On November 8, 2019, All Time Low released a completely revamped version of their 2009 hit album, Nothing Personal. To celebrate the ten year anniversary, they wanted to revisit it all and update it in the mind sets they are now, with a new style. I was incredibly excited for this, as that was the first album to be released after I discovered them. My first song from them was "Poppin' Champange", if that tells you how long I've been a fan of these guys. They made an interesting first impression, I might add.
From day one, I've always loved "Weightless", "Lost In Stereo" and "Damned if I do Ya, Damned if I Don't." But as I got older, I also loved A Party Song, Therapy, Walls. I frankly did not understand how sexual A Party Song was in 2009, and it amuses me so much to this day. Ah, the innocence, its something unique.
I woke up this morning to a message from a friend gushing over the album, so I hopped onto iTunes and bought it up immediately to do a review. Barely even spoke to my mother first -sorry, mom. The hype was too real. I was a little unsure how I would feel about this album, as I actually didn't love Last Young Renegade. I didn't hate it, and there were a few songs I did enjoy, but it wasn't exactly my cup of tea.
What I was met with was interesting, because when you've been listening to these songs for ten years, you're used to that particular sound. So anything else is weird and different, almost jarring. I think most of it is going to grow on me, as I don't dislike any of it at all, but it fresh so its an adjustment.
What I will say though is what I absolutely loved, and that was "Weightless." That has been one of my favorite songs ever since the original came out, and this version is so similar to how they do it live. It borderline gave me chills, which is not something I get often. I love the vocal style Alex took through the entire album, over all the music as well. It all flowed very well, and was extremely well produced.
Ironically though, the one I was the most excited to hear didn't actually do it for me. I was most excited for "Lost In Stereo", because of the screams teased in the trailer. All Time Low will include the screaming once in a while in concert, so I was intrigued to realize it was included on the album, but in reality it felt slightly random for the most part. I think it was because the tempo was still on the pop side, not the heavier side. It felt really out of place, except in the chorus. So that surprised me, I fully expected to love that.
Another thing I really loved was something incredibly minor, but I like that they didn't censor themselves in "A Party Song (A Walk of Shame)." In the original song, the lyric says, "Nothing more than a casual folk." Which obviously implies a casual fuck. In this version, he actually says it correctly. Its a small thing, but that made me happy. I'm sure they were told to censor it back in the day, and were not told to do the same this time.
I honestly could keep going on and on, and I guess that comes from being a fan of the band for the last eleven or so years. I might actually elaborate a little more over in the blog section, when I talk about the documentary they uploaded onto YouTube. But the last thing I wanted to actually talk about was "Therapy."
The fact that they managed to take an already incredibly deep and emotional song, and make it even deeper astounds me. I immediately picture that live and know there will not be a single person in the venue not in tears. Its powerful, and beautiful.
All Time Low, incredible job, I applaud you on this. You can tell it came from the heart, and that you just wanted to revisit it for the fun of it. Its a very cool concept, more bands should do the same.
If you're interested, it is available everywhere music is available, including iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. They're also performing the album in full at several sold out locations next month, and have some merch special for the album. Its all on pre-order now over on their website. Go check it out, and let me know what you think about the album. Do you like the changes? Or do you wish they would have never done this? Let us know down below, or over on Facebook.
If you want to hear a random story and me ramble as I watched the documentary that went with the album, please click here. I had a really good time watching and writing, and it kind of brought me back to why I started this in the first place.
On October 25, 2019, Saint Asonia released their sophomore album, Flawed Design. This album was so long waited that fans were beginning to get skeptical if it was ever going to be released. A lot of things were the cause of this, including front man Adam Gontier going back to rehab for drugs and alcohol, as well as him having a newborn son.
He spoke up about this regarding one of the singles released just prior to the album's release, "This August Day." He did not go into details about the drugs, but given his past, its safe to assume it was a prescription drug, Oxycontin. He actually said he was unfortunately across the country dealing with the recovery process at the time of his son's birth.
I admit, hearing this information, while I felt horrible he had to go through that, it did bring up some hope. If you've been around for a while, or just know me, you know Three Days Grace when Adam was in the band, was my absolute favorite. They're the whole reason I got into rock music, so I was extremely excited when Saint Asonia came on the scene.
