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Review: The Long Dark Road

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Fans of death metal or just heavy rock need to check out The Long Dark Road, the new band from Jeremy Cavan that mixes classic death metal sound with melodic rock, creating an interesting album that will keep you engaged and guessing. The passion project of Cavan, The Long Dark Road tells his story, one that is full of sorrow set to traditional death metal chords as well as catchy choruses that come and go throughout this album. As I mention in my full review, I think I may have just listened to my first death metal opera!

Read the full review at MancavePlaybabes.com




Jeremy Cavan – Guitars/Vocals

Rufus Cavan – Bass

Toby Cavan – Drums

Vanin Feral – Guitar


Self-titled (release date April 8th, 2017)


Bandcamp: https://thelongdarkroad.bandcamp.com/releases

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelongdarkroad/


Video Review: American Bride By TALIA


TALIA is a lively trio from Paris that have released three albums: Cockroach Killer (2008), Permanent Midlife Crises (2013) and their most recent, Thugs They Look Like Angels (2016) which features a video for the song “American Bride.”

The video begins with a bride on the floor, down for the count. Oh wait, she’s getting up, oh I see, this is one of those “we are showing you the final scene now let’s see what happens in reverse” type videos.

The bride is getting beat up, bad. Interesting story line and the bad acting is working for me. Meanwhile the band is playing on stage with a very liberal use of old-school special effects.

Back to the scene: The guy that was doing the beating is drinking (before he beats her, remember, reverse). Not saying that’s an excuse. Okay the guy just dragged the bride in and strapped her to a chair with barbed wire. Oh, he poisoned her (tip/note to self: easier to drag someone and strap them in barbed wire if poisoned). Now we see the opening seen where the bride-to-be cheats on the groom, hence the poisoning, barbed wire and beat down – totally understandable.

P.S. The beat down is not understandable only the poisoning and barbed wire.

P.P.S. Okay, the poisoning and barbed wire is also not acceptable.

P.P.P.S. You know what, just don’t get engaged.

Read the full review of Thugs They Look Like Angels at MancavePlaybabes.com here.

Check out the video for “American Bride” here.



[Video Review] Black Canvas by Chameleon Technology


“Black Canvas”, from the EP by the same name, was created by Max Histrionic, a Californian one-man band that plays very aggressive, in-your-face rock.

The video opens with a hot sleepless girl who appears restless. It doesn’t take long to get weird as a weird magic dude shows up, wakes her and gives her a pill. Remember kids: Drugs Not Hugs!

She is now on her feet and is directed by the weird magician through a doorway and into a tunnel that may take her to another dimension, or is just a short-cut through a sewer, we will never know. She ends up in a wooded area that is definitely not Central Park. She continues to navigate the woods. Hey, where did those shoes come from? Note to director: should have been heels – tall fuck-me heels!

Weird magician dude is now wearing a black mask and I have no idea where this is headed, but I know I’m all in now!

She is led to her own dead body…not cool weird magic dude!

It’s okay though it was all a dream, or was it – she’s holding flowers when she wakes in her bed. To be continued!

Check out my full review of the EP at MancavePlaybabes.com here.

Check out the video for Black Canvas here.

Band Links:

Website: www.chamnology.com
Bandcamp: www.chameleontechnology.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chamnology
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chamnology
Instagram: www.instagram.com/chameleontechnology
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/chameleontechnology

Review: The Departure “Gateways”


The Departure, a band from Salt Lake City labeled as punk/crossover have released an EP titled Gateways. The band has already flirted with early success, securing opening spots for Cold War Kids as well as playing at several festivals.

The album mixes a lot of genres, not sticking to any one formula; instead, putting their full talents on display. The lead song, “For The Best” should be a staple for your pop-punk playlist.

Check out my full review at MancavePlaybabes.com


  1. For The Best
  2. Incompetence
  3. Gateways
  4. Forget Everything
  5. The Sea, Pt. II
  6. Lonely Eyes
  7. Thoughts


Band Website: http://thedeparturemusic.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedepartureband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedeparturerok
Instagram: @thedeparturerok

Review: Everlost US Learns To Let Go

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Everlost US is an alternative rock project by Jared Kay. Live and Let Go is Kay’s second release, the first an EP that debuted September 2014 received praise from Absolute Punk and AXS Magazine. Listening to this album its clear Kay is both a talented musician and song writer with a knack for communicating pain and experience though both sound and lyric.

