Song Review: Siamese – ‘Ablaze’

Song Review: Siamese – ‘Ablaze’

Band: Siamese Song: ‘Ablaze’ Genre: Alternative rock, pop rock Date of Release: March 3, 2016 Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: If Michael Jackson fucked the Foo Fighters (which would never happen since the Foo Fighters are adults) I’ve made no secret of my love for Siamese’s self-titled album. Will my pre-existing feelings sway my review for their latest single? Probably not, since I’m a professional and all that. However, the music video does incorporate copious amounts of cleavage, which certainly does help its case. Entitled ‘Ablaze’, the first single off of Siamese’s latest effort is representative of Envy, one of the seven deadly sins. The next single will be about Greed; I believe it was supposed to be the song about Sloth, but they never got around to recording it. Don’t let the ominous intro fool you into thinking this is a heavier song than it actually is, but it’s certainly the darkest material Siamese has put out. It’s much more like their material from two albums ago, when they were still called Siamese Fighting Fish. The fast-paced, happy-go-lucky sensibilities of the last record are noticeably absent. However, this tonal shift is not a bad thing at all. Rather than the clean funk guitars Siamese fans are used to, this song is primarily driven forward by the bass line and some delicate electronic work. Their trademark violin is still present, but showcased much lower in the mix. When the guitars kick in, well, let’s say that chugging distorted chords is not the Siamese way, but it’s what you get here. If it weren’t for the violin,...
Album Review: 3 Doors Down – “Us and the Night”

Album Review: 3 Doors Down – “Us and the Night”

Band: 3 Doors Down Album: Us and the Night Location: Cousinfuck, Mississippi Release Date: March 11, 2016 Genre: Dad rock, post-grunge, alternative rock Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Nickelback, Hinder, Seether, Self-immolation, Sadness and pain. Track Listing: 1. The Broken – 2:47 2. In the Dark – 3:44 3. Still Alive – 2:42 4. Believe It – 3:22 5. Living In Your Hell – 3:48 6. Inside of Me – 3:46 7. I Don’t Wanna Know – 3:25 8. Pieces of Me – 3:38 9. Love Is a Lie – 2:47 10. Us and the Night – 4:00 11. Fell From the Moon – 3:56 Hey fans of IPHYB (haters?), it’s your resident dad rock expert here, ready to shit on what you hate because other people love it. Today’s inbox included the latest offerings from 3 Doors Down, a band who started the millennium with a bunch of bangers (don’t you dare deny that ‘Kryptonite’ isn’t an amazing song) but has cooled down in recent years. Let’s see if they’re recovered any of their mojo. The start of the album, ‘The Broken’, immediately had me thinking, “what the fuck is this?” Why are there electronics in a 3 Doors Down song? There’d better be a perfectly good explanation for this. If this song was performed in a different manner, say, like old 3 Doors Down, this would be a good. But seriously, what? It’s a style shock at the very least. At least it’s fairly catchy, though. IPHYB has reviewed ‘In the Dark’ before, and the writer who did so wasn’t overly fond of it. True, maybe it...
Song Review: 3 Doors Down – ‘In The Dark’

Song Review: 3 Doors Down – ‘In The Dark’

Band: 3 Doors Down Song: ‘In The Dark’ Location: The Retirement Village 3 Doors Up Date of Release: 22/02/2016 Genre: Rock Reviewer: Zoltan For Fans Of: Nickelback, Hinder, Shinedown, country music, and people who enjoy aural torture. Now don’t get me wrong, this article is not written from the perspective of one who views 3 Doors Down in a negative light, I’ve heard those two good songs of theirs (and nothing more, until now) and enjoy them. Who hasn’t had drunken jams of ‘Kryptonite’, where you and your mates hum the melody to every lyric (except the chorus) because those are the only words you know? And don’t tell me you didn’t spend a portion of your teenage years listening to ‘Here Without You’ after you and your three month girlfriend broke up for the fourth and final time – a cliché which turned out to be so generic, the band incorporated it into their latest video for ‘In The Dark’. 3 Doors Down’s latest visual display of, um, “art” kicks off with some dude listening to one of their old classics before being interrupted by an attractive female who unplugs his headphones, bringing about an intro riff which wouldn’t sound out of place on an Escape The Fate album. To make things worse, they repeat that riff in a very Hinder-inspired chorus, to achieve an ultimately uninspired result. Now, the word uninspiring comes to mind a lot throughout the course of this song, as absolutely nothing of interest happens for four minutes and 40 seconds. If the protagonist’s love interest walked into the first scene like that girl...
Album Review: Basement – ‘Promise Everything’

