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SEVENDUST: KILL THE FLAW

WHAT’S UP NATION!?

 

I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect when I heard this album. This band has been around for sometime and I have seen and met them on more then one occasion. I haven’t heard what they have been as of late until a colleague of mine brought this to my attention and man am I glad he did. This is SEVENDUST’s KILL THE FLAW

SEVENDUST: KILL THE FLAW

   This has got to be one of the band’s heaviest records to date. The texture feels quite muddy but not sloppy. One technique the band seems to utilize a lot through out they’re career is this pause break with the guitars and although they have been doing this since their early days it never comes off as formulaic. Plus I got to give them props for having that kind of capability. It’s easy to just strum chords repeatedly but, to pull of this kind of craft everyone’s timing has to be dead on with no room for error. So nice harmonies guys.

The drums feel like the predominant instrument through out the album and Morgan Rose is a monster behind the kit. Constructing well crafted beats that hit hard. There is something about the drums and the singer’s (Lajon Witherspoon) vocals that just mesh so well together. I can’t quite put my finger on it but man does it work. You can tell they put a lot of thought and effort into making this album. None of the songs comes off as filler and almost any of them could easily be a song played on the radio and I am thrilled I bought. This album gets an 8 out of 10. Be sure to pick up a copy of KILL THE FLAW available at all major outlets and iTunes. Until next time nation ROCK ON \\m// \\m//

BREAKING BENJAMIN: DARK BEFORE DAWN

WHAT’S UP NATION1?

It’s time for another review and this time we are looking at one of my favorite band’s, BREAKING BENJAMIN. After years of waiting Benjamin Burnley is back with a new line up and a new album. Was it worth the wait? Well let’s not waist anymore time and check out BREAKING BENJAMIN’S DARK BEFORE DAWN.

Breaking Benjamin; Dark Before Dawn

Its no secret that Breaking Benjamin fans are devoted to this band and have been waiting patiently with little to no complaints. So when little teasers started popping up on Facebook it got their fans attention. The new line up consists of Jasen Rauch (guitar, originally from Red); Keith Wallen (guitar and backing vocals, originally from Adelitas Way); Aaron Bruch (bass and backing vocals); and Shaun Foist (drums, originally from Picture Me Broken). I have been a Breaking Benjamin fan for a long time and I gotta say….this new line up does no disappoint. This still feels like the same band I fell in love with and I can’t wait to hear them play older Breaking Benjamin songs.

The album itself is great. It feels a bit like their older material but considering how long they were on hiatus for, I’m not surprised. Plus I think it’s important to slowly ease their way back into the music scene. In fact before they started doing full on rock tours they actually acoustic tours to get themselves (and their fans) ready. So although I would like to see them pick up where they had left off, i’m not complaining. It has that classic Breaking Benjamin feel but still has that touch of something fresh and new. One of my favorite songs is Ashes Of Eden. I’m a firm believer that less is more and this song uses minimal accompaniment but MAN DOES IT PACK A PUNCH. Both musically and lyrically. Ben’s voice just soars over the string section plus you can grasp the emotions he’s expressing. You can really feel the authenticity. Some of my other favorite tracks are Failure, Angels Fall, Breaking The Silence and Bury Me Alive. This album gets an 8/10. Welcome back Breaking Benjamin. We have missed you. They are currently on tour promoting this album and you can check them out at these cities.

  • AUG 12 2015
    THE FILLMORE
    SILVER SPRINGS, MD
  • AUG 14 2015
    HOUSE OF BLUES
    BOSTON, MA
  • AUG 15 2015
    THE PARAMOUNT
    HUNTINGTON, NY
  • AUG 16 2015
    THE NATIONAL
    RICHMOND, VA
  • AUG 18 2015
    THE NORVA
    NORFOLK, VA
  • AUG 19 2015
    THE FILLMORE
    CHARLOTTE, NC
  • AUG 21 2015
    THE RITZ
    RALEIGH, NC
  • AUG 22 2015
    HOUSE OF BLUES
    MYRTLE BEACH, NC
  • AUG 24 2015
    HOUSE OF BLUES
    ORLANDO, FL
  • AUG 25 2015
    REVOLUTION
    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
  • AUG 26 2015
    JANNUS LIVE
    ST. PETERSBURG, FL
  • AUG 28 2015
    ZIGGY’S OUTDOORS
    WINSTON-SALEM, NC
  • AUG 29 2015
    TRUMP TAJ MAHAL – MARK G ETESS ARENA
    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

september 2015

  • SEP 11 2015
    MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
  • SEP 12 2015
    LUPO’S HEARTBREAK HOTEL
    PROVIDENCE, RI
  • SEP 14 2015
    METROPOLIS
    MONTREAL, QC, CANADA
  • SEP 15 2015
    SOUND ACADEMY
    TORONTO, ON, CANADA
  • SEP 16 2015
    ERIE INSURANCE ARENA
    ERIE, PA
  • SEP 18 2015
    PAVILION AT MONTAGE MOUNTAIN
    SCRANTON, PA
  • SEP 19 2015
    BEST BUY THEATRE
    NEW YORK, NY
  • SEP 21 2015
    NEWPORT MUSIC HALL
    COLUMBUS, OH
  • SEP 22 2015
    JACOBS PAVILION
    CLEVELAND, OH
  • SEP 24 2015
    KELLOGG ARENA
    BATTLE CREEK, MI
  • SEP 25 2015
    THE FILLMORE DETROIT
    DETROIT, MI
  • SEP 26 2015
    ARAGON BALLROOM
    CHICAGO, IL
  • SEP 27 2015
    MYTH LIVE
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN
  • SEP 29 2015
    BLUESTEM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
    MOORHEAD, MN
  • SEP 30 2015
    SURFSIDE BALLROOM
    CLEAR LAKE, IA

october 2015

  • OCT 2 2015
    CROSSROADS KC
    KANSAS CITY, MO
  • OCT 3 2015
    MINGLEWOOD HALL
    MEMPHIS, TN
  • OCT 4 2015
    LOUDER THAN LIFE @ CHAMPIONS PARK
    LOUISVILLE, KY
  • OCT 24 2015
    MONSTER ENERGY AFTERSHOCK @ GIBSON PARK
    SACRAMENTO, CA

LINDEMANN: SKILLS IN PILLS

WHATS UP NATION!?

I recently picked up the debut album from LINDEMANN Skills In Pills. Featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein and multi-instrumentalist and Peter Tagtgren. Let’s take a look at this new album.

SKILLS IN PILLS

Let’s get one thing straight, this is no RAMMSTEIN 2.0 the writing while still industrial is completely different and so is the song structure. Rammstein songs usually consists of one or two riffs but Lindemann is much bigger. Till also sings in english. He speaks it quite well but still has his German accent which I actually like. It adds to the erie vibe of the music. The only thing that feels off to me is that almost all the songs are about some kind of sexual thing and after a while it just comes off a little awkward. Granted Till is a shock rock artist so maybe that was the point but if the sex songs were spaced out it would easier to deal with. All and all the album is still worth getting and I give it a 7 out of 10. Congrats Lindemann.

ARANDA: NOT THE SAME

WHATS UP NATION!?

I just got to here the new album from ARANDA called NOT THE SAME and this album just blew me away. These guys are influenced by Rock, Funk, plus soul and it shows. They have a great bounce, with a nice flow, and killer tempos. I have always been a big fan of rhythm and these guys deliver on all fronts. They’re music doesn’t come off as over produced either. Like everything you will hear on this record you will hear live. The record also comes off as very raw. Not a lot of effect or digital sounds. Just them and a distortion pedal. I would highly recommend checking this album out and hopefully they will grant me an interview. ROCK ON \m/

Aranda: Not The Same

YOUNG GUNS

WHATS UP NATION!?

I checked out this album called “Ones and Zeros” by a band called Young Guns. I have heard of this band but never got the chance to check them out. I recently did and it was great. I love this indie yet digital sound they have. It packs a punch but it’s know where near as hard as heavy metal. It still manages to pump you up and get you excited and adds a touch of pop. I would highly recommend these guys to anyone who wants a great rock jam. I hope they come to South FL because not only is the album good but now I have to experience this live

Young Guns: Ones and Zeros

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!!!!!