Month: December 2016

Spotlights – Spiders E.P.

New bands pop up all the time, some make it to the upper echelons of stardom while others fade into oblivion; from the looks of it, I think Spotlights have a shot at the former. Right off the heels of their second release Tidals,  the band has released a new EP, entitled Spiders, which shows just how far their talent can go. Since I’ve never heard of them before I decided, as any good writer and music listener would, to check out their previous works, and their sound is definitely up my alley. It also introduced me to the phrases...

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2016: A Bluetint Perspective

It’s been an interesting 2016 for us here at Bluetint Magazine.  We’ve been hit hard, as I’m sure all of you have as well, by the events of this year, both political and musical, but we’ve also been able to have some fantastic conversations with people we love, got involved with a fantastic charity, saw some incredible live music and made a few new friends along the way.  I asked everyone to submit their top 3 records of the year, and everyone was able to keep it to paragraphs except for Foley, who ended up getting his own full post. Below is where we came in personally in 2016. Neil Chapman: Megadeth/Dystopia – Metallica, maybe the first three records. Anthrax, the four album Joey Belladonna run. Slayer, not so much anything. Megadeth. Everything. Dave Mustaine still brings it. The riffs, the leads, the sound, the sneer, the songs, all of it, all day every day. Dystopia delivers and is another knotch on the belt of elite progressive metal. Dave has his old buddy Dave Ellefson back on bass and his new buddy, Brazilian guitar monster Kiko Loureiro, playing guitar both live and on the record. With Dystopia, Megadeth has established themselves as THE Thrash Metal band for the ages. Dave Mustaine will play a special acoustic performance on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Hard Rock Café in Boston...

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2016 – The Season of My Discontent

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way–” Charles Dickens. A Tale of two Cities Happy Holidays from the great northern woods. The early snowfall, the sudden influx of blistering wind, the advent of thick socks, long sleeve layering pieces, and hats that now must cover ones ears or suffer the consequences, is now upon us hearty breed that choose this climate. Like the fools that choose their manipulative, allergic to truth, although fascinatingly beautiful ex’s over the possibility of healthy, stable, sane partners. We the frigid cold, runny nosed, and frost bitten toe surviving masses choose this beautifully cursed climate. Alas that’s a story best left for another time, another mind set, however, it is fitting that 2016 should end on such, with such an abrasive and painful reminder that the world we inhabit, and can find so much wonderment through music, the written word, art in its many mediums, and...

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