However, despite what I said at the time of the album's release, I was not the biggest fan of the first album. I hardly ever find myself turning on anything from that album, and frankly felt like it was all a complaint about the departure of Three Days Grace. I looked back at the review, and I spoke highly of it then, but the album had only been out one day. Its been four years now, and frankly I'm over it. I honestly think I only spoke highly of it out of excitement and it was in the middle of a very busy time for Immortal Music, so I may have rushed a bit.
Because of all this, I was a bit leery of this album. Hearing that there had been some turmoil that had happened, gave me some hope that the song writing would improve. That being said, I wasn't impressed with the first single, "The Hunted", it just didn't hold my attention. Nothing about it stood out to me at all. There was absolutely nothing special about it, not even that it features Sully Erna from Godsmack.
I solidly procrastinated on listening to this album, hence why its been out four days and its been open on my laptop this entire time, yet you're only just now hearing about it from me. I went in not expecting great things, which frankly I felt horrible about. I wanted to love this album, but I just have to be blunt here -this is not a great album at all.
They tried, I can see the effort through out the album, but frankly the only song I think I truly liked was "Beast." ITs about holding on and staying strong even when the beast inside is trying to get you down. I presume that 'the beast' is referring to anxiety or depression, but it also could be referring to the drug addiction. I could see me turning that one on from time to time, but there is one thing that carried through the entire album that really stood out to me.
The production of the album was so inconsistent, and frankly sloppy. I don't quite understand it, because it was not self produced, and even if it had been, I know Adam Gontier at least is capable of decent production. He released some solo work while in between the two bands that was crisp, and very well done.
One song in particular really showcased an example of that, and that was, "Sirens." "Sirens" features Within Temptation's front person, Sharon den Adel, which was a nice surprise I admit. You don't see her featured in much. But you get up to the first chorus and it sounds like the instrumentals are above the vocals, and it all feels drowned out. Then after the first chorus, it gets much clearer and I just can't help but wonder how that wasn't caught before it was released. Though that at least did have a stand out lyric, "Another brick in the wall, we were born to resist it if it falls. Come with me, we will rise."
Over all, I'm really sorry to say but this is one of the most disappointing albums I've heard in a while. I really wanted to like it, I wanted to be pleasantly surprised. But unfortunately, this just did not cut it in any way for me.
What do you guys think? Do you feel like they nailed it? Or are you with me on thinking they came close to doing well, but still missed the mark. Please let me know in the comments, or over on the Facebook page.
Also, if you're interested and in the area, Saint Asonia currently has one show coming up in Minneapolis, MN on November 21. For more information, merch and more, head on over to their official website.
The world famous pop band, the Jonas Brothers, recently made a comeback after being broken up for nearly five years. On June 7, 2019, they released their fifth studio album, Happiness Begins.
If you know me at all, which some of you do, some of you don't, you will know I was a hardcore Jonas Brothers fanatic growing up. I do apologize greatly to anyone who knew me in my teens, as you more than likely heard way too much about these boys. Once a fangirl, always a fangirl, I suppose. I got extremely excited upon their announcement, but I must say I've had my reservations regarding the new album. I am not the biggest fan of modern age pop, though I try to keep an open minded.
Deep in my heart though, these are my boys and will always be my boys. So reservations aside, of course I pre-ordered the album. Originally I did plan on writing this review the day of its release, but being an adult got in the way and I unfortunately did not get a chance to do so. This is the first Jonas Brothers album since 2007 that I have not heard on the day of its release. I didn't forget that fact once, just really wanted to sit down and dedicate the time to the album it deserves. Oh no, my fangirl is showing again. Pardon her, old habits die hard, don't you know?
Happiness Begins has a very obvious theme, of well, happiness. But also love, as all three of the Jonas Brothers are all now married, and this album was heavily inspired by their journeys to get to this point. I'm not going to lie though, and this is extremely foreign for me, but I really wasn't that into this album. I can't make up my mind if its because its just so far from my usual style these days, or if I'm just not in the right head space for lovey-dovey stuff right now. I genuinely don't know, but I am feeling a bit disappointed.
