BΔSTILLE – BΔD BLOOD (Review)

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Things We Lost In The Fire
Bad Blood
Overjoyed
These Streets
Weight Of Living Pt. II
Icarus
Oblivion
Flaws
Daniel In The Den
Laura Palmer
Get Home

Members:
Dan Smith
Chris ‘Woody’ Wood
Kyle Simmons
Will Farquarson

Widely known for their song ‘Pompeii’, Bastille formed in London, England in 2010 as just a project by singer and songwriter Dan Smith. A little while later Dan Smith recruited new members that include Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, Kyle Simmons and Will Farquarson to form the popular Alternative Rock/Synthpop band that Bastille are.

With a sold-out tour ahead of them, and a single ‘Pompeii’ making number 2 in the UK top 40 everything seems to be going the right way for Dan Smith, the creative vocalist and former of Bastille. That said, it is hard to work out why Bastille’s songs have made a greater connection with listeners than other like-minded songwriters. Bastille also made number 1 on Official Steaming Chart at the beginning of march, knocking Macklemore’s single, Thrift Shop down after being at number 1 for four weeks running. Dan Smith quoted that the album reaching number one with competition from the Welsh Rockers, Stereophonics new album ‘Graffiti on the Train’ left him “Completely blown away”, also adding “it’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard”.

After hearing the well known single ‘Pompeii’ I went out and bought the Bad Blood album. After suddenly falling in love with Dan Smiths creative lyrics and soothing voice along with Bastille’s Alternative Rock/Synthpop sound in the popular single ‘Pompeii’ I went out and bought the Bad Blood album. I think this album deserves a strong 7/10 with carefully devised lyrics from Dan Smith and with songs that have meaning and are generally pleasing to the ear. The only reason it’s as low as a 7 is because I don’t think that Bastille are persistent throughout the album. This could be because ‘Pompeii’ sets such a high standard for the rest of the album to match up to.

Good comment about Bad Blood:
“The heightened sense of immediacy is hard to keep up, but Bastille does it remarkably well, resulting in a debut that’s as infectious as it is dramatically powerful” – Comment by ‘Pop Matters’ music critics. 

Bad comment about Bad Blood:
Mediocre indie synthpop. For the most part, it all seems rather bland with lyrics whose significance I can’t seem to get my head around. Apart from the really pretty, ethereal ballad, Overjoyed and tear-jerking love song, Oblivion, almost all the songs merge into one big, mediocre lump that’s very unmemorable” – A comment made by a listener of the Bad Blood album.

Jordan Moore

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The XX – XX (Review)


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Intro
VCR
Crystalised
Islands
Heart Skipped a Beat
Fantasy
Shelter
Basic Space
Infinity
Night Time
Stars

Members:
Oliver Sim
Romy Madley Croft
Jamie Smith

Past Members:
Baria Qureshi

The XX are an Indie Pop/Dream Pop group that formed in London, England in 2005. The XX met whilst studying in Elliott School in London. This school also produced Hot Chip. In 2009 The XX released this album as their debut. Since then the group have gone on to produce another album called Coexist.

Being describes as a “rare gem” by multiple fans XX has sold over 405,000 in the UK alone and was number 1 in in three charts that consist of, the Irish Independent Chart, the French Digital Albums Chart and the UK Indie Album Chart.

My personal view on this album would be nothing less that spectacular. The collision of bass lines and guitar riffs with Jamie Smith’s Remixing and ‘DJing’ almost feels like the music is exploding into your ears. The XX have a lot of attributes that other modern bands/groups lack in.

I’d rate this album a 9/10 for its originality and brilliant music. The XX provide a sound for people of all music types. I’d recommend that you buy this album or at least check out The XX for yourself.

