Sunday, October 25, 2020

Band Recommendation- Johnnie Guilbert and Til death do we part

 


     Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. I'm trying to get back into a good schedule for posts. Been a little hectic during the week, so I'm going to shoot for weekends. 


  Anyway, today I wanted to talk about a musician I've recently discovered. His name is Johnnie Guilbert. He does solo music and also has a band called 'Til death do we part'. Johnnie started off his career as a YouTuber, at the age of 16, and became known for talking about his history with mental health, mostly depression. It really connected with people, and from then on he formed a fan base. In his videos he also discussed his love for music, how it helped him cope, and how he wanted to do it. 

 

All that struggle and hardship has led him to do what he loves, which is write and release music. I thought this would be an appropriate time to share what he does, cause his music hits deep and really helps to cope with what we're dealing with. Everyone is feeling down right now, due to the world, but Johnnie wants us to know we are not alone. He still struggles as well, but thankfully music helps us stay connected and fight everything together.

He mentioned he is working on an album and will release it towards the end of this year, and I'm very excited. As far as music to check out, my two fave songs from his solo work are 'Afraid' and 'Welcome to hell'. 'Afraid' makes me think about how scary we may feel to others, especially when depressed. He mentions not being able to escape a curse which I take as suicidal thoughts, but all he wants is for someone to love him. 'Welcome to hell' is about his struggle with religion. He grew up with it but had many doubts about if god was even real.

'Til death do we part' is harder to find out about, because all that comes up is the expression "till death do us part". They don't have very many songs but I recommend 'She makes sense' and 'Regret me not'.

I hope you guys check him out. He's a really genuine guy making music and raising awareness towards mental illness which I think is just super important. Thank you for reading this post. You can follow Johnnie on Twitter @JohnnieGuilbert. You can also follow 'Til death do we part' @tddwpmusic, and can follow the other half of the band Jake Bateman @jakexbateman. I will discuss his music in another post. 

Have a great day and stay safe.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Repentance 'God For A Day'

 


  Hello everyone. It's been awhile but I've been waiting for something really cool to talk about, and that moment has happened. On Sept 25th, Repentance unleashed their debut album onto the world. 'God For A Day' is out now. You can stream it everywhere and also purchase a physical copy if you're interested. They also have some merch if you need another cool shirt for your collection.

Now onto the review. I had the honor of getting early access to this album but didn't wanna share my thoughts till everyone could go check it out for themselves. First off, from start to finish, this album is a head banging masterpiece. This is what I expect from a band that labels themselves as a heavy metal band. Repentance did not hold back on the heavy goodness, from the guitar work and drums, to the very heavy and very talented vocals of Robby J. If you're a regular here, you'll recognize his name. I did a couple interviews with him that you can check out after you read this, if you so choose. 

I honestly did not want this album to end. From 'Only the damned die young' to 'Deliverance' felt like an instant. I got so wrapped up in how it all flowed together that before I knew it, it was over and I was still craving for more. It's hard to pick a favorite song on this album, cause they are such great tracks. I really like "Only the damned die young', 'Deliverance', and 'God for a day', to name a few. If you're looking for some good kick ass music either for working out, or just to enjoy, I highly recommend checking this out. They worked so hard to release this album, and I say it paid off nicely. 

This for me is a contender for album of the year, but it isn't over yet. If not the album of the year, it's definitely a highlight. I looked forward to this for so long and was not disappointed. Like I mentioned, you can go stream 'God For A Day' everywhere and physical copies are available for purchase via intercept music. Also highly recommend checking out their tees as well. Not only helps support them, but you also have a cool shirt to make your friends jealous.

You can follow them on social media @wearerepentance. You can also follow Robby @robbyjfonts. Thank you guys for reading this. I was happy to type up this review, and I do hope you all enjoyed. Have a good day and take care. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Band Recommendation- Attn Deficit Squirrel





    Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well as we continue to stay strong and get through this crazy time. If you're like me and are taking this time to expand on your music a bit, then I have an awesome recommendation for you. There's a new upcoming band from Cincinnati, Ohio, and they're called Attn Deficit Squirrel. They have a self titled EP coming out today, and I highly recommend checking it out after reading this review.
   

      I am a huge fan of what they've done so far. The EP consists of four amazing songs that I think will help you stay in a good mood during this depressing time. Their music is pop/punk and has the sound of great classic pop/punk bands such as Green Day, Jimmy eats world, etc.
   I'm going to share my review of each song. They are my first impressions of the vibe from each song along with my thoughts on the instrumental, vocals, and lyrics. Hope you enjoy.


Fine by me- So right off the bat, this song gives me some 90's Green Day vibes. It's got a nice, old school punk vibe. I love the upbeat instrumental, and the vocals are great.

