Tag Archive: 2011


Hey! Been working on this post all evening/night, and finally done, I don’t want to wait any longer to publish it. Inspired by Loudwire’s list of 10 unforgettable crowd participation moments (which you can find here), I wanted to make a list myself. It contains my favorites, including many of the suggestions made in the comment section on YouTube, which, in my opinion, were far better than many of the one’s on Loudwire’s list.
This is in no particular order, so don’t come complaining about that to me. I’m doing it this way because many of them are equally great in different ways, with their own qualities and moods which they evoke.

Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions (Live in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA, 2014)

 

Foo Fighters – My Hero (Live in Bogotá, Colombia, 2015)

 

Linkin Park – In The End (Live at Rock Am Ring in Mendig, Germany, 2004)

 

Metallica – Creeping Death (Live in Moscow, Russia, 1991)

 

Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Sweet Child O’ Mine (Live in Mumbai, India, 2015)

 

Disturbed  – Down With The Sickness (Live at Rock Am Ring in Mendig, Germany, 2008)

 

Evanescence  – My Immortal (Live in Paris, France, 2004)

 

Rammstein – Du Hast (Live at Download Festival, Leicestershire, England, 2013)

 

AC/DC – Thunderstruck (Live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011)

 

Machine Head – Darkness Within (Live in London, England, 2014)

 

So, here you have it. I personally think these are just as good or even better than the list Loudwire made, even though several of the ones on Loudwire’s list were great (I couldn’t just copy it either, could I?). I could go on and on about things you should notice, like the band’s reaction to the fans, or the sheer loudness and harmony of the crowd. This kind of interaction between artists and fans is an extraordinary phenomenon.
I want to know what are your contribution(s) to the list, what do you think I should check out? Are there even better versions of the artists and songs I’ve chosen? Please leave a comment below.

 

“Music, my savior, save me”
(Darkness Within – Machine Head)

 

Hello there! So, I’ve been eager to show this song for quite some time, but I’ve had so much other stuff to do, but now is the time… So, I’m doing a post on the song I Am Hell by Machine Head, off the album Unto The Locust (2011). The song is divided into three parts called Sangre Sani, I Am Hell, and finally Ashes To The Sky. Here are the lyrics, and below is the song in its wholeness.

The atmosphere of the whole song is so dark and beautiful. The song is called I Am Hell, and that’s for a reason. I feel the darkness swelling over me, swallowing me, and I let it, because this is a beautiful piece of music, and I surrender to it completely. My whole body follows the rhythm of the song, I sit here in quiet surroundings, rocking back and forth with both body and soul.  The words and riffs and rhythm speak to me like the sweetest poem, touching my heart and my love for music. It is quite true what they say, you can’t touch music, but music can touch you. “I am death”, “I am hell”, “I am wrath”. Yes, today, I am hell to thee.

“I am hell to thee
Down here all shall suffer with me
Die purified
Rise the ashes to the sky”
(I Am Hell (Sonata In C#) – Machine Head)

Hi! Now, for the post on Five Finger Death Punch, I’ve chosen Coming Down, off the album American Capitalist (2011). The music video contains strong images, so this might be hard to watch for some people. Here are the lyrics, and below is the music video. 

This song has a very strong message, which I thing is very important to get out to people. That’s one of the reasons I chose to blog about this song, but obviously also because I really liked it.
The lyrics and the music video fits together, and the music video tells the stories of two young people with problems that led up to their suicide, as we saw in the start of the song, but which was prevented in the end by a “friend”. The lyrics, as I said, presents a strong message, and I like them a lot. There’s not much more to say about them, because the theme is so important, that it speaks for itself. The lyrics are simply just a brilliant way of expressing something so sad and important.
The song itself is good too, I like the build up from the verses to the refrain, and the refrain just kicks ass, it really brings out the lyrics great too. I especially like the drums in this one, and, of course, the guitar solo. It’s just a great song with great lyrics and a very important message.

 

“Was there ever any question
On how much I could take?
You kept feeding me with bullshit
Hoping I would break”
(Coming Down – Five Finger Death Punch)

 

 

 

Hey there! So, suddenly inspired and after checking that I didn’t do anything with this song before, I chose today to write about Weight Of The World by Evanescence. The song was published on the album The Open Door in 2006. Here are the lyrics. Listen and enjoy.

 

The intro is really rocking and cool, and I like the sound of Amy’s voice when she sings “Feels like the weight of the world, like God in heaven gave me a turn”, it sounds almost distorted, I think it’s really cool. I also like the choir, especially in verse two, the wailing sound fits the song perfectly. Amy’s vocals are rocking this song, and the most awesome feature in this song is the incredible falsetto voice she goes into towards the end, and what’s more incredible is that she does that live as well! The whole song is influenced by the attitude in Amy’s voice, just awesome. The lyrics are a little dark, and seems even darker by the sound of the song. The riffs are rocking too, and the drums… you hear it even better in the live version how cool it is. It’s brilliant.
So, here is a live version of the song from Rock In Rio 2011, hope you enjoy this as well, it’s such a great performance.

