Nonpoint and Otherwise Concert Review and Photos

                          

 

Nonpoint and Otherwise Concert Review and Photos

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The show was on a late summer evening in 2013.  The weather was balmy and pleasant.  I saw Nonpoint and Otherwise at the historic Castle Theatre in Bloomington, Illinois.  This venue is very small and has a nice stage with an intimate feel.  Local bands Clippoint and Polarity opened.  The final opener was Primer 55, a solid metal band from Atlanta, Georgia.

Otherwise is a hard rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada.  Their song, “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” is a great song about getting cheated on.  They lyrics:

I’d rather be blind than to see your eyes,  I’d rather be deaf than to hear your lies

I’d rather be broke than to sell my soul, I gave you my all but you’ll never know

No I’m not going to  hurt anymore, I’ve already walked through that door

The catchy hook and the timeless subject of infidelity makes it a sure hit.  Watch the video here:

The band had family that had traveled from Chicago in the audience and dedicated fans who knew every single word to every song.  Ryan Patrick, the guitarist came up to one of those fans and acknowledged her immediately.  Then he came right up to me and gave me a hug.  That is what I love about the small venue.  You can really connect with the artist so closely.   Vassilios “V” Metropoulis, the bassist, of Otherwise did a lot of work for the band including sound check, carrying equipment, selling merchandise and posing for pictures.

 

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Adrian Patrick
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Badass Adrian Patrick

Nonpoint is a metal band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Puerto Rican roots.  They have played huge venues like Download Festival but small venues like The Castle Theatre as well. The vocalist, Elias Soriano, had locs down to his waist and was wearing an old Snoop Dog shirt.  Robb Rivera, the drummer, has his stuffed “Animal” from the Muppets keeping his kit company.

Elias Soriano’s voice is hypnotic and the rhythm makes you want to bang your head all night.   Nonpoint played all their hits including “Bullet With a Name On It”, “Left for You”, “I Said It”, and their cover “In The Air Tonight”.  One of their biggest fans was V Metropoulis from Otherwise.  He got in the middle of the pit and got it moving.  Security started moving up to control him and then they realized he was from Otherwise.  He was fine and I am glad to say there were no injuries in that pit.

Elias Soriano’s wife and sweet daughter with protective ear gear was in the crowd.  She was watching her daddy work. That is so nice that he is able to bring his family to be together on the road.

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I am always amazed at the graciousness of these rock stars and their true relationship with their fan base.  They understand that we are all fans and love to rock!

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Ryan Patrick, Suzie Soule, & Corky Gainford

 

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V Metropoulis, Andrew Pugh, Suzie Soule, & Adrian Patrick

 

 

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Rasheed Thomas, Suzie Soule, & Adam Woloszyn

Additional photos are viewable on Instagram here 

 

Resources: http://www.azlyrics.com, www.Wikipedia.org accessed 9/11/2013

The 10 Best Christian Heavy Metal Bands

The 10 Best Christian Heavy Metal Bands

Christian metal has changed drastically since the 1980’s.  We saw a change from 80’s hair metal and thrash metal morph into the many genres we have today including: death core, power metal, and progressive death metal.  Every type of metal has one thing in common: they all proclaim faith in Jesus Christ!  Whether you love 80’s hair metal or today’s death core it’s important to remember that it is not the sound that is of ultimate importance, it is the message being proclaimed that matters the most.  Here are my 10 favorite Christian metal bands with my favorite lyrics!  Quick note…after each lyric is a set of parenthesis.  The first part is the song and the second part is the album that each band released.  Enjoy!

10. Stryper

Stryper is by far the most popular hair metal band from the 80’s.  They dominated the Christian metal scene from their first full length album, Soldiers Under Command.  Their sound and yellow and black attire made them an instant success.  Their version of “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” was an awesome idea for that album.

Favorite Lyric – “Through Him, without sin there is victory!  And we’re fighting all the sin.  And the good book — it says we’ll win!” (Soldiers Under Command, Soldiers Under Command)

9. Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter has one of the most loyal fan bases out there.  Christians and non-Christians relate so well to their music.  Ryan Clark’s lyrics are always intentional and poetic.  Combining his amazing thoughts into the music brings you into an unforgettable experience.  They have released 6 studio albums to date and they have no signs of stopping soon!

Favorite Lyric – “One final heart-break, and blinding lights will guide our way.  Free us our blind state.  They will call us by our name.  UNDYING!” (Undying, The Triptych)

8. Mortification

Mortification is a thrash/death metal band from Australia.  Steve Rowe is the founder and lead singer/bassist for the band.  He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1996 and survived after an 18 month battle with it.  The album released after Steve was cured is called Triumph Of Mercy, which deals with his battle with cancer.  Mortification was one of the top Christian metal bands of the early 90’s.  Scrolls Of The Megilloth is their most popular album, although my favorite is their first one titled, Break The Curse.

