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by Phil AherneAs far as the death metal genre goes, Dutch destroyers Severe Torture are commendable for their proficiency, but not their innovation. This is a good thing. There is plenty of promise, diversity and confident execution of thrashing riffs, surprising time changes and impressive solos that rejuvenate the songs and make them an enjoyable listening experience. Despite the fact that it is not particularly exciting, there are some moments where the band really breaks into their stride. Tracks such as ‘Fight Something’ and ‘Countless Villains’ are impressive and reveal the talent on display. However, one does get the sense that the full potential is not really being fully realised.This could be a genre problem. Death Metal is notoriously generic, and without much space for creativity. That is why its first major scene in Scandinavia imploded. If Severe Torture want to survive, and indeed achieve more success, they will have to break out of these constraints.Also, the album does seem to lack a sense of focus. Angry for the sake of it seems to be the rule of thumb. This factor does not boast promise of longevity either. They need to focus lyrical and music content onto a specific aim, and this may release better results.Mixing wise, the drums seem flat and the vocals toneless. The growling/barking is expected, but it seems to be slightly needless, and in some cases self-serving. The vocals are generally what results in the inaccessibility of the genre, and it needs to develop. ‘Buried Hatchet’ is a step in the right direction with regard to this. Overall the album is very direct and immediate; hardly any of the songs get to the four-minute mark. Perhaps if they allow themselves some more space, and relax the boundaries of their style, this band could be something truly great, as the title track indicates.
Toots & The Maytals are the latest act to be added to the lineup for this year’s LOCKN’ Festival. True architects of reggae, the Jamaican music group–led by Toots Hibbert–is best known for their ska and rocksteady originals, like “54-46 Was My Number”, “Funky Kingston”, “Country Road”, and “Pressure Drop”. Originally formed in the early 1960s, Toots & The Maytals remain key figures in popularizing reggae music worldwide.Toots & The Maytals will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released on February 8th. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here.
“I do believe that there’s some hard contact in play that isn’t being rewarded,” Roberts said. “If that consistently shows up it’ll change.”Related Articles “I still think that 1 through 8 we can still be better with our at-bat quality consistently,” Roberts said.ALSOJustin Turner still has not been cleared to pick up a bat since he was hit by a pitch in spring training, fracturing his hand. The third baseman has been standing in a batter’s box without a bat against live pitching in the cage this week. The drill is designed to help batters track and see pitches. …Students from John Muir High in Pasadena, Jackie Robinson’s alma mater, were among those who attended a special program at Dodger Stadium on Friday morning. The program included a panel discussion featuring Roberts and was part of the Dodgers’ “Jackie Robinson Day” slate of weekend activities. …All players and coaches from the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will wear No. 42 on Sunday, an annual tradition that Major League Baseball began in 2004 to recognize Robinson breaking the color barrier in 1947. His number is the only one retired by every team in the league.UP NEXTDiamondbacks (RHP Taijuan Walker, 0-0, 3.27 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 1-0, 2.70), 6 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — The 13th day of April was a Friday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he might break his superstition of avoiding the white chalk lines while stepping onto the field.Joe Davis, the Dodgers’ television play-by-play broadcaster, wore a pair of prescription glasses to the ballpark. He said some fans on Twitter noted that his dark-rimmed specs coincided with a winning streak last year. So they made a comeback.The Dodger batters, maybe more than any group of men at the ballpark Friday, had reason to be superstitious. By Thursday they were putting the ball in play above the league-average rate. They were hitting line drives more often than all but five teams. Yet their batting average on balls in play – BABIP for short – was a mere .275, below the league average of .288.That’s more bad luck than a black cat walking under a ladder. Hitting coach Turner Ward has relayed some form of this message to the Dodger hitters. His audience should be receptive. Six regulars entered this weekend’s series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with batting averages below .220: Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Kiké Hernandez, Logan Forsythe and Joc Pederson.“A couple comments that I’ve made to a couple guys: you ought to be acting like and feeling like you’re hitting .350,” Ward said, “because if some of those balls fall in, that’s where you would be.”Ward pointed out that hot streaks and cold streaks are nothing new. When the Dodgers were riding a 43-7 stretch last summer, ultimately climbing 55 games above .500, his message to hitters was to not grow overconfident.When the season is three weeks old, and your batting average is still hovering near the Mendoza line, it’s different. Then, Roberts said, it can be harder to convince a player that his problem is bad luck and not bad process. The Dodgers’ problems at the plate aren’t limited to luck, either. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Mumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, today launched the logo for the Tata Open Maharashtra which will be held in Pune from January 1 to 6, 2018.World number six Marin Cilic, 2017 US Open finalist Kevin Anderson and big-serving Ivo Karlovic are the top players who would feature in the tournament, Indias lone ATP World Tour event, to be held in Punes Balewadi Sports Complex for the first time.The qualifiers for the tournament, which has moved to Pune after being held in Chennai for 21 years, will be held on December 30 and 31.”We have a lot of tennis lovers in our country and our state who keenly watch tournaments, be it the Wimbledon, French Open, US Open, Davis Cup. All these tournaments are watched on television. But, to watch a high-ranking tournament at the stadium is a visual treat for tennis lovers and also a good learning process for tennis players,” Fadnavis said.The tournament – introduced in 1996 – has seen the likes of Spanish great Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka, Carlos Moya, Milos Raonic and Marin Clinic, gracing the event.”It will start a new era in the lawn tennis space of Maharashtra,” he remarked.Tournament Director Prashant Sutar said the tennis stadium within the complex was being renovated at a cost of Rs 60-70 lakh.Asias Tennis Best Academy, to be supported by Adar Poonawala for the next five years, would be announced during the ATP (tournament), Sutar said.”There will be main five centres – Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurabgabad and Solapur – to provide tennis coaching to students and 25 per cent of the seats will be reserved for students from rural areas,” he said.advertisementThe CM also said a plan is being prepared on how best to revamp the Balewadi complex in order to put it to maximum use.”We are speaking to some consultants. After our Sports Director returns from election duty in Gujarat, we will make the plan public,” he added.According to Fadnavis, the focus of his government will be to see how sports activities can be enhanced at the Balweadi complex and the Mankapur Sports Complex in Nagpur. PTI NRB SSR NRB SDM