For music lovers, there is nothing better during the summer months than heading to a daylong or weekend festival to see some of the biggest acts in the world. While each festival is different, there are a number of similarities that they all share, things that you are guaranteed to see at each one that will give you memories for years to come, be they good or bad.
What are they?
Mud is perhaps more synonymous with festivals than even the music itself. Even if it is baking hot and the sun shines for two or three days, there is still the chance that you will end up covered in mud.
This element of festivals puts many people off going to them. It is also why those who attend such events get labelled as ‘hippies’ and other terms that are seen as derogatory, especially when you add in the urban legends about not washing for days at a time and wearing the same clothes from start to finish.
If you attend a music festival this summer and don’t see a fireworks display, then you should be making sure you ask for your money back.
After all, you have stood on your feet for probably more than 12 hours, haven’t had a drink, and perhaps been thrown from pillar to post in the middle of the crowd, so even if you have seen a band you have been waiting to see for years, a fireworks display should be the least you expect.
Thankfully, most festival organisers want to end their events ‘with a bang,’ and you will often find that a spectacular fireworks demonstration follows the conclusion of a headline set.
Things Being Thrown
We hope that we do not have to expand on what the ‘things’ are, as if you have ever been to a festival you will probably already know what we’re alluding to.
The trouble with this is that you don’t see it coming most of the time, or that the people doing it cannot be ejected as there aren’t security guards standing at every interval in a crowd of tens of thousands.
Unfortunately, if it does happen, you just need to grin and bear it.
Along with the mud, dirty toilet facilities are enough to put most people off, even if their favourite bands are playing at a particular festival.
Whether it is the shared facilities element or the fact that they just aren’t welcoming or well maintained at all, many people simply want to avoid them.
Music to Remember
It’d be unfair to talk about a festival and mention the mud, fireworks, and other elements without actually talking about the music.
Whether it is the band you always wanted to see live or a group you never heard of, you are certain to listen to and see performances that you will remember for a long time to come.
Deciding to Go
If the facilities are putting you off, just book a hotel near to the site, and you’ll have access to everything you need. Don’t let a little mud stop you from discovering the festival experience, as it is one almost unrivalled anywhere else in the world.
About The Author:
Stuart is an online content writer with a huge passion for music and festivals, so much so that after returning from various events he often seeks out fireworks for sale from an online retailer and tries to recreate his favourite festivals in his own garden.
The following is a guest post by Colin Lenox of Encore Music Lessons:
There are reasons why so many people are pursuing guitar lessons in Miami today. Guitar can be used in virtually all styles of music from classical to rock to folk, and has played an essential role in the development of modern music. Something about the guitar speaks not only to American culture but also Spanish and Latino cultures as well, and can be commonly heard in almost all Latin music. With a great guitar teacher, you’ll be able to explore a number of different musical varieties in guitar lessons and find out which ones you like best.
Miami, like all big cities, is a great city to hear rock and pop guitar music, but you also have the unique opportunity to hear lots of flamenco guitar and Latin music. For those not familiar with flamenco playing, it’s a very percussive form of fingerstyle guitar played on nylon strings. Although nylon strings are associated with classical guitar lessons and can sound soft and sweet, flamenco is usually very lively and up tempo. Ask your guitar teacher what nylon strings are if you don’t know.
Flamenco players use all of the fingers on their picking hand, except the pinky, with techniques like flicking their nails on the strings to produce a hard attack, and hitting their palms on the body of the guitar to make thumping bass sounds. Despite never using a pick, flamenco players can shred the guitar when soloing by alternating their first and second finger on their right hand.
For those taking flamenco guitar lessons in Miami, you can go to the Casa Panza Restaurant to see world renowned performer and flamenco guitar teacher Paco Fonta. Paco appears yearly at the Florida Folk Festival, collaborates with dance and theater companies all over the Miami area, and has recently recorded with Latino superstar Gloria Estefan.
Meson Ria De Vigo on Coral Way is a spanish tapa restaurant and is another great spot to see some excellent flamenco guitar music. You can also attend the Flamenco Festival Miami at the Ziff Ballet Opera House which brings in world class flamenco dancers and musicians each year.
