Artist: Dark Avenue
Home Base:Lewisville, Texas
Members:Mario Cadena Vocals, Andrew Lewthwaite Guitar, Allan Sauls Bass, Jeff Hathcock Drums, Barry Lorberbaum Guitar
Current Release: Illusions (2016)
Interview by: Cherri Bird
Meeting in a supposedly haunted, old hotel in McKinney, Texas with three of the members from the Dallas band, Dark Avenue was totally planned, I’ll admit. Knowing the band brands themselves with the mystical and the dark, I thought it would be rad to get them in a place that ties in their with their image, plus the Grand Hotel has a fantastic bar, so what could be better?
Dark Avenue is a fairly recent addition to Dallas’ roster of hard rock bands with their inception dating to 2014. Officially the current lineup has been playing together solidly for over a year and well, honestly let’s just cut the crap because why on earth would anyone want to read their bio for the 9th time in an interview or write up? I don’t like reading the same information 13 times either or typing it for that matter. On with the show, shall we?
Y’all, I have to tell you upfront, I live in the DFW Metroplex and always like to have a what’s what when it comes to local bands; I love a homegrown scene always have. So when my bossman asked if I was familiar with the band and did I want to do the interview, I said “Yes?” (the punctuation indicating a question is not a typo, but let’s continue and we’ll circle back to this point in a few). Truthfully, I have seen Dark Avenue play once and that was for about 3 minutes back in February of this year and then I was pulled outside for some important music business or a cigarette, I can’t remember which but that’s about all of my experience with the band to date.
Three of the members in Dark Avenue are former members of Pistol Whippin’ Ike, a wildly successful local band in Dallas from the early 00’s. And I totally dug this band; like probably could still sing all of the songs and if a reunion show happened (which is eversopopular right now hint, hint, nudge, nudge, nod knowingly...) I would be on the front row, literally.
Dark Avenue was never on my radar because I was familiar, knew them, and as I was a huge fan of the old band and the personal history, well...I gotta admit my little rockababies, I did myself a total disservice by not being a fan of this band shit! Meeting up with them we exchanged pleasantries how strange it was that it was I, Cherri Bird, doing their interview of interviews, if you will. And how cool it was that things do come full circle that are positive and good and the Universe does give us back what we put out.
Here’s what the members that met with me had to say about music, life, being musicians and their newest love; Dark Avenue:
Cherri:So y’all, I just have to say, and the readers will see the pictures, but we're in this ballroom in a hotel in downtown McKinney which is a little town north of Dallas. And from Dark Avenue's band image which is like geared to ghosts and illusions and we are here and I kinda feel that vibe in here, don't you guys? This couldn't have worked out more perfect and that's what it's all about, right? Music is a reflection of your...
Barry: A reflection of your inner self. Being in this room, talking about Dark Avenue and our music it’s all a reflection of hard work. I mean we’re in the Grand Ballroom of this old hotel being in this room, is really cool because it really relates to our work on the album.
Cherri: I know!! And again, i'm so shocked about that! When walked in I was first drawn to the chandeliers and it's so pretty. All sparkly and shiny, I felt like a cat playing with a laser!! And then I saw I have goosebumps. then the dancers on the front of the record are in a ballroom very similar to this!!
Barry: So you also have to look closely. The record is called Illusions and one of the illusions is that they're floating on air, like some dancers do and then you turn over to the back side and their inner selves are revealed.
Cherri: Exactly!! and that's one of the things we'll talk about but I want to talk to Andrew first. Andrew is what, rhythm guitar? Lead guitar...what is that lead and rhythm guitar? Is that like first chair in orchestra or band? (LOL)
Andrew: It's an old term...
Cherri: Ok Andrew,, so you play guitar how long have you been playing guitar?
Andrew: Well all my life pretty much. It really started when I was 11, maybe earlier. I officially started taking lessons when I was younger. My dad was a guitar player, so there were guitars laying around. And when he wasn't home I would pick one and mess around just because I wouldn't get in trouble for playing them.
Cherri:What do you think is different about the music in Dark Avenue that is different than the other projects you've been a part of?
Andrew: You know I think this music is more from the heart. It's not so much in a box; you know I think a lot of music these days, every band tries to stay the same. Every band has a "pattern" or a mold that fits them well. If you listen to Illusions every song could possibly and there's obviously the same elements of Dark Avenue in every song, but they don't fit the exact same mold. It's not like we went "ok we can't do this song because it doesn't fit our mold”. We all just took the song and put our souls in it and make it a good song no matter what it is.
