Friday, June 18, 2010

Beast Selects Best Metal CD

The Revolution Music Label is pleased to announce THE release called the Beast Selects Best Metal CD. The CD is to Raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association World Wide. 100% of the  proceeds of all Profits will go to MDA. There are many great artists that have donated songs to this project. These artists include Kickaxe, Tommy Vitali, Warmachine, Shangren,  Skew Siskin, Angel of the Nightfall, Autumnis, Publik Parking, Agent Cooper, Warpath, Tony Smotherman  and many many more artists.

Digital Downloads of this CD will be available in June through most outlets. Hard pressed CDS will also be made available by The Revolution Music Label.

The Label also would like to thank Kelly Brightbill the artist that designed the special cover for the Beast Selects Best Metal CD and Willy "The Beast" Forrest for acting as artist liaison and choosing the artists for the CD.

The Revolution Music Label would also like to announce that a sampler of this special Project will be made available through the purchase of printed copies of July's issue of Vocals Magazine and would like to also thank its media associates for participating in this project world wide.

Friday, June 11, 2010

iPhone 4G Can Be Skipped

Last summer I joined the technologically advanced world of smart phones when I bought the iPhone 3GS.  The total package made financial sense, finally, and I jumped at getting it.  It's a year later and Apple has announced what the iPhone 4G is going to feature and when it's going to drop.  And even though I am very eligible to upgrade, the truth is that it's not worth it and I'll explain my reasoning.

The first thing I will say before going on is none of my reasons for not upgrading are connected to AT&T.  Everyone has been quick the bash AT&T and it's service to iPhone users and make that the backbone complaint.  What people need to realize that if one of the other companies had the exclusive rights to the iPhone as long as AT&T has then that network would be suffering from the same issues that AT&T is working on correcting.  So anyone who uses AT&T as a complaint is someone with just flat out dislike for the company.

As to my reasons to why you might want to skip the iPhone 4G, starting point would be the software update.  The long awaited multi-tasking is coming with iOS4.  Now you can multi-task, make folders to organize your apps instead of searching through pages to find the one you want, and personalize your iPhone with a background image.  But this software is going to be a free download and will work on the iPhone 3GS.  Sure the newer phone has the 4G chip [made by Apple], but I doubt it's that much faster than the 3G.

Second is the introduction of the front facing camera and the video conferencing feature that Apple is calling Face Time.  This feature was leaked a few months ago and upon reading up on it the truth is that it's all hype.  Face Time can only be used over WiFi and to iPhone 4G users.  So if your not near WiFi and/or the person you want to conference with does not have the iPhone 4G, then this feature is useless.  Plus it will be months if not a full year before app developers will be able to figure out how to properly and creatively use the front facing camera.

And there is NO memory increase with the iPhone 4G.  Last year the iPhone jumped from 16-GB to 32-GB, which was the big selling point for me last summer.  As Apple went through their presentation Monday introducing a better still camera, HD video capabilities with iMovies [editing software], and the addition of the iBookstore, we all figured a increase in memory was naturally coming.  But when the announced the memory size it was still just a 32-GB maximum.  How can you add HD capabilities with editing software and the availability of downloading books and NOT increase the memory size.  By not expanding to storage size to at least 64-GB is as big a lapse in judgment as leaving multi-tasking absent for so long.

The iPhone 4G has been overhyped and had features like the gyroscope tossed in to distract people from it's minor differences from to iPhone 3GS in hopes that those obsessed with "shiny and new" will run out to buy it and realize afterwards that they jumped the gun.  If your iPhone is first or second generation look into the iPhone 4G if you need to upgrade.  But if your a current iPhone 3GS owner, like myself, wait to see if a 64-GB or bigger version is announced or wait until the 2011 iPhone is released.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

YOU Pick The First and WIN A Signed Playlist

On July 7th THE ASYLUM will be debuting on and this is YOUR CHANCE to be part of internet radio history.

Every show takes note of the first song they play on a station and it becomes part of that shows history and lore.  Usually it's chosen by yours truly, Turbo, but I have decided to give one of THE ASYLUM's loyal lunatics a chance to decide this historic moment.

So here's what you do.  Send your name, location, and what song YOU think should be the first song played on THE ASYLUM's first show on to  Then you listen to THE ASYLUM Live on on Wednesday, July 7th from 2-5PM EST to hear if YOUR song is the first played after our opening.  If your song is chosen you will win a copy of that show's playlist SIGNED by yours truly, Turbo, AND be one of the first to have a sticker.

So get your suggestion in cause July 7th approaches quickly.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Do It At Release or Wait

Everyone who loves music has learned the best and most opportune times are to buy albums.  And we often wait, sometimes impatiently, for new material to be released.  Within the last 10-years bands began doing double releases; releasing a new album as a single album or as a deluxe/special edition that comes with bonus material.  Most music fans will buy the regular version while those obsessed with music, like myself, will spend the extra cash and get the deluxe/special edition for a few dollars more.  The versions of the album have been released on the same day until recent.

Bands are now starting to bother me with the deluxe/special editions by waiting months or even a year to release an album's second version.  When Killswitch Engage first released their 2006 album "As Daylight Dies" I made sure to buy it the week it came out as I am a fan of theirs [thanks to my brother] and buying a CD the week it's released guarantees a sale price.  Then a short time after they re-released the album as a special edition and only added one track; their cover of Dio's "Holy Diver".  I was beyond annoyed by this because I refused to repurchase the album despite how much I liked the cover.  And it's only gotten worse since.

In This Moment released their sophmore album "The Dream" in 2008 and then re-released it in 2009 as "The Dream (The Ultra Violent Edition) with two new tracks and radio edits of songs on the first version.  Why do a second disc of material as a deluxe/special edition after it's been released?  Why not just wait to release both versions at the same time or just hold the new stuff until the next album is released.  And it's still happening as just found out today that Lacuna Coil re-released their 2009 album "Shallow Life" as a special edition version in February of this year containing a disc of extra music and alternate cover art.  And I am actually thinking about buying it because I am a huge fan of theirs since discovering them.

But should I or any fan be tempted or even forced to buy a new version months later just because they feel like trying to pump more cash out of us? HELL NO!  While we do have the availability of iTunes to fill in gaps of bonus material from albums we already own, we should not have to do this for bands we like and support.  If a band is going to release a deluxe/special edition of an album then do it when it's scheduled for released and hold the stuff you come up with after it's released for the next new album.


Well my lunatics the time has come to announce the new home for your favorite internet radio show for EVERYTHING rock and metal. THE ASYLUM has relocated and is now part of those required to control the beast. And that beast is Bullspike Radio.

The beast is being unleashed on July 1st and can be found at Check it out now as it streams great rock and metal during it's pre-launch month. is simply rock and metal - NO BULL!

So the first Wednesday in July visiting hours restart in THE ASYLUM as we go LIVE from 2-5PM EST and will do so every Wednesday. Get your requests in for the first show on by e-mailing