A lot of it felt very generic to me, and even musically didn't hold my attention. I found myself resisting to press the skip button repeatedly through out the album, which is something I would have never expected to happen. None of the songs felt like they had a lot of depth to me, and again, that could very well be my head space right now. So maybe I picked a poor time to do a review of the album, I just really wanted a raw reaction for it. Your head space makes a big different in the music you're drawn to, we all know that, and right now lovey-dovey stuff is about the opposite of what I've been feeling.
I can't just leave this review open ended though, and I can't say its bad. Its clearly thought out, just isn't speaking with me. I didn't find myself questioning the meanings, or what even inspired most of the songs. A couple did cause that, but I only had a handful to say about one, and that is "Strangers."
"Strangers", I solidly believe is an older song that they had not previously released. Because it has a vibe that is not featured at all on this album, but was featured on their previous album Lines, Vines and Trying Times. That one is still all sweet and romantic, and describes that feeling when you just meet someone but click with them instantly. "I just saw the lightning strike. Knew it right then when I looked in your eyes. And I said to myself, 'It's no surprise we ain't strangers'. Strangers tonight. Must be from a different life. Been here before and it just feels right." I genuinely actually like this one.
As I mentioned, there were a couple other songs, but honestly the only reason it stood out was because it felt very topical to some stuff going on currently in my life. I'd go into details, but this is about the Jonas Brothers, not me airing out my dirty laundry, so I would rather opt out of that. I will say the other song is, "Used to Be", which was clearly written post-break up, and is all about reflection on the relationship. You still care despite the changes, but in the end, someone else's demons can exhaust you and sometimes you cannot help that. Due to the topic, it is highly different to honestly anything they have ever written.
Over all, I'm a bit disappointed with this album, I was expecting a lot of depth, and emotion behind the lyrics, and honestly don't feel my expectations were met. If you felt differently, or even if you agreed with me, I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts. You can get Happiness Begins wherever music is sold, as well as see them live on tour starting on June 13, so just two days a way from the time this was posted. Tickets are on sale now, you can hit up their website for more details. I also highly recommend their documentary, Chasing Happiness that is on Amazon Prime video. Even if you're not a fan, I do sincerely think its worth a watch.
I'm curious to see what else they might bring out in the future, but unfortunately, this former fangirl was a bit disappointed. I might revisit it one day when I'm in a different mindset, but for now, that's how I feel.
Lately, I've been absolutely loving Beartooth's most recent album, Disease. Previously, I would not have said I was a fan of Beartooth, but I got hooked on one song in particular on the album, and delved right in. Now I own all their albums, and am thinking I would like to do a review for each one, just because I can. Obviously I am late to the game, as none of their albums are new at this point, but when have I ever been on time for something? Its happened, but its incredibly rare.
Today, I think I am going to start with the one I've been loving, which I already said is Disease. The album came out on September 28, 2018, and it is their third studio album. It made its debut with the title track on July 23,2018. Now I personally think I heard about this and skipped over it, but someone close to me began listening to it quite often not long after its release. So, I was hearing songs without knowing the titles for quite some time.
Then one song in particular got my attention, one that was not a single, but is simply incredible if you ask me. That song is, "Believe." It stood out greatly to me, as it felt different from any other Beartooth song I had heard to date. This might not actually accurate, as I am still learning about Beartooth. It just resonated really well with me. Its mostly the beat, as it feels more upbeat than what I have ever been used to from them, but in a way it feels very empowering though its not meant to be. It actually says, "I'd give anything, anything to make me believe it." The 'it' in this situation is that everything will work itself out and be alright. Its not meant to be empowering at all, its more of a brain dump, but we all know its nice to have someone put your own thoughts into different words.
There's a handful of songs I find myself playing often, and it does depend on my mood just a little bit. Those songs include, "Afterall", "Greatness or Death", and "Infection."
I'm not going to talk about all of them, but I do want to talk about, "Afterall" for a moment. Have you ever been just trying to go through the motions and ignore any off putting feelings you might be having? Probably, and we all know eventually everything that was bottled up, comes out. Its like a carbonated drink once its been shaken, and in the moments after it happened, usually you're frustrated about it. You didn't hold it together, and you tend to beat yourself up a little bit for not being strong enough. That's not the case, and I wish the human brain wouldn't go that route, but this song acknowledges that its just happening because you're human. "I guess I'm just human after all."