Inside- I love how this song is upbeat while also having a nice gentle tone to it as well. It's a nice blend that is very enjoyable. Still get the old school punk vibes, which is a nice change of pace. I don't see that much in newer bands.

Slowing down- Love the little techy intro, thought it was a nice introduction. Still keeps the punk vibe, while also being catchy and pleasant. I really love the lyrics as well. I feel that they are relatable, and just bring an overall great message,

Time is on my side- This is my favorite. I love the attention to the guitar, especially in the intro. It has a nice, gentle intro. Not quite as punky as the others, but it's still upbeat enough to fit along with the others and is still a great listen.

I really hope you all give these guys a try. Their front man Scottie told me it was all DIY which I find very impressive. As I mentioned, their self titled EP is out today. You can find it on Spotify, Itunes, and Amazon music. You can follow them on twitter @ADSquirrel for all future updates. I do plan on interviewing the band here soon, so look for that as well. For any updates on the interview and future posts, you can follow me on twitter @fozzydeth.
 
Let me know what you guys thought. Would love to hear your opinions on their music, and I'm sure they would as well. You can let them know on twitter. You can also let me know on twitter or leave a comment down below. Thank you all so much for reading. Stay safe and I'll see you all in the next post.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Music can save your life...LITERALLY




            Hey guys. I hope you all are staying safe during this pandemic. Just remember to stay healthy, wash your hands, and stay inside. Now I know being in quarantine is lonely and depressing, I've found that for me, music is a great way to cope, and I feel the majority of you all can relate to that. If not, then I hope today's post will help you see the benefits of music relating to your health, and how you can incorporate it into your routine while at home.
    So today, I'm gonna share some facts and tips on how music can help you mentally, and how you can work it into your day. Now before I start, I read two articles to help me gather some facts, and I will link those at the end of this post. The tips come from me personally, on how I fit music into my routine and how you can to. So let's get started.

Facts:
Now most of the facts I found related to music therapy, which is basically a practice some therapists use in which they do exercises with their patients on creating music and using it to express their feelings. Like songwriting can help one to express feelings they may never have before, or maybe didn't know how to properly express them.
The first article I read had a few good things to say about it: "Music therapy is classified as a form of expressive therapy that works to improve physical and mental health through expression of emotions. It consists of playing music, singing, or listening. It can help you deal with past trauma, improve social skills, and give you more confidence."

Now the second article I read had quite a bit about how music helps you and how you can incorporate it. The two facts I enjoyed were how having music in the background can help boost mental performance, I know for me, when I'm working on an outline for a post and doing some research, like I did today, listening to music can really help me stay focused. So if you're doing work from home, or are a student doing online classes, maybe putting some soft music in the background can help you.
But it could be used for other things such as cooking and doing chores.
   The other fact I enjoyed was how it can help reduce and manage stress. One thing I like to do is take time out of my day to just pop in a CD I love, and relax. Let it take me away to a world full of peace, and maybe even good memories associated with those songs. Doing so has helped me feel less stress, and I highly recommend doing so if you haven't already.

I really hope this post helps you out in managing your stress and sadness during this difficult time. Just remember that it won't last forever, and we will all get through this. If you're interested in reading these articles, here are the links: https://www.mycpid.com/how-music-helps-with-mental-health-mind-boosting-benefits-of-music-therapy/

Thank you for reading this. Please stay safe out there and be considerate of others, so as to prevent this disease from spreading more. It's a time for us to love one another so we may pull through. If you wanna keep up on future posts, you can follow me on twitter @fozzydeth. i'm gonna work hard and try to do a post everyday, because I know it helps me, and I hope it helps you all as well. Have a great day!


Monday, February 24, 2020

My take on new bands




        Hello everyone. I know I've been on a bit of a hiatus, but that's because I needed to take a break to try to find good topics to write about. One thing that has come up recently is people have asked me my opinion on new bands. The reason being because I'm an old school rock and metal fan, so most people are curious as to what I think about upcoming bands or even bands that may have been around a few years, but would be considered new to me. So today I'm just gonna talk about my opinion on new bands.
       

