Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Resistance

It's probably a well-known fact if you've even so much as brushed the topic of my music taste with me or anyone I've met that Muse is one of my favorite bands of all time. A favorite adjective among Muse fans is "Epic", and Muse is epic, but the word really only skims the surface of what all is behind their amazing music.

Muse has been expanding the definition of both the word epic and the rock genre of music since they formed in the early '90s. They're always pushing the envelope and stepping up to the next level in their music, adding more synth, more elaborate guitar, stretching the vocals, and using their many musical influences.

You can't pigeonhole Muse. There is no one genre for them to fit into, no one adjective to describe them. They are eccentric, eclectic, classic, and epic. They play glam classical rock symphonies from universes far beyond our own...

"The Resistance" is their latest album, and they spared no wild ideas.
This album is influenced by so many things... George Orwell's 1984, The Apocalypse, Beethoven, and a resistance against an oppressing government to name just a few. Most of these influences come from the mind of Muse's frontman Matt Bellamy who, has a strong love for classical music, and conspiracy theories. In fact he admitted in an interview with Q Magazine that he recently bought 50 cans of baked beans and an axe in case of the apocalypse... but he's an artist so who's to judge?

In addition to their usual electric guitar fueled rock songs, a three movement rock symphony finishes off this album. Heavily influenced by Chopin and Beethoven.

1. Uprising
2. Resistance
3. Undisclosed Desires
4. United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)
5. Guiding Light
6. Unnatural Selection
7. MK Ultra
8. I Belong to You (+Mon Cœur S’ouvre à ta Voix)
9. Exogenesis : Symphony Part I (Overture)
10. Exogenesis : Symphony Part II (Cross Pollination)
11. Exogenesis : Symphony Part III (Redemption)

It was really hard for me to choose which track to share with you, but I decided on one that included all the elements of this album..."The United States Of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)" (Note the 1984 reference, Bellamy makes them often throughout this album.)
The song begins in the style of a classical Muse ballad with sweet vocals and a piano back, but soon swells into what can only be described as an Arabian ensemble put on by Gershwin and Queen. The song finishes with a rendition of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2.

It truly is...well, epic.


-The United States Of Eurasia-


You and me are the same
We don't know or care who's to blame
But we know that whoever holds the reins
Nothing will change
Our cause has gone insane

And these wars, they can't be won
And these wars, they can't be won
And do you want them to go on
And on and on
Why split these states
When there can be only one?

And must we do as we're told?
Must we do as we're told?

You and me fall in line
To be punished for unproven crimes!
And we know that there is no one we can trust;
Our ancient heroes, they are turning to dust!

And these wars, they can't be won
Does anyone know or care how they begun?
They just promise to go on
And on and on
But soon we will see
There can be only one

United States!
United States!

... sia!
... sia!
... sia!

... sia!
... sia!
... sia!

... sia!
... sia!
... sia!

Then & Now - Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy
Then ...

I reminded my sister of the singles, and my sister introduced me to ... well, everything else. I can't say I'm the reason Fall Out Boy is my sister's favorite band, but I do give myself credit for kick-starting her interest in the singles (Dance, Dance; Thnks Fr Th Mmrs ... you know, those ~popular Fall Out Boy tracks that were practically viral a few years back) and, later, her admiration for the band as a whole. My first post about Fall Out Boy came sometime after my sister began her research into the band; I remember, out of all the songs she downloaded on iTunes (before running out and buying the CDs soon after), The Pros and Cons of Breathing was the track which stood out to me the most...

... & Now.

...and, to this day, the first Fall Out Boy track I mentioned on is still one of my favorite of their songs. Likewise, Take This To Your Grave, the band's 2003 debut full-length and the album the aforementioned track is on, has become one of my two favorite Fall Out Boy albums. The other favorite happens to be, ironically, the band's latest work, Folie à Deux (2008). I never gave this album a proper review on this blog (although I did review an outstanding single from that work) and, quite frankly, I regret that. I can't say enough good things about that album; Fall Out Boy really blew me away with it. As a whole, I must admit, I have an "on again, off again" relationship with the band - especially their "in-between albums", From Under the Cork Tree (2005) and Infinity on High (2007). There are moments on each album which never seize to amaze me, sure; but often times, I tend to disregard Fall Out Boy, forget about their finer moments. Even tracks from Take This To Your Grave - the album I just declared as one of my favorites - often get skipped over when I am casually scrolling through my iPod. However, when I remember to stop and take a listen to some of their songs, I remember just how much some of their tracks mean to me, and my respect for Fall Out Boy and the work they put into their art deepens. More times than not, I find myself saying things like, "Wow ... I forgot just how amazing this song really was." And I feel bad for underestimating this band's work.
In short; are they my favorite band? No. But I should probably start paying a bit closer attention.

...maybe the release of Fall Out Boy's first Best-Of album will help remind me again what it is about this band that I appreciate. Set to be released on November 16th, 2009, this best-of will span the band's entire discography; fifteen tracks of basically every single Fall Out Boy has ever released, from Dead on Arrival to What a Catch, Donnie. In addition, the band will be releasing on this collection a previously unrecorded track, Alpha Dog (which is streaming right now on the Fall Out Boy website; long-time fans may notice something familiar about the layout of the website these days, too), as well as bonus tracks From Now On We Are Enemies, Yule Shoot Your Eye Out, and Growing Up. All in all, it's going to be an impressive release, one which will no doubt be anticipated by fans new and old alike.

Now, I realize I've already made a post about the 2008 single What A Catch, Donnie on this blog ... but, really. I adore that track. That's all there is too it. And, quite frankly, it's the perfect song for a Then & Now post about Fall Out Boy. This song embodies the past, present, and future of this band; an entire existence, wrapped up in a nice little ballad almost five minutes long. There's just so much to be said about this track and within the song itself, and just ... I would really love for anyone who hasn't heard this song yet to take a listen. And for those of you who know the tune ... well, listen again.
Besides, there's a new music video out for the song, a video which wasn't created at the time I posted about the song before. And this video is definitely worth watching; it's as emotionally charged as the single, heartbreaking and at the same time remarkably hopeful. It's a sort of contradiction you feel, even though you can't hardly explain it; and it's the sort of contradiction Fall Out Boy thrives on.
So, here's the video for What A Catch, Donnie, by Fall Out Boy. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
And let this mark the beginning of my re-introduction to this band as a whole.

Fall Out Boy - What A Catch, Donnie Official Music Video

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Then & Now - Green Day

Green Day

Then ...

The first (and only ... to this very day, I believe) post I made on this site about Green Day was a review for their single, Holiday, off their 2004 rock epic, American Idiot. At the time, that was basically all I knew of Green Day; their singles. I remember the year American Idiot came out - around my sixth grade year in school -, everyone in the school hallways had heart grenades ... everywhere. Their backpacks, clothing, notebooks ... I didn't get it. I didn't try to. That wasn't my music scene. The time I posted my review for Holiday was about the same time I really started listening to Green Day.

... & Now.