These are just a few notable places to see flamenco guitar in action but keep your ears open because in a lively city like Miami great music is always just around the corner.
Rock, Pop, Metal
For those taking rock or pop guitar lessons in Miami don’t worry, there’s plenty of chances to rock out and see some great shows.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino brings in huge name rock and pop stars like Eric Clapton, Joan Jett, and Sheryl Crow. Then there is the Fillmore Miami Beach – this is the place to go for high level touring bands like Coheed and Cambria and Wilco, or Miami’s very own Iron & Wine and Cat Power.
Are you a singer songwriter taking guitar lessons in Miami? Looking to perform your own music and hang out with other like-minded musicians? Check out an open mic at AV Studio or Speakeasy Lounge and start getting your music out there.
For metal and grunge players, get your fix at local favorite Churchill’s Pub or at the The Culture Room in nearby Ft. Lauderdale.
About The Author:
Colin Lenox is a blog writer and student coordinator for Encore Music Lessons. Colin is also a musician and music teacher with a degree in Jazz Studies on guitar from The University Of Vermont.
Moments ago, I read the devastating news that Chi Cheng former Deftones bass player passed away. Deftones were one of the very first metal bands I ever heard, I didn’t even really understand what metal was at the time, I was a skater punk, I just knew that was I was hearing for the first time was awesome and that I wanted more. So in a sense Deftones took away my metal virginity. They are truly one of my favourite bands of all time, and always will be. That is why I find the news of Chi Cheng’s death very upsetting. I knew that he was no longer playing bass for Deftones after his tragic car accident, but it never quite hits you how bad an accident is/was until something like this happens. Looking through the photos and seeing him in hospital left a sense of feeling hollow inside. Mine and the rest of Soul Sanctuary’s thoughts are with his friends and family. I’m sure the guys in Deftones are having a very hard time at the moment. If Chi Cheng had any impact on your life through the music of the Deftones, go let the band know that your thoughts are with them too.
This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency [sic] room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.
With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)”
Dragonforce have never really been one of my favourite bands, although I certainly appreciate what they do, and enjoy their music to some extent, perhaps mostly for the novelty of how stupidly fast it is. So as such, although they aren’t constantly in my CD changer or current playlist, I do keep track of their current activities. So when I saw the article on Blabbermouth about them entering the recording studio to record their new album, I thought it would be interesting to check up on. According to blabbermouth the British epic metallers have completed writing the follow-up to last year’s “The Power Within” album. The album was the first to feature their new and current vocalist Marc Hudson.
Herman Li interview by Metal Traveller
Dragonforce’s guitarist Herman Li said “Right now, everyone in the band is itching to get into the studio to record probably the most epic Dragonforce music ever written.” He continued “With so many ideas flying around and songs already written, we decided to team up with producer Jens Bogren to help us take the Dragonforce sound to the next level and beyond!”
Metal Traveller asked Herman Li how difficult it was to integrate Marc Hudson into the band as the new vocalist: “I don’t know if it was easy or hard, but we definitely spent a lot of time to make sure he integrated well in the band. Before he joined the band, we jammed, we rehearsed, we went to the studio and recorded some demos together — just to see how it’s like, to understand his personality.” said Li.
“After he joined the band, we didn’t want him to be like, ‘Hi, Marc, welcome to the band, record the songs in studio and see you on tour.’ You have to be a real family, so we jammed and rehearsed a lot, and that really helped him to integrate the band. The first show he had to play with the band was with Iron Maiden, in front of 20,000 people. I didn’t tell Marc until the warmup gig two weeks before.”
When questioned about Marc’s involvement in the composition of “The Power Within”, Li said: “Most of the music was already composed when we were auditioning him. After he joined the band, we had to change the voice a little bit to get the best out of his voice. We found out that he can sing very high, but also really low at the same time. So in certain songs, we explored his low range, like ‘Seasons’ or ‘Give Me The Night’, on which he goes from low to high. Then we tried to explore the high register, like in ‘Holding On’.”
