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Gig Report: HRH C.R.O.W.S. II - Saturday

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Interview: 10 Questions with Dark Serenity

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

Our passion for music comes from the music that we have discovered and listened to throughout our lives. It left such a profound impact on us all that we were inspired to create our own.


Who are your biggest influences?

Our biggest influences are mostly the trailblazers of each subgenre that we listen to; the big bands that changed music moving forward. Some examples being, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and so on.


To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

The most important part about playing live is the audience’s engagement. When the crowd feels just as involved in the music as we are, it’s an incredible feeling - you feel like you’re part of a community, and changing people’s lives for the better.


What is the one song you had wished you had written?

This is tough to narrow down. ‘The Joker and the Thief’ by Wolfmother is definitely a song we’ve listened to recently an…

Interview: 10 Questions With Eric Gynan of Leaving Eden

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

Hi, I am Eric Gynan co-founder of the rock band Leaving Eden and Nice to chat with you today. When I was a youngster since I could walk I played instruments that my family had. I never stopped playing. Definitely listening to rock ‘n’ roll was certainly a catalyst for my passion. It runs in the blood two of my great grandfathers had their own orchestras.


Who are your biggest influences?

I get this question a lot. We’ve been fortunate enough to share the stage with some of my biggest influences like Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Disturbed, Alice In Chains and Steven Tyler to just name a few. So it’s kind of like full circle being able to play with them.


To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

Great question. I think the most important thing is having confidence when you walk out on the stage. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: people Are like dogs who can smell the fear. If you have confidence there not looki…

Gig Report: HRH C.R.O.W.S. II - Sunday

I think in the last blog I wasted a little to much time with pre-emptive waffling. If you haven't read Part 1 covering the bands that played on Saturday, then please do so here - Part 1. I'll admit I wasn't feeling so well going into the Sunday, as I got hit with the mother of all colds. So I decided to take it easy and just hang back on every band set. Which I will admit did make this day a little more enjoyable. Still, I decided to soldier nonetheless. With that out of the way let's dive into the Sunday of HRH C.R.O.W.S.

Since there was nothing happing on the main stage for a little while, I spent my early afternoon upstairs at the second stage. Opening the day was country-rockers Stevie Jones and The Wildfires and let me say that this was an excellent performance. I was immediately hooked on their sound. It was a lot less hard rock than anything that was played on Saturday. His songs were filled with these sharp singer-songwriter like details that really kept my inte…

Album Review: Visions of Atlantis - Wanderers

I have been a fan of Visions of Atlantis for a while now. They captured my imagination a few years ago with their album Delta but I have since worked my way through their entire discography and I love pretty much their entire output. Over the years, this band has had a lot of members always changing in and out, and this has effected how each record sounds. which is not a problem as variety is good, yet, I think the fanbase has wanted a little stability in the band for some time. Since 2016 they have had a relatively stable line up that culminated with The Deep and The Dark in 2018 and the release seemed to be very well received by audiences and critics alike which solidified the new direction of the band and they went full force in this direction. This leads to the new record, Wanderers.

Wanderers, is an exceptional album filled with captivating and enjoyable songs. As with most symphonic metal everything is mixed to be as epic as possible. Though enjoyed The Deep and The Dark more, …

Interview: 10 Questions With Black Income

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

For me it all started in my childhood, I come from a music family, my father has always played music and still does, and I grew up with Amps and speakers/guitars/drums and Hammond organs all over the house, so for me music is part of my life ever since I can remember.

So it’s kinda natural for me to play music.


Who are your biggest influences?

We have a lot of influences, going back to the 60/70’s, that said we have a certain love for the energy that came out in the 90s with bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, but we also listen to fuzzier and Stoner vibe bands like Fu Manchu, Clutch and Tool, and going for a more desert vibe kinda bands like Queens of the stone age.


To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

The connection between the audience and the band, when it all comes together and things go to a higher level, that's really what it’s all about… take something with you home, that great experien…

Interview: 10 Questions with Tim Graham Vocalist of Rozu

Where do you think your passion for music came from?
My passion really came from my dad and how much he just listened to music all the time. No one in my family was really musical but from an early age, I was just always running around singing along to whatever my dad was listening to, being a lot of Tool, Van Halen, and Pearl Jam ha. As I grew older, I just always wanted to be in a band and create art.

Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influence is hands down Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath. Never really being formally trained I mimicked Underoath screaming and singing along to their albums. 

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?
I think just the energy that comes with it. You’re up there performing your art and especially with us we just have so much energy. That vibe is just there, and you feel free, it’s that feeling we chase and settle for being a broke band dude for it.
What is the one song you had wished you had written?
Man, that is such a tough quest…