North Jersey Notes: Cruel Season, Ogre, Blameshift and More!

I mentioned this week’s featured band a couple of weeks ago when my old bud, Mike McManamon, who used to sing for the band TNA, sent me a Facebook request and then a message about this new project he was fronting. He told me the name of the band was …

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North Jersey Notes: Malvador, Ixion Lux, Seas Of Wake and More!

I am thoroughly enjoying the sounds coming from this band out of Hamburg, NJ because it’s unique and out of this world. I feel like I’m at a circus listening to their music, but I also feel like swing dancing at the same time! The name of the band is …

by   |  11/11/2015  |  Comments Off on North Jersey Notes: Malvador, Ixion Lux, Seas Of Wake and More!

North Jersey Notes: Johnny Z, Anaka, Cruel Season and More!

First and foremost, I’d like to take a minute to wish Jon Zazula, known to the metal world as Johnny Z, a speedy recovery. I’ve mentioned this before, but for you young metalheads who don’t know your history, Johnny Z was the man known for bringing us bands like Metallica, …

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North Jersey Notes: Dead Rocking Horse, SPiN, Seas Of Wake and More!

One singer that I’ve been really impressed with lately comes out of New York City and her name is Marron Chaplin from the band Dead Rocking Horse. She’s an excellent songwriter and she sings with the soulfulness of Janis Joplin, but with the grit and attitude of Patti Smith. …

by   |  10/28/2015  |  Comments Off on North Jersey Notes: Dead Rocking Horse, SPiN, Seas Of Wake and More!

North Jersey Notes: Echo Black, Incognito Theory, Reality Suite and More!

I featured a band called Sick Mind a few years back here in North Jersey Notes, and one of the components that really stood out like a sore thumb was guitarist Felix Skiver, who had the look and the makings of an up-and-coming rock star. Basically, he stuck out …

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North Jersey Notes: Barren, Brand Of Julez, Zire’s War and More!

One of the bands I’ve been meaning to write about after I judged that Crusade contest back in August for the Food Truck and Rock Carnival was a band called Barren. I’ve never heard of these guys, but I thought they were pretty good. The best part is that …

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North Jersey Notes: City Vision, Killcode, Black Water Rising and More!

Rob Nardone from the band City Vision recently reached out to me via email to check out his band. So, of course, I did, and I was blown away! The band also features drummer Dar Franks, who some of you might know from his old band Cascadence or from The …

by   |  10/07/2015  |  Comments Off on North Jersey Notes: City Vision, Killcode, Black Water Rising and More!

North Jersey Notes: Plantation, Head Therapy, Lower The Veil and More!

I searched high and low for a band from Jersey to feature this week, but some reason, I found myself landing in nearby Philadelphia. Thanks to the lovely Lindsay Klein and her Homegrown Spotlight blog, I came across this band Plantation and within the opening riff of “Slow Down” off …

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North Jersey Notes: Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son, Flowers To Flames, Midnight Mob and More!

I got to check out a great band from East Brunswick, NJ live a few weeks ago over at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ. The singer was extremely talented and a hell of a songwriter. I’m talking about Bobby Mahoney And The Seventh Son. This might sound like a weird …

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North Jersey Notes: Out Of Ashes, Atom Strange, Atomic Bitchwax and More!

One of the bands that really caught my attention when I had to judge The Crusade Finals a couple of weeks ago at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ, was a band from Howell, NJ called Out Of Ashes. They were pretty heavy, riff-tastic and extremely tight, but what made me …

by   |  09/16/2015  |  Comments Off on North Jersey Notes: Out Of Ashes, Atom Strange, Atomic Bitchwax and More!


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