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Let’s talk about D.R.U.G.S.

Posted in Music,News by Tom on August 19, 2010
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Ex-Chiodos frontman Craig Owens has finally announced the name of his new project after months of anticipation. The band, which also features guitarist/vocalist Matt Good (From First To Last), guitarist Nick Martin (Cinematic Sunrise, Isles & Glaciers), and drummer Aaron Stern (ex-Matchbook Romance), is named D.R.U.G.S. The name is an acronym for Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. You can keep up to date with the band via their official Twitter page.

On a related note, Chiodos have begun streaming the first single from their new album, Illuminaudio, entitled Those Who Slay Together, Stay Together. The track is the first to feature new vocalist Brandon Bolmer. While musically the track has its strong points, Bolmer needs to realize he is not Craig Owens and that he should stop trying to imitate him. In my opinion, Bolmer sounds like a bad clone of Craig Owens. Only Craig could pull off Chiodos– this new guy is gonna sink fast. This track would make a decent  Chiodos tune if it wasn’t for Bolmer. The music is impressive as always but BB, he is in way over his head. Check out the track for yourself on the band’s Myspace page.


New Chiodos

Posted in Music,News by Tom on August 3, 2010
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It has been revealed that Chiodos‘s third studio album, Illuminaudio, will be released on October 5. This will be the band’s first album without ex-frontman Craig Owens and will also be the first to feature new vocalist Brandon Bolmer. Bolmer has a lot to live up to and personally, I don’t think he can pull it off. His mediocre vocals are no match for those of Owens, who was the essence of Chiodos. The band is going to go downhill without Owens. I’ll give the new album a chance, but I’m not holding my breath for anything amazing. Sorry, guys.

Illuminaudio tracklisting:

1. Illuminaudio

2. Caves

3. Love is a Cat from Hell

4. Modern Wolf Hair

5. Notes in Constellations

6. Scaremonger

7. His Story Repeats Itself

8. Let Us Burn One

9. Hey Zeus the Dungeon

10. Stratovolcano Mouth

11. Those Who Slay Together, Stay Together

12. Closed Eyes Still Look Forward

Matt Good joins Craig Owens

Posted in Music,News by Tom on July 29, 2010
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From First  To Last announced today that they are going on hiatus. After four albums, eight years of awesomeness, and the loss of Sonny Moore and Travis Richter, the band has decided to explore other opportunities. A statement from FFTL’s only remaining original member, guitarist/vocalist Matt Good, regarding the shocking news can be found here.

Shorty after this was announced, Craig Owens (ex-Chiodos) announced via his Facebook page that Matt Good is the newest member of his new band, which has yet to be named.

I, like many Craig Owens/Chiodos and Matt Good/FFTL fans, am excited to see what will happen next and to hear new music from the duo and their band mates.

Pierce the Veil step it up

Posted in Music,Reviews by Tom on June 24, 2010
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I must admit, I wasn’t too ecstatic about Pierce The Veil‘s debut (sort of) release, A Flair for the Dramatic. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good album and made it onto my iPod.  The only problem I had was that it didn’t really stand out to me or strike me as new and original. I’d heard that sound before a hundred times and it had just been used so much.  There was nothing fresh or inspiring going on, in my opinion.

With all that in mind, things definitely changed with the release of their newest album, Selfish Machines. I had heard that this album was going to be a lot different but I didn’t pay much attention. After all, every band says that about every release.  I am glad to admit that I was proven wrong. I decided to give PtV the benefit of the doubt and give Selfish Machines a listen.  All I can say is I’m glad that I did.

From the album’s introduction with Besitos until the last note on The Sky Under the Sea, the album’s closer, one can immediately notice the regime change. While you can undeniably tell it’s still PtV, there is just a completely new sound to the record.  Every track on this album demands attention with its uniquely dynamic structure.  PtV have clearly experimented a lot and matured a great deal in between the two albums and it shows. The brothers Fuentes are on their game full force. Vic’s vocals sound great and renewed with both his screaming and clean vocals, while Mike’s drumming is right where it needs to be. The songs are catchy–even on first listen–and there is a sense of cleanliness about each track.

I have a feeling I’m going to have this album on repeat for a while. Selfish Machines is a much needed step in the right direction and shows that Pierce the Veil do, in fact, stand out among other bands. Some tracks do have a Chiodos-esque feel to them with the synthesizers and Vic’s voice, but they still maintain their originality. Well done, I say. I highly recommend you give this record a listen.