On March 5, 2021, A Day To Remember, one of the heaviest pop punk bands you may ever encounter, finally were able to release their much anticipated seventh studio album, You're Welcome!
The album has been teased since the summer of 2019, with the original release date of November 2019. After some legal issues, followed by an eventual lawsuit with Victory Records, the album got pushed back. They kept this information fairly hush hush, but over the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown, fans were begging the band to just drop the album. One of them finally publicly said something along the lines of, "Can we? Yes. Legally, no." And that was the first confirmation I personally had that there was an issue, but it was extremely obvious there was some sort of issue.
It had been five years since they released Bad Vibrations, and the band had never gone that long without a release. So, it is completely obvious without saying that his album has been highly anticipated. Not to mention, the band had also teased that this album resurrected some of their heavier work, and alluded to the idea that it might have included some of their heaviest work yet. We're intrigued, I'm sure you are too! Without further a due, let's get into this album, shall we?
The first single, "Degenerates" was released in August 2019, and offered track that leaned a bit more toward their umbrella genre, pop punk than most of their discography does. Some mixed reviews came out, including from myself, but over time it grew on me and really became an anthem about loving your friends even with their quirks and imperfections. Its over all just a catchy, fun song.
Four more singles have been released since then, with the last one being, "Everything We Need" back in January of this year.
The biggest theme I noticed with this album was anger, and it was obvious that this was all directed at someone in particular. I'm left to wonder if maybe it had something to do with record labels, and their higher up's. Since the recent issues were not the first problems A Day To Remember have faced. They also were not kidding when they said this album had resurrected their heavier works, this album delivered the bass we all know and love. All while also giving us more of a pop punk vibe than I'd say they've given us since What Separates Me From You came out.
I can already picture the future mosh pits with "Last To Dance (Bad Friends)" and can we just appreciate the lyrical content? "You're just a bad friend -FUCK IT." The energy off of that line is incredible, you can feel the true level of angst, and anger, and just being over all done with whoever this was about. And the closing line, "No one will carry your casket." GOD DAMN, WHO HURT YOU? I love it. Not that they've been hurt of course, but just the sheer power and energy is incredible. Me typing it out does it absolutely no justice, you have to hear it for yourself.
Its extremely obvious that there were a lot of bridges burned in their personal lives, and they absolutely poured their hearts into this album. Fans will not be disappointed a bit, its got a little bit of everything A Day To Remember has ever served us, but done in new ways. I admit, I can't say every song stood out to me, I found myself kind of wanting to skip, "Viva La Mexico", for no real reason, and I don't see myself turning, "Only Money" often, but only because that one is extremely personal and emotional. Its about Jeremy McKinnon's grandma passing away, and the reflection upon that. Its a beautiful, heartfelt song, but its definitely one of those songs you primarily turn on when you're feeling a similar way and looking to have a good cry alone in your car.
Picking favorites felt a little difficult for me, partly because I've been thinking lately about how I do my reviews and I know my currently favorites will probably change over time. I write my reviews as I listen to the album the first time, just to give a raw first reaction.. But over time, my opinions always change.
Currently, I feel as though my favorites are, "Bloodsucker", "Last To Dance (Bad Friends)", and "High Diving." That being said though, there's not a single song on this album I disliked. Its once again a hard hitting, extremely well done album from A Day To Remember. I also just really want to appreciate some of the one liners in this album, not just the line previously mentioned from "Last to Dance." Like the one in "High Diving", "I'm on the edge and scared of heights." I felt that one on a very personal level, and I just love how that was expressed. Truly just captured feeling overwhelmed in one line.
Its been well worth the wait, and congratulations to them for being able to finally release it. I'm sure that's a weight off their shoulders. Please go check it out wherever music is sold or streaming. The band posted it themselves over on YouTube, its also on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, ect. They also have brand new merch available over on their website, so be sure to check that out as well!
Okay, okay, I know I'm a little late to this but you know what? I want to talk about it. I've never been a fan of Machine Gun Kelly's work, I'll start with that. I've liked him when he's been featured in other things, but his original work has never been my vibe really. He's obviously always leaned more toward rap, and that's never been my scene. Can't say it never will be, but it has yet to be for the most part.
