Month: December 2018

Live Review: Cult Leader, God Mother and Seizures at The Satellite

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Every year I try to go to one show at the very end of December. There is something about the energy in the room at these shows, that you just know you are going to witness something pretty spectacular. Last night at The Satellite pretty spectacular doesn’t quite cut it. I’m going to go ahead and say that seeing Cult Leader, God Mother and Seizures last night was not only intense but one of the most fun shows I’ve been to in a long long time.
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Opening the night was Seizures. They were a last minute add to the bill and the perfect tone setting band or the night. I had heard the name of the band before but never heard them and they completely rocked the house. They have this really cool early Thrice vibe ( a la Illusion Of Safety) mixed with a bit of Botch and The Dillinger Escape Plan. So they definitely have that “mathcore” style down to a tee but they also have a real sense of depth to them as well. Every player in the band is extremely proficient at their instrument and their vocalist Cameron is a beast on stage. As I mentioned above, they really set the tone for the night and they really are a band that will be one to watch out for in the heavy music scene.

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Getting to finally see God Mother live was everything I wanted and way more. Their 2017 album Vilseledd was and still is one of the best metallic hardcore albums I’ve heard in a long time. The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman has even stated that Dillinger has passed the torch onto God Mother. That’s how good they are and it’s beyond true. The chaos that ensued during their set was something I haven’t seen in years. As their set began, with the band on stage, vocalist Sebastian Campbell made the bands presence felt as he went out in the crowd and formed a circle from all the people in the crowd. The band then began ripping into their assault on The Satellite and from that point onward it was as though the eruption of chaos was meant to be. Circle pits ensued along with an impromptu limbo contest, which was one of the coolest and most fun things I’ve ever been a part of at a show. God Mother is the real deal. The band absolutely slays and they deliver the goods on song after song. The element of danger and passion that brews inside each member makes God Mother not only a force to be reckoned with but as time goes on, they are going to write some really epic songs.

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The main event of the evening was Cult Leader. Ever since I first saw this band while on tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan, I’ve been hooked. That first time was astounding and totally put me into a hypnotic trance. Last night that hypnotic trance occurred again and I didn’t want it to end. Shrouded in red light, the members of Cult Leader tore through their set with a sense of purpose and passion that most bands would be envious of. Cult Leader recently put out their spectacular new album A Patient Man and their set was compiled of a slew of songs from it and their previous work Lightless Walk (another gem of an album). This new album though is dark and brooding with all the feels you would expect from a band this deep. I don’t know what it is about this band but every time I’ve seen them now, I get lost in the music and aggression and it takes all the negativity away. I’m going to put this out there that Cult Leader is not only a band that needs to be seen live but also they are truly superb at creating and capturing the real essence of what the band is.

 

What a great night not just for heavy music but music in general. Seeing bands of this caliber at a place like The Satellite (it’s still Spaceland to me) was ferocious. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some really great shows at this venue (I’ve even seen Deftones here) and this night tops it all. What a great show from Cult Leader, God Mother and Seizures. I wish the show would have gone on longer, that’s how damn good each band was. It’s bands and music like this that keeps me doing what I do. So, thank you Cult Leader, God Mother and Seizures for delivering one of the best shows I’ve seen all year as well as the best end of the year show I’ve seen in years!

 

Cult Leader- A Patient Man:

 

God Mother- Vilseledd:

Seizures- Split EP:

Review/Recap By: Brian Lacy

2018 End Of The Year List: Best Albums

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2018 End Of The Year Lists, the Best Albums of the year. The stipulation is that said album/EP had to have been released this year.

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 (Except 1-10, there’s too many good ones to put a number on them)!!!

 

01) Alice In Chains- Rainer Fog
02) Daughters- You Won’t Get What You Want
03) The Atlas Moth- Coma Noir
04) Del Judas- Deity
05) Failure- In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind
06) Cult Leader- A Patient Man
07) The Black Queen- Infinite Games
08) Architects- Holy Hell
09) The Smashing Pumpkins- Shiny and Oh So Bright Volume 1
10) Birds In Row- We Already Lost The World
11) Corrosion of Conformity- No Cross No Crown
12) Nine Inch Nails- Bad Witch
13) Thrice- Palms
14) Meg Myers- Take Me To The Disco
15) Baptists- Beacon Of Faith
16) Jonathan Davis- Black Labyrinth
17) Gyre- Shared Visions
18) Vein- Errorzone
19) Primitive Weapons- Surrender Yourself
20) Tombstones In Their Eyes- Nothing Here EP
21) Street Sects- The Kicking Mule
22) Sevendust- All I See Is War
23) Will Haven- Muerte
24) At The Gates- To Drink From The Night Itself
25) Dead Empires- Designed To Disappear
26) Judas Priest- Firepower
27) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Wrong Creatures
28) Vexes- Ancient Geometry
29) Minus Knives- Minus Knives
30) Cane Hill- Too Far Gone
31) Fucked and Bound- Suffrage
32) A Light Within- Epilogue EP
33) The Armed- Only Love
34) All Souls- All Souls
35) Ritualz- Doom
36) Actors- It Will Come To You
37) Ghost- Prequelle
38) Wrong- Feels Great
39) Hide- Castration Anxiety
40) Clutch- Book Of Bad Decisions

Live Review: Minus Knives at The Viper Room

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Over the last couple of years while doing Audioeclectica, I’ve been able to see and meet some really great bands. And over time I’ve been able to watch these bands grow and continue to get better and better. A while back I was informed about a new band that was forming with members of previous bands I really dug, and my curiosity was most certainly raised. Fast forward a couple months and that band would become Minus Knives. 

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Last night I had the pleasure of checking out Minus Knives live at The Viper Room and it was quite a gem. For it being only their second show, they really played with a sense of vigor and gusto along with an unrivaled belief and passion for the music they have created. Playing songs off their debut self titled album, heir 30ish minute set was chock full of hard hitting melodic riffs, soaring vocals and rhythms that pummeled all the while being bright and crisp. Songs like “Disfigurines,” “Seconds Past,” “Origin Of Fracture,” “Splntr” along with new song “Cope” were stellar and really showed what a great songwriting band Minus Knives is.

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Each member of this band brings something unique to the table in terms of their styles. Singer Brandon Espinoza sounded great live. He’s got this really cool voice that is a little similar to that of Daryl of Glassjaw mixed with a little Chino from Deftones in the Around The Fur era. Guitarist Bill Schultz was dialed in with the riffs and melody. Bassist Kevin Lewis really let it all out on stage while making sure the low end was steady and punishing. Drummer Greg Wroblewski was in time and made sure those fills were tasty.

 

Minus Knives are definitely a band to be on the look out for. They have the songs and live show that will leave you wanting more. Rock is not dead and never will be as long as bands like Minus Knives are delivering the rock!

 
Minus Knives- Minus Knives:

 
Review By: Brian Lacy
Photos by: Joshua Guesford (@gues_vita)

2018 End Of The Year List: Best Songs

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2018 End Of The Year Lists, the best songs of the year. The stipulation is that said song must appear on an album/EP had to have been released this year.

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) Alice In Chains- Never Fade (from Rainer Fog):

 


02) Nine Inch Nails- Shit Mirror (from Bad Witch):

 


03) The Atlas Moth- Coma Noir (from Coma Noir):

 


04) Del Judas- Of Love and Death (from Deity):

 


05) The Smashing Pumpkins- Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) (from Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol 1):

 


06) Daughters- The Reason They Hate Me (from You Won’t Get What You Want):

 


07) Failure- Distorted Fields (from In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind):

 


08) The Black Queen- Thrown Into The Dark (from Infinite Games):

 

 

09) Architects- Hereafter (from Holy Hell):

 


10) Cult Leader- To Achlys (from A Patient Man):

 


11) Minus Knives- Splntr (from Minus Knives):

 


12) A Light Within- Shells (from The Epilogue EP):

 


13) Primitive Weapons- Keep The Lights On (from Surrender Yourself):

 


14) Tombstones In Their Eyes- Silhouette (from Nothing Here EP):

 


15) Memento- Legacy (from Legacy Single):

 


16) Street Sects- In A World Of Hurt (from The Kicking Mule):

 


17) Wrong- Pustile (from Feel Great):

 


18) Birds In Row- We Count So We Don’t Have To Listen (from We Already Lost The World):

 


19) Thrice- Only Us (from Palms):

 


20) Vein- Demise Automation (from Errorzone):

 


21) Fucked and Bound- Terror (from Suffrage):

 


22) Dead Empires- The Form (from Designed To Disappear):

 


23) Baptists- Capsule (from Beacon Of Faith):

 


24) Cane Hill- Erased (from Too Far Gone):

 


25) Meg Myers- Numb (from Take Me To The Disco):

 


26) The Armed- Witness (from Only Love):

 


27) Will Haven- Winds Of Change (from Muerte):

 


28) Gyre- Faces Through The Flames (from Shared Visions):

 


29) Sevendust- Dirty (from All I See Is War):

 


30) Ghost- Rats (from Prequelle):

 

 

31) Knaaves- Nine Lives Lost (from January EP):

 

2018 End Of The Year Lists: Worst/Most Disappointing Albums

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2018 End Of The Year Lists, the Worst/Most Disappointing Albums of the Year. The stipulation is that, an album/EP had to have been released this year.

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… EXCEPT NUMBER 1!!!

 

01) A Perfect Circle- Eat The Elephant:
What a disappointment. This album is a glorified Puscifer record. After 15 years of nothing, this is the best they could do? Give me a break. It really doesn’t bode well for the hope of what the new Tool album is going to be like. This album is what I like to call Hot Garbage

02) Godsmack- When Legends Rise:
03) Myles Kennedy- Year Of The Tiger
04) Jack White- Boarding House Reach
05) Shinedown- Attention Attention
06) Black Label Society- Grimmest Hits
07) Of Mice And Men- Defy
08) Breaking Benjamin- Ember
09) Five Finger Death Punch- And Justice For None
10) Disturbed- Evolution
11) Mike Shinoda- Post Traumatic
12) Bullet For My Valentine- Gravity
13) Halestorm- Vicious
14) Greta Van Fleet- Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
15) Muse- Simulation Theory

2018 End Of The Year List: Best Vocalist

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Next up on Audioeclectica.com’s 2018 End Of The Year Lists, the Top Vocalists. The stipulation is that, an album/EP had to have been released this year. Also, because of the  amount of great vocalists, I’m extending the list by a few.

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) Lisa Mungo- Fucked and Bound
02) Alexis Marshall- Daughters
03) William DuVall- Alice In Chains
04) Jerry Cantrell- Alice In Chains
05) Sam Carter- Architects
06) Dustin Kensrue- Thrice
07) Charlie Schmid- Del Judas
08) Ken Andrews- Failure
09) Lajon Witherspoon- Sevendust
10) Brandon Espinoza- Minus Knives
11) Greg Puciato- The Black Queen
12) Meg Myers- Meg Myers
13) Elijah Witt- Cane Hill
14) Trent Reznor- Nine Inch Nails
15) John Treanor- Tombstones In Their Eyes

Live Review: Nine Inch Nails at The Palladium

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When a band as big as Nine Inch Nails opts to play small venues and do multiple nights, you know that it’s going to be special. Back in 2009, I was lucky to get to go to a few of the Wave Goodbye shows Nine Inch Nails did in Los Angeles. I was able to go to the Wiltern, Fonda and Palladium shows. Each of those nights have always stood out in my concert going history. The Palladium show that evening was special as The Downward Spiral was played in its entirety. Last night didn’t have that happen but it was one of those shows that rank pretty high in my now 18 times seeing Nine Inch Nails.

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