In This Moment – Blood

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This does not normally suit my taste in music, but I have to make some exceptions. Initially when I first heard the song I didn’t like it, but after listening to it a few more times I love it! My favourite part is the chorus, plus the female lead singer Maria Brink is pretty.

Please note: Not suitable for sensitive viewers, parental advisory explicit content.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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Frontman of the week – Sully Erna

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Today I’m featuring the Godsmack frontman Sully Erna and I will be learning as much as my readers today about this rockstar, because I didn’t know a lot about him up until today. Sully Erna was born Salvatore Paul Erna he is an American vocalist and primary songwriter for the American heavy rock/metal band, Godsmack. Sully plays quite an array of  instruments which consists of guitar, drums, harmonica, percussion, keyboard and he plays the bongos during Godsmack’s live shows.

I first became aware of Godsmack when I heard their song off The Scorpion King soundtrack “I Stand Alone“, I was completely obsessed with the song and could listen to it all day. Godsmack was formed in 1995 and has released 5 albums thus far, namely:

Godsmack (1998), Awake (2000), Faceless (2003), IV (2006) and The Oracle (2010). During live shows a drumming duel known as Batalla de los Tambores between Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin has become a highlight of the band’s live shows.

Sully released his first solo album Avalon on September 14, 2010, which he said was a departure from Godsmack’s hard rock sound. Sully embarked on this solo career, because he wrote a lot of songs that didn’t suit Godsmack’s sound. He wanted to record some of these songs and thats how Avalon was born. Sully has described Avalon as having a tribal feel/sound combined with a lot of hand-drumming and piano.

Sully Erna was approached to record a song called Sinner’s Prayer for 2010’s The Expendables, but the song ended up being cut when the scene it was to play in was re-edited, which I think is quite a shame, nothing suits a good action movie better than a hard rock song by a great band.

Sully Erna released a memoir entitled The Paths We Choose on his birthday, February 7th 2007 which describes the first 30 years of Sully’s life before Godsmack landed a record deal.

Early on in Godsmack’s career Sully was fueled by anger that stemmed from his childhood and bad things that people had done to him in the past. Sully’s anger fueled his music and his defiant attitude reverberated through his lyrics. Later on in his life he acquired a wife and daughter couple that with a solid band and stable career he suddenly didn’t feel so angry anymore. From there on out Sully embraced the changes in his life and approached his songwriting from a different perspective than before.

Something else that you might not know about Sully is that he is a practicing Wiccan, Sully only comments about his religion when asked about it during interviews.

Godsmack’s music is very riff-driven, dark, layered and combined with in-your-face powerful lyrics. Sully’s voice sounds metallic at times, gritty at other times and is accompanied with his signature snarl that you can hear when you listen closely.

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Godsmack

Original picture can be viewed here:http://rockdirt.com/sully-erna-godsmack-will-always-be-my-main-priority/29477/

Godsmack is currently performing at  Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival.

You can check out some amazing photos from the festival starring some of the artists that participated here: http://loudwire.com/shinedown-godsmack-staind-more-rock-uproar-festival-in-new-jersey-exclusive-photos/

Thank you for reading!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Frontman of the week – David Draiman

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David Draiman

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So today I put the spotlight on David Draiman lead vocalist from Disturbed. Last year I discovered a discounted compilation of music videos on dvd at a music store. I watched it and while going through about 30 videos I went back to Disturbed’s Stricken video, I fell in love with the song and David’s unique vocals. Disturbed is probably the “heaviest” band I listen to and I’m very proud to call myself a Disturbed fan. As a rock music fan I like structured music/songs with rhythm, Disturbed combine heavy guitar riffs and drums in a way that is still pleasing to the ears of a music lover, that is not necessarily a metal music lover.

After I started listening to a few samples of their songs on the web, I decided to purchase The Lost Children which is my favourite album of theirs thus far. After The Lost Children I purchased Asylum and their M.O.L dvd. There is a live performance of “Fear” on the dvd and it shows Draiman jumping up and down on  stage in sync with the audience which makes me want to join in and be part of the experience.