And I'm so glad I did. I have discovered in Green Day a band I'm most respectful of; a group of men who aren't afraid to speak up about what matters to them, regardless of what popular culture may have to say about it. And, while many people are either fans of the "old" Green Day or the "new" Green Day - pre- and post-American Idiot era, receptively -, I have found something to appreciate about all the work this band has done. I truly and honestly respect Green Day as musicians, and am proud to call myself a fan; not of an album, not of an era; but of a group of men who have worked all their lives for what they love.

Green Day just released their much-anticipated follow-up to American Idiot, after a long and very discrete hiatus. It could be debated about whether anything could top 2004's rock opera phenomenon, and whether 21st Century Breakdown (their newly released album) comes even close. However, if you ask me, Green Day's latest is a success in every way. Did Green Day manage to raise their own bar - again! - after the high standard set by American Idiot? Well, I'm not sure it's even fair to even try and compare these two albums. Without a doubt, both are spectacular and speak true to the mission Green Day has as a band.

This following music video is for the single 21 Guns, from 21st Century Breakdown.
This song really means a lot to me. The first time I ever heard it, I was listening to the album in the car, driving around town. As soon as the acoustic guitar opened out the track, I was hooked ... and my attention never wavered. Billie Joe asked me the question, "Do you know what's worth fighting for, when it's not worth dying for?" And, long story short ... I became really emotional about this entire track. I have loved this song from the moment I heard it for the first time, and the appeal just never dies off. The music video is equally stunning, and I think really showcases Green Day at ... possibly one of their finest, strongest, most vulnerable and yet, most defiant moments.
Please, take a good, honest listen to this remarkable song. Every time I listen to it ... 21 Guns reminds me why I love Green Day so much; then & now.

Green Day - 21 Guns Official Music Video

Friday, July 3, 2009

100 in a 55

As frequent followers of this blog probably know, I tend to discover a lot of new music via music television, especially Fuse. These days, it seems the channel doesn't play ... as much music at they used to. But this song is the official first song I fell in love with in Summer '09, courtesy my favorite television station.

100 in a 55, to some people, may not seem like a song that has a lot going for it. Pop Evil may sound like just another rock band, and this single may seem to be lacking a lot of creativity. And, while I agree Pop Evil may not have taken many chances with this track ... as I often say, it's the simplicity of of this song that makes it so special.
There's a lot of true, honest emotion in the lyrics of the song and the way those lyrics are presented. The "sweet and simple" styling of the instrumentals bring to mind the days of good, classic rock and roll ... but there's almost a sense of southern influence to this song as well.
As a whole, the first thing I thought when I heard this song was, " this is rock n' roll." And a lot of people will probably disagree with me on that, because this song isn't in-your-face, pedal-to-the-metal, all-or-nothing out there like a lot of rock music is today. But, when you think about rock n' roll ... it's more than a genre to so many people. Rock n' roll is a lifestyle for the people who appreciate it, and I think this song portrays that imagery, that persona, perfectly.

Feel free to draw your own conclusions about this track. An overdone concept or a classic style? You decide. But I, personally, feel it's the tried-and-true methods exemplified in this track that were the foundation for what rock has become.

This is 100 in a 55, by Pop Evil.

Pop Evil - 100 in a 55 Official Music Video

100 in a 55
Pop Evil

Turn back on the broken heartache
Some things are just meant to be
I still believe that we got a chance
Still believe that we got a chance to be
Too much is never enough
Andd too little is never enough
Full speed got me looking out my rear view; I can’t go back

Goin’ 100 in a 55 and I don’t know why I’m still alive
But I do what I can but I know I can’t take anymore
I still believe in this rock and roll, and I pray the music gonna save my soul
But 'till then I still believe, some things are just meant to be

It's messed up but I got this mission
Drunk again, won't remember anyway
She said it’s just a game, boy
Don’t be gone, don’t be gone for long
Ten years I’ve been doing this forever
It's all I know, baby please don’t turn away
I know you don’t believe in me
But I do believe in you

I’m still falling away from here
I’m still falling; the wings are falling off
I can’t go back, I’m in too deep

I still believe some things are just meant to be


Ok, first off let me say that I know I haven't been posting very in depth posts, but that's going to change! *woot* Also, it's been quite awhile since I've posted about any of my more hardcore music faves, that will also change! I'm glad to be back and posting!


That said, I am amazed that I haven't posted about Chiodos until now! How could I have forgotten this band?!?

Chiodos, I think I first discovered them while listening to my local Alt Rock radio station. The song playing was "Lexington (Joey Pea-pot With A Monkey Face)", and I loved it! I'm a sucker for classically based rock of all forms. In this case, a screamo/emo/post hardcore/symphonic metal mix. Yeah, it's awesome.

+Band Overview+

Craig Owens (vocals)
Bradley Bell (keyboards)
Pat McManaman (guitar)
Matt Goddard (bass)
Jason Hale (guitar)
Derrick Frost (drums)

Couple that classic "emo guy" voice, and music that's actually good, and you've got Chiodos. Craig Owens has got some pipes on him. This guy can go from that semi-sweet emo voice, to hardcore screamo in a split second.
I don't want to compare them (for Chester Bennington's voice can't be beat), but you do think Chester Bennington when you hear Craig's voice just because of the versatility, and the power, the duality between sweet, and hardcore.

There songs are just about as versatile as Craig's voice, you can go from a beautiful classical piano solo to machine gun bass guitar, and then to a full bodied orchestra. It's all melodic too! Which is a must on my list. It fits together so well, seamless, like it was meant to be. In my opinion symphonicly based rock groups (actually any genre with a symphonic base), are the true evolution of classical music, this is what it was meant to form into at some point, bands like this expand upon the classic, and make it extraordinary. Of course I don't want to turn anyone off by using the words "classical" and "symphonic", this is definitely Rock music, metal almost, and it doesn't sound like classical music.

The lyrics are as good as the music, and yeah it's good.

+(* By Favorite Tracks)+

All's Well That Ends Well [2005]

(Hear The Full Album HERE)

Prelude (Instrumental)*
All Nereids Beware*
One Day Women Will All Become Monsters
Expired In Goreville
Baby, You Wouldn't Last A Minute On The Creek*
The Words "Best Friend" Become Redefined
Interlude pt. 1 (Instrumental)
There's No Penguins In Alaska
Interlude pt. 2 (Instrumental)
We're Gonna Have Us A Champagne Jam
No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room*
Who's Sandie Jenkins
To Trixie And Reptile, Thanks For Everything

Bone Palace Ballet [2007]

(Hear The Full Album HERE)

Is It Progression If A Cannibal Uses A Fork?*
Lexington (Joey Pea-Pot With A Monkey Face)*
Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered
A Letter From Janelle
I Didn't Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was A Wizard*
Teeth The Size Of Piano Keys*
Life Is A Perception Of Your Own Reality
If I Cut My Hair, Hawaii Will Sink*
Intensity In Ten Cities
The Undertaker's Thirst For Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle)

Bone Palace Ballet Grand Coda [2008]

(Only The Bonus Tracks From This Disc And Their Track Number Are Listed. This Album Also Has All The Songs That Were Released On "Bone Palace Ballet")

1. Two Birds Stoned At Once*
7. ....And Then The Liver Screamed 'HELP!*
8. We Swam From Albatross, The Day We Lost Kailey Cost
11. Smitten For the Mitten
14. I Didn't Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was A Wizard (Acoustic)
15. A Letter from Janelle (Acoustic)

+No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room+

When going through all of the songs Chiodos has to offer it's hard for me to pick just one to leave you guys with, but I decided on leaving you with my favorite, No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room.

