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20 December, 2014

Now Playing : A Shade Of My Former Self

Filed under: Listenings,New Music and Video,Now Playing — James Richard Sutton @ 9:14 PM

Of all of the kids out there doing the metalcore thing right now, The Charm The Fury are definitely the best I’ve heard. I was a little late to the party and only discovered the band ealier this year. “A Shade Of My Former Self” is their full-length debut and I love it.

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“We all stand as one.

This is not a cause for misunderstanding.
Let our voices from the first to the last be
heard as one, and let them be righteous.

We declare this cause to let the world be colourblind.
So let the world be colourblind.
We declare this cause so raise your colours high.
Raise your colours high, make them fear your rise.

Take your stand with pride, in the face of the unforgiving.”

Favourite Releases : 2014

Filed under: Listenings,Music,New Music and Video — James Richard Sutton @ 8:04 PM

Below are all of the releases from this year that I’ve enjoyed the most. It’s been another stellar year for new music and I’m very much looking forward to what 2015 has in store.

5 December, 2014

Now Playing : Far Beyond Driven

Filed under: Listenings,Now Playing,Vinyl — James Richard Sutton @ 7:38 PM

This is undoubtedly my favourite album from Pantera. When I first heard the Far Beyond Driven CD back in 1994, I wasn’t sure if I liked it initially. At the time it was lyrically the most uncompromisingly brutal album I’d ever heard. However the riffs were unbelievable and the drumming, especially Vinnie Paul’s double kick drum playing, had me dumbfounded. I had no choice but keep the disc on repeat.

After all of these years, I’ve come to appreciate everything about this recording, including the lyrics and Philip Anselmo’s performance. Far Beyond Driven is consistently dark, honest, and in my opinion summarizes all of what makes Pantera special.

This recent vinyl reissue, with the banned cover, is of very high quality. The people involved in putting it together obviously cared about the project and gave it the attention it deserved.

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