Saturday, September 6, 2008

I am not reviewing Metallica's Death Magnetic because it leaked Wednesday...

I'm just not going to do it...instead, I'm going to give you a hypothetical view on what I may think of Metallica's new album Death Magnetic.

The album starts with "That Was Just Your Life". It might just signal the beginning of Metallica's return to their 80s form (The decade that brought Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice for All). But I wouldn't know because I haven't listened to the album yet.

"The End of the Line" may have one of the better riffs at the four-minute mark...but that's only because a friend who listened to the album told me about it.

The first single "The Day That Never Comes" is the only song I've heard from this album so far, I swear! It's a mix of a lot of their most popular 80s songs wrapped into've got a bit of Fade to Black in there, a bit of One, a bit of Orion and Master of Puppets.

The song "All Nightmare Long" may be the best song on the least that's what a lot of fans are saying...but again, I wouldn't know, I haven't had this song on repeat for a half an hour.

"Cyanide" is a song that I've only heard live...because I didn't go to to listen to the full sample of the song or five others on the album. I don't like the lyrics so much, but the riffs are what make Metallica, Metallica.

"The Unforgiven III" may feature a piano/strings intro...which actually might be an ode to S&M...but again, I have only heard a clip of it so I really wouldn't know.

"Suicide and Redemption" could be a track that's 10 minutes long and it may not have any vocals...because I heard that the album has one instrumental...What?!? I WIKI'D IT!!!!

That may be a bit of a long instrumental...but it could very well set up a nice backdrop for the last song on the album...because I've not played this album since Wednesday...because it comes out on September 12th. 

This album might earn itself an 8.5 out of 10 because it sounds like a bridge between ...And Justice for All and The Black Album...but I have absolutely, positively not listened to the album so I can't have any opinion whatsoever? Who do you think I am, Maxim?

On an unrelated note, I really need to work on my code language.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A band a day...Eyes Set to Kill

Eyes Set to Kill is raising Arizona. I'm not generally into a lot of post-hardcore/screamo stuff, but there's a certain "I don't know what..." about Eyes Set to Kill.

Eyes Set to Kill is...
Alexia Rodriguez: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Anissa Rodriguez: Bass
Brandon Anderson: VOCALS!!!!!, Keyboards
"Metal" Greg Kerwin: Guitar
Caleb Clifton: Drums

Flyleaf, Kittie, and a sprinkle of Killswitch Engage meets Hawthorne Heights (RIP Casey).

A short history lesson on Eyes Set to Kill is that they'd actually used to be a six-piece band with Lindsay Vogt, a different lead singer. They formed in 2004 and in 2006 really started to make a name for themselves on the various music networking sites with their debut EP called When Silence is Broken, The Night Is Torn. They've had shows with Papa Roach, Kittie, Walls of Jericho, and In This Moment.

It's not very often that you find a post-hardcore band that's influenced by The Spice Girls and N*Sync...but somewhere the dancing got uncoordinated and Lindsay left the band sometime in 2007.

It's crazy because at around the same time, they signed a record deal on Koch that allowed them their own imprint.

Enter Reach. Alexia took the lead of the band. Normally, when a band loses a lead singer, they take the band with them. The band has actually only grown stronger turning what was once a regional act into a national one.

They are opening on a nationwide tour in October and November.

In the meantime, check out some more videos featuring Eyes Set to Kill including Darling and Liar in the Glass.

A band a day...Forever Oeuvre

Cincinnati, Ohio is the home of a band that has kind of a weird name, but a name that makes perfect sense...Forever Oeuvre (say it as you would "ooh-vrah").

Forever Oeuvre is:
Rachelle Holscher: Vocals
Jimi Holscher: Guitar/Vocals
Ronny Paige: Guitar/Vocals
PJ: Bass
Ryan Sebastian: Piano/Vocals

Their sound mixes a little bit of Evanescence with Lacuna Coil and Earshot.

Cincinnati is also the home of Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga. Chad brought the band to David Bendeth's (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin) House of Loud Studios in New Jersey where they were working on new music to lay down drum tracks...some of which is currently on their Myspace as demos. Chad has also worked with Leo.

Their debut work has actually yet to be released, but from the sounds of things on their Myspace, they've got some amazing music waiting to come out. Recruiting Ronny Paige, who'd recently worked with Fuel certainly helps things, too.

In the meantime, you can get an idea of what the band sounds like in this video.