However, as I'm sure most of you already know, on September 25 of this year, MGK released his first pop punk album, Tickets to My Downfall. That's so up my ally, so I got curious and looked it up after hearing so many people raving about this change for him. The first song I heard was "forget me too", featuring Halsey, and I absolutely loved that one. I cannot get it out of my head, and I really like the almost Paramore vibes Halsey brought into the mix. Plus I kind of love the angsty, post-break up, you're still attached but trying to fight it vibes.
While we're on the topic of Paramore, I really like his cover of "Misery Business." There's something about his voice on that cover that's just perfect. That is a bonus track on the album, for those wondering. There's actually six bonus tracks, but we're not going to get into all of them. We have a lot of ground to cover with this album anyway. I do want to quick mention, "Bodybag" which features Yungblood and Bert McCracken from The Used. I straight up didn't know the song existed until I was discussing this album with a friend while working on this review and discovered its on a bonus edition that I did not purchase. And excuse me....MGK, WHY did this track not make it on the main album? Its super catchy, their voices flow incredibly well and its actually got a handful of depth to it.
That is one slight issue I found with this album. While its all very catchy, and hits most of the typical pop punk points, I found it was lacking a bit of depth. Throughout the album, it very much so felt like MGK was stuck in quarantine, listening to a lot of pop punk and just went, "Huh, you know what? I could totally do this." And made a pop punk narrative. Which is by no means a bad thing in any way. Fiction is its own artform, and its not something that's always discussed when it comes to music. We always think of personal experiences, not just getting inspired and writing about something you've simply just created. That's an artform in and of itself, but one of the things I love about pop punk and emo music is the emotion.
It could just be the place I'm in mentally right now, but I didn't really connect with most of these songs. I found them catchy and fun, and I see the effort and talent, but it feels very much like, "Look at me, I'm emo and edgy now." Several songs gave me that vibe or the "I got my heart broken and I'm going to get drunk and cry about it" energy. Which is most definitely a common theme in pop punk, its crying about your emotions, trying to drown it in various things, or bitching about your home town. Don't pretend you didn't just smirk at that, because I know I did and we all know its true.
It definitely sounded like he had a lot of fun making this album, and I love that. Music should be fun to create, and I love that he's branched out. The fact the MGK is able to genre jump and go from rap, to featuring in rock and metal, to making a full pop punk album really show cases his talent a lot. This is definitely one of those albums you throw on in the car while you're out with friends, or as background noise while you clean the house. Its not something you sit down and relate to really, but it doesn't have to be.
My favorites honestly are "forget me too", and "concerts for aliens." I already explained "forget me too", but "concert for aliens" not only just felt like he had fun writing it, but has one of those lines you sit there and relate to. "I know that I'm immature but at least I'm not a god damn failure." Its a bit of a simple song, but it fits that millennial vibe of trying your damnest, yet still feeling like you're never quite hitting the mark. You're going through the motions and doing pretty much the opposite of what people want you to do. Plus it had some Blink-182 vibes to it, which is a must for pop punk.
Over all, I really approve of this album. I honestly would have never imagined there'd be a day where I'd enjoy an MGK album, but here we are. The day has come. So tell me, what are your thoughts on the album? Or just genre jumping in general? Do you love it when artists try and branch out, or do you think they should stick to their lane? While you're at it, let us know your favorite songs on the album. You can check out Tickets to My Downfall wherever you get your music.
Immortal Music is nine years old, and I've actually been doing reviews for about ten and a half, technically speaking. Not all of them have made it to the internet, and that's probably for the better in all honesty. But with that in mind, due to how long its been, my opinions have changed on some albums. Some I hated back in the day, I love now, and some that I was borderline obsessed with now fall to the way side for me.
Lately I've reconnected with some friends who share my love of music, and in all honesty, I think that's exactly what I needed in my life. One topic that has come up frequently with them is My Chemical Romance. One day we got on the topic of their last album, Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. As you can tell by the title, I wanted to revisit this album, because I solidly remember listening to that album for the first time and being very disappointed in it. This album is about to have its TEN YEAR anniversary. Please let that sink in. Also please tell me that shocked someone else as much as it is still shocking me.
