Posts Tagged ‘Evanescence’

2003-year-of-the-spiderThere was once a time in the world when Nu Metal was a genre that was ruling the airways and video play on MTV with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit competing with the likes of The Backstreet Boys and Nsync. Some say that it was a glorious time to be alive while others are very troubled by it’s mere existence. For me, it was a time when I was discovering my love of the metal sub-genres all over again after a brief falling out period. At one point, Flip/Interscope thought it wise to hire Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit as an A&R man and his signings were hitting it big in the industry like Puddle Of Mudd, Staind, and today’s band of focus in Jacksonville, Florida rock act Cold. Cold was made up of Scooter Ward (Vocals), Terry Balsamo (Guitar), Kelly Hayes (Guitar), Jeremy Marshall (Bass), Howard Benson (Piano/Keys/Produced The Album), and Sam McCandless (Drums). Together in 2003, the band would release their most commercially successful album of their careers in Year Of The Spider which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts even featuring a top Hot 100 track as well.

cold1.Remedy– A real driving riff starts off the song before this amazing bass riff takes over the verses before the band comes back in. The song seems to be about someone with issues who pushes people away and know this, but doesn’t anyone to really change it. 5/5

2. Suffocate– A clean channel guitar drives the song for the most part before the chorus. The song is about a relationship that is just toxic. The song features former Dollshead/Black Eyed Peas singer Sierra Swan and Sam McCandless’s drum laying is awesome on this track. 5/5

3. Cure My Tragedy (A Letter to God)– a touching track that Scooter wrote about the struggles his sister went through with her battle against Cancer while the band was recording the album. 4.5/5

4. Stupid Girl– This was the band’s lead single and the only single they ever wrote that cracked the Billboard top 100 that was co-written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. 5/5

5. Don’t Belong– A bass driven track until the band comes in for the chorus about feeling like you just don’t belong or you can’t do anything right. 4/5

6. Wasted Years– a cool track with violins in the beginning and some acoustic guitars that compliment them. It is said that Scooter described the track as, “this song is basically about how I let little things take away the things I needed in life.” 4/5

7. Whatever You Became– A slowered tempo track whose melody/structure reminds me a little of first track Remedy. The track seems to be about how people have changed because of his fame, but he hasn’t changed. 4/5

Cold-Year_Of_The_Spider-CD8. Sad Happy– a very eerie track about a someone who is stuck in a very abusive relationship and cant get out of it. A sad reality that is too true in the world we live in. 4.5/5

9. Rain Song– A cool track about someone close to Scooter who may have harmed herself in some way and when it rains it reminds him of her. 4/5

10. The Day Seattle Died– A great track on the album that is the band’s tribute to Seattle’s music icons Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. 5/5

11. Change The World– The track starts with a drum cadence before the band comes racing in with a killer riff on a track that is basically about relationships. 4/5

12. Black Sunday– A track that starts with some acoustic and clean guitars in a track that is about loss of someone close to Scooter, a reoccurring theme in a lot of songs. 4/5

13. Kill The Music Industry– The bands response to the music industry who were constantly telling them that they were going to fail. It also features the track Gone Away at around the 2:55 mark or so. 4/5

My Final Thoughts: Despite the success of the album, the band would soon go through it’s own troubled times as the label refused to promote any more singles from the album and Terry Balsamo would exit the band in 2004 to replace Ben Moody in Evanescence. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade because it was a kick ass album.

For those of you out there that have been wondering just what in the world has Amy Lee been up to then never fear cause I have some sort of an answer for you. Amy Lee apparently has been busy recording a solo EP that she expects to release sometime in the future. She recently unveiled some covers that she did like U2’s With Or Without You, It’s A Fire by Portishead, and today’s Cover Of The Week in the Led Zeppelin classic Going To California. Amy had this to say about her love for the track, “This song is a classic that I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. It puts me at peace.” She added after a performance with her band Evanescence, “It’s a pleasure to sing a song publicly that is such a part of who I am offstage – my roots, the style of music that we always played around my house when I was growing up, and still at every big family gathering, singing and playing music with my dad.” Amy has quite the voice and one that is perfect for covering Led Zeppelin. Check it out and judge for yourself.

1000hpWe decided that we were going to give you another album of the week this week and for the fact that I couldn’t resist reviewing the brand new album from Godsmack. 1000HP is the sixth record from Godsmack and their first since 2010’s gold selling album The Oracle. The usual suspects returned to record the album in Sully Erna (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, and he also produced the record), Tony Rombola (Guitar), Robbie Merrill (Bass), and Shannon Larkin (Drums). For the recording of the album, the band actually leased a warehouse and built a recording studio making it the Godsmack HQ which makes it easier for the band to record and rehearse for tours without having to depend on others. Dave Fortman who was known for working with Superjoint Ritual, Otep, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Evanescence, came back to help produce another record with the band since he produced The Oracle. Rombola had this to say to Guitar World about what it was like to work with Fortman on the album, “He has a lot of ideas and was a lot of fun to work with. He’s also a guitar player and plays drums, so he was able to give us input and bounce ideas off of us.” The album is due to be released on August 5TH wherever music is sold.

godsmackThe band seems to reflect on their past in the song 1000HP addressing how they came from nothing to all of sudden being the biggest band in the world at the time with the music being no nonsense, in your face fury. The song is actually pretty badass, it’s everything you would expect from Godsmack. The next track on the record is called FML (which means F*** My Life), but it starts off melodic then it hits you with a can of whoop ass. The song reminds me a lot of Faceless and the fury that was behind the songwriting on that album (a reason why it’s one of my favs). The next track is called Something Different and it literally is something different for Godsmack as it’s a little more on the melodic side while still packing a definite punch. What’s Next? gets down and dirty with this in your face hard rock classic. The next track is called Generation Day and it’s basically Godsmack opening their musical horizons with this 6 minute plus epic track. The track opens up with everything you could possibly want from Godsmack as they deliver the hard charging guitars, some deep low end bass, and the epic drum build up by Shannon Larkin. That is only the instrumental section in the song, you should definitely pay attention to what Sully is doing in the track as he delivers some of his best vocal work yet.

godsmackLocked & Loaded is a bad ass heavy groove laden in your face ass kicker of a track that is so groovin. So, far this really is the Godsmack we love and have been craving for. Living In The Gray is another track on the album that really lays all the grooves that would make all groove metal fans very proud with song writing that is similar to what we heard on the album IV. I Don’t Belong is a track that just hammers down on you with the rhythm section of the band. It’s full of low and heavy bass riffs and badass drum playing while Sully gives you all the reasons he doesn’t belong. Nothing Comes Easy is the next track on the record and it slowly starts to build up with some badass playing from the band which is the most impressive part of the track cause the track is epic. Some the guitar playing reminds me a lot of Vampire mixed with Realign and a couple other tracks. Turning To Stone is the last track on the record and it’s the perfect way to end an album much like Voodoo did for the first record or what Bleeding Me did for IV. I love this record, I think this is the triumphant return of Godsmack. I am giving the album four stars out of five.