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 http://www.riseaboverecords.com/artists/relicsartists/rog-pip/ today.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Interview with AJ Jung about Morgan Ingram

Recently, Joe and I were approached by a friend of Morgan Ingram's for an exclusive interview where we both discuss Morgan Ingram and our stance on the case, as well as, the harassment, lies and defamation we (Toni Ingram, as well as, myself - Sarah Afshar and my boyfriend Joseph Valo III) have endured by Keenan Vanginkel supporter Mayra Martinez of Eugene, Oregon (or MayraMM) and cyberstalker Michael Odegard of Portland, Oregon because of our support for Toni Ingram, a mother who tragically lost her daughter to murder in Winter of 2011.

We also expose the connection between Tricia Griffith of Websleuths, Mike Boudet of Sword and Scale and their involvement with unregistered sex offender, Terry Cavitalo aka Terry Stipp (Terry Sholes) who is also involved along with Mayra Martinez in the libel against Toni Ingram and myself, Sarah Afshar, for supporting the homicide theory and my boyfriend Joe for standing with Morgan Ingram.

Thank you Andrew Jung for allowing us to use our voices for the right reason and exposing the untruths created by these people who attempt to silence us. Who refuse to see the truth let alone look at the facts. I will continue to support Mrs. Ingram, as I believe Morgan Ingram was stalked and murdered by Keenan Vanginkel, the man stalking her.

You can call us trolls as you can call us crazy, but at least we are not lying. We are telling the truth and will continue to do so.

To read the interview, click here right now.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Album Reviews: Savage Gold by Tombs

Savage Gold releases this Tuesday, June 10th 2014.
Tombs is an avant-garde metal band located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. With Mike Hill as the frontman and guitarist, Garett Bussanick on guitar, Andrew Hernandez II on drums, and Ben Brand on bass, they are one of the most exciting bands you will hear this year. Especially if you are into black metal, doom metal, or hardcore music. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to their third studio album, Savage Gold. What did I think?

The first track is Thanatos, which I would describe as death metal with a freakbeat influence. The song is quite haunting in the beginning, but starts to get exciting towards the middle and end. I am really loving the drums throughout this tune.

As I continue listening, I am introduced to Portraits. This song has one of the most exciting beginnings I have ever heard. The guitar parts are one thing, but the drums are ridiculously good. As an uptempo ballad, this is bona-fide death metal at it's finest.

Seance is one of those rock tunes I would describe as exciting yet dark. I could hear this song being played on True Blood. The growls, grunts, and screams delivered by Hill are the most polished than most songs on the album. 

I can feel this album just getting started as I am introduced to Echoes, the fourth track on the album. Hearing this tune, I am getting AC/DC's Razor's Edge meets Epica's Cry For The Moon. This song really proves how talented Tombs is.

Deathtripper is the next song, which I would describe as a hauntingly beautiful experimental metal number. The lyrical delivery is practically flawless in this tune and goes amazingly with the instrumental arrangement. The dark happens towards the middle of the song. This song is my favorite song on the entire album.

This album just keeps getting better. The next tune is Edge of Darkness has quite an infusion. I love the beginning alone, as the drums are epic. As the song continues with various guitar riffs, when Hill comes in, the song pretty much takes off. 

I think I am ready to headbang any second now. The next song, Ashes really conveys what exciting death metal actually is. I love everything from the drum arrangement to the solid guitar parts. This song is crazy good!

Legacy is quite exhilarating. The vocals tend to come in sooner than the other tunes on the album, but the great moments lie within the bridge of this tune. If you listen to the lyrics, they really tell a story.

As I continue listening to Savage Gold, I am introduced to Severed Lives which starts out quite white in terms of metal. Hill delivers regular vocals, then half way through the song he starts growling and screaming making it a dynamic song and wonderful addition to the album.

Track 10 is the final track, Spiral. It is quite exciting and once again, when it comes to experimental and Tombs, the two just go together amazingly. I love the guitar parts, as I love the drums. And with the vocals, this song simply works.

Savage Gold by Tombs will be released on Tuesday, June 10th 2014. Will I purchase this album? Most definitely. Would I recommend this album to a friend? Yes, but only if they are into death metal, doom metal, and hardcore music. For more information about Tombs, please visit http://www.facebook.com/TombsBklyn today!

Victoria's Secret Shopping: Very Sexy Red Glitz




A few months ago, my amazing boyfriend Joseph Valo bought me the limited edition Very Sexy bra from Victoria's Secret in Red Glitz. Ever since, I was having so much trouble finding panties to match it. Then, when Victoria's Secret started having their semi-annual sale online, I found the thong skirt to match. I absolutely love the red glitz because the color and style is wild and exciting yet fashion forward. If you are looking for a great addition that is not only stunning, but sexy too, I recommend this one.

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 www.swornenemymusic.com 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 www.bloodyhammers.com today.