Cherri: Very cool I have to be honest I haven't listened to the entire record sorry I call it record it's not a CD.
Barry: We call it an album.
Cherri: Ya, an album but it's a record because
Andrew: Because we are old school...
Cherri: Right I mean come on, they used to have awesome covers and I loved records! So, y’alls record I haven't listened to the whole thing...oh and by the way, I'm "seasoned" not old I'm a seasoned music lover, fan, muse, thingie anyway that's just nice for old groupie! I only heard "Outside"which was amazing. Great job with that song y’all. What have you done differently: in terms of your playing or your gear or your mindset, techniques, etc. What have you done differently with Dark Avenue?
Andrew: So you mentioned gear I basically had to go out and buy all new gear. Part of what forms our tone and our sound is we drop our guitars to a B tuning, so it's a step and a half lower than standard tuning. You can't do that with just any guitar. And not all amps will portray that sound they can get a little muddy. So I've had to get new guitars from what I played before. It's actually more of a mindset and actually lends itself to the way the guitar sounds, when you start writing in this tuning that we're in, you write, solo and play a lot different than you would in a standard tuning. It really helps the vibe and it kind of puts you in with the vibe with the son or CD.
Cherri: Speaking of you know dropping down to B, it's really not like a cliché but it's not like it was in the 80's and all the music was kind of written the same or with the same elements like the *insert guitar solo noise here*... We kind of really have to change how we (musicians) portray ourselves musicwise or the style has to change and I think dropping down, for bands is one of those ways.
Barry: So to that, when we’re oh sorry I know you're kind of asking Andrew...
Cherri: Oh no, go ahead. I'm done with Andrew...
Andrew: ouh that kinda hurt...
Cherri: Ya, i know it did. I'm sorry...my bad.
Barry: With this tuning and with this training we didn't want to really fit a mold. But we had a sound or a vibe in mind, and a lot of times you hear bands tuning down and its associated with really heavy music. That wasn't what we were going for. We were looking for this sonic feel this punch. We landed (drop B) gives it that punch that it has. But we experimented with different tunings to find the right one.
Cherri: Ya, well you know Theory of a Deadman their song “Drown”?
Cherri: fuuckk I know we're talking about Dark Avenue but this is poignant. That low punch, it hits you in your bowels and like breaks your fucking back. Some music has that emotional pull because we've been so used to having these cookie cutter songs that are all written the same; same time, same chords it’s nothing new there’s an ebb and flow, but...
Mario: I completely agree because over the past ten years, especially in rock music it's been very cookie cutter. I mean in any genre you want to talk about, that happened in rock. Everyone every band every album it was determined to sound like this. You've found your niche now exploit it. And I think finally this last couple of years, most bands had to step away from that. and that's what inspired this group (Dark Avenue).
Cherri: And you can hear that in “Outside” and I am going to listen to the others (songs on cd) So is that little pretty CD, is that for me? Is that mine?
Barry: That is for you!
Cherri: Yay! Thank you! I love prizes!
Barry: Back to that, I even changed gear when I was developing this. because I wanted to bring a fucking bat I wanted our sound to be like you were being hit with a bat. I didn't want it to just be low I wanted our songs to be felt like you're getting hit with something real.
Cherri: I do get that from "Outside". I mean at first, when I listened it started and I was like "ok, not bad..." then that chord about four measures in it’s like "BAM!! What the fuck??" that's literally what i thought. I listened several times while writing the questions I’m excited to listen to more though. Can you talk a little about the song not the technical aspect of the song, but I heard a lot of and I know this sounds queer as shit like girly stuff but I heard a lot of feelings. A lot of I don't want to say hurt, like boohoo but more like pissed or hurt maybe pissed angry fuck you but I love you shit.
Mario: Ya, you hit the nail on the head. I'm the feelings guy...
Cherri: Of course you are and you rock your wardrobe, as an FYI!
Mario: It must be that Latino blood it comes with it naturally. I was asked that question earlier what was the inspiration behind "Outside"? Well, I think a lot of us we have friends, people family, that the relationship whether it's friends, family, lover...whatever it is. You tend to look at things differently when you're on the insideof a relationship. everyone on the outside is pointing out things that you don't necessarily see. You're seeing (what you want) and you don't want to believe. The song is about the realization of being on the outside and understanding where that came from, being on the outside looking in.
Cherri: I want to go back to Mario for a bit your voice is very distinctive. you have this powerful fucking voice, that can make girls cry and men piss their pants. What about the way you sing/perform what keeps you going or what motivates you to get up in the morning and say "fuck it i'm going to do this again" Talk about that.
