Album Review: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra- Broken Lines


I’ve waited a little bit to write about Giraffe Tongue Orchestra‘s debut album Broken Lines, to really give it a fair share of listens. After multiple listens I’ve come to the conclusion that this is more a collection of songs than anything, really good songs though. The combination of guitarists Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Brent Hinds of Mastodon, makes for some sweet riffs and some very experimental moments, that you could tell they’ve been wanting to do for some time. Having former Mars Volta drummers Jon Theodore and Thomas Pridgen helps to add to the experimental aspect of the record. Each posses a style uniquely their own, and it fits with what Ben and Brent wrote. The real hero of the album is singer William DuVall. As the new front man for Alice in Chains, he isn’t very pronounced on their albums, but this band gives him a chance to really shine, and shine he does both vocally and lyrically.

The album starts off with “Adapt or Die” a very rocking song with a soaring chorus and lots of foot tapping rhythms. “Crucifixion” is a song that really hits the mark in combining the talents of Ben and Brent. William’s lyrics on this song are top notch. “No One Is Innocent” is a song that will grab you thanks to the riffs and rhythms. It almost sounds like a Jane’s Addiction song in the verses. The chorus is great and packs a real “vibe.” “Blood Moon” is a fun track. There is a sort of 80’s feel to it. Plus the video is pretty awesome. “Fragments & Ashes” is a decent song, though it’s not one of the standouts. “Back to the Light” features guest vocals from Juliette Lewis and it’s quite the rocker. This is one of those types of songs that when it’s played live, it will for sure get the crowd into a frenzy. “All We Have Is Now” is a somber “power ballad” in the vain of the 80’s but without the cheese factor. This song really has sensual melodies from William as the words flow off his velvet tongue. “Everyone Gets Everything They Really Want” is a funky jam, with a bit of swag to it, as well as giving the flow of the album a bit of a break. “Thieves and Whores” is drenched in Mars Volta rhythms and heavy riffs. Closing out the album is the title track “Broken Lines.” This song is a great summation of all the influences of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra.

All in all this is a great introduction to a project that has been in the works for a while now. I personally would love to see them be able to take the time to make a cohesive album. I really have to give it to Ben Weinman, Brent Hinds and William DuVall, they are a great team of songwriters. This is definitely a record that will captivate you at certain moments and leave you wanting more. It’s creative and full of inspiration, without taking away from their current bands. Giraffe Tongue Orchestra is here and I hope they continue to put out music.

Overall Rating: B+

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra- Broken Lines:


Review By: Brian Lacy




Underrated Band: Explosions In The Sky


Being an instrumental band is quite an interesting choice. You have to make sure the music is top notch and evokes real feeling and passion from those playing it as well as the listener. I’ve written about a few instrumental bands that have really stood out, but there is one that has been around for quite a while that is extremely underrated, and that is Explosions in the Sky. This Texas based quartet formed in 1999 and has released seven albums. I personally have seen them 5 times over the years, mainly at festivals, and they were always “that” band that really stood out, even with huge headliners. In 2013, Explosions in the Sky  was the opening act for Nine Inch Nails on their highly acclaimed Tension tour.

Through their career, Explosions in the Sky, have redefined what it is to be an instrumental band. Their live shows are experiences that leave you wowed and inspired. Their songs are soothing yet rooted in a heaviness that is pulsating and energizing. Explosions in the Sky are the type of band you can listen to at all hours of the day. They are the perfect band for when the sun is setting. I can attest to that, as the majority of times I’ve seen them at festivals has been as the sun was going down, making the experience of seeing them something really special.

If you haven’t really delved into Explosions in the Sky, I highly recommend you do. For those of you that are looking for “that” band to have as your calm band, they are perfect.

Check out these performances!!

Explosions in the Sky- Live on KEXP:


Explosions in the Sky- Live on NPR:


Explosions in the Sky- Live in Spain:


Album Review: Korn- The Serenity of Suffering


20 plus years as a band and now on your 12th album, where do you go from here? Well, Korn knew exactly what they wanted to do, and they succeeded. The Serenity of Suffering, Korn’s new album is a throwback of sorts to their heavy groove days, but on this album they added a more hooks, to really keep your attention. This album has the feel of Issues and Untouchables, but with a bit more hope. That’s right “hope,” a theme that was always  a bit buried in their albums. The 11 songs on this album all fit and flow together, making this one of their most cohesive albums since Issues.

Starting off the album is “Insane,” a very classic sounding song with a great riff and a catchy chorus. This song is a great opener and introduction to the rest of the album. “Rotting In Vain,” is classic Korn at it’s finest, complete with Jonathan Davis bringing back his scat vocals. “Black Is The Soul,” is my favorite song on the album. This is a very Issues era sounding song, with lots of melody, and a bit of a different vocal approach from Jonathan. “The Hating” is a very moody song with a crunchy riff and a heavy breakdown. “A Different World” features Corey Taylor on guest vocals. This song is not bad, but it’s a little underwhelming. I personally expected more from this song. “Take Me” could have been on Untouchables. In fact the main riff seems to be directly ripped off from that album. “Everything Falls Apart” is another classic sounding song. “Die Yet Another Night” is a bit of a mediocre song. The riff is solid, but the song a whole isn’t quite up to par with the rest of the album. “Next In Line” is a great song on this album. It’s full of hooks and catchy, with solid verses and choruses. This is a big throwback song. Closing out the album is “Please Come For Me” a very Untouchables sounding song. The ending riff of this song is a great summation of this album.

The Serenity of Suffering is the album many Korn fans have been waiting for. The production by Nick Raskulinecz is top notch. It’s the best Korn has sounded since Issues. Nick was really able to capture the “Korn” sound. Drummer Ray Luzier finally sounds like he fits in the band. He’s a great drummer, but no other producer has been able to really get him to sound right, other than Nick. Fieldy’s bass actually comes through in a way that thumps like the first couple albums. Munky and Head haven’t sounded this good in a long time. And finally Jonathan Davis sounds great. He tries out new vocal techniques and it really pays off, especially on “Black Is The Soul.” All in all this is a really good album. I personally would like to see them incorporate more of these new songs into their set list, so the fans can really get the full effect.

Overall Rating= B+

Korn- The Serenity of Suffering:

My Top 10 Favorite Covers


I was talking to my friend Ben about cover songs, and he asked me what my top 5 favorite were. In the midst of our conversation, he inspired me to come up with my top 10 favorite covers. So here you go.

1. Nirvana (David Bowie)- The Man Who Sold The World:

2. Nine Inch Nails (Joy Division)- Dead Souls:

3. Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)- All Along The Watchtower:

4. Bon Jovi (Leonard Cohen)- Hallelujah:

5. Metallica (Bob Seger)- Turn The Page:

6. Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)- Hurt:

7. Placebo (Kate Bush)- Running Up That Hill:

8. Shinedown (Lynyrd Skynyd)- Simple Man:

9. Deftones (Sade)- No Ordinary Love:

10. Alice In Chains (Led Zeppelin)- Kashmir:

Honorable Mention:

Neurosis (Joy Division)- Day Of The Lords:

Disturbed (Simon & Garfunkel)- The Sounds of Silence:

or This Version:

Live Review: Socionic & With Our Arms To The Sun at The Whisky


Do you remember the feeling of going to a show and seeing a band and being absolutely blown away? Well I sure do, and it has happened again. There are two bands out right now that have really grabbed my attention, With Our Arms to the Sun and Socionic. These two bands are FUCKING GREAT!!! Their performances each and every time are quite a spectacle of intensity and drenched in their extreme passion for what they do. To With Our Arms To The Sun and Socionic, music is art and life. And on Saturday night at the Whisky of all places, These two knocked my damn socks off.

With Our Arms to the Sun are the type of band that brings it each and every time they are on stage. In fact they are quite a hard act to follow. Their set consisted of all new songs from their upcoming album Orenda. I have to tell you that these new songs will blow you away. There is a real depth to them that takes you on quite a journey. And when you hear it live, it really sucks you in. With Our Arms are also a band that understands leaving it all on stage. Their performance this evening was passionate, heavy and absolutely inspiring. Singer/guitarist Josh Breckinridge has a real knack for being in the moment and letting the music take him places. Guitarist Joe Leary, bassist Joseph Breckinridge and drummer John McLucas all contribute to the beautiful chaos that unfolds on stage.

Socionic give it their all as well. Their show is more of a “show” with lights and drama. It’s done in a way that helps to make you feel like you are a part of their show. Their set featured songs off their newest album Dividing Horizon. Like With Our Arms to the Sun, Socionic take you on a journey with their music and live show. Singer Michael Meinhart has a commanding and at times intimidating presence on stage, along with a powerful voice that soars. Guitarist Billy Graczyk, bassist Matthew Denis, and drummer Lior Dar, play with a sense of urgency as well as passion, that radiates from themselves to their instruments.

These two bands are something special. When I first started Audioeclectica, the main goal was to show people that there still is good music out there, and With Our Arms to the Sun and Socionic prove my point and then some. The things I’ve talked about before in regards to passion, intensity, danger, and belief in what they do rings true for these two bands. With Our Arms to the Sun and Socionic both deserve your attention. Go see them live, I personally guarantee you won’t be disappointed

Worst Cover Songs: Within The Ruins (Kansas)- Carry On Wayward Son

This doesn’t need a big introduction. Within The Ruins are a pretty decent band and have some good songs, but this cover they did of the Kansas classic “Carry On Wayward Son” is one of the worst covers I’ve heard.
Within The Ruins- Carry On Wayward Son:


Kansas- Carry On Wayward Son:

Album Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan- Dissociation

The Dillinger Escape Plan have really done it this time. Their latest and last album Dissociation, is a summation of everything they have ever done and then some. Never a band to stray from taking chances, the album is quite possibly their most ambitious. From their signature spastic songs, to the more melodic songs, and their experimental side, Dissociation is an album that is ferocious and unrelenting.

Kicking off with the rager “Limerent Death,” then flowing into the melodic “Symptom of Terminal Illness,” the first two songs really set the mood for how the rest of the album will be. “Wanting Not So Much As To,” brings out a different side of singer Greg Puciato. His spoken word segment of the song, allows the song to breathe for a moment while he waxes poetic. Other stand out songs on the album include “Low Feels Blvd,” “Honey Suckle,” “Dissociation,” Surrogate,” and my favorite as of this writing ” Nothing To Forget,” which has a beautiful transition to a string arrangement that further expands upon the albums already dramatic themes of loss, and the end.

As a music fan, I have a really affinity for the process it takes to make an album. Musically this album is in the top three of all their albums. There is a real sense of “leaving it all out on the table.” Guitarist Ben Weinman has really developed his own style over the years, and on this album in particularly. Drummer Billy Rymer and bassist Liam Wilson have never sounded tighter. Vocally and lyrically singer Greg Puciato, has really gone deep and delivered one of his best performances on this album among all the albums he’s ever been on or guested on.

I will say this about the band, they have always done it how they wanted to. Their career is one that most underground bands strive to have. To be able to be influential and inspirational for over 20 years is astounding. Between their albums and live shows, The Dillinger Escape Plan have cemented a legacy that will live on in infamy.

Overall Rating= A
The Dillinger Escape Plan- Dissociation: