Once Human released their latest album, “Scar Weaver,” in February. My apologies for not sharing this review sooner. If you are a fan of heavy metal/metalcore, then Once Human will be a welcome addition to your metal playlist.
During the times of quarantine, the band had more time to practice and improve their musical skills and songwriting. The lead singer, Lauren Hart, may not sound like what you would expect. In my opinion, Hart is be one of the best heavy metal singers out there.
“The songs are all really individual,” Lauren Hart explains. “One of them is about blood diamonds. ‘Deadlock’ is about the politics of everything that’s going on. A lot of them toy with my philosophy of death and all of that.”
The album mostly reminds me that there are still some badass bands out there just waiting to be heard. Hopefully, we get a chance to see Once Human in concert this year. I’m ready to stand far away from the mosh pit. Maybe backstage or by the merch booth or something. My personal favorite songs from the album are “Erasure” and “Deadlock.”
I would like to listen to this album while getting ready to watch karma exact the price of vengeance against my one and only enemy. It would be so dramatic and accurate.
Members of Once Human: Logan Mader Lauren Hart Damien Rainaud Dillon Trollope Max Karon
Since we’re awake anyway, we might as well listen to music that keeps us awake. For example, ALL HAIL THE YETI has a newish album that will keep us awake for days. Even their name is loud since it is in all caps, which seems like they don’t want anyone to sleep through their set.
Their music is loud but not without a point. If it’s going to cause hearing loss, I want to hear a story before totally losing my hearing at least.
According to the band, “Headless Valley” is a vivid tale about the secrets of the Nahanni, the so-called “Valley of Headless Men,” a remote place cloaked in legend and lore, in the Northwest Territories of Canada.”
ALL HAIL THE YETI is currently based in Los Angeles. They can probably look out of their window and see a million stories waiting to be told.
I would like to listen to this album while on a road trip to see a variety of haunted locations. Waverly Hills Sanitorium. The Mothman Museum. The list could go on with ALL HAIL THE YETI to keep me company.
The last two weeks have been really emotional at my house for reasons that will be stated later. So I have been trying to complete whatever I can as far as the blog. Ruby Amanfu has been on the list of artists to share with you guys. For some reason, I kept waiting. It’s like when you have a favorite dress or favorite piece of jewelry. There’s something special about Ruby Amanfu that I wanted to save for a fancy occasion. It wouldn’t be right though!! We cannot put Ruby on a shelf with our imaginary closet with vintage hats and lockets.
I don’t know if this will make sense but when I hear her I imagine the most beautiful, inspirational fairy. She is not a fairy. We all know she’s a real person who has a very inspirational, angelic voice. My favorite song on this album is “Save Ya.” Also, I’m not crying . . . it must have been my doppelganger or something.
Anyway, the song, “Wash it Away,” has also made it to my “Living Room Dance-off” playlist. I’m still thinking of the choreography but a person cannot lose with Ruby Amanfu in their dancing corner.
Did you know that she has collaborated with Jack White? I didn’t realize Ruby was the singer in the “Love Interruption” video. I cannot count how many times I watched the video. As of today, the video has over 18 million views.
If I could pick one place to listen to this record, it would be in a magical field with flowers, fairies and butterflies. The second place would be a vintage jewelry shop, which is magical in its own way.
It feels like a revolution is coming out of my stereo. I want the album to play until the patriarchy crumbles into a pile of dust.
Loud Apartment of New York City is a funk band with influences from reggae, dubstep and soul music.
They remind me of jazz/funk bands that I used to hear while living in the big city. If I could go back in time, I would spend more time at the jazz halls. Those nights were the best of times. This album gives me hope that there will be good times again.
I want to listen to this album while doing something proactive. This music makes me want to get up and change – myself and the surroundings. The revolution has to start somewhere so why not with “System Breakdown?”
Hopefully, Loud Apartment will inspire many people to change everything in a positive way.
ALBUM CREDITS Nevaris: voice, electric piano, hammond organ, congas, percussion Bill Laswell: bass DJ Logic: turntables Peter Apfelbaum: tenor saxophone, flute Will Bernard: guitar Lockatron : drums All songs written by Nevaris and Bill Laswell except ‘No Justification’ by Nevaris, Bill Laswell and Peter Apfelbaum. Produced by Bill Laswell Created at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ Engineering: James Dellatacoma Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio, NYC Cover photo by Yoko Yamabe Cover design by Realize
How many times a week do you feel like life is a boxer who is whooping your ass?
Vermillion Heights of Minneapolis recently released a new single, “Losing Sleep,” this week. The band got into the ring with a real boxer for the video. Apparently, he landed a lot of punches during the shooting of this video. I mean, that’s his job – just like it’s life’s job to throw challenges at us. It’s up to us to stay in the ring and fight. Honestly, that is what the song is about: facing the challenges of life.
“The song is about writing to help with depression, but I think any form of coping mechanism could take the place of writing for other people. It’s about the confusion felt in creating something appealing out of sadness or pain. Taking depression and turning it into something constructive, then using that outlet as a way to assure yourself that you will be okay eventually.” explains songwriter Sam Fassler of the band’s single.
I recommend watching the video just to see the underdog kicking ass in his Taylor Swift shirt. Personally, I love the song and the video – Taylor Swift reference and all.
The second that I started playing this album by Houses, I knew that I would love it. It’s not a feeling that I get with every album.
The songs are all appealing in their own way. “Fast Talk” will have you hooked from the start.
“That song is meant to be a memorial for a group of friends I had back in my late teens,” explains Dexter Tortoriello, adding, “Thematically it’s almost like a ballet where you keep driving around the same blocks, and people start disappearing from the car because they’re going to jail or dying.”
Personally, I like “Pink Heaven.” It’s catchy and haunting at the same time – sort of like ghost stories. They scare us but we want to hear more.
Drugstore Heaven will be out for everyone to hear on September 28.