Albums of the Week… In my opinion

I’ve done a bit more reviewing these days, and so far, these are the best albums I’ve seen so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ultimate fusion of electronic music and heavy metal… but too badass to be industrial. I loved every track, and there’s something for all to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A true rock and roll experience, and a wake up call that music isn’t dead. One of the best bands that I’ve seen and heard in a VERY long time… It’s a shame that these guys aren’t multi platinum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The songs say it all: “COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, Turn it up! COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, COME ON, Turn it up! COME ON! Let’s turn it up louder! IT’s the best album since Cowboys from hell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best comeback album I’ve heard in years! A legendary album for a legendary singer. Amazing voice, amazing melody, amazing music!

Psyguy: Super Psyguy Bros…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the third installment (chronologically) of Bryon “Psyguy” Beaubien, the Texas-based web host of Fireball20xl and Whachow.

Hearing this album, It’s a real A-Grade masterwork. Beaubien actually went and and remixed the sound of classic tunes from Super NES/Sega Genesis games and put his own spin on them with an overdose of electronic music perfect for dance scenes. The incorporation of actual in-game sound effects is also an brilliant touch on this already-incredible work. I recommend this to die hard gamers… It’s addictive, yet softer than his previous works. Still, it’s great to see someone put such a touch on immortalized music.

Psyguy: Psycho Classics…

This work was apparently done by Texas-based Bryon Beaubien, host of Fireball20xl and the podcast Whachow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing this album in order: It’s like a Diary of A Madman to Blizzard of Ozz. Makes me regret that I didn’t review this sooner.

The opening track does it’s job as an attention grabber. Enjoyed the Tinkerman sound and eastern blend of Black Sands; amazing to pull this off with a strong sound albeit an electronic beat. This album is a compromise, moving more towards an electronic sound with some slight inputs of natural sound effects (i.e, EN), and some strand of synth here and there. For someone who’s a fan of this style of music, I heavily recommend this. Despite this, Beaubien has shown once again that his abilities in the studio are limitless, evident by the longer track listing. None of the songs are a repeat of the first or a cliff hanger of the next. There’s originality stapled on every track. The strongest on this tracklist are “Hyperion” for it’s fusion of several styles without sounding too messy and still appealing to the widest range of music lovers. The eerieness of “I am invincible” with the talent spill of the longest track “The Eye”; a 5 minute Eruption…
The name practically says it all. These songs truly are classics within this genre. I’m more of a fan of natural made music, but I give credit where credit is duw.

Psyguy: Psycho Heroes…

This work was apparently done by Texas-based Bryon Beaubien, host of Fireball20xl and the podcast Whachow.

I’ve been a follower of his material since 2007, and this wasn’t what I expected at all. But then again, gaming aspects (in this case, music), as always been the thriving, most definite theme of Beaubien’s work:

Just hearing this “album”, I must say: this is much better than his illustrations. Beaubien has composed works barely audible uncanniness to classic NES sounds with more modern instrumental sets. I enjoyed the grunge-filled piece Bandcast, fused with an electronic beat and soft piano medley. The more NES sounding tracks GG-Guys, the 8-Bit Whachow theme, and Sam Cross are ingenious pieces of work. Other songs have an authentic natural feel made hybrid with special effects, such as I Wanna be your Jazz and the The Dave Cave. I also enjoyed the “Rock N’ Roll combination” in Shades.
I’ve always had an admiration for work comprised of the blending of numerous (often polarized) musical styles and making it sound as lively and unique as possible. Not even Herman Li of DragonForce has gone to this extent with the Mario sounds he makes on his guitar. This album also shows the extensive work one can do even with the most novice (demand-wise) programs are capable with the correct application. By far, it’s on Psy’s best works in the audio field.

One area of improvement are the track lengths, which would be hard to input into actual game settings unless (of course), this work was strictly designed for audio purposes. Regardless, this is a true master work of generated skill and makes you chase after the other albums like a fatal drug.

The Chase: Slings & Arrows

Here’s The Line-up:

Michael Turvey – Guitar, Vocals
Harry Street – Rhythm Guitar
Luke Jerome – Bass
Ralph Humby – Drums
Ben Riley – Saxophone, Backing Vocals, Keyboards

 

 

 

Now regarding Slings and Arrows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The single “You”:

This album sounds amazing from start to finish. This album is one of the catchiest melodies I think I’ve heard in a long time. It almost sounded like Oasis and The Beatles did some kind of crossover. Turvey has a softer voice in comparison with the bands I’ve heard before, but his voice is still just as sharp as his melodic ear as lead guitarist. Street is a perfect duel composition, but to be honest, his performance is overshadowed (audio-wise) by the craftsmanship of the bands V.I.P Ben Riley. If his arsenal of playing instruments is accurate, then he’s a regular Jon Paul Jones… I really like how he slapped some tracks with his signature piano scores… his backing vocals are also in perfect sync with Turvey, sounding almost like a flawless voice over. Jerome’s bass playing falls into the low range in this album, but I still like his Steve Harris type approach. He manages to truly stand out as a player and not simply “sustain the rhythm” like common bassists. Humby is the REAL rhythm holder; one could use this album as a drumming course. Touchpaper is the strongest song in terms of drumming aptitude in my opinion.

