Daughtry – Cage to Rattle Review

Released by: RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Release Date: July 27th, 2018

Genre: Rock

Links: http://www.daughtryofficial.com

Line Up:

Chris Daughtry – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar

Josh Steely – lead guitar, backing vocals

Josh Paul – bass guitar, backing vocals

Brian Craddock – rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Elvio Fernandes – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals

Brandon Maclin – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Tracklist:

1. Just Found Heaven
2. Backbone
3. Deep End
4. As You Are
5. Death of Me
6. Bad Habits
7. Back in Time
8. Gravity
9. Stuff of Legends
10. White Flag

Anyone expecting a return to Daughtry’s classic, gritty sound may be sorely disappointed, but listen to this new album with an open mind, and you may be pleasantly surprised. Upon the first listen to Daughtry’s fifth studio album, Cage to Rattle, it’s clear that it’s quite the departure from his previous work, but that does not mean this is a bad album. With amazing production values, and superb vocals, this album stands out as an evolution in this hard-working band’s sound. But is it a rock album?

After the lukewarm reception that Baptized received, you wouldn’t have expected Daughtry to continue with the pop-rock sound they cultivated over their later albums, but with Cage to Rattle that is exactly what they have done. Perhaps the tracks “Torches” and “Go Down”, which were specifically written for the 2016 compilation album It’s Not Over…The Hits So far, should have been a clue for where the band intended to go musically, with Daughtry quipping that they represented a “hybrid of where we’ve been and where we’re going”. It is always a difficult balancing act for maturing bands when it comes to meeting fan expectations, while trying to continue to develop their sound, and whether this will divide fans while attracting a completely new listener base remains to be seen.

Dominated by tracks in the vein of “What About Now” (Daughtry), “September” (Leave this Town), and “Waiting For Superman” (Baptized) from previous albums, the structure of the track-list plays like a subtle progression back towards the darker themes of the seminal album Daughtry, while staying true to the carefully cultivated sound expressed throughout Cage to Rattle. Opening track “Heaven”, sets a very commercial narrative for the album, and falls short of grabbing you on the first listen. Like tracks “Deep End”, and “White Flag”, there is a real Shinedownesque feel about these three songs, with the latter representing the only song that harkens back to the writing of his early work. “Backbone” has a modern delta-blues vibe to it as Daughtry weaves a life affirming tale about surviving in the harsh world we live in. “As You Are” and “Bad Habits” continue the commercial pop sensibilities of the album, making for very mainstream songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a top 40 radio station. “Death of Me”, “Back in Time”, and “Gravity” round out the key anthemic ballads on the album, with “Back in Time” presenting a particularly catchy, foot-tapping rhythm, with rolling beats, and synths woven through, setting a discordant tone to the song that brings the whole thing together. The stand-out song on Cage to Rattle, is the penultimate track on the album, “Stuff of Legends”, which wouldn’t seem out of place on Extreme’s Pornograffitti or a Mark Ronson – Bruno Mars collaboration. This swaggering tune has a grungy funk-rock sound featuring distorted bass, a distinctive four-on-the-floor beat, a lush synth arrangement, catchy guitar riffs, and disco-like hooks. I would have liked there to have been a few more tracks like this, as it’s one of the few particularly up-tempo songs on the album – something that Cage to Rattle is sorely lacking.

There is no denying that the vocals are the main driver of this album, more than the lavish instrumentation that forms the backdrop of Cage to Rattle, which shows Daughtry’s maturity and development as a songwriter. The heavy orchestration offset by Daughtry’s stunning voice creates a soundscape that truly brings these songs to life, with elements reminiscent of radio-friendly AOR favourites like Foreigner and Journey. Overall this is a good effort by the North Carolina band, but it barely holds on to their grunge-rock roots.

Written by: Erik De’Viking

Rating: 7/10

Travis Moore Hosts “LEMMY” Pop-Up Art Event In L.A.

So  Ya, This Seems Pretty Cool…

Los Angeles, CA – August 9th, 2016 – Los Angeles artist, Travis Moore, has made headlines for spearheading the new artist movement involving Sharpies, creating completely unique and complex artwork, creating the movement of “Sharpism”.

 On August 25th, 2016, Travis Moore will be hosting the Pop-Up Art Event at Art On Scene on 8521 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA at 7PM. This opening reception will feature a red carpet, catering, quality entertainment and live art, and will be run out of a pop-up space located in close proximity to The Rainbow Bar & Grill. The VIP invite-only event will be comprised of invited guests, celebrities, patrons, as well as friends and family of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, Motörhead and the artist Travis Moore, many of which will also be attendance at The Kilmister Unveiling and Dedication party.

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The event will consist of over fifty pieces of original art produced by Sharpie Artist and Kilmister Statue creator Travis Moore, which will focus on music and its role and history in Los Angeles’ iconic imagery. In addition, there will be a “Mini-Lemmy” Museum that will feature Lemmy’s personal items,a s well as all the pictures drawing and work done to complete the Lemmy Kilmister Statue. Featured will be exclusively signed posters, prints, shirts, and event miniature reproductions of the statue.

Travis Moore, a local LA artist…

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… has been selected to create the life-size bronze sculpture of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, former bassist and frontman of Motörhead. Travis is a native of Texas, holds a BA in Fine Art as well as a Masters degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has been creating art from the age of two, even having a short 3 panel comic strip in his local paper at age five. His talent was fostered by his mother, who herself has an Art degree from SFASU; her friends and artists Grace and Loyd Carey; and his junior high and high school art teacher, J.D. Beltran. Travis was mentored by Gary Frields while at SFASU, a tremendously dedicated instructor and amazing artist. It was there at SFASU that Travis first began to experiment with his own individual drawing process, which he refers to as “Sharpism”. Travis came to the Los Angeles area in 2005 and has since been part of a number of shows in the area, including two Sharpie sponsored shows at Crewest Gallery and hosted Art Jam: a live art and music event held at The Whisky a Go Go.

 

Alice Cooper Needs To Be Elected… Here’s Why

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GET ALICE COOPER ‘ELECTED’THE NEW SINGLE OUT NOW

LOOKING FOR A BETTER CANDIDATE? A BETTER MANIFESTO?

LOOK NO FURTHER

ALICE COOPER RUNS FOR U.S. PRESIDENTHE WHOLE WORLD’S GOING CRAZY!T AND U.K. PRIME MINISTER

“A TROUBLED MAN FOR TROUBLED TIMES”

Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric – the mudslinging – the media frenzy. Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be “Elected”.

His classic 1972 hit…

is once again an anthem for modern times, originally recorded for the 1972 Billion Dollar Babies album, “Elected” is now back in a brand new 2016 version for a brand new battle.

And when it all boils down to it – a long flowing mane of (real) hair beats Bernie/The Donald/Hillary/Boris styles hands down and his American accent and people’s policies are way easier for the British to understand than any of Theresa May’s (although it might not be just the accent).

But it’s not all about debonair good looks, long flowing locks and a wicked accent — Alice Cooper has a platform that every voter can get behind. He is asking his fellow Americans, his British friends and all those around the world who are disillusioned with their leaders, to join “The Wild Party.”

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Alice Cooper has spent countless nights on the road; many troubled hours worrying about the course of our great nations. Not afraid of controversy or springing into action, Alice Cooper plans to channel every ounce of energy (in between his Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampire concerts, his syndicated radio show “Nights With Alice Cooper”, and his daily round of golf, of course) towards solving the world’s problems. He is tackling the everyday concerns discussed among his fellow woman and man – the ordinary, decent hard working (and rocking) people he meets and entertains every day while performing nearly 100 concerts a year around the world.

So, if you’re looking for a candidate with a manifesto that matters, vote Alice Cooper, the man with the plan to tackle the hot button, contentious and provocative issues on the minds of the real America and Britain:

1. Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC

2. A snake in every pot

3. No more pencils, no more books

4. Adding Lemmy to Mt Rushmore

5. Rename Big Ben “Big Lemmy”

6. Groucho Marx on the $50 bill

7. Peter Sellers on the £20 note

8. Cupholders required for every airplane seat

9. Ban on talking during movies in movie theatres

10. Ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day

These “troubled times” call for a “troubled mind” indeed. These “troubled times” call for Alice Cooper.

