AUGUST 15, 2011
MORE GOODNEWS - SEE BELOW, ONE OF OUR SONGS - HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE 2011 GRAMMY'S - LOVE IS HATE (IN DISGUISE). STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER NEWS.
Canadian American has entered you for a GRAMMY NOMINATION in this years NARAS GRAMMY competition. Congratulations to our artists below for your GRAMMY entry in the following catagories.
RECORD OF THE YEAR = BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES by JOEY WELZ
ALBUM OF THE YEAR = SONGS THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE by JOEY WELZ
SONG OF THE YEAR = BLACK AND WHITE by JOEY WELZ
BEST NEW ARTISTS = ARRON LAIRD – JUST WASTIN’ YOUR TIME
FEMALE VOCAL SOLO = LYLY – DON’T COME KNOCKIN’
MALE VOCAL SOLO = THE FABULOUS GABRIEL – BACK IN MY ARMS
ROCK GROUP WITH VOCALS = THE RICKY DURAND BAND – ROLL WITH ME
SOLO VOCAL ROCK PERFORMANCE = GLOW IN THE SUN – SPIDERS
METAL-GROUP = TUKURPA – WANNA PLAY
ROCK SONG = T.O.C. = LOVE IS HATE
HARD ROCK = SUSPECTS – TREASURES
RAP SOLO PERFORMANCES = NIMBUS THE GENERAL – REBEL YELL (Alabama)
FEMALE VOCAL – MARTHA WELZ – OUR LAST ANNIVERSARY
MALE VOCAL – JOHN MAINES JR. – THE BAD SIDE OF ME
COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS = STEVEN GRAVES = COME ON DOWN
COUNTRY SONG = ITS BEEN A LONG TIME COMIN’ by JOEY WELZ
IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO = NEIL C. YOUNG – DRIVING TO MONTENEGRO
AMERICANA ALBUM = OUT OF THE FAST LANE by CAROLYN JUSTICE
JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM = TRAVEL DIARY by ALBARE
July 30, 2011
NEWS OF THE DAY: TOOLS OF CREATION (T.O.C.) CD NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT AMAZON.COM & ITUNES - SEE BELOW FOR LINKS
APRIL 9, 2011
CD Review: Tools of Creation “Adventures in Chaos”
If you are looking for good hard rock ing made by a modern-day rock band, look no further than Tools of Creation, a band that makes its home in Canada’s capital of Ottawa. The band is made up of three musicians who really know how to create hard rock that sounds as authentic as bands that have since become legends in the music industry. In their music, you can hear influences from bands like Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and many others.
The three musicians that make up Tools of Creation are: vocalist/guitarist Ben DiMaria, bassist/vocalist Chris Rock, and drummer/vocalist Stewart Scharf. Alone, they are talented musicians; taken together, they make up one of the best hard rock bands out there today.
One of the first things that absolutely stand out is Ben DiMaria’s vocal quality: At times, Dimaria sounds like Brian Johnson from Australian rock band AC/DC; other times, his vocals sound like Roger Daltry; and of course, his heavy metal sound holds up well against the best metal singers. To say that DiMaria has the perfect voice to front a hard rock band is a bit of an understatement. Just take a listen and you’ll agree.
As a guitarist, Ben Dimaria can give the best out there a run for their money. DiMaria’s guitar playing brings mind some of the best hard rock guitarists back in the seventies. And as a songwriter, DiMaria knows how to write music that people will immediately gravitate to.
The next person to help bring the hard rock feel to Tools of Creation’s music is bassist Chris Rock. The lines that Rock adds to the music give just the right amount of heaviness to the band’s sound.
Stewart Scharf provides the beat for the band. With Scharf’s energetic playing, Tools of Creation have the one of the hardest rockin’ sounds out there today.
In the final months of 2010, Tools of Creation released their newest album entitled Adventures in Chaos. This new release contains eleven tracks of pure hard rock.
Adventures in Chaos from Tools of Creation starts off with the song “Too Much Isn’t Enough”. The vocals of DiMaria bring to mind those of Robert Plant when he’s singing songs like “Immigrant Song”. The band performs the song with plenty of energy to give the listener just a hint of what they can do when they perform their music.
The second song on Adventures in Chaos from Tools of Creation is one of the best songs on the release. “Bridge to Far” is the type of song that can make the listener start singing along with the lyrics after only one run through of the chorus.
“Movin’ On” from Canada’s Tools of Creation brings to mind another Canadian band: You can almost hear Bachman-Turner Overdrive in the music of this track.
On the song “Love is Hate (In Disguise),” Tools of Creation sound like they are channeling AC/DC on this track. And DiMaria really sounds like Brian Johnson.
The last song of the album, “Bullets for Breakfast,” is a song that sounds as if it should have been written for Queensryche’s rock opera “Operation: Mindcrime”. The lyrics of the song would easily fit within the storyline of the album, and the song itself has the same feel as the rest of that release.
