Saturday, December 18, 2010

Miss May I, School of Rock, 11.26.2010

Upon arriving at the School of Rock, I was a bit more excited than usual. On this night I had to make a decision; I was either going to attend a Bring Me The Horizon show, or I was going to go see Miss May I at the School of Rock and meet the guys before the show. Of course I was going to go to the Miss May I show, since I think I can say I’ve kind of seen them evolve, from playing a side stage at the Bamboozle festival, to opening and touring with The Devil Wears Prada, to headlining their own U.S. tour.

This is another band that has yet to disappoint. I like every song I’ve heard from them, and their live show is just pure energy. From start to finish there was never a dull moment for theses guys. Levi Benton is quickly becoming one of my favorite frontmen in heavy music theses days. Jumping all around stage and putting everything he had into that one show really speaks volumes about what this band wants to do. There’ s no flash of glam with this band--all they want to do is play music they love and have a great time doing it. With two studio albums under their belt they played variety of songs and every one sounded great. But when they band played the songs “Relentless Chaos” and “ Forgive & Forget” I though they were going to bring the house down. It’ s been a while since I’ve seen a crowed react they way they did for these two songs; it really was an awesome sight. Miss May I is definitely a band I'll never pass up the chance to see live.

The Miss May I management was great at helping me set up a photo opportunity for the station. I just want to thank them for everything they have done and cannot wait to work with them again.

- MoJo JoJo

Oceano, Crocodile Rock, 11.08.2010

If anyone has even ventured out to Allentown, Pennsylvania for a show at the Croc Rock, then you already know how amazing it is to see a band of Oceano's monstrous sound. To paint a quick picture: the size of Croc Rock's main floor stage is about the size of half a basketball court. This room was at full capacity when Oceano took the stage. Adam Warren, the vocalist, has a stage presence that just commands respect and attention. His larger than life size goes so well with his deep vocals and made you look twice when he started the set.

Oceano opened with an old sound to really get the room spinning, heavy breakdowns and heavy lyrics in a room packed full of kids waiting to see this band had everyone more than excited. Throughout the set there was a good mix of old and new songs. Seeing as how the band was just a day away from the release of their new album, Contagion, people were dying to hear more new songs, and the band was right there to offer them. One of the songs that really stood out and could be considered the band's single that they are pushing was a song named “Weaponized,” and it is amazing. Keeping right up with the Oceano style, I couldn’t wait to hear the rest of this album. The band played perhaps their most known song “District of Misery” last. From the opening riff to the final scream by Adam, hearing this song in this full-to-capacity room left me with a memory I will never forget. This is one of the hardest working bands, constantly touring and playing shows almost every night. I’m happy to have met the guys from Oceano and will continue everyday to tell people about this band to help them blow up and gain the respect of the heavy music community.

Once again thanks for everyone who made this trip possible, including Oceano's management, who were great and easy to work with.

- MoJo JoJo

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne + Halford, Madison Square Garden, 12.01.2010

"Let me see your beautiful hands!"

Rock legends Rob Halford and Ozzy Osbourne rocked Madison Square Garden this Wednesday with the aid of their respective talented band members. The crowd spanned several generations, from the man with the snow-white mustache seated in front of us who whipped out a lighter during "Mama I'm Coming Home" to the small child dancing a row back, who seemed to know the majority of the words to most of Ozzy's songs. Several WSOU staffers, graduated and current, dotted the crowd as well. The show began at 8 p.m. on the dot and continued well past 11, with near-constant entertainment for the crowd.

Halford took the stage first as the opening act, performing several songs of their own as well as a variety of cover songs. Rob Halford proved that he's still got that epic voice, screeching his way through the opening track, "Resurrection," before bringing in that constant interplay of growl and metal legend wail throughout the entirety of his energetic set. The 59-year-old Judas Priest veteran blazed through several tracks before stopping to chat with the audience, thanking them very sincerely and introducing the cover songs that he subsequently launched into--these tracks included a Fleetwood Mac cover, a reinterpretation of Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust," and the Judas Priest track "Jawbreaker." After a few more songs, the band members took a group bow, and exited the stage, having gotten the crowd suitably excited for the arrival of the Prince of Darkness.

Before Ozzy took the stage, the audience was treated to a short film that green-screened the sometimes-actor into several movie and TV scenes, which included an Ozzy Avatar, a fight with The Jersey Shore's Snooki, and a scene from Twilight (including the line: "Vampires are p*****s. I'm the Prince of f****n' Darkness!"). The real Ozzy then took the stage, totally conscious of his status as a rock giant, and began to whip up the crowd, starting with the promise that the louder the crowd was, the longer he would keep playing. He then launched into "Bark at the Moon," followed by his newest single, "Let Me Hear You Scream," and a series of tracks interspersed with interludes wherein he would attempt (successfully) to rouse the crowd to make as much noise as possible. The front few rows and the stage itself became a splash zone at several points during the evening, as the singer was given access to a foam-shooting hose and frequently stuck his head in buckets of water that were on the stage, the contents of which were flung into the crowd at the end of the show. Ozzy was in his element, singing, clapping, and smiling as he went through hit after hit. He threw in some Black Sabbath songs, as well, including "Fairies Wear Boots," "War Pigs," and "N.I.B." in the first half of the show.

Shortly after introducing his band members (Gus G. formerly of Firewind [lead guitar], Rob Nicholson [bass], Tommy Clufetos [drums], and Adam Wakeman [keyboard, guitar]), Ozzy took a brief break, during which his band showed off their musical chops with some soloing. Gus G. performed some fancy fretwork and Tommy Clufetos' earned the title of the smiliest damn drummer I've ever seen, keeping the crowd entertained while their singer took a breather. Then he was back with "Iron Man" and several other tracks, including "Flying High Again," Black Sabbath's "Into the Void," and what was ostensibly his closing track, "Crazy Train." He then led the crowd in a chant of "one more song," after which he performed "Mama I'm Coming Home," and then teased the crowd again before rounding out the evening with Black Sabbath's "Paranoid."

Really, though, Ozzy really just wants you to clap your hands, as he reminded the crowd during the instrumental portions of every song--either appealing to metal harshness ("Put those f*****g hands in the air!") or fondness for his audience's enthusiasm ("Let me see your beautiful hands!"). The Prince of Darkness is clearly still kicking and, as he said during the show, "still f*****g crazy."

- G-Rated

(Complete setlists for Halford and Ozzy Osbourne from

Thursday, November 11, 2010

UnderØath and A Day to Remember, Asbury Park Convention Hall, 11.05.2010

First I just want to thank the whole UnderØath band and crew for being supportive of the station—it was great to meet these guys and really know that bands are also fans of the station. Going down to Asbury Park brought back a lot of great memories from when I was younger. Going to Convention Hall for the “Skate and Surf” three-day festival was great time for me, so it was a blast being able to return here. I got to the show about an hour early because we had set up a picture with the band UnderØath, which was amazing. During this time I was able to have a few words with the guys in the band and they all had the same idea about New Jersey—they loved it. Playing a show in Jersey is a whole different thing for most bands, and this tour featured two bands that happen to be from Florida, but love New Jersey. UnderØath came out on stage full of energy and in a way seemed like they had something to prove. With the departure of long time drummer and last original member, Aaron Gillespie, the band looked like they were giving all they had to please the Jersey kids. They did this without fail. The band played old and new songs, really had a great mix, even playing two songs off the new album that came out on November 9th. It really took the crowed by surprise to see that lead vocalist, Spencer Chamberlin, could take on all of the duties he had inherited, including the clean vocals. All the songs coupled together with a fantastic light show and a video montage of clips that seemed to be very random but just added to their amazing stage presence. UnderØath for some reason always leaves you wanting more at their shows, and this is not a bad thing at all. I would see UnderØath every day if this were possible; they never put on a bad show, and I have yet to hear a song I didn’t like. They are an amazing band and amazing people.

The headliner for the show was A Day to Remember, and this was their very first headlining tour. They had a huge stage with which to prove they earned this opportunity, and they didn’t disappoint. The band coming out and getting the crowd into it from beginning to end was a great sight to see. I remember seeing A Day to Remember years ago playing a small venue in north Jersey to a crowd that fell in love with them. Those fans gave their all, and so did the band. I think this could be a good reason why A Day to Remember loves playing in New Jersey and even named one of their songs off their “Homesick” album after New Jersey. The set included confetti blasters and the band members with huge smiles on their faces, as vocalist Jeremy McKinnon gave out huge thanks between every song, along with praise to the crowd for going all out nonstop during the set. When they slowed it down, you could see that the band really means every word of their songs, and lives by their messages. They also have a new album coming out named “What Separates Me From You” due on November 15th, and I cannot wait to pick it up after hearing a new song at the show. A Day to Remember is a very hard-working band, touring nonstop and always taking time to talk to fans, and still finding a way to put out great albums and amazing live shows. I can’t wait to see them again when they come to New Jersey.

All together this is an amazing tour, it was an amazing show and I highly suggest that everyone go out to see these bands and pick up their new albums. They have never let me down and I’m sure they won’t let you down either. Support local and live music and keep the New Jersey scene alive, because bands love coming here to play unforgettable shows. I’d also like to thank WSOU for making it possible for me to go to these shows.

- MoJo JoJo

Sunday, November 7, 2010

11.05.2010: Underoath

WSOU's own MoJo JoJo at Underoath / A Day to Remember at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey last Friday. He snagged this photo with the dudes from Underoath at their tour bus before the show! Stay tuned for a review of the concert, coming this week.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New England Hardcore and Metal Festival Day 2

If you thought day 1 of the New England Hardcore and Metal Festival sounded fun, then you're in for quite the ride on day 2. That Guy and I hit up the Palladium at 12:00 PM after eating a very awesome breakfast. When we got there, we met up with some of the industry people to talk about last night, and met a few cool people who actually came from Jersey (and even recognized our voices!!!). After getting all settled, we headed upstairs to the second stage to see SWASHBUCKLE absolutely tear it up. Kids were going nuts even at 12 in the afternoon, it was awesome to watch them. Swashbuckle in case most of you aren't familiar with, is a very heavy thrashy pirate band based out of NJ with some of the funniest songs you will ever hear. After that, we ventured downstairs to the main stage to get a glimpse of some new prospective bands that you may hear on our station. First was Lecherous Nocturne, a very heavy blackened death metal band that paved the way for the rest of the heavy bands to follow. After them, a band from Britain, which ironically it was their first tour in America, named MALEFICE, came on. Malefice in my opinion, was one of the best sounding bands of the day, and yes I know, how can I say that over such bands as cannibal corpse and amon amarth, but they were very tight in their sound, and the pits they had going for them were HUGE!!! Definitely a great set they put on with their Unearth style breakdowns.

After them, a band named PERIPHERY performed. Now PERIPHERY is a new and upcoming band off of Sumerian Records who has one of the most unique styles I have ever heard. They jsut released their very highly anticipated self titled debut this past week, so I was very excited to see them. You could have blasted their CD over the speakers and I never would have known the difference because that's how crisp they sounded. Vocalist Spencr Sotelo, who has an amazing voice, hit those high notes just like he did on the record. They were another one of my favorites for the day.
When that set was over, we headed outside of the venue to start interviewing all the bands we had set up for the day. That guy interviewed SWASHBUCKLE at 3PM while I sat down and talked with Alex Wade of WHITECHAPEL, who actually played as a special guest on the small second stage at the Thursday night pre party. Alex was a pleasure to interview, we spoke about the new tour, how excited they are to put out their new album A NEW ERA OF CORRUPTION, and plans they have for the future. When that was all said and done, it was time to head back to the parking lot where all the other bands were hanging out and doing interviews. We hung out with some industry people as well to kill time before I got the opportunity to hang out with MUNICIPAL WASTE before interviewing Dave Witte. Prior to NEHMF, my cousin Stan (the guy who got me into metal when i was a little kid) and I were talking about the show, and i mentioned MUNICIPAL WASTE to him and how i would be interviewing Dave. He then told me that him and Dave were really good friend from back in the day when they used to play in bands together and hang out at shows. Normally my cousin likes to blow smoke at me, so i didn't believe him. But low and behold, when i met Dave all we did was talk about my cousin and the crazy stories from their past before we actually did our interview. He even gave me a tittie twister, a message my cousin Stan told him to relay to me!!! While we were talking, Gun face from THE RED CHORD was walking by and he came Ive to talk to Dave, so we all just sat there and talked for a while before we all parted ways. I even got a chance to meet up with Guy and Greg of THE RED CHORD and hung out. We talked about our interview back in march and there stay in Jersey when we last saw each other.

At this point, I was starving, so we headed down an UNO's near the venue, which apparently was the hot spot hangout for all the bands. While That Guy and I were eating, We saw Ryan Waste come in and sit down to eat, then AMON AMARTH came in and sat down to eat, then finally CANNIBAL CORPSE came in to sit down and eat. This was pretty much any metal fans dream to be surrounded by these bands while they were out of their element just being normal chill guys eating and drinking before they went on to perform. It was getting closer to another interview, so we headed back to the parking lot where we met up with the guys from SWASHBUCKLE by their car to hang out and kill some time. Now picture a bunch of metal dudes at a show blasting Eminem and Rick Astley from their car. Not a scene you could fathom right? Well lets jsut say that party cleared out the parking lot because us boys from Jersey had to represent, and do some thin different. We even attempted to get Doc and Dallas Coyle of GOD FORBID to join the party, but apparently they were too cool for us.
After all those shenanigans, I went to go meet up with Johnny from JOB FOR A COWBOY to do another interview, while That Guy met up with the dudes from CATTLE DECAPITATION. The JOB FOR A COWBOY interview went fairly well, they had just come from playing a show the night before at the school of rock in south hackensack, NJ. When that was over, I got a chance to meet up the Jake Bowden of PERIPHERY for an interview. Now one of the best feelings in the world has got to be when a band member tells you how excited they are that they are being interviewed by WSOU because they grew up listening to this station and it is such an honor to them that they have to share it with their family. Jake was such a cool guy, we talked about the path PERIPHERY has made and the future for them and how excited they are to just keep moving forward.

Finally, it was time to stop doing "work" and interviewing bands, and finally have some fun and start moshing it up. I ran inside, dropped off all my audio recording stuff, and just jumped right into MUNICIPAL WASTE. Seeing them perform on the very small second stage was the best, because I just stage dived and moshed all that my heart desired. They opened up with wolves of cherynobly, off their new album Massive Aggressive, and played a few cuts off that, and as well as from Born to Party and Hazardous Mutation. Tony has so much energy on stage, as well as the rest of the guys. At one point when i was jumping on and off stage, I gave Dave a high five and jumped right back in. The crowd was going absolutely insane, and I can safely say after going crazy to them, no matter how many times I see them, MUNICIPAL WASTE will always indeed "Fuck you up..." The only disappointment about this set was that THE RED CHORD was added on that thursday as a special addition, and they were on at the same time as MUNICIPAL WASTE.