Said Alice, “Why NOT me? I have t shirts to sell.”

www.votealicecooper.com

www.aliceforprimeminister.com

www.aliceforpresident.com

More about Alice Cooper, the man, the myth, the legend:

Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, his place in rock history and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame secure, and his multiple gold & platinum albums, sold-out tours plus countless honors and career achievement awards, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career.

Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where 24 hour cable news can present real life shocking images.

 

BRITISH ROCKERS “BLACK WOLF” SHED SKIN…INTRODUCING: ” iLLUSTR8ORS”

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Whilst the band line up remains the same; this young five piece from Bristol, UK have been on a musical journey of discovery, both as a band and as individuals. Simply put, this is illustr8ors:

Scott Sharp – Vocals
Jason Cronin – Rhythm Guitar
John Greenhill – Lead Guitar
Ben Webb – Bass Guitar
Thomas Lennox-Brown – Drums

Wave goodbye to BlackWolf (2014 Classic Rock Magazine ‘Best New Band’ Award Nominees + Planet Rock Radio Tour Headliners) and say hello to illustr8ors and their stunning, self titled debut ep (out 14th October 2016). Firm favourites of the team here at MyGlobalmind, check out the reviews below of one of their live shows in Bristol and also the band’s debut as BlackWolf. A pedigree like that cannot be ignored.

https://myglobalmind.com/2014/09/27/blackwolf-live-exchange-bristol-uk-september-19th-2014/

https://myglobalmind.com/2014/02/02/blackwolf-hunt-review/

Featuring four white hot songs, this forthcoming ep is sharp, drenched in groove, ladened with hooks and melody, whilst intelligent and a straight to the point collection of music. No messing about, no gimmicks…this is what rock music sounds like right NOW.

‘Your Animal’ lead single now streaming

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In their previous guise illustr8ors scored tours and supports with the likes of The Temperance Movement, Winger, Blues Pills, Von Hertzen Brothers and The Answer to name a few; a nomination for Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Best New Band’ roll of honour award, numerous playlist slots on major rock radio stations and a debut headline tour endorsed by Planet Rock Radio. However, it was time for a change. A time for a more decisive stride towards a definitive and individual sonic identity. A rebirth. That’s when illustr8ors were born.

 From the initial coffee shop conversations between new producer Toby Jepson (The Virginmarys) and frontman/singer Scott Sharp, right the way through to the numerous days of recording in the studio, the aim was simple. The band was in search of a new voice, one they could call their own and one that had something relevant and relative to say.

 It didn’t take long before band and producer were shedding away the fat and cutting at the bare bones of what this band were: A slick, riff loving, funked-up (slightly off-centered) melting pot of sas-mouthed rock’n’roll. Growth came quickly and the new songs came out swinging. From the immediate soaring hooks of ‘Your Animal’ to the foot-shuffling, popadelic declaration of identity that is ‘Shush Shush’, the excitement between band and producer was tangible. The end result is a selection of songs that tell the story of a unique band striding confidently forward into a contemporary music world, whilst not forgetting what it was about rock’n’roll that set their hearts alight in the first place. No throw back gimmicks. No bullshit. Just rock music as this band hears it today.

“In one breath illustr8ors is a metamorphosis and a stubborn stride towards a place where the core components of rock’n’roll exist in a relative and contemporary time. In another breath illustr8ors is just a contemporary rock band giving a fuck about what it means to be alive in music now. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but right now”

 illustr8ors self titled debut ep is released 14th October 2016. Don’t miss the band play their first live show at Ramblin’ Man Fair, Sunday 24th July 2016

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Denys Jaime – USA

Founder/CEO/Editor-in-Chief

Welcome to Myglobalmind Magazine we are one of the premier online magazines in the genres of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. We have been around since our humble beginnings in 2007 and risen from the ashes of past great online magazines, as a huge fan of theirs myself I always appreciated them introducing us to great new bands and acts. As the site’s founder and Editor in Chief, I’ve had the pleasure to work and meet great artists from around the globe as well as the honor to work with supremely talented staff of writers, photographers and live gig reporters that make our global mag a total success. This enterprise has been a dream come true for a Rock fan like myself. Our goal on MGM is to keep exposing and keeping alive the TRUE ROCK spirit and as the wind changes we keep the old creed alive here, and that is “ROCK WILL NEVER DIE”. We welcome you to our space and hope you will keep reading us and supporting our bands and music. Thank you and Rock On!!!