I had a hard time finding my original review, in the depths of the website, then had my mind completely blown, if that wasn't already obvious. This album came out November 22, 2010. I SOLIDLY thought it was 2012, roughly. As it turns out, I'm just forgetful as fuck, because I originally reviewed the album on June 9, 2011, and I gave it such a crappy review. I gave it a two star rating, started the whole review by saying, "I found Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys to be a huge disappointment. Given, The Black Parade is a hard album to follow, but they could have done ten times better with this one." I also remember verbally saying "If Simple Plan would have done this album, I would have liked it." I actually thought I put it in the the review, I apparently didn't though.
I just have one thing to say now....WHAT THE FUCK WAS WRONG WITH ME BACK THEN? Eighteen year old me clearly had zero idea what she was talking about, and it baffles me that this was near the start of my career and yet I still somehow did decently for myself for a while.
I digress, excuse me. This is clearly going to be a long one, buckle up. If you've been around for a while, you know I either say very little or way too much. Part of my charm, right? That's what I'm going to keep telling myself. ANYWAY.
So I only gave credit to two songs back then were, "Sing" and "The Only Hope For Me Is You." Which I still absolutely love, but my reasonings back then were so plain and basic. I said "Sing" was just catchy -what the fuck was wrong with me? Just catchy? Hell no, its so much more than that, and I'm positive its incredible live. Its basically a song of unity, but I just said it was catchy. Seriously, why didn't anyone call me out on that?
"Sing" is still absolutely one of my favorites off of Danger Days, I just apparently have matured in ten years and learned to actually appreciate it for what it was. But I'd also say Destroya is a favorite, and actually for the catchy beat this time, "Planetary (GO!)" as well. I honestly don't think there's a song on the album I don't like now. I do gravitate the most toward "Sing", that I will say. Maybe that's basic, but its genuinely a great song.
Is this album my favorite from MCR? No, and frankly, it probably never will be. Is it as awful as I said it was nine years ago? Absolutely not. Its a solid album, and because of its differences from any other work they've ever released, now I'd actually say its a showcase of their true talent. Also if you're wondering, my favorite MCR album is Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.
I don't know why I felt like doing this, I just did. I've really been thinking of making this a series, where I revisit old albums I reviewed and seeing how my tastes have changed over the years. There's albums like this one where I'm sure they grew on me, and I went from borderline hating them, to absolutely loving them. Vice versa as well, I'm sure. Phases with music are absolutely a thing.
If you guys are interested in that, please actually let me know. Your interactions and encouragement really do impact my motivation to actually write. Also, while you're at it, let me know your thoughts on the Danger Days album? Did you love it from the start, or were you more like me where it had to grow on you? Let me know! You can comment below, over on Facebook, or randomly on Instagram, if you feel so fit.
Yesterday, April 24, 2020 The Used released their eighth studio album, Heartwork. Prior to the release, there's been three different singles, along with a handful of marketing that was reminiscent of tarot cards. It all started with the first single, "Blow Me"which was released December 5 of last year. Which is not actually about what you'd expect, given the name. It honestly brings up suicide awareness, and offers a few new elements to The Used's sound. Including a new screaming style, that admittedly I was a bit torn on upon the first couple listens. It grew on me eventually though.
The Used is constantly growing and evolving their sound. Somehow with each album, they still feel like themselves but still slightly different. This particular album had a lot of depth, and frankly had a few songs that felt somewhat topical for the world we live in today. Some of which they weren't even aware of at the time of writing and recording this album. This is definitely one of those albums that requires more than one listen to to fully appreciate it, and to really get a good feel for it.
Right off the bat though, I have to say I really like the sound they've created for this album. It feels oddly kind of calm for the most part. Like something you can turn on and just vibe to, as most of the internet seems to say these days. That being said, it still has its moments of getting you to nod, borderline headbang to it, because come on, its still The Used. That's a must with them. Anyone who's followed their music for any period of time knows that.
As with every album, a handful of songs really stood out to me. My favorite was probably "Bloody Nose", as its one of those songs that you turn on when shit is hitting the fan, but you're still persevering regardless of the circumstances. Despite that though, you do still have your moments of weakness where you're questioning if maybe you deserve what's being thrown at you. Maybe its karma. Chances are its not life punishing you, but the thought has passed through almost everyone's mind at some point.
