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the politics of football

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the politics of football these days you stop and get some gas, you're politicized. modern gas pumps have commercials playing and trying to sell you something. with the exception of the black couple who did karaoke on it once, those are a total waste of time. karaoke was brilliant. flat out made my day in a "social" kind of way. it made me feel good and it made me feel like i made friends by just watching how much fun they were having in an every day situation. wouldn't you know it, now it appears it was staged. but i...
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Review: Heaven Below – Rest in Pieces

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Patrick Kennison and Heaven Below are at it again. Always busy and usually putting a creative spin on life for the rest of us with their music, Heaven Below took it a bit of a different direction and now give us Rest in Pieces. This new release contains 12 cover tunes from artists/singers/band members we've lost over time as it's central theme, or as they say "A Tribute to the Departed". Now, many people have a notion of what a cover tune should be. Just like the original; totally different, new and improved, honestly the list never ends. Cover tunes...
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Review – Blacktop Mojo; Static EP

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Around 32k followers. That's about how many followers Blacktop Mojo had on Facebook when they finally came across my headphones and certainly got my attention. A few years later and lord knows how many live shows and photo shoots, they still do. We connected, I guess you could say. They seem to have that impact on people. In a relatively short amount of time I've seen a whole lot of Mojo. I've seen them anywhere from the small venue to the Dos Equis Pavillion in Dallas. Usually up close with my Pentax in tow getting shots of the guys as...
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Losing the Lizard Lounge and The Church

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The time was Labor Day weekend, 2005. I had traveled with my dad and brother from a small town in Oklahoma to Dallas Texas, to visit my uncle. After an unmemorable start to the three day weekend, Sunday rolled around with my uncle grinning like he just saw his first pair of boobs. He pointed at me and said "I just got off the phone with Angela. And we are taking you to a place that you wont want to leave." He was so certain about it, that he bet me his Tron arcade cabinet, and Kiss pinball machine. He...
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Review: Five Finger Death Punch – F8 (Fate)

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Recently stumbling upon the fact I missed that Five Finger Death Punch has released new material, I ramped up quickly once I heard "A Little Bit Off Today" and had almost every emotion come to life inside of one song. A quick trip to Amazon music and I now own F8 and within the hour, started this review. Quite simply, this is what it is like to listen to a classic being born. F8 starts off quietly, with oddly enough an F8 instrumental intro. Slow at first, as if to give you a breather. Heads up; take it cause the...
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Top 10 Influential Albums – Iceberg

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Invariably a new "hey everyone do this and nominate someone" pops up on facebook. It's during this times I usually hang low and hope people forget about me. It's not that I don't have favorites or music that has shaped my own tastes, no. I just don't like trendy things. If everyone is doing it, I'll wait. In fact, when Forest Gump came out, I would not watch it until blockbuster had ever single copy in the store available for rent. So to be different, a requirement for me to be pretty much anything at all I suppose, i'll do...
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Lava Cantina, The Colony; Keeping Things Going

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2020 sure hasn't gone the way anyone anticipated, has it? How could it when the entire world shifted into a mode never seen before? The global concern for Covid-19 brought out measures to match the concern around the world. Pushed into a a time many people have chosen to handle by withdrawing to ride out the storm, other businesses and people chose to face it differently and adapt. How would we all handle the challenges presented to us as we go through a time none of us have been through before? Then on April 3rd, the world changed  yet again...
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Interview: John Humphrey; Seether / The Nixons

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When you talk about drummers in the rock music industry today one name that will come up in most conversations is John Humphrey. Humphrey certainly keeps himself busy playing drums for platinum award winning band Seether as well as Oklahoma City based band The Nixons. He took a moment to sit down and answer a few questions for Renegade Radio via email. Just as many of you we are on a shelter in place here and could not get together with John in person but I will assure you that once this lifts I will go visit John and we...
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REVIEW: Bonfire – Fistful of Fire

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Bonfire and I go way back. Late 80s back. Loved 'em then and from time to time I still play their music in the rotation and on the icehouse. But everything I know about them is still around the late 80s, early 90s.  In fact, it was 1986 the band went from Cacumen to Bonfire. Going before that the roots dig all the way back to 1972. The late 80s had their own hair metal sound. Didn't matter if you were from Ohio, LA or Germany. The sound sold and it was everywhere. Everyone had to look the same, sound...
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Getting Out When This is Over

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At this point I swear to god Netflix only has 2 movies under 4000 names and they all look the same. Amazon Prime for some reason I've just not reached out to in order to pass the time.  Add them to the list but most days are kinda zombie like. Get up. Check Got Toilet Paper. Check (maybe) Phone still work? Check Life still sucks? Check I suppose this is life under a global pandemic. I don't think we'd be having this big a problem if we were in any other time. However, we're in the middle of a perfect...
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Welcome to the New Renegade Radio Site

