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New England Based Metal Band Strikes Back

Striking back at personal anger, frustration, misery and misdirection with music is the New England area metal band known as Stepchild. Their six song demo CD-R features brutally aggressive rhythms, growling (yet understandable) vocals from Mark Stepchild, and occasionally, some ripping, savage leads, courtesy of guitarist Ken Avola. He drenches delayed wah licks all over the slower-paced "Need You Here", while delivering screaming solos and mega-heavy, earth-crushing rhythms on "Hate Train". This is an intense band whose righteousness must be killer in person if it comes across this powerfully on record. This is music for the emotionally strong - if you're normal, this music should put you on the edge of the cliff; if you're on the edge of the cliff, this should give you a blow to the head, a kick to the ribs and hearty shove towards the bottom. Enjoy!

alb The instrument playing members of Stepchild met through the classifieds of a Boston music paper in 1999. The later heard Mark Stepchild in a nearby rehearsal space, and the quartet was complete. They quickly began a steady regiment of performances at New England rock clubs, including Sharky's, The Middle East, Good Times, Fuel, The Station, Old Port Tavern, Oasis and many more. Stepchild has opened for acts such as Zakk Wylde, Slaughter, Exciter, Moke, 7th Rail Crew and Believer, and have performed at events for radio stations WAAF, WGIR and WBRS. Of note, bassist Eddie Slager recently agreed to an endorsement deal with the Brian Moore Guitar Company.

Stepchild is banking on their demo CD taking them to the next plateau of their career - they are certainly ready to take on the world.

Contact Information
Stepchild
40 Pemberton Road
Nashua, NH 03063
United States

E-mail: Stepchild
Web site: www.stepchild.tv

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Mr. Pollack

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Polish Instrumental Neo-Classical Masterworks

Heavy metal and hard rock versions of classical music. Well, so it's been done many times in the past, but these guys are pretty good at it. Poland's Mr. Pollack (the band name) submitted their CD-R entitled Air On 6 Strings, which features ten classics by Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Rimsky-Korsakov (he takes on "Flight Of The Bumble Bee"), Daquinn, Beethoven, and Brahms. Guitarist Jacek Polak heads up the group, which also features his brother Grzegorz on drums, Jon Burchell on keyboards and Robert White on bass (full instrumentation, nice!) Jacek is a highly accomplished guitarist who is more than able to do this material justice - fans of this style of music will really have something here they can listen to over and over. The production is clean, the mix is first-rate, the musical choices are hot (Bach's "Badinerie", Mozart's "Turkish March" and Brahms' "Hungarian Dance" are especially noteworthy, but the entire album cooks), and Jacek is exemplary - what more do you need? Except perhaps a record contract!

pic Jacek has been described as the 'Paganini of the Guitar' by a Slovak periodical. He recorded his first album, called "Qri" in 1991, then began playing festivals, concerts and recording sessions, finally appearing at the International Rock Festival in 1993. In 1996 Jacek recorded his second CD, "Manhattan-One", and then in 1997 put out an instructional video called "Video Instruction School", which made his band even more famous in Poland.

Polak owns all the copyrights and production rights to his music and would love to sign a contract with a record label.

Contact Information
Jacek Polak
Ul. Korczaka 1/11
39-300 Mielec
Poland

E-mail: Mr. Pollack
Web site: www.mrpollack.pl

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