Posts Tagged ‘The End’

61rujlBq8DL._SS500First I want to start the post out by wishing everyone int he world a very safe and Happy Halloween. So for the very last Halloween/horror themed album of the week, I wanted to cover a band that I hadn’t before and I found the perfect one. What happens when you mix a little bit of Gwar, Thrash Metal, horror, and the mask from The Town That Dreaded Sundown and mashed them all up? You would get Oakland, California’s very own Ghoul who burst on the scene in 2001. In 2003, Cremator (Vocals/Bass), Digestor (Vocals/Guitar), Dissector (Vocals/Guitar), and Fermentor (Vocals/Drums) released their second album Maniaxe on June 24, 2003 via Razorback Records. The album much like the last one, continues the band’s storyline and it even introduces a new villain in the Ghoul Hunter and it also introduces us to their newest member Dissector and his story.

955a5f0f025f4096073c64ab607e2b6f1. Pleasant Screams / Forbidden Crypts– It starts off sounding like a classic horror film before the band kicks in with their punishing brand of metal. The song is about how they wanted to kill a black metal band that rolled in town. 5/5

2. Maggot Hatchery– an in your face shredder that will rip your face off that talks about a woman who I presume is a witch. I love how the band combines the elements of death and thrash metal. it’s a perfect marriage on this track. 5/5

3. Sewer Chewer– an in your face thrash classic that introduces the world to the band’s newest member Dissector and how they loved his ability to shred and mosh. You can hear elements of influence from Anthrax and Megadeth on this track. 4.5/5

4. Ghoul Hunter– I love how the song starts with what seems to be the Ghoul Hunter reading a story of what he is seeing and when it comes to the chorus it’s the band is screaming that they want to kill him. This is a fun track that is just classic thrash to the core. 5/5

5. Numbskull-I thin the track is about a potion that these guys take that makes them want to mosh to the point that they turn into heavy metal zombies, but it also could be a metaphor for moshing metal fans. 4/5

R-8851374-1470092372-2310.png6. Boneless– an interesting take on a skateboarding song as our main characters want to celebrate by skating even though the Ghoul Hunter is still out there. 4/5

7. Maniaxe-I love the beginning of the title track that starts with some fierce bass and drum playing before the band kicks in. The song is just about how they are total maniacs and they will kill you. 4.5/5

8. Mechanized Death– a track about how the Ghoul Hunter is so desperate to kill Ghoul that he creates a Killbot and sends him to do the job for him. 5/5

9. The End?– This is a very cool instrumental track from the band that mixes a little classic ghoulish surf rock sound with the bass playing and guitars. It’s almost as if this is the credits rolling on the album. I love it. 5/5

10. What A Wonderful World– This is the band’s cover of the Louis Armstrong classic, but the lyrics are changed so the band sings about Nuclear War. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– I thought this was a killer record, but now I am interested in seeing how the previous album’s story played out so I can continue on. The band definitely takes all of their influences and they make it their own which is what I want to see. My favorite tracks on the album is Mechanized Death, The End?, Ghoul Hunter, and Maggot Hatchery. I don’t hate any of the tracks, but If I had to pick a least favorite it would have to be Boneless. I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

Swedish Melodic Metal masters In Flames are back with some very big news for all of their fans. The band has announced that they will be releasing their 12TH studio album Battles via Eleven Seven Music on November 11TH. The band already unveiled the single The End earlier in the week, but now the band has released another single called The Truth. A clapping beat starts off the track with a choir chanting “We Are, We Are” before it breaks into an all out sonic assault with melodic guitars and chugging rhythm and some clean vocals from singer Anders Fridén. Drummer Björn Gelotte recently spoke with Decibel and he had this to say about the differences between the last record and the new one, “Siren Charms had a very dark vibe to it. We recorded it at a cold, damp and dark time during the year in Berlin so it gave it a certain melancholy to the record. Now recording in [Los Angeles, Calif.] with the sunshine it’s a different energy. The writing process was different this time, too — that I would like for us to continue to explore. Also, working with Howard [Benson, producer] and his team was great. I got stressed taking a break for even five minutes because they were always ready to go for the next take and kept my energy up.” Check out the track below:

fitzandthetantrums-cover-4-1367600401I figured before I dived into October with my horror themed album of the week posts that I would cover a band that I truly enjoy listening to all the time. I can not get Fitz And The Tantrums off my iPod, their music is so infectious that it brings out the pop sensibility in me. I know their not rock or metal, but I love their music and last week I covered INXS. The band which is made up of singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs along with James King (Saxophone, Flute), Joseph Karnes (Bass Guitar), Jeremy Ruzumna (Keyboards), and John Wicks (Drums) have been often describe as either Neo-Soul and alternative music just in case Neo-soul is too confusing. The band garnered some attention with their brilliant 60’s soul filled first album Pickin’ Up The Pieces with their big hit Moneygrabber. So for their second album More Than Just A Dream, the band enlisted the help of producer Tony Hoffer who was best known for working with Beck, M83, Depeche Mode, and so many more. It also marked the band’s first release with Elektra Records because the band intially signed with Dangerbird Records, but when Jeff Castelaz (the man who originally signed them) moved over to Elektra he brought the band with him.