Another song that I really wanted to highlight was, "Wow, I Hate This Song", because first of all, the title made me laugh. Prior to listening to it, I pictured Bert McCracken writing an untitled song, looking at it, stating that he hated the song, and then proceeding to write it on the page. And then someone took him seriously. After listening to it, I realized that was absolutely not the case, but it was still an amusing mental image for me. The song actually is more about life, but comparing it to an annoying song on the radio that somehow still gets stuck in your head. As someone who finds a way to connect music to literally every aspect of my life, I greatly appreciated this song. Especially the, "Holy fuck, I hate this song." sentiment. Its very genuine, and we've all felt that before.
Congratulations are in order for The Used for making yet another wonderful album, I respect it and will keep listening to it to see how much it grows on me. Who knows, it might just become my next favorite thing. We shall see. For anyone interested, you can listen to Heartwork basically wherever music is available. Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, you know the drill with all that good stuff. Head on over to your favorite one and their official website to see all their merch that's currently available.
It is also worth mention that The Used is also doing something very special right now, just to shed some light on those making a difference in this incredibly difficult time. They are putting together a music video for "The Lighthouse",which is a track I did not bring up in this review. They are asking fans to submit videos of doctors, nurses, grocery workers. Anyone who's putting their lives on the line right now for everyone. You can only do this until April 28, so get your videos submitted now before its too late. You can do this through Google Docs, just click here for the form and further information. Stay safe, everyone! We'll get through this.
While gathering suggestions for the 2020 Immortal Music Awards, I had a few people nominate Yungblud's The Underrated Youth EP for the best album of 2019. I was actually really surprised by this, due to the fact that I actually thought he was a rapper. I've never really had a big rap community through my page, perhaps because I'm not typically a fan, so this idea completely threw me for a loop. I looked him up, and realized he's not a rapper, but is identified as alternative rock, with a touch of hip hop.
Due to the nominations, I decided to give him a shot. He kind of reminds me a little bit of Twenty One Pilots, that sort of hard to define style that's catchy, but most definitely not for everyone. The way I felt about this was its perfect for turning on as background music. I don't think I'd personally turn it on just to sit there and rock out to it, but I could see me turning this on as I cleaned the house or something, you know what I mean? Like it could motivate you to get up and do something just with the tone of it all.
I will say though, "Original Me" actually held my attention more. Its a very introspective song, and seems to touch a bit on anxiety and your own self image. It also kind of gives me more of a pop punk vibe through parts of it. This one also features Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, which I think added a really nice touch to the song.
Another one threw a bit of a curve ball for me, as it was slower and more heart felt sounding than anything else I had heard from him thus far, was "Casual Sabotage." This one was much deeper right off the bat, sounds like it was written after a break up, and you're just questioning everything. Life feels different, you're left alone just with your own perception of things, and are scared of what's going to happen next.
Then there is what is basically the title track, and what seems to be one of his most popular songs, "Hope For The Underrated Youth." Its a call out to everyone who's just writing off those who are different. I think a lot of people will really connect with this one because it reminds them they're not alone, and there's other people a lot like them out there.
I can actually see why people nominated this one. Every track seemed to have a different tone to it, and frankly, his work feels rather unique. I definitely should have given him a shot sooner, and perhaps he'll grow on me further. I was completely wrong about his genre, let alone artistic take on it. If you're a fan of his, leave some suggestions for songs not on the EP, perhaps I'll give it more of a chance.
While we're at it, be sure to head on over to his official website. Due to Covid-19, obviously he is not touring right now, but tentatively does have shows listed in the UK for the end of May, as well as a bunch of merch available for sale. It is also worth reminding that this EP is up for the best album of 2019 through the Immortal Music Awards, so if you feel like this one should win, go vote for it! You can do so by clicking here, and while you're there leave your suggestions for several other categories as well.
On August 9, 2019, the iconic heavy metal band, Slipknot released their sixth studio album, We are Not Your Kind. Now I've actually meant to listen to this ever since it was released, I never actually forgot about it, but for some reason it kept slipping past me.
I finally got around to actually checking it out especially after someone suggested it as the best album of 2019 for the 2020 Immortal Music Awards. While beginning some research for this album, I learned that the title actually comes from a stand alone song called "All Out Life" that came out in 2018, but was on the Japanese version of this album. I had not put two and two together, despite hearing the song at some point between the release of the song and now.
