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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Food Talk: 10 Luscious Late-Night Bites For Vegetarians

It's 11 pm and you are craving something good to eat. You are unsure of what you are in the mood for, so you decide to head into the kitchen to raid the fridge. Even though you have so many options, you are hungry and a bit clueless in terms of what you want to enjoy. So, what are the best late-night snacks?

1. Raspberry Kale Smoothie. All you need are raspberries, beets, kale, spirulina, flaxseed, and Silk very vanilla soy milk. That's it! One of my guilty pleasures is wanting to enjoy a late-night snack at night. Although this vegan friendly drink is healthy, it is also extremely delicious too.

2. Strawberry Mango Yogurt Pops. What do you get when you combine mango, Silk soy yogurt, lemon juice, and strawberries? Heaven on a stick. After combining the ingredients, just pour the mixture into molds and freeze for 2 hours. Not only vegan, but GMO-free too.

3. Monte Cristo Spinach Grilled Cheese. With only 3 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook, you can have this amazing grilled cheese done in under 10 minutes. This recipe is not only vegan, but gluten-free too.

4. Gardein Layered Taco Dip. Some of the best late-night treats are those spicy finds you can create in just a few minutes. 5 minutes to prepare - check, 8 minutes to cook - check, and only 1 minute to serve. Whether you are craving Mexican food or simply looking to enjoy a fusion of your favorite spices, this is a great late-night snack everyone can enjoy.

5. Olive and Bacon Tapenade. With only 201 calories and 23 carbs, this delicious late-night bite is perfect for anyone who is looking to enjoy salty snack at night. All it takes is several ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time.

6. Creamy Fig Smoothie. All you need are figs, So Delicious coconut yogurt, So Delicious vanilla coconut milk, water, flaxseed oil, ground cinnamon, and ice. Combine, blend, and serve. If you can't think of a great late-night treat to enjoy, you may want to consider this one.

7. Brie en Croute. Out of the many late-night bites, unfortunately this one takes the most time. However; there is a reason for it. If you are looking to enjoy French fusion at it's finest, this is the late-night snack for you.

8. Italian Sausage Flatbread. Not only is this one of the easiest things to make, but with only 5 minutes in preparation and 5 minutes in cooking, it's modestly quick too. In fact, all you need to do is bake this late-night entree for 3 minutes at 400 degrees F.

9. Tofurky Reuben. What do you get when you combine 5 slices of Tofurky peppered deli slices, 2 slices of cheese, sauerkraut, mayo, ketchup, pickles, lemon juice, on sliced rye bread? This late-night snack. In under 5 minutes, you can assemble this classic sandwich.

10. Blueberry Smoothie. One of the greatest late-night snacks is this healthy gem that I created randomly in the kitchen. All you need are fresh blueberries, flaxseed oil, Silk soy blueberry yogurt, Silk soy milk, stevia, and ice. Combine, blend, and serve.












Thursday, June 12, 2014

Album Reviews: Our Revolution by Rog & Pip

Rog & Pip are pioneers in the freakbeat genre. As former members of the Sorrows, this dynamic duo has such a strong impact on the psychedelic and glam rock revolution. Rog & Pip released a new album entitled 'Our Revolution' which includes a special collection of unreleased tunes. Recently, I had the chance to hear it. What did I think?

To kick off Our Revolution, the first track is Why Won't You Do What I Want? This uptempo song is quite exciting. It reminds me of Heartache Tonight meets Cherokee People, but more exhilarating. I am loving everything from the strong beat, the story itself, and the lyrical delivery. Definitely a good tune to start the album off.

I am loving the guitar parts in My Revolution, which is the second song on the album. This song reminds me of a British Invasion redux, as this tune embodies bona-fide freakbeat. I am loving the strong beat in this song. This song makes me think of an era that I never got to experience. 

Some of the best songs I have ever heard are from decades that I never lived in. The song Rock With Me really makes me think of a time that I wish I did. I am loving the story, as well as, phrasing in this song. 
When I first hear Evil Hearted Woman, I am reminded of American Woman at first. The beginning is quite strong, which I love. The guitar riffs are excellent in this Rog & Pip addition. This tune is classic British rock at it's finest. "Evil hearted woman, evil hearted woman". 

I am loving the trills in the beginning of Gold. It is a strong ballad, which so many psychedellic accents. You have to love this song. I have to be honest, based on instrumental arrangements alone, this is one of the strongest songs on the album.

I am loving the track, Doin' Alright Tonight. For some reason, I am reminded me of Boston when I first heard this song. The rock is quite hard, but yet progressive. I definitely can hear the freakbeat come to life in this tune.