This song fully personifies the feeling of not being or doing enough, of the struggle that comes with life. The anxiety, the possible failures, all of it. And it just runs with it in such a heavy, yet up beat manner. Hands down this and "Believe" are my favorite songs on this album.
If you're feeling angry and need some loud music to get your aggression out or even just get the blood pumping, this is the album for you. It also has a lot of relatable moments, so either way, you're getting something emotional and real. Sincerely, even if you've never been into Beartooth, I would recommend this album. I was never a fan either, but this album changed my mind on that one. I plan on checking out their other two albums in full very soon, so stay tuned for those reviews.
And of course, be sure to check out Beartooth's music wherever you get your music. iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, you guys know where to get the music. To go with it, hit up their website to check out their merch store, as well as all the tour dates. They are playing many European festivals such as Rock Am Ring, Zeppelinfeld, Rock Im Park, Infest 2019, Download, and so many more.
To see more information go to Beartoothband.com, and you can from there see all of their upcoming appearances as well as find links to all the festivals.
I Prevail's second full length album, Tramua is set to come out March 29, 2019. The band hyped this one up extremely well over social media, encouraging fans to share as much as they could before releasing the first single, "Bow Down." They were met with a lot of sass in the comment section of their teases, but also had their exceptations met.
Since then, they've released three songs, all deeply thought out, videos included, and all vastly different from one another. Due to this the diversity, I was greatly curious as to what the second album from I Prevail was going to hold. What I was met with was nothing short of awesome. Without giving too much away, I want to say that you can tell every song had heart and soul poured into it. Its a very personal, dark in theme album, that's very real. Its recently been brought into the light that front man Brian, struggles with depression every day. I feel as if this album was written as almost a therapy session for him, as the over all theme is the demons and blanket in which depression often engulfs people in. Each song has their own vibe, however. Some are harder, some are slower, some have hip-hop or rap elements.
One note I wanted to point out, before I get into my favorites, were I think they definitely are influenced by Linkin Park. On several songs, I got Linkin Park vibes, and I just wanted to say I think Chester Bennington would be honored to hear what they've done. It still has the true I Prevail sound, but some new notes to them.
Now, onto my favorites. I think the entire album will become something I play all the time, just as I did with the first album for quite a long while. That being said, two songs stood out the most to me, and those two were, "Rise Above It", and "Hurricane."
"Rise Above It" has the inner demons telling you that you can't win against them, but then I Prevail comes in and fully denies that. Have you ever heard a lyric in a song and instantly thought, "I need that as a tattoo immediately?" That's what I did with one of the lyrics. "I will stop at nothing, I was made to rise above it." The song does have a bit of a different vibe to it, with some rap-ish notes to it. Picture Papa Roach's Traumatic album, as an example. Where its rock, but also has a slightly different beat to it. This song was entirely empowering, and I cannot say enough good about it.
"Hurricane" has the exact I Prevail vibe they've always had. Its a little slower, and calmer for the majority of the song, and truly lets the meaning speak for itself. Sometimes, as you find yourself sinking under the weight of anxieties or depression, you do begin to change, and sometimes people don't accept that. People change, whether or not mental illness is involved, and sometimes its hard to accept. This is a truly gorgeous song, to say the very least.
Anyone out there that's excited for the new I Prevail album, know your expectations will not only be met, but more than likely, exceeded as well. If there's anyone out there that's curious, but not excited, perhaps new to I Prevail even, I have a recommendation. First go listen to their Lifelines album, you're truly going to love it. Second, give this one a shot. This album has elements that will speak to most everyone, especially those who have loud internal demons.
Trauma comes out this Friday, on March 29, and you can get it in so many ways. I Prevail's official website, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, ect. Get excited, and pre-order it now.
On August 10, 2018, As It Is will be releasing their third full length album, The Great Depression. Note that we said that is yet to be released. You may be wondering how I am able to post this ahead of time then, and I can tell you.
