BleachBANGS/All That Remains

Members: Philip Labonte – vocals                              Label: Razor & Tie
Mike Martin – guitar                                                        Hometown: Springfield, MA
Oli Herbert – guitar                                                          Albums: 7
Jeanne Sagan – bass                                                         The Order of Things-2015
Jason Costa – drums                                                        A War You Cannot Win-2012
                                                                                                  For We Are Many-2010
                                                                                                  Overcome-2008
                                                                                                  The Fall of Ideals-2006
                                                                                                  This Darkened Heart-2004
                                                                                                  Behind Silence and Solitude 2002

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The band All That Remains never fails to impress me more and more every time I catch one of their shows.  I have seen them transform in amazing ways.  When I first heard All That Remains, they were a heavy, in your face metal band that I really liked.

I’ve seen many comments on-line about how the band has “Sold Out” on their latest release “The Order of Things”.  I disagree.  All That Remains have done a great job of evolving into what is relevant without “Selling Out”. This band is heavy and hard core at their roots, but that doesn’t mean they are afraid to play more melodic, slower tempo songs  such  as “What if I Was Nothing” or my favorite “This Probably Won’t End Well”.

I saw them recently at Kattfest in Okc, and they opened with 2 songs off of their new album, then took us back in time with gut wrenching vocals from Phil and pound your face against a brick wall riffs from Oli.

In my opinion, All That Remains is one of the best well rounded bands of 2015 because they are not scared to adapt, to change, and don’t give 2 shits if you want to hear a ballad at a show or not they will do it anyway… Then they rip off her prom dress and throw her to the floor.

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Label: Razor & Tie

 

 

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BleachBANGS/TwentyDarkSeven

 

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Just when you thought Germany was known for their Stout, Heavy, must have lagers, in walks Twenty Dark Seven. Taking everything that makes Germany great, rolled up into one tight knit Rock ‘N’ Roll package.
Founded in 2013 By “Pump” founder Marcus Jürgens on vocals and guitarist Peter Wagner of “Wicked Temptation” fame.
Twenty Dark Seven had a few line-up changes before settling on Alex Jansen on bass, and Hans in ‘t Zandt on drums.
Now that we have the introductions squared away, These guys have taken Germany by the balls after recently signing with Metalapolis Records.
I love listening to Marcus’ melodic vocals, he can get the whole crowd singing along as well as get downright dirty and heavy. Peters guitar is a harmonic dream come true for any aspiring guitarist,  a mix of Randy Rhodes, Zakk Wylde, as well as George Lynch all thrown together. No doubt this man took cues from the best in metal history and present as his influence.

Don’t forget to check out  Metalapolis Records  for the best Rock has to offer!

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The Center of the Universe Festival 2015

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The Center of the Universe Festival is an annual, 2 day music festival located in downtown Tulsa in the Brady Arts District. The festival is named after the downtown Tulsa landmark “The Center of the Universe”. This was the third year for the festival, and our first year to attend. This year the festival features over 100 bands on 3 outdoor stages and scattered throughout the multiple stages located in the clubs and venues throughout the Brady Arts District.
There was a very diverse variety of bands for people of all ages to enjoy. So whether you were the two year old girl and her brother dancing to Roxy Roca at the Guthrie Green Stage, or the 60 year old couple listening to Nicnos at the Oklahoma Showcase Stage, there was something for everyone. If you wanted a break from the music, the streets were line up with food trucks to make sure you didn’t go hungry. There were also several street vendors selling a wide variety of goods.
While this was only the third year of this festival, I honestly believe a lot of other festivals should take notes from this one. From the minute we arrived walked in the gates, I knew this wasn’t going to be like any other festival we have been to. This was by far the most organized and crowd friendly festival I have ever been to. It was a breath of fresh air. If you had questions, there were info tents as well as volunteers with “Info” flags standing at most of the intersections to help festival goers make the most of their experience. Since the weather was typical, 100 degree, Oklahoma July temps, they allowed you to bring in a sealed bottle of water and had several water refill stations set up free of charge. They also had huge mister tents set up with plenty of seating in each of them for people to try and escape the heat.
In my opinion, you should absolutely make plans to attend this festival next year. I will make sure I am there. My only two regrets are that this was my first year to go, and that I was unable to attend Friday night. You can download the Center of the Universe Festival app to help you keep track of the lineup and schedule to make it easier for you. The app allowed you to tap on the bands you didn’t want to miss and it could give you a reminder notification so you didn’t miss that band. I used the app and found it very helpful.
The Center of the Universe Festival gets two thumbs up from me. Along with being a great festival, they give back to the community as well. A portion of the proceeds go to the Tulsa Public Schools Music Program. The festival also supports Oklahoma artists through numerous funds. Check out their website for more information, www.centeroftheuniversefestival.com, and make plans to attend next year. DSC_0001 DSC_0035 DSC_0023  DSC_0011DSC_0021 DSC_0063 DSC_0087 DSC_0123 DSC_0183 DSC_0238 DSC_0228 DSC_0216 DSC_0187 DSC_0242 DSC_0262 DSC_0265 DSC_0271 DSC_0286 DSC_0277 DSC_0275 DSC_0325 DSC_0375 DSC_0380 DSC_0339 DSC_0344 DSC_0411 DSC_0354 DSC_0421 DSC_0446 DSC_0491 DSC_0507 DSC_0521 DSC_0577 DSC_0558 DSC_0547 DSC_0567 DSC_0659 DSC_0618 DSC_0581 DSC_0624 DSC_0712 DSC_0736 DSC_0705 DSC_0729 DSC_0699 DSC_0719 DSC_0695 DSC_0717 DSC_0764 DSC_0746 DSC_0750 DSC_0770 DSC_0780 DSC_0756 DSC_0760 DSC_0812 DSC_0825 DSC_0952 DSC_0988 DSC_0879 DSC_0907 DSC_0028 DSC_0030 DSC_0922 DSC_0089 DSC_0083 DSC_0067 DSC_0043 DSC_0135 DSC_0193 DSC_0189 DSC_0128 DSC_0118 DSC_0174 DSC_0144 DSC_0094 DSC_0198 DSC_0263 DSC_0222 DSC_0296 DSC_0224 DSC_0502 DSC_0232 DSC_0514 DSC_0537 DSC_0581 DSC_0538 DSC_0601 DSC_0554 DSC_0632 DSC_0569 DSC_0679 DSC_0688 DSC_0768 DSC_0694 DSC_0808 DSC_0703 DSC_0831 DSC_0733 DSC_0840 DSC_0894 DSC_0907 DSC_0925 DSC_0956

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