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The Top 9 of 2016: #8 Amon Amarth-Jomsviking

Wednesday, Dec, 14 2016



HERE IT IS! The best albums released in the year 2016. I feel like we should lay down some ground rules before we get started. First and foremost, this is my OPINION. Therefore, I could be right or I could be wrong but based on my taste this is the list I put together. If you feel like I made a miscalculation, please feel free to comment with your argument. I love debating music and would love to do it with you. Also, these albums fall somewhere in the rock genre. That's what I do. Thirdly, please when you're telling me what you think in the comments, keep it PC. 

#8 Amon Amarth: Jomsviking

F**K YES! VIKING F**KING METAL! 

That's how I feel every time I turn this album on. It makes me stop and wish I was crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me and hearing the lamentations of their women. It literally is the soundtrack of a viking conquest.

First of all, this album is a concept album. It tells the story of the Jomsviking. The Jomsviking falls in love with a woman that he cannot have, and once she is taken away from him, he goes beserk. Literally the opening line of the album is "The first man I killed, was the Jarls right-hand man", and it gets crazier from there. 

At this point you might be asking just what the hell a Jomsviking is? Well, that;s easy to answer. They were a group of Viking mercenaries in the 10th-11th centuries. Front-man Johan Hegg had this to say in relation to the story presented by the album:

It's a pretty simple story where a young man is in love with a girl but unfortunately she's being married off. He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee," … "But he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can't let go of the past. He feels that he's been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The story of the Jomsviking is the background – it's the way he finds to go back and claim his revenge. The way the story evolves is not a happy story… it's a tragedy, I guess! But I like sad endings, because they're the ones that affect you the most.

Lets take a look at some of the highlights of the album:

"First Kill"

This one really sets the tone. It's the first song off the record and is exactly what you'd expect from a band that defines it's genre as Viking metal. The story told here is the first kill that gets the main character exiled. I can't think of a better opening to this album. The double-kick is perfect. The menacing vocals are perfect. The description of the feeling of killing an enemy is translated perfectly. Without a doubt, it lets the lisener know they are in for something special. 




"The Way Of The Vikings"

This track depicts a training session that two Jomsvikings are conducting. They are fighting each other the way that they would fight their enemies. There is no difference or mercy shown to the opponent because there wouldn't be any mercy shown on the battle-field. Again, the double-kick drives this song along. Johan Hegg delivers his signature growl but in a way that is completely understandable. As a listener it was very easy to find myself singing along with this tune.



"Raise Your Horns"

The true highlight of this record. This, in my opinion is the best metal song released this year, bar none. THIS IS VIKING METAL. The riff is perfect, driving the tune straight into your brain like a battle-axe. The tune takes on the feeling of a song that would be sung after a victory in battle. The chorus is just a banger. If you can listen to this song and not bang your head, your neck is either broken or you don't deserve to listen to this. I can't listen to it while I drive for fear that I'm going to careen into another car.  The video featuring cameos by some of my favorite metal-heads is even better. Check it out!



THERE YOU HAVE IT. #8 of the Top 9 of 2016! AMON AMARTH: JOMSVIKING!

Miss number 9? Check it out here!

http://razor947.com/index.php/Interactive/Blogs/Zach/R/2504


Here is the source for the Johan Hegg quote:

http://www.metalinjection.net/reviews/album-review-amon-amarth-jomsviking

posted by: BallZach


Indecent Exposure: Nonpoint "Divided...Conquer Them"

Tuesday, Nov, 8 2016



Indecent Exposure coming from Nonpoint tonight off their album The Poison Red. The song is called "Divided...Conquer Them".

You showing it #Razorlove or #razorhate?

posted by: BallZach


Indecent Exposure: Pop Evil "If Only For Now"

Monday, Nov, 7 2016




Indecent Exposure tonight from "Up". The song is called "If Only For Now" You showing it #razorlove or #razorhate?

posted by: BallZach


The Top 9 of 2016: #9 A Day To Remember - Bad Vibrations

Sunday, Nov, 6 2016





HERE IT IS! The best albums released in the year 2016. I feel like we should lay down some ground rules before we get started. First and foremost, this is my OPINION. Therefore, I could be right or I could be wrong but based on my taste this is the list I put together. If you feel like I made a miscalculation, please feel free to comment with your argument. I love debating music and would love to do it with you. Also, these albums fall somewhere in the rock genre. That's what I do. Thirdly, please when you're telling me what you think in the comments, keep it PC. 