Out of all of the songs, I found myself really impressed with A Little Rock 'N' Roll. It's one of the most exciting songs I have heard yet. I cannot help, but dance and head bang to this tune. The lyrics, the story, the voice, the melody, the harmony, the delivery, yeah. I love everything about this song. 

The song Hot Rodder reminds me of a Beatles redux. This song truly epitomizes what the British rock invasion is all about. The song is quite catchy and really something to not only love, but appreciate.

I really love It's A Lonely World. It is a strong ballad that tells a story, a very sad story. It's quite sad actually. The chorus is quite haunting. Almost melodious. I love the guitar solo in this song too. This song is one of my favorites I have heard yet on the album, if not my favorite.

Our Revolution is quite a good album so far and Why Do You Treat Me Like That? proves it. This uptempo is quite strong. I love the lyrics in this song. I am reminded me of Deep Purple meets My Bloody Valentine a lot in this tune. "Why do you treat me like? Why do you treat me like that?"

This album truly does take you to another place. The freakbeat is so evident in every tune and From A Window is just more proof of that. The song is angry yet uplifting, making it an exciting tune. Even though it isn't one of my favorite songs on the album, it is saved by the excellent guitar solo in the middle of the tune.
The final track is Warlord. It is quite exciting and in terms of beat, it reminds me Evil Hearted Woman. The story is quite deep and I am loving the lyrical delivery in this tune. Not sure if this is my favorite song on the album, but needless to say it's great.

Rog & Pip's Our Revolution is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 24th. Would I purchase this album? Absolutely. Would I recommend this album to a friend? Yes, but only if they are into British rock. This album really delivers freakbeat at it's finest, so be prepared. For more information about Rog & Pip, please visit today.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Music Talk: Exclusive Interview with Sworn Enemy

Sworn Enemy is a hardcore band from the big apple. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Sal Lococo, the lead vocalist of the band about the music, Living On Borrowed Time, and Eminem. And here is what he had to say...

(Q) Hello Sal. How are you? Tell me a little more about Sworn Enemy… 

Hi Sarah! I'm doing good how about yourself? Well to be honest their really isn't too much to tell about the band. We play really fast, aggressive, brutal music that you can get a good workout too lol. The band is based out of NY, we've been around for 15 years. Not sure if there is too much to say about us.

(Q) I have to ask, what influenced you to create Sworn Enemy? Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind the band… 

Sworn Enemy wasn't something that was planned, it was more like something that just happened. In the beginning we were more about going to the studio to drink and have fun and one thing lead to another and we are playing shows . People seemed to really dig it, so we kinda rolled with it. Like I said there really wasn't any inspiration behind the band. Maybe 40's of old English and to just have fun was the inspiration behind the band back then, LOL.

(Q) Living On Borrowed Time is an excellent album. How is this album different than the previous albums? 

Thank you! I'm glad you think its an excellent album. The biggest difference in this album from all of the ones in the past is that Lorenzo didn't write the music. Him and I were together for every record except this one. I feel this one will always have a special place for me since most everyone thought the band was done.

(Q) Do you have any plans of touring the United States? 

The touring will start May 17th (Saturday) right after we play Black N Blue bowl. We will head out on a full Canada and US tour with Silence the Messenger.

(Q) Music is all about experimenting. Sometimes it helps to take risks. I have to ask, have you ever considered collaborating with another genre? 

It has crossed my mind but in order for me to try something like that I would truly have to like whatever it is that i will be collaborating on or else it just won't work for me.

(Q) If you could work with any artist or band right now, who would you work with and why? 

If I could work with anyone I would say Eminem. He is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Hip Hop and if I'm gonna work with anybody it has to be the best since I'm such a perfectionist in all that I do. I'm pretty sure he would be the same way.

(Q) For all of those hardcore music fans reading this interview, including your fans, what would you like them to know about Sworn Enemy? What is next for Sworn Enemy? 

Sworn Enemy is here and we ain't going anywhere so go pick up the new record out May 17th on RockRidge records. Thanks for the interview Sarah!
For more information about Sworn Enemy, visit today!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Album Reviews: Under Satan's Sun by Bloody Hammers

Bloody Hammers is a darkwave, gothic rock band located in the heart of Transylvania County, North Carolina. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to their third and latest album Under Satan's Sun which comes out June 10th. What did I think?

The first track, The Town That Dreaded Sundown is definitely a song that I could hear being played in a classic horror movie. This uptempo gem provides you with excellent vocal delivery, but what I loved most about this tune was the story itself. 

Some of the greatest songs I have ever heard are dark and send a moving yet eccentric message. I have to admit, Spearfinger is quite a tune that embodies what I enjoy about dark rock. Horror is all about being frantic and projecting that feeling onto others. 

