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New City and Colour Song – Fragile Bird

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on April 5, 2011 by loxlee

The first song to be heard from the upcoming City & Colour album Little Hell is available to listen to online. It is quite different to what a lot of people may expect from Dallas Green but that isn’t to say it isn’t good. It has a very raw bluesy sound to it and sounds a bit like the Black Keys. This threw me to start with because on first listen it sounded like a Black Keys song sung very differently and it sounded wrong, however after a few listens and I got it into my head quite how different it is, it soon started sounding better and better.

I’m excited for the album now!

The Option Paralysis Boxset

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on March 18, 2010 by loxlee

I just received a lovely little package from the postman and inside was a rather awesome boxset from The Dillinger Escape Plan of their new album Option Paralysis (you know that thing I’ve been talking about for a while…).

This has to be one of the best box sets I think I’ve ever received and take a look at why that is…

The full contents include:

  • The Option Paralysis album on CD with the other side being an awesome bonus song (Head Deaf) on Vinyl! Thats right a CD that doubles as a record! Awesome!
  • CD notes with lyrics
  • Special Edition Photo Book
  • Flag
  • Beanie
  • TV-B-Gone (Turns off any TV, I presume just to annoy people…)
  • Luggage Tag
  • Buttons

The only bad thing is I have such an old record player that it doesn’t want to play the vinyl part because the CD/Vinyl is too small. The CD is the size of the inside of a record so my player wont go that far in as it thinks it’s already reached the end of an album and resets itself. Massive bummer! Anyone have a better record player they wanna give me?!

You can buy your own right here

Album Of The Day: The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis

Posted in Album Of The Day, Reviews with tags , , , , on March 17, 2010 by loxlee

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis AOTD

Well as you saw yesterday when I said about it, the new DEP album Option Paralysis is available early on Spotify and that means I can also make it my Album Of The Day!

I have genuinely not been this amazed by a new album after just the first listen in a long, long time and now after a good days worth of listening it is just getting better and better. Every Dillinger Escape Plan album is so different from the last one that you never really know what to expect which really does seem to annoy the ‘I prefer their old stuff’ brigade but for everyone else that isn’t a complete dick this means you are always amazed.

This album has the closest thing DEP have ever done to a ballad in ‘Widower’ which starts with a piano and vocal part that most boy bands would kill to be able to write yet still manages to turn into a crazy bastard of a song with heavy/soft changes that really keep you on your toes.

The first single from the album ‘Farewell, Mona Lisa” starts of as a heavy hitter that morphs into a ‘Milk Lizard’ style sing along half way through and will definitely become a big song at the shows.

‘Gold Teeth On A Bum’, ‘Chinese Whispers’ and ‘Parasitic Twins’ all introduce new styles into the DEP armoury and I’m sure Faith No More comparisons will be rife when people explain some of the new directions they have gone in. Greg especially has been learning a lot of new tricks from Mike Patton and when someone learns from Mike Patton nothing bad can come from it.

Best song on the album is tough but for now I’m going to go with ‘Gold Teeth On A Bum’ for the old skool metal soloing, huge riffs and amazing singing. Even when Dillinger try to do a ‘classic’ rock song they still end up with something completely mental.

The full album can be found here on Spotify and don’t forget to buy the album when it comes out on Monday!

*EDIT*

Ah fudge it! I’m gonna give you two songs today because I just can’t choose the best track off the album. So have the Piano driven ballad “Widower” as well…

New Donnie Brasco Songs Up

Posted in Reviews with tags , on December 17, 2009 by loxlee

Donnie Brasco have just put up a couple new songs on their Myspace that everyone should check out RIGHT NOW and then once you have all realised how awesome the band is you should go watch them if they come and play anywhere near you. Hint: the next gig is Pillowfest on the 20th of December and its free.

The new songs were recorded at Stakeout Studios, where Ghost Of A Thousand, Reuben, Blakfish and We Are The Ocean amongst others have previously recorded. The two new songs, ‘Forever Till The End’ and ‘From Hate Through To Hurt’ sound amazing and they really bring back the old punk sound that seems to be a bit lost at the moment with everyone just trying to be heavier than the next band but without the decent music to pull it off. Riff riff chug chug breakdown does not a song make.

Coming off as a cross between the 90’s punk of H2O, Strung Out and Fat Wreck Chords era stuff and the aggression and power of hardcore bands like Comeback Kid, it gives you all the gang vocals and fast guitars you could ever want! They put on a great live show and are worth checking out if you get the chance. I hope good things come to this band and they can get a full length out soon because they really deserve it.

Anyway go to the Donnie Brasco Myspace and listen to the songs and also if you can go to this show…

Mike Patton – Adult Themes For Voice

Posted in Reviews with tags , on November 5, 2009 by loxlee

Mike Patton adult themes for voice

Mike Patton has a large cult following for his versatility & diversity. He’s contributed guest vocals to dozens of bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, The X-ecutioners, Bjork & massive attack whilst leading his own bands & projects such as Tomahawk, Fantomas, Lovage, Mondo Cane and maintaining a solo career, composing scores for film as well as lending his vocal talents for Transformers 2 & I am Legend. He has very close ties with Avant Garde/Jazz saxophone player John Zorn & collaborates frequently with high school friend & bass player Trevor Dunn.

