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The best kept secret in music


"Various Reviews"

WXQR Rock 105
Brian Rickman- PD, WXQR Rock 105
Brian Rickman - PD
A FEW WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM BRIAN RICKMAN Looking at the Mediabase 24/7 Active Rock chart in recent weeks you, like myself, may have noticed an unfamiliar track hovering near the bottom. Relying completely on talent and with the support of a few belivers on the panel, Storm has made enough headway to land "Piece Me Together" a spot on the chart. I am hear to tell you that this is a band worthy of YOUR support as well. In the weeks since first appearing on the national radar, Storm has began to generate quite a buzz. In November, McGathy is presenting the band at an industry spotlight at CBGB's in New York. Offers are being placed on the table from a number of our contemporaries at the labels, etc. They have been offered opening slots on tours with Megadeth, Clutch, Days of the New and Tantric. Storm's building success is truly a grass-roots effort. We're proud that this band hails from North Carolina and we're excited to watch this story grow. As someone who shares your busy work schedule, I ask you to take a few moments and give this CD a serious listen. I am confident that you will be as impressed with this work as we have been. It's the real deal and it sounds great on the air. Enjoy. Brian Rickman Program Director WXQR/WANJ
Song(s) Title: Paper, Rock, Scissors
Overall Rating: AWESOME
Comments:: Rank All-time: #103 of 10,002 in Rock
Best #8 of 1,361 on 9Apr2004
Awards! Best Bass in Rock, week of 29Mar2004
Best Lyrics in Rock, week of 5Apr2004
Best Melody in Rock, week of 5Apr2004

Bono are you there?
standbymusic, Glasgow, United Kingdom
This is very U2 inspired. not a bad thing of course, there are worse bands out there to be influenced by.

The hook for the chorus is very infectious, I found myself singing along after hearing it just once if thats not marketable I dont know what is.

Performance wise, very strong indeed, production, very tight. In short this song should be on the radio.

629Management, Jacksonville, Florida
Song(s) Title: I Believe
Overall Rating: AWESOME
Comments:: This one flows pretty good...
This is a very radio friendly song with great vocal work, fat bass, tight drumming, solid guitar work and lyrically excellent. It's mixed very well and the song has a really nice flow to it. Everything seems to fall into place on this one and it's enjoyable to listen to. I can easily hear this on the radio.

Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Bass, Production, Lyrics, Melody, Beat, Mood, Originality, Grooviest Rhythm.

Comments:: Perfect for an action movie soundtrack!!
RockPozaRica, From: Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
NickName: RockPozaRica
From: Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
Song(s) Title: Cross To Bear
Overall Rating: GREAT
Comments:: Perfect for an action movie soundtrack!!
This song sounds great for a soundtrack... I can imagine scenes of an action movie with your main riff. Really, you pulled out a great job in making a very radio-ready song... amazing job, really. Congratulations, you've got a great tune. Reviewed by: AxMx Vocalist on SYN (mp3.cöm/speedaway)

Extra Credit: Production, Best Potential Movie Soundtrack.

Bounce Wit Me
shallowdeeplive Lexington Park, Maryland
Bounce wit me
I get a good vibe from this song. The vocalist is emotional and has a strong voice. The production sounds good. A balanced mix. I'm definitely adding this to my playlist.

Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Production, Melody, Best Feel Good Track.

Track Of Day: 25Apr2005 on

Cool Sound !!!
stevedresser83 from Southfield, Michigan
Cool Sound !!!
I like this intro alot. Singer has a very nice voice. Solid musicianship from everyone which is a must for a professional band. Strong vocals. Nice melody's. Good job keep it up

Comments:: WOW, THIS IS HOT.....
Davestar58 From: Manhattan Beach, California
Song(s) Title: Cross To Bear
Overall Rating: GREAT
Comments:: WOW, THIS IS HOT.....

Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Production, Melody.

Comments:: Absolutely nothing wrong with this song, a #1 candidate!
Satrianus, From: Schiedam, Zuid Holland, Netherlands
Song(s) Title: Paper, Rock, Scissors
Overall Rating: AWESOME
Comments:: Absolutely nothing wrong with this song, a nr 1 candidate!
The opening riff from the bass sounds really cool, it immediatly grabbed my attention. The chorus sounds good too, it is catchy. Good guitar solo, nice build up in there and cool breaks from the drums. The vocalist also sounds really good, I like the kind of roughness in his voice when he sings "paper, rock, sissors". A bit of black crowes meet Nickelback. This could be a hit. And the song keeps in my head even if it is already over. You guys get a lot of points from me. Good job.

