I have to admit that my opinion is biased and they have become one of my favorite bands.

Hailing from the swampy madness that is Florida they seemingly, knowingly or not, have invented a new genre dubbed “doom pop.” I’m not one for genres but I am happy about this one, because there is no argument with what bands belong, there is only one…

Torche’s 4th full length record, among their many EP’s, is full of what makes them exciting, forging a road for bloody unicorn metal. A low-end record, that erupts into chaos only to be spun back into a tightly tuned tornado, with sing-along options turned to 11. Restarter is also what it sounds like, a step away from the sing-along of Harmonicraft back to the band’s first down-tuned tempos.

The record opens with the bruising “Annihilation Affair” which could have been a B side on previous record “Hellion” and lurks along on Steve Brook’s formidable, and manly, baritone.

“Bishop in Arms” follows a driving percussion that seems to push the rest of the band to keep up and “Minions” offers a fluid foundation to ride on. “Loose Men” gives us an insight into Andrew Elstner’s guitar work, and the band’s tongue-in-cheek sensibility.

And so on… From “Loose Men” to “Barrier Hammer”, this is the yin of heavy and the yang of happy that is spoken in parallel with Torche. And a void missing in rock and metal music today. Similar bands take themselves, and their metal, way seriously, and sometimes that’s OK. Torche knows that… and they acknowledge it…they poke fun at themselves, and they move on… giving the listener a different perspective, sometimes without the listener even knowing it, which is what good musicians, and good artists, are challenged with doing in the first place.

Mayor Peach

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Meet BLISTUR – 2014 Grammy Best Metal Group Contender


Interview with Jacksonville’s Blistur

HappyJack is back – this time a interview with Jacksonville’s own Blistur who were on the 2014 Grammy Awards Ballot for best metal group. 

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Happyjack – We are happy to have you guys take a short break while you’re in the studio and on the road to answer a few questions for the fans. Hey the New CD is really explosive – great tunes that really grab you! The fans have been lining up to see you and we are happy to have the opportunity to chat with you.

Happyjack – What was your first big break as a professional band ?

Chris Kellam – Guitars / Lead Vocals -I think just being able to play as a full time band rather than work a regular 40 hour week is a big deal to me. But Being placed on the Grammy ballot last year was the biggest break so far.
Dom Berti – Bass Guitar / Vocals – being flown out to Guantanamo Bay to play for the troops there.
Neal Gupton – Drums / Vocals – There have been a few. Probably the biggest boost in fans early on happened when we played Planetfest in Jacksonville with Hinder, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Rehab. We got out to thousands of new fans who still follow us to this day.

Happyjack – What’s your current instrument gear ?

Kellam – (Guitar) Fender Stratocaster with D’Addario strings (10-46), (Amplifier) Peavey Triple X Tube Amp with a 4X12 Cabinet.
Fender basses, Ampeg and TC Electronic rigs
Gupton – Yamaha Maple Custom drum kit, Paiste Signature cymbals, Yamaha DTX12 Multi electronic pads, EV and AKG microphones, Evans heads, Zildjian sticks.

Happyjack – Highlight of your career so far ?

Kellam – I think the highlight of my career was playing to 10,000 people in a very popular venue in the middle of my hometown of Jacksonville Florida.
Berti – being submitted for a nomination for The Grammys
Gupton – There have been some great ones.. For me though – my sentimental favorite – was playing the Florida Theater. That was a venue I grew up watching some of my favorite bands play in and I never thought I’d get the chance to do it myself. The sound and crew were top notch, and the crowd was electric.

Happyjack – Who inspired you to begin making music ?

Kellam – My stepfather, Ronnie Perry (aka PW) was a bassist in a local band and he taught me how to be a professional musician.
Berti – Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke
Gupton – There were no professional musicians in our house growing up so there wasn’t a family or friend influence. My dad used to listen to big band music from the 40’s. Benny Goodman, Count Basie, etc. When I heard Sing Sing Sing with Gene Krupa I knew I was a drummer. When I heard Foreigner from my older brother’s stereo I knew I’d be a rock drummer. When I hear Neil Peart from Rush, I knew I needed to practice! 

Happyjack – What’s next for BLISTUR in 2015 ?

