Abandon All Ships??

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Great Rock N Roll

I like to think that it’s rare I find a band that has been around for a while that’s extremely talented that I don’t already listen to, however every once in a while it happens and I find someone who has been flying under my radar that can flat out play. Post-Hardcore Canadian group Abandon All Ships is my new find and they are amazing.

Boredom does catch up with everyone so I like to think that I’m being productive by listening and watching videos of bands that I have never heard of which is where I found the video for the song “Take One Last Breath”. The video is sick great lighting and band rocks out as hard as anyone I listen to. These guys really seem to blend great techno in with their already roaring guitar riffs and break downs. If Motionless In White made a baby with Attack Attack they would have an Abandon All Ships Baby and they definitely take the best of both worlds in those terms.

Their album “Geeving” was released October 5th 2010 and will leave you confused as to dance or join a circle pit from beginning to end. This is a great album from a great band who utilizes all possible musical tools to create their final product. I will be doing my homework on them to find out when and where I can catch them live (Warped Tour 2011?…they have my vote for sure). Check out songs from these guys below you’re going to love them if you care about anything that’s ever been written on this site.

– Mason Richardson

Twitter updates: @abandonallships

Band Site:  http://www.myspace.com/abandonallships

“Take One Last Breath”


“Bro My God”


This may be a bit late and I’ve been away from here for a while but I have been dieing to finally talk about the new super group D.R.U.G.S. consisting of Craig Owens (Vocals – ex Chiodos), Matt Good (Guitars/Keyboard – From First To Last), Nick Martin (Guitars – Cinematic Sunrise, Isles & Glaciers), Adam Russell (Bass –  Story Of The Year), and Aaron Stern (Drums – Matchbook Romance).

Everyone I’m sure like myself was extremely disappointed to find out that Craig Owens had been fired from Chiodos quite some time ago and weren’t really sure where he (and Chiodos for that matter) were headed. Thankfully Chiodos was able to produce an extremely well made, and successful record and Craig also landed on his feet with he new band/project D.R.U.G.S. (an acronym for Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows). On February 18th D.R.U.G.S. released their first full length album which is self titled and if you’re a fan of any of the bands that these guys are in or simply really like Craig’s voice then this is definitely something you need to pick up. Start to finish this is a great album and doesn’t have a weak point at all.

You can tell lyrically Craig did a lot of soul searching and much of this album is talking about trying to discover one’s self once you’ve pretty much hit rock bottom and finding the light once everything has gone dark. Overall it is extremely uplifting to listen to and brings pop melodies and lyrics with the greatest of heavy riffs any rock n roll fan could imagine. The Album opens up with a great in your face tune “If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is” and from then on the hits just roll on out as the album continues. If you buy the deluxe version of the album you get a very cool 20 minute documentary and the mind blowing mini movie/music video for “If You Think This Song Is About You…”

Personal favorites include songs such as “The Only Thing You Talk About”, “Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups”, and “I’m The Rehab, You’re the Drug”. There are a ton of emotions that come with this album and very easy to relate to its a great release for those of us with a lot on our minds. For those of you looking for another Chiodos album you will be disappointed this is a very different band with a tad less theatrics but is a phenomenal album that everyone should own. Be on the lookout this year for these guys to be on tour they have already traveled around to celebrate the release of this record to sold out shows for the most part so if you see they’re coming to your town buy tickets ASAP. I’ll post songs below please enjoy and i’ll give you the first part to the 4 part movie series/music video that is sure to blow your mind….

– Mason Richardson

Twitter updates: @DRUGS

“The Only Thing You Talk About”

“Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups”

“If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is” Part 1

(Search Youtube for the next 3 parts and music video)

The British sensation that is Asking Alexandria released their second single off of their upcoming sophomore album “Reckless and Relentless” set to be released this April. The band is keeping their promise as far as releasing an even heavier album as far as the first two singles “Breathless” and the recently released “Morte et Dabo”.

