Band of the Month – The Fuel

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Credits to Bart Heemskerk Source: https://www.facebook.com/thefuelrocks

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Credits to Bart Heemskerk Source: https://www.facebook.com/thefuelrocks

The Fuel originated one night on a balcony in Athens, Greece when two friends made a pact to start a new band. Arjen and Olly was at the end of a 3 week European tour with their respective bands at the time namely Hermano and Spoiler. The duo had shared the bill at numerous shows in the preceding years. The pair share a passion for high-energy, bluesy, soul injected rock music. The foundation for The Fuel was built on their mutual love for rock music.

After losing touch the pair reunited in Troy, Torino inevitably spending most of their time in a van. These road trips ignited the spark that was created many years ago. Early 2014 Arjen and Olly decided it was time to make their dream a reality. They decided to team up with long-time friend of the scene Jordi Langelaan an established and talented musician who owns his own recording studio called Barn In The Meadow. The trio played together for a couple of months, laying down the foundation for the band’s sound, but they felt like something was missing. The trio didn’t feel right and the band members felt like the vocal melodies needed to be expanded to create a bigger sound. Arjen had come across a vocalist singing some established blues songs on Soundcloud, a true diamond in the rough. The band asked Jelle to come to a studio, which was unknown territory for Jelle at the time, because he never experienced what it felt like singing into a microphone. The band was impressed with how easily Jelle adapted to the studio and evolved to become the essential ingredient in The Fuel’s recipe. The Fuel spent some time together creating and moulding their sound for the 5 track EP Add Fire to THE FUEL in July 2015. The EP has not been released yet.

The band consists of Jelle Klumpenaar (vocals), Arjen Rienks (Bass, Backing Vocals), Olly Smit (Guitars) and Jordi Langelaan (Drums, Backing Vocals).

I discovered the band when Jelle sent me a link to their new music video. I was blown away to say the least. The guitar intro is enough to give any rock music fan goosebumps. Jelle’s voice is raw, edgy, gritty with some bluesy soul thrown in for good measure. “Revolution” the band’s debut song has been on loop in my ears this whole week. The groove, guitars and bluesy sound is addictive. It is inspiring to see a new band produce a quality music video with high production value, because it creates a great first impression and fans buy into the band more easily.

All of us need to keep an eye on this band, because I can tell there is a lot more that this band can offer the rock music industry.

Follow the band on Instagram: thefuelrocks

Follow the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefuelrocks/

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

View the video for “Revolution”:

 

 

 

Band of the Month – The Tremonti Project

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Since 2010 Mark has expressed his interest in releasing a solo album, since he has written many songs that does not fit the style of either Alter Bridge or Creed. He decided to the album within a three-month window where Myles Kennedy was touring with Slash and Scott Stapp was touring as well. He describe the album as melody-driven with elements of thrash and speed metal thrown in. Essentially Mark was going to back to  his roots, he was always interested in exploring metal music a little deeper, but never had the avenue to do so. He grew up on the likes of Pantera and Metallica. Although Mark was always interested in metal music, he was adamant to incorporate a strong melody in the songs. His sense of melody has improved through the years during his work with Creed and later Alter Bridge. I’m a strong believer in incorporating melody and structure to a song, it doesn’t matter how heavy the music is as long as a recognisable melody is present, I will probably like it.

On the 6th of April 2011, Alter Bridge announced that tracking of Mark’s debut album has begun. On the 20th of January 2012 Tremonti and FRET12 launched “The Tremonti Project”, a website where fans could go to find out more about the band, receive news and stay updated on the progress of the album. The song list, band members and title of the album were officially announced on the website. On the 20th of March 2012 the album artwork was revealed and the album was to be distributed by EMI. “You Waste Your Time” was announced as the first single to come off the album and the song was made available for listening on the 6th of May on Loudwire.com. A live music video for the song was released on the 17th of May 2012. The album’s release date was on the 17th of July 2012.

