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Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat Tour

Tour Announcement: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat Tour ofNorth America

Wow!

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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Welcome To Rockville Band Recaps

Welcome To Rockville Crowd Surfing
Welcome To Rockville Crowd Surfing

(Our band photos from the festival are provided after each band’s recap)

Before I get into my capsule band reviews, let me remind you of a few things. There were two bands playing at a time, virtually all the time, so by default, I missed half the artists. I also was backstage interviewing from time-to-time, so I  missed a few other bands. Basically, if I missed your favorite act, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

If you are interested, here’s my overall Festival Recap: Welcome To Rockville, and HappyJack’s in-depth review of Hellyeah: Ex-Pantera Members Rock Jacksonville.

These bands are listed in the order that I saw them:

Saturday

  • Rev Theory – The crowd and I were really into “Hell Yeah,” but truthfully, the rest of the set was kind of mediocre.
  • Middle Class Rut – Two talented musicians, but still, just two guys! Hard to believe with the sound they pumped out but they filled the air with powerful, hard driving alt-rock, and drummer Sean Stockham was one of the highlights of the day. Middle Class Rut Photos
Middle Class Rut at Welcome To Rockville
Middle Class Rut at Welcome To Rockville
  • Monster Truck – was not familiar with this soulful foursome at all. I assumed they were a big Texas rock band based on their guitar driven southern sound. I was wrong, these guys hail from Hamilton Ontario, but they’ve got a sound big enough for Texas. Monster Truck Photos
  • Adelitas Way – Lead singer Rick DeJesus had tremendous rapport with the crowd and quickly had them at a fever pitch. At one time, he directed the fans to keep crowd surfing stageside where he jumped down to greet them. He joked that the Security crew wasn’t going to be happy. Yeah, no shit. He nailed that one, as a tidal wave of fans surfed to the stage front. He and his mates sounded great and put on a killer show, but he was a bit of an ass for putting the fans and Security crew at risk when the surfing escalated out of control. Adelitas Way Photos
  • Evergreen Terrace – They killed it. I don’t love their music, but I was about the only one in the crowd who didn’t. Local boys definitely on the brink of bigger things. Front man Andrew Carey sang the closer from amidst the crowd.  Cool stuff. Evergreen Terrace Photos
  • Chiodos – These midwest rockers offered up engaging alt-rock with a gritty hard edge. The band has reunited and sounded sharp. They offered one of our favorite lines of the festival: “You’re all hot and sweaty, and not even with your own sweat; but that’s rock n roll.” Indeed it is. Chiodos Photos
  • Smile Empty Soul – Hard to believe these guys have already been around for 15 years.  Their grunge infused rock sounded great in a set nicely book-ended by their early hit “Bottom Of The Bottle” and their strong new release “Chemicals.” We caught up with drummer Jake Kilmer afterwards and will be sharing that interview shortly on this website. (So Follow / Like for alerts) Smile Empty Soul Photos
  • Alter Bridge – As good as the first group of bands were, they just kicked the talent up a notch. Two uber-talented guitarists, Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti absolutely lit the stage up; and Kennedy also offered up what might have been the best vocals of the day. Their thirty minute set was damn near perfect. I liked hearing the band express their appreciation for the active, engaged crowd, despite the fact that they took the stage at the sweltering worst time of the day. Alter Bridge Photos
Alter Bridge at Welcome To Rockville.
Alter Bridge at Welcome To Rockville.
  • Volbeat – Love their music, but had never seen these Danish rockers perform live.  They’re making some of the most intriguing hard rock gracing the airwaves these days and it translated great on the big stage, as they were my Top Artist of Welcome To Rockville. Front man Michael Poulsen’s voice was distinctive and powerful and he humorously interacted with the crowd throughout the set.  The entire band sounded fantastic, and dual lead guitars from Poulsen and Rob Caggiano stole the show. They also offered a campy Johnny Cash cover that had the crowd singing along. Volbeat Photos
  • Cult – The first time I saw Cult, they opened for Billy Idol in the mid-eighties. I love their music and their album Love is one of my personal Top 10 ever.  But, quite frankly, they still are weak live. I just get the feeling there’s someplace (anyplace) that Ian Astbury would rather be, and even Billy Duffy and his band mates could care less.
  • We Came As Romans – I heard they were a talented band with a unique approach to their rock music, but was surprised by how good this band sounded. Their mix of hardcore metal and sweet pop worked perfectly. The crowd loved them and these guys are destined to continue their ascent up the rock music charts.  The vocal trade-offs between Kyle Pavone and David Stephens was one of the highlights from the entire Festival.  I need to catch this band performing a full set soon. We Came As Romans Photos
  • Avenged Sevenfold closed night one with a big arena set, plenty of effects and pyro, and they were smoking. Why the heck they closed the show at the smaller of the two stages, I will never understand. Unfortunately I watched from somewhere just north of St. Augustine but there’s no denying they nailed their set and closed night one mightily.