As It Is was doing this very cool thing where they were selling signed early copies for $15 and you best believe we jumped on it. Now my boyfriend is the actual owner of it, but that was only because he pulled his wallet out quicker and they had a limited stock so we were only able to get one. I've been really looking forward to this album, especially because the singles have been extremely different from anything they've ever released. They've basically turned into the more pop version of My Chemical Romance, and to quote Patty Walters' -"We are My Chemical Romance, welcome to Warped tour 2005." Saying that may be pushing it a little bit, but the aesthetic is definitely there and its something to love.
"The Wounded World" got my attention instantly from the first note, and I've been playing it basically on repeat ever since. But there's so much more to this album than just the fun beat. Its actually set up to depict the stages of grief.
"The Handwritten Letter" is a very special song. At first, it sounds like its a love song, geared toward a particular person. However, its actually saying you need music. Music is there for you, it fills your silences so you're not alone. There's a little monologue in the song, filled with different voices that makes that extremely clear and I love it. It also helps that its exceptionally catchy. This is hands down my absolute favorite song on the album.
Another favorite of mine is "The Truth I'll Never Tell", which feels like something everyone can relate to. When you're at your worst, and someone asks you how you're doing, you're faced with a choice. You could tell them how you really feel, and risk bringing them down, or you can just "fake it til you make it." Because then you're not bothering anyone. Unfortunately, I think everyone's felt that way many times, and this song puts that feeling into words. Its a shame really that any of us have to feel that way, but its something many people deal with daily. They worded this one beautifully, and I applaud them for that. I imagine it was written as a way to vent, and then was shared with the world.
I really like that this album is heavier but still true to the classic As It Is sound. Its just slightly on the heavier side of pop punk, where As It Is has usually resided on the poppier side of punk. Each song tells their own stories, all of which I don't want to spoil. You'll just have to check it out on the 10th, when its properly out.
You will be able to get it through the official As It Is website, along with multiple bundles for the record. You can also get it on iTunes, Amazon, ect. And tell me, if you managed to get a copy at Warped tour as well, what did you think? Do you have a favorite song from the album? Let me know in the comments down below or anywhere on social media and we will talk to you very soon!
Congratulations to As It Is on yet another great album!
Hey guys, its Alexis! For my first album review, I thought I would use an album entitled Duality: Stories Unplugged from one of my favorite bands Set It Off. Released on June 15, 2015, the EP takes an acoustic spin on tracks like “Why Worry, “The Haunting”, and “Tomorrow”. Also on this album is their song “Wild Wild World”. This was released after their album Duality, which was released back in October, 2014. This album is all acoustic, giving the tracks a more personal feel to them.
"Why Worry” was one of my favorite tracks off the first album. The song speaks about living your life, to leave all your worries behind. This song became a personal inspiration of mine, battling with my anxiety and living my best life to the fullest. I even have the Duality symbol tattooed to my wrist to remind me when I’m having a bad day.
“The Haunting” speaks of feeling angry and betrayed by someone you thought would always be there, just to be left for someone else. We’ve all felt that once or twice in our lives I’m sure.
“Wild Wild World” quickly became one of my favorite tracks on this album. With it’s lovely melodies, the song emphasizes on societal problems, and how we all can make a change. The video itself has a very powerful message, how we need to be accepting of one another and how even small kind acts can make a difference. “Destroy and rebuild / It’s kill or be killed / But we can change / we can change everything / A little love / Never hurt anything”.
Set It Off just finished three dates on their final run of Vans Warped Tour, and will soon be going on their first headlining tour in August and September. I highly encourage everyone to give their music a listen, especially their new single “Killer in The Mirror”! Be sure to watch that by clicking here, and then head on over to their website to see where all they're going on their tour!
I was debating if I was going to review this one or not, because I actually wanted to do it the day it came out. However, procrastination, and lack of motivation got the better of me. So I've proceeded to listen to bits and parts of it every single day since then, and have thought about doing this constantly. Finally, here I am, reviewing Panic! At The Disco's sixth album, Pray For The Wicked.