Slipknot is one of those bands that I completely respect, but only seem to listen to when I'm in a certain mindset. Generally, that mindset involves anger, no surprise there. They're an iconic band, and call me basic, but they're never something I'm particularly drawn to. The only songs I find myself ever turning on randomly are their singles, the calling cards for Slipknot. I can't say I dislike them, like I won't tell someone to turn them off, but they're not exactly my cup of tea. I have no reason for this, they're very well produced, styled, their lyrics are decent, they just don't over all speak to me.
I almost didn't want to post this review, because I know it was extremely well reviewed. But if I'm perfectly honest, it didn't really stand out for me. It kind of felt like everything else Slipknot has ever made before, which is fantastic, if you happen to enjoy most everything Slipknot has ever made. But as I just said, I don't absolutely love it. Don't hate any of it, but don't love most of it either. They just don't speak to me really, no offense to anyone who does love them. I can see why people do, but there's just not a strong connection for me.
With all that said, I didn't hate this album. It was worth a listen, and there were a couple tracks that I found myself nodding along to, actually enjoying. But I also found myself feeling a little bored through a lot of it as well. The songs that I felt stood out were, "Nero Forte" and "Red Flag." Both had similar meanings, I would say.
"Nero Forte" is a direct call out to those who are trying to tear you down, and is just straight up pointing out that they're not going to do better than that. The worst they can do to you is speak ill of you, and you're going to just keep doing what's best for you.
"Red Flag" almost goes with it in a way. Its basically just saying you're not letting someone hold you back, that this is your time and you're cutting them out.
I don't know, its not a bad album by any means, but it really just didn't stand out as something incredible to me. I heard so much hype for it, I fully expected more. Maybe if I give it a few more listens, it'll grow on me and I'll randomly love it later on. Its happened before, it could definitely happen again.
Let me know what you think of the album, and be sure to submit your favorites for 2019 for the Immortal Music Awards!
On April 3, 2020, All Time Low released their eighth studio album, Wake Up Sunshine. I don't think this could have come at a better time, especially given the name. This is truly a welcomed bright spot in today's world.
To recap, they released the first single, "Some Kind Of Disaster" with a music video in January of this year and slowly released a handful of other songs between then and now. "Sleeping In", "Trouble Is", "Melancholy Kaledescope," and most recently, the title track. This album had me extremely excited because I was into it from the first couple of verses of "Some Kind Of Disaster."
Curiosity built very quickly for Wake Up Sunshine as the singles were released, the only one I didn't love was "Melancholy Kaledescope", and even that I have no doubt will grow on me over time. I didn't care for their last album, Last Young Renegade, which even front man Alex Gaskarth said was an offshoot from their usual sound. This feels like a slightly more mature version of the All Time Low we all have already known and loved for the past fifteen years.
If you're looking for that classic All Time Low sound, I'd say you're not going to love this album. I'd say only a couple of the songs have their true sound, such as "Sleeping In." But if you're in it for stories of growth and love, with a touch of their classic style, you'll be happy. There's a lot of of lyrical depth in this one, you can really tell something very personal inspired almost every sound. Given the name of the album, I was actually pleasantly surprised with what this album presented me with. I was actually expecting a lot of light hearted fun stuff, but the title is actually semi deceiving.
There's still some bright spots, such as "Favorite Place", featuring The Band Camino. That one is an absolutely adorable love song that I have no doubt will become the song many couples deem "their song." "So, can we close the space between us now? It's the distance we don't need. Yeah, you're everything I love about the things I hate in me. So come on, come on, come over now and fix me with your grace. 'Cause I'm not too far and you're my favorite place."
I honestly could say something about every song on the album, there wasn't a single song I disliked really. Even the ones I didn't find myself really into, I know will grow on me. This whole album tells the story of love, depression, growing apart, and learning to deal. You can tell that there was a real story behind every single song, none of it was a work of fiction.
I was trying to figure out a song to give honorable mentions to, but honestly, I'm having a hard time picking just one. "Basement Noise", though somewhat simplistic, and not something I find myself turning on randomly, really took everyone back to the early days of All Time Low. Back when they were just kids playing music in the basement. Just learning, just growing, just becoming who we all know today. I will say this is probably is my least favorite song on the album, but I appreciate the story it tells.