Out of all the songs of theirs that I've heard this is by far my favorite, everything about it makes me like it, the music, the lyrics, all of it.
It starts out with the best instrumental beginning I've heard in a song in a long time, like best instrumental beginning since Queen's Death On Two Legs (be sure to google that when you're through visiting this blog :D). It has just enough screamo, and just enough melody, and I can listen to it over and over, and the lyrics "Don't let this die, we may never fall in love again
It's hard but worth the wait when it's over
...this die, we may never fall in love again
It's hard but worth the wait when it's over"
just ring over and over in my head.

A song well worth the listen :D


[Chiodos: No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room]
[All's Well That Ends Well][2005]


I've resolved upon this course, which has no need of you
Denying this day, didn't stop it from coming
Promise me, that you won't be consumed when you realize
We're screaming at the same moon

Shredded by state lines
Press my face up against the glass
With both eyelids shut and
baby, this won't get any easier
baby, this won't get any easier
baby, this won't get any easier

Don't let this die, we may never fall in love again
It's hard but worth the wait when it's over
...this die, we may never fall in love again
It's hard but worth the wait when it's over

Now open up wide, fist first down your throat
Where no beauty lies, and rip out what should've been mine

Comfort always made the rescue, we always hoped 'for the best'
I'll burn this with torches, and drown in my consideration

I'll burn this with torches, and drown in my consideration

p.s. be sure to keep checking back for cowgirl4christ's "Then & Now" posts! They rock!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Then & Now - My Chemical Romance

... a qucik introduction about this new "series" of mine ...

So. I know you've all been sitting at the edge of your seats for months now, checking this blog daily - if not twice daily - eagerly awaiting the moment when you'd see on this site my infamous "Then & Now" post.
... okay. maybe not. Some of you are probably wondering ... "What is she talking about? ...what is it I'm about to read, exactly?"

This post is going to be a little unorthodox, compared to most. For one ... it's not going to be one post. This post you're reading now will mark a series of "Then & Now" posts I will write over the course of the following week or so. In these posts, I'm going to shuffle back through the archives, reminiscing on the posts I've made since the beginning of this blog's existence.
... but that's not all.
Along the way, I'll think about my opinions on these bands now. You have probably often seen my type at the bottom of a post, "I'll definitely be looking more into this band"; or, "I can't wait to listen to this band's latest album" ... or something to that effect. The thing is, many of the songs I've posted about on this site have been from bands I didn't know very well at the time ... and, more often than not, I've been surprised by what I've discovered about these bands when I delved deeper into their discographies.
Interesting? I think so. So let's take a look at my favorite bands, then ... and now. We'll start with posts from the very beginning ... and work our way up to the present. Look out for more "Then & Now" posts in the days to come, and for now, enjoy Part 1 of this little mini-series.

And it'd only be appropriate that I start out with ...

My Chemical Romance
You all should have guessed these guys would be in here :3

Then ...

The first post I made on this blog about My Chemical Romance was a review for their ever-popular single, Welcome to the Black Parade. This post ... basically marks my introduction into this band. At the time, this was the only song of theirs I knew; I had just started doing my research on the band. Little did I know ...

...& Now.

... that My Chemical Romance would go on to become the first band I ever called my "favorite". Anyone who's followed this blog since making my post on Welcome to the Black Parade has, in essence, watched me fall in love with this band as a whole. You've been there with me as I discovered everything I love about this band ... and have stuck with me as I shared with you every detail (yes, every one!) In hindsight, I don't think my album review for their 2006 effort, The Black Parade, came anywhere close to doing the album justice ... but it wasn't prejudice, either, which is probably more than I could say if I re-wrote the review now ;) All in all, since first watching the video for Welcome to the Black Parade - a video I "didn't think I was going to like at first" - I have grown to appreciate every effort My Chemical Romance has done. This is the band which really shaped my taste in music, and I love them for it.

Currently, My Chemical Romance is is the studio, working on the follow up to 2006's The Black Parade. The band's website offers frequent updates on the tracking process; band members have said that they're "reaching for the stars with each track", and that the new album will no doubt "wreck people's faces". Well, looks like they have high standards to meet! And you better believe I'll be here, letting you guys all know whether or not they live up to their big talk. ...I have a feeling they will.

A taste of what's to come ...

This performance (live from Hoboken, New Jersey) was featured on My Chemical Romance's second CD/DVD release, The Black Parade Is Dead! (2008). The song they perform in the video below is, as of now, an untitled track which will, more likely than not, be featured as a studio recording on My Chemical Romance's upcoming album.
This song is lovely, and gives me an idea of what the band may be working towards as far as sound for the new album. I've been enjoying this song for the past year, and will continue to do so. I can't wait to hear how it sounds, finalized, on the new album.
I hope you guys enjoy this song as much as I do.

My Chemical Romance - (Untitled) [Live in Hoboken, NJ]

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Fratellis

It has been more than forever it seems since I've posted here, and I apologise for it! I've missed it greatly, but have had some computer issues over the last few months, but now I'm back!


As with most of the music I'm listening to these days, the Fratellis was introduced to me by my wonderful friend Sasha, who is always finding new and interesting bands I've yet to hear of.

But looking back I had heard the Fratellis once, breifly, while watching the movie Hot Fuzz. A few of their songs were in the soundtrack. (oh, and for those of you who haven't seen Hot Fuzz I highly reccomend it! Very funny.)

This band has everything I like in a band. One, they're from Glasgow, and lately that seems to be where music is happening. Three Cheers For Glasgow! And two, they have a very upbeat sound, catchy tunes and lyrics, a perfect summertime playlist band.

They currently have two albums out, their first: Costello Music '06, and their sophomore: Here We Stand '08, both of which are rather good.

Here's a quick overview of the albums:

Costello Music (2006)

Cuntry Boys & City Girls
Whistle For The Choir
Chelsea Dagger
For The Girl
Creepin Up The Backstairs
Vince The Loveable Stoner
Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night
Baby Fratelli
Got Ma Nuts From A Hippie
Ole Black 'N' Blue Eyes

Here We Stand (2008)

My Friend John
A Heady Tale
Look Out Sunshine!
Stragglers Moon
Mistress Mable
Baby Doll
Tell Me A lie
Acid Jazz Singer
Lupe Brown
Milk and Money

The song I choose to share with you (though I wish I could share them all), is Creepin' Up The Backstairs so far all of the Fratellis fans I've met like this track best, myself included.

