Sunday, August 29, 2010
My problem with most Metal-core is "you can't tell what's going on without a program", in this case printed lyrics, at least with the thrash growls. The good ones have a lot of easily discernible group choruses to appeal to the untrained ear. TDWP falls somewhere in the middle on this count.
Based on gang vocals and the music, I am going to give Zombie 3.75 Emeralds. It would be four but I'm taking off for a short EP
- Of the Ten cuts on the album, over half, specifically six, are instrumental. There is no such thing as Christian or Secular Instrumentals, it's just music.
- Of the Four Vocal Tracks, all are "clean" songs that should appeal to anyone and one, Broken Pieces, is sung by Lacey Mosely, the Lead Singer of Flyleaf, a Christian Hard Rock band.
Update 10/10/10: I remain convinced that this is a 5 Emerald Album, and I am placing it in nomination for a Platinum Vinyl Award in the Rock Genre for the 3rd Quarter (July-Sept) of 2010.
Update 02/15/11: Late Update-But as of 1/17/11 Apocalyptica made the Final 7 Nominees for the Platinum Vinyl Awards in Best Album, Hard Rock
- Only Time
- This Compromise
- This Portrait
- We All Fall Down
- Silent Illusion
- Genetic Makeup
- Hang on Every Word
- Hold On
- Careful Where You Sleep
"It makes my skin creep and crawl to know I came from you, break down the genetic makeup, so I can chew it up and spit it out, and wash the taste right through my mouth."After repeated listens this week I am ready to award 4.5 Emeralds to For Your Consideration. I'm still holding back because it's a debut, and I always say "You can do better", but this might be really hard. I'm filing this as a possible Platinum Vinyl Award Best New Artist for 2010. Consider, then buy, Evolett.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Then there is an album like No Far Away, the debut release by Chris August. I call Adult Contemporary music, which this is Air Conditioned, for obvious reasons. Adult Contemporary (aka Easy Listening) makes one comfortable, blends into the backround, sinks into your subconscious (these are the songs you can't get out of your head) and are played on elevators everywhere.
No Far Away is 11 songs of relationships (You and I), betrayal and forgiveness (7 x 70), and the wonder of God in creation (Starry Night), my favorite on the album. He even attempts to do a Bible in a Song Track (Battle) but can't pull it off as well as DA T.R.U.T.H. The Song that sticks in your head is Loving You is Easy, especially when your brain starts swapping things with ABC by the Jackson 5.
All in all No Far Away is a passable Pop/Adult Contemporary CD. I predict it will do well. It is a typical AC, comfortable, inoffensive, blends well, and 3 of 5 possible Emeralds. There will be better Pop albums. I was Not Blown Away by No Far Away
An adherent of the cliche "Always leave them wanting more", TCOTG gives us 10 songs that clock in just over 30 minutes. The track listing:
- Fun is Fun
- Time Machine
- Trucker's Son
- The Morning Rise/Frightening Eyes
- I had a song for the ages
- Coconut Trees
- Cry Me A River
- Kick the Can
- Lose My Mind
As I said before, you may find gems here if you look. One gem is in the final cut, Lose My Mind. Listening to the song, it is obvious he is not talking about going crazy. I prefer to think that he is talking about the process of renewing his mind. He is "losing" his mind and putting on the mind of Christ. But that's just me.
Ever the perfectionist, just like his brother, he even apologizes for the album on his album. He may say he has a "song for the ages written on some pages at home.", but if he does, that's going to make an awesome 13th.
I give The Changing of the Guard a solid 4 Emeralds (out of 5). Will it make the final cut to be nominated for the Platinum Vinyl Awards? Maybe not, but there are four whole months to go, and this album tends to grow on you.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Maybe it is only fitting that I end the Platinum Vinyl Genre Categories with the most crowded genre in CCM today, Modern Worship. In truth, possibly not a typical genre, because all entrants could also be classified as rock, pop, or whatever. The thing that sets the genre apart is the subject of the music, not the style in which it is played. The Best So Far for 2010 in Modern Worship are:
- The Saving One by Starfield
- Everything is Different Now by Stellar Kart
- Eternity Invades by Vicky Beeching
- Ragamuffin Soul by Carlos Whittaker
- Wake Up My Soul by Andy Kirk
- Farewell Show: Live in London by Delirious?
- Name Above All Names by ALM:uk
- A Beautiful Exchange by Hillsong Live
- Find Me Pure by Patrick Paegel
- City of Life Worship by City of Life
The last of the weak genre's this time around. Here's hoping for more good entries, in the second half of 2010. Without further ado, the Platinum Vinyl Award nominees in the Folk/Folk Rock genre are:
Another Genre Category with very few entrants. Not so much that there were an abundance of bad music, but not many releases were in this category, and these three are the best so far:
Due to a lack of releases in this category, this is the first genre that won't have to be whittled down at the beginning of next year. With that in mind, here are the early nominees for the Platinum Vinyl Awards for the Gospel/R&B Genre:
- In Spite of Me by Michelle Bonilla
- Get Ready by Forever Jones (D)
- Light up the Dark by The Washington Projects
(D) Indicates a Debut Project, qualifies for Best New Artist
Saturday, August 14, 2010
- Disappearing World by Fair
- Of Men and Angels by The Rocket Summer
- Everything is Different Now by Stellar Kart
- Pieces of a Real Heart by Sanctus Real
- Vagabonds by The Classic Crime
- Blink by Revive
- Armored Heart by Runaway City
- Burning like the Midnight Sun by The Choir
- Travel III by Future of Forestry
- Salvation in Secrets by Our Lives In Motion (D)
The early nominees for the 2010 Platinum Vinyl Awards in the Dance/Electronica/Techno Genre are as follows:
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The early nominees for the 2010 Platinum Vinyl Awards in the Rock genre, which includes Metal, Hardcore, and Industrial, are as follows:
- The Infinite Order by Living Sacrifice
- Tonight by Toby Mac
- For Those Who Wait by Fireflight
- Satellites & Sirens (Self-Titled)
- The World is a Thorn by Demon Hunter
- Hanging on by a Thread by The Letter Black
- Life, Scars, Apologies by Since October
- Rain's A Comin by Children 18:3
- Attack of the Wolf King by Haste The Day
I had originally planned this post earlier, giving my picks for the best CCM releases for the first six months of 2010. However, even using 1 minute Amazon clips to make my decision, this has proven a much more daunting task than I had originally anticipated. Rather than wait until I am finished, and at this rate that may be 2011, I will be making these posts a work in progress, continually adding, and maybe, even dropping entries. The posts will be grouped by genre.
Update: Due to a marathon effort, I raced through the initial listenings of all the releases in the first 6 months. At least those I could gather from new release lists. If the cuts wowed me, it was nominated. If it didn't it was ingloriously dropped from contention. Honorable Mentions only come with the finals here, not the nominations.
As of now, you artists will have to be content with a Virtual Award (i.e. Mention on this Blog and on Twitter. There is no piece of metal to give. Only my recognition.