I sat here for a good ten minutes trying to pick a favorite, and honestly, I couldn't pick one. Ask me again in a couple weeks, because right now, I don't know. I'm appreciative of the entire album, and am most familiar with the first five songs because they were already out prior to the release of the album.
Hopefully this album gives someone some comfort, or a bright spot, or something. We all know these are trying times, and everyone needs a bright spot. Go check out the album, its available now wherever music is sold, Spotify and YouTube. Also, if you're feeling into it, go check out All Time Low's official website. Obviously they are unable to tour right now, but they have a ton of merch for Wake Up Sunshine, and will be hitting the road as soon as they're allowed.
Hey, self isolation, how are ya? With all the events going on in the world, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that things are very overwhelming and I think we all can agree that the cabin fever is entirely real. I'm currently on day ten of this, and have been absolutely climbing the walls, going completely insane. With that, and no set end in sight, I'm trying to do all that I can to keep myself occupied. With that, I keep telling myself now is the perfect time to check out some bands that I have been meaning to listen to but just haven't gotten around to it. And if I'm doing that, might as well actually review what I find, right?
I decided to start with Hands Like Houses, as a friend showed me a song or two from them while on a road trip last month. I don't remember the song he showed me, and definitely don't recall the album it was on, but I know I liked what I heard. So, I did listen to a few songs on YouTube before looking into albums, and made a discovery. At some point I downloaded their 2013 album, Unimagine. I don't remember doing this, I assume I got it with the intentions to review it but never did. Or at least, if I did, I can't find it now. I was actually going to start with their newer songs, as I know that's what I heard on YouTube recently, but since I already have this album, might as well start there, right?
So, my discoveries showed that it was released on July 23,2013, and apparently they debuted the first single, "Introduced Species" whilst on tour with Pierce The Veil and Woe, Is Me. Its a very catchy song, so choosing to debut that live probably was a smart move. I could see this one being a great one to get the crowd moving and hyped up.
What I discovered while listening to this first album at least was I like their sound, but I didn't find their lyrics to have a ton of depth. Or at least, they didn't hit on a personal level for myself anyway. A few songs did stand out though.
"Weight" was pretty powerful however. Its all about feeling burned out, and overwhelmed, but trying to come back from it all. You feel the weight of the world, but you're not losing hope.
"Shapeshifters" actually is very sweet, and meant to be a love letter of sorts. Just speaking to someone close to them, more or less saying you can face everything together. "If I'm the ship you're the shore. If I'm the solider, you're the war. If I'm the soil, then you're the seed. If I'm the puzzle, you're the piece that completes the picture. The safety in the storm, the color of the rising dawn as the mountains kiss her. We will be unbreakable." Its actually rather poetic.
Over all, I honestly did enjoy the album, I can easily find myself turning it back on, but I really don't feel like it had a lot to it. It feels like a very solid first album, but I'm interested to see how much they've grown since then. Stay tuned, I'll probably be looking into them further over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Hands Like Houses have a brand new song called Headrush out now and do have some upcoming tour dates that are still scheduled as far as I'm aware. Check out "Headrush" on YouTube by clicking here, and check out all their upcoming tour dates on their official website.
Also, we're trying to get more active on the Facebook page, so please be sure to follow us over there, and leave suggestions on bands or albums you enjoy! I have a lot of time on my hands right now, and am hoping to motivate myself to use this time wisely, and get back to a level I once was with Immortal Music. Hope you all are holding up alright. Please stay safe!
On February 22 of this year, The Word Alive released their sixth studio album, Monomania. I actually pre-ordered this album, and have been very interested ever since the title track was released. However, adulting gets in the way, and while this album stayed at the front of my mind, I am only just now getting a chance to do a review for it. Better late than never, right? That's what I'm telling myself, anyway.
Anywho, so I listened to "Monomania" as an attempt to prep to see them live with Escape The Fate and Falling In Reverse. I listened to most of their discography, and reviewed two of their albums in preparation. If you want to check those out, you can do so by clicking here and here. In order, those are Real and Dark Matter, for those interested.
Now, I admit, I have not loved everything I've heard from The Word Alive. I haven't out right hated any of it, but very few songs have been something that really held my attention. Every album had at least one song I could leave behind, but this one was shaping up to be a bit different. Out of the three singles released, "Monomania", "Burning Your World Down" and "No Way Out", I loved all three. I have found myself playing all three songs daily for several weeks now, so of course I was extremely curious for the new album.
