Skillet – Unleashed Album Review

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SKILLET
“Unleashed”

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(Atlantic/Word)

01. Feel Invincible
02. Back from the Dead
03. Stars
04. I Want to Live
05. Undefeated
06. Famous
07. Lions
08. Out of Hell
09. Burn it Down
10. Watching for Comets
11. Saviors of the World
12. The Resistance

Skillet is one of those bands that allow you to feel astonished when you look at their discography which is equally as impressive as it is lengthy. Two of their past three albums have gone platinum and 2013’s Rise reached Gold status.

Unleashed is truly the most apt name for this album, because you feel that the band poured all their energy into this record. You can really appreciate the fact that every song on this album has the potential to be a single. There are quite a few songs that smack you in the face with its explosive energy and I love it!

“Feel Invincible” is the perfect first single off the album it grabs the listener by the collar and doesn’t let go up until the last note. It is a battle song and a reminder to not give up even when you can’t see the silver lining.

“Back From The Dead” is an unapologetic song about being reborn or reinvented and the possibilities of such a resurrection. The song is the rush of adrenaline when you need it most.

“Stars” in my opinion is the most apparent Christian song on the album and I’m sure it will resonate with a lot of Christian fans of the band. I like how Skillet incorporates religion in their music, if you need it it’s there, but if you don’t you can still appreciate it for the rock music it is. “Undefeated” has amazing energy and dynamics combined in a head-banging track. I dare you not be taken with this one!

“Famous” is a little more upbeat and based on electronic sound than their other tracks.”Lions” is an inspirational song where Jen and John join forces to deliver the message of perseverance and hope. “I Want To Live” is the pick-me-up you never knew you needed.

“Out of Hell” is a song that will make your average hard rock lover happy, due to the frenzied drums and heavy guitar riffs. “Watching for Comets” is a beautiful ballad performed as a duet by Jen Ledger and John Cooper.

“The Resistance” is a call to defend and stand-up for what you believe in, instead of apathy.

The entire album feels like the rush of adrenaline it is meant to be. An intense injection of energy and pure rock music.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

The band’s latest music video for “Feel Invincible” off of their latest album “Unleashed”.

 

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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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Photo can be viewed here:http://www.triplem.com.au/brisbane/music/photos/slash-acoustic-max-sessions-2010

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Original photo can be viewed here: http://loudwire.com/slash-announces-dates-for-2012-north-america-summer-tour/

Rock Regards,

Lauren

Band of the Month – Shinedown

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I recently received Shinedown’s Amaryllis as a gift from my sister overseas. I listened to the album about 3 times a day for more than a week. Brent Smith’s vocals are incomparable, his voice is so strong and powerful.

“Shinedown is an American rock band from Jacksonville Florida, formed in 2002 and founded by members Brent Smith (vocals), Brad Stewart (bass), Jasin Todd (guitar), and Barry Kerch (drums). A few line-up changes followed, and the band’s current line-up consists of Smith and Kerch, the band’s only two remaining original members, with guitarist Zach Myers and bassist and pianist Eric Bass.” (Insert from Wkipedia)

The album Amaryllis is loud in your face and holds nothing back. It kicks off with the fast-paced Adrenaline, then into the powerful Bully a song that is meant to uplift victims of bullies, Amaryllis is next which is a touching and emotional song about that something/someone special in your life. Unity is about empathy for your fellow human beings and helping others as best you can. Enemies in my mind is about selfish people who never think of others and that there are consequences for their actions. I’m Not Alright is such a beatifully twisted song, the lyrics are dark, yet the start of the song sounds almost like a ballad. The meaning of the song to me is that everyone has quirks and weird habits and that you should be content with that.

Nowhere Kids is about the materialistic society we currently live in and how there is an emptiness beneath the glamour and the glitz. Miracle is about a person that is always there for you and a person who believes in you. I’ll Follow You is certainly one of the best songs I’ve ever heard, its about unconditional love and how you will do anything for someone you love. It is such a powerful song and touches me deeply whenever I listen to it. For My Sake is about someone in your life having a negative impact on your well-being and in order to protect yourself you have to distance yourself from that person. My Name (Wearing Me Out) is about someone always putting you down and how you should rise above that hate and ignore them. Through The Ghost is about about rediscovering yourself and getting your life back on track.

Shinedown is one of my favourite rock bands and individually they are solid, charismatic and decent people. Brent Smith has battled drug addiction and recently he lost weight as well. I really look up to him as a role model and I admire him a lot.

Shinedown is currently on tour and might be on their way to your home country, so keep a lookout for their tour dates that are posted on their official website. http://www.shinedown.com/

You can follow Shinedown’s Fanpage on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ShinedownsNationII) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/Shinedown_Fans) and their blog on WordPress (http://shinedownsnation.com/)for updates, news and photographs.

Shinedown Amaryllis Album Cover

Shinedown’s 4th Studio Album Amaryllis

If you’re interested in connecting with the band members on Twitter, here are their individual accounts:

https://twitter.com/#!/ZMyersOfficial

https://twitter.com/#!/ebassprod

https://twitter.com/#!/BKerchofficial

https://twitter.com/#!/TheBrentSmith

and here is Shinedown’s official Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/#!/Shinedown

Rock Regards,

Lauren K