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Every once in awhile, I simply get bored and decided to redo just about everything. We spend the bulk of our life on a Joomla based platform and it was "ok". However dev support was falling off and WordPress was taking off to be more than a blog service. I morphed over a template and created our first site under WP and honestly, it was time to "refresh". We're still most definitely under WordPress, but we've lightened up the pages and stopped doing everything in a single row. We've also added a focus on local Dallas sports of all types...
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Billy Talent Share Release Chapter 2 of Short Film

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Billy Talent have released the second chapter of their episodic short film Forgiveness. Based on the song "Forgiveness II," which was released by the band last November, the new episode features gripping performances from UFC superstars Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Rose Namajunas. "Forgiveness I+II," described by Loudwire as a "musical journey," was the first new music from Billy Talent since their 2016 album Afraid of Heights.  Fans can watch the latest episode from the short film here. In addition to the new film, Billy Talent recently released "Reckless Paradise," the first radio single from their forthcoming album. The new track is already flying up the charts, where it was...
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Big Rig Dollhouse – The Moon

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Big Rig Dollhouse. Say it with me; Big Rig Dollhouse. You instantly get nostalgic in a new way. Not because you’ve said it; but because you went out to listen to their music and that’s how it made you feel in all the good ways. I can hear a touch of several influences with Motorhead coming out as a sound it takes me to. That’s a lot to live up to from a 6 song EP released in 2018. How did 15 months get by without my hearing about these guys? Note to self; pick up your game. If not...
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Review – Another Day Dawns – Stranger

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Closing in on a year since my review of Another Day Dawns previous release, A Different Life, they’re back. Psycho, I believe, was the single from that release and set the tone of a hard rock band with grunge mixed in. Stranger, to release Jan 31st, picks up where A Different Life left off. Recorded at the world famous Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, and produced by Joe Rickard (Red, Starset, Manafest, Joyous Wolf), the album’s release follows closely behind Another Day Dawns’ 2019 show lineup; including hometown performances in and around Northeastern Pennsylvania and alongside ISSUES during their...
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Radical Self Improvement is the Most Punk Rock Shit I’ve Ever Done

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Before there was Black Flag, there was nothing. I knew nothing about the outside world beyond the shitty little town I grew up in with the shitty people that surrounded me in the shitty household I lived in. I was angry, but didn't know how to properly express the rage at everything I saw. Effectively, I existed as a 14 year old mass of hate and anger without words to put on everything in my head. The moment I discovered "Nervous Breakdown," I wanted to hit something. "They fucking get it!" I screamed internally. the lyrics "If I don't find...
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Elijah Newman & The SideEffects – Free Born EP

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One of the most rewarding (but equally frustrating) parts of reviewing music for this site is that there's so many artists that deserve far more credit for their craft than what the mainstream publications are willing to offer. In a fair and just world, Elijah Newman & The SideEffects would be a household name and they'd be playing sold out shows all over the country. Elijah would be recognized as a poet. Alas, this is not a fair and just world, so I'm taking it upon myself to trumpet praise for an EP I've grown to fall madly in love...
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Review – Ghost Hounds, Roses are Black

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It happens. Every once in a while it happens. When it does, it’s an amazing feeling. In this case I’m simply talking about a band, or a particular song, that takes you back and brings the life out of today all at once. You just feel good and dive into the music head first and sit back and see where this experience will take you. In the case of The Ghost Hounds new release, Roses are Black, it’s quite the amazing trip. Til It’s Gone was my introduction to this amazing band and when “it happens” I tend to hit...
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Wrapping Up Dirty Honey, Alter Bridge, Skillet Tour

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While we’ve been playing Dirty Honey, When I’m Gone, pretty much since it released, I’ve not had a chance to dig deeper. Seeing them live just didn't present itself yet. All that changed last Sunday (10/20/19) when they opened up for Alter Bridge and Skillet at the legendary Bomb Factory in Dallas. Their stage presence was of veteran stature and talent on display for all to see and appreciate. If anyone skipped the opening band on this tour you will most certainly regret it. I’ve now become a full-fledged Dirty Honey Man and will be following up with a review...
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SINGLES ONLY – Rough Dreams – “Six Sick Strings”

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When I agreed to write this review, I fully intended to write a full, comprehensive breakdown for anyone unfamiliar with Rough Dreams. With one EP and this single under their belts, it's more than obvious these dudes are prepared to be your next favorite band. Here's the problem; I'm legitimately speechless. I've been sitting with this single for a week now, trying to find something to say beyond "OH MY GOD LISTEN TO THIS NOW!" but these motherfuckers had to go and write a line that has legitimately left me speechless. Everything you need to know about this song can...
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If You Want Peace, Prepare for Peace

