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The Rockhaq Community | August 20, 2017

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Posts ByTakeABow30, Author at The Rockhaq Community | Page 2 of 6

Album Review: John Mayer – Continuum

April 13, 2017 |

In 2006, John Mayer had already established his musical career quite comfortably with two successful pop rock albums to his name. However his third album Continuum would lean heavily towards more blues and soul influences. The burning question is would these genres translate well into his previous pop orientated sound?Read More

Album Review: Babymetal – Metal Resistance

February 23, 2017 |

As soon as I typed out the name ‘Babymetal’ in my word document, I immediately realised the amount of constructive criticism that I was going to receive from my Rockhaq peers. Babymetal are a Japanese pop metal group composed of Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-metal), Yui Mizuno (Yuimetal) & Moa Kikuchi (Moametal). The trio have somewhat grown to become a peculiar phenomenon within the metal community due to their controversial approach to the genre. Metal Resistance is the sophomore album to their self-titled record Babymetal.Read More

Album Review: Justin Hurwitz – La La Land Soundtrack

February 21, 2017 |

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, La La Land is one of the films that has been generating serious Oscar buzz this year due to the way it’s resurrecting the musical genre. La La Land’s theme is about two artists who are striving to achieve their dreams in life: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) a pianist who is deeply passionate about jazz and Mia (Emma Stone) who is an aspiring actress.Read More

Album Review: Blink 182 – California

January 13, 2017 | 1

Back in 2011 when Blink 182 announced they were back with a brand new album called Neighborhoods it looked promising that the San Diego trio had mended their fragmented friendships and were here to stay with us. However in 2016 when Blink 182 confirmed they were going to continue making music without co-founder Tom DeLonge, there were doubts that had me obsessing over how the end result would turn out.Read More

Live Review: Black Sabbath, Download Festival, 11 June 2016

June 26, 2016 |

After a shaky start on Friday where the heavens decided to greet me with an insane downpour of rain, my dampened spirits needed to be amended immediately. Ever since Black Sabbath announced that Download would be their last UK festival date ever, I simply had to take the opportunity to see them, no matter how much Donington’s weather and mud baths tried to destroy me both physically and psychologically.Read More

Single Review: Prince – Sign o’ The Times

May 19, 2016 |

So it’s five months into 2016 and yet again the music world brings us more heartbreaking news that Minneapolis’ musical prodigy Prince Rogers Nelson has passed away. Prince is often considered as a pivotal cornerstone for 1980’s music. Starting his career at the age of 17 by writing and producing his first record, you knew Prince was always going to be the only rock royalty we needed in this world.Read More

Album Review: Panic at the Disco – Pretty Odd

January 26, 2016 | 9.5

Instant classic!

Pretty Odd is the second album from Panic at the Disco. The album shows a drastic change from its predecessor A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out as it takes on more musical genres and incorporates a diverse range of instruments. The interesting thing that happened with this album in the pre-production stage is that guitarist Ryan Ross scrapped all of the original recordings they had and decided to start again, completely fresh. This daring decision could have smashed their musical reputation to smithereens, but as a result it paid off and proved how the band didn’t need to depend on a typical formula to be relevant to their fanbase. Welcome to the bizarre world of Pretty Odd!Read More

Single Review: David Bowie – Space Oddity

January 15, 2016 | 1

In the wake of the new year, it’s been a rather bleak place for music fans around the globe due to the recent departure of cultural and musical icon David Bowie. So to celebrate his legacy, it’s more then fitting to review one of the songs that contributed to Bowie’s era-defining career: Space Oddity. Taken from his second studio album David Bowie, the track was inspired by the 1969 lunar landings and film director Stanley Kubrick.Read More

Album Review: Muse – Drones

October 12, 2015 | 3

Drones is the seventh release and the first conceptual album by Muse. The concept of Drones centres on a protagonist who gets indoctrinated into joining corrupt government operations to then eventually defect and revolt against these authoritative figures. Bellamy also … Read More

Album Review: Paramore – Paramore, Self Titled

July 11, 2015 |

The self-titled album Paramore starts with a heart-thumping drumbeat that is accompanied by electronic soundscapes and a fuzzy distorted bass line in Fast In My Car. This is the fourth album release from Paramore and the opening track shows how brave the band have been to experiment with genres that aren’t necessarily compatible with their trademark sound. Read More