Archive for March, 2016


Hi! Time for a new song review. This time I’ve chosen a song by the American rock band Flyleaf, called Set Me On Fire, off their album Between the Stars (2014). Here are the lyrics. Enjoy.

 

If not anything else, at least it’s heavily catchy. Really stuck in my head  on and off a lot since the first time I heard it. Not many songs that manage that with me. Maybe I’m not Flyleaf’s biggest fan, but this one went straight to my Starred list on Spotify (except now Spotify has decided to remove the song again – thank God for YouTube). Like the riffs, and like Kristen’s voice, too. Love the prominent bass in the verses, which really makes the otherwise pop-ish tune sound more like rock. The song really comes through in the choruses, loosing somewhat the pop-sound, and Kristen uses her voice more for an energetic rock sound.

 

“Now I feel the fear rising up
Climbing up, taking over my body
And I feel my pulse starting up
Waking me again”

(Set Me On Fire – Flyleaf)

 

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I’m usually not particularly a big fan of Lady Gaga, I’m no “Monster”, that’s for sure (what die-hard Lady Gaga fans calls themselves – derived from her album titled The Fame Monster from 2009); as you probably can guess, I’m more of a “EvHead” or “Head Case” (what Evanescence and Machine Head fans, respectively, call themselves) but that’s another subject and discussion entirely. This song stuck me like lightning in broad daylight. I liked it instantly, and knowing the background of the song, I like it even more. This song was written for the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (2015), and is based on personal life experiences in Lady Gaga’s life. She was raped. She dedicated this song to rape-survivors, and to promote anti-rape on college campuses in America, because one in five women become victims of sexual assault.

She did a wonderful performance of the song at the 88th Oscars Award this year (2016), where she brought a group of sexual assault survivors up on stage, both men and women, who stood together with her for the latter half of the song. It was beautiful and moving. See for yourselves.

To have it said: Yes, I cried. This is an important subject, and I urge you, not as a woman, not only for women, but as a person, for every human on the planet, help prevent rape. Because until it happens to you, you won’t know how it feels.

“Tell me how the hell could you know? How could you know? 
Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels”

(Til It Happens To You – Lady Gaga)

How I discover music

This is just a short little post about how I find my way thought the musical jungle that exists on the Internet. Maybe I can inspire you to go out there and look for “new” music, and maybe you will find your new favorite band or artist!
Mostly, when I don’t want to use a lot of time searching the web, I simply use the Discover Weekly function on Spotify, which gives you recommendations based on what you listen to. This works like a charm for me because I listen mostly to one type of music. Hard and Heavy. Every now and then, I find new music in metal magazine votings, like Loudwire’s March Metal Madness (which happens to be going on right now, and you can vote in the semifinal here), or Loudwire’s Cage Matches (yes, I like Loudwire, any other recommendations/suggestions?).

I might also try some of the recommendations from YouTube (even though their recommendations function might be a bit flawed).
Sometimes I take the time to listen to top 5 songs from related artists (on Spotify) of bands or artists that I like particularly well, or top lists of metal or rock bands produced by rock and metal magazines online.
Also, I can use the radio-function on Spotify to find both “old” (read: music that I already listen to) and new music that I like.
(Spotify is just a great music tool for me, really, I love it. Not to advertise, but I do. I used to have to buy whole albums or mixed albums to get some of the songs I liked, or even download music online, but now I don’t need to. I can buy an album if I really like the artist, to support them, but mostly I just pay for Spotify Premium and get ALL the music I want – almost – all the time. Some live stuff and some songs or albums are not available on Spotify, unfortunately, but that’s what YouTube is for, isn’t it? Whatever, enormously long rant).

Maybe you got some tips on how to search for new music. Maybe there are some things I might learn from you? Do you have any advice on how to easily find great music?

 

“Find the power to devour
Let the beast inside now be woken”
(Immortalized – Disturbed)