HAZEN Releases Official Music Video for Stunning New Cover of SOUNDGARDEN’s “Black Hole Sun”

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Alternative Hard Rock Band HAZEN has released the official music video for their cover of the SOUNDGARDEN hit single “Black Hole Sun.”

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“We’re very excited to release our interpretation of this classic song. It has meant a lot to us and many others over the years. With his legacy, Chris Cornell has always been a contributing inspiration through his music. This is a tribute to him and what Soundgarden has done for us as musicians.” – Hazen

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Formed in 2017, Hazen from Gilbert, AZ raced into the Arizona Alternative Metal market by storm. They released their initial debut EP Undone on May 19th, 2017 which sprouted the beginning of their growth and reach in the Arizona music scene. Shortly after the release of Undone, the band shared the stage with bands like Kobra And The Lotus, Xandria, Letters From The Fire, Once Human, September Mourning, and Powerman 5000. On April 6th, 2018 the band released their second 5 song EP, This House, which proved to show they were nothing but ready for the years to come. Immediately following the release of This House, the band began a string of headlining shows in Arizona, and shared the stage with New Years Day, Stitched Up Heart, Rivals, The Scars Heal In Time, Doll Skin, Code Red Riot, and Gemini Syndrome. This House has caught the attention of tens of thousands of people with a combined over 160,000 YouTube views on their content within the first 30 days of release, and thousands of new fans worldwide. Hazen currently has a daily streaming reach of over 52 different countries with a new online streaming fan base in Europe that consists of over 1/2 of their total online streaming reach. Currently on their headlining Midwest Fallout Tour with more to come. This band has received a great deal of positive feedback and is looking to a promising future as a new name in Alternative Metal music.

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Train Tough it out Despite Rainy Night

On a rainy Friday night, the citizens of Pittsburgh (and a lot from Erie actually) toughed it out to see Train play what was close enough to be a hometown show for lead singer Pat Monahan who lived in Erie, PA as a kid.  With that being said, anticipation was high for them as they were about to take the stage, as for me on the other hand… I personally was unsure of what to expect.

 

As much as I never like to use the first person until the end of a review, I have to be honest and say I never listen to the radio, only my own music.  When listening to Train play the other night I’ve come to realize that anytime the radio did happen to be on my stereo, or any other time I walked into a grocery store, Train plays quite literally every other song… this is no joke.  My personal thoughts kept repeating and it sounded like a broken record, “I didn’t know they played this song.” “They play this song too?” “Really?  They play that song as well?” “So they play every song on the radio ever?”  At this point, I was unsure whether to be impressed because they had so many popular songs or to be kind of disappointed in a band that only plays catchy hit singles of their own.  One thing for certain, the crowd loved and sang along all night long with Pat and it seems as if they made a great career choice for themselves in the long run.

 

Upon watching Train’s performance, aside from the catchy songs that were being performed, and the guest appearances from the opening acts to help with a couple of songs (check setlist below), the performance by the band was somewhat boring.  This is not me being biased, just stating a fact that no one really moved around at all on stage except Pat, and even then all he did was walk side to side the whole time; there just wasn’t a whole lot of energy it seemed.  During the third song, he was taking people’s phones and taking selfies with them which was very cool of him, and later on the double guitar solo from Luis Maldonado was pretty great, but aside from those two things, the show relied on the display screen in the backdrop to entertain the crowd with images, colors, and lights.  That was a lie, there was one more interesting thing, Train played a song titled “Marry Me” so their bus driver could propose to his girlfriend mid-song on stage.  FYI she did say yes.

 

As we were getting towards the end of the show, and they came back out for their encore songs, they dedicated a song to the recently lost Chris Cornell and played a “Black Hole Sun” exactly as it is performed by Soundgarden.  Personally, it sounded great, the interest of everyone else though seemed as if they didn’t even know the song or even care about it because it was the complete opposite of every other song played that night.  It was kind of upsetting to not see any support for that song but more importantly, Chris Cornell.  Probably because everyone at the show had no clue what that song was.

 

To wrap this up the show was overall consistently good throughout the night, but was lacking in the true concert experience I felt as if nothing really stood out to me.  The same experience could have been felt by watching a youtube performance or just turning on the radio.  I give Train a lot of credit for creating so many catchy and popular songs over the past few years, I just wish the show would have been less of a “greatest hits” show and more of an actual performance.

All photos ©2017 Dave Mondine

 

Setlist:

  1. Drink Up
  2. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
  3. If It’s Love
  4. Angel in Blue Jeans
  5. Get to Me
  6. Save Me, San Francisco
  7. Calling All Angels
  8. Bruises (with Natasha Bedingfield)
  9. Meet Virginia
  10. Drive By
  11. Marry Me (with marriage proposal by Pat’s bus driver)
  12. Valentine
  13. You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simoncover) (with O.A.R.)
  14. Working Girl
  15. Mermaid / Shape of You / Cheap Thrills / Treat You Better / Lost and Found
  16. Hey, Soul Sister
  17. Play That Song

Encore:

  1. Black Hole Sun (Soundgardencover)
  2. Drops of Jupiter

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY ANNOUNCE THE “ENSLAVE AMERICA 2016 TOUR”/ @SmilingMoose 10/13

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August 18, 2016 — New Jersey metal titans FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY have announced another round of tour dates aptly called the “Enslave America 2016” tour. “We’re happy to get back out and do a headliner with some younger bands that are making moves,” says guitarist Pat Sheridan. “It’s been a good year so far, this tour will definitely add to that vibe.” Lorna Shore, No Zodiac and Face Your Maker have been tapped to support.

The band also just released a three way split with THY ART IS MURDER and THE ACACIA STRAIN via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Fit For An Autopsy included an all new track on that release titled “Flatlining” and covered the classic Nine Inch Nails song “The Perfect Drug.” Click here for more info.

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Fit For An Autopsy – “Absolute Hope Absolute Hell” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY released Absolute Hope Absolute Hell last year via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music and garnered some serious praise. 

“The band yet again elevates what the genre should and could be.” New Noise Magazine 5/5

“Fit For An Autopsy returns with their third full-length album, and it’s a beast.” 8/10 OUTBURN

“Absolute Hope Absolute Hell kills harder than Casey Anthony’s babysitting, and if you don’t pick this album up, you probably don’t even like metal in the first place.” METALSUCKS 5/5

“Absolute Hope Absolute Hell is simply the result of a band creating solidly punishing music.” DECIBEL 7/10 

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