Review – Plastic Beach

April 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The Gorillaz are one of the industry’s more bizarre bands. They’re electronic/rap/alt. rock style captivated listeners with the 2005 classic Demon Days. Since those times, we’ve seen very little from the virtual band, both from the real band and their animated counterparts. When it was announced that we would be getting a new album from Gorillaz, fans flipped out with joy.

Unfortunately, any fan of Demon Days will be sorely disappointed. Plastic Beach took everything that made Demon Days the amazing album it is, and spat on it. The brilliant melodies, symbolic lyrics and unique, interesting style that made this band great? All gone. Replaced with generic, boring, uncreative gangsta rap. Only three songs in this entire album don’t feature some rapper talking into a microphone about trivial things or fucking a girl. The three songs that don’t feature someone? Oddly enough, they’re not that bad. They’re far from great, but definitely better than the rest of the album. If the Gorillaz learn anything from this album, its that they work best alone.

I’m honestly not sure what happened in the last five years with these guys. They put out the incredible and unique Demon Days, and then revert to such… uncreative slop? Its pathetic. Its like all they wanted was to top the charts by making something that could easily shoot into the mainstream, which it did. So they abandoned their loyal fans and went to an entirely different audience, and I do believe that is called ‘selling out’.

The Gorillaz… sellouts. How did it come to this? All that I hope is that Plastic Beach is in no way a sign of other previously great artists falling into such pathetic pools of crap.

TL;DR

The good:

  • A few noteworthy songs.

The bad:

  • Absolutely nothing new or unique about it.
  • Generic, lame rap.
  • Previously different and bizarre band reduced to boring, uncreative garbage.
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An Update

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Okay, firstly: I apologize for disappearing for the last month. Life hasn’t exactly been very kind to me as of late. I’ve been meaning to get you folks some reviews and features and what-not out, but I either haven’t had the time, or have just been too lazy. :3 There’s been some great albums released in the past few months, and a few not-so-great ones, and I do plan to talk about all of them eventually. Really. HERE’S A LIST OF SHIT THAT’S COMING!

  • Review of The Never Ending Way of ORWarriOR by ORPHANED LAND
  • Review of Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice by HIM
  • Review of Plastic Beach by GORILLAZ
  • Feature (Short biography) on MAKESHIFT ROMEO
  • A loooonnng overdue review of World Painted Blood by SLAYER
  • An overdue review of Y Not by RINGO STARR

Now, I’m not guaranteeing that all of these will happen, the last two as less likely, but these could all show up soon! The first one will likely be either the Makeshift Romeo feature or the Plastic Beach review. See you all soon! I apologize again for the absence!

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Top 5 Voices Of The Decade

February 16, 2010 3 comments

Well, it all comes down to this. The voice of a band is typically the most unique thing about a band’s sound, and it’s what makes them recognizable, assuming it’s a good voice. Take note: I’m excluding screamers from this, no Dani Filth or Nergal in this list. This is a list of people who actually sing, and do it with copious amounts of awesome.

Note: I honestly have little to say on these folks, you’re just gonna have to take my word on their talents. I’m running out of descriptive compliments.

NUMBER 5:

Jacoby Shaddix of PAPA ROACH

Also winning the award for “Most Tattoos”, Jacoby Shaddix’s voice is one of the most recognizable of the Hard Rock genre. He gave a rapping part melody, if that says anything about how good he is.

NUMBER 4:

David Draiman of DISTURBED

If you’re a metal fan in any way, shape, or form, you know David Draiman. His voice is a much-needed break from the typical screaming and roaring of modern metal, and lives up to it’s reputation. It’s powerful, distinct, and is what makes Disturbed, Disturbed.

NUMBER 3:

Adam Young of OWL CITY

What I should say is that he is Owl City. Seriously. This insomniac-stricken genius is best known for his voice, as he does what so many pop artists anymore fail to do: Not use auto-tune. His voice is pure, new, and incredible.

NUMBER 2:

Matthew Bellamy of MUSE

Matthew Bellamy is one of the most creative minds in music today. For God’s sake, his band’s NAME is Muse! They’re so creative, creativity itself is their name! Matt’s voice has one of the most ungodly ranges ever – and that’s a compliment. He knows high notes better than anyone else today, and still can maintain a solid pitch even when he’s playing twenty spaces above the scale.