Now it was time for the rest of the Main stage acts to go on. That Guy and I did not stick around to listen to ELUVITIE, a folk metal band that really did not catch our attention at all. After them was WHITECHAPEL. Now, I think I profess my disdain for most deathcore all the time being that I am a huge old school death metal and thrash fan. I will admit, I have seen WHITECHAPEL before, but their performance on saturday topped their last one, and it was one of the most brutalest performances of the weekend. Kids were going absolutely insane for these guys. The ninjas were definitely in full force in the pit, which erupted throughout the whole floor. Essentially it was a 35 minute breakdown, but I cannot take away from these guys how much effort they put into commanding the crowd and just destroying it. Props to WHITECHAPEL.

Following them was JOB FOR A COWBOY. I am a fan of JOB FOR A COWBOY, more so their newer release Ruination vs. their older releases. I was excited to see them perform for a third time. But they did not satisfy me. Johnny was even sluggin on a bottle of whiskey in between songs. I started moshing during their set like normal until they started throwing in their older songs, and the ninjas came back out of the woodwork and I took a foot to the back of the head.

When that was finally over, AMON AMARTH came out to take of the open seas of people and claim their holy grail. The guys of AMON AMARTH are very intimidating pepole to begin with, and it showed through their music. Their set and music had been stuck in our head the rest of the night because of their catchy songs that are a mix of beauty and heavy. Most of their set consisted of songs from Twilight of the Thunder Gods, but the song that stuck out to me the most was The Cry of the Black Birds, because of the sheer epicness of it. They came out to an encore after disappearing into a blue cloud of smoke, and epicly returning to keep slashing.

And finally, at 12AM, it was time for the legends known as CANNIBAL CORPSE. Now, before I talk about them, I want to bring up a point. Almost every person at the show was seen wearing a CANNIBAL CORPSE t shirt, so you knew it was going to be packed for them, but when it was time for them to go on, the place was pretty much empty! I was shocked and disappointed, but it still wasnt going to stop me from throwing down in the pit. They opened up with Scalding Hail off their new album evisceration plague. And after that, they just tore right through their older catalog of songs ( even playing sentenced to burn, one of my favorites!!!) I have seen CANNIBAL CORPSE numerous times, but it seemed that George Fischer was not as into it as he normally was. Between the sound problems that halted them in between songs, the lack of crowd support, and the lateness of their set it definitely had an affect on his performance. But he still gave it his all and CANNIBAL CORPSE reminded me yet again why no matter how old they get, they still are one of the best.
All in all, New England hardcore and Metal Festival was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I recommend anyone try and go at least once in your life.





BAND MISSED WE WISH WE SAW: Through the Eyes Of The Dead

New England Hardcore and Metal Festival Day 1

New England Hardcore and Metal Fest might be the most diverse metal music festival in the area. Sure there are death fests, Bamboozles, Warped Tours and Mayhem festivals, but this two day monster has everything from death metal, grindcore, hardcore, punk, thrash and everything in between. Held at the Palladium in Worcester Massachusetts the 3 day event (April 22nd-25th) was one of the largest most epic of its kind.

The first day, which we unfortunately missed featured two soon to be power houses, Thy Will Be Done of Providence Rhode Island and surprise guest White Chapel. I did not arrive until the beginning of the Doomriders set early into the second day. The band, featuring Nate Newton of Converge on guitar/vocals, set a really strong tone with a combination of doom and hardcore/punk influence. I then switched the indoor side stage, reminiscent of Dingbatz/CBGB’s combination for the hardcore legends Earth Crisis and Cro-Mags. They did not disappoint with a tight sound, stage dives, gang vocals and a pit only a New York hardcore family could love.

Once we were done with the legends I immediately sprinted to see, essentially a tour that just passed through the area, (as I call it, suddenly the music industry has a huge wood for us so only listen to us and buy our CDs tour) Baroness, BTBAM and Mastodon. However many people forgot one of the funniest acts in metal today, Valient Thorr. With a punky thrash vibe similar to that of Municipal Waste, the shirtless Valient thrashed like a dying seal on stage to the delight and disgust of everyone at the venue. Most of the songs are not airable, so WSOU sticks to Red Flag off their latest album Immortalizer.

Next up was Baroness. I must say I did not understand the fuss surrounding this band until I saw them. Combining powerful vocal stylings with pure energy, heart and a genuine love of music, Baroness really stole the show from the headliners. The sound was the most clear and crisp of any bands that had performed that day, playing many tracks off their highly critically acclaimed release Blue Record, most prominently songs like Jake Leg and The Sweetest Curse. After the set, lead singer John Baizley proclaimed his love for the fans, imploring people to talk to them because they are normal people and would rather watch music then be on stage… something that stuck with me for the remainder of the weekend.