Mario: I think I learned very early my dad used to sing opera and folkloric mariachi music and everything I learned about emotion and power, was from him. My singing coaches and teachers through the years, always felt or I felt I mean when you love something, or are passionate about something, you should portray in the ways that you do things. Singing to me is a passion and I take that approach when I am singing. If I'm recording, practicing, playing live, any time I put that passion (in it). I hope that the people that come and see us I hope they feel what I'm feeling. That’s why I keep going that desire to make people feel what I'm trying to give them.
Cherri: You know, that...I have goosebumps. I'm not kidding it's so weird. I've known you, heard you sing for years and I have always felt that through how you perform and sing. And people that are listening or reading, MUST find that out for themselves. When they listen to the record and the way you sing, the uniqueness of your voice, the feelings behind your words, this is not just music for you this is more it's more than that. Can you tell us a little about what you did prior to coming to the US?
Mario: I'm originally from Mexico. I was born in Acapulco. Music has been in my life my entire life. I was 8 when I started singing. I originally wanted to be a drummer, but clearly I have no drumming talent. I've been very lucky to play with some of the most talented people in my world. I used to play in a band called La Dolce and toured all over the country in Hard Rocks, and venues, clubs and that’s how I built my rock foundation and what I wanted to build on. When I moved here like 15 years ago, I started playing with Pistol Whippin’ Ike and it was a different experience for me I've never played like that (performed). Rock has always been in my heart. Once you start playing rock, it becomes a way of life and it enchanted me. I kept me going and the fire alive. It comes from rock music that really lit a fire under me and continues to stay ignited today.
Cherri: I love that word enchanted. There's so much meaning behind it you can take it so many different ways good and bad. Positive/negative. I can see when I've seen you perform, whether it be 2000 or 2002 or 2009 I have seen that emotion whether you're playing to 4 people or 2000 I've seen the same performance. You're never like "oh fuck this there's only 7 people and 4 are our girlfriends" I have to commend you for that your experience in Mexico and here with you past projects and Dark Avenue have afforded you the ability to kind of turn on the Mario stage Mario.
Mario: It's like a jekyll and hyde kind of thing.
Cherri: So here's the meat and potatoes: I want ya'll to convey to people that may not know or have heard (of) Dark Avenue. For fans, music is an escape or it is the ability to puncture time like literally puncture time and recall something from your past the bitch that stole your heart, or the fucking guy that stole your girl...it takes you there...
Mario: Music is life
Cherri: ...all of that we can recall stuff like that and how we can transport us to that place and time, from transcending our earthliness to our emotional core with music by music.
Mario: When you get to be a part of that it's enchanting when you get to be a part of that with someone it's breathtaking. Especially when you talk about yourselves you live your life through other people's music, but when it's your own it's awesome.
Andrew: Obviously we were all music fans first and we all know that exact feeling. That first 5 seconds of a song that comes on a radio and takes you to a place you remember it so vividly the thought that something we have done might have that same impact on someone else, I've got goosebumps just thinking about it.
Cherri: Ya and as a band where does that responsibility fall for you guys? Do you write for their experience or are you writing your own recall?
Andrew: If you've written something from deep inside you and but that's what touches them as well. That kind of genuine comes out and the listener hears and is attracted to you from the heart. It's for you to them.
Mario: Rock and roll should be called FeelaRoll emotiroll!
Cherri: it's about things you can't express or you don't want to or you're told not to express but you HAVE to; you can't help it. I like that Dark Avenue is coming from a place like this I like y'alls answers I think a lot of times how and why and what reasons about why songs are written are lost and they're more about the lifestyle or what they can get I may be wrong, because I don't know every band on the planet but I think that’s the beauty of music and why it’s an art form for expression. Dark Avenue really hits that home and I know people will want to hear more from y’all. Thanks for spending your evening with me in the Grand Hotel and in the Grand Ballroom at that! Pretty cool I had a blast!
We closed up the evening with some more discussion about influences and artists they admired. From Soundgarden to KISS, Slipknot to Stone Sour, Barry Manilow (truth) and Chevelle, Sevendust, Avenged Sevenfold how their songs translated to inspiring the band as individual players to perfect and perform their craft.