 

“Feels like the weight of the world
Like all my screaming has come unheard”
(Weight Of The World – Evanescence)

 

Hi there! I know, it’s been too long, but it’s been a crazy busy May with spring celebration and my first exam was today, so I hope you will forgive me…
Should have done this ages ago, but now I am, so today’s song is Be Still And Know by Machine Head. The song was published on the album Unto The Locust in 2011. Here are the lyrics (beware of some small errors), enjoy!

A dear friend of mine showed me this song, and I immediately fell in love with it.
The amazingly awesome guitar riffs are what caught my attention at first, and that’s what I like the most about this song. The song is rocking so hard, I can’t stand the urge to head bang a little. I mean, really, this song has some seriously heavy and cool energy.
The lyrics are deep and awesome, and I really like that it’s expressed in such a rough voice with such strong energy. Might be also that the drums and guitars are helping convey this awesome energy, or more likely, a combination of everything. (And yes, I know I’ve used that word a lot now, but can’t you feel it?!?) I just know I like this song very much, and wanted you all to hear this piece of awesomeness.

“Stars realign in the sky
Glaciers will melt and the oceans rise
Waves will come crashing ashore, but withstand the roar
And the sun will rise
Dawn will break the blackest nights
Distant in its glow
This shall pass, be still and know”
(Be Still And Know – Machine Head)

Hey there! Okay, so today’s post is not going to be the conventional kind of blog post… I just had to share with you this pearl of a clip of Evanescence that I found on Twitter (and also retweeted, of course!), which I personally loved. This is Disappear  off their album Evanescence (2011). So, I’m not going to comment on Amy’s amazing vocals and awesome playing of the band, even not the crazy, surprising and cool guitar solo, because I know you can hear it, I’m just posting this clip and saving the comments for a later occasion. Listen and enjoy!

 

“Don’t you want to feel?
Don’t you want to live your life?
How much longer are you gonna give into the fear
I can’t go on pretending
So give me something real
No one in your way but you
How much longer are you gonna give into the fear

Holding you down ’til you disappear”
(Disappear – Evanescence)

 

Hi ya’ll! It’s been a bit too long since last time, but now I’m taking the time I really don’t have to write about this song that I have been putting off for too long. This time it’s Lost In Paradise by Evanescence, published on their self-titled album (Evanescence) in 2011. I’ve both covered the album version and the acoustic version, because I love both and they are both different and special in their own way. Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

This song starts out very calmly and builds up to be a powerful rock ballad. The piano and strings are sweet, but when the band kicks in the song is lifted to another dimension, it’s blown wide open and the instruments enhance the lyrics.  The lyrics are beautiful and strong, but at the same time vulnerable. Amy’s voice is powerful and captivating, and she brings out the lyrics with such gracefullness and, yes, power.
The acoustic version is a bit different, since the rest of the band is not involved, just Amy alone by the piano and no big editing, but I like it very much! I like the video itself too, it’s simple, but still good. Amy’s voice is clean and beautiful, even without the editing (like those of you who have heard the Evanescence “Anywhere But Home” live album or been to one of their concerts would know!). This song is just as good with and without the band, and is kind of a different song without the band, but still just as good in my eyes.
I think this song is just beautiful and powerful, and I really love it.

 

 
“All the promises I made
Just to let you down
You believed in me but I’m broken
I have nothing left, and all I feel is this cruel wanting
We’ve been falling for all this time
And now I’m lost in paradise”
(Lost In Paradise – Evanescence)

 

Machine Head – Darkness Within

Hello readers! This time I’m super excited to do a post on a song called Darkness Within. This little pearl of a song is by the American heavy metal band Machine Head, and was published in 2011 on the album Unto the Locust. Here are the lyrics, and the music video is below. Enjoy!

I’ve definitely missed out on something here by not giving Machine Head a shot before. Won’t happen again! I really love the intro and the first verse, how quiet it starts and how rough it gets as the song continues, and then slows down as it fades to an end. I feel blessed for finding this song just by “accident”, just by deciding to listen to one of the songs in the Loudwire Music Awards polls. I really recommend you listen to everything there, because it’s not for nothing the music there gets nominated for the awards.
I love how they make the lyrics to be about music in a way: “music it will set you free” “music my savior”. I enjoy the rest of the lyrics very much as well, of course, and the vocalist, Robb Flynn, is wonderful. I don’t really need to tell you that I think the guitar solo was awesome, you heard it yourselves! The music video, as you could see in the beginning, was filmed in Prague (and Kutna Hora), Czech Republic. (I’ve been there a couple of times, so I really knew the places that were filmed). I really enjoyed watching it, even though it was a little twisted with the whole maggot-in-mouth thing. Dark and twisted is awesome too, as you all know well. I really just love this song, it’s amazing and brilliant in my eyes, and I hope you can get at least some of the feelings that I get from this song, because that says something about the greatness of the song.

“Haunted by its melody
music it will set you free
let it set you free”
(Darkness Within – Machine Head)

Well, hello there! This is ridiculous, I haven’t blogged in almost a month, I really need to get my ass in gear. So, a little ironically intended, I’m doing a post on Not Ready To Die by Avenged Sevenfold, since the doomsday prophesy failed. The song was published as a single in 2011 for the video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops. This is the first recorded release by Avenged Sevenfold with Arin Ilejay as drummer for the band. Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

The whole song starts off with an organ piece (the instrument, not a body part – haha), and in the middle of it guitars sneak their way into the intro, and playing a few riffs before the singing starts. Almost through the entire song we hear the chugging of heavy guitars and some good riffs, and a steady drum beat in the verses. The guitar solo is also noticeable, as always when it comes to Avenged Sevenfold. M. Shadows’ vocals are impeccable, and makes the song like a complete A7X song.  The little detail with the sweet, but disturbing little piano melody in the bridge was a nice touch. Don’t really like that the song has a fade ending, but that’s not very important. I like the lyrics too, they have a lot of energy and are all about power and survival, but more controlling than in other songs by Avenged Sevenfold.

 

“Say goodbye to your life
Left to rot in your darkest hour
Prayers won’t help you now as long as your mine”
(Not Ready To Die – Avenged Sevenfold)

 

Hey there! I know it was requested for quite some time ago that I should do a review on the entire Evanescence album, and I forgot for a while (understatement), but now I’m doing it. (Should have done it just after I got the album, but nothing  I can do about it now…)

 

What You Want is an amazingly empowering song, and worked super as the first single off the album. What You Want really makes you want to do what you want!

Made Of Stone is strong in the lyrics, and has great beat and riffs. It kicks ass, showing both weakness and strong attitude at the same time.

The Change also has strong lyrics, and when listening to it you feel yourself screaming on the inside, just like the lyrics say.

My Heart Is Broken just slides in as next song, with a sweet piano intro, and the piano continues through the whole song. The song itself is direct, but the meaning is a little different than the title implies.

The Other Side starts with Will’s heavy drum beat alone, followed by heavier guitars and then Amy’s voice. After bridge the song is stripped down again to just the piano, before taking it all up again to the end.

Erase This has a higher tempo, it seems more stressed. They take it down just a notch in the refrain, before they turn it up again. The song is dramatic, with a prominent element of high piano notes, and the occasional violin in the bridge.

Lost In Paradise is just the perfect rock ballad. Amy’s vocals are very strong in this song. It starts off wonderfully, and when the band kicks in, the song is just blown wide open, leaving it to be more wonderful, breathtaking.

Sick starts with a low synth key and the bass from Tim. The song seems dark and twisted, with Amy yelling that she’s “sick of it all”.

End Of The Dream begins with a cool guitar riff, and as Amy sings, we can hear in the background that the piano plays the melody in some lines. She sings “As much as it hurts, ain’t it wonderful to feel?” and as I hear her, and feel the energy, I must say that indeed it is.

Oceans is another song that starts with a low synth tone, followed by Amy’s voice, Will, and the rest of the band in the refrain. Terry showing off with some cool riffs afterwards. The energy continues to show as Amy sings her lungs out: “Cross the oceans in my mind”.

Never Go Back is about the victims of the tsunami in Japan. I just love when the whole band just stops as Amy sings “I don’t belong here – alone. This is for the survivors of the tsunami, to those who lived through it.

Swimming Home is like the opposite of the previous song. It’s like the ones who died, answering to the survivors. The song is very electronic, and the furthest from what Evanescence is portrayed as that you can come.

New Way To Bleed is very sore, even though there are guitars and drums. Maybe it’s because of the screaming, and the lyrics.

Say You Will seems to create hope after New Way To Bleed, with strong guitars, and fast drum beat, and lyrics that take charge of the situation.

Disappear is another song that has a lot of energy, and feels very open, and has hope too. “Take it back, take it back, I still believe you can!“, it seems so empowering, and with rocking guitars and pounding drums, you can really feel it.

Secret Door is the final song on the album. A sweet ending with a beautiful harp tune, accompanied by violins and a few piano tones.

 

Well, to sum things up, most of the songs are very strong and rocking hard, and the slow ones are just plain beautiful. I even learned to like Swimming Home, which is the most controversial song on the album. This album shows the renewed energy that Evanescence has brought to life. All in one, this album is as great as the rest. The songs are rougher, and in total feels more free than the other albums. The piano is very strong in several of the songs, but is worked into the songs, and it seems as though the whole band is cooperating totally, and on an entirely different level than they have before. The album starts with a big shout-out, and ends with a sweet closure to it all.

 

“Do what you, what you want ’til you don’t want it anymore”
(What You Want – Evanescence)

“Follow my love back through the same secret door”
(Secret Door – Evanescence)