Good metal? Hellyeah!

And now for something completely different! For those who are fans of either Pantera and Mudvayne there is a chance you will like the fairly new band, appropriately titled Hellyeah. The band is composed of Chad Gray on vocals (Mudvayne), Greg Tribbett on guitar (Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell on guitar (Nothingface), Bob Zilla (Nothingface), and Vinnie Paul on drums (Pantera, Rebel Meets Rebel, Damageplan).

Naughty Songs

Everybody has their own “guilty pleasure” songs. You know the ones that make you want get up and dance, or maybe even do something naughty. I’ve been pretty addicted to a few of these recently, so I thought I’d share them with you all!

1. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard

This song may be older, but too good to ever go out of style. It’s a classic “naughty” song, and is actually the #1 song used for stripping (bet nobody ever told you that one)

2.  I Almost Told You That I Love You by Papa Roach

This song crosses the line into just plain dirty just a bit, but is still pretty awesome. Just beware the video, it’s pretty wild

3. Scream by Avenged Sevenfold

Sexy metal, what could be better?

4. Bad Girlfriend by Theory of a Deadman

Pretty self explanatory

5. For Your Entertainment by Adam Lambert

This song is so hot, and very addicting!

6. I Get Off by Halestorm

My number one favorite naughty song by far. The more you listen to it, the more little things you notice, especially some of the double meanings!

7. Bad Romance

Just plain sexy

So much time, and so much music!

Since I have been on here there has been so much good new music that I feel I should comment on, however I’ve gone through some life changes recently and haven’t had nearly enough time to listen to it all! Some of the new CDs that have been released recently are:

Fall Releases 2010

Something For The Rest Of Us by Goo Goo Dolls (August 28th)- unfortunately I have not had a chance to listen to this yet, and regret it deeply.however I’ve been told it’s not as good as their older music, which is probably true. Their new music doesn’t carry nearly as much emotions and deep meanings as in Dizzy Up The Girl.

Asylum by Disturbed (August 27th) – I haven’t heard much about this album, although supposedly it was supposed to be pretty epic. That remains to be seen, although coming from them it most likely will be.

Time For Annihilation by Papa Roach (August 31st) – I don’t tend to listen to a whole lot of Papa Roach, although this is probably worth listening to, they are very talented.

Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place by Anberlin (September 7th) – Of course I went out and bought this the week it came out, expecting nothing less then pure musical ecstasy. While it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, it is still genius.

Hurley by Weezer (September 10th) – Not an album I’d run out and purchase, but might be worth listening to. With such a unique cover and title it is bound to be interesting.

A Thousand Suns by Linkin Park (September 8th) – Cannot wait to listen to this one!

Hands All Over by Maroon 5 (September 15th) – This is another of those bands that I have been eagerly waiting for a another CD from, especially after hearing their new single, Misery. Hopefully this will be a great followup to their last album!

My Darkest Days by My Darkest Days – A new band that almost nobody has heard of, but has a lot of potential.

The Dissent of Man by Bad Religion (September 24th) – Bad Religion without fail manages to crank out great punk, however after listening to so many of their albums, they are all starting to blend into each other just bit. Good none-the-less though.

Invented by Jimmy Eat World (September 28th) – I tend not to listen too much to Jimmy Eat World, however this will probably be good.

Life Turns Electric by Finger Eleven – This is pretty great

Some new CDs to be coming out soon to keep an eye out for:

Punk Goes Pop 3 by Various Artists, What Separates Me From You by A Day To Remember, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by My Chemical Romance and Life in Motion by 3 Doors Down

Concerts I’ve Been To!

Ok, so I’ve been to a fair amount (90 to be exact) of concerts over the last several years, so I thought I’d post them and tell you what I’ve thought. There some bands I’ve seen multiple times, so that will be listed in parenthesis. In future posts I’ll have to explain some funny stories that happened, because you never exactly know what kind of things can actually go on a at a concert…..but anyways, back to my main topic!

