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One Day Remains - Alter Bridge 08/04/2005

Building Bridges Over A Rocky Past !

One Day Remains - Alter Bridge Here’s a shocking statement for you…….Alter Bridge, a band containing three ex-members of everyone’s buddies Creed, have produced an album, ‘One Day Remains’, that ranks up there with the best - the guitar work from Tremonti is nothing short of exceptional, the drumming is solid in the majority, and the addition of Myles Kennedy on vocals is an absolute godsend……..there, got that out of the way. It’s easy to look back to the days of Creed, with their weathered ‘hits’ infecting peoples minds in a less than pleasing manner, but Alter Bridge offer so much more, both musically and without doubt, vocally. Myles Kennedy (former Mayfield Four vocalist) has a range that Creed’s ‘lodger’ Scott Stapp could only wish for…. whilst Kennedy isn’t as inclined to shove his head up his ass in the process. It’s down to Stapp, a man that simply became fed up with his fellow band mates, that Creed disbanded in 2003 - giving guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips an opportunity to take their talent in a somewhat new direction, a direction that featured the hiring of yet another former Creed member, bass player Brian Marshall. Together, the trio set about finding a front man that would do their abilities justice, a front man that they could trust to stick with the business in hand, and they found that in the shape of the superb Myles Kennedy - easily one of the best voices in rock music today. The bands ‘no shit’ attitude has reinvigorated the ex-members of ‘that Christian band’, ...

Everything that starts with H ... 07/04/2005

Growing Pains !

Everything that starts with H ... God i'm getting old. ~ As a 50th op, I thought i'd do yet another 'About Me' op ~ ~ BEWARE : CONSTANT RAMBLING ~ not sure who originally created the questions, but I stole them from JulyBunny...... TIME STARTED? 7:04pm ●A LITTLE ABOUT ME● First Name: Well, technically it’s Alexander, but if anyone calls me it I WILL kill you. Just something about it that does absolutely nothing for your credibility, hence the shortening to the slightly more graceful ‘Alex’. Age: 18 (nearly 19 though) - at that age when you start to wonder just where the last few years have gone, especially as I dread growing up - kids, never moan about school and horrible parents, you’ll miss it eventually ! What are you listening to right now? Blink 182 ‘I Miss You’ through the good people at AOL radio - oh the advantages of Broadband connection. Love the song personally, although can’t say the same for much of Blink’s other work - still a shame to see them go though.... Last thing you said? What’s for dinner (to my mum downstairs). Yes, let me near a kitchen and all I’m able to put together is pasta - but I’m pretty good at that if I do say so (cocky git). Who is sitting next to you right now? Unless there’s a ghost or something, then nobody. I’m a poorly only child, meaning I get the bonus of added attention and no hassle from a brother/sister - although I wouldn’t mind one. Who would you like to spend the rest of your days with? My girlfriend, ...

Everything that starts with M ... 29/03/2005

My COT...

Everything that starts with M ... As a pre-50th review, I though I’d do something that involved those lovely people that I like to call ‘COT members‘, the people that truly make you feel welcomed in such a place as Ciao. With a hefty number of my previous 48 reviews revolving around the subject of music, I felt this would be a good opportunity to see what you guys considered to be your favourite album, whilst also having a reasoning as to why, in your own mind’s, you like a particular record. The results range from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, from a particular genre to any other given one, and from many a great artist to another of such talent - all in the name of music. Understandably, it’s hard to choose any one album as a favourite, but I’m extremely grateful to those that couldn’t choose just the one for still giving me a few. Anyways, boring drivel out of the way, and onto the winners and losers (well, they‘re all winners actually)….. *NOTE - I only edited peoples replies where they specifically asked me to, or where I had to cut back on the length slightly* ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~ Ailran ~~~ Okay this wasn't easy but I guess my favourite ever album, discounting greatest hits cos they just shouldn't be included and Police albums (cos as much as I love them none of their albums really hold up as brilliant! Hmmm it has to be Counting Crows debut "August and Everything After". Why because it introduced me to a new style of music, a slower more emotionally charged rock. One that ...

Good Charlotte - Good Charlotte 21/03/2005

Sticking It To The Media

Good Charlotte - Good Charlotte "...music is supposed to be an escape. It's supposed to be somewhere you go, where you can be yourself, or be whatever you want to be..." Joel Madden certainly had the right idea with the aforementioned quote - music is an escape, a chance to get away from the everyday hassles and a chance to drift away for a while - something that the media don’t seem to have ‘got’ with Good Charlotte. Said media are, as they have been since 2001, all to ready to criticise the band and produce slander in a vain attempt to damage both their credibility and their record sales. It’s a recurring quote that is heard from the lips of many a rock ‘n’ roll front man, that their band genuinely don’t care what the media think of them - yet with Good Charlotte, it’s all to true. The realisation that only a mere number of journalists are ready to accept them and give them a chance to use their undoubted talent is one that the guys have taken on board, choosing instead to concentrate on the thoughts of their legions of fans, the fans that go out and buy the records and wear the shirts to the shows, the committed ones that hate the media with as much conviction as Joel and Benji themselves. It’s a hurdle that the band have had to jump for the past four years, since the release of debut record ‘Good Charlotte’, a record that introduced the new kings of punk-rock to us. As a fan, and one that intends to stay loyal to the band and their beliefs, I understand the justification behind certain ...

Bottom - Mindless Violence (DVD) 21/03/2005

Mind Your 'Bottom'...

Bottom - Mindless Violence (DVD) *** Intro *** “25 years of fights, farts and f*ck ups” For anyone that ever had the joy of experiencing the phenomena that was ‘Bottom’, you will know beforehand what a riot this show actually is/was. Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson have, for many a year, been kicking the perpetual sh*t out of each other - whether it be in Bottom itself, or the Young Ones, or many of their on stage shows - they always delivered side splitting humour that had you wanting more every time. This DVD is a compilation of the best of the times, comprising of all their differing shows and antics, to produce a package that is easily worth the small price for which it can be found on the high street. The DVD itself, containing some of Mayall and Edmondson's finest works, including The Young Ones and Bottom itself, is to effect, a back catologue of the duos finest work to date - giving laugh upon laugh, and disaster after disaster - all in the name of gratuitous violence. *** The Shows *** ~~~ The Young Ones ~~~ The pre-Bottom phase if you will, and easily one of the funniest shows ever produced - comprising of all the top clips that have carried the show along . The clips themselves produce some of the cracking one liners that the two guys fed off during the shows, that being something that made them such a great duo. It’s the pure humour that gives the show such a superb feel - the constant cricket bat shots around the head, the array of petrol bombs thrown and the general kicking’s that ...

Top Ten Cover Versions 14/03/2005

Cover Me.....

Top Ten Cover Versions Thought this looked like an interesting category to write in, so here goes…… 10. Limp Bizkit ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ - originally by The Who ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Get some points clear before I’m crucified - I am not a Limp Bizkit fan, never have been and never will be - but this is a superb cover all the same. The Who, a band I’m not terribly familiar with due to both my age and my taste, made a name for themselves with one of their finest songs, Behind Blue Eyes. Fred Durst’s decision to cover this was largely due to the critical bashing that the band were receiving at the time, and thought to himself that a cover of such magnitude may well save face for the band. It reached out, in a way, to fans of the Who, fans that wondered as to how well such a band could cover such a song, and rather unexpectedly, the song was not only well received, rather it was lauded by the majority of critics worldwide. As much as it won’t save the band in the end, it’s a step that, although challenging, was worthwhile and prosperous for the guys. Appears - Result May Vary (2003) 9. Velvet Revolver ‘Don’t Cry’ - originally by Guns ‘n’ Roses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Although Roses are now defunct, well in most peoples eyes anyway, Velvet Revolver took the chance in their early gigs to perform a couple of Guns numbers, with Don’t Cry being one of the most popular. I actually heard this online some time ago, and instantly wondered as to ...

10 Things That Really Annoy Me 04/03/2005

oh, the stress of it all......

