Monday, September 19, 2011

As Cities Burn

I feel like the start of every post is another excuse and apology for my absence, so I won't even bother this time. Though, that kind of counts in my book.

So, today, As Cities Burn. I like their style-kind of chill, but still hardcore-and it works. They're a Christian Hardcore band out of Louisiana that was formed in 2002. After a year or two of playing around and recording their first 2 EP's, they quit their day jobs and moved up in the world. Sadly, they've lost some of their original members, but the lineup currently includes: Cody Bonnette (vocals, guitar, keys), Colin Kimble (bass, back up vocals), Aaron Lunsford (drums), and Chris Lott (guitar, back up vocals).

With member changes, comes changes in music, and As Cities Burn is no different. Having a new lead vocalist can change a lot in a band and here, I'll post some examples. I prefer their old sound, but that's just my musical preference. And with that being said, here are some videos:

"Of Want and Misery: The Nothing That Kills" (pre-lineup change)

"Thus From My Lips, By Yours, My Sin Is Purged" (pre-lineup change)

"Errand Rum" (new)

While searching for info on this band, I found out that they are no longer a band and a couple of this band's members moved on to form Hawkboy. I haven't given that a listen yet, but I figured I'd throw that out there.

Keep Rockin'!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Mars Volta

This band is a little different from my usual posts, but I think you guys will appreciate it! They're style is very unique, I have little else I can say about that. I've even heard a story of how their bass player became mentally unstable (went crazy, somehow) because of the music they wrote, but as far as I know, it's just a rumor.

The Mars Volta is a progressive rock band from El Paso, Texas. The band members include: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals), Juan Alderete (bass), Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez (synth, keys, percussion), Deantoni Parks (drums), and Lars Stalfors (sound manipulation, keys). They've gone through many member changes, but the vocalist and guitarist have been around since the original lineup. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) even laid down some bass tracks for them at some point. They have somewhere around 8 albums released and....I'm done typing stuff, let's get to the good part!


"L'Via L'Viaquez"

"Inertiatic ESP"

"The Widow"

And a live version of "L'Via L'Viaquez"

That's all for now, I hope you enjoy.
Keep Rockin'!