Well 2010 is over and I gotta say, it was a pretty good year for entertainment so I decided to share my thoughts about this past year. So I would start with my favorite albums of the year and i have a lot to say about each of them. I listen to anything pretty much that has to do with rock, but the past couple of years i have been listening to lots of hardcore music (i hate the word "Screamo", but i'm sure if you give some of that type of music a chance depending on the band you could enjoy it. Theres a certain type out there for everyone.
NOTE: None of these are in any particular order, just my favorites :)
Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise
This is a band i discovered at the beginning of the year and i started liking them a lot. The singer sings in a really high voice but he sounds great. When I heard they were coming out a new album at the time, I couldn't wait. They have a very interesting take on progressive rock you should give it a listen. Favorite Tracks:Get Out, Through the Desert Alone, Imaginary Enemy, Every Way(This song is only on the Deluxe Edition)
A lot of you may know this band because ofTom DeLonge, who is the guitarist and one the singers from the very popularblink-182. He formed this band afterblink-182first broke up many years ago. And now the band is back together so he is both bands. I've always really love the outer space-like atmosphere thatAngels and Airwavescreates from their music. This album does everything that you will want from this band and it sounds great. And i can't wait for the next album Love: Part II and the full-feature length film they are puttin out later this year. Favorite Tracks:Young London,Hallucinations,Soul Survivor (...2012),The Flight of Apollo,The Moon-Atomic (...Fragments and Fictions),Letters to God, Part II
Everyone should listen to this guy, he's outstanding. Everytime I listen to Jack i just feel happy, and this album just made me think about the beach, spring/summer, and having fun with my friends. I'm not exaggerating when i say that this album was on repeat for most of the summer. Whether it was on my iPod, my computer, or in my car I was constantly listening to this album. You should really give a listen. Favorite Tracks:You and Your Heart,To the Sea,At or With Me,Turn Your Love,Only the Ocean,No Good With Faces
My friend showed me this band at the end of '09. They are probably one the best pop-punk bands ever and they are becoming more and more popular. I just love being with my friends and yelling the lyrics along with the gang vocals they put in their songs. And this album is a "pop-punk juggernaut". There is something in this album that anyone could love. You should really check this band out. I dont have any favorites on this album because I love all of them equally.....yea its that awesome.
I have a lot to say about this. I have been listening to this band for years and i've never seen a band progress thier music differently with each album they put out more than these guys. If you listen to their breakthrough albumThey're Only Chasing Safetyand then listen to this album you'll understand. But i had to go into this album with and open mind as well as any other vfan should, because of thier departure of the drummer, clean vocalist, as well as the final founding member of the band,Aaron Gillepsie, who has always had special place in the band for being able to write music, play drums and sing at the same time. I knew that this was going to be a lot different from thier past albums. But I have to say they didn't dissapoint, it's a very different turn for them and it sounds great. Their lead singerSpencer Chamberlainhas really progressed in taking the resposbility of being able to take care of clean and unclean vocals and he sounds fantastic and thier new drummerDaniel Davison(formerly of theNorma Jean) really goes all-out. I will still say that nothing will compare toThey're Only Chasing Safety, but I do really enjoy the way there gonna take their music in the future.Favorite Tracks:In Division,Illuminator,Catch Myself Catching Myself,Paper Lung,Vacant Mouth,In Completion
This is a hardcore metal band that has a lot of history. I've been listening to them since their debut back in '08. Thier first studio albumSomeday Came Suddenlyis one of my favorites. This band have been known to perform the metalcore and post-hardcore genres combined with electronica influence This combination usually features distinct traits into their music which include (but are not limited to) Auto-Tuned singing, techno-influenced breakdowns and keyboard solos. And for the most part they can really pull it off. But after the departure of their unclean vocalistAustin Carlile, they brought in a new singer who i really didnt care for at all. Shortly before they started to write this album at the end of '09 the unclean vocalist left and their keyboard and synth playerCaleb Shomotook over screams. And he sounds phenomenal on this record as well as they guitarist and clean vocalistJohnny Franck. This album is a lot heavier than the last and it's taking a turn for the better. RecentlyJohnny Franckhas left the band andCaleb Shomowill take over clean and unclean vocals, im really curious how that will turn out in the future. Favorite Tracks:AC-130,Smokahontas,Renob, Nevada,Sexual Man Chocolate,Fumbles O'Brian,Lonely
This band was formed in '09 whenAustin Carlilewas kicked out ofAttack Attack!, and i gotta say they made one hell of an awesome debut album, Austin's screams sound amazing and the guitarist/clean singerShayley Bourget, has a really powerful voice. NowAustinhas been kicked out of this band as well. Talk about Deja Vu, so now i'm curious to see how this band turns out in the future. Favorite Tracks:Westbown and Down,Second and Sebring,Those in Glass Houses,The Ballad of Tommy Clayton & the Rawdawg Millionaire,Seven Thousand Miles for What?,YDG!?
This band has to be one of the greatest metalcore bands ever and they will always hold a special place in my heart. Even though this isnt a full lentgh album and only and EP it doesn't dissapoint. The idea came from lead singerMike Hranicaafter he read the bookThe Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. After reading it he said"What if we made a zombie song?' All it took was me just saying that to the band, and we had our hearts set on doing this EP.And thats what it's all about...ZOMBIES!!!!!! And it's just awesome, I wouldnt be lying if i said I listen to this when i play Call of Duty: Zombies.....cause I do haha, it just makes it more fun. I highly reccomend checking this out. Fav Tracks: The whole cd, considering its only 5 songs
This is my second favorite band of all time, and i was just aching waiting for this to be released. This band is widely popular for mixing harcdcore music with pop-punk, and as of right there's no other band that can pull it off perfectly other thanA Day to Remember. My only problem with it is that its only 10 songs and it just seems really short. But every song delivers and most of them are incredibly catchy. The song2nd Sucksis one my favorite songs ever. The beggining of the song starts of with a quiet guitar riff and as it gets louder then the Mortal Kombat annoncer says FIGHT! and the song just gets crazier till the very end. Great album and i can easily reccomend to anyone as well the older albums which are just as good. Favorite Tracks:2nd Sucks,All Signs Point to Lauderdale,You Be Tails, I'll Be Sonic,All I Want,This is the House that Doubt Built,It's Complicated
My album of the year. This is my favorite band of all time. You might know their famous songWelcome HomefromRock Band 1. This is a concept band, thier music tells a story with each album they put out. The lead singerClaudio Sanchezwrites a comic book calledThe Amory Warsand they music they put out is about the story and characters from the comic, and lots of their music is influenced byClaudio Sanchez'slife reading them makes listening to the music so much more enjoyable. This album is a prequal to all the comics and music they have already released, I purchased theSpecial Edition which included a 352 paged novel of the same named written byClaudio SanchezandPeter David(who has written many comics such asSuper GirlandIncredible Hulk). And i gotta say this album really did for me the music is fantastic and the story is even better, and be able to write more that just music is a real accomplishment and i gotta say is the reason whyCoheed and Cambriamy favorite band of all-time. Favorite Tracks:Made Out of Nothing (All That I Am),Here We Are Juggernaut,Far,Pearl of the Stars,World of Lines,The Broken,The Black Rainbow,Hush(only available on iTunes)
Wow that was a lot haha. I know i go into detail a lot , but thats just how I am. So thats that and i really hope that you give some of the bands a listen and see if you can enjoy them as much as I do. My next part will be my top movies of the year, and then video games following that.
Catch you Later :)