Friday, September 27, 2013

Within Temptation - Paradise (What About Us?)

Within Temptation released their single Paradise (What About Us?) from the forthcoming album Elements. The song features Tarja Turunen (famous from Nightwish) accompanying the lead singer Sharon den Adel in vocal duties. 

The song is surprisingly heavy, more so than WT's previous album, the Unforgiving. If the first single sets the tone for the rest of the album, it's going to be a great, heavy album!

Here's the music video. It seems to be set in a post-apocalyptic world… 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

God Gave Rock & Roll To You

Now, I don't believe in God. But I do believe in KISS and rock n' roll. So here's a beautiful video of the song God Gave Rock & Roll To You, along with footage celebrating the bands' career up to this point.

Worth noting is that this clip is Eric Carr's final appearance with KISS before he died of tumors in his heart and lungs. I know that Eric Carr was going through chemo-therapy when this was shot and is wearing a wig. He was very weak at this point but he soldiered on to give his fans some more rock 'n roll. He didn't lose his spirit, even though he lost his life to cancer. Rock on and R.I.P. Eric Carr!

From Revenge (1991)


Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Night Oldies

Thank God it's Friday!!

Here's a bunch of really old-school songs to get the mood going for tonights adventures!

The Hollies - I'm Alive
Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Coming
Mitch Ryder - Devil With A Blue Dress On
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' Out My Back Door
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock N' Roll
The Marcels - Blue Moon
The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
The Ronettes - Be My Baby

Thursday, September 12, 2013

KISS - the bastard child of the recording industry

Reporter: KISS has always been the bastard child of the recording industry — able to sell out arenas and produce hit records on the strength of a sound and a look (black-and-white face paint, tongues fully extended as often as possible), but far from the sort of acclaim that its contemporaries enjoyed.
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Paul Stanley: Our audience is young and vibrant; we retain our previous following; we are three generations into it. Unlike other bands that are very demographically specific, who they appeal to and who their fans are, we’re the antithesis of that.
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Paul Stanley: Music critics are, for the most part, bitter people who are intent at dragging people down for being successful at what they want to do, which is probably music.
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Reporter: What do you make of the contemporary music scene?
Gene Simmons: The only star in the past 20 years is Lady Gaga. Everyone else is a pop singer. Name 100 iconic, legendary stars from 1958 to 1983. There are so many. Now do the same from 1983 to today — you can’t name one.
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Reporter: Given your yen for extending your tongue, what do you make of the sexualized critique of Miley Cyrus?
Gene Simmons: She’s being treated unfairly — Madonna, Rihanna and the single-named girls with the A’s in their names — uh, Shakira — if they can do the same stuff, why isn’t anyone picking on them? Justice for all. If the rest of the girls can kiss each other, why can’t she do what she wants?

(Quoted from Salon, reporter: Daniel D'Addario)
Read the article here

House of Lords

A very cool song from a band called House of Lords. It sounds like something out of Game of Thrones, but it's not. This is actually some real cool modern rock, with a touch of 80's hair metal. Come To My Kingdom is my favorite song! I'm playing it over and over again and have done so all week, and will continue to do so the rest of the week as well

House of Lords - Come To My Kingdom

Monday, September 9, 2013

Top 10 Buckcherry Songs

10. Never Say Never - a good rocker with some really cool verses with good vocals and a solid solo.

9. Our World - feels like an attempt at a single with its environmental theme. So the lyrics aren't what you'd call cool, but nevertheless this is a good song with a catchy chorus.

8. Everything - starts out with a very calm verse and then explodes into a great chorus. But it really is the short but effective verses that makes me dig this cut.

7. These Things - a classic rock ballad with soft verses and a powerful chorus. Very cool vibrato from the singer, Josh Todd, throughout the verses makes this one a gem.

6. Oh My Lord - a very fun and funky rock song, one of the best from the album All Night Long. Love the verses and the chorus. Sounds unlike many other songs, but stills feels very Buckcherried.

5. Don't Go Away - A tie with Sorry on being their best ballad. The chorus in this one is absolutely perfect, with some of Josh Todd's best vocals and classic vibrato. Not as famous as Sorry, but personally I think this one is probably the better one.

4. Sorry - probably Buckcherry's most famous song. It reached the mainstream media and did good. As a ballad, it's perfect. Good lyrics, nice verses, big chorus, emotional vocals - everything you want. And the theme is universal - apologizing and forgiving.

3. Nothing Left But Tears - single from the latest album Confessions and the best track on the record. The chorus is really cool. I love the playing from the bass/rhythm section in the verses and the heavy drums in the chorus. High quality rock song where you really notice the bands playing abilities.

2. Crazy Bitch - probably their second most famous song, probably because of its title. But again, this is a great hard rock song. It's clearly their most badass song, heavy playing, sex and plenty of 'fucks' in the lyrics. A good recipe for making a hard rocker popular! Song's f*cking bitchin'!

1. Child Called It - a gem that I found not too long ago. It has grown on me to become my favorite Buckcherry song. Great tempo, nice riff, cool bass, perfect chorus. And it really made me start listening to their lyrics more. And I  have now realized: Buckcherry writes good fucking songs!!

Buckcherry's debut album released in 1999