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Concert review - Sister Sin - The Forvm, Amherst, NY - July 14 2014

Review by Thomas S. Orwat Jr., photos by Scott Brown and Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Amherst, NY - Sister Sin, an old-school-style heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, has been one of my favorite "newer bands," ever since their groundbreaking 2010 release, ‘True Sound of the Underground.’  I instantly fell in love with their classic-style metal riffs, coupled with the powerful vocals of metal goddess - Liv Jagrell.  They were like my own secret treasure, in that I discovered them before they had any real fan base here in America.  I've been a huge supporter of the band and last year, when they released their 4th record, ‘Black Lotus,’ I was blown away; so much that the RMS staff and I decided to name ‘Black Lotus’ the best release of 2014.

For full review, click here.


Concert review - Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla - Darien Lake PAC, Darien, NY - July 12, 2015

Review and photos by John Jeffrey
Darien, NY - Aside from Lynyrd Skynyrd, I can't think of any other active rock and roll group that has dealt with as much adversity as Def Leppard.  From drummer Rick Allen's 1984 car crash (which resulted in him losing his left arm), to the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991, to Clark's replacement - Vivian Campbell - and his continuing bout with cancer (Hodgkin's lymphoma), this English rock band deserves to have it's name put in the dictionary, right next to the word "perseverance."  Ironically, Def Leppard has teamed up this summer with two other bands who are no strangers to adversity themselves, as their direct support group - Styx - features bassist Chuck Panozzo, whose battle with HIV/AIDS restricts him to a limited role in their live show (as he only appears on a handful of songs throughout their set), and the show's opener are none other than the 80's hard rock heroes - Tesla - whose lead singer, Jeff Keith, is still on the mend from having a total hip replacement surgery earlier this year.  This lineup of "Rock Warriors" played to an enthusiastic crowd at Darien Lake's PAC on Sunday night (dubbed the 2015 "Weenie Roast" by local radio station 97 Rock), making sure all of those in attendance got their prescriptions filled for 'rock and roll nostalgia.'

For full review and more photos, click here.


Concert review - Powerman 5000, SOiL - Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY - July 7, 2015

Review/photos by Scott Brown

Rochester, NY - Rochester promoters bring yet another phenomenal rock show to the area in the form of hard and grungy SOiL, and industrial metal gurus, Powerman 5000, on a very comfortable July night.  To the credit of these hard efforts, an odd scenario ensued this night in the form of low attendance.  How could there possibly be low attendance for the bands that brought us iconic tunes such as, “Halo,” and the ever and instantly recognizable, “When Worlds Collide?”  Well, freak natures of the industry happen, and this one was taken advantage of by not only the fans, but the bands, as well.  Fans were treated to a very intimate, and what was categorized as a “private show,” by fellow concert attendees.  No one in sight frowned.  As a matter of fact, all attendees I encountered were nothing but smiles, and felt as if they really mattered, thanks to the enthusiasm and arena style of play in a club show for those who mattered, the fans.

For full review, click here.


Concert preview - Sister Sin - The Forvm, Amherst, NY - July 14, 2015

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Sister Sin, the four-piece, heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, has been winning over legions of new fans every day on this summer's, "Rockstar Mayhem" tour.  The band, which features Liv Jagrell - vocals, Jimmy Hiltula - guitar, Dave Sundberg – drums, and Andreas Strandh - bass, will also be playing a few headlining shows during their off dates from the tour.  One of these headlining dates will be in Buffalo, NY, this Tuesday, and is presented by Rock Music Star.  We are honored to be bringing this amazing band to the WNY area.  We have supported Sister Sin from the beginning of their career, and last year, we voted their recording, ‘Black Lotus,’ as the #1 release of 2014.

What follows is a brief chat with Liv Jagrell, in which she shares some insight into the “Rockstar Mayhem” tour, and also reveals what we can expect on July 14th.

For interview, click here.


Interview - Kissing Candice - Joey Simpson

Long Island, NY horror-metal band, Kissing Candice, will be releasing their first recording, ‘Blind Until We Burn,’ on Victory Records today.  This intense and brutal 13-track tour de force will certainly appease any fan of nu-metal or hard rock.  This Slipknot-influenced, mask-wearing band consists of Joey Simpson (Vocals), Tommy Sciro (guitar), Walter Dicristina (guitar), Mike Grippo (bass), and Tommy Vinton (drums).  This group is currently winning over legions of fans on this year’s "RockStar Mayhem" tour.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with one of Metal's future stars, Joey Simpson.

For interview, click here.