Finally was the combination of Between the Buried and Me and Mastodon. Both put forth underwhelming performances with lackluster crowd participation at best. BTB&M had the crowd going but extended their drawn out instrumental and spoken vocal parts, sapping energy from the crown. They also played only one song off Alaska and one song off Colors in over an hour set. The mix was way too loud and there did not seem to be the same effort from bands that I had seen all day. To make matters worse, Mastodon sound was terrible. played the entire Crack The Skye album, which started off so poorly with Oblivion, but improved for the rest of the album. Lead singer Troy Sanders almost refused to sing into the microphone, destroying what are normally beautiful harmonies. Mastodon did eventually start to sound better vocally, instrumentally they were completely on point saving what could have been considered a waste of two and a half hours. However the band disappeared from the stage after the completion of Crack the Skye only to come out and play a one song encore only to disappear again. The show ended half an hour earlier than expected and needless to say many fans went home disappointed.

These exploits are only day one of the adventure that was New England Hardcore and Metal Fest. Steve Straq will talk about day two with some of the most brutal bands of the past and present, as well as the SEVEN band interviews we conducted. For now I leave you with the breakdown of the Friday that was metal fest.


WORST PERFORMANCE: Between the Buried and Me



BAND MISSED WE WISH WE SAW: Death Before Dishonor

Friday, March 19, 2010

Killswitch Engage @ Irving Plaza 3/18/10

Everyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Killswitch Engage. Every time they come around, I always try to see them. Thursday night I was lucky enough, at the last minute after it had been announced the show was sold out, to once again catch them in the city. Thursday night at Irving Plaza was no typical Killswitch show, though. For the fifth time, I saw this band like I never have, and probably never will, again.

Before I get to KSE, I have to mention the first opening band, Dark Tranquility. For the most part, I am relatively unfamiliar with DT so I went into their set wondering how they would be. Within the first few seconds of Ghost Town, their set opener, I was blown away. They continued to impress me right until the very end. They had a hard, edgy sound mixed in with a few melodic parts, perfect for moshing and even singing along at some points. They brought a great energy with them and I couldn’t ask for a better opening band. I will definitely be checking them out more in depth.

The Devil Wears Prada was up next. Again, it was my first time seeing them and they did not disappoint. When they hit the stage, everyone went nuts. Literally nuts. Keep in mind a sold out show at Irving Plaza, which is probably no bigger than my basement, means pandemonium. Everyone got moving, pits grew huge, and the crowd surfing commenced. I enjoyed TDWP’s set, but not so much being moved around the entire floor. I did get a kick out of the lead singer’s Penguins shirt, which just shows that after all this fame and glory, these musicians are just your average Joe. TDWP played a nice mix of their older material along with some newer songs and I’m sure everyone had a great time while they were on stage.

Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for. Killswitch Engage took the stage to roaring shouts and cheers, except this time without their soulful, beloved Howard Jones. It has still not been explained why Jones had to unexpectedly leave the tour for personal reasons. In his place was Phil Labonte, singer of All That Remains and good friend to KSE. I’ve seen Phil before in his natural environment with ATR, but seeing him standing there with KSE was pretty awesome. I will admit things were very well rehearsed for him jumping onto the tour last minute and learning all the songs. His voice was just as great as it always is live and he was probably the best fill in for KSE. Adam, as usual, flaunted a cape and an “interesting” getup, while the rest of the band sported hairy, scraggly beards or hair. The chaos continued for Killswitch’s set, but this time I avoided it in the back of the room.

In the middle of their set came yet another surprise guest: Jesse Leach himself, the original KSE singer. How is that for a real treat! Leach and Labonte sang together for a song, which was cool. Right after that Killswitch played a few songs straight from Alive or Just Breathing while Leach continued to take over. This was an awesome experience to see Leach perform with the rest of KSE. He sounded great, just like he did all those years back. Overall I thought their performance was tight, well put together, fun, energetic, and just plain fantastic. Here is their set list:

Opened with: Rose of Sharyn
When Darkness Falls
A Bid Farewell
This is Absolution
My Last Serenade
Numbered Days
Self Revolution
Vide Infra
Temple Within
My Curse
Take this Oath
The End of Heartache
Encore: Prelude
Life to Lifeless
Fixation on the Darkness

The encore was, by far, the best part. Leach came back again after handing the mic back to Labonte, and performed a few more AOJB tracks. The coolest thing was Adam actually switched over to drums for these songs, so I witnessed the original lineup of my favorite band. It was beyond belief awesome. Everyone in the crowd was excited and really upbeat for Jesse and it was so nice seeing him perform. Life to Lifeless was fantastic live with Jesse. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs off that album and I was stoked to hear it, as was everyone else. I will never get tired of hearing Heartache either, which will always be my favorite KSE song. Overall, fantastic show. One that you definitely did not want to miss and one that will go down in history.

By: Gabby Canella
Photos courtesy of Will Hawkins Photography

Friday, February 26, 2010

DJ Profile: Jet Force Gemmani

: Jet Force Gemmani

Hometown: Warwick, RI

Favorite Bands: Slipknot, Metallica, All that Remains, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, Atreyu, Rise Against, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Tool, and Primus.

