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Hi there! So, I was suddenly very inspired by this song, and had a sliver of time that I didn’t need to use studying, so I thought this would be the perfect moment to write a blog post! So, I want to review the song Take Me Through The Fire by Machine Head, off their album Bloodstone And Diamonds (2014). Here are the lyrics. (Also, much to my annoyance, the recorded version of the song is not on YouTube, so for the video, I hope you can enjoy the live version, and if you want to listen to the recorded version, you can do so on Spotify here). Enjoy!

As I said, I was just suddenly struck by inspiration, and this was because of the guitar riffs, that are just so magnificently great. Rob Flynn sounds like he is in such despair as he gnarls the words “The drum beats on as I fall in trance / Stepping away from the endless dance”. Flynn has a rough, raspy voice through the whole of the song, making it sound more angry. The drum beats makes the song perfect for perfect head-banging and generally this song is awesome to see and hear live, as the audience definitely get carried away. I get carried away just by listening to this in my living room! The steady drum beat almost counting up to the chorus is incredibly effective, building up to the chorus. I also just love the chanting before the bridge to the guitar solo, and of course the guitar solo itself is amazing. This is just simply a well composed, really heavy metal song, just what I needed right now.

“No subtleties truth is all that I ask
No pleasantries you can take off that mask”
(Take Me Through The Fire – Machine Head)

Hey! It’s been a month since I last posted. I’ve thought a lot about writing something of finishing something I’ve already started, but I never got around to it. Now, I have a new idea! I “waste” a lot of time on a meme website called 9GAG. Right now, someone’s started a trend of making a list of “need to know” songs and putting their list on 9GAG. I thought I should hop on the train and make such a list of my own. The first one that started this trend (that I noticed, at least), had a rule not to include more than one song per artist/band, and so I wanted to do the same, but realized that it was too difficult for some bands, so I only tried to not include too many. I will just dive right into it, with no arrangement to the order in which I list the songs I feel you need to know. (of course this will be mainly rock/metal, since that’s my forte, but I might include some other songs as well, if I feel like you really need to know/listen to them).
I’ve made the list in Spotify, so you can go in and have a listen right away. Might get back to this post later and make a YouTube-playlist of it as well, but for now Spotify will have to do.

  • Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence / Down With The Sickness
  • Evanescence – Bring Me To Life / My Immortal
  • Paramore – Misery Business
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare / Afterlife
  • Black Sabbath – Iron Man
  • AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  • Foo Fighers – The Best Of You
  • Bullet For My Valentine – Tears Don’t Fall
  • Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
  • Slipknot – Psychosocial / Duality
  • Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire
  • Royal Blood – Better Stangers
  • Linkin Park – Numb / Faint
  • Machine Head – Darkness Within / Davidian
  • Korn – Thoughtless
  • Coldplay – Fix You
  • Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
  • Helloween – Mr. Torture
  • Halestorm – Love Bites (So Do I)
  • Ghost B.C. – Cirice
  • Dimmu Borgir – Gateways
  • Five Finger Death Punch – Coming Down / House Of The Rising Sun
  • Audioslave – Show Me How To Live
  • Soundgarden – Live To Rise
  • Drowning Pool – Bodies
  • The Cranberries – Zombie
  • Brandi Carlile – The Story
  • Deftones – Change (In The House Of Flies)
  • AWOLNATION – Sail
  • Johnny Cash – Hurt
  • Dream Theater – A Nightmare To Remember
  • Nomy – Cocaine
  • Radiohead – Creep
  • Tribal Ink – Refugee
  • Avantasia – The Scarecrow
  • The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
  • Amy Lee – Lockdown
  • Ed Sheeran – I See Fire
  • System Of A Down – B.Y.O.B.
  • Volbeat – Still Counting
  • Alice Cooper – Poison
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman
  • Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • Breaking Benjamin  – So Cold
  • Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark
  • Dio – Rainbow In The Dark / Holy Diver
  • Rammstein – Du Hast
  • Device/Lzzy Hale – Close My Eyes Forever
  • Lady Gaga – Til It Happens To You
  • Muse – Plug In Baby
  • Rise Against – Hero Of War
  • Chevelle – The Red
  • Thee Days Grace – I Hate Everything About You
  • Axel Rudi Pell – Glory Night
  • In Flames – Alias
  • My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
  • Green Day – 21 Guns
  • Elton John – Candle In The Wind

There’s just a handful of these songs that I don’t know every single word to, but they still evoke something in me that makes me think everyone should hear them. These songs are iconic to me, representing the band, the genre and the time period they were produced in perfectly. A few of these are covers, but I included them because they are so good that I feel they both do justice to the original artists and the songs, in addition to the covers being iconic themselves.

Links to the two lists that I found already, there are some very good songs in there, and some I have yet to check out.

http://9gag.com/gag/aG1K8Xn

http://9gag.com/gag/amYNNyo

Am I missing something obvious to you? Would you perhaps replace the song I’ve chosen by a(n) artist/band? What would be your most iconic/”need to know”-songs? Please let me know in the comment section.

“So paint it black and take it back
Lets shout it loud and clear
Do you fight it to the end
We hear the call to
To carry on
We’ll carry on”
(Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance)

“I raise my flag and dye my clothes
It’s a revolution, I suppose
We’re painted red to fit right in”
(Radioactive – Imagine Dragons)

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)

 

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)

 

I kinda promised you some good fucking music a while back (in the post about Machine Head’s Eyes Of the Dead, back in January), with possibly the most awesome guitar riffs known to man, and today I’m gonna deliver.
This is a cover of the song Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, off the album Electric Ladyland (1968), performed by the Australian rock artist Orianthi. Here are the lyrics if you really need them, but I suggest you just enjoy the show. It’s a good one.