Disturbed has been on hiatus since July of 2011. Hopefully we will still enjoy some more of their work. I love David’s honesty and how he will stand up for what he believes in no matter what. He has a great love for animals which I share. He regularly interacts with his fans on Twitter which I admire, because Twitter is a great communication tool if you use it correctly and can generate even more interest in the band and Draiman’s other projects.

If you are interested in following David here is his Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/DAVIDMDRAIMAN

David is currently working on an industrial rock/metal project and this project is called Device. For more information check out the Facebook page for Device.  http://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf#!/Devicetheband

I’m looking forward to hearing what this new project is all about.

I have to praise Disturbed’s music videos they have released over the years, all of them are quite creative and creepy without making the viewer turn away from the screen in disgust. The  viewer can still appreciate the artistry that went into creating the videos even if it contains dark content/themes.

The way David distorts his voice differently in almost every song never ceases to surprise and amaze me. In my opinion Disturbed is probably one of the most unique bands out there.

You can like their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf#!/Disturbed

I will end off this post with a picture of “The Guy”, Disturbed’s mascot.

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Cover art from Disturbed’s Indestructible Album.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month – Evanescence

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Evanescence– Photo taken from Evanescence’s Facebook Page

My journey with Evanescence started in 2003 when Fallen was released along with their first single “Bring me to Life” which was featured in the movie Daredevil at the time. The music video for the song played on TV numerous times and I was always glued to the screen when it came on. The name on everyone’s lips was ” Evanescence”. I was asked by a student in my High School Class if I liked Evanescence, I reluctantly said “Yes”. I say reluctantly because everyone was listening to them at the time and I always wanted to try to be different or make up my own mind about current trends.

When “My Immortal” came into the picture I was sold. Amy’s vocals on that song is undeniably fantastic. The beauty of the music video added to the emotion of the song. Amy Lee has a stunning voice coupled with her “gothic/fairy” look was enough to make anyone a fan. I later on acquired the actual album “Fallen” and I couldn’t stop listening to it, it was so different from the music I was used to listening.

The album has meant a lot to me personally since it was about the same time that I met my current boyfriend and we started dating. It was at the height of Evanescence’s popularity and at that time their music was being played everywhere. Soon after, I purchased their live DVD Anywhere But Home. I was fascinated by the theme and the different menus on the DVD. I watched all the bonus footage and I watched the DVD enthusiastically. I should spare a mention for Evanescence’s music videos at that time which was very creative and sometimes creepy. I still love the video for “Going Under” and “Everybody’s Fool“. Evanescence entered my life at a crucial time in my teenage years. I needed something or someone to relate to and Evanescence fulfilled that need.

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Cover art for Evanescence’s Debut Album “Fallen”.

Their second album “The Open Door” was released in October 2006. I’m still on the fence about their second album, because every track weren’t as differentiated as the tracks on “Fallen”. Still there are some good songs on their second album, some of my favourites were “All That I’m Living For“, “Good Enough” and “The Only One”. Their second outing was a lot heavier and darker. I’m fond of the album, but personally I prefer their 1st and 3rd album more. I loved the take on Red Riding Hood in the video for “Call Me When You’re Sober” not to mention that guy in the video that played “the wolf”. 🙂

Needless to say I was ecstatic when Amy announced that the band was in the process of writing new material for a new album proposed for release in 2010. I was holding thumbs for Evanescence to reunite, but because of the band’s constant changing lineup I wasn’t sure if it would really happen. It seems that Evanescence has been plagued with uncertainty through the years with lineup changes and their record label facing uncertain times at some point in 2010 which delayed the release of their third album. This is quite a shame, because I believe we would’ve been blessed with more albums if these situations didn’t occur. I was really surprised when I heard “What You Want”. I only heard the chorus and my first impression was that the song sounded more like pop or soft rock. When I later heard the song in its entirety I changed my mind. I was entirely convinced when I heard the whole record that Evanescence was still in fact the Evanescence I knew from 2003. The subject matter being dealt with on their third release is slightly less serious, their sound is “lighter” but they still managed to keep their signature gothic rock sound. Amy Lee’s voice is an octave higher on the whole album than it was on their previous albums. I might be wrong, but to me that is what it sounded like when I was listening to the album. I’m really happy that Amy had the courage and the motivation to release another album after that long hiatus. I hope there will be many more to come!

