Archive for March, 2010

The White Stripes, “Under Great White Northern Lights”

I like to collect live records. There was a time when I used to loathe live records because it never brought the full concert experience home. I’m also talking about back in the 90s. Yes, I know I’m likely dating myself and at 23 I’m probably too young to say this, but the quality of music and recording it has come a long way from those first live records I used to buy and listen to in the 90s. It seems that in the past 5 years quality for live recordings has gone up and for the better. Bands are picking good filmmakers or learning how to do it themselves, and fans couldn’t be happier. They get to see their favorite bands on a more personal level, and it becomes a memento of a time the fan and the band shared together, especially for those fans who went to the show that was recorded. It captures a moment in time that will last forever for certain people, like me who love this kind of thing. But back to my review.

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Of Mice & Men Review

wpid-of_mice_and_men_album_cover-g85zkzncwr3g.jpgWhen band members leave to start their own bands, usually the result is something completely different than what the originating band was doing. This is why we usually see bands breaking up because of creative differences, and then multiple bands appear from the smoldering wreckage and become hit or miss groupings. Austin Carlisle (formerly of Attack Attack) decided to step out and start another band, going by the name Of Mice & Men, named after the novella. What is not surprising in the least is that Carlisle’s band is not that far off from what Attack Attack is. In fact, some may even venture to say the band takes what Attack Attack does and made it infinitely better. Sticking with the hardcore/screamo style, the debut self-titled album takes a very over-done scene genre and improves it ten-fold. Continue reading

Review: Onward To Olympas, “This World Is Not My Home”

It’s a new year, and with each new year comes an onslaught of new bands and new talent to be judged and reckoned with. Hardcore is definitely one of the styles that tends to be fought over by an uncountable number of bands, each trying to bring something new to the table. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina comes the hardcore act Onward To Olympas, recently signed to Facedown Records and releasing their debut full-length, This World Is Not My Home. The title seems to say it all, as these guys are not ashamed of being called a Christian band, and finding themselves a deal with a predominantly Christian label such as Facedown. But is the record worth a listen as one of the first hard bands to debut in 2010?

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