The Fratellis-Creepin' Up The Backstairs (Costello Music)


She said "I'm Rosie"
I said "I thought you were Lucy"
She said "No Rosie, I told you so"
Was here with your sister
But she's going out the back
I wanna dance and have fun you know
Of all the shitty little places I meet you it's here
And I'm freaking out
I heard you got a brand new name
Selling Es in the dark
But hey it's nothing to shout about

Don't just say yes to tease me
Do your utmost to please me
I don't mean to be sleazy
Being you can't be easy

When you're creepin' up the backstairs
Mother's nightmares
Falling in the front door
My my
Climbing in the window
Get dressed, let's go
Take your brother's car keys
Bye bye

Well I see your yellow fingers
And your crucifix bones
All covered in cellophane
Was there when your best friend said
"Sweetheart, I'm just here to get drunk again"
I wouldn't move if I was you
I wouldn't wanna caught when the lights go out
She said "You think you're so special"
I said "Sunshine I'm just just bored I'm just checkin' out"

Don't just say yes to tease me
Do your utmost to please me
I don't mean to be sleazy
Being you can't be easy

When you're creepin' up the backstairs
Mother's nightmares
Falling in the front door
My my
Climbing in your window
Get dressed, let's go
Take your brother's car keys
Bye bye

Don't just say yes to tease me
Do your utmost to please me
I don't mean to be sleazy
Being you can't be easy

When you're creepin' up the backstairs
Mother's nightmares
Falling in the front door
My my
Climbing in the window
Get dressed let's go
Take your brother's car keys
Bye bye

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

I want to quickly apologize for the lack of recent updates to this blog D:
Life has been hectic lately, but I hope I can continue to offer all you loyal readers new and exciting updates.
So now, I'm going to tell you about a song I just discovered this week.

I first heard Ain't No Rest For The Wicked on the local alternative radio station, and while it didn't immediately catch my attention - apart from the unique beats and styling -, after a few listens I was definitely hooked. And how lucky was I to find that iTunes was offering the very track as the free download of the week! xD Needless to say, I downloaded the song immediately. Hurry on over to the iTunes store; maybe the offer is still going on :) If it is, I highly encourage you to click "Download" ... and if they're going to charge you .99 cents; well, I'd have to say, I think it's worth the money.

Cage the Elephant combined a unique sound - think acoustic funk meets southern blues, with a bit of a hip-hop influence for good measure - with powerful, thought-provoking lyrics to create a truly masterful final product. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked is a brilliant, fun song to listen to with the windows rolled down on a warm summer day - but at the same time, if you want to sit and really listen to what the band is trying to say, the message in intriguing.

However, without a doubt, this is one track you have to listen to to fully appreciate.
Please enjoy Ain't No Rest For The Wicked, by Cage the Elephant.

Cage the Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked Official Music Video

Ain't No Rest For The Wicked
Cage the Elephant

I was walking down the street when out the corner of my eye, I saw a pretty little thing approaching me.
She said, "I never seen a man, who looks so all alone; could you use a little company?
If you pay the right price, your evening will be nice, or you can go and send me on my way."
I said, "You're such a sweet young thing, why'd you do this to yourself?"
She looked at me, and this is what she said;

"There ain't no rest for the wicked; money don't grow on trees;
I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed; there ain't nothing in this world for free.
I know I can't slow down, I can't hold back; though you know, I wish I could.
There ain't no rest for the wicked, until we close our eyes for good."

Not even fifteen minutes later, after walking down the street, when I saw the shadow of a man creep out of sight.
Then he swept up from behind, put a gun up to my head, he made it clear he wasn't looking for a fight.
He said, "Give me all you've got; I want your money, not your life; but if you try to make a move I won't think twice."
I told him, "You can have my cash, but first you know I've got to ask; what made you want to live this kind of life?"

He said, "There ain't no rest for the wicked; money don't grow on trees;
I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed; ain't nothing in this world for free.
I know I can't slow down, I can't hold back; though you know, I wish I could.
There ain't no rest for the wicked, until we close our eyes for good."

Now a couple hours past, and I was sitting in my house, the day was winding down and coming to an end.
So I turned on the TV, and flipped it over to the news, and what I saw I almost couldn't comprehend.
I saw a preacher man in cuffs, taking money from the church; he stuffed his bank account with righteous dollar bills.
But even still I can't say much cause I know were all the same; oh yes, we all seek out to satisfy those thrills.

You know there ain't no rest for the wicked; money don't grow on trees;
We got bills to pay, we got mouths to feed; ain't nothing in this world for free.
We can't slow down, we can't hold back; though you know, we wish we could.
There ain't no rest for the wicked, until we close our eyes for good.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Desolation Row

I cannot say enough good things about this cover.

Anyone who follows this blog is probably well aware that my favorite band is My Chemical Romance. While this band may currently be on break and not recording any new material yet, you can imagine my excitement when I heard that My Chemical Romance was selected to record a cover for an upcoming film.
And not just any film; My Chemical Romance has recorded a cover of Bob Dylan's Desolation Row for the Watchmen movie, scheduled to hit theatres Friday, March 6th.

While My Chemical Romance's version of Desolation Row is clocking in at nearly a quarter the length of the original track (Bob Dylan's recording having been around eleven minutes long, compared to the three minute length of the cover), I was extremely pleased by the way My Chemical Romance presented this song. Vocalist Gerard Way chose between the multiple verses of the original track and picked which he felt best represented the movie - a process he said was extremely difficult. However, in the end, the verses the band ended up incorporating into their cover exemplify not only the graphic-novel-gone-film, but the essence of Bob Dylan's original song almost, too perfectly.
There is plenty to appreciate beyond the lyrics, too. My Chemical Romance took an entirely different approach to this cover - it sounds nothing like the original, and yet, the hardcore punk styling of the track not only showcase the novel and, eventually, the movie, but also a new phase in the life of this band. My Chemical Romance are considering moving away from the theatric, rock-opera style which was apparent on their album The Black Parade (2006) and fall back on the punk rock foundations which supported their first two albums (I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love; 2002; and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, 2004).
Everything about this cover screams punk-rock, from the raw, unpolished vocals to the rough, dirty guitars and crashing symbols of the drum set. The entire essence of the track is just teeming with pent-up emotion, and the whole thing is hard and heavy enough that, at the end of three minutes, you can't help but keep asking for more. The combination of Bob Dylan's outstanding lyrics and My Chemical Romance's talents in musicianship and presentation is truly a winning mix.

All in all, this cover serves not only to represent Watchmen in the most brilliant of ways, but also My Chemical Romance, and the new direction the band plans to take with their careers.
The video is one hundred percent hardcore and a great watch for anyone - however, it's an especially good treat for those My Chem fans eagerly awaiting the band's return from their break (: And anyone who's actually read Watchmen , as I have, will appreciate every reference made in the video - from the Rorschach banner behind the drum set, to the Pale Horse flyers, to the graffiti on bassist Mikey Way's guitar ("Who Watches The Watchmen") ... it's all there.

Make sure to head out and see Watchmen when it hits theatres this Friday!
Until then, keep on rockin' to My Chemical Romance's cover of Desolation Row!

My Chemical Romance - Desolation Row [Bob Dylan Cover] Official Music Video

Desolation Row
Originally Recorded by Bob Dylan
Covered by My Chemical Romance

They're selling postcards of the hanging, they're painting the passports brown.
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors; the circus is in town.
Here comes the blind commissioner, they've got him in a trance.
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker, the other's in his pants.
And the riot squad, they're restless; they need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight from Desolation Row.