Kellam – Fame and fortune! Haha.   Seriously though, we are going to record the best album yet for our loyal fans and will vigorously pursue connected management and labels.
Berti – Being signed and going on a world tour.
Gupton – Working with Al Gomes of Big Noise last year on a one year contract, we were honored to be placed on the 2014 Grammy ballot under the “Best Rock Performance” category for our song, “Make Up Your Mind”. We are currently entertaining offers to either work with Big Noise again, or perhaps a new management company. We are also in the writing phase of a new CD and not ready to set a release date yet. Hopefully by summer a new CD will be ready. As far as live shows, we are actively booking shows from the club level all the way up to headlining at Daytona Bike Week. There are spots on our calendar left open for Sturgis, SD Bike Week and other festivals that we are trying to secure now.

Happyjack – I’d never perform without …

Kellam – Warming up my vocals and making sure I have room temperature bottled water. Oh, and of course, my guitar!
Berti – Without playing one of my own basses.
Gupton – A decent snare drum! Really though, a good sound system and great sounding instruments is so important. Live performance is our resume’. We never like submitting it on a handwritten piece of steno pad (crappy drums, crappy backlined amps, crappy sound system, crappy sound engineer).

Happyjack – My favorite track on the New “BLISTUR” CD is…

Kellam – Shadow
Berti – Shadow
Gupton – Shadow ! It’s epic and we are all proud of that one.

Happyjack – The best gift I ever received in this band is –

Kellam – Loyalty from our fans
Gupton – A fan in New Zealand who calls herself “Silk Sunrise” on social media took it upon herself to create life-size, museum quality canvas paintings of us and sent it internationally to our front doors. An unbelievable gesture of random kindness I will never forget.

Happyjack – My most treasured instrument is…

Kellam – My Fender Stratocaster that I’ve had since 1989.
Berti – 1973 Fender Jazz bass
Gupton – My maple custom Yamaha’s. By far.

Happyjack – My favorite Music Artists to listen to …

Kellam – It varies from Avenged Sevenfold to Stevie Ray Vaughn and anything that has a lot of guitar in it.
Berti – Jaco Pastorius , Word of Mouth and SMV
Gupton – There are so many and I listen to most everything. But I’d have to start with Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, Buddy Rich, Chic Corea, Live, Tool, Foreigner (especially the album cuts off the first two albums).. I could go on for days. Rock, metal, jazz, fusion, swing.

Happyjack – When I’m looking to get inspired I…

Kellam – Pick up the acoustic guitar and just let my fingers play whatever I fell at that moment.
Berti – try to listen to as much Fusion as I can
Gupton – Plug in Dream Theater’s “Metropolis 2000 – Scenes From a Memory” DVD. Also, Rush “Beyond the Lighted Stage” documentary and “Buddy Rich – Jazz Legend” DVDs

Happyjack – My favorite travel destination is…

Kellam – St. Maarten
Berti – Europe
Gupton – Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. A close second would be the island of St. Maarten. If I’m not performing, then Kauai, Hawaii.

Happyjack – The last song I listened to was…

Kellam – Master of Puppets by Metallica
Berti – Elegant People by Jaco Pastorius
Gupton – Subdivisions by Rush

Happyjack – The best fans are the ones that…

Kellam – Sing along with Blistur songs!
Gupton – Travel great lengths to support us. We are ever grateful to them.-

Happyjack – The city that has the best Fans is ..
Kellam – Our hometown, Jacksonville Florida
Berti – Jacksonville
Gupton – Hard to answer without making other cities mad. I must say though that Fernandina Beach, FL really comes out every time we play there.

Happyjack – When did you start playing ?

Kellam – I was 9 years old when I began playing guitar
Berti – When I was 17 years old
Gupton –  was 8 years old. I didn’t have a drum set until age 17, so I became proficient at playing the couch, coffee table and practice pad.

Happyjack – Is it easy for you to agree on the songs ?

Kellam – Yes
Berti – Yes because musically we all think alike.
Gupton – Yes. Even if one of us writes something and someone else takes it in a direction that wasn’t intended.. We are usually open minded about all things and will see where it leads. It’s a real advantage that no one gets their feelings hurt if the rest of the band rejects a song.

Happyjack – What does a new artist need to break out in the current Rock biz ?

