It can only mean one thing, that it's time for the big Third Birthday Giveaway here at the WENC Night Beat. (Of Course, it could always be some new math trick, but, not in this case). This blog turned three on July 8, 2013. Since then I have been trying to come up with an appropriate giveaway, and by Jove, I think I've got it.
In my first giveaway I gave one Cd. This time I will give four, each rated by The Night Beat to be a Perfect 5 Emeralds. There will be four winners of course. Here are the prizes.
Rise, Skillet (Rock)
When last we heard from the Cookware named Industrial Super group they had released the final piece of their "accidental trilogy" Awake (2009). Parts one and two were Collide (2004) and Comatose (2006). Hopes were dashed for a fourth album, however. For Rise the Cooper Union led group took on the subject of the evil and troubles in the world. From the 911 closing of the opening cut the album tells a complete story of the Christian rising up to combat the tide of evil. I've said it better in my review. While some reviewers have been less than kind. This is the perfect way to go in a new direction.
The Civil Wars, The Civil Wars (Folk/Folk Rock)
The Anatomy of a Breakup. Barton Hollow took the music world by surprise, and the folk duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White became overnight sensations. On the way to their encore however, Williams became a mom, and the duo have been rumored to broken up. While lightning was bottled twice, we may never get a chance for three. If so, this follow up to the 2011 PVA Album of the Year may strike platinum again. It is obvious that they gave all they had in the studio. Here's to hoping that they are not the one that got away.
III, Shiny Toy Guns (Electronic/Industrial)
One of the first perfect albums of the eligibility period came from the Dance arena. Formerly known as Cloud 2 Ground, the duo of Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson, here teamed with Carah Faye Charnow also rose above the competition. Since the album came from the Dance arena, it is safe to say that the bar is among the lowest to clear. However, aside from the remix album. only two albums have made a perfect 5 from the genre this year so far, and this is one.
Each of the first three releases from this current eligibility year has the potential to become Album of The Year. Our Fourth Album has.
Evanescence, Evanescence (Rock)
"Hello, Hello, remember me. I'm everything you can't control." 2012's Album of The Year could have been called "Revenge of The Fallen". The rock group named after the rapture proved that they would not suddenly disappear. Never has lead singer Amy Lee caught the dark emotions the band is known to relate to. Fallen went 7x Platinum, and, while this has fallen far short (sorry), in some ways we have a highly superior album. Almost a themed album in some ways, the absence of rust in a group out of sight for 6 years was a testament to itself.
So here's what we're going to do. Go over to the Facebook Page for The Night Beat and sign up. Four winners will be picked. In order to make sure that the winner is happy, I am going to ask you to specify which album you would like to win if picked. If you would be happy with any choice, do say that as well.
The Contest Runs from Midnight ET Tonight until September 30. I'm going to give the long time to get as many people on board as possible. You can't win if you don't enter, so enter. Until next time I am Awaiting Your Entries. Let the Games Begin.