Warning, lots of music ahead.
My music taste can easily be guessed, but there are some things in my music collection that I just want to show people because they are, in my mind, interesting or unique.
Henry Rollins started his career fronting the punk band Black Flag in 1981, replacing their old vocalist. He has since gone on to be an actor, writer, television and radio host, and comedian (his stand up is mostly rants but they’re funny). He formed the Rollins Band and they released this video for a song they originally were just gonna put on the B-Side of a cassette or as a Demo song. The label liked it so much they made it THE single for the album and it starts off very un-punk, but the theme of the song is what really get’s me. Having a liar in your life is no easy thing, but one who willingly manipulates you is tragic ally an often occurrence.
Die Antwoord…what to say…Honestly this group is just so weird, out there, and crazy that you just can’t love them. What started out as one friend showing me a song to annoy me turned into have that song stuck in my head, which led me to then play that one song nonstop, then proceeding to genuinely get into them after looking up a few songs. The Rap/Rave group from South Africa features is made up of Rappers Ninja, Yolandi Visser, and producer/DJ God (Formerly Known as DJ Hi-Tek) Their live shows are incredible and they just put out so much energy I’d dare even the Grinch to not smile at one of their shows.
I’ll keep this one short since most people have probably seen Westworld. Ramin Djawadi’s rendition of Paint it Black with an old western feel is just to good not to like, and without spoiling anything it is introduced in quite an epic scene.
Polyphia is…well my view on it is a little more private. Great Progressive Metal band that is very chill and relaxing. Almost all of their songs, in my opinion, basically make up a perfect “sexy time” soundtrack. I’ve never been one to like R&B so discovering this band only just a few weeks ago was pretty interesting. All of the guitar parts have that stereotypical smooth jazz twang/R&B twang to them. The bass while being a six string bass isn’t playing at 260 bpm. It’s all very low key, smooth, sexy music.
Ghost is a modern Heavy Metal band with a very 70’s kind of sound. Their gimmick is being a bunch of guys in masks with secret identities singing about Satan, Cults, and other sinful things. The vocalist even dresses like the pope and the band are actively trying to take over the world. It’s honestly all tongue and cheek but this band is the epitome of the stereotypical 70’s band that parents feared. Talking about Satan, trying to brainwash the young people of the world etc.
Alright this one I HAVE to keep short. Vektor’s Terminal Redux is simply a masterpiece, lyrically, musically and just the songwriting in general. The story behind the concept album is incredibly well thought out and backed up by amazing music. I even in my own spare time wrote up a synopsis of the album after listening to it in full for the 15th time. I posted the full album but if you want proof of just amazing songwriting just look at the first song “Charging the Void”. At the 6:20 mark some wonderful guitar melodies give off a sci-fi vibe with some Star Trek-esque vocal harmonies later in the song.