I could see this album growing on me fully, but for now I will say I didn't feel particularly attached to most of it. The singles still held my attention the most, though I definitely can see a lot went into this album. I feel like writing the lyrics for it was rather therapeutic, and that's something I certainly support. Some of the album hit on a personal level for me, as this one clearly was written while recovering from a break up. You see a lot of the stages that come with recovery, grief, anger, regret, ect. Its powerful, don't get me wrong, and style wise, I love it.
Song wise, only a couple really stood out to me, for now that is. That would be "Thank You", and "Greatest Almost."
"Greatest Almost" is clearly reflecting on a relationship that's ended, and seeing that you were being blamed for how it all ended, just to realize it wasn't all on you. Its when you reach the point where some memories still sting, but you're done missing that person. You're finally able to deal with it all and finally move on. Then you're getting some of the clarity you needed. "And all the time that I wasted feels so long ago, I'm so glad that I faced it. Lesson learned, won't change it. Sometimes our hearts get the best of it. Sometimes we chase the lust, and it gets the best of us."
Now as for, "Thank You." In essence, its basically a "fuck you" to anyone who's trying to tear them down. But instead of actually saying that, you're thanking them for basically just adding fuel to the fire. The style they chose for this is really powerful, and I have no doubt its the type of song a lot of people could use to hype themselves up in many situations.
Over all, I do think the album is worth your time. Go get Monomania wherever music is sold, or stream it on Spotify. They just got off tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, but will be heading back out on the road this summer with Starset. For more information, head on over to their official website!
On March 18, 2016, The Word Alive released their fourth album, Dark Matter, and it was actually co-produced by Matt Good,formerly of From First To Last And D.R.U.G.S. I found that to be an interesting fact just because I enjoy his work.
At the time of release, Tyler Smith said that this was some of their most in-depth writing and recording ever, causing it to be their most dynamic and expansive album to date. "This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture." I can't help but wonder if they still feel the same way about the album, given the fact that close to four years have now passed since the release of this album.
That being said, I think most people who listen to this album will take something to heart from it. I absolutely imagine that this was incredibly therapeutic to write, and I have no doubt a lot was going on at the time. The entire album speaks of your usual struggles that we all go through, whether its not feeling good enough, feeling lost, or looking back on lost love, this album has a bit of all of it.
One of the songs that stood out the most to me was "Face to Face", which actually has one of the most powerful lines I've heard in quite some time. "I hope you always remember that you were the sacrifice that gave me a better life." Honestly, that's probably one of the classiest ways to tell someone you're better off without them, and essentially "fuck you", that I have ever heard. You know the lyric is good when you hear it, and just sit there going, "Damn", just saying.
The other one I really wanted to bring attention to was "Insane." Given the name, I was expecting something really heavy, kind of hateful, and probably geared toward another person. What I was met with was anything but that and actually really surprised me. Instead, it was a bit reminiscent of an ideal brought up in Alice In Wonderland. That all good people are insane in some way. Though they worded it more poetically by saying everyone's insane in their own beautiful way, and that it can be used for good. "Now let our voices be the change, so we don't all end up the same. I can't help but feel this way. Let's raise our flags to the new age. We're all insane, in a beautiful way. We won't change until the tide comes, and pulls us all away." I absolutely loved this song, I was very, very surprised.
I definitely see a progression happening with their work. As I previously stated, I have heard most of their early work, but none of the newer stuff. Somewhat recently I did a review of their previous album, Real and decided I wanted to hear more of their work. I see a slow progression with their style that I quite like. Who knows if that'll reign true from now, but I will say I am loving what I've heard so far for Monomania which comes out on the 21st of this month. Stay tuned, I plan on doing reviews for that and the most recent album, Violent Noise very soon.
For anyone interested, you also can catch The Word Alive on tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, starting in just a couple days. That will be on February 8, and we will be at the February 12th date in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets are on sale now, and you can get them on their official website now. While you're there, you can also pre-order Monomania, which we highly recommend doing.
While you're at all of this, please go ahead and let us know what your favorite songs from The Word Alive are, and we will speak to you very soon.
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