Jordan Moore

 

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Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Descent (Special Edition) [Review]

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Disk One:
The Hell In Me
Beyond The Flames
The New Awakening
In Due Time
A Tribute To The Fallen
Turning Point
All We Have
You Don’t Bleed For Me
The Call
No End In Sight
Always
Time Will Not Remain
Blood Stains*
Slave To The Machine*
Numbered Days (Live)
My Curse (Live)

Disk Two – DVD:
New Awakening: The Making of Disarm the Descent

Members:
Jesse Leach
Mike D’Antonio
Adam Dutkiewicz
Justin Foley
Joel Stroetzel

Past Members:
Howard Jones
Tom Gomes
Pete Cortese

Killswitch Engage are a metalcore band that were formed in 1999 in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA. Including Disarm The Descent Killswitch Engage have 6 studio albums.

As you may know Howard Jones is no longer the vocalist for this band because of health issues, including type 2 diabetes. Howard left a post on Killswitch Engage’s Facebook page just after he left the band openly talking about why he had to depart. Obviously after Howard Left Killswitch had to find a new vocalist. The bands search for a new vocalist concluded at the end of February 2012 with the announcement of original vocalist Jesse Leach.

 “Well, I guess I will shed a little light without going too deep. As some of you may know, I’ve had a pretty interesting couple of years to say the least battling with some personal issues. One of the low points being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that went unchecked for years. The rest of the band stuck with me through it, and to be honest they are the ones that kept me going. The whole experience definitely put a scare in me” – Howard Jones’ departure post on Facebook.

Disarm the Descent contains the use of powerful vocals both clean and unclean that really catch attention. The Guitar harmonies are the best that Killswitch Engage have even produced. I also think that the Special Edition version of the album is worth getting for the two added bonus songs ‘Blood Stains‘ and ‘Slave To The Machine‘ and the two live songs ‘Numbered days’ and ‘My Curse’ if you are going to purchase this album.

Despite the good points I also think it is fair to mention the bad. My personal rating of this album would be 5/10. The first thing that I thought when I played this album was that it didn’t sound like the Killswitch Engage that I love. The lyrics in some songs aren’t that good at all. I hate to say this because Killswitch Engage are one of my favorite bands but Disarm the Descent doesn’t compare to the other Killswitch Engage albums.

Jordan Moore

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Bring Me The Horizon – Signing, Cardiff (04.04.2013)

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Thursday the 4th of April, the day that myself, my girlfriend, a Coldplay fan and a few of my friends met Bring Me The Horizon.

After getting lost in Cardiff due to a faulty Google Map powered Sat Nav, We found the end of a long/straight waiting line outside Spillers Records full of screaming Bring Me The Horizon fans.

Bring Me The Horizon walked down the alley from behind us and entered Spillers Records. We then waited for a further hour until we got into Spillers Records. Whilst in Spillers Records we waited at the bottom of a staircase until we got called up by a man who was standing at the top of the stair case. At the top of the stairs we were greeted by a view of the band sitting at a ling white table signing CD’s, Posters, Tshirts etc. When I got to the table I unrelieved a hand shake off both Oli Sykes and Matt Nicholls whilst they signed my stack of CD’s. (Some of the signatures cant be seen in the photo but they’re all there).

Not many bands do signings, especially in the UK so I would just like to thank Bring Me The Horizon for giving up their time to keep their fans happy.

Jordan Moore

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Die Antwoord – Ten$Ion (Review)

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Never Le Nkemise 1
I Fink U Freeky
Pielie (Skit)
Hey Sexy
Fatty Boom Boom
Zefside Zol (Interlude)
So What?
Uncle Jimmy (Skit)
Baby’s On Fire
U Make A Ninja Wanna Fuck
Fok Julie Naaiers
DJ Hi-Tek Rulez
Never Le Nkemise 2

Members:
Ninja
YoLandi Visser
DJ Hi-Tek
DJ Vuilgeboost (Live DJ)

A South African trio formed in 2007, known for their single ‘Enter The Ninja‘. Die Antwoord are an Alternate Hip-Hop/Rave/Zef group who currently have two studio albums and two EP’s that consist of 5 EP, Ekstra EP, $O$ Full Album and of course Ten$Ion.

Die Antwoord are a very mysterious group in certain ways. Some may say that they’re ‘weird’. These attributes are part of what Die Antwoord really are as a group, although not many people like it. DJ Hi-Tek is an unknown person who writes music for Die Antwoord but doesn’t appear live. DJ Hi-Tek has also never made a public appearance associated with Die Antwoord. DJ Vuilgeboost is the DJ that plays and appears on behalf of
DJ Hi-Tek.

