Ryan Kent: Sleep Deprived Music Review

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Ryan Kent of Virginia has created a spoken word album, Dying Comes with Age, that is available from Rare Bird Books. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve heard anything like the combination of Kent’s words and his musical guests.

Some of his special guest contributors include Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod/Down), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Laura Pleasants(Kylesa), and Eugene S. Robinson (OxBow/Bunuel).

Imagine if you’re at a smoky bar listening to a handsome and incredibly interesting bar fly tell you the best stories – that is what this album sounds like. My personal favorite pieces are Message From Someone Going Somewhere With Someone Else Who Is Going Somewhere, My Blue Heaven, and Bring Me My Monster.

The album reminds me somewhat of Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. The tone of Kent’s album is darker and more haunting. Plus, Kent has more variety on his album. You might not even run screaming like some of us do when certain records are playing over and over. Personally, I would rather listen to Kent’s spoken word than many other musicians.

If you like Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits, then you will probably love Dying Comes with Age. It would be cool to listen to this album at a retro Tiki bar in Las Vegas.

Kent is currently a staff writer for RVA Magazine and also sang in the heavy metal band Gritter from 2008-2018. Check out Ryan Kent’s live reading of “The Lurch.” You can buy the album at the following link: Dying Comes with Age.

“Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.

3 Comments

  1. Ray Van Horn, Jr. – Ray Van Horn, Jr. is the author of "Coming of Rage," available through Raw Earth Ink. He spent 16 years covering music and film for outlets such as Blabbermouth, AMP, Dee Snider’s House of Hair, Music Dish, DVD Review, Horror News.net, Fangoria Musick, Metal Maniacs, Noisecreep, Impose and many others. He has contributed essays to Neil Daniels’ music biographies on Iron Maiden and ZZ Top. His blog, “The Metal Minute” won Metal Hammer Magazine’s “Best Personal Blog” award. Ray wrote NHL game analysis for The Hockey Nut and other sports articles for Kid Shtick. He was a beat reporter and photographer for The Emmitsburg Dispatch and The Northern News. He was the host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. Ray wrote serialized superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and his work has also appeared at Akashic Books, Atomic Flyswatter, The Rubbertop Review, Reedsy, Story Bytes and New Noise, plus the anthologies “Axes of Evil” and “Axes of Evil II.” He was the 1999 winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest. Ray has been featured at numerous poetry open mike events in his native state of Maryland.
    Ray Van Horn, Jr. says:

    Wow, spoken word with metal peeps, love this concept. Love Kylesa especially, though all those bands shred.

    1. holley4734 – “Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.
      holley4734 says:

      It is pretty cool. The balance between music and spoken word is great.

      1. Ray Van Horn, Jr. – Ray Van Horn, Jr. is the author of "Coming of Rage," available through Raw Earth Ink. He spent 16 years covering music and film for outlets such as Blabbermouth, AMP, Dee Snider’s House of Hair, Music Dish, DVD Review, Horror News.net, Fangoria Musick, Metal Maniacs, Noisecreep, Impose and many others. He has contributed essays to Neil Daniels’ music biographies on Iron Maiden and ZZ Top. His blog, “The Metal Minute” won Metal Hammer Magazine’s “Best Personal Blog” award. Ray wrote NHL game analysis for The Hockey Nut and other sports articles for Kid Shtick. He was a beat reporter and photographer for The Emmitsburg Dispatch and The Northern News. He was the host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. Ray wrote serialized superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and his work has also appeared at Akashic Books, Atomic Flyswatter, The Rubbertop Review, Reedsy, Story Bytes and New Noise, plus the anthologies “Axes of Evil” and “Axes of Evil II.” He was the 1999 winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest. Ray has been featured at numerous poetry open mike events in his native state of Maryland.
        Ray Van Horn, Jr. says:

        I dig it! Especially with Rollins’ work over the years, I’m up for it.

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