Into The Recording Studio
From what I’ve read it’s been a pretty wild ride for Marc the new front man of the Dragons, since he came into the fold in July of 2011, he has now played over 100 Dragonforce shows in 32 countries around the world, including big ass arenas with the like of Iron Maiden. Not to mention a full scale headlining world tour to support the last record. Pretty amazing stuff if you ask me.
So now that Hudson has all this new experience under his belt, traveling the world and touring for the last 2 years. I’m fairly certain him and the rest of the Dragonforce crew are dying to get back into the studio and let their new ideas flow. Dragonforce have chosen Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden to to start laying down tracks for the creation of their next record. Set to start recording sometime in May, the project will be headed by producer and allround musical force to be reckoned with Jens Bogren.
Jens is known for his work with the likes of Opeth, The Devin Townsend Project, Daylight Dies, God Forbid, Iron Mask, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Soilwork and Symphony X, to name a few. I have no doubts that Bogren with help Dragonforce to record a monster of a record.
The following post is written by Special Guest Author: Mark of Soundista.com
The Death Of Music?
According to CNN Money, music sales between 1999 and 2009 were cut in half. The actual numbers were $14.6 billion in 1999, versus $6.3 billion in 2009. That steep decline is symptomatic of what some see as the end of the music industry as we know it. There is a question as to whether this is really a bad thing for artists, however.
Money and Music
The type of statistics referenced above are not hard to find. Digital sales, for instance, have cut into a huge chunk of CD sales and the entertainment industry blames piracy for losses of revenue on music sales, to some extent. Music is widely available for free on the Internet—sometimes legally, through streaming music stations and so forth—which means that people may be less motivated to buy a $20 CD to get the one track they like if they can hear it most any time they want.
Whether you view the way the music industry has changed as liberation of the art from the hands of the corporations that used to be so much more profitable at distributing it or an unbearable hardship on musicians, the fact remains the same: music isn’t worth what it used to be worth, at least to large companies. Sometimes, decline in one industry gives a rather skewed view of what’s actually going on.
Forbes reported in an article in 2012 that, in 2008, there were 106,000 new albums released compared to 38,000 in 2003. Quite simply, there’s been more music out there than there has in the past. Not all of it is coming from large record companies, however, as the tools required for recording and production have become less and less expensive and has more musicians have started releasing their albums on their own.
Live Still Rocks
The same Forbes article reports that, between 1999 and 2009, the sales of concert tickets in the US market was on a healthy upward trajectory. In fact, it was something beyond healthy. The sales went from $1.5 billion to $4.6 billion. Concerts have always been huge parts of how musicians make their livings and, going by these figures, things were three times as good in 2009 as they were in 1999, at least in terms of concert attendance.
Different is Not Dead
The music industry is much different than it used to be, that is for certain. In the past, musicians sent demos to every record company they thought would sign them. If one of the record companies showed an interest, the musician could rely on their support for marketing, promotion and so forth, but, without a label, it was very hard for independent artists to develop a presence on the market. Today, it’s as easy as opening up a Facebook page, uploading some MP3s to a distribution site and having a web page. These are all things that the average band could take care of in the space of a couple of days, rather than spending years playing in taverns, clubs and other venues, hoping that they got noticed.
The Forbes article also reported that the revenues for digital music players, advertising and in other categories has jumped up over the years.
The record companies may be faltering, but that does not mean a decline in music as an art form or, in fact, as a commercially viable art form. The industry itself has changed, however, and today that seems to mean that CDs may not be selling well, but more music is out there and bands still have ways to make money.
Are you a fan of Rihanna? Do you like her song Diamonds? Well even if you don’t and you just love a good metal cover. A metal cover that disembowels the original into a bloody pulp before forcing it through a blender hellbound screams, and grinder of extreme and brutal riffage that is. If that’s the case, then I have just the thing for you. I would like to present to you Any Given Day, a band I discovered literally moments ago and felt I had to share. Any Given Day have an awesome cover of Rihanna’s Diamonds, which can be seen in the video below. As far as their Facebook determines they are unsigned, but that doesn’t mean they are any less polished. Their video has a great look and feel and the production of the track is top notch. If Rihanna was a metal head I think she would be proud! Even if she isn’t a metal head she should still be fucking proud. I mean come on, that vocalist looks like he could headbutt a bull to death without even breaking a sweat!
About Any Given Day:
Any Given Day is a 5 piece Metal/Metalcore/Deathcore band from Gelsenkirchen in Germany, that formed in the summer of 2011. The band comes fully customized with extensively down tuned guitars and bucket loads of energy. After a couple of years playing live shows and recording sessions in other bands, Any Given Day combined their melodic grace, with powerhouse vocals with a slice of catchy clean vocals to form a mix that goes down light a cool drink on a summers day. The name according to the band, is lyrically inspired that their music is about the madness we all see around us in our daily lives.
Any Given Day’s future aim is to tour extensively and produce as many infectious songs as possible so that their audience may find delight in their ideas!
Any Given Day Lineup
Dennis Diehl – Vocals
Andy Posdziech – Guitar
Dennis ter Schmitten – Guitar/Vocals
Michael Golinski – Bass/Vocals
Raphael Altmann – Drums
What do you think of Any Given Day? Do you think they have a future in metal? Would you go see them live? DO you like their cover song? Let us know in the comments below.
Stay Metal \m/
If you like what they do go check them out on their Facebook and give those mother fuckers a like! 🙂
This morning (8th of April 2013) Margaret Thatcher died after suffering from a stroke, or after a strike according to the epic typo from the BBC news website which can be seen below. I don’t really have much of an opinion on Thatcher’s politics because it’s not very easy to sort fact from fiction. A lot of people hated her, a lot of people worshiped the ground she walked upon. Having not lived through the larger part of her time in power an opinion I may have wouldn’t be very valid. But Soul Sanctuary would like to welcome Margaret Thatcher to the Afterlife, being our catchphrase and all. And wanted to share this awesome Zombie picture of Mrs. Thatcher in all her glory, eating flesh and swallowing souls. We would also like to dedicate our video Afterlife to the Iron Lady in her moment of passing.
Funny typo about Margaret Thatcher on the BBC News website:
Margaret Thatcher died of strike according to the BBC News website
“Welcome to the Cemetery, you’ll walk with grace amongst the dead. Living in a world that’s completely dead inside. Welcome to the Afterlife!”
What do you think about the death of Mrs. Thatcher, were you one of her supporters, were you one of her haters? Did she do anything good or bad for you while she was in power? Should we dedicate more blogs to famous people that have died? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂
Ludwig Van Beethoven METAL METAL METAL METAL METAL AND MORE METAL!
Just a very quick update, to show off this great video one of our fans posted to our Facebook wall recently, of Dr. Viossy playing Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata in good old heavy metal fashion. Seem he thought our guitarist Ed Stevens looks a bit like Dr. Viossy, in fact I can see the resemblance. But anyway, personally I’m a great admirer of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s work, and Moonlight Sonata is certainly one of his great masterpieces. Dr. Viossy certainly does the metal version justice in this 6 minute epic of guitar madness. All hail the metal! 😛 So click play and enjoy the music.
Dr. Viossy play’s Moonlight Sonata like a metal demon!
Ludwig’s Moonlight Sonata goes metal!
I hope you’ve had a great weekend and I’ll speak to you soon. Do you think Dr. Viossy looks a bit like Ed in this video?
Bring Me The Horizon’s fourth Studio Album Sempiternal
Terry Date: Production
David Bendeth: Mixing
Bring Me The Horizon
Bring me the Horizon is a Metalcore/Post Hardcore band from Sheffield UK, currently made up of five members. Oliver Sykes (Vocals), Lee Malia (Lead Guitar), Matt Kean (Bass Guitar), Matt Nicholls (Drums), Jordan Fish (Synth & Keyboard). They have released four studio albums since 2004 when they formed.