Favorite Lyric – “Demon Forces, they must bow!  Saints of God arise and kill deprivation!  Evil bondage
will not claim the church of Christ!” (Brutal Warfare, Break The Curse)

7. August Burns Red

ABR is a metal core band with a huge following.  They formed in Pennsylvania and have released 6 studio albums.  Despite the many line-up changes they have faced, ABR continues to push through the trials deliver heavy Christian music!  My favorite album of theirs is Constellations.

Favorite Lyric – “You ask me to be blameless.  You ask me to be blameless, but who are you to decide what’s right?  Don’t say another word.  Don’t say another word, you’ve crossed the line!” (Whitewashed, Constellations)

Whitewashed came in at number 49 on a “101 Best Christian Songs Of All-Time” article!  Feel free to check it out here: http://www.faithandentertainment.com/50-best-christian-songs-of-all-time/

6. Impending Doom

Impending Doom is a death core band that formed in California.  Between the heavy break downs and brutal screams from Brook Reeves you get you may get a sore neck after listening to a few songs!  This band is brutal and their love for Jesus is very evident in their songs and when you see them in concert.  They have released 4 studio albums, with the latest and greatest being, Baptized In Filth.

Favorite Lyric – “Are we, trapped in division and unbelief, forever separated by our hatred?  Follow, Him to the kingdom of heaven where pain and suffering cease to exist.” (Death, Ascension, Resurrection – Baptized In Filth)

5. Tourniquet

Tourniquet is a thrash metal band that formed in 1989 in Los Angeles, CA.  The founding members, Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter and Gary Lenaire, released the first album, Stop The Bleeding, and took the world by storm.  There have been many changes in the line-up, including the original vocalist, Guy Ritter leaving in 1993.  I honestly feel that the band wasn’t the same after he left.  Their first 3 albums were their best.

Favorite Lyric – “Men fail me…But the Son of God saves!” (Broken Chromosomes, Psycho Surgery)

4. Theocracy

Theocracy, a power metal band, was founded by one man, Matt Smith.  He wrote, sang and played all of the parts on the first album!  Since then, Theocracy has developed into a 5 man band.  They have released 3 albums to date and they are all amazing!  They are kind of like a Christian version of Dream Theatre.  They write long songs with tons of melodic riffs with harmonies and operatic vocals.  Their longest song is the title track from Mirror Of Souls, spanning a length of over 22 minutes!

Favorite Lyric – “I am the hope of the lonely and lost in the blood running down to the foot of the cross
I am the breaking of chains and the tolling of freedom’s bell.” (I Am, As The World Bleeds)

3. War Of Ages

War Of Ages is a metalcore band that hails from Erie, Pennsylvania.  This 4 man band has won the hearts of kids and adults alike with their powerful lyrics, heavy guitar riffs and melodically fast solos.  They talk about real issues in their music and their vocalist Leroy Brown stated that they are out to “Make a difference in a world that’s covered in darkness.” (Wikipedia.org)

Favorite Lyric – “Innocence can’t hold a candle to light the path we chose.  Through the blood of a savior
our death shall set us free.” (Collapse, Eternal)

2. As I Lay Dying

It is a shame to hear about the recent events involving the arrest of Tim Lambesis, the lead singer for AILD.  That aside, AILD is a metalcore powerhouse in the Christian metal scene.  I would venture to say they have the biggest following of fans in Christian metal today.  Tim’s lyrics touch on real issues including: abortion, backstabbing friends, and persevering through tough times.  They have been together since 2000 and have released 6 studio albums to date.  Their music is aggressive and very heavy and they have really upped the ante on blazing guitar solos in their last few albums!

Favorite Lyric – “As we face distress, we must not lose hope.  Stand fast and press on.  Triumph awaits us!  Sometimes we have to watch our whole lives fall apart before we can rebuild them again, a greater foundation!” (A Greater Foundation, Awakened)

1. Living Sacrifice

Living Sacrifice is my favorite Christian metal band of all time.  They’ve been pummeling us with heavy guitar breakdowns and vicious growls since 1997 when Bruce Fitzhugh took over as lead vocalist.  The band formed in 1989 under vocals from Darren Johnson.  Back then they were a thrash/death metal band that could be compared to the secular band, Slayer.  Since the time that Bruce has been the front man, Living Sacrifice has grown leaps and bounds as a band.  The first album released with Bruce, Reborn, blew me away.  It was a blend of thrash and metalcore at the same time.  Then came their next album, The Hammering Process, which in my opinion is their best album to date.  It is the first album to feature Rocky, their lead guitarist.  He can shred with the best of ‘em!  His solos on that album really were the finishing touch to tighten up the loose gaps.  And anyone who loves drums must give Lance Garvin some serious props!  His offbeat rhythms mixed with technical fills and lightning fast double bass have made him one of the best Christian metal drummers of all time!  I can’t get enough of this band!

