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Mastodon Once More Album CoverJuly 2, 2014 - (Burbank, CA)Once More ‘Round The Sun, the sixth studio album from Mastodon, has debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. This marks their highest chart debut ever.

 In addition, this album released by Reprise Records on June 24th, has gone Top 10 in most European markets and top 20 in most remaining territories. Once More ‘Round The Sun has also entered the Top 10 Album Charts in the U.K. as well where it is currently the No. 1 Rock/Metal album across the nation; yet another milestone for Mastodon. Fans and critics agree, this is the best Mastodon album yet:

 “The mercurial metal heads have improved on the lean hard-rock pummel of 2011′s The Hunter with lattices of ornate riffs and primal vocals… the band sounds best when taking risks.”Rolling Stone

 “Album after album, Mastodon set the pace for modern heavy metal. Their brand of aggression is brainy, technically dazzling and slightly hallucinogenic – metal for people who don’t usually listen to metal. At the same time, the band is balls-out creative. ‘Elegant’ isn’t a term usually associated with neck-tatted, acid-eating heshers but check out Bill Kelliher’s guitar riff verses Brent Hinds’ guitar solo versus Brann Dailor’s double-time drums. The union is perfectly effortless -and freight-train powerful.”  -Spin.Com

 “The Atlanta thrashers continue to walk a fine line between brutal hardcore, bespectacled math rock, and area-ready melody.” - Entertainment Weekly / The “MUST LIST”

 Once More ‘Round The Sun was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones). It is the follow-up to Mastodon‘s critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which also entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 upon release and found its way onto several Year End / Best Of Critics’ Lists, including those compiled by Rolling StoneSpinRevolverDecibel and many more.

 In addition, the band has been confirmed to appear on the outdoor stage of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 15th, in Hollywood, CA.

 Once More ‘Round The Sun is available now on CD, standard vinyl and a limited edition Deluxe Package pressed on two 180g black vinyl discs housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket featuring artwork by Skinner. The special package will also contain four exclusive lithographs derived from the album artwork plus the entire album on CD. Order it here. Check out the new Roboshobo-directed video for the song High Road.”

 Mastodon are currently on the road in Europe:

 Thurs    Jul 3                Main Square Festival                 Arras, France

Fri        Jul 4                Le Zenith                                  Paris, France

Sun      Jul 6                Knebworth Park                        London, United Kingdom

Fri        Jul 18              Malakoff Rock Festival               Nordfjordeid, Norway

Sat       Jul 19              Bukta Open Air Festival             Tromsø, Norway

Sat       Sep 6              Hopscotch Festival                    Raleigh, NC

Fri        Sep 12             Riot Fest Chicago                     Chicago, IL

Sun      Sep 14             Aftershock Festival                   Sacramento, CA

Sat       Oct 4               Louder Than Life Festival           Louisville, KY

 Much more Mastodon news to be revealed soon.  Until then go to: www.mastodonrocks.com

Mastodon Once More Album CoverJune 18th, 2014(Burbank, CA.) – As of today, the new album from Mastodon, Once More ‘Round The Sun, is streaming, in its entirety, as an iTunes Radio First Play. Listen now at iTunesRadio.com/Mastodon. The album, Mastodon’s sixth full-length, is available for pre-order on iTunes and at Mastodonrocks.com. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album tracks “Chimes at Midnight” and “High Road.” The new music video for “High Road,” directed by Roboshobo, premiered on Pitchfork this past Tuesday.

Once More ‘Round The Sun was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer, Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones). It is the follow-up to Mastodon‘s critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more.

As previously announced, the stunning Deluxe 2-LP Vinyl Edition of Once More ‘Round The Sun will also go on sale on June 24th. This limited-edition package includes two discs pressed on 180-gram black vinyl housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket, featuring artwork by the American artist Skinner, plus a CD of the complete album.

Don’t miss Mastodon on tour this summer:
Fri. Jun 20 Amnesia Rockfest Montebello, Canada
Thurs. Jun 26 Hedon Zwolle, Netherlands
Fri. Jun 27 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sat. Jun 28 Graspop Dessel, Belgium
Sun. Jun 29 Park Live Moscow, Russian Federation
Thurs. Jul 3 Main Square Festival Arras, France
Fri. Jul 4 Le Zenith Paris, France
Sun. Jul 6 Knebworth Park London, United Kingdom
Fri. Jul 18 Malakoff Rock Festival Nordfjordeid, Norway
Sat. Jul 19 Bukta Open Air Festival Tromsø, Norway
Sat. Sept 6 Hopscotch Festival Raleigh, NC
Fri. Sept 12 Riot Fest Chicago Chicago, IL

Sevendust Band Promo 2014June 17, 2014 –The City Drive Entertainment Group has announced it has made a deal to film Atlanta-based hard rock icons Sevendust for a landmark multi-show live DVD and documentary.