Favorite Bands: Kamelot, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queensryche, Evergrey, Redemption, Gotthard, Dokken, Whitesnake, Danger Danger, FM, Stryper, Dio, Journey, Riot

Films: Matrix Trilogy, Memento, Apocalypse Now.

Books: George Orwell’s (1984}, Isacc Asimov (The Foundation Trilogy), Dante’s Inferno – Divine Comedy, Tim Powers (The Anubis Gate)

Actor/Actress: Jack Nickolson, Al Pacino

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Marjorie Ruth Osmer Jaime – USA

US Editor

Favorite Bands: The Beatles, Foreigner, Journey.

Films: Documentaries (usually historical), horror, comedies, romance, musicals, based-on movies (based on a book, historical events, true story, etc), dramas.

Books: My favorite authors are Anne Rice, Margaret George, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King.

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Adrian Hextall – UK

UK Editor-in-Chief

Attended first gig in July 1989 to see Dare (Darren Wharton ex Thin Lizzy) at the Derby Rockhouse in the heart of England. Since then I’ve seen everything from Journey to Slayer (with a few tangents on the way). In 2007 I was lucky enough to be able to join the London Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp and got to play with Jack Bruce (Cream), Bruce Kulick (Kiss) , Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Randy Bachman (BTO) , Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) and more. We also recorded tracks at London’s famous Abbey Road studios and played live in Liverpool at the Cavern Club… definitely the week of a lifetime.

I have a real taste for Scandinavian rock music and would highlight bands such as Crashdiet, Reckless Love, Crazy Lixx, Santa Cruz, H.E.A.T as standard bearers for fantastic hard rock music.

I’ve lost track of the actual number of gigs attended to date but with the advent of technology and the reduced restrictions around photography and video recording I now use the internet to keep track of everything I see. Find me on Facebook and check out my HEXMEX100 profile on YouTube.

My first review\photopass for Myglobalmind was in 2013 covering Crashdiet and Jettblack on a co-headlining tour. I now have ‘the bug’ and cannot wait for the next assignment to come in.

Favourite Bands: “(I live and breathe) Def Leppard”, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Within Temptation, Nightwish, Reckless Love, Crashdiet, Motley Crue, Accept, Airbourne, Alice Cooper, Asia, Bad Religion, Bloodbound, Bon Jovi, Dan Reed, Doro , Dragonforce, Europe, Firehouse, FM, Ghost, Ginger Wildheart, The Wildhearts, Gotthard, Green Day, Hammerfall, Hinder, Jettblack, Judas Priest, Kiss, Kix, LA Guns, Leatherwolf, Linkin Park, Lordi, Manowar, Masterplan, Orden Ogan, The Poodles, Powerwolf, Pink Cream 69, Primal Fear, Q5 (remember them ??) , Queensryche, Rammstein, Shinedown, Slash, Steel Panther, Ten, Treat, Turisas, W.A.S.P.

Genres..? So long as it sounds good, I like it.

Erik De’Viking – London, UK

UK Editor

Throughout my musical journey I have been lucky enough to see some amazing gigs both here in the UK and abroad. I’ve seen bands like Guns N’ Roses, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam when they were just properly starting out, and count myself lucky to have seen Queen, AC/DC, DIO, and Motörhead in their prime. In my youth I was in a few bands, and still try to dabble when I can. Trained as a drummer, my heroes were John Bonham and Neil Peart – not much to live up to there, eh? While I dabbled with other instruments with varying success, it’s my voice that I tend to use most these days.

Over the years my tastes have expanded and grown from the classic rock vinyl collection of my parents, to music in all its forms. I’m constantly on the lookout for new bands and genres to discover and later preach about to the masses.

Favourite Bands: Aerosmith, Alter Bridge, Audioslave, Blackberry Smoke, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Def Leppard, Dead Daisies, DIO, ELO, Foo Fighters, Gary Moore, Ghost, Gotthard, Gun, Guns N’ Roses, Halestorm, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Living Colour, Metallica, Motörhead, Muse, Nightwish, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, Queen, Queensryche, Rage Against the Machine, Rainbow, Royal Blood, Rush, Soundgarden, The Temperance Movement, Thin Lizzy, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, Walter Trout, The Who, and Within Temptation among others.

Favourite Films: Avengers films, Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner, Blues Brothers, Lord of Rings, Monty Python films, North by Northwest, Pulp Fiction, Spinal Tap, Star Wars, & Tim Burton’s Batman

Favourite TV Shows: Black Adder, Game of Thrones, IT Crowd, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Monty Python, West Wing, X-Files, Twin Peaks

Favourite Authors: George Orwell, Herman Hesse, Hunter S. Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mick Wall, Steven King, William Faulkner

Socials: Twitter: @Erik_DeViking Instagram: @Erik_DeViking Last.FM: @Erik_DeViking Spotify: Erik De’Viking YouTube: Erik De’Viking

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Chris Martin – USA

Senior Staff Writer

I have been listening to hard rock/heavy metal since I was 5 when I was listening to LP’s of KISS, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, and The Beatles. As the years progressed I became a voracious listener of so many different bands and styles. My love and passion for music extended to live shows where in 1984 I saw my first concert KISS and Krokus on the Animalize tour. After that live shows became the biggest source of enjoyment for me. I have had the honor and privilege of seeing so many fantastic live shows in my lifetime. Several years ago I started writing concert reviews on my MySpace page, and later Facebook. I was contacted by Denys from MGM after he read my review of the Iced Earth/Symphony X show I attended. I was already supplying my write ups to the Get Ready To Rock blog and figured getting my words out to more people would hopefully get more publicity for the bands and music I love so much. I’m not a professional writer though I play one on the Internet. I did write some articles for my college newspaper at Appalachian State where I received my BA in English. One thing I feel that gives me an edge in my writing is that I make them personal to my experience. I like taking the reader to the show with me through my words. I also have a different angle to the music business than some writers as I spent a good 5 years playing in bands myself. I don’t have any major ambitions with my writing (though that is a disappointment to some of my friends and family.) I do it because I enjoy the music and love sharing my experiences with others. I do mostly stuff on concerts, but do an occasional album review.

Favorite bands: KISS, Frank Zappa, Savatage, Loudness, Raven, Anthrax, Exodus, King’s X, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, early Metallica, Thin Lizzy, Harem Scarem, Journey, Goatwhore, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Rush, and far too many others to list of varying genres.

Favorite movies: A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original,) Dawn of the Dead (the original,) The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Shining (the original,) and pretty much anything horror, especially zombie movies.

Favorite books: It, The Stand (pretty much anything Stephen King,) Johnny Got His Gun, The Jungle, The Grapes of Wrath, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings. I also love reading true crime stuff especially stuff about Charles Manson and people like that. I also love reading Biographies and/or autobiographies.

Favorite TV shows: The Walking Dead, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bates Motel, The Following, Breaking Bad, and I am a HUGE wrestling fan, though I tend to prefer watching the old school stuff from when I was growing up. I do still watch the programming today though.

Travis Green

Travis Green – Canada

Senior Staff Writer

Musically, I was raised up on country music, but I quickly grew out of it, as I experimented with other genres and quickly found Metal more to my liking. Even as a kid, I was liking bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden, but the first band I really got into was Fear Factory: The combination of clean vocals and harsh growls was something that seemed so fresh and exciting to me at the time, and even to this day that probably influences my taste a bit, as I’ve grown to love Symphonic/Gothic Metal with a “Beauty And The Beast” vocal approach.

