Tag Archives: 2013

Biffy Clyro – Opposites (2013)

Biffy_Clyro_-_OppositesMuch has been made in the media of Biffy Clyro’s new album Opposites. For the months leading up to the release there have been interviews, “exclusives”, two tracks released, and Radio gigs to promote it. But also not least the excitement felt from the fans in the wait for it to be with us.

It arrived last Monday morning and I have played it pretty much all the time since. During the week I also discovered that there are two versions of the album; the “deluxe edition” which is the only version I thought existed (certainly how the band described it in all interviews) and a shorter, re-ordered single disc version which apparently the record label wanted to release. More on that later.

This review deals with the album as intended by the band – the two disc “opposites” of each other. I remember reading that disc one is darker, brooding, looking back at how life has changed, strains on relationships, and everything which has happened to get to the point at which they are now. The second disc is the uplifting look to the future and opportunities which await. When listening to the music the tone and mood is clear. There is much anger and pure rock out moments and there is  the anthemic choruses and joy that Biffy seem to have discovered in their most recent releases. Continue reading

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Tom Keifer – The Flower Song (2013)

tomKeiferCinderella’s Tom Keifer is releasing his first ever solo album later this year. I for one are extremely excited by the prospect – it has been way too long since any new material from the Cinderella camp has been released.

This week the first fruit of his labours has surfaced with the release of ‘The Flower Song’. The mainly acoustic track, is reminiscent of the Heartbreak Station album, but also has more than a little tinge of 70’s Rod Stewart / The Faces about it. Continue reading

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Soundgarden – By Crooked Steps (2013)

Soundgarden have released a video for the track ‘By Crooked Steps’ from last year’s King Animal album.

Whilst the song is impressive, the really interesting thing about the video is that it was directed by Dave Grohl. Never the one to shy away from work, Dave turned his hand to the video after feeling the track was one of the stand-out tracks when he first heard the album.

With a small injection of humour seen in Foo Fighters videos, the track features a Segway chase, live performance in a bar, and a police arrest which reminded me of the brilliant Blues Brothers. Check it out below. Continue reading

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Alice In Chains – Hollow (2013)

Alice In Chains have started the New Year with the first release from their forthcoming album.

‘Hollow’ is taken from the Seattle legends’ upcoming album due out later this year. The album is the follow-up to Black Gives Way To Blue  the first to feature William Duvall. Listen and watch now by clicking below. Continue reading

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NEWST3D – Metal EP (2013)

Newstead-metal-ep-coverJason Newsted is the longest-serving bassist with Metallica – from 1986 before 1987’s the $5.98 EP until 2001 resigning just before the band entered the studio to record what would become St. Anger.

In addition to Metallica, he was also previously a member of Voivod, Flotsam & Jetsam and Echobrain amongst others before taking a seemingly indefinite break. Last month he announced his return to the music scene.

Apparently his desire to return to the music stage was ignited by his appearances performing with Metallica at their 30th Anniversary shows in late 2011. It is reported the reaction of fans and the buzz he felt caused him to go on to form the band Newsted (or stylistically NEWST3D) with Jesus Mendez Jr. and Jesse Farnsworth on drums and guitar. A few days ago the band released their first music, the Metal EP.

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