Comments:: wicked riffing
vmitch2, From: Tacoma, Washington
Song(s) Title: Cross To Bear
Overall Rating: AWESOME
Comments:: wicked riffing
I love that opening riff. It's nice to hear a more uptempo song too. Vocals are pretty strong, they have some old school in the style but still sound good. Those scratchy noises the guitar is doing on the verses are cool. Almost sounds like a DJ working a turntable. I'm pretty sure that's what you were going for and you did a nice job of it. Drums and bass sound solid. This song has a great mix. Nice work fellas. This is what hard rock should sound like. Good luck.

- Misc.


In the Eye 2001
Side Effect (EP) 2005


Feeling a bit camera shy


Blackbook Romance (formerly Storm) is one of the fastest growing, modern rock bands on the east coast. From the high-energy, full-throttle live show, to the highly acclaimed independent release In the Eye during their tenure as Storm, the group has attracted attention from many different record labels and management companies all over the United States and Europe.
Storm was formed in 2000 with drummer Steve Arnold and bassist Rich Warren along with J. Scott, Pat Bailey and Patrick Williard. The band promptly recorded and released In the Eye in 2001. In the Eye was welcomed with high critical acclaim within the music industry as a whole. Storm released a single entitled "Piece Me Together,” which finished in the Active Rock Category of MediaBase's airplay charts in the Top 100, surpassing many signed artists. Other songs from the album, such as the driving “Deep End,” the dark and emotional “Paper, Rock, Scissors,” and eclectic rocker ballad “Once Upon a Time” also made their way onto mainstream airwaves around the country in 2001 and 2002. Those singles, along with “Piece Me Together,” landed the band airplay rotation in 13 US states, Canada and Germany. Many of the cuts from In the Eye faired strongly on internet sites as well, with “Once Upon a Time,” reaching the coveted #1 slot on MP3.COM for 3 weeks. The band later began writing a follow-up EP, which was never released, but yielded 3 more strong and commercially viable songs including a track entitled “Last Kiss,” which also reached #1 on MP3.COM, but this time during its first week.
The band quickly built a reputation from their live shows, winning the Battle Of the Bands 2002 (cosponsored by Ziggy's of Winston-Salem and 100.3 FM, THE BUZZARD), showcasing at CBGB's of NYC and being the only unsigned band at Cedar Points Rocktoberfest 2002 (sponsored by Jacksonville, NC's ROCK 105 FM). Along the way, a slew of performances with the likes of Megadeth, Clutch, Days Of The New, Skid Row, Lennon, Quiet Riot, Pete, Saigon Kick, Iced Earth, From Zero, and numerous others were added to Storm's performance roster.
Despite early success, the group disbanded in late 2002, with the members going separate ways to pursue other projects. Long after the band split, there was still an interest in their music among contemporaries within the industry, and among fans. The remaining members reformed in fall 2004 as Blackbook Romance, with the addition of drummer Jeff Wilhelm and later bassist Marc Brown, who had also enjoyed widespread success with their previous bands Floorbored and Powertrip, respectively.
The band now sought to pursue a vibrant, new sound. Wilhelm and Brown brought a new groove-based influence and sheer power to the band, which only added to the commercial appeal of the band's vibe. Again, the band promptly recorded and released a new EP in 2005 entitled Side Effect, which immediately regained the band recognition in the music industry and attracted interest from various labels and management companies. Blackbook Romance has since launched a hybrid touring schedule for the remaining months of 2005 consisting of various music conferences, showcases, and club dates all along the east coast. Side Effect consists of 4 tracks, each reflecting the band's diverse writing style. Side Effect opens with "Save Me,” which gives one a sense of angst and mellow passion. "Step Back" then kicks in and stirs up the modern punk-influenced "alt" rock cravings of today's youth. "Believe" is romantically chilling at times, with a melodic edge destined for Top 40 radio. Finally, "Off And On" churns with a driving bass groove, and touches on the band's exotic new sound, but never loses its strong, harder rock vibe. Reemerging as one of North Carolina's best up and coming bands, Blackbook Romance is contagious, infectious, and ready for your ears.