        Now first off, please be aware that I am in no way talking bad about newer bands. Every band works hard and does their best, and may have a big fan base. This is just how I feel about them. I'm not gonna rant and say they suck and you're a loser for listening to them. But rather share how and why i feel a certain way.
    So I get a ton of recommendations of bands to listen to. Either bands that are considered new to me, or upcoming bands trying to build a fan base. I will pick one song from each band and listen for about a minute. That usually is enough to give me some lyrics and the chorus. I'll usually listen to a few bands at a time, but I tend to notice something strange. To me, they all sound the same. Like, they're all different bands, with different styles and different singers, but their songs sound the same.
      Like whenever I listen to the radio, let's say Sirius Octane as an example, they'll play a song and I'm like okay cool. Then they'll play the next song, and honestly, if they didn't mention it was by a different artist, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. This is more with the instrumental stuff and less of the singing. I'm not gonna say a rap song sounds like a normal singing song. But this includes guitar work, and drums as well.
      I'm not saying it's a problem, I just find it strange. I know it takes a band awhile to find their sound and what they want to produce, it's all a big journey. It's just hard to differentiate between bands sometimes as a result. But there have been a few times where I'll find an upcoming band that has a totally different sound from most, which can be refreshing.

    But like I said before I started, I'm not hating on anyone or anything. I just wanted to share my opinion on this subject. I would also love to hear your take on it. So feel free to leave a comment or hit me up on twitter @fozzydeth. I'll have more posts coming soon. Thank you so much for reading, and have a great day!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Shaun Glass Interview




    Hello everyone. Hope you all are doing well. Sorry for lack of posts, being feeling unwell. But I think this post will make up for it. I had the pleasure of chatting with Shaun Glass of the upcoming band Repentance. Was so cool getting to talk to him. Hope you all enjoy.


So first off, i wanted to ask what your upbringing in music was? Did you listen to a certain genre or did you check out a bit of everything?

"I grew up on Rock first bands like KISS were my first real love and introduction to hard music then I went full bore into REAL Heavy Metal like Judas Priest,UFO,Scorpions,Motörhead then as those bands began to get soft with the rise of hair metal and I was much more into newer acts like Venom,Mercyful Fate,Anvil, & Metallica..
Obviously I liked other genres then and still do  love bands like the Cure,Depeche Mode,Mission uk,Sisters Of Mercy."


Did any of those bands kind of influence your style of how you play, and did anyone inspire you?

"Absolutely everyone of them played a role in shaping my style sound and visions.
My Father inspired me because he believed in me and let me chase my crazy dream to be a musician...College really doesn’t teach you that ha!"

That's awesome! 
So some people reading this may not know about the band you're in, Repentance. Can you give a little background about how you guys got together and what your style is?

"Well I‘be been in a few bands some may have heard of Soil,Dirge Within probably the two most known bands I formed and played in... Repentance came together a year ago with my desire to just write something really Heavy and not care about trends etc.
Our first gig was opening for Trivium in Illinois and we released some demos to n YouTube and a few singles on all the typical digital outlets.We are currently recording a full album for 2020!!!"

I've heard the singles you guys have released and i am so excited for this album. I wish you guys all the best.
As we wrap up a here, i have a couple more questions. Do you have any advice for those who may have the same dream you did and aren't sure how to get started?

"Thanks glad they impressed you. My advice is work hard and write songs as that’s the key.GOOD stuff shines and Hard Work is the key and whenever you face a downer move on and kill it!"

Very good advice indeed.
So last thing, besides the new Repentance album, do you have anything else we can expect in 2020?

"Check out a few killer acts I manage both have new albums out!"
Arrival Of Autumn - Harbinger

Skinlab - Venomous 


Big thanks again to Shaun Glass for taking the time to chat with me, it was very cool. If you haven't already, please go check out Repentance. They have two singles out, Enter the Gallows and Only the Damned die young. Also go check out Shaun's other acts as well and support them if you like what you here. You can also follow Shaun on twitter @shaunglass666 and Repentance @wearerepentance.
Thank you so much for reading and have an awesome day!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Rock bands don't believe in farewell tours



        It seems the current trend these days are "farewell tours". I put it in quotation marks because they usually last for a number of years, before the band reunites for another one of these said tours. This tends to result in large amounts of money, causing the bands to do whatever it takes to make the tour happen.
    Now I'm sure you've all heard that Motley Crue is reuniting next year to perform with Poison and Def Leppard. Two things: One, I find it interesting that Motley Crue is coming back. In a 2014 interview, bassist Nikki Sixx said, "There is no amount of money that would even make me do it again because I have such pride in how we're ending it". So my question is, just how much are they getting paid for this? From what I've heard, it's a couple dates for a festival. That's gotta be one expensive gig.
    Second, are we not gonna address that AC/DC is rumored to be the fourth band in the line up? With the 'Back in Black' lineup nonetheless. I've read that Brian Johnson has high demands in his contract, and rightfully so, but the possibility itself is huge. Not much else to say on that topic. Guess we'll wait and see what happens.


    I will keep you all updated more on this as it's released. Expect more posts this week, got some interesting topics I'm excited to share.
But definitely an intriguing week with all this news. Leave a comment or let me know what you think. You can hit me up on twitter @fozzydeth. You can also follow me there for future updates.

Thank you so much for reading.