NUMBER 1:

Gerard Way of MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

Gerard Way knows singing. He does it better than a lot of other people I’ve heard. Many would argue that Bellamy rightfully deserves this spot, but let’s look at the facts: Bellamy can sing high, and that’s about it. While Gerard may not match the Muse frontman, he still has an incredible range, and can keep himself there. He’s got that weird twang-like thing that’s bizarrely enjoyable, too.

Fucktarts. I’m out of things to say. Uh. Yea. That’s it. I’m gonna go play Mass Effect 2. This post sucks. You should just pretend it doesn’t exist. ME OUT.

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Top 5 Guitarists Of The Last Decade

February 7, 2010 4 comments

So, I might have said I was done with these with the 10 Songs, but there were still two I wanted to do. We’ve already honored the top 5 drummers of the 00ties, now let’s let the guitarists have some of the spot-light.

NUMBER 5:

Dani Evans of ALESTORM

Yes, the pirate metal band just got an award. Despite Alestorm‘s light-hearted piratey goodness, Dani still rips one heluva solo. If he were involved in a more serious band, there would be incredible potential for this pirate fan.

NUMBER 4:

Jim Root of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR

While many prefer to recognize SlipKnot’s lead player, Mick Thomson, as a better player than Jim, I disagree. Jim displays more skill in not just playing really fast, but also overall musicality. His solos are incredible, and he plays a lot more of them than Mick does. His additional work for side-project Stone Sour is equally impressive, even if he plays a few less solos.

NUMBER 3:

Brent Hinds of MASTODON

Yes, I’m giving Mastodon more attention. Shut up. Brent Hinds is a lot of the force behind this powerful group, he is one of their primary writers, and does some of the best improv solos in history. The solos in many Mastodon songs, including Oblivion and Divinations, were made up on the spot. “Here’s how I write my solos: I don’t.” He scores the #3 spot for writing these incredible solos without even thinking about it.

NUMBER 2:

Michael Amott of ARCH ENEMY

While he definitely isn’t the best known guitarist on this list, Michael Amott is one of the most talented people in metal history. He rips at least twenty-kajillion mind-blowing solos in each Arch Enemy album. In fact, in the typical Arch album, there’s more time devoted to his solos than vocalist Angela Gossow’s intense screaming.

NUMBER 1:

Synyster Gates of AVENGED SEVENFOLD

I don’t know what the fuck he was thinking when he came up with that name, either. Synyster Gates, to me, at least, makes Avenged Sevenfold the metal/hard rock gods that they are. He pulls off some ridiculous solos (Almost Easy?), and wrote one of my favorite individual riffs ever. Listen to Afterlife, you’ll know which one it is. Many would disagree, citing people like Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine (That means you, Joel), but I argue that Synyster is just…. Oh, I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore. Take my word for it. Syn is amazing.

That’s it. Next (and definitely last) list: Top 5 Vocalists.

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A Second Blog

January 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey kids! I love my time writing for I Hate My Life, so don’t think I’m disappearing because of this! But, I’ve found that in my life, there are many hardships, and many good things, that I wish to blog about, but they just wouldn’t be appropriate for a music blog – especially the political stuff. So, without further adieu, I present The Miniature Rebellion! It’s where everything in my life non-musical goes! Whoo! Read it: minirebel.wordpress.com

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The Albums You Need To Hear in 2010

January 18, 2010 1 comment

It’s a new year, and the swarm of both good and bad music is coming! One can hope for a good year, but, the again, rap still exists. So, music will still be a pile of fail this year. But! Does it all have to be bad? No necessarily. These are the most anticipated, and most promising looking albums set to come out in 2010. Even if they don’t have a name yet.

(Album Title – Artist – Estimated release)

Y Not – Ringo Starr – Released

The most under appreciated of the Fab Four has produced yet another record at age 69, and it’s some good stuff. This album really shows that Ringo has a lot more talent than people believe, and it’s fun music!