Kellam – Pursue your passion and NEVER give up.
Berti – to have real staying power they need more talent and less gimmicks.
Gupton – If I knew I’d write a best seller. My best guess is the whole “it’s who you know”. We’ve all read about the big labels not signing anyone, or making 360 deals with bands to take more income from areas the band used to get.. Like live performance and merchandise. Because they are suffering due to piracy and streaming and lack of CD sales. So the Internet age has allowed us all to get our music out there, which is a great thing. But there are a lot of minnows in that ocean. I watch The Tonight Show and really scratch my head at some of the new bands he puts on there. And I think, that band must know somebody! –

Happyjack – How much input did you personally put into the recording of your new CD?

Kellam – I am the producer/engineer, guitarist and singer, so I have to say I put in a great deal of input into all of our original material. LOL
Berti – As a bass player I write all the bass lines for the songs and some of the melodies
Gupton – A lot. Chris has proven to be an outstanding engineer, writer and producer (aside from being an incredible musician). I’m there though all the tracking, mixing, mastering helping to listen for timing issues, instrument out of tune, etc. My role is like Robin (without the tights)… I just try to pick up that extra criminal that Batman didn’t see behind him.

Happyjack – Why should Major Bands select you guys to open the shows ?

Kellam – We are professional and musically as tight as a band can be. Not to mention we are extremely easy to get along with.
Berti – Because they would never be disappointed in our performances and they would receive 100% professionalism from each one of us.
Gupton – Because we are ultimate professionals. Our band is excellent and we take the job seriously. We don’t get drunk, start late or end late. None of that. We demand the highest of ourselves and stick to the contract. If we need to adapt and overcome, we’ve done our share of that as well.


Happyjack – Today’s songwriters lack inspiration, where do you as songwriters get that inspiration ?

Kellam – True events, family, friends etc.. Theres so much material right in front of us if we simply open our eyes.
Berti – t depends on the individual as to where he or she gets their inspiration from.
Gupton – I like non-typical themes to write about. But things I have some personal experience with or a subject that I have a studied opinion on. There’s plenty of things like that if I pay attention to the world around me. If I try to write a song without having some personal stake in it.. It usually comes off poorly. In the end, there is an emotion I am trying to tap into. Happy, sad, mad.. Whatever. If the music and lyrics fit the emotion behind it that, to me, is when a song really comes together.

Happyjack – Why do you think there is such an interest in Rock music now ?

Kellam – I think the interest in rock will never die as long as the songwriters stay true to  themselves musically
Berti – Everything goes in a circle. The cycle comes around with every generation.
Gupton – I hear that Country is the most popular music now around the USA. But take a look at any rock festival and it packs out. I think there is always an interest in GOOD music, no matter the genre

Happyjack – Where did you guys first meet with each other ?

Kellam – I met Neal around 15 years ago in Jacksonville as we were in different bands and playing the same venues. We got together around 10 years ago and met up with Dom about 5 years ago through a mutual friend  in Jacksonville.
Gupton – I connected with Chris in a different band twelve years ago. We formed Blistur in November of 2005. But I had seen him play in previous bands and had hoped someday we could work together. He was such a next level guitarist and singer. Luckily I found myself out of a band at a time when his band was looking for a drummer. We connected with Dom Berti about five years ago after parting ways with the previous bass player. He had moved here from Bronx, NY and a friend referred him. We got lucky that the first guy to audition for the spot was him. Dom opened up an entire new spectrum for us with his bass playing. Just a brilliant musician. And our songwriting morphed into something much deeper musically.

Happyjack – Did you get to enjoy yourself in the studio ? Highlights ?

Kellam – Absolutely! We streamed our Scars and Stripes recording process for our fans to watch live and it was a blast.
Berti – I enjoyed myself very much. I really enjoyed watching Chris producing the CD and i enjoy the musicianship of them both.
Gupton – Yes.. A big advantage is that we built our own studio. So there is no tension when recording, thinking about that clock ticking at $60-$100 an hour. Plus, with Chris studio skills we all get exactly what we are going for as far as sound, arrangement, etc. During recording of our “Scars and Stripes” CD, we streamed it live on the Internet and invited fans to join in. That was fun.. Especially the chat room and some of the wise cracks our fans were making. I warned them it was like watching grass grow.. But they tuned in anyway. Some of them were probably supposed to be working. Other highlights would be… How we made the “boots marching” sound on “Make Up Your Mind”. We couldn’t find suitable samples of soldiers marching on the Internet, so we recorded two plastic cups against plastic bags that were sitting on the aforementioned canvas painting. Recorded about three tracks of that and it sounded like boots marching. Crazy! Plus other Easter eggs on our CD’s like reading from Moby Dick in a British accent behind the music. People would be surprised at some of the creative stuff that is in the songs they are listening to.

