“Phoner” with the Silent Assassin of Symphony X

Mike LePond of Symphony X has been busy during Symphony X’s layoff for the past couple of years, but I wouldn’t have guessed it as he set up our “phoner” interview for 10 am last Sunday morning. Even on holidays, I don’t get up before noon on a Sunday, let alone 10. Anyway, I noticed through social media that the night before he was rock’n out live on stage in...

March 13th, 2019

Saul’s ‘Aeons’ More Proof That Independent Acts Are Just As Viable As The Mainstream

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group By Philip Sayblack Independent music acts deserve far more credit than they get from the mainstream.  This critic can attest to this statement as time and again, so many unsigned and indie acts that this critic has listened to have proven with their records, to be able to hold their own against their more well-known counterparts in the mainstream.  Independent...

March 10th, 2019

Don’t Believe In Ghosts Premieres New Single

Courtesy: O'Donnel Media Group/forward thinking By Philip Sayblack Pop rock act Don’t Believe in Ghosts is giving audiences a preview of its forthcoming album. The band premiered its new single ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ this week via YouTube Music, Amazon, iTunesand Spotify.  The song’s musical arrangement presents a sound that will appeal to fans of acts, such as Imagine Dragons, Maroon...

February 16th, 2019

Bravo Delta Unveils Debut EP’s Lead Single; Announces Live Dates

By Philip Sayblack Courtesy: Bravo Delta Music/O'Donnell Music Group Hard rock band Bravo Delta will release its debut album next month, and in anticipation, has debuted the video for the album’s lead single. The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Unbreakable‘ on Jan. 13. The song is the title song from the upcoming record, which is due out Feb. 1.  The album’s track listing is...

January 22nd, 2019

Blackstar Republic Announces New Live Dates; Debuts New Video

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group By Philip Sayblack Blackstar Republic announced two new live dates this week. The Arlington, TX-based hard rock band announced it is scheduled to perform live March 9 in Houston, TX and April 13 in Oklahoma City, OK.  The announcement comes on the heels of the debut of the band’s most recent video for its latest single, ‘Nuclear Hollywood’ last October. The...

January 17th, 2019

Imperative Music To Release Its Latest Metal Compilation Friday

Courtesy: Imperative Music/O'Donnell Media Group By Philip Sayblack Brazilian metal label Imperative Music, known largely for its metal compilations, will release its latest compilation this Friday, and the new collection — The Global Metal Compilation Volume 15 — will be released this Friday. The label’s latest collection of songs will feature songs from well-known acts such as Kreator...

May 10th, 2018
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Death Valley Dreams Premieres New Single, Video

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group By Philip Sayblack Death Valley Dreams is back with new music and a new video to boot. The band premiered the video for its new song ‘Turn out Those Eyes’ on Tuesday online via Pure Grain Audio.  The song is included in the soundtrack to the new independent movie Baby Frankenstein. Due to that connection, the obviously 80s-influenced song’s companion video...

April 3rd, 2018
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Odin Inks New Deal With EMP Label Group; Announces Live Date

Courtesy: EMP Label Group By Philip Sayblack EMP label Group has expanded its artist roster again. The label, headed by Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson, has inked a new deal with veteran rock band Odin.  While specifics of the deal have not been announced, it is known that the label will re-issue much of the band’s classic catalog as part of the deal.  That includes re-issues of Don’t Take No...

March 29th, 2018
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Behind The Fallen Debuts ‘Revenant’ Video

Courtesy: O' Donnell Media Group By Philip Sayblack Rock act Behind The Fallen has another new video for audiences to enjoy. The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Revenant’ on Tuesday at Pure Grain Audio.  The video, places the band performing its new single in a house and crosses it with a spoof of so many paranormal TV shows, creating plenty of laughs and entertainment overall. The...

March 21st, 2018
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Max Portnoy Forms New Band, Tallah

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group By Philip Sayblack Max Portnoy is apparently following in his father’s footsteps. The drummer, and son of famed drummer dad Mike Portnoy, has formed a new band.  The band, which goes by the moniker of Tallah, is made up of Portnoy and four others — Justin Bonitz (vocals), Derrick Schneider (guitar), Andrew Cooper (bass) and AJ Wisniewski (guitar) — and is...

March 2nd, 2018
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