Untitled – My Chemical Romance – Spring

Am I the only one here who thinks Ray is attempting to be a little... provocative in this picture?

It has no title. It has no release date. It has no singles (yet). Quite frankly, we don’t know jack-shit about the new MCR album. Gerard has stated in interviews that the band “Misses being a rock band”. The only guess you can make from that is that the band is going away from the more theatrical The Black Parade, and coming back to their rock-n’-roll roots in the Three Cheers days. The only real worry with this album is that it could suck as hard as the debut record did.

Untitled – SlipKnot – Unknown

The only way we know this album is even happening is because Chris Fehn of SlipKnot said in an interview that it was happening. We don’t know shit about this album, but it’s more SlipKnot, and that can’t be bad.

Untitled – Stone Sour – Possibly not even 2010

Speaking of SlipKnot, Stone Sour recently announced that they would be recording a follow-up to 2006’s Come What(ever) May. Yes, Corey and Jim of SlipKnot are still involved in Stone, so its all cool.

Untitled – Cradle of Filth – Possibly not 2010

The only thing I know about this album is that Kerrang! did a report about Cradle of Filth going back into the studio for ninth record. What else do we know? Absolutely nothing. If it does come out, it’s bound to me more Filthy goodness, if that makes any sense, so keep an eye out for it.

Untitled – Avenged Sevenfold – Soon, maybe.

With the tragic passing of A7X’s drummer, The Rev., it was unclear if Avenged would still put out the album they were working on. Well, good news has come: M. Shadows, the band’s front man, stated in a blog post that they would still be releasing the new record. He said that “We had to do it for Jimmy.” The bigger question right now is whether or not the band will continue on without Jimmy after this album’s release.

Untitled – Violetta – Unknown

Image copyright 2009: Kat Harvey

Yes, I’m talking about Violetta again. Why wont I shut about them? Because they’re amazing. No questions asked… and I know one of their guitarists, so I’m helpin’ out a friend. But, anyway! After a single EP, Violetta has begun work on their first full-length album, expected for release this year! This isn’t one you’ll find major news outlets reporting, so keep track of what’s going on with this debut album at their MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/violettarocks

Untitled – Nine Inch Nails – Might not even be an album…

While Trent Reznor and his touring group of Nine Inch Nails may have made their final tour last year, Trent has said that he still plans to produce music under then name of Nine Inch Nails. A recent announcement was made over the NIN website that Trent was working on two new productions – One from NIN, and one that isn’t. This may simply be a demo, but I’m hoping for a full-length album.

Untitled – “Weird Al” Yankovic  – Unknown

First of all, thanks to Oboewan for mentioning this one. Anyway. We’ve seen two EPs from Weird Al recently, both of which are supposed to total half of his new album… but here’s the thing: We don’t know shit about this record! Well, he’s called “Weird Al” for a reason.

And that’s about all that’s noteworthy! If you feel that I missed a record, please, feel free to mention it.

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The Top 10 Songs Of The Decade

January 12, 2010 2 comments

Here it is, the post I’ve been promising for awhile, and just haven’t gotten around to writing yet… because I’m lazy. I Hate My Life And This Music Tells Me Why’s Top 10 Songs of the 2000 – 2009 decade!

*cricket chirping*

Anyway. These songs are the absolute best of the best, there’s none better than them. If you have not heard any of these songs, correct that right now. Because you want to hear them all. And remember, even those that ended up low, are still awe-inspiring, and should be listened to. Take note, though; this is universal, not just metal.

The Rule still stands: One song per artist.

LET’S BEGIN! (Song – Album – Artist)

NUMBER 10!

Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly – Darklight – HIM

HIM is amazing, but you probably knew that already. Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly demonstrates that better than any other song by the Love Metal (wtf?) group. Dark lyrics, alternative-sounding guitars, and Ville’s kick-ass voice make this one of the ages, even if its a little cliché.

NUMBER 9!

Capital G – Year Zero – Nine Inch Nails

Quite possibly the silliest song on this list, Capital G is one of those songs that a message so blatant, so painfully, painfully obvious, that you still don’t quite know what it means. Seriously. It talks about some sort of powerful figure, but I can’t figure out if Trent is talking about George Bush or God. Whichever, this song has everything that makes Nine Inch Nails great.

NUMBER 8!

Sticks And Stones – Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge – The Pierces

I doubt you’ve ever heard of The Pierces. In fact, I’d bet money on it. Well, you need to change that fact. The Pierces are one of the most bizarre duos to ever emerge, but they’re also one of the most talented. Sticks And Stones? Just brilliant. Creepy atmosphere, a quick, fun beat, and some gorgeous singing make for an excellent performance.

NUMBER 7!

Down With The Sickness – The Sickness – Disturbed

Down With The Sickness is one of metal’s most iconic songs, and with good reasoning. The classic drum intro, David’s monkey-like “Oh-A-A-A-A!” thing, and the screaming raging bridge all make Down With The Sickness the masterpiece it is today.

NUMBER 6!

Stop The Fight – Are We There Yet? – Violetta

I could not find album art large enough for display, so here’s a picture of a kitty-sniper:

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH VIOLETTA

If you’ve been on this blog for any more than five seconds, then you’ve heard me dribble on and on… and on… and on… and then on some more about Violetta. A local alternative-rock band from Columbus, Ohio.  They’re mindblowingly incredible, and you should hear them. NOW. Stop The Fight is my personal favorite song from the Columbus quintet, and… well… goddamit, I’m running out of things to say again. Just, go listen to it. Right now. Go. http://www.myspace.com/violettarocks

NUMBER 5!

mOBSCENE – The Golden Age Of Grotesque – Marilyn Manson

I love Marilyn Manson, plain and simple. I love The Golden Age Of Grotesque, plain and simple. I love mOBSCENE, simply without question. Words cannot describe its win. Go listen to it.

NUMBER 4:

Die Mother Fucker Die – Life – Dope

Straight out of my choice for 2nd best album of the decade, Die Mother Fucker Die is one of Dope’s most iconic songs. Its one of the most powerful, heavy, and rockin’ songs you’ll ever hear. And the U.S. Military used it when interrogating P.O.W.s! Isn’t that fun!?

NUMBER 3!

Oblivion – Crack The Skye – Mastodon

It’s not an IHMLatMTMW list with Crack The Skye, now is it? And I only say that because of how simply incredible this album really is. I know I’ve gone on about it over and over and over again, but I wouldn’t without reason. Oblivion is a huge reason. The opening track to this masterpiece, it really sets you up for the rest of the album, with Brent, Troy and Brann seamlessly switching vocal parts being the primary aspect of this song. Words cannot do it much more justice though, like a lot of these songs, so go hear it.

NUMBER 2:

Welcome To The Black Parade – The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

After being the supposed cause of a 13 year-old girl’s death, it was hard to believe that anyone would listen to My Chemical Romance. Well, anyone with a brain would realize that it wasn’t MCR’s fault the girl committed suicide. Because Welcome To The Black Parade is truly all about living your life, and getting through your problems, and “not taking anyone’s fucking shit!” (To quote Gerard Way). It makes you want to do just those things. It’s a brilliant song, with a marching-band style at the beginning and closers of the song, and one of the most amazing bridges in the history of bridges.

Finally…

NUMBER 1:

Freaxxx – I’m Not A Fan, But The Kids Like It! – brokeNCYDE

Wait, wait, waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait. No. Just… no. Let’s try this again.

FOR REAL THIS TIME!

Number 1:

In The End – Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park

While many criticize Linkin Park for the mediocrity of their last release, Minutes To Midnight, the classic album Hybrid Theory slipped away from the mainstream. In The End is what could only be described as an absolute musical masterpiece. The beautiful piano, the only example of good rap in history, and Chester’s amazing voice all combine into this song. Everything that’s great about Linkin Park is in this song, tenfold. I grew up listening to this song, and even today, its still my favorite song in the history of ever. Why? Because. It’s godly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing In The End, go, listen to it, and have your ears filled with one of the greatest songs ever recorded.

Well, uh, that’s it! This is definitely the last of the “Of The Decade” posts… unless I decide to do another one… unlikely, though. Happy (late) New Year! Here’s to another decade of wonderful music! … and hopefully the end of The Jonas Brothers.


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