Production on the feature-length documentary is set to begin immediately and take six months, and will include historical footage; footage from the band’s current “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic tour; interviews; and cameos from Tommy Lee, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge and also a member of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby’s band, Projected), Wolfgang Van Halen and many others. City Drive/DC3 will film the concert portion of the project in New York City. They expect to film two full-length shows back-to-back: an acoustic show followed by a plugged-in show—the band’s last plugged-in show of 2014. The band will offer tickets for both shows to fans at one price and they’re expecting a very quick sell out. Tickets will go on sale sometime in late June. On sale info will be announced soon.

The plugged-in show will showcase more firepower than Sevendust has ever deployed, with pyrotechnics, spectacular lighting, video projection and screens, and special effects. Drummer/vocalist Morgan Rose promises, “We’re going to bring on so much production, it will amaze people. We’re going to blow sh** up, we’re going to have fire, we’re going to have dragons, we’re going to have fire-breathing dragons. It may be the only time fans will ever get to see us this way!”

Guitarist Clint Lowery explains, “The essence of this band is playing live and that’s what we’re finally documenting for this project. What’s unique about it is that it will share both sides of this band—the melodic and the aggressive—with our most die-hard fans. This film is a heartfelt way to show them, our children and the whole world who we were, who we became, where we are and where we’re going.”

“We’re already on the road to make this project happen,” says award-winning film director Daniel Catullo III, CEO of The City Drive Entertainment Group and DC3 Music Group, the director and producer of the project. He started shooting Sunday, June 8th at the band’s show in at the Starland Theatre in Sayreville, NJ, just across the river from New York City. “We aim to capture the band’s live essence—acoustic and plugged-in—as well as to document their long history of genre-bending innovation in the hard rock arena.”

“Fans will be part of the films, and how could they not be?” Catullo adds. “They are the heart of Sevendust’s success and literally made the band’s current album possible.” The film will feature interviews with up to 100 fans. Catullo urges fans that want to be interviewed for the film to put in their requests at Sevendust@citydrivefilms.com. City Drive/DC3 expects to release the DVD/CD project in early 2015.

Atlanta-based Sevendust, comprised of Lajon Witherspoon (vocals); Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) formed in 1994 and released their first eponymous record in 1997, which was certified gold.

Sevendust released their critically acclaimed tenth (and second acoustic) album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, on the band’s 7Bros. Records label, in conjunction with ADA Label Services, on April 15. The album of new and re-recorded acoustic material debuted at the top of Billboard’s Hard Music Albums chart. Crowdfunded with a PledgeMusic campaign, which kicked off in November, fan response was so great the band was able to start recording TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES at Architekt Music in Butler, NJ—where they recorded their previous album “Black Out The Sun” in January 2013. By the time the campaign ended, they’d reached 235% of their goal with almost 3500 pledges.

The band is currently headlining an acoustic tour, “An Evening With Sevendust,” to support the release. The tour kicked off this past April in Athens, GA and has dates booked through the end of June, with more dates to come throughout the summer.

Daniel E Catullo III has produced over 200 music videos and 150 live TV specials in his 20-year career. Catullo was an Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated 2013 documentary THE SQUARE. That film, chronicling the uprising the toppled Mubarak regime in Egypt, the went on to win many awards at film festivals from Sundance and Toronto to Dubai and Carmel. It also won the 2013 IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Catullo has won or been nominated for multiple awards including Grammy, Telly, Golden Eagle Cine, IDA, Demmy and Webby awards in his career. In addition to Sevendust, Catullo has worked with recording and performing artists including: Alter Bridge; Rage Against The Machine; Godsmack; Creed; Chickenfoot; Black Eyed Peas; Guns N Roses; Slash; KISS; Rush; and many others. Catullo is also founder of former production powerhouse Coming Home Studios and the DC3 Music Group.

The City Drive Entertainment Group, Inc. is a finance, production and distribution company with offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento and New York. City Drive specializes in documentaries and live concert DVD’s. Recent projects include Mariah Carey Live In Central Park; THE SQUARE; TED x Hollywood; and Alter Bridge Live From Milan. The Company currently has a number of productions in the works including four new documentaries and several high profile music projects, including a co-production with Electus and Eminem’s Shady Films. For more information please visit www.thecitydrivegroup.com.

The Winery Dogs-Album Cover

 

The Winery Dogs

 

The Winery Dogs

 

Loud & Proud Records

 

Rating: 11 out of 10

 

Release Date: 7/23/13

Yes, you did read that right, 11 out of 10, we broke the scale on this one!  The word triumvirate is often defined as a “rule of three”, in this case it’s “three that rule”.  Guitarist and vocalist Ritchie Kotzen (Mr. Big/Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) have long been considered three of the finest at their respective crafts, so it’s no surprise that when their talents collide we are left with nothing less than an Album of the Year contender.

From the opening riff of “Elevate”, you realize that this is going to be one of those albums where one can’t help but “feel” the music.  A blues rooted rocker with a hint of Nugent-meets-Wolfmother, this opening track is just a pre-cursor of what’s to come.  From “Desire” to “The Other Side” to “Regret”, the entire album is riddled with screaming, yet soulful guitar, pulse-pounding drums, killer vocals,  and bass lines that would make Geddy Lee blush!

