Up Close and On Fire – Ep 14 – Friar’s Point and Black Dawn – CD Review

Another episode Kickazz is MIA only 9 more days kids. This week we put blues, metal and hard rock all in the same episode

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Up Close and On Fire Ep 13 – Robert Hunter and Eye On Attraction – CD Review

This week we introduce the new format. That’s right! Because of the overwhelming support. You asked for it you got it!!!!
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Up Close and On Fire Ep 12 – Dustin Douglas – CD Review

DUSTIN DOUGLAS

By CJ Marsicano

Dustin Douglas is a veteran guitarist/singer/songwriter from Wilkes-Barre, PA who has already racked up quite a few musical miles, both as one-third of the power trio Lemongelli, and as a guitarist with the Badlees after a personnel shift in 2009. Continue reading Up Close and On Fire Ep 12 – Dustin Douglas – CD Review

Adventures of Spitfire and Kickazz – Episode 1 – Philadelphia Adventure and Travel Show 2017

 

Today’s Episode took us to the city of Brotherly Love Philadelphia –

Check out this adventure for this is the FIRST in the 2017 season. Hope you enjoy.

Up Close and On Fire Ep 11 – Danielle – CD Review

DANI-ELLE
By CJ Marsicano

After a technology-postponed one-week delay, Up Front And On Fire returns not only right out of the starting gate, but making a bit of a left-field turn by featuring NEPA-born aspiring country artist Dani-Elle Kleha (who goes solely by her first name professionally).
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Up Close and On Fire – Crobot – CD Review

So far, all of the artists that have been featured on Up Front And On Fire have had two things in common: they’ve been from the Eastern Pennsylvania area, and they’ve had releases put out either on their own or though smaller micro-labels. This week, part of that streak gets broken, as our featured artist is part of the Wind-Up Records/Concord Music Group roster. Yes, that same Wind-Up that gave the world Evanescence, Seether, and Drowning Pool. Nice. Continue reading Up Close and On Fire – Crobot – CD Review

Up Close and On Fire – Corners of Sanctuary – CD Review

CORNERS OF SANCTUARY

 

The band for this week’s episode of Up Front And On Fire left me in a bit of a conundrum. I was presented with five of their releases to go through for this week’s episode of the show. Unfortunately, two of them were not properly tagged, so they couldn’t be reviewed. Bands, please double-check your ID3 tags in your mp3 files before you send them to radio stations, podcasts, and blogs, and submit your track listings to Gracenote as well if you’re sending CD copies to stations – it only takes five minutes to do this in iTunes. (ten if you’re careful with your typing!)

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Up Close and On Fire – Canedy – CD Review

CANEDY The name of Carl Canedy should not be unfamiliar to most metalheads, whether it is the drummer of the long-running metal trio The Rodz, or as a producer for such classic metal albums as Anthrax’s Spreading The Disease and Possessed’s Beyond The Gates. Continue reading Up Close and On Fire – Canedy – CD Review

Up Close and On Fire – Candlelight Red – CD Review

CANDLELIGHT RED
Written By CJ M.
Produced by Spitfire and Kickazz

 

Candlelight Red are a four-piece modern rock band from Williamsport, PA with two full-length albums and one EP to their credit. For this week’s episode of Up Front And On Fire, I’ve decided to concentrate on their most recent release, Reclamation, released in 2013 on the Imagen label. (The band is still active, having toured with a renewed vigor in 2016, and are planning new material in 2017, per a New Years Day post on their Facebook page.)

The quartet of vocalist Ryan Hoke, guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Edge, bassist/vocalist Jamie Morrat, and drummer Brian Dugan hits all the right touchstones for 21st Century mainstream modern rock – a vocalist that alternates between clean melodies and grimy screams with ease, downtuned guitar work that features tight crunchy rhythms and fluid leads, and drums that do their job of keeping the beat and knowing just the right places to bust out the right kind of fill.

 

The production on Reclamation is also listener friendly, enhancing the band’s main sound with ambient and unobtrusive keyboards, leaving Dugan’s drums dry and compressed for a truly heavy sound (rather than the excessive cement room echo sound from certain 80’s metal records), and occasionally throwing in a shade of reverb on Hoke’s vocals for emphasis. If this band doesn’t find themselves at a higher level in their career before 2017 ends, there’s something wrong.

 

Highlighted tracks:
Broken Glass

Like A Disease

Demons