NOW HERE GOES:

#9 A Day To Remeber: Bad Vibrations

A little background to start out. A couple of years back A Day To Remeber decided to part ways with Victory Records. There were a lot of accusations thrown around, but ultimately it led to a lawsuit which A Day To Remember won and the release of their last album Common Courtesy. I'm not going to go into details here. Needless to say that both parties are more than wililng to move past this particular ugly episode.

After the conclusion of the proceedings, ADTR decided to go on a bit of a hiaus to recharge the batteries. People usually get nervious when a band does that because too often it leads to a breakup, however, in the case of ADTR it led to exactly what they needed: a fresh start. The guys rented a studio in Colorado where they did something they haven;t done in awhle.

To put together the last couple of ADTR records the guys wrote seperately and often recorded seperately. They used Dropbox or sent the lines, lyrics and melodies via email. This was compiled and sent back, then sent forth, then mixed, then did again, until they had a new album put together. It hasn't been since they recorded For Those Who Have Heart that the guys in the band sat in the same room and actually wrote together. Doing that very thing is what brings us to Bad VIbrations.

Track One: Bad Vibrations
Talk about a strong opener. You can tell that the band definitely looked to come out making a statement. You have the typical punk drum style when the song first kicks in but by the time the first chorus hits you're engulfed by some serious metal riffage. It certainly demonstrates that the guitars are stepping up to the plate and driving this song along. Unlike most bands from the same genre, ADTR does something refreshing and doesn't shy away from using primarily harsh vocals. It doesn't stray to far from their roots, but when the breakdown comes it is somewhat muted. It shouldn't have been. However, the focus on the dicordant guitars keeps the listener feeling the sense of unease that the song and the album tries to convey. 



Track Two: Paranoia
From the word "GO" you know that you're in for something special. This was the first single released for the album and one can definitely understand the reasoning by that choice. This song crushes. Try driving while listening to this song and tell me you don't slam that gas pedal. The song itself was based on an incident that occured at lead-singer Jeremy Mckinnons home when someone stopped over unannounced and knocked on his bedroom window. The instrumention does it's job once again keeping the listener on edge.This has a classic ADTR breakdown in the middle of the song. The breakdown ends up recycling the riff but to no loss. A true highlight of the album, Paranoia cements ADTR's ability to blend their hardcore roots with pop hooks and radio sensibility. 

Track Three: Naivety
The video sold me on this particular tune. As the second single from the album, it is strong in the way that it delievers the instantly recognizable clean-sung chorus. The video depcits the band as elderly men who have decided to get the band back together and the chaos that ensues. It is an allegory to everything the band learned during their lawsuit with Victory.

I"m now going to skip ahead...

Track NIne: Same About You
This is the standout track to me. Particularly due to a personal experience. In July, my mother passed away. When I heard this song, it reminded me of how I felt to the point that it brought me to tears. I think any song that has the power to affect you on an emotional scale like that is one that deserves to be talked about. This =is another genre specific song from the band but the lyrics hit home for me dealing with a loss. Halfway through the tune, we get a damn good guitar solo. Much like contemporaries Parkway Drive, ADTR has let their classic metal roots show a ittle on this record and in that guitar solo in particular. Couple that with the hook and you're going to have a hard time getting this one out of your head.



There you have it. The 9th best album released this year. Get out there and bang your heads!

Other notable tracks: Bullfight, Forgive and Forget

posted by: BallZach


Local Edge Video: Meet Me At The Gates

Friday, Oct, 7 2016





Meet Me At The Gates are making a name for themselves in the underground metal scene by doing something a bit different than the rest of their peers. Instead of hailing from one scene in one small town, these dudes are from all over the place. 

The reason they caught my attention is founder and lead guitar player Jason LeBouton caught me at Rock USA 2016 this past year in Oshkosh and mentioned that his band was about to drop some killer tunes and specifically, a professionally laid out video. The video is for the single, "Life In Two" and is from the forth-coming EP of the same name. 

LeBouton describes the EP and the song: 

"The song/video is the outline for the entire EP. The concept, feel, sound, everything. The idea behind it is that good and evil are always on your shoulders through everything you experience in your life, and how you perceive your situation depends on which side you let through. At the same time, the video, song, and EP is meant to show anyone and everyone going through a hard time that there’s always going to be times uncertainty and troubles in their lives, but no one is alone, and things will always get better so long as you take the initiative to persevere through the darkness and reach the light.

Here's the video for "Life In Two" by Meet Me At The Gates. The video is directed by Nick Frollo.


posted by: BallZach