Before I begin saying everything I feel like saying, I want to explain why I am doing this. Ben Bruce and Danny Worsnop did an interview with Radio.com where they talk about various things, none of which were good to hear. One particular thing that doesn't make sense to me, is to hear Ben say that 90's grunge music killed metal music. Please click here to watch the interview, and then return here. If you do not do so, you might be slightly confused about everything I am about to say.
This interview made me stop and think a bit. It did not make me stop and think that they were right though. I do not think they are right in the slightest, in fact, I feel like they have no room to talk. I am a fan of Asking Alexandria, but I do not think they have room to talk. They appear to live the stereotypical rockstar lifestyle. We all know the kind. Its the kind where you're partying all night, sleeping with random strangers multiple times a night, drinking heavily and doing drugs. Follow all this up with passing out, and sleeping the day away until its show time, and then you do it all over again. This is the life AA has always claimed to live, and yes, they do appear to be living such a life. That is no reason to brag, nor is that a reason to say things such as "Nirvana killed metal." They did not say that in those exact words, but it was fully implied by Mr. Ben Bruce himself.
My immediate though when Ben said that was, "How can one genre totally kill another?" Especially something as different as grunge verse 'heavy metal'. There's a very bold line between the two genres, so how can they be compared? Genres can evolve and fade out, but I fail to see how one that is no where near similar to another can kill another. I've seen a quote that says, "Punk's not dead, it just went pop." That phrase makes sense to me, because "pop punk" is a form of punk, its just simply very upbeat and "poppy". Some like it, some don't. That does not mean though that someone is going to go, "Aw man, I can't be in a punk band! Punk's dead, man." If someone wants to make music in a certain genre, they can do it.
Things just change, that's all. Consider the fact that Elvis Presley is considered to be the "King Of Rock N Roll." I personally do not consider him to be 'rock and roll' at all. I don't quite know what I'd call him, but when I hear Rock N Roll, I do not picture Elvis Presley styles. I think of Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Seether, ect. That being said, as much as I love music, I am horrible at naming genres. I like what I like, and that's honestly what matters to me. Its what matters to most, honestly.
This whole thing has me really wondering. About music in general, and what in the hell Danny and Ben were thinking when they decided to say all they did in that interview. I have already heard some people say that they have lost some respect for them over this, and questioned if Ben was drinking vodka in his water bottle. Given, this was on the heels of me questioning if they were intoxicated in any way while they gave this interview, but still, it was something to consider.
I am not questioning my respect for them, however, I am questioning their respect for the business they're in. To say Nirvana killed a genre they weren't even part of, and then to say Metallica is shit. Its not only setting them up for a lot of malevolence, but it might cost them some fans as well.
Danny and Ben made a big mistake saying all they did in that interview.
Yesterday, through the messages on the Facebook page, someone said something to me that continues to stick in my mind. On some level, I took it as a compliment. Not necessarily a compliment for myself fully, but actually for someone else.
I was talking to someone I shall not name about our favorite artists, and I mentioned Adam Gontier. As many know, I am a big fan of his work. I will never deny that, nor the fact that I say his lyrics are the reason I am who I am today. Had I never listened to Three Days Grace, I question if I would have ever gotten into music to the level I am today. Had that never happened, you would not be reading this message, and would probably not have a clue who I am. Music is everything to me, and it all started with Three Days Grace.
I told this person that, and mentioned that it was primarily Adam's lyrics that drew me in, and lead me down the path I'm heading down. Their reaction was to say that because of that, they appreciated Adam's lyrics that much more.
It might be slightly peculiar to take this as a compliment in a way, but I do. It kind of warms my heart to hear someone say that because of me, they appreciate someone's work more. For that person to be the main inspiration in my life too. It just has left me with a case of the "Warm fuzzies", and in a way, I'm slightly honored.
I don't know why I wanted to tell you guys this, I just did. It was important to me, and I try to tell 'fans' of the Facebook page, or even the website about the meaningful things in my life. Sorry if this was weird, or anything of that sort. I just felt like sharing.
Avril Lavigne's video for "Hello Kitty" might possibly be the laughing stock of the internet. After avoiding watching it, just due to the fact that I'm not a fan of the song all the much, I decided to see if I agreed with the internet or not.
