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Thursday
Apr252013

Concert review - Steve Wilson - Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY - April 21, 2013 

Review and photos by Mike "Suicide" Santoro

Buffalo, NY - Steven Wilson isn't exactly a house hold name, he isn't a Grammy winner (although twice nominated) and he has never had a top ten hit…yet to listen to his music you would wonder why. Born and raised in the UK , Wilson has been playing music since he was a young boy. He was heavily influenced by his parents record catalog that included Pink Floyd, Donna Summers and others.  He is most notable as the singer/ songwriter of the band Porcupine Tree which has become increasingly popular even while they currently are on hiatus and have no plans for a follow up album.  If music is math then Prog-Rock is calculus.  Emerson Lake and Palmer, Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, and Tool are all in that genre in some shape or form. Progressive Rock with its roots in Psychedelic Rock would be hard math if it were math at all.  The complexity of sounds, command of instrument,  quality of songwriting and the dismissal of rocks conventional rules are qualities these bands share and with that help define a genre.  Steven Wilson belongs among those ranks, he is a musician and he enjoys his job…and he is exceptional at it.  Dismissing the typical 3 to 4 minute song for longer symphonic type signatures and mid song tuning changes, Steven Wilson and his bandmates create incredible music.

For full review, click here.

Sunday
Apr142013

Interview - Drowning Pool - Stevie Benton

Dallas, Texas based hard rockers, Drowning Pool, just released their highly anticipated, fifth studio album, “Resilience.”  This aptly titled release showcases the quartet’s new lead singer Jasen Moreno, the fourth singer to join core members,  C.J. Pierce  (guitar), Stevie Benton (bass), Mike Luce (drums) since their 2001 debut, platinum selling release “Sinner.” 

“Resilience” is an 11 track disc that brings the band back to their vintage sound and that style that they inadvertently strayed from since the untimely passing of original vocalist Dave Williams (in August 2002).  The first single from the release, “One Finger and a Fist,” is an aggressive and heavy track, proving that Moreno is definitely the perfect vocalist for the band.

What follows is an exclusive interview with Drowning Pool’s bassist/songwriter – Stevie Benson.   During this conversation, we discuss the adversity the band faced after the death of original lead singer Dave Williams, the new Drowning Pool release, “Resilience” and much more.  Here’s what Stevie had to say.

For a full interview, click here.

Friday
Apr122013

Interview - U.D.O. - Udo Dirkschneider 

Legendary German, metal vocalist Udo Dirkschneider is back, and touring North America with his band U.D.O. for the first time in twelve years. The 61 year old "diminutive Teutonic" terror of sound, is best known in North America for his time fronting the band Accept during the 1980's, but his current band U.D.O. plays some of the biggest stages in Europe, and Central America. 

In addition to Udo himself, U.D.O. consists of Fitty Wienhold (bass), Francesco Jovino (drums) with new members Andrey Smirnov (guitar) and Kasperi Heikkinen (guitar).

U.D.O. kicked off their North American tour earlier this week in Amityville, NY, and will play twelve dates, concluding in West Hollywood, CA on April 23th.  Also, on May 21st the band will be releasing their long awaited studio record, "Steelhammer" on AFM Records.  In addition, all prior U.D.O. releases have been re-issued on AFM records and will be available in North America for the first time in years.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with one of the greatest vocalists in the history of metal - Udo Dirkschneider.  During this conversation, conducted two days after his 61st birthday, we discussed the recent line-up changes in U.D.O., the new record, "Steelhammer" and much more.  Here's what Udo had on his mind. To read the interview, click here.

Monday
Apr082013

Concert review - Big Wreck - Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY - April 5, 2013 

Review/photos by Mike "Suicide" Santoro

Buffalo, NY - Big Wreck were formed in Boston, MA while the members of the group attended The Berklee School of Music together, and spent their first two years playing around the Boston area.  They released two albums, "In Loving Memory" and "The Pleasure and the Greed," and when their second album didn't get the reception it deserved, they broke up.  Vocalist Ian Thornley moved back to Canada and formed the band Thornley.  Big Wreck's sophomore album wasn't well received, because it was released four years after the first, and while the band's popularity had lost some of it's momentum, the record wasn't given enough push by their label.  The record industry fell in love with the 'gimmick over gift' ideology a long time ago, so it's no surprise they didn't invest in Big Wreck.

For full review, click here.

Monday
Apr082013

Interview - John Corabi

John Corabi is one of the musicians in this world, that for some reason or another, never seem to get the true credit which they deserve.  Corabi never hit the "big time" with his first major band, the Scream, and his dream gig of fronting the legendary Motley Crue quickly became a nightmare, as not only was the band going through a transitional phase - trying to redefine who they were as a group - but so was the music world itself, with the end result being Motley's record company demanding Corabi to be fired, in order for the band to rehire original singer, Vince Neil.  From then on, Corabi felt the effects of the double edged sword of being in a band (Union), where the majority of the group's member's names were preceded by the words "formerly of," to jumping the sinking ship of his ill-fated reunion with former Motley Crue band mate, Nikki Sixx, in the group, Brides of Destruction.

After quitting the dead end job of fulfilling the lackluster duties as the rhythm guitarist in Ratt, John Corabi decided that it was finally his time to take the spotlight once again, by releasing his first ever solo album, simply entitled, "Unplugged."  While the average person might have been permanently discouraged by the musical hand he has been dealt, John Corabi perseveres by continuing to do the one true thing he loves, that will never ask for a divorce, music.

RockMusicStar was recently granted an exclusive interview with John Corabi, where he opens up about his musical past, present, and future, giving you - the reader, an inside look into the life of "the Crab."

To read interview, click here.