Ten$Ion is jam packed full of lyrics in both English and Afrikaans languages. In the 39 minutes that the album is on for, there is a series of well constructed lyrics and intense music that never fails to catch the attention of the audience.

Comments made by listeners about Ten$Ion:

Positive: “Ten$ion’s depiction of modern South Africa is nothing less than thrilling

Negative: “Hi-Tek’s construction of techno beats and rave stabs on the quirky I Fink U Freeky and heavy brostep on opener Never Le Nkemise just add to the nauseating concoction of trash that comprises Ten$ion”

My personal thought on Ten$Ion is that the album really portrays South African culture. The album is well presented with mixture of two different languages that make up the slick lyrics from both Ninja and Yolandi. To me it seems like Yolandi is representing good and Ninja is representing evil. I defiantly think that this album is awarded atleast an 8/10 although many people disagree.

Jordan Moore

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The Devil Wears Prada – Patterns of a Horizon (Review)

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The Ascent
Te Gauntlet Of Solitude
And The Sentence Trails Off…
Rosemary Had An Accident
II – Redemption
Swords, Dragons and Diet Coke
Who Speaks Spanish? Colon Quesadilla
Modeify The Prenounciation
III – Salvation

Band Members:
Mike Hranica
Jeremy DePoyster
Chris Rubey
Andy Trick
Daniel Williams

Past Members:
James Baney

Christian metalcore scene band, The Devil Wears Prada has become a benchmark to new bands trying to make it in this genre. Patterns of a Horizon is an interesting EP by The Devil Wears Prada. This EP explores a wide variety of metalcore techniques that The Devil Wears Prada have been achieving since 2005.

Listening to this EP makes me realize how far The Devil Wears Prada have come as a band. The Devil Wears Prada have come a long way from this ‘raw’ sounding demo into a band that both creativity and production value has increased.

The almost homemade sound of this EP is what makes it spectacular. With sound effects that sound as if they could be household items that do well in catching the attention of peoples ears.

I really adore this demo type EP because I generally prefer demos. I like to see how far a band have progressed and the way that they recorded when they were infamous. Being in a band myself it inspires me to record and try and progress myself into bigger and better things in the music industry. I highly recommend the purchase of this EP because it is well constructed and provides an ‘eargasm’

Jordan Moore

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Issues – Black Diamonds EP (Review)

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Black Diamonds (ft. Scout)
King Of Amarillo
The Worst Of Them
Princeton
Love. Sex. Riot (ft. Fronz)
Her Monologue

Band Members:
Tyler Carter
Michael Bohn
Case Snedecor
AJ Rebollo
Tyler Acord
Skyler Acord

Past Members:
Ben Ferris
Cory Ferris
Jake Vintson

Founded by ex-members of Woe Is Me, Michael Bohn, Tyler Carter, Cory Ferris and Ben Ferris, Issues are a Metalcore/Nu-Metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Forming in 2012, Issues only have Black Diamonds in their discography, but they have also released a few singles.

Opening with the song ‘Black Diamonds (ft. Scout) (an intro that gradually builds into ‘King of Amarillo’), this EP has taken a drastic turn from the metalcore music that Michael Bohn and Tyler Carter are used to producing into more of a dubstep genre. Issues plotted this dubstep twist on their songs to gain fans that wouldn’t normally enjoy metalcore music.

Being a fan of Woe is Me, I suddenly fell in love with Issues. Tyler Carter’s  clean vocals really reminded me of the old Woe is Me. Listening to this EP has changed the way I thought about Tyler as he uses a much wider vocal range in Issues than he did in Woe Is Me. The dubstep doesn’t bother me because I enjoy a wide range of music genres. I personally think that the dubstep twist is a brilliant technique that Issues have most definitely mastered in this EP. I not wait to hear more from Issues and I’m glad that Tyler and Michael are finally back, producing music where they belong.

Jordan Moore

 

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