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EGYPT CENTRAL Ready to “Kick Ass” as Video Premieres and Song is Heard in NFL Stadiums Nationwide

by on Aug.15, 2011, under news

August 15, 2011EGYPT CENTRALJohn Falls (vocals), Joey Chicago (bass), Blake Allison (drums) and Jeff James (guitar)—is well on their way to another hit single from their critically acclaimed WHITE RABBIT album (Fat Lady Music/ILG), which debuted on SoundScan’s “Current Hard Music Albums” chart at #5 and at #78 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart.

“Kick Ass” is currently being serviced to radio stations across the country. A live video exclusively premiered on Revolver magazine’s website today. The clip was shot at a sold-out show in Ft. Wayne, IN with Isaac Dietz at the director’s helm.

Radio won’t be the only place where the song will be heard. So far, the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys football teams are playing a re-vamped “Gridiron” version of the song, “Kick Off,” as part of their in-stadium music program. Other teams will be adding the song to their stadium playlists in the coming weeks.

In touring news, EGYPT CENTRAL recently concluded their headlining tour with Burn Halo and Red Line Chemistry, as well as a brief stint with Hinder have concluded. Next they’ll be heading out with Saving Abel with other radio station festivals and more headlining shows happening along the way. A Fall tour is currently in the works. Check them out at any of the following stops:

DATE                   CITY                                                       VENUE

Fri 8/19         Albany, NY                                           SPAC (Q-RUPTION/Q103 show with Godsmack,Five Finger Death Punch)
Tue 8/23      Winston-Salem, NC                            Ziggy’s (with Saving Abel)
Wed 8/24    Jacksonville, NC                                  Hooligans (with Saving Abel)
Fri 8/26        Vienna, WV                                          Fishbone Gill and Grill (with Saving Abel)
Sat 8/27       State College, PA                                 WQWK-FM (“Rock the Block 2011” free show)
Sun 8/28     Jermyn, PA                         Eleanor Rigby’s (WBSX show, first 97 people get in for $0.97 cents all tickets after are $9.97)
Mon 8/29   Hampton Beach, NH                          Wally’s Pub (with Saving Abel)
Tue 8/30    Erie, PA                                                  Sherlock’s (with Saving Abel)
Fri 9/2        Orlando, FL                                The Plaza Live (WJRR Hard Labor Radio Show with The Art Of Dying and Black Tide)
Sat 9/3       Tallahassee, FL                                     Floyds (WXSR Radio Low Dough)
Thu 9/8     Baltimore, MD                                      Power Plant Live! (Baltimore Ravens Kick Off Party)
Sat 9/10    Columbus, OH                                       The Basement (headlining show)
Thu 9/15    Clifton, NJ                                            Dingbatz (with Pop Evil and KYNG)
Fri 9/16     Jacksonville, NC                                   Hooligans (with Pop Evil and KYNG)
Fri 9/23    Houma, LA                                             City Club (with Pop Evil and KYNG)
Sat 10/8   Batesville, AR                                         Riverside Park (Rocktoberfest show with Pop Evil)

For more EGYPT CENTRAL click here.

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CD Review: 3 DOORS DOWN- Time of My Life

by on Jul.15, 2011, under news, reviews

3 DOORS DOWN- Time of My Life

Universal/ Republic

Rating:  7 out of 10

Reviewed by: Jay Rybak

While I admittedly have not been a fan of much of the work 3 Doors Down has done as of late, I have been digging their new single “Every Time You Go”.  That being said, I decided to delve into their latest offering Time of My Life to see what other ear-pleasing entrees lie within.  What I found was an album packed with more ups and downs than the ongoing NFL Labor negotiations.

The album jumps out of the gates with the guitar-heavy, high energy title track.  Once we get primed and ready to go, the boys from Mississippi take things down a notch with their hit ballad, “When You’re Young”.  Enjoyable nonetheless, the first single off of the album is an ode to overbearing parental guidance and crushed dreams.  From here, the train gets rolling again with “Round and Round”.  Though not the Ratt cover I was hoping for when I saw the name of the track, this one is another high energy cymbal-smasher that keeps drummer Greg Upchurch busier than Tiger Woods at a Sorority Slumber Party.

The up and down pattern continues through the next couple of tracks; from the self-lamenting love ballad “Heaven”, to the energetic “Race For the Sun”.  “Back to Me” follows up with a musical sound similar to that of Shinedown’s .45, but is unfortunately combined with a lyrical quality that makes it destined to be the song of choice for high-school Romeo’s trying to get to first base at the school dance.

One of the album’s least desirable tracks is followed up by one of it’s brightest spots.  The latest single “Every Time You Go” is a catchy, solid tune, destined for major radio play.  It’s one of those songs you “hate to love”, because once it gets in your head it stays there like the friend we’ve all had that doesn’t quite know when it’s time to head home.  Despite not every song in the album’s first half being a home run hitter, I can still see myself singing karaoke to any one of them after indulging in a few adult beverages.

You ask “What’s Left?”  Well that just so happens to be the name of the next track in this ballad-rocker roller coaster.  The aforementioned is a slight departure from the norm, in that upon first listen you might think your CD player malfunctioned and you were listening to the Country music station.  That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad song, let’s just call it different.  Speaking of different, the next track, “On The Run”, is an interesting musical mashup that sounds like Matchbox 20 teamed up with Jake E. Lee on guitar.  A tough call, definitely one that will require several more listens before I make my love/hate determination.

Track #10, “She Is Love”, I do not.  This is by no means a knock on Santana, but the emulation of the latin guitar god’s style on this track, leaves us with something more suitable for a retirement community dining room.  Within the first minute of this one I was overcome with the smell of White Diamonds and urine.  Once I got my bearings back and made sure there weren’t any dentures in my water, I was met with the pleasant surprise that is “My Way”.  This is 3 Doors Down in it’s purest… redemption.  Just as I was ready to write this one off as just another mediocre album from 3 Doors Down, enter the final chapter, “Believer”.  Now we’re talking!  This riff-heavy, fast paced, foot stomper is just the smash in the teeth they needed to rescue this album from mediocrity.  Perhaps my favorite song on the album, the guitar solo at approximately 2:15 is enough to make any air guitarists fingers bleed.  But be careful not to get any blood on the stereo when you press the repeat button on this one.

All in all, Time of My Life give you much more (and much less) than you bargained for, but the good outweighs the bad here, and this album comes Highly Recommended.

Time of My Life hits stores this Tuesday July 19th.  For more info on 3 Doors Down including tour dates, and to purchase music click here

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