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Modern Day Escape: A Few Words with James Vegas

Fresh off the road after a tour with Wednesday 13 and Aiden, vocalist James Vegas of up and coming band Modern Day Escape took a few minutes' rest to talk about the new album, the band's rising star, and what it takes to live the rock and roll dream.
M. Drew: You're just about to wrap up a tour with Wednesday 13 and Aiden. How's it been out on the road? Have the crowds been good, and where were your favorite places to play?
James Vegas: The crowd's been very welcoming so far. It was a little slow to start but something happened when we hit Tempe, Arizona…all the crazy ass fans came out to play and we loved it. The crazier and more pumped the crowds are, the harder we rock. My favorite places to play are Denver, Colorado because it’s cheaper to get drunk out there cause of the altitude and Austin, Texas is fun, there’s lots of college kids there that wanna rage cage and Seattle, Washington because the coffee is delicious the fans are amazing and it’s so dreary cause of the weather…I feel like I’m in Gotham City or something and I wanna loom the streets and solve crimes and shit.

Album Review: Nothnegal - "Decadence"

Nothnegal’s debut LP “Decadence” is proof positive that the technological revolution of music sharing has made world a significantly smaller place. Originating in the Maldives, a tiny island nation off the coast of the Indian sub-continent, Nothnegal comes from a land of only three hundred thousand people, and no discernable history of heavy metal.

Album Review: Desaster - "The Arts of Destruction"

To call German black metal band Desaster “veteran” is to not be nearly descriptive enough. Desaster, and by extension their iconically idiomatic misspelling, are veterans in the sense that Ray Bourque was a veteran when he finally won the Stanley Cup with Colorado. Desaster has toiled in obscurity, experienced the highs and lows of success and marginalization, the tumult of frequent and varied roster changes, the dedication of valued fans and the prosecution by those who fail to understand, and, in short, has been around the block.

Album Review: Cocaine Mustache - "On the Mirror"

Cocaine Mustache is a hard partying, devil may care, free spirited rock and roll band bordering on metal and high on amps and distortion. The band endeavors to bring the listener a brand of music that is dirty and unrefined; party music for the sake of party music. Despite being a one-speed album, their effort “On the Mirror” is not a flank speed ahead affair. Rather, it is an album designed to plod forward at a sludgy pace, and makes up the difference in speed for size, appearing gigantic and impending over the horizon.

Album Review: The Devastated - "The Devil's Messenger"

Century Media records signed The Devasted based on a two-song demo. That is an incredible roll of the dice by an established music industry veteran, and a gamble that leaves little middle ground – it will either pay off handsomely, or result in the termination of the label’s association with the band.

Album Review: Pilgrim - "Misery Wizard"

Pilgrim’s “Misery Wizard” is an album that pays tribute to doom metal by concentrating solely on the singular root of the genre. Where modern doom metal acts like Candlemass, Type O Negative or Crowbar have injected fantasy, blues or visceral attitude to twist the genre to their liking, Pilgrim has added none of those embellishments.

Concert Review: Gigantour - Megadeth, Motorhead

Not so different from the halcyon days of Ozzfest or Lollapalooza, Gigantour has become an annual staple in the music community. At the same time, the tour is among the last of a dying breed. The preponderance of festivals and their emerging popularity has caused a sort of death to the travelling circus of large tours. Those that still exist, such as the Mayhem festival and, for those inclined, the Warp tour, have been corporatized and transformed into musical billboard advertisements.

Album Review: Lacuna Coil - "Dark Adrenaline"

"Dark Adrenaline" seems to find Lacuna Coil firmly back in old headspace What we see here is a collection of songs that is extremely smooth, slick with the oil of arranged writing and refined production. This would lead cynics to argue that the band has given themselves headlong to their perceived homogenization with radio alternative metal. Not only has that criticism always been largely unfounded, but “Dark Adrenaline” sees Lacuna Coil deviate back toward the idiom that made “Karmacode” a success.

Album Review: Goatwhore - "Blood for the Master"

I really thought I would hate this album. Goatwhore had done next to nothing for me along the entirety of their career, aside from occupying the conversational space where I would say to people, "well, if you can get by their name...they're not the worst band ever." Hardly gleaming praise.

Album Review: Hypno5e - "Acid Mist Tomorrow"

French experimental metal. Those words, placed together, likely strike fear into the hearts of music fans everywhere, as visions of maudlin, costumed performers searching for a solution to their self-serving ennui dance through the frontal lobes.

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