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Hi everyone! First, I’d like to say that I have gone through all the posts on this blog and replaced the links and videos that don’t exist any more with working ones, so that you can easily listen to the music I write about without going through the trouble of finding them yourselves. So now, everything should be alright.
It’s actually been closer to three years since I did a Slipknot-post, and of the bands I have listened to over the years, this is one of those that has stuck by me since I discovered them. On that note, I think now’s the time to revive them on my blog (I have done playlists with them since 2013, but not song reviews). I’ve chosen a song I’ve discovered not so long ago, despite it being around for a pretty long time: The Heretic Anthem, off the album Iowa (2001). You can read the lyrics here. Enjoy!

I just love how the sound image is so complex, and still works like a bitch. It’s one of Slipknot’s trademarks, if you ask me, and a reason why they are so popular. The guitars are killing it, with hard hitting riffs. The double bass drums make the song even harder, not to speak of the rest of the percussionists’ artwork. Corey Taylor, yelling the angry lyrics as he is surrounded by a heavy atmosphere of sound. I also love the idea of Corey calling and the rest of the band answering in the refrain. Sometimes I wonder how I can think of this as beautiful, but I simply enjoy great musicians doing what they do best, and Slipknot do have something special, in my opinion.

“Nobody wants anything I’ve got
Which is fine, because you’re made of
Everything I’m not”
(The Heretic Anthem – Slipknot)

 

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A lot has happened lately. Sad, tragic events driven by hate, evil, and even carelessness. The mass-shooting in Orlando, among other things. The revealing of decades of sexual assault among people in a community in my home county, is another. On top of that, several accidental deaths of people, gone too soon. Actually, the last year has been just all messed up. I don’t have any words to describe the feeling I have, really. Many of my favorite artists have made some great music addressing hate, disaster, and death, and so, I have made a playlist of songs that deal with these topics, that maybe can put words and sound to these feelings. You can subscribe to my Spotify list or go check it out on YouTube. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Take care of each other.

  • Disturbed – Who Taught You How To Hate
  • Evanescence – My Heart Is Broken
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Tonight The World Dies
  • Machine Head – Damage Inside
  • Five Finger Death Punch – Coming Down
  • Alter Bridge – Blackbird
  • Amy Lee feat. Dave Eggar – Lockdown
  • Korn – Thoughtless
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Almost Easy
  • Evanescence – Together Again
  • Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You
  • Seether feat. Amy Lee – Broken
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Save Me
  • Machine Head – Who We Are
  • Slipknot – Dead Memories
  • Evanescence – Oceans
  • We Are The Fallen – Don’t Leave Me Behind
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Seize The Day
  • Linkin Park – No More Sorrow
  • Evanescence – My Last Breath
  • Machine Head – Is There Anybody Out There?

 

“Tell me now, who taught you how to hate?
Cause it isn’t in your blood, not a part of what you’re made”
(Who Taught You How To Hate – Disturbed)

“Is there anybody out there?
Is anybody listening to me?
Is anybody else scared?”
(Is There Anybody Out There? – Machine Head)

 

Hi there! I just really need to address this matter while it’s still fresh, to get out my initial excitement. So, today (June 3rd 2016) Machine Head published a new single called Is There Anybody out There?, independent from any album (as far as I know). I really hope you enjoy this one. (Lyrics at the end of the post).


There was expressed fear that this song wouldn’t sound like a Machine Head song. Let me give my opinion: This is definitely a Machine Head song. Might sound a bit different than the other songs, but  Rob Flynn’s vocals, the heavy guitars and drums and bass are there, the newly heavily incorporated classical instruments are there, like violins and cellos, and the lyrical themes are definitely there, which is the things I think make a song sound like Machine Head, at least these days.