Bring Me The Horizon
Sempiternal is the New album from Bring Me The Horizon, which was officially released yesterday [2nd of April 2013]. Before now, I’d never paid much attention to BMTH, I heard various bits and pieces from their last three offerings over the years and honestly it just didn’t really grab me. I didn’t think it was bad, but nothing made it stand out for me. With this album that has been flipped on its head. I’ve been listening to this album a lot in the last few days, via their now “self-destructed” preview on www.sempiternal.info. I’m really impressed on many levels. I heard the band starting the move into exploring more melodic ideas in the predecessor of Sempiternal: There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Lets Keep It A Secret. But this time I think they took it one step further and to a whole new level. I made the decision to purchase it after only hearing the first few tracks, so I visited Amazon and bought it there and then. Sempiternal is probably the first album I’ve ever bought on its release date. Saying that, I actually feel quite ashamed, being such a big music fanatic and that until now I’ve never purchased an album on the day of its release is pretty bad. Oh well, it now seems that BMTH have taken my virginity on that one. I feel 14 again! 😛
CAN YOU FEEL MY HEART
Sempiternal kicks off with CAN YOU FEEL MY HEART which pulls in with a strange melodic “ah” sound cut into a choppy staccato melody via what sounds like excessive autotune. At first it struck me as odd, and didn’t sit with me well, but it quickly grew on me as an essential hook of the track. The first thing you notice about this track is that although Oli Sykes still screams in a hardcore style vocal, it’s been altered from the flat monotone sound that had never really got my attention, into a more melodic and much more exciting style. Even more of a surprise came when I heard him sing in a completely clean tone, I will admit I’m not familiar enough with the previous album to know if Sykes attempted any sort of melodic vocals there, but for me this album is the first time I had heard him stray from the path of standard hardcore vocalists. The track has an almost dubstep feel to it, which I can only imagine was helped along by the addition of BMTH’s new Keyboard man Jordan Fish. With booming synth under Lee Malia distorted guitars, layered with a thick dashing of autotune and halftime drums. Does a sense of Skrillex’s collaboration with Korn comes to mind? It does for me. This track has definitely been added to my list of favourite tracks from 2013 so far.
THE HOUSE OF WOLVES
The second track on Sempiternal is THE HOUSE OF WOLVES which is a much more energized track, with a punchy hardcore punk vibe to the opening riff. Complimentary fast paced drumming from Matt Nicholls soon kicks in and Oli Sykes comes crashing in screaming the words “Show me a sign, show me a reason to give a solitary fuck about your goddamn beliefs. I’m going blind, but one thing’s clear. Death is the only salvation you’ll feel” although I think “Goddamn” is slightly cheesy and might have been better off being worded slightly differently, it fits and shows the angry intention of the track and its anti-theistic theme. It lets you know Oli has got something to be seriously pissed about. The melodic style chorus really adds a great dimension to what could have been a pretty a straight forward hardcore musing. When the song hits the breakdown/middle eight with the awesomely catchy hook “And when you die, the only kingdom you’ll see, is two-foot wide and six foot deep!” You really can’t help, but want to sing/scream along. The track continues to rage until the end blasts out in a blaze of glory.
EMPIRE (LET THEM SING)
Track three is up next, titled EMPIRE (LET THEM SING) which introduces Mr. Sykes screaming almost completely solo with only a small amount of soundscaping to add subtle atmospherics to his tone. As the intro progresses, a distorted guitar is introduced slowly into the left speaker as it fades up to the climax “Let them sing, let them SING!” unleashing some almighty mosh pit inducing riffage layered with dark symphonic overtones that is sure to create chaos and cause injury to a notable percentage of their young and boisterous fan base. Littered with beautiful soundscaping and amazing production values this tune really gets the blood pumping and the heart beating, with a healthy dose of head banging for good measure.
The opening of SLEEPWALKING wouldn’t raise an eyebrow placed on a Linkin Park album with it’s reverb soaked pad sounds and futuristic vibe that is intertwined throughout most of LP’s music. In fact the whole song feels very Linkin Park even the vocal melody and lyrics hints at influences that make me recall fond memories of Hybrid Theory and Meteora from my teens. That certainly doesn’t take away from the sense of euphoria that it induces upon impact, oscillating the membranes of my eardrums. The sound is sweet and full of succulent flavour, I will easily say this is one of the best/catchiest tracks on the album. The hook “It’s like I’m sleepwalking” gets caught in your brain like a genetically engineered bio weapon, designed to be as infectious as the common cold and as deadly as a strain of Ebola. A strain of Ebola that’s having a really fucking bad day. In a word this track is simply “Killer!” if this was released in the age where we still didn’t have the option of buying separate tracks unless released as single, (i.e. the Internet) this track would be worth the purchase of the whole album alone.
GO TO HELL, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE
In my opinion Bring Me The Horizon have always had a clever sense of humour with their song titles and present many wonderful distortions of cultural references, although not strictly humourous, it certainly has a little tongue in cheek twist to the title GO TO HELL, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE. This is another great offering from the Sheffield based 5 piece. Another track with an intro that probably wouldn’t sound out-of-place on a Linkin Park album. Sykes voice comes in with his more usual hardcore style over some very satisfyingly punchy toms and bass pedal work. Then comes a heavy pre-chorus before dropping out for a short moment of silence, where only a gentle bass synth rumbles in the background while a soft spoken vocal leads with the very bizarre lyric “When did the diamonds leave your bones?” which I either don’t know the particular reference or is meant to be purposely cryptic and lends itself to a sort of Deftones-esque void of logic. A beautifully gritty chorus with a melodic scream “I’m burning down every bridge we make, I’ll watch you choke on the hearts you break, I’m bleeding out every word you said, Go to hell for heaven’s sake” is superbly catchy and infection. My only gripe in this song is the use of the word “make” instead of “made” not only would it have sounded better, but it doesn’t quite make sense with the first part of the line sounding like it belongs in a past tense. How can Mr. Sykes be burning down bridges he hasn’t MADE yet? Or am I missing the point, and it’s actually a very clever micro black hole in logical thinking again? Only the boys from BMTH could answer that I guess. Other than my meaningless insignificant gripe, it’s a great track with lots of energy.
SHADOW MOSES was the first track I heard from Sempiternal, I had no idea that BMTH was about to release a new album, but while scrolling through the limited choices on Xbox live’s music channel, I decided to give it a try. I was instantly taken back by the new melodic style that Bring Me The Horizon had brought to the table. A sound that I hadn’t heard from them before, and when the killer heavy riff kicked in I was totally hooked. I probably raped the replay button at least 6 times before my other half decided she was getting pissed off at me for being a hog with the Xbox controller. So I went downstairs to find the video on YouTube and listen some more. I must admit I did laugh at all the comments on the video’s YouTube page about Oli Sykes sounding like he’s screaming “This is Sandpit Turtle” instead of “This is Sempiternal” during the middle eight of the song. But if I’m honest even if that’s what he was singing it wouldn’t affect the quality of the track. Although nothing to really do with the album in terms of how it sounds, the strange effect used in the music video for this song did become quite nauseating after a while. Overall though it was a wise choice to represent the album before it’s release, simply because it kicks a lot of ass!
AND THE SNAKES START TO SING
This track took a little longer to grow on me than the others before it, not because it’s any less of an awesome tune, but after 6 seriously pounding tracks, it felt like the low to the high I was only came a little too quickly. But after a few runs through the album, it’s certainly found it’s place, and it’s exactly where it belongs. Bring Me The Horizons new reverb drenched ballad is by far the most mellow track on the album and is very rich with Deftones influences from the album White Pony. Surprisingly it’s mostly what sounds like Sykes impersonating the Deftones frontman Chino Moreno with his overly breathy melodic whispers. It all works very nicely, the only real bad point of this track is the some of the snare rolls sound very unnatural against the background. Probably not Matt Nicholls (Drummer) or the bands fault, most likely whoever did the drum replacements, was being lazy with recreating any of the subtle dynamics that Nicholls probably intended. That’s just my opinion though, as a producer myself I felt it made the drums sound programmed and very over-produced. Still I wouldn’t say it takes away from the song in any major way.
SEEN IT ALL BEFORE
Up next we have SEEN IT ALL BEFORE, Sempiternal’s eighth track. The band push off with a very mellow lead in, which lends itself nicely to the previous track, but quickly changes direction into a fast paced riff that has an almost 80’s pop rock vibe to it. Although I can’t quite put my finger on what. On this track Oli brings back some more of his Deftones overtones in his vocals. This song has a nice use of dynamics throughout the duration of its short and sharp 4 minute lifespan. The chorus has a sweet catchy screamed melody that compliments all aspects of the sound spectrum flowing through the listeners speakers. At the end of the song it drifts out on a soft passage which slips into the night and disappears into a faint echo, before flatlining completely.
By the very high standards of Sempiternal as an album, thus far. In terms of lyrical merit I don’t feel ANTIVIST delivers its message as thoughtfully as the rest of the album. Although it isn’t a bad thing to come down from your pedestal to say what you mean without remorse, or beating around the bush. The style of the lyrics sounds like they were only used for their apparent shock value. Obviously not shocking to anyone who is intelligent enough to understand words are only as offensive as you let them be. But to me it sounded somewhat forced, it felt like the sole intention of this track was designed to make the overprotective parents of teenage girls want to write angry letters, and post them to worthless newspaper columns. It lets the track down a bit, but that being said the somewhat cheesy, but still insanely catchy hook “Middle fingers up, if you don’t give a fuck! Think you’re changing anything? Question everything!” is a lot of fun to sing to. It still contains some great hooks, and the the carnage of djent style guitars after screaming the word’s “I think you’re a CUNT!” does have a certain appeal to my own inner rebellious child that likes to come out when I’ve had too much to drink. TMI?
CROOKED YOUNG is another track based on an anti-theistic theme. This time it’s probably more obvious, with the line “Fuck your faith!” being a much more direct way of sticking a middle finger up at organised religion and the god fearing folk of planet Earth. The track comes belting in with a mix of Matt’s fast paced drumming and low mixed guitar work from Lee Malia and Matt Kean’s bass, which gives way to a classical sounding piece of string music complementing the instrumentation in a very satisfying way. After the intro section, the sound drops into a more classical sounding Bring Me The Horizon sound that many fans with be familiar with. The song slows its pace with sections of more reverb soaked symphonic compositions that add a lot of atmospherics to the songs. The lyrical content of this track, although still containing some elements of the shock value from the previous song, feel much more polished and well thought out. Eventually the song builds to a climax and then burns out like a candle on crack!
HOSPITAL FOR SOULS
The eleventh hour is upon us and also the eleventh and final track of the album. HOSPITAL FOR SOULS begins with a soft ambience that rings out under Oli Speaking about how hard it is to change, and learning valuable life lessons. The musical style of this number goes back round full circle with a dubstep style intro of slow thumping drums and bass overloaded synth that could kill a small rodent at fifty feet. Sykes showcases a fairly long scream (for him) of the lyrics “Watch me BURN!” repeated several times throughout. Although not more than about 5 seconds long, from the live performances I have seen of Oli, I’m interested to see if he’s able to pull it off. His screams sound great on record but live his technique rags his throat very quickly. The vocal has obviously been majorly tampered with in places, but it’s hard to tell if it’s just an artistic choice or not, the effect is littered on many accented screams throughout the entire album, so it’s more than likely it’s simply for artistic reasons. The track then goes on to settle down into a prolonged mellow buildup before the album chimes in with the final hook laced with gritty guitars and more orchestral overtones playing in the background, which add a lot of character to the soundscaping. Soon after, the track wraps up the curtain drops, the band takes its bow and as quickly as it had started, it was all over again. At least for now!
