Thumping Thursdays

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One day before the weekend arrives I think it is only right that I share some new videos that you can add to your weekend playlist.

Dead by April  – My Heart Is Crushable

Epic lyric video and crushing vocals mixed with some heavy riffs, you’re welcome. 🙂

 

Nickelback – Feed The Machine

A relevant song that is a departure from their traditional sound. The intro builds anticipation and makes way for the song’s strong chorus. I hope Nickelback’s new material is more or less in the same vein as their first single. I can’t wait to hear more.

 

Amaranthe – Boomerang

Amaranthe deliver another one of their deliciously unique songs and a great video to boot. The contrasting vocals are surprising at time, but in a good way. Love the way the video was shot and seeing the director’s vision come to life.

 

 

Twenty One Pilots – Heavydirtysoul

Twenty One Pilots never disappoint and that is definitely true in this case. A nail-biting video that plays more like a movie than a music video. I love watching Josh drum and this video manages to highlight his abilities.

Have a rocking weekend!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

 

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Artistic Rock Music Videos

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Artistic Rock Music Videos

Personally I am addicted to watching music videos, I can spend hours watching music videos from any genre of music. I’m always in search of music videos that impress, shock or inspires the viewer. Quality production and concept for a music video is key. I decided to share my passion with you by compiling a short list of recently released artistic music videos.

Three Days Grace – Human Race

This video depicts a controversial view on the daily struggles of humanity. It is a brutally honest way of depicting natural human behaviour and the different kinds of people that inhabit our planet.

Papa Roach – Gravity featuring Maria Brink

I love the honest introspective lyrics of the song and the dark theme of the video. The emotion in Jacoby and Maria’s performance adds another dimension to the video.

Amaranthe – Digital World

I like the clinical and modern take on this video. It depicts the power of technology and how it can create powerful imagery by simply focusing on a singular subject (the band).

In This Moment – Sex Metal Barbie

I love Maria’s fearlessness as a performer and In This Moment never disappoint when it comes down to visual artistry. Maria directed the video and in my opinion it is a sarcastic look at popular culture and how unrealistic/twisted these images can affect our perception of ourselves.

Apocalyptica – Cold Blood

Apocalyptica always deliver artistic-inspired videos with an unmatched flair. Their videos succeed in combining rock music, dark themes and classic images.

Shinedown – Cut The Cord

SHINEDOWN IS BACK! This video has made every Shinedown fan even more excited for their new album which is rumoured to be released in September. I believe that it takes an extremely talented director to make a performance-based music video entertaining which Darren Doane succeeded in doing. The video is an energetic performance by Shinedown, but it is shot in such a way that you feel part of the performance. I can’t wait to see what else Shinedown has in store for us.

Thank you.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month – Amaranthe

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Amaranthe is a Swedish-Danish metal band and what makes this band extremely unusual is their amalgamation of three vocal styles performed by three different members of the band. The pop style vocals are performed by Elize Ryd, the rock vocals are performed by Jake E and Henrik Englund can be credited with the death metal style vocals.

The band was formed by Jake E (formerly from Dreamland, Dream Evil) and Olof Mörck (Dragonland, Nightrage) in 2008 , the project began taking shape when singers  Elize Ryd (toured with Kamelot), Andreas Solveström (Cipher System, Within Y) and drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (The Cleansing, Koldborn, Mercenary) signed on. Originally Jake E and Olof wanted to start the band as a side project to the bands that they were already a part of with the intention of doing an all-star project together with several prominent members of the Gothenburg metal scene. Following the response the band got from the songs that they posted on MySpace they realised this could become more than just a side project.  After the band’s photo shoot for their Leave Everything Behind demo bassist Johan Andreassen (Engel) joined, so he was present for the recording of their first album. Initially Andy and Elize were simply intended as guest vocalists on the record, however the dynamics within the group became such that they were able to create something fresh and exciting.

The band was originally called “Avalanche” up until May of 2009 when they were forced to change their name to “Amaranthe” due to legal issues. A guy from Sweden owned the rights to the name “Avalanche” and he threatened to sue the band and they then decided it wasn’t worth the fight. “Amaranthe” means “the never-fading”.   They later released the demo called “Leave Everything Behind”. The band’s debut album “Amaranthe” was released in April 2011 and reached 35th position on the Swedish charts and 16th on the Finnish charts. Reviewers gave “Amaranthe” mixed reviews see-sawing between love and hate for the album.

The band’s second album The Nexus was released on various dates in March 2013. This album was the first to introduce a song without any harsh vocals namely,  “Burn WIth Me”. According to the band this album was more controversial in terms of the mix of genres that are used on the album and they had more creative freedom than before. “The Nexus” reached sixth position on Swedish charts, fourth on Finnish charts and peaked at twelfth position on the US Heatseekers charts.

In October 2013, unclean vocalist Solveström left the band and was replaced by Henrik Englund (Scarpoint).

Amaranthe’s third album “Massive Addictive” released on the 21st of October 2014.

A wide array of genres, artists and styles have influenced the band since its inception, but for Olof personally melodic death metal has always had a strong influence, bands such as Soilwork, In Flames and Scar xxxSymetryxxx.

The exact definition of the band’s genre of music that they produce will, in my opinion, always result in great debates which is not always a bad thing. At the end of the day I believe that the genre of the music is not as important as the people who listen and enjoy an album/song. Music is an abstract art that is meant to be enjoyed and not analyzed.

I love their song and music video for Drop Dead Cynical!

See for yourself:

You can follow the band on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Amaranthemetal

Follow Olof Mörck on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/OlofMorck

Follow Elize Ryd on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elizeryd

Follow Morten on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mortendrummer

Follow Jake E on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeEamaranthe/

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Elize Ryd from Amaranthe. Divine Wail by SilviusLupis Source: http://silviuslupis.deviantart.com/art/Divine-Wail-334202885 Credits to the photographer.

Elize Ryd from Amaranthe.
Divine Wail
by SilviusLupis
Source: http://silviuslupis.deviantart.com/art/Divine-Wail-334202885
Credits to the photographer.

Agata Alina Sieradzka Photography (https://www.facebook.com/AASieradzka)

Agata Alina Sieradzka Photography (https://www.facebook.com/AASieradzka)