What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?
by Special K
The message of peace hasn't changed - it's just that I never heard it in music before. Yeah sure the Beatles and "Give peace a chance" was about the only peace song I know for the simple reason that it has peace in the title. That was until A Perfect Circle released eMOTIVe. It is one of the first albums that made me sit up and listen to the lyrics and hear the message of the song.
The most surprising thing was the complete lack of publicity for the album. I'm a bit slow off the mark with this one as it was released in Australia in November.
Track 1 - "Annihilation"
"NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT" (1982)
With the music-box like tune playing behind this track, I'm sure it's been done for atmosphere but it carries a simple message to decide between peace or annihi... Read On
|Wait by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Float By...|
The Drones. CD Review. Madame Hooplah wasn't too impressed.
by Madame Hooplah
Having been impressed by the Drones when they supported Little birdy at The Prince Of Wales last year I was really keen to hear the Melbourne bands'
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|Queens of the Stone Age: Lullabies to Paralyze|
QOTSA line up for their fourth studio album
by Special K
Way back in 1993 when Metallica toured Australia âÄď coincidently my first and possibly most memorable stadium gig - I was introduced to a little-known support band by the name of Kyuss. Between us all at that gig we knew very little about them but what we did find was they rocked.
Years passed..Kyuss faded and out of the ashes came the Queens of the Stoneage consisting of Josh Homme, their Guitarist and Nick Oliveri the original drummer on Blues for the Red Sun.
After fears that the band had broken up and the departure of bassist Nick Oliveri, I thought weâÄôd seen the last of QOTSA with the monster hit âÄėNo One KnowsâÄô with its ultra catchy German Oompa riffs, being the bands swansong.
Fortunately the band survived and released their fourth album Lullabies to Paralyze.... Read On
|Atreyu: The Curse|
Atreyu. This word brings to mind for many of us the heroic main character from âÄúThe Neverending StoryâÄĚ, a film many of us recall fondly from our childhood. The character in question was young, naive, and just a touch effeminate. Atreyu the band are the complete antithesis of these traits. I was introduced to this band by one of our young forum mainstays a few months back (cheers Troby), and while not being overly impressed with their debut release âÄúSuicide Notes and Butterfly KissesâÄĚ, their latest release âÄúThe CurseâÄĚ is again, the complete opposite of my first impressions.... Read On
|System of a Down: Mesmerize.|
You know what really gives me the irrits (apart from my buttonhole superiorsâÄô period pains!) âÄď When critics and fans try and label a band like System of a Down âÄėAlternative RockâÄôâÄ¦âÄėAlternative RockâÄô; what the hell is that anyway? I think the first time I heard the term was in reference to Pearl Jam back in the early nineties. 15 years ago they used it because they couldnâÄôt pigeon hole a sound and theyâÄôre still doing it today! âÄúWhoâÄôs they?âÄĚ you sayâÄ¦Them! The media! The music industry circus clowns, the marketing parasites! Anyway, I refuse to let a band that uses double kick, blast beats and death growls be labeled âÄėAlternative RockâÄô. I think it might have something to do with the gallons of metal pride that run through my veins. The marketing parasites really have a hard time packaging bands like System of a Down. Just to give you an example of how hard this band IS to handle, their previous album Steal This Album (wait for it) had virtually no cover artwork at all. What it did have was âÄúSteal this AlbumâÄĚ written across what appeared to be a blank CDR with no cover sleeve in texta. After the explosive success of Toxicity (their second album), their label had little choice but to publish distribute and advertise such an outlandish album title and cover sleeve. ThatâÄôs just a little sample of the bullish nature of these firey lads of Armenian descent that reside in California.
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|Deftones Music News|
If youâÄôre on the same mailing lists as I am, youâÄôll have received an email giving all Deftones fans an opportunity to get involved, even if itâÄôs on a superficial level, in their impending DVD/CD release âÄúB-Sides and RaritiesâÄĚ.
Basically what they want is any photographs taken of Deftones any time over the past 10 years. They then will be using select fan photographs in the layout and DVD presentation of the release.... Read On
|Weezer: Make Believe|
Our bass playing forum boss checks out Weezer's latest
Weezer! What can I say about this band? IâÄôve followed their progress very carefully since the release of their debut âÄúBlue AlbumâÄĚ and its excellent single "Buddy Holly" way back in 1994. And after 11 years IâÄôve come to this conclusionâÄ¦ I Love WEEZER. In my humble opinion they would have to be one of the greatest rock acts in recent times.... Read On
|Remembering Never: Women and Children Die First|
Hardcore Metal makes a Comeback!!!
As most of us will have noticed, metal has been blistering back into our consciousness over the past few years. And I for one can say âÄúExcellentâÄĚ! I love heavy music. Remembering Never is a band that take metal to the extreme. Blistering onto the scene a few years back with their debut release âÄúSuffocates my WordsâÄĚ in 2001, the band has progressed steadily through stages of punk-rock and metal with the lineup change for their 2002 release âÄúShe Looks so Good in RedâÄĚ and finally perfecting their art for 2004âÄôs âÄúWomen and Children Die FirstâÄĚ.... Read On
|Xlogic 256Mb MP3 Player Review|
The price is right, so come on down!
I was a tad spontaneous the other day. While shopping at my local GO-LO (yes thatâÄôs right trend setters GO-LO) I was browsing for the usual odds and sods when I came across what appeared to be an offer too good to refuse âÄď a portable mp3 player.... Read On
|48May - The Mad LoveĚ|
48May are an act that launched onto the NZ music scene in early 2003. I was fortunate enough to meet one of the memberâÄôs girlfriends in passing and she pointed me in the direction of this extremely talented pop-rock act. ... Read On
|Jimmy Eat World: Futures|
Jimmy Eat World blazed onto the scene a few years back, revolutionizing the Emo scene. After several split EPs and small budget releases the band released âÄúStatic PrevailsâÄĚ and followed shortly with âÄúClarityâÄĚ featuring the hit single âÄúLucky Denver MintâÄĚ. Next up was the award-winning âÄúBleed AmericanâÄĚ which had to be renamed âÄúJimmy Eat WorldâÄĚ after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center...... Read On
|Team America Soundtrack|
Take a few serves of pungent cliche rock with copious amounts of profanity. Stir in a handful of nauseating cheesy love ballads with numerous references to how bad the Pearl Harbor Movie was. Add some choice orchestral and techno cuts and garnish with a few Asian spiced jingles and a repulsive broadway musical and what you have is the soundtrack to the hit new movie âÄď Team AmericaâÄ¦And man does it blow âÄď F@#k Yeah... Read On
From a basement on the hill
by Madame Hooplah
Elliott Smith 1969- 2003
How wonderful to hear a posthumous release that is a fitting tribute to the artist. After a career of five great "Smitho" albums the final one does not disappoint in the slightest, unlike the unfinished Jeff Buckley album "Sketches for my sweetheart the drunk". What a relief.... Read On
|In memory of "Dimebag" Darrell|
20 August, 1966 - 9 December, 2004
by Special K
Dimebag Darrell, guitarist for Damageplan and Pantera, was killed during a shooting spree at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub Wednesday night. He was 38.... Read On
|Gomez: Split the Difference|
I went and saw Gomez at The Corner Hotel in Richmond four years ago. It was during their tour for the Liquid Skin album and they still had a pretty limited fan base in Australia. It was a bit surreal seeing them at such an âÄúintimateâÄ? venue as I had built them up to demi-god status in my mind ever since I first heard their debut Bring it on. ... Read On
When Muse first exploded with their debut âÄúSHOWBIZâÄ?, many criticised them as being a âÄúmini RadioheadâÄ?. Muse retaliated with âÄúOrigin of SymmetryâÄ?, a harder, edgier yet more musical offering and shoved it straight up the criticsâÄô noses.
Now âÄúAbsolutionâÄ? is here, just to make sure itâÄôs gone through the nose and right into the cerebellum. ... Read On
New Zealand's Next Big Musical Export?
Sean Farrow will let you in on the noise out of New Zealand.... Read On
|Daft Punk / Leiji Matsumoto - Interstella 5555|
Music DVD Review
A groundbreaking project, âÄúInterstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystemâÄ? is the result of a collaboration between popular French house band Daft Punk, and legendary âÄúJapanimationâÄ? director Leiji Matsumoto. ItâÄôs the worldâÄôs first (to my knowledge) âÄúhouse musicalâÄ?, a story set to the soundtrack of Daft PunkâÄôs âÄúDiscoveryâÄ?. For fans of Daft Punk and/or Leiji Matsumoto, this is the BeeâÄôs Knees! It is, simply, one of the greatest ideas ever come to fruition. The music, the action, the story and the characters all come together to create an amazing and new visual/aural experience unlike anything else.... Read On
by Madame Hooplah
According to their website (www.wearephoenix.com), French group Phoenix wanted to make a more personal and intimate album than their 2000 debut âÄėUnitedâÄô.
Fair enough, I guess that is whatâÄôs required for artistic growth and maturation. The lyrical content certainly displays some introspection and inspiration. The thing is-youâÄôre too busy tapping your feet to pay much attention to any of that soul searching.
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|Coldplay Live 2003|
Music Dvd Review
Coldplay. What a band! The British music scene really outdid themselves with this band when they burst onto the international stage 4 or 5 years ago. A band that has an emotional sincerity akin to fellow British band Radiohead. 2 brilliant full-length albums to date and now this release âÄ" a stunningly crafted live concert DVD and Music CD double pack. ... Read On