Melissa Kucirek at Suite 101.COM reviews the new “LIVES IN DEVIL CITY” record, stating it’s “too good!”!

Canadian Rocker Sal Piamonte pours mounds of devilish guitar licks into ‘Lives.’

On the first listen, the listener does not feel the torque of rocker Sal Piamonte’s voice. That seems to be the theme ofLives in Devil City. He moves the listener into this grungy – electronic – sonic burst rock anthems. It takes a bit, but the listener gets there. He creates these pieces that while dark in the sense of not being saccharin-laced modern pop tracks, the lyrics actually have positive messages.

The journey starts with “Big Sleazy Intro,” which is nothing more than a Wolfman Jack-like jock character setting the tone. “Evil ways lead to darker days,” says this radio ham. It doesn’t quite mesh with the following track, but okay, kinda fun. (the album also ends with this character)

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“Take Me Home Tonight” is one of the album’s stand out tracks. The chorus really shakes things up and the incredible wall of sound Piamonte has orchestrated is shivering. This track is radio ready – and yet his voice is still not warmed up. In “Devil Woman” Piamonte’s voice is beginning, it seems, to charge itself more.

It’s as if he’s an Indy 500 driver, and just settling back in the back line, waiting patiently to make his move to the front. He really holds back in these first tracks – but still showcases his natural rock instincts. There is something about “Devil Woman” that reminds this writer/listener to think of some of the newer INXS tracks (with J.D. Fortune – who is also Canadian for the scorekeepers at home!).

Okay, Piamonte’s voice is sexy, but not as sensual as Fortune. There, it has been said.

In “Get Up, Get Up” Piamonte really transforms this song with his vocal command. The chorus is catchy and this track is another standout. Get this on the radio – preferably AAA or rock radio as soon as possible. Fans of the Sick Puppies might like this one, but will most likely be disappointed no poignant bass solos are featured.

“Shining Star” is almost industrial-rock, a bit NIN. A bit. This song sounds like it might be a bit demented at first, but again, Piamonte has this intriguing ability to still be calming; his energy is positive even though he’s talking about choking and spitting. Maybe if his tone had more anger to it, the song would take a complete turn. As is, it is a pretty sick track.

Overall CD Review

Overall, Lives in Devil City is a trip to Piamonte’s (albeit positive at times) underworld that garners a solid A rating. Totally unexpected at times and through and through the guy can write and belt out some very modern rock tracks. Fair warning to parents out there–Piamonte drops some F-bombs, and sometimes the lyrics might cause some confusion in some younger listeners.

Besides “Take Me Home,” “Get Up, Get Up,” “High Road” (slows things down a bit and has this killer guitar intro/tone) and “Go All Night” fans of Sick Puppies, Collective Soul, Nickelback, Escape Club, Grant Lee Buffalo and light, modern rock will dig Lives In Devil City.

A BLAZING 5/5 ALBUM REVIEW BY SKOPE MAGAZINE ON THE NEW “LIVES IN DEVIL CITY RECORD!”

AN AMAZING 5/5 Album Rating by Skope Magazine in Boston, Mass for the new Sal Piamonte-LIVES IN DEVIL CITY RECORD! Bringin’ the heat to Devil City in 2012 baby! Thx for all your support!

Check out the review at:

http://www.skopemag.com/2012/01/13/sal-piamonte-lives-in-devil-city

 

Sal Piamonte, Lives In Devil City

January 13, 2012

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I’d like to start out by saying Sal Piamonte kicks major ass and his latest release ‘Lives In Devil City’ is a true testament to that.  Sal is a jack of all trades playing to the tune of singer/songwriter, producer and rock ‘n’ roller.  This record really offers so much with Sal Piamonte not allowing one dull moment.

‘Lives In Devil City’ is a fictional place created by Sal with the overall theme centered around the classic tale of good vs. evil.  The album title may be a fictitious city but the concepts and ideas behind it are very real my friends.  Sal Piamonte is battling between the good guys & bad guys and so who will win?  Which side will you gravitate toward when listening to ‘Lives In Devil City’?

I do have to say that Piamonte has a true rock ‘n’ roll spirit which shines through on this 12-track recording.  Rock & roll is alive and well inside Sal Piamonte!  Right from the start on “Take Me Home” you are hearing incredibly catchy rock melodies & riffs that drive hard.  Sal proves to be one solid front man with a presence that is well-received.  Sal is bringin’ you aggressive, in-your-face energy like on the song “Shining Star” along with a party-like atmosphere on “Go All Night”.  Don’t be mistaken though because it’s not all fun & games as Sal & company slow things down a bit and offer up a sensitive approach on “Just A Little Bit”.  You’ll also get some major Pop appeal with a powerful sound that fully grabs you on “Tonight”.  I also can’t say enough about the excellent harmony that Sal and his bandmates display throughout this record with the track “High Road” really standing out in my opinion.  And what a band Sal Piamonte has backing him!

