Sonically, it’s a boot stomp to the face and a million shards of shrapnel to the body. Musically, extremely precise, and meticulous in every way with no single falter of a blast beat. TheArchspire - Extreme Canadian Metal on the Rise.
Technical death metal is not new to Vancouver’s scene, however with new local favourites Archspire, they take it to the next level by being the fastest, most intense and brutal band out of them all. Comprised of members from Gremory, Muspellheim, and Artep, it’s no mystery why their music is so blisteringly great and their sound is so legitimate amongst other technical death peers in terms of the world stage. With their debut release All Shall Align, they’ve proven to be a force to be reckoned with. dexterity, fluidity, and finesse of their string playing is second to none. The tortured, vomit, pterodactyl-like vocals spew black matter all over the audible canvas, painting a picture of pure disgust while the slap-tap, fret-less bass clunks and punches through the mix in all the right ways.
Their Canadian tour kicks off Friday, April 15th at the Rickshaw in Vancouver then making its way across the country city by city promoting the release of All Shall Align. Make sure to catch them at a venue near you, this may be the beginning of something huge.
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Tracks by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys And The Doors all make the cut!. This is list is accurate but sort of predictable in a lot of ways though the order bugs me. The Who, Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin should of been higher up the list if not top of the list. Yes The Beatles were good and so was Bob Dylan but not they are not top of the list material in my opinion.I guess even then high promo and larger budgets made you last. Please do not let any of the pop tarts make it on a best of the 201X's lists when I am old!
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Rihanna sings,“sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me.” Directed by Melina Matsoukas, “S&M” is the third single from Loud and without a doubt it is Rihanna's raciest video to date. The music video is packed with raunchy details in the lyrics and choreography, with whips and chains, humping and gagging, but isn’t far from the message conveyed by fellow stars, Lady Gaga, Britney or Christina. Visually, the video is beyond over the top, saturated in color and akin to a scene from the works of David LaChappelle or a 90's rehash of, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Outfits composed of tight patent leather, latex and bondage are taken to the next level featuring designers such as Louis Vuitton and Prada. Bottom line: there is no way to avoid taking note of Rihanna's new look as she plays both a submissive and dominant character in the video -- truly a hot mess.
Odd Music Fact - So-called 'gut strings' for acoustic Spanish guitars were originally made from the small intestines of slaughtered sheep. The production material only changed - to nylon - during World War II, when all available gut was used in the production of surgical thread for wounded soldiers. Eww!
Foster The People are an up and coming indie rock band from the City of Angels and their music video for their hit song, “Pumped Up Kicks” is one worth checking out. The four minute epic features not only the super catchy song, but the band in the recording studio and playing a show. These interesting live shots are accompanied by other fun things that define the band.
There is some Frisbee play, pretty decent surfing, playing pool and even some rope swinging into a lake – looks like a grand time. But the music itself is fantastic. There is laissez faire and raspy styled vocals overtop of a groovy bass line that bumps for the whole song. And the chorus is instantly captivating with whistling and a catchy melodic take on the lyrics that are warning all kids with pumped up kicks, “you better run, better run, outrun my gun.”
The bottom line – don’t mess with Foster The People! All in all the video really just shows that Foster The People are like any other normal band, having fun. After watching the video and listening to “Pumped Up Kicks,” you will be left with the desire to get your hands on your own set of pumped up kicks and hopefully they will be as comfortable as Foster The People’s. Just make sure you can do some serious running in them.
American Country Music awards were last night and I have to say it's been the best awards show so far but remember it's been a bad year to. Blake Shelton made jokes and The Queen of Country Reba McEntire Hosted. As usual Reba lights up the stage with grace and elegance, and Blake well we need the funny guy. Overall it was a night of good music and awards given to some deserving and many not deserving; which is key to a mainstream awards show but this blog is about the good performances not the regular crap.
Of course we had Reba and Martina McBride and so many more performed damn good country. Then we had the Miranda Lamberts who destroyed the stage with bad singing, horrible stage presence, and songs she didn't write but no publicity here for them.
Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) and Rhianna First thought oh god no. I was surprised ! Most of all saw Rhianna as an artist again. It's easy when I am not looking at her crotch grinding in my face; Though I think she got schooled. She had to sing with real instruments where your vocals has to have power unlike with playbacks and synth that can be turned down . It was obvious Rhanna was out of place with Jennifer lighting up the stage. I hope it was a wakeup call for Rhianna that Jennifer showed her how to perform and how to really sing. Rhanna is talented and has lost her way and we can hope she gets back to her talent.
Steven Tyler & Carrie Underwood - Another notable performance American Idol judge Steven Tyler performed with Carrie Underwood using a medley of Aerosmith‘s “Walk This Way” and Carrie’s “Undo It.” I have to say this livened up the awards. Carrie Underwood - well I always been a fan since she is a little bit country and little bit rock (ok way after idol never knew she was on Idol but I won't hold idol against her) and of course Steven Tyler you have to love him; he rocked Underwood's song to! It was a great fusion to create Country/Rock and Sorry Carrie - Tyler takes over the stage on everyone, its years of rocking it but you kept up, I have seen others fail unlike Carrie. I have to give a thumbs up to Carrie as well for not kissing Steven Tyler! It's sad that this was only done to promote Idol but at least Idol gave me something good this year and I didn't have to watch it.
Darius Rucker - Music from the Heart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtkxjCkGPug
Most important performance of the night Chart-topping country music star Darius Rucker and ACM Lifting Lives joined together for a once-in-a-lifetime musical event to benefit the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC). Twenty-five ACM Lifting Lives music campers with developmental disabilities will joined Rucker on the ACM Awards stage to perform "Music from the Heart," a song the campers wrote collectively last summer with ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp songwriters Brett James and Chris Young. A testament the power of music.
I believe country music is a genre where other genres should be more like. Majority of the songs have meaning be it fun, love, pain instead of songs that talk about being a bar star, blacking out or about sleeping around. Most of all performances are with live instruments not synth's and vocalists have to be good since your actually singing not shaking your ass like a stripper.
Most of all Country Music works together, all night you heard the words" this is a good friend"! Yes not as much drama but it's about the music. By being this way they are able work with charity and focus on music as a team. Last night John Rich received one check of $470,000 on the apprentice last night from country music for his charity. That's the power of team work and star power. I end on this - country music has chosen the charity St. Jude Children's Research Hospital a place where no one gets turned away. Stars still have their own charities but still work together in one as well as a team in music. Music shines with talent and teamwork not drama and making fast cash as a one hit wonder.