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Greetings, dear readers!
I am so incredibly happy and excited! I’m going to this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting. I finally get to see my all time favorite band, Evanescence! Not only that, but I’ll be staying for the whole festival, and get to enjoy bands like Axel Rudi Pell, Five Finger Death Punch, Rammstein, Alter Bridge, Epica and In Flames. On that occasion, I’ve made a playlist with the bands that I’m definitely going to see. You can find the list here on Spotify. I will of course see a lot of other stuff, but my main goal is to see these bands. The festival is from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th, so it will be four days of pure metal epicness. Please let me know what you think of the list, and which other bands you think would make for an incredible memory.
Graspop-Metal-Meeting-2017-Lineup-Poster

“Do what you, what you want 
If you have a dream for better”
(What You Want – Evanescence)

 

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Hi everyone! Today is the National Day of Norway! So congratulations to all my Norwegian readers! I hope you all have had a wonderful day. Just to finish the day off nicely, I wanted to share the live version of the song Slip to the Void by Alter Bridge, which I did a review on in February this year. I got goosebumps when I heard the start of this live version so I decided you all also needed to hear it. Here are the lyrics for you again, and below is the video. If you want to listen to it on Spotify, you can do that here!

This is a somewhat sped-up version, which is cool, even though I love Myles Kennedy’s voice, and would have loved to have it in the normal tempo, so that he would use it in his even more extraordinary way, as he usually does. Now, if you want to read the review, you can do it here. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.

“Peel back the skin
Close your eyes
Hell is born
To the abyss but be warned”
(Slip to the Void – Alter Bridge)

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)

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)

 

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)

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)

 

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)

 

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! 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)

 

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)