“Morte et Dabo” is easily the heaviest song the band has produced, the riffs are extremely fast and once again vocalist Danny Worsnop seems to be pushing himself in different directions and testing his abilities in great ways. This song has gotten me extremely pumped for “Reckless and Relentless” this is by far one of their coolest, more sophisticated almost theatrical song yet and should please all Asking Alexandria fans beyond expectations. Check out the song below and as always please enjoy.

– Mason Richardson

“Morte et Dabo”

Lodi, California natives A Skylit Drive released their third full length album today “Identity On Fire” and the band comes back with a powerfully demanding sound that defines itself against their previous release “Adelphia”. This album is a must have for all ASD fans, in my opinion it is by far their best yet.

The sound of the record is pretty heavy if not more than “Adelphia” but what makes this album great is how it has such a different feel to it as far as the music goes while maintaining they identity that they have established for themselves. Start to finish this album has kept me overly impressed there isn’t a single drop off in this record. “Identity  on Fire” offers a wide variety as far as songs go. There’s the faster heavier sound of “Ex Marks The Spot” and the title track “Identity on Fire”, the ever so catchy chorus’s of “The Cali Buds” and “Tempt Me, Temptation”, as well as a lighter feel with “500 Days of Bummer”. To be honest I could write something great about each and every  song on the album.

This album is definitely one of the best musical investments I’ve made in a while and I will say for just $2.00 more the deluxe edition is worth it as it includes the video for “Too Little Too Late” and also two great bonus songs; the acoustic “Black and Blue” and the loud in your face “400 Ft Robots”. This is by far my favorite album that they have put out and will most likely  stay on repeat for a while in my car.

Look forward to these guys promoting this great album hard in 2011 and catch them out this summer on the Vans Warped tour as they were announced somewhat recently for the 2011 lineup. As always I’ll post a few songs below to preview if you have not already snagged your own copy of this album so you can see what you’re missing out on. Go grab this album you won’t be disappointed ASD fans.


– Mason Richardson

Band site: http://www.myspace.com/askylitdrive

Twitter updates: @askylitdrive

“Ex Marks The Spot”


“Tempt Me, Temptation”


“Your Mistake”

Bamboozle 2011

Posted: February 11, 2011 in Festivals

The New Jersey music festival “Bamboozle” also known as “The Great Bamboozle” which began back in 2003 as a two day event and has since expanded to three has released its lineup for 2011 and will be held in East Rutherford, NJ at the New Meadowlands Sports Complex. The dates for the festival are April 29th, April 30th, and May 1st. There will be a decent amount of key post-hardcore, and rock n roll bands playing this year. Highlight bands included are as follows:

Motley Crue

A Day To Remember

Attack Attack

Black Veil Brides



Motionless In White

Senses Fail


Of course this festival spans out to other varieties of music such as pop rock, hip hop, and R&B artists however these are the bands from the heavier genre that will be there. Be sure to check the Bamboozle website below to see when these bands play on their respective dates.


– Mason Richardson

Bamboozle Site: http://www.thebamboozle.com/index.php


Easily one of the heaviest tours of the summer Rockstar Energy Drink’s Mayhem Festival, has announced its line up for 2011. The tour began in 2008 and has build a reputation for bringing you the loudest, heaviest, most insane bands of the year all together in one day with multiple stages to simply rock your face off. The tour begins this year July 9th in San Bernardino, CA and wraps things up August 14th in West Palm Beach, FL.

This year’s line up is extremely promising with the headlining bands: Disturbed, Godsmack, and Megadeath playing with other big name bands such as Trivium, Suicide Silence, and In Flames. For metal fans this is a day of great rock that can not be missed the link for the main site to look up tour dates will be posted below so be sure to find out when this tour will be in your city this summer. More bands will be playing they are listed below as well as this years advertisement.

– Mason Richardson

Mayhem Fest. Site: http://www.mayhemfest.com/

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2010 Wrap Up

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Great Rock N Roll

I know it’s a bit late for something like this but after the latest issue of Alternative Press I thought it’d be fun to give my own thoughts and opinions for last year in music by highlighting bands who really stood out and made a difference in the industry. While this is completely opinionated I am interested to hear thoughts and opinions so please fill up the comment box I know you guys will all disagree somewhere and hopefully this will spark some great musical debate somewhere whether you comment or not, so here are some self given “HEYTHEREMRBROOKS” awards to the bands that seemed to rock the best.

