Monthly Archives: December 2014

EMIGRATE-SILENT SO LONG

WHATS UP NATION!? Well he’s finally back. After a six year absents Richard Kruspe is back with his band EMIGRATE with his sophomore release. I have been waiting a long time for this album so lets not waste any more of it. Let’s take a look at EMIGRATE-SILENT SO LONG

Emigrate-Silent So Long

Everything from this album is a giant step forward from Emigrate’s self titled debut. It’s WAY more heavier and there is more of that industrial metal texture that wasn’t really present on their first album and Richard does it without sounding like his other band Rammstein. The writing has vastly improved too, while the first record was still a pretty solid album it felt like they were still trying to find they’re footing and testing the waters. This one however sounds way more ambitious and your face with a blast of energetic metal music. It’s almost like he’s here to make Emigrates present’s felt and it shows. One of the many things that impressed me on this album were all the guest appearances which include Lemmy Kilmister, Jonathan Davis, Marilyn Manson, Peaches, Frank Delle’, & Margaux Bossieux. All enhance the songs by adding depth and don’t come off like cheap cameos.

The lyrics are just fantastic. I get the impression that he was reaching deep down into soul trying to find the right words to express his emotions without laying it on to thick or just randomly stringing words together. The guitar solos are incredible, they actually mix very well into the songs and don’t feel like it’s just been layered on top of a riff. Over all there is really nothing negative I have to say about this album so it gets a perfect score, 5 \m/\m/\m/\m/\m/ OUT OF 5. I hope EMIGRATE goes on tour because this album is just exciting and I want to experience it live and hopefully I can interview them. Until next time Nation, STAY LOUD!!!!

 

SLIPKNOT- .5: THE GREY CHAPTER

WHAT’S UP NATION!? Well it’s FINALLY here, my review on the new album from SLIPKNOT! It’s been six long years since their last feature length album “All Hope Is Gone” and they’re luck hasn’t been going so well. With the termination of long time drummer Joey Jordison and the death of they’re bassist Paul Gray it’s no wonder why it took so long. So lets not waste anymore time, let’s take a look at “.5: The Gray Chapter”

Slipknot-5: The Grey Chapter

The title is an obvious reference to they’re late bassist Paul Gray and some of the songs (If not most) seem to be dedicated to him which is highly understandable, he was one of the founding members after all. Reading through the lyric sheet it’s quite clear just how hurt they were by the death of they’re late bassist. They give you a sense that Paul Grey really was the rock on the band and helped keep them together but. as much as they loved him. Some of the songs give me the impression that they have some resentment towards him for his death (Which was a caused by an overdose & had signs of heart failure). Paul did write most of the riffs for them and i’m sure they all had this thought of “What do we do now”? Going through they’re heads at some point. It was really great to see and hear them take all those thoughts, moments, plus feelings and put all of that into this album.

I really like how the album puts you in suspense with the opening track (XIX) which gives off this haunting vibe & makes you wonder what your in for and then…….let’s just say, welcome back guys.  According to singer Corey Taylor they wanted this record to be a mix of Iowa and Subliminal Verses and I would say they did just that. There are times when the songs have a sense of a solid writing structure. Where it’s easy to follow and understand what’s going on (just like subliminal Verses). Then with a pin drop it turns into utter chaos with all nine of them plying as hard and heavy as possible (Just like in Iowa). It’s really to see that even though they are without their original & bassist they have not lost they’re touch.

According to an interview with guitarist Jim Root he said that they put they’re new drummer (Who is believed to be Jay Weinberg son of Max Weinberg the drummer for Bruce Springsteen) through the wringer and it shows. He is an incredible replacement being able to replicate the playing and writing style of Joey Jordison. The same thing can be said about they’re new bassist (Who is believed to be Alessandro Venturella). He really seems to have  grasp on the style of Slipknot and ill be looking forward to seeing them live again. I am happy to say this album gets a 4 \m/\m/\m/\m/ out of 5. Congrats Slipknot. I hope I can interview you sometime. and Paul we all still miss you. Say hi to Wayne Static for us. Until next time nation STAY LOUD!!!!!