The band sites a selection of English bands as their influence, and so far, I’ve can hear where they were able to grab the positive elements of each and personalize it into their own unique delivery. Even softer ballads like Home & Tea are beautiful tranquilizing pieces that prove that these guys aren’t one-trick (or one-style) ponies.
They like English bands; The songwriting is on the level of the Stones. The rhyming patterns and melodic structure stayed on relative course with an expressive wittiness. This album was more brilliant than it was talented, but more talented than today’s modern chart toppers by a long shot. I’m really anxious to hear more work from these young men and wish them all the best in the near future.

View in Itunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/slings-arrows/id487340544

RavenCroft…

Here’s the lineup:

David Roberts – Vocals,
Emilio Basaldua – Lead Guitar,
Chris Greene – Guitar/Vocals,
Alan Kirk – Bass
Shane Reynolds – Drums

Since they don’t have that many available songs, I will say this:

For an up and coming band, these guys have a generic, powerful sound. It’s very admirable to listen to guys with such an incredible sound. Roberts is an amazing singer: at first he had that Iron Maiden type sound (something I’ve said all too often)… Yet his vocal range is both high and solid… a real ear opener.
I do enjoy the riff work of Basaldua and Greene. The rhythm is both strong; Kirk sounds like Cliff Burton on the Ride The lightning album. As for Reynolds; he’s in his own class…

Look what the Ravencroft dragged in:

For music that’s officially, studio work, it has an amazing sound to it that really deserves commendation for a band on the club circuit. The songwriting is very structured to compliment the technical sound to their music. I did however, enjoy listening to it; all the music so far. It’s worth buying for those who enjoy power ballads, and proves the point I made in my review of Texas Hippie Coalition. Want good rock music, then take your ass to Texas. They’re so amazing with their raw sound; it’s like they missed the New Wave by twenty years and came strong. Plus, there’s no sign in their music that shows them conforming to more modern, accepted styles and approaches, another reason I find them commendable.

I hope I love them when they get signed.

As for the music that I just heard, albeit four tracks:

Revive And Revolt


Here’s the lineup:

Erica – Lead Vocals
Cap – Rap Artist
Bryan – Drummer
Anthony – Lead Guitar
Aaron – Rhythm Guitar
Tiny – Bass


*Looks Like a Hush Pass promotion photo*

Okay, so basically these guys call themselves a “Rock Hop” group. Never heard of Rock Hop; I think they mean Rap Rock, but they can be original if they want. First and foremost, I hate hip hop. Hip Hop to me is the scum of all music. The only hip hop act I can tolerate is Rage Against The Machine, since Tom Morello is incredibly talented and they actually stand for something as a band. So, having heard these guys, I must say:

I still hate hip hop. Nonetheless, I’ll expunge my biases and try to analyze their music.

The heavy metal riffs were intriguing, but the recording was rather low. Erica is a good singer, but most of the songs sound like she’s talking when she’s supposed to be singing, particularly Relentless Will. Seriously, the chorus of that song was more annoying than Soulja Boy.

Cap? What kind of name is Cap? Rappers and their stage names… No wonder they always get pulled over. Polygamy was a bit better, but Jesus Christ… Cap has poser written all over him with the synthetic “rapper” accent. The lyrics (auditory-wise) was confusing and near senseless (at least from a first listen).

“The Anthem” and “Runnin'” are just sad. Hey Cap, good job sounding dangerous… EEK! Seriously… this sounds like the typical rapper. I young black man trying to sound as thuggish and brilliantly (a.k.a redundantly) ignorant as possible, reinforcing the same stupid stereotypes that cause blacks to be heavily stigmatized. Great job Cap! You’ve given racists more fuel than NASCAR to encourage profiling. I love the lyrical genius Embracing stereotypes of a bad-boy image… YAY!

I guess this is just another band of hip hop posers in front of the mic like the bad guy in 8 Mile, complete with a Jane Fonda wannabe with terminal jungle fever:

How sad. How is this any different from ANY rapper? Seriously? I’d love to know. “Revive and Revolt”? Ignorant lyrics is gonna bring about change? My my… this is quintessential to the point that it leaks. With thousands of rappers sounding like this, I’m sure they’ll go VERY far… Not even an intricate guitar solo.

Their best song is “Only Time”, but Erica’s parts sound more dedicated. Aron and Anthony are amazing guitar players, with strong versatility. Tiny and Brian form a strong rhythm section, but listening to these songs, I’ve decided that these songs were probably badly mixed. I mean, even if they aren’t instrument oriented, Tiny is barely audible in some tracks or sections of the songs.

Overall, if they do get critique, I’m sure it’s only a waste of time in the long wrong to even bother. Rappers are stereotypically egotistical to the point that they actually think they are the epitome of lyrical and musical potential, generating the ultimate defense that critiques are simply “HATERS”. In other words, “I’m too good to take correction.” So in the end, it’s not them I’m sorry for. I’m not sorry for the two brilliant guitarists or the amazing rhythm section. I’m not sorry for the singer, or even the rapper. I’m sorry for myself: I actually listened to this…

Sorry… I told you I hate hip-hop…

Good luck in the future. My advice is to loose the rapper and the typical stale imagery rappers represent. Oh well.