Sunday

  • Within Reason – These guys kicked off Day 2 of Welcome To Rockville, after doing the same thing the night before in Ft. Myers. The quartet from Alabama are doing there own thing on this tour and with their new album and it seems to be working great as their tight set was packed with excellent active rock ‘n roll. A great way to start the day! (We’ll have a full band interview in the next few weeks so make sure you Follow for updates). Within Reason Photos
  • The Pretty Reckless – Well, Taylor Momsen was “Pretty” but their music was just plain bland.  I was bored.
  • Sick Puppies – This talented trio brought it from Down Under to the Monster Energy Fire Museum stage and put on a nice Alt-Rock set. Shimon Moore sounded great and had the crowd’s apt attention and as they raced through an engaging set.  Female bass player Emma Anzai was one of the few females gracing a stage this weekend and without a doubt, the most memorable, as she delivered a great performance bouncing all over the stage. Sick Puppies Photos
Sick Puppies at Welcome To Rockville
Sick Puppies at Welcome To Rockville.
  • Nothing More – For the second straight festival, Nothing More, a talented quartet out of San Antonio stole the show. They play gritty addictive hard rock that had the crowd engaged throughout. Still, as good as the music is, it is blown away by their stage show. Every band member is a consummate performer, and their theatrics on the stage were unparalleled all weekend. A spinning elevated bass, four drum kits and a whole lot more. Trust us these guys put on one hell of a show and are a can’t miss act. Nothing More Photos
  • Black Label Society – Another band that just didn’t really do it for me.  They had a big passionate crowd, and the guitar work from Zakk Wylde and crew was solid, but nothing really stood out about their set, so I left early to see…
  • Lacuna Coil – caught the end of their set, and quickly wished I had seen the whole thing. Goth metal with underlying catchy melodies.   Christina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro nicely traded off girl-boy lead vocals and sounded strong. Lacuna Coil Photos
Lacuna Coil at Welcome To Rockville
Lacuna Coil at Welcome To Rockville.
  • Theory Of A Deadman were the first band we saw at the featured Metropolitan Park stage, and they commanded the crowd’s attention, with lead singer Tyler Connolly by far the most entertaining front man of the event. He played a fun brief “Sweet Home Florida” and before “Bitch Came Back,” introduced it as a song for the ladies. The band absolutely killed it. Theory Of A Deadman Photos
  • Seether sounded good, but quite frankly did not live up to my expectations – a decent set, but not the “Can’t Miss” band I expected. Their closing song, “Remedy” did not suck, however 🙂
  • Staind – Aaron Lewis was at the opposite end of the spectrum, his voice was fantastic and Staind sounded damn near perfect. They had the singalong set of the night, too. “Now,” “Outside,” “Something To Remind You,” and “It’s Been Awhile” had the crowd singing in unison back to back… Staind Photos
Rob Zombie at Welcome To Rockville
Rob Zombie at Welcome To Rockville
  • Rob Zombie – Unfortunately, we knew we were going to miss Korn, so this was our last act of the weekend. Thankfully Zombie and his band killed it.  The stage was a sight to behold, covered in muted eerie images, and Zombie and the band fit in perfectly.  They opened with a rousing version of “American Band” and kept the energy going for a fun and powerful set.  Zombie was a theatrical front man who put on a killer show. Rob Zombie Photos

All told, it was two days of obscenely sweaty, loud and aggressive rock ‘n roll, and one hell of a good time.

We have hundreds of photos coming in the next 24 hours, which we will share via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you were there, who were your favorite acts?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Rock On!
Cretin

Welcome To Rockville Festival Recap

Volbeat live at Welcome To Rockville
Volbeat live at Welcome To Rockville

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.

Other observations:

  • 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…
Crowd surfing at Welcome To Rockville Festival
Crowd surfing at Welcome To Rockville Festival

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.

Rock On!
Cretin

Best Rock Songs of 2013

2013 best rock songs

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…

Click on the sing titles to check out and grab your own copy of each song.

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 MurphysThis 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.

Rock On!
Cretin

New Rock Music Around the Farm


Seems like this time of year the amount of good new music seems to dwindle a bit, but our crack research team has offered up a few selections worthy of your precious listening time.

(You can click on the title of each selection to sample it on iTunes)

Seems like this time of year the amount of good new music seems to dwindle a bit, but our crack research team has offered up a few selections worthy of your precious listening time.

(You can click on the title of each selection to sample it on iTunes)

Cinematics – The Epilogues – Let’s start with Cinematics, the latest release from Indie rockers The Epilogues.  This foursome out of Denver offers up a nice diverse collection of modern rock that will appeal to most Alt-Rock fans.  Chris Heckman’s vocals conjure up comparisons to Silversun Pickups in a comfortable way, but the layered music is all their own.  Definitely worth a listen.

What Makes A Good Man? – The Heavy – These English modern rockers are back with another fantastic soulful anthem.  Love their sound which is a great meshing of Alt-Rock, R&B and just oozes soulful coolness. If you aren’t familiar with the band, they’re the same guys who gave us 2010’s fantastic The How You Like Me Now?

Put the Gun Down – ZZ Ward – Zsuzsanna Eva Ward. This young American singer songwriter has a soulful voice that reminds me of Duffy and Florence and the Machine.  This is her debut release and offers up a glimpse into her very bright future.

My Girl – Yukon Blonde – These Canadian Indie rockers have been around in one form or another for about seven years, and they’ve always had a great sound. This one is my favorite thus far.  Good stuff!

That Girl – Noisettes – This English duo hearkens back to 60’s Motown like the Ronettes.  This is a fun, bouncy song with an oldies rock feel. (This one is not yet available on iTunes)

Heaven Nor Hell – Volbeat – Some good old fashioned hard rock from this Danish trio.  Melodic heavy metal that is guaranteed to get you moving. Love their sound…

Pick Up the Phone – Falling In Reverse – Great hard rock from Las Vegas that was actually recorded here in Orlando.  It’s hardcore rock with nice melodies and fun lyrics.

Another Neighborly Christmas – EP – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Nashville-based Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors is following up the band’s debut Christmas album (A Neighborly Christmas), with Another Neighborly Christmas which includes an excellent version of “Merry Christmas Baby.” Tis the season…

Rock On!
Cretin