After further experimentation, I found my favorite genre was Power Metal, as I love the emphasis on melodies and vocals, along with the speed, while still having some heavy guitars at times. Whenever symphonic elements are added, that just makes me even more excited. In general, I like most types of melodic Metal, Progressive Metal,more epic styles of Folk Metal, some types of extreme Metal, and some Thrash Metal here and there. Outside of metal, I obviously like some Progressive Rock, and even some modern Alternative Rock. But Power Metal (and specifically Symphonic Power Metal), will always be my favorite, I think.

I have hundreds of favourite bands at this point, but here’s some of the ones that I think have influenced my tastes the most over the years:

Fear Factory, Iron Maiden, Ayreon, Stratovarius, Helloween, Nightwish, Epica, Tristania, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Opeth, Coheed & Cambria, Ensiferum, In Flames (early), Exodus (later albums)

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Robert Cavuoto – USA

Senior Staff Writer

Moonlighting in pharmaceutical marketing to pay the bills, Rob finds his passion with his family and music. At the age of 15 Rob was influences by Kiss and purchased his first guitar. He never looked back. From there he formed a few bar bands while attending high school and college in New Jersey. He even played in his church’s folk group for 7 years! His love of hard rock/heavy metal music and guitar collecting soon became an obsession. Buying, taking apart and rebuilding guitars (and sometimes getting them to work) consumed him. As life happens and as his career in pharmaceutical advertising/marketing grew, the dreams of stardom faded away. Years later a family is created, a house is bought, a daughter is born, and a guitar collection sadly collects dust. The passion of music is still strong but a new passion is created from the ashes of old rock’ n’ roll dreams with photography.

Where guitar playing started in 1980 with Kiss, an opportunity in 2004 arises to photograph them at Madison Square Garden for international magazine and website – ROCK TRIBUNE. A new obsession is born. With an eye on creativity through the lens his pen drives the juices to review the shows. Opportunity arises from another publications and websites as senior writer and photographer for GUITAR INTERNATIONAL and FURY ROCKS. With a can do attitude and the idealism that it doesn’t hurt to ask, Rob has interviewed and photographed some of rock’s most iconic figures to help promote their CDs, DVDs, artwork, tours, and books such as Alice Cooper, Nikki Sixx, Joe Perry, members of Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, Steve Howe, Lemmy Kilmister,  Zakk Wylde, Richie Kotzen, Bill Ward, John 5 and Ted Nugent to name just a few.

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Zenae Zukowski – NYC, USA

Staff Writer

My passion for music has only grown since I was a young teenager.  It started when I was at a music store and a friend of mine told me to buy Metallica’s Ride The Lightning how it would change my life forever, and well it has.  In addition to music, I am also a film lover where I received a BFA in film in 2006 at School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.  Over the years I have learned to wear multiple hats from writing, Post Production, Photography and Producing.  I am highly ambitious and have devoted myself to music.

Hobby: Music, Movies, Travel, Pets and Fun

Favorite Bands: This is a tough one since there’s so many in several sub-genres!  Metallica, Iron Maiden, Cradle of Filth, Epica, Blind Guardian, Ensiferum, Anthrax, Slayer (and hundreds more)

Favorite Styles: Symphonic Metal, Melodic death Metal, Power Metal, Thrash, Folk Metal, Gothic Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Glam Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock, Post Rock, Nu Metal, Rock/Hard Rock

Favorite Singer: Tarja Turunen (one of the many)

Favorite Guitar Player: Kirk Hammett

Favorite Records: Metallica – Ride The Lightning, Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Epica – The Phantom Agony, The Cranberries – No Need To Argue, Cradle of Filth – Dusk… and Her Embrace, Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side, Mötley Crüe – Too Fast For Love (and so many more)

Favorite Movies: Clockwork Orange, Nightmare on Elm Street, Airheads, Hesher, Hot Tub Time Machine, Truman Show, Ace Ventura When Nature Calls, Groundhog Day, What About Bob, Lost Boys