Most were saying it was am embarrassment, among other things. Personally, the video does not surprise me a bit, considering the song's content. The video, frankly, fits the song. The song seems to focus on "Kawaii" things, 'kawaii' means cute. However, its obvious that this song is far from Avril's best work lyrically. I mean, when a song says things like "Someone chuck a cupcake at me." and "Let's play truth or dare now, we can roll around in our underwear." Can you really expect a brilliant music video?
It could have been worse, it could have called down every Asian stereotype there is, or had some trippy special effects. The entire video simply has just left me thinking....what the hell was she thinking? Or the people who came up with the video, if she wasn't the mastermind behind it all.
For that matter, how did "Hello Kitty" even become the new single for this album? She has such better songs on that album, such as "Bad Girl" featuring Marilyn Manson, or "Let Me Go" featuring her own husband, Chad Kroger. Given, if they made "Bad Girl" its own music video, it could have a parental advisory, and an age limit on YouTube, but that song has potential to be a great video!
"Hello Kitty", frankly, got the video I expected -a crappy one. That's the blunt truth. Sorry Avril, this is probably your worst work yet. Though her outfit in the video was nice. Not worthy of wearing out and about for every day wear, but cute enough that it'd be a cool Halloween outfit or something.
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I received a message earlier on the Facebook page about a virtually unknown artist named MikelWJ. This artist is not my style in the slightest, but what he has to say might just help some people through the day. It just so happens that most of his songs appear to be about helping those who struggle with self harm and depression to have some hope.
Musically, he might be an acquired taste. He is a rapper, and that might not be your taste, but it is highly recommended that you give him a chance. It might just give you that much needed push to get you through the day. Below are videos for a couple of his songs, which are titled, "Please Don't Cut", "Dear Diary" and "Help me". You can also check him out on Facebook, Twitter, and find his music on iTunes.
Please know that there is forever a better outlet. Life gets hard, but do not take it out on yourself. Also, know you are never alone, and talking to someone will help.
Remedy X, formerly known as We're All Virus, is an alternative rock band from Southwest Florida. While this may be the first time you have ever heard them, this will be far from the last.
They are still up and coming for now, as that is a given in any band's career, but they have heard from many that they have the potential to go far.
To help this potential, it'd be much appreciated if you would check them out on Facebook, Reverbnation, and Twitter. You can get their first full length album, Ephemeral, as well as their debut EP on iTunes now.
They are also currently in the Battle Of The Bands for both the 2014 Vans Warped tour, and Rock On The Range 2014. If you could please go vote for them, that would be much appreciated as well.
You may have just found your new favorite band, you never know!
When you hear the words “acoustic show”, you tend to expect everyone being exceptionally mellow, right? Well, this show was not quite like that. Between Dolt, Elisium, and the incredible Zach Myers and Justin Moore, the energy was quite the opposite. At moments, such as when Zach and Justin decided to play the classic Shinedown song, “45”, the entire room was singing at the top of their lungs.
There’s very few things more incredible in this world than people coming together simply for the music. Zach said it best on stage when he said that what he loved about the acoustic shows he personally has been involved with, you can take away the drums and electric aspects and still have an incredible song. This spread through all acts; it’s actually fairly rare when all the acts are equally as talented. This was one of those rare nights when you are simply amazed by everyone involved. Dolt, a local band that is on the heavier scale of things opened the night by being “Angrily acoustic”, as their singer Tyler Kluesner stated during their set. They set up a certain vibe for the night that simply proved that there were no rockstars in the room. Everyone was just there for a good time, and to say a good time was delivered is an understatement.
Elisium, an alternative rock band from Virginia really stole the show. Between their singer, Nate Compton sounding nearly identical to Maynard James Keenan and his awe inspiring cover of “Snuff” by Slipknot, they left the perfect first impression on all of us Floridians that were freshly introduced to them.
