New England metalcore five-piece, The Floor’s Embrace are set to debut their first EP, ‘Monarch.’ Founded in 2014 in Braintree, Massachusetts, these guys have shared the stage with such acts as Suicide Silence, Upon a Burning Body, Feed Her to the Sharks, and Scale the Summit. With their sharply barbed sound, they have gained a fanbase by playing live shows around New England.
Here is a short story. A long time back a young kid growing up in a small hamlet by the Himalayas had chanced upon some guitar/music magazine with Marty Friedman on the cover, on the very same day he had first listened to the opening solo of “Hangar 18”. An article in the magazine had mentioned that Marty Friedman had grown up in a city called Laurel in a certain state called Maryland in the US. The name of this nondescript city of Laurel in a state called Maryland stuck in his head, maybe it was due to the magical solos in “Rust in Piece”. The kid developed into a fan of Megadeth eventually. He had also heard of a city called Baltimore that was in a book of the Tarzan series. When he moved to Maryland from a remote corner in Asia to pursue his studies he had no real clue of how close Maryland was to Washington DC or Baltimore for that matter. And little did he know that one day he was going to cover a show by the man himself Marty Friedman in a venue located in the heart of Baltimore. The boy of course is none other than me.
Megadeth has been my favorite thrash metal band, since I discovered them at the age of 20! At the cost of sounding like a very old guy I must mention in my defense that back in the days before the internet, western music reached the developing world quite late. As an example, disco was huge in the late eighties and early nineties in the Asian subcontinent! Can you imagine that? I regretted not being able to attend the Baltimore show of the Inferno tour, and out of nowhere appeared this Wall of Sound tour. I was not sure if I would be able to attend this show until the very last moment. Thank you very much painkillers! Believe me, they do a phenomenal job of subsiding the pain associated with wisdom teeth extractions. Attending this show came with a lot of emotions and is a very personal story to me. Hence, contrary to my usual style of dedicating individual section of a review for each band, I will let this be a potpourri of personal emotions that I felt at the show. Continue reading
It was just last week that MARTY FRIEDMAN unveiled the details of his 13th studio solo album, ‘Wall Of Sound‘, which will be released on August 4, 2017 via Prosthetic Records. Now he is back with another killer announcement, he is all set to make a comeback for a headlining tour in support of his new album in The United States this coming August. He will be supported on tour by Houston’s top progressive outfit, SCALE THE SUMMIT, along with Madison, WI-based technical progressive three-piece, THE FINE CONSTANT. The tour kicks off in Philadelphia on August 2, just two days before ‘Wall Of Sound‘ is released, and has 22 shows lined up for fans to enjoy! Continue reading