Sarah Evens – eh, nothing special

Kingston Trio – If you like folk music, then this might be your dream come true. When I saw them it was actually their last concert with any of the remaining members of the original band, so if you go to see them now they are all replacements.

Skillet (5)- One of my all time favorite bands, they put on a great show. Especially if you like headbanging, screaming like an idiot, and flames. They put on what is probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Bethany Dillon – Not really my type of music, she plays more tame girly stuff

Aaron Shust – Good worship music, if you’re into that

Britt Nicole – Pretty good, fun bouncy music

KJ-52 –  This guy is amazing, even if you aren’t into rap (like me). If ever have a chance to go to one of his concerts, DO IT. It’s like a giant party, you’ll have the time of your life!

Disciple (3)- Really rockin’ metal band, lots of fun

Salvador – Unique latino worship band, good if you’re into that type of thing

Tim Hughes – Another worship band

David Crowder Band (4) – Kind of a worship band, but absolutely fun! He brings in all kind of weird stuff, last time I saw him we all ended up square dancing in the mosh pit! Definitely recommend seeing him.

Third Day (2) – Ok

Storyside B – Don’t really remember this one

Parachute Band (2)- I don’t really remember, but I think they were really good

Starfield – Good

Grits – Umm….good I guess if you like heavy rap

Thousand Foot Krutch (5) – Love, love, love this band. Totally awesome in concert!

Leeland (4) – Also a worship band, but very good. I used to be in love with the lead singer

Tobymac (3) – This guy is a blast. Another very fun and upbeat concert

Casting Crowns (4) – A really nice worship band

Phil Wickham (2) – Worship

Mandisa – Great voice and very inspirational

Barlow Girl – Preppy girl music, really not my type

Kutless (2)- They are pretty good rock, but just not my favorite

Newsboys (with Peter Furler as lead singer) (2)- One of the most fun shows with a lot of singing, jumping, dancing and drum wars. Really, really great!

Newsboys (with Michael Tate as lead singer) – Pretty good and funny, just not the newsboys I know and like. They actually are more like a Newsboys cover band then the actual Newsboys, because they sing mostly new music, with very little of the old and well loved hits.

Limeliters – Another great folk band, although they have none of the original band members left

John Waller – Another worship type, good but kinda weird

The Afters – Great concert, great sound

Red (4)- One of my all time favorite bands, amazing metal sound and vocals, and literally to die for in concert! LOVE THEM!

Flyeaf – Pretty good, although you really couldn’t understand a word she was saying

Paul Baloche –  yeah, another worship band

Hawk Nelson (2)- Tons of fun, really cute boy band

Worth Dying For (2) – Not really worth dying for….or showing up to watch

Jeremy Camp – Just ok, although a lot of people love him

Blushing Well – Nobody knows who they are for a reason, cause they suck (although they might have improved since I saw them last, not sure. If you’ve listened to them recently and have a different opinion, please let me know).

Ryan Payne Band – Cute and funny boy band, pretty good

Ryan Star – Wasn’t a huge fan of the music, but he was hilarious

David Cook – Spectacular, although was quite the snob. After the concert he went straight back to his trailer and refused to sign or even associate with anything.

Josh Gracin – Country music at it’s best

Natalie Stovall – Good if you are into fiddle music

A Rude Revolution – Local ska band, fairly good although all the songs sound exactly the same

Reel Big Fish – Foul, obnoxious ska music at it’s best, although they do sound good

Remedy Drive (2) – Cute, good sound, and they do all kinds of insane and crazy stuff on stage

Bluetree – Nobody knows who this band is for a reason…all I remember is they they are Welsh

Michelle Bonilla – Don’t remember much except it was not stuff I liked

Chris Tomlin (2)- Some of the best worship music to be found

Group 1 Crew – Poppy upbeat stuff, not really my type

Lincoln Brewster – A very talented worship singer

Unspoken – Don’t really remember

Relevant Worship – More worship, what else can I say?