His high school band Mr Bungle, who were a group of high school friends, gained him notoriety amongst musicians, their fusion of genres such as surf, funk & metal made them certainly unique and inspired many bands of the nineties such as Korn & Incubus to blend multiple genres with metal. But it was when Faith No More member Jim Martin wanted to Patton to their replace current vocalist Chuck Mosley that Patton would achieve huge commercial success. This could be seen as a stigma to people not familiar with his other/more frequent others works.

The album under review is possibly the most risky début I have ever head. Fortunately being a fan of his for a while cushioned the blow of how much of an abstract approach he took to recording it. The album just comprises of vocal tracks and has various themes in which he creates noise and sounds with his vocals reflecting the themes. When listening to this, it can help to acknowledge the title and you may see what the vocals are trying to replicate. The tracks & theme themselves are very dark & sometimes deranged with many of the titles involving death & sex such as titles called “”I Killed Him Like a Dog…And He Still Laughed”” & “Red Mouth, Black Orgasm”.
His approach is very similar to his work John Zorn with the Moonchild trio where lyricless vocals & sounds are performed over experimental/Avant Garde music, this certainly shares the same category but minus the instruments your left with 43 minutes of noise vocals. When the concept of an Avant Garde is clear you can begin to try & understand what’s really trying to happen. Sometimes I think the idea & release of the album is more a statement then the music itself. I really love the idea of this album, Patton’s vocals are spine chilling & performed impressively, he creates sounds which sound impossible to replicate or for that matter even sound like they were created from a human beings mouth (again possibly the point album). The album can grow tiring three quarters of the way through, the beginning feels exciting & unique because it’s certain you’ve never heard anything like this before but once those feelings diminish it can feel like a novelty and there are moments where there are genuinely hilarious moments such as “Inconsolable Widows in Search of Distraction”.

An Avant Garde album with one of the most unique vocalists ever and despite whether you like the album or not, you have to appreciate the effort & creativity. It’s not one I play regularly but am glad to listen to once in a while.

Don’t expect Faith No More or even anything Patton has done before.

This is a guest contribution by Cozzy , who likes to educate people in the ways of Prog. You can catch him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter

You can listen to the whole album here

Weather Report – Self Titled

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on October 28, 2009 by loxlee

weather report self titled album cover

Miles Davis pioneered jazz fusion and in his band at the time were Weather Report’s own Joe Zawinul & Wayne Shorter who featured on such landmark albums as “In A Silent Way” & “Bitches Brew.” Zawinul also contributed his own song on “In A Silent Way” seeing him share album credits with Miles himself. It’s that specific sound that would feature again not more then two years later with the release of Weather Report’s self titled album.

Both albums had seen the use of electric instrumentation instead of the standard acoustic set up, which to some this may have been deemed blasphemous with critics calling Miles’ a sellout. But it also brought jazz to a whole new audience, Weather Report with other electric jazz bands such as Return To Forever & The Mahavishnu Orchestra (all of which featured members from Miles Davis’ band) became the forefront of jazz fusion/jazz rock and are credited as the true pioneers of the genre. Unlike the previously mentioned bands Weather Report’s début continued the experimental and psychedelic sounds from Bitches Brew but rather than keep the chaotic intensity of Bitches Brew’s avant jazz sound, it shared the pace, flow and experimentation of “In A Silent Way” creating an exciting yet risky début.

As the band is a far smaller unit then Miles band this leaves  a lot of freedom for the five musicians to roam. Wayne Shorter’s Soprano sax playing is a real highlight of the album, over complex rhythms and experimental sounds his tasteful playing adds more texture & makes this far out album more grounded, this is most notable on the song “Tears.” A good example of why Weather Report have always sounded so unique throughout their career was their ability to experiment & incorporate various music styles. Though prominently a jazz group, influences of rock & world music can be heard throughout this album and later in their career funk would also become a dominant sound for the band. Founding member & bassist Miroslav Vitous has an impressive performance on track “Umbrellas” although technically a free jazz song, his chunky distorted bass similar to that of Jack Bruce’s bass tone of the time and a solid groove provided by drummer Alphonse Mouzon shows their rock tendencies although this would never be fully explored.

I began listening to Weather Report after hearing their repatoir of musicians more specifically bass players such as Jaco Pastorius,Victor Bailey & Alphonso Johnson and although I was very impressed by the albums featuring them, this has become a favourite of mine. Fantastic musicianship, an excellent lineup & a historic album should persuade you to buy this.

This is a guest contribution by Cozzy , who likes to educate people in the ways of Prog. You can catch him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter