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Sempiternal - Bring Me the Horizon 02/04/2013

Best Album I've Heard So Far This Year (2013)

Sempiternal - Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me The Horizon are a band that I had heard of but never bothered to check out until recently. Metal-core and screamo type music has never really been my thing. However, due to my musical activities and the fact that Bring Me The Horizon are so closely associated with You Me At Six (who I like), I recently got the opportunity to listen to Bring Me The Horizon's new album, Sempiternal, in full so I could provide my feedback... and oh boy am I glad I was given the opportunity! I have to admit that I was blown away by each and every single track on the Sempiternal album, each song was a masterpiece within it's own right and I found the overall feel of Sempiternal to be fresh, modern, original, inspirational and particularly engaging. It actually turned out to be one of the best albums I have heard so far in 2013. As aforementioned, Bring Me The Horizon are closely associated with You Me At Six and there is a very distinct similarity in their music. However, Bring Me The Horizon's music is much heavier and features a lot of vocal roaring (in addition to melodic vocals also). The one thing that really struck me about the vocal roaring on Sempiternal is that it sounds so clear and crisp. It's not just indecipherable screaming and you can actually hear all of the lyrics clearly and concisely and this makes the songs all the more enjoyable. Sempiternal starts with opening track, Can You Feel My Heart, which is actually quite an emotional track. The song begins with ...

What About Now - Bon Jovi 15/03/2013

A Good Start... But A Disappointing End

What About Now - Bon Jovi Despite not being a Bon Jovi fan since the nineties after their release of These Days, I decided to have a listen to Bon Jovi's new album, What About Now, in the hope that perhaps their musical direction had changed. After all, how many times can you regurgitate the same generic, spew-out, commercial clones of your previously most successful songs with the hope of achieving the same success again? Because I Can is the opening track to What About Now and I must say, it's a pretty good start to the album. It was rocky (but also poppy), catchy and energized and I enjoyed listening to it and I was pleasantly surprised by this fact. This is followed by I'm With You which is a typical Bon Jovi-esque track in that it lacks originality but it has a great memorable chorus and the song is reminiscent of Two Story Town, although it runs at a much slower pace. Once again, I enjoyed the track. Title track, What About Now, is also admittedly a pretty good song. However, once again, it's very typical Bon Jovi and is also reminiscent of some of their older songs. The song has decent lyrics and a good theme though and despite being commercialized it's not a bad song at all. By the time the fourth track, Pictures Of You, came in I started to realize something - the songs were becoming increasingly softer and more and more like the "love song ballad" band that Bon Jovi are known to have become. This is then reflected heavily in the next song, Amen, which is one of the softest and soppiest ...

Break in the Weather (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Ginger 15/01/2013

Ginger Wildheart's Debut Studio Album (2005)

Break in the Weather (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Ginger Everyone who knows him has a similar opinion of Ginger Wildheart... that he is one of the UK's most prolific, yet under-rated, singer/songwriters. Ginger is the frontman of everlasting heavy rock band The Wildhearts who have been going for well over twenty years, despite several changes in line-up. The Wildhearts are a British heavy rock band with a strong following although it's commonly argued that they never got the true recognition they deserved. In 2001 Ginger planned to release one CD single containing three tracks every month for the entire year. The project was originally called The Singles Club. This was the first music that was due to be released under the solo artist name, Ginger. However, Infernal Records could only finance the recording of eighteen tracks and only five singles were ever released. Finally, in 2005, all of the eighteen tracks were released as a double-album entitled A Break In The Weather. This was Ginger's first album release as a solo artist and he performed many acoustic shows around the UK. Two of Ginger's acoustic shows were recorded and released as albums The Great White Monkey and Potatoes & You. A Break In The Weather, Ginger's debut solo album, is very different from his previous material with The Wildhearts and it should be noted that Ginger has always been active in many side-projects, some of which involve bands like Backyard Babies and The Hellacopters. A Break In The Weather is much more rock 'n' roll and nowhere near as heavy as ...

¡Tré! (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Green Day 09/01/2013

The third in a Trilogy

¡Tré! (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Green Day Tre! is the third installment in a trilogy of albums from new-wave punk rockers Green Day. Green Day actually pushed forward the release of this third album after cancelling part of their tour due to frontman and vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong having to go into rehabilitation. Therefore the album was released in December 2012, rather than January 2013 as originally planned in order to keep fans happy. The predecessors to Tre! (Uno! and Dos!) were quite strong albums for Green Day albeit not massively impressive although they were admittedly very strong contenders. Tre! is actually in a similar format to Dos! in that both albums start and end on a soft note, unlike the initial album Uno! The album artwork to the trilogy of albums is simply a picture of each band member on each album cover, with a different colour for each, the name of the band and the name of the album. The track-listing and songs are as follows: 1. Brutal Love As with the opening track of Dos!, Brutal Love is a soft love song with quite an old fashioned and rather traditional style. It's an unusual song for Green Day but it's a pleasant enough song to listen to. Quite short though. 2. Missing You A much heavier and faster paced song than Brutal Love but still obviously focused on a sweet lyrical theme. The song sounds like a Green Day classic whilst showcasing Armstrong's softer side in the words. 3. 8th Avenue Serenade This is a catchy and upbeat song which kicks off with one of the best Green Day ...

Asus Google Nexus 7 8GB Wi-Fi 22/11/2012

The Android Version Of The iPad Perhaps?

Asus Google Nexus 7 8GB Wi-Fi As soon as Google's new Asus Nexus 7" Android tablet device was advertised for pre-order it immediately caught the attention of many. Google's Nexus 7 is available as an 8GB model and as a 16GB (and now also a 32GB model) and is priced very considerably at the reasonable rate of £159 for the 8GB model which is being reviewed here. In addition, the device offers top of the range specifications at a fraction of the cost of an Apple iPad and the Nexus 7 may very well prove to be the official rival to the iPad. Although the Nexus 7 was available to pre-order several weeks before it's official actual release, when it was eventually made for sale nearly all retailers had sold out of the device within a couple of weeks and for this reason the device has seriously held it's value with some eBay and Amazon sellers even selling the device for more than it actually retails for. Demand for the Google Asus Nexus 7" remains high. Impressively, the Android device comes equipped with a Tegra-3 quad-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM (virtual memory) which is more than any tablet PC currently needs to do it's job - but this may actually prove to be very useful a few years down the line because, as you may or may not know, technology companies and manufacturers are expecting (and hoping) that tablet PC's will eventually completely replace conventional laptops and desktop PC's. As well as the high processing power and virtual memory capacity, the device also uses Corning scratch-resistant ...

Bones - Young Guns 20/11/2012

Rock Music How It Should Be

Bones - Young Guns Young Guns are a recent heavy rock band from London who released their first EP which was followed by their debut album in 2009. Bones is the band's latest and second studio album and was released in February 2012 by their very own record label, Live Forever. The album received a mixed response from critics but ultimately received a decent overall rating. Personally I hadn't heard of Young Guns until my son pointed them out to me but I'm certainly glad that he did. A band like Young Guns is exactly what the world of rock music needs right now. Young Guns' music can be considered to be extremely heavy rock music, it's VERY heavy! However, the aggression that you would expect is not there. Their songs are not about being angry and they are not about attitude, they are actually quite emotional songs and this is what makes the band's music stand out from all the other top rock musicians out there at the moment, not that there are many of them. Listening to the Bones album was the first time that I had ever heard any of their music. In addition, I think it's worth noting that I have been a very hard fan of heavy rock music for the last twenty years, I am also a guitarist and have toured with several bands myself. If you have never heard any music by the band before opening track I Was Born, I Have Lived, I Will Surely Die provides a perfect introduction to the band with powerful hard-hitting heavy powerchord guitar riffs combined with melodic vocals and big choruses before ...

