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If you and I grew up in the same generation, then I can say with almost complete certainty that ten years ago you heard Story of the Year’s classic anthem “Until the Day I Die” on the radio and on whatever mix-CDs you and your friends made. Ten years later, the album ‘Page Avenue’ still holds up, and songs from it appear in a new form on Story of the Year’s new acoustic release ‘Ten Years and Counting’.
For me, this album was a real treat to listen to, because I still remembered all of the words to most of the Page Avenue songs. The songs are generally structured in the same way, but the band took a different approach to each track, replacing overdriven electric guitars with synths, pianos and acoustic guitars. While the instrumentation may be more low-key, the spirit of the songs still remain. It is a good thing that the band did more than release a typical “unplugged” record, where everything is the same just with acoustic instruments. For me, it was still as much of an adventure to sing along to songs like “Until the Day I Die” and “Anthem of Our Dying Day”, which even in a different form still remain the songs that drive the album.
Overall, with all of the recent 10 year anniversary tours that have been going on, it is nice to see a band do more than simply re-release songs that everyone has already heard as a sort of cash grab. The songs on Page Avenue have lasted ten years, and as the title of this release suggests, they are not done.
A new trend in modern music is to have a mission statement or attitude that is cohesive throughout a release. In this case, Whatever It Takes is the statement that Canadian band Magnus Rising wants to put out there.
This album is a perfect followup album for those who enjoyed the band’s previous release, and it is a more accessible release for those who may not have been able to get into their last effort. The musicianship on this album is notably better than what the band has shown before, with added vocal harmonies and improved drums. The title track of the album is a good mood setter for the tracks to follow, because it shows what we can expect from the coming tracks. The “Whatever It Takes” message is shown through the song, where you learn that whatever you could ask of this band, they can do. The song has a lot of heavy guitar riffs, matched with slower breakdown bits and stellar vocals by singer Aaron Hawkins. Though this song is not the opening track, it conveys the lyrical and musical themes of the album the best as a standalone track.
If you enjoy the heavier alternative rock out there, this album may be a great introduction to a new band for you. If you have previously listened to Magnus Rising, this album will allow you to see that they have not yet shown you all that they are capable of!
As you know by now, Culture Clash, the upcoming genre-defying full-length album by THE ARISTOCRATS, can be purchased as part of a deluxe package that contains a bonus DVD called, “Accept The Mystery: The Making Of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash”, a 33-minute DVD documentary shot whileTHE ARISTOCRATS were tracking the album in Nashville, TN. Containing both studio footage and exclusive interviews with each member of the band, “Accept The Mystery: The Making Of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash” is a special behind-the-scenes look at THE ARISTOCRATS that fans have never seen before.
Alt-rock with an edge of melancholy, The Maine’s newest album, their fourth, titled Forever Halloween, has a dark soul to it. 12 tracks of alternately bittersweet and angry moods capture a band confident in itself and what it can do.
You may have had them tagged as goth-tinged pop fantasists, but with their much anticipated sophomore album Waiting For Something To Happen, Veronica Falls easily shrug off any notions of a difficult second album to create something that is easily more polished, more affecting, and more enduring than their peers would dream of making, and stake their claim as one of the most gloriously unpredictable and invaluable bands on the scene right now.
Hello everyone! Santoro here providing you with that is going to be listed under local music news (for lack of a better category). I’m going to take a minute to talk about a band that I recently got to see play a show. Now, this isn’t so much of a review of their show, since I didn’t go to the show with that mindset. This is just a full out endorsement of a band that played music I enjoyed, put on a good stage show and just looked like really nice people. Anyway, that was a long intro and maybe I should mention the band name…wait, it’s in the title of the post so hopefully you have figured it out by now.