When I heard the first two singles, "Saturday Night" and "Fuck A Silver Lining", I'm not going to lie, I was not real impressed. I was honestly thinking there was no way he was going to top Death of A Bachelor, or maybe it was just a fluke that I absolutely loved the Death of a Bachelor album. Every Panic! album has been vastly different from one another, and I actually am not in love with all of it. I appreciate it all, and definitely have songs from every album that I enjoy, but nothing has held my attention quite like Death of A Bachelor did.
None the less, I held my reservations and waited for more. "High Hopes" gave me some hope, pun fully intended. I sincerely adore that song, and maybe its a little stereotypical to say one of the singles is my favorite song but it is. Its catchy and fun sounding, but its also very really. When I first heard it all the way through, my instant thought was "This is the millennial anthem." If you listen to it, you probably will understand what I mean.
"Had to have high, high hopes for a living, shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing. Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision, always had high, high hopes. Had to have high, high hopes for a living. Didn't know how but I always had a feeling I was gonna be that one in a million. Always had high, high hopes."
Its literally just adulting told in catchy song form. It gets stuck in your head, and I love that so much.
I also wanted to point out that I feel Brendon Urie's Broadway performance in Kinky Boots really heavily effected the sound for this album. Almost all of it sounds like it could be in a Broadway play and that's not something commonly heard anywhere off stage. So that's something that grew on me fairly quickly actually.
If you asked me what my favorites besides "High Hopes" are, it would probably have to be "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" or "Roaring 20's." "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" is honestly kind of just cute, and catchy because everyone wants to make their mom proud of them. "Roarin 20's" really just stood out to me because its catchy and fun to listen to. Sorry, it didn't go deeper than that for me really.
So yeah, Panic! At The DIsco did it again. They released another very unique album and still totally killed it. If you're interested, you can get the album all over the internet, and probably in stores like FYE, Target, maybe even Walmart. Its Immortal Music approved.
Also if you're interested in keeping up to date with Panic! You can follow them on all their social media and catch them on tour, though I would get your tickets quickly! A lot of the US dates now through August 18 have already sold out, so check to see if your local date is included or not. After that ends, they're flying overseas to perform at Reeding Festival in London, and have dates October through February all over the world. Go check out the Panic! At The Disco official website for further information and get your tickets now!
On June 15, 2018, pop punk icons, State Champs released their third full length album, Living Proof.
Now I'm a little bit late to this game, not gonna lie, but hey, better late than never. State Champs is one of those bands that I need to look into more, yet somehow always forget to. I love what I have heard, despite not hearing a lot of it. I'm working on that, so stay tuned because I definitely will be doing reviews.
They released the first single for it, "Dead And Gone" back in April, and I would tell you what the song is about but chances are, you've probably already heard it, since the song came out like three months ago. Hearing it though, made me curious for more, though the track itself didn't quite stick with me.
I found myself wondering a few things while listening to this album, some of which might be coming from a place of exhaustion. First of all, and this goes for the entire album for the most part - who hurt Derek DiScanio? Second, why are they the love child of I Prevail and All Time Low? I thought of that as I was listening to "Frozen", and I cannot pinpoint why that is. They just sound like the pop version of I Prevail.
As I got deeper into the album, I found myself enjoying it more and more. The singles are by far not the best songs on this album. They're still good songs, don't get me wrong, but they've got so much better. Such as "Lightning", or "Safe Haven", which are both very different albums.
"Lightning" is honestly an adorable song. There's no other way to word that, because that's exactly how it is. I have never heard anyone compare that stereotypical "spark" you feel when you develop feelings for someone to lightning. "Who knew we were lightning? I saw a spark before we heard any song to follow. I think it's time to let my eyes stay open, I'm missing out on the point if they're always closed. Switched focus, now I know this is worth my time. So can you read my mind? It says I'm trying to find a reason to leave it all behind." For some reason, I just love that.
"Safe Haven" is without a doubt my favorite on the album though. Anyone who has ever felt like they've hit a wall or lost in life would love this song. A lot of these people turn to music for comfort, guidance, strength, ect. I feel like songs like this just back up how much music can be there for you in times of need. Its not an inspirational song, but rather one that expresses the feeling of needing a....well, safe haven. Something to turn to where maybe you will find peace. Songs like this can help make you feel like you're not alone and that's something I think we all can appreciate.