When I first heard the third track, Death Does Us Part, I was reminded of Kurt Cobain meets Marilyn Manson virtually instantaneously. Then, when I heard the lyrics, I was reminded of a dark story of love and hate. This is one of my favorite songs on the album.

The fourth track, The Moon-Eyed People, has one of the most exciting entrances I have heard yet. The story itself is a balance of dark and light, making it a memorable tune. This song needs to be played on the next vampire flick.

The beginning of Second Coming is of a man chanting about his ideologies and the prophecy. After the sample is played, the song takes off from there. Providing you with a fantastic story line followed by a fantastic uptempo beat. I really love how the drums sound in this tune.

I just love how Welcome To The Horror Show starts out soft and turns into an epic dark rock tune. This song reminds me of Marilyn Manson meets David Bowie with a hint of Nirvana. This is one of my favorite songs I have heard yet this year.

When I first heard Under Satan's Sun, I was pleasantly surprised with the lyrical delivery and how much it reminded me of Better Than Ezra. The song is quite dark, but possesses a light story line. 
Dead Man's Shadow On The Wall is one of the most exciting tunes on the album. This is what dark rock is all about. When I heard this song for the first time, I immediately envisioned a man that was suffering in silence. 

Some of the greatest songs I have ever heard tell an amazing story, but also provide you with amazing instrumentals to back up that story. That is one thing I love about The Last Alarm. I felt as if I was trapped in a David Bowie meets NIN redux when I heard this song. 

When I first heard The Necromancer, the tenth and final track on the album, I felt like I was trapped in a horror movie. This movie starts out very creepy yet sinister and pretty much picks up from there. 
Under The Satan's Sun by The Bloody Hammers is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Would I purchase this album? Absolutely. Would I recommend this album to a friend? Yes, especially those that love dark hard rock and/or metal. For more information about the Bloody Hammers, please visit today. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Album Reviews: Karjajuht by Metsatöll

Metsatöll is a folk metal band located in the heart of Estonia. I remember when I first heard this band, it was back in 1999 when they released Terast Mis Hangund Me Hinge. Now it is 2014 and they are releasing a new album which I am excited about. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to Karjajuht, Metsatöll's newest album which comes out May 27th. What did I think?

I absolutely love Külmking, the first track. The instrumentals are insanely epic during the bridge part of this tune. This song is not in English, so the story will be hard to understand if you don't understand Estonian. 

Metal music is all about excitement and Lööme Mesti is definitely an exciting song. The instrumentals are exceptionally amazing. I love the use of the flutes, torupill, kannel, and goathorn in this tune. Of course Markus brings the song to life with his rocking vocals.

See On See Maa starts out slow. The flutes in this tune really stand out, along with the mouth harp. I am really loving the vocal delivery, along with the story itself. I have to be honest, when I first heard this song, I was highly reminded of Rammstein meets Il Divo.

The flute arrangement in Must Hunt is so epic. I do love the vocals in this song because they are polished and I how they go so well with the instrumental arrangement. The story is also quite exciting. 

Estonian as a language is so beautiful. Terasest Taotud Tee is an exciting song. I know that I keep talking about how great the instrumental is, but I cannot help it. The story line is awesome, but the vocals really bring it to life. 

The drums are really exciting in Öö. I actually find myself imagining an Irish dancer, dancing to metal music when I first heard this amazing addition to Karjajuht. I am really loving the use of the stink drum in this tune.

Sometimes the heaviest of metal can be so incredibly beautiful. What I love about Tôrrede Kôhtudes is the instrumental arrangement. I love how the song starts out so fluidly innocent and gets dark once Markus comes in. 

When I first heard Metslase Veri, I was reminded of the army. The drums are insanely solid in this tune, making it quite memorable. I also love the use of the flutes, along with the mouth harp, goathorn, ängipill, torupill, and kannel. 

Folk metal is one of those subgenres that really brings out an artist's creativity. And Surmamüür is proof of this. The story line is quite pronounced in this tune. The vocals are quite raw, as well.

The tenth track is Mullast. When it comes to heavy metal, this song really does deliver a strong message. The vocal delivery it outstanding, which I really like. The use of the flutes and ängipill is something to appreciate, as well.

Karjajuht is not only the album title, but the eleventh song on the album. And what an exciting song it is. In fact, I cannot stop listening to this tune. This is definitely my favorite song on the entire album. 

Talisman is the final track on Karjajuht. It's softer than most of the songs on this album, but still remains true to it's roots. As a strong ballad, this song is the most beautiful song on the album. Metsatöll saved the best for last.

Karjajuht by Metsatöll is available on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Would I recommend this album to a friend? Absolutely. Especially if you love metal music. This album epitomizes folk metal at it's finest. Would I purchase this album for myself? Yes. For more information about Metsatöll, please visit today.