CD Review: Korn – The Path of Totality

•December 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been listening to Korn for a long time, ever since some stoned out metal head my sophomore year gave me a cassette recording of his original Korn album. I couldn’t understand a word John Davis said for weeks, but I listened to it several times a day, until I could pick out every syllable. By the time I knew everything he wanted me to know, I was pretty much hooked. On Y2K night, I listened to Follow the Leader in my room in the dark, with flashing Christmas lights strung up everywhere to give the place kind of a club cave feel. I listened to the live broadcast of the Issues release concert on my Walkman while I scrubbed nasty greasy dishes at Checkers, and remember feeling very disappointed by all but one or two songs.

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Five Artists I Like (In a Genre I Hate)

•December 8, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Everybody who knows me knows how I feel about hip-hop, rap, and R&B. I dislike it immensely. I think that the subculture surrounding it is misogynistic, narcissistic, chauvinistic, and excessive. I dislike most topics touched upon in modern rap, and think it adds nothing at all to us, as a people, or as a culture.

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CD Review: In Flames – Sounds of a Playground Fading

•June 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment

In FlamesI love In Flames. I am a complete homer, and can say nothing bad about them.

The truth is, though, I came into their music late, around their eighth and ninth albums, Come Clarity and A Sense of Purpose. So, of course, I expected their music to all sound the same. To my surprise, as I went back through their catalog, their evolution as a band seemed to be similar to that of All That Remains; they went from being super growly and brutal to being more melodic and lyrics-oriented.
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Five Songs (That Depress The Hell Out Of Me)

•March 9, 2010 • 1 Comment

Before we get in to the article at hand, I need to address the lack of posts over the last month. As the 808 knows, I am no longer in the area due to the loss of jobs my wife and I suffered, and the loss of our home in Honolulu. We went back to the mainland, lost access to the internet for about three weeks, then escaped Redneckville, TN, where we were in a dangerous situation, and are now in the middle of nowhere in Georgia, trying to catch our feet again.

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Why Do We Play?

•February 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Everybody has a reason for nigh everything they do. One of the most common questions asked of bands and other performers is, “What inspired you to start ?” Today we’ll explore some reasons why we do the crazy crap we do on stage.

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Why The Scene Devours Itself

•January 31, 2010 • 2 Comments

Music is a business, whether you’re an amateur band, playing for nothing, or a big ticket national act playing for millions. There is always someone somewhere who is trying to profit from your endeavors as an artist.

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Five Songs (That Piss Me Off)

•January 28, 2010 • 6 Comments

Every so often a band comes along and writes a song that is so bad, so ill-conceived, and just flat out WRONG, that when it becomes a hit single and gets played over and over and over again, you just lose all concept of reality and justice in the world. This is a list of just those songs.
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