Posts tagged “Disturbed

BLAST FROM THE PAST #4: Linkin Park

A recent episode of South Park posited that there comes a time in your life when everything you once loved as a kid starts looking like crap once you’re older. While I will certainly admit to growing more critical and cynical as I’ve grown, I’d like to think people don’t change that much. Some things in life never get old – I’ll probably always have a soft spot for U2 and Green Day, for the Three Stooges and Looney Tunes cartoons (and South Park, for that matter), for Super Mario Bros. 3 and Final Fantasy VII. Then there are things that give you little to no sense of pride or nostalgia, things that make you look back and wonder, “Why the hell did I ever like that?” And for me, sometimes I look back to my teenage years and try to figure out why it took me so long to grow out of nu-metal, though I do give that particular phase credit for helping me get into heavier music.

I was never a hardcore fan of that whole late-‘90s, early-double-0s scene, but I did get my feet wet. I liked Korn’s singles back then, but never bought any of their albums. I could never really get into the Deftones (and still haven’t, even though I’ve heard lots of good things about them) or P.O.D. I flat-out didn’t like Disturbed at all (and still don’t). System Of A Down? They were okay, but I never really got into their stuff either. I didn’t hear anything by Slipknot for the first time until long after the nu-metal craze had hit its peak, though I’d seen plenty of their merchandise around school. There was a brief period where I actually considered getting that Crazy Town album with “Butterfly” on it – yes, I once thought the guys who horrifically mutilated “New Noise” by Refused were at least competent musicians. I was totally ready to buy Kid Rock as an “American Bad Ass” until I found out that he took that riff from an old Metallica song (for the record, I’m usually OK with sampling as long as you make interesting alterations or additions to the sample; leaving the sample as it is comes off as lazy, like all you did was make up new lyrics to someone else’s song). And who the hell were Primer 55 and Ill Niño? I certainly didn’t know.

Really, there were (and are) only a handful of albums in my collection that probably qualify as nu-metal at all: the first three Limp Bizkit albums, Infest by Papa Roach, The Lonely Position of Neutral by Trust Company, and of course the required soundtracks for any angsty teenager’s life from 2000 to 2004, Hybrid Theory and Meteora by Linkin Park.

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Free Single Review: Art Of Dying, “Die Trying”

This feature is an idea that I’ve been meaning to try for a while and never really got around to doing. I guess that’s what happens when you take a year off from blogging to look for jobs, but whatever.

Every week, as I’m sure anyone with a computer probably knows, iTunes offers its users a new single from up-and-coming artists completely free of charge. This is a nifty idea that could be used to introduce some truly groundbreaking and exciting artists to a wider audience at no cost to that audience so they don’t have to complain about wasting their hard-earned $1.29 on a song they didn’t like.

Unfortunately they tend to use this promotion on pop-country singers, MTV-friendly rappers, quirky indie-pop (the kind you typically hear in Apple commercials, fittingly enough) and radio-friendly rock bands that don’t sound any different from anything already on MTV or the radio. Sometimes they might offer something genuinely cool, but these are the exceptions… not the rule.

My idea for this feature is to listen to these songs and simply offer my opinion. This week’s single is “Die Trying” by Art Of Dying, and the review is after the jump.

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