This album as a whole tells a story of love, heart break, and then your own personal growth. I still want to know who hurt him, but I'm glad to hear that clearly a better place was built. Each song is its own story, and I don't think I can quite do it justice to explain. I do highly recommend you listen to the album though.
Plus, even if you're not in the market for something deep and meaningful but something with a catchy beat, I think you'd enjoy this album. If its something you're interested in checking out, you can get it wherever music is sold. This includes iTunes, Amazon, in stores, the State Champs official website, or wherever else music may be sold.
You can also catch them on the final Warped tour, which is now in its final week. Warped tour ends August 5 in West Palm Beach, FL, and Immortal Music will be there. Stay tuned for photos, a vlog, and who knows what else. Its all coming soon. Tickets are still available for all the remaining dates as of July 27, so if you're able to go to one of the last eight dates, we highly recommend you do. If you're unable to, and still want to see State Champs, fear not. They're also going to be supporting Blink 182 on a short tour in September. For further information, please head on over to the State Champs official website.
Also while you're at it, please let me know what your favorite song on this album is, and check out their video with YouTuber Michelle Khare!
It has been an extremely long time since an album review has been posted on Immortal Music, but this one deserves to be written. On May 4, 2018, Shinedown released their sixth album, ATTENTION ATTENTION. The band has spoken up quite a bit about internal struggles to reveal exactly why this album was made. Its a rock opera of sorts, something they have never done before, about mental illness, struggles, and all sorts of real life things that people deal with every day.
Something else makes this very special is this is the first album that vocalist Brent Smith was completely sober for. That was a piece of information that absolutely blew my mind, since I have been happily calling Shinedown one of my favorite bands for the past decade. I had been aware that he had an addiction to a perscription drug back in the day, circa 2005 or so, but I thought it was a thing of the past. I had absolutely no idea that Brent still was battling that addiction to this day, so hearing about that, and how guitarist Zach Myers has been suffering panic attacks so bad he keeps in touch with a cardiologist every day, really just opened my eyes. There's no other band like Shinedown, these boys will never cease to amaze me, and their raw openness just adds to that.
The album starts off with a knock on a door, and someone entering a room in the first track, appropriately titled, "THE ENTRANCE." It then moves directly into the first single, "DEVIL."
There's actually a lot that's very special about this album, in not only the meaning, but the way it all commands your attention. They picked the perfect title for this album, which is not something I think I've ever said before. Its also heavier than any other Shinedown album has ever been before, though it feels like a very natural evolution for them. With each album, Shinedown changes just slightly, and each time they manage to out due themselves.
Something else I really found to be very unique about this album was the titles of each track. All of them but one are in all caps. The one that isn't is called, "special", which is written in all lower case letters.
That being said, I definitely have my favorites on the album. One of them being the title track, "ATTENTION ATTENTION." Its catchy, its powerful, it literally commands your attention. Its all about mental turmoil, whether its anxiety, demons, depression, or even just the judgement of others. And its told in such a beautiful way. Nothing bout me is ordinary, My friends all say I'm going crazy. I don't hear a word that they say, 'Cause the voices in my head are legendary. But I'll never tell em where the bodies are buried. Keeps them coming back every day."
Another one I really want to talk about is, "GET UP." This is one of the tracks that feels very similar to the Shinedown song we've always heard, but in a great way. Its inspirational, and encourages you to just keep moving even when you don't feel up to it. It reminds you that you're not alone. "If you're ever in doubt, don't sell yourself short. You might be bulletproof. Hard to move mountains when you're paralyzed, but you gotta try." Its just there to remind you that things may be possible, even if it doesn't feel that way. But you will never know unless you try.
I feel like every song on this album tells its own story, and they're all worth listening to. I could talk about them all, but rather than spoil it, I just recommend you go check it out. Even if you've never been a Shinedown fan, this one just might change your mind.
ATTENTION ATTENTION is available wherever music is sold, but especially on Shinedown's official website, and through Walmart, which has two exclusive songs. I have yet to hear those as of the time of writing this review, but stay tuned on social media. I may just talk about them once I do.
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