Fitz_And_The_Tantrums1The first song on the album is Out Of My League which became the band’s first number one hit on the alternative charts in a song about someone who can’t believe that they are with someone they thought was out of their league. Break The Walls is an club anthem for shedding the conventions of life that drag us down and just break the walls and be free. The Walker was the second single off the album that starts with the infectious whistle before the band kicks up the tempo in this club banger. It was the band’s second consecutive number one single on the alternative charts as well. Spark starts off with a reggae like beat before they go into their typical high octane dance party with infectious choruses that leave you singing along. 6AM is one of my favorite songs on the album as it has the calm easy tempo to give you break from the madness that was the first part of the album. Fool’s Gold does a little of the same as the last track, but they kick the tempo up a bit with the hip hop like dance beats. Keepin Our Eyes Out follows with it’s piano driven drum machine madness and scratchy breaks that help drive the chorus. The song’s production reminds me a lot of Beck and his overall sound and it would make sense with the producer they had for this record.

content_Fitz-and-the-TantrumsLast Raindrop has the pop sensibility to be an instant club hit the second the beat hits your speakers and the both of the singers harmonizing the second verse is where it’s at. House Of Fire starts off with a hip hop like beat, but as the verse begins the tempo changes with it’s soul and funk bass lines. The beat in The End reminds me of Dr. Dre The Chronic like beats while Get Away gets the dance party started all over again. Get Away is one of my other favorite tracks on the record that kind of blends the band’s neo-soul sound with a 90’s twist attached to it. MerryGoRound is essentially the last song on the record and it contains all the elements of the record with it’s 90’s pop like beats mixed with some great 80’s synth pop thrown in for good measure. The treat is the bonus track Tell Me What Ya Here For which would have been a huge hit in the 90’s and the band mixes the 60’s pop soul sound in the track to close out the album in style. I love this record and this band so I am giving the record four stars out five.

attilaWhen I first heard the song Shots For My Boys, I was kind of hooked and was curious as to who Attila was. A co-worker of mine at one of my jobs suggested to me that if I wanted to hear a great album from Attila, that I look up the album Rage. The album Rage features founding members Chris Fronzak (Vocals), Sean Heenan (Drums), and they are joined by Nate Salameh (Guitar), Chris Linck (Guitar), and Paul Ollinger (Bass). Rage was the band’s debut album on their new label Artery, but it was their third album overall. The album was produced by Stephan Hawkes and it features ten songs and it clocks in at 27 minutes in total length. The band has often been described as Metalcore, Deathcore, and even rapcore because of their sound and I have to agree with all three labels. I say that because most of their music contains elements of all three mixed in their. What is interesting is the fact that they are known to their fans as Party Metal as most of the subject matter deals with partying.

attila 2The End is the first track and it’s a 25 second intro that sounds like it’s the end of everything we know. That is until it kicks into Make It Sick which features all the elements from epic metalcore breakdowns to some heavy ass vocals. The part I love about the track is when the singer belts out that he doesn’t give a f@#$ if the song is heavy enough for you. The Invitation shows the vocalist ability to switch from a death metal vocal style to a clean singing vocal style and he does it flawlessly. I even hear black metal style vocals thrown into the mix for good measure. The title track is an adrenaline charged track that will make you want to punch someone in the face. Lights Out is as heavy as anything Lamb Of God puts out and it’s a punishing track that gets heavier as the song progresses. Temper is a very cool track on the record that sees the band flex their musical muscle while remaining heavy and true to the metalcore sound. Girls Don’t Lie lean more towards the hardcore side of metalcore with the breakdown and gang vocals during the chorus. Strike Out is a like a kid with a severe form of ADHD when it comes to the vocals and it even features some beer cans cracking during the 1:06 track.

In Cheyenne 420, the music is like two freight trains heading toward each other going 1000MPH, there’s even a long dragged out breakdown before you get a very good guitar solo. Jumanji is an amazing Metal track and it’s honestly one of my favorites on the album. It’s heavier than hell, it’s punishing, and it’s relentless to the point that I can’t get enough. This stuff isn’t revolutionary, but if your a fan of metalcore or deathcore then this may be the band for you. I can’t get enough of these guys at the moment and that is why I decided to review this album as as the fact that it was suggested to me. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 US Heatseekers chart at number 15 and they’ve made enough noise since then. One writer from Metalsux said, “Totally obsessed with superficial bullshit, Chris ‘Fronz’ Fronzak seemingly can’t help but leave a trail of douche slime everywhere he goes.” While that is one man’s opinion, I am going to give you my final grade for the album and it gets 3.5 stars out of five from me.