I like the whistling in the intro, it gives a good feeling to the song, even though it’s kind of a false feeling because of the lyrics. But I definitely will get the melody stuck in my head for the next few days, perhaps even the whole month. I love the guitar riffs, especially in the intro, but overall good, and the combination of metal and classical in the choruses is excellent. The bridge and breakdown is great too: “Live my life like I’ll die tonight / Dream like I’ll live forever”. The sound of it is so good – the sound of the string instruments makes it sound like a horror movie, and I think it’s brilliant that they’ve incorporated the whistling in the breakdown as well. Flynn’s vocals are definitely as angry as they should be – raw and awesome.
The lyrics are kind of divided with one theme in the first verse, and another one in the second, and both well written, but still has an overall theme linked through the chorus. In the second verse they address a really important matter in the heavy metal and hard rock community, and really have been brave in publishing this song despite controversy and death threats. It’s about racism in metal, triggered by an incident earlier this year, at Dimebash 2016. The other themes in the song are love, loneliness and not understanding what’s going on in the world (according to Flynn himself). You can go and check out Rob Flynn’s reaction to the incident and the two making-of videos for the song at Machine Head’s YouTube channel (here).
I’ve tried to get the lyrics correctly by listening to it a bunch of times, since it’s so fresh that none of the standard lyric-pages I use have added the lyrics yet. Used my ears as good as I could, and got a little help from a YouTube-video (this one) (I will correct them if I get direct info from the band of the actual lyrics). I’m here, I’m listening, and I hear you. I stand with Rob Flynn and Machine Head.

Is there anybody out there? (x4)
Come on (x3)
Is anybody there?
Come on (x2)

Let me tell you something

I was born as a bastard

No father, no master
A shadow in silence left searching for answers
Put up for adoption
And left with no option
Another kid fostered to fester, forgotten
Take a look into these desperate eyes
As they’re cast into the wretched hive 

But I ain’t going down alone

Is there anybody out there?
Anybody listening to me?
Is anybody else scared?
The paranoia drops me to my knees
Does anybody feel lonely?
Disconnected from the things I see
Is there anybody out there?
Anybody out there just like me?
I’m choking on these words and I can’t breathe

Come on (x3)
Is anybody there?
Come on (x2)

Now let me say this

Now I stand as a father
To men with no honor
Ashamed of the racists I used to call brothers
Cause no flag can mean bravery
When bloodied by slavery
The rebel, a devil, disguised as a savior
And the sickening feeling in the air
Is the fear to speak that no one dares

So will I stand here all alone?

Is there anybody out there?
Anybody listening to me?
Is anybody else scared?
The paranoia drops me to my knees
Does anybody feel lonely?
Disconnected from the things I see
Is there anybody out there?
Anybody out there just like me?
Choking on these words and I can’t breathe

Live my life like I’ll die tonight
Dream like I’ll live forever (x2)
Is there anybody out there?

I have roared at the world for years
(Is there anybody out there?)
Doesn’t anybody hear me?
This burden suffered, I’ve paid the cost
(Is there anybody out there?)
Not all who wander are lost

Is there anybody, is there anybody, is there anybody…

Is there anybody out there?
Anybody listening to me?
Is anybody else scared?
The paranoia drops me to my knees
Does anybody feel lonely?
Disconnected from the things I see
Is there anybody out there?
Anybody out there just like me?
Choking on these words and I can’t breathe

Come on (x3)
Is anybody there?
Come on (x2)
Is there anybody, is there anybody…
Is there anybody out there?
(Is There Anybody Out There – Machine Head)

 

Blowing off steam

Hi there! I want to say first and foremost that I really appreciate my readers, and I hope I make it worth coming back to this site, because all of you make it worthwhile for me to write.

However, I write this blog mainly to share great music and to express myself in the way I know how – through music (which I can’t make myself). Today I want to blow off some steam, and yesterday I made myself a new Spotify-list that I decided right now that I want to share, because I’ve been pretty much happily head banging all day, and this list is what keeps me sane (in addition to my boyfriend) whilst writing on my Bachelor’s thesis. Here’s the link to the list on my Spotify-channel, and below is the actual list, in case you don’t have Spotify and want to make it yourself (in alphabetical order after artist and album):

