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Flavour Of The Week

My favourite album of the moment is In Waves by the Floridian Metal band, Trivium.

It’s one of those records where you just take it as a whole. Listening all the way through time and time again. Each track is really that good!

For this reason it gets my much coveted rating of Double Thumbs Up!

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Rise Against – A Love Letter

I love Rise Against. So many of their songs compete to be my favourite. What I love about their music is that it is so full of strength. It motivates me, it keeps me going. They are my spinach to my Popeye.

Here are a few of my favourite Rise Against tunes, and why I love them.

Architects
The opening riff rings out like an alarm bell calling for your attention. Quickly followed by what only can be described as the band furiously punching their instruments. Calm. Quickly shattered by the band launch head first into the verse, where Tim McIlrath asks, nay, demands, “Are there no fighters left here any more? Are we the generation we’ve been waiting for?”.

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Endgame – 2011

Give It All
Lyrically this is by no means Rise Against’s most articulate, or even most political song, but the muted strums and screaming of the verse contrasted with the poppy hooks of the chorus, turn an average song into something special.

This track never ever fails to lift me. I listen to this before sitting exams, before going into important meetings, when I’m down and when I feel that I’m veering off course. Like some marvellous medicine, it always works.

Siren Song Of The Counter Culture – 2004

Hero Of War
The first time I heard this track, the opening verse sent shivers down my spine. There is something so chilling and so striking about the clearness of just a voice and a acoustic guitar

That is of course, the desired effect. To grab you, and make you think twice about Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts with Western involvement. You don’t have to agree with the band and their message, but you do have to think.

Appeal To Reason – 2008

Built To Last
This is not a Rise Against song, but rather a cover of the punk legends, Sick Of It All.

Kicking off with a machine gun drum-roll intro, setting the pace for the next two minutes and fifty three seconds. The song does not relent for the entirety of the track. Speed and power.

When I’m running half marathons, I have this one timed to come on at the twelve mile point, with one mile to go. You should see me. Like Usain Bolt on Speed.

The Suffer and The Witness (Bonus Track) – 2006

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New Releases = More Tunes

My two favourite band are both releasing new albums this month. This makes me extremely happy, not only do I adore their music, but it also means I get to buy music that’s current and wasn’t released a decade ago.

As with most upcoming major releases, singles have been released prior to both album’s launches. This is what I wanted to talk about. Hearing either song inspires me to pick up my guitar and get writing again, they both overwhelm me with a crushing need to play music and perform in front of an audience again. After listening to both the other night on spotify, I sat down with my guitar until I wrote something. It’s not much at the moment, but it’s got enough ideas and potential to bring together an entire song.

Anyway, let’s look at the bands!

Rise Against – Help Is On The Way
Since I was given Revolutions Per Minute for my birthday by my best friend some 5 years ago, I have become obsessed with Rise Against, buying every album, EP and going to every show I can possibly get to.

Their new song is taken from the album Endgame, which is released on 14 March 2011(sounds like a trip to HMV during my lunch break on Monday!)

There’s something about the opening riff that captures my attention, but unfortunately the majority of the song sounds like rehashes and reused harmonics from songs off their previous album, Appeal To Reason. Not a bad thing, but it’s not as good as their early stuff. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the rest of the record is like.

Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder
These guys were my favourite bands until I discovered Rise Against. Sum 41’s music was some of the first rock I listened to, and Motivation was probably the first song I learnt to play in it’s entirety. Needless to say, they hold a special place in my heart.

The album is out on 29 March 2011. The first single is also the title track.

In contrast to Rise Against’s single, this is very different to anything that I’ve heard from Sum 41 before. It makes me wonder in which direction the album will go in. Each record the band have put out changes their sound, often going from pop-punk to metal and back.

The song however, feels rather disjointed, almost as it it was written in a studio and riffs were attached to each on a computer, rather than by sitting down with a couple guitars and seeing what worked.

That’s not to say I don’t like the track, the solo was a particular highlight, but given that the album has been repeatedly delayed you have to wonder what the band were doing all that time. Let’s hope the rest of the album has more polish.

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Mental Japanese New Wave Band? Yes Please!

I absolutely love Polysics!

Had the privilege of seeing them at The Garage way back in June 2006. That was one hot and sweaty gig.

The lead singer, being Japanese and all, wasn’t all that good at English. His crowd interaction consisted of him shouting
“We Polysics! You… UK!” much like the native little fat kid you meet on holiday who tries to communicate with you before running off with your frisbee.

Give the man his dues though, he speaks much better English than I do Japanese. That’s probably because I have learnt all my Japanese from JWOW. Here’s a nice example of JWOW for you:

PHOWAR!

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