Favorite Lyric – “Concerned with perception, can’t come off looking weak, least of all with you.  If I need this image to be me then where is my God able to shine through?” (Burn The End, The Hammering Process)

 

Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed this list of my 10 favorite heavy metal bands of all time!  All 10 have impacted the world in great ways.  God bless you!

Author Derek Hill

I am a Christian blogger with passions in music, games and news. I enjoy all kinds of music, with my favorite being Christian metal(all kinds). Some of my favorite bands are The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, Living Sacrifice(1997-present), and Becoming the Archetype. I enjoy many kinds of games including 1st/3rd person shooters, platformers, RPG’s and many more. I am a big fan of the multiplayer online games including the Call of Duty franchise of games. I have been saved since I was 9 years old. I am also a father of 2 beautiful children and I love it!

Carnival of Madness Photos and Videos

Carnival of Madness 2013 including Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment, and We As Human

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The photos and video are from the show on Sunday, August 18, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.  I was lucky and won a spot to meet the bands from my local radio station, 96.7 I-Rock.  Every band member was very gracious and nice.  The Carnival of Madness performers who tour with the bands and perform carnival acts and fire twirling even expressed the humility of the artists involved with the tour.  The show was very good and all the bands rocked the house.

We As Human began the night and rocked the house.  We As Human is a Christian hard rock band.  The fans loved them.  For every show, the drummer takes a picture of the band with the fans in the background and they post it to their Facebook page.

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The next band to perform was In This Moment.  The singer, Maria Brink, receives a lot of attention wherever she goes as she is a beautiful woman.  Maria Brink is a featured vocalist on the Five Finger Death Punch song Anywhere But Here.  ITM’s single Blood has been on the top of the Billboard Rock charts peaking at number nine.

 

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Skillet performed next and really brought the energy to the night.  John Cooper exclaimed that his A.D.D. made him keep doing a machine gun maneuver.  The sweat was pouring off his body and their set was incredible.  Skillet brings a very positive, Christian message as well.

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Video of Skillet performing Monster. The camera was shaking because of the speaker vibrations. I was almost directly underneath the speaker so the sound quality was compromised.

Papa Roach took the stage next and brought the tracks that we all know and love.  Jacoby Shaddix said that they have been making music for twenty years!  That is a testament to their staying power as rock legends.

 

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Video of Papa Roach performing Forever. Again the sound was compromised because of my location directly beneath the speakers.

The final performer was Shinedown. Shinedown‘s Brent Smith has had an incredible transformation physically and he performs better than ever.  Shinedown‘s lyrics speak to their fan’s souls giving them some of the most enthusiastic fans

 

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Additional photos are viewable on Instagram here

Asking Alexandria Concert Photos and Videos

                          

 

Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, Upon a Burning Body, and Crown The Empire Concert Photos and Videos

The photos from this show on Thursday, August 8, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois at the historic Castle Theatre.  I highly recommend seeing any of these bands, Crown The Empire, Upon a Burning Body, Motionless in White and Asking Alexandria know how to put on a phenomenal show.  Every act had extremely high energy.  Each band member was incredibly nice.  The size of the venue also made this particular concert an ultimate fan experience as it was the smallest venue of the tour.  Fans had opportunity to touch, smell and interact with the bands and band members.  All of the photos of this show are taken from a fan perspective.  If you were at the show, scroll down and you may find yourself.

 

The night started with Crown The Empire and they were incredible.  The band members were extremely nice.  The band crowded around this minuscule merch table and talked with fans and posed for pictures for hours.   Crown The Empire is going to be the biggest band to come out of this tour.

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Video of Crown The Empire performing Memories of A Broken Heart

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The next band was Upon a Burning Body.  Their energy and fan interaction was incredible.  Their image is deceiving because they are dressed in suits but then rock out the entire time.  Danny Leal, the singer, started out in three-piece suit.  As their set continued, he kept losing pieces of his suit until he was shirtless.

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Video of Upon a Burning Body performing Texas Blood Money

Motionless in White came to the stage next and they made the entire pit go crazy.  They are a great band live and had a great performance. Motionless in White has the most interesting music videos. They are dark, contemplative, and intelligent.

 

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Video of Motionless in White performing Sick From The Melt

 

Finally, the main event was Asking Alexandria and they delivered a fantastic performance. James Cassells is a phenomenal drummer. Danny interacted with the crowd by talking to them and taking time to even hug an excited fan. They put on a stellar show.

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Video of Asking Alexandria performing The Death of Me

I also had the opportunity to meet some of the other fans.  Scroll down and see if you see yourself in these photos.  Come find us at upcoming concerts we attend and we would love to take a photo with you.  

 

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Best Hard Rock/Metal Workout Playlist for Weight Training

          


Best Hard Rock/Metal Workout Playlist for Weight Training

The right tempo when you are working out is imperative to have the most effective workout.  According to numerous studies, the higher the tempo of the workout, the psychological effects make exertion seem smaller than when not listening to music.  This workout has been thoroughly researched.  Each song was chosen for the beats per minute and every one has a range of 85 to 150 bpm.  This workout is the perfect tempo for weight training or running at a leisurely pace.   The total time for this playlist is approximately 90 minutes.

1. “Invincible” Adelitas Way 

“Invincible” is the official theme song for WWE Superstars.  This track is a great way to start your workout by warming up and getting in the mindset to reach your goals.  Adelitas Way is a hard rock band from Las Vegas.

2. “Always” Saliva

This track is one of Saliva’s most successful songs.  Saliva is a band from Memphis, Tennessee.  The lead singer, Josey Scott, has left the band at the end of 2011 to pursue a solo Christian music career.  The band has a new singer, Bobby Aramu.

3. “Getting Away With Murder” Papa Roach

The tempo of this song picks up a little.  If you are listening to these songs in order, it is after you have warmed up and are really getting into your workout.  Papa Roach is an alternative metal band from California.

4. “Living in a Dream” Finger Eleven 

Finger Eleven is an alternative rock band from Ontario, Canada.  This track was the official song for the 2011 WWE Royal Rumble.

5. “Sick of It” Skillet

This is one of many tracks by Skillet.  Some bands just have songs at a certain tempo that is perfect for a workout.  Skillet is a Christian metal band formed in Memphis, Tennessee with members from Wisconsin.

6. “I Will Not Bow” Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin is an alternative metal band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and is currently on hiatus.  Ben Burnley, the vocalist and one of the founders is currently the only member of the band.  The lyrics to the song put you in the right mindset when training.

7.  “Not Listening” Papa Roach 

The lyrics, ” because you’ve gotta be bigger and be faster, and be stronger” encourage you to lift more.  This song was featured in the trailer for the movie, Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

8. “Never Enough” Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California.  The video for this song is about how appearances of what people are on the outside are not what they are truly on the inside.  The lyrics “I’d rather you hate me for everything I am than have you love me for something that I can’t”.

9. “Sound of Madness” Shinedown

Shinedown is a hard rock band from Jacksonville, Florida.  The current members are vocalist, Brent Smith, bassist Eric Bass, drummer Barry Kerch, and guitarist Zach Myers.

10. “Trenches” Pop Evil

The video for this song shows a girl hitting a punching bag and has flashbacks of a man physically abusing her and also her using drugs.  Pop Evil was formed in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  You will agree the lyrics and tempo are great for working out.

11. “Hail to The King”  Avenged Sevenfold

This single is the highly anticipated new track from Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) as of this post date.  The song is reminiscent of Iron Maiden or similar older metal artists.

12.  “Riot” Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace is a Canadian hard rock band.  This song is definitely inspiring you to get up and take action.

13. “Blow Me Away” Breaking Benjamin featuring Valora

Originally recorded for Halo 2 video game.  This version was released in 2011 and includes Sydnee Duran of Valora.

14. “Monster” Skillet

No doubt about it when you listen to this song, it makes you want to push your body harder.  The members of Skillet are vocalist John Kooper, guitarist and keyboardist Korey Kooper, drummer Jen Ledger, and guitarist Seth Morrison.

15. “You’re Going Down” Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies is an Australian rock band.  This single was used by WWE as a theme song and in one of their video games.

16.  “Ladies and Gentleman” Saliva

Another song used by WWE for Wrestlemania 23.  Saliva states they wrote is specifically for their friends at WWE.

17. “Back For More” Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP)

The lyrics to this track encourage you to keep going, “Rise! Refuse to give in, Rise! Ashes to Dust, Rise! Make’em remember your name, Rise! ’cause in yourself you can trust”.

18. “Break” Three Days Grace

Three Days Graceis a Canadian hard rock band.  The meaning of this song is about making a change and very appropriate for when you are lifting weights.

19. “Riptide” Sick Puppies

The lyrics to this song discuss going against what someone thinks you should do and being just fine the way that he is.  The song was release in 2011.

20. “Just Like You” by Three Days Grace

If you have had a bad day at home or work, you can turn up the volume on this song.  The lyrics, “You thought you were standing beside me, You were only in my way.”

21. “Face To The Floor” Chevelle 

Chevelle is an alternative metal band from Grays Lake, Illinois.  The song is about the people who got ripped off by Bernie Madoff.

22. “Comatose” Skillet

The tempo of this song is 85 beats per minute.  Skillet formed in 1996 by John Cooper and Ken Storts.

23.  “Pain” Three Days Grace

This song has become Three Days Grace’ biggest hit and when you hear it, you want to be in the gym.  “Pain” is on the album One-X released in 2006.

24.  “Lift Me Up” Five Finger Death Punch

This song is track 1 from the album The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell.  The legendary Rob Halford of Judas Priest is a featured vocalist on this song.

25. “Die Trying” Art of Dying

The lyrics to this song encourage you to continue, “If it takes forever, I will die trying”.  Art of Dying is a Canadian rock band formed by Jonny Hetherington and Greg Bradley.