Having taken notes from some of the best bands throughout the history of rock ‘n’ roll, Canada’s Tools of Creation have a solid grasp of what good hard rock music sounds like. And the band’s newest album of Adventures in Chaos is a strong reminder of what good rock ‘n’ roll can sound like. If you like hard rock, this is definitely one album you need to add to your music collection.
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29 March 2011
CD REVIEW: Tools of Creation - Adventures in Chaos
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Rocked out Sound"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST -
Artist: Tools of Creation
CD: Adventures in Chaos
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Hair Metal
Sounds Like: Dokken, Bon Jovi, April Wine, Tesla
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs Crossroads, Bridge to Far, 17
Weakness: Dated Sounding Production, Marketability
Canadian 3 piece rock band “Tools of Creation” release their latest CD entitled Adventures in Chaos In 2004. Band members include lead vocalist & guitarist Ben Dimaria bassist Chris Rock, & drummer/percussionist Stewart Scharf.
The CD kicks off into high gear with “Too Much Isn’t Enough” Truth” a hard hitting, full tilt guitar groove against emotionally charged vocals, hooky chorus & driving rock rhythm. Track 2 “Bridge to Far” serves up another rocking low end groove, with hard rocking musical flow coupled with catchy vocal accents from Dimaria. Track 3 “17” keeps things moving in the right direction with its pulsating rock groove meshed with an infectious vocal melody & harmonies that flow & ebb their way through emotional fruition. The CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 consistent songs in a row. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic hair metal acts like Tesla, Bon Jovi, April Wine, Dokken, & even brief splashes of Def Leppard & Guns & Roses. Right from the start you will notice Dimaria & company feel quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back, & just being themselves. The overall musical vibe has a flair reminiscent of classic 80’s Hair Metal & perhaps late nineties grunge that once ruled the airways. The guitar playing from Dimaria is hot to the touch. Equally as impressive is the rhythm section (Bass/Drums) from Rock & Scharf push the natural accents extremely well. Dimaria clearly makes the (singer to listener) vocal connection. All songs themselves are short & sweet musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair, & signature groove. From rocking “Hi Again” & “Crash Course” to hard hitting “Crossroads” to dynamic *Mind Warp” to swinging “Love is Hate” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Bullets for Breakfast” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
Though I enjoy the rocked out sound – it’s fair to say the overall production comes across as a bit dated sounding. Perhaps the mix is a bit dated as well. Drums & overall production lack serious low end punch. It’s a bright sounding CD. If the year was 1983 this would be a cutting edge musical production no doubt. Unfortunately the year is 2011 & the bar is set really high for artists like TOC with respect to modern recording & mixing techniques. I am well aware that this is a subjective art for but lot of the above does affect the productions overall marketability. It just sounds extremely dated to me. TOC should consider leaving their souls at the door & slightly revamping their sound a bit for the next CD.
From start to finish Adventures in Chaos is one hell of a ride. The strong suit is clearly the overall musical consistency of the music & playing. This CD will be a joy for guitar enthusiasts out there who enjoy a classic 80’s late 90’s rock vibe. So if you like your guitar served up hot to the touch, with music that will remind you of an out of control Hair Metal party that once ruled the neighborhood, then Adventures in Chaos belongs in your hands right now.
MARCH 16, 2011
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES PRESENTS:
THE THUNEROUS SOUND OF TOOLS OF CREATiON
AND THEiR HEADBANGiNG NEW CD 'ADVENTURES iN CHAOS'
MARCH 16, 2011 - Within the past few days' I've become better aquainted with our neighbors north of the border. In the next few days you can expect to hear from bands hailing from the true north, strong and free and to kicking things off os the Ottawa based TOOLS OF CREATION and their CD 'ADVENTURES IN CHAOS'. Comprised of BEN DIMARIA on vocals and guitars, CHRIS ROCK (not the comedian) on bass and STEWART SCHARF on drums, TOOLS OF CREATION are here to prove that the power of heavy metal hasn't gone anywhere. Not only is the music primal and propulsive but also melodic with gritty gems such as TOO MUCH ISN'T ENOUGH, MIND WARP and 17.
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Tools of Creation, Adventures in Chaos
March 11, 2011 | by Admin
Tools of Creations is a rock-nasty trio from Ottawa that offers adrenalin-rushed music. Their debut album is titled ‘Adventures in Chaos and you will get just that. After hearing this record in full you will know that T.O.C. is not messing around one bit!
Tools of Creation is made up of: Ben Dimaria on lead vocals & guitar, Chris Rock on bass (not the comedian/actor) and drummer/percussionist Stewart Scharf. The power & force that these three musicians put into their performances is off the charts. The guitar, bass, drums and vocals are all on fire all at the same time! Dimaria likes to refer to their sound as: “in your face loud rock that will blow your mind away–balls to the wall rock and roll.” I couldn’t agree more and I feel there is nothing that will put this fire out. Their mentality is play LOUD or go home and I love that!
