Diseased & Disguised Tour 2020 | Photos + Review

Metalcore is a genre that never seems to go away, and that’s a good thing. When two giants of the scene, Beartooth and Motionless in White, announced their co-headlining tour, everyone knew we were in for a treat. With Limbs and Stick To Your Guns as support, this tour set the tone for the rest of 2020. 

Limbs was a band I had never heard of, but I was pleasantly surprised. They brought an energy no one in the crowd expected so early in the night. I’m used to watching openers have a few courtesy head bangs and nothing outside of it. The pit soon opened and the night began. With only one album, a few EPs and singles in their discography, you’d never expect a band to pack such a punch. 

Stick To Your Guns made their mark in the scene years ago, but something about them is always refreshing. Hardcore is a genre on a steady resurgence, and it’s easy to understand why. The set contained mostly classics such as “ Amber “ to spark memories in the crowd. The anger was obvious, but the band always has a way of bringing everyone in a room together. 

I can never stop suggesting Beartooth to anyone. Caleb Shomo has a voice that fills you with every emotion you could feel. The production of orange lights and fog created a vibe that made you want to move. Crowdsurfers made my job as a photographer difficult, but even my fellow photographers in the photo pit couldn’t help but bang their heads. Classic metal riffs with the anger and punch of a new hardcore band, Beartooth is a treat every single time. 

Few bands can pack a punch for over a decade. Motionless in White have the honor of being within those select few. The ambiance before they even walked on stage was enough to send shocks through the crowd. The spooky purple and blue lighting, strobes, and the skeletons on the stage, the band was sure to come out with a bang. Motionless mixes old songs with new, but the crowd knew the words to everything. Frontman Chris Motionless works the crowd into an angry and violent pit every single time, yet expresses his love and appreciation the entire time. With heavy hitters like Devils Night and Abigail, the crowd had plenty of energy to burn before the softer side of things came out towards the end with Another Life and Eternally Yours. The entire show was a mix of beauty, chaos, and spooky vibes. 

The Diseased and Disguised tour was an incredible start to the 2020 metal-core tour season. No mixed genres were needed to carry this tour around different fan bases. Solid, to the point heavy music was all it took to sell out shows, and created what I can say is one of the best shows I’ve been too.

Photos + review courtesy of Emily Sulkowski

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Juwan Rohan’s “How The Day Ends” Review

 

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Juwan Rohan is a recording artist from Berkley California, who’s goal is to influence, encourage, and reach out to lost souls through his music. He strives to use music as a platform to inspire, motivate, and influence youth and unite the community together.

The track “How The Day Ends“ starts off with Juwan speaking over a beat, to which his flow mixes with smoothly.  It’s soulful, you just may start moving your head, and swaying your body to the beat. After listening to this song, you’ll feel a bit more connected to his struggles.  A listener can relate to how his tough times stress him out, and even with support you will still have off days. The message I receive from this song is, no matter what, focus on your long-term goals and future successes. It is healthy for everyone to have a creative outlet to pour sadness, stress and happiness into. For me, it’s writing photography, and sometimes painting. For Juwan it’s clear that his creative outlet is writing and music.

You can listen to his music on SpotifyItunes, and Soundcloud ; as well as follow him on Twitter, and Instagram.

Review by Cristine Trimarco |  Instagram |Facebook 

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RevelRelations artist Michael J White Interview

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How did you get into music, and what made you want to pursue a career in this industry?
 I started going to karaoke, and once I got done singing, people kept asking me if I made my own music. When I said no they said “With a voice like yours, you should pursue a career and make your own music” so that was the start of that. And that was late 2016. But I started making my own music at the beginning of 2019.
 Who inspires you?
It varies, other artists big or local artists. 
 Are you currently making new music? If so when can we expect a release.
I am currently in the process of making an album. It’s called “My Heart” and the first single is set to release late February!
 For anyone that hasn’t heard of you before what song would you recommend the listen to first ? why?
I would say they should listen to my song “Can’t Seem to Say It”. It has a 80’s 90’s vibe. It just makes you want to dance. One of my favorite releases of 2019.
 What would you say is your biggest accomplishment as an artist so far?
I think, making my first EP in under 6 months. We recorded 6 songs in 6 hours back in February 2019. I kept saying “I’ll put it out in the spring” and once all the songs were recorded I gave myself a release date. I was surprised that I finished a goal that I thought wasn’t achievable .
If someone who is reading this is going through a rough patch right now, what would you say to make them smile?
I would say, things get better in time, even if they don’t feel like they are, you just got to give it time. Do what you can to deal through the pain but always know that things will always be alright if you give it a little time.
How do you describe your genre of music?
I like to incorporate a little bit of everything in my songs. But lately it’s Lo-fi RnB and Pop (with K-Pop elements) 
Name an artist you’d like to Collaborate with and why?
I love Ariana Grande. Like seriously would die and go to heaven if she even acknowledged me. She is one of my inspirations vocally. Also a new fan of James Vickery. His voice is so magical and soulful.
What are you passionate about aside from music?
I am passionate about film editing. I love the artistic side of what happens behind the scenes. 
What motivates you?
Seeing other peoples accomplishments. I love seeing growth from other local artists and it pushes me to be like them. We all want the same thing and I will do what I can to get there.