26. “Afterlife” Avenged Sevenfold

One of A7X‘s most popular songs but a good cool down song to listen to while stretching or finishing up your workout.  This track was released in 2008 on the band’s self-titled album.  It was written by the late drummer and a founding member of the band, The Rev.

 

Listen to the complete playlist here on Spotify:

 

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The 10 Best Hard Rock Breakup Songs

          

The 10 Best Hard Rock Breakup Songs

Breaking up is hard on everyone whether you are a seventeen year old girl or a fifty-five year old man.  There are a million songs about splitting up with your significant other.  Sometimes you need a song that cuts right to the issues without being too flowery or sappy about why you called it quits.  The songs on this list are definitely not sappy and reflect pain when you are cheated on or thankfulness when it is just better to move one.

10. “Disconnected” by Trapt

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Trapt was formed in 1997 in Los Gatos, California when members of the band were still in high school.  The band is best known for their hit, “Headstrong”.  The best lyrics to this song: “You don’t really know me, I don’t think you’ve ever even tried We’re on the same routine and still you never have the time Who do you want me to be? And do you want me in your life? I feel so incomplete, you left me too far behind”

 

9. “Scars” by Papa Roach

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Papa Roach

Even though this song has oversaturated the radio, it is still a great song about breaking up.  It was released May 23, 2005 from the album Getting Away with Murder.  Papa Roach is a band from Vacaville, California.  The current members are vocalist, Jacoby Shaddix, lead guitar Jerry Horton, bass guitar Tobin Esperance, and drums Tony Palermo.  The band is named after Shaddix’s step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch.

 

8. “Hemorrage (In My Hands)” by Fuel

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Fuel is a rock band from Jackson, Tennessee with current members singer/guitarist Brett Scallions, bassist Brad Stewart, lead guitarist/keyboardist Andy Anderson, and drummer Shannon Boone.  The band has transformed over the years with numerous members.  The song was written by Carl Bell, one of the founding members of Fuel.

 

 

7.  “Right Here” by Staind

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Staind was formed in Springfield, Massachusetts and is known for its songs, “So Far Away” and “It’s Been a While”.  The lyrics to this song portray a one-sided relationship, “I’ve got some imperfections, but how can you collect them all and throw them in my face”  While the outright meaning of this song is that he will be right here waiting, I think that this is still a broken relationship that will not endure.

 

 

6. “Almost Easy” by Avenged Sevenfold (A7X)

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Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California.  The band consists of  vocalist M. Shadows, rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, bass guitarist Johnny Christ, and drummer Arin Ilejay.  This song talks about the guilt of the person who commits the wrongs in the relationship.  “Shame pulses through my heart From the things I`ve done to you….Treated you so wrong, now let me make it right.”

 

5. “She Hates Me” by Puddle of Mudd

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This song has a sing along melody but the topic is a guy who was in a short relationship that took a bad turn right away.  The lyrics make you smile because we have all been in that relationship where it seems great and then deteriorates almost instantaneously.  It is like that bad job you have for two weeks just to get that paycheck to get you by for another month.

 

 

4. “I Don’t Care” by Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier

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Apocalyptica is a Finnish rock band and this song features the vocals of former Three Days Grace vocalist Adam Gontier.  Apocalyptica is consider symphonic metal and use cellos in their music.  The cellos certainly give the song a haunting quality but the lyrics speak to those of us have checked out a relationship.  This is the style of breakup that I am fine with.  At the beginning of the end, if I never see you again, I am fine.

 

 

3. “Better Than Me” by Hinder

Hinder

Hinder

“Better Than Me” is from Hinder’s debut album Extreme Behavior.  This song exudes the guilt of someone who did the wrong things in the relationship.  The lyrics: “I think you can do much better than me, After all the lies that I made you believe, Guilt kicks in and I start to see, The edge of the bed, Where your nightgown used to be”  Hinder has been in existence since 2001 and consists of singer Austin Winkler, guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey, drummer Cody Hanson, rhythm guitarist Mark King, and bass guitartist, Mike Rodden.

 

2. “I Hate Everything About You” by Three Days Grace

3DD

3DD

Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band that is in transition with lead singer Adam Gontier resigning from the band due to health issue.  He has been replaced with Matt Walst.  This track is the classic question about relationships that have gone bad.  “Why do I love you?  Why do you love me?”

 

 

 

1. “Broken” by Seether featuring Amy Lee

Seether

Seether

Amy Lee of Evanescence was the girlfriend, at the time, of Seether vocalist, Shaun Morgan.  The song has a melancholy melody and the lyrics talk about how each of them are not good without each other.  The song is a song about hope to reconcile and how each of them is broken and do not feel right when the other one is gone.

 

 

 

Some Songs that definitely should be considered but did not make the list this time.  

