Live Review: Bring Me The Horizon (London O2, November 5th)

Bring Me The Horizon – the band that has shot up in much-deserved popularity this past year and went on to sell out the O2 for what was a truly magnificent show. Expectations were certainly high for this tour and they did not disappoint. Their fans on the other hand were…interesting. As were their support bands, Basement and Don Broco – but for very different reasons. Continue reading Live Review: Bring Me The Horizon (London O2, November 5th)

Muse – ‘New Kind of Kick’

Happy Halloween!! Nothing brightens up the day like Matt Bellamy in leather pants with Elvis hair….right? The Muse boys have come back for Halloween with a fun and funky cover of The Cramps’ ‘New Kind of Kick’. As if we needed another reason to love them, they never fail to surprise their fans in the most unexpected ways. It’s hardly a musical masterpiece but still worth checking out; at the very least, you’ll crack a grin.

Review: Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘The Stage’

After releasing new single, ‘The Stage’, Avenged Sevenfold barely gave us enough time to recover before shocking fans with the release of their new album! With a level of epicness only they could achieve, they made the global announcement at the end of a live-streamed concert from the rooftop of Capitol Records in LA. The performance included four songs; fan favourite ‘Nightmare’, ‘The Stage’, and the less known but equally impressive ‘Planets’ and ‘Acid Rain’. The release of the unexpected yet awesome single, followed by the album’s release two months before the promised date and then this exciting live-stream… the bar had been set exceptionally high for The Stage. And it was reached with ease. Continue reading Review: Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘The Stage’

The Problem with the Metal Community

We’re all a bunch of fucked up, can’t-fit-in misfits with a strong appreciation of quality music. We like to scream, we love to swear; we head bang and mosh like there’s no tomorrow. We dress in black, our hair is crazy, we’re probably pierced in weird places and tattooed in weirder. And above all that, we’re a community. We love each other like family. We fight for our music and our scene. We stay true to what matters and don’t sacrifice morals for artificial popularity. We are one.

The initial viewpoint of sixteen year old me discovering for the first time this truly mental scene was fantastic. The idea that there’s other people who listen to this kinda stuff, that there’s a world where you don’t have to pretend you don’t know what metal music is, is something that comes as a shock to many late comers. A world where it’s cool to be this different – where doing so is encouraged. It’s like a group of outcasts that have all banded together and collectively put up a massive middle finger at everyone else. Badass bands and artists that don’t require superficial awards to validate their talents, yet still encourage fans of those awards to at least see what our side has to offer. Everyone ultimately just wants to have a good time and appreciate good music. Unfortunately, this is only the case part of the time. Continue reading The Problem with the Metal Community

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Doomed’ (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)

Here is an example of something truly majestic. The last thing any of us would relate to a band like Bring Me The Horizon is delicacy; sweeping strings, gentle woodwinds and a powerful yet angelic choir. Yet, somehow, we have been presented with a combination of metal and classical that is just beautiful. Continue reading Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Doomed’ (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)

Avenged Sevenfold – ‘The Stage’

 

They’re back! After an excruciating 3 year wait, Avenged Sevenfold have returned to bless our ears with an awesome new song; ‘The Stage’. With this slightly longer – but by no means tedious – track of 8 minutes, A7X have silenced any fans that were skeptical of the bands next move following the slightly less successful 2013 album Hail to the King, as well as the switch from Arin Ilejay on the drums to Brook Wackerman.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘The Getaway’

Single #2 from Red Hot Chili Peppers has been released, and it’s as fun as the first! Opening with that familiar funky beat we all love, ‘The Getaway’ sets out to become yet another fan favourite from the new album.

The Chili Peppers have a real knack for making music that you just can’t help but dance to and ‘The Getaway’ is no exception. Despite  lyrics that don’t exactly scream ‘exciting’ in any way, Anthony Keidis’ chilled-out vocals combined with Klinghoffer’s cool guitar riff and backing vocals through the chorus allow this song to still exude that feel-good vibe that is so common with the Chili Peppers. The same can be said of Flea’s subtle but funky bass riff, which really keeps the song on its feet.

My only critique of ‘The Getaway’ has to be the song’s abrupt ending. The cutoff makes the song seem shorter than it should be, and even unfinished. Hopefully the album version sees a more gradual fade out. That said, I’m still a big fan of the song and can’t wait to hear what else they have to offer!

You can listen to the official audio of ‘The Getaway’ here.

 

Asking Alexandria – ‘Here I Am’

It’s safe to say that Asking Alexandria have established the fact that they’re bigger and better with new front man Denis Stoff, and their new music video for ‘Here I Am’ is only further proof of this.

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