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Interview by Cristine Trimarco | Instagram |Facebook 

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Morgan Keller’s “Still Talk To You” OUT NOW! | Review

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Morgan Keller is a singer songwriter from New York City, gifting us with pop-sensible tunes alongside gritty and raw vocals. Which, in my opinion work well for Morgan, after my first listen the beat and a few lines were already stuck in my head. After a few more listens I caught myself already singing along. In “Still Talk to You” OUT NOW on all streaming platforms, she teaches us that although it is hard to get out of a toxic relationship. it IS possible. A lyric that stands out would be, “ I know I deserve better than you, I should have known better, trust someone, trust issues”, which tells us at first you may be blinded other things in a relationship, and most times it takes time to realize what’s best for you. A clever choice to release this today, on Valentine’s Day. A new self-love anthem, after all Valentine’s Day is about ALL kinds of love, not just couples.

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Review by Cristine Trimarco | Instagram |Facebook 

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Snoop Dogg lights up The Fillmore in Detroit – I Wanna Thank Me Tour 2020

Snoop Dogg accompanied by Warren G, Trick Trick, and Trae packed The Fillmore Detroit two Sunday’s ago for a fantastic show. The event sold out the 2,900 capacity venue and built up suspense and energy with every artist leading up to the headliner.

To help set the bar for such an amazing performance in Detroit, Trick Trick performed one of his most iconic songs “Welcome 2 Detroit”. To see an entire venue shout the lyrics in his home town was such a memorable display of energy and positive vibes that blew the roof off the venue.


Up next was Warren G to raise the bar even higher. With fantastic lighting, memorable hits from the early 90’s like “Regulate”, and party favors in the form of joints, the crowd reached a new level of intensity.

Lastly the headliner, Snoop Dogg made his appearance with a blunt in hand and exotic dancers on both sides of the stage. The crowd peaked the decibel level of the venue as he opened with his one of his top hits, What U Talkin’ Bout off his 2019 album I Wanna Thank Me. With a 24 song set he definitely stole the show. Ranging from top hits, new work off his album, and even a few feature songs he collaborated with such rap icons like Akon, Wiz Khalifa, and Dr. Dre., the audience never skipped a beat. With such diversity of fans of all ages and skin color we could all agree that the rap genre will never die and to live life Young, Wild and Free.

Review+ Photo Gallery by: Keenan Beals, Michigan Made Photography.

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Belmont’s “Stay Up” Track Review

 

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Belmont are a band in the pop punk scene that have been on my radar for quite a while. I really enjoyed their self-titled debut album that came out back in 2018, and more recently, the Illinois-based band have released two new singles – “Stay Up” and “By My Side.”

“Stay Up” is the latest track of the two, and the first one on this double single. Catchy guitar riffs reside in the intro, bringing some impressive lead guitar lines (which return later on) and a lot of energy during the verses. The chorus brings extremely catchy melodies and the overall vocal performance there really shows off the lead vocalist’s range as he hits some higher notes during this section of the song. There’s a bit of aggression added in the vocals after the first chorus, continuing into the second verse, and this plus the breakdown later on (where the bass really shines) are two examples of how the band trace back to their more aggressive pop punk roots a little bit with this song.

“By My Side” is the second track from this double single release, and was released late last fall when the band announced their signing with Pure Noise Records. The blend of synths and harder hitting instrumentation reminds me of some of the elements the band incorporated on that self-titled record, and feels like a perfect track to The verses show the darker composition on the track, the pre-chorus and chorus are really catchy, and both of those sections bring impressive instrumentation as well.

“Stay Up” and “By My Side” combine many musical elements from Belmont’s discography, and continue to show the different sides of their sound and the constant experimentation and evolution within it.

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Review by Megan Langley | Instagram

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New Artist : Juwan Rowan

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Juwan Rowan is a hip-hop artist from Berkeley California.  Growing up around violence and through struggle, his hope is to connect with his community, and others around the world who may be lost; to be the inspiration, and motivation to keep them focused. He hopes to connect with his listeners through real life situations that they can relate to. If you’re a fan of J.Cole, and Logic you may also find a new favorite with-in Juwan.

You can listen to his music on Spotify, Itunes, and Soundcloud ; as well as follow him on Twitter, and Instagram.

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Photos by Tyvon Spivy