Boost your mood during the Lockdown Lull

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I have been through a hiatus, not an intentional one, but a lazy one. I have missed posting about the music that I love most and sharing my finds with other people who feel the same about rock music as I do.

I would love to share with you the songs that I have been blasting in my car and that have kept me sane during these uncertain times. Sometimes it lifts my mood and other times it makes me appreciate my daily life and all that I have to be grateful for. Lock down has taught me a lot of lessons and I hope I carry these lessons with me always.

1. Parasite Eve – Bring Me The Horizon

Parasite Eve is a relevant song dealing with the challenges we are facing at the moment, due to the COVID pandemic that has spread through the world these past few months. The lyric “when we forgot the infection, will we remember the lessons?” really resonated with me and I realised how important it is to remember this crisis for the rest of our lives. Don’t waste a good crisis.

2. Nothing Like Thieves – Is Everybody Going Crazy?

Nothing Like Thieves hit the nail on the head, with how a lot of people must be feeling at the moment. The world that we used to know, is now a thing of the past, but for how long? How long will we have to deal with all this uncertainty in our lives? It has certainly managed to make us appreciate what we have and how little we need to survive comfortably. Nothing Like Thieves describes the mindset of how people have been feeling and the longing for human connection. We don’t realise that we need it, until its limited or taken away completely.

3. Zero 9:36 – The End

When I discovered this song, I couldn’t go one day without listening to it. It has one of the best headbanger choruses ever. The rap/rock combination from Zero 9:36 really works for me. The lyrics deal with a sense of self-loathing that the singer is trying to fight. He wants to break free from external pressures, so that he can face his own demons.

4. Papa Roach – Tightrope 2020

Papa Roach comments on our current generation. This song was first released as a hidden track on the Infest album. I wasn’t aware of this fact and it surprised me how relevant the lyrics are. The style and melody of the song intrigues me. Its a different style compared to the rest of their material. The lyrics deal with serious subject matter in a digestible manner.

5. POORSTACY – I Can’t Sleep

A guy confused about the girl he is dating and describing how he thinks it might be a good idea to stop seeing her, but he is being tortured by his decision. He can’t sleep, he doesn’t believe her promises and she is taking away more from the relationship than she is willing to give. He knows what he needs to do, but he is struggling to go through with his decision. A casual, but dance-y track that tends to put me in a good mood.

6. Bush – Flowers On A Grave

Gavin Rossdale is describing loss and grief in this song. He is describing the feelings he had while coping with the loss of an important person in his life. This song takes me back to my teenage years and I think that feeling will be felt by long time fans of the band. Bush brings back pleasant memories of the arrival of the new millennium.

7. The Score – Dreamin ft blackbear

Ending off on a very positive note. This song is about fighting other people’s expectations and opinions. This will make you get rid of your fears and become more of the person that you are meant to be. Building a solid sense of self. This means speaking your own truth, regardless of what other people say, think and do. I find The Score’s music very uplifting in general and I don’t think its easy to pull off in the rock music genre for a modern rock band. I love Eddie’s vocals, as they always come across strong and clear.

I feel like we will weather the storm that this virus has caused, we will come through it being more appreciative, stronger as people and human beings.

Stay safe and stay sane.

This too shall pass.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Band of the Month – Device

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David Draiman captured by the talented Mr Rob Fenn during his performance with Lzzy Hale at the Golden God Awards.

David Draiman captured by the talented Mr Rob Fenn during his performance with Lzzy Hale at the Golden God Awards.

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As Disturbed entered their hiatus in late 2011, the lead singer of the band David Draiman announced a new side project called Device in May of 2012. He subsequently revealed that Geno Lenardo will be working with him. From the start David Draiman made the direction the project very clear. He stated that Device will have an electronic sound combined with industrial metal comparing it to Nine Inch Nails’ and Ministry’s sound.

The idea for the band was born when Geno Lenardo approached David Draiman about writing a song for the Underworld soundtrack for the latest Underworld film that was going to be released. Together they created a powerful song and the partnership came very easily for both. Due to circumstances beyond their control the song never became part of the soundtrack for the film. David suggested that they hold on to the material and continue writing songs, soon they had a whole album’s worth of content. Together they created a sound that was unique to Device and what David dubbed as futuristic rock.

Their first single “Vilify” is very personal to David, because the lyrics refer to the skewed perception that the “haters” and people in general have of him. David Draiman called upon his many friends in the music business and created a dark, enchanting album that will plague your mind for hours after you’ve listened to it. Black Sabbath’s bassist Geezer Butler joins the trio on “Out of Line”while Serj Tankian added his vibrant vocal melodies. Tom Morello’s guitar wizardry casted a spell over “Opinion”, which is by far my favourite song on the album. Avenged Sevenfold’s frontman M. Shadows adds his signature wail to “Haze”, Glenn Hughes adds to a hauntingly beautiful song called “Through It All” which was dedicated to David’s stunning wife Lena. Rock chick Lzzy Hale showed off her impressive vocal chords on a cover of Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford‘s song “Close My Eyes Forever” which shows off another side to David’s voice.

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the album, because I didn’t know what to expect. I really liked “Vilify”, so I decided to buy the album after I listened to David Draiman and Lzzy Hale’s rendition of “Close My Eyes Forever”. The music is heavy, but feels fresh and I believe the reason for that is the electronic sound that has been incorporated. The use of technology on this album adds a new dimension to the music. The lyrical content reflects upon our responsibility as human beings, our behaviour and the effect that has on our environment.

The band entered the studio at the beginning of June of 2012 and by the 6th of June vocal demos had already been completed for 5 songs. Device’s debut album was released on the 9th of April 2013. Their first single “Vilify” was released on the 18th of February along with a fantastic music video featuring David Draiman’s wife, Lena (Yada) Draiman. David Draiman married Lena on the 25th of September 2011 and the couple are currently expecting their first child!

You can follow Device on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/DEVICETHEBAND

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Credits to Chad Lee Photography

Credits to Chad Lee Photography