Photo Gallery: Eyes Of The Living, Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Eyes Of The Living website, https://eyesoftheliving.com/

Tennessee Metal Devastation, https://metaldevastationradio.com/Metal-Devastation-Music-Fest

FFMB article on Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/11/tennessee-metal-devastation-lexington-tennessee-october-8-2022/

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Photo Gallery: Eyes Of The Living, Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022

Photo Gallery: Spillage, Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Spillage website, https://spillage-online.com/

Tennessee Metal Devastation, https://metaldevastationradio.com/Metal-Devastation-Music-Fest

FFMB article on Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/11/tennessee-metal-devastation-lexington-tennessee-october-8-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

Photo Gallery: Spillage, Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022

Photo Gallery: The Contortionist at Old National Centre, Indianapolis, October 15, 2022

Here are a few photos that might not have made it into the main Ghost Cult Magazine article.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Ghost Cult Magazine article on the show, https://www.ghostcultmag.com/concert-review-the-contortionist-rivers-of-nihil-live-at-old-national-centre-indianapolis/

Rivers of Nihil FFMB article, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/26/rivers-of-nihil-at-old-national-centre-indianapolis-october-15-2022/

The Contortionist, https://www.thecontortionist.net/

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Photo Gallery: The Contortionist at Old National Centre, Indianapolis, October 15, 2022

Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Group at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Michael Schenker’s 50th Anniversary Universal world tour made a stop at Piere’s a while back in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Here are a few more photos from their set that weren’t in the original article.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Michael Schenker Group, https://michaelschenkerhimself.com/

Main FFMB article, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/17/michael-schenker-group-at-pieres-ft-wayne-october-12-2022/

Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/

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Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Group at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Photo Gallery: Images of Eden at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Images of Eden is a metal band from Pennsylvania. They were on the road recently with the Michael Schenker Group supporting their current EP, Weathered And Torn. Gordon Tittsworth and company performed a style of music that is a combination of classic metal and modern rock that relies heavily on the impassioned vocal delivery the band has become known for. Here is a short photo gallery of their set.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Band Links.

Images of Eden, https://imagesofeden.com/index2.htm

Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/

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Photo Gallery: Images of Eden at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Photo Gallery: Eric Martin at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Eric Martin of Mr. Big fame had the middle set during the Michael Schenker show at Piere’s Entertainment Center. On the current tour, Martin plays acoustic guitar and sings songs that are a little bit dialed back from what Mr. Big fans might be used to hearing from him. His set was excellent, performing with veteran musicians and interacting with the crowd at Piere’s.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Eric Martin, https://ericmartin.com/

Michael Schenker Group main article, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/17/michael-schenker-group-at-pieres-ft-wayne-october-12-2022/

Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/

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Photo Gallery: Eric Martin at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Underoath Photo Gallery, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Underoath website, https://underoath777.com/

Blue Ridge Rock Festival, https://blueridgerockfest.com/

FFMB article on Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/06/blue-ridge-rock-festival-alton-virginia-september-8-11-2022/

Ryze-Up Magazine feature, https://www.ryze-up.com/ryze-up-magazine-current-issue/ryze-up-magazine-october-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

Underoath Photo Gallery, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

Sinner, Brotherhood (Atomic Fire 2022)

German hard rock band Sinner release their twentieth studio album, Brotherhood.

Mat Sinner started the band that bears his name in 1982, handling the bass and vocal duties himself. Over the next forty years, Sinner became a consistent force in the hard rock scene in Germany, releasing new albums on a regular schedule and holding their own in the charts. The music today is reminiscent of the biggest sounds from the 1980s, focusing on hard-edge rock with broad appeal. Joining Mat Sinner in the band is Tom Naumann (guitar), Alex Scholpp (guitar), and Markus Kullmann (drums).

Talking about the band and the new album, Sinner says, “This band is held together by a tight bond of friendship. Without this friendship, Sinner simply would not exist.” That explains the title of the new record. “We belong together, and this album is meant to express that.”

There are eleven songs on the album (plus a twelfth if you count the bonus track), starting with “Bulletproof,” a stadium anthem if there ever was one. Reliable rhythm and straight-forward guitar riffs provide the ideal structure for Mat Sinner’s forceful, melodic voice. The recurring chorus sets firm in your mind and you will know this song immediately when you hear it again. “We Came To Rock” has a more serious sound to it and a positive message. The guitar offers an homage to Randy Rhoads now and then, and you have to like that. “Reach Out” puts me in mind a little of Dokken at the height of their game, and still there is no mistaking the music for anything other than Sinner. Only three songs in and a lot of ground covered already.

The element of nostalgia does appeal to me because of the fondness with which I remember music like this. No matter if it reminds of you of something or not, you will hear that this is solid, well-produce rock that stands on its own. I have several favorite tracks after hearing the album only a few times, including “Refuse To Surrender,” “Brotherhood,” and the cover of The Killers’ song “When You Were Young.” This is a good record for the summer. Recommended.

Brotherhood is out on Friday, July 15th through Atomic Fire Records. Get up to speed at the links below.

Links.

Mat Sinner, http://www.matsinner.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SinnerBand/

Atomic Fire Records, https://label.atomicfire-records.com/project/sinner/

© Wayne Edwards

Sinner, Brotherhood (Atomic Fire 2022)

Michael Schenker Group, Universal (Atomic Fire 2022)

Michael Schenker Group follows up last year’s album Immortal with the new studio record, Universal.

If Michael Schenker doesn’t have legendary status in rock and roll then nobody does. He was one of the earliest members of the Scorpions and, past-group-wise, he is probably most frequently remembered for his work with U.F.O. But really, after all this time, he is best known for being Michael Schenker and for the group that bears his name. A tireless purveyor of riff and hook and melody, Schenker is on the short list of iconic rock guitarists. Along with Michael Schenker on guitar, of course, the band for the new album is Ronnie Romero (vocals), Bodo Schopf (drums), Steve Mann (keys, guitar), and Barend Courbois (bass).

The set starts out dramatically with “Emergency,” offering a tense riff and a warning structure. The vocals are melodic and urging, and the guitar lead is an excellent probing, exploring ranger that emerges from a classical underpinning. “Under Attack” keeps the tone but slows a touch. Sporting a memorable chorus, it is the guitar again that seals the deal.

“Calling Baal” is an intro piece for “A King Has Gone,” a song that pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio. In particular, you can hear Rainbow in these pieces, and to show even more respect, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli, and Bob Daisley – like Dio, all Rainbow alum – play on the sequence. It is worth getting the album just to hear this.

Other stand-out tracks for me include “Wrecking Ball,” a growling road tune, and “Sad Is The Song” because it has such a great build and wondrous guitar work. This album is another exceptional effort by the Michael Schenker Group. They are on tour right now so make sure you go out and see them. I know I will. Recommended.

Universal is out today, Friday, May 27th through Atomic Fire Records on digital, CD, vinyl, and earbook. You can get it just about anywhere.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://michaelschenkergroup.bandcamp.com/

Website, https://michaelschenkerhimself.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MichaelSchenkerRocks

Atomic Fire Records, https://label.atomicfire-records.com/project/michael-schenker/

© Wayne Edwards

Michael Schenker Group, Universal (Atomic Fire 2022)

Brkn Love at The Vogue, April 30th

Brkn Love wrapped up their current tour this past weekend, including the penultimate stop at The Vogue in Indianapolis.

Brkn Love (฿ Ɽ ₭ ₦ ⱠØVɆ) has been on the road for the past few weeks supporting Badflower on an arc of shows that traversed a winding path, leading finally to the toe-stub stop in Broad Ripple on Saturday night. While lightning flared outside, Justin Benlolo and the band threw down their music with accustomed gusto to the swelling crowd.

My first time seeing Brkn Love was a couple years back at Aftershock in Sacramento. I was impressed by performance and the sound they put together. The music they play is hard-edged rock that sometimes gets labeled alternative. To me there is a classic vibe in it, updated and extended through the eccentricities and urgencies of the composers.

The tour has ended for now, so here are a few pictures to help remember the show at The Vogue. The follow-up to the band’s self-titled 2020 debut album can’t be too far away, and when it arrives it will be big news. Until then, stream the current single “Like A Drug” and think back to the last time you heard them play live.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

BRKN Love, https://www.brknlove.com/

Spinefarm Records, https://spinefarm.merchnow.com/catalogs/brkn-love

The Vogue, https://thevogue.com/

© Wayne Edwards

Brkn Love at The Vogue, April 30th