Author: Coren McLeod

April Rose of Auditory Armory – the Interview

Auditory Armory initially began as the solo project of April Rose. Starting in 2011, the project became a full band with members Oscar (drums), Dennis (Guitar), and Justice (bass).  The band draws from many genres of music, including progressive, jazz, metal, alternative, thrash, and new age. “I didn’t want to be limited to just being an acoustic act…They help me realize even more the potential of my songs,” says April. April also hopes to touch on a personal nerve with her listeners: “I want to be honest with my lyrics. Some might say my music is dark, but a...

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Shaman’s Harvest Rocks Chicago

Shaman’s Harvest at Home Bar – Arlington Heights, IL, USA – January 20, 2016 Review by Coren E. McLeod There is good and ugly that can be seen almost every day. I have been doing this writing thing for about 3 months now for this wonderful magazine. Let me just say it has been a wonderful experience working with UnRated Magazine and I am truly happy with all of the opportunities I have been already given. However, on the night of Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, this particular event was filled with twists and turns. And I came out of it a better person. Now, I do not want to take anything away from the two amazing bands I saw that night. It just truly gets to me how one moment in time can change everything. So, now that I have that off my chest let me start off by saying that I became a fan of Sharman’s Harvest when I saw them open for Theory of a Deadman at Route 20 Outhouse in Racine, WI back in the summer of 2014. That was the summer where I truly had my heart broken. I was in a very loving relationship with a guy and we broke it off after 2 ½ years of dating. And to sound like everyone else out there, Theory of a Deadman’s music helped me through...

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Pop Evil Chicago Concert Review

Pop Evil Takes over Belvidere, Illinois on December 19, 2015 at The Apollo Theatre By Coren McLeod Being a girl from a small town, I can always appreciate when a big time act comes roaring through. I have established that I love all things rock. So, the fact that Pop Evil was putting on a show at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois on December 19th, 2015, I was there to see the popular band play to the little city. I have been a fan of Pop Evil for quite some time. I remember hearing the song, “Boss’ Daughter”...

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Meka Nism Live at Boondocks Pub in Springfield, IL

Meka Nism “The Tribe” Conquered Springfield, Illinois at Boondocks Pub Meka Nism and their Final Show with Trapt Tour on December 21st, 2015 Story by Coren E. McLeod There is a time and place for everything. That can simply mean this something truly amazing will happen. I have been on a major roller coaster ride this year. This thing called life has presented me with a ton of good and bad: 1) Another failed relationship that was a waste of time. (It was 5 months. I am not one to cry over spilled milk.) 2) A major career change....

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