Final Thoughts on Sempiternal
I would personally put this album on par with albums like Hybrid Theory and White Pony, the latter of which is probably helped by the fact Sempiternal was produced by Terry Date who did many of Deftones albums. Although it’s hard to see Sempiternal as being the same kind of game changer as Hybrid Theory in terms of impact on the music industry. I do believe the quality of the songs is of the same calibre and mass appeal without pandering. If you don’t like LP that probably sounds like an insult, I could imagine many BMTH fans disliking the comparison, but Hybrid Theory was and still is a great album which brings back many fond memories, as I’m sure Sempiternal will for many, in successive generations. I think this album will stand the test of time far better than their previous works, but ironically only time will tell if I’m right. So we’ll have to wait and see. Overall I would give this album a solid 9/10.
What’s your favourite track on the album? Are you already a Bring Me The Horizon Fan? Or are you like me and feel this latest album is enough to make you change your mind about them? Have you bought their album? If so how do you feel about it? Let us know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading guys, I know it was long, but I had a lot to say about the album.
Stay Metal \m/
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. Also go check out the official video for Shadow Moses below.
Needabeat is a crowdsourced music competition website that I came across the other day and felt that I should share it with you. I know this isn’t my usual kind of post, but bear with me. The site is primary focused on the Hip-Hop/Jazz/Pop genre’s but that doesn’t it’s not useful for find resources when producing rock/metal music. The site is in it’s early days, but I think it has a lot of potential.
It’s no secret that crowdsourcing has become a very popular format in recent years, designed as a way to get what you need at an affordable price with the benefit of not risking putting all of your eggs in one basket. If you’re not familiar with the idea of crowdsourcing. It is the concept that instead of paying and relying on one individual to be able to give you what you want. You can offer prize money or simply something of value to a public forum, or group of people (usually with the help of a site like Needabeat or Kickstarter) and let them either all contribute small parts for a large combined effort or allow them to compete and provide their best work in an effort to win a fixed amount of prize money, which is usually agreed upon beforehand.
How Wikipedia defines crowdsourcing:
“Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.”
Needabeat’s primary function is to crowdsource musical needs through competitions for small to large prizes, I have seen another site in this sort of vain before but was tailored for much bigger artists with a lot more money, so unless you have thousands of dollars to play with which you’re willing to put up for a project, then more than likely Needabeat is a much more accessible site for artists who haven’t made it rich and famous yet.
So how does it work exactly?
Step one: Start a contest – Start a free music contest and choose from a large source of high quality entries provided by experienced beat producers and singers.
Step Two: Pick a winner – After the music competition has ended, users get to choose one of the submitted entries which suits their needs best.
Step Three: Exchange – During the final stage of the process, music competition creators provide the prize money in exchange for the beat or vocal samples they wish to purchase.
In the spirit of safety and fairness
Upon the completion of a contest, Needabeat creates a new transaction on the dashboard of the contest holder and the contest winner. The contest holder is then instructed to pay the prize. After the completion of the payment, Needabeat notify the winner that the money has been received and ask them to upload the complete beat or vocal. After the upload, Needabeat transfer the prize to the winner and both parties are able to provide feedback about each other afterwards.
The music competition prizes range anywhere from a few dollars, up to a few hundred. The service is open for anyone to join, compete or crowdsource any piece of music they may require.
The site is split into 3 main section which are as follows:
The Marketplace is where users can start a new competition, which is completely free to do. The place where people can start a new beat or voice contest and talented producers and singers can submit their entries.
The Beats & Vocals section is a database filled with beats from the sites producers. Fortunately if someone doesn’t have the time to run a Music contest, Beats & Vocals has the option to pick out and purchase whatever unique beats they may require when time is of the essence.
Producers & Singers is an area dedicated to the artists on the site. For people looking to hire a beat producer or singer to help create their musical projects. The section contains profiles and portfolios from a selection of artists ready for hire.
Overall Needabeat is well designed and user-friendly which presents a professional level tool for their users. Although I’m not majorly into the Hip-Hop genre, the primary focus of this websites user base. The samples they provide can be very useful for rock music production purposes if they are in the right hands. I’ve always enjoyed cross pollinating genres from all different walks of life. Needabeat simply gives me access to a different kind of resource.
If you are interested in the idea of crowdsourcing some stuff and think this might be what you need go visit NeedaBeat’s website, and check out their music competitions.