  • Anthrax – The Devil You Know
  • Atreyu – Long Live
  • Audioslave – Show Me How To Live
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Critical Acclaim
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Unbound (The Wild Ride)
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Beast And The Harlot
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Blinded In Chains
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Shepherd Of Fire
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Doing Time
  • Avenged Sevenfold  – Nightmare
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Welcome To The Family
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Natural Born Killer
  • Avenged Sevenfold – God Hates Us
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Chapter Four
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Desecrate Through Reverence
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Second Heartbeat
  • Blinded Colony – Bedtime Prayers
  • Dead By Sunrise – Crawl Back In
  • Device – Vilify
  • Devilskin – Elvis Presley Circle Pit
  • Dimmu Borgir – Gateways
  • Disturbed – Warrior
  • Disturbed – Immortalized
  • Disturbed – Who Taught You How To Hate
  • Disturbed – Indestructible
  • Disturbed – Voices
  • Disturbed – Stupify
  • Disturbed – Down With The Sickness
  • Disturbed – Stricken
  • Disturbed – The Vengeful One
  • Drowning Pool – Bodies
  • Five Finger Death Punch – My Nemesis
  • Five Finger Death Punch – Dying Breed
  • Five Finger Death Punch – Here To Die
  • Five Finger Death Punch – Burn MF
  • Flyleaf – Call You Out
  • Halestorm – I Am The Fire
  • Halestorm – Daughters Of Darkness
  • KoЯn – Thoughtless
  • Linkin Park – Papercut
  • Linkin Park – One Step Closer
  • Machine Head – Hallowed Be Thy Name
  • Machine Head – Killers & Kings
  • Machine Head – Ghosts Will Haunt My Bones
  • Machine Head – Night Of Long Knives
  • Machine Head – Eyes Of The Dead
  • Machine Head – Take Me Through The Fire
  • Machine Head – Bulldozer
  • Machine Head – I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)
  • Machine Head – Be Still And Know
  • Machine Head – Pearls Before The Swine
  • Rage Against The Machine – Bulls On Parade
  • Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
  • Slipknot – Sulfur
  • Slipknot – People=Shit
  • Slipknot – The Heretic Anthem
  • Slipknot – (sic)
  • Slipknot – Eyeless

This list is 60 songs (at the current time, at least!), and by Spotify’s calculations, 4 hours and 40 minutes of heaviness. No, I didn’t include Evanescence in this one, I thought some of my lists might repeat themselves if I were to include them in all of them. This one I decided to call “Heavy Shit”, and might be added to over time, and some songs might even be removed as well, so keep checking in. (I might forget to add to this “physical” list, but I will try to remember). This might be somewhat like my anger nurturing list, but mostly I added these songs for the great head banging-factor and overall heaviness (okay, I might be a bit angry and frustrated over my paper, and that’s why I need these songs, but they are awesome to listen to anyway). Would love for you to come with heavy suggestions too, if you think some songs are missing; I might even add them.

 

“Let the right one in
Ya gotta go with the devil you know”
(The Devil You Know – Anthrax)

“One
Nothing wrong with me
Two
Nothing wrong with me
Three
Nothing wrong with me
Four
Nothing wrong with me”
(Bodies – Drowning Pool)

“I find the answers aren’t so clear
Wish I could find a way to disappear
All these thoughts they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Nothing seems to go away
Over and over again”
[…]
“I need a little room to breathe
Cause I’m one step closer to the edge
And I’m about to break”
(One Step Closer – Linkin Park)

 

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)

 

 

Hi there! I have done something I consider myself smart for. I have really been looking for the lyrics to the song My Hollow Shell by Swedish heavy metal band Corroded, which I did a review of back in 2012 ( which you can read HERE). I was annoyed that the lyrics to this song was not published anywhere, and it seems as if there are many of you out there that searches for these lyrics. My review of the song is actually 6th if you search on google for “my hollow shell corroded lyrics”.
Now, however, the smart thing I did, was that I bought the album the song is on, and because of that, got the lyrics in the CD booklet. I am now giving them to you. ( I took the liberty to correct a grammatical error in the lyrics, though, as I am pretty sure that they mean “lose” instead of what they wrote: “loose”, in the refrain).

