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New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2014: Chapter 6

Welcome back. I apologize for the brief pause in the series but I did want to get the “Music Milestone” posting about “Defenders Of The Faith” live before too many days had passed and then we had some other things that were time sensitive in my Metal Presentation. So now we are back and hitting you with the sixth installment, I hope you enjoy it.

1. Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/Trans-Siberian Orchestra): For 2014, my New Years resolution is to cherish every moment onstage with Night Ranger, Rock of Ages and Trans-Siberian Orchestra and also give my all to a couple of fun recording side-projects I have going. It’s gonna be a GREAT year!

2. Kobra Paige (Kobra and The Lotus): Another new year is a wicked thing because not only does it mean more rip-roaring heavy metal memories, it means new music. This year is going to bring another musical evolution for Kobra and the Lotus and we can’t wait to share it! To all of our amazing supporters and new friends to come, we can’t wait to see you all out there. HORNZM/M
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New Year’s Music Resolutions For 2013: Part 2

Hey there readers and welcome back to the presentation of “New Year’s Music Resolutions for 2013”; I am really glad that you are joining us along for the series because it’s such a blast giving everyone a look inside the thoughts of these musical people. I’ll stop talking now and let you get right into it since there are many more chapters for me to share additional opinions with you. Have at it.

1. Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Rock Of Ages): My 2013 New Year’s Music Resolution is to CONTINUE to work as hard as possible and appreciate every second of the best job on planet Earth!…and meeting Angus Young would be bad ass 🙂

2. Tim Roth (Into Eternity): My New Year’s Metal Resolution for 2013 would be, to continue my daily listening, of the latest Yngwie J. Malmsteen album entitled, “Spellbound”. I think we all could learn a lesson or two about the relentless drive, that Yngwie has towards pushing the envelope of Neo-Classical Metal. I vow also, to continue to teach my 4 year old son, Lucca Jacob Yngwie Roth, the ways of the Jedi Shred Legend that is and only could be, Yngwie J. Malmsteen! In addition, I would like to spend more time on PiercingMetal.com and I’d love to see my musical group, Into Eternity, head back to Europe AND release our long overdue 6th album.

3. Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot): 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of “Metal Health” and I plan to continue to bring the music of QUIET RIOT to the fans and to keep the memory of Kevin DuBrow alive and well through the music that he and I never took for granted and have so much pride in. That is my singular New Year’s Music Resolution for 2013.
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Symphony X @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (4/5/2008)

If you are a fan of knock ’em down Progressive Metal then you must give Symphony X some props. They always deliver and tonight’s show would find both Into Eternity and Epica opening up. As a fan of all three bands I could not resist being at this venue so soon after being here (as Ace Frehley was last night). To read and see more, scroll past the logo below.

Logo - Symphony X

Artist: Symphony X
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Sq. (New York, NY)
Opener: Into Eternity, Epica
Date: 4/5/2008
Label: SPV Records

I’m always happy when a band who works hard at their craft and releases relevant album after album finds good things happening for them and such would be the case for former Inside Out Music Recording artists Symphony X who are now under the watchful eye of SPV Records. The Progressive Metal juggernaut is a local favorite who hail from NJ but their reach and impact on the genre has been massive and on a global scale for some time. With each release their underground legions of followers has gotten bigger and as result finds the band needing to hit larger scale venues in order to properly hold a show when each tour comes around. Their latest album is entitled “Paradise Lost” and the reception that it has received has been nothing short of outstanding. Perhaps it’s because of how good the album actually is, or perhaps it’s those hard core listeners who have followed the band over the years that are doing their job and spreading the Symphony X gospel to anyone and everyone they could possibly reach. The bands last appearance in NYC was in May of 2007 and held at the nearby B.B. King Blues Club. At that particular show it was only them on the bill but tonight they would bring Canada’s own Into Eternity and the Dutch Metal Symphonic stars Epica and the show would be at Times Square’s Nokia Theater – a venue that holds quite a bit more screaming Metal heads when it comes down to it. Here is a little bit about the evening.
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“Days Of Rising Doom: The Metal Opera” by Aina

Artist: Aina
Title: “Days Of Rising Doom” – Limited Edition
Label: Transmission Records
Release Date: 4/13/2004
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Rating: 8/10

I wanted to start off by saying how much I enjoyed this piece. The production is outstanding and the cast of players literally reads like a who’s who in power metal music. Luminaries (names listed below) such Michael Kiske and Tobias Sammett and many more join the core musicians who make up this CD. “Aina, Days Of Rising Doom” tells a lavish story of far away mythical lands and the obvious good versus evil with the eventual hopeful victory of good (I will not ruin the surprise here and will leave it up to you to find out more).
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