Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pick #3: A Flashback to 2001

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Wherever You Will Go

The Calling, Camino Palmero 2001

Well, here we are. Stanley Cup Championship Round: Avalanche v.s. Devils in an epic seven game series that saw Raymond Borque kiss that coveted chalice for the first time in his illustrious career. Now, as a 10 year old kid, the only other thing I remember from that hockey year (besides Barry Melrose and Gary Thorne), is a montage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs up until that point. The song behind the magic on ice: The Calling's Wherever You Will Go. With Alex Band on lead vocals, The Calling essentially cemented a one hit wonder spot with Wherever You Will Go, but are among a number of bands from the early decade, including Lifehouse, to post up some top notch modern rock numbers. Kudos to Mr. Band and The Calling. You guys made that hockey year for me all the more memorable.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pick #2: Take A Seat and Enjoy-You're At the Dream Theater!

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I Walk Beside You

Dream Theater, Octavarium 2005

Welcome to the Dream Theater. Today's act: the best damn progressive modern rock band in America, and probably the world. Initially known as Majesty, the band changed its name early on and hasn't missed a beat ever since. From its founding in 1985 until now, the band has undergone a number of changes, but has remained true to its commitment of making music with the world's best rock instrumentalists. Look out for Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater's kickass drummer, and the youngest to be inducted into the Modern Drummers Hall of Fame, as well as the always guitar flaming John Petrucci. Dream Theater, like Rush, is probably one of the most underrated hard rock bands on Planet Earth, and gets little radio airtime. But check out their live DVD's and you'll be as angry as us about that. Any rock fantasy or genre you cater to, the boys from Dream Theater will leave you speechless, no doubt. So what are you waiting for, come and see the show that's taking the rock world by storm! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Pick#1: Not A Bad Way to Start

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Hearts Burst Into Fire

Bullet For My Valentine, Scream Aim Fire 2008

If you can understand a person from Wales, then, hey, more power to you. But if you can dig the lively and intense ripping sound of metalcore band Bullet For My Valentine, well then you're most definitely in the asset column. With the always shell shocking vocals of Matt Tuck, fused with the bombastic guitar playing of Michael Paget, it's only a matter of time before this group plays their way to the cream of the crop in the metal world. And their newest album, Scream Aim Fire, kicks off that very journey. Released in January of '08, the record has hit number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 525,000 copies worldwide. Check out the biggest track on the album, Hearts Burst Into Fire, which was featured in the video game NHL 09, and happens to be the intro song to our radio show: NHL 2K9. So listen and learn folks, the Welsh ain't coherent, but you better believe their music is!