Family Force 5 (2) – Another of my favorite bands to see live, they are a blast. It’s like a total dance party, and impossible to dislike

House of Heros (2) – Excellent

Anberlin – Of course since they are one of my two favorite bands, I have to love them. But they were beyond spectacular in concert, and there isn’t much I wouldn’t do to see them again

Taking Back Sunday – Very good, great sound

All-American Rejects – Where do I even start? They were crude, filthy, vulgar, offensive, raunchy, obscene and plain disgusting. They only good thing about the entire concert was them performing Gives You Hell, which kinda rocked.

Breaking Benjamin – Ah, my other favorite band. They were so amazing live, and just really rock their hearts out. Being able to sing Breath live totally made my whole year (yeah, it was that good)

10 Years – I had never heard them before, but was pretty impressed, good sound and lyrics.

Carlos Whittaker – not that great worship

Downhere – ok I guess

Switchfoot (2) – Not one of my favorite bands, but they put on a really good show

Deluge – worship…

John Mark McMillen – pure acoustic-y goodness, with really intriguing lyrics

Sons of Day – they rock, and do a really good U2 cover

B. Reith – this guys is crazy fun and looks like Ashton Kutcher (bonus)

December Radio – Just as good as I thought they would be (which is pretty crazy good)

Tenth Avenue North – I’ve head a lot of raves about them, but they honestly didn’t do much for me. Except for the song By Your Side, which is just a good song

Brian “Head” Welch (co-founder and lead guitarist of Korn) – This guy rocked my socks off!

CD updates & New Releases

Here are a few new CD releases to be on the lookout for!

July 27th (A.K.A today)

Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold

August 3rd

11:59 by Ryan Star (actually saw him in concert, but that’s a story for another time)

August 17th

Intimacy by Korn

August 31st (lots of good ones here)

Feeding the Wolves by 10 Years (also saw them )

Asylum by Disturbed

Something for the Rest of Us by Goo Goo Dolls

Screaming Bloody Murder by Sum 41

There are some I am really looking forwards too in September, but I will post them as the dates draw closer

Please educate the punkless!

Yes, I’m still having trouble with people who know not of what they speak. I think the problem all stems from calling it punk rock, so people automatically smash the two genres together in their head, and then cannot manage to find a difference. I had to explain to a friend this morning that Flyleaf and Reliant K are not punk bands. The next time someone tells me that Hawk Nelson is the greatest punk band ever (yes, this actually happened) I will have to resist hitting them very hard with a very real and very punk studded object.

So….if you ever hear someone spouting off incorrectly about punk, please take them aside and explain the error of their ways to them. It will save the rest of us a lot of pain and grief!

I came across an interesting issue the other day while listening to several different bands. Is there such a thing as Christian punk?

After much debate and research I came upon an answer….no. Two very important themes to punk music are Anarchy (“Absence of government; a state of lawlessness due to the absence or inefficiency of the supreme power political disorder.” – wikipedia) and Nihilism (total rejection of established laws and institutions, anarchy terrorism or other revolutionary activity, total and absolute destructiveness especially towards the world at large and including oneself, an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth – dictionary.com). So both of those beliefs/practices go against all standard Christian beliefs, which leads to my answer of no, the two types of music cannot exist together.

In the same way I would also be inclined to believe that while you CAN have Christian metal (Demon Hunter, Underoath, etc), you CANNOT have Christian Black Metal (since it tends to contain satanic beliefs or similar stuff)

Free Legal Punk Music (What could be better?)

We all know that usually downloading music from the internet is illegal and wrong, right? (please just nod and say yes) However it can be legal if the music is downloaded from a group that has the right to distribute it such as the band itself, the recording company, or maybe a sponsor. Yesterday I was doing some research and found several totally awesome sites where you can get free and COMPLETELY LEGAL music downloads. Many of them are punk, because it seems that most punk artists are a lot less comericialized and a lot more generous than other genres of music. (seriously, it’s true)

So check out these awesome sites! All of them are linked in the sidebar

1.  Altsounds – You have to scroll around to be able to find all the artists, but once you do it is totally worth it! Most of these bands are emo/screamo. Includes Anberlin, Panic! at the Disco, UnderOath, Red Jumpsuit, etc

2. iLike – Most of the downloads from this site are from bands without recording contracts yet, but there are still a few pretty amazing ones! Check out Brokenfall and Superbeing, they totally rock!