Album Review: Basement – ‘Promise Everything’

Band: Basement Album: Promise Everything Genre: Alt Rock/Emo/Punk Rock Date of Release: 29/1/2016 Location: Ipswich, England Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate, teenage angst, trying not to kill yourself Standout Tracks: The whole fucking album is outstanding Track Listing: 1. Brother’s Keeper (3:08 2. Hanging Around (3:00) 3. Lose Your Grip (2:47) 4. Aquasun (3:43) 5. Submission (2:43) 6. Oversized (2:38) 7. Blinded Bye (2:39) 8. For You The Moon (3:14) 9. Promise Everything (2:37) 10. Halo (2:30) UK alt-rock/emo darlings BASEMENT are back with their first full-length release since 2012’s Colourmeininkindness. The opening track of Promise Everything marks a significant departure from their previous work, with the heavy ’90s influences present throughout both I Wish I Could Stay Here and Colourmeininkindness, making way for a more heavily third-wave emo/pop-punk influenced sound, which borrows heavily from bands such as Jimmy Eat World. Opening track ‘Brother’s Keeper’ starts with the typically frenzied chaos one has come to expect from the genre, interspersed with floaty, dreamy interludes throughout the verses, with a definite “radio-friendly” vibe to the whole track. ‘Hanging Around’ begins with a riff which borrows heavily from ’90s alternative-group Jawbox’s ‘Mirrorful’, before moving back into more familiar territory, with Duncan Stewart’s bass tone being a particular standout through the song. The intro to ‘Lose Your Grip’ sets the tone for the entire song, before a massive dynamic shift in the second verse as vocalist Andrew Fisher sings “Let me show you something, my old friend …” over sparse instrumentation, with the rest of the song ambling away just nicely. One barely has...
Song Review: No Gravity – “Beneath the Dirt”

Song Review: No Gravity – “Beneath the Dirt”

Band: No Gravity Song: Beneath the Dirt Genre: Alternative rock, electronic rock, synthpop Date of Release: March 2nd, 2014 Location: Bratislava, Slovakia Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: The Killers, The Bravery “Why?” You might be asking. “Why review a song from 2014? Why review a band from Slovakia? Why review a genre you barely listen to?” Well, my reasoning is rather simple and shared with many other great men and women throughout human history: curiosity. As you probably don’t know, I’m a fairly devoted fan of the Howard Stern Show. Back in 2007, No Gravity was in New York City promoting themselves on a public access TV show called “Hugs For Harlem”. During this fateful appearance, they were subject to one of the funniest prank calls ever perpetuated (done in part by legendary death metal drummer and Stern staffer Richard Christy). Naturally, this got me curious. Obviously, a band who promotes itself on a second-rate public access show probably won’t be very good, but just how bad could they really be? I did some research, found the “music band”, as they call themselves (their English isn’t great), and popped on their latest single. I immediately asked myself the same question I started this review with: why? Why would someone make music like this? Why would said music sound like this? Why the hell am I still listening to it? It’s pretty clear that No Gravity is going for a 2005 synthpop Bravery-type vibe, but (perhaps thanks to their Slavic roots) it comes across as a cheap Eastern European competitor product which tries so hard to be like its Western...
Song Review: Dear Life, – “Chasing Cadence”

Song Review: Dear Life, – “Chasing Cadence”

Song: ‘Chasing Cadence’ Band: Dear Life, Location: Hertfordshire, U.K. Date of Release: 01/06/2015 Genre: Alt. Rock For Fans Of: Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday Why They Aren’t Famous: They probably just need more time. Sometimes I hear a song and I’m just like, “Fuck this band and everything they stand for”. I hate this music with all of my heart. I wish that I could go back in time and assassinate the mother of the person who invented the genre. Fuck their guitars, their vocals, drums, bass – and fuck the backing vocals, too. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, this is actually some pretty solid music. I may not like what these guys are doing (in theory at least), but I’ll be fucked if they aren’t good at it. Alt. rock is a tricky area, it flirts with pop, punk, and metal. Sometimes that can mean great things, other times it can result in things that are less great. I want to say that this is bad, but they really nail it. I know that there are so many people out there that would dance to this shit. The composition is probably the most impressive part of this song. The guitars jump into some pretty impressive riffage, but they scale right back to let the vocals cut through. It’s obvious that the guitarists can really play their instruments, but they don’t over-play it – there is a nice balance between lead riffs and basic rhythms. The bass doesn’t shine through a lot, but a few slides and runs give it enough life to make...
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