On March 31, We Are Harlot will have their debut, self titled album available for purchase. Before its released though, they decided to stream it on the internet, which is how Immortal Music found this album.
After hearing the singles previously released from this album, "Denial" and "Dancing On Nails", the curiosity was high.
The curiosity was met with some incredible work, that actually got a lot deeper than expected. While you do still have your sexual songs and a song about partying, you also have some very sweet ones that were slightly unexpected.
The entire album is very impressive, and highly worth the anticipation. They have been working on some of the lyrics since 2011 and it shows a lot. We Are Harlot lived up to expectations and blew them completely out of the water. Many were skeptical when front man, Danny Worsnop departed from his former band, Asking Alexandria for this, but anyone who listens to this will know he made the right choice.
As previously said, the whole album is impressive, but some tracks stood out better than others. "Never Turn Back", "Someday" and, "The One."
"Never Turn Back" is both sweet and sort of sexual, because he seems to be speaking of a girl and how she makes him feel. "She's not an angel but she takes me to heaven, she's not the devil but she makes me feel so...I don't know." Everyone has at some point not really known how to word how they were feeling. That's usually where we turn to music, but sometimes its nice just to hear flat out what we feel in the lyrics we listen to. Also, you have to love that he at one point goes, "Don't stop...don't stop..so close." What was surprising though was that he did not moan after that. He did scream, but no sexual sounds were thrown in. Still was a great touch and we appreciated it.
"Someday" was a surprising twist. Never before had such a sweet song been performed by Danny Worsnop. Its more melodic than we were used to, and the intro seemed very reminiscent of "Tonight" by Seether, and it appears to be about missing someone while you're on tour and promising to return soon. Its just rather sweet, and that's what made it stand out.
With a title like, "The One", you would expect it to be all sweet and romantic? Well, if you think that for this particular song, you would be wrong. Its actually a song about going out and finding someone to 'have a good time' with for the night. "I can't see clearly because you're beauty is killing me. Follow me home, you might be the one. I'm losing my self control, falling in lust you know. Others can try -I think you might be the one tonight." Some of those lyrics may be quoted wrong, but that is (hopefully) very close to what the song says. Its quite catchy, both in lyrics and rhythm and is just done all around great.
As previously mentioned, we were highly impressed with this album, and cannot wait to catch We Are Harlot live in concert one of these days. They have very high potential and will definitely be going far. You can get their debut, self titled album officially on March 31, 2015, but you can listen to it now on Roadrunner Record's Soundcloud.
A Love Like Pi is an electrica rock band from New York City, and they recently released an EP called Jack And The Giant.
A Love Like Pi may hail from New York, but their music is out of this world. Most tracks have a sort of 'sci-fi' feel to them, and that makes them stand out.
The whole EP is very interesting, but the stand out tracks are "Cats" and the EP's title track, Jack And The Giant.
"Cats", just by name is sure to grab the attention of many, but it also is one of those songs that you can definitely picture being played in a movie. There's not a ton to it, but that's what makes it cool, and frankly, it needs its own music video. Put a really good story to go with it, and there you go -you have a great video! Plus, a lyric stood out in it! Which was, "Take my sleep, but don't take my dreaming." That was just beautiful.
"Jack And The Giant" is...interesting. it starts off a bit like a lullaby, and at first seems like its going to be quite inspiring. It is, in a way all of its own. "My little adventurer, it seems you've lost your way -its okay." That line alone could remind people that its alright to get a bit lost and confused sometimes. In times like that, its okay to just admit you need the help and accept it. We all do sometimes.
Over all, its a very good EP and if anyone is into electronic music, they will more than likely enjoy this EP.
Be sure to check out A Love Like Pi and remember that you can get their EP now on iTunes.
World Painted Blood is the latest release from Slayer, which came out in 2009. While they are working to change that, their World Painted Blood album is a perfect example of how Slayer stands out from other bands of their genre. Slayer has been able to cover bases that a lot of other bands are unable to do, and its something incredible.
The power in Tom Araya's vocals are far more eminent on this album, you can truly hear the passion in his voice. That's always something to admire.
The title track, "World Painted Blood", while its good lyrically, does feel a bit slow for Slayer, which throws us off a little bit. That being said, the spoken vocals in it are a very nice touch.
The album does have its slower tracks, but it also has killer fast paced ones such as "Hate Worldwide", which sounds like its trying to punch your speakers out. Plus, some tracks are just made to be played live, like "Psychopathy Red" and "Unit 731."
Speaking of, "Psychopathy Red" hands down is our favorite track on the album because of the way it sounds and the story it tells. Its kind of a morbid story in a way, as it seems to be about a suicide but it may open some eyes. Which is something highly important when it comes to lyrics.
Over all, Slayer did a wonderful job, though we cannot wait to hear what they have in store for us for this year. Who knows? They may have just topped themselves once more on the greatness scale.
This album review was a requested one from Jack Toresen!
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