An 8.4/10 Album Review by Strutter’zine Magazine in Holland on the new “Lives In Devil City” record!

Hey Everyone! We hope that the New Year is bringing you all much love and success so far!  We are happy to report on another fantastic album review for the new “Lives In Devil City” record!  Have a great weekend! Here it is:

SAL PIAMONTE ‘LIVES IN DEVIL CITY’ (GRAND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT/CANADA IMPORT)

Canadian rocker SAL PIAMONTE definitely has got all it takes to become the next big Rockstar. His music is quite typical Northern American and resembling a style that combines elements of KID ROCK, LENNY KRAVITZ, KING OF THE HILL and some DAUGHTRY/NICKELBACK/BO BICE. A little Southern Rock here, a lot of groovy gang-vocal driven midtempo Heavy Rock there and even a typical late 80s radio-ready Melodic Power Rockballad is thrown in for good measure as well (“Just a little bit” is basically pure WARRANT circa “Heaven” and “Sometimes she cries”), but Sal also goes for uptempo catchy Melodic Rock sometimes, such as during the best song “Tonight” that has a chorus that would not be out of place on a FRONTIERS RECORDS release! However, these are only a few songs that could be qualified as pure Melodic Rock, because most of the album is a mix of Classic Rock the groovy American Hardrock way and Modern Rock, like KID ROCK meets AEROSMITH meets a rockier THREE DOORS DOWN. Anyway, Sal still has an own identity, as he takes the best of all kinds of Rockstyles, mixes it up and thanks to his very strong production, the overall feeling of this CD is quite good. Sal impresses more than on one occasion and truly delivers here a high quality major label ish release, on which he by the way does a lot on his own (not only the excellent singing, but also the production, guitars and bass). It surely sounds like a 2011 record, very fresh and still interesting enough for the melodic rockfans with an open-mind to check out at: http://www.salpiamonte.com and http://www.facebook.com/salpiamonte and http://www.myspace.com/salpiamontemusic

(Points: 8.4 out of 10)

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SAL PIAMONTE VOTED AS “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” ON ROCKWIRED RADIO BY FANS AROUND THE WORLD!

HEY EVERYONE! WE ARE  PUMPED TO ANNOUNCE THAT SAL PIAMONTE HAS JUST WON THE ONLINE FAN VOTING FOR “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” ON ROCKWIRED RADIO!!!! SPECIAL THANKS TO BRIAN LUSH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND TO ALL OF THE OTHER AMAZING ARTISTS WHO WERE NOMINATED!!….AND A VERRRRRY SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR FANS, NEW AND LONGSTANDING, FOR SUPPORTING THE NEW “LIVES IN DEVIL CITY” ALBUM!!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

CHECK IT OUT AT: http://www.rockwired.com/

HERE IS THE WRITE UP ON THE ROCKWIRED RADIO HOME PAGE:

FEBRUARY 1, 2012 – The polls have closed for ROCKWIRED.COM’s recent ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign. Voters from all over the U.S. made their vote count and HILLBILLY VEGAS and their latest release RINGO MANOR are the first ARTIST OF THE MONTH winners for 2012. SAL PIAMONTE may hail from the same hometown as ALANIS MORRISETTE and his vibe may capture some of his homegirl’s rebellious fire, but “TAKE ME HOME”—the blistering first single from the Ottawa born singer/songwriter’ latest album LIVES IN DEVIL CITY—puts the listener square in the heart of Alabama and Louisiana, where soul-driven Southern rock reigns. As hard hitting as the tunes are, the multi-faceted, dangerously catchy 13-track set (which is bookended by a clever “BIG SLEAZY” intro and outro) isn’t simply about celebrating PIAMONTE’s diverse array of influences and the many ways, as he puts it, “Rock and Roll rules my soul.” DEVIL CITY is a hard hitting metaphor for a place where disillusionment reigns, the people you thought you could count on let you down and everyone’s in it for themselves. PIAMONTE’s task throughout is rising above. He’s seen the devil in a flowered dress (“WHATCHA SAY?”) but in this struggle of good vs. evil, he’s not giving up just because of a few setbacks.  “I think the difference in the efforts leading up to my new record, and my new record itself, is that I became more confident and focused with my message, choice of lyrics and chord progressions, and honing my melodies,” he says. “For a long while, it was hard for me to balance my love for Top 40 music, southern styled rock and roll and soulful elements with my love for more straight up styled rock, I feel that a certain process was necessary to get to this point. I feel that rock allows me the freedom to express my message so as to maximize my positive impact on the world and the people around me.”

SAL PIAMONTE won with 29% of the vote followed by ENGLORIA who took home a close 26% of the vote. Trailing behind them at a close third with 24% of the vote was blues rocker ALASTAIR GREEN. Other nominees for ARTIST OF THE MONTH included JANETE LABELLE, SHAUNA BURNS, RICHI ONORI and JJ CROWNE.

ROCKWIRED.COM will be launching its latest ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign on JANUARY 2, 2012. Nominees for this latest wave include UNTIL CHAOS, DRASTIC ANDREW, DONNA DESTRI, RIVET HEAD, SAVING DAMSELS, FIVE MINUTE SIN and THE PORTER DRAW. Polling is provided by MICROPOLL and is as simple as making a selection and clicking ‘vote’.

While there is no trophy or huge payday for being an ARTIST OF THE MONTH winner, the benefits that come along with the title include expanded coverage and promotion. An ARTIST OF MONTH winner is awarded a month’s worth of free site-wide advertising on ROCKWIRED.COM. A 60-second commercial spot promoting the winner and their album will be featured on ROCKWIRED.COM’s entire programming for an entire month.  The winner is also featured in a special edition of ROCKWIRED RADIO PROFILES.  Banners are also given to the winners to further promote their ARTIST OF THE MONTH status on their own website or press packets. Lastly, winners are mentioned on all ROCKWIRED-related announcements/press materials.

“So far it is shaping up to be a good year for rock n roll here at ROCKWIRED” says ROCKWIRED founder BRIAN LUSH. “SAL PIAMONTE’s got this great, rebellious sound and I hope that we see more of it in the year to come.”