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If you want peace, prepare for peace While this goes dead set against an article I did many years ago where I discussed the normalization of extreme behavior, maybe it’s time we look at things from that perspective. In my years on this earth I’ve come to find you find what you’re looking for. One way or another. It’s the whole “which dog do you feed” question? We feel we must be heard and understood and over the last decade we stopped listening, if we ever really did, and simply started shouting. Nothing new here, just human nature shifting around...
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The Joker – A Haunting Reflection of Our Modern World

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I went into this movie knowing fully well that The Joker is not the "typical comic book movie" Joaquin Phoenix goes all in with any role that he is set to play but I still tempered my expectations. Reasons for low expectations? 1. DC has put out bust after bust after bust. And Marvel is filled with so much camp, one should bring the marshmallows. 2. Hollywood is once again relying on complete ideas of the past to be the secret ingredient of a current decent film. 3. If my expectations are low, they won't fall far. Well the joke...
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Singles Only – Kali Ra – “Breathless”

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Not to take a swipe at the other contributors of this site, but I like to think I'm the black sheep of the black sheep of Renegade Radio. Many of my interests are of the "niche;" if Iceberg is going to hand me the aux cord after playing some Metallica, I'm likely going to say something like "I'm not fond, but maybe you'll dig (insert obscure thrash/punk/hardcore/random loudness band)" and get super excited while he's battling to yank the cord out of my phone. My name is Jeremy, and I'm basically a hipster piece of crap. It's nice to meet...
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The Atom Age – Cry ‘Til You Die review

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  If it's not broke, don't fix it. Many bands are content with treading familiar waters. This sound sells well. This is your sing along. Here's a slower variant of the songs you heard before. Rinse, repeat, send it to the presses. Punk rock is no stranger to this formula. Three chords and some lyrics about being a misunderstood outcast and maybe a song about being in love with a girl who's also a misunderstood outcast can almost guarantee the presence of a kid with a Mohawk chugging Pabst in front of you at your gig. But The Atom Age...
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Review – Blacktop Mojo; Under the Sun

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Blacktop Mojo has been a station favorite ever since finding them through their publicist, Tom George from TAG Publicity. Always on the lookout for up and coming bands, I checked them out and fell in love with the sound. Since then we’ve been fortunate enough to interview the singer, Matt James, in “an evening with” series. We also recorded a video of them doing Underneath live for the very first time. Also captured whole lot of concert memories along the way. It didn’t take very long to fall in love with the band, their energy, and their “guys next door”...
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Artist Spotlight – Black Water Greed

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The following is from Yvonnes World who constantly sends great music our way. Black Water Greed is added to the list. Written by Daniel Morrison. What happens in Pennsylvania when you put Michael Mundy, Andy (IOS) Patzer, Bill Kahler and JJ Tyson together in a room?  Black Water Greed. A hard rock band, not a metaphor. When I listened to them I was reminded a bit of 90’s style rock with a modern sound.  Artists like Skid Row, Babylon A.D., and the like. To explain it further their production sound is not hard as nails.  The guitars are smooth distortion,...
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Memories as the Curtain Closes

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When I heard Curtain Club was closing, I’m not quite sure how it hit me. I loved the club and they were always great to work with on promotions of any kind we could think of here at Renegade Radio. Over time believe me, we've thought of a lot of them. We were one of the first to start streaming live from the club and we hosted many fantastic events out there. The biggest of course was when Faktion was signed by Roadrunner. We sent them off in style to a major tour late one fall with a packed club....
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Bowling for Soup Comedy Jam (and 25th Anniversary Concert)

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Lava Cantina, The Colony, TX June 8th 2019 According to legend, back in 1994 Bowling for Soup was formed one evening over a few too many Zimas.  While most people forget things they do, say, or promise after having too many malt beverages (or at least wish they could), fortunately for the rest of us they didn't forget, and spent the next two and a half decades cranking out one punk-pop jam after another and amusing their fans and roasting each other between songs during their live performances.  Their music videos over that period mirrored the "don't take this too...
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Review: Wake Up Hate – Deep Sleep

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Wake Up Hate came to me by way of Tag Publicity and the amazing artists they represent. In going through some requests for airplay usually a few will stick out and make me hit “rewind” a few times. I got the whole release of Deep Sleep for review so in this case, it is simply their sound that keeps me coming back for more. While positioned as “alternative rock” it just sounds good to me. When getting something out of the blue, I like to flip through all the songs before really settling in with an opinion. With Wake Up...
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Review: Royal Bliss – Self Titled New Release