Hobbies: I like to play video games, watching sports (favorite teams are the Yankees, Cowboys, Celtics, Bruins, New England Revolution, and Chelsea), and listening to music (alternative 70’s and 80’s rock and roll and metal).

Favorite WSOU Experience: First time DJing is probably on the top of my WSOU experiences. It was very awesome being in the captain's chair for the first time. Playing your favorite songs and playing the songs of all the callers was just a thrill that I won’t soon forget.

About: I got my DJ name when I was an AP. It’s a play on the old Nintendo 64 game "Jet Force Gemini", it probably suits me because second to being at WSOU, I like to play video games. I love rock music, and you can probably catch me listening to STP, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Cage the Elephant etc… However, you can also see Jet Force Gemmani banging his head and playing air drums, air guitar and even air cowbell if the occasion calls for it while listening to WSOU!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DJ Profile: Colonel Terror

: Colonel Terror

Hometown: Neshanic Station, NJ

Favorite Bands: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Testament, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, At The Gates, Lazarus A.D.

Hobbies: Playing guitar, singing for Lord Machino ( reading, being metal, creating chaos

Favorite WSOU Experience: Moshing with Steve Stracq in the hallway, and getting beaten up at a Dingbatz show and getting free tickets out of it.

About: Colonel Terror is everything that embodies The Metal. In fact, before Jack Black, Colonel Terror was supposed to the voice for Eddie Riggs in Brutal Legend. Colonel Terror’s band also opened for Poison, Slayer, and Wyld Stallionz. Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame also believes him to be the next big thing. No lies. But seriously, Colonel Terror is so metal, a bunch of fistpumpers got in a fight over him wearing a Slayer shirt to one of their clubs.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Through the Eyes of the Dead LIVE On This Friday's Pirated Advance


Through the Eyes of the Dead's new album, "Skepsis", doesn't drop till 2/2, but this Friday, you can hear it on the Pirated Advance.


Vocalist Danny Rodriguez will be live with Sheigh Hey Hey from 9-10 p.m. on the 1/29 edition of the Pirated Advance. Tell your friends and listen in - because how often do you get to hear an advanced record while the artist talks about it?


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South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will team up with the nation's largest college radio station — WSOU in South Orange, New Jersey — for a radio premiere of their new album, "Skepsis", in its entirety on their specialty show, "Pirated Advance", this Friday, January 28 at 9 P.M. EST. The album will hit the streets on Tuesday, February 2 via Prosthetic Records.

"Pirated Advance" host Sheigh Perkins will be joined by THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD's vocalist Danny Rodriguez. During the evening listeners will be able to tune in for an hour's worth of new music as well as an exclusive interview with Danny regarding the new release, upcoming developments with the band and the concept behind "Skepsis" from start to finish.

People in the New York metropolitan area can tune their dials in to 89.5 FM this Friday between 9 and 10 p.m. (EST). People outside of the area can tune in online at and can catch the broadcast. Fans can also request their favorite tracks from "Skepsis" by calling (973)761-9768, or via AOL Instant Messenger at WSOUrequests.

"Skepsis" is the first THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD album to feature new vocalist Danny Rodriguez, drummer Mike Ranne and guitarist Chris "Hank" Henckel.

Commented guitarist Justin Longshore: "Our new record, 'Skepsis', finally captures the sound we've always envisioned. We really wanted to raise the bar with this one but also keep the consistency that THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD is known for. Overall, everyone has become better at their instruments and it really shows on the record. I have no doubt in my mind that new and old fans of the band will be pleased when they hear it!"

"Skepsis" track listing:

01. Parasite Throne
02. Dementia
03. No Haven
04. Perpetual Defilement
05. Inherit Obscurity
06. The Manifest
07. Defaced Reality
08. Siphonaptera From Within
09. Insomnium
10. Skepsis

Thursday, January 21, 2010

DJ Profile: E-Bish

: E-Bish

Hometown: Denville, NJ

Favorite Bands: The Descendents, Sublime, The Slackers, Pepper, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett

Hobbies: Playing Guitar/ Bass, The Beach, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Pretty much anything outdoors.

Favorite WSOU Experience: Interviewing Marky Ramone live In-Studio during one of my DJ Shifts.

About: I originally came to WSOU as a transfer student from CCM. I have been a fan of WSOU since high school, when I started tuning into Punk University - a show which I now host (every Tuesday, 8-10pm).

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

DJ: The Melldawg

: The Melldawg

Hometown: Fairfield, CT

Favorite Bands: Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Trivium, Evergreen Terrace, Chimaira, Sepultura, Soulfly, Black Sabbath and Slipknot

Hobbies: Music, video games (READ: schooling The Scarecrow at NHL 10), and attempting to play guitar, unsuccessfully.

