Distorted guitars, crazy rhythms, dense bass, and insane vocals. What it means to be a metal head.
Symphonic Metal Bands: Nerdiness vs Kickassery — A statistical analysis
I love metal, especially the power/symphonic kind. But man — there is some nerdy stuff out there. But does the nerdiness improve or hinder the overall kickassery of the music? Let us analyze:
The Noisy Ensemble of HEALTH's "DISCO4."
Synth/noise-rock band HEALTH have a new album, and it's an echo chamber with a myriad of voices in the realms of the obscure and the accessible, for both those who prefer the rough and the clean. You may know Health’s sound, which weaves seamlessly between the industrial and the electronic (yet rarely strays from the chaotic) via their tracks in video games such as Max Payne 3, Grand Theft Auto, or Cyberpunk 2077 or perhaps their partaking in film/television such as Atomic Blonde or, strangely enough, 13 Reasons Why. But they should not be overlooked in terms of their listenability outside of those other mediums. They’ve released four albums prior to the two-part album that this article is about, ranging from the noise rock to EBM to pure synthpop with no distortion in sight.
I’m Not Your Token
We’re not your tokens. That’s what I always say. Only rock n roll can move my soul. Yes I like Bone Thugs and Outkast every now and then and I love 80s and 90s R&B. But the thing that’s get my blood flowing and the tears streaming down my face is rock n roll. From classic rock to heavy metal, in the words of Joan Jett, put another dime in the jukebox baby.
With all the extra stress of the age the chance to escape in to a calm place is essential. A chance to block out the noise with your own noise, decide what's disturbing you. The difference for me is the louder and heavier it is the better it calms me.
The Alice in Chains Concert
The year was 2014. I had only recently come to terms with my new beliefs about the origin of life in the universe and the implications of those beliefs. I was still 23 years old. My brother had passed away only six months prior. I was excited about the upcoming Coheed and Cambria concert, Alice in Chains was just headlining. I was going with my two friends, Shelly and Cory.
My Heavy Halloween Playlist
Making a perfect Halloween playlist requires a lot of thought. Obviously the songs should at least loosely follow a Halloween-based theme. I created my playlist with the intention of including a mixture of different artists and different Halloween-related themes. I have to admit that the music I chose for my Halloween party playlist would not appeal to everyone, but I feel like it is well-suited for the purpose of keeping the spirit of Halloween going strong.
Why I'm a Metallica Fan
I've meant to write this particular piece for some time now, but two significant reasons have kept me from doing so. The first is that I needed the timing to feel right to showcase my endless adulation for my favorite musicians. The second is that I wanted to find a good headspace to write about them so I could do them justice. Metallica is approaching its 40th anniversary. In addition, they have recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of their critically acclaimed album self entitled the Metallica Album, better known as the Black Album, so I feel the time has come to write this long-awaited love letter. And as far as finding a good headspace for writing, I have learned that there is no time like the present. So, here is why I became a Metallica fan.
Born To Raise Decibels: Inside The Loudest Band Of All Time
‘It will be so loud that if we move in next door to you, the lawn will die’ - Lemmy, Motörhead The above quote comes from a time when groups were competing for a listing in the Guinness Book Of World records as the loudest recorded band - a listing that has since been removed for health reasons.
Rock 'n' Metal Back on Top
2021 is turning out to be an excellent year for rock and heavy music, with several albums scoring high on the official sales charts worldwide.
Back during the prime of the pop punk and emo days, screamo and metal were as angsty as it could get. In the United States, bands like Paramore, Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Black Veil Brides, Blink182, Blood on the Dance Floor, and My Chemical Romance were the bread and butter of the pop punk/emo scene. And although I participated in some of the usual pop punk culture, there was something about anime that really had me hooked. When a good theme song came on, you instantly sang along, or at least enthusiastically hummed along if you didn't know any Japanese. When I was 12, I didn't really have any friends, I was kind of a loner and I think my parents had just gotten married again after being divorced for a couple of years. Not the best time of my life but not the worst either. Back during that odd time in my life, anime WAS my life. Animes like Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, and Soul Eater were everything. But one anime in particular introduced me to what would be the key to my teenage angst and what would eventually lead me to my Kpop obsession at the age of 14. That anime was Black Butler.
My Security Blanket of Brutalism: This Will Destroy You's "Tunnel Blanket" at 10
It was a warm day in Glendale, California. The sun shined rays of light and positivity down on me as I made my way home from the World Gym on Colorado Street. I took in the greenery of the quiet neighborhoods around me and let the silent comfort of solitude and vitamin D wash over me. My mind began to wander.
A Day To Remember
While trying to figure out which songs to do for the "Zen Playlist" challenge now that I am finally a vocal plus member, I realized a the playlist was dominated by songs from "A Day To Remember". So I figured, why not just dedicate an entire article to them? As a quick refresher I actually discussed this band in a previous article of mine, I will have said article linked.