The Damned Things : Just go buy the damn thing!

The release of Ironiclast, from The Damned Things, has had me excited for many months. I had been reading that members of Every Time I Die, Fallout Boy, and Anthrax were recording something since early 2010. I have always been  fan of Anthrax and their newest lead guitarist, Rob Caggiano is a very under rated player. So to see that Rob and Scott Ian stretch out into a new project got my blood going. The other members include Keith Buckley and Josh Newton from Every Time I Die and Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley from Fallout Boy.

 

Keith Buckley has always intrigued me as a vocalist. I wondered if he  do the ETID screaming or if he would approach The Damned Things differently. Needless to say, I am happy that he took a new approach. He swoons and holds such  catchy melodies with ease.

From the very first song Handbook For The Recently Deceased you realize that this is different for every member. There is a poppy, singable, can’t get it out of my head songwriting, that is refreshing and needed. Let’s face it, 2010 has not been kind to the rock music genre.

My personal favorites out of the 10 tracks released are; The Blues Havin’ Blues, Friday Night, Graverobber, and the title track Ironiclast. It is nice to hear that members from thrash/metal, rock, and punk groups can get together and make something new.

I hope that this is not a one-shot for this group. With luke warm or non-existent new releases from the members other groups, I would hope that they continue a winning combination with The Damned Things.

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The Future is Me : Return to Earth Again

Seeing bands grow, especially when you personally know the band, is great to witness. In the case with Raleigh, NC’s,  The Future is Me, I have known members of this band for several years. I have shared the stage with them in various projects and bands. Their debut self released EP, Return to Earth Again, is a great blend of modern alternative rock and (I hate this term) screamo.

Return to Earth starts with a great builder called The Calm. TFIM throws out the typical song structure and gets right to the meat that leaves you pumped into the next straight forward Heresy in the Age of Reason. I hear remnants of The Bled, Thursday, Minus the Bear, and Glassjaw. TFIM touches on them but quickly breaks loose into their own style and feel.

Paul Kelley throws the lyrical hooks out and always catches the ear. He is one of the best vocalists in the Southeast rock scene. He pushes emotion in every line and you feel where he stands. The muscianship of Kelley, Mike O’Donnell, John Tomasevich, and Matt Szalecki is top notch.  Nothing seems forced or out of place. Fluidity of songs keep you wanting more.

I have not seen TFIM live yet. I plan to. Playing live is the true testimony of how a band stands. They have never failed in past projects and I expect only the absolute best from them now. The Future is Me could quickly sail the flagship of North Carolina rock. Please listen to them at www.myspace.com/thefutureismemusic You can also find them on itunes.

Godhead : At the Edge of the World

Okay, first off, this album came out in 2008. I just found out that they had released it about a week ago. I first saw Godhead in 1999 at DragonCon in Atlanta. Their mix of electronica and metal just struck a chord in my heart. I purchased their first three albums and then did not hear anything from them until 2003 when they released Evolver. Let’s just say I was not a fan of that album.

Let’s all thank Steve Jobs and iTunes. Without iTunes I would have lost track of a lot of bands. Godhead being one of them.

Godhead released At the Edge of the World in 2008. This is a perfect album from this band. Dark, moody, and emotional at points. Nothing gets too busy, it can make you drive fast. By the end of the album, you want to start the ride all over again.

People have described the music as gothic rock, At the Edge of the World should be described as a damn good hard rock album. Nothing against gothic rock, I just can not hear it as that.

Godhead is supposedly in the studio working on a 2010 release. I hope that they are working in the same direction as this album. If so, they could become a household name. It pleases me that Godhead have been around for so long and have not thrown in the towel. Sure, I forgot about them for a couple years, but they still made an impression on my ears in 1999. Thank goodness they still are in 2010.

PS – Pick up their 1998 release Power Tool Stigmata

Deftones : Diamond Eyes

Let’s step away from the games for a moment and applaud the Deftones. The past 6 years has been riddled with discouragement, band failure, and tragedy within their ranks. Each album since 2003 has been filled with experimentation that had not hit the mark. We knew what they were doing but it never seemed to fit together.

With Diamond Eyes, they hit it. Every note, every word, every thing is exceptional. It has been a long time since I have heard a band with this much raw passion for the music they are creating. It is truly inspirational.

The Deftones have always created an unique sound, they have now created a new bar for themselves.