Artist of the YearAvenged Sevenfold 

This is a band that every year seems to grow bigger and bigger and with each record changes up their sound ever so slightly. Never wanting to make the same album twice over the 5 that they have released “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet” could almost be a completely different band than this year’s “Nightmare” while all sounding great. The band dealt with the loss of long time dear friend and drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan late in 2009 and yet was still able to produce one of the best albums of 2010. These guys definitely deserve tons of credit for the obstacles they have been faced with and their ability to over come.

Runner’s UpChiodos

Replacing such a distinct voice such as Craig Owens is not an easy task, and while many fans weren’t so sure if these guys would pull off a decent album at best, they fooled the world and created a masterpiece with “Illumindaudio”.

Album of the Year – “Fever” Bullet For My Valentine

While this may not be their heaviest record since “The Poison” first debuted this is definitely the band at their finest where they have found their middle ground. There may be less screaming involved but this band really pushed themselves to write fast hard rock music for almost everyone to enjoy followed with spit in your face angry “F**k you” lyrics for the most part, this band really went over the top.

Runner’s Up – “What Separates Me From You” A Day To Remember and ” The Emptiness” Alesana

Song of the Year – “Nightmare” Avenged Sevenfold

From the creepily slow sounds of the intro to the classic dueling guitars of Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates and his solo this song never seems to get old even while getting radio play.

Runner’s Up – “Your Betrayal” Bullet For My Valentine, “F**k” Bring Me The Horizon, “The Murderer” Alesana

Cover Art of the Year – “Asylum” Disturbed 

Runner’s Up – “Deep Blue” Parkway Drive, “Broken Frames” Eyes Set to Kill

Most Underrated Band of the YearPierce The Veil

These guys delivered a great album this year and toured their faces off traveling with tons of bands and night in and night out put on great shows (saw them twice this year and both were flawless). Although not the heaviest band in the world these guys still make great music and are extremely talented. Expect them to have a great year in 2011.

Runner’s Upblessthefall, Motionless In White, Black Veil Brides

Most Overrated Band of the Year Escape the Fate

While this band does and has made great music in the past, I think many of us are a little over generous with the credit given this past year with some of the music that was produced.

Runner’s UpAttack Attack

While I am a pretty big fan of this band and have been since the release of “Someday Came Suddenly”, their second self titled album did have a few awesome songs on it (“Fumble’s O’Brian”, “Sexual Man Chocolate”, “I Swear I’ll Change”) I think all the original fans have noted there is a much different feel to the band and with the departure of Johnny Franck I’m not so sure what their future will hold in 2011.

Breakout Band of the Year The Word Alive

With the debut of their first full record these guys exploded out of the gates and haven’t looked back. Deceiver was one of the best musical investments I have made in a long time expect to see a lot from this band now that they have established themselves as a musical forced to be reckoned with.

Runner’s Up We Came As Romans

This band received a ton of great and well deserved respect and success this year along with being one of the first five bands announced for the Van’s Warped Tour 2011 these guys get bigger every day.

Music Video of the Year – “The Thespian” Alesana

This is one thrill ride for a music video it keeps you entertained and excited as well as scared out of your mind.

Runner’s Up – “It Never Ends” Bring Me The Horizon, “Caraphernalia” Pierce the Veil

Live Band of the Year (strictly based on who I was able to see) – All That Remains

These guys were absolutely flawless and put on such a great show with lots of interactions with the crowd and tons of energy from vocalist Phil Labonte. It was a shame having to hear their albums on my ipod after seeing it performed even better live.

Runner’s UpPierce the Veil, Asking Alexandria, Alesana

While all of these are strict opinions those are all the awards this site would like to present to these bands for their stand out actions of 2010. Please I’m looking forward to anyone who reads this to have differences and I am interested to read about them so feel free to comment on who should have won what award and why. Thank you!

– Mason Richardson