T.O.C. start things up with a high octane song called “Too Much Isn’t Enough” where you will be shouting “YEAH!” all day and all night long. I really was feelin’ the guitar solos and riffs as Ben played with ferocious energy. The bass lines were nice, the drums were hittin’ hard and Dimaria was singin’ like there’s no tomorrow. I actually would compare Dimaria’s vocal delivery to an edgier Jon Bon Jovi at moments. I also heard Ben channeling Axl Rose at times especially on tracks eight and nine, “Love is Hate (In Disguise) & “Mind Warp”. Additionally on “Mind Warp”, I was receiving a Judas Priest “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin”-kind-of-vibe which was very cool to hear. Dimaria ends with authority by simply stating “If you can’t do it with style don’t do it at all.”
This Canadian trio rocked it out all the way with elements of classic rock, hard rock, modern rock and metal pouring through. T.O.C. has all the right tools for the job as they prove it convincingly on ‘Adventures in Chaos’. Grab yourself a big bowl of rocky pebbles and prepare yourself for a carnival of rock.
By Jimmy Rae (email@example.com)
Tools Of Creation Resources
Tools Of Creation - Adventures In Chaos
Hailing from Canada’s capital is a powerhouse rock band by the name of Tools of Creation (T.O.C.), debuting with their eleven song album Adventures in Chaos. You’d never know it’s just a trio by the massive walls of sound they slap your face with throughout the record.
This is hardcore rock music with some serious metal influences, but with a bit more groove. Their sound is often dark, always hard hitting, and full of surprises along the way.
In this day and age of easy-baked radio, dynamics is a huge thing for me. So “Too Much Isn’t Enough” was a nice and strong album opener. It reminded me of some early Guns N’ Roses material. Around three minutes into it, the tempo slows down, and they drop the heavy hypnotic guitar to seal the deal.
I loved the drums during the opening of “17”. Combine that with the melodic riff that immediately follows, and you get a hybrid of Papa Roach and Metallica. Very nice. “Hi Again” is the closest thing to a ballad you’ll hear on the album. It still has their signature hard style, only slower.
Drums, bass, and guitar face off for a good portion of “Mind Warp”. This was a serious highlight of the record for me. It’s a nice showcase of sheer talent on all musical fronts.
In the end, we have a band creating adrenaline-filled rock music perfectly suited for lifting weights, punching a wall, and/or smashing something. My only bone to pick is that the vocals didn’t always do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, the lead has some powerful pipes on him, I actually just wanted to hear way more screaming on there. The music hits too hard to not compliment it with some more strained vocal chords. Ultimately though, Adventures in Chaos is a hit as far as I'm concerned. I felt the throwback nods to bands I’ve loved in the past, and I heard their unique style stamped on every song. But most of all, I felt the raw energy of three hungry musicians that just want to rock out.
Live radio interview and cd release for TOOLS OF CREATION on mhbradio
Interview with T.O.C. re release of new CD - Adventures in Chaos
This will be occurring During the Second Birthday Bash Weekend of MHBradio
Interview Date: Saturday Dec 11, 2010
Interview Time: 10:00 pm EST
Interview Place: www.mhbradio.com
CANADIAN AMERICAN RECORDS THANKSGIVING NEWS - November 9, 2010
We are especially thankful to have signed a crop
of new artists to round out our 2010 artist roster;
W E L C O M E TO C.A.R.
OUR NEW C/A WORLDWIDE RADIO SINGLES ACTS
STEVEN GRAVES / JOHN MAINES JR.
CAROLYN JUSTICE / MARTHA WELZ /SHIELA
SMOOTH JAZZ / INSTRUMENTALS:
NEIL C. YOUNG / ALBARE / FRANCESCO
ROCK / POP / A.C.
MONSIGNOR HODGE / BRIAN ZIMMERMAN KAOS. / GLOW IN THE SUN / T.O.C. / IZZI
These Artists Are Being Shopped at MIDEM
in FRANCE in Jan.2011 & Shipped to World
Wide Radio for Airplay in Feb.2011. Join Them
NEW SIGNINGS & QUOTES from our C.E.O
I Z Z I
What keeps me motivated as a producer is every once in a while, a star is discovered.
Such is the case with IZZI. With great song ideas and a voice to carry him around the world, his new music will be world class and I am honored to be his producer...Joey Welz
TOOLS OF CREATION
This Power Trio from OTTAWA CANADA, has all the ingredients needed to capture Radio. The hooks are irrisistable making the songs very Radio friendly. The songs relate to the 21st Century but still maintains the RETRO Sound of metal from the 80s. As one of the COMETS I am tipping my hat to the band using their tools of creation to carry our first generation of Rock & Roll into the 21stCentury. Joey Welz
Our new CD "Adventures in Chaos" is now available at CD Warehouse on Clyde Avenue, Nepean, October 30th!
Welcome to the new Tools of Creation website! Check out our latest videos, photos and
Manotick's 150th Birthday, August 1st, 2009, Tools of Creation (T.O.C.) shared the stage with various artists for this event.
Manotick Messenger, July 29, 2009 reports that "Fate, hard work help Manotick trio of musicians reach listeners and archive success."
July 5th, 2009 - Tools of Creation (T.O.C.) will open for legendary 1980's rock band Honeymoon Suite at Tailgators Sports Bar, Merivale Road, Ottawa.