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By: Nicholas ‘Claws’ Bargren
Solid. ‘Found in Far Away Places’ continues a pretty linear progression in August Burns Red’s composition, which means sticking with what works, and that’s this album. This album is solid and the deluxe edition includes a “midi” version of the album’s third track – “Identity”, which is 8-bit instrumental version. The “midi” version is an interesting addition, to what I will reiterate as being another solid addition to their discography.
The album incorporates a lot of what was heard in ABR’s last album ‘Rescue & Restore’ while staying faithful to the sound they cemented with their albums ‘Messengers’ and then ‘Constellations’. The first song off this album, “The Wake”, is my favorite song so far and redisplays ABR’s method of incorporating political, ethical, and philosophical messages into metalcore. The lyrics to most of the other songs are more personal, in the sense they deal with an unnamed protagonist’s emotions and actions outside of political connotation.
In summation, ‘Found in Far Away Places’ will continue to be found, in my music library.
I give this album: 615/666
By: Nicholas ‘Claws’ Bargren
Senses Fail’s newest release ‘Pull the Thorns From Your Heart’, released by Pure Noise Records, continues to showcase the band’s trend away from booze addled, nihilistic and suicide note ridden lyrics by focusing on largely positive and inspirational lyrics. Their actual sound continues its transgression from a solid post-hardcore into more of a thrashcore, removing some of their polish, now sounding grittier than ever. I think this album is the first time I’ve heard blast beats used in one of their songs. There are a few slow songs ‘Surrender’, ‘Wounds’ and ‘My Fear of an Unlived Life’ that still sound reminiscent of ‘Glass’ off of their previous album ‘Renacer’ and even ‘Fireworks at Dawn’ of off their album ‘Life is Not a Waiting Room’.
My liver has sat hours marinating in a liquor medley, while I have sat hours being serenaded by their preceding melodies. Senses Fail’s two newer albums have increasingly gone over my head. I would hardly say I was in the same state of mind that I was several years ago, but I still like being able to tap into that side of me. ‘Pull the Thorns From Your Heart’ just doesn’t tap into me the same way that Senses Fail did for their first four albums. Maybe someday I’ll learn to love it for what it is, but today is not that day.
I give this album: 499/666
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Saturday, September 5th
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Alice in Chains Book Review
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Trixter's New Album "Human Era" Review
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Review of the Armored Saint’s newest album “Win Hands Down”
This weeks video is a review from the Marilyn Manson recent phenomenal performance on May 12th 2015 at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI!
Kamelot- Haven Review
Kamelot has always been an ambitious band. It always seems that whenever they undergo a lineup change they change their style instead of going through an awkward transition like most other bands, and the last two albums are a testament to their versatility. When Roy Khan announced his departure, fans wept. While there are still some that see Tommy Karevik’s voice as an inadequate replacement, most have been able to accept that the band has moved on. While Roy let flow ethereal passages from his mouth, Tommy fills up a chamber with his assertive tone and focuses more on melodic, technically demanding vocal lines designed to amplify the lyrics. Fans of Sonata Arctica who stopped supporting the band after The Days of Grays will see Kamelot as an adequate replacement.
Another one of Kamelot’s defining tributes is the heavy use of guest musicians to diversify their sound, a tactic used by almost all symphonic metal bands. In the past, Simone Simons has been their go-to female vocalist, which makes sense seeing as her band, Epica, is named after Kamelot’s sixth album and the fact the she is married to Oliver Palotai, Kamelot’s keyboardist. Everything changed when Silverthorn was released and Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and screamer Alyssa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy, ex- The Agonist) were introduced. Haven still features Alyssa, but the clean vocalist of choice was Delain’s Charlotte Wessels doing a duet on Under Gray Skies, an interesting decision as Charlotte has a very catchy pop vocal style as opposed to the heavily operatic style used by almost everyone else in the genre. Nightwish’s Troy Donockley also plays woodwinds in the same ballad, although he was an unsurprising pick seeing as there aren’t too many options in metal.
The album starts out with a gentle yet assertive song, which is new territory for the band that is accustomed to composing long intro tracks before plunging the listener into the album. The two singles, Insomnia and Veil of Elysium occur very early on the album, presumably to set the stage for the rest of the album and to make it sound stronger in the first half, which is a standard the band has set for themselves, most notably in Ghost Opera. Once the listener has felt the energy of the first half, including the ballad Under Grey Skies and the riff-centered melodic song My Therapy, a short instrumental filler calms the listener down before another series of energetic tracks that set the zenith for the album before the beauty fades slowly with the instrumental title track.
Overall, I’d give this album an 8/10. While it isn’t their strongest album, it was beautifully produced and will satisfy all Kamelot fans of their thirst for new material.
Review of Metallica's Book Review "Into the Black: The Inside Story of Metallica"
Romero's "Take The Potion" Review
Review of AC/DC's Recent Album "Rock or Bust"
White Empress Pre-Concert Feature Video
Helmet "Betty 20th Anniversary" Concert Review
Metal Max and Stan Halen's Helmet Concert Review
Helmet Concert Fan Reviews
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Cannibal Corpse Review Video
Smashing Pumpkins new album "Monuments To An Elegy"
New Sound Garden Review by Metal Max and Stan Halen
Our newest video is a review for Romero's recent music video "Compliments and Cocktails" featuring Metal Max and Stan Halen! Together they're something along the lines of if Beavis and Butthead doing a review. We have many more new videos coming soon so stay tuned and don't change that dial!
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Metal Max and Stan Halen review for Romero's Music Video "Compliments and Cocktails"
We are going to be posting a lot of new video in the next few weeks so make sure to check for new review and band interviews videos! We have a new review video from the Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth with Aeon and Tribulation show on February 18th and many more album reviews from not just me but we will also be introducing a few of my team members and they will be doing reviews as well! Stan and I will be attending the Helmet "Betty" 20th anniversary show on March 12th at High Noon Saloon. Hope to see you there!
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