Cinderella, she seems so easy; "It takes one to know one," she smiles.
And puts her hands in her back pockets, Bette Davis style.
And in comes Romeo, he's moaning, "You belong to me, I believe."
And someone says," You're in the wrong place, my friend; you better leave."
And the only sound that's left after the ambulances go
Is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row.

At midnight all the agents and the superhuman crew
Go out and round up everyone that knows more than they do.
They bring them to the factory, where the heart-attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders, and then the kerosene
Is brought down from the castles by insurance men who go
Check to see that no one is escaping to Desolation Row.

Right now I can't read too good
Don't send me no letters, no.
Not unless you mail them from Desolation Row.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Avenged Sevenfold - "Avenged Sevenfold"

I can't get enough of this album.
Avenged Sevenfold is a band I was familiar with in the vaguest of ways. I had heard Afterlife and seen the music video, just like anyone else who had their televisions set to Fuse. However, that was the only song I'd heard by them, and didn't go out of my way to listen to anything more.
Once again, my mistake.

However, a friend of mine convinced me to go see Avenged Sevenfold with her when they came to our neck of the woods earlier this month. The show was epic. But, it wouldn't have been half as good if my friend hadn't let me borrow all of Avenged Sevenfold's albums beforehand, to let me "catch up" and maybe not feel like such a poser when they finally came on stage x]
From Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001) to City of Evil (2005), I got acquainted with all of the band's work. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Avenged Sevenfold's previous works were much more metal, much more hardcore, than their more recent releases; after hearing the melodic, soulful Afterlife, the full-on screaming in the band's previous albums was a surprise. But, what I noticed is that - no matter which style the band sought for -, with each album, I found something different to appreciate about this band.

In the end, though, it was the band's latest, self-titled album, released in 2007, which caught my attention. There were just so many chances taken on this album - the band really took a different spin on their sound with this one. While some old fans may not appreciate Avenged Sevenfold's drift away from their previous metal sound, I find it impossible to imagine how you couldn't appreciate the lengths this band went to in order to create a truly unique album.

This is an album review for Avenged Sevenfold.

Avenged Sevenfold- Avenged Sevenfold (2007)

1. Critical Acclaim - The band makes an impressive enterance with the first track of this album, declaring their new style and their new sound in almost a defiant manner, pairing organ chords with dramatic guitar melodies that send shivers down the spine. The song picks up shortly, with the drum line stealing the show. As a whole, every aspect of this song is overwhelming, and all you can do is sit back ... and enjoy. The band makes many powerful statements with the lyrics in this song; however, you're almost too drawn up in the sheer brilliance of the track to notice the message the band is making.
2. Almost Easy - The group doesn't even pause for a breath before running headlong into track two. With less elements incorporated than the opening song, it's easier to absorb the message behind this track; the lyrical impact. The hook is definitly one which strikes a nerve, as vocalist M. Shadows declares time and again that, "I'm not insane!". The bridge of this song is a standout, incorporating melodic, flowing backing vocals to really wrap up this track.
3. Scream - From the very beginning of this track all the way through, you just feel ... well, a little naughty listening to track three. The band backs down in intensity slightly, but makes up for it in plain and simple sexual tension. Not exactly a standout track, but not one to be ignored, either.
4. Afterlife - The stand-alone single from the album. As many times as I've heard this song, the strings which start the song off never lose effect; their shrieking high notes, followed immediantly by the guitars, still gives me shivers. Simple, melodic vocals are paired with the heavier guitars, bass and drums to give this track a unique style. Plenty of elements were incorporated into this track to make it the success it ultimately was.
5. Gunslinger - Any hardcore A7X fans were probably mortified to hear the acoustic, almost country-western guitar strumming which began this track. However, when the intensity picks back up after the first chorus, fans were allowed a sigh of relief. The styling of this track is a perfect example of the chances the band took on this album; and, to me, it paid off, in a huge way. The emotion in this track is intoxicating; I can't stop listening. The female backing vocals make their first significant appearance during the guitar solo of this song, and the effect is haunting.
6. Unbound (The Wild Ride) - One of two on the album which really just don't do much for me. I do adore the intricate piano melodies and backing vocals during the verses; however, as a whole, this track just doesn't stand out to me. The lyrics are okay, and, while the guitar parts are impressive ... but all in all? Just "alright". I really do love the bridge of this song ... but, honestly, my attention usually doesn't hold long enough to make it to that point in the track.
7. Brompton Cocktail - The second not-so-interesting track. There are parts of this song that I really enjoy; specifically, the string melodies during the verses. However, the vocal performance is only mediocre, and while the instrumentals are impressive at times, as a whole, the song just doesn't keep my attention.
8. Lost - The band takes another huge chance in track eight ... and, thankfully, it pays off. The guitars completely attack this song, starting off with a beautiful solo before taking off when the vocals begin. However, it's not until the chorus that this song really makes you stop and pay attention. The way they have altered the vocals in the studio, giving them an almost techno style, is a far cry from the band's old sound - and yet, it totally works. All the elements of this track, combined, just make it a unique song that I can't stop listening to!
9. A Little Piece of Heaven - My favorite track on the album, by far. A twisted tale of romance gone wrong, the story the lyrics tell are really only half the reason this song is so great. This song wouldn't be near the same without every element the band incorporated; strings, piano, brass; backing vocals, almost sounding like a choir ... it's almost a rock opera, but not quite. Besides these little "extras", the performance by the band is top-notch. Just a perfectly demented, beautifully skitzophrenic track.
10. Dear God - I was surprised when the band chose to end such a dramatic, complex album with an acoustic track. However, in a way, this was the perfect song to wrap things up. With simple, heartfelt lyrics and passionate performance by the whole band, this song is just beautiful. The acoustic, again, is almost country-western in influence, but not enough so to drastically change the sound - and a two-minute guitar solo at the end of the track reminds us that A7X is just as hardcore as ever.

Although the sound on this album may be quite different than anything the band has ever produced before, I think the changes Avenged Sevenfold took on this album are ultimately what made me respect them as a band. As a new fan, I can't justify an argument about how the band has changed thier sound, how they arn't what they once were ...
But, isn't that what being a band is about? Changing, growing, making something new?
I think Avenged Sevenfold has done just that. Please, check out these links and learn more about this unique band.

The band's website can provide you with all you need to know about Avenged Sevenfold, including tour dates; if you're lucky, maybe you can see this band perform live, as I have.

Lyrics to all the songs on this album and A7X's other releases can be found on this website.

I'm going to share with you the music video for A Little Piece of Heaven. I realize the video is as sick as the song ... but at the same time, it's as unique, as creative, as the album in which I've just reviewed. While maybe some of you cannot see what I see in this video, I hope some of you can appreciate the creative measures the band took in both the video and the song.
So, enjoy A Little Piece of Heaven, by Avenged Sevenfold; but, please, don't ignore the disclaimer ;)

Avenged Sevenfold - A Little Piece of Heaven Official Music Video

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dog Problems

Ah, The Format. One of my closest friends introduced me to these guys over the summer, and I'm very happy she did.

