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August Burns Red, Leveler

Just under two years ago Lancaster, Pennsylvania natives August Burns Red unleashed what many consider to be their best album, Constellations. Speaking as a huge fan of the record, I said many times they couldn’t top it. Constellations was nearly flawless from beginning to end, a fierce tirade through metalcore that defined the band’s career. Yet just last week, the band has released their fourth album, and Leveler seems to have surpassed the greatness that was (and still is) Constellations.  Continue reading

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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Review: Switchfoot, “Hello Hurricane”

switchfoot, hello hurricaneWhile I may be biased with this review, I understand that every band has flaws. There are no bands out there, anywhere, that will make a record that is without error or without songs that certain fans aren’t going to enjoy. That said, I jump into my most anticipated record of the year: Hello Hurricane.

Hello Hurricane is the band’s first release free of any record label, debuting off of their own imprint Lowercase People Records. Overall it is their seventh album, and the band has come out and said they’re planning on releasing a total of four records in the next coming years, starting with Hello Hurricane. Typically, Switchfoot gears towards materialism and becoming something bigger than yourself, but this record is different on so many levels. Hello Hurricane is a journey of pure love, emotion, and heartache for more in this life. Many people wondered that maybe the band would break up due to the immense success of lead singer Jon Foreman’s foray into a solo act and the start of Fiction Family, his side project with Nickelcreek’s Sean Watkins. But on this new album, new light shines onto a band that has been through it all, and has come out victorious. Continue reading

Review: Muse, “The Resistance”

Muse, The ResistanceMuse is one of those bands that pretty much anyone who’s heard of them, is a fan. Yeah, I’ve met plenty of people who don’t really get into the whole brit-rock/electro scene, but let’s face it: When you go on a world tour with only four full length albums under your belt by yourself and you sell out (90,000 tickets) the 8th largest stadium in the world, some people are obviously listening. Muse hasn’t blown up too much in the United States until only recently, with partial credit going to their contributions to both current Twilight movie soundtracks. Continue reading

Review: David Crowder Band, “Church Music”

DCB, Church MusicWorship music is a touchy subject with me, usually because so many bands and artists tend to take the name of “worship” and throw it on what they do, while many others within the CCM industry perform the cheesy, bland music that we hear on the Christian radio stations on a daily basis. Every once in a while, though, one or two bands actually come out with music that impresses me, especially in the worship genre. David Crowder Band have constantly been a driving force in Christian worship music, pushing the envelope with every album they put out. Continue reading