Connection - Papa Roach 16/11/2012

Their Finest Album To Date

Connection - Papa Roach The Connection is the seventh studio album from heavy rockers Papa Roach, initially known as a nu-metal band, though their music has developed over the course of their career to become much rockier and much more refined. The Connection is undoubtedly the band's finest collection of songs so far. In total the album features thirteen brand new songs. Unlike Papa Roach's previous albums The Connection starts off with short intro which, to be honest, I never saw the point of even having considering it just seems to be made up of a few subtle sounds here and there but not really any music. The album does immediately spring to life once Still Swinging kicks in which is a positive song from Papa Roach... for a change! The next track Where Did The Angels Go is my favourite track on the album and is a hard hitting track with an obvious theme. The song is followed by Silence Is The Enemy and by the end of this song it becomes clear that the band have shaped up on their lyrical skills aswell as musicianship. Before I Die is one of the album's softer more emotional songs with a great catchy chorus. Wish You Never Met Me is next which is more the sort of music that Papa Roach have become well known for - songs about having to go through a hard time and this is probably one of the reasons that Papa Roach have become so successful. However, there is some positivity in the lyrics, "I refuse to fade away". This positivity in the form of potential recovery is followed up with next Give Me ...

¡Dos! - Green Day 13/11/2012

Not As Good As It's Predecessor (Green Day - Dos!)

¡Dos! - Green Day Dos! is the second installment in a trilogy of album releases by popular new-wave punk rock band Green Day. The first installment, Uno!, was released just weeks before the release of Dos! with the third installment, Tre!, due to be released in January 2013 meaning that all three albums are to be released within weeks of each other. Frontman, vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong claimed he wanted to release three albums of music that absolutely rocked! Whilst I agree that Uno! did indeed totally rock and was better than American Idiot, I can't help feeling that Dos! doesn't quite stand up to the hype and is a much weaker album than Uno! Dos! opens with intro track See You Tonight which is a very basic track that is less than a minute in length. The track features some simple clean guitar strumming with some basic vocals layered over the top - and that's pretty much it. The album doesn't really come to life until the second track, F*ck Time, kicks into action. However, this proves to be a very typical, generic and predictable sounding Green Day track with cheesy rock 'n' roll guitar riffs that leave the song hugely lacking in originality. Stop When The Red Lights Flash is a more upbeat, faster paced rock track with catchy (but still typical Green Day) guitar riffs combined with melodic vocals. Despite being three tracks into the album at this point, the lyrics don't manage to stand up anywhere near to the originality or entertainment value offered by the lyrics on ...

Overexposed - Maroon 5 10/11/2012

Over-Produced

Overexposed - Maroon 5 Overexposed is the fourth studio album from American pop-rockers Maroon 5 and is a commercial release which follows the success of it's predecessor, Hands All Over. Maroon 5 started as an indie (independent) band originally called Kara's Flowers although their music has become much more mainstream and more commercialized over the course of their career in the music business. Hands All Over was only considered to be a moderate success whilst the single that followed, Moves Like Jagger, proved to be hugely popular and the band received a lot of mainstream exposure as a result. The single was repeatedly played on radio and television and Maroon 5 became one of the most successful bands of the time. After the release of Hands All over guitarist James Valentine claimed that he was unhappy with only moderate sales of the album and stated that their next album would probably be released earlier than originally planned. Once the band received such huge exposure they had built an enormous fan-base who remained in anticipation of Maroon 5's next album release which was eventually released in June 2012 by A&M/Octone Records. The band worked on the album with four different producers in total. Overexposed starts off with opening track One More Night which I believe was one of the singles and is reminiscent of the sound and style that Maroon 5 have become known for. The song has a bit of a reggae rhythm mixed with a pop beat and melodic vocals. Lyrically, the song isn't really ...

