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Sounds of the weekend!

Monday, March 17th, 2008

The past weekend was the HOTTEST of all time. I was lying on the bed for around 3 hours doing absolutely NOTHING.

NOTHING!

It SOOOO hot that I could see the heat waves wafting from my carpet. If I had a camel in my room, Lawrence of Arabia would be at home. Ugh.

Anywho, during that ridiculous afternoon, I was listening to two songs:

Coheed & Cambria - Crossing the Frame

Home… a silence between glares
That stutters words misleading
Here… give me all you got
With one shot sent to lend me
No… here across the grass,
Between the glass
I know… you’re not the one
I left to wait here, helping
I… I left in a sudden rush
And never said why
You… couldn’t know
That I had no goodbyes

But I wish that you were
I’m spying on you, Newo
The way that you would’ve been if
I stayed here at home
I’m giving it up, Newo
How important I could’ve been to you

Press the steps I take to cross your door frame if
You decide to answer when my fist rings hello
I… I left in a sudden rush
And never said why
You… couldn’t know
That I had no goodbyes

 
But I wish that you were
I’m spying on you, Newo
The way that you would’ve been if
I stayed here at home
I’m giving it up, Newo
How important I could’ve been to you

Casting quarters into wells that hold our dreams
You won’t believe me… if I told you so
Casting quarters into wells that hold our dreams
You won’t believe me… I wouldn’t if you told me so

But I wish that you were
I’m spying on you, Newo
The way that you would’ve been if
I stayed here at home
I’m giving it up, Newo
How important I could’ve been to you

The bridge part of the song is the money shot for me. For the uninitiated, if you look at the lyrics, the one in BOLD is the bridge. Moving on, when I heard the bridge for the first time, everything shrunk, and it found myself in rock-out euphoria. It’s hard not to find yourself lost in Claudio’s angelic voice while having the keyboard synth in the background and then having the whole band barge in and yank you back into reality. If I died and went to Heaven, I’ll bet the farm that I’m going to be met by the bridge part of this song played on a loop.

AFI - This Time Imperfect

I cannot leave here, I cannot stay
Forever haunted, more than afraid
Asphyxiate on words I would say
I’m drawn to a blackened sky as I turn blue

There are no flowers, no, not this time
There will be no angels gracing the lines, just these stark words I find
I’d show a smile but I’m too weak
I’d share with you, could I only speak, just how much this hurts me

I cannot stay here, I cannot leave
Just like all I loved, I’m make believe
Imagined heart, I disappear
Seems… no one will appear here and make me real

There are no flowers, no, not this time
There will be no angels gracing the lines, just these stark words I find
I’d show a smile but I’m too weak
I’d share with you, could I only speak, just how much this hurts me

I’d tell you how it haunts me
I’d tell you how it haunts me
Cuts through my day and sinks into my dreams
I’d tell you how it haunts me
Cuts through my day and sinks into my dreams
You don’t care that it haunts me

There are no flowers, no, not this time
There will be no angels gracing the lines, just these stark words I find
I’d show a smile but I’m too weak
I’d share with you, could I only speak, just how much this hurts me
Just how much this hurts me
Just how much you…

I’ve been listening to his band for a long, long time and this song is one of my all-time faves. The arrangements, Davey Havok’s deep, the LYRICS, send you to a dark place within your memories that you don’t want to visit. Why listen to this, you ask? BECAUSE THIS SONG KICKS SO MUCH BUTT!

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Gladiator Rock

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

There is one kind of song that stirs your blood into a hot, coagulated potpourri and force-feeds you into a rock-out frenzy. It makes you feel like swinging an 8-foot long broadsword (probably named "Lick") and vanquish everything in your path. The bass trembles the foundation of your musical sense and the ambience breaks down your inhibitions. The kind of song that the Storm Troopers would march to.

The Song of the Gladiator.

Imagine yourself clutching your rifle, stuck on a trench and no way out but through the thick frontline of the enemy. It’s enough that your sweating bullets, but you have to worry about dodging your enemy’s. The pulse is rising, and the excitement… overwhelming….

AFI - Miseria Cantare (The Beginning)

It’s fantastic that the crows was chanting at the beginning part of the show while the band was pumping up….

*tug tug tupak!*

*tutugtug tupak!*

*tug tug tupak!*

*tutugtug tupak!*

See what I mean?

Coheed & Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3

This tongue-tyingly long title of Co&Ca’s flagship "war" song still gives me meteor-sized goosebumps every time I hear this song. The somber guitar riff, the sustained note at the start of the song set the war-time mood. All hell breaks loose in the chorus with the "Man your own jackhammer! Man you battlestations!"

(Oh btw, in the story of Co&Ca, Jackhammers are huge gun turrets used by the red army)

The chant near the end of the song just cemented the song’s status as THE song of gladiators.

Just when I thought that they couldn’t top themselves, they release THIS:

Coheed & Cambria - The Reaping/No World for Tomorrow

This is Co&Ca’s 1-2 combo. The first song, The Reaping, feels like an intro for a horror movie. Pure acoustic love. It’s melody feels like the ticking of a perfectly manufactured clock. As the next song enters, No World for Tomorrow, all the gears fall apart and it just spits on your face. The song may not have a face- melting solo, but still, the ENTIRE song feels like one…

long…

guitar solo…

try listening to the riff… too many sweeps, too many licks, too many arpeggios. I LOVE IT.

Now… where’s my broadsword?

The Rock Out On: A.F.I.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

If you’ve read my early, early post The Gauge of Masters, I wrote down that a stellar band’s sound is almost indecipherable when it comes to comparing between a live act and their CD. A band reaches superstar status when a band DELIVERS acoustically.  Following this pattern, a band is groin-grabbingly amazing if they rock out be it in CD form, live or acoustic. Today, I’m focusing on AFI (A Fire Inside). Watch these first… The song of choice? Endlessly, She Said from their latest album, Decemberunderground.

 

This video is from their DVD I Heard a Voice. Buy it! and lastly, I’ve shown this video before but I have to show it again, the acoustic version of the song.  

Yeah sure, the vocalist oozes ridiculous amounts of flambouyance, he is all man. His pants may be tight, his eyelashes curled, his make-up fresh, but Davey Havok is a very, very, very, talented musician. No, scratch that, A Fire Inside is one of the best.