This band is ready. They want to share their music, passion, talent and more importantly; themselves with fans. It’s also worthy to note that the band has recorded Spanish versions of their songs. On Illusions, the fourth track “Una Vez Mas” displays the band’s ability to take rock to even further and capitalize a market that has been virtually untouched by American hard rock bands. Knowing that every song can be performed in Spanish (Mario’s native language) is an enormous benefit. The band’s crossover reach to one of the fastest growing segments in retail and entertainment makes them even more attractive. I know that fans everywhere are ready for Dark Avenue. Check out the band on social media with the links below and drop them a line.
Dark Avenue Social Media
Google+ Dark Avenue Band
Interview with Shannon Larkin
Band: Godsmack & The Apocalypse Blues Revue
Interviewed & Written by: Cherry Bird
Hey, hey my sweet music peeps! It's not everyday I get to talk to an icon in rock...well, ok I do get to talk to a lot of stellar people in the rock-n-roll madhouse that is a huge chunky section piece of my little life. BUT this sit down was especially insane for me because Shannon Larkin is truly one of the biggest and baddest drummer in rock for nearly two decades. Like, I'm not joking here my little rocker babies books will be written about him, documentaries made, and when my generation is hobbling around (even more so than we do now) reminiscing about the glory days, he'll still be on the top of the list as an All Star in heavy rock music.
It's my belief that the Universe does not forget things that are thrown out there; positive and negative thoughts or ideas. When it's time and the ideamakers are ready, those things come back. Reactions happen equally and oppositely and I didn't make this up so I can't claim it (damnit). And from these reactions, I am right here, right now. There's no other place...wait are those lyrics to a song? See, this is why I wanted to start telling stories about music & musicians: because music infiltrates us and carries us. And if you're like me, it all started with one note, one riff, or a beat...and this is where our story of Shannon Larkin and his new project The Apocalypse Blues Revue begins. Follow along my pretties...
Cherri: We're talking to Shannon Larkin who is...and if you don’t know this, you need to go back to rock-n-roll high school...he is the drummer of Godsmack (insert squeal here)!!! We’re talking about about his new project T he Apocalypse Blues Revue. Let me just say that it's such a pleasure to talk with you Shannon about your latest love. How did this project begin, what made you go the route you did with a different style, blues?
Shannon: "Well Tony and I, my guitar player in Godsmack he lives here in Florida came down to visit and loved it and moved down. We got our own studio and Sully and Robbie still live up in the Boston area. So when Tony and I started writing for Godsmack, we're having a really good go at it and we got, pretty much, twenty songs on the board and we still had plenty of time left. So we just started jamming, how musicians do when you put us in a room full of instruments. And I just started a low, slow simmering blues beat and he started playing and it hit me "oh my God I've never heard him play the blues like ever." And all of a sudden he's doing these licks that were amazing and I stopped the jam and said, "dude what's up? I didn't even know you were into blues!" And he starts naming all the influences...we come from a different generation like the Stones and the Beatles, coming up with Clapton and the other American blues guys like Robert Johnson and those guys. We come from a bastarization of the blues by the Englishmen like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and oh my God all the greats even Tony Iommi was influenced by all the old blues."
Cherri: Speaking of Robert Johnson, legend has it that he recorded here in Dallas around the Deep Ellum area, which has been the birthplace for a ton of great bands and music here. Bands like The Toadies, Deep Blue Something, Drowning Pool, Even the Dead Love a Parade, Flickerstick, Seasons After, Tablet and local leaders like Rivethead, Low Gear, Big Iron, Pimpadelic, Sunyl, Hellafied Funk Crew and shit so many more I can't even list them all came up and played here. I think it's interesting that from this blues area of Dallas way, way back transformed into what it is today and there are so many places to play in Deep Ellum! But, in essence it came from the blues here in Dallas like Blind Lemon Jefferson. Tell me about the feeling coming out of TABR, I heard you say that it's "evil and that the blues wasn't named for being happy music" I love that description.
Shannon: So our blues (The Apocalypse Blues Revue ) tended to be heavier, like the Zeppelin blues. However, we love the traditional stuff too. As Tony was telling me all of his influences, they were all of my influences too. So I said "I didn't even know you played like this". I have all these lyrics and they're and when I say evil, you know the blues, the legend has it of Robert Johnson going to the crossroads and selling his soul to the devil. So the blues to me has always been sad and quite evil in its intent. That definitely draws out this melancholy feeling.
Cherri: Bands can jam, I get that but how did y'all say "okay let's form a blues band". What led up to the seriousness of taking this a step further?