“Call Me When You’re Sober” by Evanescence, “In The End” by Linkin Park, “With You” by Linkin Park, and “Always” by Saliva

What songs did I miss?  Let me know what songs you think should be on the list.  

Resources: www.lyrics007.com,  www.lyricstop.com, wikipedia.org, www.azlyrics.com, youtube.com, http://www.thatsnotmetal.com/, Spotify, itunes

 

The 10 Best Patriotic Rock Songs

The 10 Best Patriotic Rock Songs and Videos

As you stare into the sky this 4th of July, it is a time to reflect and celebrate our freedom. The United States of America is the greatest country in the world. Our freedom does not come lightly. We celebrate our freedom by honoring the soldiers who gave life, limb, blood, sweat and tears to keep this country free. A lot of the records on this list are to show gratitude to our troops. Thank you to the hard rock and heavy metal artists for honoring our soldiers. After you listen to these songs and watch the videos, go out and thank a veteran, National Guard, reserve, or active duty soldier for their service.

10. “Rockin’ in the U.S.A.” KISS

Kiss Alive II

Kiss Alive II

KISS is the essential hard rock band from Detroit, Michigan. “Rockin’ in the U.S.A”. is off the album Alive II released in 1977. While this song is not a direct tribute to our troops, it conveys a message about traveling the world and returning to the best place in the world, the United States of America.

Rockin’ in the U.S.A. by KISS

 

9. “Warrior” Kid Rock

Recorded in 2008 as part of a National Guard advertising campaign. This song pays homage to our National Guard soldiers. Kid Rock is one of rock music’s avid philanthropists and does work with Operation Finally Home that builds homes for returning disabled veterans.

 

8. “Soldiers” Drowning Pool

Soldiers

Drowning Pool

Drowning Pool is an American heavy metal band and their song “Bodies” is popular with soldiers. Their name comes from a movie by the same name. They are ardent supporters of our soldiers and perform through the Wounded Warrior Project.

Soldiers by Drowning Pool

 

 

7. “Citizen Soldier” 3 Doors Down

Citizen Soldier

3 Doors Down

 

This song supports our National Guard and Reserves. It was used in a recruitment campaign when it was released in 2007. It is on their self titled album. 3 Doors Down is from Escatawpa, Mississippi and consists of Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, and Matt Roberts.

Citizen Soldier by 3 Doors Down

 

6. “Soldier Side” System of a Down

Soldier Side

System of a Down

 

The song has a haunting melody that makes you think about the soldier who is struggling with the aftermath of war. “Soldier Side” is on the Hypnotize album of the double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize from 2005.

Soldier Side by System of a Down

 

5. “No One Gets Left Behind” Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP)

No One Gets Left Behind

5FDP

 

This track is on the album War is the Answer released in 2009. Five Finger Death Punch is from Los Angeles, California and the band members are vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer. 5FDP has always been an avid supporter of our troops.

No One Gets Left Behind by 5FDP

 

4. “MIA” Avenged Sevenfold

M.I.A.

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold (A7X) is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California. The lyrics discuss the reality of war and killing. “Strangers blood on my hands, shot all I can! There were no silents night watching your brothers all die”.  This song is found on the album City of Evil.

M.I.A. by Avenged Sevenfold

 

3. “Don’t Tread on Me” Metallica

The Black Album

Metallica

 

Don’t Tread on Me is a phrase on the Gadsen flag which is a historical American flag with a yellow field with a coiled snake ready to strike. The Gadsen flag is a contemporary symbol for the Tea Party or any supporter of the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. Metallica released this song on their self-titled album aka The Black Album in 1991.

Don’t Tread on Me by Metallica

 

2. “Far From Home” Five Finger Death Punch

The video for this song is a moving tribute and testament of the sacrifice that soldiers make. This track is from 5FDP’s second album War is the Answer. I could listen to Ivan Moody’s exquisite voice over and over.

1. “Star Spangled Banner” Metallica

Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The members are James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo.  Metallica played the national anthem in May 2013 at a San Francisco Giants game. Needless to say, it was excellent. The combination of baseball, Metallica and rock music is why it tops my list.

What are the songs you think should have made the list or do you agree with my choices?

Sources: wikipedia.org, www.kidrock.org, www.azlyrics.com, www.loudwire.com
Photos: itunes, ng.mil, Wikipedia.org
Videos: YouTube

The Most Influential Rock Albums of the 70s

Most Influential Rock Albums of The 70s

It is impossible to create or substantiate any definitive list of “the best” or “greatest” rock albums because any list will be entirely subjective. With that in mind, however, everyone I talk to that really have a passion about music does have their favorite artists, genres, or periods that they feel define the “best” for themselves. Their selections, and mine, have very personal meaning and signify that aspect about art and rock in particular that seems to touch and enhance our lives. Following is my list of the most influential rock albums of the 70’s and why I believe they belong on this list.  The list is in no particular order though the first albums to come to mind are at the top of the list.

Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

IV

IV

The untitled fourth release of this English band is an album that is considered by many to be the masterpiece of probably the best rock group of all time. It contains a number of hits including “Stairway to Heaven”, “Black Dog”, and “Rock and Roll”. These multi-talented groups explored a wide variety of music and were influenced by early American blues artists, the use of classical and world instruments and the literature of J.R.R. Tolkien. Led Zeppelin paved the way for the emergence of heavy-metal as a genre and is consistently referenced by many rock artists as having a huge influence on their musical development.

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

Dark Side of the Moon

Dark Side of the Moon

This album is arguably the masterpiece of one of the most talented and experimental groups to achieve worldwide success. While Pink Floyd is known for a number of theme-related works later, including Wish You Were Here and The Wall, this album demonstrated that the approach of producing a conceptual album can be both artistic and commercially viable and it has sold over 22 million copies since 1973. The blend of music with sound effects and exceptional vocals give it a unique sound. Pink Floyd’s acclaim has influenced a number of artists by allowing the influences of classical music, jazz, and the psychedelic movement to be used in the progressive rock era.

Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)

Paranoid

Paranoid

This is the second album from the English band. In many ways it was the band’s defining album and a representation of the emergence of Heavy Metal with its dark themes, heavy guitar and bass riffs, and driving drums. This album is one of the best- selling of Black Sabbath’s albums and contains a number of fan standards including “Iron Man”, “War Pigs”, and “Paranoid”. It established a huge following in the United States and sold over 4 million copies with no airplay exposure in an era when radio play was vital to a band’s acceptance and success.

 

Rush 2112 (1976)

2112

2112

This has often been described as the definitive Rush album and was the production of a band that was struggling with balancing their desires to maintain their artistic integrity while also being pressured by the management of their record company to “write hits”. Rush went all in on artistic integrity, knowing that they may fail. The end result was highlighted by a 7 part suite “2112” that was panned by critics and hailed by fans. Many major artists remain fans of their music and indebted to their insistence on performing their art as opposed to selling out for the commercial interests. After hearing this album I became a life-long Rush fan and they paved the way for other groups to focus on their vision rather than succumb to writing “pop songs”.

The Who Who’s Next (1971)

Whos Next

Who’s Next

Following Tommy, this album shifted gears toward straight-forward rock with an amazing blend of guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and the use of synthesizers. Consistently mentioned as one of the best albums of the decade and top albums of  history, the songs “Baba O’Riley”  and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” use a unique blend of synthesizers and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” has arguably the best and one of the longest screams in the history of rock. Who’s Next is simply a superb example of one of the best rock albums of all time and all the songs on the album stand the test of time. A true masterpiece for one of the greatest rock bands to ever exist.

The Clash London Calling (1979)

London Calling

London Calling

This album makes a number of “top lists” including the 100 greatest rock albums of all time.  The Clash combined raw and gritty social and political issues with a progressive, world-music influenced sound. Following their debut in 1977, this third album continued their use of ska, dub, reggae, and laid the ground work for a later rockabilly movement. This album has been included in top lists of the 80’s because it was released in December in England and a month later in the US. The Clash have allowed their musical interests and political views to influence their music and connect with their fans.

 

The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)

Never Mind The Bullocks

Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols have been regarded as the group responsible for creating the punk movement in the United Kingdom that later spread to the United States. This counter-culture movement spawned a number of trends that continue today including fashion, tattoo culture, piercings, and distrust of government and political systems. Unfortunately, this was a short lived group who was together for only a couple of years until the death of their lead singer, Sid Vicious, of a heroin overdose in 1979. The album contains a number of hard-driving hits and is the origin of an entirely new cultural movement.

 

 

AC/DC Highway to Hell (1979)

Highway to Hell

Highway to Hell

AC/DC’s last album before the death of their original lead singer, Bon Scott, proved to be one of their best. AC/DC had already established themselves as a major player in the rock scene, and this album was their most successful to date. It was their best at direct and honest rock including a number of songs that are performed live with the band today. After the death of Scott, to an alcohol overdose, there was much concern and discussion about whether the band would be able to continue and how it would change with the loss of their lead singer. However, their return with a new singer, Brian Johnson, and new album, Back in Black, in 1980 was phenomenal and that album is the sixth highest grossing album of all time. It was truly a wonderful experience to see AC/DC live with Bon Scott before he died and to also see them during the Back in Black tour with Brian Johnson. The band was able to maintain their artistic integrity and exceptional live performances after the tragic event.

Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced lĕh-’nérd ‘skin-’nérd) (1973)

(Pronounced lĕh-’nérd ‘skin-’nérd)

Their debut album, released in 1973, quickly established the band as the poster child of the hard-southern rock genre. This album contains such classic songs as “Free Bird”, “Tuesday’s Gone”, “Simple Man”, and “Gimme Three Steps” and their live performances were well-remembered for their use of three guitars in driving their signature sound. Skynyrd continued to have much success until they too were visited by tragedy at the loss of most of the band members in a plane crash in 1977 that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, new guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and the pilot and co-pilot. Their music has endured and is one of the best examples of hard-southern rock.

