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CD Review: Secret Secure S/T

San Antonio-based Secret Secure has a sound that will keep both the commercial radio listeners and the independent music listeners happy with a rock sound that takes just enough indie sound and mixes it with a very commercial feel to their music to create a style that will help the band gain a wide fan-base from fans of either style of music.

Secret Secure is a modern rock quartet made up of Alan Paul on lead vocals and bass, Dominic Cerna on guitar, David Work on guitar and Daniel Ross on drums. Together, this quartet has taken sixteen rockin’ tracks and created their 2012 self-titled album.

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Three years running and just getting better – Heavy MTL does it again

When I saw the line-up for this year’s Heavy MTL, I was floored by the fact that organizers somehow managed to top last year’s with bands of an overall much higher caliber. The sound was dead-on and the only minor technical glitch I noticed was with Billy Talent’s set; after their banner fell down and they didn’t bother to fix it (the show must go on!), the sound guy didn’t turn on the mic until about 15 seconds into their first song.

The organization was on the ball for preventing anyone from getting seriously injured, beer tent lines were reasonable and the stage set up was efficient. In fact, the only thing I could say the weekend was missing was a little more shaded area but that is just Parc Jean-Drapeau for you.

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Photo Essay: Heavy MTL throws down the gauntlet with its third installment and jumps on the path to festival domination

At the risk of taking away from any of the potential suspense that usually surrounds a review, with a line-up that included Motörhead, Anthrax, Billy Talent and KISS, it’s hard to imagine how Heavy MTL could have possibly gone wrong. And they didn’t.

From the moment the official schedule was released, it was obvious that Evenko was pulling out all the stops they could to make the third edition of Heavy MTL the best one to date. If the organizers’ hope was to continue on the path to establishing Heavy MTL as one of the most respected and unique rock/metal festivals in North America, they certainly contributed positively to their goal this year. Although, I must say, debuting a Heavy T.O. on the very same weekend, with many of the same bands on the bill, seemed strange. Why would you want to take a chunk of the annual crowd that would drive in from Ontario away from Heavy MTL?

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Rock News

The (international) music festivals are coming! First up: France’s Hellfest

Don’t you just love summer? Bars open up their patios, the weather is wonderful and, perhaps most excitingly, music festivals are in full force. We’ll of course be covering everything from NXNE to Vans Warped Tour, Osheaga and Heavy MTL, but I thought we’d kick off this pre-season with a spotlight on an international festival – HELLFEST.

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Live Rock and Roll

DISTURBED KICK OFF LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL IN MADISON, WI

Grammy-nominated hard-rock band Disturbed will launch the Music As A Weapon IV Tour — a music, tattoo and lifestyle festival. The event also features a collection of the greatest tattoo artists from around the country offering their talents; an extreme sports complex where freestyle motocross, BMX and Skate teams will perform; a Technology and Gaming Zone; and a Vendor Village. Disturbed will be joined on the 38-city, nine-week trek, which kicks off Mar. 20 in Madison, WI, by Killswitch Engage on the main-stage and other acts to be announced on the second stage. Music As A Weapon is now taking submissions from tattoo artists and festival vendors. Go to www.musicasaweapon4.com for more information.