Shannon: For the past twenty years, it's been Godsmack music and he (Tony) had this whole other side that just blossomed the last two years especially. Tony Rombola is the player that just plays constantly. It doesn't matter if we're on tour or at home. He wakes up, gets coffee and starts playing his guitar. And as fate would have it, my lyrics fit his riffs perfectly, right. After having 4 songs on a demo we were like "it's not your daddy's blues" it's a new approach to the whole blues thing." First off, we gotta form a band and show the world how you (Tony Rombola) can play that guitar. We were mixing modern elements with traditional elements and also with our heavy side, which we hadn't really heard done before. So we were like, “we have something here. Now we we need a singer.”
Cherri: Your singer has a killer voice. How'd you run across Ray?
Shannon: I met Ray at a biker bar called Ragged Ass Saloon and I saddled up to him at the bar and you know, you start talking and he was like "ya man, we should ride together sometime". He didn't know anything about Godsmack or anything; I just liked the guy, he was just a likeminded soul. A couple months passed, I was at his house for dinner and I saw an acoustic guitar over in the corner and I had no idea this guy sang or played acoustic or anything. I was like, "Do you have any music, wanna play some?" and he was like "you know I do have a couple of songs. I'll play a couple for you". When he started singing I was like 'Oh my gosh man.." he has the tone of two of my favorite singers, one is Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison. The next day at rehearsal I said I wanted to invite this dude over, and see if he'll sing on these songs. It happened. he came over and he sang one song, we recorded it and Tony and I just looked at him and offered him the job right there.
Cherri: Ok, so that all happened like magic how'd you hook up with Brian who was working with Blackfoot? How did he jump on board?
Shannon: So ya, we were like "we're going to make shit happen" so we need a bass player. And again I happened to know this guy Brian who's a bass player and (works with Rickey Medlocke's) band (he produces the band now). He came and played with Tony and I and the chemistry was unbelievable. So he joined us.
Cherri: How did the deal with Mascot come together?
Shannon: Godsmack had just got off the Thousand Horsepower cycle which was 18 month run. The plate was there, we filled it with the blues, gave a one song demo tape to Jeff Varner, our manager for Godsmack. So he happened to everything works karmically with this band Jeff happened to have a meeting for a different project, a different band with the label Mascot Records who has all these fantastic bands, it was like the perfect label for what we wanted to do. Jeff walks in with one song and said, “Oh, by the way Shannon and Tony from Godsmack have this blues project. It's a little heavier and darker that typical blues, but it's still blues, for sure.” And they said let's listen to it and three days later they offered us a deal. These guys believe in the music and it's not just some major label, yet they have worldwide distribution. Everything was perfect so the timing was perfect.
Cherri: So when y'all went into the studio and recorded, but didn't y'all have a different name then?
Shannon: Ya we were called Blue Cross and it was already trademarked and pretty generic.
C h e r r i : How'd you come up with The Apocalypse Blues Revue? I might have heard that was your nickname back in one of your early punk bands...
Shannon: Oh ya my nickname was Apocalypse for a while because I was basically like, if you saw me coming and I had some Jack Daniels in me everyone was like "watch out, here comes the Apocalypse!" So Tony (and I) were talking and he was like "what about The Apocalypse Blues Band?" I loved The Apocalypse Blues, but the band thing there's so many bands that have the "band" thing (in their name). And I was like "What about Revue?" You know like at the end of the Blues Brothers movie? By the way side note that was a huge influence on me as a young kid. When that movie came out it introduced me to Chicago Blues. And so there it is: "The Apocalypse Blues Revue"!
Cherri: What's on the table for TABR or what besides your record that drops on August 26th do y'all have working?
Shannon: We recorded the album in like nine days and that's coming out on the 26th of August, right. We've got video that is coming, it looks great I love it. We'll start hitting the road in September.
Cherri: Speaking of that are there any dates lined up for Dallas?
Shannon: We've told our label we want to play anywhere, 7 nights a week up until Christmas. As long as we can do well enough with the record to put us on the road to where we can get enough money at each club gig we can play to pay a road crew, transportation and hotels then we will be coming to Dallas Fuckin' Texas!! We are ready to just play! If the powers that be are behind us and the record comes out strong, we have a chance to play and we can go out and make a living.
Cherri: So I want to thank you for spending time with me and talking about The Apocalypse Blues Revue and then about music what a fucking awesome conversation! Thank you! And when you're out on the road y'all better make a stop in Dallas! Do you have dates already?
Shannon: Thank you for taking your time and talking about music and particularly about The Apocalypse Blues Revue because it's such a special thing to my heart. So I really appreciate you taking the time. This helps every person that turns one person on to the The Apocalypse Blues Revue, makes it possible for us to come and play your town! That's what's it's all about!
