Month: December 2016

Thank You



Dear Readers and Bands,

I just wanted to thank you all for a great year. I truly enjoy doing this. It’s all out of a labor of love for music and spreading the word about good music. In the past three years since I started Audioeclectica, I’ve met some very talented people, heard some really great music, and seen some pretty amazing shows.

Thank you to the bands that take the moment to re-post articles, message me back, share new tunes with me, and just chat. It’s that extra effort that makes this whole thing work.

Thank you to the readers of the site. Thanks for reading, commenting, sharing, liking and giving me suggestions. Keep them coming!

2017 will bring a lot of new things to Audioeclectica. It’s going to be a very exciting time!

See you in 2017,



Check out this performance from Oathbreaker. It’s truly intense and amazing:





The Results Are In…


The 3rd Annual Audioeclectica Readers Poll Results Are In!!!

The results are based on fan/reader votes. Thank you to all that took the time to vote for your favorites.

And now…
Best Guitar Duo:

James Moore and Mitch Wayte- Moving Structures
Best Bassist: TIE

Kevin Lewis- Moving Structures
John Jarvis- Scour

Best Drummer:

Chris Marquard- Moving Structures
Best Guitarist:

Derek Engemann- Scour
Best Vocalist:

Jason Kothmann- Interstelar
Best Album Cover:

Interstelar- Resin




Guest Musician: Dave Grohl


Dave Grohl is one of the busiest and most collaborative musicians that have come around in a long time. I’ve been wanting to do a Guest Musician post about Dave for some time, and now seems like the great time to do it. Here are a slew of the songs Dave has guested on over the years.

Tony Iommi Solo Album- Goodbye Lament (Vocals/Drums):


David Bowie- I’ve Been Waiting For You (Guitar):


Pete Yorn- For Us (Drums):


Garbage- Bad Boyfriend (Drums):


Slash Solo Album- Watch This (Drums):


The Prodigy- Run With The Wolves (Drums):


Nine Inch Nails- Getting Smaller (Drums):


Nine Inch Nails- The Collector (Drums):


Nine Inch Nails- Sunspots (Drums):


Nine Inch Nails- The Line Begins To Blur (Drums):


Nine Inch Nails- Every Day Is Exactly The Same (Drums):


Albums Played On:

Queens Of The Stone Age- Songs For The Deaf, Like Clockwork
Tenacious D- Self Titled, The Pick Of Destiny, Rize Of The Fenix
Juliette And The Licks- Four On The Floor
Killing Joke- Self Titled

And so many more…



Album Review: Nine Inch Nails- Not The Actual Events


Trent Reznor promised new Nine Inch Nails before the end of 2016 and he delivered. Not The Actual Events, the new EP (and first EP since 1992’s Broken) finds Trent and now full time member Atticus Ross, delving deep into the industrial landscape with a bit of shoegaze, and erratic sensibilities. There are moments among the 5 songs that hark back to the Broken days along with bits of The Downward Spiral. I can say this about the EP, if you’ve been wanting Nine Inch Nails to go back to their heavier days, then you are going to really enjoy this.

Starting off with “Branches/Bones” you know that this is Nine Inch Nails. “Dear World” is a song that take a right turn, but doesn’t lose the identity of it being a part of this EP. “She’s Gone Away” is a song that takes you on a journey all on its own. There is a real epic feel to this song. I could really see this one becoming a fan favorite like “Reptile.” “The Idea Of You” is absolute classic Nine Inch Nails from the Broken era. The distorted guitars and thrashy drums (courtesy of Dave Grohl) really make this a true stand out. This song is the type of Nine Inch Nails song, the “old school” fans have been clamoring for. “Burning Bright (Field On Fire)” is dark, heavy and deeply poetic. The screaming guitars are plyed by Dave Navarro (This marks the first time he’s played on a NIN track since the Further Down The Spiral remix album) I could see why Trent decided to put this out first.

There is a real darkness to this collection, all the while providing a sense of life, hope and relief. Trent and Atticus aren’t afraid to reach back into what Nine Inch Nails has done before, but they do it in a way that makes it feel fresh and not rehashed. Not The Acutal Events is short and sweet but, it does leave you wanting more. Either way, there is new Nine Inch Nails out there, and that makes me happy.

Overall Rating: A

Burning Bright (Field On Fire):





Cover Song: Metallica (Deep Purple)- When A Blind Man Cries


Metallica’s version of covers are some of my absolute favorites. So much so that I almost can’t listen to the original versions anymore. Like “Turn The Page” by Bob Seger, Metallica’s version is just better. Anyways, this song was originally a B-side for Deep Purple, but it shouldn’t have been. It’s a great song, and Metallica, especially James Hetfield embodies this song as their own.

Metallica- When A Blind Man Cries:


Deep Purple- When A Blind Man Cries:



Ultimate Set List: Korn




2016 saw the return of Korn and their “signature” sound. The Serenity of Suffering is quite a damn good album. Recently, Korn has been on the road and I’ve had an inkling to want to go see them. So I dreamed up my “Ultimate Set List” for what I’d want to hear, if I could pick the songs.

As usual here are the rules:

Rule 1: What line up of the band would it be

Rule 2: Where would you want to see the show

Rule 3: maximum 25 songs

Lineup: Jonathan, Munky, Head, Fieldy, Ray

Venue: Roxy (Hollywood)

Set List:

01) Falling Away From Me
02) Got The Life
03) Divine
04) Chi
05) Thoughtless
06) Make Me Bad
07) Hollow Life
08) Insane
09) Seed
10) Love & Meth
11) B.B.K.
12) Clown
13) Black Is The Soul
14) Good God
15) Trash
16) Beg For Me
17) Rotting In Vain
18) No Place To Hide
19) Did My Time
20) Freak On A Leash


21) Starting Over
22) Blind
23) Ball Tongue
24) Need To
25) Here To Stay


Anticipated Albums of 2017


2016 was a great year for music. So many great albums were released. I’ve mentioned this before, but I really think that in ten years, 2016 will be looked back on as a great year for music.

So as 2017 is right around the corner, here are my most anticipated albums for the new year.
With Our Arms To The Sun- Orenda
AFI- AFI (The Blood Album)
Black Map- In Droves
Code Orange- Forever
Marilyn Manson- Say10
Wear Your Wounds
Stone Sour
The Black Queen?
Alice In Chains?
Corrosion Of Conformity
A Perfect Circle?
Royal Thunder
Royal Blood
The Cure?
Brand New?
Nothing More
Wild Throne
L.A. Guns with Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns
Will Haven
Less Art
Cult Leader
Killer Be Killed?
He Whose Ox Is Gored
Spirit In The Room
Depeche Mode
Here Lies The Hero

Top 25 Albums of 2016


I present to you all the final list of the year,  the Top 25 Best Albums of 2016

I encourage you to vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.


01) Metallica- Hardwired… To Self Destruct
02) The Dillinger Escape Plan- Dissociation
03) Every Time I Die- Low Teens
04) O’Brother- Endless Light
05) Night Verses- Into The Vanishing Light
06) Oathbreaker- Rheia
07) Gojira- Magma
08) Thrice- To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
09) Killswitch Engage- Incarnate
10) Korn- The Serenity Of Suffering
11) Car Bomb- Meta
12) The Black Queen- Fever Daydream
13) Scour- Scour
14) Neurosis- Fires Within Fires
15) Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
16) Moving Structures- Awake
17) Chevelle- The North Corridor
18) Giraffe Tongue Orchestra- Broken Lines
19) David Bowie- Blackstar
20) Interstelar- Resin
21) Aeges- Weightless
22) The Cult- Hidden City
23) Planes Mistaken For Stars- Prey
24) Saosin- Along The Shadow
25) Red Hot Chili Peppers- The Getaway

Honorable Mention:

Youth Code- Commitment To Complications
Norma Jean- Polar Similar
Meshuggah- The Violent Sleep Of Reason

End Of The Year 2016: Best Song


Next up on’s 2016 End Of The Year Lists, the Best Songs. The stipulation is that, they have to have released a new album or EP this year.

I encourage you to vote for your favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

This list is also in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!


01) Metallica- Halo On Fire:


02) The Dillinger Escape Plan- Symptom Of Terminal Illness:


03) Every Time I Die- Map Change:


04) Oathbreaker- 10:56/Second Son Of R:


05) O’Brother- I Am (Become Death):


06) Night Verses- A Dialogue In Cataplexy:


07) Gojira- Silvera:


08) Thrice- Hurricane:


09) Killswitch Engage- Embrace The Journey…Upraised:


10) Korn- Black Is The Soul:


11) The Black Queen- That Death Cannot Touch:


12) Radiohead- Burn The Witch:


13) Neurosis- Broken Ground:


14) David Bowie- Lazarus:


15) Giraffe Tongue Orchestra- Back To The Light:


16) Aeges- Another Wasteland:


17) Saosin- Racing Toward  A Red Light:


18) Planes Mistaken For Stars- Enemy Blinds:


19) Moving Structures- Last Of Light & Love:


20) Car Bomb- Gratitude:


21) Interstelar- Silo:


22) Scour- Dispatched:


23) Red Hot Chili Peppers- Dark Necessities:


24) Chevelle- Door To Door Cannibals:


25) The Cult- Dark Energy:





End Of The Year 2016: Disappointing Albums


Next up on’s 2016 End Of The Year Lists, the Most Disappointing Albums of the Year. Not everything that came out this year was good.

I encourage you to vote for your least favorite in the comments section. At the end of the month, I will release the results of the readers poll.

This list is also in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!

01) Deftones- Gore
02) In Flames- Battles
03) Filter- Crazy Eyes
04) Letlive- If I’m The Devil
05) Gone Is Gone- Gone Is Gone
06) Rob Zombie- The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
07) Iggy Pop- Post Pop Depression
08) Nevermen- Nevermen