I hear The Format as a blend of Indie Rock and Broadway Musical, and I consider Dog Problems (off their album of the same name) their most epic sounding song.

The lyrics are fun and witty, and matched with fast paced vocal melodies. You can't help but want to memorize the words and sing along every time you hear the song.

This is definitely a must for everyone's i-pod. The perfect song to add to a "Summertime" or "Happy Songs" playlist. It has most certainly become a part of the soundtrack to my life.


Dog Problems-The Format (Official Video)



Speak for someone you don't know
They'll feel it in the back of their throat
We know I can't construct a poem
'Cause words like girls get bored and run
C'est la vie
I say "I've got so many better things"
I've got nothing
You should see me
I smoke myself to sleep

And blame postmodern things I can't relate
Like summer camp and coastal states
Like alcohol and coffee beans
Dance floors and magazines
I think its safe to say I've only got myself to blame
But boys in swooping haircuts
Are bringing me down
Taking pictures of themselves
Oh, no

“Boys in swooping haircuts you know who you are”

And so I walk the web in search of love
But always seem to end up stuck
I'm finding flaws in everyone.
I've reached the point where all I want
Is to sleep around in hopes that I will catch back up
We are parallel lines
We’re running in circles
We're never meant to cross

I'm at a loss
You were my tangerine
My pussycat, my trampoline
Now all's I get are wincing cheeks
And dog problems
I signed a lease
Thinking my heart belonged at 93rd and park
Instead I broke a girls heart
And flew back to Phoenix
To finish the year as it started

Can you hear me?
Are you listening?
This is the sound of my heart breaking
And I hope it's entertaining
Cause for me
It's a bitch

Was it worth it?
When you slept with him?
Did you get it all out of your system?

I am a man
Holding it all
I couldn’t breath
Coming across
I didn’t know
I couldn’t get up

B is for believing you'd always be here for me
E is for everything, even when we'd see it though
C, C is for seeing through you,
You are a fake, which brings me to...
A because, because, you always run away

I never finish phrases I misspell
An open arm's a prison cell
When I said, "I hate what I've become"
I lied, I hated who I was
So when you start to wonder
About the pain in my throat,
Well don't you ever, no never ever
Speak for someone

(lyrics found on, and video found on youtube)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sometime Around Midnight

There's an interesting story behind my introduction to this song.

I heard it on the local alternative radio station in the car ... probably a month or so ago. And I remember being instantly drawn to the song; the simplistic, yet effective, styling of the band and their delivery of the music. I remembered how much I enjoyed listening to the song ... but not what the song itself was titled.
I must have spent weeks desperately trying to remember any significant lyric of the song that I could possibly Google in order to discover the identity of the track; which had come to me on a shady weekday morning and then seemed to have disappeared from my radio station's play list. The only word I could remember was "midnight" ... and that was too vague to look up song lyrics.
Finally, one day, the string solo to my elusive track soared over the radio and, frantically excited, I turned around in the passenger seat and said excitedly to my sister, "This is my 'minutes to midnight' song!"
Why I adopted the title of Linkin Park's 2007 studio album as the unofficial title of this song, I'm not entirely sure. However, I soon learned that the lyric in which I got my "midnight" reference simply stated, "It starts sometime around midnight ..." - and the official title of the song was; well, you know.

Having finally tracked down and added the song to my vast collection of digital music, Sometime Around Midnight has been playing on my iPod nonstop. Each time I listen to the song, I find something new to appreciate about it; the unique vocals, the passionate lyrics, the simple - yet painful - story the song tells. There are no secret meanings behind this track - at least, none that I've come to find. To me, this song is simply about a man seeing an old "friend" at a bar - and all the bittersweet memories that brings back, all the unsatisfied desires of this lonely man.
And yet, that simplicity, that honesty ... is what makes this track so beautiful. In making this song "simple and sweet", the band has managed to create a track that is not only pleasant to listen to, but also easy to relate to - and that's a winning combination.

No matter how many times I listen to this song, though, I have to say my favorite part is the viola solo at the very beginning and very end; it seems to be what brings the entire track together. There's an emotion emitted from the strings that cannot be matched by any other instrument, and this track just wouldn't be complete without the element the viola brings.
Second on my list of favorite things about this song is probably the vocals. This band's lead singer has a unique, memorable, passionate voice that is impossible not to appreciate.

This is The Airborne Toxic Event with Sometime Around Midnight.

The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight Official Music Video

Sometime Around Midnight
The Airborn Toxic Event

And it starts sometime around midnight;
Or at least that’s when you lose yourself for a minute or two.
As you stand under the bar lights;
And the band plays some song about forgetting yourself for a while.
And the piano’s this melancholy soundtrack to her smile.
And that white dress she’s wearing, you haven’t seen her for a while.

But you know that she’s watching,
She’s laughing, she’s turning, she’s holding her tonic like a cross.
The room’s suddenly spinning, she walks up and asks how you are.
So you can smell her perfume, you can see her lying naked in your arms.

And so there’s a change, in your emotions.
And all these memories come rushing like feral waves to your mind.
Of the curl of your bodies, like two perfect circles entwined.
And you feel hopeless and homeless and lost in the haze of the wine.

Then she leaves, with someone you don’t know.
But she makes sure you saw her; she looks right at you and bolts.
As she walks out the door; your blood boiling, your stomach in ropes.
Oh and when your friends say, “What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”

Then you walk, under the streetlights.
And you’re too drunk to notice that everyone is staring at you.
You just don’t care what you look like, the world is falling around you.

You just have to see her ...
You know that she’ll break you in two.

Made Of Bricks

I first found out about Kate Nash when watching MTV at like seven am (about the only time they ever actually play music anymore...). There was a video for "Foundations" playing, and I really liked it. I love her poppy sound and British accent, her playful and catchy lyrics and, lol, her hair xD. She came across to me as a more melodic, less rap-ish, Lilly Allen. Another artist whom I like, and someday will get around to reviewing. She also has the same poppy piano vibe as early Regina Spektor.

Made Of Bricks is a great album, perfect for smiling along to, or listening to while having a's just that kind of music.
Also, like Lilly Allen Nash brings a sense of irony to her music. Pairing the happiest melodies and catchiest tunes to some not-so-happy lyrics.

-Track List-

6.We Get On
8.S*** Song
9.Pumpkin Soup
10.Skeleton Song
11.Nicest Thing
12.Merry Happy

Merry Happy-Kate Nash-Fan Made Video


Watching me like you never watched no one
Don't tell me that you didn't try to check out my bum
'cause I know that you did 'cause your friend told me that you like it

Gave me those pearls and I thought they were ugly
though you try and tell me that you never loved me
I know that you did 'cause you said it and you wrote it down

Dancing and discos, eating cheese on toast
yeah you make me merry make me very, very happy but you obviously,
you didn't want to stick around
Dancing at discos, eating cheese on toast
yeah you make me merry make me very,
very happy but you obviously, you didn't want to stick around

So I learnt from you, do do do da do do do do do do da do do do
So I learnt from you, do do do da do do do do do do da do do do

I can can be alone, yeah, I can watch a sunset, on my own

Sitting in restaurants, thought we were so grown up
But I know that we were not the people that we turned out to be
Chatting on the phone can't take back these
hourse but I won't regret 'cause I can grow
From where dirt used to be

Dancing at discos, eating cheese on toast
yeah you make me merry make me very,
very happy but you obviously, you didn't want to stick around
Dancing at discos, eating cheese on toast
yeah you make me merry make me very,
very happy but you obviously, you didn't want to stick around

Monday, January 19, 2009

HIM - "And Love Said No: Greatest Hits 1997 - 2004"

My introduction to HIM (previously and sometimes still referred to as His Infernal Majesty, or shortened to H.I.M) was an introduction similar to many others I've experiences with other bands I've somehow gotten into. HIM was a name I had heard before ... I knew the genre was a melancholy mix of goth rock and metal, and I even knew they hailed not from the US, but Finland. I'd flirted with some of the band's tracks, listening to thirty-second previews on iTunes. I often caught myself staring in awe at some of the band's cover art, for albums such as Razorblade Romance (2000) or Greatest Lovesongs, Volume 666 (1997). However, for whatever reason, nothing could convince me to finally sit down and listen to any extent of the band's music.
But, as fate would have it, I finally had an HIM song thrust upon me; by watching a countdown on Fuse, as often occurs. The new music video for Killing Loneliness was airing, and I couldn't help but pay attention. From the very opening notes of the song - a piano melody, soon accompanied by heavy guitars and a whining keyboard - I was hooked, and as the song progressed, I fell more and more in love with everything about this band.
So, I finally forked over the cash and came home with HIM's greatest hits album, And Love Said No. Released in 2007, the album contains most every major track HIM has released since their first album was put out ten years prior.
And I must say, this album is anything but disappointing. Giving you a taste for every unique aspect of this band, And Love Said No draws you into a fantasy land of love ... and death.
This is an album review for HIM's And Love Said No: Greatest Hits 1997 - 2004.

HIM - And Love Said No: Greatest Hits 1997 - 2004 (2007)

1. And Love Said No - A soft track, the verses are formed mostly around one guitar theme. The choruses, however, pick up with crashing cymbals and powerful vocals. The lyrics in this song take my breath away and make it one of my favorites on the album.
2. Join Me In Death - Track Two embodies everything about H.I.M's obsession with love and death, and the combination of the two. The piano makes its first impact on the album, with the guitars taking a back seat to the drums which carry through the verses. And, as always, Ville Valo's exceptional vocal range creates a haunting mood around the entire track.
3. Buried Alive By Love - Picking up the pace, Track Three starts out strong and doesn't let up. While the volume or the tempo may waver, the intensity of this song never seems to wane. Some of my favorite vocals are on this track; specifically, in the pre-chorus. With powerful, desperate vocals and the strong guitar theme, this song is teeming with adrenaline.
4. Heartache Every Moment - The piano and keyboard open this track up and continue their presence in the choruses, giving this song its haunting presence. Rhythmic guitar and drum lines draw you in, and poetic lyrics tell another tale of love gone wrong. Not a standout, in my opinion, but not to be overlooked.
5. Solitary Man - Strumming guitars back up emotionally charged vocals to deliver another upbeat track. The chorus is definitely the highlight of Track Five, with it's catchy hook and melodies. Valo takes plenty of opportunities to exercises his vocal talents, especially noted before the brief guitar solo after the second chorus.
6. Right Here In My Arms - A lower vocal range during the verses gives this song a different sound from the others. Again, cymbal crashes carry us through the verses, with the guitars picking up right before the choruses and dying down afterwards. With lyrics and vocals both painful in essence, this track is certainly one which draws you in.
7. Funeral of Hearts - The band slows down the tempo without in Track Seven without losing any of the passion or desperation. An acoustic guitar strums in the background as the vocals rise and fall, with the piano and guitars each having their turn in the spotlight. The lyrics fill this track with so much raw emotion ... simply lovely.
8. In Joy And Sorrow - Track Eight keeps things soft and (bitter)sweet. Acoustic guitars and piano melodies take the stage behind another lower, captivating vocal range which tells this tragic love story. Simply a gorgeous track, it's impossible not to be drawn in.
9. Your Sweet 666 - One of the songs which has given HIM the label as a "satanic band". Whatever your opinion of the title or lyrics, this is the kind of song that you get stuck in your head. Personally, I adore this track, and find the lyrics heartbreaking and beautiful. Plenty of chances are taken throughout the band during this track, and it really pays off.
10. Gone With The Sin - Track Ten starts off almost inaudibly low and soft, with the same captivating vocals. When the lyrics are finally paired with acoustic guitars, keyboard, and drums, the passion behind it all is nearly overwhelming. A gorgeous love song and a perfect lullaby, this is definitely one of my album favorites.
11. Wicked Game - The guitars in this track give you an idea why HIM might be classified as any form of metal. As a whole, this track seems to have a lot more elements than the others on the album; the vocal range, from extremely low in the vocals to the high note which opens the chorus, keeps this song interesting throughout, and the background vocals during the chorus are a unique touch. Every chance taken on this track was 110% worth it.
12. The Sacrament - The piano theme of this track gives the entire song an almost fairytale quality. When paired with the strumming guitars, rhythmic drums, empowered vocals, and lovestruck lyrics, this song overflows with an other world-ly feel. A captivating track as a whole, with the piano definitely standing apart.
13. Close To The Flame - Soft, yet strong, this track moves quiet and slow as it tells its story. The keyboard and piano pair up once again to create a passionate, haunting theme. The bass also makes its first obvious appearance and, backing up Valo's voice, creates another beautiful lullaby.
14. Poison Girl - The guitars shine once again in Track Fourteen, with enough venom to make you forget this is a love song. The only truly angry, remorseful track on the album ... and yet, the entire band executes it flawlessly. A track which stands apart from the rest ... and yet, in some strange way, fits in perfectly.
15. Pretending - A few unique twists are added to this track to make it a little more than ordinary. The keyboard makes a conspicuous entrance in the intro and chorus of the song, accompanied by a nearly techno sound effect to give the track just enough "something extra" to make it a little different. Otherwise, not an outstanding track, besides the typically well-written lyrics.
16. When Love And Death Embrace - The keyboard gets one more chance to steal the stage on the final track of the album. The cymbal crashes and bass back up Valo's passionate, broken hearted vocals and lyrics, while the keyboard theme swells and dies during the chorus. A soft, desperate track, this is the perfect way to end such a phenomenal album.

This is just another example of why I should simply take the time to look up these bands I'm interested in, instead of waiting for them to find me. Because, had I done so, I would have been entranced by HIM's music a long, long time ago.
If you're interested in HIM, I encourage you to check out the following links.

HIM's website can keep you updated on the band's news, tour dates, and other information.

Lyrics to all the songs on this album as well as HIM's many other efforts can be found on this website.

I've decided to share with you the music video for The Sacrament. The video in itself is stunning, and the song, breathtaking ... but, together, it seems you can really appreciate the entire story the band is trying to tell.
So, please enjoy The Sacrament, by HIM. And, please, do yourself a favor; check out other music by this extraordinary band.