Favorite TV Series: Dead Like Me, Big Love, Lost, American Horror Story

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Dhruv Kumar – USA

Staff Writer

Hi, my name is Dhruv and I have been a photo hobbyist for 7 years now, shooting concert professionally for 3 years. I started photography with my dad’s Minolta film camera to various digital point and shoot cameras and finally ending up on the DSLR. Yes I shoot both ways (Canon and Nikon) but I prefer Nikon. I am addicted to collecting lenses and I don’t think that will stop anytime soon. I also collect vintage cameras from the Nikon’s first film camera to Polaroid’s. I’m obsessed! I enjoy photography as a hobby that I wouldn’t want to pursue it as a career. I’m more of a video person. But I do have some goals I would love to accomplish in photography before I move on to the next level. I started off shooting photos for my college newspaper to shooting major concerts for myself to then shooting concerts for nextmosh.com and MyGobalMind. I am excited working with these publications and hope to work on more in the future. Follow my wackiness on twitter @videodhruvy where I post things I love, things I hate, what I eat, what bands I shoot and my thoughts… Or my website DhruvKumar.com.

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Pam & Mark Schaff – USA

Staff Writers

The husband and wife music loving team. Our passion for music has kept us together for more than 20 years. Hailing from the Western New York our close proximity to Canada gives us the opportunity to see a lot of shows in the US and Canada. We go to a lot of concerts, probably average 3-4 a month.

Myglobalmind has given us the opportunity to spend quality time together. Music has always been a huge part of our lives.

When not attending concerts or working our day job’s (Pam) loves to paint and play guitar. Pam is in a band called Gypsy Witch. (Mark) is an avid golfer and loves sports. We love horror movies and collecting horror movie posters.

Some of our favorite bands: Misfits, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Danzig, Samhain, The Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Electric Wizard, Sleep, Kyuss, COC, Sir Lord Baltimore, Melvins, Clutch, Pentagram, The Obsessed, Acid Bath, Down, L7, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Circle Jerks, MC 5, Dax, Riggs, Alice Cooper, Howlin Wolf, Godflesh, The Cramps, The Sword, Crowbar, Blue Cheer, and many many many many more……

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Marianne Jacobsen—Toronto, Canada

Staff Writer

I am on the continual quest to “unearth the untold” for you – the reader. I am also looking for Bill Murray’s phone number – willing to trade for candy 🙂
The best part is that I’m Canadian – so that’s my excuse. Support your favourite performers – go to the show and buy a shirt if you can.

Favourite bands: Rush, Triumph, Helix, Anvil – and tons of other stuff and Rush.

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Alan Daly – Dublin, Ireland

Staff Writer

Discovered metal in 1991 when I bought The Black Album, along with G’n’R Use Your Illusion I & II and Megadeth’s Peace Sells But Who’s Buying. My new-fangled Compact Disc (or “CD”) player blasted nothing but metal from that day forth. Before broadband internet found its way to the mucky corners of Ireland, exposure to new bands was limited, so obsessions with the afore-mentioned bands began, along with a few others including Sepultura, Pantera, Fear Factory, Suicidal Tendencies and Marilyn Manson. In more recent years, I’ve been really into bands like Devildriver, Breakdown of Sanity, Lamb of God, and Stone Sour. I began writing gig reviews in 2013 and have been lucky enough to meet and interview some great bands and musicians that I really admire.

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Olga Kuzmenko – Dublin, Ireland

Staff Writer

Originally from Moscow, I started shooting live gigs by sneaking my camera into small club shows in 2012, and the hobby turned into obsession. Since then I have shot some of my all-time favourite bands with official photo passes and covered festivals including Download and Bloodstock Open Air for MyGlobalMind. My taste in music is very wide, as long as it’s good. Among the heavier stuff, I like listening to Behemoth, Job For a Cowboy, Dying Fetus, Decapitated, Fleshgod Apocalypse and many more. But I could be found listening to anything. I’m also interested in videography as well as photography and have made some music videos for local bands. Please check out my website www.OlgaKuzmenko.com to see some of my work.

Karen Hetherington – Belfast, Ireland

Staff Writer

I developed an obsession with music as a very young child. Both my parents were musicians and I grew up listening to classic rock and all it’s variants. My taste is eclectic and I listen to rock, hard rock, blues and folk.

