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Hi there! Today it’s less than a week left till I’m going to Oslo again, to see Avenged Sevenfold live for the second time! This time, they will be joined by Disturbed and Chevelle! I’m really excited, and I think it will be great.
As some of you might remember, I went to see A7X in Oslo in November 2013, that time originally joined by Five Finger Death Punch and Device. Unfortunately for the fans, Device backed out of the concert because the son of David Draiman, vocalist of both Device and Disturbed, was born just a couple of months before the concert. However, we got to enjoy the Swedish talent of Avatar, which was (of course not as good as Device, but) a great replacement. The whole concert was amazing, and I hope and think this next one will be equally great.

In preparation of the concert coming up in less than a week (and a little late to the preparation, as I usually am), I have made a playlist on Spotify containing the entire discography of all three bands (of course, all that was available on Spotify, which is not all – among other things, the A7X album Diamonds in the Rough is not there) for me to listen to, which is close to 21 hours of playtime. I hope that by Thursday, I will have some clue of all the songs I could hear at the concert Friday. I haven’t listened as much to Chevelle before as I have to A7X or Disturbed, and I haven’t listened too much to the older albums of Disturbed either. I really hope this also can open my eyes to some new songs to listen to in the future as well.

Disturbed are still soaring on their success from their latest album “Immortalized”, released in 2015, while Chevelle and Avenged Sevenfold both released their latest albums, “The North Corridor” and “The Stage” respectively, in 2016.

So, to make this post more musical, and not all “news”, I wanted to add my current favorite song of all three bands:

Avenged Sevenfold – God Damn (The Stage)

Disturbed – The Light (Immortalized)


Chevelle – Got Burned (The North Corridor)

If any of my readers are going to the concert as well, or are going to a concert with these three bands in another country (or you just love these bands and want to listen to their music) you can check out my ready-made playlist here.

 

“Somtimes darkness can show you the light”
(The Light – Disturbed)

 

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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)

 

Hi! Been a little busy with my Bachelor’s thesis, but I’m taking the evening off to do some other things, like house chores and blogging. So, I thought I would share my current favorite song. For the past few days I’ve been listening to the song Who Taught You How To Hate by Disturbed, off their latest album, Immortalized (2015). Falling in and out of love with music and writing, and the fact that I take my studies seriously, is what makes this blog unstable. But lately I’ve tried to write some stuff which I publish every few days, but now it’s suddenly been almost a month since my last post. Anyways. Here are the lyrics to the song, and below is the song (hopefully embedded in the post, WordPress can be a little unreliable in that aspect). Enjoy!

 

As always, I love Disturbed’s guitar riffs. They don’t need to be complicated even, because they sound great anyways, and just simply rock. With a good drum beat and bass chugging as well, this is a song to get stuck in your head. And don’t think I forgot the lyrics and Draiman’s impeccable voice. The lyrics tells a tale of people, innocent at first, but all eventually corrupted by hate. There is someone who has made you so angry and hateful, someone who “plants an evil seed”. He’s asking if there’s a cure for it, for this infection, or if all is lost. Really poetic, and relevant, because there are so many people who is filled with hate, and Draiman’s kind of saying that people aren’t born with hate, that someone taught them how to hate. I think I’m not the only one that can find some truth in his words, which is all wrapped up in Draiman’s powerful voice and with convincing emotion. Combine all these aspects, and, to me, this all adds up to nothing short of a metal anthem. (Great headbanging-factor!). Catchy like a motherfucker, as well.

 

Find my hands on his throat
Yet hear myself say
Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Because it isn’t in your blood
Not a part of what you’re made
So let this be understood
Somebody taught you how to hate
When you live this way, you become
Dead to everyone”

(Who Taught You How To Hate – Disturbed)

 

 

Disturbed – Fire It Up

Hi, there! Trying to blog a little more now, hoping that if I put in a little work here, I might be motivated to work on my bachelor’s degree. I find it funny how I always feel like blogging or doing something ELSE creative other than the thing I really need to do, like reading/preparing for an exam, writing a paper, or some other more important stuff (especially when I have to write something else!). However, today’s song is Fire It Up by Disturbed, off their newest album, Immortalized (2015). Here are the lyrics. Have a good time listening!

 

 

Yes, this song is about smoking weed. No doubt about it. If you didn’t recognize the sounds in the start of the song (sound of a bong, if you didn’t know), you most certainly will understand because of all the euphemisms and metaphors Draiman is using to get the message across. He has even stated himself in an interview (with Loudwire, which you can find here) that it is exactly what the song is about – that he find inspiration to write music while under the influence. It really comes across in the first verse also: “When I need to spark a bit of inspiration / And the melody feels like it’s trapped inside / All I need is a bit of illumination / So the rhythm can no longer run and hide”. The song itself is great. I really like Disturbed. Love the guitar riffs (so many great guitar riffs, oh my God), and the drums and bass are wonderful too. Don’t especially like the topic, but the song is great, and I think it’s working for them, because their music is excellent, this song is no exception. I think the use of metaphors in the song is good, especially “leaves of the devil” I really liked. This is a great song to listen to before you go out, even if you don’t smoke weed, because it is energetic and has great rhythm (or maybe work out to?).

 

“Fire it up
Cause when I fire it up, I feel like serenity
I feel like serenity, is mine”
(Fire It Up – Disturbed)

 

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)

Hey, and welcome (back)! You all pretty much know my opinion on covers. Not very much a fan. Sometimes, I accept exceptions, if they are very good or they are by one of my favourite bands. This is one of those rare times when the two aspects coexist in a song. This is a cover of The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, this time with a twist from Disturbed. The original song was published in 1964 on the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., and the cover by Disturbed was published this year (2015) on the album Immortalized. Enjoy the song with the lyrics here, or in the video link.

[Since WordPress has decided to evoke my video-sharing abilities, and adding them only to the paid subscription instead, I kindly ask you to click on the YouTube link below. Thank you for your patience, because I’ve soon run out of mine].

Disturbed – The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

 

You know when you get chills in your face? That’s  what I got from this song. Touched from the first couple of lines, and filled with goosebumps and tears throughout the song. I admire David Draiman’s voice. It really is powerful. The sound of the full band lifts his voice to new heights, and he pulls this off so perfectly, even though you might initially only think of him as a metal vocalist.

It is exciting that Disturbed at all thought of covering this song, and making it their own. The song builds up and up further throughout the song, reminding us more and more of the real Disturbed. The lyrical themes also by all means fit Disturbed well. Hearing Draiman’s voice like this really shows the greatness beyond the metal powers we know well from before. I’m further convinced he could sing pretty much anything.  With a full orchestra to support his vocal performance, the sound is big and beautiful. There is so much room in his voice, I really could just hide in there forever. It really is something else.

“People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs
That voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence
‘Fools’ said I, ‘you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows’ “
(The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel)

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Update!
Here is an awesome, perfect live performance by Disturbed on Conan 28th of March 2016.  Enjoy.