Back in 2012, while still riding high from their return, Soundgarden played Hyde Park in the UK for the first time. This performance from the set list, crowd, the weather (it was raining), and the level of excitement you can feel from the band, makes this one quite memorable. Chris Cornell sounds superb and gets better with each song. When you watch this, you can tell there is an excitement amongst the band members. It’s really a shame that Chris is no longer with us but, at least we still have his body of work to celebrate. Hopefully too, the legal issues between his estate and the band gets settled soon so we can hear the final songs Soundgarden was working on.
Soundgarden- Live At Hyde Park 2012:
01 Searching With My Good Eye Closed 02 Spoonman 03 Gun 04 Jesus Christ Pose 05 Black Hole Sun 06 Outshined 07 Hunted Down 08 Drawing Flies 09 Blow Up the Outside World 10 Fell on Black Days 11 Ugly Truth 12 My Wave 13 The Day I Tried to Live 14 Beyond the Wheel 15 Let Me Drown 16 Pretty Noose 17 Superunknown 18 4th of July
Encore 19 Rusty Cage 20 Slaves & Bulldozers/(In My Time of Dying)
One of my favorite bands that I’ve written about on Audioeclectica is Glaare. This band is so damn good. Their new album, Your Hellbound Heart, is coming out April 30th via Weyrd Son Records. Ahead of that, Glaare has released their new single “Young Hell.” Glaare has a knack for the right amounts of gothy/dark synth driven music mixed with a dash of pop to make their sound standout. Don’t be fooled by me saying “pop.” When you hear this song, you know there is a layer of darkness to this that outshines the brightness of what “pop” music is. You can Pre-Order their new album HERE.
Glaare- Young Hell:
Glaare- Mirrors (This Song Is On Their Upcoming Album Too):
And if you haven’t heard their album, To Deaf And Day, you should check that out too!
On Thrice’s 2018 album Palms, there is a song called “Just Breathe” that is an absolute stand out. The first time I heard the song, I was hooked. It’s a very Thrice song and then with the addition of guest vocals by Emma Ruth Rundle, it takes it to a whole other level. Her delicate vocals add a very soothing vibe and gives you the good kind of chills. One day, when live music is able to happen again, it would be a dream to get to see Emma join Thrice on stage to perform this song. It would be EPIC!!
Today, Gojira announced their long awaited new album will be released on April 30th. The album entitled, Fortitude, was produced by the bands Joe Duplantier and mixed by the legendary Andy Wallace. During a recent interview, it is was revealed that the band had originally completed the album in early 2020 and intended to surprise release it last June, just ahead of their then planned 2020 summer touring with Deftones. The first single off the album is also the first track, “Born For One Thing” and it’s one hell of a way to kick things off! Pre-Orders are now available HERE.
The 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet, you know the one with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, has one hell of a great soundtrack. It features a bunch of great bands like Radiohead, Garbage, The Cardigans, and Butthole Surfers. The Radiohead song “Exit Music (For A Film)” is featured in the film as the credits play but, was not included on the soundtrack. Instead “Talk Show Host” is. This soundtrack was a huge success and a few of the songs like “Lovefool” by The Cardigans, helped to propel the sales. The soundtrack reached number 2 on the Billboard charts and would go on to sell over 3 million copies in the US alone.
When it comes to heavy music these days, bands have to bring something more to the table than just the “heavy.” Thankfully, a lot of bands have started to incorporate other elements to make them stand out. One such band that has been doing that is The Arson Choir. These guys have taken the metallic hardcore vibe and added some interesting time signatures, and the right amount of “noise” to make something a bit different than the rest of the pack. To perfectly describe them it’s as though The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die and Botch all morphed into one. Their most recent EP, Invisible Monsters (out now via War Against Records) is a righteous slab of in your face riffs, rhythms and vocals. The Arson Choir is definitely on the right track with what they are doing. By incorporating different elements and stepping outside their comfort zone a bit, they will for sure be a band to be reckoned with. I can’t wait till shows are allowed again so I can go see these guys live. I have a feeling these songs will be huge live and the energy will be off the charts.
Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, HBO had a music show called Reverb on their network, and it would showcase tons of rock bands playing live. It was a pretty awesome show. Bands like Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Oasis, even Failure and Bjork appeared on the show. The show was also instrumental in helping to break bands like Disturbed, Papa Roach, Staind, and Linkin Park. One of my favorite episodes from way back involved the band Onesidezero. They were part of the episode that featured Linkin Park. Check out these live performances of songs from Onesidezero’s debut album, and unsung masterpiece, Is This Room Getting Smaller.
Way back in 1990, Suicidal Tendencies released their absolutely fantastic album, Lights…Camera…Revolution! This album cemented the bands “classic” line up which featured Mike Muir, Robert Trujillo, Rocky George, Mike Clark and R.J. Herrera. This album also saw the band move away from their punk rock roots to a more thrash/groove style. The first song on the album, “You Can’t Bring Me Down” is one hell of a first song. MTV played the hell out of the video (later in the day of course), and that helped the album become successful. Also, the song was nominated for a Grammy but, they lost to Metallica that year.
The more and more I listen to Coheed and Cambria, I keep finding endless things to love about this band. The musicianship, the concept, the lyrics, etc, it all shows how damn talented this band is. One of the songs that I’ve been stuck on of theirs is, “In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3.” This song is epically huge, a bit proggy but, full of rock. As a title track, it’s pretty spectacular. Live this song is even more powerful. Over the years too, it’s become a live staple. Interestingly too, this was the third single from the album of same name.
Coheed and Cambria- In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3-
Since the whole pandemic began, I’ve been going back to albums I haven’t really delved deep into. One of those albums is Emma Ruth Rundle’s fantastic 2018 album, On Dark Horses. While listening and getting more and more engrained into the album. I developed a keen fascination with the song “Darkhorse.” This song is hauntingly beautiful and poetic. Every time I go back to this album, I’m compelled to listen to this song at least 5 times. It’s a very powerful and hypnotic song. One of those that will have you coming back more and more. The entire album, On Dark Horses is one of those albums that needs to heard and talked about. I could go on and on about it but it’s much better if you just listen for yourself.