My own hard copy of Exit to Transfer - Corroded

My own hard copy of the album Exit to Transfer by Corroded

Here are the official lyrics for the song My Hollow Shell by Corroded, off the album Exit to Transfer (2010):
My personal decay, further, faster longer gone
Killing my mind for it to leave me in peace
Once with eyes of clarity, shrouded in a veil
Yearning for relief that is nowhere to be found 

I don’t want to be so broken
I don’t want to be, so scarred beyond belief
There is nothing left to lose, but I’m bound to try
Nothing left, nothing to repair
I don’t want to be so broken
I don’t want to be, so scarred beyond belief
There is nothing left to lose, but I’m bound to try
Alone in my hollow shell

A sense of purpose left, since long gone lost
Treading on glass in the minefield of my brain
Hollow thoughts where once a mind was found
Screaming at the ghosts whom are long gone now

(Guitar Solo)

I don’t want to be so broken 
I don’t want to be, so scarred beyond belief
There is nothing left to lose, but I’m bound to try
Nothing left, nothing to repair
I don’t want to be so broken
I don’t want to be, so scarred beyond belief
There is nothing left to lose, but I’m bound to try
Alone in my hollow shell.

I hope you will enjoy the song more with the knowledge of what they actually are singing. I know I feel a sense of relief for it. They are dark and sore, which fits the song perfectly, and as metal should sound. Don’t have much else to say, but I really hope you appreciated this post, and I hope you will read my review as well.

“Yearning for relief that is nowhere to be found”
(My Hollow Shell – Corroded)

Hi there! After much stress with studying for exams and the exams themselves, and a little breathing room for me, I will now blog about one of the many songs I’ve grown very excited abut the past year. This one is called Now We Die, by Machine Head, which I’ve grown to love more and more, off their latest album Bloodstone & Diamonds; published last fall (2014), first as the second single off the album. The awesome lyrics you will find here. Listen and enjoy.

This is for me a very passionate song, and the album altogether is very passionate, with awe-inspiring lyrics, and musical tunes that will blow your mind. This is one of those songs that make the album. The intro is beautiful, strings fading in and growing stronger, into Rob Flynns muffled screams “And with this now we die”, and haunting the song throughout. The band jumps in, and suddenly everything is heavy as hell.
The verses are heavy, but the refrains are somewhat more mellow, where the strings comes in again with the same sweet melody. The lyrics in the refrain is also more poetic, along with the bridge. It’s big, and it’s beautiful.
This is also the song where the album title is from, in the second verse. Their guitar solos are as sharp and skilled as ever, with great finesse. I’m just throwing out big words to not overuse the word that actually describes my thoughts on this: awesome. But seriously, the string-piece and the solo gave me chills. They STILL give me chills, and the bridge is also wonderful, both lyric-wise and musically. The music video is very bizarre to me, with many elements, and much color and imagery.
This song in it’s entirety is strongly written and performed. There’s a reason why I waited to do this review; I really wanted to take the time to write every thought on this song, because I think it’s THAT spectacular.

“Cast off the shackles of the past
Live in the moment nothing ever lasts
Now cross the bridge of sighs
And with this now we die”

“The damned are we abused and beat,
We’re left for dead, we raise our head
For we are strong, and they are wrong
So scream with me: ‘I do believe'”

(Now We Die – Machine Head)

Disturbed – Stricken

I know, I know, it’s been too damn long, but there’s been a lot going on, so that’s my “excuse”. For my “comeback” (God, I’ve had a lot of those), I’m featuring a new band for this blog: Disturbed. They’re a heavy metal band from Chicago, and they have 5 studio albums and one compilation album in their repertoire. The song I’m writing about today is called Stricken off the album The Thousand Fists (2005). Hope you all enjoy the song, the lyrics (here) and the twisted music video!

This song is pretty heavy sound wise and in the lyrics. The voice of the vocalist, David Draiman, is rough and cool, and it sounds awesome. I love the chugging guitars and the beat of the song, which gives the lyrics more attitude when sung out. The lyrics are great and they say a lot about the tormented soul of this person, feelings that many can relate to. Especially “into the abyss will I run” is very dark and deep. Of course I love the guitar solo, it’s fantastic. The band actually stated that  they felt that guitar solos are a part of music that is absent in a lot of modern music, and they wanted to bring some of that back, and they did very well in doing so. The music video seems dark and twisted, and (according to Wikipedia) some of it was filmed in an abandoned hospital in which some scenes from the 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street were filmed, which is pretty cool. I usually don’t write about songs the same day I hear it for the first time, but with this song I’ll gladly make an exception.

“You’ll never know how your face has haunted me
My very soul has to bleed this time
Another hole in the wall of my inner defenses
Leaving me breathless”
(Stricken – Disturbed)

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)