Band of the Month – Linkin Park and Living Things Review

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Linkin Park

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I have recently bought the Living Things album and I will share my thoughts and opinions on the album with you. Please keep in mind you may agree or disagree with me, these are my own opinions and thoughts.

Over the years I have loosely followed Linkin Park’s career. When Hybrid Theory was released Linkin Park exploded on to the music scene. All my friends had the album, everyone was listening to them. At that moment in time their music was mainly defined as rock music. Meteora followed more or less in the same vein as Hybrid Theory. The songs that stand out to me in this era are “One Step Closer”, “In The End”, “Lying From You”, “Numb” and “Breaking The Habit”.

Their next album was Minutes to Midnight which I would classify as a much soft rock, because it was significantly slower than their previous works. At first I didn’t really know what to make of this change, but later on I started to appreciate the musicianship more. These songs weren’t just there to make money, they meant something. I concentrated more on the messages that these songs convey and I understood the album more.

I really loved their collaboration with Jay-Z was really impressive and creative. I listened to that album quite a lot and the dvd isn’t something you will easily forget.

I’m only going to touch on A Thousand Suns, because I didn’t purchase the album, but the singles off of the album I found really interesting and it definitely included a more electronic based sound than their previous endeavours. I loved the music video for Waiting for the End it was impressive, visually interesting and it suited the content of the song.

Now we come to the topic of Living Things their latest album released on June 26, 2012. The opening track ‘Echo’ is an emotional track of resilience and strength. Mike Shinoda’s rap technique has always amazed me, his pronunciation is perfect and as a rock music fan this is a huge compliment from my side. This album really marries a lot of different techniques and sounds into one. There is rap, rock and electronic influences and it somehow works. Chester Bennington delivers quality vocals and shows off the variety of tones there are to his voice. In my personal opinion he can tone down on the amount of screaming now and then, but this can be a matter of taste. The 1st single “Burn It Down” is a great listen and combines all the layers of music instruments used probably the best. Lies Greed Misery is strangely my favourite track as Mike specifically shines on this track. It has an infectious beat and it sounds as if it carries some inspiration from their Jay-Z collaboration. The more I listen to the album the more I like it and the more I accept the new direction Linkin Park has taken these past few years.

A lot of people have been blasting Linkin Park for changing their sound so regularly; I think this is a quality that should be admired not ridiculed. There are bands out there that are being hated upon for keeping their sound more or less the same, so you can’t really please everyone.

Altough I like my rock music more organic, I would definitely pop in Living Things when I want to listen to something different and refreshing. Linkin Park is evolving with the times and so is their music. They want to remain relevant in the music industry by constantly adapting to the current climate of the industry.

I have some fantastic news to share with my fellow South Africans!

Linkin Park is coming to perform in South Africa in November 2012!

“Linkin Park will perform at the Cape Town Stadium on 7 November and at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 November.” -Channel24.co.za

“Tickets go on sale to the public for the Johannesburg show on Thursday 26 July and then for Cape Town show on Friday 27 July from Computicket.” -Channel24.co.za

To view the full article please follow this link.

http://www.channel24.co.za/Music/News/Linkin-Park-crawling-to-perform-in-SA-20120723

I hope all my fellow South Africans enjoy the concert.

I’m really delighted that more famous musicians are visiting our beautiful country, as this means more artists will follow.

Rock Regards,

Lauren Kruger

PS: A HUGE Happy Birthday to Slash who turned 47 yesterday, a living legend!

Linkin Park Band

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Alter Bridge

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Alter Bridge

I do not own this photo.

I accidentally found his website and photos.

He has quite a few music related photos to view.
Please take a look at this photographer’s gallery

http://francescotosi.altervista.org/frames.html .
I’m sure you will see many more photos that will interest you.
This photographer takes really incredible photos as you can probably tell.

Enjoy!

Rock Regards,

Lauren

Music Video Premiere

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http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/world-premiere-shinedown-enemies-video-553175

Shinedown

Behind the Scenes at the Enemies Video Shoot

The premiere of Shinedown’s latest music video Enemies is today! I love it, very convincing and funny at times.
Check it out, you won’t regret it.

While we are on the topic of Shinedown I have added a poll to the blog where you can share what your favourite Shinedown single has been thus far.

Enjoy!

Rock Regards,

Lauren

Apocalyptic Love Album Review

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The long wait is finally over! I have been waiting patiently to rip the music from this album to my library on my laptop. I received the album a week ago and the wait was definitely worth it, just like I expected. I will try to explain my thoughts and my experiences while taking a trip through Apocalyptic Love.

First off keep in mind that this album was recorded live and it’s recorded to analog. It has all the mistakes and it has the talking in between the takes.

“It’s a traditional way of recording. Because of modern technology, you can make a record without having to be in the same room with the other people on the record. You also don’t have to know how to play, because they can fix that, too.” – Slash quoted by Amy Sciarretto March 24, 2012 on Loudwire

With a guitarist as famous as Slash and a lead singer as popular as Myles you listen to the record differently than you would a band that has played together for a long time. The first time you listen to the album as a whole, then the second time you may pay more attention to the guitar solos and music. The third time you admire Myles’s vocal abilities and the variety that his voice offers to each song.

The first thing that I realised while listening to the album was how much attention was paid to the music. The perfect timing of the screaming guitar solos, the drums and the rhythm guitar played by Myles as well as the bass that ties everything together.

I believe each song was structured in a way to evoke a certain nostalgia or emotion from the listener. Even though I didn’t grow up listening to classic/80s rock I can still tell there are sections that sound very similiar to the rock bands of the 80s, which I love. In my opnion this album is a modern take on classic rock ‘n roll if that makes any sense.

I think this album has reinvented 80’s rock music for the modern audience. I’m writing about modern rock music on my blog, because I believe that in the 21st century we have musicians that are just as talented as musicians in the past. Although I can appreciate a touch of old school here and there, Apocalyptic Love has that combination just right.

One of my favourites is One Last Thrill, how Myles pulls that song off without becoming out of breath I don’t know. It just makes you want to dance. Bad Rain is my overall favourite with its feisty lyrics and guitar licks. It teases the listener with slow verses and an anticipating chorus. Anastasia starts off with an acoustic guitar and the band behind Slash suddenly enters showing what they are capable of. Anastasia is a straight up rock track which is really enjoyable. Shots Fired builds up into a frenzy of instruments and bites into an angry chorus.

So, if you have been salivating to get a taste of some real rock n roll, add this album to your collection you WILL NOT be dissapointed. I feel like I have had a taste of a different brand of rock music and I have to say I like it!

From the many performance I have seen from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators all of these artists are effortless performers. Myles sings extremely high notes without showing any effort on his face or in his body language. The same goes for Slash who makes playing a guitar look like child’s play.

I highly recommend this album to any rock music lover.

Congratulations to Slash on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Calif. What an amazing achievement and the best thing about it is that he deserves it. Well done!

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Rock Regards,

Lauren

Recently Viewed Music Videos

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*I do not own any of these videos or the content contained within them. These videos can be viewed on Youtube as well.

ENJOY!

First up is Disturbed’s energetic Down With The Sickness, with David Draiman’s signature ‘Ooh-wah-ah-ah-ah’ inserted at the start of the song.

Second is Black Stone Cherry’s Like I Roll. I love the lead singer’s smooth and rounded vocals. The guitarists really enjoy the song as much as the audience does.

Third is Maroon 5’s One More Night video.

Fourth is Slash, Myles Kennedy and Haley Reinhart’s cover of Wild Horses which is AMAZING! Haley and Myles’s voices blend together beautifully. Slash’s guitar skills is the icing on the cake of a touching performance.

Fifth is Halestorm’s feisty Miss The Misery which is a smashing song to say the least.

Sixth is Theory of a Deadman’s Hurricane. I love the storyline of the video which is a slight departure from their usual themes. Check it out!

Seventh is Jared Leto’s tribute to Kurt Cobain for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. The resemblance is quite striking.

Eighth is Shinedown’s Unity featuring a powerful performance by frontman Brent Smith. I love the message of the song as well as seeing the band’s live performance. Keep an eye out for their upcoming music video for Enemies, its going to be a cracker!

Ninth is Hugo’s take on Jay-Z’s 99 Problems which is really impressive.

Last but definitely not least is another Slash & Myles Kennedy video with their cover of Night Train, which I can’t get enough of.

This concludes my list of interesting videos.

A fantastic article that caught my eye this week is from Loudwire.

Top 50 Hard Rock Songs of the 21st Century

http://loudwire.com/top-hard-rock-songs-21st-century/

Its a really great list, most of my favourite bands are listed as well.

Have a Rocking week!

Rock Regards,

Lauren