Song Review: Iron Maiden- Fear of The Dark

Iron Maiden are considered one of the most respected heavy metal bands in rock history! I deeply respect them as well as Judas Priest and Metallica. The ambiences Iron Maiden are able to give off in their songs are just the perfect combination of darkness and catchy enough for you to head bang to. Rooting back to the time when I discovered this amazing band, I was about 14 years old (a year ago) and I remember feeling scared when I heard it even though I was barely listening to the words just the guitar riffs and how the vocals screamed in such a perfect tone. I was so scared; I felt fear of the dark. All I could picture were Eddie’s eyes staring down at me as if he was going to devour me.  Then again, I was still innocent to this whole heavy metal thing, unlike now I’m a whiz at it. This song helps me so much now a days when I listen to other songs that are heavy metal, because usually in heavy metal if you want it to be real heavy you also want to include the dark atmosphere and this song is a classic so I always compare it to other heavy metal songs that are meant to be dark. It’s a really good reference.

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I admire the beginning of the song so much; It’s just these guitar riffs that signify that it’s story time and that this story is a horror story. Then the way the romantic guitar goes; leading you to the light vocals that sound a bit like whispers. Suddenly you don’t realize but everything just goes BAM for me and the guitar solo proceeds! I get super excited at this part of the song because it pumps up everything in your body it’s like you’ve suddenly been born again! The vocals scream louder and you realize he has a fear of the dark and has a phobia that someone’s always there! Yet what really amuses me about the vocals in this song which I will admire for as long as I live is that they don’t sound bad when they’re high pitched, now a days we have the genre “screamo” which I detest so badly because I simply cannot understand anything they “sing”. This isn’t like this though. The guitar solos are sick in this song though! God! We head to the bridge part of the song and it is just utter sexiness in the guitar riffs! The way the riffs rush through the song you feel the whole horror story vibe especially with Eddie’s picture in the album cover! It all fits in so lovely!

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Song Review: Dead In Your Head- Bleached

I found this really cool app where I can listen to any song I like as long as I’ve got internet! (God bless the internet) So I’m pretty much in heaven right now with this app. I was looking through the indie section and I found this really interesting band called “Bleached”, and so I started listening to their album “Ride Your Heart”.

Allow me to tell you how in love with this album I am right now! As I am writing this article I am listening to this album over and over again. It’s just that I can’t get over their style it makes me feel so good inside. They’re a garage punk rock band with harmonies included in a bunch of their songs. They remind me of a polished and much better version of “The Fastbacks”. This duo are doing everything right when it comes to punk rock garage, they sound a bit like the Ramones combined with Bikini Kill. They have this “riot grrrl” feel to their songs (for those who don’t know what that term means it’s basically a term made famous in the late 70s when female punk rockstars weren’t getting as much credit as male punk rockstars because men felt like rock music just wasn’t  them).

I was listening to their song “Next Stop” and I basically just fell for it all! The guitar riffs are perfect, playful just how I love them. Really just reviving the late 70s early 80s, 90’s-ish punk rock/grunge scene. Moving on to the harmony of the song it’s so unexplainable, they sound so innocent and it kind of just plays with your mind of how innocent they sound. Then again you got these crazy drums pounding like you just want to kick everything outta your way and dance to them. The guitar riffs have a classical Ramones feel to it which I love how they took it and made it their own! There’s not that many lyrics (I know I’m always picky on the lyrics) but the way the song is made, it’s so raw, catchy. I love it! I say that if you love rebellion, controversy, punk rock, grunge, garage music and some KICK ASS GIRL POWER; You should really check this song and their whole album out!!!!

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FINALLY IT'S OUT! The Strypes Debut Album: Snapshot

The much anticipated Strypes debut album is now out! I have heard a preview of the songs on iTunes and from the little clippings of the songs that I heard I swear it’s sounding pretty swell to me. So much talent at such a young age! I feel like I’m looking at the future of music. I just can’t wait to buy a copy of the album for myself and have a proper listen to all the songs and write a much anticipated review on their album!
I do hope that the rest of their songs leave me as pleased as the small clippings did!

One thing I must obtain is not the iTunes download versions; I am in need for the CD, I want to hold this baby in my hands and show it off like a trophy!

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?!?!? GO BUY THIS BABY NOW!!! LET’S ALL JOIN IN THE SUSPENSE OF THE GOOD MUSIC!

Watch Out For: Swim Deep

Honestly one of my favorite bands ever since I read about them in Rolling Stone. There was this small segment where they were talking about their new song “King City” so I ended up checking the song out and I do have to say it is quiet a good listen, the bass line is flawless and simple. I love the way they use an organ in the song (or something similar to an organ) I haven’t heard an organ being used with drums and bass in a very long time! It’s a really creative idea. I must say the song is not too complicated itself, very normal and simple. A bunch of critics have said that this is their best song but for me I have got to say it’s probably their most commercial song. I can’t say it’s obviously commercial because it’s got some depth in the content of it unlike a lot of commercial songs now a days.

They recently released their debut album on July 29th “Where The Heaven Are We?” with their single “She Changes The Weather” which is an absolutely hands-down potential song! This is why you have got to look out for these lads! It’s got a psychedelic feel to it but richer than that and then the words are just as gorgeous. The only thing that makes me feel sad is the fact that Swim Deep are extremely underrated at the moment and I feel like they should get more recognition outside of the Birmingham indie scene.

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Swim Deep are slightly bringing back 90’s music and reviving them to a fresh state, modernizing them. With their song “Crush” when you think the song is over you’re back for another surprise because then you get this simple guitar solo and it just blows it and the whole meaning of the song! You have to check it out! I honestly fancied the lyrics just as much as the instruments this time because it’s kinda those lyrics that aren’t super direct which I think is what lyrics should be like, just like a poem. Their song “Honey” I always loved the line “Don’t just dream in your sleep it’s just lazy”. Well isn’t that lovely?  The way the song kicks off after the small shy intro really gives you an energy burst when you listen to it. I also adore the line “So I said ooo ooo baby, take your feet out your shoes and go crazy” . Those lyrics weren’t direct either but depending on the type of person you are you’ll perceive them a distinctive way than others would, just a sign of individualism.

These are just a few songs from their already released album “Where The Heaven Are We?”, this dreamy indie rock band are just getting their careers started but one piece of advice I would give them would be; “Don’t change, just grow with what you’ve already got”. I suggest you go and buy their album like now because all these songs are totally lush! Catch them before everybody else does!

An Introduction to Bob Dylan.

Born on May 24th, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

Bob Dylan has not only been a large influence on music, he’s also influenced pop culture and a few modern poets. He was a voice of a generation in the 60s, which were times of war, trouble and confusion. It was him and a few other artists such as Joan Baez who brought up these political issues in their songs and this is how they became the voice of those in the 60s. Standing up for what was right. Bob Dylan has always been an activist on such things, he’s so down to earth and giving.

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A legend is born: Bob’s debut album in 1962

I remember in English class last year we were analyzing Bob Dylan’s song “Blowin’ in the Wind” and before that class I didn’t quite know much about Bob Dylan, in fact I thought “Why do people make such a big deal about this guy? His songs aren’t that interesting.”. Ever since I heard and analyzed that song I was awed by the ravishing poetry in his song and also the actual deep meaning of it. He just got down to the point but still keeping it really classy and hearty.“How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?” We even saw a video of him performing it live in a talk show and when I actually saw him performing it I thought “Oh, what a simple man”. I think this is a fantastic quality, just looking simple when you’re this really important musician that everybody rambles about. It’s one way to keep your feet on the ground when you get all that revolutionary fame that people gave Bob.

Bob Dylan was the founder of folk rock, without him folk music would have just stayed the same plain old, and have nothing interesting about it (except when you’re in the mood for it). Actually, a lot of his songs have gone down to history and throughout my life I’ve been hearing covers of them by recent artists but never actually noticed it was his songs. If anything, Bob Dylan surely is the Jesus of modern music! Besides, all of us at some certain points in our lives (this applies to those that truly love music) go through that Bob Dylan phase where we just listen to his songs and admire his flawless poetry and eventually it influences us in one way or another. I could almost cry when reading his poetry. So inspiring.

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Standing up for what’s right: Joan Baez and Bob Dylan during a civil rights march in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

Here are the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s song “Blowin’ in the Wind” in case you’re interested in reading it.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can really see the sky?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.