Then came time for the act everyone had been waiting for –Zach Myers and Justin Moore. This was a short night for them, though they still played a two hour set filled with their own work, and some of their favorite songs. This included, “Rocket man” by Sir Elton John, “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, and a bunch more. The very unique thing about this particular set was, they had no set list. They were playing whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, for however long they wanted to. Zach even stated on stage that the show could go on as long as people wanted. The only condition was he insisted that he was going to get people to sing along. Before the show had begun, we had heard that he was beginning to lose his voice and this performance showed why. Not only were they doing exceptionally long sets every night, but both Zach and Justin both gave a performance of about three hundred and fifty percent.
The best part about their entire performance was the fact that you could tell they were genuinely just there because they wanted to play music with their best friend by their side. It was honestly one of the sweetest, and best things to have ever happened at a concert. It stands as another reminder among millions that music can be a very powerful bond between people.
Big thanks to:
· Yabo’s in Fort Myers, Florida for putting on this show
· Brad Thompson for allowing Immortal Music to cover this show.
·Dolt, Elisium, Justin Moore and Zach Myers for putting on a wonderful performance.
· Zach Myers, Justin Moore and Elisium for agreeing to do interviews with Immortal Music.
· All three acts for allowing it all to be filmed.
· Everyone that came out to the show in support.
Please be sure to check out Immortal Music on Facebook for all of the photos from this event, as well as YouTube for interviews, and footage of performances from all the bands!
A little bit ago on Facebook, I posted a very vague status saying “Guys, I’m quitting.” Several people responded and I appreciate the feedback more than you know. Its nice to see that people actually do care, because it often feels like nobody does. However, there is some stuff you do not know yet. For starters, I feel simply terrible that I posted the status. I hesitated to do so, and then almost deleted it moments after posting it. It has now been deleted, because I did receive a response that I was simply not okay with. It is never alright to tell someone that they are shit, and that they should die so the world would be a better place. Never tell someone to kill themselves. If I ever see anyone do that, rest assured, I will be yelling at that person because that is something I simply do not tolerate. Once you say something like that, you cannot take it back. Even if you say, “April fool’s.” it is not a funny joke. Don’t ever say it.
This was one of the responses I received, and I did tell them off for it. I told most people the truth, that I get discouraged sometimes and frankly wanted to see if anyone really cared. That may make me sound like an attention whore, but please know I do feel bad that I brought this on. I did not do it for attention, I did it because I do get to thinking that to most, I am nothing more than just a fan girl with a Facebook page. Sometimes I get the feeling that maybe that’s all I am -a fan with a page. I see it as so much more than that, and I know a few others do too, but I often feel like its never going to be the levels I think I’m capable of. “The life I think about is so much better than this.” That quote does come from One X by Three Days Grace, and it is exactly what I think. Such a life takes a lot of time and effort to get, and part of me feels like I can do this, but another part of me is ridden of self doubt. Despite what some have said, I do partly question if I’m wasting my time.
What adds to that is the only thing that seems to have any obvious and steady progress is the Facebook page, and nothing else. Ideally, it all would grow together, not separately. Instead, its just the page. What the majority of the responses said were, “I love this page.” And don’t get me wrong, that means a lot to me. I appreciate that a lot because frankly, I put a lot into that page. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through that page and had some awesome conversations. I just sometimes stop and think of all I do currently, and all I want to do and get kind of bummed that the only thing that matters to anyone else is the page.
Now I know, what others think really doesn’t matter, but on some level, it does matter to me. Sorry if that’s not right of me, but it does effect me on some level. However, I am not giving up. I can’t give up. Ironically, on the heels of me deciding to quit, I posted a video on my YouTube channel about discouragement and not giving into it. Two different people quoted my own words back at me, and they had already been in my head. I’m too damn stubborn to ever really give up. I hope others are too. I just sort of stop and wonder if I’m wasting my time trying to do something that seems worth while, but really isn’t. That’s not really something anyone can tell me now is it? If I’m wasting my time or not, I don’t think anyone can tell me that. That is something only time can tell. Or so I currently think.
This was a stupid April Fool’s day prank, but it did have some valid meaning behind it. I have been considering quitting, and giving up. Just being the fun Facebook page admin everyone thinks I am just for fun, but something in me refuses to let me. I can’t tell you if its just my nature, the lyrics that inspire me, or the lovely words from others that keep me from allowing myself to give up, but its something. Thank you for your support, it means the world to me. I apologize as well for scaring anyone. Everything’s okay, I promise.
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