Posts BySam Brookes, Author at Rockhaq | Page 3 of 5
As of the 24th of May I’m 20. 20! My teens are officially dead and as music is a big part of my life and has been for the past decade (someone kill me). I thought I’d mourn with a review of the first album I ever bought and is still to this day one of my guilty pleasures. I will forever think of my youth when I listen to this album and it instantly conjures memories of portable CD players and summer holidays from when I was 12.
Continuing the trend of reviewing the current and my all time favourites, The Kids We Used To Be definitely comes under the category of all time favourite. A brilliant party hardcore album that I listen to as a summer anthem and a winter killer. I’ll never outgrow this album as it basically defines my character.
If you could get in to a time machine and go back to 2006, then once you get there go to Luton Airport and head over to the HMV there, you would find a fifteen year old me standing on the precipice of making one of the most important decisions I would make in terms of my friends, lifestyle, tattoos and music taste. On one side System Of A Down’s Steal this Album, an album my friends were encouraging me to buy and would have represented me following their music taste, something I’d been doing for the past year or so.
Every once in a while a music fan gets to have the great, rare pleasure of saying “I liked them before everyone found out about them”. I am predicting that within the next year or two I will be saying that here because Napoleon’s new four track EP is proof that they are the next big thing.
Sludge metal quintet Mastodon have always been a clever band by typical metal standards. Rather than singing about any old subject, Mastodon like to mix it up a bit.
The crowd feels hostile and mischievous tonight. As we arrive at the legendary Kasbah venue we’re met with glares from fourteen year old kids. Of Mice & Men were always going to pull in a weird crowd though and they’ve proved it within seconds of arriving. Rumours run amongst the excitable fan girls that the headliners have been spotted in a beer garden somewhere.
Lets face it; there were high expectations for Pure Love and none were higher than mine. I feel a little let down and if I could swear out of pure resentment then I would, I really, really would. Ex-Gallows vocalist Frank Carter has totally lost the plot going from being the very pinnacle of hardcore to writing *shudders* stadium rock.
Genre transcenders Rolo Tomassi released Old Mystics at the beginning of the year to coincide with the unfortunate departure of their bassist Joseph Thorpe and Lead guitarist Joe Nicholson. As they were two of the four components that make Rolo Tomassi so explosive and different to most bands, it’s a huge blow to the band and their fan base.
Does anyone remember that Morgan Freeman interview a few years ago? The one where they asked him about how he felt about World Black History Day and he replied “You want to confine my history to one day?” Obviously the music industry and its problems are a thousand miles away from the degradation that Black people have had to put up with for 400 years but I have a similar answer. You want to confine a section of an industry that is in deep trouble to one day?
Anyone who knows me is rolling their eyes right now and will have seen this coming from a mile away. Bring Me the Horizon’s second album Suicide Season is on my “I’ll be bothering my children with this album” list because it’s one of my eternally favourite albums.