Favorite WSOU Experience: WSOU experience: the shows I’ve been to for WSOU, namely Lamb of God/ GWAR, Trivium/Chimaira/Dirge Within, and Hatebreed/Chimaira.

About: I started working at the station in the summer of 2009, and I haven’t looked back since. Follow me on Twitter!

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

DJ Profile: Irish Mike

: Irish Mike

Hometown: Haddon Heights, NJ

Favorite Bands: Flogging Molly, Anti-Nowhere League, Dead Kennedys, Blanks77, Animal Collective, Green Day (89’ to 95’), US Bombs, Strike Anywhere

Hobbies: Editing music, repping the dirty South Jersey, working hard and playing harder, DJing a million hours a week

Favorite WSOU Experience: DJing Punk University as my first DJ shift ever, Flogging Molly at Hammerstein Ballroom

About: I’m an accounting student from South Jersey. Music and school dominate my life. I’m a strange dude but people put up with me.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

DJ Profile: Alexandra

: Alexandra

Hometown: Delaware, NJ

Favorite Bands: Volbeat, Clutch, E-Town Concrete, The Beatles

Hobbies: Reading, writing, collecting vinyl

Favorite WSOU Experience: Pranking with WSOU alumni! Example: Helping George Roskos make popcorn to tick off Eaglerock (who hates popcorn) while he was teaching the class for new WSOU staffers!

About: I’m a fun loving Scorpio who loves walks on the beach, video games... Oh, wait! Wrong website to post this on!

But for real -- I’m a senior, Diplomacy major, which may be the furthest thing from radio, but I like it. I was also brought up on classic rock and Caribbean music, but I have been converted somewhat to metal by working here. I do plan on working radio into my career in the future, which currently includes being a Foreign Service Officer.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WSOU takes Montclair this week!

Meet DJs, Win WSOU Prizes!!

WSOU is coming to Montclair! Join WSOU DJs and staff as we broadcast live from the brand new Smashburger restaurant, 15 Bloomfield Ave in Montclair, New Jersey. “The Wiz” will be there Noon – 2p.m. on Thurs. Jan. 14 and “E. Bish” and “The Wiz” will be there noon to 2 p.m. on Sat. Jan. 16. Come visit with WSOU, spin our prize wheel and savor a smashburger!

DJ Profile: Tim Dooley

: Tim Dooley

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Favorite Bands: Metallica, Porcupine Tree, Type O Negative

Hobbies: Reading and hanging out mostly

Favorite WSOU Experience: Flying to California to cover SHU men's basketball. Going to away games is awesome.

About: Hey! My name is Tim Dooley and I am the host of The Tim Dooley Show. I am also a member of the WSOU sports staff. I have been all over the country covering the men’s and women’s basketball teams. When I am not on air or studying, I am cheering on Seton Hall sports, and the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. LET'S GO PIRATES!

(Up next: Alexandra - to see all of our DJ profiles, check out!)

Monday, January 11, 2010

DJ Profile: Maria Burks

: Maria Burks

Hometown: Sammamish, WA

Favorite Bands: Nine Inch Nails, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Five Finger Death Punch, Gallows, Hatebreed

Hobbies: Seeing as much music as possible!

Favorite WSOU Experience: Backstage at Mayhem Fest with Adam Duce of Machine Head, in Dragonforce's dressing room, meeting Jim Root of Slipknot in full costume before Slipknot's set.

About: "So throw diamonds in the sky, we'll stay gold forever" (Diamonds Aren't Forever- Bring Me The Horizon) Follow me on Twitter and check out my music blog at

(Up next: Tim Dooley - to see all of our DJ profiles, check out!)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

DJ Profile: Ally Vila

: Ally Vila

Hometown: Tenafly, NJ

Favorite Bands: Guns N Roses, Brand New, Blink-182

Hobbies: Listening to Joe Murray the Great explain why Chinese Democracy was worth the wait

Favorite WSOU Experience: Staff Karaoke at Cryan's Beef & Ale House

About: I'm a senior at Seton Hall and have been at WSOU since my sophomore year. I have way too many WSOU memories to recount, but just know it's one of the best places EVER to work!

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

DJ Profile: Joe Murray the Great

: Joe Murray the Great

Hometown: Hawthorne, NJ

Favorite Bands: Too many to pick from - I'll go with Guns N Roses, AFI, System of a Down and Metallica

Hobbies: Being THE GREATEST... and explaining to everyone why Chinese Democracy was worth the wait.

Favorite WSOU Experience: Either being bowled over by a Garden State Roller Girl or being chief ghoul at the WSOU/Maplewood YMCA Haunted House

About: I was given my Great title by another great - Tall Paul, who is great in other ways. Mostly in height.

(Up next: Ally Vila - to see all of our DJ profiles, check out!)

Artist List from 2009's Top 89 Countdown

Here's the list of artists from our Top 89 Countdown, which aired on New Year's Day 2010. Every December, our Music Department counts the number of times our New Music artists were played in the previous twelve months. It's a big task for them, but we feel it's an exciting way to say goodbye to the previous year and welcome in the new one.