I am definitely a Sal Piamonte fan now and ‘Lives In Devil City’ would be an awesome addition to your music collection.  Rock & substance collide to make up one killer album.  There is also that cool edge and overall nice-sounding vibe that carries on throughout ‘Lives In Devil City’.  I can’t say enough good things about Sal Piamonte and this LP so go get your copy right now!  I highly recommend this record and I can not wait to hear what Sal cooks up next!

By Jimmy Rae (jrae@skopemag.com)

[Rating: 5/5]

4.5/5 Album Rating by MusicEmissions for the new Sal Piamonte-LIVES IN DEVIL CITY RECORD!

4.5/5 Album Rating by MusicEmissions for the new Sal Piamonte-LIVES IN DEVIL CITY RECORD!

Hey Everyone! The good news in 2012 keeps rollin’ in for the new Sal Piamonte “LIVES IN DEVIL CITY” Record! Have a read and enjoy! Thx for all your support and please keep it comin’!

“Canada’s Sal Piamonte first broke into the music scene with the release of his EP “Rouge” in 2008.  In 2010, he released the self-produced LP, “Free Money”.  Now, Piamonte is rocking eardrums with Lives in Devil City.  I repeat… rocking.

The first single, “Take Me Home” is already getting radio play.  Piamonte sings about a very unique girl who will “rock your world”. Who can resist a rocker’s love song? The album gets more impressive after each track.  “Devil Woman” and “Get Up Get Up” really shows the compatibility between Piamonte’s strong voice and his backup band.

The album takes a slower twist with “Just A Little Bit”. Perfectly placed on the album, the song shows the softer side to Piamonte. I hope to see similar tracks like this on his future releases. “Tonight” might be my favorite song. The opening bass beats and Piamonte’s echoing voice will stick in your head, and for good reason.  If there is that one song you repeat immediately after listening to it, it will be this one.

In “Shining Star”, Piamonte puts the ballads aside and rages. He creatively gets his meaning across with the lyrics, “Now you’re reeking/ all the lies and the shit that you sold me/Like a pretty little cake/That I ate, yeah/That I choked on/And tried not to spit out/So you would be ok”.

The rest of the album does not falter. In fact, I already recommended Lives in Devil City to my friend who is a fan of Hinder and Scott Stapp. Although, I do not like comparing artists to one another, Sal Piamonte is someone my friend needs to hear. “Go All Night” ends the album and will leave you wanting more. Although I have never seen Piamonte live, I am curious to see him and his band rock out on stage.”
To view online, please visit:

http://www.musicemissions.com/artists/albums/index.php?album_id=14746

2012 KICKSTARTS SAL PIAMONTE & HIS RAWKIN’ BAND WITH A BANG!!! A TOP 20 PLACING ON ROCK101RADIO.COM, A FEATURE IN FACES MAGAZINE, AND A NOMINATION FOR “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” ON ROCKWIRED.COM FOR WHICH WE NEED YOUR VOTING AND SUPPORT!!! WOW!!!

WELCOME TO 2012 RAWK LOVERS! :)) WE HOPE YOU ALL HAD AN AMAZING HOLIDAY AND NOW IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON THE FUTURE!!!!!…..WE ALL HAVE GOALS AND DREAMS TO CHASE IN THE NEW YEAR, AND LIKE YOU, SAL PIAMONTE AND HIS ROCKIN’ BAND ARE CHARGING FULL STEAM AHEAD!…ALREADY, WE STARTED WITH A TOP 20 PLACING ON ROCK101RADIO’S  (WWW.ROCK101RADIO.COM) TOP 20 FOR OUR SINGLE “GO ALL NIGHT,” SAL WAS RECENTLY FEATURED IN THE JANUARY 2012 EDITION OF FACES MAGAZINE, AND WE JUST FOUND OUT THAT SAL HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” FOR ROCKWIRED RADIO!  WITH ALL YOUR SUPPORT COMES INEVITABLE VOTING, BUT IF YOU WOULDN’T MIND CASTING A VOTE FOR “SAL PIAMONTE” EVERYDAY UNTIL JANUARY 27, 2012, WE’D TOTALLY APPRECIATE IT!  TO VOTE FOR SAL, PLEASE GO TO:

 

http://www.rockwired.com/aomballot.html

 

WISHING ALL OF YOU AN AMAZING AND SUCCESSFUL 2012~!~MUCH LOVE FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!!! :)))