The album is a clinic in songwriting and storytelling. From “Breathe” through “These Terrible Hands” you will enjoy the melody and easy going rock as well as feel the pain…

Read the full review at MancavePlaybabes.com


Live and Let Go
Wait For You
What You Wanted
Tell Them They’re Wrong
I’m Doing My Best
These Terrible Hands


The Devil Wears Black Leather Excerpt #3


The Vegas Diaries – My First Time

Everyone remembers different aspects of Vegas during their first time. Unfortunately you only get one. I remember the heat; it was the first time I was really exposed to the desert and the dry air that comes with Cacti and strippers. Hot air that hits you in the face as you step out of the airport. Far away from reality, and into the taxi line where everyone is waiting.   The line was at least 100 people long, but that’s not what amazed me. It was all of the different walks of life: race, gender, sexuality, and age all with the same look, the same glisten in their eyes. They all had hope, they all knew they were going to have the time of their lives, or at least, a moment as they go for it. I know I had it. I could tell this was going to be a different experience when our plane descended in and I looked out and saw the strip. My leg began involuntarily shaking, a tear formed in my eye.

I check in at Bally’s and then I headed right for the Black Jack table. Technically I was there for work, but it was only for a conference and I didn’t plan on going and SPOILER ALERT: never went. Anyway, what do they expect sending a twenty-one year old kid out to Vegas? I guess that’s why they asked me if I’d been before and wisely I lied and said yes, twice. When they asked me if I gamble I scrunched my face as if it was worse than touching a child.

Back to the table, in no time I was playing Black Jack and already down fifty dollars, but with free drinks on the way and beautiful women ever two feet I quickly fell in love with Las Vegas.

After the first night I was down one thousand dollars, half of my life savings, but it was okay. I still had two more nights and now I knew Black Jack wasn’t my game. The next night I would play roulette, but first, I would play the horses. I had a system. Despite only sleeping four hours I felt reenergized. I went down to the sports book, but since the horses hadn’t started yet went to play roulette. I purchased $100 worth of chips and placed half of them on the numbers five and eight. Systems are made to be adjusted. Next spin was eight. I collected my winnings (over $700) and put $300 on black. The ball rolled forever till it landed on Black 5. I collected my money and went to eat a nice big breakfast. I was back to even and the horses were going to start in one hour.

Three hours later I started drinking heavy. I walked to the bar located in the center of the casino because the “freebie” drinks were just not coming fast enough. Again, I was down one-thousand dollars. I went back to roulette and lost another five hundred before going back to the bar and drinking until I passed out.

I slept most of my last day and then it was my final night. My last chance to win my money back. Maybe even win a couple of dollars. After all, I had come to Vegas to win, not lose.

By 6pm I was broke, I went to the ATM and maxed out my one credit card and then lost that as well. I went to the bar to spend my last few dollars. This is where I met Sheila, who was also known as Trikki. She was an escort that worked the Bally’s casino high rollers and on slow nights the strip.   She listened to my story and I guess was saddened, but also very wise. She mentioned my expense account and that I could still party and given it was my last night in Vegas – it was my duty to party. You have to trust me that this all made perfect sense at the time. She asked me to take her to my room where we spent the night dancing under the covers and ordering room service. It wasn’t until the morning that I thought about how I was going to explain the five bottles of champagne in one night on my expense report, but then again it didn’t really matter. I was coming off one of the best nights of my life. It was my first time in Las Vegas. The next morning I was dead broke, probably losing my job and riding shotgun while Sheila drove me to the airport. Despite my bleak outlook I was sporting the Vegas grin.

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Review: Phil Collen of Def Leppard Goes Delta Deep



Delta Deep is Phil Collen’s side project that includes Rob DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots. The mission statement is simple: create blues music that people will appreciate. This isn’t your average super group mailing it in based on name alone. The music is better than solid and the blues are deep, Delta Deep. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

It doesn’t take long to get the flavor of the album, kicking off with “Bang The Lid”, a more rocking tune you’d expect from these musicians. The surprise is what follows; starting with “Whiskey”, the blues groove, lyrics and swagger is strong. Mix in Debbie Blackwell’s vocals and you’ve got some serious music brewing here.

Delta Deep may have started as a side project, but this group needs to keep singing the blues.

The album continues with strong guitars on “Down In the Delta” and a pop-infused “Treat Me Like A Lady.” For rock fans there are a few of those here as well such as the first track and “Feel It”, but the best is when this group gets down to the blues with “Mistreated” and “Black Coffee.” I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I believe this band has struck a nerve here and any fan of blues music will appreciate the debut album from Delta Deep.


Phil Collen: Guitar, Lead Vocals
Robert DeLeo: Bass
Forrest Robinson: Drums
Debbi Blackwell-Cook- Lead Vocals


  1. Bang The Lid
    2. Whiskey
    3. Down In The Delta
    4. Treat Her Like Candy
    5. Miss Me
    6. Burnt Sally
    7. Private Number
    8. Shuffle Sweet
    9. Black Coffee
    10. Feelit
    11. Mistreated