Evanescence is currently performing at the Carnival of Madness. Evanescence is scheduled to appear on the Carnival of Madness tour with Halestorm, Cavo, New Medicine, and Chevelle. The tour begins on July 31, 2012, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, and ends September 2, 2012, at the Buffalo Outer Harbor Site in Buffalo, New York.

Now I will provide you once again with the images of the magnificent Rob Fenn at this years Carnival of Madness. I do not claim to own any of these images.

Copyright by Rob Fenn

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Evanescence at the Carnival of Madness by Rob Fenn

Evanescence at the Carnival of Madness by Rob Fenn

I hope you enjoyed reading my post!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Phenomenal Rock Concert Photographer: Rob Fenn

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I became aware of Rob Fenn’s photography when I saw some photos he took of Shinedown which was posted by Shinedowns Nation’s blog (http://wp.me/1Gy1Q). I was impressed by his skills, but never really saw any of Rob’s other photos that he took of other rock bands. Eventually I saw a competition that was advertised by Shinedowns Nation on Facebook. You could enter to win 1 of 10 Limited Edition Frames of Brent Smith plus some other Shinedown goodies. Its still running if you’re interested: http://www.facebook.com/#!/MusicThroughTheLens/app_403359706360567

I took a peek through all 10 photos and I was dumbfounded. All 10 of those photos capture Brent’s passion for music and his intensity on stage. I realised I had to find out more about this fantastic photographer.

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“Rob Fenn’s photography career started in 2009 when he borrowed a camera from his friend to shoot Avenged Sevenfold in concert. After experiencing the rush of a live show, Rob was hooked and ready to make concert photography his life’s passion. Two years later, Rob was on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour with Avenged Sevenfold capturing their live show.” -Quote from Rob Fenn’s LinkedIn profile.
“Rob founded a book project titled ‘On The Road…Where MUSIC Lives’ after realising that his daughter’s idea of a record store was purchasing music from iTunes. Rob’s daughter was given the opportunity to buy one album a week of her choosing. The only rule is it has to be a full album from a store. This has turned into a great bond between them, and let them both discover new music together.” Quote taken from http://www.facebook.com/#!/MusicThroughTheLens/info

Rob Fenn has a passion for continuing the tradition of purchasing physical albums and for people to go to a record store to purchase their favourite music. Later this year Rob will be releasing a 376 page hard cover photo book that will be for sale in record stores ONLY with part of the proceeds going to charity to fund music programs in public schools. I really admire Rob’s passion for the music industry and his concern for the future of music. Rob is using his experiences on the road to motivate people to appreciate music more, to admire the musicians and their talent. Through his new endeavour he is aiming to make music an experience and not something you purchase just to fulfil an immediate need which will later be discarded after the fad has passed.

Rob is currently attending the Carnival of Madness and is on tour with Halestorm.

Below are examples of Rob’s work, I do not claim ownership of any of these photos.

Copyright by Rob Fenn.

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I absolutely love this photo of Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger from Halestorm by Rob Fenn.

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This is such an epic photo of Brent Smith from Shinedown by Rob Fenn. This is such a strong pose from Brent, wow!

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Great photo of Chris Traynor from Bush, such a graceful capture from Rob Fenn.

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Obviously this collection wouldn’t be complete without the talented Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators by Rob Fenn.

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So I couldn’t leave out Slash in my Rob Fenn Highlight Reel. Do you know another man who can pull off wearing a belly ring and silver hoop earrings? I don’t, so pictured here is Mr Cool and Calm himself, Slash performing with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm by Rob Fenn.

This concludes my Rob Fenn Highlight Reel, if you are looking for some more fantastic photos, which I’m sure you are, then you can Like this page which should provide sufficient eye candy for any rock music fan. http://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=110841208993424#!/MusicThroughTheLens

You can follow Rob Fenn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rob_Fenn

Visit Rob’s website here: http://musicthroughthelens.com/

I hope you enjoy my recommendation and support Rob Fenn’s various projects.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K