I love all forms of live music whether it be festivals, concerts or local cover bands playing in bars.

Other interests include travelling, history, literature and anything motorcycle related and I’m studying for a degree in Humanities.

I have written various articles and reviews over the years on numerous different subjects but am relatively new to music journalism.

Favourite bands: Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, The Rolling Stones, WASP, Aerosmith, and way too many others to mention

Favourite movies: Old Hitchcock films, psychological thrillers and anything with a good soundtrack

Favourite books: I love Tolkien’s writing, Victorian fiction and The Child Ballads by Francis James Child which I am currently studying

Favourite TV shows: Documentaries on Music, History, Archaeology and Criminal Psychology

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Margarita Khartanovich – Finland

Staff Writer

About: Started music journalism in 2009. Since then has written for Russian, British, German magazines and websites, including Rolling Stone Russia.

Genres: album and gig reviews, interviews, articles, podcasts, blogs, live photography. Makes her own music, sings and plays the piano and guitar.

Favourite genres: grunge, punk, hard rock, industrial. Appreciates all music genres and thinks IAMX band is underestimated.

Gabor Kleinbloesem

Gabor Kleinbloesem – The Netherlands

Staff Writer

Born in 1977, I started a fanzine called Strutter’zine way back in 1994. The first 12 years were very hectic with up to 6,000+ reviews and hundreds of interviews with a lot of established musicians and independent acts from mainly the AOR/Melodic Hardrock/Progressive Metal genres. However, as the 1990s were very unfriendly towards melodic genres, the fanzine and later magazine/website became more an obsession for me personally to promote especially all those great unsigned acts in the genre. Eventually internet made it more easy throughout the 2000s for unsigned acts to reach their audience, but I feel as an editor people will always need our websites to learn about that certain new great unsigned act. That’s why I am now also working for MyGlobalMind, in order to expand and reach more readers, all focused on uncovering the undiscovered gems in the melodic genres. Besides countless reviews of mainly independent releases, in the next few years more and more interviews will be featured, but also hopefully gig reports.

other stuff, well check my facebook page I guess: http://www.facebook.com/gkleinbloesem

e-mail me at: [email protected]

Besides everything that is music related, I also love the outdoors, the summer sun, riding my race bike, walk through the old ancient European cities, sitting in a train, watching movies, go to the Gym, swimming, tennis, table tennis, South Park, I am addicted to beautiful girls (i am single by the way, LOL) and anything else that makes life on earth such a great adventure… oh and I work for a shipping company to actually make a living…

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Thomas Schwarzkopf – Germany

Staff Writer

When it comes to rock and metal music I like the more Melodic side of the genre with it’s sub genres. That means melodic rock/metal, hard rock, glam/sleaze metal, AOR, power metal.

from: Germany

job: working for a newspaper (online department)

hobby: music, concerts, writing, movies

Favorite bands: Gotthard, Avantasia, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Beautiful Beast, Shakra

Favorite styles: Melodic Rock/Metal, Hard Rock, Glam/Sleaze Rock, AOR

Favorite singer: Steve Lee (R.I.P.)

Favorite guitar player: Richie Sambora, Kee Marcello

Favorite records: Bon Jovi: “New Jersey”, Gotthard: “Need To Believe”, Avantasia: “Angel Of Babylon”, Sonata Arctica: “Stones Grow Her Name”, The Poodles: “Sweet Trade”

Favorite movies: Pirates Of The Caribbean, Braveheart, Saw, Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Scream, Lord Of The Rings

Favorite TV series: Game Of Thrones, Spartacus, 24

Egor Jakimenko

Egor Jakimenko – Russia

Staff Writer

Favorite Bands:

Gamma Ray, Rage, Queen, Judas Priest, King Diamond, Deathrow, Mercyful Fate, Virgin Steele, Symphony X, Annihilator, Running Wild, Metallica, Dream Theater, U.D.O., Grave Digger, Dark Moor, Protest the Hero, Helloween Films: Terminator 2, Ivan Vasilyevich: Back To The Future, Stardust

Favorite authors: Nick Perumov, Harry Harryson, Alexandr Belyaev