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“Saw 3D” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Saw 3D”
Label: Lionsgate Music
Release Date: 10/25/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

If you are a diehard fan of the horrific films that come bearing the “SAW” moniker then you will certainly be pleased to learn that a 3D film is the next installment of the franchise and sure to keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Being honest, these films are truly not something that I enjoy and they creep the hell out of me like few other things in the genre so I have problems sitting through them. I’m not embarrassed by this of course and proudly admit that a good old fashioned monster movie or an additional chapter maniac slasher featuring Jason, Freddie or Leatherface is more up my alley at the end of the day. This CD release is not so much music from the film as much as it is music inspired by the feature and that is something absolutely anyone can enjoy based on the wealth of difference being offered up. The sixteen tracks present some really interesting and possibly mystery acts to the listener, depending on how much attention they are paying to the underground scene around them and while some bands are cited as major players, there are others who are not mainstream radio fare by any length. We begin the journey with an unreleased track by Saving Abel who falls into the New Era Grunge movement if I had to lock into a specification and it’s not a bad tune at all. I enjoyed the Hinder contribution of “Waking Up The Devil” as I view the band a little higher than I originally did a couple of years ago. For me the first real treat comes via Karnivool who are described as Prog-Rock and yet to me feel more of a Melodic Dark Rock. I’ve seen them live and they are fantastic. Focus your attention on them and be the envy of those you know who feel their always ahead of the game.
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Fair To Midland @ Gramercy Theatre (3/31/2010)

Logo - Fair To Midland

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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