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Fair To Midland @ Gramercy Theatre (3/31/2010)

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Artist: Fair To Midland
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Opener: Karnivool, Something To Burn
Date: 3/31/2010
Label: Serjical Strike

Before I begin this narrative I want to rewind a couple of years to when some friends told me that the opening band for The 69 Eyes & Wednesday 13’s show was very much worth seeing. Sadly I would bypass on their advice because with only limited background on the group I would choose to pass on this first up opening slot tonight and “wait for the next time”. Of course when I arrived at the venue I was informed about my missing something very, very special and that next time did not seem to come until this evening. If they did shows in the region I just was not paying as much attention to the scene as I think I am and that made their headlining set in NYC a definite, must not miss bit of entertainment. Not only was I curious beyond a doubt about their live gig but it was also the final day of our March Metal Madness adventures and wow what a month this had been when it came down to it. For some of you the band Fair To Midland is no longer a mystery and you might already know about how great and powerful the melodies are on that most recently released album “Fables From A Mayfly, What I Tell You Three Times Is True”. After learning what I had missed out on I sunk my teeth into the album as well and regretted my decision of the time. Oh well, let that be a lesson to me – when a number of friends in “the know” recommend something, it is very smart for me to walk along the same path and see what the buzz is all about. The show would be held at The Gramercy Theatre (surprise, surprise) and feature both Something To Burn and Karnivool on the bill as well. Since I wanted to absorb the whole event I made sure to arrive just as the STB guys walked on stage.
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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 4

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Die Verbannetn Kinder Evas: “Dusk And Void Became Alive” (Napalm Records)

Translated to “The Banished Children Of Eve”, the side project of Summoning’s Richard Lederer brings you into a world of sullen melancholy and heartfelt despair. It’s a deeply rooted in classical epic and showcases the beautiful voice of Christina Kroustali across the release. It’s not upbeat or fast in any sense but instead almost hauntingly romantic at time while leaving the listening with a slight sense of sadness. The Gothic scene would take well to this unique Darkwave group and fans of operatic voices will love this overall intelligent and passionate release. Approach this with an open mind.

Edenbridge: “The Grand Design” (Napalm Records)

Angelic Bombastic Rock was how I first heard Edenbridge described and it’s pretty close to the mark with the lovely Sabine Edelsbacher who’s melodic and soaring vocals quickly bring you into the bands world. Musically masterminded by Lanvall (guitar/keys) they are adept at quality sounding Hard Rock that is rich in sound but not over the top enough to lose you with super technical displays. It’s all about big vocals harmony and rich melodies that you find as soon as it begins. A surprise addition was the Sheena Easton track “For Your Eyes Only”, from the popular James Bond movie of the same name.
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“The Drawn And Quartered EP” by Fair To Midland

Artist: Fair To Midland
Title: “The Drawn And Quartered EP”
Label: Serjical Strike Records
Release Date: 11/7/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

One would think that a band shows promise when someone like Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) takes an immediate interest to the way that you are doing things. Such was the case for Fair To Midland who employ a wide diversity and genre scoping of styles as they deliver some truly tasty Hard Rock. While their full-length album is due on Tankian’s label in March 2007, this EP allows you a little teaser enjoyment while you are waiting. Four songs are often more than enough to pique ones interest and prompt additional research into a band and what better way to reinforce this than with demos and live recordings. FTM give you two of their original demos, which are now in a cleaner and sleek production as well as a couple of performances that really do a good job of capturing the vibe of the group in a concert setting. “A Seafarer’s Knot” is a particularly adventurous song that shows the band holds many influences from some of the technical masters of the past.
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