Friday, August 31, 2012

Circa Survive: Violent Waves

For those of of you who are interested in Circa Survive, I'm sure you're as excited as I am about the new album, "Violent Waves." Circa produced this album completely on their own, no record labels were involved, nobody to interfere with their writing process. This is a completely unique album in comparison to the rest of their recordings so far; they wanted an album that captured the sound of their live performance, so the entire thing was recorded in only one week.

Violent Waves opens with a 7 minute long journey titled "Birth of the Economic Hit Man," the album as a whole reminds me of Juturna in a lot of ways; spacey and eerie. There is a lot of reverb being used constantly throughout the album, more so than in their previous works; you can definitely pick up on this in their second song "Sharp Practice." Some find it off-putting at first, but don't let it dissuade you from the entirety of the album, it definitely works together.

There is still that aggressive attack in the music that we've seen in previous Circa Survive albums, "The Lottery" pulls no punches in that area. But there are also songs like "Suitcase" and "My Only Friend" that seem to have a quality --lyrically-- similar to Anthony Green's solo albums, a nice touch indeed. In the same line of his solo albums, Phantasmagoria seems almost like it was written for an Anthony Green offshoot song, but with a taste of Circa mixed in to give it a very grooving feel.

If you're still excited to get your hands on the album, I highly recommend it. Even if at first you aren't too into it, give it time; it grows on you. Be prepared for a journey of thoughts and imagination, Green's lyrics have a way of speaking to people in ways no other vocalist can. In "Brother Song," for instance, it's almost as if the sole purpose is to give you a feeling of nostalgia and reminiscence.

All things said and done, Circa is in definite need of some praise for a job well done on the new album.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

About the Lapse...

Hey guys, I know it's been a long... long long time since I last posted, but I am off of school this semester due to a 2 week period I will be in Bulgeria playing music in September, so I decided to pick this back up! There are a lot of really exciting things coming up in the music industry this year (and some things that have already happened) that I can't wait to talk more about, so stick around and see what's up!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Circa Survive: Appendage (EP)


Circa Survive has long been recognized as one of the most influential bands of their time in the the Alternative Rock genre. Every album they have released has had it's own special attraction, more notably the more recent LP "Blue Sky Noise," which (for those who are familiar with Anthony Green's struggles) carried a very aggressive, angry, and scared tone behind it. That being said, Green has a talent for writing lyrics that can be interpreted into just about anything the listener is feeling, and that trend continues into their new EP "Appendage."

The first song titled "Sleep Underground (Demo)" has a haunting, yet soothing feel that brings you into a relaxing openness. With beautiful harmonies and lyrics, this song definitely sets the mood for the rest of the EP. The next song is "Stare Like You'll Stay;" There is a lot of talk going around that this song is about God, but Anthony has yet to comment on this. The musicianship in this album is incredible, and it fits perfectly with the tone Green sets with his vocals.

Although this album is an extended play from Blue Sky Noise, it could have (and should have) been it's own album. This EP is an expression of hope in Anthony Green's life, characterized primarily by him becoming a father recently. There is, however, no doubt in my mind that this album has to have had some form of spiritual influence as well; namely because of the final song, "Lazarus," which is the name of a man in the Bible who was raised from the dead by Jesus and began a new life. Although Green makes no reference to this story whatsoever in his lyrics, the song can be interpreted as a cry for change. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, Green's lyrics are universal in the sense that they can be interpreted into whatever the listener wants them to be. This is just one of the many views of the song.

However you look at "Appendage," one thing is for sure: Circa Survive has created another successful and inspiring compilation of songs that spread beyond the boundaries they had once set.

Here is a link to purchase "Appendage":

Friday, November 26, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops

For those of you vidya game folk out there, I'm sure you've already tried your hand at Treyarch's newest creation Black Ops. I must admit, I've never been a fan of Treyarch, and their last attempt at the CoD franchise sickened me excluding the zombie mode, but I decided to give Black Ops a shot regardless.

My first rating of the game would have been something like this:

Single Player 9/10
Multiplayer 5/10
Zombie Mode 10/10

Needless to say, my expectations of it were held pretty high considering the hype it was gathering up from the media; but I have to say I was initially let down pretty hard by the multiplayer. The entire time I was playing I was plagued by missed knife attempts that seemingly slid right through the enemy, enemies knifing me through gunfire, and horrid levels that seemed too focused on the background rather than the actual playablility therein.

However, I felt that maybe I dropped the gavel too soon and decided to give Treyarch a second chance; after all the single player was a stroke of genius! I had actually been telling my brother only earlier this year that they needed to make a game that took place in Vietnam, and behold, Treyarch offered a startlingly realistic portrayal of it. And the fact that the whole thing is a flashback was a pretty neat take on storytelling in the fps realm.
Back to my point though, I tried my hand one last time at the multiplayer experience; and suddenly, something clicked. The controls became recognizable and the levels became more clear! There was still the issue with my knife attacks going right through enemies, but aside from that I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Bringing my newest opinion of the game into effect:

Single player 9/10
Multiplayer 9/10
Zombie Mode 10/10

Now I know I have yet to say anything about zombie's, and you are probably curious as to why it has such a high rating in my books. So here you go:

The zombie mode blends the CoD gameplay with Left4Dead-like levels and enemies. The intensity of the whole game mode has been stepped up drastically, and the numerous things you can do within the levels themselves is remarkable. Treyarch even took it a step further by giving us an Arcade mode of zombies (which is extremely fun I must say) and another game mode that allows players to become JFK, Castro, Nixon, or McNamara -- it should be noted that this game mode (called "Five") is significantly more challenging than the others.

Now, back to the multiplayer. Treyarch added a boatload of new features in online play including a point system that allows players to unlock weapon attachments and things of the sort in whatever order they desire as opposed to waiting until a set rank to unlock it. They also gave players a great amount of customizing capabilities for their weapon classes, literally giving you thousands of options for creating your own unique weapons class all the way down placing your own customizable emblem on the side of the gun!

All-in-all, I'm glad I gave this game a second chance; and if any of you want to play online sometime, I'm on the PS3 and my ID is Noobs_4_Lunch
I gotta warn you though... I'm a beast ;)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sorry about the dry period!!

Hey readers! Sorry I haven't been posting lately! I've been super busy with school, work -- and get this-- MY OWN BAND!
That's right! I have finally started up my own band and we are currently in the process of recording our first demo! So if you guys are interested in checking out our sound give us a listen at or find us on facebook by searching "Epoch In Epitaph."

We are a progressive/alternative rock band. So hopefully you all are interested!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Band Reunions

In the current fast paced music industry, bands are breaking up and reuniting constantly, and the past few years been great for reunions; some of the more notable bands that have gotten back together are Sunny Day Real Estate, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police, and Guns n' Roses. But with the way things are going, I think any one of us could be hopeful enough that one of our old favorite bands might one day reunite and tour near us.

The Deftones have also reunited recently and are currently on tour with progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria. Following this trend is the Misfits with a slightly modified all-star cast, and Stone Temple Pilots. To elaborate more, Van Halen has announced a reunion tour; however, a lot of people seem to be upset about this, deeming it as unnecessary.

There have also been lots of rumors floating around about bands that are planning reunions, these include The Who, Radiohead, Led Zepplin, and System of a Down. In the end, I believe it's only a matter of time before most past bands (the ones that made names for themselves) decide to do reunion shows. So if your favorite band hasn't announced a tour, keep your chin up, maybe it will happen soon!

Also, if you have heard of some reunion shows that I didn't name, go ahead and post them in the comments!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Coheed and Cambria: Big Finale?

Coheed released their final concept album earlier this year, and while some people seemed unsatisfied with it, overall I would have to say it is one of their best albums yet. So what will Coheed do now that they are finished with concept albums? Will they continue to write music under the same band name or will they disband Coheed and Cambria and pursue their own separate endeavors?

Coheed and Cambria has made a career out of pleasing and wowing their fans in concert and through the sheer genius of their music. Despite criticism from all sides of the board, they have continuously written great music and a deep story line. And now, in what could very well be the last days of Coheed, they have gone all out for their fans embarking on multiple tours in this year alone! Touring with bands like Circa Survive, Porcupine Tree, The Dear Hunter, and- on their latest tour- The Deftones.

But aside from pleasing fans, what underlying message do all these tours present? Could this be a "grand finale" to end the path of this masterpiece? Now, let's assume this is the end of Coheed and Cambria as a band, should this mean it is the end of the story for the Coheed and Cambria story? I have reason to believe not. Rumor has it that Claudio, in addition to finish releasing the comics, has plans on releasing a movie- either in several animated installments or a few movie releases (do I hear an epic coming along?).

Whatever the case may be, I think it will be a good while before the tale of Coheed and Cambria is finally laid to rest, and until then, go enjoy some of their concerts! I've personally seen them 3 times this year.