Band Of The Week: New Language

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There seems to be a river of inspiration flowing in Los Angeles. Over the past few years, the bands that have been making an impact in Los Angeles are something to really pay attention to. One such band is New Language. Formed in Los Angeles by Tyler Demorest and Matt Cohen, this band is rounded out by Sebastien Betley and Martin Dovali. New Language has a sound that combines the 90’s quiet to loud with a post hardcore vibe. Think if Failure and Sparta had a child. Their full length album Come Alive was produced by At The Drive In and Sparta drummer Tony Hajjar. The 10 songs on their album are rockin and full of life. Songs like “Wake Up,” “Right Now,” “Frantic Behavior,” and the title track “Come Alive” are perfect examples of why New Language needs to be on your radar.

 

New Language- Come Alive:

 

Wake Up:

 

Frantic Believer:

 

 

By: Brian Lacy

 

 

 

New Release: With Our Arms To The Sun- Orenda

So far 2017 has been a pretty decent year for new albums. Mastodon unleashed their epic new one Emperor Of Sand, which will be competing for album of the year, and now With Our Arms To The Sun’s long awaited new album Orenda has arrived. In a previous post I did a full review of the album, so I won’t go all in depth in this post. Instead I will just ask you to take the time and let With Our Arms To The Sun bring you a masterful piece of art and music. The ten songs that make up the album take you on a journey of self exploration and transcend the norms of rock music. Combining the elements and inspiration of philosophy, prog rock, metal and hope, With Our Arms To The Sun have produced (with the help of Buzz Osborne from The Melvins) an epic album for the times.

I urge you to take some time today or this weekend and take this album in. When a band like With Our Arms To The Sun comes along, it’s best to pay attention, because if you blink, you just might miss something spectacular.

 

With Our Arms To The Sun- Orenda:

 

 

Soundtrack Only Songs: Pantera- Avoid The Light

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Back in 2000, Dracula 2000 was released. While the movie was pretty bad, the soundtrack more than made up for it. With songs from bands like System of a Down, Slayer, Disturbed, Static X, and Pantera, this sure made for a killer soundtrack. The Pantera song that was released on the soundtrack wasn’t on any of their albums or a B side to a single. “Avoid The Light” is a very eclectic song for the band. It harks back to their Cowboys From Hell days and shows where they were moving towards on Reinventing The Steel. Anyways, here is Pantera’s “Avoid The Light.”

 

Pantera- Avoid The Light:

Video Rank: Mastodon

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So Mastodon has released a new album called Emperor Of Sand, and that is quite possibly the album of the year. Needless to say I’ve been in quite the Mastodon mood. Plus it’s been awhile since I’ve done a video rank, so why not do it for Mastodon.

 

10) March Of The Fire Ants (From- Remission):

 

 

09) High Road (From- Once More Round The Sun):

 

08) Colony Of Birchmen (From- Blood Mountain):

 

07) The Motherload (From- Once More Round The Sun):

 

06) Asleep In The Deep (From- Once More Round The Sun):

 

05) Blood And Thunder (From- Leviathan):

 

04) Show Yourself (From- Emperor Of Sand):

 

03) Sleeping Giant (From- Blood Mountain):

 

02) Divinations (From- Crack The Skye):

 

01) Oblivion (From- Crack The Skye):

That Was A Bad Idea: Van Halen with Gary Cherone

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I remember this story very well actually. I was completely taken aback by the news of this story. On the heels of Sammy Hagar and Van Halen parting ways, it was announced that the band had a new singer, Gary Cherone formerly of Extreme. You remember them, they had that really annoying power ballad “More Than Words.” This move certainly sparked many questions and debates about the state of Van Halen, the band. By the time the band released Van Halen III, it marked a real departure of the band’s sound and focused more on ballad type songs than rock. Not only did the fans not like the album, critics panned the album as well.

There are some theories on why this album is so bad and the decision to hire Gary. It’s thought that this album was a sort of Eddie Van Halen solo album. It was disclosed that Eddie had played a majority of bass and drums on the album, as well as taking a couple songs himself to sing lead vocals on. It should also be noted that around this time is when Eddie was dealing with a serious addiction problem. So we know he wasn’t thinking straight. I really want to know whose idea it was to bring Gary Cherone into the band. Not to completely rip Gary to shreds, as he does have a good rock voice, he shouldn’t have even been thought of for this role. This was a bad idea all around and it leaves a bit of a stain on the band’s discography.

 

Van Halen- Van Halen III:

Band Of The Week: Youth Code

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Over the last few years electronic music has made a strong impact among many people. There has been a sort of “craze” about it and the scene has become flush with many different groups and genres. I’ve always dug on certain aspects of electronic music like, industrial and trip hop. Recently I saw a band live that has really reinvigorated my love for industrial music. That band is Youth Code. Formed in 2012 by Ryan William George and Sara Taylor, Youth Code has taken the scene by storm. By combining elements of industrial, electronica, and a bit of a dance vibe, Youth Code delivers a relentless and punishing sound that will make you bang your head and dance.

When I saw them a few months back, they absolutely stole the show and left me wanting more. Their live performances are intense and energetic. One thing that they have that their other peers lack are lyrics that really grab you just as the music does. It’s beyond refreshing to hear this style of music done so well. So do yourself a favor and check out Youth Code.

 

Youth Code- Commitment To Complications:

 

Youth Code- A Place To Stand:

 

Carried Mask:

 

The Dust Of Fallen Rome:

 

Live At Amoeba:

 

 

By: Brian Lacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Song: Spirit In The Room (Led Zeppelin)- Immigrant Song

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Spirit In The Room is one of my favorite bands I’ve written about. Dennis Sanders is a river of inspiration and continuously keeps impressing me with what he puts out. This past week Dennis put out a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” that is quite good, and I feel compelled to share it with you all!

Enjoy!!

 

Spirit In The Room- Immigrant Song: