Posts Tagged ‘Broken’

coming_home_1500x1500You are getting two Album Of The Weeks for the price of one this week and this is one I have wanted to do. One of my favorite current rock bands in the US is none other than Falling In Reverse which features Ex-Escape The Fate frontman Ronnie Radke. I wanted to cover another album from the band because in my opinion the band has been evolving as far as their sound is concerned from the early days of Pop Punk/Metalcore to the band they are today which blends all of their elements flawlessly. On April 7, 2017, the band which was made up of Radke (Vocals, Guitars, Piano), Derek Jones (Rhythm Guitar), Zakk Sandler (Bass Guitar) in his first appearance with the band, Ryan Seaman (Drums) in his last album with the band, and Christian Thompson (Lead Guitars) in his only appearance on the album Coming Home. When asked about the album the band stated, “It’s a huge left turn. It sounds like nothing we’ve ever done. Every song is very vibey, There’s more feeling in it instead of a lot of metal. We’re challenging ourselves now more than we ever have in the weirdest ways possible, because you would think writing the craziest solo or riffs would be the challenging part. But the challenging part is trying to stick to a theme and not go all over the place like we would normally do.” The album peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts making it the lowest chart appearance of the band’s career.

coming home back1. Coming Home– The title track kicks off the album and it has more a serious tone to it as far as subject matter and the overall tone of the track. I feel like this is a song about being away from the person you love on the road, but put into a space metaphor. 5/5

2. Broken– The track starts off with that Dance Club beat to it in the beginning that we have seen Ronnie mix in there along with the rock music. The track is about how things were never easy for someone that came from a broken situation, but don’t fear for him because he is rising from the ashes like a Phoenix. 4.5/5

3. Loser-A track that is a lot like Coming Home in tone, but sped up a little bit more about a girl who confuses the hell out of our narrator like she is playing games with him and he’s finally getting sick of it. 5/5

4. Fuck You And All Your Friends– I love this track because it has a real punk rock feel to it while retaining it’s rock status about someone the Narrator used to be friends with that betrayed him and it hurts cause he didn’t see it coming. 5/5

5. I Hate Everyone-I love how the track starts off with the acoustic guitars before it goes into the Falling In Reverse rock track. The track is about that person that just pisses you off to the point that you hate everyone in the world. 5/5

6. I’m Bad At Life– I love how the track starts off and I love the way Ronnie writes music because while you think he is writing something serious about love and he manages to insert his sense of humor into the track. BTW, the chorus is infectious. 4.5/5

falling_in_reverse_2017-980x6007. Hanging On-A cool rock song that reminds me a lot of AFI and the style they perform now in a track about the girl of his dreams that keeps leaving him hanging like he needs her more than she needs him. 4.5/5

8. Superhero-A very different type of track for the band that has a bit of new wave mixed into it. It’s a cool track as he talks about not wanting to be a superhero, but just someone who wants to better themselves. 4.5/5

9. Straight To Hell-A track with a little more of a metal flare to it in this song about a girl who rejects him for his past, but he’s willing to live with what he has done, but is she? 4/5

10. I Don’t Mind– This is a very deep track as Ronnie spills some stuff about his past and how he’s dealing with the fact that his Mother passed down some bad habits down to him. The track has a very Papa Roach styled structure to the music and I love it. 4.5/5

11. The Departure– This is a great track (probably my fav) and I wish for more of this style of Falling In Reverse to go along with what they already do. It has a very rock/metal feel to it The track seems to be about someone who can’t pretend to be goo anymore because there is just too much tugging at him. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– It’s hard for me to pick a favorite album from the band because I just feel the music just gets better and better with every album. While they may not be in a feud, I definitely think he has surpassed Escape The Fate musically. My favrotie tracks on the album are The Departure, Coming Home, Loser, and Fuck You And All Your Friends. I didn’t cover it for this, but the bonus track Paparazzi might be one of my least favorite tracks along with Straight To Hell. I am giving the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

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demon windSometimes I treat my films like I treat heavy metal records. I simply sometimes choose a film to watch based on the movie poster or DVD cover and that is what I have done with some albums and that is what I did with today’s film. Today’s film Demon Wind is another film that I picked up courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome at the previous weekend’s Rock and Shock Convention. Cory (Eric Larson) has never really known where he was from or who his dad really was. After a weird chance meeting with his father, he decides to go back to the family land where his grandparents once lived. Along with his friends, Cory will discover and unlock the truth behind what happened so many years ago to his family and the land they lived on. The film also stars Francine Lapensée (Hollywood’s New Blood) as Elaine, Rufus Norris (Broken) as Harcourt, Jack Vogel (Presumed Guilty) as Stacy, Stephen Quadros (Cradle 2 The Grave) as Chuck, Mark David Fritsche (Somewhere In Time) as Jack, Sherry Leigh (Sid and Nancy) as Bonnie, Bobby Johnston (Loveblind) as Dell, Lynn Clark (My Fellow Americans) as Terri, Richard Gabai (The Wasp Woman) as Willy, Mia M. Ruiz (Witchcraft II: The Temptress) as Reena, and the film was directed by Charles Philip Moore (Angel Of Destruction). 

demon wind 2'I actually really liked this film, but I did have some issues with it in general and one of them was the corny dialogue. I loved the story and what the film was about, but there were just too many instances of awkward dialogue. It was either that the writer didn’t know how people communicate or the cast just made the dialogue real cheesy. They had this big jock who every time his girlfriend said something, he made sure to tell people that that was the reason that he kept her around. I wanted to go through the screen to tell the guy that no one gave a sh**. Now some of the things I liked is the way the townspeople looked or the friends looked when they were bitten or possessed by the demons that plagued the land. They acted like zombies, but they had the sense of humor that reminded me of The Evil Dead. Some of the kills were cheesy, but overall some of them actually were pretty cool. The one issue I had was what the hell does Cory turn in to when he battles the head demon at the end? He looked like an alien from Alien Nation with the ears of a demon. That part just made no sense to me because he wasn’t possessed at all by the demons. I thought overall that it was actually a pretty fun film to watch, I definitely enjoyed it. That is why I am going to give it a grade somewhere between an C+ and a B-. It’s somewhere in that grade range.

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