10 Things That Really Annoy Me *prepares to rant*………. 10. Young Shop Staff ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ Now the human vocabulary contains the words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, yet this doesn’t seem to apply to the majority of ‘young’ shop workers these days. Granted, they’re generally around the same age as me, yet I happen to understand the two little words that I like to call common courtesy. It’s not asking a lot really when you think about it, but I sometimes get the impression that it’s not cool to be polite - well my advice to you there is that you won’t get very far in life with that attitude pal. Simply completing a transaction is a chore, with the majority seemingly unable to even look at the customer during the process. Let’s take asking for payment as an example ….. Staff : *grunt* £10.99 Customer : excuse me… Staff : *evil look* £10.99 Customer : there you go Staff : *sniff* *grunt* *hands change back, not mentioning the amount* Customer : Cheers Staff : *grunt* Jeez, get some manners ! 9. Old People (in general) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~ Now, before anyone says ‘but you’ll be like that one day’, I know. In general, old people are placed on this planet to do nothing but hate the younger generation…. Bus queues - general belief (from old people) is that they should go first…..why. What god given right do they have. Yes, they’ve been on the planet longer, but that’s just about it. Walking on a crowded pavement - Now I for one, always do my best to be polite toward the elder ...

Top 10 Albums 25/02/2005

What Rocks My Boat ??

Top 10 Albums A little edit to the topic in question, this is something of a top ten albums of the past few years - mixing a couple of greats with a large portion of fairly new talent - but all with equal respect from me…… 10. Green Day ‘Shenanigans’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ To bridge the gap between the 2000 release of Warning and the eventual release of 2004’s American Idiot, Green Day released Shenanigans, something of a rarities and B-sides collection. It’s success, although not vast, showed the demand for something, anything, from Berkley’s finest punk rockers to fill the void. In truth, it’s quality rivals anything that’s come in the way of studio material, which is a statement not held by many other bands around today. Tracks such as ‘Scumbag’ and ‘Ha Ha You’re Dead’ epitomise what the bands music is all about - fast, enthralling and most importantly, good. Luckily 2004 and American Idiot came round eventually, but Shenanigans was a more than capable filler whilst their greatest work yet lie in wait. Highlights ~ Suffocate, Scumbag, Ha Ha You’re Dead www.greenday.com 9. Velvet Revolver ‘Contraband’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ I suppose were Axl Rose to remove his head from his ass then this could easily have been Chinese Democracy in the waiting, but sadly for him it isn’t. Wrangles aside, past problems forgotten, Scott Weiland is everything that Axl aspired to be. Forgiving his past as front man of the relatively poor Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland, seemingly ...

Everything that starts with A ... 24/02/2005

All About ....... Me !

Everything that starts with A ... Thought I’d give this one a go as my minds blank and I’m bored……. CURRENT > CLOTHES: Jeans and a Green Day t-shirt (didn’t see that one coming did you) MUSIC: Taking Back Sunday TASTE: whatever anyone’s willing to cook…. HAIR: Dark Brown ‘scruffy’ (as I term it) ANNOYANCE: Roy Carroll SMELL: er…..fresh air FAVORITE ARTIST: Green Day DESKTOP PICTURE: American Idiot ‘Green Day’ FAVOURITE GROUP: Green Day BOOK YOU'RE READING: Unauthorised Bio of Guns ‘n’ Roses CD IN PLAYER: Taking Back Sunday ‘Where You Want To Be’ DVD IN PLAYER: Hellraiser 1 COLOR OF TOENAILS: ?? pink REFRESHMENT: Tea (need the warmth after sitting in a freezing car coming home from Manchester) WORRY: For United’s future in the Champions League LAST PERSON > YOU TOUCHED: My girlfriend YOU TALKED TO: My dad (car conversation needed) HUGGED: My girlfriend YOU INSTANT MESSAGED: My mate (regarding the damn football result) YOU YELLED AT: My dad (don’t parents get right up your nose sometimes) YOU KISSED: My girlfriend FAVORITES > FOOD: at the moment, anything warm - but given an open choice…. Chocolate covered raisons (it’s an addiction) DRINK: Coke COLOR: Red, Black and White - I’ve no such thing as a ‘favourite’ when it comes to colours. ALBUM: As of now, the incredible ’Where You Want To Be’ by Taking Back Sunday, closely followed by My Chemical Romance’s ’Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ and Green Day’s latest ’American ...

Everything that starts with X ... 16/02/2005

x_helix_x sets em .......

Everything that starts with X ... ~1. What's your favourite style of music? I’m sure that anyone who’s read any of my reviews will know the answer to this - rock. Whether it be ‘grunge’, punk, punk-rock, pop-rock etc, anything that has a guitar (but isn’t Busted) is likely to win in my books. Of course my main two musical inspirations are Nirvana and Green Day, two bands that epitomise what the word ‘rock’ is all about. I can never understand the attraction of either rap or dance music, with both requiring very little talent to produce. ~2. What was the first record/tape/CD you ever bought? Considering my appalling memory, it was a copied tape of Oasis’s ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’, an album that hugely influenced the style of music that I liked, as well as being a fantastic record in it’s own right. Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger and Champagne Supernova just struck an immense chord with me and are songs that I will treasure forever, and a band that I will forever be in gratitude toward for putting me in the right direction. ~3. Who is your favourite singer of all time? I suppose, as would be expected of me, this comes down to two individuals that both hugely influenced the music scene in the 90’s, one of them especially, for all the wrong reasons. I’d place Billie Joe Armstrong closely behind Kurt Cobain purely due to the extra intrigue surrounding Cobain’s death in 1994. Armstrong, the all seeing god of Green Day fame, would be my pick were Cobain still alive, but the added ...

American Idiot (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Green Day 14/02/2005

THEY'RE BACK.....

American Idiot (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Green Day Following 2000’s release of ‘Warning’, fans were left with the distinct feeling that something was seriously wrong in the Green Day camp - the lyrics were heart-felt (almost vomit inducing in some cases), the sound was far more mellowed and the promotion for the record was virtually non existent. What these same fans hadn’t previously comprehended was that the members of the band were now in their late 20’s and couldn’t portray themselves as the same snot nosed punks that 1994 had seen them to be - they had grown up, and with that, as had their music. Billie Joe Armstrong was still the master tactician, but there was no way he could still write tracks about masturbation and save face in the process, something had to give. It was, in fairness, a process that had begun back in 1997 with the release of Nimrod, an album that showed evident wholesale changes from the bands previous work such as Dookie and Insomniac, and a change that had to be welcomed by fans if things were to work out for the bands sake. Luckily most fans took on board that the band had little option, and as such Warning was, in large a rousing success - little did these same fans know what was to come in four years time, undoubtedly the bands finest work ever, American Idiot. After a four year (and rather lengthy) hiatus, news broke that the masters of modern day punk-rock were to release an as yet untitled album in the autumn of 2004, something that threatened to break the mould of all that had come before. ...

Top 5 Ciao Sins 13/02/2005

Houston, We Have A Problem !

Top 5 Ciao Sins Ah well, it’s a lazy Sunday morning and this category looks rather appealing for an out of character rant from moi. I joined Ciao under my old name back in July last year with the aim of simply making a little cash from writing reviews, however since November (and my name change), I’ve come to realise that there is far more to Ciao than making money - you can make great friends on here and become part of a relatively solid community - not simply write reviews and run with the money. However, things are of late, getting to be something of a pain. Established members have left, a flood of newbies have joined, and it’s seemingly easier to pick holes in Ciao than it ever was before…… ~~~ Multiple Accounts ~~~ Granted, there are more major concerns involving Ciao than the situation of multiple accounts, but it's still, to effect, a sin. I have, at times, been more than prepared to set up a second account (on a purely experimental level) simply to see how long it takes Ciao to sort it out, as it appears that they do very little about them unless it's thrown in their face and have no choice but to do so. Saying that, it’s not as if it’s even challenging to spot the offenders, with a review being rated SH by 20 members, whilst one rates it Exceptional, me senses something’s up in Ciao land. I generally try and avoid all this as I signed up to the site purely to make a little cash, not to get entwined in multiple accounts scandals etc, but as the categories here, I might as well ...

Shenanigans - Green Day 11/02/2005

'Shenanigans' ?? ...... far from it !

Shenanigans - Green Day It’s saying something when a band can release a B-sides and rarities collection of such a calibre that it rivals any of their studio material, yet with Shenanigans, that’s just what we have. Green Day, largely marketed through the success of their 1994 release ‘Dookie’, decided to release this in order to fill the void between albums and show exactly how good their supposed ‘lesser’ material is. Truth be known, Shenanigans offers everything that can be found on the likes of Dookie, Nimrod and Warning, whilst the unwitting listener would be easily forgiven for believing it to be a studio album in itself. The strength of the tracks stay consistent, the lyrics (written over a lengthy time scale) are trademark Billie Joe, and it simply has all the hallmarks of anything that came both before and after its 2002 release date. I suppose it could be seen as an alternative to their ‘International Superhits’ Greatest Hits package, providing a catalogued account of the bands material, yet with half the promotion behind it. It’s an album that is generally belittled amongst the majority of the bands fan base, yet I personally see no reason to lesser it as it is simply a fine collection from a band that you’d expect nothing less from. The very name Green Day seems irrelevant to anyone that hasn’t heard the band pre-Dookie, as they were around on the independent label Look-Out long before their major label breakthrough, releasing the likes of 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in the ...

Green Day live 07/02/2005

"Do you have the time, to listen to me whine..."

Green Day live Date - 6th February 2005 Venue - Carling Hammersmith Apollo, Hammersmith, London Main Act - Green Day Support - New Found Glory ~~~ The Venue ~~~ The venue in itself was an absolute joy, providing comfortable seating with decent views of the band and the surrounding area in general. Having been an old cinema, the seats were previously catered to allow a prime view of the stage area, and luckily that hasn’t been compromised since it’s renovation to an ‘events’ arena. The Apollo itself, has hosted some of the main players in modern music over the last 10 years, yet never a band of the ‘gigging’ calibre of Green Day. Their reputation as one of the best live bands in the world was immediately evident by the rather lengthy (and tiresome) queuing system, but more about that later. As I say, it’s past life as a major cinema, in fact the biggest in the country, left it as a prime candidate for a concert venue, already having seating arrangements and a large stage area suitable for such events. Organisation within the venue was an absolute joy, within seconds of (finally) entering the venue, I was already in my seat awaiting the nights events. The Apollo rather oddly still has the old cinema seating in the balcony area, making it a rather tight squeeze for certain concert-goers, but not something that I personally had to worry about. ~~~ Queuing ~~~ Now for the fun part. Popularity of the band aside, the queuing system that the Apollo uses is nothing short of a ...

Green Day 03/02/2005

**DEFINING A DECADE**

Green Day ***** August 11th 1994 ***** “IT WAS THEIR MOST IMPORTANT GIG TO DATE. SO WHAT DID GREEN DAY DO? WHAT EVERY PUNK BAND SHOULD DO….. START A RIOT” The line up was a mess, there was no unifying thread that the audience could relate to and there sure as hell wasn’t any level of ‘real’ quality on the roster. Following on from the original ‘Woodstock’ in 1970, containing a line up with the likes of The Who and Jimi Hendrix, 1994’s group of young upstarts had a lot to live up to if this was to be even half as memorable…..enter California’s Green Day. ‘Dookie’, an album now universally recognised, had been released just 6 months prior to the event, heightening the anticipation over the bands set to fever pitch, yet this was a band that could handle the pressure without qualm, whilst making a name for themselves in the process. They gave the crowd a reason to move, they incited riots and they, most importantly played like they’d never played before. The weather, nigh on atrocious, had dampened the crowd for most of the weekend, yet Green Day’s performance made the sun shine and the rockers rock, oh how sweet life must have been. Fans, upon launching mud toward the three band members, were later encouraged by Armstrong to throw more, after all, a little bit of crowd interaction never hurt anyone did it. This was to become Green Day’s festival, Green Day’s calling card, and most importantly the start of a career that, 11 years on, still goes stronger than ever before. “IT WAS ...
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