Monster - Kiss 02/11/2012

God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You (Kiss)

Monster - Kiss That's right, legendary eighties rock icons Kiss are back with their 20th studio album! The intention for Kiss to release a new album was originally stated back in 2009 by Gene Simmons in a radio interview for Heavy Metal Thunder. Although there was some speculation over how many tracks would feature on the album, on the standard version available on CD there are 12 tracks. Recorded partly at Conway Studios in Hollywood and partly atThe Nook in Studio City, Los Angeles, Monster was produced by Kiss lead singer Paul Stanley and was co-produced by Greg Collins. The first single from Monster, opening track Hell Or Hallelujah, was released in July 2012 with the second single being released to radio stations in October. After completing the recording of the album Paul Stanley stated "Listening to the tracks back to back is like sensory overload. Everyone who has heard any of it is completely blown away. Powerful, heavy, melodic and epic. It makes us very proud. You all will be too." Hell Or Hallelujah opens the album nicely with classic sounding heavy rock riffs which are catchy, fast paced and driving through the accompanying drum beat with plenty of attitude. The vocals are even catchier although you can't help finding the song a bit predictable, it's not exactly ground-breakingly original thought it does sound like a classic Kiss track. One thing is imminently clear - the guitars and the vocals sound awesome and it brings back memories of the good old rock heyday of the ...

Different Kind of Truth - Van Halen 02/11/2012

More REAL rock music (Van Halen)

Different Kind of Truth - Van Halen In February 2012 heavy rockers Van Halen released their 12th studio album, their first studio album since 1998. With such a strong past reputation making a comeback in this day and age, as Kiss have just done, is a monumental task in itself with the current commercial climate in the music industry. In actual fact the last few years has seen many iconic rock legends, including Slash and Ugly Kid Joe, changing from major label artists into independent artists knowing that radio and television stations are now dominated by commercially manufactured musical clones being spewed out by the majors. Now the rockers are doing it on their own! The opening track to Van Halen's new album, A Different Kind Of Truth, begins with the vocals 'tattoo... tattoo...' before being followed by some cool distorted and pinchy lead guitar licks and heavy classic heavy rock guitar riffs - it sounds just like typical Van Halen! Having said that, it becomes clear that Van Halen have retained the classic heavy rock sound they are known for and for this reason the song does initially sound quite dated. However, leading up to the chorus the song seems to shift into a much more melodic mode which sucks you in. This is real rock music - just like it was done in the eighties and nineties. Second track She's The Woman is another classic sounding track which could have just as easily have been released back in the nineties and wouldn't have been perfect for that time - for this reason you do get the feeling ...

¡Uno! (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Green Day 08/10/2012

Uno! Dos! Tre!

¡Uno! (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Green Day Uno! is the latest studio album from new-wave punk rockers Green Day and I must say, rather surprisingly, a fine collection of songs it is too. Although many people rate 21st Century Breakdown quite highly, as you can tell from reviews, I do not. Up until now I sincerely believed that American Idiot was Green Day's finest album to date. Uno! is different; it's actually the first installment in a trilogy of albums scheduled to be released by January 2013. The next two albums are to be named Dos! and Tre! That's right, this is not just Green Day's latest album, it's Green Day's three latest albums all to be released within weeks of each other! Seeing as though Uno! has turned out to be such a great album, I'm actually now highly anticipating the releases of Dos! and Tre! Vocalist Billy Joe Armstrong basically said that he wanted to release three albums worth of music that absolutely rocks! Whilst I've never been a die-hard Green Day fan I personally wouldn't call their music 'real rock music' - it's more a sort of new-wave post-punk pop type of music. Having said that, some of the songs on Uno! are pretty damn cool. In addition, the musicianship is a little more creative and the album actually features some lead guitar, something seldom heard on earlier Green Day albums. The first track, Nuclear Family, kicks the album off nicely in typical Green Day fashion, it's a catchy, upbeat song with catchy melodies and guitar riffs and a great modern theme to the lyrics (as the title ...

