Deep down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans, the new noise rang like a Sunday morning church bell, calling on saints and sinners alike to free their minds and become part of the revolution. They came out of the Southern swamps, the California desert, the working class towns of the Midwest and all along the East Coast. Loud guitars and larger than life drumming came together with storytelling poetry. Rebel-ism gave birth to rock 'n' roll.

Every few years or so, a special batch comes up from the ground, to serve as a beacon. Black Stone Cherry have arrived with their second Roadrunner Records release, Folklore and Superstition.

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Kyng find grandiosity in simplicity. The Los Angeles outfit may only boast three members—Eddie Veliz [vocals/guitar], Pepe Clarke [drums], and Tony Castaneda [bass/backup vocals]—but their collective roar could easily tip the Southern California Richter Scale.

Breaking out of the City of Angels in 2011, the group's debut Trampled Sun landed shining critical acclaim for its "California Heavy" sound.

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AC/DC said it first and said it best: "It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll." But not even Angus Young in his hardest rocking dreams could conjure the wild trials that forged We As Human into a band playing for keeps.

Lead singer Justin Cordle can regale you with true tales of band members Jake Jones, Justin Forshaw, Adam Osborne and Dave Draggoo quitting jobs and hitting the road, without a single paying gig ahead of them.

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Since its inception in the early 2000’s, Fifth Freedom has struggled and fought for every inch it has gained, intent on bringing its own unique blend of heavy hitting, hard rock music to the masses. Songs that tell stories of what it is to be human, songs that hit hard and leave a lasting impact on their listeners – music that isn’t afraid to be loud, aggressive and in-your-face while still touching on the subjects everyone can relate to. From the very first note to the last sustained chord, Fifth Freedom is a musical force to be reckoned with.

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