Wow. Just amazing music. Terribly sorry this song has not been recorded in a studio by Orianthi, or that the live cover can be found on Spotify, because I would really love to have this on my Starred list. She is incredibly talented with that guitar (or any other guitar, I’d imagine). An awesome cover, a worthy tribute to Jimi Hendrix, if you ask me. If you want to listen to the original work by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, click here. Just amazing music.

 

“I’m a Voodoo Child baby
I don’t take no for an answer”
(Voodoo Child – the Jimi Hendrix Experience)

 

Hi there! I just got the intro of this song stuck in my head for no obvious reason, so I decided it was time to share it with you on this blog.  Might just be because I listened to some other awesome guitar riffs (an understatement, as I will show you later) I stumbled upon on the internet. I really hope you like it and get this stuck in your head too!

The song is called Eyes of the Dead by Machine Head (as I really needed to go through the whole first part of the song in my head to realize!). It was published on the album Bloodstone & Diamonds (2014) (I just realized that this song was published over a year ago – November 2014, my my, time goes by so fast). Here are the lyrics, and a link to the song below:

Definitely on the heavy side, with anger in Rob Flynn’s voice, and heavy breathing, and even heavier guitars and pounding drums. The sneaking guitar riff in the intro suddenly comes through the barrier with full sound as the drums make a dramatic vibe along with a single guitar, and the bell (or gong, or whatever, I couldn’t figure out exactly what it was). The song oozes of thrash metal, and I love it. It sounds so damned angry, Flynn shouting “The murder, murder”, but he is, according to himself, referencing the expression “A murder of crows”, as in a group of crows, which is a metaphor for Machine Head fans. It becomes more obvious in the next line “Now the crows attack”. (For reference, listen to the track-by-track commentary of the album on Spotify). Throughout the song he sings of crows and ravens. His deadly growls of “Raven” could have scared anyone, if you ask me. I also really like the build-up to the refrain: “Black wings spread their ebony quills, Bloody nails the hand that wills”. And of course, the guitar solo. I really shouldn’t need to remind you how much I love a good guitar solo. This song is really good to listen to if you need some anger therapy, or if you are going for a run.

 

“Eyes so dark, like ink we blacken the sun”

“So call my name, “Raven”
So fear this name, “Raven”
Hold dear this
You will never fucking break me
I’ve an army that will strip you to the bone”

(Eyes of the Dead – Machine Head)

 

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)

Playlist: Super-excited

Hi there! As I was telling you in the last post, I have kind of taken a one-year (and then some) vacation from my blogging, and there is some things I’ve wanted to show you but haven’t gotten around to yet. I realize I never got to write about the Avenged Sevenfold concert that I went to November 2013. I can’t remember all the details now, so I’ll just say that except for almost passing out and getting stomped on by several mosh pits, it was amazing, and even better than I expected. They really are as good live as they are in the studio, and maybe even better. Their playing is impeccable.

So, abut this playlist: about two months ago, I was planning my return to the blogosphere, and after the past few months regaining my music excitement and inspiration, I made a playlist for myself of some of the songs I’ve gotten most excited about this past year-or-so. I will eventually blog about the songs that’s on this list, and some I’ve already blogged about, so don’t freak out that you haven’t heard them on this platform before. For now I’ll just leave this here for you to listen to and judge for yourselves.

  • Paramore – Now
  • Amy Lee (feat. Dave Eggar) – Lockdown
  • Audioslave – Show Me How To Live
  • Avenged Sevenfold – St. James
  • Machine Head – Now We Die
  • System Of A Down – B.Y.O.B
  • Korn feat. Amy Lee – Freak On A Leash (live)
  • Avenged Sevenfold – I Won’t See You Tonight Part 1
  • Disturbed – Stricken
  • Imagine Dragons – Battle Cry
  • Evanescence – If You Don’t Mind
  • Machine Head – Game Over (added to the list today because it’s stuck in my head, and I get excited by listening to it!)

I’ve made the list on Spotify, but with some of my local files that I’ve downloaded.
Here’s the link: https://open.spotify.com/user/catta_94/playlist/4FruvOaAr5DmbJ779jy7lm
I’ve also taken the time to make the playlist on YouTube for you.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcBOQEQM17Cs9V2-qeqJ3yhlDM7UXWQbo

“Don’t try to take this from me, don’t try to take this from me now”

(Now – Paramore)

“And if you don’t mind, I would like to live a lie that I will survive”

(If You Don’t Mind – Evanescence)

Halloween play list 2013

Hello! So, it’s freaking Halloween, so of course I need to make a special Halloween play list for you. In no particular order, these are the songs I came up with for my list:

  • Halestorm – Mz. Hyde
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare
  • Helloween – Mr. Torture
  • We Are The Fallen – St. John
  • Evanescence – Haunted
  • Slipknot – Eyeless
  • Linkin Park – Part Of Me
  • We Are The Fallen – Through Hell
  • Avenged Sevenfold – A Little Piece Of Heaven
  • Halestorm – Daughters Of Darkness
  • Evanescence – Whisper
  • Linkin Park – Crawling
  • Machine Head – Darkness Within
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman
  • Slipknot – Vermillion
  • Three Days Grace – Scared
  • Within Temptation – The Howlling
  • Machine Head – I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)

Now, I think these songs are great and pretty perfect for Halloween, both in sound and in lyrics, but I’m wondering if you have any others I need to add to my list?
What are your favorite songs to listen to on Halloween? Hit me with your best, scariest, most awesome songs.

 

“I’m the spider crawling down your spine,
Underneath your skin.
I will gently violate your mind,
Before I tuck you in.”
(Mz. Hyde – Halestorm)

“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)