Happyjack – How important is it for a new up and coming band to have articles in print and web stories ?

Kellam – New media is one of the main ways to get your band out there to people that would otherwise not know who that band is.
Gupton – I saw a quote once attributed to Bill Gates. To paraphrase: ‘If I had two dollars left to invest in my business, I would spend one on PR’. I saw that on the Internet, so who knows if Bill said it, but I liked the quote. Obviously, for a band fans are everything. Getting known through live performance, print media, social media, blogs, radio.. It is everything. And that can be one of the hardest parts to keep up with. –

Happyjack – Describe what this band is all about – and the future goals – of each member

Kellam – This band is all about the music!
Berti – the band Blistur is all about the music. no shortcuts and no games. I can really only speak for myself but my goal is to go on tour with Blistur because when we do go out we really have a lot of fun with each other. In the future I would like to become a studio recording artist and also teach.
Gupton – Our strength is musicianship. This band is about excellence in playing, performing and songwriting. I’ve been in so many bands, and never stuck around if the band wasn’t at least very good. Among all those great bands I have been a part of, Blistur is the best of the best. I really want to go as far as we can. I have no doubt that if we find a way to a mass audience through touring, radio, media, viral video, whatever.. That the rest will take care of itself.

Happyjack – Your birthplace ? Any brothers or sisters ? Married today ?

Kellam – Columbia SC is my birthplace and I have 2 step brothers and yes, I’m married with a 9 year old daughter.
Berti – Bronx, NY, a brother and a sister, yes I’m married to my best friend and my lifetime partner my wife.
Gupton – I am married. Born in St. Augustine, FL . One older brother, two older sisters

Happyjack – Any final thoughts ? 

Berti – I would like to thank all the fans who come to our shows. Somehow to us they are more family than fans.
Gupton – As always, I never take for granted that I am doing what I love for a living. Without people liking the music, and making such efforts to come hear us play it..I would be driving a forklift. Nothing wrong with forklifts, but playing drums is much better. A big thank you to all of those who have supported us for so long. We strive to make you all proud.

Thank you guys for the interview – the fans are super excited to hear from you today and can’t wait to see you soon on tour. We are all pulling for you guys to win many Grammy’s – You guys rock !

Thanks to the Band’s Management Team and to BLISTUR for a great interview. Catch the band on tour in 2015 – and grab the new CD !  http://blistur.com/music/  Also iTunes and CD Baby Outlets !


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Ex Pantera Members form “Hellyeah” and Smoke Rockville Festival

Hellyeah Concert Review
Welcome To Rockville, Jacksonville

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Wow what a weekend in North Florida!

HappyJack is back with some cool feedback from the Rockville Music Festival. This event was held in downtown Metro Park in Jacksonville, on a weekend bathed in sunshine. The two day Welcome To Rockville was one of the country’s most prominent metal events, and one that had everybody in the industry talking.

This Rock Festival was loaded with so many cool bands, some new and some classic, that I knew this event was gonna be the event to see. Major acts, one after another, were making Jacksonville History. I’m talking more than 40 bands!

Jacksonville has banned acts from playing here in the past – Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne and others. This Southern town has had a lot of Bible thumpers rule the City Council, but a change may be in the air.

How this event got through is a miracle – as for weeks the local news was reporting complaints from everyone from both sides not wanting to start this kind of event – A Heavy Metal Festival – not in our backyard, especially not an annual one!

The Lawyers got the permits passed and the event was set – and tickets were sold, and sold and sold – total 40,000 for the weekend, including a fully Sold Out day on Sunday.

I arrived at the Festival with Cretin, the editor of Rarasfarm.com, and we split up to photograph the different bands alternating playing on four different large stages on the fairgrounds. I immediately went to the main stage and started shooting the opening bands. High energy bands that wanted to make new Jacksonville’s fans their own.

More about them later – right now this review is about a special band – Hellyeah.

