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Birth, Love, Hate, Death

by Universaldice.com

Released 2017
Infidels Records
Released 2017
Infidels Records
This is a true labor of love – a rock opera/love story that is not idealized or glamorized but is instead full of self-doubt, mistakes, missed opportunities, regret and sacrifice. This is not mere "product." We hope you give it a listen. Thanks!
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ABOUT THE BAND
UNIVERSALDICE, FEATURING GERRY DANTONE - ABOUT THE BAND AND THEIR MUSIC

Infidels Records artists UniversalDice is a most unique band; just beneath their accessible, melodic and beautifully played and arranged modern/classic rock sound lay an ambitious and rich lyrical content that challenges pop music orthodoxy. There are few band that not only make you think, but can take you to another place musically while they force you to re-think what was once taken for granted.

The songs of the latest CD, "birth, love, hate, death", written and produced by Gerry Dantone, are always relevant and usually intensely emotion and often unique in the rock music arena. BLHD is focused on love in real life terms, imperfections and all. This is a nuanced album and the lyrics are NOT what you would expect if you really think about them. At the same time their memorable melodies recall the qualities admired in the Who, the Beatles, Green Day and the Killers even though their songs never sound like any of these classic band's tunes in particular.

Additionally, this is truly an album by UniversalDice. Besides performing the songs, it was recorded, mixed and mastered by the band. Even the band's web site, cover art and just about anything else you might think of were handled/created by band members.

Songwriter, singer and political and philosophical writer/activist Gerry Dantone has a writing style that is first and foremost humanistic, but also coherent, provocative and multi-layered. In addition, the band's primary themes are as big as they get; life and death and meaning and purpose. No other band is as prepared to tackle these subjects as UniversalDice.

Bandmates Bob Barcus on lead guitar and Eddie Canova on bass are among Long Island's finest session players and are given a chance to stretch. Newest members are longtime Long Island musical giants Walt Sargent and Vincent Crici who add their keyboard support to the band's latest tunes.

We would be remiss not to note the incredible contributions of longtime musical partner to Gerry Dantone, Sam Cimino, who contributed bass, guitar and vocals not to mention some of our most memorable tunes on previous CD releases and also Tom Beckner whose keyboard work was a highlight of the band's first 3 releases.

How many bands make you feel and think? We hope you can spend some time with UniversalDice's music.

GERRY DANTONE - SONGWRITER, VOCALS, ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC GUITARS, PROGRAMMING, PRODUCTION, MIXING, RECORDING AND MASTERING, ARTWORK
Appears on all CDs.
BOB BARCUS - LEAD GUITAR, PHOTOGRAPHY, GRAPHICS, COMPUTER/SOFTWARE, TECH, PRODUCTION
Appears on all CDs.
ED CANOVA - BASS GUITAR
Appears on "Out of Many, One" and "birth, love, hate, death."
WALT SARGENT - KEYBOARDS
Appears on "birth, love. hate, death."
VIN CRICI - KEYBOARDS, ARRANGEMENTS, PRODUCTION
Appears on "birth, love, hate, death."
SAM CIMINO - BASS, GUITAR, SONGWRITING, VOCALS, PRODUCTION, MIXING
Appears on "My Name Is Thomas," "mostly True Stories," and "Out of Many, One."
TOM BECKNER - KEYBOARDS, PRODUCTION, PROGRAMMING.
Appears on "My Name Is Thomas," "mostly True Stories," and "Out of Many, One."
BILL DEAN - HARMONICA
Appears on "My Name Is Thomas " and "mostly True Stories."
ROSEMARY DANTONE - VOCALS
Appears on "My Name is Thomas," and "mostly True Stories."

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