Month: November 2017

Music Review – Shattered “Blackout Sessions”

     Shattered, a hard rock band originating in Greensburg, PA, has been rocking the Pittsburgh area since 2006 and they have just released their EP “Blackout Sessions” and their influences of Alice In Chains, Godsmack and the like can be heard all through this release, including in the vocals of Josh Comp. His alto voice with a rough edge brings an interesting sense of originality and yet familiarity to the music for those of us who grew up on some of those fine bands of an era.

 

    This CD is really smooth yet comes with a hard edged sound in the back, a comfortable vibe that still gets your head moving. On the first play they are good songs but after walking away you find that they are stuck in your mind enough to start the tracks over again. Nothing in your face, more a collection of fluid, well done, music that has the ability to be played anytime, anywhere while drawing you in to listen more closely and want to turn up the volume on a couple of your favorites. A quick look over the band’s page, https://www.facebook.com/shatteredrocks/, and I can say that they have stuck to their unique brand of music in a way that will make their fans proud and make new fans easily.

 

    “Love/Hate/Obsession” has a comfortable 90’s feeling to start you off with an introduction to their sound and a slight intensity through the song. The drum beats of Kevin Dick are clear on this and tend to keep you attention through the song. “The Reckoning” is probably one of my favorites as I personally enjoy it when a band can bring in acoustics yet keep the feel of hard rock. A pleasant surprise to that song was the blend of vocal harmonies between Comp and fellow vocals of guitarists Erik Rhodes and Evan Schlege, who later came in with the electric guitars as well as bass from Tim Noel. “Martyr” had a darker sense to it with the low riffs adding to the overall feel but “Hellbent” was almost a melody with a deeper side that made me envision fans in front of the stage with lighters… or maybe the bright screen on their cell phones if I’m going to think modern. The final song “Catalyst” picked it all back up and put me back on my feet, a great way to end a CD.

 

    If you haven’t had a chance to check this band out, do so. You’re going to be happy with what you find. They have an original take on the type of music people now look to as one of the best periods of modern rock. This is the stuff many of us grew up listening to and the sound we often search for still. Pick up a copy of “Blackout Sessions” today for your collection!

 

Music Review by: Lady Jaye

    

The PA Rock Show Anniversary Event is almost here!!! – AKMusicScene.com

Thanksgiving is coming and there is a show this very weekend that embodies the love and giving of this holiday – the Pennsylvania Rock Show’s Anniversary Showcase!!! This year it’s being held at the Leechburgh Moose with a strong line up of Homicide Black, The Art of Burning Bridges, Divine Tragedy, Tilted Shadows and A Common Crown with doors open at 7:30. This one event ties into so much in the Pittsburgh music scene and more, so hold onto your hats!!

The PA Rock Show got it’s start September 14, 2004 and since then it has been a way to get the behind the scene information on so many bands in the area music scene. Bands have formed on the show, new music has played, acoustic versions of songs never heard performed that way before and it gives a “Sit down and chat a bit” feel for the fans of these artists to really get an idea of the more fun and personal side of the people they see on stage. On September 29, 2012 the owner and operator of the show, Bill Domiano, held an anniversary benefit in honor of a student having serious health problems. So much good came from that night. Not only were funds raised to help the student, it was decided that a yearly lineup would begin and proceeds would be donated to area charities, including Rock For Life – an organization that has multiple shows per year to raise money for those individuals in the area who have life threatening illness.

As he does with all of the work he does in the scene, Bill makes certain to bring the best area bands to the public in a fun way and fuel the scene in the ways he knows best. The positive response speaks for itself. Not just from the bands who are happy to be chosen for each years event but also from those who attend and those who benefit. This is an event that show the heart of the music scene and all who support it!! To see some of the past shows and music you might want to check out, go to https://www.parockshow.com/anniversary-shows/ and look over the information listed there as well as flyers from previous shows. The cost for admission is $5 for members/$10 for nonmembers and all proceeds go to the charities. Bring the family that’s come to visit and treat them to some of the area’s best music while nursing that turkey hangover. After all, you’ve probably reached your limit of rich food and holiday movies on television so this gives them something to go home and talk about that’s a whole lot better than whether or not the pumpkin pie was exactly like grandma used to make!!!

For more information on the Rock For Life Concert Series check out their website: https://rockforlifeconcert.com/ and to find out more about the show that’s at the root of this event you can find music, interviews and more at their website: https://www.parockshow.com/. While you’re there, you can find a host of other ways to get your music fix!!!