3.  GarageBand – Another great site for discovering bands without recording contracts. Also a great site for new musicians to promote their music

4. Fat Wreck Chords – Punk recording label, and they have some pretty great downloads if you are into real  punk. Includes NOFX, Rise Against, No Use For A Name and Propaghandhi

5. Hellcat Records – Punk and Hardcore recording label, and more rockin’ MP3s. Includes Rancid, Nekromantix, and Horrorpops

6. StereoKiller – Umm…Interesting. But they do have several good downloads including a few by Underoath

7. Anti-, just a really cool site with downloads from Greg Graffin (Lead singer of Bad Religion – I love this guy!) and Michael Franti

8.  3hive – It has a few  pretty cool downloads including Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly

9. Mp3.com – Millions upon millions of songs and downloads, but I didn’t recognize even a single artist. However you might be able to find some good stuff in here

10. PureVolume – I love this site! There is a ton of music, and much of it is by popular mainstream artists. I have found free downloads from Demon Hunter, Paramore, Anberlin and other awesome bands. You can find music from pretty much any genre ever created!

A few other sites that I didn’t find worthy enough to put in the sidebar: Stereogum, bt.etree.org, SoundClick, Honc. biz, Jamendo, Epitonic, SubPop records, MTV, and iSound. You might be able to find something good on them, it just takes more effort than I am willing to spend!

Musical Pet Peeves

I am a musically obsessed person, so when someone uses music in the wrong context, or talks about something they know nothing about, it really, really, really bothers me. As you saw in the last post I wrote about the whole Green Day/pop-punk mistake which is a perfect example of this!

My sister and one of my friends both have a habit of finding music, then talking about clulessly. It is disturbing to say the least. The other day my sister came home from some activity and was talking about how she heard a song by Weezer called Beverly Hills (until this point she had never heard of Weezer in her life, even though I had been listening to them for the past 6 months). She then went on the next day about how Weezer was a great “rap band”. I spent 15 minutes arguing with her trying to explain that in no way was Weezer a “rap band”. Does anyone else see a problem with this?? They are nothing like rap!

The second incident was with a friend of mine who is beyond clueless and is already getting on my nerves. For whatever reason whenever I discover a new band or song she automatically latches on to them, and then runs around telling everybody how much she loves them. Anyways I by accidentally mentioned the song Thorns by Demon Hunter in a conversation. So now she is saying how much she loves the song, and how great it is. When I asked her if she even knew what it was about she answered “no, but it’s really cool”. The song is about self-injury, and if you read my post about it before than you know how special it is. It just really bothered me to have her talk about it this way, especially since that song has really changed my life.

Stuff like this happens all the time, people like to talk even if they have no idea what they are talking about.  A very common mistake is mistaking song genres. Nobody even knows how to tell the difference between punk and pop, hip-hop and rap, and rock and metal.

 

At the Mercy of the Thorns

I realize I haven’t posted in a while, but I hadn’t heard a song that really “struck me” to right about – until last week. I had heard this song once before, loved it, but then totally forgot about it until Iwas playing around with my Youtube channel while studying. The song is called Thorns by Demon Hunter, but you don’t have to be a metal fan to be able to appriciate it.

Here is the video with lyrics, there is also a fan made graphic version that I didn’t post.

I just really connected with this song from the first time I heard it.  The meaning and implications of this song are just so deep it’s hard to even comprehend. It’s about self-injury, but unlike so many other songs about the same topic, it shows a different depth to it.  Basically the song is saying that we don’t have to  hurt ourselves for what we do, Jesus has taken the punishment of bleeding for us.  It is no longer our burden to bear, and we can give it up to  him.

I am not sure if this has the same meaning to anyone else that it does for me, but I thought I would share anyway. I guess you might not be able to understand the emotion unless you have been in that place. I think this song can apply to anyone – not just those who physically hurt themselves. We all have a tendancy to beat our selves up (emotionally, physically or mentally) over stuff that happens, and there comes a time we just need to let go.

Here is a quote from the band:

“In the few months before I began writing lyrics for this record, I was hearing a lot about cutting. This, for those who don’t know is the act of inflicting pain on one’s self (often times by cutting with a knife, or burning with a lighter) in order to take their mind off of some emotional pain. Although I don’t personally know anyone who has dealt with this (that I am aware of), the idea of writing a song about it was really placed on my heart. I guess I thought I might be able to speak to some young people about this particular issue. I couldn’t help but draw a connection between someone wanting to inflict pain on themselves and Jesus having been sacrificed so that we wouldn’t need to bare the guilt of sin. My thought was that Christ had already been cut for us, so there was no need for us to inflict pain on ourselves. That work has been paid for in full by the cross. The chorus lyrics hope that this person (represented by a young female in the song) might find this truth in her darkest of times, when she realizes that the emptiness she hoped would leave after inflicting this pain, still remains. Her flesh, broken, is emptiness. Christ’s flesh broken is mercy for us.” – Demon Hunter

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. -Colossians 1:19, 20

Memento Mori?

The very same metal band that started appearing on stage all over the world several years ago is finally coming out with their second album – Memento Mori. “It is a Latin phrase meaning “Remember you will die”. It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from one another, but which all share the same purpose: to remind people of their own mortality.” (lovely wikipedia quote).

New Single!

Here is a awesome biography from amazon! –

“The Belton, TX-based heavy rock quintet Flyleaf formed in 2000 when frontwoman Lacey Mosley tried out a string of the dark, hard-edged songs she consistently wrote as a brooding teen on drummer James Culpepper. After a brief period of playing together, they recruited guitarists Sameer Bhattacharya and Jared Hartmann, members of a local outfit that had recently called it quits. In 2002, bassist Pat Seals joined, and the band, initially known as Passerby, was born.

The road to Flyleaf’s 2005 self-titled debut on Octone Records was dotted with more green lights than red: the band played wherever it was invited around its home state at first, gradually building the kind of fan base that allowed it to open for acts such as Bowling for Soup, Fishbone, and Riddlin’ Kids. By 2003, with word of Mosley’s arsenic-laced lyrics and blow-torch-style delivery spreading through Texas and beyond, Flyleaf earned a spot at the annual South by Southwest music conference. A contract from Octone was rushed to the signing stages by 2004.

An EP, issued in early 2005 and also called Flyleaf, benefited from the un-obscure production team of Rick Parasher (Pearl Jam, Blind Melon) and Brad Cook (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age). Key tracks such as the roiling “Cassie” and the emo-tinged “Breathe Today,” both of which appear on the full-length, furthered Flyleaf’s reputation, as did raging live shows alongside Saliva, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, and Staind.

For the fall 2005 release, producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, the All-American Rejects) joined Flyleaf in Los Angeles. A batch of 20 songs was winnowed to 12, with Mosley’s searing vocals and Bhattacharya’s and Hartmann’s storming guitars offsetting each other to effect a sound by turns morose, compassionate, hope-swollen, and bitter.

The moodiness befits Mosley’s background: as one of six siblings in a single-parent household, the confessional songwriter spent her childhood moving from apartment to apartment whenever the bills went unpaid. She openly acknowledges an early addiction to drugs and alcohol that fueled bouts of depression. As of the release of Flyleaf’s full-length, the band was committed to sobriety.”

They are also a Christian band, which few people realize .Mosley said. “I don’t know the answer. We’re a band, it’s part of who we are, so it comes out in our music, and it’s the fuel for what we do. And finding faith saved my life. So I’m not ashamed of it at all. And most of our album reflects that.

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