 

Bruce Springsteen Born To Run (1975)

Born to Run

Born to Run

Springsteen’s third album, Born To Run, has been acclaimed in many publications including consistently making the “best-lists” of Rolling Stone Magazine. While only spanning about 40 minutes, this album has produced such long-standing hits as the title track, “Thunder Road”, “Jungleland”, and “Tenth Avenue Freezeout”. It also solidified Springsteen’s lyrical approach of lauding coming of age and blue collar life in New Jersey. Springsteen remains one of the best live performers in the history of rock and anyone who attends one of his shows leaves being a life-long fan.

 

 

I realize that many will disagree with my list and there are arguably a huge number of other albums that could have been included. I apologize for the exclusions, but not all of the great artists of that time could be included in a short “top ten” list. The 70’s was a very exciting, and innovative period for rock and there are a number of artists that excelled in that era and have had their music endure for over 40 years.  If you like what you read or disagree with me, feel free to leave me a comment.




Resources: Wikipedia, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) website.

Best 5 Bonnaroo Sets 2013

Best 5 Bonnaroo Sets 2013

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

 

Bonnaroo has one of the most diverse lineups of any of the major festivals. The beauty of this festival comes from the eclectic crowds; metal heads two-stepping to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Hippies taking in a midnight hip-hop Superjam and Swans being heard by everyone at the festival because of how loud their tent (or more accurately This Tent) was. That culture of beauty and acceptance, and the embrace of diversity is what makes Bonnaroo great, and there were five shows in 2013 which perfectly describe the experience.

5. David Byrne & St. Vincent

While officially touring their collaboration album Love This Giant, a brassy artistic deviance from both artists familiar sound but with familiar lyrical concepts this set was definitely made for a Bonnaroo crowd. Being split equally between both artists other endeavors including a sing along of Naïve Melody and a thoroughly rocking rendition of Cheerleader this set drew in the old with the new. Add into that Byrne’s bizarre choreography, including but not limited to karate fights between Byrne and Annie Clark’s guitar and a Madonna-esc “Vogue” move and you have a delightfully weird Bonnaroo set.

4. Soul Superjam with Jim James

Jim James and Bonnaroo go together like America and Apple pie. The My Morning Jacket front man has had a standing report with the festival’s audiences for many years, so when he teamed up with John Oates to play a midnight collaboration set no one expected less than greatness. Having Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone and a Sly heavy set did not hurt either. If this super-group reminded us of anything it was that we were all there to have some Hot Fun in the Summertime. While playing through some fantastic soul staples the party got even better when R. Kelly popped over from his show to sing the crowd a little Sam Cooke, only to be followed by Billy Idol unexpectedly bringing in the T. Rex classic “Bang a Gong”. Superjams are what this festival was built on and every year they remind us of just how much great music comes together for this magical weekend.

3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Playing to the Sunday afternoon crowd at the What Stage, many came in to the set expecting the Thrift Shop start to put on a trendy fresh hip hop set. Many did not expect, however, for him to finish up his chart topping single only to immediately go into an in-depth explanation of what he believes is the greatest civil rights battle of our time, and when he called for a finger to the sky from everybody who believed in the equality of love, the show of support throughout the entire sea of fans at the main stage could not help but bring tears to many eyes and cheers from many mouths. The embrace of love, peace and equality is what brings together everyone at Bonnaroo and this moment within this set perfectly illustrates how crucial that is to the festival.

2. Animal Collective

Common sense tells us that nothing good happens after 2 a.m. Bonnaroo consistently reminds us that common sense is to be left at home and Animal Collectives raucous late night party proved to be one of the best shows of 2013. The introduction was performed by the famous human sound technician Michael Winslow which only provided a good foundation of weird for the bands electronic psychedelic vibe to build off of.  Touching on all areas of their repertoire and ending with a lengthy and perfectly awesome version of “Brother Sport” leading into “The Purple Bottle”, Animal Collective provided the perfect escape for those of us who could quite down from…

 

1. Sir Paul McCartney

If there was any set that could define the spirit of 2013’s Bonnaroo it was the former Beatle Macca himself. After Friday night when you were talking with your neighbors on the campsite or strangers in Centeroo the common question was “what was your favorite set so far, besides Paul McCartney?” and rightfully so. Sure he’s been touring for so many years that it would be hard not to have it perfected but between beloved Beatles tunes like “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, fantastic Wings songs that were well received by the crowd, and wonderful little asides like Sir Paul recalling one time Jimi Hendrix covered Sgt. Peppers with Eric Clapton in the crowd, McCartney knows how to draw in and hold an audience. The most beautiful Bonnaroo moment of the whole year however had to be when 80 thousand concert goers all got to sing the “nana na nas” in “Hey Jude” together with the man himself.