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Anybody who knows metal, cannot talk about metal music without mentioning Pantera, a very high energy Heavy Metal powerhouse from Dallas, Texas. These guys really had the industry at their feet, releasing gold album after gold album, year after year. Two brothers created this band – “Dimebag Darrell,” the long-haired lead guitarist who proved a force to be reckoned with by his peers, and Vinnie Paul, the powerhouse drummer with the bombastic drums that sound like cannons.  Pantera made huge leaps over the years, releasing mega selling albums with bone crunching chords that made you play the CD again and again! Pantera was on the verge of being the Metallica everybody wanted Metallica to be – but never was.

Pantera is a band that plays certain type of metal riffs, where you can expect a gathering in the pit of metal heads, passionately shoving each other back and forth in a frenzy of spins. I personally watched some action that was borderline crazy. The fans really enjoy metal music and want more after these bands left town. The camaraderie between the fans is amazing at the huge Festivals.

The fans enjoyed the raw gut wrenching A chords playing from the guitars from Pantera – that cracked your ribs. The songs were much better than Metallica’s basic sound – with Pantera’s catchy 3 chord riffs that made you smile. These guys were a band to see – full balls to the wall metal.  Pantera created a lot of fans, and toured endlessly around the USA with other acts – blowing away the competition on every show.

One night in a club, tragic struck the band, as Dimebag Darrell was shot while playing on stage. Pantera lost a very important person in the industry – a well loved and very good guitarist, and brother.

Vinnie Paul started another band, with the ex-members of Pantera, along with a new face or two, to make the metal music world on fire again. The band played Welcome To Rockville Saturday night and 10,000 screaming fans went wild like for no other band that day. Hellyeah, the name for this new band adventure – was 10 times more polished – and every song sounded tight.

These guys played Dean Markley Guitars and Gibsons exclusively, which made the crowds jump all night; and Vinnie Paul playing his heart out on the biggest set of red drums ever. I play Ludwig drums and thought I had a big set – this guy has cannons – 12 feet of drums wrap around him.

Now, Vinnie is not a tall person and getting the perfect shot for photography was not going to be easy.  I moved around many times to finally get that picture that really showcases Vinnie. I got it and you can check it out above.  He was all smiles to the fans and was really enjoying the massive crowds that came to see Hellyeah.

The band had an average of 3 people crowd surfing, while they played. I have never witnessed so many people in the air on the fingertips of others and passed to the front where security was getting tired of handling the rowdy fans throughout the bombastic heavy metal riffs that were being played.

Hellyeah had you banging your head and from the very first note played. NO OTHER BAND OUT-PERFORMED THEM – THEY KICKED SERIOUS ASS. We are still talking about this show in Jacksonville and hope they come back again!

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Hellyeah is an American Heavy Metal Super group, consisting of Mudvayne lead vocalist Chad Gray, who screams out the metal lyrics with such ferocity, that many respect the hard work he does instantly. He wore a Hellyeah T shirt that fit him well with black jeans and black shoes, and a 6″ Mohawk hair cut. This punkish metal head lead singer was definitely hitting it off with the fans, with this voice from Hell. He was doing things that the other bands wished they could do; carrying the songs with powerhouse vocals. He got everyone’s attention and no one wanted this band to stop.

Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell was in top form with his cowboy hat – a staple in his rock n roll identity. He was nothing short of the coolest looking guy at the festival.  Perfect blend of metal chains, beads, charms and a bandana under the hat made him look like a real rocker – which he is. With his rhythm guitar, he plays A chords that crack your ribs and other hard to play notes. This guy did not rush the songs; he played perfectly with the band and what a combination to hear and see these guys in person. The hardest chords played on guitars, turned up to ten, was overwhelming to us all. Thank you for the best metal ever. Jacksonville Florida is slowly becoming a hip scene for metal music – and it’s about time! They really sounded this good – please go get their CD and play it loud.

Hopefully the city Leaders in this town will open up some more dates in the future for Festivals like this

See our full Festival recap here: Welcome To Rockville

I’ll be back with another Concert Review soon. Until then, tell your friends about RARASFARM.COM!

Thank you to the band and management teams – without you – we cannot inform the masses that want to know about their favorite bands. Thank you Rarasfarm.com for the best Rock Music Scene on the web.

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Happy Jack

Jupiter Falls Revolution Album Review

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.

Check out the album below and let me know your thoughts.

Mike G.
Rock And Roll Animal
RARA’s Farm