Asus Google Nexus 7 16GB Wi-Fi 30/08/2012

The Android Equivelant To The iPad

Asus Google Nexus 7 16GB Wi-Fi Google's new Nexus 7 Android tablet PC is the major new competitor in the Google Play/Android Market arena and is swiftly becoming the rival to Apple's iPad and also to Blackberry's Playbook. The Nexus 7 is priced considerably lower than the iPad and at just under the price range of the Blackberry Playbook making it the perfect 'in-between' model of tablets and making it a very tempting choice indeed. The Nexus 7 is probably the first tablet PC to offer such outstanding specifications at such low cost. Although the Nexus 7 was available to pre-order several weeks before it's official release, upon being made publicly available for sale, nearly all retailers had sold out of the Nexus 7 and for this reason the device has seriously held it's value with some eBay sellers currently selling the Nexus 7 for MORE than it actually costs to buy new. Demand for the Google Nexus 7 remains high. The Nexus 7 could be considered to be the Android version of the iPad and you will soon find out why. Impressively, the Nexus 7 comes armed with a Tegra-3 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM (virtual memory), more than any tablet PC currently needs in this day and age - but it may prove to be very useful a few years down the line as technology companies and manufacturers are expecting that tablet PC's will eventually completely replace conventional laptops and desktop PC's. In addition to high processing power and virtual memory, the Nexus 7 also uses Corning scratch-resistant glass. If you have ...

Orange Sydney 28/08/2012

A Suitable 1st Mobile Phone

Orange Sydney Recently my daughter was continuously hassling me for a mobile phone and she had a lot of demands. It had to have a colour screen, it had to have a camera, it had to have internet access, it had to have games, it had to have an MP3 player, etc. At first my partner and I were reluctant, as smartphones have become the latest craze and we didn't really think it was suitable for such a young child, especially considering the way that social networks have been integrated into mobile phones and the potential dangers involved. The more she plagued, the more we had to seek out a suitable phone. Eventually we stumbled upon the Orange Sydney, a nice sleek, slim and clean looking mobile phone which boasts a variety of features. However, this is a very low budget phone and therefore quality and functionality come into play a little bit - ultimately you get what you pay for. The handset was white in colour and actually surprisingly heavy, it seemed a lot sturdier and better built than I was expecting. It's touchscreen although there are a couple of buttons at the bottom of the screen including the menu button. It also looked just like a smartphone (technically it is) and seemed quite impressive. Upon turning the device on we were greeted by a couple of splash screens before the main user interface loaded up. It booted up quicker than my HTC Desire S does which is probably understandable, as the Desire S is considerably more advanced. What I didn't like was the fact that, when the user ...

Day After Roswell - Philip J. Corso 05/08/2012

Did Aliens Really Crash at Roswell In 1947?

Day After Roswell - Philip J. Corso The Day After Roswell The Day After Roswell is a book written by the late Lt Colonel Philip J Corso and co-authored by William J Birnes (also known as Bill Birnes). Colonel Corso is the most highest ranking government whistleblower to ever come forward to explain what really happened at Roswell, New Mexico back in 1947. Mystery has surrounded the incident ever since and a recent study shows that as many as 72% of Americans believe that there really has been an elaborate UFO cover-up perpetrated by the US government. Perhaps the Wisdom Of Crowds theory could apply to this event. About The Author Phil Corso was the head of the Foreign Technology Desk at the Pentagon during his assignment as Special Assistant to Lt General Arthur Trudeau, who was the head of Army R&D (Research & Development). Corso took on many important roles during his time of service with the US government including being on the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House. Corso's credentials are impeccable and he had all the clearances classified above top secret. The Day After Roswell was published in 1997 just one year before Corso's death in 1998 at the age of 83. After Corso came forward with this information he was heavily debunked by nuclear physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman. However, a further investigation carried out by Dr Michael Sallas shows how much information which could be verified was overlooked/ignored by Friedman and that Corso is much more reputable than Friedman ...
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