Cherri: Awesome! I know that everyone in Dallas and everywhere else that's listening to this. I'm excited that you have such fire about this project and I know that my Dallas people will be anxious to hear the track because we are southern and we rock, but we have some blues swagger to us...
Shannon: There's no doubt that Texas produced some of the greatest players of all time in this genre, including Gary Clark Jr lives in Texas and right now he's the fucking master! I know Eric Gales is from Texas and another just monstrous blues player and so to wrap this up I'll just say a big warm welcome and shout out to all my Dallas friends because I've got many of 'em! I've been playing in Dallas since I was 17 years young! I won’t tell you how many years that makes, but it's been a lot! I've made many friends in the Dallas area and I look so forward to coming through and playing there and saying hi to everybody!
Cherri Bird is an independent writer/wordsmith and can be found on the following social media outlets: FB www.facebook.com/thecherribird
Ronnie James Dio's sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the Seventies and Eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. In 1983, the singer formed his own band, launching a successful solo career that led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Rhino would release a new boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, that brings together Dio's first six studio albums - each one featuring newly remastered sound. It includes: Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993).
Pre-orders have begun for CD and vinyl versions of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. Pre-order your copy now via Amazon: CD | vinyl.Both versions come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band's iconic covers. The CD set will hit stores on July 22, 2016 for a list price of $34.98.
The vinyl incarnation of the set will be available on October 4, 2016 for $99.98, and comes with a bonus 7" single. On the first side is the 1983 version of "Evil Eyes," which was originally released as the b-side on the "Holy Diver" single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album The Last In Line. The flip side features "Time To Burn," which was the only studio track featured on the otherwise live release, Intermission (1986).
After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group's platinum-selling debut Holy Diver arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic "Rainbow In The Dark."
The band returned the following year with The Last In Line (1984), which became the band's second platinum seller and included the single "Mystery," as well as "We Rock," a song the band often used to close its shows. Sacred Heart (1985) achieved gold certification and introduced fans to the concert staple "Rock 'n' Roll Children." Dio's fourth studio album, Dream Evil (1987) included the singles "All The Fools Sailed Away" and "I Could Have Been A Dreamer."
In the Nineties, the group released two more stellar studio albums. Lock Up The Wolves arrived in 1990 and featured the single "Hey Angel" and rocking title track. Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath in 1992, Dio returned with Strange Highways in 1993. The album featured future fan favorites like "Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost," "Evilution," and the title track.
Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.
A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Album Listing:
Holy Diver (1983)
The Last In Line (1984)
Sacred Heart (1985)
Dream Evil (1987)
Lock Up The Wolves (1990)
Strange Highways (1993)
Turncoat, the latest full-length from long-running rock trio, THROTTLEROD, is out today via Small Stone Recordings and streaming at New Noise Magazine.
Comments THROTTLEROD vocalist/guitarist Matt Whitehead of the release, "While there's no denying we like feedback and odd time signatures, we also enjoy hooks and undeniable grooves and there are plenty of those on this record. [Engineer] J. Robbins [Clutch] not only helped us realize our vision with an honest, organic approach that helped remind us why we still make records but was also an absolute pleasure to work with. We need to write some more new songs to have an excuse to go hang out in his studio again."
Hear Turncoat in full, courtesy of New Noise Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Turncoat is out today on CD and digital formats. To order, point your browser HERE.
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
With the release of Turncoat, the upcoming full-length from long-running rock trio, THROTTLEROD, inching closer to release, today the gatekeepers at Echoes And Dust offer up latest single, "Lima," for public delight.
Comments vocalist/guitarist Matt Whitehead of the band's latest single, "The initial idea for 'Lima' was something I had put together using three-four bass tracks and no guitar. Once we got in the same room with the ideas, [drummer] Kevin [White] fought with it for a while and then changed the feel of it by adding this unexpected, Bonham-esque shuffle beat. 'Lima' is definitely one of the weirder and moodier tracks we've recorded. It's also one of our personal favorites on this album."
Hear "Lima" at THIS LOCATION.
You can also sample "Lazy Susan," still playing at The Obelisk, at THIS LOCATION as well as "Bait Shop" at the official Small Stone BandCamp page HERE where you'll also find preorder options.
South Carolina residents can catch THROTTLEROD live later this month with additional live performances to be announced soon.
6/24/2016 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
6/25/2016 Art Bar - Columbia, SC
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
Photos by: Jay Beadnell