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February 24, 2018

February 24, 2018

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Mike Brennan has been a film music critic since the early 2000s, first for Cinemusic.net (2003-2004) and then for SoundtrackNet (2004-2011). He has also been a member of the International Film Music Critics Association since 2008. Mike is also an oceanographer and deep water archaeologist (www.brennanexploration.com) and writer (www.fifthwell.com).

April 14, 2019

In early March, I came across a new band while browsing iTunes’ preorders and found the song “The Day the World Stood Still”. The following week upon the album’s release, I quickly I had discovered one of the best metal albums in years. The Raven Age is a British band...

October 11, 2018

In 2015, Ice Nine Kills released an experimental concept album, Every Trick In the Book (read my review here) where each song was based on a work of literature. Following both critical acclaim and a strong reaction by the band’s fan base, Ice Nine Kills recorded a foll...

May 26, 2018

Following up a band's debut album is often challenging, as for the first time, they have to start over and write new music now that the songs they formed the band around have been released. In many cases, sophomore albums differ greatly from what fans loved as styles c...

April 17, 2018

Three years ago, Breaking Benjamin returned from a 5-year hiatus with Dark Before Dawn, bringing in a whole new lineup of musicians behind frontman Ben Burnley. The album was somewhat safe, testing the waters of old fans and a new generation of listeners, and focusing...

March 19, 2018

One of the goals of this blog is to highlight some lesser known artists who I've discovered through iTunes or YouTube, like I did with Citizen Soldier last year. In doing so, I've learned a bit about how the music industry is changing with digital platforms becoming th...

January 25, 2018

I had never really found Asking Alexandria very interesting. I was introduced to them at a Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Massachusetts when I went to see Avenged Sevenfold in 2014. But after the concert, I couldn’t really get into From Death to Destiny. Asid...

December 16, 2017

Evanescence was my introduction into the world of hard rock and gothic metal, somewhat humorously now, thanks to the movie Daredevil. Back in 2003, the sound the band put forth was completely unheard of, especially on the radio, and skyrocketed their debut album, Falle...

November 25, 2017

“Take my hand and look me in the eye. There’s still time left” opens the new single “Let It Burn” by Utah-based rock band Citizen Soldier. Brand new to the scene, formed only in early 2017, front-man Jake Segura wants the band to do more than make rock music, but also...

September 16, 2017

Orange County metalcore band Dayseeker’s third album is a raw and emotional concept album centered around an unusual theme in modern songwriting. Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising tells a semi-fictional story about a man who avenges a sexual assault on his girlf...

August 27, 2017

2004 saw the rise of a new powerhouse band in the wake of Scott Stapp’s departure from Creed. New frontman, Myles Kennedy, took lead guitarist Mark Tremonti and the new band, Alter Bridge, in a different direction with his soaring vocals and his own song writing and gu...

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