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Many years ago I heard a song from Royal Bliss called Crazy. The song itself pretty much defined everything I love about music and finding new bands. Since then I’ve dug into their history and wow, there’s a lot of it. Coming together in 1997 out of Utah, they are a very hot band regionally but seldom saw them outside the northwest. I missed one show at Trees here in Dallas and damn it – their show coming up in Dallas just got cancelled.  Now I must live vicariously through their online presence until they come back through. While predominantly...
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Review: Joyous Wolf – Place in Time

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There’s something familiar about the music from Joyous Wolf. I don’t mean how it sounds, not at all. But how it feels. Somehow or another I get transported back to around 1968. Granted I was 3 at the time but as I grew up that music was core to my own foundations. I just wouldn’t know it for many years to come. To me the late 60s and early 70s are some of the most honest times in music where people didn’t get up on stage and play their instruments for you. They became the music they were giving to...
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Review: Godsmack – When Legends Rise

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I wasn’t going to review the new Godsmack. New release, power rock, energetic as you can get…yea. Godsmack. I love it. It’s in our rotation to be sure but it just didn’t “move” me to want to talk about it given my knack of introducing people to new talent and bands. But sometimes you can find something “new” in the most familiar of places. I found all that in When Legends Rise and got that feeling all over again. I’ll get to that emotional moment in a bit, but for now, I did go back and pick up When Legends...
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Another Day Dawns – A Different Life

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Another Day Dawns is another shining example of talent that my friend Tom George of Tag Publicity sends me on a regular basis. After a quick viewing of their video Psycho, I asked for the rest so I could check it out. I love getting in on the up and coming music the rest of the world just hasn’t found yet. Found another one! Based out of Pennsylvania, Another Day Dawns is a 4 piece band with Dakota Sean on vocals, Tyler Ritter on guitar, Livi Dillon on bass and Nick McGeehan slammin the drums. Certainly hard rock, but in...
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Review: Dreamkeeper – In a Parallel World

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There’s a subtle art form to progressive metal. A touch medieval, immense story telling in the lyrics and in the end, a sense of mystery and wonder that pulls you into an adventure in as much as a song. All of these facets of the art come to life in the debut release from Dreamkeeper with In a Parallel World. Dallas Based Taylor Dennis has been working on this release for well over a decade. Collecting experiences and perspectives along the way certainly helped formulate such an amazing debut effort. “I have been working on In a Parallel World off...
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Lullwater – Voodoo Review

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Just, damn. This Lullwater doesn’t mess around. Dropping today (2/22), Voodoo is the latest release from Athens, GA based Lullwater. To say this one hits the ground running would be an understatement. Curtain Call is interesting right off the bat. This introduction turns into grunge infused rock and you’re hooked. For some background on Lullwater, they were formed in 2007 and it wasn’t until 2012 that their first release came into the world.  Followed by some major tours and Sirius XM Octane airplay as well; the band started off strong. National tours included sharing the stage with acts such as...
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Liliac – Chain of Thorns EP Review

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Late in 2018 I came across a band whose potential reinvigorated my enthusiasm for the future of music. This of course would be Liliac. I play them weekly in some fashion on the icehouse and I pimp them when I can on Facebook and other social media. I picked up their first release of cover tunes and their management sent me a copy of Chain of Thorns for the rotation. Over the years I’ve written many stories over the exaggeration, to me, on the “death of rock and roll”. I’ve called out those saying such (yes, you Gene Simmons!) as...
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Anticipated Releases Coming in 2019

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2018 is over. Done. Stick a fork in it and let’s see what we’ve got coming for 2019. For my last article of 2018 I’m going to cover some of the more anticipated released scheduled for 2019. Let's see what we have in store for this year. Liliac. I found this band while surfing youtube and they just made me stop and take notice. Melody, on vocals, just turned 17 and has vocal ability beyond her years. She’s got an edge that fits the bands driving rock style perfectly and hey, plays a mean bass. While you can today get...
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KNON Reckless Rock Radio Local Show – CD Release Party

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Local radio station KNON has been hosting a 2 hour weekly show focusing on the local Dallas music scene for years now. Every Sunday from 10-midnight "Big Mix" Lee Russell and long time local radio personality Spicoli have been there week in and week out playing today's local hits and diving WAY back into so many yesterdays. If I start naming all these bands it would pretty much be the entire article. The local scene in Dallas, TX is simply that good. Their show, Reckless Rock Radio on 89.3 KNON has been tireless in supporting our incredible scene. Putting their...
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Evergrey – In Search of Truth; Remastered

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It’s not often I’m going to go back to 2001 and review an album. Hell, that’s 17 years. But Evergrey’s In Search of Truth has set the tone for the band and in many ways, still the “go to” release for Evergrey. The very first song set the tone with a spoken intro you seldom hear and hear even less done well. Rest assured this set the tone for Evergrey and the creativity they would produce in the many years and releases to come. You can certainly hear the influences of bands such as Symphony X, Kamelot and Dream Theater...
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