I will admit when I first heard that Mark will assume both the vocal and guitar duties, I was sceptical. I didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t sure how strong Mark’s voice would be. Through my first listen to All I Was , I was overwhelmed. Keep in mind I hadn’t had much exposure to trash or speed metal. I was overwhelmed by the instruments at first, it was a lot for me to absorb. The more I listened to the album, the more the melodies and layers of instruments began to take shape. Mark’s voice has grown on me since the first few times that I listened to the album. He has a low register, but his voice can sound more tender when he sings higher notes. Garrett Whitlock did a stellar job on the drums, the drums play a huge part on the album and sets the ebb and flow for the songs. Eric Friedman is a fantastic guitarist and his style complements Mark’s in every way. Eric delivered impressive backing vocals as usual. The album is a technical masterpiece that only seasoned musicians could pull off. My favourite song off the album is “You Waste Your Time”, because of the fast guitars and heavy drums, it makes me want to headbang wherever I am. Last but not least the listener is treated to many guitar solos that once again demonstrates Mark’s amazing talent. His songwriting ability is remarkable to say the least and he manages to connect to the listener on another level through his songs.

You can follow Mark Tremonti on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MarkTremonti

You can follow Eric Friedman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IIEROCKII

You can follow Garrett Whitlock on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GWDrums

You can follow the band here: https://twitter.com/tremontiproject

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

Mark Tremonti – All I Was

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Photo from Mark Tremonti’s Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/MarkTremonti

“Since his early years with Creed, Tremonti has become widely recognized for his technical and songwriting abilities and has received several accolades, including one Grammy Award for Creed’s single “With Arms Wide Open.”He was also named “Guitarist of the Year” for three consecutive years by Guitar World magazine,and in 2011 he was listed as the fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist of all time by Total Guitar.” Insert from Wikipedia.org

Mark Tremonti’s Debut Album and single.

So I finally got to watch the video for ‘You Waste Your Time’ today ,even though it made its debut on the 17th May 2012, I couldn’t view it. I assume it wasn’t available for viewing in South Africa yet.

Here is the link to the video: http://96xrocks.com/alter-bridges-mark-tremonti-debuts-new-video-for-you-waste-your-time-video/

I didn’t really know what to expect from the lead guitarist of Creed and Alter Bridge, since I haven’t really heard his voice before except backing vocals here and there. I was pleasantly surprised by Mark’s voice and the song, I like it a lot!

You can preview three of the songs off of Mark Tremonti’s debut album ‘All I Was’ here: http://www.tremontiproject.com/

Mark Tremonti is joined on his debut album by his solo band consisting of Eric Friedman, Garrett Whitlock and Creed & Alter Bridge bassist Brian Marshall.

For more information on Mark Tremonti’s solo album follow the link for complete track listing and more:

http://www.marktremonti.net/soloproject.php

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Official Cover Art for ‘All I Was’.

Mark Tremonti’s skills on guitar is impressive to say the very least and you will never cease to be amazed by his talent.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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Hi my name is Lauren. I’m a modern rock music fanatic. This is my first ever blog and the whole experience is new to me.

I have always wanted to share my passion for rock music with people who are equally passionate about rock bands and the people within the band. I feel as if all of the rock bands that I’m a fan of are a part of my life and all of them has made an impact on my life in some way.

Therefore I will not tolerate haters of any of the bands mentioned in my blog. There are genres of music and singers that I strongly dislike, but I have and will never go to their fan’s pages to say nasty things about them.

I have a variety of tastes in the rock music genre and I will defend every one of them.

This blog is to share my love for rock music, rock bands and rock stars with my peers who love them as well.

Some of my favourite bands are Alter Bridge, Shinedown, 30 Seconds To Mars, Creed, Slash ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Disturbed, Nickelback, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, 3 Doors Down, Evanescence and Godsmack to name a few.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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