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Abused Romance is an up and coming melodic rock act from Los Angeles that is a textbook case of a hard working band getting what they deserve. Through good old-fashioned grassroots work, the combo has secured a deal with Freeway Records – a label that will be distributed through Universal Music Group. PureGrainAudio recently spoke with Abused Romance vocalist and guitarist Meir Yaniv, and asked him what the key to the band’s early success has been.

Recently, we spoke with guitarist and vocalist Dave O’Rourke and got the skinny on 2Cents’ history. 2Cents is a Southern California quartet that most of PureGrainAudio readers are probably not familiar with yet, but that might change soon. Their blend of chunky guitars and hooky vocal melodies brings to mind Pantera in their more commercial moments. Their new album, Dress to Kill, just hit stores, and 2Cents also just hit the road…

“I’ve come to a point where I’ve discovered the positives and negatives of pain,” says Trapt frontman, guitarist and principal songwriter Chris Taylor Brown. “I really believe that the bad times in life really help to contribute to the good times in life and these lyrics embrace that. I much prefer to allow myself to feel everything as it comes, as opposed to maybe…

When Kid Rock and Cracker come calling to you asking if they could cover your underground cult hit, you know you have something special on your hands. Rehab’s “Bartender Song” aka “Sittin’ At A Bar” has become the decade’s premier ‘Bar Song’ with the help of rigorous touring, word-of-mouth, and good ‘ol fashion jukebox play at watering holes across the country.

With so many newer bands adopting a classic thrash approach these days, the metal scene is getting cluttered with a lot of third-rate Exodus wannabees. Luckily, there is an elite breed of groups (Municipal Waste, Violator) actually doing the sound justice. Japan’s lone thrash purveyors, Grief of WAR have built a buzz around themselves the old-fashioned way; by writing blistering material and getting praise from the…

Testament have overcome all sorts of adversity to become one of the most respected and heralded metal bands today. After dealing with cancer, record label woes and membership issues, the band has returned with their best album in years, The Formation of Damnation. After over a decade of exiting the Bay Area band, original lead guitarist, Alex Skolnick rejoined the fold and added his trademark solos to the album.

Have you heard UK based electro-rockers Pendulum yet? The band has been causing a stir overseas playing the festival circuit and opening the Projekt Revolution show which also features Linkin Park and Jay-Z. They formed in their home-town of Perth (Western Australia) in 2002, when producers Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen teamed up with acclaimed local DJ Paul ‘El Hornet’ Harding.

ASHES dIVIDE is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Billy Howerdel. Music fans know him as the founding member and producer of A Perfect Circle who featured Tool’s Maynard James Keenan on vocals as well as members of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age and Marilyn Manson. Rather than simply rest on the multi-platinum success of…

If you’ve been following the metal scene for the past few years, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the 80’s thrash renaissance. Legions of young bands from one side of the world to the other have pledged their allegiance to the groups who ruled the underground circa 1988. These new bands have more in common with Flotsam & Jetsam and Death Angel than they do with Disturbed or even, Every Time I Die.