Novembre – Ursa – Album Review

Artist: Novembre Album Title: Ursa Label: Peaceville Records Date Of Release: 1 April 2016 This album has proved to be one of the most difficult to write during 2016 so far. And the reason for this is the simple fact that this album has had me torn in two for such a long time. However, […]

https://manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/novembre-ursa-album-review/

Concert Alert: Tears for Fears at Promo West (Ohio)

Tears for Fears are listed to play Promo West summer 2016. This concert takes place in Columbus Ohio. This is separate from the Bunbury festival to take place in June. Promo West is a new festival with scheduled show dates of 15 – 17 July. The festival promises to be a big deal as the […]

http://tearsandkooksintl.com/2016/03/17/concert-alert-tears-for-fears-at-promo-west-ohio/

Sonus Corona – Sonus Corona

Just when I thought all of the fresh talent in prog metal was hiding towards the more extreme side of the spectrum, I am introduced to this band, the Finnish quintet Sonus Corona. Although I was expecting Sonus Corona to fall into the same rut of Dream Theater or Symphony X that so many melodic […]

http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/sonus-corona-sonus-corona/

DIFFERENT LIGHT: Finding Freedom

Prague based progressive rock band with Maltese roots, Different Light returned this year with the release of their new album titled “The Burden of Paradise,” and Prog Sphere conducted an interview with keyboardist and singer Trevor Tabone. Define the mission of Different Light. It’s basically to make our music known to as many people as […]

http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/different-light-interview/

Spiritual Beggars – Sunrise To Sundown – Album Review

Artist: Spiritual Beggars Album Title: Sunrise To Sundown Label: Inside Out Records Date of Release: 18 March 2016 If you’re looking for a musical experience to surprise you and offer something completely different from what has gone before, I wouldn’t recommend Spiritual Beggars to you. Theirs is not a blueprint that seeks to challenge listeners […]

https://manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/spiritual-beggars-sunrise-to-sundown-album-review/

InnerWish – InnerWish – Album Review

Artist: InnerWish Album Title: InnerWish Label: Ulterium Records Date Of Release: 18 March 2016 I’m going to begin this review by stating that I know nothing of InnerWish. Or at least, I didn’t until I decided to give this album a try having been sent the promo. I mean, it would be rude not to […]

https://manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/innerwish-innerwish-album-review/

Thunderstone – Apocalypse Again – Album Review

Artist: Thunderstone Album Title: Apocalypse Again Label: AFM Records Date Of Release: 1 April 2016 The Blog Of Much Metal seems to have been inundated with albums that have a strong power metal influence recently. Arguably however, this is the most straight-up no-nonsense power metal record of them all. And it comes in the form […]

https://manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/thunderstone-apocalypse-again-album-review/

Mob Rules – Tales From Beyond – Album Review

Artist: Mob Rules Album Title: Tales From Beyond Label: SPV/Steamhammer Date of Release: 18 March 2016 Our Teutonic friends really love this style of heavy metal and, as such, Mob Rules are one of a huge number of power metal bands that originate from Germany. The sextet also happen to be one of the best […]

https://manofmuchmetal.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/mob-rules-tales-from-beyond-album-review/

A Note From BONO

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BONO, the lead singer for U2, has written a letter on the band’s website explaining why iTunes is offering their new album, Songs of Innocence, for free. Read on.

Hello, bonjour, ciao, hola, hallo, zdravo, dobar dan, Dia duit, hæ, hej,hei, cześć, olá, ćao, namaste, sawatdee, jambo, pozdravi, Γεια σου, привіт, שלום, مرحبا, こんにちは, , سلام, 你好, Привет….

Remember us? Pleased to announce myself, Edge, Adam and Larry have finally given birth to our new baby… Songs of Innocence. It’s been a while. We wanted to get it right for you/us. We just finished it last week and thanks to Apple and iTunes it’s with you today. That’s already amazing to me as it normally takes a few months to turn this stuff around.

Part of the DNA of this band has always been the desire to get our music to as many people as possible. In the next 24 hours, over a half a billion people are going to have Songs of Innocence… should they choose to check it out. That is so exciting. People who haven’t heard our music, or weren’t remotely interested, might play us for the first time because we’re in their library. Country fans, hip hop afficionados from east LA, electro poppers from Seoul, Bhangra fans from New Delhi, Highlifers in Accra… might JUST be tempted to check us out, even for a moment. What a mind blowing, head scratching, 21st century situation. Over 500 million people… that’s a billion ears. And for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail.

You’ll have noticed the album is free to U2.com’ers from the band. It’s also free to everyone on iTunes thanks to Apple. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of our iPod commercial, they bought it as a gift to give to all their music customers. Free, but paid for. Because if no-one’s paying anything for it, we’re not sure “free” music is really that free. It usually comes at a cost to the art form and the artist… which has big implications, not for us in U2, but for future musicians and their music… all the songs that have yet to be written by the talents of the future… who need to make a living to write them.

We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We’ll keep you posted. If you like Songs of Innocence, stay with us for Songs of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know I’ve said that before…

I hope after listening to our new long player a few times, you’ll understand why it took so long. We really went there… it’s a very, very personal album. Apologies if that gets excruciating… actually, I take that back. No apologies if it gets excruciating. What’s the point in being in U2 if you can’t go there?
There is no end to LOVE.’
BONO

Radiant Records Sale: Neal Morse’s Autobiography TESTIMONY

Neal Morse's autobiography, TESTIMONY.
Neal Morse’s autobiography, TESTIMONY.

I devoured Morse’s autobiography a few years ago.  It’s excellent.  This week, Radiant is offering it in a variety of formats for very reasonable prices.

To order it, go here: http://www.radiantrecords.com/products/314-testimony-the-book.aspx