With such a great collection of musical genius, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  There are, however, some highlights that cannot go unmentioned.  One such highlight is “The Other Side”, which begins with Portnoy’s drums launching into a finger bleeding bass line from Sheehan, climaxing with Kotzen’s guitar solo, at which point he releases inner Eddie Van Halen.  

Kotzen then takes that same style and melds it into “One More Time”.  Yet another reminder that these guys are a force to be reckoned with, this track bears hints of Eric Johnson meets Van Halen’s “Eruption”. On the track “Six Feet Deeper” Portnoy’s drumming channels the spirit of the late, great, John Bonham. “Damaged” and “Not Hopeless” are two more favorites of mine that highlight just how much Kotzen’s voice sounds like that of one of rock’s greatest voices, Chris Cornell.

Perhaps the coolest song on the album is “Time Machine”.  This track has a conceptual feel to it, in that it begins sounding very much like a modern day Alice In Chains tune, and transforms as we travel time, into some good old fashioned 80′s guitar power rock!  Last, but certainly not least, the album culminates with “Regret”; a true blues based rock track that summons the air guitar and serves as a reminder that “blues gave birth to rock ‘n roll”, making our only regret not pressing the “Repeat All” button.

Every album has one or two band members on it that truly stand out, but The Winery Dogs smash that theory to pieces with their debut album.  If you love blues-based power rock, July 23rd should be like Christmas morning for audiophiles everywhere.  Hands down, the best album of 2013!!!

What are you waiting for??? Click here to pre-order The Winery Dogs debut album, and find out when they’ll be coming to your town to blow your mind in person!

CLASSIC ALBUMS: RUSH:



2112 & MOVING PICTURES



Eagle Vision DVD



10 out of 10



Eagle Vision & Eagle Rock Entertainment have put together a series entitled CLASSIC ALBUMS that goes back and looks at the making of some of the greatest albums of all time. With titles such as Metallica: Black Album, Fleetwood Mac: Rumors, Judas Priest: British Steel, Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Iron Maiden: Number Of The Beast, Motorhead: Ace Of Spades, Deep Purple: Machine Head, and on and on… The series takes the band back to the studio, with the producer and engineer occasionally and goes over the recording of the album, how they wrote it, the stories that came from the recording session, and actually takes the album apart track by track and channel by channel. From the great licks, that killer vocal line, the special mixing that makes the song come alive.

You can’t turn on VH-1 without seeing an episode of Classic Albums, and with good reason. Even if you don’t particularly care for the artist or the album, the stories behind how the album came to be will enthrall you. My favorite episodes are DEEP PURPLE: Machine Head, JUDAS PRIEST: British Steel, and MEAT LOAF: Bat Out Of Hell. Not because they are amazing albums (they are), not because they are great legendary bands (they are), but because of the stories that come out about how the album and the songs came to be. From Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water being written about the actual recording of Machine Head and the dismal situation they were in while recording one of rock’s greatest albums of all time. To Judas Priest’s Metal Gods marching sound being a drawer full of silverware being slammed open and shut. To Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman basically selling their souls and beating the odds to get a rock opera released by two unknown and unlikely artists.

RUSH: 2112 and Moving Pictures as albums need no real introduction to even casual music listeners.

With the opening track 2112 taking up half the album alone, the sheer epicness and ballsiness of an unknown band releasing this epic tome of music and having the fortitude and belief in themselves to pull off a magnum opus of this magnitude is to be respected and celebrated. The message of 2112 with nods to Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead actually echoes the band’s ambition for releasing a 20 plus minute song as the opening and title track on an unsuspecting public.

Moving Pictures is simply a greatest hits album of brand new music. Red Barchetta, Limelight, Vital Signs, and YYZ are well known to Rush fans and non fans alike. And of course Tom Sawyer which is probably second only to Stairway To Heaven as the most played song on Classic Rock stations.

The episode and the series isn’t a ‘Behind The Music’ drug and sordid history, it is about how the album came about, how the artist came up with the riff, the lyric, the song, the sound, and finally the impact the album had when it was released.

RUSH: 2112 & Moving Pictures was released September 28th. And can be purchased here. Do yourself a favor, pick it up, throw it in the DVD player and relive the magic of 2112, the hits of Moving Pictures and find out how the band came up with some of the most well known rock and roll songs in the history of music.

The DVD comes with almost an hour of extra material recorded for this episode. From Geddy Lee explaining the Overture of 2112, to Neil‘s (Non) drum solo, there are too many great nuggets to list here. The extras are worth the price of the DVD alone, nevermind the who, how, why of the recording of 2112 and Moving Pictures!

No matter which episode you watch, STEELY DAN: Aja, TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: Damn The Torpedoes, SEX PISTOLS: Never Mind the Bollocks, or U2: Joshua Tree, you’ll always come away with a great story, an amazing tidbit about how your favorite song came to be, what studio magic was used to make that special sound that transports you to another place and time, and where the artists head was or wasn’t at when they recorded it. So check out the links below, pick up 2112 & Moving Pictures, treat yourself to a few other episodes of Classic Albums, and enjoy! You’ll thank me later.

For more CLASSIC ALBUMS click here.
For more RUSH click here.
To purchase RUSH: 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums click here.