There were definitely some surprises on the Top 89 Countdown, which aired on New Year's Day 2010. Among other things, Volbeat soared high up the list to find a place among WSOU's heavies, longtime veterans Saxon had a strong showing and local guys Anaka broke into the Top 25.

Take a good look at the list below, and always remember: You can affect next year's list by calling in and requesting what you want to hear!


2009's Top 89 Artists

  1. Five Finger Death Punch
  2. Lamb of God
  3. Dethklok
  4. Mastodon
  5. Hatebreed
  6. Clutch
  7. Volbeat
  8. Killswitch Engage
  9. Alice In Chains
  10. D. Driver
  11. Chimaira
  12. The Devil Wears Prada
  13. Municipal Waste
  14. Shadows Fall
  15. Austrian Death Machine
  16. Megadeth
  17. Saxon
  18. Sepultura
  19. G. Forbid
  20. Gwar
  21. Dream Theatre
  22. August Burns Red
  23. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
  24. Anaka
  25. CKY
  26. Iwrestledabearonce
  27. A Day to Remember
  28. Bury Your Dead
  29. Cage
  30. Psychostick
  31. Lazarus A.D.
  32. Kreator
  33. Between the Buried and Me
  34. Rumplesiltskin Grinder
  35. Eyes Set to Kill
  36. Gwen Stacy
  37. Mars Volta
  38. Suicide Silence
  39. Devin Townsend Project
  40. Thursday
  41. Gallows
  42. Porcupine Tree
  43. Poison the Well
  44. Baroness
  45. Viking Skull
  46. Atreyu
  47. Drop Dead Gorgeous
  48. Rancid
  49. Alexisonfire
  50. Edguy
  51. Dirge Within
  52. Evergreen Terrace
  53. Haste the Day
  54. Born of Osiris
  55. 3 Inches of Blood
  56. Architects
  57. Daath
  58. Vanna
  59. Demon Hunter
  60. Iron Maiden
  61. Obituary
  62. Converge
  63. Job For a Cowboy
  64. Kylesa
  65. Misery
  66. Revocation
  67. Armed For Apocalypse
  68. Les Claypool
  69. Ensiferum
  70. Static-X
  71. Havok
  72. Neaera
  73. Death By Stereo
  74. Into the Moat
  75. As they Sleep
  76. Gojira
  77. Obscura
  78. He Is Legend
  79. Trail of Tears
  80. A. Jack
  81. Oh, Sleeper
  82. Rammstein
  83. Amarna Reign
  84. Autumn Hour
  85. Queensryche
  86. Darkane
  87. Too Pure to Die
  88. Woe of Tyrants
  89. Horse the Band

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

DJ Profile: Sheigh Hey Hey

: Sheigh Hey Hey


Favorite Bands: Clutch, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan

Hobbies: Music, music, music. It's my life, and I love living it.

Favorite WSOU Experience: 2-way tie: 1) The 60th Anniversary show was when I wasn't even a DJ yet. It was awesome to finally put some names with faces @ the show and meet some of the amazing and dedicated listeners that WSOU has! On top of getting a drum stick from Unearth and meeting Ivan Moody didn't hurt either! 2) My interview with Neil Fallon of Clutch... you may know that I always start my shift off with Volbeat and a TRIPLE SHOT of Clutch, so my obsession is apparent. Being able to interview Neil was hands down one of my favorite WSOU experiences because lets be honest, WHERE ELSE WOULD I HAVE GOTTEN TO DO THAT?!

About: Soon I hope to graduate from Seton Hall with my degree in Business with dreams to open my own bar or radio station someday. Catch me on WSOU for New Music Fridays, with the Top 10 and the Pirated Advance (8 pm - midnight every week!). Get in touch with me at

(Up next: Joe Murray the Great - to see all of our DJ profiles, check out!)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

DJ Profile: The Wiz

: (Nobody Beats) The Wiz

Hometown:Matawan, NJ

Favorite Bands: Trivium, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Killswitch Engage, Iron Maiden

Hobbies: Hanging out, watching sports - football, baseball, basketball, hockey, etc.

Favorite WSOU Experience: Since I'm the sports guy around here, no doubt that my top memory was broadcasting basketball at Madison Square Garden (2009 Big East Tournament, SHU vs. South Florida and SHU vs. Syracuse)

About: I've been a member of WSOU Sports since December 2007 but got my DJ credentials in the summer of 2009. Watch out - I'm a dominant competitor in Madden. I haven't lost to any friend (or WSOU staffer) in about a year.

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Happy New Year to everyone from WSOU!

Make sure to tune into WSOU's annual Top 89... starting TODAY AT 12 P.M.

Every year, our music department counts up the spins of all the new music that came our way in the past year. Then, they compile a list of the top 89 most-spun artists, and we spend all of New Year's Day counting them down until we reveal #1.

Get over your New Year's Eve hangover and tune into WSOU at noon - your favorite DJs will be spinning the Top 89 all afternoon.

Tell your friends and listen in - thanks for supporting another great year of The Loudest Rock.