HIM - The Sacrament Official Music Video

H.I.M. - Sacrament - Omnes

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bodysnatchers 4 Ever (What's A Pulse Got To Do With It?)

Frank Iero is building up quite the resume.

Coming from humble beginnings in the punk act Pencey Prep and moving into a current and outstanding career in alternative rock band My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero has certainly gotten around in his days as a musician. However, this month marks a milestone for his latest project; the release of LeATHERMOUTH's very first album.

LeATHERMOUTH, another punk act hailing from Jersey and fronted by Iero, has come a long way in a very short amount of time. This is a band which wants to "vent about all the bull***t that I see going on in the world that makes me ill," as Iero put it. He goes on to say; "I try to belabor the topics people want to forget exist. LeATHERMOUTH is where I can vomit out all the aggression that has built up inside."

With their first single off their first album (XO; scheduled release January 27th, 2009), Bodysnatchers 4 Ever does just that. With pure, hardcore adrenaline pumping through the entire song, you can't help but feel any anger or upset inside you fall away while listening. The lyrics - if you can see past the screaming and take them at full value - are powerful, angry; easy to relate to. As a whole, this is music that speaks to people everywhere - of all ages, and of all walks of life. This music brings out in people whatever they're most afraid of, whatever it is they don't want to deal with; LeATHERMOUTH takes that fear and shoves it right in your face. And, after listening, you honestly feel better for it.

Bodysnatchers 4 Ever is a hard-hitting first single from what's sure to be a knockout new band. I encourage you to look up LeATHERMOUTH's other single, Sunsets Are For Muggings, and don't miss your chance to pick up XO on January 27th. I sure know I'll be getting my hands on a copy (:

So, if there's something you've got on your mind, something you need to get off your chest ... prepare for a release.
This is Bodysnatchers 4 Ever, by LeATHERMOUTH.

**EDIT 3.1.09 - LeATHERMOUTH released a music video for this track a while back. I'm sorry I didn't update this post sooner :( However, you can now enjoy the official video for Bodysnatchers 4 Ever. It's pretty much epic. May give certain individuals motion sickness and/or nightmares.
I'm also pleased to report that I purchased XO, and it is simply amazing (: Highly recommended.
After buying the album, I learned that this song actually has a subtitle. This post as been updated accordingly. Sweet deal.

LeATHERMOUTH - Bodysnatchers 4 Ever (What's A Pulse Got To Do With It?) Official Music Video

Bodysnatchers 4 Ever (What's A Pulse Got To Do With It?)

a second chance, take a life, another mission.
to steal a kiss from borrowed lips, i taste your prison
it feels like a lifetime, of leaving bodies on the sidelines.

i swear to God, girl, you're never gonna regret this.
close your eyes, this will only take a second.
though these veins are borrowed,
this heart only beats for you.


their shells disposable, oh so expendable.
shut it, shut it, shut it, shut it out
of your pretty mind,
they never cared for you.

here's our shot to insight a revolution.
they don't deserve to live, we are their evolution.
these veins are borrowed, these shells are borrowed.

a new life after death, it's fucking perfect.
don't you fear, they'll never hurt you darling.
these veins are borrowed, these veins are borrowed.

1, 2, 3, 4!

their shells disposable, oh so expendable.
shut it, shut it, shut it, shut it out.
they never cared for you;
how can you shed a tear?

don't worry old girl.
dry the tears from your eyes.
something better is bound to come around sometime ... let's go.

this face means nothing, these hands feel nothing.
these lungs are empty, and these eyes are blind.
this face means nothing, these hands hold nothing.
i'm here, this heart is yours.

our love never dies.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Use Somebody

Kings of Leon may be a new favorite of mine.

So far, I've only heard two songs by the band; the recently popular, upbeat Sex On Fire, which I have discovered to be the perfect song to turn up in the car when you're driving back roads on a sunny day ...
... and the track I'm going to tell you about in this post.

Use Somebody is a soft, simple track, with so much emotion it's impossible not to be drawn. Everything about this song captivates me; the quiet, straight-forward lyrics, the conspicuous bass line, the strumming of the rhythm guitar, the short guitar solo, not overdone ... and the drums, the crashing symbols, which seems to tie it all together.
However, what truly caught my attention in this song - and Sex On Fire, and probably any other Kings of Leon song I will listen to in the future - is the vocals. Caleb Followill's vocal styling is very unique, and his delivery is flawless. His great lead vocals are made that much more spectacular when they are paired with his backing vocals, which usually consist of alternating higher and lower notes in a range that gives you shivers. It's impossibly not to appreciate the emotion in these Kings of Leon tracks - and others, I'm sure - with Caleb's powerful voice delivering the lyrics.
As a whole, I just adore this track. I can't stop listening to it. Use Somebody is really an example of how you can say so much in so little words.

A final note, which is irrelevant to my opinions on the track, but which I found to be very interesting and just, sweet ...
Kings of Leon is made up of Caleb, Jared, Matthew and Nathan Followill. I would assume the relationships are brothers.
A band of four brothers. How cool is that? I've never seen a band whose members all shared the same last name (:

Use Somebody is simply a lovely track, and I think you'll appreciate it most if you take a listen to it yourself. Watching the video may also help you get a feel for the power behind this simple, quiet song.

This is Use Somebody, by Kings of Leon.

Kings of Leon - Use Somebody Official Music Video

Kings of Leon - Use Somebody

Use Somebody
Kings of Leon

I've been roaming around, always looking down at all I see.
Painted faces, fill the places I can't reach.

You know that I could use somebody ...

Someone like you, and all you know, and how you speak.
Countless lovers, under cover of the street.

You know that I could use somebody ...
Someone like you.

Off in the night, while you live it up, I'm off to sleep.
Waging wars to shape the poet and the beat.
I hope it's gonna make you notice ...

Someone like me;
Someone like me, somebody ...
Someone like you;
Someone like you, somebody ...

I've been roaming around, always looking down at all I see ...

Finally, I'd like to dedicate this review to Steven's Untitled Rock Show which, regretfully, has been cancelled.
I first discovered Use Somebody through Steven's show, and the video was played on the show in the final episodes.
Fuse won't be the same without SURS :(

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yngwie Malmsteen

The name's a bit of a tongue twister no? Just to get you started here's how you pronounce this guy's name, Ying-Wee Malm-Steen.

Now, who exactly is he?
A metal guitarist with the heart of a classical composer. Think of every variation of metal guitar you've heard to date, and then think even farther, you've got Yngwie and his amazing style.

He was trained classically as a child and went on to perform heavy metal guitar music, but what I'm interested in is his Symphonic Metal. He has composed classical concertos and symphonies for electric guitar and entire orchestras.
This is what classical music has evolved to for him...and it's amazing.

I discovered him when a friend gave me a CD with some of his classical tracks, I fell in love...this stuff is awesome.

I really don't want to say too much though, other than of course that you must listen!
Form your own opinion, I'd love to hear it. This is less a review and more me introducing you to his music and wanting to know what you think of it.

I think it's something else!


Cavallino Rampante (LIVE)-Yngwie Malmsteen and the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra