Band of the Month – T.R.O.Y

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Credits to the photographer. Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

Credits to the photographer.
Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

T.R.O.Y (short for The Reality Of Yourself) is an American rock band that formed late 2004 in the small town of Pleasant Hope, MO. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Cord Bishop, bassist Kane Ransom, guitarist Kyle Girth and drummer Erik Malan. The original four members grew up together and attended the same school creating a strong bond between them.  T.R.O.Y’s moniker is inspired by the band’s musical perception and the philosophy that thought truly manifests into reality. The band has released two studio albums (“Effective Immediately” and “The Reality of Yourself”) to date and they are known for their gripping live shows, their energizing songwriting style and winning Ernie Ball’s National Battle Of The Bands.

The band has performed on the same stage with bands like Korn, Nothing More, Skillet, Three Days Grace, Red, Like A Storm, Godsmack, Pop Evil and Papa Roach to name a few. By winning Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands the band had the opportunity to tour and they received an endorsement deal through Ernie Ball Music Man. They have plans to release their new E.P. “Two Worlds” before their tour, with their single “Revolution” on the airwaves. Before the Rockstar Uproar tour the band planned a string of special events in their hometown, The Evolution of T.R.O.Y is a series of shows that celebrates the band’s past achievements and their future which is bright with potential.

I recently spent a lot of time listening to the band’s self-titled release on Soundcloud while I was surfing the web and I love the feeling you get as a listener when you realize that you are listening to a GREAT band that has not been established yet and have not signed to a major record label. The album “The Reality of Yourself” consists of a diverse choice of rock songs which vary from the smooth “Caught in the Fire” to the more heavy “Martyr of Deceit”. “Caught in the Fire” is my favourite track, so much so that after listening to it a few times I went and bought it on iTunes. This song in particular displays the mesmerizing voice of the band’s lead vocalist Cord Bishop. The lyrics of the song is raw and honest which probably drew me in to begin with. “Double-Edged Sword” is a fast paced song leaning more towards metal with the ferocious arrangement of the song and distorted vocals. “The Great Dying” is a dark, somber song with a hard rock edge to it, a song which contemplates the concept of freedom. “Into The Unknown” is a straight-up rock song which will satisfy any rock music fan’s appetite. “Divide” I can imagine would be a great track to see live and I would guarantee a lot of head-banging!

“Deadman”,  a single that the band released on the 17th of July 2014 on iTunes is a great rock song with a solid arrangement and some serious BASS! It is everything you would expect from a song with “Deadman” as the title. Another song that stood out to me is a single that the band released on the 21 May 2015 on iTunes titled “Revolution” which is a song that feels very current, it has the potential to satisfy fans of the band and drawing in a brand new audience. Their latest single “The Reckoning” is lyrically gripping and it starts with a soft, slower vocal introduction, before Cord rips into an aggressive chorus. A mature delivery from the band and I can definitely see this song making waves when it reaches the target audience.

I discovered T.R.O.Y when I was checking out my followers on Twitter, looking for a band to feature this month. I find it difficult to get into new music, because I have to invest a lot of my time to decide if I like a band’s music or not. I have to listen to a song about 5 times before I can decide if it appeals to my taste. This is a band I have become a fan of and for good reason, the talent, songwriting, musicianship and bond between the band members are all there and I can only see the band going from strength to strength. Their music has really grown on me and I am truly impressed by their level of talent.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/therealityofyourself

Then buy on iTunes by searching therealityof yourself!

Follow the band on Twitter: https://twitter.com/realityofTROY

Follow Erik Malan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/eriktmilan

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Credits to the photographer. Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

Credits to the photographer.
Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

Credits to the photographer. Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

Credits to the photographer.
Source: http://therealityofyourself.com/photos/

TROYlogo TROY New album Two Worlds artwork

Band of the Month – In This Moment

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In This Moment is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Maria Brink along with guitarist Chris Howorth formed the band in 2005. In August 2005 Maria Brink and Chris Howorth met through common friends. They soon realised that they shared some common interests and they began writing songs together. They later recruited drummer Jeff Fabb and the band was named Dying Star. Unhappy with the direction their music took, they changed their name to In This Moment and the band gained two new members guitarist Blake Bunzel and bassist Josh Newell. The band recorded some demos and decided to post them on MySpace. Close to the end of 2005 Josh Newell left the band to focus on his other project Ketaset and he was replaced with producer Pascual Romero who was replaced with a friend of the band, Jesse Landry shortly afterwards. Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Bassist for Ozzy Osbourne’s band) became the band’s manager after discovering them through MySpace.

By the end of 2005 In This Moment had generated a fan base through internet-marketing and DIY touring. They sparked Century Media Records‘ interest and the band gained a worldwide record deal.

Jesse Landry was replaced in 2009 with Kyle Konkiel and Kyle’s place was taken by Travis Johnson in 2010. Jeff Fabb and Blake Bunzel left the band in 2011 and Tom Hane and Randy Weitzel took their place.

In This Moment’s debut album “Beautiful Tragedy” was released on the 20th March 2007 and delivered the singles “Prayers” and the title track “Beautiful Tragedy”. Their debut album was produced by Eric Rachel and it joined sounds of metalcore and hard rock. To support the album the band performed on several tours including “The Hottest Chicks In Metal Tour 2007“, Ozzfest, Megadeth, Rob Zombie and the Ozzy Osbourne tour. They recorded a cover of Lacuna Coil’s Heaven’s A Lie with the band Manntis as a part of Century Media Records’s Covering 20 Years of Extreme cover album.

Their second album “The Dream” was released on the 30th September 2008.  “The Dream” debuted at number 73 on the Billboard 200 chart. “The Dream” was produced by Kevin Churko and the album took a less heavy approach. Forever was the first single released off of their second album. A cover of Blondie’s Call Me was released as the album’s second single. The cover is available on a special edition, titled The Dream: Ultraviolet Edition to coincide with Warped Tour, which included unreleased tracks and acoustic performances. In This Moment embarked on their first headlining tour titled A Winter to Remember Tour.

Maria Brink revealed the title of the band’s third album “A Star-Crossed Wasteland” on her website in February of 2010. The album was released on the 13th of July 2010. The album’s first single “The Gun Show” was released on iTunes on the 1st of June 2010. The album sold 10, 500 copies and the album debuted at number 40. On the 24th of September 2010 In This Moment released a video for their song “The Promise” shot and directed by David Brodsky.

Maria Brink was named the Hottest Chick in Metal at The Golden God Awards in April 2010.

In May of 2011 In This Moment announced that they were working on a new album due for a 2012 release. The band’s two founding members were not scheduled to be part of the recording due to the fact that they started working with James Durbin from September 2011. Later in 2012 the band supported Shinedown and Papa Roach on their US headlining tour along with Mindset Evolution. In This Moment was the supporting act for  Halestorm from November 8 to the 14th of December 2012.

Their fourth album “Blood” was released on the 14th of August 2012 and debuted at number 15. With the recording of their fourth album Maria has been quoted as saying that she has let go of the fear that constricted creatively. Through the creation of “Blood” Maria decided to disregard other people’s opinions about their music. There will always be people who either love it or hate it. They have performed at several notable tours and festivals namely, Ozzfest (2007, 2008), Warped Tour(2009) , Download Festival (2009), Mayhem Festival (2010), Music as a Weapon V (2011), Uproar Festival (2012) and they are set to play the Download Festival in 2013 as well. The band has tours lined up for March, April, May and June of 2013 with possible headlining tours in August and July.

I heard about In This Moment from a link that Brent Smith (lead singer from Shinedown) tweeted. The link led to In This Moment’s video for “Blood”. At first I hated the song and closed the video halfway through. Shinedown kept sharing photos and news about In This Moment and their tour together. I decided to watch the video again and the more I listened to the song the more I liked it. Later on I listened to it about 5 times a day. I couldn’t get enough of the power and energy that I experienced through their music. Its loud in your face and addictive. Maria is unique and she creates a great contrast to the other band members. I love to expext the unexpected from Maria. She is one of a kind and I always look forward to In This Moment’s music videos. I adore their latest single and music video “Adrenalize Me”. The song is sexy, energetic and features a great guitar solo.

I can’t wait to see what In This Moment will come up with next!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

You can follow In This Moment on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialITM

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Maria Brink – 05.09.2012by =sarahdope
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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

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.

Godsmack

Godsmack

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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